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Be very careful of what you consume.

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  Philippians 4:8 tells that we ought to be thinking on good things. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says we are to take our thoughts captive. All over in God's Word are we reminded of the importance of being careful what we allow into our minds, what we feed what's in our minds, and the danger of letting our minds wander freely to whatever emotional or logical conclusion they will. Being cautious about what we low to live in our minds also involves what might seem like "good" information from fellow Christians. Over the years, I've found that the things that Christians are eager to consume are things from people who: Say they have a prophecy about what's going to happen. Claim to have incredible supernatural experiences and share their stories. Talk about breaking news in light of how it fits in the end times. Say they are a watchman or have a discernment ministry, and are sounding an alarm. Trash the bride (the church) and can't stop talking about how awful, weak, an

Bible prophecy book recommendations.

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There are a lot of books out there about the end times, but I wanted to share a few with you that I've read recently and that adhere to a pre-trib pre-millennial view. +++ Agents of the Apocalypse , by David Jeremiah, is a great read.  What's unique about this book is that it combines a few fictional threads along with a detailed explanation, based in scripture, about each player in the end times. (It is similar to  Agents of Babylon  in approach, which does the same fiction+Bible mix.) The book is broken up into chapters, highlighting one of the players (the Woman, the Dragon, the Beast, the False Prophet, the Victor, etc.). The chapters start as a fictional telling of what might happen in an engaging way that is very believable. Then, the rest of the chapter breaks down everything you need to know about the topic using lots of scripture.  We often see similar books focus on the "usual" suspects, but Jeremiah brings in the devil and Jesus in a way that helps us und

The churning sea that is home to the beast.

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  In Revelation 13:1-4 , we see the beast rising out of the sea. Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” The beast is made up of the four animals from Daniel's vision (Daniel 7:208), representing the four kingdoms of Gentile rule. The sea often represents humanity (particularly Gentiles), and/or chaos. It is from out of that sea the beast (antichrist) will c

If your trust isn't solely in God by now, you have fewer places to look than ever.

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Proverbs 18:10 "They can't do that! It's unconstitutional!" But they do it.  "They can't mandate something that would force me to close my business down and lose income!" But they do it. "They can't force us to do something harmful or unhealthy!" But they do it. "They can't call it a vaccine when it's gene therapy!" But they do it. "They can't mandate a vaccine that isn't approved!" But they do it.  "They can't approve a vaccine without more testing!" But they do it. "They can't make me believe a lie!" But they do it. "They can't tell me where I can and can't shop!" But they do it. "They can't tell me where and when I can travel!" But they do it. "They can't tell me what is essential and what isn't!" But they do it. The Department of alleged Justice even says they can. The administration says they can. Legislative bodies do noth

What imminence feels like.

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  We're living the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Not that laws of physics control spiritual things, but it's one of the things I think of when I hear people insisting that a great awakening or revival or taking back of the nations to the way things were in 2019 are all wrong. We are in entropy . It feels like a heavy blanket on the heart. Everywhere are people completely deceived, and happily embracing every new deception, thinking they are finding a path to enlightenment and fulfillment. Everywhere is depravity dressed up in bright colors, glitter, sparkles, false smiles, and even packaged into children's media. Apathy grows. Self-love rules cold hearts. Rumors and threats of war. New diseases. New leaps towards global control and more parts of a beast system that marks and controls who can buy or sell being put into place. New chaos and riots and ethnic divisions, both on the streets and disguised behind genteel speakers in pulpits and college lecture halls. People losing

Common misconceptions about the rapture.

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If I were to tell you what I see said the most about the rapture as far as disagreeing with a pre-trib rapture, this is probably the list. I will likely be adding to it as I come across others that pop up on my radar. For those wanting to argue various theological positions, I encourage you to watch this YouTube series . Not a single idea, argument, or protest is left untouched. "There are a few signs that need to happen before the rapture." The imminence of the rapture is the key. Nothing needs to happen before it. Nothing. It is sign-less. Don't mistake the shadow and stage-setting for the tribulation as signs of the rapture beyond the fact that the rapture happens before the tribulation and if all that is falling into place than it is ever more imminent than ever before. But there is not one thing that needs to happen before Christ calls his bride home. "You pre-tribbers just want to escape!" Yes, I surely do want to escape going through the tribulation. It&#

The mystery of lawlessness.

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  In my morning Bible reading and study in 2 Thessalonians 2 , the phrase "the mystery of lawlessness" caught my attention in a different way. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is removed. - 2 Thess. 2:7 In this chapter, Paul is reassuring the Thessalonians that no, Christ hadn't returned. He starts the chapter reassuring them that the false spirit, the false word, or the false letter that had convinced them otherwise was wrong ( 2 Thess. 2:2 ) Stop there for a second. A false spirit (i.e. a false revelation or prophecy). A false word or message (someone spoke a lie to them directly or personally). A false letter (something written taught them a lie). Are these three modes of deception rampant today or what? From there, Paul proceeds to reassure them that he is correct, describing what will happen with the coming man of lawlessness (the antichrist). This man will oppose every "god" and faith practice