Wednesday, October 30, 2002




Genesis 5


Year Born



Age @ Death

Yr. Died




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*Gen 5:24 Enoch did not die but was translated to heaven.

Genesis 7:11 Noah entered the ark in the 600th year of his life which was 1656 years after God created Adam.

Genesis 11:10 picks back up with the timeline



























































175 (21:5)






180 (25/35)






147 (47)






110 (50)


Interesting Facts

Genesis 16:16 Abraham was 86 years old when Ishmael was born: 2034.

Abraham was 201 when Shem died!

Gen 12:4 Abraham was 75 when he left Haran: 2023.

Gen 17:24 Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised: 2047.

This is the same year that Sodom & Gomorrah was destroyed!

Gen 17:17 Sarah was 90 when Abraham was 100 yrs old.

Gen 23:1 Sarah was 127 when she died: 2085 (born in 1958).

Gen 25:20 Isaac was 40 when he married Rebekah: 2088.

Gen 47:9 Jacob was 130 when he took 70 of his descendants, know as the household of Israel, into Egypt in the year 2238.

The children were to stay in bondage in Egypt for 430 years or until 2459.

Moses was 80 years old when the children of Israel came out of Egypt, so he was born in the year 2379.

Deut 34:7 Moses lived to be 120 yrs old, so he died in 2499.

Joshua 14:7-10 Caleb was 40 yrs old at Kadesh Barnea: 2459/60 and he was 85 when he took Hebron for an inheritance from God in 2504/05. So conquering the land of Canaan lasted about 5 years up to that time.

(numbers in parenthesis indicate reference chapter #s in Genesis)

Sunday, October 20, 2002

The Preparation of God

The Preparation of God


The Story of Jonah

The Setting: Open Bibles to the book of Jonah, p.1495

* Jonah was an OT Prophet of God serving the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam II, who reigned 792-753 B.C. (2 Kings 14:25)

* The historical reality of Jonah in the belly of the great fish as well as his preaching in Nineveh was verified by Jesus who referenced Jonah’s experiences. (Matthew 12:39-41; 16:4; Luke 11:29-32)

* Jonah lived in Gath Hepher, a small town just Northeast of Nazareth in Zebulun.

* Jonah’s ministry included encouraging prophecies to Israel followed by a time of prosperity under King Jeroboam II.

* It appears that Jonah had a restrictive view of God’s compassion & grace. He believed that only the Israelites deserved God’s blessings.

* Assyria was an historical & future enemy of Israel.

* Nineveh was the flourishing capital city of Assyrian empire.

> It was first built by Asshur, the second son of Shem. Genesis 10:11

> Nineveh was located on the bank of the Tigris River.

> The city was 30 miles long and 10 miles wide

> Nineveh’s population at this time was so large that it contained more than 120,000 children so young they had not yet reached the age to recognize their right from their left, nor right from wrong.

> The city’s destruction was prophesied by

^ Nahum; Zephaniah; Isaiah

> After having reigned in tyranny for over 600 years, Nineveh’s destruction was fulfilled in about 612 B.C. The city still lies in ruins

* Jonah did not like the opulence, the wickedness, the tyrannical rule, or the hideous violence and threats of the Assyrians nor the fact they were just not Israelites, not even true Semitic, but a mixed and ungodly nation and therefore not a part of the chosen people of God.

> Jonah was prejudice

> Jonah exalted himself and the Jews above these, believing that God should not love and forgive the enemies of Israel.

> Jonah knew God was merciful and that God would forgive them and reconsider His intent to destroy Nineveh if the people repented and turned to Him.

^ Jonah did not want to see Nineveh repent & be saved

^ Jonah did not want to preach this to his enemies

^ Jonah did not want to be a part of God’s plan to offer the Assyrians a chance at forgiveness, repentance or mercy

^ Jonah knew what God wanted but did not agree

The Story:

* The Word of the Lord came to Jonah

> Arise, go to Nineveh …

* Jonah walks the opposite direction to Joppa

> He catches a boat headed in the opposite direction

> He wanted to get away from the presence of God

^ maybe the voices would stop

^ maybe the conviction & condemnation would cease

^ maybe the struggling would quit

* The Storm at Sea

> Lots were cast, divination

> Jonah confesses

> He is reluctantly thrown overboard at his own request

Note: “It’s a sad truth but at times getting rid of the person will get rid of the problem.” (no one, not even these men, want to do it)

* God had prepared a great fish that swallows Jonah

> 3 days and nights in the fish’s belly

* In his affliction Jonah prays to God

> I will pay that which I have vowed, Salvation is of the Lord.

* God spoke to the fish who spits Jonah up onto dry ground

* The Word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time

> Arise, go to Nineveh …

> So, Jonah went!

* Jonah begins his first day’s walk into the city & cries

> “In 40 days Nineveh will be overthrown!”

* The people believe Jonah’s preaching

> they repent with fasting and mourning

* The king of Nineveh hears and he repents

> The king decrees a fast for every man & beast

> He commands the people to turn from evil and violence

* God sees the repentance

> God reconsiders and decides not to destroy them

* This angers Jonah

> He tells God, “I knew it … this is what I said You would do while I was still in my own country … This is why I started out for Tarshish to get away from you, God.”

^ I know that You are a gracious and merciful God

^ I know that you are slow to anger

^ I know that you are abundant in loving-kindness

^ I know that you reconsider doing any harm

^ Just kill me … I do not want to live

* The Lord answers Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

* Jonah goes out of the city and sits down to watch and wait

* That night God prepared a gourd to grow and it’s vine to shade Jonah from the sun

> Jonah was happy for the vine

* God prepared a worm to eat the vine and it withered and died

* God prepared a terrible east wind and the sun to beat down on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint.

* Jonah was angry and wished to die

> God said, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

> Jonah replied, “It is right for me to be angry, even to death!”

* God revealed His own heart to Jonah, as well as Jonah’s heart to Jonah

> You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored nor made it grow … should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, and the more than 120,000 young children and all the animals, (which I did labor for and caused to grow).

Four Times In This Book God Is Said To Have Prepared Something:

Jonah 1:17 The LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.

Jonah 4:6 The LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah,

Jonah 4:7 God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day

Jonah 4:8 God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah

For our lesson today, let’s look for a moment at God this fish:

What others may see as punishment for your past , God may see as preparation or positioning for your future.

Like David, Joseph & Paul - The journey may be your best friend

God provides a place to preserve and protect people while He prepares them to participate in and perform His purposed plans.

* God did not prepare the fish to kill Jonah nor did God leave Jonah to drown.

God is a God of Preparation, a God of Purpose, A God of Plans!

(Noah and the ark)

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house

1 Peter 3:20 … the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing

Preparation takes some time & God is never late, He is always prepared before it’s time

Jesus said, “I go away to prepare a place for you”

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Eye not seen ear not heard …

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Exodus 23:

20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.

What may seem like a surprise to you is actually a plan to God.

Don’t let what works on you work in you or it will work through you and that might work against you.

Rather, let God’s word work in you concerning what is working on you so that He can work through you and everything will work for you.

God is prepared … and He has prepared you before you knew it

2 Chronicles 29:36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.

2 Questions this morning:

#1. What Has God prepared for you?

#2. What has God prepared you for?

When we want to know what God wants us to do, we should look behind us and see what He has prepared us to do.

Don’t be afraid, don’t be angry, don’t run away, don’t disagree with God … He2 Chronicles 29:36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly. has a plan for you … let Him be God!

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

The Prophetic Preparation

The Prophetic Preparation



On Wednesday evenings from January 9th of this year through June 19th, we came together to hear a continuing message that I announced God had given me for our church. Although some mid week services were lent to other current needs such as VBS, visiting ministers, we always rebounded back to the study God had given us and remained faithful until we finished the lessons. Immediately following the last lesson in late June, as promised, I began to coax and coach individuals and families toward their miracle. I asked each one to choose a miracle and begin putting the principles learned into practice. Since then several have testified to receiving what they sought God for.

I believe that our whole church was being prepared for what only God knew was coming to us. Over the last three days, through all the added pressures of my life, which have been many and difficult, I have touched the grace and goodness of God to see that we were prepared and have been chosen to bring about a miracle blessing from God to His church.

This is marvelous to us, but it is not anything less than what we believe and teach to be God’s way. God is with us, coaxing us, coaching us, drawing us on to believe and act beyond our risks, beyond our fears, beyond our questions, beyond our competence and beyond our experience. We have now become one of those communities which God has invited to participate in His miracle plan … what will be our response. Will we be like the children of Israel at Kadesh-Barnea, like the young rich ruler, like doubting Thomas or like King Agrippa who said to the Apostle Paul in Acts 26:28, “… almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”

I am not almost persuaded, but fully persuaded like Abraham in Romans 4, who against hope believed in hope; against the odds, took a risk on God having a plan and that God was able to perform what had been promised. We, the family of God at COTR, are not new comers to this faith. We are like so many others in the bible who live by faith and dare the impossible.

For this time and season that is upon us, allow me to feed your faith, strengthen your resolve and gather your support. Let us go at once to meet this call, perhaps it is for this reason we have come to the kingdom. Listen to the admonitions given us months before we were given this current opportunity.

The passage:

2 Kings 4:1-7

1 ¶ Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.

2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.

6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

The points: (quoted from the teachings found in my published study notes)


Enable us

Equip us

Position us

1. Elisha understood he would have to move this woman into a position to receive a miracle from God.

* first be motivated to depend on God and not the arm of man

* next offer what you have to God for His touch

* then you must obediently follow the prescribed course of action required

* finally you should use the blessings and benefits received for that which God intended when He blessed you.

2. Even true and gifted men of God do not always know everything, even about the works and miracles they themselves are involved in.

* People can get frustrated with pastors and counselors who clearly hear from God … as though they are stonewalling information when it is very possible they just don’t know the future, but they do know the next step … and without taking the next step …

3. God chooses the simple things of this world and the things which are nothing to bring about great things. (1 Corinthians 1:28)

4. One’s refusal to do their simple part is often the single downfall of God’s great plan.

* Do not sacrifice the big picture for some small conviction

* Naturally most people think what is best for them is best … however: Life is teamwork.

5. God is not against borrowing

* Borrow with a plan and plan not always to have to borrow

* Borrowing is also a test of humility

6. God demands people participate in their miracle.

* Where God is unable to motivate people to supply what they can and give what they have, He often does not perform miracles.

* The only ingredient required … is trust.

7. Borrow not a few:

* get a big vision of supply

* Don’t limit God

* ask big … bigger than you may actually need right now

* When it is all over and done with, I would have been willing to give you more than you will get … go for it!

8. Timing is a critical factor in receiving from God.

* Miracles begin and miracles end

* The acorn

9. Who you are connected to can determine your destiny.

* Who you include in your inner circle can limit your outcome

* Jesus suffered no man to follow Him except … (Mk 5:37)

* The 10 doubtful spies weighed heavy on those candidates for miracles and pushed them completely out of miracle territory.

* God does not want us burdened down with the weight of doubtful darts and probing questions when we are engaging in such critical moments of the miraculous.

* The common distractions of nay-sayers and the critical minded skeptics.

Note: I am not saying this now that we are in the face of a miracle opportunity … no! This is what I said long ago before we ever thought we could be in this place. These principles have the credibility of being a prophetic utterance designed to prepare hearts and minds to believe and act.

10. Many have the gift of pointing out the blatantly obvious

* there is no shortage of vision but rather resources, either money or personnel, who are committed to see the project through.

* Each miracle is designed by God to furnish what He has determined we need and not what we may think we need.

* Let the miracle run its full course

* Don’t limit the miracle by your limited need.

11. The miraculous can be hard work.

* don’t get tempted by tiredness or ‘just get enough’ thinking and quit in the middle of your miracle.

12. You don’t have to know the whole journey to take the first step.

* Maybe God has not given the man of God the full picture yet.

* Act in faith with what we have

* A time of proving is almost always required

* A break through may require a break with or break from

* Miracles may require walking on some new ground doing some new things

* Stubbornness is your enemy

* faith in God and faithfulness to act in faith toward God


We have asked God for a miracle.

The opportunity to participate is at hand.

It will take faith and action.

Timing is critical.

Go for it! (Caleb quote: Numbers 13:30))


I have earned your trust & I now need your participation.

Fill out your participation request form tonight.

Ask your family members and friends to participate.

If you have questions, join the club, but have some faith and participate … I guarantee your personal safety … get out of the boat and walk on some water for a change … you may get a little wet, but you won’t get hurt.