Jesus ended the Sermon on the Mount not with a final command but with four warnings on what not to do in response to his words. His warnings address the three traps every believer has fallen into—including you and I. What he says is absolutely brilliant as it shows he knew that hearers would be overwhelmed by the difficulty of his words and resort to using three common human problem-solving strategies. Normally effective strategies, they fail here and what’s worse, you won’t even realize they’re failing for a long time—if ever. Once you know what the four warnings mean, you will recognize your own mistakes as a Christian and finally see in the forth warning the one viable response to Jesus’ words. Armed with the right approach, you can start over in your walk with God.
Christians assume that they “follow Christ,” yet if pressed, each must admit that they simply do not understand much of Christ’s teachings needed to follow him. This includes the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ manifesto for the masses that Martin Luther considered impossibly demanding. Find out why Christianity does not teach it, why it is so offensive (on purpose), and how Jesus is like Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid—only harsher. With the three insights below, you can finally understand and obey the teaching of Jesus to no longer refer to him as “my Lord” without making him lord.
The scariest prophecy in the Bible? Easy: Jesus’ prediction that he will tell “many” sincere believers at the rapture basically to “get lost” instead of welcoming them into the Kingdom. So who are they and what did they miss or do wrong? Find those answers and the one requirement for salvation Jesus taught (that Christianity does not, or you would already have these answers) so that you can make sure you don’t hear these dreaded words yourself!
Is Christianity proclaiming the same gospel Jesus did, the “good news of the kingdom,” fulfilling the only precursor sign of the end that Jesus gave (Mt 24:14)? Christians assume so, but when pressed can’t even explain what the kingdom of God is. (It’s not “within you” or Heaven). Discover what the kingdom of God is, what its good news is mainly about (it’s not Jesus’ death!), and how to recognize it when this earliest sign of the end happens so you know when the good times are ending.
Can we know when the Great Tribulation will be? Or at least when it won’t be? Mark Biltz thinks so and I agree with him, except for his reckoning of the Sabbath year. Learn what the Great Tribulation is and how to tell when it is not near.
Jesus’ disciples asked Jesus the very question that every Christian still wonders today: how do we know when you’re coming back? Amazingly, Jesus answered by giving the actual “signs of his coming and the end of the age.” He didn’t refuse! We can read his straightforward answer in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Yet Christians don’t understand his answer as evidenced by how they fall for every speculative counterfeit end time sign theory hatched by prophecy writers in its place. Find out what you’ve been missing in Jesus’ answer so you understand the real signs of his coming and never have to fall for another false prophecy theory again.
Can you know if Jesus is coming now or not, without knowing the date? Most don’t think so because they miss that Jesus in his own words instructed us on how with his Parable of the Fig tree. Unfortunately, the parable is commonly misread as a prophecy referring to major events in the history of modern Israel one “generation” away from Christ’s return, supposedly allowing you to calculate the second coming date. But does “this generation” refer to Jesus’ first century audience or maybe to our generation, the “last generation?” Discover the real meaning of the parable and the key to discerning where we are in Bible prophecy that it plainly teaches when you let it.
When Jesus said, “no man knows the day or hour,” he nullified the past use of the Bible (or anything else) to “set dates” or predict when end time events will happen. But his words are not clear enough today alone to silence prophecy speculation. Some people think “day or hour” allows for knowing the year or is only code for the Day of Trumpets. On the opposite extreme, some think Jesus meant that his return could happen at any moment or that we could learn nothing about timing and therefore not even study his prophecies. Find out what Jesus really meant by looking at what he said in context…and also by considering what he did not say.
The enigmatic Parable of the Ten Virgins seems loaded with potential teaching on the end times. The wedding feast of the Lamb’s Second Coming, the oil that is needed to enter the feast or Kingdom, and the mysterious “go buy” command that throws us for a loop on our ideas for the oil. What does it all mean and what are we missing when we are confused on this and other parables of Jesus? Find out and puzzle no more on what you need to do to enter the kingdom of God.
Jesus said, “This Gospel of the Kingdom Shall Be Preached in every nation As A Witness.” But, by whom and when?