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Blowing the Sixth Trumpet

Sixth Trumpet

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The unveiling of the Sixth Trumpet judgment seems, on the surface, to threaten mankind with a great war involving 200 million mounted warriors, the largest military force to ever terrorize the world. The combined military forces of the Allies and the Axis powers of World War II was only 70 million, a terribly destructive force, indeed, but it had only one-third of the destructive power of that of the Sixth Trumpet, if taken literally. Of course, today’s political climate is not without its newspaper exegetes, who are ready to proclaim this trumpet is about to sound. They point to the current political climate surrounding the area of the Euphrates river, which begins in northern Turkey, then flows through Syria and Iraq on its way to empty into the Persian Gulf. The fact that this same area is also the stronghold of ISIS only adds to the explosive climate, and, of course, this is used to stir the apocalyptic pot enough to legitimize the opinions of the prophet wanabes who claim the end is near. Does this interpretation have any Biblical merit? In a word—No! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Prayers of Jesus – Part Two

Prayers of Jesus

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Previously, I wrote of Luke recording Jesus at prayer eleven times in his Gospel narrative.[1] In that post I offered my thoughts on the first six of those prayers. Here I intend to offer a brief survey concerning what I believe the final five mean for us. It has been an unexpected blessing for me to study these eleven Scriptures in their contexts. I hope and pray that I keep in mind what I have learned, because experience tells me that it is all too easy to settle back in one’s old, familiar ways. May God keep me from doing that. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Altars of Abraham

God called Abraham first out of the land of Ur (Acts 7:3) and then out of Haran to come into the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1-4). I don’t believe Abraham made a firm decision to embrace the Lord until he reached Shechem, where he built his first altar. Later, Joshua would lead Israel here, to Shechem; it was a place of memorial where Israel made a firm commitment to receive the Lord as their God and consecrate themselves to him alone. Similarly, this was where Abraham consecrated himself to the Lord by putting away the gods he once served (cp. Joshua 24:1-2) and received the Lord as his God (Genesis 12:6-7). Moreover, after Jacob returned from Haran where he served his father-in-law, Laban, for 20 years, he came to this very place, where he caused his family to give him their foreign gods, and he buried them here, at Shechem (Genesis 35:4). The altar at Shechem stands as a memorial for Abraham’s repudiation of the gods he once served and his receiving, as his God, the Lord who took him out of the land of Ur. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Living in the World

The people of God are not called to leave the world but to keep from being conformed to this world’s image of how one should be like (cp. Romans 12:2 & 1Corinthians 5:9-10). In other words, we are called to be sojourners in this world, in the sense that we don’t embrace it as our home. Rather we look to the promise of God for a world yet to be, whose builder is God, himself (Hebrews 11:8-10). So, what does all this mean? If we are not to consider this world our home, how then should we live? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Wilderness Experience

God didn’t call Abram to be part of the work or empire of someone else. He called Abram to set the pace for those who would follow him. He was to become the father of his own nation, and later the father of those who believe. He couldn’t do this if he was merely an important man at the gates of Ur, and neither could he attain this stature as the favored brother-in-law of Pharaoh. Abram was called not to follow in the paths of others, but to blaze a path of his own through the wilderness of the will of God. This is not the wide way that many use to seek God, but the difficult and narrow way that few find. The few who do are adventurers who are not comfortable doing as others do, nor are they apt to buckle under the pressure of their peers. Rather, they are at their best simply submitting to that call of God and stepping out into the unknown, simply because it is a great adventure to be in the will of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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