Companies are creating microchip implants which can provide health benefits and enable you to buy and sell merchandise more securely. But many Christians see this as the “Mark of the Beast”? If companies sold an implantable microchip, would you get one? What if the government required people to get one? Would you then?
Some say that Jesus talked about hell more than heaven and so we should do the same. Rubbish! Jesus didn’t talk about hell more than heaven. He really didn’t talk about either too much. We don’t threaten or bribe people into the Kingdom of God, but simply lay a grand vision for what life could be like with Jesus.
Soul sleep is the idea that after a person dies, they exist unconsciously until the future resurrection. But is this idea taught in the Bible? I say no. I believe that after a person dies, if they have believed in Jesus for eternal life, they go immediately to be with God in heaven.
Luke 17:20-24 and Mark 14:62 seem to indicate Jesus’ second coming will be in the clouds. But will it? I am not so sure. Jesus will return physically, but may not as many of us think. In fact, Jesus can return today through our words and actions toward others.
Apostle of the Last Days by C. Marvin Pate is an excellent book showing how Jesus fulfills BOTH Jewish AND Graeco-Roman expectations for the last days. If you are preaching or teaching on any letter of Paul, I highly recommend this volume.
Many wonder what heaven will be like. It will be like Susan Boyle getting to do what she was made for. It will be like life, but without the pain and death. Heaven is not about sitting on clouds playing harps. It will be like this life, but without the pain, regret, and fear. Life will be what it was always meant to be.
Revelation 3:5 says that those who overcome will not be blotted out of the book of life. So if we do not overcome, we will get blotted out? No! Revelation 3:5 is using a figure of speech called litotes where a positive truth is stated in a negative way for emphasis. This post explains more detail about this figure of speech, how we often use it today in our own conversations, and how it helps us understand what Jesus is saying in Revelation 3:5.
In Matthew 24:36-44, Jesus provides insight into the causes and events of the flood. It shows that God did not kill people in the flood, but sought to rescue people from the flood that was coming upon the earth as a result of their own sinfulness.
What did Jesus mean in John 14:2 when He said, “I go now to prepare a place for you”? Why he is delaying His coming? Where did He go? This posts reveals that John 14:2 is not about a return of Jesus that has not yet happened, but is about an event that has already happened.