Nobody wants to say it and be labeled “negative” by other Christians, however the sad truth is that Christians struggle to serve a Father they’ve never seen nor heard. Yes, “this is a walk of faith and not supposed to be easy.” But still, have you ever felt like we’re missing something fundamental given how believers are so confused, divided and lacking in good reputation and good fruit like Jesus and his disciples had (John 10:35)? Your suspicion is easily confirmed if you read up on the first church in Jerusalem under the apostles. Instead of having a reputation for being judgmental, self-righteous hypocrites like Christians too often have, the Jerusalem believers had love, public favor and esteem (Acts 2:46-47; 42-45; John 10:35; Acts 5:13). Frankly, it’s a bit depressing when you read those passages and realize how far off the mark the Christian church is today compared to the original. Why such a big difference? It’s simple: Jesus trained his disciples in necessary fundamentals which the Jerusalem church learned directly from them (Mt 28:20; Act 2:42). Since we don’t have Jesus’ trained apostles anymore and the Bible is not exactly in a clear, tutorial format, what do we do? Imagine that if as soon as you became a believer you were handed a workbook teaching you the fundamentals for serving God. Such a workbook would finally answer what God wants of us (and why!) along with other common, big questions all believers can’t get good answers to from Christianity. But more importantly it would share wisdom (Lk 1:17) and proven strategies for overcoming your biases, prejudices, and selfish, faithless nature to enable you to finally understand and do what Jesus said to do. Those following the book would experience such spiritual growth that they would literally become like Christ (Jn 10:35; 1Jn 2:6;1Co 11:1; 1Pt 2:21; Eph 5:1-2), just as Jesus’ disciples were (John 10:35) and the first church following their teaching was (Acts 2:42). You’d have that peace beyond all understanding (Php 4:7), see your needs always provided for (Mt 6:33) and have joy in all circumstances (Php 4:12) as you finally become kingdom-minded likes Jesus said to be (Mt 6:33). Katrina and I are already experiencing this more every day and so are the people who we coach. This workbook is planned to transmit the same wisdom to all, first to supporters who help us develop it, then later to the public at large. Along with Know the Future, it will serve as the basis for an end time novel teaching the Good News of the Kingdom and these things in an entertainment package to better reach the masses (for free).
The enigmatic Parable of the Ten Virgins seems loaded with potential secrets on the end times, but few of us are sure we understand it. The wedding feast at the Lamb’s Second Coming, the oil that is needed to enter the feast or Kingdom, the “virginity” and the mysterious “go buy” command that throws us for a loop on our ideas for the oil…what does it all mean? 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 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 successfully…
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.
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 him 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 Christian prophecy theorists 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.
Jesus gave the “Parable of the Fig Tree” in his answer to his disciples’ question on the sign of his coming yet Christians don’t understand the sign it refers to and instead keep inventing new ‘signs’ almost every year. The parable itself is often turned into a symbolic 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.
Jesus said, “This Gospel of the Kingdom Shall Be Preached in every nation As A Witness.” But, by whom and when?