Christ Entered the Sheepfold by the Door of Fulfilled Prophecy

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But He that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep. To Him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear His voice: and He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers” (Jn. 10:1-5).

THE DOOR THROUGH WHICH THE SAvIOR ENTERED INTO THE SHEEPFOLD WAS THE DOOR OF FULFILLED PROPHECY. “TO HIM (CHRIST) GIvE ALL THE PROPHETS WITNESS, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43). “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? AND BEGINNING AT MOSES AND ALL THE PROPHETS, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Lk. 24:26-27). “And He said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that ALL THINGS MUST BE FULFILLED, WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES, AND IN THE PROPHETS, AND IN THE PSALMS, CONCERNING ME” (Lk. 24:44).

The Lord Shall Count

The Lord Shall Count

“And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the Highest Himself shall establish her. The LORD shall count, when He writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.” (Ps. 87:5-6). The individuals, spoken of here, whom the Lord “counts” (records) and whom He “writes up” (registers) are the ones who shall abide with Him forever through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

There was a time and a place where the people of God had their beginning, but there also came a time when they grew up into spiritual maturity. They are being made aware of their participation in the great redemptive enterprise that God is engaged in through His beloved Son. “Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God” (Ps. 87:3). “But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy” (Ps. 65:18). “They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God” (Ps. 84:7).

And with regard to our new birth, it is good for us to consider the place of our spiritual nativity. Where did we actually have our beginning with regard to God’s salvation in Christ Jesus. “Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all” (Gal. 4:26). She it is who begat us. It is true that with each of us, our beginnings with Christ can presently be traced to some geographical location here in this world: a church building, a baptistry, a gospel ministry, a series of gospel meetings, etc. But let us seek grace to rise up higher than this in our sanctified thoughts and longings, for we that are in Christ were all born in Zion, the church of the living God. We all have a common place of beginning as well as a common destiny. The wellspring of our nativity, “Jerusalem,” “is above” and “is free.” And she is presently begetting “free” sons and daughters (cf. Mt. 17:26) into the kingdom of God. The Son of God has made them free, and they are “free indeed” (Jn. 8:36). They have been made free from sin (Rom. 6:18-22), from the law (Rom. 7:1-3), from the fear of death (Heb. 2:14), and from besetting religious entanglements (Jn. 8:32). But presently, their freedom is “in part”, for they each are now living in prospect of being “delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom. 8:21).

Incidentally, the earthly locations, mentioned above, are soon to pass away, and shall be remembered no more. But of Zion it is said, “They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever” (Ps. 125:1). Zion, the city of the living God, shall never be forgotten, neither by God, nor by the holy angels, nor by redeemed personalities. Her pleasantries and joys are eternal, and they excel far above all that this present evil world has to offer (cf. Ps. 84:10). “In Thy Presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 116:11; cf. Acts 2:28).

“Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following. For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death” (Ps. 48:11-14). Even as faith is substantive and evidence (Heb. 11:1) to those possessing it, believers, in the present time, are often enabled to perceive and rejoice in the great protection and shelter afforded them by Mt. Zion. As they rehearse the things pertaining to salvation in Christ with one another in their times of gathering, they are frequently made aware, by faith, of the palaces, the bulwarks, and towers of Mt. Zion, even developing a deep spiritual familiarity and affinity with them.

Finally, speaking to the church, the Apostle exhorts: “But you are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in Heaven” (Heb. 12:22-23, ASV). It is assumed by the Apostle, that the ones to whom he is writing, have a great familiarity with, and affection for, Zion. Al Stoner

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Commentary

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==> Chapter Titles <==

Lesson 01: Jesus Has Something To Say To The Churches (1:1-18)

Lesson 02: The Glorified Christ Speaks (1:9-20)

Lesson 03: The Message to Ephesus (2:1-7)

Lesson 04: The Message to Smyrna (2:8-11)–Aaron Hutchcraft

Lesson 05: The Message to Pergamum (2:12-17)

Lesson 06: The Message to Thyatira (2:18-29)

Lesson 07: The Message to Sardis (3:1-6)

Lesson 08: The Message to Philadelphia (3:7-13)

Lesson 09: The Message to Laodicea (3:14-22)

Lesson 10: The Heavenly Vision (4:1-11)

Lesson 11: The Book of Divine Intent (5:1-14)

Lesson 12: The Seven Seals (First Six), 6:1-17

Lesson 13: All Israel Shall Be saved, (7:1-8 )

Lesson 14: Triumph and the Seventh Seal (7:9 – 8:1)

Lesson 15: Introduction to the Seven Trumpets (8:2-6)

Lesson 16: The First Four Trumpets (8:7-13)

Lesson 17: The Fifth Trumpet (9:1-12)

Lesson 18: The Sixth Trumpet (9:13-21)

Lesson 19: The Seventh Trumpet #1 (10:1-8)

Lesson 20: The Seventh Trumpet #2 (10:9-11:2)

Lesson 21: The Seventh Trumpet #3 (11:3-14)

Lesson 22: The Seventh Trumpet #4 (11:15-19)

Lesson 23: The Apocalyptic Gospel (12:1-17)

Lesson 24: The Beast From the Sea (13:1-10)

Lesson 25: The Beast From the Earth (13:11-18)

Lesson 26: Viewing the Overcomers (14:1-5)

Lesson 27: The Triumph of the Gospel (14:6-20)

Lesson 28: The Heavenly Scene (15:1-8)

Lesson 29: The Seven Vials (First Six) (16:1-16)

Lesson 30: The Seventh Vial (16:17-21)

Lesson 31: The Harlot Is Judged (17:1-18)

Lesson 32: The Fall of Babylon (18:1-8)

Lesson 33: The World Laments (18:9-24)

Lesson 34: The Response of Heaven (19:1-6)

Lesson 35: The Readiness of the Bride (19:7-10)

Lesson 36: The Enemies Overthrown (19:11-21)

Lesson 37: The Triumph of Faith (20:1-67)

Lesson 38: Satan’s Last Stand (20:7-15)

Lesson 39: God With Men (21:1-8)

Lesson 40: The Glorified Church (21:9-27)

Lesson 41: The Glorified State (22:1-9)

Lesson 42: The Final Message (22:10-21)



Our Divine Election

Our divine election is presently in the process of demonstration before men and angels, and it is clarified to us by our personal identification with the Lord Jesus Christ, even by our unfeigned faith in Him, and by our obedience to the gospel. The remnant, identified in the Scripture, consists of all those who have believed on the Name of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and who are continuing steadfastly in the faith. This remnant includes all those with whom God is presently working salvationally (see Ps. 74:12), and to whom faith is indeed “the substance of things hoped for”, and “the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). —Al Stoner

The Scope of God’s Redemptive Work

“The scope of God’s redemptive work in Messiah is ‘all nations’. The evidence of the divine working in salvation can be seen in the fact that the nations mentioned here [in Isaiah 2:1-4] are not being cajoled or coerced into coming, but rather they are depicted here as flowing upwards unto the mountain of the LORD’s house. The upward flow spoken of here testifies of the divine working in men’s hearts. The Father declared to the Son in Psalm 110: “Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power.” “Iniquity and transgression and sin” (Exod. 34:7) have now been put away from the face of God by the Lord Jesus Christ, so there is nothing that could possibly hinder men from coming unto Him, except for their unbelief and rejection of Him.” —Al Stoner