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Week of 12/1-5 (B1;14) [ FB ]
Thanksgiving is OVER and the moving on from a thankful spirit is once again the reality for most. Just recall the Black Friday battles this past weekend. WOW. But an ONGOING grateful heart is not passed up by all.
By God's grace, I for one am seeking to be enduringly thankful for His many provisions in Christ our Lord and accurate prophecy regarding Jesus Christ's first coming is one of those sweet blessings - after all, it's the CHRISTMAS season!
These supernaturally fulfilled predictions concerning Immanuel (God with us!) speak to God's faithfulness to His holy Word, graciously preserved in the Bible. So let's rejoice dear Truth seekers. May we - each and every one - press on in our REJOICING and take the next step:
May we continue in His Word to us, including the reading of end-time texts which speak to our contemporary circumstances before the Incarnate Creator's glorious return.
God is good ... all the time ... All the time ... God is good!
Lord, we praise You in our Savior, Christ Jesus' holy name, Amen!
Week of 12/8-12 (B2;14) [ FB ]
Predictions As GOD Intends Them
"But that's NOT my intent!" Bob said to a group expressing offense over some of his recent actions. Once Bob clarified his true purpose, the group had no other choice, if they were in trusting relationship with him, to accept his testi- mony as to why he did what he did. Yet (although Bob was a man of integrity), some of the group members persisted in telling Bob they knew Bob's inten- tions more than he did. RIGHT! Their faulty presumption was shortly there- after exposed for what it was: false judgment.
There are those today who would presume to mold Bible prophecy in such a way as to actually distort God's TRUE intent and meaning of the predictions given. Such is the case today RE: those who would tell you the 4 blood-moon events during 2014 & 2015 are the fulfillments of Bible prophecies concerning heavenly signs - including passages found in Matthew 24 (vs. 29), Acts 2 (vv. 19,20), Revelation 6 (vv. 12,13) and others. Fair question in response:
How can we TEST their claims? Answer: We go to the passages at hand and OBSERVE them in their context. In this light, these appeals (that the blood- moon events are the realization of the passages above) are found wanting.
How so? Read the text. The data speaks to additional things taking place during this time, things we did NOT see happen during the unfolding of the first two blood-moon moments (which took place on April 15th and October 8th of this year; the other two blood-moon events are scheduled to occur on April 4th and September 28th of 2015). Please note: The sun did NOT turn black, there was NO great earthquake and the stars of heaven did NOT fall to the earth during the period of the first two blood moons. (Again, please read Rev. 6:12,13; Mt. 24:29 and Acts 2:19,20.)
By the way, these heavenly signs are predicted to unfold AFTER certain events take place and BEFORE other events occur. The "Great Tribulation," for example, has NOT yet happened - it did NOT take place prior to the first two blood moons. (Simply another appeal to read Mt. 24 in its chronological context!)
All the above to say: Watch out for the "Wolf, Wolf" syndrome. Don't stop "watching" (Mark 13:37) in light of His clear revelation to us - NOT in light of the many popular Bible INTERPRETATIONS present in our pop Christian culture today! (There's often a difference between observation of the text and interpretation of the text these days, and this is increasing due, in part, to Postmodern relativism being imposed upon explicit biblical data.)
In closing this week's blog: Let's allow GOD's actual Word to be our guide as we seek His Truths forever settled in heaven. May we do the Berean thing (Acts 17) and go to His Word, testing the claims of contemporary heralds who speak on the end of days ... and this includes responding in like manner con- cerning the biblical claims of Endurance Ministries!
"Thy Word is Truth." (Christ Jesus in John 17:17; also see Psalm 119 ... especially vv. 89 & 160. Pretty cool!)
Oh Lord God Almighty, we praise Thee! In our Savior, Christ Jesus' holy name we pray, amen!
Week of 12/15-19 (B3;14)
Closing 2014 With Christ-Honoring Intentions
A student with whom I've been most privileged to minister (both to and with AND who has sharpened me in many respects) told me this week he had failed in relationship to a mental sin to the extent he took his mental lust a step further - he acted out his covetousness. He humbly confessed to us his failure and demonstrated sincere remorse for his compromise.
IF I would have mentally responded (that is, kept my thought only to myself by thinking the following): "Seth, are you really repentant or are you simply stating this in a pseudo-repentant way so as to mislead us into believing you're a humble man of God?" IF I would have responded in thought in this manner I would have actually sinned IF my pretense (i.e., my charge of misleading intent) was incorrect. By doing so, I would have falsely judged my Brother in Christ when I had no real grounds to do so.
Here's my simple observation in light of God's holy Word:
On one hand, GOD knows our heart; others do not necessarily know our real (true) intentions. In this light, may we enjoy peace with GodIF our intentions have indeed been Christ-honoring ... even when others might say they are not. Let's not allow them place to rob us of our victory and JOY in our Savior! (RE: responding to and judging others, see Mt. 6:12,14,15 ; 7:1-8 & Rom. 14)
On the other hand, may we close 2014 enjoying a forgiven state having con- fessed to others (when appropriate) and to our Lord those times when we have not had correct intentions. GOD knows!
And may we - those of us who are in Christ - enter into 2015 rejoicing we've been given cleansing through the blood of the Lamb - which not only brings a positional righteousness in Christ but includes (both/and) an action-oriented Luke 18:9-14 perspective. May we transition into 2015 knowing that the One Who has said "Be holy, for I am holy" continues to give us the means - His Holy Spirit - to live this abundant victorious life in Christ unto His glory and praise! And when we fall, let's quickly move, once again, to His provision in our Lord Jesus:
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9 ; NKJV ; also see Romans 5:8)
Oh Lord God Most High, we honor and praise Your glorious name ... in Your Son's precious name we pray. Amen!
Week of 12/22-26 (B4;14)
A Suggested 2015 End-Time Reading Schedule
I realize I'm stepping outside the genre box of a "blog" for this submission BUT it does speak to my ongoing passion as to our walk with God, so I humbly appeal for your kind grace.
Since we're focusing on our Lord Jesus here, let's begin our reading with the Gospels - one chapter a day (with some slight alterations so as to make the reading schedule somewhat easier to recall). *
1st Luke 1 2nd Luke 2 3rd Luke 3 ... etc. ... 23 Luke 23 24 Luke 24 25 I Thes. 4 26 I Thes. 5 27 II Thes. 2 28 I Tim. 4
1st John 1 2nd John 2 3rd John 3 ... etc. ... 20 John 20 21 John 21 22 Mark 1 23 Mark 2 24 Mark 3 25 Mark 4 26 Mark 5 27 Mark 6 28 Mark 7 29 Mark 8 30 Mark 9 31 Mark 10
See our BLOG in late March for the next quarter's reading schedule.
Oh Lord, please open our eyes that we may behold wonderful things from Your Word. In our Savior Jesus Christ's holy name we pray, amen! (see Psalm 119:18)
* May we manifest child-like humility in being willing to reread His Word even though some of us have read these passages many times. Due to the depth of His Word, we know we will enjoy blessings therein if we're once again willing to sit at His feet.
Week of 12/29-1/2 (Year End) [ FB ]
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 addressing important cultural affairs. Like the Jewish Police of old (many of whom were Jewish), 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 Jesus. Those making the appeals also state the intent behind their actions: In His grace, they genuinely care about His sheep to the extent they are willing to put themselves in harm's way as they bring warning. WOW! What a day in which to live for Jesus Christ - King of kings and Lord of lords.
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 will fail to discern some of the present deceptions unfolding around us. As God blessed His Old Covenant people with heralds who were loving enough to bring messages of warning, so too does He bless His Church with some who endure in speaking His Truths in love.
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 in His kind Word to us, including the reading of end-time passages which speak to our present circumstances before Jesus Christ's glorious appearing.
Heavenly Father, we praise Your holy name. Lord, may You be our focus in these days of growing darkness. In Your Son's holy name we pray. Amen!
* Persecution is not only unfolding in the persecuted church areas. Let's endure. Please read the N.T. book of Hebrews for helpful Counsel!