2018 Commentary



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:

See our past posts for pertinent help:      B15;16   &   B17;16

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

We're  NOT  addressing  perceived  needs of individuals in this blog.

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
and eternal.

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
Matthew 7:13-29.

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

We wish to go on record  now  so as to communicate years
before  the event  whereby  folks can be adequately prepared
for a  specific  portion of the days of the end before our glorious
I Thes. 4 rapture gathering takes place.  Because we genuinely
care for God's special creation (mankind), here's our passionate

There is a growing  end-time  view which teaches the Church
will be  rapture taken  after the sixth seal and just before the
seventh one - the final seal that comprises the trumpets of
Revelation 8 - 11.  Here are  three  major problems (among
others) tied to this "Pre Wrath" teaching:

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
     Lord begins.

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
     Matthew 24:9-22.

     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
     Lord Jesus.

     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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