Friday, July 01, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

Some will be saved, I say, during the great tribulation, but at what terrible cost! With churches closed, preachers gone, loved ones gone, they will be left as poor, crying babes in a wilderness of sin without a single man of God to teach them, without an older Christian to comfort them or give them strength. - John R. Rice

After studying the Scriptures which prove the imminence of Christ's coming, it becomes evident that the saints must be called out of the world before the great tribulation. In order that the rapture may be the great surprise which is foretold in the Scripture, then the rapture of the saints must be the next event prophesied in the Bible. It must come before the battle of Armageddon, come before the reign of the man of sin, or the great tribulation time. The thing that every Christian should watch for next is not the appearing of the Antichrist, not the restoration of the Roman Empire, not the mark of the Beast, not the great tribulation, not the last great war and the battle of Armageddon, and not the reign of Christ at Jerusalem; but the coming of Christ for His saints. - John R. Rice

To Paul was given the highest revelations in New Testament times, we suppose. He wrote fourteen books of the Bible (if we include as his the book of Hebrews, which I think we should). He was not only a great teacher, but was himself so filled with the Spirit that he was caught up into the third Heaven and received revelations that were not lawful to utter. He was the most used of God of any New Testament character, and will meet more souls whom he won to Christ than any other apostle. And it was constantly in the mind of Paul that Jesus would come, possibly in his lifetime, so he looked for Him steadily. - John R. Rice

To mention the name of God or of Christ without either sincerely honoring Him or without earnestly calling upon Him in reverent prayer is taking the name of God in vain. - John R. Rice

Only those who trust Jesus Christ as a personal Saviour from sin are saved and fit for Heaven. - John R. Rice

There is a divine rule that men are paid according to their works, and that men reap according to the way they sow, and that men have according to what they earn. That is what is wrong with socialism. People want to give everybody money and redistribute the wealth. That means take it away from the guy who earned it and give it to the guy who didn't. All socialism is crooked dishonesty. It is a kind of Karl Marx communism and socialism and so it is wrong, because even God holds to this rule: They get what they deserve, and earn what they get, and the wages are brought on time. - John R. Rice

As a young preacher I started out to preach on the general resurrection and the general judgment. I planned my sermon, then tried to find my text. I didn't know it then, but that would have been a pretext! I looked through the concordance. I thought, Now I know I have heard about a general resurrection and a general judgment. I had heard about it all right, but didn't read it in the Bible. It is not in the Bible. There is no general resurrection; there are two separate resurrections. The first resurrection is the Christian resurrection, part of it at the rapture, then when Christ comes back to reign on the earth, and those who died during the tribulation. The second resurrection i of the wicked dead who come to awful judgment at the end of the thousand years. . - John R. Rice 

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