What happens at the moment of our death? It is interesting that Jesus spoke more about Hell than He did about Heaven. Jesus has been to the place of the eternal dead–and returned to tell us of its horrors. The purpose of His death and resurrection was to ensure that no human being would ever see Hell–but have everlasting life in Heaven. Jesus describes Hell as a place of “torment,” with a fire that is “never quenched,” and a place where the “worm does not die.” Jesus told us that Hell is a real place of eternal existence in never-ending sorrow and regret. No human being will go to Hell by the will of God. He has done everything that He could do to prevent this–even giving up His Only Son to die for us, so that Heaven is already ours–if we will simply choose Jesus as our Savior. (more…)
Archive for June, 2014
Tags: Errors of the Sanhedrin, How Jesus was condemned, Maimonides, Mendelsohn, Talmud, Unjust trials of Jesus, Why Jesus remained silent
According to the laws of Israel, many of which became the very fabric of American and International law, Jesus indictment, trials, and conviction–were unjust. In any other court of law in a civilized nation, no system of government would have allowed the gross misuse of power that the Sanhedrin instituted against Jesus. How is it that Israel could make such a great blunder? The answer is really very simple: This injustice was predicted by the Hebrew prophets, nearly 700 years before these events took place.[1a]
Jesus is taken across the Praetorium of the Fortress Antonia to Pontius Pilate. The Jews made accusations against Jesus, that on the surface appeared to be very serious.
There were four major charges against Jesus; all of which were false.
- Jesus perverted the nation of Israel.
- He opposed paying taxes to Caesar.
- Jesus claimed to be a king, which was “sedition.” Known as rebellion against Roman authority, this was the most serious crime against Roman law.
- Jesus said that He would “destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days.”
As a result of these false charges, Jesus is forced to endure six different trials. (more…)
Tags: Almah, Born of a virgin, Isaiah 7:14, Old Testament Sacrifices, The Lamb of God, The plan of salvation, Why there is only one way to Heaven
There are many misconceptions about Heaven. One of the greatest errors, is regarding the requirements for admission. Many rumors and myths have existed over the centuries, which have no factual basis. The greatest of these: people who lead lives that are mostly good, will be granted access to heaven. In truth, even the good on earth, are never good enough for heaven. What God requires and how He accomplished salvation for every person–is an important and worthy subject for further inquiry.
The Bible is unique amongst all documents of history in that it accurately portrays the true condition of the human heart. We are all aware of our own failures and inadequacies. Even those who call themselves “Christians,” are painfully aware that their new faith in Christ–does not preclude them from continuing moments of failure.
The method by which all human beings are made ready for heaven, is by the stunning process of judgement. Our sins merit a penalty. Instead of God punishing sinners, He has chosen to punish His Son–who offered Himself as our substitute at the place of judgement. From God’s vantage point, all those who come to Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, receive that forgiveness–and are made ready for admission into heaven.
“…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them-… –2 Corinthians 5:19
How do we know that Jesus is the only way? (more…)
Tags: Jesus is Yahweh, Kyrios, Lord, Yahweh
The prophecy of Psalm 23 describes the LORD (all caps) as “my shepherd.” The term “LORD” in Hebrew is Yahweh. Jesus is called both “Lord” and “Shepherd” in the New Testament–therefore, it is clear that the object of this first verse from the twenty-third Psalm is the Messiah, Jesus.
Psalms 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
In the Old Testament, the term LORD in Hebrew is Yahweh.
In the New Testament, the word Lord in Greek is Kyrios.
Kyrios is often used as a polite way to address a person, such as when we address a man today as “sir.” It can also mean “master,” as in one who rules over a servant or slave. The Greek translation of the Old Testament called the Septuagint was widely used during the time that Jesus was here on the earth. The Greek word Kyrios in the Septuagint was translated from the Hebrew word, Yahweh or Jehovah–the Old Testament name for God. Whenever Jesus is addressed as “Lord” in the New Testament, the intent is to identify Him as Yahweh. (more…)
Tags: Death of the infants in Bethlehem, satan's opposition to man's salvation
In order to properly understand the plan and purpose of God in our salvation, we must remember the source of all hatred towards His Messiah. Throughout the Old Testament satan has sought to destroy or corrupt the line of descendants—from where the Messiah would come.
From the first prophecy of the Messiah in the Bible, Genesis 3:15, God predicted this hatred and the certain future of the devil as he will be crushed underfoot by the sacrifice of the Messiah.
Genesis 3:15 And I will cause hostility between you (satan) and the Descendant of woman (Messiah), and between your descendants and her descendant. He (Messiah) will strike your head (fatally), and you will strike his heel (crucifixion). (more…)
Tags: Jesus the Servant, The Humility of Jesus, The trials of Job
In order for salvation to be possible for all human beings, the infinite counsel of God conceived a plan of redemption before the universe was created. God, who knows all things, was aware of all the events which would transpire on the earth. He knew before the moment of creation that should He create man in His image and woman in the likeness of man, they would use their power of choice with catastrophic consequences.
The inevitable outcome of creating man with the ability to determine his own destiny was that he would use this great power incorrectly. Man is made like his Creator with the capacity of creation, order, design, beauty and self-determination. The negative results of an incorrect choice by Adam has caused all those who came after him to inherit his moral defect, which the Bible defines as “sin.”
Sin is defined as missing the mark of perfection. There is no human being who would deny that we are all imperfect. We must realize that in the beginning—when God fashioned the first man, he was perfect in every way.
Imagine a world where every person is continually seeking the welfare of other people. Love is not a slogan; it is a way of life. People really love each other and they demonstrate their sincere love consistently by right behavior towards each other. No one hurts or takes advantage of any other person. The pursuit of life is not centered on the accumulation of money or possessions. Everyone lives for relationships: first, with God; second, with all other human beings. This was the glorious ideal that God determined for all of us when He fashioned Adam as the first man upon the earth.
Tags: Empirical Evidence For God, God has revealed Himself by His Son, The literary evidence for the Bible, The reliability of the Bible
If God exists, would there not be some evidence of His being? This is a very important and relevant question that must be asked of those who claim to know God. Very often, this question is phrased in the form of ridicule–claiming that no such evidence exists for God, anywhere.
The question must also be asked: “What kind of evidence are you expecting.”
It is the posit of myself and many others, that God has shown us great evidence for His existence. In fact, the evidence is so close to us–we often do not see it. Take for example, the universe itself. Many people are in awe over the immense size and complexity of the universe. They observe the laws of physics which govern the universe. They see the force of gravity and how it orders planets in concentric orbits around their respective stars. They find that the universe had a stunning and stellar beginning. During the initial micro-seconds of the initial expansion of the universe–unseen and unknown forces engineered the expansion of gases in such a way that stars could form much later. These stars by their second generation–could produce planets, finally supporting advanced life forms.
Then they tell us that this all just happened by accident. (more…)
Tags: Bob Seidensticker, Is Micah 5:2 Messianic?, Messianic Psalm 22, Missinterpretation of Scripture, Patheos.com
It is important to acknowledge that a majority of Atheists, Agnostics, and skeptics of the Bible, are not qualified to make definitive conclusions, regarding the prophecies of the Old Testament. When this occurs, it is almost always an embarrassment to themselves, as well as their readers.
According to Atheist Bob Seidensticker of Patheos.com, he is a greater historical and literary scholar than experts who have examined the prophecies of the Messiah: (more…)
Tags: Jesus was naked before the world, One Way to Heaven, What Jesus suffered, Why Jesus suffered
Today, many people know who Jesus is. Some have gone further and know Him by experience. They have called upon Him for the forgiveness of their sins and look to Him as the Lord of their life. Few there are–who are not ashamed to speak of Jesus in public settings and declare their love for Him, in all places and at all times.
We read in the 22nd Psalm that Jesus was not ashamed to hang naked before the world and declare His love for us. Before the day of His crucifixion, Jesus said that He would “confess before His Father–all those who confess Him before men.”
Matthew 10:32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.
Jesus also said: “But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” –Matthew 10:33 (more…)
Tags: Christian Interpolation of Psalm 22:16, Claims of incorrectly translated texts, Psalm 22:16, They pierced my hands and my feet
Today, there is a large movement by those who deny the existence of God, the Bible as an inerrant book of prophecy, and Jesus as a valid person of history. One of the tactics that is commonly used, is the isolation of certain verses of scripture–with an assertion that these particular sections of the Bible have been incorrectly translated from the original languages. The purpose of these attacks are to create doubts in the minds of those who read the Bible, in their search for whether Jesus is really a valid person of history and the only Savior of the world. (more…)