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Jesus The Righteous Judge

Jesus The Righteous Judge

CHRIST’s COURT: Soon In Session – Part 1 of 3

Co-authored by James Fire and Anne Kisly
There is one source for spiritual truth in this world: that is the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures; there are innumerable sources of lies propagated in the world today, from innumerably apparent sources in religion, philosophy, psychology, science falsely called, etc. Ultimately however these derive from the one source of lies that presents the major contention for the Christian, which is the “father of lies” or Satan.

Universalism: SAVING THE UNIVERSE?

One manifestation of false doctrine that promotes certain lies that have in the past infiltrated the church, and even more so in these present days, is Universalism. What does this doctrine declare?

“The ultimate restoration of all sinners to happiness and the favor of God is maintained by Universalists (q.v.) on the ground that the final exclusion of any soul from heaven would be contrary to the illimitable love of God; that the wrath of God is only exercised against sin-repentance, even in the future life, bringing about a restoration to his love.”

The above quote is taken from the Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, Volume 10, 1895, pp. 109-33, Rev. John McClintock and James Strong.

We will refer to this work by McClintock and Strong again, later.

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With the increasing popularity of Universalism and alternate views of (1) Judgment Day, (2) hell (that can mean three different things), and (3) the biblical truth of salvation and what this means, we at T.T.U.F. found it necessary to deal with these doctrinal issues and determine where and how Universalism falls short of scriptural truth; we will also view scripture’s perspective on the aforementioned doctrines.

The CREATOR and HIS CREATURES

First of all, the Holy God of creation is by right, owner of all that is in reality (Gen. 14:22; Psalm 89:11), for He is the Maker of all things (regardless of the fact that much of what He has created has been perverted and deformed by the entrance of sin into the world (Gen. 6:5; Ps. 53:3 Is. 64:6; 1 John 1:8 and 5:19; including one third of all the angels, the heavenlies [celestial domain of angelic beings], all mankind, the animal kingdom, and the Earth along with its entire eco-system; Romans 8:21-22). Being the Maker of all things does not necessitate that He is therefore by virtue of this truth, the Redeemer of all things He has made. It’s often said, that “we are all God’s children” but this is in fact, an error. We are all creations of God, but to be His child has established requirements that we will look into later.

Due to the fact that Adam was established by God as the steward over the Garden of Eden, as well as all the Earth (Gen. 1:28), and that Adam fell from his divinely appointed position through sin when he succumbed to Satan’s temptation, Satan then became the ruler of this world (Matt. 4:8-9; 2 Cor. 4:4) by the default of Adam, but one day the LORD Jesus will visibly reclaim His rightful ownership (Matt. 13:38, 44) that He obtained by His atonement via the shedding of His holy blood upon the Cross (Rev. 5:1-9).

ALL RISE! COURT IN SESSION!

The LORD Jesus at the end of the world will preside over all of His creation as its Judge, and this is amply demonstrated by countless verses recorded in scripture; God is the Judge and yet the LORD told us that the Father has committed all judgment to the Son (John 5:22); verses that reveal God as a Judge are throughout scripture, but here are just a handful:

God The Righteous Judge of All The Nations

Psalm 82:8 – “Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.”

Psalm 50:6 – “And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.”

Psalm 68:5 – “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.”

Psalm 96:10 – “Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.”

Acts 10:42 – “And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.”

Romans 2:16 “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”

2 Tim 4:1 – “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;”

Hebrews 12:23 – “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”

John 12:48 – “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”

The Greek word used in most of the above references (among dozens of others) is krino, which means “to decide mentally or judicially”; by impl. “To try, to condemn, punish, judge, determine, go to law, call into question, avenge, damn, decree, ordain, sentence to”.

Looking at the various renderings of this word (krino), and the general references of scripture above, it’s easily discernible that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ unto Whom the Father has committed all judgment to, will in fact judge all the world. He shall call into question, and determine by going to the Law of God which is perfectly Holy, and using it as the Standard by which all souls (unsaved) will be measured, who is guilty of transgressing the Law (Romans 2:12).

Rev 20:11 – “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.”

Rev 20:12 – “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. ”

Rev 20:13 – “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

Rev 20:14 – “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

Rev 20:15 – “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Two Choices: LIFE or DEATH; HEAVEN or HELL –

Note that there are books (plural) opened, and another book, the book of Life; whoever was not found written in this book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Apparently they were judged out of those things written in these other books: presumably these books record the deeds, thoughts and intents of these individuals who will stand at this Judgment. These books will be utilized to incriminate the souls before the Holy God, and there will be no appeal, no settlement, no ‘greasing the judge’ with a little cash flow on the side. All decisions are apparently final, particularly since those who are imprisoned in hell (that is, hades – the abode of the dead) cannot escape from there (Luke 16:26) and according to Revelation 20:14, death and hell (hades, along with its entire population) are both cast into the Lake of fire.

I’ve often said in utter sobriety, that “there are no exit signs in hell”, and such is the case.

I thought it might prove useful to include at this time, an article that I wrote for FROM the MIND of FIRE that dealt extensively with the doctrine of hell –

LINK: THERE ARE NO EXIT SIGNS IN HELL

Taken from the web site quoted at the beginning of this article, here is a statement from Van Oosterzee, Christian Dogmatics, 2, 438:

“The duration of future punishment is most definitely represented in Holy Scripture as absolutely endless (Mark 9:44-50; Revelation 14:11, etc.). Even if the word eternal does not in itself denote absolute endlessness, it is surely a different matter when eternal pain is without ally limitation associated with eternal life (Matthew 25:46). We will here only call to mind the fact that those who maintain the contrary of restorationism can bring forward numerous and plain statements of the Lord and his witnesses; at any rate, the possibility of an endless misery is most distinctly declared in Matthew 12:31, 32; and such words as those in Luke 16:26; Matthew 25:10, 41; 26:24 could hardly be vindicated from a charge of exaggeration if he who spoke them had himself seen even a ray of light in the outer darkness, and been able and willing to kindle it before others’ eyes. In no case could such a ray be seen without previous contrition and conversion but, viewed even psychologically, this latter is certainly nowhere to be looked for less than in a hell of sorrow and despair, not to say that the Gospel nowhere opens up to us a certain prospect of the continuance of the gracious work of God on the other side of the grave.
He who here talks of harshness must by no means forget that sinful man is a very partial judge in his own case; that nothing less than the highest grace is boldly and stubbornly set at naught in the case here supposed; and that there always will be, according to the teaching of Scripture, an equitable distinction in the rewards as well as in the punishments of the future (Luke 12:47, 48; Romans 2:12 sq.). Ay, even if men might flatter themselves with a diminution or postponement of the punishment, there still would always be a remembrance of the incalculable mischief which they had done to themselves and others, and this would be a dark cloud before the sun of an eventual happiness. Least of all could they hope for such an end who have known the great salvation, and all their lives ungratefully despised it (Matthew 11:24; Hebrews 2:3). As to the heathen and others who, entirely without their own fault, have missed the way of life, Holy Scripture nowhere compels us to believe that these should summarily, and on that account alone, be the victims of an eternal damnation. While there is only one way of salvation (Acts 4:12), the Merciful One will make it known to men in some way (1 Peter 3:19).
We can safely leave to God the justification, even in this respect, of his own government of the world; but we must take careful heed that we do not try to be more merciful land wise than he to whom sin, as long as it continues to be sin, is thoroughly damnable. Even in preaching the Gospel, his servants are not free to leave this darker side entirely unmentioned. The statement of it should always be joined with that of the friendly light of grace, and let the preacher take care that he does not lead his hearers in the way of despairing fear or unbelieving doubt by yielding to the desire to paint hell as black as possible. The best statement of the prospect of the sinner is that of going to his own place, i.e. to the land of his own choice, where he may still continue to dwell.”

The Beautiful Lie of Universalism: Heresy Unveiled

To learn more about Universalism and related issues such as its origin and history, both ancient and modern; its organization and government; its doctrines concerning the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, of Man, of sin, of rewards and punishments, of conversion, salvation and forgiveness, and immortality as well as other less pertinent information, visit the web site:

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, Volume 10, 1895, pp. 109-33, Rev. John McClintock and James Strong – UNIVERSALISM

Anne Kisly, co-writer for The TRUTH UNDER FIRE has made the following contribution to this article dealing with Eternal Life, Eternal punishment, Judgment, and What Are We Saved From?

Eternal Punishment and Eternal life are clearly laid down in Scripture. It is as clear as the eternity of God himself!

John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

The Authority of Scripture

Referring to this one passage of Scripture is enough of itself to settle the question of eternal punishment. But there are those who vehemently oppose the doctrine of eternal punishment and hell and subscribe rather to the many heresies of the day.

There are those who will not submit to the teaching and authority of Holy Scripture. Why? It is because they presume to sit in judgment upon what is and what is not worthy of God to do. Though born in sin, people continue to live in sin, in folly, and rebellion against God, though they neglect salvation in and through Jesus Christ, somehow it is imagined that afterwards all will go unpunished. They reason away these particular passages of Scripture with the imbalanced understanding of God’s benevolence, goodness and mercy. They emphasize the disproportion between a few years of sin and an unfair endless eternity of punishment. They take it upon themselves to decide that it is inconsistent with their idea of God and that He would never allow such a thing as eternal punishment. What they attribute to the government of God, we in any human government would consider to be completely unjust, namely, an inability to punish evil-doers.

Denying Eternal Punishment is Denying God’s Word

THE ARGUMENT: If we deny Eternal Punishment, we must also deny eternal anything because it is the same word which is used in every instance to express the idea of endless continuance…FOREVER!

There are about seventy passages in the Greek New Testament where the word “everlasting/eternal” occurs. The Greek word used is “aionios” which obviously means: perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well):–eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).

Those who oppose the doctrine of eternal punishment endeavor to prove that the word “everlasting” does not mean everlasting in the Greek. For this very reason we will quote several scriptures in which the Holy Spirit applies it in a variety of ways.

Note: The same word that is applied to the punishment of the wicked is also applied to the believers’ life, to the salvation and redemption, and the glory to which we look forward to.

More importantly…it is applied to God, and to the Spirit.
Therefore, to single out a handful of scriptures dealing with eternal punishment and say that everlasting means something else is absolutely absurd, for the Scriptures themselves will indeed interpret the Scriptures, and the message is absolutely clear and true.  Let’s look at some of these examples:

Scriptures on Eternal Punishment & Everlasting Life

“To be cast into everlasting fire” (Matt. 18:8)

“That I may have eternal life” (Matt. 19:16)

“These shall go away into everlasting punishment” (Matt. 25:46)

And in the very same verse: “The righteous unto life eternal” “Is in danger of eternal damnation” (Mark 3:29)

“They may receive you into everlasting habitations” (Luke 16:9)

“In the world to come, life everlasting” (Luke 18:30)

‘He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” (John 3:15-16, 36; 5:24)

“The commandment of the everlasting God” (Romans 16:26)

“An eternal and exceeding weight of glory” (2 Cor. 4:17)

“The things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18)

“A house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor. 5:1)

“They shall be punished with everlasting destruction” (2 Thess. 1:9)

“Hath given us everlasting consolation” (2 Thess. 2:16)

“In Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Tim. 2:10)

“The author of eternal salvation” (Heb. 5:9)

“Having obtained eternal redemption” (Heb. 9:12)

“Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God” (vs. 14)
“The promise of eternal inheritance” (vs.15)

“Called us unto His eternal glory” (1 Pet. 5:10)

“Into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior” (2 Pet 1:11)

“This is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20)

“Suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude :7)

The Doctrine of Hell:  Endless Eternal Punishment

This word expresses what everybody knows to be endless! You cannot stop short with the question of punishment or you must deny the rest.

It is so vitally important and my thorough conviction that believers in Christ understand this doctrine of endless punishment of the wicked in hell. The unbeliever cannot and will not be restored, because the Scripture declares that “HE SHALL NOT SEE LIFE.” He will not be annihilated because the Scripture declares that “THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETH UPON HIM.”

How much better, and wiser, and safer it would be for our fellow men to flee from the wrath to come than to deny that it is coming; or that, to deny when it does come, it will be eternal.

In a recent discussion with a confused friend, we debated about this very issue after Jim posted an interview/video clip on his wall in Facebook. The video features Doug Pagitt, one of today’s leading New Age/Emergent Church teachers who denies that hell is a place or that a future punishment will exist. In fact he denies that heaven is a literal place and that all men whether Christians/Muslims/Buddhists or whatever will end up in the same place after death. This will help you better understand the emergent church movement and what happens when you depart from the authority of Scripture and refer to it as “Pop-phrases”.

In our debate, our friend stated, “Many pastors, preachers, and theologians completely disagree with a literal interpretation of “hell” being a place of fire and brimstone that perpetually tortures people beyond trillions of centuries. Unfortunately, it’s a sick and perverted distortion of the afterlife that didn’t even come into play until the Catholic church, and Dante Alighieri in his classic comic, “Dante’s Inferno” created it in the figments of their imagination as a means to keep their gullible sheep in bondage to fear for their own afterlives, and that of their deceased loved ones to free them from an imaginary purgatory, and suck them dry of all of their material possessions.”

He went on to say, “Don’t you think a fair God would have warned of such a horrifying possibility as to being fried for eons and eons? Do you you think a loving and just God would eternally barbecue your your mother for billions and billions of centuries, only to turn her over and barbecue her for another hundred billion centuries just for being a non-believing sinner? Really? Don’t you think Paul himself would have warned everyone of such a horrific fate on all of his missionary journeys?”

He argued that the scriptures which speak of “unquenchable fire” — of an “undying worm” — of a “fixed gulf” — of “abiding wrath” are all figures and are not to be taken literally.

Man Centered or Christ Centered Theology

What then is the meaning, what is the purpose of such scriptures?

Granted that the ‘fire,” the “worm, “and the “gulf” are figures, but figures of what? Of something that lasts for one day, something temporal? Absolutely not! What then is undying…fixed….and abide mean? Do they somehow suggest something fleeting? It is rather something which is eternal, if anything is eternal.

Whether you are studying in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English or any other language under heaven, the word Eternal will never mean temporal.

In Matthew 1:21, the angel said to Joseph, “You shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins” .

What’s in a name?  Christ Centered Theology

When the God the Father gave the incarnate Son a name, JESUS, the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name Joshua, means “Savior”. The Bible declares that “there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus is the Savior–and his coming as Savior has been the good news, the joyful news from throughout history!

Because of the loose and even perverted interpretations of Scripture, we need to address the question, “A Savior to save us from what?” It’s a good question and one that must be answered. The word ‘savior’ implies that we need to be saved from something; we all can clearly see that. Saved is a synonym for rescued or delivered. It implies there’s some kind of threatening condition, a dangerous, desperate, or deadly condition from which we need to be rescued. The question is, from what?

If you listen to what some believers and even preachers say about the gospel, you would think that the condition of unbelief doesn’t sound so grave. The grave condition of sin is taken lightly, and God’s grace has become cheapened by our inability to cope and accept the fact that we are fallen creatures. The fact is that we do not posses the ability to save ourselves from the affects of that sin, nor are we acceptable to God in our fallen state. In today’s society, one gets the idea that humanity mainly needs to be rescued from its lack of fulfillment. Our plans, our relationships, our dreams haven’t turned out exactly the way that we had hoped that it would. We are always lacking and in want, unfulfilled and desperate for happiness.

According to the world’s view which is sometimes the view presented in the gospel that some are preaching, Jesus will fulfill all that we want him to. Just come to Jesus, and he will make you rich; buy you a car; fix your marriage; help you climb that corporate ladder; remove all your troubles, and fulfill all of your dreams. But is the danger from which you need to be saved, the shattering of all your dreams? Was the purpose of the shedding of the blood of Jesus at Calvary to rescue us from an unfulfilled life?

Sure it’s true that the gospel does fill the unfulfilled life, but this is secondary to the primary purpose.

Genuine conversion means that you now belong to God and the Holy Spirit takes up residence in your heart. It has a dramatic effect on your life and yes, you will experience a new reason to live; have the hope of eternal life and the promise of heaven. And when you experience the power of the Holy Spirit to change you, you’ll see victory over the debilitating habits and passions that feed your sinful nature.  But this is not the primary issues in salvation!

Sin & Guilt Separates us From a Holy God

The real problem is sin and guilt…and as a consequence of sin, separation from God and eventually eternal punishment. That’s the issue. God sent Jesus Christ to rescue us from the consequence of our sin, and everybody falls into the category of ‘sinner’. It doesn’t matter who you are; what you’ve done, what you have or have not,or how educated or ignorant you are…you and I are sinners and the Bible declares that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

GOD IS HOLY, and He is angry, “angry at the wicked everyday” because we have broken His holy law and rebel in our hearts against Him. Unless something happens to change our condition, one is most definitely on the way to eternal hell and punishment.

For this reason we need to be rescued from the consequences of sin. This is the principal issue that the gospel solves.

Coming to Christ means the end of you and me, and a new life in Jesus Christ, for it is He who purchased us through the shedding of His own blood in order to redeem us.

The church needs to get back to remembering that God sent His Son into the world to save His people from their sins….not their unfulfilled dreams.

A proper presentation of the gospel should focus on that. The angel told Joseph: “He is the one who will save His people from their sins. That is why you must name Him Jesus.” Humanity’s real destroyer is sin, and the guilt for sin is a real guilt, a God-imposed guilt that damns to eternal hell. That is why people need to be saved, rescued, and delivered. That is what people must understand in the gospel, and that is what we must proclaim to the world around us.

What are we saved from if not from sin and death and eternal punishment! The death of Christ is the climax of the history of man because the crucifixion of Christ is the event which secures redemption.
We have spent much time in study and research to bring this information to you, the reader. We realize that this is a very long article so we have broken it down into several parts in order to cover as many aspects as possible, and to clarify what the Bible teaches about it.

I cannot express how important it is to know what the Scriptures say about this doctrine. To deny it would be to deny the authority of the word of God. To replace what God hath said with intellectual philosophy and fallen human nature is deadly. Would God purposely mislead his children? Would he bring false warnings to the lost? Is that why Jesus came to die on the cross…to save us from nothing? Entertaining such denials can only weaken Christianity, destroy evangelism, and lead many to the door of hell itself! There is only one whose goal and purpose it is to do just that, his name is Satan, the Father of lies.

We will now conclude Part 1 of this article with some valuable insights from Dr. Herbert Lockyer which are pertinent scriptures and commentary here for your review and further study.

LESSONS FROM LOCKYER –
Valuable insights from Dr. Herbert Lockyer:

A Threefold Death – Physical, Spiritual and Eternal

(1) Physical or natural Death occurs when the spirit and soul leave the house or body in which they lived. And this cessation of man to function as a living human being can be summarized thus –

(a) It is by Adam, Gen 3:19; I Corinthians 15:21, 22

(b) It is the consequence of sin, Gen 2:17; Rom. 5:12

(c) It is the lot of all, Ecclesiastes 8:8; Hebrews 9:27

(d) It is ordered by God, Deut. 32:39; Job 14:5

(e) It is the end of earthly projects and possessions, Ecc. 9:10; I Tim. 6:6

(f) It is the leveler of all ranks, Job 3:17-19

(g) It was conquered BY CHRIST, Rom 6:9; Rev. 1:8; II Timothy 1:10

(h) It is to be finally destroyed, Hosea 13:14; I Corinthians 15:26 (NOTE: In the context of the wicked, Jude 1:5 states, “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” The Greek word for destroyed is “apollumi, ap-ol’-loo-mee” – the base of the word 3639; to destroy fully (reflexively, to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively:–destroy, die, lose, mar, perish. See Greek 575 (apo) a primary particle; “off,” i.e. away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative):–(X here-)after, ago, at, because of, before, by (the space of), for(-th), from, in, (out) of, off, (up-)on(-ce), since, with. In composition (as a prefix) it usually denotes separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal, etc. See Greek 3639 (olethros) from a primary ollumi (to destroy; a prolonged form); ruin, i.e. death, punishment:–destruction.

(i) It holds no fear for the believer, Hebrews 2:15

(j) It is to be regarded as a hand, Job 14:1-2; Psalm 90:9; I Peter 1:24

(k) It is to be prepared for, Psalm 39:4, 13; 90:12

(l) It inspires diligence and devotion, John 9:4; Isaiah 38:18,20

(m) It illustrates conversion, Romans 6:2; Colossians 2:20

(n) It never enters heaven, Luke 20:36; Revelation 21:4

(o) It is described as a sleep, John 11:11; fleeing as a shadow, Job 14:2; as the putting off the tabernacle, II Corinthians 5:1; II Peter 1:14

(2) Spiritual Death means to be separated from life in God. As in material death there is the separation of the spirit from the body, so in spiritual death there is the separation of the spirit from God.

(a) It is alienation from God, Eph. 4:18

(b) It is Carnal-mindedness, Romans 8:6

(c) It is a walk in trespass and sin, Eph 2:1; Col. 2:1

(d) It is spiritual ignorance, Isaiah 9:2; Ephesians 4:18

(e) It is unbelief, John 3:36; I John 5:12

(f) It is living in worldly pleasure, I Timothy 5:6

(g) It is hypocrisy, Rev. 3:1,2

(h) It is the consequences of the fall, Rom. 5:15

(i) It is the state of all men by nature, Romans 6:13; 8:6

(j) Its fruits are dead works, Hebrews 6:1; 9:14

(k) It can be banished by Christ, Eph. 5:14; 2:5; John 5:24,25; Rom 6:13

(l) Its banishment is proved by love, I John 3:14 (interesting test of true conversion).

(m) It is illustrated in Ezekiel 37:2,3; Luke 15:24

(3) Eternal Death is eternal separation from the presence of God is implied in John’s terrible phrase, “the second death” (Revelation 21:8). “Eternal” or “Everlasting” means “perpetual” or “forever.” There is an everlasting, perpetual life to be lived forever away from God, and this is eternal death. There is an everlasting, perpetual life to be lived with God and this is eternal life. And to gather together what the Scriptures have to say regarding eternal death is to find fresh cause for gratitude that we have been saved from everlasting woe through Him who came to the place of death for lost, guilty sinners.

(a) It is the necessary consequence of sin, Rom 6:16, 21; 8:13; James 1:15

(b) It is the wages of sin, Rom 6:23

(c) It is the portion of the wicked, Matthew 24:41, 46; Romans 1:32

(d) It is the fruit of self-righteousness, Proverbs 14:12

(e) It is divine punishment, Matthew 10:28; James 4:12; Matthew 25:31,41; II Thessalonians 1:7,8

(f) Its only avenue of escape is Christ, John 3;16; 8:51; Acts 4:12

(g) It has no hold upon the saints, Revelation 2:11; 20:6

(h) It is the very reason why saints should strive to save sinners, James 5:20

(i) It is described as banishment from God, II Thess. 1:9; society with the devil, Matt 25:41; a lake of fire, Revelation 19:20; 21:8; unrelieved darkness, Matt 25:30; II Peter 2:17; a resurrection to eternal condemnation, Daniel 12:2; John 5:29; Matt 25:46; eternal torment, Luke 16:23-26.

After death there is a destiny, and God’s Word sets down this destiny as being one of two alternatives know as heaven and hell. There is a state of unbroken peace and pure joy in the presence of the lord for all the redeemed; or there is a banishment from God’s presence to a state of misery and dread.

Moreover, these two states of being are declared to be absolute, fixed, and eternal. At death, the soul, after life’s probation, passes into a destiny, absolutely fixed and final.

The broad proofs of such an affirmation are three fold:

(1) The Teachings of Jesus Christ

With unmistakable clarity the Master spoke of heaven and hell. But while certainties are set down so that no man can miss them, yet details are treated with divine reserve.

Unspeakable anguish and woe are indicated by the explicit parables of judgment. For example: We have the great gulf fixed – the door shut which cannot be opened-the outer darkness with its weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The other destiny carrying with it a state of close fellowship with Christ can be gleaned from the following-“Where I am, there shall also my servant be” – “Abraham’s bosom” – “The Father’s house.”

Doubtless there is a sharp, emphatic division in Christ’s teaching somewhat repugnant to the modern mind. He speaks not only of heaven where “ancient dreams as substance are,” but of hell, that dreary abode, where “the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.” There are wheat and tares; good fish and bad; sheep and goats; loyal and disloyal; saved and lost; those who do His will and those who do it not; children of God and children of the devil. Each soul goes to its place.

From the records of our Lord’s ministry among men we discover that some of the most solemn utterances about the eternal woe of the lost fell from the lips of him who died that men might not perish. No matter how men may try to do away with hell, it is still in existence and was a grim reality to Jesus who constantly warned his hearers of its terrors. While some of his descriptions of the place of final punishment may be figurative, they yet indicate a dreadful reality. The words he used all imply utter and hopeless ruin and reveal how candid he was when speaking of the eternal destiny of those rejecting him and his witness. We cannot explain away the revelation he gave men of eternal punishment. It was the Savior who came as the personification of divine love who spoke of:

“The broad way that leadeth to destruction” (Matt: 7:13)
“Lose his own soul” (Matt. 16:26; see Matt 19:23)
“Eternal punishment” (Matt 25:46, RV)
“Outer darkness” (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30)
“Unquenchable fire” (Mark 9:43, 44).
“Wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 13:42, 50)
“Thy whole body cast into hell” (Matt. 5:29-30).
“Everlasting fire (Matt 25:41, 46).
“Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:46-48)
“Eternal sin” (Mark 3:29, RV)

Yet, speaking so faithfully of the reality, the fearfulness, the eternity of God’s just retribution, Jesus always displayed his matchless love and his unlimited grace, for it was the contemplation of the sinner’s doom that caused his tears. Can you not hear the sob of unwanted love in his plea, “How often would I have gathered thy children together as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not” (Luke 13:34, 35; see Luke 19:41).

It is not generally realized that Jesus spoke more frequently of the place of woe than the abode of eternal peace. His most graphic and detailed representation of the place, originally prepared for the Devil and his angels, is the illustration he used for the rich man Lazarus. The rich man is tormented in hell’s flame, not because he was rich, but because his soul’s deepest interests were neglected. He prays in agony for a drop of water to cool his tongue, but his suffering and despair are increased tenfold by the sight of the felicity of the beggar whom he had despised and neglected, now at a heavenly banquet, and also by the fact that a great gulf is fixed between paradise and perdition. There was no purgatory in which the rich man could cleanse himself of his sins and errors and then recline of Abraham’s bosom. Hell, as we understand it from the teaching of Jesus, means eternal separation from God.

What must be borne in mind is that GOD IS NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE (2 Pet. 3:9) and therefore, never sends sinners to hell. The eternal punishment of the wicked is not arbitrarily imposed by God but is the inevitable outcome of sin itself – the confirmation of sinners in their own self-chosen course, being left by God to reap the full, dire consequences of sin. Having persistently separated themselves from God, sinners, dying in their sin, banish themselves from his presence and abandon themselves to reap the full harvest of their own evil character and of their rejection of Calvary’s provision for their sin. “God willeth that all men should be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4 RV), but to the wicked, Jesus was obliged to say, “Ye will not come to me that ye might have life” (John 5:40; see John 3:19). Although he was the Son of God, with power, Jesus never compelled submission, “If any man will.” Because he died that men might be forgiven of all their sin, Jesus gives to men not a chance, but EVERY CHANCE TO ACCEPT HIS GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE.

(2) There is the Inevitable Contrast

Another reason for the two alternatives of heaven and hell lies in the contrast between those who are holy and those who are sinful. Our sins are set in the awful light of God’s countenance, not in the partial discernment of man. Evil cannot stand in God’s presence, so we have those awful sentences – “I never knew you” – “Depart from me” – “The wrath of the Lamb”.

(3) There are the Facts of Life

Beyond the explicit teaching of Jesus and the irreconcilable nature of good and evil, there is the conclusion to be drawn from the facts of life. Habit makes character, and character fixes destiny.

Sow a thought, and reap an act
Sow an act, and reap a character
Sow a character, and reap a destiny

The young are impressionable and plastic. The old find it almost impossible to change. The repentance of an old man is one of the rarest of spiritual experiences, as any preacher will tell you. Thus it is not difficult to realize that when a soul passes out into eternity, it continues to be what it was in time, only more fixed in an inevitable destiny (Revelation 22:11).

May you and I have the assurance that, when the day breaks and the shadows flee away, the realms of the blest will be our everlasting abode!

Gideon: Israel’s Turning Point

Gideon: Israel’s Turning Point

America, as well as other “Christian” nations, seemingly are becoming more and more ungodly by the hour. Just a quick scan of daily news articles and consideration of current trends will more than support this conclusion. With that in mind, there is probably no greater book to address this concern than the often dismal but ever important Book of Judges, and a better understanding of its literary structure will assist in unlocking its much needed far-reaching message. The overall theme of this book is one that every believer needs to consider personally, prayerfully, and carefully. Of course, that theme is apostasy.

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Gog of the land of Magog

Gog of the land of Magog

The Friends of Israel is a worldwide Christian ministry communicating biblical truth about Israel and the Messiah, while fostering solidarity with the Jewish people. Renald E Showers

Israel My Glory Magazine, FOI

What Is The Battle of Gog & Magog?

Who are The Nations of Gog & Magog?

The first nation, Persia, is now the modern state of Iran. It is currently ruled by an Islamic fundamentalist government that is building significant military power, including the development of nuclear weapons. It has openly declared its commitment to the annihilation of the Jewish State of Israel.

The second nation, Ethiopia, was not the same as modern Ethiopia. Instead, it occupied the area later known as Nubia. Today it is known as Sudan and is dominated by an Islamic fundamentalist government that is using brutal means, including crucifix ion of Christians, to attempt to establish a pure, Islamic state.

The third nation, Libya, the western neighbor of Egypt, is also an Islamic nation today. It is strongly anti-West and anti-Israel, and Western intelligence has been informed that Libya has hired Eastern European and former Soviet military scientists to aid its development of military power.

The people of the fourth nation, Gomer, were also known as the Cimmerians. They originally lived north of the Caucasus Mountains in the southern part of what is modern Russia. In Ezekiel ’s time, they had settled in what is now central Turkey.

The people of the fifth nation, Togarmah, were identified by Josephus as the Phrygians (Antiquities, I. 6, 1 [126]), who settled in Cappadocia, now eastern Turkey.

Considering the location of the fourth and fifth nations in Turkey, it should be noted that the present secular government of Turkey is being threatened by Islamic fundamentalists. As a result, some leaders fear that Turkey could become another Iran. If that happens, all the nations named in Ezekiel 38:5–6 will be characterized by a militant Islamic hatred of Israel.

The Identity of the Leader of the Invasion

The five nations of Ezekiel 38:5–6 will be led by a sixth in the future attack against Israel. God gave three identifying marks for that leader.

The Leader ’s Name

The leader will be “ Gog, of the land of Magog ” ( Ezek. 38:2 ). Jerome, a prominent church leader (345–420 A.D.), declared that Magog was located north of the Caucasus Mountains, near the Caspian Sea. Josephus (Antiquities, I. 6, 1 [123]) and Greek writers associated the name “ Magog ” with the Scythians. According to the revised International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, the major group of Scythians lived near the Black Sea “ from the Caucasus around to the Danube. ” It appears, then, that the land of Magog was located near the Black and Caspian Seas north of the Caucasus Mountains, in the southern part of 20th-century Russia.

The Leader ’s Political Position

The leader is identified as “ the chief prince ” or ruler “ of Meshech and Tubal ” ( Ezek. 38:2 ; Ezek. 39:1 ). Classical Greek writers called the people of Meshech the “ Moschoi, ” and Assyrian records referred to them as the “ Muski. ” This group settled in the area of Armenia, “ where the borders of Russia, Iran and Turkey converge. ”

The people of Tubal were located in the central part of Turkey immediately west of Togarmah.

The Leader ’s Geographical Location

Gog ’s location is “ the north parts ” (Ezek. 38:15 ;Ezek. 39:2 ). The Hebrew word translated “ parts ” means “ extreme or uttermost parts. ” Since Ezekiel was a Hebrew prophet, he would refer to geographical locations from the vantage point of his homeland. Thus, his statement in 38:15 indicates that when Gog leads the six-nation attack against Israel, he will come from his location in the extreme or uttermost parts directly north of Israel. Russia is the nation situated in the extreme or uttermost parts directly north of Israel.

From what has been observed, it appears that Russia will lead the future invasion against Israel foretold in Ezekiel 38–39 . Why would Russia do this One reason is anti-Semitism. Before Communism, Russia was notorious for brutal persecution of Jews. While Communism held an iron grip on the government of that nation, it suppressed the outward expression of hatred for Jews. Now that Communism has lost that grip, at least for a while, anti-Semitism has been allowed to raise its ugly head again. Some members of Pamyat, a strongly anti-Semitic organization that wants to rid Russia of, all Jews, blame all of that nation ’s problems on Jews. Some have even accused Jews of being the source of the AIDS virus. As a result of these ominous trends and the lifting of Communist rule, a mass exodus of Jews from the former Soviet Union has been taking place since the early 1990s, with the majority returning to their ancient homeland of Israel.

There is another reason for Russia to lead the future invasion—a desire for status. According to an independent secular intelligence agency, officers of the armed forces of the former Soviet Union believe that Russia can still have superpower status, even without Communism, if it will ally itself with Islamic nations against Israel.

In line with this, early in the 1990s an official Soviet government spokesman stated that young people in the nation ’s schools are being required to learn Arabic as their second language because his government had concluded that the future of their nation lies with the Islamic nations of the world.

The Time of the Invasion

In Ezekiel 38:8 , 16 , God declared that this future invasion of Israel would take place “ in the latter years ” and “ latter days. ” That would be after Israel has been regathered from the nations to its homeland and feels so safe and secure that it will have no defenses of its own (vv. 8 , 11–12 , 14 ). There has been an amazing regathering of Israel to its homeland since its reestablishment as a nation state in 1948, but certainly Israel does not feel so safe and secure there today that it has no defenses of its own.

Since the Scriptures indicate that there will be no warfare during the future reign of the Messiah ( Ps. 72:7 ; Isa. 9:6–7 ; Mic. 4:3–4 ), this invasion cannot take place during the Millennium. Is there any time between now and Christ ’s Second Coming to establish the Millennium when Israel will feel so safe and secure that it will not maintain its defenses It appears so.

According to Daniel 9:27 , at the very beginning of the future seven-year Tribulation period, the Antichrist will enforce a strong covenant with Israel. It will so strongly bind Israel to the Antichrist that he will regard that nation as an extension of himself and his empire in the Middle East. As a result, through that covenant the Antichrist will guarantee Israel ’s national security. This guarantee will cause Israel to feel so safe and secure that it will discontinue the costly burden of maintaining its defenses.

This feeling of security will not last long, however. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will begin to desolate Israel ( Dan. 9:27 ; Mt. 24:15–21 ); thus, the nation will feel safe and secure only during the first half of the seven-year Tribulation. It appears, then, that the invasion of Israel by Russia and its Islamic allies will take place during the first half of the Tribulation, perhaps shortly before its midpoint.

The Invader ’s Attitude And Actions

The invaders will think that since Israel has let down its military guard, it will be their opportune time to strike and plunder its resources ( Ezek. 38:10–13 ). As a result, they will launch such a large invasion force that it will seem like a massive cloud covering the land ( 38:9 , 15–16 ).

God ’s Attitude And Actions

(Ezek. 38:4 ,Ezek.38:16 ;Ezek. 39:2 ). When they attack, His attitude toward them will be characterized by fury, jealousy, and fiery wrath (Ezek. 38:18–19 ). He will then actively intervene to destroy the massive invading force through a fierce earthquake, landslides, self-destructive panic, pestilence, excessive rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone ( 38:19–22 ).

The destruction of the invading army will be so extensive that the mountains and open fields of Israel and a valley near the Dead Sea will be congested with corpses. God will bring fowl and beasts to eat many of them. It will take the Jews seven months to bury the remainder of the dead and seven years to destroy their weapons ( 39:3–5 , 9–20 ). If this invasion takes place shortly before the middle of the Tribulation, this destruction of weapons will continue into the early part of the Millennium.

God ’s purpose for all of this will be to glorify Himself before Israel and all the nations—to so impress them with His existence and power that He will have life changing influence on them (Ezek. 38:16 ,Ezek. 23 ;Ezek. 39:7 ,Ezek. 39:13 ,Ezek. 39:21–22 ). Many Jews and Gentiles will be saved during the Tribulation ( Rev. 7 ). No doubt the fulfillment of the Ezekiel 38–39 prophecy will be one of the means through which God will bring people of that time to Himself.

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About Renald Showers

Dr. Renald E. Showers is an author and an international conference speaker for the Friends of Israel.

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Iranians Learn Bible Prophecies Elam

Iranians Learn Bible Prophecies Elam

Nuclear Showdown in Iran, Revealing The Ancient Prophecy of ElamToday we look at an ancient 2600 year old prophecy about Elam. Elam is the ancient name for what today is Iran.  The very important table of the nations found in Genesis 10 provides keys for who these ancient nations are.  This video is part one of two that was filmed in the studios of Iran Alive Ministries. Hormoz Shariat, the founder of Iran Alive and the host of the TV show, interviewed Bill Salus in April, 2014, about the prophecies of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38. Salus teaches in English, while Shariat translates into Farsi. (more…)

Nephilim: Origins Documentary

Nephilim: Origins Documentary

A note from Amos37:  I watched this documentary with Trey Smith. I found it informative and Trey is engaging, funny but the content is excellent.  If there was a global flood and the bible records …”giants in the land” one of the tribes Rephaim of old giants After the flood!   Then shouldn’t there be some evidence in history or fossils?  Word study here to show context of subject.  Moabites called them Emims = “terrors”  The Anakims a tribe of giants, descendants of Anak, which dwelled in southern Canaan. And to connect the giants, the Nephilim recorded in Genesis 6:4  Then we must consider the words of our Lord Jesus about the days of Noah…

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Why Study Biblical Typology? Resources

Why Study Biblical Typology? Resources

A Study of Biblical Typology

BY WAYNE JACKSON

One of the most fascinating areas of Bible study is that of typology—the study of Scripture “types.” Few Christians have made any sort of in-depth investigation of biblical types. As a matter of fact, this field of study has fallen into disrepute in recent years and this can probably be accounted for on two bases:

First, the extravagant speculations of earlier typologists have left a bad taste for the study in the minds of many; they feel it has been discredited. (more…)

Contrasting The Rapture And The Second Coming

Contrasting The Rapture And The Second Coming

Differences Between The Rapture And The Second ComingWhen we look and speak with those who fight against the Rapture of the Church.  Most don’t understand the differences of many these events.  The origin of the word Rapture comes from the Latin translation (Vulgate) when Jerome translated the Greek word (ἁρπάζω  harpazō 1Th 4:17).  Rapture critics like to claim that the word “rapture” is not located in the Bible. It may not be in the King James, but the word “rapture” is found in the Bible, if you have the Latin Vulgate produced by Jerome in the early 400s. The Vulgate was the main Bible of the medieval Western Church until the Reformation. It continues to this day as the primary Latin translation of the Roman Catholic Church. (more…)

Syria Middle East Prophecy Update

Syria Middle East Prophecy Update

Syria Middle East Prophecy UpdateWith the worlds eyes on Syria and the tragic events that surround the people of Syria in the midst of civil war.  Who used chemical weapons?  Will the world attack?  What will Israel do?  This is a very complicated issue as world powers jockey to be the “King Maker” in the Middle East.  Iran, Turkey, Al-Qaeda, The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah and a host of others circle the dying regime of Bashar al-Assad.  Will he use Chemical Weapons, will he attack Israel to garnish support from the Muslim world and could this precipitate the prophecy in Isaiah 17?  Pastor Jack Hibbs brings a thoughtful and pastoral look at the Geo Political issues, prophecy and a biblical look.  We do not want to be speculative in our look and see prophecy in every headline.  We look at all the issues. (more…)

101 End Times Bible Prophecies Happening Today

101 End Times Bible Prophecies Happening Today

101 prophecies Listed Scripture linksWe use this tract and the 101 Scientific Facts on Creation when we give bibles to new believers.  We highly recommend these excellent tracts from Eternal Production.  The Bible foretells many signs that would culminate in the last days. Jesus indicated these signs would arise together as His return drew near (Matthew 24:33-34). Though many of these prophecies won’t climax until the tribulation period, our generation is the first to see every trend in place. As the final seconds of this age tick away, these events will come into even clearer focus. Keep in mind as you read through this list that these prophecies were penned 1900 to 3500 years ago! How does this relate to you? The last several pages provide the answer – you need to read them carefully. (more…)

What is Zionism?  The Truth About Zionism

What is Zionism? The Truth About Zionism

What is Zionism?WHAT IS ZIONISM?

The word “Zion” is used over 150 times in the Bible and refers to the the Land of Israel, the city of Jerusalem, the children of Israel, the mountain of the LORD, the message of salvation which the Messiah of Israel will bring, the return of the Jewish people to their God-given Land, and even refers to the eternal home of all believers (Hebrews 12:22-23). Though some have called “Zionism” – “racism” – that is totally false! The word “Zion” is a great word, and even the LORD GOD of Israel is a “Zionist” – the One Who roars as a Lion out of Zion, which is clearly identified as the city of Jerusalem where God has put His Name forever! Zion is the name given to God’s people whom He has engraved on the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:13-16). (more…)

Extreme Weather & Bible Prophecy

Extreme Weather & Bible Prophecy

extreme-weatherEnd Time Signs are on the increase for those who study the bible.  Here is some very recent Extreme Weather that Meteorologists are baffled by.  Photos and video chronicling these strange events.  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.  Luke 21:25-28

Senior Meteorologist Stu Ostro’s (Twitter | Facebook) latest selection of compelling meteorological images for the past two months begins with a strange weather pattern that developed in the middle of July.

(MORE IMAGES: May/June 2013 | March 2013 | Feb. 2013 | Jan. 2013) (more…)

What Is Imminency?  The Doctrine of Imminency

What Is Imminency? The Doctrine of Imminency

doctrine,imminency,bible,scriptures,listed,end times,What Is Imminency?

In doing some research on the doctrine of imminency, I noticed few people take the time to actually define what prophetic imminency means. First, let us look at the general definition of the key word “imminent:” “The quality or condition of being about to occur.”

Imminency, as it relates to Bible prophecy, simply means that the return of Jesus Christ for the Church can happen at any moment. No warning signs will indicate a short-term countdown. We as Christians remain on alert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (more…)

Aliens And Demons

Aliens And Demons

The Great Delusion Fallen Angels Nephilim DeceptionL. A. Marzulli is the author of The Nephilim Trilogy. The Nephilim Trilogy made the CBA best sellers list and continues to thrill readers a decade after the first book in the series was published. Marzulli received an honorary doctorate from Pacific International University for his work on the Nephilim Trilogy.

Marzulli is also the author of the non-fiction work, Politics, Prophecy & the Supernatural. The book packs a hard hitting expose of how the current political landscape may bring about ancient Biblical prophecies, which then may trigger supernatural events that are foretold in the book of Daniel and Revelation. (more…)

Daniel Chapter 9 The 70th Week

Daniel Chapter 9 The 70th Week

Daniel CommentaryTHE BOOK OF DANIEL is quoted often in the New Testament Book of Revelation. In many ways, the two books need to be read and studied together. Daniel lived at an important time of ancient history and his story is critical to our understanding of what is happening today. His visions speak powerfully of the end times, and his writing continues to exalt the “Most High God.” The accuracy and reliability of his remarks concerning future events have caused many to question his authorship of this book. However we have complete confidence that he not only wrote the book, but that God used him powerfully to bring His message to His people about what is about to happen in our time.  Daniel Chapter 9 The 70th Week.  vs. 27 A must see! (more…)

How Far Agenda 21 Has Come, And How To Stop It

How Far Agenda 21 Has Come, And How To Stop It

How far Agenda 21 has come Stop Agenda 21Dr. Michael Coffman explains the serious threat posed by the United Nations’ Agenda 21 and how it is being implemented into soft law in communities across the country under the guise of “sustainability.”

Plundered details how progressive ideology in both political parties has taken over public education, the mainstream media and America’s political institutions during the past 100 years. This insidious ideology is establishing a form of government opposite to that given to us by our Founders in the Constitution. It doesn’t work and has deeply divided America and created a $15 plus trillion debt plus a $116 trillion unfunded liability by plundering working Americans. Worse, the ideology is deeply dividing Americans because it focuses on hatred of everything American. (more…)

Mazzaroth Part 3 The Judge Of All The Earth

Mazzaroth Part 3 The Judge Of All The Earth

taurus-gospel in the stars constellationThe twelve major constellations along with their sidereal sidepieces present the original drama of the ages in the form of what I call a Three-Act play. Act One is presented through the first four constellations — Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. It begins in Bethlehem with the birth of the “Seed” of the woman, and establishes His conflict with and victory over Scorpio — the “seed” of the serpent. Act Two is presented through four constellations — Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces and Aries. They represent the Church Age and New Testament Christianity, whose astronomical symbol is a fish. The last four constellations, along with their sidereal sidepieces, represent the concluding act in the great drama of the ages — The Tribulation Period followed by the Second Coming of Christ. It is presented through the constellations Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and Leo. (more…)

Mazzaroth The Gospel in the Stars: Part 2

Mazzaroth The Gospel in the Stars: Part 2

Tower of Babel Mazzaroth Zodiac Beginning of ConfusionToday, the average adult cannot tell the names of the stars or the constellations that map out our night sky. Some can point to the North Star and make out the Little Dipper, but that is about the extent of it. However, if we look back several generations, to a time when there were no streetlights and no TVs, we find that most ancient civilizations, including the Mayans, were very aware of the cosmos and its religious connotations.

What is remarkable about the constellations, is that they were virtually the same in every civilization. Few cultures went out on their own and proposed a group of stars under the symbol of a different animal. And when they did, it was only a minor change. For example, Cancer, seen today as a Crab, was once depicted as a Scarab Beetle in ancient Egypt. (more…)

Mazzaroth Study Part 1 of 3

Mazzaroth Study Part 1 of 3

Fleeing_serpent Mazzaroth Gospel in the stars HydraThe Biblical View of the Constellations

David wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God … Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.” Obviously, there is a message in the heavens that we need to understand.

For centuries, astrologers have been prognosticating the future, using the zodiac and its series of planets, stars and constellations. Where did they get the idea for such a thing? What is Astrology? And, what possible connection does it have with the Bible? (more…)

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