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Unheeded Warnings & Sudden Destruction

Unheeded Warnings & Sudden Destruction
As Mount Saint Helens rumbled during the spring months of 1980, one man stood firm in is resolve to remain on the mountain. Harry R. Truman, an innkeeper, refused to leave his home despite an evacuation order and repeated warnings that came via reoccurring earthquakes. He acknowledged it was ‘possible’ the mountain might ‘blow’ someday, but he never reached the place where he was wiling ‘to pack up his bags' and leave his home.

First Coming and Second Coming

First Coming and Second Coming
Even the Christmas story being sung and recited at this time of year becomes the victim of the increasingly popular kingdom/dominion/reconstruction teachings we have discussed in recent months. Take for example the story of the wise men (the Bible doesn't say there were ‘three’). Having seen a new star, which they understood signalled the birth of a promised king of Israel, they journeyed to Jerusalem - not because the star led them there (as Christmas songs and stories erroneously say), but because that was where they logically expected a Jewish king to be born. We don't know how they were alerted to watch for the star, but it could have been because of an oral account of Balaam's prophecy (Num. 24:17) handed down among Eastern magi.

The Sliding Career of Satan

The Sliding Career of Satan
We first read of Satan in Genesis chapter 2 when he appears to Adam and Eve as a serpent, who manipulates and deceives them into eating the fruit that was forbidden to them, thus causing sin and brokenness to enter the world. However, Satan's story started before then, because the great enemy of God was not always the enemy of God. In fact the career of Satan started out quite well. It could be said of him that he worked his way from the top to the bottom, which is exactly what scripture records for us.

Tried By Fire

Tried By Fire
Occasionally, I go by a site whereon a house has stood, now destroyed by fire. Pausing for a moment to look over the place, I then pass on with reflective thoughts of a time when, not houses, but lives of Christians shall be, “tried with fire.” I notice a brick chimney is left upright, standing securely on its solid stone foundation, the central figure in a picture of desolation. Strewn around are to be seen the pieces of indestructible materials “proved” by fire; not much of what once stood on the place.

An Aggressive Green Gospel

An AGGRESSIVE GREEN gospel
In these days when the world is becoming ever more fearful, how strong is our faith? Jesus said on the day before His arrest: “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matt. 24:21-22). What did the risen Lord say to us in the last book to be written?

The Purpose of Prophecy - part 2

In the first article in this series, we were able to provide a definition of prophecy, i.e. we observed that prophecy was, in simple terms, a message emanating from God via the Holy Spirit, providing truths otherwise unknown to its hearers. We were also able to identify some of the key characteristics of prophecy; for example, that the truths being communicated might be about past or future events and also that the future events being foretold may be immutable, or may be subject to change, depending upon the response of the hearers.

Climate Change In Prophecy

Prophetic Witness - February 2020
2019 was a year in which climate change became prominent like never before. In particular, a young girl named Greta Thunberg, became an instant celebrity because she boycotted a school lesson to protest climate change. Since then, she has inspired young people in various countries to strike. In March last year, globally, over 1 million people joined a climate protest. In May that same year, there were 1600 events across 150 countries.

The Purpose Of Prophecy

Prophetic Witness - January 2020
The Bible says this about itself: ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Do we believe that all Scripture is ‘God-breathed’? Let us think through the implications of this statement for a moment. If God actively inspired each book, chapter and verse that we have in the canon of Scripture, then each passage of text has a divinely-inspired purpose, i.e. each passage carries a message that God wants us to know.