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Try to imagine a sports event without any rules or refs. That’s ridiculous. Not only do the players need to know the rules, the referees also need to know them very well and enforce them or they will be out of a job. Do you think people would pay big bucks to go to an event without rules and referees? Every sports event needs them.

Anarchy. Believe it or not, there are people who think that a society can exist without rules and referees. That is ridiculous. Anarchy would prevail. The rules need to apply to all people or there will be resentment among those who are treated by different standards. This seems to be a major problem in our society today. Do you agree?

Enslavement. When everyone makes up his own set of rules and does what is right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6; 21:25), enslavement follows (Judges 2:10-15). This happened multiple times in Israel’s history during the days of the Judges. They went from rebellion to retribution to repentance to restoration. The Jews disregarded the laws that God had given to them at Mt. Sinai and so God allowed enemy nations to overtake the Jews and enslave them until they cried out to God for deliverance. This went on many times for several hundred years until the people demanded a king (1 Samuel 8:5). As long as the king was a righteous king, who enforced God’s laws, things were fine. But when the king disregarded God’s laws himself, and was capricious and fickle, there were problems. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when the wicked man rules, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2).

Nations. God scattered the rebellious people at Babel whom He had told to spread out over the whole earth to populate it (Genesis 9:1; 11:8). But while they were in the process of building a tower toward heaven, God came down and changed their languages so they couldn’t communicate with each other. As they spread out, they intermarried among themselves and certain genes became dominant, causing different skin colors and some other features. Folks, there is only one race, the human race (Acts 17:26). See www.evolutionvsgod.com

Continents. During this time, the continental shift began to take in the days of a man named Peleg (Genesis 10:25). It’s not hard to see how the continents almost fit together if you moved them closer to each other.

N.W.O. God is opposed to the New Word Order that men want to establish without Him. But He will allow them (perhaps very soon) to try their experiment for seven years. If it went on any longer than this, no flesh would survive (Mark 13:20). The unholy trinity, consisting of the devil, the man of sin (Antichrist), and the false prophet will dominate the people of this world (Revelation 13). During this awful period of human history, over ½ of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). Those who don’t take the mark of the beast (666) will not be able to buy or sell and most of them will perish (Revelation 13:17). The apostate, one world church will also be in operation at this time (Revelation 17, 18). Believers who are living during this time will be told, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and you receive her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). The same truth applies to Christians today. “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 6:14). Beware of the ecumenical movement that is encouraging all religions to band together to bring peace to earth.

Government. God is the One who instituted human government right after the universal flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 9:6). This includes the responsibility of capital punishment for certain crimes against humanity (Romans 13:4). Any form of government is better than no government. The government’s job is to enforce the laws for the good of the people (Romans 13). Sometimes the laws of men conflict with God’s laws. When this happens, believers must obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29) and be willing to suffer unjustly (1 Peter 2:19).

O.S.N. All of us are born with an old sinful nature (a rebellious disposition) that was passed down to us from our parents (Psalm 51:5). Those who say that they don’t have one are deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8). Christians don’t lose their O.S.N. when they get saved (Romans 7:15-25). But we do participate in the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Captain. Most people don’t like to be told what to do. Like the devil, we want to live independently of God (Isaiah 14:14; James 4:13). We want to be the captain of our own ship and the master of our own fate. Sorry, you aren’t and can’t be. Jesus said, “Without Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). “…in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Some day you will give an account of yourself to Him (Romans 14:12; Hebrews 4:13; 9:27).

Questions. Could you be living a miserable, vain life because you are trying to live without God in your life as King Solomon did (Ecclesiastes 1:2)? Are you sure you know where you will go when you die? Upon what is your belief based? Would you like some answers from God’s Word which is true and trustworthy (John 17:17)?

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John 8:14-19

Whether you believe in creation or evolution, you must accept what you believe by faith. We weren’t there in the beginning. The teaching of creation is more plausible but not as accepted as the theory of evolution. Creation implies accountability; evolution doesn’t. Having to give an account to Someone who is all knowing for everything we’ve ever thought, said, or done is a frightful concept that we wish wouldn’t happen (2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:12; Matthew 12:36). But whether we like it or not, we will be held accountable someday (Hebrews 9:27).

Rejection. Because many people deliberately choose to ignore or dismiss the revelation/information concerning God that comes from nature (Psalm 19:1), and from the prophets whom God chose to dispense truth to us (2 Peter 1:21), God often allows them to descend into the grossest forms of depravity (Romans 1:18-32). They call good evil, and evil is called good (Isaiah 5:20). The wicked seem to prosper while the righteous suffer (Psalm 37:34-36). Because Christians are not of this world (John 17:14-16; Philippians 3:20), they often are marginalized and persecuted for their faith as Jesus predicted (John 15:20; 16:2; 2 Timothy 3:12).

Murder. Because of His popularity with the common people and the authoritative way He taught them (Matthew 7:29; John 12:19), the scribes of Pharisees envied Him and wanted to do away with Him by killing Him (John 5:18; 7:1). He didn’t meet their particular expectations even though the former prophets had made it clear as to when, where, why, and how Christ would come to earth. Their spiritual eyes were blinded by their father the devil (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 11:25).  Are your spiritual eyes blinded too (1 Corinthians 2:14)?  Would you like to see and know “The Truth” (John 14:6; 17:17).

Origin. Christ’s enemies questioned His parentage (John 8:19). They considered Him to be born out of wedlock (John 8:41) even though the prophet had said that He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; See Matthew 1:23). He performed three types of miracles to prove that He was who He claimed to be – the eternal “I AM” (John 5:18; 8:58; Acts 2:22), the Messiah/Christ and the Son of God (John 20:31).

Incarnation. During the council meeting between the three Persons in the Godhead (Ephesians 1:11), God the Son volunteered to be the One who would identify Himself with mankind by adding to His deity a true human nature and a real human body (Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 10:5). He is referred to as “the first born over all creation” (Colossians 1:15-17). At least one cult [1] has taken this to mean that Jesus was the first One whom God the Father created and that Jesus then created all “other” things. They add the word “other” four times to this text which isn’t there in the original Greek language in which the New Testament was written.

Clarification. “However, if this verse were teaching that Jesus Christ is the first created being made by Jehovah, the word “first-created” would have been used of Christ, not the word “firstborn.” These are two different words in the Greek, with two different meanings. “First-created” is protoktistos, and “firstborn” is prototokos. Colossians 1:15 does not use the word protoktistos, “first-created”. Instead it uses prototokos. The latter word means an heir, a begotten one, the first in rank. The teaching of Colossians 1:15, then, is that Christ is first in rank above all creation; He is the heir of all things. He is prior to all creation and superior over it as the Lord.” – Roy Zuck [1]

Crucial. Understanding this is crucial to one’s eternal destiny. If Jesus isn’t equal to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, His death has no value to us. The reality of His death for our sins on the cross (Philippians 2:8; 3:18) comes from the fact that He was/is a true human being. God cannot die. The value of His death comes from His being God in human flesh (John 1:1-18), the eternal “I AM” (John 8:58). “For in Him [Jesus Christ] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).

Resurrection. Without the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58), we’d have no hope of our being resurrected and we would still be in our sins. His resurrection assures us that everyone who has died will be raised from the dead, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:22-24). Everyone will be judged by Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8).  Our degree of pleasure in God’s presence or our degree of suffering with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire will be determined when we are judged by Him (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8). There is more than one judgment and one general resurrection of the dead at the end of time. Do you know how many there are and in which one you will participate (Hebrews 9:27)?

Today In Heaven. Have you ever wondered what Jesus is doing ever since His bodily resurrection and ascension back to heaven (Acts1:9-11; See Hebrews 7:25; Ephesians 1:22)? Whom did He take with Him when He ascended back to heaven? In what part of heaven do they reside (2 Corinthians 12:4)? Will this be their final destination (Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13)? What spiritual gifts did He give to whom and why (Ephesians 4:8-16)? Are all of these gifts still being given to believers today (1 Corinthians 13:10)?

Faith. Our eternal destiny will be determined by our belief or unbelief (John 3:16, 18, 36; 16:9; Ephesians 2:8, 9). Salvation is always by God’s grace through faith and not of works (Ephesians 2:8,9).  My friend, Christ died for your sins and mine. He was buried for three days and nights in a tomb. But He rose again on the third day with a body of flesh and bones but one without blood (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50). Knowing and believing these facts aren’t enough to save you. You must transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ on your behalf (Acts 16:31). If you’ve never done this before, why not do this right now? Once you do this, you will receive the assurance that comes from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16) and from the Scriptures (1 John 5:13).

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Contrary to what some people believe, God’s offer of deliverance/salvation from the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8) to heaven is limited to those who are physically alive on earth but spiritually dead (separated from God – Ephesians 2:1).  There are no second chances to be saved, once you are physically dead (Hebrews 9:27). The truthful Scriptures (John 17:17) don’t teach reincarnation. This false teaching gives people a false hope that perhaps if they haven’t been good enough on earth, they will come back in some other form to try again to earn their way to a better place. Our salvation is not based on our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). It was purchased at great cost by Christ’s precious blood when He died on the cross (1 Peter 1:18, 19; 3:18). It’s offered freely to all those who belong to the human race (John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 John 2:2). We all come from one man and woman (Adam and Eve – Romans 5:12). There is only one race – the “human race” but many ethnic groups who speak many languages (Acts 17:26). These groups and languages came into existence at the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). Evolution is a theory (not a fact) that runs contrary to the teachings of the Scriptures (Genesis 1:26-2:7). Salvation isn’t offered to the devil or the fallen angels/demons. They believe in God and tremble but they aren’t and can’t be saved (James 2:19; Matthew 4:3; 8:29).

Deliverance/Salvation. If you’re reading this, you have the opportunity to be saved if you aren’t saved already. To be saved, you must “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” exclusively (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 16:31) through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). “Christ [of the Scriptures, not the cults] died [once and for all – Hebrews 10:10] for our sins [because you are a sinner like all the rest of us (Romans 3:10-23) and you, like we, deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23). Jesus was buried in a tomb for three days (Matthew 12:40; John 2:19; 10:15-18) to prove that He had died and paid the penalty for our sins. But He rose again bodily on the third day.” His bodily resurrection was validated by over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Romans 4:25). His resurrection guarantees the resurrection of all those who die (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). Some will be raised to spend eternity with God and others will be raised and judged at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:1-15).  All of them will be sent to the lake of fire to suffer forever where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). My friend, we don’t want you to go there. This is why we write these articles to help you avoid that awful place. Then Jesus ascended literally, gradually, and publicly in the presence of His disciples back into heaven from where He came (Acts 1:9-11; John 3:13).

Scoffers. There are many scoffers today (2 Peter 3:3) who deny the literal, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church (2 John 1:7), known also as “The Body of Christ” (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Seven years after the Rapture Jesus will return to this earth to rule and reign as the King of kings, and Lord of lords for 1,000 years (Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:29ff; Revelation 19:16; 20:1-7).

Normal/Literal Interpretation. Some of these people who believe that the prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming were fulfilled literally, don’t believe that the prophecies concerning His second coming are to be taken literally. Are they in for a shock? Yes!  About one third of the Bible was prophetic in nature when it was written. Ignoring Bible prophecy has many ramifications. These people won’t be loving His imminent return and consequently they won’t earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). The “Rapture” is a “Comforting Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18), a “Blessed Hope” (Titus 2:13),  and a “Purifying Hope” (1 John 3:3). Our hope is not wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on promises from God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6).

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“God’s Plan For The Ages” 

When Jesus the Messiah rode into Jerusalem that day on the back of a young colt, as it had been predicted centuries before (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-10), few people knew what would happen in the next few days. The common people wanted Him as their Welfare King” and to deliver them from Roman oppression (John 6:15; Luke 2:1). But the religious leaders had other plans in their minds. Jesus was a threat to their authority and power and they were looking for a way to put Him to death (John 5:18; 7:1, 19). Pilate, the governor, knew that it was because of envy that they had brought Jesus to him to be crucified (Matthew 27:18).

Plot. While sinful men were plotting His death, the Godhead’s plan for the ages was being carried out on earth right on time according to God’s schedule (Ephesians 1:11; Galatians 4:4; Luke 22:53). Had sinful men known what God was doing to provide a Savior for mankind, they wouldn’t have killed Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:7, 8). He, as the God-man (John 1:1-18), would still be here on earth looking for someone to kill Him so He could die for our sins and rise again bodily from the dead.

Responsible. God holds all mankind responsible for the death of Christ, not just the Jews (Acts 3:13-15; 4:27, 28). This includes you and me. We don’t believe in Replacement Theology” which teaches that the Church has replaced the nation of Israel and that the Church can claim the promises that God gave exclusively to the Jewish, believing remnant (Genesis 15:18-21; Matthew 5:5; Romans 9:27; 11:1-6). This false belief will grow greater and greater and will lead to the time of Jacob’s trouble” known also as the Great Tribulation” during the last ½ of the 7 years of Tribulation on earth (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff). This event may be a lot closer than you want to admit. Where will you be when it happens? Will you be caught up (raptured) before it happens or left behind to enter it (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)? For whom was this time meant? Are you sure?

Purpose. God’s ultimate purpose is to glorify Himself by making Himself known to His creatures (John 17:3ff). He did this in the Old Testament by the miracles He performed through various individuals – bringing the 10 plagues on the Egyptians (Exodus 7ff), parting the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21), providing food, water, and quails for the Jews to eat in the wilderness for 40 years (Exodus 16:13, 15; 17:6), etc. He is being glorified today through the transformed lives of those who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Romans 12:1, 2). This plan included God’s decision to –

Create. Before God created out of nothing the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16, 17), He created spirit beings: cherubs (Ezekiel 28:12-14), seraphs (Isaiah 6:2), and angels (Colossians 1:16, 17; Ephesians 2:12). These spirit beings shouted joyfully as they suddenly saw what God had done (Job 38:7). It was from the earth that Lucifer ruled under God over all other spirit beings each of whom has a mind, will, and emotions (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12ff). While spirit beings are not normally visible to human beings, they are to each other. Satan (Lucifer) appears as an angel of light to deceive the good angels who didn’t follow him in his rebellion against God (2 Corinthians 11:14). His human agents on earth (false prophets and false teachers) also deceive many people and keep them from knowing the true and living God (1 Thessalonians 1:9; John 1:1-18; 14:6).  He tries to keep them from placing their faith exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation. They teach another Christ and another Gospel. Many people want to contribute to their salvation by their good works. It can’t be done (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We don’t know how long it was after Lucifer’s rebellion that God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into him the breath of lives – physical and spiritual (Genesis 1:27; 2:7). We all descended from Adam and Eve. Your only other choice is to believe the lie of evolution. It takes too much faith to believe that we came into existence this way. God also –

Gave Opportunities. We all love to be given choices. Lucifer was given a choice to remain in submission to God or to try to place his throne above God’s throne and act independently of God (Isaiah 14:14; Ezekiel 28:16, 18). He chose the latter and drew one third of the lower categories of angels with him in his rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:14; Ezekiel 28:12ff ; Revelation 12:3, 7; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:16). God also gave Adam and Eve a choice to eat or not to eat of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). We don’t know how long it was before Satan used the serpent to tempt Eve to eat of this fruit (Genesis 3:1ff; Revelation 12:9). Did animals miraculously speak to humans on occasions (See Numbers 22:28ff)?  Those who deny God’s and Satan’s abilities to perform miracles (i.e. the circumvention of the normal laws of nature) don’t understand the power of God or the limited power of the devil. Jesus performed many miracles while He was here on earth (John 20:31). So did His disciples (Matthew 10:1; Mark 16:17, 18; Acts 3:7). Satan and his agents on earth, when allowed by God, can also perform miracles (Exodus 7:11, 12, 22; 8:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:9). Mankind has a choice as to whether they will accept God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” by grace alone through faith alone in Christ of the Scriptures alone or to try to earn their way to heaven by their good works or by their faith plus their good works (John 3:16, 18, 36; Ephesians 2:8, 9). How are you hoping to enter heaven? Then God decided to –

Provide Salvation. If we got what we rightfully deserved to get, we’d all end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God and His standard of perfection (Romans 3:10-23). No, we haven’t been as bad as we could be, but all of us are as bad off as we can be if we lack Christ’s righteousness and end up in hell (John 16:10). This righteousness of Christ is imputed to our account (Romans 4:4, 16) when we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Substitute and believe that His death was our death to sins, His burial was our burial, and His bodily resurrection was our resurrection. The Apostle Paul stated, I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20; See Romans 6:4). We do not believe that Christ only died for the elect but for all mankind (John 3:16; 6:37; 1 John 2:2). He even died for the sins of the false teachers who would never believe on him for their salvation (2 Peter 2:1). His death was sufficient for all, but the full benefits of His death are only extended to those who believe on Him for their salvation (1 Timothy 4:10). God never provided salvation for Satan or the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). He also decided to –

Save Some.  Even though God has provided salvation for all mankind, He is not obligated to save everyone. The Scriptures don’t teach universalism. It suggests that eventually everyone, including the devil and demons will be saved and go to heaven. Some people honestly don’t want to go to heaven. If they were forced to go there, they wouldn’t be happy. They love darkness rather than light (John 3:19-21). They don’t want to have anything to do with God or His people (Psalm 2:1-12; 10:11). The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). Some folks object to God’s selection to save some out from among mankind to be the special recipients of His grace (Ephesians 1:4). This doctrine is not easy to explain or understand but it was something that the Apostle Paul taught even to some very young Christians (1 Thessalonians 1:4). He also wrote, So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy…Therefore [God] has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens” (Romans 9:16, 18). To those who don’t want to acknowledge the existence of God or His power, He often gives them up to do what they want to do and then holds them accountable for their perverted behavior (Romans 1:18-32). The unbeliever’s degree of suffering in hell will be determined at the Great White Throne before Judge Jesus (John 5:22; Revelation 20:11-15). We don’t want you to go there. That is why we try to speak the truth from God’s Word to you with love (Ephesians 4:15). Once you die, your eternal destiny is determined and it cannot be changed. There are no back doors into heaven after you’ve paid for your sins in a purging place. God also wanted to –

Display His Love, Grace, Mercy. Yes, God is love” (1 John 4:8). But we can’t turn this around and say Love is God.” The original Greek language in which the New Testament was written prohibits this. Agape love is only one of God’s attributes and must be balanced with His righteousness and holiness (2 Timothy 4:8; Isaiah 6:3). False teachers are misleading many people right into hell by telling them that since God is love He would never send anyone to hell. But those who refuse His offer of salvation condemn themselves to the lake of fire (John 3:16, 18, 36). Even those in remote parts of the earth can come to the realization from nature that there is a God who is powerful (Romans 1:20). Should they accept natural revelation (Psalm 19:1), God would see to it that they received the Good News concerning Christ’s death for their sins…and His bodily resurrection so they could believe in Him through the Gospel and be saved. God never saves anyone apart from personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through the Gospel (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 1:16). We can’t be saved for someone else by proxy as one cult falsely teaches by twisting Paul’s words concerning baptism for the dead (1 Corinthians 15:29; See 2 Peter 3:15, 16). The unbelievers who end up in the lake of fire will admit that God did what was right in sending them there (Philippians 2:11; Revelation 4:8; 15:3). Folks, hell is no joke. Do what the Apostle Peter said, …make your call and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10; See John 3:16; 6:37).

The Crucifixion. – God’s plan for the ages was being carried out just as He ordained it even as Jesus was being crucified on the cross (Isaiah 53). It was God’s way of demonstrating His love for mankind and providing salvation to those who couldn’t/can’t save themselves (John 3:16). Jesus, the Just One was dying for all of us the unjust ones (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 3:10-23; 5:8). Jesus satisfied God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2; 4:10). He even died for false teachers who would never put their faith in Him (2 Peter 2:1). Without His death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection, none of us could be saved (Romans 4:25). The penalty had to be paid before the gift of salvation and eternal life could be offered to us (Romans 6:23). Have you received it by faith? If not, why not now?

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 John 7:10-25

Ask the average person what he/she thinks about Jesus and you will probably get a lot of different answers. But if we are to make it into heaven, it is vital that our faith is resting in the Christ of the Scriptures, not the Christ of the cults or in any other religious leader or in our good works. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (See 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). The Apostle Paul said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

One Way. Contrary to what people are being told today, there are not many paths to God. We don’t all worship the same God.  Not everyone eventually goes to heaven (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:15; 21:8). Atheists are people who don’t believe in God (Psalm 14:1).  How sad (Psalm 19:1ff; Romans 1:12-32). Some people don’t know if God exists (agnostics). The Apostle Paul rebuked the demon possessed girl for proclaiming that Jesus was “a way” of salvation (Acts 16:17). The “Christs of the cults” don’t measure up to what the Scriptures teach. They derive their concepts of God and Jesus Christ from the extra Biblical teachings of false teachers.

False Christs. Are you trusting in the “Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation? Is your Jesus the “Brother of Lucifer” or “Michael the Archangel”? Perhaps you’re trusting in the “Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell.  The “Modernist’s Jesus” wasn’t born of the Virgin, Mary? Are you trusting in the “Prosperity Jesus” who promises wealth to the contributors, or the “Self Esteem Jesus” who never calls men sinners?  Maybe you’re relying on the “Charismatic Jesus” who says, “Let’s put on a show”, or the “Contemporary Jesus” who says, “Let’s all get together.”  If you haven’t noticed it, there is a big push for all religions to get together and form a “One World Church.”  It’s theHarlot, Apostate Church” described in Revelation 17, 18.  Don’t be a part of it if you’re a true Christian (2 Corinthians 6:14; Revelation 18:4).  

Warning. Before going to the cross Jesus warned about the false Christs that would come (Matthew 24:5; See 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). Anyone who denies the Lord Jesus Christ’s full Deity (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9), His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), His bodily resurrection, and His coming back to earth with a real, glorified body of flesh and bones (but with no blood) is an Antichrist (2 John 1:7; See Luke 24:36-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 50).

Children. We aren’t all the children of God either. All of us start out in this life in the devil’s family. This is why Jesus said that we all need to be born again from above (John 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:23).  He said these strong words to some religious leaders, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He is 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 his is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). The Apostle John made it clear that all unsaved people are children of the devil (1 John 3:8-10).

Descendants.  Yes, we all came from Adam and Eve and then through Noah and his three sons (Genesis 4:1ff; 8:15ff). The ethnic groups and languages came about after the universal flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 6-8) and as a result of God’s confusing the languages at the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:7). The continents came into existence during the days of Peleg (Genesis 1:9, 10; 10:25).  This is when the high mountain were formed.  Folks, we didn’t come through the evolutionary process (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7). (We invite you to watch this video: http://www.evolutionvsgod.com

Nature. We all have a sinful nature (disposition) that was passed down to us from our first parents, Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5). However, those who get transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s family still retain their old sin natures and will have it until they die or the Rapture takes place (1 John 1:8; 3:2). This is why there is a struggle that Christians have between their two natures.  Even the Apostle Paul admitted to having this problem (Romans 7:15-25). But believers receive a new nature from God when we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (2 Peter 1:4; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  With this new nature we can please God (Romans 8:8; 2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1).  Do you know how to overcome your old sin nature  (Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-14)?

Views. There are a lot of wrong views about Jesus. Some people of Christ’s day believed that He was just a good man and teacher (John 3:1; 7:12). But if He wasn’t fully God in human flesh (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11), how could He be a good man and claim what He did about Himself? He claimed that the Old Testament was written about Him (John 5:39, 46). He claimed to be the bread of life, who could satisfy the hunger of all who come to Him (John 6:35). He claimed that whoever believes in Him would have rivers of living water flowing from his innermost being (John 7:38). He claimed to be the Light of the world (John 8:12). He claimed that before Abraham was born, He existed (John 8:58). No good man, who was not God in human flesh, could say such things without being considered a deluded megalomaniac.” John Stott

Other Views.  Other people believed that He was a deceiver who misled the common people (John 7:12). The Jewish leaders were surprised that Jesus knew so much of the Old Testament Scriptures without having gone through their schooling (John 7:15; Luke 2:47). Those who hated Him called Him demon possessed (John 7:20; 8:49). John the Baptist was also accused of having a demon (Matthew 11:18). Many people then and now don’t believe that Jesus Christ was/is equal to God the Father. One of cults today believes that Jesus was the first One whom God the Father created and from whom all other things were created. This cult adds the word “other” to the text in Colossians 1:16. No, all the fullness of the Godhead resided in the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:9). In no way was/is He inferior to God the Father or God the Holy Spirit. There is only one God who exists as Three Persons. They share the same essence and attributes (Matthew 28:19, 20; John 5:18; 8:58; 10:30).

Words/Works. Jesus made some bold statements. He told the people that His doctrines (teachings) came from God the Father (John 7:15). He said and did everything that God the Father wanted Him to say and do (John 5:19). His words and works were designed to glorify God the Father (John 7:18; 17:4). Because He said and did only what the Father wanted Him to say and do, the religious leaders wanted to kill Him (John 7:1, 19, 25) and stone Him (John 8:59). However, it wasn’t in the plan of God for Jesus to be stoned to death. He was to be crucified as the prophet David foretold (Psalm 22; Philippians 2:8). He would die as the Just One for us, the unjust ones (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:8).

Brothers. Jesus’ half brothers didn’t initially believe on Him during His earthly ministry (John 7:5). But when Jesus made a personal appearance to James after His bodily resurrection, he became a true believer in Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:7). He wrote the Epistle of James to some Jewish Christians. His other brother Jude also wrote a short letter to believers.

Salvation.  Growing up with Jesus, as His half brothers and sisters did (Matthew 12:46; 13:55, 56), or in a Christian home and knowing Bible stories won’t save you or anyone else. God has no grandchildren. Each person must decide for himself/herself to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior through the message of the Gospel. Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Hope. Is your hope of gaining entrance into heaven based on your good works, or your faith plus your good works, or in anyone other than through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures (Romans 4:5)? If so, STOP! Get saved God’s way today (Acts 4:12; 16:31)).

Evidence. If you’re sure of your salvation (Romans 8:16; 2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13), do other people know that you are a Christian by the way you live and talk? Have you been baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Would others say you are growing in the Lord (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18)?  Do they see theFruit of the Spirit” being displayed in your life (Galatians 5:22, 23)? Are you serving God by serving others in a Bible believing local church first (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 6:10; John 13:34, 35)? Are you assembling with other believers regularly (Hebrews 10:24, 25) and edifying them (1 Thessalonians 5:11)? Are you sharing the Gospel with unbelievers so they can be saved (Acts 1:8)? If not, what needs to change?  When?  Please read James 4:17.

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Have you ever had an identity crisis? Have you ever wondered where you came from, why you’re here on earth, and where you will go when you die? Have you ever tried to trace your ancestors back several generations? If so, did you discover some things you didn’t really want to know? Did you find some skeletons in the closet? Have you ever wished you could have had different parents and ancestors? Do you ever feel hopeless and helpless? Would you be interested in a new identity? Let’s consider –

Our Human Fathers. The Scriptures tell us that our first parents were Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:7, 19; 1 Corinthians 15:45, 47; Romans 5:12). All of us are also descendants of Noah and his three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japeth who survived the universal flood (Genesis 6:10; 10:1-32; 1 Peter 3:20). When their descendants refused to scatter out over the whole earth, God came down and changed their languages so they couldn’t keep building the Tower of Babel (Genesis 9:1; 11:1-9). He also divided up the land into many continents (Genesis 10:25) and set up the boundaries of nations (Acts 17:26). He’s opposed to the “One World Government” that sinful men will set up in opposition to God. It seems like the stage is almost set for the events recorded in Revelation 6-19 to occur.  It will only last for seven years (Daniel 9:27). Do you know why (Matthew 24:22)? Then the Lord Jesus Christ will destroy it when He returns to earth to rule for 1,000 years (Daniel 2:44, 45; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19:11-20:10).

Our Spiritual Fathers. Whether we want to admit it or not, we all started out in this life with the devil as our father (Psalm 51:5). He holds the unbelievers in spiritual darkness (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:9, 10). If we want to avoid the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46) and go to heaven (John 14:1-3), we need to be born again from above (John 3:3-8) so that we can enter into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Colossians 1:13). At the moment of salvation, the believer participates in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and is enabled to do things that are pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:10). Until then, “…we are all like an unclean thing, and all our [righteous works] are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Even “the plowing of the wicked is sin” in God’s sight (Proverbs 21:4). That is because he does it independently of God as Lucifer did (Isaiah 14:12-14).

Our Secular Indoctrination. The devil is the biggest liar (John 8:44). He wants us to believe that we evolved from slime and lower animals but that somehow we can evolve upward and eventually become gods (Genesis 3:5; Romans 1:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:11). Evolution* is being taught in the public schools as a fact and not as a theory. Repeating a lie over and over doesn’t make it truth. Satan also wants us to shift the blame for our sinful conduct over to others (Genesis 3:12, 13). Do you do this yourself?  He wants people to believe that they can earn their way to heaven by their good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Our Biblical Indoctrination. The Scriptures are clear. We’re all sinners with a sin nature that constantly opposes God (Romans 3:10; 7:15-25; Jeremiah 17:9). We inherited it from our parents (Psalm 51:5). We don’t lose our sin nature when we get saved (1 John 1:8). We will have it until the day we die or when the Rapture takes place (1 John 3:2). Christians, who are carnal (1 Corinthians 3:1-4), have the potential to do all the sinful things they did prior to their being saved (Galatians 5:19-21). The unbelievers to be born again from above (John 1:13; 3:3-8). All of us need to have the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior (Acts 16:31). We can’t get into heaven on the merits of our parents.  We must believe the Gospel that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day if we want to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:39). Every true Christians can have assurance of salvation before he/she dies (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16). Do you have it?

Our Personal Application. Are you are true child of God?  Have you been born from above (John 3:3; Acts 16:31)? Are you acting like a child of God or the devil (1 John 3:7-10)? Are you spiritually sick and about to die physically (1 Corinthians 11:30; 1 John 5:16)? Are your known sins confessed to God and others whom you have offended (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; James 5:19, 20)? Are you displaying the Fruit of the Spirit properly toward the right objects at the right time (Galatians 5:22, 23; See 1 John 2:15-17). Are you sharing the Good News concerning Christ with others (Acts 1:8)?

Our Help. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change when they are presented with the truth from God’s Word and are convinced by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 2:2, 15, 3:16, 17). Be like the Bereans and check things out for yourself (Acts 17:11).  We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to know how it has. You can help us reach others by sharing this with others. Click on “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as they come out. 

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In the Scriptures we’re told that God wants people to believe on Him and be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). He is very long suffering and patient (2 Peter 3:9). But there comes a time when God says, “That’s enough.” Then judgment comes on those who rebel against Him and who refuse to believe on Him for their salvation and deliverance from the lake of fire (John 3:18, 36). Are you rebelling against God? Why not learn from the mistakes of others?

The Antediluvians

After Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, they were expelled from it and cursed (Genesis 3:16-19). Eve was deceived by the devil who used the serpent (Revelation 12:9) to get her to believe that if she ate from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil she would be like God knowing the difference between good and evil. Perhaps she thought she could live independently of God and make wise decisions on her own. (Read John 15:5). Lucifer wanted to act independently of God too (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12ff). His rebellion resulted in his becoming God’s arch enemy.

For the next 1,600 years Adam and Eve and their descendants lived according to their consciences. Things got so bad in the days of Noah that God had to bring a universal flood on all humanity with the exception of Noah, his three sons and their wives (Genesis 6-8). Some skeptics say that a universal flood couldn’t happen. Well, nothing is too hard for God (Genesis 18:14). He is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8). But the doubters don’t take into account the fact that the topography of the earth at that time was quite different. (See below.)

The Tower Of Babel

Not long after the flood God allowed men to try their hand at governing themselves. He told then to spread out over the face of the earth rather than congregate together (Genesis 8:17; 9:1). But a strong natural leader, by the name of Nimrod (Genesis 10:8, 9), convinced the people to stay together and build a tower that would display their rebellion against God’s rule (Genesis 11:4) . Once again, God had to do something about the wickedness that was going on. So He came down and confused their languages so they couldn’t continue their building project (Genesis 11:7).

As the people split up and intermarried with each other, certain genes became dominant. This, we believe, is when the different ethnic groups came into existence and that still exist to this day. There is only one race, the human race (Acts 17:26). It was during the days of a man by the name of Peleg that the continents split up into what we have today (Genesis 10:25).

Those who teach and believe the theory of evolution* are playing right into the hands of the devil. Evolution is “the lie” (Romans 1:25; 2 Thessalonians 2:11) that teaches that man is progressing upward into godhood when, in reality, he is degenerating in morality, and becoming more and more ungodly and depraved. God’s Word tells us that this is what happens to those who aren’t thankful to God and who dismiss Him from their thinking (Romans 1:18-32). Are you one of those who acts like an atheist? Read Psalm 10:3-11; 14:1. Don’t play the part of a fool.

Sodom and Gomorrah

During the days of the Abraham, (whom the Jews, Christians, and Muslims claim as their father) the people in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah became so wicked that God brought down brimstone and fire on them (Genesis 19:24). Someone has suggested that if God doesn’t judge the people of our day, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Sadly, we see moral degeneration and lawlessness on the increase (2 Timothy 3:1ff).

The Amorites

You’ve probably never heard of them before. But God told Abraham that after spending a long time in Egypt, his descendants (the Jews) were to go into the land of Canaan (Israel) and destroy the wicked Amorites (Canaanites) upon whom Noah had placed a curse many years before (Genesis 9:25). No, they aren’t the African people. These people, who were in the land that God promised to give to the Jews (Genesis 15:18-21), were vile and wicked people. Apparently they were contaminated with all kinds of infectious diseases too. Their cup of iniquity was full and it was time for them to be wiped out as God had said (Genesis 15:16).

The Jews

But the rebellious Jews refused to carry out fully God’s clear instructions (Deuteronomy 13:12ff; Joshua 6:17). Instead, they spared many of their enemies. The Canaanites (in Israel’s land) became thorns in the Jew’s sides (Numbers 33:55; Judges 2:3) and led them into their gross, idolatrous practices that included sacrificing their children to their pagan gods and throwing them into the fire (2 Kings 17:31). By the way, aren’t we doing the same thing when we kill babies in the womb and then incinerate them? Did you know that over 40 million babies have been aborted in our country alone since 1973? So God had to bring judgment on His own people, the Jews. They suffered for almost 350 years at the hands of their enemies in the days of the Judges before the monarchy began.

Later on in Israel’s history, God sent the Babylonians to punish His people for their idolatrous practices and for violating the Sabbatical years for 490 years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Leviticus 26:34-43). It was during the 70 years of captivity in Babylon that the Jews learned not to engage in idolatry (Exodus 20:3-5).

Four World Empires

God used the Empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome to chasten His own people, the Jews (Daniel 2:36-43). When the wickedness of one was full, God brought in another nation to destroy the previous one. One day (perhaps sooner than most people realize) the Lord Jesus Christ will destroy all the kingdoms of men and set up His kingdom on earth (Daniel 2:44-46). Where will you be when this happens?

Make no mistake about it, God will fulfill all the unconditional promises that He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God will use the Antichrist (who comes out of the Revived Roman Empire) to chasten the Jews who are still in rebellion against Him. It’s called the “time of Jacob’s trouble” and the “Great Tribulation” (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff; Revelation 6-19). But at the end of this seven year period God will deliver the believing remnant (Romans 11:26) and give them the land that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21).

The Jews will become the dominant nation on earth during Christ’s millennial reign. King David will be resurrected from the dead (Jeremiah 30:9) and will rule under Christ and the Church that becomes Christ’s Bride at the Rapture (Revelation 21:9ff; 22:3; Ephesians 5:32).

Woe to those who mistreat the Jews (Genesis 12:1-3) and who try to take their land from them. We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology.” ** The true Church and Israel are two distinct entities (1 Corinthians 10:32).

Satan’s Last Attempt

During Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth the devil will be bound in the Abyss that is located in the heart of the earth (Revelation 20:1-3). But after the 1,000 years are over he will be allowed to come up from that pit and make one last attempt to try to overthrow God. He will gather to himself all those who inwardly rebelled against Christ during the millennium. At that time, the Lord Jesus Christ will cast the devil and all those who followed him into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:7-10).

You

You have an important decision to make if you haven’t already made it. You must decide to believe or not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as the One who died for your sins…and who rose again bodily on the third day. There are serious consequences. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name [person and work] of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18, 36).

Help

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