WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY, WHEN GOD BECAME MAN
John’s Gospel Part 3 continues the revelation that JESUS IS GOD; how in Chapter 11, JESUS declared ‘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?‘ v25,26. Jesus then raised Lazarus after he was dead for 4 days. Here Jesus showed He has the power over LIFE AND DEATH, something only God, and no man has. Not only did Jesus raise dead Lazarus, but He also promised then TO RAISE US UP ONE DAY IN THE RAPTURE, and He challenged us to believe in Him!
John Chapter 12- Passion Week Before Jesus’ Crucifixion
Jesus caused a great commotion after He raised Lazarus from the dead. Six days before the Passover, Jesus went back to Bethany to visit Lazarus and his sisters. While Martha served supper, Mary took a pound of very expensive and strong smelling perfume that filled the house with its odor, to anoint Jesus’ feet, wiping it with her own hair. Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 disciples, complained and said, it could have been sold and the money given to the poor, not that he really cared. Jesus said ‘the poor always ye have with you, but me ye have not me always’ v8. In truth, Judas, the keeper of the purse v6, wanted the money for himself. Mary worshipped Jesus by anointing him with the ointment for his soon burial. Many Jews came not only to see Jesus, but to see Lazarus whom He raised from the dead v9. But the chief priests sought to kill Lazarus v10 for ‘many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus’ v11.
The following day on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Passion Week, Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem on an ass v14. Many took palm branches to hail him for the miracle of raising dead Lazarus, shouting ‘Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord’ v13. This is a fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy Zec9:9 about Jesus. The Pharisees were greatly troubled because ‘the world is gone after him’ v19. Jews from Greece who came to celebrate the feast of the Passover also wanted to see Jesus.
Jesus told his disciples ‘The hour is come, that the Son of man should be GLORIFIED.. Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 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’ v23-26. (JESUS CHRIST was GLORIFIED by God upon His crucifixion and death for our sins v32 below).
Jesus lamented about his forthcoming death and asked the Father to ‘GLORIFY thy name’ v28, meaning his own name. Then many heard a thundering voice from heaven saying ‘I have both GLORIFIED IT and will GLORIFY IT AGAIN’ v28. Jesus said ‘Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the PRINCE OF THIS WORLD be cast out. AND I, IF I BE LIFTED UP FROM THE EARTH, WILL DRAW ALL MEN UNTO ME’ v31,32.
The Jews who came to anoint Jesus king were very puzzled because Jesus was now speaking of his soon death by crucifixion v33. They were not looking for a suffering Messiah which spoke of Jesus in Isaiah 53. While many of the chief rulers believed on Jesus, they were afraid of the Pharisees, fearing expulsion from the synagogue v42. Jesus said ‘He that BELIEVETH ON ME, believeth not on me, but on HIM THAT SENT ME. And he that SEETH ME SEETH HIM THAT SENT ME’ v44,45. He said ‘I came not to judge the world, but to save the world’ v47. He that sees Jesus sees the Father. He that rejects Jesus rejects the Father v48. JESUS IS GOD!
John Chapter 13- The Last Supper; Foot Washing By Jesus
This is the scene of the Last Supper during the final week of Jesus’ ministry before the feast of the Passover, and his crucifixion. ‘And supper being ended, the devil put into Judas Iscariot’s heart to betray Jesus’ v2. Jesus proceeded to wash his disciples’ feet. Impetuous Peter said ‘Thou shalt never wash my feet’. Jesus said ‘If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me’ v8. Peter then said ‘Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head’ v9. Jesus was teaching his disciples to serve others, not as ‘a master but as a servant’ v16. Jesus being saddened, began to speak of his betrayal by one of them v21, while the disciples wondered who among themselves v22. Shortly after, Satan entered into Judas as Jesus gave him the sop (a piece of bread soaked in liquid) to eat v26,27. King David prophesied 2000 years before of Judas: ‘He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me’ Ps41:9, and of Judas losing his place among the 12 apostles Ps109:8.
At the Last Supper, the apostle John leaning on Jesus’ bosom described himself as the disciple ‘whom Jesus loved’ v23; also Jn20:12,21:7,20. Jesus then spoke of His Glorification ‘Now is the SON OF MAN GLORIFIED, and God is GLORIFIED in him’ v31, and of his leaving his disciples and that they could not follow him v33. Jesus gave them a NEW COMMANDMENT ‘That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another’ v34. The scene turned very somber as the disciples sensed Jesus’ forthcoming death. Peter then told Jesus that he would lay down his life for him, but Jesus told him ‘The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice’ v38.
John Chapter 14- Jesus Relationship with the Father; the Promise of the Holy Spirit
Jesus continued his discourse with his disciples. He told them ‘Let not your heart be troubled: YE BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU AND IF I GO AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I WILL COME AGAIN, and RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO.. I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME’ v1-6. Again Jesus declared His divinity, that He is God, ‘YE BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME’ – a very remarkable statement by such a young man. Jesus said He is leaving to prepare a place for us, and He will return to take us back to heaven signifying the coming RAPTURE OF THE SAINTS ONE day.
Jesus declared there is no other way, truth, and life to God the Father than by Him. Jesus declared His relationship with the Father: ‘If you have KNOWN ME, you should have KNOWN MY FATHER also: and henceforth, YOU KNOW THE HIM, and HAVE SEEN HIM’ v7. KNOW JESUS, KNOW THE FATHER; SEE JESUS, SEE THE FATHER; believe that JESUS is in the Father and believe the Father is in JESUS v10.
Jesus then stated ‘He that BELIEVETH ON ME, the works I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK IN MY NAME, THAT WILL I DO, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything IN MY NAME, I WILL DO IT’ v12-14. Here we are given permission to pray and use the name of JESUS regarding His works, and He will do it! Jesus promised that we will do greater works when we believe on Him; when we receive POWER through the BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY GHOST, as on the day of Pentecost Ac1:5,8,2:4.
Jesus promised to send another Comforter, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, to abide with us FOREVER v16. Jesus will come to us in the person of the Holy Spirit, who will dwell with us and be in us v17,18. If we love Jesus and keep His commandments, we shall be loved of the Father, Jesus will love us and manifest Himself to us v21. The Holy Spirit, also known as the Holy Ghost, ‘shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you’ v26.
Today the Holy Spirit is the representative of Jesus Christ and the power of God to accomplish His plan and purpose on earth. Jesus said ‘But ye shall receive POWER, AFTER THAT THE HOLY GHOST IS COME UPON YOU: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem.. and unto the uttermost part of the earth’ Ac1:8. The Holy Spirit will empower us to witness Jesus to the world by signs and wonders. Jesus said ‘Behold, I give unto you POWER to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you’ Lk10:19. Also see Mk16:15-19, Ro15:19.
John Chapter 15- Jesus the True Vine; God the Pruner
This chapter continues at the scene of the Last Supper in the large upper room prior to Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus continued to teach His disciples using the analogy of the main vine and its many branches. What Jesus instructed here applies to all His disciples and us today. Jesus said ‘I am the VINE, ye are the branches’ v5, and ‘my Father is the husbandman (the PRUNER)’ v1. Every branch that is not productive, thePRUNER cast them away and they are burned v6. The PRUNER purges every branch that is productive, so it will bring forth more fruit.
But in order to bear fruit, we need to ABIDE IN JESUS, ‘..for without me, ye can do nothing’ v5. God wants us to abide in Jesus, so we would be productive and bear much fruit; ‘Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples’ v8. 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’ v7. Jesus said if we follow Him and obey His words, we can ask anything, and He would grant it to us. This is a very important principle. But the only way we can know Jesus and His words is to study the Bible.
Jesus gave us a NEW COMMANDMENT ‘That ye love one another, as I have loved you’ v12, just as in Jn13:34. We are to love others with a greater love; that which Jesus had for us. Greater love is defined as ‘a man lay down his life for his friends’ v13, which Jesus did for us. Jesus said ‘Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I HAVE CHOSEN YOU, and ORDAINED YOU, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you’ v14-16.
We have a calling on our lives to serve God, and to be fruitful. We were chosen out of this world to serve Jesus, and thus the world will hate us v19. Because Jesus came into the world to reveal sin, the world no longer can hide its sin, and therefore it hated Jesus v22-24. Jesus said of ‘the Comforter to come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of Me’ v26; promising to send the Holy Spirit (the baptism of the Holy Ghost Ac1:5,8,2:4,11:16).
John Chapter 16- The Work of the Holy Spirit; the Comforter; the Spirit of Truth
Still in the upper room, Jesus spoke of the suffering and hardship, even death to come for those serving Him. He continued His discourse from the previous chapters on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, which all His disciples should soon receive. Jesus told them unless He left, He could not send the Comforter to them v7. The job of the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, the Holy Ghost, or the Holy Spirit is to convince or convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they BELIEVE NOT ON JESUS v9; of righteousness, because ‘I go to my Father, and ye see me no more’ v10; of judgment, because Satan, ‘the prince of this world is judged’ v11. Jesus said ‘Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you’ v13,14.
The Holy Spirit’s job is to ‘glorify Jesus’. Jesus said all things that the Father has belongs to Him. The Holy Spirit will take of Jesus, and show it unto us v15. Here we see the relationship of the Godhead- the Father, the Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins, and by His death and resurrection, Jesus could then send the Holy Spirit to empower us to serve Him and to finish His work. By the presence of the Holy Spirit in us, Jesus would now then be with and in us v16. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ Php1:19, and also the proxy of Jesus Christ on earth. As the Father is God, so is Jesus God, and the Holy Spirit God. There is only ONE GOD revealed in three personalities. The Godhead is indeed a mystery of God.. WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY, WHEN GOD BECAME MAN!
Jesus continued to speak of His forthcoming passion, of His dying, coming back alive, leaving us, but returning to us in the Person of the Holy Spirit. He said though they would sorrow now, they would be rejoice again, and so would we v16-22. Jesus reiterated His promise to us ‘Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he (Jesus) will give it you.. ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full’ v23,24, 26. Jesus said He came out from God, came forth from the Father into the world, and will return to the Father v27,28. Jesus said when he goes to the cross, his disciples will be scattered; only the Father will remain with me v32. ‘These things I have spoke to you, that in me ye might have peace. In this world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world’ v33.
John Chapter 17- Jesus Prayer to the Father; Nine Prayer Requests of Jesus
Jesus left the upper room for the garden of Gethsemane to pray alone. In his prayer, we learn of the glory and relationship Jesus had with the Father before the world was; the work He was sent to do and His relationship with us, whom the Father had given to Jesus v1-5. We learn what God had planned for us before the world began. We also learn what Jesus had prayed for: Himself, His disciples and all those that should believe on Him through His word v20. Knowing Jesus prayer requests to the Father are very important because all of His prayers will be answered, and they reveal what God has in mind for us in the eternity to come. Here are the 9 prayers requests of Jesus before He was crucified:
1. That He would be GLORIFIED AGAIN with the same GLORY He had with the Father before the world was v1-5.
2. That WE MAY BE ONE, as He and the Father are One v11,21,22,23.
3. That WE MIGHT HAVE HIS JOY FULFILLED IN US v13.
4. That WE WOULD BE KEPT FROM THE EVIL V15.
5. That WE WOULD BE SANCTIFIED BY HIS WORD, ‘THY WORD IS TRUTH’ v17.
6. That THE SAME GLORY THAT JESUS HAD WITH THE FATHER v5, HE HAS GIVEN US v22. Also Ro8:17, 2Co3:18, Heb2:10.
7. That WE MAY BE MADE PERFECT IN ONE AND THAT THE WORLD WOULD KNOW THAT THE FATHER LOVED BOTH HE AND US v23.
8. That WE WOULD ONE DAY BE WITH JESUS ‘WHERE I AM.. that they may behold his glory..’ v24. See Jn12:26,14:3 ‘where I am- the Rapture’.
9. That THE SAME LOVE THE FATHER HAD FOR JESUS MAY ALSO BE IN US, AND HE IN US v26. Also Jn13:34,15:12.
John Chapter 17- The Glory Jesus Wants to Give Us
What is the Glory that Jesus had with the Father that He wants to give to us? How did Jesus Glorify the Father? Heb1:2 declares Jesus is ‘the brightness of GOD’S GLORY and the express image of God’s Person’. Php2:6-9 state Jesus ‘being in the FORM OF GOD.. was EQUAL WITH GOD, but took upon him the form of a servant and was made in likeness of men.. He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Jesus, and given him a name which is above every name’.
Jesus glorified God by going to the cross, giving His life for our sins, being obedient unto death, and having the faith to be resurrected. Jesus asked the Father to return to Him the Glory He once shared with Him before the world was Jn17:5. What is important here is that the same Glory Jesus had with the Father He gave to us v22- to those that are one with Him; for those that have His joy fulfilled in them; for those that are kept from evil v15, and sanctified by His Word v17! Jesus prayed that we may be made perfect in one; that the world may know that the Father had sent and loved Him; that we would be with Him ‘where I am; that they may behold my Glory’ v24, signifying the coming Rapture.
Six times Jesus referred to those ‘THOU HAST GIVEN ME’ v6,9,11,12,24,18:9. Five times Jesus prayed that WE MAY BE ONE WITH HIM AND THE FATHER v11,21,21,22,23. Jesus was specifically praying for us. Ro8:17 states ‘if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also Glorified Together’. When we study this prayer of Jesus, we must believe what Jesus wants us to have, and that one day we will be Glorified Together With Him forever! What is the Glory that Jesus had with the Father that He wants to give to us? Jesus wants to share all of His Glory He has with us!
The Gospel of John Part 4 Chapters 18 through 21 will continue shortly. Please tune in again and thank you for reading!
WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY, WHEN GOD BECAME MAN
The Gospel of John is the revelation of Jesus Christ as the SON OF GOD- who He is, what He did, and what He told us to do. This is Part 2 of the Gospel of John emphasizing WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY, WHEN GOD BECAME MAN. In the Gospel of John alone, there are over 20 verses in which Jesus and others said to ‘BELIEVE IN HIM OR BELIEVE ON HIM’. Here Jesus, a young man in his thirties, had the temerity and audacity to tell every one in the world that we must BELIEVE IN OR ON HIM so we will not perish in hell and everlasting damnation, but have EVERLASTING LIFE. The simple reason why is because Jesus is telling us the truth; that ONLY HE AS GOD can save us and give us eternal life. JESUS is EMMANUEL- GOD WITH US, Mt1:23, who ‘died for our sins’ Ro5:8.
Apart from Jesus, there is no salvation of our souls and eternal life Jn3:15. Jesus said ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,that whosoever BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD not perish, but have everlasting life’ Jn3:16, referring to himself. John the Baptist added ‘He that BELIEVETH ON THE SON hath everlasting life: and he that BELIEVETH NOT THE SON SHALL not see life; but the WRATH OF GOD abideth on him‘ Jn3:36. Jesus told his disciples ‘Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME’ Jn14:1. When the apostle dubbed ‘doubting Thomas’ saw the resurrected Jesus alive after His crucifixion, he exclaimed ‘My Lord AND MY GOD’ Jn20:28. That JESUS IS GOD is indisputable by his many miracles, deeds, and sayings. We now continue with the Gospel of John Part 2- WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY.
John Chapter 6- Jesus, the Bread of Life
Chapter 6 begins with Jesus back in his home country Galilee. While in the mountain plains, a great multitude of over 5000 men, besides women and children v10, followed Him after seeing the miracles he did on them who were sick and diseased v2. Here we see how Jesus miraculously multiplied a boy’s lunch of 5 barley loaves and 2 small fishes to feed the hungry multitudes. After they all had eaten, there were 12 baskets of fragments left over v10-13, Mt14:21. This was the 4th miracle in the Gospel of John (Mt15:38 states another 4000 were later fed in another incident).
Jesus immediately disappeared alone into a mountain for the people wanted to make him a king v15. The disciples then left to cross the Sea of Galilee on a boat toward Capernaum not knowing where Jesus went. Night came and the sea rose along with a great wind. They had rowed for about 3 to 4 miles when they saw ‘Jesus walking on the stormy sea.. and they were afraid’, but Jesus assured them v19,20. They willingly received Him in the ship, and presto, the ship landed v21. The next day the people crossed the sea looking for Jesus saw him with his disciples. They asked Jesus how did he cross over since he did not embark earlier with his disciples v22-25. Jesus supernaturally transported Himself over the windy storm and walking on water!
In chapter 6 Jesus warned the people: ‘Ye seek Me, NOT because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perish- eth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you.. This is the work of God, that ye BELIEVE ON HIM whom He hath sent’ v26-29. Jesus declared ‘I am the BREAD OF LIFE: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that BELIEVETH ON ME SHALL NEVER THIRST’ v35, just as he told the Samaritan woman Jn5:14. Jesus stated ‘He that BELIEVETH ON ME HATH EVERLASTING LIFE’ v47, as in Jn 3:16.
Jesus used the analogy that while bread is necessary for life, we need to partake of his flesh and his blood that He will give for the life of the world v51. Jesus said ‘..Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life..’ v53-54.
Here Jesus was NOT telling them to literally eat his flesh and blood, but to spiritually partake of Him, by believing in the sacrifice He will make for us- his own flesh and blood. Jesus said ‘It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the WORDS that I speak unto you, THEY ARE SPIRIT, AND THEY ARE LIFE’ v63. Jesus meant that only by BELIEVING HIS WORDS CAN WE GET EVERLASTING LIFE. BELIEVING IN JESUS means TO OBEY HIS WORDS, what He told us to do. While in the wilderness, Jesus told the devil ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every WORD that proceedeth out of the mouth of God’ Mt4:4.
Notice the 666 (Re13:18), the AntiChrist number in Jn6:66- ‘From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him’. They did not believe in Jesus anymore, and thus lost eternal life v54. In John chapter 6, Jesus repeatedly said he that believeth on him ‘I will raise him up on the last day’ v39,40,44,54. Here Jesus introduced the promise of a bodily Resurrection or the Rapture for His believers, also found in Jn11:25,26,14:3, 1Th4:16,17.
In chapter 6, we see two incidents of DIVINITY IN HUMANITY- Jesus having powers over nature and the physical laws by multiplying food, and then walking on water; no other man could except for Peter who took only a few steps Mt14:29. To change water into wine, heal the nobleman’s son and the lame man, and multiply food is something only God can do, as only God can create, perform miracles, and do supernatural acts. Thus, JESUS IS GOD- WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY! We will see more examples of DIVINITY IN HUMANITY as we continue studying the Gospel of John!
John Chapter 7- Jesus Returns to Jerusalem Teaching in the Temple
There is only one Jewish temple, the one in Jerusalem. It was first built by King Solomon about 1000 BC, restored by Ezra and Nehemiah after the Babylonian Captivity about 530 BC, and finally reconstruct- ed and enlarged by King Herod the Great, from about 50 to 4 BC, 46 years in the making Jn2:20. The temple was the center of the Jewish religious life and the headquarters of Judaism, their religion dating back to Moses’ days about 1500 BC.
Jesus is back in Galilee with his unbelieving younger half-brothers (4 of them. SeeMt13:55), who was jealous of him because of his growing fame. They asked Jesus if he will return to Jerusalem to perform his works before his disciples in Judaea v1-6. This was the time of the feast of tabernacles. Jesus told his brothers to go ahead. He would not yet go v8, but ‘abode still in Galilee’ v9. But a few days later Jesus left secretly and was found teaching in the temple.
Jesus proclaimed that HE WAS SENT BY GOD (note: only in John’s Gospel is this revealed, over 40x, e.g. Jn7:16,28,29) and that HE SPOKE ON BEHALF OF GOD. The Jews again sought to kill him v1,19,25 saying that Jesus had a devil v20, and because He earlier healed the lame man Jn5:16 on the sabbath day v23. Here we see that Jesus was very controversial, some believing on Him and others, jealously attacking him v12,20,26,31,40-43. Jesus created great trouble for the chief priests and Pharisees- the reigning religious Jews, causing great dissension among them v45-53.
Regarding ‘LIVING WATER’ (as with the Samaritan woman at the well Jn4:10), at the temple Jesus shouted loudly, ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that BELIEVETH ON ME, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of LIVING WATER. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the HOLY GHOST was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet GLORIFIED)’ v37-39. The LIVING WATER which Jesus would give to us is the BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY GHOST Ac1:5, earlier spoken by John the Baptist Jn1:33.
(Note: JESUS was GLORIFIED when He presented Himself to God the Father in heaven after His Resurrection from the dead Jn20:17. Then on the day of Pentecost, Jesus sent the Holy Ghost (Spirit) to his disciples Ac2:4. Later John chapters 14,15,16 will reveal the importance of the BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT in our lives- to teach, lead, guide us, show us things to come, help us, protect us, and to empower us!)
John Chapter 8- Woman Taken in Adultery. Jesus, the Light Of The World, The Great I Am
Early in the morning, as Jesus was teaching in the temple, the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman taken in the act of adultery v1-3. According to the Mosaic Law, they said she should be stoned, to see what Jesus would say. Jesus pretending he did not hear them, stooped down and with his finger wrote something on the ground, as if scribbling down their sins v6. After pressing him, Jesus said ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her’ v8. Their consciences were pricked such that one by one they left, beginning with their leaders, leaving Jesus alone with the woman v9. As no man was left to condemn her, Jesus said ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more’ v11. This is the 2nd time in the Gospel of John that Jesus forgave someone of their sin (Jn5:14); something only God can do Mk2:7!
Jesus declared ‘I am the LIGHT OF THE WORLD’ v12. Jesus contended that He came down from heaven Jn6:38 and was sent by God the Father v16,18,26,29,42. Here Jesus defined who his disciples are ‘if ye CONTINUE IN MY WORD, then ye are my disciples indeed’ v31; ‘Ye shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free’ v32, and ‘If the SON herefore makes you FREE, ye shall be FREE ndeed’ v36. Jesus debated with the people who said they were Abraham’s seed but they did not do the works of Abraham v39; but were of the devil- a murderer and the father of lies v44. Jesus said that He knows the Father v55 and that ‘before Abraham was I AM’ v58. This is the same ‘I AM THAT I AM’ that God spoke to Moses from the burning bush regarding who He is Ex3:14. The people tried to stone Jesus but He supernaturally disappeared and escaped from their midst and passed by them v59.
John Chapter 9- The Healing of the Man Born Blind
Jesus’ disciples asked why a man they had passed was born blind. Was it because of his sin or his parents? Jesus said neither, ‘but that THE WORKS OF GOD SHOULD BE MADE MANIFEST IN HIM’ v1-3. Here is a case of ‘divine appointment’ that Jesus would come across this beggar blind man to prove that He had the power of God to heal. Jesus spat on the ground, made a clay of spittle, anointed the man’s eyes with the clay and then told him to wash his eyes in the nearby pool of Siloam v6,7. He instantly received his sight for the first time. His neighbors recognized the once blind man, and asked him how he was able to see v10. He told them Jesus gave him his sight by anointing his eyes v11. They brought this man to the Pharisees for questioning on how this miracle was wrought. There was a division among themselves; some said Jesus was not of God because He healed on the sabbath day. Others said ‘How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles’ v16.
The Pharisees then asked his parents who gave a somewhat sarcastic answer; ‘We know that this is our son, and he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself’ v21. The people were afraid of the Pharisees because anyone who confessed that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue v22. So the Pharisees moved on to question the man that was once blind.
This chapter almost reads like a comedy, how the once blind man answered when the Pharisees accused Jesus of being a sinner: ‘Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see’ v25; ‘The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners.. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind’ v30-32.
The Pharisees were offended, accused the once blind man of being a sinner, and cast him out v34. Later, Jesus privately asked the man ‘Dost thou BELIEVE ON THE SON OF GOD?’ v35. The man asked ‘Who is He, Lord, that I might BELIEVE ON HIM? v36. JESUS SAID IT WAS HE v37. The man said ‘LORD, I BELIEVE. AND HE WORSHIPPED HIM’ v38. JESUS IS GOD, as worship belongs only to God Mt4:10. Jesus said ‘For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind’ v39. Like the Pharisees then, many religious leaders today are in this 2nd group; they see but are blind to the truth. In this chapter, the once blind man not only received his sight, but also got saved!
John Chapter 10- Jesus, the Good Shepherd and His Sheep
Our relationship with Jesus is likened to a shepherd and his sheep. Jesus began to teach ‘I AM THE DOOR OF THE SHEEP.. BY ME IF ANY MAN ENTER IN, HE SHALL BE SAVED..’ v7,9. He then declared ‘I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD: the GOOD SHEPHERD giveth his life for the sheep’ v11. This chapter is analogous to the classic Psalm 23 by David, a 1000 years before speaking of Jesus: ‘THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD; I shall not want (need for anything)’. Jesus is our GOOD SHEPHERD who takes good care of us. Jesus said ‘The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I AM COME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY’ v10. Jesus contrasted his works to give us life and a more abundant life to that of the devil- to steal, kill and to destroy us.
Four times Jesus emphasized, as the GOOD SHEPHERD, He gives and lays down his life for his sheep v11,15,17,18; and He has the power to take it again v18, meaning that HE IS GOD. Here Jesus purposely stated that He will die to save us from our sins, and He will raise Himself again. Only JESUS AS GOD can do that!
Jesus continued to declared Himself to the Jews causing a division among them. Some said he had a devil v20, while others skeptically asked Jesus if He was the Christ v24. Jesus said ‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: AND I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE; AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand’ v27,28. Jesus said ‘I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE’ v30. For this saying, the Jews took up stones to stone him for blasphemy, for they said JESUS MADE HIMSELF GOD v33. They sought to take him, but again Jesus escaped out of their hands as in Jn8:59, into the countryside in Jordan on the opposite side of the river v39,40. Here we see again that Jesus has the ability to supernaturally disappear and escape when they tried to take him. Many recognized Jesus in Jordan and many believed on him v42.
John Chapter 11- The Raising of Dead Lazarus
In the middle of the Gospel of John chapter 11, is a sure account of DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST- JESUS’ ABILITY TO RAISE THE DEAD. Jesus had developed many friendships in the course of his ministry, like with Nicodemus and here with siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. (As an aside, there are 6 Marys mentioned in the New Testament: Mary, his mother; Mary Magdalene, an ex-prostitute; Mary, the sister of Lazarus; three others, the mothers of James Jn19:25 and Mark Ac12:2, and a helper of the apostle Paul Ro16:6).
In the town of Bethany about two miles from Jerusalem v18, his friend Lazarus whom Jesus loved, was very sick. While Jesus was still in Jordan about 18 miles away, Lazarus’ sisters sent a messenger to summon Jesus to pray for him. Jesus did not rush back but delayed his return by two days and made an unusual comment ‘This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby’ v4. GOD USED THIS INCIDENT TO SHOW THE POWER OF JESUS OVER DEATH, IN ORDER TO GLORIFY JESUS.
From the time Jesus was notified of Lazarus’ illness till the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. Thomas then said ‘Let us also go that we may die with him’ v16 not referring to Lazarus, but to Jesus for the Jews sought to stone him v8. (Doubting Thomas is introduced here, for Thomas often made impulsive remarks Jn14:5,20:25.)
Jesus finally got to Bethany and learned that Lazarus was ‘lain in the grave four days already’ v17, and ‘he stinketh’ v39. (King David prophesied a 1000 years before, that JESUS WOULD NOT SEE CORRUPTION OR DECOMPOSE Ps16:10,Ac2:27). Unlike Lazarus, Jesus was raised from the dead on the 3rd day so Jesus did not experience decomposition! Jesus told Martha ‘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?’ v25,26.
In this very important passage Jesus referred again to the future Rapture as in Jn6:39,40,44,54- ‘I WILL RAISE HIM UP ON THE LAST DAY’. This is also a parallel with what the apostle Paul later said ‘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.
After having the stone to the cave removed, Jesus with a loud voice commanded ‘Lazarus, come forth’. Lazarus came forth bound with grave clothes but was loosed of them v44. Never has any man ever given sight to the blind Jn9:32, and now raised the dead. Jesus did both because JESUS IS GOD- WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY, WHEN GOD BECAME MAN. We also see the humanity of Jesus in the shortest verse in the entire Bible ‘Jesus wept’ v35, when he learned of Lazarus’ death.
Many Jews that came to Mary, saw what happened and believed on Jesus v45; others went their way to report to the Pharisees what things Jesus had done. The chief priests and Pharisees were perplexed and took council on what to do, for Jesus had done many miracles v47. They were afraid the people would follow Jesus and the ruling Romans ‘shall come and take away both our place and nation’ v48. Caiaphas, the high priest then, stepped in and prophesied ‘it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not’ v50. The Sanhedrin, the Jewish Council, sought to arrest and kill Jesus v53. We see here how the devil Jn10:10 had inspired Caiaphas and the Pharisees to destroy Jesus. But Jesus again escaped and departed with his disciples to a city in the wilderness called Ephraim and remained there for a while v54. Meanwhile, the chief priests and Pharisees gave instructions to find Jesus to arrest him v57.
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The Greatest Story Ever Told- When God Became Man
As we begin the New Year of 2015, it is prudent that we go back to the basics of the Gospel such as found in the Gospel of John. This paper is Part 1 of 4 Parts, a chapter by chapter summary of the 21 chapters in the Gospel of John. By revelation of the Holy Spirit, the apostle John the Beloved revealed the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ. The first chapter of the Gospel of John gives us a clear picture of who God is and His origin. In the Gospel of John, the Almighty and Eternal God introduced Himself to the world as the Word because He is the Word and wants to be known as the Word; that the Word of God is very important to Him. John tells us who God is, where He came from, why He came to earth, to whom He came for, and states that Jesus Christ was the Word of God made flesh Jn1:14, Re19:13.
The Gospel of John Chapter 1 gives an account of when divinity became humanity, when God became man. From this perspective, we can begin to appreciate the richness and greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Here is an interesting perspective: Of the four Gospels found in the New Testament of the Bible, John’s Gospel did not include the account of the coming Endtimes, like those found in Mt24, Mk13, and Lk21. Instead, God had John to record and reveal fully the end of the world to come that which Jesus prophesied would happen in the Book of Revelation.
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ- Who Jesus Is and Whom He Descended From
The four Gospels introduced Jesus very differently– telling us who he is, where he came from, and whom he descended from. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus was revealed as a Jew- the son of David, and of Abraham Mt1:1,2. In Mark, Jesus was described as the Son of God and a messenger Mk1:1,2. In Luke, Jesus was described as a son of man, a descendant of Adam Lk3:38, like all of us. In the Gospel of John, God introduced Himself as the Word, and that Jesus was ‘the Word made flesh and dwelt among us’ Jn1:14! So from the four Gospels, Jesus is revealed as a Jew, the Son of God, a man, and as the Word of God! We will be studying the Gospel of John in the light that JESUS IS GOD WHO CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN- WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY, WHEN GOD BECAME MAN!
The Two Beginnings in the Bible- the Very Beginning and the Near Beginning
John 1:1 states ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God’. The Bible mentions two beginnings. In the VERY BEGINNING as in Jn1:1, only the Word and God existed v1; before anything was and before the Word created everything v3, before the creation of the angels and man. Then in the NEAR BEGINNING Ge1:1, God created the heaven and earth, and then man. According to scientists, the universe is about 14 billion years and the earth, 4.5 billion years old. How long ago was the VERY BEGINNING, a quadrillion years or more ago? It is incomprehensible and astounding. No one knows because God was always there in the VERY BEGINNING. According to the Bible, Adam and Eve were created and placed on earth just 6000 years ago. Archaeological data, and historical records and timelines validate the fact that from Adam to us today, it has been only about 6000 years.
Jesus Christ- When Divinity Became Humanity, When God Became Man
Who is this man Jesus, whom we believe in and whom we worship? Jn1:1-3 tell in the VERY BEGINNING only the Word and God existed and that the Word was God. All things were made by the Word and without the Word was not anything made that was made. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Word made flesh, and dwelt among us Jn1:14. The apostle Paul wrote ‘And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifested in the flesh’ 1Ti3:16. Jesus, the Word of God ,Re19:13 was with the Father in glory before the world began Jn17:5; Jesus is the image of the invisible God Co1:15; Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of God’s person Heb1:3.
Jesus Christ is the Master of the Universe; the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending Re1:8. Jesus Christ ‘is before all things and by Him all things consist’ Co1:17; ‘all things were created by Him and for Him’ Co1:16; for His glory, honor and pleasure Re4:11. Jesus is equal with God Php2:9. Understanding the person of Jesus Christ helps to build our appreciation, love, and faith in Him. Da11:32 states ‘..the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits’. Everything that God is, is in Jesus Christ, who is God personified. We will now begin the chapter by chapter discussion of the Gospel of John.
Gospel of John Chapter 1- Jesus Christ is Introduced to the World
It is interesting to note the many descriptions of Jesus Christ in John Chapter 1. Here Jesus is described as; the Word, as God v1, the Creator God- ‘all things were made by Him’ v3, in Him was Life; and the Light of men v4, the true Light of every man that cometh into the world v9, a Jew v11, the Word made flesh v14, the only begotten of the Father v14, full of grace and truth v14,17, the only begotten Son v18, the declarer of the Father v18. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world (Saviour) v29, the Son of God v34, the baptizer with the Holy Ghost v35, a Rabbi (Master) v38, the Messiah, the Christ (the Anointed) v41, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph v45, the king of Israel v49, and the Son of man v51. In just this first chapter alone, over 20 titles or descriptions were given of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is described as God and a man. God sent forth John the Baptist to bear witness of Jesus Christ, the Light, v7. John was ‘the voice crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord’ v23; Is40:3-5. John declared three times that Jesus ‘is preferred before me: for he was before me’ v15,27,30. He said ‘of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace’ v16.
God’s law and standards, the 10 Commandments Ex20:1-17, were given by Moses, but God’s ‘grace and truth came by Jesus Christ’ v17. From the days of Moses 1500 years before, the Jews were looking for the promised Prophet v21; a Deliverer like Moses for Israel Ac7:37, Ro11:26. Andrew, a disciple of John the Baptist, his brother Simon Peter, Philip, and Nathaniel all then became followers of Jesus Christ v40-49. This is how the Gospel of John chapter 1 began!
John Chapter 2- Jesus Begins His Ministry in Cana of Galilee
Jesus performed his 1st miracle at a marriage feast in Cana v11. Mary his mother, asked Jesus for help. Apparently, either the crowd was great or they were partying for many days, but they ran out of wine v3, a key ingredient for any good party. All the guests wanted more. They had already consumed 6 large waterpots containing about 25 gallons apiece, or roughly 150 gallons of wine (each waterpot held about 3 firkins equals to 25 gallons) v6. Many have speculated whether the wine contained alcohol or not. But the people came to party, and party they did! Jesus instructed the servants to fill the 6 pots to the brim with water, and then to present it to the governor of the feast. The governor was astonished and told the bridegroom that at any feast the good wine is first brought forth, then the junk stuff, ‘when men have well drunk’ v10. Jesus had turned the water into 150 gallons of excellent wine which tasted better than at first v10.
During his 3 years of ministry, Jesus went up yearly to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of the Passover, about 50 miles distance from Galilee- a three-day journey! Here we see the 1st of two accounts of Jesus driving the money changers out of the temple, once at the start of his ministry Jn2:13-17; the other, at ending of his ministry before his crucifixion Mt21:12. In both accounts, Jesus certainly did not endear himself to the religious leaders, who profited much by selling temple sacrifices. Jesus was quite violent when he ‘made a scourge of small cords and drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; he poured out the changers’ money and overthrew their tables’ v15. As a sign to the Jews, Jesus said ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up’ v19, meaning ‘the temple of his body’ v21. This was the beginning of the hate relationship the religious Jews had with Jesus who later sought to kill him. Jesus was a great threat to the ruling religious Pharisees who were fearful to lose their wealth, power, and their place in Jerusalem and Judea Jn11:48.
John Chapter 3- The Born Again Experience Revealed
Jn3:16 is one of the most well-known verses in the Bible, but only a few people know who said these words, and to whom it was said: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’ . Was it John the writer, John the Baptist, or someone else? Was it spoken to the multitudes or just a few people? ANSWER- It was Jesus that spoke these words to Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, and it was late at night v1,2. Jesus declared that He was the only begotten Son sent by God, and if we believe in Him, we would not perish, but have everlasting life v16.
Jesus said a man needs to be ‘BORN AGAIN’- not once naturally, but a 2nd time, spiritually and supernaturally by the Spirit, to see and enter into God’s kingdom v3-5, in heaven and on earth! Nicodemus did not understand Jesus then, because he did not know that Jesus was sent by God to die for our sins. All Nicodemus knew was Jesus was a teacher, did miracles, and that God was with him v2. After the crucifixion Nicodemus helped bury Jesus Jn19:39, and a few days later he understood what Jesus meant, when Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus often spoke in the 3rd person regarding himself: ‘He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the NAME of the only begotten Son of God’ v18.
The scene then switches in v23. The apostle John wrote again of the prophet John the Baptist’s connection with JESUS CHRIST, a continuation from John chapter 1, where John the Baptist bore witness of Jesus. John the Baptist made a very profound statement similar to what Jesus said in v18 above: ‘He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the WRATH OF GOD abideth on him’ v36. John said that an unbeliever is already a condemned person; has no salvation and everlasting life, and the wrath of God abides upon him!
WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST, NO ONE CAN BE SAVED! God’s anger and judgment would be upon us eternally and forever. Basically, we need to believe that JESUS CHRIST IS GOD who came to earth to save us from our sins. Jesus is ‘EMMANUEL.. GOD WITH US’ Mt1:21,23; when divinity became humanity, when God became man. John Chapter 3 is a key chapter in the Bible, for it explains the BORN AGAIN experience v3,5,7, the SALVATION message, and JESUS CHRIST is GOD the SAVIOUR of our eternal souls v16; also about the coming awesome WRATH OF GOD v36!
John Chapter 4- the Samaritan Woman At the Well
In leaving Judea for his home in Galilee, Jesus had to pass through Samaria. The Samaritans were the remnant of 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel that lived in the Northern Kingdom, while Judaea was the home of the two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, in the Southern Kingdom. The Jews considered the Samaritans as inferior and did not like to associate with them. They had a mixture of the Mosaic Law and idolatry. Jesus, weary from travel at noon, met a woman drawing water from Jacob’s well in Sychar v5. When he asked for a drink, she a Samaritan, replied how is it that he a Jew would associate with her? Jesus told her that if she knew ‘the gift of God’ v10, and who was asking her for water, she would instead ask HIM for the LIVING WATER that He had v10. Jesus said ‘..whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life’ v14.
Like with Nicodemus, Jesus told the Samaritan woman of the ‘BORN AGAIN experience’; that by partaking of the LIVING WATER that he had, she would not thirst again, but have everlasting life. What is this LIVING WATER that Jesus was talking about? Earlier Jesus told Nicodemus ‘Except a man be born of WATER and of the SPIRIT, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God’ Jn3:5. In order to enter into God’s kingdom, we need the LIVING WATER, which is the Word of God to sanctify and cleanse us Ep5:26, and also the HOLY SPIRIT. Jn7:37-39 tell us ‘..If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on Me.. out of his belly shall flow rivers of LIVING WATER. (But this spake he of the SPIRIT, which they that believe on Him should receive)’.
To be saved, we must confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and with our heart believe that God raised him from the dead Ro10:9. To receive the HOLY SPIRIT for help, revelation, guidance, and understanding, we must ask God for Him. Jesus said ‘..how much more shall your heavenly Father give the HOLY SPIRIT to them that ask Him?’ Lk11:13.
The woman immediately asked Jesus for this LIVING WATER to drink so she would thirst no more. Jesus then told her to call her husband. When she said she had no husband, Jesus revealed that she had 5 husbands and the one she was living with was not her husband v15-18. She quickly changed the subject in order not to be further exposed and asked Jesus where should people worship, in this mountain in Samaria or in Jerusalem? Jesus said neither places; ‘God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth’ v24. Jesus then revealed to the woman that He is the Christ v25,26! The Samaritan woman was so impressed by Jesus giving her a ‘word of knowledge’ 1Co12:8, that she began to tell the town people that Jesus knew everything about her, and that JESUS IS THE CHRIST v28,29.
In v34-38, there was an interlude when Jesus spoke to his disciples about the importance and joy of missionary work- witnessing to others, telling them about Him and about eternal life. When told to eat, Jesus said ‘My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work’ v34, meaning God, the Father. Jesus then tarried with the Samaritans for 2 days, as they requested him to stay v40, and He told them the salvation message. As a result many Samaritans were saved, not only because of the woman, but also because of what Jesus told them v41. They accepted Jesus as ‘THE CHRIST, THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD’ v42.
This chapter concludes with an account of the healing of a nobleman’s son. The nobleman heard that Jesus had returned from Judaea to Cana, Galilee, so he came from about 25 miles away to ask Jesus to come down to Capernaum to heal his son. Jesus simply told him, ‘Go thy way, thy son liveth..’, and so it was v46-54. This was the 2nd miracle that Jesus did v54!
John Chapter 5- An Impotent Man Healed- Jesus Accused as a Sabbath Breaker
Here we see that Jesus is back in Jerusalem again to attend a Jewish feast v1. There was a great multitude of impaired people waiting by a pool for an angel to stir the water to be healed. The first one to enter in was to be healed v4. Jesus met a man who was lame for 38 years v5. Since the man had no one to carry him into the pool, Jesus performed his 3rd significant miracle in the Gospel of John and healed him v3-9. He told the lame man to ‘Rise, take up thy bed, and walk’ v8, and later ‘Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more lest a worse thing come unto thee’ v14. The religious Jews then confronted the once lame man, and Jesus for healing on the sabbath day. They sought to kill Jesus, not only because he healed on the sabbath day v16, but because Jesus said He was sent to do the works of God, his Father, and thereby ‘MAKING HIMSELF EQUAL WITH GOD’ v18.
Here and elsewhere in the Gospel of John, Jesus indirectly or directly declared that He is God, the Messiah, the Christ. He continued to declare the salvation message, that only He can give eternal life to them that believe on Him: ‘He that heareth MY WORD, and believeth on him that sent ME, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life’ v24. Jesus then spoke of a bodily resurrection to come- about the dead hearing the voice of the Son of God, referring to Himself v25. He said they will rise out of the grave and live again: ‘..they that have done good, unto the RESURRECTION OF LIFE; and they that have done evil, unto the RESURRECTION OF DAMNATION’ v29. Jesus said the works He did bare witness that the Father had sent Him; that He is from God v36,37. Jesus told the Jews ‘Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me’ v39. Jesus warned the Jews that the writings of Moses accused them of their sinfulness and unbelief, for they did not believe Moses who long ago spoke of Him v45-47.
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REPENTANCE- THE KEY TO ETERNAL LIFE
REPENTANCE is the key to eternal life. Without REPENTANCE towards God, there is no SALVATION. REPENTANCE is the key to the kingdom of God. When Jesus began his ministry, he declared that the kingdom of God was at hand and the need for REPENTANCE. Jesus said ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: REPENT ye, and BELIEVE THE GOSPEL’ Mk1:15. REPENTANCE is believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ regarding sin, forgiveness, and holiness. NO REPENTANCE, NO SALVATION, NO ETERNAL LIFE!
Jesus went everywhere in Judea telling people to REPENT of their sins Mt9:13. He said ‘I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to REPENTANCE’ Lk5:32. Jesus said ‘.. EXCEPT ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise PERISH’ Lk13:3, and ‘.. EXCEPT a man be BORN AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God’ Jn3:3. Thus, without REPENTANCE and being BORN AGAIN, one cannot be saved and go to heaven, but would PERISH in HELL! The apostle Paul said ‘For godly sorrow worketh REPENTANCE to SALVATION not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death’ 2Co7:10. REPENTANCE is the key to heaven and to eternal life!
What is Repentance? Why Repent?
REPENTANCE means to turn away from our sins, seek forgiveness from God, and accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour. The need for REPENTANCE began in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve gave in to the temptation of the Serpent to eat of the forbidden fruit, and fell into sin and corruption. The apostle Paul wrote ‘Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned’ Ro5:12. Sin and death were passed on to every man, woman, and child that subsequently came into this world. The Bible declared ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God’ Ro3:23, and ‘.. the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ Ro6:23.
Thus, there is a death penalty on every person born into this world that only faith in Jesus Christ can pardon. This death is not just physical death, but spiritual death where a person would spend eternity in hell and damnation. Only through REPENTANCE can one be forgiven of his sins and be restored unto God. Forgiveness was made possible by Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins Mt1:21. The apostle John wrote ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ 1Jn1:9. REPENTANCE is to seek God’s Forgiveness of our sins, and thus be cleansed from all unrighteousness.
John the Baptist- A Preacher of Repentance and the Precursor of Jesus Christ
John the Baptist, was a REPENTANCE preacher chosen by God to declare the coming of Jesus Christ. John was a coarse person clothed in ‘camel’s hair, and a leather girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey’ Mt3:4; ‘John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of REPENTANCE for the remission of sins’ Mk1:4. John’s tenure was very short, but his message was very powerful. John was ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness, PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD, make his paths straight.. all flesh shall see the SALVATION of God’ Is40:3,Lk3:3,6. ‘The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world’ Jn1:29. Jesus was the SACRIFICIAL LAMB to atone for all our sins so we can be reconciled to God!
Multitudes came out to see John the Baptist from ‘.. Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the PHARISEES and SADDUCEES come to his baptism, he said unto them, O GENERATION of VIPERS, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for REPENTANCE’ Mt3:5-8. Due to his outspokenness against sin, John literally ‘lost his head’ when King Herod ordered his execution because his unlawful wife Herodias requested John’s head on a platter Mt14:1-12. John said ‘He must increase, but I must decrease’ Jn3:30, which Jesus did upon John’s death. John the Baptist served as forerunner to Jesus Christ, who took the need for REPENTANCE and SALVATION message to all of us Jn3:16,17.
The PHARISEES and SADDUCEES, the religious leaders then, were pleased to see John killed as he was a great irritant and threat to their power over the people. They were not much different from today when ministers feel threatened by criticism for not preaching against sin and calling people to REPENTANCE. But the religious leaders then did not know that they would have to contend with someone else much greater and much more outspoken than John. Jesus began His ministry after his baptism by John when ‘.. the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased’ Lk3:23.
Jesus Came to Bring Salvation Through Repentance
Jesus, the Word of God, laid aside His heavenly splendor and took upon himself the form of a servant to die for our sins. As a man, he did not seek fame or fortune, but humbled himself even unto the death of the CROSS- a human sacrifice at Calvary to shed His blood for our sins Php2:5-8. His time on earth was short, only 33 years. His divine mission was to seek and save the lost Lk19:10 by calling us to REPENTANCE; that by believing in Him, we should not PERISH’ but have everlasting life Jn3:16. Jesus was motivated by love to save us. He was a loner, a man of sorrow, grief, and agony, who suffered a very brutal death. Though innocent, he was abused, despised, rejected, and crucified by the religious leaders and by his own people.
Regarding Jesus, Isaiah prophesied: ‘Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.. and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin..’ Is53:4-6,10. God laid upon Jesus all the sins of the world. Jesus came to bring us SALVATION. But only through REPENTANCE toward God can there be SALVATION through Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ- All About Repentance
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about REPENTANCE and the turning to God. Jesus said ‘.. except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise PERISH’ Lk13:3,5. Without REPENTANCE, everyone would PERISH. Many people know Jn3:16 which states ‘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’. But few know who said this, and to whom it was spoken to. Here Jesus was speaking in the 3rd person of Himself to Nicodemus, a Pharisee ruler of the Jews, who came to Jesus at night Jn3:1,2. Jesus said ‘For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved’ Jn3:17.
Jesus also warned ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. According to Jesus many will go down the broad road to damnation, but only a few will find the narrow way to be saved. Like today, people then did not want to hear anyone telling them of their sins or to stop sinning, and that they needed to REPENT or they would PERISH in HELL.
The Born Again Experience- Repentance Required
The need to be spiritually ‘BORN AGAIN’ in order to attain everlasting life was new to everyone including Nicodemus. Jesus said ‘Except a man be BORN AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God.. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God’ Jn3:3,5. Nicodemus asked Jesus ‘How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?’ Jn3:4. Jesus meant a person needs to be spiritually renewed by repenting of his sins, and thus be BORN AGAIN by the Word of God and by the Spirit of God. Paul wrote we are sanctified and cleansed ‘..with the washing of the water by the Word’ Ep5:26. Only by REPENTANCE can we be BORN AGAIN. It is the only way we will be able to see and enter into the kingdom of God, and to go to heaven. Jesus said ‘Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be BORN AGAIN’ Jn3:7. NO REPENTANCE, NO SALVATION, NO ETERNAL LIFE!
The Apostle Peter- A Preacher of Repentance
On the day of Pentecost, when 120 people were first baptized with the Holy Ghost Ac1:5, Peter gave a very anointed message before the multitudes regarding the recent past events of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. He said ‘Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it … Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same JESUS, whom ye have crucified, both LORD and CHRIST’ Ac2:22-24,36.
The people were pierced in their hearts and asked what they should do to be forgiven and to be saved. Peter replied ‘..REPENT, and be baptized every one of you in the name of JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost’ Ac2:38. On that day, about 3000 people REPENTED, were baptized and saved, and became followers of Jesus Christ Ac2:41. The key here to SALVATION was REPENTANCE first.
Shortly after, when Peter and John went to the temple to pray, they met a man over 40 years old lame from birth who begged for alms daily Ac3:2,4:22. Peter said ‘Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth rise up and walk’ Ac3:6. The man was healed instantly; he went ‘walking, and leaping, and praising God’ Ac3:8. The people marveled at this and Peter replied that it was not him, but the name of Jesus and through faith in His name that healed this man Ac3:12,16. Then Peter told them ‘REPENT ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out..’ Ac3:19. Peter later said ‘The Lord is not slack concerning his promise.. but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should PERISH, but that all should come to REPENTANCE’ 2Pe3:9. Here again, we see the importance of REPENTANCE towards God for the forgiveness of sins. Without REPENTANCE towards God, there is no SALVATION!
The Apostle Paul- Preaching the Cross of Jesus Christ and Repentance
While John the Baptist was chosen to announce the coming of Jesus Christ, God chose the apostle Paul to further the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST. Paul wrote ‘For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith.. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men..’ Ro1:16-18. He said ‘I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified’ 1Co2:2. Paul said ‘For godly sorrow worketh REPENTANCE to SALVATION not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death’ 2Co7:10; ‘For the preaching of the CROSS is to them that PERISH foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the POWER OF GOD’ 1Co1:18.
During his arrest by the Romans, Paul testified before King Agrippa saying ‘I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them ..throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should REPENT and turn to God, and do works meet for REPENTANCE’ Ac26:19,20. Paul was chosen by Jesus to preach REPENTANCE to the people: ‘To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me’ Ac26:18. REPENTANCE is a must for SALVATION, and preaching the CROSS is essential for REPENTANCE and ETERNAL LIFE. NO REPENTANCE, NO SALVATION, NO ETERNAL LIFE!
Today’s Churches- Soft on Sin and on Holiness, No Repentance, No Salvation
The churches’ first and last order of business should be to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Anything short of this is false, a deception, and a total failure. If one goes to church but loses his soul, the church has failed him, and he will PERISH in HELL. In church, we are supposed to learn about GOD, JESUS, and ETERNAL LIFE- how to be saved, and how we should live our lives! If the churches are not preaching REPENTANCE and HOLINESS, they miss the whole point about being a church.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus told the church of Ephesus ‘Remember therefore from whence thou art FALLEN, and REPENT, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou REPENT’ Re2:5. Even churches need to REPENT or they will be removed and have no part in God’s kingdom. Unfortunately, many pastors, ministers, and denominations today do not believe in the BORN AGAIN experience or the need to be BORN AGAIN. They themselves are NOT BORN AGAIN and NOT SAVED and will PERISH in HELL one day. They just don’t believe what Jesus said it takes to be SAVED: ‘Except a man be BORN AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God’ Jn3:3. They don’t believe REPENTANCE and HOLINESS are necessary for SALVATION, and thus they don’t take heed to the words of Jesus. Without REPENTANCE towards God, there is no SALVATION!
Many apostate churches today are very soft on sin and on HOLINESS. They have the trappings of doing church- rituals and programs, entertainment, and a social gospel, but lack the POWER to bring anyone to conviction and a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote ‘Having a FORM of godliness, but denying the POWER thereof: from such turn away’ 2Ti3:5. They don’t talk much about sin, the need for REPENTANCE and for HOLINESS, and to live for God. They also don’t warn about about deception, false prophets, Satan, damnation, hell, salvation, the lateness of the hour, the wrath of God to come, the Great Tribulation, Bible prophecy, and what is happening in the world today and what Jesus said about the signs of His coming. They don’t talk about how to be ready for Jesus’ coming and to be ready for the Rapture.
Many churches don’t make altar calls for people to seek God for forgiveness of their sins and to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour or to recommit their lives to the Him. This is the old-fashion Gospel, and not politically correct. They don’t want members to feel uncomfortable, threatened, or offended, because they may just not return. Church youths are especially ignorant of what is happening, and are not warned to refrain from youthful lusts and sexual sins. Paul said ‘Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart’ 2Ti2:22. Thus, many people go to church as unsaved sinners, and leave church still unsaved. So sadly, many people will not REPENT of their sins, will miss the Rapture and be Left Behind in a world that is literally falling apart, and may eventually end up in HELL.
The Call To Repentance- Repent Or Perish
Jesus said .. except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise PERISH’ Lk13:3. PERISH is a very harsh word! What does it mean to PERISH, as also mentioned in Jn3:16? To PERISH is to be destroyed, to spend eternity in hell and in the lake of fire in suffering, torment, and torture. Jesus said ‘whosoever was not found written in the (Lamb’s) book of life was cast into the lake of fire’ Re20:15,21:27. While we are yet alive, this is our only opportunity to humble ourselves, to REPENT, to be forgiven of our sins, and to accept Jesus Christ as Saviour. Jesus said ‘For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?’ Mk8:36. The choice is yours to make. This is the Call To REPENTANCE! NO REPENTANCE, NO SALVATION, NO ETERNAL LIFE!
The Sinner’s Prayer of Repentance
It is not necessary for anyone to PERISH, but sadly, the Bible states many will PERISH in HELL Mt7:13. But if you believe that Jesus died for your sins and accept Him as your personal Saviour, YOU CAN BE SAVED and go to heaven one day to your eternal blessing. Here is a simple prayer of REPENTANCE to SALVATION which you can humbly pray to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour, or to recommit your life to Him again:
I AM A LOST SINNER AND I REPENT OF MY SINS. I’M SORRY FOR MY SINS AND ASK FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS. I ASK THAT YOU COME INTO MY HEART RIGHT NOW AND CLEANSE ME IN YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD. I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD AND MY SAVIOUR. THANK YOU FOR DYING ON THE CROSS FOR ME AND THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY SOUL!
IN JESUS NAME I PRAY, AMEN!
God bless you!
The Bible- the Story of God and of Man
The Holy Bible is a story about God and about us. Since God knows the end from the beginning and is in total control, everything is already History to God. The Bible is His Story, about God and what His plans are for us! The Bible reveals everything that we need to know about God and His plan for us. Man is the central character in the Bible. Like every story, the Bible tells us how everything began and how everything will end.
The Bible can be described in one sentence as ‘God’s dealing with man’s generation, degeneration, and regeneration’. From the books of Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reveals God’s dealing with mankind for only 7000 years. From Adam and Eve to us, nearly 6000 years have transpired, and another 1000 years are coming when Jesus Christ will reign supreme on earth Re20:6. After that, God has another plan not yet revealed- the DEEP THINGS for all those that love Him, for the eons of time to come in the endless eternity forever Re1:6.
The apostle Paul was the 1st person given to know the ‘revelation of the mystery (of God) kept secret since the world began’ Ro16:25. Paul said ‘But as it is written, 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: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the DEEP THINGS OF GOD’ 1Co2:9.10. God revealed to Paul what awaits those who truly love Him. God has many things to reveal, some very difficult to understand, but made clear by His Spirit to bless all those who really love Him.
We will now look into the story of God and how it relates to us today, those who are living in this terminal generation of a coming worldwide economic collapse, nuclear holocausts, great natural disasters, widespread droughts, famines and pestilence before Jesus returns to establish His millennial kingdom to bring forth ‘righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost’ on earth Ro14:17. We will look at who God is, what happened in time, and God’s Endtime plan for us.
God is Eternal- Without Beginning or Ending
The Bible reveals that God is eternal, a self-existing Being, without beginning or ending, who is, was, and who will always be Re1:4. God created all things Jn1:2, and is in control of everything- the heavens, the earth, and the universe. All things exist for His glory, honor, power, and for His pleasure Re4:11. God is Almighty, All-knowing, and Everywhere- Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. God is Love, Good, Holy, Just, Merciful, and a Miracle Maker- our Saviour, Baptizer, Deliverer, Healer, our Helper. God is also a Jealous God, a God of judgment and wrath!
The Bible’s Two Beginnings- the Very Beginning and the Near Beginning
There are two beginnings in the Bible- the VERY BEGINNING Jn1:1, and the NEAR BEGINNING Ge1:1; not of God, but of time and of creation. God always was. By revelation of the Holy Spirit, the apostle John wrote ‘In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made’ Jn1:1-3. This was the VERY BEGINNING, when only the WORD and GOD existed; before time and anything was, before the WORD created everything; before the creation of the universe and the angels.
Then there is the NEAR BEGINNING Ge1:1; the beginning of creation, when God created the heavens, earth, and man. While some scientists place the age of the universe at 14 billion years and the earth at 4.5 billion years, there are a few who subscribe to a ‘young earth theory’ that the earth was created in six literal days, and is no older than 6000 years old. From scientific methods and archaeological digs, planet earth may have been here very long, though Adam and Eve came upon the scene just 6000 years ago. There may have been past civilizations, but all the characters in the Bible are the descendants of Adam and Eve.
Two Historical Great Falls of Mankind
Most everyone knows the story of what happened in the Garden of Eden, how Adam and Eve being tempted by the serpent Ge3:1, fell into sin and brought death into the world. This is the 1st great fall of mankind whereby man was now destined for death and hell! Ro5:12 states ‘by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned’. Heb9:27 declares ‘..it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’. God knowing everything, not only knew that Adam and Eve would sin, but He had to come to earth as Jesus Christ to die for our sins, to save us from hell and eternal damnation. Ro5:8,9 tell ‘But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him’.
This was all in God’s plan; to come to earth to reveal Himself, to be an example for us, and to shed His own blood to die to save us from our sins. Jn3:16,17 state ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved’. The 2nd great fall of mankind occurred about 1300 years after the 1st fall, when God destroyed everyone on the earth with a terrible flood because of great wickedness Ge6:5, except for Noah and his family. A 3rd great fall of mankind is expected soon as prophesied by the apostle Peter 2Pe3:10!
God’s Intervention- To Redeem Fallen Man
God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to save and to restore 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 save us from our sins Mt1:21; 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 have it more abundantly Jn10:10. Jesus came to abolish death 2Ti1:10. ‘Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ’ Jn1:17; and 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. Jesus is our Saviour, Baptizer, Healer, Deliverer, Provider, our Glory, and our God! Life is all about Jesus, what He has already done for us!
Jesus Christ- The Great God and Our Saviour
The Bible called Jesus ‘..the Great God and Our Saviour Jesus Christ’ Tit2:13. God was manifested in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. The apostle John wrote ‘the WORD WAS GOD.. and the WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us’ Jn1:1,14. In Re19:13 Jesus is called ‘the WORD OF GOD’. Jesus is ‘Emmanuel.. GOD WITH US’ Mt1:23. JESUS means ‘he shall save his people from their sins’ Mt1:21.
Jesus is the only person that foretold of His own brutal death and be raised up alive again on the third day Mt16:21. The apostle Paul stated ‘(Jesus) who being in the FORM OF GOD, thought it not robbery to be EQUAL WITH GOD: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross’ Php2:6,7.
Paul said Jesus is ‘the IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD.. For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him’ Co1:15,16. Jesus is ‘..the KING ETERNAL, IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE, the ONLY WISE GOD, be honour and glory for ever and ever’ 1Ti1:17.
Isaiah, 700 years before Jesus, wrote ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a SON is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his NAME shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, The Prince of Peace’ Is9:6. Paul continued saying Jesus is ‘the brightness of (God’s) glory, and the express image of (God’s) person, and upholding all things by the word of his power..’ Heb1:3. Paul said there is no glory of God brighter than Jesus Himself, and no greater expression of God’s image than Jesus Christ! The simple reason is that Jesus Christ is the Great God!
This is the ‘mystery of Christ’ Ep3:4 regarding Jesus and the Father. Jesus said ‘I and my Father are one’ Jn10:30. Jesus declared ‘..ye believe in God, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME.. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth YE KNOW HIM, AND HAVE SEEN HIM’ Jn14:1,7. Jesus put Himself equal with the Father, telling His disciples to also believe in Him. Jesus said if you know Him, you should have known the Father also. And by seeing Him, you have seen the Father. All the attributes used above to describe Jesus, refers to Him as GOD- the WORD OF GOD, GOD WITH US, THE FORM OF GOD, EQUAL WITH GOD, THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, THE KING ETERNAL, IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE, THE ONLY WISE GOD, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, etc..
Satan’s Role in God’s Plan of Life
The Bible tells that we have an adversary that seeks to ‘to steal, and to kill, and to destroy’ Jn10:10, to take everyone into eternal damnation. The apostle Peter wrote ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour’ 1Pe 5:8. This adversary is known by several names- Lucifer Is14:12, the great dragon, the serpent, the Devil, and Satan Re12:9. Satan can also transform himself into an ‘angel of light’ 2Co11:14. Satan was in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, causing them to sin by deceiving them to eat of the forbidden fruit Ge2:17. Lucifer was once a supreme leader ‘the anointed cherub that covereth‘ Ez28:14, leading the heavenly host in worship to God Almighty, but Lucifer and a third of the angels rebelled and were cast down to earth Re12:4.
Jesus said ‘I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven’ Lk10:18. God not only knew that Satan would cause Adam and Eve to fall, but also that He had to come to earth as Jesus to die for our sins to save us. However, consider this: If Adam and Eve did not sin, we would not have a need for a Saviour. Jesus would not have had to come, and there would not be a need for a Bible to learn about God, Jesus Christ, and God’s plan for us. But all of this happened because Satan, a fallen angel, was used to bring forth God’s plan and purpose to earth. Since the beginning of mankind, God has used Satan to test every living person whether we will either choose God or the Devil, good or evil, eternal life or death, heaven or hell! (See Jesus’ temptation in the Wilderness Mt4:1-11.)
God’s Endgame of Life- Why is it Important to Us?
Once born, everyone must participate in God’s Endgame of Life. Also, unless one is taken out alive in the Rapture Jn14:3, the only way out of God’s game is physical death. He9:27 states ‘And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’. Of the billions of people living since Adam and Eve, everyone is a participant in God’s Endgame of Life. Everyone is thrust into God’s Endgame of Life, and must play by the rules of this game. No one is exempt, and even nations are also unwitting players in God’s Endgame, especially in these last days.
From the beginning of time, God knew that man would degenerate into gross wickedness, immorality, greed, violence, and corruption, and that we would need a Saviour to save us from hell. Thus, in God’s Endgame of Life, while we are yet living, we must decide where we want to spend eternity, in heaven or in hell, the Lake of Fire; heaven if we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour, or hell, if we reject Him! John the Baptist warned ‘He that believeth on the Son hath EVERLASTING LIFE: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the WRATH OF GOD abideth on him’ Jn3:36. Paul wrote ‘the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ Ro6:23; ‘For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’ Ro10:13.
The 3rd great fall of mankind will soon culminate in cataclysmic judgments, chaos, and a great war when Jesus shall wrest the kingdoms of this world from Satan and his minions Re11:15. Jesus will then establish His millennial kingdom here on earth. This is God’s Endgame of Life and we are all players in this game!
The Holy Spirit Role in Fulfilling God’s Plan
The Holy Spirit aka the Holy Ghost has a great role in the last days. It is to prepare believers for the coming Rapture, by perfecting them and conforming them to the image of Christ Ep4:13, 2Co3:18. God sent Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. Then after Jesus returned to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to complete God’s plan for us! Jesus said ‘My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work’ Jn4:34. Since the work was not yet finished on earth, Jesus came back to earth in the person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said ‘I will not leave you comfortless, I WILL COME TO YOU’ Jn14:18; ‘..It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the COMFORTER will not come unto you; but if I depart, I WILL SEND HIM UNTO YOU’ Jn16:7. Jesus came to us in the person of the Holy Spirit, just as God came to us in the person of Jesus! After being raised from the dead, Jesus ‘was made a quickening Spirit’ 1Co15:45. Jesus said ‘..as the Father raiseth up the dead; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will’ Jn5:21.
The Comforter is the Holy Ghost Jn14:26..‘the Spirit of Truth’ Jn15:26. As we approach the end of God’s 6000-year plan for mankind since Adam and Eve, the Holy Spirit now abides in all those who are baptized with the Holy Ghost Jn1:33, to finish God’s work on earth. Before leaving his disciples, Jesus said ‘ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence; ..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 unto the uttermost part of the earth’ Ac1:5,8. After being raised from the dead, Jesus ‘was made a quickening Spirit’ 1Co15:45. Jesus said ‘..as the Father raiseth up the dead; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will’ Jn5:21. 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. The Holy Spirit’s job is to quicken our mortal bodies to meet Jesus in the air and to take us to heaven in the Rapture 1Th4:16,17.
God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus Our Lord- SONSHIP
God has an eternal purpose in Christ Jesus Ep3:11- SONSHIP! God came to earth so that He could have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ. By His coming, Jesus left us an example to follow Him. Paul wrote ‘it became God.. in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation (Jesus) perfect through sufferings’ Heb2:10; ’for whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conform- ed to the IMAGE OF HIS SON, that (JESUS) might be the firstborn of many brethren. Moreover whom God did predestinate, them he also called.. he justified, them he also GLORIFIED’ Ro8:29,30. Paul said God will ‘change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body’ Php 3:21.
It was God’s desire before world began to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ Ep1:4,5. Thus, Jesus had to come to earth to reveal Himself. God jumpstarted His plan when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, and now after 6000 years, God’s plan for man is nearly completed. John wrote ‘Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the SONS of GOD.. when (Jesus) 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’ 1Jn3:1-3. Jesus then said ‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son’ Re21:7. The Bible is the Story of God and of Man- what God wants to do for and in us. God wants to make us like Jesus Christ Ro8:29, to glorify us Ro8:17, 2Co3:18 and give us everything that He has Re21:7!
AGENDA 21- EARTH’S SUSTAINABILITY AND DEPOPULATION
All governments and kingdoms must have rules or laws to remain viable. Without rules or laws, it is anarchy. Also rules or laws without any consequences are just plain good advice. There is a coming New World Order of control, containment, confiscation, martial law and a police state. There will be definite rules and laws that will dictate our daily lives, our every movement, what we must do and follow, based on the foundational principles developed in the Agenda 21 of the UN Initiative in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Agenda 21, masterminded in 1992, laid the groundwork and scope of the New World Order. The ‘21’ in Agenda 21 refers to this present 21st Century. What America is experiencing today is moving us from the planning to the implementation stage of the New World Order- the present thrust coming from the Executive branch of the US Gov’t who is bringing about dramatic changes in the shape and form of leadership and the kind of society that will emerge as described in Agenda 21.
Agenda 21 deals with Earth’s Sustainability and Depopulation in the New World Order which will soon emerge when our present world order collapses due to extreme sovereign debts, economic depression, wars, great natural disasters, famines, diminishing earth resources and overpopulation. Agenda 21, an action agenda for the UN, will include other multilateral organizations and individual governments around the world that will be executed at local, national, and global levels.
A strong protagonist of the New World Order, Pres. George H. W. Bush, gave a speech ‘Toward a New World Order’ before Congress in Sep 11, 1990 (ironically the same day, but 11 years earlier of the planned attack and collapse of the iconic World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City in 2001). Bush also delivered a keynote speech on the Agenda 21 Rio De Janeiro UN initiative in 1992 and signed the document on behalf of the US, along with the 178 nations attending the Rio Earth Summit. By signing, each nation pledged to adopt the goals of Agenda 21. In 1995, Pres. Bill Clinton, in compliance with Agenda 21, signed Executive Order #12858- Deficit Reduction Fund to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in order to ‘harmonize US environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21’.
Agenda 21- A New World Order of Oneness, All United in 1
Agenda 21 is an action plan to be implemented for Planet Earth which calls for specific changes in the activities and lifestyles of all people, due to earth’s diminishing resources and exploding world population resulting in ‘a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being’. It is a profound reorientation of every human on earth, unlike anything the world has ever experienced, based on the fact that continued present economic development as we know it is unsustainable. Sustainable development, therefore is a program of action for local and global economic reforms- a program that has yet to be fully defined.. No one fully understands how or even, if, sustainable development can be achieved.. there is growing consensus that it must be accomplished at the local level if it is ever to be achieved on a global basis’- Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives 1996.
Agenda 21 is an imperfect and deceptive plan to save humanity, but will instead subjugate and destroy us. Upon initial examination or cursory review, Agenda 21 may appear harmless as a piece of literature that describes a unique Utopian society to come. But careful study and reflections on what has happened in the past 20 years will show that we have been moving in the direction of the New World Order for some time now. The basic concept is Oneness- One-1, all United in 1, a New World Order of a One World Gov’t, 1 World in every way, controlled by 1 overall Authority; 1 people, 1 all inclusive way of life which is all for 1, and 1 for all kind of thinking, eventually under 1 man’s rule- ‘the man of sin, the son of perdition’, the notorious Antichrist alluded to in 2Th2:3,4 and in Re13 of the Bible.
The New World Order is a monogynous society that is based on 1 philosophy or 1 set of morals that is all-inclusive of everyone despite ones race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sex orientation, etc. Thus, the US Supreme Court legalizing Same Sex Marriage on June 26, 2013 for example, was a major breakthrough and achievement toward New World Order goals of acceptance, civil rights, and freedom for all. So also will the current open borders immigration issue be one of welcoming of all into the World Community, vis-a-vis the New World Order.
In the field of education, certain phrases were coined that were introduced as precursors to the coming New World Order and Agenda 21. They were phased into the curriculum to pave the way in developing a new mindset for the future goals of society. As an example, the concepts of parents, family, and marriage are now being redefined. Agenda 21 will settle teacher’s and administration’s concerns and conflicts over the coming new ways in education such as standardization of curriculum, core curriculum, teacher’s evaluation, etc. Another example of controversy to be resolved is sex education for all children, a critical area where politicians, administrators, teachers and parents are being challenged to come to a meeting of minds to develop a program that will suit everyone on the students’ behalf.
The Scope of Agenda 21- Managing Earth’s Diminishing Resources
Agenda 21, New World Order, a One World Gov’t, a One World Economy, a One World Church, a One god for all, are all related in that, these are plans to control population and earth’s resources with programs and methods for man’s survival. New terminology is being coined with commonly heard expressions today emphasizing unity and control: inclusion and compliance; ethnic diversity and multi-cultural appreciation; acceptance and respect for differences; blended family with expanded definitions of what constitutes family, marriage, single parent vs unwed mother; civil rights and freedoms, etc.
Environmental terms such as going green, sustainability, saving mother earth, organic/natural farming vs controlled GMO agriculture, global warming, carbon emission, eco-footprint are now in vogue. Illegitimate children, illegal vs unattended aliens, gays, homosexuals are negatives and nixed terms and considered politically incorrect speech. All that has been mentioned and more indicate that society today is in great flux, stretching and testing its limits and changing the complexion of life to determine what will be allowed or disallowed, and the enforcement by policing agencies, controls, and national laws that are taking place as this is written.
The Changing Face of the US Government
This can be seen in the dictatorial role of the Executive Branch through an excessive number of executive orders, ineptness and conflicts in the Legislative Branch that hinder effective gov’t, and the interference of the Judicial Branch in dictating, changing, and passing laws indiscriminately that have contributed to the unstable social and moral climate of our nation. Increasing gov’t control of land, water, food and natural resources have created uneasiness with regard to confiscation and unlawful seizure of property, many through claims of eminent domain.
A good example of Gov’t control of land was the recent April 2014 standoff with the Bundy Ranch in Nevada when the US Bureau of Land Management attempted to take cattle from Cliven Bundy for non-payment of grazing fee on disputed land. The Gov’t backed down amidst great adverse national publicity and patriotic uprising.
The militarization of police forces all across America with heavy armored vehicles, military armaments, tear-gas masks, and bullet-proof vests as evident in Ferguson, MO recently is a good example of the Gov’t’s preparation to quell anticipated major disorders dealing with race riots, food riots, looting, civil disturbance, terrorist attacks and the general uprising of the discontented and impoverished masses when the present order collapses. The Gov’t has already taken major steps to mitigate these anticipated problems.
In the health care sector in our overstressed hospitals, ‘death panels’ will determine who lives and receives care, and who won’t. Sterilization, biogenetics, vaccinations, abortions, end-of-life planning, and euthanasia will also be a big part of Agenda 21 in a broad-based depopulation program demanded by earth’s dwindling resources.
The Georgia Guidestones- Another Illuminati Footprint
The Georgia Guidestones is a granite monument unveiled in 1980 situated in Elbert County 100 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. The gigantic mysterious Stonehenge-like monument is nearly 20 feet high, made up of 6 granite slabs, weighing 240,000 pounds. Though the sponsors of this behemoth desired anonymity, they left a message explaining the reasoning behind their rules. It lists 10 rules and ideals for an ‘Age of Reason’, the first being ‘Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature’. The world’s population then was about 5 billion and today, 7 billion, over 10 times their stated goal.
‘The Guidestones describe the ideal world, as envisioned by an occult secret society. These guides touch upon subjects that are associated with the New World Order, including massive depopulation, a single world government, the introduction of a new type of spirituality, etc. The monument is therefore proof of an existing link between secret societies, the world elite, and the push for a New World Order‘. Like the enigmatic symbols and phrases on the reverse of every US$ Federal Reserve Note, the Georgia Guidestones monument is another giant Illuminati Footprint ‘hidden in plain sight’ proclaiming a New World Order, which is steadily advancing in the 21st century.
Christians and Agenda 21 of the New World Order
For Christians in the New World Order, their faith will be severely challenged, tested and redefined by new laws and pressure put on its leaders and pastors for compliance to Agenda 21. Being a Christian will not be popular. Jesus said ‘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, and many shall be killed Mt24:9. True believers that adhere to Biblical truths will be fewer in number as Apostasy within the churches is taking its toll, given over to the rise of many new religions and new spiritualities such as Chrislam, Dominionism, Kingdom Now, New Age philosophies, other cults; fueling escalating conflicts within their own religious denominations.
There will be a rise to a World philosophy of inclusivity that will separate and divide Christians into those who will follow God and His Word, and those who will follow man’s doctrines and dictates. While a few die-hard Bible teachers will remain for a time, they will be only a limited number of believers in the REMNANT of which Jesus sadly spoke of in Mt7:13,14. Greater Apostasy will occur with many Christians falling away into the Antichrist system and losing their salvation, as churches give ground to a Social Gospel only of brotherly love and false teachings, without repentance and salvation. There is only a small window of time available to speak the truth in love Ep4:15 in warning the body of Christ of the gross evil transformation that is happening.
The apostle Paul wrote ‘Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, THE SON OF PERDITION; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped.. For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work.. And then shall that WICKED be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED 2Th2:3-11. Sadly, many will lose their salvation and perish in hell because they did not love the TRUTH of God’s Word!
Agenda 21- The Precursor To The Antichrist Beast System of Revelation 13
Agenda 21 is an action agenda to resolve the forthcoming worldwide problems of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the deterioration of the ecosystems in the 21st century. Since Agenda 21 is still in a formative stage, it is a precursor to that which will eventually evolve into the Antichrist beast system spoken of in the Bible. Revelation Chapter 13 metaphorically reveals the Antichrist as a beast rising out of the sea, with the name of blasphemy written on his heads v1. He will be given great power and authority by Satan v2. Satan, the dragon, will cause people to both worship him and the Antichrist v3,4. These will be all that dwell upon the earth ‘whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’ v8.
The Antichrist will be so powerful and feared that no one would dare war against him v4. He will blaspheme God, and the name of Jesus Christ v6. The Antichrist will war against God’s people, the saints, and will overcome them. He will be an absolute ruler over the whole world- all kindreds, and tongues, and nations v7 for 42 months v5. He will have a partner, another beast v11, called the False Prophet Re16:13, and like the Antichrist, will also have great powers. The False Prophet will promote worship of the Antichrist v12, and will do great wonders, to call down fire from heaven v13, working deceiving miracles v14, and will make an image of the Antichrist and give life to it v15. Anyone not worshipping this image should be killed v15. By deception v14, the False Prophet will also cause all to receive the Mark of the Beast in their right hand, or in their foreheads v16, which is the number of a man, the Antichrist, the number 666 v18.
The Mark of the Beast system will be tied into the New World Order, in an electronic monetary system in a ‘cashless society’ v17, because all the major currencies of the world such as the US$, €, £, ¥, etc., will by then have collapsed and become worthless under extreme national debts! Without the Mark of the Beast, many will starve and die, not being able to buy or sell, make transactions, get access to their personal accounts, or receive their pay/pension checks- their social security and Gov’t entitlements. This identification mark may be an implanted RFID computer chip (radio frequency ID chips), with all one’s personal vital information stored in a chip the size of a grain of rice.
Former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger once said ‘Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world’. Add to this ‘Who controls education and the media, will control the minds of the future’! This is what Revelation 13 is all about control- control of people, food, energy, minds, education, and money under the Antichrist. To survive, one must take the Mark of the Beast Re13:16-18. But the Bible also states that any man who worships the Beast and his image, and takes his Mark, will suffer God’s wrath, and ‘be tormented with fire and brimstone.. forever’ Re14:9-11. Those believers refusing the Mark of the Beast will be beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God Re20:4.
God’s Agenda vs Agenda 21 of the New World Order
The antithesis of the Satanic Agenda 21 to save mankind is God’s Agenda. GOD’S AGENDA is the KINGDOM OF GOD message which Jesus delivered when He first began his ministry 2000 years ago. The Kingdom of God message is the most important message in the Bible. Jesus said ‘The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom Of God is at hand: REPENT YE, and BELIEVE THE GOSPEL’ Mk1:15. Jesus told us to pray ‘Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy KINGDOM come, thy WILL be done in earth as it is in heaven’ Mt6:11. Jesus said ‘..seek ye first the Kingdom Of God and his Righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you’ Mt6:33. Paul wrote ‘For the Kingdom Of God is not meat and drink; but Righteousness, and Peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost’ Ro14:17.
God’s Agenda is to bring forth the Kingdom Of God on earth at end of this age, to replace man’s corrupt kingdom! After his resurrection from the dead, Jesus spent an extra 40 days on earth to proclaim God’s Kingdom. Ac1:3 tells ‘..being seen of them 40 days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God’. Jesus needed more time to teach and preach the Kingdom of God. Basically, the Kingdom of God message reveals Jesus’ coming Millennial Kingdom which will soon be established on earth for a 1000 years.
So where is this Kingdom Of God today that Jesus said was at hand, what Paul said it is, and where does one find it? Is it in Israel or somewhere else? The Kingdom of God can be found in only two places- in the Bible- the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and within us. When the religious Pharisees who hated Jesus, demanded when the Kingdom of God should come, Jesus said ‘the Kingdom of God cometh not with observation.. for behold the Kingdom of God is within you’ Lk17:20,21. It is nowhere to be found on earth for everywhere there is only corruption and violence. Is60:2 states ‘..the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people..’. Jesus said that before He returns to earth, there will be a REPEAT of the evil, corruption, and violence as was in the days of Noah Mt24:37, Ge6:11 when everyone perished in the Great Flood except Noah and his family.
We are now transitioning into that period of extreme lawlessness and rebellion of man against authority, while God takes a back seat to the functioning of morality and order in the world. Because of dire and desperate hardships, multitude will give assent to have their lives be directed by the dictates of Agenda 21. They will accept the New World Order and a world leader, the Antichrist to help them out of their great hardship, suffering and misery. But Agenda 21 is a futile plan because all man’s agendas as influenced by Satan are evil and imperfect.
God’s Agenda is PERFECT without the frailties and foibles and manipulative schemes of man based upon his greed and corrupt nature that is always self-serving. Thus, Jesus will return to do battle with the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and cast them both alive into the lake of fire Re19:20. Man will no longer frustrate God’s Agenda as the Kingdom of Jesus Christ will then come forth for all to see. The most important thing we need to know is that God is in control and His name (Jesus) will be magnified 1Ch17:24. He is the Almighty God that even the wind and the waves obey His voice and His enemies will be trampled upon. Ps 68:1 states ‘Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered’. God will always prevail, and His Kingdom will come and His Will will be done in earth, as it is in heaven Mt6:10. ‘Even so, come, Lord Jesus’ Re22:20. Amen!
AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER
The NEW WORLD ORDER of change, control, and confiscation has already begun and has been in the making for many years. The New World Order is already transitioning in America with our old ways being phased out and the new ways phased in. Man’s undoings have brought us to the place we are at now, through his greed, corrupt ways, evil deeds, and acts of violence. America is now in a big mess spiritually, morally, emotionally, and financially.
We are headed toward a breakdown and chaos in society and a REPEAT of the DAYS OF NOAH Mt24:37 when corruption and violence reigned Ge6:11, and only a faithful remnant of few in number will be saved. We are reaping what we have sown because of rejecting God and His Word, going after strange gods, shedding innocent blood, abortion, wars, and murder of humans. Thus, we see the great inroad’s Satan has been making especially in recent days.
The NEW WORLD ORDER by its very name will not just involve America, but will engulf and enslave the whole WORLD, and everyone in it. However, America has a very prominent, historic, and key role in the formation of the New World Order. The seeds and roots of the New World Order were planted in the early beginnings of the new American Republic with her Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. It will spread like cancer throughout the world with the collapse of the US$ due to the extreme growth of the US National debt held by many foreign countries.
America is the WORLD GREATEST ECONOMIC AND SUPER POWER and the US$, the WORLD RESERVE CURRENCY, but it is also the WORLD GREATEST DEBTOR NATION. Because of our huge insurmountable debt is also held by many other nations, an imminent collapse of the US$ will plunge the entire world one day into the New World Order of a One World Government, One World Economy, One World Society, and a One World Religion controlled by the Antichrist in the Beast System as prophesied in Revelation chapter 13.
Re12:12 warns ‘Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the Devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time’ meaning the establishment of the satanic NEW WORLD ORDER is now being accelerated! The ANTICHRIST, the surrogate of SATAN, will soon rule in the POST-CHRISTIAN AMERICA and in the rest of the WORLD, subsequent to the collapse of the US$ and the US economy, introducing a CASHLESS SOCIETY and the MARK OF THE BEAST in the coming GREAT TRIBULATION Re13:16-18.
Early History of the New World Order Conspiracy- the ILLUMINATI
In 1798, our 1st president George Washington, received a letter of warning from a Christian pastor Rev. G.W. Snyder . Snyder wrote ‘It was some time since that a book fell into my hands entitled “PROOFS OF A CONSPIRACY by John Robison,” which gives a full account of a SOCIETY of FREEMASONS, that distinguishes itself by the name “of ILLUMINATI,” whose plan is to OVERTURN all government and all religion.. and who endeavour to eradicate every idea of a SUPREME BEING.. A thought suggested itself to me, that some of the LODGES in the United States might have caught the infection, and might cooperate with the ILLUMINATI.. They use the same expressions and are generally men of NO RELIGION. Upon serious reflection I was led to think that it might be within your power to prevent the horrid plan from corrupting the brethren of the English Lodge over which you preside’.
Washington, like many of our founding fathers, was a Mason, but not an ILLUMINATI! Before his death in 1799, George Washington read ‘Proofs of a Conspiracy’ and immediately expressed his belief to Rev. Snyder.. that the designs of the ILLUMINATI were already infecting our country. In his reply to Snyder, Washington stated a WARNING TO AMERICA: “It was NOT my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the ILLUMINATI.. had NOT spread in the United States. On the CONTRARY, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am. The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of separation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder.. the Democratic Societies in the US, may have had these objects; and actually had a separation of the People from their Government in view, is TOO EVIDENT to be questioned.”
Here we see that the plans of the ILLUMINATI in America were for a godless One World Government aka the NEW WORLD ORDER, which is prominently and boldly printed, and proudly proclaimed on every US$ Federal Reserve Note as printed in 1935, about 80 years ago.
The ILLUMINATI- An Evil Cabal
The ILLUMINATI is a satanic cult founded by Adam Weishaupt on May 1, 1776 whose goals were to expunge the world of belief in Almighty God and Jesus Christ, to overthrow all gov’ts through financial deceits, and to bring forth an illumined godless society, under a One World Government, in a New World Order controlled by an absolute dictator. The ILLUMINATI today is comprised of world-wide intellectuals, super-wealthy elites, influential media executives, famous Hollywood entertainers, and powerful private bankers. The ILLUMINATI also ordains certain individuals to be elected into high office to exact their plans for world domination, especially the office of the US Presidency.
The ILLUMINATI is controlled by Satan, the master deceiver- the father of lies Jn8:44, who will bring forth the Antichrist and the Beast System mentioned in Revelation chapter 13, and in Daniel chapters 7,8,9. The apostle Paul wrote ‘Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the WILES of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places‘ Ep6:11,12. Paul wrote ‘.. (Satan) the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them‘ 2Co4:4.
The financial arm and economic ploy of the IILLUMINATI is the Federal Reserve Bank created in 1913. The political governing body of the ILLUMINATI NEW WORLD ORDER is the United Nations founded in 1945 after World War II, and is now located in New York City on land donated by the super-rich Rockefeller Foundation. The UN Agenda 21 on Earth Sustainability and Depopulation initiative formulated in 1992 at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil signed by 178 nations spelt out the gist of the NEW WORLD ORDER for this 21st Century. The UN also has its own growing peace-keeping army of nearly 100,000 troops.
The New World Order- Enter the Federal Reserve Bank
The Federal Reserve Bank is not owned by the US Gov’t. It is a very clever name for it is not FEDERAL but a PRIVATE BANK that holds no real reserve for the US. The FRB is owned by a few of the wealthiest men in the world. The US Congress gave up its constitutional authority to ‘coin money’, by approving the formation of the Federal Reserve System 100 years ago on Dec 23, 1913, to take control of the US money supply. In 1944 under the Bretton Woods agreement during World War II, 44 major nations of the world accepted the US$, backed by gold, as the world’s reserve currency, meaning the US$ were accepted and used as an exchange currency for world trade. However in 1971, Pres. Nixon closed the ‘gold window’ of US$ convertibility due to a shortage of US gold. Despite the US$ no longer being backed by gold, the FRB continued to print enormous amounts of US$ out of the thin air and the world continues using them.
As a result, the fiat paper US$, worth a 100 cents in 1913 is now worth less than 5¢ today, due to monetary price inflation. Thus, many countries are very unhappy with the uncontrolled US debt and the declining value of the US$. Countries such as Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa are beginning to openly reject the US$, and recently started the BRICS Bank based in Shanghai, China, to skirt control of the US$ by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The BRICS Bank is seen as a 1st step to break from the hegemony of the greatly devalued US$ in global trade.
History of the Growth of the US National Debt – Prelude to the New World Order
It took the US over 200 years (1982) to reach a $1 trillion in national debt, then 4 years later (1986) to double to $2 trillion; then 6 years (1992) to double to $4 trillion; 14 years (2006) to double again to $8 trillion, and finally only 6 years (Sep 2012) to double to $16 trillion. Since 2008 the US national debt has increased from $10 trillion to over $17.5 trillion today, a 75% increase in just 6 years; an equivalent debt of over $55,000 for every man, woman, and child in America.
Due to uncontrolled federal spending and insufficient tax revenue since 2008, the FRB resorted to a program called QUANTITATIVE EASING, the creation of enormous amounts of fiat paper money out of thin air, to handle our nation’s monetary shortfall. If one includes all personal, corporate, institutional, municipal and federal US Gov’t debts, the amount totals an estimated $60 trillion, equal to a staggering $200,000 for every man, woman, and child in America.
Our insurmountable debt is unsustainable which will result in a soon collapse of the US$ nationally and internationally. With an estimated over 50% of all US$ today held in foreign hands, the collapse of the US$ due to excessive money printing and US immense debt will have brutal and ruinous ramifications worldwide. This will bring forth the NEW WORLD ORDER of control, containment, confiscation, martial law and a police state not only in America, but also in the rest of the world.
The Coming PLANNED CHAOS- The Key to the New World Order
A PLANNED CHAOS is the key to implementing the New World Order. Chaos has a key role and will be the prelude to the diabolical New World Order! A little-known Latin motto invented by the Freemasons in 1802, ORDO AB CHAOS- ORDER OUT OF CHAOS, is now taking place in many sectors of our society. By destabilization of every aspect of our society- moral and spiritual values, military, industry, education, economy, and finances, America is now at the brink of entering into the NEW WORLD ORDER.
A very good example is the recent flap over lax border enforcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, resulting in a great influx of a projected 100,000 illegal immigrants into the US in 2014 alone. America is broke, our inner cities fraught with many problems, increasing homelessness, crime, and violence; sharply rising food prices, very high number of people unemployed (contrary to the contrived low 6.2% US unemployment rate), our prisons over-crowded, our hospitals stressed out, and yet our Gov’t is welcoming many immigrants from Central America to live here. Many of these illegal immigrants are not just young children, but also hardened teenagers on drugs, drug pushers, gang members, and many are sick and disease carriers. They are no longer ‘illegals’, but considered ‘refugees’, and granted asylum to live in America. This is crazy and a PLANNED CHAOS by our leaders.
Chaos is also reigning in many other parts of the world. The present wars and conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Israel, Gaza, and the Ukraine are good examples of Chaos. Ethnic cleansing with the eviction and murder of many Christians in Iraq, after the US spent over $2 trillion over 10 years going broke with over 10,000 soldiers and contractors killed to bring order there, reveals the great inroads Satan has made.
Satan, whose jobs is to steal kill, and destroy Jn10:10, is also the author of Confusion and Chaos. Jas3:16 states ‘For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work’. Here is a timely post regarding the coming economic and financial global CHAOS. http://usawatchdog.com/the-chaos-is-planned-rob-kirby/
Announcing the New World Order- the US$ Federal Reserve Note
Since 1935, on the reverse face of every US$ FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE, there are some very strange and cryptic MASONIC and SATANIC symbols and phrases proclaiming a NEW WORLD ORDER. On the left ‘The GREAT SEAL’ there is the ‘ALL-SEEING EYE’ of the Egyptian god HORUS, the ‘Great Pyramid’, and Latin words ‘NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM’, a ‘NEW WORLD ORDER’ and ‘ANNUIT COEPIS’ meaning ‘HE HAS FAVORED OUR UNDERTAKINGS’. Together these two phrases mean ‘OUR NEW WORLD ORDER IS NOW A SUCCESS’!
Then on the right seal ‘Of THE UNITED STATES‘ is the phrase E PLURIBUS UNUM- another Latin phrase which means ‘FROM MANY, ONE’, which points to the ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT in the NEW WORLD ORDER! In order for the NEW WORLD ORDER of control, containment, confiscation, martial law, and a police state to come forth in AMERICA, our present AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE- of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; our freedom of speech, religion, possession, movement, and to bear arms must collapse or be eliminated.
The following is from THE NEW WORLD ORDER IN YOUR POCKETBOOK: http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=22184
The very US$ bills that are in your pocket right now bear the signature of the ILLUMINATI cabal that put them there. Have you wondered what all those signs and symbols refer to? The bills may say “In God We Trust”, but it’s not the God of the Bible.
1) Novus Ordo Seclorum: A Latin phrase which means ‘a new order of the ages’ is born. Literally, it is calling for a NEW WORLD ORDER.
2) Annuit Coeptis: A Latin phrase which means ‘He has favored our undertakings’.
3) The Egyptian Pyramid: One of the great ILLUMINATI symbols, the triangle, representing the ancient wisdom of Egypt.
4) The All-Seeing Eye Of Horus: Horus was worshipped in the ancient world as a god of protection.. The All-Seeing Eye is taken from the left eye.. of Horus. There is much pagan Egyptian mythology in the roots of Masonry.. The Capstone, the All-Seeing Eye, is the completion of the Great Illuminati Pyramid!
5) 13 Levels: The pyramid has 13 steps or levels leading up to the incomplete Capstone. In the Bible, 13 is the number for rebellion i.e. Re13. America was created when our founding fathers rebelled against King George. In the official magazine of Freemasonry, The New Age, there is a detailed explanation and admission from the Masons that the symbols on the US$ are indeed Masonic.
6) MDCCLXXI: The Roman numerals refer to the ILLUMINATI founding on May 1, 1776, and not to America’s on July 4th, 1776.
7) 13 Stars: Again, the Biblical number for rebellion 13- forms the basis of the Great Seal. The number 13 is all over the US$.
8) E Pluribus Unum: Latin phrase meaning ‘FROM MANY, ONE’ or a One World Government. The phrase has 13 letters. Amazing coincidence.
9) Spider’s Web: When you look closely at the background pattern of the US$, you will clearly see that it is a spider’s web- represented death, treachery and conquest. Also a Bohemian priest with a tiny human Skull embedded in the web!
10) Olive Leaves: The Eagle is holding 13 olives leaves and 13 arrows. The olive leaf is a sign of peace, but the eagle’s claws are closed to represent that these things are being taken away, and not being offered. The arrows are a symbol of war.
11) Department of the Treasury Seal: On the FRONT of the US$, to the right of George Washington‘s portrait is the Seal of the Department of the Treasury. It comprises of a key, the scales of justice and a square- very important Freemasonry symbols.
The NEW WORLD ORDER appears to be in the making as we are now witnessing very unusual and repressive things happening in AMERICA never imagined before, such as total surveillance by the National Security Agency- NSA, the Department of Homeland Security- DHS armed to the teeth with 1.6 billion bullets, five times as many bullets as there are people in America, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement- ICE lax border enforcement to prevent illegal immigrants that are entering the US in droves.
Pres. Ronald Reagan once warned ‘A nation that cannot control its borders is no longer a nation’. Reagan also said ‘If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to, for America is the last stand on earth‘. Pres. Reagan was so prescient, words spoken about 30 years ago, of grievous things happening today!
The churches must not be silent regarding the NEW WORLD ORDER and the SATANIC ANTICHRIST BEAST SYSTEM coming soon as in Re13. Christians need to be warned and be prepared for the coming great evil, and their faith in the Lord needs to be strengthened! Is60:2 states ‘..behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people..’. But God has the answers for our safety, survival, and deliverance from evil as in the Lord’s prayer Mt6:13, as found in the Holy Bible!
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’. The Rapture is our only ESCAPE! But Jesus is only coming back for the wise virgins Mt25:4; for a pure and holy people Ep1:4, 1Jn3:3, a Church without spot or wrinkle Ep5:27. Many Christians, aka foolish virgins Mt25:12 will be left behind for they were not ready Mt24:44.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO A GREAT GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN
As we recently celebrated Father’s Day, we were mindful of our earthly fathers. Most of us have fond memories of our fathers; how they loved and cared for us, protected us, worked hard to support and educate us, and gave us good things. But we also have a Greater and an Eternal Father- GOD OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
This is what the Holy Bible tells us who GOD OUR FATHER is. HE IS ALMIGHTY, THE CREATOR OF EVERYTHING; ALL-KNOWING, and EVERYWHERE- OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT, and OMNIPRESENT. GOD IS LOVE, GOOD, HOLY, JUST, OUR SAVIOUR, DELIVERER, HEALER, and OUR HELPER. HE IS ALSO a GOD OF JUDGMENT and a JEALOUS GOD!
GOD OUR FATHER- ONLY WHEN WE ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST
No Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jew or anyone else can call God ‘Father’ unless he believes in Jesus Christ, and is born again. WHY? Jesus said ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but by me’ Jn14:6. God became our Father only after we accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and became born again. Jesus said ‘.. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God’ Jn3:3,5. We are adopted as children of God when we ‘..have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we (can) cry, Abba (our), Father’ Ro8:15.
The blessings of Our Heavenly Father are only for His children. Here we see that God is either Our Father or He isn’t! But no one needs to be left out. All he needs to do is to humble himself, pray, repent of his sins, and accept Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, for He died for our sins. When we study the Bible, we learn about God our Father in heaven- His nature, His attributes, His power, His love, His promises, and His plan for us.
Jesus said ‘.. for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him’ Mt6:8. Then Jesus said ‘If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give GOOD THINGS to them that ask him?’ Mt7:11. Our Father God knows our need before we ask and is ready to help us when we ask Him. Jesus also said ‘If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?’ Lk11:13.
GOD OUR FATHER- HIS PROMISES and BLESSINGS
It is very important to have God our Father on our side. The Bible states ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’ Ro8:31; ‘..No good thing will He withhold to them that walk uprightly’ Ps84:11; God has ‘..pleasure in the prosperity of His servant’ Ps35:27. Paul wrote ‘.. my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus’ Php4:19. Peter stated ‘Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you’ Pe5:6,7. God said ‘.. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’ Heb13:5; ‘There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling‘ Ps91:10; ‘For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved‘ Ro10:13.
God our Father has countless promises and blessings for us! Ep1:3 states ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed US with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ’. The key to God’s blessing is our faith in Him. Heb11:6 states‘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’. Faith and obedience are essentials in receiving from God our Father. 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; ‘.. that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you‘ Jn15:16.
OUR FATHER’S GREAT LOVE TOWARDS US
Next, we look at OUR FATHER’S great love towards us! What did God do for us? God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to give His life and to die for our sins, that we might have everlasting life. Jesus said ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’ Jn3:16. Paul said ‘He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things’? Ro8:32. John wrote ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God’ 1Jn3:1. When we love and believe in Jesus Christ, Our Father will love us. Jesus said ‘For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God’ Jn16:27.
Suppose that you were a son or daughter of a very rich or powerful person. You would be very privileged and have access to the finest in life, whether they be homes, food, clothing, luxury, schooling, travel, medical care, pleasures, etc. You may be honored and esteemed with many people catering to your needs and desires.
In a spiritual sense, our relationship with God our Father is like that. We are related to a great Father with unlimited resources. God our Father in heaven has great lovingkindness toward us! Our relationship with God our Father gives us access to all His blessings and help. We should never be hesitant or timid in seeking God’s help for our needs. Heb4:16 states ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need’. Ps46:1 states ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble’.
King David wrote ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever’ Ps23:1,6; ‘.. thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee, thus will I bless Thee.. I will lift up my hands in Thy name’ Ps63:3,4. Our relationship with God our Father speaks of His great love toward us, and of the intimacy, access, privilege, blessings, kindness, goodness, mercy, peace, help, strength, and favor we have with Him.
GOD OUR FATHER- A GREAT INHERITANCE FOR THE OVERCOMING SONS
The scriptures also state that there is a future great inheritance coming from God our Father to His worthy sons and daughters. Re21:7 states ‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son’. To receive this great inheritance, we need to be holy, as Our Father is Holy 1Pe1:16, and perfect ‘even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect’ Mt5:48.
This is the main reason the Holy Spirit is given to us- to perfect us in Christ. 2Co3:18 states we ‘.. are changed into the same image (as Jesus) from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’. We need to overcome the lust of our flesh. 1Jn2:16 tells ‘For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world’. Ga5:16 states ‘Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh’. We are not to love the things of the world. 1Jn2:15 states‘If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him’.
Jesus said ‘Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth’ Mt5:5. He said ‘.. Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’ Mt25:34, and ‘.. it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom’ Lk12:32. Paul wrote ‘ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ’ Co3:24. Paul said ‘In (Christ) also, we have obtained an inheritance..’ Ep1:11; ‘That in the ages to come God might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus’ Ep2:7.
Our inheritance to come is the redemption of our body Ro8:23; to never die Jn11:36; and to be like Jesus 1Jn3:2. Our future inheritance is to inherit a kingdom God has prepared for us before the foundation of the world! Our Father has a kingdom to give us to rule and reign with Him forever. The ‘children of God.. heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ’ Ro8:17, will inherit everything that God has Re21:7. Jesus said ‘I come quickly; and my reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be’ Re22:12. To all this we say ‘THANK YOU FATHER GOD’, and ‘HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO A GREAT GOD and FATHER IN HEAVEN’!
P.S. The highest thing our rich and powerful Father God in heaven wants from us, and the only thing we can give to Him is our gratitude and praise to Him! Ps92:1 states ‘It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High’! PRAISE GOD!!!