(Part 20) End Time is one contiguous event – Revelation Chapter 12

The object in your mirror is nearer than it appears

Verses 3-4: The “dragon” is identified as Satan (in verse 9). His “red” color shows his murderous character (compare John 8:44). His “seven heads” and “seven crowns” depict the completeness and universality of his power and influence (but compare Psalm 74:14). His “ten horns” show Satan’s connection with the fourth beast (of Daniel 7:7, 24), and with the Beast from the sea (in chapter 13:1-10 of Revelation). The “third part of the stars of heaven” are the fallen angels who followed Satan in his original rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel. 28:12-16; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). At the time of the birth of Christ, Satan was ready to kill Him (compare Matthew 2:13-18).

Revelation 12:3 “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.”

Great Red Dragon”: The woman’s (Israel’s) mortal enemy is the Red Dragon, Satan. He appears as a dragon 13 times in this book. Red speaks of bloodshed (John 8:44) just as does the red horse in the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

We see here “ten horns” which symbolize an identifiable world power. We can assume these world powers oppose Christians, Jews, and those who rebel against their rule.

Seven heads … ten horns … seven crowns”: Figurative language depicting Satan’s world influence. (Daniel 7:7, 20, 24). Satan has and will rule the world until the seventh trumpet blows (Revelation 11:15). He continuously seeks to destroy the descendants of Jacob whose offspring are the promise of Abraham (Daniel 8:24). He desired to kill the woman (Israel) before she could bring forth the child (Jesus) through the Tribe of Judah. The crucifixion has happened. Satan now seeks to devour souls taking as many as possible with him to eternal doom.

These seven are heads of evil governments. This world power through these earthly kingdoms comes from Satan himself via antichrist. The ten horns are likely a reflection of reflection of the Old Roman Empire. Like it has always been, there will also be those who cause trouble for him even outside of Israel or believers.

His ten horns show Satan’s connection with the fourth beast (Daniel 7:7, 24), and with the Beast from the sea i.e., identified within the population of the world in Revelation 13.

Revelation 12:4 “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman, which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”

The third part of the stars of heaven”: Satan’s original rebellion (Isaiah 14:12), resulted in one-third of the angelic host joining his insurrection. Note that angels are often identified as stars. What raises legitimate curiosity is how Satan (then called Lucifer) could convince 1/3 of heaven’s angels to follow him. We do not know the answer to this. We call these fallen angels, “demons”. They serve Satan and play an important role in the judgments of the Tribulation. Demons are spirits!

Devour her child”: Unable to prevent the virgin birth of Christ, Satan tried to kill the child in a general massacre of male children commanded by Herod (Matthew 2:13-18). Study Note: Satan himself could not destroy the baby child, Jesus. Satan wanted to prevent the “man-child” from accomplishing his mission, God’s plan of salvation through the blood of Jesus. How do we know this? Jesus did die as a man on the cross at Calvary. Satan tried to prevent the cross, not Jesus himself.

Satan used Herod to try to kill Jesus. That was not God’s plan, so Jesus was protected until the time of the cross. The birth of the church comes through Jesus. Satan has tried to devour or compromise it ever since. Being religious is not a true believer. Scripture repeatedly says that judgment will be according to man’s works (O.T.: Proverbs 24:12; Jeremiah 17:10; 32:19; N.T.: Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:6; 14:12; Revelation. 2:23; 22:12)

 Verses 5-6: The “man-child” is Jesus Christ. He will rule all nations from Jerusalem as the Messiah (Revelation 19:15; Psalm 2:7-9). The “wilderness” represents anywhere outside Palestine. During the last half of the Tribulation period (1,260 days, or three and a half years), Israel will take refuge where God will care for his chosen. Chronologically (verse 6 probably occurs after verses 7-12). It is parallels verse 14.

Revelation 12:5 “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne.”

KNOWLEDGE NOTE: (understanding the sequence of Revelation 12:5) Jesus was born the man child. In the Millennial age, he will set up his kingdom on earth. Before this, Jesus ascended from the Mt. of Olives returning to heaven to wait for the time assigned by God the Father for him to return setting his feet on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. The throne identified in Revelation 12:5 is on the right hand of God the Father in Heaven.

During Jesus’ earthly, Millennium Kingdom, his iron rod rule is not the end judgment. It is the setting up of his earthly kingdom. Satan is bound with no earthly influence. When a man or woman sins during the Millennial Kingdom, it sets the stage for the End Time Great White Throne judgment. To sin against the rule of Jesus is part of the judgment at the Great White Throne. The “Rod” sets the conditions for the world during the Millennial Reign. In other words, the ROD distinguishes between right and wrong. It reinforces right and punishes wrong (Zechariah 14:18).

Rev. Dr. Jstark

(Part 19) End Time is one contiguous event – Being Prepared (Knowledge)

Matthew 23:30-39

Many modern-day believers neither know what to expect as End Time nears nor how to test the “spirits” before and during the Tribulation. We will discuss a few of these topics today. Bear it in mind that with 400,000 plus churches in America, why is the truth of simultaneous culture and Bible history not being taught? History without including the actuality of the Bible and Christianity is selective for a reason. Satan loves religion but does not want Christianity.

Today from Matthew 23 we pick it up from where we left off in our previous blog…verses 30 through 39. Verse 30 is a conclusion of verse 29… The Scribes and Pharisees issue in this chapter concludes similarly as does American politics. They can say bitter things about a politician of opposing political views, but upon one or the other’s death, their comments sound like the deceased was a treasured political leader. Jesus is saying the same about the scribes and Pharisees as they regard the prophets of old. They opposed them when living but whitewash their views at the tombs of murdered prophets or deceased politicians.

Today we would call the response of false and fervent religious leader teachings a gaff. Jesus told these religious leaders Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.” How are these religious hypocrites identified by Jesus as caught in a major gaff? They have just admitted their fathers, the former religious leaders of the Temple and Israel, as being what Jesus identifies as hypocrites. Then he points out that these sons of hypocrites have the same practice. Jesus says that this will be their continued practice…right up and into the End Time Tribulation. Therefore, what will be so brutal to Israelis during the Tribulation, is an “it must happen” situation. Nothing else has or will shake them (Israelis) from their customs and disregard for our and THEIR Messiah.

What about believers? This is a tough thing to write as in admit.

Customary “worship” services end up with pulpit and bible study classes being little more than rehashes of the Bible stories instead of the HIS-tory surrounding Bible content and explaining how the two elements are concurrent. Secular and biblical histories are not exclusive of one another. They are simultaneous events.

Going back to our opening sentences, a primary question is, how does one know the difference between guiding spirits? People have been duped into thinking there is no such thing. This is Satan at work. If he can convince people there is no such thing, then in one’s mind, there is no such thing. This shuts out the Holy Spirit. The question to be asked of anyone suggesting a contrary religious view: “is Jesus Christ the only begotten son of God?” If a spirit leads one to think Jesus is a religion, not a real thing, it is Satan or his minions.

At end-time as is true today many will believe in spirits, but not the Holy Spirit. Many will see, in End Times, these spirits as something to be worshiped. This is PRECISELY Satan’s goal since day one. In End Time Tribulation, Satan (Dragon #1) will cause through his antichrist (Dragon #2), false prophet, and man-made idol to command that all must worship Satan or be killed. This is a proxy command meaning it comes from Satan but through another one’s voice i.e., a third party, a proxy. This is addressed in chapter 24 of Matthew. This too has been referred to in a previous ahabiblemoment article. It will be the midpoint of the Tribulation of Israel when Satan declares himself as a god to be worshiped at the expense of one’s life. This is not JUST believers or Israelis. It is ANYONE who does not bow a head to him or take the *mark of the beast.

*Revelation 16:2 and 19:20 cite the “Mark of the Beast” as a sign that identifies those who worship the beast out of the sea ( Revelation 13:1 )

Matthew 23:34,35 explains that Jesus is not only talking about those religious leaders who had already murdered prophets but that those he will send, such as the disciples will be murdered. Their rejection is not of the prophets but of Jesus as the Messiah. When will all this end? When Israel is backed into a corner from which there is no escape other than the intervention of the same Messiah they will continue to reject up to and into most of the 7-year Tribulation of End Time. Zechariah is the one to whom Jesus refers in Matthew 23:35.

*Zechariah son of [his father] Berekiah, the son of Iddo [his grandfather]. 

Matthew 23:36 needs explanation. It reads in the NKJV: Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.” Who is: “this generation?” For an answer go to verse 39. for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘BLESSED is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” When will God’s elect (Israel) say blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord? At the end of the Tribulation. This is Jesus. This is the generation upon which End Time consequences of a history that continually rejects Christ will be completed.

Matthew 23:37 is often read without knowledge that its content IS ITS CONTEXT. “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem…” Why the redundancy of the name Jerusalem? The word or name is not analogous or a stand-in for including the church of gentile and Israeli believers. People so often confuse the name Jewish as indistinguishable to a denomination called Judaism…a religion. It means those who descend from the twelve tribes of Israel/Jacob. Therefore, to whom this passage identifies as Jerusalem is those who were given Jerusalem by the edict of God…Israelis. Those who descended from the twelve Tribes of Israel. Note this does not include the church. They are already in the rapture either before or at the midpoint in the 7-year Tribulation. Jacob’s Trouble begins at the 3 ½ year mid-point of the Tribulation when the antichrist sets himself to be worshiped in the rebuilt Temple.

Verse 39 is powerful per end time because it is THE END TIME event. Israel will be in such dire circumstances that it will take the direct intervention of God/Jesus to keep them from total elimination. This has been and continues to be Satan’s goal. We know this from the passage found way back in Genesis 3:15. Satan we know as the snake and the one crushing the head of the snake is birthed through Israel (Jesus). Note the gender change in Genesis 3:15. Jesus is birthed through the Tribe of Judah. Jesus is the offspring that will crush the head of the serpent Satan.

Genesis 3:15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

The woman is not a reference to Eve who was being deceived by Satan in the Garden of Eden. It is a reference to a future Israel. Satan despises their existence. They are God’s elect as in the chosen. He is not! They are not the exclusive light on a hillside to the world or exclusive to a salvation that is theirs and theirs alone. They are God’s chosen who failed to be as God commanded…the light on a hillside to the world.

When will Israel finally say in earnest “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” It will be at the end of the Tribulation period when massive forces from all nations surround Israel with no escape.

New American Standard Bible: For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be taken, the houses plundered, the women raped, and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be eliminated from the city (Zechariah 14:2).

Rev Dr. Jstark

(Part 18) End Time is one contiguous event – End Time Hypocrisy

The reason Israel will go through the Tribulation.

Matthew 23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. [NKJV]

This verse is relevant today and more so as we near the time of the Tribulation. Like it or not, just as death is appointed for mankind, we are nearer End Time than yesterday or two minutes ago. To address some readers’ curiosity, End Time does not have a beginning date. Conditions on earth will move into it gradually. BUT…It does have an ending date!

We do know the recognition date of the End Time. This is when the abomination of desolation is globally exposed. It will be on purpose. The Antichrist will declare on the floors and in the sanctuary of the rebuilt Jewish Temple that he is to be worshiped…NO EXCEPTIONS. The abomination of desolation is a prophetic event found in the book of Daniel *(Daniel 12:11) and referred to by Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:15).

*Daniel gives a duration time slot that God will allow the abomination to be practiced. Truths will then be what is said by the evildoers. Common sense and logic will be subdued and eliminated as much as possible. Liberal arts will truly be liberal arts. Freedom of speech will be limited to the left of policy and politics. Read Ecclesiastes 10:2. Prepare yourself for a shock if one has not read this passage before now.

 The teachers of the law now sit in Moses’ seat, it has to be a do what I say but not what they practice. Isn’t this true today? We are told what to do even if it is wrong. Calling right wrong and wrong right is also an End Time warning. We find it to be global, not just in the USA court and legislative branches of government. There are about 100 verses in scripture that state or allude to this. One example is found in Isaiah 5:20-21.

Continuing with Matthew 23:3b we read… So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. This does not mean to do anything that is against the laws of God, but it does mean to follow the truths of what they read to them (us) about the laws of scripture. The teachers of the law at that time in history were not quoting from their hearts and spirit but their selfish perspectives. They wanted Israel to follow the law even though they did not. This will be and already is what governing bodies of this world wish on their general populations. Do as I say not as I do.

But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. This is chief amongst the scriptures we read in the Bible about deceitfulness. Deceitfulness is not only the sneaky stuff but what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 23:3c includes do as I say and not as I do. This puts the guilt of sinning on the shoulders of the listener. One KNOWS better but blames the messenger for him or her being contrary. Understand this! If one knows better s/he cannot be excused for doing as cancel-culture or the wrong being right crowd wish all to believe.

The Bible not only warns us to not be deceived but to not be self-deceived. Click here to read eight different verses about deception.

Continuing Matthew 23… in its entirety is a monologue by Jesus. He points out what is a major problem with Israel’s/Judah’s leadership, then and now, and why HIS chosen or elect will suffer the consequences of the Tribulation. He primarily addresses the scribes and Pharisees.

NOTE: Let’s understand the use of these two titles: scribes and Pharisees.  According to Strong’s Greek definitions, a scribe (G1122) is a writer, that is, (professionally) scribe or secretary: – scribe, town-clerk. It is not a sect, tribe, or subtribe of Israelites. A Pharisee according to G5330 is a separatist, that is, exclusively religious; a Pharisaean, that is, Jewish sectary: – Pharisee. In comparison to a scribe, this is a unique group of people.

Notice that the Sadducees are not mentioned in Matthew 23. A good question to ask is why Jesus didn’t include the Sadducees in his chapter 23 monologue. They were primarily responsible for the Temple’s upkeep and maintenance plus well known for their corruption. Jesus realized that about 30 years after his death and resurrection around 30-32 A.D. the Temple would be destroyed (70 A.D.) by the Persians/Babylonians. The sect of Sadducees would die off. They no longer exist and will not exist during the final days of In That Day i.e., Tribulation.

Jesus gives *8 woes in his monologue in Matthew 23.

* The older Bible manuscripts leave out verse 14, #2 of 8 woes in the King James Version.

1.         Matthew 23:13  “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

2.         Matthew 23:14  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore, you will receive greater condemnation.

3.         Matthew 23:15  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

4.         Matthew 23:16  “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.

5.         Matthew 23:23  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

6.         Matthew 23:25  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.

7.         Matthew 23:27  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

8.         Matthew 23:29  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, (but you rejected and killed them).

We encourage the reader of this article commentary to read the verses between each woe listed here from Matthew 23.

The End Time connection with these woes is what Jesus points out, they are the guilt of his elect or chosen people. The Tribulation is the final chapter of their punishment. God is removed from worship by men. Worship is replaced by denominations and religious acts i.e., church attendance. Remember, these woes are directed at God’s Left Behind elect, not the world in general. The world in general falls under a different condemnation…The Great White Throne Judgment.

Rev. Dr. Jstark

PS; Isaiah 24:19-23

The earth is broken asunder,
The earth is split through,
The earth is shaken violently.
The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard
And it totters like a shack,
For its transgression is heavy upon it,
And it will fall, never to rise again.
So it will happen on that day,
That the Lord will punish the host of heaven on high,
And the kings of the earth on earth.

Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Earth-On-Fire

(Part 17) End Time is one contiguous event – When one dies

Due to reader requests, we expand on a previous commentary…

Scriptures tell us that when one dies s/he is “absent from the body but present with the Lord.” We discussed SOME of this back in Part 14, but does this include all mankind, believers and nonbelievers alike? Some clarity is needed due to questions asked by readers. What happens to the unbeliever upon his or her death? How can they be present with the Lord or are they?

2 Corinthians 5:8 (NKJV) What we don’t understand, and part of God’s process is how believers will not initially be in heaven upon death. This is from where Catholic doctrine gets what they call Purgatory. Also, what happens to the soul of the unbeliever? Please be patient. There is logical scripture given that believers will eventually be in heaven…a place we cannot even imagine. NKJV: “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” Simply put, we have no clue what awaits us or what heaven will look like.

Some who submitted a similar question referenced “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”2 Corinthians 5:1 This too is correct…in due time believers will have their tents staked in this eternal house in heaven. But we still do not know about those who die as unbelievers.

A quick reference back to commentary article #14…It is appointed (by our creator) once to die. We will not yet again monologue about the so-called survivors of the Tribulation and Millennial Reign. That has been addressed in previous commentaries on this website. What is at stake in the questions received from ahabiblemoments.com readers are three-fold:

  1. What happens to those who are believers who die during the church age? Do they go directly to heaven?
    1. No. They like the thief on the cross next the Jesus will be in Paradise.
  2. What happens to those who die without confessing Christ as Lord and Savior? Where do they go? Does all go to the grave?
    1. They await judgment at the final resurrection. It is called the Great White Throne Judgment. Their souls wander in a barren land called Hades seeking shelter from the heat and thirst but cannot find it. Remember that even Hades goes into the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20:13, 14)
  3. Does the grave hide all of a human being until Christ gives the first resurrection?
    1. This we addressed in article #14.
    1. In brief. The soul was not created from the dust of the earth. It was God-breathed into mankind. Since it was not created from dust or ashes it cannot return to what it never was…dust or ashes.

We are created in God’s image; body, mind, and spirit (soul). This has nothing to do with whether one is or will eventually be a believer or nonbeliever. The God-head parallel with body, mind, and soul (spirit) is the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The immediate difference between the God trinity and man in three parts is that the human body and mind go to the grave but not the soul. Remember that man became a living SOUL. The soul or spirit of mankind never was dust or ashes. It is the God-given “breath” of life. God can separate his three parts for distinct separate purposes but are one God-in-three.

When one dies as a believer, s/he will be present with the Lord in PARADISE. That is not the heaven we read about in I Corinthians 2:9. To understand this more clearly, we must go back to the thief on the cross whom Jesus told in Luke 23:39-43 will tonight be with him (Jesus) in Paradise. Note that Jesus did NOT SAY in heaven. Jesus had told his disciples that he must ascend to the heavens to prepare a place for them. Jesus had not yet ascended. This brand-new believer at the crucifixion was “to be present with the Lord” but not in the heaven described in I Corinthians 2:9.

In verse 43 of Luke 23, it specifically states “paradise” not heaven. The true believer’s soul and living a life patterned after Christ first goes to Paradise. We can contrast this temporary location of Paradise with the place of the Rich man versus Lazarus. The rich man could see what he missed but Lazarus apparently does not see the torment of the (lost souls) rich man.

Another interesting aha moment is what the Bible tells us about life in and of itself. We are not to worry about it. Why? Life is the breath that was breathed into us called a soul. The soul will spend eternity in one of two places: heaven or hell. It will not be destroyed therefore ETERNITY is an attribute of the soul or life we have within us. This means to not worry about the life within us, but we must be concerned about where that soul will spend eternity once reunited with the body from the grave at the first resurrection and again just before the Great White Throne Judgment.

This takes us to the second death mentioned in Revelation 20:14, 15, and Revelation 21:8. Remember that the soul is eternal without regard to one’s spiritual condition or means of death. There will be a resurrection of all bodies, ancient and recent. All souls will be reunited with their bodies. If one’s name is not found written down in the Book of Life, body and soul will then be cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death but not for the soul. It will anguish for eternity. Seriously, bear in mind that the soul is the living part of each human. His or her conscious state and his or her soul will be blessed or tormented forever and ever.

Now to the question of this article of what happens during the interim of the nonbeliever’s soul before it is reunited with his or her risen body and then judged at the Great White Throne.

Nonbelievers go to a place called Torments in Hades where they experience oppressive heat, thirst, and other discomforts until they are reunited with their resurrected bodies for the judgment of the unsaved at the end of the Millennium. (Luke 16:19-31 & Rev. 20:11-15). The lost soul seeks relief but cannot find it.

Consider again the history of Lazarus and the rich man found in Luke 16:19-31. The rich man is seeking thirst relief from Hades, not hell. That final judgment comes at the Great White Throne Judgment. The bodies of all have been resurrected and reunited with their living spirit. Now comes his and her eternal judgment. Why do humans struggle with the idea of eternal life? Simply put, they cannot prove or disprove it. All we know from an earthly point of view is we bury the dead. Believers must follow what scripture tells us about having faith.

Rev. Dr. Jstark

Clues of End Time

Article #16 – The Abomination of Desolation [Matthew 24:15+]

Too often one hears from the pulpit words we do not understand but accept because one has heard them before in worship, message, conversation, or study form. What is an abomination? We think desolation is meaningful but what does this word include?

Using the Greek (Strong’s G946) bdel’-oog-mah (abomination) is specifically idolatry. An attitude of values. The word desolation (Strong’s G2049/2050) is er-ay’-mo-sis means to bring something of value to nothingness or bring to naught. In this manner, Matthew 24:15 reflects Daniel 11:31. The abominations in Daniel 9 are similar if not the same as mentioned in Luke 16:15. Not to bring something of value to less but to remove its value; its intended purpose.

JIV: This definition of “desolation” has become the norm in many churches. There may or may not be a Bible challenge to the congregants. There may or may not be a Bible lesson taught. There may be a strong focus on society and social paradigms. There may not even be a mention of worship. Many churches and denominations have no clue as to what worship is. It is not a nice talk with incredible music. Worship itself has been brought to nothingness. Yes, people may enjoy the lecture and music, but worship of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has been brought to naught.

Leviticus 20:13 is an excellent example of an abomination of desolation: 13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both have committed an abomination (NKJV). This is not the abomination of which Daniel speaks. His mention is the third Jewish Temple of End Time. The Antichrist and his forces shall bring the sanctity of the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem to naught most likely at the 3 ½ year mark of the Tribulation. This is also what the Bible refers to as the beginning of Jacob’s (heavy) Trouble. Note that it does not say a time of Church Trouble. We already have them. As we live in what is Daniel’s 70-week dream, the first 69 weeks (period) is the Church Age.

NOTE: This is specifically identifying the Temple in Jerusalem. That has yet to be rebuilt as of this writing. THERE IS NO OTHER place of worship mentioned or hinted at in his End Time dream. Who will set himself up to be worshiped? The Antichrist (Beast #2) or Satan himself (Beast #1). The third member of Satan’s trinity is his high priest. The idol that speaks and commands all to worship Satan is an active character in the Bible, but not part of Satan’s trinity. He or it is the very definition of an abomination. Satan gives it the power to speak *(Revelation 13:15).

*The “he” in this verse is antichrist. He receives his power from Satan. The image (idol) is a likeness of Satan. Worship is the central conflict between Jesus Christ and Lucifer. Lucifer wants to be the Most High. He denies the existence of Jesus as the Son of God. How does or can one test the spirits? Ask the spirit if Jesus is the son of God. They will try to deny or avoid answering.

Be confident here that the last sentence in this verse is not exclusive to Christians. It reads in the NKJV: “…the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed”. “…as many as would not worship the image.” Nothing in this passage is exclusively Christian. There has been and continues to be the rebel human. It goes back to the Garden of Eden. There will be those on earth who refuse to acknowledge Christ including the antichrist. If this were not so, the Bible would have told us, but it doesn’t.

Understand that this is all part of THAT DAY of End Time. It is during the mid-point of the Tribulation. The Temple has been rebuilt. Judaism is practiced in Jerusalem. Antichrist is known. Satan’s trinity is himself, the antichrist, and the false prophet are known. Satan will grant the power to the antichrist to give the power to the idol of speech. This parallels or immediately follows the desolation of the Temple in Jerusalem. The beast rising from the earth or “sea of peoples” (Revelation 13:11) may come up from within Israel. He is the second beast. Satan (Lucifer) is the first beast. This is addressed in previous articles in this commentary series.

Why, what, or to whom is the Apostle John writing? The next few verses in Matthew explain it. The people to whom John sends this End Time Revelation warning will see the abomination of desolation in Jerusalem. It is Israelis. They are told to flee, hide, seek refuge, not to return to their own homes to pack up belongings.

Matthew 24:16  “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Matthew 24:17  Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.

Matthew 24:18  And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.

Matthew 24:19  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!

Matthew 24:20  And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

At the 3 ½ mark of the 7-year signed peace agreement between Israel and the antichrist, Satan will turn on Israel…God’s elect or chosen. The antichrist is the guy on the white horse mentioned in Revelation 6:2. He has a bow, rides a white horse as a triumphal peacemaker, is given a crown of authority, but has no arrows. He is the mere messenger of Satan. He is given great power by Satan. This is the apocalypse.

The horse of the apocalypse actually appears to Zechariah in a vision (Zechariah 1:8). And although Jesus and the rider of this particular horse share many similarities, the rider of this horse, who wears a crown, most likely represents a pseudo-christ of some sort. A political leader bent on conquest, such as an Alexander the Great or fill-in-the-blank political leader we can place on the back of this horseCrosswalk.com. Hope Bolinger makes several very good points on his website article.

We will discuss the main characters of That Day in a later article. It is easy to confuse who is who and who does what. Click on the above Crosswalk.com to extend one’s knowledge.

Rev. Dr. Jstark

(Part 15) End Time is one contiguous event…this is a continuation of the previous article (Part 14)

Paradise? Heaven?

Here are five On That Day sequential events to keep End Time events distinct:

  1. The appointed 7-year time of tribulation for Israel i.e., Jerusalem.
    1. 3 ½ years of false peace.
    B. 3 ½ years of trials for Israel sometimes identified as Jacob’s Troubles    
  2. The time between the end of the 7 years, 3 1/5 are Jacob’s Trouble then comes the setting up of his Millennial Kingdom. He judges the nations between the end of the Tribulation and his Millennial Reign.
  3. The 1,000-year Millennial Kingdom
  4. Satan is released, and his final run at overthrowing Jesus on earth but for a short time.
  5. Eternity: one of two places. Neither is a permanent grave.

Ahamoments has received questions about death and the temporary dwelling place of the believer’s and unbeliever’s souls when s/he dies. We dealt in article #14 with what happens to the believer upon death. That is present with the Lord in Paradise. What about those who deny Christ?

In Revelation 20:12-15, we find, in part, this quote: “…and death and Hades gave up the dead which was in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.” What did “death and Hades” surrender? They gave up their dead. This highly suggests that Hades is not hell itself. It is also not the Lake of Fire. All who die will be resurrected. The souls of all will be reunited with his and her body, then eternally judged. If Christ believers are in paradise, the ones whose souls have been contained in Hades must be those who die without Christ.

Why and how do we know this? The answer follows in the next sentence of Revelation 20:14. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire”. What happens to “death and Hades”? They too are thrown into the lake of Fire. Two possibilities:

  1. Those who have died as unbelievers and have been in Hades are simply part of the package deal when Hades is tossed into the Lake of Fire so are they. Its contents, the souls of the unbelievers go with it.
  2. Hades is destroyed in the Lake of Fire and the eternal soul of unbelievers is added to the count in the eternal “place of suffering.” Hades is not a person but a place. It is destroyed but not the soul of unbelievers that are reunited with their bodies.

More on End Time scripture

Matthew 24:3 & 4 could use a better description of what is asked and how Jesus answers the three primary questions from his disciples. From 24:4b to the end of the chapter, it is Jesus who speaks. We often hear or read that the description of 24:4b, “Take heed that no one deceives you” is a list of areas humans can and will be deceived. The questions the disciples asked are:

  1. When will these things be?
  2. What will be the sign of your (Jesus’ second) coming?
  3. [When will be] the end of the age?

What follows is a list of the characteristics of the deceptions hidden in the message(s) of those who will come and deceive. None mentions that it is not the revelation of the “evil one” being exposed or revealed as we read in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. We discussed this in some detail in our previous post. It is not so much as what to be aware of in the deception itself but of the one who is called by Jesus the man of sin.” Read this verse considering the passage in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. It is the day that “the man of sin” is revealed.

To address the three questions posed by the disciples

  1. When will these things be?
    1. Ans: When the man of sin is revealed; no longer hidden from our knowledge
    NOTE: This answer needs an addendum. It will be added at the end of this short article.
  2. What will be the sign of your (Jesus’ second) coming?
    • Ans: When things on earth by the hand of the man of sin are made more terrible than the days of Noah.
  3. [When will be] the end of the age? (Two answers)
    1. Ans: When the Tribulation of 7 years concludes by Christ returning in the eastern skies like when he left earth on the mount of Olives. He is coming to purge the earth and then set up his Millennial Kingdom on Earth.
    B. Ans: What or which age (era) are Jesus’ disciples referencing, probably in their ignorance? It is Daniel’s 70th week of his 70-week dream i.e., the age of the Gentiles or the church. (cf. Daniel 24:15)

Addendum to Ans: [Revelation 20:12-15] When the man of sin is revealed; no longer hidden from our knowledgeup to first 3 1/2 year mark of the Tribulation Period, the man on the white horse with a bow and no arrows has not asserted himself as a god. He probably has only declared himself a great leader. Now that the Temple in Jerusalem is fully functional, he defiles it by making unholy sacrifices on its altar and putting himself on the throne in the Temple to be worshiped. This is the actual beginning of the second half of the 7-year Tribulation. It will now be public knowledge. Before this Temple encounter, his great workings, and miracles which captivate and deceive the nations will happen but not be recognized as the workings of the antichrist. This is the real beginning point of Jacob’s Troubles i.e. Israel and Israelis.

Rev. Dr. Jstark

(Part 14) End Time is one contiguous event…– JUDGMENT: SOUL & BODY/MIND

The book of Revelation is about the Tribulation and Israel, a tribulation which is subtitled Jacob’s Trouble. The book of Isaiah reveals some details of the Millennium. Daniel gives us insight as to events leading up to That Day of God. Matthew is End Time cautions that primarily focus on the Jews but applicable to all.

The curiosity of body, mind, and soul and end time judgment, then eternity is seldom taught as an inclusive and conclusive topic. The following narrative commentary will address End Time and the body, mind, and soul. The spirit sometimes means the soul?

Consider the body, mind, and soul by reading Genesis 1:26. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit made man in his image. The three in one. This verse is singular…make man in our IMAGE…not images. Mankind is body, mind, and soul. Once a man’s soul leaves or departs the body, s/he is then a created body and mind unable to function minus the soul/life/breath. Medically the body and mind are dead. We cannot be alive without a soul, be the individual, good or bad. Scripture does not state one way or the other. The conscious state of mankind is driven by the soul, after death it lives on, but where? Any out-of-body experience comes from a living soul that is no longer residing within the body. The soul never dies. God created man from the dust of the earth, then breathed” life into Adam’s nostrils.

Before we move on, we use the logic of scripture in explaining this phenomenon called the soul; a word or state that mimics a certain physical form or motion. Form or motion is a living being. It is all driven when the soul is still within the body. When life departs it is the soul itself leaving the body. Regarding End Time, the soul is our conscious state. It is eternal.

When the soul leaves the body, the body is dead, meaning without a living soul. To live requires body, mind, and SOUL. The soul has left the body. The body and brain are buried, burned, who knows, but the BODY and Mind are dead; a three-in-one creation now minus life (the soul). For the true believer, absent from the body is present with the Lord. What is it that is now absent FROM THE BODY? What is present with the Lord and WHERE?

Answer: the soul is missing. Genesis specifically tells us that the soul was “breathed into man.” It was not manufactured from the dust or elements of the earth. It is God-given.  PS, Adam means “red clay”

Absent from the body is present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8). This is explaining the next phase of the true believer’s existence, now with Jesus Christ. However….

JIV: On that *resurrection day, “the souls” of believers that are absent from the body and present with the Lord God in Paradise, will accompany Christ back to earth, in the clouds, upon his second advent. Bodies will then be raised and reunited with their souls. The souls already with God/Jesus in Paradise are anxious to follow Christ to earth at the 1st resurrection to be reunited with their bodies. These are the DEAD BUT IN CHRIST (1 Thessalonians 4:16). At the end of time at the Great White Throne Judgement, the second resurrection, the rest of humanity will be raised from their graves, reunited with their souls, then judged. [https://davidjeremiah.blog/what-is-the-great-white-throne-judgment-in-revelation]

There are two different “Present with the Lord” statements: first the soul then, the body that is later reunited with the soul. This is true of all mankind. One cannot kill the soul. Our souls are created as eternal beings facing two different eternal destinations. We are created in the image (singular, not plural) of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, three in one (Genesis 1:26). God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are eternal, and so is man’s soul. 2 Corinthians 5:5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. How is it a guarantee? The Spirit/soul breathed into us cannot be destroyed.

Be careful about drawing quick conclusions. We also have those who will not physically die leading up to and into the Millennial Reign. They will be living when the 2nd advent occurs. Upon his release from the Bottomless Pit, Satan will garner a huge army of people on earth in a final attempt to be the king of kings. There are two groups living at this “yet to be observed” end of time, soon-to-be history. (cf Revelation 20:7-10).

  1. The ones who come to Christ under those tribulation times
  2. Those who take the mark of the beast and are eternally condemned.

The believer remaining on earth at the return of Christ and the establishing of God’s Kingdom on Earth, lives on into the 1,000-year reign of Christ but is still subject to a “Once to die” Bible clause (Hebrews 9:27). Why conclude there will be those who die during the millennial reign? Read Hebrews 9:27… “And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this comes judgment”. It is destined for people to once die…AFTER THAT comes judgment. Which judgment is this scripture referencing? This verse points to the Great White Throne judgment. It simply tells us that after death comes a judgment. Believers will be judged just as the Greek word indicates…judged for and rewarded for accomplishments in Christ while alive on earth.

Those who reject Christ, those before and DURING the Millennial Reign, will have live souls but very dead bodies. After the millennial reign on the old earth, their souls, one’s conscious state, will be suffering an eternal vacation on the beaches of the Lake of Fire with Satan and his minions. Once in the Lake of Fire, their bodies will then have “once died” as appointed [Hebrews 9:27] unto man. For some this is the second death. Their living souls, fully conscious of their surroundings, will understand and anguish in what they missed. Their conscious souls will remain alive and conscious. No, one will not spend hell with his or her friends. Bodies will not exist, so they are not the good-looking guy or gal down the street, but a living soul suffering the same consequences as will all other lost souls. This includes Satan and the fallen angels.

There is no desire to debate one religion over others, but there is strong disagreement with Jehovah’s Witness folks and their fundamental understanding of scripture per end time. Here are some of the arguments a Jehovah’s Witness gives for denying that the soul is eternal and alive when the body is dead.

Jehovah’s Witness: The condition of the dead is made clear in Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10, where we read: “The dead know nothing . . . There is no pursuit, no plan, no knowledge, or intelligence, within the grave.”

Read the last three words again: …within the grave. The soul never goes to the grave. When it departs, the body is functionally brain and body dead but not the soul. The body goes to the grave but NOT the soul. God created man of red dirt (dust) but “breathed life” meaning the soul into Adam.

Jehovah’s Witness: What does the New Catholic Encyclopedia admit regarding the soul’s surviving death? THIS quoted reference from the Catholics, however, admits that “the notion of the soul surviving after death is not readily discernible in the Bible.”

Ask the question in reverse…does this Catholic quote say it is not readily discernible? Readily does not mean it argues for the absolute soul dying with the body. We at Aha Bible Moments are not Catholic. We are Bible believers. A Christian may die but only that which can be destroyed and then resurrected…the body and mind. The soul was put in man by God in Genesis 2:7. (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit = God in three parts just as he created Man in His image: body, mind, and soul).

Jehovah’s Witness: The dead are unconscious and inactive. When pronouncing sentence upon Adam, God stated: Dust you are and to dust you will return. (Genesis 3:19)

Before God formed him from the dust of the ground and gave him life, Adam did not exist. When he died, Adam returned to that state. The body was made from dust and will return to dust. But the life breathed into man’s nostrils, according to Genesis 2:7 did not come from the dust. The last words of this verse say…and man became a living what…a living soul. What did not come from the dust cannot return to dust. It came from the eternal himself…יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים [Jehovah Elohim]. In Genesis 35:18, we read: As her soul was going out (because she, Rachel died) she called his name Benoni. ” This example often quoted by the JW ignores that the soul WENT OUT. It did not join Racheal’s body in the grave. IT (the soul) DEPARTED. It did not enter the grave with her body.

Jehovah’s Witness: (their argument) Those who believe in the soul’s immortality has trouble explaining what happens to the soul between the time of death and the time of resurrection.

This argument simply denies scripture like 2 Corinthians 5:8. Ask the Jehovah’s Witness for their explanation of this verse. They have trouble explaining what happens to the soul other than saying the breath-of-life breathed into Adam went to the grave with him, it must have come from the dust. It gets buried. WHAT? The Bible in Genesis does not say that God breathed life into Adam’s nostrils and then added a soul. The soul is life. It is eternal. The grave will NOT HIDE THE SOUL. The soul is eternal. What does all of this have to do with our End Time series? Perhaps one needs to read this commentary one more time.

Rev. Dr. Jstark

PS; What did Jesus say to the criminal who acknowledged him at Calvary? He said, Today will you be with me in…(?). He said PARADISE, not heaven. More on this in our next article.

(Part 13) – End Time is one contiguous event… Matthew 23

The book of Revelation is about the Tribulation and Israel. The book of Isaiah reveals the details of the Millennium. Daniel gives us insight as to events leading up to That Day of God. Matthew is God’s warning to Israel at End Time best known as Jacob’s Trouble.

Before setting another foot in or eyes upon end time events presented in the Book of Matthew, please keep foremost in one’s mind that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew. Why? Because it is primarily to the Hebrew Tribes of Israel. Therefore, it was originally written in a language almost exclusive to Israelis. Its primary goal or target market is the Hebrew people of Promise, Israel.

In reading Matthew, we see a great gulf of about 400 years between the end of the Old Testament (Malachi) and the beginnings of the New Testament. We won’t debate or discuss the reasoning, but Matthew was not the first of the New Testament gospel books written. That banner is most likely in the camp of the Book of Mark. Some declare this honor goes to the Book of Galatians or the Book of James. Our point? Matthew is NOT the first New Testament book. The message to the Jews (Hebrew people) comes after the life of Christ.

The following chart is based on conservative scholarship and archaeological findings and is intended as a guideline only. One Bible scholar and editor puts the chronology of the New Testament books this way:

1    Galatians                          49 A.D.

2    James                               49 A.D.

3   1 Thessalonians               50 – 51 A.D.

 4   2 Thessalonians              50 – 51 A.D.

 5   1 Corinthians                  54 A.D.

 6   2 Corinthians                  55 A.D.

 7   Romans             55 A.D.

 8   Mark                  57 – 59 A.D.

 9   Luke                  60 A.D.

 10 Ephesians         60 A.D.

 11 Colossians        60 A.D.

 12 Philemon          60 A.D.

 13 Acts                   60 A.D.

 14 Philippians        61 A.D.

 15 1 Timothy         61 A.D.

 16 Titus                 62 A.D.

 17 2 Timothy         62 A.D.

 18  1 Peter             63 A.D.

 19  2 Peter             63-64 A.D.

 20  Matthew          60’s – We do not know when it was penned but we do know it was to the Hebrew Israelis and their leadership. It is written to provide evidence to them that Christ is for real to the Jews.

Since this chronology has some to do with our narrative commentary on End Time prophecies, we leave this for the reader to decide if the proposed datelines are right. We only wish to make it understood that the end time scripture found in Matthew has a primary target audience of the 12 Tribes of Israel (Jacob). This means the primary message is also focused on Israel and Israelis. This is also true of the Book of Revelation from chapter 4 to the end of that book. 

One could begin by reading Matthew 24:1-51. We suggest end time verses in Matthew begin in Matthew 1:23 where it reads… “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which is translated, as “God *with us.”

*Met-ah‘ means “amongst or with us” in Greek. Eg-o’ [us] is in the singular. Why the singular? There is only one group called the church in scripture. It is those who are true believers and followers of Jesus. This includes Jews and Gentiles.

Matthew 2:6 is a prelude to the time yet to come when Jesus sits on the throne of Israel. Look at this verse carefully. For out of you a ruler who will shepherd my people.” This end-time event is when Christ returns to earth, sets up his kingdom, brings peace to earth, and tribute [Feast of Tents, aka Tabernacles, In-gathering] is paid to the In That Day envied nation of Israel/Jerusalem.

JIV NOTE: There are three appearances mentioned in the scripture of Christ-to-earth. Two are in person and one is to resurrect and meet his faithful in the clouds. The first is his birth, death, and resurrection. The second is when he comes to rapture the true believers called his Church. The third will follow the Tribulation with a 1,000-year millennial reign. Jesus comes to set up his Millennial Kingdom. After that… A NEW heaven and a NEW earth. The heavens and earth will NOT be a remodel job of the old. Put in real terms it is a brand-new sky or atmosphere and a brand-new dwelling place, perhaps dwelling places identified as a grouping called heaven.

Not so prophetic but so often misunderstood is Matthew 2:15”… for out of Egypt I called my Son,said God through his prophet. This follows the retreat of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus to Egypt to avoid the ruling of King Herod to kill all male babies under the age of two. The Wise men from the far east, probably the Mountains of Zagros where tens of thousands of dispersed Israeli Tribes settled after the Assyrian dispersion, had told King Herod, this child will be the King of the Jews. When Mary, Joseph, and Jesus returned from Egypt after Herod’s death, Jesus was identified as “called out of Egypt”.

Aha moment: There was a tribe called the Magi that migrated out of the Zagros Mountains after the dispersed Israelis were forced there by the Assyrians. Six tribes are recorded as having occupied the Zagros area. They could be sub-clans of the 12 original Tribes of Israel.

We also read in Hosea 11:1 that Israel as a people are identified as being called out of Egypt and referenced as God’s sons. We have two legitimate options.

  1. Matthew 2:15 is a reference to baby Jesus and his parents being called back out of Egypt after King Herod dies.
  2. This is a reference to Israel after 400-plus years in Egyptian captivity.

NOTE: Hosea 11:2 suggests that #2 is the correct view. Be careful when concluding a meaning of a partial verse. Take it in the content and context of what precedes and follows. Especially so if what is considered in one’s deduction from only part of a verse.

However, if one continues reading Matthew 2 up to verse 15, we read it is Jesus who is (re) called out of Egypt as a young child along with Joseph and Mary. One might try to be neutral as to which position to take scholastically and conclude it is a reference to both.

Ahamoments will offer a third option. When God had Moses call his Israeli families out of Egypt, Jesus would not be born for another 14 to 15 hundred years. Yet, Jesus’ DNA through the Tribe of Judah goes back to their Egyptian captivity and release of what became a population of millions. They started as a wandering band of 70 or fewer relatives of Jacob escaping starvation in Canaan. Out of Egypt is not a line item, time-stamped, statement. Yes, out of Egypt came the 12 tribes of Israelis via Moses. Out of that tribe of Judah, Jesus is a descendant.

INSIGHT: Matthew 2:18 reads (NKJV)…

“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”

Where is Ramah and what has that to do with End Time? First understand this verse in Matthew 2:18 is a quote from Jeremiah 31:15. Jeremiah was the prophet immediately preceding Daniel. Jeremiah foretold the destruction of Judah as a kingdom by the Babylonians. Ramah was a city in the territory of Benjamin. Benjamin was the brother of Joseph, both sons of Rachel.

It gets even more interesting when one considers the whole of this event of Jesus returning out of Egypt. Yes, the messenger told Joseph to return to Israel. He did NOT specifically state to return to Bethlehem. Joseph found out that a son of King Herod now ruled. Joseph became fearful and returned to Nazareth, not Bethlehem. Galilee was not a Jewish city. Isaiah 9 refers to Galilee as a land of the Gentiles. Jesus came “into the world” so that all who believe and follow him will be saved for eternity with him. All souls once reunited with their bodies will serve eternity in either heaven or hell. This is symbolic of Jesus coming to the world, not just the Jews as one might conclude given only his supposedly intended return to Bethlehem, Israel. He returned from Egypt with his parents to a territory that had a minority of Jews.

Rev. Dr. Jstark

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(Part 12) – End Time is one contiguous event…II Timothy 3:1-7

The book of Revelation is about the End Time Tribulation and Israel. The book of Isaiah reveals the details of the Millennium. Daniel gives us insight as to events leading up to That Day of God called the days of the Gentiles, i.e. The Church Age.

But understand that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. *Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

*AVOID does not mean ignoring or shutting these people out of one’s life. How else and to whom might one witness if believers isolate from society? It is as says Romans 12:1,2be transformed in mind and heart.

*Double notation: Do not confuse II Timothy 3 with the Tribulation period alone, i.e., in THAT DAY. II Timothy is talking about the time leading up to the Tribulation. How do we deduce this? If Paul is warning believers to avoid such people, and the church is already raptured, to whom is he talking? It could be the “Jews” meaning Israelis, or it could be that these are signs leading up to believers meeting with Jesus in the clouds.

This long list of issues is intended to be warning signs of the pending judgments of man. Things one can see in society and culture without wearing a pair of bifocals. It does not mean that each item listed above must be found in every person other than the antichrist and his minions. It is a definition or description of this world’s population, a general audience, and replacement culture. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 notes that this itself is not the tribulation. The tribulation will be consequential of 2 Timothy 3. How do we know this? What are the last three words in this passage? “Avoid such people.” Who is to do the avoiding? Believers! True Christians will still be on earth…not yet raptured.

JIV: This is difficult to write or one’s desire to accept. Taking the Bible for what it says, we as believers have life wrong today. “Avoid such people.” Read once again the extensive list found in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. One’s first reaction to avoiding such people may require one to avoid him or herself. One cannot avoid him or herself. There is no perfect church membership in human terms. Is there something in a worship service that is hindering the worship experience?

Consideration would be made for the world, but what about in a worship service? This verse does not mean avoiding the world or living in isolation. It does mean not being drawn to them in a personal relationship of any kind. The underscore is in worship. This falls under the category of being unequally yoked. Can an unbeliever, a person who wishes to give the appearance of worship, and true believers worship together? Can the first two people mentioned, unbeliever and one giving the appearance of worship, be counted in where two or three are gathered in my name…”?

We Teach but You Decide.

The worst is yet to come. This is man-to-man implications. In the Day of Noah, Genesis 6:5 tells us of these nearing end time, man-to-man issues.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

The wickedness [râ‛âh, H7451] of man was great…. Boiled down to its primary definition, it means one cares only for him or herself. “…That every imagination (yêtser) of man(kind)…” Yêtser means all thoughts and purpose of man is to connive or do evil. The “all” or “every” in this passage means “without exception.”

…the thoughts of his (mankind’s) heart were only evil continually.” This needs no elaboration. The word “only” is in the singular tense. These are the times of Noah. These similar times will repeat as we near the Day of the Lord. The flip side coin is that there is a total rejection of God. There may be signs of idle (including idol) worship of a false doctrine. This is the rejection of the Holy Spirit. A form of godliness as defined in 2 Timothy 3:5. One can have a form of CHURCH without ever considering the presence of God (Father, Son, or Holy Spirit). Such will have a strong cultural appeal in society and/or political issues, but studying to improve one’s knowledge of scripture will no longer come from the pulpit.

The next verse (2 Timothy 3:6) explains that there is not only rampant deceit from leadership, but this takes us back to our opening verses. People will be bent on “what’s in it for me?” Many can miss the point of verse 2 Timothy 3:7 when one does not fully grasp or accept the fact of verse #6.

2 Timothy 3:7 states that one can learn things without understanding or connecting the learning to life or eternity itself. One will think of lessons from scripture as pointless and without significance when it conflicts with his or her desires of the heart. The word “knowledge” or epignōsis in Greek using Strong’s definition (G1921): [no] “full discernment, acknowledgment.” It can mean the inability to discern or the refusal to accept the knowledge as actuality. This can take us back to the unequally yoked passage in 2 Corinthians 6:14.

2 Timothy 3:8 uses a comparison to two men who resisted the instructions and leadership of Moses…Jannes and Jambres. Moses is challenged many times during his life. Perhaps Jannes and Jambres are two of the magicians of Pharaoh’s court in Egypt found in Exodus 7:11.  This naming tradition is well-attested in ancient and medieval literature. When secular evidence supports scripture, it is worth noting.

*Wikipedia: The [Apocrypha] book, known as The Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres the magicians, exists in some Greek fragments present in the Chester Beatty Papyri No XVI (which has been edited and translated by Albert Pietersma), and in an extensive Ethiopic fragment discovered in 2014.

*We at ahabiblemoments do not recommend Wikipedia as a sole and solid source for research. Wikipedia is okay at times and misleading at other times.

JIV NOTE: This has been a difficult article to write even though making scripture-based comments. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DEDUCTIONS POINT TO SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE. One can be very welcoming to visitors at the church entrance. However, why do we want the pastor to carry our responsibility to lead souls to Christ through our testimonies and witnessing? His job is to rightly divide the Word of God. Too often one wishes the friend, family member, or person we invite to church to decide for Christ and his or her eternity via the pastor’s message, not our verbal witnessing.

Here is the problem. This type of thinking and attitude forces the pastor to spend more time on evangelism than on Bible awareness, knowledge gained, and understanding for those who have already decided to follow for Christ. Those who have made no decision for Christ but attend the service do not understand worship. Such are deluded to think attending church is worship.

Rev. Dr. Jstark

Appendage: Charles Spurgeon wrote: Ask for real vital godliness, for nothing else will serve your turn at the last great day [end time]. Now, this is rightly to handle the word of God; to use it to push truth home upon men for their present conversion, to use it for the striking down of their sins, to use it to draw men to Christ, to use it to arouse sinners, and to use it to produce, not a mere profession, but a real work of grace in the hearts of men. May the Holy Ghost teach all.

(Part 11) – End Time is one contiguous event… II Thessalonians 3 and more

II Thessalonians 3:

Chapter three of II Thessalonians is a benediction. There are two verses we should give some attention to considering their possibilities. They have to do with fellowship and can easily be contrary to our church experiences and customs or practices of today. Might their meaning carry over into end time as a sign of its arrival? This is a We teach but You Decide moment.

Chapter 3 is a benediction but has additional implications AND instructions to and for those who lay claim to being believers and occupy church pews. This chapter is short. Click here to read it for yourself, then consider what follows per a possible and personal aha-moment derived from II Thessalonians 3.

In this article, number 11 of this series, we concentrate on verses 10 and 14. Yes, this will raise the annoyance of some readers. Read the chapter noting the context of chapter 3. It MAY also have end-time consequences.

First, note the command to pray for them (each other) in verse 1. Take close note that Paul does not ask fellow believers to ask God to BE WITH THEM. So often we make the mistake in private and public prayers by asking God to “be with whomever.” Scriptures tell us that God will never leave nor forsake his followers [Matthew 28:20]. Scripture also instructs us to draw closer to God so that He may draw closer to us. We are missing a scripture-based step by asking God to BE WITH whomever. When one draws closer to God, He can then draw closer to him or her. Our prayers should be, God, please help so-in-so to draw closer to you so that you can then draw closer to him or her. HUH? Read James 4:8. Take God’s Word for what it says.

Verses 6-15 address those who are idle, non-workers, not disciples, not learners who share the tasks and workload commissioned to true believers. By application, this can mean spiritually and physically. If a self-claiming believer is idle in his or her Christian life, perhaps one should consider verse 3:10…”And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.

Whoa!!! This is contrary to our current day thoughts and practices in society AND church settings. The Apostle Paul is talking about those who claim Christian membership in the family of God standing on the “God of Love” principle alone. If we are to shun them, does that possibly mean that the same will be separated as a goat on judgment day [Matthew 25:31-46]? We are not teaching this thought as absolute, but it is mightily worthy of thought. Our purpose in this article is to make believers aware and better understand God’s promise of salvation. There is no promise to be fulfilled regarding eternity. Eternity is universally assured. All will have an eternity after the grave. It is an issue of where one will spend it.

Psalms 89:48 states…What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave? However, we must also read that the spirit will not cease to live, right up to the point of when Christ returns in the clouds to resurrect those believers whose bodies are in the grave. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46). He committed his spirit into the hands of God the Father. His body went to the grave.

Ahamoment: This is how Satan through the antichrist will amaze the world. Antichrist will “APPEAR” to have died, then resurrected. Deception – deception – deception. Broadway magicians do it all the time. If one has observed, Satan tries to duplicate all the manifestations of God and Jesus. He even has his own trinity…Satan, antichrist, false prophet. Another example: [Bible Hub] [We] read of Christ going forth to sow the “good seed” (Matthew 13:24), then we also read of the enemy going forth to sow his “tares” — an imitation wheat (Matthew13:25).

To reiterate, verse 3:10 says if one does not work, he will also not eat.” Verse 14 almost states the same thing…”If one does not obey our word(s) in this epistle, …do not keep company with that person.” Obey what words? This person is not an enemy but a human brother. So often we act as if we should be apologetic for sharing God with others. It tends to take the path of defensiveness. Paul is adamant. Be on the offensive. Point out evils. The following will help one understand this. Click on each passage to be briefed.

  1. Ephesians 5:11-12
  2. Titus 1:10-13
  3. James 5:20
  4. Ezekiel 3:18-19
  5. Isaiah 5:20
  6. 1 John 2:15
  7. Matthew 7:21-23 “…only he who DOES the will of the Father.”

The question of consideration may be…God will not leave nor forsake us, but can we leave or forsake him? How is this connected to our series on End Time? What does End Time judgment mean to you?

PS, a very good article written by Arthur Pink “The Antichrist” can be found by clicking here. He does a great job of researching the comparisons between God’s doings and Satan trying to provide deceiving copycat manifestations.

Rev. Dr. Jstark