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Commentary: We’re Still Here!

By:  Pastor Roy Crane

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As to the exact day and hour of His Second Advent, “no one knows”.  This should warn against the temptation to set dates or to believe those who do.  We are not surprised that angels do not know; they are finite creatures with limited knowledge.

At the close of chapter 1, Peter referred to the prophets of the OT as men who spoke, not by their own will, but as moved by the Holy Spirit.  Now he mentions that in addition to the true prophets in the OT period, there were also false prophets.  And just as there will be bona fide teachers in the Christian era, there will be false teachers as well.

These false teachers take their place inside the church.  They pose as ministers of the gospel.  This is what makes the peril so great.  If they came right out and said they were atheists or agnostics, people would be on guard, But they are masters of deception.  They carry the Bible and use orthodox expressions.

Peter predicts that they will attract a large following.  They do this by scuttling the biblical standards of morality and encouraging the indulgence of the flesh.

False teachers are greedy.  They have chosen the ministry as a lucrative profession.  Their great aim is to build up a large following and thus to increase their income.

They exploit people with false words.  Darby said, “The Devil is never more satanic than when he carries a Bible.”  So these men, with Bible in hand, pose as ministers of righteousness, give out well-known evangelical hymns, and use scriptural expressions.  But all this is camouflage for heretical teachings and corrupt morals.

Bible Study: The Book of Zechariah

The Book Of Zechariah

Genesis, Psalms, and Isaiah are the most quoted books in the NT, which, considering their length and crucial contents, is not surprising. Most would be amazed to learn that Zechariah, with only fourteen chapters, is quoted about forty times in the NT. Doubtless this is due especially to the fact that the book is so Messianic, certainly the most Christ-centered of the Minor Prophets.

Zechariah’s fascinating symbolic visions, plus his messages and revelations, all enhance the importance and interest of this post-exilic book, and make it somewhat more close in tone to the NT Book of Revelation. Continue Reading Here