Matthew 5:15-16 “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
The purpose of light is to be seen, never to be hidden. Light enables people to see what things are really like. Darkness is the opposite of light. People who walk in darkness do not see things as they really are. A blind person walks and lives in darkness. They often need someone to lead and guide them because they do not have the ability to see. In verse 14 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid,”
Jesus, of course, spoke this to his disciples. A true disciple of Jesus is the light of the world. A disciple HAS and IS something, and that is light. Where did the light come from?
John 8:12 “Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
So Jesus is the light, and the disciples who follow Jesus will receive the light from him. Jesus is the source of the light. Our sun is light. The moon has no light of it’s own. When the sun shines upon the moon, the moon reflects the light from the sun.
Genesis 1:16 “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”
The sun rules the day, and the moon rules the night. So the disciple who follows Jesus reflects the light of Jesus. The disciple HAS and IS the light of Jesus. The person who does not follow Jesus has no light. Jesus is the light, and only those who follow Jesus and are in his presence, have light. No man has any light of his own. Men only have darkness. Light is life and darkness is death. Light is eternal life and darkness is eternal death. So only a disciple, who is continually in the presence of Jesus, can HAVE and BE light. People today say that they can have Jesus as savior, without making him the Lord of their life. Not so. Not true. Only a disciple, who follows and obeys the Lord Jesus continually, can have the light of life. As soon as a man leaves the presence of Jesus, his light dies out. The moon hidden from the sun is dark. The new moon is dark, for it is alone. When it is joined once again to the sun’s light, it begins to glow once again. How can anyone have Jesus as savior, without continually serving him as Lord? How can anyone have the light of light, and not be in the presence of Jesus? It cannot be.
John 14:23-24 “Jesus answered an said unto him, if a man love me, he will obey my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not obeys not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”
The words of Jesus are light and they are life. To say that Jesus is your savior, but not your Lord, is to speak in contradiction to the words of Jesus. It proves that you do not love him, and do not have his light and life in you. To say you have Jesus as savior, but not Lord, is to admit that you live in darkness, in death. A disciple is the light of the world. A disciple lives in the presence of Jesus and obeys his every word. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Your good works are everything that you do in obedience to Jesus Christ. Jesus commands and you obey. Jesus is King and speaks his commands to his loyal followers, and they obey his every word. Every man who is self-willed, and does what he himself wants to do, does evil works. A self-willed person dwells in darkness and in death. A self-willed person does not have eternal life dwelling in them. There is no separating Jesus from his words. Jesus IS the Word of God. To have the king is to have his commands, and to obey them. This is eternal life, to live in the presence of King Jesus, and to obey his every word. There is no such thing as secret agent Christians.
Mark 8:38 “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulteress and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
John 3:1-2 “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”
Why did Nicodemus come to Jesus by night? He was afraid and ashamed to be seen with Jesus. He wanted to meet with Jesus in secret under the cover of darkness. Nicodemus was not a disciple of Jesus, he did not follow him. Nicodemus was not the light of the world. Nicodemus was darkness and came to Jesus under the cover of darkness. But one day Nicodemus came to Jesus in the day light and unashamed. One day Nicodemus became a changed man and a true disciple of Jesus. Another secret disciple also came with Nicodemus that day, openly and unashamed.
John 19:38-42 “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulcher was nigh at hand.”
This day these two secret disciples became open disciples. Before they had hidden in the darkness of night. Now they came in the bright light of day. They were given the honor to be the two men who prepared the body of Jesus for his burial, and to be forever included in the gospel story. Now, they too were the light of the world, and they let their light so shine before men, that they could see their good works, and glorify the Father in heaven. How many countless millions of men and women have glorified the Father in heaven, for what these two men did, during the past two thousand years? Only God knows. I imagine that their reward in heaven will be great indeed. Become a true disciple of Jesus, who obeys his every word, and you too will become the light of the world, having and being the light of life.
Matthew 6:22-23 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Therefore if the light that be in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
What determines whether your body is full of light or darkness is your eye. Your eye is the entry place into your body. If your eye is single, looking ONLY at the words of Jesus, your body will be full of light.
Proverbs 4:20-23 “My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
The evil eye is the one that is not single. The evil eye looks at the things of God AND other things. The evil eye is like Lot’s wife.
Genesis 19:26 “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Luke 9:62 “And Jesus said unto him, no man having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Notice that Jesus said, “If your eye be evil, your WHOLE body shall be full of darkness. If the light that is in you be darkness, How great is that darkness!”
Having a mixture of light and darkness will result in the whole being counted as darkness.
Revelation 3:15-16 “I know thy works, that thou are neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot. So then because thou are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.”
Jesus accepts only the hot. The cold and the lukewarm, Jesus rejects. Lukewarm is half cold and half hot. Half the world and half God. Half natural things and half spiritual things. It is being half hearted in serving Jesus. These people Jesus will reject completely, and vomit them out of his mouth, and into hell. Even though you may have light in you, if it is not pure light, then the light in you is darkness. The entire church today, it seems, is lukewarm or cold. Where are the hot, on fire Christians today? I see them not. Today people use correct terminology such as, Radical, and, On Fire; but they change the meaning of these words and terms. Today, Radical, means what half hearted meant 150 years ago. And, On Fire, means what lukewarm meant 150 years ago.
Today people say that Jesus is their Lord, but Jesus says, “And why call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
Today people say, I love Jesus, but Jesus says, “He that loves me not obeys not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.” (John 14:24).
Today people say that Jesus is their friend, or their BFF, and sing that Jesus calls them friend, but Jesus says, “You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:14).
And, “Not every one who says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21).
People today say that they are saved and born again, but Jesus says, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, you that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23).
People today say that they are God’s children, but Jesus says, “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44).
Today people say that they are righteous, God’s sheep, and going to heaven, but Jesus says,
“Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry, and you gave me no food; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and you took me not in; naked, and you clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and you visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto you? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you did it not unto one of the least of these, you did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”(Matthew 25:41-46).
Today people say that they are saved by grace without any works, and that they will live forever in God’s holy city, but Jesus says, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.” (Revelation 22:12-15).
Today people say that they are disciples of Jesus, but Jesus says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. And he said, therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.” (John 6:44,65).
Today people say that their life is founded upon the rock, which is Jesus Christ. But Jesus says, “But he that hears and does not, is like a man without a foundation built a house upon the earth: against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell: and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:49).
It pays great rewards to have a single eye, looking only to the words of Jesus.
Luke 12:29-31 “And seek not what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be of a doubtful mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that you have need of these things. But rather seek the kingdom of God: and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 7:3-5 “And why behold the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye, and, behold a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then you shall see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.”
This addresses an issue that is rampant within the church today. People always want to correct others. They have a dogged determination to correct their brother or sister. We have things upside down and inside out. We consider the faults in others, but are blind to our own faults. Instead, we should be blind to the faults in others, but behold our own faults. Professing Christians today want to enjoy life, be entertained, be happy, and have a good time. They say there is nothing wrong in this because it is clean fun. They reject the words of Jesus and the apostles.
“Blessed are you that weep now: for you shall laugh. And, blessed are you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 6:20-21).
They also reject, “But woe unto you that are rich! for you have received your consolation. And, woe unto you that laugh now! for you shall mourn and weep.” (Luke 6:24-25).
James 5:1-5 “Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabbath. You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton: you have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.”
We need to open our eyes and compare OUR OWN lives with what Jesus taught and commanded. None of us is perfect. We all have our own faults and failures. Notice the two verses proceeding our text, “Judge not that you be not judged, for with what judgement you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.” This should put the fear of God in you. EXACTLY as you judge, you shall be judged. The EXACT judgement that you mete out is what will be measured back to you. When you say, “What a wicked person!”, you are actually saying it to yourself in God’s mirror. You are actually judging yourself to be a wicked person. And unless you repent, God will judge you to be a wicked person on judgement day. When you judge or look at the faults of others, you are convicting yourself of the very same thing. Remember the golden rule, verse 12, “Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Do you want your own faults, failures, and short comings to be ignored by God on judgement day? Then ignore the faults, failures, and short comings of other people today. You will have to put a lot of effort into changing your thought patterns. It doesn’t happen overnight, but you can begin right now. A trip of 1,000 miles begins with one step. What counts in God’s eyes is that you have begun the trip. You can choose to see only the good in other people and to be blind to the evil.
There is the story of a man who once lived in a small town who only spoke good of other people. One day the wickedest man in town died. It was the custom in that place and time, for everyone to attend the funeral, and to speak a few words over the dead body. So when this man stood over the corpse, everyone wanted to hear what he had to say. The man stood there for a few minutes thinking, and then he said, “Well, he had a nice set of teeth.” He found something good to say.
I have always been a student of history. I have read a lot about Adolph Hitler, and watched many documentaries about him. I have discovered one good thing that I can say about him. He was kind and generous to his sister. So even the most hated and despised man in modern times had something good in him. So others, you will find, have even more good in them. Quit seeing the glass half empty, and see it half full. Put things back right side up again. Take the insides which are out and put them back inside again. Fix what is wrong in YOU! To forgive everyone and to overlook their faults, failures, and shortcomings is the ONLY WAY that God will do the same to you on judgement day. So repent and begin the process of change immediately.
Matthew 7:6 “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”
Holy things have great value, they are as costly pearls. We need to learn to place the proper value that they deserve, upon them. Jesus did this, he shared the mysteries of the kingdom of God to his disciples, but not unto other people. To other people these mysteries remain hidden.
Matthew 13:10-11 “And the disciples came and said unto him, Why do you speak unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but unto them it is not given.”
What a blessing and an honor to be given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven! Today, the modern church places very little or no value upon these mysteries. They have discarded and rejected these mysteries, and they have utterly refused to become disciples of Jesus Christ. Oh, they claim to be disciples, but their definition of being a disciple does not require meeting the requirements that Jesus made for being a disciple. So they are not truly disciples, no matter what they claim to be. Listen to what a true disciple of Jesus said, when others fell away.
Luke 6:66-68 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, will you also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life.”
I LOVE that answer! To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!
Do you want to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven? Do you want eternal life? Then follow the example of Simon Peter and place the proper value upon the words of Jesus Christ. You must recognize that only Jesus has the words of eternal life. Not anyone else. So fill yourself with the words of Jesus Christ and obey them. This is eternal life.
Matthew 7:15-20 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns? or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is chopped down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.”
We need to be on the lookout at all times for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing. They put on a false front of being a sheep. They can speak, look, and act like a sheep; at least for a time. But by their fruits you shall know them.
Revelation 2:2 “I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say that they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars.”
The message of a false prophet or false apostle will always be to lead us away from the doctrine of Christ. The only salvation that there is, is to receive the doctrine of Christ and to obey it.
2 John 1:9-11 “Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God Speed: for he that bids him God Speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
Notice, John said, if there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine. These are people who come to convert you with their doctrine. They are like the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses who come knocking at your door. These are not people you meet, or who come to visit, or are family members. So we still need to practice hospitality to all people, up until the point where they attempt to convert us to their false doctrine. Then we are to reject them, not receive them into our house, shake hands with them, or tell them, “God bless you.” We are not to separate ourselves from all non-believers any more than Jesus did.
Luke 19:1-10 “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at your house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, that he was gone to be the guest of a man who was a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor: and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him four fold. And Jesus said unto him, this day is salvation come to this house, for as much as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Luke 17:34-36 “I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, the other left.”
Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
Whosoever hears these sayings of MINE. Jesus is not talking about the Bible in general. He is not talking about the Old Testament or the Pauline epistles. Jesus said, these sayings of MINE. In the context, he is talking about the entire Sermon on the Mount. He also speaks about ALL of his sayings, every single word of them. We know this because of Jesus’ last great command to the apostles in the great commission.
They were to “Teach them to obey ALL things WHATSOEVER I have commanded YOU.” (Matthew 28:20).
That would be every single thing that Jesus said in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This is what Jesus commanded the apostles to teach to the church. This is the doctrine of Christ as mentioned in 2 John 1:9. Jesus places GREAT IMPORTANCE upon his own words. Jesus is the Word of God.
John 6:45 “It is written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and has learned of the Father, comes unto me.”
John 7:16-17 “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself”
John 8:26-28 “I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They understood not that he spoke to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things.”
John 8:31-32 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my Word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Today, the false prophets tell us that what Jesus taught was only for that time. It all belonged to a different dispensation. Now we are in the church age, and we are to obey the epistles.
I went to Bible College. The founder was a false prophet who taught this doctrine. This is the spirit of anti-Christ. It is against the doctrine of Christ. It is obedience to the doctrine of Christ, that is, every word that Jesus spoke and commanded, that saves us. There is no salvation except through obedience to the doctrine of Christ. So, what is YOUR LIFE founded upon? Are you a wise man who hears Jesus’ sayings and obeys them, thus building a foundation upon the rock? Or, are you a foolish man who hears Jesus’ sayings and does not obey them, thus constructing no foundation at all? Your salvation or your damnation, heaven or hell, depends on which choice you make concerning obeying or not obeying Jesus’ sayings.
Matthew 9:15-17 “And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. No man puts a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”
These sayings of Jesus were proceeded by a question. “Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but your disciples fast not?” (verse 14).
First, Jesus tells them that his disciples cannot mourn as long as he is with them. Jesus links mourning and fasting together. He said that when he was taken from them, then they would fast. During the arrest, crucifixion, and burial of Jesus, the disciples mourned greatly. There was great weeping and fasting. How could anyone mourn or fast when Jesus was physically with them?
Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures ever more.”
The disciples were in the very presence of God Almighty. Jehovah God became a man, and his name was Jesus. The part about the old and new garments, the old and new wine, speaks of the old covenant and the new covenant, the law of Moses and the kingdom of God. The disciples of John asked about fasting, but they asked about it in the context of the old covenant. Jesus was telling them that they cannot mix the old covenant with the new covenant. Jesus came preaching and teaching the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus said, “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.” (Luke 16:16).
So Jesus did not preach nor teach the law or the prophets. Everything that Jesus taught, said, preached, and commanded was part of the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven. So the question about fasting by the disciples of John, did not mix with the teaching and preaching of Jesus. The disciples of John spoke of the law and the prophets. This did not mix with the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven that Jesus spoke of. So, even on the subject of fasting, there is old covenant fasting, and there is new covenant fasting. They are two entirely different things. The deed itself may be the same, but one is old and the other is new. Jesus taught fasting in the kingdom of God.
Matthew 6:16-18 “Moreover when you fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; that you appear not unto men to fast, but unto your Father which is in secret: and your Father, which sees in secret, shall reward you openly.”
Luke 6:21,25 “Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are you that weep now; for you shall laugh. Woe unto you that are full! for you shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for you shall mourn and weep.”
What is the purpose of mourning, weeping, and fasting in the kingdom of God?
Luke 9:23-25 “And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever shall save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”
James 4:4-10 “You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Or do you think that the scripture says in vain, the Spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy? But he gives more grace. Wherefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
We are to daily deny ourselves and humble ourselves before God. Our SELF is very much alive and needs DAILY denial to keep it under control. So mourning, weeping, and fasting in the kingdom of God is to do this.
Matthew 13:3-15 “And he spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up: some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold. Who has ears to hear let him hear. And the disciples came and said unto him, Why do you speak unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophesy of Esaias, which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: for this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
The parable of the sower without the interpretation is impossible to understand. Even with the interpretation, only a few people understand it. Only a disciple of Jesus can clearly understand it. Jesus said, “Who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Either you have ears to hear, or you do not have ears to hear. Only those that the Father has chosen have ears to hear. The disciples asked, “Why do you speak unto them in parables?” Jesus spoke to the disciples openly, and not in parables, so naturally they wanted to know why Jesus spoke to other people in parables. Why them and not us? The reply of Jesus is very revealing. “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”
Before I became a disciple of Jesus I did not understand his parables. I partially understood, but not fully. Therefore I was also in error. Partial truth is error. Only pure truth is truth. In March of 2010 I quit my job and began to live by faith. I began to serve Jesus as a street preacher. I gave a lot of time to study and to deep thought. Little by little light began to shine. Now six and a half years later, I have a good understanding of Jesus’ sayings. I also notice that the famous pastors, teachers, and evangelists DO NOT correctly understand Jesus’ sayings. They do partially, but not fully. They do alright foe awhile, and then they miss it. Why? They have not met nor obeyed the conditions of discipleship that Jesus taught. They are holding back. And, “He who saves his life shall lose it, but he who loses his life for my sake shall find it.” Only disciples are given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. I have noticed something else too. Even though I openly speak of the mysteries of the kingdom of God, people still don’t get it. It is hidden from them.
Proverbs 1:6 “To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.”
What is light to me is a dark saying to other people. I see what many others do not see. I tell them, but they do not have eyes to see, or ears to hear, or hearts that understand. Some day soon people WILL UNDERSTAND!
Revelation 7:9,13-14 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these that are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Praise the Lord! All of the mysteries of the kingdom of God are hidden FOR the true disciples of Jesus. Become a disciple, following the conditions that Jesus set forth, and you too will receive eyes that see, ears that hear, and a heart that understands.
Matthew 13:18-23 “Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and anon with joy receives it; yet has he not root in himself, but endures foe awhile: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
It is possible to hear the word of the kingdom and to understand it not. Actually, that is very common. Jesus just told them that the reason he spoke in parables, was so that people would not understand what was spoken about the kingdom of God.
Proverbs 1:6 “To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.”
With both parables and proverbs, there is an interpretation to each of them. The words of the wise are dark sayings to those who do not understand. Jesus said that when a person does not understand the word of the kingdom, that is when the devil can steal it out of their heart. These are they sown by the wayside.
The seed sown into stony places are like some people I once met in the Philippines. I preached the gospel to a young man named Nef. He confessed Jesus as Lord and a big change came into his life. He was on fire. His vices fell away. All he wanted to talk about was Jesus. He began witnessing to his brothers and sisters, and to people at work. Shortly thereafter Nef went home for Christmas vacation. I remember he asked me for prayer as he wanted to share the gospel to his dad and mom. I was excited to see him return to Cebu City. I saw him from a distance, very sad, and now smoking again. He told me how excited he had been to become a Christian. He witnessed to his Catholic parents. They told him that if he changed religions they would disown him. So he rejected Jesus so that he would not lose his family. For as long as I knew him, he remained closed.
Another man that I had led to Jesus was all excited to learn more about being a Christian. Then a few weeks later, his wife was robbed. She had a snack food route and collected money from each stop. The thieves knew her route and waited until she had the most money. They were devastated. Why is it when people accept Jesus that things like this happen? It was satan coming to steal the word that was sown in their hearts.
The seed sown among thorns is the most dangerous. These are people that receive the word and never let go of it. There is a problem, they receive the word among cares, riches, and pleasure. In Mark’s gospel it says, the lust of other things.” In Luke it says, “the pleasures of this life.” So there is a mixture of two different things: the good seed and the thorns.
Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two master’s: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Revelation 3:15-16 “I know your works, that you are neither cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.”
It is so easy to get caught up in the cares of this life. From little worries to world events, there is so much to think about, and fear and worry will grip you if you do.
It is so easy to get caught up in the deceitfulness of riches. Our society worships higher education. Why? It produces money and position in society. People work long hours to get more money. More, more, more.
And pleasures. We are a society that worships and lives for pleasure. TV, movies, internet, video games, sports, pets, hobbies, fine dining, vacations, resorts, theme parks, and on, and on, and on the list goes.
All of these things, and many others, choke out the word, and it brings no fruit to perfection. They only produce imperfect fruit because they are lukewarm, or a mixture of two different things.
The good ground understands the word, so it cannot be stolen, nor will they be offended by it. They cut off the cares, the riches, and the pleasures. They are interested in God’s word day and night. They are the true Christians who produce the fruit of a Christian.
Matthew 16:24-25 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever shall save his life shall lose it, and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
Matthew 13:24-30 “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man who sowed good seed into his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, did not you sow good seed in the field? From whence then has it tares? He said unto them, an enemy has done this. The servants said unto him, Will you then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together till the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say unto the reapers, gather together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Matthew 13:37-43 “He answered and said unto them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man, the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of the kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Notice that here in the world there is a contest going on. Jesus is sowing good seed, which are the children of the kingdom. And the devil is sowing tares, which are children of the wicked one. They both grow side by side until harvest time, which is the end of the world. The angels are the reapers. They will gather the children of the kingdom into heaven, but the children of the devil will go to hell.
I can see how Jesus sows the children of the kingdom. It shocked me when I saw that the devil sowed the children of the wicked one. I just never imagined that the devil actually SOWED his own children. Notice that none of the tares turned into wheat. So Jesus is speaking of people either being of God or the devil from birth.
Remember that Judas, even when he was Jesus’ disciple, Jesus said, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” (John 6:70).
So we have two spiritual fathers, God and the devil. We have the children of God, and the children of the devil. The angels shall gather out of his kingdom all that offend and them which do iniquity. They shall cast them into the furnace of fire. ALL who offend and who do iniquity shall GO TO HELL!
The grace gospel that says that people can live in sin and still go to heaven is a lie. The so called “church age” is a lie too. Jesus spoke of those living at the end of the world, and every single one of them who offends or who does iniquity shall be cast into hell. Then shall the righteous shine as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. The righteous are they who do not offend, nor do iniquity. You don’t believe this? That only proves that you don’t have ears to hear. Jesus said, “He who has ears let him hear.”
Matthew 13:31-32 “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which is indeed the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”
Matthew 13:33 “Another parable spake he unto them, the kingdom is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.”
These two parables speak of the same thing. When God’s word enters our heart it is less than everything else in our heart. But it begins to grow. When it is fully grown, it becomes the greatest thing in our heart. It governs our life. The word produces after itself. That is how a life is converted. The word grows and produces fruit, which are words of obedience. The word of God will either reign supreme in a person’s life, or it will be taken from that person in the end.
Matthew 13:12 “For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.”
Matthew 13:44-46 “Again, the kingdom of God is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man has found, he hides it, and for joy thereof goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”
Today, they say that salvation is free. No, it is not. In both of these parables the man had to SELL all that he had to be able to BUY it. Salvation costs all that you have and everything that you are. I met a lady once who said that she wanted heaven on earth and heaven in heaven too. You can’t have them both.
Listen to what Abraham said to the rich man in hell, “But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and you are tormented.” (Luke 16:25).
Jesus said to ALL his disciples, Luke 12:32-34 “Fear not little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not, where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Matthew 13:47-50 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to the shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
This parable is self-explanatory. When Jesus returns, all the evil people shall be cast into eternal fire. For now, the righteous and the evil live together here on the earth. The day is fast approaching when Jesus will return to judge the world.
Matthew 13:51-52 “Jesus said unto them, Have you understood all of these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe that is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.”
I like this very much, I always have. Jesus speaks of a scribe instructed unto the kingdom of heaven. Notice that he did not say the law and the prophets. He is speaking of the kingdom of heaven, which began to be preached when John the Baptist was cast into prison.
The scribe takes out of his treasure things new and old. What is his treasure? The word of the kingdom. Why things new and old? Some things he just learned and some things he learned a long time ago. We never stop learning. There is a lifelong process of enlightenment. I LOVE it when my eyes are opened to something new in the word. It brings excitement, a thrill, and deep satisfaction. What I look forward to is an eternity of continually learning new things about God. Ever getting to know him better. He is so vast and perfect, that never during all eternity will we ever stop learning more things about him.
Revelation 4:8-11 “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day or night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who lives forever and ever; the four and twenty elders fell down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that lives for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.”
I used to think, How boring! To spend eternity like this? Then I saw something. They all got a fresh, new revelation about God and immediately said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty! Then they got another fresh revelation about God and they immediately said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty! They wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! They are in rapture. “In thy presence there is fullness of joy, and at thy right hand there are pleasures ever more. And for that matter, we are in little, everything that God is in big, our sins excepted. God is omnipresent. So are we in heaven!
1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the Sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him like he is.”
How else would we be able to know and fellowship with all of our brothers and sisters? To be in God’s presence? to work for God? To enjoy our mansion? And all other things? My Bible tells me that I am like God. I am a god. (Psalm 82:6; John 10:34-35). I am in little everything God is in big, my sins excepted. Heaven will be a wonderful place.!
Matthew 17:25-27 “He said, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What do you think Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter said unto him, of strangers. Jesus said unto him, then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go to the sea, and cast in a hook, and take up the fish that first comes up; and when you have opened his mouth, you shall find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and you.”
I’ll be honest. I’m still in the dark about how this story applies to us today, so I won’t attempt to explain what I myself don’t understand. (Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone did this? Instead of trying to explain what they themselves don’t understand?).
I do however value these verses for the following reasons. This is one of the very few times that we see Jesus one on one, alone with a single disciple. I like the interaction between Peter and Jesus. Peter enters into the house with something weighing on his mind. Jesus immediately knows this and stops Peter with a question, “What do you think Simon?”
Did you ever stop to consider that Jesus is interested in what we think? Also, that Jesus is concerned with our problems? He is if you are his disciple. This makes me feel happy and loved. Jesus cares about what I think and about my problems.
Jesus then proceeds to to meet the need both mentally, by offering God’s viewpoint of what troubled Peter; and physically, by providing the money to pay the temple tax. Also, I’m impressed by the fact that Jesus can perform ANY miracle necessary in order to provide the needs of his disciples.
I also like to see how a devoted disciple like Peter behaves, when given the seemingly most outlandish commands, “Go to the sea, cast in a hook, and the first fish that you take up, will have a coin in it’s mouth. Take this and pay the temple tax for you and me.”
Do you notice that Peter never questions it? Peter obeys. On many occasions I have obeyed what I believed the Lord has told me to do. My mind has told me it’s crazy, how can it work? Yet, when I obeyed the Lord, each and every time, he has proven himself to me, by providing for me, when I obeyed him. In this manner, I have seen many, many miracles; and I have seen my faith grow to where I will take action to do what the Lord commands, without taking into consideration the fact, that I do not have the money or resources to do what he has commanded me to do. I simply begin the project with what I DO have, and trust him to provide what I will need, when I need it. It always works out too.
Matthew 18:10 “Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”
Here Jesus lets us know the value that God places upon children. It is also a warning to treat children well. Each child has an angel assigned to them, and that angel has an audience with God the Father.
Matthew 18:5-6 “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receives me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Now Jesus clarifies something else. He is speaking of the children who “believe in me”. These are the ones who are assigned an angel. Also, as you treat one of these believing children, is how you treat Jesus. If you receive a believing child, you receive Jesus. If you offend a believing child, it were better for you that a millstone were hanged around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. People pay little heed to the warnings of Jesus today. Yet on the day of judgement, who will judge us?
John 12:47-48 “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
Your judge on the day of judgement will be the words that Jesus spoke. Every red letter in your red letter edition Bible will be your judge. How do you measure up to it? The church has rejected the words that Jesus spoke. They refuse to believe them, or to obey them. The church rejects the words of Jesus from ruling over them. Unless they repent, the words of Jesus will judge these rebellious, obstinate, and sinful people; and will send them to hell. Notice that Jesus said, “He that rejects me, and receives not my words.” If you reject Jesus’ words, then you have rejected Jesus.
So many people today tell Jesus how much they love him. They thank him for saving them. Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus, they proclaim. Yet, they have rejected Jesus, because they have rejected his words. To disobey and reject Jesus’ words is to hate Jesus and to not allow him to rule over you. The end of these people will be the eternal fires of hell, weeping and gnashing of teeth, eternal darkness, and eternal maggots feasting on their rotten flesh.
I have heard pastors comfort their members when a loved one dies. They tell them how they are now in heaven. I have had the Lord speak up inside of me and say, “They went to hell.” The deception today is great. The people reject Jesus’ words by not obeying them, and thus they reject Jesus himself from ruling over their lives. They then claim that they are saved and going to heaven. They are deceived liars. They will go to hell unless they repent and obey the words of Jesus.
If your only crime is to offend a little child who believes in Jesus, it is better for you that a millstone were tied around your neck, and you were drowned in the depths of the sea. My advice to you is that you learn to fear God. Learn to tremble at the words of Jesus. Learn to reverence Jesus’ words and obey them.
Return to Jesus and obey him. “That is blasphemy!” some will say. Really? since when is it blasphemy to tell people to return to Jesus Christ and to obey him? What is blasphemy is to reject the words of Jesus, totally refuse to obey them, and to follow the false grace gospel.The greatest deception of all time was to get people to reject the teachings and commands of Jesus Christ, and to follow a DIFFERENT GOSPEL.
The church today has abandoned the TRUE GOSPEL and has followed a DIFFERENT AND FALSE GOSPEL! REPENT AND RETURN TO JESUS CHRIST! Every man or woman who teaches the false grace gospel to a little child who believes in Jesus OFFENDS THEM. It is better for them that a millstone were hanged about their neck, and they were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Matthew 18:12-14 “How think you? If a man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, does he not leave the ninety and nine, and goes into the mountains, and searches for that which is gone astray? and if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoices more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
I’ve been in churches for over 50 years. I have moved around a lot and I have attended a lot of churches. The only pastoral visits that I can remember were two. A Presbyterian minister visited our house once when I was a teenager. He didn’t speak of anything spiritual, told me that I should mow the yard and do some yard work. Another was a missionary in the Philippines who I requested to come and pray for me because I was very sick. He zoomed in, prayed for me, and zoomed out. In all these years NEVER ONCE did anyone come to check on me when I didn’t show up at church, or quit going altogether. NEVER ONCE did someone come to my door to offer to disciple me in my Christian faith. Now, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Moonies did. I am not counting them since they are obviously false teachers. So the church in general DOES NOT ACT AS JESUS DID. Thank God that Jesus is different.
My Christian walk has been a very strange one. But looking back, I can see Jesus coming to find me the MANY, MANY times that I was lost. When the REALLY BIG change came in March, 2009; it was Jesus who approached ME, and not the other way around.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
I remember the first seven days after this big change took place, I was conscious of all the poison and false doctrine being removed from me. I saw it clearly as it happened. I remember thinking that I never realized how deceived that I actually was. I had sought truth in metaphysical books and other like material. All of that was removed over a seven day period. Since then, I have tried to backslide on numerous occasions. Something has always stopped me. I can’t backslide. The Lord himself stops me each and every time. However, before the big change on March 29, 2009; I ALWAYS backslid sooner or later. I periodically backslid from January 1980 until March 2009. That’s 29 years of backsliding. I know better than anyone that I can take no credit whatsoever for my current state of grace. Jesus did it all. I had tried, and tried, and tried; but I couldn’t stop backsliding. All of the good things in my life now are 100% the work of Jesus Christ. The Great Shepherd sought out his lost sheep. He did it all. I did nothing. Whatever response that I have made is the result of his calling me unto himself.
Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Jesus has always had a little flock. Do your best to be a part of it. In every generation the number of righteous has been very small, be sure that you are one of them. No matter what is vogue in the modern church right now, be assured that the masses are always wrong. The flock of Jesus is a small one. In this allegory of Jesus, his flock numbered one hundred. On the day of Pentecost, after three and a half years of ministry, the number of people in the upper room numbered about one hundred and twenty.
Matthew 18:21-35 “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus said unto him, I say not unto you until seven times: but, until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him; saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all. Then the Lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what you owe. And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay you all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me: should not you also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you? And the lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if you from your heart forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.”
The debt forgiven us by Jesus is so huge that it can never be repaid. Our sins are freely forgiven. However if we do not also forgive others their sins, and trespasses, and offenses against us; FROM THE HEART, then our heavenly Father will cast us into hell. So much for the doctrine of once saved always saved. We are to forgive just one brother, 490 times in just a single day! The same for everyone else that sins against us in that same day. Learn that being unforgiving will only injure, and hurt, and ETERNALLY KILL YOU. If you have trouble with this, then do it by faith.
First, I confess to God that I forgive the person. I do it again, and again, and again every time that the negative feelings surface. I’m getting better at it with practice. Now it usually takes from 1-4 days to get rid of a painful offense. Before, it could have been weeks or even months. Forgiveness is a process.First, recognize that you must forgive, or you will undoubtedly go to hell.
Second, make a decision to forgive.
Third, confess before God that you forgive that person.
Fourth, ask the Lord for his help to forgive from the heart, as you cannot do it by yourself.
Fifth, stand firm until and continue until every negative feeling is gone.
Sixth, repeat all of these steps as many times as is necessary until you get the victory.
Forgiveness is an act that you can master. Make this a top priority, for if you do not forgive from the heart, then your heavenly Father will not forgive you either. You see, the gospel of the kingdom, that Jesus preached, has lots of conditions, warnings, and curses included in it. Why is that? It is a blood covenant. It is the nature of a blood covenant for both parties to agree to obey certain terms. There are blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience. Our eternal salvation is based upon our blood covenant with Jesus Christ our Lord.
Matthew 26:27-28 “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which was shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Our part of the new covenant is to obey everything that Jesus Christ said.
Matthew 19:23-26 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
The disciples were AMAZED! Why? In the old covenant, riches were promised to the Jewish people if they obeyed the covenant. Israel would be set on high above all other nations if they were righteous before God. Notice that in this portion of the scripture, to the best of my knowledge, is the ONLY time that Jesus repeated himself saying BOTH the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God. He wanted to make it very clear that he meant both God’s kingdom within you, set up on earth, and the heavenly kingdom. He wanted us to know how hard it is for a rich man to enter either of these kingdoms. Why? To enter the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven, you must be a disciple. Whether that is a very short time of discipleship as with the thief on the cross, or a very long time of discipleship as with the Apostle John. The terms of discipleship include the following:
Matthew 19:27,29 “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed you; what shall we have therefore? And everyone that has forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”
Luke 12:22,31-34 “And he said unto his DISCIPLES, therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what you shall eat; neither for the body, what you shall pit on. But rather seek the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock, For it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that you have, and give alms; provide for yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not, where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
The apostles lived with Jesus for over three years and were personally trained by him. They asked many questions to clarify things. Jesus left them to start the church. So they know better than anyone else what Jesus meant. So how did they implement this?
Acts 2:44-45 “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.”
Acts 4:32-37 “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and one soul: neither said any of them that aught of the things which he possessed was his own; but had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostle’s feet: and distribution was made to every man according as he had need. And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, the son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostle’s feet.”
Remember that Jesus told the disciples that EVERY ONE that had forsaken houses, lands, and family for his name’s sake SHALL INHERIT EVERLASTING LIFE! To give up EVERYTHING to follow Jesus is REQUIRED to inherit EVERLASTING LIFE! Almost all rich men will do as the rich young ruler did, that is why it is so hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. It is hard for rich people to give away their riches. This is why Jesus said, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! Children, how hard it is for them that TRUST IN RICHES to enter into the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23-24).
So what do most rich men do when faced with the conditions of being a disciple of Jesus Christ?
Matthew 19:20-22 “The young man said him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If unto you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”
Why is it necessary to give up all your possessions to inherit eternal life? For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. As long as you trust in riches, your heart is on your riches. What is the great commandment?
Mark 12:29-30 “And Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandments is, Hear O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.”
As long as your heart is on your riches, or houses, or lands, or brothers, or sisters, or wife, or children, or father, or mother, then you do not love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, ALL your soul, ALL your mind, and ALL your strength. So Jesus commands you to surgically remove ALL of these things physically in order to remove them from your heart. Jesus has not deviated one bit from what he taught in the sermon on the mount.
Matthew 5:29-30 “And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell. And if your right hand offend you, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.”
Once the heart issue is taken care of, Jesus promised you a hundred fold return in this lifetime, and in the world to come eternal life. Not a bad proposition! I once asked the Lord, Where did the disciples get their hundred fold return? He surprised me by showing me.
Acts 4:34-35 “Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, AND LAID THEM DOWN AT THE APOSTLES’ FEET.”
All that money was given to the apostles. It was theirs to do with as they chose to do with it. However when money is no longer your god, what do you choose to do with it? “And distribution was made to every man as he had need.” That was witness number one.
Here is witness number two. Acts 8:1 “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was great persecution against the church that was at Jerusalem; AND THEY WERE ALL SCATTERED ABROAD throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, EXCEPT THE APOSTLES.”
Follow carefully what I’m about to say. Jesus told each disciple, “Follow me” at the beginning. They left all and followed him. They were homeless and slept out of doors most of the time. Jesus sent them two by two, to go and preach the gospel. They were to take no money, no extra clothing, or shoes, or staff, or coat; for the workman is worthy of his hire. They did this for over three tears. At the end, when Jesus was about to be taken from them, he told them this:
Luke 22:35-36 “And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked you anything? And they said, Nothing.Then said he unto them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip, and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”
The heart issues had been dealt with. From this moment on you NEVER see the apostles homeless again. First, they dwelt in the upper room (Acts chapter one), then in houses in Jerusalem given by other disciples. In their travels, they always stayed at someone’s house. When ALL the disciples were scattered abroad, the apostles WERE NOT scattered abroad. They never became homeless again. Jesus promised them a hundred fold. They got much more than a hundred fold return.
Friends, all that we ever need to know is written in the Bible. We just need eyes that see, ears that hear, and hearts that understand. Once the blindness is removed, all these things, and so very much more, is just waiting on us to discover it. Praise the Lord!
Matthew 20:1-16 ” For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said unto them, Go you also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and said unto them, why stand here all the day idle? They say unto him, because no man has hired us. He said unto them, Go you also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall you receive. So when the even was come, the lord of the vineyard said unto his steward, call the laborers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last even unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house. Saying, these last have wrought but one hour, and you have made them equal unto us, which have born the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them and said, Friend, I do you no wrong: did not you agree with me for a penny? Take what is yours, and go your way: I will give unto these last, even as unto you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”
In this parable the goodman is Jesus, and the vineyard is the kingdom of God. The men were standing idle, not doing anything at all in God’s kingdom. Jesus contracted with each man for one penny to work in his vineyard. The penny represents salvation. The cost to get it? Each and every man had to come labor in the vineyard. Each man was hired to WORK IN THE VINEYARD, with a PROMISE of a penny at the END OF THE DAY. Every person who has faith in Jesus, is put to work in the kingdom of God. No one is idle in God’s kingdom. They are not given the penny, which represents salvation, but the PROMISE of salvation, to be given or revealed at the END of the day. Whether they work the entire day, or just the last hour, they all receive the same payment for their work, salvation.
How different is this from the grace gospel! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him. Only the doctrine of Jesus saves us.
2 John 1:9 “Whosoever transgresses and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.”
We are called to work in God’s kingdom. Those who answer the call, and go to work in God’s kingdom, they will be paid with salvation at the end of their life. Those who do not go to work in God’s kingdom, remain idle and do not receive the payment of salvation at the end of their life. So Jesus ended the parable by saying, “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Sadly, people today mistake being called with being chosen. They think that just because they are called, that they immediately receive the salvation free of charge, without doing any work. This is completely FALSE. Jesus calls you to go to work in the kingdom of God. If you answer the call, and go do the work, then you will receive payment of salvation at the end of your life.
Matthew 21:28-32 “But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir; and went not. Wither of them twain did the will of his father? They said unto him, the first. Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and you believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and you, when you had seen it, repented not afterward, that you might believe him.”
Again, the parable speaks of work being done in the father’s vineyard. The first son said that he would not go to work, but later repented, and went to work. The second said that he would go to work in the vineyard, but did not go. Salvation depends on being called, first of all. The father went to both sons and he called them to go to work. One son was chosen, and the other son was not chosen. Why? The chosen son answered his father’s call, and went to work in God’s kingdom. The rejected son did not answer his father’s call, and did not go to work in God’s kingdom. He only gave LIP SERVICE to his father of going. If you believe that salvation is by grace, without any works; then you will not answer God’s call, and you will not be chosen, you will be rejected.
Jesus is explaining to these religious people exactly why the publicans and harlots go into the kingdom of heaven before them. John came and preached and they believed him not. The publicans and harlots DID believe John. So the key to entering the kingdom of heaven is to believe the gospel of the kingdom and to obey it. You do understand that the Bible’s definition of believing requires actions or works of obedience don’t you? As James aptly tells us, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also, being alone.”
Matthew 21:33-40 “Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruit of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, this is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the Lord therefore of the vineyard comes, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons”.
This parable is about the Nation of Israel. It is also about God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord of all the earth appeared unto Abram and called him to leave his home, and to go out unto a land that God would later give to him as an inheritance. God made his covenant with Abram and all of his offspring. We all know the story of how God made a multitude of offspring from Abraham, how they were made slaves in Egypt, how God raised up Moses to deliver them and to judge Egypt. How they went into the promised land and became the Nation of Israel. Then they rebelled against the Lord until they were led into exile. The Lord sent them prophets and judges to call them back unto himself. Then lastly He sent his very own Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus prophesied here of how they would kill him and then how God would judge them and give their inheritance unto the Gentiles.
All of this has come to pass. But the Gentiles have done the exact same thing that Israel had done. The Church has gone apostate and they have left the teachings and the commands of Jesus Christ to follow their own ways and their own idols as Israel did. Now the time is almost fulfilled that Jesus will judge the entire world. The time of his returning is now upon us. The church thinks themselves righteous and saved. But they are like the Church of Laodicea and are without even knowing it “Wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”. They are also like the Church of Sardis and they “Have a name that they live, and are dead”.
The saddest thing about all of this is the fact that they do not know their true condition. They believe themselves to be born again children of God who are righteous, holy, and pure. They believe that they are pleasing to God. They cannot see that they are rebels and that they do not live at all like Jesus and his apostles lived. They have rejected the teachings of Jesus Christ and they have followed the teachings of the false prophets. They think they will be raptured and rewarded, even though they are rebels full of sin who hate God’s laws, and they refuse to allow King Jesus to rule over them. Jesus has promised to vomit them from his mouth unless they repent.
The greatest shock that they could ever receive will be when the two witnesses appear at the wailing wall in Jerusalem, and they discover that they were lied to about there being a rapture, and they discover that they are now in the tribulation period, and they will very soon die a gruesome death either by a cataclysmic event, or by war, famine, disease or martyrdom. And they will very soon enter into judgement, and each one will be judged according to their works which they did while still in the body. All of this will soon come to pass. They do not believe that it will happen to them, but it will nonetheless.
Matthew 21:42-44 “Then said Jesus unto them, Did you never read in the scriptures, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore I say unto you, The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder”.
Did you never read in the scriptures? It amazes me how much is contained in the scriptures that I still do not know and that I have not yet seen either. There are verses that I have read for more than 30 years that I have never really seen. Until the Lord opens my eyes, I am blind to these scriptures and the truths that they contain. You are no different than me. There is a lot that you have not seen either. We all need the Holy Spirit to illumine our eyes and our understanding that we may see the wonders of his word. Without him we can do absolutely nothing at all.
Jesus is the cornerstone which the builders rejected. The builders were the Pharisees, Scribes, and religious leaders of Israel. They were the leaders of the nation of Israel and the guardians of her worship of Jehovah God. Jesus is God made flesh, Emmanuel, the Messiah. He is the cornerstone and the religious leaders rejected him and crucified him. Jesus has become the head of the corner. The building of God’s spiritual temple, the church, is to be made in the exact image of the cornerstone, which is Jesus Christ.
Here is the curious thing. The modern church looks absolutely nothing like Jesus. They reject his image as the cornerstone which they are to be an exact copy of. Jesus was poor, he was born in a stable among animals, he was uneducated, when he worked a secular job he was a simple carpenter, and he desired no promotion to anything higher than that. His education consisted of learning the Torah, or what we call the Old Testament. He also learned a trade, that of being a carpenter. He never held a political office, nor was he the leader of a synagogue or any other elected office. He lived a very simple life and was content doing so. He was obsessed with the word of God, and indeed he IS the word of God.
He said that his food was to obey God’s word and to fulfil it. He was totally legalistic and a stickler to obey every single jot and every tittle of the law. He taught others to do the same thing by both word and example. He kept a watch over his mouth, because man shall be judged to be righteous by the words of his mouth. Man shall give an account of every idle word on the day of judgement. Jesus was very serious. He didn’t laugh or participate in games, although I am sure that he smiled a lot. He had joy, but happiness was not his. He was burdened by the sins of the world, the lifelong persecution against him, the rejection by his own countrymen, and the complete knowledge of the gruesome death that awaited him at 33 years of age. Greatest of all was the knowledge that he would one day become sin as the sacrificial lamb, and that he would be forsaken by his Father God. “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” would be his cry on the cross. The burden was so great that one day he would sweat great drops of blood in a garden in order to gain mastery over his flesh in preparation to being crucified.
When Jesus began his ministry he left his home, any lands that he had, his family, his friends, his hometown, and all creature comforts. He became homeless and trusted God to supply his daily needs. He had only what he wore on his back. He walked everywhere that he went. He had no horse or donkey or camel or wagon or chariot. He had no gold or silver or jewels or a bank account. He slept on the ground under the stars. His pillow was the rocks he found wherever he slept. He began to baptize people for the repentance of sins, that is, he instructed his disciples to do so. After John the Baptist was thrown into prison, he began to preach the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. He suffered rejection and persecution. He was hated by many people even though he performed astounding miracles. Finally, he was arrested by the Jews, falsely accused, and illegally tried by them, and turned over to the Roman Governor to be crucified. He was abandoned by his own disciples and associates. One of his closest disciples, Judas Iscariot, was a traitor and turned him over to the Jews for 30 pieces of silver. He was tortured, mocked, scorned, rejected, whipped with 30 lashes, and crucified between two thieves.
Now tell me if you will, In what way do you resemble Jesus? He is the cornerstone and you are to be an exact likeness of him. Are you? Please do an honest assessment of your own life and compare yourself to Jesus. Look at the modern Church. Do any of them look like Jesus? Do you read, study, meditate on, speak, teach, and carefully obey all of the words that King Jesus spoke and commanded? If you are honest, you will have to admit that you look NOTHING like Jesus Christ. And therefore you cannot possibly have had a true conversion and been born again. You have followed and received a false gospel and you have had a false conversion. You are still lost in your trespasses and sins. You are in great need of receiving Jesus as your Lord and to obey his every word. To do this you will need to focus on the words of Jesus found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Revelation.So make your choice. Your eternal destiny depends upon the choice that you make. It is safe to follow and obey the books of James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation. These books are in complete agreement with what Jesus taught and commanded.
The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. Think of it. The Kingdom of God belonged to the nation of Israel, to the Jews, God’s covenant people. But because they rejected the Messiah, and delivered him to be crucified, the Kingdom of God has been taken from them. They were in covenant with God but through breach of contract on their part, the Kingdom of God has been taken from them. So the modern teaching and doctrine of once saved always saved is false. The Jews had a covenant with God and the very Kingdom of God itself. Jesus told the woman at the well in Samaria, that salvation is of the Jews. So they were saved, and then they lost their salvation. They were in covenant with God, and then the covenant was taken away from them. They were the possessors of the Kingdom of God, and then the kingdom of God was taken from them.
So now at the end of the age, the church does not bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom of God any more than the Jews did back then. The church has committed the breach of contract by abandoning the teachings and commands of King Jesus, and the Kingdom of God shall be taken from them. This age in which we now live shall very shortly come to an end. We are very near now to entering into the seven year tribulation period. There will be no rapture for a rebellious and sin-filled church, but they shall be vomited from the mouth of Jesus, unless they repent and are truly converted. The modern church is convinced that they are God’s children and are saved, just as the Jews believed themselves to be God’s children and to be saved. But just as the Kingdom of God was taken away from the Jews, so the Kingdom of God shall be taken away from the Gentiles. As soon as the tribulation period begins, the Kingdom of God once again shall be given to the Jews. There will be the 144,000 male virgins, and also the eyes of nearly all Jews will be opened to see that Jesus is the Messiah.
So if you want to be saved, you will have to be prepared to join the ranks of the Jewish Christian Church that will dominate the tribulation period. You will have to follow the example of Jesus Christ and become zealous and legalistic to obey the law of the Kingdom of God. The doctrines and the ways of the modern church will need to be thrown away, as they will not endure in the tribulation period. Just as when the Jews rejected Jesus and the vast majority of them had their eyes blinded, so it is very possible that the Gentile church will continue to be blinded and a new group of people will become the true disciples of Jesus Christ. The modern church has rejected Jesus Christ from being Lord over them, so it is very possible that he will reject them also, just as he rejected the Jews 2,000 years ago and until this present day.
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, he shall be ground to powder. Those who fall on Jesus shall be broken. Their old life shall be destroyed and a new life given unto them. But on whomsoever Jesus shall fall, shall be ground to powder. Jesus fell on the Jews 2,000 years ago and continues to fall on the Jews of this modern day. They are being destroyed, they are cut off from God by their spiritual blindness. They have been murdered by the millions all through the past 2,000 years, and especially through the Nazi holocaust and the ethnic cleansing by the Soviet Union. The Arabs want to murder all of the Jews up until today. So it is highly likely that Jesus shall also fall on the modern church just as he has the Jews. It is highly probable that the modern church shall never truly be saved. If there is any fear produced in you by reading this, then begin to cry out to God to save you. There may be hope for you.
Matthew 22:1-14 “And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, the wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he said unto him, friend, how came you in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The king is God the Father and the son is Jesus. The marriage is the marriage supper of the lamb mentioned in the book of Revelation. Those who are bidden referred to the Jews, when Jesus spoke this, and now to the Gentiles. To be specific it is anyone that God has called to invite them unto his eternal kingdom. The king sent his servants, the angels, to call those who were bid to come to the wedding, which is when the bride of Christ, the church, will be wed to Jesus for all eternity, but they would not come. The king sent other servants to invite the guests, but they still would not come. They made light of the messengers and would not take the invitation seriously. Then he sent even more servants, the prophets and righteous men, but they took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. So he sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
This happened after Jesus’ death when the Jews rebelled against Rome, and the Roman legions came and destroyed Jerusalem with fire. And it will soon happen again when the entire earth is judged and destroyed during the tribulation period.
Then the king told his servants that the wedding is ready, but they needed guests, so he sent them to call as many as they found, both good and bad. The original guests that were invited were not worthy, so they were to go and call new guests. This is a warning to us today. The modern church is backslidden, sin-filled, lukewarm, and rebellious: and thus are unworthy. The king called NEW guests, and so it will be done in the tribulation period when Israel shall have the blindness removed from her eyes and will answer the call. I fear that the modern church will continue with the blindness not removed from their eyes, and be eternally damned for rejecting Jesus Christ, by rejecting his laws and commands. They may not be given another chance to repent and be converted. This is yet to be seen, and it will be seen during the tribulation period.
So the false followers of Jesus Christ are all deceived. They believe themselves to be in right standing with God even though they are not. This deception runs very deep. It will carry over into eternity for a short while after death. Those who go to the marriage supper of the lamb will for the most part be those who recently died during the tribulation period. Notice that at the marriage supper, the king saw a man who had not on a wedding garment. He asked him how he got to be there without having on a wedding garment. The wedding garment of course represents the robes of righteousness given to those who overcome the world. He was speechless and couldn’t answer. This man was still deceived after death and he thought that he belonged at the marriage supper. He did not, so he was bound hand and foot and cast out into outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
For many are called but few are chosen. The ones today who claim to be born again are simply the called. Among the called will arise an elite group who are chosen. So the called are many, but the chosen are few. To confuse being called with being chosen is deadly. The false doctrine going around today says that by praying the sinner’s prayer or by being baptized, people are then guaranteed of going to heaven and to enjoy eternal bliss. They say that it is all by grace and not by works that we do. Jesus says just the opposite. We are called, and by our works and by our words, we are made righteous or wicked. It is by ACTING OUT, SPEAKING, AND OBEYING the teachings and the commands of Jesus that we are chosen. What we do and what we say makes all of the difference in the world. That is why Jesus kept telling people that they will be judged according to their works and according to their words. It is by your WORDS that you will be either justified or be condemned. There is a godward side and a manward side to salvation. God calls us but we are the ones who answer the call. God commands us but we are the ones who obey the commands. Jesus teaches us but we are the ones who practise what Jesus teaches. So cry out to God to be unshackled from every chain of deception and unbelief. Seek him diligently to be set free from spiritual blindness.
Matthew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Jesus never spoke of a rapture of the church. Jesus taught of a second coming after the tribulation of those days. So his coming will necessarily come at the end of the seven year tribulation period. Jesus shall be seen by every inhabitant of the earth, coming in the clouds with great power and great glory. He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together the elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. In the second coming of Jesus Christ, all of his elect shall be gathered from the four corners of the earth, and the godless people shall all see it happen. It shall be a glorious time for the redeemed, and a fearful and awful time for the damned. Jesus painted a very clear picture of what his second coming will be like. He does not want us to be unaware of what is soon coming to pass. He does not want us to be confused or in the dark about it. There will be his second coming, but there will be no rapture. Not one word does Jesus utter about any rapture of the church. He DOES mention that he will vomit the lukewarm, blind, miserable, wretched, poor, and naked, Laodicean church from his mouth. Be careful not to be a part of the Laodicean church.
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- How To Believe The Gospel
- My Books On Amazon/Kindle
- My Books Published On Amazon / Kindle
- Old Hymns #1
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 1
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 10
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 11
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 12
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 13
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 14
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 15
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 16
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 2
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 3
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 4
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 5
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 6
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 7
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 8
- Paul On Trial – Chapter 9
- Paul On Trial – Foreward
- Paul On Trial For Heresy
- Sermon On The Mount #1
- Sermon On The Mount #2
- Sermon On The Mount #3
- Sermon On The Mount #4
- The Offense Of Sin
- The Sermon On The Mount
- The Stories Of Jesus
- The Stories Of Jesus #1
- The Stories Of Jesus #2
- The Stories Of Jesus #3
- The Stories Of Jesus #4
- The Stories Of Jesus #5
- Who Is The Greatest?