The Return of Jesus Christ


Coming soon… to a town near you.

20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. Isaiah 26:20-21 (KJV)

1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. Isaiah 57:1 (KJV)

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24:36-37 (KJV)

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:13 (KJV)

33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:33 (KJV)

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3 (KJV)

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:9 (KJV)

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (KJV)

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 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 so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)

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Rapture’s coming


Yup.

I have no doubts.

What day will it be? It’s transitioned from a feeling of “tomorrow” to “today”. Every day, I keep thinking, “This is it. We can’t get much closer.” I mean, I used to think that it was seven years from now. I wasn’t date setting, just that kind of, “It’s soon, but not today.”

Then it became, “Man, I hope we make it to the end of the year. I’ve got a blog series half written!”

Now, I wonder if I’ll get to finish a sentence.

If you don’t believe in a pre-trib rapture, then we’re going to have the funniest experience shortly, when you come up to me in Heaven, and you say, “Man! I used to call you the worst names because you kept talking about the Rapture!”

And we’ll laugh.

If you are saved, then the greatest experience that mankind will know is going to happen shortly. When? No idea. Thirty seconds from now, an hour, maybe five years, maybe right after I die – but I doubt that. I mean I feel like the archangel is holding the trumpet and getting ready to blow.

If you’re not saved – then you’re about to undergo seven horrid years on this earth, the odds of surviving are very low. The population of the earth when Jesus returns will possibly be millions, not billions.

Get saved now. Do not put this off.

I’m begging you. I don’t want you to live through the horrors of the tribulation.

Childhood salvation claims


I’m really leery when I hear people say, “I’ve been saved since I was seven. Three. In the womb. Before I was conceived. Whatever.”

Like yesterday, I’m sure it has really happened. I’m very sure that some little kid somewhere heard the Gospel story, got scared at the thought of Hell, and prayed a terrified little prayer to Jesus Christ, and a miracle happened.

A miracle happens ANY time that anyone is saved. But it’s an EXTREME miracle (good name for a sensational TV show) when any child, not yet at the age of accountability, still unable to understand between good and bad – does this.

What happens really is that some adult explains a simplified version of the Gospel (hey, really, almost any way you explain the Gospel is simplified), and the child, wanting to please the adult, makes a sweet little prayer and everyone feels good.

Then at age seventeen, they’re hooked on Chrystal Meth and breaking into cars, and something’s not right with that profession of faith.

Here’s really my feelings on this – you’re free to disregard. But if you lived a life where you made a profession of faith at age 7, very probably that’s not a valid conversion. You just really can’t comprehend a lot of the situation. “Saved? God? Jesus? Hell?” To a lot of little kids, Hell is a bad word that makes you giggle, not a terrifying reality of burning, endless torment.

Now, you may have been a sweet little kid (not the little monster I was!) and lived a good and decent life, and later on, heard the Gospel again, or reasoned it out within yourself, and bowed your head and prayed.

That’s far more likely, In which case, you got saved at age 27 or whatever.

If ever I had a point with this blog post, it’s long since gone like my cup of coffee.

I’ll just sum it up by saying, if your claim to salvation is a childhood prayer, examine yourself. If you’ve got doubts, take care of it.

Nothing is more important than salvation. Everything I’ve written about since day one on this blog either concerns getting people out of cults (and saved), or is some minor little details like you know, tithe and sanctification.

The important thing is, get saved.

“All the rest is commentary.”

Salvation


What is saved? What does that mean? we use the term far too loosely for such a great miracle.

Psalm 3:8 (KJV) Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

“I raised my hand and got saved.”

By exercise?

“I walked the aisle and got saved.”

Roughly the same objection.

“I prayed…”

Okay, we’re getting closer.  I’ll make a disclaimer first, that I have absolutely no doubt that someone went to a church, heard a preacher used questionable tactics to manipulate yourself into getting a confession of faith, and as you were manipulated, God reached into your heart and encouraged you to do exactly this.

I have no doubt that some who raised their hand or walked the aisle were doing so out of a sincere need for salvation, a recognition of their sinful state and their eventual eternity in Hell, and did as they were told.

The Gospel is very simple. It has to be simple enough for a drowning man to understand.

“Do you understand that you are a sinner? And that your sins have separated you from a righteous God who will judge all mankind?”

There’s only one right answer there.

“Do you understand that you will spend an eternity in Hell because of your sins?”

Same thing. One right answer.

“But God didn’t want you to perish eternally in everlasting torment. So He sent His Son to die in your place. Salvation is a free gift, paid for by the only righteous man that ever lived, the only sinless one, God in human flesh, Jesus Christ. All you have to do to have it is to ask God to forgive your sins, and to give you the free gift of Salvation.”

Okay right there, that’s enough. You don’t have to get into prayer, tithe, sanctification, church, living for Jesus Christ, Bible reading, Bible Study, etc. Leave that alone. They’ll learn about it and start doing it soon enough, if the conversion is a valid one! And if not, well… they’ll drop away.

Just a yes or no answer. You say no, and it’s going to mean… nothing. You say maybe, same thing. You can’t accept with reservation. It’s like opening your hands and someone pouring gold dust into them. You open them all the way to receive them.

Now, if you’ve been a Christian for 18 years, you read your Bible and worry ENDLESSLY about pleasing God, you’re probably tempted to bow your head and ask to be saved all over again. Sorry, you’re already part of the family, quit beating yourself up! You can rededicate yourself. That’s great.

But if your conversion story lacks most of that, was just a feeling of “I need to do better” and you’ve lived a lackluster Christian life of halfhearted Christian behavior punctuated by years-long periods of backsliding… um… go back to the beginning of the article.

This one’s for you. Just want to make sure that when the starting gun of the Rapture is fired, we don’t leave anyone behind.

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Year of Writing Commentary


Just a reminder, that this is year one of writing commentary on things you’re learning in your Bible study. I started Jan. 1 in Romans 1:1.

So, after your Bible study (or during it), take notes in a special note file inside your Bible software.  Please make sure your Bible study session is a minimum of 15 minutes a day! If you are a Pastor or in ministry, double that. As a matter of fact, if you are a Pastor, you need to make sure that you’re studying your Bible at least an hour a day, or your congregation will have your hide. God requires a Pastor to spend time in prayer and studies of the Bible. Everything else is secondary.

E-Sword instructions: If I remember right, E-Sword comes with Study Notes, Topic Notes and Journal Notes already made. This would all go into your study notes. Remember to uncheck the little chain icon before you start writing, and then check it again once you’re done.

Swordsearcher instructions:  Under “User” click “Create new user Commentary”. Now all you have to do to add notes is click the four diamonds, and a window will open up to add your notes.

King James Pure Bible Search: Click CTRL+M or go to Edit>Add/Edit/Delete User Note. The user note editor will pop open. Save the note when done typing.

theWord: File>New User Module>Commentary. Name it, give it initials (Dean Commentary DCT) and save it. Now you can start typing away. Make sure you go slowly when trying to expand theWord to fill the window, or you’ll close it down every time. This was a major reason (besides its untidy, cluttered appearance) I gave up using it back in Seminary.

Logos: Create a manuscript, and NAME it “Dean Commentary”. No kidding (it’s a hidden thing in Logos) it will prioritize it, especially if you add a link on your taskbar to it. The more you add to it, no kidding, the more Logos will begin to refer to it as you write.

Okay, this should get you started on the “How-to”. Now you just need to start!

Go to Romans 1:1. Read all of Romans 1 and start taking notes in your commentary. You’re going to make notes every third verse (1:1, 1:4, 1:7, etc). Why? Because next year is the second year of commentary, and the year after that is the third year. In three years, you will have written study notes (if not commentary) on every verse in the Bible.

Recommended commentaries: The Bible. The Bible is its own best commentary. In this regard, Pure Bible Search gives you an advantage by FORCING you to use ONLY the Bible and ONLY the Webster’s 1828.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary by John Walvoord is the next best. Flawed, highly Evangelical, and based upon the NIV (UGH!), but still the best commentary you can get.

Look things up. Use Bible Analyzer. Is this the first time that word is used in the Bible? Unless it’s Gen. 1:1, make a note of it! Is this a word used 5 times or Less in the Bible? Make a note of that.

Open the TSK. Follow the rabbit, and see where the references take you. Literally, this is how David Cloud learned all the Bible stuff he learned, using a Strong’s, and eventually adding a TSK. His own notes took the form of a Bible Encyclopedia, instead of a commentary. And yes, you can buy a copy of it.

You’ll add a lot to your commentary as you go along, so don’t worry if you only get a few sentences in at first.

Yesterday’s blog article came out of my commentary.

No Fear Of God


No fear of God before their eyes. (Ro 3:18)

Like many in today’s world. The famous atheists of History such as David Hume, profane, bitter, angry, contentious. They do what they want, without impunity. Having in their minds erased the existence of God, their actions are no longer tempered by the thought of a Judgment Day. And the human capability for evil is staggering when there is no longer any fear of God.

In Judaism, many devout actions occur that take place because of Yirat Hashem, the Fear of God. There are rituals of prayer, of action. I can remember being an Oyruf, a Sabbath Guest at my Rabbi’s house, and he found me and his sons drinking coffee in the kitchen. I won’t go into the complexities of how you got coffee on the Sabbath, but the point was the Rabbi scolding us, “I hope you all said the Shema before you rewarded yourself with coffee.”

That’s fear of God. Make sure you say a prayer before you even drink your morning coffee. Say a prayer upon leaving the bathroom for the first time in the day. Say a prayer before washing your hands in the morning.

Christianity has many rituals as well (an honest examination will show you how many we have as well, and most of ours are for a combination of Ahavat Hashem (the love of God) and Yirat Hashem (the fear of God). We may not have the fancy Yiddish and Hebrew phrases for our devotional acts, but we have them nonetheless.

Love of God drives the Christian to seek everything that’s got the label “Christian” on it, whether right or wrong. Fear of God drives us to seek to be saved, to seek forgiveness, to try to address wrongs we committed before we were saved.

Contrast your actions, thoughts and motivations with the unsaved.

There is no fear of God before their eyes.