The Bipolar Bible Teacher

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).

Who I Am, What I've Done, and Will Do Until Jesus Returns (Soon, I Pray!)

     For over thirty-years, I have been a minister for Jesus Christ, serving everywhere from small-town pastorates, as a high school history and Bible college teacher, a retail jeweler, and then in 1999, I began specializing in healthcare chaplaincy, working first in New Orleans and then in eastern Oklahoma starting in 2008, and concluding my services in August of 2019. I was born, reared, and educated in the area known as "Cajun Country" in southern Louisiana. I have been married to the love of my life for the past 37 years and have been blessed with three children, one of whom is in heaven. Due to occasional issues regarding my health, I'm sometimes limited in my ability to travel, so now I give the majority of my time and attention to the unlimited harvest field of internet evangelism along with teaching online the inerrant, all-powerful, sufficient Word of God, which is the primary reason I decided to put together this website.

     Along with this, I regularly write articles about contemporary issues as well as on books of the Bible for the prophecy websites "Rapture Ready" and "Inspirational Christian Blogs". After a period of time, these articles will be posted in the archive sections of these sites. On occasion, the news website "True Conservative Pundit" will run my work on their pages. I believe that this present opportunity of ministry has allowed me to reach more people around the world and here in America than I ever did behind a pulpit or classroom with the message of the Gospel. If you have comments or questions about biblical issues, doctrine, Christian living, the importance of Bible prophecy, or a prayer request, I can be reached at my e-mail address: donaldwhitchard@gmail.com. Thanks for stopping by.

     

 

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 Brevity of Life: A Message for the New Year (2020)

"Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit", whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the LORD wills, we shall live and do this or that." (James 4:13-15, NKJV)

"And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry." But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul shall be required of you, then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So it is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich before God." (Luke 12:19-21, NKJV)

    It wasn't so long ago that most of us were healthy, thinner, more alert, and were willing to do adventurous things. We figured that life was pretty good and that we had plenty of time to achieve our goals and live a long and prosperous life. Then, the reality of passing time makes us think of our mortality and the Scriptures quoted above, among others. Life is short and we're going to be dead a lot longer than we'll be alive, and we might ask ourselves if we have anything to show for what we've done so far. The Scriptures tell us about the absolute fact of the brevity of life and how we are to face this certainty.

1) Wicked humanity was cut short by the sovereign act of God with the worldwide deluge that spared no one but Noah and his family along with the animals that boarded the ark (Genesis 6-8).

2) Jacob the Patriarch lamented about the direction his life had taken in the past, telling the Pharoah of Egypt about how quickly everything had happened that brought him to this point in his old age (Genesis 47:9)

3) One of King David's contemporaries lamented that life was like a shadow as a reflection of the sun, here one minute and then gone (1 Chronicles 29: 10-15)

4) Life goes by like a messenger hurrying to a place to present news and information (Job 9:25; 14:2; 38:21)

5) Life seems to be no longer than the span of one's hand. While it varies in length, there comes an end eventually. (Psalm 39:5; 89:47; 90:9; 102:3)

6) Life's journey is swifter than the weaver of fabric operating his loom. The threads come together quickly and without error. Our lives should have order , and most importantly, a living, true rleationship with the Sovereign LORD (Job 38:12).

We are not the masters of our fate or the captain of our soul, unlike what the author of the self-centered poem "Invictus" claimed to present. We have no guarantee of the next day or the rest of the day for that matter. The very breath we take is only by the grace and mercy of God Himself. Some of you who are reading this will not live through this year, and age and health are no deciding factor. As a former hosptial chaplain, I saw a lot of young, healthy people wind up in the morgue. They had no idea that this would be their last day and many were unprepared for eternity and the sure judgment of God. You need to open your eyes and realize that one day, whether you believe it or not, you will stand before God to give an accounting of your life, and if you have no saving realtionship with the Lord Jesus Christ, hell and all its terrors will be waiting, and there will be no second chance to make things right. Scripture tells us that today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). The best resolution that you can make for this upcoming year of 2020 is to surrender your life to Jesus Christ and submit to Him as Lord and Savior. Don''t wait or make excuses. Let 2020 be the year that you have assurance that you will be right with God and have the peace within you that passes all understanding. Start reading the Bible and live by its teachings. I recommend that you start with the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, and let God lead you. This is good for the whole year and beyond.   

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).

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

A Comment on the Coronavirus Hysteria: God Knows About It Already

    Well, the citizens of the world are facing yet again a hard concept to understand, and that is ever since the Fall recorded in Genesis 3, we have been subject to not just sin that separates us from God, but an aftermath of sicknesses and injuries that have affected both individuals and entire civilizations, including those who have been worshippers of the true God. The Scriptures describe diseases such as abcesses (2 Kings 20:7), atrophied limbs (Job 16:8), dropsy (Luke 14:2), fevers (Matthew 8: 14-15), leprosy (2 Kings 5:1), plagues (2 Samuel 24:15-25), blood loss (Matthew 9:20), insanity (Daniel 4:33), ulcers (Luke 16:20), as well as supernatural effects on health and spiritual soundness such as demon possession (Mark 5:1-20).

     Scripture is not hesitant or apologetic in presenting reasons for sickness to come upon someone or a group. There is the inevitability of approaching death (Genesis 48:1), or an accident (2 Kings 1:2), or the result of sin (Micah 6:13). Lust for the opposite (or same) sex caused a son of King David to be sick and to end up molesting one of his half-sisters (2 Samuel 13:2-6). Despondency over life can bring about illnesses (Proverbs 13:12). God can and does use sickness to judge a person's sins (2 Chronicles 21:14-19), but in the gospel of John, the LORD used the sickness and death of Lazarus to demonstrate His power and authority by raising Lazarus from the dead after four days in the tomb. (John 11:25; 39-46).

     God does heal according to His Sovereign will and purposes. He hears the prayers of His elect and will do that which brings glory and honor to Him and to demonstrate the value of faith and trust in Him in all circumstances. His healing touch comes from hearing intercessory prayer (Numbers 12: 10-15), a person's repentance (1 Kings 13:1-6), faith (Numbers 21:8-9; John 4:46-53), and natural remedies (1 Timothy 5:23). The application of His Word to times of illness is also presented (Psalm 107:20).

     The power to heal is the exclusive perogative of Almighty God (Genesis 20:17-18). The Lord Jesus Christ made healing a part of His ministry as well as teaching the truths of God (Matthew 4:24; 8:16), and He gave the Apostles the gift of supernatural healing to validate what they were teaching and preaching concerning the life and work of Jesus, who had died for our sins and had been raised from the dead (Matthew 10:1-8; Acts 3:1-11; 5:12-16; 10:38-43). Healing had been listed as a gift from God as a means of apostolic confirmation and testimony about the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:9). While God does still supernaturally heal people today, the concept of a "healing ministry" and the often disastrous aftermath produced by those who would claim such a gift are not in line with Scriptures such as 2 Timothy 4:20 where Paul left one of his companions named Trophimus at Miletus due to his sickness.

    Conservative biblical commentators such as John MacArthur state that the "sign gifts" (miracles, healings, supernatural wonders) were coming to an end by the close of the first century and the completion of the New Testament canon. Scripture would be the means by which people would know the will and counsel of God from that time until now. The Word of God and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit supercede any so-called "new moves from God", "new signs and wonders", "personal revelations from God", and "fresh anointings for this present time", which in and of themselves do not prove the reality of the faith. A lot of these incidents end up being an embarassment to the cause of Christ.

    As of the time of this writing, federal officials had intervened in a well-known TV "evangelist" and his claim to have an elixir to cure people from the present coronavirus crisis, ordering him to stop selling the product or else be brought up on charges of fraud. The nation of Israel is currently working on an effective vaccine that will rid an infected individual of the virus according to news sources, who also reported that the vaccine would probably be ready to use in a matter of months. The main advice being promoted by health official is to wash your hands, use cleaning wipes on surfaces and places where you put your hands or other parts, and to remember that this virus popped up in the past without all the fanfare and manufactured hysteria I see the media whipping up every day.

    If the coronavirus is as bad as reported, there could be a significant number of deaths here in the U.S. as well as throughout the world. There are some preachers and social observers who are stating that this just might be a judgment from God for all the innocent lives we've taken by abortion since 1973. 60 million babies have been slaughtered in the womb and this nation, as do others, just might be under a divine curse that the Sovereign LORD keeps on us until we repent of our sins and unbelief.

    There are also those individuals who beleive that this virus and the resulting hysteria and closure of public events and gatherings is a "dry run" for the inevitable one-world government under the Antichrist and his demonic control over the peoples of the world (Revelation 13). If this is the case, then I don't think the Rapture of God's people is too far away (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58). When the authentic Christians are taken out of this world, then God's full and horrific time of judgment and vengance will take place, resulting in the deaths of millions over a seven-year period (Daniel 9:27). Those who rebelled against the rule of God will be ultimately sentenced to the Lake of Fire for all time (Revelation 20:11-15).

    The Lord Jesus Christ will return to the earth, judge the wicked, establish His rule from Jerusalem for a thousand years in a world free from the devil, his demons, sickness, pain, disformity, mental problems, and all forms of illness and injury for eternity (Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-10; Matthew 24, 25, Mark 13, Luke 21, Revelation 19-22). In the meantime, if you do catch the virus and you know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and succumb to it, you'll be with Him (2 Corinthians 5:6-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Revelation 14:13; Philippians 1:21; Isaiah 57:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:8; Luke 23:39-43). If the vaccine works, that is also a reason to give thanks to God. The main point to consider is that God is in control of all things and will bring history and events to a conclusion according to His direction and sovereign will. Trust Him to handle the details and don't watch or trust the panicking and hair-pulling "Sky is  falling" media and others who don't know anything. Be ready, for He is coming quicker than you might expect (Luke 21:28).

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' 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.