When “the bottom seems to fall out” and the storms of life assail us, [1] it gives “Spirit filled” Christians the opportunity to display the “Fruit of the Spirit,” (which is Christ likeness – Galatians 5:22, 23), before a lost and dying world and to carnal Christians.

Fellow Christian – You may be the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read, and your life is under scrutiny every day. What do others learn from you? Do they see an accurate picture of your God? Would you like to be like Jesus and want for others to see Christ living out His life through your life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19)? If so, please read the link below for more information. [2]

This Fruit consists of love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22, 23). “Agape” love  is produced by God the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians who are rightly related to Him (Galatians 5:22, 23), and who aren’t grieving or quenching Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). It must be directed toward the right objects, at the right time, and for the right reasons. It must not be misdirected toward the present, diabolical world system (1 John 2:15-17). This love seeks the highest well being of another person (i.e., what God would want for them). It’s what God did for us sinners (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).

Spiritual fruit will begin to be evident in a believer’s life after he or she is saved (John 15:1-8) by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). This fruit could be seen in Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), a faithful witness (1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15), and through generous giving of one’s money (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17).  – Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, p. 50

Children’s Song – “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine… Hide it under a bushel, no! I’m gonna let it shine… Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine… Shine around the neighborhood, I’m gonna let it shine… Let it shine ’til Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. [3]

Confession. If, as a Christian, you’ve allowed your light to grow dim or out through sin (acts of lawlessness), confess your known sin(s) to God the Father and to others (if you’ve offended them), and then claim God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16). Then get back in the race that He has set before you (Hebrews 12:1, 2).

Help. We’re here to assist those who need the comfort that God alone can give (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) and share additional information with those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want want to grow spiritually. We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] “Aptitude + Attitude = Altitude” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/attitude/

[2] “Be Like Jesus” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/01/07/be-like-jesus/

[3] “This Little Light Of Mine” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/this-little-light-of-mine/

https://makingmusicfun.net/htm/f_mmf_music_library/this-little-light-of-mine

The Gospelhttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

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What would you say, or want to say to a loved one or your friend if you knew that your death was imminent? Too often people die without any warning and conflicts go unresolved and regrets linger. Maybe this is your experience.

Death and dying are not pleasant topics to discuss. Most of us act like we’re going to live forever here on earth. But the reality and general rule is that, “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

The question is, Where will you spend eternitywith God in heaven or with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46)? Yes, we can be sure (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).

Christians shouldn’t fear death. Why? The sting of death has been removed (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Jesus holds the keys of death today, not the devil anymore (Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 1:18). Paul wrote, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

He had been to Paradise and came back, but he wasn’t allowed to tell us about it (2 Corinthians 12:1-6; See Acts 14:19, 20). Jesus is preparing a place for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff). Will you be there with Him and other believers? [1]

Admonitions to Timothy

As the Apostle Paul was in a Roman prison facing imminent death, he wrote his “Swan Song” to Timothy, his son-in-the-faith (1 Timothy 1:2).

(A “swan song” has been called the final performance of an actor, singer, composer, poet, or the like. According to folklore, swans sing most beautifully just before they die, and hence this phrase came to be used to describe someone who was leaving in style.)

Paul wanted to share some final thoughts with Timothy to encourage him to keep on serving the Lord even after he was gone from earth to heaven, which he said is far better (Philippians 1:23).

While this entire letter of Second Timothy has great value to it, and should be read often, we’ve selected just a few verses which we believe can help younger Evangelists, Pastor-teachers, whose job it is to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31) by equipping other believers to do their work of ministry with the spiritual gift that God has given to each believer at the time of his/her salvation (Ephesians 2:10; 4:11-16; 1 Peter 4:10).

The devil wants to disappoint, discourage, and cause God’s servants to doubt God and His Word (Genesis 3:1-5). He goes about as a roaring lion seeking those whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). When he tempts believers, we must put on the whole armor of God and then resist him (Ephesians 6:10-17; James 4:7).

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

“And the things that you [Timothy] have heard from me [Paul] among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

Not every Christian is faithful and spiritual; many are carnal (1 Corinthians 2:14, 15; 3:1-4; Romans 8:6-8). They need to confess their known sins to God the Father and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; James 5:16) so God the Holy Spirit can illuminate their minds to the truth that is found in the Bible (Ephesians 1:17, 18). Then they can grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18).

“For as many as are [habitually being] led by the Spirit of God, these are [the maturing] sons of God” (Romans 8:14). If you’re saved, are you stunted or growing? Is God pleased?

In a message entitled “The Ultimate Final,” Dr. Howard Hendricks asks these questions: (1) Is the Lord well pleased? (2) Is the work well done? (3) Is the Word well used? [2] Please listen to it.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Being well pleasing to God and meeting His approval should be a top priority in our lives (See 2 Corinthians 5:9). As Christians we need to “… sanctify the Lord God in [our] hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks [us] a reason for the hope that is in [us], with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame [us] as evildoers, those who revile [our] good conduct in Christ may be ashamed” (1 Peter 3:15, 16).

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God [i.e., God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

“Doctrine = What is right; Reproof = What is not right; Correction = How to get right; Instruction in righteousness = How to stay right.” – Dr. Manfred Kober

The Scriptures tell us in words what God wants for us to know at this time. Within the pages of the 66 books of the Bible we have all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3, 4). “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Heaven will never get boring. Why? In the ages of eternity, yet to come, God will reveal more and more to us believers (Ephesians 2:7). Ages and dispensations are not the same.

“Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).

Carnal Christians don’t love or look forward to Christ’s imminent return for us (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 16:22; 1 John 2:28). If they did, they would act right. They are on dangerous ground and could die prematurely (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17). What about you?

At the “Bema Seat Judgment” the believer’s works will be evaluated to determine which ones are rewardable and praiseworthy, and which ones aren’t. The worthless works will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10) without the believer’s losing his/her salvation (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 4:30).

There are five crowns that Christians can earn for the glory of God. [3] Which ones will you earn? If you earn them, what will you do with them? (See Revelation 4:10,11)

Paul’s Words To Titus

“For a bishop [an overseer of a local church] must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word [Greek “didachen” = doctrines that are to be believed and practiced] as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine [Greek “didaskalia” = that which is to be believed, but not practiced], both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:7-9).

An overseer (Pastor-teacher) needs to understand and teach “Dispensational” distinctions to the believers in his care. Otherwise confusion reigns. Deacons also need to understand “the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience” (1 Timothy 1:4; 3:9).

While all of the Bible is FOR us, but not all of it is addressed TO us as Christians. “Galatianite Christians” try to come to spiritual maturity by keeping the “Mosaic Law.” [4] It’s impossible (Romans 6:14; Galatians 3:1 ff; 5:1 ff).

New Testament believers are to live by “Grace” principles. (See our Dispensations Chart to discover where our “House Rules” are found in the Scriptures.) [5] What value does the Old Testament have for Christians today? (See 1 Corinthians 10; Romans 15:4; Exodus 3:14).

Once again, if you knew that your time on earth was about to end, what would you do differently? “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord” (Romans 12:17-19).

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

We should treat every day as though it might be our last day on earth, or the last day of someone we love and/or know. Are you doing this?

How will you be remembered by others? What impact are you having on your family, friends, fellow workers, and others? Is it for good or for evil? What negative practices do you need to stop with God’s help? Which positive practices do you need to keep on doing?

We’re here to help unbelievers come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. [1] Once a person is saved from condemnation (Romans 8:1), we want to help him/her grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18).

If you would like additional spiritual help, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] The Gospel – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[2] The Ultimate Final – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKaavuDlvZ4

[3] Five Crowns – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

[4] Dispensations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/11/18/law-grace-or-kingdom-living/

[5] The House Rules https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/the-house-rules/

Scripture taken from the New King James Version

Copyright c. 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

If you were told that you could become a genius instantly with artificial intelligence (AI), and that you could live forever in perfect health if you had a microchip painlessly inserted under your skin or into your brain, would you take it? I believe most people would.

One very influential young “mover and shaker,” who is part of the World Economic Forum, has called humans “hackable animals” who can become “humans 2.0” and even become gods. [1]

Transhumanism is the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.

If you have a modern day cell phone, you probably have asked “Siri” a question and got an answer back almost instantly. You also can tell your phone to give you directions to a particular location and it will most often come up with the right information. (I recall being in the mountains in Washington state once and a sign on the side of the road said, “Don’t depend on directions from your cell phone.” We did it anyway, and we got lost.)

Just prior to the universal flood of Noah’s day, we’re told that there were “giants (Nephilim) on the earth who were mighty men of renown” (Genesis 6:4). If you were living in an agricultural society as they were, without modern day heavy equipment, what father wouldn’t want a strong son-in-law to help out on the farm?

How could he get such a son-in-law? Scripture tells us that “that the sons of God saw that the daughters of mankind were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose” (Genesis 6:2). The fathers of these girls probably had no objections to this arrangement.

There are two views of this verse. Some believe that “the sons of God” [2] refer to the godly line of Seth. Others believe that it refers to some of the fallen angels (demons), who took on humanoid forms, and cohabited with women and produced these giants who were half human and half angelic beings (2.0 transhumans). [3]

A “cyborg” is someone who has technology implanted into his/her body. If you’re an older person, you may remember the TV series of “The Six Million Dollar Man” with Lee Majors.

From Scripture we know that angels can take on human form and look like men and eat food like humans do (Genesis 18:1-8; 19:1 ff; Acts 1:9-11). Some object to this view because they say that the angels don’t marry nor are they given in marriage (Matthew 22:30). Please note that the same verse says that the “angels in heaven don’t do this. This seems to refer to the good angels.

We understand the Scriptures to teach that just before the universal flood of Noah’s day the devil wanted to genetically pollute the human race from which the promised Messiah was to come (Genesis 3:15) by having some of his fallen angels mix and intermarry with human women. Apparently all of the inhabitants on earth at that time were in some way contaminated except Noah, his three sons, and their wives. The rest of mankind perished in that universal flood (Genesis 8:9). Why?

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). The Prophet Jeremiah pointed out the same thing about man’s heart. “The heart [of mankind] is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9; See also Romans 3:10-23).

Keep in mind that the continental shift began to take place and the mountains rose up after this universal flood in the days of a man named Peleg (Genesis 10:25). Apparently the earth was one flat land mass before this flood (Genesis 1:9, 10).

We know that God judged these wicked, fallen angels/demons for doing this and confined them to a place called Tartarus (hell – KJV) in the heart of the earth. “For … God did not spare the [fallen] angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell [Tartarus] and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly…” (2 Peter 2:4, 5). “And the [fallen] angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day…” Jude 1:6).

Today there are powerful people, including some in the cults, who want to become gods and have the rest of humanity serve them as their slaves and be happy about having and owning nothing. They often site China as a model for the New World Order. [4] They defy God and His authority over them. (See Psalm 2). They believe that man can solve his problems without a god. Humanism is their religion.

Some of these elite eugenicists want to reduce the human population down to about 500 million people. [5] Think about that. In His time, God will crush them with His rod of iron (Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15). While He was here on earth Jesus used a whip of cords to chase out the money changers in the temple (Matthew 21:12, 13; John 2:13-17). If you don’t like what He did and will do to His enemies, maybe you’re trusting in the wrong Jesus. [6]

God will allow these foolish and arrogant men who deny His existence (Psalm 2; 14:1; Romans 1:18-32) to try their experiment but He will limit their plan to seven years (Daniel 9:27). If He let them have longer than that, no flesh would survive on earth (Matthew 24:22).

During this dark period of human history, over ½ of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). With all that is happening in the world today, these days seem to be right around the corner. The stage seems to be set, and many of the main actors are on board. [7]

Most of the non-Jewish people who enter into this seven year period, and who don’t take “the mark of the beast” (Revelation 13:16-18; 16:2; 19:20) will be killed or die of starvation. But a few of them will survive by eking out a living.

When the true 144,000 Jewish Jehovah’s Witnesses (Revelation 7:1-8) come to their door and tell them about the Gospel of the “Kingdom of the heavens” (Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 4:17; 10:7), and they believe their message about the returning King Jesus, they will be willing to give to them what little bit of the food and water they have. On their judgment day, King Jesus will say to them, “‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’” (Matthew 25:40). This verse is often misapplied to include everyone.

The Jews, having learned not to bow down and worship idols while they were in Babylon for 70 years, will refuse the mark of the beast and be preserved by God in Petra (Sela), which is in Jordan, during the last half of the Tribulation for 3 ½ years (Matthew 24:15 ff; Isaiah 16:1). This period is known as “the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” when men will experience terrible pain like a woman in labor (Jeremiah 30:7).

God will provide for them what they need to survive just as He did for the Jews in the wilderness for forty years (Deuteronomy 2:7). But, sadly, there will be unbelieving, rebellious Jews who will have to be “weeded out.” It is our understanding that two thirds of these Jews will die by means of the “Trumpet Judgments” (Zechariah 13:8; Revelation 8, 9).

If you are an unbeliever (non-Christian) who goes into this seven year period, you will probably choose to take the “mark of the beast” on your forehead or right hand (Revelation 13:16) as a way of expressing your allegiance to this false Messiah (“Man of Sin – Antichrist”) while hoping to become an advanced 2.0 transhuman being.

Eve wanted to be like God (Genesis 3:1-7). “Then the serpent [the devil – See Revelation 12:9; 20:2] said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. [This was a lie.] For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’” (Genesis 3:4, 5). This last part was true but it wasn’t good for them and caused them to act independently of God. The devil tempts Christians today to act independently of God too.

Those who voluntarily take his mark will be doomed and cannot be saved. It’s an unforgivable sin. They will be tormented here on earth (Revelation 14:9-11; 16:2), and also in the lake of fire forever with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46).

Now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). My friend, you have no guarantee that you will be alive by the end of today. Our lives are like a vapor that vanishes away (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1).

To be saved / delivered from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire, and to live with God in heaven (John 14:1-3), we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

We are not saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Jesus paid our debt to God (Romans 6:23). God the Father was satisfied with His sacrificial death on our behalf and proved this by raising Jesus bodily from the dead (Romans 4:25).

If you aren’t sure that you are saved, [8] and need additional help, you may contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually (1 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

Please SHARE this with others so the unsaved can be saved and Christians can be informed.

[1] Man – A Hackable Animal? https://grandmageri422.me/2022/03/27/yuval-noah-harari-senior-advisor-to-klaus-schwab-wef-numerous-very-short-videos-which-will-give-you-a-glimpse-into-the-diabolical-mind-of-this-man-could-he-be/

[2] Sons of God – We believe that this term, when used in the Old Testament, refers to angelic beings who came into existence at God’s command. (See Genesis 6:2, 4; Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7) Some of them followed Lucifer / Satan in his rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:12 ff; Ezekiel 28:11 ff; Revelation 12:4). Not all fallen angels / demons are incarcerated in Tartarus or Hades today (See Ephesians 6:12). Neither is the devil.

[3] Transhumanism – The belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology. https://grandmageri422.me/?s=yuval+noah+harari+transhumanism

[4] China, Model For The Nations – https://www.foxnews.com/world/world-economic-forum-chair-klaus-schwab-declares-chinese-state-tv-china-model-many-nations

[5] Population Reductionhttps://grandmageri422.me/2022/07/06/the-georgia-guide-stones-population-control-and-the-coming-antichrist-we-are-so-close-now-2/

[6] Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

[7] The Order Of Coming Eventshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[8] The Gospel By Which We Are Saved https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Scripture taken from the New King James Version

Copyright c. 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

The devil (God’s adversary) was created as Lucifer, the anointed cherub (Ezekiel 28:14). But he became dissatisfied with the role that God had given to him. He had been placed over all the other myriads of spirit beings: other cherubs, seraphs, and angels.

It’s been suggested that there are as many of them as there are stars in the second heaven where they make their residence (Ephesians 6:12). He ruled over all of them from the mineral garden in Eden on earth (Ezekiel 28:13).

But he wanted to be like God. This may sound good, but it really meant that he didn’t want to be accountable to God any longer. He wanted to raise his throne above God’s throne. In defiance toward God, he said five times, “I will…” (Isaiah 14:12-14).

Lawlessness is sin (1 John 3:4). It is defiance against God and the rules He has given to us for our own good. (All of the seven, separate, and distinct “Dispensations / Rules for Living” given to mankind will end up in failure. See our “Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

The devil convinced 1/3 of the lower two categories of angels to join him in his rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4; Ephesians 6:12). These angels became “fallen angels” known also as “demons.”

As a result of his rebellion against God, some theologians and Bible teachers believe that his residence on earth was flooded for an indefinite period of time (Genesis 1:2; 2:9-13; Isaiah 45:18) before God created man, an inferior being, to have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26, 28).

Adam, the forefather of us all (Acts 17:26; Luke 3:38), was given the task of tending the garden, eastward in Eden, which once may have been a part of Lucifer’s mineral garden (Genesis 2:8). This probably irked the devil greatly. Adam also was instructed not to eat the fruit from the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” lest he die (Genesis 2:17). We know what happened. Eve and then Adam yielded to the devil’s temptation and ate it and eventually died physically (Genesis 3:1 ff; 5:5).

This is why we die too (Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27). But someday, all the dead will be raised, in different orders, to spend eternity either with God or apart from Him in the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 15:20-24; Revelation 20:11-15).

So God cursed the serpent, the woman, and the ground for Adam’s sake. But God also promised to give them One who would crush the serpent’s (the devil’s) head (Genesis 3:15; See Revelation 12:9).

Many years later, during the days of Noah, some of the fallen angels took on humanoid forms and cohabited with human women and produced giants in the earth (Genesis 6:4; Jude 1:6). For this sin, these fallen angels/demons were/are chained in darkness in Tartarus (hell – KJV) which is in the heart of the earth (2 Peter 2:4).

The other fallen angels/demons still reside in the second heaven and are the ones who tempt Christians from time to time if God permits them to do so (Ephesians 6:12, 13; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job 1:12; 2:6). Do you know how to overcome their temptations to sin? [1]

All but Noah, his three sons, and their wives apparently were polluted by this genetic human modification. Thus God had to destroy the rest of the human race with a universal flood (Genesis 7, 8). “The Deliverer” had to come from humans, not someone who was ½ human and ½ fallen angel / demon (Genesis 3:15). This is known as transhumanism. It may sound good, but it is an attempt to perfect humans without the help of God.

Today we are learning more and more about evil people who are trying, once again, to genetically modify humans and make them like gods. Some religions and cults also teach that men can become gods. Do you know about any of them?

“Top World Economic Forum adviser Yuval Noah Harari has declared in a recent interview that the ‘vast majority’ of the world’s 7.5 billion people are simply no longer needed due to technological advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning and bioengineering.’” He also is quoted as saying, “Now humans are developing even bigger powers than ever before. We are really acquiring divine powers of creation and destruction. We are really upgrading humans into gods. We are acquiring, for example, the power to re-engineer life.” [2]

“… transhumanism contradicts the Bible when it assumes that humanity is completely sovereign and capable of self-directed change without the need for God (Jeremiah 17:9). Taken to an extreme, though, [transhumanism] can become a pursuit of immortality, an escape from moral boundaries, or a form of religion in and of itself. The ultimate redemption of mankind is something that will be accomplished by God alone (Revelation 21:1), not by technology.” [3]

God will allow sinful men to only go so far before He puts down their rebellion. He did this at the “Tower of Babel” and changed their languages so they couldn’t work together. This is when the ethnic groups came into existence and when the continental shift began to take place (Genesis 10, 11). In His time God will crush the rebels with His rod of iron (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15) before He destroys this entire universe and creates a new heavens and earth where righteousness will finally settle down and feel at home (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1 ff).

Are you in rebellion against God? Are you ignoring His invitation to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, so you can be saved? (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:16, 18).

If you are an unbeliever, you are in serious danger. If you die without the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you will spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Why not place your faith and trust in Him right now and be saved? You can’t be saved by your good works, or by your faith plus your good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change and grow. If you need/want additional spiritual help, contact us. We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] Spiritual Enemies – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/07/08/the-blame-game/

[2] WEF’s Yuval Noah Harari quotes – https://leohohmann.com/2022/08/15/yuval-noah-harari-spills-the-beans-we-just-dont-need-the-vast-majority-of-the-population/

https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/yuval-noah-harari-world-economic-forum-antichrist-minion/

[3] Transhumanism – https://www.gotquestions.org/transhumanism.html

Almost three decades ago, George Lucas decided to use the monumental Treasury, the centrepiece of Jordan’s ancient Nabataean city of Petra, as the exterior of The Temple of the Sun in his movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In the film’s climactic final scenes, actors Harrison Ford and Sean Connery burst forth from the Siq and walk deep into the labyrinths of the Treasury to find the Holy Grail. [1]

Unexpected. To the surprise of many people, Jordan recently experienced unusually heavy rains on December 26, 2022, resulting in severe flooding that forced around 1,700 people to evacuate the archeological site. Tourist routes at the site were reopened on December 27 and movement across the city restored. The storm brought 3.1 inches of rain to some areas of the Petra region out of 6.78 inches of its average annual rainfall. [2]

Bible Prophecy. This flooding reminded me of something the Bible predicted long ago, which might happen in the very near future. Something is going to cause most of the rest of the Jews from all over the world to return to Israel. (The Bible isn’t clear about what this will be.) They will enter into a seven year peace agreement (Daniel 9:27) with a powerful, charismatic man (“the man of sin” – antichrist) whom they believe might be their Messiah and Deliverer. He will deceive them with all power and signs and lying wonders, by imitating what Jesus did while He was here on earth (2 Thessalonians 2:9).

Confused. You see, Jesus, who was here 2,000 years ago, didn’t meet most of the Jews’ expectations. They couldn’t relate to a “Suffering Savior” (Isaiah 52, 53) who would also be a “Conquering King” (Isaiah 9:6, 7). That’s why they had Him crucified by the Romans (John 19:16; See 1 Corinthians 2:8).

BTW – God holds all men are responsible for the death of Christ, not just the Jews (Acts 2:36; 4:10, 26-28). This includes you and me. Our sins (lawless behavior) caused Him to be nailed to the cross as the Just One for the unjust ones (1 Peter 3:18; Philippians 2:8). Are you grateful to Him for doing this? I am. But I’m also thankful that He rose again bodily from the dead so He could save those who put their faith and trust in Him alone, apart from their good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Without it, we’d be hopeless and miserable (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

Wars – Peace. While the rest of the world will be suffering extensively from a false peace, wars, famines, and death – (referred to as the four horsemen of the apocalypse – Revelation 6:1-8), when ¼ of the world’s population will die, (just think about a that for a moment), the Jews will be living in peace and prosperity in Israel. This will cause Russia and her allies to come down on Israel during the middle of this Seven Year Tribulation period to try to take a prey for themselves (Ezekiel 38, 39). But they will be destroyed on the mountains in northern Israel.

Temple Rebuilt. Yes, a third Jewish Temple will be built on the Temple mount, and the Jews will offer sacrifices there once again during the first ½ of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27). But when the “man of sin” (antichrist) is killed in this battle with Russia and resuscitated back to life (Revelation 13;1-4), imitating Christ’s resurrection, he will demand that the Jews worship him and his image that will be set up in the Jewish Temple (Matthew 24:15 ff). He will also require everyone to take his mark if they want to engage in buying and selling (The Mark of the Beast, 666 – Revelation 13:17). Do you know who won’t take it? (See Matthew 7:21-23; Revelation 7:4-8; 20:4)

Flee. This is when the Jews will realize that he is not their Messiah. They will flee to Petra (Sela) in Jordan to escape his wrath and the wrath of the devil (Isaiah 16:1) who will be cast down to the earth after a war with Michael and his angels (Revelation 12:7-9).

Petra. We were there several years ago. It’s shaped like a bowl with a very narrow entrance into it. Thinking that he has the Jews corralled there, the devil, in his wrath, will send forth a flood to try to drown them.

BTW – The devil has limited control over nature. See Job chapters 1, 2. There are those who believe that some of his human agents (Ephesians 2:2) may also be involved in geoengineering to control the weather so they can control people.) If you’re interested, do your own research on this.

God’s Omnipotence. But, at that future time, God will cause the earth to open up and swallow the flood (Revelation 12:15-17). Somehow, the devil thinks that if he can keep God from fulfilling His unconditional promises to the Jews, then maybe He won’t be able to cast him into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Revelation 20:7-10; Matthew 25:41, 46). This won’t happen. The Jews are indestructible.

BTW – Did you know that Adolph Hitler used Martin Luther’s writings to justify his attempt to annihilate the Jews? [3]

Israel’s Future. God is not finished with the Jewish nation (Romans 11:1 ff). Those churches that teach the “Replacement of Israel” heresy will be responsible, in part, for the worst holocaust yet to occur on earth. [4] If you attend church, do you know what your Pastor believes and teaches about this? If not, why not ask him? Does he interpret Bible prophecy normally or allegorically? Yes, it really matters. You could be supporting the wrong Pastor and church.

Protected. God miraculously will protect the Jewish nation, while they are in Petra from totally being exterminated during the last half of the Seven Year Tribulation (3 ½ years). It’s called “The Time of Jacob’s / Israel’s Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). God will supply the Jews with food and water just as He did when they were wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years because of their disobedience and lack of faith in God and His promises (Exodus 16:35).

Death. Sadly, 2/3 of the rebellious, unbelieving Jews will perish there during this time (Zechariah 13:8). We believe that the “Seven Trumpet Judgments” will be designed primarily for the Jews to “weed out” the unbelieving rebels (Revelation 8, 9). Those who die during this time will be just like the Jews who were 20 years old and older who perished in the wilderness for failing to believe that God could take them into the “Promised Land” where giants lived (Numbers 13:28; 32:11).

BTW – When Christ sets up His Kingdom of the Heavens” on/over the whole earth for 1,000 years (Daniel 2:44,45), the Jewish believers will inherit all the land that God promised to give to them. It will extend from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21). This is when there will finally be true “Peace on Earth” (Revelation 20:1-7; Isaiah 2:4; 11:1 ff; 35:1 ff).

Christ’s Bride, the true Church (not the apostate, harlot church – Revelation 17, 28) will rule with Him for 1,000 years (2 Timothy 2:12; Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 21:9; 22:3). King David will be raised up from the dead, 75 days after the Tribulation is over (Daniel 12:12), to rule under Christ and His Bride, the Church (Jeremiah 30:9). He will rule over other Gentile (non-Jewish) kings on earth (Revelation 19:16).

Unbelief. This is a very serious sin in the eyes of God. The only “unforgivable sin” today is to fail to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily for the dead on the third day (John 16:9). This is the Gospel message that is the power of God for the salvation of Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16).

Lake Of Fire. Those Jews, living in the Tribulation, who die in unbelief, and who fail to acknowledge that Jesus is indeed their True and Promised Messiah, Who is returning to this earth as He promised (Acts 1:11), will end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). We don’t want you or anyone else to go there.

Coming Events. If you’d like to learn more about what God has predicted in His Word, [4] we invite you to get our FREE “Bible Study Book Marker” with a “Dispensations Chart” from our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] Indiana Jones Moviehttps://www.google.com/search?q=petra+indiana+jones&oq=petra+indiana+jones+&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i512l3j0i22i30l6.8649j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

[2] Floods. https://watchers.news/2022/12/28/ancient-city-of-petra-flooded-after-6-months-worth-of-rain-in-a-day-jordan/

[3] Martin Luther – Hitler https://www.gotquestions.org/Martin-Luther-anti-semitic.html

[4] Replacement Theologyhttps://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

[5] The Order Of Coming Events – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

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Why Do You Fear Death?

Posted: December 28, 2022 in Evagelism, Gospel, Salvation

Most people fear death because they aren’t sure what might happen to them after they die. Is this your concern? If it is, please keep reading. Otherwise, give this to someone who might be interested or near death.

Some people believe that all of us will be annihilated when we die. Others believe in “reincarnation” and hope they will have another chance to “get it right” so they eventually can get to “Nirvana.”

Going to “Purgatory” first, before one can enter heaven, is taught in some churches because they don’t believe that Christ’s work on the cross was sufficient to cover all their sins. What do you believe?

Is it possible for us to know for sure that we will go to heaven immediately when we die? Yes, if we believe that Jesus and the Bible are truthful / trustworthy sources of information (John 14:6; 17:17).

The Bad News

We’ve all sinned / acted lawlessly. God’s Word tells us that “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “… all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (See Romans 3:10-12, 23).

“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It is acting defiantly toward God Who has placed helpful restraints on us. It entails the attitude, “I’ll do whatever I want to do.”

We all deserve to die spiritually and physically. Death means separation, not annihilation. When Eve and then Adam ate the forbidden fruit they were immediately separated spiritually from intimate fellowship with God, and they began to die physically (Genesis 2:16, 17; 5:5). This is when sin and death entered into the world (Romans 5:12). And “…the wages [i.e., payment] of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a).

Therefore “… it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Death is a “general rule.” (Note some exceptions: Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:1, 11; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)

The Gospel (Good News)

Christ died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4a). Why? To pay the debt that we all owed to God (Romans 6:23a). “He was buried…” Why? To prove that He really died and didn’t just swoon / faint.

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by [God] the [Holy] Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).

Christ rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:4b-6; Luke 24:36-43). “… He was seen by [Peter], then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present [as the Apostle Paul was writing this], but some have fallen asleep [i.e., died physically].”

The Solution To Our Problem

What must we do to be saved from hell and enter heaven?

(Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; John 14:1-3)

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [alone, Who died for ours sins…and rose again bodily], and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

“For God [the Father] so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son [the Lord Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life.” “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16, 18). Are you currently an unbeliever or a believer?

Our salvation is not by works. “For by grace [unmerited favor] you [are] saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”(Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Time To Decide

My Friend, If you want to be saved from hell to heaven, but haven’t transferred your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone, let me encourage you to do so NOW! We have no guarantee that we will be alive at the end of today (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14).

True believers can have assurance of their salvation as they rest their faith in Christ and the trustworthiness of God’s Word (John 17:17).

“[God] the [Holy] Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that [believers] are children of God,” and no longer the children of the devil (Romans 8:16; John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life…” [as a present possession] (1 John 5:13).

Christians, who are abiding [feeling at ease] in Christ (John 15:1-8), and who have their known sins confessed to God (1 John 1:9), don’t need to fear death. Death is only a shadow that can’t hurt us (Psalm 23:4). And “…to be absent from the body [means being] present with the Lord [which is far better]” (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23).

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Once we’ve been saved, God wants His children to share this Good News (Gospel) with others so they can be saved too.

“…you shall be [My] witnesses…” (Acts 1:8). “And [Jesus] said to [His disciples], ‘Go into all the world and [proclaim] the gospel to every creature’” (Mark 16:15). If you’ve been saved, will you do this?

If you need additional help, please contact us through our website:

www.kelseypeach.com

c. 2022 Wm. Kelsey Pietsch Ministries

Scripture taken from the New King James Version

Copyright c. 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Numbering Our Days

Posted: December 21, 2022 in Bible Study, Christian Life

“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:2).

How many days have you lived on this earth? I was curious about myself, and so I asked “Siri.” I found out that, as I write this, it was 29,262 days ago when my mother first held me in her arms. A lot has happened since then – some good things and some bad things.

Even though I wish I could change some of the things that I did and which happened to me in the past, I can’t do that. But I can do something about today. As a Christian, I can walk by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), or I might foolishly choose to walk according to the flesh (my sin nature – 1 John 1:8) and risk dying prematurely (Romans 8:13; 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Because God loves us, He will discipline / chasten His unruly children in this life, not after we die (Hebrews 12:5 ff). There is no Purgatory mentioned in the Bible.

Yes, we all have “actual years” and “potential years.” I’m glad that the Lord Jesus holds the keys of death today, and not the devil as he did in Old Testament times (Hebrews 2:14, 15; Revelation 1:18). I need not fear those who may want to hurt or kill my body. They can only do so if God permits it. He delivered many believers in the past, but He also allowed many others to suffer before they died physically (See Hebrews 11; 2 Corinthians 11:22-33.)

“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). But “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

It is my desire to be habitually led by God the Holy Spirit so I can continue to mature as a believer in Christ (Romans 8:14). I want to have all my known sins confessed to God so I can enjoy fellowship with Him and other believers (1 John 1:5-10; Proverbs 28:13). I want to do my best to make things right with those whom I believe I have wronged (James 5:16; 1 Corinthians 11:28).

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23, 24).

I want to do good to all men, but especially to those who are believers (Galatians 6:10), and show my love for God by loving them (1 John 3:16, 17). It’s not hard to love God, but sometimes it is hard to love some of His children. I’m sure there are times when other believers find me difficult to love too.

By our loving fellow Christians, other people will know that we are God’s children (John 13:34, 35).

“Agape” love is a part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” and Christ likeness. It is produced by God the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians who are rightly related to Him (Galatians 5:22, 23), and who aren’t grieving or quenching Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

It must be directed toward the right objects, at the right time, and for the right reasons. It must not be misdirected toward the present, diabolical world system (1 John 2:15-17). This love seeks the highest well being of another (i.e., what God would want for them). It’s what God did for us sinners.

“For God [the Father] so loved the world [i.e., the people caught up in the devil’s world system] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him [the Lord Jesus Christ] should not perish [in the lake of fire forever] but have [eternal] life” (John 3:16). But read this verse too. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, why not do so right now? If you do this, you will pass from spiritual death into God’s quality of life (eternal life), and will begin to be able to really live and enjoy an abundant, productive life. (See John 5:24; 10:10; 15:5; 1 John 3:14)

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, are you basking in the spiritual blessings He has bestowed on you, and are you doing the good works that He wants you to do while you’re living here on planet earth (Ephesians 1:3 ff 2:8-10; 1 Peter 4:10; Acts 1:8)? These good works are related to the spiritual gift that God gave to you at the time of your salvation. (Need more information? Ask about it.)

Let’s not boast about tomorrow, for we don’t know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). Instead, let’s live each day as though it might be our last day on earth, or the last day of someone we love and/or know. We’re supposed to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18).

Please let us know if this article has helped you, and if you’re led by the Holy Spirit, SHARE this with others (Romans 8:14). Contact us if you have questions and/or comments. We can be reached her or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Click on “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as they come out.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Have you, like I, ever made some New Year’s Resolutions only to fail to keep them after a short time? I have. Maybe you had full intentions to read through the Bible in one year but quit before long. Maybe you were never shown the “Big Picture” before you got started or weren’t told how to interpret the Bible. Maybe you got confused by the seeming contradictions in the Bible and failed to understand the distinctions between the Jews and the Church. Or perhaps you had some other reason for quitting. If you still have a desire to do this, may we suggest a few things?

If you are not a Christian yet, the first thing you need to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. If you do this, you will be saved eternally” (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9).

If you’ve been saved, the following information may be for you. It’s designed for Christians who are faithful, teachable, and willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). It’s designed to help such people understand the Bible better to find out what God, man’s Creator, wants us to know and do: (1) How we got here. (2) What are we supposed to be doing on earth. (3) Where we’ll go when we die.

I’ve been making it a point to read through the whole Bible in a year and I have been doing it for over 50 years. I also like to listen to the reading of the Scriptures and memorize sections of it. (If you’re interested in doing this, ask for more information.) I learn something new each time I read or listen to it being read.

It’s a wonderful treasure from God. Instead of feeling like “I have to read it,” I feel like “I want to and get to read it.” Many people in the world don’t have a Bible to read. They don’t know that God loved them and gave His only begotten Son to them to die in their place for their sins and rose again bodily from the grave so He could save them from the lake of fire and take them to heaven (John 3:16). If you’ve been saved, will you help us get this “Good News” out to such people?

By spending 1% of your day (about 15 minutes each day), you can read through the entire Bible in a year. You can listen to it being read as you drive your car to work or as you relax in a chair. I have several Study Bibles in my library. I especially like the Scofield Study Bible. (If you’re interested in learning more about it, ask us.)

The Bible is a collection of 66 books in one book. There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. All of the Bible is for Christians, but not all of it is addressed to us. There are doctrines / teachings in it that are to be believed but not practiced, and other teachings that are for us to believe and practice (Titus 1:9). Example: The dietary rules for the Jews, and their sacrifices are different than those for Christians. There are different promises to be claimed or not claimed.

There are different sets of “Household Rules” called “Dispensations” for different people living in different times throughout human history. They are NOT different ways to be saved. Salvation is always by God’s grace through faith in God. (See above.)

While an unbeliever can understand the historical information found in the Bible, the deep truths of it can be understood only by believers who have God the Holy Spirit as their Divine Teacher. He can illuminate our minds to the truth that is found in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 2:9-16; 1 John 2:27).

To help you get a visual picture of human history from the beginning to the end, we have a FREE Bible Study Book Marker with a Dispensations Chart on it along with other helpful information. (May we suggest that you make a copy of it for yourelf on light colored paper and fold it and keep it in your Bible?) https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

The following three short “Bible Panorama” articles will supplement the Chart:

Contact us if you have questions and/or comments. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow in the sphere of grace (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this information with others.

With each day that passes, we are one day closer to seeing one of Christ’s promises to His disciples being fulfilled. It should give every true Christian zest for living and cause us to live pure lives and anticipate His giving to some of us, who have earned it, the “Crown of Righteousness” (1 John 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:8).

Our salvation cost Jesus Christ His life, but it is freely offered to believers. But crowns, rewards, and praise are earned. If you’re a Christian, will you receive this and other crowns from Him? What will you do with them? (See Revelation 4:10, 11). [1]

This event was a mystery in the Old Testament but unveiled to believers during Christ’s earthly ministry just before He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily from the dead on the third day (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 51, 52; Romans 16:25, 26).

His disciples were anxiously waiting for Him to set up the “Kingdom of the Heavens” where He would be the King and they would rule with Him (Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 3:2; 4:17; 20:21; Luke 19:15-19). [2]

But because the majority of the Jews rejected Him as their promised Messiah, and His claim to be God (John 5:16-18;10:30, 31), Jesus postponed the setting up of His Kingdom on/over the earth and told His disciples that He was going go to the cross and die for the sins of the whole world – both Jews and non-Jews, and then rise again bodily from the dead (Psalm 16:10; Luke 24:46). God is NOT finished with the Jewish nation (Romans 11). The Church has NOT replaced Israel. [3]

The Apostle Peter opposed and rebuked the Lord for talking about dying. In return, the Lord rebuked the devil for using Peter to try to thwart God’s plan for the salvation of mankind (Matthew 16:20-23; John 3:16).

This is the background to the words that Jesus said to His disciples on the night He was betrayed by one of His own disciples, Judas. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions [dwelling places]; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you [i.e. one place for all of you]. 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” (John 14:1-3). We understand that this place is described for us in Revelation 21:9 ff. [4]

These words of Jesus were spoken over 2,000 years ago and they cause many scoffers today to deny His promise to come again (2 Peter 3:3). Why the delay? Simply because not all whom God the Father has given to God the Son (Jesus) have come to Him and been saved through the proclamation of the Gospel (John 6:37; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). These saved people make up the “Body of Christ” which becomes His Bride (Ephesians 5:32, 33; Revelation 22:17). Are you sharing the clear Gospel with lost people?

“What kind of Christian do you need to be to lead someone to Jesus Christ? You don’t need to be a brilliant person with a clever mind, but a broken person with a clear message.” – Evangelist Dr. R. Larry Moyer.

If you’re rightly related to Christ, with your known sins confessed to God (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 1:9), and not a carnal Christian, we encourage you to memorize and share this message with lost people: “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, and you will be saved. Do it now.” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 15:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). [5]

Sadly, most people won’t put their faith and trust in Christ alone to be saved. They love darkness rather than light and the passing pleasures of sin (John 3:19; Hebrews 11:25). Some people think Christ’s death wasn’t necessary because they aren’t that bad. Others think He didn’t do enough and so they try to add their good works to His. (See Romans 3:10-23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Isaiah 64:6) Does this describe you?

The True Church – the spiritual “Body of Christ” is made up of true believers from the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) until the “Rapture” of the true Church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The “Rapture” is not to be confused with the “Second Coming of Christ” which happens after the “Seven Years of the Tribulation” (Daniel 9:27). Don’t confuse Israel with the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32). [6]

We believe that the true Church (not the apostate church) will be removed from the earth just before this “Seven Year Tribulation” period begins (Revelation 3:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9). This doesn’t mean that the true church won’t suffer persecution before Christ returns for His Church. “…all [Christians] who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).

Some people, who claim to be Christians, believe that Christ arose in spirit only, not bodily (2 John 1:7). But the Apostle Paul insisted that the bodily resurrection of Christ be included in the Gospel message. For this he suffered and was put in chains (2 Timothy 2:8-10). Are you leaving out the bodily resurrection from your Gospel presentations to the lost? If so, start including it.

The Gospel is the power of God unto a person’s salvation (Romans 1:16). A dead person can’t help anyone. Christ’s resurrection guarantees other resurrections. Do you know in which one you will participate if you die? [7] Some Christians won’t die (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Scripture tells us that Christ’s resurrected, glorified body had flesh and bones, but no blood. It was/is capable of eating food, though not necessary to survive (Luke 24:36-43). Christians will receive a body like His resurrected, glorified body when we see Him face to face at the Rapture (1 John 3:2). It will include a garment of light similar to His (1 Timothy 6:16). What about intermediate bodies? [8]

“The Pre-tribuation Rapture of the True Church” is the result of a normal, historical, grammatical, contextual interpretation of the Bible, in contrast to the allegorical method of interpretation which allows one to interpret the Bible as he pleases. The devil and false teachers use the allegorical method of interpretation (particularly with Bible prophecy) to deceive and mislead people (Genesis 3:1-5; 2 Peter 3:16). You won’t want to spend eternity with them in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; 2 Peter 2:17; Jude 1:13).

While there are no “sign miracles” that precede the Rapture of the true Church, there seems to be many indicators (world events) that point to this imminent event. The devil’s counterfeit one world government, religion, and economic system, which seems to be in the making, will precede Christ’s rule over the earth for 1,000 years just as the Bible predicted. [9]

My friend, if you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny, and would like additional information, please contact us. If you’re a carnal Christian (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; Galatians 5:19-21), you can get right with God by confessing your known sins to God and then claiming His forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Then go on to spiritual maturity for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

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For further study –

[1] Five Crowns https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

[2] Order Of Coming Events – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events//

[3] Replacement Theology – https://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

[4] Heavenly Home – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/11/05/this-world-is-not-my-home/

[5] Gospel – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[6] FREE Dispensations Chart – https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[7] Five Resurrections – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/five-bodily-resurrections/

[8] Intermediate Bodies = http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/intermediate_body.html

[9] Earth’s Golden Ear – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/05/31/earths-golden-era/

Disappointment, discouragement, and doubt are not strangers to Christians. But we’re also tempted by the devil and/or demons to act independently of God, to be timid, proud, bitter, or to have an unforgiving spirit. The strong lusts / desires to steal, to lie, to be spiritually lazy, to gossip, to be a tale bearer, and to use filthy language all come as temptations from the devil too?

What should Christians do when we face them? God wants us to put on the “whole armor of God” each time we’re tempted in these areas so we stay standing rather than falling into sin (lawless behavior). Temptation isn’t sin; yielding to sinful temptations is sin.

We invite you to read and study carefully the following information found in the two links below, to help you in your walk with God so you can live victoriously over your spiritual enemy the devil.

If you haven’t read the two previous articles about “Know Your Enemy – The Devil” (Parts #1, 2) please refer to them too.

Contact us if you have questions and/or comments, or if you aren’t absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die. “The Bad News & Good News” is on our website. You may find other articles on our Blog to be helpful too.