When a skydiver steps to the edge of the aircraft door and leaps away from the plane, he knows there is no turning back. Answer: A The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict me of sin and to guide me into all truth. Answer: A When convicted of sin by the Holy Spirit, I must confess my sins in order to be forgiven. Answer: A God solemnly warns that the Holy Spirit does not indefinitely continue pleading with a person to turn from sin and obey God.
Answer: A The Holy Spirit stops talking to a person when that individual becomes deaf to His voice.
Answer: A The Bible rule is that when the Holy Spirit brings me new light or conviction of sin, I must act at once--obey without delay. Answer: A Yes, if I steadfastly refuse to confess and forsake any sin, I will eventually become deaf to the Holy Spirit's pleading and thus pass the point of no return. Answer: A The Holy Spirit's pleading is like a fire that burns in a person's mind and heart. Answer: A Jesus solemnly warned that not all who have the feeling of assurance will enter His kingdom, but rather, only those who do His will. The Holy Spirit pleads with all people (John 1:9), just as the sun shines upon everyone and everything. It's no fairytale - one day, you can be free from all the hurt, hunger, aloneness, crime, and chaos infecting the world today. Answer: A The Scriptures promise that Jesus will return to this earth in the same manner that He left at His ascension--in a visible, literal, bodily, personal manner. Answer: A Every man, woman, and child living in the world when Jesus returns will see Him at His second coming. Answer: A Jesus is coming back to this earth to reward His people as He promised and to take them to the beautiful home He has prepared for them. Answer: A The righteous dead will be raised from their graves, given perfect, immortal bodies like that of Christ, and caught up into the clouds to meet the Lord.
A A Does the Bible give specific information regarding the nearness of Christ's second coming? Answer: A a€?Satan has invented many false teachings about the second coming and is deceiving millions into believing that Christ has already come or that He will come in some non-biblical manner. Answer: A There is great danger in becoming so busy with the cares of this life or so entranced by the pleasures of sin that the coming of the Lord may slip up on us as the Flood did on the world in Noah's day, and we will be surprised, unprepared, and lost.
It is true that a terrible tribulation will cover the earth just before Jesus returns to deliver His people. 9.A A Does the Bible give specific information regarding the nearness of Christ's second coming?
Answer: A Satan has invented many false teachings about the second coming and is deceiving millions into believing that Christ has already come or that He will come in some non-biblical manner. He's gone too far, and if he should forget to strap on his parachute, nothing can save him and he will certainly plummet to a frightening death. When I confess them, God not only forgives me but He also miraculously cleanses me from all unrighteousness. Thus, any sin that I do not confess is unpardonable until I confess it, because forgiveness always follows confession. God says that those who refuse to receive the truth and conviction brought by the Holy Spirit will (after the Spirit departs from them) receive a strong delusion to believe that error is truth. Those who make Jesus the Lord and Ruler of their lives are promised the miracles of Jesus that will see them safely through to His eternal kingdom.
Our loving desire is that you have been led into the presence of Jesus and have experienced a fantastic new relationship with Him. We get to know Him as a friend when we commune with Him daily, follow Him gladly, and freely share with Him our joys and sorrows as with an earthly friend. Even more important, he is affirming that the Holy Spirit of Christ can be grieved away by my rejection of His loving appeals. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? The staggering threefold (Luke 9:26) brightness of His coming will stretch from horizon to horizon, and the atmosphere will be charged with brilliant glory like lightning. As the cloud nears the earth, Jesus will send His angels, and they will quickly gather together all of the righteous people in preparation for the trip back to heaven (Matthew 24:31). He will restore to His people all of the joys and glories of Eden that Adam and Eve lost by sinning. Then the righteous living will also be given bodies like Christ and will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. This earthquake will be of such a devastating nature that it will leave the world in a state of total destruction.
Through the Holy Spirit and my conscience, Jesus knocks and asks to come into my heart so that He can change my life.
God is waiting and ready to forgive me for any and every sin I may commit (Psalms 86:5), but only if I confess and forsake it. As I ignore the Holy Spirit and continue in sin, I pour water on the fire of the Holy Spirit. Jesus will then doubtless remind them of that crucial time in their lives when the Holy Spirit brought new truth and conviction.
He--the King of kings, the Saviour of the world--takes time from superintending the universe to come to you and me for regular loving visits and friendly, caring guidance and counsel. We hope that you will walk closer to the Master every day and will soon join that joyous group who will be translated into His blessed kingdom at His appearing.
The Holy Spirit also has a different effect upon our hearts depending upon how we relate to His pleadings. He was teaching truth and supporting it from the Old Testament, which was the Scriptures then available.
Jesus is pointing out that when we understand what the Holy Spirit is asking us to do regarding some new light from the Scripture, we must act at once. As a courtship can be ended forever by the repeated refusal of one party to the other's wooing, so our relationship with the Holy Spirit can end permanently by our persistent refusal to respond to His loving appeals.
We cannot know the exact day and hour of Christ's return (Matthew 24:36), but we can be confident that we are the people who will live to see Jesus return. The darkness that comes from a persistent and final refusal to follow light is the result of rejecting the Spirit, and it leaves me without hope. He knew that only the Holy Spirit could lead him to repentance and restoration, and he trembled at the thought of becoming deaf to His voice.


What folly, what an unbelievable calamity, that we should ever be too busy or too disinterested to form a warm, loving, lasting friendship with Jesus.
Terrible Danger of Resisting the Holy SpiritResisting the Holy Spirit is terribly dangerous because it so easily leads to rejection of the Holy Spirit, which is the sin God can never forgive.
And these are just a few of many, many positive signs that show we are in the closing days of earth's history. Spiritism has invaded the churches, as well, with the false teaching of the immortality of the soul. For example, Jesus stated specifically that He will not appear in the desert or come to the seance chambers (verse 26). As a free gift, He bestows upon me His own righteous character so I can stand unafraid before a holy God when my life is changed by Jesus. They surround the holy city to capture it (Revelation 20:9), and fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them. We carried it proudly all the way back to one of their houses and proceeded to patch the hole with a piece of plywood and tar. Likewise, a person can condition himself to not hear an alarm clock ring by repeatedly shutting it off and not getting up.
The Bible tells us in another place that God finally left Ephraim alone because he was joined to his idols (Hosea 4:17) and would not listen to the Spirit. Don't quench the fire of the Holy Spirit by repeatedly refusing to heed the Spirit's voice. Nor do they obey Him.a€?a€?Jesus Clears the Aira€?Jesus says that true assurance is only for those who do His Father's will. They have embraced a theology of salvation in sin or salvation by works--neither of which needs Jesus.
Nor do they obey Him.Jesus Clears the AirJesus says that true assurance is only for those who do His Father's will.
Jesus is coming soon, but there is a lot of popular misconceptions regarding just how He's coming.
Even religious leaders are denying the plain Bible teachings of Creation, the Flood, the divinity of Christ, the second coming of Christ, and many other vital Bible truths. Only a small percentage of the citizens of our large cities attend church services regularly, but they jam pleasure resorts by the thousands. There is no reason to be deceived if we learn what God's book teaches about Christ's second coming.
Those who deny, ignore, or make light of Christ's second advent (as a literal, soon-coming event) are specifically fulfilling Bible prophecy--and doing the devil a very great service. Since the Holy Spirit is the only agency given to bring me conviction, if I permanently reject Him, my case is thereafter hopeless. The day finally comes when the alarm goes off and he does not hear it.a€?a€?Don't Shut Off the Holy Spirita€?So it is with the Holy Spirit. If the fire goes out, I have passed the point of no return.a€?a€?Any Sin Can Quench the Firea€?Any unconfessed or unforsaken sin can ultimately snuff out the fire of the Holy Spirit. But the Bible also speaks of God hardening his heart because God's Holy Spirit kept pleading with Pharaoh. The day finally comes when the alarm goes off and he does not hear it.Don't Shut Off the Holy SpiritSo it is with the Holy Spirit.
If the fire goes out, I have passed the point of no return.Any Sin Can Quench the FireAny unconfessed or unforsaken sin can ultimately snuff out the fire of the Holy Spirit. So take a few minutes to understand what the Bible really says about the second coming so you won't be left behind! False christs will appear and do miracles on the earth (Matthew 24:23-27), but Jesus will remain in the clouds above the earth at His second coming. It is said that 80percent of the world's total knowledge has been brought forth in the last decade and that 90percent of all the scientists who have ever lived are alive today. Psychiatry and the traditions of pseudo-intellectuals have replaced the Bible in many religious circles.
This subject is so important that God illustrates and explains it many different ways in Scripture. It became unpardonable only because Judas refused to listen to the Holy Spirit and confess his sin of covetousness. The most tragic thing that can happen to any person is for God to have to turn away and leave him alone. Hence, He explains that He did not really get acquainted with them or know them as His personal friends. Secular educators teach our youth to scoff at the Bible record of these great truths and substitute evolution and other man-made, false teachings for the plain, simple facts of God's Holy Word. Pleasure-mad Americans waste billions of hours in front of the TV set in direct fulfillment of 2 Timothy 3:4.
The wisest statesmen of our time are concerned for the survival of civilization because crime sweeps forward seemingly beyond control. People who know what the Bible says about the second coming will not be led astray by Satan.
When that day comes, the Spirit sadly turns away from me because I have become deaf to His pleadings. Had Pharaoh listened, his heart would have softened as the sun softens wax.a€?a€?Judas and Petera€?Christ's disciples Judas and Peter demonstrated this same principle. If we commit to do Jesus' will and follow where He leads, He promises that He will help us discern truth from error (John 7:17).
Had Pharaoh listened, his heart would have softened as the sun softens wax.Judas and PeterChrist's disciples Judas and Peter demonstrated this same principle.
It does not take place at a man's death, nor is it figurative--to be manifested by better world conditions.
A recent poll discovered that only two percent of American student ministers believe in the literal second coming of Christ.
His part is to work the mighty miracle within me that changes my life and prepares me for His second coming.
One of the boys found a canoe paddle in the weeds and we three got into the boat and started to paddle out. For a clear and penetrating answer, yet also full of hope, take a few minutes with this fascinating Study Guide. The second coming will be a literal, worldwide, visible, personal appearance of Christ in the clouds to bring this world to an end and to reward or punish all men and women. Divorce rates are climbing wildly, with nearly one marriage in two ending in the divorce court.


Perfect, holy, happy beings, restored once again to the perfect image of God, will at last be at home in a sinless, spotless world as God originally planned.
Lucifer could have been pardoned and cleansed, but he refused to listen until he could no longer hear the Spirit's voice.a€?a€?C. Lucifer could have been pardoned and cleansed, but he refused to listen until he could no longer hear the Spirit's voice.C. The current immoral generation--with its obsession with sex and filth, with its increasing church membership but decreasing true spirituality--is plain and positive fulfillment of God's Word. Fulfillment: This prophecy points primarily to the long period of tribulation that took place during the Dark Ages and was instigated by the apostate church. Refusal to obey the Holy Spirit's voice in any area pours water on the fire of the Holy Spirit. For a real shock, see how many of the last-day sins listed in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 you can find depicted in any issue of your Sunday newspaper.
That's why Luke 17:37 speaks of the bodies of the wicked and mentions the eagles (or vultures) gathered around them. We feverishly paddled with that one oar and bailed out the water with our hands and an old can. They were convinced repeatedly with deep, heartfelt conviction that Jesus was the Messiah--the Son of the living God of heaven. Nothing short of the coming of the Lord will stem the tide of evil that is now engulfing the world. Barely we made it to shore and got out just before the boat sank below the water and headed downstream. It will lead people to heaven's judgment bar, feeling certain they are saved when they are, in fact, lost (Proverbs 16:25).
Wet, cold and shaking the three of us headed home knowing we would never tell our parents of this stupid adventure.
We were lucky to be alive and it was only by Goda€™s grace that I can live to tell about it.
Then one day, after another great miracle by Jesus, the Pharisees told the multitude that Jesus received His power from the devil. He was truly repentant and later became one of the greatest preachers in the apostolic church.
Christ at once told them that attributing His miracle-working power to the devil indicated they had passed the point of no return and had blasphemed the Holy Ghost.
Please read Zechariah 7:12, 13 for God's sobering warning about hardening our hearts against hearing and obeying His Spirit's pleadings. But they refused until they were stone deaf to the Holy Spirit and could no longer be reached.
I Cannot Choose the ConsequencesWhen the Spirit makes His appeal, I can choose to respond or refuse, but I cannot choose the consequences. Candles were lighted in many houses; the birds were silent and disappeared, and the fowls retired to roost. The Holy Spirit will seal, or mark, me in the forehead as a child of God (Revelation 7:2, 3), and thus assure me of a place in God's heavenly kingdom. If I persistently refuse to respond, I will grieve the Holy Spirit away and He will leave me forever, thus sealing my doom. Sometimes that other road will bring you back to your original path and sometimes it will take you farther away from it. But God used him to gather and lead his people out of Pharaoha€™s slavery and split the Red Sea in two.A  Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and was cast into prison but became the second most powerful person inEgypt.
Or, maybe just maybe a smile or a kind word from you to a stranger may just prevent them from going home and ending their own life and their grandson will some day save the world. He will bring to light things that are now hidden in darkness, and will make known the secret purposes of people's hearts. Throw your troubled waters out of your boat and paddle on down that river of life with Him at your side. You have ears, but you don't really listen.Psalm 13:2 -- How long must I worry and feel sad in my heart all day?
I have been praying for something to happen for 4A? years now and what I prayed for was not granted. Leta€™s speak of reality a€“ He is God and He can do what He wants to or not do what He doesna€™t want to. We cannot command the Lord to do anything whether we do it in pleading, tears, anger, or desperation. If God has the will, He may answer our prayers about life but nothing says that He absolutely has to. All we have is the hope that he will hear us, see what we are going through, and grant us a little drop of His mercy in this life.
He will cure a cancer, heal the deaf, grow an arm back or bring someone back to life but that does not mean He will do it all the time. He has given us guidance through His word (the Bible) and occasionally gives us a nudge or lesson to learn from but basically kicks us out of the nest like the mother bird does to face the challenges of life. I get so frustrated at times that my prayers are not answered and I have to keep reminding myself that this is my life and I need to deal with it on my own sometimes. Their job is to preach the message to inspire, encourage, and give hope to their congregations. If we are to be an example of His mercy to others, it can only be done with people of lesser stature than us.
He wants us to spread the Gospel and not make up stories of what He has done for us personally in life.
Just show others how you believe in His salvation and forgiveness and tell them of His Word. He has promised everything in His kingdom of Heaven to those who accept His Son as Lord and Savior. Life here is just a temporary setback, trial and test to see if we are worthy of everlasting life sharing in His love -- or without it in a very dark place.
So accept His Son as your Lord and claim the only real promise that He made to us --- Forgiveness and Salvation.



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