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TEMPTATION -HOW DOES SATAN TEMPT AND DECEIVE US?


Today we are going to talk about a big word. TEMPTATION

What is temptation? It is something that makes you want to do something that maybe you would not normally do. Temptation from God’s point of view is something that may draw you to do something that is wrong, sinful.

Another word that we can use to demonstrate what temptation is like is deception. To deceive someone is to cause someone to believe something that is not true and to lead them to maybe do something that they would not normally do.
For example here is a live animal trap. If you put sunflower seeds over here on the other side of the trap mechanism, when a squirrel comes inside the cage and steps on the tripping mechanism, the door will close trapping the squirrel inside. The squirrel of course thought it was safe to go in, but he was deceived.

Another example of being tempted, being deceived is when you going fishing. Who can explain to me why fishing is like temptation or being deceived. The lure at the end of your line looks like a small fish to another larger fish, which of course looks like food to him. The fish cannot see the fishing line attached to the lure; otherwise he may not be so easily fooled. The lure looks like something good to eat to the fish, and of course he does not realize the danger that he is in. He does not realize that if he takes a bite of the lure, that he is about to be deceived.

Did you know that there is someone out there who is trying to tempt and deceive you in many ways every day? Satan, also known as the devil, scripture tells us in 1 Pet. 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (KJV)

This verse is telling us to be careful, be on your guard, because the devil is very wise and he knows your weaknesses, and he knows how to use your weaknesses to his advantage, so that he can deceive you and tempt you to sin.

Did you know that Satan has many names describing what he is like in the Bible? Some of those names are liar, thief, murder, and deceiver, just to name a few.

Why does Satan tempt and deceive us? He hates us because He hates God. Way back in the Old Testament in Isaiah chapter 14:12-14 we are told that Satan said in heart:

“13 For you have said in your hear
I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’” (NKJV)

This may be hard for you to understand, but what Satan is basically saying and wanting is to kick God off of His throne, he wants to be head hancho, he wants to be numero uno, he wants to be worshipped as God.

But we all know that there is only one true God and there will always only be one true God who is the maker and creator of all things, who is in control of all things. Would you agree?

And so, since Satan knows that his time on the world is drawing closer to an end, he is doing everything in his power to deceive and cause as many as he can to turn away from God. The more people that Satan can get to disobey God, the more he can get to follow him into hell. And that is why Satan is walking about as a roaring lion seeking as many as he can destroy and take to hell with him.

Now, there are a few ways that Satan works to tempt and deceive people. He has been using these very same tricks since the time of Adam and Eve way back in Genesis chapter three. Most of you know the story of Adam and Eve. What happened there?

Basically what happened was that after God made Adam and Eve, He put them what is called the Garden of Eden. There was a very beautiful place with lots of fruit and vegetables to eat. God as you remember told them they could eat anything they wanted in the garden except the fruit from one particular tree. Gen, 2:15-17

We are often as kids told that it was an apple tree. It may have been, we do not know that for sure. We are not told exactly what kind of a tree it was.

It was a test by God to see if they would remain faithful to God and obey Him. God of course knew what they would do, but He gave them the chance to obey Him by their own choice, not like robots, or computers who do not make their own choice, but only do what they are programmed to do.

When they ate the fruit that God had told them not to eat, they had sinned. They had disobeyed God. Consequently, because they had sinned, they were doomed to die both spiritually and physically. God had created man to live forever, and so we have a spirit that can never die.

When you die physically, your spirit will live forever. And you will either go to live forever in heaven or in hell. There are no other choices, and neither do you make a choice except whether you will obey God or not, and whether you will believe the gospel message or not.

Up to that point, Adam and Eve had no idea what it was to die physically. Sadly that is part of the punishment for sinning.



Let us read Genesis. 3:1-7 and let’s see exactly how Satan tempted and deceived Adam and Eve.

“1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” (NKJV)

First of all, who is the “Serpent”. It is Satan taken on the disguise of a snake. This may sound weird to us, because who has ever heard of a snake talking. But with God all things are possible, and God can and will often do what to us is very weird, so why would God not also allow Satan to disguise himself as a talking snake.

Notice the very first thing Satan does in verse # 1. Satan says; “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (NKJV)

If we look back in Genesis 2:15, 17 we see exactly what God did say.

God said; ”15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”.” (NKJV)

So they thought to themselves, well, perhaps God maybe did not exactly say that we should not eat of any of the trees in the garden Satan had placed in their minds some doubt of what God had actually said.

Eve in response added another idea to God’s original command. She said that we should also maybe not even touch of the forbidden tee. God did not say that they could not touch it. There is of course a difference between touching and eating.

Satan is the master of confusing what is truth, and what is a lie. He loves to cast a shadow of doubt in our minds of what God says and what He is really like. What Satan was also doing was to plant in their minds that perhaps God was withholding good things from them. He was not allowing them to enjoy good things which he had created. Satan was making them think that maybe God was not as good and as kind as they maybe believed He was.

Then Satan tells an outright lie when he says that you will surely not die if you eat the fruit this particular tree.

We all now know, that if you disobey God, it does indeed lead to death, both spiritually and physically if you continue to sin and do not believe the gospel message.

Spiritual death is be separated from God when you sin. Because God is perfect in every way, He cannot be near to sin. So when you sin, He has to walk away from you until you confess your sins and ask to be forgiven of your sins.

Satan next tells another lie when he says that if they eat this fruit it will make you wise, very, very smart. It would also make them know the difference between what is good and evil, which was not a lie, because they were about to learn exactly what is the difference between good and evil. Evil is basically anything done that is against the rules of God.

Up to this point, Adam and Eve had never sinned, and there was no one else in the world, so they did not know what sin was until they had sinned.

What has happened, they have been deceived. They were led into a trap. They were led to believe lies.

They were led into a trap believing that what they thought was true, was not true at all.

Satan firstly made them want something that looked really good, that was not really good for them. T.V. commercials and magazines do this all the time. They make things that are not good for us look like something really good, so we naturally want it.

Satan tries to make you do things that are not very good for you. He wants you to do things which God says you should not do. For example, Satan might tempt you to cheat in an exam, to lie, to steal etc.

Satan also tries to make you to be full of pride. For example he may tempt you to think you are better at things than other people, and so therefore you look down at others as if they are nothing compared to you. People who are really good at math for example maybe will think that they are really smart, and anyone who is not really good at math they will think is stupid. This is called pride. And God says pride is a sin.

These are the basic ways in which Satan has tempted and deceived people to sin since the time of Adam till today. He even tried to tempt and deceive Jesus in the desert. Ever since then mankind has been plagued with sickness, sorrow, suffering, fear, guilt, and death. All this is the result of falling into sin.


Rom 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, …” (KJV)

In other words, because we do what is wrong according to the rules of God, our punishment is death, both spiritually and physically.

So, is it possible to defeat Satan?

Let us briefly read Ephesians 6:10-18 which reads:
   
“10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (KJV)

The ways to defeat Satan and save yourself from falling into temptation is to first of all believe the gospel message. That is, that we are all sinners and we all deserve the punishment of sin which is death both physically and spiritually. (To be separated from God eternally in hell)

The second part of the gospel message is that we need to really believe the truth that Jesus actually was born of a virgin, lived and died on a cross, to pay the punishment for your own sins, to save you from eternal punishment of living in hell forever instead of with Him forever.

Another way to defeat Satan and to be free from sin is to be reading the Bible every day, believe what you read, study it, memorize much of it, study it, learn what God is trying to tell you when you read, it, and to spend lots of time thinking about what you have learned.

Thirdly, when you are tempted to sin, you can pray to God, tell Him what is going on, and He will help to take that temptation away from you. After all, when you are praying to God, you are no longer thinking about the temptation, because you are talking to God. You are no longer thinking about the temptation, and thus you will not be tempted to sin.

How does sin happen? Sin first happens when you see or think about something that you either should not have or do. That is called temptation. Temptation itself is not a sin, after all Jesus was perfect, He never sinned, and He was tempted by Satan in the desert. But, sin happens when you go and do what you were tempted to do, to go and do what you know is wrong.

The Bible also tells us to “resist the devil.” James 4:7 (KJV)
And; “Neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:27 (KJV)
In other words if you are tempted to sin, say no and run away from it.

For example, if one of your school mates asks you to go to the store with him and he asks you to distract t the guy at the cash register while he steals something, say no way first of all and run away. Do this even if he yells and threatens to beat you up if you do not help him.

On our own, we do not have the strength to resist and defeat Satan. He is very, very smart, and is far stronger than we will ever be on earth. But with God on our side, if we are obeying Him, reading and studying His words to us in the Bible, memorizing His words and spending lots of quality time with Him in prayer, then we are able to flee temptation and resist the devils deceptions and temptations.

Doing all of this reminds me of when our work in the forest cutting down trees for firewood. When I do that I put on a hard hat which protects my head from falling branches, the screen in front of my face protects my face from flying wood chips, and the ear muffs protects my ears from the loud noise from the chain saw. All of this together is like putting on the helmet of salvation. I am learning from God what He wants me to learn and to do every day of my life. It protects me from hearing, watching and listening to things which are harmful to me, which are not wise words of wisdom from God.

When I put on these chaps, and boots, they are protecting my legs and my feet from the danger of my chain saw ripping into my legs and feet. If I am walking, and doing what God wants me to do, then I am not walking and doing what Satan wants me to do. If my legs and feet are protected and doing what is right with God, then I am not going and doing what Satan wants me to do which is very, very wrong.

If you are playing most any sport, or about to go to war, it is very smart to study, and learn what the enemy is like, how they think, and how they will react to different situations. Likewise, Satan is our enemy. Therefore it is wise for us to study and learn how he acts and reacts to situations. That is why it is very, very smart for us, to read the Bible every day, study it, memorize it and pray to God at all times for all things.

Are you?

André


PEER PRESSURE

  What is peer pressure? Peer pressure is a strong feeling of pressure being felt from someone, or a group of people of your own age group, that influences you, pushes you towards making decisions to do the same as others are doing, whether good or bad. When these pressures come, you feel a strong desire to make a choice to either follow or do the same as others or to say no and not follow what others are doing.

 
 
  One type of peer pressure is known as spoken or direct pressure. This type of peer pressure happens when someone asks you, or suggests you do something in which you are forced to make a choice to either say yes or no. To do as others are doing, or to say no, and not follow and do as others are doing.

 
 

Here are a few examples of spoken peer pressure which happens often all around very often. Suppose for example someone asks you to break some windows at an abandoned warehouse just for fun. They might say something like; “If you don’t come with us, I won’t be your friend anymore.” That’s called rejection. Another example is called a Put Down. Or another way to put it is to insult someone, call them names, and make fun of them. This example causes the other person to feel bad if they don’t go and do as the others are doing.

Another example of spoken pressure is when someone might give reasons why it is okay to do something. For example, they might say’ “Here Mark, have a cigarette. Everyone else is smoking.”

 
 
Another type of peer pressure is the unspoken or indirect pressure. This can happen when nothing is actually said. But by the way others are acting or looking at you, you feel pressurized to go and do the same things that others are doing, whether good or bad. You may feel the need to follow after them so you will be cool, so you will fit in with a group.

   A good example of this is if your friends are buying a certain type of clothing, sports shoes, snow boards etc. There is nothing wrong with following this kind of example.

   Of course there are very many kinds of bad unspoken pressure. Many of your school mates for example may be involved in smoking, drinking booze, taking drugs, shoplifting etc. You may feel the need to do these same bad things to feel cool, to feel like you are part of a group, to fit in.

  Do you realize that friends can have a very strong influence on you?

Here is an object lesson to demonstrate that friends can have an influence on you, whether you realize it or not.

Draw out, or print out the word FRIENDS so that you can shade the letters with a graphite pencil. Now lick a finger and rub the word friend with your finger. You will see that your finger has turned black. The graphite stayed on your fingers. It rubbed off onto your fingers.

 

   The friends you choose to hang out with can have an impact on the way you act out, the way you behave at home, at school, and at play. Friends whether you realize it or not, influence what type of clothes you wear, the type of music you listen to, and also to what you believe about God and Jesus. They also influence the way you treat others, and the list goes on and on. In other words, friends can rub off on you just like the word friends rubbed off on your fingers. As Christians, we need to be careful about whom we choose to hang out with and be friends with.

   Have you ever heard the phrase, “One bad apple can spoil the whole barrel?" If you have a box of apples and if only one is badly bruised or rotten, it will be like cancer, it will infect the whole box of apples and spoil them all. Likewise, if you hang out with bad kids, they will spoil you. You may think that you won’t behave badly just because they do, but the truth is, they will influence you to behave badly as well.

READ MATTHEW 13:1-8, 18-23 (King James Version)

Matthew 13:1-8
 
"1The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

 2And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

 3And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

 4And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

 5Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

 6And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

 7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

 8But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold."


 

The disciples like the other people really did not understand this parable, this story. So they asked Him to explain it. And so He did. Read Matthew 13:18-23 (New King James Version):


18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

(Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)
 

   This story that Jesus told was talking about different kinds of people in the world. The seed He is talking about is the good news of the Bible, the gospel message. Some people will hear the message and happily accept it at first with joy. But, as soon as others start laughing at them and making fun of their faith, they deny everything Jesus stands for and start doing the bad things others do.

   When trouble comes, many will quickly abandon the ways of Jesus because they are more worried about what people think about them than about what Jesus thinks they should do. Their hearts become like the rocky places where some of the sowers seeds fell in the story Jesus told. The Word of God is no longer important to them.

  If you plant a tomato seed for example in shallow soil, it will begin to grow. But because the roots of the tomato plant need to go deeper into the soil, the tomato plant will soon die because the roots of the plant cannot go deep enough to get moisture and the roots will also not go deep enough to support the plant.

   And so it is with many people whom at first accept and believe the words in the Bible. But when their peers see what they are doing, they get scared that others will make fun of them, call them names etc. So like the shallow roots, they fall away and become of no use to God. They run away from God.

   What is peer pressure again? It can be described as pressure to go along with a group of people your own age, and to act and behave like them, whether in a good way or a bad way.

   To you young folks, especially those of you whom are Christians, peer pressure can really hurt. Why?  Because when you are a Christian people will laugh at you, make fun of you, call you names and maybe even pick fights with you. Many will not want to be friends with you just because you are a Christian.

   Should you care what others think about you? Should you walk away from your faith because others laugh at you and make fun of you? Certainly not!

   What matters the most, what people think of you or what God wants you to do? What God wants us to do of course is far more important than what others think of us. Why? Because, if you are following others and doing bad things, God will judge you for it. He will punish you for sinning.  If on the other hand you ignore what others do and follow the ways of God, what is your reward? Heaven and eternal life with God is you reward.

   Should you live to please God or others?

   Remember when Moses was born he was adopted by the daughter of Pharaoh and was raised in the kings palace. Moses was rich and was powerful, having great authority to rule over many others. But the time came when Moses realized that he was also Hebrew just like the people he had power over. He did not think it was right for him to be a bully to his own people just as the Egyptians were. So Moses ran away, not wanting to be like those who were bullies. He wanted to obey God rather than man.

   Many today though would rather be like the Egyptians. They would prefer to be bullies, to do bad things. They would rather obey man rather than God. They think that to follow after God is no fun because there are just too many rules to follow. They think that if they become a Christian, they will longer have any fun.

   However, the scriptures tell us a different story. Hebrews 11:25 tells us that Moses rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin, to join with his peers, chose rather to enjoy the persecution, take being laughed, made fun of etc. He chose to follow the ways of God rather than the ways of his fellow man.

   However, you must remember, that sin is only fun for a little while. The prisons are full of people who chose to enjoy sin.  They had fun for a while, but now they are suffering the consequences following their peers.  What are the consequences of sin?  Rom. 6:23 tells us: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (King James Version)

   God ways are not our ways. If you follow God’s ways you will not fit in with the world. You will look like a fool to your peers. But, why would you want to be on the losing side? Your friends who are not following the ways of God are only looking at the here and now, they are not looking at eternity, or where they will spend eternity.

   Whether you believe it or not, there is an eternity for every one ever born. You will either spend eternity with God, or in hell. Does is make any sense to enjoy the pleasures of sin which is only a temporary pleasure, so that you can spend an eternity in hell?

   Mark 8:36 tells us: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (King James Version) In other words what good will it do for you to enjoy following your peers and obeying they ways of Satan, when the end result is an eternity in hell.

    You would be far better to do like Joshua in the Old Testament who said: “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15 King James Version) No matter what others think about you, no matter what others do, it is far far better to be different and do what is right.
 
  So always do what is right. Learn to say no. Do not do the bad things that your peers do. If you are made fun of and picked on, don’t worry about it. Your reward in heaven will be great if you do the right things.

 

 

Children Fighting On The Way To Church

Sickly Sam

JOHN 5:1-14

Has anybody ever treated you badly, just because maybe you are poor or sick?

Sure, that happens sometimes to all of us in one way or another.

For example, a guy wearing rich clothes one day is walking down the street and he sees someone up ahead who is sitting by the side of the road.

This poor man has no home, no money and has to sleep behind garbage bins at night.

And he has a hat on the ground, hoping that people would give him money so he could at least buy himself a bowl of soup and maybe get a cheap room for the night so he could sleep on a bed and get a bath.

The rich guy walks by and says; “Hey, get a job, you stink, take a bath.”

That would not be a very nice to do, would it?

What could this rich man have done instead?

Prov. 14:21 says; “He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.” (King James Version)

To put it another way, God is saying; “If you treat the poor really bad, you are a sinner.”

God is angry with people who treat the poor badly, who treat them like trash.

But God says; “He is happy with those who treat the poor well."

He is pleased when you give the poor money to help them buy food, and shelter and clothes.

Suppose now this poor guy at the end of the day finds a place behind a restaurant to lay down for the night.

And he climbs into the garbage bin looking for scraps of food to eat.

Suddenly the restaurant owner comes out and finds this poor guy scavenging for something to eat in the garbage bin.

And he yells at the guy; “Get out of here, it is illegal for you to be stealing garbage out of my garbage bin. Get out of here before I call the police.”

Suppose someone else comes along and though he has little money, he buys this poor guy some bread and offers him a place to sleep for a while.

Which one is a sinner, and which one is God well pleased with?

Jesus said in Matthew 25 that when we do something good to the poor and needy, we have also done it to Him.

Jesus is very happy with us when we treat strangers and the poor and needy well.

When we get to heaven, Jesus is going to tell us how happy He was with us when we did something nice to help a poor person.

Now, let me tell you of a real story that is in the Bible about a poor crippled man.

We do not know this man’s real name, but we are going to call him; SICKLY SAM

In John Chapter 5: verses 1-14, we read the story about Sickly Sam.

His story is much like the story I just told you about the poor man who had to scramble into a garbage bin to get something to eat.

In the Bible we are told that Jesus found Sickly Sam laying on a mat beside the pool of Bethsada near the sheep gate. V:2

Everyday people would bring their blind, sick, paralyzed and crippled friends and family to the pool of Bethsada. V:4

Sickly Sam was a crippled man whom Jesus had found beside the pool of Bethesda laying on a mat.

Sickly Sam’s friends had been bringing him to the pool for 38 years.

It was believed that once a day an angel would come and stir the water in the pool.

It was also believed that anyone who entered the water when the water was stirred would be healed of whatever disease they may have.

But because Sickly Sam was crippled, he could not get into the pool when the water was stirred.

Always, someone else would go into the water before he could even crawl or drag himself into the water.

And no one would help him get into the water when the water was stirred.

So one day while Sickly Sam was laying by the pool of water, Jesus came and said:

“Do you want to be healed?”

Poor Sickly Sam!

He had no idea that the man talking to him was Jesus.

And he had no idea that because Jesus is God, He can do anything He wants.

So it is nothing for Jesus to be able to heal this man.

Sickly Sam answered and said; ”Oh, dear sir, I have no one to put me in the water when the water is stirred. And when I try to get into the water, someone else steps into the water before me.”

Poor Sickly Sam !

He did not realize that Jesus did not want to help him get into the water, but that Jesus wanted to heal him completely.

To Sickly Sam’s surprise, Jesus said; “Get up and take your mat and walk.”

And to everyone’s surprise Sickly Sam did just that.

He stood up, and picked up his mat and walked.

Can you imagine the looks in all the people’s faces when they saw Sickly Sam get up and start walking?

Why, that can’t be possible they would say to one another.

After all, Sickly Sam has been crippled for 38 years.

It wasn’t long before the chief priest heard about this and he was angry, because according to the peoples laws, you cannot do any work on a, what we call a Sunday.

So the priest asked, how is it, and who was it that healed you on a Sunday.

Sickly Sam had no idea who it was that healed him.

All he knew is that earlier he could not walk, but now he could.

Was it wrong for Jesus to heal Sickly Sam just because it was a Sunday?

Of course not!

Jesus was showing the people that there is nothing wrong with helping the poor or helping someone in need, no matter what day it is.

Jesus was showing the people that sometimes man’s laws are silly.

Just like it was silly for the restaurant owner to tell the poor man that he can’t take scrap food out of the garbage bin.

So the next time you want to do something good or kind to someone, just do it no matter when or what day it is.

Jesus is happy when you good things to help others, especially for the poor no matter what day it is.

André

 

 

The Servant King

Mat 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."  (King James Version)

Matthew 20:25-28; John 13:1-17

(Song to listen to: “The Servant King” by Graham Kendrick. Copyright © 1983 Thankyou Music/PRS (adm. worldwide by worshiptogether.com Songs except for the UK and Europe, which is adm. by Kingsway Music).


START

Before class starts, go in and dump trash around the room, upturn tables and chairs.

When the kids come in, comment on the mess.

“Let’s clean up this mess before we begin our lesson for today.”

Watch for their attitudes, verbally and bodily.

 

After cleanup

Do you think that a prime Minister, a president or a King would do what you and I have just done?

No, they would think that they are too important to stoop down and do the work of a cleaner.

They would call someone in who is either a slave or someone who earns maybe little money to come in and clean up the mess wouldn’t they.

In their way of thinking, they would be too important to stoop down and get their hands dirty.

In the days of Jesus we know that there were no cars, and maybe only a few horses to get around.

Some perhaps if they were wealthy might have a donkey to move belongings around, or if you were really rich you might own a camel to be able to carry more things.

So to get around from one town to another most everyone walked.

And the roads and trails people walked around was very dusty and often you would have to try to step over and around animal droppings.

So it is safe to say that your feet got very dirty, because no one was wearing boots, or Nike running shoes.

What were the people wearing? Sandals of course?

Now, if you were perhaps a guest, especially an important person stopping in on someone, the owner of the house would have his slave to literally wash the people’s feet when the guest entered the home.

Do you think that God would wash someone’s feet? Why should He wash someone else’s feet, after all He is the most powerful being in the entire world is He not?

Why should He lower Himself to the same status as a slave, a servant?

Let’s read Read John 13:1-17 and see what God did one day just before Jesus was about to go to the cross.

1Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
2And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
3Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
4He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
6Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
7Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
8Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
9Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
10Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
11For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
12So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
13Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
15For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

(King James Version)

Now, we have talked about this before, is Jesus God? Yes He is. We can prove it in the Bible.

So we see from this account of what Jesus did that God does indeed stoop down and wash other people’s feet.

He showed that just because you are someone important, you also should humble yourself and not be scared to get your hands dirty to do dirty work or to serve, help others.

If were to turn back and read Matthew 25:31 -46, you will see what Jesus thinks of people who will not stoop down, humble themselves and serve and help others, and what He thinks of those who do.


31When 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:
32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41Then 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:
42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44Then 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?
45Then 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.
46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

(King James Version)


And what is the punishment to those who will not humble themselves before their fellow man and ultimately to God Himself? Hell is their destination and punishment.

But to those who get down, get dirty and serve their fellow man in any way, their reward is what? Heaven and eternity with Jesus.

One last question, should you wait to be asked to do something when you can obviously see that someone needs help in some manner?

No of course not. If you see something needs to be done to help someone, whether they are rich or poor you should jump in and do it.

For example if you are at someone’s home and you see that perhaps the dishes need to be done after you have just had supper with them, you should begin immediately to help clean the table at least and offer to do the dishes, and or just start doing them.

So let this verse be a reminder to you to always be prepared to do your best to help others, whether they are rich or poor, whether powerful or slaves.

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. “ (Matthew 25:40 King James Version)

And remember also one other thing, Jesus served us in the most ultimate way, by coming to earth, and serving us by giving of Himself whole heartedly and dying on the cross for you, that you may have eternal life.

Php 2:8 “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (King James Version)

What a better picture of humility and service is this, that we may follow after Him and do likewise and gladly serve others without grumbling about it and do whatever we can for others, knowing that in doing so, we are also pleasing and serving our God.

André

 

Trusting God Today, Tomorrow, and in the Future Matthew. 6: 25-34; 24; 1 Pet.5:7

What is a Phobia? A Phobia is the extreme fear of something. For just about anything you can imagine, there are people who are afraid of it. For example some of the more common phobias are:

Claustrophobia: which is the fear of being in tight quarters, like a closet or an elevator.

Arachnophobia: is the fear of spiders.

Aerophobia: is the fear of heights.

There are very many other phobias, some of which are very strange.

For example: Barophobia is the fear of gravity, Chromophobia is the fear of colours.

And here is a real strange one. Genuphobia, is the fear of knees.

And how about this one, optophobia. This is very common among many of us, especially teens. It is the fear of opening one's eyes, especially in the morning. Mom, I don't want to get out of bed!

What fears do you have?

Another very common phobia is anxiety. Anxiety, or being anxious is the fear, or worry about things that may or not happen.

For example many are afraid often of going on a trip because of the many possible unknowns like; What if I get sick, what if we are involved in an accident, what if the plane is late arriving or leaving etc.

In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus gives us a picture of a few things that some may be anxious about.

Let's read these verses and see what He says about it and what to do about it.

"25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (NKJV)

In these verses Jesus is talking about another common phobia called anxiety.
Anxiety is the fear or shall we say, being worried about things which may or may not happen, of things of which we have no control of.

What are the things that Jesus said that some people are anxious about, worried about.?
In verse 25 He says "do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on." (NKJV).

What does Jesus use to compare you to as to what God takes care of? Answer the birds.

What does Jesus say that God, the Father does for the birds? Answer- Feed them. V:26, and God of course has built within them the knowledge of how and where to build their nests.

And what does Jesus say about them as compared to you? He asks a rhetorical question and the answer is that you are more valuable than the birds to God the Father. A rhetorical question is a question asked to illustrate something that does not need and answer, because the answer is already known by the person it is asked of.

Jesus then gives a strange statement by asking you basically, can you add to your height by worrying about how tall you are?
He is in essence saying it is foolish to worry about things which you have no control of.

But by illustration of the following verse about who looks after the flowers and trees, He is showing us that we are also of more value to God than the flowers and the trees. And who looks after the flowers and the trees to make sure that they grow as they should, to make sure that they get the right amount of moisture and nutrients in the ground for them to grow? God does of course.

Jesus continues to tell us, that rather than worrying about the things of the world that He knows you need, we should instead be considering and spending more time with Him in reading His Word, the Bible, praying, and talking to others about Him.
(Matt 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." NKJV)

In conclusion to this lesson Jesus tells us we should not worry about the things which He knows we need or about things of the future. He is God and is in control of all things.

God is able and wants to take care of the needs in our lives.
By worrying, we are not giving Him the honour, the credit of being God.
By worrying it denies that God loves us.
By worrying it shows that we do not think that He is able to take care of us.
If we stop worrying, and let Him be God, and instead focus our attention on the things of God, He promises us that he will take care of everything we need now and in the future in every area of our life.
So why worry, why bother being anxious.

Or as I am fond of saying, why worry? If you worry you are going to die, if you don't worry you are still going to die, so why worry!

Let God be God. Let Him take care of the needs of your life. Leave all your worries, your problems, your anxieties to Him.

When God led His people through the wilderness after rescuing them from the bondage of Egypt, He took care of all their needs along the way. Did you notice that their clothing did not wear to the point where they did not need to keep looking for new clothes. God took care of that. Were they in need of food, or water, God took care of that. But sadly even though all their needs were being provided for, the people still not trust God to look after them. We too are like that all the time. We worry about tomorrow, we worry about two minutes from now. Why?

Does not God look after the birds of the air, the flowers and the trees? Does He not love you more than these?

So why worry, why allow yourself to be anxious and get yourself all tied up in knots, fretting about things that you have no control of to begin with. Being anxious causes sickness in your body. So why worry? Let God be God and let Him take care of all your needs and let Him be your God, doing what He loves to do, being your God and taking care of your daily needs. Let Him, will ya!

André

(Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

Mary Had a Little Pig

And the story is told of a grandfather reading the familiar poem of Mary had a little Lamb to his grandchildren around the kitchen table with a twist to it. The twist you see has a change of characters in it, or should I say the poem has an added animal to the familiar story, as well as a spiritual dimension to it. Read along and you will see what I mean.

Mary had a little pig and he was white as snow.
That’s after he had a bath, as of course you might know.
Now Mary had an awful time to keep that piggy clean.
For he was just the dirtiest pig that you have ever seen.
She’d wash and scrub him till he was squeaky clean.
As if he wanted her to know it wasn’t a very good deal.
And then out in his backyard he would play from morning to night,
Unless he happened to sneak out and lose himself out of sight.
And when he got back he would be as black as before.
And Mary’d get the soap again and scrub the pig some more.
Now Mary thought and wondered what could she ever do?
Until she figured out a plan, and this she carried through.
She took him to the doctor and put the pig to sleep.
And then they took his heart right out but not of course to keep.
And then they took a little lamb, and took out his heart too.
And put it in the little pig, before the piggy knew.
When the little piggy woke up, he had no more desires
to play in the mud or wallow in the muck.
And he thought and thought as hard as he could,
though he never understood
How such a pig as he once was, could ever be that good.

(Author unknown)

Now the grandfather said to the kids; “So, we to are just like that little pig, we also need a new heart, that needs to be changed from the inside.” His thinking was as obvious as can be, that we can be compared to this little piggy. We are born into this world as sinners, and that unless we have a change of heart, we shall always be as the little pig, just dirty little sinners.

Now, his youngest granddaughter was sitting at the kitchen counter playing with crayons and a coloring book. To his surprise she spoke up and said; “But grandpa, what about the little lamb? What happened to him?”

You see, grandpa forgot an important part of the story. The little lamb you see gave its heart so that the little pig could live. It would seem that the little girl remembered the Bible stories she heard about Jesus from Sunday School who was the lamb that gave His heart, His life that we also might live.
 
We also need to remember, it is not about us, the gospel story, it is about what He did!
 
André

Signs of the End Times (Prophecies Of)

Can anyone here give me a description of the word prophecy.

A Biblical dictionary definition says: a true prediction of what is coming in the future. Of coming events.

When winter comes near to an end, we see signs that spring is coming soon.

We could say that the signs we see of the coming of spring are in a sense prophecies.
What signs do we see that spring is coming? (Snow is melting, robins, days are getting warmer etc)
Today I want to talk about signs that are pointing the fulfillment of end time prophecy.

In Matthew 24 the disciples asked Jesus when He would be coming again the 2nd time (to rule the earth) “and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" Matt 24:4 (King James Version)

The term; “the end of the world" refers to the time period we are now in, in which man rules the earth from the time of Adam to second coming of Christ when He (Jesus) will rule the earth for what the book of Revelations says will be 1,000 years. Rev. chpt 20 (God will recreate the earth and there will be no sin on earth for 1,000 yrs,) Isa. 65:17; 66:22; 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1

We read:

Matthew 24:1-3
King James Version (KJV)
1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?


The first part of His answer referred to the time when Roman soldiers would destroy the temple, taking it apart literally stone by stone to get at the gold that was within the walls. This prophecy of Jesus was fulfilled in A.D. 70. This is also a prophecy the temple shall be destroyed again a second time. (which means the temple has to be built again before Jesus comes back again the 2nd time)

Jesus answers the second part by actually giving a description of what is known as the tribulation.

The tribulation is a 7 year time frame that will be so horrible on earth that anything else that has ever happened on earth up to that time will seem like a picnic in comparison. This is foretold also by the prophet Daniel and written about by the disciple John in Revelations.

His answer was a description of what the conditions on the earth will be like just before He appears in all His glory to rule the earth with a rod of iron. (Rev 2:27 “HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON” King James Version)

What we are seeing going on in the world today, is but a preview of what is coming.
Jesus describes this preview situation in Matthew 24:4-12 in which He is still actually talking about the tribulation, (but we are seeing the signs that winter is ending and spring is about to spring forth.)

Matthew 24:4-12 King James Version (KJV)
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Notice He uses the term “these are the beginning of sorrows" Likewise we are witnessing the beginning, a preview of what is about to come.

God has always given warnings of soon coming judgments upon the world, which is what the tribulation period is. It is His judgment, His wrath being poured out on an unrepentant, evil people (world). Examples of this are when Noah built the ark, God used Noah to warn the people 120 years ahead of time of the coming flood. God warned the people of Nineveh through Johnah of its coming destruction.

And God is giving us warnings now of the soon coming tribulation period by way of all these signs described by Jesus and other Bible prophets, that the time is near when God will unleash His wrath upon an unrepentant evil people.

Jesus also gave a prophetic sign telling everyone that when we all see these signs, know that the time is coming. He said:

Matthew 24:32-33
King James Version (KJV)
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

This prophecy is actually about Israel, the people of and nation, but it is also a sign for us to see, to know that the time of the end of the age is near. That God will be pouring out His wrath, His judgment upon this evil unrepentant world. (The fig tree is a symbol of Israel in the Bible)

This prophecy tells us that when the Jews repossess their land again, promised them through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and becomes a nation again which happened in 1948, know then that the time of the end is upon us.

The signs of the times are upon us. How can we know for sure this is true? Has God given us signs to see ahead of time that His judgment upon an unrepentant evil people is coming?


There are over 500 scripture prophetic verses pointing to the end times and the soon coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Verses

What did Jesus Himself say will be the signs? (Paralel passages Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:7-17)

Matthew 24:4-14
King James Version (KJV)
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

So, what are these signs we need to be aware of?

False Christs Matt. 24;5

There have many over the years who have claimed to be the Messiah, and all these have died and have never risen again from the dead. Only one ever has, and that was Jesus Christ.

Today we have President Obama who claims to be the Messiah, and there are likely other, and then before long the Anti-Christ will come, in the tribulation period, who will claim to be God.

Next Jesus said you will hear of wars and rumours of war. Matt. 24:6
There almost has always been war, but in these last 30 or more, there has never been a time when there has not been a war somewhere in the world.
There are at this time more wars going on in different parts of the world than there ever has been at one time.

Famines Matt. 24:7
At this time there is almost a worldwide famine. People are going hungry and starving to death, not because there is not enough food to feed the people, but because of wars and politics.

Pestilences and earth quakes in diverse many many places) Matt 24:7
Pestilences are diseases. The worst case of worldwide disease is the Aids virus and there are very very many others diseases going on worldwide like never before. Polio for example which was nearly eradicated many years ago is making a comeback.
Flues with no cure are becoming wide spread. A flu can become deadly, literally.
Terrorists try to learn how to use chemicals in bombs to cause even more worldwide diseases.

Earthquakes are certainly nothing new, but the numbers of earthquakes happening at one time, in many different places all around the world on a daily basis unheard of even as long as about 10-20 years ago. These of course are not publicized. As of yesterday, May 12 there were approximately 150 earthquakes worldwide within the last week on a magnitude strength of 2.5 or greater

What all this means, is that on a world wide scale, these are happening on a greater scale of frequency than has ever occurred since the time of Adam. These things are happening more and more almost daily


And of course, let us not forget Israel becoming a nation again, and the Jewish people who were scattered throughout the world will begin to be re-gathered and go back to Israel.

These are but a few of the prophecies, predicted by Jesus to happen in the last days before He will come back and rule on earth for 1,000 years.

However, should we as Christians be overly concerned and worried? NO!
We need not be overly concerned and worried, because Jesus said firstly that these things must happen, and are only the beginning of worst things to happen.
Jesus compared this to when a woman is pregnant and is about to give birth. The frequency of her pains and the kicking of the baby within her womb become greater and greater the closer she is about to give birth.

Likewise, these things will continue to happen more and more the closer it gets to the time when He will return to earth.

2ndly, we do not need to worry because before things get so bad that the world can be destroyed by nuclear bombs or whatever, Jesus will call believers out of the world to be with Him so that we will not see the worst that is yet to happen.
These things like He said are only the beginning of how bad things are going to get, before it gets much much worse in a time called the tribulation period which we shall talk about next time.

 

Quiz

There are several Bonus questions listed. If you answer them correctly, one of the parts of the body will be removed from the hangman’s loose.
Hangman -Which team will be hung worse than the other?

1. What is the definition of prophecy?

2. What is meant by the term end times?

3. When the disciples came to Jesus they wanted to show Him
a) the Temple
b) the Sanctuary
c) the mountains

4.Bonus: Name one book of the Bible in which the prophecies we have been talking about are found in, or any other?
Daniel, Matt. Mark, Luke, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Revelations.

5. Jesus predicted that one (stone) would not be piled on top of another and be thrown down?

6. What metal was found in the temple walls that the Roman soldiers wanted? (Gold)

7. The term millenium refers to how many years? 1,000

8. What is the word, term used to describe the very last days on earth which is described as the judgment, wrath of God on earth? Tribulation

9. How many years long is the tribulation? 7

10. Jesus said He will rule with a rod of (iron)

11. Bonus question: What is meant by the term Rule with a Rod of Iron During Christ's Millenial (1,000 year rule)? His rule will be just and fair. There will be no leniency. If you are guilty, you will suffer punishment. Not like today where if you are found guilty you may not get much of a punishment. Ex. murder. God said anyone who murders, their life shall also be taken. Today few lose their life when they murder.

12. What nation is referred to as the fig tree? Israel

13. What is meant by the term false Christs? False Messiahs

14. What is meant by the term famine? Hunger, Starvation

15. What is meant by the term pestilence? Diseases

16. Bonus: What other signs do you know of or have heard of that point to the signs of the last days?

17. Bonus: Which book of the Bible gives a complete listing, description of what the last days, tribulation period and eternity will be like altogether? Revelation

18. The gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached to how many nations during the last, end times? (all)

19. What examples do we have of God giving a warning of coming judgment? Noah, Jonah

20. BONUS Double: What was the sign given Jonah of coming judgment by God. Johnah swallowed by a whale

21. Final Bonus Question worth three X's: What is meant by the term birth pangs? And for a four times bonus, to answer this question, the man is freed totally of being hung.

André

 

THE TRIBULATION PERIOD OVERVIEW

THE TRIBULATION PERIOD OVERVIEW

What is the Tribulation period?

The Tribulation will be a living hell with a degree of violence that is unparalleled in all of history.

The Bible gives us a lot of information about this horrible period of seven years that is fast approaching.

Many Old Testament passages and whole sections of the Bible speak about the soon coming Tribulation.

The book of Revelation focuses on it, particularly chapters 6-19.

The first mention of the Tribulation in the Bible is found in Deuteronomy 4:27-30. Before the Children of Israel entered the Promised Land, Moses warned them that if they were unfaithful to God, they would be scattered among the nations. He then prophesied that "in the latter days" they would come under "distress," and the result would be their "return to the Lord."

The prophet Jeremiah spoke of it centuries later and called it "the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7 KJV). In like manner, Daniel called it "the time of distress.”

The prophet Zechariah prophesied that two-thirds of the Jewish people will perish during this time. Of the remnant remaining, he wrote, "And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined..." (Zechariah 13:8-9 KJV). These remaining Jews will finally come to God and become followers of Christ. Today, the majority of Jews do not believe that Jesus was and is the Messiah, that He is God.

The Bible makes it clear that all the nations of the world will experience catastrophic calamities. It will not be a time of peace as some think it will be.

The Length of the Time of the Tribulation Period

The prophet Daniel wrote that God would accomplish all His purposes for the Jewish people during a period of 70 weeks of years (490 years). Sixty-nine of those weeks of years (483 years) would lead up to the death of the Messiah, which happened when Jesus was hung on the cross exactly to the day as prophesied by Daniel.

The final week of years would occur at the end of the age,( which is the time period we are living in) right before the return of the Messiah (Daniel 9:24-27).

This concluding, final week of years (7 years) corresponds to the Tribulation for, as Daniel put it, it will mark the time when "the prince who is to come" will "make desolate" — a reference to the Antichrist.

The timing established by Daniel is confirmed in the book of Revelation where the Tribulation is divided into two periods of 3 1/2 years each (Revelation 11:3.7 and 13:5). The dividing point between the two halves of the Tribulation will occur when the Antichrist reveals himself by entering the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, stopping the sacrifices, and declaring himself to be god (Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; and Revelation 13:5-6).

The Starting Point

When will the Tribulation period begin?

The Bible says that it will start after the Jews have been re-gathered and have been re-established in their homeland and in their sacred city of Jerusalem.

That is that, the ancestors of the Jewish people whom God scattered all around the globe because they did not obey God, would come back to Israel just before the beginning of the Tribulation.

We see this happening now and that began in 1948 when Israel was declared a nation by the League of nation (what we call the United Nation today) The Jews from all over the world began to, and having been moving to Israel from all around the world.

Specifically, the Bible says it will begin at a time when all the world comes together against Israel over the issue of who will control the city of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:2-3).

Zechariah 12:2-3
King James Version (KJV)
“2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”

We are on the very threshold of the Tribulation today as we witness the United Nations, the European Union, the Vatican, and the Arab nations demanding that the Jews surrender their sovereignty over Jerusalem.

The specific event that will mark the seven year count down of the Tribulation will be the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and her Arab enemies — a treaty that will allow the Jews to rebuild their Temple (Daniel 9:27).

Daniel 9:27
King James Version (KJV)
“27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

What will the Tribulation Period Be Like?

The Tribulation will be a time of great horror, unlike anything that the world has ever witnessed before. The Old and the New testify that it will a terrible time to be alive on planet earth.

Isaiah wrote that it will be a day of "fear of the Lord" (Isaiah 2:10,17,19 KJV).

Zephaniah proclaimed that it will be “a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,” (Zep 1:15 KJV)

Men will stumble around like they are blind and "their blood shall be poured out as dust" (Zephaniah 1:17 KJV).

Of this time Jesus said it will be a time of tribulation "such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." (Matthew 24:21 KJV). In fact, Jesus said it will be so terrible that if it were not stopped at the end of seven years, it would result in the destruction of all life (Matthew 24:22).

Matthew 24:22
King James Version (KJV)
“22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.”

And the Apostle John wrote that the chaos will be so great that the leaders of the world will crawl into caves and cry out for the rocks of the mountains to fall upon them (Revelation 6:15-16).

Revelation 6:15-16
King James Version (KJV)
“15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”


THE ANTI-CHRIST

During the Tribulation the Anti-Christ will rise to power and be the lone ruler of the world.

The Anti-Christ will rise to power because he will be seen as a great political leader at first whom will seemingly finally bring peace to the world and finally bring an end to the fighting between the Arab and the Jews which has been going on for thousands of years.

He will be seen to solve the world’s problems economically, politically and religiously.

He will be accepted by the Jews because he will be seen by them be as a political redeemer who miraculously works out a peace settlement that will guarantee their safety and will enable them to rebuild their Temple, which the religious Jews so badly want to do.

However, there is no indication that they ever accept the Antichrist as a spiritual redeemer — as their Messiah. In fact, when the Antichrist enters the Temple in the middle of the Tribulation and declares himself to be God, the Jews revolt against him (Revelation 12:13-17).


Revelation 12:13-17
King James Version (KJV)
“13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”


The woman mentioned here is the people of Israel who will flee to the mountains the get away from the Anti-Christ once he desecrates the temple and they realize who he really is.
When the Jews revolt against Antichrist, he will become obsessed with completely annihilating the Jewish people. That is when the "great tribulation" spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24 will begin.

The Great Tribulation as spoken by Jesus, is the beginning of the last 3 1/2 years of that terrible period which will be far worse than the Nazi Holocaust. Two-thirds of the Jews will be killed (Zechariah 13:8-9).

Zechariah 13:8
King James Version (KJV)
“8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.”


The Antichrist will be possessed by Satan (Daniel 8:24), and Satan is determined to annihilate the Jews.

Satan's obsession with the Jews stems from the fact that he hates them with a passion. He hates them because they gave the world the Bible. He hates them because the Messiah came through them. He hates them because God loves them, and because God chose them to be a witness of what it means to have a relationship with Him. And Satan hates the Jews because God has promised over and over in His Word that at the end of the Tribulation, He is going to bring a great remnant to salvation through faith in their Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus.
The Jews will live in relative peace during the first half of the Tribulation, but not the Gentile nations, (the rest of the world.)

The wars of the Antichrist will devastate the world. One-fourth of humanity will die in the initial war (Revelation 6:8).

Revelation 6:8
King James Version (KJV)
“8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

That's roughly 1.5 billion people. According to Revelation 8 and 9, when the war resumes, one-third of those left alive will die (another 1.5 billion).
The first half of the Tribulation is going to be anything but a time of peace. It will, instead, be a time of unimaginable horror and destruction, for one-half of humanity will die in the first 3 1/2 years!

And also towards the end of the tribulation, the whole world will turn against the Anti- Christ and they go to war against him and his armies.

Daniel 11:40-45
King James Version (KJV)
“40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”


Soul Harvest Tribulation Saints

During the Tribulation. There is going to be a great harvest of souls, people during the Tribulation. Some will be saved in response to the Rapture. Others will respond to the preaching of the Two Witnesses in Jerusalem (Revelation 11). The response of others will be stimulated by the Tribulation judgments which will motivate many to repent. Still others will respond to the special angel who will be sent by God near the end of the Tribulation to proclaim the Gospel to every living creature (Revelation 14:6-7).

Revelation 14:6-7
King James Version (KJV)
“6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

Many will be saved, but most of these will be martyred for their faith (Revelation 7:9-17).

Revelation 7:9-17 King James Version (KJV)
“9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
The church today, believers today need not fear, nor worry that they will go through the Tribulation, because the Tribulation is a time of God's judgment upon the unbelieving Gentiles and Jews who have rejected God's grace, love and mercy expressed in Jesus."

Romans 8:1
King James Version (KJV)
“8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Paul wrote that we believers will be saved, delivered from the wrath of God, upon an unbelieving, unrepentant world.

1 Thessalonians 1:10
King James Version (KJV)
“10 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 church, believers today will have already been raptured and be with Jesus before the beginning of the Tribulation, and they are also returning with Him on earth at the end of the Tribulations.

Did you know that we will all be riding white horses coming back to earth with Jesus!

Revelation 19:8-14
King James Version (KJV)
“8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.”

We are that army in heaven whom will return with Jesus at the very end of the Tribulation period who will only be observers as Jesus destroys the final armies whom have gathered and come to destroy Him!

You will notice as you do a study of Revelations that after chapter 3, there is no more mention of the church until Rev. chapter 22:16, Why, because we have been raptured before the beginning of the Tribulation to be with Jesus and will be with Him in heaven during the entire Tribulation period until the last day when we shall witness Him destroy the armies of the earth whom think they can destroy God !

Purpose of the Tribulation!

How could a God of grace, mercy and love allow such terror and bloodshed during the Tribulation?

One reason is to satisfy the justice of God.

God is known to be a God of grace, mercy and love, but He is also a God of perfect justice, righteousness, and holiness. Therefore, He must deal with sin.
His justice demands it.

His love compels it. How could a God of true love simply overlook the actions of a murderer, rapist or a pedophile?

He must punish evil doers.

God is "slow to anger." He allows the iniquities, the sins of mankind to accumulate over long periods of time because He doesn't wish that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).

2 Peter 3:9
King James Version (KJV)
“9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

God instead, desires that all should come to repentance.
But, God’s patience can only last for so long. He must punish unrepentant sinful people eventually.


Just as our justice system cannot allow evil people to continue in their wicked ways, God also cannot allow evil people to continue forever in their sinful ways.

Likewise as in the days of Noah when everyone was doing wicked things, God eventually had to do something about it, so He sent the flood to destroy the wicked evil people of the days of Noah.

Jesus said that in these last days people will be eating and drinking just as in the days of Noah.

Meaning that just as then when everyone was partying hardy, doing whatever they wanted even though they were disobeying God, it will be same in the last days on earth, when everyone will be doing whatever they want disobeying the ways and laws of God.

We see this today when people are murdering, committing abortion, lying, stealing etc. with no concern for others.

And so, just as in the day of the Flood, God will also judge and punish a sinful unrepentant people.

Secondly God purposes to save as many as He can and bring as many as He can into His kingdom.

Isaiah wrote concerning this; “for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” (Isaiah 26:9 KJV)

Just as we learn to behave after being punished, God is wanting people to learn to behave and turn to Him after He punishes them.

Sadly Revelations tells us that though many will be saved during the Tribulation, the majority will not be saved.

On the contrary they will shake their fists at God, curse and swear at Him, because they do not want anything to do with Him.

They want to live their lives as they choose to do without a God to tell them what they should and should not do.

God’s message to us in these last days is: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Rev 18:4 KJV)

He is calling us to a life of obeying Him, abstaining from sinful ways, so that we may enjoy a wondrous peaceful eternity with Him rather than an eternity in hell.

That is a choice we all have to make. To trust and obey, or face His wrath, His judgment.

What will be your choice?

André

 

GENESIS - IN THE BEGINNING - OUR FOUNDATION

The Bible is made up of what we call 66 books, of which 39 are in the O.T. and 27 making up the N.T.

The Bible is written by 40 authors. Some were doctors, lawyers, prophets, kings, fishermen and just ordinary every day men.

Many of the authors lived in different time periods extending about 6,000 years.

Each book is based on one theme.

Each author tells a different aspect of the history of the world, about God, about the coming Messiah and much more.

And though the history of the Bible extends some 6,000 years and written by some 40 authors, the Bible is one whole, meaning that there is harmony throughout as if written by one man.

For example, if several blind men were asked to describe what an elephant is simply by touching it, you would get many different stories.

One man who touches the elephant’s leg would describe it as tall, solid and thick.

Another touching only its tusk would say that it is hard, smooth and pointed.

Another touching only its ear would say that it is large thin and flexible.

Yet another touching only its tail would say that it is short, thin and wiry.

Each blind man tells a different aspect of what the felt, yet even though their stories all are different, they are not wrong.

They simply told a different aspect of the same story.

But when you put together their different views of what an elephant is like, you get a complete picture.

This describes what the Bible is like. It is 66 books, all telling about the same thing, the same theme, but from different perspectives.

What is the first book of the Bible called? It is called Genesis.

The word Genesis means “Beginning” or “origins.”

The Book of Genesis is a book which tells how all things began.

If we were to go to a concert and were asked by our friends; “what was the concert like, tell me everything, starting from the beginning,” you might say something like this.

I went to a Pink Floyd concert in 1975 in Hamilton and just as the band was about to begin playing, a large model airplane flew over our heads and smashed onto the stage exploding just as the band began to play “Dark Side of the Moon.“ It was an awesome concert. True story.

The Book of Genesis is the beginning of all that we know about nearly all aspects of life.

It is the beginning of everything, of every aspect of the how’s, the why’s, the when’s of how life began on planet earth and the creation of all the galaxies and everything in them.


It tells the beginning

• of how man came to be.
• of how marriage came to be.
• of how sin came to be.
• of how the many nations and language’s came to be.
• of the reasons and the whys of war.
• of how the different religions came to be.
• of how God made Himself known to man.

It tells of why He created man, where we are going.
It tells of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and how much He loves us.
It points us to the end of time as we know it and the result of His love for man and of His hate of sin.

There is nothing that you can think of that does not have its origins in one aspect or another in the Book of Genesis.

When you build a house, it is like anything else that has ever been built, it had to have had a beginning, a starting point.

The beginning of most buildings built with bricks has what is called the corner stone.

A corner stone unites, joins two walls of the building together.

A building of importance for example will often have an important dignitary who will lay down the first brick, marking the beginning of the construction of the building.

It is considered to be the beginning, the foundation on what the rest of the building will be built upon.


Likewise the Book of Genesis is the beginning, the foundation onto which not only all of the rest of the Bible is written upon, but it is also the beginning, the foundation upon which God has built and pointed us to show us how we ought to live our lives so that we can enjoy life now and eternally with Him.

Without the knowledge of how and where all things began, we would never know why God created us.
We would never know why man and woman marry, what we should eat and not eat, what and why things are good or bad for us, and much, more.

What happens when you knock out the foundation of a building?
The building will begin to collapse because the rest of the building no longer has anything to stand upon.
Therefore we can safely say that the foundation stone of a building is important to the life and endurance of the building.

If you begin to take away portions of the foundation, even a little bit at a time, the building will still stand for a time, but it will eventually begin to crumble and eventually fall because the rest of the building will have nothing to stand upon just like when you take away an important part of a dominoes tower.

At home you are taught to not lie, steal or cheat.

Today, government leaders, business bosses, sports figures etc. whom should be setting a good example for us to follow are themselves lying, stealing and cheating for their own greedy gain.

So, if we learn that to lie, steal and cheat is okay, it would follow that the Bible is wrong on that point, as far as they are concerned, and we might as well take out of the Bible the pages that speak against lying, steal and cheating.

For thousands of years now, mankind has decided that it is okay to bow down and worship things which are made by man’s hands, even though these objects cannot hear or speak.

So if that is okay, then we might as well also take out of the Bible passages that tell us that there is only one God and that we should not bow down and worship anything or any other.

Likewise today many tell us that it is okay to have sex with someone other than your husband or wife, or for homosexuality, abortion etc.
What is abortion after all, but the taking of one’s life. It is murder, and we all know that God calls murder a sin.
Well then, likewise if that is the case we might as well also strip out of the Bible all passages that speak against these things, because it is no more legitimate.

So now you begin to see what man is doing to God and His Word the Bible.
Man has steadily been tearing apart, breaking down the foundations of God’s Word.

If I were to continue ripping out portions of the Bible that man thinks is no longer relevant to him, then there would virtually be nothing left of the Bible.

Out goes love thy neighbor as thyself, because now there is not much of a punishment for assaulting one another.
Out goes all references to prayer, and to love, and to caring for one another etc.
Out goes basically the 10 commandments and all moral laws.

We are seeing the beginning of the total collapse of our world because the Foundation stones of God’s Word are gradually all being taken away.

Is it any wonder then that the depravity of man has gotten so bad that it is no longer unusual for a rapist to get a few months in prison if anything at all?

Is it not surprising that we read in our newspapers daily how this store or that store is getting robbed, of businesses getting ripped off by their own employees?

Is it no wonder that guys like Lance Armstrong are found to be cheating in bicycle marathons by taking steroids to improve their abilities over others? That’s called cheating!

Is it no wonder that countries are falling apart because their elected officials are embezzling, stealing thousands of dollars, ripping off us, the tax payers, and using tax payer dollars for totally unnecessary things.

Is it no wonder that God does not seem to be blessing the U.S., the once strongest country in the world, both militarily and economically.

Why is all this going on?

It is because man has decided he no longer needs God in their lives.
Mankind is gradually stripping, breaking away all aspects of God from their lives.
Man is breaking all the foundations built by God out of their lives.
So now, what is left?
Not much at all because this world’s foundations are breaking, crumbling into a pile.

That is why God told us to build our homes, our lives upon the solid foundation (rock) of Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells the story of a man who built his home on the sand, but it fell down because it was not built on a solid foundation.
But the man who built his home, his life upon the solid rock did not fall because it was built on a solid foundation.
 
If you think that you do not need God in your life, go ahead and try to live your life without Him.
Go ahead and take Him completely out of your life little by little and see what will happen to you.
But don’t be surprised that eventually you will see your life begin to crumble away after you have kicked Him out of your life.
Don’t be surprised if and when you are standing before Him to give an account of your life that He says;

“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“
(Matthew 25:41 King James Version)

You can think that God is a myth and that you do not need Him in your life all you want.
But your disbelief does not mean that God is not real and that His foundations, His Words are not true.

One day, whether you want to believe it or not 
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
(Romans 14:11 King James Version)

That is a truth, whether you believe it or not.

I would pray that every one of you would be as the wise man who built his home, his life upon the solid foundational Word of God whom is Jesus Christ.

I would pray that if you have not already done so, that you would take the next few moments and ask God to reveal Himself to you.

I would pray that you would begin to rebuild the foundations of your life by trusting the gospel message as Truth where it says:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
(John 3:16 King James Version)

I would pray that you would believe fully in your heart that Jesus Christ came down to earth, whom as God, but also in the form of a man lived a perfect, holy, righteous life in complete obedience to God the Father.

I would pray that you would fully believe in your heart that He came to seek the lost, which is you and me.

I would pray that you would fully believe in your heart that He went to the cross willingly, to pay the penalty for your sins by dying on the cross, shedding His blood in your place, so that you would not have to die for your sins and spend eternity in Hell. Hell is an awful place, and eternity is a very, very, very long time.

For without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. In other words, without His shedding of His blood, there is no way for you to be ever forgiven of your sins. And the penalty of sins is death.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
(Romans 6:23 King James Version)

I would pray that you would fully believe in your heart, that though He died, He also rose from the dead showing that He is indeed God, your creator and that He has the power over life and death.

Because of this he has the right to take control of your life if you will allow Him.

He will not force you to. That is a choice that only you can make.

This free gift is just that, a free gift and that all you have to do to receive it, is to take it. 

No money, nor anything you can do will ever get you into heaven.
It is only through Jesus Christ, His way that you can enter into heaven to live eternally with Him.

It is up to you, to build your life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ if you will let Him.

The choice is yours; none else can make it for you.

„Now is the day of salvation.”
(2 Corinthians 6:2 King James Version)

What will you do with Jesus Christ?

André

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