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"Once saved, always saved?" Are you so sure?!?


       This is a difficult subject to broach, for man is not the judge of who is "saved" and who isn't.  You will see the terms "false teaching," and "false teachers/preachers" mentioned many times in this study, but what is false teaching, and what is a false teacher/preacher? How can we identify them so as to avoid them?

       False teaching is the teaching of any doctrine that is contrary to the doctrines laid out in God's Word The Bible  False teachers/preachers are those who teach or preach these false doctrines; and yes there are many of them in our current age.  Many of the doctrines that you may have been brought up on in your church, may in fact contradict with God's Word.  This is why it is imperative that you check out in your Bible anything anyone tells you about God's Word.  You may be surprised that things you have learned years and years ago, things that your parents have learned years and years ago, could be false doctrine from satan's false teachers.  Just because it is the way you have always done it doesn't make it right; you must check it out in your Bible and see if it aligns with what God tells you, and not what some man at a pulpit tells you.

       Understand this one thing above all others: Satan works from pulpits in churches, and will steal more souls that way than from all the bar stools in all the bars of the world.  Satan is a deceiver and he already has the heathen in his clutches, but he wants the Christian most of all.  He knows the only way to get the Christian to worship him is to deceive them into it.  And were do you go if you want to deceive Christians?  The churches of course, and satan has been attempting to corrupt them from day one.  Below is an excerpt from a book that mentions many of the false churches and their origins, but this list is by no means complete!!!

Excerpted from the book: The New World Religion by Gary H. Kah, 1998, from pages (17-18): Click blue link to order, or visit our Study Aids section to read a review of this book and other study materials.

False Religions and Cults of the 18oo's

With much of the world already steeped in the occult, America would do its share to contribute to Satan's plans by birthing numerous false religions during the 18oo's. The first of these "new" religious systems had its beginnings in the 1800's and would eventually become known as Mormonism. Mormonism today is one of the fastest growing religions in the world, and is quite possibly the wealthiest on a per capita basis. One of the beliefs of the Mormon Church, as found in their book Pearl of Great Price is that Jesus was the spirit brother of Lucifer before he entered the world.*1 The late apologist Dr. Walter Martin wrote: "If one peruses carefully the books of Abraham and Moses as contained in the Pearl of Great Price (allegedly 'translated' by Smith), as well as sections of Ether in The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Discourses of Brigham Young, the entire Mormon dogma of the preexistence of the soul, the polygamous nature of the gods, the brotherhood of Jesus and Lucifer, and the hierarchy of heaven . . .will unfold in a panorama climaxing in a polygamous paradise of eternal duration."

Spiritism, on the other hand, with its emphasis on contacting the dead -- actually, contacting demonic spirits posing as the spirits of dead humans -- became an organized religion known as Spiritualism in 1848. In our generation it has gained acceptance among many of the world's elite and is responsible for leading millions astray by introducing them to forms of divination.

Between 1860 and 1870, Mary Baker Eddy began teaching her occult doctrine that became known as Christian Science. Followers of this religion believe that it is impossible to understand the Bible apart from Mrs. Eddy's teachings as found in her book Key to the Scriptures. According to this thinking there would have been little point in even reading the Bible previous to Mrs. Eddy's enlightenment!

Theosophy had its beginning in 1875 under the leadership of Helena Blavatsky. The influence of this organization remains powerful throughout the New Age movement of today. . . . The Jehovah's Witnesses came into being in 1879. This group denies the doctrine of the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus Christ. It prints its own version of the Bible called The New World Translation. Key passages in this translation have been altered to fit the group's teachings. Here again we see the subversion of God's Word. Who in this country has not had a well-meaning Jehovah's Witness at their doorstep at some point, ready to share with you their "new truth"?

The Unity Church was organized in 1886 under the leadership of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. Of the "new" religions that had their origins in the nineteenth century, the Unity Church (along with Theosophy) is probably the most representative of New Age thinking.

Truly Satan was busy laying his foundation of deception during this period of time. But this was only the first phase. The work was just beginning. Before we look at the next phase of his plan we will examine the teachings of some of his choice instruments from the last century. At the top of the list is Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831- 1891). . . .

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*1 On page 219 of his book, The Kingdom of the Cults, Dr. Walter Martin comments: "In Mormon theology, Christ as a pre-existent spirit was not only the spirit brother of the devil (as alluded to in the Pearl of Great Price, Moses 4:1-4, and later reaffirmed by Brigham Young in the Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 282), but celebrated his own marriage to both 'the Marys and Martha, whereby he could see his seed before he was crucified'" (apostle Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4, pp. 259 - 260).

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       Could it be that satan has corrupted your church with false doctrines and hollow traditions of Man that make void the True Word of God?  Is there something about your church that just doesn't seem right to you?  Trust your instincts, they're usually right on target.  Check out the things that they do and teach in your church, and if it isn't contrary to what God tells us in the Bible, then you know that you are on solid ground spiritually.  But if you find your church to be in direct contradiction with God's Word, then thank God you checked it out for yourself in God's Word, and move on quickly, get away from them and their apostasies.  Or, if you are strong in the Word, and so mover, then correct them with sound doctrine documented with Scriptural evidences.  But if you are not strong in the knowledge of the bible then they can twist and deceive and confuse you.

       Surely it does not seem so remarkable to you that satan would try to deceive you and that he would lie to you; why then would it be so remarkable to you that he would use false teachers/preachers in the false churches to accomplish this?  That the Christian Churches are beguiled should be evident in every day news items such as the Gay Preacher and Gay marriage issues, among many others.  Can believe it that many Sunday School students and many Catholic School High School students haven't even heard of the Sodom and Gomorrah narrative in the book of Genesis!  Why is this church hiding this teaching?  Could it be to hide their own sin?  Oh how the Pedophile Priest must hate the below Scripture, I wonder how many hide it from their Bible students:

Lev 20:13
13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (KJV)

       "Oh," they will say, "but that's just an Old Testament thing."  Oh, really now?  Observe that God finds no more pleasure in Gay/Lesbian activity in the New Testament than He did in the Old:

Rom 1:26-27
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  (KJV)

       Homosexuality in the churches is not even the reason that this study was written, but it is one of the problems.  Allow me to share with you the the reason for writing this Bible study.  Some time ago I was having a conversation with a devote Christian, I mean he really truly did love the Lord that was obvious from talking to him.  As the conversation went on I discovered that he believed that the "saints" were going to be Raptured off the earth before the great and terrible tribulation of the end times.  I told him that the Rapture 'doctrine' is a lie strait from satan's camp, and we went on to have a thirty minute discussion about Bible verses and the doctrines of men.  I gave him some of the many many scriptures that document that there will be no Rapture, and every time he brought up one of the scriptures that satan's false teachers had twisted and misinterpreted into the "fly away" Rapture doctrine, I explained the truth of the particular verse giving corresponding scriptural documentation.

       This conversation remained on a friendly level and he even told me that what I was telling him about the scriptures sounded true to him and that they made sense. Then he shrugged his shoulders and said: "What's the difference anyway, I'm already saved."  Frustrated, I replied to him: "Whom are you saved by, the false christ or the True Christ, for the false christ (antichrist) comes first, claiming to be the True Christ."  He told me that he was saved and that's that.  He walked away.

       I would have liked to have told him that God expects you study the Written Word, not just listen to some teacher/preacher at a pulpit.  There is nothing wrong with studying under a good Preacher should you find one; and God bless for the good ones out there!  But it was never supposed to be that the so-called church was to have the responsibility of your soul.  How many today go to some church once a week and never open their own Bible at home and study?  How many even bring a Bible to church anymore, much less open it? 

       God saw to it that you would have access to His truth, and if you reject the Word of God and place your eternal soul in the hands of some man, then you are ripe for satan's false teachers/preachers to pluck to you know where.  On judgment day, do think God will listen to your pleas of "Well that's what some man told me down at the local church?"

       There will be no false preachers and false teachers of God's Word that have misled you standing between you and God to argue your case on judgment day.  In fact they will have already been judged by the time your turn comes up, for God will begin judgment at the House of God, which means that He will judge firstly and harshly those that teach lies to His beloved children whom He created.  But is the slothful (lazy) child of God innocent in all this?  Far from it, for it was their lack of care for the Word of God that let the false preachers slip in upon them in the first place.  They are hand in hand in the guilt.

       Below is an excerpt from the 23rd chapter of Jeremiah, you would do good to read the entire chapter 23 of Jeremiah to get a good feel for how angry God is with false teachers/preachers/prophets in our generation.  The book of Jeremiah is a book of prophecy, and it is quite clear that God's prophecies that are written within it concerning the last days are coming to pass in our generation exactly as they were written.  God always keeps His word, and will allow nothing to come to pass except it be first written in His Holy Word, The Bible! Within that statement is the key to finding good teachers of God's Word and to avoid the false ones that are so very prevalent now.

       Simply put, if someone tries to teach you something that goes contrary to what God says in our Bible, then you are to mark that man and have nothing further to do with him and his false doctrines/teachings.  For though he says that he works for God, he does not, but rather he makes God out to be a liar.  There is not much that God hates more than a false teacher that leads His beloved children, of whom you are one, astray toward that wicked one, satan.

Jeremiah 23:19-32
19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?
24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.
25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
6 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD. (KJV)

       Certainly you won't argue the fact that God has a "special" place in His heart for the false teachers/preachers, but what if you've been nursed on the doctrines of one of them and are now yourself teaching the lies of the false teacher to others?  Are you not then a false teacher yourself?  That is how satan operates you know, if someone hears a lie enough, then it sounds true, and the truth is made to sound like a lie.  The answer is in the Word of God, read it for yourself, don't let Pastor so-and-so or Priest what's-his- name do your interpreting for you without checking out what they say in the Bible; nobody with any intelligence will be able to claim ignorance on Judgment Day.

       Now we will move on with the most known verse of the Bible, John 3:16; we have all heard of it, we even see signs saying "JOHN 3:16" held up by fans at football games behind the uprights for the cameras to see in the background.  We will also study from the Bible what God says to us about salvation and everlasting life, not just the feel good catch phrases that seem to be the only thing taught from the pulpits anymore.  We will also learn why it is important that we are kept on-guard in these end times against false teachers of God's Word and those that have an interest in our deception.  And we must understand why they would lie to us, before we can believe that they will lie to us.  Forewarned is forearmed!

       There are many conditions in God's Word that we seem to like to read over.  We all possess adequate reading skills, for the Bible is basically written on a forth grade reading level, but we read past words like; When, Then, If, And, Those who, He that, . . . .

       These little words placed before, within, and after a promise in God's Word are very important.  They are what is called "qualifiers," and the fulfillment or applicability of the subject's promise hinges on the conditions being met that are stated and earmarked by these qualifiers.  In other words, if I say to you "Come work for me today and I will pay you."  Do you then sleep all day and show up at the end of the day asking for your pay?  It seems that many treat God's Word in such a manner.  Many sleepers looking for reward.  This is one of the messages regarding the "wicked servant" in the Parable of Luke 19:12-27.

      There is also another component to this subject that is not being taught in any of the mainstream super-denominations of the twentieth century religious systems. That being simply stated that there is an imposter coming first, he is called the antichrist and he will come first and claim to be the True Christ, and he will deceive anyone who has not bothered to study of the warnings that God placed before us in our Bibles; how many times did Jesus truly try warn us?  below is one of many examples; but many have not heard, have they?  Why haven't good church folk heard?

Matt 24:23-30
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (KJV)

       Satan (as the antichrist) will deceive all who don't know God's Word, but instead listen to men's church traditions for their salvation.  Below is a verse in which Jesus tells us what He will say to those that have followed this false christ, who is known and spoken of as the antichrist, and whom is none other than satan himself.

       You will also notice that Jesus is speaking to people who thought they were "saved," the people Jesus is rebuking here are so-called play Christians who have come face to face with Jesus at His Second Advent. We notice that these unfortunates thought they were teaching God's truth, they thought they were working for God, but in the end they were just a pawn of satan and had allowed themselves to become deceived by satan's false teachers and the traditions of man in the churches that made void the true Word of God.  You can avoid Jesus having to say this to you by sticking to God's written Word and getting away from any false teacher/preacher who tries to tell you anything contrary to it.

Matt 7:21-23
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (KJV)

       I wonder what Jesus will say to them when they tell Him "But you don't understand, Jesus, I'm saved."  Do you kind of see what I'm getting at here?  When Jesus returns at His Second Advent and you realize that you have been worshiping an imposter, who is satan fulfilling his end time role as antichrist, that is only the beginning of your sorrows.  Then when you run to Jesus and He looks you in the eye and says to you "I never knew you: depart from me" you will be devastated, to put it mildly.  After all, you're "saved" right???  Are you so sure?!?

       So when you say that you are "saved," I hope you have been saved by the real Messiah, The real Jesus Christ, and not the imposter who is prophesied to come first and lie to you, nor some evil spirit pretending to be the Holy Spirit in the beguiled churches of today.   What I am saying is that if Jesus Christ saves you then you are saved indeed, eternal and forever, but there is a spirit in the world that would lie to you; I am just arming you with the tools (the Scriptures) to know which is which, and what to do if you have been led astray by the wicked one.  You can repent in a moment and be cleansed by Jesus Christ.

       I think that it is necessary to beat this point into the ground here, for many do not believe that there is deception in some churches of all denominations.  Once again I would ask you why you would think it so remarkable that satan would infiltrate the churches with his false doctrines and corrupt the Word of God; he did it in the Garden of Eden when he told Eve in Gen 3:4-5: "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." 

       And when satan tempted Jesus Christ in the wilderness, he twisted scripture on Jesus by adding the words: "At any time" (Mt 4:6) to the scripture he quoted from (Psm 91:12), thus trying to tempt Jesus to jump to His death!  And once you realize how satan twists scripture and religion to deceive God's children into oblivion, then why would it seem such a giant leap to you that satan would send the false teachers to reassure you, whom they have deceived with satan's lies, with the false words: "Don't worry brother, surely your saved."

       I hope you have been studying and following God's True Written Word and not the church traditions dreamed up by satan's false teachers, but I know many have not. The antichrist is not a monster breathing fire, he will be a beautiful godly looking supernatural entity claiming to be the Savior of the world, God even; but in reality he will be the imposter whom God forewarned you of in prophesy.  If you haven't been told this in your church, then I would ask you this: Does the wolf in sheep's clothing ever tell the sheep that he is a really a wolf?  Of course not, not till it's too late do they realize it.  Christians need to wake up, it is impossible to resist the enemy when your sleeping in his bed of lies; satan knows that!  I don't want this to happen to you.

       Just as satan is prophesied to come first as an imposter to Christ, he (satan as the antichrist) will be preceded by many false teachers and preachers who will prepare a way for him; these false teachers/preachers are here with us now but antichrist is not yet here.  And when he does get here he won't be hard to spot, he will be the one who calls himself Messiah, God even, while you are still in a flesh body and have not yet been transfigured to a spiritual body as scripture tells us that ALL remaining will be changed into at the Second Advent.

1 Cor 15:51-55
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep
[die], but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
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.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (KJV)

       In an instant, in the twinkling of a eye, at the last trump all shall be transformed. We will touch more on this later in this study, and NO, NO, NO, this is not some kind of Rapture; stop it, please!  There is not going to be any Rapture!  Nobody is gathered back to Christ BEFORE the Second Advent, nobody.  The above Scripture is one of the favorite verses that the Rapture doctors love to twist, read verse 51 above (which is the verse they leave out in the Rapture churches), it says ALL, it doesn't say that just the good little "Rapture saints" will be changed, it says everyone will be changed at the LAST trump, some being changed by death and some being transformed by Christ, but all flesh ceases.

1 Cor 15:51-55
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep
[die], but we shall all be changed, (KJV)

       The last trump means that there are no more after it, it is finished!  The above scripture is simply telling us of the transformation to our spiritual bodies from our flesh bodies, this happens when Jesus Christ returns at His Second Advent.

       Those who have not died a flesh death prior to Jesus' return will leave their flesh bodies and actually not experience a flesh death.  Those who have passed on in the past are already in their spiritual bodies, for it happens at the instant of death, just like above "In an moment, in a twinkling of an eye", and the passed-on ones are now already in their spiritual bodies in Heaven.  The only thing in their grave is a rotting corpse that is in the process of going from dust to dust as the Scripture states "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." (Eccl 12:7).

       The danger of any one of the multitude of Rapture lies is that when the true Christ returns at His second advent, the Rapture boys will already have been worshiping satan as the antichrist (better translated: the instead-of christ), though most will do it in ignorance at the first.  But God will make it that they have no cloak for their error near the end of the Tribulation, for they shall know: "And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds." (Rev 16:11).

       Below are just a few of the many many scriptures in the Bible written to us to warn us of the false teachers/preachers and of their master satan.  I wonder if they teach this very important subject in your church.  If not, then I would ask you why not!!!

Matt 7:15 (Christ speaking)
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (KJV)

Mark 13:5-6 (Christ speaking)
5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (KJV)

Matt 24:21-26 (Christ speaking of the first tribulation, the one that the rapurist's omit)
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: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. (KJV)

2 Pet 2:1-3 (Apostle Peter speaking)
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. (KJV)

       If this is something that you have never been taught by your particular church system or your preacher/teacher; first ask yourself why, and then stick around and read on, for it is probably the most important thing for a Christian in this generation to know.  This present generation that we live in is the end time generation written of throughout God's Word, written from Genesis 3:15 (satan's prophesied perishment at the end of this age, fulfilled in Rev 20:10) to Revelation 21:1 (the end of this earth age and the beginning of the next, which is commonly referred to in the phrase 'going to Heaven').

       In past generations it was "adequate," "bare minimum," get into Heaven "by the skin of your teeth" type stuff to love Jesus and just be "saved."  But our generation bears an additional hurdle; we will be faced with satan, as the false christ, as the antichrist who will come to this earth first and claim to be the True Messiah, even God, who has come to "take us all away from it all."  Those who believe in the false Rapture doctrine are taught to worship the first supernatural entity that appears claiming to be the "Messiah," they are "chomping at the bit," and can't seem to wait for him to get here to Rapture them away, but there is a problem.

       The first super-natural entity that comes to earth claiming to be the Messiah is the false christ, and he's gonna rapture them away alright, but not to a place they want to go.  Did you ever wonder why in the book of Revelation there are two riders on white horses mentioned?  I mean, there is one red one (war), one black one (famine), one pale one (death), but there are two white horsemen and they appear similar, but they are different, they come at different times, and one comes first. 

       We will take the one that comes last (second) from Rev chpt 19 and observe whom He is, for He is the True Messiah Jesus Christ.  Then we will go back and examine the identity of the first one who comes in Rev chpt 6, for he is the false messiah antichrist, satan himself the imposter who will deceive the world.

Rev 19:11-16 (Jesus Christ' second advent)
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (KJV)

       I know that I don't have to tell you that this was the True Messiah Jesus Christ returning at His prophesied Second Advent. But then who is it that came also on a white horse thirteen chapters prior in Rev chpt 6?  Let's see:

Rev 6:2-8 (The imposter satan, mimicking the attributes the true Jesus Christ)
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (KJV)

[Note for the deeper student:  In Rev 6:1 satan is in Heaven not on the earth physically -- he controls from afar.  We see that even at the Fifth Seal in Rev 6:9-10 John is still in Heaven looking down upon the future world.  In other words, satan does not come to Earth in the first seal, he just begins his assault upon God's world from his place of holding (incarceration) which is in Heaven.

Rev 6:9-10
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (KJV)

They (the souls, under the Alter of God, of them that were slain), and John (the scribe of Revelation), and satan (the antichrist) are all still in Heaven at this time.]
 

       back to the two different riders of white horses; it sounds like the same guy doesn't it? Don't you believe it.  There is a very interesting word used in Rev 6:2 but the meaning is lost to the English reader.  The word "Bow" in verse 2: "and he that sat on him had a bow," is a very interesting word in the original Greek language that the book of Revelation is translated from. You will notice that there were no arrows with this bow, for it is not a "bow and arrow" type Bow.  And it is not the rainbow that signified God's promise to Noah in Gen 9:12-13.  The Bow that the first rider on the white horse has is the word toxon in the Greek language and its meaning should be interesting to you:

Bow: Greek word #5115; toxon (tox'-on); from the base of 5088; a bow (apparently as the simplest fabric)

       In other words, it is a cheap fabric imitation, and certainly not a fitting accessory for THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS.  It is also an interesting fact that this is the only place that the Greek word toxon is used in the entire Bible, which sadly limits our full understanding of the word.

       So you have the false christ, the antichrist, who is satan, coming first riding a white horse and accompanied by three other horses; Red which signifies war, Black which signifies famine, and the third horse is pale (grey) which signifies death.

       The True Christ comes second and also comes on a white horse and He has other horsemen with Him as well.  Let's refresh our minds as to the companion horsemen of our True Messiah:

Rev 19:14
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

       You see, satan is an imitator, he will try copy as much about Jesus as he can when he comes to this earth in this generation claiming to be the True Christ.  But he shall also deviate from Jesus' methods, this is how the Bible student may know he is false.  Of course most Christian's today are anything but Bible students; they will expect their Pastors and Priests to alert them.  Many of them being the same Pastors and Priests that led them into false doctrines.  The irony!

       Speaking of satan trying to imitate Jesus Christ but always falling short; let's examine the Crowns that these two different Horsemen on white horses are wearing.  Actually satan isn't wearing his, it only has been given to him.  And God does allow satan to reign on earth for one hour (known as the hour of temptation) which is a literal five month period of time (Rev 9:5 + 10) immediately prior the return of the True Messiah Jesus Christ at His prophesied Second Advent.  And the True Jesus Christ returns wearing many crowns, for He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Satan is just a chump, an imitator, a spiritually dead-man walking, a condemned soul who will deceive the ignorant and the apathetic into following him into the lake of fire.

Here's satan's (antichrist's) crown:

Rev 6:2
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

And now here is our True Messiah Jesus Christ's many Crowns:

Rev 19:12
His eyes were as a flame of fire
, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Not to 'beat this scripture to death,' but don't let the: "His eyes were as a flame of fire" from verse 12 above scare you.  For while God is a consuming fire (Heb 12:29) He only consumes evil, His faithful children are warmed by His fire:

Heb 12:22-29
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire. (KJV)

Explanation from verse 27 above:  "that those things which cannot be shaken may remain" = The True Kingdom cannot be shaken, satan's false kingdom (antichrist and his one-world religious system) will be shaken loose and destroyed at the coming of the True Messiah.  Remain true to the Lord Jesus Christ, don't wait with baited breath to be Raptured away, for there will be no Rapture.  The only thing going anywhere is you soul if your not careful, you may end up being spiritually taken by the imposter, the antichrist.  The same goes for the Catholics who worship Mother Mary and the host of heaven, and the Pentecostals/Charasmatics who entertain familiar spirits, etc.

       Satan's ability to deceive is very persuasive.  So powerful is satan's ability to deceive (and the inherent disobedience of man) that Jesus Himself mused in the book of Luke whether anyone would withstand it and remain faithful:

Luke 18:7-8 (Christ speaking of His second advent)
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (KJV)

"Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"  What do you think, will any remain true to the Lord and not worship the false christ; will you?  And this isn't just about rapturists, it is about any who are "taken" led astray) like Catholics, Pentecostals/Charismatics, etc.  Satan has a plan to deceive all.  Here are the "first" being taken by the "messiah" that comes first, the antichrist:

Luke 17:34-37 (Christ speaking of where the spiritually beguiled end up)
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. (KJV)

       This has direct reference to those waiting on a rapture to happen, that is to say those that think Jesus Christ is going to come and take them up to the clouds to their reward.  The word "Eagles" above in verse 37 should be translated "Vultures;" and the body is a corpse; most definitely not a place you want to be taken to when you thought that you were following Jesus Christ.  But instead you ended up following the false christ to that place that he is going.  I don't know, are you still looking forward to "Raptures," still praying to the "Saints" and Mother Mary and the rest of the host of heaven, and being "slain in the spirit" and babbling in a demonic tongue?  If so, then have at it friend, you are quite obviously hopelessly deceived.

       Here's Jesus telling us to keep the faith and keep doing HIS work until HE returns, and for us not to be spiritually wedded to the false husband, the false christ. Jesus is the True Husband spoken of in Rev 21:2.  The wedding is symbolic of the uniting of the true believers to the true Jesus Christ.  Sadly, many will be deceived into being united with the wicked one prior to the True Christ' return.  This is the spiritual whoredom that is written of all throughout the Bible, the Old and the New Testament:

Luke 12:36-38
36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. (KJV)

Judg 8:33-34
33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.
34 And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side: (KJV)

       Let's take a moment to really drive home the point that the wedding, the bride, and the husband are terms used symbolically, and are not a literal union between a man and a woman.  They refer to the union of the many-member body of Christ with Jesus Christ and thus ultimately with our Heavenly Father, Almighty God:

2 Cor 11:2 (Apostle Paul warning us not to be seduced by the false husband, the false christ whom is satan, the antichrist)
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (KJV)

       Unfortunately the clergy have become lazy and refuse to do their own Bible study were-by they could warn the people.  They just teach what has been handed down to them for centuries without checking it out, and daring not to disagree with it.  It is quite frightening when you realize that in just one of the largest Christian denominations that some unknown unseen man in Rome writes the topic and service subject matter that is relayed every Sunday to millions of people around the world who believe it as Gospel (The Pope is only a figurehead). That is just too much power to put in the hands of something as fallible as a mere man, especially a mystery man!  And if any individual minister where to disagree with the message he is ordered to preach then he would be fired and loose his pension.  Satan has covered all bases.  Scary huh?

       And don't think that I unfairly single out one particular denomination, for they have much company in the spreading of lies and fairy tales from the pulpits.  While we are on the subject, let's clear up a common misconception among the ignorant: No; the Pope is not the antichrist. Satan is the antichrist!  But satan would love for you to be looking at someone else as being the antichrist while he (satan) slips into the role quite quietly and smoothly.

       Want to go a step further into the surreal world of the twentieth century clergy?  In a study, 70% of clergy coming out of Seminary admitted that they don't believe in the virgin birth of the Messiah.  That requires no further commentary.

       This author is not against church.  Good Bible teaching church is good!  I am only against false churches and false teachers, and so too should you.  God's Word The Bible is pregnant, that means that it is continually revealing more and more truth as we near the final days.  We will never expend the wealth of information contained within the Bible.  Scriptures that baffled Biblical scholars a century ago are now clear to even Sunday school children today.  That doesn't mean that we are any smarter now than they were before us, it just means that God reveals His truths in their due season and not before.  And any of those many other "religious" books that came along after the original Word of God (the Bible) are nothing more than a perfect example of man violating the Sacred Command in the last six verses of the Bible, for the Catechisms (teachings) of many of the denomination make void the words of the Bible:

Rev 22:16-21
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (KJV)

       And help me out here, did Jesus say don't add to my prophecies unless you are a Mormon or a Muslim, or a Jew, or a Lutheran, or a Catholic. . . . Of course not, but they all have their own new and improved "word of God" and study books that they study and worship God knows what from.  I guess God didn't get it right the first time when He caused the authorship of The Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments written in the same style by the operation of the Holy Spirit upon the Prophets and Apostles.

       If it appears that I mock the various religions and church traditions created by man that have been inserted into the realm of "Thus saith the Lord," it is only out of the sheer irony of it all; in most cases those who claim to work for and speak for God are in reality the enemy working for satan.  I don't hate, God forbid, but rather I pity all the good hearted people in those various religions and denominations that have no idea the they are a pawn of satan in a very serious game.  They have been sold by their ancestors and church elders a long time ago, and they are so hopelessly steeped in their traditions that they wouldn't dare to believe God's True Word if it contradicts their dogma.  Perhaps they will be taught the truth and freed in the thousand year period of time with Christ (Rev 20:1-6), referred to as the Millennium, God knows.  Very little is written of what goes on during this 1000 year period, any speculation is just that -- speculation.

       But if we are lazy and don't study God's Word for ourselves then we are compromised into believing what man tells us is God's Word, which is not necessarily what God says is God's Word. God is not particularly fond of slothful (lazy) people; see Matt 25:26, II Th 3:10-11, Heb 6:12, Prov 26:14-16, Prov 15:19, etc..

       OK, lets get to John 3:16, the most popular and best known verse in the Bible.  But let's do what we should always do, lets read a couple verses before and after the subject verse to be sure we are getting the entire and the accurate meaning from the verse.

John 3:14-21
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him
*1should not perish, but have eternal life.

Explanation from above verse: *1 That whosoever believeth in him = This is one of those conditions (qualifiers) we read of earlier; you must believe in Him (Jesus Christ).  And that doesn't just believe that some man named Jesus once lived, it means to believe ALL that He said of Himself and that which the Apostles said of Him in the New Testament, as well as ALL that God and the Prophets prophesied of Him in the Old Testament.  For how can you believe in someone yet not believe Him?  You cannot, you only fool yoyurself, you are not fooling God.  There wil be no imatators and pretenders in heaven.  But way to salvation is open to all, for the word "whosoever" means: "every one who."

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son*1, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Explanation: *1 only begotten Son = That means that there is only one of them.  But we know through scripture that there is another one coming first, he is an imposter, he is the antichrist, and he is the abomination written of in Mt 13:14 and Dan 9:27. The word antichrist in the Greek language does not only mean against Christ (although he is), the definition of antichrist in the Greek language of the New Testament is also "instead-of Christ, an imposter."

From the Strong' Bible Concordance and Dictionary:

anti (as in ANTIchrist):  Greek word #473 anti (an-tee'); a primary particle; opposite, i.e. instead or because of (rarely in addition to): KJV-- for, in the room of. Often used in composition to denote contrast, requital, substitution, correspondence, etc.

Mark 13:14 (Christ speaking about antichrist coming)
14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: (KJV)

Here are the verses that Christ was referring to "from Daniel the prophet":

Dan 9:25-27
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (KJV)

(Continuing with our John Scripture):

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light
*1, because their deeds were evil.

*1 men loved darkness rather than light = Christ is the true light, satan the antichrist is of the night, the dark.  This is why when you see prophecy given in months (moons, night) it is of the evil, of satan; but when it is given in days (light) it is of good, Jesus Christ and God and his servants.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (KJV)

          Can we once have been "saved" and then be lost?  Does God's Word speak of the righteous gone into unrighteousness, the good gone bad, the living condemned to death?  Read on:

Ezek 18:21-26 (speaking of the good gone bad, and the living becoming dead)
21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.
23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?
26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. (KJV)

       I can hear them now: "But you don't understand brother, don't you know that I'm saved." To them I would say: "Saved by who? The false christ? The one that is prophesied to come first? The antichrist?"  If they refuse to read God's letter to them, The Bible, were-by they can learn of this evil danger, how will they ever know?  But we will all know of a surety on the Lord's Day, but perhaps it will be too late then for some.   I do not want that to happen to you.

       God is not unfair, He warns us of this danger to our eternal souls.  It is man that tells you that you don't have to understand God's Word, they say that you just be a "good guy" and believe, and you will go to Heaven.  Believe what?  The false christ, the antichrist?!?

       And is it not suspicious that they tell you that you aren't to understand the Bible, instead having you rely on them for your spiritual well being?  I don't like to talk down to people, but talk about being "Sheep for the slaughter!"  God does not waste action or time and if He wrote you a letter it is because you are supposed to understand God's Word.  Listening to the traditions of man that have crept into the Churches will lead you right into satan's camp.  Even though you're a "good guy" and had meant so well!

       God says that we are destroyed for our lack of knowledge of His Word and His plan.  Below, the whoredoms spoken of are spiritual whoredoms.  The church is always mentioned in the feminine, because it is to be the bride of Christ (Rev19:7).  Christ being the bridegroom (Lk 5:33-35).  In other words, when you whore after the false christ, you have committed spiritual adultery against the true Husband, whom is Jesus Christ.  God words things in such a way that our human emotions can understand how God feels when we follow satan, believing that he is the true Jesus Christ.  God knows that we can all relate to the feeling of being betrayed by someone we love dearly.

Hosea 4:5-19 ("the day" in verse 1 below is the Lord's day, the second advent of Jesus Christ)
5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.
11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.
15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.
16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.
18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices. (KJV)

       Yes we are saved by grace, for none of us could ever deserve salvation but you must take an active role in your salvation, you must have a working knowledge of God's Written Word The Bible or how else will you know whether or not you are being deceived?  Please don't tell me that as long as you think that you can go to Heaven "by the skin of your teeth" that you don't care about pleasing God.  I know that you would not want Him to be so flippant about you.  God warned us that the famine in the end times would not be for lack of food, but that it would be for the lack of understanding the true Word of God (Amos 8:11+12). Think about it, when was the last time you ever really learned anything substantial in church other than "pass the plate?"  Sure, if they are teaching the Word of God, then donate, that is what we are supposed to do to sustain ministries, but don't donate to a ministry that isn't teaching God's Word, else you may find yourself fighting against God even.

Amos 8:11-12
11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. (KJV)

       Oh yes! God Himself sends the famine for His true Word upon a disobedient world.  Why, they would ask, would such a loving and merciful God do such a thing?  Because He is angry, He sent His only begotten Son to be tortured and murdered for our sakes, a man that lived in the flesh for 33 years and did not commit even one sin, this innocent man (Jesus) was punished for our sins, and we the guilty disregard Him; we are too busy, we need more evidence, or we just don't care.

       God also wrote us a letter telling us all things (The Bible) and we rejected it.  We let satan's false teachers and false doctrines be our study guides, it is them that we study, worship, and obey.  And in doing so we deserve exactly what we got: "Lies and false doctrines; Rapture theories; Saint worship; wind and rain gods; Mariolatry, which is the idolatry a making of a Deity out of Mother Mary and turning her into some kind of goddess -- in direct violation of the first and second commandments of God; New age religion; Allah; Buddha; Idols; Christian parents letting their children die rather that take advantage of the miracles of modern medicine that are only possible but by the Grace of God and His laws of biology and nature; The "God is in us, thus we are god" religious movement that is growing in leaps and bounds on the west coast; Entire church systems placing their credibility on the line by supporting "Shrouds of Turin," that are not Biblically documentable; thousands of aimless souls flocking to see weeping plaster statutes and religious paintings; The Koran; The Book of Mormon; The Talmud; Babbling in some demonic tongue (talking in tongues) and claiming that it is God speaking through them; Misconstruing one of God's food laws and turning it into a command against blood transfusions; The laughing church; The drinking poison and handling deadly snakes church; Priests claiming to have the power to forgive sin and thus place themselves between God and His children; Practicing ancient pagan fertility rites like "Ishtar" worship (Easter) on the Holiest day of the Christian year (Passover); Religious nut cases committing mass suicides to get to God quicker; Holy water, that is not written of in the Bible, but rather adopted from pagan traditions; Rip off artists claiming to work for God and bilking old ladies out of their life savings on so-called religious television; Priests sodomizing little boys and not being removed from the pulpit - only to do it again; Falsely teaching that Judas Iscariot is the son of perdition, were-by we don't know to beware of satan who is the true son of perdition; False teaching that God's Word declares the earth to be only 6000 years old but we have entire skeletal remains of dinosaurs that date back to millions of years old, when in reality the Bible declares that this earth is untold billions of years old; False forehead slapping "healers" who lie and claim to heal in Jesus' name on television by smacking someone on the forehead; Lies to children in Sunday school about Adam and Eve eating the wrong apple and ruining everything, there-by making God seem so very petty; Church sanctioned gay marriage; Openly gay preachers; Gay churches; Gay Decons voted in by the layity; Crystals; Christian priests that don't believe in the virgin birth; Kabbalah; The Pope who admittedly supports and believes in the evolution theories that make Almighty God out to be a cheap liar; Clergymen that don't know squat about the Holy Word they profess to love and are charged to teach, blind leading the blind right to "hell." Is it any wonder why God has just about "had it up to here" with us?!?  And is it any wonder that the heathen unbelievers snicker at us, can you really blame them?  What kind of example have we been?

       Now I know that the truth may offend some, but never-the-less, it is the truth. But God will judge every soul individually. You don't have to starve for God's truth if you actively seek it out. He will deny no-one that seeks His truth; Christian, Jew, Muslim, Heathen, Satanist... All have an opportunity to hear the True Word of God and be saved! Jesus Himself promised us that. And remember, the words ASK, SEEK, and KNOCK are verbs, they require action on our part.

Luke 11:9-10 (Christ speaking)
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (KJV)


     A simple trip to the Webster's dictionary should make very clear in your mind the meaning of the phrase: "EVERY ONE THAT..."  You also notice that there are a lot of action words here, it requires action on our part: Ask, Seek, and Knock are things that we must do.  And if it has become easier for you to just sit in the same church pew every Sunday for fifty years and never learn anything more about God's Word and His plan than the day you first walked into that Church, then are you a faithful follower of God, or are you a pew potato, ripe for the false harvest?

       Quite frankly, those who participate in all the multitude of blasphemies that are going on in the religious institutions and church systems of today which were mentioned above, admittedly in a diatribe, they will be deceived by satan and will worship antichrist as God.  For if they will fall just by the deceptions of men, how much weaker will they be to the awesome deception of satan himself when he is defacto on earth possessing supernatural powers and claiming to be the Great God.  Satan will be allowed by God to possess supernatural abilities to fulfill the negative part of God's plan. Documentation:

Rev 13:11-18
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
[Yes, Virginia, Christians shall be killed during the Tribulation!  See the upcoming study: Scriptural Evidences That Christians Shall Die In The Great Tribulation]
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (KJV)

       OK, below is one of they many verses [Rom11:7-11] that pertain to the "spirit of slumber" (eyes that cannot see spiritually and ears that cannot hear spiritually).  This particular scripture has multi-meaning, it outlines how that through Israel's rejection of Christ, the salvation of Christ was also offered to the Gentiles (heathen, nations, ethnos).  Surely you remember that Christ said: "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Mt 15:24).

       But the parallel meaning is what we came here for: Verse 11 below tells us that they do not stumble (away from God's truth and into the traditions of men that can have no good end) so that they can fall (perish eternally).  To this Paul writes "God Forbid," in other words, that is not the purpose or necessarily the outcome or the plan.  When Paul wrote this he was acting by the operation of the Holy Spirit which is the Spirit of God, and when the Spirit of God says "God Forbid" that means that the Author of the universe and the creator of all that is within it, Almighty God Himself says "No, not that they should perish!"

Romans 11:7-11 (Apostle Paul speaking, he is quoting several Old Testament verses in bold italics)
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
[Quoted from Isa 29:10]
9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
[Quoted from Ps 69:23]
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. (KJV)

       Enough about that, if you've never heard this taught before and you don't understand it right now, don't worry, just put it in the back of your mind and as you study more in God's Word you will come to understand many things that you wrestle with now.  But you must cast off the shackles that man's religion has placed upon you, and be freed from confusion by the True Word of God, Holy and unbreakable, as laid down to us in the Bible.  True Christianity does not bind, it frees.

       God, in His love, gave us the sacrifice of Jesus Christ whereby through His suffering we may receive forgiveness.  All, every, any, each sin that you could possibly ever commit has the potential to be forgiven if gone about the "right way" (for lack of a better term -- I refer to repenting in Jesus' Christ's name).  Except of course one; It is called the unforgivable sin and there is only one of them.

       Now I must confess that I disagree with many on the nature of the unforgivable sin, and that I have taught it a different way (which I learned from others) than I going to teach it now (for I learned differently through further study on the matter).  And it is difficult to change position on a teaching after one has taught it.  But after seeing the truth how can one in all good conscience not correct himself?  I here now correct that I had once believed that the unforgivable sin is to not let the Holy Spirit speak through you during the Tribulation.  I had learned it that way once, and now frankly I do not see it that way any longer.  I have below supplied the Scriptures that speak of this unforgivable sin for your perusal.

       What is the unforgivable sin then?  It is man making of himself (or anyone else) God.  This was satan's sin and he was not forgiven of it.  This shall (and is now) happening in these end times.  Most know of this dogma as New Age Doctrine, whereby men say that they become the Christ, they become the Savior collectively.   I have touched on this in greater detail in our study Anatomy of a False Doctrine .

       There is a group, people that I once knew, who are now apostated into this type of false doctrine.  Many of you who read this study will know of whom I refer.  They are a splinter group of Christians who left a sound Christian Ministry with the deception of satan's greatest lie -- that we can become gods.  This is how satan deceived Eve.

       Please don't write to me to ask who these people are, if you have to ask then you know and don't want to admit it to yourself.  I am not here to personally trash any teacher's name.  They will know that I speak of them, they already do know if they are reading this far.

       Here is what they are saying:  They are saying that they are God's Elect, and that as God's Elect they have been forgiven of every sin, past, present, and future IN THIS AGE because God judged them in the age that was.  They then take this further, supposing that since they have been judged in the age that was that they cannot be held accountable for ANYTHING that they do in this age. 

       They then commit the ultimate blasphemy, they say that Jesus Christ is unnecessary to them, that Jesus Christ' work on the cross is of no importance to them, for they, they say, have been given eternal life in the age that was.  "Jesus died for THEM, not US," they say.  Satan has beguiled them and opened a door into the abyss.  it gets worse.

       They go even further than this the greatest of blasphemies, and even trump that if it were possible, they say that they are to become the Sons of God now in this age, they will (and are) becoming the Manchild (they even use this epitaph of Jesus Christ (Rev 12:5) as their own!), and that they are to elevate to a higher spiritual plane, becoming a higher spiritual being than the rest of Christianity.  They will become gods, they will be as God.  blasphemy!  Any way that you slice it!

        I have a word for them, they are committing the unforgivable sin.  Those who are fully indoctrinated in this teaching have had their consciences seared over, you can't reach them, they are habituated by another spirit not the Holy Spirit; perhaps they were never God's Elect in the first place -- God knows.  But many newer students of theirs can still come out before they finally give themselves over to the dark side.  They need be warned.  If you know of one of them or one of their hapless newer students, and they are many now, for the blasphemy is spreading rapidly, pass the Web address of this Bible study (and the other) to them ( Anatomy of a False Doctrine, and Once saved, always saved-are you so sure?).  They ought at least hear that they are sinning in the most blasphemous form.  What becomes of them is in the Father's hand, I judge no man.  In fact I have known some of them, and I am grieved; but to talk to them today they are not the same people, there is definitely a different spirit about them that you can feel, though they perceive it not.  I would pray for them is it weren't for Ist John 5:16 below, but may God have mercy on them anyway, according to His will.

       The unforgivable sin:

Matt 12:30-32
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man
[Jesus Christ BEFORE HE ascended], it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost [which was sent by Jesus Christ AFTER He ascended], it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (KJV)

Mark 3:22-30
22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He
[Jesus] hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit. (KJV)

Heb 6:4-6
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.  (KJV)

I Jn 5:16-17
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. (KJV)

       A word of warning to those who say that Christ's sacrifice on the cross is of no value to them and those that presume to host the Holy Spirit as their own Spirit!  Yes the Holy Spirit of God is within every Christian, it is that which guides us; but these people presume to become as the Holy Spirit, rising out of their own spirit into Godhood.  But what should be gleaned by most (who would never dare to blaspheme God's Salvation or His Spirit) from this is the fact that there is an unforgivable sin that can be committed by someone who was once "saved."  Will committing this sin end a Christian up in hell?  God knows.

      So, anyway, once saved always saved?  What do you think?  I cannot or will not answer that for you.  But we both know someone who can and will: Our Heavenly Father.  Study God's Word for yourself, you don't have to become some kind of religious fanatic, that's not of God, but do find a little time each day for your Heavenly Father, even if it is only five or ten minutes.  You will find out that when you seek Him and show Him that you care about Him, He improves your life immediately.  I don't know exactly why, but it just seems to work out that way. Maybe it is His way of telling you that you are on the right track and He is becoming well pleased with you.  God created and owns everything, nothing is impossible for Him to accomplish in your life.  God can change the hearts and minds of those who have authority over you in your daily lives.  Our Heavenly Father is able, but you must believe, otherwise you are wasting your time.

       And do check out what someone tells you is in God's Word.  For there are many false teachers sent to our generation.  Thee are also good intentioned men that mislead because they themselves don't know the truth.  Check them all out (including this Author) for yourself in your Bible which is your personal operating instructions from your Creator directly to you.  And in Him you can surely trust!

       And if I have offended any religion or denomination, then understand that I did it because it is the truth, and because I care.  When one is speaking about satan's plan to deceive the world, all must be included; Christians, Muslims, Jews, Pagans, Heathen, Satanists. . . For satan will leave no-one out in his spiritual attack.  And on judgment day, God will leave no-one out either.  Everybody deserves their own personal time with Almighty God for their judgment, and all souls will have it; Christians, Muslims, Jews, Pagans, Heathen, Satanists. . . That is a promise from Almighty God to each and every one of us, for we are all His beloved children whom He created, regardless of religions and denominations or the void thereof.

       This study may appear to have raised more questions in your mind than it answered, but in reality it did answer the question about salvation.  You must study God's Word, were-by you can be assured that you will not be deceived by the wicked one and his ambassadors.  God loves us all and it sorrows him that satan will deceive so many of His beloved children.  God is in control but He does allow satan the power to deceive, only to fulfill the negative part of God's plan.  God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that we who believe upon Him may be saved and inherit everlasting life.  We are saved by Grace, which simply means unmerited (unearned) favor.

       Once saved, our spiritual well-being hinges on the repentance and forgiveness of sin that Christ bought and paid for with His blood that day on the cross.  And if you have slipped into following the traditions of man that are taught on this earth today that lead us away from the True Christ and toward the false; then you ask God to forgive you in the precious name of Jesus Christ, thus documenting that you are a believer.

       Along with repentance and forgiveness ask your Heavenly Father for wisdom and guidance to discern the true Word of God from the lies of satan.  God wrote you a personal letter, it is called the Bible, and all your answers are contained within it.  It is through that book that you can check out what any teacher/preacher tells you.  If what they tell you does not align with what you read in God's Word, then it is not God's Word that they preach.

      God bless you and your study of His Word.

 

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Further Explanations
(The Unforgivable Sin)
 

       A follow-up question from a reader of the site (i.e., a member of Watchmen Bible Study Group), which reply may help clear up some vague points and to further more deeply address some of the statements in the above Bible study. 

       Chiefly addressed in the follow-up study is The Unforgivable Sin.  Click on The Unforgivable Sin to go to that follow-up study.

EXCERPT:

Rick writes: 

"Nick, I have just finished reading this study [Once Saved Always Saved...?] , and I was somewhat surprised by a few things. 

First of all, like you stated previously about the unforgivable sin, I have heard it taught as [A fine Christian Pastor in Arkansas] does.

This new idea of it being different has caused me to stop and consider your study.  I was wondering if you have done a separate study on this subject, and can offer additional scriptures that can be referenced?

....(Continued at The Unforgivable Sin).

 

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