It has been some time since I have written. This is because I am learning to write only when prompted, and then, to write only about those things I am told to write. Please understand, I do not consider myself … Continue reading
Recently, I heard a very well known radio talk show host tell his audience not to worry about the meaning of words. It shocked me for two reasons. First, this host is well known for telling his audience that “Words … Continue reading
I contribute to a political blog. In fact, it is where I got my start in blogging. I have posted less and less pure political commentary here on the OYL, but I share this now because I thought you might find this post of interest:
If you think of yourself as ‘Conservative,’ I beg you to read this post — all of it, to the end. However, I’ll warn you now, it will be difficult to read and harder to accept. Still, not only do you need to read what I have to say to you, but you also need to give it some very serious thought, because the people you think of as ‘Conservative leaders’ have been lying to you. They have helped to cause the mess we’re in, and now they are turning on anyone who refuses to sleep with them in the filthy bed that they have made. Worse, they are trying to get you to join them in their treason. So, please, I beg you, read and consider my words.
One of the most difficult aspects to the Christian faith is the notion of the Trinity. Our Jewish brothers and sisters really get tripped up on this. They do not see it in the Old Testament. However, once you understand … Continue reading
In my last post, I explained some of the symbolic language used in Scripture, and how to realize when Scripture is actually defining that symbolism. There is one last piece of the symbolic language of prophecy we need to discuss … Continue reading
As I said in my last post, much of the Bible is written to conceal God’s Truths from those who would take it lightly. Jesus told us not to cast our pearls before swine. Well, by teaching in parables, He … Continue reading
The Bible speaks to us in many different literary forms. Some of the time, it speaks in plain language. At other times, it speaks to us through poetry. There are also times when it speaks to us in figurative or … Continue reading
A brother and good friend of mine posted something on his Face Book page today, and it caused me a great deal of trouble — until after I had obeyed the Lord and written the second of a two-part post … Continue reading
A WORD OF CAUTION: This post is not intended for new believers. It is meant for those who are already used to chewing ‘tough meat.’ If you do not immediately understand that reference, you might want to seriously consider skipping … Continue reading
This is the 9th post in a series I am writing about end times prophecies in the Bible. If you would like to read the earlier posts, the series starts here. The last thing we have to discuss before we … Continue reading
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This is the 9th post in a series I am writing about end times prophecies in the Bible. If you would like to read the earlier posts, the series starts here. The ancient Hebrew language was very different from its … Continue reading
Most believers are familiar with the words of John 1:1-5: “In the beginning there was the Word.” Today, we understand ‘The Word‘ to mean Jesus, but I fear we have lost a great deal of John’s original meaning. It isn’t … Continue reading
This is the 8th post in a series I am writing about end times prophecies in the Bible. If you would like to read the earlier posts, the series starts here. The culture of the ancient Hebrews has all but … Continue reading
This is the seventh post in a series I am writing about end times prophecies in the Bible. If you would like to read the earlier posts, the series starts here. Having written a six-post introduction to my series on … Continue reading
This is the sixth post in a series I am writing about end times prophecies in the Bible. If you have not read the previous five posts, STOP! DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER! It is imperative that, before you read … Continue reading
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BUT NO MORE! This nation has been conquered! And the American people cheered while they watched it happened!
This is the fifth post in a series I am writing about end times prophecies in the Bible. If you have not read the previous four posts, STOP! DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER! It is imperative that, before you read any further in this post, you go back to the first post and start reading — for your own sake, not mine.
“The folly of interpreters has been to foretell times and things by this prophecy [Revelation], as if God designed to make them prophets. By this rashness they have not only exposed themselves, but brought the prophecy also into contempt. The design of God was much otherwise. He gave this and the prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify men’s curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event, and his own providence, not the interpreters’, be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of things predicted many ages before will then be a convincing argument that the world is governed by Providence.”
– Sir Isaac Newton (yes, that Isaac Newton)
Whether one is a believer or not, the Bible is not something to be taken lightly, especially when dealing with prophecy. For the non-believer, if the Bible is approached with a sincere and earnest desire to learn, it can and will help you find the Lord. But if the non-believer is disrespectful of the Scriptures, they can cause themselves to dis miss their only hope for eternal salvation. Likewise, if the believer has a solid understanding of prophecy, and they use it properly, it can be a powerful tool for helping the non-believer to come to the Lord. But if the believer does not have a solid understanding, or uses prophecy in the wrong way, not only might they place a permanent wall between the non-believer and the Lord, they may actually weaken or destroy their own faith. Therefore, before we start taking our new look at end times prophecies in the Bible, I want to offer a few words of caution and some guidelines to help us avoid misinterpretation and even the causing of harm. Continue reading
This might sound obvious to most, but — surprisingly — it doesn’t seem to be the case. How many people think that Revelation must be mythology because of the beasts it describes? How many believers actually insist we will see … Continue reading
WHY STUDY PROPHECY? When the non-believer reads prophecy, all they usually see is a bunch of fanciful, vaguely worded stories that can be interpreted to mean nearly anything. Consequently, they dismiss prophecy as foolishness. Sadly, many believers also dismiss prophecy. … Continue reading