“See, the former things have taken place,
the new things I declare,
before they spring into being
I announce them to you”
All The People of God need to know is in the Scriptures. The Bible predicts with complete 100% accuracy what is coming. God’s predictions are prophecies.
In the wilderness, Jesus told Satan,
“Man does not live by bread alone
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
To live we need bread- daily bread. What are the bread-of-live words God declares today? What is the Lord announcing? He is proclaiming salvation!
Paul wrote to Timothy, “The Scriptures are able to make us wise for salvation.” Unless you know for certain- salvation is life’s big unanswered question. Doesn’t the concern about where we spend eternity dwarf all others? Of course! Next to our personal desire for salvation is our wish to see our family saved.
April 13, 20013 From Chapter #1
Suffering presents a serious challenge. This book does not subscribe to the popular teaching that, by way of rapture, Christians escape global “great tribulation”. It is obvious to all but the uninformed, that our brothers and sisters in major parts of the world are not escaping great suffering. For decades or longer, Christians in many lands have experienced great tribulation. Jesus prophesied a future worldwide persecution of unparalleled proportion. It is in our Bible.
How do Christians in the West figure they have a “free pass” from affliction? Do we just assume that we never experience the horrors that other believers must overcome? Why do we think we will escape “Satan’s wrath” while other believers are called to patiently endure it? The answer is, “We won’t!” Full participation is just ahead.
If we understand God’s redemptive purpose in trials, we will not think it strange when they come our way. If we are able to look beyond temporary pain and see permanent reward, as Jesus did, we are more apt to be over-comers with patience and hope.
Pity the Christian that is unprepared for the “time of great distress”. It will be as if they woke up in a thin-walled shanty in the cold north in mid-January, without blankets, a warm coat or insulated boots. Someone should have warned them, right? Someone did. His name is Jesus. He told us in prophecy.
April 27, 2013 From Chapter #2
Certain Middle Eastern traditions have continued for thousands of years. With respect to the transfer of property, it is much the same today as it was in Jesus’ day. Land is rarely, if ever, offered for sale to the public. It stays in families and passed to succeeding generations as an inheritance. The oldest son may labor like a hired man, but at his father’s death, he inherits the majority, if not all, of the estate. There is a condition: the son must labor for the good of what will one day belong to him.
So, too, in the coming age, only faithful workers in God’s household receive possessions. The saints will labor as servants and endure the affliction of a bond slave yet one day all will change. They will take their inheritance as sons and daughters of the Father. Promised to The People of God is a certain hope of a bright and prosperous future– if they endure patiently to the end that is.
May 6, 2013 From Chapter #4
Caught in the middle
Like the cowardly citizens of High Noon, most of earth’s inhabitants will be too timid to take sides. They love their shallow lives too much. They shrink from the fight wrongly believing they will not die.
By not standing with the Marshall when the fight began, they aided his enemy: We could say the cowards are Bad Guys, too. The Bad Guys are content to keep cowards fearful and, therefore, out of the battle. Those caught in the middle do not believe the Marshall can win against superior numbers. They do not know the Marshall.
Absent of courage, the townsfolk bear no resemblance to the Marshall or his beautiful bride-to-be. They do not belong together. After the Bad Guys are left lying dead in the street, the Marshall shakes the dust off his boots and leaves both them and the town behind.
So it will be in the last days. Jesus warned ahead of time,
“At that time, many will turn away from the faith and betray and hate each other.”
Before the last battle, what will be the cause of the mass exodus from God’s side? Undoubtedly, it will be cowardice. The devil will have his “Hanoi Hannah”, “Tokyo Rose”, “Axis Annie” or “Jihad Jane” pumping out negative reports, “All resistance to the beast is futile.” Shallow and wavering Christian’s will to fight will be broken. Paralysis of fear will set in. Many will forever choose dishonor. The cowardly have no place in the Kingdom. They simply do not belong. Choosing no side is choosing sides, so they will take the mark.
May 20, 2013 From Chapter #5
The battle over the earth
We have to go back to the start. There we find the origin of the dispute over the land. As chief steward, the first man, Adam, was placed in charge of the earth. God leased it all to Adam and his descendants to live on and rule.
What did Adam do? He handed the authority to rule earth to God’s enemy. In exchange, he ate the fruit from the forbidden tree. By divine law, the soul that sins becomes its slave. The serpent became earth’s ruler– or the prince of this world. In the words of the great preacher Gardner Taylor, the story from Genesis to Revelation is, “God is out to get back what was his.”
Originally, the evil one sought to co-rule the kingdom of heaven. He led a rebellion to gain authority. He lost to Michael and his army. Hurled to earth, we have shared this terrestrial ball, consisting of land and sea, with the ancient serpent ever since. No mortal should be comfortable with this arrangement.
By intrigue, the devil successfully gained control over the earth- but only temporarily. His claim is not one of ownership but stewardship. Using craftiness, Satan usurped the role of God’s appointed steward (Adam) and his family. As long as the rightful owner, the King of kings and Lord of all lords, stays away, the whole world remains under the devil’s control and in his evil hands.
Ownership of the whole earth will always be the Lord’s. He made it so He owns it. The Creator may give land and sea to whomever he pleases, but he has never given so much as an inch of dirt to the devil. Though Jesus called Satan “the prince of this world,” he is not earth’s true king– nor will he ever be.
As long as Adam’s sinful descendants live on earth, Satan has a claim to rule. At the end of this age, the “first Adam’s” children– those who follow Satan– will die. He is captured, then locked in the Abyss for one thousand years. The People of God, not Adam’s sons, will dwell in their inheritance for a thousand years. It will be land formerly leased to the poor and then stolen by the wicked in this present evil age.
To feed a hungry crowd, the disciples provided Jesus with five barley loaves and two small fish. After Jesus blessed and multiplied it, there was enough to feed 5000 families and have twelve baskets of pieces left over. From a few, Jesus offered more than enough to satisfy a hungry throng.
Seventy or seventy-five of Jacob’s descendants moved to Egypt. An estimated two million offspring escaped in the exodus. This was a multiplication miracle of God over time. The miraculous feeding of 5000 was rapid multiplication.
When Jacob’s sons and their families moved to Egypt, God purposed to make them into a great nation during their stay. It was not for Israel’s benefit that the Lord made them a numerous people. God did it for his glory. Christ’s miraculous feeding of the crowd was not for their sake but that the Father might be glorified. When Israel thought it was about them, they became confused and lost their way. It was and has always been about God.
The Lord Almighty blessed Israel and brought them forth from an elderly childless couple. From a barren woman, the Creator began to multiply his people. Out of nothing, He made the heavens and the earth. God specializes in multiplying from nothing or next to nothing.
June 12, 2013 From Chapter #7
What employer would deny workers an emergency shelter? In areas prone to tornadoes, businesses without a well-defined evacuation route are asking for trouble. If lives are lost, someone could be found criminally negligent. Who wants to work for a boss who has little interest in their survival?
Many must think of God like that. Would our Heavenly Father leave his people in the dark about the coming storm? With all the discussion about the end of the world, most Christians do not know enough to weigh in with what the Bible teaches. Some Christians think it is up to them to hear the warning, or figure out an evacuation route. Is that really how we think of our wise and loving Heavenly Father?
Pastors often seem unsure of how to choose the best path for their flock’s safety. Sadly, the two most prominent views taught in Bible schools contribute to their dilemma. They present different reasons why believers do not need to prepare for what is coming: Some Christian educators say the church may be “raptured” to heaven at any moment, before the storm hits. Who needs warnings if the church’s pre-storm escape route is straight up?
Others teach that the storm is allegorical; which means finding a place of safety should not be a literal concern. Those who take this position conclude that the Bible’s warnings are “figurative”, not literal.
Failure to self-study prophecy is the root of the problem. Pastors are busy with a host of duties that daily keep the church afloat. Many pastors opt out of teaching prophecy since it is “controversial”. Most have little time to study the Bible’s account of future events since it consumes hours they do not have. In today’s church ministry, pastors are pressured to be more CEO than Bible student. With these demands, it becomes tempting to merely repeat a so-called expert’s conclusions or avoid the subject of prophecy altogether.
June 17, 2013 From Chapter #8
The process of separation
While the wind blows away the grain’s lighter outer shell (chaff), the wheat kernel falls back down to the floor. That pretty much describes the winnowing process. Tossing threshed grain into the air has gone on since ancient times. Winnowing allows wind and gravity to do the separating of the kernel (i.e. the good part) from the chaff.
When it comes to separating people, the Lord is a winnower. We need to consider this fact. John the Baptist revealed this aspect of Jesus’ ministry to all who would listen:
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Separating wheat from chaff is necessary. After the harvest, the chaff is good for nothing but burning. God’s people are the wheat. His winnowing fork is in his hand. As this age moves toward its end, Jesus is about to gather wheat into his barn. First, he must get rid of the worthless chaff. It will be an occasion for a very large future fire.
June 30, 2013 From Chapter #9
Get right or left
The world tries to convince God’s people that what’s wrong is acceptable and what‘s right is wrong. Courts and lawmakers may try to alter time-honored traditions on marriage; they may interpret or enact laws to fit their “sexually liberated” lifestyles; they may rail against the Bible’s warnings against sexual sin; but one day they will perish. God’s Word will stand forever.
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders…will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1st Corinthians 6:8-9, 10b-11
Using Scripture to interpret Scripture, we discover the future foretells something of a loyalty test on the way. The issue will be sexual purity. That is not to say we automatically fail if we bear guilt over past sexual sin. By asking forgiveness, Jesus’ blood cleanses us from the filth of our sin. When Christ returns it is imperative that The People of God are able to stand clean before him.
To stand confidently before God, we must be forgiven and remain in that state as a holy people. For those who ignore Christ’s warnings, falling is virtually certain. A powerful delusion awaits those who worship at the altar of sexual idolatry.
August 6, 2013 From Chapter #10
Go ahead, its okay
No sexually immoral or unbelieving Israelite inherited the Promised Land. Neither will any sexually immoral or unbelieving “Christian” live in Christ’s Kingdom. Then why do Episcopalians and Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America (ELCA) and others ordain homosexuals? The reasoning goes: If it is okay with us, then it has to be okay with God.
Religious groups tend to fashion a god of their own, in their image. They rule by their own authority. For a short time, ecclesiastical bodies congratulate one other on their “victories” against the old morality. Yet God is a witness to their folly. Judgment is coming and it begins with the household of faith. Who can stand?
Clearly, God wanted Israel to recognize there was no way but his. His laws were not changeable. The Lord set down strict rules on how to approach him in worship. Orders were set down for priests and Levites regarding their roles in tabernacle worship. These commands became mandatory- no substitutes, alternatives or alibis!
Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.
“Hey, it was only a mistake.” Mistakes are not justifiable when it comes to worshipping a Holy God who gives specific instructions. Would a human king ignore this? If God slew Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s sons, for offering unauthorized fire, what is waiting for the prophets that prophesy lies and Christian leaders that rule by their own authority? Speaking lies and teaching that God thinks it is okay, is an extremely serious offense. It forms the basis of the biggest lie of all.