The Last Trumpet

The Seventh (Last) Trumpet – As previously discussed, the seventh (last) trumpet referenced in Revelation 11:15-19 appears to set in motion the sequence of events (seven bowl judgments) that will end with Christ’s return and the establishment of His Kingdom here on earth. Some believe that this is the same trumpet referred to in Jesus’ Olivet discourse in Matthew 24:31 and by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16. Still others believe that there is no basis for equating these trumpets with the seventh trumpet in Revelation 11:15–19. The trumpets in Revelation pertain to Continue reading “The Last Trumpet”

Stubborn Submission

Psalms 81:11-14“But My people would not listen to Me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. If My people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow My ways, how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Sometimes we can be so stubborn, that the only way for God to get our attention is to let us have our way and reap the consequences. But even then, He is close at hand, ready to deliver us when we call out to Him.

My Advice – Do not be so stubborn that God has to let you have your way. Better to be submissive to Him at the outset. The end result is the same, He ultimately will deliver you, but the path is much shorter and less bumpy when you go His way. You gain nothing by being stubborn, but you gain everything by being submissive.

Every, Only & All – Oh My!

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Matthew 24:37-42 – “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.   Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Do you believe the account of Noah, the Ark and the flood?  As the above verse clearly indicates, Jesus did.  And how was it in the days of Noah that we are to keep watch?  In some ways it was normal – “people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,” just like they always have.  But in other respects not so normal –  The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain (Genesis 6:5-6, NIV 1984).  Well, maybe every inclination is not yet only evil all the time.  But most would probably agree we are headed in that direction.

My Advice – Keep watch, the hour of the coming of the Son of Man is nearer now than when we first believed.  But do not just keep watch, be ready.

Post Script – That is a picture of my mom with my oldest brother visiting the Ark Encounter.  Her first real trip since my dad passed away in September 2015.  When she decided to get away, she did it big time – 40 days and 40 nights.  But like most vacations, wouldn’t you know it – it rained the whole time.

 

Whatever Happened to the Wages of Sin?

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Introduction – Setting The Stage

Romans 3:23 – [A]ll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (NIV 1984).

Romans 6:23[T]he wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (NIV 1984).

Wages – A payment in return (www.the free dictionary.com).

Gift – Something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation (www.merriam-webster.com).

Hebrews 9:27[M]an is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away [save from] the sins of many people (NIV 1984).

Save – To deliver from sin.

Savior – A person [Jesus Christ] who helps people achieve salvation, or saves them from something [Hell] (https://en.wikipedia.org).

Jesus Christ – The only name that has the power to save (www.urbandictionary.com).

Acts 4:12It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead …Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (NIV 1984). Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Wages of Sin?”

Seven Thunders & An Angel’s Oath

SEVEN THUNDER PROPHECY SEALEDWhen he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.” (Revelation 10:3a-4)

Seven Thunders – The identity of the seven thunders is not explained, and perhaps John assumes it will be known to his readers.(1) They may be Continue reading “Seven Thunders & An Angel’s Oath”

Clinging

Psalms 66:18 – If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We can confess our sins. We can even stop our sinning. But if we cherish sin (different than being tempted by its allure), then we really have not given it up.

My Advice – If you find that God seems distant and that your prayers are not being answered, make sure you are not clinging onto old sins. You may think that you let them go, make sure you are not clinging onto them in your heart.

An Angel With a Tiny Scroll

INTRODUCTIONThen I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. (Revelation 10:1-3a)

This section of Revelation is viewed as a parenthetical between the sixth and seventh trumpets, and introduces the middle of the Tribulation period. According to Daniel 9:27, this is likely the time that the Continue reading “An Angel With a Tiny Scroll”