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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 Israelites & Their Messianic Expectation, Pt17 (Second Coming Chapel #232)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Exodus 12:1-13

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,

2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.

12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

——-

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 17

In our last message, we began looking at the significance of the Passover for the Israelites and how it gave them hope for future permanent national deliverance. The Passover also caused them to look back and remember how God delivered them from slavery under the Egyptians.

Let’s continue looking at what the background information that the Bible Knowledge Commentary provides about this passage and the Passover ritual that God instructed for them.

“Bitter herbs symbolized sorrow or grief for past sin, or the Israelites’ bitter experience of oppression in Egypt. The bread without yeast symbolized their leaving in haste. The meat was to be roasted, not eaten raw as some pagans did. The people were to eat the entire meal quickly while dressed ready for travel.

“Thus under the protection of shed blood, the congregation was to be reminded of cleansing from sin and that they were sojourners in a strange land. God said that on the very night (at midnight), after the Israelites had eaten the Passover lambs with herbs and bread, He would kill the firstborn son and animal in every Egyptian family. The purpose of this final plague was like the others: to bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt, thus showing that God is the LORD. Pharaoh’s eldest son and successor supposedly had divine properties. Min, the Egyptian god of reproduction, and Isis, the goddess of love who attended women at childbirth, were judged as impotent by this climactic plague and catastrophe.

“The sprinkled blood on the Israelites’ houses provided protection from death when God destroyed the Egyptian firstborn. From the verb, ‘pass over,’ comes the noun that designates the feast. As the blood of an animal was the means of deliverance and of escaping death, so Christ’s blood is the means of redemption for believers. The Passover was to be observed annually (for the generations to come) as a lasting ordinance.”

Every time the Jews observed the Passover, they were looking back to their first national deliverance, and they were looking forward to a promised future, permanent deliverance. The Church today is not required to observe the Passover. We have our own lasting ordinance, the Lord’s Supper. When we break the bread and drink the wine, we look back to the breaking of Jesus’ body and the shedding of His blood that delivered us from sin. But we also look forward to the day when we will partake of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb when we will be permanently delivered from the effects of sin in the world.

—–

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 16 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #231)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Exodus 12:1-13

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,

2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.

12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

——-

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 16

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 One of the roles of the Messiah, as undertood by the ancient Hebrews, was that of a Deliverer. The Israelites needed deliverance often throughout their history. And their enduring hope for the Messiah was that He would deliver them from their enemies once and for all. The promise and hope of their future deliverance is rooted in the first national deliverance of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. We know the story of the Passover well. The Lord could have delivered Israel out of Egypt by any means, but before doing so, He instituted the Passover and instructed His people to observe it on the night of their escape.

Regarding this passage, the Bible Knowledge Commentary states: “In these verses, instructions are given on how to observe the Passover. Though the feast was observed in each Israelite home, their united and simultaneous worship would help weld them together as a single community. The slaying of the animals (instead of the Israelites’ firstborn sons) and the sprinkling of blood prefigured the substitutionary death of Christ. He is ‘our Passover Lamb,’ ‘a Lamb without blemish or defect.’ His own sacrifice is the means whereby individual believers escape the horrors of spiritual death.

“Bitter herbs (probably endive, chicory, and dandelions) symbolized sorrow or grief for past sin, or the Israelites’ bitter experience of oppression in Egypt. The bread without yeast symbolized their leaving in haste. The meat was to be roasted, not eaten raw as some pagans did. The people were to eat the entire meal quickly while dressed ready for travel.

“Thus under the protection of shed blood, the congregation was to be reminded of cleansing from sin and that they were sojourners in a strange land. God said that on the very night (at midnight), after the Israelites had eaten the Passover lambs with herbs and bread, He would kill the firstborn son and animal in every Egyptian family. The purpose of this final plague was like the others: to bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt, thus showing that God is the LORD. Pharaoh’s eldest son and successor supposedly had divine properties. Min, the Egyptian god of reproduction, and Isis, the goddess of love who attended women at childbirth, were judged as impotent by this climactic plague and catastrophe.

“The sprinkled blood on the Israelites’ houses provided protection from death when God destroyed the Egyptian firstborn. From the verb, ‘pass over,’ comes the noun that designates the feast. As the blood of an animal was the means of deliverance and of escaping death, so Christ’s blood is the means of redemption for believers. The Passover was to be observed annually (for the generations to come) as a lasting ordinance.”

Every time the Jews observed the Passover, they were looking back to their first national deliverance, and they were looking forward to a promised future, permanent deliverance. The Church today is not required to observe the Passover. We have our own lasting ordinance, the Lord’s Supper. When we break the bread and drink the wine, we look back to the breaking of Jesus’ body and the shedding of His blood that delivered us from sin. But we also look forward to the day when we will partake of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb when we will be permanently delivered from the effects of sin in the world.

—–

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 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.

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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.