The Bible comes from One who is transcendent to us - as high as the heavens are above the earth. For those wise enough to discern and steer clear of the dark has God said ? influences and horrific bondages, be enriched by the following devotional reads, especially in light of Jesus Christ being the Way, the Truth and the Life!
1 John 1 2 John 2 ... etc. ... 20 John 20 21 John 21 22 I John 1 23 I John 2 24 I John 3 25 I John 4 26 I John 5 27 II John 28 III John 29 Matthew 24 30 Matthew 25 31 Mark 13
1 Luke 1 2 Luke 2 ... etc. ... 23 Luke 23 24 Luke 24 25 I Thes. 4 26 I Thes. 5 27 I Cor. 15 28 II Thes. 2 29 John 14
1 Matthew 1 2 Matthew 2 ... etc. ... 27 Matthew 27 28 Matthew 28 29 I Timothy 4 30 II Timothy 3 31 II Timothy 4
Father, may the milk and meat of Your Word nurture us such that we are prepared, each and every day - equipped to be Your fruitful Ambassadors in Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. May You be honored and praised as we are about Your Kingdom work of Gospel proclamation and Discipleship. THANK YOU for the honor and privilege to be graciously extended a part of this significant service opportunity! May we do it motivated by what motivated You to secure it - salvation - in the first place: LOVE for needy mankind! In Christ Jesus we pray. Amen
CB1B - January, 2020
Just Sharing ...
The love of Jesus Christ compels us.
As we walk in His grace under the direction of His precious Holy Spirit, we care about folks to the degree we avoid false- hope flattery. Will we endure in loving people to the extent of being willing to offer both biblical exhortation and corrective warning? YES, we will, for we wish to be better than simply nice.
As a caring parent shows love through counsel - sometimes in the form of you should (s) and/or you shouldn't (s) (for example, "Don't play with fire, you may get burned") - so too does our heavenly Father offer Counsel which includes prohibitions. "Don't follow after false gods." "Don't be deceived by all the false ways of these end of days." Indeed, His you should nots are love driven. God is good. Thank You holy Father!
He also offers you should Counsel. "Love the LORD your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength." "[You should] see to it that no one deceives you." (repetition for the sake of emphasis) "Love in action, not simply in word."
As God graciously bestows caring Counsel, so too do we offer this loving Counsel - not our counsel, mind you, but His Counsel.
But you know what? It's up to each one of us to accept it ... or reject it (and let's not fail to discern: ignoring it is rejecting it!).
Here's a worthy reality check ...
God's Word will be fulfilled, including the reality that all will one day give account to Him. Remember, God is not mocked - Galatians 6.
So we offer this (His!) we should conclusion:
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil." Ecc. 12:13, 14 (NKJV)
"If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotton of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has over- come the world - our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" I John 4:20 - 5:5 (NKJV)
CB1C - January, 2020
On One Pressing Thing To Ponder
Things are good ... at least some of them!
Philippians 4:8 encourages God's people in Jesus Christ to meditate on certain things. One Bible topic which includes all the things (true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report) is the love ofGod.
Recently, upon contemplating more personally on this thing - the love of God for ME - I had a (positive) melt down. His love for me (as I took the time to be quiet before Him and consider His active, I Cor. 13:4-8a love) brought tears to my eyes, to say the least. His loving presence floored me.
Perhaps YOU need a like blessing.
If you're willing, make time to sit at Christ Jesus' feet and ponder His love ... for YOU.
Consider including in your meditations the following Truths/truths:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 - NKJV Reread this verse substituting "the world" with the first person, singular pronoun: "For God so loved ME that He gave ..."
"How deep the Father's love for us [me], how vast beyond all measure; that He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure." Stuart Townend
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 - NKJV Personalize this precious passage: "But God demonstrates His own love toward ME ..."
"O the deep, deep, love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless free! Rolling as a mighty ocean, in its fullness over me." Samuel Francis
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him." I John 3:1 - NKJV
Father, I praise You once again for the recent sacred experience You graciously extended, one during which Your love lifted me. May others be deeply touched as they spend sweet time with You too. In Jesus Christ I pray, amen.
CB1D - January, 2020
DON'T Just Leave It To Imagination!
America, IT'S TIME to step up to the plate and further do our part!
You've most likely heard the lyrics, I can only imagine.
Imagine the past three years without the opposition we've suffered - and I do mean suffer! - from the political enemies of our great nation. How much more good would we have seen, both nationally and internationally as we continue helping both ourselves and other countries?
But it's time to ACT on what we know to be the case: Let's value our VOTE to the extent of actually voting, voting to help UN-Americans out of office so as to to get back to the beauties of one nation under God ... a country that is true to its name: UNITED states. Let's see these who are hurting US quieted by not extending to them the privilege of further representation due to their failure to live out the oath they took upon entering their assignment.
Let's see (by doing our part) all three governmental arms of our nation back to health. Begin, even now, actively encouraging a perspective toward cleaning up the darkness presently manifesting itself. Be a part of allowing LIGHT to overwhelm darkness. Do so simply by action ... YOUR action. May we the people retain the form of republic we have so enjoyed since its inception.
Father YHVH God, thank You for outlining, in Your Word, glorious and sound principles for a society of justice, mercy and grace. May we do our part to live out Your principles in our setting of government here in the USA. In Jesus Christ's name, amen.
CB2A - February, 2020
On One Other Pressing Thing To Ponder
The present, end-of-days landscape, in part, looks something like this: The 2nd Wave
Another way of describing and discerning current global culture, in the context of pertinent thematic Bible data, is this: End Time Bible Themes
Yet another way of highlighting our present state, one which includes crucial chonological Bible data, is this: End Time Bible Chronology
In conclusion, because there truly are major problems within many eschatological (end- time) views today - Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 - we offer the following end time proposal for your prayerful and exegetical consideration: End Time Bible Chart
CB2B - February, 2020
A Fair Request ...
Since we entered into formal ministry in 2000 we have tried to approach addressing false matters in this way: We contact those who are directly tied to the view we are confronting when we can find ways to contact them. We have been writing to individuals and ministries (respectfully raising concerns as the Lord leads us) before taking the matter public, especially if the matter is an end-time teaching in conflict with the explicit data in God's Word.
We believe this fair approach honors some biblical principles, especially as it relates to treating Family members and others in ways consistent with Bible Truths. To date, very few have re- sponded to our communications. We won't list those who we have contacted here. Instead, we'd like to ask for similar treatment from Family in Christ:
We ask for (what we believe to be) fair treatment from those who contend against us. PLEASE, if you have response comments, questions, etc. about the end-time view we propose, contact us before going public with your criticisms. We are most approach- able and have clearly posted means to get in contact with us. We ask this for multiple reasons, one of which includes genuine care for those who respond. Here's an example:
Some have misrepresented The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering position over the years. IF these folks had simply contacted us and discussed some of their concerns before going more vocal (public) about their opposition, some of the issues would have been dropped (due to faulty understanding of the position we espouse) and no embarrassment on their part would have occurred.
FACT: To date, we have responsed to everyone* who has taken the time to contact us. This, too, is factual: There has not been ONE explicit Bible-based rebuttal to the biblical end-time position we put forth for prayerful and exegetical consideration (not that has been communicated to us, anyway). A few have written and we have responded. If you don't agree with these factual claims, please contact us so we can talk it over. "Thank you" in advance.
* This does not include the many emails we receive from others who write to us in languages other than English. This also does not in- clude solicitations appealing for our use of services others provide. The word "everyone" includes those who write to us with questions, comments - even criticisms - about the message(s) we herald and the end-time position we promote.
If needed, tag, you're it.
CB3A - March, 2020
Q: Do we accepttwisters ?
A definition of the term twister is needed in order to proceed. We'll highlight two of the main definitions in this blog.
1. a person who twists (namely, for our purposes here, one who distorts or perverts a defined definition, plan or viewpoint) ;
2. a tornado or cyclone
In response to the question above ...
A: We accept the existence of tornados/cyclones. We also accept the existence of those who distort.
A second important matter on acceptance raises yet another question. "WHY do we accept twisters?" Why do we act as if we're okay with the actions of distortion or perversion? So we now re-ask our initial questions above, this time with an additional emphasis:
Why do we accept or put up with distortions which have HUGE consequence?
As the phrase goes, a picture paints 1,000 words.
I'll use the picture of fruit coming from a main paradigm (a holistic way of viewing things) being lived out today. I'll do so using the political landscape ... after all, it's the season!
One political party especially builds its worldview opinion on relativism, a huge trait of the Postmodern perspective. As a result, TONS of opinions are running around because , as Protagoras put it, truth is relative, it's only a matter of opinion.
The FRUIT of the Democrat's foundation is destroying them today. TOO MANY VIEWPOINTS !
The other political party, while accepting aspects of the Postmodern paradigm, hasn't jumped in with both feet and has been able to avoid, to a greater degree than the Democrats, the chaos of this most destructive attitude.
[ Moving on to applying Daniel 9 - that is, OUR being willing to confess our own contemporary worldview or pop-Christian, perspective sins ... ]
But here's where it gets MOST sad given the twisters have sold Postmodern relativism to many in churches today. This relative half-truth perspective is not only ruining the secular world but is also affecting the church (note: I use a small "c" intentionally).
"What's YOUR view of the passage?" some ask. It may seem nice to approach Bible inquiry in this way but do we discern the fruits of applying a relative truth hermeneutic (approach to Bible interpretation) to Bible Truth? Many do not. Yes, this fruit - too many viewpoints! - is being used by darkness to undermine God's Truths in radical ways today.
As the Democratic Party is in trouble due to the fruit of their own worldview - Postmodern deception - so too are many churches without a sound Truth Foundation because they have given God's Word over to opinion. The fruit of this error is only beginning to manifest itself. It will be even more destructive in the years to come.
And once again, IF we'd but only listen, we'd find transcendent Counsel. Judges 21:25 reads this way (ESV): "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes."
[ Our present relative fad has briefly popped up in the cultures of mankind for millennia. ] But there's hopeful correction: The Word of God graces Truth seekers with insight concerning this current cultural affair! ]
So here's our soon-coming* fork in our road :
Will we listen to a new king who will capture the loving allegiance of most of the world due to his charisma and supernatural mani- festations? OR will we bow to the King of kings and honor Jesus Christ and His written Word - the Bible - as our authority for faith and life-action practice?
In this truth-is-relative day, many will follow the way of the antichrist and be deceived by multiple rounds of twisters. Our Lord has fore- warned us about this - see Matthew 24:4, 5, 11 & 23-26, not to mention other passages!
May we exercise wisdom from on high and seek YHVH God's insights on these contemporary matters. May we do so for our best interests, for the best interests of others, and, ultimately, for His glory and praise.
* A vacuum now exists. People are hungry for Truth. Will they seek it from Creator God OR from darkness? God's people need to, as love compels us, boldly speak His eternally significant Truths.
CB3B - March, 2020
In Response ...
We've received a few comments toward this end: In the form of a question, "Why have you slowed (cut back on) the posting of your new commentary blogs ?" [ A couple comments, by way of connotation, included this sentiment: We miss these blogs because they offer helpful / insightful discipleship. ]
Our answer in response to the question above:
We continue writing blogs which, by God's grace, do discern culture in light of Bible Truths BUT we no longer post some of these materials on the Internet. We do share the new, un- posted, pertinent messages in a personal context when we make our live presentations at churches, schools, small groups, etc. in the context of pulpit messages, seminars, conferences, (adult) Sunday or Sabbath School series, mid-week Bible studies, etc.
IF you would like to glean these culturally relevant, cutting-edge, Bible-based insights, simply contact our ministry and ask us to come your way (for more personal ministry with you). We'd sincerely be more than happy to prayerfully consider doing so if you are located within the continental USA. Thank you in advance for understanding our travel-area limitations.
Email our ministry field director, Dr. Jon Swanson, at email@example.com for more information.
Note: Because of our unusual day (e.g., the growing threat of emails failing to get to us), you may wish to assure your message is getting through to us by snail-mailing us directly at:
Endurance Ministries P.O. Box 92098 Portland, OR 97292
Until then, enjoy our Online gifts (for now) - posted on our CurrentMatters.org "gift" page.
CB3C - March, 2020
God's Gracious Insights ... The Warfare Of POSTURING
Branches within our (USA) government are further painting a picture,one using the current COVID-19 pandemic!
They are, in various ways pertinent to their sphere of influence, seeking to communicate this:
Citizens, lean on us, we'll take care of you.
Included with that chocolate carrot - hidden as it is - is the fine print of their contractual obligations of those who would sign in ...
You need to comply when we need to implement the we'll-take-care-of-you actions.
Endurance Ministries would like to suggest a different path:
Instead of complying to the extent of (one day) compromising essentials of Bible faith, let's take the intiative on our own God- given authority. Let's take care of ourselves and our immediate communities of which we're a part.
A portion of the present reality picture includes smaller battle-field efforts. For example: State authority voices are being further elevated; church authority voices are being further diminished. Hmmmmmmmmm
Note: Future discernment today ...
The antichrist will one day use the conditioned attitudes of governmental dependence to further secure his attempt at global rule.
Creator, Savior and Lord God, help us better discern our day in light of Your eternal Truths forever settled in heaven. May You help us do so for our best interests, for the big-picture interests of the lost, and ultimately for Your eternal glory and praise. In Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen.
P.S. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have been hit by - one way (illness or loss) or another (affect upon personal and/or family employment) - the Coronavirus.
P.P.S. We are thankful to the Lord for our readers. One suggested we add the following (knowing our hearts) ...
"Please know that we do not criticize/judge those who accept various and varying help from the govt in this time. It is important that we are set up in the best possible way to deal with the virus and the economic and vocational fallout that has and may well continue to bring hardship on many. My counsel is this, 'Do not be in a position where relying upon govt aid is necessary.' This can and should be a 'trial' that we learn from. Maybe ask yourself these questions: 'When this happens again, or per- haps even something much worse, will I be prepared? How can I prepare?
What steps do I need to take to protect my family and serve in generous but prudent ways to my neighbors?'"
Once again, thanks for sharing dear readers! We love you too.
CB3D - March, 2020 (Posted just before 10:00 AM - PST - on 3/26)
Some FACTUAL Observations ...
In responding to the COVID-19 challenge, governmental authorities have put out guidelines. For example ...
Our observations and concerns here at Endurance Ministries:
The "essential" services and facilities list allows for exemptions from the STAY AT HOME order. These exceptions do NOT include religious activity - at all. The documents are silent on the matter of spiritual practice in any gathering context - small group gatherings included.
Our question for the governing authorities:
On what grounds do you limit the expression of religious practice?
Some - as our governor has communicated , for example - say the reason for our stay-at-home order is to protect our elderly and general population. Okay, great reasons, but surely there is much more to this matter. We raise one growingly pressing concern here ...
In our county - Benewah County - there's not ONE case of COVID-19 registered (at the time of the posting of this blog). No, this does not mean the virus is NOT present in our county. It does mean, however, that the virus threat is NOT as great as in "hot spots" across our nation. (Dr. Marc Siegel nails this matter when he suggests focusing greater restrictions in hot spots while at the same time loosening restrictions in less-threat areas - see March 25, Fox News article for specifics.)
In light of our concerns, we respectfully observe and ask:
WHY are church services (gatherings of any size) now not allowed in areas where there is much less threat at present? And WHY don't you - governing authority voices which represent all national commitments - allow groups other than yourselves and those groups YOU deem "essential" to be granted stay-at-home exceptions? You've neglected a HUGE populace: the Christian community.
WHY do you decree - you've given an "order" - as a VIOLATION, a gathering of less than 10 individuals for spiritual ministry purposes? (The State of Idaho now restricts even small group meetings by their new stay-at-home order, especially given church meetings are NOT exempt - at the very least, they are not listed in the "essential services" list.)
FAMILY IN JESUS CHRIST :
This present COVID-19 training event is a precursor to even greater government threats to our God-given freedoms.
Do you recall our recent blog (CB3A;20 above) on "twisters" ? So as to avoid being misrepresented by some who would twist what we're seeking to say here, we include these clarifications:
1. We are NOT belittling the need to address this viral threat; 2. We don't reject common-sense preventative measures like "social distancing." What we do take exception to are some of the governmental extremes! Case in point:
As in Idaho, we find these extremes currently in place: Stay at home Gatherings, even ones practicing precautions, are closed The list of "essential services" do NOT include faith expressions - at all.
So Family, here are some biblical principles paramount at this time:
~ Prayer to YHVH Creator God for His intervention on our behalf ~ Ministry in His name - both Gospel and Discipleship efforts ~ Loving Him supremely and others as ourselves
In closing, the governmental extremes above, especially in areas where the threat is low, are in conflict with our God-given rights, our Constitutional freedoms, and some of our personal spiritual convictions.
So where do we go from here?
Citizen Compliance? Civil Disobedience?
or perhaps some of our national governing officials can bring better BALANCE to their orders by reconsidering their present position.
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Follow-up posted on 3/28/20 …
We continue in prayer for the effects of the Coronavirus. We are also offering help to our fellow mankind when asked to do so. May God grant us wisdom as we seek to respond correctly.
On Friday, 3/27/20, the State of Idaho added the following (“additional guidance”) to the list of exceptions to the stay at home order, and I quote:
ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE Updated March 27, 2020
Churches Question: May clergy or church members get together to stream or record religious services?
Answer: Yes. The recording or streaming should be done by the minimum number of individuals necessary, following Social Distancing Requirements. I am grateful to Idaho’s religious leaders for caring for the spiritual needs of their congregations during this challenging time.
Please keep in mind, dear Church, Idaho’s “Order to self-isolate” given two days prior – on March 25, 2020 – is still in effect. On page 4 of the document we find this, and I quote:
“6. All people in Idaho shall immediately cease hosting or participating in all public and private gatherings and multi-person activities for social, spiritualand recrea- tional purposes, regardless of the number of people involved, except as specifically identified in Section 8. Such activity includes, but is not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities. This prohibition also applies to planned wedding and funeral events, with the excep- tion that funerals are permitted so long as they occur outside and comply with the Social Distancing Require- ments as defined in Section 8.j.” (bold added to high- light our areas of concern)
This raises additional questions which the Body of Christ needs to address in preparation for future governmental restrictions of our spiritual practices. This includes crucial definitions of terms and phrases like “fellowship,” “educa- tion,” “discipleship,” “Gospel activity,” “Outreach efforts,” etc. All of the said events immediately above especially occur in the context of gathering, which, according to the Stay-Home order, are now prohibited.
Something to think and pray about, even discuss together.
We raise this concern because our “spiritual needs” extend far beyond the viewing of recorded services, needs which are outlined in God’s authoritative revelation to us.
May the precious God-given guidelines be acknowledged as such: They are prescribed by God, not man. This includes obedience to governing voices when they are not in conflict with the Word of God as given in the 66 books of the Bible.
And how shall we live in future days when the global community crosses the line which we cannot cross?
CB3E - March, 2020
A CALL To Humble Confession
In light of Psalm 119:89, 160 … In light of II Timothy 3:16, 17 and II Peter 1:20, 21 … In light of contemporary false teachers who reject God’s eternal principles – including the one below … In light of the need of the hour …
II Chronicles 7:13, 14 reads
[ God speaking ]
When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (NKJV)
We discern many – not all ! – of the ungodly will continue in rebellion against God given the deceptive bondage by which they are presently held captive, BUT let US (those of us in Christ Jesus) not make the same mistake of rejecting His call to repent.
Instead of blaming God for some of our present global concerns, we His people need to follow in the footsteps of Daniel – see Daniel 9.
And know this dear readers:
God is not asking for temporary lip-service apology like we witnessed by many after 911. He’s asking us to follow the examples of those in Nehemiah 8 (as opposed to those persisting in the sinful Jer. 6:16-21 perspective [of verses 16c and 17c]).
And, if you’re presently an unbeliever:
He’s asking you to follow in the footsteps of the ancient Ninevites – see Jonah 3 and Click Here for Good News.
The loving judgment of God is upon the earth, providing circumstances/opportunities to turn from our wicked ways. Even in this loving discipline, our God is good … and great … and greatly to be praised.
May each of us respond to the love of God in ways most beneficial to our eternal souls. In Jesus Christ’s name we pray, unto Your glory and praise, amen.
1 John 1 2 John 2 ... etc. ... 20 John 20 21 John 21 22 Psalm 56 23 Psalm 57 24 Psalm 58 25 Psalm 59 26 Psalm 60 27 Psalm 61 28 Psalm 62 29 Psalm 63 30 Psalm 64
Lord God, thank You for Your faithfulness in meeting with us as we fellowship before Your holy face. May Your Word penetrate our very depth of being such that we glorify You as we are further conformed to the precious image of Your dear Son. In Jesus Christ's name we pray.
CB4B - April, 2020
When playing the game of chess, one encounters the possibility of multiple moves – many possible ones, actually. And, as we also well know, the moves are made in light of a basic dynamic of the game, namely ANOTHER player is involved. So while one makes moves, it’s with the understanding the other player may not make response moves in the way (or ways) anticipated.
A similar (Note well: pure analogies almost never exist, if they exist at all) dynamic is found in future strategy efforts, a game that is played but often played seriously by some because they know the future is indeed coming … it’s a really real thing.
Because there are many extraneous variables when it comes to projecting the future – mankind doesn’t actually KNOW the future – plans made by these strategists may have to change. Unexpected things happen. It’s the nature of this beast.
BUT here’s where we enter into an entirely different chess game.
Are we, as God’s people in Jesus Christ, wise enough to consider an additional dynamic when we play Divine chess ? Do we truly believe the but God perspective, especially that He knows the actual future? Do we live our lives in light of this aspect of future things?
Christians often say, “Of course we acknowledge this.”
But do we really?
If we really include – if we truly believe – God’s wisdom in this significant life game, we’d live very differently than the way most of us are living today. If we honestly accept His special revelation, then His church doesn’t have to worry about un- anticipated corrections/changes. As the analogy goes, we don’t have to concern ourselves with our opponents going in different directions (making different moves) than anti- cipated. Pretty cool!
But some ask, “How so, especially given the many failed words of counsel on this matter of end times ?”
This is our very point!
God KNOWS the actual future and has communicated key (most crucial) elements of the future to us – ones that will indeed come to pass. This is the dynamic of Divine chess because He does indeed know all things … even the actual future.
Our appeal: There are a few conditions to our knowing (correctly) His revelation about future things.
IF we care to retain God’s Big-picture wisdom which He graciously grants, we need to keep in mind the following:
1. We MUST play by His rules and not inject human strategy and opinion into the game. We must discern the incorrect plans and projections of some Christians because some of the teachings they herald are NOT in accord with what God has clearly written.
For example: Following the unbiblical game plans of A. Preterit theology (and the practical application of this theological perspective: End-time passages are not for today) of B. Pre-Tribulationalism (and their tenet that Christians won’t be on earth during the time the antichrist seeks to rule) of C. Pan-Mil / Pan-Trib (especially including this attitude: We don’t need to concern ourselves with end-of-days matters) … following these game plans could be deadly.
If we base our moves on faulty theology (some examples listed immediately above), we’re in jeopardy of loosing this eternally significant game. Let’s think on [end time] things that are actually True – Phil. 4:8.
2. We MUST avoid unbiblical extremes, especially those views which reject the other facets of the explicitly biblical gem.
For example: Affirming John 10:29, John 3:16, Romans 10:9 and other passages while at the same time rejecting I Tim. 4:1, Mt. 24:10, II Thes. 2:4 and other on-the-other-side-of-the-coin passages is also deadly.
In other words, we must walk (play the Divine chess game) in light of the full Counsel of God’s actual Word, not based on opinions or interpretations of men, for partial truths can some- times be used to entrap to the extent of eternally significant checkmate conclusions.
All we’re saying here is this:
We must allow God’s revelation about the end of days to be that which informs our understanding about future things. Because His Word will unfold just as He says, we need to be listening to His Words, not the words of some of the false prophets and false teachers today.
As we discern the false appeals, we can be confident (in God!) as we play theDivine chess game using HIS actual Truths.
CB4C - April, 2020
Stockpiling Is NOT Hoarding
Two questions will serve to bring helpful clarity:
Q1: How do we respond to "You are hoarding!" charges?
A1: Christians are called to speak God's Truths in love as His Spirit leads us. Some members of our faith community would say, in response to the question above, something to this effect:
~ Correct stockpiling occurs in non-emergency settings; Hoarding often - not always - occurs as threats (and needs for goods - e.g., toilet paper, sanitation items, food, etc.) arise.
~ Correct stockpiling is a faith response of loving obedience to, in our case, Christ's Counsel in Mt. 24:45-47. Jesus Christ is our Master; Hoarders often keep goods for themselves. Self is master.
~ Correct stockpiling better allows for the sharing of collected goods with others during times of community need as our Lord Counsels; Hoarders refuse to honor the Phil. 2:3, 4 principle as commanded by our Lord in Mark 12:29-31.
Q2: How do we / how will we respond to others - including governmental authorities - when they reject our right to disseminate our goods, ones which we've legally and in good-will action, collected for both ourselves and others?
A2: Will our response be to allow them to confiscate our goods so they can pass our items out as they deem appropriate OR will we respond by telling them, "NO, we will be giving out our goods to others as we deem necessary and we will be doing so in Jesus Christ's name. YOU (as secular authority voices) do NOT provide needed goods in Jesus Christ's name due to your faulty separation of church and state ideology. As a result, we reserve the right to share our goods in the way(s) we deem appropriate and as we have the God-given freedom to do so."
Or perhaps there are yet other ways to respond to these possible present and/or future realities.
These are end of days matters, ones that some are facing today and will face in the days, months and years ahead.
Our Lord's kind Counsel is both clear and flexible (unlike some of our government's orders) in that it allows those wishing to abide in His Counsel the freedom to respond as their convictions dictate.
May our love of Christ for others AND our love for God be our guide as His Spirit leads us - His living sacrifices - in light of the principles in His enduring Word.
Question: So how should we now respond?
Some of you who know us well have rightly guessed!
Answer: We go back to YHVH God's end-time Counsel found in His precious Word.
IF YOU don't have a Bible, we will send you one if you simply help us with postage. Email Endurance Ministries' field director for more information at email@example.com.
CB4D - April, 2020
The End Days* Of The End Of Days Are Unfolding
Do you recall the movie, 2012 ?
How about the scene in the film where the placard guy on the street corner is holding his cardboard sign reading, "Repent! The end is near!" ?
And the funny, crazy radio conspiracy nut who shouts, "I have goose bumps people!" just before his death as Yellowstone finally blows its top ? [ By the way, earthquakes have increased in this area of late! :-) ]
And last, but not least, do you remember the place in the film where Carl Anheuser (the White House staff member) says, "[It's] kinda galling when you realize that nutbags with the cardboard signs had it right the whole time." ?
Friends, let's be discerning and come out from under the bondage of deception:
God's Word has been right the whole time. As He has been most accurate regarding His Son's 1st Coming, so too is He proving to be spot on concerning days just prior to His Son's 2nd Coming.
We plead with you: Make a decision to receive God's rich blessings in Jesus Christ.
As famous atheist, William Provine, wrote me months before his passing in 2015 [ he said, "I agree with you" (regarding our appeals on our TruthMatters.com site) ], we ask YOU to do likewise: Agree with God concerning His Truths about the days prior to the return of His Son and the eternal message of HOPE He alone offers.
Confess your rebellious sin and He will forgive you. Repent - stop living a life contrary to God's ways. Instead, as He empowers His new-born Saints in Christ through His Spirit, live in victorious light and love as His Word outlines.
You can do it !
Begin by acknowledging you're a sinner who's not perfect - no one is. Accept God's only provision for forgiveness of sin before Him - believe and receive the sacrifice of God's heavenly Lamb, Jesus Christ, who shed His blood to secure forgiveness of sin.
Then, subsequent to New Birth, walk in newness of life - Gal. 2:20.
For further clarification as to God's eternal rescue from the Lake of Fire, please Click Here.
Yes, God's placard is pressing today! It reads, "Repent! The end is near!"
* We will also post, Lord willing, a future blog titled: The Very End Days Of The End Of Days Are Unfolding once Daniel's 70th Week begins - Projection date: TBA
CB4E - April, 2020
Let's Be WATCHING ...
The Creator of the universe and all things therein said, while here on earth (Immanuel - God with us), " ... what I say to you I say to all: Watch!" (Mark 13:37 - NKJV ; ESV reads, "stay awake")
We would strongly encourage further watching in this way:
Because there are end-time precursors to the removal of the restrainer, thereby allowing for the revealing of the antichrist ( see II Thes. 2 and our 2nd Wave handout ), there are specific things which must take place before the man of lawlessness/sin is revealed. Recall: We're playing Divine Chess here! See blog CB4B.
Here are three key events which will take place between now* and the time when it becomes clear that the restrainer has been removed:
1. 10 kings emerge as power authorities over the earth in general
2. A tax imposer / exactor of tribute rises to authority but is only on the world scene for a short time - see Daniel 11
3. A seemingly minor world player emerges and overcomes three of the 10 kings - see Daniel 7 & Revelation 17
* The apostasy is already unfolding, though it will increase in the days ahead.
[ Please note: Seal 3 may happen AFTER the revealing of the antichrist but could take place prior to his revealing. In fact, given the economic impact of COVID-19 (and yet-future projections), we may soon find food prices skyrocket and food availability even more scarce. WHAT A SETTING for the tax imposer to emerge - when national governments no longer have funding to offer! ]
Here is wisdom based on God's forever-settled-in-heaven Truths:
Let's be watching - watching in light of GOD's Word.
Our loving Father God has graciously (in His love for all of mankind) forewarned of signs taking place before His Son's initial appearing. We are rapidly approaching this glorious event, but first the war against the saintsneeds to occur.
Lord, help us to rightly divide Your Word of Truth and thus rightly discern our day and follow in Your Counsel - sweet protective Counsel which includes those who endureto the end will be saved.
And IF you're currently NOT born anew in Christ Jesus, please Click Here.
CB4F - April, 2020
The BLAME Game
Can anything happen without the Lord's permission? 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. You have engulfed us with your anger, chased us down, and slaughtered us without mercy. You have hidden your- self in a cloud so our prayers cannot reach you. You have discarded us as refuse and garbage among the nations. Lamentations 3:37-45 ; NLT
Initial blame-game moments include:
Adam's blaming Eve Eve's blaming the serpent
Both genders play this dark, ugly game, and yet, each needed to acknowledge their own failure.
Ongoing blame-game playing continues - TODAY ...
Are bats the culprits / offenders ? Others want to blame a communistic system for unleashing our current virus epidemic - biological warfare against the opposing capitalistic paradigm. Some prefer to blame the scary sanitation contexts of Wuhan market food providers. Other propagators of holistic myth seem to appear less judgmental. They blame the virus on natural evolution / natural selection. (Some of these folks also play another game: the game of deception as they commit the error or fallacy of false analogy.) And of course, there are some who judge God to be WRONG. He is the One to be faulted.
BUT IS IT POSSIBLE ...
Is it possible the Lord Jesus, Who holds supreme authority over His entire Creation, has allowed our devastation (yes, through specific means/instruments at His beckoning call) due to our own sins ?
Listen, again, to the pertinent-to-today Jeremiah cry :
Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, when the Lord has not commanded it ? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that woe and well-being proceed? Why should a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the LORD; let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven. We have transgressed and re- belled; You have not pardoned. You have covered Yourself with anger and pursued us; You have slain and not pitied. You have covered Yourself with a cloud, that prayer should not pass through. You have made us an offscouring and refuse in the midst of the peoples. Lamentations 3:37-45 ; NKJV
In application ...
Repent, oh foolish, rebellious world (this appeal also includes the satanic world and the lukewarm church).
Turn from your rebellion against the LORD Most High.
Stop murdering the innocent Discontinue your adultery and other sexual sins Honor your father and mother, for this is right Lay aside your passionate, lustful ways Abstain from your constant lie-telling Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy Stop stealing from your neighbor Put aside your false gods instead, Bow to the God of love, mercy and grace Stop taking His holy name in vain
Repent - confess and change - so we can go back to a sweet New Covenant Song of Moses and delight in His BLESSINGS as opposed to suffering under His hand of DISCIPLINE.
May we do so before even greater degrees of His WRATH fall upon us.
I recently heard this comment: "Put your head in the sand ... and take a deep breath!"
WOW. I'm thankful the Lord (of all lords) and King (of all kings) was, and is, a bit more mercy driven.
And yet, our Lord Jesus was most willing to confront when the need arose. Again, balance in all things. And again, we'd be wise to acknowledge this: Balance as God defines it isn't always - actually, rarely! - how we , as man, define balance. See Isaiah 55:8-11 for an awesome picture tied to a partial dynamic quality on this matter of defining balance !
Anyway, back to this blog's emphasis.
God has dealt most graciously with mankind through the millennia. He continues to do so. His demonstrations of loving mercy are indeed new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.
And yet, there will come a time when the very end of days will surely unfold. While there are voices in pop-Christianity which seem to deny the fact that one day Jesus Christ will come in His 2nd Coming as outlined in the Word of God - Kris, speaking in a caring way, you're WRONG* - these false-teaching voices will not deter Him.
We'd like to spin the initial statement (above) and present it (to those who would follow faulty paradigms today) in a way we believe to be more Christ-like:
"Take your head out of the sand and discern the signs unfolding all around us!" It's time to use the words of our Lord to better evaluate our day. Please use our suggested end-time reading schedule for awesome Truths which so pertain to living truthfully and fruitfully in Jesus Christ today. See blog CB4A below.
* Kris Vallotton has made the following false end-time appeal : (though, in fairness to him, we're not sure he continues to make this dangerous, incorrect appeal. We did contact him on this matter. This is the response we received [to our email contact with him, an email which included an initial draft of this blog] : "Thank you so much for your email. Kris doesn't feel the need to comment on this but thank you for the opportunity." Again, we encourage you, the reader of this blog, to discern for yourselves the implications of this response. What a day to be heralding GOD's Truths in Christ Jesus - our soon-coming King!) Click Here (for Kris' false end-time appeal)
Some have also expressed concern that we are judgmental. Please see Erwin Lutzer's book, Who Are YOU to JUDGE? for a quality, Bible-based distinction between wrongly judging VS. exposing those who reject crucial-to-our-day Bible Truths.
CB5A - May, 2020
Listening To YHVH God's Counsel: This Month's Berean Challenge ...
It is incumbent upon God's people in Jesus Christ to build our worldview perspective on His authoritative foundation of Counsel. This includes submitting to His words AND the definitions He attributes to those words.
Let's do some word studies on the following terms: "Tribulation," "Judgment" and "Wrath." You will find a partial list of passages (which appeal to various dynamics of the nature of God's wrath) here.
We encourage everyone to do a personal Bible study on God's wrath and the related passages which clearly show He, at times, disciplines, judges and even pours out His wrath upon His wayward people.
We strongly encourage this study because, honestly speaking, EVERYONE not in bondage by the deceptive powers of dark- ness wants to avoid God's wrath, especially when it comes to incurring it personally.
Given this quality of God's genuine people in Christ Jesus, let's strive toward a Bible-balanced understanding of God's crucial corrective discipline, His judgment unto repentance and His wrath.
May we take the time to seek His Truths on this important matter - for our bests interests, for the best interests of others and unto our Creator's glory and praise.
Another Proposal For Your Prayerful And Exegetical Consideration
Because CONTEXT is important here, we'll provide some before presenting our proposal:
After the revealing of the antichrist (an event still future to the posting of this blog) ... after the Covenant of Daniel 9 is made/confirmed ... after the taking away of the daily sacrifice / regular offering ... [ and 1,290 days later ] after the setting up of the Abomination of Desolation ... and as the three-and-a-half-year war against the Saints comes to a conclusion,
something / some event will be used by God to bring an end to the short-lived "great tribulation" of Matthew 24:15-22. ( Recall: the great tribulation is cut short )
Here's our proposal ...
The awesome earthquake of Revelation 6:12 will put an end to the great tribulation of Mt. 24:15-22 in that the earthquake will capture the world's attention and divert the focus away from the great-tribulation unrest.
Then ("immediately after the tribulation of those days"), the astronomical signs of Mt. 24:29 will blaze. (also see Rev. 6:12, 13)
For further clarity concerning the days ahead, Click Here
The CDC ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) is seeking to take yet another step in undermining the Church's God-given authority of self governance. If they're not doing so intentionally, they're sure appealing for compliance ignorantly, or so it would seem. Either way, there's a worldview BATTLE raging today, one especially tied to authority. By way of one example of appeal, Click Here
Did you discern (in the "Click Here" article above) another label that's being used to further push us into their box ... their mold !?
The new "CFBOs" acronym stands for this: Community- & Faith-Based Organizations.
The power players tied to the CDC want to further become our authority, or so it would seem.
A HUGE QUESTION emerges at this juncture:
Will we, Jesus Christ's Church, let them?
Or will we, like thousands of local churches and pastors across our land say, "NO!" to their attempt at conditioning us to further conform?
God's Word - our Authority for faith and practice - has much to say about this.
Here's only one of scores of insightful passages. It offers simple yet most practical-to-our-day Counsel:
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God,which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:1, 2 (NKJV ; emphases ours)
They seek to pair us with secular culture - "community & faith-based organizations" (as if we share essential common ground!). They want to put their words in our mouths. They wish to speak (incorrectly) on our behalf.
We need to learn to be more comfortable with saying, "NO!"
Friends, we NEED to be in God's Word for transcendent transforma- tion of our minds today - for His supernatural revelation concerning our days. Please read His end-time Counsel! Click Herefor one list of pertinent passages. "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Ps. 11:3 (NKJV) Truth Foundations Matter because Truth Matters !
CB6A - June, 2020
A NEW Annual Ministry Suggestion For Local Churches Around The World
How we got to the low statistics regarding Bible literacy is beyond me. And yet, the number is most likely even lower when it comes to Bible knowledgeabout the doctrine of end times - eschatology.
We at Endurance Ministries would like to see improvements in these low numbers. Here's our God-honoring suggestion, one which offers local churches in any global context an opportunity to make the most of an annual, pertinent-to-today Discipleship and Gospel ministry effort. We need to be more literate concerning what God's Word says about being His Ambassadors in these end of days. We can't afford to be out of touch with great ministry opportunities unfolding in today's culture - days before the initial appearing of our Lord Jesus.
[ A note on the suggestion linked immediately below: Those residing in the northern hemisphere of our planet would need to view this ministry effort in the context of a summer outreach; those residing in the southern hemisphere would need to view this ministry opportunity somewhat differently - in the general setting of a winter outreach. On to our ministry suggestion ... ]
Can you say "diabolical" three times fast? Go ahead.
Now say it three times s l o w - pondering its definition.
This word describes our cultual moment. While the LIGHT of God remains and continues to be offered to the world in great need, the darkness rages. What a CONTRAST between the two perspectives!
Would you like the beauty found in YHVH God alone? If so, ask. First, repent - confess and seek to live differently. Do so by receiving Jesus Christ today. Click Here for further counsel on this most important matter of being born again.
CB6C - June, 2020
I Can Only Imagine
[ words and music by Bart Millard, 1999 ; taken from the CD jacket of MercyMe's "almost there" album ]
I can only imagine what it will be like When I walk by your side I can only imagine what my eyes will see When your face is before me I can only imagine
Chorus: Surrounded by your glory What will my heart feel Will I dance for you Jesus Or in awe of you be still Will I stand in your presence Or to my knees will I fall Will I sing hallelujah Will I be able to speak at all I can only imagine
I can only imagine when that day comes And I find myself standing in the Son I can only imagine when all I will do Is forever, forever worship you I can only imagine I can only imagine
Chorus twice: I can only imagine When all I will do Is forever, forever worship you
I can only imagine
If you haven't seen the movie with the title above, you sure should! Email us and we'll send you a free DVD copy if you'd but help us with postage. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
CB6D - June, 2020
Better SAID Than NOT SAID
[ A principle in the biblical book of Ezekiel is driving this pressing warning. We know things. But by the grace of God, we share some of His crucial insights with you ... because love, as defined in I Cor. 13, impels us and because we are accountable before God to do so. ]
If one knows a kayaker was about to meet her doom (as she, unaware of the threat ahead, was about to encounter a 40-foot fall), is it not incumbent on the individual who knows there's danger ahead, to warn the one in the kayak?
If a neighbor sees a fire burning in the basement of a home across the street - where a family of four are playing cards on the second story of their residence - is it not right for the neighbor to warn them they are in imminent harm's way?
Of course those [ in the know ] should speak out and bring warning!
We are living in the early period of the very end of days. While the birth pains which our Lord Jesus forewarned us about are increasing in pain and frequency, we also find ourselves in the early tribulation days of Matthew 24:9-14. In light of global reality, read these verses in your Bibles. (If you don't have one, write to us and we'll send you a copy if you'd but help us with shipping costs - email email@example.com for details about this offer.)
Soon, other signs prior to our Lord's initial appearing will unfold.
Are you watching as the Lord of lords has called all people to watch? Mark 13:37 is clear.
Are you prepared for His coming in light of His Counsel in Matthew 24 & 25? Matthew 24:13 is clear.
Don't ignore the rougher waters - the water fall is just ahead. Don't deny the early signs of the fire currently burning - the house is ready to erupt in flame.
We care, sincerely we do. As a result, in the love and truth of Jesus Christ, we bring warning.
CB6E - June, 2020
God's Most Precious 316s
He sure has various ways of creatively communicating His loving message of restoration to us!
As gas prices once again begin to rise, we'll most likely find a 316 at the pump.
As the afternoon lengthens, all of us will pass 316. Some of us, like myself, often find ourselves awake during the early morning hours. In fact, just most recently, I sent an email and sure enough, the time the email was sent was 316.
The next time you encounter 316, remember one of the most important 316s (the Bible offers multiple 316s!) of them all:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 ; NKJV)
Click the link immediately below for further clarification about this Good News.
CB6F - June, 2020
Because We NEED To
Due to the increase of outright censorship (e.g., "Your post has been removed.") AND stealth censorship (e.g., restrictions due to technical difficulties, etc.) - ones beyond our control - we NEED to ask:
1. Please understand we offer help within our means. Because we cannot always control freedom-of-speech venues (for example, electronic video and documentation ; web site access ; etc.), we encourage this action on your part:
Download our materials while they are still available. Record our snail-mail contact information (so that you can contact us if our Internet presence has been terminated).
2. Because we are now experiencing difficulties - even updating our web sites - please know we do seek to keep our informational messages up to date. Circumstances beyond our control, at times, are now hindering us from doing so. Snail-mail us if you'd like current updates on our time sensitive documents, especially if the posted materials seem to need updating.
Thank you for understanding our need to post this message. Thank you for discerning the darkness of our times where even simple but truthful communication is a threat to enslaved instruments of the dark one.
In conclusion, we NEED to ask: Can you help us help you on this growingly necessary matter?
July 1 Matthew 1 July 2 Mt. 2 ... etc. ... July 27 Mt. 27 July 28 Mt. 28 July 29 Mark 13 July 30 Luke 17 July 31 Luke 21
August 1 Revelation 1 August 2 Rev. 2 ... etc. ... August 21 Rev. 21 August 22 Rev. 22 August 23 Daniel 1 August 24 Dan. 2 August 25 Dan. 3 August 26 Dan. 4 August 27 Dan. 5 August 28 Dan. 6 August 29 Matthew 24 August 30 Matthew 25 August 31 John 16
September 1 Hebrews 1 September 2 Heb. 2 ... etc. ... September 11 Heb. 11 September 12 Heb. 12 September 13 Heb. 13 September 14 Titus 2 September 15 I Timothy 4 September 16 II Timothy 3 & 4 September 17 I Thessalonians 4 & 5 September 18 II Thessalonians 2 September 19 Daniel 1 September 20 Daniel 2 September 21 Daniel 3 September 22 Daniel 4 September 23 Daniel 5 September 24 Daniel 6 September 25 Daniel 7 September 26 Daniel 8 September 27 Daniel 9 September 28 Daniel 10 September 29 Daniel 11 September 30 Daniel 12
"But" Is A VALID Word ... Father, You Have MY Attention!
Before sharing a parable, here's our point in this blog:
While we agree with most of the appeals in the video, American Gospel: Christ Alone, we must go on to say: "We agree with you, for the most part, BUT there's more to it than what you're preaching!" The FULL Counsel of God's Word must be honored.
Parable: "Father, You Have MY Attention!"
There was a son who was most negligent toward his dad. For decades he turned a deaf ear to his father's counsel and acted as if his dad was his enemy. He went out of his way to demonstrate acts of rejection, deeds so unjustified that some called the son's life-actions, "simply weird - nothing less than strange." But it was a strangeness that was dark in nature, hard even to describe.
Year after year Jonah spurned Yoni's efforts at reaching out. His heart had indeed grown most callous.
One day it did happen: Yoni's final effort at reconciling with Jonah arrived. No, it wasn't as if he came no more. In fact, the occasion was just the opposite. Instead of coming no more, Yoni's loving actions were impossible to ignore. What he did to get his son's attention is indescribable. And I mean just that. I must leave it at that, for it truly is not something that can be adequately pictured through wordy address.
What I can go on to say is this:
The son was so amazed at his father's actions that his frozen heart thawed ... instantly. In this moment of never-before- experienced tenderness, Jonah cried, "Father, you have my attention!"
Dear reader, if you haven't yet discerned the loving invitations of your heavenly Father at making your relationship right with Him, please ask your Creator to remove the scales presently blinding your eyes. Ask Him to melt the ice which is preventing your heart to beat as it was intended.
He loves you so very much but, in His loving approach - one He, in His right, unquestionable Authority, has deemed appropriate - does not force you to accept His loving kindness through His Son, Jesus Christ. Yes, He desires all to be saved BUT allows you your choice. It's not too late to change your mind and say yes to restoring relationship with your kind Father. One day it will happen: the offer will close; the possibility of restoration will be made no more. Don't allow darkness to take you to the Lake of Fire in eternal agony. Instead, say YES to God's offer of reconciliation through His beloved Son. You know what to do. Talk with Him. Talk with Him before it's too late ... Puff the magic dragon? No, it's God's still small voice as 316 came early today.
CB8A - August, 2020
Why Doesn't The Church Offer A More Accurate BIBLE-Based Eschatology?
By God's grace, it does!
Use the gift handouts (1-50) on this sitefor clear warrant for the claim immediately above. Also view our Salvation messages by clicking here.
CB8B - August, 2020
When A Trusted Bible Commentator Fails Us
How do you respond when Dr. David Jeremiah errs in his book, The Book Of Signs (2019; W Publishing) ?
One example of error:
On page 164 he writes,
"While raptures are extremely rare, they have happened before, and they will happen again. There are six raptures recorded and described in the Bible. Four of those raptures have already taken place, and two are yet to come. The four raptures that have already occurred were experienced by Enoch (Heb. 11:5), Elijah (2 Kings 2:11), Paul (2 Cor. 12:2-4), and Jesus Christ (Acts 1:10-11). The two raptures that are yet to happen are the rapture of the church, which is the discussion of this chapter, and the rapture of the two witnesses as prophesied in Revelation 11:12."
Dr. Jeremiah is incorrect.
There's another HUGE rapture gathering that's yet ahead - a third future rapture (in view of Pre-Tribulational Rapture understanding). Our Lord Jesus describes it in Matthew 24:29-31.
If a trusted evangelical Bible scholar is incorrect on one key eschatological matter, couldn't he be incorrect on other crucial end-time matters?
Of course this is a possibility. Please read on as this is important. And do understand that it sincerely is the love of Christ Jesus which compels us to raise this valid concern.
FACT: The PRE-Trib rapture of the Church is NOT taught in the Word of God. Not one single explicit Bible passage teaches this dangerous tradition.
Even the so-called inferences (non-explicit interpretations and claims) in support of this false-hope promise (by some) are not evidenced.
Click here for Bible facts - Truths in support of our plea: "Please don't be dogmatic about PRE-Trib opinion."
As David Jeremiah asks in his book, so too have we been asking:
"What shall we do?" "How shall we now live?"
Let's go to God's Word for Truthful information about these end of days.
Yes, it's clear we are called to be watchful and ready. BUT please note: One prepares differently depending upon the eschatological view one holds.
Is YOUR end-time view Bible based?
It needs to be IF you want to be rightly prepared.
CB9A - September, 2020
YHVH God's Shining WORD
Just a reminder from (as far as my research went) Fr. Dwight Longenecker:
"First we overlook evil, then we permit evil, then we legalize evil, then we promote evil, then we celebrate evil, then we persecute those who still call it evil."
God's Word declares His faithful people in Jesus Christ will suffer tribulation/persecution during the days prior to Christ's initial appearing in the clouds. This predicted fact is quickly becoming a global reality - even in countries long considered to be free.
And yet, as evil takes over, the fruits thereof become ripe: Not only less freedom for all but violence against those who will not fall away, who will persist in heralding YHVH God's Truths forever settled in heaven.
Will we obey our LORD Jesus and endure to the end ?
Or, as Scripture does indeed foretell, will we join the ranks of those who choose to deny our Lord and become luke- warm? Beware of eternal compromise. See the article titled "Nancy's Example" - posted on this page.
Yet, God's gracious good news persists: One day, after the tribulation and great tribulation period, His Son will make a glorious appearing. (Mt. 24:29, 30 ; Rev. 12-13, 14-17)
Question: ( because we sincerely care God's people resist the present apostasy )
Is your resolve such that you honor the full Counsel of God concerning end-time details? Or, stated in yet another way: Will we follow in our Saving Lord's footsteps and balance God's entire revelation to us?
We sure hope so, by God's mercy and grace, for these things are eternally significant, as His Word so clearly outlines.
CB9B - September, 2020
Reasons For The Season: A Blog of Thanksgiving
As we prepare to enter into yet another glorious late fall/early winter season, may we once again anticipate abundant, gracious lovingkindness from our eternal heavenly Father. He is faithful to His own in Jesus Christ - who walk under the direction of His Spirit.
May we give thanks to the Holy One this October, November and December.
May we sincerely exalt Him for the marvels of His creation.
May we praise our LORD GOD for His other grace-based gifts of general revelation.
May we express humble adoration for our Creator God's WORD and the indescribable blessings therein.
May we love Him through obedience as we yield to His HOLY SPIRIT within (those who are in Christ Jesus).
May we honor and glorify YHVH GOD as He prepares to return to earth.
May we genuinely look forward to, by faith, our eternity as we live with Him, days without end.
May we give thanks to the Holy One this October, November and December.
As we enjoy this precious time, may we find needed refreshment in our fellowship with the self-existent, one true tri-une God. And may we do so toward His good pleasure.
P.S. Read the "Blessed be!" passages in both the Old and New Testaments. For those who do so, a huge blessing awaits.
P.P.S. Parents and grandparents of little ones: Teach this prayer song - to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - to your loved ones ...
God of glory, God of grace, Help us LORD to seek Thy face. You who dwell above the earth; You who gave us second birth: God of glory, God of grace, Help us LORD to seek Thy face.
October 1 Galatians 1 October 2 Galatians 2 October 3 Galatians 3 October 4 Galatians 4 October 5 Galatians 5 October 6 Galatians 6 October 7 Ephesians 1 October 8 Ephesians 2 October 9 Ephesians 3 October 10 Ephesians 4 October 11 Ephesians 5 October 12 Ephesians 6 October 13 Philippians 1 October 14 Philippians 2 October 15 Philippians 3 October 16 Philippians 4 October 17 Colossians 1 October 18 Colossians 2 October 19 Colossians 3 October 20 Colossians 4 October 21 Psalm 1 October 22 Psalm 2 October 23 Psalm 3 October 24 Psalm 4 October 25 Psalm 5 October 26 Psalm 6 October 27 Psalm 7 October 28 Psalm 8 October 29 Psalm 9 October 30 Psalm 10 October 31 Psalm 11
November 1 Mark 1 November 2 Mark 2 ... etc. ... November 15 Mark 15 November 16 Mark 16 November 17 Psalm 32 November 18 Psalm 51 November 19 Psalm 103 November 20 Psalm 136 November 21 John 12 November 22 John 13 November 23 John 14 November 24 John 15 November 25 John 16 November 26 John 17 November 27 John 18 November 28 John 19 November 29 John 20 November 30 John 21
December 1 Luke 1 December 2 Luke 2 ... etc. ... December 23 Luke 23 December 24 Luke 24 December 25 Matthew 1 December 26 Matthew 26 December 27 Matthew 27 December 28 Matthew 28 December 29 Matthew 24 December 30 Matthew 25 December 31 Mark 13
CB10B - October, 2020
Is "Free" Really Free ** ? Living God's Big Picture During Our Deceptive Days
(The following is an actual encounter tied to the matter of speaking TRUTH in the context of the global pandemic we're currently fighting.)
In light of recent COVID-19 concerns, my wife and I felt it would be prudent to get tested for the virus.
Our phone call got us to the front desk of our local hospital where we were directed to the COVID-19 staff. After answering some questions concerning symptoms, we were granted approval to come in for testing. Throughout our phone discussion we had asked if the testing was free. We were given affirmative responses.
Then, the true fruits of what the hospital staff MEANT by "free" began sounding alarms in our heads. The representative we talked with kept saying - on two occasions - that the staff would take insurance information (among other things) upon our coming. As a result, my wife wisely asked yet another time, "Is this a free test?" The staff person answered in the positive THEN went on to say that our insurance company would be billed.
WOW! Her REAL meaning of "free" was now out in the open! I had to enter into the phone conversation at this juncture. I stated that we had been told, no less than 3 times, that the testing was free only now to hear further clarification that "free" meant free to me / free to us - which is, in and of itself, not true either (in the big-picture understanding of the holistic context).
The straw that broke the camel's back ...
The next response from the staff person has caused me to write and post this true story in a public setting. We wanted to post this as a letter to the editor in our local newspaper but word count limitations did not allow us to move in that direction. By the way: Opinion is, at times, different than fact. I am citing FACTS here. Back to our story ...
The hospital staff person asked me to explain my unwilling- ness to accept [her definition of] "free" - meaning payment through insurance* (because, according to her flawed worldview - and socialistic - perspective, the test would be free ... to me). (Things were all of a sudden, with one simple question, twisted to get us off our concern.) Not on my watch! WRONG "Free" does not mean some other party will pay our medical services, especially when additional clarification was not given ... not until we pressed our concern! No, WE pay for it in the long run. And the staff did persist in affirming the testing would be "free."
* The staff person stated it in different words, to be sure, but what she was saying, basically, was that the testing was free to me because our insurance companies would pick up the charges.
In response to her comment seeking to justify her use of "free" (and possibly the hospital's misleading use of the word, as well), I told her I had justification for rejecting their use of "free" and that I was under no obligation to share my warrants with her. I then told her to cancel our appointment. (Yes, I was mad. But my frustration is valid because it has to do with whether or not we can TRUST the words and actions of our local hospital. I, personally, don't believe I can.)
She (the representative of the hospital) then thanked me and closed the conversation.
WHY do I take the time to raise this valid concern about receiveing honest information from a medical service provider?
I am sincerely concerned for my local community, not to mention my care for my national and international family in that I don't want them to be indirectly lied to - or, at the very least, misled. If we cannot trust our local hospital staff to shoot straight with us when it comes to the financial picture of a medical inquiry, how can we trust them when it comes to honest medical advice and treatment since the counsel and suggested medical steps are indeed connected to revenue?
On a spiritual note, if we cannot trust our leaders in general to shoot straight with us when it comes to crucial metaphysical concerns, why would we submit to their dangerous orders, ones that, at times, venture into eternally significant matters which place us in harm's way, spiritually?
I simply care for you - the reader - thus I share this story.
Proof, once again that there's no such thing as a "free" lunch - or, in this case, a free COVID-19 test?
Of course the testing is not free. Someone or some entity pays for it.
Our appeal through this recent encounter:
Folks are willing to be misleading - deceptive - today. May we better discern just how satanic our world really is and avoid the uglies of this worldview. Instead, let's go to YHVH God and live in the brilliant light of His glorious, TRUTHFUL Counsel.
** Webster's New World dictionary definition of "free" concerning financial obligation - 2nd College Edition:
" 17. With no charge or cost; gratis [ a free ticket ] "
CB10C - October, 2020
Seriously Considering Some VALID Fulfillment Options
Our Lord Jesus states this concerning birth pains :
" ... For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." (Matthew 24:7, 8 ; NKJV)
The Second Seal of Revelation 6 includes this (vv. 3, 4) :
When He [Jesus Christ] opened the second seal, I [John the Apostle] heard the second living creature saying, "Come and see." Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (NKJV)
On our 2020 charts we frequently state Seal 1 and Seal 2 have already been opened. The details of Mt. 24:9-14 (AFTER the beginning of sorrows / birth pains begin) also speak to our day.
Some Pertinent Questions:
1. Where does COVID-19 fit into the end of days prophetic picture? 2. Is this pandemic only another (more intense) round of birth-pain famines and/or pestilences? OR, 3. Is this global virus further fostering unrest and unrighteousness - themes of the 2nd Seal and of Mt. 24:9-14?
And now, some are saying the COVID-19 pestilence and its effect upon global economics and food availability and pricing are signs the 3rd Seal (Rev. 6:5, 6) has now been opened.
When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come and see." So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat of a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine." (NKJV)
As we've been asked,* "Where does Endurance Ministries stand on this matter of where we are at on the prophetic calendar, especially in light of COVID-19?"
As stated on our chart documents, we believe Seals 1 & 2 have already been opened. As you will discover, Lord willing, in early 2021 - on our new posted charts - we believe our Lord is leading us to go on record (as to an answer to the above question and as to our understanding regarding the matter of COVID-19 and its global effects) in this way:
We simply answer through the asking of an appropriate question ...
"Has Seal 3 been opened?"
Here are a few early examples as to the ways we are implementing (expressing) our decision on this current cultural affair:
For those who have contacted us on this matter, thank you for asking.
May we continue to thrive as we play Divine Chessand as we further strive toward Batting 1,000as we press on in going to YHVH God's holy Word for His end-time Truths concerning our awesome days.
* The question above condenses the inquiries (we've received to date) into one concise question.
CB10D - October, 2020
A Call To Practice Respectful "NO!" - Saying
We affirm the holistic Counsel of God's Holy Word. Included within its authoritative pages are mandates to obey governing authorities.
IF laws and mandates do not go against
1. our USA Constitutional freedoms; 2. differing governmental oversight - other branches of government; 3. personal, Christ-honoring convictions about right and wrong; and/or 4. Scripture - the 66 books of the Bible,
we call for the submission to the governing authorities.
Having stated our general respect for human governmental authorities, the following are a few 2020 personal examples toward saying "NO!" through quiet action. See some precious Bible examples found in Daniel 1, 3 & 6 for other related modeling of pertinent response to our dark culture's appeals toward falling away.
A. Our Idaho governor made an initial "Stay at Home" order as COVID-19 was gaining early momentum. This "order" was excessive. It was NOT honored by other Idaho expressions of state government (e.g., sheriff officers). The "order" was quickly changed. While my wife and I honored social distancing, we did NOT stay at home. We said, "NO!"
B. Our local hospital misused language as we sought COVID-19 testing. In response, because we could not trust them and because we chose not to submit to their health care criteria for service (based on what we felt was a faulty approach), we said, "NO!"
C. Some church folks have told us to stop speaking Bible Truths. We sincerely seek to speak His Truths in love. At times, yes, these appeals sound confrontive - tough love. We persist in, at times, expressing these tough-love messages because we care about the big picture and because we must obey God's leading as to our Ambassadoring (including salt and light ministry efforts) on His behalf. We said, "NO!" to the folks who told us to stop heralding God's Truths. (One time, years ago, we gave in to one who was calling for our discontinuing one aspect of our heralding ministry efforts. We then asked God to intervene. He did. He took the one who was restraining our Kingdom work, Home. [We believe this surprise Home-going was an example of I John 5:14-17 - specifically, a sin unto death.])
We continue saying "NO!" as we discern God's leading.
WHY do we call for the increased practice of "NO!" - saying ?
Because our Lord Jesus calls us to say "NO!" to many end-time things - ones which are, even today, being expressed in global culture. Yes, there are some yet-future things we also must say "NO!" to (as well) but there are eternally consequential temptations before us on a daily basis. Yes, we must say "NO!" TODAY.
Long story short, dear Family in Christ Jesus - our sure and eternal HOPE:
PRACTICE SAYING "NO!" Do so as your conscience leads. Do so in light of the full Counsel of God and under the direction of His Holy Spirit.
CB10E - October, 2020
Say What !? Considering Yet Another Dark Venue Of Possible Deception
"I hate it when people put words in my mouth, especially ones I have not actually said," was the response of one.
Personally, I don't think any of us appreciate activities along these lines. Do YOU ? Are you okay with folks speaking on your behalf, especially when the things claimed are actually NOT what you've said ... or worse: appeals which are contrary to what you believe?
The following represents a movement which we suggest guard- ing against - at the very least, think twice about - supporting. We should do so not because, in most cases, the messages are outright evil but because there is huge potential for these voices - and those who speak on behalf of others - to wander into misrepresentation.
Here are some examples:
1. The Gospel of Thomas 2. Channeled works which claim to speak YHVH God's very words; 3. Conversations with God; 4. Jesus Calling; 5. Silence (2016 movie); 6. The Chosen; and 7. Eyewitness: The Visual Bible Experience 8. et al. (more are coming)
ALL of the above make claims through others. They communicate holistic messages which the ones they purport to speak on behalf of have actually NOT, in historical context, said.
BEWARE! Be discerning!
So how is it we can test these spirits ?
Let's go back to the pure - Psalm 12 - Word of God. As we do, we'll find we're on His Word's Foundation in these shifting days. Let's read and heed Matthew 7:13-29.
CB11A - November, 2020
A Word Of Wisdom ... A Prayer For Righteousness
A familiar quote, especially during political fires ...
Under Democrats, people exploit people ; under Republicans, it's just the opposite - people exploit people.
In light of the reality above, in light of the sinful nature of all mankind, we offer the following cry:
Please come quickly Lord Jesus! We LONG for Your justice during Your millennial reign. Until then, help Your Church be all that it can be ... help Your Church be YOUR salt and light in today's needy world.
CB11B - November, 2020
A Rebuke To Compromising Churches
A close (to me) Brother in Christ is leaving his local church due to worldly concessions.
Actually, many attending local churches are further discerning an attitude of waywardness on the part of their church leadership.
Friends, let's not forget: It is better to obey God rather than man. When our churches willingly embrace carnal worldview perspectives, it's time to prayerfully consider finding another home church. After all, it's the LORD we seek to follow and honor, not the world. It's the LORD to Whom we will give final account. This option (of leaving) is a viable option for some ... as the Spirit of God leads those who are not wanting to be part of a lukewarm church.
Just three passages pertinent to this appeal:
Psalm 111 (NKJV - footnote ours)
Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteous- ness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He has declared to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are verity and justice; all His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the LORD* is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
* The fear of the LORD is partially defined in Proverbs 8:13.
Romans 12:1, 2 (NKJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
I John 3:1-10 (NKJV)
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! There- fore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies him- self, just as He is pure. Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteous- ness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
May we submit to the full Counsel of God, including what we find in the book of James and in our Lord's letters to His churches in Revelation 2 & 3.
CB11C - November, 2020
The FINAL Authority
Many Democrats believe President Trump and his supporters are evil. On the other side of the coin, many Republicans believe presidential candidate Joe Biden and his supporters are evil.
In the context of our present reality (one facet illustrated by the above), we ask: Just WHO is it who determines who is evil and who is good?
On firm foundation, Father God is the final Word on matters of Truth. As His Son, Jesus Christ, is Truth, so too is YHVH God in His fullness. He sets the True standard for all things under the sun.
In His fullness, the eternal Creator God - YHVH God - is also love.
In actively loving His Church, as loving fathers do, He disciplines His children when necessary. His love is not exhausted in His supreme demonstation of love - Romans 5:8 ; John 3:16. He goes on to love His new born babes in Christ by correcting His less than perfect children. T H A N K Y O U L O R D !!
On yet another front ...
In actively loving the lost world, He continues to graciously offer His gift of mercy to those who would confess the obvious - they are not perfect ... they are sinners needing God's forgiveness.
This forgiveness is not found in good works, including spiritual systems which teach one can gain favor with God by being a good person.
Forgiveness of sin before God is found only in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ in His death on the cross. For Truthful information on this gift which continues to be offered, Click Here.
Whether you like it or not, YHVH God will have the last Word. Please yield to His transcendent ways over your own puny ways. Please get out from under the dark satanic bondage - in whatever form - and throw off the world, the flesh and the devil. Do so by submitting to God's higher, loving ways.
CB11D - November, 2020
NOT Losing Sight Of The Whole
In the blessed light of Hebrews 12:1, 2 [ please read ], we PRAY:
THANK YOU, Lord God, for gracing us with Your Big-Picture perspective. Help us - Your people in Christ - to abide therein!
Thank You for Your Son and His helpful example to us. Did He surrender when all seemed so dark in the closing day of His life? Absolutely not - praise God.
Instead, He, for the JOY that was set before Him, endured the cross as He despised its shame.
Lord Jesus, Your example continues to help us press on, like You did - in Your resolve to obey and accomplish the Father's bidding - as You paid for the sins of mankind on the cross. THANK YOU.
Lord, this USA election presents Your Church with yet another opportunity to once again follow in Your footsteps.
In Your kind mercy and grace, help us do so.
As darkness seems overwhelming at times these days, may we look to Jesus in light of what's coming. May we thrive in the fact You exploit darkness for Your rightful praise.
Lord, may we rejoice as we further prepare to incur the sufferings of Christ that are coming to Your true people in Your beloved Son. May we take encouragement that we are counted worthy to suffer shame for His name's sake.
In Christ Jesus' name, Father, please continue to help us redeem the opportunities this next year for Your glory and praise. And LORD, given it's Thanksgiving time (in this Thanksgiving Season), may we glory - take awe - in YOUR eternal Truths forever settled in heaven as the Big-Picture race continues. Thank You Lord Jesus.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Glory to Your holy, matchless name.
In Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen.
Meditation suggestion: Ponder some of the Bible passages which address hope-filled perspective during times of persecution.
CB11E - November, 2020
How SAD ... But GOD !
The story of Israel's defeat by the Philistines - I Samuel 4, 5
God's people had been defeated by their enemies, even to the extent of the capturing of the ark of the covenant. I Samuel 4:12-22 especially highlights the degree of despair.
But the story doesn't stop there - it continues ...
BUT GOD ...
The reading of I Samuel 5 speaks for itself - please take just a moment to read it.
The story of Haman against Mordecai and the Jews - Esther
God's people were about to be destroyed as a result of the hateful intentions and actions of Haman the Agagite.
But the story doesn't stop there - it continues ...
BUT GOD ...
The reading of the rest of the story speaks for itself - please take just a moment to read Esther 5 - 9.
And what of current cultural matters ?
The story of God's people's seeming defeat in the spiritual war against secular socialism
It appears, at present, that God's people in Jesus Christ here in the United (right!) States will now face a new wave of anti- God, socialistic advance in the decade to come.
But the story doesn't stop there - it continues ...
BUT GOD ...
The reading of Bible passages which highlight our great God's ability to redeem even circumstances of growing darkness will serve as an encouragement to us if we but take the time to reassure ourselves that we do indeed, by the mercy and grace of God, remain safe in God's powerful hands. May we go back to His Word for precious insight second to none.
And what of future cultural matters ?
The story of God's faithful people in Jesus Christ being warred upon by the world as it follows the spirit of antichrist
But the story won't stop there - it will continue ...
BUT GOD ...
After the final wave of the war against the Saints is supernaturally stopped - Mt. 24:22 ; Rev. 6:12a - God's master Chess Planwill see His people rapture-gathered at the Final Trumpet of Revelation 11.
How then should we NOW be living?
God has been clear on His people enduring to the end. We will find strength for the days ahead if we but go back to His precious Word, experience His JOY and PEACE, and thus press on in His mighty empowering - as we abide in His Vine and walk in His Spirit - whereby we prove to be His overcomers.
All praise and glory alone be to our YHVH God Most High. Amen
CB11F - November, 2020
Psalm 136 (NKJV)
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks for the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever. To Him who alone does great wonders, for His mercy endures forever; to Him who by wisdom made the heavens, for His mercy endures forever; to Him who laid out the earth above the waters, for His mercy endures forever; to Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever - the sun to rule by day, for His mercy endures forever; the moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy endures forever. To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn, for His mercy endures forever; and brought out Israel from among them, for His mercy endures forever; with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, for His mercy endures forever; To Him who divided the Red Sea in two, for His mercy endures forever; and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for His mercy endures forever; but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, for His mercy endures forever; to Him who led His people through the wilderness, for His mercy endures forever; to Him who struck down the great kings, for His mercy endures forever; and slew famous kings, for His mercy endures forever - Sihon king of the Amorites, for His mercy endures forever; and Og king of Bashan, for His mercy endures for- ever - and gave their land as a heritage, for His mercy endures forever; a heritage to Israel His servant, for His mercy endures forever. Who remembered us in our lowly state, for His mercy endures forever; and rescued us from our enemies, for His mercy endures forever; Who gives food to all flesh, for His mercy endures forever. Oh give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mery endures forever.
CB11G - November, 2020
In light of the Truths found in the worship tune, How Deep the Father's Love for Us, we respond in praise-filled song:
Give thanks, with a grateful heart; Give thanks, the the Holy One; Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son.
[ Repeat ]
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.
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!
Amen Song title: Give Thanks ; Lyrics by Henry Smith, 1978
CB11H - November, 2020
Revelation 4:8-11 (NKJV)
The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night saying:
"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!"
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
"You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created."
Revelation 5:8-14 (NKJV)
Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying:
"You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth."
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousands, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,
"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!"
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
"Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!"
Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty- four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
Revelation 19:1-9 (NKJV)
After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and right- eous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her." Again they said, "Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!" And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, "Amen! Alleluia!" Then a voice came from the throne, saying, "Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!" And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying,
"Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!" Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."
And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!" And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."
Are you humbly exalting the One True, eternal God today ? If not, Click Herefor some most encouraging direction.
Closing Oh KING of kings and LORD of lords, Prayer please come quickly Lord Jesus. Thank You for gracing Your people with JOY and PEACE - JOY to the world ... and on earth, PEACE, goodwill toward men.
CB11I - November, 2020
One Of America's TOP Fallacies
In our Postmodern commitment, many have thrown objective truth to the wind. Some even deny the role logical fallacies play in helping us retain some degree of common sense.
Because good help is indeed available in the using of our God-given minds, we say "NO!" to foolish principles which occasionally come from the court of public opinion. (Many of them would have us reject cautions presented through logical appeal.) As a result, we ask:
Question: What's one TOP American fallacy?
Answer: The Appeal to the Majority
It is considered a fallacy if one uses the appeal of the majority as the basis to establish truth.
Please allow me to explain using 3 examples.
~ On origins
Evolution. Have you noticed how quiet the faith- based evolutionary community has become? Why is this the case?
Their theory is denied by historical, scientific,* rational and Bible-based warrants. And yet, it seems, most en- dure in their evolutionary faith. Some continue making the fallacious claim that the majority of thinkers and scientists provide sufficient proof for their big-picture evolutionary fairy tale. (A pretty cool sidebar: Click Here for evidence that this faulty view of origins is actually a fulfillment of end-time Bible prophecy!)
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~ On present political affairs [ This political example is different than the origins example above in that its basis for claim is dominated by personal conviction of the voters. ]
Just this month the majority (it seems!) voted in favor of a change of presidency in the USA. BUT PLEASE understand: While the past vote - whatever that may be determined to be - will see the winning candidate in service the next four years, it will NOT establish the rightness of the administration on the grand scale picture - no more so than the majority in Germany established the rightness of Hitler's rule. (I can hear screaming from our opponents who will read this - even as I write! In response: Thank you for your faulty opinion - "faulty" based on God's Isaiah 55:8, 9 Truths forever settled in heaven.)
One final example - an in-house-to-Christianity one ...
~ On conclusions
Just because a seeming majority of Christians believe in popular end-time viewpoints ( Click Here for some specific cases in point), their being in majority does NOT make the views correct. What matters and what determines Truth on this topic is this: What does the Word of God actually teach? That's what matters. ( On an important related topic: Click Here )
Lord God, in Jesus Christ's name, may we submit to YOUR Truths on all matters of faith and practice. Amen
CB11J - November, 2020
JESUS LIVES (vb.) Matters !
In this Thanksgiving Season we take yet another moment to thank our Creator God for His significant love for mankind.
Father, we thank and praise You for Your love gift of mercy and grace - Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.
From black bondage to satan (Ephesians 2:1-3) to white-as-snow freedom over sin (Isaiah 1:18) - WOW!
That He lives for all - including lives yet lost - should be so attractive to a dying world.
Victory over death should matter ! The offer of eternal life is as genuine today as it was millennia ago. Click Here for details.
Lord, darkness has a way of counterfeiting or belittling Your truly significant things. Help us discern the cheap substitute the Black Lives Matter * movement is when contrasted to Your glorious standard of social justice.
* Click Here for some differences between Christ-centered justice VS the justice of the Black Lives Matter organization.
CB12A - December, 2020
2020: An INTRODUCTION To The Troubled Waters Ahead
Highlighting some of the events of 2020 ...
~ Vile expressions of unrighteousness and hateful acts are zealously committed by enemies of peace, especially when they don't get their way. Their demands continue today and will continue tomorrow as we walk further down the end of days path.
~ COVID-19 emerges as a global pandemic - hundreds of thousands die. Additional effects of this virus are coming, not to mention and develop other coming pestilence.
~ Clear (e.g., ongoing ICANN governance; growing secular control of communication venues) and subtle Internet restructuring/configuring efforts mushroom. Instruments of darkness will continue pressing forward in this activity - preparation activity fostering further censorship of Bible- based heralding efforts.
~ Manifestations of deceit, deception and related father-of-lies activity flourish - e.g., the USA 2020 election vote count. This quality of darkness will further escalate this next decade.
~ Societal unrest heightens around the globe, especially in secular, non-socialistic countries - hmmm. Spiritual darkness will use this authority platform of socialism to promote satan's brief (and just about final - recall Rev. 20:7-9) quest to bring humanity under his submission [ Christian,* never forget the most crucial Divine Chessmatch with which we're involved. We KNOW Who wins! ] May we press on in our Faith commit- ment and say "No!" to spiritual harlotry through apostasy.
~ Food scarcity - starvation for many - and food costs increase. This concern will continue in greater expression in the days ahead.
~ Economic stability weakens; currency issues further pave the way for a new financial system, one coming soon.
While the above facts have been undeniable parts of our 2020 experience, God's people in Jesus Christ need to remember the "But God ..." Big Picture blessings.
To be sure, more difficult days are ahead. They will unfold in light of our Savior's instruction/forewarning/Counsel. We - God's people - are to walk in the JOY & PEACE of God and in the LOVE of our Savior as we endure in being His Ambassadors of [HIS - emphasis necessary] light to a dark, deceived world.
Lord Jesus, have mercy upon us by graciously empowering us in Your eternal Kingdom efforts of PG-HE (Pertinent, God- Honoring Evangelism) and CBD (Contemporary Bible Discipleship). Lord, by faith in Your holy Word, we thank You for Your but God interventions! Unto our Father's glory and praise, amen.
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CB12B - December, 2020
A Note To Christians: Please Treat Us As You'd Treat Our Lord Jesus, Our Fellow Christians and Unbelievers
Jesus Christ was perfectly loving to those He served while on this earth 2,000 years ago. He was, in His tough-love service, willing to confront, even to the extent of rightly charging the religious leaders with hypocrisy ... and then some: "White-washed tombs" He called them.
Was our Lord erring in this? Absolutely not.
Were the biblical prophets of old sinning when they brought messages of rebuke? Absolutely not.
In light of the point above, please don't label us as harsh or unloving or ? ? as we go about living out our Divine assignemnt of prophetic watchmen-on-the-wall ministry under the New Covenant of Jesus Christ and under the direction of God's precious Holy Spirit.
Please know we extend exhortations and/or rebukes NOT in personal attack of individuals and/or groups but for the sake of speaking God's Truths in love ... because we care. Sincerely: The love of Jesus Christ compels us.
In closing: Dear Church, please treat us you'd treat others.* Again, thanks.
P.S. We're teachable, so, as some have, please contact us with your concern(s). We've responded favorably to some concerns and criticisms shared, especially those based on the light of the authoritative, Word-of- God Truth (VS opinion-based concerns and/or criticisms.)
* Included in this request is the related request found in blog CB2B - February, 2020. (Simply scroll down to this blog - titled "A Fair Request" - once you click the link immediately above.)
How in the world does a born-again follower of Jesus Christ ongoingly abide in God's hope, peace and joy during these days of unrest and growing persecution?
The answer to this question is this: One doesn't ! One only finds His hope, peace and joy in God - NOT in the world. Galatians 3:1-3 ... pretty cool !
So allow me, please, to re-ask the question:
How do new-born Saints in Christ Jesus continue to enjoy God's hope, peace and joy in these troubled days? God does His part. May we do ours:
May we continue in His bounty by GUARDING our personal quiet time with Him. Being in Him - this includes our being in His Word and in prayer with Him - is essential. If we truly wish to thrive in the heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus, we must be spending time with Him. Am I? Are YOU?
The world - definitely including the satan-bound (a real state of reality!) secular socialists around the globe - does not offer the glorious fruits of the Abundant Life in Jesus Christ ... nor can it.
Yet another question for believers in God's precious Son:
Are we basking in the precious fruit of the Holy Spirit of God as we walk in Him ... as we abide in God's Vine? If so, let's abound more and more.
The day-by-day experiences in our Christ-centered lives are beautiful indeed. [ We - my wife and I - could, at this juncture, testify of the AWESOME Bible-based marriage we SO enjoy in Christ but we'll save sharing the details until our personal visit with you - if you'd invite us / have us come your way! ]
For now, we simply wish to direct you to a few of our discipleship handouts, ones fostering God's hope-filled perspective, even in these dark days. These handouts include many Bible Truths - our Truth Foundation - and can be found on our gift page at: www.currentmatters.org/gifts-from-em.
1. Perspective As HE Would Have It (Handout #38) 2. Truth Matters: Toward Enduring (Handout #39) 3. Ready Preparedness In Present Apostasy (Handout #42) 4. In The Grand Scheme Of Things (Handout # 58) Don't miss the sweet blessing found in blog B33;15 - a blog which is linked on this handout.
We have been called to "watch." Doing so with God's big-picture perspective in mind is most helpful. In affirming God's end-time warnings, we are better equipped to walk through the flames ahead when we think on these things - the things God has said will indeed come to pass in the closing days just prior to His Son's glorious initial appearing.
As we conclude this article, we ask (for emphasis' sake) :
How can true Christians continue in His precious blessings of light in our dark day - days of Noah and Lot? Answer:
Let's be thinking on HIS forever-settled-in-heaven Truths as we fellowship with our holy Creator.
Lord, we praise You for Philippians 4:8, 9 !
CB12F - December, 2020
Might Eschatological PURIM Come Earlier Than Anticipated ?
The following is a revised blog, one we published in April of 2016 - titled, The Call For Purim.
Do you recall the historical account of what is now annually celebrated as "Purim" ?
The book of Esther in the Old Testament describes a time when God's people were going to be attacked, robbed and killed. Just before that period of pillage and murder began, the word went out that God's people could defend themselves against those who brought threat.
We take this story and make appeal for contemporary application:
Under the New Covenant in Jesus Christ, we suggest prayerful consideration of a similar response in the setting of a coming period of time when hatred will further drive more people to plunder and kill.
Here's our simple, legal, balanced suggestion:
Abiding under the laws of the land, let's be willing to defend ourselves and our families as we each deem best. It's okay to do so! Take measures in accord with your personal convictions before YHVH/YHWH God. Let's seek to walk in biblical balance as we live in light of the full Counsel of God's precious Word.
In closing, may our soon-coming Lord Jesus lead us in this matter of whether or not to take up the sword.
Oh Lord Who provides, please give us Your wisdom as to how YOU would have us protect ourselves (or not) during the tumul- tuous times ahead. Allow us mercy and grace to accept various responses of Family members on this matter whereby we don't inappropriately judge them outside our rightful place, for You allow Your people in Christ Jesus precious liberty - multiple options* on this concern of just how we, in the years ahead, respond during the raging storm. Thank You for Your Son's soon coming! Even so, please come quickly Lord Jesus. It's in His name we pray dear Father. Amen
P.S. Please write us and ask for our gift to you - Polycarp DVD (with a $5 donation to help us with postage).
Endurance Ministries P.O. Box 92098 Portland, OR 97292
This DVD rightly demonstrates a Christ-honoring attitude concerning individuals giving account to the Lord for their own personal responses to end-time conditions. One of the DVD's main points: A variety of response options are viable for believers.
We begin the close of our 2020 commentary blog ministry with two sincere benedictions:
1. The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace - peace with GodIF you are not currently a believer in His Son - Jesus Christ; continued peace with God AND the ongoing peace of God IF you are a new-born in Christ and are presently abiding in Him / walking in His Spirit.
2. Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before His glorious presence with exceeding JOY, to the only wise God our Savior be glory, majesty, dominion and power both now and evermore. Amen
We conclude our final 2020 blog ministry efforts by stating one major change in next year's weekly blogs:
RE: Weekly blogs ...
We wish to continue in the mode reflecting our "He must increase; we must decrease" commitment as it's God's Word which serves as our foundation of Truth, not our own meager opinions.
This past year we quoted Bible passages and then simply went on to close each blog with a related prayer in response to God's kind revelation.
In 2021, Lord willing, we will be adding one additional element to our weekly blogs - an addition that's sure, by His mercy and grace, to bring blessing.
Here's the new blessing: We will also include lyrics from hymns, choruses or other worship songs in our regular posts. Consider this to be one example of fruit from our Prepared Through Song project.
RE: Commentary blogs ...
It has been our custom of late to highlight current cultural affairs in light of Bible Truths. Lord willing, we will maintain this approach in 2021, always seeking to be listening to His Spirit's leading as we go. As a result, we will continue, by God's grace, in frontline prophetic New Covenant ministry BUT we will do so after a short sabbatical. Thereafter we will continue striving to communicate accurate, Bible-based discernment of our end-of-days global culture in which we live - today.
Wishing you YHVH/YHWH God's continued significant blessings in Christ Jesus through 2021,
Endurance Ministries' ministry team
P.S. Do stay in His Word for direction second to none!