During Israel’s 1900 year absence from the world scene, the sons of Ishmael grew into the family of nations that God had promised, but the hostility remained even though the Promised Land was seemingly theirs for the taking. When Mohammed, a descendant of Ishmael’s, failed to convert the Jews in the region to his new religion, he declared war against them and the ancient hostility was born anew. All the old feelings of resentment were re-kindled, and even though the armies of Islam embarked upon an era of conquest that eventually took them all the way to eastern France, they maintained a special hostility toward the Jews.
A 90-minute documentary about the Revelation 12 Sign called The Sign will air on the Audience Network on DirectTV and U-Verse on September 14th at 8:00 PM EST.
Christians generally don’t hear many sermons from those texts mentioning the Nicolaitans. The reasons might be as individual as the preachers, but it could also be because Revelation 2 is the only place they are mentioned and even at that not much is said about them. What we do know is that the doctrine of the Nicolaitans was an early Christian heresy, and that it was hated by Jesus. Evidently it was associated with the treachery of Balaam, the prophet who was for sale, and based on its name it likely had to do with its emphasis upon the distinction between “clergy” and “laity” also.
One of the mistakes Christians make in reading the Bible is caused by our tendency to look at everything through “Church colored glasses.” By that I mean we read it as if it all applies directly to us without regard for the context or historical background. I know Paul said everything that was written in the past was written to teach us (Romans 15:4) but that doesn’t mean it was all written to us or about us. It means we’re supposed to learn from the experiences of those who came before us. A prime example of this kind of mistake can be found in our interpretation of the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25). I’ll show you what I mean.
The Bible says a time will come when a global dictator will require everyone on earth to receive a mark on the right hand or the forehead (Revelation 13:16). Those without the mark won’t be able to buy or sell anything (Revelation 13:17). For centuries, Christians have wondered how this will even be possible. But in recent years, the rise of advanced technology has given us a glimpse as to how it might occur.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday responded to a lawsuit against the Department of Justice by Chicago challenging DOJ’s crackdown on sanctuary cities that are violating federal law. Sessions stated, “This administration will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety. So it’s simple: Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars.” Sessions also countered the Chicago Mayor’s assertion that enforcing immigration law would require a “reordering of law enforcement practices” in Chicago. Sessions said that exactly what the city needs-“policies that rollback the culture of lawlessness that has beset the city.”