Blessings to all of you on this beautiful fall day! May God’s Grace and joy flow over each of your lives, your health, your finances, your families and your loved ones.
I ran across a very simple, child-like video today that does a wonderful job of explaining God’s Gospel of Grace in about 5 minutes. Out of all the things that we can learn about Christ, the most important thing is to understand that Grace through the shed blood of Jesus is the FREE Gift from God to all sinners to save us from the coming wrath of a perfect and Holy God. As a matter of fact, the shed blood of Jesus is the ONLY thing that can save us from the final death, the Lake of Fire. This permanent death, a final separation from our Creator and all Created things, is not a myth, it is not a “maybe”, it is a sure thing that awaits all people who are not forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ. This is why you will hear Christians use the word “Saved”…Saved from what?…..Saved from eternal death. You’ve heard of the word “hell” (Gehenna in the Greek)…It is a terrible place, not somewhere I would want my worst enemy to go. Why does God allow this? He allows humans to go to hell because He is a Holy God who demands HOLINESS.
In the Garden of Eden, the devil KNEW that as soon as mankind ate of the forbidden and rotten fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil, we would be doomed forever. The soul who sins will die..this is written. God will not, cannot go against HIS WORD…ever! God is faithful, God is dependable, God is steadfast, and God is unchangeable. God does NOT “go with the flow”..He does not change with the times, and He is not going to simply brush off sin. If anyone thinks he can be “good enough” to make it to Heaven, he needs to think again…it’s not possible. No one can be “good enough” to make it to Heaven without God’s intervention. This is our human condition in this fallen world. After the fall of mankind in the Garden, sin is now built into our flesh.
Do you think the devil was HAPPY that he had caused mankind to fall? Absolutely! Those people who openly worship the devil (satan worshipers/illuminati) have no idea what they are doing. The devil hates mankind (ALL MANKIND)…and wants everyone to DIE. He hates mankind because he hates GOD! The devil has no love for his own “worshipers”…and wants them to DIE along with EVERYONE ELSE. And…this permanent death is NOT a party, it is NOT a “good time”…it is HORRIBLE! No one should think they can just go there and be fine…they won’t. I know some people who don’t want to believe in Jesus because they choose to go to hell so that they can protect their unbelieving children from outer darkness. The truth is, we can’t even protect ourselves let alone anyone else! Hell is a LONELY, DARK place, and families who go there will likely not even see or have contact with one another! Sigh…this is such a difficult topic to discuss, and one that is not pleasant to contemplate; however, it is the TRUTH. Churches do not like to talk about this because it is alot less popular than the “prosperity Gospel”. Churches will NOT grow their numbers if they speak about the CONSEQUENCES for REFUSING God’s FREE GIFT of SALVATION! However, the problem with NOT talking about HELL is that people are now thinking that ALL ROADS lead to PARADISE, and that they have NO NEED for GOD’S GRACE! OH dear, this is a LIE straight from the pit of hell! Non-believers CHOOSE not to BELIEVE in HEAVEN or HELL, but is this the TRUTH? NO! Non-believers will find out the truth eventually, and it is going to be a SAD, SAD DAY!
Can I share with you a dream I had a year or so ago? The prophet Joel said that in the Last Days (we are in the last of the last days),God would pour out His Spirit on ALL FLESH and people, male, female, slave and free, would dream dreams from the Lord and see visions. I believe this dream was from the Lord, so please pray for discernment when reading the dream…
Picture a courtroom scene. At the front of the room was the judge sitting behind a long table with other well respected people. Then across from the judge were the seats where all the people were sitting, kind of like the attendees and spectators of an important trial. There was a young, handsome man on trial. He was very handsome with dark hair and an engaging smile. He had no care in the world, and felt very confident that he would be found innocent of the crimes for which he was being accused. He was talking and laughing with the people around him as he waited for the court to come into session. After all, he had lived a good life. He had no worries. He was so confident, that he had no need for a lawyer.
Then, I saw the courtroom proceedings begin and all got quiet. The man on trial got up with his list of good works and began to tell them to the judge. It did not take long before the gavel came down with a loud THUD that broke the silence of the room….GUILTY AS CHARGED! The man was shocked. He thought he had this “in the bag”. Suddenly I noticed on the left side of the room, towards the back, HUGE, BLACK iron doors. The doors suddenly opened. Behind those doors, in that other “room”, I could hear screams, and saw hands reaching outside of the doors as people tried DESPERATELY to escape. Yet it seemed as if something was holding them back, some unseen force, because nobody was able to escape from “that room”. I then saw a huge hand reach out from “that room” and grab hold of the man who had been on trial. He was YANKED out of his seat and into “the room” with all of the hands and all of the screams. Then the doors slammed shut and there was SILENCE. I could no longer hear the screams. I’ll never forget the shocked look on the man’s face. It all happened so quickly. We sat there in shock. The man was gone.
The Parable about Lazarus, the rich man..
Luke 16:19: Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’
25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’” (JESUS CHRIST ROSE FROM THE DEAD…DO THEY BELIEVE?)
Yes, Satan thought he had won that day in the Garden of Eden. He was like..YES…they are ALL going to DIE and be ETERNALLY SEPARATED from GOD… FOOLISH HUMANS! The devil KNOWS that God will NEVER EVER go against HIS WORD! The devil tempts mankind into sin and then goes before the courts of God to ACCUSE mankind. This is how the devil rolls. But there is NO ONE like our GOD! God, in His SOVEREIGN Foreknowledge, KNEW IN ADVANCE that the devil would tempt mankind into sin, so He developed a plan of SALVATION, a DIVINE RESCUE PLAN, and wrote it into the very fabric of the Universe HE created. The Entire Bible, from Cover to cover (Genesis to Revelation) details GOD’S DIVINE RESCUE PLAN…for both mankind, and also the earth. The rescue plan is GOD’S SON YESHUA (JESUS) the MESSIAH, who is really GOD wrapped in the LIKENESS of human flesh. God HIMSELF would RESCUE mankind from the CLUTCHES of the enemy.
Because of God’s LOVE and MERCY, HE instituted the SUBSTITUTION PRINCIPLE to SAVE US from PERMANENT DEATH! Yes, the soul who sins will DIE. This is written and cannot be changed. No one who sins will be given ETERNAL LIFE. God will NEVER, EVER go against His Word. Sin cannot and will not simply be brushed aside. This is just the way it is. However, God has made a way where there was NO WAY. God also tells us that the LIFE of the SOUL is in the BLOOD. God has allowed for the LIFE of the INNOCENT (GOD HIMSELF) that is in the BLOOD (JESUS) to be exchanged for the LIFE of the GUILTY (you and me). God wrote HIS PLAN of SALVATION into the very fabric of the UNIVERSE. It is as IMMUTABLE and UNCHANGEABLE as GOD HIMSELF.
What do we have to do to avoid the lake of fire, hell, eternal death and separation from our Creator? There is only one thing we can do…BELIEVE in YOUR HEART THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOUR SINS and ROSE from the DEAD, and CONFESS with your mouth that JESUS IS LORD..and YOU will be SAVED (Romans 10:9)…Your name will be written into the LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE. Believe that God is real, that Heaven and hell are real, that God WANTS to save us, that God FORGIVES SIN, and that Jesus was crucified on the Cross, shed His perfect sinless POWERFUL blood for you and me, and ROSE AGAIN in VICTORY over the GRAVE! Believe what Jesus tells us in His Word, that who ever BELIEVES and puts their FAITH in JESUS will not PERISH but have EVERLASTING LIFE.
Jesus is the ONLY WAY to Heaven. There are NOT multiple paths. Other “religions” will tell you that you can earn your way to Heaven. They tell you that you CAN be “good enough”…and that a loving God would never throw a “good person” into hell. Sigh…The truth is God IS LOVE, and that is why He made A WAY for mankind to be with Him in Heaven. Jesus prayed to the Father, if there be ANY OTHER WAY to save mankind, let the cup of suffering pass from Him. However, as always, Jesus submitted to the WILL OF GOD. There is NO OTHER WAY!
God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. God is not a mean judge who just waits for people to make a mistake so that He can throw them into hell. It is God’s desire for ALL to be saved and NONE to be lost.
Ezekiel 18:23: Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Lord GOD. would I not prefer he turn from his ways and live?
Ezekiel 18:32: For I take no pleasure in anyone’s death, declares the Lord GOD. So repent and live!
Ezekiel 33:11: Say to them: ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked should turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’
Deuteronomy 30:19: I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,
God KNOWS that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God, which is why God gave us the ONLY LIFE-LINE POSSIBLE…His Son Jesus. He implores us to CHOOSE LIFE. The choice is ours! If we CHOOSE anything other than Jesus, then we have CHOSEN DEATH. It is up to us to either accept the truth or continue to believe the LIE, that there is some other way. Sure, atheists may say that they believe when you die, you just die and it is over, but at the time of their death, I doubt they will cling to that “hope”. Think about it. If you believe that there is no God, that there nothing out there who has the ULTIMATE DETERMINATION of RIGHT and WRONG, then everyone does what is right in his own eyes. They, in-effect, have given themselves a “license to sin”. Doing what is right in our own eyes can look very different from person to person. The truth of the matter is…there IS a God, His NAME is YHWH, and His SON is JESUS (YESHUA), which means YHWH’s SALVATION! Everyone will discover this truth someday. It is much better to discover it NOW, while you have BREATH, and come to JESUS NOW, while there is still time, then to go before the Judge with your meager list of “good works” and HOPE that they are ‘GOOD ENOUGH’…they won’t be, I can assure you. As for me, I put ALL of my TRUST and HOPE in JESUS the CHRIST.
We can listen to deep theological debates and discussions from very learned scholars. We can spend our whole lives studying God’s Word and understanding the deeper truths about Jesus, but at the end of the day, all we really need to do is to accept God’s Gospel of Grace with childlike faith.
Matthew 18: At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
We pray that you enjoy this short video. If you don’t understand God’s Gospel of Grace, we pray…May the Lord Jesus Christ open your eyes to the truth…God LOVES you enough to DIE for you! Shalom!