A Woman Caught in the Act of Adultery

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In the example of the woman caught in the act of adultery, we see Jesus and His righteous judgement. Although the world found this woman worthy of death, Jesus looks beyond the sin, into the true heart of the matter. If God simply wanted to condemn people and send them to hell, we would observe this here, as Jesus certainly has the opportunity to condemn her according to the law.

Instead, we learn that the heart of God’s law is mercy. God is not willing that any person should perish, but that every person would have the opportunity to have all their sins removed forever.  Continue reading “A Woman Caught in the Act of Adultery”

Jesus Suffered For the Sins of People Who Will Never Believe

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One of the great mysteries of the universe is that it pleased the Father to bruise His Son and put Him to death for the sins of all people. Why God would allow His Only Son to suffer so greatly for sinners is an unsearchable question that all of us will ponder throughout eternity.

It is certain that one of the reasons why God permitted Jesus to undergo such great trauma is because it brought such great glory and vindication to His name. Satan has made continued accusations that God is not really righteous and fair.[1] These allegations are fully answered by what Jesus has accomplished at the cross. God is not angry and vindictive, as some have believed, but willing to take whatever steps necessary to reveal His hatred of sin and love for people. Much in the same way that a loving parent who observes the suffering of his child because of drugs or alcohol would do anything to eradicate their suffering. So also has God, as a loving Father, sought to eradicate the plague of sin from the lives of all people whom He loves so fervently. In freeing us from our suffering, He was made to watch His own Son suffer unimaginable pain. He allowed this for our benefit. Imagine the intense pain that God felt at seeing His Son tortured to death by evil men. While Jesus had done nothing evil Himself, He was fully committed to allow those who desired His death, to do whatever they wanted to Him. He permitted all of this knowing that His death would free us from our own torture and torment. Continue reading “Jesus Suffered For the Sins of People Who Will Never Believe”

What Happens To People Who Have Never Heard About Jesus?

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If Jesus is the only way to heaven and all those who do not receive Him are lost forever–what will happen to people who have never heard of Jesus and God’s requirement to repent and believe? What will be the judgment of individuals who are not capable of understanding the Gospel?

The Salvation that Jesus came to offer the world has an expiration date. When is it too late for a person to be saved and what happens to those who die without Jesus–do they have a second chance?

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The Hope of Resurrection and the Despair of Atheism

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There are two principles that are put forth concerning the state of human beings after death. One, a resurrection–into eternal life, and two, the end of all life–an eternal non existence. According to the Atheist philosophy, after death the body ceases to function and there is no life or spirit which continues to exist. The hope of the Christian Gospel, promises a resurrection of the physical body after death–in an eternal dwelling with God. The promise of resurrection has been described repeatedly throughout the 4,500 year old portions of the Hebrew scriptures, and confirmed by the writers of the New Testament–over 2,000 years ago. The promise of resurrection is closely linked to the prophetic portions of scripture which describe the Messiah as the one who has the power to raise the dead to life–eternally. Continue reading “The Hope of Resurrection and the Despair of Atheism”

Why God Chose Only One Way To Heaven

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How can a person know for certain, the correct path to God? There are hundreds of religions, churches, and public speakers who claim to be the only bridge between God and man.

First, we must ask: Are there really many paths to God, or is there a single method by which God requires human beings to travel? When this question is answered by those who are uniformed and have no real knowledge of these matters, almost universally, the answer is: All paths lead to God. When we take the time to study the various religions of the world, we find that there is only one which stands apart from all others as logical, practical, universal, and cosmologically viable. The God of the Hebrews revealed Himself in a way that compels the reasonable person to conclude—He must be the One true God. Continue reading “Why God Chose Only One Way To Heaven”

How To Live Forever

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When a person wrongs us, we may choose to forgive his error and release him from the debt he owes us.

In order for God to have a just reason to forgive, a penalty must be paid by the person who committed the wrong. According to the law of God: Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22).

Jurisprudence requires that a penalty be paid when a crime has been committed. To enact laws without the enforcement of those laws would constitute injustice. God has said, The soul that sins will die; therefore, when we sin, the law requires that we must die.

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Deciding Which Religion is True

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The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 362

The Messiah will bring the message of a new covenant between God and man.

Old Testament Prediction:

Malachi 3:1c “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the LORD of hosts.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Hebrews 10:10-12 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God

Application:

What is the basis for God to allow us admission into heaven when we die?

This is one of the most important questions of a person’s life. Just as there are thousands of religions, with millions of churches who claim to have the answer to this question, how can we know who is correct?

I am often asked why I believe the study and knowledge of Bible prophecy is so important.

The issues that I have discovered that are most significant:

How can we test the reliability of claims that are made about eternal matters? How can we know for certain what is acceptable to God? How do we know that what is taught in churches and synagogues is the truth? Continue reading “Deciding Which Religion is True”

The Point When Salvation is Impossible

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The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 363

The Messiah’s new covenant will purge all those who believe, from their sins.

Old Testament Prediction:

Malachi 3:2-3 But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire 3. And like launderers soap.He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 1:76-77 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins…

Acts 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins…

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…

Application:

Malachi asks the question: “Who can stand on the day of the Messiah’s arrival?” The question would be: “Which arrival is the prophet referring to?”

Jesus said that the purpose of His first arrival on earth was not for condemnation—yet, His presence here did bring judgment to all those who have rejected Him and the sacrifice He has made for their sins.

John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 9:39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.

John 3:18 (Jesus speaking) He who believes…is not condemned; but he who does not believe (in Jesus) is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Those who come to Jesus for salvation—through the forgiveness of their sins, will not be condemned. However, those who refuse Jesus, have judged and condemned themselves, because they have rejected the only way by which God has ordained that we can be saved. Those who make themselves blind to the truth of salvation that is only possible through Jesus Christ, affirm their blindness. Much in the same way that the Pharaoh of Egypt suffered from a very hard heart in accepting that the God of Israel was the only true God. Because Pharaoh was persistent in his obstinance, God confirmed the hardness of his heart, making it impossible for Pharaoh to believe.

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The Forerunner’s of Messiah: “Repent and Believe”

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The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 364

The Lord will send Elijah the prophet, to prepare the way for Messiah.

Old Testament Prediction:

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 3:1-3 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’ ”

Matthew 11:7-14 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.”

Application:

Jesus said that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of Malachi 3:1.

Malachi 3:1 “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me.”

John the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament prophets. Jesus said, “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” The Old Testament ended with the arrival of John the Baptist who was to fulfill the role of Elijah the prophet, foretold in the Book of Malachi—to prepare the hearts of the people for the arrival of the Messiah. Jesus said that “if you are willing to receive it, he (John) is Elijah who is to come.”

John mission was to fulfill the role of Elijah by boldly declaring that God was keeping His word in Jesus Christ. By these 365 prophecies declared throughout the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament, the word of God is proven true, reliable, and trustworthy.

When the repentant came to John at the Jordan river—in the spirit of Elijah, John called them immediately to repent—to change their minds about sin and agree with God that they are a sinner. Then as a sign of true repentance, the contrite were to cease from continuing in their sins and begin to perform righteous acts.

Some today mistakenly believe that they can continue in a lifestyle of sin while claiming to be “Born Again” and saved by Jesus Christ. This is not possible since repentance requires a turning from sin to live for Jesus Christ. If a person was a habitual liar, he needs to start telling the truth. People cannot continue to tell their lies while claiming that salvation has occurred, and they are a Christian. If a person was unfaithful to their spouse, they need to start being faithful, or their claim to be saved is not valid. If a person was living a homosexual or lesbian lifestyle, they must cease to act on those impulses that caused them to engage in their wrongful sexual behavior. It is impossible to live in a continuing lifestyle of sin while being “Born Again.”

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Salvation Can Only Happen in a Heart Prepared

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The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 365

The Forerunner of the Messiah will prepare the hearts of the people to receive Him.

Old Testament Prediction:

It is important to include the prophecy from Malachi 5:2, as well as this 365th prophecy from Malachi 4:6.

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.

Malachi 4:6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 1:16-17 “And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Application:

If the heart is not prepared, it cannot receive the message. This was the basis for God in sending John the Baptist—before the arrival of the Messiah. John’s message is one that is needed in the church today and has been missing for some time—Repent!

Today, the social gospel that is being preached in churches—removes much of the necessity for repentance. Instead, many of those who are presented with the good news of Jesus Christ are not told that sincere repentance and a turning away from a lifestyle of sin is an absolute requirement for salvation. As a result of this missing part of the gospel, many do not last in their relationship with Jesus.

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