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There is very little to be add to the content of this wonderful article.
My only observation is that as end time believers we will be under demonic attack from a myriad of manners ways and persons and endurance, patience, tolerance, love and wisdom are required in great quantities. Pray that they will be available in excess.
Authentic Manhood in the End Times
By Howard Green
A narrative drilled into our heads every day by pop-culture, the media, Hollywood, and even people in our own circles has become the “norm.” The broad summary of the narrative is this: All men are pretty much alike and they all live and behave in the same way. I suspect that I’m not alone in my belief that the world’s idea of what a real man is couldn’t be more flawed.
As a Christian man, I want to expose the world’s notion of manhood for what it is—a lie. I also want to encourage brothers in Christ everywhere to live out an authentic manhood in these last days.
Before we dig in, I want to address sisters in Christ. We know you as wives, moms, daughters, sisters, aunts, and friends. As you read this article for men, please understand it is meant to encourage you as well. The world tells you the same pack of lies about men. As believers, we know this isn’t the truth.
The continuous defamation of the roll and character of men is unrelenting. Please remember that we need your prayers, support, and encouragement. Wives please pray for your husbands. Moms please pray for your sons. Grand moms please intercede for your Grandsons. Aside from the Lord, Bible believing women are the greatest asset we have.
If you are a Christian teenage young lady or young woman, please remember that you belong to the Lord. Christian guys are your brothers. Be an example of kindness, modesty, and true beauty that is so rare and hard to find these days. You will be such an encouragement to your brothers in Christ.
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty, For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
Men, we live in dark days and the onslaught of evil is growing by the day. I began to notice this defaming of the roll of men start in the 1970s and it really took hold in the 1980s. Now in the last decade or so, it seems like there is an all out frontal assault on men. Hollywood for the most part, likes to portray men as poorly mannered, sex crazed, egotistic bumbling idiots.
Thinking of television in just the past few years or so, men have been portrayed like goofballs in shows such as: Married With Children, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The King of Queens to name just a few.
Think about the men the actors in these shows portray. They are usually very immature, self-absorbed, simple minded, and foolish. The husbands and fathers portrayed on these shows are reduced down to having the same intellect as a sideshow clown. I have news for Hollywood; the world doesn’t dictate how Christian men should live—only Jesus can do that.
Reality shows are the big thing now. The Hills, The Bachelor, Real Housewives (of wherever), Jersey Shore, and Keeping up with the Kardashians are just a sampling of shows that highlight what a degenerate mess this world is in. Most of the “males” on these shows are simply boys who know how to shave, in my opinion.
It’s not just the television shows, because the commercials have some of the most sexually charged, provocative, and debased content available for all to see. I say that because although I’m not a sports fanatic, occasionally I will watch a big game like the Super Bowl or World Series with my sons or daughters.
One minute you are seeing the replay of a great touchdown and before you know it, there’s a scantily dressed woman on the screen in what is supposed to be a commercial about cars. Wardrobe malfunctions, sexual innuendo, and materialism are the rule—not the exception. I used to turn my head, now it’s just better to turn the filth off.
I had the opportunity to go to an Indianapolis Colts game last year. I was with another guy and we were having a great time. All of a sudden, the huge fifty foot tall television screens on the four sides of the stadium zoomed in on the cheerleaders who had very little on in the way of clothing.
I simply turned away and decided that looking at my bag of peanuts was irresistible! As funny as it sounds, I wanted the young man next to me to know that my eyes are reserved for my wife and my heart belongs to her and the Lord. I didn’t put on a big show or overreact. I simply looked the other way; it wasn’t what the usual male reaction is supposed to be according to the world’s (low) standards.
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1).
The point is this: The world sends the wrong message to our sons and daughters: Money can satisfy all of your needs. Men are cool if they drink a particular brand of beer. Young men, this is the kind of woman you need. Young lady, if you dress like this you will get attention. The list of wrong messages never ends. I want my children and all of our youth to know that they don’t have to live the lies that the world sells them.
Sin can be pleasurable for a season, but it always leads to death. This world system is corrupt with lies from the father of lies, so I want to disengage from it at all costs. Notice I said “disengage” the world, not the people in the world. To me, that is one of the most exiting parts about being a Christian man. Guys, you and I have the opportunity to be salt and light in a very dark place.
Do you understand how rare, distinct, and revolutionary living for God’s glory is—in a society that is fixated on self? If you live as a disciple of Jesus, you will be like an exile or stranger from a different planet. Engaging people with the love of Christ and living a holy life as a man of God in this dark society is not what the world expects the average man to do.
As Christian men, we are expected to act and behave a certain way. When we walk according to the Spirit and not the flesh, we will be like aliens compared to the men who live for their own pleasure. There have been movements such as Promise Keepers and others that bring men together under the banner of Christianity. I don’t have a positive or negative opinion of men’s conferences because at the end of the day, it is the Lord who looks at the fruit of such efforts and that’s what matters.
I do believe men should be part of a local church. Men should be involved in corporate Bible study or a small group. We should also have brothers in our lives to encourage us, and to whom we mutually accountable. Iron sharpens iron and there is something very unique about men getting together to lift up Jesus’ name.
I can hear some of you guys saying, “Howard, this is men’s ministry 101, we do all of this.” I get it, but I want to reiterate the importance of fellowship because I believe one of the ways the enemy tries to devour us is through isolation or trying to go it alone. We need brothers both young and old in our lives with whom to walk this Christian walk You are building up other men in the faith by the example of your walk with the Lord.
There is something even bigger than fellowship with other brothers, and that’s your personal walk with Jesus. When small group time is over, the conference has ended or the men’s Bible study breaks for the season, you will still need to stand firm. When it comes right down to it basics, it’s my own walk with the Savior that will matter for eternity.
Personal integrity, character, behavior, habits, and lifestyle are all governed by the will of God if I’m truly a Christian man. Reading the Bible, praying, and engaging in fellowship continually with Jesus are the things that will make me a man who lives to glorify God.
I see something in modern evangelicalism, a pattern among men: Excuses.
Can we please stop the obsession with the word struggle?
Let me preface the rest of my thought and tell you that I understand we are all at different places in our walk. There are differing levels of spiritual maturity and growth. So I get it that a man who has just been saved out of a long life filled with alcohol, drug, pornography, or other addictions will have a battle on his hands.
If it weren’t for the grace of God, I would be right there wallowing in my sins. Pride comes before a fall and it’s not for any of us to brag that we stand strong, lest we fall into rebellion and sin. So please understand that I’m not addressing personal trials and temptations because we all have them. It’s what we do with them, our thought lives, and ultimately our actions that lead to sin.
We do need to support a brother when he is genuinely in a struggle, in the truest sense of the word. He needs prayer, accountability, wise counsel, and love from Christian brothers. There are some who are truly struggling and we need to be there to pray for and encourage those men. A day often comes when a brother’s struggle is replaced by a growing daily obedience to the Word of God and the wonderful the fruits of the Spirit.
“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 2:12).
What I’m addressing here is something totally different. What I am are zeroing in on here are the guys who just doesn’t want to keep his eyes off of women who are not their wives or put down the bottle, or take a sledgehammer to the computer where he views porn. This type of guy isn’t struggling; he is living in blatant rebellion of God’s Word.
Let’s see it for what it is—sin. I’ve seen this pattern over and over again. Brother (fill in the blank) makes a profession of faith. He gets into men’s ministry—a small group and becomes a member at church. Before long, he slips back into his old ways, cheats on his wife, lives like he’s not a Christian, and is defiant in the process.
A man who is walking with Christ is transformed by the renewing of his mind. His life is marked by a steady increase of Christ-likeness and holiness. The fruit of a life that has been transformed by the Spirit of God he is radically different.
That isn’t the case with a man who claims to be a believer, but lives for this world. I agree that we should be equal parts truth and love because that’s the model Jesus left for us. Unfortunately, and more often than not, I see well-meaning Christians come alongside this type of man and label what he’s going through as a struggle.
I have known elders instructing Christian men but are unwilling to confront them with the biblical reality of blatant sin in their lives. That is not a biblical approach. Showing fallen or backslidden men love involves going to a very hard place by risking the friendship, unity, and peace at any cost in order to rescue them. They need Christian men in their lives to love them enough to risk the relationship and lovingly be lovingly confronted. I would hope that a brother would love my soul enough to get in my face with biblical reality before I destroy my marriage, family, and life.
“Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:5-6).
“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” (Galatians 6:1-3).
That brings me to a final point. You cannot will, fight, manipulate or conjure up goodness in and of yourself. It’s only “Christ in me” that is good. Left to my own goodness and trying, I will fail miserably. I have to die to myself daily and crucify the flesh if I’m to live for Jesus. That is why I said earlier that conferences, small group, men’s fellowship groups are all fine, but at the end of the day, it’s my personal walk with Jesus and His atoning work for me that will count. I can never be good enough on my own.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose” (Galatians 2:20-21),
Guys, we must live with a longing to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant?” If we surrender our pretend goodness and let Christ work in and through us, He will help us in so many ways. We will be able to love our wives like He loves the Church. We will speak words of wisdom into our children’s lives.
We will be better equipped as friends, teachers, pastors, and co-laborers to build-up one another; to be sober minded, grounded, and stand firm when the world around us seems to be falling headlong into an abyss of immorality. Friends, take care of your walk and although important, don’t get so caught-up in family, life, or ministry to the point that you neglect your own walk with Jesus.
I want every Christian man who is reading this to understand that we are at war. We don’t have the time or luxury to stroll leisurely toward heaven as we live out our lives daily.
Heads up: Jesus is coming soon and the enemy knows his time is limited. Satan wants to devour you, destroy your family, wreck you marriage, and obliterate your children. Let’s get back to basics and pray for our kids daily. We need to pray for our wives daily. I don’t do it enough and what a blessing to miss out on.
We need to take our wives by the hand any pray for her and over her, because there is a war raging against her as well. We need to live holy lives, which means living a lifestyle set apart unto God, not only because people are watching but it is God’s will and command for us. We all have the opportunity to be a witness of the life changing work of Jesus.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd” (John 10:10).
We have a responsibility to stand against the narrative that this world tries to ram down our throats. Laughing at coarse jokes is what worldly men do. Staring at the pretty lady who walks by with your friends and they pressure you by saying, “It’s okay to look, but not to touch” is what worldly men do.
We should not commit adultery in our hearts by staring and lusting at women who are not our wives; instead we should keep our desire only for our wives and no one else. Spending money on yourself and worrying about “number one” instead of putting your wife and kids first is what many men do, but not if he is truly saved.
We need to speak life into a conversation that’s heading nowhere that is good. Before we worry about our golf games, guys night out or what we want to do, we gladly set those things aside to bless our wives by doing what she loves and do it with a truly cheerful heart.
Be sure to be the same man behind closed doors that you are in public. We cannot afford to play religious games or have an apathetic Christian walk. We need to follow hard after Jesus wholeheartedly. Living this life for the glory of God alone, and not ourselves is the diametric opposite of how the world lives.
Friends, we need to emulate “real men”—not the boys in men’s clothing of today’s pop culture. We need more men like Joseph, Job, David, Jeremiah, Daniel, Stephen, Peter, James, Paul, Timothy, and of course Jesus. These are real men who lived boldly for the Father’s glory.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
As these days grow darker prior to Jesus’ return, I don’t expect the spiritual battle to abate. On the contrary, I expect the full onslaught of Satan to come against all Christian men and of course the entire Church. Make no mistake, if you stand and live for Jesus, you will be attacked.
Men, let’s pray for one another, encourage others to finish well and live as an example of authentic manhood in these end times. If you would like prayer or want to know more about living for Jesus, click here.
All for Him,
The subject of the article below covers many theological points like salvation, the mystery of iniquity the fall and rebellion of Satan, the coming Antichrist and the reason for sin, evil, decease and death in the world.
It all can be surmised as the epic battle between God and the rebellious Satan.
And the World Will Be as One
By Alice Johnson Childs
“And in the latter time of their kingdom when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his powers shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the Holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many…” (Daniel 8:23-25a).
In 1971 when I was 17 (and yes, I realize I am dating myself here), John Lennon released his song, Imagine. It became the biggest hit of his solo career. The melody was lyrical, poignant, and hauntingly beautiful. It touched something deep inside the listener when it was played. It still remains one of the most recognized and most often played compositions of modern music.
However, as lovely as the music was, it was the lyrics of the song that resonated with an entire generation of youth. It still does so today. The song speaks longingly of a time when there will be “a brotherhood of man.” Of a time “when the world will be as one.” The plaintive cry of the author/poet is this: “I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one.”
No one can listen to the song without actually feeling the longing and pathos of the author who penned it. It is wistful, beautiful, heartfelt. BUT…
There is just one problem with this song, and it’s a big one. At the heart of this achingly beautiful melody lies a deadly deception. For you see, the philosophy and worldview set forth in it is humanistic and atheistic to the core.
This “brotherhood of man” John Lennon so longed for was not the brotherhood that we believers in Christ enjoy. No, the brotherhood Lennon hoped for and longed to be a part of was a brotherhood of man without the Creator God being a part of it, as evidenced in the very first line of his lyrics:
“Imagine there’s no heaven.
It’s easy if you try.
No hell below us.
Above us only sky…” (John Lennon – Apple Records 1971)
John Lennon was a brilliant musician. He was also vehemently anti-God. Although for a time he and the other members of the mega-famous rock group, The Beatles, became enamored with the Eastern mystical cults of Transcendental Meditation and Hinduism. But at the core of his being Lennon was a humanist and an atheist. Yet even he, as evidenced by the longing expressed in these lyrics, yearned for a world filled with genuine peace, love and the brotherhood of all mankind. His problem was, he wanted it without the Prince of Peace.
This longing for an end to violence, strife and bloodshed is even more desirous today as we watch our world hurtle toward destruction at warp speed. Yet the same heart flaw that was in John Lennon is the same bitter vetch that resides within the hearts of all mankind. The fatal flaw at the center of Man’s heart is sin.
Sin is the black root that lies embedded within the very core of all humanity. It is the poisoned taproot from which all of our problems grow. It grows and flowers and produces the bitter and deadly fruit of rebellion and pride.
Sin is the very reason that apart from God’s grace and redemption, mankind can never hope to have lasting peace. It is the sinful heart of Man that John Lennon – and all those who long for peace but who reject Jesus Christ, who is the only source of peace – refuse to acknowledge.
Sinful Man is so arrogant and prideful in his heart that he cannot see the truth. And this truth is what man, in his utter rebelliousness and pride, does not want to face or deal with.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9).
Man is sinful. Man is a fallen creature. And at the very core of his being, man is a rebel.
“For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This rebellion began in the heart of God’s most beautiful and powerful angel—Lucifer.
Somewhere deep inside the heart of God’s crowning angelic creation, Lucifer, whose title in the Bible is called “son of the morning” – deep within the heart of this exquisitely created angel, the deadly seed of “the mystery of iniquity” began to germinate.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations” (Isaiah 14:12).
Lucifer had been created in splendid perfection. He was called by God, “the anointed cherub that covereth.” In fact most biblical scholars believe that Lucifer was in some way, the angel that was associated with music in heaven, particularly music related to the purpose of worship of the Most High God.
“Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth: and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the Holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezekiel 28:14-15).
Yet, at some point, deep within the heart of this most magnificent of creatures, sin was birthed. And as a result of Lucifer’s pride and rebellion, sin—was loosed upon all of creation.
“By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:16).
At some point in time (we are not given to know precisely when), but apparently sometime after the creative work of God was wrought, and after the “morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7) in jubilation at God’s handiwork (angels were often referred to as stars and as “sons of God” in the Old Testament), somewhere after God had created and pronounced that ALL He had made “was very good” – somewhere within the heart of Lucifer, a worm of pride and jealousy began to grow.
It grew and grew until he was consumed by pride and envy to the point to where he actually plotted to overthrow his Creator and to become “like the Most High.” Thus, pride led to a rebellion in heaven, whereby Lucifer – now renamed Satan by God, led one-third of the angelic host in rebellion against their Creator ( Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 12:4).
Satan then planned to corrupt and destroy God’s most precious creation—Man, whom God created “in His image.” Satan (the Deceiver) succeeded in tempting and deceiving Eve with the promise that if she but listened to him, she and Adam would “be as gods” (Genesis 3:4-5).
And Adam, fully aware of what he was doing, willfully followed suit in rebellion, thereby forfeiting everything that God had given him. So with the fall of Man accomplished, Satan usurped the rulership of all of the worldly kingdoms, and became the “god” (ruler) of this world system.
Ever since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been the ultimate power behind the rulers of this planet. Ever since Eden there has been a cosmic war that has been raging between the Lord of Hosts and the “prince of the power of the air.” At stake are the immortal souls of God’s most beloved creation—Man.
What John Lennon and all of lost mankind refuse to acknowledge is that God had already given Man that longed for “peaceable kingdom.” But Adam sinned and through that sin forfeited his authority on earth, and far worse, severed his intimate relationship with his Creator – thus tainting all of his descendants with the curse of sin that now separates all of fallen Man from a holy God.
Until Man’s rebellion in the Garden of Eden, there had been already perfect peace and harmony between the Great Creator and His most precious creation, and between Man and all created beings. But sin, in the form of pride and rebellion ruined God’s perfect world, and henceforth, the story has been—as Milton wrote—Paradise Lost, and of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind and the restoration of Paradise.
None of this took God by surprise, however. He knew before He created anything that Satan would rebel and that Man would also fall. The Bible tells us that He had already made provision for our redemption. Even before creation, Jesus had already offered Himself to be the “Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).
In order to redeem His fallen creation, God already knew that He would have to send His Son to earth. His Son, who would literally be God wrapped in human flesh—the Lord Jesus Christ. It was He who came as our “Kinsman Redeemer” who was both fully God and fully man and the only One able to pay the debt that sinful Man had incurred.
Christ Jesus lived the perfect sinless life that we, in our sinful state, could never live. He died, was buried, and rose again to utterly crush Satan’s plan for the ultimate ruin of mankind. Jesus, the Son of God Himself, came as our Savior!
It may seem as if Satan, the enemy of our souls, is winning the war. From a human perspective it certainly looks like he is. But Satan—that old Deceiver of Mankind—the wrecker of Paradise, is on a leash. He can only go as far as the Lord allows him to go, and he is about to reach the end of his tether. The Prince of Peace is coming soon to judge sin and rebellion once and for all and to set this world to rights.
Man longs for peace. The hidden cry within every human heart, whether saved or lost, is peace. Even among the most bloodthirsty murderers, there are those whose souls cry out for peace and release. And although there are many whose consciences are “seared” who revel in wickedness, there are also many others who long for peace from the dark, howling, chasm of misery and emptiness that is consuming their souls – that emptiness within that yearns for genuine peace to fill it. The hope of this peace is what draws even the most vile of humanity to the Light of the world.
The problem comes when Man rejects the only source of genuine peace. In our rebellious heart, the worm of pride still lives. Even though God Himself in Jesus Christ offered Himself up as a sacrifice for sin so that “whosoever will” could come to Him and have his debt of sin pardoned. Even so, there are still millions who of their own free will choose to reject this “so great a salvation” and who, like John Lennon, seek “peace” within themselves or within nature (created things) or within false gods who are nothing more than Satan and his rebel angels in disguise.
This war of kingdoms is about to reach its climax. Satan is putting the finishing touches on the plans he has to wrest the rulership of creation from Almighty God once and for all. The stage is set for his final assault against his hated enemy, the Most High God. The Ancient of Days is allowing him this one final campaign before HE returns to put an end to the millennia of carnage this usurper has wrought upon His creation.
Satan’s tactics have never changed. He has always used lies and deception to get what he wants, and what he wants most is the worship and adulation that belongs only to Almighty God. And he will continue to lie, deceive, and utterly destroy this world and everyone in it to get it.
It is all coming together. Right now Satan is using the lure of peace – a world free from war and strife (even though it is he who is behind all of the world’s misery). He is using the very idea of a “brotherhood of man” to draw in those who so want peace, but who want it on their terms and not God’s.
Right now that deceiving angel is grooming and placing into position a man who will be his “man of the hour” – a man who will quickly rise to power at the right time. At his appointed time, Satan’s man (who is none other than the prophesied Antichrist) will glide onto the stage of the world, bringing with him the promise of peace, love, unity, and the brotherhood of man – but all without God.
Even now, his minions, both human and demonic, are putting the finishing touches on the last parts of Satan’s global plan. The people of the earth who have rejected the true Prince of Peace have been primed to accept the false one. The war weary, hedonistic, world is ripe for deception. All is ready.
Satan’s man (the Antichrist), is already positioned and is waiting in the wings. The stage is set and the lights are dimming. The instant God’s true Church is removed, the curtain on the final act of The Conflict of the Ages will rise.
The plot of the last Act is to overthrow the kingdom of heaven, and to facilitate the eternal destruction of men’s souls. The implementation of the conflict will be through deceit and the promise (that is a lie) will be “peace.”
The orchestra is warming up. The opening strains of music can be heard, and the theme song being played is: Imagine…
Thanks to Bruce Barber who has given us this article about the possibility of two Raptures of believers.
In addition there could be a remanent of people that will be left in the world that will be allowed to come into the kingdom at the end of the Tribulation when the goats and the sheep are gathered for judgment.
The approach of this time is evident to all as the events and signs in the world are becoming stronger by the minute.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who visited my site that made it possible to log in yesterday the 1,000,000 views to date. Last year there were 186 nations who viewed the posts. The purpose of this site is to inform and reach out to those in need.
Bruce Baber (11 Jan 2015)
“Parallels in the Bible Redux“
We’ve all heard it said that the Bible contain pictures, foreshadowing and types. But, perhaps we should approach the scriptures and recognize “parallels.” I pray you will see that the end-time church is…The Two Feet of the Body of Christ
The Mystery of the End-Time Church…
by Bruce Baber
The two feet of the statue in Daniel’s vision symbolize the end-time empire.
The two feet of the body of Christ symbolize the end-time church!I was in the delivery room with my wife when both of our children were born. I remember how anxious and excited I was as a proud, expectant father. Both Suzanne and I were so relieved and happy when the doctor announced, “I can see the head!” In the moments that followed, there was a body and last, those two tiny feet. Our joy was fulfilled when we saw each of our children born whole and complete into this world.
Of course, the joy we felt cannot equal God’s joy with the birth of His church. After all, He had waited and planned for it for so long! Is the analogy accurate? Is the comparison of a baby’s birth to the church’s birth a fair comparison to make? Absolutely! The church is the Body of Christ and He is the head. The Bible states this in a number of passages quite clearly. See Ephesians 4:12 and 5:23.
Here also is what Paul wrote in I Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26
12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its p arts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.
Knowing that we are part of the body of Christ, we may also find it interesting to go back and read Psalm 139. It certainly speaks about how God formed us in the womb and knew us before we were born as individuals into this world. However, when we view this Psalm in terms of the birth of the church as Christ’s body, i t takes on both a very symbolic and prophetic meaning.
In fact, there are many places in the Bible that hint at what was to become the future birth of the church. But, once we begin to focus on the birth of the church and begin to think in those terms, we are left with a very obvious conclusion. If the church is born into this world like a baby, with first the head (Christ) appearing, followed in succession by the other parts of the body, then the end-time church would naturally have to be the feet.
We, the end-time church, are the feet of the Body of Christ! This fact is important. It allows us to see if God has foreshadowed any events which relate to this part of the church. Now that we know how to look for it, we find that the Bible has a great deal to tell us!
It seems staggering to me that so much has been written on the two feet of the image which appears in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream which is found in the book of Daniel. Volumes and volumes! Daniel, him se lf, tells us that the feet of the statue represent the end-time empire. We know this is the revived Roman Empire. Much has been said in books, sermons, lectures and discussions about the feet of the statue. If the Bible gives us so much to go on regarding the feet of the image in the book of Daniel, isn’t it possible that the Bible would give us at least as much detail about the end-time church? In fact, it gives us a great amount.
“That which has been is what will be… that which is done is what will be done…” (Ecc. 1:9).
God reveals Himself, His character and even His plans in parallels. Always the same pattern of parallels. Let me assert that a surface reading of the scriptures will provide all the knowledge you may need or desire, but shouldn’t we want to explore deeper? The idea of studying the scriptures and looking for parallels is not new at all. Robert Lowth, professor at Oxford in the 1750’s, wrote that the Hebrews composed their poetry using parallels and furthermore said, “The writings of the prophets are in general poetical.” Lowth understood that the word naba in Hebrew (translated over 100 times in the Old Testament as prophecy) could equally mean prophet or poet.
The Jews understood parallels. To illustrate, here’s one example of a parallel in their poetry. Psalm 119: “…Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Lowth called this kind of parallel a synonymous parallel. Lowth called opposite parallels antithetic parallels. Here’s an example he used. Proverbs 15:2…The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. I prefer the terms parallel and antiparallel (a term used in geometry to describe a parallel with lines going in opposite directions).
One of the best places to find a multitude of parallels is found in the book of Genesis where the life of Joseph has over twenty parallels to the life of Christ. Here are some of the parallels between Joseph and Jesus, some of which are actual and some are figurative:
They were both sons of a wealthy, loving father. They were both shepherds. Each was given a special coat. Joseph had a coat of many colors and Jesus had a garment sewn without seams. They were both taken to Egypt. They both became servants and were elevated to royal status. They started their ministry at thirty. They were filled with the Spirit. They gave bread to the hungry. They resisted temptations. They prophesied. They both were falsely accused and condemned between two prisoners. In each case, one prisoner was saved and one was not. Joseph married (a gentile bride) just before the seven years of famine and Jesus will take His bride before the seven years of tribulation!
A sidenote: Just as there are parallels in the Bible, there are also antiparallels (a term used in geometry for two parallel lines going in opposite directions). A familiar antiparallel can be seen when John uses the term antichrist as opposite to Christ.
God’s nature is revealed by also understanding that the Holy Spirit is named the Paraclete. The Greek word paraclete is often translated as “Comforter.” But the literal translation is “One who is called along side… or walks beside (or parallel). Our Lord Jesus taught in parables which are stories with parallel meanings. In other words you have the surface text of the story, but it has a subsurface parallel that has a deeper, richer import. Jewish poetry was composed of parallels. Bible prophecies were also parallels! We can begin to see the pattern of God .
When we consider bible parallels, many come instantly to mind.
First Adam / Second Adam
Creation / New Creation
Born / Born again
Sacrificial lamb / Lamb of God
First coming of Christ / Second coming of Christ
Jerusalem / New Jerusalem (and on and on)
Speaking of Jerusalem in terms of parallels, we can perhaps speculate that it was the original site of the garden of Eden. If that sounds farfetched, let me explain. Eden, we are told, is geographically associated with two rivers we now find in Iraq which was ancient Babylon. They are the Tigris and Euphrates. But they are mentioned in Genesis before the flood which would have significantly altered the landscape. There is another river associated with Eden. It is the Pison. It could be roughly equivalent to the Jordan. A fourth river associated with Eden is the Gihon whose name persists to this day for a spring located in Jerusalem.
If Eden was the site for Jerusalem, how fitting it would be that it is the very place where Jesus will rule from in eternity. Taking this thought further, we now have a satisfying and logical explanation for Melchizedek’s residence at Salem (Genesis 14:18). Also, God’s call of Abram out of Ur and into the promised land cannot be seen as randomly chosen, but rather as a return to the original place of blessing. Continuing a search for parallels brings us to the possible association with the ineffective fig leaves used by Adam and Eve and the fig tree cursed by Jesus in the same place.
The first Adam was tried in a garden. How fitting that Jesus would face His greatest trial in what may be the same place. The garden of Gethsemane. The place where Adam failed may be the same place where Jesus had His ultimate triumph. The first Adam slept in the garden and then received a bride taken from his side. The second Adam slept in a garden tomb and while He slept, out of His pierced side, God fashioned for Him a bride!
Consider the tree of life seen in Eden. When we see it next in Revelation, it is in the New Jerusalem which comes down to earth on the same spot.
Consider how Golgotha get its name… place of the skull? David buried Goliath’s head there (see 1 Samuel 17:54). The place of Christ’s crucifixion is identical with the place of the burial of the head of Goliath. This makes complete sense out of the prophecy given by God Himself in Genesis 3:15. “I will enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; and it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel.” It is interesting to speculate if the foot of the cross actually crushed the skull of Goliath there in the same place.
Some parallels are readily apparent. Some have to be searched out. For example, you would have to know the details of the Jewish feast days, new moon observances and Sabbaths in order to see how they picture Jesus as Paul shared with us in Colossians 2: 16,17.
Now then, some parallels can’t even be found until you translate the original language. Let me illustrate. KJV Genesis 6:14 says…”Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” The Hebrew word for pitch used the first time in that verse is kaphar which literally translated means to cover, or make atonement. The second time the word pitch is used it is kopher which literally means price of a life, or ransom. Both words are related to kapporeth which means lid of the ark, or mercy seat. Knowing this we can easily see that Noah’s ark has a parallel. I learned that by listening to Adrian Rogers who was president of the Southern Baptist Convention years ago.
Nearly every book in the Old Testament has God’s imprint on the New Testament by way of a parallel… like hidden seams of gold that can be dug out. These parallels foretell of future people and events. The Genesis story of Joseph parallels the life of Christ. The book of Ruth gives us a foretaste of the kinsman redeemer. You’ll no doubt see other parallels in the Song of Solomon and in many other places.
Allow me to speculate on the book of Esther with the expectation of discovering a parallel that didn’t come to light until the last seventy years, or so. I’m not the first one to see this by a long shot. This is the parallel between Haman’s ten sons in the Purim story and the Nuremberg trials following World War II. In 1946, ten Nazi war criminals were hung for their horrific crimes. In the Purim story, the Talmud claims that Haman’s daughter committed suicide rather than being dragged off to be hung with her brothers. Herman Goring also committed suicide rather than being hung before his scheduled execution. Thus the number of Nazis who were actually hung was ten… the same number as Haman’s sons. One of the Nazi defendants even proclaimed these words… “Purim fest 1946.”
The uncanny parallel to the story of Esther doesn’t end there. Since the trial was conducted by a military tribunal, the sentence should have been by firing squad, or the electric chair as practiced in the U.S. However, the court prescribed hanging, exactly as in Esther’s request. While I am purposely skimming over some other parallel events, let me relate this next one.
If you read the Purim story in the Megillat Hebrew version (written during the Roman occupation), you will find that 4 Hebrew letters are different from the way they should appear. This is in the Megillat Esther story where the ten sons of Haman are mentioned. Jewish sages have taught that whenever there is a variation of a letter, or spelling of a word in the text, then God must have a specific meaning. Thus the four Hebrew letters were examined and made to represent numbers (which is common in Hebrew). The four letters became 5-7-0-7. Incidentally, on the Jewish callendar the year 5707 was the year 10 Nazi war criminals were hung. The year 5707 was 1946. “That which has been is what will be.” (source unitedwithisrael.org)
Now lets take a look at the Hebrew word for parallel. It is “moshel.” Strangely, moshel is related to empire and dominion according to Strong’s Concordance. On a personal note, I first became fascinated by bible parallels and antiparallels by examining the statue in Daniel. You know the one. Head of gold, arms and chest of silver, belly of brass, legs of iron, feet of clay mixed with iron. Each successive component represents a different empire. The antiparallel to the evil empires represented by the statue in Daniel would have to have its reverse image in the New Testament by my way of thinking. I find it in the body of Christ with Christ as the head which is followed in succession by the other parts in the same order as a baby is born into the world. The last part to be born is the feet. I thus concluded that the end-time church was the feet of the body of Christ. If my understanding of God’s pattern of using parallels is correct, we the end-time church are the feet of the body of Christ just as the feet of the statue in Daniel are the end-time empire. It is an antiparallel!
I remember something that happened to me when I was a young boy. I was fishing with some older boys at a pond. Sunning itself beside the water’s edge was a poisonous copperhead snake. I didn’t see it. I stepped right on top of it. The moment it moved under my foot, I saw it and jumped. That snake was mad! It came after me. Thankfully, my friends were there to chase it away with their fishing poles. But, had that snake caught me, it would surely have bitten me on the back of my heel. I was running from it. My heel was the only place it could have struck me. When Satan chases and persecutes the end-time, left behind church, which is represented symbolically by the second foot, he will surely bruise and afflict the heel of that foot which is fleeing from him. One foot of the church will be beyond his grasp. It will have departed.
Having arrived at the personal conclusion that the end-time church was also the feet of the body of Christ, I looked at the first time a foot appeared in the bible. I wrote my observation in a paper titled “The Two Feet of the Body of Christ”. I wrote it over twenty years ago.
Here’s the first time a foot is alluded to in the bible. To recap… Genesis 3:15 says that Satan will bruise the heel of the woman’s seed. Bible commentators have always said this refers to the crucifixion. I agree. But I also assert that the bible doesn’t make mistakes and the term used in Genesis is singular not plural. Whereas Jesus’s feet were pierced, my perception was that Satan would only bruise one heel. One heel. I pondered that. Might this be a veiled reference to Satan persecuting one of the two feet …which is a representation of the end-time church? One foot having been taken away in the rapture, leaving another foot or part of the church to be persecuted? Well, that’s certainly the conclusion I arrived at.
However, doesn’t the bible also say in 1 Thessalonians that we are not appointed to (God’s) wrath? I can see where part of the church would have to endure Satan’s persecution, but not God’s wrath when He pours out the bowls of His wrath beginning somewhere around the middle of the tribulation. Would that mean that there is a second rapture? Only if there are two pictures or parallels depicting two raptures in the bible. And there are! We have the Old Testament rapture of Enoch who was taken on an ordinary day. We also have Elijah who was taken after about three years of persecution.
Enoch walked with God on an ordinary day and was taken to heaven. We don’t know much else about that, but it is commonly accepted that it was a picture of the rapture. But now look at Elijah. He was persecuted and forced to go into hiding. Luke 4 says, “25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.” Second Kings says Elijah was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind.
The two parallels to these past events of the the two raptures (Enoch and Elijah) seem to fit with the raptures of the church that was ready at the first rapture preceding the seven years of tribulation on an ordinary day …and a second rapture half way through the seven year tribulation (after three and a half years).
It’s time to look at Jesus’s parable of the 10 virgins. Here is the parable that Jesus taught…
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there not be enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying Lord, Lord , open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. (Matt 25).
Now compare that parable to this passage in Luke.
35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.
The passage in Luke refers to the Master returning FROM a wedding feast!
Did you notice that in the parable of the “virgins/brides” that the bridegroom comes at midnight? Now look at a different scripture. Luke 12:38 says… “And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.”
Does this mean that the first foot caught up in the rapture joins the others in Heaven to be the bride of Christ and join Him in the marriage supper? Does this mean that the second foot which is caught up later is not the bride, but is still considered His servants? Perhaps.
The book of Joel has a passage about the Holy Spirit being given to waiting servants…
Joel: 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. 21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’
Perhaps you believe no one will get saved during the tribulation after the rapture. However, Revelation says there will be persecution and beheadings during the tribulation doesn’t it?
My focus on parallels is merely a curious study if I can’t back it up with more examples. We have two examples of raptures happening to two different people in two completely different circumstances. Enoch and Elijah. Enoch. We find him raptured way back in Genesis. He is the first one to have ever been taken away. But, he isn’t the last one! There is further foreshadowing of a second Rapture. Elijah. He foreshadows the Rapture of the second foot of the persecuted end-time church. Elijah’s life perfectly represents the church of the persecution during the Tribulation. At various times he had to go into hiding. He was persecuted by King Ahab and his wife Jezebel who participated in the vilest forms of idolatry. Of special interest is the fact that during a period of about three years, there was a severe drought and famine. He had to leave his country and live with a widow who miraculously supplied him with food. On another occasion, Elijah was supplied with food by ravens. Later, he was helped by an angel who provided food and water. At various times, Elijah would say he was the only believer left.
Taken together, all these instances make a dramatic parallel to the events which transpire for the Christians who have to go through the persecution. Not being able to buy or sell, they will be forced from their homes and depend on miraculous provision from God. They too may feel like they are the only true believers who are left. However, they are not alone. God will not abandon them just as he did not abandon Elijah. Moreover, the persecuted Christians will have the same source of strength that Elijah had. They will receive the Holy Spirit. Remember what the Amplified Bible calls the Holy Spirit? He is called the Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby.
Do I Have any Other Proof?
Up to this point, if you only believe there is one rapture and that it occurs before the tribulation, then how do you reconcile your belief with Genesis 18:22-33? Read this passage directly from the New International Version.
Genesis 18:23-33. “Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing–to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” 27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?” “If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.” 29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?” He said, “For the sake of forty, I w ill not do it.” 30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?” He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” 31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?” He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” 33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.
If God won’t even destroy a city such as wicked Sodom, how can you accept an unchangeable God destroying the world unless you accept that no one will get saved after the rapture of the Bride? I contend that people will get saved. They will endure persecution and death. They will be caught up to Heaven in a second rapture.
The story of Abraham leaving the area of Sodom would parallel the first rapture. Read the story about Lot. He is warned to leave Sodom too. But not until moments before God’s wrath is poured out on the city! This would be the parallel to a prewrath rapture which presumably occurs at the midpoint of the tribulation.
I have compared the end-time church with the two feet of the body of Christ.
On two separate occasions, Jesus’ feet were anointed with a costly perfume. Luke 7:38 and John 12:3 describe two separate, but similar events. In each case, Jesus’ feet were anointed with costly perfume. Read the passages and compare them for yourself. They are two separate events! One occurs in the house of a Pharisee and other event occurs in the home of Mary and Martha. Here is what John Wesley said in his commentary on Luke 7:37. “A woman – Not the same with Mary of Bethany, who anointed him six days before his last Passover. ”
The perfume is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. What a perfectly harmonious analogy! The church which goes in the first Rapture has the Holy Spirit. Later, the remaining church is given the Holy Spirit! This brings me to an important point. The very reason that part of the church is left behind at the first Rapture is because they are living without the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives right now! They will be left out of the first event and have to live through a terrible persecution because they are not living for Jesus in the present. What a terrible tragedy!
I believe that for a period of time, the church of the persecution (symbolized by the second foot of Christ) will have to endure without the Holy Spirit. They will be like Jeremiah, who in Lamentations 1:16, said, “For these things I weep; my eyes flow with tears, because a comforter, one who could refresh and restore my soul, is far from me…” (Amplified Bible). But, please remember that God will not abandon this church. They will be sent the Holy Spirit. After all, it was ten days after Jesus departed this world before the Holy Spirit was sent.
Two Trumpet Calls
When the Jews were wandering in the wilderness, before entering the Promised Land, there were two trumpet calls in the morning to prepare the people to move out. The first one called the leaders of the tribes. The second one called the remainder of the people. Just as with the ancient Jews, there will be two trumpet calls for the church. Both trumpet calls are to the two coming rapture events.
Christians are taught to think that salvation and the rapture are the same. They are related, but not necessarily the same. All 10 virgins saw that the bridegroom was coming, but only 5 were taken to the wedding.
The Bible is composed of parallels. It is revealed in Jewish poetry. It is revealed in prophecy. It is revealed in God’s nature and the very name of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. I believe the end-time church is represented by the two feet of the body of Christ and that there is a pre-tribulation rapture for those who are ready and watching for it and filled with the Holy Spirit. I believe there will be also a second rapture during the tribulation for those who are left behind. Meaning they will undergo persecution for their belief, but be taken out before the wrath of God is poured out.
At the risk of repeating myself, God over and over again uses parallels to reveal Himself, His character and His plans. We see the patterns… His patterns… in the parallel lines drawn in dozens, perhaps hundreds of places. I would agree that a surface reading and comprehension of the Bible is sufficient. Afterall, one only has to grasp John 3:16. However, there is tremendous benefit in understanding the original language and the implications of the hidden parallels. I conclude by again repeating Ecclesiastes 1:9 which reveals the pattern… “That which has been is what will be… that which is done is what will be done.”
First I want to thank BG Ellis for the link to Mark Biltz program on the Jim Baker program.
Today is the fourth of January and tomorrow the 5th is the exact middle of the blood moon tetrad discovered by Mr. Biltz.
I started the link and had to go out in the car. The Lord showed me a license plate with the 999 number on it. This number means judgment and the end. I returned and finished the video. The confirmation of coming judgment and the start of the Apocalypse on Rosh Hashanah of 2015 was announced by Mr. Biltz.
Thanks to KML for the links to these two beautiful videos of praise, with voice and drums.
KML (28 Dec 2014)
“Praise Him with The Voice and the Drums“
When we look at the whole universe on a clear night we are looking at a vast and unimaginable number of galaxies. When we look at human DNA we see a wonderfully made biological program or set of instructions to built the human body.
Please go to the link and watch this wonderful video about the God of creation.
Steve Coerper (2 Nov 2014)
“How Great Is Our God“
http://www.rogershermansociety.org/giglio.htm has been updated. Please feel free to forward this link.Best,
It is obvious that to start this line of thought that we base it in the fact that there is a God and that He has an adversary a God created angel named Lucifer (Satan). It is very important to understand that there were also billions of angels created by God for His service. At some point in time Satan wanted to be God and so he started a rebellion among the angels and succeeded in dragging 1/3 of the angels to his side in the rebellion.
After this fact God created the Universe and created the first human, called Adam and from a rib of Adam he created Eve (think DNA from the rib) and so the process of producing the human race started.
God wanted to make sure that His creatures knew of Him and His plans so through humans which He talked to He inspired and told His selected people to write the Book of Books the Bible.
His enemy Satan wants to incite humans to rebel against God as he did and the first task in his agenda is to avoid the truth form humans, so war on the Bible is constantly waged by all those he has conned to his side.
Satan has given rise to all the religions of the world and those religions that come from the Bible like Christianity and Judaism he has infiltrated to alter the message or completely change it.
Each human being is made of a body, a soul, and a spirit, a trinity by design in the image of God. No we are not god like my image on a mirror is not me. If you want to understand the Trinity which is an impossibility it will help to meditate on the fact that a human can not exist with one of its parts missing and that they are indivisible in live and can only be divided in death.
Jesus Christ died in the cross to satisfy God’s justice for the payment of sin, He was resurrected by His power to complete His victory over Satan’s rebellion and his grip on death.
All humans that are alive today and those who had been alive since Adam will be resurrected again and they will spend eternity in one of these two places, in God’s presence at His Kingdom or in hell with Satan and all his fallen angels.
Your decision is important and you must search diligently for the truth. There is a raving war for your soul and spirit and only you can decide the outcome of this war and consequently your destiny.
May Jesus Christ lead you to the truth of the Gospel in your heart.