In this week's Podcast, we look further into the idea of Close and Far Prophecy. How did the Disciples handle their knowledge of the destruction of the Temple and the End of the World? What does that speak to us today? Is there a plan we can put into place once we get the urgency that comes from studying prophecy? Find out these answers and more in the video below and share with others. As always, please leave us suggestions and comments as we are hoping to create a great dialogue with our audience.
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Matthew 24:3
Those words come from the mouths of the disciples. Men like Peter, James and John came to Jesus and entreated him to tell them two things. When would the temple be destroyed and when would the end of the world come (see Matthew 24:1-2 for reference to the Temple). Intrigue and concern filled their minds as they sat atop the Mount of Olives waiting on their Master to speak. What would be his words? What would be the sign they could follow?
Having a desire to know both what is immediate and further into one's future is a natural thing and one that God is willing to address. Understanding these things allows us to prepare and plan accordingly for the journey ahead. The Disciples came to Christ for some practical leading because they wanted to be prepared for what was on the horizon of their mission. They also wanted to know what was afar off. What Christ gave them wasn't just for them, though. It was also for us.
Today, we look at these two questions and what they reveal about the way God reveals the prophetic.
Our first Revelation Podcast is here! In it we introduce the series and also address three of the concerns that people often have with studying prophecy. The three we discuss? Fear, Confusion and Apathy. Listen to the podcast to see how these enemies of God's Word attempt to draw us away from prophecy and understanding this unique voice from God. After listening to the Podcast, leave us a comment about any fears, confusion or apathy you might have had about prophecy (or any other concerns for that matter). Thanks, enjoy, and God Bless!
One of my biggest passions is the study of prophecy. I've been reading about prophecy, both in the Bible and in study books, since I was ten. Over the course of 2+ decades, I've found the topic of Biblical prophecy to be a deep and expansive subject. I've led Bible Studies, shared ideas with individuals and even taught it to youth groups and churches. In my view, prophecy is an important and vital part of following Christ. It tells us of things to come, yes, but it also reveals God in a unique and powerful way. Understanding prophecy helps us to understand the will and identity of God. Through this series, I hope to express both to you. Click the read more button to find out what you can expect from us at TWTL as we uncover the mysteries of Biblical prophecy and reveal God in a unique and real way.
Above All has reached its end. After four years, hundreds brought to salvation and thousands of lives altered and inspired, the production has come to an end and it's mark has been left. I've already given some personal thoughts on the production in my Podcast. You can check it out here. Today, we take an objective look at Above All and compare it to our first look four years ago.
Above All has drawn to a close, but we at TWTL still have plenty to offer our loyal readers and listeners. We offer first our Final Above All Podcast with our thoughts on week two of Above All, a retrospective of the Above All experience and a quick preview of what we will be up to next at TWTL. Listen with us as we discuss this amazing two month experience and its impact. We'll have a written recap tomorrow with some more detail. Until then, enjoy the Podcast and God Bless.
The final night of Above All was another exciting and powerful night of expressing Christ's Passion. It was a bittersweet moment throughout as we were excited to get to the end, but also sad knowing that this is the final chapter of Above All. Join me as I look back at the last performance, and stick around for some more announcements about what is still to come.
A Modern Man's Story
One of the major differences between Messiah and Above All is the use of modern people in the scenes. In just about every scene, there is a modern person mixed in. The purpose of this to create a representative for the audience in the production. Jason Waring plays one of the primary modern people in our production. In the production, he struggles with his belief in Christ and the sadness and doubt that surrounds him. He witnesses people abuse drugs, live with terminal health conditions and endure abuse and neglect by loved ones. Amid all of the darkness and sorrow that surrounds him in the modern world, he finds himself drawn back to the story of Christ to both comfort and encourage him. It's a beautiful testimony to us all and one that Jason performs admirably. No matter what we face in this life, we can always look to Jesus to direct and carry us through the storm.
A Hater Deserving of a Punch in the Face
Randy Fox is another person who really makes Above All real. He plays both a modern and Jewish person. It is his role as a Jew at Procession that has caught my eye. He hates Jesus with a passion as Christ carries the cross. He even gets in the faces of Mary and John the Beloved and belittles them as they follow after their bleeding and battered son and Master, respectively. Randy is so good at hating on Jesus and his followers, I want to run out in the scene and punch him in the face. It's a difficult thing to do what Randy does and he does it so well. What makes it all the more difficult is that Randy helps lead new converts through our orientation process at POA. He literally is a gatekeeper to understanding Christ. The great thing is, he performs the role of bringing people to understanding of Christ just as amiably as he does the role of hating Christ at his final moments.
A Final Note on the Apostles
At the end of our last scene, the Apostles stood around laughing and reminiscing about the entire Above All experience. It was like a bunch of brothers just cutting up and enjoying the final moments of a family reunion. We were relieved that it was over, but also glad to know that what was accomplished was so powerful. Being an Apostle has been one of the great privileges of my life, and a large part of that is the group that we had playing the 12. Each guy brought something unique to the table and helped to make our group a tight knit unit. I'll never forget the experiences I've had with these guys, from start-stop practices, to riding 4 hours in a van to bring Above All to Pearland, to all day practices and finally these performances. These men and Jesus have been another family to me throughout this process. I'm forever blessed to have shared their company.
More Above All and Future TWTL Stuff
Our coverage of Above All isn't quite over. We will still have a final review this week on our Podcast on YouTube. We'll also provide a written review to supplement it for those who like to read as well as listen. As for the future of TWTL Ministries, we've got a post on what we will be offering in the future. You can read about it here. What will our focus be on exactly, though? Come back next week and find out! As always, like us on Facebook to get the latest announcements. God Bless and Keep Searching!
Last night, the Above All cast performed its penultimate service. It was a night full of emotion and spiritual power. The audience was energized as always, but there was something special about this night. I recap that special feeling and anointing today.
Last night at Above All, we were honored to have former President Bill Clinton join us in the congregation. It is always an honor when special guests visit us (we've had several politicians and statesmen come, including Governor Edwards). However, there is something special about having one of the men who has led our country join us. We thank him for taking time to come to Above All and hope he takes the message of Above All to those he might influence. Now, on to the recap.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.