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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/

Perhaps you’ve seen pictures of them on a white horse, a red horse, a black horse, and a pale green horse. But maybe you don’t know what they represent. They are mentioned in the Book of Revelation chapter six and refer to four conditions that may take place in the very near 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).  The Jews need and want this now more than ever. 

Anti-Semitism. Once again hatred for the Jews is on the rise and, believe it or not, it will continue to get much worse.  Today 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, at the end of the “Great Tribulation,” all the nations of the world will come against the Jews to a place in northern Israel called Armageddon (Revelation 16:16).  But the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (their Messiah) will descend from heaven to 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 English translation of 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” in which we now live (John 14:1-3; Ephesians 3:1-5).  Remember, a thousand years to us is like a day to God (2 Peter 3:8).

  The Order Of Coming Events.  [1] After the Rapture (snatching away) of the true Church, 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 countries want to return to the land of Israel 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 17:12, 13), and the world wide harlot religion must be in it’s place and have power (Revelation 17:3) which they will give to the Anti-Christ (Man of Sin).

  Judgments.  There are three sets of seven judgments (21 judgments): 7 Seals, 7 Trumpets, and 7 Bowl judgments (Revelation 6-19).  The “Seven Seal Judgments” will take place during the first half of the seven year tribulation and are designed for the Gentile (non-Jewish) nations (Revelation 6:1-16; 8:1).  These judgments will not harm the Jews in Israel who have a signed agreement (covenant) with the Anti-Christ (Matthew 24:6).

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

  Red Horseman (Second seal judgment).  This represents the war in which the Anti-Christ will depose three of the ten kings (rulers) 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 Horseman (Third seal judgment).  This represents the terrible famine that will follow in the wake of this war.  It will engulf the non-Jews, but it will not affect the Jews living in the land of Israel.  They will enjoy plenty of food while other people in the rest of the world are starving.  This will be one of the reasons why Russia and her Arab allies will come down on Israel to take a spoil (Ezekiel 38:11 ff). They’re hungry.

  Pale Horseman (Fourth seal judgment).  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). This means that over ½ of the world’s population will die during this “Seven Year Tribulation.” (Consider the Globalists’ New World Order agenda.) [2]

  Martyrs  (Fifth seal judgment).  Apparently these are Gentiles who become believers in the true and living God after the Rapture of the true Church. They will be martyred (killed) by the apostate church.

  War (Sixth seal judgment).  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).  [3] But during this battle, the Anti-Christ also will be killed but then be brought 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 the Jews won’t fall down before him.  Idol worship was something that the Jews had learned not to do while they were captives in Babylon for 70 years (Daniel 3:1-18).

  Silence In Heaven (Seventh seal judgment).  At the middle of the “Seven Year Tribulation” there will be silence in heaven for ½ hour because this will be the first time in human history that one man will have complete domination over the whole world like never before. He will demand that everyone worship him and take his mark (666) if he/she wants to buy, sell, or trade during the last 3 ½ years, known as the “Great Tribulation” and “The Time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) Trouble” (Revelation 13:17; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15 ff).  Those who take his mark are doomed. (No, the “Jab” is not the “Mark of the Beast.” – Revelation 13:11-18) [4]

  Jews Persecuted.  When the “Man of Sin” (Anti-Christ) 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 the Anti-Christ’s image put in the rebuilt Jewish 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 Jewish remnant (believers) for the rest of the seven years of tribulation.  Two thirds of the Jews (the rebels) will be cut off and die during the second half of the Tribulation (Zechariah 13:8). Then the Jews will come to realize that God is once again dealing with them (Romans 11:25).

  Two Witnesses.  These two Jewish men will be in the city of Jerusalem for the last 3 ½ years of the Seven Year Tribulation and will have God’s power to devour their enemies (Revelation 11:3-12).  The 144,000 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 15:1-8).

  The Great Tribulation.  To the dismay of those living on the earth at this time, 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). [5] These are two separate and unique groups (1 Corinthians 10:32).  God will fulfill all the unconditional promises that He made with the Jews.  Otherwise Christians can’t be sure that He will fulfill His promises to us (Romans 15:4).

Look Up. You don’t need to be told that we are living in a very troubled world today. Jesus said, “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:25-28).

  Questions.  Where will you be when all these things happen?  Are you sure?  Where will you spend eternity?  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? [6]

The Crown Of Righteousness. Christians who love the Lord’s imminent return for us will be more likely to live God honoring, righteous lives and earn this crown (2 Timothy 4:8). So, keep looking up. Perhaps Today!

  Help.  We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions or would like additional help, contact us here or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

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

[2] The Globalists’ New Word Order – Georgia Guide Stones:  https://grandmageri422.me/2020/07/11/the-georgia-guide-stones-population-control-and-the-coming-antichrist-we-are-so-close-now/

[3] When The Russian Bear Dies – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2009/06/15/when-the-russian-bear-dies/

[4] The Jab – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/11/12/the-jab/

[5] Replacement Theology – https://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-evil-of-replacement-theology/

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

FREE Bible Study Book Marker with a Dispensations Chart: https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

If I Were The Devil

Posted: February 12, 2022 in Devil / Satan, Evagelism, Gospel, Heaven, Hell

The late Paul Harvey had an interesting broadcast entitled “If I Were The Devil.” [2] He suggested some of the things he’d do to ruin people’s lives and take them to hell with him. (Click on the link below to listen to his talk.)

Now, if I were the devil, I’d do my best to deceive people by trying to be like God and counterfeit the miracles He did (Exodus 7:11,12; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10). I, as Lucifer, once said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14). I acted independently of God and wanted to be unaccountable to Him. I tempt people to act this way today and many people, including Christians, do this.

If I were the devil, I’d appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) and use sophisticated, polished preachers and false teachers to twist the Scriptures to promote falsehoods and other plans for salvation (2 Peter 2:1 ff; 3:16). After all, I am the father of liars who will spend eternity with me in the lake of fire (John 8:44; See Revelation 21:8).

I, as the devil, know that there are ten major teachings (doctrines) in the Bible: The Bible, God, The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, The Church, Future Things. The one I’d attack the hardest is the doctrine of salvation – How a person can be delivered from hell to heaven. I’d do my best to get my ministers (2 Corinthians 11:15) and others to garble, confuse, and distort the Gospel for salvation by adding other conditions beside faith (believing on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel). This list might include doing good works, praying, confessing all your sins, promising God that you won’t sin anymore, being baptized, denying yourself and following Jesus, making Jesus the Lord and Master of your life as a condition for salvation, attending church, tithing, etc.

I’d try to convince people that Christ’s death on the cross wasn’t really necessary because no one is so bad that he/she needs someone else to die for him/her. Or I’d tell them that Christ’s death wasn’t quite sufficient and that they would need to do their part to earn their salvation by their good works.

If I were the devil, I’d vigorously attack this invitation for salvation because I know that this is how God says people, who have sinned, are saved from hell to heaven: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day. Trust Him alone, apart from any of your good works, and you will be saved eternally. Do it now!” (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9; James 4:14).

My friend, if you’re not sure of your eternal destiny, or if you’re a Christian who needs additional help so you can present the Gospel more clearly to lost people, contact us here or at www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] The Devil https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/the-devil-fallacies-facts-2/

[2] Paul Harvey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKk_5XH1AEM&t=7s

Clear Gospel presentations:

Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

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

Dr. R. Larry Moyer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Dr. J. B. Hixon, video: “Getting The Gospel Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9gbZzo8QA

Fame, fortune, power, or pleasure. Which one of these things is your highest priority and pursuit in life? Of the 168 hours you have each week, how much of your time is devoted to your dream? Do you have one or more dreams? Are you a “wandering generality” or a “meaningful specific” as motivational speaker Zig Ziglar used to ask?

He would tell people who came to his talks on this subject – 1) You need to have a clearly defined, written down dream/goal in life, 2) then a realistic time frame in which you want to achieve it. 3) Consider the obstacles you’ll probably face, 4) and the people, groups, and organizations you may need to help you achieve your dream. This may require you to learn some 5) new skills that you currently don’t have. 6) Specific steps need to be followed. And finally, you need to ask yourself exactly 7) Why do I want to achieve this dream? At what cost to my family, my health, and my sanity? Balance is the key.

To help me remember these things, I drew some pictures in seven frames with a word under each one: Dream, Time, Obstacles, Helpers, Skills, Steps, Why? Most of us can accomplish far more than we think we can, but we cannot achieve whatever our minds can conceive. We can’t add a foot to our height (Matthew 6:27), or do everything we might want to do. We can’t/won’t become gods.

But Christians can can/should do those things that God planned for us to do in life. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things [that God planned for me to do] through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, 19; Ephesians 2:10). And “… for it is God who works in you [energizes you] both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Are you resisting, quenching, or grieving Him (Acts 7:51; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 2 Timothy 2:12; Ephesians 4:30)? Do you know what things He has in mind for you to do? Would you like to know? Are you a maturing believer who is being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14)? If you’re not sure, keep reading.

The Christian’s priority in life should be to glorify God [make Him known to others] and enjoy Him now and forever (1 Corinthians10:31; Psalm 16:11; 73:25-26). We become a Christian when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). Have you placed your faith and trust in Him alone to save you, or are you depending on your good works to be saved and/or to keep yourself saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? Your final answer will determine your eternal destiny in hell or heaven.

In His High Priestly prayer to God the Father, Jesus said, And this is eternal life, that they may [experientially] know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:3, 4).

He also said this to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:16, 17; 13:34, 35).

Every true Christian will bear some fruit in his/her life while on earth (John 15:1-8). Some believers will bear more fruit than others, but every Christian will have some praise worthy works (fruit) which Christ will reward at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

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)

We believe that our good works are related to the “spiritual gift” [1] that each Christian receives at the time of his/her initial salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 2:10; 4:7-16). These gifts (enablements) need to be developed and exercised with love primarily toward other believers in the spiritual “Body of Christ,” the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12,13; 13:1 ff; Galatians 5:13; 6:10).

The Apostle John wrote this to maturing Christians,  Do not love [stop loving] the world [system] or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of [for] the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17). We may use it (the world system), but we are not to abuse it by making it the number one priority in our lives (1 Corinthians 7:31). “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen” (1 John 5:21). An idol is anything that comes between us and God.

Questions: Do you know where you came from, why you’re here, and where you will go when you die? Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? If not, would you like to be sure? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven? If you believe that you’re going to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be? Do you know the difference between eternal security and assurance of salvation?

Some Closing Thoughts

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [fame, fortune, power, pleasure], and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). The lake of fire [hell] was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons, but all unbelievers will spend eternity with him in that awful place (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46).

The devil made a legitimate offer to Jesus when he told Him that He could have all the kingdoms of this world if Jesus would fall down and worship him (Matthew 4:9). Jesus turned down his offer. Why?

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Satan offers counterfeits.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10). Sadly, God can’t trust too many Christians with a lot of money. If He should entrust it to you, use it wisely for His glory and the good of others – fellow believers first (1 John 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10).

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[1] Spiritual Gifts: To learn more about them, go to https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

The late comedian Flip Wilson (1933-1998), who often played the fictional, feisty, female role of Geraldine Jones, used to say, “The Devil made me to it,” and made his audiences laugh at his jokes.

But contrary to what many people think about the devil, he is a real person (a spirit being) who tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, and then getting her husband, Adam to eat of it too. This is when all of man’s problems began. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the devil instead of taking personal responsibility for their own behavior. But the sin nature we inherited from them, through our parents, is responsible for most of our lawless (sinful) behavior today. But what is sin?

“Sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4

God determines what sin is and what isn’t. He makes the requirement(s) for salvation and for daily living. [1]

Sin is against God, and acting as though He hasn’t placed any restrictions on us.

“Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin / Each victory will help you or some others to win.
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue / Look ever to Jesus and He’ll carry you through…”

Al Green

To Be Delivered From Eternal Condemnation, An Unsaved Person Must –

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for his/her sins, Who was buried,

and Who rose again bodily on the third day, and he/she will be saved.”

Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Ephesians 2:8, 9

Memorize & Meditate On This Often

Sin will take you farther than you want to go.

Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay.

Sin will cost you more than you want to pay.

Our Response To Trials And Temptations

“My brethren [fellow Christians], count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires [lusts] and enticed. Then, when desire [lust] has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” – James 1:2-8, 12-15

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

God doesn’t want His children to sin. But He knows that we will sin periodically.

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation [satisfaction] for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” – 1 John 2:1, 2

When we [Christians] sin, we need to “… confess our sins [to God the Father]. When we do this, “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 [2]

As Christians, Our Temptations To Sin Come From Three Sources: [3]

The Devil [4]

To overcome the temptations that the devil hurls at believers, we must be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). Then we must submit to God and resist the devil after the whole armor of God has been put on mentally (James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17). It is our understanding that there are 14 specific temptations that the devil and/or demons hurl at our minds. Each piece of the armor is designed to counteract specific temptations.

Our Own Sin Nature [5]

To overcome the temptations that come from our sin nature, a believer must understand that the works of the flesh are all perversions of good things (Galatians 5:19-21). But as long as a believer walks (orders his/her life) by means of God the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to succumb to the temptations that come from the sin nature. We must “reckon [ourselves] to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:11; Galatians 5:16, 25). We are told to flee youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22). God doesn’t want our sin nature to have dominion over us (Romans 6:14; See 1 John 2:1 ff). Those Christians who deny that they have a sin nature are deceiving themselves, not others (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25).

The World System

To overcome the temptations from the present world system, we must first identify it as to what it is. It is a system, devised by the devil to appeal to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride (vain glory) of life (1 John 2:15-17). It involves urbanization, human government, commerce, entertainment, education, industry, and senseless warfare (Genesis 4:16-24; See Luke 11:50, 51). While living here on earth, a believer may use the world system, but he/she is not to abuse it or love it by making it more important than God and His children (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17). We are citizens of heaven and we’re just passing through it on our way to heaven (Philippians 3:20).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions/comments, we invite you to contact us through our website at www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

[1] Requirement(s) for salvation and for living. Go to www.kelseypeach.com and click on “The Good News & The Bad News” Also see – Understanding The Times Bible Study Book Marker – Dispensations

[2] Confession – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/when-we-sin-what/

[3] Three Spiritual Enemies –

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-enemies/

[4] Satanic Attacks: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/spiritual-warfare/

[5] Our Sin Nature – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/our-perverted-sin-nature/

Instructions for Christians to overcome the sin nature –

Romans 6, 7 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%206-7&version=NKJV

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Recommended Reading:

Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, “He That Is Spiritual” https://www.amazon.com/s?k=he+that+is+spiritual+chafer&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

If you have placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9), Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), you will not spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46). Instead you will spend eternity with God where there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).

Baptism. Once you have been saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, and not the Christ of the cults (Ephesians 2:8, 9), you should be baptized (immersed) to identify yourself with Christ in His death, burial, and bodily resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:38). It is NOT a requirement for you to be saved but it gives evidence to others of your faith. It enables you to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21).

Spiritual Growth. God wants every true Christin to “grow [spiritually] in the [sphere of] grace and [experiential] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Timothy 1:17). Do you have a strong desire to grow spiritually? If so, we’re here to help you if you’re teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15).

Your First Sacrifice. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world [age], but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2).

Making Distinctions. Christians are exhorted to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). What does this mean? We are to interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually. God said what He meant, and meant what He said. The devil was the first one to use the allegorical (non-literal, not normal) method of interpretation. He said to Eve, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 ff).

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

Truth. While all the Bible is to be believed as truth from God (John 17:17), (which also accurately records the lies that the devil and humans tell), not all of it is to be “believed and practiced.” Examples: Today, Christians don’t offer bloody sacrifices to God but spiritual sacrifices (Hebrews 10:4; 13:15, 16). Our diets are different (Leviticus 11:2 ff; 1 Timothy 4:4). Israel had a priesthood consisting of Levites; every Christian is a priest today (1 Peter 2:5, 9). There are other differences too.

Our Practice. A Christian man, with the spiritual gift of Pastor-teacher (Ephesians 4:11), who desires to be a bishop (an overseer) of God’s people, must hold “fast the faithful word [which is to be believed and practiced] as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine [which is to be believed but not practiced], both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9).

The Rules. Throughout human history God has imposed different “Rules for Living” (known as “Dispensations”) upon all or some of mankind. Three dispensations are prominent in the Scriptures: “The Mosaic Law” (Exodus 20), “The Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:2), and the future dispensation of “The Kingdom of the Heavens” (Ephesians 1:10). Dispensations are NOT different ways to be saved. (See our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Failure. Sadly, all seven Dispensations, that God uses to test mankind, end up in failure. This demonstrates that man, by his own efforts, while living independently of God, cannot please God (Hebrews 10:38; 11:6). Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5; Acts 17:28). Man’s heart (mind, will, and emotions with which we all were born) is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; See Romans 3:10-23). We can’t save ourselves by our own brand of good works, and once saved, we are to do the good works that God planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).

New Birth. We all need to “be born again from above” (John 3:3-7). With the new divine nature from God (2 Peter 1:4) we are able to do the things that God wants us to do while we live here on earth (Philippians 4:13; 1 Peter 4:10) as we are being led and filled by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5:18).

Value. The Old Testament tells us much about the unchanging character and attributes of the only true and living God (Exodus 3:14). It also serves as a negative example of how not to behave lest we suffer the same kind of consequences that the Jews in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10:1-13). God disciplines His own unruly children who act lawlessly. “But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (See Hebrews 12:5-11). The Old Testament also gives us hope (a confident expectation) as we are reminded that God will keep His promises to us as Christians just as He did for the Jews (Romans 15:4). Many of them were fulfilled with Christ’s first coming to earth and many more will be fulfilled when He returns to rule and reign for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-10).

Location. The Christians’ “Rules for Living” can be found generally between John 13 and Revelation 3. Before the seven years of the Tribulation begin (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19), all true Christians will be removed from earth to heaven at the Rapture (Revelation 3:10; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9).

Old v. New. In John 13:34, 35 Jesus gave His disciples a New Commandment to “love one another (i.e., fellow believers) as I (Jesus) have loved you.” By our doing this the world will know that we are His disciples. The Old Testament requirement was to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). That was the best they could do. But Christians can/should have and use the divine love (agape) that God the Holy Spirit produces in the lives of believers who are rightly related to God (Galatians 5:22, 23). It is greater than brotherly love (Romans 12:10) or love for one’s own family (2 Timothy 3:3).

Action. Since Christ laid down His life for us, “… we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (i.e., fellow believers). But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother [or sister] in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:16, 17). “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

Spiritual Gift. Not only are we concerned about your salvation, but also about your spiritual growth as a Christian. God wants us to use our spiritual gift with love for the advantage of other believers (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). He wants to use us as His witnesses as we share the Gospel clearly with lost people so they can be saved (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).

We invite you to go to our website at www.kelseypeach.com for additional information and help by clicking on various links you find there. We have many articles at www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com.

The Gospel

The Bad News & Good News” (on our website)

Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kober

The Clear Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea (Illustrated)

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

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” by Ford Porter (Over 650,000,000 tracts printed in 123 languages)

https://www.godssimpleplan.org/languages-in-print

Handy Bible Study Book Marker (On our website) Click on –

Understanding the Times” for our Dispensations Chart, Bible Study Aids, How to Pray, How to Witness

Doctrinal Statements

What We Believe (See our website)

Grace Life Baptist Church – http://www.gracelifebaptistchurch.us/pdf/GLBC_StatementOfFaith.pdf

Bartimaeus Alliance of the Blind, Incorporated – http://bartimaeus.us/faith.html

New King James Scofield Study Bible http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed

Audio Bible Readings

King James read by Alexander Scourby – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjhwhNvG0SQ&list=PLL4itf8rGtj5lwP2jQ_yuQFhDlY6q_bg8

New King James – Old and New Testaments

New Living Translation with Mike Kellogg – New Testament

Helpful Bible Study Methods by the late Dr. Howard Hendricks

Living By The Book (Paperback) https://www.amazon.com/Living-Book-Science-Reading-Bible/dp/0802408230/ref=sr_1_2?crid=34R7AHL13RP5S&dchild=1&keywords=living+by+the+book+howard+hendricks&qid=1617819626&sprefix=living+by+the+book+%2Caps%2C200&sr=8-2

Living By The Book  (Audio-video)

Personal Bible Study – Why Study the Bible? (Audio-video)

Bible Survey https://www.biblebelievers.com/Bible_Survey.html

Memorize Scripture, The Easy Wayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYOX47E-j24

Over many centuries people have asked themselves these questions: “Where did I come from?” “Why I am here on earth?” “Where will I go when I die?” They also want to know if there ever will be lasting “peace on earth.” If so, when and how will it come?

Many rich and powerful people in the secular world, who hate God and His Messiah/Christ (Psalm 2), say that peace will come only after they bring in their “New World Order” that will consist of a one world government, a one world religion, and a one world economic system. They want people to gullibly sing John Lennon’s song, “Imagine” while thinking that socialism/communism is the best form of government. It isn’t, but it’s better than anarchy and lawlessness (1 John 3:4; Romans 13:1 ff).

Contrary to what many people think, the secular globalists have other thoughts in mind, where there is the ruling class, and the servant class as it is in communist countries today. They have specific guidelines to achieve their objectives and to maintain them. (Consider the Georgia Guide Stones.) [1] The Bible predicts that these things will happen one of these days – perhaps much sooner than most people realize. It’s time to be informed with the truth that can set people free (John 8:32; 14:6; 17:17).

In his well written book entitled, “What On Earth Is God Doing?” the late Dr. Renald Showers talks about “Earth’s Golden Age.” He wrote, “When [the Lord Jesus Christ] establishes the theocratic kingdom [here on earth, which will last for 1,000 years, He] will begin to reverse many of the tragic consequences of man’s rebellion in Eden. He will make all animals tame again (Isaiah 11:6-9; 65;25), heal all diseases and deformities (Isaiah 33:24; 35:5, 6); eliminate hazards (Ezekiel 34:25-29); increase the lifespan of man (Isaiah 65:20, 22); cause a great abundance of trees and fruit (Isaiah 55:13; Ezekiel 47:12; Joel 2:21, 22), fish (Ezekiel 47:9, 10), and grain and wine (Joel 2:24; Amos 9:13); control the environment for the benefit of man (Ezekiel 34:26, 27); heal the effects of pollution (Ezekiel 47:1-12); and abolish war and injustice (Isaiah 2:2-4; 9:6, 7; 11:2-5; Jeremiah 23:5; Micah 4:1-3; Zechariah 9:9-10). All of these changes will constitute what Christ and Peter called ‘the regeneration,’ the ‘seasons of refreshing,’ and ‘the times of restoration of all things’ (Matthew 19:28; Acts 3:19-21). Truly, this will be the present earth’s golden age.” [2] Believe it or not, according to the Scriptures, these days could come to this earth in as few as seven years from now [5]. You might ask, “Why not now?”

Prior to this “Golden Era,” the Scriptures teach that there will be a counterfeit “New World Order” that will be governed by the “unholy trinity” consisting of the devil/Lucifer, the man of sin/antichrist, and the false prophet. The man of sin/antichrist will perform the same kind of miracles that Christ and His disciples performed while there were here on earth (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Acts 2:22).

During this seven year period, known as the “Tribulation,” over ½ of the world’s population will die from 21 judgments and plagues that are recorded for us in the Book of Revelation chapters 6-19. The secular “Globalists” want to reduce the world’s population down to 500 million and maintain it there through eugenics. [1] Think about how many people will have to be eliminated. Will you be included in that number? We believe that just as the ten plagues that took place in Egypt in the days of Moses were literal, so the ones in the day of the future “Tribulation” will be literal too.

The Jewish and non-Jewish believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who physically survive this unparalleled time in human history will be the ones will who repopulate the “Golden Age.” Old Testament believers will be resurrected back to life with glorified bodies (Daniel 12:1 ff) and will live on the earth and have various duties (Matthew 19:28; Luke 19:17-19). King David will be resurrected and will rule over other kings on earth (Jeremiah 30:9; See Revelation 19:16). The New Testament Christians [3], as the “Bride of Christ,” will reign with Christ over the whole world from the heavenly New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9 ff) which will be visible to the residents on earth once a day. This city will be the source of light for the earth for 1,000 years since the sun will go out at the end of the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 16:8 ff).

Prior to this awful time of Tribulation in human history, the Scriptures record for us Christ’s words concerning His coming back for true Christians whom He will take to heaven to live with Him forever (John 14:1-3; See 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This event is called “The Rapture.” It’s imminent (i.e. it can happen at any moment). It’s the next event on God’s calendar. We invite you to read about it and what may be in store for this world in the very near future [4] and about The Dangers of Date Setting. [5]

HELP. There is no doubt about it. We are live in perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1 ff). We’re here to assist those who are “teachable and willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you aren’t sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, [5] or if you need spiritual help in your walk with Christ, please contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] Georgia Guide Stones https://www.raptureready.com/2018/08/01/georgia-guide-stones-population-control-antichrist-geri-ungurean/

[2] Renald Showers, “What On Earth Is God Doing?” 2003, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. Bellmawr, NJ 08099, p. 123.

https://www.amazon.com/What-Earth-Doing-Renald-Showers/dp/0915540800/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=renald+showers+what+on+earth+is+god+doing&qid=1590859597&sr=8-1

[3] How to become a New Testament Christian. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[4] Coming Events: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

Also, go to our website and click on “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart.”

[5] The Dangers of Date Setting, Dr. Manfred Kober, https://www.manfredkober.com/materials/articles/Is%20Date%20Setting%20Dangerous.pdf

“GODISNOWHERE”

He wanted everyone who visited his home to know that is was an avowed atheist. In his living room he had sign that read: “God is nowhere.” One day his grandson, who was just learning how to read, said to his grandfather, “I can read that sign.” Since he was having trouble with the big word “nowhere,” he broke it down and said, “It says, ‘God is now here.’” [1]

The grandfather was shocked. He had never read the sentence that way. His whole perception began to change, thanks to his little grandson. No longer could he read “God is nowhere.” He could only read it as his grandson did, “God is now here.” (Please take/make time to read and meditate on Psalm 139. It could dramatically change your way of thinking and living and your eternal destiny.)

The Bible calls one who claims to be an atheist “a fool” (Psalm 14:1). An honest person might say, “I am an agnostic. I’m not sure if God exists or not.” What you believe or claim not to believe about God is critical.

In his book entitled “The Knowledge of the Holy,” A. W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us…Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to [that] question,… we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man. Were we able to know exactly what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with precision to foretell where the Church will stand tomorrow.”

Another author wrote, “Knowing God. There is no pursuit more important. Paul declared it to be his aim in life (Philippians 3:10). Jesus prayed for it to become a reality (John 17:3). Jeremiah stated it was the single thing over which man may boast (Jeremiah 9:23). Knowing God has a beginning point-salvation-and is a never-ending process. Today, make it your aim. Consciously think, ‘Lord, use these quiet moments to enhance my knowledge of You. Take first place in my heart. Reveal Yourself to me.’” – Chuck Swindoll, “Quest For Character,” p. 60

(Note: God has revealed Himself to us in His Word. He is not giving out new revelation/information at this time. We have all we need for life and godliness, within the pages of the Scriptures. (Read 2 Peter 1:3.)

With these thoughts in our minds, let’s try to discover what the Scriptures tell us about God. After all, it says in words what He wanted us to know. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God [i.e. It is “God breathed”], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God [i.e. the believer] may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17 *).

God Is The Creator And Sustainer Of All things.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “For by Him [i.e. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist [i.e. are held together] (Colossians 1:16, 17*). Apparently the spirit beings (cherubs, seraphs, and angels – also called “the sons of God” – Genesis 6:2, 4; Job 1:6; 2:1), whom God the Son had created earlier, shouted for joy when they saw what God had done for them (Job 38:7).

From the mineral garden of Eden on earth, it seems that Lucifer, the highest of the created spirit beings, ruled under God over all the rest of the spirit beings, who resided in the starry heavens, until he rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12 ff; Ezekiel 28:11 ff). He persuaded one third of the lower two categories of angels to follow him in his rebellion by trying to exalt Himself and take the glory that belonged to God.

When they did this they became the devil and demons (Revelation 12:4; See Ephesians 6:12). The “lake of fire” was prepared for them (Matthew 25:41, 46), but all unbelievers, who are not fit for heaven (John 16:10), will also end up in that awful place forever to suffer with different degrees of torment (Matthew 10:15; 11:22; Revelation 20:11-15).

We hope that you won’t be in that group. By simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, through the message of the Gospel, you can be transferred out of the devil’s family and enter God’s family (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:9, 10).

God The Destroyer And Re-Creator.

At the end of time as we know it, (at least 1,0007 years from now) God will destroy the present heavens and earth and create a completely new heavens and earth in which righteousness will finally settle down and be at home (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1; See Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13). Apart from “special revelation from God” (the 66 Books in the Bible) we couldn’t know these things. Natural revelation tells us that there is a God who exists and who is all powerful (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1; See Psalm 14:1). But this information isn’t enough to believe for someone to be saved (James 2:19).

The Good News, that is the power of God unto salvation, is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you placed for faith and trust in Him alone to save you? If not, why not now? If you are a true believer, have you shared the Gospel with anyone recently? If not, why?

God The Son – The Communicator.

In the beginning was the Word (i.e. the Communicator for the Godhead), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made [i.e. came into being] through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made [i.e. came into being]…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth…No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:1-3, 14, 18*).

On the night when He was betrayed, Jesus said to His disciples, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.  Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves” (John 14:7-11*).

The three Persons in the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) share the same essence and attributes (John 10:30). But they have distinctive roles to carry out from the beginning of time to the end of time which were determined in eternity past at the council meeting. This is known as “the decree” (Ephesians 1:11).

The “determinative will” came after the various options were considered by them (Matthew 10:15; 11:22). The “desirous will” that God planned for us to do, while we are here on earth, may or may not be carried out by us (Examples: Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:18). Rewards, crowns, and praise await Christians at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) who do God’s work (Ephesians 2:10), God’s way (2 Timothy 2:5), for God’s glory (1 Corinthian 10:31). 

What are your honest thoughts about God? Do you foolishly deny His existence (See Psalm 14:1), or are you a Christian who acts like God doesn’t exist – “a practical atheist”? Are you an agnostic who isn’t sure if God exists or not? From nature we can know that there is a God who is all powerful (Romans1:20). Those who deny this and who aren’t thankful to Him develop reprobate (depraved, unprincipled, or wicked) minds (Romans 1:28).

On the other hand, without having ever seen Him, we can accept and believe the Scriptural fact that we are sinners like everyone else (Romans 3:10, 23; See 1 John 3:4), and that we deserve to be punished (Romans 6:23). While none of us has been as bad as we could be, we are all as bad off as we can be if we aren’t saved and if we end up in the lake of fire forever (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

But God the Father loved the people of this world (John 3:16). God the Son volunteered to come down to this sin cursed earth (Hebrews 10:7, 9) to glorify God the Father (John 17:4), and to die in our place for our sins. But He rose again from the dead so He could save any and all who would believe on Him as their personal Savior. Christ’s bodily resurrection and His acceptance by the Father back into heaven proves to us that His work on the cross satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sin (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2).

The God who created the heavens and the earth is concerned about you. “[He] desires all men (which includes you and me) to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you? If not, why not now?  Do you have assurance of your salvation? If you are a true Christian, are you growing spiritually, serving effectively, and sharing the Gospel regularly with others as you are being led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14)?

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[1] “Now here.” What does this mean? To be discussed later.

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If we, as Christians, want to do and be in the will of God, and be well pleasing to Him, and meet His approval (2 Corinthians 5:9; See Matthew 25:21), we must give thanks in all things/situations in which we find ourselves (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1) whom God may use as “chisels, hammers, clamps, and saws” to help conform us into Christ’s image (Romans 8:28 ff; 12:1, 2; See Genesis 50:20).

Recently, while I was sitting in my car and waiting for my wife to get done shopping, I got out a small sheet of paper and started writing down some things for which I thought I should be thankful even in the midst of this corona virus pandemic that is taking the lives of many people. I’m thankful because

God is still in control of all things, including this virus. He is all powerful (Revelation 1:8; Job 1; 2). He will keep the devil, who is a murderer (John 8:44), and wicked men (Ephesians 2:2; Psalm 2:1 ff) from wiping out all physical life on earth with their weapons of mass destruction – whether they be nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. Thankfully God will restrict the man of sin’s (antichrist’s) power to seven years (Daniel 9:27). Otherwise no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). This awful time in human history could be just around the corner.

God will not allow me, as His child, to be tried and tested beyond my abilities. He will make a way for me to escape sinful temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 2:1). They can come from the devil (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17), from my own sinful nature (Romans 6:11-14; Galatians 5:16-21; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25), or from the present world system over which the devil currently rules (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Ephesians 2:2; John 14:30). He devised it during the days of Cain to try to control the sinful nature of man (Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-22). When I sin, by acting  lawlessly (1 John 3:4), I’m supposed to confess my sins by naming them to God so I can be forgiven and my family fellowship can be restored (1 John 1:6-9; 2:1; Proverbs 28:13). I’m judicially forgiven at the moment of my salvation (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1).

God planned for me to be alive at this time in human history and wants me to bring glory to Him in all that I do and say (Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 139:1 ff; 1 Corinthians 10:31; See Esther 4:14; Exodus 9:16). Jesus said this to His disciples, You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16).

God has given me the opportunity to display the “Fruit of the Spirit” during this time (Galatians 5:22, 23). He will produce it in my life when I’m filled with the Spirit and willing to be led by Him (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:14). It’s my responsibility, as a Christian, to direct this fruit properly toward the right objects, at the right time, and for the right reasons (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:1-17; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 13:1 ff).

God has revealed the future to me (and to all other Christians) in the pages of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Corinthians 5:1-9; Revelation 1-22). [1] I know who wins in the end (Philippians 2:10, 11). Over ¼ of the Scriptures were prophetic in nature at the time when they were written by holy men of God (2 Peter 1:21) for our learning and comfort (Romans 15:4). He will keep His unconditional promises to us whether we believe them or not. He cannot lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6).

I’m also thankful because this deadly virus

It won’t last forever (Revelation 21:4). True believers in Christ have a bright future awaiting them (John 14:1-3; Psalm 16:11), but all unbelievers who lack Christ’s imputed righteousness (John 16:8-11; Romans 4:22; James 2:23), and who die without Christ as their personal Savior (1 Timothy 4:10), will suffer forever with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). The “Great White Throne” judgment will determine the degree of suffering that an unbeliever will experience for eternity (Revelation 20:11-15; See Matthew 10:15; 11:22, 24). The trustworthy Scriptures (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17) don’t teach the ultimate annihilation of the wicked or reincarnation.

It makes me more aware of my mortality (Hebrews 9:27; See an exception in 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). If I, as a Christian, choose to live a life of sin, God may terminate my physical life on earth prematurely without taking my salvation away from me (Matthew 18:34; 1 Corinthians 11:28; 1 John 5:16, James 5:19, 20). It is a fearful thing [for a carnal Christian] to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31; 12:5 ff).

It has given me opportunities to witness to lost people (Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15). The Gospel for salvation is the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel aren’t enough to save anyone (James 2:19). We must have a change of mind (repent) and transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works (Isaiah 64:6) over to the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures alone (and not to the false Christ of the cults) if we are to be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

It has given me time to reflect on the value, quality, and quantity of my work on earth (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 11:28). If my good works are like gold, silver, and precious stones, I will be rewarded. If they don’t measure up to God’s standards, they will simply be burned up and I won’t receive the crowns, rewards, or praise from God that could have been mine (Revelation 3:11). Thankfully, my salvation can’t be withdrawn from me even if I commit the sin unto physical death (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 10:28, 29; 1 John 5:16). We’ve heard this said, “Only one life will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ [and His honor and glory] will last.”

It has given to me an opportunity to shine in a spiritually dark world (See Matthew 5:16). Spiritual darkness and wickedness are intensifying all around us (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff; Romans 1:18 ff). But the darker it gets, the brighter true Christians can shine for God (Philippians 2:15). The Lord Jesus Christ, who is “The Light of the world” (John 8:12; 9:5), may return much sooner than most people realize. Perhaps Today! If you are a true Christian who really loves His imminent return, you will live differently and you will be given the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8; See Revelation 4:10).

Questions: Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what? If you’ve been saved, have you been baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Are you growing spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18)? Are you serving God and others with your spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:1 ff)? Are you consistently sharing the Gospel with others who aren’t saved (Acts 1:8)? If not, why?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please let us know how is has and then SHARE this with others.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

[1] See our FREE “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” on our website and an article entitled “The Order Of Coming Events” at https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Death is a subject that most people don’t like to discuss, but it’s inevitable. Or is it? “And as it is appointed unto men [and women, boys and girls] once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). The Apostle Paul wrote: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Apocalypse. The “Fourth Horsemen of the Apocalypse is death. It is preceded by a false peace, war, and famine (Revelation 6:1-8). These conditions could be “just around the corner” from where we are today. Is there a way for us to avoid or delay these events from coming?

Approach. In journalistic style, let’s ask Who…? What…? Where…? When…? Why…? How…? Who dies and who lives? What is death? Where does a person go at the time of death? When will a person die? Why death came upon the human race? Can death be reversed?

Death. From the Scriptures we learn that there are three kinds of death. [1] Death isn’t annihilation or reincarnation but separation. Physical death takes place when the soul and spirit depart from the body (2 Corinthians 5:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Peter 1:9). It can be and will be reversed by the Lord Jesus Christ sometime in the future (1 Corinthians 15:26, 51, 52). Spiritual death involves an individual’s separation from God which began in the Garden of Eden when Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-6). We all were born into this world physically alive but spiritually dead and separated from fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1). This condition can and will be changed the moment a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; Ephesians 2:1). The Second death takes place at the time of an unbeliever’s physical death (Revelation 20:6, 14; 21:8). It is irreversible. There are no “second chances” to be saved from the eternal lake of fire as some cults and false religions teach. Today, when an unbeliever dies, he/she goes to the lowest section of Sheol/Hades, in the heart of the earth, where they will suffer (Luke 16:19-31; Deuteronomy 32:22). At the time of the Great White Throne Judgment, which takes place at the end of Christ’s millennial reign on/over the earth, they will be raised from the dead, given another kind of body that will suffer forever in the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Their degree of suffering in the lake of fire, will be determined by Christ, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 20:11-15). The souls and spirits of true Christians, at the moment of physical death, are transported immediately from this life into God’s presence in the third heaven. Here they are given a temporary body to house their souls and spirits until the time of the Rapture when they will receive their resurrected, glorified bodies that are like Christ’s resurrected, glorified body (2 Corinthians 5:1- 8; 1 John 3:2). We do NOT become gods. At the time of the Rapture, the works of New Testament believers will be evaluated at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) to determine if we will receive crowns, rewards, and praise from Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). It isn’t a time to determine if we get into heaven or not.

Life. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, came into this world to glorify God (John 17:4) by making the Godhead known to mankind and to spirit beings whether they be cherubs, seraphs, and angels (Ephesians 3:10). God didn’t offer salvation and deliverance from the lake of fire to the devil and his angels/demons who rebelled against Him. But surprisingly God graciously demonstrated His love for rebellious mankind and provided the means of our salvation and deliverance from the lake of fire. He added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-11).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and then offered Himself as our Substitute and died in our place for our sins to satisfy (1 John 2:2; 4:10) God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature (Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 10:10). Had He remained dead, we would have no way knowing if God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25). But on the third day He arose bodily from the dead, made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before He ascended back to heaven from where He had come (1 Corinthians 15:1 ff; Acts 1:1-11). He promised to come back for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:1-3; Ephesians 5:32). Those who place their faith and trust in Him alone will receive “eternal life” (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 1 John 5:13). Christ came to give us “eternal life” and an “abundant life” (John 10:10).

Response. Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:2) isn’t enough to save anyone from having to spend eternity with the devil in the lake of fire forever. We must transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5) over to the Person of Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Have you done this yet? If not, why not now (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, we’d like to know how it has and then ask you to SHARE this with others too.

Gospel. Dr. Manfred Kober summed up the Gospel with these 24 words: “Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” [2] Please share this Good News with others as you are led by God the Holy Spirit as He opens up opportunities for you (Romans 8:14).

[1] Death. See Dr. C. I. Scofield’s Bible Study notes: Physical – Hebrews 9:27; Spiritual – Ephesians 2:5; Second – Revelation 20:14.

[2] Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

[3] “The Death Of Our Son,” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/