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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "Are You Really Saved?" Understanding Sin, Grace, Salvation, and Sanctification, published in 2014.

Know the End of the Book

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Knowing how a story ends brings a whole new perspective to whatever it is we are reading.  When we read a murder novel or watch a mystery movie not knowing who the criminal is, we often miss subtle clues.  However when we know how the story ends and who the criminal is, and read the story again, our eyes and ears are open to those subtle clues that pointed to the outcome all along.

We must apply this same thought process to the Word of God.  We are told that those that read and study Revelation receive a special blessing.  And here is what I think that blessing is:  Wisdom to discern correct from false teaching, giving us the wisdom and discernment to hold on when deception becomes rampant in the final days.

Satan is the father of lies, evil and corrupt—what he is not is stupid.  He knows what buttons to push and what half-truths to promote to deceive lukewarm Christians.  He is pushing the social justice agenda to naïve Christians by telling us we must have peace and justice before Jesus can return.  He is pushing universalism through false teachers who tell us all men are saved even if they do not confess Jesus as Savior and Lord.  He is pushing the lie that all gods are the same and all paths lead to heaven—and many of our youth are buying into his lies that will lead to eternal death.

When we take the time to read the Bible and understand just what the world looks like when Jesus returns—and what He does when he returns—we have a solid anchor to keep us on the narrow path when things turn really ugly.  Without this proper biblical worldview, many will perish as they fall for false teachings, thinking they are doing the right thing when in reality their actions and beliefs are an affront to a holy God.

Look, the Book of Revelation, along with other prophetic books like Daniel and Ezekiel, can be confusing.  But do not give up reading them and don’t get too lost in the minutia of every little detail.  Don’t try to predict who the antichrist is or when Jesus will return.  But, do study and pray that God will reveal the big picture to you.  The big picture that many will fall for deception in the final days; that the world will spin into chaos and evil in the final days; that a man of great deception will lead many astray, and that Jesus will return when the world is on the brink of self-destruction to judge the wicked and save the righteous remaining.

Once you understand what God says the world will look like in those final days, you will be better equipped to discern the many false teachings taking hold these days.  You will know the truth necessary to guard and protect your heart against a deception so masterful that many who consider themselves Christians will be swept away into the greatest lie of all time.

Your other choice is this:  Just sit back, remain ignorant, and hope it all works out for you.  If you are that arrogant that you think you are all set with all the wisdom you need, I wish you the best—you will need it.


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One Response to “Know the End of the Book”

  1. Mr Davis #

    Food for thought,

    It would be good to read All the New Testiment through a few times through before venturing into the Old Testiment. Once you are familiar with the books and what they say, then the Old Testiment needs to be investigated for it will flesh out the New Testiment even further and build your assurance in the Holy Word of God for they agree with one another.

    Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom he said , This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest ; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear .

    Regardless, without the Holy Spirit the Bible will only amount to rules and an insurmountable challenge whereby because we want to make ourselves better than we really are, we will cherry pick those verses where rules which we seem not to struggle in and make those the standard by which we live. This happened in the Jerusalem in Isaiah 28, Jesus himself experienced the effects of this when He walked the earth as one of us and why the Sermon on the mount addresses motives of the heart.

    Isaiah 28:13 KJV
    But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken .

    John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved . 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest , that they are wrought in God.

    It is wise to get a cross reference bible and when reading, when you find the new testiment referencing the old testiment, chase those things down it refers to, for we are to look to the Old Testiment (OT) through the lens of the New Testiment. It is the new testiment that is a declaration of the validity of the OT.

    Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled .

    July 16, 2012 at 8:51 AM