Where is the Kingdom of GOD?

Jesus Christ told the Pharisees long ago that the Kingdom of GOD comes not by observation, but that it is within you (Luke 17:20-21). What this does NOT mean is that the Kingdom of GOD is literally inside of you. What this DOES mean is that the Kingdom of GOD starts inside of you. Flesh and bone cannot inherit the Kingdom of GOD, because His Kingdom is incompatible with sin. However, His Spirit, which if you are elect, was placed within us before the world even came to be. We were all predestined by His Power.

Since the physical body cannot accept the Kingdom of GOD, then it is reasonable to say that: Our spirit is the receiver of the Kingdom of GOD – as in, it is a gift of GOD – and that gift is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ (No one comes to GOD, but by Jesus Christ). When His Spirit works with our spirit, our soul experiences miraculous things. When the physical body fails to operate, our soul and spirit ascend to Heaven where GOD appoints the elect spirit/soul to a new body (physically immortal).

We are made in the image of GOD, and became a son of GOD when we were elected to be with Him eternally (John 1:12-13).

Aggregation of our Facebook teachings (Course in a post)

As we are turning the tide of ministry around the globe, it’s been decided that our teaching on Facebook is not reaching enough people; therefore, since we need a much larger pulpit to the world, we are migrating much of our work to here from Facebook to remove the dependency on Facebook to help us distribute. More and more, cultural and religious type posts fall under their demotion algorithm, which ruins our chances at influencing.

Please spread our information as much as possible, for this is the Will of Christ Jesus, our Lord. This is not an exhaustive amount of our teachings; however, this is what was transferred over to here. Teachings are most recent and descending. These are similar to daily devotions.

April 23, 2021: Not even the paper and ink will I use to come to you, for I want to see you face to face. (2 John 1:12).I think we should all follow John’s example, and lessen social media and impersonal notes. After all, we must make best use of our time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). When you do speak, do not be the fool who lacks understanding but just wants to speak their opinion (Proverb 18:2), but expressing your wise thought concerning whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8).

April 19, 2021: People use labels all the time, but let them. If people tie themselves to the world placing on themselves insignia (labels in their brains that are likely the mark of the beast should they be depraved instead of saved) or tattoos that make them look like a slave – you can tell them it is wrong, but if GOD wills, they may repent. Do not be dismayed that the world is suffering, for many of the world are eternally lost. If you stay on the negative side of things, you will experience despair. But, if you are on the celebratory side of things, you know you can rejoice now forevermore, because you are marked with the Holy Ghost and only desire to preach the good news – after all, it’s Heaven from hereupon. What do we have to worry about?

If you are not communing with others in an air of honor for their work for the Lord, do not expect them to do the same for you. Commune with others as you would desire they commune with you (Matthew 7:12). God’s Elect are not of the world system, as in they do not have world desires – like respect (power). However, respect as a form of honor is due for all who work well for the Lord.

People are searching for a sign: Jesus tells us look no further than that of the prophet Jonah (Matthew 12:39). Your miracle is awaiting.People are searching for identity: Jesus tells us we are made in the image of GOD (Genesis 1:27), and that we are the children of GOD foreordained before being in the mother’s womb to go about in good works (Ephesians 1:5) – not in darkness, but in His Marvelous Light (1 Peter 2:9; Jeremiah 1:5). Christ Jesus lives inside the elect, and nothing can change that (Galatians 2:20). All of the elect are one part of the Body of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Not servants, but friends (John 15:15). YOUR LIFE is hidden in Christ in GOD, and will remain as that way should you be an elect of GOD (Colossians 3:1-4). If you can declare Jesus as Lord and know you mean it, then you are elect. As well, if you can declare that GOD created us, and sanctified us to be in His Good Works forever – this is another assurance you are elect. Galatians 3:27 calls the elect one of Abraham’s offspring, which are heirs of the promise. What is the promise? The elect will be given eternal life and be with GOD eternally. All those of GOD’S SPIRIT (the elect) are sons of GOD (Romans 8:14-15). What is the way I as an elect shall live my life? Live it like a party, be in celebration and full of peace, joy, and righteousness forever. Seriously, celebrate. Eternal life begins now and shall remain. Just avoid foul parties that involve several bad factors (look in Galatians 5:19). See Ephesians 5 about how we should be living life. Party lifestyle is not as the world sees it, don’t be like the world. What I mean is that this interpretation says to sing to each other, enjoy each other in love, have grace, peace, love, joy, self-control, and so many more good things. Leave alone the things of the world that rot. Enjoy the things of eternal behold. Rely on these instructions to keep things on the straight and narrow (along with reading all of the word, but especially): 1 Peter 2:1-12. Also reference Psalm 23 if you feel doubt.But the point of this life is to celebrate GOD in all that you do (See Psalm 5). Avoid such things as the works of the flesh referenced above and avoid things described in 1 John 2:16-17: Lust of eyes & flesh, and the pride of life. When you are elect, this life is not yours, it belongs to GOD no matter what occurs (Romans 14:8).

April 13, 2021: Fake media. I truly dislike the world system, you know the system that tries to distract you from God? Many to most media is so fake! People are deceiving masses upon masses on multimedia, and people let themselves be enslaved to that. Why… Why do you let mass media enslave you? If we need to talk about slavery, we start with the devil’s slavery on most people of the world right now. The power to make beautiful music is what Lucifer had, and guess what? He uses it as hypnosis to enslave the entire world. So many outlets of media and sinfulness broadcast the devil’s reproach of God and God’s People. Wake up to the true reality: Slavery begets slavery, and it all started with the devil and will end with the devil. REFUSE THE MARK OF THE BEAST — BE SAVED BY GOD’S ETERNAL PLAN.

April 11, 2021: My experience with a missionary long ago was a pastor asking me about my faith. To his question, I answered, “yes, I walk by faith, not by sight, not by power, not by might, but ‘by my Spirit,’ saith the Lord.” The missionary had a look on his face… You can imagine what he was thinking.

April 8, 2021: READ CAREFULLY: If you are in a church and your pastor/leader is giving you the signal that worldliness and godliness are both good or only worldliness; and you follow that… It is a lukewarm church. They are purposely telling you that mixture is okay and giving you false teaching or prophecy to keep you bound enough to stay there and not grow too fast. This tends to be more of a focus on the church making money instead of sending disciples. If I operate a church, I always tell my members that I expect them to go eventually, but I don’t mind coming back or if they are a local missionary, because a church is a spiritual home. The Bible says a few things to note: come out from the world to be separate and unique as a Christian to set an example of godliness to attract more people to eternal life, lukewarm people will be spewed from God’s Mouth, and go and make disciples of all nations. Once you accomplish being separate of the world, you will see the freedom you have now and know just how abominable the world can be. Let’s just say to avoid spiritual inflammation.

March 31, 2021:

Ephesians 4:15 is repeatedly taken out of context “speak the truth in love,” which has been said to speak the truth softly to someone or to speak to them with no harsh tones or to keep from saying something that might offend someone. PLEASE READ THIS CONTEXT…Ephesians 4:11-16, “11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;[[DO YOU FIT THIS ^^^^^^ CATEGORY?]]12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”So looking at this context from 14-16, it appears some deceivers will slip in among the midst of the body of Christ (the believers). Do you expect to just speak softly to them or tell them what they want to hear? NO! YOU REBUKE THEM! You tell them to straighten up the act, because they will be held at discipline before God. WE SPEAK THE TRUTH TO PEOPLE IN ANY FORMAT BECAUSE WE LOVE PEOPLE AND LOVE GOD!Try not to overdo the “carefulness aspect”, and work more on actual edification. Stand out and be free to be who God created you to be. If you want to tell someone to leave a sinful lifestyle, for example, you do so because you care for them since that sinful lifestyle is trying to destroy their life!!!Get out of the boat and into the water… You of little faith. Watch God bloom your faith big and tall.

You’re being robbed of your blessing if your preacher is only giving you soft truth and padding your armor. (1 John 3:18 < READ THIS!)

March 29, 2021: Before troubling someone, ask yourself if this would be the ideal last moment with them. If not, and you want to make sure you leave a good impression (and a good legacy), then truly decide your interaction before a meet. If someone was to be enraptured by Christ Jesus tomorrow, would you be satisfied with how they were treated… Or better yet, find this challenge… Would you be satisfied with the fact you did not talk with someone about Salvation, for if they passed tomorrow they could *possibly* not be saved and therefore be destroyed in eternal fire. BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT YOUR LIFE.

Trying to not get carried away but here goes… a bold preaching from Paul from the New Testament… I encourage marriage between a non-confused male and female, because of this one very important piece, which is that reaching sexual maturity is of high importance, for the misdeeds of sexual things of the flesh is quite harmful to the human body. Become sexually mature quickly and know that relations should be between Husband and Wife (no extramarital conduct whatsoever). The Bible is very clear of sexual problems. Don’t let it inflame your soul.

Per my recent post of the Rocks will Cry Out. This interpretation is based upon the following:Isaiah 55:12 says, “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Throughout Psalm 148, there are numerous examples of created things praising their Creator—the sun, moon, stars, heavens, water, sky, animals, and people.Because of the refusal to not give praise unto the Lord, the rocks (unbelievers) would cry out in song, because they long for their ways to be “right” even though they’ll never be.So don’t let those who praise evil be able to speak loud… You encourage your voice to speak louder than the evil ones, because Our God is Greater than anything on Earth and within the heavens and the place of Hades.

March 27, 2021: Wake up sleeper, don’t be silent about the Lord, or the rocks will cry out (Luke 19:40).The peace all of you crave is hidden from you. (Luke 19:41-44)

March 23, 2021: I really believe the Bible gives a good admonition for those who don’t have personal peace. It’s found in Romans 12:1-8…1. Offer your body as a living sacrifice, so therefore, be alive to serve God forevermore.2. Do not try to conform or be as the ways of this world… It is so difficult and time consuming to impress people. It is better to renew your mind and focus on the spiritual aspects that are easily missed: Worship God, attending to nature, praying, seeing art, listening to spiritual music, and so much more.3. Don’t think you are any better than other people, just think of God and how wonderful He is.4. For those who have specific gifts as the ones listed: teaching, leading, prophecy, serving, giving, showing mercy, or encouraging – You should use these in all that you do. Beautiful spiritual blessings erupt for you when you do as you are purposed in the Holy Spirit.

March 16, 2021: People need to hear the truth, but don’t want to – afraid it may seem discriminating; however, God does not lie and will not be mocked (Galatians 6:7). Instead, people tend to gather “teachers” or “preachers” who speak things that people want to hear — example: ‘God will make you rich’, ‘God will give you what you want’, ‘Give your tithe and offering, and receive a blessing overflow’. Have you heard that if people promise you things that cannot be verified or saying “it *Will* fix your problem” – you should run the other way? This life is between GOD and you – GOD to person relationship. It only matters what He says about you. Follow His Word! Be saved from the destructive heresies. (See more in 2 Timothy 4). It is very difficult to find a truth teacher who stays fundamental to Biblical doctrine and does not allow himself to be swayed by societal norms or cultural problems. If you are in search, you are not alone. I am looking for the same, an actual fundamental preacher who matches a close Biblical finding. They are out there, and are a remnant just like the Body of Christ is just a remnant of the world.Salvation is not about you, it is about Jesus Christ. Take the blinders off and see Christ Jesus today in your life (Philippians 3:9-11). Those who have Jesus, though, are special, and blessed, and have life eternal. Yes, you will always be with GOD is you are saved. The message of Salvation seems foolish for those who are perishing, but to the Saved, it is good news that is your power from God – the only source of all power (1 Corinthians 1:18). You did not choose God… God chose you! (John 6:44).

Do not trust those who only speak well of you (spiritual leader situations) – for that is how false prophets were treated and how false prophets act as well. Everybody needs praise and rebuke, not just praise (Luke 6:26; 1 Timothy 5:20; 2 Timothy 4:2). Therefore, if your Bible teacher/preacher is not rebuking and praising, then there may be a problem.

Oh how many Christian pharisees we have today. Be on the lookout for them according to Matthew 23:1-29 – this is where Jesus instructs how to identify pharisees (which you will probably see them teaching the Bible adorned with beautiful garments and super personalities).

Note about false teachers from 2 Peter 2:2: Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.

“For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24).

Just so you know, if you follow mass media, you are being hypnotized often. They use hypnosis in almost all facets of media. Look up music hypnosis/sound healing, visual hypnosis such as video, trigger words, hypnotic worship, etc. It goes on and on.

March 15, 2021: Basic broad rules for life:1. Live in the present 2. The past and future do not belong to you 3. You’re not promised tomorrow. There we go… Nothing grim, just celebrate today and enjoy it. Never know what the Lord could do in your life or others’ lives.

MORE CONTEXT…Past does not belong to you: Jesus told Zaccheus that He is coming to Z’s house, and Jesus said He will clean out everything bad of his past.Future does not belong to you: “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”” (James 4:13-15).LIVE FOR TODAY! 😃“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ” (Psalm 118:24).Also, remember 9/11….”Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

More truth, just saying:Anyone who practices sin or habitually attends to it is of the devil (1 John 3:8). God cannot be tempted of evil nor does God tempt people (James 1:13-15). Nobody can hide from God, and also the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is the only living being on Earth without sin (Hebrews 4:13-15). This is why I have taught that when you are saved, you are expected to leave the practice of sin, which means to avoid it. Some are caught in sin on accident or because of ignorance; however, the Holy Spirit is there to protect you by convicting you that it is not the right way. Therefore, you must know that to glorify God, we must be without sin. Think about it: This is our creator. And also, when you have left sin, you will notice dramatic improvement in health, because you have closed the vulnerabilities that the enemy can use to destroy your health. The devil tries to come to steal, kill, and destroy; however, Christ Jesus came to give you life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). Somebody give God a shout of praise! Hallelujah!

March 5, 2021: God is the creator who gives life to humanity and all living things. The world is His beautiful and “very good” creation (Genesis 1:31). God is the designer, the architect, the artist, the coder, and the life giver. He good, He is loving, and He takes delight in His Creation. (Journey the Word by Prophet Jason Allen Pfoutz – chapter 1)

We know of the Deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4), who regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5), indwells believers (Romans 8:9), is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14), is the seal by whom the Father promises the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14), and is the Divine Teacher who reveals the knowledge and wisdom of God to believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).

In case someone has the idea that they are not special, recognize the following facts…Those who are Saved in Jesus Christ have irrevocable God’s Holy Spirit within them, specifically the Spirit that speaks of Jesus Christ. The flesh may feel dead, but the Spirit is life due to righteousness (Romans 8:10). The greatest treasure lives in you (2 Corinthians 4:6-7), and Christ Jesus lives in you so you will have everlasting faith (Galatians 2:20).Our hearts are home for Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:17). I have seen the miracles of Christ Jesus’ Name being spoken, and right before me many healings and miracles happened. He is our True Hope (Colossians 1:27). Nobody has to suffer second death or hell if they are saved in Christ Jesus – it is an absolute fact (Matthew 25:31-46).Don’t be trapped in the world or the underworld, obtain life eternal now!

February 7, 2021: Do NOT let the devil convince you that God placed an illness on you or let you have an illness so He can use it for good. The Lord may use situations for good; however, what you need to know is… Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 12:15; Luke 4:40; John 14:12; Mark 6:56). If God was going around using illness to draw people close to Him, then how’s come Jesus healed ALL of them? God desires that you are healed, and by faith, you will receive the promise Jesus Christ made to you and on your behalf since He is the High Priest! (Psalms 103:2-6 and Hebrews 2:9).Endnote: If people are concerned with why Paul had a thorn in his flesh, it was because he saw the third heaven — How many people have had this happen? Very few and it was around the time of Jesus’ First Advent. I simply do not accept anyone who says that God is using sickness to draw people close to Him. God just draws people, regardless of sickness or not – adverse use of sin or not much sin – and so many other contrasting viewpoints. Put simply, the Bible does not reveal God uses sickness for His Purposes, because He allowed Jesus to willingly bear all of it so that we His People did not ever have to. If you are sick, then God wants you healed, so come to the fountain and receive a fresh outpouring! Praise the Lord!P.S. This is something most pastors and spiritual leaders will not mention, because like doctors, they want you to keep coming back to their “practice.” I don’t want to play church. I want serious things happening to serious believers, and start experiencing Heaven now. Forget the infirmity… I’d rather have peace, joy, righteousness, and love in the Holy Ghost forever and ever. Amen!

January 26, 2021: Double your portion they said… But they didn’t equip the disciple with the most important advice… Do everything in love. Come on, we need more love, love, love – not money, money, money – for ministry. Folks crave the oil of anointing, but not the oil of anointing found in the love of God. Ministry is not new age practices of applying essential oils to humans, saying you are healed, and then expecting God to “just take care of it” – when YOU the MINISTER have the power to trample scorpions, heal the sick, do miracles, deliver people from demons, and more. Applying anointing oil is a cup of blessing from God, who is the love that people need. If people cannot feel the love of the Father when they are anointed, then the anointing is a clanging cymbal – a show in other words. Don’t let your ministry be an acrobatic show — Let it be a ministry of love unto our Lord in Heaven. This prophecy must be shared. Thanks from our Lord.

January 21, 2021: Picture this: The Jewish system was in place when Christ Jesus walked the Earth. Their claims were the following: Grace does not exist because Yahweh is too holy to give out grace, so you have to follow the Mosaic Law just like everyone else. They told Jesus, being born Jewish, that He was to be obedient to the Law and stop the uprising. What the Jewish system did not know was that Jesus came to reform the Law, because He carries the Heart of the Father G-D to seek and save that which was lost. What was lost? The ability to be righteous, joy, and peace by the Holy Ghost. So why did Jesus press so hard? Because… Just because. The Heart of the Father is expressed in all things Jesus had done, but the Jewish leaders thought He was a reprobate. But, as you should know, Jesus was not a reprobate, and He came to show the Father’s Love so that we might be saved of the coming destruction of the earth. Therefore, you must know that the earth is melting and the elements are taxing the globe. Think global warming is a catastrophe like the government does… The government works for God. BUT, the government cannot stop global warming. The earth is melting just as we saw in prophecy. Jesus warned of the end of days, and they began after He was crucified and arose on the Third Day. We will begin to see day two of Revelation prophecy in the coming weeks, months, years — It’s not up to us to know the times and seasons of the LORD. Therefore, we await His Return, and thankfully us Saved humans won’t melt as the sun is getting closer to Earth every single day (look at Space Weather and NASA studies on how close the earth is getting now). Bible prophecy is being made real before our very eyes. We do not need to worry though, because once we were saved by Jesus Christ, we became part of Him and will escape destruction. This is the good news of the Gospel. Now that is something to whoa or wow about!See references: Matthew 5-7; Mark 1:40-44; (not reprobate) Mark 2:23-28; Mark 3:31-35; (prophecy on Earth melting): Isaiah 24:6; 64:1-5; Malachi 4:1; (confirmed prophecy – the scroll is opened) 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 16:8-9.

January 19, 2021: Feel your value tonight… You are associated with GOD Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth. You are the creator of your own little world just as He created His World. You are part of His World. You have the ability to live, create, shape, manipulate, divert, and blossom your Earthly destiny, but nobody can change your true Heavenly destiny. Once you live in Heaven on Earth, your mind will restore to the purpose God has you here for. Experiencing the definition of love every day in perceivable/tangible things is one of the great ways to experience GOD. What a beautiful experience to be chosen to do this, for Him, forever. We cannot be plucked out of His Hand. This is for you to take the helm and gird up your loins – you are ahead of the battle, you saw it coming, and now you are the victor, because the battle was already won by Christ Jesus when He was buried, but resurrected. He saw the end from the beginning so that we could have an expected end: the New Heavens and New Earth. But patience, pleading patience, to be here and endure the fullness of time. New Heaven and New Earth will not appear until God revokes the fullness of time and destroys Heaven and Earth as we know it. Keep Heaven in view, because it is here and now. GOD came and dwelt among men, and declared these are the last days. Be ready to see His Glory in your everyday life. Once you do that, expect only the best and never the worst. Do not catastrophize your days, but cling to each ONE DAY moment by moment. We are only promised ONE DAY at a time, and to enjoy moment by moment. We know and are rejoicing in who GOD is. Death is a lie, and we reign forever and ever in His Kingdom. This is the truth of the Gospel. Stand with your prophet here and dive into God’s Work. It is amazingly rewarding and completely beneficial now and eternally. Hallelujah!

THAT IS ALL FOR NOW. THANKS FOR BEING PART OF OUR MINISTERIAL WORK!

7 Lessons we can draw from the Christmas Story | Holiday special 4

From what we have observed, Christmas is one of the best times in our lives that we celebrate. There are numerous reasons why we celebrate the Christmas story, knowing first and foremost Christmas is about Jesus Christ!

What we can glean from the Bible are important truths that help us take shape an even greater story. It is hoped that these guide you into this holiday season!

1. God’s Forgiveness is available to all

We see in Isaiah 11:1-2, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”

We hear in the song, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” that “God and sinners reconciled.” This is the amazing truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He provides Salvation and eternal life, and this comes from the benefit of forgiveness of sins. We see the ministry of reconciliation that God came in the form of man, Jesus Christ, to “Save His People from sin.” What an awesome thing we have in Christ!

2. God is in control of leadership of the world

Romans 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

Our God, who has made the earth, stars, universe, heavens, and more is our commanding leader overall! Peace is within the Prince of Peace, and He alone provides rest for our souls. God regards our lowliness as well, and provides us forgiveness. He is our Great Shepherd (Psalm 23).

3. Christ Jesus is our Shepherd

Psalm 23 describes Our Lord is Our Shepherd. Ezekiel 34:15, “I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.”

Christ Jesus came to impute upon us peace, and lead and guide us through Life more abundantly. The hope of eternal life can be for all people, and we do hope we can spread it evermore to so many people.

He provides us our daily provisions, He gives us rest for our souls (as we noted above), He helps us by delivering us from evil and death, and gives us goodness and mercy forevermore.

4. God grants peace as we wait upon Him

Just as prophesied in Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Then, we see powerful truth in Romans 16:20, “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Also note 2 Thessalonians 3:16, “Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.”

When we reflect upon God, we allow His Spirit to speak to us. We reflect on the wonder of God, our Creator, and all the beautiful things He has created! It’s truly amazing.

5. God can powerfully perform the impossible

Matthew 19:26 says, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

God really can do the impossible, for with Him, all things are possible. He can help in almost any situation, save us from trouble, and help improve our lives. This is something we must truly believe, for He can truly help us. Since He can help us, we know we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

6. God is our utmost provider

God provided the Passover lamb for us, who was born in to this world, the redeemer, Jesus Christ: “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together” (Genesis 22:8).

This is proven in Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

7. Heaven is going to be so awesome

Knowing we had this great and merciful Savior from Heaven come, we better believe so many great things are awaiting us for our eternal destiny in Heaven!

John 14:1-3 tells us the first magnificent truth, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told* you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 then tells us that we cannot imagine the awesomeness, but must know that it is so overwhelmingly awesome… “But as it is written*, Eye hath not seen, nor* ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”

Now, we discover one of the most awesome things in Revelation 21:3-4, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

We will have new bodies eventually… 1 Corinthians 15:40 says, “There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.” Then also in 1 Corinthians 15:54, “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

What will it look like (kind of)… Revelation 21:18-23, “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

Overall, Salvation, eternal life, Christ Jesus coming, and all great things that pertain to life and godliness – How Awesome!

The Beatitudes explained

The Beatitudes are the name of the first part of Jesus’ teachings for the Sermon on the Mount. The descriptions and instructions are given for those who are to live in the Kingdom of God. Now, the Beatitudes are not absolute instructions or laws, they are the results of entering the Kingdom of God. God is to intervene in history and produce people just like those described in the Sermon on the Mount.

The idea behind using Kingdom of God is the phrase, “God is King” from Psalm 47:7. Kings, especially ancient, had absolute power over their entire dominion, and Hallelujah! God has absolute power over all Creation (His Dominion).

Kings typically provided protection for the people in their territories, provide what their subjects need, maintain order in the Kingdom (especially in legal matters), and represent the deity (God usually).

The Now and the Future Kingdom

The Gospels were clear that the Kingdom of God was a present experience (Luke 11:20; 17:21). Jesus’ teachings, healing, miracles, and other ministry were manifestations of the Kingdom. However, we see in many of the letters to different territories from the apostles made it clear that the Kingdom of God was also a future experience, as Jesus Returns. What it seems the Scriptures are clear about is that we have a limited experience of the Kingdom of God; however, the fullness of the Kingdom of God will be in the future.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven/God

Matthew 5:3

The “poor in spirit” are those who recognize they have a need for God in all things, and like the poor and destitute who need others, the poor in spirit know only God can save and protect them from anything.

What the world is saying…

Humanity’s religions value the “spiritual master” or “spiritual guru”. People think if they know and do the right things, they can find their own spiritual salvation. People can find answers to their problems if they could just recognize it.

WHAT JESUS SAYS

Jesus told us that the opposite is true. Those that are spiritually dry before God are happier, because they realize that they can rely on God’s strength, in which He cannot fail. This means that His believers cannot fail then either, as they have the certainty that in the Kingdom of God, The Messiah is in charge and in control.

See other verses: Isaiah 29:19; 61:1; Luke 6:20; Matthew 18:4.

Blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted

Matthew 5:4

“Those who mourn” are those people wishing for God to send His Messiah, in hopes God will restore His Kingdom and set the world right and free. We are told in Isaiah 61:2-3 that the Messiah would come to comfort those who mourn and provide for those who are grieving in Zion. These people understand the mess the world is in and seek God’s redemption. Their comfort comes in knowing that the Messiah has come, in which the redemption they hoped for will occur soon.

What the world is saying…

People need to avoid grief and pain. The pursuit of happiness is valued above other things, and hiding pain and reality is best. Nothing is solved, but pretending to be happy is sufficient.

WHAT JESUS SAYS THOUGH

In his austere contrast, Jesus asserted that the true way toward happiness has to come through a radical shift in thought process of people – a repentance in other words – so we can see ourselves for who we really are. Once people are broken in life, God’s Will can be so much more accomplished, because people actually recognize who they really are, and why God chose them to be on this Earth: For His Purposes! This is the absolute utmost importance in the Kingdom of God and what will be a true sense of happiness. Only after recognizing the sorrow of trying to trust in the world is when we can recognize that God comforts us by His Spirit and that we can trust in Him and His Strength. Knowing the Messiah has come to offer redemption is the greatest comfort for those who mourn. If you are broken and contrite, God has a plan to bring you comfort… Be patient and wait for the Lord’s relief for your suffering.

See also: Isaiah 61:2-3; 66:13; John 14:1; 16:7; 16:20; Revelation 7:17.

Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the Earth

Matthew 5:5

We see this similarly in:

  • Psalm 37:11, “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
  • Psalm 32:1-2, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” This notes all who the Lord has forgiven. Those poor in spirit are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Proverbs 8:34-35, “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.”
  • Psalm 41:1, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.” We remember Jesus’ note about being merciful in Matthew 5:7.

What the world says…

The proud and strong inherit the earth. Only those clever enough or confident enough in their abilities inherit what life has to offer. Gaining wealth, power, and respect is part of gaining the world. Some assert that gentleness does not get you far.

WHAT JESUS SAYS

It may seem like meekness is a disadvantage; however, it is wonderful in God’s Eyes. God invites you to trust in Him, and this gives you certainty that His Plans will work and accomplish what He has promised for His People.

See also: Isaiah 61:1; Numbers 12:3.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled

Matthew 5:6

Similar to how poverty leads to hunger, spiritual poverty can lead to hunger for righteousness. Jesus is talking about people who desire God’s Rule over their life, which brings justice for all. God will satisfy the hungry and thirsty for righteousness. This fulfills God’s Promise in Isaiah 65:13, “My servants will eat… my servants will rejoice…”

How the Old Testament described righteousness: This was a legal relationship, such as in law, courts, judges, etc. It meant ethical or good or fair behavior. It described also a covenant relationship, in which God would relate and do right toward His People.

How the New Testament explained righteousness: It was similar to how the Old Testament explained it, and Paul expanded the legal part of this. Because of Jesus’ atoning death on the cross, God justifies sinners. This does not mean God makes people righteous, but that God has applied Christ’s righteousness to us so we can become legally acquitted of the penalty of sin, which is death.

Jesus reflected righteousness in the covenant concept to described what is restored: the relationship between God and humanity; 2. Relationship between humans and Creation; 3. Human relationships.

What the world says…

Hungering for right things is playing a fool. Things don’t just change, and sometimes setting aside honor to do what is inconvenient may be needed. Quit worrying about what is right, and just get what you need. Look out for number one!

WHAT JESUS SAYS

Jesus gives the promise that those who are starving for righteousness will be satisfied, for His Kingdom is characterized by righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

See also: Romans 14:17; Isaiah 55:1-13; 65:15; John 6:48.

Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy

Matthew 5:7

Mercy is part of God’s Nature. People experiencing God’s Mercy are indeed grateful to Him, and this seeks to cultivate a merciful attitude in return to God.

What the world says…

People want justice, and want to condemn other people to make themselves feel better. The world idolizes the arrogant and merciless in sports and athletics, and also idolizes wealth and fame, and movie celebrities. Mercy is a liability, because of how costly it is, which prevents people from managing their goals.

WHAT JESUS SAYS

Jesus challenged the world’s thinking on this matter, in which mercy is an essential quality. Mercy described Jesus’ life, as God has mercy on us. Jesus bridges giving and receiving mercy, and recognizing that God is truly merciful and cannot be bought by our mercy. Receiving God’s most precious act of mercy is great, which is eternal life.

See also: Psalm 86:15; Joel 2:13; Psalms 103:8; 145:8; Luke 6:36.

Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God

Matthew 5:8

Seeing God is one of the greatest hopes for a believer; however, only the pure in heart will have this blessing. Purity of heart is not a personal effort, and is not part of maturity. A pure heart is one free of sin, and only Christ Jesus can clean us of sin. God gives a pure heart, as we desire and He grants us.

What the world says…

Culture devalues a pure heart, whereas instead people search for pure water, pure air, pure food, etc. Having a polluted heart is not a problem for the world.

WHAT JESUS SAYS

Jesus said that it is not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out (Matthew 15:11). True happiness is only in the presence of God. It inspires those living in the Kingdom of God to want to seek God.

See also: Exodus 33:20; Psalm 24:3-4; 51; Hebrews 12:14; Revelation 22:1-4; 1 John 3:2-3.

Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God

Matthew 5:9

Peace is always central to the Kingdom of God; therefore, those normally at war with each other would become at peace, and all things are made right especially when peace occurs. We are also made adopted children of God when we are saved.

What the world says…

Get peace at any price, and give peace a chance. Peace means the ceasing of conflict, and the world wants to be free of war. World peace will solve all problems. Some seek personal peace through many ideas: Music, drugs, meditation, destressing methods, etc.

WHAT JESUS SAYS

Jesus promised His Disciples peace before Ascending. His peace is a clear sign that the Kingdom of God is within our grasp or midst. Only Jesus makes that peace possible, and only in Him are we adopted children of God.

See also: Psalm 4:8; Isaiah 9:6; Romans 5:1; 12:18.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of God

Matthew 5:10

Just as the Kingdom of God belongs to those poor in spirit, it also belongs to those who are persecuted because of righteousness. Enduring opposition is important, because it shows that we stand up for what we truly believe in!

What the world says…

Principles are good, but not if they get you killed or cause grief. Righteousness is not valued in the world. Standards for right and wrong are not governed by what God desires, people get away with what they can do for their own desires.

WHAT JESUS SAYS

Jesus made it clear that the disciples would experience persecution, and it may seem that loneliness and isolation are part of what is doing right; however, your reward is in Heaven. He sent the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us, so we are not alone. He is always there. He will always be there… You understand?

See also: 1 Peter 3:14-15; 5:10; Luke 6:22-23; John 15:18-21.

Blessed are those who have not seen yet have believed

John 20:29

Jesus spoke about the Resurrection here, where it’s one thing to see the risen Christ as many of His Disciples had, but it is another to believe today based on these eyewitnesses. There are blessings in recognizing Christ has risen and truly believing the eyewitnesses.

What the world says…

Nobody knows what happened 2,000 years ago. People can’t just resurrect from the dead. Skeptics note the Bible’s contradictions.

WHAT JESUS SAYS

Jesus said that He IS the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). We have testimony of the apostles and t he ministration of the Holy Spirit.

See also: 1 Peter 1:8; John 1:12; 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 15.

It is more blessed to give than to receive

Acts 20:35

Giving to those in need leads to more happiness than receiving. The life that continuously takes without giving is selfish, and this leads to greater unhappiness. Meeting people’s needs is the road to a blessed life.

What the world says…

Look out for number one, cater to your own needs, target your own pleasures. Get what you can now. If you are generous, people will take advantage of you. You make it on your own. You cannot please everyone, so just please yourself.

WHAT JESUS SAYS

Jesus says He came to serve and He urges His Believers to do the same. He wants us to have the joy of serving others, and serving God, and to delight in what He has called them to do. We are blessed when we follow our Master’s example (Christ’s example), for a servant is not greater than his Master.

See also: Matthew 6:1-4; Luke 6:38; 22:24-30.

The Glory of God the Father

When it comes to Creation, we think of Genesis 1:1… “In the beginning, God created…” However, there is so much more to Creation than that. What are we referencing? We are referencing how the entire Trinity operated in the Creation Process. Why do we point this out? It is important to understand just how Creation came to be, and understand all of the aspects that God had to handle to be able to create all living and non-living things. He was the one who spoke to the living and non-living and formed things according to His Will!

It is good to quote Romans 1:20 before we get started, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

As Christians, we must acknowledge God, if we believe in Him, to be the Creator of the Universe and everything within and without it. Therefore, God is the Creator of everything inside and outside of this Universe. God is infinite and eternal – God is Spirit as Jesus has said! We cannot comprehend in our minute minds the awesomeness of God, because we weren’t made with the capability to do so. God stated this as we see in Isaiah 43:10, “’You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, not will there be one after me.’”

We must declare His Awesomeness and glory every day; that is, be in awe of Him. It’s so beautiful. It’s pointless to ever think that you, anyone else, any other being above or beneath, side to side, etc. could ever surpass God, because each moment you take a breath, you are glorifying God, because He gave you life (Genesis 2:7; Psalm 139:14-15). He is the air you breathe; He is the substance of everything and everyone around you (Acts 17:25; Romans 11:36). He is everywhere, uncountable, and infinite. There is nothing without God, because He imparted and imputed His Being into everything around us, in us, and through us (Revelation 10:6). We are a part of God and are made in His Image as we see in Genesis. Even death has no power over us, because death is only a condition, but God is infinite. He gave us power to overcome death, if we choose life (that is to believe in Him) (1 Corinthians 15:57).

So yes, God exists in everything, and yes, we can freely believe in Him all we want. You know what? He made all of us because He loves us. He made everything because His Inheritance is given to His Children. Everyone on Earth and probably in parts of the Universe has a part of His Inheritance, however, His Children (that is His People have an additional part, which is eternal life. He imputes onto us immortality when we express faith in Him! He wants to give His Life over to people to save them from eternal death. The only way that God destroys is through eternal death, but He gives life in eternal life. Our lives on Earth are temporal and are our ground for accepting His Salvation and His Will! He came to save us all from eternal death, by becoming one of us purposely, and being subject to us for a change. Through this, He granted us salvation from death to life, because He loves us! This can be found in John 3:16-21.)

“By faith we understand that the Universe was formed at God’s Command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3). This is saying that there is a substance in everything…you know what that is? It’s God! He is the substance of everything seen and unseen. The breath of His Mouth made the starry host (WOW!), as we see in Psalm 33:6.

When we believe in God – that means that we believe that He created everything and that He is eternally our only God. We have the privilege of believing in Him, and because of it, we are blessed eternally. What a deal! The Lord created us to be us in our capacity, which means that we were perfectly created to be able to handle living on Earth. If, in our current state, we were placed on even a nearby planet, we would not survive. There would be some inconsistency, nonetheless. He knows what He is doing! Furthermore, we live in just the right age, as we are crafted for a purpose of glorifying God.

The Nature of God

God the Father is the source of the Divine Nature of the Trinity, and He is the initiator and general director of the Godhead.

The All Knowing

The omniscience of God is the attribute of Him, to which, He knows everything past, present, and future. God knows even things hidden from human sight. Scripture notes the wisdom of God in all His actions, and even has it all ground into His Marvelous Knowledge. Feel free to study the Scriptural references, if you please.

  • His Knowledge originates within Himself (Isaiah 40:13-14; Job 21:22; Romans 11:33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:16)
  • His Knowledge is complete (Matthew 10:30; Psalm 147:4; Isaiah 40:26)
  • He knows things hidden from human understanding (Deuteronomy 29:29; Job 37:15-16; Daniel 2:22; Matthew 24:36; Acts 1:7; 2 Corinthians 12:2-4)
  • He knows of people’s actions, needs, hearts and minds, individually, and their sin (Job 24:23, 31:4; 34:21; Psalms 33:13-15, 44:20-21, 139:1-3; Jeremiah 2:2 16:17, 23:24; Matthew 6:8, 31-32; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Genesis 20:1-7; Hebrews 4:12-13; and even more)
  • He knew of Jesus Christ’s passion (Acts 2:23, 3:18, 4:27-28)
  • He knew who would become Jesus’ disciples (Romans 8:29; Jeremiah 1:5; Romans 11:2; 1 Peter 1:2)
  • He knew of the free will people would have and would adopt in their actions (Psalm 139:4; Exodus 3:19; Deuteronomy 31:21; 1 Samuel 23:10-13)
  • He knows those who are His (2 Timothy 2:19; Numbers 16:5; Exodus 33:12; Job 23:10; John 10:14; 1 Corinthians 8:3; Galatians 4:9; 1 John 3:19-20; Revelation 3:8)

Ever Present (Omnipresent)

God is omnipresent in that He transcends everything in space, and is present in all fullness.

  • He transcends all spatial limitations (He can’t be boxed) (1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chronicles 2:6; Psalm 113:4-6)
  • He is present throughout Heaven and Earth (Psalm 139:7-12; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Numbers 14:21; Deuteronomy 4:39)
  • He is near to all human beings (Acts 17:27-28; Psalms 16:8, 34:18, 145:18; Isaiah 50:8, 57:15)
  • He is always present with His People (Exodus 29:45, 33:15-16; Psalms 14:5, 72:19, 96:7-13; Malachi 1:11; Revelation 5:13; Isaiah 43:2; Zephaniah 3:17; 1 Corinthians 14:25; Genesis 28:15, 31:3; Matthew 29:20; 1 Corinthians 3:16; John 14:18; Ephesians 2:22; 1 John 3:24)

All Powerful (Omnipotent)

God is omnipotent, which means He has all power and able to do whatever He wills to do.

  • Overall, He is omnipotent (Mark 10:27, 14:36; Genesis 18:14; Psalm 93:1; Luke 1:37; 2 Corinthians 4:7; Job 9:12, 42:2; Isaiah 14:27; Jeremiah 10:6)
  • He is the Almighty (El Shaddai) (Genesis 28:3, 35:11, 43:14; Exodus 6:3; Job 11:7, 31:2)
  • He is the Lord Almighty or God Almighty (Sabaoth) (Psalms 24:10, 89:8; Jeremiah 10:16; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 11:17, 19:6)
  • He is the Mighty One (Genesis 49:24; Joshua 22:22; Psalm 50:1; Isaiah 1:24, 10:21, 60:16; Mark 14:62; Luke 1:49)
  • He shows His Power through Jesus Christ (Acts 2:24, 4:10, 10:38; Romans 1:4; Ephesians 1:19-21; Colossians 2:13-15; Revelation 12:10; Luke 5:17, 6:19, 8:46; 2 Peter 1:16; Hebrews 7:16; 2 Corinthians 13:4)
  • He rules in Creation (Romans 1:20; Psalms 19:1, 65:6, 68:34; Matthew 8:26) He cannot tolerate evil or be tempted with it (Habakkuk 1:13; James 1:13)

Abba

Jesus had urged us overall to think of God as our loving Father, because Jesus came to express not only the Kingdom of God, but also the love of the Father. Now, Jesus referred to God the Father as “Abba” – which is an Aramaic word roughly translated as “Daddy,” which shows the intimate relationship between God and His Son (or sons, such as us His People male and female).

God the Father is the perfect example for all Earthly fathers, because He is loving first, just, fair, graceful, kind, and an infinite other depictions. Nonetheless, His outstanding quality and notion of character is Love – “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). Everything the Father does is motivated from love, and we are encouraged by Paul to do the same thing (as we see in 1 Corinthians 13), for if we don’t do something in love, it is as if we are a clanging cymbal or gong.

If we’re doing things in love, we’re doing things out of awe for the Father, out of a servant’s heart to help people, and out of the kindness that derives from the Father. Through God’s covenant with Abraham, He chose the Jews as His People. After that, he nurtured and protected them, even when they disobeyed…why? Because, He loved them! In God’s greatest act of love, He sent His only Son to be the perfect sacrifice for sin of everyone, which includes Jews and Gentiles alike.

This Aramaic word, “Abba,” is a common word used by people, especially young children, who would use it to address their fathers. This signifies a close/intimate relationship of a father and his child. Those that believe in Him have the right to call Him Father, for not everyone is a child of God. Only those who are born-again are to be called Children of God (as we see in John 1:12-13). We have the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we may cry Abba! Father! (Romans 8:15) We are promised that we are born of God (our Spirit is), so that we may be partakers of Him (John 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:4). One day, we will be like Jesus, a son of God… (1 John 3:2, 5:1)!

What does this mean then? We are part of the Family now! If we are born again, we have been adopted into the family of God (John 1:12, 3:1-8; Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7), which makes us “joint-heirs with Christ Jesus.” When were we chosen to become part of His Family? It was before the foundation of the world (as we see in Ephesians 1:4).

It is difficult to just explain one entity of God, as He is One God in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Spirit. Therefore, we must continue to explore God in the other distinct persons, so that we receive a better understanding of God overall!

How Heaven and hell are described in the Bible

This is a nice list article that we hope you will appreciate. The following are ways that Heaven and hell are described in the Bible. This is not an exhaustive list, but it should pique your curiosity about discovering more Biblical truth.

Heaven

  • The throne of God (Deuteronomy 26:15; Psalm 11:4; Isaiah 66:1).
  • The place where God rewards His People (Matthew 5:12).
  • The place of rejoicing (Luke 15:7).
  • The place free from destruction and theft (Matthew 6:20).
  • The place with no night (Revelation 21:25).
  • The place with no death, pain, sadness, or grief (Revelation 21:4).
  • The place where God dwells with His People and beings (Revelation 21:3).
  • The Holy City (Revelation 21:2).
  • The place where there is victory and the playing of harps (Revelation 15:2).
  • The place where there is no hunger, thirst, tears, scorching heat/hot sun, or mischief (Revelation 7:16-17).
  • The garden paradise (Revelation 2:7).
  • The home of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13).
  • The place where no one is married or given in marriage (Matthew 22:29-30).
  • The place where there are no impure people or things (Revelation 21:27).
  • The place of life and healing, where God reigns forever (Revelation 22:1-5).
  • The place of the most brilliance: very precious jewels of walls of jasper, city made of pure gold, walls decorated with precious stones, and the twelve gates are each made from one single pearl (Revelation 21:11, 18-21).

hell

  • The place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30).
  • Fallen angels dwell in hell (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:16).
  • The place shut out of the presence of the Lord and the majesty of his power (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
  • The place of separation (Matthew 13:49).
  • The furnace of fire (Matthew 13:42, 50).
  • The place of no rest whatsoever (Revelation 14:11).
  • The place where worms don’t die and the fire goes unquenched (Mark 9:43).
  • The place of everlasting destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
  • The place of sorrows (2 Samuel 22:5-7) and torments (Luke 16:23).
  • The place where there is outer darkness (Matthew 22:13).
  • The lake of fire will be what hell becomes (Revelation 20:14).
  • The place filled with the cowardly, unbelieving, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, idolaters, and all liars (Revelation 21:8).

Jesus wants to give you the Kingdom! | Luke 12:32 commentary

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

People must claim loyalty to God at all times. It is highly important to understand this premise. If certain things that are less than humans receive provision from the Lord, then His People ought to know that they will be provided for, and even more will receive the spiritual Kingdom that He has prepared for us. It is His pleasure to give us the Kingdom of God.

Of course, giving this thought to fishermen was probably to them quite a surprise. Instead of trying to conquer a kingdom on Earth for themselves, Jesus was offering them a spiritual Kingdom, so they realize they do not have to overwork themselves trying to fulfill a kingdom on Earth. Working for God’s Kingdom allows one to be in greater rest while helping others.

The Lord is instructing simply that His Disciples are heirs to the Heavenly Kingdom where their treasures are.

The Kingdom of Heaven is the Same as The Kingdom of God

Matthew, for some strange reason, is the only one that refers to the Kingdom of Heaven. It is mentioned no other time in the New Testament. The Kingdom of God is used the most in the New Testament, which is in 10 different books.

Matthew’s Gospel is of a Jewish nature usually, which is probably why he used it when Jesus was likely saying Kingdom of God. Matthew had done “Heaven” instead of “God” in the phrase “Kingdom of God”, because it was out of respect for the Jews (who were careful to use God in everyday speech). He would have either wanted to state “Yahweh” or “Heaven” when explaining the Kingdom of God.

This was really a problem for a context of verses, where Jesus using Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven interchangeable in Matthew 19:23-24. To say Jesus really meant the Kingdom of Heaven and then in the next verse say Kingdom of God would make Jesus look like a liar, in which He is not. This would mean that the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are the same meaning.

Comparing parallels will reveal the truth: Matthew (Mt) 11:11-12 to Luke (L) 7:28; Mt 13:11 to Mark 4:11 and L 8:10; Mt 13:24 to Mark 4:26; Mt 13:31 to Mark 4:30 and L 13:18; Mt 13:33 to L 13:20; Mt 18:3 to Mark 10:14 and L 18:16; and Mt 22:2 to L 13:29.

In most of those instances, it’s two against one, and two witnesses are better.

The doctor speaks in defense of the apostles | Acts 5:24-42

“Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”

Commentary: Someone had heard that the apostles were teaching in the temple, and went to tell the officials in the prison that the apostles were at the temple. Therefore, the temple leaders left the prison and returned to the temple to find the story true. Soon after arriving, the apostles were captured and taken to the council to be questioned.

The apostles gave their usual testimony of the reason for their faith (see also 1 Peter 3:15). This shocked the temple leaders, which made them feel incredible hostility against the apostles. Gamaliel, a Pharisee, stood up and testified about other people, and told the temple leaders these apostles were similar to those other people who come with their religious things, but if it is not of God, it will not last. On the other hand, if the teaching does prosper, then it must be of God. It would not be wise, he asserts, to fight against God (paraphrased).

Considering what Gamaliel said, the temple leaders warned the apostles again not to speak of Jesus anymore. This time, the apostles were tortured, which appeared to be the first time Christians were tortured for their belief in Jesus. And still… The apostles continued to preach and teach about Jesus Christ in various venues.

Prophetic notes: We see the continual shape of Ezekiel 17:22-24 being formed, as the scripture prophesies that from the Davidic line (of kings) shall God take one, the Messiah (who we call Jesus Christ), and establish a new Kingdom that will bring blessing upon the entire world. The main portion here that is fulfilled is in verse 23, where it states, that they shall dwell in the shadow of the branches. Jesus notes this in Matthew 16:18, where Jesus states He will build His Church upon Himself (Jesus is the rock after all), and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. It appears Gamaliel was sent by God to save His apostles from harm or punishment (as the temple leaders wanted to kill the apostles for their “heresy” to the Jewish law).

Peter’s sermon of fulfilled prophecy | Acts 2:14-37

Scripture: “14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

Commentary: After Peter told the brethren that there was no possibility that they could be drunk with new wine due to how early it was in the day – for this was not happy hour – he explains the vitality – the importance – of this ministry for Jesus Christ.

Peter then recites the prophecy from Joel (the minor prophet), which was from Joel 2:28-32. The context of this prophecy from Joel represents that people may readily turn to God (accept God) during times of hardship; however, many of them may just forget God as quickly as they came unto Him. Some people, when prosperity occurs, they feel as if they have no need of help from God, because they have the delusion of self-sufficiency. The core of the prophecy is that they would be more obedient to God when understand His Will (including being in better devotion unto Him). God once only gave His Spirit to people to do certain tasks, but the time is coming one day where He will place His Spirit within each believer of any diversity, and it will occur before the final great day of the Lord. One of the signs of the great day of the Lord is the phenomenal locust plague, in which on that day, believers would be saved; however, sinners would perish.

Jesus came to do signs, wonders, and miracles, as Jesus does what He sees His Father (God) doing (John 5:19). The point stricken unto the apostles and disciples along with the other brethren, was that the Jews took and killed Jesus. But God… He raised Him, thus breaking the chains of death – for nothing could hold Jesus down any longer. Not only that, but He suffered to fulfill the Will of God (Psalm 22:1). Believers, just like Christ, will be raised the same way He was after death (1 Corinthians 6:14; Philippians 3:10; Romans 6:5).

King David spoke about Jesus’ first advent (His First Coming), in that he saw Jesus as Lord on the right hand of God, and this coming man would keep believers’ souls from Hell, and finally that Jesus would be without corruption (Jesus would be sinless). Jesus would guide people on the proper path, and His Presence in believers’ lives would bring great joy.

The spirit of David lives on, because Jesus inherited David’s throne, and had sat there after dying and rising again in His Resurrection (see 1 Kings 2:10; 2 Samuel 7:12; Psalm 16:10). David was not one whom had ascended into Heaven; whereas Jesus did ascend. The apostles and some disciples bore witness that Jesus lived, ministered, died sacrificially, resurrected, appeared to them again, and then ascended into Heaven (at Bethany).

Other notes: Isaiah also had a prophecy that was fulfilled in these days noted in the book of Acts. In Isaiah 44:1-5, we see that not only is God willing to forgive His People, but that He also wants to give His Spirit unto each believer, in which new life will spring up inside of them, which shall enable them to evangelize to Jews and Gentiles.