Buck The Tide
You've seen them, haven't you? (pictures showing herds being
led in a particular direction) Well, both Republicans and Democrats
seek to lead the herds residing in the USA and, to a degree (using
different platforms), around the world.
Which group will you follow? Or perhaps, considering the fallacy
of the excluded middle, could there be other paths to take? Indeed
there are. Here's one ...
God, through the prophet Isaiah, first came up with the famous
saying: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil." Because
the devil offers cheap counterfeits of God's precious things (and
ways), we take just a moment to bring yet another one of His
Yes, under both Democrats and Republicans, people exploit
people. Both, influenced by darkness' soon-coming mandate
for a one world society (if they will even exist at that time), will
lead the various herds toward bitter bondage, a slavery that
will actually run eternal.
Will you choose the dark path - the way of the dragon and his
host OR will you choose the path of light - God's path: Jesus
Christ, Son of God, Savior? Will you follow the beast and the
one who the Bible calls the "false prophet" OR will you follow
God's way, Christ Jesus, the One who continues to be called
Immanuel, God with us?
One's eternal state is truly determined in this.
So in this context, we offer a challenge:
Will you fail to buck the tide and, in herd mentality and action,
follow the overwhelming majority into a dark, eternal abyss
without God OR will you be counter-cultural and take the
narrow way of forgiveness, life and love and enjoy a light
eternity in Creator God's glorious presence? Sincerely, it's
your choice. We challenge you to say "no" to the slavery
of present culture and follow (or perhaps, better follow) God.
For those who have yet to say "yes" to His gift, God continues
to offer precious Hope, Peace and Love through His own pro-
vision of salvation: Jesus Christ His Son. CLICK HERE
for crucial details.
The Spirit Of Antichrist
Because we have many more readers at this juncture, we are posting
a revision of an older handout we have used in ministry for decades.
Please view this important handout by Clicking Here. And please,
for discipleship purposes, share this material with others who are
also seeking God's pertinent Counsel for life in Christ today.
May those of us who are included in the group of the 5 wise virgins
better discern the lateness of the hour. The time of sorrows,
while its effects continue, is now behind us given we've entered
into the early period of tribulation as outlined by our Lord Jesus
in Matthew 24:9-14.
"Both ... And" & "EITHER ... OR" Conundrums
God's Word is replete with sound principles tied to logical fallacies.
Mankind has discovered three (of many) helpful ones - common-sense
errors simply summarized in these ways:
1. The fallacy of prematurely committing to (in a dogmatic way) one
view as opposed to another. Example: choosing between two
seemingly opposing views (say V1 & V2) while failing to acknow-
ledge both may be true at the same time when considered in a
proper, holistic context ;
2. One should also not fail to acknowledge there may actually be
other possible views (V3, V4, etc.), ones which differ from views
V1 and V2, as this, too, can be faulty presumption leading to error.
Example: deciding between two conflicting Pre-millennial views
(e.g., Is it "Pre-Trib" or "Pre-Wrath"?) without considering more
biblical options: Click Here for one example ;
There are possibly other faulty judgments one could make, one
of which we'd also like to include here:
3. The fallacy of choosing/embracing opposites in a context where both
cannot be true at the same time - the error of contradiction. This
could be exampled in this way: Affirming both premises which are
on the present table of consideration - namely, accepting both God
exists (P1) and God does not exist (P2) are true at the same time.
The accepting of both P1 and P2 would be an incorrect conclusion.
These fallacies are principle errors which raise their ugly heads
So how does this relate to other pressing end-time matters?
We (at Endurance Ministries) have, on multiple occasions, made
appeal for balance when it comes to accepting Bible Truths. These
many articles and blogs are most often tied to the both/and principle.
It is possible multiple premises could be correct when the appeal is
considered in a holistic, full-Counsel-of-God context. Here are some
examples of our dealings with contemporary end-time issues in past
BOTH God's sovereignty AND man's freedom to choose
BOTH faith AND works (done in Christ )
(in relationship to justification before God)
BOTH GOD's Word AND written by mankind
BOTH God incarnate AND Son of Man
ALL of the above examples are easily reconciled and shine True
in light of God's big-picture revelation masterpiece.
The second principle is also employed in many of our blogs and
articles. While this principle is affirmed, we eventually take the
next step and decide to reject various end-time positions, ones
we doubt on the basis of good (biblical) reason(s). In this setting,
we acknowledge the existence of various positions but we, due to
Bible data, go on to question some of the un-evidenced or poorly
evidenced views. (e.g., We discern Preterit eschatology to be
clearly lacking ; we warn against the it will all pan out in the end
so don't concern yourself with end-time considerations perspectives
because they foster the denial of Bible exhortations - appeals toward
the end of being ready, prepared, watchful.)
In THIS blog, we wish to affirm the reality of the 3rd sound
principle - the matter of contradiction - that is, accepting two
opposing views at the same time - details described in the
God exists and God does not exist example above and
outlined below in the context of one end-time consideration.
So let's move into yet another end-time matter ...
Please understand: the Pre-Wrath (end-time position #1 - P1)
and the Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering (end-time position
#2 - P2) have MUCH in common. In writing to our Pre-wrath
friends over the years, we have made this absolutely clear.
On the matter of the timing of the final trumpet (I Cor. 15:51, 52)
rapture (John 14:1-3 ; I Thes. 4:13-18) gathering (Mt. 24:31 ; II Thes.
2:1) as outlined in Scripture, the two positions - namely, P1 & P2 -
The Pre-Wrath view teaches the Church will NOT experience the
Trumpet judgments (having been raptured prior to the beginning
of the Trumpet blasts of Rev. 8 - 11) WHILE THE Final Trumpet
Rapture Gathering view teaches the Church will go through the
Trumpet period due to Bible data pertinent to the timing of our
The Pre-Wrath view teaches the Church will NOT be on earth
during the Day of the Lord (having been raptured just before the
7th Seal is broken) WHILE THE Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering
view teaches the Church will enter the early part of the Day of
Christ/Day of the Lord BUT will be raptured from the earth
before the Bowls of God's wrath are poured out upon the earth.
These differences place us in a context of an EITHER/OR choice.
One cannot believe both views at the same time (and be correct)
due to the different teachings concerning the TIMING of the rapture.
It's one or the other ... or, if we also include the principle of the fallacy
of the excluded middle, the truth could be found in yet another view.
Our point here: The Pre-Wrath view conflicts with the Final Trumpet
Rapture Gathering view when it comes to just when the rapture of the
Church takes place. The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering view
teaches differently than the Pre-Wrath view.
So how does one address this reality - the fact that we have two
similar but also very different end-time views which we are especially
highlighting in this blog - though many other end-time views exist?
(And, to you skeptics out there, we write: Yes, we have considered
the other epistemic views tied to the big question, "How do we
know?" or "On what basis do we go about addressing this question?"
We acknowledge there does indeed exist other views than "the
Bible says so" - we don't want to commit the fallacy of the excluded
middle here either! - BUT, sincerely, we have found these views
which reject special revelation from God to be lacking, VERY
Moving right along, how does one, who cares about this CRUCIAL
topic, go about investigating the issue raised? (Sorry Andy
Stanley! In your Irresistible book, Jesus Christ, through the Word
of God, does indeed speak clearly on end-time matters, just as
the Word speaks clearly concerning our origins, the flood, salvation
and other essential doctrines of the faith. Andy, PLEASE submit to
Psalm 119, II Timothy 3:16, 17 and many other passages addressing
the truthfulness of the holy Word of God!)
Back on point ... Allow me to restate the question: How does one
go about investigating end-time matters?
You guessed it: Back to the BIBLE to see what it actually says!
It is the Word of God that serves as believers' authority for faith
and practice, NOT opinions of man - and surely not Andy Stanley's
opinions,* opinions which include fallacious appeals found in his
chapter, The Bible Says. This actually even includes interpretation
opinions! Extra-biblical teaching is not always correct, on all topical
fronts - this includes end-time claims.
By way of what has become an important end-time example, read
carefully the most recent edition (September/October, 2018) of
Zion's Fire - specifically, the article titled, "Silence in Heaven Before
God Goes to War." Note the extra-biblical interpretations as to
the indentity of the Saints of Revelation 7:9. Here is one of the
Pre-Wrath teachings with which we take exception:
After appealing to an event taking place after the Rev. 7:9
context (by quoting Revelation 8:3-5) -- an event later than
the rapture which, as they teach, occurs just before the 7th Seal
(see the Rev. 8:3-5 quotation ... By the way, why not quote the full
paragraph of Rev. 8:1-6?) -- the authors of this article go on to
make these claims: (I quote the entire paragraph on page 11
so as to set our concern in context.)
"The prayers of the 'saints' refer to the prayers of the great
multitude in Heaven (Revelation 7:9). Following the breaking
of the sixth seal, they were raptured and glorified, and are now
serving God in His Temple (Revelation 7:14-15)." Did you
catch the added interpretations?
The explicit data of Scripture (of Rev. 7) does not teach this
"great multitide" is a group of raptured saints as the Rosenthals
would have us believe. Instead, the actual Word of God states,
"... These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation ..."
(Rev. 7:14 ; emphasis ours). That's what the passage states
anyway. Please read the entire section of Revelation 7:9-17 in
the context of Revelation chapters 6 - 8! Let's not add potentially
incorrect interpretations,** ones that are not stated in the text,
especially when there are other differing views appealing to the
actual data of the texts under consideration.
In light of the full Counsel of God, the teaching position of the
Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering view proposes this: The ones
coming out of the great tribulation are martyred saints - the very
ones killed during the period of the war against the saints. This
period of time includes the great tribulation period of Mt. 24:15ff.
And when it comes to holistic end-time viewpoints ...
Let's (may we ...) consider the interpretive options such that
we do not rule out - dogmatically, when we don't have grounds
to do so - viable understandings. And may we take a further
step: May we seek to discern which of the multiple competing
end-time hypotheses is MOST biblical in light of the full and
explicit Counsel of God's Word. Church: WE CAN DO THIS!
* See Andy Stanley's recent book, Irresistible: Reclaiming the
New that Jesus Unleashed for the World. (2018 ; Zondervan)
This is insightful ...
** The Pre-Wrath folks may respond to this concern by saying
something to the effect: "But yes, the 'raptured Saints' are the
ones who come out of the tribulation." BUT please recall,
according to Mt. 24, the tribulation comes to an end, THEN
the heavenly signs blaze (vs. 29), THEN the Sign of the Son
of Man occurs (vs. 30), THEN the rapture gathering of the
Church occurs (vs. 31 ; cf. Mark 13:27). Our POINT:
According to Mt. 24:29-31, the tribulation is closed at the
time when the heavenly signs, the Son-of-Man sign and yes,
the rapture occurs. These facts conflict with the Zion's Fire
quote above (from page 11). The Pre-Wrath teaching that the
Church is raptured (i.e., taken out of the tribulation) during the
great tribulation period is in conflict with the full Counsel of
God's precious Word. May we discern Pre-Wrath (future)
responses to this fair concern in the months and years ahead.
And please note the "on-what-basis" their answers are given.
We believe their answers may be based on their (faulty) under-
standing that the "great tribulation period" takes place when
they say it does - in the early part of the second half of
Daniel's 70th Week. But is this possible in light of all that
takes place once the tribulation is closed? We need to bring
more thorough Bible definitions of "tribulation" when addressing
this matter. This will be yet another blog, Lord willing, in 2019.
Perhaps we should title this future blog, The Failing Evidential
Walls of the Pre-Wrath Position. What do you think?
IF we allow SCRIPTURE to be our authority for building our end-
time perspective, the Pre-Wrath position is found to be problematic,
in multiple respects. Yes, the Pre-Wrath has a huge problem when
it comes to this concern we've defined above. Are we, God's elect,
gathered together after the tribulation as outlined in the explicit data
of Mt. 24:29-31? Indeed we are! In light of this explicit revelation
data, the Pre-Wrath teaching that the Saints of Rev. 7:9 are
'raptured Saints' -- which is not taught in the passage (NB: the phrase
"raptured saints" is not found in this Rev. 7 passage nor is the rapture
gathering event seen explicitly stated in Rev. 6!) -- would conflict
with the black-and-white data of Rev. 7:14 and Mt. 24! The Word
teaches the "great multitude" comes out of the great tribulation,
NOT the raptured saints. THINK ON THIS, for it does indeed expose
additional weaknesses of the Pre-Wrath position.
More on this growingly important matter will be coming this next year.
Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!
Do you recall the scene in the movie, Sneakers, where Liz (Mary
McDonnell) tells her piano student, "Practice, Practice!, Practice!" ?
We'd like to tweak this quote just a tad to read, "Study, Study!, Study!"
(What follows relates to the appeal - to avoid hasty conclusions - as
outlined in CB11C;18 above.)
We have been told the Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering end-time
position is contradictory due to the data of Revelation 6:14-17.
Here's the NKJV quote of the passage:
Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and
every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And
the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the
commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free
man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the
mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, 'Fall on
us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne
and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His
wrath has come, who is able to stand?'
Some persist in incorrectly charging us with this contradiction:
You say the Church does not incur God's wrath but then go on
to teach the Church incurs the wrath of God - due to it still being
present on the earth until the 7th trumpet of Revelation 11:15.
Given the data of Revelation 6:14-17, your end-time position is
problematic at best.
Once again, a response of restatement is appropriate at this juncture.
Actually, we do NOT embrace an inconsistency because we
believe the Church is taken before the bowls of God's wrath.
It's after the final (7th) trumpet rapture gathering when the
bowls of wrath are poured out. PLEASE note and acknowledge
the testimony of the 24 elders:
And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones
fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying, 'We give You
thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and
who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and
reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,
and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and
that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the
saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and
should destroy those who destroy the earth.'
(Revelation 11:16-18 ; NKJV ; emphasis ours)
THEY (the elders) say, "Your wrath has come" and they say
this in response to the 7th trumpet being blown - just after
the final trumpet (of the Revelation trumpets) sounds.
According to The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering viewpoint,
the 7th and final trumpet blast includes (in this order):
1. the gathering together of the Church; and then,
2. the pouring out of the bowls of God's wrath.
Because we - those who "remain" (I Thes. 4:17) - will have
endured great tribulation, we will MISS the "hour of trial"
(what we believe to be the period of the bowls of God's
wrath) of Revelation 3:10. We, the Church, therefore, do
NOT incur the wrath of God in two crucial ways:
A. We miss the bowls of God's wrath;
B. We, also by God's grace through Jesus Christ,
do not incur the eternal wrath of God.
Revelation 3:7-13 & I Thes. 5:9-11 provide helpful insight
pertinent to this matter.
SOME would passionately respond, "But what about the
Revelation 6 passage where it states God's wrath has
come - at the time of the opening of the 6th Seal ?"
This is a fair question, one which does indeed relate to a
Thus, a restatement of our past answers is warranted. In answer ...
Please see THIS LINK for quotes from our 2009 book, quotes
which deny - through clear Bible evidence - the charge that we
commit a contradiction as outlined above.
IF you would like to glean Truth tied to this concern of the timing
of the rapture of God's Church in Jesus Christ our Lord, please
read our book - a work which also includes, by God's precious
grace, MANY helpful Counsel-appeal highlights, ones so per-
tinent to our walk with Jesus Christ today (e.g., end-time Bible
themes currently being expressed by global culture). Please
prayerfully consider ordering the 3rd printing of our book. You
can secure a copy through this means: CLICK HERE
May God grant us humility of heart, one willing to consider Bible
appeals in this day of great deception, persecution, unrighteousness
Helpful Enduring Through A Grateful Heart
It is both good and beneficial to give thanks to the Lord.
Were you blessed this past Thanksgiving through praise - as
a result of sharing testimony with family and friends as to God's
heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus His Son, our Savior?
Avoiding the error of riding-on-past-laurels syndrome, we need
to press on in fostering hearts full of thanksgiving. We need to
guard against actions flowing from a complaining heart. Instead,
let's do the right and honor-giving thing: Let's be grateful children
in Jesus Christ.
What a contrast (understatement!) between a child who expresses
an attitude of gratitude as opposed to one who whines for more.
Let's continue - in light of the MANY reasons God has graced us
with - walking under / in submission to this exhortation:
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich"
Because of what the Lord has done for us"
Give thanks ... give thanks ... give thanks.
Henry Smith (1978)
When FALSEHOODS Grow
This is a partial-truth statement:
"The USA is not found in explicit end-time Bible prophecy."
While the continental USA is not highlighted in clear Bible
prophecy, global issues and Bible warnings tied thereto are
MOST abundant. Principles addressing cultural shifts are
absolutely tied to Bible prophecy concerning the days prior
to the return of Jesus Christ. This includes cultural shifts
within the USA.
Questions: Do we (the church in the USA) think so highly
of ourselves that:
1. we think the USA warrants Bible inclusion?
Answer: In God's eyes, we are no more special than the
rest of the global inhabitants.
2. we think we - the USA - can turn a deaf ear toward the
many end-time Bible thematic appeals that are speaking
so loudly about present, at-home cultural affairs?
Answer: Church, LISTEN to God's Word! - e.g., read
these weekly blogs: B41;18 - B48;18.
I am also addressing the past perspectives of authors like Joel
Rosenberg in this blog, especially since he, for example, and
others like him, wield such influence over certain churches
within Evangelicalism today.
Correct: The USA is not explicitly highlighted (geographically)
in Bible prophecies tied to the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ.
BUT this in NO WAY allows us to put aside the Scriptures which
address end-time concerns because USA citizens are included in
the Bible passages which address holistic, thematic end-time
topics. What I mean by this is this:
It's WRONG when we allow parial truths to become twisted
to the extent it allows for falsehoods - e.g., "Because the USA
is not found in end-time Bible prophecy, we need not seek
God's end-time thematic Counsel for today." This would be
an incorrect perspective.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying this is Rosenberg's intent
in his fictional appeals. NEVERTHELESS, some have grown
this fact (that the Bible does not explicitly include the nation of
the USA in its eschatological details) into a lie - the deception
that the Word does not offer practical eschatological doctrine
and/or application clarity to us today. This attitude is also
fostered through other venues as well - e.g., some preterit
folks who deny clear end-time Bible Counsel.
So, in response to the deceptive, half-truth falsehood
immediately above, please note this Bible fact well:
It's actually just the opposite!
Read Revelation 2 & 3.
Church: Read and heed (Rev. 1:3) these two chapters.
1. Let's humble ourselves and be willing to repent of our
willful rebellion of throwing off our first love;
2. Let's be faithful unto the end, enduring tribulation from
the world and darkness in general;
3. Let's run from sexual sin and the doctrine of the
Nicolaitans which so undermine God's fruitful
and gracious workings in our lives;
4 Let's hold fast to our faith and be willing to discern
and expose the Jezebels among us today, keeping
His works unto the end;
5. Let's be watchful in light of a biblical eschatological
perspective whereby we are NOT surprised at His
coming due to having embraced end-time error;
6. Let's continue in perseverance knowing He will keep
us from the hour of trial which will unfold on the
7. Let's be open to His corrective love by being humble
enough to respond in zeal and repentance to His
loving rebuke and chastisement.
And these explicit appeals only scratch the surface of God's
call to repent! We've only highlighted some of the pertinent-
to-today mandates in these two chapters. What about the many
other passages we (God's church) are presently neglecting as a
result of embracing, in part, false (that is, unbiblical and anti-
Are we so short-sighted to think God's love (as secularism so
often defines it) trumps God's holiness when it comes to, by
way of example, His declaration that we abstain from sexual sin?
Are we so erroneously defiant and committed to our religious
traditions - CLICK HERE for examples - that we REJECT
explicit Bible Truth? E.g., Many evangelicals today reject
God's revelation concerning a holistic Bible-based
soteriology (doctrine of salvation).
"RIGHT!" some would say and then go on to add: "Prove
it! Prove what you've just claimed!"
Okay, here's one of many examples:
Read James 2:14-26 in light of the ACTUAL content of
Genesis 12 - 22. (This reading, obviously, is to be distinguished
from Catholic theology on this matter of rightness before God!)
Justification before God mandates an active faith - one including
life-in-Christ works. IF our faith does not continue - progression
(read about this in our book, The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering:
An Introduction, pages 131, 138-143 and 167-175. CLICK HERE for
information about book purchase) - IF our faith does not continue,
then we are in danger of possibly embracing a false-hope, partial-
truth paradigm which could bring on apostasy (biblically speaking),
luke-warmness (biblically speaking) and yes, even eternal surprise:
non-admittance into God's holy presence - the Lake of Fire. LISTEN,
dear church, to the words of our Lord Jesus when He says things
like Mt. 7:21-13, Mt. 13:1-23, Mt. 22:1-14, Mt. 25:1-13 and many
other passages (like Revelation 2 & 3).
It is a BIBLICAL appeal to examine oneself to see if one is indeed
in the faith! (see II Cor. 13:5) It is a Bible-honoring action to be
diligent unto the making of our calling and election sure. (see
II Pet. 1:10) It is God's desire we work out our salvation. (see
Phil. 2:12, 13)
And once again, DON'T misquote or misrepresent me, those of
you who are of the Cult of Unbiblical Grace! (Erwin Lutzer calls it
"hyper grace" ; Wayne Grudem warns against the false assurance
promoted by "Free Grace" advocates ; etc.) Avoid, please, this
faulty judgment because I believe in the other facets of the whole
Counsel of the Word of God - those Bible Truths which highlight
the other sides of divine (Bible-content) paradoxical coins - para-
doxical from man's puny/limited perspective anyway!
One additional point in all this:
False judgments (against those who proclaim God's Word in full
context) are dangerous as we will give account to God for our
words (Mt. 12:33-37) and our actions (Ecc. 12:13, 14). In balance,
we are also to discern the deceptions of half-truth appeals, ones
that run contrary to the full Counsel of God's holy, insightful Word.
Thus we speak out and warn against deceptions within churches
today because of God-given tough love for His true Church in
Jesus Christ our Lord and because we seek the glory of the One
who has graciously revealed His Truths to us.
The GOSPEL In Light Of CHRISTmas
No wonder atheists, agnostics, anti-theists and even deists have
a problem with Immanuel - God with us! It shouldn't surprise us
that a satan-bound world rejects Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.
Yes, even Linus (of the Charles Schultz Peanuts gang) brings
offense as he shares the real (historical), joy- and purpose-filled
reason for the season - the hearing of which brought despairing
Charlie Brown much comfort and joy !
Linus (in A Charlie Brown Christmas DVD): "Sure Charlie
Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about ...
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding
in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the
glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they
were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I
bring you [ good ] tidings of great joy, which shall be to
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a
Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the
babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good
will toward men." (Luke 2:8-14 ; KJV)
How about you? Will you embrace Truth and enjoy the sweet
heavenly blessings found only in Jesus Christ this next year or
will you choose the other side of the fence and will to be offended
by Truth? Or, perhaps, will you remain on the disbelieving side of
the fence in a pseudo-neutral manner which, from God's tran-
scendent perspective, will bring grievous eternal consequence?
You're right, the choice is yours. ... Choose Life with God as
opposed to life without Him.
REALITY CHECK ...
The enemies of Truth who are so passionate about their faith
(that God does not exist; that His existence is doubtful; that He
doesn't warrant recognition, obedience or worship; that YHVH God
has simply left the earthly scene), yes, those who would deny history,
cannot make Father God nor His Son, Jesus Christ, go away.
God is God - from everlasting to everlasting! - and man is just that:
man ... puny, limited man. God is sovereign, or, to put it in street
terms, God calls the shots.
As God's eternal plan could not be thwarted - through Herod's
killing of the infants; through false gossip about the virgin-born
Messiah; through jealous hate of scribes and Pharisees ... Jesus
Christ, the Lamb of God, CAME. As God's eternal object lesson
will not be compromised - through short-sighted disbelief; through
rebellious, secular man-centered optimism; through war against
the One on the white horse ... Jesus Christ, the Lion of Judah,
WILL COME AGAIN.
His coming is soon. Are you ready to meet your Creator, the One
who offers salvation from eternal existence in the Lake of Fire? No
one can atone for one's sins in the eyes of God because God calls
the shots on this one. He has, in His infinite wisdom and grace,
provided forgiveness through His only begotten Son. There is no
forgiveness of sin before God outside of Jesus Christ. That's one
reason why the Lord said what He did: "I am the way, the truth
and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
(John 14:6 ; NKJV)
Got Life ... ETERNAL LIFE ? Jesus Christ is the only One who
provides it. God tells those interested, this: Receive My sufficient
provision by faith. God's mercy and grace brought the greatest
Gift of all time: His Son. God's Holy Spirit graciously moves the
hearts of man to repent and to receive this absolutely necessary
provision. Don't harden your heart by rejecting God's sweet
Christmas Gift. Accept the Lord Jesus Christ and His loving
provision through His death and resurrection today if you
have not already done so. Time is short.
And if it is the case that we already call ourselves believers,
let's die to ourselves, take up our cross daily and both will and do
God's good pleasure by relying on His help to act like those who
Father, thank You that Your Son, Jesus Christ, came to seek and
to save that which was lost. His victory continues to shine in such
amazing ways, no matter what men may say. Thank You for
securing a glorious eternity for those who receive by faith, Your
precious Gift in whom we are complete. Father, what JOY is ours
who take part in celebration of this 2,000-year-old anniversary of
the life of Your Son. It's in His great name - the name of the Lord
Jesus Christ - that we pray. Amen
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