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WWJD. These “What Would Jesus Do?” bracelets used to be quite popular with some Christians. They were used to start up a conversation with others about Jesus. But to do so, it’s important that we know who the Christ of the Scriptures is rather than the Christ of the cults. Which Jesus saves? [1]

To see our world and all that is in it more clearly, many of us need eye glasses. To see inside of our bodies, Doctors need X-ray equipment. To see things far away we need telescopes and microscopes to see very small things. To see into the future we need to turn to God’s infallible Word and interpret Bible prophecy [2] normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually as we do the rest of the Scriptures. One of the main reasons why we should believe the Bible is because of fulfilled prophecy. (See our Bible Study Book Marker & Dispensations Chart on our website.) [3]

But to see into the souls of people, with all their pains and struggles, we need “Jesus Glasses.” He saw people in their lost condition like sheep without a Shepherd. He offered Himself to them as their promised Messiah, but they didn’t recognize Him for Who He really was (John 1:11, 12). They wanted a political Deliverer, not a spiritual Savior from their sins. In fact, did you know that He turned down their offer to make Him their King because it would have been on their terms, not on God’s terms (John 6:15, 60-66; See Psalm 2)?

Just before He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily on the third day, [4] Jesus looked over the city of Jerusalem and wept for the people (Jews) who rejected Him. He said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! ‘See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’” (Matthew 23:37-39). This will happen at the end of the “Seven Years of Tribulation” or “The Time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). [5] Believe it or not, these days seem to be just around the corner.

Questions

If you’re a Christian, when was the last time you wept over lost people, who are headed for the lake of fire to suffer forever with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8)? Do you share the clear Gospel [4] with them on a regular basis or leave that up to the “professionals”? While most people will reject God’s offer of salvation because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19), some will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (John 1:12; 3:16, 18).

As He promised, He will return for His Body, the true Church (John 14:1-3), when all whom the Father has given to Him have come to Him and been saved, and have done some praiseworthy works (John 6:37, 44; 1 Corinthians 4:5). Are you ready for this event? Perhaps today!

Action Steps

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus 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. [4] There are no second chances to be saved from the lake of fire once you die physically (2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14; Hebrews 9:27). The Scriptures don’t teach reincarnation or the annihilation of the wicked dead as some cults teach.

Rather than living if fear during these uncertain days, Christians can/should keep looking up while anticipating and loving the imminent arrival of Christ. If we, as believers, do this, we will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). We can also earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for pointing people to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, our primary goal in life should be to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). Are you doing this? If not, why?

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

[2] Bible Prophecy https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/bible-prophecy/

[3] Dispensations Chart https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

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

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

Suppose, instead of giving everyone a few hundred dollars, our government decided to give all of us a million dollars each. Possible motive – to buy our votes to keep them in power. (After all, they just print it up anyway.) If this happened, would you quit your job? What if everyone else quit their jobs? Who would manufacture things or wait on you at the stores from which you’d like to purchase things – grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, restaurants, etc? What if you couldn’t get a needed part for your refrigerator, stove, furnace, or automobile to keep it running?

What if the money came to you in the form of a debit card that you alone could use after properly identifying yourself? Suppose this card allowed you to buy only specific goods and services at selected stores depending on your “credit score” that the government would decide as they do in China? (By the way, the late David Rockefeller thought China had a desirable form of government even though millions of Chinese people were murdered by their leader Mao. Many others also think this way.) [1]

Left Behind. This all sounds a lot like what the Bible says will happen to the people who will be “left behind” at the time of the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and who will go into the Seven Years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19).

Mark Of The Beast. They will need to take it to buy or sell things. “He [Antichrist] causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 12:13-16).

Refuse It. Those who take it are doomed forever. But some people won’t take his mark and will suffer greatly and many of them will die. Believers (whether Jews or non-Jews) who survive to the end of the seven year Tribulation will be the ones who enter into Christ’s millennial kingdom to repopulate the earth (Matthew 24:13; 25:13).

Power Grid. There is a real possibility that it could go down from an EMP attack (electromagnetic pulse), solar flares, a terrorist attack, cyberterrorism or cyber warfare, a nuclear plant explosion, or over-regulation​. [2] Commerce would cease. Communications would shut down.  Transport networks would grind to a halt. There would be no running water.  Grocery stores and pharmacies would be stripped bare. Satellite navigation devices would be useless. [3]

Not The U.S.? We don’t like to think that this scenario could possibly happen in our country – which some people think is a “Christian nation.” Really? Just think of all the innocent babies that have been brutally aborted in our country alone since 1973. Over 60 million of them.

Ungrateful Atheists. God often gives up on the arrogant individuals and nations who fail to acknowledge His existence (the atheists, the practical atheists who are religious but who act like God doesn’t exist, and the agnostics who don’t know or care if God exists). Neither are they thankful to Him for His many blessings. They are prone to engage in uncleanness, vile passions, and abominable activities and lawless behavior (Romans 1:18-32). God’s Word tells us that “The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17; See Psalm 2).

Wicked Behavior. The Scriptures tell us that it will intensify just before the Lord Jesus Christ comes back to set up His millennial kingdom on/over the earth (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Revelation 20:4). “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26, 27). “… the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Genesis 6:5, 12). [4]

Judgment Day. It’s coming for all of us (Hebrews 9:27). The believer’s works will be judged by Christ (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) to determine his/her degree of rewards and enjoyment in heaven, while the unbeliever’s works will be judged to determine his/her degree of punishment and torment in the lake of fire forever (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15). God desires that all men and women, boys and girls be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Christ died for the sins of the whole world but most people won’t accept God’s offer of salvation through Christ (1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:2).

Destiny. Our spending eternity with God in heaven or in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons, will be determined by our faith or lack of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for our sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day. [5]

Category. In which category do you fit – Believer or unbeliever? You can be saved/delivered from the lake of fire and enter heaven instead by one simple act of faith in Christ alone, apart from your good works (Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny or need additional spiritual help, we’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] David Rockefeller Quote – “The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.”David Rockefeller New York Times, 10 Aug 1973 – https://truthstreammedia.com/2019/12/27/whats-your-social-credit-score/

Note: “[China’s Mao Zedong was] one of the greatest mass murderers in history, responsible for the deaths of at least 45 million people between 1958 and 1962. It is not merely the extent of the catastrophe that dwarfs earlier estimates, but also the manner in which many people died: between two and three million victims were tortured to death or summarily killed, often for the slightest infraction.”

https://warriormaven.com/history/mao-zedong-killed-millions-of-his-own-people-and-built-nuclear-weapons

[2] Power Grid Collapse https://www.survivopedia.com/the-power-grid-could-collapse/

[3] Power Grid https://luis46pr.wordpress.com/2021/06/14/heres-what-will-happen-if-the-power-grid-goes-down-plus-tips-on-how-to-survive/

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

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

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

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Sure? Why? Lose?

I enjoy talking to people – that is, to most people. I’ve met a lot of interesting people in my life and have some long time friends (perhaps acquaintances) with whom I like to stay in touch.

Concern. One of my main concerns for others has to do with their eternal destiny. I believe that people, once they have been conceived in the womb, live forever somewhere. We all have everlasting existence, but we don’t all have “eternal life” – God’s quality of life until we’ve been “born again from above” (John 3:3-7, 16, 36; 5:24; See 2 Peter 1:3, 4).

Gospel. This comes to us when we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). This is the Gospel that is the power of God unto our salvation. (Romans 1:16, 17).

Real Places. The Scriptures teach the reality of heaven and hell. Knowing what it says about hell, I wouldn’t even wish it on my worst enemy. We’re told that it is a place of outer darkness, where there is weeping and the gnashing of teeth that lasts forever (Matthew 23:41; 25:41, 46). Unbelievers are not annihilated or reincarnated at the time of their death. The devil would want people to believe this lie.

Questions. After talking with people to learn more about them, I try to steer the conversation around to spiritual things if I can. I like to ask three important questions to find out what they believe:

SURE? Are you absolutely sure that if you died today you’d immediately go to heaven? Then I wait for their answer. Most people aren’t sure but hope they will get there eventually.

WHY? Why should God let you into His heaven? The usual answer is “I live a pretty good life and I try to keep the commandments.” Few people say, “He shouldn’t let me into heaven, but I’ve trusted in Christ through the Gospel and know and believe that He has saved me by His grace.”

LOSE? If someone gives a relatively good answer to the previous question, I like to ask, “Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? Some people lack assurance of their salvation. Others demonstrate that they aren’t really trusting in Christ alone, but in their faith plus their good works to get saved and stay saved.

My Story. Sometimes I share my personal testimony of my religious background as a “missionary kid” and how I came to have assurance of my salvation when I was in my second year of college. I had known and believed the facts of the Gospel that Christ died for my sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day(1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), but I used to think that I had to contribute some good works to be saved, or that if I sinned after my profession of faith, I must not have been saved.

Promise. As I was reading my Bible one day, I came across the verse in 1 John 5:13 which says, “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name [person and work] of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

Assurance. That day I took God at His Word and gained assurance of my salvation that came from the Scriptures and from God the Holy Spirit who indwells believers (Romans 8:16). This didn’t mean that I stopped sinning completely, but that I had received a new nature from God and a new potential so I didn’t have to keep on sinning against God (1 John 2:1).

Confess. Today, when I sin (act lawlessly) as a Christian, I’m to confess my sins to God the Father and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; See also James 5:16). Dire consequences may result if I don’t make things right with God promptly (See 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). My new nature from God the Father wants to do what is right in His sight even when my sin nature wants me to sin – act lawlessly (See Romans 7:15-25).

Be Honest. How would you answer these three questions? If you have any doubts about your future deliverance from hell to heaven, please contact us so we can help you gain assurance of your salvation.

Help. We are here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually. We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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

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).

If this article has helped you, please SHARE it with others so they can be saved, or if they are saved, they can be comforted and encouraged by the Lord’s imminent return for His own (1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:11).

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/

Many leaders in the world today would like to be “The Ruler of the World.” In a song of yesteryear, Tony Bennet sang, “If I ruled the world, Every day would be the first day of spring, Every heart would have a new song to sing, And we’d sing of the joy every morning would bring. If I ruled the world, Every man would be as free as a bird, Every voice would be a voice to be heard, Take my word we would treasure each day that occurred…” [1] Really?

John Lennon’s song“Imagine,” which is often sung at the Olympic games, proposes that we can get rid of heaven and hell by just imagining them away. This “ain’t going to happen, folks.” [2]

This “Satanically Empowered World Ruler” (Man of Sin – Antichrist) will come to offer world peace (Revelation 6:2-4). But it won’t last very long. Shortly after the 10 kings from the Revived Roman Empire have set him up to rule the world with them, he will wipe out three of them who have second thoughts about him because he apparently has mixed blood (Daniel 2:43; 7:8, 24).

God will allow him to rule over the whole world for seven years before the Lord Jesus Christ destroys him at the end of the 7 year Tribulation (Revelation 19:19-21). The philosophy of humanism will also be destroyed at this time. [3]

The Anti-christ (Man of Sin) is probably alive at this time and waiting in the wings for his “day in the sun.” After the first 3 ½ years he will be killed in war with Russia and her allies who want to take a spoil from the Jews in Israel (Ezekiel 38, 39). But miraculously he will be restored back to life (Revelation 13:3, 4), and will gain total control of the whole world for the last 3 ½ years known as the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:15 ff).

This is why there will be silence in heaven for ½ hour when the 7th Seal Judgment takes place at the middle of the 7 year Tribulation (Revelation 8:1). It will be the first time in human history when a mere man will have complete domination of the whole world.

Sadly, during the seven years of the Tribulation, over ½ of the world’s population will die from the 21 plagues that will come on mankind (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). [4]

By the way, the diabolical globalists want to reduce the world’s population down to about 500 million people [5]. The devil and his agents are ruthless murderers (John 8:44) and are opposed to God and His plan for the ages. Are you familiar with it? If not, ask for more information.

If you’re “not a Christian,” or only a “nominal Christian” instead of a“true Christian,” now is the time for you to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Keep this in mind – We are NOT saved from hell to heaven by our good works, or by our faith PLUS our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

If you die physically without Him as your personal Savior, you will end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). We don’t want that to happen to anyone.

We’re here to assist you if you are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] https://lyricsjonk.com/tony-bennett-if-i-ruled-the-world.html

[2] Ben Shapiro trashes John Lennon’s song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGuYEDEkIP

[3] Humanism – The philosophy that rejects the idea or belief in a supernatural being such as God. This means that humanists class themselves as agnostic or atheist. Humanists have no belief in an afterlife, and so they focus on seeking happiness in this life.
[4] The Order of Coming Events” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[5] Georgia Guide Stones – https://grandmageri422.me/2020/07/11/the-georgia-guide-stones-population-control-and-the-coming-antichrist-we-are-so-close-now/

For additional help, here are a few Gospel presentations (audio/video, or illustrated format): https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation [from hell to heaven] for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [non-Jew]. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just [justified ones] shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:16 17). Visit the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews chapter 11. Let them serve as examples for believers today.

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen…by over five hundred brethren at once” (See 1 Corinthians 15:1-8). (Two facts: He died…, He was rose again…. Two proofs: He was buried…, He was seen….)

My friend, you could know and give mental assent to these facts and still be under condemnation and headed for hell (John 3:18, 36; Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46). But if you transfer your faith and trust from your good works or anything/anyone else, over to the Christ of the Scriptures alone, you will be saved from condemnation and receive eternal life and be on your way to heaven. [1]

Jews and non-Jews are saved today by one act of faith in Christ (the God-man) through the Gospel. But once saved, God wants all His children to continue to live in an attitude of faith in God and His promises to Christians. [2]

Jewish and non-Jewish believers in Christ lose their ethnic identities and become one spiritual Body “in Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:4). At the time of his/her salvation, every Christian is given a “spiritual gift” which he/she is to use to glorify God and edify others in the spiritual “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 4:10). [3]

Questions: Are you absolutely sure you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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

[2] Promises For Christians to claim. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

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

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 Every Evangelist and Pastor-teacher should watch this and encourage their people to watch it too. He talks about the “Purpose Gospel,” “Puzzling Gospel,” “Prosperity Gospel,” “Pluralistic Gospel,” “Performance Gospel,” and the “Promise-only Gospel” that he developed in his book “Getting The Gospel Wrong.”

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

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

What about them? I’ve been asked this question on several occasions. Without hearing and believing in/on the Christ of the Scriptures, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, people will end up in the lake of fire forever. It’s a real place to which people will go (Matthew 25:41, 46; Mark 9:42-48; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8). But no human being needs to go there.

Anyone can look around at nature and come to the realization that there must be a God who is all powerful. There is no excuse for unbelief (Romans 1:20). The Psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3). Even a blind man can feel the warmth of the sun or smell the fragrance of a flower.

God, Who is omnipotent and all knowing, can see to it than anyone (Jewish or not) who truly desires to know more about Him can/will receive the Good News concerning Christ that is the power of God unto his/her salvation (Romans 1:16, 17; 10:9-17). It might be through a radio or TV broadcast, a missionary, or a clear Gospel tract. It is God’s desirous will that all men and women, boys and girls be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

Why don’t people come to the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved? “He who believes in Him [the Lord Jesus Christ] 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. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:18, 19). What about you? What do you really love?

When a person chooses to worship and exalt the creature (man) rather than the Creator, God often gives him/her up to uncleanness, to vile passions, and to a debased mind (Read carefully Romans 1:20-32). This kind of behavior is seen all around us today as the Scriptures predicted (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1ff; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1). What about rulers and politicians, who usually come from the basest of mankind (Daniel 4:17. 25)? We are supposed to pray for them too (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

The ultimate expression of humanism will be on display when the “Man of Lawlessness” (the Antichrist) gains total domination over the whole world during the middle of the “Seven Years of Tribulation” (Revelation 13:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Daniel 9:27; 11:36). He will be empowered by the devil and have an assistant (the false prophet) with equal power and authority.

A former Belgian Prime Minister, Paul-Henri Spaak, who was one of the founding fathers of the European Union spoke ‘prophetically’ into the current climate surrounding the EU and the economic chaos. The prospect is chillingly real.”We do not want another committee, we have too many already.  What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.”

Whether you want to believe it or not, we seem to be on the verge of a great transformation (“The Great Reset” [1]) that the rich and powerful people of the world are pushing at this very moment. Mankind, as a whole, doesn’t want God to rule over them. The Psalmist wrote, “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us’” (Psalm 2:1-3). May we suggest that you read the entire Psalm and heed the advice lest you be crushed with a rod of iron? (Read also Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15).

If you’ve never placed your faith and trust in Christ alone as your personal Savior, why not do so now? We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to SHARE it with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] “The Great Reset” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIl9gmlhPY0&feature=emb_logo

John 14:6; Acts 4:12

Imagine there’s no heaven / It’s easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky / Imagine all the people / Living for today… Aha-ah…” – John Lennon (Please read what Jesus said in Luke 16:19-31 to discover what J. L. may be thinking now that he is dead and the warning he may be wishing he could send back to lost unbelievers on earth.)

I don’t know about you, but I choose to believe what Jesus said about heaven and hell (John 14:1-6; Matthew 25:41 46; See Revelation 21:8). I don’t want to end up with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire to suffer forever and I don’t want that to happen to you either. You might ask, “What do I need to do to be saved from hell and gain heaven (Acts 16:31)? Can I be sure?

What have you heard in church, on the radio, or TV? Pray. Confess all the sins you’ve ever committed in your life. Stop sinning. Repent and make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life. Believe and do good works. Say the sinner’s prayer. Come forward and confess Christ publicly. Repent and be baptized. Deny yourself and take up your cross. Follow Jesus. Ask Jesus to forgive you, etc.  [1] Beware of false teachers ( 2 Corinthians 11:3:3, 4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:8-13). [2]

Are you confused? I used to be until someone shared the truth from God’s Word with me and God the Holy Spirit illuminated my mind to it (1 Corinthians 2:10, 11; 1 John 2:20, 27). “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32; 14:6; 17:17).

The “Gospel” for our salvation is the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16). It is that Christ died for our sins…, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the grave on the third day… (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Luke 24:33-43; Romans 10:9-13).

Merely knowing and agreeing with these facts of the Gospel won’t save anyone. We must believe – transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone if we are to be saved. We aren’t saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

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 would it be?

Help. We’re here to assist you and others if you want additional information. We want you to be assured of your salvation so you can share what you have with others (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:11-13; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others who could benefit from this information.

Portions of this article were taken from : https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/another-way-of-salvation/

[1] Dr. Ron Shea Clear Gospel”  (Note the confusing conditions for salvation on page 2.)

[2] Lordship Salvation: Dr. Andy Woods

https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

For your additional consideration:

Repentance: https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/

Dr. Manfred Kober Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  (Are you proclaiming a false gospel?)

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

“Bad News & Good News” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/