03 July 2017

Revelation: They Were Blessed

For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Rev 22:18-19)

The Bible is history. It is the written revelation of God’s historical, redemptive act of salvation through Jesus Christ from beginning to end. It is the story of grace, hope, and redemption for both Jews and gentiles, for those “…who are near and those who are far off.” Although the story is simple enough, anyone who has seriously studied Scripture know some passages and words are not easily understood.

One mysterious book has confused and divided some of the brightest students and scholars for nearly 2 millennia. According to R.C Sproul, “Whole systems of eschatological thought have been labeled and identified in accordance with the place the millennium holds within each system.” (The Last Days According to Jesus Christ, R.C Sproul. Pg. 193.)

These include: historic premillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, amillennialism, postmillennialism, partial preterism, and full preterism. Some of these views spring from Revelation ch. 20 alone excluding subsystems of thought or divided opinion within each group. One could spend a life time navigating endless articles and commentaries on each position.

Why then should countless interpretations on the Parousia be any different than views on other major doctrines? We can all agree Jesus is Lord and savior so why should it matter? Love God with all your heart and understanding, trust in Jesus, and love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and prophets are summed up in these. Is it really a big deal we should have different ideas about “…when these things shall be, and the end of the age?”

Like anything else, it matters because how we understand the second advent may influence our thinking when interpreting certain passages. If we understand New Testament prophecy as a past or fulfilled event, verses like Ro. 13:11 change our concept of time. Paul’s warning to the church at Rome becomes something about to occur within their generation. “The things which must soon take place…” in Rev. 1:1 is near – even at the doors of the 7 churches in Asia. Likewise, Mat 24 is one continuous discourse apart from any discontinuity or break in the text. All prophecy is fulfilled. Jesus Christ came and went in a "twinkling of an eye" at the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D 70. 

On the opposite side, time is elastic. In this sense Paul’s exhortation in 2 Tim 3:1 is not only a real-time warning for him, but for all elders in subsequent generations to the present. The “last days” can mean from the inception of the church to the present. In this scheme, the plain understanding of at least some words is not so plain anymore. The Olivet Discourse is picked apart. “You” becomes “all” and “age” means the physical destruction of the world and the of end time as we know it. The student and scholar must determine which phrases and words mean now at the time the letter was written and those that mean imminent for the last 2000 years.  

The list of difficulties goes on. It would seem there is no end to it. As a result, some would argue though we have different opinions on eschatology we must look at the over all teaching of the New Testament. We should not be overly concerned about end times as opposed to salvation and individual sanctification. What matters is faith in Jesus Christ and obedience. This, despite over 66 verses with context (excluding Old Testament passages) and one entire book in the New Testament devoted to the Parousia.

The first sermon this writer heard over 20 years ago was on End Times. The minister gave a brief explanation on 4 major positions and then went on to explain which he believed was the correct one. Before the alter call he said, whatever choice you make among these different views you can be sure Jesus Christ is coming back one day, and you must ask yourself – are you ready?

I would echo the good minister’s call with an exception. Jesus said in Jn 7:1-8, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.” Jesus Christ was to die on the cross for all who believe in Him, not 1 minute before, or 1 minute after. It was God’s timing. Our time is now. I do not mean 1000 years from now but from the instant you hear the Gospel call.
The exception is this, the basics of proper Bible study say there can be only one intended meaning. The Bible was written from the context of the author to the context of the recipients. It had a specific audience and addressed real time problems. The word of God is not a smorgasbord of ideas to pick and choose whatever fancies our taste.

The Bible is truth. Truth does not contradict or give contrary statements. It is yes or no, not yes and no. We are not allowed historic premillennialism and amillennialism. Otherwise, the warning at the beginning of this article means nothing or anything you want it to mean.

But surely God is merciful is He not? Maybe it was just His way of saying He really, really wants us to pay attention and get it right. 

If you have come this far you may have thought the obvious. There is nothing new here. In part 2, I intend to prove someone indeed got it right. They did not simply agree to disagree while singing The Battle Hymn of the Republic. They understood the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. 

They understood, and they were blessed.

10 May 2017

Mark Levin -- The Political Bully

I’ve had it with Mark Levin.  He’s a mean-spirited jerk.  “That’s right. I said it!” 

Years ago, when I was driving over the road I was flipping through the radio one night and I found the Mark Levin Show. At first I thought the guy was a nut job. Then I gave him a chance and ended up listening to Mark for years. What I like about him is he’s not a party line cheerleader for the Republicans. If someone isn’t towing the line he says so. He doesn’t cut any slack no matter who they are or what political party they belong. 

Another thing I like about Mark is you won’t find him giving parroted arguments or talking points you would expect from other radio hosts. Depending on the complexity of the argument he might use political philosophy and history to back up his point. Sometimes he would read long quotes from our founding fathers and writers of the Constitution. I especially love it when he talks about history. Make no mistake -- Mark Levin is the real deal, a true blue Constitutional Conservative. 

What put me over the edge was a show I was listening to on Podcast the other day. A guy calls in and says, “Thank you for taking my call. It’s an honor to speak to you.” The topic was the health care bill recently passed by the House. The caller said he liked the bill because it kept the precondition rule.

He didn’t have insurance and said, “…it’s cheaper to pay when I need to go to the doctor.”

Then Mark said, “Let’s say you have catastrophe, am I supposed to pay for that?”

The caller, “No sir.”

Mark, “Oh yes, but I have to because then you have a preexisting condition.”

The caller, “This is true.”

Mark, “Yeah, so you know what you are?”

The caller doesn’t answer.

Mark repeats the question, “So do you know what you are?”

There’s a pause. 

Mark, “You’re a parasite.”

The caller may have a been a liberal operative, who knows. Occasionally a few slip by “Mr. Call Screener” and try to entangle Mark on questions and so on. The caller, however, seemed to be a genuine Mark Levin fan.

It’s one thing to bad mouth politicians in Washington. I’ve done my share. If Mark continues to attack his fans he’ll find himself without an audience and maybe even lose a few advertisers. It was Mark’s passion that first got my attention, but he should use a little discretion on who should be on the receiving end of it. 

17 January 2017

What I Wanted To Say But Someone Beat Me To It

You ain't seen nothing yet. The Leftists or Social Communists, (they're all the same) for the next 4 years will do everything in their power to unseat Trump from the Whitehouse. They haven't wasted any time. They've already begun. The fake news, lies, the bogus stories, all of which so far has blown up in their faces. But it doesn't matter. You think the news, social media, and politics are sleazy now, just you wait.

As Eric Dixon said in his article, as far as the left is concerned -- the rule of law be damned.

Get ready for the sleaziest, bottom of the barrel attacks against Trump, his supporters, and Constitutional conservatives such as you have never seen. You can read Eric's article here: The Left's Era of Dread

01 December 2016

Namby Pamby -- Are We Raising a Generation of Wimps?

The Problem With My Generation

Maybe the U.S should enact mandatory conscription for men and women 18 and over. It might instill in them a sense courage or valuable coping lessons, like when you don't get your way in life you can't crawl into in a little corner and cry about it.

Click on the above link and hear what a 20 something thinks of his generation.

11 November 2016

Intolerence -- The True Colors of The Left

Video: High School Girl Viciously Attacked For Supporting Donald Trump

As much as the liberals claim President Elect Donald Trump is racist, it is clear at least from this video, some are intolerant of freedom of expression. While they paint Conservatives as racists and bigots, their actions and protests prove they do not believe in a free America. What is equally disturbing, as the young girl was defending her opinion the rest of the crowd were instigating a physical confrontation, and when she was attacked some continued messing around with their smartphones as if nothing was happening.

04 September 2016

Psalm 33:1–22 (KJV 1900)

1 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: For praise is comely for the upright.
2 Praise the Lord with harp: Sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing unto him a new song; Play skilfully with a loud noise.

4 For the word of the Lord is right; And all his works are done in truth.
5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: He layeth up the depth in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: He maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, The thoughts of his heart to all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; And the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
13 The Lord looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men.
14 From the place of his habitation he looketh Upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; He considereth all their works.
16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: A mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: Neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, Upon them that hope in his mercy;
19 To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, Because we have trusted in his holy name.
22 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, According as we hope in thee.

(paragraph delineation mine)

14 August 2016

Psalm 119:169–176

169  TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.
170  Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
171  My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
172  My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
173  Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
174  I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.
175  Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.
176  I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.