Have Ye Received the Holy Ghost?

“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” (Acts 19:1-2a).

The disciples at Ephesus believed in repentance but were unaware of the full plan of salvation available through Jesus Christ. Upon hearing the good news, they were baptized. Paul then laid hands on them, prayed, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.Read more

The Ruin of a Wise Man

“Ask what I shall give thee,” the Lord God said to King Solomon (1 Kings 3:5). Instead of asking for riches, fame, or long life, Solomon asked of the Lord, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad…” (9). The Lord was pleased at Solomon’s request and gave him wisdom such as never was or will be in the future (12). The fame of Solomon was spread abroad because of his great wisdom and understanding.

Solomon prospered and was blessed because of this divine gift of wisdom. He built a beautiful temple for the worship of the Lord. In spite of all his wisdom, Solomon disobeyed God and loved women of other lands who were idolaters. God had given specific command: “Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love” (1 Kings 11:2). Read more

Woman Clothed with the Sun

“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars” (Revelation 12:1).

The apostle John was privileged to see a glorious vision of this woman in the firmament of heaven, resplendent in illustrious light. The visions recorded in Revelation are often figurative in nature to bear out vital truths. Symbolically, a woman is representative of a church–whether false or true. In this vision, the woman was depicted as pure for she was clothed with the sun. She represents the purity and glory of the apostolic church. It is in direct contrast to the apostate church represented in later visions by a harlot–a woman unfaithful to her husband.

The woman in this vision is standing on the moon. The moon has no light of itself but reflects only a small percentage of the true light given by the sun. The moon is an apt symbol of the Old Testament Covenant which was a “shadow of good things to come” (Hebrews 10:1). The covenant was a schoolmaster and teacher to bring us unto Christ (Galatians 3:24-26). It pointed forward to something better to come.Read more

Behold, I Come Quickly

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ….We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed…” (2 Peter 1:16, 19).

The faith and life of a Christian stand not in fables and fairy tales but in the precise fulfillment of approximately 2000 prophecies that span hundreds of years. The prophets of old accurately foretold of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Coincidence is ruled out by the science of probability. Things prophesied in the Bible happened just as predicted. Unique among all books ever written, the Bible is true, credible, powerful, and it works.Read more

The Great Image—Daniel’s Prophecy of the Kingdom

“This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof…” (Daniel 2:36). Thus spake the prophet Daniel to King Nebuchadnezzar, who ruled in power and strength over the Babylonian empire — the greatest, earthly empire of all time. The king was troubled by a dream he couldn’t remember. Through the inspiration of God, Daniel revealed the secret of the dream and its meaning.

The king had dreamed of a great image of a man standing before him. The head was of gold, the arms and breasts of silver, the belly and thighs of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet were a mixture of iron and clay. Daniel explained that the image represented a succession of four universal kingdoms.Read more