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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?

When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she'd vacation, much less fall in love. Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away. Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace's faith will face its toughest test yet. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled---or maybe yanked---away from her predictable, safe life and thrown he

Memorizing Scripture

Last year, I felt compelled to unearth some “talents” I’ve had long-buried so the Lord might use them for His glory.   One of the things we have actively begun to deal with over the last 10 months is memorizing Scripture.   I’d done it in the past, having memorized a chapter or two on my own, and the book of James for a Bible study I participated in.   But since undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment, my recent memory hasn’t been what it used to be. Memorizing Scripture can be intimidating.   I signed up to participate in a blog tour promoting a book on Scripture memorization, which led me to want to write a post on the helps I’ve discovered so far. First and most importantly, PRAY.   Ask God to give you the capacity and drive to memorize His Word.   Ask Him to write His Word on your heart and your mind.   If you belong to Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in you and He already has all of Scripture memorized.   He wrote it!   Ask Him for help. I realize that memorizing Scri

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 14 – Revelation 7

Chuck is doing a lot of review in this study.   After re-capping many of the highlights from recent weeks, he begins the teaching on Revelation chapter 7.   This week, we learn about the 144,000 Sealed Servants from the 12 Tribes.   When you read this chapter, pay close attention to the tribes listed.   Who is missing?   Chuck explains why they’re missing. Chuck also covers the myth of the “Ten Lost Tribes” with a fairly lengthy history lesson that I will probably rewatch.   This leads into the discussion of the two tribes that are missing from the list and the list of Scripture to support why they aren’t listed. Then, we spent some time contrasting the Tribulation Saints with the 24 Elders.   Chuck keeps saying that the 24 Elders are the church.   This doesn’t completely sit well with me.   Why the number 24?   Why call them Elders?   The number seems literal, not representative.   I could be wrong, and I haven’t studied them on my own, yet.   Maybe this topic should top my

Abandoned Memories by MaryLu Tyndall

MaryLu Tyndall’s latest offering in the Escape to Paradise series, “Abandoned Memories”, is the third book chronicling the second chance taken by a shipload of passengers hoping for a better life in Brazil.   The settings are lush and exotic.   The characters are fleshy and authentic.   The physical and spiritual battles they face are even more real!   More than once, these novels have confronted me about something that needed changing in my own life.   This is not just entertainment – these are life-changing reads! As I watched the characters develop from my armchair, I became frustrated with where I though t our leading lady was heading.   I should have trusted MaryLu Tyndall not to develop a clichéd plotline!   I was tempted to give up reading but I’m so glad I didn’t.   This is an incredible story with lots of dramatic twists and excitement.

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 13 – Revelation 6

After a re-hashing of what we’ve learned so far:   the outline of the book of Revelation, the identity of the 24 elders, some great highlights from the book of Ruth, the 70 weeks and the order of events in the end times; we dove into the seven-sealed scroll. I have never done a study of the five horsemen of the apocalypse before – yes, there are FIVE horsemen!   But after Dr. Missler’s presentation of the first four horsemen, I would love to make a study of this subject!   Which leads me to a recommendation:   since Chuck presents so much information during the course of his Bible studies, keep a running list of the things you want to take the time to study for yourself!   That way, when you have a long weekend or some quiet time, you can choose one of those topics and do a study on your own! We continue talking about avenging the blood of the saints, earthquakes and celestial happenings which leads to a lengthy – and quite interesting – discussion on the fabric of space.   W

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 12 – The 70th Week of Daniel (Daniel 9)

This week, we’re talking about the 70 th week of Daniel.   This teaching comes from Daniel 9:27.   We learned that “the prince that shall come” is alluded to throughout Scripture by many names such as:   Seed of the Serpent, Idol Shepherd, Little Horn, Willful King, Beast, False Prophet, Anti-Christ, Lawless One, Man of Sin, Son of Perdition.   Dr. Missler reveals what Scripture says about his character and appearance. We also learned about the abomination of desolation and discussed when it occurred previously.   Because of this prophecy, we know that the temple must be rebuilt because there must be a temple for there to be an abomination of desolation. We briefly talked about the rapture and the seven churches.   And we received the encouragement once again to always be ready for Christ’s return because Scripture says that He will return at a time we do not expect Him.   Homework for next time:   Read Revelation 6.

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 11 – Daniel’s 70 Weeks (Daniel 9)

As we read in Matthew 24, Jesus identifies Daniel as both a prophet and the author of the book of Daniel.   This week, we study the 70 Weeks in Daniel 9:24-27.   Actually, we’re going to talk about the first 69 weeks in this lesson. We learned that “weeks” are sevens.   In this case, they represent years.   And years to the ancient Jews were made up of 360 days, not 365 days!   In 701 BC, the calendar was modified to contain 365 days in one year.   However, King Hezekiah reorganized the Jewish calendar by adding one 30-day month each Jewish leap year (which occurs 7 times every 19 years). The angel tells Daniel that from the command to restore Jerusalem to Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem “…shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks…”   He mentions the building of the street and the wall, so this relates to the rebuilding of the city, not just the temple.   Dr. Missler becomes very excited talking about this “to the date” fulfillment of this prophecy.   I WANT