Afraid to Die

Is a fear of death unhealthy? The answer is no, fear is the primary tool we use in remaining safe and keeping our family safe. Yet we know from Psalm 90:10 “The span of our life is 70 years, Or 80 if one is especially strong. But they are filled with trouble and sorrow; They quickly pass by, and away we fly.”

Romans 6: 23 “For the wages sin pays is death,..” Ecclesiastes 9: 5 “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all,..”

The English Actor and Play write Christopher Bullock (1716) first penned the words “’tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes” and Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s Founding Fathers, penned a letter to French scientist Jean-Baptiste Le Roy  “Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”

There is an inevitability in life, we all die. So why do we fear something common to us all?

Living with that fear

The spectre of death becomes enhanced when we become parents, we realise that our responsibility for another life that is so fragile is all consuming. The phone call I have always dreaded is a message to say either of our sons has been in an accident.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, an 1887 painting by Viktor Vasnetsov. From left to right are Death, Famine, War, and Conquest; the Lamb is at the top.

Yet we live with the constant awareness that we can’t prevent the unexpected, and this has consequences. 40 years ago a friend went out to work, it was at a height, he fell, and he died a few days later. He hadn’t gone out that morning thinking of that event, he had been strong, vigorous and full of life, he and his wife were expecting their first child. He fell 28 feet, a couple of weeks earlier I had fallen from over 30 feet with a minor injury. Death is our unexpected master.

Yet we all get on with life, we can’t hide away and wrap ourselves in cotton wool, we weigh the risks and try to manage them as best we can. Why?

Ecclesiastes 3: 11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has even put eternity in their heart; yet mankind will never find out the work that the true God has made from start to finish.”

Jehovah God put eternity into our hearts, we focus on living today and as we know taking one day at a time means that everything around us carries on and we want to do the same.

Jesus Promise

John 5: 28 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”

All those who have died and who remain in God’s memory will hear Jesus voice, did the ancients believe that? Job 14: 14 “If a man dies, can he live again? I will wait all the days of my compulsory service Until my relief comes. 15 You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands.”

Written by Moses the book of Job and again with Abraham in the book of Genesis we appreciate that they understood that there is to be a resurrection, the time when Jehovah God would call to them and they would live again.

So the condition of the dead becomes important note the rest of Ecclesiastes 9: 5 “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all,..” by reading the full context of the paragraph Ecclesiastes 9: 4 “There is hope for whoever is among the living, because a live dog is better off than a dead lion.5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have any more reward, because all memory of them is forgotten.6 Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they no longer have any share in what is done under the sun.”

The same point is expressed in Psalm 146: 3 “Do not put your trust in princes Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation. 4 His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish.”

No thought, planning, pain or suffering, Jesus said of Lazarus that he was sleeping. These ones are waiting for that call.

Does it really matter? Well ask two questions:

  1. Can I choose the day on which I will die?
  2. Given the chance of healthy life how long would I want to live?

Take steps to prepare for life without the fear of death, be assured of the Bible promises and explanation of why we find ourselves in this situation. For those without a Bible – down load a copy

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Remember Jesus said in John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”

We can live forever without fear and coming to know our creator and his son.

Prepared for Survival

Elijah called out to Israel: “How long will you be limping between two different opinions? If Jehovah is the true God, follow him; but if Baʹal is, follow him!” But the people did not say a word in answer to him.”

The Israelites struggled with the basic question associated with their survival – “whose side are you on?” and right now billions are answering by their opposition and silence.

Planning to survive isn’t the same as being prepared to survive. Most weeks I watch local offshore fishermen grab their life buoyancy vest and throw it on their boat. In a recent accident the fisherman had his life vest on board so he was planned to survive any incident but when it happened he wasn’t wearing it. Planning and preparation.

We can be the same we tell everyone we have our plan ready, we have all the equipment but if it isn’t in the right location for use then it is wasted.

Preparation involves more than having a plan, we must follow through and raise our state of awareness, resource our survival plan and ensure we have it with us ready for use.

Psalm 37: 10 begins with the words “Just a little while longer…” doesn’t that sound imminent? Jesus in Matthew 24 listed the signs and Revelation described the events.

However, just like the days of Elijah we are heading for the reckoning. This system of globalism and government is ending, it is unsustainable and millions no BILLIONS are totally unprepared for survival.

One scripture has always captured my attention Psalm 146: 3 “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.”

No human government can ever guarantee your survival and what they achieve has limited effects.

How do you Prepare?

The first thing is recognise the danger, perceive the range hazards and the mitigate the risk by thorough preparation. Hopefully the reader realises I’m not one of those Christians that say “accept Jesus as your personal saviour and that means you’re saved”

Jesus didn’t say nor did the Apostles notice Jesus words in Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will.22 Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

He did go on to tell us what happens in the next illustration Matthew 7: 24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does them will be like a discreet man who built his house on the rock.25 And the rain poured down and the floods came and the winds blew and lashed against that house, but it did not cave in, for it had been founded on the rock.26 Furthermore, everyone hearing these sayings of mine and not doing them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.27 And the rain poured down and the floods came and the winds blew and struck against that house, and it caved in, and its collapse was great.”

The Discreet person hears Jesus sayings and does them. So the first element of our preparation is to read the Bible, understand the signs, look at the conditions we face and identify where we are in the stream of events. Again in Matthew 24 Jesus made it clear when we see things happening then that is the time to take action.

If you have ever been in a burning building you’ll know you never wait for the fire to reach you before you start to think about escape. As soon as you are aware, you know what you are going to do, hopefully you have had the chance to practice it and you get out of there raising the alarm as you go.

The American Military have the mantra – leave no one behind – well Jesus had the same approach as his father note the words in in 2 Peter 3: 9 “Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.10 But Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be exposed.”

Do not be misled, we face the near extinction of humanity and we have the choice, survive or die.

Choose to survive and begin your preparation now. Study the Bible, link to a free bible study course we are not afraid of the future we are prepared for it. Israel was told to Stand Still and See the Salvation of Jehovah, this is not our battle therefore we need to pick a side, listen to the commander of Gods forces and be ready for survival.

Remember Zephaniah 2: 3Seek ye Jehovah, all ye meek of the earth, that have kept his ordinances; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye will be hid in the day of Jehovah’s anger.” the only doubt is where we stand because for as long as we limp along on two sides we are only assured of not surviving.

We don’t need guns, stock piles of gold and silver, an underground bunker, we need to acknowledge Jehovah God, Jesus his appointed King and prepare our selves and family for survival.

Armageddon – their riches can’t save them!

The greatest issue facing millions in the coming months is going to be the value of Money. Finding ways to make the same income stretch to pay ever increasing costs. This is called basic economics but it is a system of trade based on the value of money.

Society and so-called civilisation has determined that those without talent or skill can become very rich by by using money – taking risks and gambling.

Let me ask you a silly question: would you take survival advice from someone who took extreme risks? For example, a person who had survived a couple of near death experiences. It is unlikely and especially if there is a known safer route.

So the Politicians, Celebrities, Financiers, Religious leaders of the world continue to recommend their high risk approach to the future. Their reliance on money and weapons of war has become their security. However, the money is losing it’s value, prophetically note just three of the many scriptures that describe the outcome:

Zephaniah 1: 18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them in the day of Jehovah’s fury; For by the fire of his zeal the whole earth will be consumed, Because he will make an extermination, indeed a terrible one, of all the inhabitants of the earth.”

Ezekiel 7: 19 “‘They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will become abhorrent to them. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them in the day of Jehovah’s fury.

James 5: 3 “Your gold and silver have rusted away, and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh. What you have stored up will be like a fire in the last days.”

How rich they think they are nor how big their arsenal of weapons has become their trust is in something valueless.

Do you think that the God who created the heavens and controls the destructive power of the winds, rain and extreme storms would be afraid of of puny weapons produced by tiny politicians.

These leaders are being drawn to a war they can’t win. They want to fight the ultimate battle against God Revelation 16: 14 “They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and they perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.”

Jesus was clear – stop storing up treasures on earth, the Psalmist made it clear not to trust humans for salvation.

The prophetic picture is being revealed before our eyes, billions refuse to see it or acknowledge it, they think humans can resolve all their own problems – they can by destroying everything. Note what Revelation 11: 18 “But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

Time is very short! So let’s be very clear Jesus stated at John 3: 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.17 For God did not send his Son into the world for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him.” and John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”

Revelation reminds us that Salvation is from God through his son Jesus so what do those who want to survive need 1 John 5: 3 “For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,”

So the Gold, Silver and weapons won’t save the rich, the currency is valueless as we inexorably towards the end of unrighteous and wicked governments we have to build our futures based on the love of God and the only way to salvation.

World War III – Can you Survive?

Russia threatens nuclear war over the NATO reaction and response to the annexing of the Ukraine. It is an issue that is frightening many is that this conflict will lead to the Bible War of Armageddon.

There are clear difference between the War in Europe, Nuclear and Armageddon. These are worth reviewing. Humanity is threatened by the posturing of Russia and there could be a nuclear incident but is this Armageddon?

Well lets check the Bible description – Revelation 16: 14 “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” then verse 16 “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

Nations are not fighting each other they have a common opponent – GOD! This war is further described in Revelation 19: 19 “And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army”.

The Nations Join together

The Bible refers to the coalition of Nations who decide to turn against religion, and the idea that God’s Kingdom has any right to rule. So they gather themselves, led by the international mouth piece – again identified in the Bible, this global grouping of the nations thinks it has established peace as the words in 1 Thessalonians 5: 1 “Now as for the times and the seasons, brothers, you need nothing to be written to you.2 For you yourselves know very well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night. Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape

The entertainment and film industry have long projected to people that this is a war they can win. However, fighting the power and armies of God is not like fighting “Aliens”. The human resolve will fail in this battle and the outcome is one that individuals find unpalatable because they assume the Religions reflect what Theocracy is like. For example, Islam and some sects of Christianity (like Catholicism) have painted God to harsh, unforgiving and cruel.

Life now is brutal, cruel, worthless and without hope, be honest with yourself do you really see this way of life prevailing and establishing real peace? Humans can’t rule humans because they dominate and damage.

So will the conflict and threat of Nuclear War herald Armageddon? No! This is a war between Governments and Humans Armageddon is a war against God.

The outcome is assured there are those who will survive so now is the time to do all we can to understand what is really happening in the World. We do not need to be afraid, although facing an uncertain period we know and are confident that Jehovah God has provided the route for survival but like all survival guides you have to read it , consult it and follow it. Something billions are not prepared to do.

The answer is simple to find out more let the Bible answer the question

The survival guide is the Bible, it is in most homes and available for free online – download a copy to your device and read it everyday.

Please comment if you would like to ask questions we are happy to answer from the Bible. Be courageous and strong because deliverance or rescue is very near, so reach out for the saving hand because soon it will be gone as the world decides to confront the creator and it won’t end well for the political, social and commercial systems of this earth. No one can fight against God and be victorious

Honest Government

The weeks roll by and the political powers limp from one crisis to the next. Socialist, Conservative, Autocracy, Federal, Globalist and Human theocracy they all struggle and will continue to struggle. There is one critical point that they all have in common – a shared flaw Psalm 146: 3 “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” [KJV] No matter how well intentioned they fail to deliver the dream because they die.

Then we have the words of Ecclesiastes 8: 9 “All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt” [KJV]

What can we learn from Jesus and how he spoke of leaders?

Let’s start with Luke 22: 24 And it came to pass that there was a rivalry also among them, as to which of them seemed to be greater [than the rest]. [Rotherham] Jesus had explained to his Apostles and Disciples that in his Kingdom they would be rulers, Kings! Therefore, the contention was who would be the first or greatest amongst them, the leader. Now Jesus responded with something that is at the heart of true equality in Government when he continued to say in Luke 22: 25 And he said unto them—The kings of the nations lord it over them, And they who wield authority over them benefactors are called.26 But ye not so! On the contrary—The greater among you Let him become as the younger, And he that governeth As he that ministereth, [Rotherham]

Jesus was amongst them and serving them, they had already acknowledged him as the Messiah, the Crown of David had passed to him. The equivalent of King Charles III serving food to the guests at a banquet, today it wouldn’t happen and yet Jesus was stating clearly that is the role of those who have the responsibility. There is a work, to meet the needs of the subjects of that Kingdom.

Honest Government requires leaders that serve. That is clear, but what about the subjects?

Again the scriptures are very clear. Let’s start with Ecclesiastes 12: 13 The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole obligation of man. [RNWT]

What did Jesus emphasise? First Matthew 22: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’38 This is the greatest and first commandment.39 The second, like it, is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’40 On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets.” [RNWT]

So the love of god is required and this is explained in 1 John 5: 3 For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,[RNWT]

So we are required to keep God’s commandment’s – a basic set of rules to live by. There’s no ambiguity or personal interpretation we need to follow the course Jesus did, subject ourselves to God.

We won’t need to fight wars, crime will be a thing of history, prejudice and hatred will be cast away. James the Brother of Jesus made this point James 1: 26 If any man thinks he is a worshipper of God but does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he is deceiving his own heart, and his worship is futile.27 The form of worship that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation, and to keep oneself without spot from the world. [RNWT]

We need to examine ourselves against that bible standard for example, James 2: 14 Of what benefit is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but he does not have works? That faith cannot save him, can it?15 If any brothers or sisters are lacking clothing and enough food for the day,16 yet one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but you do not give them what they need for their body, of what benefit is it?17 So, too, faith by itself, without works, is dead. [RNWT] Do my works indicate that I am searching for Honest Government? If it is clear that God’s Government is the only Honest Government am I prepared to change or will it have to change to my standards?

Putting the needs of others first seems to be odd when we talk of Jehovah God, the way religions represent him and what they teach about Hell and eternal punishment, the immortality of the soul, how the dead can haunt the living, that God supports one country or religious group over another as the whim takes him. This is not the God of the Bible.

Consider this one scripture John 3: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [KJV] then ask is this consistent with the teaching of superiority in Human Government.

Now is the right time to search for Jehovah God. To study his word the Bible and to start living up to our commitment as Christians to follow the Christ and keep those commandments. No watering down and no personal views let the Bible speak.

How Does the Bible help us today?

Many people view the Bible as simply a book, an old book, a ‘good book’ also as an out-of-date and ‘irrelevant” to modern life.

Yet the Bible has answer to the questions we all have, what does the future hold? What happens when we die? and will we ever see peace on earth?

It says of itself in Psalm 119: 105 Your word is a lamp to my foot, And a light for my path.

This describes the Bible as the Light that can guide us. As well as answering the big questions, it also gives solid advice on everyday things:-

  • how to find and keep a good friend
  • how to cope with stress
  • how to find a real purpose and contentment in life

It also as Romans 15: 4 For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope. The scriptures offer us comfort that we might have hope. The hope is the prospect of being able to “Enjoy Life Forever” in a paradise here on the earth free from war, hunger and death.

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The Bible, Politics and Christianity

For almost 2,000 years there has been a group called Christians, in the same period Political change has occurred moving to accountable governance and the Bible included the books of the New Testament – or Christian Greek Scriptures.

So from history we know the Apostles and disciples wrote to the early Christians to build their faith because they were persecuted. The title Christian was used to describe the followers of Jesus the Nazarene. This group were hated, persecuted particularly by Rome, Judaism and society.

Set Apart

When Jehovah created a covenant or contract with the nation of Israel he made it clear that they were to separate, their religious activities and Government from all the other nations around. This isolationist or separatist policy was designed to demonstrate they had dedicated themselves to God and recognised his right to rule.

Jesus made a new covenant with the Spiritual Israel of God and he again separated them, this meant that they were identified as different – they were Christians!

The Impact

The Governments stood up against the Christians, persecution followed, men like Peter, Paul, James the Apostle, Stephen and so many others were cruelly treated. Why?

Three Reasons:

Jesus was hated by the Jews and Rome

Jesus told the Apostles they would be hated because they followed him

Christians promote an alternate government God’s Kingdom that will destroy human rulership

John 15: 18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you

John 17: 14 I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.

Matthew 6: 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.

For at least 250 years Christians continued to be persecuted. So the Political Governmental Power decided to “accept” Christianity but it required those leaders to compromise, which many refused to do.

The bright sparks in Government suddenly thought, “lets establish a Universal form of Christianity” locate it in Rome and encourage people to adopt it by linking festivals and services with the pagan religions. That way they exercise control of society.

So in the 4th Century Modern Christianity was established. Jesus had described this as weeds being sown amongst the wheat. So Original Christianity and Modern Christianity would exist alongside each other.

Note what happens to those who are deceived by the propaganda Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will.22 Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

Pseudo-Christians are left at the time of inspection thinking they had followed Christ but he will not recognise them, why? verse 24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does them will be like a discreet man who built his house on the rock.” Hears and does.

Original Christians Today

The scrutiny of the Bible in the last 500 years has impressed on some of the those deceived ones a need to return to the saying of Jesus Christ.

This has made them unpopular with Governments and Modern Christianity, for example Tyndale translating the Bible into English, Wycliffe and so many others who were persecuted, murdered by the state for their honest desire to get the Bible into the hands of the common person.

Society changed Modern Christianity fragmented to accommodate the differing needs of those who started to study the Bible. Morality changed and people accepted standards and practices that fly in the face of the Bible. Religion, especially Christianity is truly universal all are welcome, with or without a faith in God. Sounds odd but it is true.

Who Are Identified as Different

Globally the Bible Education Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses is unparalleled in scale and impact, the common unity that they support God’s Kingdom and obey God as ruler, following closely the steps of Jesus Christ. You may know them for the medical stance, or that they won’t join the military, you will never be fighting against a practicing Jehovah’s Witness on the frontline. For example, Russia and Ukraine have no Witnesses in their fighting or Government Forces.

This is religious group that seems to get a “Marmite” reaction. Love them or hate them their stand for God’s Kingdom in Jesus Christ’s hands as the only solution sets them apart, just like the Original Christians.

Check out what they teach, what the Bible teaches and what the Original Christians accepted in the first and second centuries.

What happens when someone practices sins that are contrary to the Bible standards the congregation follow the bible direction.

Persecuted for not supporting the state, labelled as extremist although not a threat to the Government. In the UK the Government’s own review of extremism identified Jehovah’s Witnesses as a pacifist group that hold extremist standards, the same label is attached to them in Russia and in European countries and the threat is they undermine the nationalistic spirit that enables the countries to go to war, invest in weapons and exploit people.

So Governments cry and security when they invest in war, they persecute those who have found the Original Christian way and follow it.

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This not an official voice for Jehovah’s Witnesses but to be persecuted for the same reasons as the Original Christians is something all Modern Christians should be interested in because if it is easy to be a Christian today we need to ask Am I following Christ or Modern Christianity?

The Silent Majority

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” Although not attributed now the quote describes the state of our society today.

2 Timothy 3: 1 “But know this, that in the last days difficult times will come on;2 for men will be selfish, money-mad, pretentious, proud, scurrilous, disobedient to parents, thankless, graceless, loveless, implacable, slanderers, slaves of appetite, ferocious, disinclined to goodness, traitorous, headstrong, conceited, more devoted to pleasure than to God, having a formulation of piety but denying its efficacy; eschew these too”

We see and accept these traits in those around us, honesty speaks in many cases where we can look at ourselves and say “Yes, to some degree that applies to me”.

Does that mean we have to be silent?

Are we compelled to refrain from being critical because we don’t match up perfectly?

Both questions establish a clear basis to look at who we are as an individual. The Apostle Paul made this statement at Romans 7: 21 “I find, then, this law in my case: When I wish to do what is right, what is bad is present with me.22 I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within,23 but I see in my body another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my body.24 Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from the body undergoing this death?25 Thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then, with my mind I myself am a slave to God’s law, but with my flesh to sin’s law.”

We battle against one law and promote another. Therefore, when we know something is wrong we know we should make our stand.

Notice how the Apostle Peter brings this to our attention 1 Peter 5: 9 “But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by the entire association of your brothers in the world.”

See things for what they are as described by Jesus half brothers James and Jude first in James 3: 15 “This is not the wisdom that comes down from above; it is earthly, animalistic, demonic” and Jude 18 “how they used to say to you: “In the last time there will be ridiculers, following their own desires for ungodly things.”19 These are the ones who cause divisions, animalistic men, not having spirituality.”

We live in countries that claim they are established on their tenets of faith but because those with faith fail to take a stand publicly the lines between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour Isaiah stated at Isaiah 5: 20 “Woe to those who say that good is bad and bad is good, Those who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, Those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

In the scripture quoted in the post from the letter of 2 Timothy 3: 5 “having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.” Godliness or piety is diluted and corrupted. Religious Leaders are allowing things to happen in their own place of worship that the Bible condemns, for example, remember that to be a Christian you have to follow the Christ. He instructed his Apostles to replace their swords and made it clear those who live by the sword are not his followers. A simple yet powerful position. Christians must accept that Jesus Christ is the leader and that he has the right to set the standards. To a Christian we must make the voice of truth known, explain what is acceptable but never deceive those who supplant evil for good. Their standard for God’s.

If the figures are correct from the census there are more Christians in the UK and US and yet evil continues to triumph because they fail to take their stand.

This isn’t a call to arms or collective action, because we stand up on own – one voice advocating God’s Kingdom in the hands of Jesus Christ. Others may stand with us but we must be prepared to stand alone. Jesus demonstrated how that has to be done.

Never lose sight of the promise that God is making all things new through his Kingdom. Take the time to study the bible, get to know Jehovah and give voice to what is right.

You can Enjoy Life Forever by making your personal stand for God’s Kingdom.

The Failure of Religion

This week, the 24th May 2022, after being sentenced to 6 years in prison in Russia Denis Christensen was released from a Russian prison.

His offence? he was labelled an extremist and dangerous to the State of Russia, I enjoyed reading one description of him a “passive terrorist”, call it what you will this is a contradiction in terms.

He had paid his taxes, kept the laws of the land, however, his faith made him an enemy of the state. This stance was promoted by the Russian Orthodox Church leaders.

Why is this simply echoing the position of other religious movements? Jesus taught his followers to love one another, although singled out for persecution by the religious leaders of his day he didn’t say to his disciples campaign to stop them, or become involved in the political system to protect your own interests.

The principle that guides Jehovah’s Witnesses globally reflects the words of the Apostles who are recorded as saying at Acts 5: 29 “In answer Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men”

At Jesus death the religious leaders aligned themselves with the state and the same applies today. Religions and the Political infrastructure are linked. For example in China the Communist Party now have a say in the appointment of Catholic Bishops.

In the UK Parliament Religious Leaders sit in the House of Lords, spend time criticizing the Government but what did Jesus advocate? Matthew 6: 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.

Which Kingdom? Matthew 6: 9 “You must pray, then, this way: “‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified.10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.11 Give us today our bread for this day;12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the wicked one.’” God’s Kingdom.

Religions around the world fail to point to this the only hope of salvation. Using their political influence to silence and obstruct those who make it plain, we are not in control of our destiny we need external support and Jesus died for us to get that support.

So remember the words James 4: 4 “Adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God”

We are no part of the political system as Christians because we promote God’s Kingdom ruled by Jesus Christ. The countries we live in are just places to be, and supporting the religious movement of nationalism is evidence of Religion forming and alliance with those who will battle against God’s Kingdom. Religion is described in Revelation as a Harlot riding on a wild beast who will be destroyed by that beast. It is really worth examining whether we are part of the wild beast, the harlot or those whom they wage war against.

Prayerfully consider where we want to be on God’s side on going down with the billions of followers of false religion.

Jesus made it clear when he said at Matthew 7: 13 “Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it;14 whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it.

If we find it easy to be a Christian today, if we discover our views are popular with those around us then we need to examine which gate we have accessed and turn around if we need to.

This means everlasting life – getting to KNOW God and Jesus Christ

The time left is very short so examine the bible for ourselves and don’t let religions drag us into a war with God by opposing those who serve him faithfully.

We rejoice in the release of someone faithful and remember all of those who continue to be persecuted by the state supported by the religious leaders, this include Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Communism and Nationalism

Let the truth of the Bible set us free and may we live forever because of the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf.

“The undeserved kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ be with the spirit you show, brothers. Amen.”

Living a philosophical choice

So I got lost in meditation a few days ago, prompted by a scripture. John 11: 26 “and everyone who is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all.”

Can it be said that we really have a choice on whether we live forever or just exist for today? Living with eternity in mind is very different from being alive.

The opportunity to live forever is extended to Christians many times in the Gospels and throughout the whole Bible.

Often confused with the notion of the reward structure – floating on a cloud plucking at a harp or burning in the pits of Hell fire and being tormented.

The meaning of Philosophical choice –

relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.

“philosophical discussions about free will”

So the idea of living forever isn’t just a dream of concept but a fundamental examination of who we are.

Last week I got sent a “Pure Cremation” pack inviting me to plan a “no fuss” funeral and it got me thinking. If I had to choose a date to die on could I? Would everyone think I had lost my mind if I decided that the 29th February 2024 was the date? Would others try to dissuade me?

We all have to die according to science but we look at extending our lives for as long as we can. Those who believe in the immortality of the soul want to remain in the physical form.

None of us with reasonable health or in favourable circumstances would chose to die. So starting at that point we begin to ask what would make life worth living forever? Good health, true peace, real security, removal of poverty, a beautiful home and strong family.

Is this possible? this is where “the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence” comes in. We need to examine for ourselves the evidence. I can tell you or try to explain what I have discovered but the most important way is to seek the truth about our hope and the potential to live forever.

I don’t have the power to give anyone everlasting life but notice the words of Jesus often quoted by Christians John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” and his words at John 4: 14 “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all, but the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life.”

Study and meditation

Understanding comes from personal study and meditation on God’s word ensures that we have the the insight. Those who look at life today and say there should be so much more and we should be able to find a real meaning to life need to examine, explore and understand that Everlasting Life is a promise not a dream.

To find out how we can be so certain start an examine of the Bible using the Study Aid Enjoy Life Forever follow the advice that we should draw close to God because he is close to each one of use if we reach out to him.

As a parent I remember my sons taking their first steps and walking unassisted what gave them confidence was that we were right their when they needed us, they stretched out their hands and we caught them, the same applies with God – he reaches out for us when we indicate that we need that support.

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