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CB1A - January, 2020
Our 2020 End-Time Bible Reading Schedule (January - March)
The Bible comes from One who is transcendent to us - as
high as the heavens are above the earth. For those wise
enough to discern and steer clear of the dark has God said ?
influences and horrific bondages, be enriched by the following
devotional reads, especially in light of Jesus Christ being the
Way, the Truth and the Life!
1 John 1
2 John 2
... etc. ...
20 John 20
21 John 21
22 I John 1
23 I John 2
24 I John 3
25 I John 4
26 I John 5
27 II John
28 III John
29 Matthew 24
30 Matthew 25
31 Mark 13
1 Luke 1
2 Luke 2
... etc. ...
23 Luke 23
24 Luke 24
25 I Thes. 4
26 I Thes. 5
27 I Cor. 15
28 II Thes. 2
29 John 14
1 Matthew 1
2 Matthew 2
... etc. ...
27 Matthew 27
28 Matthew 28
29 I Timothy 4
30 II Timothy 3
31 II Timothy 4
Father, may the milk and meat of Your Word nurture
us such that we are prepared, each and every day -
equipped to be Your fruitful Ambassadors in Your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. May You be honored and praised
as we are about Your Kingdom work of Gospel proclamation
and Discipleship. THANK YOU for the honor and privilege
to be graciously extended a part of this significant service
opportunity! May we do it motivated by what motivated You
to secure it - salvation - in the first place: LOVE for needy
mankind! In Christ Jesus we pray. Amen
CB1B - January, 2020
Just Sharing ...
The love of Jesus Christ compels us.
As we walk in His grace under the direction of His precious
Holy Spirit, we care about folks to the degree we avoid false-
hope flattery. Will we endure in loving people to the extent
of being willing to offer both biblical exhortation and corrective
warning? YES, we will, for we wish to be better than simply
As a caring parent shows love through counsel - sometimes in
the form of you should (s) and/or you shouldn't (s) (for example,
"Don't play with fire, you may get burned") - so too does our heavenly
Father offer Counsel which includes prohibitions. "Don't follow after
false gods." "Don't be deceived by all the false ways of these end
of days." Indeed, His you should nots are love driven. God is good.
Thank You holy Father!
He also offers you should Counsel. "Love the LORD your God with
all your heart, mind, soul and strength." "[You should] see to it that no
one deceives you." (repetition for the sake of emphasis) "Love in
action, not simply in word."
As God graciously bestows caring Counsel, so too do we offer this
loving Counsel - not our counsel, mind you, but His Counsel.
But you know what? It's up to each one of us to accept it ... or
reject it (and let's not fail to discern: ignoring it is rejecting it!).
Here's a worthy reality check ...
God's Word will be fulfilled, including the reality that all will one day
give account to Him. Remember, God is not mocked - Galatians 6.
So we offer this (His!) we should conclusion:
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and
keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring
every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether
good or evil." Ecc. 12:13, 14 (NKJV)
"If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar;
for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how
can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment
we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother
also. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,
and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is
begotton of Him. By this we know that we love the children of
God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this
is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His
commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of
God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has over-
come the world - our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world,
but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"
I John 4:20 - 5:5 (NKJV)
CB1C - January, 2020
On One Pressing Thing To Ponder
Things are good ... at least some of them!
Philippians 4:8 encourages God's people in Jesus Christ to
meditate on certain things. One Bible topic which includes
all the things (true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good
report) is the love of God.
Recently, upon contemplating more personally on this thing - the
love of God for ME - I had a (positive) melt down. His love for me
(as I took the time to be quiet before Him and consider His active,
I Cor. 13:4-8a love) brought tears to my eyes, to say the least.
His loving presence floored me.
Perhaps YOU need a like blessing.
If you're willing, make time to sit at Christ Jesus' feet and ponder
His love ... for YOU.
Consider including in your meditations the following Truths/truths:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting
life." John 3:16 - NKJV Reread this verse substituting "the world"
with the first person, singular pronoun: "For God so loved ME
that He gave ..."
"How deep the Father's love for us [me], how vast beyond all measure;
that He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure."
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 - NKJV Personalize this
precious passage: "But God demonstrates His own love toward ME ..."
"O the deep, deep, love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean, in its fullness over me." Samuel Francis
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we
should be called the children of God! Therefore the world does not
know us, because it did not know Him." I John 3:1 - NKJV
Father, I praise You once again for the recent sacred experience You
graciously extended, one during which Your love lifted me. May others
be deeply touched as they spend sweet time with You too. In Jesus
Christ I pray, amen.
CB1D - January, 2020
DON'T Just Leave It To Imagination!
America, IT'S TIME to step up to the plate and further do our part!
You've most likely heard the lyrics, I can only imagine.
Imagine the past three years without the opposition we've
suffered - and I do mean suffer! - from the political enemies of
our great nation. How much more good would we have seen,
both nationally and internationally as we continue helping both
ourselves and other countries?
But it's time to ACT on what we know to be the case: Let's
value our VOTE to the extent of actually voting, voting to help
UN-Americans out of office so as to to get back to the beauties
of one nation under God ... a country that is true to its name:
UNITED states. Let's see these who are hurting US quieted
by not extending to them the privilege of further representation
due to their failure to live out the oath they took upon entering
Let's see (by doing our part) all three governmental arms of our
nation back to health. Begin, even now, actively encouraging a
perspective toward cleaning up the darkness presently manifesting
itself. Be a part of allowing LIGHT to overwhelm darkness. Do so
simply by action ... YOUR action. May we the people retain the
form of republic we have so enjoyed since its inception.
Father YHVH God, thank You for outlining, in Your Word, glorious
and sound principles for a society of justice, mercy and grace.
May we do our part to live out Your principles in our setting of
government here in the USA. In Jesus Christ's name, amen.
CB2A - February, 2020
On One Other Pressing Thing To Ponder
The present, end-of-days landscape, in part,
looks something like this:
The 2nd Wave
Another way of describing and discerning
current global culture, in the context of
pertinent thematic Bible data, is this:
End Time Bible Themes
Yet another way of highlighting our
present state, one which includes crucial
chonological Bible data, is this:
End Time Bible Chronology
In conclusion, because there truly are major
problems within many eschatological (end-
time) views today - Example 1, Example 2,
Example 3 - we offer the following end time
proposal for your prayerful and exegetical
End Time Bible Chart
CB2B - February, 2020
A Fair Request ...
Since we entered into formal ministry in 2000 we have tried to
approach addressing false matters in this way: We contact
those who are directly tied to the view we are confronting when
we can find ways to contact them. We have been writing to
individuals and ministries (respectfully raising concerns as the
Lord leads us) before taking the matter public, especially if
the matter is an end-time teaching in conflict with the explicit
data in God's Word.
We believe this fair approach honors some biblical principles,
especially as it relates to treating Family members and others in
ways consistent with Bible Truths. To date, very few have re-
sponded to our communications. We won't list those who we have
contacted here. Instead, we'd like to ask for similar treatment
from Family in Christ:
We ask for (what we believe to be) fair treatment from those who
contend against us. PLEASE, if you have response comments,
questions, etc. about the end-time view we propose, contact us
before going public with your criticisms. We are most approach-
able and have clearly posted means to get in contact with us. We
ask this for multiple reasons, one of which includes genuine care
for those who respond. Here's an example:
Some have misrepresented The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering
position over the years. IF these folks had simply contacted us
and discussed some of their concerns before going more vocal
(public) about their opposition, some of the issues would have been
dropped (due to faulty understanding of the position we espouse)
and no embarrassment would have occurred.
FACT: To date, we have responsed to everyone* who has taken the
time to contact us. This, too, is factual: There has not been
ONE explicit Bible-based rebuttal to the biblical end-time
position we put forth for prayerful and exegetical consideration
(not that has been communicated to us, anyway). A few have
written and we have responded. If you don't agree with these
factual claims, please contact us so we can talk it over.
"Thank you" in advance.
* This does not include the many emails we receive from others who
write to us in languages other than English. This also does not in-
clude solicitations appealing for our use of services others provide.
The word "everyone" includes those who write to us with questions,
comments - even criticisms - about the message(s) we herald and
the end-time position we promote.
If needed, tag, you're it.
CB3A - March, 2020
Q: Do we accept twisters ?
A definition of the term twister is needed in order to proceed.
We'll highlight two of the main definitions in this blog.
1. a person who twists (namely, for our purposes here, one who
distorts or perverts a defined definition, plan or viewpoint) ;
2. a tornado or cyclone
In response to the question above ...
A: We accept the existence of tornados/cyclones.
We also accept the existence of those who distort.
A second important matter on acceptance raises yet another
question. "WHY do we accept twisters?" Why do we act as
if we're okay with the actions of distortion or perversion? So
we now re-ask our initial questions above, this time with an
Why do we accept or put up with distortions which have HUGE
As the phrase goes, a picture paints 1,000 words.
I'll use the picture of fruit coming from a main paradigm (a
holistic way of viewing things) being lived out today. I'll do so
using the political landscape ... after all, it's the season!
One political party especially builds its worldview opinion on
relativism, a huge trait of the Postmodern perspective. As a
result, TONS of opinions are running around because , as
Protagoras put it, truth is relative, it's only a matter of opinion.
[ Another insightful article on this topic can be found here:
Postmodernizing the Faith ]
The FRUIT of the Democrat's foundation is destroying
them today. TOO MANY VIEWPOINTS !
The other political party, while accepting aspects of the
Postmodern paradigm, hasn't jumped in with both feet
and has been able to avoid, to a greater degree than the
Democrats, the chaos of this most destructive attitude.
[ Moving on to applying Daniel 9 - that is, OUR being
willing to confess our own contemporary worldview
or pop-Christian, perspective sins ... ]
But here's where it gets MOST sad given the twisters have
sold Postmodern relativism to many in churches today. This
relative half-truth perspective is not only ruining the secular
world but is also affecting the church (note: I use a small "c"
"What's YOUR view of the passage?" some ask. It may seem
nice to approach Bible inquiry in this way but do we discern the
fruits of applying a relative truth hermeneutic (approach to Bible
interpretation) to Bible Truth? Many do not. Yes, this fruit - too
many viewpoints! - is being used by darkness to undermine God's
Truths in radical ways today.
As the Democratic Party is in trouble due to the fruit of their own
worldview - Postmodern deception - so too are many churches
without a sound Truth Foundation because they have given
God's Word over to opinion. The fruit of this error is only
beginning to manifest itself. It will be even more destructive
in the years to come.
And once again, IF we'd but only listen, we'd find transcendent
Counsel. Judges 21:25 reads this way (ESV): "In those days there
was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes."
[ Our present relative fad has briefly popped up in the cultures of
mankind for millennia. ] But there's hopeful correction: The Word
of God graces Truth seekers with insight concerning this current
cultural affair! ]
So here's our soon-coming* fork in our road :
Will we listen to a new king who will capture the loving allegiance
of most of the world due to his charisma and supernatural mani-
festations? OR will we bow to the King of kings and honor Jesus
Christ and His written Word - the Bible - as our authority for faith
and life-action practice?
In this truth-is-relative day, many will follow the way of the antichrist
and be deceived by multiple rounds of twisters. Our Lord has fore-
warned us about this - see Matthew 24:4, 5, 11 & 23-26, not to
mention other passages!
May we exercise wisdom from on high and seek YHVH God's
insights on these contemporary matters. May we do so for our
best interests, for the best interests of others, and, ultimately, for
His glory and praise.
* A vacuum now exists. People are hungry for Truth. Will they
seek it from Creator God OR from darkness? God's people need
to, as love compels us, boldly speak His eternally significant Truths.
CB3B - March, 2020
In Response ...
We've received a few comments toward this end:
In the form of a question, "Why have you slowed (cut
back on) the posting of your new commentary blogs ?"
[ A couple comments, by way of connotation, included
this sentiment: We miss these blogs because they offer
helpful / insightful discipleship. ]
Our answer in response to the question above:
We continue writing blogs which, by God's grace, do discern
culture in light of Bible Truths BUT we no longer post some
of these materials on the Internet. We do share the new, un-
posted, pertinent messages in a personal context when we make
our live presentations at churches, schools, small groups, etc.
in the context of pulpit messages, seminars, conferences, (adult)
Sunday or Sabbath School series, mid-week Bible studies, etc.
IF you would like to glean these culturally relevant, cutting-edge,
Bible-based insights, simply contact our ministry and ask us
to come your way (for more personal ministry with you). We'd
sincerely be more than happy to prayerfully consider doing so if
you are located within the continental USA. Thank you in advance
for understanding our travel-area limitations.
Email our ministry field director, Dr. Jon Swanson, at
email@example.com for more information.
Note: Because of our unusual day (e.g., the growing threat of emails
failing to get to us), you may wish to assure your message is
getting through to us by snail-mailing us directly at:
P.O. Box 92098
Portland, OR 97292
Until then, enjoy our Online gifts (for now) - posted on our
"gift" page on this site.
CB3C - March, 2020
God's Gracious Insights ... The Warfare Of POSTURING
Branches within our (USA) government are further painting a
picture, one using the current COVID-19 pandemic!
They are, in various ways pertinent to their sphere of influence,
seeking to communicate this:
Citizens, lean on us, we'll take care of you.
Included with that chocolate carrot - hidden as it is - is the fine
print of their contractual obligations of those who would sign in ...
You need to comply when we need to implement
the we'll-take-care-of-you actions.
Endurance Ministries would like to suggest a different path:
Instead of complying to the extent of (one day) compromising
essentials of Bible faith, let's take the intiative on our own God-
given authority. Let's take care of ourselves and our immediate
communities of which we're a part.
A portion of the present reality picture includes smaller
battle-field efforts. For example: State authority voices are
being further elevated; church authority voices are being
further diminished. Hmmmmmmmmm
Note: Future discernment today ...
The antichrist will one day use the conditioned attitudes of
governmental dependence to further secure his attempt at
Creator, Savior and Lord God, help us better discern our day
in light of Your eternal Truths forever settled in heaven. May You
help us do so for our best interests, for the big-picture interests
of the lost, and ultimately for Your eternal glory and praise. In
Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen.
P.S. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have been
hit by - one way (illness or loss) or another (affect upon
personal and/or family employment) - the Coronavirus.
P.P.S. We are thankful to the Lord for our readers. One
suggested we add the following (knowing our hearts) ...
and varying help from the govt in this time. It is important that we are
set up in the best possible way to deal with the virus and the economic
and vocational fallout that has and may well continue to bring hardship
on many. My counsel is this, 'Do not be in a position where relying upon
govt aid is necessary.' This can and should be a 'trial' that we learn from.
Maybe ask yourself these questions: 'When this happens again, or per-
haps even something much worse, will I be prepared? How can I prepare?
but prudent ways to my neighbors?'"
Once again, thanks for sharing dear readers! We love you too.
CB3D - March, 2020 (Posted just before 10:00 AM - PST - on 3/26)
Some FACTUAL Observations ...
In responding to the COVID-19 challenge, governmental
authorities have put out guidelines. For example ...
The first guideline in the document above states US Americans
are to follow the directions of our State and Local Authorities.
I reside in Idaho. I'll use our governor's most recent
"guidance" documents (which, as the documents read,
address a stay at home "order.") :
Our observations and concerns here at Endurance Ministries:
The "essential" services and facilities list allows for exemptions from
the STAY AT HOME order. These exceptions do NOT include
religious activity - at all. The documents are silent on the matter of
spiritual practice in any gathering context - small group gatherings
Our question for the governing authorities:
On what grounds do you limit the expression of religious practice?
Some - as our governor has communicated , for example -
say the reason for our stay-at-home order is to protect our elderly
and general population. Okay, great reasons, but surely there is
much more to this matter. We raise one growingly pressing concern
In our county - Benewah County - there's not ONE case of COVID-19
registered (at the time of the posting of this blog). No, this does not
mean the virus is NOT present in our county. It does mean, however,
that the virus threat is NOT as great as in "hot spots" across our nation.
(Dr. Marc Siegel nails this matter when he suggests focusing greater
restrictions in hot spots while at the same time loosening restrictions
in less-threat areas - see March 25, Fox News article for specifics.)
In light of our concerns, we respectfully observe and ask:
WHY are church services (gatherings of any size) now not allowed
in areas where there is much less threat at present? And WHY
don't you - governing authority voices which represent all national
commitments - allow groups other than yourselves and those groups
YOU deem "essential" to be granted stay-at-home exceptions?
You've neglected a HUGE populace: the Christian community.
WHY do you decree - you've given an "order" - as a VIOLATION,
a gathering of less than 10 individuals for spiritual ministry purposes?
(The State of Idaho now restricts even small group meetings by their
new stay-at-home order, especially given church meetings are NOT
exempt - at the very least, they are not listed in the "essential services"
FAMILY IN JESUS CHRIST :
This present COVID-19 training event is a precursor to even
greater government threats to our God-given freedoms.
Do you recall our recent blog (CB3A;20 above) on "twisters" ?
So as to avoid being misrepresented by some who would twist
what we're seeking to say here, we include these clarifications:
1. We are NOT belittling the need to address this viral threat;
2. We don't reject common-sense preventative measures like
"social distancing." What we do take exception to are some
of the governmental extremes! Case in point:
As in Idaho, we find these extremes currently in place:
Stay at home
Gatherings, even ones practicing precautions, are closed
The list of "essential services" do NOT include faith
expressions - at all.
So Family, here are some biblical principles paramount at this time:
~ Prayer to YHVH Creator God for His intervention on our behalf
~ Ministry in His name - both Gospel and Discipleship efforts
~ Loving Him supremely and others as ourselves
In closing, the governmental extremes above, especially in areas
where the threat is low, are in conflict with our God-given rights, our
Constitutional freedoms, and some of our personal spiritual convictions.
So where do we go from here?
or perhaps some of our national governing officials can bring better
BALANCE to their orders by reconsidering their present position.
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Follow-up posted on 3/28/20 …
We continue in prayer for the effects of the
Coronavirus. We are also offering help to our
fellow mankind when asked to do so. May God
grant us wisdom as we seek to respond correctly.
On Friday, 3/27/20, the State of Idaho added the
following (“additional guidance”) to the list of
exceptions to the stay at home order, and I quote:
Updated March 27, 2020
Question: May clergy or church members get together
to stream or record religious services?
Answer: Yes. The recording or streaming should be done by
the minimum number of individuals necessary, following Social
Distancing Requirements. I am grateful to Idaho’s religious
leaders for caring for the spiritual needs of their congregations
during this challenging time.
Please keep in mind, dear Church, Idaho’s “Order to self-isolate”
given two days prior – on March 25, 2020 – is still in effect.
On page 4 of the document we find this, and I quote:
“6. All people in Idaho shall immediately cease hosting or
participating in all public and private gatherings and
multi-person activities for social, spiritual and recrea-
tional purposes, regardless of the number of people
involved, except as specifically identified in Section 8.
Such activity includes, but is not limited to, community,
civic, public, leisure, faith-based, or sporting events;
parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers;
and similar activities. This prohibition also applies to
planned wedding and funeral events, with the excep-
tion that funerals are permitted so long as they occur
outside and comply with the Social Distancing Require-
ments as defined in Section 8.j.” (bold added to high-
light our areas of concern)
This raises additional questions which the Body of Christ
needs to address in preparation for future governmental
restrictions of our spiritual practices. This includes crucial
definitions of terms and phrases like “fellowship,” “educa-
tion,” “discipleship,” “Gospel activity,” “Outreach efforts,”
etc. All of the said events immediately above occur in the
context of gathering, which, according to the Stay-Home
order, are now prohibited.
Something to think and pray about, even discuss together.
We raise this concern because our “spiritual needs” extend
far beyond the viewing of recorded services, needs which
are outlined in God’s authoritative revelation to us.
May the precious God-given guidelines be acknowledged
as such: They are prescribed by God, not man. This includes
obedience to governing voices when they are not in conflict
with the Word of God as given in the 66 books of the Bible.
So how now should we then live?
And how shall we live in future days when the global
community crosses the line which we cannot cross?
CB3E - March, 2020
A CALL To Humble Confession
In light of Psalm 119:89, 160 …
In light of II Timothy 3:16, 17 and II Peter 1:20, 21 …
In light of contemporary false teachers who reject
God’s eternal principles – including the one below …
In light of the need of the hour …
II Chronicles 7:13, 14 reads
[ God speaking ]
When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or
command the locust to devour the land, or
send pestilence among My people,
if My people who are called by My name will
humble themselves, and pray and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear
from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal
their land. (NKJV)
We discern many – not all ! – of the ungodly will
continue in rebellion against God given the deceptive
bondage by which they are presently held captive, BUT
let US (those of us in Christ Jesus) not make the same
mistake of rejecting His call to repent.
Instead of blaming God for some of our present global
concerns, we His people need to follow in the footsteps
of Daniel – see Daniel 9.
And know this dear readers:
God is not asking for temporary lip-service apology
like we witnessed by many after 911. He’s asking us
to follow the examples of those in Nehemiah 8 (as
opposed to those persisting in the sinful Jer. 6:16-21
perspective [of verses 16c and 17c]).
And, if you’re presently an unbeliever:
He’s asking you to follow in the footsteps of the
ancient Ninevites – see Jonah 3 and Click Here
for Good News.
The loving judgment of God is upon the earth,
providing circumstances/opportunities to turn
from our wicked ways. Even in this loving discipline,
our God is good … and great … and greatly to be
May each of us respond to the love of God in ways
most beneficial to our eternal souls. In Jesus Christ’s
name we pray, unto Your glory and praise, amen.
CB4A - April, 2020
Our 2020 End-Time Bible Reading Schedule (April - June)
1 Mark 1
2 Mark 2
... etc. ...
12 Mark 12
13 Mark 13
14 Psalm 95
15 Psalm 32
16 Psalm 143
17 Psalm 102
18 Psalm 103
19 Psalm 37
20 Psalm 31
21 Psalm 35
22 Psalm 30
23 Psalm 42
24 Psalm 43
25 Psalm 63
26 Psalm 98
27 Psalm 103
28 Psalm 41
29 Psalm 52
30 Psalm 44
1 Psalm 45
2 Psalm 47
3 Psalm 48
4 Psalm 119:1-64
5 Psalm 119:65-128
6 Psalm 119:129-176
7 Psalm 49
8 Psalm 53
9 Psalm 50
10 Psalm 59
11 Psalm 60
12 Psalm 19
13 Psalm 46
14 Psalm 40
15 Psalm 54
16 Psalm 51
17 Psalm 55
18 Psalm 138
19 Psalm 139
20 Psalm 24
21 Psalm 29
22 Psalm 8
23 Psalm 84
24 Matthew 24
25 Matthew 25
26 Mark 13
27 Luke 12
28 Luke 17
29 Luke 21
30 John 14
31 John 16
1 John 1
2 John 2
... etc. ...
20 John 20
21 John 21
22 Psalm 56
23 Psalm 57
24 Psalm 58
25 Psalm 59
26 Psalm 60
27 Psalm 61
28 Psalm 62
29 Psalm 63
30 Psalm 64
Lord God, thank You for Your faithfulness in meeting
with us as we fellowship before Your holy face. May
Your Word penetrate our very depth of being such that
we glorify You as we are further conformed to the precious
image of Your dear Son. In Jesus Christ's name we pray.
CB4B - April, 2020
When playing the game of chess, one encounters the possibility
of multiple moves – many possible ones, actually. And, as we
also well know, the moves are made in light of a basic dynamic
of the game, namely ANOTHER player is involved. So while one
makes moves, it’s with the understanding the other player
may not make response moves in the way (or ways) anticipated.
A similar (Note well: pure analogies almost never exist, if they
exist at all) dynamic is found in future strategy efforts, a game
that is played but often played seriously by some because they
know the future is indeed coming … it’s a really real thing.
Because there are many extraneous variables when it comes to
projecting the future – mankind doesn’t actually KNOW the future –
plans made by these strategists may have to change. Unexpected
things happen. It’s the nature of this beast.
BUT here’s where we enter into an entirely different chess game.
Are we, as God’s people in Jesus Christ, wise enough to consider
an additional dynamic when we play Divine chess ? Do we truly
believe the but God perspective, especially that He knows the
actual future? Do we live our lives in light of this aspect of
Christians often say, “Of course we acknowledge this.”
But do we really?
If we really include – if we truly believe – God’s wisdom in this
significant life game, we’d live very differently than the way
most of us are living today. If we honestly accept His special
revelation, then His church doesn’t have to worry about un-
anticipated corrections/changes. As the analogy goes, we
don’t have to concern ourselves with our opponents going
in different directions (making different moves) than anti-
cipated. Pretty cool!
But some ask, “How so, especially given the many failed
words of counsel on this matter of end times ?”
This is our very point!
God KNOWS the actual future and has communicated key
(most crucial) elements of the future to us – ones that will
indeed come to pass. This is the dynamic of Divine chess
because He does indeed know all things … even the actual
Our appeal: There are a few conditions to our knowing
(correctly) His revelation about future things.
IF we care to retain God’s Big-picture wisdom which He
graciously grants, we need to keep in mind the following:
1. We MUST play by His rules and not inject human
strategy and opinion into the game. We must discern
the incorrect plans and projections of some Christians
because some of the teachings they herald are NOT in
accord with what God has clearly written.
For example: Following the unbiblical game plans
of A. Preterit theology (and the practical application
of this theological perspective: End-time
passages are not for today)
of B. Pre-Tribulationalism (and their tenet that
Christians won’t be on earth during the time
the antichrist seeks to rule)
of C. Pan-Mil / Pan-Trib (especially including this
attitude: We don’t need to concern ourselves
with end-of-days matters) …
following these game plans could be deadly.
If we base our moves on faulty theology (some examples
listed immediately above), we’re in jeopardy of loosing this
eternally significant game. Let’s think on [end time] things
that are actually True – Phil. 4:8.
2. We MUST avoid unbiblical extremes, especially those views
which reject the other facets of the explicitly biblical gem.
For example: Affirming John 10:29, John 3:16, Romans 10:9
and other passages while at the same time rejecting I Tim. 4:1,
Mt. 24:10, II Thes. 2:4 and other on-the-other-side-of-the-coin
passages is also deadly.
In other words, we must walk (play the Divine chess game) in
light of the full Counsel of God’s actual Word, not based on
opinions or interpretations of men, for partial truths can some-
times be used to entrap to the extent of eternally significant
All we’re saying here is this:
We must allow God’s revelation about the end of days to
be that which informs our understanding about future things.
Because His Word will unfold just as He says, we need to be
listening to His Words, not the words of some of the false
prophets and false teachers today.
As we discern the false appeals, we can be confident (in God!)
as we play the Divine chess game using HIS actual Truths.
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