Matthew 5:17-20 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (KJV)
‘Jot’ is a transliteration of Continue reading “The Missing Link”
How can Christians be so sure they’re right and everyone else is wrong? Isn’t that being exclusive or arrogant?
- Exclusive – Not shared: available to only one person or group.
- Arrogant – Having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people.
What do people say?
Christianity is exclusive. If Christianity is true, then Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”
SECOND TRUMPET – The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. (Revelation 8:8-9)
Blazing Mountain Thrown into the Sea – This is not likely a reference to a literal mountain, but rather “something like a huge mountain” that is ablaze. Again, John is trying to describe devastation unlike anything he had ever witnessed or even imagined as possible. This vision may also be Continue reading “The Second Trumpet”
Psalms 19:7-9 – The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We think of the laws and commandments as something to put us down and not revive, being a burden and not a joy, darkening our day not making it radiant. We need a better perspective.
My Advice – Want to be revived when you are weary, wise when you are perplexed, joyful when facing sadness and walk in the light in a dark world? Then consider God’s laws to be perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, enduring and sure, and act in accordance with them.
FIRST TRUMPET – The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. (Revelation 8:7)
Hail and Fire Mixed with Blood – This judgment corresponds with the judgements on Egypt in Exodus 9:22–25. However, John’s vision adds blood to the hail and fire of the Exodus narrative. See also Ezekiel 38:22.(1) The Prophet Joel also prophesied “blood and fire” in the last days (Joel 2:30). If this is a direct supernatural judgment from God, it is Continue reading “The First Trumpet”
Psalms 18:25-27 – To the faithful You show Yourself faithful, to the blameless You show Yourself blameless, to the pure You show Yourself pure, but to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd. You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – When we find ourselves questioning how God is dealing with us, we need to carefully consider how we are treating Him.
My Advice – How do you want God to deal with you? Did you know that it is largely in your control? If you “do right” by Him, He will “do right” by you.
Question of the Day – How can we show ourselves faithful?
INTRODUCTION – And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. (Revelation 8:6)
Seven Angels – Only two angels are specifically named in the canonical scripture (Michael and Gabriel).(1) The Apocrypha (Enoch 20:7) names seven archangels Continue reading “Seven Trumpets Sounded – Introduction”