Tag: Truth

There Is A Lion Out There!

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THERE IS A LION OUT THERE!

The Word of God tells us that satan seeks to devour us like a roaring lion.

“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8.

Who is it that would not be afraid of a roaring lion rushing toward you?

ROARING LION

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I can tell you, I would be, except by the supernatural power of God, if I had to confront him. First of all, I will avoid him with all of my soul, all of my heart, mind and strength!

Sometimes we have no choice but to confront the devil. We can see that example in David versus Goliath, the giant (nephilim – original Hebrew) who threatened Israel. David had the power of God with him, because he dwelt in the “Secret Place” of the Most High God (Psalms 91).

If you don’t dwell in the Secret Place, you had better call upon the name of the Lord fast, as you seek a hiding place from the enemy of your soul!

The key to abiding in the Secret Place is found primarily in Psalms 91:9, “Because you have made the Lord, even the Most High, your habitation;” and Psalms 91:14, “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore, I will deliver him.” There are also other passages within that chapter, Psalms 91, which demonstrate to us how to gain the high favor of God and dwell in His Secret Place.

How can we make the Lord our habitation? We keep our minds fixed on Him (Isaiah 26:3), His ways, His commandments, His truth and His mighty presence with us at all times, as much as lies within us to do so.

The other major factor is setting our love upon Him. We might all know how to do that: “…let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). Jesus explains in this passage of scripture that if we want to follow Him, we must deny ourselves:

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

Jesus also said,

“If you love Me, keep My commandments” John 14:15.

He said concerning some:

“This people draw nigh unto Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me” Matthew 15:8.

The truth is that if we truly deny ourselves and seek after the Lord will all of our hearts, we don’t really lose anything at all, perhaps momentarily, for the Word of God tells us:

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.  *It doesn’t happen instantly; faith and patience is involved.

Getting back to the lion…

Certainly, if any one of us sees a hungry, roaring lion coming at us, we are going to call on God and avoid the encounter with all that is within us.

Joseph was a good example of this avoidance. Joseph fled so fast from Potiphar’s wife, who wanted to commit adultery with him, that he fled, leaving his garment behind in her hands, as she grabbed his clothes. Potiphar’s wife used the garment against him, showing it to Potiphar’s household, and she accused Joseph of trying to molest her, but he actually fled from her. Joseph ended up in prison for a while, and this is where the real test of faith comes in, but in the end, after he endured the trial with patience, Joseph became second in command under the King himself! You will have to read the entire account for yourself to appreciate the mighty, miracle-working hand of God in behalf of His elect, those who dwell in the Secret Place of the Most High (Genesis 39-41).

If we don’t study the Word of God diligently every day, keeping also a faithful prayer life before God, we become extremely weak, if not backslidden from God. Our physical bodies cannot survive without natural food, and our spiritual bodies cannot survive without spiritual food, which is the Word of the Most High God.

Jesus said,

If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you” John 15:7.

We only abide in Christ, as we diligently study His Word and pray. The Word then abides in us and we will speak the Words of Christ, and God will honor those Words.

In summary, the spiritual lion is very real and he lurks ever near to find an avenue to devour you and your family.

As sure as the invisible hydrogen and the invisible oxygen, when they come together, bring forth water, which you can then see with your natural eyes, God and satan are very real. God is calling you to eternal life through the path that our Lord and Savior made for us, Jesus Christ, His Son. Satan, on the other hand, seeks to devour as many as he can, while there is still time.

The days have become so evil that, unless we seek to dwell in the Secret Place, we may be devoured.

The Word of God tells us,

“Except those days be shortened (the latter days – now), there should no flesh be saved, but for the elect’s sake, those days will be shortened…for there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” Matthew 24:22,24.

Don’t think so? Do you believe God will hold you up no matter what you do, or how you live, because you once said a sinner’s prayer? Take note of this:

“Therefore, let him who thinks he stands, take heed, lest he fall” 1 Corinthians 10:12.

No one will be allowed to live in sin and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Word of God tells us,

“Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (men who act like women), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (men who sleep with men – this applies to women who act like men, and women who sleep with women as well), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

Take heed and warn your loved ones, because there is a lion out there!

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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God bless you with the Light of the world.

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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.

The Full Armor

FULL ARMOR OF GOD

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THE FULL ARMOR

God takes care of His children on this earth, as much as we will allow Him to. He never forces His people to be obedient, but rather He has given us a free will and the ability to make choices.

Jesus said many times throughout His ministry, before ascending to the Father, to beware of deception.

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you, for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” Matthew 24:4-5.

“And false prophets shall rise and deceive many” Matthew 24:11.

“For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” Matthew 24:24.

So, we see here that, according to Matthew’s account in chapter 24 alone, Jesus warned His disciples not once, not twice, but three times to beware of false Christs and false prophets, who will do wonders in the last days, so much so that the very elect would be deceived, if possible.

The elect are those of us that attend to the Lord every day, nearly all day, in prayer, reading the Word, praise and worship and ministry. If you don’t fit into this category, all the more, take heed!

The devil is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.

“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8.

A child of God has to “open the door” to deception, friends. We have protection, as children of God, and satan is not allowed to breach our armor, or break down our door. He can only get a foothold if we remove our armor, or fail to put it on daily, or open the door to him.

The enemy of our souls never gives up seeking a way to enter through the door that God has placed against him, or through a breach in the armor that God has given us to wear.

The armor of God consists of these: the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness (so much for those who don’t believe we can live righteous in this world), the sword of the Spirit, our loins girt about with truth, and our feet shod with the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:10-18).

We must be diligent and always on guard. There are, however, seasons of rest to the saints of God (Hebrews 4:9-11). I would describe these seasons as dwelling in the “Secret Place” of the Most High.

One doesn’t just slip right into the “Secret Place” as soon as they repent and receive salvation. The Apostle Paul explained to the Hebrews, “Let us labor, therefore, to enter into that rest…” Hebrews 4:11.

What is the Secret Place?

The Secret Place of the Most High is explained by King David in Psalms 91. If you read the chapter, you will discover that those who enter the Secret Place of the Most High, abiding under His shadow, are those who “make the Lord, even the Most High, their habitation” and who “set their love upon Him.” In other words, you are so in love with the Lord that you are always thinking about Him, nearly always praying, or talking to Him, studying His Word, or praising Him, making the Lord your first and foremost priority above all things, so much so, that He is your habitation = the Secret Place. Come to this holy, holy place with God and you will have rest to your soul and many benefits, as described in Psalms 91.

Jesus said,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with Me” Revelation 3:20.

The Lord wants to “sup” with you as often as you will open the door to Him.

On the other hand, how does one open the door to satan? Watching secular television for hours; drinking liquor; smoking; taking drugs (can also be prescribed drugs); listening to secular music (there are evil spirits associated with many types of music, other than gospel); obsessions, such as obsessive cleaning, obsessive eating, obsessively watching TV; obsessively shopping and spending, etc; focusing on the material things of this world and pride, whereas our focus should be the Lord, and all other things will be provided.

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Matthew 6:33.

Certainly, we are to live in this world, shop for those things that we have need of, take care of those things the Lord has provided, cleaning the home, our clothes, the yards, etc; but we need to place God first in our lives and these other things will be a breeze. I do these chores much of the time while praying or singing hymns.

In fact, it never ceases to amaze me that when I determine to pray and read the Word first, I can quickly get the other things done that I need to do. When I have failed to put the things of God first, I can’t seem to get those things done that I sacrificed God’s time to get done. It never fails!

We always need to bear in mind that satan appears as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is not always going to attack on the premise of evil. He will disguise himself as one, for example, who needs help, or who presents as a “lover,” or who even presents himself as an aid in the time of trouble – beware!

If that person, or that opportunity, or that pitiful one comes along, but there is any possibility that they are involved in evil, or the appearance of evil, or perhaps they appear to need help, but they aren’t saved – beware! Yes, we are to help the lost materially, as well as spiritually, but allow a brother to help males, and a sister to help females, etc.

Notice also that the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35) did not take the stranger home with him, but he helped him, purchased a room for him and gave provision elsewhere. He wanted to help the man who had been robbed and beaten, but he didn’t really know him, if he was evil, or a godly man. He didn’t risk bringing an unsaved, wicked person into his home to jeopardize himself, or his family, but he provided for him other facilities and provision. That was the wise thing to do. 

The saints of God can give to ministries that are set up to provide food, shelter and clothing to the poor and minister to them spiritually, but we should never take someone from the street and bring them home. That would be foolish. There are ministries and government programs in place to help the poor and homeless. If God speaks to you and tells you to bring someone home, that would be an exception. (He will never tell a woman who lives alone to bring a man home; and He will never tell a man who lives alone to bring a woman home.)

Jesus said,

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves” Matthew 10:16.

Be diligent, faithful, at peace, long-suffering, meek, gentle and wise. Always put God first and foremost in your life, living prayerfully and studying His Word, and you can dwell in the Secret Place of the Most High.

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.


All written publications on this site may be copied and shared for evangelistic and educational purposes. Did Jesus say, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature — and make sure you copyright it?!” I think not.

God bless you with the Light of the world.

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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.


All written publications on this site may be copied and shared for evangelistic and educational purposes. Did Jesus say, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature — and make sure you copyright it?!” I think not.

God bless you with the Light of the world.

* Please provide attribution to this site via link. *

The Case for Christ

THE CASE FOR CHRIST LEE STROBEL

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This isn’t regular news today, folks. The following is a message I wrote on the Messages page a number of years ago. This is a summary of Lee Strobel’s testimony of his conversion and of some facts he wrote about in his book, The Case for Christ. May it bless you as much as it does me.


Former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel, who is also a New York Times best-selling author, wrote a fascinating book, The Case for Christ.

Lee Strobel earned his Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University of Missouri and his Master of Studies in Law degree at Yale Law School.

Needless to say, the man is astute, articulate and amassed with knowledge, most specifically in the areas of law and journalism.

Strobel was an atheist, as many well-educated individuals are. It seems that frequently, once people acquire a certain higher level of worldly knowledge, ego can be an enormous hurdle when it comes to the basic understanding of God and the fact that we are His creation. This understanding brings us down to square-one, because humility is the premise in coming to know who God really is. The Biblical principle of having child-like faith and humility in order to be accepted of God (Matthew 18:3-4), can be difficult for those who believe they have accomplished great feats on their own.

As an atheist, with a law degree and the propensity to unearth truth and weigh evidence, or the lack of it, in the balance, Lee Strobel set out to prove the case for, or against, Christ.

In his quest for truth, Strobel studied ancient history, archeological data, historical archives and he interviewed many scholars.

I will never forget one part of the evidence he brought forth in his personal testimony. Strobel said that among the strong evidence for Christ was the fact that many suffered martyrdom for Him. The apostles knew Jesus personally and most of them died a martyr’s death because of their faith, which is strong evidence indeed that Jesus was the Christ. Strobel’s point was, who would die for a liar and a fraud?

I had never considered those facts, until I heard Lee Strobel’s testimony. 

The Apostle Paul’s conversion and martyrdom is most compelling. Paul didn’t walk and talk with Jesus in person, as did the other apostles. In fact, he was “a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee” (Acts 23:6), having studied at the feet of Gamaliel, a renowned teacher of the law in the first century. Gamaliel’s rulings appeared in the Mishnah (Jewish law) and the Paul was his student.

Paul was a devout Jew and subsequently persecuted and killed Christians, believing himself to serve God in the matter (Acts 26).

One day, as he traveled the road to Damascus to capture Christians and bring them to Jerusalem for persecution and to be killed as heretics, Jesus appeared in a great light to Paul and He said, “Saul (his name being Saul at the time), Saul, why do you persecute Me?” (Acts 9)

Paul answered Jesus and said, “Who are you, Lord?”

Jesus said, “I am Jesus whom you persecute.”

Paul said, “Lord, what will you have me to do?”

Jesus said to him, “Arise, and go into the city and it will be told you what you must do.”

Paul entered the city, being led by hand because he was blinded by his vision.

At that time, the Lord spoke to a certain disciple in Damascus by the name of Ananias. The Lord called him, “Ananias;” and Ananias said, “I am here, Lord.”

The Lord told Ananias, “Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight and ask in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for he is praying and has seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.”

The street called Straight still exists in Damascus today. It is called Al-Shari in Arabic and it is the very same street Paul visited and where Ananias lived during 33-36 AD approximately.

STRAIGHT STREET DAMASCUS 2                             DOOR ON STRAIGHT STREET DAMASCUS
Photos: GeolocationStraight Street (Al-Shari), Damascus and Door on Straight Street

This occurred only within approximately one to several years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. As we look at the ancient street called Straight in the picture above, which has been modernized to a certain degree (close-up original shows brick road and dirt sidewalks), it seems it wasn’t so long ago that Christ walked the earth. Having the ability to look at the very same street brings to life the encounter Paul had with our Lord and Savior.

Paul was converted on that very street. He went on to be an overseer of the early church, which is amazing.

Paul was a very educated man and a devout Jew. He was killing Christians, but after his experience with Jesus on the street called Straight, he was not only converted, but became an overseer of the church. What else, besides this miraculous event, would cause such a conversion?

Paul went on to teach, preach and oversee the church, until he was arrested and finally beheaded for his faith by Nero Caesar.

Certainly this man, Saul of Tarsus, a devout Jew, later to become the Apostle Paul and overseer of Christians, did not lay his neck on Nero’s chop block for any possibility of a deceitful lie and deception.

The Apostle Paul went through a powerful, Spirit-filled conversion and confirmation in the early church, because Jesus Christ is Lord.

Interestingly enough, even Gamaliel, a great leader of the Hebrews, astutely said,

“You men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do as touching these men (the apostles); for before these days, rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody, to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves, who was slain, and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered and brought to naught. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of taxing and drew away much people after him. He also perished and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, refrain from these men and let them alone, for if this counsel, or if this work be of men, it will come to naught; but if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest happily you be found even to fight against God” Acts 5:35-39.

All of the counsel with Gamaliel at that time ended up agreeing with him, believing him to be wise.

It is most notable that the followers of Jesus Christ the Savior did not diminish, as did the others, and many, many more after them; but the followers of Christ grew to profound numbers. In fact, the following of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, without television, radio or internet, grew the world over, only starting with 12 men on foot!

The Word of God tells us,

“For God so loved the world (you and me) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16.

If you haven’t already, will you believe and receive the Savior of our souls today? The one who died in our place, to redeem us from sin and pave the way for our entrance into a holy heaven, to be with our most Holy God forever, throughout eternity?

There is only one of two places we will go for eternity, friend, heaven, or hell. Jesus spoke of the punishment of hell for those who refuse to receive His death, His atonement for our sins.

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.

How Serious Is Truth?

BIBLE

There are a lot of preachers in the world today and there appears to be dozens of churches in most major cities, at least in America.

People are enamored with this preacher, that priest and the other prophet throughout the world, but most of these preachers, priests and prophets disagree on integral doctrinal issues, or even who God really is.

Truth is critical.

Jesus stressed the importance of truth and avoiding deception, not once, not twice, but three times in Matthew 24, as He pointed out the signs of His return to His disciples.

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you” Matthew 24:4.

“And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many” Matthew 24:11.

“For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” Matthew 24:24.  

“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved, but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” Matthew 24:22.

Notice, Jesus said that even the very “elect” of God, speaking of those who walk circumspectly before the Lord with diligence, even those would be deceived, if God did not shorten the days, because of the level of deceitfulness in the world in these last days. This should tell us all how very subtle and deceitful satan is and how powerful he is working through deceivers who come “in the name of the Lord.”

Jesus never begged anyone to follow Him; He didn’t plead. He made the offer and if people rejected Him, He went to the next town. I find it very noteworthy that Jesus repeated Himself about deceivers, false prophets and false Christs three times.

I cannot express to you how vitally important it is for each of us, every single one of us, to stay earnestly in prayer and the reading of God’s Word daily, in order to know it very well for ourselves, so we will not be deceived. We MUST know the Word of God for ourselves – it’s critical.

In fact, if you are really serious about your walk with God; if you truly desire to know Him with all of your heart, soul and might, then it is imperative that you abide in the Lord, as the ancient prophets did, and as Christ Himself walked before God. These were their habits:

Daily prayer: preferably at least three times a day, as in the prophet Daniel’s example (Daniel 6:13). Throughout His ministry, Jesus also prayed frequently, as we read in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John concerning Him.

Daily reading/studying God’s Word: The road map to salvation and eternal life is the Word of God. God Himself, in fact, is The Word (John 1:1). It is impossible to know Him without knowing His Word (Psalms 119:11). The more you read (prayerfully), the more enlightened you will become and your relationship will become intimate with God. God said, “And you shall seek Me and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all of your heart” Jeremiah 29:13.

Assemble with God’s people: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as you see the day approaching” Hebrews 10:25. Be extremely careful about your selection of a church in this day and hour. There are many churches in the world today, but they disagree on what the Bible actually says. Measure what the preacher teaches with the Word of God. If it doesn’t measure up, run from there! You would be better off communicating with God’s people by mail, phone, or internet, if you are unable to locate a church where truth is taught.

We are living in the last days, friends, in the perilous times spoken of by the Apostle Paul, as he wrote to Timothy,

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. The “power” of what, you might ask? The power “thereof” – of godliness! A vast many more preachers today do not preach holiness. In fact, most of them will tell you that you can’t live holy! This is contrary to the Word of God. Through Christ, we can. Jesus not only came to save us, but to empower us to live as He lived! The entire reason He came as a man, and not in the God-form that He was in heaven – was to specifically be an example to us, showing us that through Him, we can live holy.

The Word of God tells us,

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

“For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness” 1 Thessalonians 4:7

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14.

I am not saying that Christians never err, nor commit sins. I am saying that if we do, the Word of God tells us that we have an advocate with the Father and we should repent, but we are not to live willfully in sin. The Word of God teaches us,

“My little children, these things I write 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.

“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.

The Word of God clearly tells us here that if we dwell in sin, “yield ourselves” to it, we are servants of satan. There is a difference between messing up and repenting, versus remaining in a state of willful sin.

Imagine this: If you walked a path every day on a high, precarious cliff and there was a 1,000 foot drop on either side, with a fiery pit at the bottom of either side of the road, wouldn’t you walk straight and circumspectly on the narrow path and not veer off to the right or left? Certainly, none of us would veer off or falter – the answer is quite easy. Nevertheless, when it comes to being faithful to the Lord God, the One who died for us, the One who saved us and has prepared a glorious eternal life ahead for those who accept Him as Savior, which also includes surrendering to His will, people have the audacity to say, Impossible; we must sin! Most preachers are telling the masses that you CAN’T walk in holiness! They are liars and they teach doctrines of devils,

“Now the Spirit speaks expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” 1 Timothy 4:1.

It is imperative that we know the Word of God and follow it. God is the Word.

Jesus taught,

“And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” Luke 9:23.

Many preachers today are saying, “You can’t backslide.” God will keep you, even if you live in sin, that’s okay, you can’t lose your salvation.

Jesus taught,

“And he that takes not his cross and follows after Me is not worthy of Me” Matthew 10:38.

The Apostle Peter spoke of these things,

“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption, for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage; for if they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning, for it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment given unto them; but it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again, and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire” 2 Peter 2:19-22.

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

This is Bible truth, but tragically, you will not hear it from many preachers today.

Time isn’t on your side, if you aren’t taking up your cross and following Jesus. We are quickly approaching a critical point prophetically and times are going to change rapidly. If you really want to follow Christ, your walk with the Lord won’t be like many of the preachers are teaching today. The Apostle Paul, before laying his neck on Nero’s chop block, admonished Timothy,

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

Many preachers today are encouraging a life of selfishness, prosperity, social gatherings and niceties, with enticing words; but living for God, truly living for God involves sacrifice of self and selfish desires, according to God’s Holy Word.

Time is winding down, friends, and if we intend to follow Christ, as His Word teaches us to follow Him, we must redeem the time,

“See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:15-16.

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.

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 of this website. Your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.

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The Immovable Dividing Wall

TWO ROADS

There are two distinct roads going in opposite directions. A person has to travel one road, or the other, one cannot travel both roads at the same time. The dividing wall between them is immovable. One path is well-traveled, the other much less popular. These roads are indicative of our spiritual walk with God.

THE IMMOVABLE DIVIDING WALL

5/11/2014: I had a dream before waking this morning. Throughout most of the day, I have been unable to remember the entire dream, but I knew it was spiritual and of most importance. 

When I woke up, I remembered that I was traveling down a road and I came across people who were stranded along the way, so I picked up the weary travelers, and they were quite a few.

I remembered that we stopped at a wall and many of the people traveling with me sat upon the wall and they wanted the “leader” to move the wall, but he would not move it.

I picked up the weary people along the road, but I was not their leader. 

We got back in the vehicle and started out on our journey again, only to stop a while later at another wall. Again, the people converged upon the wall and wanted the wall to be moved over to the other side of the road, clear across the other lane, but the leader refused to move the wall.

We got back into the vehicle and drove a short distance, pulling over to the wall once again. This scenario repeated several times during the dream. The weary people wanted the wall to be moved across the road, on the other side of traffic, but the leader again refused.

Upon waking this morning, I only remembered the last stop and the leader refusing to move the wall. As the day progressed, I began remembering more of the dream and that I had picked up the stranded travelers along the road.

It was actually when I knelt down to pray for mid-day prayer that the full details of the dream were revealed to me – and the Holy Ghost fell. I prayed in the Spirit for a while, as the dream was revealed and the interpretation given.

The following is an account of the dream and the interpretation:

I was traveling a two-lane road, and I was traveling on the road to everlasting life. The opposite lane lead to destruction, death and finally to hell fire.

As I was traveling down the road, I saw many weary people who were stranded, so I stopped to pick them up along the way.

There was a brick wall in the middle of the road and I pulled over to rest intermittently. The people climbed and sat on top of the wall and wanted our Leader to move the wall to the other side of the road, but He refused.

Our leader was the Holy Ghost, who provides direction and comfort along the way.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go; I will guide you with My eye” Psalms 32:8.

People sitting on the wall represent indecision and a lukewarm spirit, neither hot, nor cold. The Word of God tells us,

“So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth” Revelation 3:16. (The Words of Jesus)

God definitely wants His people to have the zeal of the Lord, not to be sitting on the fence. In fact, because He loves integrity, and not a spirit of hypocrisy, He would rather us be zealous for Him, or against Him, but a “lukewarm” spirit He will spit out of His mouth. He hates that half-hearted condition.

The fact that the spiritually weary people wanted God to move the wall, instead of climbing down to either side, is indicative of this generation, of those who want to compromise God’s Word. They don’t want to “pick up their cross and follow Jesus” (Matthew 16:24), neither do they want to head straight down the path to destruction, death and hell; but they would rather God compromise His Holy Word and compromise His requirement of holiness. They want both sides of the road. They want the dividing wall, which stands between life everlasting, and the road that leads to destruction death and hell, to be moved over to the other side of the road and out of the way, so they can amble back and forth, as they please. They don’t want a dividing wall. They want a very wide path, so they can travel the path of rioting, partying, pleasures, and self indulgence, but swiftly move over to the path to life everlasting whenever the trials and tribulations arise on the road to destruction. In fact, they do not want a dividing wall between “right” and “wrong.” They want to be “right and wrong” at the same time, essentially eliminating the possibility of being wrong no matter what they do!

This is the doctrine of many megachurches today. 

“Now the Spirit speaks expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth, for it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer” 1 Timothy 4:1-4.

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom, preach the Word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine; for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they shall turn away their ears from truth and shall be turned unto fables” 2 Timothy 4:1-4.

These are the instructions that the Apostle Paul gave to a youthful minister named Timothy, as he (Paul) was preparing to die at Nero’s chop block, giving his head for the cause of Christ.

Jesus said,

“Whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it” Matthew 10:39.

In other words, we are to live for Christ, not ourselves. Jesus spoke of denying ourselves for His sake, but gaining eternal life instead. Those who seek to please themselves in this life, will lose their life to eternal damnation instead. You will not hear that message in most popular churches today.

There are two distinctive roads and they do not intertwine, nor will God move the boundary for the sake of those who desire to compromise, living their lives to the fullest in this world, according to their own self will, to fulfill the desires of the flesh, but at the same time wanting to hold on to the path which leads to eternal life. The world and godliness do not mix (1 John 2:15), and we can’t have it both ways. The scriptures are very clear. Jesus said,

“Enter in at the straight gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be which go in thereat; because straight is the gate and narrow is the way which leads unto life, and few there be that find it” Matthew 7:13-14.

To hear popular ministers in megachurches today, just about everyone is going to heaven, because God loves everybody and He wants everybody to be happy!

Wrong! God loves everybody and He wants us to find our happiness in Him, not in the world!

Jesus said, the Lord Jesus said, “…few there be that find it.” Jesus said that many are going down the broad path of destruction. Let there be no mistake about it. The preachers of today are lying to the masses. The Pope, who says “Atheists, if they do good works, are going to heaven,” is lying to the masses and he is full of the spirit of antichrist!

Listen to the Savior. Listen to Jesus; do not listen to those who have a conflict of interest and stand to make money from the multitudes by making them happy! Listen to the one who will not lie to you! Take heed! Your eternal soul depends on it!!

“Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap; for he who sows to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” Galatians 6:7.

God bless you with truth.

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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