Believer's Corner

For believers around the world

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HARD TO BELIEVE

 

The Big Bang Theory of Evolution states that the universe simply exploded into existence with a "bang" about 13.8 billion years ago, give or take a couple of million. Hard to believe. As a matter of fact, I can't believe it, I don't have that much faith. Evolution goes on to claim that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old and that our "apelike" ancestors came on the scene around 6 million years ago. And they expect you to swallow all of it. Come on, get real! Of course most people will accept Big Bang before Creation, the main reason probably being that evolution makes no demands on your style of living.

I don't buy it, though. I do believe that God created life on Earth, includng humans, about 6,000 years ago. Granted, it's hard to grasp that our Creator is from everlasting, with no beginning and no end. Since humankind's fall into sin, we think in terms of "start and finish". All things in our lives have a beginning and an end – except our spirit being inside us. Your spirit being – the real you – will continue to live eternally after death. In Heaven or Hell, it's up to you and what you do with God's free gift offer. Same old story might sound like a fairy tale, but it's actually true. Talk about eternity:

"Jesus Christ – the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrew 13:8).

He's always been and always will be around, He's not going away. Are you a Christian? Yes? No? Don't know? By modern definition, I'm not. It's become a word to describe non-Muslim religion, mostly Catholic. What? You believe in God? Good for you, but no big deal:

"You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble!" (James 2:19).

There will be no demons in Heaven. The Lake of Fire was made for the devil and his angels, the demons (Matthew 25:41). And yet they believe in God. Don't want to hear it? No time for eternal time? These times keep us busy, that's a fact, and stress is a permanent excuse. Fully employed or completely retired, our to-do list keeps getting longer. Can't be bothered with spiritual matters, right?

It’s easy to drift away from God towards secular humanism in the strong current of the world, much easier to go with the flow than to swim upstream. The fight of faith stands still as we float downstream with the crowd. The film industry has done a good job of showing the drifters the exciting events to come on down the river:

Movies about missing persons

Breaking news! Reports of missing persons around the world. Kidnapped by aliens? The work of terrorists? Is the Government involved? 

"The Lord Himself will descend from Heaven and the dead in Christ will rise first. Those alive and remaining will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thess. 4:16-17).

Movies about totalitarian governments

At long last the Leader is here to solve the woes of nations with his New World Order.

He’s so charming. Very charismatic. Loved by the media, he has the answers. What he says makes sense. He even gets rid of terrorism. What a guy!

"The whole world will love and worship the Antichrist. Those refusing will be imprisoned and put to death. He will cause all people, small and great, rich and poor, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, without which nobody can buy or sell” (Rev. 13: 4,15-18).

[By the way, don't do it! Receiving his mark will guarantee you a swim in that Lake with the devil & co. (Revelation 14:9-11, 21:8)].    

Oh no, another natural disaster movie !

The Antichrist's reign of pseudo peace and financial security will see natural disasters of devastating proportions. It's already begun. Not a pretty picture as people not only refuse to repent but even blaspheme the name of God. Interesting how trendy it’s become to use God's name as a cuss word.

"They blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; neither did they repent and give Him glory" (Rev. 16: 9).

Natural catastrophies? No problem, science has the answers! And so the "wise" fools continue to place their trust in the wisdom of this world.

"The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" (1 Cor. 3:19). "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools" (Ro. 1:22).

Current News

The Euphrates River is drying up, as the New York Times reported. The Bible says that an angel of God will dry up the Euphrates River to make way for the armies of the East, which number 200 million, meanwhile the size of China's military force (Rev. 9:16).

The Euphrates was a main river flowing out of the Garden of Eden. How fitting for history’s final battle between good and evil to take place where history began!

The Beast and his “strong international community” versus the Lord Jesus and His strong heavenly community. I don't want to ruin it for you by telling how it ends, but deep down inside you already know.  

"Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared" (Rev. 16:12).

Alien invasion !

We've been flooded by movies about alien invasions, all for our viewing pleasure. A good one was "Independence Day". What patriotism! Such heroism! Pure egoism!

Hollywood aliens, of course, land in the USA and the US President leads the global community in a battle to save the world, blah-blah and blah.

Whether the nations of this global community can stand each other or not, when the common denominator is survival, they're brothers in arms! They’re arming themselves like crazy. Weapons for peace, so to speak. While the US and Russia keep score on nuclear warheads, Germany favors "diplomatic efforts", while selling sophisticated weaponry to the Middle East. All in preparation for the Great Battle. The global armies, led by the Antichrist, will unite to fight in the valley of Megiddo at Armageddon, believing it's an alien invasion and that Hollywood had been right all along. Only this time the script will be different, without the tear-jerker happy ending.

"I saw Heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat thereon was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. And with Him were the armies in Heaven, clothed in fine linen on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword to strike the nations. And on His robe is written: KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS. The Beast and the kings of the Earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the white horse and against His armies. The Beast and his false prophet were captured and thrown alive into the lake of fire. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the white horse" (Rev. 19:11-21).

Millennial Reign

Satan is then locked up nice and snug in the bottomless pit, sentenced to do time for a thousand years. Let the Millennial Reign of the Lord Jesus Christ begin! All the believers born again of the Spirit of God take up residence in the city of God, the New Jerusalem, a place of utter joy, tranquility and peace that knows no death or pain. And the fairy tale that's true continues. They’ve already traded their terrestial (earthly) bodies for their new celestial (heavenly) bodies, which happened in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:40-53). 

At the end of the Millennial Reign, Satan is set free for a short spell to stir up the nations against the New Jerusalem, the central government of Jesus and His saints, the believers. The city of God is besieged by those nations, but He intervenes and rains down fire upon them. Satan will then be thrown into the lake of fire, where the Beast and his false prophet have been smoldering for the past thousand years (Rev. 20:7-10).

Judgement 

Along comes the Great White Throne Judgement of all unbelievers who died in their sins.

"The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. The dead, small and great, stood before God, and the books were opened. And the Book of Life was opened. Those whose names were not found in the Book of Life were cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death" (Rev. 20: 12-15).

Seems we need to make sure our names are written in the Book of Life. You say your name’s already there? You sure? Your name is NOT in the Book of Life just because:

(1) your parents are believers, (2) you belong to a church organization, (3) you were baptised, (4) you are a decent person, (5) you are very religious or (6) you “accepted” Jesus as your personal savior once upon a time and now you live like the rest of the world. Your name IS in the Book of Life if you pay heed to the Word of God:

"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, the word of faith: That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Ro. 10: 8-10).

New Earth replaces old Earth. Death, sorrow and pain pass away with the old Earth (Rev. 21:4). Wrapping this up, the Lord Jesus has the final say: 

"It is done! I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give freely of the water of life to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be His God and he shall be My son" (Rev. 21: 6-7).

"You must be born again in order to enter Heaven" (John 3: 3-6). Your spiritual being is inside your physical body. Do something for the real you!

"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs, sorcerers, the sexually immoral, murderers, idolaters and whoever loves and practises a lie. The Spirit and the bride say 'Come!' And let him who hears say 'Come!' And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely" (Rev. 22:12-17).

FD



HOLY: DECEPTIONS & MISCONCEPTIONS

 

"Do not come any closer," God said [to Moses]. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

Holy ground, because God was there and God, not man, said it was so. A slideshow of our daughter's tour of Israel revealed all kinds of churches, temples and so-called holy places. Contrary to what God told Moses not to do, multitudes of tourists do in fact come closer and trample those grounds with sandals, tennis shoes, street shoes and the like. Not that it matters, though, because those places are not holy. So why do people consider them to be? You can find temples, churches and sites that have been declared "holy" by man all over the world, whether in Israel, India or Saudi Arabia. They idolize and worship everything and everyone except the One they should – their Creator. People prefer the dead gods they can see rather than the Living God of Heaven.

Neither are the temples and churches holy, as they are only buildings:

"However, God does not live in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: Heaven is My throne and Earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the Lord, or what is the place of My rest? Has My hand not made all these things?" (Acts 7:48-50).

Believers are admonished to come together, as Jesus said:

"Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20).

The true church, the body of Christ, consists of the believers around the world who are born again of the Spirit of God. It's not a building! The Apostle Paul, talking about his own sufferings, writes the same:

"I now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church" (Col. 1:24).

There are things going on in a number of those buildings called  "church" which have little or nothing to do with God and His Word. A testimony of a charismatic conference leader was real spooky. He wrote: "As I entered that Catholic church, at once the Holy Spirit told me to cross myself with holy water, and I did. I felt the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit there in His church." What great deception! The Holy Spirit is not some person hanging out in dark and gloomy halls filled with graven images and idols of stone, just waiting for you to stop by, like: "Hey, nice of you to drop in. Just perform these rituals here and then I'll bless you!" If a "presence" lays it on your heart to do things that are contrary to God's Word and man-made, then it's definitely not the presence of God's Spirit.

The predominant doctrine of deity worldwide is the Catholic Trinity, also referred to as the "Holy Trinity", which states that the Godhead consists of three equal persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When I say that it's not true, according to scripture, that the word "trinity" is not even in the Bible, some may think that I'm probably "oneness, Jesus only". The world wants to place you in a certain category, which results in a lot of religious organizational doctrine. The Word of God admonishes time and again to grow and increase in the knowledge of God, which is hard to do when you hang on too tightly to "church doctrine". The doctrine of modern church organizations can change for the worse [e.g. accepting the gay lifestyle], but the Word of God never changes.

From what I've studied so far of the Bible, I can readily say that I am neither Trinitarian nor Oneness nor Adventist nor of any other denominational persuasion. I'm a believer who desires to get closer to God and increase in the knowledge of Him. If the Holy Spirit were a third person of the Godhead, "he" has been strongly neglected, for example, in the New Testament epistles. Those letters written to groups of believers at various locations [Galatia, Ephesia, Thessalonia, etc.] always begin with greetings of peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Poor Holy Spirit is not mentioned, it's just not fair. In truth, the Bible has the following to say about Jesus Christ and the Godhead in Colossians:

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. And He is before all things and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence" (Col. 1:15-18).

In John 14, the Lord says in verse 16 that the Holy Spirit, also called the Spirit of truth in verse 17, will be sent to the believers as a Helper & Comforter. Then Jesus promises in verse 18 that, "I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you." The Lord is obviously not sending some "third person" in a triune godhead. And so the Bible's answer to the false Catholic doctrine of the Trinity is summed up in the following:

"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power" (Colossians 2:8-10).

So what difference does it make? you might ask. Well, in believing that the Holy Spirit is a separate third person, people get into practising things that are neither found in the Bible and even contrary to the Word of God. Like the extreme case with the "holy water" mentioned above, but also, for example, worshipers pray and sing to the Holy Spirit, which is an unbiblical practice. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and we are to praise, pray and sing to the Lord God Himself in the name of Jesus Christ. Nowhere in the Bible did anyone ever pray or sing directly to the Holy Spirit. When the believers were threatened by the religious leaders in the days of the Apostles, they prayed:

"Now, LORD, look on their threats and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus. And after they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness" (Acts 4:29-31).

That's the way it works: Pray to the Lord and God will bless you with His Spirit. A "presence" that moves you to do something that's not found in the Bible, or even contrary to God's word, is a spirit without the "holy".

The media – TV, Internet, newspaper – loves to report on religious people and events. Something they avoid telling you about is the number of real converts to Jesus Christ. There are plenty of them, just look it up on YouTube, for example. Converted Muslims, Jews and Hindus. Anyone searching for God with a sincere heart will find Him, through the Lord Jesus Christ, as He promised:

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened" (Matthew 7:7-8).

"You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" says the Lord (Jeremiah 29:13).

Seeking the Lord means studying His Word, the Bible, and talking with Him in prayer. Deceptions and misconceptions packaged in the chaos and confusion of this world can make you uneasy and fill you with anxiety. Not so with things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

"For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind" (2 Tim. 1:7).

FD




PASSING THE BUCK

 

The tourists come in droves under blue skies and sunshine. Such beautiful trees! The palast, majestic & grand as it is, is a monumental work of art by man; but the trees, the shrubs, the rich green grass, the flowers, the honeybees – created to perfection! The Creator's intricate detail of beauty may be admired and enjoyed by anyone –  believer, atheist, follower, non-follower, religious or not – whosoever will. God is generous to all – the good, bad and ugly. Has anyone thanked Him lately? The onlookers pause, stand and gaze, as cameras click – and then the next zealous "walking bomb" mingles with the crowd and, aiming for his share of virgins in the kingdom of Allah, takes any number of innocents along for a death ride.

And again, that ignorant and shallow question: "Why does God allow such terrible things to happen?" Consciously or unconsciously, God is blamed. Hold on a second, how'd it go down in the Garden of Eden? Adam and Eve were searching the Garden high and low for the Lord but couldn't find Him. Right? Wrong! They had hidden themselves from Him in shame. Adam and Eve were the first ones to "pass the buck":

God: "Where are you?" [looking for Adam in the Garden]

Adam: "I heard Your voice and was afraid because I was naked. So I hid myself."

God: "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?"

Adam: "The woman whom You gave to be with me [in effect blaming God] gave me of the tree, and I ate."

God: [to the woman] "What have you done?"

Eve: "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." [pass that buck along]

The created Earthlings did not and still do not obey their Creator, and they still pass the buck, laying the blame on others. We left God, not the other way around. He has never left us, not yet anyway. After going my own way for some years, I concluded that He had forsaken me. Wrong! I had left off following the Lord, but He stuck around and watched over me [His mercy – not my merit].

We bring it upon ourselves – ruin, trouble, destruction. Those who ask how God can let this or that happen often have a strange way of thinking, like: "I manage just fine without God, if He even exists, which is doubtful." Let something bad occur and then comes: "Why did God allow this?!" So which is it now? Make up your mind! He's a part-time God of convenience for most people: Call on Him when He's needed, ditch Him when He's not. Bring on your wish list, like children writing to Santa. "Really don't believe in old St. Nick up there, but what's to lose? Might just get what I ask for." In keeping with fine Catholic tradition, the people ask for help and favors from their favorite "saints". Same goes for old Saint Nicholas. "Praying to saints" is not a good idea, by the way, it's a demonic practice. That demon just might answer.

Don't blame God for all those problems, the human race has always brought trouble on itself as well as on the rest of creation. Same procedure down through the centuries, only it's getting worse. People living in luxury, in pursuit of fun and pleasure, buying and selling, consuming like there's no tomorrow, fighting over politics and a beer; political promises made and broken, widespread conflicts, violence, murder and epidemics … and then World War 2 broke out. Difference between then and now? Life is faster, digitalized and intensified.

Hatred is now passed along via Twitter. The propaganda machine of the last century is accompanied by fake news and lying mouths. There are nationalistic stumbling blocks in the so-called global community. Trump says it, others think it – for the Germans it's Germany First, for the French it's France First, and so on – the nations roam the globe in their own national interests, and friendships are forged with dictator regimes for financial advantages. Donald Trump signed a statement of intent [not yet an arms deal, just another Trump show] to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons to Islamic Saudi Arabia, while Germany sells top technology, along with the companies, to the Chinese. Stupid and risky, with plenty of regrets on down the road.

Avoid that corner from now on, it's not pretty what's coming around it. Said it before, say it again: The third world war is about to crash the all-is-well party and will leave the survivors stunned and shocked, at least for a little while. They'll get over it quickly, just like after 100,000 died from a tsunami in Indonesia: "How terrible! What's the world coming to? … Is the barbecue at your place or mine this weekend?" The shock grows less as we grow numb with each new catastrophe. When 30 Westerners die at the hands of terrorists, you can count on the annual memorial services with a sea of sad eyes and frowns on long faces, complete with a minute of silence. Now, when exactly did those 100,000 [subhumans?] die from that gigantic tidal wave? I can't recall.

First, the slew of adjectives [Terrible! Dreadful!], followed perhaps by profanity or blasphemy [Oh God! Jesus!]; add a pinch of sympathy [Those poor devils!], with emphasis on "poor" and then it's back to "business as usual". The people sit down to eat, drink and be merry. Cheers to the gods of leisure! Life is well-organized, wellness assured, financial security sustained, physical and mental health ensured by weekend activities and get-togethers as rewards for the stressful working week. The sunny, peaceful life will soon cave in for billions. But we're not to blame God for what we do to ourselves.

The Lord gives us much more than we deserve. Most people lead their lives as if there is no God, neglecting to acknowledge Him in their decisions and failing to thank Him for all the good things. Forgotten, but not gone, the Lord is generous with His blessings, for believers and unbelievers alike:

"His sun rises on the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just as well as on the unjust" (Matthew 5:45).

Look out the window, take a stroll in the park. Even the unbeliever partakes of the fragrance and beauty of flowers, the concert of songbirds never out of tune, the serene lakes and green surroundings. Sad that these gifts from our Creator are being so abused. Our natural environment is coming to ruin with loads of trash, garbage, exhaust fumes, chemicals and the like. God's nature is included in our self-destruct mode. A news article reported that soon there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans. Man, not God, is polluting the Earth. No more passing the buck. And so it will inevitably come as it is written in Revelation 11:17-19:

 "We give You thanks, Lord God Almighty, the One who is, who was and who is to come, for You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. The nations were angry and Your wrath has come, as well as the time to judge the dead. You shall reward your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who revere Your name, both small and great, and destroy those who destroy the Earth."

FD

                      



THE LIAR & THE TRUTH

 

THE LIAR

Contradicting what the Creator had commanded, the Liar assured the woman it was fine to eat from the tree. The fruit looked tasty, enticing, and promised to give great knowledge . She took a bite and shared with her husband, and paradise was lost. What part of the command was so hard to understand?

"You may eat freely from the trees of the garden, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17).

One act of obedience to the Liar and one bite of disobedience towards their Creator brought calamity upon mankind. At once Adam and Eve were aware of their nakedness, the way to the tree of life was blocked, they were expelled from the Garden of Eden and death had become a part of life. And the Liar,

"… that serpent of old, also known as the Devil and Satan …" (Revelation 12:9),

had begun his long career of perverting the Word of God and lying. Read what Jesus said to the unbelievers surrounding Him:

"You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).

THE TRUTH

That's the way it is: God says don't eat the fruit but the Liar says go ahead, eat, no problem. The Bible is the Word of God and tells us the second death is real while the Liar screams Ridiculous! Hell's a fairytale. We read in the Bible that you must be born again to make it to heaven and the Liar tells you to just be good, you'll be fine. Bible: God's our Creator. Liar: Evolution's the way. The Word of God proclaims that Jesus is Lord and the Liar's story is that Jesus was at most a good man. The Bible says that the devil is real while the Liar whispers I'm just a figment of the imagination. And on it goes. While the Bible tells us not to steal, the Liar will tell you to take it, nobody's watching. Finally, the Word of God says you shall not lie but the Liar assures us that a little fibbing won't hurt

Amazing nowadays how easy it is for people to lie through their teeth. The world even has different categories of lying and new names for it. For instance, there's the "white lie", seen as quite harmless. I like the German word for it: Notlüge = "emergency lie". Like, "this is an emergency and so I just have to tell a little white lie, no harm done". New names for lying include "fake news" and "alternative facts". Now where do you suppose all this inspiration to lie comes from? The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers:

"God has made you alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world,  according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience, among whom also we once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as others" (Ephesians 2:2-3).

The tendency to lie is so deeply embedded that even a lie told years before can have a funny way of turning into the truth in our own minds. Only a born-again-by-the-Spirit-of-God experience can change the matter. And it needs to be changed in this life, before you die:

"The cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8).

So the next time you start to tell a lie, think before you speak! "Men will have to give account of every idle word on that Day when they stand before the throne of judgement" (Matthew 12:36).

The prophet gazed in wonder at the vision of thunder and lightning around the throne of God. The eyes of the Ancient of Days are like flames of fire, His feet like fine brass refined in a furnace, and His voice the sound of rushing water. His hair is white like wool and the throne He sits on a fiery flame, its wheels of burning fire (Daniel 7).

THE LIAR

An angel had been created who was glorious in appearance, graceful in movement with a contour of excellence. Strolling down the streets of splendor for all to admire, Lucifer flaunted the beauty, glory and magnificence given to him by the enthroned Creator. Wings soft as cotton, handsome face and a body built to perfection, that was the angel. Beauty, perfection and then … pride. The angel of light, not content with the great honor and admiration of the heavens, desired to be higher than the Most High Himself! One third of the angels of God joined ranks with Lucifer in rebellion and the battle raged, resulting in their expulsion from Heaven. The fallen angel and his armies have descended to the Earth and into the underworld, ranting and raving.

“Rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great anger, because he knows that his time is short" (Rev. 12:12).

"I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven" (Jesus in Luke 10:18). 

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakens the nations! For you said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the pit" (Isaiah 14: 12-15).

The once beautiful angel Lucifer had become Satan the Rebel. Over the course of time, separated from the light of God, he became the Prince of Darkness. The devil has meanwhile established his kingdom on Earth, today more than ever, deceiving mankind time and again as an angel of light. The “prince of the power of the air” has formed and shaped religions, governments, educational institutions as well as the way people think and speak, but one of Satan’s greatest strokes of genius in leading the world astray has been the movie and TV industry, which promotes everything that God hates and the Bible forbids. Murder, adultery, homosexuality, theft, greed, hate and just about anything else that is anti-Christ and contrary to sound doctrine, have become elements of entertainment.

The narrow path to eternal life, a life lived by denying your own desires and living for God, is well described in the Gospels of the New Testament. According to the film industry, most people are Catholic (they’re constantly crossing themselves in movies) and just about everybody gets to go to Heaven, although the Word of God is very clear on the matter:

“Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and there are many who will go in by it. But narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and there are few who will find it” (Mat. 7: 13-14).

Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). As the prince of the power of the air, he uses that power to move people to lie and blaspheme. Have you noticed how inhibitions are falling away and how easy lying has become? Those who scream fake news are themselves full of it, and not ashamed. And the way the name of God is being abused can only come from Satan, the god of this world. I remember as a child, only those people who were not so fine ever included the names of God and Jesus in their collection of cuss words. Those were coarse, mean and nasty people, who often seemed to live „on the other side of the tracks“. Nowadays it’s the „in thing“ to do, even among the educated. People say it without even thinking. I like asking people,“Is He your God? Because you keep saying ‚my God!‘ so I was just wondering.“

One evening we were watching a game show on TV that turned into a concert of blasphemy. I pictured in my mind the Conductor of Darkness leading his orchestra. A little "Oh God" here, a "my God" there and then altogether "God oh God … !" And that from people who either don't believe or at least live like they don't believe in God.  

For the god of this world, Satan, and the angels who rebelled with him, demons, there will be no returning to their cosy home in heaven. Their final destination will be the Lake of Fire, “made for the devil and his angels" (Mat. 25:41). Free will that we have, we can choose to walk in the light of God and enter His Paradise or remain in the darkness of unbelief and suffer eternal destruction, and snuggle up with the Prince of Darkness himself.

THE TRUTH

Does all of this sound like a fairytale? Do you believe that once you're dead, that's all? Or do you expect to wake up in a Hollywood heaven, sit on a fluffy cloud and play a harp? Think again. There is no such thing in the Bible. The commonly accepted notions of heaven, as described above or otherwise, come from the father of lies. The truth of the matter is totally different. Say you're on your deathbed and the last thing you see on this side of life are the faces of your loved ones gathered around the bed. Then you pass from this world … tick-tock … and awaken in what seems like a second or two later for your appointment to appear before the Ancient of Days, your Creator.

You might believe, as many do, that your own inner power is the way, that your own goodness and righteousness is the truth and that "doing your best" is the life. Jesus proclaimed:

"I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

"I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life" (John 8:12).

The Ancient of Days was seated on His throne, the court was open, let judgement begin. The dead stood before God and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. Those whose names were not written in the Book of Life were thrown into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death. (Revelation 20-21).

The first death is lurking in the shadows, waiting for each and everyone of us. The second death is the one to be feared. It can and must be avoided. Listen to the subtle voice of the Holy Spirit of God, gently tugging at your heart. In contrast, ignore the enticing voice of the Liar, who does not have your best interests in mind. As kids we used to scream:

"Liar liar pants on fire!"

In truth, more than your pants will be on fire.                                 

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