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The Age of Grace: For A Very Select Few

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:01 AM
August 8, 2017

You wouldn’t know it by tuning in on or attending Sunday services, or clicking on the many daily “Christian” radio and TV broadcasts—but two-thirds or more of The Bible—God’s Holy Word of Warning to men—is about judgment. Although too many today talk about prosperity, most of what’s in wholesale Christian Bibles is not about that. In fact, there seem to be more verses in The Bible about healing, than about prosperity. But, of course, those who claim to be public spokesmen for God don’t preach or teach about healing too much, because they would have to demonstrate it. Thus, they make “prosperity” their main subject.

However, it is just not Biblical that all who claim to be Christian would miraculously prosper! In fact, such miraculous wealth for true Christians has many ‘strings’—such as FULL obedience to God’s Word. That is, just going to church, or listening to a few programs won’t do it. Let’s see, how about a verse like this one: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: (Isaiah 1: 19).” Did you know that many are willing to obey God’s every Word, but most fall short? Also did you know that many who know God’s Word only too well, do not obey it? Whether willing or obedient, Christians will make it to heaven only by their repentance and by God’s amazing grace!

But back to the Bible’s major theme: judgment! Take the Book of Genesis. The first judgment was between Genesis 1: 1 and 1: 2. In the first verse, God created a perfect heaven (the Third Heaven, where He lives now) and a perfect earth. But by the second verse, judgment had fallen on Satan, on his fallen angels, and on all inhabitants of that first earth. Apostle Peter refers to it 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).”

This flood was not Noah’s flood, because everyone in Noah’s flood did not perish. The prophet Jeremiah calls that first flood as a time when “there was no man (4: 25).” During Noah’s flood, four men and four women survived that flood. But then Noah’s flood was surely a second time of world-wide judgment! In his Dake’s Annotaded Reference Bible, Finis Dake presents fact-based arguments that one of the reasons Noah and his family were ‘saved’ in the Ark from drowning is because they were the only eight pure human (i.e. God-made) men and women on earth. The millions of other semi-human beings had been otherwise invaded by sexual relations with hundreds or thousands of Satan’s fallen angels. By the end of the Book of Genesis, only a few men, women and children were washed by God in His demonstrated testimony about the blood of His Son Jesus. These included Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel), and Joseph and presumably a few of their wives and children.

Of course, the Book of Exodus more than demonstrates the fact of God’s judgment against most of the idol-worshipping human race. Even after they were freed from slavery in Egypt—through the blood of The Lamb smeared on their door posts, symbolic of The Lord Jesus’ covering over true believers—too many of them died under God’s fierce judgment. Over and over again God’s Word promises judgment for those prone to willfully disobey His Word, who prefer following Satan’s evils, rather than seeking God’s blessings.

Ahh. But you say, The New Testament is full of grace towards all. Really? Consider such verses as these: “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1: 11 – 13).” The overwhelming majority of Jews in Jesus’ day rejected Him. Apostle Mark makes the way to identify true Christian leaders abundantly clear when he quotes The LORD Jesus: “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 (Mark 16: 17-18).”

Hmm. How many of these so-called preachers you know of are casting out devils, speaking in tongues, or laying hands on the sick, etc. Those doing such things may be signs or indications of true Christianity. Besides, it is time, past time, for those who are really born-again Christians, called of God to preach and teach so-called prophetic messages to start preaching and teaching about the coming days of judgment. Remember, Satan plants false preachers and pastors throughout the world. These phonies of course culminate in the last of Satan’s imitation preachers, the False Prophet: “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, . . . And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (Revelation 13: 11 – 18).”

So in the end, don’t even wholly trust in the finest of preachers. Stay humble before God’s throne and trust Your Savior, The LORD Jesus Christ, to Bless, Prosper and Heal you here on earth, and to see you through to His Everlasting Heaven! Amen!

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