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Enoch and Elijah
records little concerning Enoch, and even its record of the career of Elijah is not as
complete as we might wish. Popular tradition, in accord with various ancient stories,
claims that neither Enoch nor Elijah ever died, and that they remain alive today, in
heaven. Does the Scriptural record support or preclude this popular belief?
For Freedom Christ
A leading theme of
the evangel is that Christ frees us! Even so, it seems that few understand the
nature of the freedom to which Paul refers, or what it means to be
justified. While many will speak freely of having been forgiven
and of being saved, few indeed will be found bearing witness to their
freedom or justification, much less to their freedom and
justification according to Pauls evangel.
The Refuse, Anglo-Israelism
For several years in my youth I was intensely interested in Anglo-Israelism
and the Great Pyramid. I bought the best books on the subject
obtainable at that time. I grasped eagerly at every “identity”
which seemed to prove that Great Britain and the United States were
the lost ten tribes. I followed most minutely the drawings of the
pyramid of Gizeh. But I went on to study the Scriptures, and, as I
entered into the truth as to the present economy of God’s grace, the
whole matter gradually lost its interest, until, like the apostle
Paul, I saw no advantage whatever in being an Israelite, for I had
lost all standing in the flesh by crucifixion with Christ, and now my
all was in Him. I no longer desired an earthly citizenship, for I had
found a celestial.
The Prayer of Faith
A prayer of faith,
leads to a mild and quiet life, in all devoutness. Putting on the panoply (whole
armor) of God, however, is something which cannot be accomplished without
praying on every occasion (Eph.6:18). This signifies that the various phases
(girding the loins, putting on the cuirass, etc.) should each be accompanied by such
prayers and petitions, as were practiced by Paul and his associates.
The Two Witnesses
Whether the two
witnesses of Revelation 11 really are Moses and Elijah we are not told. But that their
ministry will be conducted in the spirit and power of Moses and Elijah there can be no
doubt, as they withstand the rule and religion of the man of lawlessness. Judgment from
earth and from heaven sustains their testimony to the true God and the right Ruler in the
very climax of mans rebellion.