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It is very easy to know if your Bible End-Time View is valid or not. Just read Daniel 12:8-12:


8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate setup, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.


The only time that the End Time prophesies could be totally understood would have to take place during Daniel's Time of the End period. To check to see if your favorite End-Time view has the possibility of being correct one must ask, "When were the popular End-Time theories developed?" And then you would have to ask, "When did Daniels 'Time of the End' begin?" If the popular theories were developed before Daniel's 'Time of the End' began, then they would be wrong.


The End Times started with the Ascension of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the Christian Era. Read the Bible carefully. It is there, plain as day.


The Time of the End takes place at the very end of the Christian Era, at the end of The End Times. It's a little confusing but it makes sense.


So, when will the "Time of the End" take place? The only logical time is another event involving time. Daniel's "Time of the End" fits the time after the "Time of the Gentiles" ended. I know what you are asking. When did the "Time of the Gentiles" end? They ended on June 6, 1967, only a few days after my graduation from High School.


Let's think more about this June 6, 1967. What happened on that day? The 6 Day War of Israel against Jordan was happening and Israel took the Temple Mount. On that day, Israel got hegemony over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Before that, the Gentile country of Jordan had control of the Temple Mount.


The Time of the End began on June 6, 1967.


Jerusalem stands on that Holy Mountain: Moriah. That's where Abraham took Isaac, his only begotten son, to be sacrificed. And that's where Jesus was crucified. That's where the Temple was built and stood. It's only logical that at the end of the Times of the Gentile's control of Jerusalem and the beginning of the Israeli control of Jerusalem began would signal the end of "Time of the Gentiles." Can you think of a better definition of the Biblical term, "The Time of the Gentiles"?


Therefore, June 6, 1967, was also the date when the Book of Daniel was open to understanding.


I've only found one book that explains the End Time prophecies correctly. You can find it on my website: https://www.boblewisministries.org/end-times. Check it out, but be ready to exercise your brain with intense study. ##






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Updated: Oct 15, 2021


Guest Editorial from Pastor James Emery White of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina:


It used to be that whatever churches did digitally was designed to serve the physical, meaning in-person, physical events and activities. The digital was used to market, give information about, or offer registration for the physical.


But going forward, the church will need to turn that upside down and have the physical serve the digital. As my friend Carey Nieuwhof has written, churches will need to become digital organizations with physical locations. In other words, churches will be digital organizations with physical expressions, not physical organizations with a digital presence.


Think about companies like Sears, JCPenney or Toys “R” Us. They were the older, more traditional models that placed an emphasis on big, physical footprints and in-person shopping. All three had to recently file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.


Why?


They were physical retailers that slowly adopted an online presence, behaving as if most people still wanted an in-person experience. But people didn’t. They wanted to shop on Amazon. And Amazon read this perfectly. They started out online and then, only after that was established, did they start developing physical stores—but those are designed to enhance and serve the digital footprint.


The Church will need to see its online presence and online community as its primary medium for growth, development, discipleship, worship, ministry, community… everything. Not to solely become an online entity (there is an extremely strategic and important role for a physical campus), but to make the shift to the physical serving the digital.


Right now, Meck’s growth is meteoric. We’ve never seen anything like it:

January – May 2021 was +45% to January – May 2020

June – August 2021 was +69% to June – August 2020


When you are running at an average size of 100 and increase to 150, you see those kinds of percentages. But when you are running in the thousands, you don’t. We did. But where was the growth? It wasn’t in person.


It was online.


The world has gone digital, and the Church must follow. Even better, it should lead the charge. When companies insist on a physical approach in a digital world, they fail. If churches insist on a physical approach in a digital world, they will face an uphill climb as well.


So here’s the shift (and tip of the hat to Tony Morgan for the language): We need to move away from a focus on gathering, and move toward a focus on connecting. We’ve bet the farm on gathering people together in a building. That’s a bet that won’t play out in the days to come. Instead, bet the farm on connecting people in whatever way they are connecting with you. And right now, and for the foreseeable future, that will be done digitally.


And stretch your thinking—this doesn’t mean you don’t gather together; rather it’s rethinking how you gather together. This may not be in a building.


Thousands gathered this past weekend at Meck. We talked to each other, engaged one another, experienced a shared worship and teaching with each other. We gave of our resources and prayed with and for one another. Pastors were pastoring, counselors were counseling. People gave their lives to Christ. It’s just that most of it happened outside of a gathering in a building.


But it still happened.


And it was very, very real.


James Emery White

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