Walking Daily in Peace, Comfort, and Stability

Walking Daily in Peace, Comfort, and Stability

I LOVE being a Christian! I LOVE knowing, for sure, and without a doubt, according to the Word of the living God, that because I am in Christ and walking daily in the light of His word, that my heavenly reservation is secured and protected by none other than that same almighty God Himself (Rom. 8:1; Eph. 1:1-14; 1 Ptr. 1:3-9; 1 Jn. 1:7, 5:11-13).

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Do you comfortably walk in the truth of His Word?

I LOVE the peace, comfort, security and stability that is there for the taking for me to enjoy on a daily basis, because of His all-consuming power and consistency. As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west – and will until the day He extinguishes it – His word and His promises are just as dependable and unchangeable (Pss. 19, 119; Hebs. 6:13-20).

And I absolutely LOVE the fact, that by abiding in His word – by seeking, studying, learning, knowing, and obeying the truth of His word – I have been set free (Jn. 8:31-32)! Free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 6:1-4, 16-18, 22-23), as well as free from the false and spiritually-fatal man-made doctrines, delusions, philosophies and perversions, that permeate today’s religious landscape (Mk. 7:5-13; 2 Thess. 2:9-12; Col. 2:6-10; 2 Ptr. 3:14-18).

For instance, there was a time before I became a Christian and began abiding in God’s word, that I thought Easter was actually a Biblically-legitimate holiday. I was completely deceived. Not only does it have nothing whatsoever to do with Christ or His resurrection in the eyes or the word of God, but it is actually the celebration of a false and pagan female fertility goddess – See https://churchofchristarticles.com/blog/administrator/the-great-easter-verse-hunt/!

Another validation of the fact that man-made ‘wisdom’ does nothing but confuse and contradict the consistent and clear-cut truth of the word of God can be seen in something as simple as this year’s calendar… Check it out: Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on what would later become designated by men as “Palm Sunday,” due to what happened when He did (Jn. 12:12). Four days later, on Thursday evening, He celebrated the Passover with His disciples before being arrested a little later on that same night and then crucified on Friday morning (or what man has come to call “Good Friday” by virtue of what God did for us all on that day). After His death some six hours later on Friday afternoon, He spent the rest of Friday, all day Saturday, and a few hours on Sunday morning before arising (on what ancient apostate Catholicism decided to try to override the celebration of the pagan fertility goddess Ishtar with, or: “Easter” Sunday).

Now take another look at your “man-made-another-mess-of-it-all” 2021 calendar. Instead of the biblical chronology of Jesus entering the city on Sunday, celebrating the Passover four days later on Thursday, and then being killed on Friday to arise on Sunday, your calendar has the Passover (which He celebrated with his disciples) happening on Saturday (March 27th) – one day prior to His even entering the city on so-called “Palm Sunday” (March 28th). And then, they have His resurrection (or what the refer to as Easter) occurring on Sunday, April fourth – some eight full days after celebrating the Passover with His disciples! How does that even work?!? Could be worse I guess. In 2016 our man-made calendars listed Passover (April 22nd) as occurring some 26 days after they had Him rising from the dead (“Easter” Sunday occurring on March 27th).

Isn’t it great not to have to try to figure that all out? Or worse yet, to have to base something as important as your eternal security on something as messed up as only human man-made wisdom can make it (1 Cor. 1:20-25)? What a blessing to know the truth which sets us free! Now, let’s all go share His truth with others so that they can be set free too! God bless!

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Religious Practice in the Bible?

Religious Practice in the Bible?

I have probably always had an inquisitive mind. I like to know how things work, why things are the way they are, and what is the evidence for it?

When I was about 15, I started asking religious questions:

Why do we have acolytes?
Why do we observe lent?
Why do we light an advent wreath?
Why do we recite the Apostles’ Creed that mentions believing in the “holy catholic church”?
Why do we say the Lord’s prayer every Sunday?
Why do we only take the Lord’s Supper once per quarter?
What exactly is a benediction?

In high school I wrote a research paper to address some of these questions, and I discovered many of the traditions were traditions “borrowed” from the Catholics. (I actually still have this paper…but given that it was written in high school, it will stay neatly “tucked away.”)

Religious evidence

Are your religious practices found in the Bible?

These initial questions led to even more questions. Oftentimes, when I asked adults why we did certain things, the answer I received was something like, “Well that’s just the way we’ve always done it” or “That’s just our tradition.” I knew these people were sincere—but I also recognized most had little or no knowledge of why they did what they did.

My journey for answers continued, because I knew “traditions” had to be based on something. Traditions don’t just arrive out of thin air. And so, I continued to dig. I wanted to know what was the origin and true meaning of these traditions. For instance, why did preachers in this denomination wear robes and stoles? What purpose did that serve? Add to this, the massive confusion I had regarding other denominations. Why so many?

Every week when I was a child we would drive past all of these various denominations, and I remember feeling this air of superiority, thinking: “Our denomination is better than theirs.” But I knew deep down I didn’t know “why.” For years, something was eating inside me—desperate for the Truth. I wanted to know why are there so many different religious groups if Jesus founded only one? (Matthew 16:18). And, if we really are all Christians, why can’t we get along?

I ended up doing another research paper in college to try and find the answer to this, only to discover most religions were founded by men who sought to change something. Where was the unity Jesus prayed for in the Bible? And why were all these different denominations doing things that are not even mentioned in the Bible?

Eventually, two things happened that forever changed my life. I discovered that God’s Word was inspired—God breathed—and therefore authoritative. I realized that “Truth” is found only in God’s Word (John 17:17). And second, I was led to a man who walked me through the book of Acts and showed me that there really is a New Testament church.

It was like having scales come off my eyes. I finally found the thing I was searching for. I had finally discovered a body of people simply observing things they read about in God’s Word. If you find yourself asking, “Why do we…,” keep asking and keep digging. Don’t accept the answer: “Well, that’s just tradition” or “That’s just the way we have always done it.” The Truth is out there, and your soul will likely not rest or feel at ease until you find it.

Oh yeah, and if I can help walk you through the book of Acts, please send me a private message. I’ll be happy to help remove your scales.

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“The Lion Shall Lay Down by the Lamb”

“The Lion Shall Lay Down by the Lamb”

In 1937, Thomas A Dorsey wrote the song, “Peace in the Valley.” It didn’t become a “hit” until 1951 when Red Foley sang it. Since that time many artists have recorded it, the most famous among which was Elvis in 1957. The song is often sung at funerals due to the comforting words offered regarding peace that allegedly waits for the deceased after death. In the song’s third stanza, there is a line about the lion laying down with the lamb, and many presume this line comes from the Bible, but it doesn’t. There is some similar imagery in the Bible, however, in Isaiah 11:6, the prophet writes, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;And a little child shall lead them.” Also, in Isaiah 65:25, he writes, “’The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like the ox, And dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,’ Says the Lord.”

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The lion shall eat straw like the ox.

Are these verses discussing heaven? The premillennialist believes that they are discussing the time of the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth. Others believe that this is discussing heaven. However, if we read the context of these passages, we will see that the verses are talking about the coming of the Messiah and His work to establish His church. In Isaiah 11:10: “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,Who shall stand as a banner to the people;For the Gentiles shall seek Him,And His resting place shall be glorious.” Where do Gentiles seek the Messiah? In the church of Christ (Romans 1:16; 16:16).

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The Nature of Worship

The Nature of Worship

It is often easy to lose sight of the very nature of worship and the result of this robs us of one of the great blessings God has for us. Before reading any more of this article stop and ask yourself, “Why do I come to worship each week?” There may be many reasons, but what is the fundamental, underlying reason you come to worship each week?

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Where is your mind when you worship?

If you think first in terms of, “I do it because He commands me to,” perhaps you should think more about it. Did not Jesus describe those who “…draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me”? We do come to worship because He commands us, but if that is the primary reason, we are robbing ourselves of the true meaning of worship. Think about the following verses and my comments about them.

Psalm 100:2: “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.” Notice how godly men came to worship realizing that this was the place, above all others, where we are “in His presence.” We come with gladness and praise before Him. In worship we are truly in His presence.

Psalm 95:2: “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” Notice the plural pronouns in this verse. It is not a private time of praise David had in mind. It was “us” who came before Him in His presence. The next verse sheds even more reasons as to why we come to worship. “For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods.” We should stand in awe that this great God would so graciously allow sinful men to come into His presence.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-2: “Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools…let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few.” Every aspect of worship is important, but in most acts we are actively involved. However, God designed worship as a time when by preaching He would speak to us! We are in His presence and should come motivated to hear His words.

Psalm 100:1-4: “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.”

Worship is not just “making a payment” on a heavenly insurance policy. We do not come just to obey Him. Worship comes from hearts which long to praise Him in His presence.

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Representa un verdadero reto intentar precisar una postura de los premilenialistas en cuanto a la gran tribulación. Quien escribe observó varios videos de Yiye Ávila y Billy Graham entre otros iconos religiosos del mundo hispano, que con entusiasmo y fanatismo han difundido estas ilusiones y simplemente me resultó imposible encontrar consistencia en sus propias postulaciones de estas ideas futurísticas.  Algunos postulan un periodo de tribulación poco antes de la segunda venida, otros durante el rapto, y unos cuantos la sitúan tiempo después del rapto. En lo que coinciden casi todos es en que este periodo de 7 años consiste en el caos que dominará al mundo, donde los “seudo-convertidos” serán dejados atrás junto con el sin número de pecadores que se encargará de convertir el planeta en un verdadero desastre. Pero ¿Realmente será esto así? ¿Qué enseña la Biblia al respecto? ¿Cómo podemos saber que esta posición es falsa? Para responder estas preguntas es necesario que usted pueda acompañarnos en el resto de esta sección, por favor le animamos a que considere cuidadosamente con Biblia en mano y una buena disposición los siguientes enunciados:


La tribulación no es de 7 años, sino de toda una vida desde la conversión hasta el momento en que haya que bajar al sepulcro.

1.     ¿Realmente será esto así? Alguno podría simplemente responder: “No sabemos”. Sin embargo, la información ofrecida en la Biblia es suficiente para acertar en el hecho real y conciso de que tal como lo plantean los premilenialistas ¡NO SUCEDERÁ! Considere las razones.

A.   En Mateo 24:9 el uso de la palabra “Tribulación” indica lo que fueron las condiciones adversas durante los casi tres años de la destrucción de Jerusalén por parte de los romanos acabando con la ciudad cerca del año 70 d.C. El hermano Leo. Boles en su comentario a Mateo acertadamente declara: “Jesús frecuentemente advirtió a sus discípulos de la persecución que tendrían que sufrir, ahora son advertidos de los sufrimientos físicos.” (Gospel Advocate; Comentario de Mateo H. Leo Boles, pág.347). Estos tormentos físicos profetizados por el Señor a lo que él llamó “tribulación” o también “principio de dolores” tomaron lugar en esos años y bajo esas circunstancias cumpliendo así las palabras proféticas de Mt.24 y con ninguna relación, en lo absoluto al futuro. Incluso un historiador judío (Josefo) tilda de “tribulación” aquello acontecido con Jerusalén en el año 70, que no se había visto hasta ese momento (Guerra de los judíos, Flavio Josefo, libro V y VI).

B.    La tribulación de 7 años de los premilenialistas no sucederá pues ellos han interpretado literalmente la expresión: “tiempo, tiempos y la mitad de un tiempo” llamada de otra forma (cuarenta y dos meses) con equivalencia a tres años y medio. Los premilenialistas construyen 3 años y medios de caos y otros 3 años y medios de régimen del anticristo para un total de 7 años de tribulación aludiendo a pasajes de Apocalipsis (11:3, 12:6, 13:5) construyendo esta falacia basados en una violación brutal al libro de Apocalipsis. La verdad de las cosas es que este periodo de tiempo es estrictamente simbólico aquí en Apocalipsis, tomando prestado expresiones similares del antiguo testamento donde notablemente alude a un periodo de intriga y zozobra como lo fue en los tiempos de Elías cuando no llovió por 3 años y medio en pasajes tales a; Lc.4:25; Sant.5:17; Dan.7:25. Creo estar en armonía con lo que el hermano Homer Hailey escribió en su comentario de Apocalipsis donde él identifica varias expresiones notables de tiempo, tiempos y la mitad de un tiempo, él dice: “Estos seis periodos equivalentes apuntan al periodo de persecución romano, un período de opresión, pruebas y tribulación para los santos” (Commentary on Revelation, Homer Hailey, pág. 288). Con esto en mente, considerado bajo el contexto del libro, tales pasajes le dan la espalda a la escatología de los premilenialistas.

C.   La “gran tribulación” construida por estos grupos y abrazada en gran número de evangélicos, adventistas, mormones y otros simplemente NO sucederá ya que, si se busca cualquier referencia en Apocalipsis para sostener el razonamiento de esta fábula, resulta imposible violar lo establecido en el contexto del libro en el 1:1-3 “cosas que han de suceder pronto”. Pronto no son 2000 o 3000 años después, es pronto en el contexto de los años 90-96 siendo el periodo en que vivió el apóstol Juan quien por cierto ya estaba “en la tribulación y en el reino” (Apoc.1:9) y no solo eso, sino que él era partícipe junto a los demás cristianos de esta tribulación impartida por parte de Roma. Me gustaría observar cómo acomodan los premilenialistas la expresión de Juan a, una tribulación que aún no ha llegado, pero (según ellos) llegará después del rapto.

2.     ¿Qué enseña la Biblia respecto a la Gran tribulación premilenialistas? Nada.

3.     ¿Cómo podemos saber que esta posición es falsa?

  En el enunciado anterior no es que no tuviéramos nada más que decir, más bien la intención es proveer el énfasis que amerita la pregunta. La Biblia registra la palabra tribulación unas 57 ocasiones en la versión Reina-Valera del 60, en unos 54 versículos y 0 ocasiones de la forma premilenialista. Esto debería de ser impactante para cualquier estudiante serio.

Ahora bien, la forma como logramos determinar que esta doctrina es falsa es igual a como lo haríamos con cualquier otra corriente de doctrina: mediante el estudio de la Palabra de Dios en todas sus dimensiones y el ejercicio de la lógica. Ha quedado demostrado en los incisos anteriores que su cronología con la cronología de la Biblia no tiene relación alguna, por lo tanto, la doctrina de la “gran tribulación” es falsa.

4.     ¿Y qué hay de la última semana de la profecía de Daniel?

  Podríamos dedicar mucho tiempo y muchas hojas a la interpretación de las 70 semanas de Daniel. Sin embargo, pretendo ser breve, respondiendo directamente a la mala interpretación de Daniel 9 asociándose con una “tribulación futurista” utilizándose séptima semana restante en Daniel 9, como los siete años de tribulación futura después del rapto.

  Por sentido común esas 70 semanas presentadas en el C.9 de Daniel representan años o 490 años iniciando desde “la salida de la orden para reedificar Jerusalén”. Se dieron 4 decretos por parte de varios reyes persas para reedificar Jerusalén después de la destrucción por parte de los babilonios. Estos decretos fueron hechos por: Ciro 538 a.C (Esd.1:2-4); Darío 519 a.C (Esd.6:1-12); Artajerjes 457 a.C (Esd.7:11-26); y Asuero en el 444 a.C (Neh.1:1-2:8). Partiendo desde el tercer decreto las 70 semanas nos llevan hasta el año 33 d.C. Daniel 9:25 declara:Sabe, pues, y entiende, que, desde la salida de la orden para restaurar y edificar a Jerusalén hasta el Mesías Príncipe, habrá siete semanas, sesenta y dos semanas…” (483 años), que nos traen hasta el año 26 d.C el año en que Jesús fue bautizado y comenzó su ministerio. Luego, al cabo de 3 años y medio fue crucificado (Dn.9: 27 “a la mitad de la semana”) después del largo y consecutivo periodo de 69 semanas ( o  483 años), a la mitad de esa última semana simbólica, él pondría fin al sacrificio y la ofrenda v.27 y lo que “está determinado se derrame sobre el desolador”. Fue en la cruz donde Jesús puso fin al sacrificio y la ley antigua (Col.2:14 cf. Ef.2:14-16). Fue después de la crucifixión del cordero cuando la desolación llegó a los judíos y su sistema ritualista fue hecho pedazos tras la destrucción del templo. Quienes habían elevado el templo y sus posiciones en el sistema Judaico por encima del Mesías prometido, ahora serían eliminados por Dios para siempre junto con su “venerable” templo. Es en Jesús donde las profecías se cumplen al pie de la letra, él es el cumplimiento de las 70 semanas profetizadas por Daniel siervo del Dios altísimo. Cualquier Judío con un poco de historia  y conocimiento en el canon antiguo, podía sacar cuentas y entender por la profecía de Daniel que el tiempo se había cumplido y que él Mesías mencionado en Daniel 9 era Jesús, y que este debía morir, en cumplimiento del planeamiento divino y en la cronología que estaba siendo precisa… ¿Qué tiene que ver todo esto con la tribulación de 7 años de los premilenialistas, o los tres años y medio de caos seguidos por 3 años y medios de gobierno del anticristo? ¡ABSOLUMANTE NADA!. Daniel 9 y las 70 semanas son historia para nosotros, historia que nos ratifica la veracidad de la palabra de Dios en tiempo y exactamente a la persona de Jesucristo. La doctrina de la “gran tribulación” es solamente un mito para asustar a las almas ingenuas que no pueden hacer uso correcto de las herramientas que Dios nos ha dado para interpretar correctamente pasajes de la santa inspiración. Para concluir con este tema en particular cito las palabras de Pablo a los cristianos del siglo primero hace más de 2000 años y que es aplicable para cada cristiano del presente y del futuro, todos quienes desean amar y seguir al Señor, sus palabras son verdaderamente un aliciente para nosotros, él dijo: “ Y también todos los que quieren vivir piadosamente en Cristo Jesús padecerán persecución” (2Tim. 3:12 HLM énfasis añadido). La tribulación de los cristianos verdaderos no es de 7 años, sino de toda una vida desde la conversión hasta el momento en que haya que bajar al sepulcro.



Boles, H. Leo. 1983. Comentario de Mateo. Gospel Advocate Company, 

           Nashville: TN.

Josefo, Flavio.  V y VI libro guerras de los Judíos. La destrucción de Jerusalén             y del Templo. Versión electrónica.

Hailey, Homer.1979. Apocalipsis una introducción y comentario. Grand                        Rapids, Michigan:Baker.

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