The Olivet Discourse and the Letters to the Seven Churches are a manual on how to prepare for Jesus’s return.
Who are the foolish virgins? None of us think it’s us, but Jesus indicates that half his followers may be foolish virgins.
Jesus warns Christian leaders and gives them end time instructions in a parable most have ignored.
Jesus, Paul, and the Gospel writers all talk about a “falling away” from the faith. Yet once a person is saved, aren’t they always saved? What does the Bible say about losing salvation? Can it happen?
The ancient Thessalonians were sent a letter that turned out to have been a forgery. This letter caused great concern in their church; in response, Paul wrote an epistle (2 Thessalonians) that forms the basis of much of what we know about the Day of the Lord. The ancient forgery has long been thrown on the trash heap of time, but 2 Thessalonians is a must read section of scripture for every Christian.
This Sunday we have set aside a day to celebrate and pray for the persecuted Church. Most Christians are familiar with Jesus’s restoration of Peter by the Sea of Galilee where he asked Peter if he loved him three times. There is an aspect of this passage few understand that is related to the persecuted church. Let’s explore it to find out what kind of love does overcoming require.
One of our readers, Phil, sent me a very long comment quoting a blog on the Pre-Tribulation Rapture by Jack Kelly, a leading Pre-Trib exponent. I’d like to approach answering this as a conversation because Mr. Kelly and I are brothers in Christ and because frankly, all of us see through a glass darkly. No one has all the end time answers. But I also want both sides of this issue expressed so oureaders can make up their own minds. Should they be Pre-Wrath or Pre-Trib?
Many issues in regard to the end times are somewhat academic; the identities of the 2 witnesses for instance. The timing of the Rapture is NOT one of these. It is a matter of spiritual life and death. Let’s find out why.
You have seen the headlines. Islamic terrorists gun down satirical cartoonists, and 4 million hit the streets of Paris in protest. Factory worker beheads co-worker, and the nation is outraged. Jesus’ words in the Olivet Discourse are beginning to ring true:
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold (Matt. 24: 12 NASB)
But this post is not about what you think it will be. I used to believe this verse referred to unbelievers. Now I’m beginning to believe it’s my love that is growing cold. Maybe it’s your love as well.