Posts Categorized: Apostasy

1 Kings 9:8 – Heap of Ruins

Solomon spent seven years building the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem (1 Kings 6:38). When he had finished, he dedicated the house to the Lord.  In his prayers of dedication, Solomon acknowledged the natural inclination of the people to sin, and he pleaded with Yahweh to forgive them in their human failures.  We see…

1 Kings 3:1 – Foreshadowing

The Bible contains numerous instances of foreshadowing, where an event occurs that shows a hint of what will come in the future. Right off the bat in the account of Solomon’s reign, we see this situation. Solomon was the Lord’s anointed to continue as king over all Israel following the death of his father David….

2 Samuel 23:6 – Like Thorns

King David’s last words tell us much about political systems and the nature of men.  Not long before he died, David wrote a psalm in which he exalted the Lord as he inevitably did in all that he wrote.  The Holy Spirit inspired David’s words whereby he proclaimed how good it is for the king…

2 Samuel 21:1 – Bloodguilt

We’ve explored previously the importance of vows made (http://garyritter.com/leviticus-2728-29-surely-be-put-to-death/) and guilt that comes upon the land for the shedding of innocent blood (http://garyritter.com/numbers-3533-blood-pollutes-the-land/). Because of how seriously God takes these issues, Scripture repeats the lessons for us. As the Israelites conducted their conquest of Canaan, i.e. the taking of the Promised Land as God had…

Luke 21:34 – Dissipation

As Jesus continued to speak to His disciples on the Mount of Olives about the things to come, He warned of the days during the Great Tribulation, and what they would be like in Israel. The last 3 1/2 years of this most horrible time ever to come upon the earth will be particularly difficult…

Luke 21:9 – Things That Must Occur

Are we close to the return of Jesus? If we believe what He said to His disciples on the Mount of Olives, we certainly are. The parallel passage in Luke to Jesus’ conversation with His disciples in Matthew 24 starts with them praising the temple in Jerusalem and how beautiful it is.  Jesus shocks them…

Luke 20:19 – Prophetic Fulfillment

The parables that Jesus spoke were for the purpose of veiling His Words so that an unbelieving people wouldn’t be given truth that would do them no good. Mark 4:10-12 illustrates this: And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you…

Luke 19:44 – Not One Stone

God is omniscient, i.e. He knows all things from past to future.  Yet, isn’t it interesting how when something bad He knows will happen actually does occur, He still grieves over it?  With the view God has of eternity as the Alpha and Omega – the beginning and the end – the Lord sees from…

Awaken Prophecy Update 4-21-21 Alien Grooming

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 4-21-21: Alien Grooming   The subject of aliens and UFOs inevitably makes churches uneasy.  Most pastors shy far from the subject because they don’t want to be seen as controversial or wacko.   Discussion Points: Types of Close Encounters Two camps regarding Close Encounters Public acceptance of aliens Continuing need for…

Luke 17:32 – Remember Lot’s Wife

There are several passages that we look at to give us a deeper understanding of Jesus’ return.  Luke 17 is one of them.  In this chapter, it’s the Pharisees who first ask Him about the coming Kingdom of God, rather than His disciples who do so in Matthew 24.  Jesus’ cryptic response is that it…