Now that all of the hopes of Jesus’ return on September 20-22, 2017 have not come to pass, many will wonder why He has not returned. Peter addressed this question as one that many people would ask in the last days.
...knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? —2 Peter 3:3-4 Continue reading “Why Jesus Has Not Returned”
This is my forty-second year watching for the return of Jesus. In 1975 when I first believed and began to follow Jesus, I was expecting the Lord’s return by the end of that year. I read in the scriptures how Jesus had come to earth the first time and these events were recorded for us in the New Testament. I believed what Jesus said when He promised to come again as soon as everything was ready. I understood from the scriptures that the time of the Lord’s return was sudden and without warning. I considered how people would begin to say in the last days: “where is the promise of His coming?”
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. —John 14:1-3
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. —Matthew 24:44
By Jesus words in Matthew 24:44, He is saying that after many years have passed people will stop expecting Him to return so that when He finally does, most will not be ready. Continue reading “Where Is The Promise Of His Coming? Not Losing Your Confidence In Jesus’ Return”
Jesus warned that He will come for His church on a day that most Christians are not expecting Him. He said that many of these people will be “appointed a place with the hypocrites (unsaved). There are many people today who claim to believe in Jesus but by the way that they are living and their lack of concern for Jesus’ return, they show that they are not saved. Jesus often referred to the “Tares” that will be present in His church who are pretend believers, while lacking a genuine relationship with Him.
But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 24:48-51
Continue reading “Was Jesus Saying He Will Leave Those Behind Who Are Not Watching For His Return?”
When God said “don’t eat from the fruit or you will die,” how do you personally see this statement? For many people, all of the laws that God made are viewed as negative. If God really loves us why doesn’t He let us do what we enjoy? Why does God show us things and then tell us we can’t have them? Continue reading “Looking At God’s Law The Wrong Way”
It is inevitable during a national crisis that many people will question the goodness of God.
People have asked in times past how a God of love could permit such suffering. The idea is that God, having the power to stop these tragedies before they begin, appears to do nothing prevent the resulting suffering. Continue reading “A Good God and Hurricane Harvey”
If we examine the laws of the Old Testament we are struck by their peculiar nature. The question is: are people who receive Jesus as their Savior, bound to the laws of the Old Testament?
- Exodus 31:14.: Death for working on the Sabbath
- Exodus 23:19: Cook a goat in its mother’s milk
- Exodus 21:17, Deuteronomy 21:20-21: Cursing parents, rebellious teens stoned to death.
- Leviticus 19:27: Cutting hair on the sides of the head.
- Leviticus 19:28: Obtaining a Tattoo
- Leviticus: 19:19: Mixing fabrics
- Numbers 5:11-31: The test of unfaithfulness for a wife.
- Numbers 9:13: Excommunication for not observing Passover
Continue reading “Are The Old Testament Laws Applicable Today?”
Many people wonder if there is a correlation between a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 and the return of Jesus to earth. The Bible is specific that God created the Sun and the Moon for “signs.”
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. —Genesis 1:14-15 Continue reading “Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017: The Sun and Moon as Signs and Jesus’ Return”
Understanding Sin and Salvation
A valid question that is frequently asked by many people is, “Why Christianity is the only way and the Bible, only the true words of God?” In order to understand these things, we must fill-in a little background information. Continue reading “What Jesus Can Do For You That No Religion Can”
The title of this post presents a strange proposition
We might ask why anyone would ask such a question. After all, isn’t there only one Savior who is called Jesus? No, there are actually others who are called “Jesus,” and are not the Jesus of the New Testament. Continue reading “Is The Jesus You Believe In, The True Jesus?”
Many of us know someone who claims that they once believed in Jesus, but now no longer follow Him. This is not a new phenomenon, it has been happening since Jesus arrived on earth 2,000 years ago.
What someone says is not always met by their actions. The test of any confession is what we do in the long term. Jesus was very clear that only those who endure till the end will be saved (Matthew 10:22). John later stated that because certain individuals had departed Jesus’ church that this was proof that they never were a part of it. Continue reading “Why Some People Stop Believing In Jesus”