The Hope of the #Resurrection – #Sermon of the Week

THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION

(Beausejour Church – Pastor Chris Jordan)

To listen to or download the audio MP3, click HERE.

INTRO TO TOPIC: HOW IMPORTANT IS THE RESURRECTION?

“Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” (1 Cor. 15:12-14, NKJV).

  • Easter Sunday – or resurrection day – is the most important day of the Christian year.
  • There are many books written on the proofs for the resurrection that I recommend.
    • Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ – see Leestrobel.com
    • Josh McDowell’s Evidence that Demands a Verdict – see Josh.org
    • CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity – see CSLewis.com

KEY TEXT: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3).

THE BIG IDEA: Because Jesus Christ rose from the dead, we can experience Him through the living hope of His resurrection today.

ENCOUNTERS WITH RESURRECTION POWER:

  • Jesus loves us so much He died for us! After Jesus died on the Cross (Good Friday), three days later He raised from the dead and began appearing to His disciples.
  1. TO MARY AND MARY MAGDALENE – SUNDAY MORNING: JOY

1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. 5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples (Mark adds “and Peter” in <st2:bcv_smarttag w:st=”on”>Mark 16:7) that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” 8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” (Matt. 28:1-10).

  • Here the women came weeping, mourning, grieving and fearful.
  • But after encountering His resurrection power, they were full of fear and great JOY!
  • Right away, they went and told other people the Good News.
  • The journey: Hurting, Healed, Helping Others.
  • Do YOU struggle with fear, discouragement or depression? Come to Jesus for His joy!
  1. TO PETER AND JOHN: HOPE AND FORGIVENESS

1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” 3 Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. 4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. 5 And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.” (John 20:1-8).

  • Before Jesus died on the Cross, Peter had denied knowing Jesus. He wept bitterly.
  • Now, there was hope with the expectation of forgiveness of sins!
  • After this, Jesus appeared to Peter and restored Him three times: “Do you love me?”
  • Do YOU struggle with guilt or shame over your sins and need forgiveness? Confess your sins to Jesus and be washed clean! (1 John 1:9).
  1. TO THE DISCIPLES – LATER SUNDAY MORNING: PEACE & POWER

9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. 12 After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. 14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.” (Mark 16:9-14).

FROM JOHN’S ACCOUNT:

19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” (John 20:19-21).

  • The disciples were hiding because of fears and doubts.
  • Jesus came and spoke PEACE to them.
  • Do YOU struggle with doubts? Come to Jesus and receive His peace.

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature… 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.” (Mark 16:9-15).

  • The disciples were mourning and weeping, and didn’t believe He was alive.
  • It wasn’t until they saw and encountered His resurrection power that everything changed.
  • They were EMPOWERED with a new boldness to share the Good News with others.

SUMMARY: After these different men and women encountered the resurrected Christ:

  • They experienced joy, hope, forgiveness, peace and empowerment.
  • Because Jesus died and rose again, WE can encounter His resurrection power today
  • Our lives can be changed forever!

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).

  • Do you believe this? Do you know Jesus in the power of His resurrection?

PREACH IT:

  • Do YOU know Jesus today in the power of His resurrection?
  • Too many people are stuck on Good Friday – in some churches, He’s still on the Cross!
  • Jesus is alive! God wants to take our old and broken lives and make all things new!
  • Are you a sinner? He died on the Cross to pay the price for your sins to be forgiven.
  • Are you depressed? He wants to give you joy unspeakable and full of glory!
  • Are you sick? He will heal your sicknesses and diseases!
  • Come to Jesus all you weary and heavy burdened and find rest for your souls!

CLOSING TEXT:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith–the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:3-10).

  • Come to Jesus today and be saved!

HYMN: ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK I STAND:

My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness

And I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name

  • On Christ the solid rock I stand,
  • All other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand

When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace

In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil

 

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The Weekend Funnies – saw blades and bombs

Here are your weekly Calvin & Hobbes comic strips. Enjoy!

Calvin & Hobbes - saw blades

Calvin & Hobbes - why kids don't read

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2014 Bill Waterson.

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The Old Rugged Cross – Why I Love Good Friday

crossAs a pastor, I don’t often get to visit other churches because I am usually ministering the Word on Sunday mornings. However, because our church didn’t do a Good Friday service this year, I had the opportunity to visit one of our local Lutheran churches this morning. As the hymns and Scripture readings went through Christ’s passion from the Gospel of John, I was reminded about why I love Good Friday so much.

It was on that first Good Friday some almost two thousand years ago that Jesus died on the Cross… for me. I was a sinner, and because of my sins, I deserved to die. But Jesus – the sinless, spotless lamb of God – motivated by love – died for me, so that I could live. He was forsaken so that I could be forgiven. He was punished so that I could be set free. And because of that, I will always cherish the old rugged cross.

Today, I hope you will take some time to meditate and reflect upon the amazing love of God that was demonstrated in the Cross.

The Old Rugged Cross:

On a hill far away  Stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross,  Where the dearest and best,
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So, I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

FROM THE BIBLE:

Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”  So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”  Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”  So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified. 

Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison.  And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head,  and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him.  And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.” (Mark 15:12-20).

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Heaven is for Real: The Reality of Heaven – #Sermon of the Week

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: THE REALITY OF HEAVEN

(Beausejour Church – Pastor Chris Jordan)

To listen to or download the audio MP3, click HERE.

INTRO QUOTE:

“Here is a small fact: You are going to die. I am in truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing in me, no matter my protestations… Of course, an introduction. A beginning. Where are my manners? I could introduce myself properly, but it’s not really necessarily. You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms… I will carry you gently away… At that moment, you will be lying there (I rarely find people standing up)…” Quote from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Heaven is for RealINTRO TO TOPIC:

Discuss book & movie “Heaven is for Real” and people who have visited Heaven – &/or claimed to visit Heaven.

No one likes to talk about death, but that’s the doorway we have to go through to get to Heaven!

OPENING TEXT:

“1 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 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. 3 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. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:1-6).

QUOTE: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” (C.S. Lewis).

THE BIG IDEA: Every believer has the promised hope of living forever in Heaven. “Since we have been raised to new life with Christ, we should set our sights on the realities of heaven and let heaven fill our thoughts.” (Col. 3:1-2, NLT).

1. THE HOLY CITY: NEW JERUSALEM: Revelation 21

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” (v.1-6).

  • Believers will live together with God, enjoying sweet fellowship with Him, face to face.
  • In Heaven, God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
  • There will be no more sorrow, crying or death. Death was never meant to be a part of life.
  • Now we cry when people we love die. God says, “I will make all things NEW!”
  • No more pain. Now we experience pain and suffering, the consequences of sin.
  • People in the world drink from the toilet of religion or perversion.
  • God promises to let us drink of the fountain of the water of life freely = satisfaction.

“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

  • Those who overcome sin are those who will inherit the Kingdom.

But the cowardly (unfaithful), unbelieving, abominable (sinful), murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers (magic, astrology, witchcraft and drug use), idolaters (worship anything other than Jesus), and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (v. 7-8).

  • Does this mean that anyone who has ever told a lie will not go to Heaven? No.
  • This is referring to those who live habitually in a lifestyle of sin and rebellion.
  • Everyone lives forever; it’s just a matter of geography – Heaven or hell.

2. THE GARDEN: Revelation 22:1-6

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.” (Rev. 22:1-6).

  • In the middle of the garden is the throne of God the Father and Jesus the Lamb.
  • The river of the water of life = the refreshing presence of the Lord.
  • The tree of life = bearing twelve fruits, and leaves for the healing of the nations.
  • We will see God’s face, and bear His name. This speaks of intimate friendship.
  • We will reign with Him forever and ever – we are training for reigning on Earth.
  • In the middle of the garden is a throne, and on the throne is Jesus…

3. JESUS: Revelation 22:7-21

  • From beginning to end, Revelation is all about Jesus!

7 Behold, I am coming quickly! (Do you believe that He is coming soon? He made a promise!)

Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” Worship God, repent of sin!

8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” 12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city…

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Rev. 22:7-21).

APPENDIX: SCRIPTURES ON HEAVEN:

  1. Heaven is the dwelling place of God and His angels (Deut. 26:15; Matt. 6:9; Heb. 12:22).
  2. Heaven is the dwelling place of God’s people from earth (Rev. 4-5; Luke 16:22,25; Heb. 12:23).
  3. At death, the human spirit leaves the body (Ecc. 12:2) and goes immediately to heaven or hell (Luke 16:22, Luke 16:22; Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Rev. 6:9-11; Phil. 1:23).
  4. Heaven is an actual place, to and from which Christ (John 1:32; 6:33; Acts 1:2), angels (Matt. 28:2; Rev. 10:1) and in rare circumstances people, even prior to their deaths, have traveled (2 Kings 2:11; 2 Cor. 12:2; Rev. 11:12).
  5. Heaven is consistently referred to as “up” in location (Mark 6:41; Luke 9:51). We do not know whether it is a place “in the heavens” or entirely outside the space/time continuum.
  6. God’s people should long for heaven. This pleases our Lord, who has prepared a place there for us (Heb. 11:13-16; 2 Cor. 5:2). We should be ever-motivated by the anticipation of heaven (Phil. 3:14; 2 Tim. 4:8; Col. 3:1-4).
  7. The redeemed in heaven are described as “shining” and wearing “white robes,” indicating their moral purity and righteousness (Dan. 12:3; Matt. 13:43; Rev. 3:4; 6:11).
  8. Heaven is a place of great joy and pleasures for the redeemed (Psalm 16:11).
  9. The wicked, those whose sins remain uncleansed by the blood of Jesus, will be excluded from heaven (Gal. 5:21; Eph. 5:5; Rev. 22:15).
  10. Heaven’s central draw is our anticipation of being with Jesus (Phil. 1:23).
  11. Heaven holds the promise of our anticipation of ultimate reunion with Christian loved ones who’ve gone before us and will come after us (1 Thes. 4:14-18).
  12. In heaven, we will worship God along with the angels and redeemed people from every race and background (Rev. 4:9-11; 5:11-13; 7:9-12).
  13. In heaven, we will sing praise songs along with all the rest of God’s creation (Rev. 5:13).
  14. In heaven, we will have eternal rewards, permanent possessions and positions which vary from believer to believer (Matt. 6:19-25; 25:20-21; Luke 19:17-19).
  15. Heaven contains some animals (including wolves, lambs, lions, leopards, goats, horses, cows, bears and oxen), (Isaiah 65:25; 11:6-8).

(Several Scriptures in this list are from: What Does the Bible say about Heaven by Randy Alcorn, http://www.epm.com).

CLOSING CHALLENGE:

  • Do you long for the coming of Jesus and Heaven? Are you ready for Heaven?
  • ALTAR CALL FOR SALVATION.

 

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Four Blood Moons: Will Jesus Return on Sept. 28, 2015?

FOUR BLOOD MOONS: WILL JESUS RETURN ON SEPT. 28, 2015?

Well, they’re at it again. The end-times doomsday prophets are crying out again saying, “The sky is falling!” But we shouldn’t be surprised by this – it’s nothing new! For as long as there have been people, there have been doomsday prophets predicting the imminent end of the world. It would almost be laughable if it weren’t for the fact that so many people were being fooled by these chicken littles!

88 Reasons Book Four Blood Moons book Four Blood Moons book 2

Although I didn’t become a Christian until after its release, I remember hearing about a book that came out in the 80’s called: 88 Reasons Why The Rapture Will Be in 1988: The Feast of Trumpets. Amazon.com reports how the author Edgar Whisenant organized over 800 end time prophecies to establish dates and doctrines. Obviously, Jesus didn’t return in 1988. However, that didn’t stop Edgar from writing another book called The Final Shout: Rapture Report 1989. Again, Jesus didn’t come back then. Fortunately, after his first false prophecies failed to come true, fewer people bought the second book. (But sadly, some still did!).

In the 90’s, the end-times prophets were declaring that Operation Desert Storm was the latest Bible prophecy coming to pass, and Saddam Hussein joined the ranks of those terrible world leaders who were branded the Antichrist. From Stalin to Hitler, anytime a wicked world leader rises to power, some doomsday prophet somewhere will label them as the Antichrist. I’ve seen many such so-called Antichrists come and go in the almost-25 years since I became a Christian, but Jesus has yet to return to the Earth.

Some people might wonder why I’m taking the time to respond to the latest fad conspiracy theory about the Four Blood Moons 2014-2015. The reason is simple: I don’t want to see any more Christians deceived by false prophets! When Christians take up the mantle of these charlatans and begin sharing their propaganda, after these dates come and go and Jesus hasn’t returned, the church loses credibility in the eyes of the world. Not only that, but those Christians who genuinely believed the words of these false prophets are discouraged and begin to question the second coming of Jesus altogether.

Let’s examine the latest end-times conspiracy theory about the Four Blood Moons, and then respond to it logically and biblically.

WHAT IS THE FOUR BLOOD MOONS PROPHECY?

“The Blood Moon Prophecy is an idea popularized by Christian pastors John Hagee and Mark Biltz, which states that an ongoing tetrad (a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses) which began with the April 2014 lunar eclipse is a sign of significant things to come. Biltz believes that the Second Coming will coincide with the final eclipse of the tetrad, while Hagee only believes the eclipses are a sign of coming change in the course of history for Israel.

“The Blood Moon Prophecy has quickly gained attention on the Internet after Biltz first proposed it in 2008, and has gained mainstream media attention as the April 15, 2014 lunar eclipse has approached. Despite the attention, few Christians believe the prophecy. It has been criticized by both mainstream Christian sources and secular astronomy blogs. Critics point out that tetrads that correspond with Jewish feasts are not as rare as Hagee and Biltz imply, that the eclipses will not be visible in Israel, and that the Bible also states it is impossible to know when the Second Coming will occur.” (Wikipedia.org).

How did Hagee and Biltz come to the conclusion that this latest series tetrads would herald the second coming of Jesus? Well, they go on to say that in the last 500 years, there were three other significant tetrads that signaled major events in the history of Israel, as follows:

  • 1493-1494 – Jews expelled from Spain, Columbus discovers America
  • 1949-1950 – Israel becomes a nation
  • 1967-1968 – Six Day War (between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria).

Here are the problems with these claims:

1. Jews Expelled from Spain: Tetrads of 1493/94:

Hagee and Biltz claim that this particular tetrad was a warning about the Jews being expelled from Spain. However, if you check the dates, you will discover that the Spanish Inquisition was established in 1478 – 15 years before this tetrad! And even the specific decree that ordered the expulsion was issued in 1492 – a year before the tetrad! How could the tetrad have prophetic significance declaring things to come if it happened after the event? The answer of course is that it can’t. True Bible signs and prophecies declare things that will happen in the future.

2. Israel Becomes a Nation Again: Tetrads of 1949/50:

In this second tetrad, Hagee and Biltz claim that these four lunar eclipses announced a major event for the people of Israel – their becoming a nation again. Again, we have the same problem as with the first tetrad: It was May 14, 1948 when Israel was recognized as a nation state – a year before these so-called four blood moons! How could this tetrad that took place after this event have been a sign? Just because these four lunar eclipses coincidentally happened in a year close to the date Israel became a nation doesn’t mean that God intended it as a sign.

3. The Six Day War: Tetrads of 1967/68:

In this third and final tetrad, Hagee and Biltz say that it coincided with the Six-Day War (June 5-10, 1967) where Israeli forces retook possession of Old Jerusalem. It would have been great to have seen a sign in the heavens then, wouldn’t it? However, the first lunar eclipse in that year happened over six weeks before this event, and the other three followed in the next year and a half. Hardly significant!

In truth, there have been 62 such tetrads since the first century, and eight of them have coincided with the feasts of Passover and Sukkot. Therefore, the fact that these total lunar eclipses happen to fall on these Jewish holidays aren’t as rare as Hagee and Biltz would have us believe.

WHAT ABOUT JOEL 2:31?

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” (Joel 2:31).

Followers of Hagee and Biltz like to quote this verse when defending the idea that the four blood moons is a sign of the second coming of Jesus. Blitz makes the bold statement that Jesus will return during the fourth lunar eclipse in the 2014-2015 tetrads, that being on Sept. 28, 2015! (How he gets around the fact that Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” in Matthew 24:36, I don’t know). But – let’s look at Joel 2:31:

We should note that the Apostle Peter quoted this verse in his first sermon in Acts 2:20, saying that this was one of the signs of the end times. However, it does not say that there will be four blood moons – it only references one. Why – when God has been so specific and detailed in other prophecies in the Bible in the past – would he leave out that important detail with this prophecy? Why leave it vague and ambiguous?

Earlier in Joel 2 (verse 10) the prophet also declares: “The earth quakes before them, The heavens tremble; The sun and moon grow dark, And the stars diminish their brightness.” If you look at the cross reference of this verse in Revelation 6:12-13, it says: “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth…” So in addition to the sun becoming black (possibly a solar eclipse), and the moon becoming like blood (possibly a total lunar eclipse), it says there will be an earthquake, and the stars of heaven will fall to the earth. Where does that fit into this prophetic interpretation? You can’t just pick and choose certain parts of the prophecy and ignore others!

It’s important to note also that Biltz has been wrong in his prophetic predictions before. For example, in 2008 when Biltz began teaching that Jesus would return in the fall of 2015, he said that a seven-year period of tribulation would start in the fall of 2008. However, when that didn’t happen, he took this article off his website, though he continued to teach that Jesus would return in 2015.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

On a science website Earth and Sky, Bruce McClure and Deborah Bird make an interesting observation: “It is somewhat ironic that three of these four lunar eclipses are not visible – even in part – from Israel. The only eclipse that can be seen at all from Israel is the tail end of the September 28, 2015 eclipse, which may be observable for a short while before sunrise.” (http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-blood-moon-lunar-eclipses-2014-2015#tetrad).

I want to make it clear that I do believe that we are living in the end-times, and that the second coming of Jesus is imminent. I also believe that the Bible speaks of heavenly bodies (sun, moon and stars) as being used as prophetic signs. For example, the sun, moon and stars are used in Isaiah 13:10 to the fall of Babylon and in Ezekiel 32:7 to refer to judgment against Egypt. Such imagery is also used to describe the end times. However, nowhere in the Bible will you find any reference to four blood moons as being symbols of any events in the 1400’s, 1900’s, or 2000’s.

A word of caution to those of you who are interested in end-times prophecy: First of all, whenever you hear a teacher or so-called prophet tell you something about the end-times, always make sure you go to the Bible to see if it’s really in there! But that being said, many of these teachers will twist the Scriptures, take it out of context and try to make it mean something it doesn’t. That’s where you need to rely on the Holy Spirit inside of you. If something doesn’t sit right with you, that’s probably the Holy Spirit warning you – don’t ignore that!

If something that’s being taught about the end-times instills fear, worry or anxiety in you, that’s not from God. The Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind (a mind that is at peace). Perfect love casts out all fear. And finally, if any teacher tells you that they know the date of Jesus’ return, you can immediately throw that false prophecy in the trash, reminding yourself of the words of Jesus: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Matthew 24:36).

Jesus is coming soon. He said, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:42-44). Amen! Even so, come Lord Jesus…

*** Remember – you can’t believe everything you read on the internet! ***

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

  • Bible.ca.
  • Biblestudytools.com
  • EarthSky.org.
  • Space.com.
  • Wikipedia.org.
  • Youtube.com.
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The Four Blood Moons Prophecy – 2014 – 2015 – #Bible #endtimes

I know this might offend some people but… when it comes to end times prophecy, let’s stick to the Bible, and leave the latest ridiculous fads alone! “But of that day and hour NO ONE KNOWS, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Matthew 24:36).

See Four Blood Moons: Will Jesus Return on Sept. 28, 2015?

Keep Calm - Four Blood Moons

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The Weekend Funnies – Calvin and Hobbes: low self-esteem

One of the things I like about Bill Waterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes is his incredible witty insight into human nature. Today’s comic is funny… because it’s so true! Is this a sad commentary on the world we’re living in today or what? And… do you know anyone like this?

Calvin & Hobbes - low self esteem and immediate gratification

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2014 Bill Waterson.

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