Simply Stated or K.I.S.S.

I see that Friday, July 6th, was “National Kissing Day.” Isn’t that sweet? So, in honor of the day, I share what “kiss” means to me.

In my ministry’s early years, wife Leslie would remind me of K.I.S.S., an acronym for “Keep It Simple Stupid” or “Keep it Simply Stated.” If she puckered her lips in church, it meant one thing: I needed to make it simpler or lose my audience.

In An Essay on Criticism, the English writer Alexander Pope (1688-1744) penned these words “A little learning is a dang’rous thing.” I have taken this as a reminder how a teacher can do harm if they play fast and loose with the facts. “Fools” is the word the Bible uses to describe the arrogant who lack knowledge.

Claiming to be wise they became fools. (Romans 1:22 ESV)

Regarding our blog’s focus on prophecy, Scripture warns not to speak on holy things unless we have our facts straight.

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness… So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! (James 3:1, 5)

Consider the consequences if we know little about operating a chain saw, combining chemicals or handling explosives yet instruct others. Perhaps teaching prophecy without knowledge should be at the top of the “bad consequences” list. Wouldn’t it be better to lose an eye or an arm, than to speak in error on God’s behalf? (Confession time: On occasions that is what I did. Now I make every effort to speak the truth in love.)

On the other hand, woe is me if I’ve received insights into things to come but did not share it. Near the end of Revelation, the Glorified Christ gave this solemn warning:

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. (Rev. 22:18-19 NIV)

Knowing the above: I’d rather take a short course on milking venom from vipers and go snake hunting than speak presumptuously about Bible prophecy. Alexander Pope was correct; a little learning is “dang’rous.” Given a delicious spoonful of knowledge, we may convince ourselves we are wise or believe our instructor is wise, yet be wrong on both counts. With little understanding we have insufficient grounds for confidence or recognize how much remains unknown.

Men complicate things by jabbering on about subjects of which their knowledge is limited. God, however, specializes in making wise the simple. (See Proverbs 1:1-7, 2 Timothy 3:15)

Instead of continually using teachers or their books as our source, open the Bible. Ask the Spirit for instruction. It is in understanding God’s Word through the Spirit that we become wise. No substitute will do. The Scriptures alone are able to make us wise unto salvation.

I recommend God’s Word using the K.I.S.S. method. Follow all five of these rules:

  1. Accept Scripture in its most normal, natural and customary sense. (If the plain sense makes sense, then you have the right sense.)
  2. Compare Scripture with Scripture
  3. Always study Scripture in context
  4. Before truth can be realized, all seeming Scriptural contradictions must be harmonized.
  5. Look for near/far prophetic applications in Scripture.(Borrowed from Robert Van Kampen’s, The Sign, page 5.)

When God’s prophetic Word becomes like water gushing forth from within, then we are ready to K.I.S.S. For in teaching by the Book, we fulfill our disciple’s role of teacher (cf. Matthew 28:20):

…entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2b)

This is our challenge. Pursue understanding from God. State it simply. Then forever we will be among the wise.

Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. (Daniel 12:10 NIV)

The Sin of Omission

Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. (James 4:17 NIV)

Attorneys take an oath that, as “officers of the court,” they will pursue justice.  During an investigation, if a prosecutor discovers evidence that supports the defendant’s innocence, then, in the interest of justice, they are bound to share it with the defense counsel. If they happen upon evidence that supports the defendant’s guilt, prosecutors have responsibility to share that as well. Omissions are a threat to justice. The American judicial system is not about an outcome but about equal justice under the law. Hiding exculpatory evidence (evidence that rules out guilt) is a serious offense and punishable under the law as a felony (“contempt of court”).

Many Americans are not informed that top Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials may have committed crimes by failing in their obligation as officers of the court in order to achieve a political objective. Evidence suggests top law enforcement officials were granted a warrant to spy on members of the Trump team after leaving out evidence that would have damaged their case. It was not what law enforcement swore to in their testimony, but what they left out. Yet the major media has chosen to omit this big story from their reports. So why no criminal charges? When those in authority are willing to commit perjury by lying under oath as a false witness, we have lost the foundation for liberty.

Power that devotes itself to outcomes rather than the law are the tools of tyrants.  Dedication to a so-called theology has corrupted much of the Church as well. Teachers of the Gospel are to be officers of the court of truth. If they are committed to an ideology, then Bible facts that threaten their position are omitted and those who raise them are branded enemies. Truth is the first casualty. The deck is stacked. The fix is in. All sides are not fairly represented. Even if one is convinced they are right, omitting contradictory Biblical evidence to support a system of belief is sin.

“Truth is not realized until all seeming Scriptural contradictions are harmonized.” #4, “Five Major Rules of Biblical Interpretation” -R. van Kampen

Let few be teachers, especially if they choose to omit contradictory Scripture rather than introduce it. The standard by which God judges teachers is strict. It would be better a millstone were tied around their neck and they be cast into the sea than to be a teacher, preacher or pastor who fails to act as an officer of the court of Truth.

Accurate or Right?

In those days there was no king in Israel, everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25 NKJV)

Having worked a few years as a real estate agent taught me a lot. For sellers of property, setting a price based on the fair market value, rather than what we hope our home is worth, is key to finding a buyer in timely fashion. For home buyers, it is vital to match what we can afford with what we want. The real in real estate is matching a seller’s reasonable expectation with a buyer’s financial ability.

So it is with the struggle often faced with prophecy. The current list of popular doctrines makes it a seller’s market, which means there are plenty of buyers considering a move from one position to another. Are the buyer’s unsatisfied with the status quo? Or has something forced a change? What is it they want? It is all subjective.

Objectivity is required as well. Being objective means I want facts. Subjectivity alone makes things murky. Facts clarify our options. Regarding prophecy, how do we arrive at facts? We must consult Scripture the way a real estate appraiser examines recently sold properties. If what we desire–that is our dreams or goals–conflicts with objective truth, then we have a choice. If we choose what we subjectively want to occur in the last days as opposed to what God objectively says, we won’t like what happens.

The Bereans were accustomed to teachers who were dreamers. How would they know if the Apostle Paul was like the rest? They listened intently to what Paul said; perhaps making notes. When he finished, the Bereans went back to their (Old Testament) Scripture to see if what Paul taught lined up with truth.

The Thessalonians, however, were more subjective. Salesmen could persuade them about what was right. Consider the context of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2. Confusion caused panic in the Thessalonian church. It came about because their subjectivity made them vulnerable to false prophecies, reports or letters about the Day of the Lord. They had listened to Paul but forgot the Biblical evidence. Many thought he was right; that is until the next gifted public speaker came along.

God has put eternity on our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Eternity is our dream. The way we achieve the unimaginable is contained in the word of God. Applying the five major rules for Bible interpretation is how we arrive at the facts. Demand accuracy in prophecy, rather than argue about who is right. Information is true or it isn’t. God is objective, not subjective. God is Mathematics and true science. God does not tolerate “adding to” what he has spoken (Proverbs 30:5-6).

In the time of the judges, subjectivity led to confusion in Israel. Everyone did what seemed right because Israel had no sovereign to set the standard. Had God been their king, they would have all agreed.

That’s where many are at today; subjectively shopping for what’s “right”. In other words, most are searching for their wants and trying to fulfill their dream. Instead, wouldn’t it be better to study our Bible with other Bereans? What if we developed a consensus for an accurate (a.k.a. Biblical) interpretation of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1-4)?  Isn’t it better to prize accuracy rather than the human standard of what seems right?

The Islamization of the West

After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals… He sold them to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the LORD was against them to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. (Judges 2:10-11, 14b-15 NIV)

Vanishing are the men and women of what has been called “America’s greatest generation”, the children of the great depression who fought and won World Wars on two fronts. Their children, “the baby boomers” (born 1946 to 1964), were beneficiaries of the peace and economic prosperity their fathers’ sacrifices bought.

With baby boomers now reaching retirement age, their sons and daughters are taking up positions of authority. Though notable exceptions exist, this generation (Generation X, born 1965-1982) and the one coming after (Generation Y, born 1977-2001), act as though they do not know the Lord.

A great evil has covered a land that God had once blessed. The greatest generation has grandchildren and great-grandchildren who reject righteousness. They flaunt their abominations in public. They follow other gods. This day, they are being sold out to enemies that surround them.

Muslims, under the guise of refugees, are being transported from the war-torn Middle East to the once proud capitals of Western democracy. It is reported America’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is helping Islam establish itself as the religion of the future. As one example, the present administration has directed DHS to grant temporary amnesty to 8000 Syrian Muslims.

Islam already has Europe in its grip. Next on their Global Caliphate list is North America. There is no doubt that Christians are the inevitable targets. A bloody murder of a French priest by ISIS-related terrorists is a prelude of things to come.  In its most recent edition, the English-language DABIQ, the magazine of the Islamic State, called on Christians to abandon Christianity claiming “Jesus was a slave to Allah”.

Islamization of the West is well underway, and the Lord is in the midst of it. He will punish America for rejecting his ways and following after the Baals. There will be terrible times in the last days. Do not fear, believing saint. “Those who stand firm to the end will be saved.”

Disinformation from the Pulpit

“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:16 NIV

Before the D-Day invasion of Normandy in World War II, an unprecedented campaign of disinformation was carried out on behalf of the combined Allied forces. Realistic photos of what was, in fact, cardboard U.S. ships and  landing craft, were part of a clever ruse. It was the Nazi’s spy team in England that convinced Hitler the attack would center to the north, at Calais.

Prior to this momentous battle, Britain’s secret service converted several key German spies into double agents. Their espionage had proved credible making the spies’ disinformation all the more effective. Hitler ordered massive numbers of Nazi soldiers to defend Calais instead of the Normandy beaches. On the fateful day of June 6th, 1944, the deception proved to be the difference maker.

How many of our fellow Christians are aware that Satan is preparing an invasion of monumental proportion? (“What?” you say!) Soon the whole world will be under his control. (“Huh? How can that be?”)

Why do Christians not know this? For the same reason Hitler was fooled into looking the wrong way–disinformation.

Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians was written to counter disinformation from the pulpit that threw God’s people into confusion. Brothers became alarmed after receiving a prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from Paul, saying the day of the Lord had already come (2:2). The Apostle recalled what he had taught them. The message then was exposed as fiction.

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come [my emphasis] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction…”          (2 Thess. 2:3 NIV)

From established and credible pulpits, disinformation has spread which has convinced many Jesus is returning at any moment. Thus, the new breed of Thessalonian is lulled into apathy by these supposedly accurate Bible prophecies. The context of Paul’s letter teaches that before Christ comes in glory for his saints (see vs. 1) the rebellion occurs (sign #1) and the man of lawlessness is revealed (sign #2).

Wake-up! It is a set-up. From our pulpits we are told to expect Jesus; but, the Bible informs us the Lawless One arrives before Jesus does. The disinformation about who comes first will deceive many into believing that the Beast is, in fact,  Christ–so we have the rebellion or falling away. When disinformation like “no more signs” and “any moment” is promoted by an array of believable sources, it is certain to take hold among those who will not read their Bible.

Don’t fall for a cardboard Jesus. Reject the disinformation of Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) preachers. Expect the complicity of leaders who claim loyalty to Christ, but offer false prophecy. This is war! Soon the wrath of Satan will be upon us.

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The Coming Temple

This is what the LORD says:

“Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed… Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.”
(Isaiah 56:1, 3a

In the midst of a series of prophecies about the last days, the Lord reveals his magnanimous heart through Isaiah. He is the God of Judah. That will never change, because He never changes. The Almighty declares his salvation is close at hand for the people of Judah, for those who keep God’s laws. But in the above prophecy there is a promise for the foreigner or alien in their midst.

For those married to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) position, the rest of Isaiah 56 can make little sense. It speaks of those born outside of the tribe of Judah, non-Jews, coming back into the fold of the true Israelite.

“And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve him, to love the name of the LORD, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant–these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah 56:6-7 NIV)

In a complete reversal of the ten tribes of Israel’s assimilation into the nations (the Diaspora), foreigners will come to Jerusalem’s temple in the last days to worship God in the manner prescribed through Moses. Without verbal gymnastics, PTR teaching cannot accommodate prophecies that reveal Israel’s re-unification under King Jesus (John 10:16, Acts 1:6). Passages such as Isaiah 56–or Zechariah 8:20-23 for that matter–are simply ignored. God’s Word clearly foretells a Ruth-like (see Ruth 1:16-18) conversion of foreigners into temple worshipers as well as Sabbath and holy day keepers. Sadly, many Christians have a problem believing Jews will be saved at all.

The principle of re-assimilation is omitted from PTR’s popular teaching. The “any moment rapture” philosophy preserves the wall of separation. The Word promises that through Christ the barrier between Gentile and Jew will be destroyed. Pagan-based traditions among the saints won’t be around much longer.

By taking the Church up in the rapture before enduring tribulation, Gentile saints are denied participation in the festal procession at the end of the age (Zechariah 9:9-10). Regarding the timing and purpose of the rapture, PTR dogma does not allow for a restoration or a re-gathering into the worship established for Israel. The Pre-Wrath Rapture position, when rightly understood, accommodates this future event in prophecy.

Follow the logic: If “saved Christians” are in heaven when the Tribulation begins, how could they make burnt offerings or sacrifice in the rebuilt Temple? Saints will be re-gathered as exiles (Isaiah 56:8). There will be One God worshiped in one way. There will be one set of holy laws. As God says, the coming temple will be a house of prayer for all nations.

Follow the Formula


Why don’t science professors insert their opinion when teaching natural law? Why don’t teachers tell their math students the area of a right triangle is calculated by taking 1/3, not 1/2 the base x height? Nobody would dare challenge the laws of science or mathematical formulas and theorems, but academics often question the Bible. While proclaiming that Scripture is God’s Law, many pastors and theologians continue to use their platforms to alter prophecy.

All Bible-centered Christians should affirm the six principles (below) as inviolable and unchanging law:
1) The 5 basic rules for interpreting the Bible are to be strictly adhered to. (See “Book Excerpts” category for these rules)

2) God does not lie (Numbers 23:19). His Word is truth. (John 14:6, 17:17-19, 18:37-38, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18)

3) The Lord does not change. (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)

4) The Law and the Prophets’ words MUST stand. Everything will literally be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17, 26:54-56, Luke 24:25-27)

5) Adding to what God has decreed brings severe judgment. (Deuteronomy 4:2, Revelation 22:18)

6) Taking away from prophecy disqualifies the offender from sharing in God’s rewards. (Deuteronomy 4:2-7, Revelation 22:19)

A prime example of drawing inaccurate conclusions are the teachings of Amillennialists, those who deny, in the next age, Jesus will physically rule on earth 1000 years. This prominent “end times” Amillennialist view rejects a literal interpretation of prophecy including Revelation 20. It calls into question Isaiah 65:17-25 which supports Revelation 20. We learn from this Old Testament prophet that there will come a time when Yahweh rejoices in Jerusalem and delights in his people. No infant will die after a few years and men aged 100 will be considered youths. Humans will live extended lives similar to the days of a tree or people’s ages before the Flood. The ground will produce tremendous harvests and wolf and lamb will feed together (cf: Isaiah 11:6-9).

For those who deny a literal Millennium, yet preach from Isaiah at Christmas (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7) and during Holy Week (Isaiah 53) , there is a major problem: They deviate from the formula. “God does not change” and “What He says, WILL happen!” So beware Christian! Do not stray from Divine Law to endorse human ideas. The resulting answer will be false. The outcome for not following the formula is a guaranteed to be disastrous.EJ

The Writing is on the Wall

This past week, a popular player was cut by the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles. After eight solid years as a wide receiver and team leader, Jason Avant’s services are no longer required. When interviewed, he said that he knew what was coming and he was prepared. There’s no doubt that this Christian role model will find another team. For him, the writing was on the wall. Jason (#81) read the signs.

Avant is still a good player. He will find another team. However, fools on the wrong side of prophecy will be condemned. The wise anticipate the brazen acts of their countrymen that invite judgment.

There’s an example of seeing the writing on the wall in Daniel 5. There we find God judging Babylon. The reality was that the Lord, speaking through his prophet Jeremiah, foretold the fall.

Flee from Babylon, and go out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be like male goats leading the flock. For I am going to stir up and bring against Babylon a company of great nations from the land of the north; and they shall array themselves against her; from there she shall be taken…  Israel is a hunted sheep driven away by lions. First the king of Assyria devoured it, and now at the end, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has gnawed at its bones. ‘Therefore,’ thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, ‘I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I punished the king of Assyria.’ ” (Jer. 50:8-9, 17-18 NRSV).

When it comes to prophecy, does God make mistakes? The wicked go through life as if the Lord had said nothing. Oblivious to the enemy at his gates, King Belshazzar held a great feast to the gods. Under the influence of spirits, the ruler made a grave error. He ordered the vessels of gold that had been plundered from the temple be used for toasting idols.

Then came the wrecking ball. Immediately afterward, mysterious fingers appeared to write on the wall. In his fright, the king’s knees buckled. He called for the enchanters, diviners and wise men, but none of them knew what the writing meant.

Eventually, the prophet Daniel was brought before the court. He knew what God had written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN.

Mene- God numbered the days of the Kingdom of Babylon and brought it to an end.

Tekel- Belshazzar was weighed on the scales of God’s justice and found lacking.

Parsin- The kingdom was divided and given to the Medes and Persian.

That night Belshazzar was slain. Darius the Mede received his kingdom. The final act of idolatry, defiling what God made holy, invited the destroyer.

Belshazzar was God’s instrument to internally destroy a once glorious empire. It was according to prophecy.

Today, America stands on the rim of the abyss. We were warned on September 11, 2001. While some turned to Jesus in fear, it was temporary. Every form of evil and idolatry continues to rise unabated. Humanism is the religion of our culture. Everyone is doing what he/she thinks is best. So God has ordained for the Obama administration to do for the U.S.A. what Belshazzar did for Babylon, bring us to ruin from within. Meanwhile, enemies from the north are poised to strike at God’s command. One final act of defiance is all it will take. (It could come when America turns its back on Israel.) The writing is on the wall! -EJ