The Parable of the Sower Explained

Jesus was an excellent teacher. Actually, He was far more than a teacher. Nevertheless, He was the most awesome teacher the world has ever encountered. His earthly ministry was a teaching ministry from beginning to end. One of the tools He used most effectively was the parable. There are over 30 Parables in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This article focuses on one such parable, the parable of the sower. In this article, you will find the parable of the sower explained.

The Parable of the Sower Explained
Jesus, the awesome teacher!

What is a Parable?

A parable is a short allegorical (symbolic) story intended to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.

Why did Jesus use Parables?

When the disciples asked Jesus why He used parables, He said in Matthew 13:11, 13, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. (13) Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.”

Jesus revealed that understanding the truth of the gospel came as a gift of God to those He had chosen. The “you” to whom Jesus referred was the group of his true and faithful followers, including the twelve disciples and others who believed in him. God had gifted them a special gift. The fact that this knowledge was given discloses that both grace and judgment are God’s choices. God gave this knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven to these disciples as a permanent possession, a distinguishing mark of discipleship. They understood, though only in part, the “secrets” that God’s kingdom had arrived among them in the person of Jesus. Those who have not been given this knowledge where the Scripture reads “not to them” include those who willfully rejected the gospel message.

When speaking in parables, Jesus was not hiding the truth from sincere seekers because those receptive to spiritual truth understood the illustrations. To others, they were only stories without meaning. This circumstance allowed Jesus to give spiritual food to those who hungered for it while preventing his enemies from trapping him sooner than they might otherwise have done.

Therefore, When Jesus spoke in parables, He was not concealing the truth from genuine inquirers because those searching for spiritual truth understood the illustrations. To others, not so much.

The Parable of the Sower Explained

The Parable of the Sower Explained
The sower sows the seeds

This parable, the parable of the sower, is contained in three of the gospels. However, we only need to look at one. Luke 8:5-8

5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The Parable of the Sower explained
Same seed, different soil!

In verse 5, we see that a sower went out to sow his seed. This sower, in this instance, represents God, and the seed represents the Word of God (the gospel). The farmer sows the seed on all kinds of soil, apparently randomly. After all, no sensible farmer would sow seed in thorns or on a path. So what’s the story? Is it that he is simply careless, wasteful, or perhaps unskilled? Hardly, the farmer is fully aware that some of the soil is unproductive; however, he willingly scatters the seed on it anyway. God is like this farmer, allowing his words and love to fall on many who will not welcome them. And yet he is still willing to pour out his mercies upon them. Romans 2:4 tells us that God’s goodness is to lead us to repentance.

God knows the high potential of this seed. Sometimes we Christians tend to pull back from those who are uninterested or different, but God does not. Therefore, we must seek to replicate His generous love for the seemingly resistant.

Notice that as He sows, some immediately “fell” by the wayside. In verses 11 & 12, Jesus explains:

11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Now, they hear the Word, and immediately before it can take root, the devil comes and takes it away, preventing the seed from germinating and growing. Some individuals will sit in the church and hear the Word, and as soon as they walk out the church doors, it is gone. If they are asked what the message was about, they cannot say.

Additionally, Satan is a master at distraction, and the media is one of his most potent tools. Television, movies, sports, sports heroes, and superheroes are all part of his arsenal. He is truly “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2). Satan will use anything he can to take the Word out of the hearts of those who, as Jesus said, “should believe and be saved.”

Verse 6 shows that some seed fell “upon a rock.” Jesus explains in verse 13.

13 “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.”

The stony soil is deceptive because it has some soil. It represents the superficial hearer who appears interested but soon fades away. Those on the rock are the ones that receive the Word with enthusiasm when they hear it initially. Something in the gospel message hits a central part of their being, and they joyfully accept what it offers. However, Jesus said they “have no root.”

A seed needs soil to root and grow; without a root, there is no growth. Likewise, Christians need soil to root. For a Christian, the soil is the Word of God. Christians must be “rooted and grounded” in the Word. The Word provides the soil and the fertilizer by which we grow. We are required to grow (2 Peter 1:5-10); however, without a root, the Word, there is no growth for a Christian, and they will lose interest as fast and as enthusiastically as they gained it. This type of individual will return to the world as soon as trials and temptations arrive.

Now, these are the ones who will say—I don’t have time to read the Bible; I believe, but the Bible is old-fashioned; I try to read it, but I fall asleep, or I try, but I don’t understand it, and a host of other excuses.

Without the Word, Jesus said they, “which for a while believe.” In other words, they are not in it for the long haul; they are not ready to be a disciple in the time of testing when their believing leads to persecution. They fail to count the cost, to consider the obligation, the self-denial, the sacrifice, the study, the learning, the hours, and the effort required. They do not apply themselves to learn Christ; therefore, they do not become rooted and grounded in the Word. They are only superficial believers.

These individuals believe for a while, but as Jesus explained, they have no root, and when trials and temptations come, they fall away.

In verse 7, we see that some seed fell on thorns. Jesus explains in verse 14.

14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

The Parable of the Sower Explained
The birds of the air, rocky ground, thorns all can affect the seed

These are individuals who hear and accept the Word allowing it to take root in their hearts. However, as time goes on, something happens — thorns grow up and choke out the growing seed. Thorns deprive newly sprouting seeds of nourishment, moisture, daylight, and area to grow. Jesus described such people as being choked by life’s “cares, riches, and pleasures.”

This statement of Jesus describes a worldly individual who cannot shake the world. These individuals are too preoccupied with the world to focus on spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:14). As a result, their spiritual growth and life are choked and terminated. If we don’t feed our souls with the Word of God, they will be starved and will not grow.

They live double lives, attempting to live for Christ yet still living out in the world. They keep growing amid the thorns, giving their minds and attention to the cares, riches, and pleasures of this world.

They are in a word: carnal—carnal minded The Scriptures state the status of the carnal-minded without any ambiguity.

Rom 8:6-8 reads:

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

The Parable of the Sower explained - Carnality

For more on carnality, please see the article The Dangers of Carnality on this website.

The thorns of life: worldly cares (no matter how important or how minor), the false sense of security brought on (or merely promised) by riches, and the desire for pleasure and material possessions (including anything that serves to distract a person), choke out the Spirit of a new believer or even a matured believer. We never outrun the threat of being overcome by our circumstances. This reality is why Scripture warns in 1 Cor. 10:12, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” NIV

This threat is why growth is so crucial. We cannot be stagnant. In the Christian walk, we are either moving forward or falling backward. Stagnation is deadly to the spirit!

This condition plagued first-century disciples as they do believers today (e.g., Luke 10:41; 12:15, 19; 14:26; 16:19; 21:34). These diversions and conflicts rob new Christians of growth because they do not spend adequate time in God’s Word or with God’s people. Although the seed may have grown somewhat, it does not mature. Daily routines overcrowd, and materialistic quests sidetrack believers, choking out the Word of God so that it yields nothing.

Jesus said they bring no fruit to perfection.” They bear fruit. Fruit does appear but never ripens; it can never be harvested because the thorns choke the life out of it. It never lives to be used.

In verse 8, we see that some seed fell on “good ground.” Jesus explains in verse 15

15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

So we see that good ground can be found. This conclusion is what makes the sowing worthwhile. The good ground represents the hearts open to the gospel message wherever the seed of God’s Word is sown. Those with hearts like “good soil” hear the word, retain it, and by persevering, produce a crop. These individuals have truly believed and are eager to let Jesus make a difference in their lives. Because of this, they also, as Jesus said, “bring forth fruit” because they are willing to share what Jesus has done for them.

Because they have an honest and good heart, when they hear the Word, they keep it. That means they do not permit the devil to snatch it, neither the trials and temptations of life singe it, nor the cares or riches or pleasures of this life stifle it. Jesus said they “bring forth fruit with patience.”
That means they tolerate and study—learn, grow, and serve more and more. They constantly water and pluck the weeds and thorns and continue to do so until the fruit is fully developed and plucked so that it can be taken home to the Master of the house.
The Parable of the Sower - The Good Ground


Now there are two things to note about the sower.

First, although we have seen four different results of his sowing, he never changed seeds. He always sowed the same seed. What made the difference was the ground upon which it landed. The seed’s success depends on one thing and one thing alone; the condition of the soil (the heart) to receive the seed (the Word). If the ground (the heart) is soft and rich, full of the right minerals (spiritual qualities), and cleared of all junk and brush, plowed and turned over, then it is ready to receive the seed.

Second, he never stopped sowing—no matter what ground it landed on, he kept sowing. The Lord never stops sewing. Look at what Jesus is quoted as saying in Rev 3:20-21

21 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”

We are rewarded if we allow the seed of the sower to grow in our hearts. No matter where the seed lands, the wind can blow it onto the “good ground”. We must allow the wind of the Holy Spirit to lead us in being and remaining the good seed that “brings forth fruit with patience.”

The question we all must ask ourselves is—which seed are we? Are we the seed that fell by the wayside, the seed that fell on the rocky soil, the seed that fell among thorns, or the seed that fell on good ground and bringing forth fruit? Are we continuing to sow seed as the sower?

Which seed are we?

Any questions, comments, and concerns may be left below.


America on the Decline

Despite all the denials, all signals point to America on the decline. What is the root and reason for this decline? What can Americans do to check it? This article will shed light on the answers to these questions.

The Importance of Family

America and Britain rose to be superpowers, and the family was the fundamental block of their strength. Family is the concrete base on which a country’s superpower strength is built. However, the family in America as a priority is waning drastically.

The family is the foundation of society. It provides the building blocks of society and plays a crucial role in social development. It is the principal responsibility for the education and socialization of children, in addition to inspiring the values of citizenship and fitting into society.

Therefore, strong families are crucial for developing and preserving strong, quality societies.

America in Decline - The importance of Family

How does this compare to the attitude of indifference toward the family today in America? We have become self-indulgent and narcissistic to the point that the family has been pushed to the wayside in place of self-interest and convenience.

This wave of self-indulgence has manifested itself in several ways in America’s culture and is leading to America’s decline.

The Attack on Marriage

The attack on the family began in the 1960s with the women’s liberation and sexual revolution movements. While the women’s liberation movement began with good intentions, Satan turned it into a weapon against the family by causing colossal division within marital relationships.

Over time, these divisions have eroded the value and respect for marriage and family, and a new morality has emerged. Today, divorces are astoundingly easy to obtain. According to the American Psychological Association, approximately 40-50% of first unions of marriages terminate in divorce. The divorce rate for second marriages is yet higher, with roughly 60-67% of second marriages terminating in divorce.

America on the Decline

Marriage and family were the priority at one time based on biblical principles. However, the Bible has become part of the cancel culture of today’s society in America. Marriage is no longer favored; many avoid entering marriages and having families because it infringes on their freedom. For more information on the Bible and cancel culture, please see the article The Bible and Cancel Culture on this website.

The thirst for freedom and the canceling of the Bible has led to a turning away from God and the reliance on man—namely, the government. The government is now leading the way in contempt of God’s institution of marriage by passing the so-called Respect for Marriage Act. The law requires the federal government to fully recognize same-sex unions. Further, it repeals and replaces provisions that define, for the purposes of federal law, marriage as between a man and a woman and a spouse as a person of the opposite sex. This law enables the government to engage in legal action against any individual who objects to this marriage perversion. This bill is more of a disrespect for marriage than anything else.

God has a strong position concerning marriage. He authored it and married the first man and woman. Gen 2:24 reads, For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. NIV However, this law is a flagrant rejection of traditional and biblical morality. The government has presumptuously redefined marriage to appease an amoral public. A September 2022 Grinnell College National Poll found that 74 percent of Americans believe same-sex “marriage” should be a right.

America on the Decline - Gen. 2:24
God’s will for marriage is between one man and one woman!

Even more audacious is that the Episcopal Church and over forty other faith organizations supported this anti-God bill. A bill that treads on religious freedom and promotes homosexuality, a sin God called “an abomination” (Lev. 18:22), an abhorrence. Homosexuality is a sin that is a stench in God’s nostrils. Imagine the church partaking in ruining the sanctity of marriage and a direct disregard for God’s Word.

God gave humans the ability to reproduce so that every child has a father
and a mother. Both responsibilities are vital, and they are different. The two-parent household, children growing up in a home with their own two biological parents, who are married—has been the way to raise children since the beginning.

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The Family Unit – God’s Way!

However, in the post-modern thinking of today, this truth is not accepted. This thinking insists that divorce does not affect children or that having two mothers or two fathers is perfectly normal. The transgender movement talks about “pregnant people” instead of mothers because the thinking is women who think they are men are men! Some birth certificates now read “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” rather than father and mother! This thinking is irrefutable nonsense!

Single parenthood is an accepted way of life today, but it is not what God intended.

According to Pew Research Center, four in ten children are born out of wedlock in post-modern America. Today about half of all nonmarital births are to a cohabiting couple; 15 years ago, only about a third were. This trend is heading in the wrong direction. Additionally, cohabiters are unsure about marriage, with just under half (44%) saying they want to marry; a nearly equal portion (41%) say they are unsure.

Society has moved so far from God’s will that it is no wonder that the nations, America in particular, are experiencing its decline.


Another way the attack on the family has manifested itself is through the pro-choice movement. Women demand the right to legally terminate human life other than to save the mother’s life. How humane is this? To terminate—sacrifice life for convenience?

What does God think about the sacrificing of children? Lev 18:21 quotes God as saying, “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord. “ NIV  But does that matter? After the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, numerous states passed laws assuring legal abortions. Citizens in Montana even rejected a bill that, in the words of the state representative who introduced it, was intended “to protect infants who have survived abortions from being denied medical care and being left to die.” Another editor wrote, “Montana has voted to let babies die on operating tables if they survive an abortion attempt.” This is infanticide!

America on the Decline - Leviticus 18-21
Children should not be sacrificed – born or unborn!

In some states, a woman who kills a dog faces fines and imprisonment. However, it is perfectly legal to terminate a human life! Is the life of a dog more valuable than a human life? Why do we have such a disregard, an indifference for life?

Rome in America

True is the saying; history repeats itself, and America is making it more truthful than ever before.
The Roman Empire was a superpower, just as America is one. It was affluent and had the most powerful military on earth—impenetrable. However, it did fall, and the actions that led to its demise are the same ones in action in America today.

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What led to the fall of the Roman Empire?

A famous Roman philosopher named Seneca predicted that Rome would fall, but he was ignored. He even told them why. He stated that the family breakdown would destroy Rome. Still, it fell on deaf ears.

Like the United States, Rome’s development was based on strong, stable families in which the father was accepted as the chief authority in the home.

The father was the core of the early Roman family. He directed his sons and daughters and was an example of the qualities they were to cultivate. The man was the head of the home.

Children who grow up in strong, solid families learn to respect authority and obedience, which generates law-abiding, valuable citizens and cultivates leadership qualities in the future generation. It further teaches children to exercise authority with wisdom, moderation, and justice—how to command and also how to obey.

What a difference it makes in the life of a youth to have a father who is involved and provides a solid personal example of uprightness! Children growing up in a home with a man who exemplifies manliness, valor, and courage is far likelier to take on these qualities themselves.

This etiquette was the way of life for the Roman family. Although Rome never had a biblical family model nearly as strong as early America’s biblical family model, the family was the independent unit that sustained society. The republic grew in power when fathers fed and educated their children.

Unfortunately, the Romans, like Americans today, embarked on a turn to a different morality that did not value marriage and the family. This turn triggered them to neglect and disrespect the institution that had undergirded the Republic at its peak in the second century B.C.

This change occurred after winning the long, 17-year war with Carthage. This major victory yielded Rome’s control over the western Mediterranean. However, it came with a cost. Will Durant, the historian, wrote about the enduring consequences of that conquest. He wrote: “It began the transformation of Roman life and morals by hurting agriculture and helping trade; by taking men from the countryside and teaching them the violence of battle and the promiscuity of the camp. … It was a pivotal event for almost every phase of Roman history.” This breakdown of the family continued tenaciously after the Republic was transformed into an Empire.

Divorce became progressively more common. E.B. Castle, the well- known author, wrote how the rapidly increasing trade, wealth, and prosperity took husbands away from their homes on business trips for long extended periods of time. He wrote, “Added to this initial cause of family disruption, was the consequent easy attitude to the marriage tie, the increasing frequency of divorce, and growing freedom and laxity in women’s morals, all of which ended in a loosening of the old family unit in which the best in Roman character had its roots.”

History clearly indicates that this was the initial reason for the end of the Republic and the later fall of the mighty Roman Empire.

As marriages fell out of favor in Rome, prostitution and homosexuality became more widely accepted and practiced. Affluence and materialism made individuals scarcely interested in the thought of having children. Starting initially with the educated classes, who saw children as a burden, increasing numbers of individuals could not be concerned with family life. Motherhood became less desirable, and women wanted independence.

There were attempts to stem the drift. Caesar Augustus approved laws supporting marriage and reproving celibacy and adultery. In a.d. 9, he inquired, “How can the commonwealth be preserved if we neither marry nor produce children?” It is hard to argue his point; it isn’t rocket science. However, the citizens were too attached to their self-indulgent standard of living to desire children to get in their way. Thus, Tacitus, the Roman historian, wrote in his Archives, “Childlessness prevailed.”

The fact of the matter is throughout the history of humanity, waning fertility has been a clear indicator of cultural collapse. When citizens lack purpose in life, they have little to no incentive to perpetuate it by generating more life.

Rome also became well known for how cheaply it valued the life of its offspring. It developed into a civilization roughed by violence, widely practiced abortion, and even infanticide.

The families in Rome that did have children stopped nurturing them. In the book Daily Life in Ancient Rome, Jérôme Carcopino wrote that by the beginning of the second-century a.d., Roman fathers had “yielded to the impulse to become far too complaisant. Having given up the habit of controlling their children, they let the children govern them, and took pleasure in bleeding themselves white [financially] to gratify the expensive whims of their offspring. The result was that they were succeeded by a generation of idlers and wastrels.”
Therefore, it is no wonder that the Roman Empire peaked in power and might in the second century a.d.

This result is the consequence of not following God’s rules on raising children. Scripture says in Prov. 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” We are to train our children the right way for their sake and the sake of the nation. The children are not to rule the parents nor the wives to rule the husbands.

As this segment on Rome closes, does this sound like America today? It is a rare commodity for the man to be the real head of the household today. We live in a society that continuously weakens the role of the father. Children today, especially teenagers, as well as wives, are ruling the home. Our society has become so materialized that the mother has removed herself from the home and the children to help the father earn a living. This action has caused much confusion in the home and led to a lack of direction for children.

This sad picture is so much against the will of God. The postmodern thinking of today regarding the family is completely out of divine order.

In Isaiah 3, the prophet Isaiah warned Israel of the impending judgment upon them for their apostasy. He also described how this would come to pass:

Isa 3:1-5, 12 reads:

1 See now, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water,

2 the hero and warrior, the judge and prophet, the soothsayer and elder,

3 the captain of fifty and man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter.

4 I will make boys their officials; mere children will govern them.

5 People will oppress each other —  man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honorable.  

12 Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path. NIV

If we take a good look around, we will notice that, without any doubt, children and teenagers rule over adults and dominate society and culture. Children can now choose their own gender identity without their parent’s knowledge or permission, and in some states, teachers are legally forbidden to inform the parents!

This prophecy reveals a sobering lesson of history: This prophecy was originally for Israel. However, as mentioned in the article Biblical Prophecy and Current Events on this website, prophecies can have more than one fulfillment because they contain a universal principle. This prophecy is no exception, for it contains the principle that a nation’s success or failure centers on the strength or weakness of its families.

This truth is what God is telling us in Isaiah 3, and that is what ancient Rome also teaches us. Therefore, the breakdown of the family will be a significant issue in America and Britain before Christ returns. After all, America and Britain are extended birthright nations of Israel. This blessing is explained in the article The Rise and Fall of America on this website.

In Isaiah’s prophecy, the family is so dysfunctional, and the father is so feeble that he isn’t even mentioned.
In this prophecy, the women rule, even though the children dominate them. Actually, the children were leading, as they were in ancient Rome before its gruesome fall.

Rome’s history confirms what the Bible teaches about marriage and family!

If we continue to disregard this history, we do so at our own risk.


Any nation or kingdom that separates from the principles of Scripture will face sheer devastation.

France is another example. The French Revolution consummated combat against the Bible and God for Three and a half years. Although the supposed ideology of the revolution was liberty, equality, and fraternity, the result was total repression to terror and ruin.

The Ancient Roman Empire was a superpower, and as it goes with superpowers, it crumbled from within rather than without—from the outside (i.e., war). The U.S. is also a superpower, and it is crumbling from within as it falls into apostasy because of our stubborn hubris.

What happens in the natural first occurs in the spiritual. The United States of America is spiritually in disfavor with God because it is so drastically turning from God, and the consequences are becoming more apparent.

The answer, the country needs to repent. 2 Chron. 7:14 quotes God as saying: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. NIV

We as a nation and as individuals have an open invitation to turn from wicked ways and back to God—for now. But we can wait too late, which is why we are encouraged in Isa 55:6-7 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” NIV

What a blessing it would be if we had a true Christian leader leading the nation to repentance.

We must seek the Lord while we can, for it will soon be too late. May we not allow history to repeat itself.


Questions, comments, and concerns may be left below.

Biblical Prophecy and Current Events

Approximately 27 percent of the Bible is prophecy, which is more than one-quarter of its content. As a minimum, one-half of all biblical prophecies have been fulfilled exactly as God had affirmed. So, what about biblical prophecy and current events?

Fulfilled prophecy proves the authenticity of the Scriptures. Anyone who pays attention to the Scriptures and events in our society today can observe prophecy being fulfilled before our very eyes.

When Nations Forget God

The Western culture is changing drastically and with haste. Shared faith in the God of the Bible is declining, as revealed in several studies.

For example, Don Federer, a freelance writer and media consultant, in a March 29, 2022, Washington Times opinion piece wrote, “the study by the Prestigious American Enterprise Institute Titled, Generation Z and the Future of  Faith in America realized on March 24 shows a steady erosion of religious affiliation and the corresponding rise of atheism and agnosticism.”

Some may have reservations as to whether this trend is harmful to our modern nations, but what Mr. Federer warned is that this just-published survey of the decline of religion in America should cause warning bells to go off in our souls.

This survey should cause alarm because this is a progressive trend in the US and the West. To illustrate, Generation X, born between the 1960s and the late 1970s, 25% reported that they were not affiliated with a church, synagogue, or any religious domination. Of the millennials represented by those born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s, 29% reported that they were not affiliated with a church, synagogue, or any religious affiliation. Generation Z represents those born between 1997 to 2012 and is the least religious in our history, with 34% reporting that they aren’t affiliated with a church, synagogue, or any religious affiliation. That is nine percent higher than Generation X and five percent higher than millennials.

There is no current reason to deem that this trend will not continue. The moral fiber based in our churches has become progressively more silenced. Unfortunately, not only are religious connections waning but atheism and agnosticism are increasing. Generation Z takes the lead again with the highest percentage of 18%, the highest in our history.

There is no doubt that the nation is forgetting God. This trend sadly is the current trend with reaches from the government to our schools to Hollywood; religion is taking a back seat. This situation is not limited to the United States but is a worldwide trend, including Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.

The Consequences

So does it really matter if a nation turns away from God? Indeed, it does matter. On the secular level, when a nation turns away from God, there is an all-encompassing awareness of aloneness and lack of community that sweeps through society. Social media puts this isolation on steroids. This isolation increases, and society becomes increasingly narcissistic. It is all about self, to the point that marriage, children, and family become words of disdain, and morality takes a back seat.

These same issues plagued the society of the ancient Roman Empire, and we know what happened to that superpower.

What Does the Bible Say?

This condition is addressed in the Scriptures. Eccl 3:11 reads: He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” NIV

God has “set eternity in the hearts of men.” What this means is that we can in no way be wholly fulfilled with earthly pleasures and quests. Because we are created in the image of God, we have a spiritual thirst and eternal value, and nothing but the eternal God can truly satisfy us. God has built in us a restless yearning for the type of perfect world that can only be found in his perfect rule. Therefore, in our limited wisdom, we turn from God and attempt to fill this void on our own. We also turn to the government as the master deliverer of our concerns.

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A void in our souls that only God can completely fulfill!

However, we ourselves can only fill the void with earthly, temporal things that yield only limited satisfaction and even more consequences. 2 Cor. 4:18 advises, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Oh, how we lust after the temporal things!

When we turn from God, we shut off the eternal flow and leave ourselves only with the temporal. Nothing in this life lasts forever.

God, in His Word, has clearly defined what happens when a nation forgets God. In the US, we are witnessing some of these consequences presently.

The situation intensifies when all we seek has been fulfilled, and we forget about God. Deut. 8:10-14, 17-20 says:

10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, laws, and decrees that I am giving you this day.

12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,

13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,

14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”

18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

19 If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.

20 Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.

Biblical Prophecy and Current Events - Deuteronomy 8:17

God warned His nation Israel that when He blessed them that they should not forget from where their blessings came, namely from Him. They should not be filled with pride as though they had done it on their own.

He also told them unambiguously what the consequences would be for such actions; they would be destroyed.

Lev 26:19-22 contains some of the details of this destruction.

19 I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.

20 Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit.

21 “‘If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve. NIV

There are other consequences contained in the chapter. Natural disasters such as severe and exceptional droughts would be the result. God prophesied that these things would occur, and the prophecy was fulfilled.

Biblical Prophecy and Current Events

Many will say, well, that’s Old Testament, but we are living under grace in the New Testament, while others will ask, what does this have to do with us today? It is essential to know that prophecy has more than one fulfillment.

These prophecies contain a principle that applies perpetually; if a nation turns away from God, it will suffer dire consequences. Scripture is clear; Prov. 14:34 reads, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
The Canaanites were driven out of their land by Israel because of their terrible sins. Remember Deut. 18:20, “Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.”

As time passed, Israel committed the same sins and was driven out also (Leviticus 18:24-30). Each time a nation turns from God, the consequences are the same. This principle applies to the nations of today.

Have we turned away from God? The statistics prove that to be true. Are we suffering consequences? —unequivocally.

God said in Deuteronomy 8:19, “If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.”
Can it be any clearer?

Now, we may not bow down before statues these days, but we certainly have our idols. The West is immersed in secularism, which rejects God and manifests itself in the abovementioned areas. Anything that takes us out of the will of God, and away from God is an idol and yields consequences that we are witnessing today. Eph 5:5 states:

5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person — such a man is an idolater — has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. NIV

Biblical Prophecy and Current Events

Now, this applies individually, but if widespread throughout a nation, it becomes a national issue.

The prophet Amos made it clear how God dealt with His people at an earlier time; rainfall would not be evenly balanced. Amos 4:7 reads, “I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away. I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another. One field had rain; another had none and dried up.” NIV

Today, some areas suffer massive flooding while others have no rain.

According to an article in the Washington Post, “The last three water years — which run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 — have been the driest in California’s history. Several other Western states — Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, and Utah — are entirely in drought.”

The map below illustrates the drought areas in the U.S.

Biblical Prophecy and Current Events - Drought in the US

We are suffering other natural disasters as Jesus prophesied in Matt 24:6-8

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

These are only the beginning of the sorrows that we are bringing upon ourselves.


Whenever a society collectively grows to be thoroughly corrupt, God uses these natural forces to wake us—to get our attention. Occasionally it is simply a painful loss, but on the other hand, the loss of life is to teach others the calamitous consequences of a world without God.

On a secular level, experiencing natural disasters are the result of living on the planet earth. However, on a spiritual level, we encounter them because the human race en masse has said to God, Don’t bother us. We can decide for ourselves how to live.” God says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” society says, “It’s all right as long as you don’t get caught. It can even be healthy for your marriage.” When God says, “Thou shall not murder,” society says, “War is just another means of diplomacy.” God says, “’Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord in Lev 18:21NIV. Yet, tens of millions of the most innocent among us, the unborn, are murdered-sacrificed because we believe “it is a woman’s right to choose.” The Bible says, “flee fornication” (1 Cor. 6:18). Yet, Sex prior to marriage (fornication) is so widespread in the Western nations that we, by design, presume two people dating each other regularly are sleeping together. In addition, when a child comes into the world, we are now so bewildered that we cannot tell if the child should be deemed male or female.

Gal 5:17 reads, “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” NKJV The flesh represents the worldly desires to please the self—our base nature. The Spirit represents what God desires and leads us to please Him. These two forces battle for our souls, and this is known as Spiritual Warfare. For more on Spiritual Warfare, please see the article “All about Spiritual Warfare” on this website.

As a result of this spiritual battle, if we are led by the flesh, no matter what God says, we do to the contrary. He says the Sabbath, the seventh day, is a day of rest. We say it doesn’t make any difference. We like the first day of the week, Sunday, the day sun-worshiping Roman Emperor Constantine chose. The catalog of our differences with God is endless, and the catalog of “God’s acts” is also endless. Each year, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and famines ravage parts of the earth. [For more detail, see the article “Saturday vs. Sunday Worship” on this website]

A segment of Amos’ prophesy was referenced earlier, but we must reflect on all it has to say. God gave that warning through Amos to ancient Israel, and—as we have witnessed—much of Bible prophecy is dual; it has more than one fulfillment. This prophecy will be our future except and until we repent:

If we think it won’t happen? If we believe it can’t happen? It behooves us to think again and realize that God is not playing games. As our loving Father, He will get our attention!


Please feel free to leave any comment, question, or experience with prophecy below.


Enter Through the Narrow Gate

Enter through the narrow gate. This phase is from one of Jesus’ well-known discourses. But what does it mean? This article will examine this wisdom from the Lord.

What is the Narrow Gate?

A gate is a means of entrance or exit to a dwelling or city. Jesus used the gate symbolically in His discourse known as the Sermon on the Mount. Let’s look at this passage in Matt 7:13-14:

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. NIV

In this passage, Jesus used the gate to describe the entrances to two paths of life. There is the narrow gate that leads to a narrow road and to life—eternal life, and there is the wide gate that leads to a broad road that leads to destruction—eternal damnation, and He made the point that only a few enter the narrow gate and follow the road to life.

In verse 13, Jesus encouraged his listeners to “enter through the narrow gate.”

Enter Through the Narrow Gate

What is the Wide Gate?

The wide gate is the gate that leads to destruction. The gate and the road are wide in order to accompany the large number of individuals that travel through it and upon it. The wide gate and road and the narrow gate and road are complete opposites because they represent different paths of life for those who saunter upon them—more on this to follow.

Broad Gate vs. Narrow Gate Enter Through the Narrow Gate

Narrow Gate

Enter Through the Narrow Gate
                                                      The Narrow Way to Life!

The narrow gate is narrow for a good reason: only a few are willing to walk through it, and only a few perpetually walk the narrow way once they arrive on it. Walking the narrow path of life requires total sacrifice. Jesus makes this clear in Matt 10:37-38.

37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; Anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;

38 and Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. NIV

Jesus draws a line in the sand with this passage.

In verse 37, we see that our relationship with Jesus must take precedence over all of our other relationships. Relationships can interfere with our relationships with our Lord. This fact holds especially true for the worldly ones who do not follow Christ.

Sometimes we have to let go of other relationships as well, such as friends, coworkers, etc. It is dangerous to be in close relationships with unbelievers. Scripture says in 2 Cor. 6:14-16, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (15) What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?” NIV

This wisdom includes all unbelievers.

Passing through the narrow gate and walking the narrow road requires transformation. Rom 12:2 reads, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

We cannot be transformed by doing the same things, living the same as we have always before. The only way to know and live in the will of God is to be transformed from the, as the Scripture reads, “pattern of this world.”

This transformation is not an easy exercise. To distance ourselves from our families as well as our friends and associates whom we may have known for quite some time can be complex and disturbing. However, we must not allow that to interfere with our relationship with Christ.

In verse 38 of Matthew 10, we see the narrow way involves suffering. Jesus says to be worthy of Him; one must “take up his cross and follow me.” The cross represents much suffering, heartache, and pain. The narrow way—the walk with Christ is not an easy one to travel. In order to remain on it, one must take up the cross—daily (Luke 9:23). It is a constant effort to stay on the course.

The main reason it takes such an effort is that Satan makes walking the narrow way unattractive. Deception is his game; he shows all the alluring aspects but never the consequences. He never presents the complete picture. Only enough to cause us to doubt God and choose to serve him instead.

Broad Gate

Enter Through the Narrow Gate - The Broad Road to Destruction

The broad gate is the gate that leads to the broad way. This gate is one that is very easy to walk through and opens to a road that is very easy to travel but is not in the will of God. It is a road that represents a worldly lifestyle, a sinful, carnal lifestyle. When one walks this road, they are walking as an enemy of God. James 4:4 reads, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

This reality is because Satan is the ruler of the world until Jesus returns (John 12:31). Satan is referred to as “… the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
[Eph 2:2] and is in control of the world unless we choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Doing so can save us from the destruction that this path can lead us to suffer ultimately.

To walk the broad road, the carnal road, one must have a carnal mind, and the Scripture reflects how God views a carnal mind. Rom 8:6-8 reads,

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

There is no way God is pleased with a carnal individual because they cannot submit to God’s Law. They are “in the flesh,” meaning that their fleshly—sinful ways are leading them.

The broad way is a much easier way because it requires no sacrifice. The worldly influences are so strong that all we have to do is go with the flow of the current on the broad road. It is the path of least resistance

The broad way is a much easier way because it is most often the most pleasurable way. There is plenty of pleasure when traveling on the broad path. The sex, drugs, revelry, the clubs, and all of the pleasurable material rewards await the traveler of the broad road. The further the travel, the greater the chance of obtaining these rewards. The force pulls one along the way.

One pungent identifying feature of the broad road is that it goes against God’s laws and the teachings of Scripture. The broad road is, in a word—Sin.

This road is so easy to walk on. In fact, all of us walk through this narrow gate when we are born. We are born with a sinful nature. The writer of Ps 51:5, David, reads, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” NIV

We are all born in sin, which is why Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”[John 3:3]

We must be born again and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior in order to see the kingdom of God. For more information on born again, please see the article, “What Does it Mean to be a Born Again Christian,” on this website

The next most pungent feature of all concerning the broad way is that it requires us to reject Christ. There is no middle path. We are on either the broad way or the narrow way. Jesus said in Matt 6:24, No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” We cannot serve both God and the world.

The Scriptures describe how the sinful nature manifests itself in Gal 5:19-21

19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions

21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. NIV

Again, we see that those who walk the broad way, those who are led by their sinful nature, “will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Scriptures also describe how the Spirit manifests itself in Gal 5:22-25

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. NIV

If we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and belong to Christ, we are to live by the Spirit, and as the Scripture reads, “keep in step with the spirit.”

Walking the narrow road is to walk in the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and to walk the broad road is to walk in the flesh—the world—the sinful nature. These two paths are in direct conflict with each other. Gal 5:17 reads: “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other so that you do not do what you want.” NIV

Many may attempt to walk both paths, known as “on the fence.” However, we can only walk in one way: the broad way or the narrow way, the flesh or the Spirit.

Again— no man can serve two masters.”


Eccl 12:13-14 reads:

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

The fact of the matter is that the only way to walk through the narrow gate and walk the narrow way is to revere God, obey His Laws and the teaching of the Scriptures in the Holy Bible. It requires us to submit to the Laws of Christ.

The Holy Bible
The Inspired Word of God

Every work we perform will be judged—the good and the evil.

It behooves us to consider our ways, choose the right path that leads to life, and stay off the broad way that will lead us to eternal destruction.

In 1 Kings 13:1-27, there is an example of one who chose the broad way and experienced the consequence. I pray that we receive wisdom from this passage.


Any questions, comments, concerns, or experiences of walking either path can be left below.


The Sanctuary Truth

The sanctuary of the Old Testament, along with its services, has a profound application for us today. This article will shed light on this reality as we explore the sanctuary truth.

What is the Sanctuary

A sanctuary is a holy place set apart for the worship of God. It can also be a protection from danger. For example, in the US, certain cities are known as sanctuary cities where illegal immigrants can safely exist. Of course, in the Bible, the former meaning applies.

At the Lord’s request, the earliest sanctuary for Israel was the portable tent known as the tabernacle, where the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments was housed. It was also where the presence of the Lord existed (Ex 25:8). After the occupation of the land of Canaan by Joshua, the tabernacle with its sanctuary was placed at Shiloh, a town in central Palestine (Josh 18:1).

The Sanctuary Truth - The Tabernacle

The word sanctuary is applied to the most holy place, and the Holy of Hollies, in the tabernacle and the temple where animal sacrifices were offered to the Lord. Their blood was offered for the remission, the forgiveness of sins. God instructs in His Law in Scripture, Lev 17:11, For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” NIV

Therefore, blood must be shed for the remission of sins.

The Sanctuary Truth

Only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Hollies once a year to atone for the sins of the nation as well as his own (Lev 16:29-34).

The Levitical priests mentioned earlier carried the portable tent sanctuary as the Israelites traveled from sight to sight on their pilgrimage to the Promised Land.

When David became king, he planned the temple in Jerusalem, which was eventually built by his son Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:6). This became a more permanent place of worship as the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy vessels of the Lord were placed in the temple.

For several millennia, the Sanctuary and its services were the center of the Israelites’ devotion experience that commenced after they escaped from Egyptian slavery. It was their church in the desert during their journey from Egypt to Canaan (the Promised Land).

What Happened to the Sanctuary?

So, what happened to the sanctuary? It was replaced. The Old Testament Sanctuary was a replica of the heavenly sanctuary. It was replaced with a much better sacrifice. Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross and His shedded blood was the perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind.

The Sanctuary Truth


He was the perfect sacrifice because He was sinless (Heb. 4:15). When Jesus ascended into heaven, He became our High Priest, interceding for the sins of sinners who accept Him as Lord and Savior, Christians. When He ascended into heaven, He was inaugurated as our great High Priest. He began His intercessory ministry, previously symbolized by the High Priest’s work in the holy place of the earthly sanctuary.

Heb 9:11-12 reads:

11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

As a high priest, Christ also serves in the tabernacle, “the holy place,” however; His ministry is not limited to the earthly tabernacle. Instead, He operates through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made . . . “not of this building” or creation. Christ serves in the real, heavenly tabernacle because the earthly tabernacle had simply been an illustration, a foreshadowing of what was to come.

Some early Christians saw the phrase “more perfect tabernacle” as a reference to Christ’s incarnation. However, that could not be what the author of Hebrews had in mind. The writer clearly says that this tabernacle is “not a part of this building” or creation, so that could not refer to the human body of Christ. Christ’s ministry on our behalf is in God’s presence, a place where “the blood of goats and calves” would have no effect. Again, this point addresses Christ’s superiority. Verse 24 explains this further: “For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself” (NIV).

Jesus in the Sanctuary

Just as with the earthly sanctuary, there are three compartments: the outer court (courtyard), and within the covered tent are the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place (the Holy of Hollies). When Jesus was slaughtered on earth as the sacrifice for humanity, He was in the outer court of heaven just as it was in the earthly tabernacle where the sacrifices were slaughtered in the outer court. When He was resurrected and ascended into heaven, He entered into the Holy Place, interceding for the sins of humanity as the High Priest. This intercessory action of Jesus Christ, our Lord, is what makes our salvation possible. Next, He entered into the Most Holy Place.

In 1844, Jesus moved from the Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary into the Most Holy Place or Holy of Hollies to begin the final reparation for humanity and cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary. This transition is understood as a change in the two phases of Jesus’ ministry. This is a fulfillment of the prophecy contained in Daniel 8, specifically in verse 14, which reads, “He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.” [Cleansed] NIV Details of this prophecy are too lengthy for this article. Perhaps another article will be produced in the future to explain it in detail.

The Sanctuary Truth - Daniel 8
The 2300 Day Prophecy in Daniel 8

This fulfillment is symbolized in the earthly temple by the cleansing of the ancient Hebrew sanctuary on the Day of Atonement. This action is explained in Leviticus 16:15-19.

In that typical or symbolic service, the sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of animal sacrifices. However, in the heavenly sanctuary, things are cleansed with the perfect sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. As the Scripture reads in Heb 9:23, “It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.” NIV

In the earthly sanctuary, after the slaying of the lamb, the blood was sprinkled on the sanctuary wall. Symbolically, this transferred the sin from the sinner to the sanctuary. Consequently, the sinner was forgiven and free, but their sin remained in the sanctuary. As a result, once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest was required to purify the sanctuary. The heavenly Sanctuary also needed to be cleansed.

Therefore, as the earthly service had a yearly Day of Atonement to clean sin out of the sanctuary, the heavenly Sanctuary also had a time of purification.

What is the Significance of the Sanctuary?

Upon the arrival of Christ, He put an end to the requirement for animal sacrifices. They symbolically represented the death of Jesus by taking on the consequences of sin for us and allowing us to be redeemed—if we so choose.

If we chose Jesus as Lord and Savior, He is interceding for our sins in the heavenly
sanctuary today in the most holy place or the holy of holies. Rom 8:34 reads, Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
Christ Jesus is at God’s right-hand, interceding and advocating for us in heaven.

Sanctuary Truth

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” NIV

We are encouraged not to sin. However, when we do, if we confess them and repent from them (Prov. 28:13), we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus, to plead our case, seek forgiveness and cleanse us from unrighteousness.

As a result, Jesus is able, once and forever more, able to save all who approach God through Him. He lives forever to plead with God on our behalf.

Jesus is at work in the heavenly sanctuary for the salvation of mankind, and will continue to do so until the close of probation. Therefore, if we have not done so already, it behooves us to accept Him as our Savior and lay aside the sin that so easily besets us(Hebrews 12:1).

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The Millennial Kingdom

Have you noticed the turmoil in governments today? The division and chaos are worldwide. However, there is something to look forward to; the Millennial Kingdom, a time of peace spread upon the whole world with a new leader.

The Issue

Our government in the U.S. is in a very vulnerable state. The most evident of this state is the January 6th insurrection, with an attack on the Capitol to interrupt the peaceful transition of power.

The Millennial Kingdom - January 6th
                                                       The Insurrection of the US Capitol

The next sign of this vulnerability is the recent election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. For the first time in approximately one hundred years, it occurred with much controversy. It took fifteen rounds of voting and lasted four days. This process, which is usually a characteristically run-of-the-mill government process, was turned into a theatrical spectacle exposing a significant susceptibility in Congress. In order for the nominated Speaker to obtain the votes required to be elected to the position, he yielded substantial concessions to a small group of ultra-conservatives that included making it easier to remove him from office and giving them more significant contributions in writing and passing laws, and in lawmakers’ positions with committees, where Congress is most effective.

This scenario is only the beginning of the potentially crippling confusion that will threaten our government’s effectiveness. These right-winged, ultra-conservatives literally high-jacked Congress until they got their way. Although they were a minority unit, they used their unity for leverage to fulfill their goal. Therefore, one can conclude with the assurance that this leverage will be used in their future endeavors, ultimately high-jacking the government to get their way.

The Millennium - Choosing the Speaker
                                Congress attempting to elect a speaker of the house

This set of circumstances places crucial legislation, such as the government’s funding, to keep it open and avoid defaulting on its obligations, along with other ominous spending bills on a battlefield. Should the government ever reach the spending limit, which could occur this summer, it will no longer be able to borrow money to pay off its debts, possibly forcing a default. That could cause severe damage to the world’s financial system. Among other consequences, U.S. Treasuries would no longer be considered a safe investment.

Imagine the government on such shaky ground. To make things worse, looking at the big picture, the U.S. is not the only country with governmental problems. There are governmental protests and upheaval in governments around the world. This condition is a worldwide political pandemic affecting all forms of government with continued escalation.

In the U.S., this defeats the purpose of government, which is to help the citizens.

What Does the Bible Say?

The Bible says in 1 Cor. 1:10:

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

In this Scripture, Paul addressed the church at Corinth, saying there should be unity and no divisions among them. Unity is one of the most potent forces available to man on earth. Unity gets God’s attention (Gen. 11:4-8). Division only leads to confusion and chaos.

Does this apply to government? Absolutely! Even though we have a two-party government, there must be the ultimate goal of agreement on some level…for the sake of the people.
However, this is becoming more of a pipe dream rather than a reality.

What is the Answer?

How long can this go on? What is the solution? Unfortunately, this worldwide upheaval will not get any better until the return of Christ. Jesus stated that before He returns, there will be “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
[Matt 24:21-22]

According to this prophecy of Jesus, what we are witnessing today in our governments is only the beginning of what is to come.

The Millennium Kingdom - The Beginning of Sorrows

Jesus Said in Matt 24:6-8

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Notice in verse 8 that these things are only “the beginning of sorrows.” These will be a prelude to sufferings. Jesus’ words indicate that there will be a period prior to the end of the age and the future kingdom — it was not to come that week, nor immediately upon Jesus’ resurrection, or promptly after the devastation of Jerusalem.

First, much suffering must occur as a part of life on earth as history moves toward a single, final, God-planned goal — the creation of a new earth and a new kingdom (Rev 21:1-3). The description of sufferings as “sorrows”
is a common biblical metaphor for the commencement of pre-kingdom travail and suffering (see Isa 13:6-8; 26:16-18; Jer. 4:31; 22:20-23; Hos. 13:9-13).

Therefore, we Christians must not be alarmed. Jesus has warned us about them, and we know they must pave the way for the arrival of God’s magnificent kingdom. Everything will happen as per God’s divine plan. Our responsibility is to endure, be prepared, and continue preaching the Good News to all nations (Matthew 24:14).

Ultimately, Jesus is the answer to the resulting troubled condition of the world. Isa 9:6-7 reads:

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

The Millennium Kingdom
                                                                     Jesus will usher in peace !

These two verses contain one of the most significant prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament. In verse 6, it states that “the government shall be upon his shoulder.” Jesus will be the One who will eventually rule the world and bring peace to the earth as the eventual governor and ruler. He is called “the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” His rulership will be eternal, as the Scripture reads, Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end” (vs. 7).

The Millennial Kingdom – Jesus to the Rescue!

The ushering in of the Millennial Kingdom by Christ will be the answer to all of the forthcoming upheaval that will come upon the world.

The Millennium Kingdom

The Scriptures inform us that when Christ returns to the earth, He will install Himself as king in Jerusalem, sitting on the throne of David (Luke 1:32–33). The Davidic Covenant promised Israel a king from David’s line who would rule forever—giving the nation rest from all their enemies (2 Samuel 7:10–13).

At the second coming, this and other covenants will be fulfilled as God’s people are gathered again from the nations (Matthew 24:31), converted (Zechariah 12:10–14), and restored to the land under the rule of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The Scriptures address the conditions during the millennium as a perfect environment physically and spiritually. It will be a time of peace (Micah 4:2–4; Isaiah 32:17–18), joy (Isaiah 61:7, 10), and comfort (Isaiah 40:1–2). The Scriptures also tell us that only Christian believers will enter the millennial kingdom. Because of this, it will be a time of obedience (Jeremiah 31:33), holiness (Isaiah 35:8), truth (Isaiah 65:16), and the knowledge of God (Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk 2:14). Christ will rule as king (11:1–10). Nobles and governors will also rule (Isaiah 32:1; Matthew 19:28), and Jerusalem will be the world’s political center (Zechariah 8:3).

There are some who believe that the millennium kingdom is symbolic and not an actual one thousand years but is a way of expressing an extended period of time. However, Revelation 20:2-7 gives the specific time period of the millennial kingdom. Actually, six times in that passage, the millennial kingdom is expressly said to be 1,000 years in length.

Additionally, numerous other passages of Scripture point to a literal reign of the Messiah on the earth. The fulfillment of many of God’s covenants and promises rests on a literal, physical, future kingdom. Therefore, there is no solid basis for refuting the literal interpretation of the millennial kingdom and its duration of 1,000 years.


The time is coming when Christ will return to earth again. In Rev 22:12, He said, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

However, we do not know when for He also said in Mark 13:32, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”

Therefore, we simply do not know. Even though more events are to occur before Christ returns, they can transpire quickly enough during our lifetime to witness His grand return.

As a result, it behooves us to take the advice of Jesus, who said, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matt 24:42).

Therefore, we must stay ready for when He comes, He will already have His reward with Him, and all judgment will have been completed (Rev 22:12).


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Marijuana and the Bible

The legalization of recreational marijuana is considered to be a revolutionary step in the progression of society. But is it? Is it really a good thing to legalize another mind-altering vice into society? Do we know everything about this drug? What does the Bible say about such things? This article will shed light on marijuana and the Bible.

The United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are thrusting hastily into a marijuana nirvana. But at what cost?

What is Marijuana?


Marijuana and the Bible - What is Marijuana?

Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a psychoactive drug from the cannabis plant. An original inhabitant of Central or South Asia, the plant has been used as a drug for recreational and entheogenic purposes and in many traditional medicines for hundreds of years. Other names include Ganja, Grass, Hash, Pot, and Weed.

The Cannabis plant contains chemicals that affect the brain and can change one’s mood or consciousness.

Medical Use?

Not all Cannabis plants contain the chemical (THC) that has a hallucinogenic effect on the brain and makes individuals high. It is widely believed that this form of Cannabis has medicinal qualities and is known as CBD. CBD has become known as a natural and safe healing miracle substance that can cure many ailments, and it is a mild and safe substance with no downside. These ailments include Cancer, Parkinson’s’, back pain, depression, and nausea. However, the advocates for marijuana’s ultimate goal have been to legalize recreational Marijuana using medical uses as an entranceway to recreational use. However, is Marijuana the cure-all is the cure-all it’s claimed to be?

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The Ohio Medical Control Program dispenses Marijuana for medical use according to the Ohio bill signed into law in 2016, making it legal for medicinal purposes. The following medical conditions qualify under the program

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • PTSD
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Glaucoma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Cancer
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

This list is quite extensive and makes Marijuana quite a wonder drug, or is it?

Dr. Gary Wank, who sat on the Medical Marijuana Medical Committee in 2016, is open-minded and was not against trials on a number of ailments. He stated in an article in Psychology Today, “If you suffer from one of these disorders, the most important question to ask your recommender is whether you can benefit from using marijuana. If your recommender says “yes” then you can be certain that he or she is ignorant of the current state of medical research on marijuana. In other words, there is no reliable medical clinical evidence to support the use of marijuana for any of these conditions—none at all.”

A more recent British study examined the effectiveness of Cannabis for these six (6) mental health conditions: Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Psychosis. The results were printed in the Lancet Pscharity Journal. London’s independent reported the scientists findings on October 28, 2019, that combined 83 studies that involved three thousand participants recommended their use for the six mental health conditions could not be justified based on the current evidence.

They further stated that this is due to a lack of evidence for their effectiveness and because of the known risks of Cannabinoids.

It appears that the advocates have promoted a cure looking for a disease. However, this does not mean there will be no medical uses for Cannabis, as many medicines are derived from plants. The issue is that there has been an agenda all along, and activists have dishonestly sold through anecdotal testimonies that it is a cure-all when proper testing is lacking.

Marijuana libertarian Alex Berenson, author of the book, Tell Your Children The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, published in 2019, did research and reviewed some studies. What he learned surprised him and turned him into an outspoken critic of marijuana, setting him on a path to inform the public of its history and consequences. His findings are:

  • There is an agenda behind medical marijuana. To legalize medical marijuana
  •  Marijuana is linked to mental health problems. There has always been a known link between cannabis use and mental health issues such as psychosis and schizophrenia. However, the problem is more significant today.

Today’s marijuana is very different from the 1960 and ’70s when THC levels were 1 to 2%. However, with the onset of the 1990s, producers initiatedworking towards increasing the THC content to in access of 25%, ushering in an increase in mental health problems.

Researchers are aware that there is a time-lapse in the time mental illness begins and when an individual first engages in using cannabis. Therefore, it was no surprise when increased problems increased after 2000.

Researchers in Denmark recently observed that their mental illness registry had a significant increase in schizophrenia cases of about 30% from 2000 to 2012. Additionally, the higher levels of THC appear to contribute to another more significant trend. When they observed 30 to 59 aged adults, psychiatrists expected schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to become evident by the late twenties. However, the researchers found that 46 out of 100,000 individuals in the over-30 group received a new Psychosis diagnosis every year. This high rate of actual cases after age 30 contrasts with conventional wisdom.

  • Cannabis is linked to violence. The majority think of marijuana as a wholly calming drug. But is it? According to a 2016 Psychology Today article, new research in the journal Psychological Medicine concludes that perpetual use of cannabis may cause violent behavior due to changes in brain function. This link between the use of recreational marijuana and violent behavior resulting in crimes in contrast to alcohol, meth, and other illegal drugs has been long debated by researchers. The mellowing effects of Cannabis seem unacceptable for promoting violent behavior. However, ample research has linked marijuana to violent behavior.

It is important to note that most individuals do not exhibit violent behavior, but a small percentage do, and the problem can arise suddenly without any warning.

Other adverse effects of significant marijuana use found in various studies include:

  • Loss of motivation
  • Addiction
  • Brain impairment and mental health
  • Lung and heart damage
  • Cancer risk—Although studies are inconclusive; some have made a strong link.

Yet, despite what has been mentioned above, efforts to legalize the use of marijuana for both “medicinal” and recreational purposes continue to grow. These efforts are succeeding in the halls of state and national governments. Unfortunately, the drug is not as harmless as advocates claim.

For several years, the Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada has presented reputable, peer-reviewed scientific studies showing the dangers and social and economic costs of marijuana use. However, despite the endorsement of health experts, social pressure and the lure of increased tax revenue are driving the political mechanism.

Could society benefit from legalizing pot? Is there a larger picture to consider?

So what is the Benefit?

It is interesting that even though Western nations live in a time of excessive prosperity compared to any other period, so many in our population today, the youth, in particular, search for what is basically an escape from reality in mind-altering drugs. Lavishness flourishes in our lives, yet many run after hallucinogenic drugs. With the problems that already exist with alcohol (e.g., alcoholism, drunken driving, loss of work, violent behavior, even loss of life), why do we need to add another destructive player to this negative playbook by legalizing Marijuana? Make no mistake; unfortunately, people will die due to legalizing marijuana.

Some will say, well, people will do it anyway.

It is evident that not all is right. Something is indeed missing. Our day-to-day lives are not satisfying, and we are not finding pleasure in our work and relationships with family and friends. We seek transitory pleasure through intoxication with drugs that bring all sorts of potential harm. Perhaps it is time to inspect our lives a little more closely.

Eccl 3:11 says, “He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” NIV

God has “planted eternity in the hearts of men.” What this means is that we can never be totally content with earthly pleasures and pursuits. In view of the fact that we are created in God’s image, we have a spiritual thirst and eternal value. Therefore, nothing but the eternal God can truly satisfy us. He has built in us a restless yearning for the perfect world that can only be found in his perfect rule.

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However, we fail to recognize this either out of ignorance or rebellion and attempt to fill this yearning with earthly things, such as excessive shopping for things, relationships, excessive work, and drugs and alcohol. However, these things only create a futile downward spiral. Therefore, there is no more of a benefit than any of the other vices the world engages.

We do not have to live this way because we can elect a way of life that provides happier lives for our families and ourselves. Therefore, we can avoid choices that create trouble and gruesome realities from which we wish to escape. We must fill this void with God and His Word.

What Does the Bible Say?

Marijuana and the Bible

Although the Bible does not mention anything specific regarding the recreational use of marijuana, it clearly warns about the dangers of drunkenness and cautions that it leads to overindulging. For example, Eph. 5:18 reads, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” and Proverbs 23:20 counsels against surrounding ourselves with those who are drunk, and reads, “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:”

Recreational marijuana can trigger a mind-altering high that is comparable to drunkenness. Both can cause impaired judgment, cognitive dysfunction, restlessness, coordination and reflex issues. Based on that, it is viable that the Bible’s warnings against drunkenness can also be applied to marijuana intoxication.

Paul’s instruction to Titus, a young colleague in Crete, included an exhortation on soberness. Titus 2:6 reads, “Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.” NIV

Self-control is the opposite of being high, stoned, drunk, or in any other condition in which we are not in control of our minds. One of the elements that are essential for happiness and success is self-control. The Bible also stresses the need to be in control of our minds at all times. Gal 5:22-23 reads:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

The fact of the matter is self-control cannot be exercised when one is drunk or high on a mind-altering substance. When in that state of mind, one is at risk of actions and words that can be regretted for life. The possible addictions that result can devastate families, careers, reputations, and potential. A sober mind is an invaluable defense against such tragedies.

We are entering a difficult and dangerous period in our lives. Nations have outright rejected teachings on proper behavior, ethics, and morality that were formerly revered. The concept that humankind is the creation of a God who gave instructions preserved through His sacred text is no longer widely accepted in the Western world, and the moral guidelines that directed behavior are no longer considered valid. At the same time, social order has started to unravel without such a set of moral directives.

The sad truth is that the Bible is slowly being canceled.

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The Beginning of the End

The Last Days

Those of us who know the truth know that the end is coming, that we are living in the last days. The signs are all around us according to the prophecy spoken by Jesus in Matthew 24:3-51. In the meantime, according to what Jesus said in verse 42, we must be ready for His return because we do not know what day His return will occur. When Jesus ascended into heaven, humanity headed toward the beginning of the end. One of the ways to be ready for His return is to be aware of what is going on in heaven concerning us.

Jesus’ Heavenly Sanctuary

When Jesus entered heaven, He did so as the high priest of humanity and began His heavenly ministry. The two-compartment design of the earthly sanctuary built by Moses was, in fact, a replica of the Heavenly Sanctuary set up by God. Heb 8:1-2 reads:

1 The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,

2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man. NIV

The Beginning of the End
Jesus is our High Priest who intercedes for us!

The two compartments of the sanctuary are the holy place and the most holy place. Worshipers were only allowed in the outer courtyard and could not enter the tabernacle tent containing these compartments. Only priests were allowed; only the high priest was allowed in the Most Holy Place and only on the Day of Atonement.

Christ entered the first phase of his Heavenly ministry, which is in the Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary as the High Priest of humanity after his resurrection and ascension into heaven to intercede for the sins of mankind.

However, there was a second phase of Jesus’ Heavenly ministry when He moved to the Most Holy Place of Heavenly Sanctuary. The prophecy of the 2300 days (years) contained in Daniel 8:13-14 points to when Christ’s Most Holy Place ministry in Heaven would start. Verse 14 reads, “And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” This is the passage that William Miller mistakenly interpreted to be the return of Christ to earth to cleanse the earthly sanctuary when it was actually the heavenly sanctuary that was to be cleansed.

This event is symbolized by the Day of Atonement described in Leviticus 16 and Leviticus 23:26–32. The Investigative Judgment doctrine states that in 1844 (456 BC – 2300 years = 1844 AD), Christ moved from the Holy Place to the Most Holy Place in Heaven as described in Daniel 8:13-14, and this initiated the judgment described in Dan 7:9-10, which read,

9 “As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.

10 A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. NIV

The Beginning of the End
The ancient of days sitting on the throne!


This passage describes the investigative judgment. During the investigative judgment, the works of all men and women are written down in books, kept in heaven. Throughout the investigative judgment, also known as the Pre-Advent Judgment, these books are opened (as also described in Revelation 20:12), and the lives of all individuals, both living and dead (2 Cor. 5:10), are examined to establish who has responded to Christ’s offer of salvation.

The record books of heaven, in which the names and deeds of humanity are listed, establish the judge’s decisions. As the books are opened in the judgment, the lives of all, who believe in Jesus, come into review before God. Commencing with those who first lived upon the earth, our Advocate (Jesus) puts forward the cases of each successive generation and concludes with the living. Every name is presented, and every case is closely investigated.

The Judgment will confirm those who are genuine believers in God from those who are not. Individuals who have truly repented of sin and by faith claimed the blood of Christ as their atoning sacrifice have pardon entered by their names in the books of heaven. They have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ, and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God. Their sins will be blotted out. They will be accounted worthy of eternal life.

On the other hand, when any individual has sins remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the book of life, and the record of their good deeds will be erased from the book of God’s remembrance. Sins that have remained unrepented and not forsaken will not be pardoned nor blotted out of the books. They will stand to witness against the sinner on the day of the Lord.

During this judgment, Satan will bring charges of transgression and unbelief against believers, while Jesus acts as defense. The good news of the judgment is that Jesus is not only the Attorney but also the Judge (John 5:22). With Jesus as Attorney and Judge, there is nothing to fear.

The Final Chapter

Although the time of the commencement of the Investigative Judgment is precise, which is the year 1844, no one knows when it will end. All that is known is that the work of the investigative judgment and the purging of sins are to be completed before the second coming of the Lord. Rev. 22:12 reads, quoting Jesus, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

The Beginning of the End

When Jesus arrives, He will have His reward (s) with Him according to the judgment of the works of individuals. The investigative judgment will have closed and the critical hour that marks the determination of every man’s destiny, and the final offer of mercy is withdrawn from guilty men. Jesus is also quoted as saying in

The conclusion of the Investigative Judgment is expressed as “the close of probation” At this point, the destiny for all will have been decided, whether for life or death. There will be no further opportunity for unbelievers to repent and be saved. Revelation 22:11 is considered to describe the close of probation: Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.” NIV

Following the close of probation will be a time of great distress. Matt 24:21-22 reads:

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

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This tribulation will be a time of severe conflict and persecution for God’s people (Revelation 13:15-17; 7:14). Shortly after that, Christ will return in glory (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10), and raise the dead in Christ, the righteous ones (the “first resurrection,” Revelation 20:4-5), whom He will take to heaven together with the righteous ones that are living to share his millennial reign (Revelation 20:6). Just who these “righteous” ones are, will, of course, have been revealed during the time of the Investigative Judgment.

It is essential to recognize that we are under probation during this current period of grace. It is not the time to be flippant about our salvation. It is a time of reflection and recognition that life is serious and it matters how we live our lives and check our attitudes towards sin. It matters how we obey all of the Commandments of God.


Many of us will not make it to the close of probation but will die prior. It will then be too late to repent of our sins and too late for unbelievers to know Christ. Eccl 9:10 reads, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10). However, Ecclesiastes 9:10 says there is no wisdom in the grave.

So let us not be deceived, but be wise, and let others know that time is at hand and we must make things right with our creator—before it is too late. This appeal is what the Three Angels Message is all about.


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The Right Church

The Right Church

What is the church? Is it a building, or is it more? Actually, it is more than a building. The church building houses the church. There are many different kinds of churches; some are weak, some are strong, and all are not Christian churches but churches of other religions (temples, mosques, etc.). But what is the right church? Churches differ, even among Christian churches, so what is the right church for the Christian? Let’s see what the Scriptures say.

Matt 16:13-20

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

The Christian church is about Jesus being the Son of the living God. If this is removed, it is no longer a church. The church is built on the principle that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (vss. 17 & 18).

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The Characteristics of a Strong Church

Now that the foundation of the Christian church has been laid, the fact remains that some churches are stronger than others. So what makes a church strong?

Spirit-Filled Leadership – If a church does not have spiritual leadership, that is a weak church. Remember what Jesus said to His disciples. First, He gave them the Great Commission.

In Matt 28:18-20 He said,

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Therefore, they had the call to go forth and spread the gospel. Imagine spreading the gospel message to the whole world. Keep in mind that this was a time when there was no television, radio, smartphones, internet, etc. This Commission was a great undertaking which is why it is called the Great Commission. But, He is also quoted saying more in Acts 1:4-5:

4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Jesus, in addition to giving the Commission, commanded them to stay in Jerusalem until they had received the Holy Spirit. Why? Because He knew that they could not carry out this Great Commission without the power of the Holy Spirit to dwell within them, empowering, enabling them, and giving direction and guidance to carry out what they were called to do.

Jesus told the disciples, in essence, that they were not ready without the Spirit dwelling within them.

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The same is true today. No church staff can do God’s work unless they are filled with the Holy Spirit. This truth not only includes the Pastor but the staff as well. Therefore, for a church to be strong, the leadership of the staff must be filled with the Holy Spirit to have the direction, power, and energy to carry out the work that must be accomplished. The Spirit should also be in their lives, exhibiting evidence of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).

Doctrinally sound messaging and teaching – Messaging (preaching) and teaching must meet the needs of the people. Therefore, it must be fastened, fixed firmly on the Word of God. This should be the basis for every individual to have a personal belief in the truth. All personal beliefs must be based on the Word of God they received from the church. We must know what we believe and why we believe it. This truth must also be passed on to children, the next generation (Deut. 4:40; 6:6-7).

Uncompromising in its convictions – a strong church contains leadership and body that have convictions that they do not lay aside but stand by them. A church with a pastor that compromises the Word of God and where the people compromise their convictions is a weak church. A strong church of God is built on a strong conviction—a “rock” that stands firm on the Word of the living God.

Strong emphasis on faith and prayer – A strong church emphasizes faith and prayer to its congregation. A life without prayer is a weak life. If one does not pray, it is unlikely that one will live a godly life. Therefore, a church must emphasize prayer. Without faith, we cannot please God, and prayer strengthens faith. The power of the Holy Spirit flows through individuals of prayer and faith.

Sanctified worship service – The worship service of a strong church should provide the atmosphere in which individuals experience God’s presence and leave renewed in their commitment to obey and serve Him. The church should be a spiritual hospital that renews and strengthens its congregants. There is strength in numbers.

Generosity and Faithfulness in giving – A strong church comprises individuals who are faithful and generous in their giving. People, who obey God, walk in His way, and follow Him will give because the Spirit of God motivates them to do so.

Strategically organized – A strong church is organized to reach its God-given goals. Jesus was organized, and the first church was organized. A strong church is organized in a way to efficiently use its resources (time, money, human resources) in a way that it functions in a way that benefits its members and community.

Encourages the utilization of Spiritual gifts – Spiritual gifts are bestowed upon all Christians by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:7).

Rom 12:5-8: reads:

5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

The passage informs us that everyone” should work together under the command and authority of Christ, using their spiritual gifts to build up the church.

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d) Different gifts. e) God’s grace/choice/enabling.

A very strong church is a church where individuals operate out of their gifts. People are the happiest and most efficient in the church when they use and bless others with their spiritual gifts.

United in spirit – A strong church consists of people who are united in Spirit. Jesus said in Mark 3:25, And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
The church holds no exception to Jesus’ statement. When a church is divided, it is severely weakened, incapable of effectively functioning as a body of Christ.

Scripture says in Eph. 4:3-6

3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

4 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called—

5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. NIV

Notice how many times “one” is mentioned in this passage. It is the will of Christ for His church to be in unity. It is the only way “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18).

Genuine love for one another – Loving one another is what Jesus embodied. The rock on which Jesus would build his church has been identified as Jesus himself. His work of salvation by dying for us on the cross was the greatest act of love. As a result, His church must exhibit love. Scripture says in Eph 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
NIV This is what we must do if we are going to be one with Christ and build His strong church.

 A vision for a lost world – A church that does not have a vision for the world is not a strong church. Prov 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”

The church is to carry out the vision of Christ, the Commission, and spread the Word all over the world, reaching as many as possible with love and unity in the spirit of Christ.


Is your church weak or strong? It matters where you go to church. We must be aware.


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Death and Life

Death and Life

The Scriptures have a lot to say about death and life. It addresses these aspects of humanity from the beginning (Genesis) to the end (Revelation). But what about life after death?

What is Life?

According to Nelson’s Bible dictionary, life is “The physical functions of people, animals, and plants. In physical terms, life is the time between birth and death. Because God is the source of life, it is a gift from Him. He first filled Adam with the breath of life (Gen 2:7), and He continues to be the source of all life. ”

What is Death?

Again, according to Nelson’s Bible dictionary, death is “A term which, when applied to the lower orders of living things such as plants and animals, means the end of life.”

Life after Death?

Is there life after death? Well, it depends on whom you ask. Since no one has returned to tell us, there has been much discussion and debate in answering that question.

What Does the Bible Say?

The Holy Bible
The Inspired Word of God

The Bible says in 2 Tim 3:16-17

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

“All Scripture”; the Scriptures are well-balanced when approached and applied correctly.


There are numerous Scriptures that address death used by those who support life after death and those who do not. For example, those who believe all of life ends in the grave would use the following: Ps. 115:17; John 5:28, 29; Ps. 146:4; 1 Cor. 15:51-58, etc.). However, these Scriptures address only the physical aspect of death, such as the dead, the grave, the body, as well as the final resurrection. However, other Scriptures shed light on the spiritual aspect of death between dying and the final resurrection.

For example, those who support an existence beyond the grave would use    2 Cor. 5:8

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. KJV

This Scripture unmistakably affirms that to be away from the body connotes being at home with the Lord. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul also wrote that departing from this life means to “be with Christ” (Phil 1:23 NIV). Notice that He didn’t say that he would rather be dead than alive! He further states in this Scripture that he’d rather “be with Christ, which is better by far.” It doesn’t appear that he is seeking a state of nothing until the final resurrection.

Never the less, these passages have been the subject of much debate over the actual state of believers at death. Theologians call this condition “the intermediate state” between being at home in the body (vs.5:6) and at home with the Lord. He does not address resurrection or heaven in these Scriptures. He addresses these in 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Since Paul addressed the bodily resurrection occurring upon Jesus’ return and believers being with Jesus immediately after they die, several conclusions have been proposed to explain this transitional state of the believer.

It appears that in recent years, conclusions regarding the disembodied state have been severely criticized. Many of these condemnations are based more on philosophical ideas about a person’s soul than on Scripture. Some of the confusion is due to very little scriptural explanation.

There are three main views of the “intermediate state.”

Soul sleep — Seventh-Day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses hold this view that believes that the soul rests in unconsciousness or oblivion until the resurrection. This view is based on verses where death is referred to as “sleep” (Acts 7:6, 13:36; 1 Cor. 15:6; 1 Thess. 4:13-15, and even Jesus’ words in John 11:11). However sleep is a figurative way of addressing the dead and refers to the physical body and not the soul. Some have even modified this view to say that believers are “with Christ,” but not in a conscious state.

However, Scripture teaches the believer’s immediate presence with the Lord at death in Jesus’ words in Luke 23:43 to the thief on the cross,
“I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise”
(NLT) and his final prayer, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” (NLT) Stephen, the first Christian martyr, said right before he died, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59).

Purgatory — This is the Roman Catholic view that at death, those who have died in their sins and rejected Christ go to Hades (hell) for eternal punishment; those who died in a perfect state of grace go directly to heaven. Those who are not spiritually perfect go to purgatory for a refining process and purification of sin.

This view has developed mainly from church theologians and church councils rather than the Bible itself, although Catholics have used 1 Cor. 3:15 to justify this view, which reads: “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Incomplete resurrection — This is the most commonly accepted view of Paul’s words in the New Testament. There is a conscious, personal existence for the believer after death. At death, a believer goes to a place and condition of blessedness. The time interval between the believer’s death and the complete resurrection of the body will be undetectable to the Christian. No anxiety or discomfort will blemish this condition. However, the body will not be in its complete and final form because Paul points to a future resurrection as a specific event (Phil 3:20-21; 1 Thess. 4:16-17), as does Jesus (John 5:25-29). At death, we will transition and assume a different expression or condition of the bodily self; then, at the Second Coming, this will be exchanged or reconstituted as the resurrection body (1 Cor. 15:51-53).

A passage of Scripture illustrates this disembodied state from no other than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Luke 16:19-31

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

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

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

Death and Life - Lazarus and the Rich Man

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

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

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

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Death and Life - Lazarus
There is a big chasm between the righteous and the unrighteous! It matters how we live!

27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

A lot is contained within this passage, and an article could be composed on it alone. But to summarize, this is one of Jesus’ parables. Jesus used them to communicate a spiritual truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.

This parable is the story of a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus. While the rich man enjoyed his luxurious life, the beggar was stationed outside his gates, never invited in by the rich man, only to receive crumbs from his table.

Both Lazarus and the rich man died but ended up in different places. But notice verse 22,And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:…” Abraham’s bosom is a synonym for the life hereafter and a place of rest and tranquility—“comforted” (vs. 25).

According to the Old Testament, when an individual died, he went to be with his fathers (Gen 15:15; 47:30; Deut. 31:16; Judg. 2:10). The patriarch Abraham was regarded as the “father” of the Jews (Luke 3:8; John 8:37-40). At death, therefore, the Jew went to his forefathers or, more specifically, to join “father Abraham.” As a child of Abraham, Lazarus gained closeness to Him as a fellow beneficiary and companion of Abraham. The only use in the Bible of “Abraham’s bosom”
is this parable.

A great gulf or chasm divided him from the rich man, who was being “tormented” in the flames of hell. The Greek word translated as hell is Hades, the place or state of departed souls. In the King James translation, it is also translated as grave (1 Cor. 15:55).

The Pharisees deemed wealth to be evidence of a person’s righteousness. Jesus troubled them with this story where a diseased beggar is rewarded, and a rich man is punished. However, God’s judgment is just no matter the social status. Therefore, no matter how much material wealth one has, God sees the heart.

Another moral of this story is that it matters how we live our lives on earth, which determines our eternal destinations. However, within this story is another precept; there is a spiritual
existence that is initiated when we die. There is no contact with the natural world. Notice that when the rich man requested Abraham to send Lazarus to impart a warning to his household, he was refused (vss. 27 & 28). There is no contact will the dead. Once death has occurred, that is the end of the story (Eccl 9:10).

Jesus Christ, Himself delivered a message about the eternal gateway of the lost and the saved in this parable. Having come from eternity, who else would be more proficient in the things of the spiritual world and acknowledge that there is a veil that separates this present world from the unseen? With His divine knowledge, He could speak with authority of the afterlife.

The contrast between the eternal abodes of the lost and the saved in this parable is colossal. Although Jesus’ parables were stories, they were factual principles used to illustrate a point for teaching. They were not fairy tales. Jesus would not have said that “…the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:” if that was not factual. Jesus would never mislead anybody or tell a lie (Numbers 23:19).

Death and Life - Abraham's Bosom
Lazarus was delivered to Abraham’s Bosom by angels – a place of rest and tranquility.

Let’s look at more of Jesus’ sharing of eternal destinies, Matt 10:28

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Death and Life - Matthew 10:28
The soul lives until God destroys it.

This Scripture containing the words of Jesus unambiguously illuminates the point that there is the “soul” and the “body.” The Scripture acknowledges that the body dies, but the soul does not. According to the Scripture, if an individual kills a body, the soul continues “but is not able to kill the soul.” Only God “is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” So, if the soul is not destroyed, where does it go until the resurrection? [Answers and comments can be left below]

Jesus’ point for His disciples was not to be afraid of persecution from men but to be afraid of God only.

[Other Scriptures to consider: Psalm 146:4, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Hebrews 9:27]

What is the Soul?

The Greek word translated as soul is psuche (psoo-khay’) which means breath and, by implication, spirit.

According to Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, Soul is “A word with two distinct meanings in the Bible:”

1. That which makes a human or animal body alive. This usage of the word soul refers to life in the physical body. The best example of this usage is those passages in the New Testament in which the Greek word for soul is translated as life. “For whoever desires to save his life [soul] will lose it,” Jesus declared, “but whoever loses his life [soul] for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36-37).

This idea is also present in the Old Testament. For example, the soul of a dying person departed at death (Gen 35:18). The prophet Elijah brought a child back to life by stretching himself upon the child three times and praying that God would let the child’s soul come back into him (1 Kings 17:19-23).

2. The word soul also refers to the inner life of man, the seat of his emotions, and the center of human personality. The first use of the word soul in the Old Testament expresses this meaning: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (soul)” (Gen 2:7). This means more than being given physical life; the biblical writer declares that man became a “living soul,” or a person, a human being, one distinct from all other animals.

Therefore, only God can deliver the soul and life, and only God can destroy it.


In the final analysis, Christians can only affirm precisely what the Bible says: there is the body, and there is the soul. The body, upon death, goes to the grave, and the soul and spirit transition and commences an eternal journey. How we live our lives determines whether we enter a place of rest or a place of torment until the time of the final judgment.


So what do you think? What happens when we die? Your questions, comment, and concerns are welcomed below.