TBN Icons TBN The Church Channel JCTV Smile of a Child TBN Asia Nejat TV Al Horreya TBN Italy TBN Europe ATN Life TV JCTV Pakistan Litehouse Television Uganda Miracle Channel Christian TV Enlace Juvenil Enlace TBN Russia TBN Russia USA Alfa TV Light TV TBN Africa Shalom TV CET TBN Pacific Rede Gospel Lighthouse Television Uganda Boas Novas
clear Contact | Home  
    SEARCH
About Us

Newsletter

Print this page
Join Us On FacebookFollow Us On Twitter
NOW ON TBN
Sep 20, 2014
11:00 PM PDT

Not A Fan
11:30 PM PDT
Gods At War
12:00 AM PDT
The Ten Commandments
SHORTCUTS
FREE NEWSLETTER
Sign up online to receive our newsletter in the mail

EMAIL UPDATES
Subscribe to our email list to receive updates

PROGRAM POLL
Vote for your favorite TBN programs

PROGRAMS
Click here to view our list of programs.
LATEST ACTIVITY
GOD PLANTED A SEED!   >>
"AND I WILL PUT ENMITY BETWEEN THEE AND THE WOMAN, AND BETWEEN THY SEED AND HER SEED; IT SHALL BRUISE THY HEAD, AND THOU SHALT BRUISE HIS HEEL." (Gen. 3:15)

There is a story so thrilling in the Bible that there really are no human words to describe it! Mark begins his gospel by saying—

"HERE BEGINS THE WONDERFUL STORY OF JESUS
THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD." Mark 1:1 TLB

Mark thus begins the story of Jesus' early pilgrimage, but the WHOLE STORY begins about 4,000 years earlier.

First of all, let's establish one thing very clearly — in fact it is foundational to everything else in our story — it is simply that:

EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH A SEED!


With the possible exception of Adam, who God created from the dust of the earth, everything starts with a seed. You began with a seed — what you eat began with a seed — the roof over your head, the clothes you wear, virtually everything begins with a SEED! God spoke it first—

" WHILE THE EARTH REMAINETH, SEEDTIME AND HARVEST, AND COLD AND HEAT AND SUMMER AND WINTER, AND DAY AND NIGHT SHALL NOT CEASE." Gen. 8:22

So our story really begins with God's promise of a SEED. To paraphrase Genesis 3:15, God is saying that—

"THE SEED OF THE WOMAN WOULD BRUISE [OR DESTROY] THE SERPANT'S HEAD."

We all know very well the tragic story of Adam and Eve — they believed the lie of the serpent (satan) and thus came the universal curse upon the earth and everything upon it. But even in the wake of the greatest tragedy to befall the whole earth, God gave us a promise even greater than the fall of mankind — yes, a promise that should cause you to raise your hands and shout mighty praises to God! Hallelujah!

His very first act, upon confronting Adam and Eve, was to give us a glorious promise: "THE SEED OF THE WOMAN SHALL DEFEAT THE SERPENT!" (my paraphrase).

I'm sure for thousands of years the holy men of old struggled with the meaning of this verse. First of all, the woman does not produce seed — only the man. And even if by some miracle she could, how would its "heel" bruise and destroy the "serpent's head"?

Satan, too, was put on notice and while he, also, did not understand or comprehend the awesome import of God's promise, he was smart enough to realize God was "up to something!" He knew that he had better keep his eye on some "COMING SEED" that had the power to destroy him and to undo his dastardly deed!

Here is where our story really gets exciting! It did not take satan long to realize that this "SEED" was a generational line of godly mankind that had it in for him. From Seth, to Enoch, to Noah, to Abraham, and finally, through the kings of Israel — David and his successors, all the way down to — ah, but I'm getting ahead of our story!

There is, however, one startling drama that shows how close satan came to winning. It also shows the providence and almighty power of "The Most High God" to keep and perform all of His promises. Let this be a word of encouragement to all of us who may be awaiting the fulfillment of some promise of God to us!

This promised "Seed" was passed, as we said, down through the generations until it reached the kings of Israel and then Judah. While I said earlier it was through the "godly line" of mankind, sadly some of that line was anything but godly! Here, again, the wisdom and power of our God is seen. He has promised us that even —

"THE WRATH OF MAN SHALL PRAISE THEE…." Psa. 76:10

Such was the story of King Ahaziah, son of King Jehoram. He was a very wicked king and reigned only one year in Jerusalem. His mother, Athaliah, was even more wicked, and upon learning of her son's murder the record shows that — "SHE AROSE AND DESTROYED ALL THE SEED ROYAL OF THE HOUSE OF JUDAH" (II Chron. 22:10).

Wait a minute! "ALL THE SEED ROYAL"DEAD? Has God's promise to produce a SEED that would destroy satan FAILED?
Ah, read on —

"BUT JEHOSHABEATH…TOOK JOASH THE SON OF AHAZIAH, AND STOLE HIM FROM THE KING'S SONS THAT WERE SLAIN, AND PUT HIM AND HIS NURSE IN A BEDCHAMBER." II Chron. 22:11

Think of it! The whole promise of God to destroy satan and redeem fallen mankind hung on the life of an infant child, the last surviving son of King Ahaziah! His evil mother thought she had killed "all the seed royal," and actually usurped the kingdom and reigned as queen for seven years!

The end of this story is awesome as the elders of Israel finally arose, executed the evil queen, and crowned seven year old Joash as the rightful SEED upon the throne of King David.

Ah, dear Partners, God's promises cannot fail! But, now, back to our story of this mysterious SEED that would one day "bruise the serpent's head."

I think by now most of you, my faithful partners, know and probably have known all through our story who thisspecial SEED is! This seed line travels uninterrupted all the way from Adam to a beautiful virgin maiden named Mary. And here the mystery is gloriously unveiled and solved!

THE SEED OF THE WOMAN WAS NONE OTHER THAN GOD HIMSELF!

As we have taught many times — God the Father had a need. His first Adam had betrayed Him — He needed sons and daughters.

Now, here is the whole purpose of my letter to you! Here is the KEY to your NEED if you will do what God did!

GOD PLANTED A SEED!

Oh, wonder of wonders—how God the Son could become a tiny seed, planted by the Holy Spirit into the womb of a pure virgin, is the mystery of the Incarnation we will never fully comprehend till we see Him face-to-face! The great Apostle Paul tried to describe the greatness of God's plan of redemption:

"O THE DEPTH OF THE RICHES BOTH OF THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD! HOW UNSEARCHABLE ARE HIS JUDGEMENTS, AND HIS WAYS PAST FINDING OUT!" Rom. 11:33

Yes, praise God, that "seed of the woman" grew into a fine, strong, pure man — God's second Adam! But, like all seeds, it must die and be planted if it is to spring up into new life and produce increase and fruit!

Yes, God needed sons, so what did God do? HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON. And, what did God receive? Yes, we have discussed this many times — Jesus died, but rose again that He, as Hebrews says, "MIGHT BRING MANY SONS TO GLORY…." Heb. 2:10

But here is the final truth I pray you will hear as it is yet another KEY to your NEED!

The seed God planted became Jesus Christ who defeated satan on the cross — His "heel" was bruised, but He recovered! Satan's head was crushed — and glory to God Most High — he WILL NOT RECOVER!

Jesus went on to describe Himself in John 15 as the "true vine." Yes, a seed produces a vine. But He goes on to say that we are the branches on that vine.

And right here some miss it! We get shouting happy, dance in the aisles, run the pews, and speak in tongues — all good, at least most of it! If that is all we do we are in great danger! Jesus went on to say:

"HE THAT ABIDETH IN ME…BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT,
FOR WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING." John 15:5

So, where is the danger, you ask?

"EVERY BRANCH THAT BEARETH NO FRUIT HE TAKETH AWAY…AND MEN
GATHER THEM AND CAST THEM INTO THE FIRE, AND THEY ARE BURNED." John 15:2 & 6

Wow! Bearing fruit is not optional; it is mandatory in Christ's Kingdom!And what is this fruit that Christ commands? More than we can cover in this short letter, but I can tell you the MOST IMPORTANT FRUIT that God desires — the souls of men and women, boys and girls!

So, are we bearing fruit for His Kingdom? Praise God, TBN IS! At least a million souls a year that we know of!

Are you a part of this great harvest? If not, you need to do what God did — PLANT YOUR SEED! Not only is it the KEY to meet your need, it also fulfills Christ's command to bear fruit if you are a branch in Him, the Vine of God.

Jan and I promise to join you for another great week of revival harvest, fruit-bearing, Praise-a-Thon®—

MARCH 31 THRU APRIL 4

Yes, we will sing and shout, preach and praise, but with over 4,000 TV stations, 27 great satellites, radio, the Internet, and now, new Digital TV, let's believe God for the greatest harvest of souls ever!

Your pledge card is enclosed—plant YOUR SEED and expect your harvest.

Jan and I have loved you for 30 glorious years! Let's keep planting!

The great Apostle Paul died in this prison in Rome - talk about a SEED!

The Church of St. Peter in Chains houses the chains that tradition holds were used on the Apostle Peter while imprisoned and martyred in Rome - a SEED planted for the Gospel!

Today a beautiful TBN STATION stands in ROME - beaming the Gospel to that great city. Yes, the SEEDS were planted and NOW IT IS HARVEST TIME!