What We Believe

What we believe:

The Lord Jesus and His gospel is central to the ministry of Concerning The Times. The Bible, both the Old and New Testaments is the inerrant, inspired, unchanging, living word of God. In the Bible we find everything we need to know about God, His Son, and ourselves. We hold a dispensational view of the Bible and believe in a literal interpretation verse by verse in it’s context. The Father, Son, and Spirit are one God existing in three persons for all eternity. We believe Jesus is true God and true man. We believe Jesus was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. We believe in the literal death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. We believe Jesus ascended into heaven where He is presently as our Savior and High Priest. Man was born with a sin nature, the old man. We believe the only way to obtain eternal life is through the redeeming work of Jesus on the cross. Living a sinless life he died, shed His blood, and became the atoning sacrifice for our sins. The condition of our sinful heart before the holy living God is hopeless without Jesus.

1 John 1:9 tells us,  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. God’s justice is satisfied, and we become His children because we put our faith in His son Jesus.  At conversion, believers are filled with the Holy Spirit to help us live out God’s perfect will. We believe Christians should obey the great commission, share our faith, and bring truth & grace to a broken world. We believe the rapture of the church is imminent. We believe in a bodily resurrection of  believers to eternity with God and non believers to  everlasting punishment apart from God. We believe Jesus will return to this Earth soon to rule and reign.

Bible prophecy…..does it matter in our Christian walk?

In Matthew 24:44 Jesus said, “You must also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” As Christians, we understand just before Jesus returns to the Earth, there will be major signs, upheaval, and world wide disasters, just prior to His return. The Bible even says that every eye will see Him. However, Jesus tells us to be ready because He is coming unexpectedly. He is referring to the rapture of the church which occurs before God’s wrath and judgement is poured out on an un-repentant Christ rejecting world. It is very clear that the Bible is referencing two separate and distinct end time events….the rapture and the second coming. The rapture will happen suddenly without warning.

Why is this important? Because the context of the scripture tells us that at the rapture, Jesus is looking for faithful followers who are doing what really matters, occupying and serving Him. Knowing Jesus will return soon should give us a broken heart for the lost and resolve to reach people with the life changing gospel.

We are aware that Jesus could come back at any moment to take believers home. The wrath of God will soon fall upon an unrepentant Christ rejecting world. We understand the stakes are high and time is short to tell the lost. We must  look at the world through the clear lens of scripture to get a picture of what is really happening. Bible prophecy encourages holy living and bold witnessing.

Healthy teaching on last days events doesn’t include date setting, false claims, Bible codes, or other nonsense that doesn’t glorify God. Healthy end time teaching is biblical, contextual, and Christ centered.

There are many biblically sound teachers in the area of eschatology. Visit our  resources page  to find a wealth of excellent bible based teaching on the last days and to connect with other Christ honoring ministries.

Why does Concerning The Times focus on Bible prophecy?

There is a sense of contentment and apathy prevalent in many evangelical circles. It’s not stated but strongly implied: Everything is great, we attend a successful church where my needs are met, we are busy being involved, my IRA is funded, and heaven….count me in.  How can we be so cavalier when people are going to hell without knowing Jesus? He said he was coming back soon. A realistic assessment of our world today mirrors the conditions in Noah’s day. Whether Jesus returns in our lifetime or not, we should be busy. One day, every person will meet Jesus as Lord and Savior or judge?

Our view concerning Israel:     

We are diametrically opposed to replacement theology. The church hasn’t replaced Israel. God has plans for both the church and Israel in the last days. The Lord has plans for His people as the Bible teaches in  Joel 3 , Ezekiel 37, Daniel 9, and Romans 11. The modern state of Israel is a miracle. God’s hand on Israel is obvious…from reviving an ancient language, to regathering Jews from the corners of the globe, to victory despite overwhelming odds in the Six Day War, Gods words concerning the nation will be fulfilled. As the times of the gentiles closes, the Lord shows us Israel will play a central roll in events leading up to the second coming. God is always bringing people to Himself and there is always a faithful remnant of gentile and Jewish believers as they come to faith in Jesus.

At this time,  the nation of Israel is quite secular, but one day….Israel will again turn to the Lord and He will be their God, Romans 11:26  During Daniel’s 70th week/commonly referred to as the Tribulation…God’s focus will be on Israel and the Jewish people. At the time of Jacob’s Trouble…through the evangelism of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, many Jewish people will come to know Jesus as their Savior. We believe Christians should support Israel and pray for the Jewish people. We should be a solid witness of the life changing gospel to our Jewish friends.

Why we proclaim Jesus to the lost?

Jesus commanded us to do so. In Matthew 28:16, Mark 16:15, and other verses we are charged with bringing the gospel to the world.

In Luke 15:11, God’s loving, merciful, kind heart for the lost is demonstrated in the parable of the prodigal son. While we still have time….we need to be doing the work of the Lord and reaching people with the gospel.

 

  • Bonnie

    The most important thing is salvation of the soul! Share Jesus Christ with others before it is to late! People must wake up out of their slumber!

  • Marty

    Howard , thank you for your words! As we who follow need to Learn to lead , and speak the word to those who need just a little light to see the way