Climbing Mount Everest AGAIN!

April 30, 2024 by  
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The above is from a book by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2024. And something I wrote back in 2017:

To translate the Bible is like to climb upon top of Mount Everest. You put everything at stake. You spend yourself to the last. You forget the pain and fatigue. You leave behind the unimportant things. You carry only the most important ones. Every breath is for eternity. Every step is last. And so, all the way to the top! The price is unbearable, but the reward is extraordinary. Because there, from the top, you finally see things differently. And it is almost impossible to go back down. Even if you can, down now feels different. And one can only hope others too will climb this peak, to perceive and translate for the next. So, that they too can see. For this reason, our interlinear is by no means the last. It is only a seed, which will bear long lasting fruit. For the generations…

EVEN More Signs of the Last Days

April 25, 2024 by  
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Is it Possible to Know the End is Near?

Yes. In Matthew 24, after Jesus gave a sequence of events that would happen at the end of the age, He said, “when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!” (Matthew 24:33)

Jesus Christ has given specific signs of the end times so we would be able to know when the end is near.

Sign 1: The Rise of Great Britain and America

Did you know that the Bible foretold that two powerful nations would rise in 1788? One nation would be the leader of a group of nations and become the greatest empire in history. The other nation would become the wealthiest and most powerful nation in history.

This prophecy about the last days was fulfilled right on time by Great Britain and the United States of America. To learn the amazing details about this prophecy, see lesson 2 of the Bible Prophecy Challenge.

Sign 2: An Explosion of Knowledge

The book of Daniel in the Bible contains many prophecies about the end times. After the angel Michael told Daniel the sequence of end-time events, he said:

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end. Many will run back and forth, and knowledge will be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)

This statement foretold that a short time before the end, there would be an increase in travel and knowledge. Has this been fulfilled? Just look around you.

Sign 3: The Jews Return to the Land of Israel

In 1916, during World War I, Great Britain and France made a secret treaty to divide the Middle East and create a special international zone in the area of modern Israel. With help from the British, the Arabs began a revolt, and soon after the allied forces invaded Palestine. These events opened the way for the Jews to return to the land of Israel.

Many Bible prophecies show that many of the Jews will be living in the land of Israel at the end of the age. In fact, the Bible even foretold that 1916 would be a major turning point for the Jewish people. To learn more, see lessons 2 and 7 of the Bible Prophecy Challenge.

Sign 4: The Rise of Germany

After World War II, most people were sure that Germany would never rise again. But those who understood end-time Bible prophecy confidently foretold that Germany would rise again to become the leading power in Europe and the world.

In lesson 1 of the Bible Prophecy Challenge you will find out what happened on October 4, 1982, and how a prophecy fulfilled on that day links Germany to end-time prophecies. You will also learn how Germany’s recent pledge to spend 100 billion euros to build up its army is fulfilling prophecies about the end-time.

Sign 5: The Decline of the USA and Northwestern Europe

Great Britain used to be the leading nation in the world. Now, especially after Brexit, Great Britain is struggling to find its place in the world.

In 2021 the world watched as America ran away from Afghanistan as the Taliban reversed decades of war in a few days.

The troubles in America and Great Britain, Canada and Australia, France and the rest of Northwestern Europe are obvious.

The Bible predicts many specific troubles these countries are experiencing now, and will experience in the next few years. Will America and the West recover from these trouble or will they collapse?

Sign 6: Skepticism and Disbelief

The Bible foretells that in the last days, many people will scoff at Bible prophecies:

in the last days mockers will come, walking after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of his arrival? For, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

In the past 150 years several billion people have learn at home and at school that there is no God and the Bible is a book of myths. Even some who claim to be Christians have no interest in end-time prophecy, because they don’t think anything important will happen any time soon. This lack of belief is one sign of the end times.

Sign 7: Widespread Selfishness

Here is another sign of the end times:

But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, not lovers of good, traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding a form of godliness, but having denied its power. (1 Timothy 3:1-5)

Is this an accurate description of our age? You decide.

Sign 8: The Rise of a False Christianity

When Jesus taught His followers about the end times, the very first thing He said was:

Watch out so that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying I am the Christ, and they will lead many astray. (Matthew 24:4-5)

Many people think Jesus was only warning about people who claim to be Christ. But Jesus was also warning of a more subtle danger. He said that there would be many who come in His name, in the name of Christianity, and who say that Jesus is the Christ.

The Bible foretells that at the end-time, a powerful, miracle-working prophet will deceive the world with his signs. What you may not realize, is that the Bible show that this prophet will claim to be the legitimate leader of Christianity!

Sign 9: Wars, Famine, Disease, and Death

Among the sign that Jesus foretold would come before the end are wars, news of war, famine, disease, and death (Matthew 24:6-7). There are wars, famines, and disease now, but the troubles that Jesus predicted will come after a false Christianity begins to rise. In the final stage of these troubles, one-quarter of humanity will die (Revelation 6:8). The end will not come until after one-quarter of the world’s population dies.

Sign 10: The Persecution of Real Christians

Jesus told His followers:

At that time they will hand you over to oppression, and will kill you. And you will be hated by all the nations because of My name. (Matthew 24:9)

This persecution will not come on all who claim to be Christians. It will be directed at those who actually follow and teach what Jesus taught. But those who endure these trials will be counted worthy to escape the Great Tribulation.

Sign 11: The True Gospel is Preached

Jesus said that shortly before the end of the age, the gospel of the Kingdom would be preached everywhere in the world:

And this good news of the Kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

There are still many who have not heard Christ’s true gospel yet. This sign has not been completed yet.

Sign 12: A Muslim Attack on Europe

In the book of Daniel we find a prophecy about a war between the King of the South and the King of the North. This war marks the beginning of “the time of the end” (Daniel 11:40).

The King of the North, coming out of Europe, will respond to this attack with an invasion of North Africa and the Middle East. He will conquer Egypt, invade many lands, and many of the countries of North Africa and the Middle East will submit to him.

Sign 13: Sacrifices Stop in Jerusalem

Just 45 days after the war in North Africa the Middle East begins, the King of the North will stop the daily sacrifices in Jerusalem and set up an image in the holy place called the Abomination of Desolation.

That means that the Jews must begin performing daily sacrifices in Jerusalem before this prophecy can be fulfilled. However, one prophecy indicates that the daily sacrifices may only begin a short time before they are stopped (Hosea 5:6-7).

Sign 14: A Group of People are Taken Away

The Bible says that there is a specific group of people who will be protected during the tribulation. Who are they? Where will they be taken?

Sign 15: The Great Tribulation

Jesus described the Great Tribulation in this way:

then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever will be. And if those days were not shortened, no flesh would have been saved. But for the sake of the chosen ones, those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24:21-22)

This will be a time of trouble for many, but the Bible actually predicts that it will be a time of great prosperity for some. During the Great Tribulation, the False Prophet will force everyone to receive the Mark of the Beast.

Sign 16: The Day of the Lord

What is the “Day of the Lord”? How is it different from the Great Tribulation? The Bible actually says that the day of the Lord does not begin until after the Great Tribulation is finished.

Sign 17: The Return of Christ

Finally, at the end of the Day of the Lord, Jesus Christ will appear in the sky. Everyone will see Him, and everyone will hear the sound of a loud trumpet. At that time, Jesus will be proclaimed as the King of the earth. But the world will not immediately accept their king.

Sign 18: Armageddon

Shortly after Christ appears in the sky, the nations of the world will form a plan to overthrow Him (Psalms 2). Huge armies will gather at Mount Megiddo (Armageddon) in Northern Israel, and from there they will march toward Jerusalem to fight Christ.

Sign 19: The Kingdom of God is Established on Earth

This may surprise you, but the Bible clearly foretells that God will set up His Kingdom on Earth—not just heaven.

God Wants You to Study End-Time Prophecy

Think about this: Should you believe what some random guy put on the internet?

Absolutely not!

You shouldn’t believe anything you just read, unless you can prove it in the Bible. Yes. God actually wants you to read the Bible!

The Bible says:

 “Do not despise prophecies. Test all things. Hold on to the good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21)

Are you going to do what the Bible says?

Are you going to learn what the Bible really says about the end times, before it’s too late?

If not, you will be deceived by the false Christianity that Jesus said would dominate the world at the end (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Revelation 13:14).

MORE Signs of the Last Days

April 20, 2024 by  
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Many things likely come to mind when you think about the end times. You probably envision fire coming from the heavens, chaos erupting globally and life as we know it coming to an end. While these are common associations, several signs will occur before the last days that we should pay attention to. We understand that these are signs of the end times because Jesus tells us so. Here are the final 11 signs of the end of the world.

Signs of Deception

One of the major signs of the end times is deception. The Bible warns us of false prophets who will say they are the Messiah. They will also claim they have answers for all the problems of the world. Jesus gives us very specific warnings that speak to our generation now, referenced in Matthew 24. In this passage, Jesus mentions the false prophets who will use wonders to deceive us. These false prophets can include people in government, elected officials and other leaders. We must guard ourselves and be on the lookout for these deceivers. We are also told in the Bible these aren’t ordinary men. In the last days, many will cry out for leaders, and they will turn to these false prophets who claim to have the answers.

Hunger and Famine

Another significant sign of the end times is famine and hunger. These are some of the biggest issues plaguing our world right now, and many people are trying to figure out if this is a sign we are entering the end times. According to key statistics, 11 percent of the world’s population is hungry. That means 805 million people are undernourished daily. While we are blessed with a large and fertile planet, millions of people are going hungry each day.

Natural Disasters

When natural disasters take place, many people are concerned that they are pointing to the end times. Some of these recent events and disasters include record-breaking heatwaves not only in America and in Europe. People have also cited devastating earthquakes and wildfires that have taken out whole communities. This has come against the backdrop of political tension, which has only left people more fearful.

The Spread of New Diseases

Revelation 6:5-8 warns that our world will be rocked by new diseases and subsequent plagues in the end times. Luke 21:11 also cautions that there will be pestilences in various places and fearful events in the last days. Many people have wondered if the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the new diseases the Bible speaks of. Some believe that the pestilences that Jesus referenced will be fulfilled in the first three and a half years of the Tribulation period that comes after the rapture.

War

We are told in scripture that there will be disputes among nations. Scripture warns us that a big sign of Jesus’ ultimate return is discord and war among groups of people. This is another sign many people are wondering about is occurring right now. The Book of Revelation references a period called the Tribulation. During this period, we are told there will be a great deal of war. This war will appear to have no end. The Bible also tells us that as we enter the end times, including national battles, conflicts at the border and race wars.

Rumors of War

In addition to listing war as a sign of the end times, Jesus also mentions rumors of war. Many people think that Jesus is simply warning us of war in the last days, but Jesus is really instructing us to not allow rumors of war to concern or alarm us because “the end is not yet.” Jesus was doing the same thing when He spoke of false Christs in Matthew 24:5. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:8 that “all these are the beginning of the birth pains.”

Signs in the Heavens

God references numerous heavenly signs that point to the end times. The 6th Seal of Revelation goes into great detail about the signs in the heavens which haven’t been witnesses since creation. One of the biggest passages that reference these signs is Revelation 6:12-14. This passage says, “When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” While many believe these are signs of despair, they are indeed signs of hope.

Persecution

One of the signs of the end times many people don’t talk about is persecution. During the final days, there will be a rise in the persecution of Christians. We will also see hatred and betrayal increase. In Matthew 24, right before Jesus references the rise of false prophets, He warns the disciples, “Then you will be arrested, persecuted and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from Me and betray and hate each other.” This is why we must be disciplined in our prayer lives.

Lawlessness

Jesus prophesied in the final days that there would be lawlessness. Many people think the lawlessness associated with the end times is as simple as people disobeying the 10 Commandments. It goes much deeper than this. Remember, Jesus was a big proponent of God’s law. Not only was His life governed by the law, but He also taught people to obey the law. In Second Thessalonians 2:8-9, Paul uses the word lawless to reference the most powerful false religious teacher in the last days. During Jesus’ earthly ministry, Jesus warns us that God will reject those who practice lawlessness.

Jesus

The most significant sign of the end times is Jesus. In Acts 1, the risen Lord spoke his parting instructions to his followers. They asked the Lord, “Is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” While the disciples didn’t fully understand Jesus’ full purpose, they were filled with the hope that He would act victoriously and decisively on their behalf. Jesus’ response serves as a reminder that while we will not be privy to the exact day and moment of Jesus’ ultimate return, we will not be oblivious to the signs that the day is close.

While the world appears to get darker, and we face more spiritual warfare than ever before, we have real hope through Jesus Christ. He defeated death and remained victorious. We can have the same victory when we put our total faith in our Lord and Savior. When we trust in the words of Jesus and the prophets, we can be better prepared for what’s to come.

SIGNS of the LAST DAYS: Spirit poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28)

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90 Years Ago, Narraganset Church of God Led in Benevolence

April 1, 2024 by  
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Narraganset Church of God was started by a women-preacher with only 10 members. Rev. Amelia Shumaker started the church only 15 days before the Great Depression began in 1929. She became a widow five years prior to moving to Chicago. Passing through the Great Depression by 1934, only five years after its establishment, the Narraganset Church of God was already a leader among the state benevolence ministries.

Located at 2254 N. Narraganset Avenue, the church officially took the name of its location in 1955. Early issues of the Church of God Evangel describe it as a South Side church, later corrected to the only Chicago Church of God. By 1994, the congregation has become one of only three Church of God locations in Chicago Metro. It was also where the first and only Bulgarian Church of God congregation in North America was founded also with only 10 members. (More from this timely research soon…)

Remembering Dr. Oliver McMahan (1954-2024)

March 30, 2024 by  
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On Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at the age of 69, Oliver “Dr. Mac” Lewis McMahan died peacefully at his home in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Oliver was born on November 15, 1954 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the son of Lewis Richard McMahan and Fiavaai “Fia” (Afalava) McMahan. He lived in Hawaii, where his parents were serving as missionaries, until he was ten years old. After leaving Hawaii, the family relocated to California to pastor churches in Salida and Modesto. Following high school, Oliver received a football scholarship to Cal Poly State University. During pre-season training for an upcoming All-Star game, he began to feel a heaviness of spirit and after much prayer, he decided to enroll in West Coast Bible College, instead, where he answered the call to ministry. It was here, also, he met the love of his life, Martha Hatcher. They were married in May of 1975.

Continuing his education, Oliver received his BA from West Coast Bible College in 1975. He then attended the Mennonite Seminary in Fresno for a year while pastoring the Traver Church of God. The following year he transferred to Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, where he earned his M.Div in 1978. In 1984, he received his D.Min also, from Brite Divinity School, TCU. In 1997, he received his Ph.D from Georgia State University.

Dr. McMahan held positions of Associate Professor of Bible and Dean of Students at Northwest Bible College in Minot, North Dakota and Dean and Professor at Jimmy Swaggert Seminary and Bible College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. McMahan was honored to serve on the Executive Council of the Church of God International from 1994-1996 and 2006-2010. He served his church in many capacities, with over 25 years as pastor, associate, evangelist and Bible Convention and Camp-meeting speaker. He was also a published author of multiple books; chapters in textbooks for clinicians; and articles in many research publications including the Journal of Psychology and Theology.

At the time of his death, Dr. McMahan was serving as Head Pastor of Cross Pointe Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee and serving as the V.P. for Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. He was also providing counseling at Health Management Services in Cleveland.

During these years of education and ministry, Oliver and Martha were blessed with three children. Their first born, Sarah Elizabeth, died at the age of six months. God gifted them with two more children, Jonathan and Holly, to complete their family and now, they have six grandchildren and three great grands (and two on the way). Oliver loved his family whole heartedly and always sought the best for them.

Dr. Mac, as he was affectionately known by many, was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis McMahan and Fia McMahan, his brother, Grady Garna McMahan and his daughter, Sarah Elizabeth McMahan.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Martha McMahan; son, Jonathan Eric McMahan; daughter, Holly Beth (Ben) Salicco and grandchildren Haley (Cory) Houk; Sarah (Lucien) Allison; Olivia McMahan; Sophia Salicco; Josiah Salicco; Emma McMahan; and three great grandchildren, Scarlett Houk, Charlee Houk and Ellijay Allison.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 29th, 2024 from 4- 7pm at Poole Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cleveland, 3000 Ralph Buckner Blvd NE Cleveland, TN 37311.

Dr. McMahan will lie in state at the Dixon Chapel from 10 am- until the service hour at 11:00 am with Dr. Michael Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery 126 White Oak Rd Cleveland, TN 37312.

Condolences may be shared at pfhcleveland.com

Arrangements are entrusted to Poole Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cleveland.

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