Most Bible teachers insist that Jonah is a type of Christ, because they both spent three whole days and nights in the middle of hell. But Jonah could also be an anti-type of Christ, the difference being obeying God with one’s whole heart, soul and body as The LORD Jesus did. But the prophet Jonah did not obey God this way. Jonah insisted that God was wrong in asking the prophet to preach repentance and salvation in Nineveh. He knew God was full of love and mercy for all mankind. But he did not want God to forgive Nineveh, because of what that nation had done to Israel. Jonah held these beliefs before he died and went to hell, and he held them after God resurrected him from hell. Again, the prophet stubbornly believed that heaven is a democracy where one can properly disagree with God and remain in heaven. (Excuse me, didn’t Satan himself try that?)
Yes even Jonah admits that he was dead—stone cold dead–three days and three nights in the pit of hell: “. . . I cried by reason of mine affliction unto The LORD, and He heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and Thou heardest my voice . . . The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head—[just as a crown of thorns was placed on Christ’s head]—I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me forever: yet thou has brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God (Jonah 2: 1 – 7).”
And yes, The Lord Jesus acknowledged that Jonah’s experience was “a sign” of His own coming ordeal: “Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here (Matthew 12: 38 – 42).”
Many claim that Jonah repented while he was in hell. But The Bible does not say that. While praying in hell, Jonah spoke of “ observing lying vanities” and “forsaking his own mercy.” He promised to be more thankful to God, and to pay what he had previously vowed. But nowhere does he mention Nineveh or ask God’s forgiveness for his hateful attitude towards his enemies.
Now consider Jonah’s physical condition when “the fish . . . vomited out Jonah upon dry land (2: 9).” This prophet walks into Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, covered with fish vomit and the massive animal’s digestive juices eating into his body and his soul and spirit shambled and shuttering. Obviously, he gained everyone’s attention as he walked through the massive city for another 72 hours preaching repentance or judgment. Those physical and mental scars would stay with the prophet for the rest of his life. It would have been far better for him if he had just obeyed God with a willing heart in the first place.
Perhaps Jonah is the only evangelist who did not want his audience to be saved. But the goodness and mercy of God prevailed. The people of Nineveh repented and God granted the nation 70 years of forgiveness and renewal—because every generation must seek God on its own (see the Book of Nahum). But after Nineveh’s revival, Jonah is still furious with God: “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live (4: 1 -3).”
Shocking! Isn’t the whole point of knowing God is to want to be like Him? How could a man who had experienced actual death in hell, even pray to immediately die again? Modern day psychologists (who greatly influence theological preachers) could say he was just depressed. No this prophet was still in rebellion against God and against His will. I included The LORD’s linking of Jonah and Solomon above, because these could well be two Bible writing ex-believers who chose to go to hell, rather than to willingly obey God. Because the book that Jonah wrote ends on this note, we do not know conclusively where he ended in eternity. But we do know that Adam, Solomon and Judas are in hell today, because they refused to repent and obey God’s Word and His Will.
But why spend so much time on Jonah’s wish to rebel against God, his willingness to change from an apostle to an apostate? Because such fake so-called Christian leadership has thousands of such followers in these last days. In 2 Timothy, Hebrews, 2 Peter, Jude, and Revelation, Wholesale Christian Bibles fervently asks believers not to follow people or personalities. Each believer can be saved only by believing on Jesus Christ, not on people who claim to follow Him. Christians must test those who say they are preachers, prophets, etc. by God’s Word. And they must read it with dedication and obedience for themselves. Pray for God’s Will alone to be carried out in your life. And always seek to please God, not people. Don’t follow another human being into Hell!
Because he knew he was a gifted prophet, Jonah thought he had the right to rebel against God. He reasoned within himself that his hatred of the citizens of Nineveh (the capital of Assyria) was justified because they had so ill-treated his own people. He also knew that God was a God of Love and that He would forgive those sinful people—those Jonah considered to be filthy Gentiles–if they would repent of their evil ways. This prophet knew well of God’s great love and mercy, and he greatly resented it. So here we have one of God’s people–one of His chosen servants—resisting His will.
The human soul is made up of the mind, the will and the emotions. All of these factors within Jonah’s heart were in disagreement with God. How could such a gifted prophet be so out of step with God’s will? It happened because he listened to his own human thinking, instead of humbling himself and waiting before The Holy Spirit in prayer and fasting, and resisting all force to make such a rebellious mistake. Jonah’s mind was made up to go against God’s will. His emotions were filled with satanic hatred, not the love of God. With everything in his being he willed to go against what he knew God wanted.
When a Christian with knowledge of God and His Word purposely goes against God’s will pitting his own will, mind and emotions against the will and Word of God—that mature and knowledgeable Christian flirts with the loss of his own salvation. Yet this prophet must have believed in God of mercy and love enough to think he could get away with such rebellious thinking, let alone action. Jonah actually believed that he knew God well enough that he had the right to disagree with Him. This was his interpretation of “free will.” Yes, God does give human beings the free will to do, think and say what they want to do, think and say. But this does not mean that there are not consequences for wrong thinking, wrong words, wrong decisions and wrong actions.
Perhaps you remember the rest of Jonah’s story from your Sunday School days—how while he was on a ship going away in the opposite direction of Nineveh, Jonah ended up with his body dead within the belly of a giant fish, while his soul and spirit were in Hell. We will go over more of that in the next blog, along with the fact that the Bible does not detail whether or not Jonah completely repented, even after he brought revival to Nineveh and got thousands of people saved and reconciled to the goodness and everlasting love of God.
But for now, please look at the one-chapter New Testament book of Jude wherein the Apostle gives example after example of fallen Christian leaders, including fallen angels, who knew God, who had experienced His power—i.e. the traitor Judas—and who nonetheless decided to turn against Him and serve Satan. Some of God’s laws—i.e. unlawful sexual relations—cannot be broken without everlasting punishment, unless there is full and complete repentance.
As we are now in the last of the last of the last days, again I ask you to consult such books in wholesale Christian Bibles as 2 Peter, Jude, 2 John, etc. for an understanding that deliberate back-sliding, continuous disobedience in full knowledge of God’s will, hard-hearted unwillingness to forgive, racial hatred (as in Jonah’s case), love of this world more than love of God’s laws and His love–is flirting with everlasting damnation. Yes, even if one is a born-again Christian. Also, remember that there are very few examples of people, who like Jonah were able to pray their way out of hell!
Yes we are Christians. Yes, we are born again. But we have not yet reached heaven. We do not now live in “The Promise Land.” The Kingdom of Heaven is a monarchy—that is it government by and under the Rule of one: The King, Who is The God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Things are done His way and those who are in heaven serve Him and do as He directs, not by force, but willingly and gladly.
Hence, the importance of The Lord Jesus’ Words in His famous prayer: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6: 10).” We should also remember His words during His agony in The Garden before the Cross: “Saying, Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but Thine, be done (Luke 22: 42).”
Certainly, those who rebelled against Moses in the wilderness thought they participated in a democracy. They simply would not stop complaining and blaming God and Moses for any difficulties. They thought it was their right to speak out and rebel. Yet as Jude writes in The New Testament: “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not (1: 5).”
Paul also defines that rebellion in the wilderness as stubbornness or hardening of the heart: “And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God (Hebrews 3: 5 – 12).”
These New Testament writers—i.e. Apostles Peter, Paul, Jude and John–all warned that in these last days in which we now live, there would be a great ‘falling away’: that is some believers—those already weak in faith, Bible knowledge and prayer–will walk away from their faith. Others claiming to be Christians will not have to walk away, because they were always faking salvation. They jumped onto the Christian band wagon at Satan’s insistence and for monetary profit or religious recognition. In view of the apostles’ insistence, now is definitely the time for every Christian to fight as Peter writes: “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall (2 Peter 1: 10).” We make that calling and election absolute by doing all we can to obey Our Father and His Word in every area of our lives.
Please remember God’s Name Omnipotent (meaning all powerful). But you may respond God is also Love and Grace. Absolutely He is. And because He is all of those things at once, we should serve and obey Him, because we love Him back and want to please Him. We should never follow His will begrudgingly. As Isaiah writes in wholesale Christian Bibles: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it (1: 19 – 20).”
The Word “commandment(s)” is in the King James Version of The Bible 333 times in either the singular or plural form. These times include the first five books of God’s Holy Word, and the last four books of that Same Holy Word. (Actually when one considers that Apostle John wrote his Gospel, three epistles and The Book of Revelation in or after 90 AD, it can be inferred that the word “commandment(s)” is in the last five Books of The Bible as well.
What is surprising to believers today is that this Word is used almost as much in The New Testament as in The Old Testament. So just why do today’s Christians assume that the Word simply does not mean the same for New Testament believers as it did to God’s people in the Old Testament? Do they simply assume that in this Age of Grace, God does not mean what He says?
Moreover, several times in Books from Matthew to Revelation, Pharisees and other “religious” leaders assumed they had the right to demand that people obey their versions, manipulations and substitutions of God’s Commandments in The Old Testament. This is reason The LORD Jesus did not begin His ministry using Jewish temple workers and authorities, because they had substituted the laws of God with the laws of men. For instance look at his dealing with religious leaders on one occasion:
“And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
“This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground,as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
“And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more(John 8: 3 – 11).”
Now actually, the Old Testament Law required that BOTH the man and the woman be stoned. For instance, Leviticus 20: 10 says: “And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” Could The LORD not have written in the ground: “where is the man”?
Moreover, The LORD Jesus said of the Pharisees and other so-called teachers of The Law: “But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
“But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
“Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Matthew 15: 3 – 9).
However, when The LORD and His Apostles in Books from Matthew to Revelation use the word “commandment(s)”–outside of those times when they speak of the Pharisees, etc.—-they speak of God’s Holy Word to believers, and that Word demands that believers obey that Word or receive the consequences of disobedience.
For instance, The LORD says: “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. . . . If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love . . . If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. (John 14: 21, 15: 10, 15: 12).” So what is one to assume will happen to those who don’t keep His commandments as stated in wholesale Christian Bibles?
Finally in his epistles, Saint John makes the Biblical meaning of the word commandment(s)clear: “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 (1 John 2: 3 – 4).” Beloved, we now live in the last of the last of the last days. People are falling away from churches, perhaps because they sense insincerity of those professing Christianity. The only way the world, backsliders and unbelievers will ever know true Christianity is if those of us who are truly born again begin to actually love one another without reservation! We best start doing it now before it is everlastingly too late!
Prior generations of believers in the United States knew God’s Word much better than the present one. Because they practiced daily devotions sometimes reading a chapter or two a day until they read through the entire Bible in a year, they took personal responsibility for knowing God’s Word, as well as His will. Today, too many Christians depend upon pastors and television preachers to teach them just enough of “necessary” Bible verses to get them extraordinary prosperity, or miraculous healing.
Such “religious” Christians are like the generation that followed Moses and Joshua. The Book of Judges in wholesale Christian Bibles illustrates that those who came after these leaders had very little faith in God, and in fact, they never resorted to serious prayer until they were overcome or “enslaved” by an enemy nation.
Their prayers of urgency eventually persuaded God to send a new ruler-judge who would lead the battle and set them free. But when that judge expired or the urgency had passed, the nation easily slipped back into sinful carelessness until they were captured by a new enemy. Then the process of temporary prayer and repentance would start all over again.
Eventually the Holy Spirit-inspired writer of The Book of Judges gave a cogent reason for such lack of consistent faith and victory: “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes” Judges 17: 6 and 21: 25. Because they could see no visible human leader and because they had very little faith in The Invisible Eternal God, the people in the Book of Judges lived to please themselves. They gave little heed to God’s laws set forth by Moses in his five Books, or to Joshua’s admonitions in his following Book.
And in their shallow faith and stubbornness, it is doubtful that they more than seldom went to temple to hear That Word from the heart of God. Even when at the temple, they probably went through the sacrifices for what they could get, not for what they could give. Being faithful followers of God’s laws was not important to them. Such unbelief so stepped over the lines that God drew for their survival, that eventually by the time of the last Judge in The Book of First Samuel, they rejected Him as king altogether, and demanded to have a human king “like all the other nations around them.” In short, they wanted to live the world’s way, not God’s way.
Today, the United States is on the precipice of utter destruction, one where only a sincere return to individual and institutional prayerful intercession can pull the nation back. Obviously, the continuous multi-destructive floods and fires in this year alone clearly show that God’s heavy hand of judgment is already falling on this nation. Moreover, in today’s world of mass-destruction, where so many enemies want to over-run and destroy the U.S., it is extremely doubtful that the nation will be on a see-saw of weakness and restoration, as was the case in the Book of Judges.
Only the mercies of God can stop such judgment, and only sincere prayers of repentance from The Full Body of Christ in this nation—both those who know they have grievously disobeyed God and His Word, as well as those self-righteous ones who assume they are rich in deeds and wealth as in The Book of Revelation will work: “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 thatthe shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3: 14 – 19).”
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!