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Fearful and Unbelieving

November 15, 2013

In the parable of the Talents, the servant that received one talent and buried it, what was the one thing that kept him from using or multiplying his talent?

FEAR. “I was afraid”.

What did his lord call him?
“You wicked and slothful servant,”

What happened to his talent?
It was taken away from him and given to those who did multiply their talents for their lord.

What happened to the “unprofitable servant?”
He was cast into outer darkness. All because of “fear”, which stems from “unbelief”.
(see Mt.25:14-30)

In the book of Revelation, what are the first two classes of people that Jesus mentions that will have their place in the Lake?
The first is “the fearful”.
The second is the “unbelieving”. (see Rev.21:8)

Some more food for thought.

Have you studied for yourself the fate of the unbeliever?

October 23, 2012

Truly one of the hardest messages to present is that of sharing the truths found in God’s word about the final place for all those who reject His love in the form of His Son. Why is this so hard to speak about? Because we like and want to hear everything positive, good and loving. So when we turn to God’s word, we in one sense, search for scriptures that edify, build up and encourage us and others. This we do and its good and right.

Most of us who believe, go by what we have been taught. We also only want to believe what we want to believe. So when we look into the scriptures, we see or hear what we want to see and hear. We put up barriers or block aids against anything different from what we have been taught or what we want to believe. This prevents us from receiving anything new that the Holy Spirit might be trying to get us to receive. Without continual personal revelation of the scriptures we cannot grow spiritually. We must be open to new understanding. We must be willing to change our understanding from what we might have believed to be true. This revelation and confirmation can only be given by the Holy Spirit within us.

The Holy Spirit is the teacher. How much time do you spend in quietness, alone with Him and his word? By this I mean, no outside distractions. No other books. No study guide. No music. No internet. No commentaries. Just you and His word.

Can we grow into new understanding, new revelation without personal time alone with God and his word?

What is God trying to show you personally? Where is He trying to lead you? Do you check in with Him? Do you hear from Him? Do you spend quality time with Him? Is what your being taught, truth? Is what you have always believed, true?

Have you ever studied for yourself the eternal destiny of the unbeliever? Have you asked God and looked into His word for the answer? Without no study guide on the subject? Its hard stuff for sure. Its something that is hard to believe. And, it could be very hard for you to believe it.

But, once you see the truth found in His word, then you need to ask Him to help your unbelief. To help change the way you have been taught, or always believed. New understanding, new revelation, does not come without a price. To be able to cross the line into new territory, new land, is not easy. You may even lose some friendships over it. Maybe some family members will distance themselves from you because of the new truths you have discovered.

By a clear understanding of the fate of the unbeliever, you will join the countless ones that have gone on before you with the heart of God for the lost. Once you understand their fate, you will be changed. No longer will you be half-hearted in desire for reaching them with the Gospel of Christ. Why? Because the love of God has gripped your heart. And you, like God, no longer want to see them end up perishing in a place that was originally prepared for the devil and his angels.

Are you willing to be changed? If so, study it out unbiased. May God bless you as you do.

Deception and lies regarding the fate of the unbeliever

July 20, 2012

The master of deception and the father of lies held a meeting with his angels a few years back. In the meeting it was brought up that if they could soften the FATE OF THE UNBELIEVERS through deceiving teachers, pastors and believers, then they would have little concern for the salvation of their family, friends, neighbors etc. They all agreed. The meeting ended, and they all went out into the world to complete their task.

The rejection of the Savior

December 30, 2011

The last two days out, I have been reminded again about the rejection of the Savior, Christ Jesus. Of course, if people really knew what would be the cost of such rejection, they would run to the Savior with open arms. It’s hard to preach such a message. If anyone finds pleasure in doing so, I would question their love for the lost.

As I share the Gospel of Christ on the streets and hear and see the rejection quite often, it hurts. Why? Because I know that God’s heart hurts. In His love, He has offered His Son at the ultimate price for their sins which results in death for eternity. The offer to escape death is still being offered to them because of His great love and mercy. But, for how much longer? Of course, we don’t know. But, we know that time is very short for them to turn. Eternity is a very long time to spend apart from God. Is the place where all who reject Christ going to be plush and comfortable?

If you are a believer, have you searched His word to find out what the place might be, and what it’s going to be like? Or, are you just taking someone elses thoughts. Are you just going by what you have been taught? Do you care? If you haven’t studied it for yourself, or you don’t care, then there is a good possibility that you don’t really care for the lost. You might even have the “got mine” kind of attitude. If one really knew what the final state of the “unbeliever” was, they would be out everyday sharing the Gospel, compelling them to be saved.

In these last days, one of the biggest deceptions that Satan has sold to the believers, and also the unbelievers, is that there is no real cost or penalty for rejecting God’s gift of His Son. Many are taught and believe that you just cease to exist.

The final end up place for the unbeliever is THE LAKE. This is hard stuff. This is the kind of stuff you don’t want to think about, believe or except. So, if one suggest another way, if course you would consider it. But, to swallow it, you have to receive some sort of deception through the twisting of the scriptures and not taking them for what they really mean.

Without taking a lot of time on this subject, and one really doesn’t have to be a “scholar” to understand it, it can easily be understood if one wants to believe what they are reading. One can dissect it into pieces if they want, and come up with another meaning to suit their liking if they so choose.

Just two portions of scripture come to my mind. The story of the rich man and Lazarus, and John’s description of THE LAKE.

Luke 16:19 through verse 31 explains the story of the rich man and his torment. How is this “torment” described? Well, let’s take a look. Verse 23 says, “And being in torments in hell, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom”. So here we see that the rich man was fully aware of what was going on in hell. We see that he was in “torment”. What does that mean? One of its meanings is “torture”

In verse 24, we see that this place of torture was a little hot. “Then he cried and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus (why?) that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame”. Sounds like fire to me. The word flame here means, “to flash or flame; a blaze, flaming”. Hot and in torment describes hell.

Verse 26, describes that in hell there is a “great gulf” or divide that separates, so that people cannot get out, or go back and forth. “And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us”.

Verses 27 through 30, lets us know that the rich man, while still in torment, still had some care and concern for his loved ones. Would this not be tormenting, in and of itself? The bottom line is that you would not want anyone to go to such a place. Anyone who would, has no heart, period.

How about THE LAKE described in The Revelation? We will start at chapter 20 verse 10. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever. Now bear in mind, that we are talking about a place, and all who will go there.

Here we are at the Last Judgment, verses 11 through 15. What will it be like? Who will be judged? How will they be judged? And what will be the final resting place?

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened. And another book was opened, which was the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them. And they were judged, each one according to their works.”

Then, look what happens to Death and Hell after they get done dumping out the dead which were in them.

“Then Death and Hell were cast into the lake of fire”. Now what is this called? “This is the second death”. Now, is this it? Does this sum it all up? Lets see on. Verse 15, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire”. Now here is the very sobering part. The part that we don’t want to believe. These are PEOPLE! People that were not in the Book of Life! They were cast into the LAKE! Do you think it might be pretty important that our names and others are written in the Book of Life? Maybe that is why Jesus gave us the two greatest commandments, of which one is “love your neighbor as yourself”.

Now, do you think that we are done, as to the types of people who will be “cast into the Lake?”

I will not take the time to break down the other types of people who will be there. You can study the words contained in the 21st chapter, verse 8. It would do you good to break down the words such as “cowardly”, idolaters etc”. But one word that in cases a lot, is “UNBELIEVERS”. Could this be all those that have “rejected the Savior?”. All those who have heard of the Christ, and have rejected Him? Come on! This is serious stuff! What is going to happen to all the unbelievers! Check it out!

…….”shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone:” Which is what? “the second death”.

Now, if after you have read this, and know some unbelievers, does it move you? Does an urgency swell up in you? Or, in your mind, you are still wanting to not believe this? Believe me, I know, this is hard to swallow stuff. If someone would say, “Ah, don’t believe that. That’s not true”. Or, “How could a loving God have a lake of fire to send unbelievers?”

If you were God the Father, and people rejected your gift of Salvation that was your only Son, and that would save them from “Death”, what would you do? Well, there we go again, trying to figure out God on our human terms. Can’t be done, sorry.

The point is: There is a price to pay for rejecting the Savior, like it or not.

Looking back to Noah’s time

October 10, 2011

My mind has been running a lot on Noah and what it might have been like in his day. I think that the story of “Noah’s Ark” gets discounted because of it’s “children’s story” reputation. For some it probably has a “fairy tale” likeness. While it is most certainly a good story for children to read, or have their parents read it to them, we adults need to revisit the story from time to time and try to capture the importance and reality of the story.

For the most part, my mind has been thinking a lot about the people of Noah’s day. When we read the account in the book of Genesis, we get very little of any real details. We know that the people were very wicked and that is why God chose to wipe the then known world out. But, the mind wants to imagine what it must have been like around Noah when he was building the boat. It is speculated that it took him maybe a hundred or so years to build the boat. In any case, there was a lot of people around watching this enormous boat being built.

In 2 Peter 2:5 it says that Noah was “a preacher of righteousness”. Everyone would agree that by him building the boat alone that would be a message in and of itself. But it has to be broader than that. The word “preacher” here means ” a herald, i.e. of divine truth (especially of the gospel) – preacher”. It comes from a Greek word that also means “to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel) :- preach (-er), proclaim, publish”.

So, we could look at this in many different ways. Of course, we don’t have the exact account of what happened in the years that it took him to build that boat, but we do know that he was a preacher. What kind of preacher? We don’t know. But, let’s take in the fact that here he was building a boat out in the middle of no where and people must have always been talking with him, asking questions etc. In his reply, of course he would have to of said on more than one occasion, “The Lord God told me to build this”. Then of course they would say, “But why?”

All these questions that they must have had to of asked him, gave him an answer to “preach” from time to time. Maybe he would be standing on top of one platform of the boat and there was maybe 50 people around on a given day. He would lay down his hammer and began to preach that they must turn from their ungodly ways and turn to God. Of course he would tell them things like “time is short!” “the flood is coming!”. Then, he would have many opportunities to explain to them what a “flood” was.

We don’t have any account of it raining before this great flood. So, how can you explain “rain” to someone who has never seen it before? How could they comprehend rain, let alone how it would “pile up” so to speak.

How about explaining to them that the flood waters would also be coming from the “fountains of the great deep?” (Gen.7:11)

So, maybe he got so tired of explaining the same thing to people, over and over again, that he would hold weekly sessions for those who would want to come and listen. However, the word does say that they were “busy” with life as usual. So, if that be the case, maybe it was like today. The street corner preacher preaches to hundreds of people passing by. Only a very few stop to listen. They are going, and busy with life. However, just like in Noah’s time, they passed by and heard some words. Maybe, just the right words that would judge them in the end?

I could go on and on here, but I want to close with the thoughts of what must it have been like when it came down to the very end. When the waters first started? Their thoughts? “Maybe he was right” “We now we see the rains that he described to us” “Wow! This water doesn’t seem to be going away!” “Maybe this guy was right after all”.

How about when the rains started and Noah went about his work of gathering up all the animals? “Hey! You aren’t really going to take all these animals away from us, are you?” Were there people who pleaded with him while he was busy doing God’s will? I would think so.

How about, once they got inside the boat, and God “shut them in?” (Gen.7:16) Where were the people then? How were they “held back?” Did the giants of those days play a part here?

Let the mind go here for a moment. The door closes. Oh the sound of that one enormous door shutting! Once shut, it could not open until the time appointed. What about the people outside? Your heart must care about them Noah, right? But, they had been warned for how many years? They saw Noah building that boat for how many years? How many times did they pass by? How many times did they hear the Gospel?

By this time the water is about three feet up the side of the boat. Men, women and children are all gathered around the sides of the boat. The door is closed. Men are trying to figure out how they can get inside. They believe him now in their desperation. Time is of the essence. Down on the far end of the boat, they are hitting the sides with what appears like a “ramrod”. It is swinging back and forth, ramming the side of the boat. The harder it is rammed, the faster it comes back. Can you imagine the sound inside the boat? What about all the animals? Were they just sitting there quietly? This boat must have had some divine design built into it. Did God know that it was also going to have to be unable to be “broken into?”.

Wait! Look! way over to the left. They have brought what looks like a “ladder”, and they are climbing to the top to see if they can get in that way. Stand back and look! I see some men running around on the top looking for a door or window and yelling, “let us in! let us in!” “We believe you now Noah!” “let us in! let us in!” “Please!, Please!”

By this time, the waters are getting deep. There are dead bodies all around. Of course, no body knows how to swim. There are still some that are holding on to the boat in hopes of salvation. They remember that Noah had warned them over and over that it was going to be “raining” for 40 days. This was just the beginning.

As the hours pass by and the water increases, now just about everyone is gone into eternity. What Noah had preached, had come true. The next days would see all perish outside the boat. The smell of death was beyond comprehension. Lost into eternity forever. Separated from salvation.

Jesus said, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Lk.17:26-27)

Just like in Noah’s time, God gives time to repent, but it doesn’t last forever. When the end comes, the end comes, and the door is shut.

What about you? Do you believe in the salvation that God has provided through his Son, Christ Jesus? Are you in the boat?

The peril of the unbelievers

May 27, 2010

Based on what you have been taught or your understanding of what will happen to all those who choose to not believe in Christ will determine how concerned you really are for their eternal welfare. If you take all the scriptures that apply to their outcome should they reject Christ, you would be convinced and thus moved to get out and do something so they will not end up in the place that God has prepared for them. And, it is not because God is a tyrant or someone waiting to inflect punishment. No, it is because of sin.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(Jn.3:16)

No doubt the most popular verse in the Bible. But, did you ever know what the word “perish” means? The Greek meaning of the word is, “to destroy fully”. So God loves all the world so much that He gave His son for what? According to His word, He gave His only Son for the sacrifice of sin. And if we will choose to believe in Him, then and only than, would we not perish.

So, all those who choose not to believe in Christ will be fully destroyed.

Let us take inventory of all the people we know currently. How many of them do not believe? (before I go any further, the word believe here means, “to have faith in, upon or with respect to, a person) thus Christ. Credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ) commit to trust, put in trust with.”) So it’s not easy believism here. We are talking about putting our faith in the person of Christ. Entrusting our whole spiritual well-being to Him. Committing our trust to, or putting our trust in Him.

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”(3:18)

So in the first verse we saw how that the unbeliever will be fully destroyed, should they not believe. In this verse it says, “condemned”. The meaning here means, “to distinguish, decide judicially, to try, condemn, punish, avenge, damn, judge, sentence to”. Here again, we see what is going to happen to those who reject Christ.

Are you lacking real care, real love for their souls? Do you weep (cry) over their lost condition? Do you have real passion for the lost? Do you spend any real time praying for their salvation? Or is it just mentioning their name?

One of the damnable heresies that has been growing leaps and bounds in the Christians churches today is that of teaching that there is no Hell. That there is no eternal damnation. This being the case, why would I be concerned about the unbelievers? Oh for sure they would be missing out on their “best life now” by not believing on Christ. But what about eternity? Are we to be only concerned about the 70 to 90 years on this earth?

To be sure, we best throw the Bible out the window, or better yet, get one that takes out all the many scriptures that teach us about the eternal peril of the unbelievers.

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (Jn.3:36)

Here we see that not only can one who chooses to not believe not receive life, but God’s wrath abides on them. There again, it is not because God’s hates them, but it is because of the sin of unbelief. Take a trip if you will back down memory line and visit the children of Israel and see what were the consequences of their unbelief. Did God pour out His wrath?

“But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.” (Jude 5)

What kind of magnitude does the sin of unbelief have?

Christ in referring to the “servant” who begins to beat the servants and to eat and be drunk, says, “and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.” (Lk.12:45-46)

What do you think He was referring to when He said, “portion with the unbelievers?”

The Book of Revelations has the answer.

“But the cowardly, unbelieving,…………….. and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone (sulfur), which is the second death.” (Rev.21:8)

So we see that the unbelieving will suffer the second death, which is the lake of fire.

So, how many friends, family, co-workers, neighbors etc. do we know that are unbelievers? Do we even know if they are one or the other? Do we really care? Are we accountable to God for those that He has placed in our circle of influence? I am not talking about inviting them to church, then thinking that we are relieved of our responsibility. No. That’s way off base. It’s way past time to take personal responsibility for those in our life and to not try and pass it off on someone else, like the Pastor.

Somehow I can hear Christ saying, “what did you do with those I gave you?” Did you love them as you loved yourself? Did someone love you enough to care?

May God help us all!