Is it possible to pray directly to the Holy Spirit? Since the Holy Spirit speaks to us directly we should remember the pattern. Pray to the Father, in the Spirit, in the name of Jesus. Yes you can pray to the Holy Spirit but keep to the pattern as part of your prayer.
Through Chapter 14 we have been learning that this is a parenthetical insert of snippets of information from God not in chronological order and we have learned the 4 fundamental reasons why God justifies the torment of humans in hell. (1) mankind's rejection of God's rule in their life, (2) mankind's rejection of God's will for their life, (3) mankind's rejection of God's Son, Jesus and (40 mankind's rejection of God's Word. When mankind rejects all these things there is nothing left but judgment. God's judgment is perfect, it is necessary and it is without error.
God is a God of love and does not delight in judgment of any kind.
We read in Matthew 23:37 ~ "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her winds and you would not!"
Jesus understood the heart of the nation. He wants to gather us together under Him, but the nation of Israel rejected God when He came and America will face the same consequences. We will not escape judgment for rejecting God.
We will learn more about the fate of Babylon mentioned in these verses later, but understand that it is a false church under a strange manifestation of all the worlds religions coming together as one church. An unification of all the world's religions, a global faith. We all worship the same God after all will be their premise.
There is only ONE living God and only ONE way to heaven. The world rejected Him then and they will continue to reject Him now and even in the future. .It will be those differences that separate the real Jesus from the false Jesus'.
Revelation 14:8-11 is all about making choices. Choose to worship the Antichrist, the false prophet and accept his mark , or his security requirement on their right hand or forehead. Those that reject this will be beheaded.
From verse 9 -10 will define the fate of those who make a choice and accept the mark. Remember the verse states "If anyone... doesn't mean that people will have to do it, it will be a personal choice...but those that do, will drink the wrath of God.
Revelation 14:9-10 ~ "And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone, worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb."
The rejection of Jesus warrants eternal torment forever because the price Christ paid, because it was holy and pure, and they choose to reject it. We know in every decision, choices must be made and there are those that will have physical consequences, and those that will have spiritual consequences. We need to be sure we are making the right ones because eternal heaven or eternal hell await every single one of us based on what we will choose. Now is the time to make the decision. No one is guaranteed a tomorrow so if you are feeling a nudge to make a decision for Jesus today, jump on that. The invitation is addressed to you, all you have to do is simply except! It's all be paid for in full for you to attend. God is waiting on your RSVP! You can't show up at the door with it in your hand. He needs to know your coming!
Simply tell Jesus Christ, you accept Him. You accept everything about Him. That he came here to die for your sins, that He was buried for three days, but on the third day, He rose again. He now sits in heaven with God the Father. Tell him you repent of all your sins and to help you to go forth and make better choices with His help. Ask him to come into your heart and guide you in the ways you should go and to fill you with His love and Spirit. Thank Him for all He did to get you into heaven and to restore and redeem you today in Jesus Name ~ AMEN!!!
If you prayed that prayer with all sincerity in your heart, God has heard your prayer and you now have a new heavenly and eternal address that awaits you in the future some day. A day and a decision you will NEVER regret. Welcome to the family of Jesus Christ!
Poor atheists! They never really have a happy relaxing day. They always wake up thinking about God, thinking about the God that doesn't exist. Always battling things. They see a sunset and we would say, "Praise God!" They get upset, over everywhere we look, even misery and mishap. The Bible answers that even that comes from man's rebellion against God and demonic powers that are warring against God. Every good thing comes from God above. Atheists have to battle these realities 24 hours a day. It's gotta be tough to do that every single day.
Don't confuse Christianity with church. Jesus Christ is how you get to heaven.
Do you realize that we are God's only creation that He has blessed with the ability to choose our own path? There are only 2 choices. If we do not choose Jesus, we will continue on the path to death, because we rejected God, and therefore will inherit hell.
Revelation 14:8-13 is all about choices.
When people hear the words "Pro-choice," they think abortion, but I will ask you to think outside of that box.
Pro-choice does refer to life, everything about life, from what we eat, to what we wear, every little aspect of your life, it's all about our choice. We have been granted by God, the right and ability of choice. To remove the ability to choose is totalitarianism, but even then you still have the ability to make some choices, from what you wear, what you eat, we are all pro-choice in those matters.
Pro-life is something I am a firm believer in from everything to do with the spiritual and physical matters. God creates all life and woe to the man who tampers with what God has created. Our system in the world today, including in our schools, is to teach " do what feels good to you." "Do what feels right to you."
They want you to be independent thinkers in what you ought to do, but don't stand out, for the good or bad, because there are rewards and ramifications for every decision we make. We will either experience the benefits or deficits from those decisions, do you get that?
There is fall out from every decision we make good or bad, both spiritually and physically. God offers you a parachute or a lane change from the path you are headed on without Jesus. If you consider this, if you're going to jump out of an airplane if you had to, would you choose to do so with a parachute or without one? Seems like a simple question with a clear cut answer, I mean why would anyone choose to jump out of a plane without a parachute? So why do you choose to live your life, without "THE Parachute?"
Some people will simply gamble their life away to wait and see what happens in the end, but the Bible is clear, by that time, it is too late!!!
Choose Jesus Christ and live!! That you can be in heaven forever with Him.
People who go to hell have to work hard every day to get in there. You want to know why people are working so hard to get crosses eliminated on hillsides and everywhere they have been placed? Because when they find out what the cross means, that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, they become offended because everytime they see it, it is a reminder that they need a Savior. Removing the cross doesn't change anything.
See I'm going to heaven with or without you. I know that for a fact! I am 100% sure!
So the next time you see someone with a "Pro-Choice" sign, run up to them and tell them how grateful and happy you are that they are pro-choice. Tell them to choose Jesus Christ and live!
It may not be popular, but it is what they need to hear. Eternal life is free, it won't cost you anything, but it cost God every thing!
What will you choose?
Whom will you choose?
As Christians, in this world, we suffer temporary pain and suffering, but one day we will have an eternal life of rewards and blessings. See Jesus did all the work for us. He died in our place.
Will you receive this invitation?
We have to agree to receive, and all of us are responsible for our choices. This isn't about religion, but about a relationship, with Jesus Christ. Choose Him today!
We can't do anything without the power of the Holy Spirit in our life, to guide us, empower us and the commission us. We need to remember to lean on Him, every day for our success.
Isaiah 46:9-10 ~ "Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still t come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please."
We need to know history or His-story, God's dealings with the world if we are ever to have any hope of understanding that God is a God of love. We need to understand that God knows the future. He is not wringing His hands with worry when something happens in the world. He knows everything. Nothing surprises Him. So why do we worry?
When we worry, we are assuming a responsibility that God has never intended to be ours!
As we continue our study into the Book of Revelation, we need to remember that Chapter 14, is a parenthetical insert. God's giving us snippets of things that will happen during the Tribulation period but not in chronological order.
Revelation 14:8-13 ~ "A second angel followed and said, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries." A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. Then I heard a voice in the heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
The final verse in Revelation 14:13 is the most exciting thing in these study of the Scriptures and we will learn more about that in our future study. Today we will study and answer the questions, "Will people really be tormented in fire for rejecting God? How can God, who is a God of love, send people to hell?
We need to understand that God doesn't want anyone to go to hell, but there are those who will inherit hell based on their own choice.
How does God justify hell and eternal torment regarding humans? How does a person go to hell? There are 4 ways.
1. Mankind's rejection of God's rule in his life. It's saying you don't want God in your life. Every human will at least have one prayer answered by God before they die. That one prayer is to those who say, "Get out of here Jesus. I don't want anything to do with God, Jesus or the Bible." Guess what? God will answer their prayer, tragically.
Understand this. God is no terrorist. He doesn't force His way into your life. He will never force Himself on someone. You have to chose.
2. By mankind's rejection of God's will for our life. God's has engineered our lives for a purpose. Some find it early in life. Some find it late in life. Some find it just before they die. But all of us have been uniquely created for a purpose.
3. By mankind's rejection of God's Son, Jesus. Jesus is no joking matter. Neither should His name be a cuss word. He is a living person. He is real. He lived the life that we can all read about in history. Even ancient Rome does not deny that Jesus existed.
4. By mankind's rejection of God's Word. It includes all of the above... when you hear the gospel, if you reject it, you are rejecting God and all He offers.
How can God, therefore, justify sending someone to hell?
John 3:16 ~ "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life."
Insert your name in the place of world and whosoever. Even if no one else existed in this world, God loved You!
So what is wrong with accepting that invitation of accepting Jesus into your life?
Nothing, it's perfect! It came from the mouth of God. We apparently don't understand the price that was paid for our sins. Why?
Because we have a very low view of our offenses. Whenever we do something wrong, we don't see it as so bad. We can simply apologize for it and it's over. Never under-estimate man's own ability to justify his sins. It just doesn't look so bad in our own eyes. But if we see someone else do it, it looks really bad. Our own sin just doesn't look so bad to us, until someone else does it.
Sin, put Jesus on the cross. That's how bad our sins are. We have a thought, no one heard it but God, yet it still put Jesus on the cross. Even if you were the only person created by God, your sin put Jesus on the cross. We can't escape it. People fail to understand, what price Jesus had to do. Because it is free, we think it's cheap.
It took God to the brink, Jesus Christ died for us as God in human flesh. Every single one of us is sinners. No one is perfect except for Jesus. He lived a perfect life and it cost God everything. That is how hideous the debt to sin is, and only God could pay it.
Jesus Christ's offering was so precious. He was like a Lamb, innocent, but He never defended Himself, because He has nothing to defend Himself for. That is why He said nothing. He had to pay the price in His own blood to set us free from sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death. Without Jesus' sacrifice as payment for those sins, all of us would die forever. Jesus set us free!
By faith, sin is so bad, that He sent the perfect offering in my place, that I have to accept this offering in faith alone. The offering of Jesus cancelled the debt, but we all have to make a choice. No one can do it for us.
Most people misunderstand God. They picture Him as a God of wrath, angry all the time, but He is a just and holy God. When man rejects God, there are consequences for our actions. He wants to save you. He doesn't wish that any should perish but all should have eternal life, but we have to be the ones to chose that. Why would anyone give that up?
You have to qualify for hell, by rejecting God every single day. It is harder to qualify for hell than it is to qualify for heaven. We must accept what Jesus has done for you and asking His forgiveness of your sins. That is a whole lot easier, than waking up every single day and pushing and kicking God away.
But more on that tomorrow. Today I hope and pray that you will choose Jesus and eternal life. If you want Jesus as Lord and Savior in your life today, simply pray this prayer and believe it with all your heart.
Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and without Your sacrifice and payment on the cross I would have no hope. You came to save me from my sin and from death and I ask for forgiveness of my sins. I believe that You came to earth, died on the cross for my sins, was buried and was raised again to life on the third day and I surrender my life to You. In Jesus Name ~ AMEN!!
That is all you need to do. Your life has been redeemed by the only one who could save you. Welcome to the first day of your new life in Jesus. If you have prayed this prayer, I would love to chat with you and welcome you into the family. Please email me at Stevenkat27@gmail.com.
The greatest news we have is that gospel message to share with every single person we meet but we don't. What we fail to realize is that the mission field has come to our neighborhood now with the recent influx of immigrants coming to America. I challenge you for the next 30 days to tell one person every single day and see what happens.
John 3:16 ~ "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life."
This sums it all up. It is that simple and that is all you have to share with people. We don't need to over-complicate it. That is all we need to share Jesus with others. We all feel unqualified, and most of us are terrified to share because we don't want to mess it us.
Eternity is coming and we need to faithfully serve Him with the time we have remaining.
Don't ever doubt your self worth. So many people are caught up in self esteem but we need to understand God-esteem instead because of how much God loves us, but we don't believe it. God desires all mankind to be saved with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 ~ "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
God reaches out to every single one of us. He is offering salvation to us and we all need to make a choice. He is extending His hands to us and it's our choice what we decide to do with it. Romans 1:19-22 ~ "since what may be known about God is plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to wise, they became fools"
You have no excuse to hide behind anymore, so what is yours?
It is said that wisdom is the application of what you know. The gospel was given in totality.
Galatians 3:6-9 ~ "Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham:"All nations will be blessed through you." So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith."
Abraham was declared righteous by the Lord, prior to the giving of the law, because even though the gospel had yet been given through the prophets and new testament authors; the "Applied" gospel to Abraham. Believing in God and trusting in God are two different things. Saying that you know God and having faith in God are two different things. Make sure that your knowledge of God, leads to your faith in God. Make sure when you say you know God, that you are trusting God. Don't just be acquainted with God.
It is the one True and Complete Gospel in totality.
Acts 20:24 ~ "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace."
Romans 1:16-17 ~ "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written:"The righteous will live by faith."
1 Thessalonians 2:9 ~ "Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you."
Ephesians 6:14-15 ~ "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace."
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 ~ "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." Mark 1:14-15 ~ "After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come," he said, "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" 1 Peter 4:17 ~ "For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" Romans 15:18-19 ~ "I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done - by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ." Ephesians 1:13 ~ "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,"
This is an everlasting gospel.
This is what the Gospel is NOT. Galatians 1:8-9 ~ "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!"
You were created to reverence God, to glorify God, to honor God and to worship God.
Psalm 19:1-6 ~ "The heavens declared the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens, he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming froth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat."
The gospel was given to be understood. We have celestial evidence, we have terrestrial evidence, we have oceanic evidence and we have hydrokinetic evidence. Streams of water. Did you know that there is more fresh water below the surface of the earth than above it? That there are subterranean rivers beneath the earth? That since creation, God has not created any new water.
So how can we reverence, glorify and honor Him?
By what we think, by what we say, by what be believe and by what we live for. Honor means to live in a way that points others towards Him!
There are a lot of religious people sitting in hell. I know some of you might not appreciate or like that statement at all but it is true whether you believe hell exists or not! That's because religion won't save you only a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will. That might seem narrow to some, but it is true none the less. People are so lost because of religion, not a relationship!
Atheists protest that they don't believe in God, but if you talk to them long enough, you will understand one thing. They do place their faith in religion. Their faith is in anything else, but God or Jesus Christ, whether it is Darwinism or some other ism, but when rubber meets the road, and adversity hits, they don't hold on to Darwin or cry out for the latest book by Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchensen. There is no evidence to support what they believe in, but they have a lot of faith to what they believe in, that makes atheism a religion. I'd rather believe in the God who is, over the god who isn't.
God is the One that defines the terms to salvation. We don't get to come to Him and say, "THIS is the way it's going to be!" Can you imagine that?
Many people today are scared simply because they think the terms are too hard. The Bible says to believe in Jesus Christ, is that too hard? Jesus is the One who said to trust in Him alone. Believe in Him!
Salvation or the Gospel is sustained by God. It's God who calls us to faith. It is an eternal and lasting gospel. It has always been since before the creation. It was so God could show His grace. Since He knew man would blow it from the beginning, you would wonder why God wouldn't simply scrap the whole human kind thing, but He didn't. He didn't want to throw mankind away and start over. That is how valuable we are to God because we have been created in His image. That is why we need to share the Gospel message with people but the problem is that most people don't know how or even what to say to share it with others. We simply need to share it and let the Holy Spirit use what we say in a supernatural way.
John 10:27-30 ~ "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them , and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
You don't have to prop up the gospel. Just give it.
Hebrews 7:25 ~ "Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them."
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ~ "Do you know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."
When you look at the list of those who can't get into heaven without Jesus Christ, who wouldn't want to sign up for this? The world is longing for good news and we have it for those of us that have been saved through our faith in Jesus Christ. It is not news we want to selfishly keep for ourselves.
Revelation 1:5 ~ "and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood."
This means that there is no sin except for one that can keep us from obtaining eternal life and having that assurance of heaven when we die. The one sin that is unforgivable is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. What does that mean? To not accept Jesus Christ as Savior.
Remember it is not our way, it is God's way and His terms that define how we will have eternal life and how to get to heaven when we die. The gospel message was given to ALL mankind. Revelation 14:6 ~ "Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth - to every nation, tribe, language and people."
A decision must be made each time someone hears the gospel and choices are made that have eternal consequences. God created us uniquely His - our worth. Jesus died to redeem us, not the angels who can't be redeemed. We are created in God's image. We are like spoiled children sometimes who push Him away. Don't ever doubt your self worth before God. God has instructions for your life. But most of us have no idea on just how valuable we are to God! Jesus died for you personally to set us free from sin and give us eternal life.
No matter where you look in the world today, people are attempting to look younger and live longer. Supplements, vitamins, diet programs, nutritional aids and even surgery all promises results but those results are all external and they are fake. You can look 10 years younger, but are you really? No, you are still the same age you would have been without all that stuff. So why the constant struggle to appeal to the masses then? It simply doesn't change anything except that you might be the best looking dead person around. This is man's desperate attempt to locate the true "Fountain of Life" but we have a fatalistic view.
We are forgetting the primary goal in all of it. True eternal life. Ah, to possess it would be the greatest thing at all. How much would you pay for it if you could be guaranteed you could live forever? How quickly would you sign up? This is the eternal life that never fades away and is 100% authentic.
What if not only to living for all eternity, in perfect health, in a perfect place, without every having to worry about ANYTHING? Never dying, never getting sick, never watching those around you get sick or die? Never being sad? How much is all that worth?
What if you got one of those "and if you act now, we'll even throw in a mansion for you designed just for you, for absolutely no cost, but you have to act now. Would you?
You might be surprised at how many people pass up that offer every single day.
You know how much this all costs? Just your acceptance that Jesus Christ, died for You, that He was buried, rose again on the third day, and now extends this offer to you at no charge to YOU!
Bet you most people would scoff at it. Laugh it off as unbelievable. In fact most sadly do. But it is the only 100% authentic offer of eternal life offered to any person who have be born of this world. There is no other solution that will offer the gift like Jesus does.
As we continue in our study into the Book of Revelation, Chapter 14 is a bit out of the ordinary.
It contains snippets of events of the Tribulation that are not in chronological order. Verses 1-5 were a parenthetical pause from the events we had witnessed up to that point in the Tribulation and give us a glimpse at future events prior to the Millennium. Today we will examine verses 6-7 which will bring the Great Tribulation to a conclusion.
People often believe that Jesus can't not come back either in the Rapture of the church or during the Second Coming until every single person has heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, but that it not true. It is the churches mission and we should be attempting to do just that, but Jesus will come when He is supposed to. God has other plans for how every single person will be without excuse for hearing the Gospel message.
Today we learn about one more way. We have already heard that 144,000 witnesses will be dispatched during the Tribulation period to spread the Gospel as well as the two witnesses in Israel, but here in Revelation 14, we learn about another one.
God will dispatch an angel to flying through the atmosphere in a circuit around the globe proclaiming the Gospel to those upon the earth. Every single one of us will have an opportunity to respond to it when we hear it.
What about you? Are you going to heaven? Will you have eternal life? What should God let you in? On what grounds is anyone let in?
Every single Christian should be able to answer those questions with perfect confidence and certainty!
Revelation 14:6-7 ~ "Then I saw another angel flying in the midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth - to every nation, tribe, language, and people. He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the springs of water."
No one is exempt!!!
The gospel was given by a divine source. God gave us the gospel. Every other religion aside from Christianity is man's attempt to reach God. Christianity is God's attempt to reach man,. You can be religious all you want, but without a relationship with Jesus it is all for nothing. You are simply trying to win you way to God by what you do, say, or think. It is all for nothing. No amount of religion will get you into heaven.
So what is the gospel?
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 ~ "Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I have preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,"
It is initiated by God = It's God who's spoken to man. The source is God.
Luke 4:16-21 ~ "He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written; "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
The "poor" means poor in spirit, those who see their need. "Prisoners" is someone so depressed that they're almost without hope. The "blind" are those who need spiritual awakening.
The gospel is orchestrated by God. It is God who made the terms.
It's like playing Monopoly with someone who has made up their own rules instead of the ones supplied by Milton Bradley. It's hard to play with someone who does things like that. It just doesn't make sense.
God has placed eternity in our hearts. Man needs to believe in something. That is what this is true, that all roads lead to God, but only one leads to heaven. One day, every single one of us will stand before God and give an account of the life we lived. After that is judgment. The only way to get that eternal life we all so desperately want is ONLY through JESUS CHRIST!!!
Ezekiel promises that in the last days the Jewish people will be brought back into their homeland in unbelief. In fact, if you go to Israel today, many Jews there today will tell you that they don't believe in God. How is that? Their argument is "Where was God during the Holocaust? So their argument isn't that they don't believe in God, they just don't agree with how He is running things. That's a convoluted declaration of faith in God. However the Holocaust was defined in Deuteronomy 28 where God told Israel what would happen if they disobeyed and it happened exactly as prophesied.
The People of the Vision - The Evangelists of God are the 144,000.
Revelation 14:1 ~ "Then I looked, and thee before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads."
Let us look at who the 144,000 are NOT.
If you have heard of the holiness movements or holiness groups, a group of special highly evolved people of God, super saints if you will, who live a life dedicated to God, and if you're lucky they'll let you fellowship with their group or meeting to see if you're worthy enough. This is a legalistic self righteous group of 3-10 people who are not the 144,000 spoken of in the Bible.
They are not the 7th Day Adventists who believe that if Jesus comes back on a Saturday, this will be the group he comes for, because they only worship God on Saturday. If you worship God on any other day of the week, you have received the mark of the beast and you're a devil worshiper. Only those who are found worshiping on Saturday will be selected to be the 144.000.
They are NOT Jehovah's Witnesses. This is a watch tower society that believed that each of them were part of the 144,000 until the numbers grew too large. When that happened, they believed that Jesus has come back already. Next time you see one, ask them what tribe they are from.
Revelation 7 and Revelation 14 tells us exactly who these people are. There will be 12,000 from each of the tribes of Israel listed in Revelation 7. They have not defiled themselves with women, so they are virgins. They are men only. They have been sealed by God. They are Jewish men who speak Hebrew and their hearts are pure for God.
This being sealed, means that God has sealed us as Christians if you're saved and born again.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 ~ "And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee."
Every believer of Christ, has been sealed by God. Born again, sealed by the Holy Spirit. Your belief has lead you to faith in Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:13-14 ~ "In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory!"
This means the Holy Spirit lives in the believer of Jesus Christ. We are guaranteed a home in heaven! You can't lose your salvation! You can't be a zip-lock baggy Christian. Sealed one day, unsealed the next. You can't be unborn again! Sheep can't turn into goats. You just need to rest in your assurance that if you are truly saved and your faith is in Jesus Christ, rest in your salvation as a sealed believer. Stop second guessing yourself everytime there is an altar call. If you feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit working in your life when you're about to do something you know you shouldn't. You're a believer in Christ. Just start paying attention more and become obedient to what He is asking you to do.
The Practice - The Worshiper of God.
Revelation 14:2-5 ~ "And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless."
It is easy to spot an unhealthy Christian.
Worship is not a priority in their life. They haven't sang the Lord a song in a long time. They don't have a balanced spiritual diet.
They were godly men = ones who were not defiled with women.
They were set apart to God = for they are virgins.
They were uniquely born-again Jews = being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
They were holy people = and in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.
These verses deal with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ who will come back to sit on the throne of David on Mount Zion after the Tribulation.
These 144,000 men were holy. To follow the Lamb wherever He goes. What does being holy mean?
They were willing to follow the Lamb wherever He goes. To say with certainty that you have had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.
Holiness means: the way you conduct yourself around your neighbors, the way you treat your kids is the way Jesus would treat them; the way you conduct business is the way Jesus would conduct it; that you can hear an internal voice that is not your own, leading you.
We are in the time of the quickening, just before a woman gives birth, there are signs the labor is progressing and that is where we are at today in the world.
There are more frequent earthquakes happening all around the world.
There is a breakdown of lawlessness in the world.
There is growing antisemitism
There is a growing hatred towards the nation of Israel.
Jerusalem is the hot spot on the world.
There is a rise in persecution of Christians around the world
There are beheadings happening.
You can't deny the facts, the time is growing short.
Father, I come to You, confessing my sin and asking for Your forgiveness. I thank you, Lord, for You have promised that if I will confess my sins, You will be faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I want to turn from my sins and live in Your will. I ask that You give me the power through Your Holy Spirit to live the right way.
I thank You that Jesus Christ died on the cross, paying the price for my sins, and then rose from the dead. I accept Him now as my Savior, my Lord, and my Friend. Thank You for giving me new life in Christ. I surrender myself to You; make me what You want me to be. In Jesus' name. Amen!
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