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“Wolf! Wolf!” cried the little boy. He tried it once too often and ended up facing a real wolf. But no one came to rescue him. In like manner, there have been many religious leaders who have tried to predict the time of Christ’s return only to miss the mark. Consequently, those who hate Christ and Christians scoff at us (2 Peter 3:3ff).  They don’t think God knows or cares what they do and that He won’t hold them accountable for their behavior (Psalm 10:11).  But He will (Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27).

N.W.O. Without a doubt, this world needs a New World Order. Before the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth to set up His kingdom on this earth, God will allow the devil, the Antichrist, and the false prophet to try their hardest to establish peace on earth without the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).  It can’t/won’t happen because man’s heart is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23). Thankfully, God will limit their efforts to seven years before bringing man’s rebellious rule to an end (Daniel 2:44, 45; 9:27; See Psalm 2).

Purpose. Jesus came to this earth to offer Himself as the King of the Jews (Luke 1:32, 33). Long before He was born, King David was promised an Heir who would become the unique King of the Jews (2 Samuel 7:12-14). The government will be on His shoulders.  He will bring peace on earth that will not end (Isaiah 9:6, 7). The Prophet Daniel also unveiled Christ’s kingdom to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (Daniel 2:44, 45 ). Jesus was/is the rightful Heir to the throne because He came from the right parents, both of whom were from King David’s line (Matthew 1; Luke 3:23-38).

Offer. Immediately after His baptism, Jesus was driven out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights. One of the temptations the devil presented to Jesus was his offer of the kingdoms of the world to Jesus if He would just bow down to the devil and worship Him (Matthew 4:8-10; Luke 4:5-8). This offer was a legitimate one.  Satan is currently the ruler of the kingdoms of this world (Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 1:13). It was a temptation to Jesus to circumvent the agony of the cross simply by bowing down and worshipping the devil.  But it wasn’t part of the Father’s plan for the salvation of mankind (Psalm 2:8,9; Ephesians 1:11; Hebrews 10:7). The common people who had just been fed miraculously by Jesus wanted to make Him their “Welfare King.” But He prevented that from happening (John 6:15). They wanted a King on their terms, not on His terms. They weren’t concerned about their spiritual need to repent (i.e., change their minds) and believe on Jesus to save them from their sins (John 1:29).

Rejected. Most of the religious leaders (the scribes and Pharisees) hated and plotted to kill Him because they were envious of Him (Matthew 27:18; John 5:18; 7:1, 19). About one week after the common people had welcomed Him into Jerusalem as the Son of David (Matthew 21:9), they turned on Jesus and cried out for Him to be crucified (Luke 23:21; Acts 4:10). They chose the murderer, Barabbas, over Jesus (Matthew 27:20).

Death/Resurrection. Pilate, the Roman governor, had a lot of pressure put on him by the Jews. Even though he declared three times that he found no fault in Jesus, he succumbed to their threat when they said, “If you let this man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar” (John 19:12). Wanting to save his own neck, he turned Jesus over to them for Him to be crucified as it had been predicted (Psalm 22; John 19:16). Even though the Jews objected to the inscription that was placed over His head, Pilate kept it there. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19). But death couldn’t hold Him down in the grave. He rose again triumphantly from the grave with a glorified body of flesh and bones on the third day (Luke 24:33, 43).  It was different in that it had no blood (1 Corinthians 15:50).

Return. After appearing to over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), Jesus ascended publicly, gradually, and literally to heaven in the midst of His disciples. When a cloud received Him out of their sight, two men (angels) said to them, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11). He will return at the end of the seven years of the Tribulation as the King of kings, and the Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). The believing, Jewish remnant will have repented (i.e., changed their minds about Him) and will welcome Him as their Messiah and Savior (Acts 3:19). At that time all the nations of the world will come to Armageddon to try to annihilate the Jews but King Jesus will come to rescue them in the nick of time (Zechariah 14:1-9; See Daniel 2:44, 45; Revelation 16:16).

King/Priest. Contrary to what many people are being taught, Jesus is not the Christian’s King and is not reigning now over the earth. Yes, He is sovereign, but His literal kingdom on earth is yet to be established according to God the Father’s timing (Psalm 2). Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is His Body (Ephesians 1:22, 23). He will be the Bridegroom and the true Church will be His Bride when He comes back for her at the Rapture (Ephesians 5:32). Presently Jesus is acting as the believer’s High Priest and is interceding for us (Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:25). Knowing this can be a source of great comfort to those who are suffering in this life. Every true Christian is a priest who is to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6; Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16).

Questions. If you were to die today, are you absolutely sure you’d go to heaven the moment you die or do you believe that you have to go to some purging place first?  Your answer to this is critical.  Why should God let you into heaven? If you believe that you are going to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? Are you looking forward to Christ’s return? Do you conduct yourself as though He might come back today? If not, why? Jesus said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again to receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). Believers who love His imminent arrival will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8).

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Most of us have never been bitten by a snake, let alone by a poisonous snake. Imagine having a huge snake under your bed as did our missionary friends in Africa. According to one source, some 7,000 people are bitten by snakes each year in the U.S. but only about 5 people die from these bites.

Snakes. While wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years, after their spectacular deliverance from 400 years of slavery in Egypt, many Jewish people were bitten by fiery snakes because they constantly complained against the Lord and tempted Him to see how long suffering He would be toward them (1 Corinthians 10:9; Numbers 21:5-9). Are you a grumbler too? God is very long suffering but it will come to an end as it did in the days of Noah (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 3:9).

Warning. The Apostle Paul used this incident from the Old Testament to warn Christians not to follow the example of the disgruntled Jews lest they too suffer a similar kind of chastening from the Lord. God often disciplines His rebellious children with physical illnesses, mental disturbances, and sometimes even takes their lives prematurely (1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Hebrews 12:5, 6; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). He does this so that Christians will not be condemned with the unbelievers of this world (Romans 8:1). If you’re a Christian, are you being disciplined for your sinful behavior?

Forgiveness. God extends His family forgiveness to Christians who confess their sins to Him (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). Judicial forgiveness takes place at the time of one’s salvation (Ephesians 1:7). Don’t confuse the two.

Cause. In response to Israel’s vow to the Lord that if He would deliver up the wicked Canaanites into their hands, they would utterly destroy them as they were supposed to do when the iniquity of the Amorites was full. (By the way, how full do you think America’s cup of iniquity is?) The Jews were to take possession of the land that God had promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants in an everlasting covenant (Genesis 15:16-21). Did you know that when Christ comes back to rule over the earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 19:16; 20:1-7; Isaiah 9:6, 7), the Jews will get all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River? Woe to those who try to take it from them (Genesis 12:1-3).

Deliverance. Many of the Jews who were bitten by the fiery snakes were dropping dead. When they confessed their sins to the Lord, God instructed Moses to make a snake of bronze and put it on a pole in the sight of the Jews. (Thus the insignia of the medical community.) All that was required for them to be cured was to look at the snake on the pole. That seemed like such a foolish thing to do but those who refused to do it died.

Illustration. Jesus used this illustration with a religious Pharisee named Nicodemus who had come to Him at night to learn more about Jesus who had been performing sign miracles. He said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:14, 15).

Foolish. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). Perhaps you’re wondering how the death of one man on a cross could provide deliverance for all mankind from our having to be cast into the lake of fire to suffer with the devil and his angels forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Romans 6:23).

God-Man. Only One who is both God and man, joined in one person, could accomplish such a thing for us (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11). Jesus Christ was/is that Man. He was born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:21-23); He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He voluntarily went to the cross to die for all our sins. He was buried for three days, and then rose again from the dead with a real, glorified body consisting of flesh and bones but no blood (John 10:17, 18; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50; Luke 24:39). He paid our debt to God (Romans 6:23).

Predicted. Hundreds of years earlier the Jewish Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and others had informed the Jewish people that a Deliverer would come. He would provide spiritual salvation for their sins and from the oppression of the wicked Gentiles who would take them as captives because of Israel’s continual rebellion and disobedience to God (Isaiah 53:6; 9:6, 7; 2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 25:9-12). Do you know how long the Jews will be under the heel of the non-Jews (Romans 11:25; Daniel 2:44, 45)?

Never Again? When and why will the Jews in Israel be chased out of the land they have now (Matthew 24:15ff)? To where will they flee (Isaiah 16:1)? How long will they be there (Jeremiah 30:7)? When and how will the Jewish Messiah come to deliver them (Matthew 21:9; 23:37-39; Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 2:9; Revelation 12:5)? How soon could these events take place? What has to take place first (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)? How prepared are you to face the future?

Gospel. The Good News that is the power of God unto our salvation is that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen [by many witnesses]” (1 Corinthians 15:2-8). Are you “believing in vain” by trying to add your good works to pay for your salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 7:21-23)?

Assurance. Are you absolutely sure that if you died today you’d go instantly to heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you think you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation?

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Throughout human history there have been people with great oratorical skills. They have dynamic personalities and dramatic voices. They can stir people up and move them to action. Sometimes it’s for a good cause. On other occasions it is for sinister purposes. We’ve seen a lot of this in our day.

Most of us can talk. Our speech can be destructive or edifying. If you’re a Christian, Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6; See 1 Peter 3:15). Always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and the good of others (Galatians 6:10). Remember, we will be held accountable for the words we use (Matthew 12:36) and the motivations behind our actions (1 Corinthians 4:5).

John The Baptist

Sorry. He wasn’t the first Baptist and he didn’t found the First Baptist Church. The Church that is the “Body of Christ” didn’t come into existence until the Day of Pentecost (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2). By the way, don’t confuse Israel with the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32). The Bible doesn’t teach that the Church has replaced Israel. This is called “Replacement Theology.”* It is a very dangerous teaching that will result in a greater holocaust for the Israelite people (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff). John the Baptist (not the Apostle John) was the forerunner of Christ and his coming was predicted in the Old Testament (Malachi 3:1; Isaiah 40:3). When asked as to who he was, he claimed that he was not the Messiah that was promised to the Jews (Isaiah 9:6, 7; 53), nor Elijah the prophet (Isaiah 18:24, 38; Matthew 17:3, 10-12), nor the Prophet who would come and be like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15).

Voice. John the Baptist referred to himself simply as the voice of one crying in the wilderness (John 1:23). He saw himself as an insignificant one who was allowed to announce to the Jewish nation the arrival of their Messiah and King (John 1:27; 3:30). Problem – Too many people want to draw attention to themselves rather than be a humble servant of the Lord. Believers are told not to think of themselves more highly than they ought to think (Romans 12:3). The Apostle Paul wrote, “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8; See 1 Corinthians 4:7; Proverbs 8:13).

You And Me

Witness. Just as John the Baptist bore witness to the Person and work of Christ, so God wants all whom He saves to bear a witness to others concerning Christ’s offer of salvation to everyone (Acts 1:8; John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). We don’t believe the Scriptures teach “Limited Atonement” (John 3:16; 6:37; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:2) or “Baptismal Regeneration.”** Water baptism (immersion) identifies us with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:3, 4). If you’re a Christian, have you been immersed? It displays your obedience to God (Matthew 28:19, 20), serves as a testimony to others (Acts 8:38), and enables you to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21).

Service. If you’re a Christian, will you let God use your body and your voice for His glory (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you yourself teachable and willing to change? Are you maturing in the faith and sharing what you know with others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2)? Are you glorifying Him by the things you do and say (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Or are you grieving and/or quenching Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? Is God well pleased with your conduct (2 Corinthians 5:9)? If not, confess your sins to Him, claim His forgiveness, and move on (1 John 1:9).

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

The Antediluvians

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

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

The Tower Of Babel

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

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

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

Sodom and Gomorrah

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

The Amorites

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

The Jews

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

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

Four World Empires

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

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

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

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

Satan’s Last Attempt

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

You

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

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When God is about to do something good, He starts with a difficulty. When He is about to do something great, He starts with an impossibility.”

King Jesus. It’s not surprising. Who wouldn’t want as their King someone who could take five small loves and a couple of fish and feed 5,000 men plus women and children (John 6), heal the sick (Matthew 8:16), and raise the dead (John 11:43, 44)? It was a logical choice on the part of the people who followed Jesus. They would have loved to have had such a welfare state. There were concerned about their physical well being but not about their spiritual condition (John 6:26-29). Isn’t that they way many people are today? Are you one of them? The Jews wanted to get out from under the heel of Rome with its oppressive taxes.

Rejected. But to their surprise, Jesus turned them down (John 6:15). You might ask “Why?” Hadn’t He come to be the King of the Jews? Yes, He did. His credentials as the rightful King of the Jews are given to us in Matthew’s Gospel chapter 1. So why did He turn them down? Simply because had He been voted in by will of the people, they would have been in charge. But His becoming the King of the Jews will be carried out by God the Father when He chooses to make His Son the King of kings and Lord of lords (Psalm 2:7-9; Revelation 19:16). We won’t crown Him King as some of our songs suggest. God the Father will do that but true believers will be there to observe it and rejoice to see it happen (Revelation 11:15). That will be an exciting day and may not be that far off from now. Do you know the order of things to come? Ask about our FREE charts.

Timing. The Jews will come back into God’s favor when the Jewish remnant repents (changes their mind) about the One whom they had crucified by the Romans. God holds all mankind responsible for Christ’s death, not just the Jews (Matthew 4:17; 23:37-39; Zechariah 12:10; Acts 2:36-38; 3:12-16; 4:25-28; Romans 9:27; 11:5). The Jewish remnant will repent at the end of “The times of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) known also as the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:15ff). Until then, the Jews will be subjected to the oppression of the Gentile nations (Luke 21:24). Anti-Semitism is growing in the world even at this time. Another holocaust is coming. But woe to those who mistreat the Jewish people (Genesis 12:1-3). They will be crushed by Christ at the end of the campaign of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). Consider the gruesome death that will come upon those who try to annihilate the Jews (Zechariah 14:12—15). Do you know when Russia and her allies will be destroyed and the one whom God will use to crush them (Ezekiel 38, 39; Revelation 13:1ff)?

Hope. God is not done with the Jews as a nation. (We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology”*). The believing Jewish remnant has a very bright future awaiting them (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1ff; 35:1ff; Zechariah 12, 14). They will inherit all the land that God promised to give to them. Do you know what it includes (Genesis 15:18-21)? They will become the head nation and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13) during Christ’s millennial reign (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). King David and other Old Testament believers will resurrected 75 days after the end of the Tribulation (Daniel 12:12). He will be the regent on earth (Jeremiah 30:9) under Christ and His Bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 19:16; 21:9; 22:3).

Delayed. Since most of the Jewish leaders and many of the people rejected His claims to be the Christ/Messiah and the God-man (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 8:58, 59; 10:30, 31), even though He had performed many miracles and signs for them (John 20:30, 31), He decided to postpone the setting up of His kingdom on this earth. A key turning point occurred right after Peter made his famous declaration, “Your are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus went on to tell His disciples that no longer were they to refer to Him as the Christ/Messiah. He was going to go to the cross to die for the sins of the whole world – Jews and Gentiles (Matthew 16:20; John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). Peter opposed Christ’s words and had to be rebuked sharply by the Lord (Matthew 16:21-23). Sadly, there are many Christians today who also oppose God’s plan and support the wrong causes. Do you know why the Apostle Paul rebuked the Apostle Peter on one occasion (Galatians 2:11-14)?

Church. After declaring to Peter that he didn’t come up with this truth on his own, Jesus told His disciples that He would build His church and that He Himself would be the foundation upon which it would be built (Matthew 16:18; See Ephesians 2:20). If the church had Peter as its foundation, it would have crumbled. The Church, which is the “Body of Christ” is made up of all true Christians. It had its beginning on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and it will be complete by the time Jesus returns at the Rapture (John 6:37; 10:16; 14:1-3). Will you be in that number? Don’t confuse Israel with the Church as some do.**

Deluded. The unadulterated Gospel*** concerning Christ is that “[He] died for our sins [yours and mine]…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). Having heard this, if you don’t believe on Him as your personal Savior before the Rapture happens (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52), you will not be given another opportunity to be saved after this event when you’re left behind. Instead you will believe “The lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12). Do you know what it is (Romans 1:25)?

Today. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). You have no guarantee that you will be alive tomorrow (James 4:14). “…it is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Nowhere in Scripture do you find the annihilation of the wicked (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8) or reincarnation. Jesus, the just One, came to take your place and mine and die for our sins (1 Peter 3:18). But a dead Savior is of no value to us. Therefore, after being dead for three days, God the Father raised Him from the dead with a real body consisting of flesh and bones, but no blood (1 Corinthians 15:50). He did this to let us know that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross met the righteous demands that God had set for those who have sinned (Romans 3:10-23; 4:25; 6:23; John 16:10).

Gift. Eternal life (God’s quality of life) is available right now to all mankind, not just to a few chosen ones**** (John 3:16; 5:24; 1 John 2:2; 5:11-13). Have you received it by faith yet (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?  If not, why not now?

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*Replacement Theology http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

**Distinctions between Israel and the Church http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispen/israelch.htm

***Clear Gospel http://www.cleargospel.org/

****Dangers of “Limited Atonement” http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

For Holocaust Deniers http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/this-is-for-all-those-holocaust-deniers-dont-you-dare

 

     During the “Dark Ages,” under the judges of Israel, a civil war broke out and decimated thousands of Jews (Judges 19-21).  It was sparked off by a horrific event when a Levite (a religious man) mutilated his wife’s body and cut her up into twelve pieces and sent them to the 12 tribes of Israel. 

     Raped.  Before doing this she had been brutally raped by some Sodomites who wanted to rape the Levite himself when he, his wife, and his servant came into their town one evening. But instead of raping him they ended up ravishing his wife all night. As morning dawned, they let her go and she went back to the place where they were staying and then she died on the doorstep.

     Outraged.  As you can imagine, when the Israelites from the other 11 tribes heard about it they were aghast and determined to take vengeance on those who were responsible for such a vile and gruesome deed.  But to their surprise, when they demanded that the Sodomites be turned over to them for punishment, the tribe of Benjamin refused to do so and defended these wicked men.  The Benjamites had 700 “sharp shooters” who could sling stones with precise accuracy and great velocity to kill their enemies.  Remember the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)?

     Slaughter.  A 400,000 man army came from the 11 tribes to exterminate one of the twelve tribes of Israel.  But when they went to attack the city where the Sodomites were, 40,000 soldiers from the 11 tribes were killed during two separate attempts.  Apparently God allowed this to happen because many of the Jews from all 12 tribes were also worshiping the false gods of the Canaanites and engaging in a sensual, disgusting, syncretistic religion.  A purging needed to take place among God’s chosen people.

     Victory.  After two devastating losses, the 11 tribes finally were able to gain a victory over the tribe of Benjamin.  They slaughtered everyone (men, women, and children) but 600 men fled into the wilderness.

     Senseless.  All this could have been avoided if the Jews had been true to their pledge to God when they promised to keep God’s commandments (Exodus 19:8).  They failed to realize that their hearts (minds, wills, and emotions) were deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).  The heart of man hasn’t changed to this day. We all have a sin nature that is bent on doing just the opposite of what God tells us to do. God gave us His assessment of mankind in Romans 3:9-23.  Do you agree or disagree with it?

     About Us.  Are we that much different from these Israelites?  Haven’t we defended and given special privileges to those who are morally depraved and treated them better than the upright citizens?  Do you think God’s heart isn’t aching as He sees infants in the womb being chopped up or poisoned to death?  Over 50 million of these helpless babies have been killed in our country since Roe v Wade in 1973.  Do you come across people who call good evil, and evil good as they did in days gone by (Isaiah 5:20)?  What about you? Do you live lawlessly and disregard what God has said in His Word? Do you understand the “Dispensational” distinctions in Scripture?  Do you live any way you want to live as long as you can get by with it?

     Religious.  Many people around the world are religious  and sincere, but they are not fit for heaven because they are trying to earn their way into heaven by their good works rather than trusting in the Christ of the Scriptures who died for all our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day.

     Many Ways?  How often have you heard it said, “There are many ways or paths to God.”  If that is true, than Christ was a liar.  He said in essence, “I am the only way to God in heaven, the absolute truth, and the only One who gives eternal life to those who believe on Me alone for their salvation” (John 14:6).  The Apostles Peter and Paul confirmed this truth (Acts 4:12; 16;31). What about you?  Why should God let you into His heaven?  Do you say, “I’m a pretty good person.  I try to keep the Ten Commandments”?  This won’t save you.

     Deliverance.  It comes to us by God’s grace that is totally undeserved on our part.  It is conditioned by faith alone, not by the good works we do lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  The object of our faith must be in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the God-man who was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15).  Then He voluntarily went to the cross (John 10:15-18) to die as our Substitute to pay the penalty of death that we owed to God (Romans 6:23).  His bodily resurrection (Luke 24:33-43) assures us of God the Father’s acceptance of His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25).

     Questions.  Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you?  Are you absolutely certain that you will go to heaven the moment you die, or do you think you can only enter heaven through the back or side door after you’ve been purged in a temporary prison for an indefinite period of time?  If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you can do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

     Civil War.  Is the United States headed for another civil war?  I certainly hope not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened or if God allowed another wicked nation to punish us for our wickedness and toleration of evil. He did it to His chosen people the Jews (Daniel 1:2) and He can/might do it to us too. 

     Replaced? No, the church hasn’t replaced Israel (1 Corinthians 10:32) and Christians cannot claim the promises that were given to the Jews.  God has a special plan for the believing Jews and His promises to them might be fulfilled in the very near future (Romans 11:1ff; Zechariah 14:1ff). Do you know what God says will happen in the future?

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Far too many Christians are ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). Rather than resisting him, they usually give in to his temptations and find themselves dominated or ensnared by him (2 Timothy 2:26). Others blame him for things when they should be taking responsibility for their own actions. Are you blaming others for your bad behavior? All unsaved people have a sin nature (disposition) but so do Christians who have been “born again from above” (John 3:6; 1 John 1:8). Those Christians who say that they don’t have one are simply deceiving themselves, not others.* We have three spiritual enemies: Satan, our own sin nature, and the present world system.  Do you know how to live victoriously?  Read on.

Stand. To enable us to stay standing rather than falling before the devil when he’s allowed to tempt us (1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 6:13), we must be aware of his subtle enticements to sin and take the appropriate Biblical steps to resist him (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17). His temptations include:

Independence From God. Lucifer (Day Star), the bright and shining one, became dissatisfied with the role he had in God’s government even though he was above all other spirit beings including other cherubs, seraphs, and angels. He wanted to be like (not unlike) the Most High God (Isaiah 14:12-14). He didn’t like the idea of having to be accountable to God. Do you have the same problem? He sinned when he seduced one third of the angels to follow him in his rebellion against God (Ezekiel 28:14-19; Ephesians 6:12). He became Satan – God’s adversary.

Flood.  Then God flooded the whole earth that included Eden, the rock garden (Ezekiel 28:13), from where he once ruled under God (Genesis 1:2).  The flood of Noah’s day came later (Genesis 6, 7).  God did this to demonstrate to all the spirit beings how displeased He was with the heinous nature of Lucifer’s act of rebellion and sin against God. We’re not told how long God the Holy Spirit brooded in grief over the face of the waters that covered the whole earth at that time.

Eve. Being unhappy to see Adam and Eve with the authority over the earth that he once had (Genesis 1:26), Satan probably spent quite some time observing them to see where they might be most vulnerable to his temptations.  He wanted to regain the dominion over the earth that God had given to them. He used the serpent to communicate with Eve (Genesis 3:1-5; Revelation 12:9). God even used a donkey on one occasion to rebuke Balaam, a hireling prophet (Numbers 22:28-30; 2 Peter 2:16).

Conscience. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they got a conscience but lost the image of God that apparently included a garment of light. They knew that they had been stripped and saw their own nakedness (Genesis 3:7). So they sewed fig leaves to cover themselves. True believers will get a garment of light in the future (1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 Timothy 6:15; 1 John 3:2; Daniel 12:3). Do you know what happens to all unbelievers (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8)? What’s wrong with man’s conscience and how did that era (dispensation) end (Judges 17:6; 25:21; Genesis 6, 7)? In which group will you be found in eternity future? You can be sure of it before you die (1 John 5:13).

Miracles. They are nothing more than the circumvention of the normal laws (phenomena) of nature. God made everything (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2) including these laws and can change them when He wants to do so. We don’t believe in uniformatariansim (i.e. that all things have happened the same way since the beginning of time).** Scoffers don’t agree with God’s Word (2 Peter 3:1-13; Genesis 7). Are you one of them? God, Jesus, the devil, demons, and many saved and unsaved people have performed miracles (Exodus 7, 8; Matthew 7:21-23; John 20:31; 2 Corinthians 12:12). Are they still extant today (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)? In the future the Antichrist and his assistant, the false prophet, will deceive many people by performing the same kinds of miracles that Jesus and His apostles did while they were on earth (2 Thessalonians 2:9; Acts 2:22).

Resurrection. The future Antichrist (Man of Sin), who will be killed in a battle with Russia and her allies during the Tribulation (Ezekiel 38, 39), will even be raised back to life to imitate Christ’s resurrection (Revelation 13:3-18). He’ll want to be worshiped by mankind, especially the Jews. They will refuse and then be persecuted intensely for the next 3 ½ years, known as “the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15ff). We don’t set dates, but these events don’t seem to be that far off from today. Are you ready? Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:13-17).

Jesus. After His baptism, He was driven out into the wilderness by God the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil for 40 days (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). The devil and demons knew that He was the Son of God (Matthew 8:29). We know from the Greek language of the New Testament that He actually said, “[Since] you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). This was a temptation for Jesus to act independently of His Father and to do something before God’s timing. Waiting for God’s timing is a real problem for some folks (Psalm 46:10). Is it for you? Is this why you’re full of worry and cares (Philippians 4:6, 7).

Good Works. No one is saved by good works but by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily. (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4). Christians must do God’s work according to His rules if we want to be rewarded (2 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The end doesn’t justify using illegal means to accomplish a good goal (Romans 3:8). Do you break God’s rules? Do you know which ones are for believers today? If not, ask for our FREE “Dispensational Chart.” It could open up the Scriptures for you in ways you never knew before. It did for me.

The Devil’s Fourteen Temptations – To be continued.

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*Sin Nature – http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm00.htm

**Uniformitarianism – http://www.gotquestions.org/uniformitarianism-vs-catastrophism.html