Monthly Archives: July 2012

Gambling With Your Life

Pascal’s Wager, You Bet Your Life

 

By Pastor David Asscherick

 

Part of David’s “Eleventh Hour Evidence” Series

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=Dnt5dqQFznE&NR=1   52 minute sermon

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgwNNyXR7Js   9 minute short

 

David Asscherick is Director of the ARISE Institute.

 

Blaise Pascal’s Wager is summed up in his 1660 book, Pensees meaning to think. This book, translated by W.F. Trotter, can be found here: http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/pascal/pensees-a.html

 

The following is just my notes from listening to the above sermon:

 

Synopis: Yahweh either exists or He doesn’t. Based on the natural revelation and special revelation of the Word, it’s safe to assume that He does exist, since we will gain eternity or infinity. So live as though He does exist. Only a fool would choose the godless life. We will gain everything and lose nothing. Better to err on the side of intelligence than to err on the side of ignorance.

 

3 Factors in deciding to make an intelligent wager or not:

 

1 – size of the prize

2 – size of the risk

3 – probability of actually winning – what are your chances

 

You have more of a chance of being hit twice by lightning than winning the power ball lottery!!

 

John 3:16, “For Yahweh so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever (100% probability of winning) believes in Him should not perish (zero risk) but have everlasting life (infinitely great prize).”

 

1 – the size of the prize is infinitely great = eternal salvation

2 – ZERO risk, no risk, just submit to the Gospel

3 – Chances of winning = 100% if you’re a whosoever!! – all people can win

 

Mark 10:17-30, “Now as He was going out on the road (street preaching), one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

18So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’

20And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”

21Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

22But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

26And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”

27But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible (100% probability of winning the infinitely great prize of eternal life).”

28Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.”

29So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, 30who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.”

 

Peter’s inferred question: What’s in it for us? Yeshua, take note of us, we’ve left all to follow you!!

 

Yeshua gave a 2-tiered answer to Peter. Have confidence, be sure, assured. Leave all and get 100-fold better life NOW, then in age to come eternal life. 100-fold more satisfying and fulfilling life now in this time, or life, then get eternal life.

 

The size of the prize: infinite, eternal life

The size of the risk: non-existent, with an actual benefit just for entering into the wager! Taste and see that the Lord is good! Evaluate the earthly life’s benefits. One minute with Yeshua is better than a lifetime without Him.

The probability of winning: 100%

 

1 – 100-fold better life, with persecutions with assurance of eternal life, a safe landing

2 – In the age to come, eternal life

 

If your experience resistance in your life, it’s a good indicator that you are on the right path.

 

1 Timothy 4:7b-8, “and exercise yourself toward godliness. 8For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

 

Yeshua and Paul agree on these two points. Godliness is profitable for all things, a promise for this life and a promise for the life to come. 2-tiered benefits!!

Romans 13:11-14, “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

 

1 Peter 3:13-17, “And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense (an apologetic) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is reasonable, must be based on evidence. It is scientific, not a leap into the dark, but a step into the light.

 

Good book to read: Steps to Christ.

 

 

 

 

A Convergence In Prophetic Time

 

A Convergence In Prophetic Time

Revelation 12:7-17, “And war broke out in heaven: Michael (Yeshua) and his angels fought with the dragon (Satan); and the dragon and his angels fought, 8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our Mighty One, and the power of His Messiah have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our Mighty One day and night, has been cast down. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time (3 ½ – 7 years?).”

13Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman (Israel) who gave birth to the male Child (Yeshua). 14But the woman (Israel) was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time (3 ½ years), from the presence of the serpent. 15So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring (Christian Church), who keep the commandments of Yahweh and have the testimony of Yeshua HaMashiach.”

 

In a few hours from now, all of London will begin to ring bells. The outward sign is that they are ringing in the Olympic games, but the hidden sign is that they are calling on Satan to come and inhabit not just the Olympic stadium (see my previous post on No Loose Ends at the End of Time) but London and all of England and the world. The opening ceremony to the Olympic games is a choreographed Satanic worship service. After viewing that video in my previous post, and meditating on the end times and Yahweh’s word, Yahweh showed me just this morning, where we’re at on the prophetic timeline. The globalists, the illuminati, the world’s Satanists, believe they are calling on their god and king, Lucifer, Satan, the Devil, to come to earth in response to their worshipful request of him. He will be coming to earth, not just as a result of human request and satanic worship, but the Devil will be CAST TO THE EARTH BY YESHUA HIMSELF, as a result of losing the battle in the heavenlies!!! This event in prophetic time may begin in just a few hours as the Londoners begin ringing bells at 8:30 am London time, July 27, 2012 CE, beckoning the Devil and his evil demons to earth.

 

Now please meditate on this for a few minutes. Satanicly influenced humans believe they are in control of their lives and are calling the Devil to earth. But, it could be that they are greatly deceived, and the Devil is coming to earth as a result of losing another battle in Heaven!! But, either way, the Devil is coming down to the earth, to fulfill prophetic Scripture!!

 

If this is actually where we are on the prophetic timeline, we’re in for some persecution, Church, not a pre-tribulation rapture!! Read Revelation 12:17 again!! Trust me, I would love to get raptured off this dirt ball before persecution strikes, but not my will, only His will be done!

 

I can imagine what the Lord might be saying about this. . . “Those Devil worshipping globalists want Satan with them at the London Olympics and beyond? Then they shall have him!!! GET OUT OF HERE SATAN, YOU ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO ENTER THE COURTS OF HEAVEN. INSTEAD, YOU ARE RESTRICTED TO THE EARTH, UNTIL YESHUA GOES DOWN TO EARTH AND BINDS YOU FOR ONE THOUSAND YEARS!!!”

 

Revelation 20:1-3, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.”

 

The globalists are again just unwittingly fulfilling Yahweh’s holy prophetic word. Will this 9th of Av, which begins Friday night in Jerusalem, July 27, not on the 28th, as so many are proposing, be the beginning of this convergence? I have 2 different astronomically correct Hebrew calendar computer programs declaring that the 9th of Av begins at sundown on Friday, July 27, 2012 CE, not Saturday night. This weekend may be one great fulfillment of Scripture. Will our Jewish brothers in Israel be forced to flee to the wilderness this weekend? I don’t know, but this 9th of Av may be another one for the Jewish history books. If worldwide persecution against Christians breaks out this weekend, it will be noteworthy in Christian history also.

 

Friends, it’s time to pray, repent, and seek Yeshua and our Heavenly Father like we’ve never done before. The Middle East is ready to explode into World War III. Many prophetic Scriptures are about to be fulfilled right before our eyes. If we get raptured, great, but if not, be warned.

 

Gene Benjamin II

July 26, 2012 CE

NO LOOSE ENDS AT THE END OF TIME

NO LOOSE ENDS AT THE END OF TIME

 

I’ve told a few people about the upcoming signing of the International Small Arms Treaty at the U.N. on July 27th. Most just laugh and say it can’t happen. Ok. Suit yourself, but here’s a pretty good video documentary on the subject. This is not a new agenda of the globalists. Result: NO MORE SELF PROTECTION FOR THE COMMON MAN AROUND THE WORLD.

 

http://youtu.be/r6Mw2lr3Vbo     U.N. GUN TREATY VIDEO

 

I’ve been telling people for years that our election system has been corrupted, and that the person elected in 2008 would probably be the last President of the United States of America. Most just blow it off. Ok. Suit yourself, but Obama just sold the election counting business to a company based in SPAIN, of all countries on the planet!! And you still don’t believe the Jesuits are running the world? You listen to the wrong mainstream media (MSM). Result: NO FREE STATES LEFT AROUND THE WORLD.

 

http://youtu.be/8Ob8SlDTX_c     OBAMA AND SOROS RIGGED 2012 ELECTION

 

Yeshua stated it plainly in Luke 17:26-27, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” Methuselah was Noah’s grandpa, and from the genealogy Scriptures in Genesis 5 and Luke 3:36-37, it appears that he died at the ripe old age of 969, in the creation year of the FLOOD OF NOAH in 1656-57, depending on which chronologist you listen to, as the oldest recorded man in the Scriptures. Methuselah’s name literally means man of a dart (dagger, spear, sword, knife). The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary states “This name signifies, ““He dieth, and the sending forth,” so that Enoch gave it as prophetical of the flood.” In other words, Methuselah died, then Yahweh sent forth the FLOOD. Yahweh took Methuselah home in death so he wouldn’t have to face the judgment of the flood, like the rest of the unrighteous humans of his day.

 

Some say Ariel Sharon of Israel may be our modern day Methuselah, being kept alive miraculously by Yahweh until He is ready to unleash judgment on earth. Mr. Sharon has been in a coma for about 7 years now. How long can an old guy live in such a state? Ask Yahweh, I don’t know. It’s time to stay home from movie theaters and pray and repent more. One problem I see is that Ariel Sharon was not so righteous, having kicked Yahweh’s people off of His land in 2005. Keep praying. Maybe Ariel Sharon will be raised up to be one of the 2 witnesses or at least one of the 144,000 Jewish preachers. Or maybe Mr. Sharon will just die and then. . . Result: JUDGMENT DAY.

 

http://theworldisshaking.blogspot.com/2010/10/has-god-given-us-modern-day-methuselah.html?m=1     ARIEL SHARON 21ST CENTURY METHUSELAH?

 

Do you have any loose ends left in your personal life? Need to forgive anyone, or need to be forgiven by anyone before you meet your Maker? Need to tell anyone you love them? Need to donate all that junk in the garage or storage rental unit to a worthy cause? Need to pay off some debt? Need to tell anyone about Jesus before you are raptured, or sent to a concentration camp, or have your head cut off by a Muslim? Methuselah has been waiting a lot longer than you have to meet Yeshua face to face. We do not have any time to waste. Repent and believe the Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach today!!

 

Have a blessed day,

 

Gene Benjamin II

July 22, 2012 CE

 

The Coming Parabolic Blow Off

The Coming Parabolic Blow Off

 

 

Huh? What in the world is a parabolic blow off, or blow-off-top? It’s an economic term, actually. I am not an economist, so for the short answer, go here: http://www.answers.com/topic/blow-off-top Why is the world about to experience a parabolic blow off? Because the entire world, every nation, man, woman, and child has ignored Yahweh’s economic plan for most of human history. Ancient Israel may have been the only economy to ever exist that actually followed the sound economic plan of Yahweh found in Leviticus 25, the Jubilee. Of course, even ancient Israel rebelled against Yahweh and His perfect Word and lost their nation for many years. Modern Israel, along with the entire planet, ignores Leviticus 25 and its wisdom to their peril.

 

The Jubilee Cycle that Yahweh gave to mankind brings runaway debt and economic growth back together in an orderly fashion, once every 50 years. It solves the problems introduced by charging usury, or interest, on money loaned.

 

I just read the best biblically-based article on economics that I’ve ever read. It is a must read for EVERYONE old enough to read. Find that great article here: http://www.biblicalresearchjournal.org/brj-pages_html/001bp_2008-10-24.html and be sure to read all four parts in the short series. Part 4 covers the math and shows the charts. The math is NEVER wrong. All economies in the world, and the world economy itself, is operating from a basic WRONG assumption. Economic output DOES NOT automatically always tend toward economic equilibrium. A direct quote from the article: “The mathematics which show that the overhanging debt that looms over EVERY economy ALWAYS compounds faster than that economy’s output.” That results in an ever-increasing spread between economic output and rising debt. For example, let’s say we have an economy that is growing at 7% per year, while the lenders are lending at 10% per year to cover their risk. After only 20 years at this pace the spread, or difference, between economic outcome and lending price is 286%!!! This is ALWAYS unsustainable.

 

ALL politicians, governmental leaders, financial folks, and common citizens have been operating under the false assumption of economic equilibrium for most of human history. This next parabolic blow off, or GREAT DEPRESSION, is about to pop. Read all four parts to the article before it’s too late for you and I to understand and maybe even seek the biblical Jubilee response to 6,000 years of foolishness. Unfortunately, I believe you and I are about to experience first hand the result of global rebellion, rejection, and defiance of Yahweh’s economic Law of Jubilee. Debt cancellation every 50 years is absolutely essential to economic health in our fallen world. Yahweh spoke and wrote His laws, we break them to our own detriment. Drought, famine, and death to millions of fish, birds, and animals all over the world are not unrelated events. We break ourselves when we break His laws.

 

I’m sorry, I don’t see an author to this series of articles, but thanks to the guy named Jeff, at the biblical research journal website!!

 

Gene Benjamin II

July 20, 2012 CE

Connecting the Dots…….

Connecting the Dots…….

By Pastor F. M. Riley

June 25, 2012

 

“For the grace of Yahweh that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

     Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

     Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great Mighty One and our Savior Yeshua HaMashiach;

     Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 

     These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority.  Let no man despise thee.” Titus 2:11-15

                                                                              

Introduction

 

     With each passing day more and more pieces of the prophetic puzzle are falling into place, clarifying the end-time scenario for those true believers who are seriously studying the prophetic Word, exactly as predicted in Daniel 12:4.  The statement made in James 5:8 has never been more true than it is right at this minute, “Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”  Glory to God!

In this brief study I want to set before my readers a sequence of events which I personally feel are directly connected.  I will let our readers decide for themselves…..

 

     Dot No. 1…….Some 2,000 years ago the Apostle Peter in Acts 2 referred to the prophecy of Joel 2:28-31, while speaking to the Jewish people gathered in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.  Peter specifically stated in Acts 2:17, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith Yahweh, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:…..” 

     Please pay close attention to the context.  Peter was preaching to the Jewish people and in this quote from Joel’s prophecy, about the Jewish people.  This is not hard to see at all if people would pay attention to what they are reading.   In transliterating from Joel’s prophecy, Peter very specifically predicted that “in the last days” there would be “old men” among the Israelites who would “dream dreams.”  Has this come to pass?   Our readers can decide…..

 

 

 

Dot No. 2…….Some of our readers are familiar with the account of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, the old Jewish Rabbi who passed from this life in 2006 at the age of 113.   This was the Jewish year of 5766.  Before his passing he claimed that in a dream the Messiah of Israel had come to him and revealed Himself to him.   He told the other Rabbis in Jerusalem and other parts of the world that he knew the Messiah personally for he had met Him in his dream, spoken with Him, and worshiped Him.

Rabbi Kaduri then said that he had left a letter to be opened after his death.  This letter would reveal the name of the Messiah and other important information which the Messiah had given to him.  The letter was left in the possession of his son, and if I remember correctly there was a designated time after his death when the letter was to be opened.  Anyway…..

The letter was opened at the designated time and it was such a shock to the Rabbi’s son that he hesitated to reveal the contents of the letter, but finally did.  In the letter the old Rabbi stated that the name of the Messiah of Israel was “Yeshua,” the One whom the Christians call “Jesus.”   That revelation was such a shock to the Rabbis in Jerusalem and other parts of the world that it created an uproar among the Rabbis.   Remember that for 2,000 years the Rabbis of the Jewish people have lied about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ [Matthew 28:11-15], refused to believe on Him, and have done everything they knew to do to discredit Him in the eyes of their own Jewish people.   Remember also that the Lord God explicitly told the Jewish people centuries ago,   “As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.  O My people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths,” Isaiah 3:12. 

     Is it any wonder that there will be a great “mourning” in Israel and among the Jewish people when the “remnant” of Israel finally learn who their Messiah really is, a truth that these Rabbis have willfully and deliberately kept hidden from them for the past 2,000 years?  Read it for yourself in Zechariah 12:10-14, “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 11In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.”and 13:6, “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’”

     Our readers can surely imagine the shock that it was to these Jewish Rabbis when the most honored and respected Jewish Rabbi in the whole world up until his death, told them in his final letter that the name of the Jewish Messiah is “Yeshua,” the very One whom the Jewish Rabbis have lied about and denied for centuries.

As I read these reports about the old Rabbi, I not only rejoiced that this information had been made public, but I immediately recognized why it had been revealed at this particular time in history.  Think about it!  The “seed” has now been sown among the Jewish Rabbis which will result in 144,000 of them turning to Christ immediately after the beginning of the Tribulation as they hear “the gospel of the Kingdom” being proclaimed by God’s “two witnesses.”  Glory to God!  Hallelujah!  Praise the Lord!  Thank you Lord Jesus!

However, that is not all the old Rabbi revealed in his final letter to his people.  He specifically related how he had asked the Messiah in his dream, “When will You return?”  He stated that the Messiah told him that He would return in the month of Av in the Jewish year 5772.   He would not give the old Rabbi the exact date, but told him to “tell the people!”

Wow!  Glory to God!   Folks, on the Jewish calendar, this year (2012 CE) is the Jewish year of 5772.  The Jewish year of 5772 began on Rosh HaShanah, the first day of the 7th month on the Jewish calendar in 2011.   But then when does the month of Av begin?  The month of Av is the fifth month in the Jewish year and it begins on July 19th – 20th of this present year of 2012,less than 30 days from right now.  I listed both dates because each new Jewish day begins at sundown as the religious Jews reckon time.  The 20th day of July is actually the first day of Av on the Jewish calendar.

Now before any reader just tosses this aside as foolishness, remember Peter’s prophecy, “your old men shall dream dreams,” Acts 2:17.  The oldest and most respected Jewish Rabbi in the world had this dream before he died, and then revealed these things to the Jewish people in his final letter.  Is this just “coincidence,” or is there a connection?  I’ll let our readers decide…..

 

Dot No. 3…….How many of our readers remember Hurricane Katrina which caused great destruction in large areas of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region in 2005?   How many remember what was going on in Israel at that time?  Don’t remember?  Well, let me refresh the memories of our readers.

Under direct pressure from the United States of America to swap “land for peace,” the Israel Defense Forces under orders from the Israeli government began evicting all Jews from the Gaza strip.  Many of the evicted Jews had lived on their lands and in their homes since almost the turn of the last century.   Yet they were literally forced to leave their lands and homes, some of them being bodily dragged from their homes screaming and begging for mercy, and no mercy was extended to any of them.  Think about it!

What was the “date” when those eviction proceedings began in the Gaza strip?  The totally unjust evictions began on the 29th day of Tammuz on the Jewish calendar.   Behold!  On that exact same day a little “tropical depression” began forming in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of America.  Five days later it slammed into New Orleans, Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina, causing one of the worst hurricane disasters ever to hit America.  Thousands of American people were forced to flee northward to save their lives.  Hundreds died!  Massive destruction occurred with many of the residents of New Orleans and other Gulf coast areas losing their homes and businesses.

Folks, Genesis 12:3 is still in the Bible! “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  So is Nahum 1:3, which explicitly states, “The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.”  Now are there any readers who are still so “willingly ignorant” that they have the gall to say that there was no connection between the highly unjust forced eviction of those Jewish settlers from the Gaza strip and the forced eviction of thousands of American people from New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region.  I remind those readers who don’t like what I have said here that Galatians 6:7-8 is still in the Bible, and the principle set forth in that passage applies to nations just as well as it does to individuals. “Do not be deceived, Yahweh is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”  If you want to get mad at someone, then direct your anger towards Washington D.C.   I haven’t done a thing but tell the truth, God being my witness!           

But I’m not finished yet!   This approaching July 19th is the 29th day of Tammuz on the Jewish calendar, the very day before the first day of AvWhat this means is that on the 19th of July this next month it will be exactly seven years to the day since the eviction of those Jewish settlers began in Gaza and the little tropical storm, Katrina, begin forming in the Atlantic Ocean.  Seven years to the day before the first day of Av!  And the old Jewish Rabbi claimed that Yeshua Himself had personally told him that He would return during the month of Av in this very year!     Think about it!  Let this soak in…..

 

Dot No. 4…….Any serious Bible student should know that the flood in the days of Noah was a type of the coming Tribulation period.  The Lord Himself verified this truth when He spoke of the “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be,” Matthew 24:21, and then in the same chapter the Lord also said, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be,” 24:37.  The Greek word translated as “coming” in verse 37 and again in verse 39 in this passage is the word, “parousia.”  This word is repeatedly connected with the rapture of New Covenant believers in the New Testament.  It is not speaking of the Lord’s return at the end of the Tribulation.

Now let’s look at “the days of Noah” preceding the flood.  In Genesis 7:4 the Lord God explicitly stated, For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth…..  Then in 7:10 the Scripture explicitly states, “And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.”  It is from these two passages that most believers claim that God gave Noah a seven day warning.   Indeed the Lord did give Noah a seven day warning, however there were more than seven days involved.  If people would pay attention to what they are reading, this truth is glaringly obvious.  Let me set it before our readers in another form…..

Day One……..The Lord gave Noah the seven day warning, 7:4.

     Day Two…….The 1st day of the seven.

Day Three…..The 2nd day of the seven.

Day Four…….The 3rd day of the seven.

Day Five……..The 4th day of the seven.

Day Six……….The 5th day of the seven.

Day Seven…..The 6th day of the seven.

Day Eight……The 7th day of the seven.

Day Nine…….The day Noah entered the Ark and the flood began, 7:10. 

Yes, I am well aware that it is commonly taught and repeated over and over that Noah entered the Ark seven days before the flood began.  There is not a word of truth to this silly claim no matter who says it or how many times it is repeated.  The Lord Jesus Christ Himself explicitly stated, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be,” Matthew 24:37-39.  The Lord clearly states that the wickedness of the lost unbelieving world went right on “until the day that Noah entered into the ark.”  That same day the flood brought all their wicked revelry to a screeching halt.   If our readers would take the time to carefully study the Hebrew words translated as “flood” and “rain” in Genesis 6 and 7 in a good Hebrew Lexicon,it is obvious that the “rain” the Lord God sent down upon the earth was not a normal rain.  Rather, it was an absolute “deluge” which continued day and night for forty days.  Having never even seen rain fall from the sky previously [Genesis 2:5-6], the wicked on the earth must have been absolutely terrified at the deluge of water crashing down upon the earth from out of the sky above.  Their wickedness came to an abrupt end that day; “the same day” Noah entered the Ark.    

This truth is verified a second time by the Lord in Luke 17:26-30, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise [in the same way or manner] also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;    But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”

     These passages make it quite obvious that Noah entered the Ark on the exact same day the flood began, which, as set forth above, was the ninth day after the Lord God had given him the warning.   In other words, the Lord God warned Noah, then seven more days intervened, and on the ninth day Noah entered the Ark and the flood began.      

Yes, I am laboring the point!  I want our readers to grasp this important truth in view of what I am about to point out.

The Lord God did give Noah a seven day warning just as I have stated and illustrated above.  Any good Bible student should be acquainted with the Biblical principle of a year for a day, for this principle is set forth several places in the Scriptures.  See Numbers 13:25, “And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.”and 14:34, “According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection.”for an example.  Another example is found in Ezekiel 4:4-6, “Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity. 5For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year.” 

     Now is it just “coincidence” that from the 29th day of Tammuz on the Jewish calendar in 2005 [5765 – the Jewish year] to the 29th day of Tammuz in 2012 [5772 – the Jewish year] is seven years to the day?   Has the Lord God of Heaven graciously given humanity, and His New Covenant believers in particular, a “seven year warning,” just as He gave Noah a “seven day warning?” Hello! And is it just “coincidence” that this seven year period ends exactly on the last day of Tammuz, with the next day being the 1st day of the month of Av?   And is it then just “coincidence” that in his letter the old Rabbi clearly stated that the Lord Messiah of Israel would return in the month of Av in the year 5772, the very year in which we are living right now?  Is there not a connection?   Is this all just “coincidence?”

No, I’m not through yet!

 

Dot No. 5…….Now those of our readers who have a Jewish calendar need to look at it carefully.     But first…..

Remember that the 9th day of Av is referred to by the Jewish people as “Destruction Day”  because that is the day both of their previous Temples were destroyed by the invading armies of Babylon and Rome.  It is also because of the many terrible things that have happened to the Jewish people through the centuries on that exact day.  I would remind our readers that it was on the 9th day of Av that the armies of Saddam Hussein of Iraq [ancient Babylon] invaded Kuwait in 1990 and began a chain of events in the Middle East which is still going on right to this present hour.  From the 9th day of Av in 1990 to the 9th day of Av in 2012 is exactly 22 years to the day.  “22” is the Bible number which signifies “light; to see; to discern; to understand.”  This meaning will be especially significant when New Covenant believers look upon the face of our precious Savior and Lord at the rapture of His people, but it will also be significant to the unbelieving Jewish people which are left on the earth following the rapture, when they finally see and understand that the prophecies of the Word of the Lord are true and they find themselves in the terrible Tribulation period.

Now look at the present political and military situation in the Middle East.  The nations of the Middle East are armed to the teeth and are “sitting on a time bomb” that is ready to explode into a red hot war at any minute.   In view of the present situation in the Middle East, what could possibly be a more fitting time for the nations of the Middle East to explode into war than on the 9th day of Av?   Think about it!

But there is another scenario [type…??] here that is even more important to true New Covenant believers.   Look carefully at your calendar!  I have pointed out that the “seven year warning” ends on July 19th on the 29th day of Tammuz.  The next day is the 1st day of AvNow it doesn’t take a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist to figure out that it is exactly nine days from the 1st day of Av until Jewish “Destruction Day” on the 9th day of Av.

Folks, Noah was given a seven day warning, however that warning was given nine days in advance of the beginning of the flood.   The flood was a type of the Tribulation period.  Noah entered the Ark of safety on the ninth day after he had been warned, the very day the flood began.  Are our readers connecting the dots?         

 

Conclusion

 

     [1]      Peter said that “in the last days” old men among the Jews would “dream dreams.”

     [2]    The oldest and most honored Rabbi among the Jewish people did have a “dream” in which the Messiah of Israel revealed Himself to him and gave him His name and important information about His return.

[3]    The old Rabbi revealed the name of the Jewish Messiah as “Yeshua;” the Lord Jesus Christ whom we Christians love and serve as our Savior and Lord.

[4]     The old Rabbi also revealed the time of the Lord’s return as being the month of Av in the Jewish year 5772

[5]       The Lord God gave Noah a seven day warning of the judgment of the flood on the ninth day before the flood actually began.

[6]      Noah entered the Ark of safety on the very day the flood began.

[7]     It will be exactly seven years to the day from the beginning of the eviction of the Jews from Gaza to the last day of Tammuz on July 19th.

[8]       The 1st day of Av begins on July 20th.

     [9]       From July 20th through July 28th is nine days.

[10]     July 28th is the 9th day of Av, “Destruction Day” as regarded by the Jews.

[11]     The 9th day of Av appears to be an ideal time for the Tribulation period to begin.

[12]     If the Tribulation period should begin on that day, then the rapture of God’s people will also occur on that same day, all in the month of Av in the 5772nd year on the Jewish calendar exactly as the old Rabbi reported in his “dream.”   Think about it!

 

Am I now setting the “date” for the rapture to occur?  Absolutely not!  I am reporting facts which can easily be documented by any reader.   I do believe that the Lord God has graciously brought these facts to my attention.  And as the Lord God told the old Rabbi to “tell the people,” even so I have now told our readers.   I DO NOT KNOW whether any events of real prophetic significance will actually occur on these dates set forth or not.   But it sure appears to me that what I have set before my readers in this study is connected dot by dot.   If the connection is really there, then how could all of these things just be a whole series of unrelated “coincidences?”  Is it “possible” that these things could be a final warning given by our gracious Savior of His very SOON coming for His New Covenant believing people?   I leave it up to our readers to decide…..

    I do earnestly desire to meet every reader of this study in glory when our Lord comes to resurrect and rapture His people.   Please don’t disappoint me!  It is later than the average person thinks.  Time is swiftly running out for this whole wicked world.  If anyone reading this study is not truly saved, or if any reader has doubts about their salvation, I plead with you to flee to the Lord Jesus NOW in earnest and sincere prayer and “make your calling and election sure,” 2 Peter 1:10.  Read also 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Yeshua HaMashiach is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.”  If any reader feels that I could be of help to you in spiritual matters, please don’t hesitate to contact me at once by phone, postal mail, or email.  I will do everything I can to help any reader find salvation and peace in and through a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

May the Lord graciously add His grace and blessings to this study.

 

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The Three Days of Darkness

The Three Days of Darkness

 

By Pastor F. M. Riley

Revised July 18, 2012

 

    “And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:

    The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.”

                                                                            Acts 2:19-20

 

Introduction

 

    “How did three days of darkness (or two days) get into this discussion of the resurrection and rapture?”  “Where did Pastor Riley come up with that?”  “I’ve never heard of that before!”  “Is he introducing some new theory?”  “It sounds pretty crazy to me.”  “When it doesn’t happen, won’t he look silly?” And on, and on, and on, and on, ad nauseam!

All of these critics claim to be “Bible students,” and they don’t know where the three days of darkness came from…??   Well I’ll just be glad to show my readers. [The critics are welcome to sneak a peak too, that is, if they are not afraid of “learning” something from an ignorant old “outdated” preacher like me].

 

Background

 

    Anyone who seriously studies God’s Word already knows that the term, “three days,” repeatedly occurs over and over and over again throughout the Bible.  Many years ago I became intrigued by the many references to “three days” in the Scriptures, and made a complete study of every such reference to be found in God’s word.  In the course of that study I noticed that this expression was connected with “darkness” in several places in God’s Word.  That led me to make a study of the words, dark, darkness, black, blackness, clouds, cloudy, cloudiness, gloom, gloominess, dim, dimness, night, midnight, etc.  All of these words are related in different passages of Scripture.  By the time I had studied each of these words, in their context, I was convinced that the coming Tribulation would begin with three days of total darkness over all the earth.

In this study I have neither the time nor the desire to study every one of these words over again with our readers.  But I propose to give our readers a few Scriptural examples as an incentive to study these things for yourself.  Let’s get started…..

 

Israel’s exodus from Egypt

 

    We are all aware of the Biblical record of Jacob taking his family down into Egypt.  There they were “buried” in Egypt for 215 years.  But at the end of that time, the Lord “resurrected” Israel out of Egypt, and carried them on “eagles wings” [Exodus 19:4…a type of rapture?] to their promised land just as He is going to resurrect them out of the Gentile nations of the earth during the Tribulation period.  Read Ezekiel 37:1-14.  The exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt is then a type of both “resurrection” and “rapture.”

    It is absolutely undeniable that just preceding the exodus of the children of Israel from the land of Egypt “…..there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:  They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days…,” Exodus 10:22-23.  Could this be stated any plainer?  This three days of total darkness began just four days before Israel left Egypt. Any serious Bible student knows that ancient Egypt was a type of “the world,” and God’s calling of Israel out of Egypt is then also a type of New Covenant believers being called out of “the world.”

The inspired Word of God explicitly states that the things that happened to ancient Israel “were our examples” and that “they were written for our admonition [instruction], upon whom the ends of the world [age] are come,” 1 Corinthians 10:6; 10:11.  I also refer our readers to Isaiah 46:9-10 where the Lord explicitly states that He has declared “the end from the beginning.” 

Now it is obvious that when ancient Israel left Egypt they were making an “exodus” from that land. Then isn’t it also obvious that when the resurrection and rapture of God’s people living today occurs, we will be making an “exodus” from this present evil world, Galatians 1:4?  You know we will be!    Therefore, since Israel’s exodus from Egypt was a type of our exodus from this world, and since Israel’s “exodus” was preceded by three days of darkness over all the earth, is there any good reason why our exodus from this world will not also be preceded by three days of darkness?   Think about it!

 

The Sacrifice of Christ

 

I think it is more than coincidence that when Christ died on the cross for my sins and yours, His death was preceded by three hours of darkness over all the earth.

We read about it in Luke 23:44, “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.  And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.”  The language of the Scripture makes it very clear that this was not an eclipse.  An eclipse doesn’t cover or darken “all the earth.”  This had to be a supernatural act of God Almighty.

This event also occurred four days before the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Is it possible that this three hours of darkness “over all the earth” preceding the resurrection of Christ, typifies three days of darkness “over all the earth” preceding the resurrection of New Covenant believers?  Again, think about it!

The Salvation of Saul of Tarsus

 

    Any serious Bible student knows that Saul, one of the spiritual leaders of unbelieving Israel, was saved while on the road to Damascus.  The Lord appeared to him in light so bright that Saul was plunged into total darkness for three days.  Read about it for yourself in Acts 9:1-18, 22:6-16, and 26:12-18.  Saul, whose name was later changed to Paul, then later explicitly stated that he was “one born before the appointed time,” 1 Corinthians 15:8, as a “pattern” [type] “to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting,” 1 Timothy 1:16.  It is obvious that Saul was in total darkness for three days­ just before his salvation in Christ burst upon his restored sight.  Shall there not then be three days of total darkness upon this earth just before the salvation, sealing, and commissioning of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, of whom Paul was a type, right after the beginning of the Tribulation?

I am well aware that some prophecy teachers want to put the ministry of the 144,000 and the two witnesses in the last half of the Tribulation.  Sorry folks, it won’t work.  It does not harmonize with the whole revelation of God’s Word at all.  I have two Bible studies written out on the ministry of God’s two witnesses and that of the 144,000 that I will be glad to send to any reader requesting them.

Folks, it certainly appears to me that this present dispensation is going to end and the Tribulation is going to begin with three days of total darkness over all the earth, whether some want to believe it or not.

 

Peter’s Prophecy

 

    I have had several people write and tell me so dogmatically that Pentecost was totally fulfilled in Acts 2 some 2,000 years ago, and therefore it cannot be the time when the Lord comes to resurrect and rapture His people to glory.  Oh, is that so!  No!  It isn’t so, and now I am going to prove it.

Any serious Bible student knows that the Holy Spirit came down upon the Lord’s “church” on the Day of Pentecost, exactly as recorded in Acts 2.  As the Holy Spirit was poured out, just exactly as Peter stated in verses 17 and 18, true believers, especially Jewish believers, have prophesied, seen visions, and dreamed dreams, and preached and taught God’s Word [prophesied], over the past 2,000 years of this present dispensation, and such prophesied activity is on the increase today.

Some could even claim that what Peter prophesied in verse 19 has been fulfilled, especially in view of the many terrible wars that have produced “blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.” 

But now tell me, show me, document it for me….when during this entire dispensation has verse 20 been fulfilled?  What day or year during this present dispensation has the “sun been turned into darkness, and the moon into blood?”  Remember that this is to occur before that great and notable day of the Lord.”  Well, when did it happen?

Now don’t come at me with that “eclipse” stuff.  I believe in the eclipses, keep up with them, and have been impressed that many of them have occurred on Jewish holy days over the past ten to fifteen years.  But I don’t believe for a minute that is the “force” of meaning in this verse.  Was the three days of darkness in the land of Egypt an eclipse?  If it was, why is there no record of a three day eclipse occurring in past history?  Well…??  Was the three hours of darkness “over all the earth” when Christ was suffering and dying on the cross an eclipse?  If it was, why is there no historical record of a gigantic eclipse that literally plunged “all the earth” into darkness?Was Paul’s three days of total blindness caused by an eclipse?  Come on folks!  Quit hem hawing around and trying to explain away God’s Word.  Romans 3:4 is still in the Bible!

Peter’s prophecy that states “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come,” has not been fulfilled at any time in this present dispensation and our readers willing to deal honestly with God’s Word know it.  Then if this prophecy is to be fulfilled in this present dispensation, just like the rest of the prophecies for the “dispensation of grace” have been, then it must be fulfilled before the Lord comes to resurrect and rapture His people to glory.  Hello!  Are you listening?

It is obvious that verse 20 of Peter’s prophecy has not yet been fulfilled, whether some like it or not.

A Thief in the Night

 

    Now listen to these inspired utterances from God’s Word:

 

“But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up,” Matthew 24:43. 

 

    “And this know, that if the good man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through,” Luke 12:39. 

 

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night,” 1 Thessalonians 5:2.

 

     “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief,” 1 Thessalonians 5:4. 

 

    “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away [pass by; go past; fly by] 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,” 2 Peter 3:10. 

 

    “…..If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come upon thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee,” Revelation 3:3. 

 

    “Behold, I come as a thief.  Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame,” Revelation 16:15.

 

    Folks, everyone of these seven passages in God’s Word clearly suggests that the Lord is coming in the night.  In the last passage the Lord clearly identifies Himself as the thief.  No, He is not coming to “steal,” but in similar manner to a thief, to take out of Satan’s kingdom what rightfully belongs to the Lord God Himself.  He purchased His people and His church with His own blood, and Satan has no “legal” right to hold us here against our will, Acts 20:28. 

Since these passages clearly suggest that Christ is coming in the night, then how could this happen since the resurrection and rapture is going to occur all over the earth at the same time?  We know that while it may be night on one side of the earth, it is day on the other side.  What is the solution to this?  Simple…..

If the whole entire earth is plunged into darkness for three days, then it will be as the blackness of “night” over the whole earth during that entire time.  Peter’s prophecy will be fulfilled to the letter.  Paul’s “pattern” will be fulfilled.  The types and shadows set forth in the Old Testament will be fulfilled, and our Lord will literally come “as a thief in the night” to resurrect and rapture His people to glory. Praise the Lord!  Glory to God!  Hallelujah!  What an awesome God we serve!

 

Now do you understand why Brother _______ is teaching a period of darkness upon the earth before the resurrection and rapture?  Do you understand why I am teaching three days of darkness before the resurrection and rapture?  Is this plain enough?

No, I am not way out in left field.  I haven’t invented some new theory.  I have just taken God’s Word literally for what it explicitly states, believed it, and am trying to apply it to the end-time prophetic picture.

I hope God’s people are blessed by it.  If our critics don’t like it, they can lump it, stay mad, or ask God for the grace to get over it.  Time is running out, and I no longer have the time to “tiptoe through the tulips.”  Is this plain enough?

May God bless every person who is truly seeking to know the whole truth of God’s precious Word is my prayer.  I’ll meet you folks in glory in a few more days.

 

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I.A.D. – Internet Addiction Disorder

I.A.D. – Internet Addiction Disorder

Blowing Up Our Minds In Cyberspace

 

John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true Mighty One, and Yeshua HaMashiach whom You have sent.”

 

Daniel 12:4, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end (uh, that’s today, folks); many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

 

The other day, I texted my children to grab a copy of the July 16, 2012, Newsweek magazine, showing as its cover story, iCrazy   Panic. Depression. Psychosis. How Connection Addiction is Rewiring our Brains. It is a must read for those of us living in the 21st century digital age. Personally, I don’t like soulish stuff, like psychology, psychiatry, etc. and I know a few psychologists and psychiatrists who will burn in hell for what they are doing to people today. BUT, many studies have been conducted about humans and their connections and interactions through machines, with other cyber folk. The results of these studies are as mind blowing as the addictions they describe. You really want to read the Newsweek cover story, by Tony Dokoupil, available here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/07/08/is-the-internet-making-us-crazy-what-the-new-research-says.html

 

His lead in story is about a real man by the name of Jason Russell, whose youtube video clocked 70 million views in less than a week. Do you think you could handle kudos or ridicule from 70 million viewers in less than a week? Jason ended up stripping naked and running to a busy intersection and slamming his hands on the concrete screaming at the devil. That was earlier this year. He was diagnosed with “reactive psychosis”. I guess he’s out of rehab now.

 

The article says that the average person sends or receives about 400 text messages a month, and the average teenager processes over 3,700 text messages per month!! Are you icrazy? Do you spend over 38 hours per week connected online, with one or more digital devices? Are you icrazy or what? If you multitask with more than one digital device, you have to double or triple or … those number of hours connected!! Are you icrazy?

 

Young couples are neglecting their real life children, even to death, while nurturing virtual babies online! Are you icrazy? Your avatars, your profiles, ARE NOT YOU!! Are you connected 24 hours per day? Are you inuts!?! Some studies include brain scans, showing actual gray matter shrinkage of 10-20 percent! And this shrinkage never stops, the more time online, the more shrinkage the brain experiences! We’re not just going psychotic, we’re actually losing our ability to think. Facebook depression. OCD, ADHD, I.A.D., Impulse Control Disorder!?! FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out. Suicidal thoughts. This obsession with being connected “encourages―and even promotes insanity.” Like we need any more help going icrazy!! People are dying from blood clots, because they are sitting too long while online!! Are you icrazy? Some are going so far as alter egos, split personalities, or D.I.D. Dissociative Identity Disorder. You don’t have to go that far, nor do you want to be dragged that far through an internet addiction.

 

Don’t allow your genuine self to evaporate in cyberspace. Unplug for a while and run to Yeshua. Talk to Him, walk with Him, jog with Him. He’ll listen. Ask Him and He’ll let you know what else you can do besides waste your life online! You might hear Him say something like Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (uh, that’s today, folks).” Amen.”

 

John 7:37b-38, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

 

Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.””

 

Your soul and mine, your mind and mine, your psyche and mine, need REST!! Yeshua promises to give us that rest. Empty blather online will not. We cannot afford to lose our minds. Yeshua can and will keep your mind sane. But if you do lose your mind, use His, 1 Corinthians 2:16, “For “who has known the mind of Yahweh that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Messiah (Yeshua, Christ, Jesus).” Yeshua is the only truly sane person in the whole universe, we want and need His mind in us.

 

I’ve read the paper (really, I lie not) version of Tony’s article twice now. I still fight depression when reading it. I will never buy a smartphone. I hate my cell phone, why would I want a smartphone? I use the internet to try to reach a few disciples. I hope this helps you poor miserable addicted cyber people.

 

I’m going to unplug now and go for a walk out my back door, into the Colorado wilderness.

 

Be blessed in Yeshua,

 

Gene Benjamin II

July 13, 2012 CE

Annihilation of the Soul…??

Annihilation of the Soul…??

By Pastor F. M. Riley

Revised  July 2, 2012

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”         Matthew 25:46

Introduction

Dear __________,

In your email you stated, “I taught and defended eternal suffering for many years, but then began to realize that I was not taking the Word at face value when it comes to verses like John 3:16 sinners will either live forever or perish; and Romans 6:23 – the wages of sin is not eternal misery but death; and Matthew 10:8 – God is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

      My regret for you is that you did not stay with the truth when you had it.  Instead, you turned your back on the truth and began to “second guess” God’s Word by reading into the Scriptures English meanings for Greek words, which the Greek text neither states nor even implies.  God’s people [true believers] are commanded to “study” the Word in order to “rightly divide” it [2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”], and those who are truly called of God to lead and teach God’s Word to God’s flock should take this command to heart.

The Scriptures you refer to do not support your “theory.”  I am now going to prove this statement to you and to all of our readers right straight from God’s inspired Word, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” 

 

“perish”

 

     The word “perish” in John 3:16, “For Yahweh so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” is translated from the Greek word, “apollumi.”  This Greek word literally means, “to cause or bring to ruin or loss; to give over to eternal misery; to be lost or ruined; to incur the loss of eternal life.”  See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, pages 64-65, Strong’s No. 622.  The wording of John 3:16 makes it clear that the true believer will never “perish” [be brought to ruin and loss eternally].   John 3:16 actually says nothing about the state of the unbeliever.  The verse is dealing only with “whosoever believeth.”  To read something into this verse about the future state of the unbeliever is ridiculous, for the verse says absolutely nothing about the unbeliever.  But even if it did, it would not change the meaning of the Greek word, “apollumi.”  This word in no way means or even implies the cessation of existence or annihilation of the soul of the unbeliever.  The word “apollumi” occurs 92 times in the New Testament, and is never used in the sense of annihilation or cessation of existence.  Check it out for yourself.


“destroy”

 

     In Matthew 10:28, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” the Lord used the exact same word, “apollumi,” but in this verse it is translated as “destroy.”  The meaning of the word didn’t change.  It still means “to bring to ruin or loss.”  It doesn’t even suggest the annihilation of the unbeliever’s soul.  In fact, a truth that you appear to have overlooked in this verse is the word, “kill.”  In the verse the Lord Himself said, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy [apollumi] both soul and body in hell.  The Greek word translated as “kill” twice in this verse is the word, “apokteino.”  This word literally means, “to kill; to kill off; to destroy (allow to perish); to extinguish, to abolish.”  See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 64, Strong’s No. 615.  If the Lord had wanted to teach the annihilation of the soul in this verse, it appears that this is the word He would have used.  But He didn’t!  Instead the Lord explicitly stated in this verse that men “are not able to kill the soul.”  Now isn’t this interesting?

“death”

 

     The word translated as “death” in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of Yahweh is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Master.” is the Greek word, “thanatos.”  This word literally means, “the death of the body; that separation of the soul from the body by which the life on earth is ended.”  The word is properly an adjective in the Greek text, but was translated as a noun in the King James Version.  In other words, it is describing a state of existence.  See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, pages 282-283, Strong’s No. 2288.

“their worm”

 

    You also stated in reference to Mark 9:47-48, “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of Yahweh with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire—48where Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ and Isaiah 66:22-24, “For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says Yahweh, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says Yahweh. 24“And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched.

They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” that “The undying worm and unquenchable fire are agents of destruction; they represent God’s wrath finishing off unrepentant sinners.”  Once again, this is just your opinion, and is not supported by the Scriptures.  Proof?  Gladly!

In Mark 9:43-48 Christ specifically stated three times, “Where their worm dieth not….”  The word “worm” in these verses is in the singular, not the plural.  In other words, it does not refer to a horde of worms [maggots], but rather to one specific “worm.”  This is in harmony with the fact that in these six verses Christ is obviously speaking about an individual [singular]; “if thy hand,” “if thy foot,” “if thine eye,” etc.  It is specifically “their worm;” the “worm” that represents that particular person.  You don’t believe this?  Then let’s see if God’s Word can give us more light….

Two Worms

 

     In Job 25:4-6 the Scriptures state, “How then can man be justified with God?  Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?  Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not: yea, the stars are not pure in His sight.  How much less man, that is a worm?  And the Son of man, which is a worm?” 

     Keep in mind that even though these questions are asked by Bildad, they are still a part of the inspired Word of God.  This is an amazing and revealing passage.  Verse 6 explicitly states that “man” is “a worm,” and that “the Son of man” is “a worm.”  However, these two occurrences of the English word, “worm,” in this Scripture are not translated from the same Hebrew word.

[1]   The first occurrence of the word “worm” in this verse is translated from the Hebrew word, “rimmah.”  This word literally means, “maggot.”  The word is accompanied by the Hebrew tense which means, “to breed in like manner.”  In other words, men reproduce themselves so rapidly that they appear to be like “maggots” spread abroad upon the face of the earth, devouring the earth and all of the goodness that the Lord has placed in and upon the earth.  Compare Isaiah 24:4-6, “The earth mourns and fades away, The world languishes and fades away; The haughty people of the earth languish. 5The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have transgressed the laws, Changed the ordinance, Broken the everlasting covenant. 6Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, And those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, And few men are left.”

It is more than “coincidence,” that this Biblical statement is in perfect harmony with medical science.  Hello!  Do I have your attention?  At the time that the sperm of a man integrates with the egg of a woman, conception occurs.  Life begins at conception!  A new human being has been conceived.  During the first few hours or days of that new person’s existence in the womb, according to medical doctors and medical researchers, that newly conceived person resembles a tiny “worm” in the womb, struggling to form into a human being.  Thus the very essence of man in the womb [body, soul, and spirit] first bears the appearance of a “worm.”  The literal truth of God’s Word in Job 25:6 is thus verified and exalted.  Glory to God!

Now what should true believers derive from this truth?  The Word of God in Job 25:6 explicitly states, “man…..is a worm.”  The Lord Jesus Christ Himself said of mankind, that in Hell their worm dieth not,” Mark 9:43-48.  Thus the very soul or essence of man, “a worm,” will never cease to exist, not even those incorrigible Christ rejecting sinners who end up in Hell.  Praise the Lord for vindicating the literal truth of His Word by His Word.  Scripture always explains Scripture.  Compare 1 Corinthians 2:12-13, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from Yahweh, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by Yahweh. 13These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”   Glory to God!

[2]   But don’t forget that there is a second “worm” mentioned in Job 25:6.  By Divine Inspiration Bildad also said, “the Son of man…..is a worm.”  This second occurrence of the word, “worm,” in this verse is translated from the Hebrew word, “tolaath.”   See Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, page 859, Strong’s No. 8438.  This Hebrew word refers to the “crimson grub,” a rare species of “worm” found in the Middle East.  In ancient times these worms were actually cultivated; that is, they were gathered, fed, cared for, and protected until they had reproduced hundreds or even thousands of offspring.  When these “crimson grubs” [tolaath] reached maturity, they were then crushed to death.  The blood that flowed from the crushed bodies of the “tolaaths” was a bright beautiful shade of red.  In ancient times the blood of these “crimson grubs” was highly valued as a dye.  When clothing was washed in the blood of these “tolaaths,” the color would never fade, and it could never be removed.   Do our readers begin to see the picture the Lord painted for us true believers in His wonderful Word?   

     Bildad explicitly stated, “the Son of man…..is a worm” [tolaath].   This truth is stated a second time in Psalm 22:6 where the Lord God Himself said, “But I am a worm [tolaath], and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.”  Now let’s notice the application of this truth…..

The Scriptures explicitly state, “But when the fullness of the time was come, Yahweh sent forth His Son, made of a woman [Genesis 3:15], made under the law [Torah], To redeem them [Israel] that were under the law [Torah], that we [Gentiles] might receive the adoption of sons,” Galatians 4:4-5.  Glory to God!  Praise the Lord!  Hallelujah!

When Christ came into the world He was “despised of men,” Isaiah 53:3.  He was regarded as nothing but a “worm” [tolaath], fit only to be crushed under the feet of men.  There on Calvary’s cruel cross the life’s blood of Christ was crushed from His body by the weight of our sin.  But oh what a precious flow!  When a truly repentant believing soul is washed in His precious blood, it covers all the stains of sin so that those stains are never seen again by our Heavenly Father.  And when His precious blood is applied to the soul, it never fades and can never be removed.  Compare Exodus 12:13, “Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”, and 1 John 5:6-9, “This is He who came by water and blood—Yeshua HaMashiach; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

9If we receive the witness of men, the witness of Yahweh is greater; for this is the witness of Yahweh which He has testified of His Son.”  Glory!  Praise the Lord!

Dear readers, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is our “tolaath,” exactly as stated in Job 25:6 and Psalm 22:6.  On the other hand, man in his fallen sin nature is a “worm” [rimmah…maggot] from his conception, exactly as stated in Job 25:6 and Mark 9:43-48.  The Lord God Himself, in speaking of those who will be “cast into hell fire,” explicitly stated that “their worm” [the body and soul of the incorrigible sinner] will never die!

This should settle the question for all who are willing to deal honestly with the Scriptures.  However, there is more…..

“a living soul”

 

     All who claim to be “Christians” should be familiar with Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”  Whether some want to believe it or not, this Scripture clearly integrates the body, the soul, and the spirit of man into one being; “a living soul.”  This Scripture, along with Genesis 1:26-27, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”, also makes it clear that it was “the Lord God” who created man; his body, his soul, and his spirit, and integrated them into one “living soul.”  Man himself had nothing to do with his own creation.  The creation of man was totally the work of God.

I am emphasizing this point because in Ecclesiastes 3:14 Solomon explicitly states, “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him.”  Hello!  Are you listening?

Genesis 1:26-27 and 2:7 explicitly states that it was “the Lord God” who created man, and Ecclesiastes 3:14 is just as explicit that “whatsoever” God does will “be forever” [never cease to exist].  Now do our readers really believe God’s Word, or are some going to deny it?  Does this sound like the soul of man, any man, lost or saved, is ever going to be annihilated and cease to exist?  Not hardly!

The Word of God teaches that the body of man can be separated from the soul and spirit temporarily, 1 Kings 17:17-22, “Now it happened after these things that the son of the woman who owned the house became sick. And his sickness was so serious that there was no breath left in him. 18So she said to Elijah, “What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to kill my son?”

19And he said to her, “Give me your son.” So he took him out of her arms and carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his own bed. 20Then he cried out to Yahweh and said, “O Yahweh my Mighty One, have You also brought tragedy on the widow with whom I lodge, by killing her son?” 21And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to Yahweh and said, “O Yahweh my Mighty One, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” 22Then Yahweh heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.”; 2 Corinthians 5:1-8, “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from Yahweh, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is Yahweh, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

6So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”; Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of Yahweh is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”; James 2:26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”  The Word also teaches that the body of the true believer is to be changed at the time of the resurrection and rapture of God’s people, 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, “But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.”; 15:51-54, “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”; Romans 8:18-19, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.”; Philippians 3:20-21, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”  But the inspired Word also teaches that the believer’s body, soul, and spirit [the essence of man] is to be reunited at the coming of Christ, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

     What is true of the believer is just as true of the incorrigible unbeliever, but not in the exact same way.  The Lord Himself taught that there will be a bodily resurrection for unbelievers, just as there is a bodily resurrection for believers, John 5:28-29, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”  At the time of the resurrection of unbelievers, their body and soul will be reunited and both their body and soul will be “cast into hell” [gehenna], Matthew 10:28, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”; 25:41, “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:”; Revelation 20:12-15, “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”  There is no indication in the Scriptures that the bodies of the incorrigible wicked will be “changed” in the same way as the bodies of believers.  Rather, it appears that the soul of unbelievers will return to the same vile, weak, diseased, sick, crippled, torn, or injured body that they had at the time they physically died.  The only change in the resurrected bodies of the wicked appears to be that their bodies will continue to exist throughout the endless ages of eternity in Hell.

“immortality”

 

      You also stated that “immortality will be given only to the saved, at their future resurrection” and you cited Romans 2:7, “eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;” and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” as proof texts for your statement.  While I understand what you meant by your reference to “immortality,” you cited the wrong Scriptures as proof for your position.

The word “immortality” in Romans 2:7 is translated from the Greek word, “aphtharsia.”  This word literally means, “incorruptible; undecaying; not corruptible; not subject to corruption.”  See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 88, Strong’s No. 861.  It is obvious that the word is incorrectly translated in Romans 2:7. 

     This same word is used in 1 Corinthians 15:42 and 15:50-54, however in these verses it is not translated as “immortality.”  Rather, in these verses the word is correctly translated as “incorruption.”  It is obvious from the actual meaning of the word “aphtharsia,” that it speaks of a sinless state; an incorruptible state of existence in which both the desire and ability to sin will be totally removed from all true believers.  This is the state of existence that the Lord Himself is in at this present time, and which He has promised to bestow upon every true believer at the time of the resurrection and rapture of New Covenant believers.  Glory to God!  Praise the Lord!

However, the English word “immortality” does occur in 1 Corinthians 15:53-54, “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”, where it is translated from the Greek word, “athanasia.”  This is the word which literally means, “deathlessness; hence immortality.”  See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 13, Strong’s No. 110.  This same word is used again in 1 Timothy 6:16, “who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.” where the Lord alone is pointed out as being the possessor of “immortality” [deathlessness] and is therefore the only One capable of bestowing such “immortality” upon others, John 1:4, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”; 5:26, “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,”; 6:40, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”; 10:27-28, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”; 11:25-26, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?””; 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”; 17:2-3, “as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true Mighty One, and Yeshua HaMashiach whom You have sent.” 

      It is therefore obvious that none of the Scriptures you cited have a thing to say about the future state of the unbelieving incorrigible wicked.  To attempt to support the “false teaching” of the annihilation of the souls of the wicked based on the passages you cited is ludicrous.  Those passages give no support whatsoever to your theory.

 

“gehenna” 

 

     Almost invariably those opposed to eternal punishment will trot out the origin of the word “gehenna,” which is translated as “hell” 12 times in the New Testament.  Catholics, Preterists, and other assorted “religionists” who oppose the Biblical truth of eternal punishment, claim that “gehenna” was only a reference to the Jerusalem city dump located in the “valley of Hinnom,” 2 Kings 23:10, “And he defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire to Molech.”; 2 Chronicles 28:3, “He burned incense in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and burned his children in the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom Yahweh had cast out before the children of Israel.”; 33:6, “Also he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of Yahweh, to provoke Him to anger.”; Jeremiah 7:31-32, “And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart.

32“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says Yahweh, “when it will no more be called Tophet, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; for they will bury in Tophet until there is no room.”; 19:6, “therefore behold, the days are coming,” says Yahweh, “that this place shall no more be called Tophet or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter.”; 32:35, “And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’”  Fire burned continually day and night in that ancient city dump, consuming the garbage that was dumped there.  This often included the dead bodies of animals and sometimes the bodies of executed criminals.  It is obvious that the Lord God used the word “gehenna” to typify or symbolize the future abode of the wicked, because the people of Jerusalem to whom the Lord was preaching were quite familiar with the “valley of Hinnom.”   They would therefore understand that the Lord was warning them of a place of everlasting fire and torments.  Since the dead bodies cast into the “valley of Hinnom” were consumed by the fire burning there, some today assume that the bodies of the wicked who are cast into “hell” [gehenna] will likewise be consumed.  But such an assumption is totally wrong…..

The “valley of Hinnom” is the origin of the word, “gehenna,” but it is only a symbol of “gehenna.”  Every reader of this study knows that there is a vast difference between a symbol and the reality that is being symbolized.  For instance, the fire that burned in the “valley of Hinnom” day and night continually in ancient times, went out centuries ago.  But the fire prophesied by the Lord Himself to burn in “gehenna” will continue to burn eternally, Mark 9:43-48, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—44where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’

45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—46where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ 47And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of Yahweh with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire—48where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’; Revelation 14:9-11, “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of Yahweh, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.””; 20:10, “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”; 20:15, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”  The fire in “gehenna” will never go out!

Also, the “valley of Hinnom” is a relatively small valley near Jerusalem.  I’m not fool enough to believe that the bodies and souls of all the incorrigible wicked who have lived throughout human history would fit into that small valley.  I’m not even sure if the Grand Canyon, one of the largest valleys on earth, would hold all of the bodies of the incorrigible wicked who have lived during human history.  But they will all fit into “gehenna” quite well, for the inspired Word says so.  “For Tophet [Hebrew equivalent of “gehenna”] is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared;  He hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it,” Isaiah 30:33, “For Tophet was established of old, Yes, for the king it is prepared. He has made it deep and large; Its pyre is fire with much wood; The breath of Yahweh, like a stream of brimstone,   Kindles it.”; Matthew 25:41, “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:”; Revelation 20:15, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”  Solomon also stated in Proverbs 17:20, “Hell and destruction are never full…..”

     Knowing full well that the “valley of Hinnom” is only a symbol of “gehenna,” the future “lake of fire and brimstone,” why would any true believer want to claim that the symbol is the reality when referring to the future punishment of the incorrigible wicked?  Doesn’t such a claim constitute an outright denial and corruption of God’s Word?  Well…??

Consistency

 

     The truth is, there is not a Scripture in the entire Word of God which states or even implies that the souls of unbelieving, unrepentant, incorrigibly wicked sinners will “burn up” and cease to exist when cast into the fires of “hell” [gehenna].  Not one single Scripture!  None!

The theory of the annihilation of the souls of the incorrigible wicked is pure fiction.  It is a fantasy conceived in the depraved minds of those who would like to live in sin and rebellion against God and their fellow man, then face no punishment for their selfish wicked life when they pass into eternity.  Wouldn’t that be convenient…….for them?  They could burn their “candle” [Proverbs 24:20] for the flesh, the world, and the Devil all their life, and then in mockery blow the smoke in the face of God at death, knowing that the only “punishment” they would ever receive would be to be burned out of existence within a few seconds.  Some punishment!  Sic!

Sadly, even some true believers have fallen for such unscriptural fiction.  Instead of staying with the truth of God’s inspired Word, they have listened to the siren song of the Babylonian whore religious system [Matthew 13:33, “Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.””; Revelation 17:1-5, “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

3So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5And on her forehead a name was written:  MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”], and have succumbed to her “false teachings” about “purgatory,” “universal salvation,” and many other corruptions of the Scriptures, including that of the “annihilation of the soul” of the incorrigible wicked.  Sic!

The truth is that God’s Word teaches that every soul of mankind will continue in conscious existence eternally.  God’s people [those truly saved by a personal faith in Christ] will eternally enjoy “the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him,” 1 Corinthians 2:9.  But all Christ rejecters [the incorrigible wicked] will suffer the eternal torments they choose for themselves when they reject God’s only way of salvation [John 14:6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.; Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”] and ally themselves with Satan and his angels, and his followers, Romans 6:16, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”; Revelation 14:9-11, “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of Yahweh, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.””; 20:10, “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”; 20:11-15, “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” 

     There is absolutely NO TRUTH to the “false teaching” of the so-called “annihilation of the soul” of the unrepentant Christ rejecting incorrigible wicked.  None!  PERIOD!

I suggest that every true believer read Revelation 3:19, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” again, and take the words of the Lord God to heart!

I choose to close this study with these inspired words to those “professing” to be God’s people,

“But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak,” Hebrews 6:9.

 

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