Let’s try it this way: Read 2 Thessalonians 1: 7 – 11: “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
“When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:”
Notice that The LORD’s flaming fire is not just for those who do not know Him, have never heard His gospel or accepted Him into their hearts. That fire is also for those “who OBEY NOT the Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ.”
And just which Scriptures are we suppose to obey you ask? How about starting with His parting words in Mark 16: 15 – 18: “And he said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
Which signs are you obeying? What about casting out devils or speaking in tongues? Do you ever command the devil to get out of people in The Name of Jesus or lay hands on the sick, praying for them, so that the sick will recover. If not, ask God to please forgive you and baptize you with His Holy Spirit so that you can pray in tongues—thus protecting your prayers from that noisy eavesdropper Satan.
Oh no, you say, they don’t do that or believe in that in my church? Well what are you going to say about such disobedience when The LORD confronts you about this disregard for His commandments? Do you think the answer about your church will do? The disciples who heard His orders in Mark 16: 19 – 20 of wholesale Christian Bibles simply believed and obeyed Him: “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.”
And what about Our LORD’s commands in Matthew 28: 18 – 20: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”
Which nations have you taught to observe all things that Our LORD commanded us to do? Notice that in Luke the last Words The LORD Jesus spoke on earth ordered “ . . . that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem (24: 47).” Who have you preached repentance to commanding that people simply stop sinning?
And are you so different from Peter to whom The LORD ordered three times to “Feed My sheep (John 21: 15 – 17).” So which of His sheep are you feeding? Nowhere in The Bible does it say that only preachers or missionaries have this duty. Do you think God made a mistake when He called only common men, while He rejected the mucky-mucks in high places?
Please note that throughout the New Testament those who willingly gave themselves wholly to the Gospel of Christ were ordinary “non-big shots”, i.e.: a centurion army man, who although a leader of 100 men was far down from the rank of general—sort of like a lieutenant in today’s army (Matthew 8: 8 – 13). Look at Paul, who although a religious Pharisee before He accepted Christ into his heart, was an ordinary tent builder who did manual labor with believers such as Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18: 2 – 4). Or consider Lydia a merchant who sold cloths she had made with her hands (Acts 16).
Thus, clearly, no believer, no matter how low their status in societal terms, has any excuse for not giving their all to get out the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s see: visiting the elderly with gifts and tracks in hospitals and nursing homes; writing blogs about your faith on the internet (i.e. contact Taryn at I.E. Plexus at 866-712-4451 or 425-956-3297 to start today); praying mightily at church and home prayer meetings; writing and printing books and tracts. . .
Traveling to new cities to witness for Jesus and pass out tracks; starting an on-line internet radio and TV ministry (i.e. contact Worship Center Radio at 313-782-4158); recording Christian witness programs on You-tube; writing Presidents, senators, congressmen, politicians, movie stars, and other famous people telling them about your faith and inviting them to accomplish great things in The Name of Jesus, etc. etc. etc. There is so much more we can do for The LORD Jesus so we best start NOW!!!
The time for Christian ‘fence-sitting’ is over! The LORD is about to ‘up-chuck’ those who only call themselves Christians, sitting on their thumbs every now and then in churches, and doing little or nothing that He has asked them to do. Was this His command or just an ‘if you want to do it’ suggestion’: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16: 15)?” If you are truly ‘saved,’ that is ‘born again,’ and really expect to go to heaven, please answer this question: “What are you doing to support the Gospel of The LORD Jesus Christ?”
No, going to church in fancy clothes does not really support His Gospel. Nor does just paying a few non-sacrificial gifts and offerings. Moreover, how does the money you put into the coffers go into an effort to get God’s message out to all the world? You say, but that’s the preacher’s job! Really? Do you have Scripture for that belief? And do you know if the funds you donate do more than just pay church bills and pastors salaries?
Most important, what are you personally doing to get the The LORD’s message out to all the world, to every tribe, and to every nation? Those of Jehovah Witness faith go door to door, city to city to spread their inaccurate lies that The LORD Jesus is not God Almighty. Mormon young men fly from nation to nation passing out literature that doesn’t promote The LORD’s only requirement for salvation—“Ye must be born again” John 3: 7!
So as a “born again” Christian what do you accomplish for your Savior? Who are you witnessing to? Better yet—who are you praying for? Is your family praying together at least once a week? No? Then are you interceding for those absent family members during your daily prayers? Do you have a prayer list of people you do pray for as often as possible? Do you witness to them, telling them about The LORD’s blessings in store for them?
And what about on at your place of employment? Do you witness for The LORD there, or do you hide your Christianity so you can ‘fit in’? Better yet, how many radio and T.V. ministries going out into all the world attempting to spread God’s eternal love–so evident when He gave His Only Son to die for all mankind–do you support?
In short, what are you doing to show yourself “hot” for The LORD Jesus Christ? If you cannot answer in the affirmative that you truly are “hot,” then what do you think The LORD means in these verses from The Book of Revelations: “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (3: 14 – 20).”
Listen, we are living in the last days of mankind’s time on earth, in the age when World War III has already started. If you don’t believe that either, ask ISIS members who are working hard to bring more of their murderous revolution to the shores of your nation. If ever you plan to be a serious Christian, now is the time. Once caught in The LORD’s “upchuck” of false or weak believers, wholesale Christian Bibles do not point to any way back into His body!
While downloading various Scriptures on the judgments which born-again believers will face, such as Hebrews 10: 22-31:“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised); And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot 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?
“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. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
. . . Hmm. It occurred to this professing Christian: Believers should provoke to love and to good works, huh? Then there is 1 Peter 4: 17-18: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
But whoa: these verses from First John gave a real roaring shock: “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 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. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world (4: 15-18).”
Big hmmm #2: Christians can boldly face their judgment when they love—love God and love man just as God loves–unconditionally! But then let-down: that means most American Christians today will fail their final test, if they make it in at all, because in this generation, most professing believers love themselves first, and maybe their own families second.
Of course, when God’s Holy Spirit writes “love,” He means the supernatural love that The LORD Jesus Christ showed during His earthy ministry. His example is the most crucial test that Americans who claim to be Christians do not understand: The Lord Jesus walked continually in love for ALL people—except those who faked religion under the guise of rightful leadership—these do everything they can to kill God’s true love!
In everything He did and said, The LORD Jesus was living testimony of The Love of God. Even most of His disciples could not comprehend such love: first that He chose them, common working men, to be His disciples. Judas interpreted such ‘unseen before love’ as human weakness that he betray to his advantage. Peter thought he could easily deny and disassociate himself from such love.
But that God Kind of Love forgives those who repent as Peter did, and Judas did not. That’s the God-kind of love that Apostle Paul—who had hated and violently persecuted Christian believers—discovered on the Damascus Road (Acts 9: 3 – 15). It is the kind of love that enabled him years later to explain in 1 Corinthians 13:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity [love], I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [love], it profiteth me nothing (1-3) . . . .
Meditating in wholesale Christian Bibles, leaves nothing more to say, except: “Oh God, please, please help me to love in every way that I can as you love”!
Contrasting examples of families judged for good or ill is in the Book of First Samuel. Before he was born, although she was not in an ideal family situation, Samuel’s mother, Hannah, prayed continuously that God would give her a son, so that she could branch out in a family of her own. After years of faithful intercession, Hannah made a bargain with God:
“And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head (1 Samuel 1: 11).”
She thereby dedicated her son into God’s service for all of his life. After she had weaned her son, when Samuel, was just a toddler, Hannah took him to the temple and turned Samuel over to the high priest Eli, who would train the boy for the priesthood, through which Samuel would serve God with strength and truth.
Now, although Eli was charged with praying ceaselessly for his nation, Eli failed God’s requirements for a father, and his sons’ failed likewise to be faithful men or faithful priests. By the time Samuel (whose mother visited him every year with clothes and treats) was of age to become the high priest as Eli had trained him, Eli and his extremely sinful sons, along with their wives, perished in one day.
Further, The LORD Jesus makes clear that in addition to families, whole cities could go down together into hellish judgment: “Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
“But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee (Matthew 11: 20-24).”
Moreover, the Bible repeatedly states that whole nations will be judged along with the people within them. King David writes: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9: 17).”
And The LORD Jesus states without equivocation: “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
“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:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
“Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal (Matthew 25: 31-46).”
Question: Do readers know where their families, city or country stand with God? Then perhaps it is time to begin earnest prayer for those in each one of these categories.
After all, wholesale Christian Bibles promise: “Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee (2 Chronicles 6: 19).” And Apostle James adds: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5: 16b).”
The first earth destruction was so far-reaching that the prior material existence of all living beings and planets, etc. were destroyed as well. In Genesis chapter One, only the term “heaven” is mentioned (i.e. verses 15, 17 and 20). But in chapter Two the term “heavens” is mentioned. This is the second heaven, that is the area known on earth today as space.
Thus, Scripture is saying that this first fight between Satan and his forces and God and His forces was so fierce that God destroyed—or at least burnt out—all the planets, stars, etc. that space ‘scientists’—astrologists of those days–could view beyond earth’s realm and recreated them as He did with earth:
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them (Genesis 2: 1).” And “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens (Genesis 2: 4)”
The term ‘burn out’ refers to all material type objects, but not to spiritual beings. Satan, his angels, as well as the spirits of people living on earth under Satan’s rule were made to live forever–just as all human beings are today. Thus, the only account for what are known on earth today as “demons” must be the spirits of those human beings who lived on earth with dying fleshly parts when they rebelled with Satan against God.
Look at these Scriptures from wholesale Christian Bibles for accounts of that first earth and second heaven destruction: “I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
“I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger (Jeremiah 4: 23 – 26).”
This is not Noah’s flood. There is no record of darkness in Noah’s account, nor of the earth being without form and void. Notice this language of “the earth being without form and void” is the same as that of Genesis 1: 2. Also, this account says that there was no man. Again this cannot be Noah flood for six people were left on the earth during that flood, and also there were birds who helped Noah to navigate.
In one of his letters, Apostle Peter refers to this first total earth destruction as “the world that then was”: “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
“Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men (2 Peter 3: 5 – 7).
Today, we live in the same world or earth that Noah lived it. This earth we live on has never perished. It has never stood out of water—that is being “entirely dry” with no steams, rivers, seas or oceans.” Also, the Greek term “kosmos” refers to “social system.” Today, we live in the same social system that Noah lived in with “normal” families and governments. That social system existing between Genesis 1: 1 and 1: 2 has been destroyed.
However, in earth’s second judgment, under Noah, the second heaven is not mentioned as being destroyed. “And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die (Genesis 6: 17).”
Now as to that Third Heaven: Many prophets in The Old Testament referred to this heaven as the heaven of heavens: “Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth. . . (Nehemiah 9: 6).” And King David prayed: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? (I Kings 8: 27).”
And Apostle Paul writes of this heaven: “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter (2 Corinthians 12: 2 – 4).”
Beloved, it is to this third heaven that The LORD Jesus Christ will take all the saints soon and very soon. That is the heaven you want to go to. It is where God The Father lives now. Paul, John, and many prophets and disciples have seen it. It is where the everlasting power of God dwells in full view and without measure. Don’t keep working and sinning for Satan to go to hell. Get into God’s Word, ask The LORD Jesus to renew His presence in your heart and cling to Him so that when He returns for His Body you will go with Him to that beautiful, glorious Third Heaven!
Considering the work that The Triune God—The Infinitely Almighty Father, The Blessed Savior Son Jesus, and The Overwhelming Powerful Holy Spirit—have done to redeem all people from sin and from the grip of that wretched monster Satan, from his rebellious fallen angels, and from his minion devious demons—one must wonder why anyone would choose to join that evil ban in Hell.
The Bible, God’s Holy Word of promises and warnings, which He wrote to give individual souls in every generation a passage out of the evil ones’ ultimate abode, details the unspeakable horrors of Hell:
1. The LORD Jesus says that place was solely created for those who rebel against God: “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:
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not (Matthew 25: 41-43).”
2. Obviously, Hell is a place of never ending fire–a burning leaving human sufferers in a perpetual state of unbelievable pain: “Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again (Psalms 140:10).”
3. The LORD Jesus also warns that those who persist in serving Satan will join their counterparts in Hell: “Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
“Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal (Matthew 25: 43 – 46).”
Wholesale Christian Bibles reports that when men rebelled against Moses, they, and their whole families were dumped into Hell through the opening of a sinkhole in the earth:
“And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.
“And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.
“But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
“And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
“They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also (Numbers 16:26-34).”
Again, please understand, Hell is an actual place. It is located in the center of the earth. Whatever you think you gain on earth by serving Satan, is it worth your body and soul? Is it worth your feeling the pains of death forever?
If you change your mind, deciding that service to sin and Satan is not worth the pay for such a price, simply call on The Eternal God, Our Everlasting Father, using The Name of Jesus His Son, as your right to pray for forgiveness and blessing. And He will save you. He will forgive your sins and save you from going to Hell!
Before the 1960s, the overwhelming majority of Americans from ages 4 or 5 to 18, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion, shared three things five days a week in school: 1) Prayer, 2) The Bible, and 3) The Pledge of Allegiance. Then suddenly, millions of children who daily lifted their voices to God were bound into silence.
In 1962 in the Engel vs. Vitale case, Stephen Engel, along with three others of his Jewish brethren, and a self-proclaimed ‘spiritual’ person, objected to this particular prayer sent up to God in New York public schools:
“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.”
23 states sided with New York, urging that prayer in schools be continued. But The American Jewish Committee, The Synagogue Council of America and the American Ethical sided with Engel’s group, which won the case before the Supreme Court. From that day forward, prayer was disavowed in America’s public schools.
One year later a woman named Madelyn Murray O’Hair, a confessed atheist and practicing witch and servant of Satan, brought a case in the Supreme Court to stop Bible reading in the public schools of the U.S. Again, unbelievers won, and the Bible was washed away from daily devotions among American youth.
Soon thereafter, instructions from liberalized theological schools in most major denominations, urged churches across the nation to substitute Wednesday evening prayer meetings with Bible studies. American Christians had been holding group prayer meetings since the great Holy Spirit revivals in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries which filled churches with millions of new converts.
Through the prayers of white and black Americans, the bondage of slavery was broken. And through those same prayers, segregation in the country ended.
The power of those prayers, from school children and churches—as well as from military chaplains and their commanding generals who insisted that prayer was offered up continually for the fighting troops–gave the U.S. victory through two World Wars, as well as the Cold War. But, as prayer ended, this nation has not won another war since.
Before those prayers ended, the United States was known as a Christian nation. Now, how do our leaders define this country? Unless massive prayer in The Name of Jesus, based on God’s Word, is restored this nation has no hope of survival.
As Ephesians 6:18 instructs in wholesale Christian Bibles: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” And 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 adds: “Pray without ceasing.”
Christians must get to work asking God’s forgiveness for neglecting prayer and His Word, and begging Him to have mercy upon our nation, our children, our leaders and our military. Stumbling in darkness only leads to danger, accidents and ultimately flirts with death!
It can go on no longer: people going to or ‘belonging’ to ‘Christian’ churches regularly, even faithfully, who claim to be followers of Christ, but who seem to have great difficulty in loving others, even loving some of those in their own families.
Churches in some cities are formed based on families connected with other families. These connections often pass down several generations. And so, for some church members, going to their house of worship has become almost solely a family affair.
However, such closeness often become hotbeds for gossip, so much so that often one family’s rejected member can become a rejected party through all church and family connections. In fact, these inter-actions to family and church often outweigh a person’s assumed relationship with The LORD Jesus Christ.
When some of these members may sit under rather mild gospel messages for years, they seldom confront the urgently central Christian message stated repeatedly in wholesale Christian Bibles that “God Is Love”:
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath for us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him (1 John 4: 16).”
Such members probably hear even less about the first tenant of a life of love—forgiveness. Nor are they reminded that love and forgiveness are primary commandments of God The Father and The LORD Jesus Christ, His Son:
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him (1 John 2: 3 – 5).”
Thus, while dwelling in such churches for years, some may confess Christianity outwardly, but suffer from extreme hard-heartedness, a very unchristian trait.
In the 19th century, during the last genuine Christian Holy Ghost revival in the United States, evangelists in some denominations invited those long-time church members to come down to the altar and do their “first works” over, calling on those who had once accepted Christ as Savior to come pray in repentance, confessing their sins, and ask The LORD Jesus to come again into their hearts.
The wording of these evangelists may not have been “theologically correct,” but it resulted in thousands of believers getting right with God and it energized The Body of Christ to go forward for decades in the true fellowship of God’s love and forgiveness.
The point was repentance and renewal. And if there is one thing that too many Christian church goers in the 21st century need is repentance about its lack of love—love and forgiveness among family members, across racial, historical and political lines, all proving more love for God The Father and for His Dear Son Jesus!
So much of Christianity in this 21st century is corrupted with worldliness, lack of Bible knowledge, and dead “churchy” religion (which is actually pre-paganism), indicating that many Christians may well need to do their ‘first works over.’
Only when true Christians walk daily in the kind of love The LORD Jesus speaks of in The Gospel of John, chapters 13, 15 and 17, will His Body be ready for His return, which is coming very, very soon!
To those who have read this blog for several months or years,, it should be comforting to know that other prominent bloggers, Christian ministers and deeply intellectual believers agree that–without a strong sweep of God’s Holy Spirit leading this nation into born-again revival–the United States–not Europe, not the Middle East–is sliding backwards into primary position as servants of anti-Christ during the few remaining years before Christ’s return to earth!
The time for the United States and its dramatic scene-playing churches to stage this nation as one of primarily Christian believers is over! Urgently applicable verses in wholesale Christian Bibles stresses this spiritual emergency:
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1: 7 – 8).”
Note the last portion: it is understood that those who do not know God will go through the judgment. But what about those who “obey not the gospel”? In other words, some confessing Christians know God, and they know the Gospel, i.e. they know what the Bible says. But they refuse to obey it! Thus, the Bible in no way promises that those individuals will not be judged along with the unsaved–if not even more so!
Alvin Conway, founder of Extinction Protocol.com and utopia the collapse.com argues in “The Fall of the Republic–Why the U.S. Will Not Likely Survive the Next Century” writes: “America is in the advanced stages of a moral and cultural rot… It is suffering from hegemony and military overreach with its 662 military bases scattered across some 38 different countries.”
He continues: “43% of U.S. citizens are obese. Its borders are unsecured–with 40% increase seen in illegal immigration since 2014 alon[e]… According to Covenant Eyes, an internet search group, 1 out of 5 mobile searches on the internet involves pornography.
“Illegal drugs continue to be both manufactured and transported into the U.S., with no apparent way of halting or stopping the flow. In the U.S. alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, more than the combined number of people who reportedly abuse cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin.”
As Conway decries the sharp decline of those in America who profess Christianity or go to church, he closes this essay/blog with: “The Average American appears to be more concerned about the pursuit of hedonistic pleasures and updating their Facebook status than they are about the wayward drift of this country.
“What we’re seeing in American society is not just the decline of a nation that has lost its general sense of direction and moral purpose–we’re seeing the strangulation of hope and the death of perhaps the last Great Western Republic in recorded history!” (exclamation added)
Listen to Apostle John cry out The LORD Jesus at the end of the Book of Revelation: “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book(22:7)… And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be (22: 12). . . He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (22: 22).”
How many readers today can join Apostle John in saying “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”? Amen and Amen
To study what are and will be end-time occurrences on earth, both before and after the Rapture of the Body of Christ, it is necessary to go deeper into God’s Word. For one who is truly born again, the question is what is that person doing for God to advance, as The LORD’s prayer insists: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6: 10).”
If that person is in the United States, is that one witnessing for Christ on a regular basis? Some time ago a viewer called into Worship Center Radio (where this blogger has an internet radio television program, “Home for Today and Tomorrow”) from a nation oversees that is hostile to the Gospel.
He explained that in his country one is not free to witness about Christ, because he would be jailed or executed. He acknowledged that he hides his radio until late at night when everyone is sleep, and keeps it down very low, so that he can listen to the station’s Christian programs. That man’s testimony is akin to 1 Thessalonians 1: 6: “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.”
Are there similar testimonies for U.S. believers today? Are we waiting for The LORD’s appearance as in I Thessalonians 1: 9-10: “For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”
The station has not heard from him again. Perhaps he has suffered what happens in many countries today, the ultimate fate of being a Christian. Apostle Paul makes clear that afflictions come when presenting the Gospel to unbelievers: “For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
“Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost I Thessalonians 2: 14 – 16).”
As 1 Thessalonians is the main Book in wholesale Christian Bibles that goes deeply into The Rapture of Christians from this earth, it takes great pains to explain in chapter 4: 1 – 12 the requirements for getting on this first “glory train”: i.e. no sexual activity outside of marriage and no financial fraud or deception, etc.
But for those who will get deeply dedicated into obeying Christ and His Word a glorious day awaits: “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18).” Let us pray for one another that we get on this first glory train!