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.
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.
Can YOU Help Us ENCOURAGE?
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,
[ themes on the left ]
Endurance, in the context of
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
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 &
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
rapture 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
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
Return 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
* Also see LCG's "official statement of fundamental beliefs" for
"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
Christ (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
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
[ 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
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
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 &
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:
8. www.theRaptureGathering.com and this site,
(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
watchfulness - a marching order from our Lord Jesus - Mark 13:37.
Yes, please include in your end-time preparations, mental
preparedness. Do so by downloading this material today!
Reviewing What's NEXT On The Prophetic End-Time Calendar
Please CLICK HERE for some biblical Counsel as
to life in Christ today, life navigating the days during our
precious 2,000-year Anniversary of the first coming of
Jesus Christ - the greatest man of human history.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!
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
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
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 ]
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!)
contrasts between two opposing paradigms ...
Awful Attitudes of the anti-theists
VS Beauty of Life in Jesus Christ
VS Creative Care of our Maker
VS Delightful Truths of the eternal, holy God
VS Excellent Ways of Light through Jesus Christ
VS Fragrant Freedom of balance in YHVH God
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
VS Justice of the loving Creator
Killings of today
VS Kindness beyond imagination
Loss of dignity
VS Lavish Position in Jesus Christ
VS Magnificent Divinely revealed Morals
VS New Life found only in the Resurrected Savior
VS Ongoing Obedience
VS Precious Pride in Christ alone
Quitters in bondage
VS Quiet, joy-yielding Submission
VS Righteous Humility
VS Sacrificial Servants
VS Uncompromised Saints
VS Valued Ambassadors
VS Worthy Workers
VS Xtraordinarily New-Born
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.
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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. ]
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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.
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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
"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. ]
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... later ...
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
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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
~ 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.
~ 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
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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