During the week of Jesus’ crucifixion, some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem approached the disciples wanting to speak to the Lord. Their request was in the form of a phrase that makes a powerful statement to Christians today: “We Would See Jesus!” This is the need of the hour. Unfortunately, the simple image mission and message of Christ has been obscured by the embellishments and doctrinal departures of modern religion. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we’re reminded of the ancient plea that rings so very true today.
“Pharisee!” “Legalist!” “Judge not!” These are all charges and rebukes that are frequently and often carelessly bandied about in religious discussion today. What do they mean and are those hurling the charges and warnings using these terms accurately and fairly? They are some examples of words that have become religious buzzwords and phrases today. In the broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we cut through the emotion and sometimes propaganda to see what these words mean in their true sense and how they should be rightly applied.
The corporate world is known for its use of buzzwords and phrases. They appear over and over on resumes and in other business communication. Buzzwords are words that become popular through widespread use and can often lose their meaning and effectiveness through overuse. They serve as verbal shorthand but they are also sometimes used to create reaction, emotion, or bias. The religious world is known for its buzzwords and phrases as well. They are bantered about in religious discussion and in some cases are used to discredit a belief or a person who professes that belief. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we begin a 2-part look at the buzzwords we often hear.
Is a great world conflict coming called the Battle of Armageddon? Futurist prophecy preachers have made a lot of hay out of Revelation 16:16 which speaks of the forces of evil being gathered at Armageddon to do battle. Is this a prophecy of a yet future carnal conflict in the Middle East site of Megiddo or something else being pictured as the revelation of Jesus Christ unfolds before John’s eyes? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at how a literal interpretation of The Battle of Armageddon fits into the tradition view of dispensational premillennialism and we offer an alternative view of what this conflict was and what it represented to the early church who originally received the revelation.
Shortly before Jesus was crucified, justified, glorified and assumed His Kingdom throne at the right hand of God, He told a perceptive scribe that he was “not far from the kingdom of God.” His understanding of the truth placed him in close proximity to the kingdom that Christ would establish. This distance was not chronological or geographical, but rather spiritual. Now that the kingdom has come there are many who are not far from it but they yet remain outside. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we see why many remain in the borderland of heaven’s kingdom but yet stand outside without the blessings affording within.