Sunday, August 7, 2022

DID JESUS GO TO HELL BETWEEN HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION?

First, let's define what the word "hell" means. In the N.T. Hades - hell is the grave, in the ground, under the surface of the earth, or in a tomb where the dead are placed as in New Orleans.

Jesus was buried in a tomb and he remained in that tomb as a dead person until he was resurrected and appeared to his disciples who recognized him immediately.

Ecclesiastes 9:5: For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything...

Psalm 115:17: The dead do not praise Yahovah, neither any that go down into silence.

From these verses, and there are many more, we see that the dead are buried in the ground or tombs, that after they have died they know nothing, that they go down into silence, and will remain asleep in death until they are resurrected.

Now because the dead know nothing, they don't know how much time will have passed between their death and resurrection, so when they are resurrected it will seem like a split second - the same feeling we have after being suddenly awakening by a loud noise. At that moment we don't know how much time we have been asleep.

Those who are dead in the Lord Jesus will be resurrected when he returns and the loud noise they hear will be the sound of a loud trumpet calling them out of their graves/tombs and it will seem like a split second from the time that they died, even though hundreds of years may have gone by.

The apostle Paul knew this when he said he was torn between staying with his brethren [alive] or being with the lord [dying and knowing that for him in his recollection it would seem that in the next split second he would be rising to meet the Lord Jesus in the clouds when the trumpet sounded at the end of this age].

As for the Roman Catholic Church and her daughter churches teaching about an ever-burning hell, like "Dante's Inferno"; that teaching is of pagan origin and has nothing to do with the revelation God has given through the inspired scriptures upon which we base our hope!

I am very comforted knowing that my personal friends who have died in the Lord Jesus are now in their graves awaiting the sound of the trumpet when they and I will be resurrected at the return of the Lord Jesus.

I would not be very comfortable at all knowing that my mother, relatives, and friends were resurrected at their death and were now in heaven looking down at all the mistakes, faults, etc., that I have made, and will most probably make in the future. That cloud of witnesses is not anything that I would want to observe my every move.

I know with whom I have to do with and am comfortable having Him witnessing my actions knowing He will guide me in grace by His spirit to enable me to bring glory to His name - Yahovah and to his son's name Yashua - Jesus the Messiah. Knowing that my God and my Father Yehovah and His beloved son watch and know every move I make and every move all that are His makes is a great motivator to help myself and all of us walk on the difficult narrow path that leads to age upon age lasting life in His soon coming Kingdom. May that day come soon. Amen!

WHAT IS THE CURSE OF THE LAW?

It is what happens when one cannot obey all that the law of Moses requires. James says if you break one point of the law you have broken all of it. The law was given to show that man cannot do anything to gain salvation outside of looking to the Lord Jesus the Messiah.

Galatians 2:16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus the Messiah, even we have believed in Jesus the Messiah, that we might be justified by the faith of the Messiah, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 3:10: For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

No man has kept the works of the law perfectly except the lord Jesus the Messiah, all others failed to do so. Jesus is the only perfect man who has ever lived!

Galatians 3:13: The anointed one hat redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree:

Great mercy and wonderful grace!

Why was the law given?

Galatians 3:19: Wherefore then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed [the Messiah] should come; to whom the promise was made, and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Notice Galatians 3:22-25: But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus the Messiah might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterward be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto the Messiah, that we might be justified [declared not guilty before God's throne] by faith. But after that faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

What are we to do now?

Galatians 5:1: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith the anointed one has made us free, and don't become entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

What amazing grace our God has provided for us in His beloved son Jesus!

WAS THE FLOOD GOD CAUSED IN THE TIME OF NOAH JUST?

Notice: Genesis 6:5-8: Yehovah - God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And Yehovah regretted that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to His heart. So Yehovah said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of Yehovah.

Notice: Genesis 6:12-13: And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted His way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Amazing that God looking down on the face of the earth could only see violence and that all flesh had corrupted His way upon the earth! What a devastating witness of mankind's rebellion against the Creator, their Creator. So God in His sovereignty decided to destroy all those who breathed the breath of life from off the face of the earth, human beings, and all air-breathing animals.

On what basis could God justify such action? The answer is that he told Adam that if he ate of the tree of good and evil he would die. If that sentence had been carried out immediately upon Adam's rebelling against His God then humanity would have ended at his death. But, God in His loving kindness allowed Adam to live 900+ years before he died and produced with Eve offspring. Actuarial studies have indicated with the longevity before the flood there may have been almost 1 billion people on the face of the earth just before the flood. The ark was the size of a Stanley Steamer an ocean-going vessel in the 18th Century. At any rate, God decided to end humankind in the flood, which he could have done had He allowed Adam and Eve to die immediately after they ate the forbidden fruit. Now, we see that we who are living close to the end time are here because of one righteous man Noah.

2 Peter 2:5: And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Hebrews 11:7: By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

That is an absolute fact. Another absolute fact is that Jesus said:

Luke 17:26-27: And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:1: THIS KNOW, THAT IN THE LAST DAYS PERILOUS TIMES SHALL COME.

Indeed, we all need to prepare now for what is soon coming upon this world just before the return of the Lord Jesus. We know that there were 2,000 years from Adam to Abraham and 2,000 years from Abraham to Jesus and 2000 years to the end if indeed God has allowed 6,000 for man to see if they are able to rule over themselves in peace. That has not been the history of mankind, just the opposite and in the end, there will be the same violence and all flesh is now corrupting His way upon the earth. Are we ready for what is soon coming?

We need to draw very close to our God and our Father Yehovah and the Lord Jesus His beloved son to receive more of the power of the spirit to guide us through these terrible times that are soon coming to this world. Realize that our God will always provide a way of protection for those who are His people. Draw close to Him and His precious son now!

In the meantime, we are to be a witness and proclaim the message that the God and Father of the Lord Jesus gave to him to give to us. The kingdom message!

WHAT IS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT?

John 15:8: Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

Notice:

John 15:16: You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it to you.

We are all chosen to bear fruit unto our God and our Father and in doing so will be loving Him and our neighbors as ourselves.

Romans 7:4: Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the body of the Messiah; that you should be married to another, even to him [Jesus] who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Ephesians 5:9: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

When we are guided by the spirit of the living God and by the spirit of His son we will bring forth the fruit of the spirit and as we do it will bring glory to our God and Father Yehovah and to His beloved son Jesus the Messiah.

James 3:18: And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

How do we produce this fruit of the spirit?

We produce the fruit of the spirit by being in the Messiah Jesus because the fruit of the spirit is what he produces in us and through us outwardly to those who we come in contact with.

Jesus said: John 15:4-5: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.

In Jesus the Messiah I can do all that is pleasing to his God and my God his Father and my Father Yehovah. Outside of him I can do nothing that is pleasing to his God and my God his Father and my Father Yehovah!

Let us draw close to the one with whom we have to do and glory in His presence! Halil Yah - Praise Yahovah!

HOW DO THE SCRIPTURES DESCRIBE THE GLORIFIED IMMORTAL BODIES WE WILL HAVE WHEN WE ARE RESURRECTED?

When we are resurrected we will be as Jesus appears now as an immortal glorified man seated at the right hand of his God and his Father Yehovah.

However, he is coming back to this earth and when he does those who are dead in him will rise up to meet him in the clouds and those who are alive will be changed in a twinkling of an eye and also join those already risen to meet the lord Jesus in the clouds and then we will proceed with him to Mount Sinai and there received from Jesus our positions in the Theocratic Government of God which he will establish when he goes with us from Sinai through the wilderness and cross the Jordan river and then on up to Jerusalem to fight with him against the armies that will have gathered to destroy Israel. After their defeat Jesus will take his place on the throne of David at Jerusalem and rule of the nation of Israel as their Messiah and rule over the nations as King of Kings and Lord of lords.

We are not going to be in heaven, but co-inheriting and co-ruling with him over all the nations of the world that survive and live over into the coming new age.

Notice:

Revelation 5:6-10: And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven angels of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, you are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you ware slain, and have redeemed US to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and havet made us unto our God kings and priests: and WE SHALL REIGN ON THE EARTH.

We are going to be glorified immortal men/women when we are resurrected to be with the Lord wherever he goes. We are going to be with him in Jerusalem as co-rulers in the Theocratic Government he will set up upon his return.

Notice Jesus said: Matthew 5:5: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Notice further:


In the coming new age our God and our Father Yehovah is going to come down and join us on this earth. This will take place after the white throne judgement, after the earth is cleansed with fire and the new heavens and the new earth will have been created!
Revelation 21:1-4: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth - a new order of things: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, COMING DOWN [TO THIS EARTH] from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
So much for the traditions of men that say our reward is in heaven. No, it is on this earth which we are going to co-inherit with Jesus and rule over with him for the ages upon ages to come and our God and our Father is going to come down to this earth and dwell among His people.
Notice that King David understood this clearly:
Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are Yehovah's: but the earth has He given to the children of men.