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In his book entitled “Seven Men Who Rule The World From The Grave” Dr. Dave Breese demonstrates how such men as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, John Dewey, Sigmund Freud and others have had a significant impact on mankind to this very day, even though they are now dead.

It is our understanding that these dead men, who are most likely in Hades, know how wrong they were and wish they could return to earth to warn the living not to follow them and their philosophies, but rather that people believe God’s Word which is absolute truth (See Luke 16:19-31; John 14:6; 17:17).

Which philosopher’s / person’s thoughts and actions have influenced you the most? We all have a “world view” that causes us to behave as we do. Is it based on godly wisdom, or worldly wisdom that leads to death (James 1:5; 3:15; Proverbs 14:12)?

Although our influence on others may not be as significant as these men, we still are having an impact and influence for good or for evil on those whom we encounter in life, whether it be our family members, our friends, or our fellow workers. Our attitude and our actions matter to God and others.

The Christian’s pleasure and rewards in heaven or the unbeliever’s degree of torment in hell will be determined by the Lord Jesus Christ, the righteous and omniscient Judge (2 Timothy 4:8; John 2:24; 5:22; Isaiah 46:10) either at “The Bema Seat Judgment” for Christians (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) or at “The Great White Throne Judgment” for unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15).

The Scriptures teach that “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). However, it doesn’t say that this judgment will take place immediately when a person dies.


At our funeral an unsaved person might believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel and be saved because we witnessed to that person before we died. God will reward us for doing this (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). To those believers who will die during the Tribulation these words were written, but the principle still seems to apply to us as well. “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them” (Revelation 14:13).

On the other hand an unbeliever might murder a father whose children are left desolate. Later on one of the deceased father’s children might engage in a robbery because he and his family are starving. On judgment day God will take into account the harm that the murderer brought on others too.

Yes, there are degrees of suffering in hell (the lake of fire) for unbelievers (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8), and there are degrees of pleasure in heaven for believers (Psalm 16:11).


The Christian’s cleansing and purging is limited to this life (Ephesians 5:26, 27). The Scriptures don’t teach that some people go to “Purgatory” after they die to get cleansed or purged of remaining sins before they are allowed into heaven. There are no back doors into heaven.” This false teaching suggests that Christ’s work on the cross was not sufficient to save us. The Apostle Paul wrote, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present [immediately] with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Serious Business

Believers who participate in the Lord’s Supper with unconfessed sins in their lives will be chastened and disciplined by the Lord in this life only so that they won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of the world (1 Corinthians 11:27-32). “For we know Him who said, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The LORD will judge His people. It is a fearful thing [for a carnal Christian, who is acting like an unsaved person] to fall into the hands of the living God’” (Hebrews 10:30, 31; 12:5-11).

“If we [as Christians] confess our sins, He [God the Father] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “Confess your [sins] one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16). “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

Are you a carnal Christian who is living in sin (acting lawlessly)? Are you dismissing as unimportant what God prohibits His children from doing and/or failing to do what He wants you to do? “…to [the Christian] who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Beware! “… if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:8).

Many unbelievers often go unpunished in this life, but judgment day is coming for them and the righteous Judge, Jesus (John 5:22) will sentence them with justice. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8; See also 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

The lake of fire (hell) is a place where there will “be weeping and gnashing of teeth” forever. It was prepared for the devil and his angels / demons, but all unbelievers will end up there (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). The “Universal Salvation” of everyone is NOT taught in the Scriptures.

My friend, you don’t have to go to this awful place. Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Any and all who place their faith and trust in Him alone will be saved from hell and will enter heaven (Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). It’s by grace (unmerited favor).

Some people love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. They choose not to come to the Light (Christ) and be saved (John 3:19; 8:12). But if you are an unbeliever or one who isn’t sure of your eternal destiny in heaven or hell, and would like to know and have absolute assurance that you will go to heaven the moment you die (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), we invite you to contact us here or through our website: We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2;2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

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

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Death Bed Conversions?

Posted: November 15, 2022 in Death, Evagelism, Gospel, Heaven, Hell

I’ve had the privilege of leading some people to Christ for their salvation during the last moments of their lives. I believe that as long as a person is physically alive, there is hope for him/her. But once a person dies, his/her eternal destiny is set. There are no second opportunities to be saved. We do not pray for dead people or to them. So then –

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:13, 14). “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

It is our desire to share the Gospel clearly with those whom we encounter in life, as the Holy Spirit leads us to various people (Romans 8:14; Learn about Philip in Acts 8:31-40). Since it’s not always suitable to talk to a person who is checking out my purchases at a store, or to someone with whom I have a brief conversation, I try to share a Gospel tract with them and ask them to read it when they have an opportunity to do so. [1]

The Gospel for our salvation is very simple so that even young children can understand their need of Christ and trust in Him alone for their salvation/deliverance from hell to heaven. Christian parents can/should share the Gospel with their children while they are young so they can be saved. They need to make sure of their own salvation first. There is no greater joy than to lead our children to the Lord and then help them grow spiritually (3 John 1:4; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). We also can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for doing this (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

I tell people, “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead. If you place your faith and trust in Him alone, He will save you instantly and eternally.” (See 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 16:31). [2]

This is the message I’ve shared with many people who weren’t saved and with those who had some doubts about their salvation. It’s wonderful for them and for me to know that they’ve made this decision to trust in Christ alone, not in their good works, or in their faith plus their good works (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5), and that they will be taken to heaven the moment they die (2 Corinthians 5:8). Sadly, this is not what happens to unbelievers (Luke 16:19-31; See Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8). Please don’t be one of them.

Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)? If not, we’re willing to assist you if you’ll contact us here or through our website:

[1] R. A. Torrey – The Use Of Gospel Tracts – (Please read this.)

Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who lead the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, was given a pamphlet by my father, Timothy Pietsch, after one of our street meetings in Japan. He became a professing Christian. Read more here:

Video: My Life In Japan – (Start at time 10:10)

[2] Gospel Presentations –

Seed Planter –

Gospel Checker:

How Sure Are You? –

My Friend’s Death –

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HOW SAD it would be if… No, how TRAGIC it will be for those who know the facts of the Gospel and even believe them to be true, and yet don’t place their faith/trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. [1] Such people, who die without Christ as their personal Savior, will suffer more in the lake of fire than those who have never heard about Him (Matthew 11:22, 24; Revelation 20:12, 13). Will this be true of you? We sincerely hope it won’t be.

Some people, living in the “Seven Year Tribulation” (Revelation 6-19), will refuse to take the “Mark of the Beast” (Revelation 13:17; 14:9-11). [2] Some of them will prophesy in Christ’s name, cast out demons, and do many wonders in His name. And yet He will say to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21:23; 25:30, 41, 46).

No one is saved by his/her good works lest any of us should boast. Good works are the result of one’s being saved (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:18). When a Christian “abides (feels at ease) in Christ,” he/she will produce much fruit (John 15:1-8). “Spiritual fruit might involve our having and displaying a Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), being a faithful witness (Romans 1:13; 1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and generous giving (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). (See Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, p. 50)

As a general rule, all of us are going to die (Hebrews 9:27). There have been and there will be a few exceptions in the future (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). (If you’d like more information, contact us.)

Do you think that you will go to heaven the moment you die? [4] If so, how sure are you – 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0%? Do you believe that you must go to a purging place before you get into heaven by the back door? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven – Your good works? Your faith plus your good works? Your faith in Christ alone? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

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“From Death Into Life”

Posted: September 6, 2022 in Christian Life, Death, Heaven, Hell

Edgar Allan Poe seemed to have been obsessed with death and darkness. He expressed this in some of his poems. Most people fear death and dying. This may be due to the fact that they don’t know what lies ahead on the other side of death or when the “Death Angel” might come for them.

What about you? Be honest. Do you fear death? Would you like to learn more about what happens to us when we die physically, and how we can pass out of spiritual death into eternal life? If so, let me share with you what I believe the Scriptures teach (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Ask why the “second death” is irreversible?

Exceptions. Death comes to us as a payment for sin (Romans 6:23). As a general rule “…it is appointed for men to die once, but [sometime] after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Who, in the Old Testament, didn’t die, and who, according to the New Testament teaching, won’t die (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; Revelation 19:20)? Would you like to be in this group?

Death’s sting for Christians was removed when the Lord Jesus Christ rose again bodily from the dead after dying for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:55; 1 Peter 3:18). When we place our faith and trust in Him alone to save us, we immediately pass out of spiritual death and receive eternal life – God’s quality of life (John 3:16, 18, 36; Ephesians 2:1, 8, 9; Titus 3:5) which needs to be displayed regularly before others (Philippians 2:12; Galatians 4:19; 5:22, 23).

The Last Enemy. Physical death will be defeated finally by Jesus Christ a the end of time. He will do this by raising back from the dead all humans who died physically, each in his/her own order (1 Corinthians 15:26). Where will you spend eternity – with God in heaven or with the devil in the lake of fire (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46)? Contact us if you aren’t sure.

Keys. In Old Testament times the devil held the “keys of death” (Hebrews 2:14). He could take people’s lives at will unless God restricted him from doing this (Job 1:18, 19). The resurrected and glorified Jesus Christ said to the Apostle John, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death” (Revelation 1:18). I’m glad to know this truth. [1]

Comfort. Even though Christians, who desire to live godly lives, can and should expect to be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12 John 16:2), it’s nice to know that no one can take our lives from us without the Lord’s permission and timing (1 Thessalonians 4:14; Acts 18:9, 10). Faithful Christian martyrs get a “Crown of Life” (Revelation 2:10; James 1:12). Do you know what the other four crowns are?

Warning. If a Christian chooses to live carnally like an unsaved person lives (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; Romans 8:6), he/she could be severely disciplined by our Heavenly Father and have his/her life taken prematurely and possibly very painfully (Acts 5:1 ff; 1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 12:5-11; James 5:19; 1 John 5:16). We all have “potential years” and “actual years.” [2]

Holy. God wants all His children to live holy (morally pure) lives in view of the fact that we “were not redeemed [purchased] with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:16-19).

Walk. As long as we, as Christians, “walk by means of the Holy Spirit” we can’t fulfill the lusts (strong desires) that come from our sin nature. All the “works of the flesh” are perversions of good things (Galatians 5:16, 19-21). [3] When we get saved, we receive a new nature from above. [4] But, contrary to what some people in churches are being taught, we don’t lose our sin nature immediately after we’re saved (Romans 7:14-25; 1 John 1:8). Carnal Christians confuse others. Do you know when a Christian gets rid of his/her sin nature? Did you know that unsaved people never lose their sin nature, even in the lake of fire (Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Revelation 22:11). Their sinful cravings will never be satisfied as they sometimes are here on earth. They will be hopelessly addicted forever.

Two Doors. A Christian’s entrance into the presence of the Lord could come either through the door of our physical death or through the door that opens at the time of the Rapture (2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Believers who love Christ’s imminent return and live accordingly, will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). Will you receive this one or any of the other four crowns? [5]

Intermediate Bodies. Everyone, whether a believer or unbeliever, who dies physically receives a temporary, intermediate body until the time of his/her resurrection sometime in the future. [6] There are different orders of resurrections mentioned in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:20-24; 51, 52; Revelation 11:11).

Questions. (1) Where will you spend eternity? (2) Are you absolutely sure? (3) If heaven exists, (and it does) why should God let you into His heaven? If hell isn’t a real place, neither is heaven. If the wicked dead are simply annihilated at the time of their death, as some cults teach, an unbeliever doesn’t need to worry. Reincarnation is not taught in the Scriptures either. This heretical teaching gives people a false hope. Jesus, who is truth (John 14:6), told us that heaven and hell are real places. (4) If you believe that you’ve been saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what? (5) How secure are you? (For assurance of salvation read Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13.)

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[1] Keys –

[2] Actual vs Potential Years –

[3] Works Of The Flesh = Perversions

[4] A New Nature –

[5] Five Crowns –

[6] Richard Schafer, The Comforting Hope Of An Intermediate Body

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In these troubled times, those who know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, can enjoy “peace with God” and the “peace of God” (Romans 5:1; Philippians 4:6, 7). They are the ones who have placed their faith and trust in Him alone, as the One Who died for their sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not right now? Need spiritual help? Contact us.

In the “Hall of Faith” (Hebrews11) you will find many Old Testament believers who were miraculously delivered by God from harmful or difficult situations. But you will also find other believers who weren’t delivered and yet endured without denying the Lord. [1]

Think about this – “God delivers us from all our sicknesses except the last one which will lead to our physical death.” It is a general rule that all men die once (Hebrews 9:27; See Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). Some didn’t and some won’t die (Enoch – Genesis 5:21-24; Elijah – 2 Kings 2:1, 11; Christians who are alive at the Rapture – 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

But there are different judgments of men’s works which will take place at different times. The Lord Jesus Christ, the omniscient God-man, will be the “Righteous Judge” Who will determine each one’s sentence (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 20:11-15). He will determine the degree of enjoyment that believers will have in the next life, or the degree of suffering that unbelievers will experience in the next life (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15).

To encourage and uplift fellow believers who may be suffering, Christians over the centuries have written songs, perhaps from their own life experiences, to calm the troubled souls (emotions) of other believers (See 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Here are a couple of them:

God Leads Us Along”

In shady, green pastures so rich and so sweet

God leads His dear children along
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet

God leads His dear children along

Some through the water, some through the flood

Some through the fire, but all through the blood

And some through great sorrow, but God gives the song

In the night season and all the day long. [2]


God hath not promised skies always blue, / Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain, / Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day, / Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above, / Unfailing sympathy, undying love. [3]

Jews vs Christians

The Jews, living under the “Mosaic Law,” could generally expect health and wealth if they were obedient; Disobedient Jews faced a curse (Deuteronomy 28). Christians (believers from the Day of Pentecost to the Rapture) who live godly lives, can/should expect to be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12; John 16:1-4, 33). 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). The “Crown of Life” awaits Christians who resist sinful temptations even up to the point of death (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

One More Thing. Don’t try to claim promises that weren’t given to you or you could be very disappointed and get angry at God when you shouldn’t be. [4] Beware of the “Health, Wealth, and Happiness Preachers” who proclaim a different Gospel and a different Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15). “Your Best Life Now” is true for unbelievers who face an eternity without Christ in the Lake of Fire (Mathew 25:30, 41, 46). The Christian’s best life is yet future when we see Christ face to face at the Rapture (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Perhaps Today!

Help. We’re here to offer assistance to those who are teachable, willing to change, and then grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Over the years, we’ve been through some “raging rivers” and on “rugged mountain paths.” But we’ve been comforted by God through His Word and some of His people, and so we want to extend God’s comfort to you if you long for it (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Ask about “Barnabas Notes.”

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[1] John Foxe’s – Book Of Martyrs.

[2] “God Leads Us Along”

[3] “God Has Not Promised” –

[4] Promises.

Be informed. Act Accordingly.

Like it or not, willingly or unwillingly, there is coming a day when every knee (including your knee and mine) shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (the God-man) to the glory of God the Father Who said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him.” (Matthew 3:17; 17:5; 2 Peter 1:17). This includes those in heaven, those on the earth, and those under the earth (Philippians 2:9-11).

It’s very possible that in as soon as 7 years from now God the Father could/might set up God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the King of kings, and Lord of lords over all the earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 19:16; 20:1-6; Psalm 2). Discover what will happen first. (See “Order” below.) [1]

However, this Scripture is NOT teaching the “universal salvation” of all creatures as some false teachers proclaim (2 Peter 2:1; Jude 1:4 ff). Such individuals are far more dangerous than than the “Globalists” who currently are pushing for the establishment of the “New World Order” in a deliberate, Satanically planned manner which God is permitting.

The Scriptures predicted what is currently happening in our world today (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff; 2 Peter 3:1 ff). “Things aren’t falling apart; they are falling into place.” The “stage” is being set for some horrific days (“Seven Years of Tribulation” – Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7) which will precede the days of “peace on earth” for 1,000 years under the true “Prince of Peace” – the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7).

Past, Present, and Future. At the “time” of the Decree in eternity past, after considering the multiple options available to the Godhead (Ephesians 1:11; Matthew 11:21, 23), God the Son, Who shared an absolute equality with God the Father (John 5:18), and God the Holy Spirit (John 14:16, 17; Acts 5:3, 4), volunteered to be the Spokesman for the Godhead (John 1:1-18), and to add to His Deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-8; 1 John 4:2, 3). He determined to make the invisible God visible to humanity by being born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He lived sinlessly among humanity for about 33 years (Hebrews 4:15).

He offered Himself to the Jewish nation as their rightful King and Messiah. Sadly, in spite of all the sign miracles He performed (John 20:30, 31), most of them rejected Him (John 1:11, 12; Hebrews 10:9). They were interested in a political Savior, not a spiritual one. They didn’t think they needed one because they were the chosen descendants of Abraham (John 8:33), just as many Jews and non-Jews today think they don’t need Christ and His substitutionary, sacrificial death on their behalf (Hebrews 9:22).

After Jesus fed over 5,000 people on one occasion, the Jewish people wanted to make Him their “Welfare” King, but He turned down their offer (John 6:15).

After man’s future failure to establish universal “peace on earth” (1 Thessalonians 5:3), God the Father will set up the Lord Jesus Christ as the King of kings, and Lord of lords. It will be God the Father Himself Who crowns Him as such, not us human beings as some of the songs we sing suggest (Psalm 2:1-12; Revelation 19:16).

The Day of His coronation may not be that far away from now. It could take place in a little over 7 years from today after more than one half of the world’s population has been killed during the Seven Years of the Tribulation (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). If God doesn’t limit the “Man of Sin’s” (Antichrist’s) activities during this time, no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). The devil is a selective murderer and a liar (John 8:44). He promotes euthanasia and the abortion/murder of babies (Exodus 1:16; Matthew 2:16). Where will you be when all this happens on earth?

BTW – In our world today we have some elite, “Uber-rich Globalists” who want to reduce the human population down to about 500 million people. [2] They want to rule over genetically modified people (“serfs”) who will have/own nothing and be content with that. [3]

While God has, through nature, demonstrated His existence (Psalm 19:1 ff), some claim to be atheists or agnostics. God calls them “fools” (Psalm 14:1). Many (perhaps most) of humanity believe the lie of evolution. [4] They fail to give thanks to God for the blessings that He sends on the righteous and unrighteous (sunshine and rain – Matthew 5:45). Without these, none of us could survive physically.

Sadly, many Christians also fail to give thanks to God “for all things” (Ephesians 5:20), “in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and “for all men” (1 Timothy 2:1). What about you?

For this reason, God has given up many unbelievers to all types of perversions which will bring greater judgment and punishment on them (Romans 1:18-32; Revelation 20:12, 13). All unbelievers, who die in their sins, without having been judicially forgiven (John 16:11; Romans 4:7; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 2:12), will end up in the lake of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46), and where the worm (sinful nature) of man won’t die (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). Throughout eternity they will have uncontrollable cravings for drugs, alcohol, perverted sex, etc that will never be satisfied (See Revelation 21:8; 22:11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Hope. If you’re alive right now on earth, reading this as an unsaved person, there is hope for you. But if you die physically in unbelief, your destiny in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons will be irreversible (Matthew 25:41, 46). (No reincarnation, or annihilation of the wicked dead are taught in the Scriptures, as some cults teach.)

Hades. Today, when an unbeliever dies, he/she goes to Hades to suffer in the heart of the earth (Luke 16:19-31; Deuteronomy 32:22). At the end of time Jesus will raise them up from there (1 Corinthians15:20-26). They will stand before Him at the Great White Throne Judgment where their works will be judged (Revelation 20:10-15) to determine their degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire. (See Matthew 10:15; 11:22. 24.) What about believers who die today? [5]

My friend, if you put your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the dead, you will be saved (delivered) from the lake of fire (John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). This is the Gospel that we must believe in order to be saved from everlasting condemnation. No one is saved by his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). [6]

The choice is yours. You have no guarantee that you will be alive 5 minutes from now. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2; See James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

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[1] The Order Of Coming Events:

[2] Population Reduction – Georgia Guidestones

[3] Useless Eaters – “We just don’t need the vast majority of the population.” – Yuval Noah Harari

[4] Evolution vs God.

[5] Intermediate Bodies.

[6] Gospel Presentations:

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:” (2 Timothy 3:1).

It hadn’t rained in 3 1/2 years in the land of Israel while wicked King Ahab was ruling in Samaria (1 Kings 18). Elijah the prophet had interceded against the wicked people of his day (Romans 11:2; James 5:17, 18). BTW – Christians can intercede against evil doers too.

The Apostle Paul wrote this to Timothy and for us Christians, Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1Timothy 2:1-4). There are four other ways to communicate with God. Ask about them.

If you’re a Christian, are you communicating with God regularly? Remember – “[God] is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20, 21).

As we consider what is happening in our world today, it certainly seems that “The Time of Jacob’s [the Jews] Trouble” may be just around the corner. It will take place during the second half of the “Seven Years of Tribulation” (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27). Two Jewish prophets of God will be residing in Jerusalem and will have the power of God to do the same kinds of miracles that Elijah the Prophet did in his day (Revelation 11:1-14).

The 144,000 Jewish witnesses (not JWs) will be evangelizing the nations of the world with the “Gospel of the Kingdom” in preparation for the arrival of Christ’s millennial, peaceful reign over the whole world (Revelation 7; Matthew 24:14). We believe that the stage is being set right now for these days that were prophesied in the Scriptures (2 Thessalonians 2:1-9; 2 Timothy 3:1-9).

Fulfilled Bible prophecy is one of the main reasons you should believe the Scriptures (the Bible). The prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming have been fulfilled literally, and the prophecies about His second coming will also be fulfilled (we believe, in the very near future).

No doubt, the unbelievers living in Noah’s day scoffed at him for building a large ship far from any body of water (2 Peter 3:1 ff). But when the ominous, storm clouds started rolling in, after God had shut the door of the ark, and the rains came pouring down, and the waters started rising, their laughter turned into mourning (Genesis 7, 8). But it was too late and they all perished.

You don’t need to perish and end up in the lake of fire – hell. Gospel: Christ died for your sins and mine, and was buried for three days and nights to prove that He was really dead and had satisfied God’s outraged holiness against our sins (Romans 5:8; 6:23). To let mankind know that He was satisfied with Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, God the Father raised Him from the dead (Romans 4:25).

But God the Holy Spirit and God the Son Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, also had a part in the resurrection. (Romans 8:11; John 2:19; 10:18). A dead person can’t be of any help to others. (Consider the dead, religious leaders of the world.) When Jesus appeared to His disciples after His bodily resurrection, they thought He was a ghost. To prove that He wasn’t one, He ate some fish and honeycomb in front of them (Luke 24:36-43). His resurrected body had flesh and bones, but no blood (1 Corinthians 15:50). This is the kind of body Christians will receive at the time of the Rapture (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Those people, particularly those in the cults, who deny His bodily resurrection from the dead are not true believers but antichrists (2 John 1:7). What are your thoughts and beliefs about Christ’s death and resurrection?

Maybe you know, and even believe the facts of the Gospel but you aren’t saved because you haven’t transferred your faith and trust over to Him alone to save you (See 1 Corinthians 15:2; Matthew 7:21-23). Maybe you’re depending on your faith plus your good works to save you (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Maybe you’re thankful that “Christ died for you,” but you don’t think it was really not necessary because you think that you’re not bad enough for Him to die for your sins. Or you may be one who thinks that Christ’s death wasn’t enough to save you, and so you’re trying to add your good works, as an added measure, to insure your salvation.

I did this for a long time myself, until I realized that my salvation was by God’s grace (unmerited favor) alone, through faith (believing in the Christ of the Scriptures) alone, [1] for the glory of God alone.

What about you? Do you have assurance of your salvation – deliverance from hell to heaven? Contrary to what some churches teach, you can have this assurance before you die physically (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13). I didn’t have this until my second year in college. I had given mental assent to the facts, but I hadn’t transferred my faith and trust alone over to Christ and His work on the cross on my behalf.

My friend, think carefully about these words, “For what will it profit a man [if you or I were to gain] the whole world, and lose [our own souls and end up in hell forever]?” (Mark 8:36) Hell is no joke or just a swear word. “Then He [King Jesus] will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:…And these [unbelievers] will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41, 46).

False teachers “are [like] spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. [They are [like] clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 1:11, 12).

Are you listening to and following any of them in the church you attend, or do you listen to them on the radio or on TV? Do you read their books and follow their false teachings? The Apostle John wrote, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

Let’s be like the believers in Berea who searched the Scriptures for themselves to see if what the Apostle Paul was teaching them lined up with the Bible (Acts 17:11). The Scriptures are the final authority for our faith (what we are to believe).

While all of the Scripture is to be believed, not all of it is to be believed and practiced. (See Titus 1:9). The “Rules for Living” for Old Testament believers are quite different from the rules for New Testament believers. Example: The Jews’ dietary rules were very limited, and they were to offer up bloody sacrifices (Leviticus 11; Hebrews 10:4) which differ from Christian principles. Today, Christians can eat anything after giving thanks for it (Acts 10:9-16; Romans 14:14; 1 Timothy 4:3, 4). Our sacrifices are spiritual, and non-bloody (Romans 12:1,2; Hebrews 13:15, 16). See, and download our FREE “Understanding The Times, Bible Study Book Marker” for more information [2].

We want to have a part in the salvation of those who are lost and in need of the only One who can save sinners. If God saved a “wretch like me,” He can save anyone. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10), and “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:10).

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“The Jab”

Posted: November 12, 2021 in Death, Uncategorized

Whether you’ve taken it or not, you’re going to die. There are a 1,000 ways to die. [1] You may die sooner than others. Then what happens? Is there an afterlife? Is there a hell to avoid and a heaven to gain? If so, how? Is there an authoritative source upon which we can rely for such information? Jesus said, “I AM…the truth…” (Read 14:6), “…Your Word (the Bible) is truth (John 17:17), and “…God cannot lie” (Titus 1:2).

Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). God’s Word declares “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but [sometime] after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). [2] This is a “general rule.” Two men (Enoch and Elijah) who lived in the Old Testament times, didn’t die physically and passed into another realm (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 1:1 ff). [3] And there will be a whole generation of Christians who won’t die either (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Will you be in that number?

Someday everyone of us will stand before Jesus, the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8) to have our works evaluated to determine the believer’s rewards, crowns, and praise, or the unbeliever’s degree of suffering in the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 10:15; 11:22). Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead guarantees the resurrection of all who die, each in his/her own order. [3]

Some people erroneously think that as soon as they die they will be judged (perhaps by St. Peter) to determine if they get into heaven or if they will be cast into hell which they think will be determined by the amount of good works they did or didn’t do. Not so. Some people believe in Purgatory, the annihilation of the wicked dead, or in reincarnation. These aren’t taught in Scripture. [3]

“For by grace you [believers] have been 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). “[It’s] not by works of [self] righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

One’s entrance into heaven or ending up in the lake of fire is determined by his/her faith or lack of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. We need the right method – faith, and the right message – the Gospel, if we are to be saved. [5]

If you aren’t absolutely sure you’ll go to heaven when you die, we’re here to help you gain assurance of this (1 John 5:13). We also want to help believers who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually.

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[1] 1,000 Ways To Die

[2] Other Judgments

[3] Hell vs Hades –

[4] Five Resurrections

[5] Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News”

Dr. Manfred Kober:

Dr. Ron Shea:

Those who have been in the pastorate for any length of time have quite probably had people in the congregation who opposed them and wanted them to quit or at least not talk about certain things that could offend some people. Sometimes it’s because they’ve had “their toes stepped on” or for some other reasons. Maybe they’re unsaved or carnal Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff). “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). The truth needs to be spoken in love (Ephesians 4:15; See also 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Galatians 2:11 ff).

Jesus. While He was here on earth, Jesus had many religious, Jewish leaders who opposed Him and tried to silence and kill Him. They objected to His claims to be the eternal “I AM” (John 8:58), to His being the promised Messiah (Matthew 26:63), and to His being the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-17; 2:2; 27:11), and for many other things He said and did. And yet His miracles attested to the reality of who He claimed to be (John 10:25, 37, 38; 20:31).

Peter. He and the other disciples were also commanded by the religious leaders not to preach in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:17; 5:28). In spite of that, they kept on preaching the Good News concerning His death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection. “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29).

Paul. He ran into opposition for preaching the Gospel concerning Christ and insisting that His bodily resurrection be included in the Gospel message (2 Timothy 2:8-10; 3:12). A dead Christ can’t help anyone. Without His bodily resurrection from the dead, we have no hope of a bodily resurrection either and we are of all people most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:19). His resurrection guarantees the resurrection of all who have died, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-24).

There is no annihilation of the wicked dead or reincarnation or universal salvation taught in the Scriptures. Neither are there second chances to be saved once one is physically dead as some cults teach.

If, when you try to help someone get saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire to heaven, do you garble the Gospel with confusing conditions or an incomplete message? Or do you present it clearly so God the Holy Spirit can do His work of convicting them of the sin of unbelief, of their need for Christ’s righteousness to enter heaven, and of judgment to come to all who reject Christ as their personal Savior (John 16:8-11)?

Unless an individual is genuinely saved, there is no use in trying to help him/her to live a righteous life. It’s impossible (Hebrews 11:6). Our salvation is secured by one act of faith in 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). Once saved, the new believer is supposed to continue to live in an attitude of faith in the promises of God given to New Testament believers (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). Don’t try to claim promises that were given exclusively to Old Testament Jews or you will be disappointed.

BTW. Old Testament believers could expect good health and other physical blessings if they kept the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Malachi 3:10). If they violated it, they could expect curses (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). New Testament believers can/should be content [and thankful] with food and clothing (1 Timothy 6:8). But think about all the other material things He has provided for us. More importantly, consider the “spiritual blessings” that are ours to enjoy as Christians (Ephesians 1:3 ff).

If you’re consistently presenting the clear Gospel to lost people (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), as you are being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), keep on doing it even if fewer people respond positively to it and are saved. Most of God’s Old Testament prophets got negative responses from the people to whom they proclaimed God’s messages. When a disobedient prophet reluctantly proclaimed God’s message to some people he hated in Nineveh, the whole city responded and believed his message from God. Do you know who that was?

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Clear Gospel presentations –

Bad News & Good News”

Dr. Manfred Kober

Dr. Ron Shea:

When you were a child, you probably were told the story of the three little pigs. The mother pig decided that it was time for them go out and make a living on their own. Each needed to build his own house. The first one made his house out of straw. The second made his out of sticks. But the third one made his house out of bricks. Enter the big, bad wolf.

You know the rest of the story. The wolf ate the first two little pigs after blowing their houses down, but he wasn’t able to blow down the house made of bricks. His problem? He had COPD, the drug companies tell us.

Houses. Each of us is building a life for himself/herself. In the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus talked about two men who built their houses: one on the sand; the other on the rock. One fell, and the other stood firm when the storms of life came on them (Matthew 7:24-27). Friend, are you on the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ) or on the sand of self reliance, humanism, or the government? The storms of life will come sooner or later, and they will reveal the source of your trust.

Identity. On another occasion, Jesus asked His disciples, “’Who do men say that I am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. ‘He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ [Messiah], the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’”

A Play On Words. “’And I [Jesus] also say to you that you are Peter [Greek – petros – a small stone], and on this rock [Greek – petra – a large massive rock, referring to Himself] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it’” (Matthew 16:13-18). The Apostle Paul referred to Christ as the foundation and the chief cornerstone upon which the true Church was/is being built (Ephesians 2:20). Are you on the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ)? Have you placed your faith and trust in Him alone, as the one Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If you have done this, you’re secure. You may shake on the rock, but the Rock (Christ) never shakes.

Quality. If you have been truly saved, you have a choice to make. You can spend your life doing worthless things that have the character wood, hay, or straw like the foolish pigs did, or you can do good works that have the character of gold, silver, or precious stones that can endure fire, as the wise pig did. (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; See 2 Corinthians 5:10) What crowns, rewards, and praise do you want to receive from the Lord on Judgment day? Salvation and eternal life are offered freely to us (because Christ purchased them for us), but these other things must be earned by our works (See Ephesians 2:8-10).

“The Gates of Hell.” Sheol/Hades is a real place where all the dead, both the righteous and unrighteous, went at the time of their physical death, before Christ’s death for our sins…His burial…His bodily resurrection, and ascension back to heaven, from where He had come (John 3:13; 6:41, 51). He took back to the third heaven all the Old Testament believers, who had been held in the Paradise section of Sheol/Hades, that was in the heart of the earth (Ephesians 4:8-10). Today only unbelievers go the lowest Hades where they suffer in their temporary bodies, souls, and spirits (Luke 16:24; Deuteronomy 32:22).

Jail/Prison. These dead unbelievers will be kept in Hades (the jail house) until the time of their resurrection from the dead at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). They will be judged according to the works they did on earth, to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire (the inescapable prison) forever. Some will suffer more than others (Matthew 11:22, 24; 25:30, 41, 46). We hope that you won’t end up in this awful place. There is no purgatory, no reincarnation of the dead, and no annihilation of the wicked dead mentioned in the Scriptures in spite of what the cults and false religions teach.

Consciousness. Those who have died physically are very conscious of their surroundings. (See Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 12:1-6). At the time of their death, all the dead, both believers and unbelievers, receive temporary bodies to house both their souls (emotions – John 12:27; Hebrews 4:12) and their spirits (that relate to their minds – Ephesians 4:23). (See also 2 Corinthians 5:1-10). Only the body that dies goes to the grave until everyone is raised from the dead, each one in his/her own order. The last enemy that Jesus will destroy is death. He will do this by raising everyone who has died from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:26). In which resurrection will you participate? Not sure?

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Lessons From Pigs:

The three pigs picture all of us in our unsaved condition. We wallow in sin because we have a sin nature that we inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve. (See 2 Peter 2:22; Galatians 5:19-21).

Unless our lives get transferred from the sand of self righteousness over to the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ), by believing on Him alone, through the message of the Gospel, we will be doomed forever (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:16, 18). When we are saved initially from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), God gives us a new nature like His (2 Peter 1:4). With it we are able to do things that please God (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 8:8). NOTE: Even though we receive a new nature, we still retain the Old Sin Nature during this life and can do anything we did prior to our being saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).

As Christians, we have a choice as to what kind of materials we will use to build on “The Rock,” the Lord Jesus Christ. Only if our works have the right character (gold, silver, precious stones) will they be rewarded. Our worthless works (like wood, hay, straw) will be burned up, and we could lose out on crowns, rewards, and praise from God (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Like the big, bad wolf, the devil is headed for disaster in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:10). This is also the ultimate destiny of are all unbelievers (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Final Call. “Friend, you have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” – Dr. Manfred Kober

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

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