Monday, July 20, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

What if Greece Walks Alone?


 High Stakes Bailout Referendum

It is my understanding of biblical prophecy that Greece will be part of the Ten Horns associated with the rise of the Antichrist at the end of time. That would, it seems to me, require Greece break from its ties to Europe and turn to the Levant. That looks to be sooner rather than later. 

Now it may seem that what's going on now and is likely to unfold over the next several weeks doesn't rise to that level, and I'm jumping the gun. But if Greece bails on the European Community where are they going to go? They can't walk alone, so who will they turn to for a dance partner? As odd as it may seem given their history, fellow receiver or the cold-shoulder from the EC, Turkey, in the wing dressed to the nines, with spats on.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Turkey in the Straw (Poll)

Some things to consider as Turkey enters what is anticipated to be an unsurprising election...



Though a lot is happening in the Middle East, Turkey is still the place to watch concerning the fulfillment of end-times Bible prophecy. This could be a crucial election, indeed!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Image of God, Freedom, Depravity and Faith

There are those made in the image of God without the presence of God within, which are thereby bound to be sinners. Sin will be their very nature, for there is nothing truly good (godly) in them. They are depraved.

There are those made in the image of God within the presence of God (as were Adam and Eve) which thereby are capable of choosing a course contrary to God and thus becoming sinners. Though they were created good, it's hard not see that sin, for them, was inevitable.

There are those made in the image of God who actually participate in the divine nature (as the redeemed do in earnest now but who will not fully, or perfectly, do so until raptured) who thereby can do as God would at every opportunity to do anything, without fail. They, like Jesus, will never sin.

It seems to me, faith is the operative element and the status of spirit the conditional element in each category which determines the outcome.

Those in the first category are born separated from God and therefore have no inclination to, nor capability of seeing him as he truly is. They do as they want, and what they want does not factor in God as he truly is. Faith in God as he truly is (without which it is impossible to please him) could not arise in those in such a condition. They suffer an incapacity, as a result, to do anything truly good (i.e. of God) with no desire to do according to God as he truly is or wants.

Those in the second category (in which only Adam and Eve ever existed, and then only until The Fall) are made to do as they chose, for that is what being in God's image entails. As long as they chose to do as God wished things were splendid. When they chose to do otherwise sin was conceived, to be born when the choice was enacted. Faith (trusting in God's rather than their own judgment) would have been the thing which could have averted disaster, but they acted without faith and threw themselves and their heirs into Depravity.

Those in the third category are actually the other categories made anew without the taint of separation and are granted participation in the divine nature. They are like Jesus. They have a complete trust in God which does not have to compete with evil drives within nor evil enticements from without, and thereby they are enabled to walk in perfect agreement with God throughout eternity.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Precursor of the the Ten Horns?



Are we seeing the precursor to the Ten Horns? Perhaps so. The Ten come together for one prophetic reason. Time is getting short, I think, and let's not forget that other clock etched with 144,000 marks on the dial. History is moving toward a prophesied end. Now!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Once Saved, Not Always Saved

As addressed in the Apocalypse, the churches at Ephesus and Thyatira were such that apart from Christ's penetrating gaze below the surface, they would look to be fantastic churches. But Christ found fault with the believers there, and not of a minor nature. The churches at Ephesus and Thyatira were threatened with eternal loss (though veiled in figurative language) because of what Christ saw. I would think these threatening statements would go a long way toward destroying the conception of once-saved-always-saved.

In the case of the Church at Sardis or Laodicea, even though neither church had much to commend them for, the threat to ultimate salvation was as clear, maybe even clearer. There were in those congregations folk who were just not persisting in the obedience of faith. That is not a situation Christ is willing to overlook. What I infer from this is that true faith can become the sort that isn't, and if it isn't, it holds no weight in the eyes of him who matters.

Who would argue that the letters are not written to what Christ considered genuine churches? What he could commend in them he did, what he couldn't, he sought to amend. The assumption seems to have been that the members of these churches were part of the kingdom, but that their status as such was in danger. Those considered presently part of the body of Christ by Christ could end up not retaining that status if repentance was not forthcoming. Their status could be considered Once-Saved-Not-Necessarily-Saved-Thereafter, it seems to me.

If Adam and Eve, pristinely, immaculately made by God, can fall from belief into estrangement with God and sin, then anyone with less wholeness (i.e. all the rest of us, even the born-again) can fall too. If those born-again would fall, they'd be just as lost as Adam and Eve and the host born to them afterwards. If humans as perfect as they can be this side of eternity fell from a state that was deemed "good" in God's sight into unbelief and separation from God, then why would anyone in Christ think he or she could not?

Monday, November 3, 2014

The End-times Gel



This, this and this make an interesting coalescing of circumstances. The revival of the King of the North, the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, and the arrival of the False Prophet are all significant occurrences within the framework of end-times prophecy, and all will occur within a relatively short span of real-time.  It is interesting, at least, that there are stirrings on all three fields at the same time.

Friday, October 24, 2014

How Does Apostasy Occur?

"For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law."   Romans 3:28 NIV 

Justified, in regard to the verse above, means to be declared righteous or acceptable to God. Guilty humans at trial under a magnifying glass in a cosmic court need a verdict of "not guilty" in order to be freed from the consequences of sin. Without being justified by God they will be bound over to judgment, which in a cosmic context, unfortunately, can only be cosmically ultimate. For someone actually guilty (as are all humans before God) there can be no escape in such a court on the basis of technicalities, obfuscation, ignorance, prejudice or character (i.e. good works).

Faith, as used in the above verse and as generally understood as "saving faith", is an apprehension of who Jesus is and what he has done which moves a person to trust Christ as his or her savior and follow Christ as his or her leader. As long as a person has faith that Jesus came from God, died for his or her sins, rose bodily from the dead victorious over sin and death, and is his or her Lord, that person is justified without the possibility of change in status. However, if such faith is lost or reversed, then so too is the condition for justification, and hence salvation, and the result is apostasy or falling away. We can lose our salvation, therefore, if we lose our faith.

Works, as spoken about in that verse, are actions of mind or body which accrue toward the worker's justification. In this instance, they are specified to be in the context of the law, i.e. the Mosaic Code. However, works of the law cannot possibly effect justification because: 1) good works have no power to erase or nullify bad works; 2) even the works of law associated with sacrifices intended to remit sins cannot undo the sin nature of the sinner, which has him or her in sin, virtually, before the last whiff of smoke has dissipated; and 3) it is impossible for the blood of animals to cleanse a guilty human conscience. [How could they? Neither party (God or the sinner) has any "skin in the game."]

Since salvation is not founded upon nor attributable to works then neither can a loss of salvation be the result of such. Our works, in themselves, good or evil, do not have the power to engage, alter or to unravel what Jesus Christ has already done on the cross and in rising from the grave. Whereas keeping a clean conscience is a boon to faith, keeping or not keeping a clean conscience can neither keep one saved nor cause him or her to lose salvation. Sin, though it doubtless arises out of some sort of unbelief, cannot be the source of apostasy anymore than it is the source of salvation; otherwise, virtually every Christian would eventually apostatize.

Apostasy is departing from the faith. It starts with some disappointment or disillusionment with Christ and ends with one abandoning the trust he or she has in who Christ is and what he has done. If one does not trust in Christ as the Son of God, nor rely upon his death and resurrection for justification before God, that one cannot possibly be saved so long as he or she remains in such unbelief. It matters not that he or she believed at one time or even that he or she was baptized.

Sin is not and never can be the cause of apostasy!  Faith is what effects justification, and a departure from faith is the only thing that could effect a loss of salvation.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Turkey on the Brink

This is interesting...



And this makes it more so...


I am watching this very closely now, since with the advance of ISIL from Syria into Iraq, the revival of the Kingdom of the North (the Seleucid Empire) would be accomplished in one fell swoop if Turkey moved and took over ISIS. The door would then be open for the contemptible one to step forward.

If Turkey did invade and secure the area, it's not like any territory won is going to be returned to Assad (especially from a NATO ally). Furthermore, the U.S. would likely welcome such, since it would then finally have the means of keeping allied boots on the ground in Iraq to quell the contentious Sunni population.

The Antichrist would not have to immediately thereafter come to the fore, but nothing prophesied would stand in his way except, perhaps, the breaking of the sixth seal. If Turkey invades and takes over the Islamic State, it can only be a matter of days, weeks, maybe a couple of years until the Antichrist arises.

There is one wrinkle I should at least acknowledge: it is possible that ISIS could instead take over vast swaths of Turkey and thus produce the revival of the Kingdom of the North. This is much less likely at this point, but ISIS is growing in every way every day. I could see the potential of an ISIS surge which ended up gaining fifth-column Turkish support. Stranger things have happened!