Posts Tagged ‘Lord’


A article in the Austin Statesman by New York Times writer Jim Yardley entitled “Pope urges World Peace reaches out to other faiths,” ran this past Thursday.  The pope in his first Christmas address urged the world to come together for peace.  He went on to say, “True peace is not a balance of opposing forces.  It is not a lovely facade which conceals conflicts and divisions.  Peace calls for daily commitment.”

Peace is a good thing.  I think any one reading this blog post including this writer would agree with that.  However, the bible claims that there will be no such thing as peace especially in these last days.  The Pope is welcomed to urge the world all he wants however, God has already spoken (Matthew 24:6,7).  The conflict in the Middle East is only the tip of the ice berg of what is to come in the Tribulation.

Matthew says there will wars and rumors of rumors of wars and that nation will rise up against nation.  These says are Jewish idioms for world wars.   There have already been two and there is still a yet third world war that is lurking on the horizon.  The third world war or possibly fourth by the end of the Tribulation will be when the Beast brings the armies of the world against Israel.  The Lord Jesus ends the war with His return (Revelation 19:11-21).

The perspective in which I write is a Pre-Tribulational view of Bible Prophecy.  This means I believe the Lord will return for believers before the Tribulation begins (Daniel 9:27, John 14:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:2-3).  Therefore, when I read that the Pope is urging the world for peace I think “That’s great, but it will not be a lasting peace.”  1 Thessalonians 5:3 says, “Peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman.  And they shall not escape.”  The is saying that the world will achieve some sort of peace (which I believe will happen when the Antichrist or Beast finally gets a covenant signed with Israel and their foes) this peace will not last because the signing of the covenant will signal the start of Tribulation.

All this talk of peace should be taken as a sign that the Lord’s return is coming soon.  Believers should be looking up (1 John 2:28).

I have not written this blog post in an attempt to scare any one.  The purpose of Prophecy for Today is to prepare saints for the Lord’s return and His future Kingdom.  I take a conservative approach to bible prophecy interpretation in order to ensure and allow the word to speak.  Thank you for stopping by.  God Bless.



We live in a crazy world.  A world where people feel in some twisted way that they need to place bombs at a marathon.  A world where very few if any politicians actually stick up for what is right.  The word “right” does not even have the same meaning any more.  Anything is “right” if the majority of the people believe it to be true.

When I read Revelation 4, I am in awe of the glory of the Lord. John describes the majestic scene, “And He who sat there was like a jasper and sardius stone in appearance…Before the throne there was a sea of glass like crystal…”  There are four creatures continuously say, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come.”

I was reminded of how wonderful, and marvelous our Savior is when I read those verses this morning.  No matter what I see on the news or read on the Internet, God is still God.  He is holy.  I love the phrase, “Who was and is and is to come.”  It reminds me that God never changes.  He was the same when He created and even before.  He was the same God who called Abraham.  He was the same God who stood in the midst of the burning fire with Daniel’s friends.  He closed the mouths of the lions.  He died for my sins.  He rose again.  He will come back for us.  God sits on the throne today and has and will.  He is worthy to be praised.


Today is the first game of the year for my freshman football team.  They are all excited and pumped I’m sure.  This will be my fifth year coaching football, and I have enjoyed it thoroughly.  However, I have seen a pattern in players over my five years that I believe is very important as it relates to the Judgment Seat of Christ.  What is that pattern?  Well first let’s look at what the Judgment Seat of Christ is.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 and 2 Corinthians 5:10 give us good information on what it is.  The main point in both passages is that believers will have to give an account for the way they have lived their lives.  Essentially our works will be judged not our salvation.  This is important to remember especially when it comes to salvation.  It can be easy to front-load a Gospel presentation to a person, but that it is not our works or our willingness to give up that saves us.  It is believing in the Jesus, who died for our sins and rose again that saves us.  If I personally relied on my good works then I would be not be going to heaven.   I could never really be good enough.

The Judgment Seat of Christ is a judgment for believers that is separate from The Great White Throne Judgment.  While the scripture is silent on exactly when the Judgement Seat will take place, it is assumed that it could take place sometime before the Millennial Kingdom that Christ will set up.  I write that because believers have the opportunity to rule and reign with Christ during this 1,000 year reign on earth.  That opportunity is based on the way we lived for Him (Matthew 25:14-30; Revelation 2:26,27; 3:21).

Judgment Seat of Christ or The Bema Seat as it is often referred to, is actually not a time to be afraid, but a time to rejoice.  All the times people stood up for the Lord or made a sacrifice for Him, He will reward that (Hebrews 11:6).  However, those who didn’t use their time, talents, or money for the Lord will have much regret.  The Judgment Seat is about God holding us accountable for the way we lived our lives.

Football is just a game.  However, you receive what you put into it.  If you try and make the effort then you will receive playing time.  If you do not care and miss practices then the coach keeps you on the sidelines.  Every year I have students who give little to no effort and they stay on the sidelines.  Through hard work and determination others see the field and rewarded for it at the end of the year with an award.  The same can be said of the Christian life.  The question now is what will you do with the time, talent, and money that God has given you?  Hopefully you will use it to glorify the Lord.  In turn you will be rewarded for it.  It is not about today but the eternal.