THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY
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Otis Q. Sellers, Founder **** David R. Hettema, Director
Volume 3, No. 1 Jane Sellers Hancock, Editor May 2010
THOUGHTS FROM THE EDITOR
Jane S. Hancock
We are so fortunate to have a place, a regular place and a regular time, for Bible study. Each week we are challenged to study, to think, to grow as students of the Bible. And that is our text. The Bible. Our charge? To study to show ourselves approved unto God (2 Tim. 2:15).
Weekly Bible classes provide us a regular place for reading the Bible and for study. But it takes more than that. In fact, it is more than a person can cover in a lifetime. In the Kingdom of God we can find out the answers to all our questions.
The Bible is a library of sixty-six books. It paints a picture of the history of the nation of Israel. But more than that, it is about the coming Kingdom of God. The entrance to the Book is not necessarily Genesis. Otis Q. Sellers always said the book of John in the New Testament was the entry-way and he bought many copies of that book, slim volumes, to give away, to get people started in their study of the Word of God, the words of God.
The book of John begins like the book of Genesis: “In the beginning . . . .” But John refers to Jesus Christ. He is the Word that was there in the beginning. The miracles recorded in John tell us what we can expect when God takes over—in His Kingdom. And near the end of John, we read this: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name (John 20:31).
We are challenged weekly, in our Bible-study class, to think about the Kingdom of God, the next event in the order of things to come. We look at the chart before us, the words on the chalkboard. We know that when the clock starts for this great event, we shall all see it together. We will see the Eden-like conditions wherever we turn; we will see the glory of the Lord.
We will see untroubled years with no wars, no curses, no sicknesses, no famine. It will be a re-creation.
The desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by, And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the Lord build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the Lord have spoken it, and I will do it (Ezekiel 36:34-36).
We think about and study what will happen. Corinthians 15:51 states: We shall all be changed. We will be changed physically, mentally, spiritually. We will be enlightened. We will have the wisdom to see and understand.
We think about what happens when we stand before the judgment seat of God. How does it work? We wonder about the rewards and penalties. We talk about eonian life or destruction and what does destruction look like. We know from reading the Bible that every knee shall bow to Him. We find it in many places.
But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:10-12).
In Luke 8:17 we find that nothing is hidden, nothing is secret. In Isaiah 11:2-9 we discover that the spirit of the Lord will give us wisdom and understanding and knowledge, along with the fear of the Lord. (We note that “fear” does not mean “afraid of.”) In those same verses we learn that He shall “slay the wicked,” that the wolf and the lamb and the calf and the lion will lie down together along with the cow and the bear and that children will not be hurt by any of these animals. The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea (Isa. 11:9).
We think about the thief who was on the cross next to Jesus. “Will you remember me?” he asked. Yes. And we know He will remember us.
And about those rewards. We read Isaiah 25:6-9: And in this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines of the lees well refined. And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
God has given us light. What are we doing with the light He has given us?
FROM THE DIRECTOR
David R. Hettema
We are living in a world that is increasingly being burdened with problems that men cannot solve. Every citizen of our country, as well as those of other nations, has been watching as our present government leaders put into law a National Health Care Plan for the United States. Many nations in Europe already have experienced such a plan and the consensus of their success is that socialized medical insurance financed by taxes creates a huge financial burden for the people and an overcrowded patient list. Mere man cannot handle the problem.
This writer is not making a political statement but is displaying the historical facts. In this corrupt and sinful world all nations of this earth have increasingly more problems that are far beyond man’s capability.
When God’s Government rules this earth, all of mankind will see that God has a better plan! His plan has already been purchased for everyone who inherits a place in the Kingdom of God.
Yes, God’s Government is not seen today; it is “waiting in the wings,” but will gloriously come to center stage when our God determines to go into action.
Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told (Hab. 1:5, NIV).
This verse from Habakkuk can be applied to every one of the great changes that God’s great government will bring to all the nations under His world domain. Think of an earth without the curse of death upon every inhabitant and their environment, a world of many nations living in peace and not learning about war any more.
Throughout the four gospels, Christ Jesus displayed His Kingdom’s benefits. He taught the people about His coming Kingdom and demonstrated His power over sin and death by raising the dead and healing the sick. He made whole every sick individual who was brought to Him. Consider this amazing record, and ask yourself, “Who paid this great cost?”
Recently, the nuclear-equipped nations of the world gathered together to make a treaty, one that would reduce each nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons to one-third of its present holdings. God has a much better plan! He will cause all wars to cease from one end of the Earth to the other.
He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore (Isa. 2:4, NIV). Say unto God, how terrible (awe-inspiring) are Thy works! Through the greatness of Thy (Your) power shall Thine (Your) enemies submit themselves unto Thee (You). All the earth shall worship Thee, and shall sing unto Thee; they shall sing to Thy Name. Selah. (Psa. 66:3-4, KJV).
Another great penalty that God will remove from the earth in His Kingdom is the long-standing curse imposed when man sinned by disobedience. God told Adam: Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return (Gen. 3:17-19, NIV).
Jesus Christ died that we might live again. He said: . . . I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10, NKJV).
The prayer-prophecy Psalm 67 printed below was inspired and written over 2,500 years ago. The words of the Psalmist are prayer requests for Heaven’s government to rule the earth and let the nations rejoice and enjoy the abundant life. As you read Psalm 67 (KJV) below, you can find seven requests by the Psalmist that are positive Kingdom blessings that will cause the nations to praise God. Can you recognize each one of the seven?
God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us; Selah. That Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for Thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah. Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase;