Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – John 3:16 – January 1, 2020

John 3

Christ teaches Nicodemus the necessity of regeneration
And there was a man of the Pharisees, Naḵdimon was his name, a ruler of the Yehuḏim.  This one came to יהושע (Yeshua/Jesus) by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from Elohim, for no one is able to do these signs You do if Elohim is not with him.”
יהושע (Yeshua/Jesus) answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he is unable to seea the reign of Elohim.”
Naḵdimon said to Him, “How is a man able to be born when he is old? Is he able to enter into his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”
יהושע (Yeshua/Jesus)answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he is unable to enter into the reign of Elohim. “That which has been born of the flesh is flesh, and that which has been born of the Spirit is spirit.  “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You have to be born from above.’  “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who has been born of the Spirit.”
Naḵdimon answered and said to Him, “How is it possible for this to take place?”
יהושע (Yeshua/Jesus)answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Yisra’ĕl, and do not know this? “Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak what We know and witness what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. “If you do not believe when I spoke to you about earthly matters, how are you going to believe when I speak to you about the heavenly matters?
“And no one has gone up into the heaven except He who came down from the heaven – the Son of Aḏam.
of faith in his death
“And as Mosheh lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so the Son of Aḏam has to be lifted up, so that whoever is believing in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life.
the great love of God towards the world
“For Elohim so loved the world that He gave His only brought-forth Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life.  “For Elohim did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
and the condemnation for unbelief
“He who believes in Him is not judged, but he who does not believe is judged already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only brought-forth Son of Elohim. “And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were wicked. “For everyone who is practising evil matters hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. “But the one doing the truth comes to the light, so that his works are clearly seen, that they have been wrought in Elohim.”
Jesus baptizes in Judea
After this, יהושע (Yeshua/Jesus)and His taught ones came into the land of Yehuḏah, and He remained there with them, and was immersing.
The baptism, witness, and doctrine of John concerning Christ
And Yoḥanan was also immersing in Ayin near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. And they were coming and were being immersed, for Yoḥanan had not yet been put into prison.
Then a dispute arose between some of Yoḥanan’s taught ones and the Yehuḏim about cleansing, and they came to Yoḥanan and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Yardĕn, to whom you have witnessed, see, He is immersing, and all are coming to Him!”
Yoḥanan answered and said, “No man is able to receive any matter unless it is given to him from the heaven. “You yourselves are witnesses for me that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but I am sent ahead of Him.’ “He that has the bride is the bridegroom, but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the voice of the bridegroom. So this joy of mine is complete. “It is right for Him to increase, but me to decrease.  “He who comes from above is over all, he who is from the earth is of the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from the heaven is over all. “And what He has seen and heard, that He witnesses. And no one receives His witness. “He who receives His witness has set his seal that Elohim is true. “For He whom Elohim has sent speaks the Words of Elohim, for Elohim does not give the Spirit by measure. “The Father loves the Son, and has given all into His hand. “He who believes in the Son possesses everlasting life, but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of Elohim remains on him.”

(The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition)


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LGBT Stars & Joel Osteen With Wife Attend Hedonistic Lady Gaga Concert

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Its reported by the Daily Mail and the New York Daily News that Hollywood along with LGBT stars attended the first ever Lady Gaga performance at the famed Apollo Theater.

Where Lady Gaga along with her LGBT community celebrated their world pride week. As Lady Gaga took the stage at the Apollo Theater she asked “Are you ready to f—–g party tonight? Are we making history?”

The show celebrating LGBT drew quite a crowd including Hollywood movie stars as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, music universe hard hitters as Clive Davis and Adam Lambert, also television, and LGBT stars.

Also attending the hedonistic performance, was megachurch and television ministry star Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria.

The show celebrated a new partnership between music streaming giants SiriusXM and Pandora, and tickets were not available to the general public with the celebrities scoring their invites by being stars in their respective industry.

The near-two-hour spectacle was made up of mini-sets where Gaga performed a selection of her most beloved hits dancing around, in a most homoerotic latex fantasy while dropping F-bombs.

The Daily Mail when describing the attending Hollywood, music, LGBT, and television celebrities, called out “prosperity gospel preacher Joel Osteen wore a navy blazer with a gray–blue shirt, while his wife Victoria Osteen had on an elegant black dress with cut-outs over her short sleeves.”

The entertainment press reported the show as making history for Gaga, as it was her first appearance at the famed theater in Harlem, and that her fans were excited to see her celebrate their Pride.

The attendance of the modern Christianity television star is also a part of prophetic history, in that it’s a strong sign of the Last Days era indicating the nearing end of the age of the Church Of Jesus Christ and His Apostles in the Holy Bible.

Jesus Christ in His Last Days prophecies in Matthew chapter 24 foretold how the Last Days would be when iniquity or lawlessness will abound. And this is the characteristic of modern Christianity, in that it is un-tethered from the Bible Scriptures.

The great sin of modern Christianity is the sin of iniquity or lawlessness … which is the practice of no longer staying within the boundaries of the Biblical teachings of Holy Scripture.

Instead of conforming to the Bible and the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29) described therein, there is conforming to the world (Romans 12:2) instead. Which the Biblical Christian is warned (1 John 2:15) to not love the world nor the things therein.

And be the called out ones, who are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

These are signs of the Last Days revealing its time to prepare for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles (Matthew 16:19) who were authorized described how (Acts 2). Which brings peace and joy in the Holy Spirit in this life and eternal life in the world to come. (Click to Source)

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – John 3:17 – April 6, 2019

John 3:1-36

There was a man among the P’rushim, named Nakdimon, who was a ruler of the Judeans. This man came to Yeshua by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know it is from God that you have come as a teacher; for no one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him.” “Yes, indeed,” Yeshua answered him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

Nakdimon said to him, “How can a grown man be ‘born’? Can he go back into his mother’s womb and be born a second time?” Yeshua answered, “Yes, indeed, I tell you that unless a person is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born from the flesh is flesh, and what is born from the Spirit is spirit. Stop being amazed at my telling you that you must be born again from above! The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going. That’s how it is with everyone who has been born from the Spirit.”

Nakdimon replied, “How can this happen?” 10 Yeshua answered him, “You hold the office of teacher in Isra’el, and you don’t know this? 11 Yes, indeed! I tell you that what we speak about, we know; and what we give evidence of, we have seen; but you people don’t accept our evidence! 12 If you people don’t believe me when I tell you about the things of the world, how will you believe me when I tell you about the things of heaven? 13 No one has gone up into heaven; there is only the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moshe lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. 18 Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son.

19 “Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked. 20 For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. 21 But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”

22 After this, Yeshua and his talmidim went out into the countryside of Y’hudah, where he stayed awhile with them and immersed people. 23 Yochanan too was immersing at Einayim, near Shalem, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to be immersed. 24 (This was before Yochanan’s imprisonment.)

25 A discussion arose between some of Yochanan’s talmidim and a Judean about ceremonial washing; 26 and they came to Yochanan and said to him, “Rabbi, you know the man who was with you on the other side of the Yarden, the one you spoke about? Well, here he is, immersing; and everyone is going to him!” 27 Yochanan answered, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from Heaven. 28 You yourselves can confirm that I did not say I was the Messiah, but that I have been sent ahead of him. 29 The bridegroom is the one who has the bride; but the bridegroom’s friend, who stands and listens to him, is overjoyed at the sound of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must become more important, while I become less important.

31 “He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the earth is from the earth and talks from an earthly point of view; he who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies about what he has actually seen and heard, yet no one accepts what he says! 33 Whoever does accept what he says puts his seal on the fact that God is true, 34 because the one whom God sent speaks God’s words. For God does not give him the Spirit in limited degree — 35 the Father loves the Son and has put everything in his hands. 36 Whoever trusts in the Son has eternal life. But whoever disobeys the Son will not see that life but remains subject to God’s wrath.”

(John 3:1-36) Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – John 3:17 – March 19. 2019

John 3:1-36

The New Birth

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these [a]signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born [b]again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born [c]again.’The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. 12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;15 so that whoever [d]believes will in Him have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His [e]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the [f]only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

John’s Last Testimony

22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them and baptizing. 23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized— 24 for John had not yet been thrown into prison.

25 Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John’s disciples with a Jew about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him.” 27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves [g]are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the [h]Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

31 “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; [i]for He gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not [j]obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

(John 3:1-36New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

 

Footnotes:

  1. John 3:2 Or attesting miracles
  2. John 3:3 Or from above
  3. John 3:7 Or from above
  4. John 3:15 Or believes in Him will have eternal life
  5. John 3:16 Or unique, only one of His kind
  6. John 3:18 Or unique, only one of His kind
  7. John 3:28 Lit testify for me
  8. John 3:28 I.e. Messiah
  9. John 3:34 Lit because He does not give the Spirit by measure
  10. John 3:36 Or believe

 
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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – John 3:17 – March 19, 2018

John 3:1-36

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Now there was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler (a leader, an authority) among the Jews,

Who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know and are certain that You have come from God [as] a Teacher; for no one can do these signs (these wonderworks, these miracles—and produce the proofs) that You do unless God is with him.

Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again and be born?

Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [[a]even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God.

What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Marvel not [do not be surprised, astonished] at My telling you, You must all be born anew (from above).

The wind blows (breathes) where it wills; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from nor where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

Nicodemus answered by asking, How can all this be possible?

10 Jesus replied, Are you the teacher of Israel, and yet do not know norunderstand these things? [Are they strange to you?]

11 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, We speak only of what we know [we know absolutely what we are talking about]; we have actually seen what we are testifying to [we were eyewitnesses of it]. And still you do not receive our testimony [you reject and refuse our evidence—that of Myself and of all those who are born of the Spirit].

12 If I have told you of things that happen right here on the earth and yet none of you believes Me, how can you believe (trust Me, adhere to Me, rely on Me) if I tell you of heavenly things?

13 And yet no one has ever gone up to heaven, but there is One Who has come down from heaven—the Son of Man [Himself], [b]Who is (dwells, has His home) in heaven.

14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross],

15 In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may [c]not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!

16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([d]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.

18 He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation—he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]

19 The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.

20 For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved.

21 But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].

22 After this, Jesus and His disciples went into the land (the countryside) of Judea, where He remained with them, and baptized.

23 But John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, for there was an abundance of water there, and the people kept coming and being baptized.

24 For John had not yet been thrown into prison.

25 Therefore there arose a controversy between some of John’s disciples and a Jew in regard to purification.

26 So they came to John and reported to him, Rabbi, the Man Who was with you on the other side of the Jordan [[e]at the Jordan crossing]—and to Whom you yourself have borne testimony—notice, here He is baptizing too, and everybody is flocking to Him!

27 John answered, A man can receive nothing [he can claim nothing, he can [f]take unto himself nothing] except as it has been granted to him from heaven. [A man must be content to receive the gift which is given him from heaven; there is no other source.]

28 You yourselves are my witnesses [you personally bear me out] that I stated, I am not the Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), but I have [only] been sent before Him [in advance of Him, to be His appointed forerunner, His messenger, His announcer].

29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the groomsman who stands by and listens to him rejoices greatly and heartily on account of the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my pleasure and joy, and it is now complete.

30 He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.]

31 He Who comes from above (heaven) is [far] above all [others]; he who comes from the earth belongs to the earth, and talks the language of earth [his words are from an earthly standpoint]. He Who comes from heaven is [far] above all others [far superior to all others in prominence and in excellence].

32 It is to what He has [actually] seen and heard that He bears testimony, and yet no one accepts His testimony [no one receives His evidence as true].

33 Whoever receives His testimony has set his seal of approval to this: God is true. [That man has definitely certified, acknowledged, declared once and for all, and is himself assured that it is divine truth that God cannot lie].

34 For since He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God [proclaims God’s own message], God does not give Him His Spirit sparingly or by measure, but boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit!

35 The Father loves the Son and has given (entrusted, committed) everything into His hand.

36 And he who believes in (has faith in, clings to, relies on) the Son has (now possesses) eternal life. But whoever disobeys (is unbelieving toward, refuses to trust in, disregards, is not subject to) the Son will never see (experience) life, but [instead] the wrath of God abides on him. [God’s displeasure remains on him; His indignation hangs over him continually.] (John 3:1-36) Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Footnotes:

  1. John 3:5 The Greek “kai” (“and”) may be rendered “even.”
  2. John 3:13 Some manuscripts add this phrase.
  3. John 3:15 Some manuscripts add this phrase.
  4. John 3:16 James Moulton and George Milligan, The Vocabulary.
  5. John 3:26 George M. Lamsa, The New Testament.
  6. John 3:27 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.

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How Can A Loving God Send Someone To Hell

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Many sceptics and atheists target the very idea that since God is both loving and good, there would be no such reason that He can endure watching people swimming in the lake of fire forever.

Since God is forgiving, merciful, gracious, loving and good, it would be in a total opposition to His character when He executes such horrible punishment.

Other professing Christian groups and cults today such as Jehovah’s witnesses, deny the very existence of a conscious tormenting condition in hell.

They substitute hell with the doctrine of annihilation. They don’t believe on the Bible’s teaching about eternal torment, but changed it to a doctrine of annihilation that is not taught by the Bible itself.

Let us first look at the Biblical evidences on the reality of hell.

No matter how they call themselves as “of God,” anyone who does not believe, obey and teach the Word of God is not of the Truth. The Bible clearly confirms the existence of hell and has described it in lots of ways.

Take for example in Luke 16: 22-24 which states that “…the rich man also died, and was buried. And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he said and cried, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water for I am tormented on this flame.”

We can observe in the text that the effect of the heat to his spirit is so great that caused him to feel tremendous thirst. This is obviously not a place of comfort, but a place of torment.

People who travel in the arid wilderness experience this kind of terrible feeling. The pain in this place produced a great amount of thirst.

The rich man also cried out that he was “tormented in this flame.” Clearly, hell is a place of conscious suffering. The rich man was in anguish that caused him insurmountable amount of distress. Fire is also a prominent representation of the severest pain we can ever know.

The exact features of this fire are surely not the same kind we have in this world because it is described here that it is “unquenchable” (Mark 9:44). Another features of hell that also go along with this unquenchable fire are worms that do not die (Mark 9:48), feeling of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Luke 13:28), and “outer darkness” (Matthew 25:30).

Looking at the Bible, there is no other person who talked about Hell more that Jesus Christ Himself did. Jesus spoke the most about hell that gives us a very clear picture of it. In fact, Jesus made hell Himself. He talked more about it than heaven.

At first, Jesus made hell for a good purpose. Hell was made for Satan and his demons. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus said “Depart from me; ye cursed into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” As for God’s intention, hell is supposed be good because our great adversary- the devil, will be forever taken away from our presence.

But sadly, men had fallen into the same trap which the devil and his angels has fallen into. This is a bad and tragic truth for humanity.

Since the fall of man, the teachings of the truths of God are always unpopular to many. Man hates the light (John 3) and loves darkness, and so his heart naturally rejects the teachings especially those about sin and eternal consequence.

Audacious preachings and earth-shaking sermons about these hard truths are common to be labelled as “dogmatic close-minded opinions”. These truths are repulsive to the world and even inside many self-professing Christian churches.

Paul had prophesied that in the last days, people will “gather to themselves teachers having itching ears.” (2 Timothy 4:3)

By this, Christians and Pastors are solemnly forewarned by the grave consequences of not preaching the whole counsel of God. The True Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ must be preached because the days are evil.

Time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine; people will love sugar-coated messages and love tickling ears. Men should encounter and get to know the true God as how He reveals Himself in His Word.

Preachers who deny the Biblical God, deny the True God. When the Truths of God’s Word are neglected by preachers in man’s acquisition of the knowledge of God, the tendency is that people will be led to accommodating a “god” that is not the One revealed in His Word.

When this happens, they develop a false conception of God, and seek out a “god” of their own wants- but the Bible clearly labels it as “idolatry.” (Isaiah 46:5-8).

The cause for creating and worshipping a god of our own imagination corresponds to our lifestyle. Such want of men leads him to stay on a god that approves their vices and doesn’t go against them. He patronizes his own idols that love his own views.

Man “loveth darkness” because he simply hates the light. He hates the true light of the word because it exposes his sin. He loves sin and so he just creates a god of his own, other than the God of the Bible. He separates himself from the True God.

In Romans 1, man changes “the image of the incorruptible God to an image of an incorruptible man.” Man became bows down to the creature rather than the Creator, and so the wrath of God is revealed to Him.

You see, people miss the fact that God is not only a “God of love.” Yes, God is totally the real essence of love, He is love. He loves unconditionally, He loves the world, His compassion to the dying world is enormous, He is not willing that any should perish, He cries out to Jerusalem and laments their rejection of his care for them like a hen for her chicks, but nevertheless, God is a God of Holiness.

God is Holy, Righteous, and Just.

God possesses major characteristics that will never be compatible with sinners forever, and so the case for an eternal hell is justified.

In fact, no other attribute of God has been repeated three times in the Bible except the word “Holy.” God is not God of love only, He is God of highest Holiness, He is the Supreme Holy One.

And with this attribute of God, many people deny it or are ignorant of. The tendency of man is the have a superficial conception of God. By a shallow understanding of who God is, man will have a shallow knowledge of himself, the Word and everything around Him. Ignorance of the Word leads to destruction (Matthew 22:29).

That’s why the Gospel must be preached, the True Gospel. Without the true Gospel, there will be no such person as saved or born-again. Without the true gospel, there is no such thing as a real Christian, there is no real power.

  • Man is powerless without the gospel, man is dead without it.
  • He is unresponsive without it, he is enslaved to sin without its liberating power.
  • He is a loser instead of victor, he is lost and not found.
  • He is blind and he doesn’t know it.

A profound set of reasons which make hell reasonable is because of the attributes of God.

1. Hell is reasonable because of God’s Holy Character. God is holy, we are not.

“Holy, holy, holy.” Having these words in a repetitive manner, it denotes superlative notion to the idea of God being holy to uttermost.

He is separated from sin to the highest degree. Sin is so foreign to Him. His holiness is incomparable. He is the person who is the holiest and the highest in rank.

Because of this, sinners at their own credit can never be with God.

2. Hell is reasonable because God is infinite.

Because God is forever, without end, holy, perfect and pure, He cannot be with the impure sinner. God cannot be with a sinner because He is holy forever.

There will never be a time that God will stop existing as holy. There will not come a time where He is sinful. In fact, God is not bound by time because He is the One who created it (Genesis 1:2).

Both the eternal and holy nature of God are strong reasons that give evidence to the reasonableness of hell.

3. Because God is wrath

Psalm 7:11 speaks that “God is angry with the wicked everyday. (KJV)” Also in Romans 1, Paul starts his gospel message, not with love, but with wrath. It would be unreasonable to know a person and only his “good side” is accepted by people.

The same with God, it is not only for us to know His love, but His anger, wrath and hatred to sin. It would be a total denial of God if his other characters are not taken into consideration. Many Christians today only wanted to hear about God’s love but not His Holy anger. They are so consumed into accepting only what some verses reveal, but have not grasped the holistic approach to God’s Word.

Here are some Biblical life samples that were killed under the wrath of God:

  • UZZA- 2 Samuel 6:6-7
  • ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA- Acts chapter 5
  • NADAB AND ABIHU- Leviticus chapter 10

3. Hell is reasonable because God is good.

God’s goodness is not really total good news. It is a threatening truth. God is good and we are not. And what will a good God do to bad people? Well, out of His goodness, He punishes.

Take a police and let him deal over a criminal who committed a heinous crime. If you have taken a wicked police officer, the criminal will go unpunished.

Or if you have taken a wicked judge, he will be declared “not guilty.” God is not a corrupt policeman and thus His goodness leads to man’s rightful punishment – this is very logical truth.

4. Because of God’s justice

Because God is good, he gives justice. In fact, God is a good judge, a righteous judge. Let’s take a case about an issue about India’s rampant gang rape victims.

Reporters said that a woman is raped every 22 minutes in India. One of the most disturbing cases is when a gang rapes a helpless woman, tortures her and kill her -much worse if she is 12 years old.

Can you imagine what will happen to a country without a punishment? Or can you imagine a universe without justice? Since logic leads us to conclude that punishment is necessary and good, that is the same case God, but this time, we are the ones who are guilty.

People who cannot understand God’s righteous justice, cannot understand their own rightful punishment. Ignorance about the truth comes from the lack of knowledge of the Scriptures which results to the absence of genuine faith, and ultimately leads to man’s inability to understand his real situation and not being able to call upon the Name of the Savior.

5. Because of man’s misunderstanding of God’s love

God’s love was never meant to be God’s “naive ignorance” towards man’s offensive actions. His love is unconditional even man is in a continuous rebellion against Him. He “commendeth His love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” His love enables wayward sinners to love Him in return (1 John 4:19).

Again, wrong thinking and knowledge of God makes us victims in having a twisted view of God. May these things not be true in our life. Without a proper understanding of the Word of God, man will be ignorant about God, or will have a twisted view of Him. Jesus Himself supported this when He said, “Ye are in error, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.”

Man’s view of God can only be corrected upon the sound teaching of God’s Word. The Gospel must be preached right, taught right, and lived right.

Remember, that the Scriptures are not only in the head, it submerges down to the heart and life of the person. A false teacher will be known because of his fruits. “By their fruits you shall know them.”

A teacher of a false gospel will produce a fruitless people, barren ones, powerless ones because there is no power if the Word of God is not preached.

To whom does God’s love apply then? – To those who are in Christ.

There is now no condemnation to those who are in Him. Salvation from sin and hell belong to the repenters, to those who believe.

Those whose heart of stone is taken away and a heart of flesh is replaced. God’s love belongs to those people who were born-again.

Are We Ready For The Next Middle East War?

 

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?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,  and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Matthew 24: 3-8

As the Middle East match box gets hotter, the prophesies we read from Jesus in Matthew 24 are being fulfilled before our eyes. The enemies of Israel are planning for the destruction of the Jewish people and her allies. Various nations of the world are rising up against each other and peace is elusive as ever.

The U.S. has seen it’s share of drought, pestilences, crop failures, and natural disasters which put us in a position of wondering if we are prepared for the next disaster which may befall us. Are we also ready for higher gasoline and food prices should the Middle East erupt in war?

Now is the time to prepare for any disaster which might befall you by stocking up with food, water, and other items to get you through the next disaster

P.S. Receiving salvation and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the best thing that could happen to you now and in the time of disaster.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3: 16-17

Prepare Today For What Might Happen Tomorrow!