Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Anti-Christmas

Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

So, here are these nit-wits throwing a gala like it's the end of the world. Little do they know! There is rejoicing and partying like its 2017 (it just may be). UPS and Fed Ex are doing a booming business delivering packages sent from all over the world commemorating the death of Heaven's troublemakers. It is the Antichrist's Christmas and everyone is in the (evil)spirit of the unholidays. Yule logs in the hearth, mistletoe on the mantles, a pig on the spit, the world’s goose is cooked…oh, what fun it is to sing this “slaying” song tonight!

Carols they will sing:
*The First No-Hell.
*Grandma got Run Over by A Guillotine.
*I Saw Mommy Kissing Antichrist.
*Rockin' Around the Baal Tree.
*Antichrist is Coming to Town.
*Satan’s Baby.
*I'll Have a Blue Tribulation without You.
*All I want for Christmas is these Two Witnesses Gone.
*O Little Town of Babylon.
*O Come, All Ye Sinful.
*Thunders We have Heard on High.
*O Come, O Come, Apollyon.
*Thou Didst Leave Thy Pit.

O wait! Look at verse 15, what's that I hear but the Hallelujah Chorus! And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  Now that's some real Christmas music!
Sorry, Anti-Christmas is cancelled. Never mind! The two witnesses are resurrected and ascended, Jesus is the reason for the season.  

I wonder if Wal*Mart will refund all those gifts.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Day the Clocks Stopped Ticking

Rev 10:5  And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6  And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
Please read Rev. 10

Oh, such an awesome and terrifying scene as it (almost) unfolds in this chapter. The terrible time of Tribulation on the earth takes a turn for the worse. We are spared the horrible details. 

1. The 7th angel clothed with a cloud, rainbow on his head, face as the sun, feet as pillars of fire; with a little open book in his hand, right foot on the sea, left foot on the earth. 7. Thunders proceeded out of his mouth. 1-3

2. The 7 thunders are kept under wraps! The trumpets, vials and seals are disclosed, but not these. These 7 judgments will remain unknown until the earth receives the thunder of God's wrath.  4

3. What we do know: Time will be no longer! Vs 6. Until then, tick-tock. Sinners only have so much time to repent. Tick-tock, God's servants have only so many days to serve him. All our affairs must be put in order. Time must be redeemed. There is a day coming when the clocks will cease to tick.

4. The mystery of God will have been consummated. What might this mystery be?

*The mystery of the kingdom of God? Mark 4:11

*The mystery of the confluence of Jews and Gentiles?  Rom 11:25, Eph 3:3-9

*The mystery of the of the gospel to the nations? Rom 16:25-26, Eph 6:19, Col 1:26-27

*The mystery of the hidden things God has prepared for His people? I Cor 2:6-12

*The mystery of the resurrection of the saints and the change of essence of the same? I Cor 15:51-58

*The mystery of the inheritance of His children according to His pleasure and purpose? Eph 1:9-12

*The mystery of Christ and His bride? Eph 5:29, etc. Rev 1:20, etc.

*The mystery of the incarnation? I Tim 3:16

Or, could all these be part of the same grand, mysterious scheme - the plan of the ages?

This mystery has been revealed to His prophets and servants. Piecing together the writings of Paul, the parables of Jesus and the veiled prophecies of the Old Testament would indicate that this is the case. It can be summed up in simple terms: The Gospel and its implications.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Why do people pull away?

Why do people pull away from church and their pastor? (And most importantly, from their Lord?)

Luke 9:62  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Here are some of the things we have observed, I am sure there are other reasons:

Carnality – Many know they cannot continue to have one foot in the world and one foot in the things of the Lord. Eventually, they choose the pleasures of the world over the blessings of the Lord. Those who go AWOL miss the old pig-pens and the slop of the world. They recall, with some sort of twisted fondness, the glories of the gutter.

Lack of character - They have put their hand to the plow but have not the character to keep hoeing the rows of righteousness. They are short-sighted, looking at present circumstances rather than at eternal reward.

Listening to the enemy – Many and effective are the tools of the enemy. At times, he whispers his lies in sibilant tones, convincing us of a better way. At other times he screams at us about how unfair God must be to keep us down, hold us back and withhold from us what we deserve.

Impatience – They were under some misguided impression that God had in store for them a glorious, trouble free path of perfection. There was no overnight panacea for their problems and so they go looking for another leave to overturn. 

Disillusionment – People begin to see that the Christians of Christianity aren’t always so Christ-like. They observe that church isn’t always the place that rocks like they had originally experienced. They continued to be mistreated at work, yelled at by the spouse, disobeyed by the kids, and ticketed for speeding by the officer. If God was so great, why am I still subject to life’s kryptonite?

Pressure – Blood is thicker than water, peer pressure is almighty strong. This person may meet God someday, but right now, family and friends are laying it on pretty thick.

Independence – In the end, most people are going to do what they want to do. Unless they have developed a vital relationship with Christ, a die-daily-to-self habit and a determination to endure to the end, they will eventually turn away.

Pride – People may feel lectured, their egos offended, their intellects challenged and their wills thwarted by the ways of the church. Sermons, discipleship and fellowship may pose a threat to their autonomy and so they bow out. Believers must ground themselves so deeply into the Word that nothing will offend them.

Hypocrisy – ‘nuf said. Though others will let us down, Jesus will never do so.

Hurt – there are those who have truly been abused by a church or church leadership, thus they bow out.

Of course, there are the old stand-by reasons – “I am not being fed” and “God is leading me elsewhere.” In reality, these could very well be valid reasons.

Forth those who have left a faith family, get in a good, gospel preaching church ASAP! Do your best to make things right with the church from which you have pulled away. You NEED a church and there is a church that needs you. Don’t let your experience keep you from having a vital relationship with your Lord.  

Whatever the reasons people leave a church, and some, the faith, Christ-honoring churches, pastors and Christians should love these people and seek to reconcile them to the body. After all, we have this ministry of reconciliation.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rest in the Bosom of the Savior 9/11 Victims and First Responders

Nearly 3000 Americans perished 13 years ago today in the cowardly attacks upon our nation by misguided radical terrorists. Duty and honor require that we never forget the victims and the brave first responders.

May terrorism be thwarted on every front as God grants wisdom to those who protect us. May His mighty warrior angels halt wicked devices and break the evil plans to destroy innocent lives and interrupt the peace and freedom of God-loving people.

Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. I John 4:4