James instruction book is specifically written to the Christian nations of the world; the 12 tribes scattered abroad who would recognize his voice and be awaiting the Lord's return.
We live in the most exciting time in the history of mankind!
We live in the time called the "last days", that time period which all the prophets wrote about, that time period just before the return of Jesus Christ which the disciples longed to know and understand concerning the events that would be taking place and what the conditions would be like.
So the disciples came to Jesus on the Mount of Olives and asked Him to explain the events and conditions of our time, and He did!
And among those things He told them was that there would be "great tribulation", even the greatest tribulation in all of history.
Are you ready for it?
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
If so, how do you look upon those trials and tribulations?
Do you see yourself as a persecuted "woe is me" victim or are you a mature Christian and look upon them as "conditioning" exercises, as sort of a warm-up for that which lies just ahead?
Many are anxiously awaiting the return of Jesus Christ and unfortunately that is about all some are doing, anxiously awaiting.
But what about their faith?
What about their works?
Will they have the patience to "wait upon the LORD, and keep His way" (Ps. 37:34)?
Peter wrote that our Lord does not delay His coming, "but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
God was patient and longsuffering during the days of Noah for the very same reason, God's servants were preparing the ark for any who would be saved, but alas, only "eight souls* were saved by water".
*Note:There were only eight "adamic" souls saved in the flood, and although it is not commonly taught, it can easily be documented that all of the races were preserved through the flood of Noah. Open and read our Genesis studies or log unto Genesis in the "Table of Contents" at the screen to your left under "Studies on Books of the Bible".
1 Peter 3:20
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
Will you be a faithful servant of God or will you eat and drink and be drunken as they were in the days of Noah before the flood?
Let's learn a parable from the Lord
Jesus Christ and then study the Book of James, which was written to the
Tribes of Israel scattered abroad.
Let's pick up the conversation in Luke 12:41.
Then Peter said unto Him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?
 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
These are the very things James is going to talk to us about.
 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
Here comes a word to the wise!
Hopefully it is sufficient!
BUT and IF they run out of patience and do not "Wait on the LORD" and begin to "err" and go astray and eat and drink and become "spiritually" drunken as in the days of Noah, then they are in big trouble!Luke 12:45
But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
Jesus is not talking about the Biblically illiterate!
He is talking about His servants "which KNEW the Lord's will"!
Do you know His will?
Do you know the plan?
That servant who does not And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
Christ goes on to say that those who are Biblically illiterate, who don't know His will, will still get whopped, but it will not be near so severe as to those who know better.
 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
We will learn in this Book of James, one of the earliest epistles and written by the brother of Jesus about 45 A.D., what true patience and faith is!
James instruction is specifically written to the 12 tribes scattered abroad who would be awaiting the coming of the Lord.
Let's see, Rev. 7 says there will be 144,000 servants, 12,000 from each of these 12 tribes, who are to be sealed before Christ's coming.
Am I saying that the Book of James is specifically written to the 144,000?
I guess the question is, "Who is it of the 12 tribes who is not blinded (Rom. 11) that can read it, understand it, and take heed?"
Certainly those multitudes which follow in Rev. 7, i.e. the elect out of all nations and races are able also to read with understanding and heed the Book of James.
These two verses from the 5th chapter pretty well sum it up for those who have eyes to see.
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Yes, I'd say this is a very timely book, wouldn't you?
Let's go for it!
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We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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