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During our recent weekly program, “End Time Revelation” with Dr. Sondra O’Neale ‘N Company, held each Wednesday at 7: 30 p.m. on internet radio/TV at Worship Detroit.com, we returned to chapters four and five of Apostle John’s Great Prophecy in the Book of Revelation. Those two chapters cover the seven years during which believers—from the age of Noah forward—will be judged on what they have done for God during their lives on earth. So those alive today who assume they will have such great rewards on that judgment day should compare their accomplishments to those of say Noah, Moses, Joshua, Abraham, Isaiah, etc. and the Great Apostles and disciples of The New Testament.
As Apostle Paul explains in 1 Thessalonians 5: 13 – 17: “But 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. 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.”
And those saints, plus all who went after them who now lay in graves shall come out of those burial places in body, soul and spirit first, and then we who are alive will be taken up the same way to meet The LORD Jesus in the clouds on, as some saints use to sing, “that great getting’ up morning.”
But you may ask, how can we be judged compared to those mighty saints? How can we do such great things in our day? Surely Our Savior, Who is always more than fair to us, may base it on us doing all that we can do in our own generation. Are our feats for God up to the Gold—based on the very best? Are we doing what He has called us to do? Or are we doing just what we want to do? Those among us doing the latter should not expect much reward. As Apostle Paul puts it in 1 Corinthians 3: 11 – 15:
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
In addition to these judgments, rewards and great losses, all believers will get reassignments for our places in the great army that will return to earth to face the armies of Satan, the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet and the billions of people on earth who took the Mark of the Beast in pledges to serve Satan unto the death.
Included in the notes in Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible, are seven areas about which Finis Dake summaries that Chistians will be judged. But I have several other categories I have taken from wholesale Christian Bibles to add to that list. But to get all of those you should catch our next bod cast or read our next blog. Until then, God bless!
Yes God’s Word commands us to “Love Not the World, neither the things that are in the world. . . (1 John 2: 15a), but the question is why is The Triune God so concerned about this type of love? Any Christian worth his or her salt — i.e. “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. . . (Matthew 5: 13)”–knows and understands that there is not much in his present world to love!
All that would seem lasting and familiar in this world is subject to constant change. In fact, nothing in this present life is stable. In fact “all that is in the world” is getting more and more unstable every day. When some Christians think they have the perfect job, Satan moves in their surroundings and the “rug” in that job is pulled out from under them. Haphazardly, the same can happen in a home, in a marriage, even among parents and children. And have you noticed that many more people around you are fearful, even nervous about what the future holds.
Nature certainly is no bed of comfort. Statistics show that natural disasters have increased in the United States and around the world some 78%. Politics reeks of instability just as much. Now we have thugs, who disagree with political outcomes, destroying business properties, physically assaulting those who disagree with them, and denying others the right of free speech. Moreover, there is so much fear in some communities that it has become “normal” for citizens to fear leaving their homes because streets are filled with killer gangs and deadly gun violence.
In addition, middle and lower income American citizens—as well as the vast majority of people in the whole world—live constantly with the fact that some 80% of the wealth in the earth is owned by just a handful of men. Again, no comfort in any of these thoughts, or in the realization that most people with whom believers come in contact with are ardently selfish, ego-centered and filled with concentrated, fulfillment seeking only to consume their own desires—this can be true, especially for those who claim to be church-going Christians.
However, the believer’s job, as the “salt” of the earth, is to pray away these types of attacking dangers, to pray for their families, their neighbors, their cities, their states and their nation—and especially for their fellow Christians–so that particularly the man-made fears can be lessened and destroyed. Such prayers, especially in families, groups and churches even have the power to ask God to move away natural disasters.
Moreover, God’s people must reinforce in their souls, the understanding from wholesale Christian Bibles that “Satan is the god of this world.” He knows that his ‘bells and whistles’ soon grow old and stale, so he keeps trying to invent new schemes in order to keep people yearning for ‘cotton candy’ nothingness that can never fulfill or satisfy. But as he keeps them chasing after that which can never satisfy the soul and spirit, he nonetheless leads them closer and closer to hell as their eternal homes.
This inherent instability in world cultures must have been true thousands of years ago, because Apostle John finishes his wisdom advice about loving the things of this world with: “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever (1 John 15b – 17).” Thus, he contrasts those temporary things of this present life—which will all pass away—with the treasures of eternal life which true believers will possess forever and ever.
Apostle Paul places the bar of loving this present world at an even higher—i.e. or lower—risk when he writes: “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica” (2 Timothy 4: 10). Thessalonica was a particularly ungodly pagan city. Apostle Peter further adds about those who insist upon loving this present world: “ . . . Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; (2 Peter 2: 15). What are all the Apostles telling believers who live in this early 21st century? They warn and insist that genuine Christians, who persist in loving this world, are indeed risking the loss of their own eternal salvation.
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!
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!
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!
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!!!
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