The main purpose of the Bible studies on our website – www.endtime-messenger.com – as well as the short studies that we monthly hope to pass on, by a (so-called) newsletter on our Blog ‘The Endtime-messenger’, can be summarized in the following Scripture from 2 Corinthians 11 verse 2 (a mixed translation from “King James Version” and “Thompson Chain-Reference”):
- “For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy: for I have espoused you (especially spiritually) to one husband, to Christ, so that I may present you as a pure virgin (as a Bride) to Him.“
Christ is coming very soon, to marry His Bride (the so-called ‘wise-virgins’, see Matt. 25:1-13 and/or note) – in the spirit – to save her, a bit later in time, for the “great tribulation” (i.e. oppression – see Matt. 24:21) that will come over the whole world. This “be taken care of” concerns only His wife (see Rev. 12:6 and 14). But…
- are we PERSONALLY – and spiritually seen – ready for His coming as our Bridegroom?
This is the reason why the studies that we offer you, are not ‘just’ Bible studies in a general sense, no, they contain a Message which is intended for all those Christians that expected Jesus Christ (very) soon as ‘their’ Bridegroom. Many studies on our website contain ‘the Message of the cross’: And with this we mean that, what is written in 1 Corinthians 2 verse 2: “…Jesus Christ and Him crucified…”! That is: “Jesus Christ and those that – with Him – are crucified! So we should also – in spiritual terms – (want to) be crucified with Him, namely: die too (i.e. set free from) our old, sinful nature!
- Many say that this is NOT possible, but Paul, who did this inspired statement, indeed lived ‘a crucified life’. Read intently about his converted life, about his ‘wheeling and dealing’ and you’ll ‘taste’ what a crucified life really means. (And hopefully realize that it is possible to lead a crucified life, and also that it is necessary – and the only Way – if we want to be used by God.) Paul TRULY could say: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me“ (Gal. 2:20a). This is further clarified in 1 Corinthians 6:19 where it is written: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (in which He lives and is enthroned – i.e. true which He should have complete control/authority, by His Spirit) Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? You are not (longer the ‘boss’) of your own.” Because “those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” (Gal. 5:24)
The battle against satan and his (power of) sin has been completed/accomplished and conquered by Jesus – on the cross on Calvary – but we, as Christians, must also ‘die on the cross’; must (desire) our old sinful nature to die. This Word of the cross – thus: the (desire) for our old sinful nature to die – is, in the course of time, whisked away/pushed away by satan, but will be preached again with power in the end of times.
The Message of ‘the cross’ is a truth that was rediscovered by Luther (who lived from 1483 till 1546), but – sadly – was lost again later on. This Message WAS and IS not a popular one! Not at all in our present way of thinking/mental world. The ‘flesh’ reigns supreme in our days, in the world, but also in the Church, because also a lot of Christians do still have a lot of desires of the flesh. And thinking in the flesh is the opposite of thinking through the spirit, and also opposite on thinking according to God’s will. Sadly – this has the (logical) result that also the acts and behaviour (the so-called ‘wheeling and dealing’) of many Christians is worldly. But… this Message of ‘dead off the flesh’ (i.e. our old sinful nature to die) will be put forward strongly – by Gods Spirit – in the end-times. And, this Message, this ‘Gospel of the cross’, is truly: ‘the FULL Gospel’!
And this ‘FULL Gospel-message’ is necessary, because… God is going to judge this world, and His judgment starts by “the house of God” (see 1 Peter 4:17). The “house of God” is the image of the (world-wide) Church we belong to, if we believe in Jesus Christ.
But… why should His judgment start by us?
Because “the house of God” is not yet ready to receive Jesus Christ as their Heavenly Bridegroom! More than ever before, many Christians (who must be ‘followers’ of Christ) are worldly and do still have (a lot of) desires of the flesh. Read 2 Timothy 3 verse 2-5, where the conclusion is: “For men shall be lovers of their own selves… lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God: having a form of godliness”, because they still like to follow their own desires of the flesh. Read also Revelation 3 verse 15-19, where is written: “because you are (spiritually) lukewarm… I am about to spit you out of My mouth”! A lot of Christians are thinking that ‘believing’ is more than enough. But, to belong (a bit later in time) to the PURE and spotless Bride of Christ (see Eph. 5:27) that is NOT enough. Because, to belong to the Bride (or Bride-church) of Christ we have TRUELY to lead a crucified live, dead to our sinful passions and desires. And if we do not work on that spiritual state, then the judgment of God will come over us, which means that we will come in the “great tribulation” (see Matt. 24:21) because we are (spiritually) not ready as Bride, because to be clear – Christ cannot and will not marry an UNCLEAN Bride. It is not for nothing that Jesus, in Matthew 7 verse 23, says: “…Away from Me, you evildoers”! And there, in the “great tribulation”, they – the ones that are NOT ready to meet Christ as their Bridegroom – shall (literally) pay for their faith in Christ with their own lives (the so-called martyr’s dead). The Antichrist namely will kill all Christians who are left behind, during his 3½ years dominion on this earth. And that will be God’s judgment over “the house of God”, about all Christians who stay disobedient to His Message of ‘the cross’, a Message which will be heard (again) – loud and clearly – in the last days.
But, the above-mentioned will NOT say that these Christians, who will come in the “great tribulation” (i.e. oppression –see Matt. 24:21) and will be killed by the Antichrist, are lost. No, because, if they will stay in (believe in) Jesus Christ (till the end of their earthly life) and if they also will stay strong to refuse the mark of the beast – the main reason why the Antichrist will kill them – they will be saved for eternity.
We can split-up/classify the end-time in so-called ‘phases’, see the scheme underneath, and now (according to us) we are in phase 1, but also in the beginning of phase 2. At almost every phase, one or more studies are mentioned, studies you can find on our website and which you can download for FREE, if you want to.
We hope to put more Bible studies, about 2 times a month, on this ‘new’ Blog (studies which you can also reach through our website www.endtime-messenger.com).
We wish you God’s Blessings,