Saturday, January 13, 2018

Getting Excited About the Millennium

(Written by Joseph Chambers)
It’s easy to see why people look at the world and tremble about the future. There is a visible deterioration occurring in the environment, including the weather patterns and all aspects of nature, as well as in every expression of human life. The Holy Spirit gave us a clear picture of what is happening.

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body” (Romans 8:22-23).

The perfection of the earth — as it was created — has slowly descended downward to the point that only a Divine intervention can save it from utter destruction.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Replacement Theology (Part 4)

(Written by James A. Showers)
When the reformers separated from the Roman Catholic Church, they brought with them Replacement Theology. Furthermore, they built their eschatology (doctrine of future things) and ecclesiology (doctrine of the church) on the idea the church has replaced Israel in the plan of God.

If you were to remove Replacement Theology from these churches today, their entire system of eschatology would collapse. Why? Because if God has not replaced Israel (as we believe), then you must handle all the passages dealing with the Tribulation and Millennial Kingdom as being literal with a future fulfillment. Suddenly the primary justification for developing Amillennialism or Postmillennialism is eliminated.

Replacement Theology allowed the church to believe it is the fulfillment of the Messianic Kingdom. Over time, it fomented widespread hatred and violence against the Jewish people; and, unfortunately, its consequences are still with us today.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Replacement Theology (Part 3)

(Written by James A. Showers)
Until the fourth century, Christianity was illegal in the Roman Empire. Although Replacement Theology had overtaken the church and metastasized into Anti-Semitism, the church had no authority to do anything other than speak against the Jewish people. All that changed in a.d. 313, and the catalyst was a ruler named Constantine.

Young Constantine, a member of Emperor Diocletian’s court, was preparing to lead his troops at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in a.d. 312 when he claimed to have a vision of a cross in the sun. So he prayed to the Christian God, put Christian symbols on his banners, and won an astounding victory over an older, more experienced general.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Replacement Theology (Part 2)

(Written by James A. Showers)
The church is not Israel, and Israel is not the church. However, more and more Christians today fail to see the distinction. They have been so indoctrinated into Replacement Theology that they see themselves as the “new Israel” and the Jewish people as forsaken.

How did this belief become so deeply established in the church, particularly when it was not the theology of the apostles or the first-or second-generation church leaders? Because it justified prejudice against the Jewish people.

Replacement Theology began developing in the second and third centuries of the church, becoming established about 200 years after the church began. It did not arise from a careful study of Scripture. In fact, the position was formulated first, and then Scripture was located to support it. This is the wrong way to devise a theology. Theology should result from a thorough study of God’s Word. People should not define their theology first and then go on a Scripture hunt to find justification for it.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Replacement Theology (Part 1)

(Written by James Showers)
If you watch the news headlines, you may have read these: “Episcopal Church Is the Next to Shun Israel,” “Presbyterian Church to Justify Israel Divestment,” and “Methodist Church Renews Drive for Divestment From Israel.”

Divestment involves withdrawing investments from companies doing business with a particular nation in order to put economic pressure on the government. It was a technique used against South Africa to break apartheid. Over the years, some Protestant churches have asked people to stop investing in companies doing business with Israel based on their claim that Israel is a racist nation. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Israel is a democracy that freely gives the vote to both Jews and Arabs. Apartheid occurs when a minority race uses its power to take economic advantage of the majority of another race. Such is not the case in Israel.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Confused About Syria, You Should Be



Close your eyes, click your heels three times, and tell me if you actually know what is happening in Syria.
There’s an awful lot about the poison gas attack that doesn’t add up for the casual observer.
It was only a week ago that the US enunciated a new policy that we would be content for Bashar al Assad to remain in power presiding over the Syrian government — after years of grousing and threats against him. Apparently Trump Central had concluded that Assad was a better alternative than another failed state in the Middle East with no government at all.
That policy change was a yuge benefit for Assad since it removed any pretext for US subterfuge or “black box” mischief against him. He was rather busy fighting a civil war, after all. Against whom? A mash-up of Jihadi forces ranging from Isis (so-called), to al Qaeda and Jabhat al Nusra, its spinoff gang dedicated specifically against Assad personally. Assad’s relations with Isis were ambiguous and complex. Isis had used Syria as a staging area for its operations next door in Iraq. It was rumored that Assad purchased oil from Isis. Yet Isis had participated in actions against Assad. In any case, all of the Jihadis were Sunni, in opposition to Assad’s Iran-leaning regime. Assad himself belongs to the Alawite sect of Islam, a twig on the Shia branch. Syria as a whole is a majority Sunni population, so Assad and his father Hafez before him (President 1971 – 2000) have represented a minority (12 percent) in an era of inflamed Sunni-Shia passions.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Is World War III on the Horizon?



Saudi Arabia already has nukes, Iran probably does, and the Russians are one of the two great nuclear powers on the entire planet. 
So if Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their Sunni allies do decide to conduct a full-blown ground invasion of Syria, could someone ultimately decide to use nuclear weapons when their backs get pushed up against a wall?  As you read this article, there are thousands of military vehicles and hundreds of thousands of troops massed along the southern border of Turkey and the northern border of Saudi Arabia.  If the command is given and those forces start streaming toward Damascus, it is inevitable that the Syrians, the Iranians, Hezbollah and the Russians would fight back.  It would literally be the start of World War 3, and the Saudis and the Turks are trying very hard to convince the United States to be involved.  But the truth is that we don’t want any part of this conflict, because it could very easily become the very first nuclear war in the history of the Middle East.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Can I lose my salvation?

By Ron Graham
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out…” And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing… Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:37, 39, & 47.
As we read and study our Bibles, there should be a voice speaking to us, reminding us to take in the full council of God. Too many Bible teachers will take one verse out of Scripture and build a doctrine on it. Even though that scripture is qualified by other scriptures and the teacher has drawn an erroneous conclusion, the wrong interpretation is still taught as truth. The controversy over “once saved, always saved” is one of those doctrines.

Can we, once we’re born again, lose our salvation? Jesus says, “All that the Father gives Me I will not lose or cast out”. Jesus reconfirms verse 37 using verse 39. Then He puts a cap on it with verse 47. Christ is sending a clear message to all who have turned their lives over to Him, that once justified the born again believer cannot lose their salvation. God the Father draws us to God the Son, and God the Son tells us we are in His hands. Nothing can separate us from Him.
The following verse is used often by some Bible teachers to establish doubt about the notion of once saved always saved. “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” Philippians 2:12. Paul is not advising the Philippians to save themselves that would be works. All he’s saying is don’t be satisfied with just being saved, there is much more to do now that we’re saved.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Are The United States & Russia Preparing For a Nuclear War?



Are the United States & Russia making preparations for escalations toward a global geothermal nuclear war? Recent geopolitical developments may suggest just that.
On December 2nd, U.S Marines with the 2nd Transport Support Battalion conducted a full scale chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) defense training exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
Cpl. Tanner Watson, a CBRN training instructor for the exercise commented that “at the end of the day, I want these Marines to be as knowledgeable as they can be about these types of threats. If Marines know how to detect and counteract a threat, then I’m confident we can be ready for anything”
The Marine core ran similar drills in November & September at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, and Gunha-Ri South Korea, as part of a large scale initiative to promote CBRN preparedness amongst U.S. Pacific military forces.
In Russia, the Defense Ministry announced plans to field the Ilyushin Il-80 Maxdome aircraft, the Russian equivalent to Air Force 1, by the end of the year.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Is Barack Obama Actually TRYING To Start World War III?


(Written by Michael Snyder)
Why has Barack Obama airdropped 50 tons of ammunition into areas that "moderate rebels" in Syria supposedly control? This is essentially the equivalent of poking the Russians directly in the eyes. Much of this ammunition will end up in the hands of those that the Russians are attempting to bomb into oblivion, and so to Russia it appears that we are attempting to make their job much harder. And of course the truth is that there aren't really any "moderate rebels" in Syria at all. Nearly all of the groups that are fighting are made up primarily of radical jihadists and/or hired mercenaries. Personally, I don't see anyone over there that you could call "the good guys". At the end of the day, the U.S. supports just about anyone that wants to get rid of the Assad regime, and the Russians are working very hard to keep Assad in power. Just like the civil war in Ukraine, the conflict in Syria is in great danger of being transformed into a proxy war between the United States and Russia, and many fear that these conflicts could eventually be setting the stage for World War III.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

How you can become a Christian today

(written by Peter Voigt)
Turn to the Lord in prayer. Tell Him that you want to believe in Him, and ask Him to forgive your sins. Repent from your old life and turn around towards the Lord.
Invite Him into your life. Tell Him that you want Him to be your Lord and Master and that you want Him to take over the leadership of your life for the rest of your life.
Thank the Lord Jesus Christ for dying on the cross for you and your sins: Thank Him for rising from the dead in order to give you eternal life and ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit.

Example Prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I admit that I am a sinner and I am in need of You and Your forgiveness. I want to turn away from my sins and follow You completely. Jesus I want You to be my Lord and Master and I open my heart and my whole being and invite you into my life.
I believe that You are the Son of God who died on the cross for me and for all my sins; that You were buried, rose to life again and that You are coming back again. I accept the Father's gift of eternal life through faith and belief in You alone. I receive You as Lord and Saviour of every part and area of my life forever and ever. Now Lord, please fill me with Your Holy Spirit.
I pray this in Your precious name
Amen

John 1:12 says, “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

Share your faith with others. Read the Bible daily and seek fellowship with those who also believe in Jesus. Get baptized and take part in the Lord's Supper on a regular basis.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Widespread Panic is Coming

(from Trunews.com)
I had to share this photo with you. I’m in Atlanta, Georgia tonight attending a meeting of radio industry executives. It was taken at the Fox Theater on Peachtree as I exited a taxicab at a hotel. The theater marquee sign said, “Widespread Panic December 29-31.” Coincidentally, an ambulance pulled up and stopped in front of the theater as the photo was snapped. I know that Widespread Panic is a popular Southern blues band, but I couldn’t ignore the possible prophetic warning. Several family members and close friends have received prophetic dreams over the past 7 or 8 years about sudden panic terrorizing America. The dreams always included scenes that indicated it would happen during the Christmas season. Every year I brace for sudden judgment to strike America in November or December. Clearly, I believe that God has given ample clues that great woe will grip America in the latter part of some year. Is it 2015 or 2016? Therefore, tonight’s “Widespread Panic December 29-31” and the emergency vehicle serves, in my opinion, as another reminder from God that a consuming fire is coming to the USA.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Saudi Arabian tent camp is most the time empty



(From Spisa.com)
Only 8 km from Mecca in Saudi Arabia, this giant tent camp is located. It can accommodate 3,000,000 (3 million) people, but not a single refugee is allowed. It has tents with air condition and all tents are fire proof.

It is used once a year, during the "mass visit" of Muslims for the pilgrimage to Mecca, a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence.