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Summary: The church and New Testament doctrine are founded not only upon God’s past dealings with Israel, but also his future dealings. If you miss this, you miss much. We are a preview of God’s Kingdom on earth, and we must embrace Kingdom attitudes.

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Kingdom Attitudes

(Isaiah 56:1-12)

1. I collect humor, and Jewish jokes are among my favorites.

2. It was a sweltering August day in 1937 when the Cohen brothers entered the posh Dearborn, Michigan, offices of Henry Ford, the car maker. "Mr. Ford," announced Norman Cohen, the eldest of the three. "We have a remarkable invention that will revolutionize the automobile industry."

Ford was skeptical, but he was interested. "We would like to demonstrate it to you in person." They brought Mr. Ford outside and asked him to enter a black automobile parked in front of the building.

Hyman Cohen, the middle brother, opened the door of the car.

"Please step inside, Mr. Ford."

"What!" shouted the tycoon, "Are you crazy? It must be 200 degrees in that car!"

"It is," smiled brother, Max, "but sit down Mr. Ford, push the white button."

Ford pushed the button. All of a sudden a whoosh of freezing air started blowing from vents all around the car, and within seconds the automobile was not only comfortable, it was quite cool.

"This is amazing!" exclaimed Ford. "How much do you want for the patent?"

Norman spoke up, "The price is one million dollars, but there is something else: The name 'Cohen Brothers Air-Conditioning' must be stamped next to the Ford logo!"

"Money is no problem," retorted Ford, "but no way will I have a Jewish name next to my logo on my cars!'

They haggled and compromised, the Cohens' name would be left off. However, their first names would be forever emblazoned upon the Ford console in AC vehicles.

And that is why, even today, you will see those three names clearly printed on the air conditioning control panel: NORM, HI and MAX. [www.nopes.com]

Some Christians discriminate against studying end time prophecy, but it’s all over.

The church and New Testament doctrine are founded not only upon God’s past dealings with Israel, but also his future dealings. If you miss this, you miss much.

Main Idea: We are a preview of God’s Kingdom on earth, and we must embrace Kingdom attitudes. How is your attitude?

I. Living in Light of an Unexpected Return: The Lord Will Come SUDDENLY (1-2)

A. Revelation Suggests that Isaiah 55-56 are a STACKED deck.

1. What do I mean? God planted anchor information he would develop.

2. Revelation 22:17 with Isaiah 55:1

“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”

B. The word “salvation” (yeshuah) might be a PLAY on words (Yeshua)

Revelation 22:12, “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.”

C. The consistent attitude: Be READY

1. NT mystery: the coming of Jesus in two phases: his “at any time” coming to the clouds, and his return to the earth 2,520 days after the Antichrist signs a treaty with Israel….{all Israel repents and believes]


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