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gardenMy goal for the rest of my christian life is to tell the whole world about the (Good New) which is the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want this website to be a true message for all of the unsaved people that have not accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. I believe that life can be a wonderful adventure at any age, especially when we have the choice and freedom to worship and serve our Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. As you read this welcome page always remember that there are only two choices that we have in this life and that is to believe in Jesus as your Savior or don’t believe in Him and you will be lost for all eternity. I believe that one of the greatest things in this life is when someone accepts Jesus as their personal Savior. At this time I would like to express my own believes in the Holy Bible.

I believe that there is one, and only living true God and His name is Jehovah. My God is the only creator and maker of the Heaven and earth and He is worthy of all praises, honor, and love, because that in the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and they are equal in every divine perfection and harmony together.

I believe that our Lord Jesus is the only begotten son of God and He was born of a virgin and her name was Mary. Jesus took upon himself our sin nature because He was without sin. God laid upon Him our sins and He bore them in His own body on the cross for the whole world. Jesus died on the cross as a substitute Lamb of God, so that in Him was fulfilled an end of all sacrifices and offerings of sin. Jesus was buried and He rose again on the third day, and after forty days, He ascended up into Heaven and there He sits on the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus is now in Heaven and He is our only advocate and intercessor there to mediate between God and men. Jesus said that He would come again, in the book of (Revelation 22:12) He said, behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Jesus will judge both the saved and the unsaved; and He will sit upon the throne of David and rule and reign with His blood washed redeemed people of every kindred and tongue and nation for ever and ever.

I believe that this scripture in (Matthew 28:19-20) means that when we are saved, it is all of our responsibility as believers to tell all unbelievers about the Gospel and love of Jesus and how simple it is for them to be saved. This Website is a message for all of the lost people that have not accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior or for anyone that is not sure they are saved.

If you are not saved, please read the post that tells about the Romans Road to Heaven and learn about how simple it is to be saved.

What Does God’s Covenant say about the land of Israel?

Introduction

This bible study is about the land of Israel and who the land belongs too. The “Most High God” who is the only Creator of the Heaven and earth and the God that created everything in the world. Now in the book of Genesis in the first verse of chapter twelve Lord God promises Abram the land of Canaan and to all of his descendants. Here in (Genesis 12:1); the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee. Here in (Genesis 12:2); is God’s promise to Abram. And God said that I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. Here in (Genesis 12:3); God said that I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. I also believe that in verse one, this land of Israel was divinely given to the Jewish people. This promise still applies to Israel today. Now in the second Coming of Jesus Christ this land of Israel will be permanently given for them to dwell in without conflict from that point on.1) We should remember that in (Genesis 12:2); God did say that He will make a special blessing upon the people of Israel and the entire world has also received this blessing through our Lord God because of His great salvation plan. Now history still shows that the out working of this covenant through the nation of Israel is because of Abraham’s faith in his God. Here in (Genesis 12:6-7); is God’s promise to Abram once more. In verse six, Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. In verse seven the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him. Now in verse seven, we are reading a simple prophecy of God’s gift of this land to Abram’s descendants which just happens to be the land of Israel that we know in today’s time. We should remember that there are no conditions attached to this promise; because it is the unconditional declaration of our sovereign God. Now there is no time limit placed upon the duration of Israel’s ownership of this land called Israel.

2) In (Genesis 13:12-13); Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly. (Genesis 13:14-18); And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward. Here is where Abram inherits the land of Canaan which our God affirms His great promise once again in (Genesis 13:15-18). God says to Abram; all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever. In verse sixteen God said I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth. Then shall thy seed also be numbered. In verse seventeen God said; arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee. In verse eighteen; Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the Lord.

3) Now after reading the word of our God (Jehovah); which is the Holy Word, the Bible. I would like to tell our president and his peace makers that are trying to separate the borders of the 1967 war that Israel took back from Turkey which always belonged to them. Also these peace makers are trying to negotiate the Jewish people’s capital of Jerusalem. This land of Israel cannot be divided because it belongs to all the descendants of Abraham. Also I would like to say to the Islamic Nations that no matter what you do you cannot change the word of God or destroy the nation of Israel because they are God’s chosen people.

The whole world is watching this; great event, and believe me when I say that Israel is not going anywhere because our God (Jehovah) gave them this land and He will stand by his people the Jewish nation forever because God cannot lie and this land belongs to them.

4) A covenant is a contract or agreement between two parties. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word berith is always thus translated. The word Berith is derived from a root which means “to cut,” and hence a covenant is a “cutting,” with reference to the cutting or dividing of animals into two parts, and the contracting parties passing between them, in making a covenant with mankind in (Genesis 15); (Jeremiah 34:18-19).

I) “These Are God’s Covenants with Man”

1) God explicitly made six distinct covenants with promises in the Bible. First you can read about the Noahic Covenant in (Genesis 6:9-8); (Genesis 6:17); Second you can read about the Abrahamic Covenant in (Genesis 15:1-21); (Genesis 17:1-22); (Genesis 26:2-5); (Genesis 28:13-17); Third you can read about the Mosaic in (Exodus 19:20-24); Fourth you can read about the priestly Covenant in (Numbers 25:10-13); Fifth you can read about the Davidic; (II Samuel 7:12); the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Five are unconditional and everlasting, and c the Mosaic covenant, is conditional and temporary.

2) We should remember that a Covenant is a promise or an agreement between God and man. Now a Covenant may be conditional or unconditional. There are eight important covenants in the Bible. The word “Covenant,” is an agreement that binds two parties together. Also a Covenant is an oath bound promise, where one party solemnly pledges to bless or serve another party in some specified way. Now sometimes the keeping of the promise depends on meeting certain conditions by the party receiving that promise. We should remember that on other occasions the promise is made unconditionally. Here the covenant concept is a central, unifying theme of the Scripture which establishing and defining God’s relationship to man in all ages. Here are the original names for the two major divisions of the Holy Bible are the “Old Covenant” and the “New Covenant”; also this Latin word for Covenant is called “Testamenttum”.

3) In this next paragraph was the first appeared the Noahic Covenant in (Genesis 6:18); (Genesis 9:9); (Genesis 6:11-13); (Genesis 6:15-17). God unilaterally covenanted v Noah prior to the Flood to preserve the human race and animals from total extinction (Genesis 6:18), and after the Flood to provide mankind with a promise that He would not destroy mankind or the whole earth by another flood. This covenant, though it is not mentioned the New Testament, is unconditional and everlasting; it is signified by the rainbow in (Genesis 9:12-17). In the Noahic covenant, which common grace is mercifully and compassionately extended to the entire human race?

4) God made the sacred Abrahamic covenant (Genesis 15); with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The terms are stated or reaffirmed at least eight times in the Old Testament. The sign of the “Abrahamic Covenant” was circumcision. This covenant promised 1) physical descendant, great nation); 2) spiritual descendants; 3) a Savior (Genesis 15:5); and (John 8:56); 4) personal blessing and protection; and 5) blessings and curses to the nations, dependent upon f treatment of Abraham’s descendants (Genesis 12:3).

5) The Mosaic covenant was made at “Mt. Sinai” (Exodus 19-20); with the newly nation of Israel (Exodus 19:8); (Exodus 24:3-7); (Exodus 34:27). The ordinances and rituals of this cover extended only for the covenant’s effective life. The hopeless outcome of this strictly IE covenant was Israel’s continuous rebellion. Ultimately, however, the righteousness SOL in this covenant is fulfilled by the saving work of Jesus Christ in the new covenant, and a Covenant of faith.

6) The original Levi tic and the Aaronic priesthood, which was conditionally covenanted by Christ as part of the Mosaic covenant.

This would remain in effect only for the life of that covenant However, the priesthood took on new dimensions in duration and direction as an everlasting priestly covenant because of Phinehas’ brave loyalty to God in (Numbers 25).

7) God promised David that one of his descendants would rule over Israel. This Davidic covenant is both unconditional and everlasting. Jesus Christ is the spec Davidic seed whom God intends to enthrone for a future, earthly rule over Israel and the nation during the Millennial kingdom (Matthew 1:1-20); (Luke 1:69); (Acts 2:30); (Acts 13:33-36); (Romans 1:3).

8) The unconditional new covenant fulfills the redemptive conditions envisioned by conditional old/Mosaic Covenant. Originally promised to Israel (Jeremiah 32); (Ezekiel, 11-36). This covenant extended salvation to the Gentiles through Christ, the messenger and medic of a better covenant purchased with His own blood. In this covenant, through Christ, believers receive 1) grace; (Hebrews 10:29); peace; (Isaiah 54:10); (Ezekiel 34:25); (Ezekiel 37:26); 3) Spirit of – (Isaiah 59:21), 4) redemption (Isaiah 49:8); (Jeremiah 31:34); (Hebrews 10:19-20), 5) removal of sin (Romans 11:27); (Hebrews 10:17), 6) new heart (Jeremiah 31:33); (Hebrews 8:10); (Hebrews 10:16), 7) a relationship with God (Jeremiah 31:33); (Ezekiel 16:62); (Ezekiel 37:26-27); (Hebrews 8:10).

9) This is Jesus’ new covenant in (I Corinthians 11:24–26); and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

10) The two ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both are visual aids of our salvation. The first baptism is a one-time occurrence visually demonstrating our death and burial and resurrection with the Lord Jesus Christ. The second ordinance is the Lord’s Supper is observed on a continuing basis in response to Jesus’ command, “This do, as often,” and “For as often as you”; (I Corinthians 11:25–26). The exhortation is given that we are to observe this breaking of the bread and drinking of the cup until He comes (I Corinthians 11:26).

11) Now some Churches differ on the frequency of the Lord’s Supper. But there are some churches observe this ordinance every week, and some once a month or once a quarter. The book of Acts seems to indicate that the early church partook of the elements frequently and also that the event was tightly woven into the sermon (“apostles’ doctrine”), fellowship together, and prayer time in (Acts 2:42).

12) The early church usually held a love feast (called an agape feast) in connection with the Lord’s Supper. During the time of fellowship, they corresponded with other churches and also collected money for orphans and widows.

II) The Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper before His death. Three of the four Gospels record the event:

13) Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among your selves.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:15-17), Luke 22:19–20); (Matthew 26:26–29); (Mark 14:22–25).

14) The apostle Paul refers to the new covenant, as well. Also Webster’s Dictionary defines new as “other than the former or the old.” That definition certainly fits here. Just think about it. There are 6 events that happen here. Please read these six events that are listed below.

  • The Messiah had come.
  • The law had been fulfilled.
  • The ultimate and final sacrifice for sin had been made.
  • No more animal sacrifices.
  • A new High Priest.
  • The veil in the temple was torn.

15) It was a new covenant all right. A covenant means an “arrangement made by one party which the other party involved can accept or reject but cannot alter.” God, the “Arranger” of the new covenant, was offering through His Son a new and better way. Remember we can accept or reject His offer. But we cannot alter it either, because this Covenant was made by God, and it cannot be broken.

A) Remember; if you are not saved our God has the power to save anyone that calls upon the name of Jesus Christ and repents of their sins. Now all that are lost need God’s power because we have a problem with sin. The Bible tells us that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).

B) Now you can find the way to Heaven in the book of (Romans 10:9). This scripture in the bible tells us that “If you confess with your mouth, that “Jesus is Lord,” and that you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

C) We all need to confess our sins and ask God for his forgiveness. When you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord, then this involves an agreeing with God about your sin and your need for Salvation. You must repent of your own personal sins, by doing this you are willing to turn away from the direction in life in which you are going.

D) Now to “believe in your heart” is to place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, also you are trusting that Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins. But our God proves His own love for us in that while we were sill sinners, Jesus Christ died for all of us. (Romans 5:8).

E) Remember, if you would like to have Salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ, you sincerely pray a prayer like this one; “Please God, I confess to you my sins and I need for you to save me right now. I turn away from my sins and I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord of my life forever. Amen.”

F) Before we close chapter 12 of the book of Daniel, I would just like to say, I believe that all the scriptures are very important to all of God’s people and every Christian should know and keep them in his heart. I believe that our Lord Jesus said these scriptures in the book of (Matthew 22:37-39). Then one of Pharisees ask Jesus a question and he called Him Master. Which is the great commandment in the Law? Then Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37); Now in verse 38, Jesus said, “This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:38); Here in verse 39, our Lord Jesus said, and the second is like it,

G) “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39); Also our Lord Jesus said, this in verse 40, “On these two commandment’s hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:40); Remember we that are believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, and know Jesus as our own personal Savior. Also we should give Him praise and thank Him every day of our life. Why? Because Jesus shed His precious blood on that old rugged Cross so that we all could be free and have eternal life with Him in Heaven. But while we are waiting we must be telling everyone about God’s Salvation Plan. And that plan is called the “Gospel” or the “Good News,” this is the job of every born again believer that calls Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior.

H) Now in the book of Matthew, in chapter 28, these scriptures tells us that the disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them to go. (Matthew 28:16); and when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17); and Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All authority is given unto me in Heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18); In verse 19; Jesus said, go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, which is Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19); Also in verse 20, Jesus said, teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world, (age). Amen. (Matthew 28:20);

I) Please, do not ever forget when you become a successful leader in your church, as a Christian, this will always linked to your character. You may fail over and over, but always remember that you will always find the grace in our Lord God to begin again. So don’t let your past sin and your failures define your character. Always go to God with your sins and repent of them. Then you must turn away from it, and accept God’s eternal gift of forgiveness, and get back to doing what our Lord God wants you to do. Always live in the forgiveness and Grace of God and start leading others to do the same. This means that we are to tell the Gospel or the Good News to everyone that we meet. Then if they respond and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, then they can tell the Good News to another person and that way we know that we are doing our part by spreading the Gospel in this world.

J) We should remember that the time for our Lord Jesus Christ’s return is very near. Now if you are a born again believer in Jesus Christ, you can be assured that you will not have to endure in the pain and suffering of the Great Tribulation hour. But there is much to be said for those who continue to turn their backs on our Lord God, and for those who choose to live out their own agendas. We as Christians know that God’s Word tells us that “Now is the time of Salvation.” And we that are born again believers know that our Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon. Then we will be caught up to meet Jesus and all of those that died and knew the Lord as their Savior will also meet Him in the air. But after a period of time we shall all return with Him as He establishes His millennial Kingdom. Remember there are too many signs which are happened right before our eyes. Now I believe that these signs are pointing to the time of the end. I also believe that the time is just right for our Lord Jesus Christ’s to return for His Church, so I hope that your heart is alright with our Lord and Savior and you have repented to God for your sins.

K) Also I believe that God’s plan of Salvation has run its full course, and it will be evident then with even more clarity than at the present of God (Jehovah) has not allowed a word to fall to the ground. As Jesus Christ said while on earth. “Till Heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18). And all that know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, said, come quickly, Lord Jesus. Maranatha!

L) Now this concludes our Bible Study about what God’s Covenant tells us about the Covenant that He made with the Jewish People in the land of Israel. Please be much in prayer for me as I try to teach other books of this great book of Bible. Now remember that everything on this web-site is free. Please pass them on to other people if they have helped you. These Bible Study Lessons are free because I don’t believe in selling His Word to make a profit.

M) Now I do know that our Lord Jesus has already paid the price for our sins on that old Rugged Cross. We that are Christians know that our Lord Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. And we know without a shadow of doubt that Jesus died for our sins. Also we know that our Lord Jesus and Savior did this so we could have an eternal home in Heaven, Now just because He loved us all from the beginning of time, then I can say that’s good enough for me. (Thank You Jesus for everything).

You’re, Brother in Christ
Frank Rose

This was the Greatest Revival in Recorded History in the Book of Jonah

Introduction

There are plenty of bible stories that we can read about in God’s Word. But I have decided to tell you about one of my favor bible stories and the great prophet Jonah and what God instructed him to do. This story is about Jonah and the city of Nineveh and its people which God instructed him to go there and preach repentance to all the people for their sins. Now Jonah was a prophet of Israel, who lived about the time of Jeroboam II in (II Kings 14:25). Jonah name means dove, and he occupies a unique place as the first foreign missionary. Also the historical character of Jonah’s preservation in the great fish or (whale), and his preaching to the inhabitants of the city of Nineveh is attested by our Lord Jesus Christ, but who likens the prophet’s experience to his own burial and resurrection in (Matthew 12:38-42). There are just four chapters in this book of Jonah, and this book has suffered from overemphasis upon the miracle of the great fish. But in verse seventeen no other miracle of the Scripture has called forth so much unbelief. But it has been claimed that a whale could not swallow a man, yet there are types of whales that have been found that could easily do so. However, the word used here, like the one in (Matthew 12:40); where this word is mistranslated, and it does not mean whale but sea monster, or maybe it was a whale shark or rhino don, the largest of all fish, and they sometimes attaining a length of seventy feet long. But the real miracle is not the swallowing of Jonah while he was still alive, but the real miracle was he was still alive for three days and nights while he was in the belly of the fish. Also this great fish cast Jonah out of this great fish’s mouth on to the dry land. After all, this miracle is what might be expected of a divine love, and interposing for good in a physically and morally disordered universe in (Romans 8:19-23). Also the Word of God tells us that Jonah prayed which implies that he was alive and conscious. Now the prayer is full of passages from the Psalms, indicating that Jonah had stored the Word of God in his heart. (Romans 15:4); Also the book of Jonah is full of the supernatural; aside from the story of the great fish. But you can read about the gourd, the worm, the east wind, and, the greatest of all these stories is about Jonah and the repentance of the entire city of Nineveh. Here I would like to say; that our Lord God showed His great love and mercy by sparing all the people in the city of Nineveh, because all of the people repented of their sins. Also their King repented of his sins too. I am sure that the people that lived in the city of Nineveh are very great-full to God that He sent His messenger Jonah to preach repentance to them and they were all saved because God spared all of them.

I) “The Disobedience and the Flight of Jonah the Prophet”.

Jonah; Chapter 1: (KJV)

1) Read: The word of the Lord came unto Jonah; for he was the son of Amittai, saying (Jonah 1:1); (KJV)

Explanation: Now the book of Jonah was written about in the year 800 B.C. or maybe a little later. The name Jonah means “a dove,” and the name Amittai means “true”. Here the Word of the Lord is a statement, which demonstrates the truthfulness of the entire book of Jonah. Also here I believe that the prophet Jonah, was told by our Lord God that he was to go and deliver the message of repentance, to the people of Nineveh which was commissioned by God (Jehovah).

2) Read: Arise and go to Nineveh, that great, and cry out against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. (Jonah 1:2); (KJV)

Explanation: In this verse two, we find out that Nineveh was the capital of the mighty Assyrian Empire, which was the dominant force in the world of that day. Now the message was given to the prophet Jonah by the Holy Spirit, “Arise, and go to Nineveh,” and this must have been a shock to Jonah, to say the least. Here this command was given by the Lord God to, “Cry out against it”, for their wickedness is come up before me. The Prophet Jonah was to warm the people of their sins and to tell them that God’s judgment was coming if they did not repent.

3) Read: But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish, from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. (Jonah 1:3); (KJV)

Explanation: Jonah refuses to obey the Lord’s warming for the people of Nineveh and flees from God. Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish, from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish; which was in the opposite direction to Nineveh.

4) Read: But the Lord, sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was likely to be broken. (Jonah 1:4); (KJV)

Explanation: In this verse four the Lord God, sent out a great wind into the sea, now this is but the first of several phases of this nature, where the Lord God took a direct hand in guiding the affairs of the Prophet Jonah.

5) Read: Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and they cast forth the wares that were in the ship unto the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. (Jonah 1:5); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse five the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god for help. But while the sailors were praying to their gods Jonah was still a sleep down in the sides of the ship. The storm grew more powerful, and the sailors onboard tried to do everything possible to save their ship. But the problem wasn’t their goods, it was the prophet Jonah.

6) Read: So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him. What meanest thou O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. (Jonah 1:6); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse six the shipmaster came to Jonah and instructed him to arise and call upon his God (Jehovah). The shipmaster ask Jonah to pray to his God, and if so be it that his God (Jehovah), would think upon them, that they would not perish in this storm.

7) Read: And they said everyone to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. (Jonah 1:7); (KJV)

Explanation: Here in verse seven the ship’s crew, said let us cast lots, so that we may know for whose cause this evil to come upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

8) Read: Then said they unto him, tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us. What is thine occupation? And whence comest thou? What is thy country? And of what people art thou? (Jonah 1:8); (KJV)

Explanation: In this verse eight the ship’s crew, probed the Prophet Jonah and the questions asked by these heathen hit at the very heart of the plan of God, not only for Israel, but for the entirety of the human family for all time.

9) Read: And he said unto them, I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. (Jonah 1:9); (KJV)

Explanation: Here Jonah said unto them, I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. For my God (Jehovah), is the Creator of Heaven and Earth, for He is the Maker and Ruler of the sea and the dry land.

10) Read: Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. (Jonah 1:10); (KJV)

Explanation: In this verse here the men were exceedingly afraid, and they knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. Now this proclaims to their amazement that the one who worshipped the Almighty Creator should disobey His Command. Also this seemed outrageous and even criminal, which it was to disobey His Commands.

11) Read: Then said they unto him, what shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? For the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. (Jonah 1:11); (KJV)

Explanation: Here in verse eleven the men on the ship were very much afraid, and they did not know just what to do because the storm was growing more intense even by the moment.

II) “Jonah and the Great Fish.” “Jonah is swallowed by a big fish.”
A) Here is this second part of chapter one where Jonah tries to run away and disobey god’s command. But God told Jonah to go and preach in this wick city about their wick sins and God said, if the people would repent of their sins He would spare all them and the city of Nineveh. (Next you should Start reading with verse twelve of chapter one).

12) Read: And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. (Jonah 1:12); (KJV)

Explanation: Here the Prophet Jonah said to them, take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Jonah had realized that he had come to the place of recognition regarding his disobedience to God. He was willing to suffer the fate which was due him because of him disobedience, which he thought was death.

13) Read: Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. (Jonah 1:13); (KJV)

Explanation: Now even though they were sure about him being the cause of a storm. But still they were not certain as to what his God would do to them, even though as to throwing Jonah overboard would mean his certain death. But the storm was still raging, and they knew that Jehovah was the cause of such; but no matter what they did, they did not want to further offend the Lord God.

14) Read: Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, we beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee. (Jonah 1:14); (KJV)

Explanation: Here in verse fourteen they cried unto the Lord, and said, we beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee. Now this prayer is remarkable, considering that the ship’s crew neither knew nor served Jonah’s God (Jehovah).

15) Read: So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. (Jonah 1:15); (KJV)

Explanation: Here they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. Immediately after they threw Jonah into the sea it ceased from her raging, showing it had been sent on Jonah’s account, and that they had not sinned or committed any type of wrongdoing by executing this sentence upon him.

16) Read: Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows. (Jonah 1:16); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse sixteen, I believe that there is evidence here that they accepted the Lord God because of what they had seen. Also the men feared the Lord exceedingly, has reference to the truth that they feared God even more than Jonah did, at least up to this point. They also offered a Sacrifice unto the Lord. Probably means that they offered up an animal. Also they made vows, means that they promised themselves to continue to offer Sacrifices unto Jehovah.

17) Read: Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:17); (KJV)

Explanation: Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. Also the prophet was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. This does not mean that the fish was created then and there.


Jonah: Chapter 2:

III) In chapter two of the book of Jonah he prayed to our Lord God and the Lord answered Jonah’s prayer of deliverance and repentance. But that the Lord God had a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And it was to be at a certain place and at a certain time in order to swallow Jonah. Here in this verse Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights,” this refers to at least 72 hours, because it was spoken of three literal days and three literal nights. Also the historical nature of this occurrence is even more so substantiated by Jesus Christ’s reference to it as a figure of His own burial and Resurrection.

1) Read: Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, (Jonah 2:1); (KJV)

Explanation: Here in verse one, we read the three short words, “Then Jonah prayed,” here is the place to which the Holy Spirit had been attempting to bring the Prophet Jonah all along. In other words, when we need help, the best place is down on your knees praying to your Lord God to help you no matter what the problem is, for God can answer your prayers if it is his will.

2) Read: And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. (Jonah 2:2); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse two through nine, the Prophet Jonah quotes from the book of Psalms, eight times, and they are 3, 18, 31, 43, 116, 120, and 142. The quotes are, “out of the belly of hell cried I, and you heard my voice.” This quote does not mean that Jonah actually went to the burning side of Hell. But he is using a metaphor, or a symbolism, concerning the terrible ordeal which he experienced. Also from this text, there is no evidence that he literally died and was resurrected, as some teach about this scripture. But Jonah cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD GOD, and He heard my voice.

3) Read: For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. (Jonah 2:3); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse three; for you had cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: and all thy billows and God’s waves passed over me. Now this pertains to the time between when he was thrown into the sea and when he was swallowed up by the “great fish.” It was during this time, that Jonah thought he was going to drown.

4) Read: Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. (Jonah 2:4); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse four, of the first phrase refers to his despair when he was cast overboard. Here his words are similar to (Psalms 31:22). But I will look again toward God’s Holy Temple. This refers to him praying to the Lord God and he was asking Him for Mercy.

5) Read: The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me roundabout, the weeds were wrapped about my head. (Jonah 2:5); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse five, there is evidence that the ship in which Jonah was sailing was not very far offshore when the storm broke, because the mariners attempted to row back to shore to put Jonah back on land. But the possibility exists that the waters were not so deep at this particular place, and that he could have gone to the bottom, resulting in “weeds being wrapped about his head.” Now the waters compassed me about, even to the soul,” refers to Jonah nearly drowning.”

6) Read: I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me forever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. (Jonah 2:6); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse six, Jonah said, I went down to the bottom of the mountains, and the earth with her bars was about me forever, and this is referring to Jonah’s near drowning experience. But O God, only you brought up my life from the corruption. Now this refers to Jonah being saved from drowning and from the corruption of the past few days, which he was referring to his running from his Lord God and not obeying him. Then Jonah gives the Lord God all the praise and glory for this great act of mercy. Here in this statement, “O Lord my God.” Jonah is now showing that he is back in fellowship with the Lord God.

7) Read: When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. (Jonah 2:7); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse seven, this first phrase when Jonah cry out that my soul fainted within me when I remembered my Lord God. It was then that I knew that my prayer came in to you and into God’s Holy Temple.

8) Read: They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. (Jonah 2:8); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse eight, Jonah realized that his suffering was a result from his self-will and his negation of the Lord God had now become a matter of personal experience to Jonah, for he had forsaken his God and united in travel with idolaters on this boat. Here the phrase, “forsake their own mercy,” means that God is ready, able, and is willing to show “mercy” to any and to all who will call upon His name and believe in Him. Also he is to forsake that which is to forsake everything and God will show him mercy.

9) Read: But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. (Jonah 2:9); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse nine, the phrase “Salvation is of the Lord God,” presents the last lesson that a proud man consents to learn; for it teaches him that he cannot contribute to his own Salvation. Here we ask the question, what can Jonah do inside this great fish? Also if man is to be saved, then Salvation must be wholly divine.

10) Read: And the LORD spoke unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. (Jonah 2:10); (KJV)

Explanation: Here in verse ten, the LORD spoke unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. Now once again this miracle of Jonah and the great fish portrays the Lord God is in total control over all His Creation. Also the “fish” quickly obeyed the Lord God’s, command and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

Jonah; Chapter 3:

IV) The Greatest Revival in this History of this Time. (862 B.C.)
Now in this chapter three Jonah prayed to God which implies that he was alive and still conscious after his three days in the belly of (Sheol), which means hell in the King James Bible. It was known that the city of Nineveh was one of the greatest cities of ancient times. This city was so large that it’s metropolitan area that it would take three days to go around it. This statement in Jonah, which describes it, “as a city of three days journey.” Here the message of Jonah, as is so often the case in prophetic books, was ethically conditioned. But our God said to Jonah arise, if Nineveh repented of their sins, it would be spared; if it refused, it was to be destroyed.

1) Read: And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying. (Jonah 3:1); (KJV)

Explanation: Here in verse one, for the second time, it seems to imply that Jonah has earnestly sought the Lord God regarding his continued commission. But he was fearful that he would do something that the Lord God did not desire. So I believe that Jonah waited until there was a definite re-commission. Here it does not show a reticence on his part, but rather a compelling desire to please his Lord God.

2)  Read: Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. (Jonah 3:2); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse two, now the commission given here is basically the same as that which was given in verse two of chapter one. Also the Holy Spirit said, “Cry against it,” but here God says, “Preach unto it.” Here Jonah was to preach unto the people of Nineveh, that which I bid you. This refers to the Lord God being the Author of all that Jonah was to say.

3) Read: So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. (Jonah 3:3); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse three, history tells us that city of Nineveh, according to the Word of the Lord God. Now this city of Nineveh was an exceeding great city that would take at least a three days journey for a man to travel around it.

4) Read: And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. (Jonah 3:4); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse four, The Prophet Jonah, came into the city from about a 12 miles distance. “And Jonah cried,” proclaims him standing possibly in some marketplace or maybe he was at a busy intersection in that city. Now Jonah began to lifting up his voice, and he was loud shouting the message that the Lord God had given him. Here Jonah began preaching the message that the Lord God had given him. Now here is the massage that the Prophet Jonah told the people of Nineveh, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” It is recorded in the book of (Matthew 16:1-4); and (Luke 11:30). Here Jonah was a “sign” to the people in the city of Nineveh; that he was a personal illustration of the Wrath and also the Grace of God.

V) God said to Jonah arise, if Nineveh repented of their sins, it would be spared; if it refused, it was to be destroyed. But the people of Nineveh repented of their sins and the Lord God Granted all the people of Nineveh and showed the mercy.

5) Read: So the people of Nineveh “believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. (Jonah 3:5); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse five, It was here that we have one of the few times in history where the people, even heathen, are actually believing that Prophet Jonah was sent by the Lord God. Now it is recorded in God’s Word, that they repented of their sins, “from the greatest of them even to the least of them,” and all of them repented of their sins, from the King and down to the lowest servant.

6) Read: For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. (Jonah 3:6); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse six, here it is said that the Word of the Lord had comes unto the King of Nineveh, and He repented too. And the King arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Also the King proclaims a heartfelt disposition which abdicated his lofty position as a leading Monarch of the world in favor of the Lord God (Jehovah). Here I believe that the King was saying, “Lord God”, “You are King,” and not I.” Also the King laid his robe from him, and by doing this the King is signifies a total commitment to the commands of the Lord God.

7) Read: And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: (Jonah 3:7); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse seven, now to make sure, that the decree of the King and his nobles had not caused the repentance, but the King in no way, said the result of what was already happening was the work of the Lord God. We as Christians know that repentance cannot be legislated, and Salvation cannot be legislated. But these kinds of action must always be a result of God Himself.

8) Read: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. (Jonah 3:8); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse eight, we know that true Repentance always involves separation from evil. “And cry mightily unto God,” refers to all people, this must come from the least to the greatest of all. Now by admitting their sin before the Lord God and that they deserve destruction, but they were pleading for mercy. And the idea is to turn from the “evil ways” to “God’s Way.” We should know that our Lord God does not save “in sin,” but instead “from sin.” Therefore, the idea that the blood of Jesus Christ is the only difference between the saved and the unsaved is facetious indeed! Now this was, in fact, the special sin of the Assyrians. They were always grasping after empires, they were oppressing other nations, and doing so with great violence. They were an extremely cruel people!

9) Read: Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger that we perish not? (Jonah 3:9); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse nine, we find a question, which says, who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger that we perish not? Here I believe that our Lord God has proclaims an understanding of God that is of far greater dimension that most. But even though the Scripture is silent, but still, it seems that Jonah may have had a personal audience with the King, for verse six says, “For word came unto the King of Nineveh.” But it is unlikely that he would have had merely by hear say a firm grasp of spiritual matters, which it seems he did have. And turn away from his fierce anger that we perish not. Now this phrase, may concerns the Monarch that he truly believing the Word of the Lord God, which is not the case with most presently!

10) Read: And God saw their works that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. (Jonah 3:10): (KJV)

Explanation: In verse ten, now I believe that fear and a sense of guilt causes a man to repent; but love and a sense of pity, God; for His reserves liberty of action to Himself. With our Lord God, Repentance means a change of purpose or action and never wrongdoing on His part. With man, Repentance also means a change of purpose or action, but always refers to wrongdoing on his part. Here the phrase, “And God saw their works,” does not refer to Salvation being of works, but that their faith had works, which was Repentance in the book of (James 2:26).

Jonah; Chapter 4:

VI) In chapter four of the book of Jonah, we find that he has displeasure, he is angry and very cold and he is complaining after he left the people of Nineveh. We also find the wideness of our God’s Mercy for the city of Nineveh and its people. Also in chapter four we see the unexpected and his overwhelming success of Jonah’s preaching resulted in Nineveh’s escape from calamity. However, this brought emotional calamity to the angry and self-pitying prophet, who wished he were dead. Now Jonah had initially fled from preaching to the people in Nineveh because he feared that God, being excessively gracious and merciful. (Please Read), (Exodus 34:6-7); Here he would find excuse to these pagan, warlike Gentiles. Now his fears had come true.

1) Read: But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. (Jonah 4:1); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse one, we find that man’s moral consciousness demands punishment for evil, and a fleshly orthodoxy requires suppression of mercy and compassion. Here the Prophet Jonah was religiously indignant that the crimes and cruelties of Nineveh should be lightly regarded by God. But in this fashion God did and He will forgive them. And just as a moral man is shocked at the idea that our God will forgive these people, cleanse, and pardon in a moment’s time, even the vilest of sin, upon proper confession and admission to God. (I John 1:9);

2) Read: And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repents thee of the evil. (Jonah 4:2); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse two, Jonah quotes (Exodus 34:6); and (Numbers 14:18). He had no doubt to reason that there would be a total destruction of Nineveh, manifestly Divine, would advantage his own nation spiritually and politically. It would remove her oppressor and, at the same, convince his countrymen of the wickedness and fully of idolatry. Also God’s plan was to teach Israel by the example of Nineveh how inexcusable was their own impenitence and how inevitable their ruin was. Now there is evidence from his question here. “Was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country?” I believe that the Lord God had already told him that Nineveh would repent, if the message was properly delivered to the people. Here Jonah did not desire to hear this, so that’s why Jonah refused to go and preach to the people of Nineveh. “Also this is why he fled before unto Tarshish,” which tells us that Jonah did not desire the people of Nineveh to be spared.

3) Read: Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. (Jonah 4:3); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse three, here the Prophet Jonah probably thought that his fellow countrymen would not be happy at all with the turn of events regarding Nineveh. And because of this, Jonah was probably right. However, what others think is of little consequence; but we should remember it is always what our Lord God knows that counts.

VII) In this last part of chapter four; our Lord God teaches the Prophet Jonah a lesson about respect for the people of Nineveh and to always obey the Lord God’s Word. Also when God tell him to do something, don’t put the Lord God second to your wishes, when God is always first in everything that we do.

4) Read: Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry? (Jonah 4:4); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse four, now irrespective of Jonah’s attitude, the Lord God’s handling of the Prophet Jonah’s as always, was with gentleness. But here the Lord God bids Jonah to consider whether his anger is reasonable here.

5) Read: So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. (Jonah 4:5); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse five, here the phrase, “so Jonah went out of the city,” but he respects the view that he thought there still may be a possibility that the Lord God would destroy the city of Nineveh. Also we see him leaving, “this Move of God,” because he took no joy in seeing the conversion of these people in Nineveh.

6) Read: And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. (Jonah 4:6); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse six, “the Lord God prepared a gourd,” this proclaims the same action as the “Lord God preparing the great fish,” and later preparing the worm,” and the “east wind.” But we see here that Jonah still pouts, while the Lord God positions these things for Jonah.

7) Read: But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. (Jonah 4:7); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse seven, now religious emotions which are personal and not of the Holy Spirit can be easily affected by the provision or loss of material comforts. Just because such actually are not Faith. But now, the Lord God will prepare a worm to smite the gourd. Here again the Lord God is teaching the Prophet Jonah that God can give and God can take away!

8) Read: And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, it is better for me to die than to live. (Jonah 4:8); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse eight, now Jonah could have been in the city of Nineveh rejoicing with the people at the mercy of the Lord God. But instead Jonah is sitting out in the desert wishing to die! Remember self-will is Satanic; therefore, the Holy Spirit will go to all lengths to rid us of this malady. But here someone has well said. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross at Calvary not only to save us from sin, but also to save us from self.

9) Read: And God said to Jonah, doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. (Jonah 4:9); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse nine, it is very striking when one begins to notice the variety of names used of the Lord God in these passages of verses 6 through 9. Also the production of the gourd is an attributed to (Jehovah), and (Elohim) in verse 6, which is a composite name, which serves to mark the transition from (Jehovah) in verse 4 to (Elohim) in verses 7 and 8. Also (Jehovah), who replies to the Prophet’s complaint in verse 4, prepares the plant as (Elohim), the Creator, and the worm as “Ha Elohim,” the personal God. Here “Elohim,” is the ruler of nature, which sends the east wind to correct the Prophet’s impatience. But in verse 19, “Jehovah” sums up the history and teaches the lesson to be learned from it. Now despite the Prophet’s attitude, the Lord God continued to be patient with Jonah! We as Christians should never forget just what a wonderful Lord God that we serve.

10) Read: Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not labored, neither had you made it grow; which the gourd came up in a night, and perished in a night: (Jonah 4:10); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse ten, the Lord God said, that you have not labored, neither made the gourd to grow. Here this refers to the Prophet Jonah, having no investment whatsoever in the plant. But you being grieved at its loss, because it represented a loss to Jonah personally.

11) Read: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six-score thousand (120,000), persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle? (Jonah 4:11); (KJV)

Explanation: In verse eleven, now there are many people that have misunderstood this Scripture. But many people were thinking that the city of Nineveh contained only 120,000 thousand people. However, this phrase, “who cannot discern,” this number but maybe they were speaking only of the infants and small children. But some Bible Scholars believe that the city of Nineveh had a population of around 500,000 people or more. The Book of Jonah ends abruptly, but its object has been accomplished. The Prophet Jonah is silenced on this part, and he makes no reply; but Jonah can only confess that he is entirely wrong, and that our Lord God is righteous and that is the reason for this Book of Jonah. (I believe that the Prophet Jonah learned a lesson that God would have all men, women, and all children to be saved, and that anything which would stand in the way of this all- important task is extremely displeasing to our Lord God).

  • Here is the summary of this great Biblical Story that I promised about the book of Jonah. One day the Lord called a new prophet from the land of Israel and his name was Jonah. It was here that God gave Jonah a strange message; “you must go to Nineveh and preach to the people about their sins.”
  • It was here that Jonah, “Tells them that I am displeased at their wicked ways.” “Then Jonah this asked himself this question? “Surely the Lord God could not have meant for me to go to the city of Nineveh.” Then Jonah started talking to himself and said, the Israelites are God’s only chosen people. These people in Nineveh are idol-worshipers. I just don’t believe that they are even worth my trouble. But the prophet Jonah was not really sure that he should not go. I believe that he knew that he was doing wrong, because he felt like he wanted to run away and hide. So instead of going to Nineveh, he went the other direction, toward the great sea.
  • Now here below is a short review of the Book of Jonah. I believe that by putting this great book of Jonah in a short summery will help all of us understand just what Jonah had to experience in his life. Maybe some other Christians all over this great Country of ours have had the same kind of experiences too.If you believe that you are one of those kind of Christians with troubles like Jonah had. Then I urged you to read this great book of Jonah and see if God’s Word can make a difference in your life too.
  • Here is where Jonah went wrong and I believe that it was when he disobeyed our Lord God’s calling of him to go down and preach repentance to the people of Nineveh. But no sooner had the ship set sail there was a terrible storm arose. The ship began to roll and toss as the great waves broke over the deck. All of the sailors were trying to save the ship, then the sailors begin to throw all the goods overboard so that the load would be as light as possible. Still the ship rocked as though it might go under at any moment. Then terror began to fall upon the sailors and they fell to their knees and began praying to their idol gods.
  • During all this time Jonah had been asleep in his room below the deck. Then the captain went down and shook him awake. The captain said, how can you sleep? The captain ask Jonah to start praying unto his God also; perhaps your God can save us. But Jonah’s prayers did no more than the others and the storm roared on. Finally someone decided, “There must be a man on this ship who has done wrong and he has brought this danger upon us” Let us cast lots and find out which of us it is. Then Jonah told them that he was an Israelite and that he was running away from a job that God had given him. Also Jonah told them that the only way they could save their ship would be to throw him overboard.
  • Now at first the sailors were not willing to do as the prophet Jonah had said. Instead, they tried hard to steer the ship to safety themselves. But at last they saw that it was no use, and they tossed Jonah over the side of the ship. When Jonah fell into the sea, the storm suddenly grew calm. Then the sailors, looking on, fell to their knees in worship of the powerful God whom Jonah the Israelite served.
  • It was under the water that Jonah’s body was plunged, but it was God’s mighty hand that caused a giant fish, (maybe a whale), to pass that way at that moment. Then the fish or a (whale) opened its huge mouth and sucked Johan’s alive, right into its stomach. Now three days and nights Jonah lived in the slimy darkness of the fish’s stomach. Most of that time he spent praying to God to forgive him and to save him. Then suddenly the fish opened his mouth and threw up Jonah, right up on a dry beach. When Jonah stood up in the sand, he was smoothing his ragged clothes and wiping off his skin. Then Jonah heard the call of the Lord God again; “Once again, God said, go to Nineveh and preach repentance to the people.” This time Jonah did not wait for our God, (Jehovah), to tell him again. But He hurried as quickly as he could to that great city Nineveh. The bible tells us that the journey to the city of Nineveh was a three day journey, but the Word of God tells us that the prophet Jonah made the journey in just one day.
  • Now when Jonah reached Nineveh, he preached his message of repentance to everyone that he met. Also Jonah told message to all the people, “that unless you turn from evil, then the Lord is going to destroy your city.” Jonah warned all the people as he walked up and down each street. It was to Jonah’s surprise, but the people believed what he had said. They listened as though they had been just waiting to know how they could save themselves. Then all of them grew sorry for their sins, and they all repented of their sins even the King repented too. And the King ordered that everyone in the city should pray to the Lord God for their forgiveness, and all of the people did.
  • When the Lord God saw this, God forgave the people of Nineveh and decided to save their city. But this made Jonah very angry. He was disappointed that God wanted to save these foreign people. But in his heart, he wished that God had gone ahead and destroyed them.
    Here Jonah was sulking and stubborn, but he marched out of the city. Then he built himself a little shack on the edge of town and sat down to wait and see whether or not the Lord God would destroy the city.
  • That day God caused a plant to grow up beside Jonah’s little shelter. This plant had big leaves that threw shade across Jonah and he rested happily out of the sun. Then in the night a worm ate the plant and killed it. Now as the hot wind and the sun shine begin to hit Jonah the next day, Jonah cried for his shaded vine. Then Jonah said that he would rather die than suffer in the heat. Then our God spoke to foolish Jonah; “How can you cry over a little plant that came and died in one day and then you show pity for a great city where thousands of helpless children live?” Then Jonah realized then that people are the most precious things in the world and that God cares for every person, even those who never had a chance to know about His chosen people, the Israelites, but the story of Jonah shows us that He is a God of all nations and that everyone falls under the power of His love.
  • Now the theme of this great story in the city of Nineveh and its people is that God is a merciful God and He is a God of love. But God also is a God of vengeance too. But God said, that He would spare the people and their city of Nineveh. But we as born again Christians know that our God (Jehovah) hates all sin. Because of His great love for mankind He has promised to spare them if they repent of their wickless and sinful ways and call upon the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior. After Jonah was swallow by the great fish he began to pray to God to deliver him and he was cast out of the belly of this great fish on to the dry land. After all, a miracle is what might be expected of God’s great love. When our God interposing for good in a physically and morally disordered universe in (Roman 15:4).
  • We should remember that Nineveh was one of the greatest cities of the ancient times, also the city was big that it’s metropolitan area that it would take three days to go around it. I believe that verse ten in chapter four of the book of Jonah describes what our God saw their works and that they turned from their evil ways, and God spared the people because all of them repented of the evil and sinful ways. But God had said that he would do unto them, and God was true to His Word and did not destroy the people because they had repented of their sins.
  • Here in this last verse of chapter of Jonah, we learn of a great missionary lesson of the book is sharply drawn. Also we can ask the question, Are the souls of men not worth as much as a gourd? Just like Jonah, is God’s people today are often more concerned about the material benefits so freely bestowed upon us by God than about the destiny of a lost world. Now as I wind the great story of Jonah down to the end. I would like to tell you what an old preacher said in a revival that I went to several years ago. “The old preacher said, let our Lord Jesus save all of those people from their wicket ways and their sins. Then he said, let the church roll on and all of us shall be known by our fruits as we serve our Lord and savior here on earth.
  • Now as we close this great bible story about the prophet called Jonah. Below you can find some history about the city of Nineveh. Also you can answer the seven questions below if you want to. And this can be a little food for your thoughts and soul too.

Now during the time when the prophet Elijah lived, the Syrians were the greatest enemy of the Israelites of the north, and the ten tribes who had not allowed Solomon’s son. But as Elisha promised just before he died, and the Syrians were finally defeated. It was later that a new nation called Assyria became more powerful after they went down. Then the Assyrian moved into all the nations round them and conquered them. And those in the land of Israel knew that they would have to fight before long.
There were many stories told about the mighty Assyrians, especially about their great city of Nineveh. Now the city of Nineveh was so large that it would take a man three days to walk around it. Please answer the seven questions below.

1) Do you think that Jonah wanted God to destroy Nineveh?
2) What happened to the people of Nineveh when Jonah preached to them?
3) Do you think Jonah wanted God to destroy the city of Nineveh? Why?
4) What did the people of Nineveh do when they heard this bad news?
5) Did God teach Jonah an important lesson with a vine?
6) What was the lesson that God taught here?
7) Has God ever taught you the lesson of forgiveness?

I) Have you ever say, “I will never forget what you’ve done to me!” now if you can’t forget, then you haven’t forgiven. Before you ask God to forgive, you must forgive others. (Read): (Matthew 5:23-24). In the book of Matthew, verses 23 and 24; reads like this, “therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you.” Then leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

II) Now as I bring the book of Jonah to a close, always remember that our Lord God is a God of love and mercy. In the story of Jonah He gave everybody a chance to repent of their sins and because they all chose God. He spared all the people and did not destroy the great city of Nineveh. We should never forget that God will judgment everybody by the records that is kept in the books in Heaven. If your name is not found in the “Book of Life”.

III) Then you are bound for a Devil’s Hell for all eternity, and that is a shame because our God has given everybody the same change to choose Him. And He promised to all of them that are saved and has believed upon the name of Jesus that Jesus died on the cross and He shed His blood that covers their sins. But we as Christians believe that Jesus Christ rose from the death and He sits on the right side of God’s throne, where He makes intercession for prayers and forgives us of our sins if we happen to stumble or fall from Grace. I personal believe this Jesus, and I thank you every day from the bottom to the top of my soul. Thank You Jesus for what you did for all mankind.

IV) I always put a Salvation message at the end of every biblical story that I write for this Christian Ministry which I dedicated to my Lord Jesus Christ. I then put these biblical story on the enter-net and you can down load any or all you want to use for free. Also I don’t believe in selling God’s Holy Word to make money.

A) Remember; if you are not saved our God has the power to save anyone that calls upon the name of Jesus Christ and repents of their sins. Now all that are lost need God’s power of love because we have a problem with sin. The Bible tells us that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).

B) Now you can find the only way to Heaven in the book of (Romans 10:9). This scripture in the bible tells us that; “If you confess with your mouth, that “Jesus is Lord,” and that you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

C) We all need to confess our sins and ask God for his forgiveness. When you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord, then this involves an agreeing with God about your sin and your need for Salvation. You must repent of your own personal sins, and by doing this you are willing to turn away from the direction in life in which you are going.

D) Now to “believe in your heart” is to place your faith in Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, also you are trusting that Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins. But our God proves His own love for us in that while we were sill sinners, Jesus Christ died for all of us. (Romans 5:8);

E) Remember, if you would like to have Salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ, you just sincerely pray a prayer like this one; “Please God, I confess to you my sins and I need for you to save me right now. Then I will turn away from my sins and I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord of my life forever. “Amen.”

F) In closing this study about the book of Jonah, never forget to pray for all of your family and friends. And be sure to give our Lord Jesus Christ all the praise, the glory, and honor for any healing that you might receive from Him.

H) I would always advice anyone who has a love one that has a terrible sickness like cancer. Please go to our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and just ask Jesus to heal your love one, and I believe that He will answer your prayer because it is God’s Will that His children be safe from all harm.

I) And after, my daughter, Donna’s first operation on her breast cancer and the doctors told our family that she has no more that 18 months to live. But our faith in God’s healing was strong and we knew that our God can healed people. Because our daughter Donna is cancer free as of today and she is much better because God answered all of our prayers. “Amen.”

J) I would always advice anyone who has a love one that has a terrible sickness like cancer. Please go to our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and just ask Jesus to heal your love one. And I believe that He will answer your prayer because it is “God’s Will” that His children be safe from all harm. And after Donna’s first operation on her breast cancer and the doctors told our family that she has no more that 18 months to live. But our faith in God’s healing was strong and we knew that our God healed people. Because our daughter Donna is cancer free as of today and she is much better because God answered all of our prayers. Amen.

K) Note: Now this concludes our Bible Study on the book of Jonah. Please pray earnestly for God’s power to work in your lives and to save all of the people that need healing of all the terrible sickness in all of the world too. Please pass this bible study on to other people if it has helped you in anyway. Remember that all the material is free on this web-site and I don’t believe in paying for God’s Holy Word.

You’re Brother in Christ,
Frank Rose

Is Jesus Christ really the Only Way to Heaven and when we get there who will we see there?

Introduction

In this Bible Study I would not tell you a lie about such an important place that our Lord Jesus instructed the Apostle John to write about in the last book of Revelation. Now in the last two chapters which is 21 and chapter 22 of the great book of Revelation, John tells us of a beautiful place that our Lord God has made and it is called Heaven. This Heaven was made and prepared for all who have been redeemed by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and has accepted Him as their Lord and savior. We that have repented of our sins and called upon the name of Jesus and ask Him to save us. And after being Baptist in water and this is a testimony to the world that we are barned again and we are a new person in our Lord Jesus Christ. There is so much that I could tell you about this place called Heaven, but you must read these two chapters for yourself that our Lord God gave to John while he was marooned on the inland of Patmos. This place that we call Heaven is where we as born again believers in Jesus Christ will meet all of our love one that died in Christ and knew Him as their personal savior. Here in Heaven is where we shall see our Lord Jesus the one who paid for our sins and died there on that old rugged Cross for the sins of the whole world. Now we believe this happened because Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb and after 3 days He was resurrected and walked upon this earth again. We know and believe this because He meet with all the disciples where Jesus instructed them just how important the last supper would be to the church. Jesus also instructed all of the disciples on how important in was for them to continue the great mission on telling God’s Word to everyone that would listen to them about the Good news which is the gospel. Also the apostle John tells us that the New Jerusalem will be the dwelling place throughout eternity for all the saints of all ages and fulfills the hope of Abraham for the Heavenly city in (Hebrews 11:10-16); and in (Hebrews 12:22-24). We as born again believers in Jesus Christ do believe that this life in Heaven is a real life which is called “eternal”, because it is from the eternity which is past to the eternity and which is to come. We believe that it is the life of our God revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is God in (John 1:4); (John 5:26); and in (I John 1:1-2). We should remember that this life of God, which was revealed in Jesus Christ, and is imparted in a new birth by the Holy Spirit, which was acting upon the Word of God, to every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ in (John 3:3-15). Remember this life thus imparted is not a new life except in the sense of human possession; and it is still “that which was from the beginning.” But the recipient is a new creation in (II Corinthians 5:17); and (Galatians 6:15). And the life of God which is in the believer is an un-severed part of the life which is eternally was, and eternally is, in Jesus Christ and this one life in Him and in the believer; Vine and branches, and the Head and members in (John15:1-5); (I Corinthians 6:17); (I Corinthians 12:12-14); (Galatians 2:20); (Colossians 1:27); (Colossians 3:3-4); and (I John 5:11-12). Now when our Lord Jesus comes back for His Church which is the Saints and all that know Jesus as their personal Savior will meet our Blessed Savior, in the air. Now we have the Lord God’s promise in the book of (I Thessalonians 4:13-18). Now you can read the Apostle Paul’s revelation of the translation of the Church in these verses in God’s Holy Word the Bible. Please read the scriptures below.

  • But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (I Thessalonians 4:13);
  • For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (I Thessalonians 4:14);
  • For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. (I Thessalonians 4:15);
  • For the Lord him-self shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (I Thessalonians 4:16);
  • Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (I Thessalonians 4:17);
  • Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (I Thessalonians 4:18);

1) Does Your Bible tell you that there is only One Way that you can go to Heaven? Then your answer should be yes. The Only Way to God is through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. But the Word of God also tells us that there is No Other Way but through the name of Jesus. Then my answer would be Yes, Jesus is the one and only true way Heaven.

2) Now what should the unbelievers believe about the bible? This is what I believe, I believe that the bible is God’s Holy Word and His Word is our guide to salvation and eternal life. I also believe the bible when it tells me I am a sinner and that the penalty for sin is eternal separation from God Almighty.

3) I also believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. And that He rose from the grave to provide a new life for me and to all who places their faith in Jesus Christ.

4) Now if you have responded yes to the questions above. But you have not responded to what you believe in God’s Holy Word. The Holy Bible tells you how to receive Jesus Christ and God’s gift of eternal life. There are just three things listed below that a sinner should do so that you might receive His gift of eternal life.

5) First you must “Repent of your sins.” Now Jesus said, “Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish,” (Luke 13:3). Now the word repentance means that you have turned from your sinful life and given your life to Jesus Christ.

6) Second you must believe in the bible and what God’s Word says, “For by grace are you saved through faith,” (Ephesians 2:8). This verse in the bible means that you have trusted only in Jesus to save you. Now your faith in Him makes Jesus your Lord and Savior.

7) Third you should pray, the moment that you repent and believe in the name of Jesus you should call upon Him in prayer. Now you should simply pray, “Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask you to forgive me for all of my sins. I ask you Jesus to come into my heart to save me and take control of my life. I thank you Jesus for being my Lord and Savior. Amen. Then your name will be written into the “Book of Life.” And then you will have a home with Jesus in Heaven for all eternity.

8) Now God forms man and prepares the Garden of Eden for him, we can read about the first man in the book of Genesis. Now God’s plan for our salvation began before the first man sinned and his name was Adam. In (Genesis 2:7); 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. In (Genesis 2:8); the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. In (Genesis 2:9); and out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
In (Genesis 2:15); and the Lord God took the man, and put him into the “Garden of Eden” to dress it and to keep it. In (Genesis 2:16); and the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. In (Genesis 2:17); but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. In (Genesis 2:18); and the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make man a help mate for him in (Genesis 3:1).

9) In (Genesis 3:1); Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? In (Genesis 3:2); and the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. In (Genesis 3:3); but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest you die. In (Genesis 3:4); and the serpent said unto the woman, you shall not surely die: In (Genesis 3:5); for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. In (Genesis 3:6); And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. In (Genesis 3:7); and the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. In (Genesis 3:8); and they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. In (Genesis 3:9); and the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? In (Genesis 3:10); and he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. In (Genesis 3:11); and he said, who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? In (Genesis 3:12); and the man said, the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. In (Genesis 3:13); and the Lord God said unto the woman. What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Now in (Genesis 3:1-13); is the temptation and the fall of mankind and it was because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, and God hath said, you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. When Adam and Eve ate this forbidden fruit their eyes were opened and they knew that they were naked; and by their disobeyed to God it brought the first sin upon all mankind into this world.

10) We have a family bond with our Lord Jesus that can only come from believing in Him as our savior. Now we belong to His Heavenly family and we must share this special; loving feelings and His message of salvation with our children and tell it to other family friends because it is commanded to us by the Lord Jesus Christ. Here in the book of (Matthew chapter 28 verses 18-20); Jesus spoke to His disciples saying that all authority is given unto Him in Heaven and in earth. In these two verses Jesus said, Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son; and of the Holy Spirit. By teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.

11) Now what can we that are Christians say to someone who believes that Jesus is just one of many ways to God? How can we challenge someone else thinking without alienating them? Well as believer in our Lord Jesus Christ I can say without shadow of doubt in my mind that Jesus is the only way to go to Heaven because of His death and resurrection on the Cross and God’s Word said so. Jesus said to Peter, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6);

12) When people criticize Christians as narrow minded and bigoted for saying that Jesus is the only way to God, they need to understand that our God (Jehovah), who has built a bridge to Himself in Jesus, was not obligated to build even that one bridge. Now we as born again believers could have been left with no way to get to God at all! Well I believe that our God went to all the trouble and made the sacrifice to build a bridge to Himself in “his only Son”. Now in (John 3:15); My God said, that “whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. But in (John 3:16); He also said; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. He also said in (John 3:17); “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Then He also said in (John 3:18); “that He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God which is Jesus.

13) Now if you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior I would ask all sinners to think about the God that has created the Heaven and the earth and everything that is in it. Remember God (Jehovah), has provided only one way for all people to come to Him. And God (Jehovah), did this because He loved all humanity. Now the Jews believed that God (Jehovah), loved them and they are His chosen people. But our God (Jehovah), didn’t just love them. But God (Jehovah), loved the world and all mankind too. Here in (Luke 19:10); Jesus said to him, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Now in (II Peter 3:9-10); The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, here we see that our God has went to great lengths to make it possible for people to be saved, by sending His only Son (Jesus) to be executed on the cross for all sinners behalf.

14) Now Jesus declared that, as God incarnate among His people which the name “Immanuel” means “God is with us”. Jesus is the “Good Shepherd” and the only door into the fold of God’s people in (John 10:7-11). Many people and religions claim to have the answer, but the truth is found only in Jesus. Adults need to discover that Jesus is the only way to God and the only source of abundant life.

15) This lesson is important because it focuses on Jesus as our Shepherd and on the relationship He has with us as His sheep. It’s important because of its emphasis on the abundance and satisfaction we experience as we walk with the Shepherd. Coming off the Christmas season, many people feel a sense of emptiness. In spite of all the gift-giving, parties, and holiday greetings, their lives have not changed positively; and they still feel a gnawing void inside. They need to discover the joy of relying on Jesus to walk with them and give them what truly satisfies.

16) Jesus had given sight to a man born blind. In response to the man’s worship, Jesus announced that His coming into the world resulted in judgment. People who realized their spiritual blindness would turn to Him for sight; however, those who claimed to have spiritual sight and rejected Him would incur a self-imposed blindness (Please read all of these scriptures in (John 9:1-39).

17) In the form of a question, some Pharisees asserted that surely they were not blind (read verse 40). Jesus responded that if they had no spiritual insight they would bear no guilt caused by sin; but because they claimed to see spiritually, as long as they rejected Him their sin and guilt would remain on them (read verse 41). They willfully blinded themselves by closing their eyes to “the light of the world” (John 9:5).

18) In the book of (John 10:1-6), Jesus spoke a “parable” in (verse 6) or illustration of a true, ideal shepherd who entered the sheepfold “by the door” in (John 10:2). The picture was that of a large village sheepfold in which multiple flocks stayed overnight. The fold had one door and only one guardian. Jesus likened Himself as the shepherd who entered the door. He called His sheep by name and led them outside to find pastures. They followed Him because they recognized his voice and He was their master. They would have shied away from the unfamiliar voice of an impostor. The Pharisee failed to understand Jesus’ illustration, so He elaborated it, giving further details.

19) Jesus stated plainly, Verily, verily, I say unto you. The phrase Verily, Verily, means “truly, truly” in the Greek text and calls attention to what follows as very significant.

20) In John’s Gospel, Jesus often used the phrase I am of Himself. In each case, it indicated His Deity in (Exodus 3:1); and (Exodus 4:17); recounts God’s calling Moses to return to Egypt and lead the Israelites out of bondage. During the conversation between Moses and God, Moses asked what name he should give for God if the people asked His identity. God responded that Moses was to tell them, “I AM hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:14). The Hebrew term rendered (I Am) has come over into English as Yahweh or Jehovah, Israel’s covenant God. This name is most often represented in Scripture by the term Lord (read verses 14-15). With His use of the title “I Am” here Jesus indicated that He was God in the flesh, present among people in (John 8:54-59).

21) I am the door of the sheep stressed that Jesus is the only means of salvation, the only access to God’s kingdom, the fold of His people. Jesus’ repeated use of the pronouns I and me emphasized His exclusivity. In using the phrase “I am the door”, Jesus was using an image that was slightly different from the one He’d used previously in verse two). In verse two the image was that of a large village fold where there was a door and the shepherd was the doorkeeper. Now in verse seven, the image Jesus used was that of a hillside fold where primitive, makeshift walls were constructed. Such a fold had no door, merely an opening across which a shepherd would lie at night to ensure that no one entered and that no sheep escaped. In that sense, the shepherd himself was the fold’s door. Jesus was and is the Shepherd of God’s fold who guards the entrance or opening.

22) Jesus’ assertion that all that ever cattle before Him were thieves and robbers did not, of course, refer to legitimate leaders God had raised up for His people. Jesus was referring to false leaders who misled or mistreated God’s people His flock. His words echoed God’s scathing indictment of His people’s corrupt “shepherds” in (Ezekiel 34:1-10). The Greek term rendered thieves in (John 10:8); has the idea of people who stole by stealth; the word robbers; designates the people who used force to take what they wanted. Who then specifically does the phrase thieves and robbers represent? Now here suggestions include self-appointed leaders such as false messiahs, false prophets, or insurrectionists advocating revolution. These leaders were motivated by selfishness and power, whether they sought these by craft or violence. These imposters were thieves and robbers in the sense of being malicious intruders among God’s flock, seeking to take advantage of His people. Genuinely pious Jews, however, were not deceived. As they a waited God’s promised Messiah, they rejected the false leader’s claims and promises.

23) Here in verse nine Jesus emphasized again His Deity (I am) and that He was the door which is the only entrance into God’s fold (kingdom). He affirmed that whoever entered God’s fold through Him would be saved. Despite whatever assumptions they may have had, Jews and in particular the Pharisees Jesus addressed were not automatic in God’s fold. Their entering depended on their responding positively to Him. In the Greek text, the phrase by me is emphatic; only having a personal relationship with Jesus enable or enables people to enter God’s fold. If they placed their faith in Him, they would be saved, delivered from their sins and made spiritually whole. Moreover, they would go in and out and find pasture. In this context, entering the fold indicate safety and security. Going out and finding pasture referred to freedom, spiritual nurture, and joy. Going in and out referred to daily activities. The believers’ Shepherd infuses their daily lives with freedom from sin’s dominance, with spiritual nourishment, and with joy.

24) Jesus drew a sharp contrast between Himself and false, self-seeking religious leaders. The thief used cunning deception to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. While hiding his motives behind calculated pretense, he would go to any means to take what he wanted with no care for anything or anyone else.

I) How does this describe false teachers today?

25) Now by rejecting Jesus and insisting on their legalistic system for right relationship with God, the religious leaders of Jesus’ day were choosing self-destruction and were leading others to ruin. Now Jesus came so people could have life and have life more abundantly. He came to give life and to sustain that life. His purpose was redemptive, motivated by self-giving love. The Greek word translated life is John’s distinctive term for eternal life God’s kind of life (qualitative) that is unending (quantitative). The phrase more abundantly translates the Greek term that means “over-flowing.” Jesus gives and sustains life that is full and rich beyond our imagining or describing.

26) Jesus is the only door to enter for eternal life, and He is always open to you. Do not rely on other things, such as the Christmas presents you received last week to satisfy your life. To experience a full, abundant life, come to Jesus. With His emphatic statement, I am the good shepherd, Jesus moved from using an image of the door of a sheepfold, to using the figure of the shepherd. His declaration both expressed His Deity, I am, and again contrasted Him to the false, self-seeking leaders He called “thieves and robbers in verse eight.

27) Behind the title good shepherd likely lays God’s words through His prophet in (Ezekiel.34:10-24). Israel’s leaders had used God’s flock to their advantage instead of taking proper care of the people. Therefore God said I will feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers. I will feed them in a good pasture, I will feed my flock’ in (verses 13-15). Then He declared; I will setup one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd” in (verse 23). The Pharisees knew the Hebrew Scriptures very well. They hardly could have missed Jesus’ indictment of them and His claim to be God’s appointed Shepherd. But the Word of God tells us in the book of John that our Lord Jesus is truly the “Good Shepherd”. Here as the good shepherd, Jesus would give his life for the sheep. The word good has the senses of moral excellence, competency, and attractiveness. Here, the term has the even stronger meaning of “genuine” or “authentic.”

28) Now in contrast to those self-seeking religious leaders, Jesus was and still is the good Shepherd who demonstrated His love and care for people by offering His own life in exchange for theirs.
But later on; Jesus gave this great act of love resulting; in His sacrificial death on the cross for them. The Greek term rendered giveth can present the idea of risking life or of setting it aside. Jesus did both for the people. Now Jesus died for sinner’s behalf to remove the sin barrier between them and God. Yes Jesus is truly the Good Shepherd who gave His life for all us sinners.

II) “There Are Biblical Truths here in this Lesson that we as believers can focus on in the book of John”.

29) Jesus is the “Bread of Life”; and they said therefore unto him, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? Now in the book of (John 6:31); Jesus said unto them, our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. In the book of (John 6:32); Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. In the book of (John 6:33); Jesus said unto them, for the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. In the book of (John 6:34); Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. In the book of (John 6:35); Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. In the book of (John 6:36); But I said unto you, that ye also have seen me, and believe not. In the book of (John 6:37); all that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. In the book of (John 6:38); Jesus said unto them, for I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. In the book of (John 6:39); Jesus said unto them, and this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. In the book of (John 6:40); Jesus said unto them, and this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son. And believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. In the book of (John 6:41); The Jews then murmured at him, because he said.

30) I am the bread which came down from heaven. In the book of (John 6:42); and they said, is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? In the book of (John 6:43); Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. In the book of (John 6:44); Jesus said unto them, no man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. In the book of (John 6:45); Jesus said unto them, it is written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. In the book of (John 6:46); Jesus said unto them, not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. In the book of (John 6:47); Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. In the book of (John 6:48); Jesus said unto them, I am that bread of life. In the book of (John 6:49); Jesus said unto them, your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. In the book of (John 6:50); Jesus said unto them, this is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. In the book of (John 6:51); Jesus said unto them, I am the living bread which came down from heaven: If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

31) Yes our Jesus is called the Vine and we are the Branches. In (John 15:1-8); Now in the book of (John 15:1); Jesus said that “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. In (John 15:1-2); Jesus said that, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. In (John 15:1-3); Jesus said that, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
In (John 15:1-4); Jesus said that, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. In (John 15:1-5); Jesus said that, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing. In (John 15:1-6); Jesus said that, “If anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. In (John 15:1-7); Jesus said that “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. In (John 15:1-8); Jesus said that “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples.

32) Jesus is the only door to eternal life, open to all people who will place faith in Him.

33) Because Jesus has personal relationships with us as His followers, He knows us by name and attends to us.

34) As Jesus’ committed followers, we obey Him; we listen to His voice.

35) Because of our relationship with Jesus, let’s establish and nurture close relationships with all Christians.

36) Now we as Sheep trust and follow their shepherd. Ask God to help you more fully trust and follow Jesus, your Good Shepherd.

III) “What Does The Phrase “Born Again” Mean in The Bible?”

1) Now most people would say that’s when a woman gives birth to a new born baby here. But that is not what this phrase of “Born again” in the Bible means here. Now have you ever wondered what the phrase “born again” means? The Bible records that Jesus used the phrase in a conversation with a man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus approached Jesus at night and He was curious about Jesus and the kingdom of God. Then Jesus told him; “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom God” (John 3:3). Nicodemus responded, “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4).

2) Nicodemus was a highly moral man who obeyed God’s law. He was a respected leader of the Jewish community. No doubt he was a fine man. Yet something was lacking in his life. Well just Like Nicodemus, many people today are confused about religion with new birth in Jesus Christ. The Phrases like “I pray regularly” or “I believe there is a God” and often they are confused with a real new-birth experience.

3) New birth begins with the Holy Spirit convicting a person that the person is a sinner. Because of sin, we are spiritually dead. For this reason spiritual birth, as Jesus described it, is necessary. God loves us and gives us spiritual birth when we ask Him for it.

4) The Bible says all persons are sinners (Romans 3:23). Jesus died on a cross and was raised from the dead to save sinners. To be born again means that a person admits to God that he or she is a sinner, repents of Sin, believes in or trusts Christ, and confesses faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. Jesus told Nicodemus that everyone who believes in and places their faith in Jesus Christ would not perish (John 3:16). Jesus is the only one, and the only way that we can be save by Him because the Word of God says so in (John 14:6).

5) Now to believe in Jesus is to be born again. You must confess your sins and ask Jesus right now to save you. “And It shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

6) After you have received Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Savior. Then share your decision with another person, and following Christ’s example, and ask the Pastor to baptize you by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith to God (Romans 6:4).

7) In closing this Bible Study about Jesus and is He the one and only true way Heaven. Then I can tell you the answer is a great big Yes. Always be prepared to tell anyone that you meet just how easy they can accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. Now when you are witnessing to a friend or even a stranger be prepared to lead them through the Roman Road which is found in the Book of Romans of God’s Holy Word the Bible. Be sure to tell them that their reward is out of this world.

8) Always remember to pray for all the young ladies that have had a never forget to pray for all of your family and friends. And be sure to give our Lord Jesus Christ all the praise, the glory, and honor for any healing that you might receive from Him. We as Christians should never forget the price that (Jesus), had to pay for our sin on the Cross at Calvary.

A) Remember the Roman Road, on how can you accept our Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior is always found at the bottom of each Bible Study Lesson. And all you have to do is read from the letters (A to E). Always remember it’s your part to believe that Jesus came to die on the Cross and shed His precious blood for the sins of the whole world. Then all of those who repent of their sins and call upon the name of Jesus. Then ask our Lord Jesus Christ to save you then you will have a home in Heaven with Jesus for all eternity. P. S. The Roman Road is just below; please read it and believe it because it is our Lord God’s Great Salvation’s Plan for all mankind.

B) Remember; if you are not saved our God has the power to save anyone that calls upon the name of Jesus Christ and repents of their sins. Now all that are lost need God’s power because we have a problem with sin. The Bible tells us that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).

C) Now you can find the way to Heaven in the book of (Romans 10:9). This scripture in the bible tells us that “If you confess with your mouth, that “Jesus is Lord,” and that you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

D) We all need to confess our sins and ask God for his forgiveness. When you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord, then this involves an agreeing with God about your sin and your need for Salvation. You must repent of your own personal sins, by doing this you are willing to turn away from the direction in life in which you are going.

E) Now to “believe in your heart” is to place your faith in Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, also you are trusting that Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins. But our God proves His own love for us in that while we were sill sinners, Jesus Christ died for all of us. (Romans 5:8).

F) Remember, if you would like to have Salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ, you sincerely pray a prayer like this one; “Please God, I confess to you my sins and I need for you to save me right now. Then I will turn away from my sins and I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord of my life forever. Amen.”

G) Remember when you become a successful leader, in your church, as a Christian, it will always linked to your character. You may fail over and over, but always remember that you will always find the grace in our Lord God to begin again. So don’t let your past sin and your failures define your character. Always go to God with your sins and repent of them.

H) Then you must turn from it, and accept God’s forgiveness, and get back to doing what our Lord God wants you to do. Always live in the forgiveness and Grace of God and start leading others to do the same. This means that we are to tell the Gospel or the Good News to everyone that we meet. Then if they respond and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, then they can tell the Good News to another person and that way we know that we are doing our part by spreading the Gospel in this world.

I) In closing this study about marriage, always remember to pray for all the young ladies that have had an abortion when they were young. And don’t forget to pray for all of your family and friends too. And be sure to give our Lord Jesus Christ all the praise, the glory, and honor for any healing that you might receive from Him. We as Christians should never forget the price that (Jesus), had to pay for our sin on the Cross at Calvary.

J) Note: Now this concludes the scriptures about the only way to Heaven. Please be much in prayer for me as I try to teach about other parts of the bible. Remember everything on this web-site is free. Why because I don’t believe in selling God’s Holy Word. Please pass then on to other people if they have helped you.

You’re, Brother in Christ:
Frank Rose

What Can We Do When Sickness Comes to a Love One?

Introduction

The bible is made up of many stories but they all fit together to tell one story and that is God’s story. Remember our God doesn’t always give us a story book ending. We do not always end up with the answers to our prayers that we desire. But God often chooses to do something different with our life than you envisioned. But that’s ok, He still loves us and He’s still our God and His name is (Jehovah) or some prefer to call Him by the name (Yahweh). But we should always remain confidence in God and remain strong in the midst of all the questions and our emotions will be ok. Remember our God is the only one who remains constant, and life will be good if you stay in His loving arms. Now you may not understand where He leads you. But you will always be safe and secure with God anywhere, even in death. We should always call upon the one and only true God in prayer and ask Him to heal your sickness because God will answer your prayer. Also one of my favorite stories of the bible is found in (Acts 9:1-19); where the Apostle Paul was on his way to Damascus and it was here on the road that he was struck down by the Lord Jesus Christ and he was blinded for his part for persecuting the early Christians. But sometimes our God answers prayer 3 different ways. God sometimes answers yes to certain prayers, sometimes He answers other prayers no, and sometimes God will answer wait, now my child.

1) We should always remember that God does still heal the sick. Now the answer from (James 5:16-18); is an emphatic “yes.” But even so, God doesn’t always choose to heal or to heal in the way that we want Him to heal someone. We should remember that there are many that have witnessed and have been a part of praying for many people for whom miraculous healing that has obviously occurred; such as tumors, broken bones, and many types of cancer are being cured by doctors or healed by our God.

2) When we feel a need for healing and we are sick in body; just remember that our Heavenly Father is the only One to call upon in our hour of need. Now always remember that our Heavenly Father is good and very wise, and He can be trusted. Remember God’s ways are far beyond our comprehension in (Isaiah 55:9). Always remember that our God will deliver us in at least three ways. Our God (Jehovah); will shape us deeply and manifests His Glory as others can see joy, steadfastness, and our Lord Jesus will be with us. Please read these three statements below.

a) Sometimes God delivers us out of our pain and suffering through supernatural intervention. We can read many examples of this in the scriptures, now throughout the church history, and in our own experiences. But we should never forget that our God reveals His great power through healing.

b) But sometimes God delivers grace to us during the pain and suffering. And this reflects the way God worked in Paul’s life in this passage. Sometimes God does not take away the sickness, but God gives us the grace to manage it. We should remember that our God sometimes reveals His great power through His grace.

c) We should remember that our God sometimes delivers Heaven to us. Now even those with relatively that have healthy and physical bodies look forward to an ultimate healing and a glorious transformation. And sometimes God reveals His great power through Heaven. But we know that God’s grace is sufficient, even in times of sickness.

1) All of us have prayed for people to get well who later died. That is difficult enough. But equally difficult is praying for those who are sick to get well and they continue to live with the same sickness. The church that I go to, has a pastor by the name Thomas Groves and he has had the privilege of watching God at work in the life of all people in our family.

2) My wife Janice and I have had 4 beautiful young girls and we have been married for almost 55 years. But in the year of 1969 tragedy had struck our little baby Angel Lori and we had to take her to our family doctor for a check-up and he advised us to take her to see a special doctor at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Here the Doctor told us that our little daughter named Lori has a tumor and that was wrapped around her spine in the back of her neck and it had to be removed. After the operation the Doctor told us that he could not remove all of her tumor because it was wrapped around her spinal cord. And if he had to remove all of her tumor she would be paralyzed and she would never walk again. During this time all of the church members and her mother and I began to pray that our God would have mercy upon our little Angel Lori and that He would also healed her. Well, it was also during this time that my wife Janice stayed at the Children’s Hospital day and night until she got to come home.

3) After about 7 months of caring for our little girl and praying earnestly that God would touch her frail little body and heal her from this terrible sickness. Then tragedy struck her again and the tumor was in her head right next to her brain and she had become very sickly than ever before. We immediately took our little Angel Lori back to the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio for another operation on her head this time. So the Doctor operated on the left side of her head and removed another tumor of cancer. When the Doctor came out of the operating room he came over to talk to both of us about her condition and he said that her condition was very weak and that she would be paralyzed from the neck down and that she would need help in doing everything that she normally had been doing for herself. He said that we could take her home in about 4 weeks and watch her very close because the type of cancer that she had was very rare and most of all the Doctors said that they have never seen any kind of this type of cancer before. So after about four weeks we brought our precious little Lori home again. I remember making a little tray out of plywood and her mother and I would put her on the big blue couch so she could see the television and watch the other three girls play and also they would help her and play with their little sister.

4) The next time that our little Angel Lori became ill she could not even sit up by herself. During all of her sickness we never gave up on praying for her illness and asking our Lord and Savior to heal her of this terrible sickness. But the time had come again and she was real sick this time. So once again we took her back to the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio for another operation.

5) But this time the Doctor told us that this would be the last time that he would operate on her. Also the Doctor told both of us about her condition and he said that her condition was very weak and that she would not live much longer and as soon as she was able we should take her home because it was out of his hands and only God could heal her now.

6) I remember it was just a few more weeks until Christmas time so Janice and I was about to leave the hospital, when we saw Ruth Lyons coming through the front door of the hospital and she gave Lori a big hug and toy for Christmas, but even though our little Angel was very sick she had the biggest smile on her face and we thanked Ruth for her time and gift because it made her smile and laugh again.
We took her home for her last Christmas with us. And about two months later she went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on February 22, 1972. Her Mom and I still miss her and love her more and more as the days come and go and we look forward to seeing her again in Heaven when our Lord Jesus Christ calls both of us home to be with them forever more.

7) Now once again tragedy struck our family again. This time in was third daughter and her name was Pamela. It was when she had just turned 42 years old. She and her husband Wayne had went to Dayton, Ohio to the Heart Hospital. She was told by the heart doctors that her heart was in terrible shape and she needed an operation on her heart valve immediately. So all of our family began to pray for Pamela our daughter to be healed. Also because we were all believers in Christ and we had faith in our Lord Jesus Christ too that He would heal her heart and make her like new again. When operation started, it was about 3 hours later that the doctor came out of surgery and told all us that the wall of her heart was so damaged that they were going to remove the bigger heart valve and replace in with a smaller one and this would take a few more hour. So the doctor went back into the surgery room and the hours began to go very fast. Our daughter was on the operating table for over 12 hours on the table and it seemed like eternity before the doctor came out to tell us that she had made it through the surgery and we could see her. But the family had begun to worry about her because it did not look good for her because the second operation was going to be longer in the operating room. The family knew that this was bad for her. But as time passed we all began to pray for God to help the doctors and that God would watch over her and bring her through this time of our need and God did answer our prayers and she made it through the operation and we were all thankful to God for this miracle for our love one was safe in His arms.

8) Now Pamela stayed in that Hospital in Dayton, Ohio for about 3 weeks and we brought her home to our house so we could watch over her until she healed and got better. My pastor, Dwaine Tilford came over and prayed for her and talked to her about her salvation and Pamela said that she was saved and knew Jesus as her Savior. After the three weeks of time, with her at our house, and the time we had passed so quickly. Wayne her husband talked her into going home on that Friday. We told him that she needed to rest more and ask them to stay just a few more days, but he wanted to go to their house for the week end and they would come back next Monday. Well as our luck go sometimes; we received a call from Wayne her husband and he told us that Pamela had took a turn for the worst and she had passed a blood clot and they were on their way to Middletown Hospital and we should meet them out there. But before we could make it to the hospital another one of our little Angel by the name of Pamela Jean had passed on out of our lives into eternity to be with our Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven.

9) Now once again we have a daughter by the name of Donna Sue Rose who has breast cancer and she is going through some terrible times with this sickness. Now I wish you could have seen Donna before her sickness. She was a picture of health because she would run and do her exercise every day and she was a picture of pure health. My daughter Donna is 50 years old and she has a great job at General Electric Company in Cincinnati; Ohio Donna has been employed at this plant for about 29 years and she cannot retire because of this illness that she has. Well she and her mother and I will be going to the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati on Friday this week and she will be having more surgery on her breast cancer and her mother and I will be praying that God will have mercy and also heal her of this terrible cancer. So please God; I ask you to spare my little Doodle and let us bring our little Angel Donna home and to keep her safe from all harm and please heal her heart just like you did in Your Word with so many other people because I and her mother Janice believe in your healing power.

10) I know that God answered our prayers because our daughter Donna had another breast cancer operation at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also believe that our God was with her and He also had to guide the Doctors hands while they were in the operating room and it was another miracle that our God gave us. And it was because of all the prayers and our faith that the family, friends, and our Church Brothers and Sisters had prayed for her to be healed. But because of my believe and faith in my Lord Jesus Christ I give Him all the credit the honor, praise, and glory for His great Healing power that He can heal the sick. But we must remember that it was the will of the Father, and His love for us that He died on the Cross for all mankind so that we would have a place in Heaven for all eternity.

11) The idea that Christianity would eliminate trials and problems in a person’s life was foreign to the New Testament writers. In fact, following Christ created many new trials of its own. In addition to the added trials, Christians experienced the same physical challenges and trials that other people in society faced. Paul did not possess an immunity to sickness either. As he wrote (II Corinthians), he recounted a time in his life when he faced a debilitating sickness that affected his ministry. He asked the Lord to remove this sickness, but God had other designs and plans. This led Paul to the conviction that current trials were temporary and needed to be placed within the context of eternity. After death, none of the problems they experienced in life would be present.

I) in the next three paragraphs, the Apostle Paul used some key words from certain scriptures from the bible.
a) The Apostle Paul used the word grace in (II Corinthians 12:9); in the greetings of his letters in (Rome 1:7); (I Corinthians 1:3); (II Corinthians 1:2); (Galatians 1:3); (Ephesians 1:2); (Philippians 1:2); (Colossians 1:2); (I Thessalonians 1:1); (II Thessalonians 1:2); (I Timothy 1:2); (II Timothy 1:2); (Titus 1:4); (Philemon 1:3). The basic idea of this term was something that was freely given. Paul most often anchored that in the things given by God through the cross of Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:21). Everything God gave to us in the cross is encompassed in the word grace.
b) The Greek word for sufficient in (II Corinthians 12:9); literally means “adequate,” “sufficient,” or “enough.”
c) Two examples illustrate the meaning of this word. In the parable of the ten virgins, the prepared virgins said to the unprepared ones, “No, there won’t be enough for us and for you” (Matthew 25:9). Their supply was inadequate. When Jesus asked Philip about buying bread for the 5,000, the disciple answered, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for each of them to have a little” (John 6:7). That which is sufficient is enough!
d) The Greek word rendered perfected, (II Corinthians 12:9); described the progress of something toward a goal or directed end. It conveyed the idea of completion, maturity, or wholeness. An example of this occurs in (I John 4:18); where we read, “There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment.” The kind of love that is from God is complete, whole, and mature. It is perfect. In (II Corinthians 4:16-18); how would you contrast the outer person with the inner person?

12) In what surprising ways did Paul describe the affliction that the Corinthians people were experiencing? How can trials end up producing glory? How have you seen sicknesses result in bringing glory to God? Answers are below.
A) (II Corinthians 4:16); therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day.
B) (II Corinthians 4:17); for our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.
C) (II Corinthians 4:18); so we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

13) Difficulties Are Momentary Compared to Eternity. In (II Corinthians 4:7-15), Paul spoke of the frailty of human existence and the trials that the Christians faced. He described them as “pressured,” “perplexed,” “persecuted,” and “struck down” in (II Corinthians 4:8-9). However, through those trials God was sustaining them by His grace in (II Corinthians 4:15); Paul refused to get discouraged, even though he faced some daunting circumstances in his role as a missionary and in his relationship with the church at Corinth. Starting with the word therefore Paul used the next few verses to summarize the reason he did not grow discouraged and the way that the grace of God was sustaining him in his trials.

14) In light of God’s grace at work in Paul and his companions, he stated that they did not give up. The New International Version translated this phrase as “we do not lose heart.” This word in Greek occurs only a few times in the New Testament. In (Luke 18:1), Jesus used it to encourage people “not to become discouraged” and not to quit praying. In (Galatians 6:9), Paul used it to encourage people to “not get tired of doing well for others.”

15) In (Ephesians 3:13); Paul encouraged the believers “not to be discouraged” by his trials experienced on their behalf. He also encouraged the Thessalonians to “not grow weary in doing good,” here in (II Thessalonians 3:13). As seen by these few usages of the word means “to get discouraged” or “to grow weary.” Both of these meanings include the idea of “giving up.”

16) The temptation to give up came from the frailty of Paul’s human existence. He contrasted the inner person with the outer person. Earlier, he had described this dichotomy as “treasure in clay jars” (II Corinthians 4:7). Though the jar was being “pressured,” it was “not crushed” (verse 8). Obviously, this was a reference to the toll that persecution and affliction was taking on the apostle as he served the Lord in hostile environments. However, the afflictions that plagued his body did not have to destroy his soul. By using the term inner person, Paul was referencing the heart or the center of a person’s being, including his mind, will, emotions, and feelings. The outer person certainly had the limitations of the body.

17) But the inner person that related to God in His Spirit had the opportunity to be renewed day by day. The present tense verb is being renewed in the Greek emphasizes that this renewal is a continuous process rather than a completed work. This process occurs day by day. Paul referred to this renewal in (Romans 12:2): “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good pleasing, and perfect will of God.” In (I Corinthians 15:31); Paul stated that he died daily. In his inner person, he died to his own way, so the life of the Lord could be lived out through his outer person.

18) In contrast to the inner person that is being renewed day by day, the outer person is being destroyed. All living beings are headed toward death in their bodies. Most people recognize the frailties of the human body as one’s eyesight begins to wane or one’s body begins to ache with only small changes in one’s exercise level.
Paul’s body had experienced the pains of the many afflictions he listed in (II Corinthians 11:23-27). These afflictions included imprisonments, beatings, scourging, stoning, shipwreck, and the weariness of extended travel. Like an automobile with high mileage on the outside but a new engine on the inside, Paul pressed on to fulfill God’s will for his life as long as he lived. He told the Philippians, “living is Christ and dying is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

19) In describing the affliction that he faced in his outer person, Paul used some surprising adjectives. He first called his trials momentary. When telling a person who battles muscular dystrophy, such as Susan, which was the little girl that we meet while we were at the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now let me tell you something about sweet little Susan. She had been through 12 different operations while she was at this Children’s Hospital and they were on her little feet and legs. She had been born this way with very short feet and legs and had never walked before in her four years, since she had come to this place called Children’s Hospital. But she sure could talk up a storm when she meet someone new at the Hospital. Also she had a big smile on her face all the time. When she meet my little Lori they became best of friends and they would go down to the play room in their wheel chairs and play with the other children every day. Susan was a big help to all of the nurses and she would go to all of the other children’s rooms and cheer them up with her big smile and she never stopped talking to them about the things that they had done on the day before. It was after our little Angel Lori had passed away that we learned that Susan with the big smiling face also had passed away too. So I guess that God took those two smiling Angels to Heaven because it was their time to go and they will never have to suffer anymore. But I can tell you one thing about little Susan she sure knew how to make all us smile because she was one of a kind and I for one will miss both of their smiling faces. Now I know one thing for sure for they will not need any old wheel-chair to walk around in Heaven because I know our God has heal them both and set them free so they can run and play.

20) There is one more little girl that was in the Children’s Hospital that broke my heart when we visited our sweet Lori Ann in the year of 1969. So let me tell you about her and why she touched my heart so much that I could not hold back my tears when I saw her in that big baby bed. But all the nurses just called her their little Angel and they did not get her out of the big baby bed because she was totality blind in both of her eyes and they kept her locked up in her bed for hours so she could not fall and hurt herself. Now as I remember the little Angel in this big bed she never stopped crying for her Mother. She would stand up in her big baby bed and she would cry out to her Mother, saying “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,” please come back and get me. “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,” please come back and get me. “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,” please come back and get me. And this crying for her Mother just went on for hours. So the next day that Janice and I visited our little daughter Lori we took the time to visit the little girl that was blind.

21) Now I remember this beautiful little girl had two big brown eyes and she was about four years old. While we were standing and talk to this little girl, her Mother came in to visit her Daughter to. But her mother told us that she had been born blind and there was nothing that the doctors could do for her eyes. Now as we talked to the mother, she told us that she lived in Cleveland, Ohio and she was not married and could only visit once every week and that would be on the week-in. After our visit with our little Angel Lori. We were on our way home and as we talked about our visit and how grateful we were as Christians, to have a Lord and Savior like Jesus and we could go to Him anytime of the day in prayer and He would always give us comfort and strength in our trials and needs.

22) But Paul’s desire is not to be insensitive but to be encouraging. He was putting affliction in its proper perspective with a view to eternity. A person is considered old if he lives to 80 years, and very old if he lives to 100 years. However, 100 years in eternity would not even scratch the surface. In comparison to an eternity with no trials, our trials on earth do seem momentary. Here I would like to say that I believe that the Apostle Paul was one of the greatest evangelist in His time.

23) Paul also described the affliction as light. Again, this could seem insensitive to those who do not have the proper perspective. A blind person has a heavy disability. A lame person may feel the heaviness of his inability to walk. The comparison of the trial with what it is producing an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory is what makes it appear light. The Greek word for glory carries the idea of something that is weighty or heavy, contrasting the light trials with heavy glory. Paul’s suffering that he endured for the sake of Christ was light in comparison to the glorious future that God secured for him in Christ. Some people carry heavier weights than others when it comes to physical suffering in the world, but all are offered the hope of eternal life and eternal glory in Christ.

24) Paul explained the contrast in verse 18. The difference between the afflictions on earth and the glory of heaven is that one is temporary but the other is eternal. Therefore, Christians must focus their eyes on what is unseen in heaven versus what is seen on earth. This gives them the perspective they need to endure trials and hardships. Trials are temporary, not eternal. Trials are light in comparison to the glory that God will reveal in eternity.

25) What are some of the lasting truths in (II Corinthians 4:16-18)?
A) First; we should not grow discouraged in our physical suffering.
B) Second; we should allow God to build the inner person even while the outer person is wasting away.
C) Third; we need to focus not on the temporary nature of suffering but on the eternal nature of God’s gift to us in Jesus Christ.
D) Fourth; we should have a passion to build the inner person as well as to strengthen the outer person.

26) In (II Corinthians 12:7b-10); and the next few paragraphs, the Apostle Paul ask three questions about the reasons that kept him from pride and the thorn in the flesh.
A) First: How did God use the thorn in Paul’s flesh in his life? Answer: (II Corinthians 12:7b); Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not exalt myself.
B) Second: What do you think Paul meant by calling his thorn a messenger of Satan? Answer: (II Corinthians 10); Paul said, that I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.
C) Third: How is God’s Grace sufficient for the trials that we endure in this lifetime? Answer: (II Corinthians 12:9); God Gives Us the Grace to Live with the Difficulties We Have to Endure.

27) God Gives Us the Grace to Live with the Difficulties We Have to Endure. As Paul continued to write Second Corinthians, he defended his apostleship to those who accused him of not being on their level of apostleship ((II Corinthians 11:1-15). To defend his apostleship, he did not look at his successes but his sufferings (verses 16-33). In these verses, he described a litany of times that he was persecuted for his faith in Jesus Christ. Then, he turned to the “visions and revelations of the Lord” that he had encountered ((II Corinthians 12:1). Despite protests from the ones he called “super-apostles” (verse 11), Paul knew he had encountered Jesus, who called him to be an apostle. In spite of all that he had accomplished, Paul refused to become prideful in his calling. The focal verses explain one of the reasons that kept him from pride was a thorn in the flesh.

28) The word Paul used for thorn in Greek can refer to “a stake,” “the pointed end of a fish hook,” “a splinter,” or “a prickly thorn.” This is the only time that the word occurs in the New Testament. The exact identity of the thorn in the flesh will remain a mystery, because it is not spelled out in the text. That has not stopped speculation about it though. Three broad categories exist for the different theories of the identity of Paul’s thorn. First, Paul’s thorn could have been a physical ailment. Some have suggested an eye problem, a hearing problem, malarial fever, or epilepsy. Though all of these are guesses, they do interpret the flesh as physical. Second, some theories suggest that Paul’s problem was demonic.

29) The phrase a messenger of Satan to torment me has led some to believe that Paul’s problem was spiritual or psychological. In this case, the term would refer to a spiritual being who tormented Paul. Third, some have identified the thorn in the flesh as those who were opposing Paul in Corinth were the “super-apostles” of verse 11. Paul always used the term messenger to refer to people, and perhaps he was referring to the work of the Devil in others who were stirring up trouble against him.

30) Though the identity of the thorn in the flesh remains uncertain, the purpose of it does not. The thorn inflicted pain, suffering, and torment in Paul’s life. However, God used this pain to accomplish a spiritual purpose in Paul. Twice in verse 7, Paul indicated that the thorn helped him not to exalt himself. Though a few manuscripts (including the NIV translation) omit the duplication, it appears to be original to the text. God allowed the thorn in Paul’s life to prevent him from spiritual pride. He had seen much and God had done much through him, but Paul needed to maintain his dependence on the Lord. Because of his suffering, he was able to maintain that focus.

31) Our church which is the East-view Baptist has a ministry at the rest-home in Middletown, Ohio. Also I’ve noticed that at the end of the service they have picked up on many more things that are happening in the service because they have a sharper focus. Their weakness has sharpened their other senses. Now all the older people enjoy the music and singing, and also the Holy Word of our God.

32) Paul pleaded with the Lord three times to take away the thorn in the flesh. Informally, he probably prayed more than those three times, but on three specific occasions he asked the Lord to remove the suffering that pricked him. Paul’s prayer has similarities to Jesus’ prayer in the garden (Matthew 26:38-46). Both prayed three times, and both prayed that something be removed from them. In both cases, the object of their prayers was not removed. Jesus had to endure the cross, and Paul had to endure the thorn.

33) Not only did God not remove the thorn, but He proclaimed that His grace would be enough to sustain Paul in his suffering. God’s grace worked in Paul’s life in many ways. It was God’s grace that called him to apostleship and sustained him in that calling (Rome 1:5); (I Corinthians 15:10). God’s grace showed His love to Paul primarily through what already had been done for him in Christ (II Corinthians 8:9). God’s grace enriched Paul’s life through the cross of Jesus, so with or without a thorn, Paul was a blessed man.

34) God’s grace was sufficient in Paul’s life. The word Paul used rendered sufficient was a Stoic term that indicated something that was adequate or enough. Even if the suffering were not removed, God’s grace was enough. Why, because God’s power is perfected in weakness. The present tense of is perfected indicates that this is a process, not something that happens in a point in time. As Paul suffered, God was perfecting His power both in and through Paul. Even though God did not remove the thorn, He had no plans of abandoning the apostle in a dark hour.

II) What are some of the lasting truths of (II Corinthians 12:7b-9a)?
a) God can use trials to keep us humbly focused on Him.
b) Asking God to remove trials is a good practice, but we must do so submitted to His will.
c) God sometimes uses us in spite of our weaknesses. Sometimes He uses us because of our weaknesses.

35) In what things did Paul boast? Why do you think Paul boasted in those things rather than in his successes? Which of the items on Paul’s list of weaknesses have you experienced? How can a person be weak and strong at the same time?
a) (II Corinthians 12:9b); therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.
b) (II Corinthians 12:10); so I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
c) Our Infirmities Give Us the Opportunity to Exalt Christ. Since Paul prayed to have his thorn in the flesh removed and God revealed that it was working a divine purpose, Paul decided to boast all the more about his weaknesses.
d) His opponents in Corinth boasted in their superior knowledge of Jesus (II Corinthians11:3-4). They criticized him for being “untrained public in speaking” (verse 6). Rather than get in a boasting war with “the super-apostles,” he decided to boast in that which was bringing God the most glory in his weaknesses!

36) The key to Christ’s power working in Paul was boasting in his weaknesses. In (I Corinthians 1:27-29), Paul had explained to the Corinthians how God surprised the world by using the foolish things: “Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world and what is viewed as nothing is to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence.” When God uses a person’s strengths, that person may be tempted to take the credit for what God did. Others may look at that person and praise him. Instead, God chose to work in a way that only He would receive the glory.

37) Because of Jesus and Paul’s relationship with Him, the apostle took pleasure in enduring the suffering that he encountered. The word rendered take pleasure may seem strange when it is placed in the context of suffering, but the word in Greek comes from two words; “good” and “think.” To think something is good does not mean that one has to enjoy it or even wish it on himself. It is a feeling of contentment that comes knowing that the suffering is producing a desired result. Paul had indeed groaned under the weight of his suffering (II Corinthians 5:2-4). This did not mean that he was not spiritual enough or that he did not trust the outcome. He endured his suffering by knowing that God was producing spiritual fruit in and through him.

38) Paul listed in verse 10 some of the ways that he had experienced weakness. The first word, weaknesses, is the general word for “sickness” or “weakness,” though it may refer to physical and/or spiritual sickness. The second word, insults, is used only here by Paul. It probably referred to the derision of his opponents in (11:19-21). The next word in Paul’s list of weaknesses is catastrophes.
39) Whereas insults happened at the hands of others, catastrophes, (“hardships,” “distresses,” happened randomly. Paul learned to be content whether people actively persecuted him or whether circumstances fell against him (Philippians 4:11-13). Another type of weakness Paul mentioned was persecutions. This word suggests suffering caused by religious persecution. Those who disagreed publicly with Paul opposed him, and it had hurt him. He suffered at their hands, but he realized it would only further God’s plan. The final type of weakness Paul listed was pressures and (“difficulties,” “calamities,” Paul used this word twice in Romans and once to refer to the trials experienced by unbelievers facing judgment (2:8-9) and once to describe the suffering of Christians (8:35), though they could not be separated from God as the unbelievers would. The word literally means “to compress” or “to restrict” something. All of this, of course, was because of Christ or “for the sake of Christ” “for Christ’s sake,”

40) After listing the various types of suffering, he and others experienced, Paul set forth the principle that guided this section of his letter. He stated: For when I am weak, then I am strong. When Paul appeared weak, he believed that others could see God at work in him. The “super-apostles” could not deny God’s work when He was clearly working in spite of Paul and his circumstances. The people Paul was trying to reach could also sense the presence of God. Paul’s greatest strength came from his desire to embrace whatever God was doing in his life for the sake of Jesus Christ. The more he was humbled, the greater and stronger he grew.

41) What are some of the lasting truths of (II Corinthians 12:9b-10)?

a) Sometimes we suffer because of things we do and sometimes we suffer because of things others do.
b) Sometimes we suffer only because we live in a fallen world.
c) God’s power is perfected in us when we embrace the things He allows into our lives.
d) The more we humble ourselves, the more others can see Christ in us.
e) By ministering to people when sickness comes to stay, we can help them follow Paul’s example in how they view and live with their long-term health issues.
f) Get a copy of your church prayer list and pray for those who are sick or afflicted.
g) Adopt a person who has a sickness that God has seemed to allow in their lives rather than supernaturally healing them. Talk with them and learn what God is doing in their lives.
h) Visit a hospital, nursing home, or the home of a sick church member and pray for the sick.

42) Now we can read about many miracles in God’s Holy Word and multitudes of people that Jesus healed in the Bible. In the book of (Matthew 8:1:17); our Lord Jesus Christ heals the sick even today. But I believe that we have to ask Him in our prayers and trust Him to do these miracles because we know by our faith that Jesus can if it is His will to heal them.

A) (Matthew 8:1); Now when He came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.
B) (Matthew 8:2); and, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
C) (Matthew 8:3); and Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
D) (Matthew 8:4); and Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
E) (Matthew 8:5); and when Jesus was entered in Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him.
F) (Matthew 8:6); and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
G) (Matthew 8:7); and Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
H) (Matthew 8:8); the centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
I) (Matthew 8:9); for I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
J) (Matthew 8:10);  when Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
K) (Matthew 8:11); and I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
L) (Matthew 8:12); but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
M) (Matthew 8:13); and Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
N) (Matthew 8:14); and when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.
O) (Matthew 8:15); and he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
P) (Matthew 8:16); when the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
Q) (Matthew 8:17); that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

43) Now when we are sick and suffering in pain we should always go to our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer. Always remember that God’s Word tells us what to in the book of James. (James 5:13-16);
a)  Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. (James 5:13);
b) Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (James 5:14);
c) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (James 5:15);
d)  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availed much. (James 5:16);

44) Now even in our sickness, pain, and trials, our God does significant work. It could be that what the world really needs is to see away far more than a miracle or healing. But are people who find joy, peace, and trust in our God even during suffering. But we should build your relationship with God so deep that it can withstand any affliction or trials. My prayer is please Lord, help me see those that are sick, or need help in their time of illness. Please help me to embrace my weaknesses so the power of Jesus Christ can rest in me. And please help me Lord Jesus not to fight against you and your work in our lives. But please use my difficulties to bring others to yourself. And help me to be content in my circumstances with you.

A) The purpose of this bible study is to always ask our God to help us when a terrible sickness such as cancer comes to a love one in our family. I believe that there is only one answer and that is to pray for this love one and ask our Lord Jesus Christ to have mercy on them and trust in Him to heal her or him of that illness, (James 5:13-16).
B) Remember; if you are not saved our God has the power to save anyone that calls upon the name of Jesus Christ and repents of their sins. Now all that are lost need God’s power because we have a problem with sin. The Bible tells us that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).
C) Now you can find the way to Heaven in the book of (Romans 10:9). This scripture in the bible tells us that “If you confess with your mouth, that “Jesus is Lord,” and that you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
D) We all need to confess our sins and ask God for his forgiveness. When you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord, then this involves an agreeing with God about your sin and your need for Salvation. You must repent of your own personal sins, by doing this you are willing to turn away from the direction in life in which you are going.
E) Now to “believe in your heart” is to place your faith in Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, also you are trusting that Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins. But our God proves His own love for us in that while we were sill sinners, Jesus Christ died for all of us. (Romans 5:8).
F) Remember, if you would like to have Salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ, you sincerely pray a prayer like this one; “Please God, I confess to you my sins and I need for you to save me right now. Then I will turn away from my sins and I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord of my life forever. Amen.”
G) In closing this Bible study about sickness, never forget to pray for all of your family and friends. And be sure to give our Lord Jesus Christ all the praise, the glory, and honor for any healing that you might receive from Him.
H) We as Christians should never forget the price that He (Jesus), had to pay for our sin on the Cross at Calvary. Now I would like to say one more thing about praying for the sick. When our daughter Donna became ill and we first found out that she had cancer. Her Mother and I started a prayer chain with our family and our Church which is the East-view Baptist Church which is located in a small place called Franklin, Ohio and our Pastor’s name is Dwaine Tilford, and I believe that he is one of the greatest bible believing preacher of God’s Holy Word.
I) I would always advice anyone who has a love one that has a terrible sickness like cancer. Please go to our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and just ask Jesus to heal your love one, and I believe that He will answer your prayer because it is God’s Will that His children be safe from all harm. And after Donna’s first operation on her breast cancer and the doctors told our family that she has no more that 18 months to live. But our faith in God’s healing was strong and we knew that our God healed people. Because our daughter Donna is cancer free as of today and she is much better because God answered all of our prayers. Amen.
J) Remember when you become a successful leader, in your church, as a Christian, it will always linked to your character and don’t ever forget just who you are working for. You may fail over and over, but always remember that you will always find the grace in our Lord God to begin again. So don’t let your past sin and your failures define your character. Always go to God with your sins and repent of them. Then you must turn from it, and accept God’s forgiveness, and get back to doing what our Lord God wants you to do. Always live in the forgiveness and Grace of God and start leading others to do the same. This means that we are to tell the Gospel or the Good News to everyone that we meet. Then if they respond and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, then they can tell the Good News to another person and that way we know that we are doing our part by spreading the Gospel in this world.
K) Note: Now this concludes our Bible Study on the healing of our love ones. Please pray earnestly for God’s power to work in your lives and heal all the terrible sickness in all of the world too. Please pass this bible study on to other people if it has helped you in anyway. Remember that all the material is free on this web-site and I don’t believe in paying for God’s Holy Word.

You’re Brother in Christ,
Frank Rose

What Did Our God Say if America Turned Their Back against His People in Israel

Introduction

I believe that God said that He would bless those that blessed His people, the Jewish Nation. Also our God said that He would curse them that cursed His people the Jewish people of the land of Israel in (Genesis 12:3). Our forefathers came to this land of America, so they could practice the freedom of their religion and worship our God, (Jehovah), in this country called America. I would like to let you know that our God has serval names in the Bible. Some of His people call Him (the Great I AM), and some call Him (Jehovah), or some call Him (Yahweh), and some just call Him Lord God. But first He was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. But there are some people that do not believe in God and they are called Atheist people. These Atheist people have partition the High Court Systems and used the help of other organizations, such as the Civil Liberties Union, which they managed to take God’s Prayer and also the reading of our Bible out of schools systems. This organization has also succeeded in removing the “Ten Commandments” from all public places and all the courthouses too. Also the government and the highest court in our land has made it legal for a woman to have an abortion, and I believe that there has been over 55,000 babies killed or murdered while they were still alive in their mother’s womb. This is a disgrace to all the Christians in this land that we call America. But most of all it is a dishonor to God’s Kingdom and this great nation which is called the United States. This should have never happened in this great country of ours. I hope that all of the people know that there is going to be a “Judgment Day” for everything that we have sinned or done wrong in this life. “Remember you can put God’s Word in your heart and kept His Word forever if you know Jesus Christ as your personal savior.”

1) For over 400 years our God has protected this country that we call the United States of America. Why? It was because of our forefathers which believe in God, the One and only True God (Jehovah). This country was a new land and there were Christian people that came to America because they wanted the freedom to worship their God and be free from a country that taxed them too much and this was a burden on all of their families. The people settled into their new homes that they had built and then they elected some God fearing men to set up a new government that would be fair to all the people of this great land that they called the United States of America. Now these new elected people were call our forefathers and they did a very good job and then they set up the first America Congress.

2) Now to make a long story short; there was a disagreement over the black slaves that was treated very terrible by their owners. I will not go into the awful ways that the colored men and their families were treated because it would be a book just by its self. So I will tell you that a war had broken out between the states and our President was Lincoln and He was just one of our greatest President during the history and you can read all about Lincoln in our History Books in the schools. This war was between the North and the South and there was brothers against each other in this was and there was many thousands killed in battles between these states. Now this war is just too terrible and sad to remember and talk about, so I will make the story as short as I can. But President Lincoln and the Northern States won the war and He freed all the slaves. But there is still bitterness between the people in the Northern States and the Northern States even till this day and time. Now I know that I did not do this part of our History justice, but I am trying to move on to a more or later time in History.

3) This time in history did take place in the city of New York in September the day was the 11th day of 2003 or better known as 9/11. It was on this day that terrorists high-jacked three of our air-planes and flew them into the two twin-towers in in the city of New York. These two building were destroy and fell to the ground and there were several thousands of people killed that terrible day.
Now after this disaster happened our President George W. Bush and his cabinet started two major Wars and this country of the United States of America has not recovered from the amount of money that was brow rode from the country of China. I believe that the amount of money that our Government owes China is about 4 trillion dollars now. I also believe that we will never be able to pay them back because of the interest on this amount of money just about blows my mind.

4) After 8 bad years of the Bush administration in Washington D.C. and another 8 years with all the Obama administration, which is called the do nothing government. But they never passed any bill but the Obama Care Act. Then the Republicans Party finally voted to repeal the Obama Care Act and I believe it was about 51 times. I believe that all the bad deceptions show signs of the fall of our great country. Also I believe that we will never recover because they have made our country weak.

5) I believe that God said that He would bless those that blessed His people, the Jewish nation. Also our God said that He would cruse them that cursed His people the Jewish people of the land of Israel. (Genesis 12:3); God gave this promise of a blessing to Abraham and this blessing was also upon all those individuals and the nations too. And a curse was laid upon all those who has persecute the Jews and their nation which is called Israel. (Genesis 12:3); and please read these scriptures below in the book of (Matthew 25:31-46).

  • When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his Glory; (Matthew 25:31);
  • and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divided his sheep from the goats: (Matthew 25:32);
  • And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. (Matthew 25:33);
  • 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: (Matthew 25:34);
  • For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (Matthew 25:35);
  • Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. (Matthew 25:36);
  • Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee was hungry, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? (Matthew 25:37);
  • When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? (Matthew 25:38);
  • Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (Matthew 25:39);
  • And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:40);
  • 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: (Matthew 25:41);
  • For I was hungry, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: (Matthew 25:42);
  • 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. (Matthew 25:43);
  • Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? (Matthew 25:44);
  • 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. (Matthew 25:45);
  • And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:46);

6) Now this continuance through the centuries of this stewardship of God’s promise and truth is for the believers of the Church age are called upon to trust God just as Abraham did in (Romans 4:11-16); and (Romans 4:23-25); and (Galatians 3:6-9). Please read all of these scriptures. Also they enter into the blessings of the Covenant which inaugurated the dispensation of the Promise with Abraham.

7) And God’s promises to Abraham and his seed certainly did not terminate at Sinai with the giving of the law in (Galatians 3:17). Also both of the Old Testament and the New Testament are full of post-synaptic promises concerning Israel and the land which is to be Israel’s everlasting possession in (Exodus 32:13); and (Exodus 33:1-3); and (Leviticus 23:10); and (Leviticus 25:2); and (Leviticus 26:6); and (Leviticus 23:10); (Deuteronomy 6:1-23); and (Deuteronomy 8:1-18); and (Joshua 1:2-11); and (Joshua 24:13); and (Acts 7:17); and (Romans 9:4). But as a specific test of Israel’s stewardship of divine truth, and the dispensation of Promise was superseded, though is not annulled, by the law that was given at Sinai in (Exodus 19:3).

8) Here is God’s promise of a great nation; “I will make of thee a great nation” in (Genesis 12:2). This had primary reference to Israel, the descendants of Jacob, to whom the everlasting possession of the land that I (Jehovah), did promise in the book of (Genesis 17:8). And to whom the everlasting covenant is given in (Genesis 17:7), and to whom God said, “I will be their God” (Genesis 17:8). Also Abraham was promised that he would Father other nations in (Genesis 17:6-20), and this will be principally fulfilled through Ishmael and Esau.

9) There are four personal promises are given to Abraham; a) His first promise was that he would be the Father of numerous descendants in (Genesis 17:16[F1][F2]), b) Second, he was to receive a personal blessing from God, and God said, “I will bless thee,” and he was fulfilled in two ways; temporally in the book of Genesis, (Genesis 13:14-15); and (Genesis 15:18); and (Genesis 24:34-35); and spiritually in (Genesis 15:6); and (John 8:56); and third, c) Also he was to receive personal honor, “and make thy name great” in (Genesis 12:2).

10) This was fulfilled in recognition by all who honor the Bible. d) Fourth, he was to be the channel of blessing, and God said, “And thou shall be a blessing” in the book of (Genesis 12:2); which in the blessings to others through his seed, and Israel, who became the instruments of divine revelation; through Abraham as an example of pious faith in (Romans 4:1-22); and pre-eminently through Jesus Christ, of Abraham’s Seed (Galatians 3:16).

11) Here is the Promises to the Gentiles; a) First: God said, “I will bless them that bless thee,” in (Genesis 12:3). Those who honor Abraham will be blessed. b) Second, “And curse him that curseth thee,” in (Genesis 12:3). Remember this was a warning literally fulfilled in the history of Israel’s persecutions. Now it has invariably fared ill with the people who have persecuted the Jewish people and as well with those who have protected him. And for a nation to commit the sin of anti-Semitism brings inevitable judgment.

12) I believe that our elected government officials and our President have disrespected The Jewish people by not standing with in their hour of need. Also the President and his cabinet of certain people have turned their backs on Gods beloved people in their hour of needs. I don’t believe that any of our Government elected officials have ever read our God’s Holy Word which is called the Bible. If that was true then they would know that they should not be trying to negotiate a treaty with the country of Iran, which is called Persia in the time of Daniel in the Old Testament. Why? Because this land belongs to the Jewish people. Also the One and only true God (Jehovah), gave this land to them. (Genesis 17:8).

13) Now every sense I have been Saved, I have always wondered about our great nation called the United States of America. Why is it that our God tells about some countries in the book of Daniel? And they are those who don’t believe that America is mentioned in the end tine prophecy. I do know that because God does not tell us that or anything about our great country the United States.

14) We as Christians have a bond or a covenant between God and His Son Jesus and it is a very special bond because it cannot be broken. This bond will remain unchanged by His love for us and for all eternity through endless time and ages to come and for all eternity by its self. Remember our Lord Jesus remains unchanged by endless time because of His love for us. This is the greatest and purest love of all and it is unconditional and true because He cannot lie. Also our Lord Jesus is understanding for any situation and He will forgive His children of any sin or any mistake that they make during their Christian life. But you must realize that your sin will always keep you from being saved. Remember to become a child of our Lord Jesus you must call upon the name of Jesus and then repent of your sins and He will save you. Then He will write your name in the “Book of Life.”

15) I personally believe as a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior because He was crucify on the Cross for all of my sins and all the sins of this world. Also I know that my Lord Jesus died on that old wood’s Cross and was resurrected from the dead so that all mankind could have a new life with Him in Heaven.

16) We as a nation which is called the United States of America should never reject or turn our backs on this land of the Jewish people because they are his chosen people and also they are the apple of God’s eye because His Word says so in the Bible. Now the nation of Israel was created by a sovereign act of God who entered into an eternal blood covenant with Abraham over 3,500 years ago. Here He told Abraham to leave his land, which was his birthplace, and his father’s house and go to “to a land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). Also this same land was promised by God to Abraham’s sons and their names were Isaac and Jacob.

17) Also this Covenant for this land that our God (Jehovah), loves. And all the radical Islam hates this Covenant that God made with Abraham because it is recorded in the book of (Genesis 17:7-8). The record of this land is spoken here by God to Abraham, saying: here I will establish My Covenant between Me and Abraham, and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I your God will give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

18) When Abraham was informed by the Almighty God, that he would have a son at the age of one hundred years and his wife Sarah, whose womb was dead, but her womb would come to life and she would give birth to a son and he would name him Isaac. But she said to him how can, this be for I am ninety years old. And Abraham pled with God to allow Ishmael (father of the Arabs), to be included in the covenant. Here God’s answer was very clear and very concise: “God said, “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My Covenant with him for an everlasting Covenant, and with his descendants after him. (Genesis 17:19);

19) The Book of Genesis comes to an end with Joseph telling his brothers, remember our God (Jehovah) will surely come and take all of you up out of this land (Egypt), to the land that God promised (Israel), on an oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, (Genesis 50:24).

20) Here the book of Exodus opens with our God commanding Moses to lead the Jewish people out of the 400 hundred years of bondage in the land of Egypt. Also Moses was told by God (Jehovah), that it was time leave Egypt and “go to the land flowing with milk and honey,” (Exodus 3:8). But the night of the first Passover began a forty-year journey of triumph and tragedy, with a journey of endless tears and horrific trials.

21) They were bound for the Promised Land with the pillar of a cloud by day and lead by a pillar of fire by night. This was a testimonial of God’s presence and His guidance. The Jewish people received the Torah of God at Sinai; and they received clear running water from a smitten rock from the rod of Moses. When the people were hungry they received manna from Heaven as the Shekinah glory of God that hovered over the Tabernacle, which reminding them that their God was Jehovah Shammah; which means that “The Lord is there.”

22) Now to make a long story short, we began in this chapter about the Jewish connection to the land of Israel and how the nation of Israel begin in the month of May in the year of 1948. Also it was an emotional declaration at the UN, which was the result of the Holocaust. It began about 3,500 years ago by the will of God to chosen people who were destined not to live just anywhere on this Planet Earth but a unique and special place called Israel.

23) Also their leader Moses, told the children of Israel when they were in sight of the land of Israel that it was a “land flowing with milk and honey.” Here Moses tells the people, that the land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from Heavens. It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. (Deuteronomy 11:10-12);

24) The country of Iran, which use to be called Persia in the book of Daniel; and in the book of Ezekiel and to all the people in this world remember this; First: Israel is a nation that our God loves, Second: our God created this land of Israel: Third: And to all of our elected Leaders of the Government of these United States of America. This is a strong warming from God, He will defend the Jewish people and their land called Israel, and whose eyes are always upon it continuously watching over His people the Jewish nation of Israel. Please take the time and read all of the chapters of (Ezekiel 38:1-23); and (Ezekiel 39:1-29).

25) We should remember that the God of the Bible pledges to curse any nation that attacked Israel. This is demonstrated in the attack of the Amalekites upon Israel. Now in the book of (Exodus 17:14-16); here the Lord God said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under Heaven. And because the Lord has sworn: that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

26) Also let us as believers in Jesus Christ, never forget that the Jewish People are the apple of our God’s eye and He is a God of Love and not a God of hate. And may we always remember that the rebirth of Israel on May 14, 1948, was the literal fulfillment of the promises made by the ancient prophets of Israel. We should also remember that it was the literal fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah who wrote this scripture in the Bible. “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such thing? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? (Isaiah 66:8)


II) Now I believe that all of the Lords Commandments, which is God’s laws and rules in His Holy Word the Bible. We that are believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and I mean everyone should use them as a guideline in their daily life. The Ten Commandments can be found in the book of Exodus. (Exodus 20:3-17); Please take the time to read and study God’s Holy Word and may God bless you.

27) Our forefathers came to America, so they could practice the freedom of their religion and worship God in this country. Now there are some people that do not believe in God and they are called Atheist people. These Atheist people have partition the Court Systems and used the help of other organizations, such as the Civil Liberties Union, to take Prayer out of all our schools. This organization has also succeeded in removing the Ten Commandments from all public places and all the courthouses squires too. This is a disgrace to all Christians and a dishonor to God’s Kingdom. This should have never happen in this great country of ours. Remember you can put God’s Word in your heart and kept his Word forever. Below are the Ten Commandments, which is God’s laws and rules and everyone should use them as a guideline in their daily life.


III) The Ten Commandments can be found in the book of Exodus. (Exodus 20:3-17); Please take the time to read them and study God’s Word and may God bless you.

I.) Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.
II.) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images, or any likeness of anything that is in Heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.
III.) Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain.
IV.) Remember the Sabbath-day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor the stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath-day and hallowed it.
V.) Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
VI.) Thou shalt not kill.
VII.) Thou shalt not commit adultery.
VIII.) Thou shalt not steal.
IX.) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
X.) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife’ nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.

A) Remember; if you are not saved our God has the power to save anyone that calls upon the name of Jesus Christ and repents of their sins. Now all that are lost need God’s power because we have a problem with sin. The Bible tells us that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).
B) Now you can find the way to Heaven in the book of (Romans 10:9). This scripture in the bible tells us that “If you confess with your mouth, that “Jesus is Lord,” and that you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
C) We all need to confess our sins and ask God for his forgiveness. When you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord, then this involves an agreeing with God about your sin and your need for Salvation. You must repent of your own personal sins, by doing this you are willing to turn away from the direction in life in which you are going.
D) Now to “believe in your heart” is to place your faith in Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, also you are trusting that Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins. But our God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for all of us. (Romans 5:8).
E) In closing this Bible study I would like ask everyone to be praying for our government leaders and this Great Nation of America and ask them to please repent for all the wrong decisions that have cause God’s people to bare until our Lord Jesus comes again I would just like to say to everyone that you can trust only the Lord Jesus for Salvation. Remember to pray for all the young ladies that have had an abortion when they were young. And don’t forget to pray for all of your family and friends too. And be sure to give our Lord Jesus Christ all the praise, the glory, and honor for any healing that you might receive from Him. We as Christians should never forget the price that (Jesus), had to pay for our sin on the Cross at Calvary.
F) Note: I pray that these Scriptures have helped you in your bible study and understanding of Gods’ precious Holy word in the Bible. Please feel free to pass them on to other people if they have helped you.

You’re Brother in Christ,
Frank Rose

What Does Our God Say About Traditional Marriage in His Word?

Introduction

Now our society is steadily sliding into more sexual immorality every day and I would like to say that this is a very terrible and gravely sinful condition to be in with our God. For more than four decades we have been sliding into this sexual revolution which began back in the 1950s and sixty’s. I believe that there are 36 states that have passed laws which allow gay men and gay woman to get married and live as a couple so that they can have the same rights as a traditional married couple have in our society today, which is a man and woman. Also there is a strong expectation that the Supreme Court will order the legalization of same-sex marriage in all of the 50 states and that ruling is expected very soon, maybe this year. Now our one and only true God, (Jehovah) said these words in the book of Genesis, and I quote His Word, that “A Traditional Marriage” is between a man and a woman. Why? Because our God made a man first and He named him Adam. Then God made a woman so that they could have sex with each other and this would produce many children and the human race would grow in great numbers. If the Lord God had wanted two men to marry each other then I believe that our God would have named Eve with a name like Steve; then maybe it would have been all right. But this kind of Marriage with two men marring each other is wrong. Neither can two women get married to each other. Why? Again I repeat this kind of Marriage is wrong and nothing but sin can come out of this type of Marriage between two people because our Lord God also said that this type of marriage is wrong. Now once again, I REPEAT that “A Traditional Marriage” is between a man and a woman. This is why our Lord God made man. Now God did this with all of the other animals and species on earth so they too could multiply and reproduce in great numbers too. Well you might say to yourself, was I born gay or was l born as a lesbian woman. I believe that God make us all the same, Adam was a man and Eva was a woman because our God made this way perfect for His creation in a Garden. But I do believe that if you choose your own destiny to live a life style in sin, it is by your own choice to do so. Remember there is a judgment day coming for all of those people that have not repented to our Lord Jesus for their sins. Also in the book of (Genesis 6: 5-13); there was sin and wickedness in man and the earth in the time of Noah’s generation. But Noah has found grace in the eyes of the Lord God. And God had looked upon the earth and it was filled with sin and violence, Then God tells Noah that He was going to destroy man and all the living things on earth with a great flood, except for Noah’s family and two of every kind of animals.I) In the first book of God’s Holy Word is Genesis of the Bible, we can read about the men of the cities called Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord God said that they were all wicked. Here the wickedness had become universal and they were unanimous in any type of vile design. Also they had arrived at the highest pitch of wickedness; and they were sinners before the Lord God exceedingly for their sin was the most unnatural and abominable wickedness that they were now set upon. It was a sin that still bears their name, and it is called Sodomy. (Genesis 19:4-6);

II) The Word of God tells us that all of the fornicators, sorcerers, and idolaters and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie along with beast, and the false prophet and the Devil will be cast into the lake of fire. Also in the book of God’s Holy Word I will try to give a short explanation and summation in a short story of the wicked cities called “Sodom and Gomorrah” which God did destroy with fire and brimstone.

III) Here in chapter 20 of the book of Revelation; We as Christians should remember; that the death and (hades); were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, (Revelation 20:14). We as Christians should remember; that all those, meaning whosoever was not found written in the “Book of Life,” was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15); Just remember, no matter who you think you are or what you claim to be in this life. “It has always been your choice to choose right from wrong.” But when the Lord Jesus comes back for His own. But it is my prayer that you have been saved by His grace when Jesus our Savior comes, back for His Church. “But I also believe that you can change your life style at any-time that you won’t to.” I also want to say to all of those people that are not saved and you are living in a sinful condition. We have a choice and that is to call upon the name of Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into our life and save us. Then we are on our way to a place called Heaven because of what Jesus done for all mankind on the Cross. (Remember Jesus paid the price by shedding His Precious Blood and He died there so that all mankind could go free. Remember; if you have not asked our Lord Jesus to forgive you of your sins you are not saved. Now this means that all gay people that want to go to Heaven would have to ask our Lord Jesus to forgive them of their sins if they are not saved. They all must repent of their sins before God will save them.

IV) Why do you think God, destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? (Genesis 19:15-29);

V) Here is the story and a little bit of history about the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. These two cities were considered cesspools of iniquity where the people were very sinful. These cities were only a few miles from Hebron, the home of Abraham, and from Jerusalem, and the home of Melchizedek. But the cities were so vile, their stench reached Heaven. It had been only 400 years since the flood, and it was within the memory of men then living there. Yet the men had forgotten the lesson of that cataclysmic destruction of that race of people. And our Lord God, (Jehovah), “rained fire and brimstone” on these two cities, to refresh men’s memories, and to warn the wicked people of the wrath of God. Now this is in store for wicked men; and perhaps, it will serve as a token of the earth’s final doom in the holocaust of fire in (II Peter 2:5-6); and (II Peter 3:7-10).

VI) Also in this next paragraph; our Lord Jesus likened the time of His Return to the days of Sodom in (Luke 17:26-32); as he did also to the days of the flood. Here both were periods of unspeakable wickedness. But today, on a scale never before known in history, with greed, brutality, beastliness and criminal instincts, in demons in the high places of earth. Now it does not require much imagination to see the end toward which we are heading. However there are many good men and statesmen that may try to avert it. Unless there comes a world-movement of repentance, the “Day of Doom” may not be very far off, and that why we should watch for God‘s signs. Also our Lord God tells us to look for signs of His coming.

VII) The location of Sodom and Gomorrah, is either the north end or the south end of the Dead Sea. Also “Sodom” is the name of the mountain at the southwest corner. There was a persistent ancient tradition that the great topographical changes took place around the south end of the Dead Sea when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Most of the ancient writers generally thought that the sites of the two cities were buried beneath the Dead Sea. Now the Dead Sea is about 40 miles long by 10 miles wide. The north end is very deep, in some places it is about 1000 feet. The south third is nowhere deeper than 15 feet and in most places less than 10 feet. Also the water level is higher now than in was in Abraham’s time. But it is because of silting up by the Jordan River and other streams, with no outlet. Then the north third of the Dead Sea was then a plain.

1) Here in the book of Genesis chapter 18; our Bible Story begins with God’s man Abraham and he was about to entertained three Angels that came to visit him about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Now it is said that most bible scholars believe that the third Angel was the Lord God Himself that came to visit Abraham about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and tell him about their wickedness and sinful ways. And the Lord said, because of the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous. Then the Lord God said, I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom; But Abraham stood yet before the Lord. (Genesis 18:20-22);

2) Also in the book of Genesis we can read that Abraham makes a deal for a doomed city of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham bargains with God to save this city and the people. Abraham ask God will thou also destroy the righteous ones along with the wicked ones. Now the communion with God is kept up by the word and by prayers. In the word God speaks to us; and in prayer we speak to God Himself. Here God has revealed to Abraham His purposes concerning Sodom, and from this Abraham takes occasion to speak to God on Sodom’s behalf. Here in verse twenty the Lord God said, because “the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous and wicked.” Now the Lord said I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. Then Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? And the Lord God said, if I find in Sodom fifty righteous with in the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. Then the Lord God agreed to save the city if there is fifty good people that can be found in the city. But Abraham must have known that there were not that many people in Sodom who were trying to do right. So Abraham made another bargain with the Lord. “I know that I am not worthy to suggest it, but if fifty could not be found, would you save it for forty-five?” Again the Lord God agreed. Then Abraham ask the Lord suppose that there were just forty? Then Abraham suggest to God that the number be thirty people, or even twenty, or maybe just twenty, or maybe only ten? At last the Lord God agreed to save the city if only ten righteous people could be found there, (Genesis 18:23-32).

3) They all were told not to turn around and look back at the city. The only people that were saved from the wicked city of Sodom and Gomorrah was Lot and his wife and their two daughters. But Lot’s wife had to look at this wicked place one more time and the Word of God tells us that she was turned into a pillar of salt. Here as I began to start telling this great story about Lot and his family in the book of Genesis. I believe that our God spared Lot and his two daughters because He is a God of love and He showed them mercy because God’s word is the righteous and true. Now it is the opinion of most archaeologists that Sodom and Gomorrah were located on these oases. They are further down the streams and the site is now covered by the Dead Sea. But the land called Israel and this country is under God’s protection for the Jewish people are His people and they are the apple of God’s eye. Because of this no other country will ever conquer this great land of Israel.

4) Our God’s Law does not allow for two men or two women to get married and live together as a gay and lesbian couple for it is a sin to live this kind of life style in any state of this great country of ours because we are supposed to be a Christian and a God fearing nation under God. Now because it is a sin against our God and that is why two men or two women cannot get married and live together as a couple in this great country of ours. I believe that there is no other country like the United States which was a Christian nation but now these religions rights have been taken away from the people.

5) Now as I began to start telling this great story about Lot and his family in the book of Genesis and that God spared them because that they all had repented of their sins. I believe that our God spared Lot and his two daughters because He is a God of love and He showed them mercy because God’s word is the truth. Now you have just seen that our God will not put up with people that sin against Him and He will not condone any type of sinful wickedness that people do to each other. Also I would like to say that our God is Righteous and He is the One and Only True God that created Heaven and Earth. But our Lord God is a loving God and He is merciful and long suffering God too, And He will judge all the people for their sins that they have committed at the Judgment Day. This is why our God destroyed the two cites of Sodom and Gomorrah for it was because of their wickedness and sinful ways.

6) Our forefathers came to America, so they could practice the freedom of their religion and worship God in this country. Now there are some people that do not believe in God and they are called Atheist people and there are many other false religions in this great country too.
Now I do not understand why our leaders of this great country which is our Government and we the people have elected them to serve all of the people, and not to cater to few people that just happen to get off the boat. And our elected leaders should know that the rest of us were born and raise here in this United States of America. I would like to know how the people that we voted for would let one woman and her boy sue the school system and then take our right to pray to our Lord God in all public places and from all of the Christian people. I would just like to tell the people in this great land that I am a “Born Again Christian, and I am proud of it. If anyone is interested in the Gospel which is the “Good News” you better get ready and repent of all your sins to our Lord Jesus. Then call upon the one and only name of Jesus and ask Him to save you because He is the only One that can save you. Why? Because Jesus loves you and He was crucify and died on a Cross on Calvary where He shed His precious Blood for all sinners.

7) Now it was later that some Atheist people did partition the Court Systems and used the help of other organizations, such as the Civil Liberties Union, to take the Lord’s Prayer out of all our school systems. This is why I believe that there are so much killing in our schools because of some disturbed person might say or do something bad to another child. Then they go home and get their Father’s gun and then returns back to school and kills ten or more children. Also there is no respect for the teachers because they cannot discipline any of the children or keep them in line. If they go home and tell their parents about the teachers and kids picking on them all the time. Then the parents come to school and tell the teachers to keep their hands off of their kids and tell them. We will correct them or do the discipline ourselves if they need it. We as Believers in Jesus Christ need to pray about this and try to get our Government leaders to quit worrying about a few people and do like our forefathers did when they wrote the “Declaration of Independence” on July 4th 1776. These great men in their time raised up in our hour of need for the people. Then I would ask this question to all of the elected officials in our country. Where is your back bone and do you want the peoples vote or not?

8) Also the Civil Liberties Union, has also succeeded in removing the “Ten Commandments” from all public places and all the courthouse circles too. Don’t the people of this country know that these “Ten Commandments” were giving to Moses, from our God, (Jehovah) for His people to obey them and kept them because they were God’s Laws? This is a disgrace to all Christians and a dishonor to God’s Kingdom. This should have never happen in this great country of ours. Remember you can put God’s Word in your heart and kept his Word forever. Below The “Ten Commandments, which is God’s laws and rules and everyone should use them as a guideline in their daily life.” Please read the “Ten Commandments” for these “Ten Commandments” can be found in the book of (Exodus 20:3-17).

9) Here is just another example of our religions freedoms and our God giving rights that the government leaders are taking away from all of the God fearing Christian people in this country that we live in and love so well. Today I picked up my new paper to catch up on the news of the world that we live in today. And to my surprise another monument of God’s Holy Word the “Ten Commandments” which was in the city of Oklahoma City, was going to be removed because it offends some poor soul that just don’t know what these “Ten Commandments” means to all of us born again Believers in Jesus Christ. Now this monument of God’s Holy Word the, “Ten Commandments” which bears the Laws that our God (Jehovah), gave to Moses, to give to His people to obey them and kept them because they were God’s Laws for all of His people and that includes you too in this day and age. Well I would just like to say that this beautiful monument of the “Ten Commandments” which stands outside the Capitol in Oklahoma City, was erected in the year of 2012 with private funds and these good people paid for this monument with their own money and they all loved the Lord God with all of their hearts. (Exodus 20:3-17);

10) I would just like to say, to the panel of people that oversees the artwork at the statehouse that voted 7 to I on Tuesday to authorize a privately funded monument’s removal after the state’s highest court ruled that it violated the Oklahoma Constitution. Now I must remind all of you people that don’t know any better or just don’t understand that this is what God’s people do
in this world of our is to do good to other people. And we as Christians do this because our Lord Jesus commands us as believers in Jesus Christ to go into all the world and tell the (GOOD NEWS), which is the Gospel. (Matthew 28:19-20); Now in these two scriptures, Jesus gave all of us that are “Born Again Believers” in Jesus Christ and He gave this command to us and we are to always follow it. Now in verse 19, Jesus said, go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Hold Spirit. In verse 20, Jesus said, teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20). This is wrong because God’s Laws are the Highest Laws in this Land and also in Heaven too. Now all of you Atheist people better remember that our Lord God will judge all of you for the terrible wrongs that you have sinned and committed in this life while you are on earth. Also this violates all of our rights of the constitution of the United States of America and our religions freedoms which is our God giving rights also, why? Because my Lord God says so, in His Holy Word the Bible.

11) Another very important event in our America history is that the killing or murder of more than 55 million unborn babies has happen in this this country. I believe that our leadership in this country has turned their backs on all of the poor young mothers and girls that has had an abortion and murdered their baby. I believe that they knew it was wrong but they did not know who to trust and what to do. And they received no help from our government, just like the common poor people never get any help either.

12) I also believe that our politicians only cater to the rich and serve them because they are bought and paid for by those that have all the money. The word of God tells us that “for the love of money is the root of all evil.” (I Timothy 6:10); Here is what the love of money and what sin will do, it will attract most men to sin more because of this love for money. But if they love money it also will push them to all sorts of evil. Now particularly this was at the bottom of the apostasy of many from their faith in Jesus Christ. And while they coveted money, they erred from the faith, and they disavowed their Christianity. Also they that err from the faith pierce themselves with many sorrows. And those that depart from our God do nothing but treasure up more sorrows for themselves. When is this act of murder going to stop and the people take charge of their bodies? Did you know that after you have been saved “our Lord tells us that our body is also a Holy Temple” and we belong to Him? My prayer is that all the young teenagers would ask Jesus to saved them and follow our Lord God’s example because they should remember that after this life there will be God’s judgment of every sin that you have committed. Then you should repent of your sins and accept Jesus as your savior. Then you must follow Him and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Then you should follow Him and do our Lord God’s will and be baptized.

13) Now when I went to school back in the state of old Virginia, the teachers had the authority to discipline the children if they were rude or had done something wrong. I remember that sometimes the teacher would make us write 500 sentences and we had better written them by the next day or else we were told to stay after school and do them. Then if we refused to write these 500 sentences our teacher would give us a paddling for disobeying her. Another thing that teacher would have us do if we got out of hand and would not mind her or respect her she would draw a circle on the chalk-board and make us stand on the tip of our toes with our nose in the middle of the circle that she drawled on the black board for our punishment. I can honestly say that the teachers were always right because they were the adults and it was up to them to keep order in the class room. I remember that my school was one big long building. It had two big sliding portions between each rooms and there were four classes in each big room.
Also there was only one teacher per room and she had to teach four different classes every day of the school year. And she did a very good job everyday teaching all of these four rooms of children every day. Now the modern day teachers have a hard time just trying to teach 25 children in her class.

VIII) Why? It is because of all the government laws and the rules that some parents wanted to in force upon the school board.

14) The part of school that most of us enjoyed was when the two missionary’s ladies came to our school. This was a special time for all of the children because the two big sliding portions between all of us were opened up and made one big class room. These two ladies would play a piano and a fiddle, and teach all of the kids how to pray and tell us about Jesus our savior. Also the children would learn new songs every time that they came and we all just love it. And I might add that every time I got into trouble at school. And it was my fault not the teachers and I deserved the punishment that she gave me. I thank God for all the good teachers that stands up for her children and keeps her class in line and also she has to put up with the parents too.

15) In the year of 1952, all of my family moved to Middletown, Ohio. And it was here that I finished the rest of my schooling. Now I cannot believe that our Government Officials that we the people have elected them to serve all of the people. But they have given away the four most important rights of “The Constitution of this United States.” I believe that we the people have elected them to serve all of the people all the time, not just the rich people that have all money, so they can buy anything they want and that why our politicians are owned by them. I believe that all of our Fore-Fathers were mighty men of God, because every time that they have written something with pen and paper, they never forget to mention their God and some-times they also mention or quote the scripture from God’s Holy Word in the Bible. I also believe that both parties will tell the people anything just so they can win their election. Then they all go back to do nothing for the people that elected them, but they still cater to their rich. I would just like to say one more thing to all the lying politicians, one day very soon Jesus is coming back for His Bride the Church and there will be a judgment day for all those that has not called upon His precious name and repented for their sins. Please read the, “Constitution of this United States.” below. For this is what our Fore-Fathers stood for when they wrote these great words of wisdom on July 4, 1776.

16) We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of this United States” of America. I am proud to have “The Declaration of Independence” hanging on my wall in our home. Also these 56 great men that wrote this document for all the people. I am so great-full to all of these men for their knowledge and understand that they must have spent many hour and days preparing this “Constitution of the United States.” Also I would like to say to all of our Fore-Fathers that they took the time to get it right for the people. Also I would like to say a couple of thing to our Politicians of today too. None of you could ever get anything right, like our Fore-Fathers did. But all of you, so call Politicians “NEVER GET ANYTHING RIGHT” for the poor people that votes for you. But all of you Politicians in Washington D. C. know how to give it all away to rich people. Then all of you Politicians come around on Election Day and ask us for our vote again. When they have taken so many of our rights away from all of the poor people. Now as a Christian and a believer in Jesus Christ, I say no, you cannot have my vote.

IX) The next day I was reading the newspaper; and I learned that the citizens of Ireland had voted in a landslide of over 62 percent of the Irish voters said “yes” to change the nation’s constitution to define marriage as a union between two people regardless of their sex.
Also Ireland is the first country to approve gay marriage in a popular national vote. We should note that there are nineteen other countries that have legalized the practice through their legislatures and courts systems. I also said that there is only one true God, (Jehovah) and He said these words in the book of Genesis, and I quote His Word again, “A Traditional Marriage” is between a man and a woman period, and there is nothing else but His truth. And our God is the same today yesterday and forever. And just remember, “Judgment Day is coming!”

X) Now as we begin the Bible Story with the scriptures in the book of Genesis that are written below. First you will find the question which is quoted about the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Here is the question. Why do you think that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? Please read all fifteen of these verses in the book of Genesis chapter nineteen and then you shall find out. (Genesis 19:15-29);

1) Here in the book of Genesis we begin in verse fifteen. And when the morning arose, then the Angels hastened Lot, saying arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of city. (Genesis 19:15);

2) And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife; and upon the hand of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful unto him; and they brought him forth, and set him outside of the city. (Genesis 19:16);

3) And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. (Genesis 19:17);

4) And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord! (Genesis 19:18);

5) Behold, now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast shown unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil overtake me, and I die. (Genesis 19:19);

6) Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. (Genesis 19:20):

7) And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for which thou hast spoken. (Genesis 19:21):

8) Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou become thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. (Genesis 19:22):

9) The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. (Genesis 19:23):

10) Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; (Genesis 19:24):

11) And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. (Genesis 19:25):

12) But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26);

13) And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord. (Genesis 19:27):

14) And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plains, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of a furnace. (Genesis 19:28):

15) And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt. (Genesis 19:29):

XI) Here is a short summary that I promised to write about the story of Sodom and Gomorrah which I believe will help simply this story that you can find in the book of Genesis. It was here that God tells Abraham that there was evidence against Sodom. God said that there were some sins and their sins were very wicked sins in this city of Sodom. Then God said that their cry was so loud that their prayers reach Heaven for vengeance. Now this is why God told Abraham that He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wicked sins.

1) Now Abraham’s was Lot’s uncle and Lot was trying to do better that the other people of Sodom, but it was hard to keep from getting into trouble. Once when some foreign kings captured the king of Sodom, and they took Lot as a prisoner right along with the others in the city. But Abraham had to gather together some men and come and rescue him. You would think that this would have taught Lot a lesson, but it did not seem to. Lot always went right back to Sodom to live. While Lot was living in Sodom. Abraham continued to live in his tent which was his home under the oak trees at Hebron. Now this put Abraham away from the wicked people, and it was easier for him to obey his God and to worship Him with sacrifices upon an altar. One day when Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent about noon, when three strange men suddenly appeared before him.

2) Now Abraham had never seen these men before and did not know who they were, but he hurried to do what he could for them. Abraham bowed low before them and asked them to stay a while with him. He offered them water to wash themselves and a place to rest, and he told Sarai to prepare food for them. After they had cleaned up and rested, he served the strangers a wonderful meal of meat and cheese and tender cakes that Sarai had made. After the men had eaten, one of the men began to speak to Abraham about the blessings that God had promised him. You see, Abraham, and most scholars believe that this stranger was the Lord God Himself! He began to tell Abraham that his promised son was going to be born soon. But God had some sad news for Abraham, too. Here God told Abraham that He was on His way to Sodom and Gomorrah to see just how wicked and sinful the two cities were. If it was true that they were as bad as they had been and said to be, God was going to have to punish them. Then Abraham grew worried about his nephew Lot. It was here that Abraham ask God, “Are you going to destroy the good right along with the bad?”

3) Here Abraham ask God, not to destroy the two cities if He could find any righteous people there. Then Abraham ask God “Would you save the city if there were fifty good people in it?” Then the Lord God agreed to save the city if there is fifty good people that can be found in the city. But Abraham must have known that there were not that many people in Sodom who were trying to do right, so Abraham made another bargain with the Lord. “I know that I am not worthy to suggest it, but if fifty could not be found, would you save it for forty-five?” Again the Lord God agreed. Lord suppose that there were just forty? Then Abraham suggest to God that the number be thirty people, or even twenty, or just twenty, or maybe only ten? At last the Lord God agreed to save the city if only ten righteous people could be found there.

4) Now the two men that had visited Abraham a long with the Lord God had gone ahead to Sodom. Now Lot was sitting in an important place at the gate of the city when he saw the men approaching the city.
When Lot saw these two men, he bowed before the unusual strangers and asked that they may stay in his home that night. But they said “no,” we will sleep out here in the street. But Lot was still afraid for them to stay outside where the wicked people of the city could find them. So at last Lot persuaded them to come home with him. After they had eaten supper and were getting ready for bed, there came a banging at the door and the sounds of a crowd in the street. Someone outside called to Lot, “Where are the strangers that came to you today? “Send them out here to us.” It was the wicked men of Sodom, and they had come to hurt the men from God.

5) Then Lot stepped outside the door and closed it behind him. Lot began to beg the men not to harm his guest. But the men pushed Lot aside and began trying to break the door down. But suddenly the visitors opened the door and drew Lot inside. Then they caused the wicked men of the city to become blind so that they wandered away, not knowing where they were going. Then the men told Lot that the Lord God was going to destroy Sodom. Next they told Lot to gather his family together and leave at once. Now all night Lot begged his sons-in-law, who were soon to marry his daughters, and he pleads to them to leave with him. But they just laughed and made fun of him.

6) Now this was Lot’s last change and it was early in the morning, here the Angels told Lot to leave behind the sons-in-law, but at least you should take your wife and two daughters away. But still Lot lingered in the city, until finally the men had to lead him outside the city gates. There they urged Lot: “Run for your life! Do not stop or even look back! As Lot and his family hurried to a nearby city, the Lord God rained fire out of Heaven and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. But Lot’s wife could not resist, and she turned and looked back. When she did, she turned into a pillar of salt.

XII) Remember the Word of our Lord God tells us that our body is a Temple. Also the “Temple” here is the Church, which is the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, and as distinguished from the temple in (I Corinthians 6:19), which is the physical body of the Christian. But we observe that the gluttony, as well as impurity, is a sin against our Lord God. Now both of these authority of the “Seventh Commandment” and the “Apostle’s Paul” appeal to the Christian’s sacredness as a member of the body of Jesus Christ, forbid unequivocally immorality of every kind.

1) Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? (I Corinthians 6:1);
2) Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (I Corinthians 6:2);
3) Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life? (I Corinthians 6:3);
4) If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. (I Corinthians 6:4);
5) I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? (I Corinthians 6:5);
6) But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. (I Corinthians 6:6);
7) Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? Why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? (I Corinthians 6:7);
8) Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. (I Corinthians 6:8);
9) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, meaning Gay people, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, (I Corinthians 6:9);
10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:10);
11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (I Corinthians 6:11);
12) All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (I Corinthians 6:12);
13) Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. (I Corinthians 6:13);
14) And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. (I Corinthians 6:14);
15) Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. (I Corinthians 6:15);
16) What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh. (I Corinthians 6:16);
17) But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (I Corinthians 6:17);
18) Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (I Corinthians 6:18);
19) What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (I Corinthians 6:19);
20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (I Corinthians 6:20);
XIII) Now here are some key events of the gay-rights movements that they have accomplished since the year of 1950 from these states below. Also since the year of 1950, until this present time. The Supreme Court has made it legal for all same sex-marriage couples to be married. And it would be legalize on June 25, 2015, for any Gay and Lesbian Couples to be married as man and wife in all 50 states of the United States Country. P.S. To all 5 of the Supreme Court Judges that voted to made it legal for all same sex-marriage couples to be married. Our God, (Jehovah) does not like this type of “Abomination” and all of you will be judged for this sin.
A) In the year of 1950; the Mattachine Society, were the first to consider the first national U.S. gay rights organization, this was founded in Los Angeles, Californian.
B) In the year of 1958; the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case One, Inc. verses Olesen, and backs the free-speech rights of a gay magazine after U.S. Postal Officials and the FBI labeled it obscene and prohibited its mail distribution. It is seen as the first gay rights case before the Supreme Court.
C) In the year of 1961; the state of Illinois becomes the first state to decriminalize sodomy.
D) In the year of 1969; there were police raids at the Stonewall Inn, This was a popular gay bar in New York City, and this trigger a violent protests in a seminal moment in the gay rights movement.
E) In the year of 1977; the Singer and Christian conservative Anita Bryant spearheads a campaign in Florida’s Dade County which lead to the repeal of a local ordinance to barring anti-gay discrimination.
F) In the year of 1978; the gay rights champion, Harvey Milk of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is shot dead along with Mayor George Moscone by a former city supervisor. Who is later cleared of murder charges, but was convicted instead on a lesser charges.
G) In the year of 1986; the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Bower’s verses Hardwick, upholds a Georgia sodomy law, which ruling consenting adults have no constitutional right to engage in homosexual acts even in private.
F) In the year of 1987; there were hundreds of thousands of demonstrators march in Washington, faulting President Ronald Reagan’s response to the aids epidemic and demanding more federal money for aids and research and treatment. The U.S. aids epidemic in the 1980s disproportionately involved gay men.
H) In the year of 1996; the U. S. Supreme Court, in the case of Romer verses Evans, throws out a Colorado measure approved by voters that denied gays protections against discrimination.
I) In the year of 1997; in a pivotal popular culture moment, the main character in Ellen DeGeneres’ sitcom comes out as gay, just as the comedian herself had done.
J) In the year of 2000; the U. S. Supreme Court, in the case of Boy Scouts of America verses Dale, which decides the Boy Scouts can bar gays as troop leaders.
K) In the year of 2003; the U. S. Supreme Court, in the case of Lawrence verses Texas, overturns its Bowers verses Hardwick ruling, throwing out a Texas sodomy law prohibiting two people of the same sex from certain sex acts.
L) In the year of 2004; Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriages after a state court finds banning them violates the state constitution.
M) In the year of 2010; Our President Barack Obama signs a law repealing the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that had banned gays from serving openly in the U. S. military.
N) In the year of 2012; Barack Obama becomes the first president to support gay marriage.
O) In the year of 2013; the U. S. Supreme Court, in the case of the United States verses Windsor, rules unconstitutional a 1996 law that declared for the purposes of federal benefits and marriage was defined as between one man and one woman, Afterward, an increasing number of states allow gay marriage.
P) In the year of 2014; the U. S. Supreme Court agrees to decide whether states can ban gay marriage with a decision due by the end of June-Reuters.
Q) I am sad to say, to all God’s people that lives in this great land that we call America is changing very fast. Today the Supreme Court ruled for “Same Sex Marriage.” That means it would be legalize on June 25, 2015, for any Gay and Lesbian Couples to be married as man and wife in all 50 states of the United States Country. This goes against God’s Law and everything that we as Born Again Believers in Jesus Christ stand for. Also we Christians in this great country believe in one God and His Son is Jesus Christ.
And that is why we live here in America because we are free and we can worship our God and believe that God’s Holy Word was always sacred to us, which we hold dear to our hearts.
R) I have listed 6 of the most important rights that our forefathers believed in and that is why they came to this new land that is called America. These men were honest and made sure that all of our rights would be secured and protected by our Congress by putting them into our “Constitution of the United States of America”. But I am warning these people that our God will not stand still for this kind of behavior. Which is a sin against God and His Holy Word. Also God’s Word tells us, that those who disobey, His Holy Word, the Bible, that there will be a “Judgment Day” and it is coming soon and it could be any day now.
S) Now I believe that God’s Judgment is coming soon to this Country that we have loved so dear and have made our home here in the United States of America. I also don’t believe that America will be here during the tribulation period. Well you might ask me why I believe this. I believe that this country will fall some time in our future because of our economic policies that our government is allowing to happen. Also this is having to do with the managing of our tax dollars and our foreign policies with other countries. There is only one country that we the Americans should support and stand with and that is God’s people in the land of Israel. Now below are 5 more reasons that I strongly believe in and I don’t believe that our God, (Jehovah), will not put up with this kind of behavior very much longer either. If our government leaders don’t stand up now for God’s people and start doing God’s will soon. And I also ask that our Congress and all of our Representatives in the government quit taken our God given rights away that our forefathers put in the “Constitution of the United States of America”. I grew up in a small town in the state of Virginia and it was here that was taught that this great country of ours was always a Christian Nation. And it was because of our forefathers did come here so they could worship the God of their choice. Well, I can say now that most of our religion freedoms and rights have been taken from us. Also I strongly believe that if something is not done soon about our religion freedom and the rights that we still have left, then America will fall to our enemy which is that old Devil. Now this I believe with all of my heart, that all of them will have to answer to our Great God, (Jehovah), at the “Judgment Day” which is coming soon.
T) Here in this paragraph is just one example of a Christian lady by the name of Kim Davis that is persecuted because of her religion freedoms and her rights to believe in our God’s Laws and His Holy Word. Now she was the county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky and all she done was to exercised her religion freedoms and rights, which she believes that God Word says in the book of (Leviticus 20:13). Here is what God tells us in this book of the Bible, if a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; and they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13); All Kim Davis done was refuse to issue a marriage licenses to a gay couple. Also there were five of her deputies agreed to end this church and state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky. But the district judge by the name David Bunning said that he had no choice but to put Kim Davis in jail. Now she was put in jail for contempt, after she insisted that her “conscience” will not allow her to follow the federal court ruling on gay marriage. I believe that Kim Davis is persecuted because of her religion freedoms and her rights to believe in our God’s Laws and His Holy Word. Remember that our God is always right, because His Word says that He cannot lie. Now we all must stand up for our God given rights, and as for me I thank my God for good Christian people just like you. P. S. You are not alone, I believe as you do, and I also stand with you as your brother in Jesus Christ.

XIV) Now in this paragraph, I will try to explain to you just why I believe that our great country that we call America will not survive as a nation. It will began with all six events that I have listed below. Also America will have all kinds of political issues and some of these things our government leaders have never experienced before.
I believe that there will be all kind’s cultural and global issues with food shorts and dirty water to. The economic way that people buy and sell will be affected by the death of the money system which I believe will be the death our money system and that is the all might dollar because money will be useless. One of the biggest event that I see here is the Iranian Nuclear Agreement that our Government Leaders and Iran’s President are going to sign this agreement to stop building a nuclear warheads any more. But it is a little late now because they already have over 100,000 nuclear missiles pointed at the Jewish nation. The Iranians have already said that they will wipe the land of Israel off the face of the earth. Also we should never forget that the new Iran is still old “Persia” in which they were called in the Bible. (Ezekiel 38:3-8); Now I remember when these Iranian people called Israel the little Satan and the United States the big Satan and they have said that when the time comes they will wipe both of our countries off the map. Then I would like to ask the question, why would we as God’s people, want to sign an agreement with these people. I ask you to please read these six things below.

1) The first reason; is because America owns a debt to China of about 4 trillion dollars and the Government will never be able to pay this debt back that our government has made, and it was because of two wars and reckless spending of our tax dollars.

2) The second reason is; because America has took Prayer out of our schools because the people that we voted for has let one woman and her boy that sued the school system and then took our right to pray to our Lord God in all public places in this country except the churches and they could be next.

3) The third reason; is because the Civil Liberties Union, has also succeeded in removing the “Ten Commandments” from all public places and all the courthouse circles too. Don’t the people of this country know that these are the laws of God? These “Ten Commandments” were giving to Moses, from our God, (Jehovah) for His people to obey them and kept them because they were God’s Laws?

4) The fourth reason; is a very important event in our America history and that is the killing or murder of more than 54 million unborn babies has happen in this country. We should know better because this Great Country was founded because our forefathers came to this Country so they could worship the one and only true God, (Jehovah).

5) The fifth reason is; that the Supreme Court has made it legal for all same sex-marriage couples to be married. And it would be legalize on June 25, 2015, for any Gay and Lesbian Couples to be married as man and wife in all 50 states of the United States Country. But as a Born again believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, we agree with our God, (Jehovah), that “A Traditional Marriage” is between a man and a woman period, and there is nothing else but His truth. And our God is the same today yesterday and forever. And just a reminder to all that don’t know, “God’s Judgment Day is Coming!”

6) The sixth reason is; that our government leaders of our Country which is called America has signed a Nuclear Treaty with Iran. We all know that this is one of the four countries that is mentioned in the book of (Daniel 11:42-43). Now Iran is the biblical name of “Old Persia” that is in the book of (Ezekiel 38:4-6). Also the Iranians people are made up of predominantly Shi’ite Muslims, and their spiritual leaders have strong Islamic traditions on “the signs of the end of days” and the rise of their Mahdi. Now it is their-believe that this Mahdi leader will be the last and final Islamic leader who will emerge from Iran and he will united all the Muslim nations under one banner and by finalizing a global conquest. This will include the forced conversion of all the multitudes to the Islamic people. It is the Shi’ite tradition that all who bare the Cross, which are the “Christians” that are saved by the way of our Lord Jesus through and His precious-blood that He shed on the Cross.
And then there are the “swine” which they call them the “Jews” and they believe that all of them must be converted or all of them will be exterminated by death. These Iranians people have been building and have been acquiring and enriching uranium for a nuclear power, but they are also involved in a clandestine attempt to create a nuclear warheads too. Now according to our sources in Israel, it is believed that they already obtained several nukes, and have been working on building a missile delivery system to reach the country of Israel, Europe, and soon they will have one ready to reach the United States. Also as of now there were ships from North Korea that has been intercepted with material and much needed parts to assist the Iranians which we call Persians in their nuclear ambitions to use on the Jewish people and the America people. Remember if this type of behavior is not stopped very soon. Also it must be stopped now. Because if we don’t deal with terrible event now. Remember it could be too late for thousands of people will die because they will not let our inspectors in this place where the Iranians are building Nuclear War-heads to be used on Israel and America. The people of America don’t want this treaty sighed just because someone wanted to make a name for their self. We need a new peace deal that will keep the whole world save from a few individual mad men. Please send the agreement back to the Iranians people and say no to this deal because it is not good enough for Israel or the American people.

1) Now as a concerned Christian in this time and age I am concerned for all lost souls; most of us know that there is so little time left before our Lord Jesus Christ comes back for His Bride the Church and this is called the “Rapture”. We that love our Lord Jesus Christ must be more faithful and be more concerned about our love one that are not saved and keep telling the gospel which is the good news to everyone that will listen. Please read chapter on, (Matthew 28:19-20).

2) Remember what our Lord Jesus said in the book of Revelations, in chapter three. He that over-cometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his Angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said unto the churches. (Revelation 3:5-6)

3) Let me say once again, we that are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and are truly born again believers in our Lord and savior which is Jesus Christ the one and only Son of our God. Now some people here on earth know God as, (Jehovah), the great I am, and some know Him as (Yahweh). Also known as the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the one and only true God of the Bible. But in God’s Holy Word, the Bible, He is known as the God of love and by several other names. Here as I try to write these short bible stories for the web-site. And that is why I use these names for our God because He is the one and only True God of Israel. I believe that most everybody that calls themselves a born again believer, which means that person has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Also our Lord Jesus Christ did shed His precious blood for our sins. Here He paid the price with His precious blood when Jesus died upon the cross for all mankind. Also this web-site that is named; “My-Christian Computer Ministry” is dedicated to my God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit that teaches us in all things and also the Holy Spirit guides us every day as we learn to walk with our Lord Jesus.

4) I would like to say that out of all of the 50 states in this country only 36 states have agreed to let gay and lesbian couples have made the same sex marriage legal in these states. Also in the remaining 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it should be the law of the land. Now they should remember that we are watching all of the high Court Justices for any signals that they are prepared to rule on which the Constitution forbids states from defining marriage as the union is of a man and a woman.

XV) Now here in the book of Leviticus we find; “God’s laws and punishments for sin.” In verse ten God said, that lying with another man’s wife was made a capital crime. Also the adulterer and the adulteress that had joined in sin must fall alike under the sentence and be put to death.
Here in verse seven, our Lord God says I am the Lord your God, and therefore be Holy, so that you may resemble Him whose people you are, and may be pleasing to Him. God tells us that Holiness becomes His house and also His household too. “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.” Please read all of the Scriptures below; (Leviticus 20:1-27);

1)  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, (Leviticus 20:1-1);
2) Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. (Leviticus 20:1-2);
3) And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. (Leviticus 20:1-3);
4) And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: (Leviticus 20:1-4);
5) Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people. (Leviticus 20:1-5);
6) And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. (Leviticus 20:1-6);
7) Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 20:1-7);
8) And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you. (Leviticus 20:1-8);
9) For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him. (Leviticus 20:1-9);
10) And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. (Leviticus 20:1-10);
11) And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:1-11);
12) And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:1-12);
13) If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:1-13);
14) And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you. (Leviticus 20:1-14);
15) And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. (Leviticus 20:1-15);
16) And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:1-16);
17) And if a man shall take his sister, his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister’s nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity. (Leviticus 20:1-17);
18) And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people. (Leviticus 20:1-18);
19) And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister: for He uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity. (Leviticus 20:1-19);
20) And if a man shall lie with his uncle’s wife, he hath uncovered his uncle’s nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. (Leviticus 20:1-20);
21) And if a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless. (Leviticus 20:1-21);
22) Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. (Leviticus 20:1-22);
23) And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. (Leviticus 20:1-23);
24) But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people. (Leviticus 20:1-24);
25) Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. (Leviticus 20:1-25);
26) And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine. (Leviticus 20:1-26);
27) A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:1-27);

XVI) Now this concludes the first part of our Bible Study on Gay Marriage and the sin in God’s Word in the Book of Genesis and also the book of Leviticus. Please be much in prayer for me as I try to teach this great book of the Bible. It is my prayer for everyone that they will give their heart to our Lord Jesus before it is too late. Because as I look at the signs of our time. I believe that the judgments of our God is about to happen at any time. So we that are saved must be about our Father business and tell everyone about the Gospel which is the (Good News), that our Lord Jesus has already came once, and He gave His life on the cross and shed His precious blood for all the sins of all mankind. Also our Lord Jesus will return again very soon to take His bride the Church back to Heaven for all eternity. This is called the Rapture in (I Thessalonians 4:16-17). Please read these scriptures.

1) In the book of Revelation chapter twenty, in verse five; this is called the “First Resurrection,” here which none but those who have served Jesus Christ, and has suffered for Him shall be favored with. Now as for the wicked, they shall not be raised up and restored to their power again until Satan has been let loose. Now this will happen in (Revelation 20:5).

2) Next in verse six; of the book of Revelation, this is called the “Second Resurrection,” Here they are secured from the power of the second death. Now we know something of what the first death is, and we know it is awful; but we know not what this second death is. It must be much more dreadful; because it is the death of the soul, and it will be an eternal separation from God Himself. (Revelation 20:6);

3) In verse seven we find out that Satan, that old Devil, has been let loose from his prison. Here Satan’s restraints are at length taken off. While this world lasts, Satan’s power in it will not be wholly destroyed; it may be limited and lessened. But the Devil will have something still to do for the disturbance of the people of God. No sooner is Satan let loose for a little season than he falls back to his old works. The power now permitted to him seems to be more unlimited than before. Now Satan last efforts seem to be his greatest. (Revelation 20:7);

4) Here in verse eight, that old Devil starts to deceive the nations again. So once again Satan starts stirring the nations up to make war with the saints and all the servants of God. Now they are deceived both as to the cause they engage in and they believe it to be a good cause when it is indeed a very bad one. This time they expected to be successful this time, but they are sure to lose. Gog and Magog are their names of the commanders in this army under the Dagon. Also these names are found in other parts of the scripture. Now since the army was gathered from all parts of the world. And Satan will become the head of a final effort to overthrow the kingdom. But that old Devil will be defeated, and he will be cast into the “lake of fire” where the beast and the false prophet are, and they shall be tormented day and night forever and ever. And this is his final doom. The notion that Satan reigns in hell is not Biblical. But he is prince of this present world system and he will be tormented in the lake of fire. Please read these scriptures. (Revelation 20:8-10); (Genesis 10:2); (Ezekiel 38:2);

5) Here in verse eleven, is known as the “day of destruction”, which is that aspect of the “Day of the Lord,” we can read about them in (Isaiah 2:12); and (Joel 1:15); and in (Revelation 19:19); is a summary, which visits a final and eternal judgment upon the sinful wicked. There are three such days that are included in the “Day of the Lord” and they are described in the marginal references beginning with (Isaiah 34:2). Also in this verse eleven, the Apostle John, said that he 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.

6) Here in verse twelve, the Apostle John, said that he saw the dead, small and the great, standing before God, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the “Book of Life.” Now here in this verse twelve; is the final judgment. The subjects are the dead. Also the redeemed were raised from among the dead 1000 years before in verse five, and have been in glory with our Lord Jesus Christ during that period of time. So the dead here, can only be the sinful and wicked dead, from the beginning of all human history to the setting up of the “Great White Throne.” in space. (Revelation 20:11-12);

7) It was here in verse fourteen, that the dead and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death and it is eternal because God said it was. Remember in this place called hell there are degrees in punishment in (Luke 12:47-48). Also the dead are judged according to their works. The book of life is there to answer such things as to plead their works for justification in (Matthew 7:22-23). Here in verse fifteen, it is going to be an awful and terrible thing, when Jesus looks into the “Book of Life,” and tells you that the place where your name might have been written is blank. Also so Jesus said; and death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Then Lord Jesus will say, depart from me you workers of iniquity, I do not know you! (Revelation 20:14-15);

8) Here in this part of this Bible lesson, as I bring it to a closing. I would just like to say a little bit about all the people that are lost sinners that cannot call up on the name of Jesus for love, mercy, help, or anything because you have never ask Jesus to save you. In verse seven, Jesus said that, he that over-cometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the Lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death. (Revelation 20:7-8);

9) Remember what Jesus said to Thomas in, (John 14:6); I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. We that are born again believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, We should, (Remember); that He also is saying the same words to us also. But we are to watch for the signs of His coming and our Lord Jesus can come at any given moment and if He does not come today then we will look for Him tomorrow.

10) We all have a choice and that is to call upon the name of Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into your life and save you. Then you are on your way to a place called Heaven because of what Jesus done for all mankind on the Cross. He paid the price by shedding His Precious Blood and dying there so that all mankind could go free. Then you must repent of your sins. After this part you should ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and save you. Please read our Lord God’s Salvation message below.

A) Now all you have to do is just sincerely pray a simple prayer like this one here. “Please God, I confess to you my sins and need Jesus in my life right now. I will turn away from my sins and place my Faith in your Son Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen.”

B) Then you should share your Faith in Jesus Christ with other Christian friends or a pastor. Now by becoming a Christian, this is your first step on that long life’s road of a Spiritual growth and your service to sharing God. The second step is to follow Jesus Christ in a believer’s baptism by immersion in water and joining a local church that teaches the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C) I would just like to say that this is the greatest book that was ever written, which is called the Bible. For this is our Lord God’s Holy Word and it has withheld the ages of all time and of history. This book is the True Word of our God (Jehovah), and some people may call Him (Yahweh) and some prefer to just say, God is the Great I AM. Please read the 11 statements that are listed below. (A through K)

a) First as a believer in Jesus Christ we should read it regularly. Also we as Christians should have a certain time each day when we can read it without hurrying. We should read it prayerfully. Why? Because God’s book cannot rightly be apprehended without the aid of God’s Spirit. “We should always pray for Him to open thou, mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

b) Second, we should always read it studiously. Now when you come to something that you do not fully understand, stop and obtain some light upon it from a commentary, or a reference book, or maybe a Bible dictionary.

c) Third, always read it consecutively. You should try to read the Bible through from Genesis to Revelation in the course of one year, but do not hurry the reading in order to get through it in that time.

d) Fourth, you should read it, noting its perspectives, observe the dates of events, by the aid of the Bible margin, and try to keep them in your mind at their proper relative distance from each other. Here is an example which is that Abraham though he appears in the book of Genesis 12, this is halfway between Adam and Christ.

e) Fifth, always read it as topically. Now by the aid of a concordance and a Bible Test Book. Here we see what it has to declare upon Faith, Love, and Justification.

f) Sixth, here we should read it in a spirit of obedience. Seek in it for a direction. Then make its precepts the rule of your life.

g) Seventh, Always read it in faith. And take it as God’s Word to yourself. Then look upon its promises as your own.

h) Eighth, This book is the Word of God, showing the state of man, the way of Salvation and the doom of sinners, the happiness of believers.

i) Ninth, Remember that its doctrines are Holy, its precepts are binding, it’s historic are immutable. We should read it to be wise, always believe it to be safe, you should practice it to be Holy, and live it to be happy.

j) Tenth, Now it contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.

k) Eleven, We should remember that it is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter.

XVII) Now as I close this last part of our God’s Word; remember when you open the Bible never forget that it is God’s Word, and it’s not man’s word. But always read our God‘s Word for it is Holy, And for this cause also thank God without ceasing, because, when you receive the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye receive it not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. (I Thessalonians 2:13);

XVIII) Here on this occasion of this Epistle, in the book of (I Corinthians 7:1-20); the Apostle Paul is discussing Marriage in these twenty verses. Also Paul was concerned about such things like the use of foods being offered to idols (I Corinthians 8:1-13). But the Apostle Paul, was also greatly troubled by reports from Corinth that might a deepening divisions, which could increasing contentions, and other problems that might cause limitations of Christian liberty. Also there was case of incest which had not been judged by the church. Please read all of the scriptures below.

1) Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. (I Corinthians 7:1);

2)  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (I Corinthians 7:2);

3) Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. (I Corinthians 7:3);

4) The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. (I Corinthians 7:4);

5)  Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. (I Corinthians 7:5);

6) But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. (I Corinthians 7:6);

7) For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. (I Corinthians 7:7);

8) I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. (I Corinthians 7:8);

9) But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. (I Corinthians 7:9);

10) And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: (I Corinthians 7:10);

11) But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. (I Corinthians 7:11);

12) But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. (I Corinthians 7:12);

13) And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. (I Corinthians 7:13);

14) For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. (I Corinthians 7:14);

15) But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. (I Corinthians 7:15);

16) For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? (I Corinthians 7:16);

17) But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. (I Corinthians 7:17);

18) Is any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised. (I Corinthians 7:18);

19) Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. (I Corinthians 7:19);

20) Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. (I Corinthians 7:20);

XIX) Now this is the last part of another great story in God’s Holy Word and it is about a man called “Noah and his family.” And his story is about the “Great Flood,” which God will tell him what to do. Here God tells Noah that in seven days He will make it rain for forty days and forty nights. But everything outside the Ark that I told you to build will be destroyed. And everything inside the Ark will be safe. Now we should remember that because God knows all about man and his sinful ways.
Here God destroyed the wicked man with the flood of water, so mankind could have a second chance to live a new life as God had intended for all of His people. Because of the flood that God used to destroyed mankind. “God has put a rainbow in the sky when it rains.” “This is God’s promise to mankind that He will not destroy the earth anymore by water.” Remember this story can be found in (Genesis 7:1-24).

1) When Noah heard what his God had said, he was sorry that all these people would be destroyed, even though they had laughed at him during the hundred and twenty years that he had worked on the Ark. But he knew what wicked people they were. Also Noah said to himself that these people don’t even believe that there is a God. And every time I ask them to turn from their wicked ways and just ask our Lord God to forgive them. Then one day God told Noah to take his family into the Ark, which was his wife, his three sons, and their names were Ham, Shem, and Japheth; and also his son’s three wives. God also told Noah that it was time to bring the animals and the birds into the Ark. Also God told Noah to bring fourteen of each kind of animals that they would be eaten while his family were on the Ark.

2) Then Noah hurried everywhere, looking for the animals and birds. It took seven days to find all of them. But at last they were all safely on board. All of Noah’s friends and neighbors watched Noah chasing all these birds and animals on the Ark. All these people laughed at Noah and said to him, you can’t get any people to go with you in his big boat; so he has to take some animals with him.

3) But suddenly the people stopped laughing. Then some of the people saw the big door swing shut, and the people saw no one moving it. Now the people looked afraid after they saw that the door had closed. Now the door was too big for a man to close it. But the door was closing shut by itself. The people heard slammed shut with a big bang. And Noah and his family were safe inside the Ark, because God had closed this big door. And outside the sky grew dark and stormy. Then there were long streaks of lightning flashed across the clouds. And the thunder rumbled across the hills and mountains. It stated to rain really fast! And the people cried out. Nobody was laughing now. And the people looked at the big Ark and wondered. What if old Noah was right?

4) Then all at once, it started to rain and it began to fall in torrents of water. And it rained and rained all day and all night. Now by morning the water was rushing in big angry rivers through all the valleys. And the people began moving from their homes and going up into the hills near the Ark. But it kept on raining, harder and harder. It rained all that day and the next day and the next day too. The hills were covered with water by now. And the people were sorry that they had laughed at Noah and his family. Now the people began to pound on the Ark, and they begging to Noah to let them in. But Noah couldn’t let them in even if he had heard them. This big door was closed by God, and not be opened until the flood was over.

5) Now it rained for forty days and forty nights and the rain just kept on pouring down. At last, the rain stopped, and the highest mountains were covered with water. There was nothing left but water everywhere and the ark floating on top of it. Noah and his family were safe and dry inside of the Ark. Also our God had saved them from the flood, just as He had promised that He would. And we that are born again Christians should always remember to keep our promises to God. And let’s always remember to thank Him and to give Him the honor and praise that He so richly deserves. When God saw the sins and wickedness that was on earth. He destroyed all the people that were sinners by the flood waters. But our God drowning all of the people on earth, except Noah’s family. Remember God’s Judgment is quick and His righteous is justice. But for all of those who do not repent of their sins and ask our Lord Jesus Christ to save them. Then they all are doomed and are on their way to a place called Hell, which was built for the Devil and his angels.

XX) In closing this study about Same Sex marriage and the story about “Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood” that destroyed all the wickedness that was upon the face of the earth. Also we should always remember to pray for all those that are not saved. And we should pray for all the young ladies that have had an abortion. And never forget to pray for all of your family and friends for their souls to be saved. And be sure to give our Lord Jesus Christ all the praise, the glory, and honor for any healing that you might receive from Him. We as Christians should never forget the price that (Jesus), had to pay for our sin on the Cross at Calvary

A) Remember; if you are not saved our God has the power to save anyone that calls upon the name of Jesus Christ and repents of their sins. Now all that are lost need God’s power because we have a problem with sin. The Bible tells us that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).

B) Now you can find the way to Heaven in the book of (Romans 10:9). This scripture in the bible tells us that “If you confess with your mouth, that “Jesus is Lord,” and that you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

C) We all need to confess our sins and ask God for his forgiveness. When you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord, then this involves an agreeing with God about your sin and your need for Salvation. You must repent of your own personal sins, by doing this you are willing to turn away from the direction in life in which you are going.

D) Now to “believe in your heart” is to place your faith in Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, also you are trusting that Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins. But our God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for all of us. (Romans 5:8).

E) In closing this study about marriage and sin, I would just like to say to everyone that you can trust only the Lord Jesus for Salvation. Remember to pray for all the young ladies that have had an abortion when they were young. And don’t forget to pray for all of your family and friends too. And be sure to give our Lord Jesus Christ all the praise, the glory, and honor for any healing that you might receive from Him. We as Christians should never forget the price that (Jesus), had to pay for our sin on the Cross at Calvary.

F) We should remember that our God is very clear that only God knows the exact time of Jesus’ Second Coming. Now this we can read in (Matthew 24:36). Also how do you reconcile that the verses in (Luke 21:25-28); in which our Lord Jesus describes future celestial signs that tells us. “When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near”? Remember there will be many “signs,” In the Heavens, in the moon, and in the stars in Heaven that tell of Jesus Coming soon. Remember there are many more scriptures that tells us about the “Signs” in God’s Holy Word. Please read all of (Matthew 24); and (Matthew 25); too.

F) Now remember when you open the Bible never forget that it is God’s Word, and it’s not man’s word. But always read our God‘s Word for it is Holy, And for this cause also thank God without ceasing, because, when you receive the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye receive it not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. (I Thessalonians 2:13);

You’re Brother in Christ,
Frank Rose

What Does God’s Word say About Homosexuality

Introduction

Now our society’s is steady sliding into a more sexual immorality every day and I would like to say that is a very terrible and grave sinful condition to be in with our God. For more than four decades we have been sliding into this sexual revolution which began back in the 1960s. Now when it comes to sexual temptation, the word of God says “flee” from all sin in “(I Corinthians 6:18). When it comes to temptation of “pornography,” a wise man will avoid a situations where you know you will be tempted. Now a prudent man fore-sees the evil, and hideth himself. But the simple pass on, and they are punished (Proverbs 22:3). But most wise people see the danger before them and take precautions to protect themselves against it. Remember pornography is dangerous and destructive. Always remember that you can prevent much pain when you take cover from all sin and pornography. Just remember that our God (Jehovah) is still in control of everything because He spoke the words and our God made everything which is under Heaven and earth. My God also made the man and the woman and everything that ever was good.1) Acquiring pornography once seemed like a risky affair. The curious young boy paid an older friend to bring him a polished magazine that opened a new world of exploration. However, he risked getting caught. Someone knew his sin, and he was at the mercy of that person’s silence. Today, minimal risks await the curious web surfer. At the click of a button a much more sinister world than the polished magazines awaits the person who wants to explore.

2) Paul’s correspondences with the Thessalonians are among the earliest letters we have from him. He wrote the letters to a young, inexperienced group of believers, many of whom were Gentiles. The purposes behind Paul’s writing in (I Thessalonians); included giving thanks to God for the condition of the church in (I Thessalonians1:2-20), opposing false insinuations against Paul and his companions in (I Thessalonians); 2:1); and (I Thessalonians 3:13); and clarifying some questions of their behavior among the Thessalonians in (I Thessalonians 4:1); and (I Thessalonians 5:24). This included immoral sexual behavior, the way they treated each other, and questions about the second coming of Jesus.

I) Now in the next few paragraphs the Apostle Paul is writing about some very important key-words in the books of (I Tessalonians4:3-7); (Romans 6:19); (I Corinthians 1:30); (II Thessalonians 2:13); (I peter 1:2): (I Timothy 2:16); and (Hebrews 12:14).

3) Sanctification: Derived from the Greek word for holy, sanctification (I Thessalonians 4:3) (I Thessalonians 4-7); is the divine process of making a person holy. This is God’s will for everyone who comes to Him (I Thessalonians 4:3); and God works it into a practical expression in life (verse 4). We must yield our bodies to the Lord for sanctification to happen (Romans 6:19); but it is Jesus and the Holy Spirit who effect it (I Corinthians 1:30); (II Thessalonians 2:13); (I Peter 1:2). Sanctification is both a conduct (I Timothy 2:15); and a goal (Hebrews 12:14).

4) Sexual immorality: The Greek word rendered sexual immorality in (verse 3) is the general word in the New Testament for sexual sin. It can refer to a wide range of sexual perversions, including premarital sex (fornication), adultery, having sex with a prostitute, homosexual encounters, and incestuous relationships. Basically it referred to the perversion of sex in any form.

5) Impurity: Impurity (verse 7), normally referred to cultic or ritual uncleanness. It was a reference to things that were made unclean.
In Paul’s letters, this word often referred to sexual immorality that rendered a person unclean (Romans 1:24); (II Corinthians 12:21); (Galatians 5:19). Paul included this word when he listed “the works of the flesh” in the book of (Galatians 5:19). (1 Thessalonians 4:3); below are some questions for you to answered.

  • How does a person discover God’s will?
  • How does God sanctify the believer?
  • Why would it be the will of God that a person abstain from sexual immorality?
  • What effects of pornography oppose the work of sanctifying that God is doing in a person’s life?
  • For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.

6) Avoid Sexual Immorality: The Apostle Paul began his first letter to the Thessalonians by thanking God for them. Now Paul was grateful for a church that had so many new converts and they worked so hard at spreading the gospel which is the (Good News) that our Lord Jesus Christ came to save the lost and He died on the Cross and shed His precious blood for their sins. (I Thessalonians 1:3);

7) He was grateful that they had endured persecution and remained faithful to Christ, leading them to be an example among other churches in Macedonia and Achaia (verses. 6-7). However, Paul was under an attack by some within the church (I Thessalonians 2:1); and (I Thessalonians 3:13). As He concluded his letter, Paul exhorted the Thessalonians to godly behavior, not least of which was to keep themselves pure in a sexually charged world.

8) Beginning in chapter 4, Paul turned to ethical instructions regarding the Thessalonians’ lives. He exhorted them to walk with the Lord and please Him in the way they conducted themselves (I Thessalonians 4:1). He then introduced the next section by referring to “commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus Christ” (verse 2). He believed that the church clearly knew God’s will on many ethical subjects, but he spent the remainder of the letter dealing with questions about sexuality, instructions on how to treat one another, and incorrect teaching about Jesus’ second coming.

9) Many people think of God’s will as some buried treasure that must be discovered before making major decisions. The high school graduate wants to know God’s will for his future beyond high school. The young college students wants to know God’s will concerning whom she should marry or what she should study in school. The young married couple seeks God’s will concerning children and when and how many. However, most of God’s will already is revealed in His word. You do not need to discover whether or not God wants you to worship Him. It is His will that those He created worship Him. You do not have to waste time determining whether it is God’s will for you to rob the local bank. God already has spoken clearly about taking something that does not belong to you.

10) If we would spend more time studying God’s will that He already has revealed, we might be in a better place to hear His voice when we have questions that are unanswered. Paul clearly stated that God’s will included the sanctification of His followers. To sanctify something was to make it holy. (Romans 6:19); emphasizes that when a person offers his body as a slave to righteousness. God will sanctify that believer, making him holy in God’s sight. (Romans 6:22); describes sanctification as a work in progress that will not be completed until the end of life on earth and the beginning of eternity. In (II Corinthians 7:1); Paul encouraged Christians to cooperate with God by offering their bodies as instruments for sanctification. Unlike justification, which takes place at a moment in time, sanctification is a process of becoming more like Christ.

11) Sanctification: is often a difficult concept to understand because it is both a state of being and a process. On the one hand, a person is made righteous only through the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. (Hebrews 10:10); states, “By this will of God, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.” The death of Christ achieved sanctification as if it is already a finished product. On the other hand, the Bible also speaks of sanctification as an ongoing process. Paul wrote in (II Corinthians 7:1), “Therefore, dear friends, since we have such promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, completing our sanctification in the fear of God.” Sanctification is completed in Christ at salvation, but it has to be effected in the believer through time.

12) The first area of sanctification that Paul mentioned to the Thessalonians was to abstain from sexual immorality. The word immorality occurred frequently in Jewish literature to refer to wrong sexual behavior, including premarital or extramarital intercourse, prostitution, incest, and other types of sexual sin. The reason for the frequency of the word in Jewish literature was the differing standards of sexuality among the Gentiles. As Gentiles converted to Christianity, Paul explained to them the standards of sexuality according to its original intention by God. Sex was to be enjoyed by a man and woman in a marriage relationship. No other expression was acceptable.

13) The Greek word rendered sexual immorality (porneia) is the word from which our English word pornography is derived. The verbal form of the word literally meant “to have relations with a prostitute.” Two other forms of the word referred to a female prostitute (porne) and a male prostitute (pornos). Pornography is an industry that exploits both males and females for sexual purposes. Like the prostitute who sells his or her body, those participating in pornography have sold their bodies. Like a person who visits a prostitute, those who view pornography are joining themselves to a prostitute. Jesus made it clear that lust is more than physical, it is mental as well. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28). Those who do not guard their eyes and their minds have committed sexual immorality, sometimes without even leaving their own home. In the Old Testament, Job declared, “I have made a covenant with my eyes. How then could I look at a young woman?” (Job 31:1). He knew the dangers of uncontrolled thoughts in the area of sexuality. Pornography feeds on uncontrolled thoughts.

I) What are some of the lasting truths in; (I Thessalonians 4:3)?

  • Most of God’s will already has been revealed to us in His Word.
  • Sanctification is both a past event and a state of being and a present process which is a state of becoming.
  • Part of sanctification is avoiding all types of sexual immorality, including pornography.
  • What did Paul mean by knowing how to control his own body?
  • Why is it important that Christians remain pure and free from pornography?
  • How would a person overcome an addiction to pornography?
  • (I Thessalonians 4:4); so that each of you knows how to control his own body in sanctification and honor,
  • (I Thessalonians 4:5); Not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God.

14) Practice Self Control. Verse 4 is a difficult verse to translate, as seen by the variety of translations. The HCSB says, so that each of you knows how to control his own body. The KJV reads, “That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel.” The NASB has, “that each of you know how to possess his own vessel.” Some interpreters, including Augustine, interpreted the word “vessel” to mean wife. In this line of thinking, Paul’s words were a challenge to have eyes for one’s own wife only. This use of vessel is in keeping with (I Peter 3:7); where Peter referred to the wife as “the weaker vessel” (KJV). However, most interpreters translate the word as body rather than “vessel.” In the New Testament, this word is used to refer to a vessel that can be carried (Mark 11:16), a household utensil (Revelation 2:27); (John 19:29); (Luke 8:16); (Acts 10:11-16), nautical gear (Acts 27:17); and a liturgical vessel (Hebrews 9:21). However, the word also refers to the body, as seen when the Lord referred to Paul as “a chosen vessel” (Acts 9:15). Whether the word in (I Thessalonians 4:4); is referring to the man knowing how to control his own body or to the man knowing how to live with his wife in purity, the idea is similar. Marriage leaves no room for wandering in the body or with the eyes.

15) Paul contrasted two ways that people could live in the marriage relationship. The first was in sanctification and honor. As believers learn to control their own bodies, they are progressing in sanctification. As noted in the previous section, sanctification is both finished in the cross and practically worked out in the life of the believer. Paul expected the Gentile believers who lived in a much more permissive society to live in holiness by avoiding sexual immorality. That’s why he encouraged them to control (“to possess,” KJV, NASB); their own vessels or bodies. This word literally means “to acquire” or “to secure for oneself.” If the object of this verb refers to a wife, Paul was instructing men to acquire a wife rather than live with uncontrolled passion. On the other hand, if it refers to the body, then Paul was saying that each person should learn to control his own body and reserve it for God’s purposes rather than uncontrolled lust and passion.

16) The second way that people could live was by the rule of lustful desires. The two Greek words literally combine to say “passion of lust.” The Greek word for passion (pathos) deals with the power of an emotion. One of the dangers of pornography is the emotional attachment associated with it. Some turn to it out of loneliness. Others turn to it attempting to relieve stress in their lives. Others want the emotions of excitement that initially come with sexual sin. The modifying term, lustful, describes what fuels the passion. Passion arouses because it is fueled by desire. The Greek word for lustful can be used to describe a good desire, as it is in (2:17) when Paul desired to see them again in person. However, most of the time, as here, it described an evil desire.

17) If sensual lust leads to passion that can lead to an addiction to pornography, what is the secret for avoiding it? Self-control is the key! As a part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), self-control is produced by the Holy Spirit as we continue to walk in Him (verse 25). As we draw near to the Lord, He gives us the ability to control desires that are contrary to Him. This is evident when Paul wrote to the Romans, “For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification” (Romans 6:19). Those who feed the flesh reap the destruction caused by their flesh. Those who feed the spirit reap the benefits of the Holy Spirit at work in them.

18) Living in unrestrained lust is not characteristic of Christians but of the Gentiles who don’t know God. As used here, the Gentiles were not Jews who had not believed in Jesus, and their sexual standards were not in line with biblical standards. Because they did not know God, they embraced their own culture’s perverse sexual customs. Paul wrote of this in (Romans 1). As people rejected the knowledge of God (Romans 1:28), God gave them over to unnatural lusts (verses. 24-26-28). One should not be surprised when those who do not know God are involved with pornography, but it should be a surprise when the Lord’s own people use it!

19) What are some of the lasting truths of (I Thessalonians 4:4-5)?

  • Each Christian is responsible for maintaining self-control of his or her own body.
  • We can either be ruled by sanctification and honor or by lustful desires.
  • When we allow lustful desires to rule our lives, we are living like unbelievers live. (I Thessalonians 4:6-8);

20) How does pornography take advantage of others? Why is pornography considered an exploitation of those involved in the making of it? Does the fact that a person does not know the person portrayed in the pornographic material absolve him or her from responsibility to that person? Why, or why not?

  • Now this means one must not transgress against and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses, as we also previously told and warned you. (I Thessalonians 4:6);
  • For God has not called us to impurity but to sanctification. (I Thessalonians 4:7);
  • Therefore, the person who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who also gives you His Holy Spirit.

21) Don’t Take Advantage of Others. When a Christian is ruled by lustful desires (I Thessalonians 4:5); he places himself in danger of hurting others. Paul listed two reasons that allowing these desires to rule us hurts others. First, it causes us to transgress against others. This word literally meant “to go beyond a boundary.” It was to overstep a law or a command of God. Giving in to sexual temptation hurts us because we break God’s commands, but it also hurts others by causing them to do the same. It also crosses clearly established boundaries between us and them. Adultery causes us to transgress against the people we commit the sin with and the innocent people, such as our families, that have to pick up the pieces left from the adultery. Premarital sex transgresses against one’s future marriage partner. Something reserved for a future husband or wife has now been shared with someone else.

Pornography transgresses against the people who often are exploited to make it, and it also hurts the intimacy of one’s own marriage relationship. A private privilege of marriage is flaunted on a television or computer screen, and it cannot help but affect the real relationship between a husband and a wife.

22) Paul also stated that sexual sin causes a person to defraud his brother or sister in Christ. Some of the alternate translations of this word include “take advantage of” or “wrong” and “exploit”. Those who view pornography may think that the only one they are hurting is themselves. However, people who view pornography are also violating those who are on the screen or on the printed page. Even though the models may have chosen to participate in it and have been paid for their services, the person purchasing and using pornography is still feeding the appetite for the production of more pornography. If web sites had no hits, pornographic sites could not stay in business. If nobody purchased magazines, they’d go bankrupt. By feeding their out-of-control sexual appetites, they are keeping the businesses alive.

23) Paul turned to two clear reasons to reject impurity and embracing purity. First, he reminded his readers that God will judge their immoral behavior. Paul wrote that the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses. The word avenger is a strong word and was used to identify a person who procured justice for someone. An avenger is a person who punishes disobedience and stands for the truth. The idea of God as an avenger is not uncommon in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 32:35). God sees everything and He sees it accurately, unlike human judges who may have to rule with limited knowledge of the facts. Therefore, God stands ready to avenge those who we have wronged with sexual sin. Some of God’s judgment may take place in the short term. Broken homes, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, and other problems associated with sex outside of marriage are dangers of not doing things God’s way. However, it seems that this passage has an eschatological (end times) feel and refers to a time in the future when God will judge every wrong.

24) In (I Thessalonians 4:7); Paul restated a principle that had guided his whole discussion on sexual impurity. He said that God has not called us to impurity but to sanctification. In addition to sexual immorality (Verse 3), Paul introduced a new word to describe a life controlled by the passion of lust and impurity. Originally this term described ritual uncleanness caused by any number of immoral actions. However, Paul often used it to refer to the sexual immorality that rendered a person unclean (Romans 1:24); (II Corinthians 12:21); (Galatians 5:19). Paul listed this word when he spelled out the works of the flesh in (Galatians 5:19).

25) The priority of God’s call is to drive a believer’s faithfulness to Him in every area of life, including sexuality. God’s call was not merely to salvation but to sanctification. He desires to make us holy in heart and practice. The person who rejects this call does not reject man, but God. The word rejects can mean “to set aside,” “to frustrate,” or “to treat as null and void.” The person who lives in impurity is not merely violating a human law, but a law of God.

26) Furthermore, God has placed His Holy Spirit in the believer to guide him into truth (John 16:13). At the moment of conversion, the Holy Spirit is placed within the believer as a deposit or pledge that God will finish His work of sanctification (Ephesians 1:13-14). From the inside out, the Spirit convicts people of “sin, righteousness, and judgment” (John 16:8). Because God has given the Holy Spirit to Christians, He has a right to expect them to hold to His standards in every area, including sexual standards. If the Christian will yield to the Holy Spirit, He will set the believer free from pornography’s clutches. Of course, the journey to freedom will need to include painful self-examination of the causes of the addiction, and possibly asking people who understand addiction for help as well as working with a counselor.

II) What are some lasting truths in (I Thessalonians 4:6-8)?

  • AIl sexual sin is ultimately taking advantage of someone else other than yourself. Sexual sin is selfish to its core.
  • God will judge all sin, including the sin of pornography.
  • God has called Christians to a standard of holiness, and we should not violate that standard because our passions are not under control.
  • God gave us the Holy Spirit to live in us and through us so that we would yield to him rather than to lustful passions.
  • The Bible calls us as believers to be people of purity, people who reject sexually explicit materials in favor of God’s standard. By our example of purity, we can help those struggling with pornography.

A) Remember; if you are not saved our God has the power to save anyone that calls upon the name of Jesus Christ and repents of their sins. Now all that are lost need God’s power because we have a problem with sin. The Bible tells us that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).

B) Now you can find the way to Heaven in the book of (Romans 10:9). This scripture in the bible tells us that “If you confess with your mouth, that “Jesus is Lord,” and that you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

C) We all need to confess our sins and ask God for his forgiveness. When you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord, then this involves an agreeing with God about your sin and your need for Salvation. You must repent of your own personal sins, by doing this you are willing to turn away from the direction in life in which you are going.

D) Now to “believe in your heart” is to place your faith in Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, also you are trusting that Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins. But our God proves His own love for us in that while we were sill sinners, Jesus Christ died for all of us. (Romans 5:8).

E) Remember, if you would like to have Salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ, you sincerely pray a prayer like this one; “Please God, I confess to you my sins and I need for you to save me right now. Then I will turn away from my sins and I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord of my life forever. Amen.”

F) We as Christians should never forget the price that He (Jesus), had to pay for our sin on the Cross at Calvary. I would always advise anyone who has a love one that has a terrible sickness. Please go to our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and just ask Jesus to heal your love one or friend and I believe that He will answer your prayer because it is God’s Will that His children be safe from all harm. We as believers in Jesus Christ should always remember what John told His Apostles in the book of (John 14:1-6). Please read the 6 scriptures below.

1) In the book of the Gospel of John, here our Lord Jesus tells His Apostles, “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1);

2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2);

3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:3);

4) And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. (John 14:4);

5) Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? (John 14:5);

6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6);

Note: Now this concludes our Bible Study on what our God has to say about pornography and sin. Please pray earnestly for God’s power to work in your lives and keep you safe from all the evils of this world. Please pass this bible study on to other people if it has helped you in anyway. Remember that all the material is free on this web-site and I don’t believe in paying for God’s Holy Word.

You’re Brother in Christ,
Frank Rose

What does our god say about helping the poor

Introduction

God is clear about helping the poor. When the Holy Spirit convicts your heart and you began to read God’s Holy Word, then you will see his word with fresh eyes. Now as I read the scriptures about the poor I could see that their need was everywhere. The bible reminded me about me and my family when we were growing up as young children in the state of Virginia before our family moved to Ohio. I believe that most people have heard about the phrase, here that our family was “poorer than dirt.” My Dad and Mother were poor and they had very little education. But I must tell you first about my Father and Mother and my four sisters and three brothers as I remember them. In this part of the country the people were very poor and they were under-privileged and many people had very little education where I came from. The only work that was available for a man to get was working in the coal mines. This kind of work was dirty and dangerous and the work was hard with very little pay and no recognition for any man. Now during this time it was hard for a coal miner to make a living for his family and put food on the table for all of us children. I was a son of a coal miner and my Dad worked long hours and he made very little money at this dirty and dangerous job working in a coal mines. Now it was here that I remember that my Dad would get up early in the morning and it was always before day-light he would kiss my Mom good-by and then he would walk about 3 miles to work. My Dad worked at the Blue Diamond Coal Company at Boney Blue Virginia for about 30 years. Now I must get back to the biblical scriptures about God’s view on the “poor.” It was here in the 15th chapter of Deuteronomy that Moses tells us about the sabbatical year, or “the year of release.” Also this (sabbatical year) was spoken about in (Exodus 23:10-11); and also in (Leviticus 25:1-22). Now here is where our God, (Jehovah) commanded the people to give the land a “Sabbath” or (a rest) from growing crops every seven years. But the reasons that the Lord gave here was for the “poor” could eat from the land in the sabbatical year in the book of (Exodus 23:11). Also in the book of (Deuteronomy 15:4); there is a great example of God’s grace, His mercy, and His kindness. Our God tells us, if the people would obey all of His commands concerning lending and borrowing; and collecting, repaying, and forgiving their debts, that the Lord God assured them that “there shall be no poor among you.”

1) Well after a while the big Coal Companies began to close all of the coal mines and go out of business. This put thousands of families into the very poor style of living because the men could not find any type of work. Just to put food on the table for our family, we all had to work very hard at raising a bigger garden so we could have enough food to eat. This was a real learning experience for me. I remember the types of vegetables that our family had to plant every year so we could eat and have food for the whole year. Every spring of each year our family would plant lots of potatoes, green-beans, sweet-potatoes, onions, lettuce, peas, corn, watermelons, apples, and peaches. We had to raise lots of food so we could caned all the vegetables because this food had to last us year long. We also had to dig big holes in the ground that was under the house and porch. After we harvest all the food from our garden then we would cover our potatoes and apples with straw and then we would cover the holes with some dirt. We did this so the food would not freeze and the family could have something to eat for the rest of the year.

2) After about one year the Government started a food program and it consisted of; I box of cheese, I box of powder eggs, I box of powder milk, 1 can of roast beef; as I remember the powder eggs, and the powder milk, just tasted awful and you had to hold your nose when you eat and drank them. Also my brother Jim and I shined shoes in the little town of St. Charles Virginia. Now by shined shoes we would make enough money to go see a movie at the show-house. Well that’s the way I remember our family growing up in the state of Virginia before our family moved to Middletown, Ohio when I was about 12 years old. Well I guess that’s why I can say that our family was dirt poor, when we lived in the state of Virginia.

3) Now the first verse is a very familiar one to all of us and it’s from the passage of Scripture that we call the Beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). Here some people seem to assume that because this passage uses the word poor, the Lord was talking about people who were living in financial poverty. They conclude that poverty is linked to spirituality. I’ve heard people say only somewhat in jest about their preachers, “We’ll keep ’em poor, and God will keep ’em humble.” These people have come to the position that being poor removes all concern or desire for material provision, and that once individuals have given up all hope of any prosperity, God can speak more clearly to them. Some even seem to conclude that all poor people make it to heaven and that no rich people do.

4) We should know from a very practical, logical standpoint that this is not the case. Poor people don’t stop being concerned about financial provision or cease desiring prosperity. If anything, they have a greater concern about meeting their material needs. Millions of people around the world awaken every morning with poverty foremost on their minds, and they spend long hours trying to make do out the barest of livings in their effort to starving off death, disease, oppression, and other horrible ravages of poverty. Poverty doesn’t automatically make people more conscious of God or more spiritually minded. Furthermore, God doesn’t stop speaking to the rich. He speaks to any person who has a listening heart, regardless of the balance in the checking account.

5) I believe that the more important issue here is that this verse doesn’t say what people have come to think it says. Jesus refers to the “poor in spirit,” not the poor in finances. He is speaking about those who are humble, who have no pretense that they are beyond any need of God’s forgiveness. People must be poor in spirit, in other words, have an attitude that they need God and are spiritually destitute without Him and before they will ever turn to God and receive His forgiveness and love. Now to a great degree, our sense of having a lack of God in our lives draws us to want a relationship with God. And when we come to that point in our lives, we are in the best position possible to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and to receive God’s forgiveness in our lives. When we accept Jesus and open ourselves to God’s forgiveness and love, we have entrance into eternal life and a permanent home in heaven. Ours is the kingdom of heaven, as our Lord Jesus taught in the bible.

6) Now below there are six questions in the next part of our bible study about the rich and the poor. How will you answer these questions? But I would like to ask you the real question. What are you giving to help the poor in your home town or neighborhood where you live?

  • Can a rich person be humble before God?  yes
  • Can a rich person feel a need for God? yes
  • Can a rich person experience salvation and place all their trust in God? yes
  • Can a poor person be too angry with God to seek His forgiveness? yes
  • Can a poor person refuse to turn to God for forgiveness? yes
  • Can a poor person reject God’s offer of forgiveness and remain a sinner? Your answers should be yes

7) But, some say, “there is a spirit of poverty, and those who have this spirit are more likely to turn to God.” Yes, there is a spirit of poverty. It is a spirit that causes depression, dejection, and despair. It is a spirit that manifests itself in poor self-esteem, low levels of confidence and enthusiasm, and a lack of hope. It is a spirit that can result in such fear and anxiety that faith is crushed. A spirit of poverty exists, but it is not a spirit that automatically causes a person to turn to God. Having a spirit of poverty is not at all the same as being “poor in spirit.” Have you ever met people who grew up poor but never seemed to think of themselves as poor? They were surrounded by people who loved them, believed in them, encouraged them in their faith, and held out the hope of a bright future to them. They look back on their financially accounts in their childhoods and think of themselves as having been very rich in all the right things.

8) I’ve also met people who grew up in wealthy homes, but they are impoverished when it comes to love, hope, enthusiasm for the future, and self-image. They were given lots of material stuff, but not much love or attention. No, financial blessing doesn’t automatically relate to the salvation of one’s soul or a decision to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. There is no inherent righteousness in poverty. There are five questions below, how would you answer them.

  • Have you ever been poor in spirit?
  • How did you feel after you answered this question?
  • Can you recall an instance in your past when you didn’t have very much money?
  • How did you feel after you answered this question?
  • Now in what ways were these experiences and your feelings about them similar?

9) A second verse that is often used to support the idea that poverty is linked to spirituality is this; “The poor you have with you always” (John 12:8). Now people have used this verse to conclude that God condones poverty. That is not what this verse says. There is no blessing attached with poverty, in this verse or any other verse. Jesus was pointing out to His disciples the reality of humankind as a whole, not God’s desire for humankind. He was stating what is, not what God wishes. Furthermore, we need to take this statement in the broader context of what was happening in the lives of Jesus and His disciples at that point. Jesus was in the house of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, whom Jesus had recently raised from the dead. Jesus was having supper with them only a week before His crucifixion, and He knew His time on earth was short.

10) It was here the Bible tells us, that Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of my burial. For the poor you have with you always, but me you do not have always” (John 12:3–8).

11) Jesus’ main point was not that the poor are always in our midst, but that Judas’s priorities were sorely misplaced. Judas claimed to be thinking of what could be given to the poor when he was really concerned about having more money in the fund from which he was embezzling. Judas had no sensitivity toward what God was about to do in Jesus’ life; he had no sensitivity toward the motive of Mary’s heart. Jesus clearly and accurately read Judas’s intentions and stated just as clearly that any gift given out of sacrificial love for the Lord is a worthy gift. There is no honor bestowed upon poverty in this statement of Jesus.

12) Here in the book of (Deuteronomy 15:7-11); we are demonstrating God’s heart for the poor. Now many people live in “the great in-between,” that is, they consider themselves neither rich nor poor. However, a family that makes $40,000 per year is in the top 1 percent of the richest people in the world. This means that rich and poor are relative terms, depending on those around you. Statistics like this should make us thankful for our jobs, our homes, and our lifestyles when we consider our lives against the global population. However, many who are reading this bible study struggle to get the basic necessities of life for food, clothing, and shelter. They struggle to make out an existence in the world, sometimes, because of poor choices they have made, but many times because of circumstances that were outside of their control.

13) When we are confronting poverty which often makes those who are not in it uncomfortable. Whether it is a child from Africa on the television with no food to eat or the homeless man down the street, Christians often struggle with the desire to help those in need, but the suspicion is that such persons may be merely using their poverty to take advantage of people. Many Christians simply turn and look the other way rather than encounter someone who is homeless or poor. This helps salve their conscience, but it does not absolve them of their responsibility. We as Christians should be an example and always help the poor.

14) The Israelites had the opportunity to enter the land of Canaan not long after they had exited Egypt, but they did not obey the Lord (Numbers 13:26-33). Their fear of the giants usurped the command of God, and the Israelites wandered for 40 years while all of those who exited Egypt died, except for the two spies who brought a favorable report, Joshua and Caleb. In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses began to prepare the wilderness wanderers for entrance into the Promised Land. He would not be joining them there because of a mistake he made earlier (Numbers 20:8-12). Even though Moses would not join them in this Promise Land, and this was because he disobeyed God by smiting the rock twice and the water came out abundantly for God’s people. But God told Moses to speak to the rock and this is why he could not go with his people to the land of milk and honey where God had promised them when the people left Egypt. But when Moses came to the side of the Jordan River. But Moses gave final preparations for them as they prepared to cross the Jordan River and as Joshua prepared to become their new leader.

15) Moses reviewed all the instructions the people needed to know as they prepared to go forward in obedience to God. He first reminded them of their history from Egypt to the threshold of crossing the Jordan (Deuteronomy 1:6); and (Deuteronomy 4:43). Then, he reminded them of the general laws that were to govern the new nation (Deuteronomy 4:44); and (Deuteronomy 11:32). This includes a reminder of the Ten Commandments and the events surrounding God’s giving of them.  After that, Moses started reviewing specific stipulations of the covenant God had made with the Israelites (Deuteronomy 12:1); (Deuteronomy 26:19), which included items such as proper worship, clean and unclean foods, tithes, and the sabbatical year. It was in the context of the regulations about the sabbatical year (Deuteronomy 15:1-18); that we should focal on these verses for our bible study.

16) The year of canceling debts is for the Hebrews of (Deuteronomy 15:9); literally says “the seventh year of the release” or “the year of the seventh the year of the cancelation of debt.” The phrase refers to the previous verses in (Deuteronomy 15:1-3). All debts between Israelites were to be cancelled at the end of the seventh year, regardless of the amount of the debt or the terms of the agreement. The debts of foreigners did not fall under the same terms and were still liable for repayment. The purpose of this sabbatical year was to avoid creating a class of poor people who were oppressed by those to whom they owed money. The year brought rights to the poor, but it also created responsibility within those who lent money to others.

17) The word bless in (Deuteronomy 15:10); literally meant “to kneel.” It is a word often used for people who bow before God in worship. However, it occurs numerous times in the Old Testament for God blessing people. In this case it probably referred to the kneeling of a person before he received a blessing from a superior. This was the case when Solomon knelt before the Lord to ask the Lord’s favor on his reign as king. Solomon knelt before the Lord, hoping to receive success, prosperity, and longevity (II Chronicles 6:13).

18) There are eight questions below, as a believer in our Lord Jesus, how would you answer these questions. Also I would like to ask you another question. What will you do to help the poor and all these people that are in much poverty all over the world?

  • Who should be considered among the poor?
  • What is the proper response of a Christian toward a fellow Christian who is caught in the clutches of poverty?
  • Do these actions apply equally toward brothers in Christ as well as to those who do not know Him?
  • Why does the Lord care so much about the poor and require us to respond to their needs?
  • What would be potential problems with canceling debts every seventh year?
  • What is the difference between loaning and borrowing for wants rather than needs?
  • How does the refusal to loan to the poor reflect a stingy heart?
  • Why would God judge a person for not sharing his or her possessions with those in need?

II) The answers can be found in (Deuteronomy 15:7-9); Also below verses 20, 21, and 22.

19) “If there is a poor person among you,” and one of your brothers within any of your gates in the land the Lord your God is giving you. You must not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. (Deuteronomy 15:7);

20) Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him enough for whatever need he has. (Deuteronomy 15:8);

21) Be careful that there isn’t this wicked thought in your heart, “The seventh year, the year of canceling debts, is near,” and you are stingy toward your poor brother and give him nothing. He will cry out to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty. (Deuteronomy 15:9);

22) We as Christians should always share freely when you see a need. As Moses defined the kind of government that would rule the land the Israelites were to inhabit, he reviewed the requirements for covenantal living. He reminded the people of the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:1-21), and gave them the greatest Commandment to love God (Deuteronomy 6:1-25). He encouraged proper worship (Deuteronomy 12:1-32), and forbade them to get involved with idolatry (Deuteronomy 13:1-18). He explained which foods were unclean and which foods were clean (Deuteronomy 14:1-21), and gave them responsibilities concerning tithing their income (Deuteronomy 14:22-29). In that context, Moses explained the institution of a sabbatical year, a year in which the debts of the poor would be cancelled and slaves would be released (Deuteronomy 15:1-18).

23) God’s heart was that the poor and the slaves would have an opportunity to break out of their poverty. Therefore, He commanded that at the end of a seven-year period, the Israelites were to cancel the debts of a “brother” or a “neighbor” who owed them money (Deuteronomy 15:1). They were not under obligation to cancel the debt of “a foreigner” (verse 3). God revealed His desire about this sabbatical year in verse 4: “There will be no poor among you, however, because the Lord is certain to bless you in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance.” Poverty existed in that time, as it does in ours, but the Lord made provision so the opportunity would be there for a person to break out of its clutches. The sabbatical year also presupposed that God would bless the Israelites abundantly as they entered the new land that was flowing with milk and honey. If people were not held back by past debts, they had the opportunity to succeed in a bountiful land. Remember that they had toiled in the desert for 40 years prior to Moses’ words in this passage, so the chance for a new life in a flourishing land held great promise for the Israelites.

24) Now verse 7 begins with an acknowledgement of the poor person among you. The Hebrew language contained several words for the poor, and each had a different shade of meaning. One word meant “afflicted,” another meant “weak.” However, the word used in this passage referred specifically to those who lacked material wealth. The poor included those who had lost their ancestral land (Exodus 23:11), and had reverted to borrowing from others in (Deuteronomy 15:7-11). The poor might have lacked basic clothing (Job 31:19), or adequate food (Psalms 132:15). God made provisions for those who lacked the basic necessities at the feast of Purim (Esther 9:22).

25) Moses further qualified his identification of the poor with the words one of your brothers. The sabbatical year applied only to the Israelites and not to the foreigners who owed them money (Deuteronomy 15:3). Israelites had to cancel the debts of their brothers, but they could collect the debts of those who did not belong to the children of Israel. Those outside the covenantal relationship with God did not receive the same benefits of community as those who were in the covenant. Those who were outside the covenant would certainly see the benefits of being in fellowship with God’s people and would desire that sense of community. Note that this passage did not prevent an Israelite from helping a non-Israelite, but it did restrict the obligatory releasing of debts to those within the Israelite community.

26) Many questions arise when it comes to the practicality of the sabbatical year. How would it work for lenders to release their borrowers on the seventh year? Could a person pile up debt, knowing that the seventh year was coming soon? Some scholars believe that the sabbatical year only relaxed the payment for one year, but that seems foreign to the text. In verse 9 indicates that this was a complete cancellation of all debts in the seventh year, hence the warning not to refuse to lend to the poor when the seventh year approached. Certainly, more caution would be used as the time of releasing debts approached, but this was a good caution. Lenders would lend with that in mind, and borrowers would borrow with that in mind as well. It promoted responsibility in both lending and borrowings. It also provided an opportunity for the poor to rise from their humble position by receiving a fresh start during the sabbatical year.

27) Moses discouraged the Israelites from being hardhearted and tightfisted. The first word, hardhearted, was the same one used to describe King Sihon’s heart when he would not allow Israel to cross through Amorite territory (Deuteronomy 2:30). Hardhearted people were those who knew what was right to do, but they did not do it. The opposite of hardhearted would be those who are softhearted are those who see the needs of others and attempt to help them out of their plight.

28) The second quality that Moses encouraged the people to avoid was that of being tightfisted. In addition to a rigid heart, some had a closed hand. This word referred both to the shutting of the mouth and the shutting of the hands. It specifically referred to those who could afford to help the poor but kept their resources firmly clinched in their hands. God’s desire was for the poor to have the opportunity to rise from their circumstances, and He expected those who could assist such in a responsible way to help them.

29) Instead of being tightfisted Moses encouraged the Israelites to open your hand to the poor. The verb is descriptive, as it often means “to lose,” “to untie,” “to release,” or “to liberate.” Certainly, this implies more than merely giving a handout. It means giving a hand up! The Israelites were not to give merely just because there was a need. They were to give in order to help the person who was in need rise to a better place. By releasing the poor from their debt during the sabbatical year, the wealthy were untying the poor from an obligation that their debt had created. Going even beyond the release of the sabbatical year, Moses encouraged those who had plenty to share with those who were in need. He encouraged them not only to open their hands to the poor but to freely loan enough to meet their need. The people of God were to see those in need and provide sufficient help to assist them in rising from their need.

30) The real test of generosity, however, was the nearness to the sabbatical year which was the seventh year, the year of canceling debts. Verse 9 contains a warning to be careful. Most people who give to the poor are cautious and sometimes even skeptical, because they think that all poor people are poor because of their laziness or their own poor choices. They do not want the poor to take advantage of their generosity. However, the warning given to the people of God is not to protect themselves from fraud but was to protect themselves from a lack of generosity. The real test of generosity would have been a brother who had a need prior to the sabbatical year. Should a person help someone just before the time of cancellation of the debt happened in the sabbatical year? Skepticism of being defrauded could have prevented an Israelite from helping a brother who had a legitimate need.
But even without that, who would want to make a loan to someone only to have to cancel it the next year? In the case of a poor person coming for a loan just prior to the sabbatical year. Then the lender would have had to look at the loan as more of a gift than something on which repayment would be made. This would reduce the idea of using a loan as an investment rather than helping a brother in need, which is what the loan was intended to do in the first place. It would be tempting to become less generous the closer the sabbatical year became.  Thus the warning, be careful that there isn’t this wicked thought in your heart. “The seventh year, the year of canceling debts, is near,” and you are stingy toward your poor brother and give him nothing.

31) Now certainly poverty is a multifaceted problem that must be addressed both on the societal level and the individual level. However, this passage emphasizes the responsibility of the individual, not the responsibility of society. That issue would be addressed elsewhere. The responsibility rests on individual Christians to help brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need. Nobody wants others to take advantage of one’s generosity, but that alone is not a motive for refusing to help others.

32) If the church and its people looked the other way, the poor would cry out to the Lord against us and we would be guilty before God. As the poor prays to God for help, he also indicts those around him who have been gifted by God to meet that need but who refuse to help. This makes the person who refuses to help guilty before God (“guilty of sin).” The Hebrew root word used here occurs about 580 times in the Old Testament. Thus, it is the principal word used for sin. The basic idea behind the word was “to miss the mark.” Like a marksman who shoots and misses at a target, the person who refuses to help the poor fails to connect with one of God’s aims for his life. God expects generosity from His followers, and this means that they must freely share with others when they see a legitimate need.

33) What are some of the lasting truths in (Deuteronomy 15:7-9)?

  • Christians have a responsibility to help fellow Christians in need.
  • Christians should open their hearts and hands to the poor.
  • Christians should be responsible in lending.
  • Christians should be responsible in borrowing.
  • Christians should have an open hand when it comes to helping meet others’ needs.
  • Christians should give to meet needs rather than using the poor as an investment.

The prayers of the poor implicate those who have the means to help but do not help.

34) Why should a Christian help those in need? How have you seen God bless those who give to meet others’ needs? If we cannot eliminate poverty, why should we even get involved in helping the poor? What does the refusal to help the poor reveal about our view of the grace of God in our own possessions? The answers can be found in (Deuteronomy 15:10-11); below in verses 10, 11.

  • (Deuteronomy 15:10); Give to him, and don’t have a stingy heart when you give, and because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do.
  • (Deuteronomy 15:11); for there will never cease to be poor people in the land; that is why I am commanding you, “You must willingly open your hand to your afflicted and poor brother in your land.”

35) God Blesses Us and Our Giving. Giving to the poor to meet a need is not all that God asks of His people. In (Deuteronomy 15:10), He encouraged the person who had the means to give to the poor, but He also told that person don’t have a stingy heart. The word used here often means “evil” or “bad.” In this context it refers to a person who gave grudgingly. He did a good thing but thought it bad. He didn’t want to help, but he did anyway. Rather, God loves a cheerful giver (II Corinthians 9:7). I heard it said recently that God loves a cheerful giver, but He will take it from a grouch. While that may be true, the grouch certainly receives no commendation or reward from God for giving. (Deuteronomy 15:10); encouraged people to give to the poor and to do so without giving to them grudgingly.

36) Those who give cheerfully to meet the need of the poor have a promise. The Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do. This verse does not offer a blank-check promise that God will make every person wealthy who gives to the poor. But it does assure each giver that God will offer His blessing on those who are givers. As we respond to the needs of others, God responds to our needs. God blesses people in many ways. Sometimes He blesses financially, but at other times His blessings are spiritual in nature. We do not give for the purpose of getting something from God, but as we give He proves to be faithful to us.

37) Now verse 11 offers a gentle reminder that there will never cease to be poor people in the land. No matter how much we give to the poor, poverty will still exist. Jesus shared the same idea in Matthew 26 when the woman came to anoint His feet with very expensive fragrant oil. The disciples grew indignant, criticizing the woman for not selling the oil and giving it to the poor. Jesus responded with the following statement: “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me” (Deuteronomy 15:11). The point of Jesus’ words was to highlight the fact that the woman had realized the importance of His impending death and its inclusion in the gospel.

38) In (Deuteronomy 15:11), the emphasis is on the open opportunity to help the poor. We can never reach the end of helping the poor. No matter how many poor people Christians help, still more are struggling to make ends meet. For that reason, those who follow the Lord need to open their hands to the poor. (Proverbs 14:21), says, “The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.” (Proverbs 14:31); speaks even stronger: “The one who oppresses the poor person insults his Maker, but one who is kind to the needy honors Him.” (Proverbs 19:17); says, “Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord, and He will give a reward to the lender.” (Proverbs 21:13); suggests that refusing to help the poor hinders one’s prayer life: “The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will himself also call out and not be answered.” So, the opportunity to help the poor is prevalent, and those who do so not only help others but themselves as well.

39) Moses commanded the Israelites, telling them that when they reached their new land they were to notice those who were afflicted and poor. The Hebrew word in (Deuteronomy 15:11); for afflicted has the primary meaning of “to force someone into submission.” It was used of actions that God did to prompt repentance in someone who experienced difficulties because of sin and disobedience (Deuteronomy 8:23); (Psalms 102:23); (Isaiah 64:12); (Zechariah 10:2). Poverty brings many afflictions with it, and Christians have the opportunity not only to help with the problem of poverty but the issues associated with it. Hunger, theft, malnutrition, drug-dealing, and other social ills arise out of poverty. Treating poverty is important, but so is helping people through their afflictions.

40) What are some lasting truths in the book of (Deuteronomy 15:10-11)? We should never forget to always help the people that are in poverty because our God has always bless this great country of ours.

  • We need a giving heart rather than a stingy heart toward the poor.
  • God returns blessings on His children when He sees them helping those in need.
  • Stamping out poverty is not the primary motive for giving to the poor, as poverty will always be an issue in society.
  • Our primary motive for giving should be to reflect God’s heart for the poor.

41) Now in this bible study, I would like to point out to all the people just what Jesus said about those that are very rich and have a great deal of treasure. Our Lord Jesus said, lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. (Matthew 6:19); But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal (Matthew 6:20). For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.

42) Jesus taught another short story in the book of Mark. Here a young man came running, and kneeled to Him, and asked Him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. Then Jesus ask, these questions, Do thou knowest the commandments, do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, defraud not, and honor thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto Him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, one thing thou lackest; go thy way, and sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven. (Mark 10:17-21)

43) I would like to remind the rich man one more thing that our Lord Jesus said and that can be found in the book of Matthew. Here Jesus said unto His disciples, Verily I say unto you that a rich man shall, with difficulty, enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:23-24)

44) When His Disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, who, then, can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:25-26)

45) Remember it is always easier to look the other way when we cross paths with someone who is homeless or the poor who needs help, but the Bible gives us a better approach. As a Christian we should never pass anyone by if they are hurt or hungry or maybe they just need a helping hand to get started back on the right path with God.

A) The purpose of this bible study is to always ask our God to help us when we meet someone that is poor and needs a helping hand. I believe that there is only one answer for the poor and that is to pray for them and ask our Lord Jesus Christ to have mercy on them and trust in Him to save their soul from the terrible place called Hell. Once again, I appeal to your good nature. Please help feed the hungry and also take care of the poor and our God will bless you.

B) Remember; if you are not saved our God has the power to save any one that calls upon the name of Jesus Christ and repents of their sins. Now all that are lost need God’s power because we have a problem with sin. The Bible tells us that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).

C) Now you can find the way to Heaven in the book of (Romans 10:9). This scripture in the bible tells us that “If you confess with your mouth, that “Jesus is Lord,” and that you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

D) We all need to confess our sins and ask God for his forgiveness. When you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord, then this involves an agreeing with God about your sin and your need for Salvation. You must repent of your own personal sins, by doing this you are willing to turn away from the direction in life in which you are going.

E) Now to “believe in your heart” is to place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, also you are trusting that Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins. But our God proves His own love for us in that while we were sill sinners, Jesus Christ died for all of us. (Romans 5:8).

F) Remember, if you would like to have Salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ, you sincerely pray a prayer like this one; “Please God, I confess to you my sins and I need for you to save me right now. Then I will turn away from my sins and I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord of my life forever.  Amen.”

G) In closing this study about poverty and the poor, never forget to pray for all of them and their families and friends. And be sure to give our Lord Jesus Christ all the praise, the glory, and honor for any healing that you might receive from Him.

H) Father, please help me have a heart for the poor like you have a heart for the poor. Remind me of my own poverty in Spirit so I can see you at work in me and in them. Now I ask you Lord Jesus please bless me with the means to be a blessing to others, and make me grateful for all that you have given to me. Amen. We as Christians should never forget the price that He (Jesus), had to pay for our sin on the Cross at Calvary.

I) Note: Now this concludes our Bible Study about the poor and the poverty in this country and for the rest of the world. Please pray earnestly for God’s power to work in your lives and heal all the terrible sickness in all of the world too. Please pass this bible study on to other people if it has helped you in anyway. Remember that all the material is free on this web-site and I don’t believe in paying for God’s Holy Word.

You’re, Brother in Christ,
Frank Rose

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Rev. Steve Gage preached four services while being an interim pastor at First Baptist Church of Hamilton Ohio on the topic of going through hard times. I hope these messages touch your heart as much as they touched me.