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Wow, the place that Pastor Ken is describing sounds like a grim and scary place to be. What if I told you that Pastor Ken was describing the Earth once Jesus comes back? In today's edition of The Unsafe Bible, Pastor Ken explores Revelation, and the descriptions of the earth once the period of Tribulation begins. Now, I know I definitely do not want to be on the earth during the tribulation. Thankfully, as Christians, we will not endure that! Because of our faith in Jesus, we will be in Heaven glorifying God.
There is no sport where you can be part of both teams that are playing against each other. It would be ludicrous to think that you could play on both sides of a ping-pong table, or that you could decide to play for whichever basketball team is currently winning. Why do we think we can do that spiritually? All throughout the Scriptures, it tells us that you are either with God, or you are not. Pastor Ken reminds us today that you cannot ride the fence between God and Satan. You cannot serve two masters.
It may feel like Satan has been given full authority to control people on earth. But really, his only authority is this: to steal, to kill, and to destroy. His only weapon to accomplish his goal is to lie. The only thing he can do is take the truths of God and twist them into half-truths. Today, Pastor Ken sheds some light on Satan: where he came from, how he operates, and his ultimate demise. He may seem like an unbeatable enemy, but when you know the whole story, it's easy to see how you can have victory.
Have you ever woken up from a weird dream? Dreams can be so vivid and real that it takes a moment to sort through what really happened and what was just your imagination. Sometimes, reading the book of Revelation can feel a bit like that. It can seem like it's just a weird dream or a crazy metaphor. Today, though, Pastor Ken reminds us that Revelation is a history book: a book of future history. As weird and bizarre as it may get, it is real. We don't have the luxury of deciding something is too strange to happen.
It's hard to deny that there is a Creator while looking at a beautiful sunset. Scripture tells us that part of the job of nature is to point us to God. The sun, moon, and stars all tell us a story of how amazing God is. So in Revelation, when it describes the drastic changes to nature that will take place, that's also to point people to God. Today, Pastor Ken teaches that during the tribulation, one-third of the earth will be destroyed. Why all this destruction? To point those on earth toward God, who is in control.
The tribulation will be a time of great calamity and sorrow. Revelation clearly describes the difficulties that will arise during that era. There will be death, famine, suffering, and torture beyond what we can imagine. But why would God allow all this to happen? What's the purpose of all that pain? Today, Pastor Ken shows us that all of this will happen in order that people might come to Jesus. Even at the end of the age, God still makes a way for people to hear about him and the gospel and be saved.
Making assumptions is a dangerous habit to get into. It can lead to a lot of misunderstandings, confusion, and maybe even a loss of a friendship or two. Even more dangerous, though, is if you begin to make assumptions about what the Bible says. The book of Revelation can seem incredibly weird and confusing at times. It's easy to begin to assign our own meanings to some of the passages. But today, Pastor Ken encourages you to take John's words at face value. Take his words as they are written, and nothing more.
No matter how often a musical piece is practiced, there is always the chance that the wrong note will be played at the wrong time. However, the angels in heaven who have been tasked with blowing the trumpet to announce the end have been practicing for a.....long.....time! This note has been planned and anticipated since the dawn of creation. It won't be played at the wrong time or out of key! In today's lesson with Pastor Ken, consider if you are ready for this time of judgment.
When you think of angels, you probably think of God's helpers, those who protect and guide. But come the last day, these cherubs will become avenging beings. God turns from grace to judgment, and the angels become flame throwers and warriors. Today Pastor Ken explains when the Lord opens the seventh seal, all of heaven takes notice. The angles have been prepared for this time. They know it's part of the job. Do you want to experience the wrath of God's guardians, or is your name in His book?
Have you heard the phrase, the calm before the storm? In today's lesson with Pastor Ken, you'll see something similar will happen before the day of reckoning. Silence, in the book of Revelation, is followed by judgment. God will bring His decision, and all will fall silent before His throne. This event can't be missed. Christ's people will be spared this final proclamation; the wicked and those who have already perished will be silent, but those left on earth will experience the wrath of the Lord.
When I mention the select 144,000 of Revelation, your mind thinks of some things you've heard about these people. Some religions claim these are the cream of the crop, chosen because of their deeds on earth. But as you'll hear in today's message with Pastor Ken, these individuals are never referred to as 'the church.' 'The church' is another way of describing Christ's followers, his bride. If these people are not part of the church, they are not everyday Joe who did an excellent job on Earth.
The Apostle Paul details several angels partaking in the events of the end days, as found in Revelation. God sends these angels to complete a task. In today's lesson with Pastor Ken, you'll see there will be times when the angels bring protection and peace amid death and destruction. Parts of the earth will be consumed with fire, while other areas experience protection by the angels. The Lord's judgment will be spared, for a time, so that the Lord's selected can become verified as His children.
Angels and divine beings are part of God's creation. They, like us, are created for a purpose. God guides and directs the angels to perform tasks and jobs. Today Pastor Ken shares how God has given his earthly children unique talents designed to advance His kingdom on Earth. The Bible details several spiritual gifts, but these lists are not exhaustive. For example, an auto mechanic is not listed as a spiritual gift, but you can use this unique talent to bless and advance the Lord's people and kingdom.
People often like to pick and choose what scripture they want to read rather than giving equal attention to every book. Trust me, I get it, some of the books are tougher to understand than others. You may think that Revelation is one not to worry about because surely it won't happen in your lifetime. Well, I'd encourage you to think again and consider the way that current events are lining up with prophecy. In today's message, Pastor Ken explores the unsettling truth that the rapture is likely closer than you may think.
I bet that you weren't expecting to learn about string theory today. As scientists and mathematicians learn more about the way that God has ordered the universe, it reveals more beauty and strikes awe at the grandness of God and his creation. In the book of Revelation, we are told of unexplainable thingshappening. But are they really without a possible explanation? In today's message, Pastor Ken will explore the events surrounding the breaking of the sixth seal and show you that it may not be so far off.
The book of Revelation is one that often can leave you with more questions than answers. One of the big questions is whether or not many of the events described are to be taken literally or as a metaphor. For example, will the anti-Christ really have supernatural power? How about, is the sky really going to be rolled up like a scroll? If you've ever wondered about these things, then you don't want to miss today's message as Pastor Ken explores and gives a modern interpretation of the book of Revelation.
When you think about people coming to know Christ, have you ever considered those left on earth after the rapture begins? Interestingly enough, The book of Revelation talks about what will happen to those left behind. It says that many will be saved even after the rapture has begun. Unfortunately, in light of the persecution that will take place, it will cost them their lives. Pastor Ken will continue to explore the book of Revelation in today's message in all of its wonder.
Do you like sci-fi movies? How about the movies that take place as the world is ending? You know, the ones with the Mt Everest-sized tsunami…or the ones with the storm that causes the next ice age. What they usually all have in common is bad acting and a low production budget. Well, on a more serious note, the Bible tells us what the end of time will be like. In today's message, Pastor Ken will continue to explore the end of times as he teaches through the book of Revelation.
The idea of thousands of divine beings rebelling against God is hard to imagine. The book of Revelation gives us insight into the reality of the spiritual realm that we cannot see. If you think it's a bunch of babies with angel wings, well…think again. While Revelation is chalked full of unique and otherworldly imagery, it also tells us what the end of time will be like. In today's message, Pastor Ken will teach you about the reality of what is to come in the not-too-distant future.
If you've been traveling with us through the book of Revelation, you know it's really heavy. There's so much suffering and hardship in store for this world. But through all this darkness, the light of God will shine even brighter. The good news is that Jesus came to rescue you from your brokenness, and sin pierces the dark to give you hope and a future. In today's message, Pastor Ken urges you to take Jesus up on His offer of forgiveness so that you can live in peace with Him for all eternity.
Eternal life without God isn't a joyride. It's not some great party where you can live it up and do whatever you want. It's dark and painful. Separation from God for all time will be agonizing. And that's why Pastor Ken is reminding you today that there's another way. You can follow Jesus, give Him your heart, and ask Him to forgive you for the ways you've messed up. He loves you and died on the cross to make way for you to live with Him in paradise when you die.
You make thousands of choices every day. From the moment you're conscious in the morning to the time you close your eyes at night, you're making decisions about what you'll do or not do. Pastor Ken talks about the most crucial decision you will ever make today. It's the question that everyone must answer at some point: Will you turn to Jesus, admit your brokenness, and ask Him to cover your sins? How you respond makes a difference in your life now and shapes your eternal destiny.
Peace seems like a pipe dream these days. There's a new conflict in the news every time you turn around. As you'll see in today's passage, the current unrest is nothing compared to what will happen before the Lord returns to usher in His Kingdom. Pastor Ken explains how God will give the rider on the red horse the authority to remove peace from the world. Everything from your family to global relations will experience conflict and war. Then peace will genuinely be an impossibility.
You've heard of a wolf in sheep's clothing before. It's the idea that something dangerous is disguised as harmless or beneficial. Well, that's how you could describe how Satan will present himself during the end. Pastor Ken shares that Satan will appear on a white horse like Jesus, offering people false peace and security. His disguise will trick people for a while, but eventually, he'll show his true colors, ushering in a time of intense destruction and suffering.
There's so much in the book of Revelation that seems pretty. It's full of descriptions that you may find crazy or hard to understand. Pastor Ken wants to help you better grasp what's happening in this section of Revelation. He points out the connections between what will happen in the end and things that have already happened in the Old Testament. You'll see how the spiraling sevens described when the Israelites defeated Jericho echo in the coming seal judgments.
Movies may depict it, but can you imagine what it would be like if millions of people disappeared instantly? In today's edition of The UnSafe Bible, Pastor Ken invites you to think about what could happen when God's people are taken out of this world in the church's rapture. He walks you through some of the ways this might affect daily life. From health care to food to government to relationships- there are very few aspects of life that the loss of so many wouldn't touch.
God has an enemy. His name is Satan, and he wants to destroy everything God loves. That means you're on his list. Satan's goal is to steal, kill, and beat in any way he can. He uses tricks and lies to get you to follow his practices instead of God's. You see, that's precisely what happens during the end times. The Apostle Paul tells us that Satan comes masquerading as a good guy, as someone like Jesus. Pastor Ken helps you unpack this passage so Satan's lies won't fool you.
Have you ever been a part of a conversation where everyone else was talking about something you didn't know anything about? Maybe they were discussing a shared experience, a situation at work, or people you don't know. It was probably hard to follow along. Today, Pastor Ken explains that something similar happens when we try to understand what's going on in today's passage. He encourages you to put yourself in the mindset of someone from the first century AD when Paul was writing.
Differences and distinctions are on a lot of people's minds lately. It's a hot topic. There's so much floating around about how people are different that it's easy to lose sight of how we're the same. Today, Pastor Ken reminds you that there's unity in the Lord. When you admit how you've missed the mark and ask Jesus to rescue you, you are welcomed into a beautifully diverse and unique family. Because of Jesus, you're connected. You can be one with other believers no matter how different you may be.
Waiting is hard sometimes. But doesn't it feel amazing when the waiting is finally over? Sometimes, the joy you feel in those moments bubbles out of you. That's precisely what Pastor Ken describes in today's teaching. This planet and everything in it has been broken for a very long time, waiting until the day the Lord would make it new. And won't that be a glorious day? You'll see how the earth and everything in it rejoice as God restores Creation to what He intended it to be.
The Bible was written over hundreds of years by many different people doesn't take away from its harmony. That's because the Spirit of God was inspiring every word those people wrote down. Pastor Ken points out in today's message how John, the author of the book of Revelation, ties the Old Testament description of the Lion of Judah to the New Testament imagery of the Lamb of God. You'll see how these two seemingly opposite ideas come together perfectly in the person of Jesus.
Has there ever been a point in your life where you knew nothing would be the same again? It could be the birth of your first child, getting married, or the beginning of your faith in Jesus. After an incredible event like that, you could never live the same. In history, Jesus' death marks a tipping point. Life could never be the same. Pastor Ken shows us today that Jesus' death was the death needed. No one else would need to overcome death. This was the point in history when everything changed for everyone.
How well do you handle pressure? While coal thrives under pressure and becomes a diamond, a flower is obliterated and crushed. While on earth, Jesus was under immense pressure. The redemption of all humanity that had ever existed and ever would exist depended on his death and resurrection. As Pastor Ken shows us today though, he could handle the pressure. He was the only one who could do it. There was no other way. When his time came, he submitted himself to the will of the Father for our redemption.
When you buy someone a gift, are you good at keeping it a secret, or do you let the cat out of the bag with your own excitement? Gifts are great at stirring up anticipation for both the giver and the receiver. Today, Pastor Ken teaches us that God has something that stirs up great anticipation in Jesus. The scroll in God's right hand holds all the details about the end times, something that Jesus said only the Father knows. Jesus eagerly anticipates the time when he will bring us all home.
Do you ever take for granted the fact that you live in the 21st century? Electricity, plumbing, cars, internet, and heating are all things that weren't enjoyed by our ancestors. Spiritually speaking, you shouldn't take for granted that you live in the church age. Today Pastor Ken reminds us that we have an incredible advantage that those in the Old Testament did not have: access to God. Whenever and wherever we find ourselves, we can commune directly with God. The blood of Jesus makes it possible.
How would you describe color to someone who was born blind? Could you show a deaf person what the sound of the wind in the trees is like? How could you describe the glory of God to someone who has never seen it? This was the situation John found himself in. He was tasked to write down his experience in a way that those who had never seen it would understand. As Pastor Ken teaches us today, digging into both the Old and New Testaments and the original languages helps us have an accurate picture.
The Old and New Testaments are both needed to get the full picture of God's story of redemption. To ignore one in favor of the other is to miss out on insights and revelations about God and his love. As Pastor Ken looks at the book of Revelation today, there are many similarities to the Old Testament prophets and the visions that God gave them. John sees the same things that they saw but in more detail. Because John knew the prophecies, he was able to report accurately and fully in his account.
What is the most awe-inspiring sight you have ever seen? An epic sunset? An amazing mountain view? Your spouse on your wedding day? As beautiful as all of those things are, they won't compare to the sight of God on his throne. Today Pastor Ken teaches that it won't just be an amazing sight, it's also a picture of his sovereignty and deity. This throne carries all the dominion and power of the entire universe. The only one with the right to sit on this throne is the one who created everything. He is so worthy!
Can you wrap your head around the concept that God has always existed? Probably not, and that's because God doesn't exist on our timeline. The way God sees time is altogether different from how we perceive it. Here in the book of Revelation, Pastor Ken shows us the mind-boggling time travel that John went through to receive his revelation from Jesus. We may think this is only possible in science fiction and movies, but God is not like us. He operates on an entirely different level than humans.
Have you ever seen a football player almost make it to the end zone, but they start celebrating too soon and get tackled? Or a marathon runner that ran an incredible time, but slowed at the finish line and took second instead? You can play a great game and run a great race and blow it all in the last few feet. We can do the same spiritually. Pastor Ken reminds us today that it's important to finish well. If this life is a race, we have to run all the way to the finish line. We have to get the ball into the end zone.
Nature takes the path of least resistance, and that path is always toward destruction. If you leave a piece of fruit on the counter too long, it becomes rotten. The longer a house stands, the more dilapidated it becomes. When left to their own devices, things don't get better, they slowly decay. Human beings are no different. Today Pastor Ken shows us this pattern is evident in the church as well. When the church goes without guidance and influence from God, it will decay and spiral into destruction.
When you're planning a road trip, you often have a few choices on how to get to your destination. Do you choose the shortest time, the shortest distance, or the route without tolls? Or do you pick the scenic route? Ultimately, it doesn't really matter, you will still arrive at the same destination. But as Pastor Ken teaches today, you can't have the same approach to eternal life. Spiritually speaking, the route you take to get to eternity will determine your destination. Only one route leads to life: Jesus.
Things often seem backward in the kingdom of God. Jesus said that the last would be first and the first would be last. Those who lose their lives are the ones who live. He also made it clear that those who were ahead financially were not necessarily ahead spiritually. The church at Laodicea didn't understand this concept. They were a rich congregation, able to afford whatever they wanted. They thought wealth meant that they were blessed by God, but as Pastor Ken points out today, that was not the case.
You don't have to be a college graduate to be used by God. You don't have to earn a certain amount or have a minimum number of Instagram followers. You don't have to look trendy or come from a background of religious influence. The world might look to those things to measure your success, but God looks at the heart. In some cases, like the church in Laodicea, those worldly advantages might actually make it harder to follow Jesus. As Pastor Ken shows us today, God is looking for someone with the right heart.
Talking the talk doesn't mean much without walking the walk. You can claim to be whatever you want, but if your actions don't back it up, it's meaningless. This is especially dangerous when it comes to Christianity. It's not just your reputation with others that you need to be aware of, it's your reputation with Jesus himself. As Pastor Ken shows us today, if you only talk the talk, Jesus will spit you out of his mouth. He will say that he never knew you, just like the seventh church in Revelation, the church at Laodicea.
Have you ever done something good, but you did it with the wrong intentions? Maybe you helped a widow, but it was really just to get a pat on the back. Or have you ever been nice to someone because you had something to gain from them? With Jesus, it's not enough to just do good things. He will also judge you based on why you did those things. As Pastor Ken teaches us today, it's not enough to put on a good show. All the achievements you can gain won't mean anything if they weren't done for Jesus.
Have you ever put together a piece of furniture without looking at the instructions? Sometimes the assembly is intuitive enough that you can get away with it, but often it leads to frustration. You get to assemble the furniture twice: once the hard way, and once the easy way. The same is true in life. Although we've been given an instruction manual on how to live, many choose to try it their own way first. Pastor Ken warns us though, that you don't get to do life twice. You only have one chance. Will you look at the instructions?
Today Pastor Ken points out that when science trumps creation, we no longer are an image bearer of the Lord. Replacing creation with evolution means you evolved from an amoeba. So you are an animal, no better than a skunk. But when you hold true to the fact the world and everything in it was created, you can find purpose and meaning. Jesus accepted everything written in the Lord's book as good and true. If you put your trust in Jesus, also trust His version of God, the creator.
The church at Laodicea is like a lot of people today. They forgot who God truly was. Today Pastor Ken shares in his message today, God is who He says He is in His word. You can't pick and choose what characteristics listed in the Bible are true. True Christianity isn't describing your ideal situations and only accepting those truths as you believe.
Having a finite brain is like trying to understand another culture without experiencing its customs or traditions. You cannot comprehend how this culture operates with the information you have available. Likewise, as Pastor Ken explains in today's study, it's hard to understand the Trinity, the character of Christ, or why bad things happen to good people with the limited knowledge we have in our current state. But when we arrive in Heaven, it will all become clear. Come quickly, Lord!
What if you could go through life without ever taking a test? No spelling test in elementary school, skip driver's ED test, never being tested on the date your mom was born. There is one test you'll never be asked to take if you believe in Christ. Today Pastor Ken shares how heaven dwellers, also known as believers in Christ, will be spared the test of deliverance. The great tribulation will only be for the earth dwellers who are not taken up at Christ's return. Check that test off your to-do list!