The time of restoration is near be happy.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.

I know time may seem scary and difficult but we have no need to fear and we have a lot of reason to be happy. I will discuss why in this article.

The times of restoration are very near. Very soon God will have Jesus put and end to mans rebellion. We know it started in the garden of Eden. Satan convinced Adam and Eve that man did not need God to rule over and guide us. Satan also accuses us and say man only loves God because he blesses and protects them. We have repeatedly seen these lies proven wrong thoroughly which mean the time of restoration is very near. The original purpose for the earth is very very near. Satan , and the demons who also opposed God will be gone soon. They will no longer be able to corrupt man. Jesus provided the perfect ransom which man could not provide by dying spotless without sin, in doing so he defeated Satan putting to rest all the lies. Jesus thoroughly proved them all to be wrong. Those who chose Satans side in things will also be destroyed. By not accepting Jesus as our redeemer and king, or accepting that his heavenly father is the one true God they take Satan’s side in matters. Those who take God’s side in matters and Satan’s side in matters will be figuratively marked so we must be very cautious who we associate with very soon because those who receive Satan’s mark the mark of the beast are going to turn on those who receive God’s mark. We must use the bible now more then even in guiding our associates and friends. The time of restoration is near we only have a little longer and all sickness, illness, morning, death, oppression, wars, violence, disease, hunger, crying and many other bad things will be gone.

False religion which Satan, the demons and those who promote it has been used to deceive man into rebelling against God very soon it also will be done away with because it is a tool used by Satan to deceive , mislead or corrupt many. This also will be done away with and man will not longer be corrupted or deceived into rebelling against God. So this restoration is also a spiritual restoration.

We may have to flee, or to go into hiding but we can be certain as in times post God is behind us protecting us. We are going to experience some tribulations and trials during these times and many of us already are. These build and strengthen our faith and assurance that Adam and Eve were wrong and that we cannot do it without God. Even when man has good intentions we lack the foresight and wisdom God has. Even very good people have made decisions , they thought would help others. It may have helped one group of people but often times hurts another. Man can be easily deceived and corrupted. God and Jesus cannot be deceived or corrupted.

You may say to yourself I know some pretty nice people who do not believe in God or Jesus. You have to consider this. They are taking the three villains side in matters by putting their faith in man which is the very things that has cause things to escalate on the earth to the point they have. We are in a time were there is no middle of the road you are either for God or against him. We cannot be indecisive, associating with such ones can effect us unknowingly and make us indecisive which could cost us our eternal lives when things suddenly wind down. We need to lead by example and show others whos side we have chosen , in doing so we make it clear to Jehovah God and our king Jesus Christ who’s side in matters we have chosen. We will either desire to have the names of Jehovah and his soon Jesus figuratively written on our foreheads or we will chose to have the name of the beast which is those who oppose God written on our foreheads. If we have the name of the beast written on our foreheads we forfeit the chances of eternal life. Stay strong the time of restoration is very near and it will be well worth it. The time for restoring true worship is occurring now and will continue into the new system. Knowing clearly what God requires will protect us and helps us to walk into the new system.

If we endure trials or tribulations we need to keep in mind the future promises. The promise of the new earth in which there will be no suffering, death or tears. If we are in peril or our lives may be threatened we need not fear God will remember us in the day of resurrection because death has been defeated and will be destroyed so has not hold on those who have died and will have no hold on faithful ones who have died and may die they to will be restored.

We know Jesus loves us as much as God does so we do not have to have fear, neither of death or things to come when we my have to flee or go into hiding because Jesus is our king. God has given him full authority over everything except God himself. So he has legions of angels at his command and a deep love for those who do their best to follow his example. When these things start to occur we need to keep in mind it is the time of restoration and in order to make the way for the new system these things must occur. Afterwards these things will never occur again. Those who remained obedient and faithful will leave in peace and happiness and never have want for anything. The bible assures us before we are finished praying God will have answered our prayer in the new system. We may have to leave some thing behind as God’s people did in the past but we have to keep looking forward. All this is temporary and much better times are coming and there will be less stress involved in owning a home or in our daily living. If we are in fear of what is coming either we have chosen the wrong side or we are not putting faith in the future promises. We must work to keep in mind the future promises and trust God and Jesus wholeheartedly, we have no need for fear because even death could not separate us from God and his only begotten son Jesus. The work Jesus does in restoring God’s right to rule over man and putting an end to the original lie in the garden will endure forever and things like we are experiencing in these last day will never occur again. We should not be viewing this as the last days but we should be viewing it as a time for restoration to occur. When things wind down and get very trying we should not be afraid but need to look to the future promises and keep in mind the destruction of the wicked and destruction of world governments will be a restoration not something dreary or scary. So if we have to go into hiding or have to flee we have to keep in mind we will be going into hiding or fleeing because Jesus is ending mans rule and restoring God’s right to rule over man and all the mourning, and pain are about to end.

(Acts 3:19-26) 19 “Repent, therefore, and turn around so as to get your sins blotted out, so that seasons of refreshing may come from Jehovah himself 20 and he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus. 21 Heaven must hold this one within itself until the times of restoration of all things of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets of old. 22 In fact, Moses said: ‘Jehovah your God will raise up for you from among your brothers a prophet like me. You must listen to whatever he tells you. 23 Indeed, anyone who does not listen to that Prophet will be completely destroyed from among the people.’ 24 And all the prophets from Samuel and those who followed him, as many as have spoken, have also plainly declared these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your forefathers, saying to Abraham: ‘And by means of your offspring all the families of the earth will be blessed.’ 26 God, after raising up his Servant, sent him to you first to bless you by turning each one of you away from your wicked deeds.”

(Hebrews 2:14) Therefore, since the “young children” are sharers of blood and flesh, he also similarly shared in the same things, so that through his death he might bring to nothing the one having the means to cause death, that is, the Devil,

(Jude 14-18) 14 Yes, the seventh one in line from Adam, Eʹnoch, also prophesied about them when he said: “Look! Jehovah came with his holy myriads 15 to execute judgment against all, and to convict all the ungodly concerning all their ungodly deeds that they did in an ungodly way, and concerning all the shocking things that ungodly sinners spoke against him.” 16 These men are murmurers, complainers about their lot in life, following their own desires, and their mouths make grandiose boasts, while they are flattering others for their own benefit. 17 As for you, beloved ones, call to mind the sayings that have been previously spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 how they used to say to you: “In the last time there will be ridiculers, following their own desires for ungodly things.”

(Isaiah 2:2-4) 2 In the final part of the days, The mountain of the house of Jehovah Will become firmly established above the top of the mountains, And it will be raised up above the hills, And to it all the nations will stream.  3 And many peoples will go and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, To the house of the God of Jacob. He will instruct us about his ways, And we will walk in his paths.” For law will go out of Zion, And the word of Jehovah out of Jerusalem.  4 He will render judgment among the nations And set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore.

(Isaiah 61:4-9) 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins; They will raise up the desolated places of the past, And they will restore the devastated cities, The places that lay desolate for generation after generation.  5 “Strangers will stand and shepherd your flocks, And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.  6 As for you, you will be called the priests of Jehovah; They will call you the ministers of our God. You will eat the resources of the nations, And about their glory you will boast.  7 Instead of shame you will have a double portion, And instead of humiliation they will shout joyfully over their share. Yes, they will possess a double portion in their land. Everlasting rejoicing will be theirs.  8 For I, Jehovah, love justice; I hate robbery and unrighteousness. I will faithfully give them their wages, And I will make an everlasting covenant with them.  9 Their offspring will be known among the nations And their descendants among the peoples. All who see them will recognize them, That they are the offspring whom Jehovah has blessed.”

Amos 9:10-15 10 They will die by the sword, all the sinners of my people,

Those who are saying, “The calamity will not come near us or reach us.”’

11 ‘In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen,

I will repair the breaches,

And I will restore its ruins;

I will rebuild it as in the days of long ago,

12 So that they may take possession of what is remaining of Eʹdom,

And all the nations on whom my name has been called,’ declares Jehovah, who is doing this.

13 ‘Look! The days are coming,’ declares Jehovah,

‘When the plowman will overtake the harvester,

And the treader of grapes, the one carrying seed;

And the mountains will drip with sweet wine,

And all the hills will flow with it.

14 I will gather back the captives of my people Israel,

And they will rebuild the desolated cities and inhabit them;

They will plant vineyards and drink their wine,

And make gardens and eat their fruit.’

15 ‘I will plant them on their land,

And they will never again be uprooted

From their land that I have given them,’ says Jehovah your God.”

(Isaiah 60:18) No more will violence be heard in your land Or destruction and ruin within your boundaries. And you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.

(Matthew 26:52) Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword.

(Isaiah 9:14-10:11) 14 Jehovah will cut off from Israel Head and tail, shoot and rush, in one day. 15 The elder and highly respected one is the head, And the prophet giving false instruction is the tail. 16 Those leading this people are causing them to wander, And those who are being led are confused. 17 That is why Jehovah will not rejoice over their young men, And he will have no mercy on their fatherless children and their widows Because all of them are apostates and evildoers And every mouth is speaking senselessness. In view of all this, his anger has not turned back, But his hand is still stretched out to strike. 18 For wickedness burns like a fire, Consuming thornbushes and weeds. It will set fire to the thickets of the forest, And they will go up in clouds of smoke. 19 In the fury of Jehovah of armies The land has been set on fire, And the people will become fuel for the fire. No one will spare even his brother. 20 One will cut down on the right But still be hungry; And one will eat on the left But will not be satisfied. Each will devour the flesh of his own arm, 21 Ma·nasʹseh will devour Eʹphra·im, And Eʹphra·im Ma·nasʹseh. Together they will be against Judah. In view of all this, his anger has not turned back, But his hand is still stretched out to strike. 10 Woe to those who enact harmful regulations, Who constantly draft oppressive decrees,  2 To deny the legal claim of the poor, To deprive the lowly among my people of justice, Making widows their spoil And fatherless children their plunder!  3 What will you do on the day of reckoning, When destruction comes from afar? To whom will you flee for assistance, And where will you leave your wealth?  4 Nothing remains except to crouch among the prisoners Or to fall among the slain. In view of all this, his anger has not turned back, But his hand is still stretched out to strike.  5 “Aha! the As·syrʹi·an, The rod to express my anger And the staff in their hand for my denunciation!  6 I will send him against an apostate nation, Against the people who infuriated me; I will command him to take much spoil and much plunder And to trample them like mud in the streets.  7 But he will not be inclined this way And his heart will not scheme this way; For it is in his heart to annihilate, To cut off many nations, not a few.  8 For he says, ‘Are not my princes all kings?  9 Is not Calʹno just like Carʹche·mish? Is not Haʹmath like Arʹpad? Is not Sa·marʹi·a like Damascus? 10 My hand has seized the kingdoms of the worthless gods, Whose graven images were more than those of Jerusalem and Sa·marʹi·a! 11 Will I not also do to Jerusalem and her idols Just as I have done to Sa·marʹi·a and to her worthless gods?’

(Exodus 14:19) Then the angel of the true God who was going ahead of the camp of Israel departed and went to their rear, and the pillar of cloud that was in front of them moved to the rear and stood behind them.

(Isaiah 52:12) For you will not depart in panic, Nor will you have to flee, For Jehovah will go ahead of you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

(Isaiah 58:8-10)  8 Then your light will shine through like the dawn, And your healing will spring up quickly. Your righteousness will go before you, And the glory of Jehovah will be your rear guard.  9 Then you will call, and Jehovah will answer; You will cry for help, and he will say, ‘Here I am!’ If you remove from among you the yoke bar And stop pointing your finger and speaking maliciously, 10 If you grant to the hungry what you yourself desire And satisfy those who are afflicted, Then your light will shine even in the darkness, And your gloom will be like midday.

(1 Peter 5:6-11) 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time, 7 while you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone. 9 But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by the entire association of your brothers in the world. 10 But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness, who called you to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish your training. He will make you firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you. 11 To him be the might forever. Amen.

(Matthew 6:25-34) 25 “On this account I say to you: Stop being anxious about your lives as to what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your bodies as to what you will wear. Does not life mean more than food and the body than clothing? 26 Observe intently the birds of heaven; they do not sow seed or reap or gather into storehouses, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than they are? 27 Who of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his life span? 28 Also, why are you anxious about clothing? Take a lesson from the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil, nor do they spin; 29 but I tell you that not even Solʹo·mon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. 30 Now if this is how God clothes the vegetation of the field that is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much rather clothe you, you with little faith? 31 So never be anxious and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or, ‘What are we to drink?’ or, ‘What are we to wear?’ 32 For all these are the things the nations are eagerly pursuing. Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. 34 So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Each day has enough of its own troubles.

(Matthew 19:27-29) 27 Then Peter said in reply: “Look! We have left all things and followed you; what, then, will there be for us?” 28 Jesus said to them: “Truly I say to you, in the re-creation, when the Son of man sits down on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit everlasting life.

(Hebrews 10:32-34) 32 However, keep remembering the former days in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle along with sufferings. 33 At times you were publicly exposed both to reproaches and to tribulations, and at times you shared with those who were having such an experience. 34 For you expressed sympathy for those in prison and you accepted joyfully the plundering of your belongings, knowing that you yourselves have a better and an enduring possession.

(Romans 8:35-39) 35 Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 Just as it is written: “For your sake we are being put to death all day long; we have been accounted as sheep for slaughtering.” 37 On the contrary, in all these things we are coming off completely victorious through the one who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers 39 nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14) 13 Moreover, brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who are sleeping in death, so that you may not sorrow as the rest do who have no hope. 14 For if we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in death through Jesus.

(John 5:28, 29) Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

(Isaiah 26:19) 19 “Your dead will live. My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully, You residents in the dust! For your dew is as the dew of the morning, And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life.

20 Go, my people, enter your inner rooms,

And shut your doors behind you.

Hide yourself for a brief moment

Until the wrath has passed by.

21 For look! Jehovah is coming from his place

To call the inhabitants of the land to account for their error,

And the land will expose her bloodshed

And will no longer cover over her slain.”

27 In that day Jehovah, with his harsh and great and strong sword,

Will turn his attention to Le·viʹa·than, the gliding serpent,

To Le·viʹa·than, the twisting serpent,

And he will kill the monster that is in the sea.

 2 In that day sing to her:

“A vineyard of foaming wine!

 3 I, Jehovah, am safeguarding her.

Every moment I water her.

I safeguard her night and day,

So that no one may harm her.

(Acts 2:22-28) 22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus the Naz·a·reneʹ was a man publicly shown to you by God through powerful works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, just as you yourselves know. 23 This man, who was handed over by the determined will and foreknowledge of God, you fastened to a stake by the hand of lawless men, and you did away with him. 24 But God resurrected him by releasing him from the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held fast by it. 25 For David says about him: ‘I keep Jehovah constantly in front of me, for he is at my right hand that I may never be shaken. 26 On this account my heart became cheerful and my tongue rejoiced greatly. And I will reside in hope; 27 because you will not leave me in the Grave, nor will you allow your loyal one to see corruption. 28 You have made life’s ways known to me; you will fill me with great joy in your presence.’

Matthew 28:18-20 18 Jesus approached and spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”

(1 Corinthians 15:20-28) 20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death. 21 For since death came through a man, resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each one in his own proper order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who belong to the Christ during his presence. 24 Next, the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has brought to nothing all government and all authority and power. 25 For he must rule as king until God has put all enemies under his feet. 26 And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing. 27 For God “subjected all things under his feet.” But when he says that ‘all things have been subjected,’ it is evident that this does not include the One who subjected all things to him. 28 But when all things will have been subjected to him, then the Son himself will also subject himself to the One who subjected all things to him, that God may be all things to everyone. . .

(Revelation 21:1-4) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

We need to prepare things are rapidly winding down.

We need to prepare mentally and spiritually for the things that are occuring and are about to occur. This system is rapidly winding down and very soon Jesus is going to put and end to all the bad.

Jesus did not answer loaded questions. He would sometimes respond with a question that could not be answered unless they answered truthfully but he would not respond with an answer.

(Luke 20:1-8) 20 On one of the days while he was teaching the people in the temple and declaring the good news, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came 2 and said to him: “Tell us, by what authority do you do these things? Or who gave you this authority?” 3 He replied to them: “I will also ask you a question, and you tell me: 4 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?” 5 Then they drew conclusions among themselves, saying: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘From men,’ the people one and all will stone us, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7 So they replied that they did not know its source. 8 Jesus said to them: “Neither am I telling you by what authority I do these things.”

We will be mocked and made fun of. Jesus gave no answer , the motives of his accusers were clear. When Jesus was before the courts he did not answer some questions because he had already knew what they had decided and that they were only looking for reasons to justify what they were doing. By not answering he gave them nothing they could twist in order to try and smear him.

(Luke 23:8-11) 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he rejoiced greatly. For a considerable time he had been wanting to see Jesus because he had heard much about him, and he was hoping to see some sign performed by him. 9 So he began to question him at length, but he gave him no answer. 10 However, the chief priests and the scribes kept standing up and vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod together with his soldiers treated him with contempt, and he mocked him by clothing him with a splendid garment and then sent him back to Pilate. . .

(Matthew 27:11-14) 11 Jesus now stood before the governor, and the governor put the question to him: “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus replied: “You yourself say it.” 12 But while he was being accused by the chief priests and elders, he made no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him: “Do you not hear how many things they are testifying against you?” 14 But he did not answer him, no, not a word, so that the governor was very surprised.

This is nothing new we know Jesus said the gate is narrow and few would make it. Those who are following the correct path will be hated and ridiculed. This is nothing new, even Israelite who fell away from true worship ridiculed and persecuted those who worshiped in truth.

(Psalm 22:7) All those seeing me mock me; They sneer and shake their heads in derision:

(Matthew 26:67, 68) Then they spat in his face and hit him with their fists. Others slapped him on the face, 68 saying: “Prophesy to us, you Christ. Who struck you?”

(2 Chronicles 36:15, 16) 15 Jehovah the God of their forefathers kept warning them by means of his messengers, warning them again and again, because he felt compassion for his people and for his dwelling place. 16 But they kept ridiculing the messengers of the true God, and they despised his words and mocked his prophets, until the rage of Jehovah came up against his people, until they were beyond healing.

(Matthew 5:11, 12) 11 “Happy are you when people reproach you and persecute you and lyingly say every sort of wicked thing against you for my sake. 12 Rejoice and be overjoyed, since your reward is great in the heavens, for in that way they persecuted the prophets prior to you. . .

(Hebrews 11:36-38) 36 Yes, others received their trial by mockings and scourgings, indeed, more than that, by chains and prisons. 37 They were stoned, they were tried, they were sawn in two, they were slaughtered by the sword, they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, while they were in need, in tribulation, mistreated; 38 and the world was not worthy of them. They wandered about in deserts and mountains and caves and dens of the earth.

Most would not worship in truth so would persecute those who choose to worship in truth. We were not promised it would be easy. Since we are in the last days it will become much more difficult because just as in times past false worship is dominant throughout the earth and those who do not worship in truth have always attacked and persecuted God’s people.

(2 Timothy 3:12, 13) 12 In fact, all those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with Christ Jesus will also be persecuted. 13 But wicked men and impostors will advance from bad to worse, misleading and being misled.

Because we do not choose their ways of worship which God does not accept they will reject us. They did not want to hear the truth but want their ears itched. If we respond to them when they are trying to ask misleading questions or trying to trap us in the words we use we will be helping them. You will recognize those who do not worship in truth by their fruits. These ones will not only get involved in the worldly matters but would also teach other to hate those who worship in truth. The persecution is not always obvious, if it was then things would be much easier. Often times it is very subtle and done silently. The persecution that is blatant and obvious is easy to understand but it is when they are pretending to help you while undermining what you do that is the less obvious and most common form of persecution.

(1 Timothy 4:1-5) 4 However, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, whose conscience is seared as with a branding iron. 3 They forbid marriage and command people to abstain from foods that God created to be partaken of with thanksgiving by those who have faith and accurately know the truth. 4 For every creation of God is fine, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is sanctified through God’s word and prayer over it.

(Mark 7:5-8) 5 So these Pharisees and scribes asked him: “Why do your disciples not observe the tradition of the men of former times, but they eat their meal with defiled hands?” 6 He said to them: “Isaiah aptly prophesied about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far removed from me. 7 It is in vain that they keep worshipping me, for they teach commands of men as doctrines.’ 8 You let go of the commandment of God and cling to the tradition of men. . .

It is God we have to please not men. Anything man does to us God can undo. We have to be on our guard because they will appear to be ministers of righteousness but will not guard true worship and would permit such things as gossip, fighting in wars, and even put their faith in man by getting caught up in human political matters instead of put their faith in the heavenly kingdom. Because we do not do these things they will think badly of us.

(Galatians 1:8-12) 8 However, even if we or an angel out of heaven were to declare to you as good news something beyond the good news we declared to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, I now say again, Whoever is declaring to you as good news something beyond what you accepted, let him be accursed. 10 Is it, in fact, men I am now trying to persuade or God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I would not be Christ’s slave. 11 For I want you to know, brothers, that the good news I declared to you is not of human origin; 12 for neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it was through a revelation by Jesus Christ.

(2 Corinthians 11:13-15) 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps disguising himself as an angel of light. 15 It is therefore nothing extraordinary if his ministers also keep disguising themselves as ministers of righteousness. But their end will be according to their works.

(Matthew 7:21-23) . . .. 22 Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

(Matthew 7:13-17) 13 “Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it; 14 whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it. 15 “Be on the watch for the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s covering, but inside they are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruits you will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? 17 Likewise, every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit. . .

We have to be strong and remain faithful. God will not forget the work we have done. In spite of all the persecution we still manage to thrive and draw others to the truth Jesus and the apostles taught. We should not get deterred if others respond by persecuting us it is the few that we seek as Jesus warned the gate is narrow and few would make it. So if we are being persecuted whether it be more subtly or whether it is obvious we need to keep in mind they have always persecuted those who worshiped in truth. It is better to find favor in God’s and Jesus’s eyes then to find favor in the world . Even if we die we cannot be separated from the love God and Jesus has for us.

(Hebrews 10:32-39) 32 However, keep remembering the former days in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle along with sufferings. 33 At times you were publicly exposed both to reproaches and to tribulations, and at times you shared with those who were having such an experience. 34 For you expressed sympathy for those in prison and you accepted joyfully the plundering of your belongings, knowing that you yourselves have a better and an enduring possession. 35 Therefore, do not throw away your boldness, which will be richly rewarded. 36 For you need endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the fulfillment of the promise. 37 For yet “a very little while,” and “the one who is coming will arrive and will not delay.” 38 “But my righteous one will live by reason of faith,” and “if he shrinks back, I have no pleasure in him.” 39 Now we are not the sort who shrink back to destruction, but the sort who have faith for the preserving of our lives.

(2 Corinthians 12:10) 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in times of need, in persecutions and difficulties, for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am powerful. . .

(Hebrews 6:9-12) . . .. 10 For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones. 11 But we desire each one of you to show the same industriousness so as to have the full assurance of the hope down to the end, 12 so that you may not become sluggish, but be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

(Romans 8:31-39) 31 What, then, are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who will be against us? 32 Since he did not even spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, will he not also, along with him, kindly give us all other things? 33 Who will file accusation against God’s chosen ones? God is the One who declares them righteous. 34 Who will condemn them? Christ Jesus is the one who died, yes, more than that, the one who was raised up, who is at the right hand of God and who also pleads for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 Just as it is written: “For your sake we are being put to death all day long; we have been accounted as sheep for slaughtering.” 37 On the contrary, in all these things we are coming off completely victorious through the one who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers 39 nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. . .

Very soon there will be no more wars, no more illness, no more tears of sadness.

(Revelation 21:1-4) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

(Isaiah 34:17-35:4) 17 He is the One who has cast the lot for them, And his own hand has measured out their assigned place. They will possess it for all time; They will reside in it throughout all generations. 35 The wilderness and the parched land will exult, And the desert plain will be joyful and blossom as the saffron.  2 Without fail it will blossom; It will rejoice and shout for joy. The glory of Lebʹa·non will be given to it, The splendor of Carʹmel and of Sharʹon. They will see the glory of Jehovah, the splendor of our God.  3 Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the knees that are shaking.  4 Say to those who are anxious at heart: “Be strong. Do not be afraid. Look! Your own God will come with vengeance, God will come with retribution. He will come and save you.”

God will deal with the evil doers we need to remain focused on learning and doing his will.

(Isaiah 31:1, 2) 31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for assistance, Who rely on horses, Who trust in war chariots because they are numerous, And in warhorses because they are mighty. But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, And they do not search for Jehovah.  2 But he is also wise and will bring calamity, And he will not take back his words. He will rise up against the house of evildoers And against those who help wrongdoers. . .

The bible draws a contrast between those who worship in truth and those who appear to worship in truth. Haughtiness would be a prevailing quality among those who put their faith in the world while they appear to be worshiping God. This haughtiness results and many of the problems we see now days because they refuse to accept true worship and let it guide in truth. Those who worship in truth will do their best to pursue peace by setting and example so would not fight in wars or put their faith in this political system.

(James 4:1-6) 4 What is the source of the wars and fights among you? Do they not originate from your fleshly desires that carry on a conflict within you? 2 You desire, and yet you do not have. You go on murdering and coveting, and yet you are not able to obtain. You go on fighting and waging war. You do not have because of your not asking. 3 When you do ask, you do not receive because you are asking for a wrong purpose, so that you may spend it on your fleshly desires. 4 Adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world is making himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that for no reason the scripture says: “The spirit that has taken up residence within us keeps enviously longing”? 6 However, the undeserved kindness that He gives is greater. So it says: “God opposes the haughty ones, but he gives undeserved kindness to the humble ones. . .

(2 Corinthians 13:11) Finally, brothers, continue to rejoice, to be readjusted, to be comforted, to think in agreement, to live peaceably; and the God of love and of peace will be with you

We have to realize for many of us even our own families will turn against us. When the time comes we do not have to rehearse what to say or do the holy spirit will guide us. We need to persevere in prayer and do our best to give God glory in all we do. Notice the bible tells us if we remain faithful even to the point of death we will not perish. For many these things have already started to occur. It is time for us to stand up straight and not drop our shoulders from being discouraged or frustrated. It is a sin our redemption is very very near.

(Mark 13:9-13) 9 “As for you, look out for yourselves. People will hand you over to local courts, and you will be beaten in synagogues and be put on the stand before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them. 10 Also, in all the nations, the good news has to be preached first. 11 And when they are taking you to hand you over, do not be anxious beforehand about what to say; but whatever is given you in that hour, say this, for you are not the ones speaking, but the holy spirit is. 12 Furthermore, brother will deliver brother over to death, and a father a child, and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all people on account of my name. But the one who has endured to the end will be saved. . .

(Luke 21:16-19) 16 Moreover, you will be handed over even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all people because of my name. 18 But not even a hair of your heads will perish. 19 By your endurance you will preserve your lives.

(Matthew 10:29-31) 29 Two sparrows sell for a coin of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows. . .

These things occurring are a reminder we need to keep on the watch and draw even closer to God and Jesus. We cannot let anyone whether it is criticism from family, or outright persecution deter us. We are very near being redeemed. Many will be shaken when Jesus is given the command by God to put and end to all the bad on the earth. Those who’s faith is strong and who remain loyal will not tremble in fear and they will remain.

(Matthew 24:44) On this account, you too prove yourselves ready, because the Son of man is coming at an hour that you do not think to be it.

(Matthew 25:13) “Keep on the watch, therefore, because you know neither the day nor the hour.

(Revelation 3:3) Therefore, continue mindful of how you have received and how you heard, and go on keeping it, and repent. Certainly unless you wake up, I will come as a thief, and you will not know at all at what hour I will come upon you

(Hebrews 12:25-27) 25 See that you do not refuse to listen to the one who is speaking. For if those who refused to listen to the one giving divine warning on earth did not escape, how much more will we not escape if we turn away from him who speaks from the heavens! 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised: “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.” 27 Now the expression “yet once more” indicates the removal of the things that are shaken, things that have been made, in order that the things not shaken may remain.

(Luke 21:28) 28 But as these things start to occur, stand up straight and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is getting near.”

When Death will be no more.

pexels-photo-1261909

In order to fully understand death we must understand what it is and what is involved with death and it’s causes. The scriptures in this blog are from the New World Translation. You may ask why I used the image I did. If you read this entire blog it will be clear why I used this image to represent death being done away with. What you will also learn is some have no reason to fear death. 

Most know that the cessation of life is death. From the start we are told we return to the ground from the dust we were made from. Many are taught we go to heaven or hell. The saying we do not die but we become spirit creatures like God. How did that statement get started? In the garden Satan when deceiving Eve stated she would not die, she would be like God. He had to continue this lie in some manor. This contradicts the bible teaching that there would be a resurrection of those in the grave. If they were already in heaven or hell why would we need a resurrection? I will not discuss the hell fire teaching but from this blog post most should be able to conclude that not only was it a misinterpretation but it was also added to the bible and was not originally found in biblical text. Not in the sense of the meaning that it is interpreted as now days.

(Ecclesiastes 3:19, 20) 19 for there is an outcome for humans and an outcome for animals; they all have the same outcome. As the one dies, so the other dies; and they all have but one spirit. So man has no superiority over animals, for everything is futile. 20 All are going to the same place. They all come from the dust, and they all are returning to the dust. . .

(Genesis 3:3-5) 3 But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’” 4 At this the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die. 5 For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad. . .

So man was not originally meant to die but Adam and Eve rebelled against God and decided we did not need him to guide us and instead chose to rely on their own wisdom which is how sin has been brought onto mankind. They were created perfect and given free will. They were not controlled like puppets but did have one rule to demonstrate their faith and trust in God. They left Satan deceive them into believing God was hiding things from them. This sin has been passed on to their children. They were no longer perfect when they chose to rebel so we in turn inherited their imperfections which brought death for man into the world. Now we know that others sins can cause death on another. We have the example of Cain and Abel in the bible so our own sin can bring about our deaths but sins of others can bring death and harm to others.

(Romans 5:12) 12 That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned—. . .

(James 1:13-15) . . .. 14 But each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn sin, when it has been carried out, brings forth death.

Satans deception is what brought sin into the world. He continues to deceive man into rebelling against God and harming ourselves giving him the power over death. We cannot blame all sin on Satan though because we are born sinful but we do have to learn Satan’s mechanisms to help us navigate through the many snares he has placed out there for us. It is also the reason we needed a ransom sacrifice who showed us the way. Jesus Christ our savior remained sinless no matter what Satan and his people threw at him. He died a perfect human which covered our sins and broke up the works of Satan by proving him to be a liar.

(Hebrews 2:14-18) 14 Therefore, since the “young children” are sharers of blood and flesh, he also similarly shared in the same things, so that through his death he might bring to nothing the one having the means to cause death, that is, the Devil, 15 and that he might set free all those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. 16 For it is not really angels he is assisting, but he is assisting Abraham’s offspring. 17 Consequently, he had to become like his “brothers” in all respects, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, in order to offer a propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of the people. 18 Since he himself has suffered when being put to the test, he is able to come to the aid of those who are being put to the test.

So to fully understand what death is we need to fully understand what life is. The bible teaches blood is life. So our blood circulating means there is life.

(Leviticus 17:10-12) 10 “‘If any man of the house of Israel or any foreigner who is residing in your midst eats any sort of blood, I will certainly set my face against the one who is eating the blood, and I will cut him off from among his people. 11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I myself have given it on the altar for you to make atonement for yourselves, because it is the blood that makes atonement by means of the life in it. 12 That is why I have said to the Israelites: “None of you should eat blood, and no foreigner who is residing in your midst should eat blood.”

(Genesis 9:2-4) . . .. 3 Every moving animal that is alive may serve as food for you. Just as I gave you the green vegetation, I give them all to you. 4 Only flesh with its life—its blood—you must not eat.

So we know blood is life giving but something else is required and that is breath. So when breathing stops and blood circulation stops life is no longer present.

(Genesis 7:21, 22) 21 So all living creatures that were moving on the earth perished—the flying creatures, the domestic animals, the wild animals, the swarming creatures, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.

(Genesis 2:7) 7 And Jehovah God went on to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living person.

Many claim you have a spirit that lives on but the bible clearly tells us in the day you die your thoughts parish and your spirit returns to God. So when our spirit goes out our thoughts perish. If we were still alive in one place or another we would still have thoughts.

(Psalm 146:4)  4 His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish. . .

(Ecclesiastes 9:5) 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have any more reward, because all memory of them is forgotten. . .

So it becomes clear that we need blood, breath and life energy from God. So now we can put these scriptures into context in realizing that the soul is the living body that still has life in it.

(Ezekiel 18:4) 4 Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so also the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul who sins is the one who will die.

Many blame death on God but the bible tells us death is an enemy of God’s that will be destroyed. So Satan’s days are numbered.

(1 Corinthians 15:23-26) . . .. 24 Next, the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has brought to nothing all government and all authority and power. 25 For he must rule as king until God has put all enemies under his feet. 26 And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing. . .

Jesus defeated Satan so the destruction of Satan and the demons is inevitable meaning death will be done away with. So we see death is like a sleep like state to God.

(1 Corinthians 15:20-22) 20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death. 21 For since death came through a man, resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.

(John 11:11-14) 11 After he said these things, he added: “Lazʹa·rus our friend has fallen asleep, but I am traveling there to awaken him.” 12 The disciples then said to him: “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will get well.” 13 Jesus, however, had spoken about his death. But they imagined he was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly: “Lazʹa·rus has died. . .

So we know death will be done away with forever. But now we have the issue of the second death. How can someone die twice?

(Isaiah 25:8) 8 He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, For Jehovah himself has spoken it.

(Revelation 20:13-15) . . .. 14 And death and the Grave were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. 15 Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire.

Where do the people who will die a second death come from? The bible teaches us all those in the memorial tombs will be resurrected. Notice there is a book that is being kept and when they are resurrected they will be given a chance to change and how they respond will decide if they are given life or death. The bible has identified the things those experiencing the second death will practice that will bring about their destruction. It will be during the time of judgment that the resurrection of those who will be resurrected on earth. Those who died righteous will be resurrected into a resurrection of life those who did not die righteously will be facing a resurrection of judgment.

(John 5:25-30) 25 “Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who have paid attention will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to do judging, because he is the Son of man. 28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. 30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

(Revelation 20:13-15) . . .. 14 And death and the Grave were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. 15 Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire.

(Revelation 21:8) 8 But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and the sexually immoral and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This means the second death.”

How will we know when Judgment starts? We know that there will be great tribulation but how will many think and how will they react. They will be blinded to what is happening around them and will continue like as if things are going great. To the point they will think there is going to be peace and security.

(1 Thessalonians 5:1-5) 5 Now as for the times and the seasons, brothers, you need nothing to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night. 3 Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape. 4 But you, brothers, you are not in darkness, so that the day should overtake you as it would thieves, 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We belong neither to night nor to darkness. . .

Another sign is the world would collectively turn on true worship and attack it.

(Ezekiel 38:15, 16) 15 And you will certainly come from your place, from the remotest parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great congregation, even a numerous military force. 16 And you will be bound to come up against my people Israel, like clouds to cover the land. In the final part of the days it will occur, and I shall certainly bring you against my land, for the purpose that the nations may know me when I sanctify myself in you before their eyes, O Gog.. . .

What about the first resurrection mentioned in the bible? Who is involved in the first resurrection. Tells us those resurrected first will be rulers with Christ in the heavenly kingdom. The bible was very specific on who they would be and what they would do when ruling with Jesus the heavenly kingdom. We know that Revelation is a book of signs and not all things are literal. So why would we be led to believe the number 144,000 is a literal number.

(Revelation 20:4-6) 4 And I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given authority to judge. Yes, I saw the souls of those executed for the witness they gave about Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had not worshipped the wild beast or its image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand. And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for 1,000 years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and they will rule as kings with him for the 1,000 years.

(Revelation 14:1-5) 14 Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. 2 I heard a sound coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; and the sound that I heard was like singers who accompany themselves by playing on their harps. 3 And they are singing what seems to be a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders, and no one was able to master that song except the 144,000, who have been bought from the earth. 4 These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins. These are the ones who keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, 5 and no deceit was found in their mouths; they are without blemish. . .

(Revelation 7:1-8) 7 After this I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding tight the four winds of the earth, so that no wind could blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the sunrise, having a seal of the living God; and he called with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying: “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads.” 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, 144,000, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel: 5 Out of the tribe of Judah 12,000 sealed; out of the tribe of Reuʹben 12,000; out of the tribe of Gad 12,000; 6 out of the tribe of Ashʹer 12,000; out of the tribe of Naphʹta·li 12,000; out of the tribe of Ma·nasʹseh 12,000; 7 out of the tribe of Simʹe·on 12,000; out of the tribe of Leʹvi 12,000; out of the tribe of Isʹsa·char 12,000; 8 out of the tribe of Zebʹu·lun 12,000; out of the tribe of Joseph 12,000; out of the tribe of Benjamin 12,000 sealed.

Jesus here gives a clue to who the ones who would have a heavenly resurrection would be. They would not be paid shepherds but would follow his example and freely share the knowledge they had received. They would have such a deep love for Jesus sheep that they would be willing to give their lives for them.

(John 10:7-18) 7 So Jesus said again: “Most truly I say to you, I am the door for the sheep. 8 All those who have come in place of me are thieves and plunderers; but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the door; whoever enters through me will be saved, and that one will go in and out and find pasturage. 10 The thief does not come unless it is to steal and slay and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. 11 I am the fine shepherd; the fine shepherd surrenders his life in behalf of the sheep. 12 The hired man, who is not a shepherd and to whom the sheep do not belong, sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and flees—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them— 13 because he is a hired man and does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the fine shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I surrender my life in behalf of the sheep. 16 “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me, because I surrender my life, so that I may receive it again. 18 No man takes it away from me, but I surrender it of my own initiative. I have authority to surrender it, and I have authority to receive it again. This commandment I received from my Father.”

So many will live on earth and will suffer no more.

(Psalm 37:29) 29 The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it. . .

Those who will be resurrected in heaven could not occur until Jesus ransom sacrifice he paved the way for the resurrection. Jesus stated before him no one had ascended to heaven but him. He also makes it clear that those who refuse the truths of the bible and chooses to deliberately disobey them and no let the bible reveal their imperfections so they can learn to correct them will be judged already.

(John 3:13-21) 13 Moreover, no man has ascended into heaven but the one who descended from heaven, the Son of man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone believing in him may have everlasting life. 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him. 18 Whoever exercises faith in him is not to be judged. Whoever does not exercise faith has been judged already, because he has not exercised faith in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. 19 Now this is the basis for judgment: that the light has come into the world, but men have loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were wicked. 20 For whoever practices vile things hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his works may not be reproved. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that his works may be made manifest as having been done in harmony with God.”

So we now know not all will go to heaven and some will not be resurrected. Here is a clue that the number of those resurrected will be a literal number. The other sheep is mentioned and they are referred to as a great crowd. Another things this demonstrates is that some will walk through the great tribulation and not taste death but will make it into the new system. The other flock was referred to as the little flock those who would experience the heavenly resurrection.

(Luke 12:32) 32 “Have no fear, little flock, for your Father has approved of giving you the Kingdom.

(Revelation 7:9-17) 9 After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. 10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11 All the angels were standing around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Let the praise and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” 13 In response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” 14 So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 That is why they are before the throne of God, and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 They will hunger no more nor thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat down on them nor any scorching heat, 17 because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them and will guide them to springs of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes.”

(Revelation 21:1-5) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” . . .

In this new earth there will be no suffering and even before we finish praying God will answer our prayers.

(Isaiah 65:19-25) 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people; No more will there be heard in her the sound of weeping or a cry of distress.” 20 “No more will there be an infant from that place who lives but a few days, Nor an old man who fails to live out his days. For anyone who dies at a hundred will be considered a mere boy, And the sinner will be cursed, even though he is a hundred years of age. 21 They will build houses and live in them, And they will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage. 22 They will not build for someone else to inhabit, Nor will they plant for others to eat. For the days of my people will be like the days of a tree, And the work of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full. 23 They will not toil for nothing, Nor will they bear children for distress, Because they are the offspring made up of those blessed by Jehovah, And their descendants with them. 24 Even before they call out, I will answer; While they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, The lion will eat straw just like the bull, And the serpent’s food will be dust. They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” says Jehovah.

You can learn more about who will be a part of the first resurrection at this link here. I have explained the best I can but those who will be a part of that heavenly kingdom could explain much better. https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/wp20110601/Do-All-Faithful-Christians-Go-to-Heaven/#?insight%5Bsearch_id%5D=c1c595a0-5163-496c-a8cc-b70a5cfa98e3&insight%5Bsearch_result_index%5D=5

Should we be blaming God?

IMG_20140719_205356

Man has been blaming God for many things since the garden of Eden. Adam tried to blame God for him falling short because it was God who had blessed him with a helper. I still hear people do this, when something bad happens they will say it was God’s will. God’s does not desire bad things to happen. 

(Genesis 3:12) 12 And the man went on to say: “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me [fruit] from the tree and so I ate.. . .

I hear people blame the suffering on God and say when someone is in an accident it is God’s will. Just as in the garden they blame God.

Proverbs 19:3) 3 It is the foolishness of an earthling man that distorts his way, and so his heart becomes enraged against Jehovah himself.

(Jeremiah 2:17) 17 Is not this what you proceeded to do to yourself by your leaving Jehovah your God during the time of [his] walking you in the way. . .

Man causes most of the misery because we reject to follow God’s wisdom and guidance. We lack the wisdom and foresight God has but many refuse to except that and follow what they think is right and it results in many bad things happening to ourselves and others.

(James 4:1-3) 4 From what source are there wars and from what source are there fights among YOU? Are they not from this source, namely, from YOUR cravings for sensual pleasure that carry on a conflict in YOUR members? 2 YOU desire, and yet YOU do not have. YOU go on murdering and coveting, and yet YOU are not able to obtain. YOU go on fighting and waging war. YOU do not have because of YOUR not asking. 3 YOU do ask, and yet YOU do not receive, because YOU are asking for a wrong purpose, that YOU may expend [it] upon YOUR cravings for sensual pleasure. . .

Most know the story of Job. Satan tried him. There is a big difference between being tried and tested. For example if I take everything you have to see if you would loose your integrity as Satan did with Job I would be trying you. I would never do such a thing but it happens daily many times.

Now if I entrusted you with something valuable of mine and I have never seen that your integrity has been proven but decided to let you keep watch over my valuables to see, I would be testing you.

(James 1:13) 13 When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone. . .

We were not promised it would be easy, many know the scriptures tell us the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one.

(John 16:32, 33) . . .. 33 I have said these things to YOU that by means of me YOU may have peace. In the world YOU are having tribulation, but take courage! I have conquered the world. . .

(John 15:20) Bear in mind the word I said to YOU, A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute YOU also; if they have observed my word, they will observe YOURS also.

(John 15:19) If YOU were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because YOU are no part of the world, but I have chosen YOU out of the world, on this account the world hates YOU

God tolerates badness being patient waiting and hoping people will change.

(Psalm 50:21) These things you have done, and I kept silent. You imagined that I would positively become like you. I am going to reprove you, and I will set things in order before your eyes

(Psalm 106:43) 43 Many times he would deliver them, But they themselves would behave rebelliously in their disobedient course, And they would be brought low for their error.

(2 Peter 3:9) 9 Jehovah is not slow respecting his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with YOU because he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. . .

I frequently hear people blame death on God. Death is God’s enemy and the bible makes that clear. Man brought death on ourselves with our disobedience. Because we are born imperfect we inherit a sinful nature. It is why God had his word written to guide us and teach us how to overcome it an many other obstacles and to give us hope.

(James 1:14, 15) . . .. 15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn, sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death. . .

(Ezekiel 18:3, 4) . . .. 4 Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so likewise the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul that is sinning—it itself will die. . .

Death is not something God willed on man but man has brought it on ourselves. This is why death will be the final enemy to be destroyed.

(1 Corinthians 15:25, 26) 25 For he must rule as king until [God] has put all enemies under his feet. 26 As the last enemy, death is to be brought to nothing. . .

(Revelation 21:7, 8) . . .. 8 But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and fornicators and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur. This means the second death. . .

(Revelation 20:14) 14 And death and Ha′des were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. . .

(Romans 6:7) 7 For he who has died has been acquitted from [his] sin. . .

We are not to teach others to blame God we are to teach of his mercy, his generosity and his many other qualities that would bring glory to his great name. He will give us strength to do the things he requires of us until this system has ended.

(Acts 20:23, 24) 23 except that from city to city the holy spirit repeatedly bears witness to me as it says that bonds and tribulations are waiting for me. 24 Nevertheless, I do not make my soul of any account as dear to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received of the Lord Jesus, to bear thorough witness to the good news of the undeserved kindness of God. . .

We are to offer words of encouragement. How encouraging would it be if we continue to blame things on a blameless God? If we make God seem selfish, vindictive and vengeful who would want to put faith in him. He is a loving God and has been very patient with man. We have brought misery on ourselves and we cause it.

(Acts 14:22) strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to remain in the faith and [saying]: “We must enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations

(James 1:16, 17) 16 Do not be misled, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect present is from above, for it comes down from the Father of the [celestial] lights, and with him there is not a variation of the turning of the shadow. . .

(Isaiah 25:9) 9 And in that day one will certainly say: “Look! This is our God. We have hoped in him, and he will save us. This is Jehovah. We have hoped in him. Let us be joyful and rejoice in the salvation by him. . .

When something bad happens to someone and they say it was God’s will it makes me think have they decided they are God’s enemy? This is the only time I have seen God bring calamity on someone is if they chose to be his enemy. God always provided a way out for those who chose to patiently wait on and trust him.

(Numbers 20:10, 11) . . .” 11 With that Moses lifted his hand up and struck the crag with his rod twice; and much water began to come out, and the assembly and their beasts of burden began to drink. . .

(Exodus 16:4) 4 Then Jehovah said to Moses: “Here I am raining down bread for YOU from the heavens; and the people must go out and pick up each his amount day for day, in order that I may put them to the test as to whether they will walk in my law or not. . .

We know if we are no part of the world it is not going to treat us well so we will suffer and experience trials but they are not God’s fault.

(James 1:2-4) 2 Consider it all joy, my brothers, when YOU meet with various trials, 3 knowing as YOU do that this tested quality of YOUR faith works out endurance. 4 But let endurance have its work complete, that YOU may be complete and sound in all respects, not lacking in anything.

Just as in Noah’s day God gave Noah the knowledge he needed to survive the great flood that came on the ancient wicked world, he has provided the knowledge we will need to survive the collapse and destruction of this system of things. So we need to appreciate God’s mercy and not blame him but put the blame on Satan and those who do not choose to obey God and even our own inherited imperfections.

(Genesis 7:17) 17 And the deluge went on for forty days upon the earth, and the waters kept increasing and began carrying the ark and it was floating high above the earth. . .

(1 Corinthians 10:9-13) 9 Neither let us put Jehovah to the test, as some of them put [him] to the test, only to perish by the serpents. 10 Neither be murmurers, just as some of them murmured, only to perish by the destroyer. 11 Now these things went on befalling them as examples, and they were written for a warning to us upon whom the ends of the systems of things have arrived. 12 Consequently let him that thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall. 13 No temptation has taken YOU except what is common to men. But God is faithful, and he will not let YOU be tempted beyond what YOU can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out in order for YOU to be able to endure it.

Those who obey God are protected by him. He foils the plans of those who oppose him. So if something bad happens and we blame God. Are we saying that we are God’s enemy? I say this because those are the only ones God brought calamity on. If we are God’s friend then what would the sources of our misfortunes be? It is clear it is Satan and disobedient man.

(Daniel 6:21, 22) . . .. 22 My own God sent his angel and shut the mouth of the lions, and they have not brought me to ruin, forasmuch as before him innocence itself was found in me; and also before you, O king, no hurtful act have I done. . .

(Psalm 34:19) 19 Many are the calamities of the righteous one, But out of them all Jehovah delivers him. . .

God had warned us what the results of rejecting him as our king would be and we are seeing those results and their conclusion. No matter how good the intentions of a ruler is they do not have the power or wisdom that God has.

(Ecclesiastes 8:9) 9 All this I have seen, and there was an applying of my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, [during] the time that man has dominated man to his injury. . .

(1 Samuel 8:5-8) . . .” 6 But the thing was bad in the eyes of Samuel inasmuch as they had said: “Do give us a king to judge us,” and Samuel began to pray to Jehovah. 7 Then Jehovah said to Samuel: “Listen to the voice of the people as respects all that they say to you; for it is not you whom they have rejected, but it is I whom they have rejected from being king over them. 8 In accord with all their doings that they have done from the day of my bringing them up out of Egypt until this day in that they kept leaving me and serving other gods,. . .

(Exodus 14:24, 25) 24 And it came about during the morning watch that Jehovah began to look out upon the camp of the Egyptians from within the pillar of fire and cloud, and he went throwing the camp of the Egyptians into confusion. 25 And he kept taking wheels off their chariots so that they were driving them with difficulty; and the Egyptians began to say: “Let us flee from any contact with Israel, because Jehovah certainly fights for them against the Egyptians.”

(Exodus 9:22-26) 22 Jehovah now said to Moses: “Stretch out your hand toward the heavens, that hail may come on all the land of Egypt, upon man and beast and all vegetation of the field in the land of Egypt.” 23 So Moses stretched out his rod toward the heavens; and Jehovah gave thunders and hail, and fire would run down to the earth, and Jehovah kept making it rain down hail upon the land of Egypt. 24 Thus there came hail, and fire quivering in among the hail. It was very heavy, so that there had not occurred any like it in all the land of Egypt from the time it became a nation. 25 And the hail went striking at all the land of Egypt. The hail struck everything that was in the field, from man to beast, and all sorts of vegetation of the field; and it shattered all sorts of trees of the field. 26 Only in the land of Go′shen, where the sons of Israel were, there occurred no hail. . .

God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The nearest word to what we have now days that could match the meaning is amusement park. So the garden was very pleasant Adam and Eve had no reason to mistrust God. He even gave them the work of making the whole earth like that. Adam and Eve became arrogant and decided they did not need God’s guidance. Jesus himself never chose his own will but he always put his heavenly fathers will first. He knew he needed his fathers guidance and wisdom so never thought he was equal to God. He set a perfect example of how we should be and follow all God instructs us to do.

(Genesis 3:5) 5 For God knows that in the very day of YOUR eating from it YOUR eyes are bound to be opened and YOU are bound to be like God, KNOWING good and bad. . .

(Philippians 2:5, 6) 5 Keep this mental attitude in YOU that was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. . .

(John 14:27, 28) . . .. 28 YOU heard that I said to YOU, I am going away and I am coming [back] to YOU. If YOU loved me, YOU would rejoice that I am going my way to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. . .

When people get hurt it can be from carelessness or even time and unforeseen circumstances. This is why God often times gave laws to Israel demonstrating the importance of taking safety precautions.

(Ecclesiastes 9:11) 11 I returned to see under the sun that the swift do not have the race, nor the mighty ones the battle, nor do the wise also have the food, nor do the understanding ones also have the riches, nor do even those having knowledge have the favor; because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all.

(1 Kings 22:34) 34 And there was a man that bent the bow in his innocence, but he got to strike the king of Israel between the appendages and the coat of mail, so that he said to his charioteer. . .

(Deuteronomy 22:8) 8 “In case you build a new house, you must also make a parapet for your roof, that you may not place bloodguilt upon your house because someone falling might fall from it.

He does not desire any of this calamity. It is the result of the desires of man. The things happening on the earth were not his will but the will of man in opposition to God.

(Jeremiah 29:11) 11 “‘For I myself well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward YOU,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give YOU a future and a hope. . .

(Colossians 1:13, 14) 13 He delivered us from the authority of the darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 by means of whom we have our release by ransom, the forgiveness of our sins. . .

God’s original purpose and his will for the earth will take place Jesus even taught us to pray for it.

(Matthew 6:9, 10) . . .“‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10 Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth. . .

(John 5:27-30) . . .. 28 Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. 30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative; just as I hear, I judge; and the judgment that I render is righteous, because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him that sent me. . .

(Revelation 21:1-4) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. . .

We only have to endure a little while longer and more thing ever we need to learn what the will of God is so we can live according to his will.

(Hebrews 10:35-39) . . .. 36 For YOU have need of endurance, in order that, after YOU have done the will of God, YOU may receive the [fulfillment of the] promise. 37 For yet “a very little while,” and “he who is coming will arrive and will not delay.” 38 “But my righteous one will live by reason of faith,” and, “if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” 39 Now we are not the sort that shrink back to destruction, but the sort that have faith to the preserving alive of the soul. . .

(John 3:16-21) 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent forth his Son into the world, not for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him. 18 He that exercises faith in him is not to be judged. He that does not exercise faith has been judged already, because he has not exercised faith in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. 19 Now this is the basis for judgment, that the light has come into the world but men have loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were wicked. 20 For he that practices vile things hates the light and does not come to the light, in order that his works may not be reproved. 21 But he that does what is true comes to the light, in order that his works may be made manifest as having been worked in harmony with God.”

Clarifying the condition of the dead.

If you don't read it how can you have faith.

Their are a variety of beliefs and teachings on the soul and death. Because of this many are not sure of the condition of dead loved ones. What always made me question this is the bible teaches there will be a resurrection of the righteous and unrighteous. Many are taught that when you die you go to Heaven or Hell. If that is the case then loved ones would not be dead but would be in another place and would not need to be resurrected. When teachings are not based on the bible it makes the bible appear to contradict itself. This is why it is very important to base the teachings on the bible and to look at the whole context of scriptures. It is also important to consider if it is to be taken literal or be taken as symbolism. For example the bible says we are the clay and God is the potter. We know that is not literal but shows how if we are obedient he can shape and mold us for the better.

(Isaiah 64:8) 8 And now, O Jehovah, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are our Potter; and all of us are the work of your hand.

Now to rid ourselves of the confusion we need to break down and understand each aspect and focus on what the bible really teaches. The soul is one of the most misunderstood teaching and most teachings on this do not conform to what the original word used in the Hebrew and Greek text meant. The meaning of the original word used was not soul but meant person or living being as a whole. For example when God created the living creatures they became living souls. When he breathed the breath of life into Adam he became a living soul.

(Genesis 1:20, 21) 20 And God went on to say: “Let the waters swarm forth a swarm of living souls and let flying creatures fly over the earth upon the face of the expanse of the heavens.” 21 And God proceeded to create the great sea monsters and every living soul that moves about, which the waters swarmed forth according to their kinds, and every winged flying creature according to its kind.

So when the breath of life is present the soul exist.

(Genesis 2:7) 7 And Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man came to be a living soul.

The bible says the blood is the soul not some spirit inside of us. So when we lose blood we lose life.

(Genesis 9:4) 4 Only flesh with its soul—its blood—YOU must not eat.

(Genesis 1:30) 30 And to every wild beast of the earth and to every flying creature of the heavens and to everything moving upon the earth in which there is life as a soul I have given all green vegetation for food.” And it came to be so.

So based on what the bible says we can conclude that when the breath and blood are present the soul exist but when there is no breath or blood then you cease to exist.

(Genesis 7:21-23) 21 So all flesh that was moving upon the earth expired, among the flying creatures and among the domestic animals and among the wild beasts and among all the swarms that were swarming upon the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything in which the breath of the force of life was active in its nostrils, namely, all that were on the dry ground, died. 23 Thus he wiped out every existing thing that was on the surface of the ground, from man to beast, to moving animal and to flying creature of the heavens, and they were wiped off the earth; and only Noah and those who were with him in the ark kept on surviving.

In the day a person or animal dies their thoughts perish.

(Ecclesiastes 9:5) 5 For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten.

We need to ask ourselves when Adam and Eve disobeyed God what did he tell them would happen. He told them they would return to the earth, he did not say they would live on somewhere else.

(Genesis 3:18, 19) 19 In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.

Even Jesus did not teach such a thing but talked about destruction of the soul not some eternal suffering when judged. Gehenna was a garbage pit outside of the city. They would throw sulfur into the pit to make it burn hotter so things would burn to ash and there would be nothing left.

(Matthew 10:28) 28 And do not become fearful of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be in fear of him that can destroy both soul and body in Ge·hen′na.

So we learned that the dead are aware of nothing and the soul that sins will die. So death means we no longer exist but return to the earth.

(Ezekiel 18:3, 4) 4Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so likewise the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul that is sinning—it itself will die.

Since all sin and we inherited sin from Adam and Eve we are born imperfect and the end result is death. This is why we needed the ransom sacrifice of Jesus.

(Romans 6:23) 23For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.

So those who accept Jesus and the ransom will have the opportunity to live forever. Those who do not will be destroyed and remain dust. Some will have an opportunity to repent when resurrected and what they do during that time will decide if they live or die.

(Matthew 25:45, 46) 45Then he will answer them with the words, ‘Truly I say to YOU, To the extent that YOU did not do it to one of these least ones, YOU did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones into everlasting life.

(John 5:28, 29) 28 Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

This is why some will experience a second death but others will enjoy eternal life.

(Revelation 21:1-8) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” 6 And he said to me: “They have come to pass! I am the Al′pha and the O·me′ga, the beginning and the end. To anyone thirsting I will give from the fountain of the water of life free. 7 Anyone conquering will inherit these things, and I shall be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and fornicators and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur. This means the second death.

So when did the lie that you do not die but continue to live as a spirit get started. It was one of the original lies Satan told in the Garden of Eden and it has been retold in a variety of ways but is still the same lie that we do not die.

(Genesis 3:4) 4 At this the serpent said to the woman: “YOU positively will not die.

Since many fear death, Satan uses this to his advantage and uses it to deceive many just as he deceived Eve. The fact that the dead are aware of nothing makes the teachings about Hell and Heaven contradict the bible.

(2 Corinthians 11:2-6) . 3But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent seduced Eve by its cunning, YOUR minds might be corrupted away from the sincerity and the chastity that are due the Christ. 4 For, as it is, if someone comes and preaches a Jesus other than the one we preached, or YOU receive a spirit other than what YOU received, or good news other than what YOU accepted, YOU easily put up [with him]. 5 For I consider that I have not in a single thing proved inferior to YOUR superfine apostles. 6 But even if I am unskilled in speech, I certainly am not in knowledge; but in every way we manifested [it] to YOU in all things.

Hell and why it is not what people are taught.

The original Hebrew word for Hell was Sheol which meant grave or pit. The Greek word Hell had the same meaning. So when and how did the meaning of the word change? Many pagan religions teach of an eternal burning and suffering. So over the years some how the meaning of the word Hell has changed from what the original meaning of grave or pit.

(2 Thessalonians 1:6-9) 6 This takes into account that it is righteous on God’s part to repay tribulation to those who make tribulation for YOU, 7 but, to YOU who suffer tribulation, relief along with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels 8 in a flaming fire, as he brings vengeance upon those who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus. 9 These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength.

The false teaching of being tormented for ever most likely came from a misunderstanding of the scripture in Revelations which we must keep in mind much of Revelations is a book of signs so not all of it is to be taken literal. By knowing your bible it will be clear what is literal and what is to be a sign or symbol.

(Revelation 20:9, 10) . . .But fire came down out of heaven and devoured them. 10 And the Devil who was misleading them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulphur, where both the wild beast and the false prophet [already were]; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Here we see a clue in Jude. The punishment of Sod’om and Mo.mor’rah was everlasting. So it was total and they were never restored so their destructions was everlasting. They were reduced to ashes. The fire is going to consume those who do not obey or know God it does not say it will consume everyone.

(Jude 6, 7) 7So too Sod′om and Go·mor′rah and the cities about them, after they in the same manner as the foregoing ones had committed fornication excessively and gone out after flesh for unnatural use, are placed before [us] as a [warning] example by undergoing the judicial punishment of everlasting fire.

(2 Peter 2:4-9) 4 Certainly if God did not hold back from punishing the angels that sinned, but, by throwing them into Tar′ta·rus, delivered them to pits of dense darkness to be reserved for judgment; 5 and he did not hold back from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a deluge upon a world of ungodly people; 6 and by reducing the cities Sod′om and Go·mor′rah to ashes he condemned them, setting a pattern for ungodly persons of things to come; 7 and he delivered righteous Lot, who was greatly distressed by the indulgence of the law-defying people in loose conduct— 8 for that righteous man by what he saw and heard while dwelling among them from day to day was tormenting his righteous soul by reason of their lawless deeds— 9 Jehovah knows how to deliver people of godly devotion out of trial, but to reserve unrighteous people for the day of judgment to be cut off.

When Israel was burning their children in the fire God said such a thing had not come up into his heart. He is a God of love. To cause eternal suffering would not be something a loving God would do.

(Jeremiah 7:30, 31) 31 And they have built the high places of To′pheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hin′nom, in order to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, a thing that I had not commanded and that had not come up into my heart.

So the everlasting torment is an everlasting destruction and the remembrance of that destruction.

What about the parable of Lazarus? Does it teach an eternal suffering in a Hell like place?

We get a clue to this with a statement made by John the baptist. He is speaking of how Jesus and his separating of the wheat and the chaff.

(Matthew 3:7-12) 7 When he caught sight of many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the baptism, he said to them: “YOU offspring of vipers, who has intimated to YOU to flee from the coming wrath? 8 So then produce fruit that befits repentance; 9 and do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘As a father we have Abraham.’ For I say to YOU that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 Already the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree, then, that does not produce fine fruit is to be cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I, for my part, baptize YOU with water because of YOUR repentance; but the one coming after me is stronger than I am, whose sandals I am not fit to take off. That one will baptize YOU people with holy spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing shovel is in his hand, and he will completely clean up his threshing floor, and will gather his wheat into the storehouse, but the chaff he will burn up with fire that cannot be put out.

So it becomes clear how those who put wealth over love for their neighbor will not fair well when God’s great day arrives. The contrast between those who are being resurrected to a resurrection of life and those who will experience a resurrection of judgment is being shown. Since we know those in the grave are aware of nothing at all we know the torment must be speaking of the experiences of the resurrection of the unrighteous. It also speak of the gap there will be between the wealthy who put wealth over the love for their neighbor. So they convince themselves because of their blood line or because they appear not to be sinful they are fine. To leave others go without when you have the means to help is not taken lightly by God and just as the pharisees looked down on the less fortunate many will fall into this trap.

(Luke 16:22-26) .“Also, the rich man died and was buried. 23 And in Ha′des he lifted up his eyes, he existing in torments, and he saw Abraham afar off and Laz′a·rus in the bosom [position] with him. 24 So he called and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Laz′a·rus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this blazing fire.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you received in full your good things in your lifetime, but Laz′a·rus correspondingly the injurious things. Now, however, he is having comfort here but you are in anguish. 26 And besides all these things, a great chasm has been fixed between us and YOU people.

So clearly it is speaking of a time of judgment. Notice in this time of judgment many things will be revealed about this system and it’s works.

(2 Peter 3:10) 10 Yet Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a hissing noise, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be discovered.

When that day comes none of their wealth will be able to save them.

(Isaiah 13:9) “Look! The day of Jehovah itself is coming, cruel both with fury and with burning anger, in order to make the land an object of astonishment, and that it may annihilate [the land’s] sinners out of it.

(Zephaniah 1:18) Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of Jehovah’s fury; but by the fire of his zeal the whole earth will be devoured, because he will make an extermination, indeed a terrible one, of all the inhabitants of the earth

Heaven, and why not all will go to Heaven but have another hope.

Many base their belief that when we die we may go to heaven based on the mention of those who will go to heaven. The key here is they are the first fruits. This indicates there will be others and Jesus himself mentioned the other sheep.

(Revelation 14:1-5) 14 And I saw, and, look! the Lamb standing upon the Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand having his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a sound out of heaven as the sound of many waters and as the sound of loud thunder; and the sound that I heard was as of singers who accompany themselves on the harp playing on their harps. 3 And they are singing as if a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one was able to master that song but the hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been bought from the earth. 4 These are the ones that did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins. These are the ones that keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, 5 and no falsehood was found in their mouths; they are without blemish.

(Romans 8:22-24) . 23 Not only that, but we ourselves also who have the firstfruits, namely, the spirit, yes, we ourselves groan within ourselves, while we are earnestly waiting for adoption as sons, the release from our bodies by ransom. 24 For we were saved in [this] hope; but hope that is seen is not hope, for when a man sees a thing, does he hope for it?

They would be the ones providing true spiritual food and real spiritual healing. They would work very hard to provide for the sheep and not worldly things like fame or fortune. These are ones appointed by God.

(Matthew 24:45-47) 45 “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Happy is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so. 47 Truly I say to YOU, He will appoint him over all his belongings.

They will be resurrected first to rule with Jesus over the earth.

(Revelation 5:8-10) 9 And they sing a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought persons for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.”

(Revelation 20:6) 6 Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years.

What of those who are not a part of the first resurrection?

What about those who are not a part of the first resurrection? We find clues to that from the proceeding scriptures.

(Romans 6:7) 7 For he who has died has been acquitted from [his] sin.

We know there will be a resurrection of righteous and unrighteous. What will be involved with that resurrections. As we read the scriptures we see that the righteous will have a resurrection of life and those who were unrighteous will have a resurrection of judgment. So judgment will be based on their actions when they are resurrected.

(Revelation 20:12) And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. But another scroll was opened; it is the scroll of life. And the dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds

(John 5:27-29) 28 Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

(2 Peter 3:6, 7) 7 But by the same word the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men.

What about the other sheep Jesus mentioned?

(John 10:16) 16 “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those also I must bring, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.

We learned previously that those in the first resurrection would rule with Christ over the earth but who are they going to rule over? We find a clue to this in Revelation. Here we learn there will be a new earth just as there was a new earth after the great flood.

(Revelation 21:1-5) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.

In Psalms we learn who will dwell on the new earth.

(Psalm 37:10, 11) 10 And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. 11 But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

Jesus will crush all governments and the easily corrupt and imperfect humans will not cause all the misery that is being caused now. Man lacks the wisdom and foresight to rule ourselves and even if we have good intentions we just do not have what it takes to make the earth what it was originally intended to be and that is like the Garden of Eden.

(Daniel 2:44) 44 “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite.

It is then the original purpose for the earth will be fulfilled.

(Genesis 1:27, 28) . 28 Further, God blessed them and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving upon the earth.”

(Genesis 2:8) 8 Further, Jehovah God planted a garden in E′den, toward the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed..

The earth will experience a peace that even man could not achieve , even the animals will be at peace with each other.

(Isaiah 11:6-9) 6 And the wolf will actually reside for a while with the male lamb, and with the kid the leopard itself will lie down, and the calf and the maned young lion and the well-fed animal all together; and a mere little boy will be leader over them. 7 And the cow and the bear themselves will feed; together their young ones will lie down. And even the lion will eat straw just like the bull. 8 And the sucking child will certainly play upon the hole of the cobra; and upon the light aperture of a poisonous snake will a weaned child actually put his own hand. 9 They will not do any harm or cause any ruin in all my holy mountain; because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters are covering the very sea.

People will no longer get ill or die.

(Isaiah 35:5-7) 5 At that time the eyes of the blind ones will be opened, and the very ears of the deaf ones will be unstopped. 6 At that time the lame one will climb up just as a stag does, and the tongue of the speechless one will cry out in gladness. For in the wilderness waters will have burst out, and torrents in the desert plain. 7 And the heat-parched ground will have become as a reedy pool, and the thirsty ground as springs of water. In the abiding place of jackals, a resting-place for [them], there will be green grass with reeds and papyrus plants.

Work will make people happy instead of making profit for others. Prayers will be answered before they are fully stated.

(Isaiah 65:17-24) 17 “For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart. 18 But exult, YOU people, and be joyful forever in what I am creating. For here I am creating Jerusalem a cause for joyfulness and her people a cause for exultation. 19 And I will be joyful in Jerusalem and exult in my people; and no more will there be heard in her the sound of weeping or the sound of a plaintive cry.” 20 “No more will there come to be a suckling a few days old from that place, neither an old man that does not fulfill his days; for one will die as a mere boy, although a hundred years of age; and as for the sinner, although a hundred years of age he will have evil called down upon him. 21 And they will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat [their] fruitage. 22 They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. For like the days of a tree will the days of my people be; and the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full. 23 They will not toil for nothing, nor will they bring to birth for disturbance; because they are the offspring made up of the blessed ones of Jehovah, and their descendants with them. 24 And it will actually occur that before they call out I myself shall answer; while they are yet speaking, I myself shall.