Bible Bite: the Judgment of the Sheep and the Goats…

And now a temporary break from our regularly scheduled blogging for a slight change of pace!

Bible Bites Teeth

Over the past few months, a piece of scripture has come up in conversations several times and I’ve wanted to toss something in writing about it, so I’m just making time to get something written down.  The passage is Matthew 25:31-46: the judgment of the sheep and the goats.  Seeing that this is meant to be a short post (that’s what “Bible Bites” are supposed to be), I’ll just jump right in!

The passage opens with Matt. 25:31-32: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

– Without getting into various and sundry debates about the many related issues around the end times, I’ll just point out that the opening phrase states that the events that follow will occur “when the Son of Man comes in his glory” along with the angels and sits on his throne.

– Whatever that is, it’s certainly in the future and sometime at the end of history. Continue reading

Quick Thoughts: Two Cents of Eschatological Blubbering…

Thinking-Man

I was working on something and a stupid thought (picture, actually) lodged into my head so I’m getting rid of it (and sharing it too) in order to allow me to return to work.  On the web, there are certain theological issues that involve rather aggressive fighting between proponents of different positions on the issue.  One of those issues is eschatology (namely, “end times” stuff).  There are rather a lot of different eschatological positions and a lot of unrelated issues that get dragged into eschatological discussion/debate/drive-by shootings.  There are respectable academic discussions that happen online…and then there’s the other 99.8% of “discussion”; the kind that you see on Facebook.  It seems like around 99% of Facebook thinks that they’re the first people to seriously study eschatology and imagine that their opponents are idiots for the singular fact of disagreeing with them (or not having read some random book that “destroys” a position).  I’ve lurked some discussions and been involved in some of my own, and it’s amazing how many people think that anyone who doesn’t share their eschatological position gets their theology from something like this: Continue reading

Movie Review: Left Behind

On December 31, 1995 something momentous happened.  Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins released the book Left Behind, a fictional account of their (somewhat fanciful) ideas of what the rapture would be like, as well as the 7 years of tribulation that followed.  The book spawned a series that would ultimately involve 16 novels and would sell 65+ million copies.  Many people read the books, many people hated the books, and the whole series became both a topic of continual conversation/embarrassment as well as the reason for rejecting various points of end times theology (properly known as eschatology) for the next 20 years (if I had a dime for every time I found myself in a conversation about eschatology where someone brought up a series of fiction books as the main reason for rejecting Biblical doctrine…).  But that wasn’t the end of it all.  On October 31st, 2000, the Left Behind series hit the big time when it (*gasp*) became a movie.  Not only did it become a movie, but it was a movie that starred Kirk Cameron (the greatest Christian celebrity ever)…

Left Behind

…as well as that guy from Die Hard and Walker, Texas Ranger. Continue reading

Quick News Flash!

I’m live right now, over at the Cripplegate.  I’m responding to a blog post by Justin Taylor where he takes a stab at the idea of a pre-tribulational rapture (He’s a post-trib guy himself).  It’s not much but it’s what I’ve written recently and it may be helpful to some to see a response to what are portrayed as “obvious” arguments against pre-tribulationalism by someone who’s a lot more of a significant personality in Evangelicalism than I am.

I know many of my readers may not know who Justin Taylor is (he’s the senior VP of Crossway publishing and has a rather significant blog in Evangelical circles), or may not care much about end times theology debates, but I was asked to write a response to him and I did…and I’m sharing that with y’all.  I’m guessing nobody’s going to notice my response, but whatever.  For the few dozen people that it helps, it’s worth it.

Off to bed!

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “the fly in the ointment” Unger

Bible Bites – Rainbows and the Day of the Lord

Bible Bites TeethHere’s a question for you:  What do rainbows have to do with the end times?

I’ll give you two verses and see if you track with me:

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,“Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you,and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth.I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth. – Genesis 9:8-16

This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. – 2 Peter 3:1-7

Do you see it yet?

No?

Well, the sign of God’s covenant with Noah was God laying down his bow (his ranged hunting weapon) on the earth every time it rains.  Did you ever notice how a rainbow is a bow (as in “bow and arrow” hunting bow), laying on it’s side on the earth, that is made of light refracting through rain drops?  After the flood (you know, where God drowned the whole earth, minus 8 folks and a handful of animals, due to the raging sinfulness of mankind), God took the weapon he used to kill everything and laid it down forever, never to pick it up again.  Every time you see a rainbow, it has two specific meanings:

a.  God judges sin.

b.  God will never judge sin with a flood again.

Along the lines of those thoughts, is it not highly ironic how the official symbol of the homosexual movement is a rainbow?  Is it not simply astonishing how there are parades where people whose lives are defined by their sinful lifestyle march around waving a banner that says “God judges sin”?  Yikes.  Talk about asking for it.

Now consider 2 Peter 3:1-7 and consider the end times connection.

Are homosexual scoffers who follow their own sinful desires?

You’d better believe it.

Do the mock the judgment of God?  What, with waving their rainbows everywhere?

Uh….YES!

Do they forget the flood?

Apparently (and that’s not a wise thing to do).

Instead of storing up treasures in heaven, they’re storing up wrath in heaven (Rom. 2:5) that they’ll get when God picks up a different ranged weapon (fire) and judges the world just like he did before.

Homosexuals all need the gospel, and they need it urgently.

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “I once was lost but now I’m found” Unger

P.S. –

A related side note is how though the homosexuals thumb their nose at God so blatantly, all sinners do it equally.  Every time you know what the Lord requires of you and run off to consciously do something whatever you want, you thumb your nose at God as bad as any gay pride parade.  The only reason you’re not wearing a rainbow cape and leather chaps is because of the grace of God.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. – 1 Cor 6:9-11

Food for worship.