I believe that Revelation is primarily describing events Christians will experience PRIOR to the return of Jesus. This post explains how knowing this can help in understanding the urgency of John’s plea to read, hear, and take to heart what is revealed in this enigmatic book.
Tag: Dick Lentz
Why the premise of the DVD, “Before the Wrath,” may not be biblical
Comparison of some teachings promoted by the “Before the Wrath” DVD with what the Bible actually says and why “After the Wrath” seems to make more sense.
Warning to Christians: You may be here for the duration! Matthew 13:24-40
What the parable of the wheat and tares may be telling us about the end times and what we can expect to experience as we wait for the return of Jesus
The three accounts of the return of Jesus in the Book of Revelation.
This post provides supports for my contention that there are three different accounts in the Book of Revelation of the return of Jesus and the events that precede it.
Why the parable of the thief coming in the night may be a warning to Christians – Matthew 24:42-44
Jesus’ return, like the coming of a thief in the night, may not be good news for Christians who are unprepared for it.
Three things that must happen before Jesus returns: Matthew 23:37-39; Matthew 24:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Although there are many things that will happen before Jesus returns, there are three things that must happen. This post notes what those three things are.
When Jesus returns, it won’t be Christians who are taken away: Matthew 24:36-41
This article discusses why I believe that those “taken” or “taken away” when Jesus’ returns will be nonbelievers – those who have not made a personal commitment to follow Jesus – and why those “left” or “left behind” will be Christians – those who are followers of Jesus.
Jesus’ return will be visible to everyone: Matthew 24:1-30 and Luke 21:5-28
This article summarizes my understanding of Jesus’ discourse regarding the end times recorded in Matthew 24 and Luke 21. My conclusion based on this and a future article I intend to write is that Jesus returns only once and that when He does, the results will be immediate and dire for those unprepared.
Why the Church may not be the Bride of Christ: Revelation 19:6-9; 21:9-14
When Jesus sees His bride coming from heaven, who His bride may actually be.
The Mark of the Beast may be a concern only for Christians – Revelation 13:11-17
Why the only ones affected by the Mark of the Beast prior to Jesus’ return may be Christians.
Not every prayer offered in faith may be effective: James 5:15
But which prayers will always be effective.
Who are the rightful heirs of the land of Israel?
This articles addresses questions regarding the Jews’ return to the land of Israel and notes what some passages in the Bible have to say about it.
They are not Sunday School classes. They are “Small Churches”
The value of defining our Sunday School classes as small churches. By Dick Lentz In the 1980’s, I helped re-organize … More
One upright man among a thousand, but no upright woman. Can that really be? – Ecclesiastes 7:28
This article discusses that enigmatic verse in Ecclesiastes 7:26 where Solomon says that he found one upright man among a thousand, but could not find even a single upright woman.
Train up a child according to his way – But whose way is “his” way? – Proverbs 22:6
Proverbs 22;6 says, “Train up a child according to his way, and when he grows old, he will not depart from it.” Is this a promise or a warning? And does “his way” means “the Lord’s way” or “the child’s way.”
What the two or three coming together in Jesus’ name must do if they want Jesus to be with them – Matthew 18:20
What did Jesus mean when He said, “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them (Matthew 18:20)?” Was this a promise that He would be with us when we pray in groups? Is final verse in a set of instruction regarding how to discipline someone in our churches? Or did Jesus have something else in mind when He spoke these words? This article gives an account of my journey from confusion to understanding regarding the context of this verse and what Jesus may have been telling us, at least as I see it today.