Antichrist Among Us - The Rest of the Rest of the Story

Antichrist Among Us - The Rest of the Rest of the Story

Last time we concluded by talking about how we can use The Acts of the Apostles as a guide book for better understanding all the Letters (Epistles) which follow it. We proposed to do exactly that regarding Paul’s Epistles to the Thessalonians and what that had to do with Antichrist. So, let us begin.
First, I want to point out something that Luke, the writer of the book we refer to simply as ACTS, had to say in The Gospel of Luke:
Luke 1: 3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
Did you notice what Luke said in verse 3, “having had perfect understanding from the very first”? Now, you can Greek language it, Lexicon it, thesaurus it, check another translation or break it down anyway you wish. Please let me encourage you to be a Berean and do exactly that. However, if correctly rendered it should not change what Luke is saying. He is telling us that His Gospel account is an ideal, model or without fault guide for interpreting what Jesus did. This in no way takes away from the other accepted Gospel accounts. All four Gospels agree as one, their wings are joined one to another, they everyone go straight forward; wherever the Spirit leads them, they go and they turn not. Yes, that last sentence is a paraphrase of what Ezekiel said and saw in his vision of the Holiness of the Lord. All four Gospels together make up a mighty rushing wind, the voice of the Almighty, to this agrees all the Law and Prophets. In concert the Old and the New Testament, are a Wheel within the middle of a Wheel, which both Old and New Testament make up the voice of the Almighty and point to Jesus. Luke is testifying the truth, he is instructing Theophilus in all things Christ. We recapped all that to point out that Luke’s Acts of the Apostles is a continuation of the same story. Notice what he says in his ACTS introduction:
Acts 1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
As you can see, the Acts of the Apostles is Luke’s “Rest of the Rest of the Story” concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a history of the accounts of what Jesus’ Apostles accomplished after His Resurrection. In essence, it is Luke’s recording of the effects of the Gospel (Truth) when preached in the power of the Holy Spirit. No doubt it is a perfect orderly account which if followed accordingly we can also, “know the certainty of those things, wherein thou has been instructed’ (Luke 1:4 partial quote).

So, what light does Luke shed upon what is going on in Thessalonica? For that matter, what illumination has Luke given us regarding the spreading of the Gospel all together, up until Paul’s visit to Thessalonica which he records in Acts 17? Let me sum up a huge part of it in one word.

After Pentecost, the Gospel message, including the Christians preaching that message, is being persecuted nearly everyplace they go. Here is a summary for some of the persecutions they suffer up until Paul arrives at Thessalonica:
Acts Chapters 3 & 4, Peter and John are rebuked and threatened by High Priest for preaching Christ at Jerusalem.
Acts 5 All the apostles are thrown in prison for healing in Jesus name because the Sadducees protest.
Acts 5 After a miraculous release from prison, they are threatened and beaten for preaching Jesus Christ.
Acts 6,7 & 8 Stephan is accused, tried and stoned to death and Saul/Paul approved his stoning.
Acts 12 Records the government (Herod the King of Judea), persecuting the Christian Church.
James the brother of John is killed with a sword for preaching Christ.
Peter is cast in prison by Herod for preaching Christ and scheduled to be killed also (he miraculously escapes).
Acts 13 Paul and Barnabas are persecuted and expelled from Antioch for preaching Christ.
Acts 14 Paul and Barnabas persecuted at Iconium by Gentiles at urging of local Jews.
Paul stoned and left for dead at Lystra for preaching Christ by Jews who came from Antioch and Iconium. (Want to be blessed? Read Acts 14: 19-28.)
Acts 16 Paul and Barnabas falsely accused at Philippi, beaten by local government and thrown in prison.
The above summary background sets the stage for Paul’s arrival at Thessalonica.
At Thessalonica, Paul once again begins to preach that Jesus is the Christ, who Resurrected from the dead. Don't forget the resurrection is the seminal point of the Gospel message. The resurrection is the hinge on which the door rests. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:17 "if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain". Despite all the opposition, all the persecution and yes, all the tribulation (see acts 14:22), the children of God press on. The Antichrist spirit is alive and well there at Thessalonica and the persecution continues. Yet, here as elsewhere, the Spirit that dwells in all believers is greater than the spirit of Antichrist and a few Jews and many Greeks especially the chief women believe.
Note: Thessalonica as many cities in the region of Macedonia is a Roman city, were women are allowed much more freedom then the Jews of that day allowed women to have. Notice also that a majority of the Thessalonian converts are Roman gentiles of Greek heritage, not Jews with Roman citizenship like Paul. Realizing this is extremely important to a proper understanding regarding their confusion about Antichrist and Resurrection. Also notice, in Luke’s account of the events at Thessalonica that not only are Paul and Barnabas persecuted, but the new Thessalonian converts are persecuted along with them. Now here is the kicker, Pauls’ followers (the brethren, Acts 17:10), which denotes his close traveling companions, and not recent converts, scurry Paul off to Berea, before he can complete his teaching. This leaves the Thessalonian Gentile Christians without a large base of knowledgeable Jewish Christians to help them understand, "rightly divide", the Old Testament scriptures and what they prophesied about Jesus. Let me clarify further by breaking it down to the nitty gritty. The few Jewish, so called believers at Thessalonica, were evidently too lazy, too fearful and too selfish to help the Gentile believers fully comprehend the full glorious hope of the Resurrection. So much so, that I suspect they were wolves in sheep clothing as opposed to true believers.

Now, contrast this with what happens at Berea, which has a group of noble Jewish believers, who studied the Old Testament scriptures in light of what Paul taught. These Berean "Jewish Christians" could then expound upon all that was prophesied and pass on their knowledge of what the Old Testament taught, thus helping to clear up any confusion the Gentile converts might have.

The Antichrist spirit has so much infected some Jews at Thessalonica, that when they hear Paul is preaching with great success to Jews at Berea they leave their synagogue and travel to Berea to stir up people. Paul even has to leave Berea because of these zealot Jews, but this time Silas and Timothy stay behind to help the Noble Jewish believers instruct the Gentile believers.
1 John 3:13-17 KJV
[13] Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. [14] We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. [15] Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. [16] Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. [17] But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
If you consider the big picture of what was going on with all the Apostles and Disciples as detailed by Luke in Acts, it sheds new light on what all the New Testament writers chorused.
1 John 2:18 KJV
[18] Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.




A Union County Perspective on the Civil War

Civil War Map of East Tennessee

East Tennessee geographically is situated almost in the center of the late rebellious states; Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and the Middle and Western Divisions of the state on the west. The question arises why it should stand out almost alone in its devotion to the Union. When the state cast its fortunes with the Confederacy through the dominating influence of the civil and military authorities, a large majority of the people of East Tennessee adhered to the Union cause.


James Heiskell Celebrates 51 Years in Business

Keith, James and Jason Heiskell

A lot of traffic has gone past the intersection of Highway 33 and Ailor Gap Road since 1968, a lot of cars and a lot of people with stories to tell, but one business has been there through it all. Heiskell's Service Center has used a lot of names over the years. It's been a Boron, an Exxon, a Gulf and a BP. But one thing has remained constant, and that's the dedication of owner James Heiskell to making this Union County landmark a success.

Fifty-eight Years of Giving

Patricia McKelvey

Union County native Patricia McKelvey has spent most of her life sharing her knowledge and aiding the students of Union County. A college graduate at the young age of nineteen, McKelvey viewed her future as a chance to give back. Raised in Union County by a widowed mother of three who was also a teacher, McKelvey is no stranger to hard work.

“I started working right out of high school at American Clothing Company making $20 a week,” said McKelvey. “Once all of us kids were out of the house, my mother went back to school and got her degree in Education.”

Paint the Town

Cadie Chappel Painting Li'l Jo's for Paint the Town

The Union County Art Council has sponsored a project called “Paint the Town” and several local businesses have jumped on board to participate. Union County Property Assessor Randy Turner was the first to have UCHS Senior Cadie Chappel to paint the windows of his office at the UC Court House. After telling the Art Council what he hired Cadie to do with the windows in his office, the Art Council came up with the “Paint the Town” Project. He said “he gets compliments all day” on his windows.

What Do You Really Think?

Ronnie Mincey

Two weeks ago I shared an instance in which I let the preconceived notions of others affect the way I felt about my work study supervisor. Last week I shared instances in which I have incorrectly judged a person to be kind. This week I will relate instances where impressions have come into play for (and against) me.
Sometimes I am around those who give their honest opinions about various things and people. I have myself said of some, “If s/he was standing on a stack of Bibles shaking hands with Jesus himself I wouldn’t believe a word s/he said.” I always find it amusing if someone then asks me, “What’s your real opinion?”

Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips

Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips

Has there ever been an Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips place around here? I consider their fish the best ever. I read on Facebook that there is one located somewhere in Ohio. That won't help my yearning for their fish triangles. But I do have the recipe that I will share with you.

You know, copy-cat recipes are published for popular restaurant dishes from time to time. Usually, they only taste somewhat like the desired item. There are even cookbooks published that claim to have prized recipes. This is the only recipe I have ever found to be as good as the original.

Lunch at Kresge's

Kresge's Menu

When you lived in the country, shopping in town was an all day affair. You would plan to eat lunch there. For me, it was the highlight of the trip. I planned my route and time to take me to my favorite spot for lunch. Isn't that a deliciously sounding word - “lunch”? I made a list of my shopping needs. I knew which store sold what at the price I could afford. I always planned to afford lunch.

The Spring Green Light

Sun Face

For all you warm weather people out there, your time has come. The vernal (spring) equinox is upon us, which is the official beginning of Spring, arriving this year on March 20.

The event is not only a promise of warmer weather, it also plays a key role in determining what date Easter occurs, which can move around quite a bit year to year.


A Faithful Witness Will Not Lie

Wash Smith Monument

"Tonight perhaps a happy mother sits on the threshold of her humble cabin and sings a lullaby to her babe or perchance has the children at her side and tells them stories about father’s return. Anxiously she listens for the clashing of the horse’s hoofs upon the road, she awaits the ring of the chains upon the front gate heralding her husband's approach-she listens in vain. The shadows of night veils that home in darkness, a flickering candle is placed in the window to guide his footsteps when he returns: the mountains cast their gloom over the place.

Runt And The Luttrell Fox Hunters

Runt Kits 1984

My Papaw Kitts, known as “Runt,” was a fox hunter. He was my mom’s dad and the oldest of ten kids. His real name was Samuel Ernest Kitts, otherwise known as “S.E.” or just “Runt” Kitts. He had a brother, William Cloyd Kitts, known as “Poss” Kitts, who also shared this love of fox hunting – east Tennessee style.



Small Business Expo At Maynardville Public Library

Maynardville Public Library along with the Union County Business and Professional Association and The Canton of Hochwald will be hosting a Small Business Expo on Saturday March 24th from 9am until 1pm at Maynardville Public Library 296 Main Street, Maynardville. The Expo is for all small businesses in the county and everyone is welcome to attend this event! This is a FREE event where patrons will be able to visit businesses and purchase from them if they desire. The Farmers Mkt. will have a popup here come check them out.

Music In March

Music in March

Hello March, I have Big Plans For You...
Music in March at The Winery!!

2 Amazing Bands and Delicious Food Truck

Live Music From:
The Lick Skillet Band Noon-3:30pm
KUDZU: The Band 4- 8pm

Delicious Food From:
Cubish Food Truck

Please consider carpooling if at all possible. Parking is limited. The parking crew THANKS you in advance.

Need A Ride To Church

Need A Ride To Church

Fellowship Christian Church located at 746 Tazewell Pike Luttrell TN 37779 will pickup anyone in the local area needing a ride to church. Call Sam at 865-607-3741 to schedule a ride.

Worship Services

Sunday School 10:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service 11:00 A.M
Sunday Evening Service 6:30 P.M
Wednesday Service 7:00 P.M

Area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders

Area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders

"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" Margaret Chesney

U.C.B.P.A. Prayer Breakfast " 2018 Second Chances"

U.C.B.P.A. Prayer Breakfast " 2018 Second Chances"

Prayer Breakfast Good Friday March 30 @ 8:00 am, Aaron Russell will be the speaker. Breakfast is by Teresa's Bakery with all the fixins . Tickets are $10.00 each .
Prayer Breakfast--Besides the obvious benefits of prayer and words of inspiration, proceeds from the Prayer Breakfast fund donations to Lion's Club, Friends of Maynardville Public Library, UCPS Music Department, 4H, and Union County Children's Charities (Under the Tree). Come and be a part of this celebration on Good Friday at 8:00 at the Senior Center in Maynardville. [$10] March 30

Bake Sale

Bake Sale

Let the WMU ladies of Alder Springs Baptist Church do your Easter baking for you! We will be having a bake sale on Saturday, March 31st from 9:00 A.M. - Noon. Three locations: Oakies Pharmacy, Guided by Grace Boutique, and Union Farmers Co-op. All proceeds goes to WMU projects.


Charlotte Alana Ridenour

Charlotte Alana Ridenour-age 69 of Knoxville passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Ft. Sander’s Regional Medical Center. Preceded in death by son, Randy Ridenour; parents, mother, Eula Vee Ridenour; fathers, Lillard Ray and Wade Ridenour; sisters, Pat (Spooks) Ricker; Bobbie Ray; brother, Jack Painter. Charlotte was a loving mother and grandmother.

Anna Mae Mason

Anna Mae Mason – age 91 of Maynardville, was called home at 1:18 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018. She was a longtime member of Hubbs Grove Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by husband, William Berl Mason. Anna is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Debbie Mason and Kenneth and Shelia Mason; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; sister, Margaret Ellen Williams; brothers, Tommy Perry and Fred Perry; and several nieces and nephews.

Brenda Kiser

Brenda Gail Kiser – 68 of Maynardville, went to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. She passed away at home surrounded by loved ones. Brenda was of the Baptist faith.

Michael Shane Guinn

Michael “Shane” Guinn age 40 of Knoxville passed away March 18, 2018. He was a loving son, brother and uncle. He was preceded in death by his father William “Randy” Guinn survived by mother Kathy Quinn, sister Jessica Guinn, niece Brittany Thomas, nephew Michael Woody and great niece Breelyn Gordon. The family will receive friends 5:00p.m. until 7:00p.m. Wednesday at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel. Please leave online condolences at

Paul Douglas Corum, Sr.

Paul “Doug” Corum, Sr.-age 68 of Luttrell passed away Sunday evening, March 18, 2018 at Willow Ridge. Preceded in death by son, Dudley Corum, Jr.; father, Luther Corum; mother, Edith Corum; brothers, Leslie and Jerry Corum; sister, Naomi Corum.

Allan Buck Smith Obituary

Allan “Buck” Smith, age 77, went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2018. He was a member of The Church at Sterchi Hills and was retired from KUB. He was preceded in death by wife, Judy Smith; parents, Paul and Carrie Smith; sisters, Joanne and Lois; brother Ed. He is survived by son, Neil Smith (Tina); brother Tommy; sister, Sylvia; granddaughter Kaitlin and numerous extended family and friends. The family will receive friends at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel on Sunday, March 18th from 6-8pm with a service to follow.

Ruby King Obituary

Ruby King, age 95, of Knoxville, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 15th, 2018. She was a wonderful mother who will be greatly missed. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years Pinkton “Pink” Tolbert, son Donald King and daughter Peggy Seavers. She is survived by daughter Pat Bradley, 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchild, and numerous extended family and friends. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 19th, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Mynatt Funeral Home, Fountain City Chapel.

Steven Powers

Steven Powers, age 68, of Knoxville, TN, passed away on Thursday, March 15th, 2018. He was preceded in death by parents Lewis and Mary Powers, grandmother Anna Arnold, aunt Laura Henderson, uncle Joe Church, brother-in-law Kenneth Trent, niece Michelle Durbrow, great-niece Holland Durbrow. He is survived by sisters Debra Trent and Diane Vineyard, brother-in-law Donnie Roach. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 18th, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Mynatt Funeral Home, Fountain City Chapel. Family and friends will meet at 12:45 p.m.

Frank Hayes

Franklin Danny Hayes – age 75 of Maynardville, Tennessee passed away at home surrounded by family on Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was born March 31, 1942 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was saved in 1956 at the age of 14 during a revival at Hines Creek Baptist Church and is a member of Community Baptist Church. Frank retired from Coca-Cola after 25 years of service and enjoyed working outside, sports, and his grandchildren.

Jonathan Michael Whitson

Jonathan Michael Whitson – age 45 of Maynardville, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was of the Baptist faith.

Michael is preceded in death by his father, Johnny Whitson; and grandparents, Virgie and James Whitson. He is survived by his sons, Jonathan Nicholas and Jaylan Shane Whitson; mother, Rita Grahl; sisters, Chaunta (Chuck) Boggs and Angela (Billy) Wilkerson; brother, Darren (Kim) Whitson; nieces, Hannah Whitson and Kaylee Wilkerson; and nephew, Hunter Collins.

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