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In the production of a major motion picture there are many people involved behind the scenes.  Have you ever paid much attention to the list of their names?  Probably not unless you, or someone you know, worked on it.  But without these people doing their jobs, the motion picture would probably be a flop.

Man’s Last Effort.  Ever since the dawn of human history man has been trying to elevate himself to be like God (Humanism).  Satan deceived Eve into believing that she could become like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and then making the decisions to live a happy and productive life (Genesis 3:5). Upon her and her husband’s eating the forbidden fruit, the two had their nature’s turned into sinful natures (dispositions) that, from then on, rebelled against the directives of God.  This sin nature has been passed down from generation to generation (Romans 5:1; Psalm 51:5).  We all possess one (1 John 1:8).  Contrary to what some “preachers” are telling people, all true Christians still have their sin nature, even though, at the time of their new birth (John 3:3-5), they also have participated in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4; See Romans 7:14-25). We all have the potential to engage in all the “works of the flesh” if we yield to the temptations from our sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25). But true Christians cannot live habitually according to the flesh (sin nature) or they will die prematurely (1 John 3:4-10; 5:16; James 5:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:30).

Events.  Prior to the coming of the “Seven Years of Tribulation,” as predicted by the Prophet Daniel (9:27), the True Church will be taken out of this world (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  With their removal, and the Holy Spirit’s removal of His residence from earth (2 Thessalonians 2:7), the world will go from bad to worse in a very short time.  No doubt, martial law will have to be imposed, and people’s freedoms will disappear quickly.  Then what?  See “The Order of Things To Come” [1]

Main Characters.  Among the main characters in this high drama will be the Antichrist, the false prophet, the Puppet Master – Satan, the Apostate Church, the rulers/kings of the earth, the Jews, and non-Jews.  Think of a game of chess with all its major players and its pawns.  Many people, knowingly or unknowingly, are playing right into the hands of the devil.  They have been called “useful idiots.”  He lulls most people to sleep (1 John 5:19), but there are some who are mature sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2; John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15).  But the One who will win in the end is the Lord Jesus Christ, who will become “The King of kings” and “The Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16).  Is He your personal Savior?

Applications.  The Apostle Peter warned Christians to beware of the devil, who goes around like a roaring lion in an effort to overwhelm all those who are opposed to him (1 Peer 5:8).  We all need to “Understand The Times” in which we live and get excited as we see things falling into place rather than falling apart.  On several occasions, Jesus and the writers of Scripture warn us of “Things To Come” (Matthew 24, 25; 1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff; et al).  Those who ignore the warnings will get hurt and suffer the consequences.  Unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46).  Carnal Christians will lose rewards without losing their salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; See Romans 8:1).

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“The Bad News & The Good News”

My friend, you’re a sinner like all the rest of us.

But Christ died for sinners…and rose again bodily.

Believe on Him alone and you will be saved.

Do it now! [2]

[1] “The Order Of Things To Come”

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

[2] The Gospel:  https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

During World War II, General Douglas MacArthur had to leave the Philippines because of the Japanese threat.  But he said, “I shall return.”  Even though there was a possibility that something might go wrong, and he wouldn’t be able to return and rescue them, in God’s providence he did return and delivered them.

Promise. Before going to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily from the dead on the third day, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God [the Father], believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; it if were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a [single] place for [all of] you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

Scoffers. Jesus said these words 2,000 years ago. The scoffers mock and say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” But with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. He’s long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:3-9) What about you? Are you a true believer?

When Will Jesus Return?

Jesus said, “All that [God] the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37). Since no one, except God, knows when this number will be complete, true Christians are supposed to keep glorifying God (i. e. making Him known to others) and sharing the Gospel with lost people until He returns (See 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Blinded. The Apostle Paul tells us that the unsaved Jewish people currently have a judicial blindness over their spiritual eyes, so that they don’t see and believe in Jesus as the Promised Messiah (Romans 11:25). They, as a nation, rejected Him since He didn’t fulfill their political expectations. In order for anyone to be saved today, whether he’s Jewish or not, he/she must believe in/on the Lord [His deity] Jesus [true humanity] Christ Who died for all our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). When a Jew or a non-Jew gets saved today, they both lose their unique distinctions and become one spiritual body in Christ (Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:15). There shouldn’t be “Jewish Christian Churches” and “Gentile Christian Churches.”

God isn’t finished with the Jewish nation (See Romans 9-11). God has not replaced the Jews with the Church (Replacement Theology) [1]. Those who believe this heresy will contribute to the worst holocaust in history. Are you and/or is your church doing this? Are you or is it involved in B.D.S. (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) Israel? If so, read Genesis 12:1-3 very carefully!

Adolph Hitler. Are you aware of the fact that Adolph Hitler was inspired by the anti-Semitic writings of Martin Luther “The Jews And Their Lies”? When Luther couldn’t convert the Jews to Christianity, he turned against them with a vengeance. [2]

Covenants. Before the Jews get all that God has promised to give to them in the “unconditional covenants,” (Example: the Promised Land – Genesis 15:18-21), they must go through “the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). This will take place during last half of the upcoming “Seven Years Of Tribulation” that was predicted in the Old Testament (Daniel 9:27; See Matthew 24:15 ff; Revelation 12:13-17). This event seems to be right around the corner from where we are in time now (See our “Understanding The Times – Dispensation Chart” on our website).

How Will Jesus Return?

Confusion. Many people are confused today because they fail to realize that the “Rapture Of The Church” and the “Second Coming Of Christ” are two distinct events separated by seven years. One was a mystery during the Old Testament times (1 Corinthians 15:51, 5 2; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Romans 16:25, 26). The other event was well known (1 Thessalonians 5:2). [3]

Why Will Jesus Return?

Promises. God will keep all His unconditional covenants (promises) that He made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants (Romans 15:4). If He doesn’t, then none of us as Christians can be assured that He will keep His promises to us either. But God cannot lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17).

Claim. When “all whom the Father has given to the Son, have come to Him” (John 6:37), God the Father will tell the God the Son to come back to claim His Bride, the True Church, and take us to the place that He has been preparing for all true Christians (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff). Are you sure that you you be included in this group? Or will you be “left behind” to enter the “Seven Years of the Tribulation”? If you do, you will have a 50/50 chance of surviving it (See Revelation 6:8; 9;15)

What Follows These Things?

To learn more about the coming events, see our “Understanding The Times – Dispensations Chart” on our website and read the corresponding article. (See Below.) [4]

Applications

Purpose. God doesn’t give us His Word just for our information, but for our transformation (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Romans 12:1, 2). He won’t leave true believers in the condition in which He found us. He takes sinners of all kinds and washes them, sanctifies them, and justifies them (See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). On our Wedding Day (Rapture) all true Christians will be presented to Him as a chaste virgin (2 Corinthians 11:2). The blood that Jesus shed on the cross (1 Peter 1:19), once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), to pay the debt we owed to God the Father (Romans 6:23), made it all possible for us to have Christ’s righteousness put to our account. Without it, we’d be condemned forever with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (See John 16:8-11; Matthew 25:41, 46).

Help. We’re here to help you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We want you to make sure that you are saved and headed for heaven (1 John 5:13). We also want to help you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), learn how to serve God by using your spiritual gift with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10). Discover the joy of leading someone else to Christ and earning the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Send us your questions/comments and SHARE this with others who might benefit from it.

[1] Replacement Theology http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

     Can The Jews Be Destroyed? http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/destroy.htm

[2] Martin Luther, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Jews_and_Their_Lies

[3] Rapture vs. Second Coming http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispensa/dispch13.htm

[4] Order of Things To Come https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

His name is not mentioned in the book and yet God’s unseen hand was constantly at work in the events that took place in this suspense filled story to preserve the Jews from annihilation. National intrigue, an attempted assassination, and political unrest fill its pages.

Sovereign. But throughout the story, one can see the sovereign hand of God at work. God hasn’t abandoned the Jewish nation. Today, the Jews, as a nation, have been set aside temporarily and spiritually blinded until “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” (Romans 11:1, 25). The “Church” hasn’t replaced Israel as is being taught in many churches these days. Today God is taking a few folks from the Jewish community and more from the Gentile community and making those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel one new creation known as “The Church which is His [spiritual] Body” (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:14, 15; 5:32;1 Corinthians 12:12, 13).

Consternation. Try to imagine how this young Jewish girl, Esther must have felt as she entered the “Miss Persia” beauty contest without others knowing about her Jewish heritage. God was working on her behalf and was going to see to it that she would be chosen by the king and made the queen in place of Vasthi (Esther 1:19). After all, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 22:1). Furthermore, “…the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, [and] gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17).

Plot. When wicked Haman, the Agagite (Esther 3:1; See 1 Samuel 15:8) tried to annihilate all the Jews because Esther’s cousin, Mordacai wouldn’t bow down to him, she endangered her own life to preserve God’s people, the Jews. When Haman’s diabolical plot was discovered, she called for fasting among the Jews as a sign of their humility before God. This reminds me of another promise that God gave to the Jews. “If my people [the Jews] who are called by name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Humility. It goes a long way with God. After all, what do we have that wasn’t given to us (1 Corinthians 4:7)? The pride of race, place, and face shouldn’t be named among believers. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10). By the way, the ten commands found in James 4:7-10 are not how an unsaved person receives saving grace as one author suggests. This instruction was given to those who were already saved to help them in their Christian growth and the outworking of their faith (See Philippians 2:12; Ephesians 2:10).

Praise. As we remind ourselves of God’s sovereignty, let us meditate on this quality of God and read what the Psalmist said. God wants us to “Be still and know that [He alone is] God; [He] will be exalted among the nations, [He] will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10). This day may come a lot sooner than most believers think. Are you eagerly anticipating Christ’s any moment return (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? Believers can earn the “Crown of Righteousness” by loving His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). Will you be one of them?

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We, as the citizens of the United States of America, have a major decision to make in the coming election. In my humble opinion it seems to boil down to whether or not we want to continue to maintain our own sovereignty (self rule) as a nation or yield/submit ourselves to another organization that has proven itself to be a miserable failure thus far – the United Nations and/or the coming New World Order that the Scriptures predicted would come in the last days (Daniel 2:40-43). Why will God allow men to defy Him and set up a One World Government and how long will it last (Proverbs 14:12; John 15:5)?  What should the world leaders be doing (Psalm 2)?  What will you do?  You have a choice.

Lowest Of Men

It shouldn’t surprise us that those who are running for the highest office in the land lack moral character. Are they a reflection of us? Why have we degenerated to such a low level of morality?  There is an answer found in Romans 1:18-32.  The Scriptures tell us “That the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, [and] gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest [basest] of men” (Daniel 4:17).  Keep in mind that no one gets into power without His permission (Daniel 2:21).

Things To Come

About 2,600 years ago God revealed to wicked King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon His plan for “Things to Come” (Daniel 2, 7). Much of it has been fulfilled already. But the “Day of Man” seems to be coming to an end.  During the Seven Years of the Tribulation over ½ of the world’s population will die from wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes (Revelation 6-19; Matthew 24:7).  The social engineers of this world would like to reduce the population down to about 500 million people.

False Peace

The down trodden people of the world are longing for peace on earth. They are looking for someone, anyone to bring it to them. Such a person is probably alive right now and waiting in the wings for the “right crisis” to occur for him to step on to the stage and offer to the world his peace proposal. Do you know what event could trigger it (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? (Read some disturbing quotes http://www.arewelivinginthelastdays.com/com/quotes.html)

The Hated Jews

Even though the nation of Israel is marginalized and despised by most of the countries of the world, this “man of lawlessness – the Antichrist” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12) will come on the scene and make a “Seven Year Peace Agreement” with the Jews (Daniel 9:27). Perhaps this will be in exchange for their right to protect themselves against their sworn enemies whose agenda is to wipe them off the face of the earth once and for all as Hitler tried to do. It may involve Israel’s having to relinquish their nuclear weapons to this man who will promise to protect that tiny Jewish nation from their enemies.  Do you know when and why the Antichrist will break his agreement with the Jews? What will he do during the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation?  When and where does the campaign of Armageddon take place (Matthew 24:15 ff, Revelation 12-19)?  What horrific thing will happen to all the armies of the world that come against Israel (Zechariah 14:12-15)?

Far Fetched? 

No, the books of Daniel and Revelation, which many people allegorize or spiritualize rather than interpret normally, reveal what is in store for the future of mankind. A special blessing is promised to those who read the book of Revelation and to those who hear the words of this prophecy, and who keep (guard in their hearts) those things that are written in it (Revelation 1:3). Hiding your head in the sand won’t make the problems of the world go away.  There is only one Person who can bring in lasting peace – “The Prince of Peace – The Lord Jesus Christ” (Isaiah 9:6, 7).

Invigorating

It may be that we are about to witness what the Scriptures have predicted would take place. The world is ripe for judgment even as major earthquakes are overdue in the state of California and in other parts of the world. The 9.0 earthquake in Japan several years ago (which our two children survived) was minor in comparison to what is yet to come (Matthew 24:7). The movie “2012” shook some people up for a little while.

The Passion

Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion Of The Christ” also brought some people to tears as they thought about the unjust sufferings of Christ. But did they come away knowing why Christ died and rose again bodily from the dead? It was designed by God to display His love for those of us who have sinned against God (John 3:16),  All of us deserve to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). Christ died in our place for our sins…and rose again bodily to demonstrate to us that God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

Provision

Even though God has provided forgiveness and eternal life to all mankind, and not just to a few people, it is not secured until we place our faith in Christ alone to save us (John 1:12; Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works or by faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). If someone were to ask you, Why should God let you into heaven?” what would you say? If you included any of your good works, you are believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2) and you aren’t headed for heaven. Get help immediately so you can be assured from Scripture (1 John 5:13) that you have met God’s only condition for entrance into heaven (Acts 4:12; 16:31).

Gospel

The Good News (Gospel) that we must believe to be saved is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Believing in/on Christ through this message will result in our being saved from the lake of fire and entering heaven.

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According to the Scriptures, there is coming a day (perhaps very soon) when a mortal man will rule over the entire world all by himself for 3 ½ years. This is why there will be silence in heaven for 30 minutes during the seventh seal judgment (Revelation 8:1).  For the first 3 ½ years the Antichrist will have to share his power with the ten rulers/leaders of the revived Roman Empire (Revelation 17:11-13).  Because he will have made a 7 year covenant with the Jews (Daniel 9:27), he will come to their aid when Russia and her allies come down on Israel for a prey (Ezekiel 38:12, 13).  He (the Antichrist) will be killed in the middle of the seven year tribulation in a battle with the king/ruler from the north of Israel (Russia).  But when he is resuscitated back to life (Revelation 13:3), the people of this world will be told to worship him as god (Revelation 13:11-18; Matthew 24:15-20; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).  To buy or sell and engage in commerce, one will need to have the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:17).  But the astute Jews will refuse to worship him and will flee to Petra in Jordan where God will protect the Jewish remnant of believers for the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation (Isaiah 16:1).  

Interpretation.  There are basically two ways to interpret the Scriptures: normally or allegorically.  Satan was the first one to use the allegorical method of interpretation when he tempted Eve to doubt God (Genesis 3:1).  Most people who claim to be Christians interpret the predictions that were made concerning His first coming literally.  But when it comes to His second coming, many of the same people use the allegorical method and change the clear meaning of words. The Apostle Peter warned believers about those who twist the Scriptures this way (2 Peter 3:16).

Replacement Theology.  Many folks within Christendom believe that God has abandoned the Jews as a nation because they were responsible for the death of Christ.  They believe that the promises that were given to the Jews now belong to the Church. In their thinking, the Jews who live in Israel today are occupiers of a land that doesn’t belong to them anymore.  Such thinking leads to anti-Semitism and will result to the worst holocaust in human history.  It is called “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). 

Prophecy.  Sadly, there are some pastors in churches who tell their people to ignore Bible prophecy.  Those who follow their advice will not earn the crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8).  About one third of the Bible, at the time it was written, was prophetic in nature.  God must and will keep His unconditional promises to the Jews.  Don’t confuse Israel with the Church.  They are two separate and distinct entities and God will keep His promises to both groups.

Personalize.  As a member of the human race, God the Father sent His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die in your place for your sins…and to rise again bodily from the dead on the third day so He could save you the moment you place your faith in Him exclusively.  We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Do you have assurance of your salvation and that you will go to heaven the moment you die?  If not, we’re here to help you discover how you can have eternal life right now and enjoy an abundant life while you are here on earth (John 10:10).  

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As Jesus was bearing His cross to His own crucifixion, He expressed great concern for the Jews and not for Himself. He said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and your children” (Luke 23:28). He foresaw what would come on them in a matter of a few years. In A.D. 70 the Romans came down on the Jews and more than a million of them were killed. Rejecting their promised Messiah was a terrible thing for them to do. Most of the Jewish leaders and the mob cried out for His crucifixion (John 19:6). They had said, “His blood be on us and on our children” (Matthew 27:25). It has been on them for about 2,000 years now.

Jesus Wept. Just before He went to the cross, perhaps as He sat on the Mount of Olives, Jesus wept over the Jews. 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). Believe it or not, this day may not be that far away from us today.

Second Coming. Although there are many people within “Christendom” who say that there is no future for the Jews as a nation, and that the Church has replaced Israel, there will be a remnant of believing Jews who will survive the coming holocaust that will make all previous ones seem insignificant (Romans 9:27). It is called in Scripture, “The time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) or “The Great Tribulation”(Matthew 24:21). It is when all the nations, including the United States, will come against Israel to try to annihilate them as it was predicted by the Prophet Zechariah (12:1-14; See Daniel 9:27).

Demon Spirits. The Scriptures teach and we believe that at the end of the seven years of the Tribulation three demon spirits (fallen angels) will perform sign miracles to gather the kings (rulers) of the earth together to the battle of the great day of God Almighty in the place in Hebrew called Armageddon that is located in northern Israel (Revelation 16:13-16; See 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). In the nick of time the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth with the true Church and crush those who sought to destroy the Jews (Revelation 19:11-21; See Psalm 2).

Choice. You can choose to deny what the Scriptures teach, but that won’t change God’s Word. “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). “All Scripture is [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for ever good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). It is “living and powerful, and sharper that any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents (motives)of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

Interpretation. The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew. The New Testament was written in common Greek so the average person of that day could understand it. When we interpret it normally, as we would other pieces of literature, we discover what God wanted to convey to us. The allegorical, non-literal method of interpretation began in the Garden of Eden when the devil suggested to Eve that God didn’t really say what He meant or mean what He said about death (Genesis 2:17; 3:1 ff; See Romans 6:23). He mixed a lie in with some truth as he usually does. He is a murderer and the father of lies (John 8:44; See 2 Corinthians 4:4).

Lion. The Apostle Peter warned Christians about the devil. He wrote, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1 Peter 5:8, 9). Do you know how to use the armor of God to resist him so you can stay standing rather than falling to his temptations (Ephesians 6:10-17)?

Sorrow. Many people have expressed their sympathy toward us when they heard the news of our son’s death. Yes, we sorrow, but not as those who have no hope. We believe in an imminent resurrection of all the dead New Testament believers (including our son’s bodily resurrection) that will take place at “The Rapture” of the true Church (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Concern. We are more concerned about those of you who don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Do you know that He died for all your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day from the dead? He was seen by over 500 witnesses before ascending back to heaven in the presence of His disciples (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11). He promised to return bodily for His own (John 14:1-3). Do you know what the Scriptures say about those who deny the bodily resurrection of the dead (2 John 1:7; See 1 Corinthians 15:22-24; 50-53; Luke 24:33-43)?

Prayer. It is our prayer that you come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. We can’t believe for our children or be baptized for the dead hoping that they will be saved. Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die or do you believe that you have to go to a purging place first (1 John 5:13; 2 Corinthians 5:8)? Why should God let you into His heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? Once you’re truly saved, do you think that there is anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation (Romans 8:35-39)? If so, what would it be?

Help. We’re here to assist you if you are interested in knowing the truth in God’s Word that can make you free (John 8:32; 17:17). Are you willing to believe (change your mind) when you see the truth for yourself? We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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Kelsey Pietsch pastors the Grace Baptist Church, 535 Creston Road in Paso Robles.

 

“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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