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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

One Hundred And Forty Four Thousand

Bible Questions Answered:
“...who are these 144,000 peoples mentioned in Revelation 7?...”
Zena/ Nairobi, Kenya Africa

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Revelation 7:1-8 NKJV
1 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.
2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of The Living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,
3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:

5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;

6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
7
of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
8
of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.

Revelation 14:1-8 KJV
1 And I looked, and, lo, A Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow The Lamb whither soever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to The Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before The Throne Of God.
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having The Everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Who are they, we have been told. The 144,000 are redeemed Jews ancestrally linked to the twelve tribes of Israel, 12,000 Jewish believers from each tribe of  Israel. These Jewish believers will become tribulation evangelists, preaching the gospel, that they once rejected! These 144,000 are sealed by The Lord, for their protection from tribulation,  judgments.

Some believe the 144,000 will be killed but not by earthly catastrophes, they will be martyred because of their Christian message to the lost. Slain at the hands of the Anti-Christ and his marked followers (Rev. 13).

Will the 144,000 be effective, yes!

Revelation 7:9,10 KJV
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before The Throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

One last inspirational thought regarding the 144,000. God sealed them, with His protection against tribulation judgments, and He is the “same,” God who keeps the Christian today!

Psalm 91:1-16 KJV
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of The Most High shall abide under the shadow of The Almighty.
2 I will say of The Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
3 Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the Fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His Truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made The Lord, which is my refuge, even
The Most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him My salvation.

John 10:27-30 KJV
27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:
28 And I give unto them eternal Life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.
29 My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.
30 I and My Father are one.

Prayer:

Isaiah 43:10,11 KJV
10 Ye are My witnesses, saith The Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.
11 I, even I, am The Lord; and beside Me there is no savior.

Isaiah 45:21,22 KJV
21 "...there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside Me.
22 Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Child - Sacrifice

Bible Questions Answered:
“...if god is so loving, why did he tell Abraham to kill his son?...”
Ralph/ Riverside, California U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Genesis 22:1-18 KJV
1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And He said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is The Lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide Himself A Lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11 And The Angel Of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12 And He said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from Me.

13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

15 And The Angel Of The Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, By Myself have I sworn, saith The Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed My voice.


Many are the Bible skeptics that love to roll out this story, but none ever get the facts straight.

Killing of children was the devil inspired practice of Canaan, and other pagan nations, in service to their god Molech.

Psalm 106:34-38 NLT
34 Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land, as The Lord had commanded them.
35 Instead, they mingled among the pagans and adopted their evil customs.
36 They worshiped their idols, which led to their downfall.
37 They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons.
38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters. By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the land with murder.

Proverbs 6:16,17 KJV
16 These...things doth The Lord hate: yea...are an abomination unto Him:
17 ... hands that shed innocent blood,

In the story of Abraham, he was “never, told to “kill,” his son....but to offer his son to God.

Genesis 22:1,2 KJV
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham (God tested Abraham’s faith- NLT), and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And He said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer* him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

*Offer- Alah (Aw-law): To carry up, get up, offer, raise.

Nowhere here, is a command to kill his son! This was a test of Abraham's faith.

Hebrews 11:2,17-19 NLT
2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac,
18 even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.”
19 Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

Abraham, had faith in God!

This precious story, relates to us how that one day God The Father would offer up,
His Only Begotten Son, as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, and no one would be able to stay the hand of His sacrifice.

II Corinthians 5:21 KJV
For He (God The Father) hath made Him (Jesus, God's Son) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

As Christian people, we are to be people of faith, “yielding,”our lives as a living sacrifice to 
The Lord.

Romans 12:1 KJV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present* your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

*Present-Greek: Paristemi (Par-is tay-mee): To exhibit, provide, to yield.

God's People Of Faith:

Hebrews 11:1-40 NLT
1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
4 It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed His approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

5 It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.
6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.

7 It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.
9 And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise.
10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep His promise.
12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.
14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.
15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back.
16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac,
18 even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” 19 Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

20 It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.

21 It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.

22 It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

23 It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.

24 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.
27 It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.
28 It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

29 It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.

30 It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

31 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.
33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions,
34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.
35 Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.
36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons.
37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.
38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.
40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

Prayer:

Isaiah 43:10,11 KJV
10 Ye are My witnesses, saith The Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.
11 I, even I, am The Lord; and beside Me there is no savior.

Isaiah 45:22 KJV
Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: To The Backslider Who Has Returned.

Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: To The Backslider Who Has Returned.

Bible Text:

Jeremiah 3:22,23 :NLT
22 “My wayward children,” says The Lord, “come back to Me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.” “Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are The Lord our God.
23 Our worship of idols on the hills and our religious orgies on the mountains are a delusion. Only in The Lord our God will Israel ever find salvation.

The Lord's Request:

“My wayward children,” says The Lord, “come back to Me

The Lord's Promise:

I will heal your wayward hearts.”


A Story Of A Backslider:

Luke 15:11-24 KJV
11 And He said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
In Luke 11, Jesus tells this story, following the stories of the lost sheep, and the lost coin. His point being, how great the joy is when one, confesses his sins, and turns to The Lord, with all his heart.

In this story, how The Father, lovingly, longingly looked day after day for his wandering son to return home.

And when he did return, did the father great him with accusations of wrong doing, or anger?
No, he...”had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” vs20


In Returning To The Lord, First Must Come Confession Of Sin:

II Chronicles 7:14 KJV
If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin..."

Proverbs 28:13 KJV
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Psalm 51:1-12 KJV (King David's confession of sin, and prayer for forgiveness.)
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest Truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.

The Word:

Hosea 14:1-4 NLT
1 Return, O Israel (The people of God), to The Lord your God, for your sins have brought you down.
2 Bring your confessions, and return to The Lord. Say to Him, “Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises.
3 Assyria cannot save us, nor can our warhorses. Never again will we say to the idols we have made, ‘You are our gods.’ No, in you alone do the orphans find mercy.”
4 The Lord says, “Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; My love will know no bounds, for My anger will be gone forever.

Micah 7:18,19 NLT
18 Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of His special people?You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love.
19 Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!

Galatians 6:1,2 NLT
1 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.
2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

John 6:37 KJV
All that The Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.

I John 2:1,2 KJV
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with The Father, Jesus Christ The Righteous:
2 And He is the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

To the prodigal son today, our Lord yet speaks...

Isaiah 44:22 KJV
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee.

Jeremiah 31:3 KJV
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

Prayer:

Nehemiah 9:17 KJV
"...but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness..."

Psalm 86:5 KJV
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

II Corinthians 6:2 NLT
For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hell- Forever

Bible Questions Answered:
“...should hell be forever?...”
Zack/ Buffalo, New York U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Why are there jails and prisons? Justice, must be upheld, and so we have judges, to uphold civil laws.
Punishment consists of confinement.
Why is there hell, same reason as given above, but hell is not a temporal punishment, it is eternal.

Psalm 11:4,5 KJV
4 The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lord's throne is in heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.
5 The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence His soul hateth.

Psalm 97:1-3 KJV
1 The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
2 Clouds and darkness are round about Him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His throne.
3 A fire goeth before Him, and burneth up His enemies round about.

Mark 9:43-48 KJV (Christ uses a metaphor)
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

II Thessalonians 1:7-9 KJV
7 "...The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of The Lord, and from the glory of His power;

Jude 1:7,12,13 KJV
Even as Sodom and Gomorrha and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved
the blackness of darkness forever

OK Pastor, hell is God's idea of punishment, and confinement, but why should it be forever?”

Many do not realize why this punishment should be forever, it should be forever because....

1) God's Wrath Against Sinners Will Never End.

Psalm 5:4,5 NLT
4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
5 Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil.

Psalm 7:11 KJV
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

Hebrews 10:28-31 KJV
28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot The Son Of God, and hath counted The Blood Of the Covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto The Spirit Of Grace?
30 For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith 
The Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge His people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of The Living God.

Revelation 6:17 KJV
For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

2) There Is No Other Eternal Place For Sinners, Other Than Hell, And The Lake Of Fire.

Habakkuk 1:13 KJV
Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity..."

Matthew 25:41 KJV
Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

3) The Actions Of Sinners, Have Caused Countless Others To Be, Forever Lost!

Romans 14:4,12,13 KJV
4 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

All sin is against God.
King David, prayed...

Psalm 51:4 KJV
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Our God has created us to be eternal beings. The righteous who have accepted The Lord Jesus as their Savior, shall exist in eternal spiritual Life, with The Lord in heaven.
The lost will exist in eternal spiritual death, with the devil in hell and the lake of fire.

Matthew 25:46 KJV
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into Life eternal.

Prayer:

Acts 2:21 KJV
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of The Lord shall be saved.”

Acts 4:12 KJV
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Acts 16:30,31 KJV
30 "...Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on The Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

God Of Love

Bible Questions Answered:
“...if god is so great why is he a god of love and not a mighty warrior, or brain of the universe....?
Bryan/ Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Bible Answer:

Bible texts:

Yes, God is a God of love.

I John 4:8,16 KJV
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

If God was an anger filled mighty warrior, or just simply a God of beyond genius thought, what would that mean for us?

It would mean that He would not be a God of Compassion, Grace, Forgiveness, Mercy, or Condescending Kindness, that's what it would mean.

We, would be lost, what a terrible thought that would be. 

In today's world, power and might is every thing, and intelligence is so sought after.
Many look up to the body builder with mussels of steel, perfect abs and great agility.
We build super computers that can map out every atom in an atomic blast.

But what good would a god of only vast intellect, or strength and might be to us, answer, no good.

We need a God of love, grace, mercy and condescending kindness, and why, because that is just what we need!

The Word:

Nehemiah 9:16,17 KJV
16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,
17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsook them not.

Psalm 17:7 KJV
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies.

Psalm 31:21 KJV
Blessed be The Lord: for He hath shewed me His marvelous kindness in a strong city.

Psalm 36:7 KJV
How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

Psalm 63:3 KJV
Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Psalm 69:16 KJV
Hear me, O Lord; for thy loving kindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

Psalm 86:15 KJV
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and Truth.

Psalm 117:2 KJV
For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and The Truth of The Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye
The Lord.

Psalm 136:26 KJV
O give thanks unto The God Of Heaven: for His mercy endureth for ever.

Isaiah 54:8 KJV
In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith The Lord thy Redeemer.

Isaiah 63:7 KJV
I will mention the loving kindnesses of The Lord, and the praises of The Lord, according to all that The Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He hath bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His loving kindnesses.

Daniel 9:9 KJV
To The Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him;

John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 13:34,35 KJV
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Romans 5:3-8 NLT
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us The Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.
8 But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Romans 8:37-39 KJV
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Galatians 2:20 KJV
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of The Son Of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

Ephesians1:7 KJV
In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;

Ephesians 2:4-9 KJV
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is The Gift Of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Colossians 1:14 KJV
In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Titus 3:4-6 KJV
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of The Holy Ghost;
6 Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior;

I John 3:1 KJV
Behold, what manner of love The Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.

I John 4:9-11 KJV
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His Only Begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

An all powerful mighty warrior or an artificial super intelligent brain, would know nothing of the fruits of The Spirit.

Galatians 5:23,24 KJV
22 But the fruit of The Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness..."

Ephesians 5:9 KJV
(For the fruit of The Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and Truth;)

Our God, is all powerful, but He is a God of love, gentleness, grace and peace.
That's the kind of God we need, and have!

Our God is a God that helps, heals, and comforts.

Isaiah 58:6 KJV
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free..."

And this great condescending God, cares for and loves us!

Prayer:

Nehemiah 9:17 KJV
"...but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness..."

II Peter 3:9 KJV
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

John 3:16,17,36 KJV
16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life.
17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
36 He that believeth on The Son hath everlasting Life: and he that believeth not The Son shall not see Life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Physical Bodies - In Heaven Will We Have

Bible Questions Answered:
“...what kind of body will we have in heaven...?”
Bobby/ Detroit, Michigan U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Christians who pass on, now before the rapture of the church, will have a spiritual body in heaven.
(To them, this body is as real, or even more real than the body they had on earth, but for them, the best is yet to come.)

Ecclesiastes 12:6,7 NLT
6 Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well.
7 For then the dust will return to the earth, and
the spirit will return to God who gave it.

Luke 23:46 GNT
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father! In your hands I place My Spirit!” He said this and died.

Acts 7:59 KJV
And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

James 2:26 KJV
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Some mistakenly think that, upon death, we will have a body like the risen Lord.

Luke 24:39,40 KJV
39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.
40 And when He had thus spoken, He shewed them His hands and His feet.

This thinking is incorrect, because this was our Lord's risen Glorified body.
Christians will not receive a glorified body, until the rapture of the church!
Then we will have a glorified body as He has.

I John 3:2 KJV (At the rapture)
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.

I Corinthians 15:41-58 KJV (At the rapture)
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; The Second Man is The Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of
The Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in The Lord.

There are three forms of mankind in heaven.
First are, Spirits of just men made perfect.”

Hebrews 12:23 KJV
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God The Judge Of All, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Then there are two men who are in their earthly bodies, still, having never died, and yet taken to heaven, Enoch and Elijah.

And thirdly there is our risen Savior The Lord Jesus, in His Glorified body.

No doubt the saints in heaven, look at these three groups (Including themselves) and say.... Spirits of the just, that is what we are.

Elijah and Enoch, that is what we were on earth (human body).

Glorified Lord Jesus, this is what we too will one day be at the rapture!

Prayer:

John 1;12,13 KJV
12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 3:36 KJV
He that believeth on The Son hath everlasting Life: and he that believeth not The Son shall not see Life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: To The Aged.

Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: To The Aged.

Bible Text:

Deuteronomy 5:33 KJV
Ye shall walk in all the ways which The Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

The Lord's Request:

Ye shall walk in all the ways which The Lord your God hath commanded you,

The Lord's Promise:

that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

The Elderly:

Exodus 7:6,7 NLT
6 So Moses and Aaron did just as The Lord had commanded them.
7 Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron was eighty-three when they made their demands to Pharaoh.

Exodus 20:12 KJV
Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which The Lord thy God giveth thee.

Leviticus 19:32 NLT
Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am The Lord.

Deuteronomy 30:20 NLT
You can make this choice by loving The Lord your God, obeying Him, and committing yourself firmly to Him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey The Lord, you will live long..."

Deuteronomy 34:7 KJV
And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

Joshua 14:10,11 NLT (Caleb)
10 “Now, as you can see, The Lord has kept me alive and well as He promised for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise—even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old.
11 I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then.

I Kings 3:14 KJV (The Lord Speaking to Solomon)
And if thou wilt walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

Job 5:27 NLT (Eliphaz)
You will go to the grave at a ripe old age, like a sheaf of grain harvested at the proper time!

Job 12:12 NLT
Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.

Job 32:6,7 NLT
6 Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said,
I am young and you are old, so I held back from telling you what I think.
7 I thought, ‘Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.’

Psalm 31:15 KJV
My times are in thy hand..."

Psalm 34:12,13 KJV
12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Psalm 37:25 KJV
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Psalm 48:14 KJV
For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.

Psalm 71:9,18 NLT
9 And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.
18 Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

Psalm 90:12 KJV
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Psalm 91:14-16 KJV
14 Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him My salvation.

Psalm 92:13,14 KJV
13 Those that be planted in the house of The Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

Psalm 103:5 KJV
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Psalm 148:12,13 NLT
12 young men and young women, old men and children.
13 Let them all praise the name of The Lord. For His name is very great; His glory towers over the earth and heaven!

Proverbs 3:1,2,13,16 KJV
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor.

Proverbs 4:10 KJV
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

Proverbs 9:10-12 NLT
10 Fear of The Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of The Holy One results in good judgment.
11 Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life.
12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

Proverbs 10:27 KJV
The fear of The Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Proverbs 16:31 KJV
The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 17:6 NLT
Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.

Proverbs 20:29 NLT
The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.

Proverbs 23:22 KJV
Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Isaiah 40:28-31 KJV
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that The Everlasting God,
The Lord, The Creator Of The Ends Of The Earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 46:3,4 NLT
3 “Listen to Me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel. I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born.
4 I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.

Isaiah 65:22 KJV
They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

II Corinthians 4:16 KJV
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

I Timothy 5:1,2 KJV
1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

II Timothy 4:7,8 KJV
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which The Lord, The Righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.

Titus 2:2-6 NLT
2 Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.
3 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good.
4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children,
5 to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the Word Of God.
6 In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely.

I Peter 3:10,11 NLT
10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

I Peter 5:5 KJV
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Time stands still for no man, we all, with no exception, grow older.

Psalm 39:4,5 NLT
4 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”

How important It is that we spend our time drawing close to The Lord.

James 4:8 KJV
Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you..."

Then if we have lived faithfully to Him....

Psalm 23:6 KJV
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of 
The Lord for ever.

Prayer:

Proverbs 27:1 KJV
Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

II Corinthians 6:2 NLT
For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, 
the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.
 
Hebrews 4:7 KJV
"...To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

One By One We're Passing Over

One by one we’re passing over,

One by one we cross the tide;
Soon we’ll reach the peaceful harbor,
Rest at last on Canaan’s side.

Refrain
Rest at last, when earth is past,
Rest at last on Canaan’s shore;
Rest at last, when earth is past,
With our loved ones gone before.

There in that bright land of beauty,
With the loved ones gone before,
We will meet in blest reunion,
Meet again to part no more. [Refrain]

Then dispel! thou darkening shadow!
Shine upon us, light above!
Take away the sting of parting,
Bring us soon to those we love. [Refrain]

But if we must wait and suffer,
Ease the hurt, and soothe the pain;
Make us know that in the daybreak
We shall see our loved again. [Refrain]

Author: A. Judson Arrick (1913) 

Revelation 3:20 NLT
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in..."