The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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“Who Shall declare His Generation?”
By Al Stoner
Part 2 
“He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken” (Isa. 53:8). “In His humiliation His judgment was taken away: and who shall declare His generation? for His life is taken from the earth” (Act 8:33). “A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation” (Ps. 22:30)

 
Who Shall Declare His Generation?  The sense, however, in which the word “generation” is used in our text in Isaiah 53 is somewhat different from these previous examples mentioned in part 1.  Here the word “generation” speaks of a bringing forth of offspring, and also of the offspring that are brought forth.  The offspring bear a close resemblance to their progenitors in their essential makeup and expression. 
The Generations of Adam.  “THIS is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel: And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared: And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed. And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died. And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth” (Gen. 5:1-32).
Similarly are also recorded “the generations of Noah” (Gen. 6:9), “the generations of the sons of Noah” (Gen. 10:1), “the generations of Shem” (Gen. 11:10), and “the generations of Terah” (Gen. 11:27), who brought forth Abram.  Also are recorded “the generations of Ishmael” (Gen. 25:12), “the generations of Isaac” (Gen. 25:19), “the generations of Esau” (Gen. 36:1, 9), and “the generations of Jacob” (Gen. 37:2).  Some of these generations became custodians of the promises, and some did not.  Some of the generations became the objects of God’s love, and others, the objects of His hatred (Mal. 1:2-3; Rom. 9:13). 
The Generation of Jesus Christ.  There was a generation that brought forth the Savior. who was “made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:3-4).  “And (Joseph) knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called His name JESUS” (Mt. 1:25).  It was this particular “bringing forth” that brought an end to a long and wearisome time of labor and travail in the working out of God’s eternal purpose.  The woman, by the grace of God, had finally brought forth the long awaited Man child that would bruise the serpent’s head.  “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” (Rev. 12:5).
Matthew’s Geneology. From beginning to end God was working very closely with this generation [sometimes more evidently than others] as it was the one that would bring forth the Savior, upon whom His eternal purposed rested and was established.  It becomes evident from the natural tendencies of men to sin and iniquity, when left to themselves, that “Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha” (Rom. 9:29; cf. Isa. 1:9).
“THE book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations” (Mt. 1:1-17).
So then, who shall declare the generation shall come forth from Him?  Are there any books that are large enough and worthy enough to contain all of the names of these persons?  “And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah” (Ps. 87:5-6).  “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands” (Rev. 7:9).  “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” (Rev. 19:6).
“And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life” (Phil. 4:3).  These persons, by their evident association with the book of life in the estimation of the Apostle Paul, were declaring the living Savior's generation.  May we have grace that our manner of living here in this world may ever bear witness to our association with the book of life.  
“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels” (Rev. 3:5).   “Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away” (Isa. 51:11).  Such overcomers and redeemed personalities are “ . . . they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev. 21:27).  May we be counted worthy to be among the declarer's of Christ's generation.
The Father solemnly affirmed to the Son through the Prophets before He suffered, “Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified” (Isa. 60:21).  And the Son resolutely replied to the Father, “And again, I will put My trust in Him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given Me” (Heb. 2:13).  “A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation” (Ps. 22:30).  “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29).
 
 
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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).