2018 Archived Commentary Blogs


January's  Commentary Blog(s)



The  Reality  Of The Growing  Perfect Storm

Do you know about the ways in which the "Jewish Police" went about 
fostering darkness during WWII?  One effort was tied to censorship.

Today, as this perfect storm continues to build, there are those who are 
seeking to censor some who are highlighting biblical insights, ones which 
address important cultural affairs.  Like the  Jewish Police  of old, some 
Christians  are exerting pressure to do the same.  "Discontinue writing as 
you do!"  they say to those who are appealing for godly living in Christ. 

Those making these God-honoring appeals also state the intent behind 
their actions:  In God's kind mercy and grace, we genuinely care about 
His sheep to the extent we are willing to put ourselves in harm's way 
as we bring warning.  

We discern a growing number of  Christians-by-name who (in their
actions against God's New Covenant Ambassadors in Jesus Christ)
speak out in opposition to God's Word.  "Christian Police" who are
helping to shape and enforce the ideology of the soon-coming
antichrist?   Perhaps!   By their fruits we shall know them.

WHY  is this a valid issue to raise at this time?

IF Bible-affirming heralds - especially those who accurately discern 
cultural movements which will further contribute to the intensity of the 
Perfect Storm  (once it hits in full strength) - IF these followers of Jesus 
Christ are silenced, some may  fail to discern  some of the present 
deceptions unfolding around us.  As God blessed His Old Covenant 
people with heralds who loved enough to bring timely messages of 
warning, so too does He bless His Church with some who endure in 
speaking His Truths in love today.

So be watching for further increase of persecution* against those who 
bring explicit Bible appeals.  In this context, even though the darkness 
will seek to make these Ambassadors of Christ seem evil, please give 
their messages Berean-like consideration.  Pray and ponder their 
appeals in light of the clear revelation God has graciously given in 
His precious Word.

Once again, may we continue basking in His kind Word to us, including
the reading of end-time passages which speak to our - today - present 
circumstances before Jesus Christ's glorious appearing.

*  Persecution is not only unfolding in the  persecuted church  areas.     
      Let's endure!  We encourage you to read the N.T. book of Hebrews 
      for helpful, most pertinent-to-today Counsel.



10 Biblical Reasons Why We Should Question The
    Pre-Tribulation Rapture  Viewpoint

Question:    WHY do we persist in  rightly  questioning?
Answer:       "Because we sincerely care"  is only a partial response.

Please  Click  Here  for the rest of our answer.  Truth Matters!

May we  endure  in seeking God's clear Counsel as to living
for the Lord of lords, Jesus Christ, during these end of days.

In response to received comments about the above ...

THANK YOU for your thoughts on the "Click Here" link
immediately above.  CLICK HERE  for our new draft post.




Endurance Ministries  (EM)  exists to serve God's Kingdom purposes
in these  end of days.  This includes ministry to believers (Discipleship 
ministry)  and  unbelievers (Gospel ministry) alike. 

One of our major  discipleship  objectives is to help better foster
ENDURANCE  in Christ.

As we address end-time Bible data - including both chronological
and thematic concerns - we call God's people in Jesus Christ to be
like the Bereans of old (Acts 17) who received the message of Paul
but did so in light of the Scriptures.  Acts 17:10, 11 states it this way ...

    Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night
    to Berea.  When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the
    Jews.  These were more fair-minded than those at Thessalonica,
    in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched
    the Scriptures daily  to find out  whether these things were so.

Our EM ministries addressing pertinent-to-our-day chronology and
thematic concerns are many, including the bringing of quality PPT
presentations.  (Note:  Because many of our visual aids on end-
time Bible chronology and themes are made  live,  we don't post
them on the Internet.  Please have us come in order to personally
share these helpful presentations with you.  Use the "Contact Us" 
link at the top of this page to inquire further.)  Your best interests 
are one of our sincere goals in all this.

In 2016  EM  opened a "Building Project" which serves to contribute
to  this  appeal:  Saints in Jesus Christ  need  to further embrace 
GOD's  end-time perspective.  In light thereof, our building project
is  NOT  a physical building enterprise but is a project seeking to
build  perspectival  readiness as called for by our Lord Jesus.

In this we wish to promote better  mental preparedness  to face 
the days, months and years ahead.  (Yes, Christ will  not  return 
in the next few years [2018 - 2020] due to biblical data which 
we've addressed in prior blogs!)  One way to do so - to further 
encourage  mental  preparedness - is building  perspective  
through SONG.  We are wanting to put  songs  before God's
Saints in Jesus Christ, songs which foster  endurance  as they
are sung in praise to Him.  So here are some additional details
of this building project we're calling  Prepared Through Song ...

Our THEMATIC appeals, as outlined in the 7th chapter of our
book, The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering: An Introduction,
are these

[  themes  on the left ]

Endurance,            in the context of
Deception                and
Personal Idolatry      is crucial!  Openness to God's
Truth Foundation      will protect against
Great Darkness          which is unfolding today.
Separation                 from the world is wise.  Soon, the
Antichrist                  will be revealed, but
Jesus Christ             will return just as He said.

Additional details of the  Prepared Through Song  ministry effort
(one which we would appreciate  your  help bringing) are these:

We would like to  team  minister  ENCOURAGEMENT  during these
more challenging times and we would like to do so through SONG ...
with  you.  Yes, we'd so appreciate  your  help with this God-honoring
project!  In case we've not been clear, we are asking folks to send us
song, hymn, chorus, [etc.]  titles  which speak to the end-time  themes
listed above.

Once we've received and compiled  100 quality  title entries (which we
discern to accomplish our goal), we will send contributors (to the list of
songs) the document which can then be used by our  team members  
to minister in their church(es) and personal outreach efforts.

Care to join us  on this God-honoring project?  If so, please use
the "Contact Us" link at the top right of this page to send us your
entries.  THANK YOU.  And please  pray  in support of our ongoing
ministry efforts through 2018.

1.  May we better discern just how late we are (in the setting of Bible
prophecy before our Lord's soon initial appearing).  The time is short!  
Are  YOU  ready?  2.  May we delight in continued  JOY  as we press
on in songs of adoration of our soon-coming King - Jesus Christ! 

P.S.  Because enough have asked ...  For contemporary end-time 
        inferential appeals that are unbiblical, please  CLICK HERE



God's  WORD ... Just  What  Is It?

In addition to the  main  emphasis of the Museum of the Bible's
(in Washington D.C.)  Global Impact Bible  - Founders ESV
edition of the Bible, the Bible is  more than  an impactful 
product of man which has  wonderfully  affected history,
culture, government (including legislative, executive and
judicial aspects), language (written genre, speech, idioms),
humanity's treasured qualities (e.g., love, peace, joy,
humility, etc.), art & music, entertainment, education,
commerce, morality/ethics, societal structure, science &
technology, etc.

While surely accomplishing (affecting) the above, the Bible 
is  more than  an influential piece of history from human
contributors - and we're  NOT  saying the team (administration
and staff) at the museum  denies  the  transcendent  aspect of
the Bible in their attempts to clearly warrant the Bible's contri-
butions to humanity through the ages.  We simply  NEED  to
acknowledge one CRUCIAL aspect of the nature of the Bible
which doesn't seem to be strongly highlighted in this English
edition of the ESV Bible.  The missing  facet,  if you would, is
this:  It is the  WORD of GOD.

Here are a few passages which speak to THIS crucial quality
of the Bible, one which we dare NOT belittle in this age which
hosts many who are LONGING for something greater than
mankind's meager offerings ...

   Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. ...
   I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your
   testimonies are my meditation.  I understand more than the
   ancients, because I keep Your precepts. ...  Your word is  a
   lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  The entirety of Your 
   word is  truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments
   endures  forever.  ...         (select verses from Psalm 119)

   All Scripture is  given by inspiration of God, and is  profitable
   for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in right-
   eousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly
   equipped for every good work.   (II Timothy 3:16, 17)

   And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do
   well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day
   dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;  knowing 
   this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private inter-
   pretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but
   holy men of God spoke as they were  moved by the Holy
   Spirit.  (II Peter 1:19-21)

(passages taken from the NKJV)

These are AWESOME Truths from the only Divine E.T. of all 
e.ts., One Who has marvelously manifested, by many infallible
proofs, His reality whereby  everyone  is without excuse (to 
reject Him).  CLICK HERE  for presentations of HIS Good 
News to us!

In light of  biblical  philosophy/wisdom, let's avoid committing
the fallacy of the  excluded middle  by failing to include the more
glorious nature of the Bible - it's  GOD's  graciously revealed
Truths to needy humanity, beings who have not been able to
solve even the world's most basic problems (outside of the 
eternal Word's historical moment:  the reality of  God with us
in the Person of the LORD of lords, KING of kings, Jesus

May we do the  both/and  thing and, in correct balance,
affirm  both  aspects (i.e., natures, qualities) of this most
precious, eternal revelation-from-God gift. 


February's  Commentary Blog(s)



Another  CRUCIAL  Distinction

In 2012 and 2013 - quite some time ago now, or so it seems! - we
addressed a very  DIFFERENT  (that is, different from the end-time
perspective we at Endurance Ministries present)  final trumpet
position, one which Irvin Baxter and Endtime Ministries
teach.  In two FAQ articles, we basically state this:  The "final
trumpet rapture"  view of Endtime Ministries is  VERY  different
from  The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering  position which we
present through our Endurance Ministries' Kingdom efforts.  
(CLICK  HERE  for specific details on this matter if you're 
interested in learning more.)

A  very  similar  statement  needs  to be made in response to
Roderick Meredith's  (1930 - 2017)  final trumpet  return of Christ.
For specific details regarding the end-time viewpoint of Meredith
and the Living Church of God, see the article posted on one of their
Internet sites,  Tomorrow's World.  The article is titled "Fourteen
Signs Announcing Christ's Return."

(Roderick Meredith was initially involved in Herbert Armstrong's
Worldwide Church of God movement.  Meredith's end-time view
is now being offered through the Living Church of God [LCG]
which he and others founded in 1998.)

IF  you were to study the 14 signs mentioned in the article, 
you would immediately discern this:  The end-time position
of LCG (as posted on  Tomorrow's World  web site) is  MOST
different than the  Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering  of
Endurance Ministries on a number of crucial points.

Q:  WHY do we take time to make this announcement?

A:  Because darkness often uses diversions  from  God's pure
Truths in order to lead folks astray.  Yes, we are speaking strongly
here due to the potential consequences of believing half truths.  So
please allow us to get to the evidencing of our claim by reading on.

TWO (of many) MAJOR differences between the two end-time
views of said positions above are these:

1.  The  Tomorrow's World  article states American and British
     descendants are included as a part of Modern Israel today.
     According to the LCG, it's not just the "Jews" who comprise
     the nation of Israel.  LCG's view of modern Israel can be
     found, in part, in signs 12 - 14 of Meredith's article.  Please
     read the article in full and carefully. 

     In CONTRACT, Endurance Ministries does not blur Israel
     with America, Great Britain, at el.  We state Israel (and its
     continued Jewish tie to the Old Covenant without Christ
     Jesus in general) is  SEPARATE FROM  the New Covenant
     Church in Jesus Christ.  Yes, Jews reside in the USA but
     this does NOT mean the U.S. is a partial expression of modern 
     Israel.  No, America is NOT a part of modern Israel as the LCG 
     interpretation goes!

     While 144,000 members of Israel - some of whom will convert
     to Jesus Christ during the opening event of the eschatological 
     Day of the Lord  - will be the "first fruits" of those who are
     redeemed from the earth
 (during the 6th-Trumpet period - see
     Rev. 14:1ff) just before the sounding of the 7th Trumpet (the 
     "final trumpet" of I Corinthians 15:51, 52), the Church in Jesus 
     Christ is NOT rapture-gathered until the 7th Trumpet sounds.  
     And please note:  This rapture gathering of Christ's flock is  NOT  
     His 2nd-Advent return to the earth  (as the Living Church of God
     seems to teach).

Here's the second reason (of many) why we take the time to 
differentiate between these two "final trumpet" gathering positions:

2.  Folks  prepare  differently  depending on the end-time view
     they espouse.  The final trumpet event of LCG holds this:
     Their particular view of God (please note major concerns on
     this topic as outlined in the  Wikipedia  article about, what 
     appears to be, the non-tri-unity-of-God doctrine of the Living
     Church of God*) has Christ  coming/returning  at the 
     sounding of the 7th Trumpet.

     Again, the article titled  Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ's 
has Christ returning at the 7th Trumpet while the 
     Scriptures teach He returns  to the earth  after  the Bowls
     of Wrath are poured out on the earth.  Revelation 19 (post
     Bowls of Wrath) describes His coming  to the earth, a 
     "return" that is often called  the Second Advent of Christ.

     Yes, He comes in the clouds where He rapture gathers His
     Saints/elect  at the final trumpet  BUT  He does not return
     to the earth until the great battle at Armageddon/Megiddo
     as outlined in Revelation 19 (Rev. 16 describes the setting
     where  preparations  for the actual battle of Rev. 19:11 
     unfold).  It's in Revelation 19 where the "war" then takes
     place, NOT at the 7th Trumpet. 

May we - God's Saints in Christ Jesus - better distinguish (through
the right-handling of the full Counsel of God's Word) between the
actual Word of God from that of words and opinions/interpretations
of men. 

*  Also see LCG's "official statement of fundamental beliefs" for
    further details.



"Lord, We NEED, We NEED"  ...  Shine Jesus Shine

God  SO  graciously continues to provide insightful help to
meet the growing battles of our day!  Here are four (of many) 
PROVISIONS  from our loving Shepherd:

He has provided precious  MEDIA  so pertinent for life in
Christ today.  Please make the commitment to catch  two
Christ-honoring films coming out next month:  Tortured for
 (3/5)  and  God's NOT Dead 3  (3/30).   These new
presentations deal with MAJOR end-time themes, ones which
are raging as we  speak.  While they're not  perfect,  they do
provide sweet encouragement  IF  we would but live in HIS
perspective during these days of great Kingdom opportunity.

God also extends His wise Counsel through His CHURCH,
but be ever so careful here, for there are a growing number
of churches today which are  failing  to herald God's end-of-
day Truths.  In contrast, may we continue in fellowship in a 
Bible-honoring church, especially as we  forsake NOT the
assembling of ourselves together.

God's abundant mercy and grace continues ...

He has also provided His WORD - Truth for today, second to
none.  His leading in this context is ever so needed in this hour.
So we ask a simple question:  We will do our part?  May we
read and heed His Word.

Inexhaustible is His mercy to those who fear Him.  And those 
who do so - those who revere Him - are blessed with yet an-
other gift which we NEED in this late hour ( ... our God is 
MOST generous indeed!) :

When Jesus Christ ascended into heaven after His death
and resurrection, He shortly thereafter sent the Spirit of God
as a helper to His sheep (His born-again followers) in need.  
In affirmation of Joel 2 / Acts 2, God continues to pour out 
His SPIRIT on all flesh today.  IF we live in humility before the 
only true God, we will  walk in His Spirit  today.  This precious 
divine gift - God's  Holy Spirit  residing in us, His people in 
Christ Jesus His Son - provides yet additional help toward 
shining as His Ambassadors during these end of days.

May we make  NO  provision for the flesh but rather take full
advantage of HIS resources such that we endure - in all 
aspects of life today - unto His glory and praise. 



The  PROGRESSIVE  Nature Of Biblical Salvation 

What ever happened to the three-part doctrine of salvation:
Justification, Sanctification and Glorification? 

It seems as though  new-birth regeneration  is the one part of
salvation we predominately hear about today.  By the authority
of God's holy Word:  What IMBALANCE!

If we biblically discern the  danger  of half truths - on this  salvation 
issue included! - and simply affirm the FULL Counsel of the Word 
of God - Acts 20:27 - (instead of picking and choosing only parts 
of God's redemptive program which fit our personal preferences), 
many would live  very  differently than they do today.  (See the
latest Billy Graham Assoc. film titled  Flying Blind  for four
contemporary examples.)

May God help us affirm the entire scope of His Word such that we,
as we submit to the authority of  HIS  New Covenant worldview 
perspective, will NOT hear Him say, " ... Depart from Me you who 
practice lawlessness."  



[  Readers  appreciate  this  blog.  To get the  most  out of it, please
   1.  Hard-copy PRINT this 2-page document (print CB2D;18) ;  then,
   2.  Click the "weekly blog posts" link below whereby you can 
          read biblical data on these important end-time themes
          as you read through the commentary blog which follows. ]

A BIG-PICTURE, End Time  Reality Check  -  Part 1

We trust you have been  greatly  encouraged by our new
weekly blog posts  since the new year.  

At this juncture, we feel it prudent to share a bit of "commentary"
regarding the Bible's teaching concerning holistic Truths regarding
the end of days - our days!  Consider this post one of two explan-
atory blogs, one which brings a  thematic  panoramic view of
biblical eschatology.

God's Word clearly foretells  apostasy  (see blog B9;18)  will
unfold in the days prior to the return of Jesus Christ.  Three
MAJOR  contributors toward the  falling away from faith  include

Deception  (see B4;18 ; including in-the-church deceptions - B3;18),

Persecution  (see blog B10;18)   and

Personal Idolatry  (see B11;18).

In the setting of great  lawlessness/unrighteousness  (see
Mt. 24:12 & blog B2;18), God calls His people in Jesus Christ to
a life of sanctification - in part, holy righteous living  (B7;18).

Another end-time quality the Bible strongly calls God's people
to  live out  is  watchfulness  (B8;18),  watchfulness whereby
we are  ready  (see blog B12;18), prepared due to discerning
our day in light of His Truths forever settled in heaven.  Are we,
for example,  ready  for the even more tumultuous days of the
next decade?

Living in readiness allows one to discern the contemporary voices
which are calling for apostasy - and this includes additional concerns,
more than just simply deception, persecution and personal idolatry.  

Instead of  falling away from the faith,  God wants His people to
endure  (B6;18)  to the end (Mt. 24:13).  The end-time realities
of today - which the Word of God predicted long ago - are clearly
unfolding in global culture as we speak

Have  YOU  discerned just how it is we (God's people in Christ
Jesus His Son)  can  be enlightened in such a way as to steer 
safely clear of all the end-time darkness today?

God's Word  (B1;18) is such a light to our path.  Are you reading
it on a regular basis of late?  (see blog B13;18, for a suggested
end-time Bible reading schedule)

And PLEASE:  Don't be a casualty of spiritual warfare whereby YOU
suffer shipwreck of faith like Hymenaes and Alexander did millennia
ago - see I Timothy 1:18-20.

One other thing as we bring this first of two blogs (featuring  big-
picture  facts about our days)  to a close ...

As the darkness grows, let's not  fault God  (B5;18) as the end-time
conditions continue to unfold.  Instead, may we  PRAISE  the One
who has graciously forewarned us of these present and soon-coming

We trust the Word of God, as presented in our 2018 first-quarter
weekly blogs, has been of  great  blessing to you.  


March's  Commentary Blog(s)



Yet  Another  End-Time  MYTH

Our  FAQ #40  lists  five  contemporary end-time fables in response
to the data of II Timothy 4:1, 2.  Four of five myths we mention include:

1.  Neo-Darwinian Evolutionary theory
2.  "All religions are basically the same"
3.  Present cultural rejections of the historical Jesus Christ
4.  Tolerant (so called!) contemporary spirituality

We really do need to add one more  myth  at this juncture due to
this most pressing fact:  One "prepares"  differently  depending
on the end-time view one holds.  So here's fable #6 ...

Pre-Tribulation  Rapture  theory

Yes.  In fact, this theory is more similar to evolution myth than 
many would care to acknowledge.

"How so!?"  some may ask.

   Fable                          Rebuttal                                      Responses

Darwinian            Observed FACTS:                     1.  Rejection of facts
Macro                                                                               and  continued
Evolution              NO scientific evidence                   dogmatic belief
                               in support of this myth                   in this myth
                                                                                 2.  Rejection of theory
                                                                                          due to scientific &
                                                                                          biblical facts

   Fable                          Rebuttal                                      Responses

Pre-Trib                Observed FACTS:                     1.  Rejection of facts
Rapture                                                                             and  continued
theory                  1.  NO explicit Bible                           dogmatic belief
                                   evidence,                                        in this myth
                             2.  poor inferential                     2.  Rejection of theory
                                    evidence,  and                               due to Bible facts
                             3.  Bible facts to the
                                  contrary of the Pre-
                                  Trib  timing of the Rapture

Let's  BALANCE  the  pointing the  (judgment)  finger  toward
dangerous  secular  myths  and  humble ourselves such that
we are willing to deal with  our own  false teachings - unbiblical
doctrines within the contemporary Evangelical church!  May we
do so by - on the grounds of - the authority of God's explicit Word.



A  CARING  Reminder

Free speech  is SO under attack today and the related battles are
taking place in MANY forms - just browse the news for diverse
examples  BUT  be sure to get your news from sources which are
acknowledging these anti- (American) Constitution censorship 

In response to these growing threats, we discern it's once again 
prudent to be proactive as we anticipate  further  actions of free-
speech restrictions.  (Darkness is just that:  Dark  and those who
are in bondage to the dark one manifest his - satan's - qualities!)

Given the uncertainties of  freedom of expression  over the Internet,
we ask  THIS  of our reading audience:

Instead of sending us financial help in support of our Endurance
Ministries' efforts, please apply your gift toward the purchase of a 
3-GB USB data stick.  Use this data stick to  download  our Internet
materials - materials you can continue to use even if our sites are no
longer available.  And  DON'T  simply use the material personally.  
Share it with others, too!

As we've stated (at times) this past decade:

We will  NOT  make these materials available via snail-mail
(that is, in hard copy form)  should our Internet presence dis-

You need to do  YOUR  part and download the material we have
posted.  Do it today  BEFORE  it's too late.

So as to be thorough, please download the material on the 
following web sites:

1.   www.TruthMatters.com
2.   www.TruthFoundations.com
3.   www.TruthFoundations.org
4.   www.endmin.com
5.   www.endmin.org
6.   www.EnduranceMinistries.org
7.   www.FinalTrumpet.org
8.   www.theRaptureGathering.com    and this site, 
9.   www.CurrentMatters.org

(We estimate the time needed to download the material will take
approximately 2 hours given all the linked handouts and charts
which are posted throughout these sites.)

May we all discern the lateness of the hour.  May we discern the
above suggestion to be encouragement toward fostering  biblical
 - a marching order from our Lord Jesus - Mark 13:37.
Yes, please include in your end-time preparations,  mental 
  Do so by  downloading  this material today!



Reviewing What's  NEXT  On The Prophetic End-Time Calendar

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NO,  The  Superimposed View  Is Biblically Incorrect!

The actual Bible  data  of Revelation does not support end-time
views calling for the  superimposing  of the Seals, Trumpets and 
Bowls.  Here's explicit reason why ...

< Coming Soon - Now continued after link immediately below >

But until our post, please review our Frequently Asked 
Question #33 by  CLICKING  HERE.

_ _ _ _ _   The blog now continues ...   _ _ _ _ _

Assuming some of you have given FAQ #33 a look over, it's 
fair to begin this commentary with this fact:

Irvin Baxter and/or Endtime Ministries has  NOT  responded to 
our letter dated 4/9/2012.

Here's one key reason (why)  some  offer the superimposed view:

They are, in part, trying to  resolve  the traditional Post-Trib
conflict regarding the Church incurring the wrath of God.  But
what ends up happening is this:  In seeking to bring resolution
(to the problem of the Church experiencing God's wrath), they
embrace even  worse  problems.  They go from  stuck  (with 
some problems)  to  even stucker !  

Instead, we encourage this:  Moving from  stuck  to  unstuck !
CLICK  HERE  to view one step toward resolution. 

Baxter's Endtime Ministries represents one (of many) end-time
ministries which teach (or at the very least, used to teach) the 
(partial) superimposition interpretation of Revelation 6 - 16.

While our FAQ #33 offers textual data (i.e., explicit Bible information)
against  either the full or partial superimposed view - a presentation
which also includes our  insufficient warrant  concerns - the following
two  Bible  reasons  provide additional evidence for rejecting the
superimposed end-time viewpoints.

In general, SCRIPTURE teaches the Trumpets  follow  the Seals
and  the Bowls  follow  the Trumpets.  This is not only seen to be
the case in light of the actual progression of the book (Seals: chap-
ters 6-8 ; Trumpets: chapters 8-11 ; Bowls: chapters 15,16)  BUT
is also seen in the data of the chapters introducing each end-time

So let's go to our authoritative  Source  for insight regarding 
Truth-based eschatology.  Let's go to God's Word.  This is what
the Bible actually states ...

1.  The Trumpets  FOLLOW  the Seals

     When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in 
      heaven for about half an hour.  And I saw the seven angels
      who stand before God, and to them were given seven
      trumpets.   The another angel, having a golden censer,
      came and stood at the altar.  He was given much incense,
      that he should offer  it  with the prayers of all the saints
      upon the golden altar which was before the throne.  And
      the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints,
      ascended before God from the angel's hand.  Then the
      angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and
      threw  it  to the earth.  And there were noises, thunderings,
      lightnings, and an earthquake.  So the seven angels who 
      had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
      (Rev. 8:1-6 ; NKJV)

     In summation of one of the biblical teachings in the paragraph

     The opening of the 7th Seal

     ~  provides the 7 angels with 7 trumpets (vs. 2)        which
     ~  are then sequentially sounded - AFTER the
         Seals in that the 7th Seal brings on the
         7 Trumpet blasts (vs. 6)

     One could actually accurately say:  "The seven trumpets
     comprise the seventh seal  or  at the very least, immediately
     follow the opening of the seventh seal."

2.  The Bowls  FOLLOW  the Trumpets

      Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous:
       seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the
       wrath of God is complete.  And I saw  something  like a sea
       of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory
       over the beast, over his image and over his mark  and  over
       the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass,
       having harps of God.  They sing the song of Moses, the
       servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
       "Great and marvelous  are  Your works, Lord God Almighty!
       Just and true  are  Your ways, O King of the saints!
       Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
       For  You  alone  are  holy.  For all nations shall come and
       worship before You, for Your judgments have been
       After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the
       tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.  And
       out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven
       plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their
       chests girded with golden bands.  Then one of the four 
       living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden
       bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever.
       The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God
       and from His power, and no one was able to enter the
       temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were 
       completed.  Then I heard a loud voice from the temple
       saying to the seven angels,  "Go and pour out the bowls
       of the wrath of God on the earth."  (Rev. 15:1 - 16:1 ; NKJV)

      In summation of one of the biblical teachings in the paragraph
      directly above:

      Sequentially, the Bowls of Wrath as revealed in Rev. 15, 16
      follow the 7th Trumpet of Rev. 11.

      Given the historical parenthetical chapters (Rev. 12:1 - 14:13),
      the end-time chronology resumes in Rev. 14:14ff.

      The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering of the Church takes
      place (Rev. 11:15-18  &  Rev. 14:14-16)  AND  those left behind
      then experience the Wrath of God (Rev. 14:17 - 16:21).

May we be willing to allow the pertinent Bible passages to say
what they actually say and, in so doing, build our eschatological 
house on the foundation of God's True Word.

Please note:  The three  end-time chapters  - the Seals, Trumpets,
                      and Bowls - each finish up with a similar (but clearly
                      different) finale!

                      Rev. 8:5             closing the Seals
                      Rev. 11:19           closing the Trumpets
                      Rev. 16:17-21      closing the Bowls

                      But this will be, Lord willing, yet another future blog.



April's  Commentary Blog(s)



[  The following is taken from the "March 24" devotional prayer
   reading found in  The One Year Book of Bible Prayers  ; The 
   Livingstone Corporation for Tyndale House Publishers ; 2000 ]

Proper  Perspective

Is it not the Most High who helps one and harms another?
Then why should we, mere humans, complain when we are
punished for our sins?  Instead, let us test and examine our
ways.  Let us turn again in repentance to the Lord.  Let us
lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say, "We
have sinned and rebelled, and you have not forgiven us."
Lamentations 3:38-42  [NLT - also see I John 1:8-10]

   If we can read Lamentations without having our pride pierced, we
may have hardened our heart toward God.  In this prayer, Jeremiah
attacks our tendency to call God to account for his actions.  All too
often, we presume to be the judge of God's ways, yet we avoid
examining our own sinful ways.  The weeping prophet points out the
cost of such behavior:  We miss God's forgiveness.  The problem 
isn't God's punishment but our unwillingness to repent.
   Today, consider the ways you have sat in judgment of God.  In
prayer, submit your own heart to the Lord's scrutiny, and confess
to him all that he brings to mind.

[ Suggested prayer beginning: ]   Dear Lord, help me to examine
and test my ways ... 

NOTE:  This blog opens the  door of concern  we have regarding 
              yet another incorrect teaching of an end-time theme by the
              Cult of Unbiblical Grace  movement.  For a clear example
              of another false teaching of some (not all) of the Free Grace
              folks - one teaching we (and others) are raising - one which
              actually  sounds  inviting upon initial read  BUT  which fails
              to honor the full Counsel of God's Word (and which commits
              the fallacy of the excluded middle) -  CLICK HERE.
              More on this pressing issue in June, Lord willing. 


WHY  Don't  We  RUN ?!

Question:   Why don't we RUN  FROM  the ugly fruits 
                    of the world, the flesh and the devil  and  instead
                    RUN  TO  the One True YHVH God and all the
                    sweet wonder in Him and Him alone?

Answer:    I Can Only Imagine  ...   (please catch this movie!)

Considering  worldview  ABCs  and some  light/dark
contrasts  between two opposing paradigms ...

Awful Attitudes of the anti-theists
   VS  Attractive Attitudes of biblical faith
Bankrupt Secular Perspectives
   VS  Beauty of Life in Jesus Christ
Corrupt Actions of the lost
   VS  Creative Care of our Maker
Deeds and Destructive Dogmas of fallen mankind
   VS  Delightful Truths of the eternal, holy God
Errors of Darkness
   VS  Excellent Ways of Light through Jesus Christ
Failures of agnostic governments
   VS  Fragrant Freedom of balance in YHVH God
Greed of man
   VS  Glory and Grace of the Savior
Hateful Acts of the wicked one
   VS  Heavenly Fruits of the Spirit of God
Insignificance of the material/temporal
   VS  Indescribable radiance of the eternal in Christ
Judicial Evil
   VS  Justice of the loving Creator
Killings of today
   VS  Kindness beyond imagination
Loss of dignity
   VS  Lavish Position in Jesus Christ
Man-defined Morals
   VS  Magnificent Divinely revealed Morals
Neo-Darwinian Myth
   VS  New Life found only in the Resurrected Savior
Odorous Obstinacy
   VS  Ongoing Obedience
Pride-based Rebellion
   VS  Precious Pride in Christ alone
Quitters in bondage
   VS  Quiet, joy-yielding Submission
Rebellious Ridicule
   VS  Righteous Humility
Sinful Living
   VS  Sacrificial Servants
   VS  Truth-Tellers
Unthankful Underlings
   VS  Uncompromised Saints
Voluntary Puppets
   VS  Valued Ambassadors
White-washed Tombs
   VS  Worthy Workers
Xtremely Blind
   VS  Xtraordinarily New-Born
Yawning Deceived
   VS  Yielded Yearlings
Zealous Servants of Darkness
   VS  Zealous Servants of Light

Question:   So why don't we  RUN  to God and all His beauties?

Answer:   I can only imagine,  yes,  BUT it doesn't have to end
                with our (greatly limited) ponderings!  God's WORD 
                offers further clarity  IF  we would exercise humility of
                spirit enough to allow our eyes to be opened as we read
                its pages - allowing the Holy Spirit of God to illumine
                our minds  OUT OF  the dark pits of the perspectives
                of the world, the flesh and the devil.

May God help us better discern the deceptions so many are
currently in bondage to - for our protection, for the sake of the
many lost souls (still seeking an eternal  peace  which only
God can provide)  and  ultimately, unto His glory and praise.
Thy Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path!   Psalm 119



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May's  Commentary Blog(s)



A Big-Picture  Heavenly  Perspective

[  The following is taken from page 138 of Charles Spurgeon's
    Spurgeon's Evening by Evening  -  2007 by Alistair Begg (ed.)
    and Crossway Books. ]

_ _ _ _ _

All the days of my service I would wait.    
Job 14:14

A short stay on earth will make heaven more heavenly.  Nothing
makes rest so enjoyable as work;  nothing renders security so
pleasant as exposure to danger.  The bitter cups of earth will 
give a relish to the new wine that sparkles in the golden bowls of
heaven.  Our battered armor and scarred countenances will render
more glorious our victory above, when we are welcomed to the
seats of those who have overcome the world.  We would not have
full fellowship with Christ  if we did not sojourn for a while below,
for He was baptized with a baptism of suffering among men, and
we must be baptized with the same if we would share His king-
dom.  Fellowship with Christ is so honorable that the sorest
sorrow is a light price by which to procure it.  Another reason for
our lingering here is for  the good of others.  We would not wish to
enter heaven till our work is done, and it may be that we still have
a part to play shining as light in the dark wilderness of sin.  Our
prolonged stay here is doubtless for  God's glory.  A tested saint,
like a well-cut diamond, glitters much in the King's crown.  Nothing
reflects so much honor on a workman as a protracted and severe
trial of his work and his triumphant  endurance  of the ordeal
without giving in or giving up.  We are God's workmanship, and
He will be glorified by our afflictions.  It is for the honor of Jesus
that we  endure  the trial of our faith with sacred joy.  Let each man
surrender his own longings to the glory of Jesus and declare:  "If
my lying in the dust would elevate my Lord by so much as an inch,
let me still lie among the pots of earth.  If to live on earth forever
would make my Lord more glorious, it should be my heaven to
be shut out of heaven."  Our time is fixed and settled by eternal
decree.  Let us not be anxious about it, but wait with patience
until the gates of pearl shall open.
_ _ _ _ _

Please discern:  The Cult of Unbiblical Grace  fails  its advocates
because this false teaching rejects the full Counsel of God's Word,
including some biblical principles highlighted in Spurgeon's appeal

May we stop  "cherry picking"  (as Emily terms it in the  Flying Blind
DVD)  only the Bible Truths we like;  may we embrace  God's  heavenly 
worldview perspective, not one which we, in  pick-and-choose  fashion, 
create in contrast to  all  of His Truths forever settled in heaven.



Evidence  In Support Of The  REALITY  Of The Supernatural 

Do you recall the 1997 movie,  Contact ?

In this conditioning film we find so many dark appeals, including
ones which  echo  the dark one's agenda:  To  foster  the attitudes,
Has God said?   and  He has NOT said!

Many examples of dark appeals are packaged in this big-picture/
DVD  medium.  We'd like to highlight only one in this blog.

At least 3 times - repetition for the sake of emphasis, perhaps? - in
the film we find  this  idea (in relationship to  the vastness of the
heavens) :

"If humanity is the only group of extra intelligent beings in the
universe, there sure seems to be a lot of wasted space."

Here's how the movie literally presents it ...

1.  Older Ellie (Jody Foster) - at the end of the film - is instructing a
     group of kids, one of which who asks, "Are there other people
     out there in the universe?" - to which Ellie responds:  " ... The 
     universe is a pretty big place.  It's bigger than anything anyone 
     has ever dreamed of before.  So if it's just us, it seems like an 
     awful waste of space ... right?"

2.  The postmodern spiritualist, Palmer Joss (Matthew McConaughey)
     says to Ellie, "Well if there wasn't [other intelligent life in the 
     universe], it'd be an awful waste of space."

3.  Ellie's dad, the scientist (David Morse) says to young Ellie - during
     the introduction of the film - "If it is just us, it seems like an awful
     waste of space."  

I think they're trying to  message us  something here!

Notice:  By their very confession, they  seem to   be open to the idea
              that there are other intelligent beings in the univserse .. but
              surely  NOT  YHWH God!  What inconsistency indeed. 

The Word of God foretells great deception in the days of the end - our
days!  It predicts global animosity toward the one true God - the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit - and  His people.  It warns against falling
into the bondages of demonic end-time deception.

In relationship to the  Contact  film, Ellie commits fallacy of the 
excluded middle  by simply rejecting - willful self deception - certain
viable hypotheses  concerning the  WHYS   of the vastness of the

She rejects Creator and creation for the naturalistic (yet  cosmic)
origins' myth, even evidencing her view by indirectly saying (that 
is, inferring), if God created only us, He sure wasted space ... so 
God doesn't really exist
 - poor warrants in support of the agnostic, 
atheistic or antitheist viewpoints, to be sure.

But, IF she had only been more fair-minded and had opened the
pages of the holy Bible - to at least  consider  Creator, natural
revelation (creation) and special revelation (God's Word) - she
would have discovered  NO  wasted space at all!  Actually,
IF Ellie would have considered and personally accepted  this  
answer  to her passionate inquiry searching for something 
transcendent to man, her most desired longings would have 
been satisfied.  By the way, this transcendent One has taken 
initiative to  contact  us and has clearly revealed Himself 
through His Son, Jesus Christ.  God is so good, merciful and 
gracious  to humanity  but  offers these  good things  on His 

So I plead:   D e a r   Ellie,  please consider the goodness of
Creator God whereby you can find true,  eternal fulfillment  which 
you so passionately seek!  Be open to the glorious, transcendent 
One through Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords!

As explicitly stated in the Bible, God created the glorious 
vastness of the heavens  for  multiple  reasons!

1.  The heavens declare the glory of God - Psalm 19

     The heavens declare the glory of God; and the fimament shows
     His handiwork.  (vs. 1)

2.  The universe illustrates God's  GREATNESS  above man - Is. 55

      For My thoughts  are  not your thoughts, nor  are  your ways My 
      ways," says the LORD.  "For  as  the heavens are highter than
      the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My
      thoughts than your thoughts."  (vv. 8, 9)

3.  The  vastness of heaven  provides yet another picture of God's
      mercy and grace toward those who accept His provision in/
      through Jesus Christ His Son - Ps. 103

      For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His
      mercy toward those who  fear  Him;  as far as the east is from
      the west,  so  far has He removed our transgressions from us.
      (vv. 11, 12)

There you have it - viable divine explanations (from God's Word)
concerning some of the  WHYS  of the vastness of the universe.

The recent - say the past 20+ years - big-screen attacks against 
biblical Truth are blatant.  Actually, they demonstrate/evidence
the reality of God, Jesus Christ and spiritual existence.  Some
respond in rejection of His many infallible proofs - Acts 1:3 - while
others are wiser and go on to better discern the binding deceptions
offered by the spirit of the age.  (And by the way, hostility toward
the one true God and His people is only going to increase.  Are
YOU prepared for this next decade which will bring further fulfill-
ment of Bible prophecy before Jesus Christ's  final-trumpet rapture
gathering  of His Church?)

Some would respond,  But Jon, this film was presented over 20
years ago!   
Exactly!  End-time conditioning through spiritual
darkness and its promotion of the one world system of anti-
christ is well underway.  It has been for decades now.  Are 
YOU diserning the  present  signs?  The glorious  initial
appearing  of the Lord Jesus Christ - marking the beginning
of  the Day of the Lord  - is closer than many discern.

How might we respond to these cultural presentries ?

May we respond, in part, like King David ...

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me,
bless  His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and 
forget not all His benefits.  ...  Bless the LORD, all  you
His hosts,  you  ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the LORD, all His works, in all places of His
dominion.  Bless the LORD, O my soul!   
(Psalm 103:1, 2, 21, 22 ; NKJV)



Yet  Another  Call  For  Endurance 

[  The following is taken from page 150 of Charles Spurgeon's
    Spurgeon's Evening by Evening  -  2007 by Alistair Begg (ed.)
    and Crossway Books. ]

_ _ _ _ _

                                              ... later ...
                                        HEBREWS 12:11

How happy are tested Christians, later.  There is no deeper calm
than that which follows the storm.  Who has not rejoiced in clear
shinings after rain?  Victorious banquets are for well-accomplished
soldiers.  After killing the lion we eat the honey;  after climbing the
Hill Difficulty,*  we sit down in the arbor to rest;  after traversing the
Valley of Humiliation, after fighting with Apollyon, the shining one
appears, with the healing branch from the tree of life.  Our sorrows,
like the passing hulls of the ships upon the sea, leave a silver line
of holy light behind them "later."  It is peace, sweet, deep peace,
that follows the horrible turmoil that once reigned in our tormented,
guilty souls.  Consider, then, the happy condition of a Christian!
He has his best things last, and therefore in this world he receives
his worst things first.  But even his worst things are "later" good
things, hard plowings yielding joyful harvests.  Even now he grows
rich by his losses, he rises by his falls, he lives by dying, and he 
becomes full by being emptied;  if, then, his grievous afflictions
yield him so much peaceable fruit in this life, what will be the full
vintage of joy "later" in heaven?  If his dark nights are as bright
as the world's days, what shall his days be?  If even his starlight
is more splendid that the sun, what must his sunlight be?  If he
can sing in a dungeon, how sweetly will he sing in heaven!  If
he can praise the Lord in the fires, how will he extol Him before
the eternal throne!  If evil be good to him  now,  what will the
overflowing goodness of God be to him  then ?  Oh, blessed
"later" !  Who would not be a Christian?  Who would not bear
the present cross for the crown that comes afterwards?  But
here is work for patience, for the rest is not for today, nor the
triumph for the present, but "later."  Wait, my soul, and let
patience have her perfect work.

*  Pilgrim's Progress 
_ _ _ _ _

May we be willing to live in the context of God's faithful
tomorrow-promises  whereby  our  sufferings in Christ today
are discerned in such a way we reject the temptation to fall
away from the faith - a  falling away  the Bible also calls


A  NOTE  regarding our  next blog ...

In our February, 2018 commentary blog  (CB2D;18)
we highlighted  crucial  end-time  THEMES  unfolding
in global culture today.  Please view this important blog.

In this May, 2018 commentary blog we are highlighting,
in similar fashion to blog  CB2D;18 (and weekly blogs:
B1;18 - B13;18),  CHRONOLOGICAL  end-time concerns.

Although we posted  End Time Waves of Bible Prophecy
years ago -  CLICK HERE  for a recent repost of this fun
handout - we discern the need to further elaborate on the
2nd Wave  this Spring Quarter.

Due to the  15 (ct.)  Wave 2  entries on the CB3C;18 handout
linked immediately above, we've created a separate "Wave 2" 
document.  CLICK HERE  to view this new, most helpful
Wave 2  discipleship handout.


[ To get the  most  out of the blog below, please:

1.  Hard-copy PRINT this 2-page (possibly 3-page) document. 
 In other words, print this "CB5D;18" blog at this time ;  then,
2.  Click the "weekly blog posts" link immediately below
     whereby you can read biblical data on important end-
     time  chronology  as you read through  your  hard copy
     of the commentary blog which follows. ]

A BIG-PICTURE, End Time  Reality Check  -  Part 2 

To be honored with the privilege of being a part of the unfolding
of end-time  Bible  prophecy is such an awe-filled blessing.  God
is faithful to His Word!

The following brings a wee bit of commentary to our 2nd Quarter
weekly blog posts :

As was the case concerning prophetic details about the 1st Coming
of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible includes  scores  of chronological
predictions detailing His  2nd Coming.  The Word of God is indeed
miraculously  forever powerful and true - see blogs  B14;18  &

In its (that is, the Bible's) pages, we find clear end-time predicted
signs which  foretell  Christ's soon coming.  While some of the early
signs have already taken place, additional signs are unfolding today!

A couple  fair  questions  emerge  at this juncture:

Yes, the Bible's predictions are amazing, but ...
What's on the  near horizon,  biblically speaking?
What will be taking place this  next  decade?

Here are some  key  prophetic events which need to be
included on the  what's next  page of the Bible's end-time 
calendar (not always listed below in exact chronological 
order given the explicit Bible data with which we have to
work) :

~  The 3rd Seal of Revelation 6 will be broken/opened.
     (see blog  B18:18)

~  According to Daniel 7,  ten kings  will be a part of the final
     (end-time) global system.  (see  B15;18)  Three of these
     kings will be  plucked out / subdued  - vv. 8, 24 - by the
     little horn (the antichrist).  B16;18  This action will also 
     help discerning people  know  the  debut of the antichrist.
     (see  B19;18)

~  The "exactor of tribute" (the tax imposer) of Daniel 11:21
     will also be tied to an event which immediately precedes 
     the revealing of the antichrist - see blog  B21;18.  Because
     our God is great (B17;18 - repetition for the sake of sincere
     emphasis),  knows  the future (B20;18)  and  because He
     cares for humanity, He has  forewarned  us about eternally
     significant events which will put  all  mankind - living in those
     days (coming this decade!) - in great  harms' way.  BEWARE!

The predicted signs, which will indeed unfold due to God's faithful
Word, will continue ...

~  Seals 4 & 5 will be opened. (see  B22;18)

~  The Daneil 9:27 Covenant will prompt even greater tribulation,
     eventually even  war  against God's Saints. (see blog  B23;18)

~  The  setting up of the Abomination of Desolation  will unleash 
     a period of time the Bible calls the "great tribulation."  (see
     blog  B24;18)

AFTER  the  daily sacrifices  are taken away (this is yet future to
this blog ; around the time the Covenant is made), a 1,290-day
period of great opposition against God's people - including both
Old and New Covenant Saints - will unfold.  (Daniel 12:11  teaches
a period of 1,290 days takes place  between  the taking away of 
the daily offerings  and  the setting up of the Abomination of 

Once the Abomination of Desolation is set up - toward the tail
end of the  war against the Saints  - great tribulation will unfold,
but only for a short duration - possibly until the 1,335th day of
Daniel 12:12.  (also see Mt. 24:22 as to the supernatural 
shortening of the great tribulation)


Call:  Those who affirm the present-day  realities  and the
          soon-coming events mentioned above are called to
          respond to these things - in part - in two ways:

          1.  Let's consider  practical  actions in light of these
               things, for our personal well being -  CLICK HERE
               and note the right column for  YOU  to fill in ;
          2.  Let's be in His Word for present-day insight as
               to  how  best to live for Christ Jesus this next 
               decade - see blog  B25;18.

Jesus Christ calls His people to be  ready  for His return.  We
can excel in this by heeding His Counsel found in His Word.
May we be doers of His Word, and not hearers only - see
Revelation 1:1-3 which  includes  this  exhortation tied to His 
special blessing:  " ... and KEEPS those things ..."  unto His 
glory and praise  and  unto our best interests!  


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