Multiple judgment days? Not according to the Judge!

Judgment of the wicked. Judgment of the righteous. The white throne judgment. All at different times! Says who? Not according to the judgment of the scriptures.

Not one time is the final judgment day of God, the day which begins with the return of Jesus, referred to in a plural form. It is judgment day – not judgment days.

I know premillennialism says otherwise. But that doctrine can’t say what it teaches if the scriptures are handled correctly (2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 3:15-16).

Again, I will say the Bible calls it “Judgment Day” – not judgment days…not one time.

Did you know the Lord said the people of Sodom and Gomorrah will be judged on the same day as the people of Continue reading

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Do not get swept away looking for signs

Some people are constantly looking for signs of the spiritual sort. They even do so when it comes to the return of Christ and the judgment that he will bring. But is looking for such signs worth our time?

Listen to this warning given by Jesus: Continue reading

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If people only treated the day like the way

No matter how the plain the Bible is (Mark 13:32), there are some who still try to predict the day of Jesus’ return. If they would only treat the day like they do the way!

What do I mean by such? Well, have you ever heard anyone try to teach that Jesus Continue reading

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The only thing getting left behind in the rapture is the scriptures

To believe in the rapture (per premillennial doctrine) you have to leave the scriptures behind.

Premillennialism teaches that Jesus’ rapturous return will be “silent”, but the scriptures teach that Jesus’ return will be anything but quiet: Continue reading

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No date so defining for me as today

baptism-dead-worldToday is my spiritual birthday. On this day back in 1971 I was united with my Lord. Many dates are important to me, but none so defining as today. I am who I am because of the decision made that day. Not made, actually, but realized. The desire was present long before that.

My baptism should have happened earlier than at 14 years of age, but my timidity as a youngster held me back. When, that is, if I write an autobiography, it will make for an interesting story. I was the tenth of 10 responses that Sunday morning in the Stonewall church building, set among the Arkansas cotton and soybean fields. The preacher, who normally preached calm and positive lessons, decided a strong dose of hell was needed to jar loose a group of unmoved youth. He was right.

When all the other motivations are in place, and maybe when they’re not, fear is a great motivator. Fear of “the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” Mt 10.28 NET, especially.

• Our third precious grandchild was born yesterday afternoon, after a day and a half of agonizing waiting. It might have been a bit tough on the mother in labor, too. This is our oldest son’s first. Our second son forged ahead with two. We hope to visit the newest family addition before long.

• The FPress website is down. Again. Methinks we’ll be moving from our host server when the account expires. Isn’t technology a wonderful thing, when it works?

• By coincidence I ran into this yesterday, George Washington’s first inaugural speech as president.

… there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the oeconomy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained … Continue reading

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Bible reading: 2 Thessalonians 2

2:1-2. Don’t Be Disturbed. In 1 Corinthians, when in various moments Paul writes, “Now regarding,” it is taken as a reply to questions contained in a letter from Corinth, from the cue in 7:1. With no such cue here, no conclusion can be reached from his use of it in 2:1, although it seems to indicate his main concern in writing this second letter. Evidently Paul has received information since his first letter that motivates him to write and address the false message which taught that the day of the Lord is already here (see 3:11). Paul has already taught in his first letter about the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ and how that all saints will be gathered to be with him. He pleads that they not be easily shaken from their composure, or state of “mind,” which would render them incapable to judge, or disturbed by what they have heard. All spirits or teachings must be examined. Just because someone says so does not make it so. Satan passes himself off as angel of light, his servants as workers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). So it is no wonder that some spirit or message or letter allegedly from Paul might be a satanic forgery. Continue reading

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Bible reading: 1 Thessalonians 5

1:1-11. The Sudden Coming of the Lord. Again, Paul tells them something that they have no need for anything to be written, because they already know quite well what he is about to write. But his writing serves as a source of encouragement (v. 11). Basic truths often need repeating. Paul continues the topic of Jesus’ coming, but focuses now on the times and seasons of his arrival, specifically, that the day of the Lord will come in the same way as a thief in the night, that is, suddenly, unexpectedly, without warning. Some disparage his coming, by saying that nothing will happen: There is peace and security. Don’t worry! Be happy! But they will soon discover that sudden destruction comes on them. Its suddenness is compared to the labor pains that begin, often at an inconvenient moment, for a pregnant woman. Their unpreparedness means that they will surely not escape. They deliberately ignore what the Thessalonians know quite well and could be known by any who so desired. But the new converts are not like them, choosing to remain in the darkness. They all are sons of the light and sons of the day. That Paul continues in verses 4-7 to speak of those whom the day would overtake and who belong to the night and who are of the darkness, highlights the great divide between those in Christ and the outsiders, between the faithful and the forgetful. Paul does not reveal who they are to whom he refers, who counsel relaxation when what is needed is the greatest vigilance. They might be Jewish opponents who still attempt to derail the Christians’ faith. They might even be Christians lulled into a false sense of security by being in Christ. Continue reading

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Bible reading: 1 Thessalonians 4

1:1-8. The Will of God Is Holiness. The Thessalonians had already received instruction from the evangelists after their conversion, just as Jesus had taught to do, “teaching them to observe all things” (Matthew 28:19-20). The content of the instruction dealt with how to live and please God. The way we live determines whether or not we will please God. Pleasing God is basic to one’s salvation. Thus, this manner of life is a must. Salvation is by grace, but by no means bereft of obligation. To live is the way we “walk” (2:12), a metaphor used of the disciple’s relationship to God and his manner of life in the Kingdom. It’s origin likely goes back to Adam and Eve’s literal walk with God in the garden of Eden. Paul acknowledges that they were in fact living properly, but desires to ask and urge them to do so more and more, that is, abound more, excel more. Growth is expected in God’s kingdom. What does not grow is dead. Hence, the need to abound is both the subject of instruction, as here, the topic of prayer (3:12; Philippians 1:9), and a reason for teaching and exhortation (1 Corinthians 15:58). The For of verse 2 connects it to the previous verse. This life is an obligation, because teaching comes in the form of commands. God’s command is eternal life (John 12:50). Those that Paul gave to his converts was through the Lord Jesus. The commands came from Jesus and had his authority as Lord behind them. If Jesus is Lord, he must be obeyed.Continue reading

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Textual Exegesis of Matthew 24:34-36

Matthew 24 is one of the most controversial chapters in the New Testament. Interpretations abound; elaborate millennial theories have been structured, in part, upon it. Songs have been composed espousing such theories. (Follow this link to read the entire article…)

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