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 to ‘the 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 $50,000 for every man, woman and child. Our leaders are reluctant and powerless to address and reduce the national debt, and we are heading for another major debt crisis in early Feb 2014. America’s only recourse is for the US Federal Reserve Bank to continue ‘quantitative easing’, to print more money out of thin air, till the US$ 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 wrote ‘But 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, and ‘grieve 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 said ‘Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth’ 2Ti2:15. He said ‘All 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 said ‘Man 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 state ‘Behold, 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 said ‘Blessed 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’ Heb1214. Paul said ‘LOOKING 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. But ‘Love 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 another’ Jn13:35. God promised His protection and blessings if we put His kingdom and His righteousness first. Are we bearing much fruit? Jesus said ‘Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples’ Jn15:7,8. Paul wrote ‘For 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 said ‘If 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 one ‘shall 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 perish’ Lk13:3. 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!
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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 LORD’ Joe2:31. ‘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 Darkness’ Zeph1:15. 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 word ‘Rapiemur’, 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 also’ Jn14:1-3. Jesus promised to take us to where He is, to HEAVEN, in the Rapture. Paul said ‘For 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 words’ 1Th4:16-18. 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 return for us Jn14:3, the Day of Visitation 1Pe2:12. 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. 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 Return 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 is’ 1Jn3:2.
JESUS SECRET COMING vs JESUS PUBLIC COMING- 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 God’ Mt5:8. 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 Pure’ 1Jn3:2,3. 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 be’ Re22:12. 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 Coming will be at the end of the Great Tribulation, ‘when Every Eye shall See Him.. and all kindred.. shall wail’ Re1:7. 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 be’ Mt24:21. 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 COMING- ONLY 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 only’ Mt24:36. ‘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 said ‘For God has not appointed us to wrath but to obtain Salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1Th5:9. 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 COMING- EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM AND WAIL
The Bible tells of the Day of Jesus Public Coming ‘when EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM’ Re1:7. Jesus will then return ‘after 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 other’ v31. 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 Coming, 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 said ‘I 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’ 1Th5:9. Paul 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 said ‘As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy LIKENESS’ Ps17:15. 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 come’ Job14:14. The apostle Paul said we ‘have 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 nigh’ Lk21:28. 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 wrote ‘Behold, 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 also ‘The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death’ 1Co15:26. 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 also’ Jn14:3, 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 Coming- 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!
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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 is ‘Christ 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 said ‘It 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 like ‘JESUS: 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 exclaimed ‘O 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 said ‘As 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 together’ in 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 feet’ v22. 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 appearing’ 2Ti4:8. 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 taken. Otherwise you will be left behind in the Great Tribulation that Jesus warned of Mt24:21. 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 ‘Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh’ Mt24:44. He also said ‘Because 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 earth’ Re3:10. Paul said ‘For 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 said ‘Blessed 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 PURE’ 1Jn3:3. 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 said ‘It 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 sufferings’ Heb2:10! 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
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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 iron’ Re3:26,27.
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 states ‘That 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 wrote ‘Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do IT’ 1Th5:24, 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 Christ’ Php1:6. 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 to ‘destroy the works of the devil’ 1Jn3:8, 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 Jesus’ Php3:8-14. 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 know ‘the revelation of the mystery (of Christ), which was kept secret since the world began’ Ro16:25. Paul wrote ‘According 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 is ‘the 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 redeemed ‘with 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 prophesied ‘Yet 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. Interestingly, God’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 servant’ Ps35:27. He takes ‘pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy’ Ps147:11. Paul said ‘For 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 state ‘According 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 Love’ 1Jn4:8. 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 states ‘Behold, 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 wrote ‘Know 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
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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 wrote ‘According 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 is ‘the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ that Paul spoke of. Jesus said ‘For 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 unveil ‘the mystery of Christ’ Ep3:4, and to reveal of a forthcoming great inheritance in Christ! Paul wrote ‘Now 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 a ‘trillionaire’. 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 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. All is vanity! These 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 inheritance ‘with 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 the ‘sifting 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 said ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour’ 1Pe5:8.
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 said ‘Yea, 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 said ‘Blessed 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 prophesied ‘Then 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 said ‘This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many’ Mk14:24. Jesus ‘is 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 said ‘Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth’ Mt5:5. Also ‘Come, 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 continued ‘all 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 wrote ‘For 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.
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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 wrote ‘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. 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’ Ep3:11. Paul was the only writer who spoke of the ‘mystery of Christ’ Co4:3, ‘which is ‘Christ in you, the hope of Glory’ Co1:27. Paul said that this mystery ‘was 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 this ‘mystery 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 said ‘God 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 Christ. Paul 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 on. But because God is also Holy and Just, it requires Him to give only to them that are deemed worthy and holy. Thus, 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.
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This is Part 2 in a series on The SONSHIP Message that is hidden in the Holy Bible!
What Really Happened In the Garden of Eden
Why am I here? What is life all about? Why did God create me? What will happen to me after I die? Was I born to die or is there more to life than that? Did God have two plans- a Plan A when creating Adam and Eve, and then a Plan B when they sinned while in the Garden?
NO! God who knows the end from the beginning had only One Plan. He never makes a mistake and has everything under control. From the beginning of time God had only one plan for man! From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is only a 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind; 6000 years have nearly passed and the 1000 year-reign of Jesus Christ will soon begin. For an Eternal God, 7000 years is a just a blink of an eye. There is much more God has for us, but are not revealed in the Holy Bible. They deal with Eternity! So what is ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11? Paul wrote ‘.. God hath chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love; Having predestinated us unto the adopt-ion of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will’ Ep1:4,5.
God knew and chose us in Jesus Christ before the world was formed to be a holy people, long before we knew and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Before our parents met, before Adam and Eve were created, and before the world began, God chose us to be His holy children, according to the good pleasure of His will. 2Ti1:9 states God ‘..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’. God had predestinated everything; His purpose and good pleasure are intertwined in all of creation. The key to God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus- why He created us, and what He wants to achieve in us all began in the Garden of Eden. We will now discuss God’s sovereignty and what is His good pleasure.
God’s Sovereignty and His Good Pleasure
God is Sovereign and Almighty. He does whatever He wants. He chooses whomever He pleases ‘..according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself’ Ep1:9. To illustrate God’s sovereignty, as Creator we had no choice to be born: no choice of our parents, our gender, male or female, our ethnicity or nationality- yellow, brown, red, black or white, or the country we were born in e.g. Africa, China, or the USA. Also, we had no choice of when in time and history we would be living. Would you have liked to have live in Noah’s days, during the great flood when all died except for 8 people, or in the days of Moses, wandering aimlessly in the desert for 40 years until many people died off? It was a Sovereign God who put us into this world, chose our parents, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and when in time we would be living. God chose you and I to be living today. Why is this so special? God chose us to be living in these last days such that one day soon, some of us will see Jesus and be taken alive to heaven in the Rapture 1Th4:17. John wrote ‘when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is’ 1Jn3:2. Jesus said ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God’ Mt5:8. We are living in a very special time when Jesus will return to take us to heaven with Him Jn14:3. Because of His sovereignty and great love, God worked out His great plan and purpose for us and it all began in the Garden of Eden!
In the Garden of Eden
Ge1:1 states that God created the heaven and the earth. God put all the trees and animals on the earth and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Every tree God planted was pleasant to sight and good for food Ge2:9. God also allowed the serpent to be in the garden. Re12:9 tells that the old serpent is the Devil or Satan. How did the tree of knowledge of good and evil (the forbidden tree) get in the garden? Since it was an evil tree, God did not plant it; perhaps Satan did! Mt13:25,39 states the devil is the sower of tares, or the planter of the bad seed. Like God’s trees, the forbidden tree was also beautiful Ge3:6, but not good for food. In the beginning 6000 years ago, there was only one law- thou shalt not eat of the forbidden tree; ‘for in that day you eat thereof, you shall surely die’ Ge2:17. However, consider these facts: Without the serpent, there would not have been any temptation, and without the forbidden tree, no sin! So here is a very important revelation: If Adam and Eve did not sin, we would not have needed a Savior; Jesus would not have to come, and if Jesus did not come, we would not know Him and about God’s great plan for us. Jesus means ‘he shall save his people from their sins’ Mt1:21. Consider this: NO SIN, NO NEED FOR A SAVIOUR, NO JESUS, NO SPECIAL PLAN FOR US, NO HOLY BIBLE TO TELL US WHAT HAPPENED and WILL HAPPEN, and NO KNOWLEDGE OF GOD! And without the Bible, we would not know of God’s great love for placing us here on earth, and His eternal purpose for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!
The Garden Scene/The Garden Sin
Adam and Eve may have lived in the garden for many years before they gave in to the serpent’s temptation. They were carefree, asexual having no children, and were in daily communion with God. They had no hunger, no sweat, no sorrow, no pain, no lack, no strife, no bondage, no problems, no violence, no sickness, no disease, no sin, no evil and no death! They were vegetarians who ate the fruit of all the trees except one in the Garden. They were healthy and would have lived forever. Prior to sinning, Adam and Eve were clothed with a bright glory. The Bible said that the serpent was very subtil and wise Ge3:1, and perhaps very attractive. The serpent stood upright and could talk like a human. The serpent may have encountered Adam and Eve many times. But he laid a trap for them one day, even as he does for all of us 2Ti2:26. The devil was a murderer from the beginning and is the father of lies Jn8:44. Satan seeks to steal, kill and to destroy us Jn10:10. Adam and Eve believed the serpent’s lie about becoming as wise as gods Ge3:5, disobeyed and broke God’s only law then, became wise, knowing good and evil, and also perverted and corrupt. Their eyes were opened and they lost their glory, and realized they were naked and sinful. Ro5:12 states by Adam, sin and death entered into the world, and they were passed on to every man!
God’s Life for Our Life- To Bring Forth His Eternal Plan
God knew that Adam and Eve would sin and He would have to die for our sins. God is omniscient and knows the end from the beginning, what will happen before they happen. The Bible tells us Jesus is ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’ Re13:8, not just 2000 years ago. Ep1:4 states that ‘..God has chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before God in love’. Why do we need to be holy and blameless if there was no sin? 2Ti1:9 states that God had saved and called us with an holy calling before the world began. Ac2:23 declares that it was ‘by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God’ that Jesus would be crucified and slain. But why did God want to pay such a great price to save us? God had planned to die for our sins. It was His choice before the world began to come down to earth to pay for our sins and to effectuate His great plan for us. Isaiah 53 prophesied of the death of Jesus, the suffering Messiah, 700 years before it happened. It is all about God’s great love and God’s grace!
Salvation is all about God’s great love for us and God’s grace toward us! So why was God willing to pay the ultimate price, His life, to die for us to save us Jn15:13? What was God’s motive? It was His prerogative and choice to die for us! Knowing that man would sin, God gave His life for our life. God, in the person of Jesus Christ, came to earth to die for us. Here are some reasons why Jesus came to earth: 1.To teach and preach the gospel of the kingdom of God, to heal every sickness and disease Mt4:23, 2. To save sinners 1Ti1:15, 3. To make us free Jn8:36, 4. To destroy the works of the devil 1Jn3:8, 5. To give us an abundant life Jn10:10, and eternal life Jn3:16, and 6. To taste death for every man He2:9. But the most important reason why Jesus came was to redeem us so that God can have more sons and daughters like Him. Tit2:13,14 state ‘Looking 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’. 2Co6:17,18 declare ‘.. I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty’. This is the SONSHIP Message- God’s eternal plan to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- a people like Jesus Christ!
God’s Great Love For Us- the Gift of His Glory
We express our love by giving to others, such as our families, friends, and those in need. Love is conveyed through our words and actions. Even more so with God! 1Jn4:8 tells us ‘God is love’. God is the personification of Love. The measure of God’s great love for us is proven by His willingness to die on the cross for us in the person of Jesus Christ Jn3:16! Another very important aspect of God’s love is His desire to share all of that He has- His riches and glory with us Ep1:18. But because He is Holy and Just, God is con-strained to give them only to those who are deemed worthy; only to those who are pure and holy, who have been tested and proven. Peter wrote ‘..the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ’ 1Pe1:7. Paul said ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness.. that we are the children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also 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’ Ro8:16-18.
Before dying on the cross for us, Jesus expressly prayed the Father saying ‘And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them..’ Jn17:22. Paul wrote God ‘called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ’ 2Th2:14;‘That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory’1Th2:12. God sent His Spirit to ‘change us from glory to glory into the same image’ as Jesus Christ 2Co3:18. God’s desire is that we become like Jesus in order to give us all things. Re21:7 states ‘He that over- cometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son’. In short, this is the SONSHIP message: God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ to give them His Glory and EVERYTHING that He has. But SONSHIP is only for those who know of His great plan, and it would require faith, desire, and effort on our part for it to be fulfilled in us.
The SONSHIP Message- God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus
Jesus came to earth so that God could have more sons and daughters like Him. By His coming, Jesus left us an example to follow. Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it’ Mt16:24-25. He2:10 states ‘it became God.. in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings’. 1Jn3:1-3 declare ‘Behold what manner of love the Father has 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’.
Ro8:29-30 state ‘for whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son, that Jesus might be the firstborn of many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called.. he justified, them he also glorified’. Php3:21 states God will ‘change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body‘. Paul wrote ‘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 Jesus’ Php3:10-14. Paul’s goal and our goal should be the same- to become like Jesus Christ. This is what the SONSHIP message is all about! God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ so that He can give them all that He has- EVERYTHING and ALL that He has Re21:7.
The SONSHIP Message- The Paramount Reason Why God Created Man
In summary, the paramount reason why God created man is to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- SONSHIP. It is God’s love and desire to share His glory with us! This is the same glory that Lucifer wanted to extort from God, but was cast out of heaven. Lucifer wanted this glory that belonged only to Jesus then, and later reserved for those God who will change to become like Jesus Christ. Lucifer’s evil desires is found in his 5 ‘I wills’: ‘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. Lucifer was subsequently defeated in his rebellion against God, and was cast down to earth Ez28:17, 18, Lk10:18.
Years later after Lucifer fell, God jumpstarted His great SONSHIP plan for man when He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden 6000 years ago and allowed Satan the serpent, and the tree of offense- the no-no tree to be there. Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of that evil tree, whereby, sin and death enter into the world. And because Adam and Eve sinned, we needed a Savior; Jesus had to come to earth to die for our sins. And because of Jesus, we now have the Bible, and we can now know of God’s great love and plan for us, and of His glory and inheritance that He intends to give us. God sent Jesus Christ to be the perfect example for us to follow. Ep4:13 states ‘Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ’.
We are nearing the time of perfection when the Rapture will soon occur. 1Jn3:2 states ‘..when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is’. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. 2Co3:18 states we ‘are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’. Ro8:14 tells us ‘As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’. Ro8:19 states ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the SONS of GOD’. This is ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11, and the paramount reason why God created us- for SONSHIP, to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ in order to share all His riches and glory with us for all eternity. And all this began in the Garden of Eden! Amen!
Please also see Part 1 of The SONSHIP Message- Life is About God and Not About Us!
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This is Part 1 of a series on The Sonship Message hidden in the Holy Bible!
LIFE’s ENDURING QUESTIONS
Is there a God? Why did God put so many stars in the sky? Why is the universe so vast? Why are we here on earth? What is the meaning and purpose to our life? Is it just to live for just a very short while, and then to die? Is death the end of our life or is there a life after death? Is there such a thing as a heaven and a hell? Where do you plan on spending eternity, and with whom? What is God’s ultimate plan and purpose for us? What is ‘..the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11?
For every believer in Jesus Christ, life is all about God, what He wants to do in our lives. Is64:8 states that God is the Potter and we are his clay. God has a perfect plan for us, but we must each learn what it is for ourselves. If not, we will come short of God’s glory Ro3:23, and His inheritance for us! God wants to transform us into His own image. 2Co5:17 tells ‘..if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’.
Life is all about God. It is about God’s great plan and purpose for us before the world began; why we are here on earth; about what Jesus has done for us, and what God is doing today; about things that must happen before Jesus returns, and about His soon coming kingdom on earth. 1Co2:9,10 state ‘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. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit..’. Unless we understand, desire, and pursue what God has prepared for those that love Him, we will not receive the great reward and inheritance that He has for us. This paper will look at God’s eternal purpose and how it is tied in with the sons and daughters that God so desires to have ‘according to the good pleasure of His will’ Ep1:4,5. This is the Sonship Message- the high calling of God, to be a son or daughter of God like Jesus Christ!
Life on the High Seas- the Miracle in Manila Bay: Missionary Dr. Gigi Valencia Story
In 2005 while visiting and speaking at a church in Calasiao, Philippines, I heard this very stirring testimony. Facing certain death, Filipino missionary Gigi Valencia pled with God to save her, reminding Him about her many sacrifices to serve Him. Gigi asked ‘God, is this how it is going to end?’ On Feb 27, 2004, somewhere in the vast Manila Bay after midnight, Drs. Ed and Gigi Valencia were on board a huge 12-story Super Ferry, with 23 boxes of medical supplies, equipment, and all their life’s possessions, heading south for Mindanao, the 2nd largest of over 7000 islands in the Philippines archipelago, to do medical mission for the needy in Lanao Del Sur. A planted Abu Sayyaf terrorist bomb exploded causing the huge ship to begin sinking. Separated from her medical doctor husband and two little daughters, Dr. Gigi called upon God for help. Losing her glasses, she could hardly see. She reminded the Lord how she left her $200 per day dental practice to do medical mission for the 700 Club Operations Blessing in Thailand. The Lord said ‘Gigi, life is not about you, but about Me’.
After jumping into the bay from a height of about 50 feet, Gigi was miraculously saved by a rescue boat. Her husband Dr. Ed, with two little girls in tow all with life vests on, could not jump into the ocean. Then Ed saw a strange man dressed in blue with a flashlight beckoning, ‘there is another way out- follow the light’. Dr. Ed and girls found themselves safely on the lower deck where they were able to disembark the sinking ship. Dr. Ed did not recall going through any doors or down any stairs, but rescuers helped him, his daughters, and their two young nannies off the ship. Of the 899 people on board, 116 died that day in this major Manila Bay terrorism incident. Photos and stories of Gigi, Ed, and daughters were plastered on the front pages of the major Manila newspapers, testifying of God’s mercy, power and love. Life is not about us, but it is all about God!
Life is About God’s Perfect Plan For Us.. If We Allow Him To Accomplish It In Us
God has a perfect plan for every believer. As we seek His will for our lives, God will take care of the rest. Mt6:33 tells us ‘..seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you’. Ro8:28 states ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose’. Life is about God’s plan and purpose for our lives. God’s ultimate plan for us is to be like Jesus Christ Ro8:29, and to give us His kingdom Mt25:34. But it requires for us to ‘..love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.. and thy neighbors as thyself’ Mt22:37,39; ‘For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s’ 1Co6:20. Life is not about doing our own will, but seeking ‘God’s will be done in earth, as it is in heaven’ Mt6:10. Paul wrote ‘For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure’ Php2:13. We learn of God’s will and direction for us when we read the Holy Bible, pray, and seek His kingdom and his righteousness.
Ep1:4,5 state ‘..God hath chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will’. Ro8:29,30 state ‘For whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that Jesus might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom God did predestinate.. he also called: and ..whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified’. Heb2:10 states ‘For it became God.. in bringing many sons unto glory, to make (Jesus) the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings’. From these scriptures, we see that God desired, predestinated and chose us before the world began. He called, justified and will glorify us like He did Jesus. Simply stated, this is God’s plan and purpose for us- to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ. This is the good pleasure of God’s will! Php1:6 tells us ‘Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ’. 1Th5:23 states ‘Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it’.
Life is All About God’s Great Love for Us
Life is all about God’s love for us. 1Jn3:1 states ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God..’ Paul said ‘to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God’ Ep3:19. God loved us before the foundation of the world. 1Jn4:19 states ‘We love him, because he first loved us’. Jn3:16 tells us ‘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 wants us to be His sons and daughters. God wants to fill us with all His fullness. He wants us to become like Him. Jesus said ‘Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect’Mt5:48. Peter said ‘..Be ye holy; for I am holy’1Pe1:16. This is the love of God in Christ Jesus: to become like Him in holiness, personality, perfection, character, power, and in glory!
Life is All About Jesus Christ and His Sacrifice At Calvary
God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to fulfill His love, plan and purpose for us. Jesus came to do the will of the Father and to finish His work Jn4:34. Jesus came to redeem us from sin, sickness, death and hell. Jesus came to take ‘away the sin of the world’ Jn1:29. Jesus came to save sinners 1Ti1:15. Jesus came to ‘destroy the works of the devil’ 1Jn3:8. Jesus was made a sacrifice for sin He9:26, ‘the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’ Jn1:29. By His suffering, death and resurrection, Jesus fulfilled God’s plan and purpose for mankind. Jesus came to establish the kingdom of God on earth Mk1:15. Jesus came that we may have life, and it more abundantly Jn10:10. Jesus came to abolish death 2Ti1:10. Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ Jn1:17, and it is His truth shall make us free Jn8:32,36. Jesus came to give us eternal life Jn3:15. Jesus said ‘No man cometh to the Father, but by me’ Jn14:6. As believers and followers, we are complete in Jesus Christ. Life is all about Jesus; what He had already done for us! Jesus is our Saviour, Baptizer, Healer, Deliverer, Provider, our Glory, and our God!
Life is About Knowing and Obeying the Word of God
Jesus said ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God’ Mt4:4. ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ Mt24:35. He said in the scriptures, we have eternal life and they testify of Him Jn5:39. Jesus prayed the Father: ‘Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth’ Jn17:17. We are sanctified and cleansed ‘with the washing of water by the word’ Ep5:26. The Word is Jesus Himself Jn1:1,14. Everything we need to know or want to know regarding God, life and eternal life, His plan and purpose, pleasing, worshipping, praising, thanking, honoring and serving God are found in the Holy Bible.
David wrote ‘Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path’. He declared ‘The law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward’ Ps19:7-11. The Word of God will perfect us, make us wise, bless us, and enlighten us. It is better than gold and sweeter than honey, and there is great reward in keeping them. God wants to bless us through His eternal Word.
Life is About the Holy Spirit Working In Our Lives
Jesus said He would not leave us comfortless but will come to us in the person of the Holy Spirit Jn14:18. He said ‘..It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you.. I will send him unto you’ Jn16:7. The Holy Spirit is the power of God. Jesus said ‘.. ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth’. The Holy Spirit was sent to empower us to do the works of Jesus Jn14:12, and to change us into the image of Christ. His job is to teach us all things, guide us into all truth, show us things to come, to bring things to our remembrance, speak only that which He hears from Jesus, and to glorify Jesus Jn14:26,16:13,14. Paul said ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’ Ro8:14. We ‘..are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’ 2Co3:18. The power of the Holy Spirit that works in us and transforms us, is the same ‘anointing of God’ that Jesus possessed Lk4:18. It is the ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Co1:27. It is the indwelling Holy Spirit in us that will quicken our mortal bodies to partake in the coming Rapture of the saints Ro8:11, a truly supernatural event.
Life is About Serving the Lord and Being His Disciple
We are told to ‘Serve the LORD with gladness..’ Ps100:2; ‘serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling’ Ps2:11. Jesus said ‘If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour’ Jn12:26. Jesus said unto his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his Cross, and follow me‘ Mt16:24. ‘And whosoever doth not bear his Cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple’ Lk14:27. ‘For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it’ Mk8:35. ‘He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me’ Mt10:37,38. Jesus said ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men’. Jesus wants us to ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature’ Mk16:15. We ‘shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Jesus Christ’ Co3:24. There is no shortcut to Sonship- to be a son or daughters of God like Jesus Christ. We must deny ourselves and follow the cross of Jesus!
Our Glory to Come- Life is About God’s Desire to Give Us His Glory
Heb2:10 states ‘For it became (God).. in bringing many sons unto Glory, to make the captain of their salvation (Jesus) perfect through sufferings’. Before He was crucified, Jesus prayed ‘O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the Glory which I had with thee before the world was.. And the Glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one’ Jn17:5,22. Before Adam the first man was put on the earth 6000 years ago, God had an ‘eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11. This eternal purpose in Christ Jesus is to ‘bring many sons unto Glory’. Ro8:29,30 state ‘For whom (God) did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom (God) did predestinate, them he also called.. justified.. he also Glorified’. Ro8:17 tells us ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with (Jesus), that we may be also 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’. God wants to bring more sons unto Glory. 1Pe4:13 states ‘But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his Glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy’. Sufferings and bearing our Cross Lk14:27 are agents to make us Christ-like. The way to Glory is to suffer for Christ’s sake. Co3:4 states ‘When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in Glory’. Paul said this is ‘the mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the Hope of Glory’ Co1:27. God created man to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ. 1Jn3:3 states ‘..every man that hath this hope in (Jesus) purifieth himself, even as he is pure’. If you want to be like Jesus Christ, you must purify yourself, even as He is pure!
The Sonship Message- Life is All About God Having More Sons and Daughters Like Jesus Christ
Finally, as our lives are very short compared to eternity and what God has in mind for us, life is all about God and not about us! Ac17:28 states ‘For in God we live, and move, and have our being..’. God is Almighty and Sovereign, and always does what He wants, when He wants. For example, we had no choice to be born or of our parents. We had no choice of our gender- male or female, our race and citizenship, or when in history/time we would be living. God made all the choices for us. God chose our parents, our gender, our race, our birth country, and also to be living today in these last days. God chose us in Jesus Christ before foundation of the world to be holy and blameless ‘having ‘predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will’ Ep1:4,5. Life is all about God and not about us. It is about His great plan and purpose and about what He is doing in these last days. God is preparing a people for Himself. As Jesus is returning soon, we need to be ready for His coming. Jesus said ‘Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not’ Lk12:40.
Soon the 6th day or 6000 years of mankind will be over, and God will enter into His 7th day rest, His millennial kingdom. God’s 1000 year kingdom under the Lordship of Jesus Christ will then be established. The Overcomers Re3:21,21:7, will be made kings and priests Re5:10, to reign with Him. Nothing will stop God from fulfilling His great plan, and we can be in His plan only if we know what it is, what He wants to do in us, and if we obey and follow Him. Ro8:19 declares ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God‘. This is the Sonship Message and ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11- for God to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ. They shall be like Jesus Ro8:29; they shall inherit all things Re21:7; and they shall reign with Him forever and ever in the coming endless eternity Re22:5! Amen!
Please also see Part 2 in a series on The SONSHIP Message.
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America In Steep Decline- Reflections and Assessment
As many in America celebrated the 4th of July Independence Day with its picnics, barbeques, and fireworks, it may be wise to take assessment of where we came from and where we are heading for on our nation’s 237th birthday since 1776. Things are changing so swiftly in ‘the land of the free’, where our freedom and privacy through unwarranted tracking are now being compromised ‘in the name of the war against terrorism’. Also, contrary to the Holy Bible, new laws are being made to legalize sin and immorality . This is what has happened in America today. America is indeed in a steep moral decline and fast becoming the United States of Sodom and Gomorrah. As America has rejected God and forsaken His ways, as prophesied in the Bible, God will visit America with apocalyptic judgments. Ro1:18 states ‘For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness’.
America- Once Beautiful, Now In Decay and Blight
Not long ago since WWII, America was the greatest nation that ever graced this earth. America was an agricultural, commercial, economic, financial, and industrial Superpower! America was the richest nation in the world, with the greatest economy, the strongest military, the financial capitol of the world, a world-class industrial nation with many people seeking to immigrate to America for a better life in ‘the land of golden opportunities and freedom’. America was once ‘a creditor nation’ that helped or financed the growth of many other countries, but not anymore. America was rich in her soil and natural resources, gold and silver, and other strategic minerals. America was blessed with abundant water and food, and secure from military invasion by two large oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic, and two friendly neighbors, Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. Like ancient Israel, America was a nation founded ‘under God’ as evident in her historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Pledge of Allegiance, etc.
There was No Nation Ever Like America. Patriotic songs such as America the Beautiful, My Country Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty, and God Bless America, so well epitomized her greatness, beauty, prosperity, blessings, and richness of her land. America was a nation greatly blessed by God, a Christian nation that stood out like ‘a city set on a hill’ Mt5:14, with all her glory and majesty shining brightly in every direction! Ps33:12 states ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance’. This verse once rang very true for America- the Beautiful! In all of recorded history, there was never a nation like America, so blessed and so greatly endowed by God. America was settled by a people seeking religious and political freedom from the oppressive religious and monarchial feudal systems of old Europe. Later people from other lands came to America for the economic opportunities she afforded. People found God in America, and the freedom to worship Him. Before the 1776 revolutionary war, in defiance to King George III of England, the slogan ‘No king but Jesus’ was coined. Jesus was then the ‘Lord of America’, but not anymore!
WHEN A NATION FORGETS GOD- What Laws Are and How Laws Are Made
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer in his excellent book, When a Nation Forgets God described what laws are and how laws are made, and where future America is heading, using Nazi Germany as an example of what happened to them will also happen to us. Laws reflect a ‘nation’s belief, culture, agenda, morality, and values’. Early American laws were based on the moral laws found in the Holy Bible, acknowledging a higher authority than a man or a king, that is, God Almighty! Two premises were made in the Declaration of Independence of 1776: ‘that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’. America then was ‘a Christian nation under God’. However with secular humanism and hedonism gradually entering into ‘America’s way of life’, man slowly displaced God’s authority in the laws that were made. Without a belief in God and the Bible, ‘nothing is intrinsically and absolutely wrong’. It is then up to the government only to decide ‘right or wrong’. R. J. Rushdoony said ‘Show me your laws, I will show you your god’. When politicians or the courts depart from the Bible, they make themselves ‘higher than God’. This point can easily be shown by some landmark moral decisions or laws made over the past 50 years in America.
In 1963, through the efforts of atheist Madelyn Murray O’Hare and others, the US Supreme Court banned prayers and the Bible in public schools. In 1973, in the case of Roe vs Wade, the Supreme Court since then has condoned the killing of million of babies in legalized abortion, it being the choice and right of a woman. In 2003, sodomy was no longer a moral crime, and then today in 2013, Same-Sex Marriage is now legal, and is deemed equal in status, rights, and benefits, as heterosexual marriage. One can easily see that America is now in steep moral decline.
In Hitler’s Nazi Germany over 70 years ago, Jews were declared ‘non-persons’ by law, and 6 million were eventually slaughterd. Laws were made to suit the Nazi’s diabolic agendas! Here we see that ‘though laws are legal, according to the Holy Bible, they can also be very evil or immoral’. America has ‘kicked God out’ and no longer has a ‘moral compass’. Satan has subtly moved in to destroy America, and this is what is happening! Is5:20 states ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness..’.
WHEN A NATION REJECTS GOD- America Will Be Utterly Broken
America is now in steep decline- financially, economically, morally, and spiritually. Our national debt is untenable, papered over by extreme printing of fiat US$, and endless borrowing. Many of our cities and states are not much better off with huge un-repayable debts and urban blight sweeping across the country, creeping municipal bankruptcies, broken school systems, and rampant crimes in the inner cities filled with much drugs, violence and murders. Recently, the US Supreme Court ruled that DOMA- the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that defined marriage as between a man and a woman as unconstitutional, making a way for Same-Sex Marriage to be legalized. In the call for civil rights, many people have gone the way of whoredom, lusting after their own flesh. America has turned her back on God and His Word, and has forsaken Him.
God warned King Solomon in a dream, ‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land ..But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments ..and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them..’ 2Ch7:14,19. Like ancient Israel, these verses ring very true for America today. God will pluck America out of her foundational roots. The very leaders we voted for have ‘kicked God out of America’ by making laws contrary to His Word! Thus regrettably, God once ‘the God of America’, is no longer so!
New Laws Against Religious Freedom Will Be Spreading in America
Changes in the laws that are already here and/or will be spreading soon that will provoke God to even a greater wrath against America!
- Abortion rights and public school sex education programs will be expanded, even without parental consent.
- Homosexual agenda or ‘alternative lifestyles’ will be taught in public school at all levels! Parents of faith cannot object or withhold their children from participation. It will be mandatory!
- Marriage Laws will be expanded to include other relationships, such as ‘a care-giver and a patient’, man-child, polygamy, incest, etc. To skirt immigration laws, ‘marriage of convenience’ will rise sharply.
Homeschooling will be restricted or even closed by State School Boards if certain subjects like evolution/sexuality are not taught, or if spiritual training is given.
- All marriages- heterosexual and homosexual, must be performed by churches or they will lose their tax-exempt status.
- Banning of prayer for God’s blessing in public events, such as in the opening of some state legislatures/graduations will spread.
- Banning of religious displays such as the cross, the 10 Commandments, nativity scenes, etc. will further spread in the workplace or at schools, such as the wearing of a cross necklace or a religious items.
- Hate Crimes Laws- criticisms of homosexuals or Muslims, etc. This would include quoting the Bible against sin and immorality, and abortion even within a church/synagogue. Passing out Christian tracts will be against the law, and the Christian voice will be muted!
- Anti-Conversion Laws- Witnessing and preaching the Gospel to another person of a different faith will be deemed harassment/illegal.
- Anti-Discrimination Laws. No discrimination will be allowed of gays in organizations such as the Boys/Girls Scouts, and churches, and in hiring practices of scout/youth leaders, associate pastors, choir directors, etc.
- Fairness Doctrine Laws- Equal time will be required whenever a controversial subject such as ‘Jesus is the only way to be saved’ is mentioned. Christian television and radio programming will be severely compromised or even closed.
- Christian gathering for home Bible study and/or worship will be scrutinized and discouraged. Strict rules and a city/ municipal permit will be required for any religious gathering.
Laws granting churches and other non-profit corporations tax-exempt status will eventually be abolished by the US Congress, as the US Federal Gov’t is desperately looking for more revenue to operate! This will greatly affect church income and attendance, and may even cause many to close!
Great Negative Economic Impact Of Same-Sex Marriages On America
An unintended economic consequence of same-sex marriages is that it will further bankrupt America- our nation, cities and states, and bring economic collapse due to the added financial burden of giving over a 1000 Federal marital benefits to newly-defined married couples. Our Social Security system is already extremely stressed with more people receiving benefits than paying into it, not to mention added military benefits and state welfare benefits as required by the changing laws. There will be increases in corporate, personal, and property taxes, forcing many big businesses to layoff more workers and many small businesses to shutter. The family unit will be further broken. Millions more people will be thrown onto the Social Security rolls as newly defined spouses/dependents, and into our overburdened welfare systems. Corporate and personal bankruptcies, home foreclosures, unemployment, and crime will soar as America is heading for an unprecedented economic Depression. This will be a direct economic consequence on a once favored nation that had rejected God and forsaken His ways!
America’s Fate Sealed- Moral Decay Always Precedes Economic Decline and National Collapse
The Bible and world history have validated that moral decay always precedes economic decline and national collapse. Whether they were events preceding the great Noahic flood when the entire world was destroyed save for 8 people, the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, or when ancient Israel and Rome fell, the sins of immorality, homosexuality, corruption, and violence brought forth their demise. The Bible states ‘..God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting’ Ga6:7,8. When we sow righteousness, we will reap life. When we sow wickedness, we will reap destruction! America’s fate has been sealed by her pernicious ways!
A Warning Message From God Almighty To America
God spoke from heaven thousands of years ago through the Holy Bible to warn ancient Israel and also America today saying; ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people’ Pr14:34. ‘For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them..? and what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? De4:7,8. ‘As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own Death’ Pr11:2. ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the Wicked beareth rule, the people mourn’ Pr29:2. ‘The Curse of the LORD is in the house of the Wicked.. Pr3:33. ‘..if thou wilt NOT hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes.. that all these Curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and .. of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and when thou goest out’ De18:15-19. ‘Moreover all these Curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue..and overtake thee, till thou be Destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee’ De28:45. Because ‘..they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient’ Ro1:28. ‘Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of Death..’ Ro 1:32. ‘Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations’ 2Ch7:20.
America In Steep Moral Decline and Under God’s Judgment
America has rejected God and is no longer a Christian nation. America is now a diverse and divided nation of cultures, hedonists, and of false gods. America’s leaders are indubitably anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Christ. The book of Proverbs tells us ‘the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge Pr1:7, ..the beginning of wisdom Pr9:10, ..prolongeth days Pr10:27, and is a fountain of life Pr14:27’. But today, there is absolutely no fear of God, of hell, and of eternal damnation among our leaders. The corruption and immorality of our leaders have brought America to the brink of God’s judgment and destruction. Passing laws approving immorality among the people is a stench and defiance to God Almighty. As God utterly destroyed the ungodly world during Noah’s days, and Sodom and Gomorrah, He will surely deal likewise with America. Heb12:29 states ‘Our God is a consuming fire’. ‘It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God’ Heb10:31. The recent extreme heat wave in the West, more blazing wildfires, & a severe drought will wreak havoc upon our land. Other apocalyptic events such as strong earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, famine and pestilences will ensue as God unleashes His wrath upon a rebellious nation! These terrible calamities will bring America down low to her ‘proverbial knees’ for rejecting God! America is fast becoming the ‘United States of Sodom and Gomorrah’, and America will sadly be ‘a proverb and a byword among all nations’ 2Chr7:20!
Please also see A Nation Blessed or Cursed and Supreme Court Decision…..Judgment Coming to America!
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INCREASING OUR FAITH FOR THE ENDTIMES
The Bible is a book of God’s plan, promises, provision and protection. We are living in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ and therefore, need an increasing Faith to endure and persevere in the very difficult times ahead. While God is judging individuals, cities, nations and even the entire world, Satan, and his cohorts are doing their evil deeds to control and destroy the world at the same time. As the world is facing increasing corruption, immorality, terrorism, tyranny, loss of freedom, wars and possibly a nuclear war, great natural disasters, currency weaknesses and national bankruptcies, economic malaise and collapse, personal privation and poverty, only our Faith in Almighty God and in His Word will deliver us from the ‘floods of calamities and firestorms of destruction’ soon coming upon the earth!
The Lord said ‘..Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour’ Is43:1-3. This promise holds true for us today, to all that believe on Jesus Christ. Ac16:31 states ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house’. This paper will look into the categorization and the characterization of Faith- what Faith is all about!
What is Faith and How Do We Get Faith?
The Bible tells us ‘..Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God’ Ro10:17. Faith comes from the many promises, lessons, instructions, and examples in the Bible. Faith comes by studying the Word of God. Heb 11:1 defines Faith as ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’. Faith is simply believing God for something that He already promised us in His Word- that He would do what He said He will do. Heb11:6 continues ‘But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him’. Here we see that unless we know His Word, believe on and act upon it, we cannot please God and receive anything from Him. Faith is believing that God is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him!
Faith is ‘our currency’ by which we can receive blessings from God. Faith is the only currency we need to get anything from God! Faith requires that we obey, trust, rely on, and hope in God. Faith pleases God. Only by Faith can we obtain and attain the blessings that God has for us. As God is Faithful 1Th5:24, 2Th3:3, Re19:11, we also need to be Faithful to His Word Mt24:45,25:21. The Word of God illustrates many kinds, examples, and nuances of Faith. While the Old Testament gives us many rich examples of Faith, by the heroes of Faith, like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Samson, David, Elijah, Daniel, etc., the New Testament also teaches us much about Faith. Jesus is the author and finisher of our Faith Heb12:2. Hebrews Chapter 11 is known as the Faith chapter, where the Heroes of Faith are found.
What Did Jesus, the Author and Finisher of Our Faith, Say About Faith
Jesus said ‘If ye have Faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you’ Mt17:20. Here Jesus was using a hyperbole to illustrate a point. A mustard seed is about the size of a grain of sand. If we have ‘mustard seed Faith’, we can remove the barriers in our life. Simple Faith will move the hand of God. In another verse, Jesus said ‘With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible’ Mt19:26. When a centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant by just declaring it rather than to visit him, Jesus said ‘I have not found so Great Faith, no, not in Israel’ Mt8:10. God can see or perceive our Faith, or lack of Faith. Mk2:5 states ‘When Jesus saw their Faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee’.
When we diligently seek the Lord, He will reward us with what we desire. When a Canaanite woman sought help for her daughter vexed with a devil, Jesus said ‘O woman, great is thy Faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour’ Mt15:28. To another woman Jesus said ‘thy Faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour’ Mt9:22. Jesus told the blind man ‘Receive thy sight: thy Faith hath saved thee’ Lk18:42. Here we see that it is our Faith in God that heals us, makes us whole, saves us, and grants us what we desire. Jesus said ‘What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them’ Mk11:24, and ‘..all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive’ Mt21:22. Faith is about praying, believing and receiving from God. Jesus said ‘..According to your faith be it unto you’ Mt9:29. The Bible states ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever’ Heb13:8, meaning what He has done for others, He will do for you also! Just have Faith!
A Word Study on Faith
The following is a Word study on Faith- the kinds, examples, and nuances of Faith as found in the Holy Bible. It will also cover some examples of the Bible Heroes of Faith recorded throughout the 4000-year annals of mankind, from the time of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, the Prophets, to Jesus Christ and His disciples, and also the antithesis or opposite of Faith. By studying these examples and references to Faith, those who are believers, can then strengthen our own Faith in the Lord, and be prepared for the onslaught of evil and perversity that are coming upon the earth in the endtimes! In order to appreciate and learn from them, it is very important to refer to the scripture verses for each of these types of Faith.
Kinds, Examples, and Nuances of Faith as Found in the Holy Bible
- Abundance Through Faith in Jesus Christ Ep3:20, Jn10:10
- ASK Faith – Ask, Seek, and Knock Mt7:7
- Agreeing in Faith Mt18:19
- Assurance of Faith Heb10:22
- Believing Faith Mk11:23, Heb11:6
- Breastplate of Faith ITh5:8, and of Righteousness Ep6:11
- Building Up Your Most Holy Faith Jude20
- Casting All Your Cares Upon God 1Pe5:7
- Common Faith Ti1:4, Household of Faith Ga6:10
- Come in Unity of the Faith and of the Knowledge of the Son of God Ep4:13
- Confident Faith- Php1:6, 1Th5:23, Confessing Faith Mk11:23
- Contend For the Faith- Jude3, Enduring Faith Mt24:13, Mk13:13
- Faith- A Gift and A Fruit of the Spirit 1Co12:9, Ga5:22
- Faith- Rejoicing In the Lord Always Php4:4-7
- Faith in Christ Jesus Ga3:26, Ep1:15, Ac24:24, Co1:4
- Faith in God Mk11:22, Faith of God Ro3:3
- Faith in His Blood Ro3:25, Faith in His Name Ac3:16
- Faith of Jesus Christ Ga2:16,26, Ro3:22
- Faith of the Gospel- Php1:27, Good Fight of Faith 1Ti6:12
- Fearless Faith- I Will Fear No Evil Ps23:4, No Evil Shall Befall Thee Ps91:10
- Forget Not All His Benefits- Forgiveness, Healing, Redemption, Lovingkindness, Renewal Ps103:2-5
- God’s Telephone Number Jeremiah 33-3 Call unto Me For Great and Mighty Things
- God’s Emergency Number Psalm 91-15 – Call upon Me In Time of Trouble
- Gospel Mixed with Faith Heb4:2, Great Faith Mt8:10,15:28, Lk7:9
- Grounded Faith Co1:23, Growing Faith 2Ti1:3
- Healing Faith- Woman With Blood Problem 12 Years Mk5:27
- Hearing Faith Ro10:17, Ga3:2,5 Increasing Faith Lk17:5, 2Co10:15
- Jesus- Author and Finisher of Our Faith Heb12:2
- Jesus’ Joy of Faith- Heb12:2, Joy of Faith Php1:25
- Justified By Faith Ro3:28,5:1, Ga3:24
- Just Shall Live by Faith- Ro1:17, Ga3:11, Heb10:38
- Miraculous Faith- the Raising of Dead Lazarus Jn11:43
- Mountain Moving Faith Mt21:21,24, Mk11:23,24
- Mustard Seed Faith Mt17:20, My Faith by My Works Jas2:18
- Noah’s Saving Faith- Built an Ark Ge7:1, Heb11:7
- Now Faith Is- Substance and Evidence of Things Heb11:1
- One Faith Ep4:5, Our Faith 1Jn5:4, Heb12:2
- Overcomer’s Faith- Defeating the Devil Re12:10
- Perfected Faith Jas2:22, Pleasing Faith Heb11:6
- Overcomer’s Faith and Reward- Re2:26,3:21,21:7
- Prayer of Faith- Healing of the Sick Jas5:15
- Precious Faith 2Pe1:1, Profession of our Faith Heb10:23
- Rapture Faith- the Blessed Hope Tit2:13
- Rapture Escape Faith- Lk21:36, Heb2:3, 1Th5:9
- Real Faith- Whose Faith Follow Heb13:7
- Receiving Faith Mt21:12, Rich Faith Jas2:5
- Righteousness of Faith Ro4:5,13, 9:30
- Sanctifying Faith Ac26:18,
- Saving Faith Lk7:50, Acts16:31, Heb10:39,11:7, Ep2:8
- Seeing Faith Jn20:29, Unseen Faith Jn20:29
- Shield of Faith- to Quench all the Fiery Darts of the Wicked Ep6:16
- Sound in Faith Tit2:2, Strong in Faith Ro4:20, Ep6:10
- Strengthening Faith Php4:13, Renew Your Strength Is40:31
- The Poor- Rich in Faith Jas2:5, Lk6:20
- Thy Faith or Your Faith Mt9:22,29, Ep1:15, 1Co2:5, Co1:23
- Trial of Your Faith 1Pe1:7, Trying of Your Faith Jas1:3
- Trusting in God Ps25:2, Ps91:2, Pr3:5,6
- Unfeigned Faith 2Til:5, Unwavering Faith Jas1:6
- Walk by Faith and Not By Sight 2Co5:7
- Word of Faith- In Thy Mouth and In Thy Heart Ro10:8
The examples of Faith shown above describe the nuances or shades of meanings of what our Faith should be like. By their titles and by examining the accompanying scripture verses, we can then understand how Faith comes to us: ‘..Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God’ Ro10:17. In the old days, there were only a few Bibles available. And all of them were written and copied by hand, until the first printing press was invented by German goldsmith, Johann Gutenberg in 1448. Thus, only a few people possessed written copies of the Word of God or could even read, and most people learned and increased their Faith by hearing someone else share the Word of God with them! But today, the Bible is the best-selling, and hopefully, the most read book of all time.
Bible Heroes of Faith
- Able’s Faith- Made a More Excellent Sacrifice Heb11:4
- Abraham- Father of Faith Ro4:12; Sacrifice of Isaac Heb11:19
- Ananias’ Faith- Healing and Baptism of Paul Ac9:17
- Barnabas- Full of the Holy Ghost and of Faith Ac11:24
- Blind Bartimaeus Faith For Healing Mk10:51
- David’s Giant Goliath Slaying Faith 1Sam17:46
- Daniel Lion’s Den Faith Dan6:23
- Elijah Fire From Heaven Faith- 1Ki18:24,38
- Enoch’s Translation Faith- Ge5:24, Heb11:5
- Gideon’s Army- 300 Routed the Midianites Jud7:7
- Jesus Multiplying Faith- Feeding the Multitudes Mk6:44,8:9
- Joseph’s Faith- Saved Many People From Hunger Ge50:20
- Joshua’s Jericho Wall Faith Josh6:20, Heb11:30
- Mary’s Faith- God Used Her to Bring Forth Jesus Lk1:38
- Moses’ Red Sea Faith Ex14:13, Heb11:29
- Paul’s Faith- Preached and Turned the World Upside Down Ac17:6
- Peter’s Faith- Healing the Lame Man Ac3:6
- Rahab the Harlot Faith, Saved Her Family- Josh2:13, Heb11:31
- Samson – Slew a 1000 Men with Jawbone of an Ass Jud15:16
- Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego- Fiery Furnace Faith Dan3:17
The above are just a few examples of the Heroes of Faith found in the Holy Bible. In some of them, the Faith of these individuals is revealed by their obedience to God, like Abel, Abraham, Ananias, Enoch, Mary, the apostle Paul, etc. In other examples, they show how God miraculously protected and delivered them from a terrible death or injury such as Daniel, Rahab, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then there are the examples of how God had supernaturally used these individuals to bring forth great victories like David against Goliath, Moses against the Pharaoh, Joshua defeating the Canaanites, Gideon against the Midianites, and Elijah against the 850 prophets of Jezebel and Baal. Finally, a few examples show how great healings were wrought by Faith, as in the cases of Blind Bartimaeus, and Peter’s healing a man, lame from birth for over 40 years Ac3:6, 4:22.
Antithesis of Faith- False Faith, Little Faith, No Faith, Faithless, Lack of Faith, Greed, and Unbelief
- Apostasy- Falling Away From the Faith 2Th2:3
- Dead Faith- No Works Jas2:20,
- Denied the Faith- Negligent Parenting 1Ti5:8
- Departing From the Faith- Backslidden Heb3:12; Demas 2Ti4:10
- Greed- Love of Money, Erred From the Faith 1Ti6:10,21
- False Faith- Form of Godliness, But Denying the Power 2Ti3:5
- Lack of Faith- Unbelief Mt13:58, Heb3:19
- Lukewarm Faith- Like Many Churches Today, Neither Cold nor Hot Re3:16
- No Faith or Faithless Mk4:40, Heb11:6
- No Faith in the End- Apostasy Lk18:8
- Secular Humanism and Social Gospel- Another Gospel Ga1:7,9, 2Ti3,5
- Unfaithful Servant- Mt25:30, Vain Faith 1Co15:14,17
- Weak in Faith Ro14:1, Wickedness Ps55:11, Mt22:18
- Works of the Flesh- Ga5:19-21, Ro1:29, Mk7:22, Re21:8
- Ye of Little Faith Mt6:30,8:26,14:31,16:8, Lk12:28
The opposite of faith is fear, anxiousness, anxiety, depression, doubt, disbelief, defeat, unbelief, wrong belief, believing a lie, believing false teachers, believing in others or in the circumstances, deception, greed, wickedness, spiritual blindness, denying God, denying the finished works of Jesus at the Cross, denying the work of the Holy Spirit, lies, sin and other works of the flesh Ga5:19. Ro14:23 states ‘Whatsoever is not of faith is sin’. Heb11:6 quotes ‘Without faith, it is impossible to please God’. Without faith, we cannot receive or get anything from God. No Faith, No Blessings From God! Much Faith, Many Blessings From God!
Faith means trusting in God.
Finally, we are living in days when TRUST IN GOD is imperative. It is not an option- for without trusting God and what He has spoken, it would be impossible to have the Faith needed to deal with hardships- to understand that what is now taking place at home and elsewhere in the world which seems out of control, is really under God’s control!
In conclusion, we are saved, healed, delivered, protected, helped, blessed by Faith, and one day, we will be translated or Raptured by Faith. Faith is only for believers in Christ, and His Word! Faith is for those who love God! Faith knows no defeat! Paul wrote ‘..thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1Co15:57, and ‘..my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus’ Php4:19. Faith will always give us the victory in our lives! In the endtimes that we are living in, we will really need increasing FAITH IN GOD to survive the coming onslaughts. This is what Faith is all about! AMEN!
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