Tag: ETERNITY

Testimony of Mary K Baxter: Hell Is Real

The Lord took Mary K Baxter on a journey through hell, so she could warn others not to go there.
The Word of God tells us there are two eternal destinies, heaven, or hell.
Those who reject God will most assuredly go to this place called hell. The video above is a short segment of Mary K Baxter’s testimony about the reality of hell.

Jesus said,

“If your hand offends you, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life (eternal) maimed, than having two hands, to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, where their worm dies not and the fire is not quenched” Mark 9:43-44.

In fact, Jesus’s warning is so severe, that He continued to repeat the same warning over and over, using different examples, to get the message across,

“And if your foot offends you, cut it off; it is better for you to enter halt (lame) into life (eternal), than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, where their worm dies not and the fire is not quenched” Mark 9:45-46.

He didn’t stop there…

“And if your eye offends you, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire, where their worm dies not and the fire is not quenched” Mark 9:47-48.

I can tell you this much, hell is not an allegory, it is very real and Jesus ceased not to warn against hell emphatically. He was also very descriptive about the effects of hell,

“I say unto you that many shall come from the east and west and shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, but the children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” Matthew 8:11-12.

God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell. Jesus died for the whole world and he is calling everyone to repent and enter eternal life, but He doesn’t force anyone. This is why Jesus said, “but the children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” If you go to hell, you will enter there as an intruder. God has prepared heaven for everyone who will receive His Son as their Savior.

Jesus was not one to talk a lot. In fact, when He was brought before Pilate to be judged, Pilate was amazed because Jesus didn’t try to defend Himself (Matthew 27:12-13).

Yet, we see in the scriptures recorded in Mark 9, that Jesus is repeating Himself several times, fervently warning people against going to hell, in so much that He even describes that the amputation of a hand or foot, or even plucking out your eye would be better than going there!

Even so, people in the world today have their own opinions about who God is and what they want God’s Holy Word to say, denying what it really says. I have had people tell me, in spite of what the Word of God says, that hell is just too awful; God would never send people to a place like that!

The Word of God tells us in many passages of scripture how loving God is. Nevertheless, if you have ever read the Word of God in its entirety, you will understand that God is not only the epitome of love, but He is also the epitome of wrath against those who “trodden under foot the Son of God” (Hebrews 10:29). God obviously isn’t wimpy about anything. He loved us enough to die for us, but if we retain sin in this mortal body, He is a just God and at judgment, He is going to judge all sin into hell. He loves us, but in that He is just, He hates the sin. If you retain sin in your mortal body, you will end up in hell with those sins on judgment day. Sin must be cast into hell. If you hang on to it, you are going with it.

The Word of God is very clear; no sin will enter heaven.

“Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. 

“Of how much sorer punishment, do you suppose, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God and has counted the blood of the covenant (Jesus’s blood), wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” Hebrews 10:29.


King David said (to God),

“Who knows the power of your anger? Even according to your fear, so is Your wrath” Psalm 90:11.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord; for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9.

We do not know the mind of God,

“For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been His counselor?” Romans 11:34.

That the Son of God – God in the flesh – suffered a horrific and painful death at the hands of those who condemned Him, but He did it for us, to pay the penalty for our sins, so we would not be condemned to hell with satan and his angels, who betrayed God. Those who trample the blood of Jesus and reject God will go to everlasting hell, fire and torment. For that reason alone, God has already said it is just judgment to cast people into hell, who reject His beloved Son.

Imagine your son dying on the cross for the sins of the world. Pause, and just imagine your son on that cross, suffering and dying for sinners. I have imagined it and hell seems more just in my eyes. Even still, it doesn’t matter what I think. I am not God and it doesn’t matter what my pea brain thinks.

We read a report in the news recently about a little girl who was taken by Muslim terrorists and sawed to pieces alive – alive! A Catholic nun reported this happened where she lives in Syria.

When I read such news, I have to say that hell appears to be more justifiable. Again, however, it doesn’t matter what my puny mind thinks! God is God. His Word says people are going to hell, those who reject God, His commandments, and who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, the One who died for us. That’s it – period!

Now, you can receive that news, or reject it. God put it on my heart to write this message tonight; it is from the Lord, not me.

If you reject this message, you have rejected the Word of God, because I have provided scriptures from the Word of God about everything I have explained about hell. If you reject the fact that there is a hell, you will end up there, because you have failed to believe God’s Holy Word.

We will also be judged according to our “works,” not according to whether we said a sinner’s prayer one time, or maybe more, during our lifetime.

“The devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever. And I saw a great white throne and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” Revelation 20:10-15.

Yes, the Word of God tells us we must repent and receive Jesus as our Savior in order to be saved, but that is only the start of a new life in Christ Jesus.

The Bible tells us that after we receive Jesus as our Savior, our life will be completely changed. 

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

A one-time prayer, with no change, doesn’t save a person in the end. The Word of God tells us that we will have a new life in Christ Jesus. If you received the Lord at some point, but you are still living the same old sinful life you lived before you repented, you aren’t saved. You either never really repented and received Jesus sincerely, or you did briefly, but you backslid. If you backslid, the Bible tells us that we need to repent again and live for God. The Apostle John wrote to the church,

“My little children (Christians), these things write I unto you, that you sin not; and if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that says, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” 1 John 2:1-4.

Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, please visit the How Can I Be Saved page of this website. Your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.

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Vision of Hell


VISION OF HELL

I rose up early to pray on May 20, 2017, and while praying in the living room, I suddenly slipped into a vision. Generally, I would only include this vision on the Prophecy page, but I felt led of the Lord to add it to the Sermons page as well.

On May 20, 2017, while praying, I slipped into a vision (while awake) and I saw the fiery mouth of hell. Its mouth opened wide to receive souls that were slipping into hell nearly on a consistent basis. Every time a soul, or souls in groups, approached the mouth of hell, it opened wide to receive them. There was fire all around hell, but the mouth was very distinct in the midst of it and I could see the mouth of hell repeatedly open and close, open and close, every time souls descended into it.

Folks, hell is a very real place. After receiving this vision, my mind went to the Word of the Lord:

“Therefore, My people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge (of spiritual things) and their honorable men are famished and their multitude dried up with thirst (because of lack of wisdom and knowledge, which only comes from God). Therefore, hell has enlarged herself and opened her mouth without measure, and their glory, their multitude and pomp and he that rejoices shall descend into it. The mean man shall be brought down and the mighty man shall be humbled and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled” Isaiah 5:13-15.

Jesus spoke of the penalty of hell. He said,

“I will forewarn you whom you shall fear; fear Him, which after He has killed, has the power to cast into hell; yes, I say unto you, fear Him” Luke 12:5.

Jesus also warned at one point, not once, not twice, but three times against ending up in hell, as detailed in Mark 9:

“If your hand offends you, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life  (eternal) maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, where their worm (flesh worms) dies not and the fire is not quenched. And if your foot offends you, cut it off; it is better for you to enter halt (lame) into life (eternal life), than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, where their worm dies not and the fire is not quenched. If your eye offends you, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire, where their worm dies not and the fire is not quenched” Mark 9:43-48.

The Lord was very descriptive about hell. His point was that we need to avoid hell at all costs. He detailed the fact that hell is a consuming fire, but the soul does not die in hell and the fire is never quenched. In other words, people who end up there are burned forever, but they never die.

“So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” Matthew 13:49-50.

An angel in heaven will warn the inhabitants of earth, during the great tribulation (There will still be an opportunity to repent. Those who do will suffer martyrdom [Revelation 20:4]):

“The third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast (antichrist) and his image and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb, and the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever, and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” Revelation 14:9-12.

Some religious sects say these are all allegories and not literal warnings. Those people had better consider these facts, before making a very fatal presumption: The last passage of scripture above comes from the Book of Revelation. Consider what Jesus said at the end of that book, as described by John the Revelator:

“I testify unto every man that hears the Words of the prophecy of this book, ‘If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book; and if any man shall take away from the Words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life and out of the Holy City and from the things which are written in this book” Revelation 22:18-19.

Okay, so if you still dare to add your opinion to the Words that were spoken by the Prophet Isaiah, Jesus, Luke, Mark and John the Revelator, and take away the literal meaning of what was said by all of them, do so at the risk of eternal hell fire!

I believe God gave me this vision because the end of the age is very near and the saints will be taken up from this world soon. Shortly thereafter, the Word of God says that Death, and Hell following with him, will be given power over a fourth part of the earth:

“And I looked and behold a pale (green – original Greek – green is the color of Islam) 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 the sword (the sword is the Muslim’s weapon of choice), and with hunger (there is famine all over the Middle East – except in Israel), and with death and with the beasts of the earth” Revelation 6:8.

“And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, a day, a month and a year (an exact time period) to slay the third part of men” Revelation 9:15.

With this much death coming upon the earth during the great tribulation period, people need to know there is a hell that awaits them, if they don’t repent of their sins, receive Jesus as their Savior and surrender themselves wholeheartedly to God.

Jesus said,

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would rather you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth” Revelation 3:16.

Not only are we supposed to repent and receive Jesus as our Savior, but He requires that we yield ourselves servants to obey Him, not satan (Romans 6:16).

There are millions of Calvinists all over the world that believe they can live like the devil, but get into heaven because they have said the “sinner’s prayer” at some time in their lives. If people believe they can repent and acknowledge Jesus, but not “take up their cross” and follow Him (Matthew 16:24), they have a real shock coming on Judgment Day, according to God’s Word.

James wrote,

“You believe that there is One God; you do well. The devils also believe and tremble” James 2:19.

In other words, believing is only the beginning; surrender to God’s will is also required.

May you not only profess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but also act like it. Your eternal destiny depends on it.

“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits, you shall know them. Not everyone that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven” Matthew 7:18-21.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.


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Are You Dancing At the Cliff’s Edge?

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Are You Dancing At the Cliff’s Edge?

Most people who refer to themselves as Christians today don’t have a problem allowing sin in their lives. Most of the preachers in pulpits today don’t have a problem with sin either, teaching the doctrine of Calvinism.

Two notable scriptures quoted by Calvinists today are,

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” Romans 10:9.

We need to be aware of this scripture as well,

“You believe there is one God; you do well. The devils also believe and tremble” James 2:19.

James made a point here that our walk with God must go beyond just believing in Him.

Then we have this famous passage of scripture,

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:35, 38-39.

Preceding this scripture, Paul spoke of his persecutions in this life and the fact that he still knew that the Lord loved him. Did you notice that “sin” isn’t mentioned among the things that can’t separate us from the love of God?

God loves the sinner, but He will not allow the sinner to enter heaven, if those sins have not been forsaken (Proverbs 28:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

These scriptures cannot be separated from the rest of the Word of God, nor can they be interpreted alone.

There is a very good reason why the Word of God tells us,

“…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” 2 Peter 1:20.

The Word of God also tells us that we must “rightly divide” the Word of Truth,

“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” 2 Timothy 2:15.

Rightly dividing the scriptures means that we can’t take any scripture and isolate it to formulate an interpretation; we must look at all scripture, measuring it against all other scriptures, and only then we can know the true meaning of the scriptures.

Jesus said,

“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not the things which I say” Luke 6:46.

Because it’s man’s inclination to think with the secular mind, we are also inclined to proclaim frailty and even an inability to walk holy before God.

Paul preached to the church at Philippi,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.

Jesus Himself also said,

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” Matthew 5:48.

Actually, this all depends on our walk with God and our determination to please Him. The Lord has already made provision through the Holy Ghost for us to live a holy life.

Jesus said,

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on Me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto My Father. If you love Me, keep my commandments” John 14:12, 15.

We will never appear perfect in the eyes of men, because they look on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.

“…for the Lord sees not as man sees, for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7.

If we listen to those who are weak spiritually, they often try to convince others that no one can live without sin; we all have to sin; it’s hopeless; we are just sinful creatures and we will never change.

The Apostle Paul said,

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Weak Christians, and those who are deceived, judge people by the outward appearance and say they don’t know anyone who can live without sinning on a regular basis.

If we judge others by what we perceive they have done, according to our own thinking, we could be comparing ourselves among those who repented long ago of what we still hold out to be sin in their lives. This is why we are not to judge others and we are not to compare ourselves among others. This wouldn’t apply to someone who is living in sin and continuing in the same sin. The Word of God is clear that we are to admonish such a person in a spirit of humility, lest we ourselves become castaways.

“Brethren, if any man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted” Galatians 6:1.

Weak Christians, or those who are deceived, sometimes quote this scripture in defense of their belief that they must live sinful lives,

“The good that I would do, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do. I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me. Oh wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:19, 21, 24.

This all sounds very defeating, unless you read on to the next chapter, Romans 8, as Paul continues his instructions, which did not end in chapter 7…

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” Romans 8:1, 5-6.

Again, this is exactly why we cannot isolate any one area of scriptures; we must put them all together in their proper perspective. Paul, here, in chapter 7 was only starting the theme of his message and he was emphasizing how the flesh wars against the spirit and how overpowering temptation can be, but in chapter 8 he gives us the remedy to this battle, to “walk after the Spirit, not the flesh.”

By the way, Paul didn’t divide his letter to the Romans into chapters and verses. In his original writings, chapter 8 would have continued with the flow of chapter 7, so the point would have been more clear to us today, if we were reading the original text. It certainly has the potential to lead people astray if they stop at chapter 7 and do not continue through to chapter 8 during the same study. This is how the foolish become deceived. The Bible was divided into chapters and verses only after the Word of God was copied from the original texts.

Paul wrote this also to the Romans,

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? What then, shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” Romans 6:1-2, 15.

You won’t hear that message in most churches today, but it is truth just the same.

The Word of God tells us that there will be a “falling away” before the Lord returns (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

Jesus warned us not once, not twice, but three times to beware of false prophets in the latter days (throughout Matthew 24), as He spoke to his disciples about events that would occur before His return.

Let there be no mistake. As Christians, there may be times that we might fail the Lord, but the Word of God is clear that we are to repent and the Lord will forgive us.

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not; and if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” 1 John 2:1.

There is a difference between failing God and repenting, and continuing in unrepented sin. If a person plans to continue in the same sin, there is no need to repent, because if we repent, we are instructed in the Word of God to “sin no more.”

“Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said unto him, Behold, you are made whole. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you” John 5:14.

Paul wrote also to the Hebrews, saying,

“For if we sin willfully, after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He who despised Moses’s law died without mercy under two or three witnesses; of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace? It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” Hebrews 10:26-29, 31.

In summary, I will give you the parable that the Lord gave to me when He gave me this message. (Yes, He still speaks parables today – to those who are listening.)

A person is high on a cliff and has some treacherous ground to cover, before he finally arrives home. There is fire and brimstone below, along both sides of the high cliff he is transversing.

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This man loves to dance. In fact, all people really love to dance to enticing music. The path is treacherous and can be very boring, but his plight is clear; he must be extremely careful not to fall into the fire and boiling brimstone at the bottom of the cliff. God has given him a roadmap and He has even given him a rail to hold onto all along the way, which is also called the Comforter (John 14:26). Music is playing in the background, enticing music from the embers below. This man has been given a life and death choice. He can either hold carefully to the rail and walk steadfastly all the way home, or dance while transversing the cliff, letting go of the Comforter, which is the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2), and likely fall off into the consuming fires below. If he holds securely to the rail, the Comforter, which God has provided, and adheres closely to the map (the Ancient Path – Jeremiah 18:15), he will be safe all the way; or he can begin dancing and amusing himself to that overwhelming music in the background, slip, stumble and fall into the fires below – forever to be lost.

The Lord told me that because people cannot see the actual lake of fire underneath them, as described in Revelation 20:14-15, and because they do not take Him at His Word (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 12:5), but doubt His Holy Word, they choose to dance along the treacherous path, even those who call themselves Christians, because they also will not have faith to understand that they are literally trampling underfoot the blood of Jesus “and do despite to the Spirit of grace” (Hebrews 10:29). These will stand before Me in judgment and they will not be excused.

“He that, being often reproved, hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” Proverbs 29:1.

“Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” Mark 8:35.

Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? None of us can be assured we will still be living on this earth tomorrow. If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page of this website. Your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.

‘By the Things That Are Made’

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BY THE THINGS THAT ARE MADE

If you have studied the Bible at length, you may have already discovered something very remarkable about heaven and the earth, people, animals and plants… Everything, and I mean everything, points to God and his Holy Word!

Do you know how far east is from west, or how far the heaven spans above us? That’s how mysterious God is! The Word of God tells us, “The Lord is high above all nations and His glory above the heavens” Psalms 113:4. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord; for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9.

Is it nothing to you that a microscopic sperm penetrates a minuscule-sized egg and nine months later a human child is born? God told the Prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you, and before you came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations” Jeremiah 1:5. Time does not exist with God; He knew us before we were born! Time, as we know it, and how it is affected by space and motion, teaches us a bit about God’s eternity.

Animals are much different than humans. The Word of God tells us, “God created the whales and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind, and God saw that it was good. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the earth after his kind, and God saw that it was good” Genesis 1:21, 25. Animals are unable to think in the same manner we think and they are not as intelligent or creative as humans, because God made man in His own image! “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth” Genesis 1:26. That’s why the animals do not rule over us!

A lifeless, dead and dried up seed, when it is planted into the ground and watered, brings forth fruit, vegetables and all kinds of healing herbs; which is indicative of God’s promise to give us eternal life, if we believe in His Son, Jesus Christ. A dried up seed, once it is planted into the ground and watered, miraculously brings forth magnificent plant life, and in some cases, such as with mustard seeds, very profound plant life. The mustard seed is among the smallest seeds, yet that very tiny seed brings forth one of the greatest trees imaginable. The dried seed is indicative of our bodies at death, which are buried and then dry up. The Word of God tells us, just as in the case of the dried seed, that our bodies will be resurrected and changed into immortal bodies to be with the Lord forever. The Word of God tells us, “Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed, for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. However, the Word of God tells us that the wicked will be cast into hell to languish there throughout eternity for rejecting such a Mighty God and Savior – who even died for us, paying the penalty for our sins, so we could live forever! The Word of God also tells us, “My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of Living Waters, and hewed themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” Jeremiah 2:13. God is the “Living Water” which, when it is applied to our dead bodies, brings forth life eternal, and only through Him, the Living Water, can we be resurrected from the dead, just as the seed comes to life when it is watered. Jesus said, “He that believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living Water” John 7:38. This “Living Water” is the eternal life-giving power of Almighty God! Those who do not receive Jesus are as “broken cisterns.” They cannot retain the Living Water, which has been poured out upon all flesh through the Word of God, if they will only receive it and hold it dear to themselves.

The Word of God also tells us about the wicked and his demise, “The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so they are without excuse. Because when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” Romans 1:20-22. 

Finally, the Word of God says, “…choose this day whom you will serve…” Joshua 24:15.

Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. There will be no other lifetimes beyond this one to make that choice. Choose wisely and God bless you.

Hell

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HELL

Many throughout the world today, even some who claim to be devout Christians, do not believe in hell. They have convinced themselves, for whatever reason, that the Bible is very mysterious, mostly shaded, incomprehensible, thus, much of it is also parabolic and cannot be understood – period.

Is this what the Word of God says about “The Word?”

Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon,

“There is a God in heaven who reveals secrets…” Daniel 2:28.

Hence, Daniel, being beloved of God, was given not only the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as he requested, but also the entire dream itself, in response to Nebuchadnezzar’s mandate that not only Daniel should give him the interpretation of the dream, but tell him the dream as well! Daniel was God’s beloved, and this was made known to Daniel through the angel Gabriel,

“And he informed me and talked with me and said, ‘O Daniel, I have come forth to give you skill and understanding. At the beginning of your supplications, the commandment came forth, and I have come to show you, for you are greatly beloved, therefore, understand the matter and consider the vision’” Daniel 9:22-23.

Daniel was given much understanding, knowledge, visions and secrets were revealed to him, because he was beloved of God. Daniel was beloved of God because Daniel loved God with all of his heart. He prayed to God three times a day and he fasted and made supplications to God.

The Word of God reveals to us,

“And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13.

Who is God? The Word of God tells us that God is the Word,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1.

God Himself is the Word. However, some believe that God has shrouded His Word in mystery, because He doesn’t want us to know what it means. Ponder that for a moment. God gives us His Word – Himself – but will not provide a way to understand it at all. Does that make any sense?

The Apostle Paul wrote,

“Study (the Word) to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” 2 Timothy 2:15.

Why would Paul admonish us to study the Word, if we aren’t supposed to know what it means? Why would God send His Word to earth, if He doesn’t want us to know what it means?

People want to say that the Word of God is a mystery when they themselves do not want to meet the conditions required in order to be given the interpretation of God’s Most Holy Word. It is true; the Word is a mystery to many; but this is not the will of God for men.

Jesus became agitated with His disciples every time they questioned Him about his parables, because they, being blessed with His holy presence and continuous instructions, should have known the interpretation of His Word. Jesus said,

“How is it that you do not understand that I spoke not to you concerning bread, that you should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? (He was speaking about their doctrine – of sin)” Matthew 16:11.

I have heard people say numerous times that the Book of Revelation is a mystery and no one understands it. However, John wrote in Revelation 1,

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John” Revelation 1:1.

Notice, John the Revelator wrote, “…to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass…” If no one was supposed to understand it, because it is so mysterious, why did John say the Word was given to him to “show His servants things…”?

Jesus also told John,

“Blessed is he that reads, and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keeps those things which are written therein, for the time is at hand” Revelation 1:3.

Jesus, here, was speaking about the prophecy given in the Book of Revelation. If it isn’t intended that we understand Revelation, why are those who read “blessed,” and how can they “keep the things that are written therein,” if they aren’t able to understand what’s written in the book? Does that make sense?

While I am on that subject, I would like to share with you that evangelist Perry Stone is one of the most anointed Bible prophecy ministers in the world today. His Manna Fest program airs throughout the world weekly on Christian television. He has prepared a study of the Book of Revelation titled Breaking the Apocalypse Code. This is an extensive and very comprehensive study, including seven DVDs and a study syllabus, which explains in great detail each of the 22 Books of Revelation. I highly recommend these tools, if you haven’t completed a very prayerful study of the entire Bible, with further focus on the Book of Revelation yourself. The cost of these materials is $75.00, but if the minister doesn’t receive payment for his labor, he and his family don’t eat. The Word of God tells us regarding monetary support of ministers,

“…the laborer is worthy of his hire” Luke 10:7.

“At that time, Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes” Matthew 11:25.

Jesus said here that the Word is revealed even to babes in Christ Jesus through His Spirit, not to those considered to be “wise and prudent” in this world. It simply takes the indwelling Spirit in those who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior to understand the Word of God.

Jesus spoke of hell fire, and the Word of God bears out the fact that it is a very real place – and to be feared,

Jesus said,

“But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear; fear Him, which after He has killed has power to cast into hell; yes, I say unto you, Fear Him” Luke 12:5.

God’s people don’t have to fear hell, but those that are not “born again” (John 3:3-7) should fear hell, because they are on their way there. That is not the popular message in the world today. That shouldn’t surprise us, because today we are living in an extremely wicked and agnostic world. We each have to ask ourselves if we are going to go along with the world and the tweaked “gospel message” of the world today, or are we going to walk “the ancient path” (Jeremiah 18:15) of truth and light, which leads to life everlasting.

Jesus warned of hell (Mark 9:43-48), and He was so adamant about it, He repeated Himself three times from verses 43 – 48. There are also many other warnings throughout the Old and New Testaments about hell.

The bottom line is this; will you believe Jesus, or some popular preacher that only preaches scriptures about the love of God, so as not to offend anyone, and for the sake of making money doing the same?

Eternity will meet with us much sooner than anyone realizes it.

What is your choice about heaven and hell? Choose wisely, because we have only one shot at it during this lifetime. God bless you.

Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.

CHRIST AND THE CHURCH RELATIONSHIP

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CHRIST AND THE CHURCH RELATIONSHIP

The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus,

“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church” Ephesians 5:31-32.

Think about the timeless wedding vows, which have survived the ages. The groom says to the bride, and the bride says to the groom, the following pledge:

I take thee______to be my wedded (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish (forever).

The Word of God tells us,

“For if you live after the flesh, you shall die (eternally), but if you, through the Spirit, mortify (kill) the deeds of the body, you shall live (eternally)” Romans 8:13.

Jesus said,

“He who takes not his cross and follows after Me is not worthy of Me” Matthew 10:38.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” Matthew 16:24.

The message is clear, folks. If we want a relationship with Christ, which is compared exactly to a marital relationship, as explained by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:31-32, we must die to our own fleshly desires, “die” to one’s self, and take up our own cross in this manner, as Christ did, and follow Him; following His teachings, His example and even His persecution.

The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to Timothy, his spiritual son in Christ, and he said to him,

“Yes, all who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2 Timothy 3:12.

The Word of God is true.

Absolutely, in some way or another, if God’s people truly live their lives fashioned after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will indeed suffer persecution.

All of us need to ask ourselves these questions:

  • Have I surrendered my whole heart, mind, soul, body and strength to God daily?
  • Am I suffering in some way(s) for the cause of Christ? (If not, consider your level of commitment to the Lord).
  • Does the world’s population living around me have communion with me, or do they find me strange? (If we get along too well with the wicked, that could be indicative of a problematic relationship with the Lord – John 15:18.)

The Word of God tells us,

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” I Peter 2:9.

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” 1 Peter 2:11.

“Wherefore, come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18.

There is a doctrine that rose up from the pits of hell fire, and that is the doctrine of Calvinism – once saved, always saved, no matter what you do, no matter how you live, no matter how sinful you become. This is contrary to the teachings of Christ and the entire Word of God “rightly divided” (2 Timothy 2:15).

The Bible tells us that no scripture is of private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20). Anyone can isolate a scripture here and there throughout the Bible, which tells us about the love of God and eternal salvation. It is crucial to understand scripture in the proper context, as it was written.

If you know the Word of God intimately, if you have read it in its entirety and you understand the correlation of the scriptures, you will also understand through the Holy Ghost (who gives us the interpretation – 1 Corinthians 2:14) that God has called us unto holiness, even as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:7).

“Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

With this calling, the Lord has also given to us very specific promises:

“There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it” 1 Corinthians 10:13.

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” 1 John 2:1.

Finally, please understand this:

“Know you not that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16.

God richly bless you with the fullness of His Holy Word and an abundant life in Christ Jesus.

Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.

The Tares Among Wheat

The Tares Among Wheat

12/19/15: Before waking, I had a dream that various people claiming to be “Christians” were involved in adulterous affairs and incestuous relationships, all of them making excuses for their behavior. I stood before the “pastor” of a church, who was bragging about taking care of his child, who was born out of wedlock, and how he paid the mother well to take good care of his child and the money benefited them both (he was smiling, quite confident). I started picking weeds from the ground and tossing them where the preacher stood.

After I awoke, as I thought about the dream, the Lord ministered to my heart that this “preacher” is a “tare” in the church.

The Word of God tells us concerning the “tares,”

“Let both grow together (tares and wheat) until the harvest, and in the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, Gather together first the tares and bind them in bundles to BURN them, but gather the wheat into my barn…; as, therefore, the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world” Matthew 13:30, 40.

God’s all-seeing eyes see everything, folks. People, some who call themselves Christians and even pastors, believe they are getting away with sin, but sin brings forth death (James 1:15), eternal spiritual death. No one is getting away with anything. Some don’t believe a person can backslide, but the ancient history of Israel proves differently. Everything written in the Old Testament is a shadow of things to come and the New Testament.

The Word of God tells us,

“Do you not know that the unrighteous shall NOT inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (men acting like women – transgenders), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (men sleeping with men – homosexuality)…Do you not know that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them the members of a harlot? God forbid…Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body, but he who commits fornication sins against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:9,15,18.

Is God just “beating the wind” with His Holy Word? Many people who go about their own pernicious ways in this world will be very shocked on Judgment Day. God does not lie. The “tares” will be cast into the FIRE – forever (Revelation 20:14-15)!

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining will surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.