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What action to take, to be passed from death unto life?


Passed from death unto life

Last post we read how Jesus merely reiterated His Father’s Word. Jesus repeated this many times.

He 2continuously throughout his ministry let his followers know that he spoke His Father’s Word and didn’t make anything up himself.

What follows is another promise by Jesus. He tells us that anyone that hears and lives according to His teachings and anyone that believes in His Father, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, can lay claim to the promise of eternal life.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting  life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Out of this world!

That promise of eternal life is just out of this world! Who can wrap their mind around it?

Going to heaven? Sure, when I grew up in a Catholic family we all believed that we’d go to heaven; that is unless we were naughty and then we would end up in hell.

But this is a different thing altogether. This is God’s Word laying it out in detail: Eternal life, everlasting life, living forever … If you want to, you can sign up for it … yeahh! I like it. We’re actually given a choice and this choice is not just for the religious but open to anyone.

Are you comfortable?

I often enough hear people say that heaven … yeah whatever. And I’ve come to understand that this is what some people believe because they enjoy all the comforts that life has to offer and they have no longing for a better place. Why don’t these people long for a better place?  Because life is quite enjoyable for them as it is. This reminds me of the following verses,

 “There was a certain rich man who clothed himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted luxuriously every day. At his gate lay a certain poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. Lazarus longed to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Instead, dogs would come and lick his sores.

“The poor man died and was carried by angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. While being tormented in the place of the dead, he looked up and saw Abraham at a distance with Lazarus at his side. He shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I’m suffering in this flame.’  

But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received good things, whereas Lazarus received terrible things. Now Lazarus is being comforted and you are in great pain. Moreover, a great crevasse has been fixed between us and you. Those who wish to cross over from here to you cannot. Neither can anyone cross from there to us.’

 “The rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, Father, send Lazarus to my father’s house.   I have five brothers. He needs to warn them so that they don’t come to this place of agony.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets. They must listen to them.’  

The rich man said, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will change their hearts and lives.’  

Abraham said, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, then neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’” Copyright 2011 Common English Bible(CEB)

Listen to Moses and the Prophets

Once more we’re told by Jesus to listen to Moses and the Prophets if we’re interested in the Good Afterlife. By telling this parable, Jesus even prophesied that people who don’t pay attention to what the prophets had to say, won’t pay attention to someone (such as Himself) who was raised from the dead either.

Don’t worry if you’re comfortable in this life, there is nothing wrong with that in itself. Just make sure that you take care of all the people around you as well.

And then as you take care of those around you, no need to tell the world about it because as Jesus said, the praise you receive for your good deeds will be all the reward you can expect.

“When you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”

and also

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

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Is heaven just for Jesus’ friends?


What about those people doing wonderful work?

What about those people who do wonderful work in Jesus’ name? What did Jesus say about them? What about the people healing and donating and preaching and creating wonderful music all in Jesus name? Do any of these activities give us any brownie points?

Entrance requirements

“Not everybody who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter.

On the Judgment Day, many people will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name and expel demons in your name and do lots of miracles in your name?’

Then I’ll tell them, ‘I’ve never known you. Get away from me, you people who do wrong.’
[Common English Bible (CEB) Copyright 2011 by Common English Bible.
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Not funny!

It never ceases to amaze me how religious people tell me that all their sins are forgiven and their ticket-in is guaranteed. There must be many different heavens that I do not know about because the Prophets and Jesus’ words tell me that, regardless of your religion, unless you try your hardest to do the right thing, you’re gonna be toast.

Just the other day I was talking with an internet buddy and once more I was told that ‘following the commandments is not recommended’ or something like that. And her words implied that, ‘A curse is attached to the commandments and you should pray over it.’

You may think this is funny but it is not to me. I take my faith seriously and continuously bump into people who call me cursed because I choose to follow the commandments. Not funny!

So let’s have another look at this and see what the Bible has to say about the commandments.

I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses

So I prayed and opened my Bible once more on the subject of following God’s Commandments. Very early on in the Bible heaven and earth are called as witnesses against us,

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live …

Life and death, blessings and curses …  What was all this about? Let’s have a closer look at these words and the context in which they were given. I’ll give a synopses of Deuteronomy Chapter 30 where Moses prophesied,  warned his tribe and told them to do the right thing.

Choose life … keep His commandments

Obey His voice, do all His commandments

And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good:…

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off … But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

Life and Good, Death and Evil

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments … that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee …

Blessing and Curses

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: …

I don’t know about you, but it is pretty clear to me that Moses says that following the commandments is ‘a blessing and life.’

Moses pronounces a ‘curse and death’ over those who don’t attempt to do the right thing, and he calls this ‘evil.’

I’m sorry if this annoys you. The whole purpose of this blog is to highlight all the cases and instances where promises and prophesies are made for eternal life.
I know that there is church doctrine which disagrees with this and I respect that there are people who prefer to follow church doctrine.

I am quoting the Bible. And according to Moses and Jesus it is considered a blessing to follow the commandments.

On this blog I list where promises and prophesies are made with regards to eternal life in the Bible. And as we can see above, Jesus merely reiterated Moses’ words. Jesus said something to the effect of, ‘it doesn’t matter how religious and holy you think you are. And it does not matter whatever good deeds you think you are doing … if you don’t do my Father’s will and follow his commandments … you’re not part of my posse.’

The bottom line is that, according to the Son of God, calling yourself a Christian means nothing unless you’re prepared to abide by the house rules.

Is Heaven just for Jesus’ friends?

Not according to my Bible. As we say here in Australia, ‘do the right thing and she’ll be right mate!’

It’s all about love. By following the commandments we show love for our Creator and each other.  Not that complex really.

What is love? This is love according to the prophets with a little help from ‘Moments in Love.’ Music courtesy of Art of Noise.

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Unpardonable sin … do we need to believe in Jesus to go to heaven?


Blasphemy against the holy Spirit

Do we need to believe in Jesus to go to heaven? last week we read that Jesus said that eventually The Word shall judge people.

What else did Jesus say about ‘believing in Him’ being a prerequisite for going to heaven?

Jesus said that people would be forgiven if they ‘spoke a word against Him.’ All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

blasphemy against the Holy SPirit shall not be forgiven Matthew 12And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

You know what that means? It means that we’re not to speak bad about good people and good deeds. That is what is referred to as the unpardonable sin. Speaking bad about good will not be forgiven. Not now, not ever.

Jesus repeated what prophet Isaiah had mentioned centuries ago,

This is a good reminder to not have opnions and judgments about everything and everyone; particularly not if we don’t entirely understand what is going on.

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Do you need to believe in Jesus to go to heaven?


Do you need to believe in Jesus to go to heaven?

Not according to my Bible and not according to the Pope either. Think about it. If only ‘Jesus believers’ were to go to heaven … what about all of the ancient prophets and the people called righteous and just?  For instance Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Job, Zachariah and Elizabeth are all mentioned as righteous and good people. But Jesus hadn’t been born yet when they where alive. So even if they would have wanted to believe in Jesus they couldn’t have.

Jesus himself indicated that, when he was alive, there were plenty righteous people around, I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Sure it is true that Jesus said if anyone disowns Him before others they will be disowned before the angels of God. This was Jesus talking to and about his own posse. A little bit I guess like how some kids will disown their parents in front of their friends. That’s not cool and Jesus says that there will be consequences for that.

His commandment is life everlasting.

But Jesus also said,  And I know that his commandment is life everlasting:  whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

HIS COMMANDMENT IS LIFE EVERLASTING

Jesus spoke his Father’s Word, just like the ancient prophets.

Do we need to believe in Jesus to go to heaven? This is what Jesus said about it:

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not:
for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him:
the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me,
he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

 

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FEAST OF THE LORD – Sukkot – Festival of Tabernacles – Feast of Booths


Another Feast of the Lord is Sukkot, which is also known as the Festival of Tabernacles and Feast of Booths.

Historically Sukkot (Hebrew for booths) commemorates the forty-year period during which the Hebrew people wandered the desert and lived in temporary chelters. Sukkot is also a harvest festival and referred to as the Festival of Ingathering or Chag Ha-Asif Chag Ha-Asif (in Hebrew), . This holiday lasts seven days and this year  (according to the Karaite calendar) starts at sunset September 30 and finishes sunset October 7. This is when Shemini Atzeret starts till sunset the next day. Shemini Atzeret  שְׁמִינִי עֲצֶרֶת  means “Eighth (day of) Assembly.”

Keep a feast unto the Lord

Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

Rejoice before the Lord seven days

And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.

Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:

That your Generations may know

 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

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Adopting customs and religions from other nations

In ancient days The Lord told the children of Israel his Feast days and how to celebrate them but this did not always happen. Did you know that the word holidays comes from ‘holy days?’

Well, all those years ago for all sorts of different reasons, people didn’t celebrate God’s festivals as they were supposed to. One of those reasons for not celebrating God’s feasts was intermarriage. This meant that the Jewish people adopted the customs and religions from the nations around them.

Loved my husband more than God

I can relate to this because I was raised a Catholic and then married into a different religion. During this time the practice of my faith suffered much. My husband didn’t agree to marry in the church before God and suffice it to say that, in those days,  I must have loved my husband more than I loved my Creator. To my credit I taught my children about Jesus. To my shame, this is called syncretism and this is exactly what the Jewish people at the time were guilty of; mixing and mingling religions and faiths instead of being faithful and loyal to the One.

At the time it did not seem a biggie to me to be married to someone of a different faith. And indeed, if I could have stayed loyal and continued to follow God’s rules  … That didn’t happen however and therein lies the problem.

I have returned to my First Love

HE took me back. I’m happy to report that, according to His promises, God took me back and I have returned to my first love. Yeah!

It is mentioned in the Book of Ezra that intermarriage was a problem. This was because other faiths adhered to practices such as child sacrifice which obvisouly was/is against God’s law. Due to the mixing and mingling of different faiths and cultures, God’s directions and commandments weren’t followed. And it is mentioned that ‘since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so.’ For hundreds and hundreds of years the Feast of Sukkot had not been celebrated.

And they found written in the law which the Lord had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month: And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written, So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim. And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.

When the Jewish people realised that they had mucked up and not followed God’s law and directions as they were supposed to, they became desponded and remorseful.

and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

The Levites (priests) told the people not to worry, but be happy and celebrate and do better from now on.

With all this history in mind we realise that the Feast of Booths is an awesome Feast!

  1. It reminds us of God taking care of His people whilst they were in the desert.
  2. It reminds us to love the stranger and take care of refugees.
  3. It tells us to celebrate and share Good Harvest and give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon us.
  4. It reminds us of God’s forgiving spirit and willingness to give us another chance.

Wishing that you shall have nothing but joy!

Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord shall choose: because the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.

Ve-hayita akh same’aḥ! וְהָיִיתָ אַךְ שָׂמֵחַ Wishing that you shall have nothing but joy!

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