COPYRIGHT WARNING

There are many people, who over the course of their life, meet an individual who has claimed to be a Christian—who has exhibited behavior that is contrary to their particular belief, and caused other people to discount God altogether.

An enduring fact of life is that one of the leading causes of atheism is Christianity. Not that Jesus is the point of stumbling, but rather those who claim to follow him. Many people attribute the behavior of a person to the character of the God they claim to believe in. Forgetting that the Christian Gospel clearly declares that Jesus came into the world to save “sinners,” not the righteous. It is the very worst of the world that Jesus is most appealing to. The Christian life in following Jesus is frequently imperfect and lacking the basic qualities of love, patience, humility, and forgiveness. Those who are trying to follow Jesus will never be perfect in this life, although they should endeavor, constantly, to be more like Jesus in all their behavior.

It should also be understood that many people who take the name of “Christian,” are frauds. For reasons of personal financial gain or to achieve a position of authority or power, many individuals will label themselves a follower of Christ, without this fact being true.

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COPYRIGHT WARNING

There are certain tests that any ancient literary document must pass, in order to be considered a reliable source and accurate in the events they describe.

1. It must be validated by manuscript evidence.
2. It must come from a reliable source.
3. It must be written close to the time of the events.
4. It must have substantial copies.
5. It must be found in the custody of a relevant source.

In every case, the New Testament meets all of these criteria–above and beyond those of all other literary documents of antiquity.

Can you imagine a person coming into to the world who has the power to heal every sickness and disease of mankind as well as raise a person from the dead, simply by speaking to them or touching the afflicted person? The only human being who has ever possessed these abilities is Jesus of Nazareth, as evidenced by the New Testament. Jesus presence on the earth was an event of unparalleled importance in the history of the world. This is the reason that so many copies of the original record of His life was distributed to cities all over the earth in the first century. It is preposterous to claim that the New Testament we have in our possession today is not reliable because we don’t have the original documents which recorded these events.

Logic dictates that if there are over 24,000 copies of the original documents for any event, this event must have been of enormous importance to those who meticulously copied and redistributed these letters all over the world. The fact that all of these records of Jesus life have been used by the Christian church for 2,000 years, and were found in the custody of the church, add tremendously to their authenticity. There are no other documents of antiquity which can match the substantial record of the New Testament.

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COPYRIGHT WARNING

There are many who will decide to wait to receive Jesus as their Savior–until after the seven year Tribulation begins.

This will prove to be a horrific decision. Everyone who receives Jesus as their Savior during the seven year Tribulation period–will be beheaded by the antichrist.

Revelation 20:4 … Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands…

There is a second indication that for many who have rejected Jesus during this current time–before the Rapture takes place and the seven year Tribulation begins, it will be impossible for them to believe in Jesus and be saved, once the antichrist makes his appearance on earth.

2 Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

Today, approximately 1 Billion people eagerly await the second arrival of Jesus Christ, in fulfillment of His promise to return to earth. Unknown to many people is the fact that the Bible reveals the precise day when Jesus would come to Jerusalem as the Messiah, the first time. The Book of Daniel, chapter 9, contains the most amazing and important prophecy of the entire Bible. In this single chapter, God reveals to us His entire prophetic plan for the last days of earth. He tells us the specific day when Jesus would come, and the precise details of His death for our sins.

When Jesus arrived and announced for the first time in His ministry that “His time had come,” there were very few who were lining the street leading into the city of Jerusalem. About 700 years before Jesus came to the city, Isaiah the prophet had predicted that when Messiah did arrive, there would be very few who would be waiting for Him. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

How do we know that the Bible is the word of God and not simply the words of men?

The Bible is unique amongst all other ancient documents in that it contains a perfect record of predictive and fulfilled prophecies. These descriptions are of such detailed specificity that their fulfillment would appear to be impossible. Yet this is precisely what we find when we examine the facts of history–in comparison with the narrative of these many prophecies of the Messiah. Every word spoken by the Hebrew prophets, has come to pass–exactly as they described. Over 400 Prophecies of the Hebrew Messiah have already been fulfilled by Jesus Christ.

In a single verse of scripture, the prophet Isaiah demonstrates the power of facts to convince the reader in the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy. This one verse of scripture contains ten predictions of the coming Messiah which fully validate Jesus of Nazareth as the only possible candidate for Isaiah’s words. Isaiah wrote these verses, nearly 700 years before Jesus came into the world. We know from the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, that nearly 300 years before Jesus was born, the Hebrew scriptures had already been translated into the Greek language. This Septuagint version remains until today, unchanged. In this long standing and highly regarded text of the Old Testament scriptures, the entire text of Isaiah is included. By this record of history, we are certain that the prophecies of Isaiah were written nearly seven centuries before Jesus fulfilled them. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

Isaiah the prophet wrote:

Isaiah 29:14 “ For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

Paul echoed this truth, some 700 years later:

1 Corinthians 1:18-19 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

In this world, there are many people who have spent countless years building their academic resume into a plethora of achievements. The higher the degree, the greater the belief that religion and spiritual matters are but myth and mysticism. As knowledge increases, so does pride. As men and women gain secular notoriety, so also does their cynicism and skepticism towards the Bible, Christianity, and the concept that all men are in great need of redemption.

The Bible describes the wisdom of this world as foolishness. The more people learn of the world’s wisdom, the farther they gravitate away from the awareness that God exists, and the closer they move towards secular humanism as an established bias for all their theories and premises. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

The world is quickly moving towards the period of History for which the Book of Revelation, Daniel, and the prophecies of Jesus in Matthew 24, were written about. The world as we know it will suddenly and violently be changed–in an instant.  Isaiah the Hebrew prophet, wrote more than 2,700 years ago, that when these events begin, an event of profound magnitude will signal the beginning of the end. Isaiah used the figurative language of a woman who is in labor to signal the birth pains of earth as she is about to bring forth the final judgments of God.

Isaiah 26:17-20 As a woman with child Is in pain and cries out in her pangs, When she draws near the time of her delivery, So have we been in Your sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain; We have, as it were, brought forth wind; We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, Nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen. Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, And the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.

The dead shall live and arise, others will be hidden in a secret chamber by God–until the time of His indignation and wrath have been completed. The language of Isaiah is clear: these are the events of the Rapture and the seven year Tribulation period in which two-thirds of the people of earth will perish by 21 judgements of God.

Jesus used the same figurative language of Isaiah in John chapter 16, to inform us of the timing for Isaiah’s prophecy. At the end of the present age, when God has determined to bring His judgement, the time immediately preceding this judgment will signal its commencement by “birth pangs.” Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4, described this beginning of judgment–by the Lord’s removal of His church from the earth, in the event commonly referred to as: The Rapture.

John 16:19-21 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Both Isaiah 26:17-20 and John 16:10-21 speak of a woman who is in labor, in context with the return of the Lord during the last days. As a woman nears the hour of her child’s birth, her contractions grow closer and closer together. Suddenly, the baby is born and a new life has come into the world. In the last days, the labor and distress of the world will grow steadily more severe like the birth pains of a woman ready to give birth until suddenly, Jesus will remove His church from the earth, as described in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

In some regards, the death of Jesus upon the cross, is a mystery. 

Conservatively, Jesus died for more than 100 Trillion sins*

If Jesus died for our sins, what happened to those sins during His crucifixion, where did they go? Since Jesus took our sins, do they still exist, were they simply covered, or was there more at work in this process than many people understand?

Jesus knew ahead of time all things that were going to transpire regarding His death and resurrection. He had determined every event before He created the first man on the earth. The plan of salvation for all people was not an afterthought for God. It was the first thing that He considered when He determined to create us.

From eternity, God had already known everything that would happen and every act that He was going to accomplish. This is what makes the Lord—God: the fact that He knows everything, and there is nothing that He must learn.

Acts 15:18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works.

The preeminent purpose of all Bible Prophecy is to demonstrate in the realm of linear time, that God has already seen all the events that will take place. When He speaks, He does so as if all the events He describes had already taken place. In eternity, nothing is future; everything has already happened. When God speaks of future events, they are only future to those who live on the earth. No event is outside of the knowledge of God, and He is not predicting the future. He is simply describing what has already taken place. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

Matthew 9:13 But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice (Hosea 6:6). For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

On every occasion when a person came to Jesus with a great need, He always showed them mercy. We see this vividly illustrated with the woman caught in the act of adultery, in John 8:3-11. Though the law clearly called for her and the man to be stoned to death, Jesus drove away all her accusers and showed great mercy to her.[1]

When the two blind men, in Matthew 9:27-30, asked Jesus for mercy, He touched their eyes and restored their sight.

Jesus constantly reminded the Scribes and the Pharisees that the heart of God’s law was mercy. Even when His own disciples broke the law of the Sabbath and harvested grain as they walked through a wheat field, Jesus did not condemn them, since their need for mercy was greater than the law.

Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice

Jesus never lowered the requirements of the Law of God, He showed us what its true purpose was. All of God’s law was designed to benefit man and be a blessing, not to prevent us from obtaining the necessities of our life. If you have a need, you can be confident that Jesus is able to meet that requirement. If you have sinned and feel that you cannot possibly be forgiven, Jesus will forgive you. The forgiveness that He offers is not a temporary relief from guilt but a total cleaning of the conscience and absolute peace for the soul. Read the rest of this entry »