Monday, September 30, 2013


It always amazes me that regardless of what the preacher's says in his sermon, folks from the same audience will think he is too literal in his interpretation of the Scriptures, or that he "spiritualizes" too much!  I received a note that said I was a false prophet because I was writing about the coming Antichrist, rather than writing about the Second Coming of Christ!  I would like to respond.

I do not claim to know anything about the future EXCEPT that Jesus Christ will return!  Everything else is totally based upon "an educated guess."  As for being educated, I do not apologize for spending years in Bible College and Seminary, because I did not attend to become an authority on God or His Word.  I did so because I love God and His Word, and cannot get enough of it to satisfy my hunger for a greater knowledge of Him, and of His will for my daily life! 

I find it ridiculous that someone who would take the time to read my printed thoughts about the future, as I try to understand it, could somehow come to the conclusion that I am presenting my speculation as fact.  I challenge him, and anyone else who holds such a ludicrous view, to re-read what I have written about His Royal Highness El Hassan bin Talal, and find one single statement which says he IS the Antichrist.  The title of my 9/28 post is "MY GUESS AS TO THE IDENTITY OF THE ANTICHRIST."  My first sentence states:  "I do not believe it is possible to know for absolute certain, the identity of the Beast of Revelation 13:1-10, but, just as there were dozens of 'clues' in the Old Testament prophecies as to the identity of Israel's Christ, there is one man living today, who appears to 'fit the bill.'"  The title of my 9/29 post is "HE IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY."

I have been taught that approximately thirty percent of the Bible is prophecy, and one third of that was fulfilled with the Virgin Birth, Crucifixion, Burial, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus, who is the Son of God.  That leaves two thirds of Bible prophecy that remains; of that one hundred percent will be fulfilled literally with His Second Coming!  Until I am with Him, I will spend my life awaiting His return with the confidence that goes far beyond our English definition of "hope!"  For evidence of my "hope," 1 John 3:2 is my favorite Bible verse - praise God!

Rom. 1:13; 11:25; 1 Cor. 10:1; 12:1; 2 Cor. 1:18; 1 Thes. 4:13; 2 Pet. 3:8


Sunday, September 29, 2013


For all those who read yesterday's post, I did not mention the individual's name for a reason:  I wanted you to look it up, and in so doing, verify what I wrote about him for yourselves.  As a result, I have received some criticism, and those who know me well, know just how vulnerable my "fragile psyche" is to negative comments.  So, I have decided to "lick my wounds," and give my "huge following" the identity of the man I suspect could become the "Son of Perdition," the "Antichrist," and the "First Beast of Revelation," (2 Thes. 2:18; Rev. 13:12; 1 Jn. 2:18). 

Since he is alive today, why did I say that I suspected he "could become" the nemesis of Israel during the seven-year Tribulation?  Well, first of all, I acknowledged that I am guessing as to his identity, and secondly, I believe he is not actually the "Son of Perdition," until he is indwelt by Satan.  The Bible indicates that like his predecessor before him, Judas Iscariot, the only other man to be called the "Son of Perdition," and who was not called that until after Satan entered into him (Jn. 13:27; 17:12), he will become the "Son of Perdition" when he is empowered by Satan following his miraculous recovery from a fatal head wound (Rev. 13:3-10).  Notice it is at that time that he becomes like Satan, and commits the "Abomination of Desolation" (Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:15; etc.).  He will then have three and one half years to torment Israel (Rev. 13:5).  

Some might ask, "Won't Christians know the moment he signs the seven-year agreement?"  Well, that very question proves that those asking it, do not understand two facts:  1) by the time he "signs it," the Church will already have been "caught up" to heaven in the Rapture (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:50-53; 1 Thes. 4:16-17); and 2) there is nothing in Scripture that says he "signs" anything!  Daniel 9:27 says that he will "confirm the covenant with many for one week."  "Confirm" means to agree with what already exists!  He doesn't sign anything! 

I believe the Antichrist is His Royal Highness Prince el Hassan bin Talal.  His Muslim faith, according to the Quran, requires him to deny that Jesus is the Son of God (1 Jn. 2:22)!  And the main reason he will not have to "sign the seven-year peace agreement," is because he was instrumental in forging the agreement!  In early October, 1994, King Hussein of Jordan sent Crown Prince Hassan to Washington to meet with the President Clinton. The White House responded that a meeting was possible on one condition: that it include Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel.  The Crown Prince agreed, and the three men met in the Oval Office!

Hopefully, this post will be discovered by those who miss the Rapture!  

Saturday, September 28, 2013


I do not believe it is possible to know for absolute certain, the identity of the Beast of Revelation 13:1-10, but, just as there were dozens of "clues" in the Old Testament prophecies as to the identity of Israel's Christ, there is one man living today, who appears to "fit the bill" when it comes to the future Antichrist.  See what you think.
*  Jesus was the 42nd generation from Abraham (Mt. 1:1-17).  This man, a prince, is the 42nd generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad through the male line of the Prophet’s grandson El Hassan.

*  This man is a prince from the royal family of the Nation of Jordan, and as such, he could be the "prince" of Dan. 9:26-27.

*  Jordan is a nation whose territory was once a part of the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman Empires (Rev. 17:7-11).  As such, he could be call "the Assyrian" (Isa. 14:25; 30:31; Mic. 5:5-6; etc.).

*  This man, although a Muslim, has studied at Christ Church, Oxford University, and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.  He speaks four languages fluently, and has a working knowledge of three others, including Hebrew.

*  Like the Antichrist, he is known as a man of peace (Dan. 8:25; 11:21, 24; Mic. 5:5; etc.).  This man is the moderator of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, and sits on the board of directors of the Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

*  In addition, he is a member of three of the most powerful organizations in our world today, whose singular goal is One World Government:
   -  He served as President of the Club of Rome from 1999-2007.
   -  He is a member of the international board of the Council on Foreign Relations.
   -  He is a member of the Trilateral Commission.

*  Finally, He has also authored or coauthored To Be A Muslim:  Islam, Peace, and Democracy; Christianity in the Arab World; and Palestinian Self-Determination:  A Study of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and acts like a duck...!


Friday, September 27, 2013


In Daniel 9:24-27, we read of "Daniel's Seventieth Week" [a.k.a. "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jer. 30:7), and "The Tribulation," the second half of which is "The Great Tribulation" (Mt. 24:21)].  This prophecy describes Israel's seven-year peace covenant with the man who, half way through the seven years, is revealed to be the Beast of Revelation (Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:15; Rev. 13:1-10). 

During the Great Tribulation, the Antichrist will seek to rule the entire world, but his primary goal will be the destruction of the Nation of Israel (Rev. 12:6-17).  And, unless you read all of what the Scriptures have to say about his efforts, you might come to the conclusion that he will succeed.  But, clearly he does not! 

To begin with, there will be a remnant of the Jews still living when Jesus returns to end the Great Tribulation (Mt. 24:31).  The Scripture says, "And the woman (the context is clear that the woman is Israel) fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days" (Rev. 12:6).  The real question is:  "who are "they" which protect and provide for the Jews?" 

There has to be a biblical explanation as to just who "they" are.  While I cannot say for absolute certain, I believe their identity is found in Daniel 11:41, which says, "He (Antichrist) shall enter also into the glorious land (Israel), and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon."

Revelation 12:14 accurately describes those three Transjordan states when it says, "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent."  Today, what was Edom, Moab, and Ammon, is now the nation of Jordan.  And, unlike most of the Muslim nations, Jordan has had a peace treaty with Israel since 1994.

Wouldn't it be just like God to use three Arab nations to help Israel?

Thursday, September 26, 2013


There are three verses in the Scripture that specifically mention God's Word being written on the hearts of men.  Isn't it ironic that each one addresses one of the three categories of people living in our world today:  Jews, Gentiles, and the Church!  In other words, no one will ever be able to stand before God and accuse Him of failing to reveal Himself to them.  God's judgment was, is, and always will be just!  We also see that God, as the Holy Trinity, desires all men be saved (2 Pet. 3:9)!

God's Word convicts the hearts of the Jews:
Jer. 17:1   "The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars."

God's Word convicts the hearts of the Gentiles:

Rom. 2:15   "Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another."
God's Word, lived out in the born again believer, convicts all of mankind:

2 Cor. 3:2-3   "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."

The Holy Trinity is working to save all men:

Jn. 6:44   "No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."

Jn. 12:32   Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me."

Jn. 15:26   " But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me."



Wednesday, September 25, 2013


2 Thessalonians 2:1-2:  "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him (the Rapture - Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:48-53; 1Thes. 4:16-17; etc.), that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by (a) spirit, nor by (a) word, nor by (a) letter as from us, as that the Day of Christ is at hand" (the Second Coming - Mt. 24:4; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 19:11-19; etc.).

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4:   Let no man deceive you by any means (Mt. 24:4-5, 11, 24; 2 Jn. 1:7; Rev. 12:9; 13:14; 18:23): for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (the apostasy - 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; etc.), and that Man of Sin be revealed, the Son of Perdition (the Antichrist - Dan. 7:8; 8:23; 9:26; 11:21, 36; Mt. 24:4-28; Rev. 13:1-10; etc.); who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God" (the Abomination of Desolation - Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:15; Rev. 13:1-18; etc.).

2 Thessalonians 2:5-9:  "Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things (Paul's message to them was that the risen Jesus is the Christ - Acts. 17:3)?  And now ye know what withholdeth ("what" used here is not a person but a thing) that he might be revealed (the Beast, a.k.a. the Little Horn, the Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition, and the Antichrist - see v.3 above) in his time (Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:15; Rom. 11:25; Rev. 13:1-18; etc.).  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way (the "thing" of v. 6 is called "He" in v. 7 - most believe that since the Rapture will occur prior to the revealing of the Antichrist, and because the Church is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, "it" refers to the Church, and "He" refers to the restraining work of the Holy Spirit within the Church).  And then shall that Wicked (one) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming (Isa. 11:4; Dan. 7:10-11; Hos. 6:5; Mt. 24:29-31; Rev. 19:11-21; etc.):  even (also) him (the False Prophet), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders" (Rev. 13:13-15).

Just as in this passage, the Book of Revelation is literal and sequential!
That which occurs on Earth is based upon time; that which occurs in heaven is not!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Much has been written about the difference between "the Kingdom of God," and "the Kingdom of Heaven."  Well known Bible teachers have suggested that "the Kingdom of Heaven" applies to the rule of Christ on Earth, and "the Kingdom of God" applies to all of Creation.  I do not agree for the simple, and most obvious reason:  only Matthew used the phrase "the Kingdom of Heaven."  Of the thirty-one times he used it, on five of the occasions being described, the other Gospel writers wrote "the Kingdom of God" (Mt. 5:3 / Lk. 6:20; Mt. 11:11 / Lk. 7:28; Mt. 13:11 / Mk. 4:11 & Lk. 8:10; Mt. 13:31 / Mk. 4:30 & Lk. 13:18; Mt. 19:14 / Mk. 10:14 & Lk. 18:16). 

Surely the writers of the other sixty-five books spoke of the Messianic Kingdom on Earth, and the Heavenly Kingdom of God on high!   It is also interesting that the only times the Gospel of John mentions a kingdom, is when Jesus was talking to a Jew (Nicodemus), where He calls it the "Kingdom of God" (Jn. 3:3-5), and when he was talking to a Gentile (Pilate), where He call it "My Kingdom" (Jn. 18:35-36)!

In the Old Testament, the concept of "the Kingdom of God" refers to the Nation of Israel.  Perhaps that is true of its New Testament usage as well.  Of the one hundred forty-nine times it appears in the New Testament, one hundred thirteen occur in the Synoptic Gospels (Mt. 50x; Mk. 19x; Lk. 44x).  It only occurs thirty-six times in the rest of the New Testament (Jn. 4x; Acts 8x; Rom. 1x; 1 Cor. 4x; Gal. 1x; Eph. 1x; Col. 2x; 1 Thes. 1x; 2 Thes. 1x; 2 Tim. 2x; Heb. 3x; Jam. 1x; 2 Pet. 1x; and Rev. 6x)!   
CONCLUSION:  By the time John wrote his Gospel, God was focusing upon Christ ascended and returning to “whosoever will;” that is, the Church.  The Synoptic Gospels represent Jesus, as the King of the Jews, offering Himself as the Messiah of Israel.  The Jews believed that their Messiah would be Israel’s King and Liberator, and that He would establish Israel as the dominant nation on earth.  Israel had no understanding of a suffering servant, despite Daniel’s and Isaiah’s prophecies, or that the Lord would come twice:  once to die, and a second to reign.  The period between His two appearings, known as the Church, was and is a mystery to them.
A perfect example of the Gospel of Matthew being written to the Jews, is found in Christ's description of the Jewish focus of the Tribulation Period, which will occur following the Rapture of the Church (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:48-53; 1 Thes. 4:16-17; Rev. 4:1). 

Mt. 24:4      False Christs (Messiahs/Kings of a kingdom)
Mt. 24:6      Hear of, but not experience wars (Israel at peace in first half of tribulation)
Mt. 24:7      Famines and pestilences elsewhere
Mt. 24:9      Messianic Jews persecuted in synagogues
Mt. 24:14    The Gospel is about an earthly Kingdom
Mt. 24:15    Only Jews would be offended by the Abomination of Desolation
Mt. 24:16    Those in Judea are to flee
Mt. 24:20    Only Jews care about the Sabbath
Mt. 24:23    False Christs mentioned after Jews flee
Mt. 24:24    “The Jews require a sign”  (I Cor. 1:22)
Mt. 24:29    The Great Tribulation is the second half of Daniel’s seventieth week
Mt. 24:30    “The Son of Man” refers to the Messiah of Israel

Monday, September 23, 2013


Every time someone writes about the "signs of the times," indicating the events of the last days are right around the corner, someone has to remind us that the person saying that is a false prophet.  They quote Mark 13:32-33, which says, "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." 

Well, I am going to risk being labeled as such, because I believe those verses are being taken out of context!  It is true that the exact day, and the exact hour were unknown to human beings, but the Word of God says nothing about the week, the month, the season, or the year.  In fact, the context would indicate that believers should be watching for signs.  Look at these excerpts from the verses which precede Mark 13:32-33: 
"For many shall come in My name. . . ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. . . nation shall rise against nation. . . there shall be earthquakes in divers places. . . there shall be famines and troubles. . . they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten. . . the gospel must first be published among all nations. . . ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake. . . ye shall see the abomination of desolation. . . For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce. . . the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light. . . the stars of heaven shall fall" (Mk. 13:6-27).
Jesus even used a simile involving the annual cycle of the fig tree, to encourage His disciples to be vigilant.  He said, "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:  so ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors" (Mk. 13:28-29).
In addition, what was true in Mark's day, is not necessarily true today.  The passage is not referring to the Rapture of the Church, so that event still remains a mystery until it occurs.  The passage is about the Second Coming, and those who are alive during the Tribulation, will know exactly when He is returning:  seven years from the time the Antichrist confirms the peace covenant with Israel, and three and a half years from the time he commits the Abomination of Desolation (Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:3-29; Rev. 6 - 19; etc.)!

The Church does not need to know when the Rapture will occur.
We do need to observe the signs of His Second Coming and warn the lost!   

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Before God pours out His wrath upon the world during what is called the Tribulation (Mt. 24:29), Daniel's Seventieth Week (Dan. 9:27), and the Time of Jacob's Trouble (Jer. 30:7), true to form, He will remove from harm, all those to whom He has granted His grace (unmerited favor). 

Although Adam and Eve obviously benefited from the grace of God when He provided them with skins to cover their nakedness, the first time the word "grace" is specifically mentioned in the Word of God, has to do with Noah's being chosen to continue human existence.  Moses wrote:  "And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them.  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD"  (Gen. 6:7-8).  Noah was lifted up in the ship above the destruction below (Gen. 7:17)!

The second time the word "grace" is used has to do with Lot.  When the Lord had his fill of the sin the "cities of the plain," He sent two of His angels to escort Lot and his family to safety up in the mountains overlooking Sodom.  We are told that, like Noah, Lot had found grace in God's sight (Gen. 19:19)!  After much reluctance on the part of Lot, the Word says, "And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain. . ." (Gen. 19:30)!

During the Age of Grace, the Church Age, God has been warning the world for two thousand years, that there is judgment coming!  Jesus preached it (Mt. 24:3-29; etc.), Paul preached it (1 Thes. 1:9-10; 5:4-9; etc.), and John preached it (Rev. 6 - 18; etc.)!  But because the Tribulation is known as a time when God will pour out His wrath upon the world, and the Church has been promised to be spared from God's wrath, like Noah and Lot, we will be "lifted up above His wrath below" in what is called the Rapture of the Church (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:48-53; 1 Thes. 4:16-17; Rev. 3:10; 4:1; etc.)!

Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me" (Jn. 12:32).  And Paul wrote, "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thes. 5:9).

Because Jesus was lifted up in our place, we will be lifted up out of this place!  

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Although the word "Gospel" does not appear in the Old Testament, and although the Gospel was, and is, a mystery to the Jews (Rom. 16:25; Eph. 6:19; etc.), nevertheless, the Gospel was believed by the Old Testament Saints.  The Apostle Paul wrote, "And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the Gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed" (Gal. 3:8).  Abraham's lineage would become the genealogy of Jesus Christ (Mt. 1:1-25).  Just as the Jews cannot fully understand the Gospel due to their partial blindness (Rom. 11:25), for the born again believer, there is a mystery as to what we shall be like when Jesus returns for us (1 Jn. 3:2)!  And yet, we know it is going to be great! 

The Gospel starts to unfold as early as Genesis 3:15, which says, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; (He) shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel."  Seven verses later, the LORD God made coats of skins, and clothed them (I would bet my life on those skins being Lamb skins)! 

In Genesis 22:1-19, Abraham is described as not only believing the Gospel, he actually acted it out!  With Abraham playing the part of God, and Isaac acting in the role of the Son of God, they went to Mount Moriah to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord.  Mount Moriah (meaning "the mount chosen by Jehovah") is the original name for what would later become the Temple Mount (2 Chron. 3:1).  Golgotha, the "place of the skull," was a part of the mount upon which Jerusalem sits.  Isaac carried the wood on his back up the mount (Gen. 22:6), a clear picture of Christ carrying His cross to Golgotha (Jn. 19:17). 

While Abraham was told to stop, God did not stop the Roman soldiers, but permitted them to kill His only begotten Son.  When one considers the words of God to Abraham, "now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from Me" (Gen. 12:22), how much more was proven about God's love toward us in the sacrificing of His Son, our Passover Lamb (Jn. 1:29, 36; 3:16; 1 Cor. 5:7; etc.)?!

Because we believe, "perfect love casteth out fear!"            

Friday, September 20, 2013


As we see signs of the end times increasing all around us, Luke's warning needs to be shouted from the rooftops, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh" (Lk, 21:28)! 
Take earthquakes for example:  from 1986-96, there were "just" 15 earthquakes listed by U.S.G.S. of magnitude 7.0 or greater. But from 1997-07, there were 99 earthquakes with magnitude 7.0 or greater:  that is more than a six-fold increase!
America's President, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize before he even entered office, has not served a single day in which our troops were not engaged in combat somewhere in the world.  He has threatened to attack Syria, regardless of the overwhelming opposition of Congress, and even before the U.N. has finished its investigation into al-Assad's use of lethal gas on civilians!
In addition, Pope Francis, the leader of over two billion Roman Catholics, has not only declared that atheists and agnostics can go to heaven, he has now cautioned his followers to "lighten-up" on the subjects of abortion, homosexuality, and contraception.  The passage of Scripture that immediately comes to mind is Revelation 3:14-22!
I recently have become aware of a remarkably wise and talented young Bible teacher named Scottie Clarke (  His videos on Bible Prophecy, not only provide a clearer understanding of Eschatology, but they show how God's creations on day four (Gen. 1:14) provide additional signs of the Lord's soon return.  His teaching on the Blood Moon Tetrads, and the constellations of Leo, Virgo, and Ophiuchus, reveal much about the fulfillment of the last three Feasts of Israel (Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles), greatly help in our understanding of Revelation Twelve! 
"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished" (Isa. 51:6).   

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Following the Lord's Second Coming, there is going to be a judgment of the nations.  Many confuse this judgment with the Great White Throne Judgment that takes place following the Millennium (Rev. 20:1-15).  The Judgment of the Nations will take place prior to the Millennium, and will determine who will be permitted to enter into Christ's earthly Kingdom.  Matthew's Gospel presents a clear picture of this particular judgment. 
"When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:  and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:  and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. . . . Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Mt. 25:31-34, 41).
Note that Matthew used a simile to describe how Jesus will divide the sheep.  Jesus does not call the sheep "My sheep," for His sheep (the Church) were removed from this planet seven years earlier (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:50-53; 1 Thes. 4:16-17; etc.).

The two groups of people who will stand before Jesus in this judgment, will have lived during the seven-year Tribulation (Dan. 9:27):  the Gentiles who helped the Jews during the final three and a half years of  Daniel's Seventieth Week, when the Jews were on the run (Mt. 25:35-41), and Gentiles who would not respond to the needs of the Jews during that period (Mt. 25:42-45).

There is clearly another difference between the two groups, and that difference tells us why each group acted as they did during the Great Tribulation.  Those who helped them are described as "righteous," and the others must therefore be "unrighteous," because their sentenced to everlasting punishment (Mt. 25:46).  In other words, those who helped the Jews were saved; they had been declared to be righteous, and righteousness is a gift that is the result of faith in the Lord (Rom. 4:3; 5:19; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:6; Jam. 2:23; etc.)!

Righteous people are those who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Righteous people do all they can to help God's people:  Israel!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Recently, there has been a lot of talk on the social media about Pope Francis' recent comments on his belief that atheists and agnostics could go to heaven.   He stated that as long as they live according to their conscience, they would be accepted by God.  For those of us who believe the Bible is the final Word of God, and that the proclamations of the Pope are not equal to the Bible's teaching, we are not surprised at his statements.  After all, he is just a man to us, and therefore fallible. 

But to Roman Catholics, the words of the Pope are to be accepted as equal to the Bible; in fact, they are sort of "updated versions" of God's revelation to His people.  In other words, the Bible was "a good start," but God is a God of the "now," and as times change, so do His "truths."  There in, is the rub!  The vast majority of Catholics, perhaps over 99%, have never read the Bible!  And for those who fall into that huge percentage, what the Priests, Bishops, and the Pope say, IS truth.

The Pope has failed to recognize that apart from the new birth, a man's conscience cannot be trusted.  1 Timothy 4:1-2 says, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron."  Titus 1:15 says, "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled."

The Word of God is the only valid test of truth; it is not the opinion of one man, a committee of men, or the vast majority of men.  The Apostle Paul commended the Bereans for listening to his preaching with an open mind, but then going home and checking out if what he said matched the teaching of Scripture (Acts 17:11)!  So what does the Bible say about how one "qualifies for heaven?" 

*  Salvation is a free gift that can only be received by faith in the Giver (Eph. 2:8-9)!
*  Salvation requires faith in Jesus Christ, the ONLY WAY to the Father (Jn. 14:6)!
*  Salvation requires receiving Jesus Christ as LORD (Jn. 1:12; Rom. 10:9-10)!
*  Salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit in a man's heart (Jn. 3:3-8)!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Have you ever tried to help your child make a scale model of our Solar System?  It is nearly impossible!  First of all, in order for your model to have a one inch diameter ball represent the Earth, you would need a ball with the diameter of about thirteen feet, to represent the Sun.  In addition, at that scale, for you to place the planets in their relative orbits, the Earth would be approximately one thousand feet from the Sun.  So instead of you and your child constructing a scale model of the Solar System for Science class, you simply don't try; you take a few coat hangers, and a few Styrofoam balls of varying sizes, and we make what looks like a mobile for a baby's crib.

We have a similar problem when we try to make a time-line of the events in the Book of Revelation. 

*   Two chapters (2:1 - 4:1) represent the Church Age, from its beginning on the Day of Pentecost (Acts. 2:1) until the Rapture of the Church (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:48-53; 1 Thes. 4:16-17; etc.), a period of about two thousand years, so far. 

*   Thirteen chapters (6:1 - 18:24) represent just seven years, known as the Tribulation, the Time of Jacob's Trouble, or Daniel's Seventieth Week (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:4-29; etc.).  The first five chapters (6 - 10) describe the first three and a half years of a world in distress, but with Israel's "peaceful friend" protecting her (Mt. 24:4-14).  The middle three chapters (11 - 13) show the events surrounding the betrayal of Israel (Dan. 9:27; 12:11; Mt. 24:15; etc.).  The last five chapters (14 - 18) describe the Great Tribulation, the letting-loose of "hell on Earth" (Mt.  24:16-28)!

*   One whole chapter (19) discusses an event which could possibly occur in but an instant:  the Second Coming of Christ (Dan. 2:34-35; 44-45; Mt. 24:29 - 25:46; etc.)!    

*   Just seven verses (20:1-7) represent the one thousand year Millennium; the fulfillment of all prophecy concerning the reign of Israel's Messiah on Earth.

*   Then eight verses (20:8-15) cover the Great White Throne Judgment, and the end of this world as we know it.

*   Two chapters (21 - 22) complete the Book of Revelation by introducing us to our eternal future with God!
Regardless of when these things will happen, are you ready?
All who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ look forward to His return!  

Monday, September 16, 2013


Believers today look at the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and think:  why were they so blind; why were they ignorant of the Old Testament teachings concerning the "Suffering Servant?"  Part of the answer lies in the fact that they were Jews, and therefore, partially blinded to the truth (Rom. 11:25).  Part of the reason is that they did not have the Holy Spirit indwelling them, teaching them about Him.  And finally, part of the answer is that they did not have the New Testament to help them recognize Him.  That is why Jesus said to them, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself" (Lk. 24:25-27). 

THE HOLY SPIRIT:  Why is it that today's believer thinks he is so much smarter than those believers of Jesus' day?  My first response to that question is:  today we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, whose job it is to teach us and remind us of the teachings of Jesus (Jn. 14:26).  However, when given time to think about it, I find that the Apostles, who were filled with the Holy Spirit, were still capable of huge error when it came to doctrine.  For years, from the time of Pentecost's indwelling (Acts 2:1-5), until the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:1-22), the Church still believed that one had to become a Jew before he could be saved.

THE NEW TESTAMENT:  Of course, today, born again believers also have the New Testament, right?  And yet, if having the Holy Spirit within us, and a copy of the New Testament were enough, then why is it necessary for God to provide the Church with evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Eph. 4:11)?  And even with these gifted believers to teach us, why does it say that we are to be workmen "that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15)?  It is obvious that we, as individual believers, need to be able to discern which evangelists, pastors, and teachers are teaching the truth (Acts 17:11).  The Apostle Paul admonished us prove all things, and hold fast to that which is good (1 Thes. 5:21).

DILIGENT STUDY:  So what does it mean "to prove all things?"  Well, we first need to listen to what is being taught with an open mind, and then, like the Bereans, go home and verify what is being taught by the Word of God.  And there is the rub!  Those of us who grew up in some denominational church, have been "brainwashed" into believing our understanding of truth is correct and all others are wrong.  Our study often results in our own private interpretation of the truth (2 Pet. 1:20).
Even with the Holy Spirit, the New Testament, and dedicated study,
a private interpretation of truth will always result in arrogance!



Sunday, September 15, 2013


The other day, a gentleman made a statement on Facebook that not all leaven, mentioned in the Bible is meant to represent sin.  He said he believed leaven can also be good; he referenced Matthew 13:33 as proof, saying that the Kingdom of Heaven is good.   I had never given it much thought, but perhaps the Kingdom of Heaven is not good.  After all, the actual Kingdom Age, the Millennium (Rev. 20:1-9), ends with mankind revolting against Jesus Christ!  In addition, if one looks at the Parables of the Kingdom in Matthew 13, it does not take a Bible scholar to see that much about the Kingdom is NOT good.

Mt. 13:1-23 The Parable of the Sower - God's Word is the seed (the Gospel; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 15:3-4), and three categories of men are born again spiritually:  the "stony ground" that bear no fruit due to persecution; the "weedy ground" that bear no fruit due to the cares of this world; and the "good ground" which bear various amounts of fruit.  "Two thirds" are carnal.

Mt. 13:24-30; 36-43 The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares - Again, God's Word is planted, but the "seed of the enemy" is also planted.  Both "crops" claim to be believers, but "most of the wheat acts like tares, and most of the tares act like wheat."  You can't tell them apart!

Mt. 13:31-32 The Parable of the Mustard Seed - The Gospel, the "smallest of seeds," will grow into a mighty tree.  It is so big, that the "fowls of the air" make their nests in it.  The fowls represent Satan and his demonic forces (Compare:  Mt. 13:4, 19; Eph. 6:12).

Mt. 13:33 The Parable of the Leaven - The word "leaven" appears in twenty verses in the Bible, and without exception, it represents some form of sin or corruption.  Look especially at:  Mt. 16:6, 11-12; 1 Cor. 5:6-8; Gal. 5:9!

Mt. 13:44 The Parable of the Hidden Treasure - Based upon the previous parables, I believe the treasure is "hidden" because, out of fear, it has covered; "its light is under a basket" (Mt. 5:14-16; 13:43).

Mt. 13:45-46 The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price - Again, the "pearl" is hidden, and the "merchant" does not say anything about "showing it off" to the world.

Mt. 13:47-50 The Parable of the Net - Notice the "net" contains both "good fish" and "bad fish."  Like the Tares and the Wheat, they will be sorted out at the end. 
Is the Kingdom of God good?  Yes and no!  Just make sure you are in it!

Saturday, September 14, 2013


On the fourth day of Creation, God created the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars also.  Genesis 1:14 states it this way:  "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years."  Most of us think of "seasons" as the four seasons:  Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  But in Genesis 1:14, it may very well mean something altogether different. 

The word translated "seasons" is the Hebrew מוֹעֵד (mow`ed), is translated differently elsewhere in the Old Testament ("congregation" 150x; "feasts" 23x; "season" 13x; "appointed" 12x; "time" 12x; "assembly" 4x; "solemnity" 4x; "solemn" 2x; "days" 1x; "sign" 1x; and "synagogues" 1x).    

In Leviticus 23, the chapter which describes the seven Feasts of Israel, מוֹעֵד (mow`ed) is always translated "feast" (Lev. 23:2, 4, 37, 44).  Leviticus 23 also has four verses (Lev. 23:6, 34, 39, 41) where the word more commonly translated "feast" was used:  the Hebrew חָג (chag).  חָג (chag) is translated "feast" 56x; "sacrifice" 3x; "feast days" 2x; and "solemnity" 1x.   When we look at the various ways these two words are translated, we see that they have one thing in common:  they all describe some facet of what Israel was to do on its seven Holy Days.

Today, in the Church, there are many who ridicule those of us who watch the created luminaries for "signs of the times."  A perfect example is the reaction to the suggestion that the coming Blood Moon Tetrad in 2014-2015 has anything to do with the prophecies concerning the end times.  A "Blood Moon Tetrad" is when a Lunar eclipse occurs on the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in two consecutive years.  This has only happened twice before from the time of Christ:  1949-50, and 1967-68.  Because both of those two occasions seem to coincide with major events in Jewish History, (1949-50 - Peace Treaty to end first Arab-Israeli War; 1967-68 - Israel won the Six Day War and they captured Jerusalem). 

Could it be possible that, with all the saber-rattling going on in the Middle East, that the Blood Moon Tetrad in 2014-15 will mark what will appear to be a great victory and the beginning of the false peace of the Antichrist (Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:3-15; Rev. 6-11)?  The other two Tetrads had to do with what appeared to be total victory and peace, so why not the next one?
If God put the Moon there for a sign and it is ignored, that's on you!

Friday, September 13, 2013


It is our desire to be helpful to those in prison who indicate an interest in receiving spiritual help, even the good news of salvation centering in the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, God's only Savior.  We also want to see these men and women continue in God's Word by means of personal Bible study.  From our experience we have found that inmates often profit from doing Bible studies by way of correspondence.  They have plenty of time to devote to Bible study and they also enjoy receiving mail.
We are presently working with hundreds of inmates throughout the country by way of our Bible correspondence course.  A large number of these have completed hundreds and in some cases even thousands of pages of Bible study materials.  Each prisoner receives a certificate upon completion of each course of study.  Perhaps you can help us.  If you know of someone in prison or in a correctional institution, you may want to consider sending them the following document which can easily be printed out from your computer:
Gospel of John Bible Study--If the inmate does not have a Bible, it might be necessary to also send him a copy of the Gospel of John (KJV version) which is all that he needs to complete this Bible Study.   This brief Bible study exposes a person to God's plan of salvation using only verses found in the Gospel of John.
If the inmate completes this study and sends it back to us (as per the instructions), then we will correct it and send him the beginning of a much lengthier Bible study dealing with such important subjects as inspiration of the Bible, the sinfulness of man, salvation through Christ, justification, redemption, sanctification, holy living, eternal security, etc.
As long as the inmate completes the lesson and sends it back to us, he will continue to receive additional lessons.  Some of our prisoners have done thousands of pages of Bible studies.  Often we provide postage and envelopes for the inmates as well (as God provides).
Your concern for the lost should be for ALL the lost.

Thursday, September 12, 2013



All saved people will be a part of the Resurrection of Life (the First Resurrection). God will give each saved person a new resurrection body that will be perfectly designed for the believer to live in throughout eternity. This resurrection body is described in 1 Corinthians 15:35-54.

Those who take part in the First Resurrection (saved people) are not all raised up at the same time. Who was the first Person to be raised up (1 Cor. 15:23)? Christ was raised up first. He was the One who led the "RESURRECTION PARADE." Other groups of saved people will follow in their proper ORDER (1 Cor. 15:23):
    Christ was the first to rise from the dead in a glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:23).  The "dead in Christ" (members of the Church who have died) will be raised up at the time of the Rapture (1 Thes. 4:16 and 1 Cor. 15:52). Those Christians who are living on earth at the time of the Rapture will also "be changed" and receive new bodies (see 1 Cor. 15:51-52). 
    Old Testament believers will be raised up after the time of Tribulation (about seven years after the Rapture) according to Daniel 12:1-2. Believers who die during the Tribulation will also be raised up at this time (Rev. 20:4).  We must assume that those who are saved during the 1000 year Kingdom will receive new bodies at the end of the Kingdom Age, although there is no verse that specifically mentions this.

All of the unsaved people will be part of the Resurrection of Damnation (the Second Resurrection), according to John 5:29. Those who take part in the Second Resurrection will all be raised at the same time. They will be raised to stand before the GREAT WHITE THRONE and before the HOLY GOD who sits upon it. This will include all the unsaved who have ever lived, from wicked Cain (1 Jn. 3:12) to the last group of rebels (Rev. 20:7-9). These people will be given a resurrection body that will be perfectly designed for hell so that they will be able to suffer the torments of the Lake of Fire forever (to suffer and to burn but to never be consumed in the burning).

Faith in Jesus allows you to "fly first class!"

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


The most important "9-11" that I know, has nothing to do with an event which occurred twelve years ago today.  The most important "9-11," the one with eternal significance, is the following "9-11" reference found in the writings of the Apostle Paul.  He wrote:  "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" (Phil. 2:9-11).

It is going to happen!  Every single person who has ever lived, will acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord!  The Prophet Isaiah wrote, "Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  I have sworn by Myself, the Word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear" (Isa. 45:22-23).  And in another place, the Apostle Paul stated it this way:  "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God" (Rom. 14:11-12).

Because the born again believer has already knelt and acknowledged Jesus as his Lord, he joyfully awaits the time when he will see Jesus.  Not only do we long to see His face, but we also long for the time when we are no longer tempted by sin.  The Scripture tells us that we will be changed into His likeness; we will no longer be mortal or corruptible, but we will be like Him (1 Jn. 3:2)!

Paul wrote:  "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality"(1 Cor. 15:50-53)! 

The question is, will you kneel before Him now, or will you do so at the judgment?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


King James Version:  "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess 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 believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Young's Literal Translation:  "But what doth it say? `Nigh thee is the saying -- in thy mouth, and in thy heart:' that is, the saying of the faith, that we preach; that if thou mayest confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and mayest believe in thy heart that God did raise Him out of the dead, thou shalt be saved, for with the heart doth `one' believe to righteousness, and with the mouth is confession made to salvation; for the Writing saith, `Every one who is believing on Him shall not be ashamed,' for there is no difference between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord of all `is' rich to all those calling upon Him, for every one -- whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, he shall be saved."

New International Version:  "But what does it say?  “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

New Living Translation:  "In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.”  And that message is the very message about faith that we preach:  If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.  As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.”  Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on Him.  For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”

If Jesus is not your Lord, you are not born again!

Monday, September 9, 2013


It is amazing to us today, that Israel did not realize that their Messiah would be killed when He came.  But perhaps the reason why can be understood by reading the Jewish translation of Daniel's prophecies.  The Tanakh says this in Daniel 9:24-27: 
"Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city until the measure of transgression is filled and that of sin complete, until iniquity is expiated, and eternal righteousness ushered in; and prophetic vision ratified, and the Holy of Holies anointed.  You must know and understand:  From the issuance of the word to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the [time of the] anointed leader is seven weeks; and for sixty-two weeks it will be rebuilt, square and moat, but in a time of distress.  And after those sixty-two weeks, the anointed one will disappear and vanish.  The army of a leader who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary, but its end will come through a flood.  Desolation is decreed until the end of war.  During one week he will make a firm covenant with many.  For half a week he will put a stop to the sacrifice and the meal offering.  At the corner [of the altar] will be an appalling abomination until the decreed destruction will be poured down upon the appalling thing."
Is it any wonder?  Their translation says their Messiah will "disappear and vanish."  He doesn't die.  He doesn't spend three nights and days in the grave.  He doesn't rise from the dead.  He just disappears!  The Jews are unable to comprehend the truth because they do not have the Gospel!  And, after all, it is only the Gospel that has the power to save lost souls (Rom. 1:16; 10:17; 1 Cor. 15:1-4)!

In addition, without a proper translation of the text, there is no distinguishable connection between Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, and the first three Feasts of Israel:  Passover (Lev. 23:5; 1 Cor. 5:7); Unleavened Bread (Lev. 23:6; Jn. 6:35/Heb. 4:15); and First Fruits (Lev. 23:10; 1 Cor. 15:20)!

Fortunately for Israel, their partial blindness (Rom. 11:25) will be removed and they will see their Messiah arrive, and establish a one thousand year Kingdom of Israel on Earth (Rev. 20:1-6)!
Won't it be great to witness Israel's joy at His coming?!  I can't wait!

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Daniel's prophecy of future empires, is revealed in his interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream in the second chapter.  The image's head was of fine gold (Babylon - Dan. 2:38), his breast and his arms of silver (Medo-Persia - Dan. 5:28), his belly and his thighs of brass (Greece - Dan. 8:20), his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay (Rome - Dan. 9:26 - We know this is Rome, because it is identified by stating it will kill the Messiah and destroy Jerusalem - Rome did that in circa A.D. 30 and A.D. 70).  "The people of the prince that shall come" were Roman citizens, but that does not mean the future prince must be from Rome; it means he must be from someplace controlled by the Roman Empire at the time of Christ's Crucifixion. 

There is an interesting factor about the identity of the future prince, that is lost in the English translation of the Bible.  The text reads, "And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.  And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men:  but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay" (Dan. 2:42-43).  The words "mixed" and "mingle" are English translations of the Aramaic Hebrew עֲרַב (`arab)! 

When one couples that "coincidence" with Micah 5:5-6, the idea that the Antichrist may be of Arab descent suddenly seems reasonable.  Micah wrote, "And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.  And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders." 

And just who is this One who will deliver Israel from the Assyrian?  Daniel tells us:  "Thou sawest till that a Stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the Stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth" (Dan. 2:32-35).  At the end of the seven-year Tribulation, Jesus, represented over and over again as a mighty Stone in God's Word, will destroy His enemies (Mt. 24:29-30; Rev. 19:11-21; etc.)!
Antiochus Epiphanes, a type of Antichrist, ruled the area that was Assyria!

Saturday, September 7, 2013


When we think of Babylon, most of us forget that its root is from the Hebrew בָּבֶל (Babel).  Because a "y" has replaced the "e" in the spelling of Babylon, we fail to recognize "Babel" is a combination of two Hebrew words, the latter of which is "El," a name of God.  An article (p. 703) in the David A. Wood, Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible, has a note on the figurative use of the name:  
"The word "Babylon" may mean 'confusion' or 'the gate of God.'  During the building of the tower of Babel, God confused the language; thus, the definition of 'confusion' is fitting.  The other meaning of Babylon, 'gate of God,' suggests self-redemption."
"Self-redemption" is another word for "religion."  Religion, all religion, is man's effort to satisfy the requirements necessary to appease a god.  Genuine Christianity, often referred to as a Father/child relationship with God, understands that nothing man can do, or avoid doing, will qualify him to spend eternity with God; we simply accept the gift of salvation provided for us by Christ's death, burial, and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Eph. 2:8-9)!  With that in mind, let's take another look at the person riding on the back of the Beast in Revelation 17. 

MYSTERY - Many believe she is the Roman Catholic Church due to her seven "mysteries": 
Baptism (works - needed for salvation);
Confirmation (works - needed to receive the Holy Spirit);
Eucharist (works - needed to continue be saved);
Penance (works - needed to "stay saved" because sins "un-save you");
Matrimony (works - without it, you are sinning sexually);
Anointing the sick (works - for healing);
Holy Orders (required for ordination as a deacon, priest, or bishop); 

BABYLON THE GREAT:  The world's largest religion requiring works as a gate to God.

THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS:  The religion which spawned thousands of religions.

ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH:  The religion that worships a woman.

Becoming a child of God requires one thing:  FAITH
(Jn. 1:12; 3:16; Rom. 10:9; Gal. 3:1-3; Eph. 2:8-9; etc.)!


Friday, September 6, 2013


In the Old Testament, the key passages describing Babylon's ultimate demise, are found in the books of Isaiah (13:1-22); and Jeremiah (51:1-64).  In the end, her end, she will be as Sodom and Gomorrah!  The New Testament has very little to say about Babylon.  It is mentioned three times in the genealogy of Jesus (Mt. 1:11, 12, 17); once in reference to Israel's Babylonian Captivity (Acts 7:43); once as the place where Peter wrote his first epistle (1 Pet. 5:13); and six times in John's vision of the Great Tribulation (Mt. 24:21; Rev. 14:8; 16:9; 17:5; 18:2, 10, 21).  In other words, The Book of Revelation is the only New Testament source of end-times information about a city called "Babylon."

The name, "Babylon," rightly describes the city's origins, and our understanding of its demise!  "Babylon" is translated from the Hebrew בָּבֶל (Babel), and from the Greek Βαβυλών (Babylōn), both meaning "confusion,"  It began with God "confusing men's languages," and it will supposedly end with God's judgment.  But, there is a question as to whether or not the future city described in the New Testament is actually Babylon.  Many theologians believe both Peter and John were using the term metaphorically for Rome, due to the persecution of the Church by Rome's Emperor, Nero.  Peter is believed to have been martyred in Rome not long after penning his first epistle, and John was in exile at the time of his writing of the Book of Revelation, for "troubling Rome."

That John was speaking of Rome when he penned his description of "Babylon," can be seen in a few "clues" from his text: 
*   The city is said to sit upon seven mountains or hills (Rev. 17:9), and Rome is known as the "city which sits upon seven hills."
*   The actual city known as Babylon was about one hundred miles from what could be called a sea (the Persian Gulf), whereas, Rome was built on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.  In order for the merchant ships to observe her destruction, John must have been speaking of Rome (Rev. 18:17-19).
*   Tertullian, Irenaeus, and Jerome use Babylon as representing the Roman Empire.
*   Ultimately, the Bible says so:  "And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth" (Rev. 17:18)!!!  Notice that John used the present tense; Rome reigned at that time!

I am not a scholar by any means, but I can read!


Thursday, September 5, 2013


There are two individuals in the Scriptures that are called "the son of perdition":  Judas Iscariot (Jn. 17:12), and the Antichrist (2 Thes. 2:3).  "Perdition" is translated from the Greek ἀπώλεια (apōleia), which means "destruction" or "ruin."  It is actually translated "destruction" five times (Mt. 7:13; Rom. 9:22; Phil. 3:19; 2 Pet. 2:1; 3:16).  Another translation of ἀπώλεια is very telling; it is translated "waste" in reference to the "waste" of money at the anointing of Jesus (Mt. 26:8; Mk. 14:4).  According to Judas, the spikenard was worth 300 pence (about a year's salary - cp. Jn. 12:3-5 w/ Mt. 20:2-13).  While I cannot prove this, I am convinced that it was not until Judas became possessed by Satan that he actually became "the son of perdition" (Jn. 13:27). 

We seem to see the same thing occur to the Antichrist following his "mortal head wound"; notice we are told it is the wounded Beast that has been empowered by Satan (Rev. 13:1-4).  Perhaps it is this very "possession" that marks the turning point in Daniel's Seventieth Week (Dan. 9:27).  The Antichrist arrives on the scene in Revelation 6:2, and for three and a half years, he protects Israel (Dan. 9:27a; Mt. 24:3-14; Rev. 6 - 11).  But in Revelation 12 - 13, three and a half years later, suddenly he is described as blasphemous, anti-Israel, and he commits the Abomination of Desolation (Dan. 9:27b; Mt. 24:15-28; Rev. 13:1-10). 

Last night, Pastor was teaching about another sudden change which occurs.  He was teaching on the difference between how the "kings of the earth" felt about the woman called "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Rev. 17:5; 18:2), before she was "destroyed," and after.  [Note:  In addition to her name, Babylon the great, we know "she" is the same person by comparing the description of her in the two chapters (Rev. 17:4; 18:16)]. 

Pastor described "her" as being the Laodicean Church, the one-world church made up entirely of the "tares" following the Rapture of the true Church (Mt. 13:24-30, 36-43; Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Thes. 4:16-17; Rev. 3:14-22).  The "kings of the earth" hate her (Rev. 17:16).  But in the following chapter, "she" is represented as having to do with the world economy, and when "she" collapses, the "kings of the earth" mourn her "passing" (Rev. 18:9).

That "got me to a-thinkin'," what one character in Revelation has to do with both the control of the world religion (the worship of the Beast - Rev. 13:12), and the world economy (the mark of the Beast - Rev. 13:16-18)?  It is the False Prophet!  Could the "fall" of the religion of the Antichrist be the destruction of the Vatican, and the destruction of the world economy be the destruction of the very city in which the Vatican stands today:  Rome?

Just some thoughts of an old man; Happy Feast of Trumpets! 


Wednesday, September 4, 2013


The continued existence of the nation of Israel is quite remarkable. Suppose a man is being bothered by a mosquito. This man slaps the mosquito, but it doesn’t die. He then smacks it with a newspaper, but it doesn’t die. He then strikes it with a fly swatter, but that does not kill the pest either. He tries spraying it with bug killer, but it still lives. He captures it in a jar and takes the jar 25 miles away from his home and buries it in the ground. One week later this same mosquito is back on the man’s arm! The mosquito cannot be destroyed!

There is a nation that is like this imaginary mosquito. It is a nation that cannot be killed or destroyed. Many attempts have been made to destroy this nation but all these attempts have failed. This nation lives on. It is a miracle nation! It is the most amazing nation on the face of the earth. It is the nation of ISRAEL— the JEWISH NATION.
The survival of the nation of Israel is remarkable, especially when we consider many of the other ancient nations who have not survived and who have lost their national identity.  Consider, for example, the seven nations mentioned in Deuteronomy 7:1. Are any of these nations in existence today?  What about the Philistines?   What about the Assyrians?   What about the Babylonians?   Certainly there are individuals who have descended from these nations who are alive today, but these nations have not maintained their national identity.
As Paul Van Gorder has pointed out, "You never hear anyone speak of an English Frenchman or a French Englishman or an Italian Frenchman.  But there are English Jews, French Jews, German Jews, and American Jews....To the Jew belongs an indestructible separateness.  This cannot be said of any other people on earth" [Is God Through With the Jew, RBC Booklet, p.2].   Of Israel it was predicted: "The people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned [numbered] among the nations (Numbers 23:9).  What other nation or people has been scattered among the nations and yet has maintained its national identify and distinctiveness?
The fact that Israel has maintained its national identity,
after having its people scattered throughout the world for almost 1900 years,
demonstrates the providential hand, and the loving care of
Jehovah, the one true God.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


I do not usually include illustrations with my posts, but since I wish to address what it represents, it will probably make more sense than what I have to say.  I am not sure to whom I should give credit for the drawing, but I am grateful to be able to use it.

God told Moses that Israel was to celebrate seven feast days (Lev. 23:1-2).  These seven appointed times for the congregation of Israel, had a dual purpose:  first, they were sacred times in Israel's annual calendar wherein they were to remember God's interaction with them as His people; and second, they would later be recognized as prophecies concerning Israel's and the Gentile's future. 
The first three Feasts of Israel represented the First Advent of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God.  Jesus, knowing full well that Israel would reject and kill Him (Jn. 1:11-12; 29, 36; Rev. 13:8), and knowing God would raise Him from the dead (Ps. 16:10; Mt. 12:40), was willing to "endure the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Heb. 12:2)!
Christians already know, and Israel will soon discover, that the last three Feasts represent Christ's Second Advent, which will include His gathering of Israel (Trumpets - Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:3-15; Rev. 6 - 11), His bringing Israel to their knees and to faith in Him (Atonement - Mt. 24:15-29; Rev. 12 - 18), and His reigning for 1000 years here on Earth (Tabernacles - Rev. 20:1-6).
The middle Feast of Israel, the fourth, did not belong with the Spring Feasts, or with the Autumn Feasts; it was unique.  In fact, its prophetic meaning was, and still is, a mystery to Israel (Rom. 16:25; Eph. 5:32; etc.).  The Feast of Wave Loaves (Pentecost) was the only feast that allowed leaven to be used; in fact, leaven was mandatory (Lev. 23:17).  When Israel would be in their land, there would be a harvest.  Israel is in their land, and the Church, made up of imperfect born again Jews and Gentiles, will be "harvested," that is, taken in the Rapture of the Church (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:48-53; 1 Thes. 4:16-17)!
The Church is so blessed to understand the mysteries of God! 

Monday, September 2, 2013


Following the thirty minutes of silence in heaven (Rev. 8:1), seven trumpets were given to seven angels who were standing before God (8:2).  According to my understanding, the sounding of each of the seven trumpets announces the following:

The first trumpet (8:7) - hail and fire mingled with blood cause a third part of the trees and all the grass to be burnt up.

The second trumpet (8:8-9) - a great mountain causes a third part of the sea to become blood and one third of all sea life and a third of all ships to be destroyed.

The third trumpet (8:10-11) - a great star named "wormwood" ("Chernobyl" in Russian) causes a third of fresh water sources to become contaminated.

The fourth trumpet (8:12) - one third of the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars become darkened.

[The announcement that the last three trumpets will be "Woes" (8:13).]
The fifth trumpet / the first "Woe" (9:1-12) - demonic, scorpion-like locusts torment for five months, all who are not sealed by God. 
The sixth trumpet / the second "Woe" (9:13 - 11:14) - a 200,000,000 horsemen army kills one third of all mankind - the mystery of the "little book" - the culmination of the three and a half year preaching of the two witnesses, that is, their death, resurrection, and ascension.
The seventh trumpet / the third "Woe" (11:15 - 14:20) - Israel's Child ascends to His throne - Israel in the wilderness for next three and a half years - the Antichrist, "possessed by Satan," commits the Abomination of Desolation - the False Prophet establishes the "mark" and idol worship - the final preaching of the Gospel - the announcement of the coming of the "wrath of God" (this phrase appears seven times AFTER the middle of the Tribulation (14:10, 19; 15:1, 7; 16:1, 19; 19:15).

Sunday, September 1, 2013


Things will be looking up!  Israel will be guaranteed, by the one whose goal it to rule the world, that she can live peacefully within her borders for seven years (Dan. 9:27).  All around her, there will be talk of war, and in many places, war will actually be raging, but not in Israel (Mt. 24:6).  And around the world, in diverse places, people will be suffering from famines, pestilences (plagues), and numerous earthquakes, but not Israel (Mt. 24:8).  Israel will even have a new Temple, and will have resumed offering animal sacrifices!  Yes, the Gentiles will still be all over the place, but they will respect the sacred areas of the Temple (Rev. 11:1-2).  In fact, you might say that Israel will have it made.  Except for one little "teeny-weeny" problem:  there will be two guys who will be making everyone miserable!  

The two culprits will claim they are prophets from God, and they will spend three and a half years telling the whole world they are going to hell if they will not repent, and recognize Jesus Christ as their King (Mt. 24:14; Rev. 11:3).  Many will try to kill them, but every attempt will be thwarted by them, and believe this or not, they will defeat their would be assassins by breathing fire on them like some sort of mythical dragon (Rev. 11:5)!  That's not all; they will have somehow figured out a way to stop rain from falling, and they will even have the power to produce plagues wherever and whenever they want (Rev. 11:6)!  Not only will Israel be miserable, but the whole world will be willing to give anything for someone to shut them up!

Then it will happen!  The man believed to be the savior of the world, will himself be attacked by a sword-wielding madman, and though it will be a mortal blow, he miraculously will be healed (Rev. 13:3, 14).  Something will happen to him; it will be as though Satan will have taken over his body (Rev. 13:4).  He will not only be healed, but with Satan empowering him, he will be able to kill the "two thorns" (Rev. 11:7)!"  Thinking he had won, the whole world, including Israel, will celebrate their deaths (Rev. 11:9-10).  The celebration will come to an abrupt end when the two dead prophets stand to their feet, and the whole world watches them ascend into heaven (Rev. 11:11-12). 

For the first three and a half years of the seven year agreement, they will have preached the Gospel, and now, the last half of the seven years, which Jesus call "the end," will have begun.  He said, "And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Mt. 24:14)!  Now, all of a sudden, the Antichrist will desecrate the Holy Temple, and he will declare himself to be god (Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:15; Rev. 13:4-8).  For three and a half years, Israel will be on the run.  But thanks to the faithful witness of those two men, and the blasphemous actions of the Antichrist, their eyes will have been opened, and they will understand that Jesus was, is, and always will be, their Messiah (Rom. 11:25-26)!  Even if they are caught and killed, they know they will spend eternity with the God of their fathers!
"The end" is the beginning of Israel's Great Tribulation!