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July's  Commentary Blogs

 

CB7A;18

May  We  BE  ...

Our  life actions  spring forth from our being.  It's difficult to have one
(i.e., life action)  without  the other - being.  Just what am I getting at
here?

God exists ; in His existence, He acts.

In similar fashion to James 2:14-26,  faith  exists (in conscious beings)  
AND  is expressed by action - vv. 17-20.  We demonstrate our faith
predominately through our life actions - thoughts, words and deeds.

This is tied to the theme of God's call:  We are to be doers of His Word
and not  hearers  only (Jms. 1:22) ; we are to love actively, even beyond
mere words (I John 3:16-18).

So back to our title,  May  We  BE  ...

In  our  lives - that is, those lives which are devoted to following our
Savior, Jesus Christ - we acknowledge  both  our  being (who we are)
and  our life actions (what we do).

May we be, in our lives, those who consistently express our true selves
by our actions.  May we be contemporary followers of Jesus Christ who 
live,  today,  as the full Counsel of Scripture so outlines.  

In seeking to  be,  let's review our appeals toward this end since the
beginning of the year:

~  May we continue basking in His kind Word  -  CB1A;18
~  May we endure in seeking God's clear Counsel  -  CB1B;18
~  May we better discern ; may we delight in continued joy  -  CB1C;18
~  May we do the  both/and  thing and affirm both aspects [that is, what
     the Bible  is  and  the Bible's  effects] of this most precious, eternal
     revelation-from-God gift - His Word  -  CB1D;18

~  May we better distinguish between the actual Word of God  from  that
     of words and opinions/interpretations of men  -  CB2A;18
~  May we make NO provision for the flesh  but  rather take full advantage
     of His resources such that we endure unto His glory and praise  -  CB2B;18
~  May we seek God's help in affirming the entire scope of His Word  -  CB2C;18
~  May we praise the One who has graciously forewarned us about the
     days of the end just prior to His Son's return  -  CB2D;18

~  May we balance, among other things, these two things:  1.  our acts 
     which expose dangerous secular myths  and,  2.  our acts expressing
     humble  tough love  such that we're also willing to deal with false 
     teachings within some churches today  -  CB3A;18
~  May we encourage the fostering of  biblical  watchfulness  -  CB3B;18
~  May we properly discern what's next and what's near on the biblical
     prophetic end-time calendar  -  CB3C;18
~  May we allow the pertinent (to our day) Bible passages a fair hearing ...
     may we allow the Word to say what it actually says  -  CB3D;18

~  May we seek the Lord's help in more thoroughly examining the
     dangerous  half-truths  of the cult of unbiblical grace  -  CB4A;18
~  May we, leaning on God's strength, better discern other current
     cultural deceptions  -  CB4B;18
~  May we (at the very least) be willing to prayerfully and exegetically
     consider other explicitly biblical end-time proposals  -  CB4C;18 

~  May we stop  picking and choosing  and simply accept the full
     Counsel of God's Word  -  CB5A;18
~  May we be intruments of His praise - ones which bless His
     holy name  -  CB5B;18
~  May we be those who reject the many incentives to  fall away
     from the faith  -  CB5C;18
~  May we be His Saints in Jesus Christ who take practical, life-action
     steps toward heeding His end-time Counsel  -  CB5D;18

~  May we be contrite in spirit such that we seek HIS clear instruction
     concerning being prepared to face the days prior to our final trumpet
     rapture gathering (if we don't go Home, first)  -  CB6A;18
~  May we be ready and watchful as a result of heeding His precious
     end-time precepts  -  CB6B;18
~  May we be humble enough to subject our reason to His powerful
     Word  -  CB6C;18.

Lord,  may  we  be  all that You've empowered us to be for the good
purpose of bringing You glory, honor and praise during these end of
days prior to Your Son's initial appearing!  In Jesus Christ's name, amen.

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CB7B;18

Toward  APPLYING  Bible Principles

[ Please see Acts 15  and  blog  B28;18  as to 
   setting the context  for  this  commentary blog. ]

"The early church was well served by this meeting!"  is an understatement.
This meeting was crucial.

We believe  communication,  when done in a Christ-honoring way, is good.

In seeking to apply one of the principles of Acts 15 - that God's contemporary
church (today) should  also  communicate about important matters ...

We bring this call:

As we did in 2014 when we initially posted this challenge - please see
FAQ #60 ,  we call the church to be a part of  communicating  crucial,
end-time Truths by participating in what we're calling,  The Great
Debate
.

Our debate would include 4 Pre-Millennial views, each viewpoint 
being able (during the day of the debate) to ...

   1.  state / define the position they espouse ;   and,
   2.  defend their position by fielding questions from the other 
          presenters and from the audience.

The debate would look something like this (though not necessarily
in the order so outlined below):

Pre-Trib Rapture  advocate would  state/define  the view
Pre-Wrath Rapture  advocate would  state/define  the view
Post-Trib Rapture  advocate would  state/define  the view
Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering  advocate would  state/define  the view

Then, each presenter would take 3 questions from the  other  presenters -
each question raising one "problem" of the position under consideration.

After the four position advocates have answered the questions from the 
other panel members, the  audience  would also be given opportunities
to present questions. 


Doesn't this sound like a  meeting  of this type could bring helpful under-
standing - communication in the church - toward better clarity on end-time
matters being discussed today?

Please  email  us (using the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page)  IF
you're interested in seeing a meeting like this take place.

It would be an excellent  opportunity  to  disciple  using God's explicit
Truths forever settled in heaven - a discipleship moment which is so
very needed as we walk further down the  end-of-days  path.  

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CB7C;18

Batting  1,000

We are currently batting 1,000 (that is, 100%)  after  over 7,000  at bats
since 1999.

By God's grace, we are able to correctly forecast some future events  (and,
in the case of  this  stat in  this  blog,  we are also able to correctly  deny
claims tied to other future events)  because our predictions are based on
the explicit content of God's Word.  We have no control over our prophetic
announcements.  In other words, we cannot fabricate their fulfillments.

At this juncture we'll simply repeat - in pertinent form - an earlier  thus-
says-the-Lord  prophetic announcement:

The rapture of the Church will  NOT  take place in 2018, 2019 or 2020.
( see  blog CB1C;18 )  This prediction unfolds in the context of  daily 
fulfillment  
in this way:  "The rapture will NOT take place  today."  This 
now two-and-a-half-year prediction is  True  in light of II Thes. 2:1-12, 
the books of Daniel and Revelation, Mt. 24 & 25 and, in general, in 
light of the full eschatological Counsel of God's Word.

So if we were to add - figuring from this month of July, 2018 - another 
910 days (approx.) to our present  at bat  average (thereby including the
rest of 2018, 2019 and 2020), we will, at the conclusion of 2020, still be
batting 1,000 ... after over 8,000  at bats.  (Each  at bat  when we step
up to the prophetic  plate,  we seek a  hit.  Our prophetic  hit  is this:  
being accurate concerning our daily  at-bat  predictions that  "Jesus
Christ will not return today."  We figure 1 bat/day due to the popular -
but incorrect - view which teaches Jesus Christ could return any day.)

As we did in  blog B24;17,  we need to confess  HOW IT IS  we are 
able to bat 1,000 on this prophetic topic:

The entirety of God's Word is Truth (Ps. 119:160).  As we allow His
Word to say what it actually says, we evidence our Truth Foundation,
which is this:  God's Word.  ANYONE could share the batting average
we hold.  Folks simply need to affirm the unadulterated Word of God
and avoid mixing it with unbiblical opinions/interpretations of men.

It - the Bible - says what it means and means what it says, affirming
the reality of various  genres  existing in the equation.

So  don't  look to  us  for Bible prophecy.  Look to the Word of God.  
For starters, please go to  blog B25;18  where our summer prophetic
reading schedule is posted - "winter" schedule for our friends in the
Southern Hemisphere.    :-)

May the Word of God enlighten  you  such that you are among those
who  "understand"  - Daniel 11:32-35 -  whereby you rightly discern the
season.  May His Spirit bring illumination as we endure in  listening  to
YHVH God.  May we apply what we learn and obey God's protective
Counsel.  Amen!

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CB7D;18

Hello  Unbelieving  World !

Everyone has faith.  It's not only those who believe in Jesus Christ
who confess  faith  is a real part of each member of humanity's
experience.  While Christians confess faith to be one dynamic of their 
worldview, secularists sometimes do not confess faith.  In truth, though, 
the materialists also embrace faith in their worldview tenets and day-by-
day practices.  This is easy to demonstrate.

So allow us to depart for just one article - depart from blogging to a
Christian reading audience.  In this commentary blog we're speaking
to those who have yet to place their faith in Jesus Christ whereby their
eternal state might potentially move  from  eternal existence separated 
from God in the Lake of Fire  to  eternal life in God's presence, eventually
in the glorious setting of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem.

So here we go - our article to unbelieving readers ...

Dear open-minded reader,

Our Lord Jesus Christ said deception would increase before His return.
We have seen specific predictions in the Word of God fulfilled in clear,
miraculous ways, including prophecies about deception.

If this has caught your attention, please take further steps in considering
God's other Truths, especially Truths about the gift of forgiveness of sin
through Jesus Christ's atoning death on the cross as He shed His blood
on your behalf.  Please  CLICK HERE  and read over our presentations
of the Gospel.  It really won't hurt you to do so.  Perhaps it could help.

Do so before it's too late, for the Word of God teaches that there is a
limited time to accept salvation from our Creator.  He even states this:
Eventually God will ... well, let me simply quote one passage, a passage
which also includes end-time prediction:

"The coming of the  lawless one  is according to the working of Satan,
with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous
deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the
love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this reason God 
will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that
they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had
pleasure in unrighteousness."   (II Thes. 2:9-12 ; NKJV)

DON'T  be a casualty of the spiritual warfare and continue in the
binding deceptions of the dark one.  One of his tactics is to operate
covertly whereby those in bondage don't even discern their state.
Satan is good at this given he's had over 6,000 years of practice.

PLEASE be open to Life Eternal by simply continuing to consider
God's precious love gift to you.  Again, look over our Good News
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May eternal Father God open your heart to the blessings found
only in Christ Jesus His Son.  We sincerely love you in taking this
time to bring this most important message.  Thanks for reading! 

 

 

August's  Commentary Blogs

 

CB8A;18

God's  BEAUTIES  In Marriage

May YHVH God be praised.  His glorious beauty is seen in so many of
His creations.  Let's touch upon  marriage  in this blog.

When Nancy and I were married - in November of 2002 - we gave our
wedding guests a devotional book titled,  The One Year Book Of Bible 
Prayers.

We are reading through this work again this year.  The following daily
devotional readings (June 25 - July 5) in this book highlight passages
which address end-time Bible themes - ones which are most encouraging:

               JUNE devotional titles   

1.  Looking To God For Mercy                                Psalm 123:1-3   
2.  Finding Strength In Times Of Trouble             Isaiah 33:2, 3
3.  Recognizing God's Greatness                           Psalm 135:5, 6, 13, 14
4.  Interceding For Those Who Hurt Us               Numbers 12:10-13
5.  Deliverance From Death                                    Psalm 69:14, 15

               JULY devotional titles     

1.  Giving God Glory                                                  I Chronicles 16:29-33
2.  Hannah's Prayer For A Child                               I Samuel 1:10, 11
3.  Reminding Ourselves Of God's Greatness        Psalm 86:8-10
4.  Welcoming The King Of Glory                            Psalm 24:1, 2, 9, 10
5.  Moses Praises The LORD                                     Exodus 15:11-13

Please see our  weekly blogs  from B29;18 - B39;18.  These blogs
especially feature the Bible readings quoted in the late June and
early July readings from  The One Year Book Of Bible Prayers.

May God grant His rich blessing to others by moving Tyndale House
Publishers (and The Livingstone Corporation) to run a second printing
of this encouraging work.   



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