Friday, April 14, 2017

Don’t Get Too Comfortable With Your Religion and Religious Practices

And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” – Matthew 24:2


In the past several months and even into the last few years, Matthew 24 has been consulted over and over again as people search for signs of the times and for clues as to what is coming. I’ve referred to this chapter several times myself and just like many, I’ve skipped over the most important warning Jesus gives in Matthew 24. It wasn’t until the Lord directed me toward the obscure references of Shiloh that finally saw what Jesus was telling His disciples and US in this passage. Before we go into that, let’s build the scene.

Earlier in the week, Jesus, the King who comes in the name of the Lord, has ridden into Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt fulfilling prophesy and doing it on the 10th day of the first month in connection with bringing the sacrificial lamb into the home before the Passover. As the Triumphal Entry is taking place and the very stones of the ground are crying out that He is Lord, Jesus begins to weep for Jerusalem. As He arrives at the temple, His weeping turns into anger and He cleanses the temple. Following the cleansing of the temple, Jesus rips into the religious leaders and pronounces judgments upon them.

The chronology and timing of isn’t clear between the three references, but it is possible that Jesus left the temple to cool off. Please don’t take this to be certain, because it might not be the case. Instead, place yourself inside the character of one of the disciples who has been watching all of this take place. You’re expecting that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is about to set up His earthly kingdom. Having seen the zeal with which He had cleansed His Father’s House, you assume that bringing up how beautiful and majestic God’s House is would be a safe move, right?

That’s when Jesus delivers the jaw dropping statement above. In essence He said, “Don’t be too taken by that or too impressed by it because not one stone of it is going to stand upon another.” The disciples followed along behind Him quietly as they passed through the Kidron Valley, and then went up the other side onto the Mount of Olives. When they stopped to rest, one of them had the guts to ask, “When will all of this take place?” That’s when Jesus delivers the prophesy which so many people have been referencing. Let’s leave that alone and go back to the jaw dropper, because there is a gem to be found in that single statement.

We know that He was talking about the future destruction of the temple, but there is deeper meaning in it, especially if you lay that statement beside the one found in John 2:19, “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’” In that statement He was referring to His own body as John points out in verses 21 and 22. They fit together more closely than you realize, but you have to go to Jeremiah to start getting a handle on it. Just as a hint, both statements are connected to Shiloh. Let’s go see what Jeremiah said.

 “Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know,  and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’? Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the Lord.


  “But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. And now, because you have done all these works,” says the Lord, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer,  therefore I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. – Jeremiah 7:8-14


This judgment continues on and Jeremiah repeats it again in chapter 26. Let’s get some more background into what God is talking about in this prophesy. Shiloh is an obscure reference to Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah spoken of in Revelation, but we’re not going there just yet. What Jeremiah is talking about is a place called Shiloh, which was a holy place where the tabernacle was set up after the Israelites entered the Promised Land. You hear about Shiloh throughout the Old Testament all the way up until you read about the Philistines capturing the Ark of the Covenant and then you never hear of it again until this prophesy of Jeremiah.

Shiloh and the tabernacle were wiped out by the Philistines and that is why you never hear of it again. Jeremiah’s prophesy is making reference to what happened to Shiloh for what is going to happen to the temple and then Jesus repeats the judgment again. If you compare the judgment that Jesus pronounces on the religious leaders in Matthew 23 with the judgment of Jeremiah 7, you see that they are very similar. It would take an entire book to make a complete comparison between the two, but we can boil it down to something very profound, which applies to US.

Read verses 8 – 11 of Jeremiah 7 again:

“Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know,  and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’? Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the Lord.


Basically, God’s judgment against Israel in Jeremiah's prophesy and Jesus’ judgment against the Jewish leaders is that they were running off and doing whatever they pleased, sinning freely, worshiping other gods, stealing and killing and doing all sorts of wicked things, and then rushing back to the house of God to confess their sins and trust in the religious rites, ceremonies, worship services, communion, tithing and singing hymns of praise. They were trusting that they could do anything that they wanted to do because they could always go back to the temple of God to set things right again.

Does that sound familiar to any of you? Let he who has eyes to see and ears to hear understand.

God set up the tabernacle so that He could come and dwell among the people as they wandered through the dessert and as they came into the Promised Land. God brought them out of Egypt, He parted the Red Sea for them, He gave them sweet water to drink in the dessert, He provided them with manna and quail as they wandered on a daily basis to feed them, He gave them His law as a civil code for them to live by and establish a nation and then He asked of them to keep Him in the forefront of their lives. God asked the people of Israel to EXALT Him above all other things in their lives. Look at the challenge Joshua laid down in Joshua 24:14 and 15:

“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”


Brothers and sisters, CHOOSE WHO YOU ARE GOING TO SERVE! Exalt Jesus over all of the other things in your life or do not. To put it in the same blunt language of Joshua, please excuse me in this, but it is URGENT that you understand this… CHOOSE TO PUT JESUS AHEAD OF ALL OTHER THINGS IN YOUR LIFE OR GET OUT OF THE WAY so you will not lead others astray along with you.

You might be insulted right now, you might be angry, you might be frightened and you might want to turn against me. Fine, but understand something first, running out and doing whatever you please, exalting the things and the circumstances in your life, putting your head in the sand and hiding, arguing with me or calling derogatory names on Facebook and then running back to your religious practices and your church with the same arrogance which the people of Israel had with both the tabernacle and the temple will not bring God's blessing upon you.

God has been very gracious in providing us with signs of His coming wrath so that we might escape it. God has withheld the evil of the earth from attacking with its full force. Over the past several years He has slowly been pulling back His hand as a warning to us that the times which Jesus talked about in Matthew 24 are coming. Just like a woman in the pains of labor, they have increased in frequency and intensity and they will continue to do so.

God has given us hints of what is coming in all parts of the world, in some cases, right in your own back yard. He will draw back His protection just as He did when He allowed the Philistines to destroy Shiloh, the Babylonians to destroy the temple the first time and the Romans to destroy it the second time. Jeremiah’s words, Joshua’s words and Jesus’ words ought to shake you out of whatever slumber you are in and draw you to TABERNACLE with your Lord.

I promised I would visit the meaning of the person of Shiloh. It is a very powerful and sobering connection as well. The person of Shiloh, who is Jesus, was referred to only once in Jacob’s blessing upon his son Judah (Genesis 49). In that blessing, he called Judah a lion’s whelp who would rule over his brothers until the person, Shiloh, came. What is extremely powerful and telling is that in Revelation 5, when Jesus takes the scroll containing His inheritance from God, He is referred to as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. That title is given to Him in no other place in the Bible. Look at what is sandwiched between those two mirrors of Genesis 49 and Revelation 5!

While you’re trying to decode the riddles of Daniel, Revelation and Matthew 24, you’re missing the whole point. While you’re constructing time lines and wringing your hands over whether we’re going to go through a pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib rapture, you’re missing the whole point. While you’re watching wars break out, hovering in front of your televisions and computers for the latest world news and what it means to end times prophesy, you’re missing the point. While you’re looking to the skies and wringing your hands over the star alignments and planet X and sunspots and meteors, you’re missing the point. What is the point?

Jesus wants to tabernacle with you. Jesus wants to pitch His tent right beside yours every night and eat breakfast around the camp fire every morning. Jesus wants to be your temple. He wants to be lifted up in praise and thanksgiving every day.

Don’t look on Him as the people of Israel looked upon Shiloh and later upon the temple. Exalt Jesus day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Drink the sweet water He provides so that you will not thirst. Eat the manna and quail He provides so that you won’t go hungry. Trust in Jesus for your salvation, your protection and your deliverance. Let Jesus be exalted in your salvation and in the salvation of those around you. The day is quickly coming when not a single stone of the temples which you have built for yourselves will stand upon another.

Look at what Jesus told His disciples after explaining the time of the end to them:

“For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:35 and 36.



Lord, Jesus come and take dominion over your people and over all the earth. Amen.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

FIFTY DAYS WITH JESUS IS COMING FRIDAY APRIL 14

This is just an annoucement to let you know that Quail Songs is changing up its format a little bit for 50 days starting on Friday. Here is a video link with the announcement which you are welcome and encouraged to share with family and friends. Let's really did into Jesus, the Word of God, through the season of Pentecost and watch how the Word takes root in our lives and causes us to produce fruit.




Sunday, April 9, 2017

Get Your Talent Out of the Ground

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ – Matthew 25:24-30

I woke up in Medellin, Colombia this morning complaining. It took several hours of praying, worshiping and reading God’s Word to get me out of the gloomy mood I was in. Why was I gloomy? Unlike many who will read this I don’t have the luxury of sleeping in late on a Sunday morning, getting my family loaded into the car and head down to the local church where I can meet with my friends and other church members, preach, pray and sing, and then get back in the car and head over to Furr’s Cafeteria for lunch.

With fond memories I remember going to the fellowship/breakfast time at the Evangelical Free Church that I attended in Grand Junction, Colorado. Those breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy while visiting with fellow believers was a great way to warm up for a worship service in which our pastor taught sound Biblical doctrine and called us to use our gifts to better those around us. Like most who read this, I left stuffed to the gills with the Gospel, but did absolutely nothing with it. I don’t know if the term “spiritual gluttony” exists, but it should, because that’s really what it was.

I no longer have that luxury of spiritual gluttony on Sunday mornings. You see, I fell in love with a woman from Medellin, Colombia and chose to come live in her home. It’s also become my home. There are no First Baptist, First Presbyterian, First Methodist, Evangelical Free Church or any other Protestant Churches available for me to attend in Medellin and if there was, hopping in the car and going to one wouldn’t be the order of the day. There are thousands of Roman Catholic Churches, but joining myself to them is firmly against Jesus’ call on my life. My only spiritual fellowship comes from afar and it is often very limited.

As I prayed about this and lamented to Jesus this morning, He pointed out that He had spent more than 40 years preparing me for what I’m doing. He made me comfortable with being alone and silent when He placed me on the back of a horse on my family’s ranch in Colorado where you often spent hours without seeing any other human. He has grounded me in His Word and taught me to trust in it above the voice of the preacher. He’s given me a wife who prays and supports me in all that I do and her family who loves me and supports me. He has given me family and friends across the world who uphold me with their prayers and support as well.

I could have fought the enormous battle of trying to take my wife to the U.S. (where illegal immigrants receive amnesty, but legitimate ones aren’t allowed in without going through a mountain of red tape and a fortune in cash), but that’s not what Jesus had in mind for me. He brought me here to delivery me from unrepentant sin and for healing and He accomplished that in my life. He also brought me here to bring the Gospel to a people who are greatly deceived by the Roman Cult. He gave me wisdom and understanding concerning the errors, but He has forbid me from attacking those errors head on. He has given me one charge, just like He has given every one of you. He has asked me to exalt His holy name and present His gospel of salvation. He’s given me the skill to draw out the scriptures in a way that draws people to Him. I could attack and debate and prove the great wisdom that He has blessed me with, but that’s not what He’s asked me to do.

I have the understanding that not all who receive the gospel will be saved. I also understand that not all who cry out Lord, Lord will be saved, but it is not given to me or anyone else an understanding of who is and is not truly saved. It does not matter. Jesus did not tell us to sort the weeds from the wheat, He told us to help harvest the wheat. So, I awaken every morning at 4:30 a.m., I send out the daily devotionals that reach people from Malaysia and Australia who are halfway through their day and to those on the West Coast of the U.S. who have only been in bed for a few hours. These devotionals are in both English and Spanish (thanks to the help of my wife). They reach people right here in Colombia and around the world exalting the name of Jesus and drawing all who can hear His voice calling to them.

After I send out the devotionals, I spend time in the Word and praying for Jesus to be exalted in the lives of my friends, family and those who read the devotionals who I do not even know. It is usually 7:00 a.m. before I am finished with this work I’ve been given and I’m ready to start my work day.

I tell you these things not to boast, but to tell you that I am weary. Jesus feeds me enough daily to get me through the day, but I have no “spiritual gluttony.” I lie down at night exhausted and praying that Jesus’ voice will be heard by even a few of the 4 million lost and deceived who surround me in Medellin. I pray for the 700,000 people in Peru who are without homes and clean water and for the lives of the thousands of fellow Colombians who were made homeless, widowed, orphaned and had their children snatched away from them in Mocoa. What hope do you think these people have when they have been taught empty doctrine which calls them to pray to a dead woman, fashioned in the image of the goddess Ashtoreth, and long dead saints who have no power to deliver them? I pray with great earnestness that the Lord will give me enough time to reach the lost sheep that I am sent to minister to before such a catastrophe hits them.

Wealth was never given to me. Authority and position have eluded me. I have been blessed with one great gift and I have to use it to my very best ability. For too long, I buried my talent in the ground and basked in “spiritual gluttony.” Thanks be to Jesus that He did not allow me to leave it buried, because had I left it buried, I would have been just like the man in the parable of the talents above.

I’m calling out to you to dig up your talents and use them. At the very minimum, you can support me with your prayers and make certain that Quail Songs and Canciones de Codorniz are shared with anyone and everyone who might need to have Jesus exalted in their lives on a daily basis (I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t). You, your friends and your church can be of enormous support to me with your prayers and encouragement. As you’re basking in “spiritual gluttony” today, remember the command you were given, remember the parable of the talents and remember that there are those who are in desperate need for Jesus to be exalted in their lives.


Let he who has ear to ear and eyes to see understand that the big fish is swimming your way and Ninevah has need of a prophet. The field is white for harvest and the workers are few. Though I am weary and I long for those former days, I would not trade my exhaustion for them and hide my talent in the ground. Rest will come when I’m called home and weariness will be forgotten.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

THE TEACHER’S COMING! THE TEACHER’S COMING!

Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. – Mark 13:35 & 36


You might not have been one of the ones goofing off when this warning was called out in school, but I know that every one of you has heard it. Even adults, in the workplace, have heard the warning, “The boss is coming!” Jesus used this example in His parables of the Kingdom of Heaven and of His own return in Matthew 24 and 25 as well as Luke 12 and 19 and also Mark 13. There is really no way for anyone who has read the Word of God to miss the point of this illustration. So, with that in mind, pay attention: He Is Coming!

WHEN?

I DON’T KNOW!

Sort of anticlimactic, huh? Please excuse my moment of dramatics. Jesus is coming, no one knows the exact day or hour, but we do know it is soon. There is a massive movement of people who are focused on the Fall feasts of the Jews wrapping up the Year of Jubilee. Their arguments have merit. Biblical scholars can point to a ton of very solid pieces of prophetic evidence to support their position. They make total sense, they really do. I would be convinced right along with them except for something that I’m about to share with you.

In my opinion, the Fall feasts in connection to the sign of Revelation 12 in the heavens, approach almost disqualifies it because EVERYBODY knows about it. Everybody is looking at those days. Everybody is preparing to either be caught up in the rapture or to mock those who set the date. I posted a blog last week about Expecting the Unexpected when it comes to Jesus. We know that He will come when He is not expected. I’m going to offer two suggestions concerning the Fall dates that should point you toward caution in placing too high of expectation in those dates.

1) Since EVERYONE knows that many are focused on the Fall dates, it makes it very easy for a powerful WORLD entity (I’m not going to speculate on who, but they are there) to pull off an enormous deception.

2) Thanks to modern technology, haven’t we already, in essence, seen the heavenly sign of Revelation 12? Don’t get overly technical on this. We know what the sign looks like and when it is coming. The first thought that comes to my mind about this being so obvious is STUMBLING BLOCK.

C) I had to do it (this is a serious matter, but it is also a time of rejoicing). We don’t know if there will be a pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib rapture when it comes right down to it. We don’t even know the exact starting point of the tribulation. If you get right down to it, we can’t really be certain of the entire seven year tribulation idea, because in reality, it was put together as a counter-reformation teaching by the Jesuits. That one probably hit you a little harder than you expected.

What we can say is that the SEASON is here and we should be watching. I’m going to lay out several prophetic connections that can suggest a different time for a pre-trib rapture below. THESE ARE NOT DATES THAT I AM SETTING, but each of them has equal merit to the dates set during the Fall feasts of the Jews. To start with, I want to point out something to draw your attention away from being too caught up in the Jewish Feast dates. Ready?

CHRISTIANS ARE NOT JEWS!


Does that come as a shock to you? It shouldn’t. We are not and never have been under the covenant of the Jewish law. Are we called to obey God’s commandments? Yes, and even to love the law of the Lord, but we are not Jews. We are under a new covenant. Christians have only two feast days, though we aren’t even compelled to celebrate those. They happen to match up with two Jewish feast days. Passover (Resurrection) and Shavout or Weeks (Pentecost) are our two high days, so to speak. I point those out only because if you are going to connect Christian observances with Jewish feasts, those two make a great deal more sense.

Here are alternated dates that hold equal status in terms of God following a scheduled rapture:

1.      Nissan 10 (10th day of the 1st month) There are more connections to Jesus, His purpose, His work and His return to this date than to any other date in the bible. Here is the short list:
a.       The Passover Lamb was brought into the home on this date and kept there until the day it was to be prepared for sacrifice.
b.      Joshua and the Israelites crossed over the Jordan and into the Promised Land on this date.
c.       The Triumphal Entry of Jesus, who came into Jerusalem (the home) and was kept there until it was time for Him to be prepared for sacrifice.
2.      Passover 14th through 21st of Nissan (Death and Resurrection). There are pretty powerful connections to this date as well.
a.       The lamb was sacrificed and its blood was placed on the doorposts of the houses, covering those inside from the judgment of God’s Angel of Death. Following the passing over by the angel, the Israelites were set free from bondage, fled into the dessert and were delivered across the Red Sea out of reach of Pharaoh, who was very swiftly judged and destroyed.
b.      Jesus was slaughtered and taken down from the cross, the Bible says, “on the day of preparation.” He was resurrected on the 3rd day as the first fruits of the New covenant (this day happens to also be a First Fruits feast of the Jews).
3.      50th Day, Shavout, Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). Fifty days were counted from the first day of the Passover. On the 50th day (sort of matches the Jubilee, don’t you think), was a celebration of the first fruits of the wheat harvest.
a.       The 50th day out of Egypt was the day God’s Ten Commandments were issued to the Israelites, declaring His new covenant with His people.
b.      Pentecost was the day that Jesus delivered on His promise of the Holy Spirit dwelling upon those in the New Covenant of Christ… that’s us. When you couple this with Jesus talking about the harvest of wheat… well… It has to make you wonder, right?

Just to mess up all of those who are bound to set dates for a pre-trib rapture, there is always the illustration of the Bride and Bridegroom. The Bridegroom goes to prepare a place for His bride and will come back at a non-specified date. Why isn’t it specified? Because when the Bridegroom prepares a place for His bride in His Father’s house, He cannot go and get her until the Father inspects the addition, which was added onto His house, and declares that the house is ready for the bride to come. That could be ANY day and one of the reasons that Jesus said, “of the day and hour, no one knows except the Father.”

I AM NEITHER A NAYSAYER NOR A MOCKER


Please understand that I am not scoffing nor mocking the return of Jesus. I am mocking the modern day Pharisees who believe that they can fit Jesus’ return into a box. The SEASON is upon us. We know that our time draws near because we can see that God is about to have His last seven years of dealing with the Nation of Israel, which is what the dates and time frames in Daniel and Revelation are specifically addressing. As Christians, we can be warned that the time is upon us as we see God’s prophesies concerning Israel playing out along with the signs that are being revealed throughout the world.

It makes sense that Christians will be dealt with separately from the Nation of Israel and everyone else, because of this, we will either be caught up and taken out of the world before that happens or we will be surrounded and protected while the tribulation is played out. If Jesus is to call us out, It would behoove us to have our eyes fixed on the next ten days for that to take place. If it does not happen in that time frame, keep your eyes open for the wedding feast to be called at whatever time throughout the spring, look with great anticipation again at the time of Pentecost.

It is my opinion and it is worth as much as you paid for it. If Christians are not taken up between now and September, then we’re probably not going to see a pre-trib rapture and we’ll see the events of the tribulation unfold very clearly and literally before our eyes. If that is the case, we can hope in a mid-trib or post-trib rapture and be secure in the knowledge that Our Lord will surround us and protect us.

HERE IS ALL CERTAINTY


We are in the season. End Times events will begin to unfold at a breakneck pace from this point forward. You should DEFINITELY have or be putting your spiritual house in order and trusting in Jesus ONLY for your salvation. You should not be distracted by anything but that which EXALTS the name of Jesus and gives all glory to Him. ABIDE in Him daily, watch and pray, for your redemption draws near.

NOTE: If you need help getting your spiritual house in order, refer to the following link or contact me directly. There is no more time to waste.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. – Luke 21:35


 I’m a couple of days late with this. Yes, I meant to say days.


On God's calendar, the New Year,  and the first month of God's year, just began with the sighting of the first sliver of the moon on the evening of Wednesday, March 29th. According to God's calendar, we just began the New Year.

This is significant because in the Jewish law, on the 10th day of the first month, the Jews were to bring a spotless lamb into their homes. This lamb was to be the symbolic sacrifice that celebrated their deliverance out of Egypt. It was the blood of this lamb on the door posts which caused the Angel of Death to Pass Over them. To make things very clear that He was the perfect sacrificial lamb, Jesus rode into Jerusalem (Israel's home) on a donkey on the 10th day of the first month. Later in that week, He was sacrificed in the same way and for the same purpose as the sacrificial lambs of the Passover.

It is likely that few of those who are reading this post are Jews. As Christian, we are called by the name of Jesus, but we share two feast days with the Jews. Both of which are extremely significant. The first feast we share with the Jews is the Passover, though we look at it a little differently with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday and then Jesus' death and resurrection. For Christians, this is our feast of deliverance out of bondage, because our sacrificial lamb, Jesus, was slain for us and we were covered by His blood so that death will not come to us.

The other feast we share with the Jews is Pentecost, which is the Jewish Feast of Weeks or Shavuot. This was a celebration of the bringing of the covenant and the first fruits of the wheat harvest for the Jews. For Christians, Pentecost was the arrival of Jesus' covenant of the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, the New Covenant, but the significance of the first fruits of wheat shouldn’t be lost on us either, as Jesus often refers to the planting and harvesting of wheat in parables about the Kingdom of Heaven. (This is incidental to my post, but in Daniel's counting, Shavuots had extreme significance and are regularly misunderstood when people discuss End Times prophesies.)

While everyone's focus is on the fall festivals of the Jews, especially those setting dates for the rapture, the beginning of the tribulation, etc., we Christians need to focus on OUR festivals, because we are not a part of the Jewish covenant. We are a part of the NEW covenant of Jesus. Though we cannot know the exact day and hour of Jesus' return, we can know the SEASON. I believe that the next 60 days or so, are HIGH times to be looking for His call to us to come away to Him. At the same time that I am eagerly looking forward to that event, these are also times when it is easy for us to be deceived by a false messiah or a false prophet.

Be careful with any celebration or teaching which exalts anything EXCEPT Jesus, His sovereignty, His glory, His grace and His work in salvation.


Among the false teachings to look for are individuals standing up and declaring themselves to be the Messiah, Christ, Jesus or the Savior… seems like a no brainer, right? Believe it or not, there are those who, "hearing flattering words," will turn aside and follow a false teacher or a false messiah, because their words smack with honey. Beware of teachings that exalt freedom, peace, safety, security, unity, tolerance, the environment, health care and new world order. (Environmental and health care are political objectives that tend to go beyond their stated objectives and are focused on gaining complete control over how people live, work, buy and sell.)

Yes… I did list freedom above.


Apart from God’s righteousness, freedom is rebellion against God and is a MAJOR stumbling block. It is better to be bound to and abiding in Jesus as a slave than to be free apart from God’s righteousness. (I will take up this topic in a different blog someday.)

The signs and season of Jesus’ return are here and we should be anticipating His return. Jesus tells us how to anticipate His return after explaining what the End of the Age would look like in Luke 21. He said:

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:34-36

Do not be a dweller of this earth who are concerned with the snares and cares of this earth!


We are dwellers of heaven who are on a missionary trip to the earth. If your heart and your hope rest in the things of the earth, then you need to ask Jesus for a change of perspective. If you continue as a dweller of the earth, then you are putting yourself at risk to be deceived. Return to Jesus, focus on abiding in Him and being a dweller of heaven whose hope is in heaven and not upon this earth.

Today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are four critical days in the Quail Songs and Canciones de Codorniz devotionals. Their purpose is to draw you into a deeper abiding with Jesus as your true Lord and Savior. I’m asking three things of everyone who reads this post:

1.  I am calling you to pay attention, read and apply the words of scripture that are being shared these four days to your lives. Whether you agree with me or not is not important. Apply the words of scripture that I am sharing to your life.
2.  Share these devotionals to family, friends and acquaintances that need Jesus in their lives or need to experience renewal in Him.
3.  Pray that Jesus will be exalted in the lives of your friends, family and acquaintances throughout these four days and throughout the coming season.

Exalting Jesus above ourselves and all other things is the best defense against deception.


Here are the links to the English and Spanish versions of the Quail Songs Daily Devotionals:

Quail Songs


Canciones de Codorniz


May God bless each of you in this New Year.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Second Coming: The ONLY Thing to Expect Is the Unexpected

No matter how big of a box you build, God won’t fit inside of it. No matter how clever you think you are in figuring out the riddles contained in the scriptures concerning the second coming of Jesus, God is still going to work beyond your wisdom to carry out His will. Therefore, the ONLY thing to expect concerning Jesus’ second coming is the unexpected. His second coming will be just like His first; unpredictable. Consider this passage from the seventh chapter of John:

Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.”


 But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.


 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?”


 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”


 Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.”


 Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?”


 They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.” - John 7:40-52


Jesus didn’t fit into their box. According to what they knew about Him, He didn’t come out of Bethlehem, He came from Nazareth in Galilee. We only know better because we have the gospels and the books of the New Testament. The major point to understand here is that Jesus didn’t fit into their box; in fact, Jesus was a law breaker because He healed on the Sabbath and He was a blasphemer because He claimed to be the Son of God. Look at another discussion between Jesus and the Pharisees in the fifth chapter of John:

 
“But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” – John 5:36-40


We are in exactly the same situation now. Those who are building boxes (or timelines) to fit Jesus into for His second coming are committing the exact same error. In fact, when I called out a particular date setter concerning an error in his interpretation, He told me that I am ignorant, another not so nice name, which I won't repeat here, and then assured me that his timeline was elegant and bulletproof and was put together by great theological minds.

We can see the signs, just as Jesus said we would, but we don’t really know the who, what, when, where, why and how things are going to play out. There are plenty of holes that no one knows how to explain. Here is an example of one of those errors, but there are many.

Many are saying that a third temple must be built so that the Anti-Christ can stop the sacrifice in the temple. Yet the scriptures teach that our bodies are the temple in which Christ now dwells in spirit and truth. Additionally, Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, which fulfilled the purpose of sacrifices; atonement for sin. With those two things in mind, why does God need a third temple and why would He be angry if sacrifices in it were stopped? I would think that the exact opposite would be true. The building of a third temple and resumed sacrifices would anger God, because it rejects the new covenant that He made through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.

Let me ask a few more questions. Isn’t there already an abomination which causes desolation sitting in a place where it should not be? Isn’t there an anti-Christ sitting on the temple mount of Jerusalem? Could we be constructing our timelines based on certain passages of scripture that we draw out to use as building material and by doing so we’re missing critical truths? The Pharisees did, what makes us think we are above that now?

Return to the passage from John 5 above. Why didn’t the Pharisees see the truth? Jesus explains clearly in verse 38, “But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.” Constructing timelines and boxes to hold God in are completely backward and cause the scriptures to become an enormous stumbling block.

Brothers and sisters, work on causing the Word of God to abide in you rather than using it to build a box in which to put God. Jesus will come in the same way that He came the first time; unpredictably. The only thing to expect is the unexpected. Be found in Jesus, because the who, what, when, where, how and why won’t matter when it all plays out. The ONLY thing that will matter will be whether or not you and Jesus have a relationship.


NOTE: Pay close attention to Quail Songs this week.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Tribulation: Prepare to Go the Distance

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matthew 10:28


This post is not going to be an easy one, nor is it going to cause me to gain all sorts of popularity among Christians or anyone else for that matter. I do not belong to the Pre-trib, Mid-trib or Post-trib camps. There is valid, scriptural support for each of the three views. Some might accuse me of being wishy-washy for not coming down in one of the three camps and taking a stand. That’s their opinion.

In my personal experience and from what I have read in the Bible, I believe that the greatest error that Christians can make is to force God into a box and attempt to adamantly state that God will act in a specific way in a particular situation. The Jewish leaders were experts in the scriptures, yet because they had formed a box for God and placed the Messiah inside that box, they didn’t recognize Jesus as the Messiah. I believe that our modern, expert theologians run the same risk when attempting to define what, when, where, why and how in relation to the End of the Age and the rapture or calling away of the Bride of Christ.

Here’s the part that’s going to kill my popularity. It really doesn’t matter when we are called away. Just in case you’re wondering if I really wrote that, I’ll write it again. It really doesn’t matter when we are called away. Here it is in bold print…

IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER WHEN WE ARE CALLED AWAY.

There is WAY TOO MUCH focus on the signs. There is way too much speculation on the dates. There is way too much focus on guessing who the anti-Christ is and when he will appear. There is way too much focus on whether or not there will be a third temple built in Jerusalem. There is way too much attention given to Jesus returning on particular feast days and sticking to God’s divine calendar. The list goes on and on and on and on, those confessing Christ are far too focused on these things and ignoring what really matters. Should we be watching? Yes, we should be watching. Should we be recognizing the signs as they appear? Yes, we should recognize the signs and even share them with others. Should we be anticipating the return of Jesus? Overwhelmingly yes, we should be anticipating the return of Jesus. What we should not be expecting or anticipating is that we will escape tribulation. Oops, I did it again, I made another unpopular statement. I’ll repeat it as well. What we should not be expecting or anticipating is that we will escape tribulation.

WHAT WE SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTING OR ANTICIPATING IS THAT WE WILL ESCAPE TRIBULATION.

In fact, the overwhelming evidence from cover to cover of the Bible suggests that those who profess Jesus will not only face tribulation, but will face The Tribulation. I’m not saying this out of any sort of arrogance or pride or prophetic authority. I am as eager to be caught up before The Tribulation hits as you are, but the fact of the matter is that the whole of scriptures shows that God is glorified when the people who are called by His name are put to the test. Do I need to make a list for you? How about if I just toss out a few names like Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Noah, Job, Moses, Joshua, Samson, Gideon, Samuel, David, Solomon, Elijah, Isaiah, Daniel, Peter and Paul. Oops, I forgot one, Jesus.

We are extremely arrogant to think that we can skate right into heaven at a leisurely pace with our hands behind our backs because we believed in Jesus as our Lord and Savior and were “born again.” This next question is directed right at you. What makes you such a great hero of the faith that you will be allowed to escape tribulation when none of these others, including Jesus, escaped it? Stop reading right here if that angered you. The words that follow will mean nothing to you unless that question humbled you.

Other than the Christians in some parts of the world that are being tortured, beheaded and killed for confessing Jesus, modern Christians are wimps. I AM A CHRISTIAN WIMP. I’ve never been truly tested in my faith to the point of death. I have a nice place to live with all of the modern conveniences. I don’t starve. I have plenty of clean water. I use the facilities and flush the waste away. I drop my garbage down a chute and someone else hauls it away every night. I’m free to sing and praise the Lord without anyone threatening to kill me. I can speak my mind without being arrested and thrown into prison. The worst persecution I can expect is someone being “offended” on Facebook.

If we are to be prepared to face tribulation, then we need to be asking ourselves some very hard questions and looking for the answers to those questions in Jesus. Here are those questions:

·         If all of the modern conveniences that you take for granted were suddenly gone, where would you turn? If clean water quit coming through the tap, if you had to start living in a shed without your wi-fi, your television and your recliner, if you couldn’t drive to the grocery store and stock up, if your storage of food and equipment and all of the prepping that you’ve done had exploded or been wiped out, and if you had to dig your own hole to bury your waste, then where would you turn?
·         If a gun was placed to your forehead and you were told to deny Jesus or go to meet Him, how would you respond? That’s the easy one, right? What if that gun was held to the heads of your wife and your children and/or grandchildren and you were told to deny Jesus or they would be sent to meet Him? What if because you refused to deny Jesus you saw your wife and your children raped and/or tortured?
·         What if you were watching your family starve to death and a relief agency pulled up with a truck loaded with food and fresh water and that you could have all the food that you and your family needed if you’d just allow a tiny little mark or chip to be installed in your hand or on your forehead?

Could you endure these things and more still singing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”? I don’t know that I could endure those things. I’ll admit it plainly. I hope with every ounce of hope in me that I won’t have to endure those things, but I have to expect them and anticipate them in order to drive me to my knees and remind me that it will not be my will that is done, but God’s. It will not be my strength that allows me to endure them, but that of Jesus living within me.

A merciful God would NEVER do that! Really? What did Job have and lose? What did God’s own Son endure? What did those great heroes of the faith between them, which we read about with a sense of literary glibness, endure? Consider Psalm 18, what do you think David was enduring or seeing in a vision when he wrote those words? Where did David turn?

We have to put aside our arrogance. We have to understand that our ONLY hope is to be found in Jesus. My daily devotional, Quail Songs, hammers away on that theme every day, because HE is our ONLY hope. HE is our Rock and our Fortress. JESUS is our salvation. JESUS is our strength, our joy, our song, our patience, our endurance, our deliverance, our intelligence, our future, our shield, our EVERYTHING.

JESUS IS OUR EVERYTHING.

I earnestly pray that I won’t have to endure The Tribulation. If I do, I earnestly pray that I won’t have to endure all of it. If I do have to endure all of it, I pray with all that is within me that Jesus will carry me through it and I won’t try to do it on my own, because I WILL FAIL.

Too many who confess Jesus are looking toward the coming tribulation with a glib attitude, believing that they’ll just sail right into heaven in the winking of an eye. It is that glibness which makes me believe that we will probably have to face, at least, some of The Tribulation. I believe that the Bride of Christ will be purified. I believe that Jesus will be doing some separating between those who have truly humbled themselves and confessed Him as Lord from those who believe they’ll just skate leisurely into heaven. The preponderance of scripture does not support the idea of a leisurely stroll into heaven.

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.” - Matthew 10:24 & 25


IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER WHEN WE ARE CALLED AWAY.

Those who will enter the throne room of God confessing Jesus as Lord will do so humbly. They will not be counting on their own righteousness, that day they walked the isle, that day they were dunked in water, that day they started speaking in tongues, that seminary degree or the fact that they happened to guess right on God’s timeline of End Times Events. The elect of Jesus will come before the throne of God on their knees, knowing that they are deserving of the same treatment that was dished out upon Jesus before He was crucified. The elect will know that there is no hope for them apart from Jesus as they bow before God.

HUMBLE YOURSELVES! in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. – James 4:10


Our great God and His Son, Jesus, are HOLY! If it is in their will that you should suffer The Tribulation, then count it as great joy and a small price to pay for what your savior endured to deliver you. You might have to go through The Tribulation, but if you truly count upon Jesus as your Lord, if He truly reigns in your life, if He is truly your hope and salvation, and if He has placed the seal of His salvation within you, then through JESUS you WILL endure it.

FOCUS! FOCUS! FOCUS! FOCUS ON JESUS!

He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. – Revelation 21:7


Tribulation or no tribulation, your ONLY hope of being called away to meet Jesus in the air, at any point, is found in the Great and Worthy Lamb of God. Stop worrying over the what, when, where, why and how of what is coming and fix a steady gaze upon your ONLY savior. Look into His eyes and get ready for the ride He has in store for you. Let God and His Worthy Lamb be glorified! Amen.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Not My Will, But Thine Be Done

Jesus called me to subdue the city.
“The walls are too thick,” I replied.
“Walk around the outside of the city for six days. On the seven walk around it seven times and then blow the trumpet and shout my name,” He said.
I did as he asked and the wall of the city crumbled to the ground.

“Drive the invaders from this land,” Jesus told me.
“I’m afraid,” I answered. “I don’t know how to fight.”
Jesus handed me and the three hundred men with me a torch and a clay pot.
“Surround the army, sound the trumpet, shout my name and break the pots,” He commanded.
I did as he asked and the entire army of invaders killed each other.

“That giant defies My Holy name and raises a challenge against My people,” Jesus declared.
“I’m a mere boy, not a man of war,” I protested.
“Take your sling and five smooth stones and go out to meet him,” Jesus directed.
I put a stone in my sling and slung it with all the strength I had in me. Jesus guided the stone to strike the giant in the head and he died at my feet.

“Prophesy the words I direct you to prophesy,” Jesus demanded.
“My lips are unclean. I am not worthy,” I replied.
Jesus touched a burning coal to my lips, cleansed them and His words flowed from my mouth.

“Do not cease your prayers to me,” Jesus ordered.
“But if I continue praying, I’ll be cast into a den of lions,” I cried.
I obeyed Him and was cast into a den of lions, but their mouths were shut tightly and they did not harm me.

“Follow me,” Jesus said.
“I’m just an ignorant fisherman,” I answered.
“I will make you a fisherman after the souls of men,” He replied.
I followed and saw the blind be made to see, the lame made to walk, the deaf made to hear, the mute able to speak, the sick restored to health, those possessed by demons set free and the dead raised to life. I spoke and communed with God made manifest in the flesh, saw Moses and Elijah appear on the mountain and heard the voice of God.

“Go to the gentile nations and proclaim My Word,” Jesus ordered.
“But I am the one who is persecuting them for believing in you,” I responded.
I obeyed Him and all of the nations of the earth heard the Word of the Truth because of the testimony I passed along to those who had never heard of Jesus.

“Come home,” Jesus called. “Your work is finished.”
I went.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Obama, Trump and End Times Deception

Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. – Matthew 24:4 & 5

I rarely have the opportunity to step on everyone’s toes. When I do have it, I examine my motivation carefully. I am not attempting to place myself above everyone, but I do believe that drawing attention to Jesus Christ in the battle against deception is of greater importance than whatever one or another person might think of me. With that disclaimer in place, let me begin stepping.

 Is Obama or Trump the Anti-Christ?

The fact that Christians have been attempting to answer this question or even asking this question is the first great deception. Why are those identifying themselves as Christians bothering to consider this question? What purpose will it serve to specifically identify a single individual as the Anti-Christ? How will it prepare us for any end times event? What could we do to stop it, make it come about or effect it in any way? This is a deception because it draws our attention away from the fact that there is an overwhelming and much more dangerous Spirit of Anti-Christ worldwide. Your neighbors, your parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, your children, and even you are embracing this Spirit of Anti-Christ on a daily basis. Our (including myself) daily sins of rebellion are against Christ and therefore Anti-Christ. We create idols and distractions for ourselves on a daily basis many of those idols and distractions are even in our churches. Rather than worrying over who is the Anti-Christ, we need to be examining and exterminating the Anti-Christ within ourselves.

Both Obama and Trump Are Stumbling Blocks

I was a very strong and outspoken opponent of former President Obama and his policies. Toward the end of his term, however, I started to realize that he and his policies were only significant in the grand scheme of things, because he widened the gap between the two world views of conservatism and progressivism. Those who espouse the view of progressivism supported and defended him vehemently. Those who espouse conservatism fought against Obama and progressivism with equal vehemence, and I was one of them.

President Trump has been and will continue to make that gap even wider. The two of them are stumbling blocks because those who identify themselves as Christians have been led into the fray. Those who identify as liberal or conservative Christians are continuing to be dragged in deeper and rushing, while carrying a heavy stone, to make sure they sink.

Jesus’ Kingdom Is Not of This World

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” - John 18:36

Why are Christians fighting on either side of this great political gap? What stake do Christians have on policies coming from either the progressive or conservative camp? Will Jesus’ sacrifice be nullified if religious liberty is compromised? Will Jesus’ resurrection be of less importance if liberalism gets its way? I am not saying that we do not have a duty to speak out against immorality and deception or lend support to those who do speak out against those things, but in the end, changing political policies in this world is not our ultimate calling. For Christians, our kingdom is in Jesus regardless of what political climate or under what regime we find ourselves.

Our Christian Duty Is Proclaiming the Truth

Before we go any further into a discussion of truth, I want to define it. To define truth, I’m going to focus attention on two passages of scripture from the book of John.

John 1:1-5 gives us an extraordinary view of the Truth. Take a look:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

You don’t read the word truth in there anywhere, do you? Hold onto that thought and examine this second passage from John 14:6:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

The first scripture identifies the preeminence of Jesus with the Father from the beginning. That is why the entire passage is in past tense. It identifies Jesus as the power of God’s Word in creation. John is drawing a distinct parallel between God speaking creation into existence and Jesus being the Word which God spoke. Life and light came to mankind through Jesus. Jesus’ light shined in the darkness and darkness was unable to comprehend or overcome it.

Jesus Is the Truth; the Word Is Truth

Let’s draw the two passages together. It’s not difficult for those who are regular students of the bible, because these are not isolated passages taken out of context from the whole of scripture. If you study the scriptures, you will find this parallel over and over again.

Having existed from the beginning, along with the Father, Jesus, as a part of the work of creation, is in a unique position to know everything, just like the Father. It takes very basic logic to deduce that the one who puts something together and makes it function knows more about what was created than anyone who comes along later to examine, analyze and theorize about it. 

Therefore, regardless of what correct or incorrect conclusions mankind draws, we will never know as much truth as Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Therefore it is imperative that for us to know Jesus and consequently understand, even a portion of the truth, we must ground ourselves in the Word of God, which is the ONLY truth. That truth will stand alone and shine light through the darkness whether it is understood or not!

Truth and the End Times

I believe that those who are speculating about when and how things are playing out and going to play out are looking at the wrong signs, being led to stumble and causing others to stumble along with them. Am I looking forward to the rapture? I am. Am I looking forward to Jesus’ return? I definitely am. Do I think it is coming soon? I think it could come this afternoon, tomorrow, next week or at any time. I don’t believe that because of any particular set of signs being fulfilled and their meanings, but because of a great spiritual separation, which I believe to be intensifying.

In the midst of this great separation between conservatism and progressivism, there is a greater separation forming between the true sheep of Jesus and the apostate church. There are those who identify as Christians but are still hung up in the kingdom of this world (not just in the U.S., but worldwide) and those who are hearing the call of the Shepherd and turning toward Him. As tribulation (testing) intensifies, that separation will grow wider.

Those Straddling the Gap Are in the Most Danger

A cowboy friend put things into perspective for me more than a year ago. Though I didn’t fully understand it at the time and he probably didn’t either, Buddy said something to me that stuck with me. It’s pretty simple, but very profound. He said, “I think Hillary and Trump feed from the same trough.” It was that statement which started me thinking about what was really going to happen if/when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. From that, I began to see the broader picture at work and began to withdraw, even to the point of removing myself from social media for several months.

The understanding that the true sheep need to get a handle on is that President Trump isn’t going to change what is really taking place in our world. President Trump is not a new Cyrus that is going to set the world right again. Obama’s continuing legacy, found in his supporters, is not going to have any effect on what is really taking place. What is really taking place is a dividing of those in the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of Jesus. Those who continue to try to straddle that gap are in the most danger as that gap widens.

Let me issue the same challenge which Joshua issued to the people of Israel: "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve!" - Joshua 24:15

Focus On Jesus

I’m going to wrap up with an exhortation to all who are reading this. Those who are sheep will hear Jesus’ call in these words. This is the exact same parable that Jesus gave His disciples after talking to them of the end times in Matthew 24 and I think it has double meaning for us. To wrap up this post, read these words, put them into your heart and apply them to your life.

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” – Matthew 25:1-13


To those who have ears to hear; keep oil in your lamps.