2018 Archived Commentary Blogs
July's Commentary Blogs
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
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.
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
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.
We are currently batting 1,000 (that is, 100%) after over 7,000 at bats
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
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
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
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.
We interrupt these commentary blogs with an important
appeal using a current cultural affair ...
Yes ... EXACTLY !
Have you been listening to the news of late?
I have been taken back by socialist Democrat Ocasio-Cortez and her
apparent unwillingness to debate. The appeals for debate have come
from Ben Shapiro, Allie Beth Stuckey, Candice Owens and Kaya Jones,
to name a few.
To date (FYI: I am writing this blog in mid August as we've been posting
our commentary blogs early the past few months), Ocasio-Cortez has
been unwilling to put her socialist views under scrutiny in the setting
of a fair, non-biased debate format. WHY is this the case? Is it that her
view is simply weak and that even (that is, fair) communication (offered
through a structured debate format) is problematic in her eyes due to the
weaknesses of her political position? What does history testify on this
matter of socialist viability? What do present-day evidences say?
Ocasio-Cortez, please debate in the setting of a free, open market!
Turning this topic of HELPFUL DEBATE to a different current
cultural affair ...
WHY is it that folks who hold various Pre-Millennial views, it seems,
don't want to debate in a fair context where the listening audience can
see for themselves the strengths and weaknesses of the positions
WHY is it that advocates of other end-time perspectives do not extend
to laity - the general Christian populace - a blessing through a debate
that would highlight the pros and cons of the positions being represented?
Is it possibly the case that fear of unfavorable exposure would uncover the
weaknesses of their views? Perhaps. Yes, let's be honest: Perhaps this
is indeed the case.
So let's do the RIGHT thing and have a debate featuring four Pre-Mil
end-time views. Let's bring the following viewpoints together (with some
accountability through audience participation) and allow each view to
define and defend the position being offered. Or is an event of this
type too risky ?
The four end-time views would, as we're suggesting, include the
Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering
As we've stated in an earlier blog, the early Church was willing
to discuss crucial matters of its day. Given our present cultural
concerns, why aren't we willing to talk over one pertinent, yes,
most pressing matter today (in the setting where differing views
exist)? We're talking about living out crucial discipleship today,
not in the distant future!
Let's consider a "30,000-foot view" (that is, a big-picture view)
and see this "Great Debate" happen. It would be to everyone's
edification, those who seek biblical Truth anyway.
End-time Pre-Millennial advocates: Let's see this debate take
place in the setting of the free, open market of ideas!
So we ask: Will the debate take place? *
Email us using the "Contact Us" link above and let us hear
your vote to move forward with this eye-opening debate ...
for our personal benefit, for the benefit of the lost who still
need Jesus Christ, and ultimately for God's glory and praise.
"Why?" some may ask. Because Truth matters, especially
Truth so helpful in better discerning some of the present cultural
deceptions which bear eternal consequence.
May we all be willing to call for this crucial event.
* IF the debate doesn't happen, for one reason or another,
would you seek helpful edifying discipleship by having us
come to your local church and accurately present the views
mentioned above in the setting of sweet conforming-to-Christ
activity? Please contact us for more information.
From FUTURE To PRESENT
Using this chart [ Click Here ], we'd like to ask a question:
Given 1) preparedness applies to the Saints - who are to be about
readiness until either their personal Homegoing or the final trumpet
rapture gathering, whichever comes first - and given 2) we are also
to be prepared for the days after the intial appearing of our Lord as
we venture into the early part of the Day of the Lord - see I Thes. 5 -
we ask [ here's our question: ],
How might we be ready for the days immediately following the (yet
future to this blog) astronomical signs and the sign of the Son of Man?
In light of the setting or context of that (future) time, are there
steps to take / actions to take - today - which are pertinent to our
experiencing the Trumpets (where the false prophets and false
christs of Mt. 24:23-26 are also doing their miraculous deceptions
so as to mislead God's Saints who remain - that is, those who
survive the three-and-a-half year war against the Saints) ...
actions steps we need to take, even at this time?
We're not sure about particulars but we do feel it appropriate to
follow the Counsel of I Thes. 5 and Mt. 24:23-26 in the context of
But let's move to - [ "From Future To Present" ] - concerns that are
even closer to us than the issues which will arise during the period
of the Trumpet blasts.
Let's consider some near-future concerns, things which will take
place even before the Trumpets of Revelation 8 - 11. Let's do
so through the means of asking yet another question:
Are we prepared - living today in light of our Lord's Counsel to be
ready for future days - for the upcoming war against the Saints ?
This three-and-a-half year period will see many martyred for Christ.
We bring to you - the reader - WISE words recently given in the
March, 2018 theater release / June, 2018 DVD release movie,
Paul: Apostle of Christ. (The context of the scene we'd like to
highlight is this: Dr. Luke is in prison in Rome.)
When Luke tells those in prison with him, "There will be Games
tomorrow" (the Games were also called the Circus where sincere
followers of Jesus Christ enter the arena and are killed by beasts),
when Luke tells them about their impending death, there is panic.
After an immediate response by the prisoners to this announcement
about the Games taking place the next day, Luke gathers the fearful
Christians in the prison and insightfully brings this response to
their panic: He says, "It will be a moment of pain ... but only a
moment ... [ then, in a calm, peaceful way, again says, ]
o n l y a m o m e n t ... then we shall be Home in the presence
of our Lord Jesus Christ forever!"
PRETTY COOL !
In light of a biblical wordview perspective, we, today, NEED to
develop this mindset, for it is one MAJOR means our Lord gives
us toward fulfilling His crucial mandate that we "endure to the
Again, it is CRUCIAL we further build this perspective personally.
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In closing ...
RE: the Homegoing of some members of our Family in
Christ - even TODAY - REMEMBER:
"... It will be a moment of pain ... but only a moment -
only a moment - then we shall be Home in the presence
of our Lord Jesus Christ forever!" For great encourage-
ment, read Mt. 5:10-12 and Romans 8:18 ... thank YOU,
precious LORD Jesus!
Counting It All JOY *
The following is taken from Spurgeon's Morning By Morning
(revised and updated by Alistair Begg ; Crossway Books, Wheaton,
IL 2007) ; pg. 205 ; bold emphasis in the middle of the article and
[ bracket ] below are ours.
After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace ...
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
I Peter 5:10
You have seen the arch of heaven as it spans the plain: Glorious
are its colors, and rare its hues. It is beautiful, but, sadly, it passes
away, and the rainbow is no more. The fair colors give way to the
fleecy clouds, and the sky is no longer brilliant with the tints of
heaven. It is not established. How can it be? A glorious show
made up of transitory sunbeams and passing raindrops - how can
it remain? The graces of the Christian character must not resemble
the rainbow in its transitory beauty but, on the contrary, must be
established, settled, abiding. Seek, O believer, that every good
thing you have may be an abiding thing. May your character
not be a writing upon the sand, but an inscription upon the rock!
May your faith be no "baseless fabric of a vision," but may it be
built of material able to endure that awful fire that shall consume
the wood, hay, and stubble of the hypocrite. May you be rooted
and grounded in love. May your convictions be deep, your love
real, your desires sincere. May your whole life be so settled and
established that all the blasts of hell and all the stroms of earth
will never be able to remove you. But notice how this blessing of
being established in the faith is gained. The apostle's words point
us to suffering as the means deployed - "After you have suffered
a little while." It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if
no rough winds pass over us. Those old gnarlings on the root of
the oak tree and those strange twistings of the branches all tell
of the many storms that have swept over it, and they are also
indicators of the depth into which the roots have forced their way.
So the Christian is made strong and firmly rooted by all the trials
and storms of life. Do not shrink then from the tempestuous winds
of trial, but [ instead, endure and ] take comfort, believing that by
their rough discipline God is fulfilling this benediction to you.
* "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing
that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have
its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
(James 1:2-4 ; NKJV)
[ The following is the July 11th devotional read in
The One Year Book of Bible Prayers ; 2000 ]
A Prayer For Discernment
I am your servant; deal with me in unfailing love, and
teach me your principles. Give discernment to me, your
servant; then I will understand your decrees. Lord, it is
time for you to act, for these evil people have broken your
law. Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the
finest gold. Truly, each of your commandments is right.
That is why I hate very false way. Psalm 119:124-128 ; NLT
The trials and struggles in our lives often force us to turn some-
where for help. Too often, however, we anxiously seek out any
listening ear when we're confronted with a troublesome situation.
The psalmist knew to turn to the Lord first for wisdom and discernment.
He asked God, "Teach me your principles," and "Give discernment to
me." He knew that living God's way would keep him from foolish actions
and the path of destruction. That is why he committed himself to learning
God's principles in the Scriptures and applying them to his life.
What difficult situation are you facing? God promises to give us
wisdom when we ask for it (James 1:5), so pray for God's discernment
in your struggle and ask him to show you how to apply his wisdom to
Dear Lord, as your servant I ask you to give me discernment ...
May we abide in His mercies which endure forever - Psalm 136.
September's Commentary Blogs
Responding To Matthew 24:9, 10
The information in this passage once again testifies to the
accuracy of Bible prophecy. Please CLICK HERE for
our specific message in this commentary blog.
May we better come under our Shepherd's protective care
by heeding His Counsel to us! Amen
Where Are We ?
Let's set our present cultural context using this question:
Where Aren't We ?
We are not :
1. in the millennial reign of Christ on earth
(which begins at His 2nd Advent)
2. in the period of the Bowls of Wrath
3. in the era of the Trumpet Blasts
4. currently experiencing the heavenly signs of
Mt. 24:29, 30 or Revelation 6:12-17
5. living in the Great Tribulation (and please note what follows
the Great Tribulation period: Mt. 24:23ff and Mk. 13:24ff)
and, we are not
6. in the period of Daniel's 70th Week
So what comes before the final week of human experience prior to
our Lord Jesus Christ's reign on earth?
Where Are We ?
We are currently living in the period of time when ongoing effects of the
early end-time signs continue to unfold - see I Tim. 4:1 ; II Tim. 3:1-5 &
4:1-4 and Luke 21:8-11.
We are living in a unique moment, in the early part of the end-time
period described in Matthew 24:9-14.
In light of our Lord's Counsel in Mk. 13:37 and Mt. 24:44-51, we are
called to be ready in specific ways:
God Counsels us to be materially, mentally and spiritually ready. His
mandate that we be watchful and prepared needs to be better acted
Here are a few practical steps to take whereby we love and honor God
by obedient action:
A. Promote a biblical mindset
(Note our modeling example [using a scene in the film, Paul:
Apostle of Christ] as to building a mindset which better fosters
resolve to say "NO" to compromise - see CB8B;18.)
Examples toward building a biblical mindset:
1. Take in pertinent data - revelation like Daniel 1, 3, 6
2. Establish your personal line which you are not willing to cross
(To view our suggested minimal "cannot do" list, CLICK HERE.)
3. Meditate on Bible readings, especially fostering perspectival
preparedness which is appropriate for our day
4. See some of our thematic blogs:
Don't Blame God
I Cor. 10:13
B. Promote love for God (John 14 - 16) by obedient action in
response to His call to be materially prepared
Examples promoting love for God
1. Build a food closet for yourself and for others so as to meet
upcoming opportunities in challenging days - e.g., food shortage -
whereby Gospel and Discipleship actions are able to be better taken
(because, for example, we have food when others become hungry)
2. Prepare for other challenging circumstances/experiences which are
better met through acts of prior preparations
3. Keep reading God's Word - e.g., discern the many passages in God's
Word which provide His Counsel as to how we, His Church, are to
respond when false teachers, false christs and false prophets work
their dark deeds
4. Other loving responses to His general Counsel might include what ?
C. Promote God-honoring fruits of Christ-enabled obedience by
guarding our own personal spiritual walk with God
Examples toward action steps which foster the above
1. Spend time in His Word
2. Pray continually
3. Abide in God's Vine ; Walk in God's Spirit
4. Live consistently - be doers of the Word and not hearers
only, deceiving ourselves - James 1:22 ; Revelation 1:3.
May we love God through our grace-based walk of obedience. May
we do so unto His glory and praise, unto our neighbor's best interests
and even unto our best good. May we redeem the time, for the days
are indeed evil in the face of Almighty Holy God.
I Wish ... I WISH ! (An in-today's-news blog)
I sure wish Christians had the resolve to endure in
faithful commitment to Jesus Christ and biblical Truth ...
but I confess, I'm skeptical. Let me clarify, please:
I am doubtful that many Christians-by-name will remain
true ( assuming they ever were really born again when
they first began professing Jesus ) given what I've heard
and seen the past 10 years of front-line ministry in both
college/university and church settings.
Brett Kavanaugh is an example (in a secular context) to those
who have waffled and/or who are considering compromise of faith
today. In spite of the warfare which he has experienced the past
couple months ... in spite of the cultural pressures bearing down
upon him, his commitment to sound judicial purity - in the context
of commitment to our USA Constitution - is MOST commendable
indeed. Continue standing tall, Brett Kavanaugh !
Christian-by-name only, listen carefully, for your eternal state
is hanging in the balance ...
YOU need to cease conforming to this world
and desist acting like satan's pawn!
Our Lord said, "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord' and
do not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46 ; NKJV)
God calls TRUE Christians to be just that: Christ-like,
NOT like the "another Jesus[es]" of apostate churches
May we bow to the Truths in God's Word which clearly warn
about wolves in sheep's clothing. As He teaches in the same
context of Luke 6, a tree is known by its fruit. God help us
better discern the (satan-like) false accusers and false
teachers of our day. May we mark these dark instruments.
May we do so for our protection, for the sake of the lost-world
members who are still reachable, and ultimately for the purpose
of God's glory and praise.
Our Beloved Position In Jesus Christ
My wife and I have, in our TV stand, a large ceramic cross which
quotes Romans 4:25 - 5:11. In the middle of the cross is a heart,
on which, "FORGIVEN" has been written.
We, His Church, are graced with the imputed righteousness of Christ
Jesus our LORD. AMAZING! Thanks be to YHVH God.
In honor of God and His full Counsel, we affirm these glorious Truths
from the book of Romans. We also affirm His other revelation, revelation
which includes these imperatives from Galatians 6:
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows,
that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap
corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting
life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we
shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of
faith." (Galatians 6:7-10 ; NKJV ; emphasis ours)
JESUS CHRIST's "I have this against you" Counsel to much of today's
church: Be DOERS of My Word and ABIDE consistently in your right-
eous state. If you will not love Me through obedient walk, I will spit you
out of My mouth and you will hear from Me on that great day of
accounting, "Depart from Me you workers of iniquity."
We once again encourage the reading of Matthew 13, John 14 - 16,
Romans 6 - 8 and Revelation 1 - 3.
Let's further ponder these Truths in a day where there is indeed much
apostasy unto great sorrow. We are in harm's way at this very hour so
let's continue to look to our Shepherd, the Author and Finisher of our
faith, for the protective Counsel He's so kindly extended to His sheep.
Costly Unperceived NEEDS
Instead, we're touching upon eternal matters tied to unperceived needs.
Because so many do not discern their spiritual needs, most don't even
seek after solutions which are readily available from Creator God, Jesus
This deception - namely, that folks don't need to address eternally
consequential matters due to a Divine standard (one above their
own limited worldview opinions) - will bring weeping and gnashing
of teeth or, cast in more contemporary language, will bring great
groaning on the day of accounting.
We wish to remind folks that we (at Endurance Ministries) have,
by God's leading, lovingly informed our global community about
both eternal concerns and spiritual matters pertinent for today.
But we can only do so much in our ministry efforts. Our appeals
need to be acted upon. In other words, the readers of His Word
and our informative blogs need to respond to the Truths presented
so as to bring solutions to present matters which are both temporal
But honestly ...
Due to faulty perspectives, many don't even care about the cloaked
( but clear and present ) dangers. Allow us to tell a related story:
Years ago we featured Charles Stanley's, Confronting Casual Christianity
book in a 6-week study we were offering at one of the college campuses
we served. We actually decided against bringing the study because
no one came to our introductory gatherings. Folks didn't even discern
their limited opinions - which affect their daily living - whereby the
needed corrections weren't even given a fair hearing. How sad!
In like manner, satan has, through a variety of deceiving voices,
blinded the eyes of those who are in bondage to him. In fact, many
mock those who call them to deal with crucial but unperceived needs.
Many are so short-sighted they fail to show any interest in eternally
significant matters. Again, this is so very sad, for eternity is a
l o n g time. Yet, our Savior, Jesus Christ, has foreseen this - read
In contrast to those who reject spiritual reality as graciously outlined
by the Eternal One, those who say "YES" to His big-picture reality
share this testimony:
Awake, my soul, to joyful lays, and sing thy great Redeemer's praise;
He justly claims a song from me, His loving-kindness, oh, how free!
He saw me ruined by the fall, yet loved me not-with-standing all;
He saved me from my lost estate, His loving-kindness, oh, how great!
Tho' num'rous hosts of mighty foes, tho' earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along, His loving-kindness, oh, how strong!
When trouble, like a gloomy cloud, has gathered thick and thundered loud,
He near my soul has always stood, His loving-kindness, oh, how good!
Soon I shall pass the gloomy vale, soon all my mortal pow'rs must fail;
Oh, may my last expiring breath, His loving-kindness sing in death.
Then let me mount and soar away to the bright world of endless day;
And sing with raptures and surprise, His loving-kindness in the skies.
(Song title: His Loving-Kindness by Samuel Medley ; 1782)
May we - God's sheep in need - continue in the reading of His Word
in this day when Truth has become offensive to much of the in-
bondage-to-satan world. And may sincere truth seekers be willing
to read God's love message to them. (We encourage you, if you're
open-minded, to begin your reading in the Gospel of John.)
Squeaky Clean ?
This is yet another "THUMBS -UP," common-sense evidence
citing for a YHVH- and Bible-centered worldview ... AND a
strong "THUMBS-DOWN" response to the spiritually dark
and secular one.
In a recent blog we contrasted God's beauties with the uglies
of darkness - what a difference! CLICK HERE
We also have made reference to the world being a very satanic
place - CLICK HERE for those details.
Here's our "THUMBS DOWN!!" appeal:
Common-sense folks, let's better discern the evil of some
who make accusations (and some who support those who
make these incomplete accusations) but who show NO
mercy or grace to those who have changed and no longer
walk in ways that are ungodly, hurtful or socially unacceptable.
May the progressives be consistent and show kindness
to others who have also reformed!
THUMBS DOWN to mercy-less accusers who contradict
their very claims to be kind people. Let's call a spade a
NO, we don't want the way of life which these folks are
calling for! It's the way of darkness; it's the way of the
ungodly who show little to no mercy or grace to those
with whom they disagree.
We don't want the fruits of rebellion which has, of late,
so further divided our country!
Common-sense discerners: Satan is known to be an
accuser and a rebel against light and truth. Some
worldly voices are manifesting these very dark qualities
today. Mark them and say "NO!" We don't want this
INSTEAD, we want mercy when we confess and repent.
We value forgiveness when we need it - and believe
you me, we ALL need it!
While God's ways are not our ways - Isaiah 55:8-10 - we
do so appeciate His loving mercies which He graciously
extends to those who would confess failure, receive
pardon and seek change.
Indeed, God's worldview in Jesus Christ offers light,
peace, joy, truth and love - THUMBS UP!
And, indeed, the worldview of darkness offers just that:
darkness, accusatory unrest, despair, binding deception
Squeaky clean? No one is!
We face a crossroad today.
Will we embrace light, loving mercy, grace and
truth - found only in Jesus Christ and the Holy
Spirit of God - CLICK HERE for crucial details - OR
will we choose deception, bondage to darkness, ugly
(and, at times, false) accusation and judgment?
We have freedom to make choices and say no to
darkness. Let's choose the right ones as we venture
closer to the war against the Saints and Jesus Christ's
glorious initial appearing.
October's Commentary Blogs
Understanding I Corinthians 15:50-52
Please view THIS LINK for this commentary blog article.
May God be praised as we affirm His Word!
An Early WARNING To God's Church In Jesus Christ
There is a growing end-time view which teaches the Church
RE: Mental and Emotional preparedness ...
1. The view fails to discern the teaching from I Thes. 5 that we, the
Church, it seems, are still on the earth as the Day of the Lord
begins - at the initial appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. While
we, the Church, do not incur the wrath of God as it is poured
out through the bowls due to our Final Trumpet Rapture
Gathering (at the seventh trump of Rev. 11:15ff), we believe
the Church will be present on the earth during the first part of
the Day of the Lord - when the trumpets of Rev. 8 - 11 take
place. Because our Lord Jesus calls us to be ready and watch-
ful, it is crucial we maintain the mindset we have been assigned:
We are to endure to the end - enduring either until our death
(Home-going) or until our gathering together to Him.
MANY will be greatly discouraged (if they have held the Pre
Wrath view in a dogmatic way) when the rapture fails to take
place immediately after the sign of the Son of Man in the sky.
Sincerely, some will even despair when the rapture does not
take place at the time the Pre Wrath folks teach. PLEASE
read I Thes. 5 for necessary insights once the Day of the
RE: Discerning the seasonally late false teachings ...
2. Our Lord Jesus calls His people to disregard the false
appeals of the false christs and false prophets who rise
up after the tribulation and great tribulation come to
a close. Recall Matt. 24:23-26 which forewarns about
the degree of deception these miraculous sign workers
perform as they say, "Look, he is in the desert!" or "Look,
he is in the inner rooms!" Our Lord clearly states we are
not to believe their lies. Please read Matthew 24 and
especially note the explicit end-time chronology our
Lord brings! This round of false christs and false prophets
takes place AFTER ("then") the close of the tribulation of
The Pre Wrath folks' chronological time frame does not suffi-
ciently allow for this period of false christs and false prophets.
( CLICK HERE and scroll down to blog B31;17 for further details.)
The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering view, on the other hand,
teaches these false christs and false prophets begin their false
teachings shortly after the sign of the Son of Man (see Matthew
24:30 - an event which is also highlighted somewhat differently
in Rev. 6:14-17). Note this initial appearing of our Lord takes place
after the astronomical signs of Mt. 24:29 and Rev. 6:12, 13 - that
which Joel 2 and Acts 2 also describe. Also note this fair appeal:
The initial appearing of our Lord (Mt. 24:30; Rev. 6:14-17) in the
sky - an appearing only - is a major reason why the false christs
and false prophets can make the appeals they do! Read through our
book ( The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering: An Introduction )
which more thoroughly outlines this Bible-affirming chronology.
RE: Preparedness for the trumpet season ...
3. Given the Pre Wrath position rejects the "final" trumpet of
I Cor. 15 as being the last trumpet of the Revelation trumpets,
the Pre Wrath view does not accept the teaching that the Church
is present on the earth during the trumpet blasts. BUT if this unsub-
stantiated tenet of theirs - that is, the rapture takes place prior to
the trumpet blasts - is incorrect, then absolutely: Mental, material
and spiritual watchfulness / preparedness / readiness are also
important during the trumpet period. Yes, this period of time
is also included in the Mt. 24:23-26, 32-51 Counsel from our
The Pre Wrath Rapture view, IF wrong concerning the timing
of our rapture gathering, fosters dangerous ill-preparedness
during a time when deception is HUGE - Mt. 24:24.
And yet, there are other concerns TODAY which are just as pressing
as the period of time between the intial appearing of our Lord and
His gathering us together to Him. Because we care, we ask:
Are you prepared for the soon-coming war against the Saints - a
three-and-a-half year war which the Bible teaches will take place
prior to the period of time when the trumpets are sounding?
CLICK HERE for helpful clarity on this crucial topic.
Is your resolve such that you will not fall away as II Thes. 2 pre-
dicts many will? Recall, two things take place before the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him:
1) the apostasy (in progress) ; 2) the revealing of the man of
sin/lawlessness (yet future to the posting of this blog).
As we have stated in many past blogs,* Bible-affirming perspective
is so crucial today.
May we take full advantage of the Counsel our Lord has so
graciously provided. Please use our end-time read through
post (blog B40;18) for help second to none!
* To list only a small sampling: B9;15 ; B31;15 ; B36;15
B19;16 ; B26;16
I assume most of us know warfare takes place in settings
other than actual battle fields. Many of us know the battle
fields include various battle fronts.
One front, given modern warfare tactics, is behind-the-scenes
activity. So allow us to once again call a spade a spade and
use a present-day warfare example as an illustration of the
spiritual warfare taking place today.
Frankly, the majority of the passionate and outspoken ultra-
radical Democrats, in THEIR OWN ACTIONS [ NB: We have
not asked them to discredit themselves in suggesting the actions
they, personally, have chosen to take! ], are burying themselves.
They have boxed themselves into a corner that will be most
difficult to work out of due, in part, to their commitment to bring
the USA under the domination of a secular, socialistic society.
Please listen carefully ...
IF these socialists continue to press their agenda further, many
more common-sense folks will, in light of recent shameful acts,
take further note of the extreme measures taken. Thinking folks
will discern the rule of these radicals is not a good one. IF,
on the other hand, the extremists lighten up and withdraw for a
period - to let the dust settle so to speak - then good-for-USA
actions will continue to take place - e.g., the recent appointment
of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - for which we
praise YHVH God!
In similar manner, darkness, through its OWN EFFORTS, is
exposing its ugly fruits. Unrest, hateful expression, physical per-
secution (including words and actions) against folks who have a
different (i.e., godly) perspective than the viewpoints they hold,
discriminiation against those in opposition, etc. are only some
of the fruits of this unrighteous effort.
IF it (darkness) continues to press its agenda, some common-
sense folks will, 1) further ask: "What's going on here!? Be
consistent in allowing tolerant freedom and STOP harassing
these more conservative folks - allow then their own opinions!"
and, 2) go on to better discern the actual spiritual battles
presently raging. IF, on the other hand, darkness lightens up,
due to the time being short, it will not take opportunity to most
effectively promote its ungodly plan - to bring the world under
its heavy bondage. (And never forget: The bondage is both
now and through eternity!)
SO will we do what freedom fighters have always done through
the course of human history? Will we stand tall and say "NO" to
oppression? Or will we choose to shrink back and surrender to the
evil effort? We do have a choice in all this.
[ Are you sitting down? Another example of heightened wisdom
through God's Word ... ]
Sadly, a big-picture Source has predicted great deception (and
unusual states of being deceived) during the days just prior to
the initial appearing of God's Son, Jesus Christ. In this setting,
many, though they know something's amiss, will persist in their
deceived state because they will refuse to accept the freeing
provision found only in Christ Jesus - eyes opened to the dark-
ness being only one of the fruits of saying "YES" to the Lord
Jesus Christ as Savior.
Care to get out of the pit (if you're not already a sincere
follower of Christ Jesus) ? CLICK HERE
May we better discern the warfare taking place today. We
need God's help to do so. As the song goes, "trust and obey,
for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust
and obey." (See John 14 - 16 as to expressions of loving our
Creator, Savior and soon-coming King; see John 21:15-19 as
to one means of showing love to mankind. Indeed, God's two
great commandments - love God and love humanity - are indeed
expressed through a faith-based lifestyle which testifies to a
trusting, obedient walk in Jesus Christ - Son of God, Savior.)
On "Definitions" ... Because They Matter
Last month (September) this article appeared on Fox News.com:
Meet the new Air Force helicopters that can 'defy Armageddon.'
It's interesting to note just how, as the article goes, the author
defines "Armageddon." Care to discern yet another false
definition? Here's a quote from the article:
"Ever wonder what would happen to the U.S. leadership and
the nuclear missile arsenal if the nation was under attack? New
helicopters [ the one highlighted in this article being "the U.S.
Air Force's new MH-139 helicopter" ] will take on these two
highly dangerous - and incredibly important - missions."
Did you catch the faulty definition? The article defines
"Armageddon," in part, as an attack on the nation of the
U.S. Biblically speaking, this is incorrect. Please read the
Book of Revelation for actual details about "Armageddon."
Other mis-definitions of the word can be found HERE.
"Why bother" over this matter? It's important given GOD
has addressed this concern in His Word. Sincerely, there
are a lot of false teachings tied to the word Armageddon
today. Definitions matter!
May we His Church in Jesus Christ look to His Word for
True definitions of important end-time words. And let's
better discern the many human-opinion-based definitions
which speak contrary to His correct insights on these
November's Commentary Blogs
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
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May God grant us humility of heart, one willing to consider Bible
appeals in this day of great deception, persecution, unrighteousness
December's Commentary Blogs
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. 7:21-23, 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
We are the final generation before the return of Jesus
Christ. In contrast to the Pre-Wrath Rapture view, we
are presentists who believe the effects of the time of
sorrows (which our Lord Jesus predicted in Mt. 24:4-8)
continue being expressed. We also believe we have
now entered the tribulation period, the one described in
Mt. 24:9-14. The signs of the times are such that we need
to be watching, today.
We also believe - in contrast to the perspective of the
Pre-Wrath position - we have entered the Seal season,
the era spoken of in Revelation chapter 6. It's clear we have
yet to experience the 3rd Seal - the collapse of the worldly
monetary system(s), triggering a crisis which will make food
prices escalate to the extent it will be more difficult to
sufficiently feed millions, if not billions. Whether or not the
3rd Seal will take place this year (in 2019) is uncertain. We
do discern, given the words of our Lord Jesus in Mt. 24:36-51,
we are to be watchful in ways that include material prepared-
ness. Food storage is an act of loving obedience given our Lord's
exhortation in verses 44-47. Having material provisions during
this time will allow for necessary ministry of various types.
Let's seize this day. Pastors and churches, you still have
time - as of the posting of this blog - to prepare (or further
prepare) for this tremendous opportunity IF you act now.
Prophecies found in the book of Daniel will also be unfolding
soon. In light of the Author's eternal omniscience, we, His
people in Jesus Christ, need to take more seriously His
Counsel concerning watchfulness, especially since He
brings warning about this very thing - see Rev. 3:3.
Precursors to the revealing of the little horn could also
take place at any time. Are you knowledgeable about what
the Scriptures say will unfold before the antichrist sets
the 70th Week of Daniel in motion through the act of the
making of the covenant of Daniel 9:27? If not, please use
our 2019 reading schedules to become informed.
May our Divine Shepherd be followed. May we, His sheep,
seek out His protective Counsel and do (obey!) what He's
asked us to do - unto our eternal best interests and unto
His glory and praise.
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