021015 – Frogs And “Simmering” Christians

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The simmering frog story describes a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water, that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.

Just as frogs don’t see the dangers of “doing nothing,” the same situation applies to many people who call themselves “Christians.” A recent news article discussed the fact that many believers in Christ can not explain the salvation process to unbelievers. These uneducated believers are “simmering to death,” in a spiritual sense. They can neither explain the salvation experience, nor can they explain the time ahead when all believers in Christ will be brought into the Lord’s presence in Heaven. The Bible is full of teaching (Eschatology) that relates to a future time, which we call the end times.

The following post from Facebook was provided by our congregation’s Executive Director Of Ministries.

From Facebook:,
“In all of the conversations I’ve had about the rapture and the Left Behind movie, one thing always puzzles me more than almost anything else, and that’s the fact that so many Christians .. real, Bible believing Christians, give absolutely no thought whatsoever to prophecy or the end times. That just doesn’t make sense to me.
Here you have people who believe that the Bible is true. That means they know that Bible prophecy is true. And that means that they have a Book in front of them that actually tells them THE FUTURE. It gives a clear picture of what is going to happen, IN THIS GENERATION. How can a believer know that, and then say, as someone said to me today in pretty much these exact words, “well, you know, i don’t worry too much about that stuff”. What? Really? Why not? God thought it was important enough to lay it all out for us. God told us to watch, and be ready. God told us not to be deceived and gave us all kinds of warning signs to watch for. Why is it that so many Christians are just not interested? Is it too much work? Is it too intimidating? Is it too controversial? Is it too dark and scary? I guess it’s a little of all those things. What do you think?
– Paul Lalonde”

The comments by Mr. Lalonde are very telling of the situation of the church today. Concerning the discussion of the end times, the teaching of the Bible is very clear. For a quick discussion of the “things to come,” consider the following verses. They spell out the things that await all people who have been born again, and know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The Rapture Of The Church:

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New Living Translation (NLT)

This event takes place before the tribulation begins.

13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words..

1 Corinthians 15:50-55 New Living Translation (NLT)

50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.
51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

The Judgment Seat Of Christ.

This event takes place in heaven after the church is caught up to be with the Lord Jesus, who is her Bridegroom, in the air. Consider how a bridegroom looks upon his beautiful bride as she is brought before his presence and they wait for the wedding service to begin. He pursued her (Luke 17:10) and is eagerly waiting for their life together, which will be forever.

John 14:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

2 Corinthians 5:10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

10 For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
5:10 Degrees of reward in heaven are taught in this verse. Though Christians have their sins forgiven and will never suffer the punishments of hell (Rom. 6:23; 8:1), they will all nonetheless stand before Christ at the Day of Judgment, to receive various degrees of reward for what they have done in this life (Matt. 6:20;Luke 19:11–27; 1 Cor. 3:12–15). (Note by Reformation Study Bible).

The Marriage Of The Lamb.

This event takes place in heaven, prior to the return of Christ with the raptured church to the earth, for the millennium, which is called “the 1,000 year reign of Christ.

Revelation 19:6-8 King James Version (KJV)

6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb.

This event takes place after Christ and His bride, who is the the raptured church, return to earth.

Revelation 19:9-14 King James Version (KJV)

9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

The resurrection of the dead in Christ takes place.

This is a time when the raptured saints, and the saints of all times, will rule and reign with Christ for 1,000 years, which completes the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Revelation 20:4-6 King James Version (KJV)

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

This short outline of events of the things to come is only a glimpse of the end times. Greater detail will be provided as this study continues. Please stay throughout these posts.

Please consider the discussion by Dr. Ed Hindson, as he explains whether, or not, the church will go through the tribulation.

The Church Not In The Tribulation
Dr. Ed Hindson.

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2 thoughts on “021015 – Frogs And “Simmering” Christians

  1. I followed you from another post. When I saw it was all Christian I was just going to leave but thought instead I would read one post. First of I am not a Christian. I am Buddhist. I do though have many Christian friends. I am definitely not here to try and say I am right and your are wrong. I wouldn’t insult you that way. Although we don’t agree on many things, that is okay. The world will never be one religion, and actually, Christians are not in the majority although it may feel like it if you live in the states. But that doesn’t matter. We can talk ourselves silly trying to tell each other what we think will happen when we die and we would both thoroughly believe we are right and neither of us has actually any proof, over what we believe or what our teaching say is the way to believe. The most important thing about our time here on earth is did our faith enable us to be good human beings? If someone tells me they are Christian and then I see them yelling at their kids and slapping one across the face, I think, not a very Christian thing to do. If a person says they are Christian, or Buddhist or Muslim or anything, and they don’t take what they have been taught and actually apply it to their lives then exactly what are they, if their actions are opposite of what they say they believe, and only show they go to Church and praise the lord,but it doesn’t effect their nature with any thought to their behavior? I think, here in the states we have many Sunday Christians or those that say they believe in God but it doesn’t affect who they are are, then what are practicing is not Christianity. They believe only because someone probably told them to growing up and that is as far as it went. If you practice your faith and through that you are a good human who treats people the way you want them to treat you, and you really understand the meaning of “you reap what you sow” – it will affect your life. Both of these terms are also taught in Buddhism but it is called, the law of cause and effect, and you learn exactly what will happen if you don’t understand this principle. You may find it interesting that the ten commandments that Christians say came from Moses coming down off a mountain and were given to him by God are nearly identical to the ones found in Buddhism a thousand years earlier? So where did the ten commandments really come from? Buddhism has no outside god, it is the godlike nature – the Buddha nature – inside of us. I know we part ways with that. But let me ask you one question. Tell me if you know. Where was Jesus between the age of 12 and 32?

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    • Thanks for your comments on the early years of Jesus, and the time of the Ten Commandments. I trust that this information will be helpful to you. Please continue to follow my blog, and have a blessed day in our Lord Jesus. Also, you provided a lot of thought in your comment. I will have to take time to consider a further response. Again, thank you for your kind words.

      The Pre-Ministry Years Of Jesus. The following scriptures show that Jesus lived in submission to his parents, with his parents, in Nazareth of Israel.

      Luke 2:39-52New King James Version (NKJV)

      The Family Returns to Nazareth
      39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
      The Boy Jesus Amazes the Scholars
      41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
      49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
      Jesus Advances in Wisdom and Favor
      51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
      Buddha And Ten Commandments. Notice that the birth of Buddha was 624 B.C. The Ten Commandments were given by God on Mount Sinai in the time frame of 1491 to 1445 B.C., so appx 821 years passed from the time of the Ten Commandments to the birth of Buddha, which shows that the Ten Commandments definitely preceded the birth of Buddha.
      Life of Buddha – Siddhartha is born

      The following excerpts about the life of Buddha are taken from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book, Introduction to Buddhism
      The Buddha who is the founder of the Buddhist religion is called Buddha Shakyamuni.
      Buddha’s Birth

      The Buddha who is the founder of the Buddhist religion is called Buddha Shakyamuni “Shakya” is the name of the royal family into which he was born, and “Muni” means “Able One.” Buddha Shakyamuni was born as a royal prince in 624 BC in a place called Lumbini, in what is now Nepal. His mother’s name was Queen Mayadevi and his father’s name was King Shuddhodana.

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