TULIP GEMS EZINE
(July/August 2019 Issue)
Here is your July/August Issue of Tulip Gems Ezine.
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THE HOLY BIBLE
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:1-3
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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: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Ephesians 1:11-12
"God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established."
"Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions; yet hath He not decreed any thing because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions."
Westminster Confession of 1648 and London Baptist Confession of 1689
“This doctrine of Predestination represents the purpose of God as absolute and unconditional, independent of the whole finite creation, and as originating solely in the eternal counsel of His will.
God is seen as the great and mighty King who has appointed the course of nature and who directs the course of history even down to its minutest details.
“His decree is eternal, unchangeable, holy, wise, and sovereign. It extends not merely to the course of the physical world but to every event in human history from the creation to the judgment, and includes all the activities of saints and angels in heaven and of reprobates and demons in hell.
“It embraces the whole scope of creaturely existence, through time and eternity, comprehending at once all things that ever were or will be in their causes, conditions, successions, and relations.
Everything outside of God Himself is included in this all-embracing decree, and that very naturally since all other beings owe their existence and continuance in existence to His creative and sustaining power.
“It provides a providential control under which all things are hastening to the end of God's determining; and the goal is,
"One far-off divine event
Toward which the whole creation moves.”
Boettner, Loraine. THE REFORMED DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION (w/full linked table of contents and footnotes) (Kindle Locations 273-279). Primedia eLaunch. Kindle Edition.
LAW AND GOVERNMENT
NEWS ITEMS WITH PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE
When his disciples asked Jesus about the sign of his Second Coming and the end of the world (age) he gave the several signs. Then he said:
All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matthew 24:8
“Beginning of sorrows” is a Greek idiom for “birth pangs”. Just as a woman in labor notices the cramps getting more frequent and more intense as the time to deliver the baby draws near, so the signs of his Second Coming will be more frequent and more intense as the end of the world (age) draws near.
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Luke 21:25
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. Matthew 24:9
The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. Zechariah 12:1-3
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matthew 24:6-8
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Revelation 13:16-18
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; I Timothy 4:1
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Note: Some of the news story links (above) may go to web sites with whom we are not in theological agreement. But we offer the news stories because we believe them to be accurate. Many of these stories are not being covered by the mainstream news media, not even by Fox News. Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was a big Clinton Foundation donor. He was also a major shareholder of Fox News (at least until his arrest in Saudi Arabia in late 2017).