Unmasking the Mask! Phobia is Being Perpetrated Upon America. Satan’s Scheme to mask Christians is working!

Unmasking the Mask! Phobia is Being Perpetrated Upon America. Satan’s Scheme to mask Christians is working!

Unmasking

Mask Phobia

Tim Buck

“For the scripture says,
You should not muzzle the ox…”

1 Timothy 5:18

I have a confession to make up front about this commentary. As an American who has just celebrated Independence Day, I can barely contain the anger that builds within. It will be a fight with my sin nature to keep that rage contained as I write.

I recently heard one of our two presidential candidates say, “I will do all within my power if elected president to mandate that everyone wears a mask at all times when in public.”

That almost pushed me over the edge!

Dear people, that statement is an example of the degree of attempted controls that are heading our way if this candidate or a candidate they choose to take his place, if he doesn’t make it up out of the basement, wins in November.

At stake is whether we will suffer implementation of governmental dictatorship the founding fathers worked so hard to assure would never come to pass.

The Apostle Paul said,

“Lest Satan should take advantage of us; we are not ignorant of his devices.”

2 Corinthian 2:11

Satan must love the sight of born-gain believers all muzzled up and wearing masks every time they leave home. What a sight! This may be one of the devil’s most successful strategies thus far… the ability to silence believers from preaching the gospel as they go out to mix with the lost world!

And now we see that in California, it’s become illegal to sing songs in church. Imagine that! Satan’s double trouble – silenced from preaching the gospel and silenced from publicly praising the Lord in church worship!

What’s next? I’m not sure but I can guarantee… it’s coming soon!

Satan is also preventing believers from obeying the Lord, “not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25).

With some 50% of the churches still not opened in America, the strength and conviction believers receive from church fellowship and responding to God’s Word is gone and sapping the voice of evangelical Christians in 2020… just what the Devil was hoping for!

If you have health issues or are aging and feel vulnerable, you should wear a mask but if you’re healthy, there’s no need!

Don’t take my word how I feel about masks, which I admit I’m very suspicious of. Listen to some common sense you won’t hear on CNN and take a few minutes to

Watch Dr. Kelly Victory HERE.

So, if President Trump loses in November and the new president – a D.C. swamp creature of the first order – as he has declared, issues an executive order that we all have to wear masks, I have no doubt, we will be wearing masks or will face fines and jail time.

With all that has gone on and all we have been subjected to –both human and demonic, is there any doubt that there are nefarious reasons behind their wanting us to wear masks? Reasons far beyond COVID-19?

Americans are being frightened into believing that a virus that nowhere near exceeds annual flu statistics in terms of numbers of deaths makes it mandatory that we follow government dictates that rob us of our civil liberties one incremental step at a time.

It’s not the democrats but Satan –the father of lies­—who is behind what we are witnessing. I will outline the reasons I say this and the purposes motivating Satan in more detail at our upcoming class July 28.

So, Tim, you are a Bible prophecy pundit, some would accuse. Why are you so into the politics of all this? Believe me, I would rather veg-out, as they say and drink my coffee and watch John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies.

However, you can’t exercise discernment with blinders on or while wearing a mask that enslaves. The Christian in these prophetic times should put down the coffee, the romance movies and even the documentaries and study the Word and Watch, as the Lord instructed us to do (Mark 13:34-37).

The same evil operatives that brought us the Russian Coup d’état Hoax and the Impeachment Hoax are now the same ilk that would dictate that we will wear masks because of an enormously exaggerated virus.

These lawless ones will use the anarchy, arson, tearing down of America, and yes, even the so-called Coronavirus pandemic, in order to diminish God’s Word and establish the godless country they crave over God-fearing people.

Bible prophecy is the unmasking of this evil. God, Himself, has ripped the mask from Satan’s plot throughout the prophetic word in places like Psalms chapter 2, Zechariah chapters 12-14 and throughout Daniel and Revelation.

The first warning Jesus gave about the last days was to,

“make sure that no one deceives you”

(Mt. 24:4).

That means these are the days of great deception where people will call right, wrong, and unknowingly believe in lies (2 Thess. 2:11). These are times we must be cautious. Don’t follow the crowd. Be a slow joiner!

God warned us about all this and has given us true transparency in the Word about what we would be facing at the end of the church age.

The more that is revealed through observing these times, the more I’m looking for Jesus and listening for the rapture Trumpet to sound! How about you?

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess. 4: 16-18)

NEW TEACHING: What Are The Book Ends Of The Church Age?

NEW TEACHING: What Are The Book Ends Of The Church Age?

What Are the ‘Bookends’ of
The Church Age?

Tim Buck

Special Teaching

(10 Minutes)

(This would make a good first chapter of a book)

Overlapping of Israel and the Church

Did you know the church has a beginning and an end? Can you guess what they are?

As the title suggests, I want to discuss the start and the end of the church-age. That may not seem like a ‘hot-button’ topic but in the discussion of the end times today there’s confusion about this which prevents people from fully understanding God’s purposes in the last days.

The idea of the Old Testament and Israel overlapping with the New Testament and the church runs throughout the book of Acts. In Acts we see God moving Israel off the stage and bringing the church into play.

Now today, we see this happening in reverse, as the church age winds down, and we find ourselves living in the shadow of the Tribulation with God, once again, working with the nation of Israel.

Imagine this Image

Picture you are standing in ocean water up to your knees, as the strong wave coming in is washing over you. At the same time you feel the outgoing force of a previous wave pulling your feet out. The waves overlap each other as one comes in and the other goes out. So it is with the overlapping stories of Israel and the church.

Transition… From Old to New

The argument could be made that the church-age began while overlapping the Old Testament, Mosaic dispensation and will end overlapping it again into the 7-year Tribulation.

By overlapping I mean God was working simultaneously on His distinct plans for Israel and His distinct plans for the church.

Keep Israel and the Church Separate

One of the common mistakes with interpreting prophecy is to mix up God’s plans for Israel and the church. These two institutions are distinct and remain separate throughout the bible.

We see this even in the New Jerusalem where, after the end of all things, Israel’s 12 tribes are written on the twelve gates (Rev. 21:12-13) and the 12 church Apostles names are written on the 12 foundations (Rev. 21:14). God’s memory and plans for both Israel and the church continue throughout eternity.

So these two institutions overlapped during the birth of the church in the first century and are starting to overlap once again, now, at the end of the church-age.

Throughout the church-age, Israel lives under God’s judicial blindness (Rom. 11:25) as punishment for rejecting their Messiah. Their veil of blindness will not be lifted until after the rapture when God once again turns His attention back to His chosen people.

First Mention of the Church

The first mention of the church is in Math. 16:18 where Jesus declares He is both its architect and builder. But when he mentions this to the disciples, there’s good reason to believe they had little idea of what the church was about or what it would become.

That is because God did not reveal the doctrine of the church until much later when He chose to reveal it to the Apostle Paul, not the 12 apostles. It was Paul who would become the “Apostle to the Gentiles.”

Until Paul’s teaching in the church epistles, the concept of the church remained unknown and described as a “mystery kept hidden from ages past” (Eph. 3:1-7; Col.1:25-27).

The First Bookend (Pentecost)

The official birth of the church took place on the day of Pentecost with the coming of the Holy Spirit, by whom the Lord began baptizing believers into His body… the church (1 Cor. 12:13). Today, at the moment of salvation, all believers are spiritually baptized into Christ’s body forming His church.

Paul’s teaching about this and his doctrine on the church was given to him directly by Jesus (Gal. 1:12-17; 1 Thess. 4:15) and Paul began to explain and write about church doctrine beginning with his letter to the Galatians some 20 years after Pentecost.

During those early years of the church-age is when we see the transition period from the old covenant to the new covenant taking place.

In contrast, it seems we are now living in the transition period at the end of the church-age with God turning His focus back to Israel and preparing the church to move off the stage to usher in the Tribulation (Mt. 24:21).

In scripture, this period is also referred to as “Daniels 70th week” (Dan. 9:27) and ”the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) because the 7-year period belongs to the Old Testament dispensation about Israel (Dan. 9:24).

This is one good reason why our focus should be on Israel today, NOT AMERICA! As we transition through the end of the church-age, Israel is back in play and becoming the center of God’s end-time plans.

The Last Bookend (Rapture)

The official end of the church age is the rapture and resurrection of the church (1Thess. 4:13-18). This glorious day is for all Jews and Gentiles who have become believers since Pentecost.

At the LAST TRUMP (1 Cor. 15:51-52), saints who have died since Pentecost will return to earth with Jesus and be resurrected into their glorified bodies like His glorious body (1 Jn. 3:2).

After which, all living saints will be ‘caught up’ (raptured) together to meet the Lord in the air! For the first time, the church will be complete and be in the ‘Father’s house,’ all at the same time… with Jesus. Paul makes it clear we will recognize each other when we gather in the clouds with our fellow saints (1 Thess. 2:18-20).

Once in heaven, it’s time to celebrate as the church-bride is married to Christ and our eternal relationship is sealed in our heavenly wedding. During our 7-year stay in heaven, the church will be married to Christ at the marriage of the lamb (Rev. 19:17-19) just prior to returning to earth with Him at His Second Coming.

Transition… From the New, partially back to Old

While the church is rejoicing in heaven, back on earth, God’s plans for Israel pick up through a short transition period allowing for the rise of Antichrist and the confirming of his peace treaty with Israel which marks the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation.

At the start of the Tribulation, God does something only He can do by sending His two powerful witnesses, Elijah and Moses, (Mal. 4:4-6) back to Israel.

At that moment, since the rapture removed all believers to heaven, these two men are the only witnesses on earth. In the power of the Holy Spirit, these two servants oversee the building of Israel’s temple (Rev. 11) and spark the greatest spiritual revival in Israel’s history.

Interestingly, there is serious pressure inside Israel today to build the temple. Israel’s most powerful religious body, the Sanhedrin, is calling for the construction of the Temple and Orthodox Jews, seated as part of Israel’s Knesset, are repeatedly calling for the building of the temple on the temple mount.

The temple furniture, priesthood and details of Israel’s sacrificial system are being prepared today by the Temple Institute in Jerusalem.

Living in the Shadow of the Tribulation

The big picture to keep in mind here is that all these end time activities related to Israel are happening now under the watchful eye of the church indicating we are living in the shadow of the Tribulation. Hallelujah! “Look up; Lift up your heads, your redemption is coming closer” (Lk. 21:28).

Most importantly, in fulfillment of His promises, God will begin lifting the veil from Israel’s eyes (Rom. 11:25). And what does He use to reach Israel? The teaching tool God uses to illustrate Jesus is messiah will be the animal sacrifices being offered on the new brazen altar on the Temple Mount (Dan. 9:27).

Why is this so effective? Because Israel understands the sacrificial system and the gospel of Christ’s death on the cross is clearly portrayed by the slaughtered lamb and because ‘there’s power in the blood!’

Moses and Elijah will begin connecting the dots for the Jewish people by preaching Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world (Jn. 1:29). Like Peter’s preaching at the temple on the day of Pentecost where thousands were saved (Acts 2:41), the preaching of the two witnesses at the temple spark a mighty, end-time, spiritual awakening in Israel.

With the church removed, the Jewish people finally begin recognizing Jesus is the one “whom they pierced” (Zech. 12:10). God, in His own perfect time and by His own power, will sovereignly act to save Israel fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy (Isa. 59:20-21) which is then quoted by Paul (Rom. 11:25-27):

25 For… you should not be ignorant of this mystery… that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27 For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.

In wrapping up Paul’s teaching on Israel and the Church in Romans 11, Paul concludes by saying,

33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33).

21 To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:21)

Preaching Half the Gospel. Where’s the Rest of the Story?

Preaching Half the Gospel. Where’s the Rest of the Story?

 

We find ourselves in the generation before the return of the LORD when clarity is needed concerning end times events.

I recently heard someone use the term 1/2 Gospel and it gave a name to a trend I feel needs to be exposed in these last days as we are nearing the return of Jesus.

It is popular in the church today to place all the emphasis on Christ’s first coming and to deemphasize teaching on Christ’s second coming. But the first coming of Christ was not the whole story.

We learn this from the content of the Apostolic Gospel which the disciples preached after Jesus ascended to heaven.  Shortly after Christ’s ascension, we see Peter’s sermon in Acts 3:18-21 where he includes the return of Jesus as a central theme of his gospel message.

The underlined portions below are referring to the return of Jesus and the Millennial Kingdom,

But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing (Millennial Kingdom) may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,  whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration (Millennial Kingdom) of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

In Peter’s classic message he included the return of Jesus and the Millennial Kingdom as motivation to repent and be saved. That’s missing today! Jesus has a lot more to do that’s being left out of today’s preaching.

In Acts 1:9-11, Luke records the angel speaking who also used the return of Jesus to motivate and encourage the apostles,

Now when He (Jesus) had spoken these things, while they (the apostles) watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

1/2 Gospel preaching leaves out the teaching and preaching of the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Second Coming, and Christ’s glorious Millennial Kingdom. Churches and pastors have been guilty of preaching 1/2 the gospel for so many years now that today’s church has very little idea of what these topics mean. That’s so sad because prophecy brings real relevance to our times.

I think if Jesus was giving a review of the last day’s church to this generation, he would have to say, “I have this against you…you have only preached 1/2 the gospel, you have not told the people about MY return and you’ve held back the rest of MY story!”

The opportunity to preach the Gospel is not the issue. Through the internet and social media, people are being reached all over the world. The issue is that men seem to be fearful of “turning off” their audience and scaring them away. Too bad! We need a revival of preaching the whole gospel and shouting it from the rooftops!

Jesus Christ, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS is returning!!

To make sure we got the message, God gave us the book of Revelation which is the “revealing” of Jesus Christ, so we would know and be ready! But the church is too busy doing the “contemporary thing” and being applauded by their peers. All the while this great book is supposed to be read studied and obeyed so we can give Jesus His proper praise and glory (Rev. 1:3),

And he said to me (John), “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. (Rev. 22:10)

The verse about Jesus knocking on the door in Revelation 3:20 is often misinterpreted as Jesus knocking on the door of your heart. But in context, it’s talking about Jesus knocking on the door of the church of Laodicea. Why is that? Because the church is so busy it often leaves Him out.

Today’s contemporary church with all its programs, nuances and watered-down preaching is leaving out the coming King,

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Rev. 3:20)

The so-called “religious people” missed the First Coming of Jesus and the so-called “religious” people of today are ignoring His Second Coming!

Believers Wake up! The time is drawing near! Jesus is coming!

Are you ready? Are you waiting? Are you watching?

Will you receive the “crown of righteousness” reserved for those who love His appearing?

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Tim. 4:8)

At His first coming, Jesus was a lamb, but when He comes the second time, He will be the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. He will come back to Israel to bring judgment on the earth, to redeem His chosen people, and to set up His Millennial Kingdom.

These teachings are needed today more than ever. Please pray for your church and pastor that he might get back to the preaching of the Apostles with the whole gospel, not 1/2 Gospel; a gospel that includes the blessed return of the LORD Jesus Christ,

He who testifies to these things says, Surely I am coming quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Rev. 22:20)

The Age of Grace

The Age of Grace

What Happens When the Age of Grace Ends?

According to the Bible, we live in the age of grace. God is withholding His judgment because He does not want anyone to perish. But someday the period of grace will suddenly be over and it will be time to “pay the fine” for the wages of sin.

The Rapture of the Church will end the church-age and in the “twinkling of an eye,” the age of grace will be history. Gone Forever.

There will be no more pastors, no more elders, no more deacons and no more church services. They’ll be no more opportunity to give or serve in the church because the church-age and the age of Grace will vanish!

It began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) with the arrival of the Holy Spirit and it will end on the day of the Rapture as the Holy Spirit’s influence is removed by the rapture of the church (2 Thess. 2).

When that happens, it indicates God’s patience has run out and two things will occur. His grace will get replaced with a delusional spirit that assures man’s damnation and all the world is thrust into the age of His Wrath (2 Thess. 2:11-12).

Some might ask, “how can a loving God destroy the whole world?” It’s called justice.

We live in a very twisted world as you know, a world where everything is reversed. Dark has been substituted for light. Evil has been substituted for good. Bitterness has substituted for sweetness, to borrow the words of the prophet Isaiah (5:20).

In our twisted world, special categories of sin have become civil rights, and the most perverse iniquities are lauded as virtues.

But much like Noah’s day, God’s justice will intervene to punish man’s rebellion. That punishment will fall swiftly on this unsuspecting world in the coming 7-Year Tribulation.

The world’s first taste of God’s punishment and wrath comes at the hands of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

When it’s time for these four horses to move out, the voice in heaven invites the Apostle John to investigate them by saying, “Come and see.”

Why You And Your Church Should Take Prophecy Seriously

Why You And Your Church Should Take Prophecy Seriously

Why is prophecy important in your life as a Christian and in the life of your church?

Bible prophecy is one of the most ignored topics in churches today! Many churches shy away from even mentioning “Bible Prophecy” often calling it “unnecessarily divisive.”

It is concerning that churches don’t take prophecy seriously. The very fact that God has revealed so many details about events to come in both testaments tells us that it is important.  At the center of biblical prophecy is the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). Not only should we be interested in prophetic events, we should be looking for our Savior, with whom we will spend eternity.

How did we get here? How is it that we’ve arrived in the end times, when clarity is needed the most and we find the genre of prophecy “off limits” or “too controversial” to be preached and taught in our churches?

I suspect Satan is somewhat proud of this accomplishment. At a critical time when the church is most vulnerable the study of “things to come” is nowhere to be found in the pulpits of our churches.

This shows how far away we find ourselves from the days of Jehoshaphat’s revival in 2 Chron. 20:20, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.”

Why do churches neglect the serious study of Bible prophecy? It’s fair to say that one issue is complexity. There are many prophetic details in the Bible to work through and harmonize. Scholars estimate the bible contains 27% predictive prophecy. So there is hard work to do formulating a biblical understanding in this area.

That said, we are warned not to neglect prophecy for two reasons. First, prophecy acts like a light in the darkness (2 Peter 1:19) and second, since it’s part of scripture it’s profitable to study (1 Tim. 4:16; 2 Tim. 3:16). A second issue lies at the door of today’s bible colleges and seminaries who, for the most part, offer little to no theological training in the area of biblical eschatology.

Over the last 25 years, the majority of bible training institutions have opted to simply overlook the subject. What little training is offered usually focuses on explaining the different views of prophecy leaving students to make up their own minds on a complex topic they’ve never been taught!

So today’s pastors graduate absent an understanding of prophecy and avoid it like the plague. Without being grounded with a pre-millennial foundation, pastors simply don’t know what to believe and once in the ministry, it’s too late and too time consuming to figure it out. I know pastors who have never preached about bible prophecy from the pulpit because they fail to see the relevance of the book of Revelation in everyday life.

A third reason might be the knee-jerk reaction that some have to not be linked with those who have abused bible prophecy. Our generation has seen its share of false teachers making outrageous predictions.

There are those who have become obsessed with offering a date for Jesus’ return, or treating every current event as fulfillments of Bible prophecy. So some people have swung away from the abuse of prophecy to no interest at all. That’s like throwing the baby out with the bath water.  None of these are good reasons to avoid the study of prophecy.

Maybe you’ve avoided the study of prophecy because it seems too difficult.
God has promised spiritual blessings for studying and heeding prophecy. Here are 7 reasons why you and your church should take prophecy seriously:

1. Prophecy is a Major Part of the Christian Storyline
As the single largest topic in scripture, we can safely conclude the Bible is a book of prophecy playing a major part of the Bible’s story. By “story,” I’m talking about the narrative of the Christian worldview. Since Christianity is rooted in history and real historical events, God’s story includes past, present, and future events. All should be taught.

The church should not ignore prophetic events just because they’re not popular in our culture. Future events complete the story—events such as the rapture, the Day of the Lord, the Second Coming, the Millennium, and the Eternal State play out the victorious future for all believers. To avoid discussion of prophecy is to avoid an important part of the Christian worldview.

2. Prophecy was Important to Jesus
Jesus was a prophet! As such, our Lord prophesied throughout His ministry and extensively quoted Old Testament prophets in His teaching and preaching ministry.  Christ’s longest sermon appears in three gospels in Mathew 24-25; Mark 13 and Luke 21 which is also His longest prophecy about the end times.  Right in the middle of this prophecy, Jesus stops and says, “Behold, I have told you everything ahead of time.” Mark 13:23. That gives us pause to think.

Jesus abruptly stops to frame his lengthy prophetic message with something we often forget. Jesus was God and only God knows the future!  By stopping to remind us this was prophecy, Jesus reveals how important prophecy was to his teaching ministry.  Earlier in this same sermon, in the midst of delivering his prophecy about Antichrist, Jesus again paused to offer a remark. This time he offered a prayer and says, “let the reader understand” (Mt. 24:15).  This one also gives us pause to think. Jesus stopped and prayed for us to understand Bible prophecy! Why would he do that? Because Jesus knows the value of prophecy and wants us to understand it.

3. We are called to teach the whole Bible
There are large sections of Scripture devoted to prophecy, many of which still need to be fulfilled from our current standpoint.

For example the events of Ezekiel 36–48 still need to occur. In the New Testament passages like Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; much of Luke 21; 1 Thess. 4-5; 2 Thess. 1-2; 2 Peter 3; Revelation 6-22 describe events that still need to happen. We cannot ignore these passages. Paul says in Acts 20:27, “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.”

If your church does not teach what the Bible says about the future, the whole counsel of God is not being taught.

4. People are interested in the future
Christians are interested in what the future holds. But if we do not teach what the bible says about prophecy, we are denying important biblical information for those who want to know what the Bible has to say about the future.  As believers who understand bible prophecy, we are holding a major source of hope that the Lord wants every Christian to have.

5. Prophecy motivates believers to serve the Lord
Prophecy changes our lives because what we do now impacts our future. Paul viewed everything he did in light of his standing before Jesus someday. In 2 Timothy 4:7-8 he said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

6. Prophecy has a purifying effect on the life of the believer
Prophecy is meant to transform our lives in the present. Why should we live sensibly, righteously and godly? Because Jesus is coming again.

1 John 3:2-3 states, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

James 5:8-9 also says, “You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.” The study of biblical eschatology is a motivation for godly living.

7. Prophecy gives us perspective on the troubles and trials of this age
We live in a fallen and tragedy-soaked world. Evil seems to triumph. Without Jesus there is no hope but the Christian has the hope of resurrection and the restoration of all things (1 Cor. 15:20-28Acts 3:21). Romans 8:18 states, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

The coming of Jesus and the restoration of all things are future realities that give Christians hope and the joyful realization that the turmoil’s and trials of this age will not last forever. Righteousness and goodness win in the end.

Christians need to hear a prophetic message of hope and encouragement from the pulpit more often!

Kingdom Rewards for the Church

Kingdom Rewards for the Church

One important purpose of the Millennial Kingdom relates to a promise God made to the Church. The Lord promised that church-age believers will be given authority to rule and reign with Christ, on this earth, when He returns to set up His Kingdom.

 

No one spoke more about Kingdom rewards for believers than Jesus. No one warned more about missing Kingdom rewards than Jesus.

And Jesus taught that how we serve him today is a prerequisite for a greater position of service in the Kingdom.

The Lord’s promise to reward the church with worldwide dominion will be fulfilled during the Millennium. That is what Jesus was referring to in the Sermon on the Mount when He said, “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth” (Mt. 5:5).

What we do for Christ in this age has consequences in the next age. God rewards our faithfulness, even in the little things we do. Faithfulness today will be rewarded with greater responsibilities in the Millennium.

Jesus will reign as king from Mt. Zion in Jerusalem (Isa. 24:23; Zech. 14:9). The Redeemed, in their glorified bodies, will help Him reign by serving as rulers, administrators, judges, and spiritual tutors to those who enter the kingdom in the flesh — and to their children (Dan. 7:18,27; Jer. 3:15; Lk. 19:11-17).

This promise was also made by the prophet Daniel in the following words: Then the sovereignty, the dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One. (Dan. 9:27).

In the New Testament, Paul made the promise in the simplest of terms: “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him” (2 Tim. 2:12).

Lastly, Jesus affirmed the promise to the church at Thyatira: “He who overcomes… I will give authority over the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron…” (Rev. 2:26-27).

Are you serving the Master with your whole heart today? Time is limited and the hour is late.

We need to be busy about the Father’s business.