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Satan Knows Scripture: Living in the End Times, part 2

END TIMES: It's later than you think

END TIMES: It’s later than you think

LIVING IN THE END TIMES:

Part 2 – SATAN KNOWS SCRIPTURE

More Deception in the End Times

In which this writer continues from the thoughts and observations offered in Part 1.

Some observations about the times in which we live: some taken from recent discussions, emails and conversations; some from Scripture; and, some taken from random and sundry claims put forth by teachers, both real and false.

1- Either one believes the Bible or one believes what others claim the Bible says; consequently,  one either believes we are living in the end times or one doesn’t.

This is repeated from Part 1, but it is a very important point.  It provides the reader with their entire frame of reference for receiving the information which follows.

2- If one is a non-believer, then one doesn’t believe the Bible.  Actually, a great many who profess Christ don’t believe the Bible.  These “Christians”–trusting more in the deceptions of the arch-deceiver who works through the words of scientists, philosophers and the world–have relegated Scripture to a “series of moral lessons” or “a history of a tribal god written by men” or “a collection of great thoughts.”

Unfortunately, while such ideas may earn them a temporary truce with the world, it earns them the scorn of the God they think they follow.

“The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. “
Psalm 33:10

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Psalm 2

A non-believer may or may not believe we are living in the end times.  However, a great many non-believers do see that the effects from the forces of chaos, which are being harnessed by those who desire to rule the earth.

3- Satan knows Scripture. Satan is an ultra-intelligent, powerful entity.  He knows God’s Word better than 99  percent of professing Christians.  He has to be intimately acquainted with Scripture in order to effectively twist it to deceive.  Satan also knows the time left to him is short.

So, he’s pulling out all of the stops–and so are those who serve him, both knowingly and unknowingly.

NOTE TO NON-BELIEVERS: Putting one’s head in the sand and denying reality (Satan, hell, that runaway train bearing down on you, etc.) does not mean that one has control over that reality. It only means that one will be blissful–as in “Ignorance is bliss“–until the last moment. And the Bible says that is exactly what will happen at the end.

“But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Matthew 24:37-39

Even non-believers know that guy or girl who “knows it all.” They bury their head in the sand, pretend that what is taking place around them is not taking place–all the while they substitute swearing and a healthy dose of attitude for knowledge.

Such a person shouts at those who see what is approaching, insisting that they do not see and calling everyone who has not buried their heads in the sand “Stupid” or “Crazy” or whatever.   The closer the denied events come to the denier, he louder he shouts, the more he swears, the more he supplies vehemence instead of an answer.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
2 Peter 3:3-4

4- It is imperative that Christians not only know their Bible, but understand what it says.  Satan twists Scripture–as do his servants, many who have been given a prominent place by the Christian mass media–to deceive.  If Christians study what the Bible says, it is much harder to be deceived.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15

Alas, study of the Bible is a dying practice.

Listening to what someone else claims the Bible says is easier.

5- Part of Satan’s great deception will be false teachers, prophets, and wolves seeking to lead Christians astray. They will also be busy making sure the lost stay lost.  Some do it for money; some do it because they are deceived; some do it for fame and recognition.  Their motivation does not matter.  The Bible warned of their coming and warned that they would masquerade as Christian preachers.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Matthew 7:15

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
2 Corinthians 11:13-15

Thus is Lucifer (Satan’s name before the fall) worshiped by those he has deceived as the Lightbearer or the Lightbringer.

These false preachers will look like Christians.  They will sound like Christians.  They will have “Christian” on the covers of their books.  They will broadcast on “Christian” networks.

But Jesus will not know them.  Neither will Jesus know those who follow these false teachers and prophets.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
Matthew 7:21

Basically, Jesus is saying “If you don’t walk the walk, it doesn’t matter if you talk the talk.”

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”
Matthew 25:11-12

When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:  Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.”
Luke 13:25-27

These false teachers will look and sound so much like real Christians that many who call themselves “Christians” will be deceived.  True believers will not be deceived however.

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Matthew 24:24

6- Satan will use any means possible to deceive people.  To fool the Christian, he will use the mouth of those pretending to be Christians.  To deceive the non-believer, he will use the mouth of the college professor, the scientist, the cult leader, the government officials: anyone who has any worldly authority with the lost, Satan will use.

If one doesn’t think he is able to be deceived or too smart or wise or anointed to be deceived, one is already deceived.

7- The deception will continue right up until the very end.  The Bible tells us that even when Satan’s kingdom is beginning to fall apart, the arch-deceiver is still working deception.

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
Revelation 16:13-14

It’s later than you think.

And if one is a Christian who has been beguiled by the teachings of the Modern American Prophecy Industry and Christian mass media, then it is really, truly, no kidding later than you think.

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”
2 Peter 1:10

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MORE observations about Living in the End Times in America: 25+ article at End Times Prophecy Report.

END TIMES: America in the End Times

Part 1 – DECEPTION, PERSECUTION and LIVING IN AMERICA

Part 2- Satan Knows Scripture: Living in the End Times

Persecution of the Saints: The Fear and the Pit and the Snare

Persecution, Tribulation, Trials, Trouble: What the Bible says to Christians

American Apostasy: The End Times Apostate American Church will Rule all Kindreds, Tongues and Nations

End Times Deception: the Modern American Prophecy Industry

Christianity and the Occult: The Occult goes to Church

Apostasy: New Age Laodiceas in Joel Osteen’s America

Apostasy or Revival: To Everything There is a Season

MAN OF SIN: The Man of Sin is Coming

MAN OF SIN: Satan is Raising Up an End Times Army

MAN OF SIN: Rising from the Midst of the Apostate Church

COUNTERFEIT HOLY SPIRIT: Lying Spirits of Deception in the Churches

Altered Spiritual Perception: The Altered Spiritual Reality in American Churches

STRONG DELUSION: Strong Delusion is Coming

John MacArthur and the Mark of the Beast: Last Days Apostasy

PRAYER CIRCLES: Another Pagan Practice in the Church

Part 1- Mark of God? Beware of False Prophets

Part 2- LieKillers: Who Are LieKillers?

Attacking Genesis: The New Prophets of Science Fiction Eschatology

Yoga for Christians? Rooted in Hinduism

Pagan Gods: Hybrid Eschatology and Pagan Gods Assault the Christian Church

ONE BODY: Gnostic Teachings in American Churches Divide the Body of Christ

Christian Distractions, Christian Lightning Rods: Obviously Apostate, Obviously Lost

New World Order, Dominion Theology: Both Want to Control the Planet

The Alternate Reality: TV and Corporate Media add to End Times Confusion

The End Times: What does Bible Prophecy Say?

The End Times: What does Bible Prophecy Say? part 2


 

by Jeremiah J. Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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The Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ

THE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ

THE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ

THE GOSPEL:

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

WHAT THE BIBLE TELLS US ABOUT THE GOSPEL

“AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD, AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE.”
Mark 16:15

The gospel literally means “good news.”

There is no good news without Christ dying and being the “ the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Rom 10:4).

Believers are to “go” and “preach the gospel to every creature.”

This is a commandment. Do not take it lightly.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;”
2 Corinthians 5:10-11a

WHAT THE GOSPEL IS NOT

“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past.

Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”
Harry A. Ironside, What is the Gospel?

The gospel is mentioned 99 times in the New Testament: 17 times by Matthew, Mark and Luke; 6 times in Acts; 4 times by Peter and once by John (Revelation).

Of all of the New Testament writers, Paul uses the word “gospel” the most: 13 times in Romans; 9 times in each of his two epistles to the Corinthians; 11 times to the Galatians; 4 times to the Ephesians; 8 times to the Philippians; 2 times to the Colossians; 8 times total in his two epistles to the Thessalonians; 4 times in his two epistles to Timothy; once in Philemon and twice in Hebrews.

For a total of 71 times by Paul.

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL MESSAGE?

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

In this passage, we see three essential elements of the gospel message. First, the phrase “died for our sins” is very important. As Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
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Second, the person and work of Christ are indispensable components of the gospel. Jesus is both God (Colossians 2:9) and man (John 1:14).
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Third, the resurrection of Christ is an essential element of the gospel. The resurrection is the proof of the power of God.
What are the Essentials of the Gospel message?

The Bible says that we are all sinners (Rom. 3:23). This means that we have all offended God. We have all broken His law. Therefore, we are guilty of having sinned. Because of this, we are separated from God (Isaiah 59:2), are dead in our sins (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:3), cannot please God (Rom. 3:10-11), and will suffer damnation (2 Thess. 1:9). The only way to escape this judgment is by receiving Christ, by trusting in what Jesus did on the cross (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Pet. 2:24).
What is the Gospel?

WHAT THE BIBLE TELLS US ABOUT THE GOSPEL

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber ...
Jesus preached the gospel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus preached the gospel.

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”
Matthew 4:23

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”
Matthew 9:23

“Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.”
Luke 7:22

“The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
Matthew 11:5

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”
Luke 4:18

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
Mark 1:14-15

“And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders,”
Luke 20:1

The apostles and disciples of Jesus preached the gospel.

“And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.”
Luke 9:6

“And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.”
Acts 8:25

“And there they preached the gospel.”
Acts 14:7

“And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,”\
Acts 14:21

“And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.”
Acts 15:7

“And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.”
Acts 16:10

“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,”
Romans 1:1

“Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:”
Romans 15:19-20

The gospel is a testimony.

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
Acts 20:24

Believers serve God through the gospel.

“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;”
Romans 1:9

The gospel has the power to save men from spiritual death by sin.

“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.”
Romans 1:16

Men will be judged by the gospel.

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

Those who preach the gospel bring peace and glad tidings.

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
Romans 10:15

Not all who hear obey the gospel.

“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?”
Romans 10:16

The Jews became the enemy of the gospel for the sake of the Gentiles’ salvation.

“As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.”
Romans 11:28

The gospel was preached at Rome.

“So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.”
Romans 1:15

The gospel was preached at Troas.

“Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,”
–2 Corinthians 2:12

The gospel was preached at Corinth.

“Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?”
2 Corinthians 11:7

The gospel was preached to the Gentiles.

“And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.”
–Galatians 2:2

The gospel was preached to the Galatians.

“Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.”
–Galatians 4:13

The gospel was preached to the Colossians.

“For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;”
–Colossians 1:5

Paul ministered to the Gentiles through the gospel.

“That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”
Romans 15:16

The gospel is blessed.
Blessed are all who receive the gospel!

“And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.”
Romans 15:29

“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,”
Romans 16:25

God is here described by his power, and the particular instance of it is the establishing of his people; that is, in the Gospel, as the Syriac version reads the next clause, and in the profession of it, with grace in their hearts, and in the exercise of it, and more lively and cheerful discharge of duty; (See Gill on Romans 1:11);
Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Paul wasn’t sent to baptize but to preach the gospel.

“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”
1 Corinthians 1:17

Men are born again through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.”
1 Corinthians 4:15

Paul would have rather suffered than hindered the gospel of Christ.

“If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 9:12

Those who preach the gospel should live the gospel.

“Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.”
1 Corinthians 9:14

“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.”
1 Corinthians 9:16-18

For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of
The sense is not, that if he preached the Gospel in order for a livelihood, and to serve his private advantage, he should have no room for glorying; since, if this was the case, he should be obliged to do it, or perish for want: but his meaning is, that though he preached the Gospel ever so well, or ever so freely, and might glory before men, and against the false teachers, who insulted him in his character and office; yet not before God, from whom he received all his gifts, abilities, and qualifications, to preach the Gospel; all his light and knowledge in it; all his enlargements in meditation, and liberty in expression; all his faithfulness and integrity, courage and intrepidity, in the discharge and performance of his work, were by divine grace and assistance; and his success in it owing to the power and Spirit of God, so that he had nothing to glory of on any of these accounts: hence these words are a correction, or rather an explanation of the preceding:

for necessity is laid upon me;
not of getting a livelihood by preaching, for he could have got, and did get this another way, even by labouring with his hands; nor of force and compulsion, for no one more readily engaged in it, or more cheerfully performed it; but of obligation from the divine call to this work, and from his own conscience, in which he knew it to be an heavenly one, and from the nature of the trust committed to him, and because of the good of immortal souls, and the honour of Christ; all which lay with weight upon him, and obliged him in duty, love, and gratitude, to attend to it:

yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel;
which is to be understood, not of any temporal affliction, as reproach, persecution, famine, nakedness, sword for such sort of woes frequently attend those that do preach the Gospel; but of the wounding of his conscience, and exposing himself, through the neglect of his calling, and contempt of the divine will, to the wrath and curse of God for ever; not that the apostle feared this would be his case, or that it possibly could be; but he thus speaks, to show what he or any other minister of the Gospel would deserve, at the hand of God, who having abilities to preach, should not make use of them; or should preach, but not the Gospel; or only a part of it, and not the whole; or should entirely desist from it, through self-interest, or the fear of man, or through being ashamed of Christ and his Gospel, or as not able to bear the reproach and persecution attending it.

For if I do this thing willingly
That is, not freely and without receiving anything for preaching, without seeking any temporal profits and advantages; nor in pure love to Christ, and the good of souls, without any fear of punishment, or hope of reward; but the apostle supposes a case which was not, and his sense is, that supposing no necessity had been laid upon him, or any injunction or command given him to preach the Gospel, but he had entered on it without any obligation upon him, then, says he,

I have a reward;
or should have one, or might expect one; so the Jews F17 say, that a reward is given to him, who does anything unbidden:

but if against my will,
or unwillingly,

a dispensation of the Gospel is committed to me;
which was his case; the Gospel was committed to his trust, as anything is to the trust and charge of a steward by his lord, who is obliged to take care of it, and is accountable for it, and of whom faithfulness is required; he did not undertake this economy, or dispensation of the Gospel of himself, of his own mind and will, but it was enjoined him by one that had the command over him, and could and did oblige him to take the charge of it; though he made him willing, as well as able to do it: and therefore since this was the case, that it was not at his own option whether he would preach the Gospel or not, but he was obliged to it by one, that had a superior power and influence over him; hence, though he performed it ever so well, and with never so much faithfulness and integrity, he asks in the following verse,

What is my reward then?
&c.] None at all, I have none to expect, hope for, or claim, in a way of debt; I am a servant intrusted by my Lord with the Gospel, and an unprofitable one I am; I do, at most and best, but what is my duty, and for that I can claim no reward: all the reward that remains is only this,

verily, that when I preach the Gospel,
which I am obliged to do,

I may make the Gospel of Christ without charge;
to them that hear it, as he did to the Corinthians, which was his glorying in ( 1 Corinthians 9:15 ) and is the same with his reward here; for this means not any reward from God, but his glorying among men, and against the false teachers; that when he preached the word at Corinth, he was not chargeable to any, nor would he ever be: his reason for it is,

that I abuse not my power in the Gospel;
his right of having a maintenance, whilst he was preaching the Gospel; to have made use of which would have been an abuse of it, since it would have given occasion to the false apostles to reproach and calumniate, and might have been an hinderance to the Gospel of Christ, and a stumbling to some weak minds.
Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

“And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.”
–1 Corinthians 9:23

And this I do for the Gospel’s sake
The Alexandrian copy and some others read, “all things I do” and so the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions; that is, he became all things to all men, and so and so to different persons; not for his own sake, for his own temporal advantage, or to curry favour with men; not for the sake of gaining wealth, or honour and applause to himself, but for the spread of the Gospel, and its greater usefulness among men: to which he adds,

that I might be partaker thereof with you;
meaning either the fruit of the Gospel, the conversion and salvation of sinners, which would be matter of joy both to him and them; or the blessings of grace and eternal life, which the Gospel reveals and promises, which he desired to enjoy in common with others, not only with the Corinthians, for the word “you” is not in the original text, but with Jews and Gentiles; with men of all sorts, who may be gained over to Christ, and saved by him, through the ministry of the word.
Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

John the Baptist preaching. [image credit: Wikipedia]

John the Baptist preaching. [image credit: Wikipedia]

Once received, the believer can stand in the gospel.

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;”
1 Corinthians 15:1

The lost have their minds blinded to the gospel.

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom 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.”
2 Corinthians 4:3-4

“And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;”
2 Corinthians 8:8

2 Corinthians 8:18. the brother, whose praise is in the gospel–whose praise is known in connection with the Gospel: Luke may be meant; not that “the Gospel” here refers to his written Gospel; but the language implies some one well known throughout the churches, and at that time with Paul, as Luke then was ( Acts 20:6 ). Not a Macedonian, as appears from 2 Corinthians 9:4 . Of all Paul’s “companions in travel” ( 2 Corinthians 8:19 , Acts 19:29 ), Luke was the most prominent, having been his companion in preaching the Gospel at his first entrance into Europe ( Acts 16:10 ). The fact that the person here referred to was “chosen of the churches” as their trustee to travel with Paul in conveying the contribution to Jerusalem, implies that he had resided among them some time before: this is true of Luke, who after parting from Paul at Philippi (as he marks by the change from “we” to “they,” Acts 16:11 ) six years before, is now again found in his company in Macedonia. In the interim he had probably become so well known that “his praise was throughout all the churches.” Compare 2 Corinthians 12:18 , 1:24 . He who is faithful in the Gospel will be faithful also in matters of inferior importance [BENGEL].
Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible; Robert Jamieson,
A. R. Fausset and David Brown. 1871

Men who honestly profess and submit to the gospel will honor Christ in deeds as well as words.

“Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;”
2 Corinthians 9:13

“For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:”
2 Corinthians 10:14

2 Corinthians 10:14. “We are not stretching ourselves beyond our measure, as (we should be) if we did not reach unto you: (but we do), for as far as even to you have we come in preaching the Gospel.”
Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible; Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown. 1871

“To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.”
2 Corinthians 10:16

2 Corinthians 10:16. To–that is, so as to preach . . . beyond you (and) not to boast, &c.
in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand–Do not connect “line of things,” &c.; but “boast of things,” &c. To make this clearer, arrange the words thus, “Not to boast as to things (already made by the preaching of others) ready to our hand in another man’s line (that is, within the line, or sphere of labor, apportioned by God to another).”
—-Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible; Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown. 1871

Men will listen to another gospel.

“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him”
2 Corinthians 11:4

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:”
Galatians 1:6

False teachers will pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
Galatians 1:7

What happens to those who preach another gospel?

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
Galatians 1:8-9

Paul’s gospel was not given to him by man.

“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.”
Galatians 1:11

The gospel is the word of truth.

“To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.”
Galatians 2:5

The gospel was preached to the Jew and to the Gentile.

“But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;”
Galatians 2:7

One can receive the truth of the gospel and yet not live by it.

“But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”
Galatians 2:14

The gospel has always been about faith, whether one lived in Old Testament times or in the New Testament era.

“And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.”
Galatians 3:8

After hearing the true word of the gospel and being saved through faith, the believer is sealed as one of Christ’s own by the Holy Spirit.

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
Ephesians 1:13

The Gentiles become members of the body of Christ and heirs to the promises of God by the gospel.

“That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:”
Ephesians 3:6

The gospel is part of the whole armor of God.

“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
Ephesians 6:16

Paul wanted strength to preach the gospel while in prison in Rome.

“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,”
Ephesians 6:19

Fellowship may be found in the gospel.

“For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;”
Philippians 1:5

The Philippians shared the defense of the gospel with Paul even though he was in Rome and they were hundreds of miles away in Philippi.

“Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.”
Philippians 1:7

Though to the casual observer, being in a Roman prison might appear to be a calamity, to Paul, it provided opportunities to share the gospel.

“But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;”
Philippians 1:12

We see here the care the apostle takes to prevent their being offended at his sufferings. He was now a prisoner at Rome; this might be a stumbling-block to those who had received the gospel by his ministry. They might be tempted to think, If this doctrine were indeed of God, God would not suffer one who was so active and instrumental in preaching and propagating it to be thrown by as a despised broken vessel. They might be shy of owning this doctrine, lest they should be involved in the same trouble themselves. Now to take off the offence of the cross, he expounds this dark and hard chapter of his sufferings, and makes it very easy and intelligible, and reconcilable to the wisdom and goodness of God who employed him.I. He suffered by the sworn enemies of the gospel, who laid him in prison, and aimed at taking away his life; but they should not be stumbled at this, for good was brought out of it, and it tended to the furtherance of the gospel

(v. 12): The things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel. A strange chemistry of Providence this, to extract so great a good as the enlargement of the gospel out of so great an evil as the confinement of the apostle. “I suffer trouble as an evil-doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound, 2 Tim. 2:9 . They cannot imprison the word of God; that has its free course, though I am confined.’’ But how was this?1. It alarmed those who were without.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) Philippians 1

Paul was unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.”
–Philippians 1:17

Some also of good will, and love: from sincere affection to the gospel, that the work might not stand while the workman was laid up.—Knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. They knew that he was appointed to support and propagate the gospel in the world, against all the violence and opposition of its enemies, and were afraid lest the gospel should suffer by his confinement. This made them the more bold to preach the word and supply his lack of service to the church.III. It is very affecting to see how easy he was in the midst of all:
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) Philippians 1

Walk in the gospel.

“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”
Philippians 1:27

Verse 27.  Only let your conversation. The word conversation we now apply almost exclusively to oral discourse, or to talking. But it was not formerly confined to that, and is never so used in the Scriptures. It means conduct in general–including, of course, our manner of speaking, but not limited to that–and should be so understood in every place where it occurs in the Bible. The original word here used politeuw-politeuo, means, properly, to administer the State; to live as a citizen; to conduct one’s self according to the laws and customs of a State. See Ac 23:1. Comp. examples in Wetstein. It would not be improperly rendered, “let your conduct, as a citizen, be as becomes the gospel;” and might without impropriety, though not exclusively, be referred to our deportment as members of a community, or citizens of a State. It undoubtedly implies that, as citizens, we should act, in all the duties which that relation involves–in maintaining the laws, in submission to authority, in the choice of rulers, etc., as well as in other relations –on the principles of the gospel; for the believer is bound to perform every duty on Christian principles. But the direction here should not be confined to that. It doubtless includes our conduct in all relations in life, and refers to our deportment in general; not merely as citizens of the State, but as members of the church, and in all other relations. In our manner of speech, our plans of living, our dealings with others, our conduct and walk in the church and out of it–all should be done as becomes the gospel. The direction, therefore, in this place, is to be understood of everything pertaining to conduct.

As it becometh the Gospel of Christ.

(1.) The rules of the gospel are to be applied to all our conduct–to our conversation, business transactions, modes of dress, style of living, entertainments, etc. There is nothing which we do, or say, or purpose, that is to be excepted from those rules.

(2.) There is a way of living which is appropriate to the gospel, or which is such as the gospel requires. There is something which the gospel would secure as its proper fruits in all our conduct, and by which our lives should be regulated. It would distinguish us from the gay, and from those who seek honour and wealth as their supreme object. If all Christians were under the influence of the gospel, there would be something in their dress, temper, conversation, and aims, which would distinguish them from others. The gospel is not a thing of naught; nor is it intended that it should exert no influence on its friends.

(3.) It is very important that Christians should frame their lives by the rules of the gospel, and, to this end, should study them, and know what they are. This is important,

(a.) because they are the best and wisest of all rules;

(b.) because it is only in this way that Christians can do good;

(c.) because they have solemnly covenanted with the Lord to take his laws as their guide;

(d.) because it is only in this way that they can enjoy religion; and

(e.) because it is only by this that they can have peace on a dying bed. If men live as “becometh the gospel,” they live well. Their lives are honest and honourable; they are men of truth and uprightness; they will have no sources of regret when they die, and they will not give occasion to their friends to hang their heads with shame in the remembrance of them. No man on a dying bed ever yet regretted that he had framed his life by the rules of the gospel, or felt that his conduct had been conformed too much to it.

That whether I come and see you. Alluding to the possibility that he might be released, and be permitted to visit them again.

Or else be absent. Either at Rome, still confined, or released, and permitted to go abroad. I may hear of your affairs, etc. I may hear always respecting you that you are united, and that you are vigorously striving to promote the interests of the gospel.
{a} “let your conversation” Eph 4:1; Php 3:20
{*} “conversation” “Conduct”
{b} “stand fast” Php 4:1
{a} “striving together” Jude 1:3
–Albert Barnes, Notes on the New Testament, Philippians Chapter 1, Verse 27

Timothy faithfully assisted Paul in preaching and living the gospel.

“But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.”
Philippians 2:22

Women laboured with Paul to further the gospel of Christ.

“But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.”
Philippians 4:3

The Philippians were unique in supporting Paul’s gospel work.

“Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.”
Philippians 4:15

“If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;”
Colossians 1:23

If ye continue in the faith
In the doctrine of faith which they had received and embraced; and in the grace of faith, and the exercise of it which was implanted in them; and in the profession of faith which they had made: not that the virtue and efficacy of Christ’s blood, sufferings, and death, and reconciliation of their persons to God thereby, depended upon their faith, and abiding in it; but that faith and continuance in it were necessary means of their presentation in unblemished holiness and righteousness; for if they had not faith, or did not abide in it or if the good work of grace was not wrought upon their souls, and that performed until the day of Christ, they could not be presented holy and blameless: this shows the necessity of the saints’ final perseverance in faith and holiness, and is mentioned with this view, to put them upon a concern about it, and to make use of all means, under divine grace, to enjoy it; and nothing could more strongly incline and move unto it, than the blessed effect of Christ’s death, reconciliation and the end of it, to present the reconciled ones blameless; in order to which it is necessary they should hold on and out to the end: hence the Ethiopic version reads the words, not as a condition, but as an exhortation enforced by what goes before; “therefore be ye established in the faith”: it follows,

grounded and settled;
not on the sandy foundation of man’s own righteousness, and peace made by his own performances; but upon the foundation and rock, Christ, against which the gates of hell cannot prevail; and so shall never finally and totally fall away, being rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith of him, in the doctrines of faith, respecting peace by his blood, justification by his righteousness, and life by his death; and so continue steadfast and immovable, always abounding in his work:

and [be] not moved away from the hope of the Gospel;
the hope of eternal life and happiness, which as set before us in the Gospel; which that gives a good and solid ground and foundation of, in the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ; and is the instrumental means, in the hand of the Spirit, of begetting to it, and of encouraging and increasing it: the law gives no hopes of eternal life to a poor sinner; it works wrath, and ministers death; there is nothing but a fearful looking for of judgment by it; but the Gospel encourages to hope in the Lord, from the consideration of rich mercy and plenteous redemption in him; and this hope of the Gospel is an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast, and not to be let go; this confidence and rejoicing of the hope is to be kept firm unto the end:

which ye have heard;
that is, which Gospel they had heard from Epaphras their faithful minister, and that not only externally, but internally; they had heard it and believed it, and it had brought forth fruit in them; for it came to them not in word only, but in power; which is said in commendation of it, and to engage them to continue in it, and abide by it; as is also what follows:

[and] which was preached to every creature which is under heaven;
and therefore since it was the same which was everywhere preached, they might depend upon the truth of it, should have the greater value for it, and by no means relinquish it. This must be understood not of every individual creature, even human and rational, that was then, or had been in, the world; but that it had been, and was preached far and near, in all places all over the world, to the Gentiles as well as to the Jews; who are sometimes styled “every creature”, “the creature”, “the whole creation”, “all men” see ( Mark 16:15 ) ( Romans 8:19-22 ) ( Titus 2:11 ) ; and of this, the first preaching of the Gospel by Peter after our Lord’s resurrection, was an emblem and pledge, ( Acts 2:14-36 ) ; and some time after that, the sound of all the apostles went into all the earth, and their words to the end of the world:

whereof I Paul am made a minister;
by Jesus Christ, who appeared unto him, and called, qualified, and sent him forth as such; and this is mentioned to encourage the Colossians to abide by the truths of the Gospel, since what they had heard and received were what were everywhere preached by the faithful ministers of the word; and particularly by the apostle, who was ordained to be a teacher and preacher of it to the Gentiles. The Alexandrian copy reads, “a preacher and an apostle, and a minister”; see ( 1 Timothy 2:7 ) .
John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible, Colossians Chapter 1 Verse 23

The gospel is not empty words which are spoken and heard. The gospel has the power of salvation.

“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.”
1 Thessalonians 1:5

Paul preached the gospel amidst much opposition.

“But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.”
1 Thessalonians 2:2

God entrusted Paul to preach the gospel and Paul, realizing the great privilege he had been granted, pursued it diligently with truth–regardless of whether he was applauded or stoned.

“But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts”
1 Thessalonians 2:4

“According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”
1 Timothy 1:11

Paul not only preached the gospel to the Thessalonians, he was willing to lay down his life for them.

“So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8

Paul did not make merchandise of the gospel, but supported himself while doing it.

“For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.”
1 Thessalonians 2:9

Timothy labored alongside Paul in the work of furthering the gospel.

“And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:”
1 Thessalonians 3:2

There will be a day of reckoning for those who disobey the gospel.

“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: ”
2 Thessalonians 1:8

The gospel is the means of salvation; of partaking of the glory that is Jesus Christ, our Savior.

“Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 2:14

When believers suffer affliction for the gospel’s sake, God will strengthen them in their time of trial.

“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;”
2 Timothy 1:8

Eternal life is found through the gospel of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

“But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”
2 Timothy 1:10

Part of the gospel message is that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:”
2 Timothy 2:8

Paul suffered imprisonment for the sake of the gospel.

“Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:”
Philemon 1:13

Without faith, the gospel message is unprofitable.

“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
Hebrews 4:2

Man enters into the promise of rest by belief in the gospel.

“Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:” {it was: or, the gospel was}
Hebrews 4:6


Saint Peter preaching the Gospel in the Catacombs
Peter preaching the Gospel in the Catacombs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The angels are very interested in the gospel.

“Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”
1 Peter 1:12

The gospel is preached to the spiritually dead; all who hear it will one day be judged by how they respond to it.

“For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”
1 Peter 4:6

All must be judged, both those in the house of God and those who do not obey the gospel.

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
1 Peter 4:17

The gospel is eternal.

“But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
1 Peter 1:25

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,”
Revelation 14:6

Want to be set free?

Not saved? Not sure?

The gospel of Christ has the power to save you!

“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.”
Romans 1:16

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – (h/t:B)

ALSO – Quotes: ETPR Quote Collections

Sources:

* Bible Study Tools: Commentaries

* The New Testament Gospel without Paul

* Barnes’ New Testament Notes

by Jeremiah J. Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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Do You Know Jesus? Eternal Salvation through Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ: Lunatic, liar or Lord?

Jesus Christ: Lunatic, liar or Lord?

Do You Know Jesus?

“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.

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.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
–John 3:16-21

Do you know Jesus?  You can!

Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!

Free Tickets to Heaven: Get Yours!

Who was Jesus?  He told us.  His words are recorded in the four gospels.

JESUS IN HIS OWN WORDS

“… for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
–Matthew 9:13

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
–Matthew 10:34-35

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
–Matthew 11:29

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
–Matthew 18:20

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
–Matthew 24:5

“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
–Matthew 28:20

“And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.”
–Luke 4:43

“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
–Luke 12:51-53

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
–John 6:35

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
–John 6:51

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
–John 8:12

“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”
–John 8:58

“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
–John 9:5

“And 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.”
–John 9:39

“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

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.”
–John 10:7, 9-10

Eternal Salvation: Trust on Jesus Christ

Eternal Salvation: Trust on Jesus Christ – (Christ by Henrich Hoffmann via Wikipedia)

“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”
–John 10:11, 14

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 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.”
–John 11:25-26

“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”
–John 12:46

“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.”
–John 13:13

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.”
–John 13:16

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.”
–John 13:20

“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.”
–John 14:2-3

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
–John 14:6

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”
–John 14:10-11

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.”
–John 15:1

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
–John 15:5

“I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.”
–John 16:28

“Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.”
–John 16:32

“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”
–John 17:14

“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”
–John 18:37

Do you know Jesus?

You can!  Right now!

You can put your trust for eternal salvation in Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.

Hard times are coming.  Times in which no amount of physical preparation will be able to save you.  Do you know Jesus?

End Time Trials, Tribulation, Trouble and Disasters: Put Your Trust in Jesus

Every man, every woman will make a choice.

Who will You serve: The Kingdom of God or the kingdom of this World?

There are only two choices.  There is no purgatory.  That is not in the Bible.

Heaven or Hell: If you Die Today, Where Will You Wake Up?

Some have claimed that “A loving God would never send anyone to hell.”  They are right: God does not send anyone to hell.  People choose, of their own free will, where they will spend eternity.

Heaven or Hell: Which Will You Choose?

Don’t delay.  Make your calling and election sure: choose eternal life.  Place your trust, not on man or man’s schemes of salvation, but on the King of Kings and Lord of Lords: Jesus Christ.

Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!

Not saved?

The gospel of Christ has the power to save you!

“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.”
Romans 1:16

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – (h/t:B)

by Jeremiah J. Jameson

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Heaven or Hell: Which Will You Choose?

Heaven or Hell: which will you choose?

Heaven or Hell: Which will you choose?

Heaven or Hell: Which Will You Choose?

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HEAVEN

Heaven is not a fairy tale. Heaven is not a bedtime story. Heaven is not some foggy place in the clouds where disembodied spirits float around strumming harps. Heaven is very real. Jesus told His disciples:

“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.”
–John 14:2

In heaven, Christians will receive new, glorified, incorruptible bodies; Immortal bodies that will live for all eternity.

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
–1 Corinthians 15:51-57

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
–Philippians 3:20-21

In spite of the many misrepresentations in popular culture or by the entertainment industry, heaven is not dull. Hatred, death, jealousy, lying, strife: none of these will be found in heaven.

Neither will there be found pain, tears, fatigue or any of the other conditions that make this present life so hard to live.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
–Revelation 21:4

Almighty God will no longer be afar off for He will dwell with us.

“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

We know these things to be true because they are written in the scriptures. Not only will we be inhabitants of heaven, we will be heirs.

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
Revelation 21:5-7

Heaven will not be boring. It will be a place with plenty to do. The Bible hints that, in heaven, joy will be indescribable; a place of never-ending activity.

Heaven will be a place of intellectual stimulation like none we have experienced before. We will also see and know God face-to-face.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
–1 Corinthians 13:12

In fact, heaven will be so overwhelmingly joyous and happy, that we mortals can’t even imagine how happy we will be.

“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.”

ARE YOU GOING?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
–John 14:6

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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.”
–John 15:24

HELL

Hell also is a very real place.  Hell is also a very terrible place; a place that was not originally intended for man.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
–Matthew 25:41

Hell is not a place where a person will play poker with their buddies. Hell is not a fairy tale or a bedtime story. Hell is real; hell is desperately dreadful and disturbing.

VIDEO: 1 minutes 24 seconds of The Reality of Hell

Jesus was very clear about how horrible a place hell is. In fact, He said it would be better to lose an eye in this life than to spend eternity in hell.

And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
—-Mark 9:47-48

Jesus came and died for us so that we would not have to face an eternity in hell, separated from God Almighty. The most terrible thing about hell is that it is separation from God Himself and all that he represents: love, peace, joy, kindness.

ARE YOU GOING?

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

“The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
–Matthew 13:41-42

WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE?

Not saved?

The gospel of Christ has the power to save!

“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.”
Romans 1:16

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – (h/t:B)

People may argue, “God would never send me to hell.”  And they are right.

God doesn’t send anyone to hell.

People themselves choose to go to hell.

God wants all men to escape the tortures of hell.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, but that ALL should come to REPENTANCE
–2 Peter 3:9

But God is perfect. As such, he is a perfect judge who will judge sin. God will judge sin on his perfect, holy terms–not man’s.

You must decide where you will spend eternity.  There is no reason to choose to spend forever in hell.

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) – The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1880) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus Christ has paid the full penalty for your sins on the cross. Since Jesus suffered, died and rose again, there is no reason for anyone to go to hell.

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”
–1 Peter 3:18

Again: where will you choose to spend eternity?

You must come to Him now just as you are: a guilty sinner unable to save yourself. Commit your life to Christ today! You can pray something like this:

“God, I know that I am a sinner worthy of hell. Thank You for sending Jesus to take the punishment for my sins that I might spend eternity in heaven with You. I invite You into my life to be my Lord and Savior. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

If you were sincere in your heart–and God knows your heart–you are now saved! Not because you prayed a prayer–but because you realize you are a sinner in need of a Savior and have invited Jesus to be the Lord of your life.

Hallelujah!

But getting saved is only the beginning.  Now, get busy!

Go tell others about your new life in Christ!  Help lead others out of hell.  Spread the Good News of the eternal life to be had by belief on Jesus Christ!

 

by Jeremiah Jameson

Portions of this article based on “Heaven or Hell,” a tract published by Good News Publishing, Wheaton, IL.

© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-13. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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Persecution, Tribulation, Troubles, Trials: What the Bible Says to Christians

45 Bible Verses on Persecution, Tribulation, Trials, Troubles and Afflictions

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,”
James 1:2

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) – The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1880) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”
–Tertullian, 1st century AD

Christians in 21st century America have had it drilled into their heads–most, for their entire lives–that they are special; that they will escape persecution.

That they will live lives in Christ Jesus that are different from all other Christians who came before them.

And so, many American Christians, due to popular false teachings, are not prepared for what is soon coming upon the earth.

Worse than being unprepared, many American Christians will not even entertain the idea that they may have to suffer for the name of Christ.  If a Christian gets angry–when times are good– at the mere suggestion they may suffer persecution, will that same Christian “endure to the end?”

In Revelation, especially in chapters 2 and 3, Jesus makes wonderful promises to all who will overcome.  Will that pampered 21st century American Christian be an “overcomer” when hard times appear?

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
–Revelation 2:7

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.”
–Revelation 2:11

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”
–Revelation 2:17

“And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star.”
–Revelation 2:26-28

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”
–Revelation 3:5

“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”
–Revelation 3:12

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”
–Revelation 3:21

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
–Revelation 21:7

To whom did Jesus make these promises?

Many are deceived that they won’t have to ever face persecution; but if for some unknown reason they do face trials and tribulations–as the Bible declares they must–then suddenly, somehow they will be ready for that which they have not mentally or spiritually prepared.

It’s likely those who imagine such things are deceived twice over.

Trusting the Doctrines of Man, not the Bible

Christians in America have been lulled to spiritual sleep by the constant drone of the Christian Mass Media; assuring them that, unlike Christians of every other nation, tongue and tribe–in every other century–American Christians will escape tribulation, trials, troubles, afflictions and persecution.

But what does the Bible have to say?

The Bible paints a much different picture. Most often, unlike modern teachings, it equates persecution with joy, rejoicing and honor.

“And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”
–Acts 5:40-42

The Bible speaks of joy–instead of “losers’ being “left behind.”

The Bible plainly states, time and time again, that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

Not some, “all.”  Not perhaps or maybe, “shall.”

How did the end times Christians of America get it so wrong? Well, the Bible also has that answer.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”
–2 Timothy 4:3

“That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:”
–Isaiah 30:9-10

American Christians have gotten not only what they have asked for, but in the case of many who support the Modern American Prophecy Industry, what they have paid for.

Trust in Jesus, not in man

“First, evangelicals all want to trust their “experts” – those leaders who appear in the public eye and state things authoritatively. But many trusted leaders are engaging in this very crisis-solution strategy! They claim to have elite information, intelligence secrets, hidden knowledge, scientific-sounding secrets, or even the ability to be able to decode supernatural things. Some are deemed to have such superior spiritual insights that they are called modern-day prophets!”–Prophecy Mongering

Here is what the Bible has to say about persecution, afflictions, trials and tribulations.

44 Bible Verses on Persecution, Tribulation, Trials and Afflictions

PERSECUTION – PERSECUTIONS

“And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.”
–Mark 4:17

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
–Romans 8:35

“That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.” (thereunto = to sufferings; to persecution.)”
–1 Timothy 3:3

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
–2 Timothy 3:12

“So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:”
–2 Timothy 1:4

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
–2 Corinthians 12:10

“Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.”
–2 Timothy 3:11

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PERSECUTE

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
–Matthew 5:11

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
–Matthew 5:44

“But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.”
–Matthew 10:23

“Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:”
–Matthew 23:34

“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.”
–Luke 21:12

“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”
–John 15:20

“Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”
–Romans 12:14

AFFLICTION – AFFLICTIONS

“For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.”
–Mark 13:19

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
–2 Corinthians 4:17

“How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.”
–2 Corinthians 8:4

“And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:”
–1 Timothy 1:6

“Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:”
–1 Timothy 3:7

“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”
–Hebrews 11:25

“Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.”
–James 5:10

“But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,”
–2 Corinthians 6:4

“Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:”
–Colossians 1:24

“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;”
–2 Timothy 1:8

“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
–2 Timothy 4:5

“But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;”
–Hebrews 10:32

“Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
–1 Peter 5:9

TRIBULATION – TRIBULATIONS

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
–Matthew 24:21

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”
–Matthew 24:29

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,”
–Mark 13:24

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
–John 16:33

“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
–Acts 14:22

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;”
–Romans 5:3

“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”
–Romans 12:12

“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
–2 Corinthians 1:4

“Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.”
–2 Corinthians 7:4

“Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.”
–Ephesians 3:13

“For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.”
–1 Timothy 3:4

“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
–Revelation 1:9

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
–Revelation 2:10

“And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
–Revelation 7:14

TRIALS and TEMPTATIONS

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;”
–James 1:2

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
–1 Peter 1:7

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:”
–1 Peter 4:12

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Not saved?

The gospel of Christ has the power to save!

“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.”
Romans 1:16

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – (h/t:B)

by Jeremiah J. Jameson

© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-13. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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End Times Deception: the Modern American Prophecy Industry

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”

–Matthew 24:11

Cunning fables of the prophecy industry

END TIME DECEPTION

This article will serve as an introduction to what this writer calls the Modern American Prophecy Industry.

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
–Matthew 24:4

“And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
–Mark 13:5-6

“And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. “
–Luke 21:8

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
–Matthew 24:5

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
–Matthew 24:24

Warnings to be not deceived abound in the New Testament.  Jesus himself, when speaking of the last days, warned Christians not to be deceived three separate times–in Matthew 24 alone!

And yet, many who call themselves Christians are deceived.  Not only that, but it seems large numbers of previously-sound, apparently-sober church-goers fall prey to “wolves in sheeps‘ clothing” every day.

One would think that with all of the warnings, it would be very hard to pull the proverbial wool over a Christian’s eyes.

It is.

However, it’s apparent that Jesus knew what he was talking about: many today who wear the name of “Christian” have allowed themselves to be swept up in flights of fancy not found in the Bible.

Why is this?

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
–Roman 16:17-18

Horseman of the apocalypse

Death rides a pale horse

There are many ideas concerning the End Times which are accepted–and taught–as established doctrine in the American church which only tangentially exist in the Bible.

Some of these ideas were unheard of prior to their publicizing throughout the latter part of the 1800s.

Despite Paul’s very clear warnings in 2 Thessalonians, many church-goers walk around pointing their fingers to the sky and exclaiming, “Jesus can come at any time!  He might come tonight!”

“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;”
–2 Thessalonians 2:3

When asked who the man of sin is, these Christians shrug their shoulders, promptly, ignoring any scripture they cannot answer.  Terms like “division,” “Pharisee”, and “confusion” are provided as substitutes for serious discussion and study into God’s word.

Once the cocoon-like structure that these church folk have constructed about what the end times will look like is questioned, the questioner become persona non grata.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
–2 Timothy 3;13

Where do most Americans get their ideas concerning the end times?  It would be nice to say “the Bible.”  But that would not be quite correct.

Many Americans have out-sourced their end times Bible study to the American Prophecy Industry, a well-financed, well-publicized group of men whose theories of the end times often don’t line up with Scripture.  While entertaining, the American Prophecy Industry many times appears to shoehorn verses of Scripture into place to support their doctrinal inventions.

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
–2 Peter 1:16

There are many fables that are taken for gospel in the modern American church.  Church folk of only 100 years ago would be extremely surprised at what church-goers of 2013 America believe concerning end times bible prophecy. That is because much of what is believed concerning the end times is a concoction of men; put together by men and promoted by man since the mid-1800s.

What’s worse: Americans export their error to other countries around the globe.

One other thing at which those of 100 years ago would be surprised by 2013 American: the number of basic doctrines of Protestant Christianity which have been kicked to the curb by the modern Church.

What was sound doctrine 100 years ago is treated as heresy today by a generation of church-goers raised on the fables of the modern American Prophecy Industry. Is it because this generation of American “Christians” have grown closer to Christ? Is it because this generation of “Christians” are living a more holy life than those of their great-grandparents? Is it because this generation of TV- and popular entertainment-raised “Christians” has a deeper understanding of Scripture?

Jesus specifically warned Christians of what to expect in the end times. The deception would be so thick that the “very elect” would be deceived, if possible.

And yet, those who insist they are Christians ARE deceived.

Jesus knew what he was talking about.

In upcoming articles, we’ll take a look at such topics as:

  • What are some of these popular, extra-Biblical ideas haunting the American church (and pretty much only the American church);
  • Where did these ideas come from?
  • Who and what constitutes the American Prophecy Industry;
  • Why they are dangerous for the times that are almost upon us; and
  • What does the Bible have to say about these doctrines?

Another question that might be asked of these johnny-come-lately doctrines which have sprung up over the last 120 or so years: are the teachers who are promoting these doctrines merely deceived–or are they part of the deception? After all, the promoters of these brave, new doctrines appear to be turning a nice profit while spinning their yarns.

“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”
–Mark 4:19

From this end, this last question will remain unanswered.  However, it’s a question that readers likely will want to answer for themselves after taking all of the information into account.

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by Jeremiah J. Jameson

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