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Our purpose is to provide a consistent reminder of the imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is our prayer that the messages you hear will encourage you to remain alert and steadfast in your faith as we look for the soon return of Christ.

Matthew 24:42 says, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”

Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

Keep looking up for your redemption draweth nigh!

Let us join in the prayer of John the Revelator — “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

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How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 15 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #230)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 49:8-10

8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: Thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; Thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: From the prey, my son, thou art gone up: He stooped down, he couched as a lion, And as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh come; And unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

——-

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 15

In our last message, we looked at the hope of the Messiah contained in Jacob’s pronouncement of blessing on his sons. Judah is heralded as a praiseworthy descendant who will triumph over Israel’s enemies and be celebrated by the descendants of his brothers. He is described as a lion, conquering his prey, and as an old lion resting in peace. The sceptre (a symbol of authority) is prophesied to remain in Judah’s lineage, and out of Judah’s family, a Ruler will come who will gather all people to Himself and mark the beginning of an age of peace and prosperity on the earth.

Judah and his brothers had no way of knowing who this particular ruler would be. But we know that this ruler is Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Why does this particular messianic foreshadowing give us hope? It is because of what we know about the history of Judah and his brothers. They were not particularly noble characters. All of them, except Reuben, colluded in the attempted murder of their brother Joseph and then decided to sell him into slavery. Reuben slept with his father’s concubine. Simeon and Levi attacked and killed the men of an entire city when they were unable to defend themselves. Judah frequented a woman he thought was a prostitute who turned out to be his dead son’s wife. If you were trying to establish a royal family, the sons of Jacob had too much scandal surrounding them to even be in the running.

The point, however, is that God took this messed up family and made something of it. It was out of this family that the nation of Israel was established and became a blessing to the entire world. It was through this family that the kingdom of David and Solomon became the envy of their time. It was through this family that the “Lion of Judah” became an enduring symbol of royalty and power. And it was through this family that the Son of God was born into the world to gather all nations unto Himself. When we look at the family of Jacob, it gives us hope today because it reminds us that, if we are saved, Jesus is in the process of making worthy creatures out of us right now. Even with all of our sins and faults and inconsistencies, we will one day be a Bride fit for the Bridegroom. And when the Bridegroom comes, we will be united with Him for eternity.

C.S. Lewis wrote: “God said in the Bible that we were ‘gods’ and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him — for we can prevent Him, if we choose — He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful, but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said.”

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in 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.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 14 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #229)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 49:8-10

8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: Thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; Thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: From the prey, my son, thou art gone up: He stooped down, he couched as a lion, And as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh come; And unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

——-

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 14

Victor P. Hamilton said, “Judah is not disqualified because of his immorality. Clearly, he is cut out for a place of preeminence and royal leadership. These verses confirm the messianic thrust of this section, as Judah will usher in an age of abundance and prosperity.”

In our last few messages, we have looked at Jacob’s response to God meeting him at Bethel. God’s intervention in Jacob’s life at that moment shaped Jacob’s history. Interestingly, that event happened at a time when Jacob’s father, Isaac, was on his deathbed and Jacob was just beginning to strike out on his own. In the background of our passage for today, we find Jacob on his deathbed; and he is blessing his sons as they prepare to continue their lives without him. A lot had happened since Jacob made his commitment to God at Bethel. He went to work for his mother’s family, and over the course of 14 years, he gained two wives and two concubines, with whom he eventually produced twelve sons and two daughters. From his work for Laban, he gained wealth through shepherding and livestock. And, eventually, he came back to the land of Canaan. In his later years, famine struck, and he and his family moved to Egypt where God had used a series of unfortunate events to pave the way for their acceptance sustenance in that strange land.

Now, Jacob, having been reunited with Joseph, the son he thought was dead, is ready himself to die in peace. He calls his sons before him and blesses them each individually. It is in this series of blessings that we find a hopeful foreshadowing of the coming of Messiah. Judah is the fourth-born of Jacob’s sons, and of him, Jacob gives a blessing of triumph and power: “Thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: Thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; Thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion’s whelp: From the prey, my son, thou art gone up: He stooped down, he couched as a lion, And as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh come; And unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”

Regarding this passage, Kenneth Matthews writes in The New American Commentary: “The pronouncement depicts Judah as stalwart as a lion, which is the reigning tribe over his ‘brothers.’ The reign of the tribe is without end, and a future descendant, to whom the ‘nations’ will submit, bears all authority. Historically, this verse provides for the Davidic dynasty, which created the messianic expectation in Israel. Early Christian exegetes tied many details of the prophecy to aspects of Christ. The notion of submission and praise refers to the Lord’s spiritual triumph over wicked powers and the apostles’ praise of the Lord Jesus. Judah remained a united tribe despite its oppression and emerged from the exile as the embodiment of the nation. The splendor of David’s kingdom indeed diminished, but the preeminence of Judah among his brothers remained and found its fulfillment in the coming of Christ. Luther asserts that Christ is ‘Shiloh,’ whom all nations will worship.”

Why does this particular messianic foreshadowing give us hope today? It is because of what we know about the history of Judah and his brothers. They were not particularly noble characters. All of them, except Reuben, colluded in the attempted murder of their brother Joseph and then decided to sell him into slavery. Reuben slept with his father’s concubine. Simeon and Levi attacked and killed the men of an entire city when they were unable to defend themselves. Judah frequented a woman he thought was a prostitute who turned out to be his dead son’s wife. If you were trying to set up a royal family, the sons of Jacob had too much scandal surrounding them to even be in the running.

The point, however, is that God took this messed up family and made something of it. It was out of this family that the nation of Israel was established and became a blessing to the entire world. It was through this family that the kingdom of David and Solomon became the envy of their time. It was through this family that the “Lion of Judah” became an enduring symbol of royalty and power. And it was through this family that the Son of God was born into the world to gather all nations into Himself. When we look at the family of Jacob, we ought to be reminded that, if we are saved, Jesus is in the process of making worthy creatures out of us today. With all of our sins and faults and inconsistencies, we will one day be a bride fit for the Bridegroom.

C.S. Lewis wrote: “God said in the Bible that we were ‘gods’ and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him — for we can prevent Him, if we choose — He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful, but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said.”

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in 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.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 13 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #228)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 28:10-22

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:

22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 13

Today, we continue looking at the experience of Jacob and the ladder from Heaven that foreshadowed God coming down to be with His people through His Son Jesus Christ. We are looking at three specific ways that Jacob responded to God as an example of how we should respond as we await the Lord’s Second Coming.

First, we saw that Jacob made a place for God and we ought to make a place for God as well. Jacob designated the place where God met him as “Bethel,” meaning “house of God.” This was a place where Jacob would return as a reminder of what the Lord had done for him. We ought to be

Second, Jacob made a commitment to God. He “vowed a vow” that the Lord would be his God. We ought to make a commitment that Jesus will be the Lord of our life no matter what takes place down the road.

Third, we see that Jacob determined to give back to God. As a part of his vow, Jacob told God, “of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” This is, of course, the principle of the tithe. William Barcley writes: “The first explicit references to the tithe appear in Genesis 14, where Abraham tithes to Melchizedek, and here in Genesis 28, where Jacob promises to give God ‘a full tenth.’ Some have suggested Jacob was offering a one-time tithe. But as John Currid observes, the verb ‘to tithe’ describes frequent, multiple actions. Jacob appears to be ‘making a lifetime commitment to Yahweh in the matter of tithing.’”

In the Old Testament, the tithe was more than giving money as we often view it today. In fact, money was rarely given as a tithe. Instead, the Jews gave of their resources such as food, crops, and livestock to the Lord and later to the Levites who served as the ministers of God to the people.

We ought to follow the example of Jacob and the ancient Jews and commit to giving a tenth — or more — of our money, resources, and time directly to the Lord. Most of us think that we can trust our selves to give freely out of the good feelings in our heart. However, that does not always work. When we have something, selfishness kicks in and we want to keep it; that’s why the commitment is necessary. We ought to give to the Lord and the Lord’s work whether we feel it or not.

Jacob recognized that all of his blessings came from God. His safety in travel would come from God. Whatever success he would meet with in the land of his mother’s family would come from God. Jacob recognized all of this ahead of time, and determined that when he received his blessings, he would turn around and give back to God.

Statistics show that most Christians give less than 3% of their income to churches or Christian ministries. Not only ought we to give 10% or more of our monetary income, but we ought to give a large portion of our time and resources directly to the Lord’s work. As we are awaiting the Lord’s coming, we ought to want to be laborers in His vineyard, not just the vineyard of the world. And we ought to commit to showing our gratitude for what the Lord has done and will do for us by committing a portion of our time, money, and resources to His work in the earth.

Howard B. Grose wrote:

Give of your best to the Master;
Give of the strength of your youth;
Throw your soul’s fresh, glowing ardor
Into the battle for truth.
Jesus has set the example,
Dauntless was He, young and brave;
Give Him your loyal devotion;
Give Him the best that you have.

Give of your best to the Master;
Give Him first place in your heart;
Give Him first place in your service;
Consecrate every part.
Give, and to you will be given;
God His beloved Son gave;
Gratefully seeking to serve Him,
Give Him the best that you have.

Give of your best to the Master;
Naught else is worth His love;
He gave Himself for your ransom,
Gave up His glory above.
Laid down His life without murmur,
You from sin’s ruin to save;
Give Him your heart’s adoration;
Give Him the best that you have.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in 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.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 12 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #226)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 28:10-22

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:

22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 12

Rick Warren said, “You have to make Jesus the manager of your life. Every morning when you wake up, you have a decision to make: Who’s going to be in charge of your life? Who’s going to be in control — you or God? Who’s going to call the shots — you or God? Every day, moment-by-moment, you are making that decision. When you choose to make yourself the manager of your own life, it causes conflict, confusion, and stress. Let God be God and make Jesus the manager of your life.”

Today, we continue looking at the experience of Jacob and the ladder from Heaven that foreshadowed God coming down to be with His people through His Son Jesus Christ. Jacob, after awakening from his dream, says to himself, “Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.” We began looking at Jacob’s reaction to the Lord’s presence as there are three specific ways in which we ought to follow Jacob’s example as we wait for the Lord’s Second Coming.

First, Jacob made a place for God and we ought to make a place for God as well. He “rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar… and he called the name of that place Bethel.” The word Bethel means “house of God.” Jacob made room for God in his life. Even though he was “afraid” of what the Lord’s presence might mean, he recognized the significance of it in light of the promise that God had made to him and to his father.

The setting up of a stone or pillar of remembrance was a common practice among the people of the ancient near east. It was most often used as a physical reminder of something that happened there, much as we erect monuments at the sites where significant events take place. God also authorized the Hebrew people to make a tabernacle and, later, a Temple for Him — both physical reminders of His presence and place in their lives.

Likewise, we ought to make a place for God in our lives as well. Our place for God is not physical, but spiritual. God lives within us through the spirit of His Son Jesus Christ. However, through sin and disobedience, we can quench the Spirit and push God out of our lives. Therefore, making a place for God is being deliberate about letting Him reign in our hearts. Jacob could have rejected the Lord’s presence in his life. He could have left Bethel determined never to see it again. But he chose to let God in and let God have a role in his life. And that is what we must do every day as well.

Make a place for God.

Cleland B. McAfee wrote:

There is a place of quiet rest,
near to the heart of God,
a place where sin cannot molest,
near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,
near to the heart of God,
a place where we our Savior meet,
near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release,
near to the heart of God,
a place where all is joy and peace,
near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
sent from the heart of God,
hold us, who wait before thee,
near to the heart of God.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in 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.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 11 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #225)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 28:10-22

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:

22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 11

Daniel Hyde said, “The eternal God who is not constrained by the existence of time, the infinite God who is not bound by the constraints of space condescended to the weakness of His people and became manifest for their benefit in one locale. This God is not bound by time, but He bound Himself to the time-bound experience of His people. He is above all creational constraints, but He bound Himself to them. He is everywhere, but He was there.”

Last week, we looked at the experience of Jacob and his first real encounter with the God of his father Isaac and his grandfather Abraham. It’s important to point out that, while we today speak of the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” collectively, each of these Hebrew patriarchs had to get to know God for themselves. Jacob, alone and on the run, first hears from God in the form of a dream: a ladder reaches from earth to heaven; the “Lord” (whom many believe to be the pre-incarnate Christ) is at the top of the ladder; and the angels are ascending and descending.

You might be familiar with the slave spiritual, “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder.” The first stanza says: “We are (we are) / Climbing (climbing) / Jacob’s ladder / Soldier (soldier) / of the cross.” Well, the song is theologically incorrect. As we saw last week, this ladder between earth and heaven is so that God can come down, not so man can climb up. The Tower of Babel, man’s attempt to build and climb a ladder to heaven, was a failure because it was rooted in humanistic pride. And every attempt of man to climb up to God since then has likewise failed.

Jacob’s ladder is a foreshadowing of God sending His Son, Jesus Christ, down to man to save and bless the human race. When Jacob awakes from his dream, he knows immediately that the Lord has spoken to him. He says, “Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.” Today, we are going to look at Jacob’s reaction to the Lord’s presence. There are three specific ways in which we ought to follow Jacob’s example as we wait for the Lord’s Second Coming.

First, Jacob made a place for God and we ought to make a place for God as well. He “rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar… and he called the name of that place Bethel.” The word Bethel means “house of God.” Jacob made room for God in his life. Even though he was “afraid” of what the Lord’s presence might mean, he recognized the significance of it in light of the promise that God had made to him and to his father.

The setting up of a stone or pillar of remembrance was a common practice among the people of the ancient near east. It was most often used as a physical reminder of something that happened there, much as we erect monuments at the sites where significant events take place. God also authorized the Hebrew people to make a tabernacle and, later, a Temple for Him — both physical reminders of His presence and place in their lives.

Likewise, we ought to make a place for God in our lives as well. Our place for God, of course, is not physical, but spiritual. God lives within us through the spirit of His Son Jesus Christ. However, through sin and disobedience, we can quench the Spirit and push God out of our lives. Therefore, making a place for God is being deliberate about letting Him reign in our hearts. Jacob could have rejected the Lord’s presence in his life. He could have left Bethel determined never to see it again. But he chose to let God in and let God have a role in his life. And that is what we must do every day as well.

Rick Warren said, “You have to make Jesus the manager of your life. Every morning when you wake up, you have a decision to make: Who’s going to be in charge of your life? Who’s going to be in control — you or God? Who’s going to call the shots — you or God? Every day, moment-by-moment, you are making that decision. When you choose to make yourself the manager of your own life, it causes conflict, confusion, and stress. Let God be God and make Jesus the manager of your life.” Make a place for God.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in 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.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 10 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #224)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 28:10-14

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 10

R.C. Sproul said, “In Babel, arrogant sinners vainly attempted to climb up into heaven, but with Jacob, God in His grace takes the first step towards His chosen man. Nothing indicates that Jacob was looking for the Lord; rather, God sought him and found him just as He finds all His people.”

We meet Jacob, son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham, at a desperate moment in his life. Following the cunning advice of his mother Rebekah, Jacob has just capitalized on his theft of his older twin brother Esau’s birthright. He has tricked his aged father Isaac into bestowing on him the special blessing reserved for the first born. His brother Esau is furious and determined to kill Jacob. Rebekah advises Jacob to run away to her family members until Esau’s anger has passed. Isaac, since he cannot take back the blessing of the firstborn, blesses Jacob again and sends him off to Padanaram to his wife’s family.

Jacob, probably for the first time in his life, is truly alone. He is leaving behind the only family he has ever known and traveling to a strange land, much like his grandfather Abraham before him. The Bible tells us that, one night, he comes to a certain place and decides to rest there since the sun has gone down. As he slept, he dreamed of “a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” In this dream, the Lord stood at the top of the ladder and makes a pledge to Jacob reminiscent of the promises He made to Abraham: “I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”

Jacob does not know it, but God’s promise to Him is forward-looking not only to the coming of the Messiah, but the Second Coming as well. All the nations of the world have been blessed through the arrival of the Jewish Messiah. But there is something more in this vision at the desolate place Jacob would come to call “Bethel.” Derek Thomas writes: “There is Gospel-logic here at Bethel, logic that was revealed by Jesus to the disciple Nathanael. When Jesus called him, he cited this story of Jacob and Bethel, saying: ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.’ The One whom Jacob had seen was a pre-incarnate revelation of Jesus. Nathanael was given a glimpse of the second coming. Just as the Lord came down to Jacob, so, too, at the end of the age, ‘when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.'”

Archaeologists have argued that the term used to describe the “ladder” that Jacob saw in his dream suggests a ziggurat — a pyramid-like stone structure with a winding staircase similar to the Tower of Babel. Babel was man’s failed attempt to reach God. But Jacob’s ladder was representative of God’s successful mission to reach man. Christ, the fullness of God, descended as an infant into Mary’s womb. He descended from His throne to live as flesh among flesh, mortal among mortals. He descended into the grave, experiencing the sting of death that death might never sting again. He descended “into hell,” bearing the full weight of sin and the wrath of God upon it. He descended that man and God might be reunited. And again, He will descend to call home all those who have put their faith and trust in Him.

Jacob’s ladder gives us hope as we await the Second Coming of Christ because it reminds us that Jesus will once again come down to call us up to Him.

Fanny Crosby wrote:

Lay hold on the hope set before you,
And let not a moment be lost,
The Savior has purchased your ransom,
But think what a price it hath cost!

Lay hold on the hope set before you,
Of life that you now may receive,
If, gladly His mercy accepting,
You truly repent and believe.

Lay hold on the hope set before you,
Of joy that no mortal can speak;
It telleth of rest for the weary,
Through Jesus, the lowly and meek.

Lay hold on the hope set before you,
A hope that is steadfast and sure;
O haste to the blessed Redeemer,
The loving, the perfect and pure.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in 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.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 9 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #223)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 22:1-14

1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 9

Jon Bloom said, “As he walked toward Moriah with Isaac, Abraham must have felt confused and heartbroken. He didn’t understand all that God was doing. He didn’t know he was illustrating for God’s people for all time what justifying faith looked like. He didn’t know this act would foreshadow the sacrifice of God’s only Son—a Son who would not be spared because he was the provided Lamb. He only knew that God knew what he was doing and that God could be trusted to keep his promise even if it appeared like the promise was going to die.”

From this passage, we have looked at the lessons we can learn from the responses of Abraham and Isaac to God’s test. From Isaac, we have learned: (1) To expect to bear burdens in life. Just as Isaac had to bear the wood and Jesus had to bear the cross, we too will have burdens to bear. (2) We have learned to follow God’s will without complaint. When the Lord sets a plain path before us, no matter how absurd it may seem, it is our duty to walk that path in faith.

We may never face anything so harrowing as what Abraham and Isaac faced, but these remarks from R.C. Sproul give us some practical examples of areas where we may indeed be called upon to follow without complaint: “Living by faith often means we grit our teeth and press on in obedience to the Lord’s command despite our turmoil over it. Our spouse may hurt us deeply, and we may feel like responding in kind, but we strive to do otherwise for the sake of the marriage vows made in the name of our triune Lord. Since God demands it, we go the extra mile for that boss who never thanks us even when our natural inclination is to do the job only half-way. Because we know the Lord wants us to keep our commitments, we join a local church and serve the body even if our favorite pastor leaves or we do not like all of the music. True faith, Abraham shows us, serves God even if it is the last thing we feel like doing.”

The third lesson we learn from Isaac’s example is that we must trust God for the outcome. Abraham may have suspected that God would dramatically intervene and deliver his son. But it is more likely that Abraham was only desperately hoping for intervention. He had no guarantee, no evidence to base such a hope on. The hand of God had brought strange things about in his life before. The only thing he could do was trust God for the outcome. And that was all Isaac could do as well. It appears that Isaac and his father bypassed four of the stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, and depression — stages that any of us might get hung up on. Instead, they went straight to acceptance. Acceptance of God’s will, acceptance of God’s plan, and acceptance of the outcome whatever that might be.

Like Isaac, in life, we will be faced with impossible situations that are out of our control and in which we have no way of influencing the outcome. As we wait for the Second Coming of Christ, we must choose to bear the burdens that come our way, follow without complaint, and trust God for the outcome.

J.S. Mohler wrote:

Our journey lies across
A wide and dangerous sea,
With rolling billows tossed
On raging Galilee.

Though threatening waves assail
Our ship on every side,
The journey cannot fail
For Jesus rules the tide.

Our ship is moving on,
Though clouds and storms arise,
The compass points beyond,
To calm and peaceful skies.

The storms will soon be over,
Fair Canaan’s lands appear,
We get a glimpse of shore,
Our ship is drawing near.

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Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in 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.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.