1. What question did the disciples ask Jesus about His second coming?
2. What is one outstanding sign of the imminence of Christ’s return?
Matthew 24:4, 5, 23, 24
3. How does Paul describe the same conditions?
1 Timothy 4:1-3
4. What did Paul say would be the social conditions of the last days?
2 Timothy 3:1-5
5. What did Jesus say about national and international relations?
Matthew 24: 6,7
6. What parallel in social conditions did Jesus give?
7. What signs in the heavens would be visible?
Matthew 24:29; Luke 21:25
8. What weather and climatic catastrophies would be prevalent?
Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:26
9. What will be the moral conditions at this time?
Matthew 24:12; Luke 17:26-29
10. What description is given of religious conditions?
2 Thessalonians 2:2-4, 8-12; 2 Timothy 3:5
11. Will the world recognize these signs?
2 Peter 3:3, 4, 10; Luke 21:35
12. What is another outstanding sign of the end:
13. What will be a notable feature of the gospel work in the end?
14. What sign among the rich will indicate the last days?
James 5:1-3, 5
15. What conditions will prevail between capital and labour?
James 5:4, 6; Habakkuk 2:6,7
16. What is the modern apostate church declared to be?
Revelation 17:5, 18
17. Who and where are her daughters?
Revelation 17:1,2,15; 18:2,3
Note: Never in the history of the world has the name of Christ and the truth been mis-represented and blasphemed as it is today. Not only is Catholicism responsible, but her daughters – fallen Protestantism – guilty of open defiance of God’s Law and Truth.
18. What will this false religious condition under the cloke of Christianity bring upon the world?
Revelation 18:6-8; 16:1-21
19. What are God’s people instructed to do?
Revelation 18:4; 16:15
20. Because of the backslidden condition of the church, what further instruction is given to God’s people?
Revelation 3: 14-20
21: Will some people be disappointed in that day?
Matthew 7:21, 22; 24:40, 41
22. What are we told to do?
Matthew 24: 42-44; 2 Peter 3: 11-14
GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE
1. What does the apostle Peter say about our growth in grace?
2 Peter 3: 18
2. How may grace and peace be multiplied in the believer?
2 Peter 1: 2
3. Of what do we become partakers when we accept and receive God’s promises?
2 Peter 1: 4
4. What does knowledge of the love of Jesus on our behalf impart to us?
John 17: 3
5. How does Peter further describe the truth?
2 Peter 1: 8
6. What is the condition of one who lacks these graces?
2 Peter 1:9
7. Name some of the graces we are to add to our spiritual growth?
2 Peter 1: 5-7
8. What definite assurance is given to one who so develops in grace?
2 Peter 1:10
9. What is said of the grace of charity (love)?
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7; 1 Peter 4: 8
10. What is one important way of Christian development?
Philippians 4: 8
11. What does Paul say of the believer’s growth?
1 Corinthians 13: 11
12. What will hinder this growth in grace?
1 Corinthians 3: 1-3
13. In building our spiritual house what care should be taken as to what material we use?
1 Corinthians 10, 12-13
14. What is one way of making sure we are building with the right materials?
2 Corinthians 7: 1
15. What is necessary in order that the Christian’s life develop and grow in holiness?
2 Corinthians 6: 17; Revelation 18: 4
16. What are some of the carnal traits we must shun?
Ephesians 5: 3, 4
17. What further evil characteristics we must put away?
Ephesians 4: 29, 31
18. How will evil and corrupt communication affect the working of the Spirit of God in the believer?
Ephesians 4: 30
19. After we repent and are accepted of God as his children what are we to go after?
Hebrews 6: 1
20. What did Jesus say our objective should be?
Matthew 5: 48
21. Who is to be our example and aim of Christian growth?
Hebrews 12: 2
22. How must we run the race of life?
Hebrews 12:1; 1 Corinthians 9: 26, 27
REVERENCE FOR GOD
1. Does God desire men to Worship him and how?
John 4: 24
2. What call to Worship does Davis make?
Psalms 29: 2
3. When we come before the presence of the Lord what attitude should we show?
Psalms 95: 6
4. Is it permissible to use musical instruments in public worship?
Psalms 92: 1-3; Psalms 150: 3-5
5. What else are we to do in worshiping the Lord?
Psalms 100: 2-4
6. What is promised to those that wait upon the Lord?
Isaiah 40: 31
7. How did David feel when he had the privilege of going to church?
Psalms 122:1; 84: 2, 10
8. What admonition does Paul give regarding assembling for worship?
Hebrews 10: 25
9. How many should there be before we can have such worship?
Matthew 18: 20
10. How does God regard those who assemble together to worship him?
Malachi 3: 16, 17
11. What does David say further regarding habitual church attendance?
Psalms 84:4; Psalms 27:4
12. How should one conduct himself in God’s house?
Ecclesiastes 5: 1; 1 Timothy 3: 5
13. What part does our gifts and offerings have in worship?
Psalms 96:8; 76:11
14. What day of the week is given to man to worship?
15. How many of the worshippers can take part in the service?
1 Corinthians 14: 26
16. When the Temple was rebuilt under Ezra how did the people worship and praise the Lord?
Ezra 3: 10-13
17. What example of unity and prayer do we have in the Bible?
Acts 4: 24-33
18. Because God’s house is where he meets his people how should we conduct ourselves when we assemble to worship Him?
Exodus 25: 8; Leviticus 19: 30
19. How did Jesus show deep respect for God’s house?
Matthew 11: 15-17
20. How many are privileged to worship in God’s house?
21. What must we bear in mind when we assemble together for worship?
Hebrews 12: 28, 29
22. What happens to the place where God manifests His presence?
Exodus 3: 5; Habakkuk 2: 20
Whoever thou art that entereth in the house of God, remember it is sanctified by His presence. Be reverent, be silent, be thoughtful and above all have your mind fixed upon the Lord.
Allow His Spirit to anoint you so you can only receive a blessing through the ministry of the gift of God given to you. Present your body as a living sacrifice a channel for the free flowing of the Spirit of God. Remember the Lord “Inhabits the praises of His people” so Praise God freely with all the people.
MEDITATION AND BIBLE STUDY
1. What did Paul say to young Timothy about meditation?
1 Timothy 4: 15
2. Upon what should the child of God meditate?
Psalms 1: 2
3. What further does David say about meditation?
Psalms 63: 6; 104: 34
4. What things are we to think about in order to grow in grace?
Philippians 4: 8
5. How important is the study of the Holy Scriptures?
John 5: 39
6. How only can we have a ready answer to our faith?
2 Timothy 2: 15
7. For what were the Berean Christians commended?
Acts 17: 11
8. Does it matter what we believe?
Timothy 4: 16
9.How early in life should one learn the teachings of the Bible?
2 Timothy 3: 15
10. What benefit will one receive by knowledge of the Scriptures?
2 Timothy 3: 16, 17
11. What will dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief?
2 Peter 1: 19; John 7: 17
12. What is a sure defence and bulwark against sin?
Psalms 119: 11
13. What did Jesus do when he was tempted of the devil?
Matthew 4: 4, 7, 10
14. What indication is there that some portions of the Scriptures are more difficult to understand than others?
2 Peter 3: 15, 16; Hebrews 5: 12
15. What then is necessary that one may have an understanding of the deeper teachings of the word of God?
Hebrews 5: 13, 14
16. Who will enable us to have an understanding of the Scriptures?
John 14: 26; 1 Corinthians 2: 10, 11
17. Why cannot the natural man understand the spiritual things?
1 Corinthians 2: 14
18. Upon what condition is an understanding of divine truth promised?
Proverbs 2: 3-5
19. Is it possible for religious people to be in error regarding the Scriptures?
Matthew 22: 29
20. Is it necessary to seek help from God’s servants for a clearer understanding of the Scriptures?
Acts 8:30, 31; 9: 6, 17; 18: 26
21. How does an understanding of Bible truth often come to us?
Luke 24: 45; Psalms 119:18
22. Has God revealed all His wisdom and Knowledge to us?
What about that which He has given for our understanding?
1. Are there certain ordinances that we should observe?
1 Corinthians 11: 1, 2
2. What new ordinance did Jesus institute when He was on earth?
John 13: 4, 5
3. What indicates that this new ordinance has a spiritual significance?
John 13: 7, 8, 12
4. Why did Jesus set us this example?
John 13: 13-17
5. What is the meaning of this ordinance?
John 13:16, 17; 1 Peter 5: 5; 1 Timothy 5:10
6. What ordinance did Paul receive from the Lord and pass on to the church?
1 Corinthians 11: 1, 2, 23-26
7. When was this first instituted?
1 Corinthians 11: 23; Luke 22: 7, 8, 14-20
8. Did Jesus call this the Lord’s Supper or the Passover?
Luke 22: 8, 15
9. How often was the Jewish Passover celebrated?
10. When was it celebrated?
Deuteronomy 16: 6; Exodus 12: 6
Note: The Passover lamb was killed “In the evening” or as the marginal reading renders it “between the two evenings”. According to Jewish
reckoning “Between the two evenings” is from 12 o’ clock noon until nightfall. (See Jewish Encyclopaedia Volume 9. Page 553 Art. “Passover) Bible times was reckoned on the basis of four watches” in the night (Matthew 14: 25) and twelve hours in the day (John 11: 9). The first hour of the day would correspond to our 6 o’clock in the morning (Matthew20: 3-6) Jesus died the ninth hour of the day (Matthew 27: 45, 46) which is 3,00p.m our time and was also the time of the day that the Passover lamb was slain.
11. Who now is our Passover Lamb?
1 Corinthians 5: 7
12. What is the Lord’s Passover (Lord’s Supper) a memorial of?
1 Corinthians 11:26
13. How often should it be observed?
Exodus 13: 10; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
Note: The word “often” as used here means a yearly observance as the high priest went “often” into the most holy place (Hebrew 9: 24-26) The celebration of any person’s birthday or great event is kept yearly at the proper time. So we should with Christ’s death, otherwise it loses its meaning.
14. At what time of the day should it be observed?
Matthew 26: 20; 1 Corinthians 11: 23
The reason the New Testament Passover is called the Lord’s Supper is because it was observed at supper time. It is not the Lord’s breakfast or the Lord’s dinner as some people observe it in the morning etc.
15. On what night in relation to the Jewish Passover did the Lord institute the Lord’s Supper?
1 Corinthians 11: 23
Note: Bible evidence is that Jesus was betrayed the night BEFORE the Passover Lamb was slain. The Jews had not yet eaten the Passover Lamb (John 18: 28) when Jesus was to be tried and condemned to die.
But Jesus had already eaten the Passover Supper with the disciples. So then, since Paul say’s that we are to observe this ordinance “the same night that Jesus was betrayed” the proper time to keep it would
be at the beginning of the 14th Nisan (Abib) which is after sunset of the 13th. The Jewish religious year began in the Spring, the first
month Nisan (Abib) corresponds to our later part of March or in some cases the first part of April.
The Jewish months were regulated by the moon (lunar months) the first months beginning after the New Moon following the Vernal Equinox [see the Jewish Encyclopaedia; art. “Calendar”]. So the way to determine the time to observe the Lord’s Supper is to locate the first new moon after the Vernal Equinox, the day following would be the first day of Nisan; the 13th day AFTER the sunset would be the proper time for the Lord’s Supper.
Church History proves that the early Christians continued to observe the Lord’s Supper once a year and was reckoned by the time the Jews had their Passover (See Neander’s Church History Vol.1, p.4113) It was the Apostate church that introduced the idea of having it more often and commercializing it. Many Protestants are following the traditions of the church, but God wants us to be guided by the word of the Lord only.
WHAT ABOUT EASTER, LENT AND GOOD FRIDAY
The word Easter is found only once in the King James Version – Acts 12:4. It is from the same original that is used in many places and translated” Passover” as for example 1 Corinthians 5: 7. In view of the almost universal celebration of Easter and along with Christmas is the most holy festival in the “Christian” church, is it not strange that it is only mentioned once in our Bible and that being a mis-translation? Easter is supposedly the celebration of the resurrection of Christ on Sunday. Yet the Bible plainly tells us that Jesus rose from the grave on the Sabbath. (Matthew 28: 1) Furthermore if Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, how is it that it is always on a Sunday?
Does Christmas always come on the same day of the week? Something is wrong here. Well like many other church traditions Easter comes to us branded with paganism.
The word Easter comes from the name of a pagan goddess- the goddess of the spring and is but a more modern form of ISHTAR, EOSTRE, OSTERA or ASTARTE. Ishtar is another name for SEMIRAMIS of Babylon, NIMROD’S Wife who claimed that after his death Nimrod became the SUN GOD, later she gave birth to an illegitimate son TAMMUZ, claiming he was Nimrod reborn. This same Tammuz was killed by a wild boar at 40 years of age and so sacred fast of 40 days weeping for Tammuz was instituted by the pagans (also observed by backslidden Israel) see Ezekiel 8: 14 and finally adopted by the apostate “Christian” church and called “Lent”.
“EASTER EGGS” Do eggs have anything to do with Christ and His resurrection? The egg was a sacred symbol among the Babylonians. They believed that an egg of a wondrous size fell from heaven into the Euphrates River and the goddess Astarte (Easter) was hatched. So from the MOTHER of False religion – Babylon came the symbol of the MYSTIC EGG.
Most ancient pagan religious rituals included the “sacred egg” in their idolatrous practices. Says the ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA: The egg as a symbol of fertility and of renewed life goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Persians who had also the custom of colouring and eating eggs during their spring festival. Its adoption into the Romanish Church is but further evidence of the great compromise that was made with paganism to gain popularity with both the pagans and the “Christians”. Apostate church leaders attempted to find some similarity between the pagan rite and some Christian event. So it was suggested that as the chick comes out of the egg, so Christ came out of the tomb! Thus fallen Church leaders void of the Holy Spirit told the people that the egg was the symbol of the resurrection of Christ. Pope Paul V even appointed a prayer in connection with the egg! “Bless O Lord we beseech thee this thy creature of EGGS, that it may become wholesome substance unto thy servants, eating it in remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
“EASTER RABBITS” [From Encyclopaedia Britannica]. Like the Easter egg the Easter hare, (rabbit) came to Christianity from antiquity. The hare is associated with the moon in the legends of ancient Egypt and other peoples. Through the fact that the Egyptian word for hare, UM means also “open” and “period” the hare came to be identified with periodicity, both lunar and human, and with the beginning of new life. As such, the hare became linked with Easter eggs.
Thus both the Easter Rabbit and Easter eggs became symbols of sexual significance, symbols of fertility!
“HOT CROSS BUNS” Is it Christian? As early as 1500 B. C. such buns were used in the worship of the “Queen of Heaven” see Jeremiah 7: 18-20; 44: 17-19, 25, (“cake” from “kavvan” means “bun”)
“SUNRISE SERVICE” Is it Christian? See Ezekiel 8:16 and also 1 Kings 18:26- “Baal worship is sun-worship as part of the Mother-Goddess worship. The Sphinx of Egypt were built to watch the rising sun. In Japan from Mount Fuji-yama, prayers were made to the rising sun. Shinto pilgrims in white robes turn out from their shelters joining their chants to the rising sun. [Matthew 15:8, 9 – Vain worship].
“GOOD FRIDAY” Is this a Christian festival? The word “Friday” comes from the name “Freya”, who was regarded as the goddess of peace,
joy and FERTILITY by the ancient pagans [Fausset p. 232, Art. “fish”]. As a symbol of fertility, the fish became regarded as sacred among the pagans. The reason the fish was used as a symbol of fertility is seen by the simple fact that it has a very high reproduction rate. For example, a single cod fish annually spawns upwards of 9,000,000 eggs; the flounder, 1,000,000; the sturgeon, 700,000 etc. And so, from ancient times the fish has been the symbol of sexual fertility, and thus was associated with the goddess of fertility – Freya – Friday. Now we see the real significance of Friday and fish.
The Romans called the Goddess of sexual fertility by the name Venue. And thus it is from the goddess Venue that our modern words “venereal” and “venereal disease” have come. Friday was regarded as her sacred day. [See Encyclopaedia of Religions. Art. Fri]. It was believed that the planet Venus ruled the first hour of Friday and thus it was called DIES VENERIS. And to make the significance complete, the fish was also regarded as being sacred to her. The fish symbol may be found upon many pagan statues and was sacred also to Ashtoreth [Judges 2:12-14]. In view of these things concerning Friday being named after the goddess of fertility, Friday being the day that from olden times was regarded as her sacred day, and since the fish was her sacred symbol, it comes like more than a mere coincidence that Catholics are taught that Friday is a special day, and up until just recent years, a day of abstinence from meat, a day to eat fish!
From where then does Easter observance come? Did the apostles ever observe Easter? Did the early Christians dye Easter eggs or go to the bakery and buy hot cross buns? Did Peter or Paul ever conduct an Easter sunrise service? Where did all these customs come from? What does God say about the customs of the heathens? [Jeremiah 10:2,3]
Now, since the true Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, in reality did rise [not merely in nature, plants, etc] and since His resurrection was in the Spring of the year – though slightly earlier than the pagan festivals of olden times, it was too hard for the church of the fourth century [now greatly departed from the true faith anyway] to merge the pagan Spring festival into Christianity – attaching the various phases of it to Christ. In this way it would appear to be a Christian festival, yet at the same time, it would retain many of its ancient customs.
In this way both sides were coaxed into the professing “church”. In speaking of this merger, the Encyclopaedia Britannica says, “Christianity incorporated in its celebration of the great Christian feast day many of the heathen rites and customs of the Spring festival”
The evidence then is clear: today’s observance of Easter is not purely Christian, its customs are plainly a mixture of paganism and Christianity.
Some feel, however, that we can take these various customs and use them to honour Christ. After all, it is reasoned, Do not most Christians think of Christ at this season? Though the pagans worshipped the sun towards the east, can not we have sunrise services to honour the resurrection of Christ, even though this is not the time of the day that he arose? And even though the egg was used by the pagans, cannot we continue its use and pretend it symbolizes the large rock that was in front of the tomb?
In other words, some think that we can take all of these pagan beliefs and ideas, and instead of applying them to the false gods as the heathen did, we can use them to glorify Christ. At first glance, this might seem like good reasoning, but this idea of adding pagan customs into the worship of the true God is utterly and absolutely condemned in the Bible. Here is what God says: “Take heed....that thou inquire not after their gods [pagan gods] saying, How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it; thou shalt not ADD thereto” [Deuteronomy 12:30-32]. Plainly then, God does not want us to add anything to His worship. He does not want us to use customs and rites that the heathen used, even though we might CLAIM to use them to honour Him [Revelation 22:18, 19]. [See Babylon, Mystery Religion – chap.19]
Does the Bible make any distinction between the Law of Moses (ceremonial Law) and the Law of God (Ten Commandments)? This lesson is intended to clear up the misunderstanding regarding these two Laws.
1. When God gave the Ten Commandments on the tablets of stone did He intend that this Law be separated and distinguished from other laws?
2. What indicates the enduring quality of his Law?
3. Where did Moses write all the laws and statutes besides the Ten Commandments? Deuteronomy 31:24 – 26;
4. What distinction was made with respect to the Ten Commandments?
Exodus 24:12, Exodus 31:18
5. What commandments did the children of Israel have when they left Egypt? Can you see the distinction between the sacrificial laws and God’s Law?
Jeremiah 7:21 – 23
6. What does Nehemiah quote the Lord as saying?
Nehemiah 9:13, 14
7. Upon what were the Ten Commandments written?
Deuteronomy 4:12, 13
8. Where did Moses record the Ceremonial laws?
2 Chronicles 35:12
9. Where were the Ten Commandments kept?
Exodus 40:20; 1 Kings 8:9
10. Where were the laws of Moses kept?
Deuteronomy 31:24 – 26
11. How long will the Law of God last?
Psalms 111:7, 8
12. How long did the Law of Moses last?
13. What did Jesus do to the Law of God?
14. What did Jesus do to the sacrificial laws?
15. What is God’s Law called?
Psalms 19:7; Romans 7:12
16. What about Moses law?
17. How does Paul distinguish between the commandments of God and the law of circumcision? 1 Corinthians 7:19
18. What law was in question in the dissension of Acts 15?
Acts 15:1, 5, 24
19. What law is spoken of in Colossians 2:16?
Colossian 2:14, 17 and Hebrews 9:9, 10
20. When was the time of reformation?
Hebrews 9:11, 12
Note: To understand more fully the significance and distinction of the sacrificial laws and God’s eternal Law read Hebrews Chapters 7 – 10.
What request did the disciples make of Jesus?
Luke 11: 1
What prayer did Jesus give his disciple which is a model for us also?
Luke 11: 2-4; Matthew 6: 9-13
What straightforward command did Jesus give regarding prayer?
Luke 18: 1, 7
How did the apostle Paul admonish the church in this respect?
Philippians 4: 6
How often should we pray?
Ephesians 6: 18; 1 Thessalonians 5: 17
Note: We cannot pray all the time in audible prayer but we can always be in a prayerful attitude.
If we would receive that which we desire what must we do?
John 16: 24; Matthew 7: 7, 8
If we ask in His will how will God reward us?
James 1: 5
What is the essential element in having our prayers answered?
James 1: 6, 7
What is one hindrance to answered prayers?
James 4: 3
10. What is another deterrent to answered prayer?
Psalms 68: 18; Proverbs 28: 9
11. What definite rule did men of the Bible have regarding prayer?
Daniel 6: 10; Psalms 55: 17
12. What spirit did Jesus manifest in His agonizing prayer?
Matthew 26: 39
13. How does the Spirit assist us in offering prevailing prayer?
Romans 8: 26; 1 Corinthians 14: 15
14. What prevented Jesus from granting the wish of the mother of James and John?
Matthew 20: 20-22
15. What was the difference in the request of the blind man?
Matthew 20: 30-34
16. Why do we need to watch and pray?
Matthew 26: 41
17. What reason does Peter give for prayer?
1 Peter 4: 7
18. How must we seek God in our prayer?
Hebrews 11: 6
19. If we watch and pray how will this help us in our trials and in the day when Jesus returns in His power and great glory?
Luke 21: 34-36
20. What three methods of prayer do we find in the following scriptures?
Matthew 6: 5-7 (In private)
Daniel 6: 10 (In public)
Isaiah 56: 7; Matthew 18: 19, 20; Luke 11: 1, 2; 1 Timothy 2: 8 (In Worship)
Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Prayer does not
change God. It places us in the channel of blessing, and in the frame of mind in which God can consistently and safely grant our requests. Prayer is not the overcoming of God’s reluctance, it is the taking hold of God’s willingness.
Apostle Dr Daisy M Lake
Pastor Ronald Lake
Apostolic Church of God 7th Day Ministries