BIBLE CORRECTING CONSPIRACY
 
By Herb Evans

"Behold the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it." -- Amos 8:11,12

Our text prophesies of days that would come in which there would be a famine of the word of God. This prophecy seems to repeat itself throughout history and is certainly applicable to our time and land, especially in the educational and intellectual institutions and circles, where they conspire to do away with the word of God.

We hear many conspiracy theories today. Many are true, many are not. What we have in the following verses is the polluted land of Israel on the brink of God's judgement because of her uncleanness and the ungodly practices of her leaders, both prophets and priests and even the people. Such accounts in Amos and Ezekiel find obvious application in our land in the 21 century

The Prophets Conspire

"Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. There is a CONSPIRACY of her PROPHETS in the midst thereof ..." -- Ezek. 22:24,25

Lay people are usually never the problem, when it comes to perverting God' holy things, unless incited by the prophets and priests and preachers. Prophets and priests are often involved in the devil's conspiracies, even the "Yea, hath God said" conspiracy of Genesis three. If you can taints the word of God, you begin to deprive God's people of the word of God. Such is the conspiracy of Bible correcting linguists, professors, preachers, schools, and translators.

The Prey

"...on of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. There is a CONSPIRACY of her PROPHETS in the midst the like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls  -- Ezek. 22:25

Bible correctors used to just mess around with the Bible in their own private circles, content to foist a modern perversion on God's people now and then. Now, they have become emboldened by the flood of perversions on the market today. So emboldened, they attack the word of God in the classroom, in churches, and in lay publications. The attack is in the form of trying to correct the King James Bible, a Bible that has stood the test of nearly 400 years as to its ability to throughly furnish the man of God unto all good works. They conspire to devour the souls of men like their roaring lion example, the devil or Satan.

Bible Correctors Are Crooks

"... they have taken the treasure and precious things ..." -- Ezek. 22:24,25

"Therfore, behold I am against the prophets, saith the LORD that steal my words every one from his neighbor." -- Jer. 30:30

Bible correctors are crooks. They steal God's word from God's people. They take His holy and precious and treasured oracles and add and subtract from it until it does not even resemble the word of God. Famine of the word of God occurs because crooked thieving Bible correctors steal and conspire to steal God's word from the people. God is against them!

Bible Correctors Are Law Breakers

"Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine HOLY THINGS ..." -- Ezek 22:26

"Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it ..." -- Deut 4:2

"And if ANY man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in the book." -- Rev. 22:19

The law specifically prohibits adding and diminishing from the word of God, which God considers profaning God's HOLY things. The Book of Revelation also warns against such practice. Bible correctors ignore these prohibitions and warnings and take both a cavalier and caviller attitude to their Bible correcting demonstrating their complete lack of conviction that they are dealing with God's holy things.

Bible Correctors Are Cavalier & Caviller About The Bible

"... they have put no difference between the HOLY and the profane, neither have they shown any difference between the unclean and clean  ..." -- Ezek. 22:26

It is nothing for a Bible corrector to change the word of God on the slightest provocation, dismissing his dastardly deed as a normal function of his occupation. Nothing is holy; nothing is pure to him. There is no difference between the Bible and the works of Milton; he has no more reservation or mental compunction to change one or the other. There is no real difference between the modern perversions to him. But, when it comes to the King James Bible, as the Catholics used to do, all hell breaks loose, regarding the trivialist of matters. The Bible corrector hunts feverishly to find the slightest mistake, usually making a fool of himself not checking for reconciling factors, because he does not want to find them. He does not want solutions, regarding the KJB, he is consumed with finding problems. Wresting scriptures and corrupting the word of God is his stock and trade.

Bible Correctors Are Sneaky Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

"Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain." -- Ezek. 22:27

Posing as Shepherds and Sheep, Bible correcting wolves in sheep's clothing go about the roaring lion's business seeking pray to destroy them. What is the motive for all this? Dishonest gain! In the case of the Bible Correcting Professor, he gets dishonest gain by taking the money from churches and God's people, pretending he is instructing their students in the ways of God, and all along, he is destroying them. In the case of new bible perversions, there are millions of dollars involved in the version of the month club's publishing a new translation every time one turns around. There is also money to be made by endorsing those perversions. In the case of editors and writers, there are big bucks involved in destroying God's word in print, while pretending to find the "true" word of God, which we have had all along.  In the case of linguist and translators, they would be out of a job, if they did not come up with something new, since it has all already been done. Some Bible correctors do not get monetary compensation but get a notch in their prestigious pride by getting esteem and recognition from their Bible correcting colleagues, yet still, dishonest gain.

Bible Correctors Are Liars

"And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the LORD GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken." -- Ezek. 22:28

Bible correcting Professors, Preachers, Linquists, and Translators are liars. The build buildings that are accidents waiting to happen, because they have used materials that won't mix uniformly to give the building strength. They mix mortar composed of lies, truth, and half truths. They claim the Lord and His word say thus and thus and contradict and change what He really did say.

Where Are You Standing?

"And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me in the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."  -- Ezek. 22:30

God sought a man in the Old Testament to turn His judgement from the land, but He could not find any. Will you stand in the gap and make up a hedge by an outcry to these Bible correcting professors, preachers, translators, linguists, and schools?

We are encouraged by the progress, which we have made since the 50's and 60's, when this issue first broke. There were only a handful of us then. We had very few answer to the "garden of Eden" questions posed to us by Bible correctors. We received no respect, only reproach and rebuke to our belief that God meant what He said about preserv-- ing His word. It is a different story today. Our numbers have soared, causing the dissembling of Missionaries and Precahers and Professors, who tell one person one thing and another person another on this issue in order to receive support and positions. We intend to continue to stand in the gap, especially when it has become so easy. Stand up to the Lying and Stealing prophets using the sword of the Spirit, the English Bible for the English, the King James Bible ... only.
 










JESUS CHRIST'S BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW

Introduction:

"The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and RECEIVE IT, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred." (Mark 4:14-20)

"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and RECEIVE WITH MEEKNESS THE ENGRAFTED WORD, which is able to save your souls." (James 1:21)

"For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when YE RECEIVED THE WORD OF GOD which ye heard of us, YE RECEIVED IT not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." (1 Peter 1:23)

Let us here examine Jesus Christ's Biblical world view and believe as the Lord believed concerning His Word:

1. The Lord Jesus Christ taught that every word of Scripture proceeded from God:

"... Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)

2. The Lord never corrected or criticized Scripture, even though He did not have the original autographs:

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." (John 17:17)

3. Jesus pre-authenticated the New Testament writings as Scripture:

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. ... Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." (John 14:26; 16:13-14)

4. Christ Jesus accepted the Old Testament Jewish canon, but rejected the Apocrypha:

"And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me." (Luke 24:44)

5. He taught the doctrine of the preservation of Scripture:

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:17-18) "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. ... Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." (Luke 16:17, 21:33)

6. He taught that the Old Testament Scriptures pointed to Him:

"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. ... And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me." (Luke 24:27, 44)

7. He taught that man will be judged by God's Word:

"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 rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 12:47-48)

8. He taught the absolute authority of Scripture.:

" ... Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?" (John 10:34-36; cf. Ps 82:6)

9. He taught the entirety of the Old Testament:

-  He believed in the Genesis account of creation (Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-8).
-  He believed the Flood of Noah was universal (Matthew 24:37-39).
-  He believed Abraham was a historical figure (John 8:56).
-  He believed Sodom and Gomorrah were literal places (Matthew 10:15; 11:23-24).
-  He believed Lot's wife was actually turned into a pillar of salt (Luke 17:32).
-  He believed God gave the Israelites manna from heaven (John 6:31,49,58).
-  He believed Jonah and the whale were historical (Matthew 12:39-41).
-  He believed Moses was the author of the first five books of the Bible (Matthew 8:4; John 5:46; 7:19).
-  He believed in David's authorship of the Psalms (Matthew 22:43).
-  He believed Daniel was the author of the book of Daniel (Matthew 24:15).
-  He believed in the unity of the book of Isaiah (Matthew 13:14-15; Mark 7:6; John 12:38-41).

10. He knew the Jews had a history of rejecting God's Word:

"Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." (Luke 11:47-52).

11. The Lord Jesus scolded the Sadducees for their ignorance of Scripture:

"... Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." (Matthew 22:29)

12. Christ the Lord promised blessings for those who believe the Scriptures and cursings for those who add and take away from His word:

"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." (John 5:39) "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." (Revelation 22:16-19)

Conclusion:

Those who claim to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ ought to believe and hold the same high view of Scripture that the Lord Himself held. Do true Christians hold any other view?

Let all who reverence the name of the LORD reverence also His holy Word!

"Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." (Exodus 20:7)

"I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." (Psalm 138:2)

"For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." (Psalms 119:89)

"For there are three that BEAR RECORD in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. ... He that believeth on the Son of God hath THE WITNESS in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not THE RECORD that God gave of his Son." (1 John 5:7, 10)


Freemasonry & Lucifer Worship

In Their Own Words

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" (Isaiah 5:20-21)

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isaiah 14:12-15)

"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming." (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8)

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)


Illustrious Albert Pike (December 29, 1809 - April 2, 1891),
Sovereign Grand Commander Supreme Council 33
°

[Albert Pike]

"That which we must say to the crowd is -- We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition. To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st and 30th degrees -- The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the of purity of the Luciferian doctrine.  If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy, and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him? Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also God. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two Gods: darkness being necessary to light to serve as its foil as the pedestal is necessary to the statue, and the brake to the locomotive.  In analogical and universal dynamics one can only lean on that which will resist. Thus the universe is balanced by two forces which maintain its equilibrium: the force of attraction and that of repulsion. These two forces exist in physics, philosophy and religion. And the scientific reality of the divine dualism is demonstrated by the phenomena of polarity and by the universal law of sympathies and antipathies. That is why the intelligent disciples of Zoroaster, as well as, after them, the Gnostics, the Manicheans and the Templars have admitted, as the only logical metaphysical conception, the system of the two divine principles fighting eternally, and one cannot believe the one inferior in power to the other.  Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophic religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil." -- Albert Pike (Instructions to 23 Supreme Councils of the world [July 14, 1889], recorded by Abbe Clarin De La Rive in La Femme et l'Enfant dans la Franc-Maconnerie Universelle [The Woman and Child in Universal Freemasonry], p. 588)

"Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the son of the morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with it's splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!" -- Albert Pike (Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, p. 321)

"We shall unleash the Nihilists and Atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effects of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will be from that moment without compass, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view, a manifestation which will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time." -- Albert Pike (Letter to Italian Grand Master Guiseppie Mazzini 33° [15 August 1871] Archives British Museum, London)


Illustrious Eliphas Levi (Feb. 8, 1810 - May 31, 1875),
Rose du Parfait Silence, Grand Orient of France, 33
°

[Eliphas Levi]

"What is more absurd and more impious than to attribute the name of Lucifer to the devil, that is, to personified evil. The intellectual Lucifer is the spirit of intelligence and love; it is the paraclete, it is the Holy Spirit, while the physical Lucifer is the great agent of universal magnetism." -- Eliphas Levi (The Mysteries Of Magic, p. 428)

 
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (August 12, 1831- May 8, 1891),
Ancient and Accepted Primitive Rite, Grand Orient of France, 32
°

[H. P. Blavatsky]

"One of the most hidden secrets involves the so-called fall of Angels. Satan and his rebellious host will thus prove to have become the direct Saviours and Creators of divine man. Thus Satan, once he ceases to be viewed in the superstitious spirit of the church, grows into the grandiose image. It is Satan who is the God of our planet and the only God. Satan (or Lucifer) represents the Centrifugal Energy of the Universe this ever-living symbol of self-sacrifice for the intellectual independence of humanity." -- H. P. Blavatsky (The Secret Doctrine, pp. 215, 216)

"The Celestial Virgin which thus becomes the Mother of Gods and Devils at one and the same time; for she is the ever-loving beneficent Deity ... but in antiquity and reality Lucifer or Luciferius is the name. Lucifer is divine and terrestial Light, 'the Holy Ghost' and "Satan' at one and the same time." -- H. P. Blavatsky (The Secret Doctrine, p. 539)

"Lucifer represents Life, Thought, Progress, Civilization, Liberty, Independence. Lucifer is the Logos, the Serpent, the Savior." -- H. P. Blavatsky (The Secret Doctrine, Volume II, pp. 171, 225, 255)


Illustrious Arthur Edward Waite (October 2, 1857 – May 19, 1942), 33°

[Arthur Waite]

"First Conjuration Addressed to Emperor Lucifer. Emperor Lucifer, Master and Prince of Rebellious Spirits, I adjure thee to leave thine abode, in what-ever quarter of the world it may be situated and come hither to communicate with me." -- Arthur Edward Waite (The Book Of Black Magic, p. 244)

 
Illustrious Aleister Crowley aka 'The Beast 666' (October 12, 1875 - December 1, 1947), 33°

[Aleister Crowley]

"His body a blood-ruby radiant
With noble passion, sun-souled Lucifer
Swept through the dawn colossal, swift aslant
On Eden's imbecile perimeter
.
He blessed nonentity with every curse
And spiced with sorrow the dull soul of sense,
Breath life into the sterile universe,
With Love and Knowledge drove out innocence
The Key of Joy is disobedience."
-- Aleister Crowley (Hymn to Lucifer, Second stanza)


Illustrious Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 - August 29, 1990), 33°

[Manly P. Hall]

"I hereby promise the Great Spirit Lucifer, Prince of Demons, that each year I will bring unto him a human soul to do with as it may please him, and in return Lucifer promises to bestow upon me the treasures of the earth and fulfil my every desire for the length of my natural life. If I fail to bring him each year the offering specified above, then my own soul shall be forfeit to him. Signed. ... { Invocant signs pact with his own blood }" -- Manly P. Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages, p. CIV)

"When The Mason learns that the Key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the Mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply this energy." -- Manly P. Hall (The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry, p. 48)












GNOSTICISM & THE BIBLE

"Gnosticism is a diverse, syncretistic religious movement consisting of various belief systems generally united in the teaching that humans are divine souls trapped in a material world created by an imperfect god. In the days of old, they pull both from Christianity and Judaism and formed it into a mysterious hodge podge of esoteric beliefs. A close modern day equivalent is the Theosophical Society founded by Madame Helena Petrova Blavatsky. Like the Gnostics of old, they are seekers of knowledge as well as followers of the 'Bearer of Light' (knowledge) Lucifer." (Ray Gano, Prophezine.com)

Irenaeus (115-202 AD), a doctrinally sound pastor of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons), gives us some history behind Gnosticism which was the first satanic attack against the Word of God (Genesis 3:1-5). Irenaeus was the disciple of Polycarp (70-156 AD), Pastor of the Church in Smyrna, who was taught by the Apostle John, who was taught by our Lord Jesus Christ. It was John who wrote his First Epistle against Gnostic corrupters (i.e. 1 John 1:5, 2:23, 4:3 5:7). Gnosticism is the foundation of the ancient mystery schools on which the many faceted modern New Age Movement has its basis also.

Irenaeus tells us that Gnosticism received its doctrines from "Simon the sorcerer" (Acts 8:9-13, 18-24, cf. 8:10; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69) and pagan Greek philosophers like Pythagoras [Against Heresies 3:3]. Some of the major heresies of Gnosticism include:

1. There are 30 gods (Aeons) outside of time and space (Pleroma). [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.1-3] (Isaiah 45:5, 46:9)
2. The goddess Sophia created a tyrant creator angel, Demiurge (The God of the Old Testament), who was not aware of the Aeons and thought he was the only God. Demiurge created man but Sophia gave him spirit. [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.5] (Psalms 34:8, 100:5, 135:3, 145:9)
3. Sophia sent the serpent (an angel) into the garden of Eden to free Adam and Eve. By eating of the tree Adam and Eve were set free through true knowledge (gnosis). However, Demiurge raped Eve many times and she gave birth to other evil creator angels (serpent seed doctrine). [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.30] (John 8:44; Revelation 12:9)
4. Some people are predestined to hell, while others are saved by doing enough good works. Other people have spirits sent forth from Sophia predestinating them to salvation regardless if they act good or evil. So the most "perfect" of them addict themselves to evil deeds and are in a habit of defiling the women they convert. [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.6-7, 4.37] (2 Peter 3:9; Romans 3:19-20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Luke 13:5; John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
5. All matter is evil and not capable of salvation. It will eventually be destroyed. [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.7, 23] (Luke 24:39; Philippians 3:21; 2 Peter 3:12-13; Revelation 21:1)
6. Mantras to effect nature (as in Hinduism and Kabbalah). [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.14-15] (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)
7. Perfect knowledge is obtained by baptism, spiritual marriage and last rites (sacramentalism). [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.21] (Titus 3:5; Galatians 2:16)
8. At death some souls enter an intermediate state to be purged of the animal nature (purgatory) before going into the Pleroma (full divine powers). [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 2.29] (John 19:30; Hebrews 10:10)
9. Reincarnation. [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 2:33] (Hebrews 9:27)
10. Christ descended upon Jesus at his baptism and left before Jesus went before Pilate (adoptionism). Sophia wouldn't allow Christ to suffer. [Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.7] (1 John 5:7; John 1:14; Matthew 1:23; Micah 5:2)

It was apostates of the Gnostic ilk of whom were Justin Martyr (100-165 AD), and his disciple Tatian (120-180 AD), and his disciple Clement of Alexandria (150-215 AD) who founded a Theological School in Alexandria, Egypt, and his disciple, the master Bible corrupter, Origenes Adamantius (184-254 AD).

It was of men like these, and Fenton John Anthony Hort and Brooke Foss Westcott that God's holy Word speaks of in these words:

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." (2 Timothy 3:13)

"It is these Gnostics that while translating the Septuagint (LXX) from Hebrew to Greek added to the text as well as left out script. It is noted that the Alexandrian School is recognized as one of the greatest sources of corruption, and it is the Alexandrian influence which permeates some of the oldest manuscripts, The Septuagint being a primary along with Vaticanus B, Sinaiticus Aleph. A side note, the Septuagint also contains the uncanonized books of the Apocrypha which is not found in the original Hebrew either." (Gano)

Jack Moorman in his book "Forever Settled" observes:

"The original LXX version of Job was much shorter than the Hebrew; it was subsequently filled in with interpretations from Theodotion. Proverbs contains things not in the Hebrew text at all, and Hebrew sentiments are freely altered to suit the Greek outlook. The rendering of Daniel was so much of a paraphrase that it was replaced, perhaps in the first century AD, by a later translation (generally attributed to Theodotion, but differing from his principles and antedating him), and the original LXX rendering is nowadays to be found in only two MSS and the Syriac. One of the translators of Jeremiah sometimes rendered Hebrew words by Greek words that conveyed similar sound but utterly dissimilar meaning" (Moorman, Forever Settled)."

"It can be clearly seen ... that the Septuagint is inaccurate and inadequate and deficient as a translation. To try to reconstruct the Hebrew Text (as many connected with the modern versions are attempting to do) from such a loose and unacceptable translation would be like trying to reconstruct the Greek New Testament Text from the Living Bible of Ken Taylor!!" (Waite, The Defense of the King James Bible)"

In the early 1920's Foster Bailey (1888-1977) and his wife Alice Bailey (1880-1949) founded Lucifer Publishing (name later changed to Lucis Trust). Alice states, "The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished. ... The church must show a wide tolerance, and teach no revolutionary doctrines or cling to any reactionary ideas." (Alice Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, New York, NY: Lucis Pub. Co., 1957, pp. 510-511). She wanted Christendom to shut up and assist in bringing about the acceptance of the New Age concepts of self-realization, illumination and the Golden Age of Aquarius. The ultimate goal is the destruction of Biblical Christianity. Roman Catholicism is clearly on board with Bailey's agenda. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) documents states:

"... In Hinduism men explore the divine mystery and express it both in the limitless riches of myth and the accurately defined insights of philosophy. They seek release from the trials of the present life by ascetical practices, profound meditation and recourse to God in confidence and love. Buddhism in its various forms testifies to the essential inadequacy of this changing world. It proposes a way of life by which man can, with confidence and trust, attain a state of perfect liberation and reach supreme illumination either through their own efforts or by the aid of divine help. ... The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions."

Luciferianism, the mystery schools, eastern religions, Roman Catholicism and the modern new Age movement all have Gnosticism as their foundation.

If this is your brand of Christianity, knock your self out, but I sincerely and earnestly advise against it. Get back to the Pure King James Bible. Don't be the crowds at "the Judgment Seat of Christ" (saved people) who will be ashamed at His coming (1 John 2:28); or much worse than that who will stand at the Great white Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Galatians 6:7-8)

"Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God." (Luke 8:11)

 

 












 GOD'S JUDGEMENT AND THE TERRORS OF HELL
By John Henry


INTRODUCTION:

Preachers like to speak on the love, mercy, and grace of God, and well we should. Without these things we would have absolutely no hope at all. But many Bible teachers avoid the doctrine of Hell altogether. The doctrines of God’s Judgement and Hell are two of the most neglected doctrines of God’s holy, eternal, infallible, inerrant Word.

People, in general, just don't want to believe that there is a Hell. The carnal mind hates the idea of being held accountable to a holy God for their sins. They object to the very idea of a place of eternal suffering and torment. But there is a just and holy God who must punish sin. Almost 2000 years ago God’s judgement for our sins fell upon Jesus Christ. The Word, God from all eternity, became flesh to give Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, and only He is able to pay off that eternal debt. The Bible has this to say concerning Christ's deity, incarnation, power and payment for the sins of man:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3, 14)  "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:6-8) "Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high." (Hebrews 1:3) "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:11-13)

There is one other way for one to pay off his sin debt. He may pay it himself. The coast is eternal death in Hell. The Bible tells us of the final judgment of the lost in these words:

"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:14-15) "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

We need to know that we are lost before we can be saved! We need to know what we are saved from! One must realize that he deserves to got to Hell because of his wicked and sinful heart. One must realize with his heart the holiness, love, and power of the Saviour in order to receive God’s mercy and grace. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God ...” (I Peter 3:18) “And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin.” Finite and sinful man must reconcile his sin debt with an infinite and holy God. Our sins will be paid for by Jesus Christ, God in the flesh; or we must spend eternity in hell paying an eternal sin debt. “When thou goest with thine adversary [God] to the magistrate [Jesus Christ], as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; least he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison [Hell]. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.” (Luke 12:58-59)

FALSE IDEAS CONCERNING LIFE AFTER DEATH:

Annihilation: This is the teaching of Humanism, old Buddhism, and some cults believe in annihilation. It says that when one dies only nothingness follows. According to this false teaching death is a total cessation of consciousness. This idea comes from the false doctrine of evolution. Evolution taken to its logical conclusion says: 1) Man was not created, but came about by chance; 2) Man is not accountable to a Creator, and morality is whatever man says it is; 3) Man is the highest animal so he is god; 4) There is no life after death. Evolutionists have believed the old Satanic lie, “Ye shall be as gods" (Genesis 3:5).

Reincarnation: Hinduism, modern Buddhism, and the New Age Movement believe in reincarnation. This teaching says that if one is good he is reborn as a higher life form over and over till he reaches Narvana (Heaven) or in some belief systems till he reaches annihilation or oneness with the Universe. This is salvation by works. God’s Word says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saves us ...” (Titus 3:5) The Bible also says, "... it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)

Purgatory: This false doctrine of Catholicism teaches that there is a place between Heaven and Hell where one's sins are purged before he is allowed into Heaven. This is a place of suffering to pay for the sins committed after becoming a Catholic. The time of suffering is indefinite, and depends on how bad the individual was. Prayers and offerings and made by the living on behalf of those in Purgatory. This false teaching is an insult to God in that says: Christ’s death on the cross is not enough to save us. God’s Word says: “Christ was ONCE offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28)  “For Christ ONCE suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to Good ...” (I Peter 3:18) That word “once” in these two verses in Greek carries with it the meaning: "of perpetual validity one time not requiring repetition." There is on purging required for those who have trusted Christ as Lord and Saviour.

THE NECESSITY OF HELL:

The infinite holiness of God: God hates sin more than any thing else. If we would get a glimpse of God’s absolute purity, perfectness, righteousness, and holiness we could comprehend a little better why God hates sin so very much. Absolute holiness can not tolerate the least sin. God's Word states, “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity ...” (Habakkuk 1:13) The smallest sin is filth in God’s sight. It was because Jesus was going to literally be bear our sins that He “sweat great drops of blood,” and pray: “Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42, 44; cf. 1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:28).  Christ did not fear torture and death as much as the repulsive idea of "... [bearing] our sins in his own body ... (1 Peter 2:24) But because He loves us He carried our sins for away. “The LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6, cf. 53:11) It is because He was carryinig our sins that the Father and the Holy Spirit forsook Christ when He was on the cross when He cried: “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46) God’s holiness demands that we receive Christ’s substitutional payment of our sin debt, or that we must pay that debt ourselves in Hell.

The great evil of sin: “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5) “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it.” (Jeremiah 17:9)

A truly just God must punish sin: “... [A]fter they hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgement of God.” (Romans 2:5)

HELL DESCRIBE:

* Hell is a place of outer darkness (Matthew 22:13, 25:30; 2 Peter 2:17; Jude 13).

* Hell is a place of everlasting fire (Matthew 25:41; Luke 16:24; Revelation 20:15).

* Hell is a place of torments (Luke 16:23-24, 28; Revelation 14:9-11; Mark 9:43-48).

* Hell is a place of wailing and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12, 13:42, 50, 22:13, 24:51).

* Hell is the second death, eternal separation from God (Revelation 20:14)

* Hell is a place of everlasting punishment (Matthew 5:22-25, 25:46; Revelation 21:6)

VARYING DEGREES OF PUNISHMENT IN HELL:

Judgement will be according to the amount of spiritual light given. The one that knew will receive many stripes; the one that knew not will receive few stripes (Luke 12:47-48). Unregenerate people in America will receive the greater condemnation than those in lesser evangelized areas of the world.

Judgement will be according to the frequency and severity of evil deeds. Scripture says:

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God .... death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. ..." (Revelation 20:12-14; cf. Romans 2:5-6).

"I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings." (Jeremiah 17:10; cf. Psalm 62:12; Isaiah 3:11; Jeremiah 32:19).

THE DURATION OF HELL:

God is infinitely righteous therefore He requires an infinite payment for sin (Psalm 111:3). It is an infinite evil to offend a holy and infinite God even once, but we all sin repeatedly. Moreover, we have all committed the very worst sin (Matthew 22:36-40).

"And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." (Matthew 25:46)

Furthermore, men are still sinners in Hell adding sin to sin and infinity to infinity by their continual sinning.

THE OCCUPANTS OF HELL:

"The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." (Psalm 9:17)

Most people will go to Hell. The Lord Jesus Christ said:

Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be withch go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

The Lord described this narrow way, which leads to life when He said:

“... I am the way ... no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

CONCLUSION:

Revelation 21:8 lists "the fearful" first among those who "shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone." The second to be listed are the "unbelieving."   The fearful in this verse are those that fear man more than God. This is the number one cause of people going to hell. They are afraid of losing their friends, of what others will say, and of persecution. The Lord Jesus said this about it:

"... Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him." (Luke 12:4-5)

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. ... The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. ... In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. ... By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. ... The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil." (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10, 14:26, 16:6, 19:23)

All that go to hell have only their own selves to blame. The Lord will not force salvation upon anyone, but short of that He has done everything possible to save man. He has given us the Bible which gives detailed information on how to be saved.

"... God our Saviour ... will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth." (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

"The Lord is ... longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

The Lord will one day say to all Christ rejectors, "... Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41) People go into this everlasting fire "... because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12) "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls." (James 1:21) If you are lost receive Christ now!!!

A vision of Hell should give believers a since of urgency to tell people about the Lord Jesus Christ.

"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)











MAKE SURE YOU ARE SAVED
&
DO THE WORKS OF THE SAVED

"If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (1 John 5:9-12)

"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." (1 Cor 15:1-4)

"We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain." (2 Cor 6:1)

"Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Pet 3:18)

"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious." (1 Pet 2:1-3)

"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. ..." (2 Cor 13:5)

"... brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure ..." (2 Pet 1:10)

"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. ... And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. ... And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. ... And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. ... Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. ... We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. ... These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." (1 John 2:3-5, 3:3, 5, 19-21, 24, 4:1-3, 16, 5:13)

"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. ... Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. ... We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life." (1 John 3:9, 4:13, 5:18-20)

"... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." (Phil 2:12)

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Eph 2:8-10)

 












WHY STUDY BIBLE PROPHECY?

SEVEN REASONS TO STUDY PROPHECY

By John Henry
 
 
1. Prophecy Validates The Authority Of The Entire Word Of God:

The prophetic Scriptures prove the authority of the entire Word of God, showing it to be trustworthy, and of Divine origin. Take, for example, the prophecies concerning Christ's first coming. The Bible predicted the exact time of His birth (Daniel 9:24-25), the exact place of His birth (Micah 5:2), the fact of the virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14), the details of His death (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53), and the fact of His resurrection (Psalm 16:9-11). One mathematician his calculated the possibility of all the prophecies concerning Christ's first coming to pass by chance: the figure is 1 chance in 87 with 93 zeros behind it. God's Word is sure and true, and prophecy proves it.

2. Prophecy Reveals God's Power, Wisdom & Purpose:

We ought to study prophecy is because it reveals God's power, wisdom, and purpose. The Lord's power is especially seen in the prediction of Jesus Christ's resurrection. The Apostle Peter tells us that David, writing under the direction of the Holy Spirit, wrote of Christ's resurrection more than a thousand years before it actually, happened (see Acts 2:25-31; Psalm 16:9-11). God's power to predict, and then perform the resurrection of Christ from the dead verifies His claim to be able to raise all who put their trust in Christ from the dead. Jesus said:

"And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one that seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:40; cf. Luke 20:35-38; John 11:25-26; Job 19:25-27; Daniel 12:13; II Corinthians 4:14; Hebrews 2:14-15)

"God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by His own power." (I Corinthians 6:14; cf. Romans 10:9)

This is God's main plan and purpose: to raise those who trust in Him from the dead to live with Him for ever. And the wisdom of God is clearly seen in the fulfillment of prophetic plan.

3. Prophetic Studies Produces Holiness:

Another good reason to study the prophetic Scriptures is because it produces holiness.

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto he coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousess. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless." (II Peter 3:10-14; cf. Philippians 3:7-12; Colossians 3:1-6; Titus 2:11-14; Romans 14:10-12; I John 1:9)

4. Prophetic Studies Comfort The Saved:

Prophetic studies comfort us and enable us to comfort others. God's Word tells us to "comfort one another" with words about the Rapture of believers to "be with the Lord" in heaven (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) One day Jesus will come in the clouds to catch up all believers, "and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (I Thessalonians 4:17) This is the "blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." (Titus 2:13) Jesus Himself comforts us with prophetic words of His second coming:

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3)

The final end of prophecy, being with God for ever, is truly a comforting hope (I Corinthians 1:3-5, 15:51-58; Revelation 1:3, 21:3-7; II Timothy 4:8)

5. Prophetic Studies Help Us Get A Burden For The Lost:

Still another reason that we should study Bible prophecy is to get a burden for the lost. God tells us that there is a burning hell that all who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour will go to. It is not the will of God for anyone to go to hell (I Timothy 2:3-4; II Peter 3:9) God's justice, however, will not allow sinful people into heaven (Revelation 21:27). Only those who have been redeemed form their sin "with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (which enables them to have their names written in the Lambs Book of Life will be allowed entrance into the Holy city (I Peter 1:19; cf. Revelation 21:27). Because Christians know there is a burning hell, and that there is only one way to keep fro going there it gives us a sense of urgency to tell others how to be saved also (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

"Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men ..." (II Corinthians 5:11; cf. Ezekiel 33:8-9: II Corinthians 5:10).

Believes are called to be "fishers of men," and "ambassadors for Christ" to a lost and dying world (Matthew 4:19; II Corinthians 5:20) There is only one main reason that God leaves saved people on this corrupt planet: to tell others how to be saved.

6. Prophetic Studies Help Us Discern The Signs Of The Times:

The study Bible prophecy helps us "discern the signs of the times." (Matthew 16:3) This is truly an exciting time in history to be alive. More Bible prophecy has been fulfilled in the past 100 years than in the 1,900 years prior to that combined. Among the prophecies being fulfilled now are:

* The reestablishment of the nation of Israel in the land that God promised them (Ezekiel 36:22-24, 38:8).

* The reestablishment of Jewish Temple worship (Daniel 9:27; II Thessalonians 2:3-4).

* The emerging One World Government headed up by the U.N. (Revelation 13:4-8).

* The Arab versus Israel conflict with the U.N. consistently siding with Islam against Israel (Psalm 83:1-8; Zachariah 12:1-3, 14:1-3)

* The peace movement (I Thessalonians 5:3; Revelation 13:7).

* The emerging United States of Europe super power (Daniel 2:40-43, 7:19-20; Revelation 17:9-13).

* The line up of nations that are allied with Russia (Ezekiel 38:1-6).

* The increase in means of travel, and all kinds of technological and scientific know how (Daniel 12:4).

* The advent of computers and the emerging One World Economic System (Revelation 13:13-18).

* The increase In crime and wickedness (Matthew 24:37; Genesis 6:5-8; II Timothy 3:1-4; II Peter 3:3-6; Romans 1:21-24).

* The increase in the false religions like the New Age movement, UFO cults, and Ecumenical Movement that is drawing all Christ perverting and rejecting religions together (I Timothy 4:1-3; II Timothy 3:1-5).

* The increase of false christs, wars, terrorism, anarchy, earthquakes, famines, pestilence, fearful sights, great signs from heaven (Luke 21:8-11; Matthew 24:4-8).

The Lord Jesus said this of that last item: "All these are the beginning of sorrows." (Matthew 24:8)

That word "sorrows" means birth pains, and as the birth pains of a woman become more frequent and intense as the time of delivery grows near, so also do all these signs become more frequent and intense as the return of Christ draws near.

The Lord further stated that "... when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28) All the above things are signs of our time, and they all point to the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:36; cf. I Thessalonians 5:1-6; I Peter 4:7)

We need to study our Bible prophecy and "watch" the signs of our exciting times, because Jesus is coming soon. We do not know the exact time, but we do know according to Bible prophecy that the Lord will be back very soon.

7. Prophetic Studies Are Commanded By God:

A main reason to study prophecy is because God has commanded it in his Word.

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth." (II Timothy 2:15)

The Bible is about 1/3 prophecy. There is no way in the world one can "rightly divide the Word" if he leaves out 1/3 of it. We need to study "all the counsel of God." (Acts 20:27)


CONCLUSION

In the study of prophecy in is important to always keep in mind that we are to "... worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelation 19:10).

"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (II Peter 1:19-21)

"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do." (1 Thessalonians 5:6-11)

Should we study prophecy? Absolutely?

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth." (II Timothy 2:15)