Archive for the ‘Devil / Satan’ Category

Even though there was a draft in our country which forced many young men to become soldiers and go to war to defend their country, many other young men volunteered to join the military and give up their lives, if necessary, to preserve the freedom we have in our country. My father was a volunteer in World War II.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan

Slavery has existed since the dawn of human history for various reasons and will continue on into the future (Revelation 18:13). [1] Some taskmasters were very cruel (Exodus 6:5-9; Deuteronomy 6:21). But not all slave masters were cruel and oppressive. Some Jewish slaves, who could have gone free, chose to remain as slaves to their masters because they actually loved them (Exodus 21:1-6).

Many people (although technically not slaves) choose to work where they do because they have good bosses and employers. How about you? In our country, we still have choices. For how long? We don’t know. Some people in other countries have no choices and long to come to our country.

In the spiritual realm, without their knowing it, countless numbers of people all around the world are enslaved to the devil and their own sin natures which we all inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5). Some people are very superstitious and fearful about many things.

To some religious men of His day, Jesus said, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).

The Apostle Paul addressed our sinful natures (dispositions / natural tendencies), which we all have (1 John 1:8), and wrote, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). He himself struggled with his sin nature as a Christian but finally learned how he could overcome its temptations to sin (Romans 7:15-25; 8:1 ff; Galatians 5:16-25). We don’t have to yield to sinful temptations and sin – act lawlessly (1 John 2:1; 3:4; 1 Corinthians 10:13).

Knowing that we, as sinful men and women, couldn’t help ourselves, God graciously provided a solution to all mankind who had rebelled against Him. At a council meeting of the three Persons in the Godhead (Ephesians 1:11), God the Son volunteered to come to earth (Hebrews 10:7, 9), to become the God-man (Philippians 2:5-11), to be born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23), to live a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and then to die on a cruel cross to pay the debt that we all owed to God (Romans 6:23). “Jesus paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay.”

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8). Would you be willing to die for your enemy as Jesus did?

Why did the Apostle Paul suffer as he did (2 Corinthians 11:22-33)? Because he insisted that the bodily resurrection of Christ be included in the Gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:36-43), and so that others could be saved. A dead person can’t help anyone.

He wrote, “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. 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 2:8-10). Without Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection, we’d be hopeless and most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:17-19). Don’t leave it out of your Gospel presentation to the lost.

If you’re a Christian, are you willing to suffer for the cause of Christ so others can be saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire (Romans 8:1; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8) to heaven instead (John 14:1-3)?

Having a part in a person’s salvation can earn for Christians the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Sadly, most of us Christians don’t really want to suffer. We’d rather be “carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease.” But the Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, will you volunteer by presenting your body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service instead of being conformed to this age? God wants us to “be transformed by the renewing of [our minds], that [we] may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2; Romans 6:11-14)?

If you’re not saved, or aren’t sure of your salvation, but would like to be sure, 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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[1] Slavery – https://www.prageru.com/video/a-short-history-of-slavery

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

We don’t hear it very often anymore. But when he uses it, we’re supposed to pay attention to what he has to say and do it (unless it’s an unlawful command – Acts 5:29). Sadly, many people today show disrespect for those in authority and act lawlessly. Lawlessness is sin. (1 John 3:4).

Sin has consequences. It will take us further then we want to go; it will keep us longer than we want to stay; and it will cost us more than we want to pay. (Memorize this and remind yourself of this when you’re tempted to sin. Remember, as the song says – the temptation itself isn’t a sin; it’s yielding to a sinful lust that becomes sin.)

Citizens. “Let every soul [individual citizen] be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1).

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1). Students – be teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16).

Christians. “Obey those [spiritual leaders] who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).

Teachers. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). We all shall give an account to God someday (Romans 14:12).

Anarchy. Imagine what life would be like if everyone did what was right in his own eyes without regard for anyone else. [1] Days like this took place before the flood of Noah’s day and God had to wipe them all off the face of the earth (Genesis 6:5). They also occurred when there was no king in Israel and gross immorality was rampant (Judges 20:6; 21:25). Life was almost unbearable. God’s Word predicted such days would also exist during the end times in which we now live (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff).

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Rules. Every society needs rules to govern the citizens. God established human government for the benefit of people (Genesis 9:6). It has the right and responsibility to carry out capital punishment for certain crimes (Romans 13:4). Obviously, there are tyrants that rule over people. God often allows the basest of men to rule over others on a temporary basis (Daniel 4:17, 25).

Tourists. Different countries have different rules and you better know what they are if you plan to travel there. Being detained in some foreign countries is anything but pleasant.

BTW – God has different “Rules for Living” within the pages of the Scriptures that He has imposed on some or all of humanity. They are known as “Dispensations.” They are NOT different ways to be saved. We believe that we can identify seven of them. (See our FREE Bible Study Book Marker.) If you’re a Christian, are you living by the wrong set of Biblical rules? Contact us if you have questions.

The “Kingdom of the Heavens” (i.e. the rule of the heavens over the earth) is coming right after Satan’s man (“The man of sin” or “Antichrist”) has caused havoc on this earth for seven years. Christ’s Kingdom will last for 1,000 years. [2] These days seem to be just around the corner.

Decision. Your response to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bad News / Good News (Gospel) will determine your eternal destiny in heaven or hell. Please take time to read and/or listen to the presentations. [3]

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

[1] Right-Wrong. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/when-doing-right-is-wrong/

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

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

Policemen, by Paul Harvey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ1YsyZMaaU&t=7s

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Prelude = an introductory performance, action, or event preceding and preparing for the principal or a more important matter.

Current Events. We believe that what is currently taking place in our rapidly changing world is but a prelude of things to come that were predicted in the Scriptures. [1] Most people in “Christendom” believe that the prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming, some 2,000 years ago, were fulfilled literally. We believe that the prophecies concerning the Rapture of the Church, and the Second Coming of Christ should also be interpreted literally (i.e. normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually), not allegorically. The first allegorist was the devil when he questioned what God had said and tried to change the meaning of His command to deceive Eve (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-5).

Devil’s Man First. Before Christ sets up His millennial kingdom on/over the whole earth (Daniel 2:44,45; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-10), God will allow the devil to set up his “man of sin” (the antichrist), but will limit his rule over all the earth to seven years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 12, 13). If God were to allow him to have a longer time than that, no flesh on earth would survive to repopulate the Millennial Kingdom of Christ (Matthew 24:22). Some “Globalists” want to reduce the population down from almost 8 billion people to about 500 million people. [2] Think about that.

Repopulate The Earth. After the universal flood, Noah’s three sons and their wives repopulated the whole earth (Genesis 9:1 ff). The language changes took place at the Tower of Babel, and the continental shift began to take place in the days of a man named Peleg (Genesis 10, 11). At the end of the “Seven Year Tribulation” all unbelievers will be removed from the earth (Matthew 24:40, 41; 25:32). The Jewish and non-Jewish believers, who physically survive the Tribulation, will be the ones who will repopulate the earth during the millennium when Christ rules as the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16).

No Grandchildren? The first generation of believers will have children and grandchildren who will need to be saved spiritually through personal faith in Christ. Why? “God has no grandchildren.” Sadly, while many (perhaps most) of them will restrain their sin nature from manifesting lawless behavior (sin) during the millennium, lest they die immediately (Matthew 5:29, 30), they will join the devil in his final rebellion against God and the Lord Jesus Christ when he (the devil) is released from the sides of the abyss, which is in the heart of the earth, at the end of Christ’s millennial kingdom (Isaiah 14:12 ff; Revelation 20:1-10). At this time the devil and all the unsaved rebells will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Revelation 20:7-15; 21:8).

The End. Even though the destruction and annihilation of the universe and the planet on which we now live is at least 1,007 years away from now (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1 ff), God wants every Christian to live a holy (morally pure) and godly life now for His glory and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; See Philippians 4:13; Galatians 6:10). If you’ve been saved, are you living this way? Our time on earth is very limited.

Time. We have “potential years” and “actual years.” Will you suffer and die prematurely because of your lawless (sinful) behavior? God chastens and scourges His rebellious children in this life only (there is no Purgatory) so we won’t be condemned with the unsaved people of the world later on (Hebrews 12:5-12). Many Christians have died prematurely and some painfully (Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16).

Death. Generally speaking, we are all destined to die physically (Hebrews 9:27). There have been and there will be some exceptions to this rule (Enoch – Genesis 5:24; Elijah – 2 Kings 2:1, 11; Some Christians – 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). When death comes to you, where will you go and what will happen to you?

Annihilation of the wicked dead and reincarnation are not taught in the Scriptures. The last enemy that Jesus will destroy is death (1 Corinthians 15:26). He will do this by raising everyone back to life – either to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons, or in God’s presence. After this happens, eternity future will begin. (See our Bible Study Book Marker.)

Destiny. Are you sure you’ll go to heaven immediately when you die? Some folks don’t want to go there because they hate God and His rules and love darkness rather than light (John 3:19; Revelation 13:16; 16:19). My friend, if you go to the lake of fire (hell), no one will really care about you because they will be concerned about their own suffering, not your suffering (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Gospel. You can avoid hell and enter heaven by placing your faith and trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, (not the Christ of the cults), [3] Who died for your sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). [4] We are NOT saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

[1] Bible Study Book Marker with Dispensations Chart

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

[2] Population Reduction – https://grandmageri422.me/2020/03/15/the-georgia-guides-stones-population-control-and-the-coming-antichrist/

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

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

Bible Prophecy Articles – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/bible-prophecy/

“When we put our trust in the political system to change society, when we become more consumed with winning the elections than winning the lost, when we marry the Gospel with politics, when our Christianity becomes an appendage to a political party, we have confused politics with the Gospel.” – Michael Brown [1]

Prayer. Brown, who voted for Donald Trump in the past two presidential elections, noted that he had never seen so much prayer for a political candidate until the 2020 election. “It wasn’t prayer for revival; it wasn’t prayer for the Great Commission,” he explained. “It was prayer for a candidate to win the elections, a candidate I voted for, but recognizing that only Jesus can save America.” [1]

Warning. “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:5). “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7; See Isaiah 31:1). “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD” (Jeremiah 9:23, 24).

BTW – Our dad had us memorize this and many other verses in English and Japanese during our dinner time when I was growing up in Japan as a “missionary kid.” We’d recite some of them during our street meetings at the Shibuya train station on Sunday afternoons. If you’re interested, view the video. [2]

Man’s Governments. Jesus didn’t try to overthrow the Roman government when He was here on earth the first time, 2,000 years ago. At His trial, when He stood before Pilate, the Roman governor, He said, “My kingdom is not [out] of this world. If My kingdom were [out] of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36).

Twisted. Some people twist this verse and make it out to be a “spiritual kingdom” rather than a literal “physical kingdom” that was merely postponed until a later date. Why? Because the Jews, as a whole, had rejected Him from being their King and Messiah (John 1:11; 19:6, 15; Matthew 27:25). They wanted a “Political Deliverer” and a “Welfare King” but He turned them down (John 6:15). God the Father, not the people, will set Jesus up as King (Psalm 2).

Plan. Toward the end of His earthly ministry, a major shift in His focus took place from that of His becoming Israel’s King, to His offering of Himself as the Savior of the world, not just for the Jews, but also for the non-Jews (Matthew 16:20-23). Today, Jews and non-Jews are saved the same way – by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel that He died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Mystery Revealed. Daniel the Prophet accurately conveyed to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon what world kingdoms would follow his kingdom which was represented by a head of gold (See Daniel 2:31-45; 7:1-28). After the men of this present world system, which is governed by Satan himself (Ephesians 2:2; John 16:11), have utterly failed in their efforts to bring in world peace, without the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth and crush all of man’s wicked kingdoms and set up His own Kingdom for 1,000 years before eternity future begins (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1 ff). Yes, it will be a literal, physical kingdom on/over the earth where Jesus Christ will be the King of kings, and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16).

Time Frame. Christ will be ruling over His millennial Kingdom shortly after the “Seven Years of Tribulation” are over (Revelation 6-19). We believe that the stage for this event to take place is almost complete. The major players are getting into their positions. But before the “Seven Year Tribulation” occurs, the Church, which is made up of true believers from the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) until the Rapture of the Church, must and will be removed from earth (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). [3]

Members Only. Those who have placed their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, as the One Who died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, will be the members of this group, “The True Church, The Spiritual Body of Christ” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). These people become “The Spiritual Bride of Christ” (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 21:9; 22:17). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). The Apostle Peter said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Gospel. While many “preachers” talk about the Gospel, few of them ever spell it out clearly to their listeners. What have you heard in churches or on the radio or TV? Far too many preachers leave out Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead. A dead Christ can’t help anyone. “No Resurrection = No Gospel.” Is it any wonder that so many people are confused and unsure of their salvation? What about you? [4]

Limited Atonement. There are those who believe that Christ only died for the “elect.” This is why they cannot honestly tell an unsaved person, “Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead.”

Problems. Instead they are forced to say things like this: “Perhaps Christ died for you.” “Maybe God so loved you.” “Christ shed His blood for you, perhaps.” “Salvation has been provided for you, maybe.” “Possibly God commends His love toward you.” “Hopefully He’s the propitiation for your sins.” “There is a possibility that Christ died as your Substitute.” “I bring you good news, maybe.” “It’s possible that Christ died for you. If you get saved then we know that He did die for you, but if you continue to reject Him then He did not die for you.” “Christ died for you only if you believe that Christ died for you (thus proving you are elect), but if you do not believe this and if you continue in your unbelief until the day you die, then Christ did not die for you.” [5] Sound confusing to you?

The Scriptures Are Clear – And He [Jesus] Himself is the propitiation [satisfaction] for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. (1 John 2:2). “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). “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought themand bring on themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1).

Questions. Are you relying on a mere man to “Make America Great Again?” Has God given up on the U.S. for our sins (See Romans 1:18-32)? I hope not. Let’s get a little more personal. Are you sure of your own salvation? Why should God let you into His heaven? 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? If you’re saved, are you more concerned about politics than with sharing the clear Gospel with lost people? Do you love Christ’s imminent return and does your life reflect this? Will you earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

[1] Michael Brown Quote. https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/milton-quintanilla/we-have-confused-politics-with-the-gospel-dr-michael-brown-expresses-concern-about-christians-prioritizing-politics-over-christ.html

[2] My Life In Japan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX8JXf0QKfw

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

[4] Clear Gospel (See page 2)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

[5] Limited Atonement – https://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/4whom18.htm

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

“Anticipation is the emotion we experience when we are expecting something to happen (good or bad), where we are left in a state of anxious suspense. Some people may feel excited, and others may just feel nervous. Anticipatory concerns are the thoughts we have while feeling anticipation. Anticipatory emotions could include fear, anxiety, hope and trust.” – Source unknown

Does what is happening in the world right now concern or frighten you? Are you afraid some madman might push a button and annihilate all life from the earth? (Consider our frightening experience.) [1] Does “climate change” dominate your thinking? Are you struggling financially to make ends meet? What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Armageddon”? In your opinion, what does the future look like – gloomy or bright? Are you following the news? If so, which news? Is it reliable or fake? Whom can / should you trust? Upon what do you base your beliefs and how do you make your decisions? [2]

World Leaders. Most of them have advisors and counselors to help them make decisions to achieve their desired objectives and goals. For many of them “The end justifies the means.” I think that you probably will agree with me that things aren’t looking good right now and that we may need a “New World Order.” The big question is, Who will run it – God’s man or the devil’s man?

Quote. “We do not want another committee, we have too many already.  What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.” – Paul Henri-Spaak, former Belgian Prime Minister.

Your Thoughts & Dreams. What do you believe and anticipate will happen in the future? Who or what influences your thinking? If you have a clearly defined, noble dream and have set goals for yourself, ask yourself these questions: By when (time frame) do I want to accomplish this? What obstacles might I face along the way? What people, groups, and organizations do I need to help me achieve my dream? What new skills do I need to develop? What specific steps do I need to take? And most importantly, WHY do I want to achieve this particular dream? [3] One more important question – Have you included God’s Word and His will for your life into your planning? If you’re a Christian, please read James 4:13-17 to avoid wasting your time and acting lawlessly with dire consequences. “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

The Future. Can anyone know the future with any degree of certainty? If so, how? What are you anticipating / expecting to happen? Upon what are you beliefs based? Is it the Bible? What if you are being misled by a false teacher and end up in the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46)? Maybe you’ve taken the attitude, “Que sera, sera – Whatever will be, will be”? Have you lost hope? Are you superstitious? If you are, you’re not alone, even though it’s the wrong way to make decisions. (See James 4:15).

Superstitious World Leaders. Napoleon’s actions were often directed by two things: his fear of cats and the number 13. Mary Queen of Scots reigned from 1542 to 1567 and many accounts indicate that she made important decisions based on her tarot readings. Winston Churchill surrounded himself with cats that allegedly brought him good luck while he battled the apparent dark influences of the number 13, Friday and travel in general. Similarly across the Atlantic, President Roosevelt hated travelling [on] Fridays and the number 13. Hitler was terrified of cats and had them banned from all Nazi installations. His quest for the occult, including the search for the spear of destiny said to have pierced the side of Jesus Christ, became legendary but did not do much to help him in the end. With varying degrees, from President Truman’s lucky horseshoe in the Oval Office to President’s Reagan’s executive seer, Joan Quigley, superstition has been taking the punch out of democracy for centuries now. [4] Is it any wonder that the world is in such a mess?

The Right Way. The Christian’s decisions in life can/should be made by taking God’s Word and His will for our lives into consideration (James 4:13-17). His Word, the Bible is totally accurate and reliable. Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17). He also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). If God and His Word aren’t true, Christians are deluded and most pitiable for believing the Gospel which tells us that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 12-19).

Bible Prophecy. Since the prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming were fulfilled literally, we believe that the prophecies concerning His second coming will be fulfilled literally too. (Sadly, many “Bible teachers” within Christendom don’t interpret Bible prophecy literally or normally as they should be interpreted and so they mislead many people.) While we don’t know all the details concerning the future, we have been given enough information to give us hope (a confident expectation based on a promise from God Who cannot lie) that “God wins” in the end.

The Order. “It’s darkest just before the dawn.” We believe that currently the stage is being set and very soon God is going to allow the devil, the man of sin (antichrist), and the false prophet to rule the world for seven years (Daniel 9:27). During this time over ½ of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). Then Christ will return to this earth (Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:29-31), destroy His and the Jewish believers’ enemies (Psalm 2:9; Zechariah 14:1-15; Revelation 19:11-16). He will set up His “Thousand Year Reich” over the whole world and the devil will be bound in the abyss (in the heart of the earth) during this time (Revelation 20:1-10). But the Beast (Antichrist) and the False Prophet will be cast live into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Revelation 19:20). My friend, you don’t have to go this awful place.[5]

Your Future. To get out of the devil’s “kingdom of darkness”and enter the “kingdom of God’s dear Son” you must place your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). [6] Note: We are NOT saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Understanding and Illumination. [7] Once you become a true Christian, God the Holy Spirit acts as the Divine Teacher who is ready to illuminate your mind to the truth that is found in the Scriptures (John 14:26; 16:13). He also uses Christians to share the Gospel with lost people so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:11 ff). Once saved, He wants all Christians to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18). [8]

FREE. To help you understand the Bible better, we have a FREE Bible Study Book Marker, with a special chart that will give you the “Big Picture” of time from the beginning to the end. [9]

Fear Not. While the devil and demons are much more powerful than humans are, we don’t need to fear them “because He [God] who is in [every Christian] is greater than he [the devil] who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18; See John 14:1-3).

Abide In Him. If you’re a Christian, do you abide (feel at ease) in God’s presence; does He abide (feel at ease) with you (John 15:1 ff)? Are you grieving (Ephesians 4:30) or quenching Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19)? Is there any unconfessed sin in your life that is keeping you from enjoying family fellowship with Him and other believers (1 John 1:5-9)?

Crown Of Righteousness. Christians can earn this crown by loving and anticipating His imminent return for the true Church, His Bride-to-Be (2 Timothy 4:8)? Are you allowing Him to live out His life through your life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence.

[1] “Incoming Missile Threat” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsy17RGC7o4

[2] Decision Making – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/?s=decision+making

[3] Adapted from Zig Ziglar’s motivational speech.

[4] Superstitious World Leaders – https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/130033

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

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

[7] Illumination – https://www.gotquestions.org/biblical-illumination.html

[8] Spiritual Gifts – https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

[9] FREE Bible Study Book Marker – Dispensations Chart https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

While the devil and his agents (the wicked men of this world – Ephesians 2:2; John 8:44) plot and scheme in an attempt to overthrow God and try to bring in “world peace” without the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), God laughs at them and holds them in derision (Psalm 2). Consider what some of these rebels are doing and saying. [1]

Believers. “Fret not because of evil doers…They will be cut down soon…” (Psalm 37:1, 2). God is omnipotent, and no one can overthrow Him (Revelation 1:8). We are in God’s good hands (John 19:28, 29). Nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38, 39). But God wants us to “Be sober, be vigilant; because [our] adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peer 5:8).

Warning – Non-Christians. If you’re not a Christian, you should be very concerned about what is happening in the world today. Don’t let the devil lull you into spiritual sleep (1 John 5:19). You need to get out of Satan’s kingdom of darkness now and into God’s family (Colossians 1:13) by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Tribulation. It seems that, in the very near future, as the Bible has predicted, God is going to let the wicked have their way for seven years (Daniel 9:27) to demonstrate, once and for all, that they cannot bring in “world peace” without Him (John 15:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:3; Revelation 6:1 ff). If God were to allow them to have more than seven years, no flesh on earth would survive (Mathew 24:22).

Depopulation. During this time of “Tribulation” (Revelation 6-19) over ½ of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:18) from 21 judgments and plagues. But God will not allow the devil or evil men to totally annihilate humanity from this planet that is in revolt against Him and His Christ (Mark 14:13-20; John 18:40). In the end, God wins, not Satan (Revelation 20:10).

Globalists. There are Globalists who would like to reduce the population of the world from about 8 billion people down to 500 million people. [2] Think about that for a moment. They consider many people to be nothing more than “useless eaters.” Some (maybe all) of them are eugenicists who have no qualms about murdering babies, handicapped people, or some older people through euthanasia. Question – Who made them God?

“Blood On Jewish Children?” When Jesus was on trial, Pilate, the Roman governor, became very frustrated with the wicked Jewish leaders and the people who hated Jesus and wanted Him crucified because He didn’t meet their expectations of the Messiah. They wanted a political deliverer, a “Welfare King” (John 6:15, 66), not a spiritual one. This is true even to this day.

Relentless. They were persistent in their demands. And so “When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all [against these Jewish people], but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, ‘I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.’ And all the people answered and said, ‘His blood be on us and on our children.’” (Mathew 27:24, 25). [3]

Sad Story. Is this one of the reasons why the Jews have been persecuted continually by other nations since then? The devil hates the Jews and doesn’t want God to fulfill His promises to them. Know this – God is NOT finished with the Jews (Romans 11:1 ff). Don’t curse them or face serious consequences (Genesis 12:1-3). Future prediction – “And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths” (Zechariah 14:12).

Replaced? The Church has NOT replaced Israel. [4] There is a bright future awaiting Jewish believers who will cry out when Christ [their true Messiah], Who was rejected, returns to this earth to rescue them from total annihilation.

Armageddon.This will take place (perhaps in the very near future) when all the nations of the earth come against the Jews at a place called Armageddon, located in northern Israel (Zechariah 12:1-14; 14:1-9; Revelation 16:16). As Christ descends in a cloud of glory against a totally darkened sky (Matthew 24:29-31; Acts 1:9-11), they will cry out and say, “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Psalm 118:26; Matthew 23:39).

Christ’s Kingdom. When Christ (Messiah) returns to establish His 1,000 rule over the whole earth (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1 ff), He will crush and defeat all the unbelieving rebels (Revelation 2:9, 27; 12:5; 19:15; Psalm 2:9). The Jewish and non-Jewish believers who physically survive this seven year “holocaust” will be the ones who will repopulate the earth (Matthew 24:13), just as Noah’s three sons and their wives repopulated the earth in which we now live (Genesis 9).

One Race. There is only “one race” – the “human race” (Acts 17:26). Don’t believe the lie of evolution. [5] There are many ethnic groups and languages that came into existence at “The Tower Of Babel” when God changed their one language into many languages (Genesis 10, 11; See Revelation 5:9; 13:7; 14:6). This is also the time when the continental shift began to take place (Genesis 10:25).

God Is Sovereign. He is in control of everything and nothing takes Him by surprise and nothing man does happens without His permission. His purpose is to glorify Himself by letting His creatures know that He is everything He says He is (John 17:1-5; Exodus 3:14). If you’re a Christian, are you glorifying Him in all that you do? (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Knowledge. You may know and believe many facts that are found in the Bible. You may even believe the facts of the Gospel that Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. But not until you transfer your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone to save you, are you actually saved from eternal condemnation (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 16:31; Romans 8:1). Have you done this yet? If not, why not right now?

Help. We’re here to assist those who want to know the truth that’s found in God’s Word (John 17:17), and respond to it with faith and trust in Christ alone for their salvation. We also want to help believers who have a strong desire to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), to serve God and others with love (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 13), and to reproduce themselves (Matthew 28:19, 20). If you fit into this category, and if have questions and/or comments about this article, or others we’ve written, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

R.S.V.P. – Please let us know if this information helped you, and if it did, how will you let it affect your conduct? Also, please SHARE this with those in your circle of influence.

[1] Rebels – World Economic Forum – WEF (Read & Watch what they’re doing and saying.)

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

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrfo_pfTz64&t=182s

[2[ Population Reduction – Georgia Guide Stones – https://grandmageri422.me/2020/03/15/the-georgia-guides-stones-population-control-and-the-coming-antichrist/

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

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

[5] Evolution vs God – Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ&t=2s

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

Bible Study Book Marker and Dispensations Chart – https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

Gospel Presentations – How To Be Saved From Eternal Condemnation

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

In many ways our country has been engaging in the same sins as Sodom and Gomorrah. God destroyed them with brimstone and fire that came from Him out of heaven (Genesis 19:24). We, as a nation, have also been engaging in child sacrifice by means of abortion, which is an abomination to the Lord (Leviticus 18:21; 20:1-5; Deuteronomy 12:313; 2 Chronicles 28:3).

During the early days of His public ministry Jesus said to His twelve disciples, “And whoever will not receive you nor hear you [as you proclaim “The Gospel of the Kingdom” to the Jews only], when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” (Matthew 6:11; 10:1-15).

Today there are many false teachers who … have crept [into churches] unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are 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 1:4, 12, 13). We hope that you don’t attend and/or support such a church or ministry.

During the upcoming Seven Years of the Tribulation, which seem to be just around the corner (Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7), the 144,00 Jewish witnesses (Revelation 7) will also have many false Christs countering their proclamation of the “Gospel of the Kingdom of the Heavens” and the rule of the heavens over the earth (Matthew 24:5; See Matthew 4:17; 10:7; Daniel 2:44, 45).

The good angels, who reside in the second heaven (Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:16), will also have a role in this kingdom (Matthew 24:31). Some Bible scholars believe that they will act as the “policemen” to enforce the more stringent rules during this time (Matthew 5:22-44).

The “Rules for Living” during Christ’s millennial Kingdom on/over the earth will be greatly intensified over the Mosaic Law, that was given to the Jews by the Lord Himself on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19:11-23; 31:18). This will be due to man’s sin nature being curbed because his every need will be met (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1 ff; 35:1 ff), the present, diabolical world system will not exist during this time (1 John 2:15-17), and the devil will be bound in the pit for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3).

In spite of this, the unsaved man’s sin nature will rebel inwardly against God and His “Rules for Living.” At the end of the millennium (1,000 years) Satan will be released from the pit for a little while. He will gather up all the “rebels at heart” and make one final attempt to overthrow God. But it will fail, and all those who followed him will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Revelation 20:7-10).

Our getting into heaven or being cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever will be determined by our faith or lack of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:1-3). This is the Gospel that people need to hear and believe to be saved. What about you? If you died right now, where would you go? Are you absolutely sure? If not, contact us.

The “Bema Seat Judgment” is designed for New Testament Christians to have their works evaluated to determine if they are praiseworthy or not (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:9). Yes, we believe that some New Testament believers will enjoy heaven more than others.

Old Testament believers will be raised from the dead 75 days after the Seven Year Tribulation is over (Daniel 12:12). Some of them will be given shinier garments of light than other believers. This will be based on their faithful service (Daniel 12:1-3; Luke 19:17-19).

The “Great White Throne Judgment” will be for unbelievers who have died physically throughout the ages and who have been held in the lowest Sheol/Hades in the heart of the earth where all of them have been suffering equally in fire (Luke 16:26; Deuteronomy 32:22). This G.W.T. judgment will take place just before the end of time when they will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ, the Righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). He will evaluate their works done on earth and decide each one’s degree of their suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15).

The Scriptures don’t teach reincarnation, second chances to be saved after physical death, or the universal salvation of all fallen creatures whether they be the devil, demons, or unsaved people.

Urgent. If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ yet, through the Gospel message, now is the time to be saved (2 Corinthians 6:2). If you have been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, are you growing spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), serving Him faithfully with your spiritual gift (Psalm 100:2; 1 Peter 4:10), and reproducing yourself (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8), for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)? If not, why?

If you haven’t secured our FREE “Bible Study Book Marker” yet, we invite you to download it from our website at www.kelseypeach.com or by clicking here: https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

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

Helpful Material

FREE Bible Study Book Marker. Includes the Gospel for our salvation, a Dispensations Chart, Bible Study Aids, How to communicate with God, How to witness effectively to the lost, etc. Go to our website and download it.

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

Gospel Presentations: Written, Audio/visual. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Posted: August 18, 2022 in Bible ProphecyChristian LifeEvagelismGospelSufferingTribulation

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  Forget your horoscope, the fortune tellers, the astrologers, and the false prophets who have made unbiblical predictions of the future. God isn’t giving out any new revelations today.  We have all we need for life and godliness in a Book called the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:3).  One of the big problems is, people don’t read this Book or they interpret it allegorically instead of literally (which includes figures of speech). 

  Did you know that over one fourth of the Bible, at the time of its writing, was prophetic in nature?  Much of it has already been fulfilled with Christ’s first coming and the rest of the prophecies concerning His second coming will also be fulfilled literally in the future.

  Four Horsemen.  Perhaps you’ve heard people talk about “The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse.”  They are mentioned in Revelation chapter six and represent four conditions that will take place in the future shortly after the “Man of sin” (Anti-Christ) signs a 7 year agreement with the Jewish people to ensure their peace and safety (Daniel 9:27).  They need and want this now more than ever.  Anti-Semitism is on the rise again and it will continue to get much worse.  Three major religions are struggling over the city of Jerusalem which is likened to a heavy stone for all peoples (Zechariah 12:3).

  Armageddon.  Eventually all the nations of the world will come against the Jews in a place called Armageddon (Revelation 16:16).  But the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (the Messiah) will deliver the believing Jewish remnant in the nick of time (Revelation 19:11-19; Zechariah 12:8-14; 14:1-15; Matthew 23:39).

  Rapture.  True, the word “rapture” isn’t found in the Scriptures but it accurately conveys the concept of being “caught up” to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17).  This event has no “Biblical” signs that precede it.  It can happen at any moment and it will fulfill Christ’s promise to His disciples and to all true believers of this “Dispensation of Grace” (John 14:1-3; Ephesians 3:1-5).  Remember, a thousand years is like a day to God (2 Peter 3:8). 

  The Order Of Events.  After the Rapture but before the Anti-Christ and the Jews sign the seven year agreement, most Jews must be back in the land of Israel (Daniel 9:27).  Something apparently happens after the Rapture of the true church to make the Jews in other lands want to return to the land that God promised to give to them in an unconditional covenant (Genesis 15:18).  Ten kings (leaders) from the region of the Revived Roman Empire also must be in power (Revelation 17:13) and the world wide harlot religion must be in place and have power (Revelation 17:3).

  Judgments.  There are three sets of seven judgments: Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl judgments (Revelation 6-19).  The Seal judgments will take place during the first half of the seven year tribulation and are designed for the Gentile nations (Revelation 6:1-16; 8:1).  They will not harm the Jews in Israel who have an agreement with the Anti-Christ (Matthew 24:6).

  White Horse (First seal).  This horse represents the condition of false peace that will be made between the Anti-Christ and Israel (Daniel 9:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:3).

  Red Horse (Second seal).  This represents the war in which the Anti-Christ will depose three of the ten kings who want their power back after they become disillusioned with him (Daniel 2:43; 7:8, 23ff).  Perhaps he will use weapons of mass destruction to destroy these three kings and their countries.

  Black Horse (Third seal).  This represents the terrible famine that will follow in the wake of this war.  It will engulf the world but it will not affect the Jews living in the land of Israel.  They will enjoy plenty of food while others are starving.  This will be one of the reasons why Russian and her Arab allies will come down on Israel to take a spoil (Ezekiel 38:11ff).

  Pale Horse (Fourth seal).  This represents death when one fourth of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8).  Later, during the sixth trumpet judgment, another one third of the world’s population will die (Revelation 9:15).

  Martyrs  (Fifth seal).  Apparently these are Gentiles who become believers in the true and living God after the Rapture and who are killed by the apostate church.

  War (Sixth seal).  When Russia and her Arab allies come against Israel in the middle of the seven year tribulation to take a spoil, the Anti-Christ will come to Israel’s deliverance and fight against them and destroy them (Ezekiel 38, 39).  But during this battle, the Anti-Christ also will be killed but will come back to life and amaze the whole world (Revelation 13:3, 12, 14).  Then he will demand that the Jews worship him as god.  They will refuse to do this (Matthew 24:15-28).  Since the devil couldn’t get Jesus to worship him (Matthew 4:8-10), he will try to get God’s chosen people to worship his human representative on earth.  But they won’t fall down before him.  Idol worship was something that the Jews had learned not to do while in Babylon (Daniel 3:1-18).

  Silence In Heaven (Seventh seal).  There is silence in heaven because this will be the first time in human history that one man will have domination over the whole world and demand that everyone worship him and take his mark (666) if he/she wants to buy, sell, or trade (Revelation 13:17). 

  Jews Persecuted.  When he breaks his agreement with the Jews he will not allow them to continue to offer any more sacrifices in the rebuilt temple.  The false prophet will have his image put in the temple, and the Jews will flee to Petra which is also known as Sela (Isaiah 16:1; Revelation 12:13-17).  Then God will miraculously protect the Jews for the rest of the seven years of tribulation.  The Jews will come to realize that God is once again dealing with them (Romans 11:25).

  Two Witnesses.  These two men will be in the city of Jerusalem for three and a half years and will have God’s power to devour their enemies (Revelation 11:3-12).  The one hundred and forty-four thousand Jews, from the twelve tribes of Israel, will evangelize the whole world with the Gospel of the Kingdom during the last half of the tribulation (Revelation 7:4-8; Matthew 24:14).  It is not the same Gospel which one must believe today to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

  The Great Tribulation.  Sadly the last half of the tribulation will be far worse than the first half.  The Trumpet and Bowl judgments will devastate the whole earth.  God hasn’t abandoned the Jews forever and He hasn’t replaced the Jews with the Church (Romans 11:1).  These are two separate and unique groups (1 Corinthians 10:32).  God will fulfill all the unconditional promises that He made to the Jews.  Otherwise Christians can’t be sure that He will fulfill His promises to us.

  Questions.  Where will you be when all these things happen?  Are you sure?  Can you base your faith on the literal interpretation of the Scriptures?  Have you placed your faith exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins and rose again?  If not, why not trust Him right now before it’s too late?

  Help.  If you have questions or would like additional help, contact us here or at our website at www.kelseypeach.com

Once upon a time, as the story goes, the Devil decided to have a huge garage sale. He advertised that he was selling off many of his tools. On the day of the sale, a curious crowd gathered, but they soon discovered that one tool had a big “Not for Sale” sign attached to it.

One man got up his courage and approached the Devil. He asked him to explain what that tool did and why it wasn’t for sale. The Devil answered, “I can do without many of my other tools, but not this one. It is the most useful tool that I have. It is called discouragement, and with it, I can wedge my way into hearts that would otherwise be unreachable. When I can get this tool into a person’s heart, it opens the way for me to put almost anything else in there that I want. It’s badly worn because I use it on almost everyone. But few know that it belongs to me.”

Obviously this story is a fable. The devil hasn’t been put out of business yet. (Do you know when this will happen? See Revelation 12:7-9; 20:1-10) . But it highlights a real problem we all have. The devil tempts us to be unhappy with a circumstance, an outcome, or perhaps our physical condition: “Why did God let this happen to me?” Discouragement often opens the door to self pity = pride, anger, bitterness, fear, worry, and and many other things that bring Christians down and make us ineffective in our service to and for God.

We are all prone to discouragement because we live in a broken, messed up world, and we have to be around other people who are struggling with many of the same frustrations that we are experiencing. But we’re not alone (1 Corinthians 10:13). Others struggle with it too. Do you? I must confess that I do from time to time.

But I doubt that any of us have suffered as much as the patriarch Job did, but we can still understand what he was feeling when he exclaimed: “When I expected good, then evil came; when I waited for light, then darkness came. I am seething within and cannot relax; days of affliction confront me. I go about mourning without comfort…” (Job 30:26–28).

Discouragement usually sets in when people or circumstances don’t meet our expectations. Is there anything that we can do about it? Thank God, there is.

Solution. When God allows us, as Christians, to be tempted by the devil or a demon with disappointment and discouragement, we need to be sober and vigilant (1 Peter5:8) and submit ourselves to God (James 4:7). Then we must mentally put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) and focus our attention on the “helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17). We need to remind ourselves of the salvation that Christ has provided, and is providing, and will provide for us in the future as well. [1]

Think about this – “The Christian was saved [from the penalty of sin] by the death and resurrection of Christ. He is being saved [from the power of sin] by the life of Christ, and His present ministry [in heaven]. He will be saved [from the presence of sin] in the future by the presence of Christ. When a saint’s mind is filled with these facts, [he is able to overcome] the lusts [strong desires] of discouragement, disappointment, cowardice and an unforgiving spirit.[2]

The Christian has three spiritual enemies: the devil, the present, diabolical world system, and his/her own sin nature. The temptations to sin that come from each of these enemies must be overcome by using the different methods that God has provided for us in His Word. See the link below. [3]

“Life is filled with difficulties and perplexities,” King Solomon concluded, “and there’s much that nobody can understand, let alone control. From the human point of view, it’s all vanity and folly. But life is God’s gift to us and He wants us to enjoy it and use it for His glory. So, instead of complaining about what you don’t have, start giving thanks for what you do have—and be satisfied!” [4]

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, do it now and be assured of your eternal destiny in heaven.

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, and willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this information with others who made be helped by reading this.

[1] Three Phases of Salvation – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/?s=three+phases+of+salvation

[2] Dr. H. L. Schafer, Maturing In Christ, pp. 168, 190

[3] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/tested-and-tried-daily/

[4] Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Satisfied – Ecclesiastes

Other articles: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/problem-solving/

Some of this material was adapted from https://bethelchapelchurch.com/the-devils-yard-sale/ and

https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-5-overcoming-discouragement-ezra-51-17

There is a lot of confusion in the minds of many people concerning “The Antichrist.” The Scriptures tell us that currently there are many antichrists in the world (1 John 2:18). They are opposed to Christ. Jesus said, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

Before we consider some things about “The Antichrist – Man of Lawless” who is yet to come, let me say that we believe that the Scriptures should be interpreted normally (literally), historically, grammatically, and contextually rather than allegorically which changes the intended meaning of the author (See Ezra 8:7, 8; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 27; Titus 1:9).

Satan was the first one to use the allegorical method of interpretation when he told Eve that God really didn’t mean what he said (Genesis 3:1-5). Many religious leaders use this method of interpretation to make the Bible say what they want it to say, especially when it comes to Bible prophecy. Many of them tell people what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear (2 Timothy 4:1-5). Beware of false teachers (2 Peter 2:1 ff; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:1-25).

We believe that we are very near the end of this “Dispensation of Grace” (often called by some “The Church Age”) which has lasted for about 2,000 years. [1] After the last Gentile person has been saved by believing in/on Christ through the Gospel (Romans 1:16, 17; 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), and has become a part of the true Church (the spiritual “Body of Christ” – 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13), and has done some praiseworthy works (John 6:37; 1 Corinthians 4:5), the Lord will return for “His Church” and make us “His Bride” (John 14:1-3). Perhaps Today! If He came back today, would you be ready?

Before we get to the place (the heavenly New Jerusalem) that Jesus has been preparing for all true Christians (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff), He will judge our works (not us – Romans 5:1; 8:1) at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (somewhere between earth and the third heaven) to determine which works are praiseworthy and which aren’t. If we’ve earned them by our good works, He will give us crowns, rewards, and praise (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). BTW – Heaven is a gift, not a reward for good works. It is part of the “salvation package.” [3]

While there are no sign miracles that precede Christ’s imminent return at the Rapture, there seems to be many indicators that point in that direction. “Things aren’t falling apart; they are falling into place.”

The Rapture brings the “Dispensation of Grace” to an end. The seven year Tribulation doesn’t begin until the Antichrist (Man of Lawlessness) signs a seven year covenant (agreement) with the Jews to protect them (Daniel 9:27). Antisemitism is once again on the rise, and the apostate churches that believe the church has replaced Israel will be the primary persecutors of the Jews. [4]

We believe that the stage is being set today for the events that will take place during the seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27), which will include 21 judgments on the people who are left behind on the earth after the “Rapture (catching away) of the true Church.” [5]

Most Christians believe that the 10 Plagues that came on the Egyptians in Moses’ day were literal plagues (Exodus 7-11). There is no reason to allegorize the 21 judgments (7 seal judgments, 7 trumpet judgments, and 7 bowl judgments) mentioned in Revelation chapters 6-19.

After the Rapture of the true Church, but before the seven year Tribulation begins, three things need to happen: (1) The Jews must be in the land of Israel for the signing of a 7 year peace agreement (Daniel 9:27; Ezekiel 39:28), (2) the Ten Kings from the Revived Roman Empire must be in power (Revelation 17:13), and (3) the world wide harlot religion must be in place and have power (Revelation 17:3). [6]

Then the Antichrist (Man of Lawlessness) will be promoted by the 10 Kings (rulers) from the Revived Roman Empire (Daniel 2:33; 7:7, 8) and the Head Person of the harlot religion (Revelation 17:3, 7). He will have to share his power with them until the middle of the Tribulation. At that time he will be killed in a war with Russia and her allies (Ezekiel 38, 39).

But he will be brought back to life and then gain complete control over the whole world. He will require that everyone take his “mark of the beast” to buy or sell anything (Revelation 13:16-18). Some won’t take it. These people will have great difficulty surviving physically until the end of the Tribulation (Matthew 10:22). But those who take it are doomed forever. It’s an “unforgivable sin” (Revelation 14:9-11). We believe that the Antichrist will be a Gentile (non-Jew), who will be assisted by a Jewish false prophet (Revelation 13:1-18).

Are these two men alive today? They probably are, but we don’t know who they are. The Antichrist won’t be revealed to the world until after the Rapture of the true Church (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12) . We believe that all true Christians will be taken from the earth to heaven before the seven years of the Tribulation begin (1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10). We also believe that the Antichrist will be empowered and indwelt by the devil himself (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 13:1-10).

The Anti-christ and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire at the end of the seven year Tribulation, but the devil won’t be cast there until after Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth (Revelation 19:20; 20:10). He will be confined in the Abyss (in the heart of the earth) during Christ’s reign on earth (Revelation 20:1-10). He won’t bother or tempt anyone on earth during this time.

We hope this information has been helpful to you. If you’re interested, we’ve have written many other articles on Bible prophecy and other topics that may be useful to you in your understanding of the Scriptures. [7]

But merely knowing and believing the facts of the Bible and the Gospel won’t save you from the lake of fire (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46). [2] If you haven’t yet placed your faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do so. You have no guarantee that you will be alive by the end of today (James 4:14).

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We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually (1 Timothy 2:15, 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). We can be reached at www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] Bible Study Book Marker & Dispensations Chart https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[2] The Gospel (Good News) we must believe today to be saved: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[3] What’s Free? – What’s Earned?

[4] Replacement Theology –

https://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

[5] Rapture = “caught up” – John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

[6] The Order of Coming Events

[7] Bible prophecy articles: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/bible-prophecy/