Atheist Demands: Prove your God Exists!

Pondering…

Why is there “something” as opposed to “nothing?” If not God then Who, What, Where, When, Why and How? Where did the matter that forms our Universe find its origin?

Has mankind been placed within this Time-Space continuum and abandoned without an explanation relevant to causation, purpose, destiny?

Is it logical, rational to believe that the complexity of all that exists in Time is simply a mystery and unknowable – nothing more than a culmination of Time+Chance? If so, where did Time receive its definition and linear progression and when did Time become time…was there “something” before Time?

Is the epitome of our existence summed-up in three-score-and-ten and nothing more than the pursuit of pleasing our flesh in futility only to experience death in utter futility…is this the reasoning and purpose of this life constrained so stringently by Time?

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Premise

1) The Creator of LIFE – the Universe has identified Himself in Holy Scripture as Jesus Christ-Yeshua.

2) Preliminary evidence for the existence of our Creator is readily available in “what has been made” – created; therefore, mankind is “without excuse” if one chooses to reject this evidence; supplemental evidence relevant to our Creator is clearly articulated within Holy Scripture.

3) The preliminary evidence for the existence of our Creator is more than adequate for mankind to initiate a diligent inquiry of the LORD by faith and it is only through fervently and faithfully seeking the Truth of God through study of His Word and through Prayer that overwhelming and irrefutable evidence is provided by the Holy Spirit of God; this, subsequent to acknowledging Jesus Christ as LORD-God and honestly believing that Jesus Christ died for the sins of mankind and was resurrected for the justification of mankind by grace (unmerited favor) through faith (believing that God is and that He will do exactly as He has promised).

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Introduction

Engaging in Theological debate with Atheists is an eye-opening experience and a gut-wrenching endeavor knowing that vast numbers of American youth, as well as men and women around the World, will ultimately die in their sin and die a second death in Hell for having rejected the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ – Yeshua.

Jesus said…

Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. John 8:24 (NASB)

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. John 3:36 (NASB)

The Debate

The chronology of a Christian – Atheistic debate generally follows the following protocol:

  1. Why do you believe the Bible is true?
  2. Once this is explained, the Atheist moves on to a list of various Scriptures that they believe brings reproach upon the God of the Bible – generally quoting from the Levitical Law relevant to slavery, rape, homosexuality or quotes from the Historical Books impugning the truth of the Exodus, the “atrocities” of the Hebrew-Pagan wars or the Genesis account of Creation, order of Creation and their perceived “hilarity” of the Noahic Flood.
  3. Once these “contradictions” and accusations are successfully rebutted, the Atheist then attacks the veracity and truth of Scripture by insisting that certain Books of the Bible are forgeries – especially the Pauline Epistles (dealing with homosexuality), that the Bible is replete with “contradictions” while the “oldest Bible,” the Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, are riddled with errors and are the work of unscrupulous scribes.
  4. Once these arguments are rebutted I generally end with the explanation that the same Creator-God who ignited the Sun, hung the Moon, created and sustains Life, this same Creator is infinitely capable of providing His creation with the exact words He desires they have. This inevitably motivates the now angry and resentful Atheist to decry my rebuttal with personal attacks relevant to my sanity, my naivete, my lack of knowledge relevant to science-evolution, my obvious lack of education and a failure to read other books than the fairy-tale Bible…on and on it goes…far too often intermingled with vulgarity, obscenity, even MEME’s of semen laden nuns and Bible, MEME’s mocking Jesus Christ…photo’s and words I will not attach here…but…it is generally about this time in the debate that the Atheist makes their final stand…the encore of their foolishness, rebuttal and rebellion with the iconic demand i.e. PROVE IT!!!  “PROVE the Bible is true, PROVE your God exists!!!”  “You can’t use the Bible as proof…your arguments are ‘circular’ – that’s a ‘strawman fallacy’ – YOU’RE WRONG…YOU’RE A LIAR”…on and on and on goes the rhetorical atheistic rebuttal.

It has been said “The Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be proclaimed, not debated.” Though I agree wholeheartedly with this proclamation, I also believe that in these last days God’s Truth should be shouted-out into the darkness even if the pearls of LIFE are trampled underfoot by those wandering the road to perdition…perhaps one will take heed and a seed will fall upon fertile ground.

Jesus said…

Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.  Matthew 7:6 (NASB)

A Line in the Sand

Debate after debate after debate…the Atheist ultimately demands PROOF that our Creator exists and insists that the Creator, this so called “Jesus,” can NEVER be proven with “EVIDENCE” – “EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE” that aligns with the Scientific Model; after all, “science” is the new god of the “enlightened Progressive,” Atheist-Humanist-Secularist-Satanist-Moral Relativist-Darwinist and nothing can be true unless it conforms to the will of the “science god.”

Herein lies the line-in-the-sand between Heaven and Hell, Life and Death, Eternity and Time, Spiritual and Carnal, Understanding and Deception, Truth and Lies.  What has our Lord told us about His reality, His dominion, Power and Strength and why does the proclamation of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ invoke such animus from the Atheist and their godless Ilk? What differentiates those who “believe” that Jesus is Lord from those who reject Jesus Christ and fight against His realty with such fervency and hatred? Is there a “secret” to knowing God and His will for our life?

Spiritual v. Carnal (The Scientific Method-Empiricism)

The first obstacle to providing “proof” of our Creator’s existence to the Atheist is the conundrum existing between the Carnal World of Time and the Spiritual World of Eternity. Debate after debate, the angry Atheist demands empirical evidence substantiating our Creator’s existence, empirical evidence that Jesus Christ is God Almighty. Though nature itself testifies of our Creator and His power and dominion, that which is seen in the Cosmos and in life is insufficient evidence for the Atheist and they demand evidence that can be tested via their god, the Scientific Method.

Jesus said,

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? “Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. “If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?”  John 3:6-12 (NASB)

The Scientific Model is wholly constrained by the limitations of Time and man’s limited cognitive ability.  Evidence of our Creator, other than that which is seen in Nature and articulated within the Holy Scriptures, is Spiritual and does not conform to the limitations of the Scientific Model-empiricism for the finite/carnal will never define the Infinite God who is Spirit.

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Jesus said,

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  John 4:24 (NASB)

This is the very reason mankind’s greatest minds, our most prominent astrophysicists will never explain or define origin because the constituent elements forming our Universe emanate from the “unseen” Spiritual World and mankind, limited cognitively by Time and sin (The Fall), cannot apprehend that which is infinite i.e. having no genesis and no finality.

Consider the following…

produced for NASA by the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics…

“The ultimate mystery is inspiring new ideas and new experiments.

No one knows how the first space, time, and matter arose. And scientists are grappling with even deeper questions. If there was nothing to begin with, then where did the laws of nature come from? How did the universe “know” how to proceed? And why do the laws of nature produce a universe that is so hospitable to life? As difficult as these questions are, scientists are attempting to address them with bold new ideas – and new experiments to test those ideas.”

https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/seuforum/bb_whycare.htm

Now, consider the testimony of the Holy Spirit regarding Jesus Christ-Yeshua who is God-Creator-Savior-LORD…The Living Word of God…

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Jesus - In the beginning was the Word John 1

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The Atheist and “Proof”

Though the following statement will initially sound defeatist in nature,  understand that I do not believe it is possible to provide irrefutable “proof” of our Lord’s existence to the Atheist. Even the most knowledgeable and astute Christian apologist will struggle in futility when attempting to convince an Atheist of God’s existence. Why? The Apostle Paul, narrating under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, initiates reasoning for my argument in his profound letter to the Church at Rome…

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.  Romans 1:18-23 (NASB)

Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tell us that mankind intuitively knows that our Creator exists and evidence for this is provided by nature i.e. “by what has as been made.” Paul also tells us that the “evidence” for our Creator’s existence is so profound and irrefutable that anyone who rejects said evidence will be “without excuse” at their Eternal Judgment before Jesus Christ – The Great White Throne Judgment.

It is also very interesting to note that Paul does not end there but continues with an explanation relevant to the resultant of ignoring the irrefutable evidence of our Creator’s existence and dominion…

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  Romans 1:24-27 (NASB)

As Paul explains, there is an undeniable resultant for rejecting the evidence of our Creator’s existence and dominion e.g. a pursuit of aberrant, self-destructive behavior that wars against one’s own body; a compromise with the debased-nature of mankind and an obsession with the gratification of the flesh-sensuality i.e. aberrant lust.

Paul continues in the chronology of a falling away from, a rejection of the Truth of our Creator’s existence…

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.  Romans 1:28-32 (NASB)

Paul explains that as the unbeliever, the Atheist, continues in their rejection of Truth, our Lord ultimately permits them to internalize a debased or “depraved mind” manifesting in self-destructive and socially destructive behaviors while endeavoring to find justification and rationalization for their antisocial conduct within the group dynamic.

So what is the relevance of these most profound words shared in Paul’s Epistle to the Church at Rome? We see that the Atheist’s rejection of evidence relevant to our Creator’s existence initiates a progressive falling-away from Truth and Knowledge of God’s will, God’s plan, God’s redemption. This explains why so few older, elderly individuals seek the will of God and never find salvation in Jesus Christ; obviously, the continued rejection of Messiah ultimately culminates in a hardened heart, a soul that no longer hears the call of the Holy Spirit, a “depraved mind” that seeks the deception of this World and its god, Satan.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NASB)

Why is the Atheist encumbered with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear?

With these Scriptures in mind, we begin the journey to explain why the hearing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is most often insufficient to convince the Atheist of their need for forgiveness of sin or even the truth that sin exists. I am amazed to hear the Atheistic rebuttal exclaiming that they don’t believe in Satan, Sin or Jesus Christ; therefore, they are not sinners. The KEY to understanding why “evidence” alone will never be sufficient for the Atheist to come to a knowledge of the Truth is articulated in the following Scriptures…keep in mind the previous chronology of falling-away and the “depraved mind” that manifests subsequent to the rejection of Nature as evidence of God’s existence…

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NASB) Note: [Satan] added by me for clarification. 

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.  But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.  1 Corinthians 2:12-16

In these Scriptures we see that as a result of the “depraved mind,” the Gospel is actually “veiled” and that the “natural man” (those who actively reject or simply don’t know of Jesus Christ) are unable to “accept the things of the Spirit” – Why? Because “they are spiritually appraised.”  In other words, to understand God’s will, His plans, purposes, destiny, one must posses the indwelling Holy Spirit which is the Gift of God to all who place their faith, their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and seek to live a life in obedience to His Word and His will.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.  In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.  Ephesians 1:7-14 (NASB)

Jesus said…

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:13 (NASB)

Subsequent to reading the Scriptures presented thus far, one might rightly ask the question…“How can anyone actually be saved seeing that the Holy Spirit is necessary in order for knowledge and wisdom concerning our Lord to manifest?”  In asking this question we discover the answer relevant to why the Atheist will never be convinced of our Creator’s existence regardless of the amount or veracity of evidence or Scripture presented in an argument. Consider the following words of Jesus Christ…

And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:27-31 (NASB)

A very powerful statement from Jesus Christ relevant to the power and persuasion of sin having manifest in a debased, “depraved mind” that will not believe…‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”

So then, how does the Atheist find life, spiritual truth and salvation when their mind is entrapped by their sin, their lust, their deception and their father, Satan?

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” John 8:42-47 (NASB)

Jesus teaches us that the unbeliever does not hear or comprehend the Word of God because they, the Atheist, “are not of God.

Therefore, it is Scriptural-Doctrinal truth that the Atheist will not be persuaded by our words of Truth but ONLY by humbling themselves and seeking that Truth in faith. Our God, Jesus Christ, is a Gentleman in His attributes and He will never force Himself upon anyone in an attempt to coerce them to believe. Yes, the Lord via the Holy Spirit does call, does woo, but never coerces anyone’s love or affection. Why? From before Time and Creation, our Lord has desired “RELATIONSHIP” with His created beings; therefore, our Creator infused volition (the ability to chose) in every man, woman and child…this volition is necessary in order that relationship manifest in truth and honesty; otherwise, relationship becomes robotic-forced-coerced and thus not authentic or genuine.

Relationship = Knowledge-Assurance-Faith

As we observed in Romans 1, our Lord has provided sufficient evidence for mankind to take the initiative and diligently seek our Creator through study of His Word and through prayer. Before anyone can begin to discover the Truths of God, His will and His plan, they must first step-out in faith and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is God to the glory of the Heavenly Father…one must believe that Jesus is God and that He died to provide a pardon for the sins of mankind.

Why is this profession of faith in Jesus Christ necessary in order to initiate the acquisition of spiritual knowledge?

Our Creator is a Warrior God and He does NOT reveal the secrets of the Kingdom to His Enemies, but when one diligently seeks Him and desires to know Him and expresses this desire through loyalty and fervency in seeking Spiritual Truth and Wisdom…our Lord is faithful to reciprocate and provide this knowledge as we humble ourselves and are obedient to His will. This process is incremental and manifests over time; therefore, as we continue to seek knowledge, more knowledge is revealed…much like peeling away the layers of an onion…it is through faithfulness, obedience, prayer and diligence that we mature, that we grow in the knowledge of our Lord and accompanying this knowledge there is increasing assurance, faith, joy and contentment – this ever deepening and most coveted relationship is ONLY possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit of Truth.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NASB)

Jesus said…

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NASB)

Conclusion

So then, when the Atheist demands “evidence” of our Lord’s existence and dominion over their lives, always be faithful to tell them of God’s plan and purposes in Jesus Christ but know that until the Atheist is willing to humble themself and “first” accept the evidence presented by nature that our Creator does exist and possesses dominion…until the Atheist is willing to diligently seek the Lord with an open and honest heart, our Creator will remain an enigma, a mystery and as a result of their obsessive-compulsive infatuation with lust and sensuality, the Atheist will often times rebut your proselytizing efforts with obscenity, vulgarity, hatred and accusations of bigotry, sexism and homophobia.

Jesus said…

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Matthew 5:11-13 (NASB)

 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. John 15:18-19 (NASB)

Finally…

It is Truth that you and I have been chosen by our Creator, Jesus Christ-Yeshua, to participate in an almost unfathomable cosmic struggle between Good v. Evil…a struggle that manifest in Eternity before the creation of Time, before the creation  of the Universe, before the creation of mankind. You and I have been placed here and constrained by Time for ONE specific purpose, TO PREPARE FOR ETERNITY!

Our Creator is presently using the deception and evil intent of His Enemy, Lucifer-Satan, to separate the Wheat from Chaff, the Sheep from Goats, the Faithful from the Unfaithful-Atheist. Our LORD is presently seeking those men and women who will be faithful to serve Him now and in Eternity.  This life in Time is essentially a spiritual “boot camp” where our Creator is preparing and shaping those who are destined for Eternity, those who are willing to serve the Living God in His coming Kingdom.

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The Atheist that rejects Jesus Christ-Yeshua as LORD-God will not see life in God’s Kingdom but will die a death of finality in the Lake of Fire/Hell subsequent to having been adjudicated “guilty” for unforgiven sin resulting from their rejection of God’s Gift of Salvation offered freely by Messiah.  Remember this, Hell was created specifically for Lucifer-Satan, his minions, the False Prophet-the Beast, but mankind enters the Portal of Hell by first climbing directly over the Cross of Jesus Christ…mankind “chooses” death in Hell by rejecting the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who shed His innocent blood for the forgiveness of sin.

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A Plea in Love

I strongly urge every Atheist to set-aside (for one-hour or so) everything they may have heard from men with an agenda about the Holy Bible or our Creator and sit quietly in a room alone and carefully-diligently-fervently read through the Gospel of John in the New Testament. Set-aside all doubts, fears, hostility and humble yourself by asking our Creator to enlighten your mind through the Holy Spirit so that you might see the Truth of God, His plan and purposes for you as you read this Gospel that emphasizes the Deity of Jesus Christ-Yeshua.

The Exclusivity of Prayer

It is important to explain to the Atheist that as a result of their rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior they are an enemy of the Living God and while living in disobedience to the will of God for their life their prayers are hindered, their prayers are impotent and will remain so unless they are first offering a petition of repentance and salvation – in other words – our Lord does NOT hear the prayers of the wicked, the unrepentant, unless said prayer is one seeking forgiveness of sin and acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as Lord.

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God Bless and MARANATHA!

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

Also see…

In the Beginning God…Why?: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

Who is Allah? https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/06/17/who-is-allah/

Progressivism – Satan’s Party of Death: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/26/progressivism-satans-party-of-death/

President Trump – A Warning-A Prophecy-A Plea: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/08/president-trump-a-warning-a-prophecy-a-plea/

Atheism – The Crippled Mind: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/13/atheism-the-crippled-mind/

Atheist Ask the Most Difficult Question (Gospel of Jesus Christ – explained): https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/15/atheist-asks-the-most-difficult-question/

Reading the Bible – Overwhelming? Not Really: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/02/12/reading-the-bible-overwhelming-not-really/

 

 

 

 

 

Progressive Socialism – Party of Deception & Death

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“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future” – Adolf Hitler

Progressivism – It’s all about POWER – Elitism

Progressive-Socialist Elites in America, beginning with John Dewey in the early 1900’s, successfully strategized a formula of ideological implementation in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s by the infusion of Darwinian Evolutionary Theory into America’s classrooms in 1963 subsequent to the removal of Jesus Christ via Engel v. Vitale (1962). Darwin’s Evolution idea was the perfect conveyance of palatable deception to infuse Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Moral Relativism into mainstream American thought.

“The pathetic thing about it is that many scientists are trying to prove the doctrine of evolution, which no science can do.” – Dr. Robert A. Milikan, physicist and Nobel Prize winner

Progressive’s knew that as long as an overwhelming number of American citizens were obedient and faithful to Biblical values and the moral, ethical, leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ, Progressivism had no portal for changing the conservative, patriotic, moral, hearts of America’s faithful; therefore, historical revisionism, Moral Relativism, Atheism, are necessary to infuse the genesis of Socialism and elitist control over the masses.

“Often has a cold shudder run through me, and I have asked myself whether I may not have devoted myself to a fantasy.” – Charles Darwin, Life and Letters.”

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Darwinian Evolutionary Theory will be seen by historians in the future, if my Lord tarries, as the most profound, destructive, “ruse” to have been cast upon mankind subsequent to “The Lie” of Lucifer in the Genesis of Creation. Darwinian Evolutionary Theory is a baseless ideology of demonic filth with one primary objective i.e. negate, nullify, destroy the truth of the Biblical Genesis account of Creation thereby nullifying the authority of our Creator, Jesus Christ, thereby nullifying the authority of Scripture, thereby nullifying the truth of God’s dominion, thereby nullifying mankind’s need for redemption from sin and any concerns for the consequences of aberrant, rebellious, sinful behavior. Darwin’s deception will be seen as the impetus for the American Holocaust – pervasive child mutilation via Roe v. Wade (1973) and the affirming of unencumbered aberrant sexual perversion via Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) – an undeniable attack on the Biblical Family Unit (the foundation for societal sustainability) – An unconscionable cheapening of the value of human life and dignity promulgating America’s current culture of death.

“All of us who study the origin of life find that the more we look into it, the more we feel it is too complex to have evolved anywhere. We all believe as an article of faith that life evolved from dead matter on this planet. It is just that life’s complexity is so great, it is hard for us to imagine that it did.” – Dr. Harold Urey, Nobel Prize winner

democrat - change the label all you want we know you areLong story short…Progressivism in 21st-Century America has successfully brainwashed two-successive generations of American youth (with only a relatively few exceptions) and turned them into radical Atheists, Humanists, Secularists, Socialists, who are now poised to take the helm of leadership in American society and American government. Never, in the history of America, has there been such a large segment of the populous that radically adheres to the demonic tenets of Satanism-Atheism-Secularism-Humanism-Moral Relativism. America’s public education system no longer teaches children HOW to think but WHAT to think.

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“The theories of evolution, with which our studious youth have been deceived, constitute actually a dogma that all the world continues to teach; but each in his specialty, the zoologist or the botanist, ascertains that none of the explanations furnished is adequate…It results from this summary, that the theory of evolution is impossible.” – Paul Lemoine, Director of the Paris Natural History Museum, Professor of The Geological Society of France, and editor of the Encyclopedie Francaise

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In 21st-Century America, the entire Progressive Agenda surrounds this most important deception: demanding the “right” to mutilate the pre-born child in the name of freedom/choice/convenience and the “right” to engage in every form of aberrant-unconscionable sexual perversion and force, coerce, the faithful in America to advocate and support and glamorize this demonic Morally Relativistic deathstyle. All other political mantra chanted by the Progressive-Socialist is fodder for the facade of their true agenda – their perceived “right” to live a life free from the moral constraints of the Living God and to pursue gratification of the flesh – Narcissism – Hedonism – at all costs and to force those who object to this unconscionable immorality into silence, subservience through legislation and public condemnation.

The previous three-to-five decades have witnessed a sociological shift in the United States, a shift from a Biblical Worldview/Framework to a Naturalistic-Sociological Worldview/Framework. These two Worldviews/Ideologies are diametrically opposed and integration of the purpose, intent of these two philosophies is not possible; therefore, one will dominate while one will be subservient. America’s Constitutional Republic can only be sustained by means of  majority adherence to the Biblical Framework while the Sociological Framework is rapidly becoming a radically predominant ideology in the United States as a result of evolutionary theory, atheism, moral relativism, historical revisionism.

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“For myself, as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom.” – Aldous Huxley, atheist, writer, novelist, philosopher

democrat - lady holding sing f--- the police be gay do crime

Socialism - explanation how socialism has been infused in public schools by KGB propagandist

democrat - american studen promoting socialism

Essentially, the Progressive-Socialist has conquered America by aligning with the debased-nature of mankind and seductively infusing acceptance of this deathstyle through all forms of media, America’s educational system, historical revisionism, Biblical revisionism, the Cloward–Piven strategy and ultimately legislation via legal precedent – a bastardization of the Founders intent relevant to the United States Judiciary.

democrat - sexual perversity in the streets in front of children

“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8 (NASB) Holy Bible

democrat - mural cutting Trumps throat

democrat - child holding sign saying build a wall and my generation will tear it down

 

socialism - Thomas Sowell the strongest argument for socialism is that it sounds good but it doesn't work

jesus - in the last days perilous times shall come for men

Solution?

America will continue to falter and fall prey to the death of Socialism – Moral Relativism – the infusion of Radical Islam unless President Trump takes the affirmative steps to initiate a full-repeal of Roe v. Wade (1973). “Let the States Decide” if they desire the blood of innocence defiling their land. President Trump must extricate the United States Federal Government out of the “business” of child sacrifice, child mutilation. The Faithful in America must turn back to the LORD and fervently pray for revival and restoration.

abortion - every child deserves the right to life

abortion - legalized killing

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America was founded on the tenets of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it is Jesus Christ who has sustained America for 242-years. President Trump is America’s Sabbath given by our LORD Jesus Christ that our Nation might turn away from its infanticide and its compromise with unencumbered sexual perversion. Our LORD Jesus Christ will not bless America with goodness, righteousness, sustainability as long as the United States Federal Government espouses the shedding of innocent blood, the mutilation of God’s children on the altar of convenience via Roe.

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Roe v. Wade (1973) (video) is wholly unconstitutional and violates the tortured and mutilated child’s 5th and 14th Amendment “due process” protections; Roe v. Wade (1973) is demonically inspired child sacrifice and our LORD “hates the hands that shed innocent blood.” (Proverbs 6:17)

Socialists and Socialism must be methodically weeded out of America’s public education system and methodically extricated from our Federal, State and Local Government either by voluntary consent of the Socialists themselves, a Convention of States via Article V, by force through prohibitive legislation or Civil War. America’s Constitutional Republic cannot be sustained while simultaneously infused with the metastasizing cancers of Socialism, moral relativism, nihilism, atheism.

The “theory” of Evolution is nothing more than a pagan religion (video); therefore, allow the local community and school board to decide if they want Evolution, Biblical Creationism or neither taught in their public schools. Remove the lies of Evolution from of our children’s textbooks and simply teach science, math, reading, history void the subject of origin and permit mom’s and dad’s and Churches to serve as the spiritual educators in a child’s life. With that said, there is no arguing the point that instruction in Evolution in our public schools begets atheism, socialism, communism, moral relativism, humanism…a very important consideration when deciding what is most advantageous for our children’s future and the future of America.

jesus - deuteronomy 28 cursing
A list of God’s judgments against a Nation, specifically Israel and the United States, when the citizens of these God ordained Nations turn away from God’s edicts concerning righteousness and pursue foreign gods and carnality to ingratiate the flesh and reject the dominion of the Holy Spirit as our Teacher and Guide and reject Jesus Christ as our LORD and Sustainer.

“…and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB)

democrat - difference between socialism and communism by ayn rand

 Conclusion

Though President Trump is giving up his health, his reputation, his pursuit of wealth and comfort to Make America Great Again, understand that in the political hallways of deception there awaits numerous Progressive-Millennial’s fully prepared to implement the demonic Progressive Agenda into American Government. America’s Constitutional Republic cannot be sustained when the Progressive Ideology of Moral Relativism is the primary constraint on human behavior. Without an abiding faith and allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ having been internalized by an overwhelming number of American Citizens, there are simply insufficient numbers of police officers, prosecutors, judges and penal institutions to maintain order in a society governed under the auspices of a Constitutional Republic; therefore, Socialistic-Progressivism necessitates the infusion of an omnipotent-omniscient Federal Government inundated with Socialist-Elites espousing their demonic view of morality; therefore, it will be necessary to control the subservient masses via a classless-powerless-defenseless society where the voices of the faithful, the patriotic, will be stamped-out and ultimately silenced.

In response to Woodrow Wilson’s destructive ideology of Progressivism, President Calvin Coolidge, July 5, 1926, stated…

A spring will cease to flow if its source be dried up; a tree will wither if its roots be destroyed. In its main features the Declaration of Independence is a great spiritual document. It is a declaration not of material but of spiritual conceptions. Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man – these are not elements which we can see and touch. They are ideals. They have their source and their roots in the religious convictions. They belong to the unseen world. Unless the faith of the American people in these religious convictions is to endure, the principles of our Declaration will perish. We cannot continue to enjoy the result if we neglect and abandon the cause.

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The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.

– John Adams

Citation: http://rrsupplement.blogspot.com/2011/11/john-quincy-adams-to-autograph.html

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

– John Adams

Citation: https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-3102

God “Blessed” America and we surrendered Her to our enemy, the perverse and deadly cult of the Progressive-Socialist-Elite,

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

 

democrat - great civilizations are not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within

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America will NEVER begin the process of healing and restoration until the United States Congress extricates the United States Federal Government out of the “business” of Infanticide by fully repealing the unconstitutional SCOTUS decision of Roe v. Wade (1973) – an unconscionable violation of the 5th and 14th Amendment “due process” protections. America is defiled with the blood of innocence that cries to our Heavenly Father for justice.  If this Congressional Repeal is successful, it will require, at a minimum, two-generations of American’s having matured in a society that respects life and honors the Lord Jesus Christ before America could begin to heal and enjoy even a modicum of restoration. America is dying from its compromise with Infanticide and Immorality but so few will listen and even fewer desire to do what must be done in order to survive. See my warning to President Trump at: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/08/president-trump-a-warning-a-prophecy-a-plea/

democrat - death totals in communism-socialism-islam

Also see:

Why Atheism is Killing America: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2019/02/21/why-atheism-is-killing-america/

Atheist: Prove Your God Exists!: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/03/16/atheist-prove-your-god-exists/

Evolution – a Religion from Hell: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/09/12/evolution-a-religion-from-hell/

Atheism: The Crippled Mind: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/13/atheism-the-crippled-mind/

Atheist Asks the Most Difficult Question https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/15/atheist-asks-the-most-difficult-question/

President Trump: A Warning-A Prophecy-A Plea: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/08/president-trump-a-warning-a-prophecy-a-plea/

Faith – Repentance & Faux-Christianity https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/05/faith-repentance-faux-christianity/

In the Beginning God – Why? https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

Eschatology, Prophecy & Israel’s Capital – Jerusalem https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/12/06/eschatology-prophecy-israels-capital-jerusalem/

 

Codex Sinaiticus – some notes

A collection of facts with references relevant to the Codex Sinaiticus…

Two of the oldest complete (or nearly complete) manuscripts are the Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus. They are both written on parchment, and have a large number of corrections written over the original text.

Codex Sinaiticus, also known as “Aleph” (the Hebrew letter א), was found by Count Tischendorf in 1859 at the Monastery of St Catherine on Mount Sinai. Portions of the manuscript were found in the monastery dump, and a larger portion was presented to Tischendorf by one of the monks. It is a large codex, with 400 pages (or leaves) comprising about half of the Old Testament in the Septuagint version and the full New Testament. It has been dated to the second half of the 4th century and has been highly valued by Bible scholars in their efforts to reconstruct the original biblical text. Sinaiticus has heavily influenced the translation work of modern Bible versions. Though it is considered by some scholars to represent an original form of the text, it is also recognized as the most heavily corrected early New Testament manuscript.

There is much to be learned from examining these and other ancient texts, and they should continue to be highly valued by scholars. While there may be differences in opinion as to how they are to be used, one thing is certain—even with their textual variations, they show us that God has preserved His Word through the ages. We may debate the particular wording in a few passages, but the fact remains that over 90 percent of the New Testament text is unanimously supported by all the ancient manuscripts. In those passages where the proper reading is disputed, there is no major doctrinal change, and we can rest assured that we have the accurate, revealed words of God passed down to us.

See: https://www.gotquestions.org/Codex-Sinaiticus-Vaticanus.html


  • The CNN article notes that many of the changes are as minor as “the alteration of a single letter,” while the BBC News article states that “many of the other alterations and differences are minor.” Indeed, we examined several discrepancies; the omitted verses are, almost across the board, not central to the biblical accounts. For example, consider two of the verses missing: Matthew 23:14 and Luke 17:36. Removing those verses does not change the Bible from saying that Jesus is Lord to saying that He isn’t, or from saying that Jesus rose again to saying that He didn’t. If a person were to try to strike all verses from the Bible that recorded miracles or Jesus’s claims to be God, the result would be a very different (and far longer) list of missing verses.
  • Many modern Bible translations either exclude or bracket the verses in question, anyway. For instance, the New American Standard Bible and the Holman Christian Standard Bible put such verses in brackets and note that some manuscripts omit the bracketed text. The New King James Version does not bracket such verses but does footnote that some manuscripts omit the passages. The New International Version excludes the verses entirely. So it’s not as if the missing verses are presented by modern English translations as original when they really might not be; most modern versions acknowledge that there is some uncertainty over whether or not the verses were part of the original, inspired manuscripts. And, again, since these verses are not central to Christianity, it’s less of an issue than some suggest.
  • The Bible didn’t drop out of the sky in completed form; we recognize the role of inspired and godly individuals in recording, collecting, and preserving God’s Word. From the time of the Apostles’ ministry to the closing of the canon, fragments of both genuine and fake gospels circulated (though the latter only later). Human copyists and translators through the centuries could introduce an error—accidentally or intentionally—just as easily as any of us could today (and the Codex Sinaiticus has missing Old Testament fragments as well). The existence of minimally divergent manuscripts shows the role of human error but, conversely, elevates the important role of the early church in weighing the evidence and clarifying which books were canonical and which were erroneous (again, by accident or by intent). Likewise, the inclusion of Apocryphal books may have been done for historical purposes, even though the early church consistently rejected these books as canonical.
  • As always, presuppositions come into play. If two versions of a book are slightly different, does that mean one has added material or that the other has deleted material? Furthermore, there is no concrete way to determine (1) which extant manuscript was first (the Codex Sinaiticus or the Codex Vaticanus), (2) the content of manuscripts that no longer exist, or (3) whether just because a manuscript is the oldest means it is the most accurate copy.
  • Ignored by news reports is how similar the codex is to the today’s Bible. The media points out the few, mostly minor, discrepancies but ignores the fact that the essential message of the New Testament remains unchanged.

Ultimately, believers and unbelievers alike are faced with a key question, “Who would die for a lie?” And if all the supernatural doctrines of Christianity were introduced after the fact (as some skeptics believe), why do the earliest manuscripts not omit all references to Christ’s deity, the miracles, the Resurrection, etc.? The Codex Sinaiticus is an interesting insight into early church history, and while it reminds us of the important role copyists and others played in preserving God’s Word, its age and similarity to today’s translation confirm, rather than dispute, the Bible’s accuracy.

See: https://answersingenesis.org/archaeology/content-of-a-codex/


FYI – “Oldest Bible” DOES include resurrection

I was recently asked “How are Christians dealing with the resurrection not appearing in the Bible recently published online as the worlds oldest bible?”
I thought you might be interested in my answer:

I take it you are talking about the “codex sinaiticus” The resurrection does appear in all four gospels… However there is a part of mark that is “missing” this really isn’t news. Most modern bibles note that some manuscripts don’t include the end. The codex itself is something scholars have had access to for some time, although it was split up. It’s not actually that old compared to many of the other manuscripts (4th century vs 1st Century). The media has reported poorly on this. I am excited to have it online though. It is a VERY important manuscript.

However it is not oldest manuscript

Also it does not leave out the resurrection anywhere but does “omit” appearances of Jesus to many people FOLLOWING the resurrection at the end of MARK (one of four gospels)

The way Christians deal with that is pretty simple.
1) We either believe that particular section is not “inspired”
2) We believe it was an Oral tradition similar to the “women caught in adultery” passage that was added by a scribe, but validated in the process of Canonization (my personal take)
3) We don’t care… or some other perspective

See: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/billykangas/2009/09/fyi-oldest-bible-does-include-resurrection.html

Atheism-Satanism – Birds of a Feather

The Atheist revels in foolishness and darkness for they are the children of Satan and seek the “second death” as a result of rebellion, deception, naiveté. Compounding this tragedy is the fact that the Atheist is not content with seeking the fires of Hell alone, they clamor to entice millions to join them.  In America and around the World, they are exceedingly successful.

As we near the “day of the Lord” and “the Kingdom of God,” take note that the soul of everyone who rejects the Gift of God’s Salvation through faith, trust, obedience, to the Lord Jesus Christ will, instantaneously upon death of the body, be relegated to Hades awaiting the Great White Throne Judgment. At this Judgment before the Lord Jesus Christ, the Atheist will be found guilty of having disobeyed the Lord’s Commands/Edicts and will subsequently suffer the second death in the fires of Hell.

Why the Hell and Brimstone comment? Life is short, our Lord is near and there is no time for Political Correctness and “feelings.” The primary purpose of our “life” in the realm of “time” is to prepare for Eternity. God the Father is seeking those who desire to serve Him faithfully in the coming Kingdom of God. If you desire LIFE on a New Earth that is free from sin, disease, death, I urge you to repent of your sin, seek forgiveness and obey the Son of God – Jesus Christ our Lord. If you desire eternal death, deny the Son and live in disobedience to His will for your life…you will reap what you sow!

jesus - he who has the son has life but he that does not obey son shall not see life NASB

jesus - end time prophecies rev 20 14 then death and hades were thrown into the lake of fire this is the second death

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

Related article: “In the Beginning God, Why?” https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

Eschatology-Prophecy & Israel’s Capital – Jerusalem

Today is 06 December 2017 and is a date I believe will “live in infamy” as does 07 December 1941. Why?

The purpose of this article is to provide some very interesting talking points relevant to what I believe are undeniable “signs of the times.”  What I mean by that is the fact that our Lord articulated that no one knows the day or the hour of His return, “that Day” of the Apocalypse, but I do believe my Lord has alluded to the fact that we can know the “season” of His return by observing His Chosen People, the Jewish Nation of Israel.

Jesus - no one knows the hour

I am not going to enter into a deep eschatological study of current events and attempt to impress you with Hebrew, Greek renderings of the Scriptures, but only provide you with a brief overview of what has transpired since the 1940’s until today and let you take the evidence where it leads.

For hundreds-of-years, eschatologists could not comprehend the Biblical Prophecies relevant to the Apocalypse due to the fact that the Nation of Israel no longer existed subsequent to the complete and utter destruction of Jerusalem by Titus and the Tenth-Roman Legion in 70 AD. The Jewish Tribes were scattered throughout the World…how would Israel ever achieve Nationhood again?

Then our Lord, using Satan’s evil intent in the Jewish Holocaust of the 1940’s, placed the desire for a Nation of refuge into the hearts and minds of the Jewish people with the motto “Never Again.” Never again would the Jewish People be the slaves and downtrodden of the World; therefore, Jewish leaders began a push toward Nationhood/Statehood.

In 1948, it was decided that the small piece of desert land formerly given to Abraham by the Lord would become the Nation of Israel once again and thus the eschatological time-clock was set, once again, into motion.

In 1967, the Six-Day War, the Nation of Israel won back the City of Jerusalem.  The entire Apocalypse surrounds the City of Jerusalem; the possession of Jerusalem by the Jewish People will be the impetus for the overwhelming hatred and retribution by the Muslim/Islamic Nations of the Middle East that initiates the Apocalypse (in my opinion). But what is the catalyst that will initiate a call-to-arms against Israel by its Muslim Neighbors? Here, I believe, is possibly why today, 06 December 2017, is a most significant eschatological event.

Today, 06 December 2017, United States President, Donald J. Trump, will support the relocation of Israel’s Capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as well as the relocation of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – this decision will most assuredly incite the wrath of those who hate the Nation of Israel as spoken of in Jesus’ Revelation to the Apostle John.

Considering the resurgence of antisemitism; the nuclear programs of Iran, N. Korea, Pakistan, Russia; the struggles of Russia to regain diplomatic significance; the growth of China and its military; the weakening of America by rampant abortion and immorality having alienated the Lord Jesus Christ (as in the Days of Noah), the pieces of Biblical Prophecy are fitting perfectly together and though I do not know the day or the hour, the signs of the times are undeniable.

Again, I am not going to bore you with all of the intricate details and reference Scriptures, but I will leave you with a basic pictorial of what I believe is the relevance of 06 December 2017.

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

An Eternal Conflict Manifest in the Flesh…

The conflict between Jesus-Yeshua – Verses – Allah-Muhammad-Islam is nothing more than an Earthly manifestation in Time of the conflict that was initiated by Lucifer in the Heavenly Realm. In fact, if one studies and listens to the Holy Spirit, there is evidence strongly suggesting that the only viable reason for the creation of Time, the Universe, Mankind was our LORD’s plan to deal with Lucifer, Sin, the rebellious Angels while seeking to maintain volitional love with His created beings.  Islam is a manifestation of Lucifer-Satan-Allah and his false prophet, Muhammad, who is battling the will, the plan, the purposes of Jesus-Yeshua who entered Time 2017-years ago from Eternity to defeat Satan via the Crucifixion.  Ultimately, it will be Islam that will ignite the Apocalypse or the Day of the LORD.

islam - lucifer was my name now i go by allah

islam - i was born to islam the religion of eace i am required to kill jews christians hindus buddhists atheists sodomites lesbians transexuals then peace

islam - real mohammad

islam - quotes from koran to kill and murder

islam - muslims have murdered over 669 million non-muslims since 622ad

islam - massacre those who insult islam

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The Ideology of Islam is Born…
Jesus - Isaac son of promise only
The Patriarchy of Israel is proclaimed…

Jesus - I will bless those who bless you

jesus - destruction of jerusalem prophecy
This destruction to Jerusalem in 70 A.D. is, in my opinion, the “PRE-fillment of Messiah’s Prophecy but the actual Fulfillment of this Prophecy is in preparation…

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jesus - never again jewish holocaust

Jesus - Ezekiel regathering

jesus - state of israel is born

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jesus - six day warjesus - iran v israel

jesus - iran v isreal 2

jesus - syria v israelthe last jihad

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Jesus - nuclear war in Zechariah

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In the following pictorial…when you read the writings/vision of the Apostle John as given him by our Lord Jesus Christ on the Island of Patmos, remember that John is writing and describing what our Lord is showing him…but John is writing in 1st-Century vocabulary because John does not comprehend ICBM’s reentering the atmosphere, military aircraft (helicopters), radioactive fallout and the water becoming “bitter” resulting in death…I personally believe John is witnessing, via the vision provided him by Jesus Christ, a cataclysmic event of horrific Nuclear War that is presently on the horizon.

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Jesus - in the latter times some shall depart

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jesus - look up for your redemption draws nigh

M A R A N A T H A  

L O R D! 

Also see: In the Beginning God – Why? https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

Washington’s Thanksgiving Declaration Speech – 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

    Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

    And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions–to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789

In the Beginning God – Why?

1) Why is there something as opposed to nothing?

2) What’s gone wrong in the cosmos?

3) Is there any hope?

4) How will history end?

Introduction

As the years of our lives pass with incredible haste and memories are blurred by the thief of Time we often neglect to stop and ponder “why” is there “something” as opposed to “nothing?” Why is there life and why is there such intricacy and symmetry in our Universe? Surely, the origin of matter that forms our Universe extending downward to the complexity of the human genome is not the culmination of Time+Chance+Matter? If not, then why am I here constrained within this realm of Time?

Following, is a brief, condensed, summation of years of contemplation, study, listening, reasoning, all provided by the grace of God the Father through His Holy Spirit. You may disagree and your rebuttal is welcome, but I find Christianity to be the “only coherent worldview with corresponding truth that defines origin-meaning-morality-destiny and directly answers with logical consistency, empirical adequacy, experiential relevance.” –Ravi Zacharias So then, why are you and I existing in Time…what is our purpose and is there a Plan? If so, who, what, where, when, why and how?

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In the Beginning, God – Why?

There are multiple pillars of Truth upon which our Creation in “Time” finds its relevance, its purpose.

Part I provides a brief overview of our Creator’s plan and purpose for Time, Earth, LIFE.

Part II provides an overview of Islam, Allah, Muhammad, Ishmael and their relevance in the cosmic struggle that has manifest in Time.

Note: Supporting Scriptures for Part I are posted in the addendum.

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“the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”  1 John 3:8 (NASB)

“For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.”  Romans 9:28 (KJV)

Part I

1) The Creator of LIFE, the Universe, has identified Himself as Jesus Christ (Yeshua-Elohim) and He desires a relationship with His created beings, both Angelic and Human.

2) Relationship, one that is manifest in purity and authenticity, mandates volition, free-will, the ability to choose to love or to hate; otherwise, relationship is robotic and thus impotent. Our Creator has provided His created beings, both Angelic and Human, with free-will, the ability to “choose” Jesus Christ as LORD or reject Jesus Christ and serve Satan by default. Those who reject our Creator will be “without excuse” at their judgment in Eternity for our Creator has provided extant empirical evidence relevant to His existence, His reality and dominion “through what has been made.” (Romans 1:18-32)

3) Our Creator is Spirit and though His abode is the Spiritual Realm, He transcends both the Spiritual World and Time for He is Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent.

4) Our Creator is perfect HOLINESS, perfect JUSTICE, perfect RIGHTEOUSNESS; therefore, He will not permit the destructive presence of sin to dwell within His Eternal Kingdom.

5) Our Creator was content in His relationship with His angelic beings but iniquity manifest in the Kingdom as a result of a rebellious Angel, Lucifer, who coveted the authority and dominion of our Creator. A coup d’état followed as Lucifer introduced sin-iniquity into the Eternal Kingdom and one-third of the entire Angelic Realm followed Lucifer in his rebellion against our Creator’s dominion and authority.

6) The Holiness and Justice of our Creator mandated swift and sure action in order to limit the destruction of sin in His Kingdom; therefore, Lucifer, along with the rebellious Angels, were cast out of the Eternal Kingdom.

7) In order to deal with the rebellion of Lucifer, Lucifer’s sin and the rebellious Angels apart from the Heavenly Kingdom, our Creator subsequently spoke into existence the Realm of Time and within the constraints of Time He placed the Universe, Earth, Lucifer, Mankind.

8) Our Creator, desiring to maintain volitional love with His faithful Angelic beings, set-forth a *plan to defeat Lucifer’s sin and rebellion with selfless and sacrificial LOVE as opposed to arbitrary punishment that would have undoubtedly destroyed volitional love, for if our Creator had simply destroyed Lucifer and the rebellious Angels for their coup d’état, the remaining two-thirds of the faithful Angels would no longer love their Creator out of volition but fear. *(2 Timothy 1:8-10)

9) Our Creator placed Lucifer on the Earth and permitted him access to mankind who ultimately relented to Lucifer’s enticement of sin resulting in “The Fall” of mankind. Man’s rebellion to the authority and Covenant of God resulted in sin which corrupted the human genome; therefore, the wages of sin is death of the body and spiritual death. Mankind’s sin also resulted in a chasm, a fracturing of the intimate relationship between God and mankind that existed prior to Adam’s rebellion.

10) Our Creator entered into a covenant with mankind which indicated the seriousness of sin and the power of sin’s destruction in both Eternity and Time…our Creator pointed to the shed blood of innocence as the only acceptable payment for sin, for the “life” of God’s created beings within the Realm of Time is in the blood and only innocent blood is deemed as sufficient to forgive sin and redeem the fallen nature of mankind.

11) Seeing that only the blood of innocence could forgive sin, our Creator left Eternity and manifest in the Realm of Time approximately 2018-yrs ago in the Incarnation where He clothed Himself in flesh by being born of the seed of the woman through the Holy Spirit thereby circumventing the seed of the man which carries the culpability/sin-nature resulting from Adam’s rebellion against our Creator’s authority.

12) Our Creator, for 33.5-years, walked among His Earthly creation and defined God to all who would receive His message of life, then our Creator submitted to the horrors of a Roman Crucifixion in order that His innocent blood would be shed and ultimately He experienced death, burial and resurrection thereby defeating sin, death, Hell and the Grave and ultimately Lucifer through selfless LOVE and sacrifice.

13) Our Creator established a New Covenant in His own blood stating that any man, woman or child who would trust in His death, burial and resurrection as payment for their sin would be forgiven of all sin, past-present-future and thus redeemed and made HOLY, acceptable to enter the Kingdom of God subsequent to the death of the body constrained by Time. In addition, our Creator infuses the Gift of the Holy Spirit into the life, the Earthly body of every believer as the Guarantor of His eternal relationship with everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ as LORD-God-Savior-Mediator. This New Covenant AKA The Age of Grace will remain in effect until the Tribulation Period involving the Nation of Israel and the armies of Satan, represented by Allah/Islam and Islam’s allies, who do battle to destroy Israel and thereby attempt to nullify the promises of God to Abraham concerning the descendants of Jacob (Israel).

14) Subsequent to the Tribulation period, Satan and his angles will be bound/made impotent for one-thousand-years during the Millennial Reign of Messiah-Jesus. Perfect peace and tranquility will reign upon the Earth as Jesus Christ rules from Jerusalem over all the Nations of the World. The Millennial Reign and its peace and tranquility will further demonstrate to the faithful Angels in the the Kingdom of God that Lucifer/Satan is the father of lies, suffering, death and that sin must be thoroughly defeated via righteousness. This truism will be confirmed at the end of the Millennial Reign of peace as Satan and his angels are released upon the Earth once again to deceive and destroy in unconscionable horror. It is our Lord Jesus Christ who will ultimately defeat Satan/Lucifer in this second-rebellion at which time Satan and his minions will be relegated to punishment in Hell forever.

15) To this end, our Creator will receive full acknowledgment from His Angelic Creation that Lucifer, the rebellious Angels, deserve eternal punishment in Hell subsequent to witnessing the pervasive, unconscionable destruction, carnage and death that manifest as the resultant of Lucifer/Satan’s lies, deception, hate, divisiveness while on Earth which are all the manifestation of SIN. Our Creator will receive praise and affirmation for having dealt with the rebellious Angel with such wisdom, love, compassion; this, while having maintained volitional love with those who honor, worship and adore our Creator as LORD.

16) It is plausible that our LORD is replenishing the vacuum/void in the Eternal Realm that was left as a result of Lucifer’s rebellion and the absence of the Angels who followed Lucifer in that rebellion. As evidenced within Time, our atmosphere abhors a vacuum and it is logical that when the number of rebellious Angels has been replenished by the redeemed/faithful of mankind, the end of the Age of Grace will manifest. Though mankind, in the resurrection, will NOT become Angelic, redeemed mankind will play an intricate role in serving our Creator in the Eternal Kingdom.

The Unfaithful and Judgment

Those who have rejected the saving grace of Messiah-Yeshua-Jesus will be brought forth from Hades-Sheol subsequent to the Millennial Reign of Messiah; these unfaithful will be adjudicated in accordance with their works, their deeds done in the body (The Great White Throne Judgment) and will be subsequently pronounced guilty for sin and will suffer a second death…a death of finality in the Lake of Fire/Hell and will cease to exist seeing that nothing impure will be allowed to enter God’s Kingdom.

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Part II

ISLAM – ISRAEL – CHRISTIANITY

It is imperative that one understands the manifestation of the cosmic-Spiritual struggle between Lucifer and Yeshua and how said struggle has manifest in Time.

1) Ishmael is the illegitimate son of Abraham and Hagar who was born not in accordance with the promises and blessing of God but by the impatience and disobedience of Abraham and Sarah.

2) Ishmael is the genealogical genesis of Islam and he is not the son of promise but ONLY through Isaac who is the “son of promise” (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob “Israel”) did our LORD bring forth Messiah-Yeshua who died to redeem mankind unto Himself and forgive sin for all that trust in Him as Savior-God and grant them the privilege of eternal life.

Jesus - ishmael

Jesus - Isaac son of promise only

3) Allah, the god of Islam, is not Creator but created…Allah is Lucifer-Satan.

islam - lucifer was my name now i go by allah

jesus - you are of your father the devil nasb

 

islam - quotes from koran to kill and murder

islam - muslims have murdered over 669 million non-muslims since 622ad

4) Muhammad is Allah’s false prophet who plagiarized the Jewish Torah to construct the Quran.

islam - real mohammad 1

5) The current struggle between Islam v. Israel/the Jew/the Christian is the Spiritual struggle initiated by Lucifer’s rebellion in Eternity that has been translated to Earth/Time to be dealt with by our Creator apart from His Eternal Kingdom. The severity and destructiveness of sin mandated the removal of this struggle from the Kingdom.

islam - massacre those who insult islam

islam - i was born to islam the religion of eace i am required to kill jews christians hindus buddhists atheists sodomites lesbians transexuals then peace

jesus - syria v israel

jesus - iran v israel

6) Islam will ultimately be the “spark” that ignites the coming Apocalypse that will be initiated in the City of Jerusalem…the coming Nuclear War that will engulf all of the Nations that come against our LORD’s chosen people, the Jew.  Our Creator, Messiah-Yeshua, will be victorious over the Nations that coalesce and conspire to destroy Israel and this victory will initiate the Millennial Reign of our LORD…the Lamb of God who entered Time as a suffering Lamb and will rule and reign over the Nations as a Conquering Lion from the Tribe of Judah.

Jesus - nuclear war in Zechariah

Nuclear-Explosion-1

jesus - rev 5 5 the lion from the tribe of judah has conquered

Finally, all available evidence in Scripture leads to the conclusion that had Lucifer not rebelled, there would be absolutely no reason for the creation of Time, the Universe, Earth, Mankind or Hell.  This LIFE, constrained by Time, is nothing more than preparation for Eternity. Every man, woman, child has been provided a unique opportunity to take part in God’s Plan of redemption where our Creator is currently seeking those who will be faithful to serve Him throughout Eternity. The Key to finding life and purpose in Time and in Eternity is Jesus Christ and trusting in Jesus as your personal Savior and LORD…there is no other way for mankind to find righteousness (a right standing) before God the Father and there is no other way to find life in Eternity without Jesus Christ as your Mediator for sin.

 

What can a man give in exchange for his soul? .

The Muslim Brotherhood and Allah’s Passion to Destroy Israel, Murder the Jewish People: https://www.investigativeproject.org/7968/muslim-brotherhood-hamas-no-peace-as-long-as?fbclid=IwAR0TLj_m5XpGf_36oVLnKjSYr-I3abVixhUidWSsIBOKpK0z0mTnAdHLg2Q

A Brutal Warning about Islam: http://www.israelislamandendtimes.com/brutal-warning-to-america-from-egyptian-woman-wake-up-or-be-wiped-out/?fbclid=IwAR1ZHhvIJKqm4y-DunTXhz-5Np-trhsW_0pUd0g9tPKkztCT2PTnLDuwdGg

Thank you and God Bless You,

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

Also see…

Atheist’s Questions for the Christian – A Response: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2019/01/14/atheists-questions-for-the-christian/

Atheist Demands: Prove Your God Exists: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/03/16/atheist-prove-your-god-exists/

Progressivism – Party of Death and Deception: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/26/progressivism-satans-party-of-death/

Addendum

Supporting Scriptures

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (Gospel of John 1:1-5 NASB)

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17 NASB)

“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:1-2 NASB)

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, (Jeremiah 29:11-14 NASB)

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:20-21 NASB)

God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24 NASB)

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. (Psalm 139:7-10 NASB)

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. (Psalm 139:1-3 NASB)

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16 NASB)

And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:23-27 NASB)

“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn!

You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!

“But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’(Isaiah 14:12-14 NASB)

And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. (Revelation 12:9-10 NASB)

And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.” (Luke 10:18 NASB)

And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.(Revelation 12:4 NASB)

Notes relevant to Revelation 12:4,

(1) Insight into the fall of Lucifer and the one-third of the Angelic beings that followed Lucifer in the rebellion being cast to Earth; a spiritual struggle between Evil v. Righteousness that has manifest in our midst. (2) A picture of the struggle between Satan and the “woman” who is Israel and/or Mary and the “child” who is Jesus Christ – Yeshua.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. (Genesis 1:1 NASB)

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him,

And the son of man that You care for him? (Psalm 8:3-4 NASB)

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5 NASB)

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.(1 Corinthians 15:20-22 NASB)

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.(Genesis 3:21)

Notes concerning Genesis 3:21:

Subsequent to Adam’s disobedience against our LORD, Adam experienced the manifestation of sin 1) fear 2) shame; therefore, Adam and Eve attempted, by the works of their hands, to cover their shame/nakedness/sin with fig-leaves (signifying man’s attempt to find righteousness – a right standing – with God through works/good behavior.). Adam, subsequent to sinning against our LORD, attempted to hide himself from our Omnipresent God. Our LORD, knowing Adam’s failure, slew an innocent animal and the blood of that innocent animal flowed onto the ground. Our LORD took the skin of that innocent animal and clothed Adam and Eve in place of the fig-leaves…a beautiful picture of what Jesus Christ-Yeshua would perform at the Crucifixion some 4000-years later by shedding His innocent blood on a Roman Cross for the sins of mankind thereby covering/clothing those who trust in Him as LORD with His “righteousness”  thereby removing our sin and replacing same with His perfection. Every man, woman and child can freely access this pardon from sin by trusting in Jesus Christ as LORD-God-Savior.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’ (Leviticus 17:11 NASB)

The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;  And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15 NASB)

Notes relevant to Genesis 3:14-15

A prophecy indicating the struggle between Satan and Jesus Christ-Yeshua that would culminate at the Crucifixion some 4000-years later. The seed of the Woman indicates the virgin birth of Messiah void the seed of man bearing the culpability of Adam’s sin. Jesus will bruise the head of Satan and Satan will bruise the heal of Messiah-Jesus. Jesus will be victorious.

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5 NASB)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NASB)

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look. (1 Peter 1:10-12 NASB)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NASB)

And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. (Luke 22:20 NASB)

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:11-14 NASB)

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NASB)

…and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:27 NASB)

…we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8 NASB)

And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10 NASB)

…and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:6 NASB)

But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?” You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.  But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.  Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

The Mystery of Resurrection

Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.                 (1 Corinthians 15:35-58)

…and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 NASB)

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36 NASB)

Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14 NASB)

The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.  These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

Victory for the Lamb

These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

And he *said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. (Revelation 17:11-15 NASB)

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 NASB)

 …and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:50 NASB)

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 NASB)

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 NASB)