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For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”  Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (1 Corinthians 1:19-20 NIV)

What permanent advantage is there in supporting a lie? If conventional wisdom urges toleration on some matters, but rabid opposition in others, should we go along with it? To do so is to risk sharing in their destruction. We must consider all matters with a Christian mindset, that means rationally. Anyone who tells you otherwise, should be considered suspect.

Last time, I shared my frustration. I had an argument. After what seemed like an hour, it ended in a truce. No one gave an inch. I lay part of the blame upon my reliance on my ability to persuade, and part on this dear one’s “Christian” fellowship. This is no knock on the people for they are precious souls, but on their church’s way of teaching disciples. Some of their more controversial views are protected by a wall of bad reasoning and poor Scripture interpretation. Leaders are entrusted with the pulpit after demonstrating skill in defending long-held doctrines. Whenever challenged, their rote training kicks in. They have ears but cannot hear. Anyone who differs, is an enemy. They stand on their version of truth, no matter what. (For that reason, many regard them as a Christian cult.)

This group is not alone. Much of Christianity has become illogical. Our diversity of doctrines is the result of lawyer-like argumentation more than seeking truth. I could site many examples. Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) is one. Again, it is not a knock on the people, but on the illogical nature of their arguments, a reliance on intelligence and the lack of a Christian mind.

Logic and reasoning will protect us from the deceitful but clever-sounding arguments of our day. Next time, we will briefly look at the skillful way unbiblical and illogical teachers have succeeded in persuading much of Western Christianity. Did I say “unbiblical” and “illogical”? So what!

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. (Romans 1:18-19 NIV)

The road to perdition begins with a first step. The path leading to LIFE begins the same way though they are diametrically opposed. Each takes us to a destination.

Joshua was told to proclaim blessings for Israel on Mount Gerizim and to pronounce curses on Mount Ebal. Two mountains that represent two outcomes. One could stand on one mountain or the other, but not simultaneously on both.

Blessings or curses are a choice with each step. At one time, we all stood in the middle. Would we love the truth or suppress it? Would we hate the lie or delight in wickedness? Then we decided.

In Romans 1:18, initially on the road to perdition our attention is turned to those who suppress the truth by their wickedness.  Paul does not focus on the liars–not at first. It is the “truth-suppressors” who incur the wrath of God. We could write volumes about how truth is being suppressed in our universities, in the news media, in government, in business or in the halls of justice, yet we ignore suppression in the church. It is not what is said in pulpits, but what is omitted that stirs heaven’s indignation.

Placebos are not a lie, they just substitute for what is meaningful. It is common for spiritual leaders to feed entire congregations placebos. In doing so, they suppress the truth, though God has made it plain to everyone that His judgment is close at hand.

While in Florida this Spring, my wife and I visited a large retirement village. As I scanned the community’s newspaper, I asked our host if the paper had any political leanings, left or right. He said, “It is a feel-good paper.” For their readers, everything was always rosy. There was no evil to report. No lies needing exposed. No hard truth to declare. This is what we mean by truth-suppression. It’s where the road to perdition starts for the good folks.

Truth-suppressors have exchanged the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1:25). Truth-suppressors set their Bible aside and reject God’s counsel. So, without a truth orientation, they are unwittingly led up Mount Ebal. The lie is a default position. If we do not stand firmly on Scripture, we will fall for the lie.

They have lied about the LORD; they said, “He will do nothing! No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine.” (Jeremiah 5:12a)

No one who loves the truth sets foot on the road to perdition. “Christians” whose prophets prophesy lies, and priests who rule by their own authority, are living in La-La Land. But what will these people do in the end? (Jeremiah 5:31)

The substitute for the truth is where the road to perdition starts. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Beware, my friends, of the suppressors.

While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.   (1 Thessalonians 5:3 NIV)

Last January, a report surfaced from the U.S. West Coast that billionaire businessmen were building a secure underground community. Though they don’t fear God, these Silicon Valley titans of technology want to be saved from that which they do fear.

Mentally, American Christians are being encouraged to take a similar approach. They live under an illusion of peace and safety. “If there is a disaster, Jesus will keep me safe” –or so they believe. The Lord will shelter them “from” rather than his actual promise to take them “through” (ex. Isaiah 43:2-3a).

God’s desire for his servants is to obey and believe, not doubt or fear. Escaping trials is the exception for the saints, while enduring them is the rule.

In the last days, teachers of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) position will be responsible for a great multitude of those who fall away. They paint a picture of safety that does not square with Bible prophecy. Amillennial teachers will be accountable also. Denying the literal warnings of the Bible’s prophets, with intellectual-sounding arguments, is the devil’s work. The signs of a looming day of disaster are unmistakable or why would rich people be digging big holes for condos in Kansas?

Doing nothing is not an option. Noah’s ark of refuge had to be under construction long before the deluge began. What the saints need to build are self-supporting communities around prophets in the mold of Elijah, watchmen who are sounding the alarm of impending disaster. (God has raised up contributors to this blog for this purpose.)

One of Satan’s schemes for destroying God’s people is to cause them to sin, so the Lord himself slays them as punishment for disobedience (Exodus 32, Numbers 25, Joshua 7, 1 Kings 13, et. al.). The peace and safety crowd are rebelling against God’s Word by ignoring the commands to be ready, to watch and to pray (Luke 21:34-36). They add more guilt to their sin by ignoring judgment and proclaiming disaster will not befall them. They are being deceived. They live under an illusion of safety.

 All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, all those who say, ‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’ ” (Amos 9:10 NIV)

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! (Proverbs 6:6 NIV)

As a child, in the early evening, a favorite game at family gatherings with our cousins was “Hide n’ Seek”. Our home was ideal with trees, bushes and other wonderful places to hide. Our big maple tree served as home base. The person who was “It” covered their eyes, faced the tree and started counting. When they reached fifty they would shout “Ready or not, here I come!” When we heard “Ready or not” we would freeze in place. You did not want to be the first spied or caught. That meant you would be “It” the next round. What a thrill to race to the tree, touching it and yelling, “All-ee, all-ee in free.”

The game took some forethought. The time for hiding went fast, so you better have a plan before the counting started.  In life we do not have the benefit of a countdown. Things happen unexpectedly; things from which we cannot hide.

With the debate over when Jesus will re-appear, it may be overlooked that death could find us long before this age ends. Ready or not is the question. We all need to be ready, not for an “any moment” rapture, but for an “any moment” end of life.

This does not mean discussing the timing of Christ’s coming is irrelevant; it has total relevance. We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but it will matter greatly to survivors we helped prepare. Our test will be whether we are ready for either eventuality, and whether or not we love truth.

(The peril facing those who absorb Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) “imminent return of Christ for his Church” teaching is that they will not be ready for “the Great Tribulation” (Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 7:14). God’s Word clearly states it will indeed happen, and that it must precede Christ’s return for his saints. (In our book Lifesaver we offer 24 Biblical and rational torpedoes that sink the PTR ship.)

The centuries old saying of Benjamin Franklin is true: “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” There is no guarantee we will live to see the thing we prepare for, but we are guaranteeing a disaster if we see the thing for which we are unprepared. So will we be ready for what Christ promised (The Great Tribulation) or not be ready because we paid no heed? Ready or not, it is coming!

 “…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17b)

Next time, we will look at some practical goals preparing us for the last days.

 

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5 NIV)

With most people, new creates a conflict. New technology is welcomed by a small number who like it for the reason it is new. Leaders in the tech industry love this open-minded group. As with the developers, they think outside the box. They receive invitations to the unveiling of revolutionary new products. How this group, the “first wave”, responds will determine if the innovation becomes a business success.

Typically, people remain loyal to the familiar. This “third wave” is invested in “Group Think”. They prefer to wait and see what the first or second wave consumer thinks. This principle applies to anything new, not just technology.  The first wave, the pioneers, who review the new, open the door for the second wave; the second opens it for the third, and so on. There are many more in the second wave than in the first, but the greatest number belong to the third wave. This is the mass number that want to know if it is safe or if it is popular. By the time the fourth wave decides, ideas are already passe.

The Lord is making everything new. No improvement will be possible. Yet, because it is new, it is strange. Few are testing what the Spirit is now unveiling. Take, for example, the series, Prophets, Priests and Kings. I would classify it as first wave material. Strange, perhaps, in comparison to others on the subject, the public at-large remains unaware or dubious as to its value.

The test market of a select first wave of readers has offered their feedback. It is very positive. Any “problems” are minor and easily fixable. The importance to the reader is beyond calculation. Next up, The Priests of God should be unveiled in 45 days. It details more of the new thing Jesus spoke of in Revelation 21. 

The third wave of Group Think traditionalists; well, they may never get it. By definition, true reform must come from the outside. The third wave is stuck on the inside while the fourth wave is prisoner to the status quo.

If the motivation was to sell books, I would never write The People of God, The Prophets of God, The Priests of God and Lifesaver. There is no best-seller waiting to happen. The reason we, at this site, faithfully proclaim His strange, new design is to please Him. If we can help usher in the age’s last great move of the Spirit or awaken His chosen people to prophetic truth, then we will have succeeded. If we can alert those untouched by Group Think to God’s new thing, we will have done our job.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. (Isaiah 43:19-21)

In those days there was no king in Israel, everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25 NKJV)

Having worked a few years as a real estate agent taught me a lot. For sellers of property, setting a price based on the fair market value, rather than what we hope our home is worth, is key to finding a buyer in timely fashion. For home buyers, it is vital to match what we can afford with what we want. The real in real estate is matching a seller’s reasonable expectation with a buyer’s financial ability.

So it is with the struggle often faced with prophecy. The current list of popular doctrines makes it a seller’s market, which means there are plenty of buyers considering a move from one position to another. Are the buyer’s unsatisfied with the status quo? Or has something forced a change? What is it they want? It is all subjective.

Objectivity is required as well. Being objective means I want facts. Subjectivity alone makes things murky. Facts clarify our options. Regarding prophecy, how do we arrive at facts? We must consult Scripture the way a real estate appraiser examines recently sold properties. If what we desire–that is our dreams or goals–conflicts with objective truth, then we have a choice. If we choose what we subjectively want to occur in the last days as opposed to what God objectively says, we won’t like what happens.

The Bereans were accustomed to teachers who were dreamers. How would they know if the Apostle Paul was like the rest? They listened intently to what Paul said; perhaps making notes. When he finished, the Bereans went back to their (Old Testament) Scripture to see if what Paul taught lined up with truth.

The Thessalonians, however, were more subjective. Salesmen could persuade them about what was right. Consider the context of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2. Confusion caused panic in the Thessalonian church. It came about because their subjectivity made them vulnerable to false prophecies, reports or letters about the Day of the Lord. They had listened to Paul but forgot the Biblical evidence. Many thought he was right; that is until the next gifted public speaker came along.

God has put eternity on our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Eternity is our dream. The way we achieve the unimaginable is contained in the word of God. Applying the five major rules for Bible interpretation is how we arrive at the facts. Demand accuracy in prophecy, rather than argue about who is right. Information is true or it isn’t. God is objective, not subjective. God is Mathematics and true science. God does not tolerate “adding to” what he has spoken (Proverbs 30:5-6).

In the time of the judges, subjectivity led to confusion in Israel. Everyone did what seemed right because Israel had no sovereign to set the standard. Had God been their king, they would have all agreed.

That’s where many are at today; subjectively shopping for what’s “right”. In other words, most are searching for their wants and trying to fulfill their dream. Instead, wouldn’t it be better to study our Bible with other Bereans? What if we developed a consensus for an accurate (a.k.a. Biblical) interpretation of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1-4)?  Isn’t it better to prize accuracy rather than the human standard of what seems right?

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty… And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:16, 19 NIV)

Since Adam and Eve, the weakness of listening to humans rather than obeying God has been a major character defect. We swallow cleverly invented stories and disregard the prophets. Masters of argument take the spotlight while truth-tellers are denied an invitation.

One evening, after a rousing performance before a Christian crowd, I asked a popular preacher a simple question: “According to the Bible, who will appear first to receive the praise of millions of adoring worshipers. Is it the Antichrist, or will it be Jesus Christ?” Then I listened for his answer. There was a long pause. I was non-confrontational, but it was a direct question, one for which every believer should have a ready answer. I posed this important question to a preacher who boasts of hundreds of memorized Scriptures.

Instead of saying Christ will come first or the Antichrist, the Pre-tribulation Rapture (PTR) teacher and preacher replied, “You are Pre-Wrath Rapture (PWR) aren’t you? I know all about Rosenthal and the other guy.” (He was referring to Marvin Rosenthal and Robert Van Kampen, the pioneers who first presented the PWR position.) My question was deflected by his. Instead of answering with the Bible, I was labeled. Our conversation was officially over.

Do not confuse good preachers or debaters with sincere truth-seekers. Truth-seekers are humble. They do no self-promoting and little talking. They listen and ask probing questions. Like the Bereans with Paul, in Acts 17:11, “…they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”  They examined the Word, not the playbook, not the notes, or the book on the Bible by their favorite author. For the Bereans there was only one source of authority, what we call the Old Testament.

Herein, lies a major problem with contemporary Christianity. We have piled up learning on the New Testament, but we lack the knowledge that serves as a foundation for truth. Most of the first 39 books of the Bible are missing from our faith. As a result, our building only goes up 27 floors and starts on the 40th floor. How can we discern truth from error if, in Jesus’ words, a rebuke to the Sadducee’s, “You don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God”? So preachers or teachers can say whatever and call it New Testament doctrine, but it does not square with Genesis through Malachi. One of the five basic rules of interpretation is “Before we arrive at truth, all seeming Scriptural contradictions must be harmonized.” This rule applies to all of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

Let’s return to the question I gave the preacher. It is my way of separating truth-seekers from dogmatists or ideologues. If a PTR follower answers “the Antichrist,” then they have undermined their keystone “any-moment return of Christ” argument. If they say Christ appears first, they are in error. (Consider for a moment the implications of being wrong.) The reactions are interesting when I offer prophetic evidence for the truth:

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together with him, do not let anyone deceive you… for that day cannot come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3)

Truth-seekers will take it in, examine the passage and ask for more. In that case, we could go to Daniel 7:23-27 and 8:23-25, then follow up with Matthew 24:15-31. It is my experience years of human indoctrination will outweigh the Biblical contradictions. A truth-seeker is a rare and priceless jewel. They will appreciate the correction.

(Amillennialists who reject a literal interpretation of end times prophecy are even more difficult. They have been taught to use reason and dismiss everything pertaining to Jesus’ glorious return to earth.)

Most trained in PTR doctrine are cult-like. They muddy the water then shift focus from Paul’s teaching in 2 Thessalonians 2. Some become upset. Some use insults or change the subject and walk away. They teach Bible study three times a week, yet are unwilling to acknowledge the truth. They “cherry-pick” the Bible looking for support of what they believe. They avoid Scriptures that challenge their version of the truth.

Recently, God led me to a Christian TV program where I witnessed PTR experts in action. There was no real debate of opposing views. Instead, the moderator posed PWR arguments, serving them up like softballs to his expert guest. My interest was piqued when the moderator went to 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3. There was no reading of the passage or breaking it down or comparing it with other Scripture. There was only a general statement that Paul’s teaching was being used against the PTR position.

The guest was ready. Words came faster than the mind could process. He said, “So glad you asked me” as if the question was not prearranged. Each sentence could have been challenged, but the format made it impossible. After a verbal barrage, the expert cited a meaning for the Greek apostasia, in verse 3. Most English translations have “apostasy”, “the falling away” or “the rebellion”. His translator was an unknown (probably a PTR advocate) who translated apostasia “departure.” That was all the guest needed. With a word like “departure” that could mean “departure from the truth,” he gave it a twist and out came an emphatic “the saints depart, and there is your Pre-tribulation Rapture!”

Everyone on the show was happy. They went home satisfied PTR was right; their argument won. Clever. A brilliant invention. The only casualty was truth.

What went wrong? We have to go to Jeremiah in the Old Testament to hear it from God.

A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it that way. But what will they do in the end? (Jeremiah 5:30-31)

What will the masters of argument, or their disciples who love their ways, do in the end?

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:22-23 NIV)

In America, some speech is unwelcome. Things turned violent in early February at the University of California at Berkley.  Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to address some students interested in hearing his political views. In a show of displeasure, students opposed to Mr. Yiannopoulos’ position on the issues,  set fires and smashed windows while U.C.-Berkley police passively watched. Dare we say the talk was cancelled. Days later, the demonstrators pronounced the Anti-Milo protest “stunningly successful”.

On other campuses, such as Vermont’s Middlebury College, disruptions have become more violent. A professor was treated for a neck injury after helping a libertarian political commentator escape the student mob.  Preventing the airing of opposing political views has become the newest student cause celebre. Censorship is not just coming from students. A professor at Marquette University last year was placed under review and relieved of all faculty and teaching duties for publicly supporting a student’s right to defend traditional marriage. Marquette, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a Jesuit Catholic institution.

Protests to throttle free speech, unleash diatribe and overturn elections have taken to the streets. The anti-hate crowd is acting very hateful. Disagree with one of their orthodoxies, and you are automatically branded a bigot, racist, sexist, homophobe, etc., etc.  Does anyone think this bodes well for our future as a democracy? What are they angry about? Why do some feel obligated to prevent free speech? Why the fear of words?

My concerns for this country, and its liberties, are not mine alone. The concerns don’t end there. Of all places, differing views on Scripture are not usually welcomed in the church. Instead, most pastors practice the “binary solution”:  My way or the High-way.

Since not all concepts are equally valid, a balance is required. Being heard is one thing, and being persuasive is another. The Areopagus in Athens was a gathering place for diverse opinions and philosophies. Paul spoke there (Acts 17:22-34). He did a masterful job of connecting popular beliefs (ex. “the unknown god”) to Christian faith. When he finished, some wanted to hear more.

Paul found common ground then, from it, he built a case for the gospel. Today rabble-rousers purposely cause a media spectacle and take over a meeting. They shout down the headline speakers and black-ball from their assemblies anyone with whom they do not fully agree.

The last days’ doctrine of The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church (PWR) is an example of a Christian controversy. PWR wins over Biblical-minded Christians when given the opportunity to be fairly presented to objective minds. I am a witness. So what are we afraid of? Why not freely debate the Scriptures so we can come to unity in the faith?

As with left-wing radicals, the popular Pre-tribulation Rapture (PTR) (the imminent or any moment Jesus can return) crowd, has little interest in sharing the floor, the megaphone or the mic. They seek a monopoly on the discussion of prophetic doctrine (eschatology) rather than revealing truth. PTR loyalists often portray PWR in a false light unfairly characterizing the position. (Sounds like today’s politics, doesn’t it?)

What are the PTR faithful afraid of? We know why some feel PWR arguments must be silenced: If they are allowed to be spoken in truth and in love, they demolish strongholds of ignorance and fear.

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:5 NIV)

What half of America loves about President Donald Trump, the other half despises? He brought a fresh face to the 2016 presidential campaign that millions refuse to accept. This newness frustrated his political opponents, before it eventually rolled over them.

At the beginning, political novice Trump was ridiculed for his ambition. Running for the nation’s highest office isn’t usually where someone begins a political career. The so-called establishment has never taken Mr. Trump seriously. They wish him the worst. Nevertheless, a wave of freshness has swept over the landscape.

A new paradigm (revolutionary change) is emerging. A recent New York Times  article reported top industry executives are saying “Why not me?” as they contemplate their own run for a public office. Why not? It seems voters have embraced fresh as opposed to familiar.

I foresee a similar wave sweeping over today’s church. Don’t know when but a paradigm shift, not unlike the political one, cannot be too far away. When it happens, the old guard will mount their attack (Matthew 23:34-36). They must. They are vested in the status quo. Change is always opposed, but the freshness of the Spirit is unstoppable.

When I speak of old, I am referring to traditional methods, not enduring truth. What is familiar was fresh at one time, but nothing is new under the sun. For example, at Pentecost and throughout The Book of Acts, the Lord gives us a preview of things to come.

In Acts the church was people; ordinary, everyday people. They gathered in fellowship to love God, to learn His Word and to help each other. Leaders, such as Peter, did not sit under Jewish teachers in Jerusalem. They became the disciples’ oppressors. Peter and company were outsiders, but the church grew daily because they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:12-13).

This blog, plus the books and materials we are producing, anticipates a tidal wave of freshness. A turning upside-down kind of revolution is on the horizon. Transformation will require bold, new leaders who can take the heat and stand on God’s Word.

If you are a leader for the last days–and why not you?–then it is time to take a fresh new look at Scripture. Study the prophets as though you were reading the Bible for the first time. Reject man-centered, politically-correct religion. It may dominate the American church scene now, but it won’t last.

If you appreciate your church and pastor, that’s good, but if you miss the outpouring God has promised, that’s not good (Joel 2:23-29). Familiar won’t survive the trials that are coming. Fresh is what we need.

See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you. (Isaiah 42:9)

God said, “You fool. This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:20-21 NIV)

A major front in the battle to “Make America Great Again” is President Trump’s plan to restore America’s industry. His campaign emphasized keeping businesses in the U.S. and bringing back good-paying jobs. If his policies succeed–and that is a big “if”–then what? If millionaires become as common as apples in an orchard, will people know what to do? Will the prosperous be wise or will they be foolish?

Jesus’ sobering words (above) followed his warning in Luke 12:15: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  Then Our Lord told a story of a farmer who struck it rich. To store his crop he built bigger barns. He had plenty, enough to live large for several years. He told himself, “Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” (12:19)

Our nation’s new leader has made his billions of dollars. It seems he would like to share the wealth. Have you considered, “What if his economic goals for the country are achieved?” Will we become a nation of fools?

One of my favorite stories about David involves his encounter with Abigail, the beautiful and intelligent wife of Nabal. In 1 Samuel 25:2, we read that Nabal was very wealthy. It was sheep-shearing time so David sent some men to nicely ask Nabal to share. Nabal was reminded how David’s army had been protecting his shepherds and sheep. Nothing was missing. The flock fed in green pastures and, in peace, laid beside still waters. Surrounding Nabal were large mounds of wool. David’s role in adding to Nabal’s wealth should have been appreciated. Instead, this foolish man insulted him.

Hearing this, Israel’s still future king angrily gathered four hundred warriors. With swords sharpened, they headed for Nabal. Their intention was to eliminate every male belonging to Nabal. Vengeance was in David’s heart (cf. Isaiah 63:4).

Without Abigail’s swift action and her abundance of food for David’s men, there would have been terrible retribution. When she met David and bowed, face to the ground, he stopped to listen. Abigail persuaded David to alter his course. What did she say? (Herein is a key to knowing Christ, bearer of the title “Son of David”.)

“May my lord pay no attention to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name is Fool, and folly goes with him.” (1 Sam. 25:25a)

Abigail knew exactly to whom she was talking and rightly anticipated what David was about to do. The man before her was righteous and also Abigail’s king. She honored David and addressed him as “lord” and “master”. As the king, David owned everything belonging to Nabal, including the man himself. Abigail had the wisdom to soothe David’s indignation and the foresight to recognize his destiny. Her blessing and humility not only saved many lives, but it also won David’s heart.

“When the LORD has done for my master every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him leader over Israel, my master will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the LORD has brought my master success, remember your servant.” (25:30-31)

Upon hearing what his wife had done, Nabal, the fool, became like stone. The night before he had eaten plenty and became drunk. Soon after he awoke the next day he was as good as dead. His demise freed Abigail from her bonds. She then became David’s bride. (Are we making the connection?)

Like his name suggests, Nabal foolishly offended his king. He was short-sighted, ungrateful and greedy. He refused to share.  Instead, he left it all behind. What a fool!

Therefore, you kings be wise; be warned you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son lest he be angry and you be destroyed you in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2:10-12)

 

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