PAUL 1st EPISTLE – 1st THESSALONIANS

Dr William T Bailey, Jr
SGWTBM
May 11,  2018

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

INTRODUCTION
I thought it noteworthy, as others have already done, to give some reasons for Paul’s first epistle. Therefore I will give a brief introduction to this message. Althought there are other important points that could be made, I will focus only on Paul.
Paul’s first written epistle to the Church, was to the Thessalonians written at Corinth A.D. 51
The Thessalonians was at that time, the model Church and example to the believers in Macedonia and Achaia, which is about the size of Great Britain. They faith held even when Paul was not with them, as it was related to him by Timothy in 1st Thessalonians 3:6. Silas and Timotheus stayed in Berea while Paul was sent away. Acts 17:14.

As always, the Holy Spirit guided me to first understand Saul (Paul) conversion to his first written book. And, as a student of the word we need to go into and study Acts 8-17 and follow Saul/Paul’s journey.

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Before Paul’s conversion, scripture tells us in Acts 8:3-4:
3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
Since the church was scatter, they share the word of God everywhere they went, becoming the first missionaries. This was the church at Jerusalem.

Saul conversion occurred on the road to Damascus where he had a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus, Acts 9:1-16. Jesus, speaking to Ananias shows him Saul purpose in 9:15-16:
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
At this time, Saul was going into the synagogues in Damascus preaching that Jesus is the Son of God. This they did not want to hear and wanted to kill him. Saul escaped to Jerusalem where Barnabus took him to the Apostles and told the story of Saul’s conversion and the preaching of Jesus. While there, he disputed with the Grecians and they wanted to also kill him. These Jews were called “Hellenistic” Jews. These were those who rejected Jesus as the Christ and resisted the preaching of the gospel, even to the point of trying to kill Saul. The Grecians or “Hellenistic” Jews were first mention in Acts 1:1:
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

Here Saul returned to Caesarea and them to Tarsus, 9:30

30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

At this point, Peter’s Ministry is brought into scripture with 9:32-11:25.
Here Peter gives the gospel to Cornelius, the centurion gentile and his family: Acts 10 1-33. Peter is given a general understanding of the of the gospel to the gentiles: 10:34-36
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

Peter’s Salvation message: Acts 10: 37-44:
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Note verses 39-40, this is the gospel message for believers.

Praise The Lord for His Word!  Next, Part 2

Dr William T Bailey, Jr.

 

 

THE GATHERING OR CAUGHT OUT ONES

The Fullness of The Gentiles

THE GATHERING OF THE SAINTS

Dr William T. Bailey, Jr.

Feburary 11, 2018

Praise the Lord everyone!

I thought it necessary to share something about the gathering out of the saints or “the rapture” of the saints.  Much can be added about the rapture, which I will try to address in future blogs.

NOW

The fullness of the Gentiles refers to “gathering out” or “caught out”, and should be distinguished from the times of the Gentiles mentioned in Luke 21:24.

Two definitions of “full” that stands out is:

  1. Containing or holding as much or as many as possible; having no empty space.  Filled to capacity.
  2. Not lacking or omitting anything; complete. All-inclusive.

FOR BACKGROUND READ ROMANS 11

Let’s look at Romans 11:25-26:

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

What was the reason that Paul said that we be not ignorant of this mystery?  Romans 11:25

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

 

Romans 11:18

18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Before we get too far into this study, and as it has been stated above, the fullness of the Gentiles is the calling out from among the Gentiles, (and Jews) the Church, which is His body:  Ephesians 1:22-23

 

22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Of which HE IS the head.

Paul, Ephesians 1:3-14 gives a picture of us as believers in Christ.  Look at what verse 10 tells us:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

A question that we need to be aware of or to keep in mind is the end of the Church age.  To begin, the word Church comes from the Greek word “ecclesia” meaning assembly or a congregation of called out ones.  The Septuagint has the same meaning, namely, assembly, congregation, or a called or invited gathering. 

It can be noted that the 2nd Advent has to take place after the Church  has been called out.

When Christ does come, He will find little of true Faith which addresses the current growing apostasy.  Luke 18:8

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

 

SPECIAL NOTE 5

Isn’t it interesting that Christ left His Body (the church) on earth, which is the Church!).  Colossians 3:4 states:

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Also 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-2 speaks of our “gathering” with the LORD.

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

NOTE 6

We, the Body, shall be “gathered” WITH HIM. 

 

All of this is an introduction to 2nd Thessalonians 2:8-16

PLEASE leave comments.  God bless you!

THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES – PART 5 – A Handbook for the end times

May the Lord bless each and every reader of God’s Holy Word with wisdom and understanding!  In Part 5 I will be addressing the Fullness of the gentiles or, the conclusion of the Gentiles reign.  Remember what JESUS said in Luke 21:24 ” And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”  There IS a time limit.

Before starting with the Fullness of the Gentiles, I want to review a few points in the notes below:

NOTE 1

In the 9th year of Nebuchadnezzar reign, he destroyed the Temple BC 587.  The Jewish nation ceased to exist.  2 Kings 24:10-20; 25:1-21

NOTE 2

In BC 606 The “Time of the Gentiles” began.  When Nebuchadnezzar became king in BC 606, after his father king Nabopolassar, the “Times of the Gentiles” began.

NOTE 3

The Chaldeans were a learned people, with great advances in math, grammar, astronomy and science.  But, where was Babylon located? Shinar.  The site of Babel.  They inherited all the skills and wisdom of the Antediluvians.  Genesis 4:20-22

20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

NOTE 4

The Fullness of the Gentiles began at Pentacost for those that will be gathered out/raptured and will end 7 years before the Times of the Gentiles ends.

PART 2 – THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES

The fullness of the Gentiles refers to “gathering out” or “caught out”, and should be distinguished from the times of the Gentiles mentioned in Luke 21:24.

Two definitions of “full” that stands out is:

  1. Containing or holding as much or as many as possible; having no empty space.  Filled to capacity.
  2. Not lacking or omitting anything; complete. All-inclusive.

FOR BACKGROUND READ ROMANS 11

Let’s look at Romans 11:25-26:

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

What was the reason that Paul said that we be not ignorant of this mystery?  Romans 11:25

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Also note Romans 11:18:

18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Before we get too far into this study, and as it has been stated above, the fullness of the Gentiles is the calling out from among the Gentiles, (and Jews) the Church, which is His body:  Ephesians 1:22-23

22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Of which HE IS the head.

Paul, Ephesians 1:3-14 gives a picture of us as believers in Christ.  Look at what verse 10 tells us:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

A question that we need to be aware of or to keep in mind is the end of the Church age.  To begin, the word Church comes from the Greek word “ecclesia” meaning assembly or a congregation of called out ones.  The Septuagint has the same meaning, namely, assembly, congregation, or a called or invited gathering. 

More to come in Part 6.  You can also view Sharing God’s Word podcasts on ITunes at “Dr William T Bailey’s Podcast”.

A HANDBOOK FOR THE END TIMES

Part 1 THE TIME OF THE GENTILES

Part 2 THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES

Dr. William T. Bailey, Jr.

SGWTBM

PART 1 – THE TIME OF THE GENTILES

The “Time of the Gentiles”, let’s start with what JESUS Said in Luke 21:24,

“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

Jesus puts the Gentile on a fixed time line with the word ‘until”.

One of first questions to ask is, when did the “Time of the Gentiles” start, and what is to be the final result?  The Disciples ask a similar question in Luke 21:7.

And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

The reason for the question was based upon when  some spoke of how adorned the temple was, and Jesus replied in Luke 21:6

As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Matthew 24:3 adds to these questions with a 3rd question:

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Jesus provides the answer in Luke 21:8-36:

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

Paul, in Philippians 1:12-14 shows us his testimony in regards being persecuted and delivered up:

12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Let us continue with Luke 14:

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Or be able to contradict or withstand!!

16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish

LOOK AT PSALM 125:2

TO BE CONTINUED …………..