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The Explorers of Ararat by Pastor Melissa Scott

July 30th, 2010

“And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth” never, never seen before; it will “destroy… everything… where the breath of life is…under heaven”- everything is going to be gone, “But with thee I will establish my covenant” – another first: first time for grace, first time for righteous or sedeqa, first time for covenant ever spoken of in the Bible. And He goes on to tell him what he is going to bring into the ark. Of course we know they put the animals in. We will discuss this because the animals going into the ark is a completely different story. There is much detail, people just glaze over it and say well, okay these animals and thus and so.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that there is reason why “two” and “seven.” There is reason why God knew He was going to see Noah through. They come out on the other side and there is a reason, not just procreation of the animals. And believe you me while the animals were in that ship, there was a lot of stuff going on. A lot of people think well they are put in their little stalls and everybody was happy. How much weight carried it, some of you already have a perverse mind I can tell. Keep your mind on the Lord. Animals: you got to feed them and they produce other stuff. So with no capacity to open the door and get the stuff out of there, it must have been terrible. It must have stunk in there. It must have just been absolutely terrible.

Now lest you think I have gone too Bible on you, and I want to read this before I run out of time. Some of these books are super great. This is one that I like well because even though the person who wrote this, B. J. Corbin, it is a compilation of people, The Explorers of Ararat. What I like about this is he starts out by saying not everybody in essence believes in the Bible or not everybody is basing their facts on thus and so. So basically just bear with me until you hear what I have to say. And I like that because he is not putting his belief down my throat first.

He is going to present some evidence. Now this book is, I will probably bring this to Festival tonight and we’ll go through it but he amassed some information about the whereabouts. I just watched a documentary where people snuck into a country to try and get a glimpse and photos, they were kicked out – it is very secretive. Now either somebody is hiding something or there is a good conspiracy, but in any event this has been going on for a long time.

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God’s time is not our time by Pastor Melissa Scott

July 23rd, 2010

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this word ‘with speed’ and this word ‘together’ cause a problem. Why? Because when people read it they say, “it must shortly come to pass”, right now and “the time is at hand”, that means tomorrow or right now. Romans 16:20 if you feel like mulling around, mull, and if you don’t I’ll read it to you. Romans 16:20. Romans 16:20, “and the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly,” but that hasn’t happened yet. Paul’s writing to encourage in this Roman letter at the end all these greetings and benedictions and salutations.

He’s saying this as an encouragement, but it hasn’t yet happened. That word that he’s using for, “under your feet shortly,” – en tachei. I want to illustrate to you it’s not something that you can say, “Well, yeah, but you know it’s in the book of Revelation and nothing’s happened there yet so” No, it’s through the Bible. It’s being used elsewhere. What about this word for, “the time is at hand?” Go to James 5:8. “Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” So you can see what I’m trying to do is I’m trying to take away the ridicule that’s been put on this Book to show you these very same words, en tachei and eggus, “the time is at hand” and ‘shortly’ are elsewhere.

Now when James was writing I’m sure he really meant to encourage the people in whatever dimension that he intended, likewise Paul. Now, 2nd Peter 3 has the logical time frame; God’s time’s not our time so, “one day is as a thousand years with the Lord, a thousand years is as one day.” So, what is time to God? I don’t know, but all I’m telling you is it’s not a unique usage in Revelation. So when people talk to you about this and they say, “Well, it says with speed,” quickly, must happen quickly, and “man it hasn’t happened yet,” you need to tell them, “Well, yeah, but I know the grammar behind this or I’ve seen the structure of what this is, or I know the usages elsewhere, and I know that there are a lot of other things that haven’t happened yet because they’re all small little prophetic voices that all are saying the same thing.” Remember, Dr. Scott used to say, “major in God’s repeatables?” You have it here so you don’t have to think about, “well I’m not sure.” I wanted to cover that before we proceeded.

Now, let me go to the rest of this. Sometimes I get very animated and forget where I am. All right. He (signified) and I put this in brackets because if I could make it less crazy I would say something for you to look at he – this is a ‘Scott-ism’ – He, ‘sign-i-fied’ it. He, with signs – break down that word ‘signified’ ‘sign-i-fied’ and you’ll see the signs and the symbols used in the Book and everything that’s in the Book. If we have time, we’re going to look at everybody knows, everybody’s been taught about the value of numbers in God’s Book, but in the book of Revelation it’s paramount that you know the repeated numbers have a meaning and it’s not enough to say ‘complete’ or ‘perfect.’ There are other underlying tones we’re going to look at if we get there. So, “with speed and He signified it having sent it by” or through “the” definite article “the angel,” specific.

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The Ark of Covenant by Pastor Melissa Scott

July 9th, 2010

They’re both good and they both confirm each other, so quit trying to say that this writer or this fragment contradicts. They are two records woven together. And as we have said many times although the thought process is Moses penned most, the common thought is Moses penned these passages we’re looking at I think it’s an accumulation of writers put together, woven in one tapestry and it confirms itself. So let’s not pick it apart. Let’s put it down to what it is. This is why they became the high criticism scholars because everything was open to be picked apart. I don’t want to do that.

Noah the problem with Noah every child that goes to Sunday School and even children who didn’t go to Sunday School know the story of Noah, and it is, it is depicted like a cartoon: Noah built an ark; the animals went in two by two; it rained forty days and forty nights; they came out and everybody was happy. Now you can all go home. But it’s a little bit more than unfair to say this, the pursuit of brilliant minds, the quest to find the ark.

And you would be surprised, once you start looking at books and documentaries of people who have really put their whole life into the quest to find the ark. I remember I had a conversation with Dr. Scott once and he asked me, now I’m talking about Noah’s Ark, but he asked me, he said, “Where do you think the ‘Ark of the Covenant is’? Now I think I have told you this before I said to him, “I think it is in Ethiopia.” Just oddball, this is some ten years ago.

How would I even think or know? Because I had seen something on the subject that was fascinating. These people claim to have the ark hidden away somewhere. I don’t know it is not for me to say but the fullest proof leads in that direction. It just plumb disappeared. Now unless somebody did something else to it, good chance that these people have it. The ark is one of those things that everybody wants to claim they have either seen or they know they have seen it, but the one common denominator is the quest for it. Not everybody’s quest is the same. Some pursue the ark because if they can just find the ark, that will give validity to the Bible and therefore everything in the Bible will be true. That’s wrong.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the starting point for us is we start by Faith, not by fact, not by what we see. That is what Christianity is based on, the miracle of the resurrection which I call fact, but we weren’t eyewitnesses, and there are some people even today that say no, just like Thomas, “unless He appears and I can see the nail holes, I won’t believe it.” There are things we must take on Faith, not face value Faith value.

Pastor Melissa Scott

The Last Passage by Pastor Melissa Scott

July 2nd, 2010

In fact, Paul will deal so eloquently with these perfectionist teachers when he gets down to this last passage, he deals with the fact anybody coming to sell you another gospel other than Christ crucified and Christ rose from the dead, anything else is going to be laddered in law and works and the only thing that manages to be worked out in all that is human pride to show your achievements and your accomplishments. And this is why Paul goes on to say, “I glory, I boast in what God has done.”

So voluntarily He gave of Himself to meet our condition that He might deliver us. You know there are different words that will be used. Some places it will say, “To save us,” some, “to spare us.” This Greek word is to take us out of the way of evil and danger and it says, “From this present evil world,” literally “from this present evil age.”  ”According to the will of God and our Father,” so, so simplistic but this our sins, meeting our condition to deliver us being the purpose in this particular verse, all right.

The result of this deliverance-let me use another color. The result of this deliverance brings immediate grace and peace. See, when we do something and try to be homiletic about it, sometimes we have to follow the order. But in this way, looking at it, I see the result from being delivered by His voluntary act for our sins, which He gave His life to deliver us from this present evil age. The result of this deliverance is immediately grace and peace. And we’ve defined both of those things as simple as grace, unmerited favor and peace, cessation of againstness or surrender.

Now what I marvel at, this is the thing that I marvel at. If this was the only part of scripture that I had and didn’t have any part of the Bible, I could know that my salvation didn’t come from anything I did. In every line, line upon line, I know everything that happened in my life, my salvation, and my righteousness came from Him. My justification came from Him.

My sanctification-in fact all of these will exemplify all of those theological words brilliantly done by the Apostle Paul. I don’t even think-it was the hand or the breath of God flowing through him to depict these. So this first one tells me the initial result, grace and peace; and the permanent result, which is here, “to whom be glory for ever and ever.” A simple, simple concept; but one is in the immediate and one is in the permanent. This is in the now, grace and peace in the now; and for ever and ever that glory might be given to God our Father in heaven for that act, that voluntary act.

Pastor Melissa Scott