A church structure, or the Structure of the Church!

Everywhere you turn today you see incredible buildings where people assemble once a week to “worship.” In fact for the past 1800 years or so, men have been building edifices for people to gather in, purportedly to honor God. The civilized world has continually sought to build physical places for God, without scriptural understanding. God doesn’t want a house to “dwell” in, He seeks the hearts of men for His dwelling place. As we continue to study the Church established in the book of Acts, and the formula and pattern established in Acts 2:42, we will look at what God desires of us as compared to man’s actions. The church built by Jesus Christ, established in Biblical Doctrine, has evidence of three more characteristics, Fellowship, Breaking Bread, and Prayer. Doctrine having been covered in a previous article, we will look at Fellowship which I believe is incorrectly practiced and understood in most “churches” today.

In Acts 4:46 we read that the believers worshiped together daily in the Temple, and from “house to house.”  The Church established in the book of Acts met in the homes and the courtyards of homes of the believers in Jesus Christ. This arrangement continued for the first two and a half centuries of the Church’s existence. But, by the latter half of the second century AD, doctrinal error began to enter the Church. The Gnostics and Nicolaitans and other false prophets (warned about by John, Peter, James and Paul) had spread their false doctrines and had also embraced many pagan practices so that many “churches” gradually departed from New Testament Doctrine. Local “churches” became institutionalized by uniting under the direction of regional “bishops” and unscriptural organizations. The simple worship arrangement initiated in Acts was being replaced by ritual, system and practiced religiosity.

In 312AD, Roman Emperor Constantine was said to convert to Christianity (The veracity of this can be debated in another article), and after having done so began the process of organizing the “church” for the benefit of the state. Under this religious system specialized places of worship began to be built which separated the worshipers from the “clergy” in yet another example of unscriptural practice. While Constantine is said to have helped establish and grow the “church,” in reality his introduction of paganism into “Christian” worship, in fact and effect caused the True Church to virtually go underground.

Today, meeting to worship in a building constructed for just such purpose is the norm, however this was not in the original design for the Church. In fact, I believe for several reasons, it is antithetical to the mission of the Church. First of all, it is ludicrous to believe it is right to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions, to construct buildings which are utilized once or twice a week while there are millions of people who have physical and spiritual needs. In order to construct and maintain these places, the financial resources which should be used for missions or church planting are swallowed up by mortgages and salaries which usually display greed and excess rather than love and hope. Spiritual growth is replaced by growing “membership” numbers to feed the financial monster that is the “church.”

Secondly, the mission of the Church is to develop the body by feeding them spiritually. Discipleship is the primary responsibility of the Church as they meet together. Evangelism is supposed to happen continually in our daily lives, and once someone becomes a follower of Christ they are brought into the fellowship of the Church Family to be fed and fortified. This is the example of the early Church in Acts 2:42-47. Building impressive buildings and “programs” to attract men to attend is antithetical to the pattern found in this passage. It has been my experience in ministry that people are hesitant to attend “services” where they feel like they must meet the expectations of the “membership” or fit in to the formality of the practices. Additionally there is a strong perception in these mega churches that they want you to attend to solicit you to “give sacrificially” to their work. People have the thought that “they only want me for my money.”It has also been my experience that people are more willing to attend an informal Bible Study in someone’s home or horse barn than a fancy “church” structure because they do not have to impress anyone.

In much of the undeveloped world this is where you will find the Church meeting today, and actually the house church is God’s ideal for every culture. In contrast to today’s magnificent cathedrals, mega churches, and church campuses, not to mention the institutional “churches”, denominations, para-church organizations, and ministerial associations, the New Testament records no attempt by the Apostles to form an organization of any kind for building the Church of Jesus Christ. God’s unit on earth for transmitting the faith was the local church and the Apostles were content to work within that framework, and to the early Christians the congregation was the divinely ordained unit on earth through which God chose to work. The model Church in Acts is the only unit to which God promised perpetuity.

The “church” has gotten far away from the model in this respect. Fellowship happens when people worship together as family. Church happens when believers are united together is such a way as to care about one another rather than the facility in which they meet. In these Last Days we need to be aware that people need Jesus, the body of Christ needs to grow in the Word together, the Church is Christians obedient to the Word and;

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The Church and Sound Doctrine!

Continuing our teaching on the Church built by Jesus Christ, we examine examples of what are considered by most to be representative of the “church” in the world today. Comparing them to the True Church formula, pattern, and appearance (meeting place), we will examine their effect in the world and affect on their members. In doing so I believe we will gain a better understanding of the concept of His Remnant Church, which consists of the faithful believers remaining true to the Doctrine of the Church built by Jesus Christ.

In order to compare these “churches” to the Church, let’s look again at Acts 2:42. As the Church these early believers, followers of Jesus Christ, continued steadfastly in four areas; the Apostles Doctrine, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In Acts 2:43-47 we find some things which resulted from their obedience to Christ in following His divine plan; there was a new respect for the authority of God, the Holy Spirit was active, there was unity in the body, everyone’s needs were met, they worshiped together continually (from house to house), they were thankful and shared meals together in fellowship and praise, and the result was that the body grew.

Are these things evident in the “church” today? Are the four areas the early Church “continued steadfastly” in still being continued in the same way today? In our next few posts we will look at each one in turn and evaluate how the “church” today measures up.

We will begin with the Apostles Doctrine:
Simply put the apostle’s doctrine is those things which they were either taught by Jesus Christ Himself, or had revealed to them by His Holy Spirit. During the days recorded in the book of Acts, these doctrines were of course predominantly given to the Church orally. Since the close of the first century, we have the infallible Word of God which the Holy Spirit breathed into the writers of the New Testament Scripture. Peter testified of this in 2 Peter 1:16-21 and in fact in 2 Peter 1:2&3 he wrote that; “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,” which knowledge is that given to us in the written Word of God. The Apostle Paul encouraged both Timothy (2 Timothy 4:2) and Titus (Titus 2:1) to Preach or Speak the Word (Sound Doctrine).

Doctrine therefore is found within the Scripture, the Holy Spirit breathed Word of God. And from the time the Apostle John completed recording The Revelation of Jesus Christ in 95 A.D., there has been no additional Scripture given by God. However, Paul warned Timothy that “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” 2 Timothy 4:3&4. He had also warned Timothy that men would “depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” 1 Timothy 4:1-3.

Unfortunately today we are living in the day which Paul anticipated. Today many “churches” are led by men whose only goals are self-promotion and the accumulation of wealth, others have become institutionalized through an un-biblical structure of priesthood and catechism or are following denominational instruction and dogma, all of which supplant the Word of God with writings, edicts, and creeds written by men. Many of these who identify themselves as “men of God” claim “new” inspiration or that they have received a “fresh” prophetic word from God. These so-called “preachers” are at best charlatans, with most actually fitting into the category of false prophets.

These are able to deceive their followers because most “church members” are woefully ignorant of the Word of God. If they do have a relationship with Jesus Christ, they are certainly not following the example of the Bereans who “searched the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11) to verify whether or not what they are being taught is biblical. This puts them in the position of those described in Ephesians 4:14 as being “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting…” Christians must be people of the Book, willing to take responsibility for themselves and their relationship to Jesus Christ. In these Last Days, deception will only continue to grow as Satan’s influence compromises the teaching of the Word of God, turning the hearts and minds of men away from Sound Doctrine, to the humanistic, socialistic, narcissistic doctrine of demons.

The Church built by Jesus Christ is one which stands on the Sound Doctrine delivered to us through the Word of God, and only through the Word of God. Again, I implore you to examine your heart, and the place in which you worship, the “church” which you attend. Be Bereans, be people of the Book, study the Word of God, ask the Holy Spirit to help you prove through it, what is Truth and what is false. Do not be followers of men, follow God through His Son Jesus Christ. Because;

Jesus is Coming Soon!

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to be continued…

To preach the Word is to preach the Second Coming of Jesus!

If the man in the pulpit is God’s man, a preacher of the Word, his message will be well seasoned with the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The hope of this age is the return of the Lord to catch away His Church. I declare unto you on the authority of the Word that a man who does not believe in the return of the Lord is not saved! No, I am not judging. I am simply inspecting fruit in the light of the Bible: “For by grace are you saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8) “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13)

We are saved by grace, we are taught by grace… taught to deny the world, taught to live righteous lives, taught to look for Jesus! Therefore I declare under you that the person who is not looking for Jesus does not possess the grace of God.

The hope of this age, the hope of mankind, is the coming of the Lord Jesus. We will never have peace; we will never have lasting world order until Jesus comes. Man has tried everything in his power to bring about peace and world success; but as I write these lines, the world is in terrible chaos. Why? Sin is the answer… and sin will never be put down to stay until the Lord Jesus comes.
“Preach the Word!” My prayer today is that the Lord will help me to remain true to His Word and preach it in all its fullness and power until Jesus comes. God forbid that I should ever compromise with the world and the devil in my preaching. I trust as I send out this message that if you dear reader, have not met the Lord in a born-again experience you will do so today. Do not gamble with “religion.” Religion is no good unless it is the blood bought religion of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you have been attending a church where the pastor is a blood-denying preacher, then search the Scriptures and see if what I have told you in this message is not true. God has not changed His mind about sin. The wages of sin is death, as it always has been and always will be. The sins which damned men centuries ago will damn men today. Do not be led astray by every wind of doctrine, but stand for the blood-bought redemption of Calvary.  Stand by the Bible, live by the Bible, make sure you have had a born-again experience.

If you are not a Christian, I beg you to bow your head right now and let the Lord Jesus come into your heart. He is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way, no other door to heaven. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9, 10).

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23).

Claim this promise made by our Savior: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

Excerpted from: “The Word Above All” by Oliver B. Green 1971

Words of Grace for Strength

What more can be said? What more should be said? As we continue to post these excerpts from the writings of great Teachers and Preachers of the Word from the past, I am continually amazed at the relevance of their words today. Truly as the Word of God itself says “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Just as the Word of God is relevant for today, so is the understanding and teaching of the prophetic Word from these authors.

The amazing truth, so simple and yet so deeply profound is that a never-changing Word of God is always relevant, always as if freshly written, for an ever-changing world. These authors have grasped that truth, and held to it steady. And so, their words live for us today.

In these Last Days, we need to be continually reminded that our “blessed hope” is the return of Jesus Christ for the redeemed, His Church. Unfortunately, for many “religion” has taken the place of True Christianity. The “prosperity gospel” or the “self-help gospel” or the “papal gospel” or one of a myriad of other cultic systems of religiosity has replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These false religions focus on worldly pursuits and personal satisfaction in this life and not the eternal rewards to be gained by living a life in Christ; seeking to come up with something new and exciting, while all the time ignoring the eternal truth as written in the Word of God.

We would do well to remember the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Simply put, while we remain on this earth our lives should serve Jesus Christ, and should we face death before Jesus raptures His Church, we get to go be with Him. As Jesus has won the victory over sin, we cannot lose as we stand by His side.

Just as Oliver B. Green has done in his writing; if you truly have a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, we implore you to examine the “church” you attend to see if it is truly one which preaches and teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And, if you have never accepted Christ’s free gift of salvation through His shed blood at Calvary, there has never been a better time than now to make Him Lord of your life.

If you need more information, or would like to talk to someone, about accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please send us a message by filling out the form on the “about us” page here on our blog site. And, if you’re looking for a church to attend in your area which is still teaching the True Gospel of Jesus Christ, we may be able to help with that as well. Please contact us through the form and we will make every effort to help you find a place to worship and grow in Christ Jesus. Because;

Jesus is Coming Soon!

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Occupy Till I Come!

No doubt in my mind the end is near! I have never felt like I had a great understanding of end time prophecy or the events that will lead up to the glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus! One thing I do know, is it does not take a scholar to see that the simple Signs of the Times are pointing to this end. With all this knowledge, or lack thereof, I have to continue to encourage the Church to continue to be faithful to the great work that is set before us.

Jesus spoke a parable in Luke 19 that told of a nobleman who went into a far country, but promised He would return. Before he left he pulled aside his servants and delivered to them a unique responsibility with this command… “Occupy till I come.” Deeper into this we realize that the original text simply means to “busy oneself” until I return. No doubt these servants knew that someday, the one they thought would be gaining a return on his investment, would without a doubt, be coming back to receive what the servants would gain with the ability, talent, money, etc… that he decided to trust them with.

I have never been one to feel like I had much to offer to God, or anyone else in this world for that matter, but in fact when Jesus left He sent exactly what each and every one of us will ever need to successfully accomplish the mission He has given for us to do! With that being said, my mind returns to end time prophecy and the things we read and see in the news every day. Who is right? Who is wrong? What about tribulation? What about the mark of the beast? What about the persecution of the Church? So many unanswered questions to some, and so much disturbing news, that we could all easily be discouraged in doing the work God has given us to do! It would be easy to go underground with our bibles, and read and pray with our little families (which we should be doing openly everyday), and forget about the outside world that Jesus came and died for over 2000 years ago.

One scripture that I cling to in these times, which is interpreted in many ways, is found in Joel and then repeated by Peter again in Acts (Joel 2:28-32, Acts 2:16-21). In the last days, the Lord says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.” Then He begins to list things that we may see in that time. I interpret it this way; even in the days when men’s hearts could fail them for fear, even in times when the most faithful of Christians might be questioning what is exactly going to happen, God had a plan for the True Church to thrive in a world full of turmoil.

The Church when it leaves will be a “glorious church!”  Now more than ever we need to be the Church that God has called us to be! Under the power and authority of the preaching of the cross; men, women, boys, and girls will still be saved because of the Blood of the Lamb! We as the Church and individuals are called to “occupy” until the Lord returns with the “talent” that He gave to each and every one of us to use, and finish the mission given unto us.

Reading all the blogs, seeing all the shows, reading the news excites me more now than ever! I will soon be given the opportunity to see face to face the Man who gave His life to set me free, but until that day comes, He has purposed in me to see one more soul walk down that aisle and give their hearts to Him! He is coming back again, but until then we are encouraged to;  Occupy Till I Come!

False Accusers

Paul said, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come” and then, he listed nineteen ungodly characteristics of the last days (II Tim. 3:1-7). The eleventh characteristic is “False Accusers” a destructive sin that has existed since the beginning of humanity. It played a big role in the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a prophecy. Many have been expecting it. I believe it has reached proportions never before seen. And it has gotten much worse since the election that brought Barack Hussein Obama into the White House.

That election pitted Barack Hussein Obama against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Mr. Obama was a student and admirer of a well-known radical named Saul David Alinsky and Mrs. Clinton said she had been indirectly influenced by Mr. Alinsky. Mr. Obama taught workshops on the Alinsky method and Mrs. Clinton wrote her honors thesis (”There is Only the Fight”) at Wellesley College on Mr. Alinsky.

Mr. Alinsky was a University of Chicago educated community organizer and he is noted for a book he wrote in 1971 titled “Rules for Radicals.” Rule 12 reads, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” To me it means select your target, zero in on it in a personal way and separate it from its base by demonizing it or depicting it as evil. Simply put, focus in on those you want to defeat and destroy them with false accusations. Hillary’s husband Bill called it the “Politics of Personal Destruction.”

I am not talking about an honest mistake, getting something mixed up or an accidental slip of the tongue. I am talking about deliberate character assassination, planned deception, intentionally lying about someone, name calling and slander. In many cases, the accuser is guilty of the accusation he or she is making, but the accuser is trying to deflect the truth by accusing his or her target of doing what he or she did. We thought we would never hear the end of Pres. Obama blaming his failures on Pres. Bush. And to this day, he calls those who oppose his policies racists. Hillary Clinton is still blaming Benghazi on an “incendiary video” called “The Innocence of Muslims” that was produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula that she promised to get jailed. Their ardent supporter Sen. Harry Reid is blaming everything he can on the “evil and rich” Koch brothers. He has clearly called Cliven Bundy a “hateful racist,” and a man with “extreme, hateful views, and dangerous.” He has clearly called Mr. Bundy’s supporters “domestic terrorists” and the Tea Party “Anarchists.” So Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” is playing a big role in the end of the age sign called “false accusations.”

But the target is broader than Pres. Bush, Mr. Nakoula and the Koch brothers, who are not totally innocent. Just look at some of the groups that have appeared on government approved potential terrorist lists: those who are anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-illegal immigration, anti-abortion or anti-UN; the Family Research Council, the American Family Association and the Christian Action Network; those who oppose the New World Order; those who are concerned about detention centers; those who believe in the right to bear arms; those who believe in end-times prophecy; returning war veterans; patriots; the TEA Party; evangelical Christians; etc. In fact, anyone who opposes the transition to socialism and world government is probably a target right now.

It’s satanic. Sin began on earth with Satan falsely accusing God before Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:4-5). Jesus called Satan a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). It comes from a heart that is not right with God (Matt. 12:34). It is a violation of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:16) and it is an abomination unto the Lord (Prov. 12:22).

It’s also dangerous because reviling, demonizing and falsely accusing those who oppose sin and stand for righteousness is clearly taking America down the road to religious persecution. The NSA storage of our financial records, e-mails, phone calls, Google searches, where we go, what we buy, what we sell, etc. is accumulating information that can be used for false accusations. The building of detention centers and the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court not to interfere with an Appellate Court ruling that allows the U.S. military at the president’s discretion to arrest and detain American citizens indefinitely and without a trial legalizes places to hold persecuted people.

True Christians will be out of here (Raptured) before the worst comes to pass, but the false accusations of some political leaders (blatant lying, name-calling, etc.) are evidence that the danger of persecution is growing.

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Daymond & Rachel Duck

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What is the Church? We continue to develop an understanding of the Church; its function and appearance.

In our last teaching we established that the definition of the Greek word for church, Ekkleisa (Acts 2:47), describes those who have been “called out” from the world into the body of Christ. And in fact, we came to the understanding that the Church does not contain people; it is the people! “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” 1 Corinthians 12:27. Having gained that understanding, when we first see the church in Acts 2 we find the formula, given by the Holy Spirit, on which the church is built, and a picture of what it looks like.

After Peter’s first sermon in Acts 2, we are told that about 3000 souls were added to the number of disciples. And in Acts 2:42 we read; “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”  Thus we discover in this verse, the pattern on which the church was established. It says that this group of disciples “continued” doing four things. But before we look at those four things, we need to examine the word “continued.” Webster’s describes this word as an adjective defined as: lasting, extending, or happening for a long time without interruption. I find this adjective to be very important in our understanding of the establishment of the church. These followers of Christ who had been “called” and “saved from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:39 & 40), were established within a formula and pattern, which should still be followed by the church today. So what is this formula of four things? Let’s look again at Acts 2: 42. They continued steadfastly in:

1. The Apostles Doctrine

  • This is the teaching delivered to them orally by the apostles who have received it from Jesus Christ.
  • Today this Doctrine is preserved for us in the written Word of God.

2. Fellowship

  • This speaks to the fact that those who were “called out” were separated to God from the world and,
  • that their desire is to develop relationships within the body of Christ and,
  • share in the needs of the body.

3. The breaking of bread

  • Which in one sense was a part of their fellowship in that they shared meals together (Acts 2:46), and
  • in another sense participated in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7).

4. Prayer

  • Thus they spoke to God in gratitude and worship,
  • for knowledge and guidance,
  • for provision and protection, and
  • for their ministry and calling.

This then is the formula and pattern on which the church was established, and is in fact, the formula and pattern which the church should still be continuing in today. Sadly, I’m afraid most “churches” today do not follow this formula or pattern.

And, what was the appearance of the early church? Where did they meet? Acts 2:46 tells us they met in the “temple” (this would be an open courtyard or hall on the temple grounds) and “house to house” (the dwellings, courtyards, and structures belonging to the individual members). Interestingly, New Testament Scripture never speaks of a church building, a physical structure, whose sole purpose is to house the “body” in “worship.”

Acts 2: 46 & 47 also tells us that they did all of these things “with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.” And, the result of all of this was that the body of Christ grew daily. Today, there are some extremely large “churches” in the world. However, are they truly a part of the body of Christ?

In our next teaching on the Church built by Jesus Christ, we will examine the “churches” we see in the world today. We will compare them to the formula and pattern, appearance (meeting place), and effect in the world, and affect on their members, and see how they stack up the True Church. In doing so I believe we will gain a better understanding of the concept of the remaining faithful believers who make up the True Church, what we call His Remnant Church, in these Last Days.

Until then, remember that Jesus has called us all to be ministers of the Gospel, and that;
Jesus is Coming Soon!

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Bible Prophecy Conferences

Rachel and I were attending the Mid-America Prophecy Conference on April 11, 2014 and Evangelist Don Perkins was speaking. When he mentioned Acts 28:22-26 Rachel turned to me and said, “That was a prophecy conference.” She was right and the more I thought about it the more I realized how true that is.

The Old Testament prophets wrote books on prophecy. Following the temptation of Jesus, He returned into Galilee in the power of the Holy Spirit. He taught in the synagogues and received much glory. He arrived at Nazareth where He grew up. The Sabbath came and He went to the synagogue. When He stood up to read He was handed a prophetic book. (the book of Isaiah). The Old Testament didn’t have chapters and verses at this time, but if it had, He would have read Isa. 61:1 and part of 61:2. He closed the book, gave it to the synagogue minister, sat down and said, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:14-21). This was a prophetic message that His hometown people didn’t like. They even rose up to kill Him even though it was given by Jesus under the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:28-30).

Shortly before His crucifixion, He was leaving the Temple for the last time. His disciples approached Him to point out the beautiful buildings, but He said, “There shall not be left here one stone upon another’ (Matt. 24:1-2). He went out to the Mount of Olives (to the place where He would ascend into heaven after His first coming; to the place where He will come back to at His second coming; Acts 1:9-11; Zech. 14:4) and His disciples said, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Their questions triggered what was probably the greatest prophecy conference the world has ever experienced. Jesus talked about false Christs, wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, persecution, the gospel, the Temple, the Battle of Armageddon, the Second Coming, Israel and many other really important subjects. I love to study His words, but many church members don’t even want to hear them.

Shortly after His crucifixion, two men were walking to a village called Emmaus when Jesus drew near (Luke 24:13-28). They called Jesus “a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.” They said He had been condemned, crucified and His body was missing from the grave. Jesus called them “fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.” Did you catch that? Jesus said those who don’t believe all that the prophets said are foolish and they have a heart problem. He referred the men to the Scriptures and “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Starting in the book of Genesis and going through the book of Malachi, Jesus showed them how current events were a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. That was a prophecy conference that I would love to have sat in on.

And now to the prophecy conference that caught Rachel’s attention. Paul was arrested and eventually sent to Rome (Acts 28:16-29). Three days after he arrived, he contacted some of the Jews and told them he had been arrested for the hope of Israel. They had no idea what he was talking about, but they wanted to hear more. “And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.” Paul did what Jesus did on the road to Emmaus. Some believed and some didn’t, but this is where Paul told the unbelieving Jews that “the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles” (Acts 28:28). Bible prophecy is about Jesus and not understanding it was a costly thing for the Jews.

The church enjoys a unique relationship with God. He has given us the Scriptures and Jesus told us to go all over the world teaching people to observe everything He said (Matt. 28:20). This is our mission. “Everything He said” leaves no room for the exclusion of Bible prophecy. It is a significant portion of the Scriptures and those who ignore it are not following the example of Jesus and they are not teaching the whole counsel of God.

Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck
daymondduck@bellsouth.net