1. Revelation 1 2. Revelation 2 ... etc. ... 20. Revelation 20 ; Daniel 1 21. Revelation 21 ; Daniel 2 22. Revelation 22 ; Daniel 3 23. Daniel 4 ; II Peter 1 24. Daniel 5 ; II Peter 2 25. Daniel 6 ; II Peter 3 26. Daniel 7 ; I John 1 27. Daniel 8 ; I John 2 28. Daniel 9 ; I John 3 29. Daniel 10 ; I John 4 30. Daniel 11 ; I John 5 31. Daniel 12 ; Jude
1. Hebrews 1 2. Hebrews 2 ... etc. ... 12. Hebrews 12 13. Hebrews 13 14. I Corinthians 13 15. I Corinthians 15 16. I Thes. 4 17. Matthew 24 18. Matthew 25 19. Mark 13 20. Luke 12 21. Luke 17 22. Luke 21 23. Psalm 23 ; Joshua 23 24. Joshua 24 25. I Thes. 5 26. Romans 13 27. II Thes. 2 28. James 5
1. Mark 1 2. Mark 2 ... etc. ... 15. Mark 15 16. Mark 16 17. Luke 17 18. Luke 18 19. Luke 19 20. Luke 20 21. Luke 21 22. Luke 22 23. Luke 23 24. Luke 24 ; Matthew 24 25. Matthew 25 26. Matthew 26 27. Matthew 27 28. Matthew 28 ; John 12 29. John 13, 14 30. John 15 31. John 16
1. John 17, 18 2. John 19 3. Isaiah 52, 53 4. John 20, 21
May the LORD add His blessing to the readers and heeders of His Word.
CB1B - January, 2021
Alvederzane Darling !
Auf Wiedersehen ... Au Revoir.
We've come to a place in our commentary blog ministry efforts where we feel before our Lord that we've provided, by our Lord's kind mercy and grace, God's Church in Jesus Christ with most helpful RESOURCES for this next decade: 2020 - 2029.
Please avail yourself of our online materials - especially those posted on this site - while they are still available. And please recall: We are sincerely available to minister at your (local church or local Christian school) campus if you'd like further contemporary help in Gospel and Discipleship ministries. Simply email Jon Swanson at email@example.com to begin your inquiry.
Before we sign off for a bit,* a few final words toward Prepared Through Song ...
Our prayer ( sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star )
God of glory, God of grace, help us Lord to seek Thy face. You who dwell above the earth; You who gave us second birth, God of glory, God of grace, help us Lord to seek Thy face.
Our Truth confession ( also sung )
Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong, they are [ or Child-like ones to Him belong, we are ]
weak but He is strong!
Yes, Jesus loves me; yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.
[ both Anna Bartlett Warner's poem of 1860 and William Batchelder Bradbury's hymn are used above ]
Our personal (from individuals wishing to express it) prayer
God of glory, God of grace, help me Lord to seek Thy face. You who dwell above the earth; You who gave me second birth, God of glory, God of grace, help me Lord to seek Thy face.
May YHVH / YHWH God bless and keep you during this most opportunistic - yet dark - season before His glorious return in His initial appearing.
Goodbye for the present ... Until we meet again,
Endurance Ministries' service team
* though we will, Lord willing, continue posting both 2021 weekly blogs and new gifthandouts.
CB3A - March, 2021
Our Divine Sufficiency !
Please read our weekly blog for the week of 3/22-26 - blog B12;2021 (now posted)
Easter Prayer ...
Holy God, in the midst of all the darkness, Lord, we [God's Saints in Christ Jesus] praise Your glorious name together. Father, thank You for our upcoming celebrations this holy season, including our Lord's Supper participation as we prepare to worship You on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. As we present our lives as living sacrifices in praise-filled response to the generous demonstration of Your holy love, we cry: In our lives, Lord, be glorified, be glorified; In our lives Lord, be glorified today. In the match- less name of Your righteous, victorious Son, Christ Jesus we pray. Amen
Note: We will be resuming our commentary blogs soon.
1 John 17, 18 ; Luke 1 2 John 19 ; Luke 2 3 Isaiah 52, 53 ; Luke 3 4 John 20, 21 ; Luke 4 5 Luke 5 6 Luke 6 ... etc. ... 23 Luke 23 24 Luke 24 25 Acts 1 26 Acts 2 27 I Corinthians 15 28 I Thessalonians 4 29 I Thessalonians 5 30 John 14
1 John 1 2 John 2 ... etc. ... 20 John 20 21 John 21 22 I Peter 1 23 I Peter 2 24 I Peter 3 25 I Peter 4 26 I Peter 5 27 II Peter 1 28 II Peter 2 29 II Peter 3 30 I John 1 - 3 31 I John 4, 5
1 Daniel 1 2 Daniel 2 ... etc. ... 11 Daniel 11 12 Daniel 12 13 Matthew 24, 25 14 Mark 13 15 Luke 12 16 Luke 17 17 Luke 21 18 II John 19 III John 20 Revelation 1, 2 21 Revelation 3, 4 22 Revelation 5, 6 23 Revelation 7, 8 24 Revelation 9, 10 25 Revelation 11, 12 26 Revelation 13, 14 27 Revelation 15, 16 28 Revelation 17, 18 29 Revelation 19, 20 30 Revelation 21, 22
May our LORD bestow His blessings to the readers and heeders of His Holy Word.
CB3C - March, 2021
Discerning False Appeals (Part 1) Calling A Spade A Spade
Do you recall the main approach of The Way of the Master Ministries ?
An early part of their Gospel effort, in general, is asking questions:
~ If you steal, what does that make you? ~ If you lie, what does that make you? ~ If you commit adultery of heart (lust), what does that make you?
To make our point in this introductory blog, we'd like to make a similar observation - one which is factual in practice.
If you teach falsely, what does that make you?
Even more to our point:
If one persists in teaching falsely (even after the errors of the one teaching falsely are pointed out), it is not true - factually speaking - that this person is a false teacher ?
The same could be said of a group of folks.
There are many today who persist - even after being shown their teachings are incorrect in light of Bible Truth - in teaching falsely.
In the context of end-time teaching, there are many teaching false end-time claims today. Most are aware of their unbiblical teachings. Yet, for various reasons, they persist in teaching false doctrine.
In this context, they are actually deceivers who mislead God's Saints in Jesus Christ. Let's be honest and call a spade a spade:
There are many prophetic voices in churches today who teach falsely thereby deceiving some toward ill-preparedness.
Some deceived by the false teachers are watching (Mark 13:37) BUT they are watching based on incorrect (unbiblical) foundations.
BEWARE of those who teach falsely, yes, but there's more:
Scripture tells us to stop listening to those who make false prophetic appeals. Let's discern these false teachers in light of explicit Bible Truth AND let's stop giving them our listening ears.
Sober (serious) news:
God will judge both the false teachers and those who willfully choose to accept their unbiblical doctrine. The projected exper- iential consequences (of embracing false teaching) alone would serve as incentive toward seeking Bible Truth concerning our end-of-days setting.
We bring this more difficult factual appeal not because we're seeking to judge the false teachers but because Truth matters and because, in Jesus Christ, we sincerely care.
God's Word emphasizes this: Deception will mushroom in the days of the end. God calls His people in the Lord Jesus to endure in sound doctrine. May we continue building our house - see Mt. 7:24-29 - on HIS Truth Foundation, the Word of God.
If we do so, our worldview will be correct, in agreement with our Creator, Savior, YHWH/YHVH God ... who is Truth and through whom we can be free indeed.
2nd quarter commentary blogs of 2021 ...
CB4A - April, 2021
A Word About Our Past Commentary Blogs
We continue, by the grace of God, to praise Him for His leading in our ministry efforts since 2000.
Because He has called us to be "cutting edge" as we ambassador on His behalf, please understand we have been tasked with a most particular scope of ministry assignment. Read on for details.
We are "pioneering" in one sense of our ministry efforts. The "new" end-time ministry ideas we brought during the first two decades of our service were so new to most that it took a while for our appeals to be received. Now that many of our messages (though not all) have been received by those who want to hear what the Bible actually teaches about our end of days and who wish to discern present culture thereby, we need to bring the following qualifiers as we resume our 2021 commentary blog ministry.
1. We affirm ALL of our prior chronological (Click Here) and thematic (Click Here for present end-time realities ; please Click Here for future projections) appeals. As God's end-time Ambassadors of Jesus Christ, we are committed to HIS Truths, not our own. As a result of our heralding His Truths, our posts are most truthful - that is, they are, by His grace, faithful to His Word. (If you disagree with this claim, please contact us with your thoughts. Thank you)
2. In seeking to be His lights to churches and pastors, we need to stay on the "cutting-edge" fronts. This means we will minimize the parroting of our past appeals due to what now has become, the obvious (e.g., we live in the very end of days just prior to our Lord's intitial appearing, days where end-time Bible THEMES of deception, rebellious apostasy, personal idolatry and growing persecution of the faithful in Jesus Christ are unfolding globally). Review other examples predicted almost 2,000 years ago by God in II Timothy 3:1-5.
3. In light of our very different platform - different than many other popular end-time positions yet most Bible-affirming in both thematic and chronological appeal - we will, Lord willing, be addressing CRUCIAL topics which will be emerging soon - during the years of 2021 - 2025. We bring these "pioneering" messages due to the NEED to be better prepared for what's ahead. We proclaim these "calls to the Church" in light of our Lord's clear mandate that His Church be prepared/sober as we further pre- pare to enter into the eschatological periods the Bible calls the war against the Saints, the era of the antichristand The Day of the Lord.
4. Our ministry efforts will especially emphasize Gospel proclamation and Discipleship as our Lord Jesus has commissioned His Church.
We make these prophetic appeals 1) because God has directed us to do so and, 2) in response to the LOVE He has graciously given us for His Church. May He be glorified in our labors of tough love.
Dear God Who Provides, thank You for Your generous provisions to Your Bride-to-be, the faith-driven enduring Church. Thank You for Your protective Counsel. Help us, Lord, to listen to You as we should. Open our eyes as we ponder Your Word. Embolden us to be all that You've called us to be during this time of awesome Kingdom opportunity! And Lord, please help us to praise You during the difficult moments (as opposed to cursing You like so many will go on to do as Your righteous judgments are lovingly extended)! In Jesus Christ's name we pray. Amen
CB4B - April, 2021
Discerning False Appeals (Part 2) On What Basis?
Before we get into some pressing examples of false teachings within the Church, we need to address a prerequisite: What is the standard of measurement used for discerning false appeals?
Simply put: It's the explicit Word of God. Our relational God knows communication is a key ingredient for healthy relationships. As a result, He has been most generous to us in this regard. Yes, He has graciously given His image to mankind whereby we share, fallen as ours is, His heart in some precious things. Yes, He has powerfully spoken through His Creation - general revelation. All these many infallible proofs are abundant, yes, but He has blessed us with even more clear communication - His holy Word.
Because we wish to avoid casting our puny judgments on this matter of false prophetic appeals, we will NOT use, as a standard of measurement, OUR interpretations of God's Word. No, we will persist in being His faithful Ambassadors by using His explicit revelation as a plumb line for defining Truth ... His Truths which are forever settled in heaven.
Here's an example of what we're getting at by way of the authoritative standard we humbly employ: Click Here
Here's a contemporary example of our making appeal that it is the Word of God that must be our authority for faith and practice: Click Here
Here are some of the passages God has graciously extended to us on this matter of a sufficient platform for going about discerning the prophets of our day: Click Here
Lord Jesus, as the eternal Word of God, we thank You for generously revealing Truth to us. Especially in our day - a day including great deception - we thank You for Your protective Counsel. Help us, please. In Your enduring help through Your Holy Spirit, please shore up our resolve to submit to Your Truths and put aside the many satanic "has God said ?" assaults. THANK YOU Christ Jesus. It's in Your matchless name we pray, amen.
CB6A - June, 2021
Discerning False Appeals (Part 3) Dangerous, Spirit-Of-ax* Cultural Trends
We are far past the beginnings of Jesus Christ's first prophetic time of sorrows signs (of Mt. 24:4, 5, 6-8 ; Luke 21:8, 9).
As with literal birth pains, the intensity and frequency increases as the time (of birth ; of His return and the end of the age) draws near.
Early end of days eschatological manifestations of this sign further increased during the last few decades of the 20th century.
Today, many other voices herald similar expressions of the spirit of ax. Examples:
~ Secular humanity's denial that Jesus Christ is Immanuel - God with us! ~ Jewish refusal to accept their Messiah: Jesus Christ ~ Muslim teaching which rejects Jesus Christ being the Son of God ~ Christian cults who scorn God's Instrument / Means of salvation (His eternal Word, God incarnate, especially the crucial teaching of Christ - see II John) ~ Other eastern world religions which promote this: "The God of the Bible is NOT Savior from sin and death."
While these realities are contested by those who are threatened by global truths, they are undeniable, factually speaking. These birth-pain sign manifestations are cultural presentries - today.
So we ask:
Why are many Christian churches expressing similar antichrist sentiments - refusal (it seems) to properly name our Lord Jesus during these deceptive days? (His name: Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior) Why do many churches intentionally only refer to the Son of Man as "Jesus" ? May we discern our day! The spirit of the antichrist is the viewpoint of the satanic world today. Beware dear Church. Do not compromise on this eternally significant doctrine! [ We are not saying it's wrong to refer to Christ Jesus as "Jesus" at times. The concern we raise is the willingness of many Christians by name to placate the world by refraining from telling the fuller Truth about Jesus.]
Note well dear seeker of Truth: God's Word says this ...
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. I John 2:22, 23
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. I John 4:2, 3
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His command- ments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burden- some. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? I John 5:1-5
For many deceivers hae gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him, for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. II John 7-11
( The above passages are taken from the NKJV. )
IF you have not yet received the Lord Jesus as your Savior, please ponder the pages outlining God's Good News, for your eternity is a l o n g time. We care.
* ax = antichrist
CB6B - June, 2021
It's That Time
Last year we unleashed a new global ministry appeal. (CB6A - June, 2020)
We repost this opportunity given the signs of our times - see repost below.
In light of the 2,000-year-old anniversary that we're currently celebrating - the Life of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth - we encourage you to further prepare for His return by prayer- fully considering a 2nd Advent series in your local church this coming August.
CB6A - June, 2020
A NEW Annual Ministry Suggestion For Local Churches Around The World
How we got to the low statistics regarding Bible literacy is beyond me. And yet, the number is most likely even lower when it comes to Bible knowledgeabout the doctrine of end times - eschatology.
We at Endurance Ministries would like to see improvements in these low numbers. Here's our God-honoring suggestion, one which offers local churches in any global context an opportunity to make the most of an annual, pertinent-to-today Discipleship and Gospel ministry effort. We need to be more literate concerning what God's Word says about being His Ambassadors in these end of days. We can't afford to be out of touch with great ministry opportunities unfolding in today's culture - days before the initial appearing of our Lord Jesus.
[ A note on the suggestion linked immediately below: Those residing in the northern hemisphere of our planet would need to view this ministry effort in the context of a summer outreach; those residing in the southern hemisphere would need to view this ministry opportunity somewhat differently - in the general setting of a winter outreach. On to our ministry suggestion ... ]