Bible Prophecy

The Third Trumpet Judgment

(Read Part 33) One Third of Rivers and Water The Apostle John reveals that not only will God allow the destruction of one third of the seas, but also of the rivers and springs by causing them to become lethally bitter as Wormwood. In Scripture, wormwood represents Divine punishment associated with bitterness and sorrow (cf. Jer. 9:15; 23:15; Lam. 3:15). Revelation 8:10-11 states: Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell [...]

The Blessing of God upon a Nation

(Read Part 1) The New Plan What then was instituted was DIVISION. God, Himself, divided the world into a whole set of new political entities which He called nations. Speaking of one segment of the family of Noah, the Bible says, From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations. (Gen. 10:5) These were the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, [...]

A Call to National Righteousness

Our little systems have their day They have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of thee And thou, oh Lord, art more than they. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “In Memorium”)[1] In our generation, we have said goodbye to dozens of nations. They have dropped into the dust bin of history. This now common expression is more and more often used to refer to well-known nations of the past and present. They were once prosperous, influential, happy and apparently [...]

We Must Hold to Biblical Traditions Faithfully—Not Abandon Them Flippantly

(Read Part 4) So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. (2 Thess. 2:15) In this series, we are dealing with the concept of ministry philosophy—addressing a paradigm shift that is taking place in many churches. It includes a variety of issues which all churches, of all sizes and shapes and stripes, are currently facing. Many times today we are differing with other believers, not so much on [...]

The Second Trumpet Judgment

(Read Part 32) Last time we looked at the first of seven trumpet judgments, as illustrated by this chart: This week we turn out attention to the next judgment that follows this first one. Introduction The human body contains approximately 78 percent water at birth, with adult males dropping to 65 percent water and adult females 55 percent water.[1] Fresh water and nutritional food are essential for humans to survive. The oceans, rivers and springs of the world provide a large percentage of the food [...]

We Must Teach the Old Testament Systematically—Not Superficially

(Read Part 3) In this ongoing series on developing a Biblical philosophy of ministry, we are dealing with some hot contemporary issues. Order Dr. Andy Woods' new book, "The Middle East Meltdown." What you will discover is that there is a lot of disagreement in churches today—not so much over their doctrinal statements. The disagreement is over how they have decided to do ministry—ministry practicum or a philosophy of ministry. This is important and significant to me because issues nearly identical [...]

The First Trumpet Judgment

(Read Part 31) Introduction The world is no stranger to devastating destruction. However, the future seven-year tribulation period will bring far-reaching devastation that will destroy more land and property than has ever been experienced in history. The trumpet judgments major on the prophetic concept that God will execute the destruction of one-third of a stated item or items in the world.[1] There is no indicator in Scripture that God will confine the judgments to a specific area. All Scriptural indicators point to [...]

We Must Teach the Entirety of Scripture—Not Merely the New Testament

(Read Part 2) Many new ideas are being touted today in terms of changing the direction of churches. We need to become educated on the mood of the body of Christ, and how new ideas are percolating. In this series, we are taking an in-depth look at nine troubling ideas that keep resurfacing in the area of philosophy of ministry. If you have not yet faced these issues in your local Bible-believing church, be assured that you will be facing them soon. They are [...]

The Seventh Seal Judgment (Part 3)

(Read Part 30) Introduction Thunder, lightning, torrential rain storms, hail, an eerie darkening of the sky and other cosmic disturbances cause many to experience great fear and angst. The Apostle John, in Revelation 8:1-6, presents the opening scene as the Lord Jesus Christ opens the seventh seal. The setting begins with complete silence, and crescendos into a major cosmic display of God’s power. We will examine the four final preparations John reveals in the opening of the seventh seal—which contains the catastrophic [...]

We Must Emphasize Prophecy—to the Extent that Scripture Emphasizes It

(Read Part 1) We continue our discussion about ministry philosophy and the temptation to compromise with regard to it. I want to challenge pastors and spiritual leaders to think deeply about these issues—and not go down that road of compromise. Last time we began looking at nine troubling ideas in this regard. The first of those was: There is a tendency to reach the youth at the expense of the truth. We often hear the plea to tone down truth because of [...]