We interrupt these commentary blogs with an important
appeal using a current cultural affair ...
Yes ... EXACTLY !
Have you been listening to the news of late?
I have been taken back by socialist Democrat Ocasio-Cortez and her
apparent unwillingness to debate. The appeals for debate have come
from Ben Shapiro, Allie Beth Stuckey, Candice Owens and Kaya Jones,
to name a few.
To date (FYI: I am writing this blog in mid August as we've been posting
our commentary blogs early the past few months), Ocasio-Cortez has
been unwilling to put her socialist views under scrutiny in the setting
of a fair, non-biased debate format. WHY is this the case? Is it that her
view is simply weak and that even (that is, fair) communication (offered
through a structured debate format) is problematic in her eyes due to the
weaknesses of her political position? What does history testify on this
matter of socialist viability? What do present-day evidences say?
Ocasio-Cortez, please debate in the setting of a free, open market!
Turning this topic of HELPFUL DEBATE to a different current
cultural affair ...
WHY is it that folks who hold various Pre-Millennial views, it seems,
don't want to debate in a fair context where the listening audience can
see for themselves the strengths and weaknesses of the positions
WHY is it that advocates of other end-time perspectives do not extend
to laity - the general Christian populace - a blessing through a debate
that would highlight the pros and cons of the positions being represented?
Is it possibly the case that fear of unfavorable exposure would uncover the
weaknesses of their views? Perhaps. Yes, let's be honest: Perhaps this
is indeed the case.
So let's do the RIGHT thing and have a debate featuring four Pre-Mil
end-time views. Let's bring the following viewpoints together (with some
accountability through audience participation) and allow each view to
define and defend the position being offered. Or is an event of this
type too risky ?
The four end-time views would, as we're suggesting, include the
Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering
As we've stated in an earlier blog, the early Church was willing
to discuss crucial matters of its day. Given our present cultural
concerns, why aren't we willing to talk over one pertinent, yes,
most pressing matter today (in the setting where differing views
exist)? We're talking about living out crucial discipleship today,
not in the distant future!
Let's consider a "30,000-foot view" (that is, a big-picture view)
and see this "Great Debate" happen. It would be to everyone's
edification, those who seek biblical Truth anyway.
End-time Pre-Millennial advocates: Let's see this debate take
place in the setting of the free, open market of ideas!
So we ask: Will the debate take place? *
Email us using the "Contact Us" link above and let us hear
your vote to move forward with this eye-opening debate ...
for our personal benefit, for the benefit of the lost who still
need Jesus Christ, and ultimately for God's glory and praise.
"Why?" some may ask. Because Truth matters, especially
Truth so helpful in better discerning some of the present cultural
deceptions which bear eternal consequence.
May we all be willing to call for this crucial event.
* IF the debate doesn't happen, for one reason or another,
would you seek helpful edifying discipleship by having us
come to your local church and accurately present the views
mentioned above in the setting of sweet conforming-to-Christ
activity? Please contact us for more information.
From FUTURE To PRESENT
Using this chart [ Click Here ], we'd like to ask a question:
Given 1) preparedness applies to the Saints - who are to be about
readiness until either their personal Homegoing or the final trumpet
rapture gathering, whichever comes first - and given 2) we are also
to be prepared for the days after the intial appearing of our Lord as
we venture into the early part of the Day of the Lord - see I Thes. 5 -
we ask [ here's our question: ],
How might we be ready for the days immediately following the (yet
future to this blog) astronomical signs and the sign of the Son of Man?
In light of the setting or context of that (future) time, are there
steps to take / actions to take - today - which are pertinent to our
experiencing the Trumpets (where the false prophets and false
christs of Mt. 24:23-26 are also doing their miraculous deceptions
so as to mislead God's Saints who remain - that is, those who
survive the three-and-a-half year war against the Saints) ...
actions steps we need to take, even at this time?
We're not sure about particulars but we do feel it appropriate to
follow the Counsel of I Thes. 5 and Mt. 24:23-26 in the context of
But let's move to - [ "From Future To Present" ] - concerns that are
even closer to us than the issues which will arise during the period
of the Trumpet blasts.
Let's consider some near-future concerns, things which will take
place even before the Trumpets of Revelation 8 - 11. Let's do
so through the means of asking yet another question:
Are we prepared - living today in light of our Lord's Counsel to be
ready for future days - for the upcoming war against the Saints ?
This three-and-a-half year period will see many martyred for Christ.
We bring to you - the reader - WISE words recently given in the
March, 2018 theater release / June, 2018 DVD release movie,
Paul: Apostle of Christ. (The context of the scene we'd like to
highlight is this: Dr. Luke is in prison in Rome.)
When Luke tells those in prison with him, "There will be Games
tomorrow" (the Games were also called the Circus where sincere
followers of Jesus Christ enter the arena and are killed by beasts),
when Luke tells them about their impending death, there is panic.
After an immediate response by the prisoners to this announcement
about the Games taking place the next day, Luke gathers the fearful
Christians in the prison and insightfully brings this response to
their panic: He says, "It will be a moment of pain ... but only a
moment ... [ then, in a calm, peaceful way, again says, ]
o n l y a m o m e n t ... then we shall be Home in the presence
of our Lord Jesus Christ forever!"
PRETTY COOL !
In light of a biblical wordview perspective, we, today, NEED to
develop this mindset, for it is one MAJOR means our Lord gives
us toward fulfilling His crucial mandate that we "endure to the
Again, it is CRUCIAL we further build this perspective personally.
If we could send you another DVD which highlights so many
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In closing ...
RE: the Homegoing of some members of our Family in
Christ - even TODAY - REMEMBER:
"... It will be a moment of pain ... but only a moment -
only a moment - then we shall be Home in the presence
of our Lord Jesus Christ forever!" For great encourage-
ment, read Mt. 5:10-12 and Romans 8:18 ... thank YOU,
precious LORD Jesus!
Counting It All JOY *
The following is taken from Spurgeon's Morning By Morning
(revised and updated by Alistair Begg ; Crossway Books, Wheaton,
IL 2007) ; pg. 205 ; bold emphasis in the middle of the article and
[ bracket ] below are ours.
After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace ...
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
I Peter 5:10
You have seen the arch of heaven as it spans the plain: Glorious
are its colors, and rare its hues. It is beautiful, but, sadly, it passes
away, and the rainbow is no more. The fair colors give way to the
fleecy clouds, and the sky is no longer brilliant with the tints of
heaven. It is not established. How can it be? A glorious show
made up of transitory sunbeams and passing raindrops - how can
it remain? The graces of the Christian character must not resemble
the rainbow in its transitory beauty but, on the contrary, must be
established, settled, abiding. Seek, O believer, that every good
thing you have may be an abiding thing. May your character
not be a writing upon the sand, but an inscription upon the rock!
May your faith be no "baseless fabric of a vision," but may it be
built of material able to endure that awful fire that shall consume
the wood, hay, and stubble of the hypocrite. May you be rooted
and grounded in love. May your convictions be deep, your love
real, your desires sincere. May your whole life be so settled and
established that all the blasts of hell and all the stroms of earth
will never be able to remove you. But notice how this blessing of
being established in the faith is gained. The apostle's words point
us to suffering as the means deployed - "After you have suffered
a little while." It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if
no rough winds pass over us. Those old gnarlings on the root of
the oak tree and those strange twistings of the branches all tell
of the many storms that have swept over it, and they are also
indicators of the depth into which the roots have forced their way.
So the Christian is made strong and firmly rooted by all the trials
and storms of life. Do not shrink then from the tempestuous winds
of trial, but [ instead, endure and ] take comfort, believing that by
their rough discipline God is fulfilling this benediction to you.
* "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing
that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have
its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
(James 1:2-4 ; NKJV)
[ The following is the July 11th devotional read in
The One Year Book of Bible Prayers ; 2000 ]
A Prayer For Discernment
I am your servant; deal with me in unfailing love, and
teach me your principles. Give discernment to me, your
servant; then I will understand your decrees. Lord, it is
time for you to act, for these evil people have broken your
law. Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the
finest gold. Truly, each of your commandments is right.
That is why I hate very false way. Psalm 119:124-128 ; NLT
The trials and struggles in our lives often force us to turn some-
where for help. Too often, however, we anxiously seek out any
listening ear when we're confronted with a troublesome situation.
The psalmist knew to turn to the Lord first for wisdom and discernment.
He asked God, "Teach me your principles," and "Give discernment to
me." He knew that living God's way would keep him from foolish actions
and the path of destruction. That is why he committed himself to learning
God's principles in the Scriptures and applying them to his life.
What difficult situation are you facing? God promises to give us
wisdom when we ask for it (James 1:5), so pray for God's discernment
in your struggle and ask him to show you how to apply his wisdom to
Dear Lord, as your servant I ask you to give me discernment ...
May we abide in His mercies which endure forever - Psalm 136.
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 above as to building a mindset which
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.)
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