Saturday, February 18, 2017

PreTribulation Rapture, part 5



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The Falling Away and Christ’s Coming

Before the close of the first Christian century the Holy Spirit through the Apostle John wrote: “it is the last time; even now are there many antichrists, whereby we may know that it is the last time” 1 John 2:18; “many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1. There are many false prophets and antichrists in the world today. So have there been in every Christian century since the Apostle Paul and the Apostle John died. The early centuries were pretty dark ones spiritually. How about the years of Martin Luther or the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in England and Europe? The Children of God during those years had no ‘Bill of Rights’, and many of them were imprisoned and tortured. They did not have a million printing presses and millions of Bibles.

During those centuries the foundational doctrine of ‘Justification By Faith’ was recovered. Then later the truth of the ‘One Body’ and the ‘Blessed Hope’ of Titus 2:13. Now, today, here and there, a few persecuted servants of Christ, in the middle of the sectarianism that is wreaking havoc with Christians, who are opposed by religious leaders who are more interested in established traditions and denominational programs than in any desire to obey Ephesians 3:9, are trying to recover or uncover the most wonderful truth in all of the Bible…‘THE MYSTERY OF GOD’S WILL’ (Ephesians 1:9; Ephesians 1:15-18; Ephesians 5:26-28), which was hidden in God until the glorified LORD Jesus Christ, in heaven revealed it to and through the Apostle of the Gentiles, the Lord’s prisoner for the Gentiles, the Apostle Paul (Ephesians 3:1-4; Colossians 1:24-26; Romans 11:13).

This, in spite of the fact that there are more spiritual, faithful, intelligent Bible students in the world today than ever before, and although in many respects this is the brightest and most prosperous age ever known to man, there is an awful apostasy from the Faith on the earth, and last century we saw two of the bloodiest and most brutal wars in the history of the human race, with this century starting off no better.

So, whether we are Post-Millenarians, A-Millenarians, Pre-tribulation, Pre-Millenarians or Post-Tribulation Pre-Millenarians, it is wonderful to know that there is going to be on this earth a warless age, according to Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3. Also regardless of which of these ‘Millennial’ groups we belong to, we should know that WE ARE the Children of Light and the Day of the LORD should not overtake us as a thief in the night. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6).

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

LLM - Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

PreTribulation Rapture, part 4 - LLM



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When the Lord Jesus Christ comes as ‘the Son of man,’ according to Luke 18:8, He will not find Faith on the earth. Why Not? Because He will not find the Body of Christ here. Christ is not coming to this earth, as the Son of man, to take the members of the Mystery, the Body, to appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4). Christ is not ‘the Son of man’ in His relation to the Church, as ‘the Head of the Body.’ He is NOT coming to the earth to Rapture the Church. The Body of Christ is going to meet Him above the earth.

Think about it...If the Christ, should come to the earth for His Body at any moment now, He would find on this earth more Faith, more intelligent Bible‑taught Children of God than ever lived on this earth before!!

However, Christ would also find millions of religious church‑members going religiously to everlasting perdition, and a great multitude of apostate preachers and pastors and seminary professors, who are propagating ‘Christianized agnosticism’ in the name of evangelical, Protestant Christianity, using Bible phraseology and terminology to lead their unwary victims to the ditch with them. These devils call themselves ‘Modernists,’ seemingly ignorant of the fact that a ‘Christian infidel’ is an impossible paradox.

Christ would also find a great multitude going to the same endless and conscious perdition in some metaphysical cult, also giving forth their satanic vagaries in the name of Christ and Christianity. These false prophets were foretold and foreordained to this ministry. (2 Peter 2:1-2; Jude 4; 2 John 7; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; and 2 Timothy 4:3-5).

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

LLM - Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

PreTribulation Rapture, part 3



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There is a great difference between God’s prophesied program, ‘BUILD AGAIN THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID’ Amos 9:11-15, and God’s UN-prophesied ETERNAL PURPOSE ‘BUILD UP THE BODY OF CHRIST.’ Members of the Body of Christ, in this Age, Economy, and Reign of Grace, are to be established according to the Apostle Paul’s gospel, Romans 16:25.

Now...When the Jews started returning and migrating back to the Land, and when Israel as a Nation was reborn in 1948, and captured Jerusalem in 1967, BEFORE Christ’s return for His Body, and because of the chaos in Europe and Asia, Bible teachers and Evangelists, who were formerly Pre-Tribulationists became Post-Tribulationists. Therefore, they stopped believing in the imminent coming of Christ, for His Body, the Church; but on the contrary they began to ridicule those who teach what they call, ‘the any‑moment theory.’ With them, it’s the GREAT TRIBULATION that is imminent, not the RAPTURE, or Harpazo, of the Body of Christ.

What these numerous so called pastors, preachers, and evangelists, FORGOT was God’s principle for this parenthetical period for members of the Body of Christ, “who have been turned to God from idols, to serve the true and living God, and to wait for His Son from heaven” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, “whose citizenship is in heaven and look for the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ to fashion their bodies like unto His body of glory” Philippians 3:20-21. That principle is to walk by Faith and not by sight. 2 Cor. 5:7-8. THEY walk by ‘SIGNS,’ especially ‘SIGNS’ that pertain to Israel and their ‘TIME OF TROUBLE’ and their prophesied ‘MESSIANIC KINGDOM.’ They no longer believe that the Child of God should look for the Son and not for signs.

Now let’s look at The “Sign” Gang

As you know if you are a member of The Lion and Lamb Ministry, I have been posting message after message endeavoring to establish saints according to Romans 16:25, and persuade sinners to be reconciled to God, as is the Body of Christ commission as Ambassador’s for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation, 2 Cor. 5:18-21, to believe Romans 5:20-21 and Ephesians 2:8-10.



What a privilege to proclaim the unmixed Gospel of the Grace of God and show poor, condemned, ruined, ungodly sinners, that where sin abounded, Grace doth much more abound; and to explain from God’s Word how they can be saved without religion, works, or worthiness.

Therefore, you can now see even clearer, what a spiritual crime it is to endeavor to make God’s Grace Salvation more effective, more better, by adding any of man’s doings to the perfect redemptive work of the perfect Christ, Who, on the cross, said ‘FINISHED,’ and then and there put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. Hebrews 9:26. What blessed satisfaction and peace to trust and rest in Christ’s perfect work, and thereby receive from God, as His free gift, His own perfect Righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21; Romans 10:4-10), His free gift, eternal life through Jesus Christ, our LORD (Romans 6:23); and then to know that the believer fulfills the righteousness of the Law by walking in the Spirit (Romans 8:4), and finds God’s abounding Grace altogether sufficient to enable him to thus walk (2 Cor. 9:8 and Titus 2:11-14).

I could not help myself from comparing the messages which I heard some of the so-called outstanding Pre-Tribulationists deliver just prior to the year 2000, and then in the aftermath of the 9-11-2001 tragedy, and now. Just prior to the year 2000, or Y2K, many of the ‘sign’ Pre-Tribulationists were sure, or tried to persuade their followers they were sure, that the revived Roman Empire was even nearer than just around the corner and the Church, the Body of Christ, would be Raptured very, very soon, if not sooner, because of the Y2K computer mess, and the political activities of the European Union. Ok, so that came and went.

Then the ‘sign’ Pre-Tribulationists had to turn to Osama Bin Laden. So 9-11 was the big sign; and surely he and his followers would be the long-­expected ‘Beast’ of Revelation 13. When that didn’t materialize, they have a new ‘sign’ for their followers who must have signs (Matthew 16:4, and 1 Corinthians 1:22). And that is, what is now going on in the United States, along with what’s happening in Europe, Russia, and Asia, is prophesied in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39. So that now all of the well-known and accepted Pre-Tribulationalists must have some messages on ‘Gog,’ ‘Magog,’ ‘Gomer,’ ‘Tubal’ and the ‘Prince of Meshech’ and convince their hearers that what the ruler of Russia is doing is in fulfillment of Ezekiel’s Prophecy and proof positive that very, very soon the Lord Jesus, in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, will come for His Body, as the Rapture of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 will take place. Shortly after the Rapture, they say, the ‘lawless one’ of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11 shall appear; and with his appearing the ‘Great Tribulation’ of Matthew 24:21 will be on the earth.

As the members of The Lion and Lamb Ministry already know, and I would have all of our readers understand that I am a Pre-Tribulationist and therefore am anything but the scoffer of 2 Peter 3:3-4, who says, “where is the promise of His coming?” I believe with all my heart that the omniscient and omnipotent God, “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will,” Ephesians 1:11; that He not only “knew the end from the beginning,” Acts 15:18, but that HE CHOSE before the foundation of the world those who are to make up the Body of Christ, the ‘Joint‑Body’ (Sussomos) of Ephesians 3:6, Which is to be presented to Christ as glorious, holy, spotless, and blameless. (Ephesians 5:26-28; Ephesians 1:4-5, and Titus 1:2-3). I know that God will complete His work, making ‘THE ONE NEW MAN’ of Ephesians 2:15 during this present age and dispensation; and that He will, in His own time, bring the culmination or consummation of Ephesians 4:13. Also, I am sure that the perfecting of this masterpiece of God does NOT depend upon what Putin, the Rockefeller’s, Bilderberger’s, the Rothschild’s, the Satanists at Bohemian Grove, or what the U.S. Gov. and the UN will decide to do concerning the partitioning of Israel and Jerusalem.

What you all, Children of God, have to wrap your minds around, is that in a sense we are living in a time-less, religion-less, and sign-less age. But we should know, and be rock-solid on, that according to God’s sure Word of Prophecy, The Bible, that blind Israel and unbelieving Gentiles have a really, really, really BIG reason to very much fear the future; for “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power: When He SHALL HAVE COME (ELTHE) to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe.” 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10. The word ‘ELTHE’ properly translated, ‘SHALL HAVE COME,’ most assuredly suggests that the Body of Christ SHALL HAVE BEEN RAPTURED before Christ, comes to the world of unbelievers and ungodly sinners to execute wrath.

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

LLM - Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Monday, February 6, 2017

PreTribulation Rapture, part 2



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NOW…let’s look at 4 Great Events

Pre-Tribulationists, in past years, like 100 years ago, taught that before there will be world peace and universal righteousness, there must be four great events, AND, in the following order: 1) The Rapture of the Church; 2) The Jews return to the Holy Land IN Unbelief; 3) The Coming of The LORD Jesus Christ, as the Son of Man to be King and Judge; and 4) The imprisonment of Satan in the bottomless pit. Revelation 20:1-3.

Now, this is important…Certainly every minister of Christ, should be a faithful steward of the Mysteries of God, 1 Corinthians 4:1-4, and as such, should so rightly divide the Word of Truth as to know the difference between God’s present program, the making of ‘THE ONE NEW MAN’ of Ephesians 2:15, and God’s NEXT program bringing forth ‘THE NEW ISRAEL’ of Isaiah 62:1-4.

‘THE ONE NEW MAN’ is the ‘Body of Christ, the MYSTERY,’ which was PURPOSED in Christ before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 3:11 and Ephesians 3:9. Chosen in Christ before the world began. 2 Timothy 1:9, and Ephesians 1:4-11. The Body of Christ was PREDESTINATED, but not PROPHESIED.

However, THE KINGDOM, which Christ, announced was at hand in Matthew 4:17, will BE at hand when the Son of Man comes in the cloud with power and great glory as we see in Luke 21:27-33, when He shall sit on the throne of His glory as King and Judge, Matthew 25:31, and His twelve apostles shall sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel, Matthew 19:27-28.

Christ, at the present time is far above all heavens, and is on His Father’s throne in heaven, “Head over all things to the Church, which is His Body” Ephesians 4:9-11 and Ephesians 1:19-23, while now on earth the MYSTERY among the Gentiles (which is no longer a mystery) is ‘CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY’ Colossians 1:27. When the Son of Man returns to earth to establish the KINGDOM of Matthew 25:34, it will NOT be that KINGDOM OF GOD (THE BODY) PURPOSED in Christ BEFORE the foundation of the world; BUT it will be that KINGDOM PREPARED FROM the foundation of the world PROPHESIED but not PREDESTINATED.

It will NOT be the coming of Christ, that pertains to the MYSTERY of 1 Corinthians 15:51-54, the Blessed Hope of Titus 2:13, which is His coming to remove His Body to glory, that will usher in the millennium; BUT, it will be the coming of the King to earth to take over the government of the world, to rule with a rod of iron, but in equity and justice. “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” 1 Corinthians 6:2.

You see, the PROPHESIED KINGDOM OF GOD, which will bring to this earth universal peace and righteousness, will be both POLITICAL and SPIRITUAL; for the coming of God’s Son from Heaven to this earth will bring about the RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS, SPOKEN BY THE MOUTH OF ALL THE HOLY PROPHETS SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN. Acts 3:19-24, and Luke 1:67-77. It was after Christ ascended FAR ABOVE ALL HEAVENS that He gave gifts unto men, for “THE BUILDING UP OF THE BODY OF CHRIST” Ephesians 4:9-13; and it was by SPECIAL REVELATION that Christ in Heaven made known to the Apostle Paul that this present ‘DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD’ is the ‘DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY’ Ephesians 3:1-4, and Ephesians 3:9; that the Body which is a part of the over‑all KINGDOM OF GOD, is SPIRITUAL but not POLITICAL.

Concerning the making or building of the Body of Christ during this Age of Grace all of the Old Testament prophets were both silent and ignorant, “THE MYSTERY Which has been hid from ages and from generations; but now is made manifest to His saints.” Colossians 1:24-26.

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

LLM - Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

PreTribulation Rapture, part 1 - LLM



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If we really believe that the prophesied spiritual‑political Kingdom of Heaven has been postponed and that the clock of prophecy really stopped with the fall of Israel, after the Apostle Paul’s warning in Acts 13:40-41 and the great turn of Acts 13:46, let us be sure that the Lord will have the Church of the Mystery (unprophesied) safe, and in Heaven, before the awful time described in Luke 21:25-33; Matthew 24; and Revelation 6-13. Surely the ‘MYSTERY’ should convince any spiritual, intelligent student of the Scriptures that members of the Body of Christ, will NOT be here on earth during the prophesied period called ‘the Great Tribulation.’

If you have been saved by God’s infinite, marvelous abounding Grace and Faith in the precious shed blood of The LORD Jesus Christ, then of course you should know that you have been baptized by a Divine baptism into the Body of Christ, and you should also know that members of Christ’s Body are going to appear with Him in glory (Colossians 3:1-4), that the coming of Christ, for His Body is called the believer’s ‘blessed hope.’ Titus 2:13.



If you can give a good quick answer to the question I am going to ask you, can you ALSO give the verses of Scripture to prove that you are correct in your decision? The question is, “Are you either a Pre-Tribulationist or a Post-Tribulationist?” Of course, if you are a Pre-Tribulationist, you believe that Christ, will come for His Church BEFORE he comes as the Prince of Peace, according to Isaiah 9:6-7, as the King on the throne of His glory described in Matthew 25:3. If you are a Post-Tribulationist, you believe that Christ, will come for His Church before the millennium, but not before ‘the Great Tribulation’ of Matthew 24:21 and Jeremiah 30:4-11. Ok, one more, if you are a Pre-Tribulation Pre-Millenarian, you believe that The LORD Jesus Christ, will come for His Body before the Tribulation as well as before the Millennium. This means, that you do not believe that the members of the Body of Christ here on earth will go through, or even into, ‘the Great Tribulation.’

Now, about six months back, two other pastors that I know, who are Post-Tribulation Pre-millenarian, wrote me an email that they had written to more than 200 preachers and Bible teachers, including some of the outstanding Fundamentalists in this country, asking them to give to them the Scriptures that they were using to prove that the Church, the Body of Christ would NOT be in any part of the Great Tribulation. One of them told me, with the exception of one uncertain verse, (as to meaning of it, Revelation 3:10), he had received NO replies mentioning Scriptures that would prove the belief of the Pre-Tribulationists. The other pastor, who sent out the questions, emailed me that the only Bible teachers who CAN prove that the Body of Christ will NOT go into the Great Tribulation are those obeying and following Ephesians 3:9 or who at least know what is meant by ‘the Dispensation of the Mystery,’ ‘which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God.’ Whether this is true or not, the Truth concerning the MYSTERY does prove that the Body of Christ, will not go through the Great tribulation. This is what I want to consider in this message.

Now, all Children of God, who believe that we do “have a more sure Word of Prophecy whereunto we do well that we take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place until the day dawn” 2 Peter 1:19, believe that the Son of God is coming back to this earth, as the Smiting Stone of Daniel 2:32-46, as the Son of Man in the cloud with power and great glory, to bring an end to ‘the time of the Gentiles,’ and for Israel’s redemption, Luke 21:24-32 and Romans 11:26, in fulfillment of Isaiah 9:6-7, to sit as the Prince of Peace, on David’s Throne, with the government on His shoulder. The LORD Jesus Christ, was born to take the throne of David, Luke 1:27-33. Christ was raised from the dead to take the throne of David, Acts 2:27-33. Christ is coming back to take the throne of David, Acts 15:15-18. When The LORD Jesus Christ, was born to take David’s throne, God’s messengers proclaimed, ‘Peace on earth’ Luke 2:14. ­When the rejected Messiah declared that He was going to Calvary’s cross, and not at that time to David’s throne, He said, ‘No peace on earth.’ Luke 12:49-52.

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

LLM - Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Will the Church, the Body of Christ, be in The Great Tribulation?





Here at the Lion and Lamb ministry, we believe the experience of Lot and the destruction of Sodom will give us light on this question: Will the Church be in the Tribulation?.

“But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Luke 17:29-30.

“Thus shall it be when the Son of man is revealed.” “Thus”…“Thus shall it be.” The revelation of the Son of man refers here to His coming in judgment. According to the Word of God the Nation Israel is headed for judgment, the Great Tribulation. Jeremiah 30:5-11. Israel is going to be saved out of that time of sorrow. At the same time the wrath of the LORD will fall in great judgment upon the nations.

Christ is NOT called the “Son of man” in His relation to the Church, which is His Body. However, He IS the “Son of man” to Israel and as judge of the nation. It is as the “Son of man” that He is coming to deliver Israel. It is as the “Son of man” that He is coming to sit, as Judge, on the throne of His glory. Matthew 25:31-46. Inasmuch as the experience of Lot in Sodom is linked up with the coming of the Son of man in judgment, we should carefully study the experience of Lot.

In 2 Peter we have some statements concerning the coming of Christ in judgment, and the escape of Lot from Sodom. Scoffers are to arise and ask, “Where is the promise of His coming?” 2 Peter 3:4. But this Epistle declares that He is coming in judgment. Now as to Lot and Sodom, “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked. (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds)” 2 Peter 2:6-9. “Delivered just Lot”. Why did God deliver just Lot? From these verses in 2 Peter we would certainly conclude that Lot was a consecrated saint of God; such a true, noble faithful man of God that God could not think of sending judgment upon Sodom until that spiritual saint had been delivered. Well, God did deliver just Lot before His work of destruction.

And, therefore, we must conclude from 2 Peter 2:7 and Luke 17:29-30 that all of the just Lots, every sinner, saved by grace, who is alive at the coming of the LORD, shall be delivered BEFORE God’s judgment falls upon the world.

But now let us read about this man who is called “just Lot”, the man with the righteous soul.

We quote several verses from Genesis…

“And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous.” “And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” “And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake” . . . “And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.” “For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it;” “Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither.” “Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.” “And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.” Genesis 18:20, Genesis 18:23, and Genesis 18:32; Genesis 19:1, Genesis 19:13, Genesis 19:22, Genesis 19:24, and Genesis 19:29.

God remembered Abraham and saved Lot. Later on, God remembered Abraham and saved Israel. Exodus 2:24-25. God again remembered and saved Israel. Deuteronomy 9:27. God will once again remember Abraham and deliver Israel. Romans 11:25-29.

Lot was delivered before Abram became Abraham. Neither Abram nor Lot were Israelites. They were Gentiles. God had preached the Gospel to Abram and Abram believed and was declared righteous. Galatians 3:6-8. Now note Galatians 3:8, “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen (Gentiles) through faith, preached before the Gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.”

The Scripture foresaw our justification by the Faith at the time Abram was declared righteous by faith. “The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the LORD knoweth them that are His”, 2 Timothy 2:19.

God’s servants said to Lot, “I cannot do anything until thou be come thither.” Thus shall it be when the Son of man is revealed.

Now note the question in Luke 18:8, “When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” The Greek calls for the negative answer. Therefore the Son of man will not come until all the people of faith have been delivered. This is verified in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-11. The LORD shall be revealed to take vengeance upon the wicked “when He shall (shall have) come to be glorified in His saints, in that day.” (2 Thessalonians 1:10).

The very purpose of the tribulation is to punish disobedient unbelievers; NOT members of the Body of Christ.

If members of the Body of Christ are to go into the tribulation, then DEATH would certainly be the believer’s blessed hope; anything to escape that awful day of wrath. Why should such wrath of God be visited upon those who are without condemnation in Christ? It won’t!

Lot was anything but a victorious consecrated saint and if God could not and did not destroy Sodom until Lot was free from that awful judgment, (and thus shall it be when the Son of man is revealed), surely we have no Scriptural authority to support the teaching that there is to be a partial rapture of God’s saints; that is, that only Spirit-filled saints are to be taken to glory when Christ comes for His Church. Therefore, the parable of the ten virgins does NOT refer to the members of the Body of Christ but to Israel.
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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

LLM - Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Rapture: Interval Between The Rapture and the Great Tribulation



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The coming of Christ for His Body is quite a different event, and belongs to quite a different Dispensation, than the coming of Christ to the earth with great power and to execute judgment. The end for which the Body of Christ is waiting is not judgment or tribulation, but to be "received up in glory" (1 Timothy 3:16), to be "called on high" (Philippians 3:14). The Body of Christ's seat of government exists now in heaven, from whence we look for the Savior (Philippians 3:19-21).

That coming is into the AIR, and NOT unto the earth; it is in Grace, and NOT in judgment; and it concerns those who are "IN Christ". Nothing is revealed in the Old Testament or in the Gospels about this coming! Those books know nothing of it. This coming concerns the Mystery, which was kept secret from times eternal, and was "hid in God", until revealed by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul. The Body of Christ (which is the Mystery) waits for ONE thing, and that is to be "received up into Glory" (1 Timothy 3:16). But this is NOT the subject of the Book of Revelation.

To make this even clearer we must compare what we call the "second" Advent with the "first" Advent.

When the Coming of the LORD was announced in Micah 5:2, it was announced as a coming FORTH; and then in Zechariah 9:9 as a coming UNTO. Micah speaks of the coming forth at Bethlehem, and Zechariah of the coming unto Jerusalem.

In Zechariah, Christ comes UNTO Jerusalem, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass." Zech. 9:9

In Micah 5:2, Christ comes FORTH at Bethlehem, "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2

Now, pay attention here, there was nothing in those prophecies to tell the Jewish reader whether there would be any interval between these events, or what that interval would be. The Jewish Bible student might think there was a discrepancy; while the Jew with the mind of a "higher critic" might see a greater difficulty, and refuse to believe either Scripture.

Now, of course today, we, with our knowledge, know that there was an interval of more than THIRTY years between the two events. Both refer to one and the same Coming, but to two different stages in it; and that all the events between them go to make up what we speak of as the "first Coming."

We believe that it will be exactly the same with regard to what we call the "second Coming." There will be the same two stages, with a similar INTERVAL (or longer it may be) between them, and all the events (which are recorded in the Book of Revelation and elsewhere) will go to make up what we speak of as "the second Coming." This will also provide opportunity for the Antichrist to set up his kingdom, albeit for "an hour".

There will be the coming forth (as at Bethlehem) of "the LORD Himself" and the calling of His saints on high (Philippians 3:14), and the receiving of them in glory (1 Tim. 3:16); and then, LATER ON, to fulfill all the prophecies which related to His People Israel; and, as the Son of man will "come unto" the earth, to take unto Himself His great power, and reign.

This LATTER COMING is connected with "the Day of the LORD," and it is THAT which the subject of the Book of Revelation is. Revelation 1:7 settles this for us, "Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth( a better rendering would be "the Land") shall wail because of him." Only Jew and Gentile are in this verse, and not the Body of Christ. This is the Coming of which Israel's Prophets speak. See Daniel 7:13 and Zechariah 12:9-10, which is the Scripture referred to here.

This is the Coming which the LORD spoke of when on earth in Matthew 24:30-31; Matthew 26:64, and elsewhere (make note of the "ye").

What He there said is perfectly clear, and in perfect harmony with all that had been said in the Old Testament. Therefore, to read Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians into the Gospels is only to create confusion; and make a difficulty where none before existed: it uses one truth for the upsetting of another.

The same difficulty is created when we arbitrarily introduce these later Prison Epistles of Paul into the Book of Revelation. And, to save us from making such a mistake, the Holy Spirit gave special instruction, through the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5, immediately after He had inspired the revelation of 1 Thessalonians 4. If we pay attention to this and learn the great and important lesson here, all will be perfectly clear.

1 Thessalonians 5: 1, "But of the times and the season, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you."

Why, "no need"? Simply because the Coming forth into the air and our "gathering together unto Him" there, do not depend on any time or season. His "Coming unto" the earth DOES; but that is NOT what he had been speaking about in the chapter immediately before (Thessalonians 4).

2. "For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the LORD so cometh as a thief in the night."

It is the "Day of the LORD" which (as we have been discussing above) is the subject of the Book of Revelation: and in Revelation 3:3, the LORD distinctly warns as to His Coming "as a thief," which is the VERY OPPOSITE of what we read of in Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, and even in 1 Thessalonians 4-5. For mark the sudden change of pronouns in the latter chapters.

3. "For when THEY shall say, 'Peace and safety,' then sudden destruction cometh upon THEM, and THEY shall not escape."

It is this "destruction" which the Book of Revelation describes. It is this which gives its character to "the Day of the LORD." It is "sudden," and comes "as a thief;" and it comes upon "THEM" and "THEY," not upon us: for mark the change of pronouns again.

4. "But YE, brethren, are not in darkness, that that Day should overtake YOU as a thief."

Here, our point is spot on and emphatically stated, with a pin-pointing which leaves nothing to be added. Can anything be clearer than the fact that the Church of God of the Dispensation of Grace, the Church of the Mystery, the Body of Christ, is NOT the subject of the Book of Revelation...And that the "Coming" which IS the subject of the Book of Revelation is NOT the Coming for which the Body of Christ is now longing, waiting, and looking?

The Book of Revelation is "prophecy," and therefore it awaits a future fulfillment in "the Day of the LORD," when the LORD Jesus shall be unveiled as the Son of man, and every eye shall see Him.

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

LLM - Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Monday, January 23, 2017

The PRETRIBULATION RAPTURE is NOT the Second Coming of Christ to the Earth



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Please read Acts 3:19-26; Acts 5:29-32; Acts 2:5-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

In Matthew 21:42 Christ told Israel that He was to be the rejected Stone in fulfillment of the Scriptures. “It was the LORD’s doing,” (Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:25-29; Acts 2:22; Acts 3:18).

In Acts 3:19-21 we learn that Christ is coming back to EARTH for the restitution of all things, in fulfillment of the Scriptures. Samuel, and all of the prophets spoke of “these days.” (Acts 3:24).

Christ “came unto His own and His own” re­ceived Him not. (John 1:11). At the time Christ was dying, He prayed for Israel in Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them, for they KNOW NOT what they do.” How did that prayer change God’s attitude toward Israel? Well, take note of the LORD’s message of mercy and forgiveness after He accused Israel of “killing the Prince of Life.” (Acts 3:14-15). “‘And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all His prophets, that Christ should suffer, He hath fulfilled.” (Act 3:17-18). AND THEN...The “therefore” and the RESTITUTION message of Acts 3:19-21.

Christ was delivered according to God’s determinate counsel and foreknowledge. He HAD to die WHEN He died and AS He died. (1 Peter 1:18-20;Matthew 26:24). There­fore, on the ground of the “KNOW NOT,” in Christ’s prayer, and the “IGNORANCE” of Acts 3:17, if Israel’s rulers, with Israel, would repent they would receive all the kingdom bles­sings of Joel Two, of which Acts was but a sample (Acts 2:16-20). Call this a second Kingdom chance, or what you will, but there was a new PROPOSITION from God to Israel. But this differed greatly from God’s new Dispensation of Grace given to and presented by the Apostle Paul. (Ephesians 3:1-4; Romans 11:30; Romans 11:11).

Israel was told, REPENT! and God will send Christ back to earth for the prophesied kingdom RESTITUTION. Christ will return to build again the tabernacle of David. (Acts 15:15-18). Israel did NOT repent and the RESTITUTION was postponed. The Kingdom was not restored to Israel. (Acts 1:6).

Therefore, God introduced a NEW program by a NEW apostle, concerning the NEW creation and the One NEW Man. (2 Corin­thians 5:16-17; Ephesians 2:15). Christ was no longer known after the flesh. These new creatures could then say with the Apostle of the Gentiles, “For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the LORD Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21). When Christ appears to do this, it will not be for the RESTITUTION of Acts 3:21.

The Apostle Paul did NOT say in his “Grace” Gospel, “re­pent, and God will send Christ back for the prophesied RESTITUTION,” which will come when Christ returns to build the tabernacle of David (Amos 9:11-15). No, Paul did NOT say THAT, but he DID say THIS...“believe and God will raise you up and make you sit with Christ in the heavenlies.” Note Ephesians 2:5-6, “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by Grace are ye saved); And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.”

There is a great difference between Christ coming down here and our being raised up in the Heavenlies.

These new creatures will all be present when the RAPTURE of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 takes place. The Blessed Hope of Titus 2:13 will be realized when Christ comes for His Body.

Now, between the RAPTURE and the RESTITUTION there will come trouble on the earth. Read Luke 21:24-33. It is the time of Ja­cob’s trouble...and Jacob shall be saved. (Jere­miah 30:7-11).

The Body of Christ will be with it’s Head, the LORD Jesus Christ, in glory be­fore Christ’s return for the prophesied RESTITUTION.

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

LLM - Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The MYSTERY of the Gospel, Part 3...The Spirit of Revelation - LLM




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Christ, The Stumblingstone

Unto the Jews a stumblingblock”, and, “Unto the wisdom of the world foolishness”. How true is the statement in 1 Peter 2:7-8, “Unto you therefore who believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the Stone which the builders rejected, the Same is made the Head of the corner, And a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.”

This is stated also in Romans 9:32-33, “Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that Stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Zion a Stumblingstone and Rock of offense; and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.”

Worldly wise men, and self‑righteous men have always stumbled at the virgin birth of the Son of God. The great mystery and miracle of the incarnation is too much for the wisdom of this world. Even religious leaders today repudiate it, because it cannot be explained within the realm of natural science. This is the spirit of antichrist that was in the world before the last of the Apostles died. The Christianized agnostics in the assemblies today do not care for the fellowship of the members of the Body of Christ whom they call Fundamentalists. We say to those who DO believe in this all important doctrine, that is the Deity of Christ, be warned against fellowshipping or supporting the pseudo Christians who deny the Deity of the Son of God. 2 John 10-11. Then 1 John 2:22 says, “Who is a liar, but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ. He is antichrist.”

Christ was in the world and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. This is the testimony of the Holy Spirit in John 1:10. And, because the rulers, spiritual and physical, of this world knew not the eternal purpose of God in Christ, they crucified the LORD of Glory. 1 Corinthians 2:8. “They killed the Prince of Life.” Acts 3:14-15.

To the religions self righteous Jews on earth, when Christ was in their midst...their Messiah said, “do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, Moses, in whom ye trust: For had Ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me, for he wrote of Me. But if ye believe not his writings how shall ye believe My words?” John 5:45-47.

Note this terrible indictment against the Jewish leaders, “But though He had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on Him. That the saying of Isaiah, the prophet, might be fulfilled, which he spake, ‘Lord, who hath believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?’” John 12:37-38. “The Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.” John 9:22. (The Jews, often mentioned in the Gospels are not to be taken for the everyday common man of Israel. In first century Palestine there was no separation between church and state. The priests at the temple in Jerusalem not only officiated over the religious life of the Jews, they were also rulers and judges. These along with the Sadducees, were what is referenced as The Jews)

The Jews would not believe their own Scriptures. They claimed to believe Moses, but they did not. Just as the Modernists claim to believe Christ; but they do not. The Jews saw Christ feed five thousand people with one scanty meal; they saw Him calm the stormy sea; they saw Him raise Lazarus from the dead; they acknowledged that He was a Teacher come from God; that He spoke as never men spake; that He might be John the Baptist raised front the dead or some old testament prophet reincarnated; but when Christ made Himself equal with God, they took up stones to kill Him John 10:28-35. Then Christ added, “they hated Me without a cause."

WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT?

That was a very important question, “Who hath believed our report?” And the other question asked with it, “To whom is the Arm of the Lord revealed?

The answer to this last question is given in the language of Christ recorded in Matthew 11:25-27, “Thou hast hid these things from the wise and the prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes; Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight. And no man knoweth the Son, but the Father.”

What a wonderful truth this is! AND, this still seemeth good unto the Father. When Simon made the great confession to the Messiah “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living, God,” The Son of God said a most significant thing, “BLESSED ART THOU...FLESH AND BLOOD HATH NOT REVEALED THIS UNTO THEE. BUT MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN.” Matthew 16:16-19. In line with this great truth, the Apostle Paul wrote years later, “no man can say that Jesus is LORD except by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:3.

In Ephesians 1:16-19, we learn that the same God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ gives the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to all members of the Body of Christ who really desire to know the deep things of God. “For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10.

But LOOK, millions of members of the Body of Christ, who believe the report concerning the virgin birth and eternal Deity of the LORD Jesus Christ, do NOT believe the LORD’s report concerning “the Mystery of Christ” in Ephesians 3:1-11. Why? One reason is because the eyes of their understanding have not been enlightened in accordance with Ephesians 1:18. This Mystery is, to the great majority of redeemed saints, “The Mysterious Mystery.” Its enemies in the assemblies are many, and even some fundamentalists call it divisive teaching, because they have not received the Spirit of revelation. Like the Jews in the days of Christ, they have agreed that they will put out of the synagogue any who confess and teach that the risen LORD revealed a Mystery to the Apostle Paul different from the message and program which He gave to the twelve Apostles. This, right here, is THE cause of all of the schisms and divisions in the Body of Christ today, because the eyes of their understanding have not been enlightened in accordance with Ephesians 1:18.

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

LLM - Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The MYSTERY of the Gospel, Part 2...Test the spirits: The Questions - LLM



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By the Word of God ONLY, members of the Body of Christ need to determine whether or not their denominational creed, Pastor, Preacher, or whoever and whatever, are truly of God. Again, the Word of God is the ONLY method by which to test. In our last message of this series I told you that we will have for you questions that you can ask. So now, here are the questions. These questions are thorough but not exhaustive. ALL of the following questions should be met with a resounding YES:

1. Do they believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven? (John 14:6)

2. Do they believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ? (Isaiah 7:14)

3. Do they believe that Jesus is God Almighty? (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-3, John 1:14; John 10:33, 1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 1:8)

4. Do they believe that Jesus is the Son of God? (John 3:16)

5. Do they believe that Jesus died upon the cross? (John 19:23; Hebrews 12:2)

6. Do they believe that Jesus was buried, and rose again physically after three days? (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

7. Do they believe that Jesus ascended bodily into Heaven after His resurrection? (Acts 1:9)

8. Do they believe that it is Jesus' blood which takes our sins away, and not just the death of Christ? (Colossians 1:14; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 7:14)

9. Do they believe in the Godhead (Trinity): God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? (Romans 1:20; Matthew 28:19-20)

10. Do they believe that Jesus is a member of the Godhead, equal in every capacity? (Colossians 2:9)

11. Do they believe that Jesus is perfect, never having sinned even once? (2 Cor. 5:21; Hebrews 4:15)

12. Do they believe that Jesus existed in Preexistent form, before He came to the earth? (John 8:58; Revelation 1:8)

13. Do they believe in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ upon the cross, Who died in our place? (1 Peter 2:21)

14. Do they believe that Hell is a literal place that burns with fire, to punish all Christ-rejecters for eternity? (2 Thessalonians 1:8; Revelation 20:8-15)

15. Do they believe in a literal Heaven, for the saved to go to? (John 14:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:8)

16. Do they believe that Jesus Christ is the Creator of the universe? (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16)

17. Do they believe that Jesus Christ always existed? (Revelation 1:8; John 5:58; Hebrews 7:3)

18. Is Christ's work of atonement completely finished? (Hebrews 9:26)

As I said, the answer to all of these questions should be a confident "YES!"

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Now, the answer to all of the following questions should be a confident "NO!"

19. Does a person have to be baptized to go to Heaven? (1 Corinthians 1:17; Acts 16:31)

20. Do you have to do any good works to go to Heaven? (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

21. Do you have to join a “church” to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Psalm 118:8)

22. Do you have to confess your sins to a priest or a minister to go to Heaven? (1 Timothy 2:5)

23. Do you have to keep the sacraments to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5)

24. Do you have to endure or persevere to the end of life to be saved? (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 5:15; Romans 6:23; Romans 4:5)

25. Do you have to earn your way to Heaven? (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

26. Do you have to pray the Rosary to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 6:7)

27. Do you have to recognize, pray to, and worship the Virgin Mary to be saved? (1 Timothy 2:5; Exodus 20:4-5)

28. Do you have to be religious to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Mark 7:6-13)

29. Do you have to forsake your sins to be saved? (Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8-9)

30. Do you have to "be willing" to turn from your sins to be saved? (Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8-9)”

Again, these should all be answered with a NO.

OK...Back on point...

Now, the Bible has much to say about apostasy, false prophets, and deceitful workers, who transform themselves into the apostles of Christ, AND concerning the people who will give heed to seducing spirits and follow the pernicious ways of those who deny the LORD that bought them and bring in the damnable heresy. The Holy Spirit thru the Apostle Paul says, “For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12.

Note God’s warning against these unbelievers posing as Christians, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. THIS is a deceiver AND an antichrist. Look to yourselves that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever trangresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 7-9.

Now, get this, most of these spiritual criminals (because criminal is what they are doing), are moral, religious, sincere religious infidels. Satan is accused of the crime of deceiving the whole world, but how any man can be so deluded by the arch enemy as to call himself a Christian while he denies the Genesis record of creation, the virgin birth and eternal Deity of the self‑existent Christ, then deny salvation from the sorrows of the second death by the Faith in His shed blood and bodily resurrection, and further go on to deny the other Christian doctrines of the Bible, is almost beyond comprehension or explanation!

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

LLM - Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)