Who is standing in the gap of God's
grace for us?
(continued audio portion from the Powerpoint Presentation on More
on Rightly Dividing)
"Pause" That Refreshes
Review from the presentation
Ephesians 2:7, 11-12,13
Deeper Meaning to Paul's Name
(from a study by Fred Knapp)
Paul - to most 'scholars' and books, the word "Paul" means "small."
"paulos" in Latin = small.
The Bible however, doesn't say 'small' - it says 'weak'
and 'base' but not small. Paul was never into Latin anyway.
Paul spoke Greek (Acts 21:37) and
Hebrew (Acts 21:40; 22:2). No
Latin. Catholics are into Latin and of course they would want everyone
to think of Paul as 'small.'
Dig a little deeper and the dictionary goes on to say that paulos
is derived from the Greek word, "pauo' which means to stop
or cease. We get our English word, 'pause'
from this same root word.
In other words, going beyond Latin,
because the world would rather we think of Paul as
we could easily say that the meaning of the word Paul
Apostle to the Pause
And that would make sense dispensationally, eh! Paul is the apostle
for the 'pause' between Israel's rejection of Jesus Christ
and His Kingdom and the final return of Jesus Christ to rule and reign
on this earth.
This 'gap' is between the suffering's of Christ and His glory - a time
where He literally gave the blessings to the Gentiles in order to make
the Jews jealous of the Gentiles - a group of folks whom God did not even
consider a people as He called them dogs.
He did not even go TO the Gentiles originally.
No doubt, Christ came FOR all (John
3:17 For God sent not his Son into
the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be
saved. but He was going only TO the Jews first.
Matthew 6:31,32 Therefore
take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do
the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need
of all these things.
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into
the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter
ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Israel rejected God's offer of His Son again through Peter and
again through Stephen
God then "Blessed" & "Used" the Gentiles
to Provoke the Jews!
Romans 10:19-21 But
I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to
jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger
you. But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them
that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after
me. But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my
hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber,
eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto
this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap,
and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened,
that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have
they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through
their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles,
I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation
them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
This Pause Really A Time of Refreshment?
(I preached that back in 2003 for a New Years' Message)
For they have refreshed my spirit and yours:
therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.
I Corinthians 16:18
...Has this "dispensational awakening" been a "pause
of refreshment" or a "frustrating time of burden"
or a "confusing series of teachings," or a simply a "damnable
Have you yet been able to:
...stand thou still a while, that I may
shew thee the word of God. I
(Have you even just slowed down at all?)
Are you still caught up in II
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
NOT A REST - yet!
Remember, we are not talking of a complete "REST."
We can have rest for our souls now (Matthew
Take my yoke upon you, and learn
of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto
but our total "rest" comes in the actual Millennium
4:9,10 There remaineth therefore a rest
to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest,
he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his...)
...but before all that Millennial stuff, this pause for God's grace
and peace today should be a marvelous time of refreshment that God offers
It is a pause that is full of God
and yet the devil is fully aware of this opportunity of liberty & grace...
...it is then full of the devil as well.
The Devils' Input
As we know from Revelation 16:14,
in order to build up his army to do battle
on that great day of God Almighty,
we see the devil throwing into this 'pause:'
...cares of and riches and pleasures of this life
...emphasis and importance of "food & fun" for the flesh
...images & entertainment
...imitation churches, preachers, bibles, music, spirits, teachers, salvations
and imitation saviors.
...false christs and wolves in sheep's clothing
...blessings beyond God's design
...preaching and teaching of righteousness backed with pride and success
(man's own designed righteousness, by the way - many have
a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant
of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness,
have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
...churches and public ministries growing in size and numbers, but not
able to come to the knowledge of the truth - getting closer and closer
to that famine, not a famine of bread, nor
a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
... an increase of the enemy of principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness
of this world, the spiritual wickedness in high places.
...vain words, fair speeches, pastors personalities
...willingness to accept compromise
...humanistic love and self-worship
...hides the school master
...becomes a great thief and takes away the
word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
As this pause of God's Grace draws
to a close,
(called the fulness of Gentiles (Romans 11:25),)
we see the eyes of the enemy not only in the workplace
but in our KJB churches and homes!
We can see clearly now...
...apostasy picking up speed - faster and faster!
...rumors of war on the increase!
...earthquakes in more and more divers places!
...serious weather changes!
...a serious and dangerous advancement of the UN and world government!
...more and more laws against Christianity, the local church, preaching
and even against the KJB itself!
...chip technology now approved and being implemented!
...kids being disobedient to parents, (no matter how they were brought
up - raised or trained...)
...covetousness being passed on to our children and grandchildren!
...unholiness - and/or a wrong emphasis on holiness making it all even
more unholy - doing right wrong!
...people from all walks of life being without natural affection!
...no blushing concerning abominations (remember, there are more than one
...incontinence within the home and church as well as government (incontinence:
restraining the passions or appetites, particularly the sexual appetite!
...traitors - even in churches now - little or no loyalty - thanks to web
sites, tapes, CD's, DVD's and great named and flashy personalities
...lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God!
...many ministries, families, and individuals, etc. with a form of godliness
but denying the power thereof!
...women that have been captivated by a liberated world and lead away from
their house with divers lusts - with husbands who allow it all to take
...the strong man of the house has been taken out and away from the home
and yet, most men are not even able to muster enough strength, wisdom nor
even a desire to get the home back, even if the opportunity did arise!
...strength of the man has been turned over to women - and now by law!
...the desire of women has been denied and 'canceled' (on the outside,
anyway) and is turning more and more teens and little girls toward the
unnatural & perverted lifestyles as presented by today's media and
...more knowledge available 'more than ever' yet not able to come to the
knowledge of truth!
...evil men and seducers waxing worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived
more and more!
...scholars, pastors, teachers, etc. that God calls proud, knowing nothing,
doting about questions and strifes of words!
...God says they are people who are full of envy, strife, railings and
...God says they are men with corrupt minds leading perverse disputings!
...God says they are people who are actually destitute of the truth!
...These are people that believe gain IS godliness and are not content
with true godliness!
...people who hold the truth in unrighteousness!
...people that glorify God not as God, have
become vain in their imaginations and have a darkened & foolish heart.
...people who profess themselves to be wise yet in truth, are fools!
...people who change the truth of God into a lie!
...people who worship and serve the creature more than the Creator!
...women who have changed their natural use into that which is against
...people who have fallen in love with money more than anything else, so
they err from the faith more than ever before and are filled with sorrows
more than ever before!
...men who have left the natural use of the woman, burn
in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,
and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was
meet (AIDS - GRIDS)
...people that are filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness,
covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors
of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant
breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who
knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy
of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them!
Whew! That is all in the PAUSE THAT "REFRESHES?"
What kind of 'refreshment' is that?
Ah, but that isn't the stuff that
counts to us Bible Believers!
God will get His vengeance!
II Thessalonians 1:6-10
Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them
that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when
the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey
not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with
everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory
of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and
to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you
was believed) in that day.
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in
their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments
upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with
fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour
have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.
Now on the other hand, for us today...
If ye then be risen with
Christ, seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the
right hand of God.
Set your affection on things
above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your
life is hid with Christ in God.
Let's See God's Input into This
This 'pause' in God's plan has given us the opportunity to:
Receive God's mercy - it endureth forever! (The Jews still
have His mercy, for now - it does go away, and then returns...)
Receive God's cleansing - dead to sin, alive unto God - we are free
from sin - sin is not imputed - we are forever clean!
Receive God's righteousness - ours is worthless. Our
FAITH is what is counted for our righteousness now! (The Jews had
Receive His Faith - the faith OF Jesus Christ simply by putting
our faith and trust IN Christ. (the Jews had the chances)
Hear the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation - then having
the freedom to believe and trust in Christ! (the Jews had their chances)
Know that we are SEALED with that holy Spirit of promise - (the
Jews never did have that!)
Receive the GRACE of God!
Be given LIBERTY (with a few strings, of course -
be expedient and not cause anyone to stumble, however, that still doesn't
negate our liberty!)
Have God's WORDS given to us in their INSPIRED, PRESERVED, PURE
form - WRITTEN, PRINTED & PUBLISHED so that we may read and study them
- rightly divide them, preach them, teach them, review them, remember them,
use them, live daily by them!
Have the peace from God, the peace of God and peace with
Have the fruit of the Spirit given to us - love, joy, peace, long-suffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is
Have God's blessings have them abounding if we so
choose to 'love Him in return.'
Have Christ in us!
Have Christ in us not only leading us down the right path,
but walking the walk Himself - just for us and for His father
to get the glory!
Have a full inheritance waiting for us (maybe..., eh?)
Have opportunities to tell others because of what HE has shown &
told to us.
Receive the words of God that we should speak in our mouth - just
like Jeremiah, except ours are written down.
Be given the ability to tell others by using HIS WORDS!
Have the truth - and be able to rightly divide it!
Know the past and the truth of it (some of it, anyway)
Know the present and what is going on today!
Know the future somewhat anyway - at least our part - and at least that
part that isn't sealed until the end times!
Know we have no wrath to be concerned about in our future
Grow with grace!
Look for the appearing of Jesus Christ, NOT the antichrist!
Not to allow the daily temptations do their damage - drive you away
- we can use His escape, if we can win over the flesh - a battle
HE fights for us, if we would only allow Him to - through the Book!
Not let the cares and riches and pleasures of this life rob you
of bringing fruit to perfection
Be on good ground and be able to bring forth fruit with much
For Him to be our Strong Habitation!
For Him to be our Comforter!
Fellowship one on one with God - we are brought nigh to God through
the blood of Jesus Christ - we can even fellowship with Him and live daily
by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit - all of which live in us!
All of which brings me to my concluding
This pause also allows us to worship God in spirit
and in truth!
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the
true worshippers shall worship the Father
in spirit and in truth: for the Father
seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship
him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
There are more than these reasons to truly desire to praise God with
music, for example,
so with this sermon as a mere introduction,
let us look at music and see the real purpose of music and
see what it is that God would have us do with it.
The Purpose of Music