Leviticus 26:14-20 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; 15And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.
Today, my friends, I am offering a bible study on the ONLY LEGITIMATE FEAR.
We are so far removed from our roots/beginning, that the minds and hearts of mankind have been totally emptied of all memory/knowledge/understanding of the TRUTH of our CREATION and the WONDER OF OUR CREATOR!
In our foolishness and PRIDE, we have convinced ourselves (with the help of demonic influence) that we don’t need GOD, that we are GOD, that we can do BETTER THAN GOD! The level of our stupidity is SHOCKING and AMAZING!
We are convinced that Science (Scientism is a better term, as it truly is a religion) has proven that God does not exist, or if he ever did he is no longer relevant. WOW… how far have we fallen?
The TRUTH is there is one CREATOR! One totally fabulous, amazing and incredible being. It does not take a “rocket scientist” to see that we are no match for His wondrous power and intelligence. Every single molecule of every single item/being/cell/creature that makes up this glorious creation we call EARTH is beyond our comprehension. Science can only copy and imitate small areas of focus, and even at that, they get it all wrong. They end up creating so many detrimental affects as they go along.
The TRUTH is there is one CREATOR! And because HE created all of us and everything that we see, who can argue with HIM? WHO? Who is so great and powerful that they can challenge our marvelous Creator? Satan? If you are betting on Satan to free you from what you consider to be slavery to our God and King… I would rethink your position. Can any created being be greater than their Creator? Really? I mean, you may point to ROBOTS and say, yes. You may believe that Robots and Computers will one day surpass mankind… but you should rethink that as well. Though it may seem that they are or will be greater than we can be, we are understanding with our limited thinking. We cannot see the future and predict how all that will turn out in the end. HOWEVER, our wonderful, merciful Savior GOD CAN!!
He has proven that 10 billion times over. EVERY SINGLE WORD that He committed to the written WORD for our benefit has TOTALLY COME TO PASS. Exactly as written. OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS! In His word he said:
Isaiah 46:8-13 “Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do. Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are now far from my righteousness. I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion, my splendor to Israel.
Jesus/Yeshua who is GOD and was with GOD in the beginning, present when all things were created, said this:
John 14:29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
I constantly hear people say: “My God would never do (fill in the blanks), if the God of the bible demands (fill in the blanks) than I don’t want anything to do with him.” They also say, “my God loves everybody, excepts everything, he paid the price for me because he knew that I am just a sinner, I can’t help myself. All I have to do is call on his name and I am saved.” And these are so called Christians. Atheists, Dieists, Satanists, Pagans of all sorts and Witches, just down right berate God and spit on him.
Let me tell you… Our Heavenly Father is patient, loving and forgiving. In fact, this is who HE declared himself to be at Mount Sinai:
Exodus 34:6&7 And HE passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”..
There are 10 different scriptures or more, where God is described in exactly these same words. You think he meant for you to hear that?
Scripture also tells us that this is the reason we have not seen the end of the world up to this time. Because God is patiently waiting until everyone who is going to come into His Kingdom has made that commitment.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
Luke 21:24 Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
God’s patience does have a limit. His grace is available for a set time. Once the door is closed, there will be no more opportunities for salvation. Once he pours his WRATH out on the Earth… it is over friends. Whether or not you want to hear this, whether or not you understand it, whether or not you believe it, whether you think it is fair or not… THIS IS THE TRUTH!!
It will not be pretty at all when GOD’s Judgment is poured out. Those who refuse to harken and obey HIS Word, will suffer. They will not just stop breathing and sleep forever. They will SUFFER!!
All this is clear evidence of God’s righteous judgment. And so you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. After all, it is only right for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are oppressed and to us as well, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in blazing fire.
He will inflict vengeance on those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the penalty of eternal destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord and the glory of His might, on the day He comes to be glorified in His saints and regarded with wonder by all who have believed, including you who have believed our testimony. 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Unbelievers will suffer terrifying, irreversible, eternal affliction and punishment when Christ is revealed.
God will repay them with “affliction” (v. 6). He will deal out retribution to them (v. 8). And (2 Thess. 1:9), “These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.” Those who argue that the wicked will suffer for a while and then be annihilated point to the word “destruction.” But the word does not mean that the wicked will cease to exist. If that were the punishment, the penalty of being away from the presence of the Lord and the glory of His power would be nullified, since they would not be conscious of it. It refers to total ruin. Source
In line with Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners,” I think that we struggle with the doctrine of the eternal punishment of the wicked to the degree that we do not understand or embrace the infinite holiness of God and the infinite heinousness of sin against such a holy Being. But when we realize that God is absolutely holy and just, then we know that He must punish all sin. And when we see that we all have repeatedly, defiantly sinned against this holy Sovereign of the universe, then we can understand why the punishment must be infinite.
Paul elaborates on God’s judgment of the wicked to bring comfort to these persecuted recent believers in Thessalonica. He appeals to the sense of justice that we all feel: Those who deliberately persecute or wrong others someday should pay for their crimes. God would not be God if He were not just. If He merely excused sins without punishment He would not be righteous. Either the sinner must be punished or an acceptable substitute may take his punishment. God sent Jesus, the Lamb of God, to be the substitute for all who believe in Him. But everyone else will be punished for their sins. Source
It is not possible that ALL people will be saved. For GOD has always made it clear that HE is seeking a remnant. I particular people who are seeking Him with all their heart. Those who are willing to be “set apart”, peculiar, different. The world in general is self seeking and not willing to hear the truth. In order to be a child of the Most High, it is necessary to turn your back on the things of the world and seek the things of GOD. To separate the precious from the vile, according to GOD’s instruction and not our human thinking. His ways are far above our ways, and his thoughts are far above ours.
The Meaning of Holiness: The Holiness of God with R.C. Sproul
Stay with me, if you have the courage.
IF you don’t have the courage, you may find it if you stay with me.