He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will CAUSE ASTOUNDING DEVASTATION and will succeed in whatever he does.
He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. (Dan 8:24)
And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. BUT SEEK HIS KINGDOM, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. BE DRESSED READY FOR SERVICE AND KEEP YOUR LAMPS BURNING (Luke 12:29-35).
Josiah, the Mighty Reformer [AUDIO]
Pride - It Comes Before a Fall _________________________________
The devil knows his time is short (Rev. 12:12), but what does that imply? In this system now (this 'age'), the devil will maintain his deceitful power to kill, steal and destroy until Rev. 19 when the PRECIOUS Lord Jesus returns to the Mt. of Olives and the antichrist and false prophet are thrown directly into the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20). NOTE: the antichrist will only rule and reign for 42 months and it will be terminated at that point. Though we do not know when the reign of the antichrist starts, the 42 months will end then. MAYBE MAYBE it will be when the saints start getting "beheaded" (Rev. 20:4), but it is NOT clear.
At Rev. 20, the devil will be thrown into the Abyss by ONE angel and remain there for 1,000 yrs. (Rev. 20:1-7). He will be released after that and deceive more after the 1,000 yr. reign of Christ on earth. Then, finally, he will be thrown into the lake of fire to be tormented FOREVER (Rev. 20:10).
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. (Psa 119:133)
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psa 19:14)The book of Psalms has other powerful prayers too.
This time period now is the devil's final time in this age. The restraining power of the Holy Spirit has been lifted (2 Thess. 2:6,7) and the saints will be warred against, conquered (Rev. 13:7) and decapitated (Rev. 20:4). We overcome by not receiving the mark of the beast and by going to our death (Rev. 14:9-12; 12:11).
Therefore DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Mat 6:34)
Romans 14:1 speaks of the 'weak' in faith, while Romans 15:1 mentions the 'strong'. Unlike the way the eternal security teachers might twist the meaning of the weak, they are NOT drunks, sexually immoral, liars, thieves, etc. Here is the CONTEXT:
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. (Rom 14:1-6)Hence, the weak in faith eat only vegetables. Besides food, a special day for the Lord is exalted, but no strict Mosaic Saturday sabbath regulation is even implied.
This Is the real reason why false religious teachers declare falsehood:
If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, HE IS CONCEITED and understands nothing.... (1 Tim 6:3,4)**That is a SPIRITUAL reason why people declare false teachings - PRIDE. He is inflated with self-conceit, based on 1 Tim. 6:3,4. That is why they oppose the truth.
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)
...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)
To pray to Mary is as effective as praying to a cardboard box! Both are unscriptural and IDOLATROUS, as prayer is a form of WORSHIP. ONLY God can hear our prayers and answer them. Mary is NOT all-knowing nor all-powerful.
IF 50,000 Catholics are praying TO Mary at the same time she would have to be all-knowing to hear them. She does NOT share in the attributes of God (Isa. 42:8). ***PRAY TO GOD, AS GOD WANTS, AND YOU ARE 100% SAFE REGARDING THAT!
Are you afraid of being cut off from Christ OR are you arrogant? It's one or the other, but which? See Romans 11:20-22.
BTW, the FEAR of God, as in Mt. 10:28, is NOT 'reverence' of God. The same Greek word is used for fearing those who would KILL the body and FEARING GOD, even in that same verse.
Do not be AFRAID of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be AFRAID of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mat 10:28)
Jehu was anointed to destroy Baal worship, that is, a form of IDOLATRY (2 Kings 10).
ALL osas teachers: do NOT teach the Christian life, the conditional gospel or the danger of sin for a Christian, etc. They are NOT in the family of God and should NOT be supported or treated as such. Read Jude as he describes the grace changers
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the GAINSAYING of CORE. (Jude 1:11, KJV)**What is this KJV "gainsaying"?
Also, IF you try to find the name CORE in the KJV old testament, to learn more about him, you won't find any person with that name! His name is really KORAH (Kore in the Greek) and to learn more about him, read Numbers 16.
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, NIV)
YOU are hindering yourself, and others you influence, with the KJV. Get a modern reputable translation and your understanding of God's word will skyrocket. (I speak from firsthand experience.)
It should be noted that it is logically inconsistent for any eternal security proponent to ever say another person was never saved or is not saved now, based on their present tense sinful behavior, even if they are a Hindu, Muslim, witch doctor, child molester, serial killer, serial rapist, etc.!
WHY? Because their doctrine says, if they, at any time in their entire life, had a saving faith, they are still saved because once saved always saved, once in grace always in grace, once a son always a son! Remember that about eternal security doctrine.
Jesus' Water Into Wine Miracle [AUDIO]
There are NO little innocent "white lies", as proven by the following:
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and ALL LIARS--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Rev. 21:8)
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or DECEITFUL, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Rev 21:27)
Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and EVERYONE WHO LOVES AND PRACTICES FALSEHOOD. (Rev 22:15)A lie is a lie and will DAMN YOUR SOUL.
Another KJV masterpiece:
But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I STRAITENED till it be accomplished! (Luke 12:50, KJV)** That is as "clear as MUD", but common for the kjv! This is MUCH BETTER:
But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! (Luke 12:50, NIV)** As Paul asked, "Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?" (Gal 4:16)
For some people, it is ESPECIALLY HARD to get into God's kingdom. Below is one such type of person (for whom it is hard to be saved); nonetheless, multitudes strive to be just that type of person - rich (despite the serious spiritual disadvantage)
Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for THE RICH to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Luke 18:24,25)Note: Some godly people have been rich: Job, Abraham, Joseph of Arimathea, etc. There are exceptions. However, the wealthy are much more prone to think they have no need for God because of their money and the power that goes with it. Such misled people, therefore, trust and serve money as Christians trust and serve God. It often becomes an idol for them.
Also, it was the RICH Laodiceans who had this addressed to them:
You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. (Rev 3:17)Then there is this type of "fool":
And I'll say to myself, 'You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' THIS IS HOW IT WILL BE WITH ANYONE WHO STORES UP THINGS FOR HIMSELF BUT IS NOT RICH TOWARD GOD. (Luke 12:19-21)**Are YOU "rich towards God?" Are YOU trusting in and serve God or some dumb idol?
Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, HE IS THE ONE YOU ARE TO FEAR, HE IS THE ONE YOU ARE TO DREAD (Isa 8:12,13).
Heavenly things are BEYOND our ability to comprehend:
I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? (John 3:12)That FACT fits perfectly with the next two verses:
However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"-- (1 Cor. 2:9)
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.... (1 John 3:2)IMAGINE SEEING PRECIOUS JESUS!!!! He will surely appear differently from how he has been presented.
Have you ever been bewildered by the phrase: "every man a liar" (Rom. 3:4)? **IF Rom. 3:4 meant EVERY single person, even the followers of Jesus are liars, then everyone would go to the lake of fire, which is where "all liars" will go:
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and ALL LIARS--THEIR PLACE WILL BE IN THE FIERY LAKE OF BURNING SULFUR. This is the second death." (Rev 21:8)We must compare scripture with scripture. By doing so, we also read the following passage, which completes the distorted picture presented by some:
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in TRUTHFUL SPEECH and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; (2 Cor. 6:4-7)Paul and his co-laborers were not liars - they were in TRUTHFUL SPEECH. Furthermore, the OSAS proponents who cite the 'every man is a liar' phrase incriminate themselves as "a liar" by implication and, therefore, admit they are UNSAVED!
A psalm of David. LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, WHO SPEAKS THE TRUTH FROM HIS HEART (Psa 15:1,2)A similar OSAS abuse of Scripture results from the over-quoted and misused verse is: "There are none RIGHTEOUS" (Rom. 3:23). For a full explanation, see Are You Sure There Are None Righteous?.
Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. (Acts 6:8)IF being full of grace meant that Mary was sinless, then Stephen was sinless too, which is impossible because ONLY Jesus was sinless (Rom.3:23 cf. 2 Cor. 5:21).
Though a different Greek word is used for each case, that doesn't mean Stephen was inferior or had something less than what Mary had. In fact, scripture implies just the opposite! Stephen performed many miracles, was a powerful debater and filled with power. He also died a GREAT EXAMPLE of the faith - a martyr. Mary did none of that and, at one point, Mary thought Jesus was CRAZY.
Our EXECUTION (death via possible martyrdom) is implied by taking up our "cross" to follow Jesus being a prerequisite condition for all to even come to initial salvation:
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up HIS CROSS daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)**For many of the faithful now, in this very late hour, that outcome will become a reality before PARADISE. What a wonderful HONOR to die that way! See Jn. 21:19; Rev. 20:4.
2 BILLION people are going to die at Seal #4. That event alone will be most disturbing to the saints, but this is the great tribulation, and at the end of the tribulation, will be the rapture. Before that will be the MARK OF THE BEAST and DECAPITATION for the "overcomers".
But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. (1 Sam 12:24)
It is not good enough to just read the Bible and confess Jesus as 'Lord'! You must put it into practice:
He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice." (Luke 8:21)
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but ONLY he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Mat 7:21)
YOU must guard your own soul. No one else will do it for you, and the devil is constantly trying to get it! He wants YOUR SOUL!!!!
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Pet. 5:8)
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36)
Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:37)
Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)
How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?...(Heb. 2:3)Jesus answers his own question here:
He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." (Mat 12:48-50)
The War Against Your SOUL [AUDIO]
The Apostle Judas Iscariot backslide in the presence of Jesus (God in the flesh) and the other apostles. On the other hand, Daniel was consistently godly and righteous in Babylon itself, being hated by those around him and greatly outnumbered.
Be self-controlled and alert. YOUR ENEMY THE DEVIL prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (1 Pet 5:8,9)
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live (Rom 8:13)
However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM"-- (1 Cor 2:9)
Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to INHERIT THE KINGDOM HE PROMISED THOSE WHO LOVE HIM? (James 2:5)
Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Mat. 10:37,38)Loving God first means OBEYING him before others. That is SAVING FAITH. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments (1 John 5:3 cf. Jn 14:15, 21, 23).
To reiterate: love for God is obedience to his commands (his Word/the Bible) - NOT feelings, goose bumps, listening to sermons or singing songs. DO NOT BE DECEIVED. The Church submits to Christ (Eph. 5:24). The apostate "church" buildings of our day are filled with people, who sing about Jesus, but they are not submitted to Christ.
I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word,
HE WILL NEVER SEE DEATH (John 8:51).
QUESTION FOR CATHOLICS: Did the repentant thief (a mortal sinner) go to PURGATORY (where he was suppose to go, even as a forgiven mortal sinner) OR PARADISE after his death? DO YOU BELIEVE LIKE JESUS?
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:42,43)
Below is a pre-trib rapture MISUNDERSTANDING and MISREPRESENTATION, which has CONFUSED reality:
"Post-tribulation doctrine confuses the 'rapture of the church' with 'Christ's second coming to earth' by claiming that these two distinct events but will happen at the same time - at the end of the tribulation."THE TRUTH IS:
1. The rapture of the Church is the same as "the gathering unto the Lord" (2 Thess. 2:1-3). In crystal clarity, the timing is AFTER (or post) tribulation (Mark 13:24-27). That is when the PRECIOUS Lord Jesus comes FOR the saints, which is at the last trumpet (1 Thess. 4:17; 1 Cor. 15:51-53).
2. The Lord's return [some have referred to that event as the second coming] to earth is a definite separate event from the rapture and will occur at Rev. 19, when he is coming back WITH the saints - his called, chosen and FAITHFUL (obedient) followers, to the Mt. of Olives.
The pre trib rapture is CLEARLY UNSCRIPTURAL and, according to their teachings, should have already happened by now, since we are already in the tribulation. See The Pre Tribulation Rapture Arguments Examined
Read about the earthly life of our dear family from first century Christianity:
But Saul [Paul before salvation] began to destroy the church. GOING FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE, HE DRAGGED OFF MEN AND WOMEN AND PUT THEM IN PRISON. (Acts 8:3)
I [Paul] persecuted the followers of this Way TO THEIR DEATH, ARRESTING BOTH MEN AND WOMEN AND THROWING THEM INTO PRISON (Acts 22:4)
For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how INTENSELY I PERSECUTED THE CHURCH OF GOD and tried to destroy it. (Gal. 1:13)Our day is going to be a similar repeat of that day to some degree. Our family from the past, in heaven NOW, SUFFERED as the faithful of this generation will have to suffer before going "home". See Rev. 13:10; 20:4. HOLD ON.
Did God FORGET ABOUT YOU? No!
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 12:6,7)Not even a sparrow is forgotten by God and YOU are worth more than MANY SPARROWS!!! BE ENCOURAGED and know YOU ARE BEING TESTED and our race requires faithfulness and endurance.
He who was seated on the throne said, "I AM MAKING EVERYTHING NEW!"... (Rev. 21:5)THE DEVIL: The "Great Reset," as mentioned by Klaus Schwab, totally changes this society now.
But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and THEY CAN NO LONGER DIE; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection. (Luke 20:35,36)THE DEVIL: One of their 'goals' is Man will achieve immortality and WILL NOT DIE when he is connected to AI (Artificial Intelligence).
[BTW, in the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve sinned, God prevented them from eating from the tree of life and being immortal, while being spiritually dead. The "elites", at the direction of the copycat devil, are trying to create their own "tree of life" with AI. They want eternal life, but not Jesus' way. They will FAIL.]
Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I WILL WRITE ON HIM the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I WILL ALSO WRITE ON HIM my new name. (Rev 3:12)THE DEVIL:
He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive A MARK ON HIS RIGHT HAND OR ON HIS FOREHEAD, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Rev 13:16,17)
...Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned ; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated-- the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.
The early church, as shown in the book of Acts, had periods of peace and favor with the people around them (Acts 2:47), but also times of GREAT PERSECUTION (Acts 8:1). It is in such a diverse environment that the Christian is fully "TESTED" in a much more complete way.
Our 'test' of the past required courage, but now, especially for the rest of our earthly Christian life, we will have to stand bravely and remain true to God, even if we are standing all alone. WE ARE BATTLING FOR ETERNITY.
The Lord is My Shepherd [AUDIO]
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Notice how the overcomers, who enter PARADISE, are described:
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)
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)
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring--THOSE WHO OBEY GOD'S COMMANDMENTS AND HOLD TO THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS. (Rev. 12:17)
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. 17:6)
...I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who HOLD TO THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS .... (Rev. 19:10)
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)Make sure those above passages are describing YOU at all times!!!
...the people who know their God will firmly resist him [the beast/anti-Christ/little horn of Daniel, man of sin, etc] (Dan. 11:32)
Some of the pre-Tribulation saints are about to be DISAPPOINTED AGAIN for they are expecting the rapture to occur on 'the Feast of Trumpets' - Rosh Hashana, The Jewish New Year, between 9/6/21 and 9/8/21!
The pre trib rapture LIE has gushed forth false prediction after false prediction. Even now that we in the GREAT TRIBULATION NOW, they continue with their unfounded predictions.
Scripture is clear: the rapture (our being gathered unto the Lord) is POST trib (after the distress of those days (Mk. 13:24-27).
From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days . (Dan. 12:11)**IF the 1,290 days starts counting from March 2020, when the daily sacrifice ended with the so-called 'pandemic,' then the "abomination that causes desolation" will occur around September 2023, based on that verse. That means the abomination that causes desolation has not happened yet.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)**That is the key how to be FRUITFUL through the Lord Jesus. You must be DEAD to this world and OPENLY DEVOTED TO THE LORD JESUS.
Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and BURNED THEM PUBLICLY. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. (Acts 19:18-20)**That is how occultists prove their repentance - by publically burning their sorcery-witchcraft paraphernalia.
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME WILL LIVE, EVEN THOUGH HE DIES; AND WHOEVER LIVES AND BELIEVES IN ME WILL NEVER DIE. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25,26)
"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time MANY will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, (Mat. 24:9,10)
MANY will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. (Dan. 12:10)50% will fall away (Mt. 25:1-13), but a GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO MAN CAN COUNT WILL OVERCOME to enter Paradise:
After this I looked and there before me was A GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE COULD COUNT, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. (Rev. 7:9)The KEY:
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)
There are 3 end time events which speak of things "coming". In consecutive order, the events that are coming are:
**If YOU are not a Bible-defined Christian, DEEPLY REPENT AND COMMIT TO FAITHFULLY AND UNASHAMEDLY FOLLOW THE LORD JESUS NOW. Do not delay.
**If YOU are Christian now, to die is "GAIN" and "BETTER BY FAR" (Phil. 1:21-23). HOLD ON (Rev. 3:11):
I am coming soon. HOLD ON to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. (Rev. 3:11)
So then, men ought to regard US as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. (1 Cor. 4:1)Among others, that description included Sosthenes too:
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother SOSTHENES, (1 Cor. 1:1)
Then they all turned on SOSTHENES THE SYNAGOGUE RULER and beat him in front of the court. But Gallio showed no concern whatever. (Acts 18:17)He WAS the "synagogue ruler" in Corinth, but apparently became a Christian and was endorsed by Paul as such. Paul is writing the saints from that same city, Corinth. The synagogue ruler got saved!!!
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - a man's enemies will be the members of his own household. Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. (Mt. 10:34-39)QUESTION: What does it mean to love Jesus more than your family?
ANSWER: It means: of course you love your family, BUT YOU DO NOT FOLLOW ANY UNGODLY ADVICE from them or commit any act of disobedience to Jesus (his Word/the Bible) to please or appease your family, who are oftentimes unsaved. Below is the section from Mt 10 - the context: Jesus speaking to the disciples before sending them out to preach, heal, cast out demons, etc.: Love for God is obedience:
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, (1 John 5:3)
If you love me, you will obey what I command. (John 14:15)
Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him. (John 14:21)
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." (John 14:23)
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 15:10)
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3,4)When the mark of the beast is issued, a lot of people will buckle when they hear "Mommy, I'm hungry. Daddy, I'm thirsty." They will buckle to be able to buy food to feed their family, but taking the mark will consign one to the lake of fire:
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)You love your family and care for them and sacrifice-- in particular children and parents, etc-- but we are not to disobey God's word. There have been Christians who refused to deny Jesus even at the cost of their death and the death of their wives and children.
But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. (Mt. 10:33)Christians are called to be MARTYRS
Compare these 2 scriptures concerning the HYPOCRITICAL making judgements:
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You HYPOCRITE, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. (Mat. 7:1-5)
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because YOU WHO PASS JUDGMENT DO THE SAME THINGS. Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, DO YOU THINK YOU WILL ESCAPE GOD'S JUDGMENT? (Rom 2:1-3)To hypocritically judge another does NOT cancel out righteous judgment:
The spiritual man judges all things. (1 Cor. 2:15)
Christians are actually commanded to judge and Christians make many judgments without realizing they are judgments. Jesus taught:
Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment. (John 7:24)Hence, WE ARE COMMANDED TO JUDGE, but not by mere appearances. We learn more about the right and wrong way to judge from other Scriptures. Gal. 2:6 says:
As for those who seemed to be important - whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance - those men added nothing to my message. (Gal 2:6)And then, there are the following emphatic passages, which require no judgment at all:
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. (Eph. 5:5-7)
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6:9,10)
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Rev 21:8)**IF scripture condemns you REPENT NOW. BACKSLIDER, GOD WANTS YOU BACK!