Friday, September 23, 2016

HELL IS FOR REAL





By Pastor Mike Taylor

Romans 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.




I got into a discussion with a friend of mine who seems to be confused about the doctrine of sinners and their destination of an ever burning hell. In talking with this person, I was aware that he didn’t believe a loving God would ever send any one to an eternal torment known to us as hell, or Gehenna. Is he right? Is a loving God unwilling to send anyone to a terrible place called in the bible in 53 different passages, hell or a place burning with fire and brimstone? Is the concept of a eternal hell a figment of some minister’s imagination or a denomination’s attempt to force people to the altar for fear of being cast into hellfire?




First, let me quote a minister that doesn’t believe in an eternal hell and that God is a God of Love,

“For centuries, many ministers have been preaching "hellfire and brimstone" sermons and promoting a religion of fear by teaching that the unsaved face an eternity of torture. The common teaching is that incorrigibly wicked people will be tormented forever in some fiery, macabre manner in a terrifying place called hell. This horrible fate usually conjures up in people's minds visions of an ever-burning hellfire where sinners are continually roasted on spits, and a devil with horns and a tail runs around sticking his captives with a pitchfork.”


It is hard to convince some folks that God is not only a God of love, but also the God of judgment. He is a God of justice, a God of consuming fire, and a God who will not allow sin into His presence. Are we talking about the same God?. Do you mean the same God that told the Israelites when they entered Canaan to not spare man, woman, or child from the sword, but to slay them all? Do you mean that God?  If it’s the same God of the Bible, what did He say about it?


When Jesus spoke of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus being separated by a huge gulf and the rich man being in torment, was He just telling a story? Was He stretching the truth, just to make a point? Let’s look at the passage. This is Jesus speaking. Luke chapter 16:

16:19  There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

16:20  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

16:21  And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

16:22  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

16:23  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

16:24  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.


Since our Lord was sinless and only told what is true, it would make sense that He would not tell a falsehood, just to make a point. Jesus spoke of things spiritual that were being played out in the natural realm. Do we think that He was just joking and He didn’t mean it as He spoke it, and exactly as we take it?

Some denomination and well meaning Christians believe that hell is a synonym of the grave. They go to great lengths to prove that Hades, the grave, and hell are all the same thing. Then why does so many Old Testament and New Testament writers under the guidance of the Holy Spirit make so much about the wages of sin and the eternal destruction of the soul in hell? Let’s take a journey to look at some of the scriptures that point to the fallacy of not believing that the penalty for not having Jesus Christ cover your sins with His own shed blood is an eternal home in hell’s unquenchable fire.


King David spoke of it in Psalms 9:16  The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands 9:17  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.


Proverbs  23:13  Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

23:14  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.


If you punish your child, you will not save him from the grave. We all will die, but what is spoken of here is delivering yourself from something beyond the grave. We call is Hell!



Isaiah  5:14  Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

5:15  And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: Isaiah spoke of a place where man will be brought down and will be humbled. We all die, so it’s not speaking of only the grave, but something beyond the grave.


Isaiah when he spoke of the final destination of Lucifer because of his sin against God, he wrote these words:


14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

14:16  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

14:17  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?


Understand that hell and the Lake of Fire was designed for Lucifer and his demon angels that fell because of rebellion. It was never designed for mankind that was made in the image of God. Satan had to attempt to thwart God’s judgment on himself. If he could get man to fall, then it possibly could thwart God’s perfect creation and maybe judgment on Lucifer himself. But God knew that to redeem what had been stolen by Satan, a perfect sacrifice had to be slain, and Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world. So God sent His only Son into the world to redeem mankind, as the kinsman redeemer. But it would cost Him His life, because sinful man is worthy of death. So Jesus paid the penalty for all who believe on His name and follow His example.


Satan wants you to disbelieve in a place called hell. Satan wants to deceive you, and blind you to this Biblical truth.  Satan knows it is his final destination and he will not go down without taking anyone and everyone he can, with him. He has tried for many thousands of years to thwart the judgment of God and make Him somehow, a liar and to make void his sentencing to a devil’s hell.


Jesus spoke of it further in Matthew 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be indanger of hell fire.

If you search your concordance for the word hell, verses before this one in your bible, does give you a feeling that hell in some scriptures, not all,  depicts the grave and some point to beyond the grave, but this is where the Lord of Creation identifies what hell means. There is no fire in the grave, but of a place beyond the grave where the wicked and the sinner may end up. Hence it spoke of it plainly in Lazarus and the rich man Through the gospels, and I won’t quote each and everyone of them for the sake of brevity, Jesus makes an analogy of removing the sinful and offending part from you so that you will not be cast into hell. If it be the grave, then all parts of the departed end in the grave. Jesus speaks of something more.

Then there is the time when Jesus in His righteous anger railed against the Jewish authorities for the iniquity  in dealing with the people: In Matthew again,

23:31  Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

23:32  Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

23:33  Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?


How much more plain can Jesus be? Did He not give enough clues to the final destination of all who are not redeemed by His own shed blood?

The kicker for me is found in Revelation chapter 14, that speaks of the reward of those who take the mark of the beast.


14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.


Now tell me reader, if this hell fire is a parable, and hell is only the grave and there is not eternal torment for the sinner and the wicked, then why is the smoke of the torment rising before the Lamb and His holy angels, forever, and ever, and ever…sounds like eternity to me and proof that there is a final fiery judgment on sinful mankind!!


When I pointed this simple fact found in your bible out to my friend, he had not an explanation. No quick comeback and no answer to the Words of our Lord, written by John the Apostle.  I fear for people who don’t believe the simple words of your bible. One denomination actually believes that “all will be saved after the Great White Throne judgment.”. This scenario believes that all will stand before the Ancient of Days, and be judged, but sentence will not be carried out until they have a “full chance” at believing in the name of Jesus Christ and finding forgiveness. Now I can’t speak for God, as God is sovereign, all powerful and all merciful. All that have not had a chance at hearing, God can do what He wills with them, but to all who have heard the gospel and think they have a“second chance” at redemption play the Russian roulette of the fool.

Paul makes a point in Hebrews that we should take seriously this side of eternityl

Hebrews 9:26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.


You who are reading this, I don’t mean to scare you to the altar because you fear an ever burning fire called Hell !! But I wish to convey the harsh reality that all who are not found with their name written in the Book of Life at the Great White Throne judgment will receive their just reward, and it’s all because of their own will, not Gods.  I propose Holy Spirit conviction come upon you, and you make a plea for changing your life and repenting of your former life and living for God for the rest of it. Don’t come to the Lord for the wrong reason. Fear is the beginning of wisdom, but a true repentant and humble heart is what God desires.

Revelation 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


But Jesus stands in the gap. He has paid he ultimate price for your sins, His life and shed all of His blood to wash you perfectly clean and make you acceptable before God the Father in Heaven.

In the closing verses of the final book of our bible, Jesus makes this final plea:

22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Jesus makes an open invitation to all who will come and sit at His feet and believe in the only Begotten Son of the Father, Jesus the Christ (Messiah). He wishes for all to be joined unto Him and live forever, but He will not usurp your own will. He will not force you. He said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open unto me, I will come unto him and  sup with him, and he with Me. “Revelation 3:20. He desires that all come to repentance and to accept His free offer of grace. All you have to do, is believe in the One whom God has sent.  Then become a new creature in Jesus Christ and follow the Lord in baptism as a first sign of obedience. Then live unto obedience the things He wrote in His Word.


II Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

3:11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,


The Lord is coming soon, as a thief in the night…meaning suddenly and without warning. He wishes you to be with Him and not suffer what is coming. Chances are you will be counted with the sinner, as salvation will be hard to obtain, and be easily lost because of tribulation and the demonic forces working overtime for the destruction of your soul. Don’t give Satan a chance to take you with him. Make that decision for Jesus Christ right now, while there is still time. But time is growing short. Because my friend, Hell if for real!!


This is Pastor Mike Taylor wishing you well and God’s love in your life. If there is anything I can counsel you on from our bible, then drop me a line to realteam1999@sbcglobal.net. If you need prayer, or just a listening ear, I’m here waiting to assist you. 
God bless you, till we meet at Jesus feet.

Comments

Chuck
07/20/2013 2:44pm
Hell yes, hell is for real. We agree, again.

Not only because of what the bible says about hell, but for many, like me, because of what happened July 13th 1917 at Fatima. Very plain and simple and verified by a pre- announced public mircle in Oct,. the same year.

I know you will/have discounted this out of hand and that is to bad, so much was given to the world there.

So yes, everyone must know there is a hell. One needs to have an eye on the enternal always, because well..... it is forever.

If you flunked the tests of life you will suffer the pains of hell, forever.

If we had the IQ of God it would make sense to us also.

Keep saving souls...


Chuck
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07/20/2013 2:59pm
Pastor Mike I will never understand some people how they believe, the greatest book in and out of this world and people still don't understand what hell is. The Bible which was written for mankind to prove the love of our father and still people will denie our father and son! If I was this person I would be very afraid of what will happen very soon, we have not much time to keep pondering what our father will do to us, we must believe in the word or be lost. May this man find his way and understanding before the end!
God bless you and your family Pastor Mike for the wonderful preaching you do for all our brothers and sisters where ever they may be or questions they might ask.
Ralph Gruner
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Clare Villanti
07/20/2013 5:19pm
Thank you so much, Pastor Taylor, your message will surely make disbelievers reconsider their doubt in the reality of hell. Even if they start out by being afraid, this will hopefully give them incentive to come to the Lord. I thank the Lord every day for His love, mercy and sacrifice on our behalf. Your message is sorely needed now. You might also suggest to the doubters to read 23 Minutes in Hell or any of Mary K. Baxter's books. Scary stuff!
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Maureen Enriquez
07/20/2013 6:19pm
I cannot thank you enough for writing this. I have such a burden on my heart for the many people that don't know just how real and eternal hell is. I bought into the lie for many years that hell was no longer real, but there is no denying God's word and the fact that God CANNOT and will never lie. We need to pray that many more people will read their Bibles and read the truth for themselves. May God bless you as He continues to use you for His glory!
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Ronnie Rush
07/20/2013 6:55pm
Dear Brother Mike,
Greetings In The Name Of The Lord Jesus Christ. I think you might consider this when it comes to our being and Hell. When God made man in His Image it also means we are born with "God Awareness" because when God imparts His Spirit He cannot deny Himself. Also our spirit has God's attributes we are Eternal and INDESTRUCTABLE, but not UNTORMENTABLE. Also since we live on Earth we daily enjoy many things from God: Food, Good Health, Sunshine, Our Planet, and many good things from God. For Us as Christians this is the only Hell we will ever know and have yet to get to Heaven. For the Unsaved this life is the only Heaven they will ever know and they have yet to get to their Hell. Now the bottom line is this, if an Unsaved person rejects God's offer to be perfect and come live in Heaven with Him and no IMPERFECTION can enter into His Presence then God has only one thing left He can do. Since an Unsaved person enjoyed some of God's Benefit's while living be it although in imperfection, then what does that leave God with when an imperfect being departs the physical realm and enters into the Spiritual Realm. God has to put them in a place where He is Neither at, or embellishing them with any benefits at all. Therefore Hell is a place where there is no God and is "VOID OF ALL" benefits God has to offer anyone. Basically Hell is an ANTI-TYPE Heaven.
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07/21/2013 5:39pm
I wanted to reply to Ronnie Rush and tell him how touched I was by his response. I thought he did an excellent job explaining why the unsaved are sent to hell. I am going to share what he said with some of my unsaved loved ones and especially (sadly) my atheist brother, John.
I wrote John a letter years ago telling him about hell and how I didn't want him to go there, but Ronnie Rush explained it so much better than I ever could. May we all continue to love and pray for our unsaved loved ones, friends and the unsaved all over the world.
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Ronnie Rush
07/23/2013 8:03am
Maureen Enriquez Hell is only a temporary holding place all the occupants of it shall be put into the Lake of Fire before God's Throne after Judgement Day. This Lake of Fire is Eternal darkness, has worms that will bite you that do not die, you will be breathing in brimstone fumes (Sulphur) and the people put in it will be bound hand and foot. The people who go here will not see each other they will not have the parties they always joke about. They will only hear their own screams of those who are in the Lake of Fire with them. When I was growing up kids always used to say how can you have fire with total darkness. Quite often God gives us physical metaphors of those things which are spiritual. Well for one God can do anything, but let us just look at a Black Hole, no light can escape from it but it has extremely intense heat. So if God can make a physical Black Hole then He can do it in the Spiritual as well, besides we all know nothing is impossible for God. I hope this will help and I know Mike will pray and so will I for your unsaved loved ones. God Bless You. YBIC
Gerald Hadley
07/20/2013 9:24pm
Bro. Mike, when you were covering the rich man in hell who was gazing across the gulf and seeing Lazarus in Abraham's bosom I really liked the point that you made and that is God does not and cannot lie so Jesus was not going to tell a lie to illustrate the point he was making. Great article and thanks to you for it.
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Is he right? Is a loving God unwilling to send anyone to a terrible place called in the bible in 53 different passages,
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THE LIE OF REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY





By Pastor Mike Taylor

I have been emailing back and forth with a lady who has got me going. Because of the overwhelming abundance of scripture that points to Israel being the door to end time prophecy and Jerusalem being the key to that door, I felt it necessary to address this rampant twist of scripture and going against God Himself. Let it be known that I am a staunch defender of Israel right to exist, and that they are God’s chosen people above all nations. Why do I support Israel, and why should you? Because God commanded it so and it is all the reason any Christian needs. There is a concerted effort in the liberal theology crowd to demonize Israel, but frankly, they don’t know who they are messing with. If there is one thing that we as Christians have to guard against is the false doctrine of replacement theology.

When I read my bible the pages unfold of the relationship that Jehovah had with the nation of Israel starting with Abram who later became known as Abraham. Before this time, the whole of mankind were known as the “nations”. Until Abraham became a friend of God, God did not have a covenant relationship with anyone. Many men walked with God. I think of Enoch whom God took and he never saw death. There was also, Noah who found favor in the site of the Lord. These notable men had found a personal relationship with God and God called them to do a specific work according to His will. But until Abram, God did not single out any specific group of people for any special attention. God told this man called Abraham that his descendents would number as the stars of heaven and that Jehovah would give his descendents the land from the great river of Egypt, to the Euphrates, south to the Red Sea and north to what is now Syria for a perpetual land grant. It was deeded to them by the voice of God forever. It was a literal land grant, not a spiritual one.

For hundreds of years, God worked with the descendents of Abraham, bringing them out of Egypt and giving them His laws at Mount Sinai, but Israel was rebellious and God called them “stiff necked”. He even thought about wiping them off the face of the earth and replacing them with the descendents of Moses. But Moses stood in the gap as type of Christ in intercession for the people and God relented of the thought of destroying them. Many times, God chastened these ancient people and they learned for a short while. But, God finally sent them into exile via Babylonia under King Nebuchadnezzar for a very long 70 years for not following His commands and becoming ensnared with the worship of false gods. God warned them in Deuteronomy chapter 30:

30:19  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

30:20  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.


God further commanded them to not inquire of how the people in the land of Canaan, who they were expelling from the land because of idolatry, worshipped their heathen gods:




. . . take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, "How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise." You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. (Deuteronomy 12:30-31)


Historically, what did Israel do? They defiled the temple with pagan symbols after the time during which Solomon lived and built the temple and fashioned altars under every green tree to burn incense for pagan gods that were an abomination to Almighty God. So God sent them into exile for those 70  years for their sins. Now fast forward beyond the time of the return of the Jewish people and the birth of Jesus Christ for lack of space for a full history lesson. The nation of Israel as a majority rejected their Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ. He died on a cross for the sins of the world, according to a divine plan from the foundation of the world to redeem mankind from Satan and sin. From that time forward, the focus changed from Israel in God’s eyes, to the beginning of the fledging church called Christians. As we all know, Israel was again destroyed and scattered to the four winds. This view is called Dispensations, as God has never focused on both sets of people at the same time. He focused on Israel, till the cross, then turned His attention to the Church and that is the age we are fast approaching the end of. When that age ends, God will again return His attention to Israel, but He has never focused on them together. As mentioned, for nearly two thousand years, God has focused on a people who were not His people, the Church. But has God thrown Israel from His sight? Has God gone back on His Word, when He said this:

7:23  And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?,

7:24  For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.


Let’s think about that for a moment, if God has thrown Israel away for being sinful, is He not a liar? Since Satan has tried for 6000 years to make God out a liar, to throw Israel away for their sins, why has He not thrown you and I away for our sins? Think about that a little longer than a moment. Since we know that God is not a liar, but that Satan is, why would He go back on His Word? He hasn’t and He won’t.

My correspondence with the lady who got me going, I’ll call Miss Guided Mary (SoWhat If I’m Wrong), highlights the growing liberal theological stance that Israel has been done away with. In her place, God has placed the Church as His inheritance and the nation of modern Israel is not on God’s radar screen for the end time prophecy time clock. We are now the spiritual Israel and the physical Israel is of none effect. They should not be of any concern to modern day Christians as they mean nothing anymore to God. Are people like Miss Mary. right? Has Israel been done away with…..hang with me and let’s see if there are any clues in your bible. I started my email correspondence with Miss Mary by asking her several pointed questions to find out her views on Israel, the Second coming of Jesus Christ, and figured out that she was of the Replacement Theology crowd. First question I asked her was this.

. What do you think God was saying in Ezekiel 37 concerning the valley of dry bones? As I suspected, she gave me an answer that no Bible student should agree with. Her answer was “Ezekiel’s valley of dry bones is about SALVATION – God breathing life into His CHOSEN PEOPLE!!! – from all races of people – not just the Nation of Israel!!!

I was, to say the least, flabbergasted, but not surprised. What is the passage about? From historical accounts, we know that the house of Israel was scattered to the four winds and ceased to be a nation. Is this passage about salvation or about the physical nation of Israel? Let’s look. Ezekiel chapter 37:

37:12  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

37:13  And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

37:14  And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.


This message from God was to the literal, physical house of Israel. To say otherwise, is to twist scripture to support your Anti-Semitism. God goes onto to proclaim that Judah and Israel will become one stick, or one people in God’s hand. Never again will they be divided. Some try to spiritualize this passage to a type of “spiritual Israel” that we all are. True, we are the of the seed of Abraham and the heir of promise, but the context shows that through continued passages of this book of Ezekiel, that God is talking about a physical, literal nation of Israel that God will bring back into their own land. In the following scripture verses of Ezekiel, this physical land of Israel will in the near future be attacked by the surrounding nations for their destruction, but God will fight for them. This clearly is not about salvation, but returning the focus back squarely upon Israel in the last days.


Not until 1948, did Israel became a totally reconstituted nation with the same customs, the same language, the same identity as theirs was in 70 A.D when the 2nd temple was destroyed and Israel ceased being a nation. Let me state one thing clearly. This occurrence of a nation dissolved and passing into the annals of history, virtually disappearing, then becoming the same nation almost 2000 years later, has NEVER happened, I mean ever in all of the history of mankind. Many civilizations have had their zenith, but declined into oblivion and all we have are the archeological records to prove that they were here. Israel is the only exception. Pure coincidence you say? God doesn’t do anything out of sheer coincidence.

My next question for this misled lady was “What of the nation of Israel today? Are they cast off? Have we replaced them in God's eyes? Mary replied. As a Nation Jesus clearly told the UNBELIEVING JEWS who rejected Him: “Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a Nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” (Matt. 21:43)  What Christ meant was that His Holy Nation was the New Olive Tree – which was going to be made up of Jews and Gentiles together!!!...( copy and pasted verbatim. She loves exclamation points)..You’re close Mary, but no cigar. You didn’t go quite far enough, because of a belief in Replacement Theology. Paul spoke of this new olive tree, and it was clear that the nation of Israel would be involved. Paul spoke of this in Romans chapter 11, which I encouraged Ms. Mary to read prayerfully and ponder what Paul was saying:

11:15  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

11:16  For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

11:17  And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

11:18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

11:19  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.

11:20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

11:23  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

11:24  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:


Did you get that? God has blinded them to the truth of His first visitation to save the world, for what purpose?….V. 25 “until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in” Why did God do this? To show mercy to all. He planned to be the God of all, not just the Jewish people, but all mankind. But notice in v. 26. “And so ALL Israel shall be saved as it is written


As I continued my questioning of this woman’s belief system concerning Israel, I turned to the Tribulation. Since Israel is now a nation AGAIN, what role will they play in the end times that we are all witnessing?. I asked Mary the same question. “ What about the Second coming of Jesus Christ?  When will He return?  What other time is in your interpretation? Do you champion a certain position? Why? What roll will Israel play in the tribulation.  To that question, Mary replied. “The Tribulation is caused by Jesus LOOSING SATAN AND HIS DEMONIC ARMY – His vengeance is on the APOSTASY of FALSE GOSPELS – taught by FALSE PROPHETS. Why are you for the Jews of the Flesh – who God NEVER CHOSE???!!! – isn’t that like being for those that Jesus called the “children of the Devil” in His day????  I’m not for anyone who REJECTS Jesus as the Messiah!!! – and for what reason would Jesus die for the sins of those not written in His Book of Life???? – it makes no sense!!! I guess Mary had not heard about the 7 sealed scroll that Jesus was given to begin one thing…judgment on this God forsaken world and to eliminate all rebellion and all sin and for cleansing of this earth through God ordained divine intervention of the affairs of men. Revelation chapter 6:

6:15  And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and the chief captains, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman and freeman, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains;

6:16  and they say to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

6:17  for the great day of their wrath is come; and who is able to stand?

All that comes upon this earth is of God's doing via His Son who will open each seal and His wrath will be unleashed on this earth.....when does that wrath start? When He opens the first seal. Revelation 6:1-2:

Now I [John] saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and see." And I looked, and behold, a white horse. And he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

Comparing Jesus' comments in Matthew 24 with these verses in Revelation 6, it becomes apparent that this horseman is not Christ proclaiming the true gospel as some believe, but a counterfeit spreading the news of a false Messiah. For instance, this horseman carries a bow, but in every case, Christ is pictured with a sword. This man conquers by deceit, hence no arrows in his bow. He wears a stephanos wreath crown, the sign of victory. Jesus wears a golden diadem the sign of a King. They are distinctly different. Jesus also said the following: 1st Thessalonians chapter 5:

5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

So clearly, this wrath of God is not focused on the saints of the church redeemed by His own blood, but against lawlessness on the earth.


While we are falling head first into the tribulation, why must Christians pray for the peace of Jerusalem and support Israel? Simple answer for me, as God commanded it. Do they deserve it such support? No, but do any of us? Do you, do I? No, we do not.  He who bore ours sins on a cruel cross, asked that you follow His commands. God has a special place in His heart for the apple of His eye. We should support Israel because it is commanded. To not fight for Israel, to not support Israel, and to deem her cast away, is to do it to our Savior, as well . It borders on outright blasphemy to preach it so and twist scripture to support you misguided theology steeped in Anti-Semitism.

Zechariah 2:8  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. (you mess with Israel, you mess with God)

2:9  For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.

2:10  Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. (future tense)

During the tribulation that is fast approaching this earth, God will turn His attention again to the nation of Israel, as the whole number of gentiles having been brought in….that ship having sailed, we have met the Lord in the air, and are now attending a glorious feast. Plague after plague is brought about on earth, as each seal is broken by Jesus Christ as divine wrath over the sinful nature of this Satan ruled world. Revelation chapter 19:

19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

As mentioned during the next 7 horrific years, God will again turn His attention to Israel, as the Church is now complete. To be a Jewish person during the tribulation is to have a mark on you for extinction. Much as it was in the holocaust, being Jewish will be a dangerous prospect. We see that Jesus will stand and impart rewards and judgment during the Bema Seat called the Sheep and Goat Judgment . He will put the Goats on one side, and the sheep on another.. Matthew chapter 25:

25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

25:33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

And the passage goes on to enumerate why they are being rewarded….the goats however, are not found in the same way.
25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

25:42  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

25:43  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Skipping down:

25:45  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

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


Who are these people? Who are the sheep? I believe Jesus is talking about the end of days, when it will be dangerous to be Jewish. All who support them, or give them shelter, or feed them will be committing an unlawful act, as the Jewish people will be hunted down for extermination, much like during Hitler’s day of European terror. The souls who believe God, will hide the Jewish people from the authorities and endure peril of their own lives. God will reward them for their service. But to the people who refused to help the Jewish people and side with the state, God will answer that they did it to Him, as much as they did it to His people. So my question to Mary and to you, has God abandoned Israel in favor of the church? If He has, why does He come back and fight the nations in battle for the sake of His chosen people? Zechariah chapter 14:

14:2  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

14:3  Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

14:4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

14:5  And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

Skipping down, but it would be wise of the reader to read the whole chapter of Zechariah 14:

14:10  All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.

14:11  And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

14:12  And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. ( sounds nuclear to me…Divine retribution for the treatment of His people)

14:13  And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.

14:14  And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.

In answer to the question proposed to Mary, what is the other purpose besides cleansing the earth of all rebellion? Give up? The refining of Israel as silver is refined in the fire. For 4000 years, God has dealt with a stiff necked people who rebelled against His laws and His commands, but for the Fathers, they are most beloved.

Malachi 3:1  Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

3:2  But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

3:3  And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

He will purge them, refine them, and show them that there is a God in heaven who lives and reigns. Jesus proclaimed that He would not come unto them again until they did one thing. As Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, he wept over her. That is found in Luke chapter 13:

13:34  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

13:35  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

So  you see, my friend, it’s all about Israel and more importantly, about Jerusalem. Jesus proclaimed that He would not come back to this earth, until they believe who is He was, and who He is. When they realize that fact, they will weep bitterly for the murder of their prophesied Messiah, their first borne Son. They knew of His coming, they knew the season, and they didn’t recognize Him. They killed Him in anger, but it was planned just that way. God knew their heart and He knew that to save mankind, His Son would have to become the perfect, sinless sacrifice. Israel has been blinded and made deaf. Why? Because of God’s mercy to be shown to us….His people, who were not His people…the Church.

Matthew 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

13:14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

13:15  For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

In the final days on this earth, sin will be extinguished and rebellion destroyed. Our God and our Savior will return and make short work of the rebellion on this earth. But notice from the scripture passages quoted, that Israel is at the center of all the events described. Revelation chapter 19:

19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

19:17  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

19:18  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.




Zechariah adds more verses to the thought of the Lord’s return in glory and righteousness to make war on all who fight against Jerusalem and His people.

12:8  In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

12:9  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

12:10  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

Romans 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.




Not  just some of the Jewish people, not just a remnant, not just a select group….but ALL. I believe He will not lose even one. Praise be to our God as His mercy was extended to us, not just to the Jew, but to all mankind.

During that blessed event, we all will stand before our Father and His Son and sing together. We will be neither Jew nor Greek, Hebrew, or Gentile, but of one nation…the Nation of Spiritual Israel finally. We will stand before Almighty God and praise Him for all eternity.

7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

7:10  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

7:11  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

7:12  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

But until God finishes with His master plan, a God fearing Christian must do what God commanded and that is to pray for the peace ofJerusalem and stand with Israel. To do otherwise, is to sin and fight against Almighty God.

This is Pastor  Mike Taylor wishing  you God’s love in your life. If there be anything I can help you with, pray with you about, or counsel you from God’s Word, drop me a line to realteam1999@sbcglobal.net.org. God bless you, till we meet at Jesus. feet.


Comments

Keith Cohen
09/13/2013 4:00am
A very good read and I would like to thank you for taking the time and having the faith to write and believe Jehovah's word.
May I offer you a blessing and say that in the days ahead may God's will be done in you and may you be made strong to fight the good fight against the devil his rogue angels and the worldly .
When Jesus calls you I believe you will hear.
God bless.
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