Part V, Chapter 20, Satan and his hosts are finally expelled down to hell in order to usher in The Thousand Year Reign of Christ Jesus, thwherein He and His saints will rule over the affairs of men and nations. People, now free of sickness and disease will live for hundreds of years, as long as they obey God’s laws, as enforced by Christ and His Church. At the end of that period, Satan will have a short period to return so he can start a rebellion with those who have chafed against constant submission to God’s will. After that rebellion is put down, The LORD Jesus and His Church will hold final judgments over all fallen men, evil angels and demons, announcing sentences according to appropriate crime levels in hell’s caverns. (See Matthew 13: 41, 49; 1 Corinthians 6: 3: “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”).
Part VI, Chapter 21, gives detailed description of ‘The Eternal New Heaven and New Earth,’ because God The Father will move His new headquarters—i.e. His ruling throne—down to earth: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (verses 1 – 4).” In other words, those people who survived the horrors of the seven year Tribulation, and who will then live in new supernaturally transformed bodies during The Thousand Year reign, during which they joyfully accept the rules and laws of The LORD Jesus and faithful army who will rule with Him during those centuries—will still be alive. That group of people will live eternally on earth, maintaining homes and serving God, The Father, and God, The Son as they will.
This chapter describes in detail the beauty of this great city, New Jerusalem, having twelve gates each made of one solid pearl, and high walls adorned with all types of pearls and precious stones. Both God The Father and God The Son rule on their thrones in The Temple of this New Jerusalem, with rulers and peoples of the earth coming often to worship Them: “And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it (verse 24).”
In addition, both of these last two chapters give warnings to all people to avoid the judgments coming to those who will not be part of this New Heaven and New Earth, because they refuse to worship The LORD God and His Son Jesus: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” John continues, “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife (verses 8 and 9).” Another verse adds: “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but [only] they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life (verse 27).”
Part VII, Chapter 22, gives more description of God’s Temple, Throne, and This New Jerusalem—from which God will rule earth and the universe, as well as the final status of all true believers—“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city (22: 12 – 14).”
Please note that here (as in all of John’s letters giving God’s instructions), The LORD Jesus refers to His words as commandments, not suggestions which believers may choose not to follows. In other words, those wanting to eat of that tree of life, (of which Adam and Eve had the first rights to eat), must obey God’s instructions, not do what they want and then expect to be rewarded by “grace.”
This Chapter also gives the final status of all unsaved human beings: “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie (22: 15).” It is this last section about loving and making a lie into which so many people, especially some who claim to be Christian believers, fall today. There is little difference between an idolater in India who worships cows, a peasant in China who puts the Communist flag and its party above all that is valued in life, or the person in the United States, the rest of the Americas, or Europe who loves and adores the things of this world while claiming to be a Christian. Sorcerers are witches, students and scholars for Satan and of all things evil; while idolaters are those which worship entities other than Almighty God, whether ideologies, spiritual idols and/or other material objects. The term for ‘dogs’ in this New Testament Greek language does not refer to non-human animals, but to those people who prefer (i.e. agree to and/or support) homosexual life styles.
Finally, the end of the last section (verses 14 to 22) of this chapter and of This Book (which this blog refers to as wholesale Christian Bibles), gives a final message to all categories of people: A) True believers who accepted The LORD Jesus Christ as Savior and who grew up spiritually in Him (verse 14); B) Those acclaiming themselves to be Biblical scholars who add to or take away from The Book of Revelation (verse 15); and C) A final message to all mankind: “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
Further, The LORD adds: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen (verses 16 to 21).”
In closing, take care to study the word for yourself. You can find more research of these discussions by visiting our store. And please make sure that you are among those sending up prayers to fill those vials, prayers, which the elders collect in heaven. Remember, Apostle James promises: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (5: 16).”
Now that you are better familiar with parts of the Bible, according to their historical categories and divisions (i.e. Books of History, Poetry, Prophecy, etc.) in both The Old and New Testaments, let’s move onto understanding the various divisions of The Book of Revelation. It’s own divisions—like ‘Books,’ Epistles and prophecies—would also enable believers to better understand–to quote The LORD Himself–that “which is, and which was, and which is to come (1: 4).”
Indeed, The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ,
Part I, the whole Book’s Introduction as set forth in this first chapter, explains Apostle John’s location of ‘jailed’ isolation of persecution for preaching The Gospel Truth about His Savior. No doubt after they had inflicted severe physical punishment, Roman rulers imprisoned John in exile, alone on the tiny, treacherous volcano island called Patmos. With no one beside him in that dark, cold, damp, foreboding place, Satan no doubt expected this disciple to fall into depression. But The LORD Jesus came to comfort His faithful servant. This chapter then becomes a description of The Resurrected Christ, and of His present ministry. However, because God moves in the universe with multi-faceted purposes, messages in following chapters also have intent to bless Christian believers of every generation.
Part II, chapters two and three includes epistles which The LORD Jesus sends to seven churches which were alive and somewhat functioning as Christian bodies in John’s day. However, the individual churches have also been applied historically as the Church Age moved through geographical and worldly ruling political ages. His last letter to the seventh church, as being neither cold nor hot, and thus sickening and expelled from His Body, is especially applied to the Church of The Body of Christ in these last days. After Part II, the Christian Church is no longer mentioned in this Book. It is assumed that the Church Age, has passed, that The Present Body of Christ has been raptured (i.e. taken up into heaven)—for the Christians’ seven years of judgments and rewards (see 1 Corinthians 3: 11 – 15)–while God returns to His treatment of Israel and all remaining nations.
Part III, in chapters four and five, readers view things in heaven, where God The Father sits upon His throne surrounded by 24 elders—which may include 12 highly respected saints from the Old Testament and 12 from the New, who are presumably The LORD’s twelve disciples. All believers in God from both ages are, by the end of the Church age, as noted at the end of chapter 3, then in heaven. Four animal-like creatures—each with either a face like a lion, calf, eagle or a man, and each with six wings and covered with eyes all over their bodies (similar to that seen by Isaiah (chapter 6) and Ezekiel (chapters 1 and 3), are accompanied by innumerable numbers and types of angels, all singing, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Then John notices God The Father holding A Book, closed by seven seals—stamped permanently closed–in His hand, as an angel cries “with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” John begins to weep because no human or angelic being in heaven, earth, it’s seas, or even under them, was worthy to open God’s book. But then an elder (perhaps John’s brother, Apostle James, who was martyred soon after the birth of The Church), tells John, not to worry because “in the midst of the elders, stood ‘A Lamb’–as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth (v.6)”–took The Book from God, The Father’s, Hand. At this point the 24 elders worship The Lamb as each plays a harp and pours out vials of pleasant odors, which indeed are the prayers of all believers, before Him.
Part IV, from Chapters 6 to 19, covers the seven years of The Tribulation (or man’s suffering, earthly punishment), including the 42-month ministries of the prophets Enoch (Genesis 5: 18 – 14) and Elijah (1 Kings 17 to 2 Kings 3), who had been taken live up to heaven, and living there thousands of years are bathed with The Holy Spirit’s anointing. Satan will kill them, but after four days, God will resurrect and take them up to heaven while their persecutors helplessly watch. Two more groups of holy Jewish saints will also be likewise resurrected and taken up to heaven. This section also covers the final destruction of Jerusalem, and rise of the Anti-Christ, (now born today) in Syria, who will rule from Iraq, as well as the ultimate False Prophet, who will convince the world to worship this false Christ and bow down in adoration of his phony, fake, useless materially man-made image. (More on these 14 chapters may be covered in later blogs).
Looking back on 2016, it has been a year of struggle and disappointment for many believers—jobs of even meager earnings have been lost, some family members have been unfaithful and devilish, managing finances proved arduous, and maintaining a modicum of faith in God was often a struggle. Yet He was faithful, He kept His children afloat and they survived. Even so, most Christians look forward to 2017 with anticipation and hope that things will be not just better, but victorious, for themselves, their families and friends.
First, all believers must recognize that we are living in the last days of man’s rule on earth. People all over the globe live with or watch war, death, and poverty encroach upon their lives on a daily basis. Many good people did not survive 2016. Thus, Christians must double-down on attaining the spiritual growth necessary, not only for survival, but for Victory in 2017. These growth factors must include more Bible, more prayer, more love for God, family and everyone else, and more godliness in thoughts, words and actions.
Thus, Christians must dedicate themselves to knowing the Bible better. It is not enough just to read what people write about the Bible. True believers must read God’s Word for themselves. Enough of this sitting in church for twenty years and not knowing how to find the Book of Habakkuk, or who Apostle Jude is. Christians must dedicate more personal time each day to studying—and praying in and about–God’s Word for themselves.
Such re-dedication to His Holy Word means reading it more, learning the organization and types of its Books—i.e. History, Prophecy, Gospels, Epistles, etc.—and praying more for understanding of That Word. It also means memorizing more Bible verses. The warrior Joshua demands that God’s people think more—i.e. memorize—God’s Words: “This Book of the Law shall not depart [i.e. stop coming] out of thy mouth [through speaking and confession]; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1: 8).”
Some preachers teach that confessing a few favorite verses is enough, but true believers must live and believe what they confess. (A person confessing the same verse several times a day, but using vile and faithless language otherwise, while exercising shallow faith in The True God, should not expect full blessings.) Memorizing and confessing as much of God’s Word as possible makes His Word a part of you, and you then become a walking example of His Word.
Let me explain another reason for memorizing and repeating verses as often as possible: Back when the walls of the Soviet Union fell, the people living behind the Iron Curtain screamed with joy and delight. One man stood up on the rubble and demanded that they all thank God for their new-found freedom (that freedom coming largely from faithful Christians in the Free World Christians who prayed). A few tried to lead in a hymn they remembered from their childhood. One man tried to lead them in The LORD’s prayer, but sadly, few could remember the words.
Why? Because, the Communist government indoctrinated their own books as the ‘new Bibles.’ Those same rulers tore down most churches or turned them into office buildings. Anything that those in the crowd remembered about God’s Word came from what their grandmothers had taught them decades ago. Soon school, newspapers, politicians—yes even radio, television and worldly music–obliterated God’s Word from their minds. (Even more shameful, too many who confess to be Christians in the U.S. today also have slight memory of God’s Written Word, because they seldom bother to memorize some of It’s passages, and spend more time on the things of this world.)
Remember, The LORD Jesus says that His Words are the very essence of life: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6: 63).” Apostle John also wrote of His Savior: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men (John 1: 1 – 4).” Your Savior knows where the jobs are, and He knows the job He wants you to have. He also knows where the funds are for your businesses.
As the Old Testament writer, Job, learned through his many struggles: “Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it. . . . The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold. There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen: The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. . . God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof (28: 1 – 23).” The vicious fowl, vultures and lions refer to that feigned god, Satan, and his evil angels and demons–the ones which use the Christian’s wrong words and actions, and that of others, to block the successes God wants to give His children. So in 2017 we must stop cooperating with these destroyers and start walking and speaking more in God’s methods for our health, happiness and good success.
Job learned these truths through suffering and loss, and he left us a road map so that we can find the path that God has for our favor, honor and good success. So open those wholesale Christian Bibles and get ready for 2017 to be the best and most prosperous year you have ever had! Next we will suggest new prayer goals for 2017. Don’t forget to catch our internet radio-TV show on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EST at Worship Detroit.com. God Bless you, and let us shout thanksgiving together for God’s blessings in the coming New Year!
Some time ago, my daughter, Nancy, asked me to turn to the Book of Revelation for more in-depth teaching. The show’s Producer, had been begging the same thing for months. He even changed the name from ‘Home for Today and Tomorrow’ to ‘End Time Revelation.’ But other team members balked, wanting to keep the old name. So he simply combined the two. But I have still been reluctant to do so.
For one thing, I insist that readers, listeners and viewers must know more about the whole Bible, not just the last book. As a Bible teacher, I know that one cannot grasp this last book of the Bible, without knowing more about the other 65 books in God’s Holy Word. So before exploring what men have named, The Revelation of St. John, The Divine (but The Holy Spirit calls The Revelation of Jesus Christ (verse one), I ask audiences turn to the Table of Contents in their Bibles.
The problem is that too many modern-day translations only have an alphabetical Table of Contents, which is antithetical to God’s intention, because the Bible is an historical book which moves from the first and second creations to Adam, to Abraham, through Jewish history to the birth and ministry of Our LORD Jesus Christ, and the formation and continuation of His Church.
So readers should mark (or create) their own Table of Contents thusly: I. Genesis to Deuteronomy – The Five Books of Moses; II. Joshua to Esther – 12 books of History; III. Job to Song of Solomon – 5 books of poetry; IV. Isaiah to Ezekiel The Four Major Prophets (but in 5 Books because Jeremiah added Lamentations); and V. Hosea to Malachi The 12 Minor Prophets. Thus, there are 39 Books in The Old Testament. And each book in The Old Testament refers to the coming of The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The New Testament, of course there are the Four Gospels recording the life and ministry of The LORD Jesus Christ—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; and then Acts, the New Testament book of history, establishing the birth of His Church. Next come the Epistles (or letters) of the Apostles, of which Paul wrote 14, from Romans to Hebrews; James one; Peter two, John 3, Jude one, and then The Book Revelation also by John—all adding to 27 Books in The New Testament, for a total of 66 Books in The Bible.
OK, so why the reluctance? Because this Book–which promises, by the way, to bless all who read it, hear it and obey it—also gives what could be the most damning condemnation for so many today who call themselves Christians: namely that just because someone was once born again, or goes to church regularly, or sometimes confesses knowing Christ Jesus does not mean that person is going to that eternal place of blessing and joy called heaven.
In chapters two and three of wholesale Christian Bibles, The Resurrected LORD Jesus examines seven churches and explains to each that eternal blessings are only for ‘Overcomers’. In 2: 1 – 6, while He lauds them for some good accomplishments, He nonetheless begs members of the Church at Ephesus to repent: “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent (2: 4 – 5).” Loss of the candlestick means that church loses its Spirit-filled, God-appointed pastor.
Without Holy Spirit appointed leadership, church members cannot grow spiritually. These are grave consequences, which only strong Christians can overcome. Thus, The LORD adds: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God (2: 7).”
In each message to the seven churches, The Savior repeats that eternal blessings and rewards are only for those who fight to overcome obstacles and temptations from the world, the flesh and the devil put before every born-again believer in Jesus Christ. Yes, all believers will face attacks, but they must fight to overcome them (i.e. Ephesians 6: 10-18). Let us resolve that in 2017, we will fight—by getting into God’s Word much more, praying more, loving others more than ever, returning to and loving The LORD Jesus more than ever—to be the best and strongest true Christian generation God has ever known!
Last year, Bert Farias published the “Amazing 1927 Smith Wigglesworth Message” in which the noted prophet, evangelist and healer stated: “But there will be things that will happen prior to His coming that we shall know. . . You can tell. It is real fire from heaven that is making my utterances come to you to know that He is coming. He is on the way. . . There must be special preparation for the return of Christ and at least half of all believers will be totally unprepared. We have to see that these days have to come before the Lord can come. There has to be a falling away.”
Hmmm. If Wigglesworth—who is known to have raised 14 people from the dead—said that half of the Christians in his generation were not ready for the return of Christ, what must that percentage of those “not ready” be in this generation? Twenty-five percent? Ten percent? Smith continues: “This is the day of purifying. This is the day of holiness. This is the day of separation. This is the day of waking. O God, let us wake today! Let the inner spirit wake into consciousness that God is calling us.”
What words are these for this 21st century Christian confessing crowd: “purifying,” “holiness,” “separation” from the things of this world? This spiritual father must be joking: those words are anathema—or as Apostle Paul would say “accursed”–to most claiming to be part of The LORD Jesus today.
Today, women dress like men. Some men openly long to be women in their relationships with other men. Curse words flow like regular language out of the mouths of some who claim the Name of Christ. Yet all of these ‘ex-sinners’ claiming to be “born again,” at least sometimes, go to one kind of church or another. Fasting and mid-week prayer services that wait upon God’s anointing are unknown devotions in the majority of these “church” fellowships today, but church dinners served by and to vastly overweight members remain the norm. And, really how many of the pastors overseeing these services are born again themselves? If they are not true Christians, then who has placed them to head what are suppose to be God’s churches? Satan, the wicked one, placed them there is the answer.
Wigglesworth adds: “There are in the world two classes of believers. There are believers which are disobedient, or I ought to say there are children which are saved by the power of God which are disobedient children. And there are children which are just the same saved by the power of God who all the time are longing to be more obedient.” Is he saying that only the latter group will be called up to join The LORD Jesus in the clouds as 1 Thessalonians 2: 19 promises: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?” Is he saying further that the disobedient children will have to face the horrors of the coming tribulation, or as Paul says, the wrath to come: “. . . for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost (2: 16).”
Truly, as 2016 comes to a close, churches and Christians in the United States are badly in need of revival—real Holy Ghost Spirit-filled revival. And if we don’t earnestly pray for this type of revival to sweep our land soon, these wrong types of churches, as well as this nation, stand very near the final judgment. The wholesale Bible promises in all of its 66 books, that God is coming to judge the earth. And earnest born-again committed Christians will return with Him to judge the earth:
“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 (2 Thessalonians 1: 7 – 10).”
This Thanksgiving consider the following: To be thankful to God for our Country’s peace, for our family, and for the life remaining which we have to love everyone more. It is only by the Grace of God that every American has more time to establish and re-establish the message of God’s kingdom over the face of the earth.
As Dave Hodges of beforeitsnews.com explains: “As the world’s common man rejoiced last night . . . I am still shuddering at how close we came to nuclear war with Russia. A [different result] would have guaranteed nuclear war with Russia. Deep inside sources that I was speaking with last night believe that Russia was days away from launching a nuclear first strike against the United States.
“One source I spoke with said that there was no way that Putin was not under intense pressure to launch a first strike given what was going on. NATO’s build up in the Baltics and directly on Russia’s borders, the relentless cyber-attacks in what appeared to be a preliminary move to to disable Russia’s command and control were extremely provocative and seemed to be inviting some kind of show of force by Putin to back down the United States, at minimum, or to go to full scale war, at the maximum.”
If Hodges is correct, is this not the most tremendous reason to thank God for His love and forgiveness in keeping our country safe? God knows this Grace is far more than we deserve. Is this not a reason as we go to Worship Services this Thanksgiving Day to give an offering to Our Savior for His goodness and grace. But remember as Moses writes to do so willingly: “And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will. . . . Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the LORD (Leviticus 22: 29, 13).”
Apostle Paul adds that whenever we give to God’s work, we should do so willingly: “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work (2 Corinthians 9: 6 – 8).
Another urgent mission for this Thanksgiving is to pledge to love more—yes to dedicate ourselves to loving God, family and all others more than ever before, to put a smile of forgiveness on our face, and to love family, friends and all others as if it were our last days on earth. As Hodges writes, it well could have been! Apostle Peter explains: “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins (1 Peter 4: 8).” Remember, the Thanksgiving table is not the place to argue politics, or past wrongs. It is a special place designed in United States history alone—it is not an international holiday—for us to thank God for all He has done to give us such a great nation!
Above all do not fall for Satan’s lies that this is the season for sadness, depression and death! Find someone who would tend to be sad this Thanksgiving and invite them to dinner too, and remember to especially pray for them. Remember that if that no good devil had his way, everyday would be a time of sadness and depression. Always prove his demons to be exactly who The LORD Jesus says each one is: “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it (John 8: 44).”
In rebuking that monster, continue to believe God for His most bountiful blessings in the coming year: Always confess these promises in your wholesale Christian Bible“(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
“Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for yourliberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift (2 Corinthians 9: 9 – 15).” God bless you all, now and forever! Amen.
Our beloved United States is at the brink of political and economic collapse. And Almighty God will first hold responsible the nation’s pastors, prophets, teachers and churches—all claiming to be Bible believing entities—because in the 1960s and earlier, they decided to stop holding Wednesday evening prayer services.
Heartfelt, faithful Bible-believing prayer—and especially group prayer among genuine Christians—is the spiritual power belonging to Christians on earth, allowing them to ignite the will of God to give, through His infinite omnipotent Will, an affirmative response in their behalf. Such spiritual power, such direct, authentic connection to God is the one sure pathway to God The Father, through and in The Name Jesus, Who is God The Son.
The only such spiritual forces benefiting from these 60 plus years of the lack of consistent group prayer in Christian churches are those of evil: that pyramided conglomerate of beings working directly for Satan, the chief rebel against God. These are the same forces that invaded certain theological schools and denominations in the middle of the last century in order to influence declines of weekly prayer meetings in local churches and parishes.
Moreover, these same forces constantly got the word out to local memberships that Biblical acumen alone did not certify pastor qualifications. Rather, a college education and theological degrees were necessary to complete true certification. Too many groups swallowed this “kool-aid” and thus decades ago, seeds were sown to weaken not only America’s churches, but the American nation as well.
Such errant teaching should have been countered by instruction to churches and individual Christians from wholesale Christian Bibles. Look at 1 Timothy 2: 1 – 3 where Paul instruction pastors and churches to pray for national leaders: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”
This Apostle, founder of Gentile churches, insists that Christian churches come together regularly and prayer for their nation, for its leaders, its governors, its police forces, etc., because these authorities can assure that Christians lead a peaceful life. The Apostle knew that wicked rulers are controlled by Satan, and that such control could only be detained and overcome by the spiritual power of prayer.
But now, of course, the United States of America does not enjoy this “peaceful life.” We have the highest murder rate in 42 years. We have gangs roaming city streets with gun fights, and stray bullets hitting innocent women and children. And we have churches either closed on what use to be prayer nights, or else having so-called Bible studies instead of one, two or three-hour prayer meetings. Moreover, now we have a Constitutional crisis in this year’s election for the Presidency of the United States, while the nation faces internal and external attacks from Muslim extremists such as ISIS and Al queda.
When our nation’s churches held regular weekly prayer meetings with believers and church leaders on their knees together—such as during World Wars I and II—this nation never lost a war. Christian families sent their sons and daughters to war and prayed for them daily. Of course that was also when families came together, always praying at the dinner table. But now, most families who may say they are Christian don’t even prayer together over the dinner table. What is that old adage: “The family that prays together, stays together”? So maybe this is why the nation’s divorce rate is soaring as well!
Surely, if there were ever a time to repent and change, that time is now, before it will be everlastingly too late!
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).”