Questioning Reliability of Marketing End Times Product


Days of Prophecy

 

John R. Houk

© May 29, 2015

 

Shepard’s whole “Survive The End Days” program is based solely on the premise the Whore of Babylon in the Holy Scriptures is the USA. I see this assertion as a stretch in credulity partly because of some blatant theological errors throughout his build up to demonstrate his point.

 

It is my opinion that Shepard takes some facts and plugs them into conclusions like jamming a square peg into a round hole. That can only be the aha moment of revealed understanding if the square peg fits into the round hole.

 

However, if you accept the whore of Babylon = the USA, the square peg lines up a little better to a square hole. So you will have to decide for yourself on what is the whore of Babylon.

 

Shepard makes the assertion that Russia is north of the USA when in reality the world and America consider Russia as part of the East. And technically in proximity Russia is just West of the USA with the small body of water between Alaska and Russian Siberia.

 

Shepard the USA is what is referred to as the power in South to threaten Jerusalem. The reality is, prophetically speaking, a better assertion of a power south of Jerusalem would be the cities that Islam originated in namely Mecca and Medina which is in current day Saudi Arabia.

 

Daniel prophesied from Babylon not Jerusalem.

 

Shepard asserts the shield program is being built in Europe when the fact is President Obama discontinued the European shield program soon after taking Office just after 2008.

 

I have no problem with identifying Barack Hussein Obama as an evil force ruining America. I don’t even have a problem with connecting BHO to an antichrist spirit. I just believe he is THE Antichrist that will be revealed in the Tribulation period predestined to afflict humanity before the return of Jesus Christ the Son of God, Savior and Lord.

 

There are many other suspect claims of bona fide research theologically relating to present day current affairs but there simply too many to tackle at this point. But here’s some food for thought. This is how Nathan Shepard describes himself:

 

… My name is Nathan Shepard

 

I have been a fervent Christian ever since I was a child… I have pursued a career in Archeology and theology…

 

And have dedicated my life to studying the ancient Scriptures…

 

After 30 years of painstaking studies the clues hidden in the words of the prophets of our Lord become evident… (Nathan Shepard)

 

Now that sounds like a person with an awesome background in which one should rest assured. But the “DISCLAIMER” gives me pause:

 

DISCLAIMER: The author of this material wishes to keep his identity private, therefore Nathan Shepard is a pen name. (At the bottom of webpage entitled, “Our church and government are engaged in a massive cover up”)

 

Here are four websites that start with the impression of an independent review of the “Survive The End Day” program however you will realize the review is a paid review because it has a recommended link to purchase in somewhere on the page:

 

1.   http://www.newson6.com/story/29131685/survive-the-end-days-reviews-nathan-shepards-newly-launched-survival-guide-survive-the-end-days-program

 

2.   http://www.bser.eu/survive-the-end-days-review/

 

3.   http://sportscitycafe.net/gravity-manifestation-program-book-review/

 

4.   http://whiterock.rsphysics.org/where-can-i-get-the-survive-the-end-days-for-free

 

The first webpage is actually from the local news affiliate of CBS Tulsa where I reside. Even so it is a paid ad.

 

I love the name of the webpage of the second review on this random list: BS-er. The hyphen is my idea to express a point. The reviews on this website are quite likely to be a load of BS. The website’s “Disclosure” and “Disclaimer” page are clues.

 

I’ll let you vet the last two webpages.

 

The most reliable review I found is here:

 

About Survive the End Days

 

Survive the End Days is a new video presentation and survival guide written and offered by Nathan Shephard [sic], who wants to teach people how to protect themselves in the event the United States is attacked by an EMP.

 

How Does It Work?

 

Nathan Shephard [sic] says that he has pursued a career in Archeology and Theology, and his years of extensive study has given him an insight to understanding the prophecies made in the Bible, and he has created a theory about future prophecies made in the Bible that he feels it is important to warn people about.

 

This theory is that the United States is the nation referred to in the Bible as “Mystery Babylon” or “Babylon” and that current President Barack Obama is the man referred to as “King of the South,” while Russian President Vladimir Putin is the man referred to as “King of the North.”

 

Taking all of these assertions into consideration, it follows that the prophecies regarding the next world war, or World War III, indicate that Russia will attack the United States before the end of Barack Obama’s Presidency, which Nathan Shepard cites as January 1, 2017, and that this attack will be made with “a very special weapon.”

 

Because the Bible describes this weapon as leaving “Babylon silent and in darkness” and their military helpless. Shephard theorizes that this weapon is an EMP bomb, an electromagnetic pulse bomb, which has the ability to kill all sensitive electronic circuits within minutes or even seconds.

 

And once all electricity and technology has been wiped out, modern day Americans will find it almost impossible to function in their daily lives. Which is where the Survive the End Days guide comes in – Nathan Shephard [sic] says he lived with the Amish for more than two years, and knows exactly how to teach you to live without relying on modern day conveniences.

 

 

Reputation

 

There are not many reviews for this product at this time which are not offered by affiliates or partner websites, however there is a lot of information available online concerning EMP attacks, including articles written by contributors to Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal warning of the dangers, and other articles from National Geographic and the government discussing the myths associate with such an attack.

 

One thing that seems clear if you read articles provided by organizations that are not trying to sell you survival materials is that one assertion made by Nathan Shephard [sic] in his presentation is wrong – the threat of an EMP bomb is real, and as such is something the US Military has been preparing for, for more than 30 years. Most scientists and researchers feel strongly that the US Military would be mostly unaffected by an EMP attack. The real danger is that the civilian electrical grid is essentially defenseless from such an attack.

 

There is a lot of free information available about EMP attacks and what regular civilians can do to protect themselves, as well as a lot of extremist information that is generally incorrect and being essentially used to scare people into buying products. Survive the End Days seems as though it falls into the second category.

 

Customers who are still interested in purchasing this product are welcome to do as they please, but you are also encouraged to look at other sources of research to develop a fully formed opinion.

 

Competitors and Alternatives?

 

There are many, many other survival guides available on the market, including (Survive the End Days Reviews; reviewopedia.com)

 

JRH 5/29/15

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Our church and government are engaged in a massive cover up

 

http://survivetheenddays.com/tl/

 

To hide form the public the most terrible warning hidden in the last chapters in the Holy Bible

 

This ancient prophecy is coded within the visions of 4 men

 

Chosen to give a very precise and terrifying warning of things to come in the end times…

 

One single event so devastating it could wipe out 293 million Americans

An event that will happen before the 1st of January 2017…

 

 

And you are about to discover the chilling evidence of the prophecy coming true

 

Step by step…

 

But first you need to know just who I am for making such shocking statements…My name is Nathan Shepard

 

I have been a fervent Christian ever since I was a child… I have pursued a career in Archeology and theology…

 

And have dedicated my life to studying the ancient Scriptures…

 

After 30 years of painstaking studies the clues hidden in the words of the prophets of our Lord become evident…

 

And it all started with a simple question:

 

Does it not seem odd to you that America, the greatest nation on Earth, the greatest evangelical nation, the richest and the most powerful country today IS NOT EVEN MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE?

 

After all, as we know, the Bible accurately predicts so many other historical events:

 

The two world wars, man reaching outer space and the return of the Jews to their homeland after centuries of living without a country…

 

All of these events were accurate predicted by the prophets

 

The key to understanding the holy texts of the Bible is deciphering its metaphors and symbolism

 

Because the prophets talk of future things using simple words that existed in the period they were written in…

 

So when the prophets tried to describe air craft in their visions the description would be: “mount up to heaven

 

Referring to air travel and the air force…

 

Just like “it will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” is clearly a metaphor for reaching space

 

It is no coincidence that both of these metaphors refer to a nation known as Mystery Babylon

 

Mystery Babylon is an end times nation… how else would it be able to have an air force and reach space…

 

And it is described in great detail by John the Apostle in the Book of Revelation, the prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah

 

What else is written in the Bible say about Babylon:

 

·         Babylon is called by the prophets a “Queen among nations” and “The lady of kingdoms”. (Isa 47:5, 7);

 

·         It is the youngest and only superpower in the world, (Jeremiah 47, Rev 18).

 

·         Babylon is a democracy weighed down by its huge government: “Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels.” Isaiah (47:13)

 

·         Babylon destroys her own land, with pollution and waste: “Because thou hast destroyed thy land”(Isa 14:20) “I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand” (Isaiah 47:6 )

 

·         Ask yourself this: how could an early day prophet know about pollution since there was not such thing in ancient times?

 

·         Babylon has the most powerful military force on the planet and is called “the hammer of the whole earth”( Jeremiah 50,23)

 

·         The merchants of the world are made rich through trading with this nation: “And the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” (Rev. 18:3)

 

Is it starting to look like they are talking about The United States of America?

 

It does and its descriptions get even more specific from now on:

 

·         Babylon is praised in the entire world: “How is the praise of the whole earth surprised! How is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!” (Jeremiah 51:47)

 

·         This nation is a coastal nation, with deep-water ports and much international trade: “O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures ” (Jeremiah 51:13)

 

·         Babylon a unique and remarkable beginning, different from other nations and has been awe-inspiring from its conception (Isaiah 18:2):

 

The US is the first country to successfully become independent from a colonial Empire- the British Empire. We share the English language and we are the descendants of the first British colonies…That is why England is like a mother to the US. It fits perfectly with the description in Jeremiah 50:12. More so, the mother of Babylon has the symbol of the LION (Dan7:4; Ezekiel 38:13; Jer 51:38; Psalms 17:12)… The royal symbol of England is a lion.

 

·         And the mother of Babylon, in the end times, will be a state of major decline as the end nears (Jer 50:12).The British Empire that ruled the Earth for 200 years is no more. All of its colonies are independent. The British pound is no longer the world reserve currency… it has been replaced by the dollar… the currency of its daughter.

 

·         And as the prophets foretold, Babylon becomes proud, haughty, and does not consider her end.

 

“Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; “(Isaiah 17:7-8)

“How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow “(Rev 18:7)

 

Does it sound like American Exceptionalism?

 

·         Even the name Mystery Babylon is also deeply symbolic… it’s a “mystery” because the prophets, at the time of the visions, didn’t know of the existence of the North American Continent. They literally had no idea what they were actually seeing and described it as best they could.

 

·         And in ancient times, Babylon was the greatest city in the world just like the US is the greatest country in the world today. Ancient Babylon was constructed by people that came from all parts of the ancient world. What we may call today immigrants… just like the United States.

 

This is, again, very, very precise.

 

·         What about the personification of Babylon in the Scriptures as a woman – the prophets use the word “her”?

 

This is another very precise clue given to us through metaphors and symbolism that are so abundant in the Holly [sic] Book. The prophets are talking about the most widely known symbol of America a woman symbolizing liberty that sits in the harbor of the most important city in the United States.

 

So why on Earth are they also calling it the whore of Babylon?

 

The sculptor of the Statue of Liberty was Auguste Bertholdi a mason belonging to the great Masonic Lodge in Paris.

 

Before beginning the statue of liberty project, Bertholdi was seeking a commission to construct a giant statue of the goddess of fertility “Isis” as it was known to the Egyptians or “Ishtar” to the ancient Babylonians.

 

The Romans also adopted this fertility goddess but they changed the name to Libertas in Latin, (Liberty, in English). Libertas is the mythological equivalent of Isis and Ishtar.

 

Therefore, the Statue of Liberty is also the statue of Isis or as the Babylonians called her, Ishtar… the goddess of fertility, love and… sex.

 

According to the ancient pagan rituals, one could only be purified of sin after intercourse with a temple priest or priestess of Ishtar. In return for this salvation a “gift offering” was needed. Ishtar was the “patron-mother” of the temple priestesses and priests… She was the “mother” of what we would call today prostitution… This is why Ishtar was seen by early Christian as the whore of Babylon… and that is why the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of America is called by the prophets as the Whore of Babylon.

 

Do you think it is just a coincidence that the US, the home of the greatest and most famous statue of Ishtar provides 65% of pornographic movies and adult entrainment to the world? Is it just another coincidence that this is the country where sexually liberation originated and spread to the rest of the world?

 

It’s not. It’s just like the scriptures foretold: It’s not. It’s just like the scriptures foretold:

 

Rev 18:3:” For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication […]”.

 

The last clue is the description of Babylon as the Daughter of Chaldea. This too has profound symbolism rooted in geography and the rise of the United States.

 

Chaldea is a region in the Middle East mostly inhabited by Semitic tribes during the time of the prophets.

 

Out of the family of Semitic tribes the most powerful and influential one today is represented by the Jews or Israelites.

 

According to scripture, Babylon would be a home to multitudes of Jews who left the Holly [sic] Land (Jeremiah 50:4-6, 8; 51:6, 45, Isaiah 48:20 and also Revelation 18:4). Today, the largest population of Jewish people is found in the United States

 

Furthermore, 48% of American billionaires are Jewish [Blog Editor: I pray this is not an under the radar Antisemitic slur. I am certain are a fair amount Gentile Billionaires who made a contribution to America’s wealth] and have made their wealth in the US contributing to its rise as the world’s only super power. You might recognize some of the names on this list:

 

Photo: List of Jewish Billionaires

List Jewish Billionaires

 

The daughter of the Chaldeans, the nation that the Jewish people helped rise to superpower status is the United States of America.

 

All of the biblical clues point in one direction: The US has the most powerful economy and military, controls worldwide commerce, is proud and arrogant, has the most developed air force and space program and it is the envy of the world. It houses the “whore of Babylon”, it is the daughter of the British Empire and the child of the Chaldeans…

 

And unfortunately for every living American… Mystery Babylon.

 

Why?

 

Jeremiah 51:54

 

“Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. […]


A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans”

 

Revelation 18:8

 

“Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”

 

Jeremiah 50:46

 

“At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.”

 

Isaiah 47:5

 

“Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.”

 

All three prophets tell of the fall of Babylon… the destruction of the United States of America as we know it

 

This is not an event that happened to ancient Babylon in the past…

 

History has never recorded the fall of a state or a city in the way described by the prophets

 

And just like all the other events accurately predicted by the Bible: the two world wars, the rise and fall of communism and the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and so many others…

 

This too will happen…

 

The only questions left to ask are: who will cause its fall, when and how…

 

Who will destroy Babylon America?

 

Isaiah 13:5

 

“They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land”.

 

Jeremiah 50:3

 

“For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate”.

 

Jeremiah 50:9

 

“For, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: Draw a straight line north of the US through the Arctic (the end of heaven) and you will find the answer: 

 

Russia is the great enemy of Babylon, the enemy destined to destroy it.

 

The Holly [sic] scripture is again very precise: Even though it has been written centuries before the US or Russia became world powers it clearly describes both countries that are prophesized to start World War 3.

 

And at the start of the WW3 Russia will use a very special weapon, “the weapon of indignation” against the whole territory of the US, and then lead the invasion of a great assembly of nations.

 

Now that we know who is responsible the next logical question is when this will happen

 

As you have seen before, we are going through the Biblical end times…

 

Babylon America has fulfilled the prophecies that foretold its coming… and now, according to the Bible, it will meet its demise…

 

The clues about when the great disaster shall befall it are hidden in the book of Daniel, another major biblical prophet.

 

In Chapter 11:40 of his prophecies describes a great war fought by two kings at the end times

 

One from the north and one from the south.

 

So if we could connect these two kings to two current world leaders, We would know how close we are to the destruction of Babylon

 

The key to understanding the clue of the two kings is the position of Jerusalem because this is where Daniel had his revelations.

 

To the north of Jerusalem is Moscow, birth place of Vladimir Putin.

 

What else does the prophecy say about the King of the north?

 

(Daniel 11:36): “And the king shall do according to his will”: Putin does what he wants. He controls the military and the economy of Russia.

 

(Daniel 11:37): “Neither shall he regard the gods of his fathers, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all”.

 

The fact that gods is not written with a capital letter is a clear clue to what exactly the prophet is referring to: Communism – the gods of the communists are Lenin, Marx, Stalin who have been ruled Russia for over 80 years.

 

They were practically worshipped by the Russian people and statues and pictures of them were everywhere across the USSR.

 

But, as prophecy foretold, Putin distanced himself from communism and denounced it flaws and sins against Russia and the Russian people.

 

He shall magnify himself above all”. Russian media portrays Putin as a huntsman, judo expert, chess master, brilliant politician and diplomat, pilot and overall strong man, above the former communist leaders in every way.

 

Daniel (11:38) “But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces

 

Russian military spending has exploded since Putin came to power… this is how he honors the God of forces:

 

Chart: Russian Military Spending 1992-2012

Russian Military Spending 1992-2012

 

There it is: Vladimir Putin is undoubtedly the king of the north that will guide Russia in the end times.

 

But what about the king of the South?

 

Geographically, he has to be born in the south of Jerusalem:

 

Barack Obama was born either in Hawaii or Kenya, depending on who you want to believe… Both of which are to the south of Jerusalem.

 

But what does the prophet say about him?

 

(Daniel 11:14)”And in those times there
shall many stand up against the king of the
south
”.

 

Never in our history have so many people disagreed with US policies or hated the United States: Russia, China, North Korea, a big part of the Muslim world including Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the list goes on and on.

 

Remember the assembly of great nations that invade America?

 

These clues prove that Obama is the king of the south as the prophecies foretold.

 

So if Barak Obama and Vladimir Putin are the kings of prophecy than their war must start before they leave office…

 

That means January 2017…

 

The End of Babylon is very, very near and we are directly on course for this prophecy to be fulfilled…

 

And Obama is playing his part to the letter:

 

(Daniel 11:40) “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him” these words are coming true as we speak…

 

In August after a Russian intervention, an uneasy cease-fire was reached that lasted until January 2015.

 

Aftermath: Putin has lost one of its key allies in the region. Although it annexed Crimea Russia is now in an undeclared war with its eastern neighbor. Even more alarmingly, a massive amount of NATO hardware has been sent to Russia’s border.

 

Russia itself

 

Project Star wars, a missile defense shield is being set up in Europe and the US as we speak. Officially its target is Iran but the real target is Russian nuclear weapons capability. And Putin knows this too well….

 

The Ukraine conflict saw the western powers led by Obama imposing drastic economic sanctions on Russian banking and energy sectors, key parts of Russian economy.

 

Interestingly, economic sanctions have preceded every US war in the 21st Century.

 

Russian oil exports were the target of a secret deal signed between Obama and Saudi Arabia that caused the price of oil to dive form $100 a barrel to close to $40.

 

The Russia is dependent on oil exports as 40% of its budget comes from it.

 

That is why the Russian ruble (the Russian currency) has lost 50% of its value since the August 2014. That means that for people in Russia can only buy half the stuff they used to afford. Once poverty starts kicking in, the Russians will want blood and Putin will be left with very few options…

 

Because when Russia falls apart, war will be the only option…

 

And the king of the north knows this too well

 

You are now witnessing the last months, maybe weeks before the Russian attack that destroys Mystery Babylon… Obama’s America.

 

The Bible tells us all about the Russian attack…

 

And most importantly, Putin’s “weapon of indignation”

 

A weapon unlike anything the world has ever seen before:

 

This weapon can hit an entire country “How is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! “(Jeremiah 50:22, 23)

 

This weapon makes the US Military unable to respond, broken because of what looks like equipment malfunction:

 

How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed;” (Jeremiah 51:30).

 

Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken” (Jeremiah 51:56)

 

And this weapon leaves Babylon silent and in darkness:

 

Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms (Isaiah 47:5)

 

There is only one weapon that can affect an entire continent, leave the military unable to defend itself and plunge America into silence and darkness…

 

Vladimir Putin’s Weapon of indignation is an Electro Magnetic Pulse

 

An EMP or Electro Magnetic Pulse is an electro-magnetic discharge that fries sensitive circuits… within minutes… even seconds…

 

Before Its News Screen Shot

Before Its News Screen Shot

 

Think of a normal black-out when you don’t have any lights, heating, or internet… only an EMP black-out is permanent and on a larger scale… this means you can also say goodbye to telecommunications, transportation and even utilities… Silence and darkness!

 

Military command and control as well as most of the high tech equipment is very vulnerable to an EMP. One blast will reduce our army to fighting using weapons that existed before the 1900s…

 

This weapon fulfills Bible prophecy to the letter: it’s swift, has a huge area of affect, knocks out our military (breaks the hammer of the earth) and sets the stage for the assembly of nations to invade…

 

Because when the sense America is down they will come to take her riches

Are there any other reasons to use an EMP and not nuclear weapons?

 

Well… first of all, the Bible prophesized an invasion of Babylon from the northern alliance… if you are going to nuke a place to hell there is no point in invading it afterwards

 

Also Putin needs a decisive action but not one that would condemn him in front of the rest of the world.

 

He needs to persuade our enemies that we are weak and ready for the taking…

 

…and that is why he will use the weapon of indignation as the prophecies foretold

 

And All It Takes Is Not 100… Not Even 50… But Just 1 Warhead To Be Detonated Above The U.S…. And The Effects Would Be Irreversible

 

HEMP stands for High-Altitude Electro Magnetic Pulse.

 

It’s an EMP device that can be strategically detonated at an altitude of 20 miles above the surface of our country that will permanently cripple our power grid… and plunge America into silence and darkness

 

The real danger of an EMP is it could happen without any signs or warnings…

 

And the king of the north was drilled his soldiers to do exactly that:

 

There have never been so many nuclear drills exercises targeting the US in recent history

 

Putin is preparing to fulfill his role according to the Holly Book

 

The effects of the EMP will destroy America as we know it… looters, famine, civil unrest….and finally the foreign invasion

 

Exactly as the Scriptures predicted:

 

Revelation 18:8

 

“Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be burned with fire”.

 

Without hospitals or pharmacies being able to function people won’t be able to take their necessary medication.

 

Pandemics and disease will break out caused by no waste pumping or garbage collecting and lack of any basic personal hygiene

 

As the supply of food breaks down famine starts setting in…and with it looting and food riots…

 

Some Americans riot on black Friday over a toaster… can you imagine what would happen during an EMP when all the power is out?

 

FEMA, law enforcement and other state agencies will be overwhelmed… firefighters will be unable to react as their equipment will not work… fires will break out and the cities “shall be burned with fire”.

 

And after the nation destroys itself from within and without our network of communication, most Americans will have no idea the invasion has begun…

This is how the prophets describe the coming invasion:

 

Jeremiah (50:2, 14, 15)

 

“Babylon is taken, all ye that bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrows”

 

“she hath given her hand: her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down”:

 

Daniel (40:11)

 

“and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships;”.

 

Jeremiah (51:3, 4)

 

and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host. Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets”.

 

The visions detail the level of devastation this unstoppable invasion will bring…

 

Unfortunately, all of this is inevitable… the word and will of Our Lord will be fulfilled to the letter…

 

As chilling as this prophecy and warning is, you should not despair and loose (sic) faith. Our Lord will take care of His faithful…

 

There is still hope …

 

As Our Lord says through his prophets:

 

But the one who endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13)

 

Besides this you know the time, which the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed (Romans 13:11).

 

Our Lord has insured that the ones who believe his word will survive the coming storm.

 

That’s why you need to start preparing for the weapon of indignation and the terrible invasion to follow

 

Only the ones who have been prepared will witness the Glory of the His Second Coming and be granted eternal Salvation

 

That’s why I’m telling you all of this. You have to put yourself and your family first… because nobody else will…

 

I have spent hours in libraries reading books… I watched all the documentaries and interviews I could find… I looked for courses… I talked to all the survival experts I know… I even tried contacting NASA… but I got nothing…

 

All the while the answers have been right in front of me:

 

There are people in the US who follow the word of God and live by it…

 

Our Lord and Savior will protect His faithful,

 

And they will continue their lives as they have lived before the fall of Babylon…

 

Because the Amish are a very unusual religious community.

 

They live simple lives and maintain traditions that go back over 300 years. They grow their own food for their families.

 

They barely use any electricity, and when they do it’s off the grid.

 

From them we can learn to survive, thrive and build a community in a post-EMP world… because the Amish are the closest thing to that….

 

That is why after seeing the Revelations of God sent to us by his prophets I have lived for two years in the Amish community.

 

Unfortunately I could not make video or audio recordings of their way of life as any modern technology is forbidden there. But I was allowed to take notes that describe in vivid details the Amish way of life.

 

I have discovered ways to keep food from spoiling without a fridge, and a secret the Amish use to store heat-sensitive medicine…

 

And surprising places where you can find drinkable water, enough to sustain your family for months… even if you live in an arid region.

 

I learned how anyone (and this includes seniors and kids) can survive without electricity… the only condition is they need to know what to do when the power goes out.

 

Sure, it wouldn’t be a luxurious life or even a comfortable life at first… but your family, your loved ones and even your entire community can stay ALIVE.

 

They have the true Biblical Solution to the Coming Disaster….

Here’s The Good News:

 

I realized that this information had to be available to every family out there.

 

Therefore I wrote a special program based on the teachings of the Amish to prepare anyone for the coming war and the great tribulations to follow

 

This program is designed to help fellow patriots and Christians cope with everything the king of the north throws at us

 

This will be the TOUGHEST survival situations you will ever face… and knowledge, preparation and faith in the teachings of Our Lord and the people who follow his word are the only things that will get you through.

 

And I have named this survival package “Survive the End Days”.

 

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Jesus Akbar


Chrislam Deception

Last week Bill Warner wrote an article that is highly critical of Progressive (i.e. Left Wing Thinking) theologian Miroslav Volf a Professor at Yale University which is popular among Ecumenists due to Volf equating the Christian God and the Muslim Allah as one and the same monotheistic personal deity.

 

JRH 6/27/12

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Jesus Akbar

 

By Bill Warner

June 18, 2012

Political Islam

 

Recently a Yale theologian, Miroslav Volf, came to a Christian school, Lipscomb University, and talked about how Islam and Christianity can live in harmony and respect. He is part of a new industry in America, Christians constructing beautiful lies about Islam. Fundamentally, he says that we all worship the same god.

 

Volf says, “one of the best ways for people of different faiths to get along is to study their scriptures together.”

 

If we want to get along, then looking at looking at scriptures is indeed a most excellent way to get to know each other. The problem is that the only scripture Volf wants to study is the Koran. Any time that someone wants to explain Islam by the Koran, you are dealing with someone who is ignorant or a deceiver.

 

The Koran proclaims in 91 verses that every Muslim is to model their life after the example (Sunna) of Mohammed, but the Sunna of Mohammed is found only in the Sira and the Hadith. The Koran is only 14% of the Islamic sacred texts. Mohammed, not Allah, is 86% of the textual doctrine. Volf, however, ignores Mohammed and only wants to talk about Allah. There is a very good reason for this. Allah is so conveniently abstract that he can construct his Allah-equals-the-Trinity-god by cherry-picking verses and muddle through as if he were in a dormitory philosophy bull session.

 

While Volf is comparing scriptures, he should point out that the Koran says that Jesus of the Bible is a fraud and that the Gospels, Psalms and Torah are corrupt. That inconvenient Koranic detail was not mentioned.

 

Volf ignores a 1400 year history of Islam and Christianity and all other religions. The jihad doctrine found in the Koran is the foundation for the murder of 270 million Kafirs (non-Muslims, including Christians). He also ignores the over 18,000 Islamic terror attacks since September 11, 2001. Why refer to a 1400 year history of continuous persecution if it gets in the way of your arguments? What are ugly facts in the face of a beautiful lie?

 

Volf: Two faiths, worshipping the same God, can work toward the common good under a single government.

 

Hello, the only government that Allah wants is the Sharia. The place for Christianity and Judaism in the Sharia is as the dhimmi, a semi-slave. History is very clear that when the Sharia is put into place, Christianity dies. It takes centuries, but Christianity is annihilated. Christianity can survive Communism and Nazism, but it cannot survive the Sharia. When Islam invaded what is now Turkey and installed Sharia, it was 100% Christian. Here is a graph of what Sharia law did to the Christian population.

 

Growth of Islam – Turkey Chart

Growth of Islam - Turkey Chart

 

Volf : Allah offers a constructive way forward by reversing the “our God vs. their God” premise that destroys bridges between neighbors and nations, magnifies fears, and creates strife.

 

Mohammed, the prophet of Allah, did not just destroy bridges, he destroyed civilizations. Mohammed attacked each and every neighbor until the day he died. That is the Sunna of Mohammed (perfect example of a sacred life). After he died, his Companions (Abu Baker, Umar and Uthman) followed his Sunna just as he demonstrated, and they killed Christians as fast as they could and placed them under Sharia law as dhimmis. By the time the Companion caliphs died, they had destroyed the classical civilization of the Greeks and Romans that was the matrix of Christianity. The classical church in the Middle East with its incredible variety of Christianity was annihilated by Mohammed and his personal students of jihad. The Christianity of today is a stump of the Christianity of the year 630 AD when jihad began. Whole forms of early Christianity were annihilated by Islamic jihad.

 

And the Koran spoke wonderfully of Mohammed’s jihad. In the Koran written in Medina, about 24% is devoted to “fighting in Allah’s cause”, jihad.

 

Volf said, “Faith is often misused for political ends, which frequently leads to violence.”

 

Mohammed preached the religion of Islam for 13 years and garnered 150 converts. After he turned to politics and jihad and when he died every Arab was a Muslim. It was politics and jihad which made him successful.

The moral demand on Muslims is to practice jihad, deceive Kafirs and impose Sharia law. Islamic morality is dualistic. Islamic ethics have one set of rules for Muslims and a second set of rules for Kafirs. Ethics based on the Golden Rule have only one set of rules.

 

Thick spirituality, Volf said, is faith combined with morality, which treats all people as equal in God’s sight.

 

Yet we have Allah who hates Kafirs and who does not have a Golden Rule. Only the Golden Rule makes people equal in God’s sight. Allah denies the Golden Rule. Go ahead, plow through the Koran and find the Golden Rule. Do the same for the Sira and the Hadith. No, the way Mohammed treated you depended upon who you are. A Muslim is treated well, and a Kafir is treated to murder, rape, enslavement and deceit.

A religion of the Golden Rule can lead to peace. A religion of jihad and political Sharia leads to war. Islam will not admit to any fault or take any credit for 270,000,000 dead over the last 1400 years. Look at Islamic Turkey—Turkish Muslims murdered a million Armenians in 20th century, but will not admit to this annihilation and genocide.

 

Lipscomb professor David Fleer, one of the conference organizers, said that Volf’s experiences in Yugoslavia and his scholarship made him the perfect speaker to address how religion and reconciliation intersect. “He set forth the theological foundation for us,” Fleer said.

 

Exactly why is this man an expert? An expert is made only by studying the Sira, Hadith, Koran and Sharia—not his zip code. There is one, and only one criteria for being expert on Islam—knowledge about Allah and Mohammed. Volf only talks about Allah.

 

But the real tragedy is that a religion professor thinks that Volf’s inventions are a solid foundation. Contemporary Christian and Jewish theology has become mere philosophy and has its foundation in Leftist social justice doctrine, not scriptures.

 

Volf said one of the keys to people of different faiths getting along is for each side to admit that those of other faiths are real members of the community. “It’s not just creating space for them physically,” he said. “You have to create space for them in your own cultural self-perception.”

But Islam insists that Kafirs are not part of the umma (Islamic community) which is pure Islamic doctrine. There are 11 verses in the Koran that say that a Muslim is not even the friend of a Kafir, much less a member of the community.

 

Islam comes into our civilization and demands the political Sharia. Notice that the accommodation is that we submit to the political Sharia and we have to create a space for it in our culture. And the political Sharia has a definite space for the Kafir, called dhimmi. What is disgusting is that Volf makes submitting to political Sharia seem like a blessing to us and our country.

 

There is a certain class consciousness in the article, Volf’s Yale elitism is all over the copy. Why is it that the elites are such believers? Why do those who understand the threat of Islam and Sharia called “haters” by the media? The elites control the venue. There is no space in the print media, except for Islam and its apologists. The knowledgeable opposition never gets to debate, is never invited to the party. The elites have ruled that the only views that are legal are Muslims and apologists. Those who disagree are immoral bigots and Islamophobes.

 

Here is the final test of the “we-all-worship-the-same-god” school of theology. What was the last time that a Christian yelled, “Jesus Akbar” before he blew himself up? What was the last time that a Muslim yelled, “Allahu Akbar”, before he murdered a Kafir?

Sure, all gods are the same.

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Bill Warner, Director, Center for the Study of Political Islam

 

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Who is to Blame for Hell?


 

 

Friends, there is a hell to shun and a Heaven to gain. The denial of one or both is simply humanist influence to minimize Christianity and extol the deification of a human being. When human made reason is held in higher esteem than the Wisdom and the plan of God for humanity, the supernatural dimension of the Kingdom of God and God Himself is denied. That is okay for an atheist deceived by believing only what can be seen and proven objectively. That is not okay for a person who calls himself a Christian.

 

 

 

JRH 6/13/11

 

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Who is to Blame for Hell?

 

 

 

By Administrator

 

May 27, 2011

 

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An ancient controversy recently re-erupted when TIME magazine made the topic of hell its cover story this past April. This was precipitated by Rob Bell’s controversial new book, “Love Wins” which resurrects old, heretical, universalistic ideas about the nature of hell. The recent death of Osama Bin Laden has also helped to bring into focus questions about the justice of God and eternal judgment.

 

 But even before these current events the doctrine of hell had already fallen on hard times. It has suffered from unrelenting attacks on one hand and severe neglect on the other. Atheism denies there is a heaven or a hell, only annihilation for all after death. Agnostics aren’t sure what to believe about judgment after death. Liberal churches either deny hell all together or try to minimize it ala Rob Bell. Annihilationists have advanced a relatively new and novel approach. They deny the wicked exist after death, only the righteous will live eternally. Faithful orthodox churches are afraid to touch the subject because it might offend.

 

Why would the church teach and defend such an unpopular doctrine for all these centuries if it wasn’t absolutely necessary? This begs an important question, “Who is to blame for hell?” Surprisingly, the person who most prominently taught this very terrifying doctrine is none other than Jesus Christ.

 

This has not gone unnoticed. “There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character,” says noted atheist Bertrand Russell, “that is he believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment” (pp.22-23 Russell, Bertrand, Why I am Not a Christian; London; Unwin Books, 1967). W.G.T. Shedd put it bluntly. “Jesus Christ is the person who is responsible for the doctrine of eternal perdition.”

 

“If we see as the heart of Jesus’ teaching the message of active and sovereign divine love,” says former evangelical theologian, John Hick, “we shall find incredible and even blasphemous the idea that God plans to inflict perpetual torture upon any of his children… because these sufferings are not constructive” (p.382 Hick, John, Evil and the God of Love; London; Macmillian, 1966). In order for Hick to assert a universal religion that encompasses all faiths he ends up rejecting the divinity of Christ and the binding authority of the Bible.

 

Rob Bell picks up the old liberal criticisms of hell and insults those who adhere to them. According to Bell, anyone who affirms the traditional doctrines of Christianity, especially that of hell is “misguided and toxic” (Bell, p.viii) and guilty of having “hijacked” the Christian message (Ibid, p.vii).

 

THE BUCK STOPS HERE

 

Jesus Christ who is indeed the person most responsible for the doctrine of hell. He teaches more about the eternal damnation of the wicked than anyone else in the Bible. In fact, he speaks more on the topic of hell than he does of heaven.

 

Matthew’s Gospel is the largest single source of Jesus’ teaching on hell. Matthew first introduces Jesus as the Savior of the world (1:21). But from what exactly did Jesus come to save us? The answer is from sin and its hellish consequences.

 

But Jesus was not innovating some new doctrine. The seeds of the doctrine of hell were already present in the Old Testament. But the understanding of the afterlife was not as fully developed as we see in the New Testament.*

 

Because the doctrine of hell is not some inferential doctrine that lurks in the fringes or in the shadows of the Bible but is clearly and powerfully sitting right on its surface, it is helpful just to let the scriptures speak for themselves. Then you will understand why the church has always followed their Lord in holding to the doctrine of the eternal torment of the wicked.

 

HELL ACCORDING TO JESUS

 

Matt 5:21-23;You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”

 

The hypocritical religious leaders of Christ’s day, the Pharisees, were in “danger of the fire of Hell” (gehenna). Gehenna is the valley where human sacrifices to Molech occurred. It is the metaphorical opposite of entering the kingdom of heaven.

 

Matt 5:27-30;You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”

 

Jesus tells us It is better to go maimed into heaven than to go whole in to hell.

 

Matt 7:23;And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!‘”

 

The damned will be eternally rejected for their lack of a saving knowledge of Christ, in spite of their profession of faith and even miraculous proofs of their belief.

 

Matt 8:11-12;And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

Jesus, referring to the joyous eschatological feast of the Lord in Isaiah 25:6-9, says it will be given to the Gentiles, like the Roman centurion and, by contrast, many of the Jews will be cast out into the darkness of hell where there is extreme suffering and remorse.

 

Matt 10:28;And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

 

Believers are to not fear man or what he can do to you physically, but are to fear God and what he will do to the unrepentant, both materially and immaterially, in hell. (cf. Luke 12:5)

 

Matt 13:30, 40-43;Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn… 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

 

The last harvest ends with the weeds, those who do evil, burned in a fiery furnace where there will be torment and remorse in contrast to the fate of the righteous who will forever shine like the sun in the Kingdom (cf. Dan 23:3).

 

Matt 13:49-50;So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

 

The wicked are thrown into the fiery furnace with eternal torment and remorse.

 

Matt 18:6-9;Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! 8 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.”

 

Judgment is likened to being drowned with a huge millstone on your neck. It is horrific but necessary, so much so that the most drastic actions are necessary to attain eternal life and to avoid eternal fire.

 

Matt 23:15,33;Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves… 33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

 

Jesus tells the Pharisees they were making people in to children of hell with their legalistic doctrines. Just like their forefathers who killed the prophets, the Pharisees bring the condemnation of hell on their own heads.

 

Matt 23:15,33;And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey… And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

The wicked last servant who buried his talent is thrown out into the darkness where there is extreme suffering. This punishment is mentioned five times in Matthew. (cf. 8:12; 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51).

 

Matt 25:41,46;Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels… 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

At the final judgment the nations will be resurrected and final sentence passed (cf. Rev. 20:10). Note the parallel eternal destinies; life for the believer and eternal torment for the wicked. Both are endless and perpetual (cf. Daniel 12:1&2). “Because the eternal life of the saints will be endless, the eternal punishment also, for those condemned to it, will assuredly have no end” (Augustine, The City of God). The wicked endure God’s eternal punishment not correction or purgation.

 

Matt 24:51; “…and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

Men are to be watchful for the return of Christ and or else the master will return and the servant, being found wicked, will be “cut to pieces” and sent with the hypocrites to hell.

 

Mark 1:24;Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are — the Holy One of God!

 

The fearful, hateful demon spirits knew exactly who Jesus was. He is the “Holy One of God,” “the Son of God,” and “Son of the most high God” (cf. 3:11). Demonic spirits knew that Christ was ultimately going to destroy the devil and all his angels in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:10). The demons try to assert authority over Christ by naming him, but are defeated by Christ’s sovereign, divine authority. The miracles of deliverance demonstrate Christ’s compassion and power to deliver his people from the dominion of Satan.

 

Mark 9:42-48;But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched — 44 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched — 46 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire — 48 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.'”

 

Being thrown into hell is the fate of those who cause “little ones,” the child-like followers of Christ, to stumble. It is a fate worse than forcible drowning and calls for a radical action. Physical disfigurement is preferable to eternal torment. Offending hands, feet and eyes are all expendable, metaphorically speaking. The Kingdom of God is worth the “sacrifice,” rather than being cast into an inextinguishable fire where the tormenting worm is immortal. (cf. Isa 66:24)

 

Luke 16:19-31;There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “Then 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 in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ 27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'”

 

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus tells a surprising story of a reversal of fortune that was contrary to the prevailing theology of the day. In death, poor Lazarus arrives at Abraham’s side at the eternal banquet table while the rich man ends in torment. The main points of the parable are 1.) Lazarus, whose name means “God helps,” is a picture of those whom God helps and will enjoy God’s presence. 2.) The unrepentant rich man is a picture of all those who refuse to believe, they will experience irreversible torment, and 3.) God has given sufficient revelation in the scriptures for the saving of souls. None who disregard it can legitimately protest or avoid their eternal fate. Lazarus’ concern for his own soul and that of his brothers is too late.

 

John 3:16-21; 36;For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” …36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

 

Christ came as a missionary to save a world that was already condemned. His message of salvation assumed the fact of the world’s lost condition and that God’s wrath abides on the unrepentant. Because people prefer their sin and darkness, they reject the light of Christ. There is a sense in which eternal life is a present reality for believers even as the sentence of eternal death is the present reality of unbelievers.

 

John 5:24-29;Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth — those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

 

God the Son will raise all people from their graves, believers to eternal life and those who don’t know God to eternal condemnation. The Pharisees in particular are singled out for their stubborn unbelief and are warned of the dire consequences of dying in their sin (cf. John 8:21,24).

 

The Apostolic Witness

 

The general witness to the doctrine of eternal punishment by the Apostles in the rest of the New Testament is unambiguous, although it is not as detailed as that of Christ’s revelation. It confirms that the Apostles fully understood and embraced Christ’s revelation regarding the eternal torment of the damned.

 

Romans 2:5; But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God

 

The Apostle Paul makes an unambiguous reference to the day of God’s wrath when all the stored up deserts of sinners will be poured out on the lost.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. (cf. 5:9; Eph. 2:3, 5; Romans 5:9)

 

Christians have been graciously delivered from the wrath of God.

 

Romans 3:21-26;But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

 

Paul also helps us see God’s wrath in relationship to the vindication of His glory as a God of perfect justice by making Christ the satisfaction for sins God had previously passed over.

 

2 Thessalonians 1:9;These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power…”

 

Paul points out very clearly the terrible consequences of enduring God’s wrath by being banished from God’s presence in everlasting destruction.

 

Hebrews 6:1-2;Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”

 

In the general epistles the author of Hebrews makes the doctrine of “eternal punishment” one of the most basic, elementary teachings the Hebrew Christians were most certainly supposed to know.

 

Jude 7;Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

 

Sodom and Gomorrah and their destruction by fire and brimstone served as exemplars of “those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire” for sin, especially perverse sexual transgressions.

 

Jude 12-13;These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”

 

Those who engage in teaching heresy are “wandering stars, for whom the blackest darkness has been reserved forever.” Both images, ”fire” and “darkness,” are eternal punishments (cf. Matthew 18:8; 25:41, 46).

 

The Book of Revelation, the last revelation of Jesus Christ, written by the Apostle John reveals some of the most terrifying images of hell found in the Bible.

 

Rev 14:10-11;He himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

 

The wicked will drink from the cup of God’s wrath and endure endless, burning torment.

 

Revelation 14:6-7;Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth — to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people — 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

 

Ultimately the lost are thrown into the eternal lake of fire where they will eternally suffer outside the city of God.

 

THE WITNESS OF CHURCH HISTORY

 

Because of the overwhelming scriptural evidence, the traditional orthodox view of eternal punishment of the wicked is the predominant view throughout church history from its’ beginning to the Reformation. It was affirmed by prominent church fathers Tertullian and Augustine, although early church father Origen was a Universalist. Thomas Aquinas and the Reformers, including Luther and Calvin also affirmed the Augustinian orthodox view.

 

Annihilationism, the belief that the wicked cease to exist after death, arose primarily during the modern era characterized by radical Enlightenment philosophy that exalted man’s reason over the Bible. Couple this with existentialism, like that of Schleiermacher’s, and the clear teaching of eternal judgment was frequently jettisoned because it was considered outmoded and uncompassionate. The orthodox doctrine of the eternal torment of the wicked has been upheld consistently for two millennia by faithful believers.

 

SOME CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

 

Preaching the truth about Hell is one of the means God uses to save people from their sins. The fact Christ spoke more often of hell than he did of heaven is very instructive for the proclamation of the church. Christ loved us enough to tell us the most extremely difficult truth, one we are most reluctant to believe.

 

Because of our stubborn, fallen condition we will not love God because he is perfectly holy and good and offers eternal life with him in heaven. We must also know that unbelief has the most terrible of consequences, but even then, apart from God’s grace, we resist even this great incentive God gives.

 

Like a compassionate doctor, Jesus has come to cure us from our spiritual ills. But what does he get for thanks? Man stubbornly denies his illness, repudiates both the diagnosis and the remedy, and then kills the doctor. But Jesus loving and directly warns us to flee from hell and to repent and turn to him. The same compassion for the lost that caused Jesus to suffer and die for sin cursed humanity ought to motivate us to tell them the truth and warn them of the wrath to come.

 

You can’t deny the doctrine of hell without fatally wounding the whole body of Christian doctrine, especially the truth of God’s holiness and justice. Some object that it’s not just for God to eternally punish people for temporal acts. But that’s because we naturally want to minimize our guilt. We forget that when we sin, we sin against an infinitely Holy God. Therefore, it renders us infinity guilty and deserving of an infinite punishment. There’s perfect symmetry and consistency in God’s condemnation of the world. That’s why we desperately need His grace.

 

But there is also a comforting aspect to the doctrine of hell that we all appreciate. In this fallen world, filled with so much injustice, we are often left frustrated when the wicked get away with all manner of violence and iniquity. It’s comforting to know that God will judge the world in righteousness and all wrongs will one day be made right. Apart from an eternal hell there would ultimately be no true justice in the universe.

 

When you deny the awful doctrine of Hell you also eviscerate the mission of the church. If the church is not commissioned to preach the gospel to save sinners on their way to certain, eternal destruction, then what is she doing? Hell-denying liberal churches are reduced to religious social clubs, humanitarian relief agencies or political action committees. But it’s the love of God for lost sinners that has animated the church from the beginning to be willing to sacrifice, suffer and even die in order to carry to the world the only message that can save man’s soul, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

THE GREAT NEWS

 

No one goes to hell against his or her will. The problem is that even though God loves us and gives us a gracious way of escape through faith in Christ, many refuse to believe. God even gives you the greatest incentive to turn from your sin, everlasting torment, but most do not turn. What do you do?

 

Well if you have not accepted Christ then do so today. You are literally one breath away from eternity and no one has any promise of another chance to respond to the invitation to believe on Christ and his death for sin and His resurrection from the dead. Don’t harden your heart. Once you die you will not get a second chance.

 

Tornados, earthquakes, and tsunamis, – car accidents or falling in the bathroom – a heart attack or a stroke, all can kill you when you least expect it. Our lives are barely hanging by a thinnest thread and could break at any moment. Are you ready to be instantly ushered into eternity to be judged by Almighty God?

 

What will it be for you, heaven or hell? Ask our gracious God to change your heart and grant you faith and make you willing to turn from your sin to Jesus Christ. All who come to Christ will receive eternal life!

 

Just as everyone in hell is there because of their willful sin, so everyone who goes to heaven wants to be there because of God’s grace. Christians long to be with the great object of their heart’s desire, Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the World. Is that your heart’s desire? Do you love him more than life itself? If not, then you aren’t His. If you will only repent you will get God and his grace.

 

May God have mercy on you and open your eyes that you might loathe your sin and throw yourself on the mercy of God through the merits of Jesus Christ and save your immortal soul. Then all the unimaginable glories of heaven and eternal life will be yours forever to the glory of Almighty God.

 

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*In Isaiah 66:22-24 the prophet invokes the distant, future promise of God to make a new heaven and new earth (Isaiah 65:17,18). At that time God’s humble people will rejoice over God’s full and final vindication in the defeat of His and their enemies (Isaiah 65:1-5). God will grant peace and comfort to his people (66:12-14) and will destroy the wicked (66:15-16). The defeat of His enemies brings glory to God and all the nations are gathered to see it. (66:18-21) God promises his people a permanent place of blessing in the new heavens and earth (66:22) where they will perpetually be worshipping the Lord in his heavenly temple (66:23).But not everyone will do so. Isaiah 66:24 records that as the worshipers are leaving the temple they will “look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled” who have been slain by the divine warrior. They will see on the dead bodies “the undying worm” and “unquenchable fire.” Burning a corpse in hostility was considered an act of desecration and contempt for an enemy. The “bodies” of the dead were left unburied on the battlefield to be consumed by maggots, worms, beasts and birds. Just as God’s people will enjoy eternal blessings, the enemies of God are going to experience eternal disgrace; “and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” Daniel writes “At that time,” in a reference to the last days (11:36, 36, 40) which we know began in the ministry of Jesus (Dan. 12:1-2). There will be a time of unparalleled distress and only those whose names are written in the book will be saved. The end of it all will be the general resurrection of all people from the grave, some to everlasting life, i.e. never ending blessing and happiness, and some to “shame and everlasting contempt.”

 

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