A Forerunner

Before the arrival of the Messiah, an advance man will come to announce that the time of God promise is about to be fulfilled. Beginning with the first prophecy of the Bible; Genesis 3:15, God said that He would send a Savior into the world to make eternal life possible for anyone who would believe.

The fact that the arrival of John the Baptist was predicted by the Prophet Isaiah, seven hundred years before he was born, is an important corroboration for the integrity of the New Testament record of Jesus. Many people do not realize that the Old Testament anticipated the arrival of Jesus by the earlier arrival of John the Baptist. The presence of John the Baptist on the earth, six months before Jesus arrives, predicted by multiple prophecies, is sufficient to validate the ministry of Jesus as the Messiah.

Isaiah predicted that before the Messiah arrives, the Lord will send a “Forerunner” to prepare the way.

Isaiah 40:3-4 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth…”

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 1:19-23 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the LORD,” ’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

Matthew 11:7-14 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.”

When John the Baptist is questioned by the Jewish leadership—whether he is Elijah, he tells them he is not. Instead, John designates himself as the one whom Isaiah described as: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Make straight the way of the LORD…’

Isaiah does not say that Elijah will be the voice crying in the wilderness; this prediction comes from Malachi.

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

When Jesus chronicles the ministry of John the Baptist, He reveals that John is the last Old Testament prophet and he is “Elijah who is to come.”

Matthew 11:14 And if you are willing to receive it, John is Elijah who is to come.

Isaiah’s prophecy describes a Forerunner who will come ahead of the Messiah to prepare the way. The term “Forerunner” is an archaic term in which the true meaning has been lost in today’s vernacular. For most people, a Forerunner is a particular variety of S.U.V. made by Toyota. A modern term for Elijah is “Harbinger.”

One hundred years ago, a forerunner was generally understood as someone who would prepare the way for the main event. John’s ministry was to bring the hearts of the people into a place of repentance from their old life of sin and make their minds receptive to the message Jesus would bring: A plan centered on the sacrifice that He would make for all people and the redemption that is available to anyone who desires eternal life. All that God requires for salvation is sincere repentance and a willingness to turn from an old lifestyle of sin, to a new life centered on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

When Jesus returns physically to earth, He will arrive at the end of the seven-year Tribulation period—as described by the Book of Revelation. At the midpoint of these seven years, God will send his two witnesses to the nation of Israel. They will recount every Old Testament prophecy of the Messiah and how Jesus fulfilled each one. It is interesting that most of these Old Testament prophecies, which the two witnesses will describe, will come from the list found in this book. The identity of these two witnesses, although heavily debated; are likely Moses and Elijah. Moses representing the Law and Elijah representing the Prophets.

Jesus said that every requirement of God originates from the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said to him, “You shall love the lord your god with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

It was the common practice of great kings in this area of the world to send an entourage before their arrival. The job of the advance team was to shout out loudly, an announcement that the king was coming. I find it interesting that Jesus chose John the Baptist—the final Old Testament prophet, who is observed—shouting from the Jordan river, a message of repentance.

John had no social status. He wore the clothes of the destitute and lived in an area of the Jordan river that was some distance from the city of Jerusalem. In order for the people to hear the announcement of God’s coming Messiah, a person would need to exert great effort in order to come out and hear John’s message.

What was true then, is still true today: All those who will know God and understand His message of salvation—must come to Him and make an effort to find Him. Salvation is not for the casual hearer; it is for the diligent and the sincere seeker. Most of the world today is so busy with their own life that they will miss the eternal life which Jesus has made available to them. At the arrival of many in eternity, those who have lived their lives only for themselves will realize that they have wasted their life on empty and meaningless things.

Matthew 16:26 What good is it if a person should gain everything in the world, but in the end, lose their own soul. What is a person willing to give up for their soul? (RCR)

Acts 17:26-27 And God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us…

The fact that Isaiah predicted a voice in the desert announcing the coming of the Messiah; should have given many who were present, great cause to consider John’s the Baptist’s call for repentance. The testimony of both the Apostles—John and Matthew, describes very few in the leadership of Israel who did take notice of Jesus’ arrival. When these men made inquiry of John the Baptist as to his identity, did not see him as the

Those who had sent their questions to John—inquiring who he might be, were apparently not moved to conviction that the Messiah had arrived, or was about to arrive. We do not read that many in the leadership of Israel were ready to receive Jesus as the Messiah when He arrived in Jerusalem. Not many seriously considered the enormous evidence of Jesus—in His fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah.

Though God informed Israel long in advance of Jesus arrival—what they should look for in the coming of their Savior, the scribes and Pharisees were more concerned about their careers than the were whether God was revealing the Messiah.

Ashamed to follow Jesus

Sadly today, there are many people who care more about their relationship with family and friends—than their relationship with God. There are a multitude of people who fear their employers more than they fear the Lord.

As Jesus hung on the cross, most of those who had been following Him and had made confessions of faith in Him, stood at a distance. They were afraid to be identified with Jesus, fearing that they might also suffer the same consequences that He was suffering.

How many times do we stand at a distance and watch Jesus without allowing ourselves to be identified with Him and the sacrifice that He made for our sins? When we fail to acknowledge Jesus before those we meet, we are also denying Him. When we act in a manner that is improper for a person who claims to be a follower of Jesus, we are denying Him His rightful place in our life.

Jesus instructed us to be watching and ready for His return at any moment. He said that He would come again on a day that most people would not expect Him. Jesus said that all those who eagerly watch and wait for His return—will be ready when He comes for His church at the Rapture.

If we truly believe that Jesus could come for us at any moment, it will drastically affect the way in which we live. Our language will be cleaner, the things we say and do will be pure, the love and forgiveness we show other people will be real, alive, and fervent.

Isaiah wrote this prophecy to warn every generation that the Messiah was about to make His entrance into the world. Today, these prophecies can be read and studied by any person on the planet. I have the unique privilege of living on the earth during a time when I can upload this book to an online book publisher when it is finished, from anywhere an internet connection is available. In just a short time, it will be published and available for download anyplace in the world where a computer or eBook reader is located. The question is: will many care to read it? I have discovered that very few give much thought in their daily lives to the coming of the Lord. Books which herald the return of Jesus are largely ignored. The words of those who write to reveal Jesus and His plan of salvation to the world are not ever on a bestseller list. On the day that the Rapture takes place—this will all change. After Jesus returns for His church, books which detail and describe the coming of the Messiah will be downloaded and read by millions of people. It is to these dear souls that this book is primarily written.

The Lord is coming soon and the time of our departure is at hand. Whatever it is that people will be doing after Jesus arrives and they are caught unaware—they should be doing those things right now.

As Isaiah predicted the coming of a harbinger who would prepare the hearts of people for the coming of the Messiah the first time, we have been given a similar task in these last days before Jesus returns. Let us speak of Jesus, and tell those that we meet that they can experience the forgiveness of their sins and find true and lasting peace if they will only call upon the name of Jesus and be saved.

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The second prophecy that announces the arrival of a messenger—just prior to the revealing of the Messiah, is from Malachi.

Malachi 3:1a “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the LORD of hosts.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 11:10 For this is he of whom it is written: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’

Jesus said that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of Malachi 3:1.

Matthew 11:14 And if you are willing to receive it, he (John) is Elijah who is to come.

John’s purpose was to prepare Israel for the coming of the Messiah. If Israel had received Jesus as the fulfillment of all the Old Testament scriptures—when He rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, April 6, 32 A.D., Jesus would have immediately began the Kingdom of God on earth that God had promised. The fact that the leaders of Israel and the people of Jerusalem did not recognize Jesus as the Messiah, prevented the fulfillment of this kingdom at that time.

For this reason, John the Baptist could not fulfill the prophecies of Elijah to bring the Messiah’s kingdom to earth. The rejection of Jesus caused a delay in the establishment of a righteous kingdom promised to David, by more than 2,000 years.

If Jesus had been received by Israel as the Messiah upon the preaching of John the Baptist, our world today would be a much different place. God, knowing that Jesus would not be received, set into motion a wonderful plan of salvation for the whole world—by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Had Jesus been received at that time, several puzzling questions would have to be answered. What would have happen to the world if Jesus had not been rejected by Israel and He had not gone to the cross to be crucified for our sins, rising from the dead three days later? If the Messiah had set up the kingdom of God on earth immediately and there had been no sacrifice for our sins, how would the whole world be redeemed?

We can only speculate, because we don’t really know.

My theory is that Jesus would have established a similar scenario that is described in the book of Revelation. Those who survive the seven year Tribulation as mortals and are yet to be redeemed, will enter the kingdom age of the Messiah that will begin at that time and have the opportunity for redemption. Revelation chapter 20 describes those who come out of the seven year Tribulation and are permitted to enter Jesus kingdom on earth, for one thousand years—based on their obedience to His authority. These individuals will enjoy a perfect life free of sickness, disease, and death.[1]

At the conclusion of the one thousand year reign of Jesus, every person who continues in obedience to Jesus as their King, will enter into eternal life, while those who have given their allegiance to satan will be assigned to the Lake of fire, forever.

If Jesus had immediately established His kingdom at the preaching of John the Baptist, then John would have fulfilled his role as Elijah. In the event that Israel had received Jesus as their Messiah, all those on the earth at that time would have the opportunity to go into the kingdom age based on their obedience to Jesus.[2]

Of course, the paradox of this entire theory is, what would have happened to all those who were born—from the time of Jesus in the New Testament—to the present day? It appears that the coming of the kingdom at that time, may have either prevented or eliminated everyone born on the earth after those days. It is also possible, that all of the same people would be born, but under drastically different circumstances—into a wonderful and perfect kingdom of God, with Jesus as the ruler of the world. The possibilities that would exist if Jesus had established His kingdom at the time John of the Baptist’s preaching, are staggering.

A further problem is how the sins of all those who came before Jesus arrival, would have been atoned for. Since those who came before Jesus, were held in “Abraham’s Bosom” (Luke 16:22), waiting for the arrival of the Messiah, had the kingdom been established at that time, all those who died before, trusting in the promise of God’s redemption in a Savior, may have been resurrected at that time, and allowed to enter the kingdom.

The fact is—all of these conclusions are based on speculation. Although interesting to consider, they were not necessary. Israel did not receive Jesus as the Messiah (as predicted), therefore John the Baptist could not fulfill his role as Elijah. The Lord knew before John the Baptist arrived, that he would not be received, as Jesus was not received. It was because of God’s advanced knowledge of all these events, that every prophecy of the Old Testament was written in anticipation of the Messiah’s rejection.

When Jesus returns to earth the second time, Elijah will arrive before Him, during the seven year Tribulation as one of the two witnesses, and prepare the Jews for their Messiah. This appearance of Elijah during the seven year Tribulation will be successful, as all Israel will receive Jesus as the Messiah and enter into the kingdom promised to David, for one thousand years.

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Romans 11:25-26 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob…

This author believes that the identity of the two witnesses are Moses and Elijah. One of the reasons for this conviction, is that Elijah must return to complete the prophecy of Malachi 3:1. Second, Moses represents the Law, and Elijah, the Prophets. Third, by the powers that these two witnesses exhibit when they are in Jerusalem, making their witness to the Jews—declaring that Jesus is their Messiah. Moses has power to turn the water to blood, and Elijah possesses the power to stop the rain from falling.

Elijah

Revelation 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”

Moses

Exodus 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, just as the LORD commanded. So he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants. And all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.

There is a great debate as to who was the greatest prophet in the Old Testament. Jesus settles this argument once and for all. He states that John the Baptist is the greatest prophet, and that John is actually the last of the Old Testament prophets.

Matthew 11:11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Matthew 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

The Old Testament ended with John’s arrival as Elijah—preparing the way for Jesus, the Messiah, who is the fulfillment of all the Hebrew prophecies.

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The third part of Isaiah and Malachi’s prophecies, describe a “messenger,” who will be “Elijah the prophet.”

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 3:1-3 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’ ”

Matthew 11:7-14 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.”

Jesus said that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of Malachi 3:1.

Malachi 3:1 “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me.”

John the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament prophets. Jesus said, “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” The Old Testament ended with the arrival of John the Baptist who was to fulfill the role of Elijah the prophet, foretold in the Book of Malachi—to prepare the hearts of the people for the arrival of the Messiah. Jesus said that “if you are willing to receive it, he (John) is Elijah who is to come.”

John mission was to fulfill the role of Elijah by boldly declaring that God was keeping His word in Jesus Christ. By these 365 prophecies declared throughout the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament, the word of God is proven true, reliable, and trustworthy.

When the repentant came to John at the Jordan river—in the spirit of Elijah, John called them immediately to repent—to change their minds about sin and agree with God that they are a sinner. Then as a sign of true repentance, the contrite were to cease from continuing in their sins and begin to perform righteous acts.

Some today mistakenly believe that they can continue in a lifestyle of sin while claiming to be “Born Again” and saved by Jesus Christ. This is not possible since repentance requires a turning from sin to live for Jesus Christ. If a person was a habitual liar, he needs to start telling the truth. People cannot continue to tell their lies while claiming that salvation has occurred, and they are a Christian. If a person was unfaithful to their spouse, they need to start being faithful, or their claim to be saved is not valid. If a person was living a homosexual or lesbian lifestyle, they must cease to act on those impulses that caused them to engage in their wrongful sexual behavior. It is impossible to live in a continuing lifestyle of sin while being “Born Again.”

John’s message was repent of your sins, and God will forgive you and grant you eternal life. If you do not repent and continue in those sins, you cannot be forgiven and have eternal life.

Are homosexuals or lesbians worse sinners than the liar? No. Sin is an equal opportunity employer. All sin separates us from God. When Jesus was questioned regarding whether some sins are worse than others, here is what He said:

Luke 13:2-5 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?”

Are some sinners worse than others?

Luke records an event that is otherwise unknown to us from anywhere else in the Bible. Apparently Pontius Pilate had ordered the death of certain individuals who were attempting to offer sacrifices. In the process, the tower at Siloam fell and many innocent people were killed. Jesus asks the question: “Were these people who died as a result of the tower’s fall, worse sinners than any other people in Galilee?” Jesus’ answer is “No.” There was no connection between this accident that happened, which resulted in their death, and their own personal sins. This tower at Siloam may have been a part of the wall of Jerusalem, near the pool of Siloam. When it fell and killed many people, God was not personally targeting these individual persons for judgment. Their sins were no worse than any of the others in Israel, or any other person throughout the world.

Luke 13:1-5 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

We have this idea that some sins are worse than others. In this example of those who were killed by the collapse of the Tower of Siloam, Jesus taught that all sins are equal before God. All sins separate us from our Holy God. Jesus said that unless we all repent, we will all perish (eternally).[3]

Jesus described the tragic death of eighteen people, as an example that all of us are equally guilty before God for our sins. Every one of us needs a Savior, and none of us are worthy of heaven by our own efforts. Only the blood that Jesus has shed for us on the cross is sufficient to pay for the sins of the whole world.

Jesus is able to save us all because His life was perfect, without sin, and eternal—as the Son of God. Having an infinite life of eternal value, He could take our place at the judgment of God and bear the punishment we all deserve.

The liar, the fornicator, the adulterer, the homosexual, and the lesbian are all sinners—equally before God. This truth is declared throughout the Bible: All sins must be repented of, turned from, and ceased in the life of the person who will come to Jesus Christ for salvation. If there is no repentance, there is no salvation.

Unless we all repent of all our sins, we will all perish.

John the Baptist came first before Jesus began His ministry, to prepare the hearts of the people to repent and receive Jesus as their Messiah. John came, as Elijah had arrived during the days of King Ahab to declare that his sin was evil and he needed to repent.

John’s message to the leaders of Israel and everyone in the whole word—was the same—“repent” and believe in the Savior God has provided.

This is God’s plan, not man’s. This is the way that God saves people, not the way that man thinks he is saved by doing good works. There are no good works that anyone can perform that are acceptable to God, until they first repent and turn to Jesus Christ. There is no such thing as a good person apart from those who come to God through Jesus Christ. We only become acceptable to God when we first repent and then receive Jesus as our Savior. Jesus’ sacrifice makes us perfect and perfectly acceptable to God.

John began this message—Repent and believe! Jesus continued the same message and persists in this message to the present day:

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

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The purpose of the Forerunner is to prepare the hearts of the people to receive the Messiah.

Malachi 4:6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.

Luke records his observation of John the Baptist as the fulfillment of Malachi’s prophecy. Luke uses the same words to acknowledge John’s fulfillment of this scripture:

Luke 1:16-17 “And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

To Prepare the Way

If the heart is not prepared, it cannot receive the message. This was the basis for God in sending John the Baptist—before the arrival of the Messiah. John’s message is one that is needed in the church today and has been missing for some time—Repent!

Today, the social gospel that is being preached in churches—removes much of the necessity for repentance. Instead, many of those who are presented with the good news of Jesus Christ are not told that sincere repentance and a turning away from a lifestyle of sin is an absolute requirement for salvation. As a result of this missing part of the gospel, many do not last in their relationship with Jesus.

People who come forward to receive Jesus as their Savior at many churches are not brought to a deep sense of sorrow for their sins and the realization of how much it cost the Lord to forgive them. The horror of sin is not communicated, so conviction to cease from sin is not realized. The fact of God’s hatred for sin and His wrath against it is seen in how great the requirement was to remove those sins—the death of the Son of God. The greatness of God’s love is seen in the reality that Jesus—as God, was willing to give His life for the whole world, in order to have a just basis to forgive our sins. Once sin is committed, there is a penalty that must be paid. The penalty prescribed by the Bible is death and eternal separation from God. The Lord was not willing that any of us should see His wrath and punishment for our own sins, therefore, He sent His Son to take the punishment for us.

John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah. Jesus said that if we could receive it, John is Elijah. John’s message daily at the Jordan River was “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!”

This is a message that needs to be preached in churches around the world today.

In our personal life, we should remember that all of our sins have been forgiven. There should be no condemnation that we place upon ourselves or allow others to heap upon us. Jesus’ cleansing of all our sins is complete and perfect. Not one sin remains on our record; we have been made righteous by His precious Blood. Every day that we live, we will continue to sin. All those sins are also covered under the blood of Jesus Christ. All that is required when we sin daily is that we come to the Lord in sorrow for what we have done each day and confess those sins to Him. When we do, we have the confidence that those transgressions are cleansed, and we have our fellowship with God restored.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When a person comes the first time to Jesus Christ, confesses all his sins, and asks Jesus to cleanse him of those sins—He does. When the prayer of repentance is sincere, the penitent are “Born Again” and Salvation occurs. It is not necessary to continue to be saved again and again. Only one heartfelt surrender of the old life and a complete turning to a new life in Jesus Christ is necessary.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Of equal importance after salvation has occurred is a daily confession of sins that we continue to commit. When a Christian sins, it breaks their fellowship with God. In order to continue in fellowship with the Lord, we are required to confess those sins that we engage in. The Bible speaks of this continual confession of daily sin as “walking in the light.” A failure to confess our day-to-day sins is to “walk in darkness.” The person who continues to “walk in darkness” cannot experience fellowship with the Lord. The idea here is that daily confession of sin keeps us in the place of fellowship with God. Refusal to acknowledge sins each day breaks our fellowship with God and makes Him a liar concerning what He has said about sin.

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

John writes to encourage the follower of Jesus to not sin. Once people have experienced the forgiveness of their sins and understand what the cost was for Jesus to make their forgiveness possible, they should cease from their old lifestyle. However, no one can ever completely cease from sinning altogether as long as they live in their body. At the moment of salvation, the Lord redeems our soul and spirit, but our body is left as it is. The body will not be redeemed until the Rapture takes place. When Jesus returns for all those who love Him and eagerly await His return, He will transform our “lowly bodies” into glorious bodies apart from sin.

Philippians 3:20-21 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

All of us sin everyday. With this in mind, John says, “These things I write to you, so that you may not sin.” However, when you do, “we have Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

If we will simply confess our sins each day, He will be faithful and just to forgive those sins—faithful to forgive, just to place them under the sacrifice Jesus has already completed for us. Jesus has fully paid for all our sins—once and for all. This daily confession allows us to continue in unbroken fellowship with God.

1 John 1:5-10This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

This is the final prophecy of the Old Testament; from Malachi 4:6. It is a fitting way to finish this book—chronicling the birth, life, death, and resurrection of the most amazing person who has ever lived. Jesus is the Messiah; He is the Savior of the world. His identity is certain: Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies of the Old Testament regarding the Messiah.

It is my sincere hope that this publication will bring you into a greater awareness of the magnificence of Jesus. If you have come to know Him as your Savior/Messiah as a result of this book, or if you have had your existing relationship with Jesus increased in depth of love and appreciation for what Jesus has done for you, would you please let me know? I would love to hear from you. You can write me a short message at this LINK.

May the Lord continue to bless your life, as you seek Him with all of your heart, and determine to make Jesus known to a world that needs Him so desperately.


[1] Isaiah 65:20
[2] See the Book of Revelation, chapter 20
[3] Luke 13:3