The Bipolar Bible Teacher

Getting Priorities in Order

A lot of you who have graciously visited this webpage and viewed some of the lessons and comments have done so because of the articles and Bible lessons I post regularly on the "Rapture Ready" prophecy website and I always include both my Email and web addresses at the end of each post. I thank all of you who have written to me over the past few months expressing your appreciation and prayers for what I have presented. I thannk all of you for doing so and I look forward to seeing you when we get to our final destination (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10; 2 Corin. 5:10). I want to let those of you who have been following me know that I sent Rapture Ready several more studies on the Gospel of Luke through October 2020. These will be my last contributions to the site for some time. I have decided to take a furlough and devote time to getting in shape and spend more time with the LORD and my family. I will, however, be on this site once in awhile to let you know my progress and future endeavors. In the meantime, look up, be watchful, for our LORD is coming soon, and to that I say, "Amen'.

Welcome to a Place of Quiet Rest and Renewal

     I want to welcome you to my website where the Scriptures of God and His grace take precedence over opinion and ideology. There are too many so-called "Christian" websites where it seems that differences of thought are met with near hostility and an underlying intolerance for anyone who does not see eye to eye with others who love the LORD and are dedicated to the inerrancy and sufficiency of His Word and mission of redemption. What I'd like to present here are collections of Bible-based messages and studies that I've preached and taught over the years, as well present new writings as the LORD directs. I support and believe the fact, based in Scripture, that the Lord God Almighty is the absolute Sovereign over the affairs of men and creation and that all things are under His control. Scripture also shows clearly and without apology that everyone, without exception, is totally corrupted with sin and cannot in any way redeem themselves before God in their own strength, nor will they do so willingly. Humanity instead stays in a state of  constant rebellion and hatred towards God until, in an act of grace and mercy on His choice alone, He bestows the Holy Spirit to come upon every repentant person to be graciously drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and rescuer, for salvation and true life. God, in His love and compassion for His fallen creation, freely offers salvation for all, yet reserves the right to save whomever He wishes and will receive all the glory for doing so. The issue is not why the LORD sovereignly chooses to redeem whoever He wants, but why He would save any of us at all since we're the ones who rebelled against His authority in Eden. He is wonderful and evermore to be praised and all glory goes to Him alone. He is the Author of salvation and we need now more than ever to trust and obey Him as the day comes for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to this Earth to rule and reign as the absolute undisputed King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Repent and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior this day, for you don't know if you'll see tomorrow (2 Corinthians 6:2; Romans 5:6-11, 8:31-39; Acts 4:12; John 3:16; 11:17-27; 14:1-6; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 4:12, 14-16; 9:27; 1 John 1:5-10; 3:1-3; Philippians 2:5-11: Isaiah 9:6-7; 52:13-53:12; Matthew 16:13-19; Mark 1:15, 38; 9:42-48; Luke 12:15-21; 16:19-31;Matthew 28: 1-10; Mark 16: 1`-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:24-29; Acts 1:1-11; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:11-15; 21:1-7).

Some Information About Myself

   I have been an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention since 1992, having served the Lord Jesus Christ as a pastor, high school and college teacher, and hospital chaplain primarily in my home state of Louisiana. I have degrees in History Education (B.A.,Louisiana College, 1984), Religious Education (M.Div.,New Orleans Baptist Seminary, 1994), and Pastoral Theology (D.Min.,Andersonville Seminary, 2000). In 2003, I earned five units of Levels I and II Clinical Pastoral Education in the field of Healthcare Ministry, with experience in Trauma Counseling and Pastoral Psychiatric Care from East Jefferson General Hosptial, located in Metairie, Louisiana. I figure that was enough to keep me busy, but there is more to the story.

   I have been married to the woman who is the love of my life since 1983, and we have two adult children, both living in Oklahoma. We also have a daughter who is waiting for us in heaven and will see again soon, along with our parents and friends when Jesus returns for His church any time now (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-21; John 14:1-3). We left Louisiana for good in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and the LORD graciously provided a new home for us in Oklahoma, along with other blessings.

   In June of 2020, I decided to retire from public ministry and service due to health concerns and decided to devote my time and energy to internet evangelism through writing Bible book studies and articles dealing with prophetic issues for the "Rapture Ready" and "Inspirational Christian Blogs" websites. I have also written DVD study guides and revisions of books for Paul Begley Prophecy Ministries located in West Lafayette, Indiana, and have recently completed a book on the basics of prophecy that will be published in the near future, the rapture notwithstanding. If you would like to get in contact with me with comments or questions on biblical or prophetic issues, or have a prayer request, I can be reached at my Email address: donaldwhitchard@gmail.com . Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to meeting you when we gather around the throne of Christ, perhaps today.

Troubling Signs in the Church That Concern Me

    When I first started writing articles for trustworthy and non-sensational prophecy websites, a good portion of my writings were based on a viewpoint coming from both Scripture and years of Christ-centered ministry. I now see, regretfully, that much of the end times body of Christ is suffering needlessly from the effects of a self-imposed case of deliberate biblical ignorance. If not dealt with immediately by concerned church members and their leaders who want to stay faithful to the LORD, there will certainly be a sure death of formerly Bible-based churches, doctrinally solid denominations, the evangelistic and teaching work of pastors, and the uncompromising importance of the Gospel. The present day church now seems to be eager to water down and compromise the message of Christ alone for salvation, making it more acceptable and less convicting to unredeemed society. I tend to be convinced that this is why we see, for example, some church services that resemble rock concerts instead of being sanctified places of holiness and reverence before the LORD. There is the blatantly demonic rise and acceptance of spiritually putrid false teachings from morally bankrupt false teachers who adhere to a heretical gospel of health, wealth and prosperity at the cost of the eternal loss of people's souls. We have repetitive, hollow worship that is centered on emotions and experiences and not upon the majesty and awe of the Sovereign God. We see youth and young adults dropping out of church and abandoning the faith they thought they possessed. We are now witnesses to an ever growing acceptance of trends and lifestyles that blatantly defy the holiness of God and Scripture. I am concerned about these trends and movements with their troublesome influence and inevitable harm to the church. However, I am also not that surprised that all this is occuring at such a rapid pace. The Scriptures tell us that these things would come to pass (Matthew 24:1-14; Mark 13:1-13; Luke 21:5-19; Romans 1;18-32, 3:10-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; 2 Timothy 3:1-9, 4:1-5; 1 John 2:18-25, 4:1-3; 2 John 7-11; 3 John 9-12; Jude 1-25; Isaiah 5:20-21). My viewpoint, however, is not the foundation upon which to build a more sound and righteous life for the body of Christ. We must return to the Scriptures and them alone for  guidance and instruction in the ways of what the Sovereign God expects and demands of us. We must understand that the Lord Jesus expects nothing less from us than absolute obedience and devotion. We must devote our time and energy to the reading and study of Scripture, have times of fervent specific prayers to confront and rebuke false teaching and the works of the enemy, find and support the remnant churches and their pastors who still hold fast to the truth of the Word, and possess the Christ-focused ability to stand firm in the faith. We need to continually devote ourselves to seeking the direction and guidance of the LORD more than ever as these last days draw to a conclusion. We must remember that we who are the true body of Christ are on the winning side and we must be vigilant in getting others to embrace the only hope offered, and that is eternal life in our Lord Jesus Christ. As long as I remain in this world, I will not cease in doing the work to which He has called me, and to those of you who stand firm in the LORD, remember that we are to occupy until He comes, and then we will hear from Him these words, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your LORD." That day is coming soon ! (Mathew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21;John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58; Titus 2:11-15; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 1:8; 19:11-21, 20:11-15; 22:12-13)

The World Has Marked Us for Death. Isn't that Uplifting?

"Others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death by the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy, wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect."       

                                                                   - Hebrews 11:36-40 (NASB)

 

"For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you and example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin ,nor was any deceit found in His mouth, and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously, and He Himself bore our sins in HIs body on the cross that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, for by His wounds you were healed. For now you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls."

                                                                   - 1 Peter 2:21-25 (NASB)

 

    If ever there were passages of Scripture that rebuke and condemn the damnable "prosperity gospel" and the putrid teachings it spews into the world, these words from God are irrefutable evidence. Face the fact that from now on the true believer in Jesus Christ will not have an easy life in this sin-soaked world, but experience troubles that will rapidly multiply to the point where we may have to go into hiding or face our inevitable deaths for the sake of the Gospel. Yes, here in America. Wake up and shake the idea of immunity fron your eyes. 

   You are incredibly naive and gullible if you think for one moment that all this chaos, hatred, violence, and evil is somehow going to go away or be content with what it has brough forth in this nation. Christians, churches, conservatives, and those who still stand for morals and values are now the enemy of progressive thinking and action, and these servants of evil have only one goal in mind, and that is to eradicate us from the earth, remove every vestige of our history, and kill off the generations that still remember godliness and patriotism, assigning us to oblivion.

   It would not take a genius in technology to trace and target every believer who writes articles, has a social media account, broadcasts, and openly proclaims the truths of the Gospel, and either shut down their respective accounts, publish addresses, or start a campaign of hatred and threats against those of us who stand for the righteousness of Christ. There will be a day where you look up Christian websites and find that they have been removed from the internet for "safety concerns", or "hate speech", or "offensive content".

   I am by no means a major figure or person of high influence as it pertains to presenting the Gospel, but I know that I am a marked man, as are my brethren who use the internet as a means of evangelism. My name is all over the search engines, and there may be a day where some fanatic or terrorist locates me and, rapture notwithstanding, takes my life and that of my family. I am facing that potential reality, as are you if you are taking a stand for Jesus Christ publicly.

   Some time ago my pastor presented a sermon based on Romans 1:18-32 listing the downward spiral of sin and debauchery that leads to the abandonment of a nation by God, and he broadcasted it on the church's social media account. I fully expect it to have been taken off the internet by now. I would not be surprised if some mob tried to attack our church or the members one Sunday. Don't think for a minute that your church will be spared if it is preaching the Bible and the exclusivity of Christ. Mobs are defacing church property even now as I write this article, and it will get worse.

    I wish I could bring better and more uplifting news to you, but this is reality as it stands. If you are reading this and are frightened about the state of things as well as where you stand with Almighty God, I want you to know that this world will not last forever in its present condition. Only through surrendering your life to the Lord Jesus Christ and asking HIm to forgive you of your sins will you find real peace and redemption. According to Scripture, He is coming soon to take us from this world and bring us to His dwelling place in heaven, where you will live forever in a place free from the wickedness and sickness of this world system and the devil who runs it (John 3:16, 14:1-3; Romans 5:6-11, 8:31-39, 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Peter 3; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-21, Chs.20- 22). Please do not ignore or mock this offer of salvation through Christ. He is your only hope throough these troubles, but they are ending soon. He will make sure of that. Amen.

Paul's Advice on Service: Titus 3:4-7

     In this pastoral letter, Paul presents yet another example of the grace and love of God in securing our salvation. This theme is present in nearly all of his letters to both the churches and individuals, such as Timothy, who was his young "son in the faith", pastoring the church at Ephesus, and Titus, who reluctantly was serving on the island of Crete, which did not have the best of reputations (Titus 1:10-14).

      If anything, this short letter to Titus is to show every potential pastor or minister of the LordJesus Christ that the message of the gospel is to go everywhere (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8), regardless of locale or attitude of the citizens. The main idea to take away from the Pastoral Epistles, and pretty much the teachings of our Lord Jesus, is that you go where the people are. In the years of service I've given Him, the people I worked with were in hospitals, rescue missions, high school classrooms, and those customers at the jewelry store where I worked (not only did I sell engagement rings to young couples, I also counseled them, witnessed to them, and sometimes performed their weddings). I led one of my co-workers to Christ after she survived a car wreck and had led a pretty wild life beforehand. You bloom where you're planted.

 Allow me to be direct with anyone reading this article and claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Friends, once you surrender your life to Him, HE OWNS YOU AND CAN DO WITH YOU AS HE PLEASES! (Matthew 16:24; Luke 14:26, 33; John 8:3, 15:8). He may put you in areas that no one else has been, and He will equip you to do the work (Philippians 4:13, 19). Paul himself would have liked to be out on the road, but he often was  prisoner in a Roman jail for preaching Christ. He could have grumbled or complained, but during this time, he wrote the letters to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and to his friend Philemon, which have blessed and stengthened believers for over two thousand years.

      Even if we don't understand everything God does in and through us where we're at, be sure that you are never in any place by accident or chance as it pertains to the task and joy of sharing the story of God's mercy and grace with those who may have never heard of Jesus or darkened the door of a house of worship. It is safe to say that a lot of the people Jesus ministered to did not feel welcome in the local synagogues or worthy of being in the Temple. Just look at the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant, the calling of Matthew from the tax collector's table, the encounter with the woman caught in adultery, the people delivered from demons, sickness, death, leprosy, paralysis, and blindness. His sharpest words were to the religious leaders who should have given compassion to others, but were wrapped up in their traditions and rules. If ever a group needed the forgiveness and gace of Jesus, it was them. It didn't turn out well for them in terms of eternity.

If you claim to be faithful to the LORD, He will give you talents and gifts and the opportunities to do the specific work which He has given to all who follow Him, and that is to be a witness for Him and tell His story of how He loves and cares for people and the gift of salvation that He freely offers to everyone if they come to HIm for forgiveness of sins, and the promise of a new life, both here and in the world to come. Be faithful, be obedient, and trust Him to put you in the place of service where the harvest is plentiful. It's not about you, but for the glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ. Turn to Him today (2 Corinthians 6:2).

The Memory I'll Be Glad to Forget

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."

                                                                     - Revelation 21:3-4 (NASB)

 

    As I write this, an anniversary is coming that my family and I, along with several thousand people would just as soon forget. The trauma, sorrow, loss of life and way of life that I and the former residents of "The Big Easy", New Orleans, Louisiana experienced at the hands of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2005, is something I would not wish on anyone, whether I liked them or not. To this day, I cannot bring myself to even look at a picture of the horrid destruction that monster brought to the good people of that area we all called home. We lived there for fifteen years. My children had to undergo therapy, and the mention of Katrina still unnerves them even though they are both grown adults now. We lost everything save what we took with us as we fled in the early hours of that morning. A month after the govenment gave us permission to return to salvage anything we could was a waste of time and futile, and we left after a day to return to Oklahoma, where we now reside and call home.

      My family and I were blessed because we had a place to stay in Oklahoma with family members, and the generosity of local churches and stores enabled us to get new clothes and goods. My wife was able to transfer from the VA office in New Orleans to Muskogee in NE Oklahoma, and the children were enrolled in a local Christian school where they were made to feel welcomed an loved. Not everyone had such an opportunity to start new lives, and that, I beleive, was a bigger tragedy than the storm itself. A lot of people returned to the stricked areas and had to deal with homes and property that had suffered incredible damage, not to mention the emotions that were also in pieces.

     Since then, we have had to say goodbye to loved ones as they left this world to enter into the joys of heaven that had been promised to them by the Lord Jesus, all of whom had trusted as Lord and Savior over the course of their lives. There have been rough spots and ruffled emotions, just like everyone else has endured, and our health has begun to dwindle. We are watching the horrid consequences of the world's rebellion towards God and His people as cities burn and churches are being threatened for the crime of gathering to worship. Pastors and believers are now the enemy, and persecution is growing by leaps and bounds everywhere. It seems as if everything is spiraling out of control and heading towards a hell of our our own making and the inevitable destruction of civilization as we know it. The Sovereign God of all creation, however, has a different plan for us.

    The Scriptures make it clear that things will only get worse as the days approach for the Lord Jesus to return and recieve His elect (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; John 14:1-3; Romans 1:18-31, 3:10-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13 -18; 2 Timothy 3:1-7; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-21). The world, the flesh, and the devil will be conquered and judged (Luke 16:19-31; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15), and the Lord Jesus will rule and reign over the new heaven and the new earth, where there will be no more sin, sickness, or memory of the tragedies and heartaches that tore into our souls. We will be with our redeemed friends and family for eternity, and all will be new. If you are reading this and do not have a realtionship with God through Jesus Christ and want to be saved from your sins and hell, ask Him today to forgive you, repent of your wickedness and submit to His rule and will (John 3:16; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:6-11, 6:23, 8:31-39, 10:9-10). Get ready. Jesus is on His way.

"I Thought I Lost You, Boy" - A Message to Prodigal Children

    One of my favorite movies is "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". It's one that I never get tired of viewing, not only because of the adventure that is depicted, but it is also a story of a father and son who find each other after years of both physical and emotional seperation and mend what had been a near permanent rift in their relationship. You probably know the plot of the picture as well as I do, so I won't go into the details.

   Indiana Jones has not really been in contact with his bookworm, aloof father in years and only come together when they have to find the Holy Grail, a symbol of eternal life, before the Nazis claim it as one of their treasures and a potential weapon for Hitler's plan of world conquest. Henry Sr. has allowed his determination to find the grail over the years to blind him to the duties he had as a single father in rearing his son. Indy feels that he and his late mother were afterthoughts at best and he never understood the apparent obession his Dad had for this relic. There is definite tension and conflict between the two men even though they are working together in this quest.

   An underlying subplot is the issue of faith and of the person of Jesus Christ Himself. Henry is obviously a devout man by his mannerisms and when he slapped indy for using God's name in vain, something he does not take lightly. Indy is religiously indifferent and probably agnostic by nature, although he demonstrates some faith when he is trying to find the grail himself in the midst of a hazardous path. I cannot help but refer to  the parable of the Prodigal Son when I watch this film. Both Indy and his Dad are prodigal in the sense that both men have wandered from their relationship with each other and in some sense, their responsibility towards God. Henry tended to disobey the teaching of Paul in Ephesians 6:4, and Indy is the personification of the son in Luke 15:11-13.

   The incident in the film that bonds the two men and in a sense brings the wayward son home to the father's embrace is when Indy apparently falls off a cliff where he has been fighting the villain in a moving tank and disappears from view, to the horror of Henry, Sr. and indy's friends. Henry looks over the cliff at the wreck of the tank and laments that he has lost Indy and really did not tell him anything of real value during his lifetime. He again looks over the cliff and attempts to compose himself in this time of tragedy. In the meantime, Indy slowly climbs over the nearby precipice of the cliff and wanders over to where his grieving friends and father are standing.

   Henry looks over at Indy, breaks into a joyful smile and tears and lovingly embraces him and says the following, "I thought I lost you, boy!" The two men are now reconciled and Indy now knows that his Dad really loves him and will now go about truly bonding with him as it should have been for both of them years before. The prodigal son has come home to the Father's love and embrace and will never turn his child away, just as Jesus told His audience (Luke 15:11-24) who needed to be reassured that the God who made them loves them and calls on them to come home to His love, care, mercy, and protection. Like Henry, Sr., I would like to think that his words were the same ones as the father said in Jesus' parable..

    These were, in fact, the exact words my Dad, with whom I had been estranged for many years, said to me as he clung to me crying and yet with joy and thankfulness to God, believing for a split second that I had lost my grip on a safety rope attached to the rig I was to work on and had fallen overboard into the Persian Gulf instead. He thought that I had either been crushed or drowned. I had held on to the rope and was on the tire that served as a cushion between the boat and the dock. I would be all right, and that was the incident that began the rebuilding of the bond that might have been lost in another time and place. God knew in His wisdom that I would not get away from Him, and that I would never be lost and apart from Him. He also brought my Dad back to His embrace, and another lost son had come home.

    God's love for us is found all throughout Scripture (Deut.7:8; Job 14:15; Psalm 146:8; Jer.31:3; John 3:16, 16:27; Romans 5:6-11, 8:31-39; Eph. 2:5; 1 John 3:1, 4:9, 16). He does not want you lost and to be apart from Him. He is ready to forgive your sins, bring you salvation and true peace, and a promised home with Him in eternity free from sin and sickness and in fellowship with Him forever. Come home, lost lamb. The Father is waiting. Isn't He wonderful? Amen. 

Who is Like Unto Thee, O Lord? You are the Creator and King of All

They Just Don't Get It, Do They?

"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory. which none of the rulers of this age knew, for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."                                                            - 1 Corinthians 2:8 (NKJV)

"In as much then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil."  - Hebrews 2:14 (NKJV)

"He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil."                                                      - 1 John 3:8 (NKJV)

"The devil, who decieved them, was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone where the Beast and the False Prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever."       - Revelation 20:10 (NKJV)

 

    One of the reasons why the Holy Scriptures are maligned and mocked in these last days is due to the fact that the enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ, the devil, or Satan, is desperately attempting to keep people away from what God's Word declares about him and his fate of which he cannot escape or hide. All of the decieved followers of the devil who either openly worship and exalt him with horrid and blasphemous rituals and practices to the garden variety pagan who dismisses the very idea of an evil, malevolent entity, or the existence of God altogether, rather to be content in his belief that everything we know, do, and experience ends when we take our last breath and assume room temperature, to end up either in a grave or an urn on a mantle.

    Satan and his minions, also known as the demons, have blinded humanity's eyes to the fact that we think that we're essentially doing all right and as long as we give adequate mention of some binding force that keeps us together on special days, there really is nothing of which to be seriously concerned in a spiritual sense. Reprobate humanity, whose sinful behaviors and words keep them out of the coming kingdom of God, have taken it upon themselves over the course of history, to do everything within their power, with the assistance of the devil working quietly in the background, to shut down, threaten, persecute, and eliminate all of us who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and His message of salvation and redemption only thorugh Him (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

    Christians have had to suffer the most bloodshed and terrors from other faiths, governments, and all who were and are hell-bent on removing evey vestige of the name and person of Jesus Christ from both this nation and those around the world ever since the time of the resurrection and the establishment of the church in the first century. Emperors, barbarians, popes, self-professed "prophets", infidels, intellectuals, false teachers, radicals, and others have made Jesus Christ and His people the target of their rage and hatred of the standards that God has expected of us since the days of creation.

    For over two thousand years, streets, towns, rivers, cities, and pulpits were and are now stained red with the blood of the martyrs who have laid down their lives for the glory of the Lord and the mission of spreading the gospel to both individuals and nations. Christianity in the United States has gone from being a part of the fabric of the country to now the enemy of what some are calling "the New World Order" and the coming establishment of a world government that will be headed by the prophesied Antichrist (Revelation 13, Daniel 7, 9, 2 Thessalonians 2). When that time comes, the devil will loose every vestige of his evil powers and fanatical hatred for God upon all who would come to Christ during that period known as "the Great Tribulation", spoken of by the Lord Jesus while discussing the coming conclusion to history on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). 

     We who are of the Lord Jesus now will escape this time of terror and genocide on the part of Satan by being taken off this earth to meet the Lord in the air along with our brethren in Christ, both living and dead, all of whiom will be given new bodies free from sin and the promise of eternal life with the LORD (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58). Now, common sense and the fact that Jesus' death on the cross for our sins and His resurrection from the dead would tell you that His triumph over death, hell, and the grave, gave a death blow to all of the devil's plans and actions, and sealed his fate to be cast into hell forever (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 25:41).

   The devil knows all of this, but is, in these last days, is doing his best to blind people to the fact that, despite all that has happened to us as the people of God, he still hasn't gotten rid of us, and the message of Jesus Christ continues to transform lives. Nothing he has done to us has worked or been successful, and the blind devotees he has under his sway don't get it. He has been a viscious, hateful, cruel, despicable, murderous, slandering, deceptive, malevolent, evil creature towards those of us who trust in Christ over the centuries and we have shed tears and times of agony in all types because of his deeds and words.

   He is not be ignored or downplayed by any means, but sometimes his schemes remind me of Wile E. Coyote attempting to catch the Road Runner. No matter how elaborate the plans, methods, or determination he can muster, he always ends up either falling off the cliff or getting hammered by one of his own devices, while the Road Runner goes merrily down the road. God gives him just so much space and room to do his deeds, then his chain gets yanked and everything he has put together is thwarted by the Sovereign God of all Creation, who will use all things for His glory and who directs the very path of history. Satan will never and has never gotten one over the LORD, or has caught Him unprepared.

    If this fallen angel had any sense of futility or of walking away to accept his fate, much of what we have had to endure would have been avoided, but he and his gullible followers will keep trying to one up God without any success or victory. He is a defeated foe. We need to be on the watch for his schemes, to be sure, but we should also take comfort in that one day he will be forever confined to the Lake of Fire, never to roam again. Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks he is smarter than the LORD or believes that in serving Satan, he has more power to cause trouble. My King has beaten up your prince, and those of you reading this who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ need to settle that issue now. You have been warned.

 

The Scriptures Are Clear About These Days

1) Lawlessness - living outside of or contrary to a lawful system.

     Lawlessness is described as the fruit of ungodly people (Acts 2:23), a stumbling block to an orderly society (Matt. 13:41), and unrighteousness on display (2 Cor. 6:14). The Scriptures call it sin without apology or excuse (1 John 3:4). It is never compatible with righteousness (2 Cor. 6:14). it is a form of torment for righteous people (Matt. 24:12; 2 Peter 2:8). It was one of the factors that brought about the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:22, 23). It is the description of the Antichrist (2 Thess. 2:7-8), and Jesus accused the scribes and Pharisees of being consumed by it (Matt. 23:27-28). It is the basis for condemnation and the Law of God was established to confront and punish it (Matt. 7:23). It is a sin that can be forgiven and forgotten by the grace and mercy of God upon the offender's repentance and surrender to Christ (Rom. 4:7; Titus 2:14; Heb. 8:12, 10:17).

2) Blasphemy - cursing God

    Blasphemy arises out of pride (Psalm 73:9, 11), hatred (Ps. 74:18), affliction (Isa.8:21), defiance (Isa.36:15, 18, 20), skepticism (Ezek.9:8; Malachi 3:13-14), self-deification (Dan.11:36-37; 2 Thess.2:4) and unworhty conduct (2 Sam.12:14; Rom.2:24). This is the nature of unrepentant humanity (Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-18) and their hate towards God will get worse (Gen. 26:27; Ex.20:5; John 3:20,15:25). The evil people left behind in the Tribulation Period will curse and blaspheme God for the judgments He will bring on the earth (Rev.6:12-17, 9:20-21, 16:1-12). They will be judged and condemned to eternal torment in the Lake of Fire at the end of time (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15).

3) These are the Last Days according to Scripture.

   What are the events to cone regarding this time? The day of salvation will come to an end (Matt. 24:3, 14)and there will be a harvest of souls (Matt.13:36-43). The Man of Sin (the Antichrist) will be defeated (2 Thess.2:1-1`2), and everyone will be judged (Matt.25:31-46). God will destroy this sin-infested world and make it new (2 Thess.1:6-10).

   The Second Coming and the End is mocked and denied today (2 Pet. 3:3-5) and is preceded by lawlessness (like now) (Matt.24:12) and blatant apostasy (Luke 18:8). It will come when least expected Matt.24:37-42) and will conclude with fire (2 Thess.1:7-10).

    Our attitude as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ should be one of watchfulness (Matt.25:1-13), being at work for the kingdom (Matt.25:14-30), and with an attitude of hopefulness (Luke 21:25-28). We should always be living in a state of holiness before the LORD (Romans 13:12-14; 2 Peter 3:11-14), telling others about Jesus and His offer of salvation to all (2 Pet. 3:9,15), and be anxious for the promise and certainty of eternal life with the Lord Jesus and our brethren (Rev.21:1) in the presence of the LORD, free from sin, sickness, and seperation.

    That day is fast approaching (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10). Are you ready to meet the LORD? If not, get that done today (2 Cor. 6:2).

Contentment in Spite of It All

"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

                                                                      - Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV)

 

 The great lion of God, the apostle Paul was in a prison cell when he wrote this letter to the church at Philippi, and had written letters to the Ephesians, Colossians, and to his friend Philemon concerning receiving his slave Onesimus back as a brother in Christ as well as forgiving him for running away. No doubt, there were some times when Paul thought to himself that he could be of far better service to the Lord Jesus by being on the road and going to cities to preach the gospel, as was his sacred calling from the Lord when he encountered Him on the road to Damascus years before.

   However, in the confines of a jail cell, he was safe from his enemies, and was sheltered, fed, and protected by a rotating shift of Roman soldiers who kept watch on him at every moment. Prison was harsh, but here is where he composed the letters that have taught, encouraged, and enriched Christians for centuries. Paul learned that God had placed him where He wanted him, and that he was to be content with the situation, serving with gladness and with the assurance of knowing that the Sovereign God of all creation had everything under control and was directing all the details and affairs of Paul's ministry.

    Those of us who have been redeemed by the gracious mercy of Jesus Christ and are under His rule need to take time and learn from Paul's example that we do not always get our way, nor do we often get to choose where we are to serve, or where to live, or not to grumble when we don't get the type of "ministry" we think would be the best means of serving Him. He can put us in a situation where we may need to wait on His direction, which cannot be measured by a clock or calendar. He may impress us to study the Word more diligently in order to prepare for a new area of service. He might stop us when we are going full speed ahead on a whim or direction that is not in our best interest or in His will. He can also tell us in His own way that some things have to come to an end, and that our gifts and talents are to be used in a new way to share the Gospel that we may not have considered.

     This is where I am in terms of serving Him. A few days ago I was running errands, which normally don't affect me in terms of my overall well-being, but the short trip I took to get everything done tended to tire me more so than usual. I've been having increasing troubles with my health, and I recently drove to a friend's place in north Texas (I live in Oklahoma) that wore me out physically, and it was only three hours away. I experience severe fatigue and other problems more each day. I had planned to return to active supply preaching and other services once the quarantine due to  COVID-19 had been lifted by the state and local governments, but on an impression from the LORD and my own convictions, I've decided to finally close the book once and for all on active outside service and focus on the ministry I have now with the internet, such as writing Bible lessons and articles for varied prophecy and devotional websites. 

     Due to irreversible kidney damage, my immune system is all but gone, and I'm a target for any disease or sickness that is in the air or other areas. I am compromised and most likely will be homebound from now on, going out in public on rare occasions. For someone like myself, who has been active all his life and was up untill a couple of years ago doing well, this is a totally new and unique way of life for me. So, I could sit here and grumble, getting frustrated and restless, or look at Paul's situation and see this as a time to adjust and be more open to new areas of outreach that were not available to me years ago. I've chosen the latter, and I'm truly at peace with this decision.

    It's all good. I've got all I need to do the job to which the LORD has given me, and I'm able to spread His Word to a worldwide fellowship, which falls in with what He said in Matthew 24:14, Mark 13:10, and Luke 21:28. I want to conclude by encouraging my fellow pilgrims to be faithful in the work to which the LORD has assigned to you, to be obedient to His direction, to stay in the Word, pray as often as possible, be a good witness to those around you, and to be content with what you have in terms of talents, gifts, and possessions which He trusted you to use for His glory and honor.

    If you've come across this site and read what has been posted, I implore you, if you do not have any relationship with God, to give your life to Jesus and ask Him to save you from your sins, sorrows, and rebellion against God. He will cleanse and forgive you, never leave or forsake you, and will bring you to heaven at the end of your life to be with Him forever (Matthew 11:28-30; John 3:16; 10:28-30; 11:25; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Romans 3:10-18; 5:6-11; 8:37-39; 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; 9:27; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 John 1:1-10; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:11-15; 21:1-7; 22). To reject His offer of love, forgiveness, and salvation means to spend eternity in hell, where there is no mercy, love, grace, hope, joy, comfort, peace, or contentment (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 1:18; 6:8; 20:13). Don't put this off. You are not promised tomorrow, and He could come back for His people at any moment (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10). Be ready and get real contentment in Him.