Who Says the Crowd is Right?

When growing up, my parents cautioned me about crowd mentality. They warned me not to follow the crowd. I took their advice. Following the crowd will take you places you may not want to go.

A pastor gave me the same advice although couched a little differently. He would say, “Who says the crowd’s right?” He would say this in regards to Christian teaching. A majority view of something doesn’t mean it’s the correct view.

In reality, God rarely uses the crowd or the strong to accomplish His work on earth. He uses people who are willing to be faithful and obedient. “For my grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”. (II Cor. 12:9)

One Faithful Servant + God = a Majority

1. He used Noah to build an ark; one man out of millions who was faithful for the task. “By faith Noah being warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear…”(Hebrews 11:7)

2. He selected one man, Abraham, as the progenitor of the nation of Israel, through whom the Savior would come. (Genesis 12:1-3) “By faith Abraham obeyed“. (Hebrews 11:8)

3. He used Sarah, who was past the age of child bearing, to bring Isaac, the son of promise into the world. (Hebrews 11:11) “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive…” (Hebrews 11:11)

4. He picked one faithful man, Moses, to lead the nation of Israel to the Promised Land. (Ex. 3) “By faith he forsook Egypt… “(Hebrews 11:27)

5. He selected Gideon, from the weakest clan and the least in his family, to go up against an innumerable Midianite army with only three hundred men. “The Lord said to him, surely I will be with you…” (Judges 6:16)

6. He empowered Samson to defeat the Philistines. (Judges 16:28-31) “The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him…” (Judges 14:6)

7. He used David, a young man of faith, to defeat Goliath, the 9 foot giant. (I Samuel 17) David said to the giant, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand…” (I Samuel 17:46)

8. Because of the faithfulness of King Hezekiah, God fought the battle . He sent the Angel of the Lord, who killed 185,000 men of the Assyrian army, saving the southern kingdom of Judah from defeat. (II Kings 19) “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel“. (II Kings 18:5)

9. Because King Asa sought the Lord by faith, God won another victory for Judah by defeating a million-man Ethiopian army. “Asa cried out to the Lord his God... it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God” (II Chronicles 14)

10. God used the prophet Elijah to rid the northern kingdom of Israel of Baal worship. (I Kings 18) “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly… (James 5:17)

11. He rescued Daniel, who refused to worship the king, from the lion’s den; causing Daniel to prosper in the reigns of Darius and Cyrus, Gentile world rulers. (Daniel 5:29-6:28)

12. God called the greatest single persecutor of the church, Saul, to become the greatest evangelist of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the apostle Paul. (Acts 9)

They weren’t perfect people. They had sin issues like the rest of us. But they placed their faith in the Lord and He used them. One man or woman plus God is a majority. Jesus asked His disciples, “when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) His question implied, not much. Are you following the crowd? Or are you being a faithful child of God?

Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?” Proverbs 20:6


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Do Babies Go to Heaven?

As a youngster, I hung out with kids who were all older than me. One particular day we were tossing rocks in between two houses. My cousin watched us from his bedroom window. Sixty-five years later I can still see my cousin diving for cover as the rock that I threw came crashing through his window.  Fortunately, he was not hurt. The older kids immediately ratted me out to my mother. She disciplined me mildly due to the fact of my age and that it was not intentional. I just couldn’t throw accurately because of my young age. 

Accountability is an important factor in life for many things. Rational caring people do not hold children responsible for things they do not understand. I believe God, who is infinitely more merciful and gracious than humans, treats us similarly when it comes to salvation. Scripture teaches us that we are accountable for what we know. Thus, when it comes to babies and children, there is a level of accountability based on their ability to understand the gospel. A child must first hear the gospel and be able to comprehend the gospel to believe the gospel.

Following are nine Biblical reasons why I believe that babies and children who have not reached a level of understanding are not held accountable for their sin and unbelief. 

1. God has removed the sin barrier for all people. Christ’s death paid the penalty for everyone (Heb. 2:9). This would include babies and children. However, they are unable to understand enough to make a faith decision.  “The Lord is merciful and gracious…” (Psalm 103:8)
2. Romans 1:18-20 teaches that man is held accountable for their unbelief when they fail to respond to the revelation of God in creation… “They are without excuse.” The implication is that at some point early in life, they had an excuse. They could not cognitively recognize the truth of God as Creator.  
3. When David’s young child dies, he responded, “Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (2 Sam 12:23) David believed in life after death – “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” He knew that he would see the young child again (Psalm 23:6).  
4. “For before the Child shall know to refuse evil and choose good… (Isaiah 7:16)” Doesn’t that imply that young children are unable to discern moral choices? That’s why they need parents for guidance.
5. Israel’s unfaithfulness kept them out of the Promised Land. Yet their descendants would go in; “your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there…” (Duet 1:39) Because they had no knowledge of good and evil, the Lord did not hold them accountable.  
6. Furthermore, only those 20 years old and older would die in the wilderness. Those younger were not held accountable and would live to see the Promised Land.  (Num. 14:29)  
7. Job lamented, “Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb? …Then I would have been at rest.” (Job 3:11, 13) Job believed in an afterlife (Job 19:26). It seems he would have arrived there even as an infant.  
8. Under the Old Testament law, the mother needed to offer a sacrifice for herself when she gave birth. An atoning sacrifice (sin offering) was necessary for the mother, but not for the child (Lev 12).
9. Israel had sacrificed their babies to pagan gods.  God said they had filled the place with “blood of the innocents” (Jer. 19:4). How is anyone innocent unless they are young and have no awareness of moral choices before God? 

All are born separated from God because of Adam’s sin. At some point in time, and only God knows, every person becomes responsible before Him for his/her sin and unbelief. Infants and younger children do not sin knowingly and willfully against God. Although they do disobey, it is only apparent to us because, as adults, we can discern it.  

Babies and younger children go to heaven because God’s grace through Christ’s death is applied to them. That fits with the character and nature of God who is gracious and full of compassion; great in mercy; righteous in all His ways“. (Psalm 145; Psalm 36:5)

 “Shall not the Judge of the earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25) 


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Paul vs. James, A Contradiction?

There seems to be a contradiction in Scripture that a man is justified (declared righteous) by faith according to Paul, but justified by works according to James (Rom. 5:1; James 2:24). It’s either one or the other.  It can’t be both, can it?

But actually, it is both. A mountain climber may have faith to climb mountains. But in order to demonstrate his faith in his ability to others, he actually has to climb the mountain. Merely saying he can do it doesn’t show his faith in his ability to others.

Concerning the book of James, a majority of pastors and Bible teachers teach that good works and righteous living are always a result of faith. If there are no works then there is no faith. In other words, if you’re not living ‘right’ then you’re not saved and on your way to heaven. What they fail to understand is that James is written to believers who have been justified by faith in the court room of God. Being justified by faith is a one-time act of hearing (understanding the gospel) and believing it, which causes an irreversible change in your final destiny.

Five evidences that James was writing to Believers
1. At least 15 times in the book, he addresses them as brethren or beloved brethren; a reference to their spiritual relationship in the Lord (James 1:2, 9, 19; 2:1, 5, 14; 3:1, 10, 11; 4:11; 5:7, 9, 10, 12, 19)  
2. In chapter 1 verse 3, they were experiencing trials which were testing their faith. They had to be in the faith for their faith to be tested.
3. They were “brought forth” by the word of truth (1:18). They were born again.   
4. According to Chapter 4 verse 5, they were indwelt by the Spirit of God; “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”.   Only believers have the Spirit.
5. James warns them not to hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ with partiality. (James 2:1) “Our’ demonstrates that the writer and the audience were in the faith. Some of them were misusing their faith in their relationship with rich and poor.
Dead does not mean non-existent

The reason most commentators assign some of these people to the unbelieving realm is because they have “dead” faith (2:17). They teach that ‘dead’ faith is equal to no faith. But dead doesn’t mean non-existent. In the context, it means useless. It doesn’t profit. These believers were living a self-absorbed and carnal lifestyle like the Corinthian church (I Cor. 3:1-4).  

Only God can see a person’s heart

Faith that is evidenced by appropriate works justifies that person before others. They can’t see what you believe, but they can see your faith in action.  They were to “speak” and to “do” as those who will be judged by the law of liberty”. (James 2:12) Their talk of faith (speak) was to align with their walk of faith (do).

Paul vs. James

The apostle Paul was opposing the Jewish works-righteousness mentality; that a person could be restored to a relationship with God by works (Rom. 3:1-5:1). James was addressing a lack of righteous living of the believer

Paul taught the doctrine of justification; being immediately delivered from the penalty of sin and declared righteous in position forever, by faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Good works should follow in a believer’s life, but often they must be learned and sometimes they are lacking (Eph. 2:10; Titus 3:8, 14; I Cor. 3:15).

James addressed the need for these believers to be delivered from the power of sin. This is referred to as practical sanctification. Their lack of works and righteousness failed to evidence the inward reality of their faith to others. 

CATEGORY     PAUL’S Teaching     JAMES’ Teaching 
Issue:     Works-righteousness     Lack of righteous living 
Justification:     Before God by faith    Before others by works 
Salvation:     From the Penalty of sin    From the Power of sin 
Works:     Believers should do    Believers not doing (useless) 
Context:     Justification    Sanctification 

It takes time for new believers to grow in their faith. Some never grow much. Abraham was saved in Genesis 15:6 and demonstrated that his faith had matured in Genesis 22 about 20 years later (Rom. 4:3; James 2:21-24). Maybe instead of writing people out of the kingdom, we should try to have a conversation with them about the gospel. If they have believed the gospel, then we should help to assure them of their salvation. And then if we have a good relationship with the person, we can help them “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18).


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5 Reasons Easy Believism is not Easy

There is a certain sect of Christianity referred to as Lordship salvation that would accuse me of teaching easy believism. They typically set up a strawman argument. In a strawman those who oppose you make a false representation of what you believe and then argue against it.  

They will often say things like ‘walking an aisle’ or ‘repeating a prayer’ or “just believing some facts” is what I and others believe saves a person from hell. But that is the furthest from the truth. Biblical grace teaches that a person is saved the moment they understand and believe the gospel. It is a one-time act of hearing (understanding the gospel) and believing it, which causes an irreversible change in your final destiny. The Bible refers to that as being “justified by faith” (Rom. 5:1).   

God made the message simple in that it is easily understood, but it’s not easy to believe . Most people and all religion think that you must ‘do something’ in order to be accepted.  This goes against our pride.

5 Reasons Easy Believism is not Easy 

It’s not easy to believe that I’m a condemned sinner. Most people think that they are good. But Jesus said, “No one is good but One, that is, God” (Luke 18:19) 
It’s not easy to believe that there’s nothing I must do other than believe. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, its the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
It’s not easy to believe that He rose from the dead. But He appeared after His resurrection to over “five hundred brethren”, to “all the apostles”, and lastly to the apostle Paul (I Cor. 15:6-8). 
It’s not easy to believe in life after death by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. But Jesus said, “He who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47).  
It’s not easy to believe that Jesus was not only a man, but that He is God. He said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).  

The gospel is a simple message. Jesus, the God/Man, died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. That’s not hard to understand. It’s easy enough that even a younger child can understand it.  

But human pride gets in the way and that makes the simple message difficult to believe. We are so accustomed to working for everything that we think salvation has to be worked for; that it has to be earned. But the Bible says, “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8, 9).  

We have no work to do to receive everlasting life and the forgiveness of sin. Jesus Christ did all the work for us. Our salvation was purchased at great cost to our Lord. And in His amazing grace He offers it to us as a free gift; received by simply believing that His death, burial, and resurrection is sufficient.  

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Easter Gives the Helpless Hope

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, sin entered the world. Because of their sin, every human enters the world with a sinful disposition; separated from God. It placed all of mankind in a helpless position. And there is nothing we can do to fix it. We can’t make ourselves acceptable to a holy God. It would take a work of God to do the things necessary to restore the relationship.  

Intervention Needed

The restoration between God and man would require a sufficient Substitute to make the payment for our sin. In addition, man’s righteousness that was lost needed to be restored. Works of righteousness on our part cannot take away sin nor restore the relationship.(Titus 3:5) God would have to intervene.  

The Perfect Sacrifice

Thankful He did. Jesus Christ came down to earth to be the perfect substitutionary sacrifice for sin. His death on the cross paid for the sin of the world. “He tasted death for everyone” (Heb. 2:9). He was buried and three days later He rose from the grave.   


If Christ had not risen, we would still be dead in our sins and in a hopeless situation with no possibility of restoration (I Cor. 15:17). But indeed, He did rise from the grave proving that he has the power over sin and death. After He rose, He was seen by five hundred brethren and the apostles (I Cor. 15:6-7). Furthermore, His death, burial, and resurrection is sufficient to restore our relationship with the Father, because He paid our sin debt and imputes his perfect righteousness to everyone that believes.  

Our Hope

Although we are helpless, we are not hopeless, because Jesus Christ did all the work necessary to bring us back to the Father. His resurrection is proof that He is the Lord and that whoever believes in Him can rest their hope fully upon His grace that is  “to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:13). 

Happy Resurrection Day! He is risen; He is risen indeed!   


The Thief and the Middle Cross

C.I. Scofield was a preacher and writer. He penned the following Biblical article about Barabbas who was sentenced to death and expected to die the next morning for his crime. However, it was a custom at Passover for the Roman governor to release a Jewish prisoner. (Following Titles added and article condensed)

Barabbas was a criminal

Barabbas was condemned to die. No one has ever questioned the justice of his sentence. He was a rebel against the law, a robber and a murderer. He was not under probation, but under doom. He was not awaiting trial, but execution. Just before him, as his only prospect, was the awful death of crucifixion. He knew what that meant: long hours of unspeakable agony, the hands and feet torn by great spikes, the wrist and shoulder joints dislocated by the dragging down of the body, each quivering nerve a separate torture through tension, a burning, unquenchable thirst, and, all around, a jeering, taunting mob. All the horizon of his life is narrowed to that. The only question is, when?

A Pardon : Barabbas is set free

Then the night falls. But it is a disturbed night. Even in the prison it is perceived that something unusual is occurring. Confused noises, outcries, the tramping of feet, penetrate the thick walls. Barabbas dumbly wonders what it all means. Perhaps it is another insurrection such as that he, poor fool, raised against the majestic, inflexible Law. But the night wears on, and at last it is daylight—the light of his last day! And now he hears footsteps, the key grinds in the lock, his prison door swings open, but, just as he is summoning all his brute’s fortitude for the ordeal which awaits him, he hears the joyful words: “Go free! Go free! Barabbas; another takes your place; another is to die between the two malefactors (criminals).”

Barabbas lives while Jesus dies

As Barabbas emerged into the free, glorious sunshine, the crowd was already surging out toward the Place of the Skull. And then, if not before, the desire must have arisen to know who had been condemned to die in his place. One can, easily imagine how Barabbas followed the throng, striving eagerly to see the Man who was to die for him.

The Substitute: The innocent takes the place of the guilty

His substitute in agony there was the new Teacher out of Galilee, the Man who spoke as never man spoke, the Man whose life had been absolutely without sin. Adam sinned, and Abraham and Moses, and all the prophets, but not this Man.

5 Things Barabbas Knew

First, he knew that he was a guilty wretch, under the righteous condemnation of the law (Luke 23:25). And in both these respects Barabbas was a representative of all men (Rom. 3:10-20, 23; Gal. 3:10).

Secondly, Barabbas knew that the Sufferer before him had done no sin (John 8:46; John 19:4; 1 Peter 2:22).

Thirdly, he knew that Jesus was, for him, a true substitute. He was verily and actually dying in his place and stead; an innocent and holy being bearing the very penalty which the law had justly decreed to him, Barabbas. Whoever, in the coming ages, might question whether Christ’s death was vicarious (done in place of) and substitutional, he could never question it (2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; 1 Peter 2:22-24; 3:18; Isa. 53:5- 6).

Fourthly, he knew that he had done nothing whatever to merit the marvelous interposition (intervention) of that substitutional death. Whatever may have been back of it, it reached him as an act of pure grace (Psalm 69:19-20; Eph. 2:4-9; 2 Tim. 1:9; Tit. 2:11; Rom. 4:4-5).

Fifthly, he knew that Christ’s death for him was perfectly efficacious (effective). There was, therefore, nothing for him to add to it. Just because Christ was dying, he was living. The only question before Pilate was whether Christ should die or Barabbas. When it was decided that Christ should die, Barabbas was set free. His assurance was complete the instant that his Substitute said, “It is finished,” and gave up the ghost (John 19:30; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; Rom. 5:19; 1 John 1:7; Col. 1:20; Heb. 10:10,14). – by C.I. Scofield

Like Barabbas, we deserve an eternal death sentence. But thank God that He sent His Son so that we might have everlasting life. It is simply received by faith in Christ and what he did. It is a one-time act of hearing (understanding the gospel) and believing it, which causes an irreversible change in your final destiny. The moment you believe in Him you pass from death to life and have the assurance of heaven! (John 5:24; I John 5:13)

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What About the Person that Never Heard the Gospel?

That’s a question that has come up often over the years. It’s a good question. It was a question that I had in my mind at one time. Often the person is trying to reconcile the character of God in his mind. Sometimes they question their need for a Savior; “If some people in a faraway land gets a free ride to heaven because they never heard, then why do I need a Savior?  

But the Bible tells the reader, that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23) And that there is only one way to the Father through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  

Five Ways God reaches people

First of all, creation testifies to the existence of God. His Divine nature and power are revealed in the creation. Because of this, every person is without excuse of knowing that God exists; “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse”  (Rom. 1:20). 

Secondly, the Spirit of God ministers to the unbelieving world. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin as the problem, judgment as the consequence, and the righteousness of Jesus as the answer; “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment…” (John 16:8). 

Thirdly, Jesus said that if He was lifted up (on the cross), He would draw all to Himself: “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself. This He said, signifying by what death He would die” (John 12:32, 33). He doesn’t force people to come, but He does draw them.  

Fourthly, God uses messengers or as we call them missionaries. For example, the Spirit prevented Paul from going to Asia and directed him to go to Macedonia. There he met a woman named Lydia who worshipped God. The Lord open her eyes to the gospel and she believed. “Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul” (Acts 16:14-15). 

Fifthly, the Lord always uses His word as specific revelation either written or verbally. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). 

God responds to those who respond to His light

Not everyone in the world has a copy of the Bible available to them. But if a person is responding to the light that they do have, God will ultimately provide them with what they need, just like Lydia.  

Two examples

In a gospel tract, From the Jungle to Jesus, Dikkie Ekiai tells his story how he came out of tribal paganism living in Borneo to faith in Jesus Christ. It didn’t happen overnight. But it did start with a search for truth inspired by observing the intricacies of a spider web. He wrote, “One day while walking through the jungle I came across a big spider weaving its web. Observing how this spider could weave a perfect symmetry and angle every time, I concluded that someone must have designed this creature with its unique ability.” Read more about his journey to faith.  

A friend of mine ministers in a county jail. One day he encountered a prisoner who had read the graffiti in a cell that said, “Trust in God”. He told my friend that little phrase caused him to pray for the first time in his life. His seeking prayer was answered for God sent my friend to Him to share the grace of the Lord Jesus with him. 

God is not limited

We cannot limit the arm of God. The question doesn’t challenge the character of God. He can reach anyone anywhere in the world. But it does require a seeking and humble heart to respond to the light that they have.  “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

Everyone must come to God on His terms. He has given every one the opportunity. He is a just and righteous Ruler. Some have more opportunity to hear about Christ than others. But even many of those reject that truth because of their desire to remain in darkness (John 3:18). Like the religious rulers of Israel, many are not willing to come to Him to be saved (John 5:40).  

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Winter Blahs?

Science tell us that no snowflake has the same design. I accept that to be true. But I think you would have to examine every flake that ever fell to the ground to be one hundred percent certain.

This year a lot of those flakes have fallen here in Western Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction was right; six more weeks of winter. Although most of us want it to end, winter landscapes express the majesty of God’s creation.

God has used snow and cold literally and figuratively in His word. Enjoy the scenery and be encouraged by His Word.

“You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter.” Psalm 74:17

From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind,
And cold from the scattering winds of the north.
By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters are frozen. Job 37:9, 10

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5, 6

God thunders marvelously with His voice;
He does great things which we cannot comprehend.
For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’ Job 37:5, 6

The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:15, 16

To me, snow shows the beauty of God’s holiness. It makes a dirty drab land look clean and beautiful. It reminds me how the the blood of Jesus has cleansed us from all of our sin and has made us a new creation in Him (II Cor. 5:17). His word is the solution for the winter blahs.

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The Golden Age

In the last couple of blogs, we saw that the rapture happens and then the return of Jesus Christ to the earth several years later. One of the things that seeming indicates His soon return to earth will be the establishment of a one world government ruled by one person. Much of humanity believes that government is our answer to the problems of the world. Dr. Renald Showers aptly states in his book, The Most High God, “Ironically, the more man tries to establish Utopia through self-rule the more his situation worsens. Instead of ruling the world in an orderly, meaningful way, he brings disorder, instability, and chaos. He is haunted by the prospect of death and the fear that life has no ultimate purpose or meaning.” 

Things appear to be aligning for this future conflict of two competing world kingdoms on earth. One has meaning and purpose; and one doesn’t. Neither can exist at the same time. One will be ruled by a ruthless dictator, commonly known as the antichrist.  The other will be ruled by the King of kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. Obviously, Jesus wins. 

The Government of Jesus vs. The Government of Antichrist
Jesus government will never end. (Is. 9:7) Antichrist’s government will be destroyed. (Dan. 2:44) 
He will rule with justice and righteousness in the earth.  (Jer. 23:6) He will execute wickedness in the earth. (Rev. 13:5-6) 
He brings real peace to earth. (Is. 9:6)  He shall bring false peace. (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 13:7; 19:19) 
He shall act wisely. (Jer. 23:5) His wisdom will be earthly, sensual, and demonic. (James 3:15; II Thess. 2:9, 10) 
He will make a covenant of peace with Israel resulting in their security. (Ez. 34:25-30) He will make a peace covenant with Israel resulting in their near annihilation. (Dan. 9:27, 12:1; Zech. 13:8-14:2) 
He will regather Jewish people back to Israel where they will prosper. (Matt. 24:31; Is. 11:11; Ez. 36:29-38) He will persecute the Jewish people and many will flee Jerusalem and Israel. (Rev. 12:13, -17; Matt. 24:15-21) 
Which one do you want to be part of?
Two Kingdoms

Since the beginning of creation, people have been aligning with one kingdom or the other. Those who have by faith decided to believe on the Lord for salvation will be part of His future kingdom on earth. They will be with Him as He reigns on the earth for one thousand years. Afterward He will make a new heaven and new earth.

The Antichrist’s Kingdom

The antichrist’s kingdom will last for a short time, about seven years. It will be destroyed and he will be cast into the Lake of Fire with the false prophet and those who received the mark, his followers. In addition, those in Hades and the devil will also be cast into the Lake of Fire with them. (Rev. 19:20; 20:10, 14)

A Choice to be made

Whose government do you want to be a part of? When you add it all up, the choice doesn’t seem that difficult. Everlasting life and peace comes with the decision to trust God’s way (John 3:16; 14:6). Everlasting death and destruction comes with the decision not to. The ‘Golden Age’ will truly be when Jesus returns to rule and reign on earth!

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7 Things that Point to the End

In the last blog we saw that the rapture is an imminent event. Unlike the second coming, the rapture of the church can happen at any moment. There are no signs indicating when it might happen. However, the Bible does identify numerous things that will take place before Christ returns to earth to set up His kingdom.  

Here is a short summary of seven things that point to the season of end time events: 

  1. The Existence of Israel – This may be the most significant of Bible prophecies setting up the return of Jesus Christ. God had promised to bring them back into the land after a worldwide dispersion. (Is. 11:12; Jer. 29:14; Ez. 37:21) Daniel prophesied that a treaty will be confirmed with the nation of Israel after the death of the Messiah. (Dan. 9:26-27) In order for this to happen, Israel must exist as a nation. For almost two thousand years the land of Israel was controlled by Gentile powers. Israel is the only nation that was ever destroyed; it’s people dispersed; it’s language disappeared; and then after 2000 years, it’s people are brought back to the land and reestablished as a sovereign nation. That happened on May 14, 1948 and puts in place a vital piece of the puzzle to fulfill end time events.

2. A Temple – There will be a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem. In 2012 prophecy teacher Jimmy De Young wrote an article titled, Preparing for the Third Temple. The Jewish Rabbis in Israel are preparing the garments and vessels for a temple. The Bible tells us that in the middle of the seven-year treaty, the antichrist breaks his covenant by desolating the temple. “He sits in the temple of God showing himself that he is God” (II Thess. 2:4) Matthew calls this the abomination of desolation. (Matt. 24:15) Although the temple mount is still a very disputed area, Dr. De Young suggests that the Temple Mount and the rebuilding of the Temple will be the place and the project to watch in 2021.

3. One World Government – There will be a worldwide government. Jesus will come back, destroy this kingdom, and set up His kingdom.  (Dan. 2:28-44; Dan. 7:23-28; Rev. 13:7-8) In case you missed it, the World Government Summit gathers annually in Dubai. There is no doubt that the world is heading toward a one world government. The Covid-19 pandemic is causing government leaders to take another step in this direction.

4. One World Ruler – There will be a one-man world ruler, usually referred to as the antichrist. Kingdoms always require a king. (Dan. 7:23-24; Rev. 13:4-5) At some point he will set himself up in the Jewish temple claiming to be God. (II Thess. 2:4) At His second coming, Jesus will cast the antichrist (the world ruler) into the lake of fire. (Rev. 19:20) 

5. The Ability to Control Buying or Selling– No one will be able to buy or sell unless they have the mark of the beast on their right hand or on the forehead. (Rev. 13:16-17) The word for “mark” comes from a Greek word meaning “to engrave”. “Mark” is translated as “to stamp or to impress”. It could very well be related to some sort of tattoo. One scholar suggests that the word “mark” is probably connected with ancient customs. Domestic slave owners sometimes branded their slaves with their mark. At the mid point of the great tribulation, the antichrist will require this mark in order to buy or sell. It’s only in recent history that the technology exists for this to be enforced. For example, the Summit supercomputer can calculate in one second what it would take a person six billions years to do. Recently, Amazon has developed technology where you can pay by scanning the palm of your hand.

6. Alignment of the Nations – The modern-day alignment of nations that are enemies of Israel fits perfectly with Biblical prophecy. Ezekiel prophesied that Russia, Iran, Turkey, and others will come against Israel (Ez. 38, 39). Psalm 83 lists ten people groups that currently surround Israel and will form a confederacy against them. Their common bond is a shared hatred of Israel. They call for Israel’s destruction, “Come and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more” (Ps. 83:4). Sound familiar? 

7. The Increase of Evil – “But evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (II Tim. 3:13).  “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power ” (I Tim. 3:1-5).  It will be a time when evil may actually appear to be winning the day. Within my lifetime, 69 years, it is evident that the world is becoming worse in its morals and practices.

Students of Bible prophecy see these trends as precursors to fulfillment. For the first time in human history, a number of major prophesies seem to be converging at the same time to set the stage for the end. How much longer? God only knows.

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