Journey to the Cross

“We are witnesses of everything he did

in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.

They killed him by hanging him on a cross,  

but God raised him from the dead on the third day

and caused him to be seen.”

— Peter, the Apostle

(Acts 10:39-40)

21. Journey to the cross: The heart of tradition

A Bible Study by Paula Yingst …

During my teen years, as the traditional remembrances surrounding Easter
rolled around – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Resurrection on
Sunday morning – it began to bother me that all of that simply didn’t jive
with what I was reading in my Bible. Truthfully, it really bothered me. And
as usual, I wasn’t able to find anyone, including pastors, who could give me
a satisfactory answer.

My problem was this: If Jesus said he would be in the grave for three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40), why do we jump from the crucifixion on Friday to the resurrection on Sunday. No matter how I tried to rationalize that, it simply didn’t work. So for years I wondered: Why did Jesus say that?

I finally found the answer,  after my fibromyalgia diagnosis, during the time when I had no choice but to be still and let God teach me some things that I’d been too busy to pick up on earlier. Lo and behold, into my hands came a book titled, A Scientific Approach To Biblical Mysteries by Robert W. Faid (1993; Guideposts and New Leaf Press). And in Chapter 6 – under the presumptuous title,When Was the Crucifixion? It Wasn’t on a Friday! I found the answers I had been seeking for decades.

Once again we need to refer back to the fourth century and the Emperor
Constantine, who apparently forgot that Jesus himself was a Jew, because in
the year 325, he ordered all Jews to leave Rome. At that time, the Nicaean
Council ruled that Christians could have nothing to do with Jews, including
the celebration of Passover. Instead they instituted the pagan holiday known
as “Easter” to commemorate Christ’s death and resurrection in a non-Jewish
sort of way.

According to Jewish custom and the Gospel writers, here’s how it all went
down:

ON SATURDAY, (the Jewish Sabbath) Jesus entered Jerusalem on the colt of
a donkey in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy (Zechariah 9:9). Christians
call this Palm Sunday.

ON SUNDAY, Jesus entered the temple and rebuked the money changers.

ON MONDAY, Jesus returned to Jerusalem and taught in the temple courts.
And Judas Iscariot promised to betray his Teacher for 30 pieces of silver,
fulfilling the Zechariah 11:12 prophecy.

ON TUESDAY, preparations were made for Wednesday’s evening meal,
called the Passover. So, Jesus sent two of his disciples to prepare a place for the
Seder, Tuesday’s ritual evening meal. (Christians call this the Last Supper.)

ON TUESDAY NIGHT after the Seder, Jesus and his disciples – minus Judas
Iscariot – went to pray at Gethsemene. Then they walked across the Kidron
Valley to an olive grove. Judas knew where they would be, and he led the
chief priests straight to Jesus. In the middle of the night, Jesus was arrested
for blasphemy, because he claimed to be the Son of God.

ON WEDNESDAY MORNING, Jesus was brutalized and sentenced to
death. He was nailed to the cross around 9 a.m.

ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, Jesus died at 3 P.M. (Mark 15:33). His
body was placed in a tomb before sundown in accordance with Jewish law.

JESUS’ BODY REMAINED IN THE TOMB FOR THREE DAYS:
Thursday was Passover and people were not allowed to travel. Roman guards
stood in front of the tomb. Friday was an additional Sabbath, always observed
on the day after Passover, according to Jewish tradition. Saturday was a regular
Sabbath with travel restrictions.

ON SUNDAY travel restrictions were lifted. Visitors were allowed at Jesus’
tomb and they saw that it was empty, except for the linen shroud and the cloth
that had wrapped Jesus’ head.

 I’ve come to terms with Christian tradition regarding the remembrance of Jesus’ last days and the celebration of his glorious resurrection. After all, Jesus is much more concerned about the sincere hearts of his fully devoted followers.

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 “I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles,

my immediate response was not to consult any human being” 

— Paul (Galatians 1:14-16)

 

In the midst of “China Virus” … Trusting The Plan!

March 25, 2020

It’s been awhile since I posted here. God has been teaching me that He does not promise to make my life easier or to take away pain that He makes use of to teach me valuable lessons. That’s why I am able to say to you that IN THIS MOMENT OF TIME, I am at peace — with my cancer, with the jaw-dropping changes that have occurred in my life over the past 6 months, and with the extreme “happenings” at this time within the US and around the world as a result of release into the world the coronavirus from within China.

I’m feeling weary right this minute. Cancer  that began as a breast cancer tumor (removed in December 2015) has metastasized into my skull and skeleton. And it’s unwelcome presence has insisted that I listen even closer to what my body is saying to me regarding the need to rest and otherwise alter the way I do life.

I have been given permission by my Heavenly Father to no longer be burdened by Qanon “drops” that lead to distressing discoveries, such as child abduction by traffickers in the US and around the world for the  harvesting of adrenochrome and for the purpose of satanic sacrifice. That was revealed to me in a series of dreams that occurred during my 41-day stay in 4 different medical facilities. I was in horrible pain at the time, but looking back, I understand now that severe pain was necessary to break through my set-in-stone way of thinking.

President Trump — God’s anointed vessel for this time in history —  has asked everyone who possibly can to shelter in place while experts in many fields WORK TOGETHER (something that would only have come about in response to extreme necessity) to stop the spread of the deadly virus. I was pretty much housebound anyway, so it hasn’t been difficult for me. Chuck makes trips out and about for necessary supplies.

Yesterday, POTUS announced that he is trusting the virus will be under control to a degree where things can return to relative “normal” by Easter Sunday, April 12th. I’m waiting to see what happens on Good Friday. Lots of chatter on Twitter about that. And I’m staying tuned for the “10 days of darkness” that has been foretold by the qanon military op team. They are currently making use of the shelter-in-place orders while people are kept safe in their homes, REMOVING CORRUPT INDIVIDUALS FROM THE PROVERBIAL SWAMP — rounding up members of ANTIFA, MS-13, drug gangs, and other evil entities are taken quietly into custody.

INTERESTING TIMES! I’m rusting our President and his capable military. Trusting the QANON PLAN to take down the elite Deep State.

Appreciating prayers for courage and healing.

NHIM, Paula

 

3 prophecy connections that truly surprised me …

SOURCE: The Oracle by Jonathan Cahn (Frontline Publishers; 2019)

I have often wondered about prophecies that spoke about the horrible state of the Holy Land, since I had not been aware of the Promised Land in that condition. Then I began reading The Oracle, the importance of world history came alive.

Arguably THE MOST ACCURATE, FULFILLED PROPHECY in the Old Testament regarding GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE — THE REGATHERING OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL  …

22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.

24 For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.‘” (Spoken through the prophet Ezekiel; Ezekiel 36:22-28)

The Lord God has revealed to his servant, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, that THREE PROPHECIES regarding THREE INDIVIDUALS who converged in Israel within one specific year: 1867!

1:  Mark Twain  / Samuel Clemens (In Hebrew means “God has heard.”)

PROPHECY OF THE STRANGER (Deuteronomy 29:22-23)

               “… foreigners [the stranger] who come from distant lands will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases with which the Lord has afflicted it. 23 The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, which the Lord overthrew in fierce anger.

Israel was originally described as a fertile and fruitful land flowing with milk and honey. But when the Jews were driven into exile following the destruction of Jerusalem and the second temple in 70 A.D., the Promised land became a desolate horror — parched, lifeless, and barren.

Samuel Clemens (MARK TWAIN) was an American SKEPTIC who bore witness to the land’s devastation despite himself. (Because Scripture has many layers, it’s important to understand. In one sense, this verse speaks of all who would be stunned by THE LAND’S DESOLATION. But on the other hand, the prophecy specifies ONE (nakri in Hebrew) STRANGER or foreigner.

MARK TWAIN was working as a journalist on the West Coast of America when he decided to journey across the world on a steamship. It took months to travel to Europe and the Middle East before he reached his destination — Israel and the city of Jerusalem … in 1867!

The original prophecy was spoken by God through his servant Moses and had layers of meaning that transcends time and space. The nakri (THE STRANGER)  would come in an age or generation (akrahone in Hebrew)  — referring to the latter days, the end times. THE PROPHECY OF THE STRANGER leads into a prophecy that is specifically about THE REGATHERING OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE …

When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes[a] and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it” (Deuteronomy 30:1-5)

“Mark Twain had no idea that his dark witness of the Holy Land would be the fulfillment ancient prophecy.” (p. 56)

2:  Charles Warren The pioneer of Jerusalem archaeology

PROPHECY OF THE MAN WITH THE MEASURING LINE (Zechariah 2:1-6)

“‘Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?

He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.”

While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘”Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’

“’Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,” declares the Lord, “for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,” declares the Lord.”‘”

In this  prophecy, THE MAN WITH THE MEASURING LINE is identified as an angel. Again it has layers of meaning that transcend time and space. It was spoken to God’s servant Zechariah through an angel, but it also foreshadows a human recipient — an engineer from England, who was NOT A PROPHET, but who answered a prophetic call to measure Jerusalem and write down a vision concerning the land and its future.

CHARLES WARREN was led to write down a specific plan to bring the vision to fruition —  Land of Promise.  Keep in mind, Warren wrote this when the land lay desolate.  The same time as when MARK TWAIN was led to give testimony to the horrible condition of the Promised Land 1867   CHARLES WARREN would lay the foundation for the restoration of Jerusalem and a call to the scattered exiles to return to the land God promised to the descendants of Jacob — ISRAEL!

At this time, the last great empire to have control over the Holy Land was the Ottoman Empire, and it had incurred a huge debt. Charles Warren envisioned that debt could be used to bring Israel back from the dead (Ezekiel 36), leading to the birth of their nation.  He knew about the biblical prophecies that foretold the return to the land and the establishment of a Jewish state. The Ottoman Land Code of 1867 would insure that large tracts of land could be purchased for aliyah — return of exiles to the Promised Land.

Now the prophecy penned by Ezekiel in chapter 36 makes sense:

“’Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, “Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The enemy said of you, ‘Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.’ Therefore prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because they ravaged and crushed you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people’s malicious talk and slander … I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. 

Then you will know that I am the Lord.'”

And the meaning of that haunting prophecy about “dry bones” coming back to life (Ezekiel 37) comes to life …

“The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’

I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, you alone know.’ …

And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.  and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army….

“Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

TWAIN and WARREN both came to Jerusalem in 1867

“Where Twain could barely see how the land could support the most meager of populations, Warren wrote (The Innocents Abroad) of a future where the land could accommodate millions of Jewish people.” (p. 59)

3:  Theodore Herzl  / Founder of political Zionism (“Father of the Jewish State”)

THE PROPHECY OF THE RESTORATION OF ZION  (Deuteronomy 30:3)

“It will no longer be said to you, ‘Forsaken,’ nor to your land will it any longer be said, ‘Desolate’; but you will be called, ‘My delight is in her.'”

CHARLES WARREN was passionate about the restoration of Jerusalem. He wrote a specific vision concerning the desolate land and its future — Land of Promise. In his writing, Warren suggested that the debt that had been incurred by the Ottoman Empire — the people who had conquered the land — could be used to bring about the return of the Jewish people. The Ottoman Land Code of 1867 set in motion a series of events that would lead to the restoration of Israel, and witness the blossoming of its deserts!

In 1894, MARK TWAIN (Prophecy of the Stranger) and THEODORE HERZL (a European journalist and playwright) were in Paris at the same time and became friends — Jonathan Cahn calls this “a significant convergence” — when Zionism was born. So the Prophecy of the Stranger led into the prophecy of the Man With the Measuring Line, which  eventually connected with the prophecy of the Restoration of Zion.

Would you agree that this had to have been “a God thing”?

“I know the plans I have for you.” — The Lord God

Prayer warriors …

January 1, 2020 (Wednesday)

I got some encouraging news over the weekend. Chuck heard from 2 individuals who have taken Ibrance, cancer drugs for other forms of cancer. Both reported that it was effective treatment, and there were very few side effects. If you have any experience with Ibrance, please email me: pmyingst@gamil.com  with IBRANCE on the subject line.

We also discovered that rather than 4 mg per steroid pill (I was taking 2 per day), each pill was 8mg! My oncologist had prescribed a weaker steroid that makes it easier to wean off what I was taking, and we had filled that prescription at the time of my first appointment with Dr. Nasrati. But somehow the bottle of pills had ended up pushed to the very back of a drawer, We did not remember anything about it.

Finding that lost bottle was a game changer. And the way we found it actually seemed orchestrated by something greater than chance. Pretty amazing.

The first 21 days of Ibrance is due to arrive  by mail on Thursday. I won’t be able to stop taking the steroid by then, but I’m now thinking it will help to still have the steroid to help  calm my shaking.

And finally, I APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO PUT ME ON THEIR PRAYER LIST!

Blessings to you,

Paula

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I need to ask for specific prayer. I learned from my new oncologist that I have been taking a powerful steroid medication without knowing it since my surgery in early October. I understand that I need to get off of it. However, yesterday it became obvious that I will have to go through withdrawal until I wean myself off of it. I need wisdom and self-control. I am currently very unstable physically. I’m not sure how long this will take, but I’m hoping to put off starting the prescribed chemo meds until I am successfully weaned off the steroids.Another challenge. Another opportunity to trust my God and my prayer warriors. Thank you in advance. 🙏❤️

Cancer sucks

12/03/19

Hello my faithful readers! I have been out of touch for the better part of 2 months. A fracture was found in my left femur, and with it came the discovery of bone cancer. I was in and out of 3 hospitals and 2 different rehab facilities and finally got to come home on Day 41 — November 13th. Following 10 radiation treatments and too numerous to count issues dealt with in various ways — including pneumonia, e coli (WHAT???), and a bad case of thrush!

It has taken several hours to restore access to my computer. Due to my long absence, I was locked out. SOOO everything looks good to go, and I will be posting asap!

Hope all is well with all of you, and special thanks to those who visited while I was away!

NHIM, Paula

Digging Deeper — The Bible: The Past, The Present, and The Future (Part 3)

FOCUS: The Bible provides a fascinating look at world history based on the lives of the descendants of Adam, primarily through the lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God did not sugar-coat His message to mankind. Instead He recorded ‘sin in action’ and ‘the gains of good,’ showcasing the countless flaws of human nature. He challenges us to learn from the past, put what we’ve learned into practice in the present, and understand that He has a plan for the future.

FOUNDATION SCRIPTURE: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 3:8).

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version 1984, unless otherwise stated.)

PROPHECY CONNECTION #3: Fulfillments in the Future

From the beginning, God has woven prophecy into the tapestry of His Word. Throughout the “middle” of the Bible, representatives of the Lord God have made predictions that have been fulfilled and are historically verifiable. And there are still quite a few that “watchers” are anticipating!

A. In the Garden of Eden, God foretold that “the seed” of Eve would prevail over “the offspring” of Satan (Genesis 3:15) — JESUS, a direct descendant of Eve and Adam, defeated the devil when He conquered death and rose from the grave THREE DAYS after His crucifixion, JUST AS HE FORETOLD (Matthew 12:40).

B. God foretold that ABRAM’s descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens (Genesis 15:5) — Abram’s son ISHMAEL, by his wife’s servant Hagar, became the father of twelve sons, ancestors of the modern-day Arab nations (Genesis 17:20; 25:12-18). The Lord God changed Abram’s name to ABRAHAM and promised that his descendants, through his son ISAAC, would inherit “the whole land of Canaan as an everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:8, 21). The promise was confirmed to Abraham’s grandson JACOB (Genesis 28:13-14), the father of twelve sons who became known as the 12 tribes of ISRAEL — a.k.a. Jacob (Genesis 29:31 – 30:20; 35:18; 32:28).

C. MOSES rescued the descendants of Israel from 430 years of slavery in Egypt — just as God had foretold (Genesis 15:13; Exodus 12:40-42) — and the Lord led them on a journey that lasted 40 years. JOSHUA led them into the Promised Land (Joshua 1:1-5), and God worked through the Israelites to rid the land of people who had chosen to worship other gods, rather than the Lord God of Abraham (a.k.a. Abram).

D. The Lord God gave the Israelites two lists — the first promised BLESSINGS FOR OBEDIENCE (Deuteronomy 28:1-14); the second warned of CURSES FOR DISOBEDIENCE (Deut. 28:15-68). Unfortunately, the descendants of Jacob (a.k.a. ISRAEL) chose to abandon the laws God had given them, so He backed up His warning with disciplinary action: “… THE LORD WILL SCATTER YOU AMONG THE NATIONS, FROM ONE END OF THE EARTH TO THE OTHER.

1. The first diaspora (scattering) came in the latter 700’s B.C., when the Assyrians attacked the northern kingdom of Israel and the Lord God used the Assyrian armies to “remove them from His presence” (2 Kings 17:16-18a). These are commonly called the ” 10 Lost Tribes of Israel.” Only two of the twelve tribes, plus a remnant of each, remained in the Promised Land. They were collectively called “JUDAH” or “Jews.”

2. The second diaspora  happened in 586 B.C. when the Lord God used Nebachadnezzar of Babylon to fulfill a prophecy made through Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:4), that the Jews would be exiled from the Promised Land for 70 years. The Babylonians destroyed the first temple, built in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount. When the Jews were released from bondage in Babylon (exactly 70 years later), most of them returned to the Promised Land and rebuilt their temple, where they made animal sacrifices to the Lord God to atone for their sin.

3. The third diaspora began in 70 A.D. — after Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and witnesses documented His ascension into heaven. The second temple was destroyed just as Jesus had foretold (Matthew 24:1-2) and to this day has not been rebuilt.

There have been other “scatterings” of the Jews throughout world history. But the Lord God promised through His prophet Ezekiel that the descendants of Israel would one day be gathered back into the land that He gave to Abraham’s grandson, Jacob — ISRAEL (Ezekiel 37:14, 21-22; 38:8; 39:27-28) –– IN 1948, after World War 2, ISRAEL WAS ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZED AS A NATION by a majority of the world. And in the 1967 Six-Day War, they recaptured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, which was later returned to the Arabs.

E. The Lord God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel concerning a future battle — the nations vs. Israel!

“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. (Ezekiel 38:14-16)

F. The Lord Jesus revealed that one man (and his assistant) will have global authority issued by the devil!

“… The dragon [the devil or Satan (Revelation 20:2)] gave the beast [the global ruler or ‘antichrist’] his power and his throne and great authority.… He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And HE WAS GIVEN AUTHORITY OVER EVERY TRIBE, PEOPLE, LANGUAGE AND NATION.  All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world….  Then I saw another beast [a.k.a the false prophet (Rev. 19:19-20)] , coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.  He exercised all the authority of the first beast … he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.  He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. HE ALSO FORCED EVERYONE, SMALL AND GREAT, RICH AND POOR, FREE AND SLAVE, TO RECEIVE A MARK ON HIS RIGHT HAND OR ON HIS FOREHEAD SO THAT NO ONE COULD BUY OR SELL UNLESS HE HAD THE MARK …” (Rev. 13:2b-17).

G. The prophet John foretold another battle when demons will gather the kings of the earth to Armageddon:

“… they [‘spirits of demons’] go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty….  Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon (Rev. 16:14-16).

John saw heaven opened and a rider on a white horse — KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. The rider [JESUS] and the armies of heaven will strike down the nations. Then the beast, the false prophet, and everyone who accepted the mark (Rev. 13:16-17) will be defeated and destroyed (Rev. 19:11-21).

H. John wrote that Satan will be locked up in “the Abyss” for 1000 years — known as “the Millenium”  — and those who were beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and the Word of God, and because they refused to worship the global ruler [‘the beast’] or take the mark required to buy or sell, will come to life and reign with Christ (Rev. 20:1-3).

I. After the Millenium, Satan will be released and once again will gather people for battle against Jerusalem, “the city God loves” … Then fire will come down from heaven and devour them, and the devil, “who deceived them” will be thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, known as “the second death” (Rev. 20:7-10).

J.  JUDGMENT DAY!

[John speaking] “I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. THE LAKE OF FIRE IS THE SECOND DEATH. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:11-15)

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WHAT’S THE POINT?

The Lord God has USED PROPHECY TO PROVE over and over again that “HE IS, HE WAS, AND HE IS TO COME ” (Revelation 4:8). He can be trusted to do what He has promised.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

It matters because the destiny of eternal souls is at stake.

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THINK ABOUT IT …

Will your name be found written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain?

Jesus said, “I AM the way and the truth and THE LIFE” … “REPENT for the kingdom of heaven is near” … I AM THE GATE for the sheep; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out [continued free will] and find green pasture” … “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son [JESUS] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 14:6; Matt. 4:17; John 10:9; 3:16-21)