Monday, October 24, 2016


The following article was written by Matt Slick.  The Bible version used is the NASB.


Jn. 1:1 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
John 1:14 - "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Jn. 5:18 - "For this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God."
Jn. 8:24 - "I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins." 
     [Note: In the Greek, "He" is not there.]
Jn. 8:58 - "Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.'" 
     [Note:  Ex. 3:14, "And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM'; and He said, Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’"]
Jn. 10:30-33 - "I and the Father are one."  The Jews took up stones again to stone Him.  Jesus answered them, "I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?"  The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God."
Jn. 20:28 - "Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"
Col. 2:9 - "For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form."
Phil. 2:5-8 - "Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Heb. 1:8 - "But of the Son He says, "Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom." 
     [Note:  Quoted from Ps. 45:6, "Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Thy kingdom."
Mt. 2:2 - "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?  For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him." 
     [Note:  Jesus declared on God was to receive worship in Mt. 4:10, "Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan!  For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'" 
Mt. 2:11, "And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh."
Mt. 14:33, "And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "You are certainly God’s Son!"
Mt. 28:9, "And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them.  And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him."
Jn. 9:35-38, "Jesus heard that they had put him out; and finding him, He said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"  He answered and said, "And who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?"  Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you."  And he said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped Him."
Heb. 1:6, "And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, 'And let all the angels of God worship Him.'"

Matt Slick is affiliated with C.A.R.M. - The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


The next event on God's calendar will be the end of the Church Age, at which time all born again believers will be removed from this earth via the Rapture (catching away - Jn. 14:1-6; 1 Cor. 15:50-53; 1 Th. 4:13-18), there will remain three groups of people:  Jews who failed to trust in Jesus, Gentiles who failed to trust in Jesus, and, believe it or not, an organization known as the Church!  These are they that call themselves Christians, but they do not recognize His authority, nor would they allow Him to even be a member (Rev. 3:14-22)!

Following the Church Age, there will be a seven-year period known by three names:  1.  "Daniel's Seventieth Week" (Dan. 9:24-27); 2.  "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jer. 30:7); and 3.  "The Tribulation (Mt. 24:3-29; Rev. Ch. 6-18).  During this time, millions will be martyred for refusing to deny Christ (Rev. 7:9-17)!

After the seven-year Tribulation has been fulfilled, Jesus Christ will return to this earth, only this time, He will not come as "The Lamb of God," but He will be known as "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah - (Rev. 5:5)!  He will judge the nations based upon how they treated His brethren (Israel)during The Tribulation (Mt. 25:32-46).  Those who were kind to Israel will be permitted to enter into His Millennial Kingdom, during which, Satan will be bound and will not have any influence over mankind (1000 year rule on this earth - Rev. 20:1-6).  Following the Millennium, Satan will be freed to lead mankind in a rebellion against Christ.  He will gather the nations of the world into his army and will surround Israel and their Messiah (Rev. 20:7-8).  God will send fire down upon them, and they will all be killed (Rev. 20:9). 

After Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:10), the dead will all be raised to stand before the Great White Throne, to be judge (Rev. 20:11-15).  Although their lives will be judged and found guilty of sin "out of the books according to their works," there still remains one "book" which is the basis for each person's eternal destiny:  "The Lamb's Book of Life" (Rev. 13:8; 21:15).  If their name is not written in it, they will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.  If it is there, they will have trusted in the "Lamb"; they will have trust in Jesus Christ, and they will spend eternity with Him, on the New Earth (Rev. 21:1 - 22:17)!  Christ's last warning for people to repent and turn to Him is found in the last verse of the Book of Revelation:

He which testifies of these things says, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


For many years, I have been concerned about the message the Church is preaching to the lost world, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ has been totally ignored!  People say, "I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was younger, but over time, I came to know Him as my Lord."  Sounds good, right?  Well it is not!  The message of the Church, from its very beginnings, was that "Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He was raised again from the dead according to the Scriptures"  (1 Cor. 15:3-4).  That, after all, IS the Gospel, right?  It is, but something about that message seems to be missing.  The passage goes on to identify the risen Christ as the Lord (Jesus is called Lord 50 times in 1 Corinthians, and 4 of those are found in chapter 15)!  We read in 1 Corinthians 6:14, "And God hath both raised up THE LORD...."  He was raised from the dead to rule over His body, which is the Church (Eph. 4:15; 5:23; Col. 1:18; 2:10; etc.)!  In Luke's writings, there are numerous examples of him recognizing the Lordship of Christ:

*  Luke 24:3 - "And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus."
*  Acts 1:21 - "...all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us."
*  Acts 4:33 - "...the resurrection of the Lord Jesus...."
*  Acts 7:59 - "...Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
*  Acts 9:29 - "And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus...."
*  Acts 11:17 - "...who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ...."
*  Acts 11:20 - "...spoke unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus."
*  Acts 15:11 - "...through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved...."
*  Acts 15:26 - "...have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
*  Acts 16:31 - "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...."
*  Acts 19:5 - "...they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."
*  Acts 19:10 - "...Asia heard the Word of the Lord Jesus...."
*  Acts 19:17 - "...the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified."
*  Acts 20:21 - "...repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."
*  Acts 20:24 - "...I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel...."
*  Acts 20:35 - "...remember the words of the Lord Jesus...."
*  Acts 21:13 - " die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
*  Acts 28:30-31 - "And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him."

Finally, look at what the Apostle Paul wrote concerning how one is born again:

"That if thou shalt CONFESS (tell others of your faith in Him) with thy mouth THE LORD JESUS, and shalt BELIEVE in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man BELIEVES unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Rom. 10:9-10)!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016



*  John 1:1, 14 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."

*  John 3:15-18 - "...whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.  He that believeth on Him is not condemned:  but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

*  Philippians 2:5-11 - "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

*  Colossians 2:8-9 - "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."

*  1 Timothy 3:16 - "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."


Matthew 8:29; 14:33; 27:43, 54;  Mark 1:1; 3:11; 15:39; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 8:28; John 1:34, 49; 3:18; 5:25; 9:35-36; 10:36; 11:4, 27; 20:31; Acts 8:37; 9:20; Romans 1:34; 2 Corinthians 1:19; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:13; Hebrews 4:14; 7:3; 1 John 3:8; 4:15; 5:10, 12, 13, 20; Revelation 2:18!


"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?
He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son!"



In Acts 2:1-47, Luke wrote about the "birth of the Church."  Verse 1 reveals that it occurred on the day Israel celebrated the "Feast of Pentecost" (a.k.a. "Feast of Wave Loaves" and the "Feast of Weeks").  Verse 4 tells us that it was at that time, that Christ's disciples were "filled with the Holy Ghost."  Verses 46-47 say, "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people.  And the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved."

Pentecost is the only Feast of the Lord which did not forbid the use of leaven; in fact, leaven was required (Lev. 23:16-17)!  Leaven, throughout the Scriptures, always symbolizes sin.  See the following examples:
*  Matthew 16:6, 11-12 - "Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees....How is it that ye do not understand that I spoke it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?  Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
*  Luke 12:1 - "In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, He began to say unto His disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."
*  1 Corinthians 5:6-8 - "Your glorying is not good.  Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:  therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
*  Galatians 5:9 - "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump."

In Matthew 13, Jesus, using parables, give us pictures of the growth of the Church.  For instance, in verses 1-8 and18-23, we find that Jesus sows the Word, and only one in four believe in Him.  In verses 24-30, we see that the Church will be infiltrated by false believers.  In verses 31-32, the Church has small beginnings, but it grows so large that it is again infiltrated by God's enemies (fowls of the air - see verses 4 and 19).  In verse 44, the Church is mysteriously "hidden in the world."  In verses 45-46, the Church is "buried treasure."  In verses 47-50, a net is used to describe God separating out His Church from the rest of the world.

But the parable which best describes the "two leavened loaves" which constitute the Church, is found in verse 33, where we read:  "Another parable spoke He unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."  The two loaves of Pentecost symbolize the Church being made up of believers in Christ:  less than perfect Jews, and less than perfect Gentiles (see Rom. 3:9; Gal. 2:7; Eph. 2:11-22; Col. 3:11; etc.).  The Lord will finish what He has started in those of us who believe in Christ (Phil. 1:6; 1 Jn. 3:2)!!!!!!!
I cannot wait until my "change comes!"  

Wednesday, October 19, 2016



Job 21:30 (SLV) - Are not the wicked reserved to the Day of Destruction?  They shall be brought forth on the Day of Wrath.

Zephaniah 1:14-15 (SLV) - The great Day of the LORD is near, it is near, and it is coming quickly, listen for the sound of the Day of the LORD:  the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.  That day is a Day of Wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of waste and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.

Romans 1:18-20 (SLV) - For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is revealed to them; for God hath showed it to them.  For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse!

Romans 2:5-6 (SLV) - Because of your hard and unrepentant heart, you continue to do things that warrant God's judgment which you will receive on the Day of God's Wrath, at the revealing of the righteous judgment of God, Who will render to every man according to his deeds.


Romans 5:8-11 (SLV) - BUT God demonstrated His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only that, but we also rejoice in knowing God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom we have now received the atonement, that is, the full payment for our sins!

1 Thessalonians 1:10 (SLV) - We wait for His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, Who delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (SLV) - God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we are alive, or we have died, we shall live together with Him.

Revelation 3:10 (SLV) - Because you have patiently trusted My Word, I will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016



Matthew 24:3 (Skip's Lighthouse Version - SLV) - "And as Jesus sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be?  And what shall be the sign of Your return, and of the end of the age?" 
[Note:   Christ's return and the end of the age occur at the same time (Rev. 19:11-21).  Christ's disciples were still under the Age of the Law which according to Daniel 9:24-27, will not end until after the last seven years of it, known as the Tribulation.  According to verse 27, the last "week of years" will be divided into two halves.  The second half is known as the Great Tribulation (Mt. 24:21), and it will begin when the Antichrist commits the abomination of desolation.] 


Matthew 24:15-21 (SLV) - "When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whosoever reads this, let him understand):  then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:  let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:  neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day (evidence Jesus was speaking about Jews experiencing this event):  for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."

Daniel 9:27 (SLV) - "And Antichrist shall confirm the covenant with many for seven years: and in the midst of the "week of years," he shall cause the sacrifice and the sacrifices to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until its completion, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." 
[Note:  See also Dan. 11:31 and 12:11.]

Revelation 13:4-6 (SLV) - "And they worshipped Satan which gave power unto the Antichrist: and they worshipped the Antichrist, saying, Who is like unto the him?  Who is able to make war with him?  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven."

Matthew 24:29-30 (KJV) - "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:  and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."

Monday, October 17, 2016


1 Thessalonians 5:21 - "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
     *  Acts 17:10-11 - "And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea:  who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so."   
     *  Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." 

1 Thessalonians 5:22 - "Abstain from all appearance of evil."
     *  Romans 6:11-13 - "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God."
     *  2 Timothy 2:19 - "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His.  And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."

1 Thessalonians 5:23 - "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
     *  1 Corinthians 1:4-8 - "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:  so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."
     *  Ephesians 5:26-27 - "That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."

1 Thessalonians 5:24 - "Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it."
     *  Romans 8:28-30 - "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified."
     *  1 Corinthians 1:9 - "God is faithful, by Whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord."
     *  Philippians 1:3-6 - "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Chris."
     *  Philippians 2:13 - "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure."