Responding To Matthew 24:9, 10
The information in this passage once again testifies to the
accuracy of Bible prophecy. Please CLICK HERE for
our specific message in this commentary blog.
May we better come under our Shepherd's protective care
by heeding His Counsel to us! Amen
Where Are We ?
Let's set our present cultural context using this question:
Where Aren't We ?
We are not :
1. in the millennial reign of Christ on earth
(which begins at His 2nd Advent)
2. in the period of the Bowls of Wrath
3. in the era of the Trumpet Blasts
4. currently experiencing the heavenly signs of
Mt. 24:29, 30 or Revelation 6:12-17
5. living in the Great Tribulation (and please note what follows
the Great Tribulation period: Mt. 24:23ff and Mk. 13:24ff)
and, we are not
6. in the period of Daniel's 70th Week
So what comes before the final week of human experience prior to
our Lord Jesus Christ's reign on earth?
Where Are We ?
We are currently living in the period of time when ongoing effects of the
early end-time signs continue to unfold - see I Tim. 4:1 ; II Tim. 3:1-5 &
4:1-4 and Luke 21:8-11.
We are living in a unique moment, in the early part of the end-time
period described in Matthew 24:9-14.
In light of our Lord's Counsel in Mk. 13:37 and Mt. 24:44-51, we are
called to be ready in specific ways:
God Counsels us to be materially, mentally and spiritually ready. His
mandate that we be watchful and prepared needs to be better acted
Here are a few practical steps to take whereby we love and honor God
by obedient action:
A. Promote a biblical mindset
(Note our modeling example [using a scene in the film, Paul:
Apostle of Christ] as to building a mindset which better fosters
resolve to say "NO" to compromise - see CB8B;18.)
Examples toward building a biblical mindset:
1. Take in pertinent data - revelation like Daniel 1, 3, 6
2. Establish your personal line which you are not willing to cross
(To view our suggested minimal "cannot do" list, CLICK HERE.)
3. Meditate on Bible readings, especially fostering perspectival
preparedness which is appropriate for our day
4. See some of our thematic blogs:
Don't Blame God
I Cor. 10:13
B. Promote love for God (John 14 - 16) by obedient action in
response to His call to be materially prepared
Examples promoting love for God
1. Build a food closet for yourself and for others so as to meet
upcoming opportunities in challenging days - e.g., food shortage -
whereby Gospel and Discipleship actions are able to be better taken
(because, for example, we have food when others become hungry)
2. Prepare for other challenging circumstances/experiences which are
better met through acts of prior preparations
3. Keep reading God's Word - e.g., discern the many passages in God's
Word which provide His Counsel as to how we, His Church, are to
respond when false teachers, false christs and false prophets work
their dark deeds
4. Other loving responses to His general Counsel might include what ?
C. Promote God-honoring fruits of Christ-enabled obedience by
guarding our own personal spiritual walk with God
Examples toward action steps which foster the above
1. Spend time in His Word
2. Pray continually
3. Abide in God's Vine ; Walk in God's Spirit
4. Live consistently - be doers of the Word and not hearers
only, deceiving ourselves - James 1:22 ; Revelation 1:3.
May we love God through our grace-based walk of obedience. May
we do so unto His glory and praise, unto our neighbor's best interests
and even unto our best good. May we redeem the time, for the days
are indeed evil in the face of Almighty Holy God.
Our Beloved Position In Jesus Christ
My wife and I have, in our TV stand, a large ceramic cross which
quotes Romans 4:25 - 5:11. In the middle of the cross is a heart,
on which, "FORGIVEN" has been written.
We, His Church, are graced with the imputed righteousness of Christ
Jesus our LORD. AMAZING! Thanks be to YHVH God.
In honor of God and His full Counsel, we affirm these glorious Truths
from the book of Romans. We also affirm His other revelation, revelation
which includes these imperatives from Galatians 6:
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows,
that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap
corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting
life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we
shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of
faith." (Galatians 6:7-10 ; NKJV ; emphasis ours)
JESUS CHRIST's "I have this against you" Counsel to much of today's
church: Be DOERS of My Word and ABIDE consistently in your right-
eous state. If you will not love Me through obedient walk, I will spit you
out of My mouth and you will hear from Me on that great day of
accounting, "Depart from Me you workers of iniquity."
We once again encourage the reading of Matthew 13, John 14 - 16,
Romans 6 - 8 and Revelation 1 - 3.
Let's further ponder these Truths in a day where there is indeed much
apostasy unto great sorrow. We are in harm's way at this very hour so
let's continue to look to our Shepherd, the Author and Finisher of our
faith, for the protective Counsel He's so kindly extended to His sheep.
Costly Unperceived NEEDS
Instead, we're touching upon eternal matters tied to unperceived needs.
Because so many do not discern their spiritual needs, most don't even
seek after solutions which are readily available from Creator God, Jesus
This deception - namely, that folks don't need to address eternally
consequential matters due to a Divine standard (one above their
own limited worldview opinions) - will bring weeping and gnashing
of teeth or, cast in more contemporary language, will bring great
groaning on the day of accounting.
We wish to remind folks that we (at Endurance Ministries) have,
by God's leading, lovingly informed our global community about
both eternal concerns and spiritual matters pertinent for today.
But we can only do so much in our ministry efforts. Our appeals
need to be acted upon. In other words, the readers of His Word
and our informative blogs need to respond to the Truths presented
so as to bring solutions to present matters which are both temporal
But honestly ...
Due to faulty perspectives, many don't even care about the cloaked
( but clear and present ) dangers. Allow us to tell a related story:
Years ago we featured Charles Stanley's, Confronting Casual Christianity
book in a 6-week study we were offering at one of the college campuses
we served. We actually decided against bringing the study because
no one came to our introductory gatherings. Folks didn't even discern
their limited opinions - which affect their daily living - whereby the
needed corrections weren't even given a fair hearing. How sad!
In like manner, satan has, through a variety of deceiving voices,
blinded the eyes of those who are in bondage to him. In fact, many
mock those who call them to deal with crucial but unperceived needs.
Many are so short-sighted they fail to show any interest in eternally
significant matters. Again, this is so very sad, for eternity is a
l o n g time. Yet, our Savior, Jesus Christ, has foreseen this - read
In contrast to those who reject spiritual reality as graciously outlined
by the Eternal One, those who say "YES" to His big-picture reality
share this testimony:
Awake, my soul, to joyful lays, and sing thy great Redeemer's praise;
He justly claims a song from me, His loving-kindness, oh, how free!
He saw me ruined by the fall, yet loved me not-with-standing all;
He saved me from my lost estate, His loving-kindness, oh, how great!
Tho' num'rous hosts of mighty foes, tho' earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along, His loving-kindness, oh, how strong!
When trouble, like a gloomy cloud, has gathered thick and thundered loud,
He near my soul has always stood, His loving-kindness, oh, how good!
Soon I shall pass the gloomy vale, soon all my mortal pow'rs must fail;
Oh, may my last expiring breath, His loving-kindness sing in death.
Then let me mount and soar away to the bright world of endless day;
And sing with raptures and surprise, His loving-kindness in the skies.
(Song title: His Loving-Kindness by Samuel Medley ; 1782)
May we - God's sheep in need - continue in the reading of His Word
in this day when Truth has become offensive to much of the in-
bondage-to-satan world. And may sincere truth seekers be willing
to read God's love message to them. (We encourage you, if you're
open-minded, to begin your reading in the Gospel of John.)
Understanding I Corinthians 15:50-52
Please view THIS LINK for this commentary blog article.
May God be praised as we affirm His Word!
An Early WARNING To God's Church In Jesus Christ
There is a growing end-time view which teaches the Church
RE: Mental and Emotional preparedness ...
1. The view fails to discern the teaching from I Thes. 5 that we, the
Church, it seems, are still on the earth as the Day of the Lord
begins - at the initial appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. While
we, the Church, do not incur the wrath of God as it is poured
out through the bowls due to our Final Trumpet Rapture
Gathering (at the seventh trump of Rev. 11:15ff), we believe
the Church will be present on the earth during the first part of
the Day of the Lord - when the trumpets of Rev. 8 - 11 take
place. Because our Lord Jesus calls us to be ready and watch-
ful, it is crucial we maintain the mindset we have been assigned:
We are to endure to the end - enduring either until our death
(Home-going) or until our gathering together to Him.
MANY will be greatly discouraged (if they have held the Pre
Wrath view in a dogmatic way) when the rapture fails to take
place immediately after the sign of the Son of Man in the sky.
Sincerely, some will even despair when the rapture does not
take place at the time the Pre Wrath folks teach. PLEASE
read I Thes. 5 for necessary insights once the Day of the
RE: Discerning the seasonally late false teachings ...
2. Our Lord Jesus calls His people to disregard the false
appeals of the false christs and false prophets who rise
up after the tribulation and great tribulation come to
a close. Recall Matt. 24:23-26 which forewarns about
the degree of deception these miraculous sign workers
perform as they say, "Look, he is in the desert!" or "Look,
he is in the inner rooms!" Our Lord clearly states we are
not to believe their lies. Please read Matthew 24 and
especially note the explicit end-time chronology our
Lord brings! This round of false christs and false prophets
takes place AFTER ("then") the close of the tribulation of
The Pre Wrath folks' chronological time frame does not suffi-
ciently allow for this period of false christs and false prophets.
( CLICK HERE and scroll down to blog B31;17 for further details.)
The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering view, on the other hand,
teaches these false christs and false prophets begin their false
teachings shortly after the sign of the Son of Man (see Matthew
24:30 - an event which is also highlighted somewhat differently
in Rev. 6:14-17). Note this initial appearing of our Lord takes place
after the astronomical signs of Mt. 24:29 and Rev. 6:12, 13 - that
which Joel 2 and Acts 2 also describe. Also note this fair appeal:
The initial appearing of our Lord (Mt. 24:30; Rev. 6:14-17) in the
sky - an appearing only - is a major reason why the false christs
and false prophets can make the appeals they do! Read through our
book ( The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering: An Introduction )
which more thoroughly outlines this Bible-affirming chronology.
RE: Preparedness for the trumpet season ...
3. Given the Pre Wrath position rejects the "final" trumpet of
I Cor. 15 as being the last trumpet of the Revelation trumpets,
the Pre Wrath view does not accept the teaching that the Church
is present on the earth during the trumpet blasts. BUT if this unsub-
stantiated tenet of theirs - that is, the rapture takes place prior to
the trumpet blasts - is incorrect, then absolutely: Mental, material
and spiritual watchfulness / preparedness / readiness are also
important during the trumpet period. Yes, this period of time
is also included in the Mt. 24:23-26, 32-51 Counsel from our
The Pre Wrath Rapture view, IF wrong concerning the timing
of our rapture gathering, fosters dangerous ill-preparedness
during a time when deception is HUGE - Mt. 24:24.
And yet, there are other concerns TODAY which are just as pressing
as the period of time between the intial appearing of our Lord and
His gathering us together to Him. Because we care, we ask:
Are you prepared for the soon-coming war against the Saints - a
three-and-a-half year war which the Bible teaches will take place
prior to the period of time when the trumpets are sounding?
CLICK HERE for helpful clarity on this crucial topic.
Is your resolve such that you will not fall away as II Thes. 2 pre-
dicts many will? Recall, two things take place before the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him:
1) the apostasy (in progress) ; 2) the revealing of the man of
sin/lawlessness (yet future to the posting of this blog).
As we have stated in many past blogs,* Bible-affirming perspective
is so crucial today.
May we take full advantage of the Counsel our Lord has so
graciously provided. Please use our end-time read through
post (blog B40;18) for help second to none!
* To list only a small sampling: B9;15 ; B31;15 ; B36;15
B19;16 ; B26;16
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