A LEAN BLESSED BIRD OR A FAT CAGED BIRD
It's better to be the lean blessed bird flying free in the first picture
than the fat caged bird in the second picture
Many preachers today prefer to feather their nests
in comfortable parishes with plenty of security
A caged eagle is a sad sight but sadder still is a caged preacher
I was born in a field; don't put me in a flowerpot
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith
than an house full of sacrifices and strife
than an house full of sacrifices and strife
It's better to live in a peaceful little apartment with Jesus
than in an extravagent palace with hatred and strife
Today's message will look at the many doors of the bible. First, we see the door of salvation pictured above who is Jesus. Jesus said at John 10:9 I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. Friend reading this anywhere, salvation's not in a plan, water, works, or wafers; salvation's in a person named Jesus. Enter the door of salvation (Jesus) now by repenting (stop sinning) and confess Jesus as your God, believing daily that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again.
Hebrews 7:25 tells us Wherefore He (the Father) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him (note to be saved you can only come to God the Father by Him Jesus; salvation's in a person Jesus and not anything else) seeing He (Jesus) ever liveth to make intercession for them. Jesus also said at John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Not blood plus water or blood plus works or blood plus wafers; To be saved it's the blood of Jesus Christ plus nothing.
Also note that gate is another name for door. Friends, there are twelve gates to the kingdom. You must go through one of these gates to enter God's kingdom. Each gate is a door who is Jesus; To be saved one must confess Jesus as God and enter the gate or door of the kingdom. And there's a pearl in each gate. Oysters make pearls when they are irritated by dirty sand in their shells, causing them to change the sand into a beautiful pearl. Jesus was irritated by our dirty sins on the cross of calvary and created twelve beautiful pearls in the gates or doors of the kingdom.
Also note that the names of the twelve tribes appear on the twelve gates of heaven; Each of the twelve tribes' hebrew names represent Jesus. Reuben-Behold a Son Jesus, Simeon-God hears with Jesus, Levi-Joint heirs with Jesus, Judah-Praise with Jesus, Dan-Judge Jesus, Gad-Troop with Jesus as the Captain General of the host angels, Asher-Happiness with Jesus, Naphtali-Wrestling by Jesus at the cross, Zebulun-Exalted Jesus at the right hand of God, Issacher-Reward with Jesus, Joseph-Jehovah has added a blessing with Jesus, Benjamin, Son of the right hand; Jesus is at the right hand of God, Manasseh-Causing to Forget; Jesus forgets our sins, and Ephraim-Doubly Fruitful blessings with Jesus. Note that Revelation 7 says Dan and Ephraim will not be named with the twelve tribes because of their sins.
Alright, next we see the door of service pictured above. Jesus said at Revelation 3:8 I know thy works; behold I have set before thee an open door and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength and has kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Friends, Jesus remembers our works and service for Him when we witness and win souls to the Lord Jesus.
Let's all enter this open door of soul winning service and be like the samaritan woman at the well who met Jesus. This little woman went to the city without any soul winning classes or counseling and said Come see a man that told me all things that I did; Is not this the Christ (Christ means God with us; this woman confessed Jesus as God to the world). Because of this blessed woman's witnessing for our Lord Jesus, many men in the city believed on the Lord Jesus and were saved.
Today, christians are too quiet about Jesus. Most churches today are either wild fire or no fire; But we all need the real Holy Ghost fire and be like the woman of Samaria and go through the open door of service by witnessing to a lost world about our Lord Jesus.
OK, next we see the door of prayer pictured above. Jesus said at Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door pray to the Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Neighbor, when you enter this door of prayer, pray until you pray the clouds away. Luke 18:1 tells us men ought always to pray, and not to faint. God promised at Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Truly it's better to be praying in the upper room than dining in the supper room.
Notice that between the two parables about prayer in Luke 18 (one about a widow who was blessed for persistent prayer to a judge and another of a pharisee and publican praying), Jesus said at Luke 18:8 Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on earth? Friends, Jesus wants us to be faithful and keep praying daily. It's no sin to constantly repeat your prayers. It shows Jesus that you have faith and will not stop asking a request until you receive your blessing. Remember, Jesus Himself prayed the same exact prayer and words three times in the garden of gesthemene.
Next we see the door of sweet fellowship pictured above. Jesus said at Revelation 3:20 Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me. If we're looking back it's bad; if we're looking around it's worse; but if we're looking up to this door of sweet fellowship with our Lord Jesus, things are looking pretty good.
Jesus said at Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (Jesus) draweth nigh. Friends, you can get right with God and live for Jesus when no one else around you does. Enoch walked with God 300 years even though he was surrounded by gloom, wickedness, and trouble. God blessed Enoch for his faithfulness with our Lord Jesus at the door of sweet fellowship; Genesis 5:24 tells us And Enoch walked with God; and he was not; for God took him.
God said hey Enoch you want to come up to heaven and enjoy the day? Enoch answered and said sure I'd love to God and did not return to earth because there is no night in heaven. Enoch enjoyed the day forever because Revelation 22:5 says And there shall be no night there (in the kingdom), and they need no candle, neither light of the sun, for the Lord God (Jesus) giveth them light (shines like the light of seven days according to Isaiah 30:26) and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Now notice the two open doors in the book of Revelation pictured above. Somebody (the church) goes up to the first door at Revelation 4:1 to be with Jesus in heaven and somebody comes down (Jesus and the saved saints on white horses) from the second door at Revelation 19:11 to fight the beast antichrist and the false prophet. No where between Revelation 4:1 and Revelation 19:11 is the church mentioned in the book of Revelation. Friends, saved saints are not going to be on this earth for one second during the seven year tribulation.
The first door of Revelation is seen at Revelation 4:1 that says After this I (John whose name means beloved and represents the beloved saved church saints) looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me which said, Come up hither and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. This represents when Jesus descends from heaven with a shout where his voice like a trumpet says to the saved saints Come up hither, as the dead in Christ and the living saints are caught up to the clouds to be with the Lord Jesus forever.
The second door of Revelation is seen at Revelation 19:11,14 that says And I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse, and He that sat upon him (Jesus) was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. And the armies which were in heaven (saved saints who are in heaven with Jesus and not for one second on the earth during the tribulation) followed Him (Jesus) upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (Note that Revelation 19:8 says that the fine linen is the righteousness of saints).
Finally, we see a shut door pictured above. Luke 13:25 tells us When once the Master of the house is risen up and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without and to knock at the door saying Lord, Lord open unto us and He shall answer and say unto you, I know ye not, whence ye are. Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence and thou hast taught in our streets. But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
I pray in Jesus name no person ever reading these teachings will have to hear the words written above. Jesus said at 2 Corinthians 6:2 I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee, behold now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation. Friends tomorrow is not promised; Right now, today, get saved, repent, stop sinning, make Jesus God of your life and believe daily that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again. You might not be in a right state of mind to accept Jesus tomorrow. Now is the day of salvation.
The five foolish virgins pictured above waited too long to get saved and found a shut door that was not opened for salvation by the Lord Jesus. Matthew 25:11 tells us Afterward came also the other (foolish) virgins, saying Lord, Lord open to us. But He (Jesus) answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Hebrews 2:3 warns us How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.
Get saved today friend reading this anywhere and avoid the shut door denying salvation that the five foolish virgins found. People that deny Jesus as God will be sent a strong delusion during the seven year tribulation that they should believe a lie that they might be damned. 2 Thessalonians 2:11 tells us and for this cause (because people denied that the Truth Jesus was God) God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. Also heed the warning of 1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ (Anyone that denies that Jesus is God), let him be Anathema Maranatha (cursed when Jesus returns to this earth).
I pray in Jesus name that this bible study blesses and saves multitudes of people all over this earth. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N. Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Until we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.