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THE BIBLE BELT #5
02 Dec 2010

Welcome back to our continuing study of Revelation 14:6-12. As you may remember from our last study, we talked about the word “EVERLASTING.” There is some confusion today about who is described by this word. People think this word applies to the wicked. They say that the wicked “will burn in everlasting fire.” Is this really what the Bible says?

Remember -- God wishes that no man should perish (2Peter 3:9), and that Jesus is the only one who can give believers EVERLASTING LIFE (John 3:16, Matt.1:21, John 10:10, just to name a few). Those who do not believe in Jesus will suffer the consequences of their sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). This is not only the physical death but also the second death, which is separation from God and not having EVERLASTING LIFE.

Here is a true story to illustrate what I am saying. Several years ago in Utah, a man gunned down two people in cold blood. He was captured, sentenced, and waiting on death row. The phones at the prison were ringing off the hook by callers saying he deserves to die.  Many callers asked to be there to shoot him. Others were saying no, that it would be too cruel of a punishment to have him gassed or electrocuted. However, NO ONE -- BUT NO ONE -- said he should be tortured for the rest of his life.

Now this is mortal, carnal-hearted humanity saying these things. And we accuse the Creator God, the God of LOVE (1John 4:8,16), of being lower than humanity if He would allow sinners to burn alive forever.


Please help us to understand what God is really like. The Bible makes it very clear in regards to the destruction of the wicked and their final demise. It is the punishment of the wicked that lasts forever, not the punishing.  They will ultimately be eradicated from the earth, and the only one who will remember them is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Please let the Bible be true and every man a liar. Here is a great web site to answer your questions concerning this subject: www.helltruth.org

Maranatha,
Pastor James




THE BIBLE BELT 4

(08 July 2010)
It is my hope that you are enjoying these brief messages as I am preparing them.  Please let us know your thoughts.  Our text of study is Revelation 14:6-12.  As we have seen in the past, this is a message of solemn importance.  We continue with the first angel’s message. 

Notice what the Bible says of this angel!  He has or possesses the “EVERLASTING GOSPEL.”  The word ‘everlasting’ comes from the Greek AIONIOS, pronounced ahee-ō'-nee-os, meaning ‘without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be.’  This should sound familiar to us as Christians, since it sounds like the character of God which in actuality it is.  We know from the scriptures that God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end, the all powerful and all knowing.  This angel is heralding God’s character one last time to the world before all @#** breaks loose.  Jesus’ desire for us is that no one should perish (2Pet 2:9), so He sends a last message to all the world of His love for them.  This is the beauty of the GOSPEL.  It truly is GOOD NEWS.  Notice again that it is ‘everlasting.’  This means that the people in the Old Testament were saved by the same means we are in the New Testament dispensation: BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH.

 
People often mistake this word ‘Grace’ for an allowance to sin or oppose what God commands.  This would be ‘disgrace.’  The word Grace first appears in the Old Testament, in Gen.6:8, speaking of Noah.  Ask yourself the question, “What would have happened to Noah and his family if he willingly disobeyed God and did not build the ark?”  This of course is a no-brainer!!  As you read the writings of Paul in the book of Romans, specifically chapters 6 & 7, you will see that Paul had a clear understanding of Grace and was calling the Romans to a better understanding of this precious gift.  If we say we can continue in sin because of Grace, we make void or of no effect the cross of Christ, and Jesus has no power in our lives (Matt 1:21John 1:12Rom 1:16).  God, through the messages of the three angels, is calling all people back to keep all of His commandments, which are a reflection of HIS CHARACTER!! (Rom 7:12)

Again, study for yourself that you may be approved unto God.  Go back and look at God’s commandments (Ex 20:1-17).  Commit them to memory, and it will be a blessing in your life.  We will speak more about this EVERLASTING in our next blog.

MARANATHA,
Pastor James




THE BIBLE BELT 3

This is our third in the series concerning the messages of Revelation 14:6-12. In our last visit we took a brief look at the word FEAR and how this is not the typical fear we think of especially when it comes to the study of God’s word. The next part of our study takes us to the brief statement in the beginning of these verses: “I saw another angel.” Here John is the eyewitness and also validates his call as a prophet as he uses the words “I SAW.”  The book of Amos tells us that God reveals His secrets unto His servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7). There are many prophets in the Bible; one of them is Daniel. As we study these texts, we will be referring often to Daniel's book. Jesus encouraged us to understand prophecy, and He specifically mentions Daniel (Matt 24:15).  

Who or what is this angel that John sees in Revelation 14:6? This word comes from the Greek word ANGELOS, meaning a messenger or one who is sent. Notice that John is not focusing on the angel itself but on what he is saying, or heralding.  This messenger has a vitally important message for our time. You may ask, “How do I know it is for our time?” Simply as you read the messages of the three angels you will notice a few things about it.  One is that the first angel's  message has not gone to all the world, because Jesus has not returned (Rev 14:6,7; Matt.24:14). The second angel’s message concerning the fall of Babylon is beginning, and no one has yet received the “mark of the beast!”

Notice again the meaning of the word ANGELOS -- a messenger or one who is sent. The question I have for you, my friend, is “Are you doing your part as a messenger from God?” If you claim to be a Christian, are you fulfilling the commission, or are you waiting for someone else to do this for you?  No one else can do the work for you.  You can reach people for Jesus that no one else can. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, He gives us a command, as He said in Matt 28:18-20, to 'go and tell them what I have done for you.' Make a choice today -- recommit your life to Jesus, and ask Him to help you be the Angel with a message. Read and study your Bible, take time to pray every day, and the Lord will help you be that Angel (Matt.5:16).

Maranatha,
Pastor James