born anew

 “Science has found that nothing can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation. If God applies the fundamental principle to the most minute and insignificant parts of the universe, doesn’t it make sense to assume that He applies it to the masterpiece of His creation–the human soul? I think it does.”

(Dr. Wernher von Braun)


no valley for me

For those who have to repeat the dying words of a noted infidel: “I’m taking a leap in the dark.”
Now for the contrast. A lad lay dying. Said his mother tenderly: “Is Jesus with you in the dark valley?”
“Dark valley!” he whispered, “it’s not dark, it’s getting brighter and brighter, Mother. Oh,” he murmured, “it’s so bright now, that I have to shut my eyes!”
And so he passed away to be with Jesus, who said, “He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”


take the easy way

It’s a lot easier to die than it is to live in case you don’t know it, if you’re a Christian! Death is the easy way out! That’s your graduation, your work is done & the Lord has released you & relieved you of your responsibility & you’ve gone home to your reward. But there’s often this question that comes up as you face death, “I wonder have I done my best for Jesus?”


talking about heaven

It certainly seems like a good idea to talk about Heaven, meditate about Heaven and read about Heaven, because, after all, that’s where we’re going to spend eternity. It’s an important place — our eternal home. So it’s only natural to want to know what it’s like and what we’re going to be like when we get there.
–David Brandt Berg


Examine the Details

Cartoonist Arthur Brisbane once pictured a crowd of grieving caterpillars carrying the corpse of a cocoon to its final resting place. The poor, distressed caterpillars, clad in black raiment, were weeping, and all the while the beautiful butterfly fluttered happily above the muck and the mire of Earth, forever freed from its earthly shell.
Needless to say, Brisbane had the average funeral in mind and sought to convey the idea that when our loved ones pass, it is foolish to remember only the cocoon and concentrate our attention on the remains, while forgetting the bright butterfly.

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“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, for this is the commission that Jesus has  given to you. Go and make disciples of all nations, for the children of all nations cry out for the Words of God. He opens the door of all nations of the world unto you, that ye may plant the seeds of the Words of God there.”

 “For the world lieth in confusion, and the darkness is great, and getting greater.  Therefore send the light of My Word to the nations of the world, that those in gross darkness can see the light of My Word and can feel the warmth of that light. I call you forth into a new day of faith–faith to launch out on My Word with faith in Me. Faith to launch out into the unknown. Faith to trust Me for My supply.  Faith to do a new thing in a new land.”

“Each year that the Gospel does not reach all who need to hear it, prolongs the suffering of the world. Things must get worse before they can get better, but how much better to hasten these sad and miserable years, to get them over with, so that I can end the suffering‚ put away those evildoers who have rejected Me, and start again with a new world and a flood of My love, so that everyone who remains might know Me.”

“Thus I call you, My children, to do your part to bring on the End by giving My message to everyone you meet, by not holding back, by pouring forth, by going into the highways and the byways and compelling them to come in.” (Luke 14:23).

“Behold, I send you out as sheep amongst wolves; be ye wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Take no thought for the morrow. Say not to yourselves, “What shall we eat? What shall we drink? Wherewithal shall we be clothed?” Just have faith that I, in My perfect will, will take care of it all, as well as every last one of your needs.”

“This planet aches for God! It aches for My Spirit and My truth! It aches for you to be My hands and My feet. So few are willing to truly live My life. How can you possibly say there is no need for you today? How can you not hear the cries of those around you, and the cries of those in other countries who need you? How could you possibly say that in today’s world, with so much media, where all you need to do is pick up the newspaper to know what’s going on in another part of the world? How My Spirit aches and hungers to satiate their thirst!”

“Let your candle burn brightly, for the days are few. The darkness approaches and the thick, oppressive fog of the Devil draws near. Trim those wicks, sharpen those swords, and charge into the hearts of those that are needy, and I will never fail to bless, protect, and prosper your going out and your coming in.”

“So go, My children! Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, and then shall the End come! Then I will say unto you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servants, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!”

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No one, not you, nor I can possibly keep the Ten Commandments.

Jesus said to the self-righteous religious leaders in Matthew 5:27 & 28: “Whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”   Now what man on God’s earth can possibly look upon a beautiful woman, no matter who she is, without lusting after her?  Nobody! Nobody’s that saintly, nobody’s that good, and Jesus knew it!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He was quoting that scripture to prove to the self-righteous hypocritical scribes and Pharisees that not even they could possibly keep the law! He was proving that it was impossible for any man on God’s earth to ever keep the Mosaic Law, and that’s why it was given, to show the righteousness of God, the perfection of God.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 It is impossible for anyone to be good according to the Mosaic Law! The Mosaic Law makes every one of us a sinner because not one of us can keep it! Nobody has ever kept the Ten Commandments except Jesus himself, nobody! It’s impossible! No man can say he is without sin because the Bible says in 1 John 1:8: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”.

 That’s why Jesus had to die for us, so that we could be forgiven and be saved by his grace and his mercy and His love without the law! By the law we are judged for our sins and condemned to die and to suffer. But Jesus came to save us by love, by his mercy, showing that love and mercy are greater than the law, and He says so! John.1:17, Galatians 5:14, Titus 3:5.

The Law was only our teacher our instructor, our “schoolmaster”, to show us that we are sinners, to bring us to God for mercy: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” Galatians 3:24

Now the word justified by faith means that God removes the guilt and penalty of sin while at the same time making a sinner righteous through Christ’s atoning sacrifice.  And this is the good news, now the poor, sinner, you and I, have been freed from the guilty verdict that the Laws of Moses passes down to us simply because we accepted Christ paying for our sins.

Now a lot of people get confused about the word “righteous”. Remember it’s not your righteousness, its Christ’s. He did the dying for you; you did nothing to earn salvation except believe by faith. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast” Ephesians 2:8–9. You cannot save yourself no matter how good you try to be. You can’t be good enough, you can’t be perfect enough! Your “good works” have nothing to do with your salvation, nothing! You are saved by grace. It’s all by faith!

We receive salvation as a pure gift, not because we’re good enough or because we deserve it or earn it, and not by any works we have done or any works of the law or law-keeping. We receive salvation just because He loves us and He gives it, and all we have to do is believe and receive. It is the gift of God.

No amount of church-going or masses or prayers or anything else is going to save you; only Jesus saves. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” And “neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” 1 Timothy 2:5; Acts 4:12. And no amount of good works, church going, and tithing, praying or trying to be holy is going to keep you saved either. Salvation is a one-time act of faith!

And don’t misquote dear Apostle Paul when he said in Philippians 2:12 , that you should work out your salvation in fear and trembling. Thinking that it is now up to you to keep your salvation or somehow be good enough to save yourself. Why should Jesus have bothered if you could save yourself? No beloved, You may think you can go on living a selfish life after Jesus paid for your salvation. But the bible says in Daniel 12:2 that some of us will be raised to everlasting glory and others to everlasting shame. Now that’s why you should work out your salvation in fear and trembling. Will you be able to face Jesus in heaven having done nothing for Him after He gave His life for you?

Receiving salvation through Jesus is an act of faith done through confession and belief that He died for your sins. Romans 10:9,10 says: With thy mouth confession is made unto salvation and with the heart you believe that He did this by death on the cross.

Praying this simple prayer is the part you play in fulfilling God’s precious promise of eternal salvation to you. “Dear Jesus, please come into my heart, I believe you died  and were raised from the dead in payment for my sins and mistakes, please give me Your free gift of eternal life in Jesus Name, Amen”.

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As Christians, we know that we are not saved by our own good deeds and righteous works, but by the love and mercy of God. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to suffer for our sins; and if we believe on Jesus and accept Him into our hearts, we are forgiven. As John 3:36 promises, “He that believes on the Son of God has (now possesses) everlasting life.”

Of those who wilfully reject the good news of God’s love, Jesus said, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” 1 But the question that has troubled many sincere Christians and students of the Word of God down through the ages has been this: “What about the people who never heard the gospel, who never even heard the name of Jesus? How could a God of love send them into everlasting torment in the lake of fire and brimstone when they never even had a chance to hear the gospel or know how to get saved?

“And what about the untold millions of people of different religions who are fairly righteous and are trying to do the best they know how, living up to whatever light they have? How could God send them to hell just because they never heard or understood the gospel or the love of God so that they would want to get saved? Are they going to be sent to eternal torment in the flames of hell, even if they were kind, sweet people who tried their best to worship and please God, even though they never really knew Him or His Word and truth?”

I am personally convinced, from a thorough study of the Scriptures, that God has made some other provision for the ignorant, unevangelized unsaved, those who never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. God is going to have mercy on them and give them their chance. If they never had a chance to hear and believe the gospel in this life, then the Lord will see to it that they get their first chance in the next life. You may ask, “But how could they believe the gospel in hell?”

It might surprise you to learn that of the 22 times the word “hell” is mentioned in the New Testament, only 11 times is it the original Greek word “gehenna,” the lake of fire. The other 11 times, the original word used was “Hades,” which literally means “the unseen state” or “the unseen world.”

“For it is given unto men once to die, and after this the judgment.”2 But when does this judgment occur? Revelation 20:5, 11–15 clearly states that the unsaved dead are not raised and judged until the end of the 1,000-year Millennium. So where are the unsaved dead waiting until then? Revelation 20:13 gives us the answer: “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades delivered up the dead which were in them. And the dead were judged according to their works.” Hades, then, would be a waiting state where the spirits of the unsaved dead wait to be judged and sent to their final destination. And this will not occur until the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the Millennium.

Here then is the next question: If those who never heard the gospel are awaiting their final judgment in the spirit world, can they believe on Jesus there, after they have died, and receive His forgiveness of sins and be saved and liberated? If ever anyone would believe, it would be when they wake up in the next world and find out they were very wrong and that Jesus is the truth! Then they would be sure to believe if someone would only tell them. But some people insist that once a poor lost sinner has died, his “moment of grace” is over and he can no longer believe the truth and be saved even if he wants to.

If this is really the case, then why did Jesus Himself, while spending three days and nights in the heart of the earth between His crucifixion and His resurrection, spend His time “preaching unto the spirits in prison” if there was no hope of their salvation? 1 Peter 3:18–20 says, “Christ suffered for our sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. For which cause He also went and preached to the spirits in prison; which long ago were disobedient, when once God waited patiently in the days of Noah.”

Then 1 Peter 4:5–6 goes on to say, “God is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged just like men (living) in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” Jesus spent three days in the belly of the earth, where the disobedient spirits of the unsaved dead were imprisoned, and He “preached the gospel to them.” Gospel means “good news”—the good news of salvation.

If it isn’t possible for the departed dead to believe and be saved, why did the Son of God Himself preach to them? Why did He preach the gospel to them and tell them how to get saved if it wasn’t possible for them to repent and be sorry for their sins and to receive forgiveness, salvation, and to be delivered from their imprisonment?

Why did He preach them the gospel? Just as a matter of information so they could be all the more miserable for the rest of eternity in an everlasting spiritual prison? According to the Scripture, the Word of God, Jesus preached to them the gospel. All the millions of people who lived before Jesus came and never knew how to be saved, received an opportunity to hear the gospel from Jesus Himself. And it is my personal conviction that if they received it and believed it, they were forgiven for their sins and released from their imprisonment.

God’s Word indicates that they will have the opportunity to receive the truth right up until the final Great White Throne Judgment of the unsaved. As Revelation 20:12,15 say: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the book of life. And if anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.” (Remember, the Great White Throne Judgment is only for those who were not saved in this life. Those who received Jesus in this life will have already been raptured and taken to heaven at the Second Coming of Christ 1,000 years before this final judgment.)

It says if they were not found written in the Book of Life, they were cast into hell. So obviously, some people were found written in the Book of Life at that final judgment. If there weren’t any people in the Book of Life, why even bring it out at this time? Why not throw them all straight into hellfire?

Obviously, there are two groups of people resurrected to face the final judgment: those whose names are written in the Book of Life and those who are not. Those whose names are written in the Book of Life could be those who died unsaved, but repented of their sins and came to the Lord in the spirit world. Of course, the utter reprobates who have no intention of repenting and receiving the truth will be consigned to hell. But what about those who at this Great White Throne Judgment are found written in the Book of Life? Where do they go?

The 21st and 22nd chapters of Revelation tell us that only the saved who believe in Jesus by faith live inside New Jerusalem, the eternal heavenly city of the blessed; but it tells us that there are also people living outside the city on the beautiful new earth. It says, “The kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it (the city).”3 Who are these “kings of the earth” if the only people around are either those who got saved in this life, who will therefore be enjoying the heavenly city, or those who did not get saved in this life, who will therefore be damned to hell?

Revelation 22:2 says that in the city is “the tree of life … and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” What nations will need to be healed? None of the resurrected saved in their immortal bodies are going to need healing, because Revelation 21:4 promises that for us “there shall be no more pain nor death nor sickness, sorrow or crying.” So who are these nations that need healing?

It obviously refers to these kings and nations outside the city, who are a class of people who were not bad enough to go to hell, the lake of fire, nor are they the born again, believing Bride of Christ, those who have the right to enter and enjoy the heavenly city. The kings and their nations are the people who apparently have not yet received Jesus and His free gift of salvation, but whom God has mercifully spared from hell, and given them the opportunity to learn about Him and His love on the beautiful new earth.

Even outside the heavenly city it’s going to be a literal paradise like the Garden of Eden, and those who end up there are going to think it’s heaven on earth, and be very thankful to God for His mercy. They may have had to wait a long time in the spirit world first, but they will finally be released and be thankful for the Lord’s love and mercy, as we, God’s saved children from within the city, minister the healing leaves of the tree of life to them.

For those who finally do end up in hell, it will be because they fought their way there every step of the way over everything God could possibly do to keep them out of hell. They will have insisted on going to hell despite every merciful, loving opportunity God gave them to be saved and repent.

Everyone who has received the love and forgiveness of God through His Son Jesus Christ is saved and bound for heaven when they die. You won’t have to wait a thousand years in the spirit world for your final fate to be decided. Wouldn’t you rather be one of the saved who lives with God Himself in the indescribably beautiful heavenly city, the New Jerusalem, enjoying all of its wonderful pleasures of paradise? God bless you with His eternal salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.

1 John 12:48 NKJV.

2 Hebrews 9:27.

3 Revelation 21:24.


Taken from the writings of David Brant Berg

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