General

Greatest Mystery

There are a number of mysteries in the Bible which are fun and interesting to track down and speculate on.  One mystery however stands alone in it’s importance and that’s the Mystery of the Gospel. Ephesians 3  2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,1 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known

Prophecy / Revelation

Day of the Lord

The Day of the Lord is mentioned 20 times in 8 Old Testament books. Luke quotes Joel in Acts 2:20, Paul refers to it in 1 Thessalonians 5:2 and Peter mentions it. The big question to look into is whether the Day of the Lord is one single day or a period of time. A key verse in this appears to be Acts 2:20 which quotes Joel 2:31 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: “Before” appears to be a key word meaning

Prophecy / Revelation

Problems with Post Trib Rapture

Views on when the rapture will take place is not a salvation issue, so in most cases we can agree to disagree. There are respectable scholars that disagree. That being said, there are some very key issues that you have when taking a post-tribulational viewpoint. The first is a mis-understanding of who the Church is and who Israel is. We currently are nearing the end of the dispensation of Grace. This is where there is neither Jew nor Gentile (Galations 3:28). All have access to God through Jesus. When we accept Jesus as savior, we’re in the Church. The

General / Revelation

Salvation vs Inheritance

The thing to remember about crowns is that it doesn’t affect your salvation.  You can not “work” your way into salvation.  Other than Christianity which states that salvation comes through Jesus alone, all other religions are based on “works”.  You have to do a variety of rituals, prayers, adhere to pillars that the faith in question is made up from.  Islam has it’s 5 pillars, Catholicism requires you to continually take the Mass and pray to the saints, even atheists judge you  on whether you’re a “good” person.  Good by the ever changing standard of what good is based on

Revelation

Timing of the Rapture

The key to your position on the rapture shouldn’t be based on only one passage of scripture, it should be based on the Whole Counsel of God.  If you base it on only one passage, such as making a case that the 24 elders represent the Church, that passage can be attacked by those who feel that they don’t represent the Church for whichever reason. If you use only 1 Thessalonian’s 4:17  which states: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and

Revelation

Which of the Seven Churches are Applicable to us

The letters to the seven churches apply to everybody as in each of the letters, the line is included:  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (Rev 3:22) There are elements of all of the churches in the age we’re currently living in.  There are churches good on doctrine, but have lost their first love (Ephesus).  There are persecuted churches (Smyrna), churches married to the world (Pergamum), churches filled with idolatry (Thyatria), churches dead in Christ (Sardis), churches focused on being a good ambassador and sharing Christ (Philadelphia) and finally churches

Revelation

Letters to Seven Churches

There are 3 levels to the study on the letters to the 7 churches. The first level applies to the real churches that were in existence during the writing of these letters. The second level is how the churches apply prophetically to the history of the Church. This starts with the letter to Ephesus being the Apostolic church in the first century and the letter to Laodicea being the luke warm church at the end of the church age. I love learning the history of the Church as this is not generally taught in a typical church sermon. I

Israel / Revelation

Allegorical Interpretation

An allegorical hermeneutic does not bring forth Godly fruit. When you view what the Bible says as allegory, you are in a sense creating a license to invent what the Bible says. This usually happens when looking at the creation story in Genesis. Since all schools and the media promote evolution as fact and vilify anybody that doesn’t agree with evolution, many Christians look at the first 11 chapters of Genesis as allegory. This is not based on anything the Bible says, but what secularists who don’t believe in God say. The problem is that many times in the

Prophecy / Revelation

Jezebel Spirit

After Ephesus,the Apostolic church which was great on doctrine, but lost it’s first love came Smyrna, the persecuted church. Through this persecution, nothing bad was said in the letter. Pergamos married the world by adopting idols, customs and practices that were happening in the era. The persecution stopped because these practices were adopted and blended into Christianty. This brought forth Thyatira which is the medieval church. The thing that stands out in this letter is Jezebel. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and

Bible / Timothy - Titus - Philemon

Imputation

Imputation means to transfer something from one person to another. The best example of this in the Bible is in Romans 5. 12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” . Adam’s sinful nature and death by sin was imputed or transfered on to us. 17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore

Timothy - Titus - Philemon

Slavery and Philemon

In Paul’s writings on slavery, it’s assumed that being a slave is simply a fact of life. As a slave you were property of your owner and not considered a person. It wasn’t racial the way we think of slavery looking back to pre-civil war America, but anybody regardless of race can be a slave. There was no welfare system from the government so if you were unable to feed your family, you can sell yourself and family into slavery. The condition of slaves gradually improved with time, as both Greek and Roman cultures were probably influenced by Stoicism,

Apologetics / Timothy - Titus - Philemon

Importance of Doctrine

We can choose what we want to believe, but that doesn’t make us correct in what we choose. If somebody chooses to believe they can fly when they jump off of a building, they will soon find out that they’re wrong, but it will be too late. If we choose to believe that we have one million dollars in the bank and try to withdraw it, when our balance is actually one hundred dollars, security may want to have a word with us. While many would agree with the above examples whether they’re Christian or not the politically correct

Discernment / Revelation

Laodecia and the Modern Church

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Rev 3:15-17 (KJV) The letters to the seven churches are prophetic in nature as well as specific letters to churches in what we now call Turkey. The seven church

Bible / Timothy - Titus - Philemon

Rightly Dividing the Word

Rightly dividing the Word is understanding that God speaks differently through different ages or dispensations. There are different ways of dividing the ages by different scholars, but the traditional way starts with Adam in the Age of Innocence. With the call of Abraham, God used Israel to reveal His plan to the world. God took a family to Egypt and they emerged as a nation. God revealed the Law through Moses and this is known as the dispensation of the Law from Moses to John the Baptist. Jesus is the Messiah that was prophesied all through the prophets, the

Creation / Genesis

Vain Babblings

When I see the 1 Timothy 6:20: 20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: The first thing that comes to mind is evolution. The fact that so many brilliant scientists can come to the conclusion that nothing created everything baffles me. I saw a quote on a meme floating around on email and Facebook which still makes me laugh. Atheism: The belief that there was once absolutely nothing. And nothing happened to the nothing until the nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating

Bible / General / Timothy - Titus - Philemon

Women Pastors

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 1 Tim 2:12-13 (KJV) First of all, this passage is not based on whether or not a woman is more knowledgeable on the Bible than a man. There are a number of women more Biblically literate than many pastors leading churches. This is not based on how capable a woman is to lead the church in an administrative sense. Some women excel in high positions in government and business as

Esther

Esther

God being outside of time knows the beginning from the end and uses ordinary people to accomplish His will. In the story of Esther, God uses a young Jewish girl that was elevated to the throne as Queen of Persia. Xerxes was by historic accounts prone to fits of rage and excess and the fact that Esther fits into the reign of Xerxes is significant for a number of reasons. The main one is that because of her willingness to put her life on the line for something she believed, the Jewish people were saved. We can’t really imagine

Bible / Peter

Essentials of the Gospel

The Gospel of Christ is very simple. Paul defines it: 1 Cor 15:3-4 (KJV) 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: Romans 3:23-25 (KJV) 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through

Creation / Genesis

Gap Theory Thoughts

The Gap Theory properly understood from the Bible would be that it’s an undetermined period of time that exists between Genesis 1:1 and 2. 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Those who hold to the gap theory state that “was” should have been translated as “became” as it is a transitive verb implying an action. From what we read in the Bible, that’s all

General

Response to Slander

Our culture is filled with slander in everything from false reports on celebrities in any gossip magazine at your local grocery store, the abundance of reality TV where participants slander their fellow players in “private” conversations all recorded by the cameraman. The news is filled with slander, particularly in this election season where both parties slander each other. What ever happened to debating the issues? All of this slander done publicly makes it seem almost normal to slander our co-workers and acquaintances. According to the dictionary, slander is: a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report. If you’ve ever