Isaiah

The Everlasting Covenant



In this Good Friday message from Easter 2016, John Alley talks about the Everlasting Covenant. Beginning with an explanation of what covenant is, using biblical examples, John goes on to show how all of these covenants were in the context of one bigger everlasting covenant. This is the Covenant of Peace. That covenant was made in the blood of Jesus Christ, established before time began, as scripture attests. From this eternal covenant, which is pre-dates Adam, all of His promises, and all good things are possible, and come to us.

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The Increase of His Government



The prophet Isaiah, in speaking of the coming Messiah, said “….Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end…” What, exactly, does that mean? John Alley brings a message of hope and encouragement regarding the things to come in light of the Gospel. John examines the words of the prophets Isaiah and Daniel as well as Chapter 21 of Revelation and draws parallels in the prophetic language and symbolism contained therein. Most popular theories about the end of the world and the second coming of Christ are not based on exegesis, says John, where the Bible would interpret itself. When, however, a comprehensive study is made of the Bible passages relative to this subject, it can be seen that the word of God, the Gospel, will continue to grow and increase and be active in the world. John presents statistics that verify that Christianity is on the increase in the world and that

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Finding Christ Finding Rest



We read in many places in the Bible about “rest”, or “Sabbath rest”. But what do these terms really mean, and how do we attain rest? John Alley begins this message with Isaiah 58:13-14, which speaks of the importance of not breaking the Sabbath. John goes on to explain that in Old Testament times keeping the Sabbath was a sign of the Covenant. Under the New Covenant, however, even though we are not saved by keeping the Law, nevertheless the principles set out in the Old Covenant are valuable to us. The sign of the New Covenant, says John, is the resurrection of Christ – Christ died, Christ rose and Christ is coming again. And so will we who keep His Covenant. John continues to teach of the benefits of keeping the principles that have been set out for us in Scripture, and then examines passages from Hebrews and from Revelation, which not only emphasise the meaningful nature of the Lord’s Day, but also present symbolic picture of the person of Christ. The rich symbolism, including the illustration of the two-edged sword which issues from the mouth of Christ are spoken of in some detail by John, who then goes on to warn against those things which prevent us from attaining to the Sabbath rest that Christ offers. These include unbelief, disobedience and failure to rest from our own works. John explains how criticism of others is actually a failure to rest from our own works. The call of Christ, says John, is that we yield to His mercies – to come to the cross, to seek His face, and to surrender everything to Him.

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How's Your Preparation?



Two things we can be sure of, says David Hood, are - that God has a good plan for our lives, and that the enemy of our souls will do everything he can to oppose that plan. God does not want us to remain the same, and will actively work to change us into the image of Christ. David uses the story of Joseph, who endured many trials and yet cam through them with a heart that was true to God. In every situation, says David, we need to have an attitude that will allow God to work with us. Just as the prophet Isaiah spoke of the potter and the clay, we belong to the Lord, and He will bring us right back to the beginning and start again if he needs to. We are all walking the same path and are meant to encourage one other. With many Scripture reference, David encourages the listener that, no matter where we are up to with our preparation, we should get focussed and get in line with the word of God.

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A Life Surrendered



Today John Alley commences his message with an excerpt from “Binding the Strong Man over America” by John Benefield. This inspiring passage tells a story of dramatic change to a region of Oklahoma in the wake of extensive Prayer, spiritual mapping and spiritual warfare and emphasises the fact that spiritual forces are very much at work in the world about us. John then goes on to examine Isaiah 40:6-8, which compares man to the grass of the field which is here today and withers tomorrow before proclaiming that the world of God stands forever. John goes on to remind the listener that life is temporary, a short period in which to decide whether we love life and therefore love the Lord, or hate life and therefore hate Christ. We can fall on the stone and be broken, says John, or it will fall on us and crush us. The choices we make here and now determine our eternity. The outer man is perishing and decaying moment by moment, but for those who have Christ, there is great joy and peace inside. John goes on to examine Scriptures from 1 Peter 1:22-25 and from Psalm 103, all of which reiterate the theme of the temporary nature of earthly life alongside the eternal truth that lives forever in those who believe. Where else can we find such hope? In John’s words, we cannot. In these days leading up to the annual Summit, John exhorts the people of God to empty ourselves of all that is of “self” and repent of every wickedness so that we can receive all that the Holy Spirit desires to impart.

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