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The Battle of Definition (Part 2)
Have you ever heard this type of dialogue:
"The first year of life represents just that, the first year of life
where the beginning of life occurs at one's 1st birthday." ?
Others rightly disagree.
The difference in perspective is easily rectified. Yes, one year
after one's birth does indeed represent the day in which the
following is celebrated: One year ago, that person was born.
The 1st year of life includes this period of time: The day of
birth through the time of the first birthday. The 2nd year of life
begins after the time of the 1st birthday - literally the minute
after the first year of life has taken place.
Have you ever wondered about or even entered into discussion
about this related question:
"Is the first year of our present calendar - when the 'A.D.' portion
of the calendar began - year zero (which includes days 1 through
365 of the first year) OR does the first year comprise the period
of time from day 1 through the 365th day?"
The debate still takes place in come contexts today BUT if the
term "zero" is rightly defined, the debate goes away.
Some might respond, "But Jon, different folks have different
definitions of '0' so chill out and stop making such a big deal
about this matter." My point affirmed! Correct definitions ARE
important and it IS a big deal.
IF we talk over the definitions and go on to reach consensus
conclusion,* it's at that time we can then move forward and
address other issues pertaining to the first year.
In like manner, IF we rightly define the terms which are
tied to matters pertaining to end times, we can then move
forward in pursuit of establishing a truthful eschatological
BIBLE perspective. The following fundamental question
needs to be asked at this juncture:
HOW DOES THE BIBLE DEFINE THE IMPORTANT END-
TIME TERMS ?
IF it's a biblical view of end times which we're sincerely after,
let's allow our SOURCE to define its own terms, NOT foreign-
to-the-Word definitions! Once we allow God's Word to define
terms and phrases, we can then move on toward building a
BIBLE-BASED view on end times.
We're calling for the starting of this process of reconsidering
the meanings of crucial end-time terms - the process of getting
back to affirming Bible data when it comes to definitions of
Please see our earlier submission of Bible-based definitions of
some crucial terms/phrases (also linked below) where we apply
this topic to pertinent practical concerns.
Repetition for the sake of emphasizing this key matter:
~ Tribulation - A Bible definition
~ Wrath - Please see one crucial aspect in blog CB7C;19
~ Daniel's 70th Week - For a biblical definition, see
Daniel 9:27. (What does the Bible actually say
about this 70th Week?)
~ Day of the Lord - A Bible definition
The goal of this second definition blog is not only to present
an appeal for Bible-based definitions on these crucial end-time
terms and phrases but also to highlight this:
IF faulty definitions are attributed to crucial terms tied to a
particular topic - in our case, the topic of end times - then our
conclusions may be in error. I don't think anyone would
disagree with the above. (If you do take exception to the above,
let's talk - email me, Jon, at email@example.com.)
If folks agree with the above, let's take the next most appropriate
step and TALK ABOUT defining these terms in a biblical manner.
Let's at least get this important ball rolling!
In the meantime, Endurance Ministries will continue to promise
this: We will press on in Bible proclamation of God's Truths
(including definitions of terms) which are forever settled in heaven.
* The reaching of consensus may not happen given the
dissenters of our day BUT this does NOT force us into
a paralyzed state (like our USA nation is currently experiencing,
in part, due to the ongoing debate of definitions of terms)! We
can choose to reject these dissenters and move forward.
And that we will. We will move on and enjoy God's big-
picture Truth which He has graced us with concerning our
day ... the end of days.
The FINAL One - Upmanship
The concept of one-upmanship includes the idea of
seizing an advantage or superiority over others. In light
of this aspect of this word's meaning, perhaps this blog
title should be adjusted to read, "The FINAL Word."
Here's our blog point (to both believers and unbelievers
People have opinions on many things, BUT, in reality, just
how authoritative are those opinions? Will they stand in
a setting where other views are also present? Just who
will have the last or final word?
Given humanity's limited wisdom and power, it's wise to be
open to God's unlimited wisdom and glorious power. HE
will have His final Word on all matters under the sun. Truth:
He will have His final Word on all matters under the sun!
Given His omniscience - He knows all things - and speaks
truthfully concerning future things, it's crucial we all bow to
this reality: God has determined a final judgment for all.
Are we prepared to give account in such a way He will
accept us? CLICK HERE for means toward reconciliation
with the one and only Savior - Creator God.
In this context, people's opinions will not be able to stand in
opposition against God's final, authoritative rulings. It's that
simple. So we ask in a caring manner: "Have YOU considered
this big-picture reality?" Are you at peace with the fact that
one day God will call each and every one of us to give account ...
to Him ... for the acts we've committed during our short lifetime?
Eternity is a long time. Lord God, thank You for being so clear
as to Your upcoming Great White Throne Judgment. May we
all do the right thing NOW and bow to You, the from-everlasting-
to-everlasting God above all gods.
Could It Ever Get To This?
Imagine the court of public opinion asking - after one of
their* strategy meetings - "What especially began the
fostering of our homeless communities? It was, by far,
the Christians who provided shelter, food, clothing, and,
may we never forget, who also included the message that
people are terrible sinners. The Christians are to be
blamed for our present situation. If they wouldn't have
encouraged the homeless lifestyle through their services
of enablement by giving to their needs, we wouldn't be
in the unwanted situation we're in today. CHRISTIANS
are to be blamed!"
Given Bible data concerning the end of days prior to the
initial appearing of our Savior - see Titus 2:13 - the war
against the Saints will indeed begin soon. Are we, as
followers of Jesus Christ, mentally, physically, emotionally
and spiritually prepared for this difficult season, especially
as we take a stand against the global agenda of darkness?
I've talked with many younger folks in churches today, ones
who tend to respond in a way that suggests they are NOT
ready for such a turn of events. Yet, in light of the Word of
God and in light of global cultural signs, we should indeed
be watchful in such a way that we are not ill-prepared
for this part of the end of days (when great animosity
toward enduring Saints takes place).
* Question: Who, really, comprise the court of public opinion ?
Is it really the majority OR is it a relatively small but vocal
group passionately heralding their loaded agenda, one which
often happens to be very satanic? Hmmmm
I Can Only Imagine
Ponder this potential scenario:
A top-of-the-line AI unit (like Sophia) being downloaded with
a biblical worldview!
Question: What would be the result?
AoC (Answer of Conjecture) :
This AI unit would say something to the effect: "This
download is incompatible with my current programming.
Download terminated." (meaning: download rejected)
This possibility highlights a REAL (that is, a present reality)
concern, and it's this:
The biblical worldview is considered dangerous and is viewed
as hostile by many today.
Do you receive emails from Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) ?
If so, do you recall a June, 2019 email from VOM, the one
titled, "The Bible is our Enemy" ? In this June email article,
VOM included the quote immediately above, one from those
bringing persecution against true followers of Jesus Christ.
We (at Endurance Ministries), through our Truth Foundations
and Truth Matters ministry efforts, have been bringing warnings
along these lines for decades now. The Bible is deemed evil by
those who reject God's kind Word. A growing number of these
folks go on to say those who persist in proclaiming its messages
need to be confronted.
That being the case, we need to better discern our day as
the period of time outlined in Matthew 24:9-14. Yes, you've
read - heard us - correctly: We are in the days of Mt. 24:9-14.
As faithful Ambassadors of YHVH God - by His grace - here's
our watchmen-on-the-wall counsel:
Go to the Word of God for crucial insight for living in these
days prior to
1. the debut of the antichrist;
2. the war against the Saints; and,
3. our final trumpet rapture gathering.
Use the reading schedule below (in the next blog) if you're
not currently using a Bible reading schedule for your regular
devotional time with the soon-coming King.
2019 Bible Reading Schedule (October - December)
Father God, please open our eyes as we enjoy Your Word!
1 Revelation 1
2 Revelation 2
... etc. ...
21 Revelation 21
22 Revelation 22
23 I Timothy 4
24 II Timothy 3
25 II Timothy 4
26 John 16
27 I Thes. 4
28 John 14
29 II Thes. 2
30 I Corinthians 15
31 Revelation 11 & 14
1 Daniel 1
2 Daniel 2
... etc. ...
11 Daniel 11
12 Daniel 12
13 Mark 13
14 Matthew 24
15 Matthew 25
16 Luke 17
17 Luke 21
18 Hebrews 1
19 Hebrews 2
20 Hebrews 3
21 Hebrews 4
22 Hebrews 5
23 Hebrews 6
24 Hebrews 7
25 Hebrews 8
26 Hebrews 9
27 Hebrews 10
28 Hebrews 11
29 Hebrews 12
30 Hebrews 13
1 Psalm 1
2 Psalm 2
... etc. ...
22 Psalm 22
23 Psalm 23
24 Matthew 1
25 Luke 3
26 Philippians 2
27 Hebrews 12
28 Revelation 21
29 Revelation 22
30 Psalm 150
31 Ecc. 12
The POINT Of The Fig Tree Parable
There is much misrepresentation taking place today.
In this blog we'd like to address how some misrepresent
a teaching point our Lord Jesus made during His address
on the end of days before His return. AFTER addressing
key chronological events (see Matthew 24:3-31), our Lord
makes the following point:
"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch
has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know
that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these
things [the things He highlights in verses 4-31], know that
it [or "He"] is near - at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you,
this generation will by no means pass away till all these
things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but
My words will by no means pass away."
(Mt. 24:32-35 ; NKJV)
The point of this parable is simple: When we see the
events of verses 4 - 31 unfold, we know His return to the
earth is near.
Mark 13 puts it this way: (repetition for emphasis' sake)
"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch
has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you
know that summer is near. So you also, when you see
these things happening, know that it [or "He"] is near - at
the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by
no means pass away till all these things take place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by
no means pass away." (Mark 13:28-31 ; NKJV)
The point in this parable is simple: When we see
the events of verses 5 - 27 unfold, we know His return
to the earth is near.
A popular DVD presentation titled The Coming
Convergence * (2017 by Brent Miller Jr. and team)
would have us believe something different. They
teach the fig tree of this Olivet Discourse is the
re-establishment of the nation of Israel. Time and
time again they make this appeal. This is simply
NOT correct. While the coming back of the nation
of Israel is one important aspect of end-time Bible
prophecy, the re-emmerging of the State of Israel
is emphatically NOT the fulfillment of this fig tree
parable. The context is clear. The re-gathering of
Israel is not highlighted in our Lord's address.
Instead, other events are (highlighted) - ones
which take place before our Lord's 2nd Advent
to the earth. Let's heed the true point of the
fig tree parable!
WHY do I take the time to highlight this example?
Because there continue to be many appeals which
do NOT state the clear message of Bible texts
addressing end-time matters. Jonathan Cahn's
new book titled The Oracle is yet another example
of attributing certain fulfillments to Bible prophecy.
But are his interpretations always correct? Is
Jonathan our source for end-time prophecy or
is our source the explicit Word of God?
So how shall we now live in light of false prophetic
voices which bring false teaching concerning the clear
Bible Truths our God has graciously bestowed?
We go back to His Word and allow the text to say what
it actually says. For help in affirming the actual data
of the Mt. 24 text dealing with crucial chronological
details, please CLICK HERE.
* There are many good points in this prophetic DVD
presentation. End time Bible prophecies are indeed
unfolding today. BUT if we impose false interpretations
on the clear data of texts in their context, we potentially
run the risk of contributing to misinformation on God's
important contemporary Counsel on current cultural
affairs. Beware! Thank You, Lord, that You provide
discerning insight in this deceptive day! Open our
eyes, please, as we continue taking in Your precious
Word. In Jesus Christ's holy name we pray, amen.
Jesus Christ speaking: "Let not your heart be troubled;
you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's
house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive
you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
And where I go you know, and the way you know."
Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You
are going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said
to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through Me."
(John 14:1-6 ; NKJV ; emphasis and link ours)
Unlike other past spiritual leaders, Jesus Christ is the
way, the truth and the life. As the Truth, how might we
abide in the Truth of Jesus Christ? Once again, He
graciously brings precious Insight:
"If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
you free." (from John 8:31, 32 ; NKJV)
God seriously graces us with His Truth, Counsel which
has eternal significance! His words above bring such
refreshment, as do His other teachings.
While some may seek to dirty the Truth above, it is
indeed one of the essential doctrines of the Faith.
Those who obey the Lord's Counsel walk in blessing -
forever - and will thrive. Those who do not will wish
they had - forever.
In these end of days, may we walk in His light and in
so doing rise above the deceptive darkness in the land.
May the fruit of His Spirit - Galatians 5 - be our sweet
and abundant blessing as we abide in God's holy Vine,
Christ Jesus, the Son of God.
OCTOBER 14 note:
In light of our ministry schedule, the commentary blogs which
follow - unless stated otherwise - are PAST posted blogs
which continue to offer crucial Gospel and Discipleship insight
tied to life in Christ today.
We will post these blogs through the rest of the year - 2019 (except
for two new concluding CB blogs at the end of the year, Lord willing).
Instead of being numbered CB1A;19, CB1B;19, etc., (commentary
blogs), they will be numbered PCB10C;19, etc. (past commentary
THANK YOU for understanding our need to direct more time and
effort toward live presentations at local churches. Please email
us if you would like information about our more personal ministry
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.
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