410:  Standing at the Judgment Seat of Christ

410: Standing at the Judgment Seat of Christ

The Judgement Seat of Christ is the first of seven great judgments that will occur.  And for the believer, it’s the most important.  Why?  Because at this judgment all church-age believers will appear before Christ to give an account of their lives for reward.  Or, in the case of many, no reward.  Consider the following:

2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we (Paul includes himself) must (not optional) all appear before the judgment seat (bḗma) of Christ, (why) that each one (personal and individual) may receive (review and reward) the things done in the body, (review) according to what he has done, (reward) whether good or bad.

These are some of the main areas that will be examined when we stand before the Lord:

  1. How we treat other believers (Matthew 10:41-42; Hebrews 6:10)
  2. How we employ our God-given talents and abilities (Matthew 25:14-29; Luke 19:11-26; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 7; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Peter 4:10)
  3. How we use our money (Matthew 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)
  4. How well we endure personal injustice and being mistreated (Matthew 5:11-12; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 6:27-28, 35; Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17; 1 Peter 4:12-13)
  5. How we endure suffering and trials (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10)
  6. How we spend our time (Psalm 90:9-12; Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5; 1 Peter 1:17)
  7. How we run the particular race God has given us (1 Corinthians 9:24; Philippians 2:16; 3:12-14; Hebrews 12:1)
  8. How effectively we control our fleshly appetites (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)
  9. How many souls we witness to and win for Christ (Daniel 12:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)
  10. How much the Rapture means to us and shapes our lives (2 Timothy 4:8)
  11. How faithful we are to God’s Word and God’s people (Acts 20:26-28; 2 Timothy 4:1-2; Hebrews 13:17; James 3:1; 1 Peter 5:1-2; 2 John 1:7-8)
  12. How hospitable we are to strangers (Matthew 25:35-36; Luke 14:12-14)
  13. How faithful we are in our vocations (Colossians 3:22-24)
  14. How we support others in ministry (Matthew 10:40-42)
  15. How we use our tongues (Matthew 12:36; James 3:1-12)

Are you ready to stand before the Lord and have your life judged by His standards?  Because it will happen. There is no escape.  And if not, what are you prepared to do about it?  What changes are you willing to make in this life to be rewarded for in the next?  But be warned, time is running out.

If you want to find out more about how to prepare yourself to face the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ, then keep listening.

The following is a study on the Judgment Seat of Christ.

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409:  Why We Study Prophecy

409: Why We Study Prophecy

One of the major reasons we study prophecy is called the Law of Proportions.  This law states the more ink the Lord uses in His Word to communicate a message, the more important that message must be.  Consider the following regarding the Old Testament:

Number of Verses in the Bible:  31,124
Number of Predictions in the Old Testament:  1,239
Number of Old Testament Verses that Contain Predictions:  6,641 out of 23,210
Percent of the Old Testament that is Prophecy:  28.5%

What about the New Testament?

Number of Predictions in the New Testament:  578
Number of New Testament Verses that Contain Predictions:  1,711 out of 7,914
Percent of the New Testament that is Prophecy:  21.5%

And the Bible as a whole?

Percent of the Whole Bible that is Prophecy:  27%
Number of Separate Prophetic Topics in the Bible:  737

Just a few more facts:

Of the 333 prophecies concerning Christ, only 109 were fulfilled by His first coming, leaving 224 yet to be fulfilled in the Second Coming.
There are over 300 references to the Lord’s coming in the 260 chapters of the New Testament— one out of every 30 verses.
Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books mention the Lord’s coming.
Jesus refers to His second coming at least twenty-one times.
There are 1,527 Old Testament passages that refer to the Second Coming.
For every time the Bible mentions the first coming, the Second Coming is mentioned eight times.
People are exhorted to be ready for the return of Jesus Christ over fifty times.

Need we say more?  If you’re interested in the study of prophecy, then keep listening.

The following is a study on Biblical Prophecy.

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369: Vote for Those Being Led to the Slaughter

369: Vote for Those Being Led to the Slaughter

This has been one of the most contentious election seasons I can remember.  Good people have been dragged into the mud with lies and character slander for the sole purpose of trying to win an election.  Which raises a few questions for the Christian.

How does a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, who is also a citizen of the United States of America, reconcile their responsibility as citizens to both?  Especially in this election.

What is the purpose of human government?  And what is our duty towards that government?  But what if that government is oppressive?  Are we to obey a government that commands us to sin?  Then what are we to do as Christians when we are appalled by the corruption in our own government?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  I have.  To find the answers from Scripture, keep listening

The following is a study on the Kingdom of God and human government.

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342:  Understanding the Times in Which We Live

342: Understanding the Times in Which We Live

Twice in the Proverbs we find the following warning:

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished – Proverbs 22:3.

And again,

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished – Proverbs 27:12.

But what does this mean?  And does this warning still apply to us today?  Absolutely— and even more so than when it was written so many thousands of years ago.  In fact, it’s a vital warning to the church today.

Want to know more? Then keep listening.

The following is a study on 2 Timothy 4:1-4.

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Reality Check

Reality Check

How to Prepare for the Coming Persecution

Reality Check

As you know, on Friday, June 26th, the Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples have the right to marry nationwide thus establishing a new civil right in our land.  In effect, by their 5-4 decision, five unelected lawyers redefined the meaning of the word “marriage” and changed the landscape for Christians, and the church, in this country forever.

How so, you ask? 

Simply this, what has been historically deemed as deviant behavior by our society and as a sin and an abomination by the Bible and the church, is now the Law of the Land.  Those who oppose that Law will be guilty of just that, violating the Law.  And in violating the Law the full force and weight of the State will come against those who hold uncompromisingly to Biblical values and a Biblical worldview in an effort to crush them and bring them into submission and compliance. The door is now wide open for full-scale persecution of the church in America and, unfortunately, most Believers have their head buried neck deep in the sand hoping this is some bad dream, some nightmare, that will soon go away.

Wish again, my friends.  The nightmare is here and it’s here to stay.

Dred Scott v. Sandford and Roe v. Wade

Remember, this is not the first time the Supreme Court made an infamous ruling and defiantly shook its fist in the face of God.  In 1857, the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision essentially stripped African Americans of their right of personhood and relegated them to the status of a mere possession, a slave.  It took a bloody Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln to correct and set right what wrong the Supreme Court decreed.

But the evil and injustice of this ruling, as reprehensible as it was, was not forcibly imposed upon Christians and the church.  As Christians, we had the right and the duty to follow the clear teachings of Scripture and our own conscience and reject the ruling by treating people of color the same way we would treat each other.

Then, on January 22nd 1973, in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the Supreme Court again ruled against God and basic human dignity when they denied the unborn the rights of personhood and life.  They held, by a 7 to 2 vote, that a woman’s right to privacy and choice trumps an unborn child’s right to life.

And 80 million unborn children have died.

But again, Christians in this country were not forced, under penalty of law, to participate or even endorse abortion. We had the freedom, and the responsibility, to speak for those who could not speak for themselves (Prov. 31:8) and to stand against this horrific holocaust.  And the church did just that, by the thousands. Crisis Pregnancy Centers sprang up all over the land as well as homes for unwed mothers and the like.

Obergefell v. Hodges

But this time, the Supreme Court ruling is different. With the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle has now been elevated to the lofty position of a civil right.  To speak against it, like Christians did in the Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade decisions, is tantamount to a crime. A potential hate crime.

And this ruling, unlike in the past, has been forcefully imposed on the Christian and the church.  It has become the Law of the Land, cast in judicial stone.

As the Law of the Land, the civil rights of a legally protected class of sins now trumps the religious liberty of the majority of Americans.  The application of this ruling in real time will be the attempt to govern and control all speech about homosexuality contrary to the ruling.  Anything deemed politically incorrect, anything that speaks against the recent ruling, anything that offends the sensibility and well-being of the homosexual community, will be smacked with the labels of “intolerant” or “homophobic” or “hate speech.”  This will mean our cherished freedom of speech will soon be subservient to the civil rights of a protected homosexual minority.

But how will this affect each of us? you wonder.

Just think, there are now passages in the Bible that our courts have ruled as potential hate speech.  Why?  Because they offend the civil rights of a protected minority.  Those who feel otherwise will soon be stripped of their right to speak in the public square, to share their opinions or sincerely held convictions openly, or to worship anywhere but in solitude and privacy of our own closet.  In their view, we have no choice but to comply.  The acceptance of homosexuality and gay marriage is settled law, it’s now the new Law of the Land.  It will soon be a hate crime for a preacher in a local church to accurately teach what the Bible says about homosexuality.  And if he does, watch out.  Why?  Because defiance of the Law of the Land always comes with unwanted consequences.

They have taken the battle to us and are forcing us to take a stand, to choose whose law we will obey.

If we obey man’s law and compromise and capitulate to the legal perversion set before us, we can probably live relatively quiet and peaceful lives.  But if we stand for Biblical truth and commit, like our Lord, to being light in darkness (John 1:5), then we will certainly find ourselves at odds with Caesar, and we will soon discover what persecution tastes like.

frenchman-crying-304-3041935 in Nazi Germany

I know many of you may reject what I’m about to say, but I see us as Christians in America in the same place the Jews found themselves in 1935 in Nazi Germany. Yes, you heard me right. I see us as living in Germany in 1935.

The parallels are striking.

This ruling shows us clearly that the Rule of Law in America is dead.  The Supreme Court now changes law to push its own agenda and has become, like the Executive and Legislative branch of our government, compromised and untrustworthy.  In essence, the Republic we’ve all come to love and respect is no more.  It has been replaced by those who will twist and manipulate the law and media to fit their own desired end.  Widespread corruption, habitual lying, and dishonesty in the highest places, in all three branches of our government, leave us distressed as citizens of this great country.

But the same thing happened to the citizens of Germany in the early 30’s.  They also saw their sacred institutions, the church, the school, the family, and the government, hijacked and taken over by unscrupulous, evil men who would stop at nothing to achieve their selfish ends.

And what was the result of those ends?  World War II.  Over 60 million people dead, which was over 3% of the earth’s population in 1940.  And the atrocities against the Jews?  Utterly unthinkable.  That is until we discovered the ovens of Dachau, Auschwitz and Ravensbruck.

“But, that could never happen to us in America.”

Why? Because we’re better or more loving or more tolerant than the good citizens of Germany?  Open your eyes and look around.  Read the headlines.  Do you see a sense of civility and tolerance towards the church today?  Have you read the vile and vicious comments made by the good citizens of this country to those who hold, for example, a Biblical view of marriage?  Do you trust your President to do what is honorable and right according to the Law?  Or have you forgotten Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the ATF and “Fast and Furious” scheme, among countless others?  And, of course, there are the cover ups and almost criminal delays in trying to get the Government to honor subpoenas by the Congress or Freedom of Information requests from others to try to get to the bottom of all these scandals.

Do you still not believe the persecution is coming?

Listen to what a few notable voices say about the recent ruling and the chilling effect it will have on Christians and those who hold to a traditional view of marriage.

The majority attempts, toward the end of its opinion, to reassure those who oppose same-sex marriage that their rights of conscience will be protected. We will soon see whether this proves to be true. I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in his Dissenting Opinion

“I think we’re going to see persecution in this country. You better be ready and you better be prepared because it’s coming. I think there will be persecution of Christians for our stand.”

Evangelist Franklin Graham
Samaritan’s Purse

“I believe a barrage of court cases has already been planned against those who hold to politically incorrect views of marriage. Many of us will be dragged into court to be prosecuted or subjected to civil judgments. Some will lose their jobs, while others forfeit their businesses. Some will be persecuted and ridiculed and fined. Some may go to prison as the years unfold. Since same-sex marriage has now been determined to be a universal human right by the highest court in the land, it will trump religious liberty, churches, seminaries, Christian schools, businesses and a host of individual liberties. I also fear judgment will befall this once great nation.”

Dr. James Dobson
Focus on the Family and Family Talks

Don’t be naive or deceived, persecution will come.  And it will come quickly.  To reiterate, we are basically living in Nazi Germany in 1935.
And for the church, we’d do well to remember what that means.

Edmund Burke once said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

And Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel also said, almost prophetically, “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.”

Let that not be said of the church today.




Podcast 311:  How to Prepare for the Coming Persecution

Podcast 311: How to Prepare for the Coming Persecution

We know it’s coming.  We can see the signs of it everywhere.  Persecution for the church has now come to our own shores and, quite honestly, we are ill prepared for it.  Which raises the all important question:  Is there something we can do now, before the persecution begins in earnest, to prepare for what is soon to happen?

And the answer is, yes.

One, we can prepare spiritually by totally committing our life into the hands of the living Lord Jesus, come what may.
Two, we can prepare physically by disengaging from the world’s system and begin to live in His Kingdom.
Three, we can prepare emotionally by embracing persecution as a means of furthering the Gospel by looking beyond our own circumstances and looking only at Him.

And we can begin to prepare today.

The following is a lesson on Preparing for the Coming Persecution in America.

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