What Does Scripture Say About the Rapture?

Even though the Bible doesn’t mention the word “rapture,” the event is described in Scripture.

Will Christians be whisked away in the blink of an eye, escaping the troubles of the Great Tribulation? We hear a lot about the “rapture” but that word is never mentioned in Scripture. Still, the Bible does have some things to say about the event.

Take a few minutes to check out our article:

The Rapture in the Bible

Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

Should Christians consume alcohol?

Is drinking alcohol sinful? Should Christians abstain from alcohol? Some Christians think drinking is no big deal. Others wouldn’t touch a bottle of beer with a ten foot pole or even sniff food cooked with alcohol. See what the Bible has to say about it.

Is It a Sin for Christians to Drink Alcohol?

Keeping the Sabbath

Should Christians keep the Sabbath?

Sabbath keepers and non-Sabbath keepers regularly spit fire back and forth.

The Jesus of the Bible calls for unity among believers. Whether you keep the Sabbath or not, avoid judging those who believe differently.

5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
Romans 14:5,6 (ESV)

16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.
Colossians 2:16 (ESV)

Check out what the Bible says to us about keeping the Sabbath. Read the following article and keep your Bible in hand . . .

Should Christians Keep the Sabbath?

Why do Christians Suffer?

The Bible makes it clear that Christians will experience suffering.

Jesus came to earth to deliver Christians from suffering.

I’ve heard that one before. In fact, I’ve heard it quite often. My question to those who think that is, “Where in the Bible are you getting your information?” Since the dawn of time, Christians have suffered. Scan the list of God’s saints and find one who didn’t suffer. Noah. Joseph. David. Job. Hosea. Isaiah. John the Baptist. Paul. Peter. I could go on.

Why do Christians suffer? Find out what Scripture says about it.

Why Do Christians Suffer?

Psalm 19 – A Psalm About God

Psalm 19 is about God. We can know of HIm through nature and through His holy Word.

In November, I went to the Oregon Coast and beheld the most unbelievable sunset.

It made me think of Romans 1:18-20, where Paul says that everyone is without excuse, because God’s attributes shine through clearly in nature. I think David must have been watching a similar sunset when he wrote this Psalm, because he says about the same thing.

1The heavens declare the glory of God,
   and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours out speech,
   and night to night reveals knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words,
   whose voice is not heard.
4Their voice goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world.

Psalm 19:1-4 (ESV)

We don’t need to physically hear God’s voice thundering out of the sky or see Him levitate someone to believe He’s real. We can look around and know.

The second half of the Psalm talks about the Bible. David didn’t have the entire Bible, but what he did have satisfied him. The Bible spoke to him of God, just like nature spoke to him of God. We have God’s entire Word, so we should never complain. If David found rest for his soul in the limited portion of God’s Word he had available to him, we should find complete and total satisfaction knowing that God’s mysteries have been revealed to us.

David knew that in God’s Word life and contentment could be found. We rely on our “progressive” universities filled with all-wise professors, our enlightened media, and the latest scientific advances for our wisdom. Well, scrap all that crap. God’s Word contains all we need for life and contentment.

7The law of the LORD is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
   making wise the simple;
8the precepts of the LORD are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
   enlightening the eyes;
9the fear of the LORD is clean,
   enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true,
   and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold,
   even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
   and drippings of the honeycomb.
11Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
   in keeping them there is great reward.

Psalm 19:7-11 (ESV)

Focus on Jesus

Keep your focus always and 100% on Jesus.

Bible study. Choir. Music. Sunday School. “Christian” activities often overshadow our relationship with God. Busyness trumps our relationship with the God of the Bible.

If the relationship is dead, the rest is meaningless.

Read our article entitled Focus on Jesus here.

A Biblical Approach to Confessing Sin

Confessing sin – a Biblical approach.

The Bible tells us to confess sin. James 5:16 specifically says to confess our sins to one another and pray for one another. But what is the context of this verse? And are there other verses in Scripture that mandate confessing sins to one another? Should we reveal all the gory details of the sin when we confess? What is the Biblical pattern for confession of sin?

We attempt to answer that question in our article, A Biblical Approach to Confessing Sin.

Outline of Malachi

Malachi may be known as the rhetorical prophet. Check out our overview and outline of Malachi here.

It’s finally done. We’ve finally posted outlines of every book of the Bible.

I recently formatted and uploaded Tim’s outline of Malachi.

Malachi appears to be a contemporary of Nehemiah, prophesying approximately 70 years after the end of Zechariah’s prophecy, and the last prophet in Old Testament Scripture. Malachi apparently prophesied while Nehemiah was in Babylon (Nehemiah 13:6), and addresses some similar sins.

Read the rest of our overview and outline of Malachi here.

Outline of Zephaniah

An outline of Zephaniah. We know Zephaniah as the Prophet of the Day of the LORD. While hope is contained for the righteous, judgment and wrath are the wellspring of the book.

We have an almost comprehensive collection of Bible book outlines on truthsaves. Feel free to check them out.

I just finished formatting Tim’s Zephaniah outline.

We know Zephaniah as the Prophet of the Day of the LORD. While hope is contained for the righteous, judgment and wrath are the wellspring of the book. Zephaniah prophesied somewhere between 630 and 621 B.C.

Check out our outline of Zephaniah here.

e-sword – Free Bible Study Software

e-sword is the best free program of all time. It is completely free Bible study software rivaling commercial offerings.

I looked back over my posts on free software, and I realized I hadn’t given e-sword its own post. I’ve mentioned it in my top five free software picks of all time, but really, e-sword should have its own entry.

This program deserves my award for the best free program of all time. Sure, many other programs are useful (Firefox, for instance), and many other programs do more (Open Office, for example), but none (except e-sword) provide life-giving truth.

E-sword easily compares to commercial offerings. No, you can’t get all the “premium” modules for free (like the NKJV) but who needs ’em? The ESV (English Standard Version) is a very literal translation that I find very similar to the NASB. Download multiple versions, bucketloads of commentaries and dictionaries, devotions, maps . . . get going!

Some people say the interface appears antiquated, but I disagree. To me, it looks snazzy and modern (O.K., well, it’s free) and it even provides useful tips on opening (if you want them).

Some cool things that I like are:

  • the ability to create your own parallel Bible with up to four versions,
  • the simple to use tabs that show you which commentaries, dictionaries, etc. have information pertinent to the passage you’re reading,
  • the fast search tool (you can search dictionaries, commentaries, etc. as well,
  • the tooltips which appear when you hover over certain things (like Scripture references in the commentaries and dictionaries),
  • and all the little extras, like the Bible reading plan, daily devotions, and the cool Scripture memory tool.

Visit the site to check out the many features of e-sword. Check out the many downloads available. If you want access to the best free program of all time, then quit just checking out all the benefits e-sword has to offer – get the program!

Download e-sword here.