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There are “church goers” who have no problem believing that the devastating ten plagues that came on Pharaoh and the Egyptians in Moses’ day were literal judgments that actually occurred. But somehow when it comes to the similar 21 judgments (7 seals, 7 trumpets, and 7 bowls) mentioned in the Book of Revelation, they have difficulty believing that they will be fulfilled literally. These same “church goers” also believe that the prophecies about Christ’s first coming were fulfilled literally, but when it comes to His second coming, they somehow don’t think they should be taken literally. What about you? What is your understanding of “Things To Come”?

Allegorical. So, instead of using the normal (literal, historical, grammatical) method of interpreting the Scriptures, they use the allegorical method and change the meaning of the words to suit they own preconceived ideas. This allegorical method of interpretation didn’t begin with men like Augustine, but goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden when Satan, through the serpent, questioned Eve by saying, “Has God indeed said…” (Genesis 3:1-6; See Revelation 12:9; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:14)? Is that what He really meant? He wanted her to doubt God. Does this happen to you too?

Seal Judgments. We believe that the “Seven Seal Judgments” will take place during the first half of the “Seven Years of the Tribulation” (Revelation 6:1- 8:1) and will affect all the people of the earth. But the Jews will be protected in Israel by the “Man of Sin / The Anti-Christ” who will have made a seven year covenant (peace agreement) with them (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:6). It is Satan’s desire to thwart God’s plan of salvation for the Jews and for the whole world by claiming that his agent (Anti-Christ) is their true Messiah and political Deliverer, rather than the Jesus who came to earth 2,000 years ago to save them from their sin (John 1:29) and then to establish His Kingdom of the Heavens over the earth (Matthew 4:17; 10:1 ff; Daniel 2:44, 45; Revelation 20:1-7). Because a majority of the Jews rejected Him as their Messiah, He postponed the setting up of His kingdom until a later date (Matthew 16:20; 23:37-39).

Death/Life. It is our understanding of the Scriptures that when Russia and the Arabic/Muslim nations come down on Israel to take a prey (Ezekiel 38, 39), during the middle of the Tribulation, the Anti-Christ, who will come to Israel’s defense, will be killed in that battle. But he will be brought back to life by a demon spirit and then claim that he is the true Jewish Messiah and God (Revelation 13:3, 4; 2 Thessalonians 2:4). Perhaps the Jews will be deceived momentarily, but when the Anti-Christ insists that they worship his image that will be set up in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem (Revelation 13:15; Matthew 24:15), the Jews will recognize that He isn’t their true Messiah. They learned in Babylon, long ago, not to worship idols and images (Exodus 20:4, 5). Question: Does the “church” you attend have idols and images for you to worship or to use as aids to worship? Why do these people usually omit the second commandment and divide the tenth commandment?

Silence. The “Seventh Seal Judgment” involves silence in heaven for 30 minutes (Revelation 8:1). We believe that this happens right at the middle of the seven year Tribulation that may be just around the corner. For the first time in all of human history one man will have gained complete, universal domination over the whole world like never before. He will be empowered by Satan himself (Revelation 13:2). During the first half of the Tribulation, the Anti-Christ will have to share his power with the other “Ten Kings of the Revived Roman Empire” (Revelation 17:13; Daniel 7:8). But Satan finally will have his counterfeit Christ ruling over the whole world by himself.

Mark Of The Beast. To buy and/or to sell anything, the people on earth will have to take the “mark of the Beast” upon themselves (Revelation 13:16-18). Those who refuse to take it will have a difficult time surviving until the end of the Tribulation and entering Christ’s millennial Kingdom (Matthew 24:13; 25:34). Thankfully the New World Order of the devil, the Anti-Christ, and the False Prophet will only last 7 years. If God were to let it go on any longer, no flesh would survive on earth (Matthew 24:22). As is, over ½ of the world’s population will die during this 7 year period (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). At the present time the world’s population is about 7 billion people. This would mean that about 3 ½ billion people will die.

My Brethren. Some of the Gentiles (i.e. non-Jewish people) who refuse to take the “mark of the Beast” will encounter “Christ’s brethren” (some of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists – Revelation 7:4-8; Matthew 25:34-40) during the Tribulation and believe “the Gospel of Christ’s coming Kingdom” (Matthew 4:17; 24:14). They will give the true “Jehovah’s Witnesses” what little food or water they have to keep them alive until the end of the Tribulation when Christ returns the second time with power and great glory (Matthew 24:30). These are the people to whom Jesus will say on Judgment Day, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of these the least My brethren (the 144,000 Jews), you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40).

Salvation. They weren’t saved by their good works but by their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that was displayed to other human beings by their good works (See Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:18-20). “Be sober, be vigilant…” (1 Peter 5:8)! Don’t be deceived by the “Social Justice Gospel” that is being promoted today in many “churches” by false teachers (2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 11-15; See 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Revelation 22:18, 19). “Christian Communism” is not taught in the Scriptures. It is a “twisted false teaching” (2 Peter 3:16) that will help bring in the One World Government and the Apostate Church (Revelation 17, 18).

Petra. In keeping with God’s prophetic word, the Jews will flee to Sela/Petra in Jordan for refuge when they see or learn about the image of the beast that will be set up at the middle of the Tribulation in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem (Matthew 24:15 ff; Isaiah 16:1). As they flee, Satan will try to destroy them by sending a flood after them but God will intervene and open up the ground and swallow up the flood (Revelation 12:15, 16). For the next 3 ½ years God will miraculously provide for them just as He did for the Jews in the wilderness before they got to the “Promised Land” (Genesis 15:18-21) after being enslaved in Egypt for 400 years (Genesis 15:13; Acts 7:6). During this time, the rebellious Jews will be “weeded out” and die (Zechariah 13:8). But the remnant that survives physically to the end of the seven years of the Tribulation will be those who will cry out and welcome their true Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, when He delivers them from all the armies of the earth who will have come to a place called “Armageddon” in an attempt to annihilate the Jews once and for all (Revelation 16:16; 19:11-16). Question: Are you or is the church you attend “anti-semitic”?

Nick Of Time. As the Jews are facing their darkest moment in human history, their true Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom they rejected 2,000 years earlier, and whom they had killed by the Romans, will suddenly come to their rescue and destroy all their enemies (Psalm 2:8, 9; Revelation 19:15). Their gruesome death, in which their skin will fall off their bodies, is described for us in Zechariah 14:12-15. At that time the Jewish remnant will cry out and say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 21:9; 23:39; See Zechariah 12:10). These surviving, believing Jews and the Gentile believers will repopulate the millennial Kingdom of Christ (Zechariah 8:5). The Old Testament Jewish believers who died physically will be resurrected 75 days after the Tribulation (Daniel 12:12) to live on the earth (Matthew 5:5). Some of them will rule under Christ and the True Church (Isaiah 1:26; Luke 19:17-19). King David will be raised from the dead at this time and will be the regent on earth under Christ, who will be the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Jeremiah 30:9; See Revelation 19:16).

Imminent. The return of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Rapture is imminent (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). “Perhaps today!” It will be for the “True Church” (not the apostate, harlot church – Revelation 17, 18) that will become the “Bride of Christ” (Ephesians 5:32; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13). Thank God, this event will take place before the “Seven Year Tribulation” (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10). The Church is not to be confused with Israel (See 1 Corinthians 10:32; Romans 11:1 ff). The Church has not replaced Israel (“Replacement Theology” [1]). This false teaching is being taught in many “churches” today. They are involved in B.D.S. – Boycotting, Divesting, and Sanctioning Israel (See Genesis 12:1-3). This mindset will contribute toward the final persecution (holocaust) of the Jews. Ours may well be the exceptional generation of Christians who will not die physically (See Hebrews 9:27; Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:1, 11; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Decision. Knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel alone can’t/won’t save you from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46). We must transfer our faith from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9). Have you done this yet? If not, why not do it right now? Tomorrow may be too late (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14; 2 Corinthians 6:2).

Baptism. To let other people know that we have placed our faith in Christ alone to save us, God wants us to inform them about our decision by our being baptized/immersed (Acts 8:36-38). It identifies us with His death, burial, and resurrection (See Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 2:20). It is NOT a part of our salvation, but it displays our obedience to God (Matthew 28:19, 20). It also enables us to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21).

Help. If you are not sure of your salvation, or need additional help, we’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube and SHARE this with others.  Let us know if you’d like a FREE chart of “Things To Come.”

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

http://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-evil-of-replacement-theology/

 

 

When it comes to “How To Live The Christian Life,” many new Christians (and some older ones) are confused. They are told to Read their Bibles – let God talk to you, Pray – you talk to God, and Witness for God. Many of them don’t know that while all the Bible is for us, not all of it is addressed to us (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). They aren’t aware that there are eight ways to communicate with God, not just “asking and receiving.” [1] When trying to witness to others, many Christians confuse “The Message & The Method” of salvation. [2]

Equippers. Upon His ascension back to heaven, Christ gave to the Church Evangelists and Pastor-teachers (Ephesians 4:8-16). They are responsible to equip the believers in their care so all of them are equipped to do their work of ministry primarily through the use of their spiritual gifts (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14). They need to be taught “How To Live The Christian Life.” We must not confuse the condition for salvation with the multiple conditions for spiritual growth as one commentator does in James 4:7-10. He writes: “In a series of 10 commands (10 imperative verbs in the [Greek] text), James reveals how to receive saving grace. These verses delineate man’s response to God’s gracious offer of salvation, and disclose what it means to be humble.” The MacArthur Study Bible, NKJV, p. 1932.  No, these verses are not telling a sinner how to be saved. They were written to Christians to tell us how to live once we have been saved. The word “Brethren” refers to Christians, not the unsaved (See James 1:2, 16, 19; 2:1, 5; 3:1, 10, 12; 4:11; 5:7, 9, 10, 12, 19).  Beware of the false teaching of Lordship In Exchange For Salvation” [3]

Salvation. Mankind has always been saved by God’s grace through faith in God and not by good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). Today, the Gospel truth we must believe in order to be saved is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It is the same message for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16; 10:9). Have you placed your faith in Him alone to save you? Are you relying on any of your good works to save you? Why should God let you into heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Dispensations. Throughout man’s existence on earth, God has given different rules for living to different people. They are the “House Rules.” It’s not too hard to see that the rules given to the Old Testament Jews are different from the rules given to Christians. Examples: Dietary rules, Sabbath keeping, animal sacrifices, etc. All these different rules were designed by God to test people’s obedience to God and to demonstrate to us that no matter what kind of rules God imposes on mankind, we always fail when we depend on ourselves to keep God’s rules for living.  Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). On the other hand, “[Every true Christian] can do all things [that God intended for us to do] through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13; See Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). Question – If you’re saved, are you doing your good works for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 5:13; 6:10)? God, being omniscient, knows what we do and why we do it and will judge our works someday (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Note: Dispensations are not different ways to be saved but different rules for living. They are the result of a normal, literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of the Bible, not the allegorical interpretation that twists Scripture (2 Peter 3:16; See Genesis 3:1).

Rules. The Christian’s “Rules For Living” in the “Dispensation of Grace” can generally be found between John 13 – Revelation 3 after which the true Church is found in heaven. In John 13:34, 35 Jesus gave His disciples a New Commandment “…that you love one another as I [Jesus] have loved you.” This is a positive command and this kind of “agape” love is produced by God the Holy Spirit in the life of a “Spirit filled” Christian who is “walking by means of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-25). This “agape” love also stands in contrast to the Old Commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18). Under the “Dispensation of Law” this was the best an Old Testament believer could do. The “Ten Commandments” were basically negative prohibitions (Exodus 20:1-17). Even before God had given them to the Jews they boastfully said, “All that the LORD has spoken, we will do” (Exodus 19:8). But they didn’t. Their obedience to the Mosaic Law would have brought to them health, wealth, and happiness. But their disobedience brought on them the curses from God that the Jews are experiencing to this very day (See Deuteronomy 28; Malachi 3:8-12).

Replaced? The Church has not replaced Israel. God is not finished with the Jews as a nation. He will keep all His unconditional covenants (promises) that He gave to them (See Romans 11). They will get all the land that God promised to give to them when Christ returns at His Second Coming, not the Rapture (Genesis 15:18-21). The future of the remnant of believing Jews is as bright at the promises of God that were given to them. (See Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; 11:1 ff; 35:1 ff; Jeremiah 30:9; Zechariah 14.)  God’s time clock with the Jews will start up again after the fullness of the Gentile believers have come in and been saved (Romans 11:25; John 6:37) and the man of sin (Antichrist) signs a seven year covenant with the Jews (Daniel 9:27). The last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation are known as the “time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) and the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:15 ff). These days may be just around the corner. Where will you be when they occur?

Check Up. To see how well you are doing as a New Testament Grace believer, we invite you to refer to our “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” on our website. We’ve listed some of our Responsibilities, the Failure of most Christians, and the Judgment of our works at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Use it as a guide for doctrine, reproof, correction, or instructing you in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Don’t lose out on the crowns, rewards, and praise that might have been yours if you had done what God wanted you to do in this life (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 3:11). “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which hall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18; See 2 Timothy 2:8-10; 4:8; 2 Corinthians 11:23-33).

Help. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share it with others who might benefit from it.

[1] Prayer https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2008/05/10/%E2%80%9Clord-teach-us-to-pray%E2%80%9D/)

[2] Salvation https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/salvation-the-message-the-method/)

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

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

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

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

When Will Jesus Return?

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

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

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

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

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

How Will Jesus Return?

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

Why Will Jesus Return?

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

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

What Follows These Things?

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

Applications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Blame Game

In your opinion, what’s wrong with the world today? Who is to blame? Is it the Russians, the Chinese, North Korea, ISIS or is it our own country (the United States) that is responsible for the problems in the world? Maybe you’d like to blame the Democrats or the Republicans or your parents, your teachers, the police, or someone or something else? Do you ever blame God? Why not the devil?

Most of us don’t want to take responsibility for our own bad decisions and the evil things that we do. We like to think that it’s someone else who is responsible for the evil, sorrow, hatred, and death in the world. I think that you will agree with me that we live in a very troubled world today. It’s not a “wonderful world.”

The Solution

For every problem, there is a solution. Now, let’s suppose that you were placed in charge of straightening out the problems of the world. What would you do? You probably haven’t given much thought to it. Or perhaps you have.

Would this popular song express your feelings? If I ruled the world, / Every day would be the first day of spring, / Every heart would have a new song to sing, / And we’d sing of the joy every morning would bring. // If I ruled the world, / Every man would be as free as a bird, / Every voice would be a voice to be heard, / Take my word we would treasure each day that occurred…”. Writers: Cyril Ornadel, Leslie Bricusse What obvious problems do you see with such sentiments?

Population. What would you do about the burgeoning population explosion? Would you promote the abortion of babies and the euthanasia of the elderly? Do you believe that abortion is murder? When does life begin (Psalm 51:5; 139:13-18)? Do you agree with the “social engineers” who say that the world’s population needs to be reduced down to about 500 million people? If so, how would you go about doing this and maintaining this level? (Read the Georgia Guidestones link below.)

Peace. How would you bring lasting peace to the earth? What was/is the purpose of the United Nations and how and why have they failed to establish peace on earth? What would you do to control and punish criminals who refused to abide by the rules? Who should make the rules for society? What if there were no rules and everyone did what is right in his own eyes? Discover for yourself what happened in the past when people lived this way. (See Judges 21:25; Genesis 6:5; 7:1-8:22)? What if someone thinks the rules are unjust? Would you like to be the one to determine what is right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable behavior? Would the rules apply to everyone or just to those who are in the lower classes of society? Would you exempt yourself?

Government. What sort of government would you like to see in the New Word OrderDemocracy, Constitutional Republic, Fascism, Socialism, Communism, etc? What do you believe is the best form of government? Why? How and who in the government would enforce the rules? What should be done with the criminals? Should capital punishment be abolished? If so, why? (See article below.) How would you go about to change the rebellious nature of man so he will comply with the rules of the New World Order? How would you keep people from being so self-centered and abusive of others?

Hatred. Why do many (perhaps most) of the Arabs (descendants of Ishmael), Edomites (descendants of Esau), and Muslims hate the Jews who descended from Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 16:1-12; 21:0-21; 25:31-34; 27:36, 41, 42)? How long has this hatred been going on (Genesis 16:12; 27:41)? When will it end (Isaiah 2:4; 11:16; 19:23; Revelation 20:7-10)? Who are the real “occupiers” of the land in Israel (Genesis 15:18-21)?

Expelled. Do the Jews have the rights to the land? Did they forfeit the unconditional promise that God gave to them when they rejected Christ as their Messiah (Genesis 15:18-21)? Is God done with the nation of Israel (Romans 11:1 ff)? Whom does God hold accountable for the death of Christ (Acts 2:22-24; 3:13-15; 4;24-28)? Has the Church replaced Israel? (Read article below.) Will the Jews in Jerusalem and in Israel be chased out of the land again (Matthew 24:15ff; Revelation 12:13-17)? If so, when? Will God preserve and protect the remnant during the last half of the seven years of the Tribulation (Romans 11:5; Revelation 12:14)? If so, where (Isaiah 16:1)?

144,000. What do the Scriptures tell us the 144,000 Jewish evangelists and the other two witnesses will do for 3 ½ years during the last half of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:14; Revelation 7:4-8; 11:1-12)? What will happen to those who bless the Jews and those who oppress and curse them (Genesis 12:1-3)? Why are many liberal churches in America involved in the BDS movement? Why are they are boycotting, divesting, and trying to place sanctions on Israel? Is the church you attend involved in this? How will this lead to the greatest holocaust in human history known as “the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7)?

Borders. Should we abolish the borders and boundaries between nations that God determined (Acts 17:26; Daniel 4:17, 25)? Why did God change the languages of the people working on the tower of Babel and scatter them out (Genesis 9:1; 11:1-9)? When and how does God use nations for His purposes (Daniel 1:1, 2; 5:30, 31; Ezra 1:1-8)?

Superman. Why are so many politicians and others pushing to establish a New World Order and a One World Religion and economic system? Do you believe there may be a superman somewhere in the world right now who could straighten up the mess we’re in? Why does the devil always need to have such a man waiting in the wings (2 Thessalonians 2:7)? How might he use AI (Artificial Intelligence) to control the people of the world?

Religion. Many, perhaps most people are religious by nature. They believe that there is the possibility of life after death and that there is some kind of Deity who is behind everything even though most people know very little about Him. Why do so many “intelligent people” believe the theory of evolution that has been promoted in our educational systems (John 3:19; Romans 1:18-32)? Will the New World Order include a One World Church (Religion) under which people will be forced to live or die ? What will happen if they don’t go along with it (Revelation 6:9-11; 13:15)? Why do some people believe that the Roman Catholic Church will be the head of this organization (Revelation 17, 18)?

Economics. Why is there such a push for a cashless society. Is it to control the citizens of the world? Could this be accomplished by the use of special cards, or better yet, through the implantation of a chip in the hand or on some other place of the body (example: the forehead)? The Scriptures tell us that this will happen (Revelation 13:16-18). Are those who voluntarily take this mark doomed forever (Revelation 14:9-12)?

Date. Does the Bible predict that such things will happen in the future? Indeed it does. But when will they occur? The “Date Setters” have done a lot of damage by their false predictions. (See article below.) While we don’t know exactly when the “Rapture” will take place (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:12-18), we are confident that it will occur once all those whom the Father has given to the Son have come to Him (John 6:37) and when “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” and they have been saved (Romans 11:25). God cannot lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17). He will keep his unconditional promises to the Jews and to Christians. This is the basis of our hope – confident expectation (Romans 15:4). Do you know and claim God’s promises to you? (Ask us about them.)

Until Then. Every true Christian is instructed to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). This involves our spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), our service to God and others (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13), and our sharing the Gospel with lost unbelievers (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20). Our primary goal is/should be to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31; See John 17:3). If you’re saved, are you doing this? If not, what needs to change? (See James 4:17).

Gospel. The Good News that leads to our salvation is that Christ died for our sins, was buried for three days and nights, and then raised bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). When we place our faith in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Acts 16:31), apart from any good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9), God saves us by His grace. Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Help. We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you have been helped by this article, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share this information with others. Press “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as they come out.

Articles Worth Reading

Capital Punishment And The Sanctity Of Life” by Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1: http://www.manfredkober.com/materials/BB/BB_Capital%20Punishment%20and%20the%20Sanctity%20of%20Life%201.pdf

Part 2: http://www.manfredkober.com/materials/BB/BB_Capital%20Punishment%20and%20the%20Sanctity%20of%20Life%202.pdf

Population Control: Georgia Guidestones: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones

Proponents: https://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2009/05/26/billionaires-try-to-shrink-worlds-population-report-says/

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

Is Date Setting Biblical?” by Manfred Kober http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/proph/dateset.htm

Does it really matter where you squeeze the tooth paste to get it out to brush your teeth?  Does it really matter which way the toilet paper rolls out?  So many things over which people argue and fight are so insignificant.  The Lord’s half-brother James asks the question,Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members” (James 4:1)? Yes, Christians can and sometimes do act like unsaved people because we still have an old sin nature to which we yield from time to time (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:15-25). The Christian man in Corinth certainly wasn’t acting like one while he was engaged in incest with his mother (1 Corinthians 5).  Neither do Christians who engage in the other “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21).

To Tell The Truth.  Does it really matter in which Jesus you place your faith?  Recently there has been a revival of the show “To Tell The Truth.”  Three people come out and claim to be a certain person.  Obviously, only one of them is telling the truth about himself/herself.  The panel is supposed to figure out which one is telling the truth.

Illustration.  Now suppose you wanted to fly from one city to another.  Three people came out on the stage and claim to be an experienced pilot.  You must decide which one is the experienced pilot and which two are just learning how to fly.  Suppose you picked the person who thought he could fly an airplane but really couldn’t.  How comfortable would you be flying with that pilot?

Which Jesus Saves?  Before leaving His disciples and returning back to heaven from where He had come (John 16:16), Jesus told them that many false Christs would come in His name and deceive many people on earth (Matthew 24:5).  While this will be especially true during the coming 7 years of the Tribulation, we also see many people today who are following the wrong Christ and who will end up with the devil in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46).  Is it possible that you might be in that group?  (Please read “Which Jesus Saves?” at https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/)

The Object.  For us to be saved from everlasting condemnation, our faith must rest in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  He shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9).  He was born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1: 23).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15).  He laid down His life voluntarily to pay the debt we owed to God the Father (John 10:14-18; Romans 6:23)

The Gospel.  The Good News that leads to our salvation is clear.  “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…He was buried [for three days and three nights],…He rose again [bodily] on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43; Matthew 12:40). Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel doesn’t save anyone.  A person must transfer his/her faith over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone apart from his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  Have you done this yet?  If not, why not now?  For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

How God Saves.  Does God offer salvation to mankind on the basis of their promise to do 10 things before He will save them?  If you have a Study Bible, check the comments found in James 4:7-10?  Some men are teaching that a person must make Jesus the Lord and Master of his/her life before he/she can be saved?  This false teaching is known as “Lordship Salvation” or “Lordship in exchange for salvation.” How could anyone be sure of his/her salvation before death if it were dependent on our doing something rather than believing on Christ alone who offers the gift of eternal life to us that we receive by faith? (Please read Dr. M. Kober’s article in the link below.)

One Condition.  In the Gospel of John, the word “believe” is used about 100 times to inform us that this is the only condition God has placed on us if we are to be saved.  The Apostle Paul told the jailer to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [exclusively] and [he] would be saved…” (Acts 16:31).  The members of his house would be saved too if they believed on Christ for their salvation.  Parents can’t decide and believe for their children or anyone else.  As someone rightly said, “God has no grandchildren.”  Neither can a person be baptized for the dead so they can have a second chance to be saved. At the time of one’s death, his/her eternal destiny is forever settled (Hebrews 9:27).

Living Faith.  While we are saved by one act of faith, Christians are called upon to live in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17).  To do this, we must know and claim the promises of God that have been given to New Testament grace believers.  Claiming promises that weren’t intended for us can bring great disappointment.  Ladies, would you really want to have a baby when you are 90 years old as Sarah was when she gave birth to Isaac? Don’t confuse the promises that were given to the Jews alone with those that are promised to the Church.  The Church has NOT replaced Israel!

Dispensations.  Think of them as “House Rules.”  The rules you have in your home may vary from your neighbor’s.  A house without any rules and many children will result in disharmony.  Since the beginning of man’s existence on earth, God has imposed on some or all of mankind certain rules by which they are to live.  They aren’t different ways of salvation as some men have suggested.  They were given by God to test man’s obedience to God.  Upon careful examination of each “Dispensation,” we learn that no matter what rules God imposes on mankind, men always fail to keep the rules when they act independently of God (See John 15:5).  It proves that “The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)?  For more information about “Dispensations” and what God expects of believers, down load a free copy of our chart at http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Help.  Our desire is to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). We want you to know that you have eternal life (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (1 John 5:13). Then we want to help new believers grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18) so they can serve God effectively (1 Peter 4:10) and earn the crowns, rewards, and praise that God desires to give to His children (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has been helpful to you, please share it with others and let us know too. Together, we can reach more people for Christ. To receive future articles as they come out, click of “Follow.”

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

Clear Gospel – Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/the-gospel-audiobook/

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

Understanding The Times: www.kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” by Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-1/read

Part 2 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-2/read

Promises for Christians to claim. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help. If you aren’t sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, and would like to make sure of it, or if you would like other spiritual help from God’s Word, we invite you to contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We believe we can help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and also ask that you share this information with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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Clear Gospel – Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/the-gospel-audiobook/

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

Understanding The Times: www.kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

1 Peter 3:13-17

As a general rule, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7). But we all know that there are times when life isn’t always fair to those who do what is right and especially those who desire to live godly lives (2 Timothy 3:12). Our response to adversity is very important because others are watching and listening to us whether it’s other human beings or spirit beings (1 Peter 1:12). We might want to take matters into our own hands and get even or we might choose to look at things from God’s perspective (Isaiah 55:8, 9). His eyes and ears are on the righteous and his face is against those who do evil (1 Peter 3:12; See Romans 12:9). Nothing escapes His notice because He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; Psalm 10:11; John 2:24, 25). Does this fact encourage or alarm you?

Blessed. When we suffer for doing what is right, we should consider ourselves to be uniquely blessed by God (1 Peter 3:14; See James 1:2). Every true Christian will suffer to some degree with Jesus. Therefore, we also will be glorified and reign with Him (Romans 8:17; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 20:6). In comparison with other believers around the world, most of us in our country have suffered very little for Christ. But some early Christians rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name (Acts 5:41; 9:16). The “Martyr’s Crown” is given to believers who die physically for the cause of Christ and for those who resist temptations up to the point to death if necessary (Revelation 2:10; James 1:12).

Unafraid. We don’t need to be afraid or troubled by those who can only take our physical lives from us (Matthew 10:28) if the Lord permits them to do so. Today He holds the keys of death (Revelation 1:18; See 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Hebrews 2:14). God restrained the devil from taking Job’s life even though He didn’t restrict him from taking the lives of Job’s ten children (Job 1, 2). God used an angel to deliver Peter from King Herod’s sword (Acts 12; See Hebrews 1:14). He delivered Daniel’s three friends from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3) and Daniel from the den of lions (Daniel 6). However, many other believers suffered torture and death (Hebrews 11:36-38).

Years. Christians have “potential years” and “actual years.”  Do you know what can reduce the number of your days on earth (See 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16)? What is a spiritual Christian supposed to do with a fellow believer who has a bad attitude that could lead to sin (Galatians 6:1)? What assurances and promises does God give to His children (See Romans 8:17, 18, 35-39; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Philippians 1:21; 3:20, 21)?

Sanctify. As believers, we’re supposed to set aside and elevate the Lord God in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15; See Isaiah 8:13). This verse is not teaching “Lordship in exchange for salvation.”[1] God alone deserves our worship and praise (John 4:24; Revelation 4:11; 5:12) and the most exalted place in our lives. But as Christians we still have an old sin nature that rebels against God and His Word (Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). Believers, not the unsaved, are exhorted to “present [their] bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is [their] reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). If you’re a Christian, have you done this yet? Don’t waste your whole life pursuing fame, fortune, power, and pleasure as King Solomon did only to regret it when he came to the end of his life (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 14; 12:1). Our primary purpose in life should be to glorify God by making Him known to those around us (1 Corinthians 10:31). If you’re a Christian, are you doing this?

Ready. God allows some of His children to suffer from time to time to give them an opportunity to display the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Christ likeness) before others (Galatians 5:22, 23). Sometimes they will ask how we are able to endure such hardships. Our answers should be given with meekness (strength under control) and with fear of displeasing God or grieving Him (1 Peter 3:15; Ephesians 5:30; 2 Corinthians 5:9). Consider the responses that Peter, Stephen, and Paul gave to those who asked them about their hope and faith in Christ (Acts 2, 7, 22).

Hope. This is the confident expectation that we have as a result of believing a promise from God who is able to do what He says He will do (Romans 15:4; Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8). When God promises to do something, and we believe it, that settles it. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Jesus said, “I am the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [One who gives eternal] life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12; 16:31). We are not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). How many promises do you know that you are claiming? Not all the promises in the Bible are for Christians to claim (2 Peter 1:4). Keep Israel and the Church separate. We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology.” [2]

Good Conscience. In order for the conscience to be a useful tool to assist us in life, it needs to be regulated by God’s Word that is addressed to Christians. All Scripture is to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). We must “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).  (The “Seven Dispensations” found in the Scriptures are the result of a normal, literal, grammatical, historical interpretation of the Bible. They are not different ways of salvation as some have said. For more information, see our “Dispensations Chart.”) A Christian’s conscience may be evil (Hebrews 10:22), weak (1 Corinthians 8:7), or possibly seared (1 Timothy 4:2). This could lead to a premature death (Romans 8:6).

So What? Unjust suffering is always better than deserved punishment (1 Peter 2:20; 4:19). The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:18). “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change when they are presented with the truth from God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:2). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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

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

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