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.
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