Dear Friends and Members
of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and His Church,
The Book"Bible Enrichment Session
will meet tonight, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:30 until 8:00 PM at
Ray Of Hope Church Of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
380 W. 1st St.
Elmira, NY 14901
and on Skype:
TODAY, Tuesday, January 9, 2018: We continue our awesome, exciting, and most
amazing study on Revelation: The Book.Tonight
we will study the identity of the 144,000 witnesses in the Book Of Revelation. The modern Jehovah’s Witnesses claim they are
those 144,000 persons, or that within their “church” are those 144,000.We shall critically compare that idea with
the Scriptures.After seeing the modern
JW movement is completely wrong on that claim we will find out when they will appear
and what can we know about them in advance.You can prepare for this by reviewing pages 148-162 in our
You may start this Bible
Enrichment class at any time.Come even
if this is your first meeting or your first one in the recent past.
The Book of Revelation
is the crown jewel of the entire Bible.In this final book one finds a link to every important Doctrine
previously explained beginning in the book of Genesis.Lewis Sperry Chafer explains it this way:
Each book of the Bible avails itself of the
accumulated truth that has gone before, and the last book is like a vast union
station into which all the great highways of revelation and prediction converge
and terminate.No complete understanding
of revealed truth can be gained apart from its consummation in that book, and
that book, in turn, cannot be understood apart from the apprehension of all
that has gone before.The last book of
the Bible is the Revelation supreme. (Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology,
Vol. 1, page 60. copyright 1947, 1975, assigned to Dallas Theological Seminary,
The book we are using
for this study:“Revelation Unveiled” A
revised and updated edition of Revelation
Illustrated and Made Plain- copyright
1999 by Tim LaHaye.Zondervan Publishing
House.Grand Rapids, Michigan.Copies of the book are available for a six
dollar donation to cover the cost of each copy at the church.You can also find it on Amazon very
inexpensively.We are using the 1999
edition.It is available in Kindle
formats as well as audio book formats.
**We do not agree with
Tim LaHaye on every point.As with any
resource there are going to be biases and positions that are governed by other
influences than the Scriptures such as denominational positions on theological,
moral, and social subjects. We
absolutely do not agree with Tim LaHaye on matters of sexual orientation and
gender expression.The core of his work
on explaining the Book of Revelation is sufficient enough to warrant our using
this resource.Areas were we may not
agree will be pointed out during classes.
Theme of this entire
study:The Revelation Of Jesus
Christ.Who is Jesus?This study will lead you to everything the
Holy Scriptures reveal about Jesus.As
Christians this is the most important information we will ever want to
understand.It is inspiring,
exhilarating, and will motivate the student / disciple into active service of
the one and only True Christ.
Please sign on to Skype
at 6:15 at the latest. If you go to our web site: www.rayofhopechurch.comyou can make use of our new Skype button which will open your
computer to your Skype sign on screen if you have Skype already on your device.
Come sit with us at the
Table of the Feast of the Word Of God, come tonight.
All versions of the
Bible are welcome, so bring your favorite(s) with you.
Cost for our
classes? There is no cost, or fee, ever. Your tax deductible
donations are always welcome.
You are as welcome here
as Christ Jesus Himself. In Romans 15:7 we are commanded to: "Welcome one
another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God." (Romans
**Please pass this email
along to anyone you think may be interested in this great topic.**
Now may the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by
the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
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Often I am asked for a
brief summary of how we received the English Bible as we have so many
renditions today.Here is a brief
summary written by Finis Dake:
How We Got Our English Bible
Our English Bible is the result of 1200 years of work by all kinds of
learned men. Portions were translated from the Vulgate, the Latin version,
beginning as far back as A.D. 700 when Aldhelm translated the Psalms into
Saxon. Egbert translated the 4 gospels sometime later. In A.D. 735 Bede
translated parts of the Scriptures into Saxon. King Alfred undertook a
translation of the Psalms but died in A.D. 900 before it was finished. Elfric
translated the Pentateuch and some of the historical books in the 10th century.
Nothing else was done about translation from then to the time of John Wycliffe,
who made the first complete English Bible from the Vulgate in A.D. 1380. The
next was a N.T. by William Tyndale in 1535 and the Pentateuch in 1530. In 1535
Miles Coverdale made the first complete printed English Bible. Then came the
Geneva Bible in 1560, followed by Bishop’s
Bible in 1563 and revised in 1568. The Roman church came out with Douay version
of the N.T. in 1582 and the whole Bible in 1609 which has been used by that
church up until now. In 1604 King James authorized 47 men to make a complete
translation of the Bible from the original languages. It was finished in 1611
after 7-8 years of diligent work. It has been the most popular and accepted
version of the English speaking world from that day until now. There have been
several revised versions since then, and a number of Bibles in modern English,
but none have been as well accepted and as lasting as the King James version
and perhaps never will be.
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As a reminder, our
Ray Of Hope Church chapel is open for prayer every day and night from 7:00
AM to 12:00 AM. (Closed 7 hours a day for cleaning and maintenance.)The Blessed Sacrament, the "Bread from
Heaven" (Exodus 16:2, Psalm 78:24, John 6:32, 41,50,58), the Bread of the
Angels (Psalm 78:25), the Bread of God (John 6:33), the Bread Of Life (John
6:35, 48) the Living Bread (John 66:51), the Sacrament of the Eucharistic
"flesh and blood" of Jesus (John 6:52-56) is reserved in both kinds
(Eucharistic bread and wine) in the Tabernacle in our chapel.
Please know you are always welcome to stop in for a visit with Our Lord present
in the Blessed Sacrament, for quiet prayer, a quiet place to read and meditate,
say a rosary, or just be. Our
little chapel could be your perfect get-away. Who would suspect you
were here? If we see you in the chapel we will certainly say hello and
offer a cup of tea or coffee.
Ray Of Hope Church Of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. teaches the Doctrine of Universal Salvation. This is the statement we agreed upon in 2011
and added to our Bylaws.
“We believe that
Salvation is a gift that God has given to the entire human race.Romans Chapter Five explains this Doctrine of
Universal Salvation.One’s personal
salvation is assured by believing in God as per John 5:24.Salvation is best known through the Gospel of
Jesus the Christ, and through rebirth by the Holy Spirit.” (Ray Of Hope Church
Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. By-Laws September, 2011Lines 1141 - 1148)
We are using the 1999 edition. Available as used copies on Amazon click here.
Many aspects of Tim LaHaye's theology are not consistent with the ROH Statement of Purpose, especially on matters of sexual orientation and Gender expression. We do not endorse many of his opinions. These are noted during classes.
God knows all of God's works from the beginning to all time. (Acts 15:17b-18)
From the beginning I revealed the end. From long ago I told you things that had not yet happened, saying, "My plan will stand, and I'll do everything I intended to do." (Isaiah 46:10 God's Word Trans.)