Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 18 – Revelation 13

Chapter 13 is also part of the break between the sixth and seventh trumpets.  This chapter features the Beast out of the Sea and the Beast out of the Earth.  These two figures represent the pseudo-Christ (Dr. Missler says this is a more accurate title than anti-Christ) and the false prophet.

The pseudo-Christ is believed to be an Assyrian.  He’s got a boastful mouth and will make war with and overcome the believing Gentiles living at this time.  One fascinating thing that Chuck mentions repeatedly throughout the study is that the return of Christ is imminent, and since Satan doesn’t know when the rapture is going to happen, but he knows that when the rapture does happen he will have a very limited time to wreak havoc on the earth and mankind, there must always be a person at the ready to become the pseudo-Christ.  I never thought about this but it makes complete sense.

The false prophet is thought to be Jewish because of the references to the beast coming out of the earth.  He forms the third person of the Satanic trinity (Satan, pseudo-Christ and false prophet).  Signs and wonders will deceive the earth dwellers.

Chuck also talks about the mark of the beast and the number of the beast and gives us a Biblical snapshot of who this coming world leader will be.  But he also delivers some very valuable advice:  it is a complete waste of time to speculate about who this coming world leader might be.  Your time will be much better spent if you focus your time and attention on the One True King, Jesus Christ!  Hallelujah!

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 14, 15 & 16.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

Here's my review of this wonderful book:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sarah Sundin and her publisher for sending me a copy of "In Perfect Time" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

"In Perfect Time” by Sarah Sundin is the third installment in her Wings of the Nightingale series, and I believe it to be her best novel so far! If you’ve read the first two books, you’ve been introduced to Lt. Kay Jobson, flight nurse, fiery redhead and incorrigible flirt! She dates for fun – lots of men at once – no time or desire for anything serious. As her character is featured in this book, we learn why she lives this way. Getting to know her character has been heartbreaking and joyful at the same time.

You may also remember C-47 pilot Roger Cooper. He’s steered clear of Kay, the idea firmly planted in him that dating should be to determine suitability for marriage. Coop has easily ignored Kay’s advances in the past, but now that she’s become a Christian and it looks like she’s changed her “bad girl” ways, he finds it even more difficult to be around her!

You’ll also be reunited with old friends Tom, Mellie, Hutch and Georgie. But this novel reads perfectly well as a standalone story. Still, I recommend reading the others – they’re all sweet, clean romances with a historic authenticity.

I love how the author showcases the power of prayer in this novel. Her illustrations inspired me because I’ve been there before. It also makes me sad that we so easily forget the wonderful things the Lord has done for us – what He’s freed us from. This book is a great reminder that no one is beyond God’s redemption!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 17 – Revelation 12

Chapter 12 is another part of the break between the sixth and seventh trumpets.  This chapter is a graphic history of Israel, represented by the woman in the chapter.  That makes the man-child Jesus Christ.  And the red dragon has been trying to destroy Him since the beginning of time.  Chuck goes through a powerful list of strategies that Satan has used in an attempt to eliminate Messiah.

My favorite part of the teaching in this session included Dr. Missler’s thoughts about a ticking counter in heaven that advances each time someone makes a decision for Christ.  Satan doesn’t know what number on the counter will represent the fullness of the time of the Gentiles to signal our Heavenly Father to send Christ back to gather His people, so each time the counter advances, Satan flinches.  Chuck says Satan’s been in shock treatment for 1900 years!  I love that!

Chuck also made our group laugh when he said that no one should wait to make a decision for Christ and that someone listening to him right now could be holding us all back by not making that decision.  This also led one of our small group members to admit that he didn’t think anyone could be 100% positive that they were saved.  I am praying that he receives that absolute assurance.  I am also praying that those who already belong to Christ won’t take advantage of that assurance, but will strive to do God’s will and be in alignment with Him regarding all things.

Only seven weeks left!  I can’t believe how quickly this time has passed.  Thankfully, I am building quite a list of topics for personal study as I progress through Revelation.

Homework for next time:  Read chapter 13.  Read Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 10:24f, Micah 5:5f, Zechariah 11:17.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 16 – Revelation 10-11

Chapters 10 and 11 are part of the break between the sixth and seventh trumpets.  The seventh trumpet ushers in the Bowls of Wrath.  In chapter 10, we discuss the “Little Book” and the Seven Thunders.  In chapter 11, we look at the Temple and the Two Witnesses.

The Seven Thunders spoke, and John was about to write down what they said, but was forbidden.  So, why make a reference to the fact that the Seven Thunders spoke, but not record what they said?  This is the only sealed thing in this unsealed book.  The point is that no doctrine can be built upon the “Canon” being complete until the words of the Seven Thunders are recorded.

The delay of judgment is coming to an end.  Time is up for lost sinners to repent.

Take the time to do a study on the tabernacle and the temple.  They are fascinating.  If you have an opportunity to tour “Messiah’s Mansion”, I would recommend that as well.  Chuck’s teaching on this topic was fascinating as well.  Check it out.

Now for the burning question:  Who are the Two Witnesses?  What is the Scriptural basis for your opinion?  Personally, I agree with Dr. Missler on this point.  I believe the Two Witnesses are Moses and Elijah.  The reason I believe this is that the miracles they perform are reminiscent of these OT ministers.  Chuck’s teaching has reinforced my belief in this because he mentions the transfiguration where Moses and Elijah show up and talk with Jesus and Peter offers to build tents for them.  Chuck suggests this may have been a “staff meeting” about the end times.  Ooooh, I’ve got goose bumps!!!

Homework for next time:  Read Revelation 12.  Who is the “Woman” of chapter 12?  How does this chapter affect our perspectives of today?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 15 – Revelation 8-9

There is always so much more than what I post going on during a Chuck Missler Bible study.  After a 20-minute recap of what we’ve studied so far, Chuck dives right into Revelation chapter 8 and the introduction of the seven trumpets.  I hope this made your running list of “sevens” that you’re keeping during this study.

During this segment of the study, Dr. Missler parallels this book of prophecy with the book of Joshua.  There are some remarkable similarities.  Jesus being victorious on both battlefields…two spies versus two witnesses…

Chapter 9 reveals two demon armies and several interesting rabbit trails through Scripture, including an insightful study of the ten plagues of Egypt from Exodus that is not to be missed.

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 10 & 11.  Who are the Two Witnesses?  Justify your answer with Scripture.  Why were the seven thunders not recorded?