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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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“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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While many people are dancing with the stars and living in a dream world of unreality, there are those who see things as they really are and they don’t like what they see. Many of God’s prophets predicted that things would progressively get worse and worse before they get better (1 Timothy 4:1ff; 2 Timothy 3:1ff; 2 Peter 2:1ff; Jude 1:3ff). The people of the world are looking for a man to bring deliverance and peace to the world.

United Nations. The first president of the United Nations General Assembly, Paul-Henri Spaak, who was also a prime minister of Belgium and one of the early planners of the European Common Market, as well as a secretary-general of NATO, affirmed, “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 the people and to lift us up out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and whether he be God or devil, we will receive him.” Throughout human history, but especially in this day and age, we need –

A Deliverer. When they were enslaved for hundreds of years in Egypt by an unfriendly Pharaoh, God sent Moses to deliver His people, the Jews from their bondage and take them to the Promised Land. But because of their disobedience to God’s command to rid the land of the wicked and idolatrous Amorites (Genesis 15:16-21), God allowed their enemies to plague the Jews for several hundred more years. The cycle went from sin to servitude to supplication to salvation to silence. This cycle was repeated over and over again (See the Book of Judges). When they repented, God graciously sent numerous judges to deliver His people but then they reverted back to their idolatrous ways and ended up enslaved all over again. But as bad as it is to be in bondage to other sinful human beings, it’s even worse to be in spiritual bondage to the devil. He is a terrible master who is the arch enemy of God. This is one of the reasons why God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth. He died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third dayHe offers deliverance from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 3:16). Christians don’t have to obey the devil any longer. Sadly, many Christians don’t know how to have victory over his temptations or those that come from our sin nature, or from the present world system. Do you? If not, ask us for help.

A Guide Book. Karl Marx had a Communist Manifesto.” The basic idea was/is, From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Of course, it would be the government, consisting of evil men (Daniel 4:17, 25), who would make the decisions about such matters. Believe it or not, some so called “Christians” distort the Scriptures to try to prove this concept (Acts 4:32-35; 2 Peter 3:16). Communism and socialism can’t work as long as mankind has a sinful, selfish nature (Psalm 51:5; Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). We all inherited one from our parents that goes all the way back to Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12). Then Adolph Hitler came along with his Mien Kamph” or My Struggle.” He appealed to the German people’s pride in their race. Here are some of his quotes: If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” “What luck for rulers that men do not think.” “By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.” “Great liars are also great magicians.” “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” “I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.” “Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.” “To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.”  Many of the German people were enamored by him and his plan to improve their lives. But we know the devastation that resulted from his diabolical plot to annihilate the Jews. It led to millions dying. God provided His Guide Book – The Scriptures” for humanity too. But sadly it has been ignored and/or misunderstood by many people who pick and choose the parts they want to justify their behavior. Most people do not rightly divide” the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15). The Red Letter Christians” believe that the words of Jesus are or ought to be the rules for living for today, especially the Sermon on the Mount.” If you claim to be a Christian, what part of the Bible do you use as your Guide Book” for living – the Mosaic Law, the Sermon on the Mount, or Grace Teachings, written primarily by the Apostles Paul, Peter, John, and the two half brothers of Jesus, James and Jude?

A Combat Faith. Our world is filled with many people who want peace on earth, a clean environment for themselves and their children, and many other desirable things. The dreamer, John Lennon expressed such sentiments in his song Imagine.” Such people are often well meaning, but misguided. Some of them are willing to die for the cause in which they believe and even kill others who don’t go along with them. They are committed and devoted to their leader. But they fail to realize that without the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6, 7), there can be no true and lasting peace on earth. Before this can happen, Satan, the enemy of God must be and will be chained in the abyss for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-6). Until this happens, true Christians on earth will be involved in spiritual warfare with him and his demons (Ephesians 6:12). But we also have two other spiritual enemies. Each spiritual enemy must be overcome using three different tactics.

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It certainly is an intriguing question: If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14). Another important question is: How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” (1 Corinthians 15:35). Orthodox Christians have always believed that the dead do live again and that they live in physical bodies provided for them at a future time of resurrection. The doctrine of physical resurrection has been less widely accepted in more modern times since it involves a divine miracle, and in this humanistic and mechanistic age miracles are summarily rejected by many.” – Dr. E. Pickering, “The Word Became Flesh,” p. 38

Unpleasant. Most of us prefer not to think about death, dying, and judgment day. Are all these things inevitable (Hebrews 9:27)? Will there be a group of people who won’t die physically like Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11) but who will be changed and transported into heaven to live forever (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)? Are your thoughts in line with God’s Word and the truth (Isaiah 55:8, 9)?

Reincarnation And Annihilation. These two ideas do not come from the Scriptures. …it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”(Hebrews 9:27). Reincarnation suggests that a bad person will have to come back as a lesser being or creature and will need to do good works to earn his way to a higher realm. But our salvation is not based on the good works we do lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:9). Jesus spoke of the eternal suffering of the wicked unbelievers, not in their annihilation as some cults teach (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Neither does the Bible teach that there is a place of purging after a person dies before he/she can enter heaven.

Resuscitation. Many sick and hurting people specifically state that they do not want to be resuscitated by life saving equipment. They don’t want to be re-animated back to a life of pain and suffering only to suffer more? Some people are in so much pain, whether it be physically, emotionally, or mentally that they try to commit suicide and some even succeed at it. Some want physicians to assist them in dying. Throughout the pages of the Old and New Testaments we have examples of people who were resuscitated back to life only to die again. Examples: 1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:18-37; 13:21; Matthew 9:23-26; Luke 7:11-17; John 11:1-44; Acts 9:36-42; 20:9-12. The ones whom Jesus brought back to life were to prove that He was/is the promised Messiah and the Son of God, and the God-man (John 6:39-44; 14:6; 20:31).

Five Bodily Resurrections

The first bodily resurrection out from among the dead was Christ’s. His resurrected, glorified body consisted of flesh and bones, but it had no blood (Luke 24:39; John 20:15, 27; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 20-23, 50). He was dead in the tomb for three days and three nights as Jonah was three days and nights in the belly of the great fish (Jonah 1:17; Matthew 12:40). Yes, there are fish that are large enough to swallow a man. If the story of Jonah isn’t true, then Jesus was/is a liar or a lunatic.

The second group of people to be resurrected are the New Testament Christians (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The true Church began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and will be complete by the time Christ returns for His Bride at the Rapture (John 6:37; 14:1-3; Romans 11:25). Christ’s coming for her is imminent and there are no sign miracles that precede His coming. There are indicators that seem to be pointing to the possibility of His imminent return but we are not to set any dates. Expect to be scoffed if you believe this way (2 Peter 3:3).

The third groupWhereas the 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Revelation 7:4-8) will be proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom (i.e. Christ’s literal, millennial Kingdom on earth – Daniel 2:44, 45; Isaiah 9:6, 7) to all the nations of the world, the “Two Jewish Witnesses” will be serving God in the city of Jerusalem (Revelation 11:8) during the last half of the Tribulation, known also as the “Time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). This holocaust will make all previous ones seem insignificant. During the first half of the Tribulation, the Jews in Israel (including Jerusalem) will be protected by the Antichrist (Man of Sin) with whom they have made a 7 year covenant (Daniel 9:27). But when the Jews refuse to bow down and worship the “Image of the Beast” (i.e. the Antichrist’s image) at the middle of the Tribulation (Revelation 13:11-18), he will persecute and try to annihilate them once and for all. The Jews who will be in Judea at that time will be told to flee to the mountains (i.e. Petra in Jordan – Isaiah 16:1; Matthew 24:15ff). But the “Two Jewish Witnesses” will remain in Jerusalem and have power to torment their enemies for the last half years of the Tribulation (Revelation 11:3-6). But then these two witnesses will be killed and their dead bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three-and-a-half days as their enemies rejoice at their deaths. But then they will be resurrected and called up to heaven (Revelation 11:7-12).

The fourth resurrection will take place 75 days after the seven year Tribulation is over (Daniel 12:12; 1 Corinthians 15:23). It will include the resurrection of the dead Old Testament believers and the Tribulation martyrs (Daniel 12:2). King David will be resurrected and become the regent on earth under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Jeremiah 30:9; Ephesians 5:32). Under him there will be lesser kings and lords (Revelation 19:16). Those who served God well during their time on earth will be raised from the dead and given responsibilities and rule over ten or five cities during Christ’s millennial reign on/over the earth (Luke 19:17-19; Revelation 20:4). No more will there be any corrupt politicians and judges (Isaiah 1:26). Until then we need to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Proverbs 21:1).

The fifth and final resurrection will take place after Christ has reigned on/over this earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-15). The wicked dead from the beginning of time will be raised by the Lord Jesus Christ, the omnipotent One (Revelation 1:8). All these people are headed for the lake of fire but their degree of everlasting suffering there will be determined at this time and it will be according to their works (Revelation 20:12; Matthew 10:15). Vengeance belongs to the Lord and He will repay everyone justly (Romans 12:19). He is the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8; John 5:22). He desires that you be saved from the lake of fire and that you come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Will you reject God’s love and choose darkness over light (John 3:16-36)? Would you like to get out of Satan’s kingdom of darkness and enter into God the Son’s kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13)? If so, we’d like to help you.

So What? You and I and every other human being, who have lived here on this planet, will live forever somewhere. Will it be with God in heaven or on the new earth or in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (John 14:1-3; Romans 4:13; Matthew 5:5; 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:1)? Believe it or not, it all depends on what you do with the Lord Jesus Christ. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name (i.e. Person and work) of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Where do you stand? You may know the facts of the Gospel and give mental assent to them and still not be saved. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble”(James 1:19). To be saved, you must stop trusting in yourself and/or in any of your good works, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you (Acts 16:31). You must believe the Gospel: Christ died for [your] sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not place your faith in Him now?

Saved? If you’re saved and have assurance that comes from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), what are you doing to share the Gospel with those around you? Are you growing spiritually and serving the Lord with gladness from a heart of love (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 4:10; Psalm 100:2;1 Corinthians 13)?

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The water was getting hotter and hotter and the hatred for Jesus was boiling after He deliberately healed a lame man on the Sabbath. The man hadn’t even asked to be healed. Jesus was accused of violating the Sabbath, and making Himself equal to God. To make matters worse, Jesus told them that one day He would be their Judge (John 5:22, 23). Believe it or not, one day everyone will bow down to the Lord Jesus Christ and admit that He is the God-man (Philippians 2:9-11; See Psalm 2). However, this does not mean that everyone will eventually be saved. This heresy is known as “Universalism.”

Accountable. Many people live their lives without realizing that someday they will give an account of themselves to the God-man (Romans 14:12). Every human being who has died, from the beginning of time, will be raised from the dead by the Lord Jesus Christ, who is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8), and participate in different resurrections and judgments (1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 51, 52). Do you know in which one you will participate and what the outcome of it might be?

The Judge. Not only is Jesus the only Savior who offers salvation (i.e. deliverance from hell to heaven) to all mankind (John 3:16), God the Father made Him the Judge whom everyone will face someday (John 5:22, 23; Hebrews 9:27). Jesus is omniscient and knows everything there is to know about us, including our thoughts and motives (John 2:24; 1 Corinthians 4:5). He is the righteous Judge and cannot be bribed or made to do something unjust (2 Timothy 4:8). He is the truth and will speak the truth about our true condition (John 14:6). Being omnipotent (Revelation 1:8), He can and will cast all unbelievers into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:15; 21:8), and He will take to heaven all true Christians who have placed their faith in Him alone for their salvation (John 14:1-3). We are not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5). God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11). He desires and wants everyone, from all the nations on earth, to come to Him for salvation (1 Timothy 2:4). If you’re a Christian, what are you doing to get the Gospel to them so they can be saved?

The Judgments

Confusion. Many people believe in the annihilation of the wicked or in reincarnation. Neither of these are taught in the Scriptures. Some people have the mistaken idea that there will be just one general resurrection and judgment at the end of time to determine if one gets into heaven or not. There is an old song that tells people to forget their troubles, get happy, chase all their cares away. Shout Hallelujah and get ready for judgment day. But wouldn’t their joy or sorrow depend on whether a person goes to heaven or hell?

Cross. God the Father demonstrated His love for sinful humanity by sending His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to this earth to die for all our sins (“once for all” Hebrews 10:10)…and rise again bodily from the dead on the third day (Isaiah 53:6; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:39). God the Son willingly went to the cross to take our place as the Just One for us, the unjust ones (John 10:14-18; 1 Peter 3:18). God promises eternal life (i.e. God’s quality of life) right now to any and all who will put their faith in Him alone for their salvation (1 John 5:13). Those who reject Him and His plan of salvation are under condemnation right now (John 3:18, 36). If you don’t believe on Him before you die physically, you will be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire. You and I have no guarantee that we will be alive tomorrow (James 4:14). “There is therefore now no condemnation to [Christians] who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39). Would you like this kind of eternal security right now (1 John 5:13)? You can have it today (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).

Self Judgment. Every true Christian is safe and secure in Christ. But this doesn’t mean that a Christian won’t ever sin again after he/she is saved. This is desirable, but not a reality (1 John 2:1, 2). God has made it possible for us not to sin (1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Peter 1:3) but most of us don’t take the “way of escape” and continuously live victorious Christian lives. We won’t be sinless until we die or the Rapture takes place (1 John 3:2). Every true Christian participates in the divine nature at the time of salvation (2 Peter 1:4) but still retains his/her old sin nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). We all have the potential to engage in all the sinful activities that we engaged in prior to our being saved (Galatians 5:19-21). This is why the Apostle Paul told Christians to “walk [by means of] the [Holy] Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust (i.e. strong desires) of the flesh/sin nature” (Galatians 5:16, 25). When the Holy Spirit pricks our conscience and convinces us that we have sinned (i.e. acted lawlessly), we need to change our mind about what we have done (repent) and then confess (admit) our sin(s) to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9). If we have sinned against another person, we should confess it to him/her too (James 5:16). If they’re willing to forgive us, we should also ask them not to hold it against us anymore. God can’t forget anything since He is omniscient, but He doesn’t hold our sins against us once they’ve been confessed properly to Him (Ezekiel 33:16). Do you know why God allows us to be tempted again in the same areas of our lives (James 1:13-15)? What crown can a believer earn if he/she successfully overcomes sins (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10)?

Works. When all true New Testament Christians stand before the Lord Jesus Christ at the “Bema Seat Judgment” they will have the works they did on earth examined (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). The worthless works, done independently of God and apart from the Holy Spirit’s leading (John 15:5; Romans 8:14), will be burned up without the Christian’s losing his/her salvation. But if we did the good works that God planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10), with love (1 Corinthians 13), in the power of the Holy Spirit (Philippians 4:13), we will be rewarded with crowns and praise from the Lord Himself. Do you know what the five crowns are and how to attain/earn them (1 Corinthians 9:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 2 Timothy 4:8; James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4)? If you earn one or more of them, what will you do with them (Revelation 4:10)? How will this relate to your pleasures in heaven for eternity?

Israelites. Each of the Seven Dispensations” (rules for living), found in the Scriptures, has a responsibility, a test, and demonstrates a failure on mankind’s part to do what God expected him to do. (See our “Dispensational Chart” for more information.) The judgment of the Jewish nation was not carried out at the time of Christ’s death for our sins. It will be carried out during the last half of the seven year Tribulation, known as “the times of Jacob’s troubles” (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff). We believe that the seven Trumpet Judgments (Revelation 8:2-9:21; 11:15-19) will be designed primarily to purge out all the unbelieving Jews (Ezekiel 20:37) and enable the believing remnant to enter the promised “Kingdom of the Heavens” with the King of kings and Lord of lords (Daniel 2:44, 45; Romans 9:27; Revelation 19:16). Be careful not to confuse the true Church with Israel. Beware of the heretical teaching known as “Replacement Theology.”  You can learn a lot about a person’s world view simply by asking, “Do you believe that the Jews have a right to the land of Israel? To whom was it given – Ishmael or Isaac?”

Angels. Yes, spirit beings are real and are very active in people’s lives every day. Two thirds of the angels are good, and one third are evil (Revelation 12:4). None of the cherubs except Lucifer rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12ff; Ezekiel 28:12ff). We know very little about the seraphs (Isaiah 6:2). Some of the angels that followed Satan were involved in trying to contaminate the human race by intermarrying with human women and producing hybrids (Genesis 3:15; 6:4). Some object by quoting Scripture – “For in the resurrection they (i.e. humans) neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels of God in heaven” (Matthew 12:3). Please note that it says the angels in heaven are not given in marriage. It doesn’t say anything about the fallen angels (demons) in this context. We believe the best explanation of the “sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6:4 is that it refers to some of the fallen angels who took on humanoid form. They cohabitated with human women and produced “giants…mighty men of renown.” These fallen angels (demons) are currently confined in “Tartarus” in the heart of the earth (2 Peter 2:4). Other fallen angels are actively engaged in opposing God and His children here on earth (Ephesians 2:2; 6:12). Satan spends most of his time in God’s presence accusing Christians of their misdeeds (Revelation 12:10). He and his angels will all be cast out of heaven to the earth at the middle of the Tribulation and will do all they can to destroy the nation of Israel in an attempt to try to foil God’s plan for them. (Note: Satan will be confined in the Abyss during the millennium and won’t be cast into the lake of fire until it’s over – Revelation 20:1-10.) If God is not able to preserve a believing remnant from entering the “Kingdom of the Heavens,” and inheriting all the land that God said He’d give to them (Genesis 15:18-21), then Satan himself has the hope that God won’t be able to cast him into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). This is an impossibility. God will win the final battle and rule into the ages of the ages, even into eternity (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Ephesians 2:7). He will keep all His promises to the Jews and to Christians. This gives us hope (Romans 15:4). What promises do you know and claim as your own?  How does this help you enjoy the peace of GodAre you trying to claim some promises that weren’t given to you?

Wicked Dead. The final judgment will take place when the Lord Jesus Christ raises the wicked dead from their graves and causes them to stand before Him at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15; 1 Corinthians 15:24). True Christians, as His Bride, will be at His side as He judges the wicked according to their works done on this earth. This will determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever. Among those who will suffer the most, next to the devil and demons, are those who are false prophets and false teachers who teach another Jesus and another gospel (2 Peter 2:1ff; Jude 1:13; Matthew 7:21-23; 24:5; 25:30, 41, 46; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

You And I. One day you and I will stand before Judge Jesus and have the works we did on earth evaluated. These judgments won’t be to determine our getting into heaven or not. They will determine our degree of pleasure in heaven or our torment in the lake of fire (Luke 12:47, 48). Our entrance into heaven is based on one act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for ours sins…and rose again bodily on the third day from the dead. Once saved, we’re to live with an attitude of faith (Romans 1:16, 17).

Questions. Are you sure that you will go to heaven some day? Do you really want to go there or do you want to go to hell with all your friends and party there? What if hell is what Jesus said it is – a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30; Luke 16:19-31)? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? If you’re saved, are you pleasing God and doing His will (2 Corinthians 5:10)? If not, what needs to change? See 1 John 3:4; James 4:17; Romans 14:23.

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