Cut Off Big Toe

Posted: November 8, 2021 in Spiritual Gifts, Uncategorized

Once when our late son, Bill was mowing the grass on a steep hill without proper shoes, he almost cut off one of his big toes. Needless to say, it wasn’t a pretty sight.

In Old Testament times the conquering kings sometimes would cut off the big toes and thumbs of those whom they had defeated (Judges 1:6, 7). Why? Because without your thumb you can’t swing a sword well, and without your big toes you can’t run well.

Many people in Bible believing churches today either are missing or not using their spiritual thumbs or their big toes or some other body parts that were designed by God to function for the well being of others within the spiritual “Body of Christ.” [1]

“For as the [human] body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ [the “New Creation” – See 2 Corinthians 5:17]. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit…But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased…And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; nor again the head [Christ] to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13, 18, 21). Yes, Jesus needs those whom He saves, and so do other believers who depend on you and me to function in the body.

Think about the time your arm or leg “fell asleep” and you were limited in what you could do. Imagine what it would be like to you lost your sight, hearing, smelling, feelings, or some essential body parts. It’s been said that 20% of the people in a local church do 80% of the work. What are you doing for the glory of God, the salvation of the lost, and the edification of believers?

Part of Christ’s current work in heaven involves His directing, through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), the members of His Body, the Church (including those believers who make up local churches). He wants us to do what we do for His glory and the good of others, especially those within the household of faith (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10).

If you are a true Christian, but haven’t discovered your spiritual gift yet, why not devote some time in Bible study and prayer so you can do the good works with “agape” love that God planned for you to do while you’re here on earth (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 13)? You’ll feel so much more fulfilled in life and you will be amply rewarded by the Lord on Judgment Day for any suffering you may endure as you serve others (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 6:10; Romans 8:18).

It’s part of the Pastor-teacher’s job to equip the believers in his care for their work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16). Don’t be looking for or wanting to have one or more of the “temporary gifts.” If you aren’t sure which ones are temporary and which ones are extant, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to help those who are teachable, willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

[1] “The Body of Christ, The True Church.” We become members in this Body when we place our faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Bible believing local churches are, as to their character and quality, like the spiritual Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Christ is the Head of the Body (Ephesians 1:22) and He is the One who decided what spiritual gift would be given to which believers (Ephesians 4:11-16) and how it should be used with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13).

Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Those who have been in the pastorate for any length of time have quite probably had people in the congregation who opposed them and wanted them to quit or at least not talk about certain things that could offend some people. Sometimes it’s because they’ve had “their toes stepped on” or for some other reasons. Maybe they’re unsaved or carnal Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff). “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). The truth needs to be spoken in love (Ephesians 4:15; See also 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Galatians 2:11 ff).

Jesus. While He was here on earth, Jesus had many religious, Jewish leaders who opposed Him and tried to silence and kill Him. They objected to His claims to be the eternal “I AM” (John 8:58), to His being the promised Messiah (Matthew 26:63), and to His being the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-17; 2:2; 27:11), and for many other things He said and did. And yet His miracles attested to the reality of who He claimed to be (John 10:25, 37, 38; 20:31).

Peter. He and the other disciples were also commanded by the religious leaders not to preach in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:17; 5:28). In spite of that, they kept on preaching the Good News concerning His death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection. “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29).

Paul. He ran into opposition for preaching the Gospel concerning Christ and insisting that His bodily resurrection be included in the Gospel message (2 Timothy 2:8-10; 3:12). A dead Christ can’t help anyone. Without His bodily resurrection from the dead, we have no hope of a bodily resurrection either and we are of all people most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:19). His resurrection guarantees the resurrection of all who have died, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-24).

There is no annihilation of the wicked dead or reincarnation or universal salvation taught in the Scriptures. Neither are there second chances to be saved once one is physically dead as some cults teach.

If, when you try to help someone get saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire to heaven, do you garble the Gospel with confusing conditions or an incomplete message? Or do you present it clearly so God the Holy Spirit can do His work of convicting them of the sin of unbelief, of their need for Christ’s righteousness to enter heaven, and of judgment to come to all who reject Christ as their personal Savior (John 16:8-11)?

Unless an individual is genuinely saved, there is no use in trying to help him/her to live a righteous life. It’s impossible (Hebrews 11:6). Our salvation is secured by one act of faith in 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). Once saved, the new believer is supposed to continue to live in an attitude of faith in the promises of God given to New Testament believers (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). Don’t try to claim promises that were given exclusively to Old Testament Jews or you will be disappointed.

BTW. Old Testament believers could expect good health and other physical blessings if they kept the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Malachi 3:10). If they violated it, they could expect curses (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). New Testament believers can/should be content [and thankful] with food and clothing (1 Timothy 6:8). But think about all the other material things He has provided for us. More importantly, consider the “spiritual blessings” that are ours to enjoy as Christians (Ephesians 1:3 ff).

If you’re consistently presenting the clear Gospel to lost people (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), as you are being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), keep on doing it even if fewer people respond positively to it and are saved. Most of God’s Old Testament prophets got negative responses from the people to whom they proclaimed God’s messages. When a disobedient prophet reluctantly proclaimed God’s message to some people he hated in Nineveh, the whole city responded and believed his message from God. Do you know who that was?

Do you have assurance of your own salvation? We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually. Contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

Clear Gospel presentations –

Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Dr. Manfred Koberhttps://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Baptism

Posted: November 6, 2021 in Baptism, Uncategorized

Recently I was asked about “baptizing” babies. I pointed out to this individual that the Greek word “baptize” actually means “to dip, dunk, or immerse.” The translators of the English Bible were Anglicans who believed and practiced sprinkling babies. To translate this word to mean immersion would have gone against their practice, and so they made up a new word – “baptize.”

The Greeks have separate words for “sprinkling” and “pouring” which could have been used if God had wanted to convey that idea to the people.

Nowhere is Scripture do you find infants being baptized. It is for those who have been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day. “Infant baptism” gives people a false sense of security.

Baptism by immersion has three purposes: To express our obedience to Christ’s command (Matthew 28:19, 20), to identify ourselves with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Acts 8:36-39; See Galatians 2:20), and to enable us to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21).

The first thing a new believer should do to identify himself/herself with Christ and Christians is to be immersed into water. Then he/she should be instructed with grace principles for living. [1]

My father, Timothy Pietsch, was a missionary in Japan for many years. Once some Christians wanted to be baptized in the winter. The river was frozen, and so he had to crack the ice before baptizing them. But they were determined to be obedient to the Lord’s command. And no, they didn’t freeze to death.

Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel? If you have done this, have you been immersed? If not, why? Water baptism doesn’t save anyone, but it let’s others know about your new found faith in Christ.

If you have questions and/or comments, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] Grace Principles For Living. These are distinct from the “Mosaic Law” or “Kingdom Rules” for living. We have a FREE Bible Study Book Marker with a “Dispensations Chart” that can be found on our website.

I’m just passing through on my way to the place that Jesus said He would prepare for all New Testament believers, who place their faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins, and then was buried, but Who rose again bodily on the third day (John 14:1-3). We will occupy this heavenly New Jerusalem at the time of the Rapture. Believers who die during this “Dispensation of Grace” [1] will first go to the Paradise section in the third heaven (See 2 Corinthians 12:2-4; 5:1-9).

The Old Testament Jewish believers will inherit the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River during Christ’s 1,000 year reign on/over the earth (Genesis 15:18-21; Revelation 20:1-6). When Jesus creates New Heavens and a New Earth after destroying the present ones, He will give the Jewish believers a new earth in the eternal state (Romans 4:13) in which righteousness will finally settle down and feel at home (2 Peter 3:10-13).

Where will you spend eternity? Are you sure? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are going there, is there anything that do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

If you have questions and/or comments, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] Dispensation of Grace. It began on the “Day of Pentecost” (Acts 2) and will come to an end at the Rapture of the true Church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The Church is not to be confused with the nation of Israel (See 1 Corinthians 10:32).

Lost In The Fog?

Posted: November 5, 2021 in Gospel, Uncategorized

Driving in the fog, and especially at night, can be very dangerous if you’re speeding and can’t see the vehicles ahead of you. I pastored a church in the central valley of California for several years. Almost every year there were major accidents and “pile ups” on the freeways that were related to the fog.

In the spiritual realm, there a times when we, who are Pastors and teachers, are guilty of being unclear in the things we teach to others from God’s Word. We leave our listeners in the fog rather than clearing up things for them. “When it’s foggy in the pulpit, it’s cloudy in the pew.” – C. Robert.

I’m sure there have been times when I have been guilty of this. If I’ve caused you to be confused at times, I apologize. I enjoy the work that God allows me to do, but I also take it very seriously, knowing the Scripture that says, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1).

But I also am eager to earn “The Crown of Glory” by doing God’s work God’s way to the best of my ability (1 Peter 5:4) so I have something to give to Him when I stand before Him and say, “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”(Revelation 4:9-11).

Sometimes, it may be the listeners’ fault too. As the Apostle Paul lingered in prison, he wrote these word to Timothy, “ Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” (2 Timothy 4:2-5).

But he also had written, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2 Timothy 2:24, 26).

In these evil days, after we’ve learned truth from God’s Word, let us do our best to communicate it to others, especially to those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually, so they can pass on, what they’ve learned, to others (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

Above all, let’s make sure that we present the Gospel clearly to those who are lost and who need the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Include in your presentation to them what they need to believe, and on Whom they need to believe in order to be saved.

The Gospel: “Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). [1] This involves more than an intellectual assent or agreement with the facts of the Gospel. There must be a transfer of trust from themselves and their good works over to Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

We’re here to assist you if you have questions and/or comments. Reach out to us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others so we can help them too.

[1] Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Yes, they talk about the Gospel, but rarely, if ever, do they tell you what it is or how people can be saved. They garble the message and many of their parishioners lack assurance of salvation. What about you? Are you saved? From what to what? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose the salvation that you believe you have? If so, what? Could you tell a person who is about to die within about 30 seconds how he/she can be saved? If not, would you like to be able to do that?

Dr. Manfred Kober wrote a brief article entitled “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” that is worth the time it takes to read it. [1] Remember, there are serious consequences for proclaiming “a false gospel” and/or distributing “Gospel tracts” that distort the truth.

Why not become a “Gospel Checker” yourself to ensure that you’re doing God’s work God’s way before trying to help others do the same? [2] Work patiently with those who are teachable and willing to change when exposed to the truth that can set people free (John 8:32; See John 14:6; 17:17).

“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

We’re here to help you lead your family, friends, fellow workers, and others to Christ so they can be saved from eternal condemnation. If you have questions/comments, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

Please SHARE this with others so we can assist them too.

[1] Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

[2] Gospel Checker: http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

Are you a believer or an unbeliever? Are you someone who wants more evidence before you decide to put your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from eternal condemnation? If so –

Consider Judas. How much more evidence could one have than that which he had as he spent 3 ½ years with Jesus listening to Him and watching Him perform the miracles that He did to prove that He was the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior of mankind (John 20:31)? None of the other disciples suspected him as being the traitor. They even trusted him with the money box. And yet he betrayed the Lord and was used by the devil to have Jesus sold for 30 pieces of silver and subsequently crucified on the cross.

Had the devil and the wicked rulers of this world known that by having Christ crucified they would be providing a Savior for mankind, they never would have crucified Christ (1 Corinthians 2:8). But God the Father allowed them to kill His Son to fulfill His purpose. King David wrote, “’Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ. For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together “to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done” (Acts 4:26-28). God holds all men (including you and me) responsible for and guilty of Christ’s death, not just the Jews.

Another disciple, Thomas, likewise had spent 3 ½ years with Jesus. He, along with the other disciples, had been told by Jesus on several occasions that He would rise from the dead after He was crucified (Matthew 20:19). But none of them picked up on Jesus’ words about His resurrection from the dead. Thomas, who was not with the other disciples when Christ first appeared to them, insisted that he see for himself and put his finger in the holes in Christ’s hands and put his hand in Christ’s side before he would believe in Christ’s bodily resurrection. To this day he is known as “Doubting Thomas.” Jesus said to him, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

I haven’t seen the risen Christ. But I believe the testimony of those who did, and the evidence that has been given to us in the Scriptures. For forty days after His bodily resurrection from the dead with a glorified body, He made 10 appearances to over 500 witnesses to validate His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:1-11). Without His resurrection from the dead, Christians would be the most pitiable people on earth (1 Corinthians 15:10).

But since He as been raised from the dead, all those who have died physically shall be raised from the dead, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). Do you know in which one you will participate if you should die? There will be a generation of believers who won’t die (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in Him alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again physically on the third day, why not now? Tomorrow may be too late. (Read Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14).

We’re here to glorify God by making Him known to those who are lost, and telling them how to be saved [1]. We also want to edify believers in their faith. We have a FREE Bible Study Book Marker to help those who want to understand the Bible better. Ask about it. If you have questions/comments, contact us here or at our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

Including:

Presidents, Governors, Legislators, Judges,

Owners, Employers, Executives, Managers, Foremen,

Pastors, Parents, Teachers, Educators

et al

God is very interested in you, what you do, why you do what you do, and how you do it.

“All Scripture [the Bible] is given by inspiration of God [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16 17).

God tells us in words what He wants us to know. The Scriptures (All 66 books of the Old and New Testaments) are good for doctrine (What is right), for reproof (What is not right), for correction (How to get right), and for instruction in righteousness (How to stay right). – Dr. Manfred Kober. It is designed to bring believers to spiritual maturity and to enable them to do the good works that God planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10; John 15:16).

It also tells us how we can avoid having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46), and how to gain entrance into heaven. [1]

God wants Christians to uphold rulers and leaders in their prayers so that they and other unbelievers can hear the Clear Gospel and be saved and live peaceable and quiet lives in all godliness and reverence (1 Timothy 2:1-4). [1] He also wants Christians to submit to lawful authorities unless they go against God’s laws for us (Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 13:7, 17). He doesn’t want His sheep to follow false shepherds or teachers (John 10:5; Galatians 1:8, 9; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:1 ff).

Human Government

Right after the universal flood, that took place in Noah’s day (Genesis 6-8), God allowed men to rule over other men and the Dispensation of Human Government began (Genesis 9:1-7). (Ask about our FREE “Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Before we consider how and what man has done since that time, let’s consider some other factors for those who hold authority over others. If you’re a ruler over others (See the list above), you need to realize some things:

Your Authority. It ultimately comes from God. “And He [God] changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:21; 4:17; Proverbs 21:1). Human rulers who submit to God’s authority are wise indeed (Psalm 2:10-12). Those who aren’t will be crushed eventually.

Your Assessment. God wants the living to “know that the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17, 25). This seems to be a general rule. But, take heart, you too can be saved from eternal condemnation, as others have, so you can enter heaven. [1] With God’s help you can/should be a just, noble, and honest ruler over others if you are in such a position.

Your Actions. You are all being evaluated constantly in spite of what some wicked men think (Psalm 10:11-18). To the wicked King Belshazzar of Babylon, God said, “You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting” (Daniel 5:27). How might God evaluate you right now?

Your Accountability. At the “Great White Throne Judgment,” unbelievers will stand before Jesus and be “judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:11, 12; See also Romans 12:14; Hebrews 4:13). The unbeliever’s degree of suffering in the lake of fire will be determined at this time (Matthew 10:15; 11:22). [2]

Your Energizers. As unsaved people we all once “walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [the devil], the spirit who now works in [energizes] the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2; See John 8:44). Christians (whether rulers or not) can/should be energized by God the Holy Spirit who indwells us (Philippians 2:13).

Your Eternal Destiny. Christ died for the sins of all mankind, (1 John 2:2) and rose again physically from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). But without faith in Him alone, apart from your good works (Ephesians 2:8, i9), neither you or anyone else can enter heaven (John 3:16, 36; 5:24). [1]

Your Motives. Nothing is hidden from the omniscient God. “[God declares] the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10; See also John 2:24, 25; Hebrews 4:13). He knows all about our motives too (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Your Laws & Commands. Those that contradict God’s Word (The Scriptures) will ultimately fail. “The ungodly are not [like the righteous], But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Psalm 1:4-6; See Acts 5:29)

Let’s Consider Some Of Your Predecessors

A Few Wicked Rulers

Don’t act like they did or expect similar consequences. (1 Corinthians 10:1-13)

Nimrod – Babel. He defied God’s command for the people to scatter out and fill the earth (Genesis 9:1). He set out to establish man’s first “One World Government” over which he wanted to rule. He began building the “Tower of Babel” only to have God come down and change the people’s languages so the work couldn’t continue. This is how and when the different ethnic groups and languages came into being (Genesis 10, 11). Today, there are wicked men trying again to set up another “One World Government” without God or Christ as the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Pharaoh, King of Egypt – He oppressed the Jews and tried to destroy their unique Jewish identity by killing their baby boys so the Jewish girls would have to marry Egyptian men. Later, another Pharaoh suffered under the Ten Plagues and allowed the Jews to leave Egypt. But he had second thoughts and pursued them again only for him and his army to be drowned in the sea. (Exodus 15:4)

King Ahab & Jezebel – This wicked couple ruled over the 10 Israelite tribes of the north. It was predicted that, upon their deaths, dogs would lick up Ahab’s blood and eat Jezebel’s body, and they did just that (1 Kings 21:19-24; 22:38; 2 Kings 9:36).

Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon – This wicked king’s pride led to his fall. He became like an animal and ate grass for 7 years. After this experience he became a believer in the true and living God and his kingdom graciously was restored to him (Daniel 4).

Herod, King of the Jews – He failed to give God glory and was eaten by worms. (Acts 12:23)

Righteous Rulers

Even though they were not sinless, it was their desire to obey God and rule over His people the way God wanted them to rule. Consider: Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Kings: David, Solomon, Hezekiah et al.

Your Successors

The Anti-Christ & False Prophet. After the True Church as been taken to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), these two men will rule over the whole world for seven years of the Tribulation, under Satan’s authority. To learn more about them and “The Order Of Coming Events” see the link below. [2]

The Psalmist’s Counsel

To avoid being crushed by Christ’s rod of iron – “Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Psalm 2:10-12; See Revelation 19:15). Also, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly [Do what is right in God’s sight], To love mercy [Be compassionate to those who are suffering], And to walk humbly [not in pride] with your God?” (Micah 6:8). If you have authority over others, will you do this?

What We Have To Do To Be Saved

Perhaps you’re not a true believer yet. If you’d like to become a true Christian, here is what you need to do. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). If you’ve never done this before, do it now! [1] If you need additional spiritual help, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We like to learn how this and other articles we write affect you. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] Clear Gospel presentations –

Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

“Bad News & Good News”

[2] Hell vs Hades. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/06/26/hell-vs-hades-whats-the-difference/

[3] The Order of Coming Events: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Some people like to pass the time by working on puzzles. I prefer to work on puzzles that are found in the Scriptures. Believe me, I’ve been studying the Bible for over 60 years and there are still many things I don’t understand. I never want to stop studying or learning new things from God’s Word and applying them to my life. By the way, even in eternity future believers will keep on learning new things from God (Ephesians 2:7). At the Rapture we become like Christ’s glorified humanity, not little gods to repopulate other worlds.

God’s Word tells believers to “Be diligent [study] to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Why? “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; See Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10).

Those Christian men, with the gift of Pastor-teacher, who desire to be overseers of the Lord’s local churches, need to “[hold] fast the faithful word [Greek: “didachen” = that which is to be believed and practiced] as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine [Greek: “didaskalia” = that which is to be believed but not practiced], both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9). [1]

James, Christ’s half brother, warns, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1; See 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:4 ff). But on the other side, the Apostle Peter wrote that shepherds who do God’s work God’s way will receive the “Crown of Glory” from the Lord Himself (1 Peter 5:1-4). They need to feed, guide, guard, and heal God’s sheep.

God the Holy Spirit can illuminate the minds of those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; John 7:17). Unconfessed sins grieve Him (1 John 1:9; Ephesians 4:30), and those who deny Him (say “no” to His leading) quench Him (render Him inoperative) in their lives (1 Thessalonians 5:19; 2 Timothy 2:12).

We want to glorify God by making Him known to those who are lost, telling them how to be saved [2], and by edifying believers in their faith. We have a FREE Bible Study Book Marker [1] to help those who want to understand the Bible better. Ask about it. If you have questions/comments, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

Our desire for you is the same as Paul’s desire for Timothy. “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:1, 2).

[1] When the Scriptures are interpreted normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually, we can see that God has different “Rules for Living” (Dispensations) for different people in different times. They are NOT different ways of salvation. Ask about our FREE “Dispensations Chart.”

[2] “The Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

“The French military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte once stood at the valley of Megiddo, which is a large tract of land and inland valley south of the Lower Galilee region in Israel, and remarked, “All the armies of the world could maneuver their forces on this vast plain.” Napoleon at that time either knowingly or unknowingly made a prophetic statement, because the Bible specifically states that one day all the world’s armies will indeed converge on that location and be met in battle by God Himself.” [1]

Did God, through the Prophet Zechariah, describe the effects of atomic or neutron bombs? Caution – This is gruesome. “And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people [including the United States] who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths” (Zechariah 14:12).

When and where will this happen? (See Revelation 16:16). Is it avoidable? Yes! For whom? (See Romans 10:13-17; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? Don’t live in fear if you’re a true Christian who has placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (John 14:27; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18). But if you’re an unsaved unbeliever, you should be very afraid because you’re under condemnation right now and because what is described above could happen to you (John 3:18, 36).

We’re here to help people so they can be saved from the wrath to come and from the lake of fire (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Matthew 25:41, 46). If you need further help, contact us. Ask for our FREE Bible Prophecy chart to discover where we are in time.

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[1] https://www.compellingtruth.org/battle-of-Armageddon.html