If God is love, how could he condemn anyone to hell?

If God is love, how could he condemn anyone to hell?

God doesn’t send anyone to hell. People choose to go there when they reject Jesus Christ.

Surprised by that answer? you shouldn’t be. God is both loving and just. He won’t force anyone to love him. In fact, he allows all to to pursue the longings of their lives. People who want nothing to do with God in this life will be granted that desire for eternity. That results in eternal separation from God who is the source of all love, joy and beauty.

But God’s desire is for all of us to enjoy Him. He wants everyone be saved from the torments of an endless pursuit of that which will never truly satisfy–an eternity devoid of love and beauty. One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, reminds us :

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  (2 Peter 3:9)

He has provided a way to much better eternal life, one in which there is no more sadness or disappointment or loneliness or war or pestilence or pain or death. It comes though a personal relationship with His son, Jesus Christ. God is patient and long-suffering, but eventually all must choose.We all will die and meet God the Creator face-to-face; no reincarnation and no second chances. When we do, we may discover that our choices in life lead to an eternity in hell. Choose wisely.

Is Hell a real place?

Is Hell a real place?

The simple answer is yes. The Bible makes more references, over 65, to hell than to heaven. It is described as a place of eternal torment, utter darkness, constant weeping, no water to quench one’s thirst and a place of eternal fire.

There are personal true testimonies of people who had out of body experiences and were headed through a dark tunnel to hell. The pain they reported to have experienced was unbearable. The book, Dante’s Inferno, paints a realistic picture of what hell would be like only it will be much worse and there is no escape. Why is the Bible so graphic about hell? Because God does not want anyone to go there.

God gives all mankind significant warnings about the destiny of those who reject God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. The choice is clear heaven or hell both are real places.

What will Christian Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

What will Christian Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

This is a very familiar question and the same question that the apostle Paul answers in 1 Corinthians 15:35-52. He uses the analogy of the seed and the flower. Our earthly bodies are like the seed. Our heavenly bodies are like the flower. The seed and the flower are very different as our earthly bodies and our heavenly bodies will be. The seed is buried in the earth and a beautiful flower emerges. A beautiful analogy.

Our present bodies are appropriate for this life on planet earth but God is going to give us new glorious spiritual bodies suited for the life to come. We do not know all the details of our resurrection bodies because quite frankly they are beyond our human understanding. As Paul wrote,” Lo, I tell you a mystery… we shall all be changed in the twinkling of an eye.”

That said however, we do know that we will recognize each other in our new glorious bodies. They will be without sin, sickness, sorrow, weakness, and will never die. Our resurrection bodies will be eternal and nothing can ever again separate us from the love of Christ, our Lord. We will be united with those believers and family members we have loved and been apart from for awhile.

This is all we really need to know about what our resurrection heavenly bodies will be like. The rest we can leave to God. Jesus said, “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:3 NLT) Jesus will be coming only for those for whom He is Savior and Lord. Jesus is coming again. (1 Thessalonians 4:16) Are you ready for His return?

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Who are the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11? What is their purpose?

Who are the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11? What is their purpose?

The short answer is the Bible does not tell us who they will be. Therefore only God knows the answer. However, this does not stop many theologians and others including us from speculating.
The one most common suggestion is that they will be Moses and Elijah, since they were present on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus and the three disciples; Peter, James and John. (see, Mark 9:2-4)

The next most common speculation is that it will be Elijah and Enoch, as these are the only two who did not experience physical earthly death. Others say they will be two new unknown individuals specially chosen by God. The honest answer is that we do not know whom but we are certain that they will be real men.

As to their purpose, it is to prophecy. Now to prophecy means two things; to declare the Word of God and/or to declare what is going to occur in the future. Picture two Billy Graham types proclaiming the Gospel.

In addition these two men will have supernatural powers, and their testimony to Israel, Jerusalem, and the world will be true and profound. Anyone that tries to harm them will themselves be reduced to ashes by fire from heaven. (See Revelation chapter 11 for the rest of the story)

This will occur in the Tribulation Period probably during the first 3.5 years or 1260 days. Remember that all who believe in Christ will have been taken out previously. The interesting aspect of this prophecy is that the entire world will be able to witness these two men. 100 years ago it was a mystery and thought impossible but today we have global satellite television. And just remember that the Apostle John was given this vision over 1900 years ago, confirming once again that the Bible is the inspired Word of God since God alone knows the future.

Now how about you? Have you already committed your life to God?

Are we living in the End Times?

Are we living in the End Times?

A frequently asked question, especially by those interested in Scripture prophecy and perhaps troubled by terrorism and chaos in the world today.

Let me first answer directly. His disciples asked this of Jesus and He said that no one, including Himself can know the date or time but God The Father, Matt 24:4+. Some additional passages are in 2 Thessalonians and 2 Peter 3:10 where His coming for us will be “..like a thief in the night..”. We also have in 1 Tim 6:13 “..the appearance of the Lord which God will bring about in His own time..”. Finally, we have Revelation 22: 7,12 & 20 where Jesus says He is coming soon.

But, But, But, and this is very important and significant for us, He did give us in several passages the SIGNS that will preclude His Return and the subsequent events following. Let’s look at two that summarize these very well.

  • 2 Tim 3:2-5 “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.”
  • 2 Tim 4: 3-4 “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths”.

One additional critical sign is the restoration of the Nation of Israel on May 14, 1948. This after 1878 years of dispersion is truly a miracle and a fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel for the end times, a key event that needed to be in place before Jesus returns for believing Christians.

These pretty much say it all. Yes we could be living in the ‘End Times’. SO, what should that mean to you and me? BE READY, place your faith and trust in our Jesus Christ AND BE ALERT and live that new life He has promised for you on this earth and for eternity.

Is Jesus Really Coming Again?

Is Jesus Really Coming Again?

The Bible tells us that Jesus is actually coming again on two occasions.  The reason Jesus is coming again on the first occasion is to ‘take up from the earth’ those who believe in Him, both the living and the dead,  to be with Him forever. 0nly true believers will see Him at this event. This is the Hope of every Christian. The rest of the world will wonder what happened to all these people. Two of the Bible verses that describe this are:
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air……to be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) (Note: Jesus does not set His foot on the earth in this event)

I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” (Luke 17:34-35)

This first event will occur either shortly before the beginning of the Tribulation, or sometime during the Tribulation. The timing is a mystery as only God knows the day and hour for it to happen. The Tribulation is  a future period of seven years of suffering and persecution, especially for the Jews, during which God will pour out His wrath on all the other unbelieving nations of the world. (See Matthew 24 for the signs of the times for the Tribulation to commence.)

The reason Jesus is coming again for the last time, which is called the Second Coming of Christ, is to fulfill His promises, to defeat Satan and his army in the battle of Armageddon, and to rule the earth for one thousand years, called The Millennium.  Here Jesus comes to the earth and stays for a thousand years.   In Acts 1:10-11 the Bible states:

They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.  Men of Galilee, they said, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.’”

This second and final return of Jesus will occur at the end of the Tribulation. Are you reconciled with God through faith in Jesus Christ so you will not be ‘Left Behind’ to experience God’s wrath and condemnation? You must be ready today because Jesus will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. No one knows if they will have tomorrow just like those on the Amtrak train wreck in Tacoma who perished unexpectedly.

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