In this section we look at “the second coming” phenomenon itself. Just what did Jesus mean when he spoke of his return? Old Testament prophecy made no distinction between a “first” and “second” coming. The time of the Messiah – whatever details that time may have involved – was to bring about the change of the … Continue reading The “Second Coming” of Jesus – What Is It?
Who or what is the ‘antichrist,’ anyway? And how many were there? John’s reference to antichrists (1 John 2:18 – see last post) is further support for our understanding of “world” as the Old Covenant system. The word “antichrist” carries the idea of rivalry with Christ, as well as opposition to Christ. According to Jesus … Continue reading Antichrists Then: The Last Days that Used to Be
But the children struggled together within Rebekah; and she said, ‘If it is so, why then I am this way?’ So she went to inquire of the Lord. – Genesis 25:22 In my previous reflection I argued that God alone is the true pray-er and that this “ground step” (i.e. before the first step) of spirituality … Continue reading Presence Prayer Part 2: Prayer of Inquiry – by Chris Dierkes
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour (1 John 2:18). What did John mean by the expression “it is the last hour”? The “last hour” speaks of the nearness of … Continue reading John’s ‘Last Hour’ – When Was It?
Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 This one passage from the book of Proverbs, that book of wisdom and poetry, has – in my opinion and experience – instilled more angst and feelings of defeat than any other verse in the entire … Continue reading Train Up a Child – Denée King
Sun and Moon Darkened Other things to transpire in the last days were the sun going dark and the moon turning to blood (Joel 2:31). These were symbols signifying the end of the Old Covenant world. Since the sun and moon are the governing bodies of the heavens (Genesis 1), they came to symbolize governments … Continue reading Heavenly Bodies, Covenantal Symbols
The “pouring out of God’s Spirit,” in Joel 2 corresponds to the “earnest” of the Spirit. The word “earnest” (KJV) means a pledge, or a guarantee. “In general usage it came to denote a pledge or earnest of any sort; in the New Testament it is used only of that which is assured by God to … Continue reading Holy Spirit: Down Payment Seeding New Earth
And now behold, bound by the Spirit, I go unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there, save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and a afflictions await me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I … Continue reading Interconnected Evolution – Barbara Marx Hubbard
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God. who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will … Continue reading Presence Prayer Part 1: God Praying – by Chris Dierkes
Paul’s message in 2 Corinthians 5 is clear. The destruction of the temple – or Jewish religious system – would not leave the Jewish believers “homeless” because God had promised a new heaven and earth, as well as a “greater and more perfect tabernacle,” the holiest of all. Just as certainly as Christ went to prepare a place for them, … Continue reading Full Glory: Our Birthright (Daniel, Conclusion)