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Regarding the Second Coming of Christ, how should we live in the present?

Do Business Till I come

Luke 19:11 – Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.

Jesus was about to go to the cross and they didn’t understand, even though He’s explained it to them many times. They thought the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. (Verse 12) Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. (Verse 13) “So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ (The servants represent believers.)

(Verse 14) “But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’ (The citizens are the unbelievers.) (Verse 15) “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

(Verse 16) “Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ (Verse 17) “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ (Verse 18) “And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ (Verse 19) “Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’ (Verse 20) “And another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. (Verse 21) ‘For I feared you because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 

(Verse 22) “And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. (Verse 23) ‘Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’

(Verse 24) “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ (Verse 25) (“But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) (Verse 26) ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

That was about the servants, now back to the citizens, unbelievers. (Verse 27) ‘But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’ “

That parable is a good example to believers that we have a responsibility while on this earth waiting for His Second coming. Do business for the kingdom until He comes.

Don’t Get Sidetracked

Matthew 24:3 – Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to HIm privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Verse 4) And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. (Verse 5) “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. (Verse 6) “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

(Verse 7) “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Verse 8) “All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Verse 9) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 

(Verse 10) “And then many will be offended, will betray one another and will hate one another. (Verse 11) “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. (Verse 12) “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Verse 13) “But he who endures to the end shall be saved. (Verse 14) “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Just about every generation has had the signs that were mentioned, but the end is not yet. The end will come when “This gospel” is preached all over the world. Modern-day preaching gets people sidetracked to the point of turning the gospel into “Self-help.” The “doing business” till He comes, is preaching the gospel. People have always wondered and tried to predict exactly when Jesus is coming back, but He said, Matthew 24:36 – “But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

21 Irrefutable Facts of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

1) Jesus Himself will come again.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 – For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

2) Jesus Himself will receive us.

John 14:3 – “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

3) We will meet Him in the air.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 – Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

4) He will minister to those who are found watchful.

Luke 12:37 – “Blessed are those servants whom the Master when He comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that He will gird Himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.”

5) He will return to the earth.

Acts 1:11 – who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in the like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.

6) He will return to the Mount of Olives.

Zachariah 14:4 – And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives…

7) He will return in flaming fire.

2 Thessalonians 1:7 – and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, (Verse 8) in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

8) He will come with power and great glory.

Matthew 24:30 – And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

9) He will stand on the earth.

Job 19:25 – “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last He will stand upon the earth.”

10) He will destroy the Antichrist.

2 Thessalonians 2:8 – And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

11) He will sit on the throne of His glory.

Matthew 25:31 – “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.”

12) He will be given the throne of David.

Luke 1:32 – “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.”

13) He will be given the nations.

Psalm 2;8 – Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possessions.

14) He will gather all nations and judge them.

Matthew 25:32 – “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.”

15) He will reign on the earth. 

Jeremiah 23:5 – “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that I will raise up David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.”

16) He will be given the kingdoms of this world.

Revelation 11:15 – “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign forever and ever.”

17) He will be given dominion.

Daniel 7:14 – “Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”

18) All who are in the graves will hear His voice.

John 5:28 – “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice…”

19) Every eye will see Him.

Revelation 1:7 – Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him.

20) Every knee will bow.

Isaiah 45:22 – “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. (Verse 23) I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath.” (Also in Philippians 2:9-11)

21) We can hasten the coming of the Lord.

2 Peter 3:12 – looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God.

The Greek word hastening – to cause something to happen soon, to hurry something up, making the day of God come soon or hurrying up the day of God (Louw-Nida Greek Lexion)

Don’t get deceived and don’t get sidetracked, and do business until He comes. The one thing we need to know about His Second Coming is “This gospel will be preached in the whole world!” And then the end will come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Works Affect Life After Death

We are not saved by works, but works do matter after death.

2 Peter 2:9 – then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment.

2 Peter 3:7 – But the heavens and the earth which now exist are kept in store by the same word, reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (perdition – eternal judgment)

Matthew 12:36 – “But I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgment.”

Hebrews 9:27 – And it is appointed for men to die once but after this the judgment.

Everyone needs to know that there is a judgment day coming. Each person will be judged. Will we be judged by “grace” or “works?” Yes! However, salvation is not grace and works, but we all will be judged by our works. There is a believers judgment and an unbelievers judgment and at both judgments, works are judged.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 – For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil. 

Revelation 20:13 – The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

1 Peter 1:17 – And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your sojourning here in fear.

Revelation 22:12 – “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”

The Bible is very plain on this. Every single person that has been born or will be born will be judged and rewarded or punished according to their works while on earth.

Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (Verse 9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.

I believe Christians have to be able to explain this to new believers.l It is so important that people understand that we are saved by grace and not works, but that their works will be judged. Our belief and behavior should line up with each other.

Our belief determines where we will spend eternity. Our behavior determines how we spend eternity. In heaven, we will be rewarded for our works. In hell, people will be punished according to their deeds and works. Dependant on where you go is dependant on whether you believe on Jesus Christ or not.

There will be two judgments: The Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne Judgment. At the Judgment Seat of Christ, every person there is a believer. At the Great White Throne Judgment, every person there is an unbeliever.

These judgments are not to determine anyone’s belief. That was already determined while they lived. It will be the works and behavior that will be judged. It matters how you live. According to Scripture: If you are a believer, it will alter your behavior. God’s grace gives us the desire and the power to want to serve God.

The Judgment Seat of Christ

2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the Judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (This was written to the church at Corinth – believers.)

Romans 14:10 – But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians Chapter 3, Paul is straightening out their argument about who led them to Christ. He tells them not to divide over this. Jesus is the only judge and we all will stand before Him and answer to Him.

1 Corinthians 3:10 – According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one heed how he builds on it. (Verse 11) For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (Verse 12) Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, (Verse 13) each one’s work will become manifest; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. (Verse 14) If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. (Verse 15) If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

In other words: You can be a believer doing works that will last forever and receive a reward. You can also be a believer and have your works burned up.

Matthew 6:1 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Verse 2) “Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. (Verse 3) “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, (Verse 4) “that your charitable deed may be in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

So yes, we can actually do something that we think is good and lose the reward from the Father, but get the glory from men. Jesus said that if our deeds are done right, in the right way, with no bragging, the Father Himself will reward us openly!

1 John 2:28 – And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at his coming.

Why would some believers be ashamed at His coming? Because they waisted their life by never doing any good works for another person. How many believers are going to find out when they get to heaven that they didn’t store up any treasures in heaven because they chose to do nothing for the kingdom?

The Great White Throne Judgment

Revelation 20:11 – Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. (Verse 12) And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. (The books, plural, hold all the works and deeds. The Book of Life holds the names of those who believe.) (Verse 13) The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

Will an unbeliever, but a good person, but refuses to believe in Christ, is generous, causes no harm to others, will he receive the same punishment as a murderer or a rapist? No, because there are different degrees of punishment.

Matthew 11:21 – “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (Verse 22) “But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. (Verse 23) “And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (Verse 24) “But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”

Jesus, Himself, was in those cities doing mighty works, and they rejected Him. And He’s also telling them, if He had gone to Sodom and performed the same miracles there, they would have repented and not been destroyed! This proves that there will be degrees of punishment in hell.

Romans 2:5 – But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,…

If a person knows this and honestly believes in a hell, why would they not choose Jesus to escape this awful place? It’s not just about trying to live right, it’s about being forgiven for all the rotten things we have done and being loved and protected like no other person could ever do for us. His name is Jesus!

And just so you know that there will be believers held to a higher standard: James 3:1 – My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 

Which judgment do you want to attend? It’s your choice!

The Real Nature of Hell

Who is hell for; what’s it like; and what can we do about it? Jesus talked about hell 33 times in the New Testament. He talked more about hell than He did about heaven. So why don’t we hear much about hell in churches today?

Jesus was filled with compassion about not wanting people to go there, so He covered the subject quite a bit. The Bible talks about hell 167 times, and yet many pastors will never preach on it. Some even deny the existence of it. If you don’t believe in a literal hell, then you can’t believe in a literal heaven. The same Bible teaches us about both! There are two basic people that don’t believe in hell:

1) Atheists – they don’t believe in hell, because they don’t believe in God. They believe that we evolved from nothing and once we die, we cease to exist. In order to make the statement, “There is no God,” you would have to possess “all” knowledge and no one does except God. The Bible says that “Only a fool says there is not God!”

2) Universalists – they take free-will out of the equation because Jesus died for everyone and paid the price, which He did, but because of that, everyone goes to heaven. Here is the huge problem with that thinking: If it makes no difference how we live while on earth, then why even have the Word of God to live by? That is total foolishness!

The story we are about to read is not a parable as some may think, but a real story with real people.

Luke 16:19 – “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. (Verse 20) “But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, (Verse 21) “desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. (Verse 22) “So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. (Abraham was a real person, so again, this is a real story about real people.) The rich man also died and was buried. (Verse 23) “And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 

(Verse 24) “Then he cried and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. (Verse 25) “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. (Verse 26) ‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

(Verse 27) “Then he said, ‘I beg you, therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, (Verse 28) ‘for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ (Verse 29) “Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ (Verse 30) “And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ (Verse 31) “But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ “

This Scripture should end all controversy on the existence of hell. This also should end all debate that hell is a place of fire and torment. Jesus is the One who said it. And according to this Scripture, we can determine what goes on when a person is in hell.

They Desire Comfort

The rich man wanted just a drop of water because he was tormented in the flame. People need to remember, hell was not created for people. According to Isaiah Chapter 5, hell was created for the devil and his angels, but because of man’s wickedness, hell was enlarged.

Matthew 25:41 – “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: (Jesus prepared heaven for all believers and doesn’t want anyone to go to hell.)

They Will Express Concern For Others Not To Come There

The rich man wanted Abraham to send someone to his brothers to tell them not to come there. At one time or for all eternity, a person in hell will hope their kids or any friends or family will not come there. I wonder how many people will try to remember if anyone told them about Jesus while they lived. Many will remember all the times Christians tried to tell them about Jesus and they rejected Him.

They Will Seek Consolation

The rich man tries to convince himself that maybe if someone would rise form the dead and go tell his brothers they would believe. Abraham told him, “They have Moses and the prophets.” Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament and the Prophets wrote the other books. And at this point when Abraham says this, there is no New Testament written yet. So if they won’t believe what already has been written, they won’t believe even one that has risen from the grave.

This story of the rich man is describing hell before the resurrection of Christ. Every person that died before Christ died and rose, went to a place of waiting. There were two compartments with a “gulf” between them. One was hell, where people were tormented and the other was what is described as “Abraham’s bosom.” That was a place for Old Testament saints. The Bible tells us that when Christ died, He descended into the lower parts of the earth and led the captives out.

There is also a future hell after the second coming. This will be the hell for all eternity. People need to understand what this hell will be like so they will never go there.

There will be no light in hell anywhere! The Bible describes hell as total darkness. Total blackness and you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Also, you will never see or talk to anyone ever again. The only reason the rich man was able to talk to Abraham was that it was before the resurrection.

However, there is light in heaven because the Lamb is the light, no need for the sun or moon. God’s presence is light. Light and a solid surface help us keep our foundation and balance while living on this earth. In hell, there will be nothing to stand on. There will be nothing to stabilize and keep a person’s bearings. They will never touch anything or anyone again. Think long and hard about that one.

There are two emotional properties that also keep us stable on this earth: Rest and hope! Yes, rest is a physical property, but it’s also an emotional property. Rest keeps us emotionally stable. People get grouchy when they are either physically tired or mentally tired.

Revelation 14:11 – “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

The second emotional property is there is no hope in hell. While living on this earth, we always have hope that things will get better, but in hell, all hope of ever escaping is gone.

All through the Bible, we are given a choice to either follow God and His ways or go our own way. So, whose responsibility is it to tell those who don’t believe, that there is a real hell and if they don’t choose Christ they will spend eternity in hell without God? It’s the responsibility of every believer!

 

Ten Questions About Heaven

Revelation 6:9 – When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. (Verse 10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Verse 11) And a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

1) Will We Have Bodies In Heaven?

Why would these servants be given robes to put on if they didn’t have bodies? 1 Corinthians 15:47 – The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. (Verse 48) As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. (Verse 49) And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

Jesus is our example. He had an earthly body, and that body suffered and died a physical death, but He was resurrected with a heavenly body. And that heavenly body walked on the earth, ate food, and that body could disappear on occasion. He also walked through a door one time. He had a resurrected body and our resurrected body and spirit will reunite at the second coming.

2) Will We Go To Heaven Immediately?

Some people teach “Soul Sleep,” which is not true nor is it Biblical. The Bible teaches that a believer immediately goes to heaven. Back to Revelation Chapter 6: These martyrs are in heaven talking to God and it’s before the second coming and the second coming is not until Revelation 19. Jesus said to the thief on the cross, “Today you shall be with Me in Paradise!” 

2 Corinthians 5:8 – We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. If you are born again, immediately when death occurs, we are in the presence of the Lord.

3) Will We Be Able To Communicate?

The martyrs in Chapter 6 of Revelation, talked to God. And they talked loudly when they cried out.

4) Will We Have Emotions?

These martyrs cared deeply about what was taking place on earth. Remember: Our emotions are a part of our soul, and our soul goes to heaven along with our spirit. We will still have a mind, will, and emotions. The choice to serve God was already made while living. As a matter of fact, there is joy in heaven when one sinner repents. The joy we have on this earth cannot compare to the joy we will have in heaven.

5) Will We Know Everything?

No, we will not! It is a common miss conception because of the Scripture, “We will know as He knows.” It doesn’t say that. It says, “We will know Him as He is and we are known as we are known.” If you noticed, the martyrs asked God a question: “When are You going to avenge our blood?” So they didn’t know the future. These are the two verse people misunderstand:

1 Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. In other words: I will know others and they will know me. Now for the second verse that is misunderstood:

1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. We are going to have an eternal, heavenly perspective. I believe we are going to continually be learning and discovering things about God and creation for all eternity.

6) Will We Know What’s Happening On Earth?

Yes, we will! Again the martyrs knew their blood had not been avenged. In other words; The ones that had killed them for the word of God were still walking around on earth. They wouldn’t have asked God when He was going to avenge them if they didn’t know what was happening on earth.

Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  The “cloud of witnesses” are the family and friends in heaven cheering us on.

Luke 15:7 – “I say to you likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” 

7) Will We Remember Our Lives On Earth?

Well, did the martyrs in Revelation Chapter 6 know they had been murdered? Yes, they did. In heaven, our memories will make us more grateful. If we don’t have anything to compare heaven to, why would we even appreciate it? In hell, memories torment people. They remember that they had a chance and a choice to choose Jesus, but refused and ended up there.

8) Will We Know People?

1 Corinthians 13:2 says, “we know as we also are known.” We will finally know people for real, no faking. While living on this earth people can hide behind all kinds of things to keep people from knowing who they really are. Matthew 8:11 – “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” We will know others! All the great men and woman that we’ve read about all our lives, we will be able to sit down and talk to them.

9) Will Heaven Be Boring?

Satan is the one who has put the thought out there, that heaven is going to be boring for all eternity with nothing to do. Do you know why people think that? It’s because most Christians don’t know enough about heaven to even invite someone to go. The more we understand about heaven, the more motivated we become to get our friends and family to want to go! We also have to let people know what eternity in hell is also going to be like so they won’t want to go there. Heaven is going to be spectacular! There will be more joy and excitement than anything we can imagine!

Revelation 21:1 – And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. (Verse 2) Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Verse 3) And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. 

(Verse 4) “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Verse 5) Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.

The greatest thing about heaven is going to be the fellowship with other believers and the Father. The worse thing about hell is that people will never see or talk to anyone. It’s total darkness and they will never, ever experience the presence of God again!

10) Who Is Going To Be In Heaven?

Revelation 21:6 – And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 

Revelation 22:17 – And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

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

Romans 10:13 – For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

So, who will be in heaven? Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and those who call on His name!

 

 

The End – What Happens Next?

How could a loving God send anyone to hell? Most of the time when this question is asked, it’s asked in an accusatory way. Then at other times, people really want to know if God sends people to hell. Well, I’m going to try and answer this.

God Is A Just God

There will never, ever, be an unjust judgment from God. Then people ask, “Would God send people to hell that have never heard the gospel?”

Romans 1:18 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Verse 19) because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. (Verse 20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,…

Since the beginning of time, God has testified of Himself to every person so that no person has an excuse for an unrighteous life! So many times when someone asks those two questions, we then try to answer them with human logic. Advise: Never answer a Biblical question without the Bible! People will argue and debate, but the truth is found in Scripture.

Think about this: Every person has a conscience and that conscience came from God and it talks to us from the time we are very small. You can’t look up at the sky at night, and at some point in your life wonder if there’s a God that created all that. God’s creation testifies of Him. Here’s the important thing: God reveals Himself to every person!

How many of you when you were a child, had a hunger and were seeking to know who God is? No one will ever be able to say, “No one told me there was a God!” Because God will say, “I told you!” The Bible says He reveals Himself to every individual. The good news is every person that seeks God will find HIm.

Proverbs 8:17 – I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently will find Me.

Jeremiah 29:13 – And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Matthew 7:7 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Verse 8) “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened. (Verse 9) “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? (Verse 10) “Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? (Verse 11) “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask HIm!”

Acts 17:26 – “And He has made from one blood every nation of men dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, (Verse 27) “so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; (Verse 28) “for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ (grope in the Greek used here, means to make an effort despite difficulties.)

God Is A Loving God

So does a loving God send people to hell? In order to answer this question, it must be answered from a Biblical perspective, which is God’s perspective.

First, God did not create hell for people. As a matter of fact, He sent His Son so that no one would have to go to hell. Jesus came to pay the price of sin, which is death, for every person! So that if they seek God and find God their sins could be atoned through the blood of Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Think about this: Lucifer was the worship leader of heaven and he rebelled and got a third of the angels to rebel with him. God had done nothing to warrant their rebellion, but they rebelled and rejected Him.

Jesus told us Himself that He saw Satan fall like lightning and I believe that is when God created hell. It was created for Satan and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)

Then there’s Adam and Eve. They had everything in Paradise, the Garden, everything they could ever desire, but they too reject God. It’s not a God they don’t know, they know Him! They walked and talked with Him every day. This was a perfect environment, no sin. The inexcusable rejection of a perfectly loving God is what they showed Him. God had done nothing but love them and they still rebelled against HIm.

Then we have Jesus. Jesus was rejected by the same people He was teaching, loving on and healing, that they crucified Him to a cross!

In the Book of Revelation, it tells us about a one thousand year reign. This is where Jesus rules on the earth for a thousand years and Satan is bound for this time. Here’s the tragic part: At the end of this thousand-year reign, Satan is released and he leads people in rebellion against God. After all this time, living with a loving Jesus, some of the people born during this time will rebel and reject our Lord. How sad will that be? But, look around, people reject Him now.

One of the greatest gifts that God ever gave mankind in creation is the “Free will! He created us with a choice to choose Him or reject Him. When someone loves us and they don’t have to, it’s meaningful! When someone is forced to love you, it is meaningless! Do you know why we worship God? Because we are not forced to.

God sends no one to hell, but people send themselves to hell all the time. Our eternal destination is made by us, not God. No one is going to force anyone to come to Jesus Christ, it’s a choice, unlike some religions.

Yes, it is true that Jesus died for the whole world, but if you don’t choose Him you will not be with Him through eternity.

In Isaiah Chapter 5, God is talking about His vineyard and He expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes. He goes on to say that His people went into captivity because they had no knowledge and Sheol has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure. He says people will be brought down to it and each one humbled. God planted His people and gave them every opportunity to choose Him but they chose sin instead so hell was enlarged. Don’t get hung up on Sheol and Hades, because both mean hell.

The real question people should ask themselves is: How could anyone reject a loving God?

Receiving The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit Baptizes Us In Jesus Christ

Baptize in the Greek – Baptizo – to dip – to completely immerse.

1 Corinthians 12:13 – For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body… So the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ Jesus.

The Disciple Baptizes Us In Water

Matthew 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” When we get baptized in water, it doesn’t have to be a pastor, just a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Baptizes Us In The Holy Spirit

This study is going to be focused on Baptism in the Holy Spirit. It’s important that we know the difference in the first baptism and the third baptism. The first one is “The Baptism “of” the Holy “Spirit. This is the baptism that the Holy Spirit performs. This is when we get saved. The Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ. But the Bible talks specifically of being baptized “with” the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 3:11 – “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (meaning in or with fire)

He, Jesus, will baptize you with the Spirit. By the Spirit, we are baptized into the body, into Jesus. We first get baptized into Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, when we get saved. Then John is talking about Jesus baptizing us in or with the Spirit. These are not the same. Jesus wants to immerse us, completely surrounding us, completely filled with, to overflowing Holy Spirit.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is in all four gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke record the birth of Jesus and then they move to the beheading of John the Baptist, which is the third year of Jesus’ ministry. These three only cover the third year of Jesus ministry. In 70 A.D., John, the last living disciple, wrote the book of John which covers the first two years of Jesus ministry. That’s why we have things in John that aren’t in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. However, in all four gospels, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ are recorded; and “The baptism with the Holy Spirit!” Amazing!

Mark 1:8 – “I indeed baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 3:16 – John answered, saying to them all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” John 1:33 – “I did not know HIm, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.

This is important because the Holy Spirit had never descended and remained on a person before Jesus! He descended on people in the Old Testament, but did not remain, came and went. So when did John the Baptist see the Spirit descending and remaining? When John water baptized Jesus! The Holy Spirit descended and remained on Jesus on this earth! If Jesus needed to receive the Holy Spirit, then shouldn’t we?

The first baptism happens at salvation. That is when the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ. Then we are water baptized. Then we are baptized in the Holy Spirit by Jesus!

Acts 1:4, 5 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which He said, “You have heard from Me; (Verse 5) “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many day s from now.”

Jesus wanted them to wait because He had to ascend to the Father before He could pour out the Holy Spirit. Wait for the Promise, and you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

After the Day of Pentecost and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter preaches a message: Acts 2:37 – Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Verse 38) Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Peter covers all three baptisms. The first: Repent unto salvation and water baptism for the remission of sins. And then receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, third baptism. The gift of the Holy Spirit is not just one particular gift. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit who carries all the gifts.

Too many Christians have been taught and believe that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost was just for those 120 that were in the upper room. But look what the book of Acts says: Acts 2:39 – “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Those who believe that the pouring out of the Holy Spirit was only for those at that time, evidently didn’t finish reading what Peter had to say that day! Then look what happens later on when Philip is preaching:

Acts 8:12 – But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. They believed Philip unto salvation and then they were water baptized. Read on:

Acts 8:14 – Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, (Verse 15) who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

Would you looky there! Too many Christians have been told their whole Christian lives that you get saved and get water baptized and that’s it! But is that what happened when Peter and John heard about Samaria’s receiving God’s word? No, because there was something else these people needed! They needed to be baptized with the Holy Spirit! (Verse 16) For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Verse 17) Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Many, many believers have been saved and water baptized, but have not received the baptism with the Holy Spirit. This confuses a lot of Christians because their thinking is, “I received the Holy Spirit when I got saved.” Yes, you did, but you just read the passages where Jesus wants to “Baptizes” us with the Holy Spirit, so what is so hard to understand about that? They will argue and argue because the Bible says “one baptism.” Well, pick one then: Is it the baptism into the body of Christ when you are saved because if it is then we don’t need water baptism either. If they include water baptism, then that makes two baptisms and that blows their thinking of one baptism. There are three baptisms as I have explained.

Look how important this third baptism is: Acts 19:1 – And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples (Verse 2) he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”

If we received the Holy Spirit when we believed, then why would the greatest apostle that wrote over two-thirds of the New Testament ask these disciples this question? Then Paul asks them another question: (Verse 3) And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” (Verse 4) Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”

These disciples repented and believed in Jesus and they were water baptized. (Verse 5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Verse 6) And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

This happened all through the book of Acts, and it’s a patter for us to follow.

1 John 5:7 – For there are three who bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. (Verse 8) And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three are as one.

These three bear witness on earth: The Spirit, water baptism, and the blood, shed by our Savior for the remission of sins. They bear witness that there is a supernatural God in heaven.

When we get saved, we are a new person; when we get baptized in water, the old person is cut-off. When we get baptized with the Spirit, we get the power to walk in the new life.  However, in order to go to heaven, you just have to be saved. The thief on the cross is a good example of this. And there are a lot of believers that get saved, but never water baptized or never baptized with the Spirit, but they will never have any power to live this Christian life.

Please don’t stop with water baptism. There is so much more if you will receive the Holy Spirit with the power to live this life!

 

The Pure Language

We’ve been studying the power of words and this study covers the umbilical myths about praying in tongues. Speaking in tongues is not gibberish, but a pure, heavenly language. When we pray in tongues, we are praying in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:1 – Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

In the Greek – Pente, means five; cost, means to the tenth power; “Pentekoste”; meaning 50 days. It’s 50 days, counting 50 days after the first Sabbath from the first Passover. It’s exactly 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus. So when Scripture says, “The Day of Pentecost had fully come,” it means on the 50th day.

Acts 2:2 – And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (Verse 3) Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (Verse 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Tongues Is A Language

Speaking in tongues is not gibberish, according to the Bible, it is a language. Acts 2:5, 6 – Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. (Verse 6) And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and was confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

There are three myths about speaking in tongues: (1) You start speaking fluently the first day. That is not what they did on the Day of Pentecost. The Bible says, “They “heard” them speak in their own language. Big difference! That was the miracle! These people in that upper room had “yielded” their tongues to the Holy Spirit. Isn’t it amazing that the very first thing that He did when He came was change the tongue! And these 120 people had to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

Think about this: When we first start speaking any language, we don’t start off fluently speaking, we start with one or two words.

So many are afraid to speak in tongues because they are concerned they won’t do it right. Do you think God doesn’t know what you are trying to say from the spirit? Yes, He does. (2) You can’t control it! I’ve heard people say that they are afraid they will go into a trance with no control and they don’t want to do that. Think about the other gifts of the Holy Spirit: Can you control the gift of teaching? Can you control the gift of prophecy? Sure you can, so why would praying in tongues be any different?

Myth: (3) It’s just going to jump out of you one day. People think that because they’ve prayed and nothing happened, one day they will just start speaking in tongues. The people who say and believe these myths have never been taught properly about the gifts of the Spirit and should get understanding before trying to discredit this wonderful gift. 

Speaking In Tongues Is A Language Of The Spirit

1 Corinthians 14:2 – For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit, he speaks mysteries.

1 Corinthians 14:14 – For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. (Verse 15) What is the result then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

Paul is saying, “If I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying.” Then he says, “So what’s the conclusion? I’ll pray with the spirit, and that would be in tongues, and I’ll pray with my understanding.” Think about this; How many prayers are not being fulfilled because they are praying with just their own understanding? Is it possible that the Holy Spirit has more understanding than us about that particular matter?

How many people only pray “soulish” prayers with their mind, will, and emotions? That’s praying with their own understanding. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:39, to not forbid anyone to speak in tongues! Do you know how many denominations disobey that verse?

There are churches and leaders that will tell their congregations that speaking in tongues is demonic! If you have been taught that, there might be a stronghold that will keep you from receiving this powerful gift. How in the world did these people ever come to the conclusion that a gift from the Holy Spirit is from the devil? Also, why is there so much controversy over speaking in tongues?

It’s because “Life and death are in the power of the tongue,” and Satan doesn’t want you to know that we can submit our tongue to the Holy Spirit. When we first start, we may not feel anything special, but we are praying in faith, just like everything else we do as a Christian. But if we will continue, we will soon have images of what we are praying about then understanding will come. A break-through will come.

Speaking in tongues is actually part of our “Armor.” Ephesians 6:17 – And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Verse 18) praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – 

Jude 20 – But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.

Is it possible that a person that is losing some of their battles is because they are not building themselves up in the Spirit? Are they putting their whole armor on? Are they losing because they are not allowing their spirit to pray?

Genesis 11:1 – Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. So what language was that? I don’t think it was English or Hebrew. Is it possible that it was a heavenly language?

Genesis 11:5 – But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. (Verse 6) And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. (Verse 7) “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

Then the Lord confused their language and scattered them. They were trying to build a tower to heaven. Our obvious question when we read this is, “What was so wrong with that?” God said nothing they proposed to do will be withheld from them. In essence, “We better take this language away, because with this language all things are possible!”

So is it possible that when we use our heavenly language, that what we pray for, nothing will be withheld from us? Why? Because we are not praying “soulish” prayers when we pray in tongues, we are praying spiritual prayers.

All the different languages come from the time God changed their language at the Tower of Babel. Now look at what the prophet says about when the Holy Spirit comes:

Zephaniah 3:9 – “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they may all call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord.” 

Did you catch that? Zephaniah said “Restore” not give! This is amazing! God said He was going to restore, give back, to the peoples, the very language He took away at the tower of Babel, that nothing that they proposed to do will be withheld from them!

When we pray, the Lord hears our thoughts, so don’t mock those who pray in tongues. It may not be as beautiful as some when they do it, but at least they have the courage to try!

The Lord would not give us this gift of speaking in tongues if it was not beneficial.