CONCLUSION

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD (JOHN 1:1)…….AND IN THE END WILL BE THE WORD (REVELATION 19:13-15)

“The only thing that will bring order to this chaos, victory from this defeat, and cause this dying phoenix to rise again from the ashes of defeat is Me and My Word.” (Jesus speaking)

Ezekiel 37:21, 22, 23… and say unto them, thus saith the lord god; behold, I will take the children of Israel (spiritual) from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all….

Ezekiel 37: 24, 25. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. and they shall dwell in the land that i have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt: and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children forever: and my servant David shall be their prince forever.

(Vision ) Hallelujah! I saw a picture of dry bones in the desert being given life again--people being brought back to life and rising up out of the dust where they had been lying. The Lord was raising up an army from people who had been discouraged and downcast. He was taking the dry bones and restoring flesh to them and causing them to rise up out of their slumber. (Jesus continues: ) I have called forth the armies of David, and I have called you from your defeats into victory. I have raised you up again, you who have been struggling, despondent and discouraged. I have ignited the flame again! How encouraged I am to see you all answer the call of My Spirit in your hearts! I see many rising to fight again, and some who have been called to fight for the first time. I see young and old rising together to face the light as you begin to march in ranks toward Me. I see you rising up out of your complacency, compromise, disobedience, unyieldedness, jealousy, pride and bitterness. I see you all rising to meet the call of David, the cry of revolution! It’s a Revolution! (Channel:) Here I see countless people in ranks marching forward raise their hands and shout‚ “For Jesus!”

(Jesus speaking: ) Whom have I called and whom have I chosen? Who will go on behalf of Heaven and who will be My children of this Latter Day? Oh yes‚ I say‚ YES in great joy, that you, the children of David‚ will go for Us. You will be Our testimony to this world. You will be Our face, Our eyes, the hands of Heaven on Earth at this hour.

You are called to such a time as this. From the foundations of the world I have been preparing each of you. Think it not chance that you are here at this time, for this is your hour. This is what you are destined for. You have been preordained that you should live in this hour and be a channel of the power of God at this time.

From the ashes of the old shall the phoenix rise once more and fulfill its destiny. 

ezekiel 37: 24, 25. and david my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgement, and observe my statutes, and do them. and they shall dwell in the land that i have given unto jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt: and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children forever: and my servant david shall be their prince forever.

SEE ALSO EZEKIEL 34

 

Ezekiel 36 & 37 transcript

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part five

The blue pearl hanging in the expanse of space with a string of brilliant stars as its crown, an exquisite gift from a loving God, 

GOD’S BLUE PRINT FOR WORLD TAKEOVER

When one looks at Ezekiel 36 as a bird would, but seeing the whole panorama retrospectively, it is quite easy to identify a recurring account of church history. The inevitable cycle of rebirth, maturation and death can also be seen in government and various movements of all kinds. Even our very own life on earth follows this basic pattern or blueprint. Therefore we shouldn’t be surprised to find ourselves, after 2,000 years of established church history, at the point where God is ready to once again punch the default button.

Where did we go wrong?

Can we ascertain where we are in world history from either of these chapters? A conclusive answer cannot be found in either. There is a vague clue in chapter 37, but again not irrefutable. Historically speaking, each church age, reformation or what have you, has ended in secular immersion. Today’s feeble attempts by the established church at community outreach to millennials is a bandage at best, and looks nothing like the cry of revolution that reverberated across the world in the days of the early church. You may ask where have the Children of God gone?

If however, you wish to take Ezekiel 37 literally, then it seems God has every intention of raising up an army of believers, and that, out of seemingly thin air; much like Jesus did when He called out the 12. And why not? Shouldn’t God get one last Word in before the church and secular man put Him in a box forever? Of course He will. How silly to think the God of Heaven and earth would allow Himself to be laid to rest by self-righteous man.

(Ezekiel 36:22) Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for Mine Holy Name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, wither ye went. 

Return to Maker

The end time church will arise from the old and take the body of believers, the remnant, into the Millennium (Ezekiel 36: 34, 35. Revelation 12:17) At that time, God is going to have His last witness and the world will have to listen because they will be dealing with a different church —a variety that they’ve never experienced before. It won’t be a denomination, or group, it will be the Ecclesia. The work of pulling His corroded latter day church out of the slough of despond, where it put itself, will be in our day, an undeniable miracle, which will culminate in the greatest miracle of all, the Rapture! (Matthew 24:34)

Yes Ezekiel 37, I believe, is about that process, the raising up of an end time church -His final witness to a dying, selfish world. Those who hear His cry and come out in spirit, will be likened unto the 144,000 spoken of in Revelation chapter 14. God will have His say; He will not stand around idly watching His people and creation destroyed by selfish, greedy, unloving man. The blue pearl hanging in the expanse of space with a string of brilliant stars as its crown, an exquisite gift from a loving God, spurned. We were expected by God to be good stewards of His gift, our planet, but instead we have misused and abused it and each other.


 “Jesus gave His children a better way, the way of living by faith. He didn’t say it was an easier way, but it is a better way”… Lifelines vol. 29

Lauran Daigle….Dry Bones

 

  by david brant berg

The Lord says there is no unpardonable sin except to resist the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 12:31,32)  I’ve even thought that it’s possible that Judas was saved. Obviously he was very repentant and sorry, and he just couldn’t stand to live with the shame and the humiliation of knowing that he had betrayed his Lord, so he took his own life.

King Saul also committed suicide, and he was a believer. One reason he committed suicide was that he knew he had failed and he couldn’t face defeat and life anymore, so he decided to end his own life. In a sense it’s sort of a self-judgment.

I believe that no sin is unforgivable except to actually reject the Lord and the Holy Spirit.

The Lord Himself implies that there are sins’ that can not only be forgiven here, but in the next world as well. He says in that same passage that “blasphemy against the Holy Ghost”-in other words, to reject Christ and the Spirit of the Lord completely-“shall not be forgiven, neither in this world, nor in the world to come.” This seems to imply that there are sins’ that are going to be forgiven in the next world.

Since we believe in eternal salvation-once saved, always saved, regardless of what happens-you cannot lose the Lord or His salvation. Although you might go astray, lose your way, or break His commandments, nevertheless, if you truly believe in Him and have not rejected Him and the Holy Spirit as far as faith is concerned, you’re still saved.

The Catholic Church believes that suicide is a mortal sin and that you’re eternally damned to hell if you commit suicide. There are other denominations that have a more moderate take on it, which I think is supported by a number of scriptures and Bible stories.

Suicide is not an unpardonable sin. There’s only one unpardonable sin, and that is to reject the Lord-not just His will or His plan for your life, or even His commandments, but to reject Him by rejecting His Holy Spirit.

Look at Paul, who arrested innocent Christians and delivered them over to death. Or King David, who had Uriah killed. There’s also the example of the thieves on the cross; we know the one’s sin was forgiven, and the Lord even said he wasn’t going to have to suffer any punishment at all, that he was going to go with Him to paradise.

It goes back to doctrines of what is forgivable and what is not. I don’t think you can find any place in the Bible where it teaches that suicide is unforgivable. Jesus Himself said that only the sin against the Holy Spirit was unpardonable. That means to harden your heart to God’s Spirit and refuse to believe in Him and be against Him, like the scribes and Pharisees who crucified Jesus. They hardened their hearts to the very end, even while He was suffering on the cross, and cursed Him and denounced Him and resisted His Spirit. In fact, as Stephen said to them, “Ye do always resist the Holy Ghost.” Jesus said this would not be forgiven them either in this life or the next. But I don’t find any place where He includes any other sin that is unforgivable.

The only unpardonable sin is rejection of faith in Jesus, and refusal and resistance to His Holy Spirit’s urges to believe on and receive Jesus. It doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that suicide is unforgivable. It’s a difficult position to take, because the Catholic Church is adamant that you go to hell and stay there forever if you terminate your life. But how do you reconcile that with what Jesus said, that there’s no sin that God can’t forgive except resistance to His Spirit? Of course, some people feel that if they’ve resisted the Spirit and God’s will and backslidden and gone astray, they have committed the sin against the Holy Spirit and they’re lost forever.

What is resisting the Holy Spirit? Christians may resist Him almost every day in something, but He forgives. If we repent and are sorry, the Lord forgives. Only to have always and totally resisted the Holy Ghost, God’s Spirit, is unforgivable, according to what Jesus said. “It will not be forgiven, neither in this world, nor in the next.”

Some people get so depressed and oppressed that they think life is too hard and they want to end it all. Or in defeat and pride and humiliation, they just don’t think they can face life and face others, so they’d rather kill themselves and face God. Apparently they just don’t have enough faith or strength to hang on a little longer and trust the Lord to deliver them His way, so they take their life-and their death-into their own hands. I truly believe that God will forgive them and will judge them according to His perfect wisdom.

In many cases, suicide is very bad and no doubt punishable, and God is going to be the judge. I think it depends on the person, the circumstances, and the conditions. And that’s up to the Lord. In some cases suicide may be justifiable, but there are also many selfish, unjustifiable, and poor excuses for suicide. But even though they may be punished for these things, they can still be forgiven.

I’ve always felt some sympathy for the poor people who commit suicide, and I’ve hoped and prayed that they were saved, that they at least had faith in the Lord, even though they couldn’t stand life anymore. I think it’s far better, of course, that you suffer whatever it is you are facing for the Lord rather than dying at your own hand. But I can’t say that suicide is a sin that’s unforgivable, because obviously Jesus said all sins are forgivable except to always resist the Holy Ghost.

Thank God for His love! The Lord is merciful, and His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. Forever and always. He can still forgive, even in the next life, no matter what it is, as long as you love Him and believe in Him.

God bless you and help you to keep living for Jesus, presenting your body a living sacrifice on the altar of His daily service, laying down your life in love for Him and others.

 


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Suicide is it unpardonable? Suicide is it unpardonable?  Suicide is it unpardonable? Suicide is it unpardonable? 

 

 

  

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.

 (A TRACT)

Taken from the writings of David Brant Berg

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Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where rust and moth do not corrupt neither do thieves break through and steal

 

 

 


The standard of discipleship is defined in the Bible

 

 

 

 

 

discipleship goes beyond just believing

Discipleship goes beyond simply accepting the teachings and believing them; it is essentially a choice to become active in practicing and preaching the teachings. Disciples add action to their beliefs; they are “doers of the word, and not only hearers.” Peter Amsterdam

discipleship costs your personal desires

God wants everything—your heart, your life, your career, and your personal pursuit—to glorify Him, to lift up Jesus, to serve as a light on a hill shining to light the way for others, whatever your profession or career may be. Peter Amsterdam

come follow me

One of Jesus’ most life-changing calls was given in just two words: “Follow Me.” 

No Grandchildren

Someone has said, “God has no grandchildren!” There’s no such thing as second-generation Christians! Every new generation either has to drop out or cop out—one or the other; bring forth new buds, or die on the vine and become dead!

our down payment 

The Bible tells us that “every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands [or anything you’ve had to or will yet give up for the Lord, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” Jesus also said in prophecy: “Your sacrifices are in some ways like a down payment, the cost you put aside to ensure that My great blessings and rewards are yours. One day, once life’s journey is done, you will receive the full blessing that each of your sacrifices has earned you.”

So there is payback. There are returns for our sacrifices, which means that the definition of sacrifice, applicable to Christians, is not “loss” but rather, we’re “giving up something valuable (our lives), for something we consider to be of more value or importance.” That seems to be the more accurate depiction of the faith life. Peter Amsterdam

   Discipleship Defined. . .Discipleship Defined. . .Discipleship Defined. . .Discipleship Defined.