The Book of Revelation is History, written by God before it has ever come to pass; so, if you want to know what the Future is, all you have to do is read the Bible.
“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42:9).
Since the hundreds of thousands of prophecies God has given in the past have come to pass, there is no reason to doubt the prophecies that God has given us for the Future.
In Chapter 14, we have a “wave of truth” that runs clear on out to the end of the 7-Year Tribulation Period. It includes Christ coming back in full judgment, culminating in the Battle of Armageddon. This is where the wine press of God’s wrath is trodden down, and the blood flows as deep as the horses’ bridles in the Valley of Jehosaphat, for approximately 160 to 165 miles.
Chapters 11,12,13 have shown to us the awful conditions on the Earth in the first three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period. The Two Witnesses are murdered, but, then, they are raised in Chapter Eleven. Those that trust Christ out of Israel, and the nations, are hunted. The Antichrist and his henchman, the False Prophet, are marking the masses with their number. We find in Revelation 13:16, 17, that no man will be able to buy or sell unless he has the Mark of the Beast, 666. This brings us to the middle of the Tribulation Period
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads”
“Mount Sion” here is identical to Mount Zion, the sacred mountain hill of Jerusalem upon which David built his city.
Hebrews 12:22 speaks of a Heavenly Mount Zion, because there are two Mount Zions in Scripture.
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,”
Mount Zion is known as “the City of David” in 2 Samuel 5:7.
“Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.”
We find that Mount Zion is where David brought the Ark,
“And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness” (2 Samuel 6:12).
“And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD” (2 Samuel 6:17).
Built his palace,
“And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the water gate eastward” (Nehemiah 12:37).
And was buried.
“So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David” (1 Kings 2:10).
Some Interesting Facts:
Christ is spoken of as “the Lamb” twenty seven times in the Book of Revelation.
Revelation 14:1 tells of Christ standing on Mount Zion. The earthly Mount Zion, which is a mountain hill in Jerusalem, was the seat of the government for Israel from the time of David. It is mentioned 156 times in the Bible. Jerusalem is mentioned about 828 times, and these two terms are sometimes used interchangeably.
In Revelation 13, we have just witnessed the corruption of the Earth, as the Antichrist introduces idolatry and persecution. Chapter Fourteen tells us about the worship of the true God. What a reunion this is at Mount Zion. From our reading of Psalm 126:1 and Isaiah 1:26,27, we see that Zion represents the whole city of Jerusalem. Both Archaeology and Scripture confirm the fact that Zion, that is Jerusalem, is the holy site where Solomon built his Temple.
As we go on to Revelation 14:2,3, concerning the 144,000, it reminds us of the many cults we are seeing today. March 26, 1997, thirty-nine people from the group, Heaven’s Gate, committed suicide out in California. They had taken their own lives, yet, this is never God’s will. The cults go off on a tangent to get something out of the Bible that discredits God. Let me just point this out. God is not the “author” of suicide. It is God’s will for you to have...
”.. life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
“And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: (2)
And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the Earth.”
When we read Revelation 14:1-3, we note this is a heavenly scene because the four beasts, the twenty-four elders, and the throne belong to Heaven’s Throne Room, and not to the Earth, as we find in Chapters Four and Five. This is part of the heavenly Mount Zion, and the heavenly Jerusalem spoken of in Hebrews 12:22.
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,”
The words “redeemed from the Earth” in Verse 3, also, reveal this event is taking place in Heaven.
Today, cults are springing up everywhere. We are saturated with cults, and wherever you find them it will, most usually, involve killing something. Many in Jehovah’s Witnesses were brought into the group, and were not aware of the false doctrines they hold. Later, they are thoroughly brainwashed, and indoctrinated into that system of religion. They say only the 144,000 are going to Heaven.
I have talked with many of them. Not long ago, I met with two Jehovah’s Witnesses at a person’s home. We agreed that they would take five minutes to state what they believed, and I would take five minutes to give them what the Bible says. In that way, you show respect one to another, even though you may disagree. After this man had taken his five minutes, it became time for my five minutes. He was telling me why Christ was in the grave, etc. My rebuttal of that was: in John 14:1-3.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me (1). In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you (2). And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (3).
And then we find in Acts 1:11,
“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
After I finished my five minutes, he jumped up, and he did not want to talk anymore. He sort of waved his arm up in the air, declaring loudly: “I’m not going to Heaven! I’m not going to Heaven! I don’t want to go to Heaven!”
I said, “Well, truthfully, I don’t think you’ve got anything to worry about. You do not believe that Jesus Christ died for you. You do not believe that He is your Savior, and that is your only way to Heaven. Instead, you propose a works salvation.” I don’t think there is any problem, no matter how much he shook his fist and ranted and raved, Heaven was certainly not going to be his heavenly home, anyway.
At that point, he had no more time to take, and he was ready to leave. He was talking to someone that knew the Bible, and, not a gullible person off the street, who knew nothing about the Bible.
From my personal experience, there is another doctrine they keep secret until you get indoctrinated. If your child needs a blood transfusion, you must refuse to have it. There have been cases where children have been allowed to die on the operating table. There have been many lawsuits over this, and, often, the courts have to step in to protect the child.
Many cults of today have resulted in death, or suicide; such as the thirty-nine from “Heaven’s Gate” taking their lives.
“Following an anonymous tip, police enter a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, an exclusive suburb of San Diego, California, and discover 39 victims of a mass suicide. The deceased–21 women and 18 men of varying ages–were all found lying peaceably in matching dark clothes and Nike sneakers and had no noticeable signs of blood or trauma. It was later revealed that the men and women were members of the “Heaven’s Gate” religious cult, whose leaders preached that suicide would allow them to leave their bodily “containers” and enter an alien spacecraft hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet.” (history.com/this-day-in-history/heavens-gate-cult-members-found-dead)
Jim Jones, in Guyana, South America, “On November 18, 1978, in what became known as the “Jonestown Massacre,” more than 900 members of an American cult called the Peoples Temple died in a mass suicide-murder under the direction of their leader Jim Jones (1931-78). The mass suicide-murder took place at the so-called Jonestown settlement in the South American nation of Guyana.” (This Day in History)
The cults are often doing something irrational, or murderous. Isn’t it tragic? Satan will use these cult leaders to indoctrinate their followers with teaching, and, then he kills them. Even Jim Jones died of a gunshot wound to the head.
John 8:44 is so true.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
This is what many Jehovah’s Witnesses have told me: “I did not know, until I began going to their meetings, that I am restricted from ever giving my child a blood transfusion, should it be required.” They take that from Leviticus 17:11.
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
God prohibits DRINKING of the blood of the animal in the Old Testament, but He never prohibits a blood transfusion. Yet, today, they will allow their child to die on the operating table when a blood transfusion is called for. They will not sign permission documents for that to be done, IF they follow the teaching of Jehovah’s Witnesses. To me, that is First Degree Murder under the disguise of religion.
We are only bringing that out for this purpose here. We are in the last days before the Rapture. The Rapture is next. Then, we have the 7-Year Tribulation Period that we are reading about here in the Book of Revelation. Even though those from other denominations, and the cults, are difficult to witness to, it is every Christian’s responsibility to try. God has given us a sacred trust.
”..We were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention (2). For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile (3): But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:2b-4).
“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb (4). And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” (5).
“These are they which were not defiled with women (14:4a);”
As we said before, the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that only 144,000 are going to Heaven. All the rest are going to inherit the Earth. I have pointed these facts out to many Jehovah’s Witnesses. The only places the 144,000 are mentioned in the Bible are Revelation, Chapter Seven, and Revelation, Chapter Fourteen.
- Revelation, Chapter 7, tells us they are all Jews, so, if you are a Gentile, you don’t have a chance!
- According to Revelation 14:4, they are not married, so, if you are married, you are excluded.
- Also, according to Revelation 14:4, they are all men. There are no women, whatsoever.
God’s Word says the 144,000 are all Jews, male, and unmarried. Unless you are an unmarried, male Jew, you cannot be a member of the 144,000, in spite of what the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach.
These 144,000 are sealed by God, and are sent to evangelize all of the world during the entire Tribulation Period. They are the force that stands against the Antichrist who commands all to take his Mark, “666.” “Worship me! I am God!” will be his orders, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
“Who [the Antichrist] opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
The message of the 144,000 is: “No! He is not God. He is a counterfeit. That is Satan, himself. Do not take the Mark of the Beast; or you will seal your soul to Hell. ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’”
“These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb (4b).”
The 144,000, specifically, are the first saved out of Israel during the 7-Year Tribulation Period. Among other things, God is finally completing His purpose for the nation of Israel.
In Revelation 7:1-8, we are shown that the 144,000 are Israelites, 12,000 from each tribe. Zechariah 12:10 prophesies of the mass of Israel turning to Christ, at His appearance at the end of the Seven Years. These 144,000, however, are Israelites who are sealed, not at the end of the Seven Years, but in the beginning. They are the first fruits of those out of Israel, who are saved right after the Rapture. The 144,000 are saved as the “firstfruits,” then, the mass of Israel are saved as “the Harvest,” at the end of the Tribulation when Jesus Christ comes and plants His feet upon the Mount of Olives. No wonder they are to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth, as it is in heaven.”
The Lord’s Prayer, as given in Matthew 6:9-13, is the Kingdom Prayer for those in the Tribulation Period. That is what they will pray. “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done…” We do not pray for the Kingdom to come now. We pray “Even so, come, Lord Jesus…,” because the Rapture precedes Christ’s coming. That is separated by the seven years of the Tribulation Period.
The Rapture begins the Tribulation Period, and there will be tremendous persecution against the Jewish people in the world. There will be trials and pressure against you, if you are not saved and are left to enter the Tribulation Period. If you are saved, of course, you will go at the Rapture “when Christ descends from Heaven with a shout, and the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God. The dead in Christ shall rise first.” The souls and spirits of those Christians, that have gone on to be with the Lord, will now have their resurrected body. We “which are alive and remain shall be caught up together to meet them in the clouds. So shall we ever be with the Lord.” Then, that seven-year Tribulation Period starts. At the end of the Tibulation Period, we come back with Jesus Christ to reign with Him here on this Earth for a 1,000 years.
Our prayer today is not “Thy Kingdom come,” because that is not the next event. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus…,” is the prayer for the Church. We are looking for the “upper-taker,” not the undertaker.
“And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God”
The 144,000 are men of integrity and morality. We live in a day of rising immorality. This makes us wonder what the days of the Tribulation Period will be like, if they are worse than what we have now. I was talking with a police officer in a small town. He said, “I would not be surprised to see two or three homicides this year in this particular town.” This was not a big town. He said, “With the immorality of wives running around on husbands, and vice versa, I would not be surprised to see some homicides.” This is not Minneapolis, or St. Paul, this a just a small town, and these things are going on. We do live in such a day. The days of the Tribulation will be just like it was in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Newsweek reported, some time back, that the flood gates have opened one by one, and the inundation is now a matter of fact in rural areas, as well as the big cities. This flood of information is of many varieties, and includes hard core pornographic books, magazines showing full genital exposure, movies of sexual intercourse, and homosexual publications. All are now widely available to anyone, of any age, via the internet. Even some so-called Christians secretly join the world in its sinfulness. Yet, these 144,000 will resist all temptation and licentiousness of the Tribulation Period, and will become the first fruits of God and the Lamb.
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the Earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, (6) Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and Earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (7).
The angel has flown with the everlasting Gospel, and a warning that “the hour of His (God’s) judgment is come”…to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.” He has proclaimed it from the Heavens.
The 144,000 Jewish evangelists will be preaching that Christ is the only way to Heaven to everyone they can, by every means they can. They will, also, preach about what happens to those who accept the Mark of the Antichrist. They will doom themselves to an eternity of fire and brimstone forever and ever.
Here we have an angel that flies in the midst of Heaven, who is able to preach the Gospel to every place on Earth. With God, this miracle is no problem, but in the past, mankind has had difficulty, given the size of the Earth, to comprehend how such a thing could be done.
“Come: and worship him that made heaven, and Earth,...”
We have frequently heard our astronauts, and those on the Space Station, speak directly to us on Earth. In December of 1968, Apollo 8 went into orbit around the moon. The astronauts on board, Frank Borman, William Anders, and James Lovell, became the first men in history to see the back side of the moon. They were so impressed by the sight that they read to us from Genesis One, and, whether they realized it or not, they were giving forth the everlasting Gospel, and a testimony of God’s Creation as given in Revelation 14:7, “…come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth,…”
Manned space flights to the moon could resume, but scientists are now casting their sights much farther out into space. We see on the nightly news what the unmanned robotic Mars lander, hardly any larger than a toy, can do. The Hubble Space Telescope orbits the Earth at an altitude of about 353 miles (569 kilometers) about every 97 minutes. We can even go to its website, and observe what it is photographing.
Then, we had the Concorde which flew for thirty years, traveling at twice the speed of sound, from London to New York in about three-and-a-half hours—half the time of commercial airliners. Due to a fatal crash and the age of the fleet, they have all been grounded. Aviation still predicts a supersonic plane that will fly TWICE as fast as the Concorde by 2030, IF, they can reduce the sound caused by breaking the sound barrier, and astronomic fuel costs.
God’s angel, who covers the entire Earth with the “everlasting gospel,” has no such limitations. If mere man can put something into space that orbits every 97 minutes, and crosses an ocean in three-and-a-half hours...just think what this powerful angel, sent out by God, can do!
Let us read it again and realize what a Mighty God we have on our side!
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the Earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,” (Revelation 14:6).
Here is another wave of truth that carries ahead to just before the Lord’s return in glory. When God pronounces judgment, it is as good as done.
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, (9) The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb” (10): And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” (11).
Revelation 14:10 speaks of “fire and brimstone.” “Brimstone” is translated from the Greek word, “theion,” and means “sulphur.” “Fire and burning sulphur” describe the pain of burning, the fiercest pain commonly experienced by man! Verses 10 and 11 are a description of the horror, and the awfulness of the Lake of Fire, to which the lost are condemned “for ever and ever.” You can read that in Revelation 20:15.
“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Hollywood likes to put out the fire of Hell. The late Robin Williams starred in a film about Heaven and Hell called “What Dreams May Come...” It was taken from a book.
A man, named Chris, awakens in Heaven, and sees that he can control his surroundings by his imagination.. He meets a former friend and mentor from Chris’s time as a "ghost" on Earth. Albert teaches Chris how to shape his little corner of Heaven (a dream) and travel to the dreams of others. Chris’s wife commits suicide after his death; and, according to the rules, those who commit suicide go to Hell. At that point, Chris decides to travel to Hell and bring his wife back. Along the way, he meets his dead son, walks across the field of the faces of the damned, stepping on them.The field of the damned resembles a swamp made of faces. The two share a tearful reunion with each other, and are reunited with their children in Heaven, and all appearances are restored. Chris suggests that they imagine reincarnation, so he and Annie can experience life together again. The film ends with Chris and Annie meeting again, as young children, in a situation that parallels their first meeting.
Is it any wonder that young people, and even adults, do not even know about the real splendors of Heaven, nor the terrible truth about Hell. And, I wonder where the star of this film is trying to imagnine himself out of now? This is a sign of the times, and an attempt to devalue the truth of God’sWord.
We can’t blame it all on Hollywood. You are not going to hear about being tormented with “fire and brimstrone” in too many churches today, because they are not going to offend you. If they offend you, you may go to another church, and take your pocketbook with you. If you belong to some of these liberal churches, you have a “price tag” on your head in order to have your membership. That is why you are sent a little slip that says, “Pay up; or get out!” They don’t put it quite that crudely, but they will surely remind you that the headquarters of that particular denomination needs to have its money. One person told me that it cost $250 per year to belong to that church. It did not matter if they came, or not, but in order to maintain their membership, they must at some time within the year pay their $250.
Since, your money is so important to them, they are not going to offend you. But the Lord says,
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2). For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:2,3);
Therefore, these modernistic churches are not going to offend you. They are going to have some little, padded down thing to make you feel religious. They are not going to tell you the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
We find out here that Christ is coming in His wrath. But…don’t preach judgment in these churches! It could offend Sister So-and-So, or Brother So-and-So. You know they have been members for thirty years and we won’t want to get them upset, or anything like that!
However, the Bible teaches that if you have not trusted the Lord Jesus Christ, you are condemned to Hell, already. A woman came to me and said that I told a certain lady that she was going to Hell. Well, she lied about it. I simply told her what the Bible said in John 3:18:
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
When a preacher, or anyone, relates to you what the Bible says, it is not something that preacher or that individual makes up. I did not write the Bible, and that other Christian did not write the Bible. When we preach the Bible and say, “If you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, you will spend eternity in Hell,” we are simply repeating what God said. I never tell anyone they are going to Hell. I tell them what God says will happen if you reject Jesus Christ as your Savior. He says you will spend an eternity in Hell, and gives you a very vivid example of that in Luke 16:22,23,
“ And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; (22) And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom” (23).
God has given a first hand account in this passage. Yes, I said, “God says you will go to Hell if you reject Jesus Christ.” We preachers, or any Christian, just give you what the Word of God says. It is so easy to blame the person giving you the gospel, but if you don’t want to hear about Hell, your argument is with the Lord—not the other person. Your argument is not with the Christian who is trying to lead you to Jesus Christ. They are trying to tell you that you can escape the damnation of Hell, if you will accept the payment that Jesus Christ made on the Cross for your sin. Yes, that Christian loves you enough to tell you the truth.
I was witnessing to a lady not long ago. Pure hatred came out from her. I had said, “Did you know that God loves you, and Jesus Christ died for you?” “I don’t want to talk about that!” she said. You could just see the hatred flowing out of her. She goes to a liberal church, where she is not going to hear about Hell. The sad part about it is, she is in a seat of authority. All I tried to do was to tell her how to go to Heaven, and I have never seen such hate flow out of someone.
A man came to me later, who had been this woman’s friend for quite some time, and asked me, “Pastor Younce, has (this woman) ever come to you and asked you about the Bible, or what you believe?” I said, “She never has.” His reply was, “Well, she is going around saying that you are a cult.” The man said: “I want to tell you something, Sir. Watch her! She will get you.” Yet, this woman claims to go to a church. Of course, it is a liberal church that says anything you want to hear.
That is what religion will do to you. When you don’t know what you believe, and you don’t trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will just go to a church in an attempt to prove what a nice person you are.
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:12).
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”( John 3:36).
One reason that you do not hear much preaching on the Book of Revelation is the fact that it pronounces judgment upon this world, and people do not want to hear that today. There are some who do want to hear it, and thank God they are “delivered from the wrath to come” because they have put their faith in Jesus Christ. They are thankful to God that God loved them while they were sinners, and Christ died for them, and paid for their sins. They are eternally grateful for that. They want to witness and tell you about that, so that you can have a home in Heaven, also.
There will be some people who accept Jesus Christ. Sadly, there will be others who will go right straight to Hell, soaking in their self-righteousness, or trusting in their position in the community. There is nothing you can do about that. Sometimes they will respond with actual hate, make false accusations or even try to destroy you!” But this is mild, compared to what happened to the martyrs in the First and Second Century who were burned at the stake for their faith in Jesus Christ.
Justin Martyr (100-165 A.D. An Apologist) was so named, because he was beheaded for his faith in Jesus Christ. Justin Martyr was beheaded with six of his students for their faith in Christ. They said, “It is a privilege to die for our Savior.”
Polycarp (69-155 A.D. An Apostolic Father, Ordained Bishop of Smyrna by John). At his execution said, “Eighty and six years have I served Him and He has done me no wrong. How can I blaspheme my king who saved me?” He, also, requested not to be tied, but promised to just stand in the flame.
Willam Tyndale (1494-1536), because he wanted to get the Bible to the English people, after a ridiculously unfair trial and conviction for heresy and treason, was both strangled and burned at the stake in the prison yard, Oct. 6, 1536. He had been betrayed by agents of King Henry VIII, and the Anglican Church. His last words were, "Lord, open the king of England's eyes." This prayer was answered three years later, in the publication of King Henry VIII’s 1539 English Great Bible. Tyndale was “strangled” as some in England were sympathetic with the Reformers, and he had spent time in Wittenberg, Germany. So, to keep from going to war with Germany, they hung him first.
Just read the History of the Queen that was called “Bloody Mary.” Mary I, a devout Catholic, was the first Queen Regnant. A Queen Regnant is a queen reigning in her own right, rather than becoming a queen through marriage to a king. Mary restored papal supremacy in England, abandoned the title of Supreme Head of the Church, reintroduced Roman Catholic bishops, and began the slow reintroduction of monastic orders.
Mary, also, revived the old heresy laws to secure the religious conversion of the country. Heresy was regarded as a religious and civil offence amounting to treason (to believe in a different religion from the Sovereign was an act of defiance and disloyalty). That is what happens when there is no “real” separation of Church and State. Your religious beliefs then become treason. As a result, around 300 Protestant heretics were burnt in three years.
You will find out, in these last days, people are going to hate you if you witness to them. However, that is what Christ want us to do, and you will lead some to Christ. He gave this warning to His Disciples in John 15:20,21:
“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.(20). But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me” (21).
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
The “saints,” mentioned in this verse, are people who trust Jesus Christ for their salvation. The word “patience” comes from the Greek word “hypomonē,” meaning “to bear up courageously under suffering.” The commandment they were following is found in Verse 7 of this chapter. “Fear God and give glory to Him…” This is actually an encouragement to stand for the Lord. He was telling them the same thing Christ told the Disciples in Matthew 10:28:
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
We see there will be persecution, in every period of time, when you stand up for the Lord. All that the forces of evil could do is to kill them. Then they would be, ”..absent from the body,...present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).”
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth” ( 13a):
This verse is speaking about the martyrs who die for their faith in Christ during the Tribulation Period, after the Rapture.
“Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them” (13b).
This means that Christ is going to reward them for their faithfulness, even unto death. They testified for Jesus Christ, and exposed the One-World Religious System with its seat in Babylon, and the One-World Governmental System with its seat in Jerusalem, and were put to death. Christ is going to reward them for doing that.
The world, today, is drinking at the fountain of sex and self indulgence. And, almost daily, we read in the newspapers of those who have reached the top in popularity, or in finance, and who find such attainments a hollow victory. Many turn to suicide. One of the most prominent, recently, was the death of comedian Robin Williams.
In the Great Tribulation Period, pleasure and godlessness will reign, but there will be no excuse for not trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.
God said to Noah and to His Sons,
“And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the Earth, and multiply therein” (Genesis 9:7).
Then, Noah’s great-great grandson, Nimrod, who headed up the Tower of Babel, said,“We don’t care what God has said, we are going to build a tower which may reach unto heaven.” God came down and confounded their languages, and that was the end of that, as we are told in Genesis 11:9,
“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the Earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the Earth.”
In this time, prior to the Rapture, Ecumenicalism is everywhere. You can see these one-world systems, religious and governmental, coming into prominence today. Ecumenicalism, or all religious groups going together, is spoken about in various places in Scripture, and God condemns it every time. The reason they do not have a problem is they never talk about the Bible, except in generalities. Their philosophy is, “Don’t talk about things that are doctrinal. Let’s just love each other.”
If you have a group that is trying to go to Heaven on their good works, God does not want you to be uniting with them. We are to witness to them about how to get to Heaven, and explain the doctrines of the Bible. Of course, when you do this, they are going to say, “Well, you are being hard to get along with.” At the very least, they will accuse you of being unkind. They will make it seem exactly opposite of what you are trying to do.
We want to win them to Christ. They need to understand that we are not trying to make Baptists, or a denomination out of them. We want them to have the peace of God that passeth all understanding. We want them to know that they have a home in Heaven.
“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.” (John 3:16)
May I figuratively express His offer to you? Here is Jesus Christ, standing in front of you with a golden key in His hand. This is the key that opens the door to a mansion in Heaven for you, to enter and occupy forever. Will you receive this key by faith, believing, and trusting that Jesus Christ bought, and paid for this key to your home in Heaven, by His death on the cross for your sins? He wants you to live with Him in Heaven for all eternity.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Here in Verses 14-20, Armageddon is pictured. The image is that of the Israelite farmer, who first gathers his grapes into the winepress, and then crushes them with his bare feet so the red juice will flow. What we see here is, essentially, the same as found in the two prophecies of Joel, Chapter 3, and Zechariah, Chapters 12 and 14. They, also, speak of the same thing. The wicked armies of the end time are shown as ripe grapes. The wine press, where God will crush the armies, is the Great Armageddon Pass, also, known as the Plain of Esdraelon, or the Jezreel Jordan Valley. This is the 10 by 40 mile, Northwest to Southwest, gateway through the mountains to Jerusalem. It will be the prophesied wine press of God.
“And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.”
The red juice of the ancient Palestinian grape is an accurate, visual, representation of the blood of the Antichrist’s armies, which will flow here. Here, we are reading about the judgment of Almighty God. Your liberal churches place no emphasis on these Scriptures, and you will seldom hear about the judgment for sin from their pulpits. Even though the Bible depicts judgment for sin, all the way from Genesis to Revelation, you need not worry that you will hear it from the liberal church pulpit. The only Bible texts you will hear from those pulpits are the ones relating to their “faith and practice,” translation: “their tradition.”
The Flood came 1656 years after Creation, and God destroyed all on the Earth, except eight people. That was because of the wickedness of man. God started man out all over, and promised that He would not destroy the world with a flood, again. But, according to 2 Peter 3:12, He will renovate this Earth with fire, and create a new heavens, and a new Earth.
Yes, God is a God of judgment. He judges even Christians, and, even though the judgment Christ suffered on the Cross has paid the eternal punishment for every sin they will ever commit, God still corrects His children. We find this in Hebrews 12:6 where He tells us:
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
He does that so we will mold our lives to better serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes Christians get in a backslidden position, and God can even take their life as the ultimate penalty on them down here. It does not mean the Christian will go to Hell. The Christian will never go to Hell, once their faith is placed in Jesus Christ. But they can lose their life, if they continue in unabated sin, and refuse to judge it within themselves. When God gets fed up with sin in the Christian’s life, He can pass judgment, and He has done that many, many times, as the Bible tells us.
In the context of the above explanation, we see Christ, the Son of man, coming as the Judge. Now we can understand, plainly, what is meant in the Old Testament parallel visions, especially in Isaiah 63:1-6.
“Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save (1). Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? (2). I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment (3). For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come (4). And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me (5). And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth” (6).
The sickle shows that He is ready to judge, with a cutting instrument already in hand. It is a “sharp” sickle. If you notice, Verse 14 refers to the “sharp sickle.” Why did He use that kind of allegory? Why did He state it that specifically? It appears to show that not only will God’s judgment be swift, it will be a terrifying spectacle—the most frightful ever witnessed by man.
The day of patience and mercy has ended, and, now, comes the time of judgment. Today, many liberal congregations are being led by a socialized gospel. Yes, we mention the Bible a little bit, here and there. Mainly, it is just a socialization of the church, without the clear teaching of the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation. They have become entertainment centers.
“And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the Earth is ripe (15). And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the Earth; and the Earth was reaped.” (16)
Do not think that the angel was commanding the Lord. The angel, in loyal excitement, begs Christ to destroy the wicked. The hour of visitation has come to its fullest. The Earth was reaped. Christ, the Lord of All, will gather the armies of the Antichrist to Armageddon. Revelation 16:14 shows that the wicked voices of the Beast, and the False Prophet, call the evil armies to Armageddon.
“For they are the spirits of devils (demons), 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” (Revelation 16:14).
Revelation 16:16 reveals that, though the Evil Ones think they are directing events, it is Christ, Himself, who gathers them for destruction.
“And he (Christ) gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (Revelation 16:16)
His cutting, or reaping, the grapes with the sickle pictures His (Christ’s) mobilizing the Antichrist’s armies for battle. His throwing them into the winepress, pictures His gathering them into Armageddon in Israel. Then, the crushing of the grapes, pictures Christ destroying the armies of the Antichrist in a great slaughter from above. Christ is in charge, not Satan.
When the elders, and the chief priests, delivered Christ to Pontius Pilate, who was the Govenor sent by Imperial Rome to Israel, Christ had really been condemned by two legal systems: the Jewish and the Roman. The arrest and procedings under Annas, and then Caiphas, in the Sanhedrin, were under the Jewish law. However, those under Pilate and Herod were under the Roman law.
Can we ever forget the dialogue found in Matthew 27:15-26, when Pilate offered the chief priest this choice?
“Whether of the twain shall I release unto you?” (27:21b)
“But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.” (27:20).
“They said, Barabbas. (27:21c)
Pilate then asked...
“What shall I do then with Jesus…” (27:22)
“Let him be crucified.” (27:22,23)
Pilate washed his hands and said,
“I am innocent of the blood of this just person…” (27:24c)
He might have convinced himself that he was innocent of the blood of Christ, but he sure was not. No. If Pilate wanted to be innocent of the blood of Christ, he would not have turned Him over to be crucified. Unfortunately, Pilate was a double-minded man, and he did not have enough backbone to stand on what his conviction was. (James 1:8)
Then the Jewish people gave their unforgettable answer:
“His blood be upon us, and on our children.” (27:25)
And the blood of Christ has surely been upon them for the last 2,000 years. Yet, the remnant of His Chosen People has not been forgotten. Here, at Armageddon, He destroys those nations who wickedly want to obliterate the end-time remnant of Israel, who are finally turning to Christ. Our Savior’s land, once stained with His own precious blood, will soon be red with the blood of those who reject Him.
“And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle (17). And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the Earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.” (18).
1. “From the altar...”
In Verse 18, the angel comes from the heavenly brazen altar, the place where sacrifice for sin takes place. Christ has paid for sin once and for all, and this altar speaks to us of God’s holiness and His justice. Sin must be paid for, therefore, the angel coming from the altar cries out to see the rebellious sinners pay the just penalty for their sins.
2. The “grapes are fully ripe.”
Their sin was ripe for judgment. In Genesis 15:16, God told Abraham that He could not destroy the Amorites because their “iniquity…is not yet full.” We find that God waited 400 more years to give those people an opportunity to go to Heaven. God, in His wisdom, often allows a wicked group to wax into a fullness of evil in order that their iniquity might be fully manifest. He did this finally with the Amorites. Later, He had them destroyed by Israel under Joshua. He also did this with Ancient Egypt, and will do so with future Babylon. He has done it with Hitler, and He will do this with the Antichrist and his system.
3. The “grapes are fully ripe.”
The Antichrist’s government, and his world, have fully manifested their corruption. They have become ripe for destruction.
As an individual, have you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ? You never know when that heart is going to stop beating. If you die without Christ, you will lift up your eyes in Hell, because you chose to pay for your own sin.
When God did send Joshua, and the armies of Israel, in to destroy the Amorites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Jebusites, and all those seven great nations in the land of Canaan, he told them to destroy the men, women, and the children. You ask, “How could God kill these little children? Why would God kill little babies?” Our human reasoning makes us wonder how God could be so cruel. God was not cruel. God had given them hundreds of years, finally extending it 400 more years. These heathen nations, many times, offered their little babies as sacrifices to the god Molech. Molech had his arms outstretched with a hot fire burning beneath them. They would take a little baby, maybe two weeks old, and throw it alive upon the arms of this idol, Molech. Their whole system of worship was made up of lewd things, homosexuality, lesbianism, and prostitution. There was nothing good about them, nor did they desire to know anything about God. God, in His grace, gave them another 400 years.
God told Israel to go in and destroy men, women, and children. I am going to give their land to you. Look at it from God’s viewpoint. Not one in those seven nations had any desire to know about God, therefore, when those children came to the age of accountability; they would follow the practices of a godless mother, and a godless father. They would become idol worshipers, just like their parents.
When God took all those under the age of accountability, those babies, and children, went to Heaven. They had not reached the age to exercise their own will to choose, or reject God. Every child who dies under the age of accountability goes to Heaven. God was looking out for the children, and He took them to raise in Heaven with Him. When you and I get to Heaven, we will see some of those Amorite children. If He had left them alone, they would have ended up in Hell from following the practices of their mother and father.
“And the angel thrust in his sickle into the Earth, and gathered the vine of the Earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.”
America still mourns the loss of 50,000 of her sons in Vietnam; as well as 34,000 in Korea, 3,500 in Iraq, and 1,700 in Afghanistan, and, as of this writing, we are still not completely out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
In this battle, 200 million men will die. That is according to Revelation 9:16, and Revelation 16:12-16. In the Battle of Armageddon, the 200 million will die, and that blood will flow to the depths of the horse’s bridles. Death would be instantaneous, as the blood will not have time to coagulate.
“And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.”
If you have seen a wine press in operation, you know that it does its job very well. The soft, ripened grapes are thrust into a large bowl-like cylinder, and with piston-like precision, a crusher comes down and squeezes the grapes into a flat pulp. The red juice of the grapes begins to flow down a trough. In Christ’s day, the grapes were crushed by men who trod them underfoot, keeping their balance by holding on to ropes suspended overhead. This process graphically illustrates the judgment of God, as He metes out death, during the Battle of Armageddon.
Five furlongs was about a Sabbath Day’s journey of a half-a-mile. 1600 furlongs would be in the neighborhood of at least 160 plus miles. It is here that the 200-million-man army of the Kings of the East, or the Land of the Rising Sun, comes. When Christ speaks, death is instantaneous to where the blood flows as deep as the horse’s bridles.
Zechariah14:4 depicts the way the Lord comes back.
“And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”
The Lord goes on to tell us in Zechariah 14: 9-10,
“And the LORD shall be king over all the Earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one (9). All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses” (10).
There were many different gates by which you could enter Jerusalem. There was the Sheep Gate, the Dung Gate, the Golden Gate, and many other gates into the city of Jerusalem.
“And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.” (Zechariah 14:11)
The Lord gives a preview of what is going to happen at the Battle of Armageddon. The same thing will take place at the Judgment of the Nations at the end of the Tribulation Period. Let us read Zechariah 14:12.
“And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.”
This is a reminder of what happened when we dropped the atom bomb on the cities of Heroshima, and Nagasaki, in Japan. That blast actually caused what is described here. The same thing will happen at the Battle of Armageddon.
The Old Testament Book of Joel, also, speaks of the same judgment found here in the Book of Revelation. Notice Joel 3:1,2,
“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, (1) I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (2).
The word “plead,” in this verse, is not as we think of its meaning in English, i.e., begging them to stop and change their mind. “Plead” here is the Hebrew word, “shaphat,” and, literally, means to pronounce or execute judgment against you. There is no pleading, or begging, as the English may infer. God is now judging these nations for their treatment of Israel, and for “parting,” or dividing, the land that is Israel’s inheritance.
“Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about” (12).
“Jehosaphat” is another name for that great valley we described previously.
Note: In Joel 3:12, the word “judge” is not the best translation. “Judge” is the Hebrew word, “shaphat,” and means “to execute judgment.” It is the same word translated “plead” in Joel 3:2. These heathen have already been judged. Now, we are seeing that the execution of His judgment is so quick and fast, that their blood will not even have time to coagulate.
“Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great” (13).
In this verse, Joel uses the same terminology as John does in the Book of Revelation. It is that of harvesting ripe grapes with a sickle, making the point that it is a large harvest made up of the wicked.
“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision” (14).
These Scriptures show God’s swift execution of judgment at the Battle of Armageddon. He, also, executes swift judgment against the many religions that do not teach about His judgment, and try to do away with the fact of a literal Hell. They will tell you God is not someone who is going to judge you. They emphasize God’s love over His justice. In fact, I have been to many funerals, in these modernistic churches, where I knew the person who died was literally heathen! Somehow, or other, the preacher tries to get them into Heaven.
Notice Psalms 9:17,
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
Here are five more:
“That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath” (Job 21:30).
“Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?” (Proverbs 15:11).
“The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath” (Proverbs 15:24).
“Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied” ( Proverbs 27:20).
“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory,
and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it” (Isaiah 5:14).
What God is saying, “You may be some ‘big shot’ down here upon the Earth. You may hold some high position in the community or government, but it does not make any difference. If you reject Jesus Christ, you will die and spend eternity in Hell.”
“Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the Earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations” (Isaiah 14:9).
Here is the reasoning of man…
“Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves” (Isaiah 28:15):
Here is God’s answer to the reasoning of man…
“And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it” (Isaiah 28:18).
God says, “You may, by your own reasoning, think you have reasoned away the fact of a literal Hell, but you have deceived yourself. Unbelief does not put out the fire. There is a Hell, and don’t let anyone tell you there is not. If you go to a church that says there is no Hell, I would run from that church. Their false teaching, about the reality of Hell, will land you right in the flames of the Lake of Fire.
The Catholic Organization, with their latest Bible, has removed the word “Hell” and replaced it with “netherworld.” It appears to me that, by eliminating the word “Hell,” it would be easier to attract many more to believe in Purgatory, a place which doesn’t sound nearly as bad as Hell. Therefore, the priest can assure the family that, through prayers and gifts of money, their loved one will soon be released to enjoy the glories of Heaven. The only problem with the above is— it is all a made-up lie to get your money into their coffers.
“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” (Psalm 49:7);
God has a different opinion which contradicts the Catholic Organization. In Luke 16, a rich, lost, man died; and a Christian man died, who was a poor beggar. Luke 16:22 describes where both men went, immediately, after they died.
“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Those who deny a literal Hell, which includes Jehovah’s Witnesses and a few others, will defend their belief by stating that this passage of Scripture is only a parable. This is another lie, as no parable ever uses a proper name. Isn’t Lazarus a proper name? This is a literal account of a factual case, and defintely not a parable.
In the fifty-six years since I trusted the Lord, I have personally talked with over 300 priests asking one simple question. “Could you please tell me how I can know for sure that I am going to Heaven?” NOT ONE could tell me how I could know I am going to Heaven! I am so grateful that God loved a sinner like me, that I have never stopped thanking Him for the peace that I, and all Christians, have in knowing we have a home in Heaven when we leave this Earth.
Isn’t it characteristic of the cults to attempt to do away with Hell, by reasoning away its existence? Perhaps we could do like they do in Hollywood, and “imagine” Hell away. However, at the judgment, these “imaginations” will be swept away with the reality of God’s Word concerning Hell.
“And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they [the lost] shall be an abhorring unto all flesh” (Isaiah 66:24).
At this judgment, you and I will be allowed to look upon those that are in Hell. You will run to the Lord Jesus Christ in grateful appreciation for what He has done for you in saving you from that punishment. You will be so thankful that you were wise enough to put your faith in Christ, and you did not want to pay for your own sin. You did not laugh at Hell. You did not laugh at those preachers who preached about what some call “highly exaggerated hell-fire and damnation!”
We are just teaching the Word of God. God wanted the truth about the consequences of dying without trusting Christ to be taught. It is an eternity in the Lake of Fire, and He put it in the Bible so that you would have absolutely no excuse for not trusting Christ as your Savior.
You might say, “Oh, well, the crowd I run with doesn’t believe that.” They will when they die, won’t they? After the rich man died in Luke 16, he lifted up his eyes in Hell and talked, across the great gulf that was between them, to Abraham. Notice the following verses: Luke 16:23-24;27-28;31.
“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom (23). And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame (24). Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house (27). For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment (28).
And he [Abraham] said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (31).
If you are reading these pages, you have absolutely no excuse whatsoever. Run to the Lord Jesus Christ. Put your faith in Him as the Savior who has paid for your sins. You do not have to go to church, be baptized, take communion, or confess to any preacher. All of that is nothing, but man-made substitution for the complete work that Christ did on the Cross for you. All He asks you to do is:
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,...” (Acts 16:31)