I came across a great resource page with PDF downloads, for free, from a Calvary Chapel church near Houston, Texas and you’ll find a great eBook at this page “The Tribulation & The Church” by Chuck Smith which goes well as an overview pertaining to our current Revelation study. The website is: http://www.cclakehouston.org/eBOOKS.html. There is also a great chapter in the eBook “Calvary Chapel Distinctives” called “The Rapture of The Church” and it was that chapter in that very book that turned my understanding of prophecy from leaning toward a post-trib view to committing to my now held pre-trib view. … Continue reading →
The definitions of “rapture” and “second coming” can be confusing so I want to present you some thoughts on this. First, you are going to be taken up before the tribulation, to heaven by your Lord Jesus Christ. That’s the rapture. Jesus is coming to rapture out His church. In the rapture, Jesus is coming for His church. Second, you are going to return with your Lord Jesus when He comes back for His millennial reign on earth. That’s the second coming. Jesus is coming to reign on the earth. In the second coming, Jesus is coming to establish His Kingdom. Chuck Missler has laid out these passages in this table that I’ve posted below referring to the rapture and the … Continue reading →
Here is a word for us as we sort out the news that Israel has been sold out to the Islamists. Note that this promise of deliverance also promises destruction to those claiming to have made peace… “For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 (ESV)
Here is the video I mentioned the other night at Midweek Fellowship comparing our plant and solar system to the largest known stars… … Continue reading →
This is good… It is an article written by Greg Laurie, pastor at Harvest Fellowship, and one of the most admired and appreciated ministers in my personal life and perspective. I am simply presenting here in its entirety. Why Israel Matters by Greg Laurie May 9th, 2015 Hardly a day goes by when we do not hear mention of the nation Israel, or the city of Jerusalem, or the Jewish people in general. Why do these people occupy such a singular position in the world today? Why does the nation Israel, which is 154th among the nations in land size, play such a prominent role in the world today? (You could fit 32 Israels in the state of … Continue reading →
When Jesus responded to the Tempter He did so with the word of God. So should we. When we are faced with temptation, the accusations of another, or any stress of life, let “it is written” be our first response, too. Find a Bible promise to claim or verse to explain and stand firmly on His word, through faith. … Continue reading →
I’ve been meaning to mention this in our gatherings… Here is a link to the Revelation study notes that I have referenced during our Sunday teaching series: http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/66.htm. … Continue reading →
“For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.” 2 Peter 2:18 (ESV) This verse makes me think of the modern art of “preaching by prancing” which is when the preacher leaves the Bible to roam the stage with his own rambling thoughts. Oratory skills may move the masses to emotion but only the word of God can move a man or women to faith in God. Emotions don’t last, but faith does. Let us be like the Bereans of Acts 17:11 who not only listened to the Apostle Paul’s teaching, but also compared it to Scripture to test the things that he taught!
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV) Tough times can be very humbling on their own, but in our tough times we don’t need to lash out at others. It may be natural to blame something or someone for our bad circumstances, but Peter is telling us to stay under God’s hand, just as a small child runs to a parent who comforts them with a protective hand. We can simply cast those hurts to our Lord Jesus and allow Him to change those circumstances, and He will, at the proper time. … Continue reading →
A Takeaway from… “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.” 1 Peter 4:7 (ESV) Our prayer life has a greater value to us as we near the end of time, because of the increase of fearful circumstances about us. Disease, lawlessness, disorder, injustice, and outright evil is testing our faith. These are all calls to prayer, and unless we are finding refuge in communion with our Lord Jesus, we risk being overcome with fear for our future.
A Takeaway from… “With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:4-5 (ESV) There is an old saying that goes, “Fight fire with fire” but while that works with those who are armed with weapons, it doesn’t always work when the wicked are armed with lies. You can state the truth, but when it comes to responding to an evil rejector of Christ, who has no conscience, your only recourse is leaving them in the hands of God’s judgement and walking away. … Continue reading →