“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’Continue reading “The standard of judgment”
At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. (Matt. 24:23-25, NIV)
Advent reading over the years has deepened my thinking about the Second Coming than any Hal Lindsey or Tim LaHaye book… or all of them combined. Those Thief in the Night or Left Behind movies can’t deepen my sense of anticipation for the Second Coming like steady doses of Advent reading year after year.
Now as Jesus was going out of the temple courts, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look at these tremendous stones and buildings!” Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!” So while he was sitting on theContinue reading “Our agendas in the Kingdom of God”
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the SonContinue reading “The Triumph of the Church”
Revelation 18 is an interesting picture. Babylon… the world’s system… that which so many have put their hope in for so long… has fallen. It has been exposed for the corruption at its core. It has been exposed as inadequate, to say the least. The Kingdom of God is revealed as what is lasting andContinue reading “When This World Fails”
Today our church goes through 1-3 John, but I’ve already begun my re-reading of Revelation. This book is my “guilty pleasure” in Scripture reading. I find so many people avoid it because it’s so difficult to understand. Those who seem to “enjoy” it do so as they “teach” in a way that is linear andContinue reading “My “Guilty Pleasure” is the Book of Revelation”
Reading Matthew 24-25 always brings up the different theologies surrounding the end times, etc. This interview and post by Scot McKnight is interesting. Especially this quote: I believe heaven will be here, on earth. I believe in transformed physical existence. It will be what we have now only transformed into ideal conditions. Jesus was raisedContinue reading “The Here, the Now, the Future”