The Book of the Preacher

 

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity” – (Eccl.1:1,2).

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” – (Lk.4:18,19).

 

   Did you know that there is a book of the Bible called ‘The Preacher.’ We don’t have to call it ‘Ecclesiastes,’ we can call it ‘The Preacher.’ Let the Devil’s ecclesiastical crowd who never get anyone saved, call it ‘Ecclesiastes.’ Here’s what the KJV Bible, the infallible, inerrant, preserved Word of God, calls it…

 

Ecclesiastes; or The Preacher.

 

   The NIV calls it ‘Ecclesiastes’ only – not ‘The Preacher.’ The NIV says in (Eccl.1:2) “Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher, utterly meaningless.” There is no ‘preacher’ in this book of their Bible and no ‘vanity.’ Vanity is 39 times in this book and means (empty, no purpose, useless, no hope) – life is vain, all is vanity. This book is Old Testament Solomon’s sermon written down – the words of an Old Testament preacher with no hope beyond the grave and no Christ and no gospel. The KJ Bible in the book of God’s preacher.

 

   Ecclesiastes stands for the Old Testament where they had ecclesiastical priests wearing ecclesiastical vestments. Preacher stands for the New Testament and the Lord Jesus Christ, the great preacher, the Anointed One and His preachers who don’t wear fancy, ecclesiastical religious vestments, but wear regular clothes and preach the true gospel of salvation and eternal life to all through Christ. Preachers who know the truth of the Bible know that “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” – (I Sam.16:7). Again in (Mt.23:5-7) “But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments. And love the uppermost at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greeting in the markets, and to be called of men, rabbi, rabbi.” Stay away from these satanic, ecclesiastical churches which deceive you with religious costumes on the outside – “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” – (Mt.7:15). The false prophet in the Bible is the one who loves long robes (Mk12:38), loves to be called ‘Rabbi’ and ‘Father’ – (Mt.23:9). And teaches heresies of the efficacy of the blood atonement of Christ – (2 Pet.2:1,2). Beware of the apostate harlot ecclesiastical church of (Rev.17) dressed in purple and scarlet. Don’t be one of the many who follow her false, pernicious (deadly) ways. – (2 Pet.2;2).

 

   The word ‘Preacher’ is found in the book of The Preacher 7 times and only 5 more times in the Old Testament. ‘Preacher’ is found 141 times in the New Testament – “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” – (Mk.16:15). Again – “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” – (I Cor.1:18). Don’t be an ecclesiastic, be a preacher. Stay away from sacraments and candles and images and prayers for the dead and vestments and mass and the goddess Mary. Be saved and washed in the blood of Christ.

 

   Jesus is the ‘Preacher’, the son of David, the king in Jerusalem, of whom Solomon was but a type. On His cross when Christ finished preaching it said – ‘King of the Jews.’ And He’s coming back soon as King of Kings – (Rev.19:16). He will be emperor over the whole earth forever and ever and we’ll be kings ruling beneath Him. Jesus is the Word of God, the Word made flesh, the Word of eternal life. I preach Christ, the Great Preacher, who died for us. He’s the Son of David and He’s also the Son of God – He’s the Godman.

 

   The book of the Preacher is the way a man of the world looks at life. So it’s no surprise that unbelievers and the unsaved love to quote this book. He’s worldly, he lives for this life, in this world – “Under the sun” – (29 times). Solomon tries everything ‘under the sun’ to find satisfaction for his soul, but to no avail. All is vanity, empty, useless, hopeless, purposeless, because of death. Death keeps staring him in the face. Solomon preaches with no hope. His message can’t conquer death. It’s a vain sermon. He tries knowledge, riches, pleasure, religion, fame – but all was vanity. Solomon here is the ‘worldly man.’

 

   And so it is yet today without being saved by Christ – life is vain. Christ is the answer because all other roads lead to vanity and frustration. When you’re born again in Christ, there is life abundant because you have conquered death and have eternal life. “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” – (I Jn.2:25). You can’t live right till you have conquered death.

 

   Solomon, as one who has not been born again, is a fatalist. Life is vain because of death. “One event happeneth to them all” – (Eccl.2:14). Like every living creature – we die. Solomon hated his life – (2:17). He hated his labor – (2:18). He was in despair – (2:20). Our certain death makes fatalists of all men. The older people get, usually the more bitter they get. He’s a pessimistic preacher. Preaching without the gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is vain preaching, with no hope beyond the grave. “.. how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” – (I Cor.15:3,4). O, the absolute hopelessness of life without salvation by Christ. And the vanity of education, religion, science, philosophy, art, music, travel, psychology, money and sex. Solomon devoted a lifetime to experimenting with the flesh in all its manifestations.

 

   Hear the great preacher Jesus, a greater than Solomon, as contrasted to preacher Solomon – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever beliveth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – (Jn.3:16). Again - “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that beliveth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” – (Jn.11:25). “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). Peter said – “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life” – (Jn.6:68). Nobody needs to be a fatalist. All have the choice to be saved and born again by Christ and conquer death and have life everlasting. All can live a life of hope and purpose – all can live ‘above the sun.’ He need not live in despair. There is victory over death and the grave. The Son is risen from the dead – “He is not here: for he is risen.” – (Mt.28:6).

 

   The self-centered person, the worldly person, will not find satisfaction in life because he’s dying – he needs forgiveness of sins by Christ and to be born again. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” – (I Jn.2:15-17). “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” – (Col.3:2). We preach the good news of the gospel. We can conquer death, both the first death of the body, and the second death in the lake of fire. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, as everyone must die. He was buried, as every man must be. But it didn’t end there – He resurrected victoriously from the grave – Amen and Allelujah. “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” – (I Cor.15:54,55,57). Yes, all is vanity – if you’re not born again and passed from death unto life. Vanity of vanities saith the preacher – if you’re not saved from your sins by Christ.

 

   The key words in the book of the preacher are – “And I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all” – (Ecc.2:14). There is only one event that happens to every single person ever born on planet earth that makes every thing on earth vanity – that is death.All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean; and to the unclean; to him that sacrficeth, and to him that sacrficeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner… This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead – (Ecc.9:2,3).

 

   The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to deliver us from the bondage of fear of death by dying on the cross for our sins. God’s judgment upon men for breaking His laws and sinning is death, capital punishment. But God’s grace and great love gave us His beloved Son as our Savior and deliverer on the cross as atonement for our sins. “And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” – (Heb.2:15). Jesus Christ s the only hope mankind has to conquer death.

 

   I’m not an ecclesiastic, I’m a preacher. I’m not offering you a religion and rules for living and no hope beyond the grave. I preach the gospel of Christ, “Who only hath immortality..” – (I Tim.6:16). Are you in Christ today? Have you conquered your vain, dying life? Are you saved and born again in Christ? If not, repent of your sins and humble yourself at the cross of Christ. Believe on Christ in your heart by faith and become a new creature in Christ. Do not spurn the grace of God in His beloved Son or the wrath of God still abides upon you. Do you want eternal life? Eternal life is in God’s Son – “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in this son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life” – (I Jn.5:11,12).

 

The 27 books of the New Testament are the books of the true Preacher.

They are books of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Who alone has immortality and true happiness.

 

Pastor Mike Storti

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