Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude,
because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result,
he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires,
but rather for the will of God. (1 Pet 4:1,2)
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (Heb 12:22-24)
Verse By Verse From Luke [AUDIO]
The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new WINE is dried up, the OIL fails. Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the WHEAT and the BARLEY, because the harvest of the field is destroyed. (Joel 1:10,11)
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of WHEAT for a day's wages, and three quarts of BARLEY for a day's wages, and do not damage the OIL and the WINE!" (Rev. 6:5,6)IF seal #3 refers to Israel, than surely the other seals do NOT, but instead the entire globe.
'Even now,' declares the LORD, 'return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and MOURNING.' REND YOUR HEART and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. (Joel 2:12,13)
Blessed are those who MOURN, for they will be comforted. (Mt. 5:4)
...yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your SORROW LED YOU TO REPENTANCE... (2 Cor. 7:9)
GODLY SORROW [MOURNING] brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (2 Cor. 7:10)
Grieve, MOURN and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. (James 4:9)
'Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side. Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow-- SO GREAT IS THEIR WICKEDNESS!' Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. (Joel 3:12-15)
To the elders among you, I APPEAL AS A FELLOW ELDER, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: (1 Pet. 5:1)
THE ELDER, to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in the truth--and not I only, but also all who know the truth - (2 John 1:1)For a more detailed study concerning what the Bible says about Peter's true position in the Church, refer to the following links for a text teaching as well as an audio message.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (Mat. 5:9)
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, ... (Rom. 5:1)
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.... (2 Cor 5:20)
Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. (2 Tim 2:16)
"Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices. And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same. (Exo. 34:15,16)
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. (Num. 33:55)
"It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. "IT WILL BE JUST LIKE THIS ON THE DAY THE SON OF MAN IS REVEALED. On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot's wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left." (Luke 17:28-35)
God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. THIS WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE LORD JESUS IS REVEALED FROM HEAVEN IN BLAZING FIRE WITH HIS POWERFUL ANGELS. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.... (2 Thess. 1:6-10)
When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places SEEKING REST and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. (Luke 11:24-26)People who receive the mark of the beast will have NO REST (just like an evil spirit in arid places), in addition to other miseries.
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is NO REST DAY OR NIGHT for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. (Rev. 14:9-12)
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "THEY WILL REST FROM THEIR LABOR, FOR THEIR DEEDS WILL FOLLOW THEM." (Rev. 14:13)And the Lord Jesus told us how to find "REST FOR OUR SOULS":
"COME TO ME, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN FROM ME, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Mat. 11:28-30)
and she gave birth to her FIRSTBORN, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
But he had no union with her UNTIL she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (Mat. 1:25)
"Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and AREN'T HIS BROTHERS JAMES, JOSEPH, SIMON AND JUDAS? AREN'T ALL HIS SISTERS WITH US? Where then did this man get all these things?" (Mat. 13:55,56)ALL religions that teach Mary remained a perpetual virgin are wrong, based on the scriptural evidence. What will YOU believe?
Avoid Every Evil [AUDIO - Do NOT listen to Jimmy Swaggart]
He [the Father] cuts off every branch IN ME that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (John 15:2)
If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, THROWN INTO THE FIRE AND BURNED. (John 15:6)It's FRUIT or FIRE. God the Father will see to it that people who do get initially saved will NOT enter his HOLY kingdom unless they are fruitful. He will cut them from the LIFE-giving vine (Jesus) and they will be cast into the FIRE AND BURNED. (God the Father cuts off the unfruitful while Jesus the Son (also God) spews out of the body [of Christ] the lukewarm. (Rev. 3:16)
Contrast John 15:2 to Luke 8:15:
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering PRODUCE A CROP. (Luke 8:15)Interesting side note: the word for crop in the Greek is also used for our word, FRUIT.
Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE LATER. (Rev 1:19)
BTW, because of their error, the preterists are wide open to take the mark of the beast, as are many other groups who are wrong about different aspects of end times events, such as: the timing of the rapture and what actually constitutes the mark of the beast.
The devil has done a great job confusing and deceiving people for this last generation. Another one of the devil's effective tools has been the end-times 'Christian' movies.
The brothers there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these men Paul thanked God and was encouraged. (Acts 28:15)
They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship. (Acts 20:37,38)In our DARK day, NO religious leader is like that; yet, OSAS proponents smear Paul, as the worst of sinners and argue that the description of sinful nature personified [Romans 7] was the Apostle Paul's life AS A CHRISTIAN! (They argue that way to protect their own salvation-in-sin doctrine, which is a counterfeit grace and false gospel.)
Read the following article (Paul was not the worst of sinners) to refute those who smear Paul in such a way; it could be useful when you evangelize and contend for the faith (Jude 3,4).
His letters [referring to Paul's letters] contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, TO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION (2 Pet. 3:16).
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them - bringing SWIFT DESTRUCTION ON THEMSELVES. (2 Pet. 2:1)
They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. (2 Pet 2:15)
But EVEN IF WE OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, LET HIM BE ETERNALLY CONDEMNED! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, LET HIM BE ETERNALLY CONDEMNED! (Gal. 1:8,9)
JESUS is the eternal life (1 Jn. 1:2) and the basis of the ONE true gospel (Gal. 1:8,9). Every knee will bow and tongue confess him as Lord (Phil. 2:10).
Do YOU "Guard Your Our SOUL"?
In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but HE WHO GUARDS HIS SOUL stays far from them. (Prov 22:5)
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10)
When King David was OLD AND WELL ADVANCED IN YEARS, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. (1 Kings 1:1)
David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. (2 Sam. 5:4)
He died at a GOOD OLD AGE, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king. (1 Chron. 29:28)David died at the age of 70 and was "OLD AND WELL ADVANCED IN YEARS" at that time or even just before.
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17)
(CCC 2132) The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, "the honour rendered to an image passes to its prototype," and "whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it." The honour paid to sacred images is a "respectful veneration," not the adoration due to God alone: Religious worship is not directed to images in themselves, considered as mere things, but under their distinctive aspect as images leading us on to God incarnate. The movement toward the image does not terminate in it as image, but tends toward that whose image it is.
IN CONCLUSION, among other things, Catholics commit IDOLATRY with their statues and believe they are worshiping Jesus by worshiping the statues they think represent his image. True worshipers of God are much different:
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23,24)
For IF GOD DID NOT SPARE ANGELS WHEN THEY SINNED, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; IF HE DID NOT SPARE THE ANCIENT WORLD WHEN HE BROUGHT THE FLOOD ON ITS UNGODLY PEOPLE, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; IF HE CONDEMNED THE CITIES OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH by burning them to ashes, and MADE THEM AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE UNGODLY; (2 Pet. 2:4-6)
After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea. (Col. 4:16)
I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers. (1 Thess. 5:27)Just hearing God's word read will impart spiritual understanding to the saints:
FOR WE DO NOT WRITE YOU ANYTHING YOU CANNOT READ OR UNDERSTAND... (2 Cor. 1:13)
He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice." (Luke 8:21)How can we put God's word into "practice" (which is necessary for fruit, etc.), if we cannot understand it? See The Dangers of the KJV Only Movement.
For you, brothers, became imitators of God's churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from THE JEWS, WHO KILLED THE LORD JESUS AND THE PROPHETS AND ALSO DROVE US OUT. They displease God and are hostile to all men in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last. (1 Thess. 2:14-16)
Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that your house and your father's house would minister before me forever.' But now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. (1 Sam. 2:30)It's the same with salvation:
If I tell the righteous man that HE WILL SURELY LIVE, but then he trusts in his righteousness and does evil, none of the righteous things he has done will be remembered; HE WILL DIE FOR THE EVIL HE HAS DONE. (Ezek. 33:13)
Paul also quoted Jesus' teaching, as found in Matthew. Compare 2 Tim. 2:12b to this key warning verse:
But whoever disowns me before men, I WILL DISOWN HIM before my Father in heaven. (Mat. 10:33)
Greed and Gehazi [AUDIO]
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. (Mat 24:6)
Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also SHARE IN HIS GLORY. I consider that our present sufferings are NOT WORTH COMPARING with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Rom 8:17,18)
ABOVE ALL else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Prov. 4:23)
ABOVE ALL, my brothers, do not swear - not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no, or you will be condemned. (James 5:12)
ABOVE ALL, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Pet. 4:8)
My dear children, I WRITE THIS TO YOU SO THAT YOU WILL NOT SIN. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense - Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. (1 John 2:1)
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to KEEP ONESELF FROM BEING POLLUTED BY THE WORLD. (James 1:27)
... DO NOT SHARE IN THE SINS OF OTHERS. Keep yourself pure. (1 Tim 5:22)
I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. (2 Tim. 1:5)
He came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek. (Acts 16:1)
Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, (1 Tim. 1:18)
The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came A GENTLE WHISPER. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (1 Kings 19:11-13)
In contrast to God, man cannot see the heart of man, but man can observe his good works and labors, just as Abraham's actions were obvious to people. **BUT remember WHEN Abraham was justified before God:
...We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness. Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! (Rom. 4:9,10)
And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. (James 2:23)
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds. "Show me your faith without deeds, and I WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH by what I do. (James 2:18)
We continually remember before our God and Father your work PRODUCED BY FAITH, your labor PROMPTED BY LOVE, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess. 1:3)
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. REMAIN in me, and I will REMAIN in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must REMAIN in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you REMAIN in me. "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man REMAINS in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not REMAIN in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you REMAIN in me and my words REMAIN in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now REMAIN in my love. If you obey my commands, you will REMAIN in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and REMAIN in his love. (John 15:1-10)
Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam's error; they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion. (Jude 1:11)
On a side note, 2 Peter 2 is almost identical to Jude in their depiction of the grace changers who, for money, distort grace into a license for immorality (as the eternal security teachers do). These false teachers are likened unto Balaam who, for money, taught the king of Israel's enemies to get Israel to sin against God so He would not be with them in battle, thereby giving the enemy king an advantage in battle over Israel.
In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. (2 Pet 2:3)
The TRUE LIGHT that gives light to every man was coming into the world. (John 1:9)
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the TRUE BREAD from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." "Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread." Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:32-35)
I am the TRUE VINE, and my Father is the gardener. (John 15:1)**The PRECIOUS Lord Jesus Christ is much more, as shown by his many names and titles.
For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, A CHOSEN AND PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "THE STONE THE BUILDERS REJECTED has become the capstone," and, "A STONE THAT CAUSES MEN TO STUMBLE AND A ROCK THAT MAKES THEM FALL." They stumble because they disobey the message - which is also what they were destined for. (1 Pet 2:6-8)
God and His Cannots [AUDIO]
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For MY YOKE is easy and my burden is light. (Mat. 11:28-30)
Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. "Long ago YOU BROKE OFF YOUR YOKE and tore off your bonds; you said, 'I will not serve you!' Indeed, on every high hill and under every spreading tree you lay down as a prostitute. I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt, wild vine? (Jer. 2:19-21)
Do not be YOKED together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (2 Cor. 6:14)
I [Job] have TREASURED the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. (Job 23:12)
...you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (Psa 138:2)
BEFORE the rapture various things will yet occur as shown in Rev. 6:5-11, which will include the mark of the beast not specifically mentioned there. The days ahead require:
The details about CHARAGMA (the Greek term for "mark," as in the "MARK of the beast") line up perfectly with the scannable quantum dot tattoo technology coming from the patch vaccine - proving with PRECISION ACCURACY how errorless the Bible is, specifically the Christian Greek Scriptures - the New Testament. Get much much more information here on the MOTB
Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. Saul's attendants said to him, "See, an evil spirit from God is TORMENTING YOU. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and YOU WILL FEEL BETTER." So Saul said to his attendants, "Find someone who plays well and bring him to me." One of the servants answered, "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who KNOWS HOW TO PLAY THE HARP. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him." Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep." So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul. David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, "Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him." WHENEVER THE SPIRIT FROM GOD CAME UPON SAUL, DAVID WOULD TAKE HIS HARP AND PLAY. THEN RELIEF WOULD COME TO SAUL; HE WOULD FEEL BETTER, AND THE EVIL SPIRIT WOULD LEAVE HIM. (1 Sam. 16:14-23)
The 1,000 Year Reign of Christ:
The WOLF will live with the lamb, the LEOPARD will lie down with the goat, the calf and the LION and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the BEAR, their young will lie down together, and the LION will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the COBRA, and the young child put his hand into the VIPER'S nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
When Jesus had finished speaking, A PHARISEE INVITED HIM TO EAT WITH HIM; SO HE WENT IN AND RECLINED AT THE TABLE. But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first wash before the meal, was surprised. Then the Lord said to him, "Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside YOU ARE FULL OF GREED AND WICKEDNESS. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But give what is inside the dish to the poor, and everything will be clean for you. WOE TO YOU PHARISEES, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but YOU NEGLECT JUSTICE AND THE LOVE OF GOD. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. "WOE TO YOU PHARISEES, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. "WOE TO YOU, because you are like unmarked graves, which men walk over without knowing it." (Luke 11:37-44)
The time came when the beggar died and the angels CARRIED HIM to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. (Luke 16:22)Lararus' body remained on earth, but his soul and spirit departed.
**Moreover, the rich man recognized Lazarus, even from a distance, further proving that our SOUL must resemble our physical body!
BTW, the unnamed rich man was in fiery torment, while he spoke to the rich man, Abraham, who was in comfort. Though it is hard for the rich to have salvation, it is not impossible, as illustrated by Abraham's presence in comfort.
While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, "Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in FLOWING ROBES and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely." (Luke 20:45-47)**Since Jesus spoke out against that practice, we know that neither he nor his disciples dressed in that manner.
I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet NOT ONE OF THEM IS FORGOTTEN BY GOD. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN MANY SPARROWS. (Luke 12:4-7)The lying devil wants you to wrongly believe that God doesn't know or care about you. IF you are a Christian:
Resist him [the devil], standing firm in the faith, because you know that YOUR BROTHERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD ARE UNDERGOING THE SAME KIND OF SUFFERINGS. (1 Pet 5:9)
2 Peter 2 [AUDIO]
In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (Psa. 10:4)In this age, there are many proud people who have shut God out of their life and thoughts - living their life bound up in various lusts, greed, hatred, etc. as they travel the EASY road to eternal fire.
The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the world's people, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem. But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who SHED WITHIN HER THE BLOOD OF THE RIGHTEOUS. (Lam. 4:12,13)How does that verse help prove the identity of Mystery Babylon? Note the similarity regarding the blood of the righteous:
This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw that the woman was drunk with THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS, THE BLOOD OF THOSE WHO BORE TESTIMONY TO JESUS. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. (Rev. 17:5,6)
The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. The word of the LORD came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, and through the reign of JEHOIAKIM SON OF JOSIAH KING OF JUDAH, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile. (Jer 1:1-3)
In the third year of the reign of JEHOIAKIM KING OF JUDAH, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god. Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility... Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. (Dan. 1:1-3, 6)
The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, JOTHAM, AHAZ AND HEZEKIAH, KINGS OF JUDAH. (Isa. 1:1)
The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth during the reigns of JOTHAM, AHAZ AND HEZEKIAH, KINGS OF JUDAH - the vision he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. (Micah 1:1)
The word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, JOTHAM, AHAZ AND HEZEKIAH, KINGS OF JUDAH, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel: (Hosea 1:1)
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been BEHEADED BECAUSE OF THEIR TESTIMONY FOR JESUS AND BECAUSE OF THE WORD OF GOD. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (Rev 20:4)
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had BEEN SLAIN BECAUSE OF THE WORD OF GOD AND THE TESTIMONY THEY HAD MAINTAINED. (Rev. 6:9)
and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was DISTRESSED BY THE FILTHY LIVES OF LAWLESS MEN (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was TORMENTED IN HIS RIGHTEOUS SOUL BY THE LAWLESS DEEDS HE SAW AND HEARD) - (2 Pet 2:7,8)That too is an evidence of saving grace. Barnabas observed evidence of such at Antioch (Acts 11:22,23).
Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS REVEALED, the man doomed to destruction. (2 Thess. 2:3)
And THEN THE LAWLESS ONE WILL BE REVEALED, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. (2 Thess. 2:8)**Has the end time movies deceived you in that area too? STICK TO THE BIBLE.
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had
compassion on them, because they were like sheep without
a shepherd. SO HE BEGAN TEACHING THEM MANY THINGS. (Mark 6:34)
...I [Jesus] am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by FAITH IN ME. (Acts 26:17,18)
For Christ did NOT send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel... (1 Cor 1:17).
Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; HE THOUGHT HE WAS SEEING A VISION. (Acts 12:9)
For three days he was BLIND, and did not eat or drink anything. In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered. The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. IN A VISION HE HAS SEEN A MAN NAMED ANANIAS COME AND PLACE HIS HANDS ON HIM TO RESTORE HIS SIGHT." (Acts 9:9-12)**It has to be the spiritual EYES of the heart that sees the vision, not one's physical eyes.
GET RID OF all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. (Eph. 4:31)
Therefore, GET RID OF all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. (James 1:21)
But now you must RID YOURSELVES OF all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices (Col. 3:8,9)
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Rev 12:11)
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your OLD SELF with its practices and have put on the NEW SELF, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Col 3:9,10)
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your OLD SELF, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the NEW SELF, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:22-24)
For we know that OUR OLD SELF WAS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM SO THAT THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DONE AWAY WITH, THAT WE SHOULD NO LONGER BE SLAVES TO SIN - (Rom. 6:6)
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have CRUCIFIED THE SINFUL NATURE with its passions and desires. (Gal 5:24)