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John 12:12-19

Like clockwork, everything that Jesus did on earth was on God’s time schedule including His going to Jerusalem for the Passover feast (Galatians 4:4; John 1:29; 10:17, 18). This was the time each year when the Jews celebrated their deliverance from 400 years of slavery in Egypt prior to their going to the land that God had promised to give to them and their descendants forever (Genesis 15:13-21; Acts 7:6). Even though His disciples weren’t fully aware of what was about to take place there, Jesus set His focus toward the cross on which He would provide salvation for the Jews and all mankind (1 John 2:2; Romans 1:16, 17).

Gospel. My friend, you are a sinner like all the rest of us (Romans 3:10-23). But Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day and became our Substitute so we wouldn’t have to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 6:23). By one act of faith in Him, you can be transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s family (John 3:16; 8:44; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:9, 10). Today may be your last day on earth (James 4:14). Now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Count Down. Five days before He would be hung on a cruel cross, Jesus made His way to the city of Jerusalem to officially present Himself as the rightful King of the Jews and their promised Messiah (Matthew 2:2-12; 16:16; 27:11; John 4:26). Josephus, the historian, estimated that about 2,700,000 Jews came to Jerusalem for this feast to offer up 250,000 lambs. The forerunner of Christ (Malachi 3:1), John the baptizer had said of Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)! The Prophet Isaiah referred to the vicarious sacrifice of the Christ as a lamb who would be slaughtered without opening His mouth (Isaiah 52, 53).

Multitude. Some of those who made up this crowd of Jews had seen Jesus perform many miracles during His earthly ministry. Thirty five of them are recorded for us in the Scriptures. Recently Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead who had been dead for four days (John 11:43, 44). When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they cried out “Hosanna! Blessed is He whom comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel” (John 12:13; Psalm 118:26). “Hosanna” means “Save now!” The Jews were anxious to be delivered out from under the heel of Rome who oppressed them. To welcome Him, they took palm branches and their clothes and put them on the road to usher Him into the city (Matthew 21:8; John 12:13).

Irony. But sadly, some of these same people would turn on Jesus in a few days and join the religious leaders and cry out for Him to be crucified (Luke 23:21). As He was being led to His crucifixion, He wept for the Jewish people (Luke 23:28-31) because He knew what would take place in A.D. 70 when Titus would come to destroy Jerusalem and its inhabitants. According to one historian, there weren’t enough buyers in Egypt for all the Jewish slaves. They remained scattered as a nation until A.D. 1948 when they were allowed to return to the land that God had promised to give to them. Most of those in Israel today are agnostics or claim to be atheists (Psalm 14:1).  They have a judicial blindness that only God can remove so they can be saved (Romans 11:25; 1:16, 17; See 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4).

Donkey. Even though the prophet had predicted that the Jewish Messiah would be coming to them the first time riding on a donkey’s colt (Isaiah 40:9; Zechariah 9:9; John 12:14, 15), they were hoping that He would come as a conquering King on a white horse. But this won’t happen until His second coming to earth after “the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; Revelation 19:11) known also as “the great tribulation” (Matthew 24:21; Daniel 9:27). This period of time seems to be imminent as antisemitism (hatred for the Jews) grows around the world and the Jews are made the “scapegoat” for the problems in the world. Those who hate the Jews need to read Genesis 12:1-3.

Disciples. The Lord’s twelve disciples had mixed emotions at this time and weren’t quite sure what to expect (John 14:1-3). They had initially followed Him as He taught them about the “kingdom of the heavens” in which they hoped to be leaders (Matthew 20:21-23; See Daniel 2:44, 45). But after being rejected by the majority of the Jews, Jesus had also told them that He was going to Jerusalem to die. Peter opposed His plan and had to be rebuked by Jesus (Matthew 16:20-23). It wasn’t until after Jesus had died, been raised from the dead, and ascended back to heaven, and been glorified, that they came to realize what the prophets had written about Him (John 12:16; See Luke 24:25, 26).

Perplexed Pharisees. These religious leaders obstinately opposed Jesus at every turn because He made Himself out to be equal with Jehovah God (John 5:18; 10:30; 11:57). Yes, Jesus did claim to be Jehovah by His “I AM…” statements (Exodus 3:14; John 6:35, 48; 8:12; 10:9, 11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1). Furthermore, Jesus threatened their power and authority over other Jews whom they oppressed (John 11:48; See Matthew 11:28, 29; 23:4). Jesus denounced them as hypocrites and told them of their eternal destiny in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 6:5, 16; 7:21-23; 23:13-36; 25:41, 46). The wicked dead aren’t annihilated as some cults teach nor are dead people reincarnated.

Decree. Jesus, the God-man carried out the plan that He and the other two members of the Godhead had agreed upon prior to creation (Ephesians 1:11; Galatians 4:4). He was in complete control of the timing of His death and bodily resurrection (Matthew 12:40; John 10:18). Have you placed your faith in Him alone to save you? If not, why not do so right now? Whether you are Jewish or not, by one act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily, you can be saved from eternal condemnation and enter God’s family (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 16:31; Romans 8:1).

Good Works. God prepared beforehand some works for every Christian to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10; John 15:16). We are to do them with the power that God provides for us (Philippians 3:10; 4:13) for the glory of God and the good of others with and attitude of love (Galatians 5:13; 6:10; 1 Corinthians 13).

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John 11:45

Wouldn’t you think that if someone came along and claimed to be the promised Messiah and the God-man (Deuteronomy 18:15; John 5:18; 10:30; 18:37), and then backed up his claims with signs, wonders, and mighty deeds, the Jewish people would believe on him (Acts 2:22). This is what Jesus did while He was here on earth. The Apostle John recorded in his Gospel seven sign miracles to prove to his readers that Jesus was indeed the Christ/Messiah and the Son of God who came to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29; 20:31).

Followers. Many people who decided to become Christ’s disciples followed Him around because He healed their sicknesses, fed them, and raised some of their dead loved ones (John 2:1-11; 4:46-54; 5:1-9; 6:26 et al). They even wanted to make Him their King but He refused their offer (John 6:15). Do you know why?  When He began to deal with them on a spiritual level, many of them forsook Him (John 6:66). If you claim to be a “follower of Jesus,” what is it that you want from Him in return? Is it health, wealth, and happiness or some other temporal thing?

Faith Healers. “Modern so-called faith healers and miracle workers do a real disservice to the Body of Christ as a whole and to individual believers in particular with their constant quick fix, televised ‘signs and wonders.’ God is not represented in the Bible as being ordered around as glibly as some TV preachers would have us think.” – Dr. Paul N. Tassell, “That Ye Might Believe” p. 86

Problem. Even after seeing Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead, most of the religious leaders refused to acknowledge Him as the promised Messiah and the Son of God (John 20:31). Why? They loved the fleeting power they held over other Jews and they chose not to place their faith in the “Miracle Worker” among them. No wonder Jesus said, “…it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city [in Israel who rejects you and the message of the kingdom]” (Matthew 10:15). But thankfully, there were some who did place their faith in Jesus and were saved (John 1:11, 12; 11:45; See Acts 2:41; 4:4).

Man’s True Condition. “The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God” (Romans 3:10, 11). “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Without God’s initiating the work of salvation (Jonah 2:9; Philippians 1:29), and our believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, as the One who died for our sins…and who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, none of us would be saved (John 6:37, 44; Acts 13:48; 16:31).

Prediction. Without his being aware of what he was doing (1 Corinthians 2:8), Caiaphas, the High Priest made a prediction concerning Jesus. It was part of God’s plan to provide salvation for all mankind (Acts 4:25-28), not just for the Jews. Caiaphas determined that Jesus needed to die for the nation of Israel (John 11:50). By the shedding of Christ’s blood, God provided deliverance from the eternal lake of fire for all of us (Romans 1:16, 17). Jesus was the “Lamb of God” who came to offer Himself as the Passover Lamb (John 1:29). He died as the Just One for the unjust ones (1 Peter 1:18; 3:18; Hebrews 10:10, 18). He made it possible for us to spend eternity with God in heaven rather than in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). My friend, we don’t want you to go to that awful place. We’re here to help you have assurance of your salvation.

Rejection. Because most of the Jews cried out, “His [Jesus’] blood be on us and our children,” they have been temporarily set aside as a nation until the “fullness of the Gentiles has come in [and been saved]” (Romans 11:25). In A.D. 70 Titus came and destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem and killed multitudes of Jews as God had predicted they would be if they forsook His law and rejected His Messiah (Matthew 23:37-39; Deuteronomy 28:63-68). Even though many of the Jews have returned to Israel since 1948, most of them are living there in unbelief. They will begin to realize that God is dealing with them again as a nation during the Seven Years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19).

Future. God isn’t done with the nation of Israel (Romans 11:1). The Jews who place their faith in the promised Messiah during the last 3 ½ years of the Seven year Tribulation, known as the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27), have a bright future awaiting them. They will inherit all the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants. It extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the River Euphrates (Genesis 15:18-21). The Jews will become the predominant nation on earth during Christ’s 1,000 year reign over the earth (Deuteronomy 28:13). This is when the promised rule of the heavens over the earth (“Kingdom of the Heavens”) will finally be realized (Daniel 2:44, 45).

King David. He will be raised from the dead and be the regent on earth under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Jeremiah 30:9; Daniel 12:12; Revelation 19:16). God didn’t replace the Jews with the Church as some people are being taught. The unconditional promises that God gave to them will be fulfilled (Genesis 15, 17, 22; Jeremiah 31:31). God has different promises and a different plan for the true Church.

Suffering. Those who have heard the clear Gospel message concerning Christ’s death for our sins…and bodily resurrection from the dead, and who reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and who die in that condition will suffer more in the lake of fire forever than those who never heard the Gospel message. This Good News is the power of God unto salvation, whether you are a Jew or non-Jew (Romans 1:16). You can be saved today and know that you are headed for heaven (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

Questions. Have you placed your faith in Christ alone to save you? If so, have you displayed your faith to others by being baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Do the good works you do as a Christian (Ephesians 2:10) give evidence to the fact that you have eternal life (i. e. God’s quality of life)?

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In a fictitious story Jesus once was asked about immigration. He responded by saying, “Remember, even the New Jerusalem in heaven has a high wall that is 216 feet high and 6,000 miles long. At each of the twelve gates there is an angel who puts people through a strict vetting process.” (See Revelation 21 to find out who gets in and who doesn’t.)

Boundaries. Who establishes the boundaries of nations and who sets up and brings down kings and kingdoms (Acts 17:26; Daniel 4:17, 25)? Who changed the languages of mankind (Genesis 11:7)? Who will defy God by setting up man’s one world government (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 13)?

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Recently, while I was teaching a Bible study at our church and over the Internet to some people around the world, the GPS on my cell phone identified me as being at “The *** Inferno.” One of my listeners pointed this out to me. Perhaps some of you who listened in were wondering if it was “A message from hell.” As hard as I tried to remove this location from my cell phone, I wasn’t able to do so. It’s still on there.

Story. All this reminded me of the story that Jesus told about the rich man who died and went to Hades to suffer for eternity (Luke 16:19-31). He asked Father Abraham to send Lazarus, the former beggar, to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool the rich man’s tongue because He was being tormented by the flames. He also wanted Lazarus to go back to earth to warn his five brothers so they wouldn’t end up there in that awful place. But Abraham told him that this wasn’t possible. He said, “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.”

Destiny. Folks, once we die, our eternal destiny will have been determined by what we did with the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. If our faith was resting in Him alone to save us, we will spend eternity with God in heaven (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8, 9). If not, all unbelievers will end up with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46). We don’t want you or anyone else to go there.

Internet. The world wide web is part of the devil’s present world system (Ephesians 2:2; 6:12; John 12:31). It’s like a web that ensnares others into his system (1 John 2:15; 5:19). Maturing Christians may use it, but we are not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31; See James 4:1-4). We’ve been told that the Internet is also now under the control of the United Nations. That’s frightening. Who has the power to shut it down? Image the panic that would come on the people of this world if they didn’t have their cell phones or the Internet. I’ve read that if an EMP “electromagnetic pulse” bomb was set off high in the the atmosphere over the middle of our country it could knock out virtually everything that is electronically controlled. This would include our cell phones, computers, automobiles, and many other things upon which we depend every day.

GPS. Most people’s cell phones have “Global Positioning Systems” on them. This enables others to know where you are at any given moment. It amazes me that I can call people on their cell phones and the system can find them wherever they are. All around us there are signals of which most of us are not aware. It’s like the unseen spirit world where we have angels and demons working behind the scenes to influence and control human beings (Daniel 10:13; Ephesians 6:12; Hebrews 1:14; Colossians 1:16). In my case, while I was broadcasting my Bible study live over the Internet, the GPS positioned me in the wrong place, at the “Inferno” in my town. I’ve never been there.

Spies In The Sky. Satellites way above the earth have the capabilities of seeing things on earth. I recall using “Google Earth” to locate the house in which I lived in Japan as I was growing up. I was able to go to the street level view and figure out the day of the week and the approximate time the picture was taken by the shadows and the surroundings. Enemy nations are working on laser beams that can render these satellites useless.

Computers. Some of them have the capabilities of using facial recognition to identify people. High tech cameras are supposedly able to pick up people’s finger prints or information from their eyes. Bar codes and other chips are being used in passports, credit cards, on items for sale to control travel and commerce. Recently someone was able to hack into our credit card information to purchase items. The credit card company suspected unusual activities and contacted us to determine if we had indeed purchased certain items. We hadn’t and so they issued us another credit card.

666. This is called “The number [mark] of the beast” (Revelation 13:11-18). The “beast” refers to the Antichrist’s character, not as he will appear to the people of this world. This individual will be very persuasive and will be able to perform the same three kinds of miracles that Jesus and His apostles did while there were on earth (John 20:31; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12). Those who don’t take his mark will not be able to buy or sell without it and many of them will die physically. But those who take it on their hand or head during the “seven years of the great tribulation” will be doomed forever (Revelation 14:9, 10). This kind of technology is already being used on animals and some people, including some fire fighters and police officers. Some of these RFID chips are the size of a grain of rice and are being put into their hands. Some people prefer doing business this way rather than carrying around money and other forms of ID. Do you know how to avoid the awful tribulation that is coming, perhaps much sooner than most people believe?

Things To Come. The Scriptures tell us that two New World Orders are coming to this earth. The first one will be Satan’s New World Order. Thankfully it will last for only seven years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 12:14; Jeremiah 30:7). If God allowed it to go on any longer, no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). This will be a counterfeit to Christ’s kingdom on earth that will last for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-6). During the reign of the Antichrist (Man of Sin) over one half of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). It will come to an end when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to rule as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16; Matthew 24:29 ff). Satan, the Antichrist, the false prophet and all unbelievers who followed the devil will be defeated and removed from the earth.  

Peace On Earth. Following this, Jesus Christ and His Bride, the true Church, will rule over the earth for 1,000 years from the New Jerusalem which, we believe, will be like a satellite city circling the earth once a day (Revelation 1:7; 21:9-27). The Jews will be the predominate nation on earth (Deuteronomy 28:13), and resurrected King David will reign over the Jews and all other lesser kings on the earth (Jeremiah 30:9; Daniel 12:12). Some of the resurrected Old Testament believers will be judges and rulers over the people who will repopulate the earth (Isaiah 1:26; Luke 19:17).

No Comparison. The technological advancements of mankind are nothing compared to the abilities that Jesus Christ, the God-man has. He is all knowing and wise (John 2:24; Isaiah 46:10), all powerful (Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8), loving and gracious (1 John 4:8; Ephesians 2:8; 1 Peter 2:3), long suffering (2 Peter 3:9), and willing to forgive those who believe on Him as their personal Savior (Matthew 9:6; Ephesians 1:7). But He is also holy (1 Peter 1:15, 16), and righteous and must punish sinners who reject His offer of salvation (John 3:18, 36; 2 Timothy 4:8).

Invitation. God graciously invites you and every other human being to put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). You can accept Him and receive eternal life or you can reject Him and it (1 John 5:11-13). Please make the right decision today! This is the only moment you have (2 Corinthians 6:2). Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then it vanishes away (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1).

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Relentless. “God. You are relentless. I have yielded everything to You – everything but one small exception – an exception so small I’m truly amazed You would even take notice. Yes, it is invariably to that one small exception that You keep bringing me back, and back, and back. Why does it matter to you? [To which God responded by saying], “My child, why does it matter so much to you?” Ruth H. Calkin

Suffering. [“First Peter chapter] 4 teaches us that since Jesus suffered, we must be prepared to suffer. We’ve had plenty of time to sin. It’s time to stop and live for God. The end is near, so do what is right toward others, so that God will be praised. We will suffer for doing what is right [2 Timothy 3:12]. When we do, we should commit our lives to God and keep on doing what is right.” – David Walls

Admonition. Fellow Christian “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith... (Hebrews 12:1, 2).  The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him. I will try my utmost to be that man.” – D. L. Moody.  Since he’s now with the Lord, will you make this one of your goals in life?

Return. Do you love Christ’s imminent return? Perhaps Today! Do you know what crown you can earn by doing this (2 Timothy 4:8)? Do you know how close we may be to the end of “The Day of Man?” Let us not be ignorant of “Things To Come.”

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“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to destruction, and a house divided against a house falls” (Luke 11:17). From this may we conclude that the United States of America is coming to an end as a constitutional republic? With what kind of government might it be replaced? If you had your druthers, what would you like? Why isn’t the United States specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy?  Democracies are destined to fail eventually. Do you know why?

Democracies. “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”  Alexis de Tocqueville

Government. It has also been said that any form of government, whether it be socialism, communism, a monarchy, a theocracy, or even fascism, is better than anarchy and lawlessness. During the days of the Judges in the Old Testament times, prior to their becoming a monarchy, many of the Jews were doing what was right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). They disregarded the Ten Commandments that God had given to them to regulate their lives for their own good and that of the Jewish community. As a result of this, enemy nations subjugated and enslaved them until a Judge came to deliver them. The cycle went on for several hundred years: From silence to sins to servitude to supplication to salvation and back to silence.

Laws. The Mosaic Law was not made for righteous people, but for the lawless and profane, for murderers of fathers and mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and for those who engage in other kinds of sinful behavior (1 Timothy 1:9, 10; See Galatians 5:19-21).

Perilous Times. The Apostle Paul predicted that in the last days perilous times would come. Men and women would be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God. They would have a form of godliness but they would deny its power (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Does this describe our nation as a whole? What about you as an individual?

Peace. The world is longing for peace on earth. But the men of the earth don’t know how to bring it in and make it last. They don’t have peace with God (Romans 5:1, 10; See Psalm 2) or the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). Prior to the 1,000 years of peace that will come to earth when Christ returns (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1- 6), the Antichrist will be allowed to rule over the earth for 7 years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19). Were God to allow him to have world wide domination any longer than this, no flesh would survive on this earth (Matthew 24:22).  Do you know what event must precede the Seven Years of Tribulation  (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? It’s imminent and no signs precede it.  It’s sure, sudden, silent, selective, and satisfying.

Plan. To understand the times and the boundaries of nations that God has predetermined in His Word (Daniel 2:21; Acts 17:26), we must become students of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15) and interpret the Bible normally, not allegorically (2 Peter 3:16). God didn’t leave us in the dark about the future. He’s omniscient and knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10; See John 2:24, 25). He promises a special blessing to those who read, hear, and keep (guard in their hearts) the truth about the future that is found in the Book of Revelation. (We have some FREE charts for those who ask for them. Understanding them could revolutionize your life like they did mine.)

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I know. I know. Some of you believe that Jonah and the big fish story and the universal flood of Noah’s day are myths. You are entitled to believe that if you want. But Jesus referred to them as being real incidents that took place. He said that the only additional sign miracle that would be given to the evil, adulterous, hard hearted Jews of His day would be the sign that as Jonah was three days and nights in the stomach of the big fish, so He would be dead for three days and nights in the heart of the earth and then rise from the dead (Matthew 12:40; 27:63; See John 10:17, 18). He also talked about the days of His second coming and likened them to the days of Noah. The people were “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37-39). When God shut the door of the ark, all those on the outside perished in the flood (Genesis 7:16).

Judgment. “…it is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). No one will be able to escape being judged by Jesus (John 5:22). Do you know in which judgment your works will be evaluated to determine your enjoyment in heaven or the degree of your suffering forever in the lake of fire (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15)? These judgments don’t determine our eternal destiny. Do you know what will determine it?

Time. It’s running out and everyday that passes we are closer to our last day on earth. Oh, I know that this isn’t a pleasant topic to discuss, but it’s important. I used to tell our 38 year old son to treat each day as though it might be his last day on earth. And that day came for him this past Easter Sunday. Thankfully, he had utilized his time telling others about Jesus as was evidenced by hundreds of people coming to his funeral service on a very short notice. One man came from Australia to Japan where our son was living and teaching English in Japanese public schools.

Prophecy. Those who ignore or dismiss Bible prophecy might as well cut out about 1/4 of their Bibles since that is how much was prophetic at the time of its writing. Much of Bible prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus came the first time about 2,000 years ago. But much more is yet to be fulfilled at His second coming. Knowing the order of future events correctly isn’t what will get you into heaven but knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior will. The Good News that leads to our deliverance from the lake of fire to heaven is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5).

Choice. You can choose to believe this Gospel and the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved, or you can choose to reject Him as your personal Savior. “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…He who believes in the Son has [eternal] life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him” (John 3:18, 36).

Plain/Simple. God’s wonderful plan of salvation is simple enough for children to understand. Don’t hinder them from coming to Christ by saying that salvation is only an adult matter or that one has to jump though the hoops of good works of “discipleship” to be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9). “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). These are Jesus’ words.

Questions. Are you certain you will go to heaven when you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’ll go to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? If you are a true Christian, what are you doing to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)?

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