Contrasting examples of families judged for good or ill is in the Book of First Samuel. Before he was born, although she was not in an ideal family situation, Samuel’s mother, Hannah, prayed continuously that God would give her a son, so that she could branch out in a family of her own. After years of faithful intercession, Hannah made a bargain with God:
“And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head (1 Samuel 1: 11).”
She thereby dedicated her son into God’s service for all of his life. After she had weaned her son, when Samuel, was just a toddler, Hannah took him to the temple and turned Samuel over to the high priest Eli, who would train the boy for the priesthood, through which Samuel would serve God with strength and truth.
Now, although Eli was charged with praying ceaselessly for his nation, Eli failed God’s requirements for a father, and his sons’ failed likewise to be faithful men or faithful priests. By the time Samuel (whose mother visited him every year with clothes and treats) was of age to become the high priest as Eli had trained him, Eli and his extremely sinful sons, along with their wives, perished in one day.
Further, The LORD Jesus makes clear that in addition to families, whole cities could go down together into hellish judgment: “Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
“But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee (Matthew 11: 20-24).”
Moreover, the Bible repeatedly states that whole nations will be judged along with the people within them. King David writes: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9: 17).”
And The LORD Jesus states without equivocation: “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
“Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal (Matthew 25: 31-46).”
Question: Do readers know where their families, city or country stand with God? Then perhaps it is time to begin earnest prayer for those in each one of these categories.
After all, wholesale Christian Bibles promise: “Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee (2 Chronicles 6: 19).” And Apostle James adds: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5: 16b).”
The first earth destruction was so far-reaching that the prior material existence of all living beings and planets, etc. were destroyed as well. In Genesis chapter One, only the term “heaven” is mentioned (i.e. verses 15, 17 and 20). But in chapter Two the term “heavens” is mentioned. This is the second heaven, that is the area known on earth today as space.
Thus, Scripture is saying that this first fight between Satan and his forces and God and His forces was so fierce that God destroyed—or at least burnt out—all the planets, stars, etc. that space ‘scientists’—astrologists of those days–could view beyond earth’s realm and recreated them as He did with earth:
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them (Genesis 2: 1).” And “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens (Genesis 2: 4)”
The term ‘burn out’ refers to all material type objects, but not to spiritual beings. Satan, his angels, as well as the spirits of people living on earth under Satan’s rule were made to live forever–just as all human beings are today. Thus, the only account for what are known on earth today as “demons” must be the spirits of those human beings who lived on earth with dying fleshly parts when they rebelled with Satan against God.
Look at these Scriptures from wholesale Christian Bibles for accounts of that first earth and second heaven destruction: “I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
“I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger (Jeremiah 4: 23 – 26).”
This is not Noah’s flood. There is no record of darkness in Noah’s account, nor of the earth being without form and void. Notice this language of “the earth being without form and void” is the same as that of Genesis 1: 2. Also, this account says that there was no man. Again this cannot be Noah flood for six people were left on the earth during that flood, and also there were birds who helped Noah to navigate.
In one of his letters, Apostle Peter refers to this first total earth destruction as “the world that then was”: “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
“Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men (2 Peter 3: 5 – 7).
Today, we live in the same world or earth that Noah lived it. This earth we live on has never perished. It has never stood out of water—that is being “entirely dry” with no steams, rivers, seas or oceans.” Also, the Greek term “kosmos” refers to “social system.” Today, we live in the same social system that Noah lived in with “normal” families and governments. That social system existing between Genesis 1: 1 and 1: 2 has been destroyed.
However, in earth’s second judgment, under Noah, the second heaven is not mentioned as being destroyed. “And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die (Genesis 6: 17).”
Now as to that Third Heaven: Many prophets in The Old Testament referred to this heaven as the heaven of heavens: “Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth. . . (Nehemiah 9: 6).” And King David prayed: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? (I Kings 8: 27).”
And Apostle Paul writes of this heaven: “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter (2 Corinthians 12: 2 – 4).”
Beloved, it is to this third heaven that The LORD Jesus Christ will take all the saints soon and very soon. That is the heaven you want to go to. It is where God The Father lives now. Paul, John, and many prophets and disciples have seen it. It is where the everlasting power of God dwells in full view and without measure. Don’t keep working and sinning for Satan to go to hell. Get into God’s Word, ask The LORD Jesus to renew His presence in your heart and cling to Him so that when He returns for His Body you will go with Him to that beautiful, glorious Third Heaven!
Considering the work that The Triune God—The Infinitely Almighty Father, The Blessed Savior Son Jesus, and The Overwhelming Powerful Holy Spirit—have done to redeem all people from sin and from the grip of that wretched monster Satan, from his rebellious fallen angels, and from his minion devious demons—one must wonder why anyone would choose to join that evil ban in Hell.
The Bible, God’s Holy Word of promises and warnings, which He wrote to give individual souls in every generation a passage out of the evil ones’ ultimate abode, details the unspeakable horrors of Hell:
1. The LORD Jesus says that place was solely created for those who rebel against God: “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not (Matthew 25: 41-43).”
2. Obviously, Hell is a place of never ending fire–a burning leaving human sufferers in a perpetual state of unbelievable pain: “Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again (Psalms 140:10).”
3. The LORD Jesus also warns that those who persist in serving Satan will join their counterparts in Hell: “Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
“Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal (Matthew 25: 43 – 46).”
Wholesale Christian Bibles reports that when men rebelled against Moses, they, and their whole families were dumped into Hell through the opening of a sinkhole in the earth:
“And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.
“And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.
“But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
“And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
“They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also (Numbers 16:26-34).”
Again, please understand, Hell is an actual place. It is located in the center of the earth. Whatever you think you gain on earth by serving Satan, is it worth your body and soul? Is it worth your feeling the pains of death forever?
If you change your mind, deciding that service to sin and Satan is not worth the pay for such a price, simply call on The Eternal God, Our Everlasting Father, using The Name of Jesus His Son, as your right to pray for forgiveness and blessing. And He will save you. He will forgive your sins and save you from going to Hell!
Before the 1960s, the overwhelming majority of Americans from ages 4 or 5 to 18, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion, shared three things five days a week in school: 1) Prayer, 2) The Bible, and 3) The Pledge of Allegiance. Then suddenly, millions of children who daily lifted their voices to God were bound into silence.
In 1962 in the Engel vs. Vitale case, Stephen Engel, along with three others of his Jewish brethren, and a self-proclaimed ‘spiritual’ person, objected to this particular prayer sent up to God in New York public schools:
“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.”
23 states sided with New York, urging that prayer in schools be continued. But The American Jewish Committee, The Synagogue Council of America and the American Ethical sided with Engel’s group, which won the case before the Supreme Court. From that day forward, prayer was disavowed in America’s public schools.
One year later a woman named Madelyn Murray O’Hair, a confessed atheist and practicing witch and servant of Satan, brought a case in the Supreme Court to stop Bible reading in the public schools of the U.S. Again, unbelievers won, and the Bible was washed away from daily devotions among American youth.
Soon thereafter, instructions from liberalized theological schools in most major denominations, urged churches across the nation to substitute Wednesday evening prayer meetings with Bible studies. American Christians had been holding group prayer meetings since the great Holy Spirit revivals in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries which filled churches with millions of new converts.
Through the prayers of white and black Americans, the bondage of slavery was broken. And through those same prayers, segregation in the country ended.
The power of those prayers, from school children and churches—as well as from military chaplains and their commanding generals who insisted that prayer was offered up continually for the fighting troops–gave the U.S. victory through two World Wars, as well as the Cold War. But, as prayer ended, this nation has not won another war since.
Before those prayers ended, the United States was known as a Christian nation. Now, how do our leaders define this country? Unless massive prayer in The Name of Jesus, based on God’s Word, is restored this nation has no hope of survival.
As Ephesians 6:18 instructs in wholesale Christian Bibles: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” And 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 adds: “Pray without ceasing.”
Christians must get to work asking God’s forgiveness for neglecting prayer and His Word, and begging Him to have mercy upon our nation, our children, our leaders and our military. Stumbling in darkness only leads to danger, accidents and ultimately flirts with death!
It can go on no longer: people going to or ‘belonging’ to ‘Christian’ churches regularly, even faithfully, who claim to be followers of Christ, but who seem to have great difficulty in loving others, even loving some of those in their own families.
Churches in some cities are formed based on families connected with other families. These connections often pass down several generations. And so, for some church members, going to their house of worship has become almost solely a family affair.
However, such closeness often become hotbeds for gossip, so much so that often one family’s rejected member can become a rejected party through all church and family connections. In fact, these inter-actions to family and church often outweigh a person’s assumed relationship with The LORD Jesus Christ.
When some of these members may sit under rather mild gospel messages for years, they seldom confront the urgently central Christian message stated repeatedly in wholesale Christian Bibles that “God Is Love”:
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath for us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him (1 John 4: 16).”
Such members probably hear even less about the first tenant of a life of love—forgiveness. Nor are they reminded that love and forgiveness are primary commandments of God The Father and The LORD Jesus Christ, His Son:
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him (1 John 2: 3 – 5).”
Thus, while dwelling in such churches for years, some may confess Christianity outwardly, but suffer from extreme hard-heartedness, a very unchristian trait.
In the 19th century, during the last genuine Christian Holy Ghost revival in the United States, evangelists in some denominations invited those long-time church members to come down to the altar and do their “first works” over, calling on those who had once accepted Christ as Savior to come pray in repentance, confessing their sins, and ask The LORD Jesus to come again into their hearts.
The wording of these evangelists may not have been “theologically correct,” but it resulted in thousands of believers getting right with God and it energized The Body of Christ to go forward for decades in the true fellowship of God’s love and forgiveness.
The point was repentance and renewal. And if there is one thing that too many Christian church goers in the 21st century need is repentance about its lack of love—love and forgiveness among family members, across racial, historical and political lines, all proving more love for God The Father and for His Dear Son Jesus!
So much of Christianity in this 21st century is corrupted with worldliness, lack of Bible knowledge, and dead “churchy” religion (which is actually pre-paganism), indicating that many Christians may well need to do their ‘first works over.’
Only when true Christians walk daily in the kind of love The LORD Jesus speaks of in The Gospel of John, chapters 13, 15 and 17, will His Body be ready for His return, which is coming very, very soon!
To those who have read this blog for several months or years,, it should be comforting to know that other prominent bloggers, Christian ministers and deeply intellectual believers agree that–without a strong sweep of God’s Holy Spirit leading this nation into born-again revival–the United States–not Europe, not the Middle East–is sliding backwards into primary position as servants of anti-Christ during the few remaining years before Christ’s return to earth!
The time for the United States and its dramatic scene-playing churches to stage this nation as one of primarily Christian believers is over! Urgently applicable verses in wholesale Christian Bibles stresses this spiritual emergency:
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1: 7 – 8).”
Note the last portion: it is understood that those who do not know God will go through the judgment. But what about those who “obey not the gospel”? In other words, some confessing Christians know God, and they know the Gospel, i.e. they know what the Bible says. But they refuse to obey it! Thus, the Bible in no way promises that those individuals will not be judged along with the unsaved–if not even more so!
Alvin Conway, founder of Extinction Protocol.com and utopia the collapse.com argues in “The Fall of the Republic–Why the U.S. Will Not Likely Survive the Next Century” writes: “America is in the advanced stages of a moral and cultural rot… It is suffering from hegemony and military overreach with its 662 military bases scattered across some 38 different countries.”
He continues: “43% of U.S. citizens are obese. Its borders are unsecured–with 40% increase seen in illegal immigration since 2014 alon[e]… According to Covenant Eyes, an internet search group, 1 out of 5 mobile searches on the internet involves pornography.
“Illegal drugs continue to be both manufactured and transported into the U.S., with no apparent way of halting or stopping the flow. In the U.S. alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, more than the combined number of people who reportedly abuse cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin.”
As Conway decries the sharp decline of those in America who profess Christianity or go to church, he closes this essay/blog with: “The Average American appears to be more concerned about the pursuit of hedonistic pleasures and updating their Facebook status than they are about the wayward drift of this country.
“What we’re seeing in American society is not just the decline of a nation that has lost its general sense of direction and moral purpose–we’re seeing the strangulation of hope and the death of perhaps the last Great Western Republic in recorded history!” (exclamation added)
Listen to Apostle John cry out The LORD Jesus at the end of the Book of Revelation: “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book(22:7)… And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be (22: 12). . . He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (22: 22).”
How many readers today can join Apostle John in saying “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”? Amen and Amen
To study what are and will be end-time occurrences on earth, both before and after the Rapture of the Body of Christ, it is necessary to go deeper into God’s Word. For one who is truly born again, the question is what is that person doing for God to advance, as The LORD’s prayer insists: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6: 10).”
If that person is in the United States, is that one witnessing for Christ on a regular basis? Some time ago a viewer called into Worship Center Radio (where this blogger has an internet radio television program, “Home for Today and Tomorrow”) from a nation oversees that is hostile to the Gospel.
He explained that in his country one is not free to witness about Christ, because he would be jailed or executed. He acknowledged that he hides his radio until late at night when everyone is sleep, and keeps it down very low, so that he can listen to the station’s Christian programs. That man’s testimony is akin to 1 Thessalonians 1: 6: “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.”
Are there similar testimonies for U.S. believers today? Are we waiting for The LORD’s appearance as in I Thessalonians 1: 9-10: “For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”
The station has not heard from him again. Perhaps he has suffered what happens in many countries today, the ultimate fate of being a Christian. Apostle Paul makes clear that afflictions come when presenting the Gospel to unbelievers: “For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
“Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost I Thessalonians 2: 14 – 16).”
As 1 Thessalonians is the main Book in wholesale Christian Bibles that goes deeply into The Rapture of Christians from this earth, it takes great pains to explain in chapter 4: 1 – 12 the requirements for getting on this first “glory train”: i.e. no sexual activity outside of marriage and no financial fraud or deception, etc.
But for those who will get deeply dedicated into obeying Christ and His Word a glorious day awaits: “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18).” Let us pray for one another that we get on this first glory train!
While our sister site, worldscollide-culture-christianity-endoftime.com, covers what will happen on earth after born-again Christians are ‘raptured’–i.e.caught away instantly in-mass from this planet–various postings in this blog will explore: 1) Why true Christians will be raptured–(i.e. taken away from earth) early in the next few years; and 2) What those Christians will experience after that Rapture.
Some of the amazing sights The Body of Christ will see are outlined (and/or detailed–it is difficult to conceive that earthly wisdom and imagination about realities cannot truthfully or fully fathom eternal substances that take place in the Third Heaven, which is the place of God, The Father’s, once-eternal home) in the Book of Revelation, chapters 4 and 5. But these promises should be both comforting and exciting–to some, if not all, Christians.
First, believers must remember that even during His earthly ministry, The LORD Jesus promised to come back for The Church, which The Bible refers to as the remainder of His Body:
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;that where I am, there ye may be also (John 14: 1 – 3).”
Second, The LORD Jesus warned true Christians to be ready to leave at His ‘first’ coming called the Rapture: “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
“For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man (Luke 21: 34 – 36 in wholesale Christian Bibles).” (His Second Coming will be when He touches down on earth with His angels and the full Body of Christ to take all power away from the Anti-Christ and those enemy hosts).
Third,because The LORD Jesus had a resurrection, Christians, or The Body of Christ must also have a resurrection: “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming (1 Corinthians 15: 21-23).”
Remember that The LORD arose early on the “third day”–i.e. at the end of two days as in Luke 10 where the Good Samaritan told the end keeper to care for the injured man for which he would pay him two pence, worth two days wages. And that Apostle Peter said a day with The LORD is as a thousand years (2 Peter 3:8).
Thus, The LORD Jesus was the beginning of the resurrection and His full body (i.e. those dedicated born-again believers, both alive now and in the grave) will complete His resurrection. So see you soon during that “upward” journey. Don’t forget to catch our other blog as well as our internet radio and TV program on Worship Center radio and You Tube until that glorious time!
When the newly converted Roman emperor became a Christian, he decreed that time keepers must recognize the birth or crucifixion dates of God’s Son by noting a change of time into B.C. (i.e. before Christ) and A.D. (i.e. after God’s appearance on earth) indicating After Christ. Thus, A.D. Year One is either 29 years after the birth of Christ, or after His crucifixion.
Before relating the significance of those 29 “missing” years to the year 2016, a lok at Luke 10: 30 – 37, and 2 Peter 3: 8 is necessary. In the Luke 10 account, “a certain man” is obviously a Jew because he was traveling to Jericho, a city dedicated wholly to the Jewish priesthood, where (according to the Dake’s Bible) 12,000 priests lived. But thieves stripped him of his identifying priestly garments. Note that where the first Hebrew priest, Levi, took off his holy garments, he died. Likewise, this traveling priest was severely wounded and left to die.
Yet two supposedly religious Jewish leaders—“a certain priest”—obviously a Biblical way of saying an unholy or unrighteous priest—and a Levi (i. e. a temple priest’s helper), both looked at their wounded “partner” and left him on the road forsaken and there to finish dying.
Consider that these two religious characters represented the spiritually blind Jewish leadership and most of its nation after the crucifixion and resurrection of The LORD Jesus Christ—i.e. it was half dead and dying, especially after Jerusalem fell some 70 years after His death.
But a Samaritan—a rejected non-Jewish Gentile—had compassion upon the dying priest, pouring the healing properties of the blood of Jesus and oil of The Holy Spirit into his wounds, and put the dying Jew on his animal ride, while the “Samaritan” walked to “the inn,” a building serving as a “temporary hospital for the sick.” The kind Samaritan continued to care for the wounded priest throughout that day and night.
When he left the next day, he instructed the “host” or inn keeper with “two pence” with instructions to “Take care of him.”
According to Dake, “two pence” equaled to two days pay. So a Gentile paid an economic host to take care of this representative of a “Jewish nation” for “two days”. However, in 2 Peter 3: 8, Apostle Peter defines those two days as “two thousand years”: “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with The LORD as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Note that the Samaritan (one rejected by the Jews as was Christ) said he would return in two days.
Thus, if the Samaritan represents The LORD Jesus telling the Gentile nations (specifically the United States) to take care of Israel, and promising to return in “two days” or in two thousand years, in this year of 2016, the assumption must be that The LORD Jesus is returning soon.
And that “soon” must be two thousand years after His death and resurrection, not after his birth (as that time would be before 2,000 years were up—i.e. this is the year of Two Thousand and Sixteen). All of which means that The Body of The LORD Jesus Christ—i.e. authentically born-again Christians—has only about 14 years more before The LORD returns in “The Rapture” as discussed in wholesale Christian Bibles:
“13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (I Thessalonians 4: 13 – 17).”
So make sure you are ready! This struggle on earth is almost over! And be sure to keep reading this blog to see what happens in the seven years after Christians reach heaven, and to keep reading worldscollide-culture-Christianity-endoftime.com to see what happens on earth after The Body of Christ is quickly snatched away. And don’t forget to watch “Home for Today and Tomorrow” on You Tube and on Worship Center Radio!
Just this week our old friend, Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian spoke to a Chapel Service at Baylor University. As recorded by Black Christian News Network One (BCNN1), 91 year old Dr. Vivian admitted that “The Black Church is just as dead as The White Church.”
Vivian who marched valiantly with Dr. Martin Luther King makes that assessment because of the things that today’s churches no long “fight for”: “In addition to his history, Vivian discussed his thoughts on today’s race relations. Vivian emphasized that the most important lesson to be learned is the presence of love.
Vivian said King based his entire teachings on the concept of agape love. Agape love is “a motivation for action that we are free to choose or reject,” Vivian said. Thus his emphasis that without love operating in all of it words and programs–while the church may have a covering front of Christianity–it is, in fact, dead!
This blessed preacher, teacher and Civil Rights worker continued: ““Martin Luther King had three things: he said we needed to finish racism, end war and end poverty,” Vivian said. “I still believe we have to conquer these three things above all else.”
The BCNN1 continues: “Americans are not in a position to say they have made progress in race relations, Vivian said. He said he believes that today, the black church is just as dead as the white church, and that it is up to the people to stand up and fight justice without fear.”
BCNN1 added: “The reverend also shared some advice for Christians, hoping to encourage students to make a change. Simply going to church will not do,. . . It’s in the action that we find ourselves.”
Vivian shared several stories about when he himself had been in the middle of the the Freedom Fighters movement, including when he was imprisoned and turned to face the barrel of a gun. Despite all this, Vivian said that he was not scared.
“I never was afraid. I had God,” Vivian explained. “We have much to learn, but we are worth saving.”
Dr. Vivian was my friend decades ago in my battle for tenure at Emory University (which claims to be a Methodist institution) in Atlanta, Georgia. I was the first Black professor in the English Department there. And after a highly successful book on Jupiter Hammon, the first African American to publish in the United States, I was denied a permanent position.
Although I was unknown in the Black community there, Dr. Vivian continuously tried to negotiate with University administrators in my behalf. And even after some 2,000 students from throughout Atlanta and Georgia also marched against the University for such racist behavior, we lost that fight.
But God didn’t lose. He simply got me other positions at more welcoming universities. And now it is evident that although he has almost reached a century in age–and truthfully I am not far behind him in that age race–Dr. Vivian still fights for the right on God’s side, and that we still both agree on another point:
The Church in the United States–whether White or Black–is dead–and as The LORD Jesus warns in the Book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, that Church had better wake up enough to salvage what little remains. And as God told me years ago, it is time for Americans to go down on Main Street and love their brothers!