GOD’S ENDGAME OF LIFE- FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

GOD’S ENDGAME OF LIFE- FROM HERE TO ETERNITY      

Ecc3:1.2 state To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavenA time to be born, and a time to die..’. Whether we choose to be or not, everyone living today is a participant in God’s Endgame of Life. Once born, unless one is taken out alive in the Rapture Jn14:3, the only way out of this game is physical death. He9:27 states ‘And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’. Of the billions of people since Adam, everyone is a participant in God’s Endgame of Life. Everyone is thrust into God’s Endgame of Life, and we must all play this game. And not only people, but all nations are also unwitting players in God’s Endgame, especially in these last days.

What is God’s Endgame of Life and why is it important to us? From the beginning of time, God knew that man would degenerate into gross wickedness, immorality, greed, violence, and corruption, and that there would be an Endgame of Life in the very last days. In God’s Endgame of Life, while we are still living, we must all choose where we want to spend eternity once we die, in heaven- God’s promised land, or in hell- the Lake of Fire; heaven if we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour, or hell, if we reject Him! Jesus said ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved’ Jn3:16,17. John the Baptist added ‘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’ Jn3:36. God’s Endgame of Life will soon end in a great war and cataclysmic judgments, when Jesus Christ will return to establish His 1000-year kingdom on earth.

It is in everyone’s DESTINY to be in this endgame of life- destiny being defined as the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future’. Consider these facts! We had no choice to be living today. We had no choice to be born; no choice of our parents- rich or poor; no choice of our gender- male or female; no choice of our race or ethnicity- red, white, black, brown or yellow; no choice of the country of our birth, and no choice of when in history we would be living in. In perfect hindsight, we certainly would not want to be living during the days of Noah, when everyone except 8people, perished in the Great Flood, or during the days of Moses, when millions of Israelites wandered for 40 years in the wilderness, and many died off because of their murmuring and unbelief in God’s promise to deliver them Nu14:29.

God’s Endgame Of Life- A Life Full Of Choices

Life is full of choices, good and bad ones, certain or questionable ones, easy or hard choices. As we all have only one life, generally less than 100 years, we all must choose how we live, and prepare for the End of our lives, for we will eventually die. The Holy Bible gives us many instructions, examples, guidance, promises, and warnings on how to live. Since we all have a ‘FREE WILL’, God encourages us to CHOOSE LIFE RATHER THAN DEATH. The LORD thy God said ‘I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSING and CURSING: therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days..’ De30:19-20. This paper relates to God’s Endgame Of Life, and the choices we must make to either be BLESSED or be CURSED.

God’s Endgame of Life- Bible Dichotomies 

Dichotomies are contrasts and extremes between two things that are direct opposite or contrary to each other. They are divisions or separations from each other, and no continuum with varying degrees between them. For example, black and white, or white and black; no gray in between. Straight forward and forthwith, with no compromi-ses in between. Here are some important dichotomies found in the Bible: 

Will you choose GOD or SATAN, Life or Death, Good or Evil, Righteousness or Sin, Blessings or Curses, Love or Hate, Eternal Life or Eternal Damnation, the Spirit or the Flesh, Truth or Lies, Grace or Bondage, Reward or Wrath, God or Money, the Rapture or the Great Tribulation, Heaven or Hell? Will you be Holy or Unholy, Just or Unjust, Righteous or Unrighteous, Faithful or Unfaithful, Wise or Foolish, Profitable or Unprofitable, Fruitful or Unfruitful, a Wheat or a Tare, a Sheep or a Goat, Victor or Victim, Ready or Sorry, Be Obedient or Disobedient, Saved or Unsaved? Will you follow God or Man, serve God or Mammon? Jesus said Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. In God’s Endgame Of Life, either heaven or hell awaits all of us! There is absolutely no purgatory mentioned in the Bible!

God’s Endgame Of Life- Our Free Will To Choose GOD or SATAN

God in His infinite wisdom and justice gave every man a FREE WILL to choose GOD or SATAN, good or evil, right or wrong, life or death, blessings or curses, heaven or hell. While God is not willing that any man should perish into eternal damnation, He allows us to choose our own final destination, heaven or hell. 2Pe3:9 states ‘The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance’. God’s will is that ‘..all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth’ 1Ti2:4. The apostle Paul wrote ‘For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ Ro6:23.

We all have a FREE WILL to choose where we will spend eternity, and it is only through accepting Jesus Christ as our Saviour that we can have everlasting life! God accomplished our salvation by coming in the person of JESUS CHRIST to die for our sins Mt1:21. Apart from Jesus, no one can be saved Ac4:12. Thus, each of us must decide to accept or reject Jesus Christ as Saviour. Ac16:31 states ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..’. In the dichotomy GOD or SATAN, when we accept GOD, we reject SATAN; when we accept SATAN, we reject GOD. Many people will reject Jesus because they are blinded by SATAN 2Co4:4. Jesus asked ‘For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Mk8:36,37. Losing one’s soul is to end up one day with SATAN in the lake of fire in everlasting torment forever Re20:10,15! There is a heaven to gain, and a hell to shun, but we must choose for ourselves where we will go!

How God’s Endgame Of Life Began

In Genesis, the 1st book of the Bible, we are introduced to the concept of God as Creator of man and of all things; how Satan, Good and Evil entered into the world, and how Sin and Death came upon all mankind. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given dominion over the earth, the fish of the seas, the fowl of the air, the cattle and every creeping creature on the land Ge1:26,27. Genesis tells ‘And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil Ge2:8,9.

In the beginning, God had only ONE LAW: ‘But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die’ Ge2:17. In Ge3:1, we see how the serpent, aka the Devil, Satan, tempted Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit, and gave Adam to eat. Ro5:12 states ‘Wherefore, as by ONE MAN sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men..’.

God’s Endgame of Life- the Prophet Elijah vs the Prophets of Baal

The time was about 900 BC and the setting, the northern kingdom of Israel, split from the southern kingdom of Judah. The people in the North had forsaken the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and were in steep idolatrous worship of the god Baal, one of Satan’s many surrogate gods, such as Ashtaroth, Dagon, Molech, Tammuz, etc. The jobs of these gods were to steal worship and glory from God to give to Satan. The 450 false prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the grove under evil King Ahab and wicked Queen Jezebel, led all Israel into idolatry. This displeased God greatly and He sent them a great famine as it did not rain for 3½ years Jas5:17.

To prove who the true God is, Elijah, the prophet, on Mount Carmel, challenged the false prophets, saying ‘How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.. I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men 1Ki18:21,22. This challenge was made to all of Israel. Elijah told the prophets of Baal to bring forth two bullocks, prepare an altar for one of them, but put no fire under it, to see whose sacrifice would be accepted. After a long day of chanting, dancing, and cutting their skin, their god Baal did not show up to consume their sacrifice.

Likewise Elijah prepared the other bullock for sacrifice, repaired the broken altar of the LORD, took 12 large stones representing the tribes of Israel, made an altar, placed wood under it, soaked the wood and bullock with water, dug a deep trench around it and filled it also with water. Then Elijah prayed ‘..LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again 1Ki18:36. God sent fire from heaven and consumed everything, the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and even the water that was in the trench. The people fell on their faces and cried out ‘The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God’ v39. Then all the 450 prophets of Baal were taken to the brook Kishon, and slain there v40.

God’s Endgame of Life- America vs God

When God gave the 10 Commandments 3500 years ago, He told Moses ‘I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME Ex20:2,3. Through the years, many other gods have crept into America, and supplanted God. America, founded by the pilgrims, is no longer a nation under God, but under many other false gods! This is very obvious in the three branches of the US Gov’t- Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Je13:10 states ‘This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them’.

Recently, the Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, was asked to conduct the opening prayer at a US Senate session. He opened with prayer for peace and happiness in the world, but his prayer was directed to ‘Buddha, his god, and to all other gods’. While this may appear to be only an innocent gesture of goodwill in the Senate, it shows how far America has fallen and has lost her spiritual bearings as ‘one nation under God’. 

America has rejected God and is no longer a Christian nation. America is now a diverse and divided nation of people, cultures, and religions. The US Gov’t and many of our political leaders are obviously anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Christ. They have succeeded to expel God out of our land and culture by removing prayer and the Bible from our schools, governments, military, and public places, and the 10 commandments from our courthouses. The US Supreme Court kicked God out of the public schools in 1963, sanctioned the abortion of over 50 million babies since 1973, decriminalized sodomy in 2003, and recently in 2013, ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal.

America is no longer blessed by God, but is now under God’s final judgment, for we have forsaken, rejected, and even defied Him. Is5:20,25 state ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness.. Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.’. The fierce anger of God’s wrath is now upon America.  In God’s Endgame of Life- America vs God, once great America is now a very great loser!

God’s Endgame of Life- Israel vs the World

Nations are also major players in God’s Endgame of Life, and Israel is God’s bargaining pawn to prove the whole world! Before the world began, God chose the tiny nation of Israel to be a measuring rod, to judge all nations of the world in the Endtimes; those who accepts Israel, will be blessed, and those who rejects Israel, will be cursed. This is all part of the rules of God’s Endgame of Life, how Israel is being treated.

This is the Abrahamic covenant. God told Abraham, ‘And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed Ge12:3. Israel is that nation that God is using in his final judgment of all nations of the world! If any nation(s) force Israel to give up her land to her Arabs neighbors, God will send a catastrophe upon them! 

Over a dozen Apocalyptic events have been documented by two Christian authors, John McTernan and Bill Koenig, whenever America took significant adverse action against Israel, and supported those that seek to destroy her. A good example is the 2005 Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf coastal states within days after Pres. George W. Bush compelled Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to secede the West Bank to the Palestinians. There are many others, like the Super Tornadoes that destroyed Joplin, MO in May 2011 when Pres. Obama said that Israel must return to its pre-1967 borders.

In Oct. 2012, while Prime Minister Netanyahu was visiting the UN in New York, Obama refused to meet with him over his concerns about Iran developing nuclear weapons. God sent Superstorm Sandy that devastated the northeastern US! In July 2013, Sec. of State John Kerry said he will be seeking a Israeli-Palestinian ‘final peace treaty’ in 9 months, by April 2014. Again, if there is any coercion to divide Israel’s land, America will suffer God’s wrath, for Israel is indeed ‘the apple of his eye Zec2:8.

God’s Endgame of Life- The Final Wars of the World

The Bible speaks of two final great wars in the Endtimes concerning Israel and Jerusalem. One is the Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39 war, where the nations from the north parts will seek to divide a spoil and attack Israel, only to have God intervene supernaturally and destroy 5/6 of the invading forces. The last war will be the battle of Armageddon Re16:16, when Jesus Christ will return with His army in heaven to battle and destroy the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet. Re19:11-16 state ‘And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.. his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses.. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron..’. 

The LORD said ‘Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about.. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it’ Zec12:2,3. He said ‘Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken..Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle’  Zec14:1-3.. ‘And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh SHALL CONSUME AWAY while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes SHALL CONSUME AWAY in their holes, and their tongue SHALL CONSUME AWAY in their mouth’ v12. Three times the phrase ‘SHALL CONSUME AWAY’  is used! This last verse may be a good description of a total thermonuclear meltdown of super intensity.

This is God’s Endgame of Life- From Here to Eternity. It all began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and will end up in the war of Armageddon, when Jesus will return to set up His millennial kingdom on earth. God’s Endgame of Life is all about our lives, our own free will, and about our choices in life, who we will follow; GOD or SATAN, and what will we choose, Life or Death, Blessings or Curses, and Heaven or Hell!

 

THE GREAT FALLING AWAY IN THE LAST DAYS

THE GREAT FALLING AWAY IN THE LAST DAYS                  

The Holy Bible has much to say regarding the LAST DAYS of man’s rule on earth, and the coming GREAT FALLING AWAY of society before God ushers in the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ with Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Men. It has been 2000 years since Jesus Christ came to earth to save us from our sins, and from hell and eternal damnation. While the shepherds were tending their flock at night, an angel appeared with a multitude of the heavenly host praising God saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men Lk2:14. But the irony of this great and precious message is where is this peace and good will toward all men’, and when will it come? Today, our world is in great turmoil, morally, spiritually, culturally, financially, and economically.

Today, the nations of the world are running on fumes due to the printing of enormous amounts of unbacked paper money to fuel their high living standards and to support their expensive military and destructive war machines. This is particularly so with the major nations such as the US, China, Japan, Russia, England, and the Eurozone countries. The world is also embroiled in wars and rumours of wars, conflicts of nation against nation, particularly in the Middle East. The world is heading for an unprecedented economic collapse greater than the Great Depression of the 1930s. In America, since 2014 began, the Eastern US has experienced relentless Arctic blasts of winter storms with extreme cold and snowfall. An incipient severe drought and water shortage is also developing in the Western US, and in many other parts of the world. This will cause sharply rising food prices, buying panic, food shortage, and even prolonged famines. A global stock market crash is highly probable and if so, will exacerbate the worlds economic and monetary situation even further.

JESUS prophesied that there will be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers placesand false prophets and teachers arising to deceive many as the sign of his coming and of the end of the world’ Mt24:3-8,11. There will be no peace until JESUS CHRIST The Prince of Peace establishes His kingdom on earth Is9:6,7. But before this happens, there will be a GREAT FALLING AWAY of mankind in abject rebellion against God, and great depravity of the human soul, giving rise to THE ANTICHRIST, who will then rule over the world in the most terrible period ever for mankind, described by JESUS as the GREAT TRIBULATION Mt24:21.

The COMING GREAT FALLING AWAY 

The GREAT FALLING AWAY refers not only to the APOSTASY of the endtime churches and lukewarm believers, but also to a general worldwide breakdown in society of morality, ethics, and characterThe apostle Paul wrote Let no man deceive you by any means: for THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME, except there come A FALLING AWAY FIRST, and THAT MAN OF SIN be revealed, THE SON OF PERDITION 2Th2:3.  Paul said This know also, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce- breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof..’ 2Ti3:1-4. It will be the wholesale breakdown of society, nations, governments, military, institutions, marriages, churches, universities, and public morality, leading to the coming ANTICHRIST, the One World Government and the GREAT TRIBULATION. The GREAT FALLING AWAY will be ubiquitous, affecting everyone in the world.

In America, the FALLING AWAY is readily apparent as we witness the great moral failings of our political leaders and society, and the major economic and financial problems facing us: the recision of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in Sep. 20, 2011 allowing for open homo- sexuality in the US Military, the defeat of DOMA- (marriage between a male and female) through the legalization of Same-Sex Marriage by the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2013, the recent legalization and/or consideration of marijuana use by many other states, and the US insurmountable runaway national debt. America is financially broke. Churches must soon decide whether they will perform SSM. If they refuse, they will be charged with discrimination, and one day may lose their tax exempt statusAs God warned Israel 3500 years ago, Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the INIQUITY thereof upon it, and the land itself VOMITETH out her inhabitants Lev18:24,25, so shall it be with America!

The COMING ANTICHRIST

The apostle Paul succinctly described the coming of THE ANTICHRIST in the LAST DAYS: ’Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.. now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that WICKED be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’  2Th2:3-12. In just 10 short verses, Paul has succeeded to prophesy what will happen in the LAST DAYS!

THE ANTICHRIST will be the incarnation and embodiment of SATAN, the DEVIL LUCIFER, revealed in an individual. As SATAN entered into Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus Lk22:3, he will so enter into that MAN OF SIN, the SON OF PERDITION. The WICKED ANTICHRIST will do the WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish..’ 2Th2:9,10. He will have great supernatural powers to deceive, and ‘..by peace shall destroy many’ Da8:25. God will allow THE ANTICHRIST to deceive MANY, because they love not the truth, that they might be saved. The apostle John warned that there are many antichrists, but THE ANTICHRIST will be revealed in the last days. John wrote as ye have heard that ANTICHRIST shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is THE LAST TIME 1Jn2:18. 

SATAN’s Obsession For Worship and to Be Like God

The Bible reveals that SATAN desires to be worshipped, to steal God’s glory, and supplant Him. The ‘5 I wills’ of LUCIFER, aka SATAN, are revealed in Is14:12-14: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH’ . Worship belongs only to God, who commanded Moses Thou shalt have no other gods before ME’ Ex20:3. The Bible states Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: WORSHIP the LORD in the beauty of holiness’ 1Ch16:29. But SATAN, in his obsession for worship, has succeeded to deceive  MANY people to worship him through his promise of pleasure, prosperity and power.

So besides his desire to destroy all of us, SATAN also desires worship from us. He once offered JESUS all the kingdoms of the world if He would just fall down and worship him. JESUS replied Thou shalt WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, and him only shalt thou serve’ Mt4:10. In the Endtimes, THE ANTICHRIST, the persona of SATANwill opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God’ 2Th2:4.The Bible tells that an image of THE ANTICHRIST will be made and given life, andmany as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed’ Re13:14. Here we also see that the TEMPLE OF GOD will be rebuilt in Jerusalem for the Jews to worship in, fulfilling what Jesus said When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place.. Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains’ Mt24:15,16. This will all happen during the coming GREAT TRIBULATION.

GROWING OPEN SATANIC WORSHIP TODAY

It is undeniable that there is an increasing OPEN WORSHIP of SATAN today. It is very apparent in the lyrics of the songs and dances, in print, movies and on TV, on the radio and Internet, and during many recent mega-events like the 2012 London Olympics, and the 2012, 2013, 2014 NFL Super Bowls featuring Madonna, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars (song- Locked Out of Heaven) all glorifying the devil. The costumes and dances of the two women were lewd, occultic, and vulgar, but viewed and enjoyed by over 100 million people in the US, and billions elsewhere.

Paul McGuire, a Christian writer and popular radio host said At the Grammy Awards there were open practice and worship of SATAN, the vilest forms of demonic and perverse sexuality where orgies, S and M (sadomasochism), sex with fallen angels or demons, witchcraft and the occult enacted with lyrics to confirm it. Rock artists performed open ceremonies worshipping of SATAN’.  This really excites SATAN very much as he relishes in these black magic witchcraft rituals, especially before a great worldwide audience honoring him as the god of this world 2Co4:4.  Satanic worship is increasing sharply in these  LAST DAYS, and will culminate in the UNIVERSAL OPEN WORSHIPPING of SATAN and THE ANTICHRIST during the GREAT TRIBULATION, replacing the worshipping of ALMIGHTY GOD and our LORD JESUS CHRIST!

SATAN- The Author of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY 

How SATAN has succeeded over the past 6000 years of mankind to subtly, secretly, and mysteriously infiltrate the world using evil men and women, immoral rulers, leaders and corrupt politicians to subvert society, and false prophets and false teachers to corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY 2Th2:7. The Bible speaks of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY that is working mysteriously pervading and penetrating the whole world, with most people oblivious to what is or why it is happening, and why the world is in such a deplorable and desperate state of moral decline.

INIQUITY means evil, wickedness, lawlessnesssinfulness, immorality, perversion, drunkenness, greedlust, theftadulteryhomosexuality, murders, etc. With regards to the Church, heresies and false doctrines have been planted by evil men influenced by seducing and demonic spirits. The apostle Paul wrote Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the LATTER TIMES some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS 1Ti4:1. The apostle Peter said But there were FALSE PROPHETS also among the people, even as there shall be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction’ 2Pe2:1. SATAN has long ago infiltrated the churches and is using MANY people today to spread his INIQUITY, especially in these LAST DAYS

The MYSTERY OF INIQUITY will culminate in the final GREAT FALLING AWAY of most people in society, including those attending churches that have gone into complete APOSTASY. Paul said For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way’ 2Th2:7. Some Bible scholars interpret this verse as the RIGHTEOUS BELIEVERS must first be taken out in the RAPTURE, before the GREAT FALLING AWAY will be allowed to begin. What we now see is the lining up of events before THE ANTICHRIST is revealed in the NEW WORLD ORDER- a One World Government, a One World Economy, and a One World Religion. Paul wrote because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they ALL might be DAMNED who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2Th2:10,11. Sadly, it is because of their own INIQUITY, immorality and sin, MANY people will be DAMNED forever!

THE GREAT FALLING AWAY- INIQUITY SHALL ABOUND 

In describing the END of the world to His disciples Mt24:3, Jesus said ‘..because INIQUITY shall abound, the love of MANY shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the END, the same shall be saved’ Mt24:12,13. This has direct implications against the churches, and LUKEWARM Christians, who have backslidden and are no longer saved. They were once followers, but have become lukewarm to God’s precepts and commandments, and have left their first love Re2:4. Jesus said So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot, I will SPUE thee out of my mouth Re3:16. This fact is very apparent today, as many denominational churches are not warning their members about Christs return, the RAPTURE, Satan, sin and hell, and eternal judgment, but have compromised the Word of God.

For many years now, the media has been rife with news of widespread pedophilia, homosexuality, and pornography among clergy, pastors, and ministers, with some denominations even allowing ordained Gay or Lesbian ministers to serve. So far, the Catholic Church in America alone has paid out over $2.5 billion in child sex abuse settlement over the past decades. Jesus had a special warning to ministers: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the WILL of my Father which is in heaven. MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work INIQUITY Mt7:21-23.

How MANY ministers who thought they were serving Jesus, will learn that He had disavowed ever knowing them? Re20:15 warns And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire’. In the END, INIQUITY shall abound and MANY who turn away from God will perish- priests, pastors, politicians, and people alike!

THE GREAT FALLING AWAY- Choose Whom You Will Serve Today

As Paul stated in 2Th2:3-12,  THE RAPTURE shall come, then the FALLING AWAY will ensue, and the MAN OF SIN will be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION aka THE ANTICHRIST, who will then rule the world for 42 months Re13:5 during the GREAT TRIBULATION,  spoken by Jesus Mt24:21. Then JESUS will return to earth and destroy (THE ANTICHRIST) with the brightness of His coming 2Th2:8, Re19:15,20.

God is warning us through His Word to decide whom we will serve today and where we will spend eternity! Will you choose GOD or SATAN, JESUS CHRIST or THE ANTICHRIST, good or evil, righteousness or sin, life or death, blessings or curses, heaven or hell, eternal life or eternal damnation? Jesus said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. As the world is literally falling apart in increasing sin and shame, one can either continue on the broad road to destruction like MANY are already on, or take the narrow road to eternal life, with only a FEW on it now.

It is not necessary for anyone to perish in the lake of fire, because Jesus already paid the price for our sins Jn3:16. But we all need to REPENT and RETURN to God, and REMAIN with Him! Jesus warned except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3. The KEY to our SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE is REPENTANCE, and accepting JESUS CHRIST as our personal SAVIOUR! Amen!

THE SOON COMING KINGDOM OF JESUS CHRIST

THE COMING KINGDOM OF JESUS CHRIST     

When Jesus began his ministry 2000 years ago, He declared The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel Mk1:15. Then Jesus said ‘..seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you Mt6:33. But where is this kingdom of God that Jesus declared was at hand and where do we go to seek itIs it in Israel or somewhere else? One needs to know where to look because everywhere else we look, the earth is covered with darkness, and gross darkness the people Is60:2.

So where is this kingdom that Jesus spoke of? The kingdom of God can be found in two places only- in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and only within us. When the religious Pharisees, who despised Jesus, demanded when the kingdom of God should come, Jesus said the kingdom of God cometh not with observation.. for behold the kingdom of God is within you Lk17:20,21. God’s kingdom is not now a visible one, but exists only in His Word, and only within us spiritually. But one day soon, the kingdom of God, that is the kingdom of Jesus Christ, will be fully established on earth. Then we will be made kings and priests unto God Re5:10, to reign with Jesus over the nations for a 1000 years Re2:26,27,20:4.

This paper is written in the context that man’s kingdom and government is about to endand be replaced by the kingdom of God. Man’s 6000-year rule since Adam has been abysmal, filled with gross corruption, violence, immorality, killings, and wars. Today, we also have the ability to destroy ourselves with nuclear weapons, chemical and biological warfare. God, who knows the end from the beginning, prophesied by His prophets, the end of man’s rule on earth, and the coming of His kingdom. Basically, this relates to questions that the disciples asked Jesus before he was crucified: what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world Mt24:3At the end of this worldJesus will return to establish his millennial kingdom on earth.

To understand the kingdom of God message, we must understand that Satan is now the god of this world2Co4:4, who rules this world. There is an ongoing spiritual battle between God and Satan for our souls involving demonic spirits and evil men. This is why the apostle Paul said Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high placesEp6:12

The Mystery of the Kingdom of God

Jesus said ‘..Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God..’  Mk4:11. Before creation Jn1:1-4, God desired to dwell on earth with man, in a kingdom to rule in, and where His name Jesus would be honored and glorified Php2:11. To jumpstart His plan, God first had to create the heavens, the angels, the earth, and then man. At first, God gave dominion of His kingdom to Adam and Eve. But through deceit, Satan the devil, stole the kingdom from them, and has since put all men under sin, slavery, and death. God then came to earth in the person of Jesus to save us from our sins Mt1:21, and one day, God will restore His kingdom on earth.

1Ti3:16 states great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory’. This verse speaks of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose name God wants to be known by, to be worshipped and to be glorified Php2:9. God has also chosen Mt. Zion in the city of Jerusalem to one day establish His kingdom where He will reign from. David, wroteFor the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it Ps132:13,14. King Jesus will one day rule over the nations from Mt. Zion, and many people will come to be taughtof  his ways, and we will walk in his paths..’ Is2:3.

God’s Kingdom on Earth- Stolen By Satan

In the beginning Ge1:26, God placed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and gave them dominion over all the animal and plant life Ge1:26. This kingdom of God was a simple one with Adam solely in charge. There were two, possibly only three people in this first kingdom- Adam and Eve, and the serpent. The serpent was like a man because he could reason and speak, and stood upright Ge3:1. In the beginning, there was only One law in God’s kingdom:thou shalt not eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evilGe2:17.

Because God is Good, good always existed. But evil was introduced into this world when Adam and Eve sinned. Ro5:12 states Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned’. Only after their fall, the earth began to be populated, beginning with Cain, who later murdered his brother Abel. Satan stole God’s kingdom from Adam and Eve, and he now rules the world. But God’s redemptive plan for man’s salvation, and the recovery of His kingdom also began.

Satan’s Kingdom- 6000 Year Rule on Earth

Since Adam, Satan ruled the earth through evil men. After 1500 years of man’s existence, the earth became exceedingly corrupt, and filled with violence; ‘GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually Ge6:5. Things got so bad that it grieved God to have created man. God said ‘..I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth’ Ge6:7. This happened in the days of Noah when untold millions perished in the Great Flood, and only 8 people survived. All the earthly kingdoms then were totally destroyed.

But the earth was replenished again with people through the progeny of Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Their wickedness, corruption, and violence continue even worse today. This will cause God to destroy the earth again. 2Pe3:10 tells..the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.. the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also..’. Ps46:6 states The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

That all the kingdoms of the world belonged to Satan can easily be proven. When Jesus began his ministry, he was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights. In one temptation, Satan took Jesus up into a high mountain and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world Mt4:8. The devil said All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serveMt4:9,10. By these verses and by all the evil, immorality, and atrocities all around us, we see that all the kingdoms of the world still belong to Satan. But God will soon wrest the kingdom from Satan, when Jesus Christ returns to do battle with Satan’s forces in the final battle of Armageddon Re16:16,19:19,20.

The Kingdom of God- A Most Important Message

The kingdom of God message is the most important message given by Jesus. After his death and resurrection, Jesus spent 40 extra days on earth to proclaim Gods kingdom. Ac1:3 states ‘..being seen of them 40 days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. In other words, Jesus was not finished preaching the kingdom of God message, but needed more time to reveal it. This message reveals God’s desire, plan and purpose on earth for mankind.

The kingdom of God message is all the sayings of Jesus Christ (highlighted in any red-lettered Bible), and all His deeds. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ- what He said, what He did, and what He told us to do. It is also revealed in the Book of Acts- what the disciples said and did, and amplified in the 21 epistles of the New Testament- what we should do! Lastly, the kingdom of God message is hidden, but crowned in the depths of the Book of Revelation, which is the Revelation of Jesus Christ Re1:1.

John wrote the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever Re11:15. Jesus said this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come Mt24:14. Nowhere in the Old Testament is the phrase the kingdom of God mentioned. Only after John the Baptist came, did Jesus preach and reveal the kingdom of God Lk16:16.

When we study the kingdom of God message, we gain insights into God’s endtime plan and purpose; what He wants for Himself, and for us. The kingdom of God has to do with kingdom living and kingdom principles under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The kingdom of God deals with our relationship with God, and with one another. Jesus gave us a new commandment- to love one another as He loved us Jn13:34. Though Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God was at hand 2000 years ago, we can see the kingdom of God is still not fully here yetBut one day soonthe kingdom of God shall be fully restored.

The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven Are Synonymous

Though some Bible teachers try to explain, there is no difference between the kingdom of Godand the kingdom of heaven. They are the sameMatthew is the only gospel writer that used both phrases the kingdom of heaven (32 times), andthe kingdom of God (5). All the other writers- Mark, Luke, John, and Paul, used only the phrase the kingdom of God, found 69 times in the New Testament. For example, the parable of the Sower: It is found in three of the Gospels- Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8. While Matthew spoke of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, Mark and Luke both spoke of the same parable as the mysteries of the kingdom of God. When quoting Jesus, Matthew wrote the kingdom of heaven is at handMt4:17while Mark said the kingdom of God is at handMk1:15. 

The Kingdom of God Is Within Us By the Baptism With the Holy Ghost

Lk17:21 states The kingdom of God is within you. Jesus instructed us; After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heavenMt6:9. Jesus said to pray for God’s kingdom to come, and His will be done in earth. God’s kingdom has not fully arrived yet, but Jesus said to pray that it comes in us, and His will be done in us.

Today, God’s kingdom is only within us by the Baptism with the Holy Ghost that Jesus said He would send Jn16:7. Jesus saidFor John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence Ac1:5. This was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when 120 disciples were filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke with tongues in Jerusalem Ac2:1-4; and the Baptism with the Holy Ghost continues in us even today, in these last days Ac2:16,17.

Paul wrote Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1Co3:16. He said For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Here we see the importance of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost, and for us to have righteousness, and peace, and joy in our lives. Ac17:24 states God that made the world and all things therein.. he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands. We are thetemple of the Holy Ghost 1Co6:19 (not made with hands)for the kingdom of God is within (us)’ Lk17:21.

Jesus Came Preaching the Kingdom of God

Jesus preached the message of kingdom living called the Beatitudes or the Sermon of the Mount in the hills of Capernaum, Galilee. In the Beatitudes, Jesus said the kingdom of God belongs to the deprived and distressed, those suffering hardship, the humble, they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those persecuted for righteousness sake, and those reviled and persecuted for serving Him Mt5:3-12. Jesus said we will be blessed and rewarded accordingly one day.

Jesus also taught other important kingdom living principles: love one another, have kindness, holiness, faith, honesty, pray, seek God rather than money, do good, judge not, forgive others, serve others, etc. Besides our personal salvation, the kingdom of God also includes healing, deliverance, miracles, and provisions, those things that Jesus did when preaching the Gospel of the kingdom. Paul wrotethe kingdom of God is not in word, but in power1Co4:20.

How To Inherit the Kingdom of God- Repent and Believe the Gospel

Jesus told us what we must do to inherit the kingdom:repent ye and believe the Gospel Mk1:15. What is repentance, and what is the Gospel? Repentance means to turn away from our sins, and turn to God! The Gospel is the good news of the coming kingdom of God and of the salvation of our souls. Jesus said ‘..Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of GodJn3:3,5. We must be born again to understand the things of God, and except we are water and Spirit baptized, we cannot enter into God’s kingdom. Ga3:27 tellsFor as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ’. When we put on Christ, the kingdom of God is within us, and we can then enter into His kingdom

Paul wrote Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God 1Co6:9,10. Re21:8 adds But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone..’. To not inherit the kingdom of God means to be doomed forever in the lake of fire.

The only way to inherit the kingdom of God is to repent, ask God for forgiveness, and to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. 1Jn1:9 statesIf we confess our sins, (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This is the Gospel of Christ Ro1:16-  repent of our sinsand accept Jesus Christ as Saviour in order to have a part in His kingdom.

The Rise of the Antichrist Kingdom

Before Jesus returns, the kingdom of the Antichrist will be in full force for 42 months during the Great Tribulation. The Antichrist, the incarnate of Satan, will rule the earth in the New World Order and through his false religion. The false prophet, the surrogate of the Antichrist, will cause the world to worship him, and to take the mark of the beast, in order to buy or sell Re13:11-18. The coming Antichrist kingdom is known as MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS and ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH Re17:5. ‘For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies’ Re18:3. Jesus will then return to battle and cast the Antichrist and the false prophet into a lake of fire Re19:20; and also bind Satan for a 1000 years Re20:2.

The Soon Coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ

The coming kingdom of Jesus Christ is the kingdom of God Jesus first mentioned. After man’s 6000-year rule, Jesus will finally establish His own kingdom on earth. This prophecy made by Isaiah 700 years before Christ will then be fulfilled:For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.. to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever..’  Is9:6,7.

Jesus ‘shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many peopleand they shall beat their swords into plowsharesand their spears into pruninghooksnation shall not lift up sword against nationneither shall they learn war any more’ Is2:4. People will live to a ripe age, build homes, plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them Is65:20,21. The wolf and the lamb shall feed togetherand the lion shall eat strawlike the bullock..’ Is65:25.

Jesus said ‘.. it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom’. Jesus will give the Overcomers Re2:26,27, power over the nations, and together ‘they shall rule them with a rod of iron..’ Re19:15. King Jesus will say Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world Mt25:34. The Overcomers Re3:21 will also sit on thrones to judge the nations; and they lived and reigned with Christ a 1000 years Re20:4. Jesus will reign from Mt. Zion.. the city of the great King Ps48:2; And of his kingdom there shall be no end Lk1:33. AMEN!

Jesus Christ- The Greatest Person That Ever Lived

Jesus Christ~God With Us   

As we celebrate this Christmas season, it is very important for us to know the reason for this season- to celebrate the first coming of Jesus Christ. Who is this Jesus that we so honor and who we so praise? There is a tendency for many to forget who Jesus really is, so thus this paper. Jesus Christ is ‘God With Us’ Mt1:23.

Since the creation of the first man Adam, and throughout the 6000 years annals of mankind, there has never been a greater and more nobler person than Jesus Christ that ever lived, in example of humility, service, love, and compassion, and in dignity, wisdom, majesty, authority and power! Jesus is our Saviour, the Miracle Worker, the Great Physician, the Prince of Peace, the King Of Kings, and the Lord Of Lords, our Great God and soon coming King. Truly, of the billions of people that ever graced this earth, Jesus Christ is the greatest person that ever lived. So great that the apostle John once hyperbolized ‘..there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written’ Jn21:25.

The apostle Paul succinctly described Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father Php2:6-11.

Songs of Praises to Jesus

There are many beautiful songs of worship and praises to Jesus sung throughout the world. One such song is Down from His Glory composed by William E. Booth-Clibborn in 1921. The words magnificently epitomized the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ in an articulate fashion, sung to the tune of O Sole Mio. (Here is a beautiful rendition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmZnXQt_Ato&feature=related )

Down from His Glory, Ever living story, My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name, Born in a manger, To His own, a stranger, A Man of sorrows, tears and agony. 

What condescension, Bringing us redemption, That in the still of night, Not one faint hope in sight. God, gracious, tender, Laid aside His splendour, Stooping to woo, to win, To save my soul! 

Without reluctance, Flesh and blood His substance, He took the form of man, Revealed the hidden plan. Oh glorious mystry, Sacrifice of Calvry, and now I know Thou wert the great I Am“.  

refrain Oh how I love Him, How I adore Him, My breath my sunshine, My all in all, The great Creator became my Savior, and all Gods fullness dwelleth in Him. ♫ 

When we listen to and meditate on these profound and powerful lyrics, a succinct description of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, we can begin to appreciate that it was the Holy Spirit who inspired Booth-Clibborn, the grandson of the founder of the Salvation Army William Booth to write this song. Jesus saidThe Holy Spirit shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you’ Jn14:26. The apostle John wroteWe love Him because He first loved us’ 1Jn4:19. The more we learn about Him and what He did for us, the more we should love Jesus Christ, the greatest person that ever lived, such as the refrain of the song goes Oh how I love Him, How I adore Him’!

Jesus Christ- Both God and Man 

That Jesus was both God and man is an astounding fact that defies imagination. God Almighty came to earth to reveal Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us Mt1:23. John wroteNo man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him’ Jn1:18. We know about God only to the extent we know about Jesus Christ! We know of Gods great love by what Jesus did for us in his ministry, death, and resurrection. We also know of Gods hidden plan and inheritance from the writings of the Apostles and Prophets. Jesus saidI and the Father are one’ Jn10:30. He said ‘..ye believe in God, believe also in me.. if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him’ Jn14:1,7.

God humbled himself and came in human flesh to die for our sins, so we would not perish but have everlasting life Jn3:16. By studying Jesus humanity and divinity, we learn of the great inheritance that God has in store for us Ep1:11. The greatness of Jesus Christ can be found in who He is, why He came to earth, what He did for us, what His promises are to us, and how they will come to pass! Only when we know Jesus, will we know God the Father!

Jesus- the Man

The Bible tells that Jesus, ‘the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..’ Jn1:14. Jesus was sent by God to save the world. JESUS means for he shall save his people from their sins’ Mt1:21. Jesus had a normal childhood and was in every aspect a man. He was fathered by the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary Mt1:20. Jesus birth was a very humble one. He was born in Bethlehem, laid in a manger, a feed trough for animals. Before Jesus was 2 years old, King Herod sought to kill Him. Joseph, warned by an angel in a dream, took Mary and the child Jesus, and fled at night into Egypt Mt2:14, about 200 miles away. Four years later after Herod died, they returned to Nazareth, Galilee Mt2:23.

Jesus was raised as the eldest son of Joseph, a carpenter, and was likely a carpenter too, until he began his ministry at age 30 Lk3:23. Jesus had four half-brothers and at least two half-sisters Mt13:55. The 1st quote of Jesus in the Bible wasI must be about my Fathers business’ Lk2:49, at age 12 in the temple at Jerusalem. ‘Jesus increased in knowledge and stature and in favor with God and with man Lk2:52.

Upon first seeing Jesus, John the Baptist exclaimedBehold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world Jn1:29. When Jesus began his three-year ministry, he saidMy meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work’ Jn4:34. Jesus had like passions as all of us, being tempted yet without sin He4:15. He hungered and thirsted; he suffered, felt pain and agony, and he also wept Jn11:35. Jesus had strong emotions of love, friendship, and even disgust. He had a special love for the apostle John Jn20:2, and Mary Magdalene, whom He had cast out seven devils Mk16:9. He hated the phony religiosity of the scribes and Pharisees, rebuking them for their pride and hypocrisy Mt23. ‘Jesus of Nazareth was a man approved of God among the Jews by miracles and wonders and signs which God did by Him’ Ac2:22.  

The Ministry of Jesus Christ

Jesus came to earth to proclaim the kingdom of God, telling people to repent, and to believe the Gospel Mk1:14,15. He came to do Gods will and to finish His work Jn4:34. God sent Jesus so that by believing in Him, we would not perish in hell but have everlasting life Jn3:16. Jesus came to save us from our sins Mt1:21. Unlike any person who ever lived, Jesus also had supernatural powers. He did many miracles, healed, and delivered many people with evil spirits Mk1:32,34; multiplied the food and fed the multitudes Mt14:21,15:38. He walked on water Jn6:19, and calmed the stormy sea Mk4:39. He even raised the dead Lk8:55, Jn11:44. Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of his day Mt23:13-16, inciting them to eventually kill him.

Amazingly, Jesus earlier foretold of his own death and resurrection to his disciples ‘..how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders.. chief priests and scribes.. be killed, and be raised again the 3rd day’ Mt16:21. Being dead for three days, Jesus was resurrected back to life again Lk24:6. Though Jesus did not travel more than a 100 miles radius in his ministry, his influence and power are known and felt worldwide, even today, and will be foreverThere was no man ever like Jesus in power, but also in love and compassion for mankind. God came to earth as the man Jesus, and will soon return one day in the Rapture for those who love and obey Him. 

The Resurrected Jesus Christ- More Than Human

When reading the Bible carefully, we learn that Jesus had other super-human qualities. After Jesus resurrected from the dead, He had another body. His visage and body was no longer badly beaten and grotesque, except for the nail prints on His hands and a hole in his side Jn20:27! He could morph (change) his looks such that his disciples would not recognize Him at first. The first time was at the empty burial tomb when Mary Magdalene was looking for his body, only to be talking to Jesus whom she thought was the gardener. She then recognized his voice Jn20:15-16. Another time was when Jesus translated himself nearly 8 miles from Jerusalem to join two disciples as they were walking on the road to Emmaus Lk24:15. At first they did not recognize him, but later their eyes were opened, and they knew him. He then quickly vanished from their sight Lk24:30,31.

On two occasions, though the door was shut, Jesus was able to enter the room, as the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews Jn20:19,26. Jesus literally passed through the walls. Also, the one thing Jesus left back physically on earth before he ascended into heaven, was His precious blood, when a soldier pierced his side and it gushed out Jn19:34. The blood of Jesus is CRUCIAL for the forgiveness and cleansing of our sins He9:22, 1Jn1:7, and to overcome the devil. Re12:11 states ‘..they overcame (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb..’.

A little known fact is that after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven TWICE. Jesus told Mary MagdaleneTouch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God’ Jn20:17. This was the 1st time Jesus went to heaven, but then came back. Then eight days later, Jesus told ThomasReach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side..’ Jn20:27. Jesus remained on earth for 40 more days, teaching of things pertaining to the kingdom of God Ac1:3. He was seen by over 500 people at once 1Co15:6. Then after the 40 days, Jesus ascended into heaven the 2nd time Ac1:11, and sat on the right hand of God Mk16:19. Ten days later on the day of Pentecost, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to abide in us Jn14:16, to teach us of all things Jn14:26, guide us into all truth, to show us things to come Jn16:13, and to empower us to witness Him in all the world Ac1:8.

Jesus Christ- Our High Priest and the Perfect Sacrifice

Jesus became the High Priest of our profession and also the human sacrifice for our sins He3:1,9:26. He took upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men Php2:6. He learned obedience by the things He suffered He5:8. And because He suffered being tempted, he is able to help us that are tempted He2:18. Jesushumbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross’ Php2:8.

Isa53:2 tells that Jesus had no form nor comeliness; no beauty that we should desire Him. At Calvary, He bore our grief and our sorrows Is53:4. ‘He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healedIs53:5. When oppressed and afflicted and led to death, Jesus did not complain. Yet it pleased God to bruise Jesus for the propitiation for our sins, because God wanted to save us by dying for our sins 1Jn4:10.

Jesus was the perfect sacrifice because now once in the end of the world He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself He9:26. Jesus was made perfect through his sufferings He2:10, ‘and being perfect, became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him He5:9. Jesus was a perfect man Ep4:13; holy and undefiled He7:26. Jesus never sinned, ‘neither was there guile found in His mouth 1Pe2:22. Jesus knew no sin but God made Him to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus 2Co5:21. ‘God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us’ Ro5:8.

Jesus was ‘..the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world Jn1:29. He isthe Lamb slain from the foundation of the world Re13:8. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh to the Father but by me Jn14:6. By the shed blood of Jesus heaven was opened and the throne of God made accessible to us He4:16. For by offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified He10:14. Jesus Christ gavehimself for us an offering and a sweet smelling sacrifice to God Ep5:2, for without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins He9:22. The life of the flesh is in the blood.. for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul Lev17:11.

The Divinity of Jesus Christ Revealed

The apostles and prophets referred to Jesus as God. Here are some of their descriptions of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of Gods person He1:3, by whom also he made the worlds He1:2. Jesus Christ, ‘who being in a form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.. wherefore God hath highly exalted him..’ Php2:6,9. Jesus ‘..is the image of the invisible God’ Co1:15. Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh 1Ti3:16. ‘Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father Php2:10. Jesus is the Lord of Glory 1Co2:8. Jesus Christ is ‘..the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God 1Ti1:17. Of Jesus Christ, the whole family in heaven and earth is named Ep3:15. ‘In Jesus dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily Co2:9. ‘For it pleased the Father that in Jesus should All fullness dwell Co1:19.

Jesus is above every name that is named Php2:9. Jesus Christ ‘..is the blessed and only Potentate, the KING of kings, and LORD of lords 1Ti6:15, Re19:16. Jesus Christ ‘..is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead and the Prince of the kings of the earth’ Re1:5. Jesus ‘..is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending Re1:8, ‘..the first and the last Re1:11. Jesus is Faithful and True Re19:11. Jesus is the Word made flesh Jn1:14, the Word of God Re19:13. In all things, Jesus might have the preeminence Co1:18. Jesus is the Great I Am Jn8:58, My Lord and My God Jn20:28. Of Jesus kingdom, there will be no end Lk1:33. As we meditate on these scriptures, we can readily see and appreciate who Jesus is, God Almighty!

Jesus Declared His Divinity- 10 I Ams in the Book of John

The gospel of John lists 10 I Ams Jesus used to describe Himself. It is the same term I Am that God used when He revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush. In Ex3:14 ‘..God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM.. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. The Jews regarded the term I Am as sacred, referring to God alone.

Jesus told the multitude, before Abraham was, I Am’ Jn8:58. This infuriated the Jews, who took up stones to cast at Him, but Jesus passed through their midst. In Jn6:35, Jesus said I am the bread of life; in Jn9:5, I am the light of the world’; in Jn10:9, I am the door; in Jn10:11, I am the good shepherd; in Jn10:36, I am the Son of God; in Jn11:25, I am the resurrection, and the life; in Jn14:6, I am the way, the truth, and the life; in Jn15:1, I am the true vine, in Jn19:21, I am King of the Jews. All of these I Ams revealed Jesus divinity, and His power to bring forth blessings, spiritual growth, salvation and eternal life for us. These are the 10 I Ams in the Book of John.

John also wrote In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made Jn1:1-3. Then the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among usJn1:14. Jesus is the Word of God. Without Jesus, nothing was made that was made Jn1:3. Without Jesus, we would not know the way to God, the Father Jn14:6. Jesus saidye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he..’ Jn8:24. Jesus is the Great I Am, Almighty God who came to earth as a man to die for our sins Jn3:16. Jesus saidHeaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass awayand All POWER is given unto me in heaven and in earth’ Mt24:35,28:18.

In summary, Jesus had all the attributes of a man, but also that of God, being Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent: Almighty, All-knowing, and Everywhere!  BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT JESUS CHRIST IS, ‘WHAT WILL YOU PERSONALLY DO ABOUT HIM?’ 

The Bible statesBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..’ Ac16:31. ‘He that believeth not shall be damned Mk16:16. What you do with Jesus will determine where you will spend eternity. Jesus said For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?Mt16:26. 

It is not necessary for anyone to perish, but sadly, the Bible states many will perish in hell Mt7:13. If you believe that Jesus died for your sins and accept Him as your personal Saviour, it will be to your eternal blessing. If not, it will be to your eternal damnation. Here is a simple prayer which you can pray to accept Jesus Christ, or to recommit yourself to Him:

DEAR JESUS,  I AM A LOST SINNER AND WANT TO BE SAVED.  FORGIVE ME OF ALL MY SINS. COME INTO MY HEART RIGHT NOW AND CLEANSE ME IN YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD.  I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD AND SAVIOUR.  THANK YOU FOR DYING ON THE CROSS FOR ME, AND THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY SOUL!  AMEN!

Truly, Jesus Christ is The Greatest Person That Ever Lived’!  GOD BLESS YOU!

PREPARING FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD

Preparing For the Coming of the Jesus Christ in the Rapture

Unless people have knowledge of the Endtimes, and are prepared for Jesus’ Coming, they will be LEFT BEHIND in the Antichrist system that is now subtly engulfing the whole world. Unless the pastors and leaders prepare their people for His coming, many will be LEFT BEHIND, including themselves. Hos4:6 states My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee..’. God is calling a holy and pure people Tit2:13,14, Ep1:4 to take them alive with Him to heaven in the Rapture 1Th4:17. We need to be Rapture Ready in order to ESCAPE God’s wrath coming upon the earth in the Great Tribulation 1Th1:10. Like the people in Noah’s days who perished or the 5 foolish virgins Mt25:11, many will not be READY, but will be LEFT BEHIND to suffer, die, or be martyred. They will not be ready for the Lord’s coming and ESCAPE, for the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience Co3:6.

One can only prepare for the Day of the Rapture, but never for the Great Tribulation! Jesus repeatedly warned us to WATCH, PRAY, BE READY, BE PURE, BE HOLY, TO LOOK FOR HIS RETURN in order to ESCAPE the things which shall come to past in the Endtimes Lk21:36! If one does not believe in, or is not ready for the Rapture and is LEFT BEHIND, it would be impossible for him to prepare for the atrocities that will occur during the Great Tribulation- a most terrible, terrifying, miserable, hopeless, painful, and grievous 42 months period of living hell on earth Re13:5,7!

Jesus said ‘..except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved..’ Mt24:22. This means if the Great Tribulation were to continue much longer, everyone would either die or be killed! There will be wars throughout the world, great nuclear explosions, great natural disasters, famine, droughts, pestilence, and plagues wiping out millions upon millions of people! Everyone would be helpless while living through it. If one does not have the faith to believe the words of Jesus, ‘..I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also’ Jn14:3, then there is no other ESCAPE for him, but to be LEFT BEHIND to suffer in the Great Tribulation.

Signs of  the Endtimes 

What does the Bible say about the Endtimes? Referring tothe end of the world’, Jesus said ‘..he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved’ Mt24:13. What must we endure to be saved, and to be saved from what? Jesus also said ‘..when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth Lk18:8. The Bible foretold of many signs of the Endtimes before Jesus’ return to earth. They are found throughout the Bible, especially in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, and in the book of Revelation. Some signs are;

  • Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948 will culminate in the final great war of Armageddon Is66:8, Re16:16, Zec14:2,
  • The worldwide preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom to all nations Mt24:14, Mk16:15,
  • Great earthquakes in divers places; famines, and pestilences; fearful sights and great signs from heaven Lk21:11,
  • Increasing immorality, corruption, and violence 2Ti3:1-4, 2Pe2:6,
  • Many false prophets and false Christs deceiving many believers Mt24:4,5,11,24,
  • Great apostasy in the churches 2Ti3:5, and a Great falling away of believers 2Th2:2-12,
  • Wars and rumours of war Mt24:6, Mk13:7,
  • Distress of nations with perplexity Lk21:25, and Worldwide economic collapse Re18:9-11
  • Rise of the Antichrist in a New World Order- a One World Gov’t, Religious, Social, Economic, Monetary System Re13:1-18.
  • Great Tribulation such as the world has never known before Mt24:21.

The total fulfillment of all these signs represent ‘the end of the world described by Jesus to his disciples Mt24:3. Jesus said ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ Lk21:36. He said we must endure till the end to be to be saved from the terrible things that are coming upon the earth Mt24:13,21. To be Rapture Ready to ESCAPE, requires believing that we are nearing the End, knowing what God is doing and what is happening today, and preparing for the Lord’s coming. 

A Worldwide Monetary Collapse; the Death of the US$

Today we live in a global economy such as what happens in America and other major countries may affect the rest of the world. The whole world is built upon a mountain of debt ready to collapse. For example, the present debt crisis in the Eurozone countries is a very dangerous problem that can topple the world. Over the past 5 years, China has increased her national debt tremendously. Japan’s debt is over 2.5 times her annual GDP. However, America is in the worst debt situation per capita than all these countries. In 2004, our national debt was $7 trillion. Today, it is over $17 trillion, equivalent to over $50,000 for every man, woman and child. Our leaders are reluctant and powerless to address and reduce the national debt, and we are heading for another major debt crisis in early Feb 2014. America’s only recourse is for the US Federal Reserve Bank to continuequantitative easing, to print more money out of thin air, till the US$ becomes worthless and collapses.

When the US$ collapses, all nations will suffer along with America, because the US$ is the world’s reserve currency, used and held by every country. The demise of the US$ due to excessive US indebtedness will destroy the present world’s economic system. An economic collapse due to bank failures, terrorism, war, famine, national calamities and disasters will bring America and the rest of the world to ‘their knees’ worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s. Jesus spoke of a time when ‘Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth..’ Lk21:26. Many heart attacks will occur when the financial market crashes. So how should we prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ? How can we be prepared, and what must we do to be saved? 

How To Prepare for Jesus’ Coming At the Rapture

  • Watching and Praying to Be Accounted Worthy to Escape the Coming World Crises Lk21:36.
  • Be Filled With the Holy Spirit Ep3:18b; Be Led by the Spirit of God Ro8:14; Be Sealed With the Holy Spirit of God Ep4:30.
  • Study and Live by Every Word 2Ti2:15, 2Ti3:16, Mt4:4; Abide in Jesus Jn15:5,7.
  • Be Pure and Holy Mt5:8, Heb12:14, Tit2:13,14, 1Jn3:3; Love God and Not the World 1Jn2:15; Must Forgive Others Mk11:26.
  • Seek God’s Kingdom First and His Righteousness Mt6:33 
  • Preach the Gospel Mk16:15; Please God by Doing His Will Mt6:9,10, Mt7:21, Mt12:50. 
  • The 3 R’s in the book of Ezekiel- REPENT, RETURN, and REMAIN With the Lord - Ez3:17-21

Watching and Praying For the Rapture

Jesus said to watch for the signs of His return, and to pray to escape the bad things that He prophesied would come to pass. He said ‘..nation shall rise against nation.. there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places’ Mt24:6; ‘.. there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.. when these things BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your REDEMPTION draweth nigh’ Lk21:25,28.

Today, there are many reports of strange signs in the heavens- comets, fireballs, and meteorites, UFOs, and on earth- sinkholes, water turning red, massive bird and sea-life kills, new volcanoes erupting, strong earthquakes, and superstorms and typhoons. Jesus instructed us to PRAY  Our Father..thy kingdom come..lead us not into temptation, but Deliver Us From Evil Mt6:11, and ‘..PRAY ALWAYS, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE all these things that SHALL COME TO PASS, and to stand before the Son of man Lk21:36. The Rapture is our only ESCAPE  from the coming Great Tribulation!

Be Filled, Led, and SEALED WITH THAT HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE 

We need the Holy Spirit working in our lives to prepare us for the Rapture. Jesus said ‘.. but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence’ Ac1:5. The Holy Spirit is given to teach us all things Jn14:26, guide us into all truth, to show us things to come Jn16:13,14, Ro8:14. Paul wroteBut if the Spirit of (God) that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, (God) that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you Ro8:11. Paul said ‘Ye were SEALED with that Holy Spirit of PROMISE Ep1:13, andgrieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are SEALED unto the Day of REDEMPTION Ep4:30. The Holy Spirit shall quicken our mortal bodies to meet Jesus in the AIR 1Th4:17, and the PROMISE is the Rapture- the Day of Our REDEMPTION!

Study and Live By Every Word of God 

Paul saidStudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth’ 2Ti2:15. He saidAll scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works’ 2Ti3:16,17. Jesus saidMan shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God’ Mt4:4. Here we also see the importance of the Word of God for correct doctrine on how to live, and what to do. We need to STUDY the Bible and know the Word to be prepared for Jesus’ coming in the Rapture.

Be Pure and Holy; Love God and Others; Must Forgive Others

1Jn3:1-3 stateBehold, what manner of Love The Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.. when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall SEE him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him PURIFIETH himself, even as he is PURE’. Jesus saidBlessed are the PURE in heart for they shall SEE God Mt5:8. Paul wrote ‘Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall SEE the Lord’ Heb12:14. Paul saidLOOKING for that blessed hope, and the glorious APPEARING of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might REDEEM us from all iniquity, and PURIFY UNTO HIMSELF a peculiar people, zealous of good works’ Tit2:13,14.

The first and great commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, and mind, and the 2nd one is to love thy neighbor as yourself  Mt22:37,39. ButLove not the world.. If any man love the world, the love of The Father is not in him’ 1Jn2:15.  Also we need to forgive others when they trespass against us. Mk11:26 states ‘..if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses’. All these scriptures state that we need to be PURE and HOLY, Love the Lord and others, and Forgive others in order to SEE and be with Jesus in the Rapture.

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness 

Jesus instructed us to ‘..seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you’ Mt6:33. We need to find our roles in life to fulfill God’s kingdom on earth, by doing His will. What does God want us to do? What is the Holy Spirit telling us to do and how is He leading us? Are we abiding in Jesus and His Word abiding in us? Are we taking up our cross, denying ourselves and following Him Mt16:24? Do we have love one for another? Jesus said ‘By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to anotherJn13:35. God promised His protection and blessings if we put His kingdom and His righteousness first. Are we bearing much fruitJesus said ‘Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples’ Jn15:7,8. Paul wroteFor the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but RIGHTEOUSNESS, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost’ Ro14:17.

Preach the Gospel and Please God by Doing His Will 

In the Great Commission, Jesus told us to preach the Gospel to everyone Mt28:19,20, Mk16:15, Lk24:49, and Ac1:8. Jesus said ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature Mk16:15. He told us also to do the Will of our Father in heaven: ‘For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own Will, but the Will of him that sent me’ Jn6:38, and ‘..as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you’ Jn20:21. When we obey God, this pleases and gives us great favor with Him. Jesus saidIf ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you’ Jn15:7 and ‘..Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you’ Jn15:16. Jesus said no oneshall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven’ Mt7:21.

The 3 R’s in the book of Ezekiel- REPENT, RETURN, and REMAIN With the Lord

In Ezekiel chapter 3, God’s warnings were directed to 3 groups of people- the Wicked, the Backslider, and the RIGHTEOUS, much like the 3 groups mentioned by Jesus in in his message to church of the Laodiceans, the Cold, the Lukewarm, and the Hot Christians Re3:16. God told Ezekiel if the Watchman did not warn the Wicked or the Backslider, they will die in their sins, but his blood would I require at thine hand Ez3:18,20.

In the 1st and 2nd groups, the Wicked and the Backslider, they both needed to REPENT or they would die in their sins. One big difference regarding the Backslider is that God will NOT remember any of his once righteousness, unless he REPENTS. In the 3rd group, the RIGHTEOUS shall surely live, ONLY if he remained RIGHTEOUS. The implication here is that ONLY the RIGHTEOUS who REPENTS, RETURNS, and REMAINS true to the Lord will be taken by Jesus in the Rapture. Jesus said ‘Except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perishLk13:3. No one will be taken in the Rapture unless he REPENTS and REMAIN RIGHTEOUS with the Lord!

Preparing For Jesus’ Coming

Much of what is written in the New Testament relates to how we should live and how to prepare for Jesus’ coming. God chose you and I to be living in this most exciting time in history when Jesus is returning soon to receive a people unto Himself, to take us in the Rapture Jn14:3. Jesus is not returning for an Apostate Church or for lukewarm and backslidden people, but ONLY for a Faithful REMNANT who have prepared themselves for His coming, like Noah and his family, and the 5 wise virgins who had sufficient oil in their lamps Mt25:4. Likewise, the PASTORS, as GOD’S WATCHMEN, must also WARN the people under them. If not, the people will indeed perish, but THEY will be held accountable to God for not warning the people to REPENT, RETURN, and REMAIN RIGHTEOUS- for the Wicked to REPENT of his sins v18, for the Backslider to RETURN to RIGHTEOUSNESS v20, and for the RIGHTEOUS to REMAIN RIGHTEOUS v21. Their blood God would require in the PASTORS’ HANDS- the shepherd of God’s flock!

Finally, though the hour for mankind is very late, there is still time to REPENT, RETURN, and REMAIN true to God, to prepare to be Rapture Ready- ‘..For the coming of the Lord draweth nigh’ Jas5:8, and ‘..ye know neither the Day nor the Hour’ Mt25:13! Just WATCH and PRAY that you may be accounted WORTHY TO ESCAPE  all the terrible and evil things that SHALL COME TO PASS, and to stand before Jesus in the Rapture Lk21:36!

THE DAY OF THE LORD

THE DAY OF THE LORD- THE END OF MAN’S RULE ON EARTH

The Bible speaks of the end of man’s rule on earth, and the coming day of the kingdom of God under the rule of the Lord Jesus Christ. One can easily see that the world we live in is literally falling apart. An excellent point is the once great America is now under great financial and economic distress, bankrupt ready to collapse. The other economic superpowers China and Japan are also facing similar problems themselves, and the Eurozone countries are not doing much better. For 6000 years since Adam, because of gross corruption and wickedness, man has proven incapable of ruling over himself and his fellowmen! Thus, the end of man’s gov’t will herald in the beginning of the God’s kingdom on earth.

To understand what will happen, we need to know what the Bible says about the coming Day of the Lord! However, whenever the Bible mentions ‘The Day’ or ‘That Day, it is often describing one of two main events in God’s calendar, so we need to distinguish which one is which. It could be referring to the Day of the Rapture of the Saints- the Secret Coming of Jesus Christ or the Day of God’s Wrath- the Public Coming of Jesus Christ. Proper understanding of What’s In a Day? in God’s timetable will guide us on how to live, and how to be prepared for that Day! If not, many will be LEFT BEHIND to face the coming dire Great Tribulation, and even death!

THE DAY OF THE LORD!  WHAT’S IN A DAY?

The term ‘Day of the LORD’ is found 29 times in the Bible. It often refers to the Great Tribulation in the Endtimes prior to the return of Jesus Christ. It is described as the Day of God’s Destruction and Wrath Job21:30. It is the Day of the LORD’s Fierce Anger Is13:13, and Vengeance Is34:8. It is a Day of Darkness Am5:20;the Great and Terrible Day of the LORDJoe2:31.That Day is a Day of Wrath, a Day of Trouble and Distress, a Day of Wasteness and Desolation, a Day of Darkness and Gloominess, a Day of Clouds and Thick DarknessZeph1:15.  However, the Day of the LORD is also used to describe the Day of the Rapture 1Th4:16,17, the Day of Escape and Salvation Heb2:3, the Day of Redemption Ep4:30, the Day of our Reward Lk6:23, Re22:12, and the Day of Our Lord Jesus Christ 1Co1:18, ‘the Perfect Day’ Pr4:18.

THE RAPTURE DESCRIBES A FORTHCOMING BIBLICAL EVENT

The word Rapture is Not Found in the Bible, but is used to describe a forthcoming significant event. Like the Rapture, there are many other terms that are not found in the Bible such as Trinity, Sunday School, spiritual warfare, denominations, seminary, and even the word Bible, but are accepted and understood. The word Rapture is commonly used to describe an ESCAPE from the coming Great Tribulation Lk21:36, Heb2:3, Mt24:21. Rapture comes from the Latin wordRapiemur’, which means ‘to be snatched up’, ‘to be raised up’, ‘to be taken up’, ‘to be seized, ‘to be CAUGHT UP in the AIR’, ‘to be translated into HEAVEN such as Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus were in time past! Paul said ‘By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was NOT FOUND, because God had translated him..’ Heb11:5. God took Enoch Ge5:24, Elijah 2Ki2:1,and Jesus Ac1:10, alive into HEAVEN as examples of the forthcoming Rapture that will happen in the endtimes!

Before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples ‘Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions.. I go to prepare a place for you.. I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be alsoJn14:1-3. Jesus promised to take us to where He is, to HEAVEN, in the Rapture. Paul saidFor the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then WE which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the AIR: and so shall WE ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words1Th4:16-18. Sadly, there are many who don’t comfort others with these words, don’t warn of the Lord’s soon coming, and don’t believe in, but speak against the Rapture, and often contradict the Word of God!

Jesus repeatedly warned us to ‘Watch and Pray’ so that we wouldn’t miss out on the day of His coming for us Jn14:3, the Day of Visitation 1Pe2:12. Jesus saidWatch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of manLk21:36. Watch what? Pray for what? Be worthy to ESCAPE what? What things shall come to pass? Stand before whom? Here Jesus was exhorting us to be ready for His return by being found worthy to ESCAPE the great distress of nations, with perplexity and great fear coming upon the earth Lk21:25-26. We shall then stand before Jesus, ‘which delivered us from the wrath to come’ 1Th1:10.

Jesus said ‘Watch therefore, for ye know neither the Day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh’ Mt25:13. The Day Jesus told us to ‘Watch and Pray’ for is the Day of His Appearing 2Ti4:8, 1Pe5:4, the Day of the Rapture of the Saints 1Th4:16,17, the Day of Our Reward Re22:12. It is the approaching Day of His coming for us Heb10:25. Hosea said ‘After two days will he revive us: in the 3rd Day he will raise us up, and WE shall live in his sight’ Hos6:2; the 3rd Day being 2000 years after Christ, when He will Raise us up. Pr4:18 states ‘..the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the Perfect Day’. The Day of the Rapture is the Perfect Day when WE will be glorified in Jesus 2Th1:10. John said ‘..WE know that, when he shall appear, WE shall be like Him; for WE shall see Him as he is1Jn3:2.

JESUS SECRET COMING vs JESUS PUBLIC RETURN- TWO DISTINCT COMINGS

In the New Testament, the Day of the Lord is used 5 times to refer to the return of Jesus Christ to earth. The fact that Jesus will bring either Reward Mt16:27, Re22:12, or Judgment, logically speaks of two different Comings. The Secret Coming of Jesus is when only those looking for Him and are ready, will See Him, and ‘be CAUGHT UP.. to meet the Lord in the AIR’ 1Th4:16,17. Jesus said ‘Blessed are the Pure in Heart, for they shall See GodMt5:8. John wrote ‘..when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall See Him as He is.. every man that hath this hope in Him, purifieth himself, even as He is Pure1Jn3:2,3. Only the Pure in heart shall See God. Without Holiness, no man shall See the Lord Heb12:14.

The Day of Jesus Secret Coming will be the Day of ESCAPE from the Great Tribulation Lk21:36, Heb2:3. Jesus said ‘..behold, I come quickly; and my Reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall beRe22:12. David asked ‘Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a Pure Heart..’ Ps24:3,4.

The Day of Jesus Public Return will be at the end of the Great Tribulation, when Every Eye shall See Him.. and all kindred.. shall wailRe1:7. For those not looking or unprepared for Jesus return and missing ‘..the Blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and Saviour Jesus Christ’ Tit2:13, they will not be taken in the Rapture, but go through the Great Tribulation- the worst period ever in mankind’s history ‘such as never was or ever will beMt24:21. It will be a terrible, horrific, painful, miserable, and most fearful time in history. Jesus said ‘..except the days should before shortened, there should no flesh shall be saved..Mt24:22.

THE DAY OF JESUS SECRET COMINGONLY FOR THOSE LOOKING AND READY

The Day of Jesus Secret Coming will be a surprise to most people for He will come as a thief in the night 1Th5:2, secretly and swiftly. Jesus said two would be in the field and one taken; two women grinding at the mill and one taken Mt24:40,41; two in bed and one taken Lk17:34. Jesus told us ‘But of that Day and hour knoweth no man, not even the angels, but my Father onlyMt24:36.That Day is the Secret Coming of Jesus; it will be a surprise for no man knows when. What is our Hope? It is to be ‘in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His Coming’ 1Th2:19. This is called ‘the Blessed Hope’ Tit2:13.

Paul saidFor God has not appointed us to wrath but to obtain Salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ1Th5:9. But we must be blameless on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ 1Co1:8. Paul wrote God ‘..which hath begun a good work in you shall perform it until the Day of Jesus Christ Php1:6. Jesus promised to raise us up at the Last Day. Jesus said ‘..every one which Seeth the Son, and believeth on him.. I will Raise him up at the Last Day Jn6:40. For those ready, the Last Day will be the Day of the Rapture- the Day of Jesus Secret Coming! Ep4:30 states ‘..grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby, we are sealed unto the Day of Redemption. The Day of the Rapture is the Day of Jesus Secret Coming. It is the Day of Redemption!

THE DAY OF JESUS PUBLIC RETURN- EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM AND WAIL

The Bible tells of the Day of Jesus Public Returnwhen EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIMRe1:7. Jesus will then returnafter the tribulation of those days.. with power and great glory’ Mt24:29,30. Jesus shall ‘..gather His Elect together from the four winds, from one end of HEAVEN to the otherv31. Notice here that His Elect shall be gathered together from HEAVEN. They were already raptured to HEAVEN, and will be returning with Jesus to Earth. Jude 14 states ‘..Behold, the Lord cometh WITH ten thousands of his saints’.

That Day of the Lord will be the Day of the Wrath of the Lamb Re6:16,17; the Day of His Fierce Anger Is13:13. Peter said it is the Day of Judgment 2Pe3:7; the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, when the heavens and the earth will pass away with a great noise and in fervent heat 2Pe3:10. On the Day of Jesus Public Return, no one needs to watch for EVERY EYE shall see Him, and they shall mourn and wail because of Him. Jesus will come to judge all on the earth Jn5:22, Ps96:13. The Day of the Lord will be a Day of Destruction and Desolation, great and terrible; a dreadful Day Mal4:5; the Day of Vengeance of our God Is61:2,63:4. It is the Day of the LORD’s Wrath and Anger Zep1:18, 2:3. Nothing will be secret about this coming Day, for EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM and WAIL Re1:7!

THE DAY OF THE RAPTURE- BREAKING OUR APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH

While the Bible states ‘.. it is appointed unto men once to die..’ Heb9:27, the Day of the Rapture will be a very special day when faithful believers will break their Appointment With Death! Ps79:11 states God has the power to ‘.. preserve thou those that are appointed to die and Ps102:20, to loose those that are appointed to death’. Jesus saidI am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever Liveth and Believeth in Me Shall Never Die. Believest thou this?Jn11:25,26. A parallel scripture, 1Th4:16-18 state ‘For the Lord himself shall descend from HEAVEN with a shout.. and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then WE which are ALIVE and REMAIN shall be CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the AIR: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. Clearly we see that Jesus will come down from HEAVEN to take those living, along with the dead ‘in Christ’, up to HEAVEN. 

In Jn11:26, Jesus asked do we really believe this, and in 1Th4:18, Paul said we need to encourage one another with the words that Jesus is coming for us in the Rapture. Paul said that ‘..God hath not Appointed us to wrath, but to obtain Salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1Th5:9Paul states that we have an Appointment with Jesus, not to die, but be taken alive to HEAVEN. The apostle John said if we have this hope in Jesus to be like Him, we must purify ourselves, even as He is pure 1Jn3:3. Thus, we have a Divine Appointment with Jesus on the Day of the Rapture- to meet Him in the AIR; never to die, but to be with Him forever! Faith is all about believing what God said He will do! NO FAITH, NO RAPTURE!

THE DAY OF OUR CHANGE, THE DAY OF REDEMPTION

Both King David and righteous Job referred to a Day of being CHANGED, that is to have a Glorified Body like Jesus. David looked forward to being crowned with glory and honour Ps8:3.He saidAs for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy LIKENESSPs17:15. Likewise, Job also alluded to becoming like Jesus. He said ‘If a man die, shall he live again? all the Days of my Appointed time will I wait, till my CHANGE comeJob14:14. The apostle Paul said wehave the firstfruits of the Spirit.. waiting for the adoption, to wit, the Redemption of Our Body Ro8:26. Jesus said ‘And when these things Begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your Redemption draweth nighLk21:28. The Day of the Rapture is the Day of the Redemption of Our Body!

The Day of Redemption relates to the Day of Our Bodily Change, when our bodies will be redeemed fully from corruption into immortality. Paul wroteBehold, I shew you a Mystery; We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be CHANGED, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump.. the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be CHANGED. For this Corruptible must put on Incorruption, and this Mortal must put on Immortality.. then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?’ 1Co15:51-55.  Paul said ‘..by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men..’Ro8:12; but alsoThe last enemy that shall be destroyed is death1Co15:26. On the Day of the Rapture, we will receive an Incorruptible, Immortal, and Glorified body just like Jesus Christ. We will BE CHANGED ‘to be conformed into His Image’ Ro8:29!

THE DAY OF THE LORD- THE DAY OF THE RAPTURE vs THE DAY OF GOD’S WRATH

In summary, when speaking of the Day of the Lord, the Bible speaks of two significant, but contrasting events in the Endtimes. The first event is the Day of the Rapture, and the other event is the Day of God’s Wrath. The Day of the Rapture is the Day of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Day of our Divine Appointment with God- our Escape, our Adoption, our Redemption, our Resurrection, our Reward, our CHANGE, our Immortality, and our Glorification. The Day of Judgment is the Day of God’s Wrath, God’s Vengeance, the Day of His Fierce Anger, the Day of Destruction, the Day of Darkness, the Great and Terrible Day of the LORD.

One can only prepare for the Day of the Rapture, but never for the Day of God’s Wrath and the Great Tribulation! Jesus repeatedly warned us to Watch, Pray, Be Ready, Be Pure, Be Holy, to Look for His return, in order to Escape the things which shall come to past in the Endtimes! If one does not believe in, or is not ready for the Rapture but is LEFT BEHIND, he will never be able to prepare for the atrocity that will occur during the Great Tribulation, a most terrible, horrendous, miserable, hopeless, painful, and grievous 42 months period of hell on earth Re13:5,7! Jesus said ‘..except those days be shortened, there should NO FLESH be saved..’ Mt24:22. This means if it were to continue, literally everyone would either die or be killed! There will be wars throughout the world, thermonuclear explosions, great natural disasters, famine, droughts, pestilence, and disease wiping out millions upon millions of people! Everyone would be helpless while living through it. Also if one does not have the FAITH to believe the words of the Lord, ‘I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that were I am, there you may be alsoJn14:3, then for sure, there is no other ESCAPE, but to be LEFT BEHIND to suffer in the Great Tribulation! 

Finally, on the Day of the Rapture- the Day of Jesus Secret Coming, Jesus is coming FOR HIS SAINTS in the AIR. On the Day of Jesus Public Return- His 2nd Coming, Jesus is coming WITH HIS SAINTS back to earth to rule and reign. Re19:14 states ‘..the armies which were in HEAVEN followed Jesus upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean’. Jude 14 tells ‘Behold, the Lord cometh WITH 10,000 of his Saints’. This is ‘What’s in a Day’. In the Holy Bible, THE DAY OF THE LORD describes Jesus coming back twice- the 1st time FOR HIS SAINTS, and the 2nd time WITH HIS SAINTS! AMEN! 

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #6 – A Postscript To God’s Coming Glory Upon Us

This is series # 6, the last in a series on THE SONSHIP MESSAGE that is hidden in the Holy Bible.    

GOD’S COMING GLORY UPON US  

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE is the most preeminent, but hidden message in the New Testament. It is all about God, what He wants to do for and in us,according to the good pleasure of His will’ Ep1:5. Earlier, we learned how God began His SONSHIP plan for man with Adam and Eve in the Garden; how they would succumb to Satan’s temptation and fall into sin, and how God came in the person of Jesus to save us from our sins. After 4000 years, God then used the apostle Paul, to reveal the ‘mystery of Christ’ Ep3:4, ‘hidden since the world began’ Ro16:25. Only those understanding, desiring and pursuing this ‘mystery of among the Gentiles; which isChrist in you, the hope of Glory Co1:27 will attain to SONSHIP. For without faith (in the Word of God), it is impossible to please God Heb11:6. Paul said ‘..(God) called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the GLORY of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST’ 2Th2:14. The good pleasure of God’s will is SONSHIP- for us to become His sons and daughters like Jesus Christ to receive a great inheritance- all that God has Re21:7!

The New Testament is the Last Will and Testament of the LORD JESUS CHRIST- an official legal document made effective by the blood of Jesus and it speaks of our great inheiritance in Christ. This inheritance is the glory which Jesus has with the Father that He wants to give to those who are found worthy one day Jn17:5,22, Co1:27, Re21:7. In series #5, God’s eternal purpose was contrasted with His temporal purposes in Christ. God’s temporal purposes were fulfilled upon Jesus’ death and resurrection. At his death, Jesus saidIt is finished‘ Jn19:30. Now God’s eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord Ep3:11 will one day be fulfilled when ‘the riches of the Glory of  His inheritance in the saints’ Ep1:18 are given to only those God has deemed worthy. As a POSTSCRIPT to the previous SONSHIP messages written, we will look at SOME OTHER NUANCES of THE SONSHIP MESSAGE.

SONSHIP- An Integral Part of God’s Kingdom and Rule On Earth

When Jesus first appeared on the scene, his message was ‘..The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel’ Mk1:15. Jesus came to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God. He said ‘After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. THY KINGDOM COME. THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.. forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.. but deliver us from evil: FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen’ Mt6:9-11. The Lord’s Prayer is a very important prayer to God. Jesus told us to pray for God’s kingdom to come and for God’s will to be done in earth, and for our deliverance from evil. Where is God’s kingdom right now? Lk17:21 tells that ‘..the kingdom of God is within You‘. Jesus said ..seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you’ Mt6:33. SONSHIP will be added to all those that are seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness.

God desires a kingdom on Earth where His will be done everywhere in earth as it is in heaven. God’s will will soon be fulfilled when all his enemies shall be defeated, when He pours out his wrath on an evil and corrupt world. Jesus will then return to establish His rule on earth for 1000 years! 1Co15:24 states ‘Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. This is a paradigm shift from man’s rule to God’s rule on earth. SONSHIP is an integral part of God’s plan when His overcoming sons and daughters with Jesus Christ will rule all nations with ‘a rod of iron’ in His kingdom fully established on earth Re2:26,27,19:15,Ps2:9.

SONSHIP Foretold in the Old Testament- The Story of Joseph and Benjamin 

In the Bible, names often have prophetic significance likeJESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins’ Mt1:21. There is an interesting type and shadow regarding THE SONSHIP MESSAGE in the Old Testament regarding the names of Joseph and Benjamin. Rachel, Jacob’s 2nd wife, envied her sister Leah because she couldn’t bear any children like Leah. Finally 15 years later, God gave favor to Rachel and she also brought forth a son, which she named Joseph meaning, ‘The Lord shall add to me another son’ Ge30:24. So every time Joseph was called by his parents or brothers, they all heralded Another son is coming!’, ‘Another son is coming!. What an unusual name, for Joseph, a type of Christ, who would one day become the ruler of Egypt and saviour during a great famine on the earth!

Rachel, an idolater, stole her father Laban’s images to worship Ge31:19. Laban, the Syrian, challenged Jacob when learning he was leaving him to return back to Canaan with his wives and children v20. Laban searched all over the camp for his missing gods, but was unsuccessful because Rachel had hid them under the camel’s furniture that she was sitting on, excusing herself saying she had her periodv35. Meanwhile Jacob denied knowing anything, declared that ‘..whomever thou findest thy gods, let him not live..’ v32. Thus, Jacob pronounced a curse on his own beloved wife Rachel when 15 years later, who in very hard labor, died during childbirth to her 2nd son. Jacob then prophetically named this son Benjamin Ge35:18, meaning the son of the right hand; like Jesus being at the right hand of God Mk16:19, Ac2:33, and the right hand of power’ Mk14:62! Many years later, God then foreordained the apostle Paul, of the tribe of Benjamin’ Ro11:1, to reveal THE SONSHIP MESSAGE, and the hidden mystery of Christ. Thus Paul, a Benjamite, became the first Pattern Son 1Ti1:16, like Jesus Christ on the right hand of God’ . In type, Rachel may also be likened to today’s Apostate and lukewarm church which will pass away when the sons of God are fully manifested Ro8:19. 

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE and THE RAPTURE- Alluded to In the Old Testament

David alluded to SONSHIP- being like Jesus, when he exclaimedO LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth.. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers.. What is man, that thou art mindful of him (us)? and the son of man (Jesus), that thou visitest him (us)? For thou hast made (us) a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned (us) with glory and honour..’ Ps8:1-6. Here O LORD refers to God, our Lord to Jesus, and man, to us. David looked forward to being crowned with glory and honour. He saidAs for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy LIKENESS Ps17:15. Likewise, righteous Job ‘.. perfect and upright, and one that feared God..’ Job 1:1 also alluded to becoming like Jesus. He said If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my CHANGE come’ Job14:14. Both David and Job inferred being changed, having a glorified body like Jesus. This is in line with 1Th4:16,17 ‘..the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive.. shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air..’, and 1Jn3:2 ‘..when (Jesus) shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see Him as He is’.

Daniel also spoke of a RESURRECTION. He said And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life.. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; And they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever’ Da12:2,3. The righteous dead shall live again with glorified bodies. They will shine with brightness, and as the stars forever. Also the prophet Hosea said After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight’ Hos6:2, meaning after 2 days (2000 years after Christ), on the 3rd day the RAPTURE would occur, as the dead will be raised up and live again. Peter said ‘that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day’ 2Pe3:8, There is a coming RESURRECTION  ‘to awake, to be raised up, arise, rise first, and the dead and alive in Christ to be caught up togetherin the RAPTURE and unto SONSHIP!

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- The Prodigal Son, A Story About Us

An example of SONSHIP in the New Testament is found in the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke chapter 15. Here prodigal means a spendthrift or extravagant. A man had two sons, the younger being prodigal asked His Father for his inheritance as he wanted to leave home and to travel into a far country. While there, he wasted all his money in riotous living with the women and the harlots v30. Soon he was broke and a mighty famine came in that land, so he had to work in a piggery to survive. He came to his senses one day and reasoned that His Father’s servants were much better off with enough food, while he perish in hunger. The Prodigal Son decided to return home, confess his sins, tell His Father that he was no more worthy to be called his son, and request to be as one of the hired servants. His Father, who longed for his lost son, saw him a great way off, ran out to embrace and to kiss him. The Prodigal Son said unto His Father ‘I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son v21. His Father immediately forgave his son and gave him the best robe to put on, ‘a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feetv22. This is a type and shadow of SONSHIP, where the rich Father represents God, the poor Prodigal Son us, the robe, being clothed with God’s glory, the ring, a symbol of God’s authority, and shoes, a symbol of walking in holiness. The Prodigal Son, who was headed for hell, repented, was restored to SONSHIP, and had a big homecoming party. The Prodigal Son story is all about us, about what God wants us to do- to Repent, be Holy, and to obtain SONSHIP!

SONSHIP- Running the Race of Life to the Finish

The apostle Paul likened attaining SONSHIP to running a race of life to the finish. He said ‘Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run..’ 1Co9:25,26. Paul was referring to running the race of life to win the Grand Prize- SONSHIP, and an incorruptible crown! SONSHIP is ‘..the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus Php3:14. Paul added Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded’ Php3:14,15. Paul said to seek perfection and be likeminded as him- to also pursue after SONSHIP! Before his death, Paul wrote ‘Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing2Ti4:8. Jesus likened the kingdom of heaven to a merchant seeking a pearl of great price; when he found it, sold everything he had, and bought it Mt13:46. SONSHIP is that pearl of great price spoken of by Jesus, and the incorruptible crown- a crown of righteousness spoken of by Paul!

SONSHIP- the Glorification of the Raptured Saints

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE and the RAPTURE of the Saints are intimately linked together. The glorification of the sons and daughters of God unto SONSHIP will occur at the RAPTURE. Paul wrote ‘Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality 1Co15:51-53. The RAPTURE is a supernatural event that takes place when the saints of God will change into incorruptible and immortal glorified beings. Heretofore, only Enoch He11:5, Elijah 2Ki2:11, and Jesus Ac1:9 were translated or physically taken into heaven. But before He left earth, Jesus said ‘I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also’- Jesus promising to take us to heaven, where He is. So one day, all the sons and daughters in Christ both dead and living, will be taken up in the RAPTURE with new immortal and glorified bodies unto SONSHIP!

The RAPTURE and SONSHIP- A Selective Event 

The RAPTURE and attaining SONSHIP will be a selective event, meaning only those who are watching, praying, and have ready themselves by being pure and holy, shall be taken up bodily into heaven. Only you can decide to be chosen and takenOtherwise you will be left behind in the Great Tribulation that Jesus warned of Mt24:21. Jesus saidWatch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted Worthy To Escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man Lk21:36. He said ‘Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man comethMt24:44. He also saidBecause thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earthRe3:10. Paul saidFor God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ 1Th5:9.

God is calling a people unto Himself that are PURE and HOLY to take part in the RAPTURE. David said ‘who shall ascend unto the hill of the Lord.. He that hath clean hands, and a PURE heart..’ Ps24:3,4. Jesus saidBlessed are the PURE in heart: for they shall SEE God’ Mt5:8. Paul said LOOKING for that blessed hope, and the glorious APPEARING of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.. that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and PURIFY unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works Tit2:13,14; ‘Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall SEE the Lord Heb12:14. John wrote but we know that, when he shall APPEAR, we shall be like him; for we shall SEE him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is PURE1Jn3:3. Paul added ‘..there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord.. shall give me at that day: and all them also that love HIS APPEARING’ 2Ti4:8. Here we see the importance of SEEING God, LOOKING for Him, to love HIS APPEARING, and to be PURE and HOLY to be taken in the RAPTURE and to attain SONSHIP!

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE– A POSTSCRIPT To God’s Coming GLORY Upon Us

Isaiah prophesied of the coming of God’s GLORY upon us. He wrote ‘Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the GLORY of the LORD is risen upon thee.. the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his GLORY shall be seen upon thee’ Is60:1,2. Peter said ‘..for the spirit of GLORY and of God resteth upon you..’ 1Pe4:14. This is the GLORY which Jesus had with the Father that He has given to us Jn17:5,22. Paul said ‘..(God) called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the GLORY of our LORD JESUS CHRIST’ 2Th2:14. He saidIt became God to bring many sons unto GLORY..’ He2:10, and if we suffer with Jesus, that we would be glorified together’ Ro8:17. Paul wrote ‘In (Jesus) also, we have obtained an inheritance, being PREDESTINATED according to the purpose of (God) that worketh all things after the counsel of His own will’ Ep1:11. God has willed us an inheritance, SONSHIP- for us to be like Jesus Christ in all His GLORY and POWER! AMEN!

There is a song the Sons of God love to sing from Isaiah 60:1,2:

Arise Shine For Thy Light is Come, Arise Shine For Thy Light is Come

For the Glory of the Lord is Risen, The Glory of the Lord is Come

The Glory of the Lord is Risen, Upon Thee! ♫                     

But for one to attain SONSHIP, one needs to aspire to SONSHIP! No Aspirations, no SONSHIP! For it became God.. to bring many SONS unto GLORY, to make the captain of their salvation (Jesus) perfect through sufferingsHeb2:10! No Sufferings, no SONSHIP! For every Son whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth’ Heb12:6. ‘..if so be we suffer with Him, that we may be glorified together, For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY which shall be revealed in us Ro8:17,18.

In Jn14:3, Jesus promised ‘..I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there you will be also’. In the Rapture, Jesus will not come for an Apostate church and lukewarm Christians or unbelievers, but for a faithful remnant- the sons and daughters of God. Everyone else will be left behind in the Great Tribulation, in a world that is literally falling apart. Re7:9,14 states that there will be many tribulation saints who were killed, beheaded- those who were left behind during  the Great Tribulation but did not take the mark of the Beast Re20:4.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #6 A POSTSCRIPT of God’s Coming Glory Upon Us concludes this series on SONSHIP! Thank you for reading, and may God bless you even unto  SONSHIP!      ~Drgold

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #5- God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus

This is Part 5 in a series on THE SONSHIP MESSAGE that is hidden in the Holy Bible. 

GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD  

In THE SONSHIP MESSAGE series, 4 lessons were already presented explaining; #1 Life is About God and Not About Us, #2 What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden, #3 Paul’s Gospel- the Hidden Mystery of Christ, #4 From Here to Eternity, From Earth to Glory. In this next series #5 God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus Our Lord will serve as a review and summary of God’s eternal plan for His sons and daughters that Paul said began before the world began: ‘According as (God) hath chosen us in (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love Ep1:4. God already knows who His sons and daughters are, but we need to find out if we are one of them by knowing, desiring and pursuing what He has for us- SONSHIP!

In lesson #1 Life Is All About God and Not About Us served to articulate God’s Sovereignty, that everything was created for His own pleasure and purpose Re4:11. While we all are included in God’s master plan, we all have a free will to choose to be blessed or not by Him. But God’s will will ultimately prevail- ‘thy will be done in earth as in heaven Mt6:10! For the past 6000 years man has had an abysmal record of corruption and violence in his rule over himself and his fellowmen. God will soon end this rule on earth and establish His 1000-year kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy under the lordship of Jesus Christ, and with his overcoming sons and daughters in authority Re1:6. Jesus said ‘he that overcometh.. shall rule the (nations) with a rod of ironRe3:26,27.

In lesson #2, What Really Happened In the Garden of Eden revealed how God jumpstarted his SONSHIP plan for man in the Garden of Eden. God knew Adam and Eve would fall into sin, that sin and death would be passed on to all of us Ro5:12, and that He also would have to pay a great price, his very life to redeem us from our sins Jn3:16. It spoke of why God was willing to pay such a great price to die for us. Besides saving us, it was for SONSHIP- so that He could have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ, to give them a great inheritance Ep1:18, the glory that He has Jn17:5,22. In Gethsemane the night before his death, Jesus prayed for a specific group which he said God had given him Jn17:2,6,9,12,15,17,24. SONSHIP is that specific group Jesus referred to, that he would be glorified in Jn17:10, 2Th1:10.

Consider this very important fact: if Adam and Eve did not sin, we would not need a Savior, Jesus would not have come, and we would not have a Bible to tell about God and His eternal plan for us! NO SIN, NO SAVIOR, NO JESUS, NO BIBLE, NO KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, and NO SPECIAL PLAN FOR US! But God had everything planned out before the foundation of the world. Then God’s SONSHIP plan for man began with Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden!

In lesson #3 Paul’s Gospel- the Hidden Mystery of Christ showed how God chose a very unusual person 4000 years after Adam, a transformed persecutor and murderer to become a son like Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul was the 1st person to reveal the hidden secret of the mystery of Christ Ep3:4, and the first to serve as an example to be ‘a pattern son like Jesus Christ 1Ti1:16. Paul said ‘be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Jesus Christ’ 1Co11:1. A careful study and understanding of Paul’s Gospel is required to know the mystery of Christ’, and how God will bring many sons unto glory Heb2:10. Paul’s Gospel reveals THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- the inheritance and glory that God intends to give to His sons and daughter one day for Eternity. Ep2:7 statesThat in the AGES TO COME he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus’.

In lesson #4 From Here to Eternity, From Earth to Glory spoke of what happened in the garden of Eden, actually began eons ago when Lucifer rebelled in heaven for the Glory that God wants to give to His chosen sons and daughters one day. It spoke of the destiny of the sons of God- From Here to Eternity, From Earth to Glory- that they would inherit all things Re21:7, including God’s glory Jn17:5,22! Paul wroteFaithful is He that calleth you, who also will do IT1Th5:24, and Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform IT until the day of Jesus ChristPhp1:6. Who is HE and what is this IT?  God is HE, and IT means us becoming like Jesus Christ! God gave us His Word and Holy Spirit so that we could attain unto SONSHIP!

Lesson #5- God’s Eternal Purpose vs Temporal Purposes in Christ Jesus Our Lord

Besides God’s temporal purposes in sending Jesus, God had an ‘eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11. What is this eternal purpose that God has in mind? Every believer should know the answer to this very important question. Jesus last words on the Cross were ‘It is Finished’ Jn19:30. What Was Finished? Jesus came to do the will of the Father and ‘to finish His work’ Jn4:34. God’s temporal purposes of why Jesus was sent were finished! Jesus came to establish the kingdom of God on earth Mk1:15. He came to give us eternal life Jn3:15. Jesus came to redeem us from sin, sickness, death and hell. Jesus came todestroy the works of the devil1Jn3:8, and to defeat death, our last enemy 1Co15:26, 2Ti1:10. Through Jesus suffering, death and resurrection, God fulfilled His plan and purpose for us. It is Finished!

But what is not Finished? Besides the need to still share the Gospel of Christ to a lost world Mk16:15, God is preparing a people unto Himself to be like Jesus, to rule and reign with Him for eternity. Thus, SONSHIP, the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord, still continues in progress! THE SONSHIP MESSAGE also needs to be shared in order for more sons and daughters of God to come forth to receive their rightful inheritance before the close of this age. This inheritance is the glory Jesus now enjoys with the Father that He wants to give to us: ‘..that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints’ Ep1:18.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- God Already Knows Who Are His Sons and Daughters

God being Omniscient already knows who His sons and daughters are. But since we don’t know if we are in this SONSHIP group, to be included, we must know, desire and pursue this hidden ‘mystery of Christ’ Ep3:4,Co4:3. The apostle Paul defined who God’s sons and daughters are: ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God Ro8:14. We must be led by the Holy Spirit to be a son or daughter, and  to receive our inheritance. Paul wrote to whom God would make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles which is Christ in you, the hope of Glory’ Co1:27. Paul said ‘..I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.. that I may win Christ.. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead..  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ JesusPhp3:8-14. SONSHIP is the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus- for Paul and for us!  

God’s Eternal Plan- What Happened Before the World Began

God’s eternal plan is revealed in a number of scriptures regarding before the world began. Eons ago before Adam and Eve were created, Lucifer, aka Satan, and his angels rebelled against God. They were cast out of heaven down to earth Is14:12, Lk10:18, Re12:9, where they are now here to steal, kill, and destroy lives Jn10:10; subverting men’s souls to take as many to hell and the lake of fire with them Re20:10,15. Here are some scriptures regarding what happened before the world began:

Paul wrote ‘(God) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling.. according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began’ 2Ti1:9. Paul was given to knowthe revelation of the mystery (of Christ), which was kept secret since the world began Ro16:25. Paul wroteAccording as (God) hath chosen us in (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless..’ Ep1:4.  Jesus said ‘Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world Mt25:34. Jesus isthe Lamb slain from the foundation of the world Re13:8. Paul wrote we must enter into God’s rest for all God’s works were finished from the foundation of the world’ Heb4:3. Peter said we were redeemedwith the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.. foreordained before the foundation of the world..’ 1Pe1:19,20.

In short, All God’s work was already foreordained and finished, as Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world. God had already prepared a kingdom for us, and He chose us in Jesus Christ to be a holy people even before the world began. Also THE SONSHIP MESSAGE was kept secret since the world began until God used Paul to reveal it through his Gospel.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- God’s Good Pleasure in Jesus Christ and Toward Us

In order to be blessed by God, It is very important to know what His good pleasure is- in Jesus Christ and toward us. God’s good pleasure is revealed in a few verses, and we can gain much insights as we study them carefully. God created all things for His own pleasure Re4:11. Over 700 years before Jesus suffered and died, Isaiah prophesiedYet it pleased the LORD to bruise him (Jesus); he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand’ Is53:10. God planned to bruise Jesus to be an offering for our sins. InterestinglyGod’s good pleasure was for Jesus to suffer and to be an example of SONSHIP for us. Paul wrote For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth Heb12:6.

Also, God has pleasure in the prosperity of his servantPs35:27. He takespleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy’ Ps147:11. Paul saidFor it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure Php2:13. Jesus said ‘..it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom’ Lk12:32. God’s good pleasure is to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ. Ep1:4,5 stateAccording as God hath chosen us in Christ.. that we should be holy.. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. Heb2:10 states ‘For it became (God) in bringing many sons unto glory..’. This is God’s good pleasure – to change us to come forth as His sons and daughters like Jesus Christ, to give us His kingdom and His glory! SONSHIP is all about God’s good pleasure toward and for us!

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- God’s Love Revealed and Defined

The apostle John said ‘..God is Love1Jn4:8. What is the breadth, length, depth, and height of God’s love for us Ep3:18? There are a few scriptures that reveal and describe this love. God’s love is revealed in Jn3:16: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’. God loved us so much that He died for our sins. 1Jn3:1 statesBehold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God’. The manner of God’s love is described by calling us as His sons and daughters. Ep3:19 declares .. to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God’. Ep4:13 adds Till we all come ..unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. Putting all these verses together, the love of God and the love of Christ, they reveal that God want us to be like Him in all the fullness of Christ. Thus, God’s love is defined as us having all His fullness, to be like Him- SONSHIP!

Jesus said the scripture cannot be broken Jn10:35. This means that whatever was written in the Word of God shall surely come to pass. Jesus said ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ Mt24:35. God gave us His Spirit so that we can become like Christ. Paul wroteKnow ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?’ 1Co3:16. God wants us to become like Jesus Christ in all His fullness! This is the nature of God’s love toward us: God wants sons and daughters to conform to the image of Jesus Christ Ro8:29, to give them everything Re21:7. THE SONSHIP MESSAGE is God’s love revealed and defined.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- God’s Eternal Purpose Which He Purposed in Christ Jesus Our Lord

Finally, God wants us to know about SONSHIP- about His desire for more sons and daughters. The prophet Isaiah wrote of the unveiling of the sons of God Is45:11: ‘Thus saith the LORD.. Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me’. Isaiah said  ‘ARISE, SHINE; for thy light is come, and the Glory of the LORD is risen upon thee’ Is60:1.  Peter said ‘If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of Glory and of God resteth upon you’ 1Pe4:14. Paul wrote ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God’ Ro8:19,21.

Since creation after Adam and Eve fell, the earth continues in the bondage of corruption and sin, and it yearns for deliverance into the glorious liberty of the sons and daughters of God. From the beginning of time, it was all in God’s plan to raise up his sons & daughters unto Glory. So at the closing of this age, God’s sons and daughters will be manifested to bring deliverance to this world, and for the ages to come, God ‘might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus’ Ep2:7. This is THE SONSHIP MESSAGE: SONSHIP is ‘the Eternal Purpose Which God Purposed in Christ Jesus Our Lord Ep3:11. AMEN!

Note: In the New Testament, the Greek word for ‘Glory’ is Doxa (dox-ah). It means dignity, glorious, honour, praise, worship’. Doxa is used to describe the Glory of God as in Ro15:7, the Glory Jesus enjoys with the Father Jn17:5, and the Glory Jesus wants to give to us Jn17:22. This Glory is the same Doxa that God wants to give to us as mentioned in Co1:27, Heb2:10, and in many other verses such as Ro8:18, 2Co3:18, Ep1:18, 2Th2:14, 1Pe1:7,8, 1Pe5:1,4. This is the Doxa that God wants His chosen sons and daughters to have! 

Please also see THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #1, #2, #3, and #4.  THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #6 A Postscript of God’s Coming Glory Upon Us will be posted shortly, and will conclude this series on SONSHIP- for now! Thank you for reading, and may God bless you, even unto  SONSHIP!      ~Drgold         

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #4 – From Here to Eternity, From Earth to Glory

This is Part 4 in a series on THE SONSHIP MESSAGE that is hidden in the Holy Bible.

 The Secret of the Mystery of Christ- SONSHIP

The apostle Paul said I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ Php3:14. He wroteAccording to the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11. Paul prayed ‘The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints..’ Ep1:18. From these verses, what was Paul talking about, and what did he want to convey to us? The answer is SONSHIP!

SONSHIP is the answer to these questions. God’s desire is to have many sons and daughters like Jesus Christ so that He can give them ‘the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints’. SONSHIP is ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’. SONSHIP isthe prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesusthat Paul spoke of. Jesus saidFor many are called, but few are chosen’ Mt22:14. Many called to what, but few chosen for what? The answer is SONSHIP- to be a son or daughter like Jesus Christ 1Jn3:2, to be conformed to and to be changed into His image Ro8:29, 2Co3:18; to fulfill God’s desire to bring many sons unto Glory’ Heb2:10.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE is the most preeminent but hidden message in the New Testament. God chose Paul to be the person to unveilthe mystery of Christ’ Ep3:4, and to reveal of a forthcoming great inheritance in Christ! Paul wroteNow to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began’ Ro16:25.

Man’s Earthly Pursuits- Vanity, All Is Vanity

In his old age, King Solomon, the richest and wisest man that ever lived had this to say about life Vanity of vanities.. all is vanity Ecc12:18. Solomon had the most gold and silver ever, 700 wives and 300 concubines, and everything a man could earthly desire. His kingdom was grander than any on earth. By today’s standards, he would be considered atrillionaire’. Though he was considered very wise with godly wisdom 1Kings4:29, Solomon eventually rejected God and became an idolater like his many wives. He provoked God to anger, which later brought forth the division and downfall of his great kingdom and people 1Kings11:1-13. It is also debatable whether Solomon is now in heaven or in hell? All is vanity! Our earthly passions and pursuits are all vanity. Only by seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness will we profit in this life and the life hereafter Mt6:33. Our purpose on earth is to learn of, and to follow God. If we reject God, All is vanity!

How one lives and what one does in his relatively short time on earth will determine his status in all eternity. Jesus saidFor what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ Mt16:26. All is vanityThese are important but rhetorical questions. There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. But God has much more for those who love Him Mt22:37. The apostle Paul revealed ‘..Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him’ 1Co2:9. Peter said God has begotten us in Jesus Christ to an inheritancewith joy unspeakable and full of glory’ 1Pe1:3,8.

What Happened in the Garden of Eden Actually Began Eons Ago With Lucifer in Heaven

Before the 1st fall of Adam in the Garden, there was a great fall of Lucifer and his followers in heaven. It is described in Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, and Revelation 12. Lucifer, the anointed cherub Ez28:14 desired to supplant what God had for Jesus Christ and for us. Lucifer convinced 1/3 of the angels to join him in rebellion against God Re12:3. Lucifer wanted to fulfill his 5 ‘I wills’ namely, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High Is14:13-14. 

But Lucifer, aka Satan, was subsequently defeated and cast down to earth Ez28:17,18, Lk10:18. There is a distinct relationship between what Lucifer wanted and what God planned to give to His sons and daughters. Lucifer wanted the glory that God had reserved for them. Since God is Holy, it was intolerable for Lucifer to remain in heaven. Thus, Lucifer and his rebellious angels were cast down to earth Re12:3. Here we see that sin first originated in heaven. Untold years later God jumpstarted his SONSHIP plan for man when He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden, and where the serpent Satan and the forbidden tree were also there.

The Destiny of the Sons of God- From Here to Eternity, From Earth to Glory

When God created Adam and Eve, He knew that they would fall into sin and not only that, that He would have to give His life to die for our sins. This was the 1st fall of mankind. Then 1300 years later during the days of Noah, the 2nd fall of mankind occurred when God destroyed the earth and all its inhabitants with a great flood for gross corruption and violence, except for Noah and his family. After another 700 years passed around 2000 BC, God then chose Abraham to be the lineage whereby He would one day reveal Himself. God then came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ as a Jew 2000 years ago. A 3rd fall of mankind is coming soon as the apostle Peter prophesied when the earth will be destroyed by fire 2Pe3:10-12. This paper is about our existence on earth and about those God had predestined to become sons and daughters like Jesus Christ, who will be in this SONSHIP company- ‘from Here to Eternity, from Earth to Glory’.

Apostasy in Today’s Churches- God’s Sifting Out Process of the Sons of God

Satan has a great role in sifting out the sons and daughters for God. An example is when Peter and the disciples strove among themselves on who would be the greatest in the kingdom. Jesus said ‘..Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat Lk21:31. Before Jesus began his ministry, the Spirit took him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. When Satan desired Jesus to worship him, Jesus said ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and only Him shall thou serve’ Mt4:10. Here we see that Satan was used to test Jesus, and that he also serves God in thesifting out process’ of the sons of God. Satan does this through false teachers causing many believers to be deceived or misguided by lack of or false teachings in the churches today. Peter saidBe sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour1Pe5:8.

God uses Satan who works through many false teachers and prophets to cull out those who are not holy and humble, from those who really love God and His Word! In this former group are those enriching themselves through preaching the Gospel; the compromisers of the Word who do not accept the whole counsel of God Ac20:27; the ‘in name only Christians’, those not born-again pew warmers, apathetic, slumbering Christians, and all hypocrites. Though God is raising up His sons and daughters from all over the world today, sadly, there will not be a significant number in this group because there will be a great falling away to occur 2Th2:3.

The Gospel of Sufferings- God Uses Persecutions and Tribulations to Prove His Sons and Daughters

Though no one wants to suffer, the Bible has much to say about sufferings for Christ sake! Paul wrote ‘My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.. that we might be partakers of his holiness’ Heb12:5,6,10. God chastens us to prove us, whether we will follow Him or not! God wants us to be a holy people.

Paul saidYea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution’ 2Ti3:12, and ‘..if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together’ Ro8:17. Jesus saidBlessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake’ Mt5:10,11. Luke wrote.. we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God’ Ac14:22. Jesus prophesiedThen shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake’ Mt24:9; ‘And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved’ Mt10:22. This is certainly coming to pass in the endtimes that we are living in. Great persecution is coming in all the world!

Today, many Christians in Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa are being arrested or killed, their homes and churches burned down for their faith in Jesus Christ. This is also happening in Indonesia, China, N. Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc. to a lesser degree. Great persecution, tribulations, and sufferings will also come  to  America. This is now gradually occurring, as the actions of our Federal and state gov’ts have declined greatly- spiritually and morally over the years.

In America for the past 50 years, the moral laws given by God in the Bible have been replaced by human laws, trumped by men who have placed themselves higher than God: Prayer and the Bible removed from public schools in 1963; abortion of unborn babies legalized and over 50 million killed since 1973; sodomy no longer a crime throughout America since 2003; the US Supreme Court recently declared DOMA, marriage between one man and one woman unconstitutional, thereby legalizing same-sex marriages on June 26, 2013. Interestingly, this date contains 3 sixes: June=6, 26 has one 6, and 2+0+1+3=6. Re13:17-18 state the Mark of the Beast is 666. Since it is illegal to oppose these laws, Christians in America are now being greatly marginalized, and will be hated and persecuted for their stand, even as Jesus foretold 2000 years ago!

THE  SONSHIP MESSAGE- The New Testament Reveals Our Great Inheritance to Come

The New Testament is the last Will and Testament of our Lord Jesus Christ, a legal document made effective by the blood of Jesus through his death upon the cross 2000 years ago. Jesus saidThis is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many’ Mk14:24. Jesusis the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions.. they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator’ Heb9:15,16. The New Testament reveals that one day, as sons and daughters of God we will receive a great inheritance from Him. As we progress through our brief lives, from here to Eternity, our objective should be to receive our full inheritance from God.

But this inheritance must be earned and is only given as a reward to those that overcome. Re21:7 states ‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son’. Jesus saidBlessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth Mt5:5. AlsoCome, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’ Mt25:34, and ‘..behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be’. Jesus cautioned ..lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth.. doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through..’ Mt6:19. The apostle Paul spoke of this inheritance to come. Paul said ‘In (Christ) also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will’ Ep1:11. Paul preached ‘among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ Ep3:8. He wanted us to know ‘what is the hope of (God’s) calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints Ep1:18.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- From Earth To Glory: Our Great Glory to Come

What is the glory of his inheritance that God wants to give to us? It is the same glory that Jesus has with the Father. In Gethsemane, the night before his death on the cross, Jesus prayed..O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was’ Jn17:5. Jesus continuedall mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them Jn17:10. Then Jesus said ‘the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one’ Jn17:22. Jesus desired to give us the divine glory that He has with the Father. Heb1:3 tells that Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of God’s person..’. Co1:27 states ‘To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Heb2:10 states ‘For it became (God), for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings’.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- What Price Glory? 

There is a price to this glory that God wants to give to us. Here are some  things we need to do:  

  • We must have knowledge of this glory God wants for us.  Ro3:23 states ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God’.
  • We must believe that God who has chosen us in Jesus Christ before the world began, will bring this glory to pass in our lives Ep1:4.
  • We must have the the baptism with the Holy Ghost Ac1:5,8, which is the promise of the Father that we may be endued with power Lk24:49.
  • We must build up our most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost Jude20.
  • We must be led by the Spirit of God Ro8:14, so we can cease from our own works and enter into God’s rest Heb4:9,10.
  • We must be a follower of Jesus Mt4:19,Mt16:24,19:21.
  • We must be sanctified by His Word Jn17:17; sanctified and cleansed by the washing of the water by the Word Ep5:26.
  • We must be holy as He is holy 1Pe1:16; perfect even as our heavenly Father is perfect Mt5:48.
  • We must be pure in heart Mt5:8 in order to see Jesus when He appears 1Jn3:2.
  • We must ‘suffer with (Christ), that we may also be glorified together Ro8:17.  
  • We must endure to the end to be saved Mt24:13, and must be found so doing at His return Mt24:46.
  • We must be His sons and daughters like Jesus Christ 2Co6:18; sons of glory Heb2:10.

Paul wroteFor whom (God) did foreknow and he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that (Jesus) might be the first born among many brethren. Moreover whom (God) did predestinate, them he also called and.. justified, and he also glorified Ro8:29,30.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- From Here to Eternity, From Earth to Glory; To Be Like Christ 

This SONSHIP MESSAGE needs to be taught to others that it was intended for. God is calling a people unto Himself to receive their inheritance. Those in Christ who love God and His Word will embrace this teaching, and some already know in their hearts that this message was meant for them. To those who take heed to this message it will be as a confirmation for the seed that God has already planted in their hearts some time ago. It will then be their desire to be a part of what God is preparing them to be like Christ, when He ushers in His kingdom on earth. This is THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- From Here to Eternity, From Earth to Glory; to be like Jesus Christ!

The next in the series THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #5- God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus will be published shortly in two weeks! Thank you for following THE SONSHIP MESSAGE series! May God richly bless you unto SONSHIP!

~Drgold         Please also see THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #1, #2, and #3.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #3- PAUL’S GOSPEL, THE HIDDEN MYSTERY OF CHRIST

This is Part 3 in a series on THE SONSHIP MESSAGE that is hidden in the Holy Bible.

Paul Chosen By God to Reveal The Mystery of Christ

If you want to know the secrets of God and the inheritance He has for believers, you must pay particular attention to the writings of the apostle Paul. God chose Paul to be the first person to reveal the secret of the mystery of Christ’ Ep3:4 which was heretofore unknown since Adam was created. Paul was the first to share this special revelation with Christian believers. Paul wroteTo whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of Glory’ Co1:27. This mystery is revealed in the 14 epistles written by Paul, from Romans through Hebrews in the New Testament. Paul referred to this mystery as ‘my gospel or our gospel’ over a dozen times.

Paul’s Gospel- the Hidden Mystery of Christ

God gave Paul the revelation of His hidden purpose in Christ Jesus, previously unknown to the world. He wrote ‘Now to (God) that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began Ro16:25. Paul wrote ‘According the eternal purpose which (God) purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11Paul was the only writer who spoke of themystery of Christ’ Co4:3, ‘which is ‘Christ in you, the hope of Glory’ Co1:27. Paul said that this mysterywas kept secret since the world began’ Ro16:25. He described it as ‘the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our Glory’ 1Co2:7. God has ‘..made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself’ Ep1:9.. ‘How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery’ Ep3:3; ‘Whereby.. ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ’ Ep3:4. Paul was told to ‘.. preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God..’ Ep3:8,9.

Paul continued ‘This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church’ Ep5:32. He requested prayer that ‘..I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel’ Ep6:19. Paul said that ‘the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints’ Co1:26, ‘To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Co1:27. Then he said ‘great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory’ 1Ti3:16. This is Paul’s Gospel- the Mystery of Christ, a hidden message within the Bible!

Why is Christ a Mystery?

What is the revelation of this great mystery that Paul said was kept secret since the world began but now revealed unto us? What is God’s eternal purpose that He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord that pertains to us? Jesus said ‘Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me’ Jn5:39. When we search the scriptures with the help of the Holy Spirit, we may be able to unveil the answer to this hidden mystery of Christ- the hope of His calling, and of our forthcoming inheritance Ep1:18. This mystery relates to God wanting more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ!

He2:10 states ‘For it became God.. in bringing many sons unto Glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings’. Ro8:14 tells us ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’. Paul exclaimed ‘O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out’ Ro11:33! Paul wrote ‘(I) Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.. that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the Glory of his inheritance in the saints..’ Ep1:16-18. This mystery is  for us to come into perfection ‘..unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ’ Ep4:13; to receive the Glory and inheritance that God wants to give us. Paul revealed thismystery of Christ’ by his  own life and teachings!

Paul’s Transformation- From a Sinful Saul to the Apostle Paul; From a Sinner to a Saint

God’s mighty transformation of Saul to Paul speaks of Paul’s own perfection in Jesus Christ, and for us one day, if we know, desire, and pursue what God wants to do in us!  A good part of the book of Acts speaks of the transformation of Saul of Tarsus from a sinner taken captive by Satan to a saint of God. Saul was indeed a very strange person.

Saul was filled with hate and spite. He was the ringleader who raised havoc with the new Christians, and imprisoned many for their belief Ac8:1-3. Saul of Tarsus was an unwittingly deceived religious zealot. His background was solid, being born a Roman citizen, an Israelite, and a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin. Saul also had all the credentials for a high promotion in the Jewish religion. He was a pupil of the great teacher Gamaliel, a Pharisee doctor of law in Jerusalem Ac5:34.  He was ‘taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God..’ Ac22:3.  He was ‘an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee, blameless as touching the righteousness which is in the law Php3:5,6. Saul was a religious fanatic and also an insider to the high priest Caiaphas Ac4:6,9:1. He was also a contemporary of Christ knowing of Jesus’ ministry- his teachings, miracles, crucifixion, death and resurrection from the dead, for it was then the biggest story around Palestine.

But Saul was also a blasphemer and persecutor 1Ti1:13, a murderer consenting to the death of Stephen Ac8:1, full of religious pride, jealous of and hater of the followers of Jesus! Saul was an unwitting agent of Satan, ‘the god of this world 2Co4:4, who literally blinded him.  He thought he was doing God a favor by trying to stop the growth of Christianity.  Saul, was the chief persecutor of those in the ‘Christian way in Jerusalem and Damascus. With written approval from the high priest Caiaphas Ac9:1, Saul was breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of Jesus. He had the fervor of one mightily used by Satan, as one demon-possessed, though he thought he was doing right. But Saul then Paul, met the Master Jesus, while he and his cohorts were going down from Jerusalem to Damascus some 150 miles distance to their synagogues to bind up the believers in Christ, to send them back to Jerusalem for trial. In one great sudden instance, a great light shone from heaven. Saul was slain in the Spirit’, fell from his ass, heard the voice of Jesus, delivered of religious demons, and lost his sight Ac9:3-6. He was led by hand to Damascus to the house of Judas on a street called Straight. There while blind, he prayed and fasted for 3 days v8,9.

Paul, a Chosen Vessel- From a Sinner to a Saint

Jesus then appeared to a certain disciple Ananias in a vision and told him that Saul was a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.. and the great things he must suffer for my name’s sake’ Ac9:15,16. Ananias obeyed and went to pray for Saul.  He immediately received his sight, and was filled with the Holy Ghost Ac9:17,18. Straightaway, Saul went to the synagogues and boldly preached that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God Ac9:20. The Jews in Damascus were amazed, confounded, and angry. After many days, they sought to kill him but Saul escaped 2Co11:32,33. Saul later went up to Jerusalem and attempted to join the other disciples of Jesus but was not accepted for they feared him. But Barnabas who had witnessed Saul speaking in Damascus, spoke on his behalf. God subsequently changed Saul’s name to Paul, Ac13:9 and made him an apostle of the Gentiles Ro11:13.

The Ministry of the Apostle Paul

The apostle Paul was a very special and unusual disciple who almost single-handedly took the gospel of Jesus Christ to the then known world Ac17:6. He was forbidden to preach the word in Asia by the Holy Ghost Ac16:6, but made three long missionary journeys over a period of about thirty years into Asia Minor and Europe, and perhaps as far west as Spain, Ro15:28. Paul was an apostle ‘as of one born out of due time’ 1Co15:8. He was not mainstreamed into ministry as many were during the formation of the early Church, and was not like the original 12 apostles who walked with the Master for 3 years, not attending Jesus University’. After his dramatic deliverance and conversion, Paul was taught not by man, but supernaturally by revelation of Jesus Christ in the Arabian desert Ga1:11,12,17. This happened several years after Jesus ascended into heaven Ac1:9. As Jesus prophesied, Paul suffered greatly to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world Ac9:16.  Like many of God’s prophets, Paul was feared, hated, envied, and often not accepted. To many believers in the early Church, and even today, Paul was indeed very strange, and even Peter said about his teachings ‘some things hard to be understood 2Pe3:16.

Paul’s Strange and Outrageous Remarks

In his epistles, Paul made many remarkably strange and seemingly outrageous remarks. Paul said be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Jesus Christ’ 1Co11:1. Paul said if ‘..we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed‘ Ga1:8.  Paul wrote ‘..I should Glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world Ga 6:14, and ‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.’ Ga2:20. Paul said From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus Ga6:17. He saidGod shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel Ro2:16. Paul said ‘That I may know Jesus, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ Php3:10-14.  Paul said ‘..it pleased God.. To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen‘ Ga1:15,16.  No other apostle ever made any strange remarks as these. In Paul’s Gospel contains the hidden message of Sonship!

Paul, a Pattern Son After Jesus Christ- Sonship

God specifically chose Paul to be an example for us to follow to be like ChristPaul was specially chosen by God to reveal his Son in him (Sonship) Ga1:16.  He said ‘..that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting’ 1Ti1:16. Paul became a Pattern to them that should hereafter believe on Jesus Christ. Paul was a Pattern son of God after Jesus Christ. He was given special revelations by Jesus Christ, heretofore not known to any disciple. In Paul’s Gospel are hid many revelations and deep truths regarding God’s plan and purpose for man. Paul was given to know the secrets of the mystery of Christ hidden since the world began Ro16:25. He was a chosen vessel to make known to us ‘.. the riches of the Glory of God’s inheritance in the saints’ Ep1:18. This inheritance is not only about everlasting life Jn3:16, but something much greater. It is about the glory and inheritance that God desires to give to all those who will be the overcomers in Christ- the sons and daughters of God Re3:21,21:7, Ro8:17,19, He2:10, 1Jn3:1-3, Jn17:22.

Paul’s Gospel Reveals the Sonship Message- To Bring Many Sons and Daughter Unto Glory

Finally, this is why God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ. Because ‘God is Love’ 1Jn4:8, it constrains Him to give us everything that He has- His glory, honor, power, riches, and eternity with us. This is not much different from we as parents who want to bless our children by giving them many things, and an inheritance one day when we pass onBut because God is also Holy and Just, it requires Him to give only to them that are deemed worthy and holyThus, through the process of life, God will judge us by His Word, the Holy Bible, and our actions. Jesus said ‘..the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day’ Jn12:48.

All serious believers should pay special attention to Paul’s Gospel, as it contains the keys to THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- our perfection in Jesus Christ. It is very important to study and to know how God will bring us unto perfection Heb6:1, ‘this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of Glory Co1:27. It is also very important to know of this great inheritance that God has for us, which is about God’s ‘eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus..’ Ep3:11. God desires to ‘bring many sons unto Glory’ He2:10; ‘that Jesus would be the first born of many brethren Ro8:29; that Paul would be a son of God and many more would come after him. Paul said ‘I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ Php3:14.

Years later the apostle John wrote of this same revelation as Paul regarding Sonship . John said ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as He is. And everyone that has this hope in Jesus purifieth himself, even as He is pure’ 1Jn3:1-3. Paul wrote that the sons of God will be perfected ‘..unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ Ep4:13; the sons of God will be manifested in great glory and with great power Ro8:19.  Jesus said ‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son Re21:7. This is THE SONSHIP MESSAGE, the Mystery of Christ found in Paul’s Gospel- to be like Jesus Christ in all aspects and attributes.

Please also see Part 1 and 2 in a series on THE SONSHIP MESSAGE.

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