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Not long ago some college students were murdered by a mad man because they admitted that they were Christians. What would your response be if someone were to come into your church service and ask you to identify yourself. Would you deny Christ hoping to spare your own life? Would you lose your salvation if you denied Him? Would you need to be saved again? Do others know that you are a true Christian by your walk and talk?

As spiritual darkness envelopes our country and the world and as true Bible believing Christians are persecuted more and more (2 Timothy 3:1-12), there are some things that we really need. First of all, we all need –

A Savior. There is only one Person who can qualify to be our Savior. He must be God and man at the same time. God the Son came down to this earth and added to His deity a true human nature and a real body like ours (John 1:1-18, 29; Philippians 2:5-11). In no way was/is He inferior to God the Father or God the Holy Spirit as some cults teach (Colossians 2:9; John 5:18; 8:58; 10:3). He is the “Solid Rock” on which our faith must rest (See Matthew 7:24-27; 16:18; Psalm 18:2, 31). Is He your personal Savior? Do you believe that He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)?

The Bible. God graciously gave to mankind a book that tells us how we can have peace with God (Romans 5:1). This Book is made up of 66 books, and it is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21). It is alive and powerful and can/will accomplish God’s purposes (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 1:11; John 6:37). Read about some of the benefits that come from it (Psalm 119:11, 28, 105, 111, 130, 165, 176).

Faith. We need saving faith if we want to be delivered from the eternal lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:14, 15; 21:8) and enter into God’s presence in heaven forever (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Philippians 1:29; Romans 4:3, 4, 16; John 14:1-3). Once we’re saved, we need living faith (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38; 11:6).

Hope. The believer’s hope is not wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on God’s promises that are addressed to Christians (Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:21). Consider some examples: Acts 23:6; Galatians 5:5; Colossians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Love. While non-Christians can have brotherly love (“Phileo” – Hebrews 13:1), and family love (“Storge” – 2 Timothy 3:3), God’s kind of love is reserved for Christians who are rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (“Agape” – Romans 5:1; Galatians 5:22; 1 Corinthians 13). A maturing Christian must not misdirect God’s love toward the things of this world (1 John 2:15-17).

Promises. Not every promise in the Bible may be claimed by Christians. Example: Would you really want to have a child when you were 100 years old and your was wife 90 years old (Genesis 15:4; 17:17; 21:5)? Some promises were given exclusively to the Jews. Others were given exclusively to Christians. The Church didn’t replace Israel. God still has promises that He gave to the Jews that must be fulfilled (Romans 11:1). Only a trustworthy, all powerful God can keep all the promises He’s made to others (Romans 4:19; John 14:6; Ephesians 3:20). It’s not enough to know the promises of God, a believer must mix them with faith and rest in the Lord to do what only He can do (Hebrews 4:2).

Others. Some people have the idea that they can live without help from other people. Try to imagine what you life would be like if everyone won a million dollars and decided to quit his/her job. There would be no one to serve you at the grocery store, you wouldn’t have electricity or hot water and many other services. We need each other. We need those who know more than we do and who have expertise in various areas. We need to pass on to our children and grandchildren information that will be helpful to them. Christians are admonished not to forsake their assembly meetings (Hebrews 10:24, 25; See Romans 15:1; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Younger Christians need older Christians (1 Thessalonians 5:11ff; Romans 14:1; 2 Timothy 2:2 ).

Crisis. Too many people wait for a crisis before they turn to the Lord for His help. Do you have “Fox Hole Faith” or genuine “Saving Faith”? Make sure of your salvation (2 Peter 1:10; See Matthew 7:21-23). There are no second opportunities to be saved once you’re dead (Hebrews 9:27). If you’re a Christian, God wants you to keep growing spiritually each day (2 Peter 3:18). He also wants us to serve Him and others with gladness (Psalm 100:2; 1 Peter 4:10). Can God count on you to share the Good News concerning Christ with others as the Holy Spirit leads you (Romans 8:14)?

Peace. Do you have peace with God (Romans 5:1)? How about the peace of God (Philippians 4:6, 7)? May we suggest that you read and meditate upon Philippians 4:6, 7; Isaiah 26:3?

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“Impossibilities. Everyone can list a few. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. You can’t get blood out of a turnip. You can’t make a crab walk straight.” – C. Swindoll. But did you know that great opportunities are often disguised as unsolvable problems?

Jesus’ disciples had seen Him turn water into wine, heal a nobleman’s son from a distance, and enable a man, who had been lame for 38 years, to walk. But what could/would Jesus do with thousands of hungry people who were following Him almost everywhere He went?

The Occasion. This particular event took place (1) after John the Baptizer was beheaded by King Herod who had been denounced for being an adulterer (John 3:24; Matthew 4:12; 14:1-14; Mark 6:14-31). John probably hadn’t thought much about being imprisoned as he was or to the possibility that he would be beheaded (Matthew 11:3). Jesus knew that His disciples needed a break from this traumatic event. So He told them to “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for awhile” (Mark 6:31). Yes, we all need time off from work and vacations. But did you know that God has provided a “moment by moment rest” for believers who will mix His promises with faith (Hebrews 4:2-9). This event also happened (2) after Jesus saw thousands of people, on their way to observe the Passover, coming to Him to meet their physical needs through sign miracles (John 3:2; 6:2-5). Sadly, many of they weren’t concerned about their spiritual condition or their need to repent (i.e., change their mind) about Him as the promised Messiah and the Son of God (John 20:31; Matthew 16:16). They needed to see themselves as sinners who were in need of trusting in Him alone as their personal Savior (John 1:29). What concerns you the most – physical, emotional, or spiritual things? Do you know when to flee and when to fight (2 Timothy 2:22; James 4:7).

The Opportunity. In this crisis situation there was an opportunity to meet the real need of over 5,000 hungry people (John 6:10). Many of us in this country know very little about real hunger as people do in other countries. But Even in the affluent society of modern America, fourteen million children live in poverty. Twelve million of them suffer from constant hunger, and in parts of the country more than one-fourth of all children never get enough nourishment…On any given night in the USA, one hundred thousand homeless children live on the streets. People below eighteen are the fastest-growing group among the homeless.” – Kenneth Gangle, John, p. 116. Jesus planned to feed their hungry stomachs before telling them about their greater spiritual need of receiving Him as “The Bread of Life” (John 6:35, 48). Sadly, most of them weren’t interested in their own spiritual well being. Jesus said, “Labor not for the food that perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give to you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him” (John 6:27).

The Responses. The disciples failed to recall the previous sign miracles that Jesus had performed (Mark 8:14). They were like the disciples on their way to Emmaus, who were “slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets [had] spoken” (Luke 24:25). They were stuck with a human viewpoint. When Jesus asked Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” he responded by saying, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little” (John 6:5-7). Andrew found a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish and said, “but what are they among so many” (John 6:8)? They failed to look at the situation from a Divine viewpoint. Do you think you would have done anything differently if you had been there? Consider these people’s response. After they had been fed to the full, they wanted to make Jesus their King. After all, they thought that if Jesus could feed 5,000 people from five small barley loaves and two small fish, he could provide for them the “Ultimate Welfare State” in which they would have all their physical needs provided for them.

The Reaction. “Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone” (John 6:15). Wait a minute.  Hadn’t Jesus come to be the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:2)? Why didn’t He take them up on their offer? It would have been on their terms, not on His or God the Father’s terms or according to His timing (Psalm 2:7ff). After being tempted by the devil in the wilderness for 40 days, Satan legitimately offered to Jesus the kingdoms of this world if Jesus would bow down and worship him (Matthew 4:9).  Of course, Jesus didn’t do that.  Remember that Satan also told Eve that she would be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil, if she just ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:5)? Yes, after eating of it, she did gain that knowledge, and became like God in that one area, but it wasn’t what God wanted for her or Adam and in the process their natures became sinful natures (Romans 5:12; 7:15-25). This is why we all need to be “born from above” so we can participate in the Divine nature (John 3:3-6; 2 Peter 1:4). Are you being tempted to do something independently of God and not according to God’s Word or His timing? “…for whatsoever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).

The Sufficient One. As the God-man, Jesus had/has the ability to meet all of our needs, whether they be physical, emotional, and/or spiritual needs. “…[God] is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). The Apostle Paul wrote, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). The Psalmist admonishes us to “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name…” (Psalm 103:1ff).  Please take time to read about some of God’s benefits in this Psalm.

Questions. What kind of perspective do you have – A human one or Divine one? How much faith do you have in God and His promises? How often do you use words like these? “It can’t be done.” “It won’t work.” “It’s impossible to do.” What crisis situation are you facing right now? How big is your God? The Psalmist wrote, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together” (Psalm 34:3). The Apostle Paul committed his readers to the Lord when he wrote, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20, 21). Absolutely nothing is too hard for the Lord (Jeremiah 32:17, 27; Luke 1:37; 18:27).  Is there a promise from God that you need to claim and mix with faith (Hebrews 4:2)?  Will you do it now?

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus,

but to trust and obey.”

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Beggars. Most people shy away from them but a few have mercy on them. What would you have done? One day, while the Apostles Peter and John were on their way to the temple at the hour of prayer, they encountered a lame man who was begging for alms (Acts 3). Rather than giving the man what he wanted, they gave him something better. In the name of Jesus they healed the man and enabled him to walk. His excitement was contagious and those who were there wondered what had happened to him. This in turn led to a crowd’s gathering around Peter and his being able to explain to them what had happened. About 5,000 people got saved but not without opposition from the religious authorities (Acts 4:1ff).

Opposition. Early in His ministry, Jesus performed a similar miracle and it also resulted in the religious leader’s opposition to Jesus. Not only did they hate Him, they wanted to kill Him (John 5:16). But why would there be such opposition to such an act of mercy? They were filled with envy (Matthew 27:18).

Sabbath. Jesus deliberately healed a man on the Sabbath (John 5:9). This infuriated the religious leaders who had added extra rules (legalism) to the Sabbath and imposed them on the common people. Perhaps they thought, How dare this man Jesus violate our rules?

Creation. Let’s go back to the beginning.  We’re told that after the six days of creation God rested (Genesis 2:2, 3). Why? It wasn’t because He was tired. He’s not a man who gets worn out. He is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8). There simply was no more work for Him to do at that time.

Resumption. But after Adam and Eve rebelled against God, by eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6), there was plenty of work for God to do on man’s behalf.  When that man got down into the ditch of sin, the Lord Jesus and the Father could no longer rest on the Sabbath Day. Although God rested after the creation of the physical universe, after the fall of man He didn’t rest, because man, like an ox, had gotten down into the ditch.” – J. Vernon McGee (See Luke 13:15; 14:5)

Relief. God graciously established the Sabbath as a day of rest for the Jews who had been slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years without any rest (Mark 2:27; Exodus 20:2; Deuteronomy 5:15). It wasn’t imposed on the people (for about 2,500 years) who were living before the giving of the Mosaic Law nor on the non-Jews after the giving of the Law. Not only was the Sabbath (seventh) day designed to give man a day of rest, every seventh year God told the Jews to give the land rest (Leviticus 25:1ff; 26:34-43). It also gave the Jews an opportunity to trust God to supply their need for food while the land rested. But they didn’t trust God for 490 years straight. So God removed them from their land, by the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, for 70 years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Daniel 1:1, 2). King Cyrus of Persian (Iran) allowed the Jews to return to the land of Israel and rebuild the temple and reestablish their worship of God (2 Chronicles 36:22ff; Ezra 1:1ff).  Wouldn’t it be great to see the current leaders in Iran treat the Jews as King Cyrus did?

Today. Although 9 or the 10 commandments are repeated in the New Testament, the 4th commandment regarding the Sabbath day of rest is not imposed on Christians (Colossians 2:16). Yes, the Apostle Paul went into the synagogues on the Sabbath (Acts 13:14; 18:4), but it was to preach the Good News concerning the Jewish Messiah Jesus and His work on their behalf to save them from sin and its consequences (Acts 13:15ff; 17:1ff; 18:4ff; Romans 6:23). But the early church assembled on the first day of the week to hear the Word of God proclaimed and to stimulate each other to love and good works (John 20:19; Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Hebrews 10:24, 25).

Tribulation. During the (perhaps soon) coming seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19), know also as the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), the judgment of the rebellious nations (Psalm 2) and the Jews will take place with the 7 seal judgments, 7 trumpet judgments, and the 7 bowl judgments. Jesus told the Jews who would be living in Jerusalem in the future when the Antichrist will have his image set up in the holy place in the rebuilt temple on the current “Temple Mount” to pray that your flight [from Jerusalem to Petra in Jordan – Isaiah 16:1ff] may not be in winter or on the Sabbath” (Matthew 24:15-20; See Revelation 13:11-18).

Millennium. During Christ’s millennial reign on/over earth, the Sabbath day rest will also be restored (Ezekiel 44:24; 46:1-3). It will be a time of peace and great prosperity (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1ff; 35:1ff) when Christ and His Bride, the Church rule over the earth from the heavenly (satellite) New Jerusalem (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9ff; Isaiah 9:6, 7). King David and other Old Testament believers will be raised from the dead 75 days after the Tribulation is over (Jeremiah 30:9; Daniel 12:12). He will be the regent on earth.  Under him there will be other Gentile kings and lords (Revelation 19:16). Some of the resurrected Old Testament Jews will rule as  judges who can’t/won’t be bribed. (Isaiah 1:26; Luke 19:17). Try to imagine what that will be like.

Sabbath Rest. There is another type of Sabbath rest that was/is available to the people of God who know and claim God’s promises (Hebrews 4:2). God assured Abraham and the Jews that He would deliver them from their 400 years of bondage in Egypt and take them into the “Promised Land” (Genesis 15:13-18). While they have inhabited some of the land that was promised to them, they are yet to get all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River. This will happen during the millennial reign of Christ. After leaving Egypt, God instructed them to go in and take the land away from the wicked Amorites and Canaanites by force (Genesis 15:15; Deuteronomy 7:1).  God often uses one nation to punish another wicked nation.  This is one reason why God is opposed to man’s attempts to establish a one world government and a one world religion.  But it’s coming as predicted (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).  The stage is being set.  Thankfully it will only last for seven years.  Otherwise no one would survive this holocaust when over 1/2 of the population will die (Matthew 24:22; Revelation 6:8; 9:15).  We sincerely hope that you won’t be here on earth during these days.  Will you be left behind when the Lord returns?  (Read John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9).

Discouraged. When the 12 spies came back from the land of Canaan with their report concerning the “Promised Land,” 10 of them gave the people a bad report and caused them to doubt God’s ability to give them the land. So they revolted against God and Moses and refused to claim God’s promises. This is one of the reasons why the Jews had to spend 40 miserable years in the wilderness (Numbers 13:26ff; 14:33ff). Learn what not to do from their bad example (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11).

Promises. Just as God gave the Jews promises and has kept them, so God has given New Testament believers promises that we can claim so we can enjoy the abundant life consisting of, among other things, the peace of God (John 10:10; Philippians 4:4-6; Galatians 5:22). This gives us hope. It is the confident expectation that God will keep His promises to us too (Romans 15:4). Make sure that you don’t try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to the Jews. The Church has not replaced Israel (Romans 11:1ff).  This is called “Replacement Theology.” [1] . Christians have plenty of promises to claim but most of them will go unclaimed. This is why many Christians are miserable and filled with anxiety, fear, and doubt (John 14:1; Philippians 4:6). Are you one of them? Would you like a list of promises for Christians to claim? You can’t claim them if you’re not saved.  What is the command and promise to an unsaved person? (Read John 3:16, 18, 36; Acts 16:31; 1 John 5:13).

Christian. You can become a Christian, and have peace with God (Romans 5:1) by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). There are no good works that you can/must do to be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5). Salvation is a free gift from God to all who will believe on Christ.  (Beware of the “Lordship Salvation” requirements for salvation. They’re very confusing and can leave a person without assurance of salvation.) [2]

Formula. Here is the right formula: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works. This is the wrong formula: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation. If you get this mixed up, you’ll end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). We’re here to help you avoid that awful place that lasts forever. Contrary to what some cults teach, there are no second chances to be saved once you’re dead (Hebrews 9:27). The Scriptures don’t teach reincarnation either.

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[2] Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

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In these perilous days when so many people are unthankful, unholy, unloving, and unforgiving, every Spirit filled Christian can/should continually display a grateful heart to God and others (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Ephesians 5:18-21). In Psalm 103:1-5 the author reminds us that the Lord –

Saves. He can deliver us from eternal condemnation (John 3:16; Matthew 25:41, 46) and forgive those who put their faith and trust in Christ alone to save them. Judicial forgiveness takes place at the moment of salvation and family forgiveness is granted to His children when we confess our sins to Him (Ephesians 1:7; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9). Since He is omniscient, He can’t forget the sins we’ve committed, but once properly dealt with, He has promised not to hold our sins against us (Ezekiel 33:16; Psalm 103:12). But some time later He probably will give us another opportunity to show our love for Him rather than for the gratification we get from engaging in sin (Hebrews 11:25). He will allow us to be tempted periodically (James 1:12-15; 1 Corinthians 10:13). Did you know that God also heals all our physical diseases except the last one? We’re all going to die unless the Rapture takes place (Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). Today God doesn’t need divine healers to cure someone (1 Corinthians 13:8-10; James 5:14, 15). Do you know why He allows sickness? Consider John 9:3; 11:4; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; 2 Corinthians 12:7-9; Hebrews 12:6-14.

Keeps. Did you know that the believer’s salvation comes in three tenses: Past – from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:1); Present – from the power of sin (Romans 6:14; 8:2), and Future – from the presence of sin (Romans 8:18-23)? “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Jesus said, “And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand…or the Father’s hand” (John 10:28, 29). Furthermore, did you know that each believer has at least one guardian angel (Hebrews 1:14; 1 Peter 1:12)? Don’t make it difficult for him to keep you safe. He’s not omnipotent like God. Have you thanked God recently for crowning you with loving kindness and tender mercies that are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22, 23)? You can count on God to keep all His promises (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29). Some are conditional; others are unconditional. Just make sure you’re claiming the promises that are given to you as a New Testament believer. Not all the promises in the Bible were given to you to claim. Don’t confuse Israel with the Church.

Satisfies. Yes, God satisfies our mouth with good things. Most of you can smell and taste things. Some of us can’t. We’re waiting for our new, glorified bodies that will be like Christ’s resurrected, glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 John 3:2). Every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17; 1 Corinthians 4:7). He is the One who renews our strength like the eagle’s (Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 68:35; 2 Corinthians 12:9). He has promised to supply all our needs, not our greed (Philippians 4:19). “Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

Memory. In loving memory of those who risked their lives for us “It is appropriate that every year we have [a Memorial Day] to honor our countrymen who made and still make enormous sacrifices for us. It is appropriate that every week we have a day to honor the Savior who died for the sins of the world [and rose again for our justification]” – Warren Wiersbe. Why not express a word of thanks to someone who risked, lost, or gave his/her life for you? Think of your mother, a police officer, a soldier, a firefighter, or someone else who comes to your mind.

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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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*Evolution: www.evolutionvsgod.com

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

***Clear Gospel http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

 

In 1928 a group of the world’s most successful financiers met at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. Collectively, these tycoons controlled more wealth than there was in the U.S. Treasury, and for years newspapers and magazines had been printing their success stories and urging the youth of the nation to follow their examples. But that’s not the end of the story.

Money And Wealth. It is not the root of all evil. Do you know what is (1 Timothy 6:10)? Did you know how covetousness and idolatry are associated (Colossians 3:5)? Some people acquire money lawfully while others obtain it illegally. Don’t you think that the legislators who make the laws should have to abide by the same rules that they impose on the rest of us? We’re supposed to live by the rules established by the government of the land in which we live (Romans 13:1-7). Some ways of doing business today were once forbidden. We understand that franchises and network marketing were not permitted at one time. It’s unfortunate that money can be used or misused by both unbelievers and Christians (1 Corinthians 7:31).

Capitalism. Did you know that God’s Word prohibits stealing and encourages capitalism, not socialism or communism (Ephesians 4:28)? Do you know what the Scriptures say about someone who can work but who won’t work (2 Thessalonians 3:10)? Earthly riches can keep a person from trusting in Christ for salvation and daily living (Matthew 13:22). Spiritual riches are of great value (Ephesians 1:3). However, many Christians know very little about their riches in Christ. We’re saved by an act of faith, and Christians are to live in an attitude of faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 1:17) while knowing and claiming God’s promises to us as New Testament believers (Hebrews 4:2). Are  you trying to claim promises that were never intended for you?  Are you living the “Faith/Rest Life” that is provided for all Christians?

Classifications. People can be classified physically and spiritually. Some folks are poor without and within. They spend their entire lives in poverty and die without Christ as their personal Savior (Ephesians 2:12). Jesus said that there would always be poor people on this earth (John 12:8). Then there are people who are rich without and rich within. The patriarchs Job, Abraham and others were physically and spiritually rich (Job 1:1-12; Genesis 12:16). So were Nicodemus, the teacher in Israel (John 19:39), and Barnabas (Acts 4:36, 37). The persecuted believers in the church at Smyrna were physically poor but spiritually rich (Revelation 2:9). So was the beggar who ate crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table (Luke 16:20). But then there are also people who are physically wealthy in this life but who will end up in hell because of their spiritual poverty expressed by their unbelief in Christ alone for their salvation (Luke 16:19, 23; John 16:9). The folks in the church of Laodicea had great riches but they lacked spiritual life (Revelation 3:17). In which of these four categories do you fit?

Judgment Day. James, the Lord’s half brother (Mark 6:3), warned hoarders that someday they will reap misery (James 5:1-3). The Christians who love this present world system and who misuse it will lose out on their rewards at the “Bema Seat Judgment Of Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). All unbelievers will face Judge Jesus (John 5:22) at the Great White Throne Judgment. They will be judged according to their works to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:15-20; Matthew 25:41, 46). No human being needs to go there. Salvation has been provided for everyone (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2).

Salvation. No one can buy his/her way into heaven. It is a gift from God to all who will place their faith in Christ exclusively rather than trying to earn their way to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Do you believe that He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43)? God is omniscient and knows those who are His and those who aren’t (John 10:14). Once we’re truly saved, no one can snatch us out of God’s hands (John 10:28, 29). He will never leave or forsake those who belong to Him (Hebrews 13:5).

Warnings. Because many people in the olden days were very poor and worked as day laborers, it was important that they get paid every day when their work was done. The employer was not to withhold the worker’s pay from him for any reason since he and his family depended on the money for survival. The Old Testament law was clear abut this (Leviticus 19;13; Deuteronomy 24:14, 15; Jeremiah 22:13; Malachi 3:5). The employer was not to defraud his workers and steal from them in an effort to engage in prodigal living and over indulgence (Matthew 24:38; Luke 15:13). As then, so our world is filled with people who are lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4). Are you one of them?

Murder. Some wealthy land owners were “living high on the hog” while defrauding and abusing their field workers who had worked hard for an honest day’s pay. This may have contributed to the early deaths of some workers who were unable to resist their employers (James 5:6). Are you an employer or an employee? God has given us Christians some rules that relate to both groups (Ephesians 6:5-9). Consider these things and examine your life by God’s standards. What needs to change so that you can be well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9).

Quote. “A quest for wealth and power can consume all our energies. Those who have wealth and power face the additional temptations of pride, greed, and an attitude of self-sufficiency. The wealthy can also take advantage of their condition to practice injustice and dishonesty toward the poor and needy.” – Thomas Lea.

The Rest Of The Story. Twenty-five years later, this is what had happened to the men mentioned above. The president of the largest independent steel company, Charles Schwab, lived on borrowed money the last five years of his life and died broke. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cutten, died abroad, insolvent. The president of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, served a term in Sing Sing Prison. The member of the President’s Cabinet, Albert Fall, was pardoned from prison so he could die at home. The greatest bear in Wall Street, Jesse Livermore, committed suicide. The president of the Bank of International Settlements, Leon Fraser, committed suicide. The head of the world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Drueger, committed suicide. All of these men had learned how to make money, but not one of them had learned how to live. – Source Unknown

Remember. Money is a part of the present world system in which we all live. It is governed by the devil and his agents (Matthew 4:9; John 12:31; Ephesians 2:2). The believer may use it but he must not love or abuse it by making it the most important thing in his life (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36).

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There is no doubt about it. We are living in some very troubled times. People and nations can’t seem to get along with each other and so they go to war with each other. James, the Lord’s half brother, wrote, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your own pleasures” (James 4:1-3 NKJV).

Perilous Times. The Apostle Paul penned these words: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away” (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Does this describe the day in which we live?

King Solomon. He gave us these words: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6). “If any of you [Christians] lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gently, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). Do you have this kind of wisdom?

Disappointed? Many people, including some Christians, are disappointed because things haven’t gone the way they hoped they would. They’ve made plans independently of God and then asked Him to rubber stamp them (James 4:13-15). Have you done this yourself? Do you think of God as your personal Genie? “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – A. W. Tozer.  Is the Christ in whom you’re trusting the Christ of the Scriptures or the Christ of the cults (Matthew 24:5)?  Do you know the difference? 

Liars. Sometimes people deliberately try to deceive us or just come out with a bold face lie and want us to believe them. But once someone lies to us, it usually takes a long time to trust that person again. Do you know where habitual liars end up (Revelation 21:8)? Concerning Himself Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). That’s pretty narrow isn’t it. Either He was a liar, a lunatic, or He’s the Lord and worthy of our trust. Have you placed your faith in Him as the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not do it right now before it’s too late. “And as it is appointed for me to die once, but after this the judgment” Hebrews 9:27).

Angry. Some folks are disappointed and/or angry at God because He didn’t come through on something they expected from Him. This may have been due in part to something a “name it and claim it preacher” told them they could expect from God if they gave something to his/her ministry. But if you aren’t a child of God, or if you’re trying to claim promises that were given exclusively to the Jews, you will be disappointed. Are you asking favors from God when He’s not even your Father (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10)? Do you know how to get transferred out of Satan’s family into God’s forever family? If not, contact us and make sure of it before you die (1 John 5:13).

Needed. In times like these we need someone who can solve the complex problems of the world. We need a real Superman, not just an ordinary man with supernatural powers. We need Someone to come back down from heaven to rescue us and keep us from destroying ourselves with weapons of mass destruction. Will such a Person ever come? Yes! But before He does, we’re told that God will give mankind one more opportunity to try on their own to bring peace to earth without Him. He won’t let them have more than 7 years (Daniel 9:27). Otherwise no one would survive on planet earth (Matthew 24:22).

Timing. We believe that this individual (The Antichrist) will come on the world scene shortly after the Rapture has taken place (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). He’s probably alive today.  He will be empowered by the Devil himself (2 Thessalonians 2:7-10; Revelation 13:1-10), and assisted by the False Prophet (Revelation 13:11-18). The horrors that will take place on earth during “The Tribulation” are described in Revelation chapters 6-19. Don’t be deceived by false teachers who set dates.  Christ’s arrival is imminent (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)?

Savior. Ruth Caye Jones said it well. “In times like these you need a Savior / In times like these you need an anchor; / Be very sure, be very sure / Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock! / This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One; / This Rock is Jesus, the only One! / Be very sure, be very sure / Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!”

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