January's Commentary Blog(s)
The Reality Of The Growing Perfect Storm
Do you know about the ways in which the "Jewish Police" went about
fostering darkness during WWII? One effort was tied to censorship.
Today, as this perfect storm continues to build, there are those who are
seeking to censor some who are highlighting biblical insights, ones which
address important cultural affairs. Like the Jewish Police of old, some
Christians are exerting pressure to do the same. "Discontinue writing as
you do!" they say to those who are appealing for godly living in Christ.
Those making these God-honoring appeals also state the intent behind
their actions: In God's kind mercy and grace, we genuinely care about
His sheep to the extent we are willing to put ourselves in harm's way
as we bring warning.
We discern a growing number of Christians-by-name who (in their
actions against God's New Covenant Ambassadors in Jesus Christ)
speak out in opposition to God's Word. "Christian Police" who are
helping to shape and enforce the ideology of the soon-coming
antichrist? Perhaps! By their fruits we shall know them.
WHY is this a valid issue to raise at this time?
IF Bible-affirming heralds - especially those who accurately discern
cultural movements which will further contribute to the intensity of the
Perfect Storm (once it hits in full strength) - IF these followers of Jesus
Christ are silenced, some may fail to discern some of the present
deceptions unfolding around us. As God blessed His Old Covenant
people with heralds who loved enough to bring timely messages of
warning, so too does He bless His Church with some who endure in
speaking His Truths in love today.
So be watching for further increase of persecution* against those who
bring explicit Bible appeals. In this context, even though the darkness
will seek to make these Ambassadors of Christ seem evil, please give
their messages Berean-like consideration. Pray and ponder their
appeals in light of the clear revelation God has graciously given in
His precious Word.
Once again, may we continue basking in His kind Word to us, including
the reading of end-time passages which speak to our - today - present
circumstances before Jesus Christ's glorious appearing.
* Persecution is not only unfolding in the persecuted church areas.
Let's endure! We encourage you to read the N.T. book of Hebrews
for helpful, most pertinent-to-today Counsel.
10 Biblical Reasons Why We Should Question The
Pre-Tribulation Rapture Viewpoint
Question: WHY do we persist in rightly questioning?
Answer: "Because we sincerely care" is only a partial response.
May we endure in seeking God's clear Counsel as to living
for the Lord of lords, Jesus Christ, during these end of days.
In response to received comments about the above ...
THANK YOU for your thoughts on the "Click Here" link
immediately above. CLICK HERE for our new draft post.
Can YOU Help Us ENCOURAGE?
Endurance Ministries (EM) exists to serve God's Kingdom purposes
in these end of days. This includes ministry to believers (Discipleship
ministry) and unbelievers (Gospel ministry) alike.
One of our major discipleship objectives is to help better foster
ENDURANCE in Christ.
As we address end-time Bible data - including both chronological
and thematic concerns - we call God's people in Jesus Christ to be
like the Bereans of old (Acts 17) who received the message of Paul
but did so in light of the Scriptures. Acts 17:10, 11 states it this way ...
Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night
to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the
Jews. These were more fair-minded than those at Thessalonica,
in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched
the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
Our EM ministries addressing pertinent-to-our-day chronology and
thematic concerns are many, including the bringing of quality PPT
presentations. (Note: Because many of our visual aids on end-
time Bible chronology and themes are made live, we don't post
them on the Internet. Please have us come in order to personally
share these helpful presentations with you. Use the "Contact Us"
link at the top of this page to inquire further.) Your best interests
are one of our sincere goals in all this.
In 2016 EM opened a "Building Project" which serves to contribute
to this appeal: Saints in Jesus Christ need to further embrace
GOD's end-time perspective. In light thereof, our building project
is NOT a physical building enterprise but is a project seeking to
build perspectival readiness as called for by our Lord Jesus.
In this we wish to promote better mental preparedness to face
the days, months and years ahead. (Yes, Christ will not return
in the next few years [2018 - 2020] due to biblical data which
we've addressed in prior blogs!) One way to do so - to further
encourage mental preparedness - is building perspective
through SONG. We are wanting to put songs before God's
Saints in Jesus Christ, songs which foster endurance as they
are sung in praise to Him. So here are some additional details
of this building project we're calling Prepared Through Song ...
Our THEMATIC appeals, as outlined in the 7th chapter of our
book, The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering: An Introduction,
[ themes on the left ]
Endurance, in the context of
Personal Idolatry is crucial! Openness to God's
Truth Foundation will protect against
Great Darkness which is unfolding today.
Separation from the world is wise. Soon, the
Antichrist will be revealed, but
Jesus Christ will return just as He said.
Additional details of the Prepared Through Song ministry effort
(one which we would appreciate your help bringing) are these:
We would like to team minister ENCOURAGEMENT during these
more challenging times and we would like to do so through SONG ...
with you. Yes, we'd so appreciate your help with this God-honoring
project! In case we've not been clear, we are asking folks to send us
song, hymn, chorus, [etc.] titles which speak to the end-time themes
Once we've received and compiled 100 quality title entries (which we
discern to accomplish our goal), we will send contributors (to the list of
songs) the document which can then be used by our team members
to minister in their church(es) and personal outreach efforts.
Care to join us on this God-honoring project? If so, please use
the "Contact Us" link at the top right of this page to send us your
entries. THANK YOU. And please pray in support of our ongoing
ministry efforts through 2018.
1. May we better discern just how late we are (in the setting of Bible
prophecy before our Lord's soon initial appearing). The time is short!
Are YOU ready? 2. May we delight in continued JOY as we press
on in songs of adoration of our soon-coming King - Jesus Christ!
P.S. Because enough have asked ... For contemporary end-time
inferential appeals that are unbiblical, please CLICK HERE.
God's WORD ... Just What Is It?
In addition to the main emphasis of the Museum of the Bible's
(in Washington D.C.) Global Impact Bible - Founders ESV
edition of the Bible, the Bible is more than an impactful
product of man which has wonderfully affected history,
culture, government (including legislative, executive and
judicial aspects), language (written genre, speech, idioms),
humanity's treasured qualities (e.g., love, peace, joy,
humility, etc.), art & music, entertainment, education,
commerce, morality/ethics, societal structure, science &
While surely accomplishing (affecting) the above, the Bible
is more than an influential piece of history from human
contributors - and we're NOT saying the team (administration
and staff) at the museum denies the transcendent aspect of
the Bible in their attempts to clearly warrant the Bible's contri-
butions to humanity through the ages. We simply NEED to
acknowledge one CRUCIAL aspect of the nature of the Bible
which doesn't seem to be strongly highlighted in this English
edition of the ESV Bible. The missing facet, if you would, is
this: It is the WORD of GOD.
Here are a few passages which speak to THIS crucial quality
of the Bible, one which we dare NOT belittle in this age which
hosts many who are LONGING for something greater than
mankind's meager offerings ...
Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. ...
I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your
testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the
ancients, because I keep Your precepts. ... Your word is a
lamp to my feet and a light to my path. The entirety of Your
word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments
endures forever. ... (select verses from Psalm 119)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in right-
eousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly
equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16, 17)
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do
well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day
dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing
this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private inter-
pretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but
holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy
Spirit. (II Peter 1:19-21)
(passages taken from the NKJV)
These are AWESOME Truths from the only Divine E.T. of all
e.ts., One Who has marvelously manifested, by many infallible
proofs, His reality whereby everyone is without excuse (to
reject Him). CLICK HERE for presentations of HIS Good
News to us!
In light of biblical philosophy/wisdom, let's avoid committing
the fallacy of the excluded middle by failing to include the more
glorious nature of the Bible - it's GOD's graciously revealed
Truths to needy humanity, beings who have not been able to
solve even the world's most basic problems (outside of the
eternal Word's historical moment: the reality of God with us
in the Person of the LORD of lords, KING of kings, Jesus
May we do the both/and thing and, in correct balance,
affirm both aspects (i.e., natures, qualities) of this most
precious, eternal revelation-from-God gift.
February's Commentary Blog(s)
Another CRUCIAL Distinction
In 2012 and 2013 - quite some time ago now, or so it seems! - we
addressed a very DIFFERENT (that is, different from the end-time
perspective we at Endurance Ministries present) final trumpet
rapture position, one which Irvin Baxter and Endtime Ministries
teach. In two FAQ articles, we basically state this: The "final
trumpet rapture" view of Endtime Ministries is VERY different
from The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering position which we
present through our Endurance Ministries' Kingdom efforts.
(CLICK HERE for specific details on this matter if you're
interested in learning more.)
A very similar statement needs to be made in response to
Roderick Meredith's (1930 - 2017) final trumpet return of Christ.
For specific details regarding the end-time viewpoint of Meredith
and the Living Church of God, see the article posted on one of their
Internet sites, Tomorrow's World. The article is titled "Fourteen
Signs Announcing Christ's Return."
(Roderick Meredith was initially involved in Herbert Armstrong's
Worldwide Church of God movement. Meredith's end-time view
is now being offered through the Living Church of God [LCG]
which he and others founded in 1998.)
IF you were to study the 14 signs mentioned in the article,
you would immediately discern this: The end-time position
of LCG (as posted on Tomorrow's World web site) is MOST
different than the Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering of
Endurance Ministries on a number of crucial points.
Q: WHY do we take time to make this announcement?
A: Because darkness often uses diversions from God's pure
Truths in order to lead folks astray. Yes, we are speaking strongly
here due to the potential consequences of believing half truths. So
please allow us to get to the evidencing of our claim by reading on.
TWO (of many) MAJOR differences between the two end-time
views of said positions above are these:
1. The Tomorrow's World article states American and British
descendants are included as a part of Modern Israel today.
According to the LCG, it's not just the "Jews" who comprise
the nation of Israel. LCG's view of modern Israel can be
found, in part, in signs 12 - 14 of Meredith's article. Please
read the article in full and carefully.
In CONTRACT, Endurance Ministries does not blur Israel
with America, Great Britain, at el. We state Israel (and its
continued Jewish tie to the Old Covenant without Christ
Jesus in general) is SEPARATE FROM the New Covenant
Church in Jesus Christ. Yes, Jews reside in the USA but
this does NOT mean the U.S. is a partial expression of modern
Israel. No, America is NOT a part of modern Israel as the LCG
While 144,000 members of Israel - some of whom will convert
to Jesus Christ during the opening event of the eschatological
Day of the Lord - will be the "first fruits" of those who are
redeemed from the earth (during the 6th-Trumpet period - see
Rev. 14:1ff) just before the sounding of the 7th Trumpet (the
"final trumpet" of I Corinthians 15:51, 52), the Church in Jesus
Christ is NOT rapture-gathered until the 7th Trumpet sounds.
And please note: This rapture gathering of Christ's flock is NOT
His 2nd-Advent return to the earth (as the Living Church of God
seems to teach).
Here's the second reason (of many) why we take the time to
differentiate between these two "final trumpet" gathering positions:
2. Folks prepare differently depending on the end-time view
they espouse. The final trumpet event of LCG holds this:
Their particular view of God (please note major concerns on
this topic as outlined in the Wikipedia article about, what
appears to be, the non-tri-unity-of-God doctrine of the Living
Church of God*) has Christ coming/returning at the
sounding of the 7th Trumpet.
Again, the article titled Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ's
Return has Christ returning at the 7th Trumpet while the
Scriptures teach He returns to the earth after the Bowls
of Wrath are poured out on the earth. Revelation 19 (post
Bowls of Wrath) describes His coming to the earth, a
"return" that is often called the Second Advent of Christ.
Yes, He comes in the clouds where He rapture gathers His
Saints/elect at the final trumpet BUT He does not return
to the earth until the great battle at Armageddon/Megiddo
as outlined in Revelation 19 (Rev. 16 describes the setting
where preparations for the actual battle of Rev. 19:11
unfold). It's in Revelation 19 where the "war" then takes
place, NOT at the 7th Trumpet.
May we - God's Saints in Christ Jesus - better distinguish (through
the right-handling of the full Counsel of God's Word) between the
actual Word of God from that of words and opinions/interpretations
* Also see LCG's "official statement of fundamental beliefs" for
"Lord, We NEED, We NEED" ... Shine Jesus Shine
God SO graciously continues to provide insightful help to
meet the growing battles of our day! Here are four (of many)
PROVISIONS from our loving Shepherd:
He has provided precious MEDIA so pertinent for life in
Christ today. Please make the commitment to catch two
Christ-honoring films coming out next month: Tortured for
Christ (3/5) and God's NOT Dead 3 (3/30). These new
presentations deal with MAJOR end-time themes, ones which
are raging as we speak. While they're not perfect, they do
provide sweet encouragement IF we would but live in HIS
perspective during these days of great Kingdom opportunity.
God also extends His wise Counsel through His CHURCH,
but be ever so careful here, for there are a growing number
of churches today which are failing to herald God's end-of-
day Truths. In contrast, may we continue in fellowship in a
Bible-honoring church, especially as we forsake NOT the
assembling of ourselves together.
God's abundant mercy and grace continues ...
He has also provided His WORD - Truth for today, second to
none. His leading in this context is ever so needed in this hour.
So we ask a simple question: We will do our part? May we
read and heed His Word.
Inexhaustible is His mercy to those who fear Him. And those
who do so - those who revere Him - are blessed with yet an-
other gift which we NEED in this late hour ( ... our God is
MOST generous indeed!) :
When Jesus Christ ascended into heaven after His death
and resurrection, He shortly thereafter sent the Spirit of God
as a helper to His sheep (His born-again followers) in need.
In affirmation of Joel 2 / Acts 2, God continues to pour out
His SPIRIT on all flesh today. IF we live in humility before the
only true God, we will walk in His Spirit today. This precious
divine gift - God's Holy Spirit residing in us, His people in
Christ Jesus His Son - provides yet additional help toward
shining as His Ambassadors during these end of days.
May we make NO provision for the flesh but rather take full
advantage of HIS resources such that we endure - in all
aspects of life today - unto His glory and praise.
March's Commentary Blog(s)