October 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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God's GOOD NEWS!!

In 1963 God began to call me to be one of His children. That calling began when I was a member of a Baptist church.

I didn't look at it as a calling at that time. It was just questions about Baptist doctrine and teachings. It led to my meeting with the local preacher who finally told me "I was just nit-picking." In Sunday School class I had been asking questions of a salvational nature and couldn't get any answers, which led to my going to see the pastor.

He didn't give me any answers either, just platitudes. If you want to read a more detailed explanation of these things check out the article on our web site entitled, "Easter. What about it? Is It Christian?" I don't really want to re-hash that story again.

Needless to say, I left the "Baptist Faith" because it wasn't filling a desire that had begun growing in my mind to learn the TRUTH as expressed in God's Word, the Holy Bible.

I was not a "church-go'er" for quite some time after that. I can now see that God had created circumstances which led me deeper into His Word, into His Truth! (John 17:17)

Yes, I found out that God's Word was indeed THE TRUTH. I found it had been twisted and pummeled, berated and changed into something that didn't even resemble the truth.

And the need for truth was why I was so spiritually hungry!! I found out then, and it is more concrete now, that God says what He means, and MEANS what He says!!

Where am I leading?

When we are told something the Bible supposedly says, it behooves ALL of us to begin to ask, "Is that the truth according to God's Word.?"

Those who have visited the Seven Times Newsletter web site and have read any of the article which I have written know I don't mince words. I just tell it as the Bible states it. Sometimes that upsets people, but I have a job to do which is to help spread the Gospel (that means Good News) of God to this sin-sick world.

If that upsets people who refuse to believe the scriptures God has inspired to be placed in His Bible, then they need to take that up with God. That is why I quote many scriptures in the course of any article I write. My opinion doesn't count for much, but God's opinion counts for everything!

I believe all God's Children here on earth (those who have been begotten with God's Holy Spirit) are commanded to "sow the seed" of God's GOOD NEWS (Gospel).

That is what this article is about. The problem is....there is BAD news before the Good News.

In Romans 1 we see some scriptures that create a puzzlement in some people. Let's look at those scriptures and then I'll talk about them.

16 ∂ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 ∂ Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Paul states he is not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. The Word gave up everything He was, and everything He had, to become a human-being (John 1:1-14) in order to bring humanity a message from God Almighty!

The message He brought is THE GOOD NEWS OF THE COMING KINGDOM OF GOD to this earth!!!

However, people will not BELIEVE what Jesus said because they have been told something else by their pastor, preacher or priest!

Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my Commandments." (John 14:15). Pastors, preachers and priests say, "The Commandments have been done away! All you need to do now is 'just believe'.

How many times did I hear that in the Baptist church? I was brought to the place where I had to choose between BELIEVING GOD and BELIEVING MAN. God won out that time!!

When you are told scripture says something, do you check your Bible, as the Bereans did, to see if those things are so? Or do you just accept what some MAN tells you and go merrily on your way, still DECEIVED by Satan the Devil?

Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and SATAN, WHICH DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Yes, Satan has deceived the whole world, this whole society, creating confusion and turmoil about what the Bible really says. It has become so strident that people have just thrown up their hands in surrender and accepted what some MAN says the Bible says.

In Rom.1:18 above, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;"

Yes some people (especially Seminar-trained protestant preachers, and Catholic priests) hold the truth in unrighteousness! (Some teach that this means to HOLD BACK the truth, which may be correct.)

Why do I say this? Because God tells us in Psalms 119:172 that ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! And yet those mentioned above tell us all those commandments were done away with by Jesus when He came to earth. They say it was one of His major jobs, along with dying for our sins. (And they don't even believe He died! They teach that death is merely "separation from God"!)

They teach that ALL commandments were "nailed to the cross with Jesus" and now all one must do is "believe."

And yet scripture tells us this:
Jas 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: THE DEVILS ALSO BELIEVE, AND TREMBLE.

Belief is an ACTIVE word! It is closely akin to the word FAITH and faith produces fruit. Faith produces GOOD WORKS! You may read about good works in the following verses: (Mat. 5:16, Acts 9:36, Eph 2:10, 2 Tim 3:17, Titus 2:7-14, Heb. 10:24, 1 Pet 2:12)

Of course, all this begs the question, What are good works?

In 1 Pet 2:12 we learn we are supposed to conduct (old English word - conversation) ourselves in and HONEST manner in order that Jesus will be GLORIFIED when He returns. (ie. His day of visitation)

We are supposed to KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS (if we love Him-John 14:15) . Of course, the 10 Commandments are only the FOUNDATIONAL commandments. God gave many others at Mount Sinai. Moses wrote them in a book and placed it in THE SIDE OF THE ARK (of the covenant) so the priesthood could read from it each Sabbath Day.

What does all this have to do with GOOD NEWS?

There would be no good news if there wasn't BAD NEWS first.

The rebellion of mankind (by a large extent except for a few God is calling right now) is what brings on the bad news!!

Ok, let's hear the bad news first! ....  I'm glad you asked!

In the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy God placed a chapter referred to by many as the "blessings and cursings chapter." The first part of the chapter tells us about the blessings God will grant IF we will OBEY Him!!

The rest of the chapter tells us of the CURSES which will come upon us if we DO NOT OBEY Him!

I would like to interject here that God doesn't have to personally curse someone (although He does from time to time to keep His plan on track). He has decreed His Laws which, if broken, bring automatic curses upon those who break them. Of course, from time to time, Satan has something to do with those curses also. He is allowed by God to test and try human beings to see whether or not they are going to obey God.

God has prophesied a time of trouble for mankind the likes of which have never been seen before, and will never be seen again! This time is called "the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jacob's name was changed to Israel) of THE GREAT TRIBULATION.

Here's The Bad News!!!

This BAD NEWS will happen just before the return of Jesus Christ to this earth, and the "Day of the Lord" begins.

Let's read some of that:

Mat. 24:
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
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 (alive): but for the electís sake those days shall be shortened.

AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED, THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (ALIVE)!!!! An occasion of TERROR for mankind the likes of which no one has seen before!!

Satan is hell-bent on destroying ALL MANKIND because of the plan God has for them! God has decreed that He is building and will continue to build a FAMILY, and He is going to do it with HUMAN BEINGS changed to Spirit Beings.

But not only that.... Spirit Beings who have been made JUST LIKE HIM! They WILL HAVE IMMORTALITY, not just eternal life!! There IS A DIFFERENCE!!

Immortality is what God and Jesus have. That immortality is SELF-SUSTAINING ETERNAL LIFE. It is exactly like God's Life!!

As I see it, and this is my opinion, eternal life such as that which angels have must be sustained by God Himself.

We know that angels DO NOT HAVE immortal life, because God tells us so in the scriptures.

1Tim. 6:15 "Which in his (God Almighty's) times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16 "Who only hath immortality, (referring to Jesus, as opposed to all other things EXCEPT God Almighty) dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."

Yes, immortality is something which we humans seek. It is NOT something we have right now!

Ro 2:7 "To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
1Co 15:53 "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1Co 15:54 "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

Yes! Right now we are corruptible and we are SEEKING immortality, as a member of God's Family, for ONLY HE has immortality.

We DO NOT HAVE AN IMMORTAL 'SOUL', as most preachers teach. That LIE was begun when Satan told Eve in the Garden:

Gen. 3:4 "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:"

It would be good if you could read or review the article "The Seed of Satan" and "Satan's Mirror Image" in the web site Archives in relation to this also.

There are so many things with which Satan has DECEIVED mankind. Those who are deceived don't KNOW they are deceived, otherwise they wouldn't be deceived, don't you see?

As God told us in Genesis 3, Satan is the MOST SUBTIL being there is because he has developed it to a precise science. Satan is wily, and slick. He KNOWS all about us because he was there when God was planning all this, before anything physical was ever created.

AND HE USES THAT KNOWLEDGE AGAINST US with a passion that WILL NOT play out until God puts him out of the way!!

THE GOOD NEWS!!!!

However, I've read the END OF THE BOOK, and I found out.........WE WIN!!

That is THE GOOD NEWS!! All of Satan's power, intelligence, wiles, and subtility will not cause him to win out over us because:

Ro 8:31 "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"

Yes, The Word became a human being, LIVED A SINLESS LIFE, and then DIED FOR OUR SINS.

AND YOU MUST KNOW, HE WILL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN!!! There will be a RESURRECTION of justified human beings to IMMORTAL LIFE in the Family of Almighty God as HIS BELOVED SONS!!

Rom. 8:
14 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."

Yes!! THAT WE MAY BE GLORIFIED TOGETHER!!! What IS THAT GLORY which we shall receive at the resurrection?

John 17:1 "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."
11 "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
20 ∂ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 ∂ Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me."

WHAT A MAGNIFICENT FUTURE FOR THOSE WHO ARE THE CALLED, CHOSEN AND FAITHFUL OF GOD!!

And please believe me as I quote these words from God's Holy Word:

1Co 2:9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

Now, ISN'T THAT GOOD NEWS?

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