Archive for July, 2016
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!