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?
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"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.
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