Answer: A These passages reveal that both Abraham and Jacob, who lived long before Moses' day, tithed their income. Answer: A The Lord asks us to give offerings for His work as an expression of our love for Him and our thanksgiving for His blessings. Answer: A Paul had written the churches in Macedonia asking them to please lay aside some funds for God's people in Jerusalem, who were suffering terribly from an extended famine. Answer: A God promises to prosper His faithful financial stewards, and they will be a blessing to those around them.
Yes, stewardship involves the proper handling of every talent and blessing that I receive from God, who gives me everything (Acts 17:24, 25).
People might feel like they can get away with violating a traffic law or cheating on their taxes, but God and His laws work much differently.
Answer: A Yes, God knows each one of us (every person on earth) better than we know ourselves. Answer: A Because there is only one narrow path that leads to godlikeness, and thus to His kingdom. Answer: A God permits disobedience and sin to continue until all people everywhere are at last fully convinced of God's justice, love, and mercy.
Answer: A If I have had no opportunity to learn a certain Bible truth, God does not hold me accountable.
Jesus says that He will call them to His true way, and His true sheep will hear and follow (John 10:16, 27). Answer: A Misguided men introduced other forms of baptism in direct contradiction of God's Word.
Answer: A It represents the believer following Christ into His death, burial, and resurrection. Answer: A This is like saying a baby should never try to walk until certain that he will never slip and fall. A A Jesus asks you to be baptized by immersion as a symbol that your sins have been washed away. Old enough to understand the difference between wrongdoing and right-doing, and to make an intelligent decision to surrender to Christ and follow Him. In Matthew 28:19, we are told to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
15.A A Jesus asks you to be baptized by immersion as a symbol that your sins have been washed away. Most people in the world are being deceived by an evil genius bent on destroying their lives - a brilliant mastermind called the devil, or Satan. Everybody worships somebody or something: a€?power, prestige, food, pleasure, possessions, one's own opinion, etc.
Answer: A Satan used a serpent--the wisest, most appealing animal God made--to deceive Eve. Answer: A Yes, eating of the fruit was a sin because it was a direct rejection of one of God's few requirements.
A A What amazing facts does the Bible reveal regarding Satan's methods to hurt, deceive, discourage, and destroy people? Answer: A The devil will be cast into the lake of fire on this earth at the end of the world. Answer: A Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus made the eradication of sin a certainty.
The Father Can Hardly Waita€?In order to make people supremely happy, our heavenly Father has prepared a fabulous eternal home for them. Because sin was something completely new in God's universe, and its inhabitants did not understand it.
Everybody worships somebody or something: power, prestige, food, pleasure, possessions, one's own opinion, etc.
Anything or anyone (other than God) that receives first place in my life becomes an idol which I worship.
10.A A What amazing facts does the Bible reveal regarding Satan's methods to hurt, deceive, discourage, and destroy people?
Second, sin will be purged from the universe by the total and final destruction of sin, sinners, the devil, and his angels.
The Father Can Hardly WaitIn order to make people supremely happy, our heavenly Father has prepared a fabulous eternal home for them. Great medical care is priceless - but wouldn't it be great if we didn't need doctors anymore? Answer: A In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, God very clearly points out the following groups as being unclean. The ones which live all or part-time in water and do not have both fins and scales are unclean. Note: These chapters make it clear that most animals, birds, and water creatures people ordinarily eat are clean. God makes it very plain that children and grandchildren (to the fourth generation) pay for the folly of parents who ignore God's health rules.
Answer: A Sincere Christians will bring their lives into harmony with God's rules at once, because they love Him. Answer: A The citizens of God's new kingdom will obey His health laws, and there will be no sickness or disease.
He made it for the same purpose that He made the buzzard--as a scavenger to clean up garbage. Verses 3 through 6 are a discussion of those who eat certain things versus those who do not.
Answer: A The Sabbath is not the first day of the week (Sunday), as many believe, but the seventh day (Saturday). Answer: A In the fourth commandment of the 10, God commands us to observe the seventh-day Sabbath as His holy day.
Answer: A Yes, the book of Acts makes it clear that Paul and the early church kept the Sabbath. Answer: A The apostles in the early New Testament church not only obeyed God's Sabbath command, but they also taught the converted Gentiles to worship on Sabbath. Answer: A No, there is not the remotest hint that the Sabbath was changed at Christ's death or resurrection. Answer: A Yes, the Bible says the saved people of all ages will keep the Sabbath in the new earth.
Answer: A Misguided men of long years past announced that God's holy day was changed from Sabbath to Sunday. Answer: A God has specifically and positively forbidden men to change His law by deletions or additions.
Answer: A In hiding their eyes from God's true Sabbath, religious leaders offend the God of heaven. On the contrary, the disciples at this time did not believe that the resurrection had taken place (Mark 16:14).
Every marriage must rely on trust - and likewise in our union with Christ, we must remain faithful to Him and His Word. Answer: A Yes, it is widely known that there is only one church which claims to be the mother church--the great Roman Catholic Church.
Answer: A They are some of the churches which originally protested the false teachings of mother Babylon and left her during the great Protestant Reformation. Answer: A Amazingly, some of the most prominent doctrines of Protestantism today are not found in the Bible at all. Find the people who keep God's commandments, have the faith of Jesus, and are preaching the three angels' messages worldwide, and join them (Revelation 14:6-12). A frog captures its prey with his tongue, which may symbolize the counterfeit gift of tongues that is sweeping the world today.
Before the ancient kingdom of Babylon was captured by the Median general Darius, the water of the river Euphrates, which passed underneath the walls of the city, was diverted into a man-made lake bed. Nehemiah 13:12 further points out that the tithe is to be brought to the temple treasury, which is God's storehouse. The tribe of Levi (the priests) received no portion of land for crop-growing and business operations, while the other 11 tribes did. God gave Adam and Eve the fruit of all the trees in the garden of Eden except one--the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16, 17). If my focus is on accumulating more and more money, my heart becomes covetous, grasping, and proud.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
God promises that your nine-tenths will go further with His blessing than your total income would go without it. The seemingly arrogant flaunting of riches by some clergymen today is reducing the influence of all ministers.
God sees everything we do, hears everything we say, and He really does care about how we behave. All will finally realize that God, by requiring obedience, is not trying to force His will upon us, but rather is trying to keep us from hurting and destroying ourselves.
He promises to keep me from error and lead me safely to all truth if I: (1) pray earnestly for guidance, (2) sincerely study God's Word, and (3) follow truth as soon as I am shown. But the Bible teaches that I am responsible to God for all the light (knowledge of right) I have and all I can have! Satan, in order to make God's requests appear unreasonable, invented the falsehood that obedience is impossible. We must give God credit for being wise enough to require some things of us we may not understand. He knows that all disobedience is sin and that sin brings unhappiness, tragedy, alienation from God, and eventual destruction.
He promises that just as He worked a miracle to bring us the new birth, He will also continue to work needed miracles in our lives (as we gladly follow Him) until we are safe in His kingdom.
Matthew 7:21-23 makes it clear that many who prophesy, cast out devils, and do many wonderful works in Christ's name will be lost but will think they are saved.
Please notice that Philip, a leader in the early church, baptized the treasurer of Ethiopia by immersion precisely as John baptized Jesus.
So, today, God is well pleased when a person is baptized by immersion in harmony with His command. No one should be baptized unless he (1) knows the truth of God, (2) believes it, (3) has repented, and (4) has experienced conversion.
The Bible shows in Acts 10:44-48 that water baptism is necessary, even when the baptism of the Holy Spirit has preceded it.
Obviously you are not ready to be buried in the baptismal waters, because the old life of sin is not dead. The person who is baptized thus publicly acknowledges that he has taken Christ's name (Christian), just as a bride publicly announces the taking of her husband's name at the time of the wedding. Lucifer is symbolized by the king of Babylon in Isaiah 14 and as the king of Tyrus in Ezekiel 28. Jesus' key aim in life was to demonstrate His Father's character in His own life so people would know how loving, warm, and caring the Father really is (John 5:19).
He knows thinking people reject monsters as fable and so will be led to deny his existence. The Bible has ample evidence that there were clean and unclean animals from the very dawn of Creation.
Those who break God's rules regarding the care of the body machine will reap broken bodies and burned-out lives, just as one who abuses his automobile will have serious car trouble.
The children and grandchildren inherit weakened, sickly bodies when mother and father defy God's rules for their lives.
They know that His rules greatly add to their happiness and protect them from the devil's diseases (Acts 10:38).
He will joyfully give you a new heart and the power you need to break any evil habit and become a son or daughter of God (Ezekiel 11:18, 19). They will be blessed with eternal vigour and youth and will live with God in supreme joy and happiness throughout all eternity. These meats, as we have already discovered, are the clean meats listed in Leviticus chapter 11 and Deuteronomy chapter 14.
The passage does not say either is right, but rather counsels that neither pass judgment on the other. It's astounding that only a few people are aware of it, because it's one of the most significant days in all of human history!
Notice from the above Scripture that the Sabbath is the day that comes just before the first day of the week.
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
To tamper with God's holy law in any way is one of the most fearful and dangerous things a person can do. God made it for you, and if you love Him you will keep it, because it is one of His commandments. Reliable encyclopedias and reference books make it clear that our seventh day is the same one that Jesus kept holy.
The issue here is not over the seventh-day Sabbath, which was a part of the great moral law, but over the yearly feast days of the ceremonial law. Revelation speaks about the true bride of Christ, but there is another woman who is trying to seduce believers away from God's Word. She is seated upon a scarlet-coloured beast, which has seven heads and 10 horns and sits on many waters. We learned in Study Guide 20 that this pure woman symbolizes God's pure church which is faithful to her lover, Jesus. But the Lord confounded their languages, and the resultant confusion was so great they were forced to halt construction.


But, later, they began to mimic the principles and actions of the mother and thus became fallen themselves. These three powers: Non-Christian religions and governments, Roman Catholicism, and apostate Protestantism will become allies in Armageddon--the final war against God, His law, and His loyal followers.
Spiritism--the belief that the dead are alive and can contact the living--will be the tenet which will weld all together.
They have been brought into the Protestant churches by the mother church of Rome, who received them from paganism.
In fact, he and his demons will pose as holy angels and as devoted Christian clergymen (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). When tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus repeatedly quoted Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11). God's end-time appeal is symbolized by a mighty angel whose power is so great that the entire world is lightened with God's truth and glory.
They are called kings of the east because that is the direction from which heavenly beings approach the earth. Many of the churches comprising Babylon have stood strong, tall, and loyal to Jesus in the past. The 10 toes of the image of Daniel chapter 2 and the 10 horns of the monster beast of Daniel chapter 7 symbolized the 10 kingdoms of Europe. Please remember that miracles, including the gift of tongues, prove only one thing--supernatural power. In fact, the prophet Isaiah symbolizes Lucifer at the time of his fall from heaven as the king of Babylon (Isaiah 14:4, 12-15). This diversion permitted Darius' army to capture the city at night by entering from underneath the walls through the empty riverbed. The false prophet represents apostate Protestantism centred in America, which will take the lead in urging and influencing worldwide worship of the beast (see Study Guide 21).Non-Christian religions and apostate Protestantism will join the papacy as allies in the final war against God and His followers.
But if my focus is on sharing and helping others and blessing God's work, then my heart becomes caring, loving, liberal, and humble. The thrilling response from the churches in Macedonia, described in 2 Corinthians chapter 8, is most heartening:a€?A. Under His plan, what we have left after tithing will go further than all of it would without His blessing. The thrilling response from the churches in Macedonia, described in 2 Corinthians chapter 8, is most heartening:A.
While the Lord offers forgiveness for our sins, there still are deadly consequences for breaking God's law.
The Bible is the map and guidebook with full instructions, warnings, and information on how to safely reach that kingdom. The sin problem is not settled until even the most cynical and hardened sinners are convinced of God's love and confess that He is just. This being true, surely it is high time to abandon all fuzziness regarding what is right or wrong.
It seems so harmless to wait, but the Bible teaches that unless a person acts immediately upon light, it quickly turns to darkness. When a person knowingly rejects light and continues in disobedience, the light eventually goes out, and he is left in total darkness. The Bible is speaking here not of one single act or sin but of a presumptuous continuation in sin and a refusal to surrender to Christ after one knows better.
He might even be immersed after the example of Jesus, but he would simply come up a wet sinner instead of a dry one--still without faith, without repentance, without a new heart.
It would be a criminal act for a funeral director to bury someone who is not dead and equally serious for a minister to baptize one whose old sinful life is not dead. One great angel stands on the left side of God's throne and another on the right (Psalms 99:1). By rejecting one of God's commands, Adam and Eve allied themselves with Satan, God's enemy, and thus brought separation between themselves and God (Isaiah 59:2). And Satan will appear as a glorious angel of light with power to call fire down from heaven. All sinners will openly admit that they are lost because of their determined refusal to accept God's love and salvation. Satan Misrepresents the FatherSatan misrepresents the Father as unfeeling, aloof, exacting, stern, and unapproachable (the devil's own traits). Jesus Died the Second Death for Every PersonWhen Adam and Eve sinned, they immediately would have died the second death except for the fact that Jesus stepped forward and offered to die the second death on Calvary for every person. According to God's rules, the following animals are unclean and are not to be eaten: hogs, squirrels, rabbits, catfish, eels, lobsters, clams, crabs, shrimp, oysters, frogs, and many others. And those who continue to break God's laws of health will ultimately be destroyed by the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17). God's counsel and rules are always for our good, just as good parents' rules and counsel are best for their children.
The scribes taught that eating any food without a special ceremonial washing defiled the eater. God gave Peter this vision to show him that the Gentiles were not unclean, as the Jews believed. This meeting of Acts 20 was held on the dark part of Sunday, or on what we now call Saturday night. There were seven yearly holy days, or holidays, in ancient Israel which were also called sabbaths. The woman is astride the beast, which signifies that the church is in control of the state. What he presents as evidence for his side will seem so righteous, spiritual, and Jesus-like that nearly everybody on earth will be deceived and follow him (Matthew 24:24). Through His remnant people, God will tell the truth about the unbiblical nature of Babylon the great.
She will become hopelessly drunk with her wine (identified as false doctrine in Revelation 18:5, 6). The founders were outstanding men of God who were searching the Bible diligently to discover all of its truth. In Old Testament times, God's people brought 10 percent of all their increase--including crops and animals--to the storehouse. He then plainly told them they should continue tithing, but should also be just and merciful and faithful. If all people tithed and the tithe were used strictly for the support of gospel workers, there would be more than enough money to reach the entire earth very quickly with God's end-time gospel message. Covetousness is one of the 20 terrible sins of the last days that will shut people out of heaven (2 Timothy 3:1-7). God does not promise eternal life to those who merely make a profession of faith or are church members or are baptized, but rather to those who do His will, which is revealed in Scripture. It will take perhaps a major catastrophe or worse to convince some, but the horrible results of sinful living will finally convince all that God is just and right.
People had better stop letting their own foolish whims and egotistical notions guide them and pay attention to God's great book. Of this group, only two (Caleb and Joshua) fully followed the Lord, and they alone entered Canaan. Obstacles to obedience are not removed while we stand and wait; instead, they usually increase in size.
No child will fully obey his parents unless he loves them, nor will he love his parents if he does not obey.
Simple faith and trust in God will cause us to believe that He knows what is best for us and will never lead us in any wrong path. Those who refuse to obey God will end up believing a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12) and thus think they are saved when instead they are lost. The sacred ordinance of baptism has been changed and made of little consequence during truth's hazardous journey through the centuries. Then comes burial in the water and resurrection from the watery grave to a new life in Christ. This contamination and burden is so devastating to the human personality that people will go to almost any length to achieve a sense of forgiveness and cleansing. No age level is specified in the Bible, because children have different levels of experience and understanding. Identifying Jesus as the Christ and Messiah was present truth for the people of that day; therefore, it was crucial for them to be baptized in His name.
Here are the Bible's amazing facts about this prince of darkness and how you can overcome him! Lucifer's aim was to usurp God's throne, even if it might eventually lead to murder (John 8:44). Satan hoped the couple would sin and then eat of the tree of life, and thus become immortal sinners.
Before Jesus comes the second time, Satan will appear as an angelic being, posing as Christ.
In this final showdown, not one being on God's side will die and not one being on Satan's side will survive. Scientists have sounded the ominous warnings about cholesterol, tobacco, stress, obesity, and alcohol, so why press your luck? After all, the mere eating of a piece of forbidden fruit by Adam and Eve, a sinless couple, brought sin and death to this world in the first place. The death of Christ had no altering effect whatever on these health laws, since the Bible says that all who break them will be destroyed when Jesus returns (Isaiah 66:15-17). Verses 14 and 20 refer to foods that were first offered to idols (and were thus ceremonially unclean)--not to the clean and unclean meats of Leviticus chapter 11. The only day ever blessed by the Lord or claimed by Him as His holy day is the seventh-day Sabbath.
The Bible never suggests Sunday-keeping in honour of the resurrection (or for any other reason, for that matter).
Sunday-keeping is a tradition of uninspired men and breaks God's law, which commands Sabbath-keeping.
In Isaiah 58:13, 14, God says all who would be blessed must first get their feet off His Sabbath. These Christians all kept Sabbath holy, so Paul suggested that on Sunday morning (which was the time they paid bills and settled accounts), after the Sabbath was over, they put aside something for their needy brethren so it would be on hand when he came. Only eight texts in the New Testament mention the first day of the week; none of them imply that it is holy. Babylon's wine, which contains false teachings, disorients and benumbs those who drink it and makes them spiritually drunk.a€?a€?D. He will doubtless use the Bible, as he did when tempting Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1, 11). He will make it clear that Babylon is presenting a false gospel (Galatians 1:8-12) which has opened the door wide for billions to be deceived and lost. And, most glorious of all, Jesus promises that His people who are yet in Babylon will hear and recognize His voice and come out to safety. Combined with the supernatural power of the counterfeit gift of tongues and allied with the end-time worldwide coalition of churches, spiritism will sweep the globe.
Satan's avowed aim is to conquer God, wipe out God's kingdom, and establish his own rebellious kingdom of Babylon universe-wide.
Babylon's wine, which contains false teachings, disorients and benumbs those who drink it and makes them spiritually drunk.D.
They may include health, peace of mind, answered prayers, protection, a close-knit and loving family, added physical strength, ability to make wise decisions, a spirit of thankfulness, a closer relationship with Jesus, success in soul-winning, an old car kept running longer, etc.a€?C.
They may include health, peace of mind, answered prayers, protection, a close-knit and loving family, added physical strength, ability to make wise decisions, a spirit of thankfulness, a closer relationship with Jesus, success in soul-winning, an old car kept running longer, etc.C.
It is folly for us, in our ignorance, to question God's leadership, even when we may not fully understand all His reasons. People who won't accept the plain teachings of the Bible would not be convinced by a sign either. When raised from the water, the eyes open and the candidate begins breathing again and mingles with friends--a complete likeness of resurrection. Many have been driven to the psychiatrist's couch, where human beings earnestly attempt to assist other human beings.
It should never be entered into unless the candidate has determined to be faithful through thick and thin.a€?C. It should never be entered into unless the candidate has determined to be faithful through thick and thin.C.
If anything or anyone other than God receives first place in my life, I am--innocently perhaps--worshiping and supporting Satan.
After his expulsion from heaven, Lucifer was called Satan (adversary) and devil (slanderer), and his angels were called demons. His deceptive power will be so great that our only safety will lie in refusing to go to see him (Matthew 24:23-26).
Note: It is not possible to adequately describe the sadness and anguish the Father and Son will feel at Satan's destruction.
Hospitals and psychiatric institutions are packed with people who have ignored the warnings - do you really want to join them? If our bodies are misused, our minds and spiritual natures cannot become what God ordained they should.
Christ even commands us to clear up grudges that others may hold against us (Matthew 5:23, 24). But Peter would have refused to see them if God had not given him this vision, because Jewish law forbade entertaining Gentiles (verse 28). We honour Christ by obeying Him (John 14:15)--not by substituting man-made requirements in place of His. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for pretending to love God while making void one of the Ten Commandments by their tradition (Mark 7:7-13).


Paul was on a farewell tour and knew he would not see these people again before his death (verse 25). In fact, in Isaiah chapter 14 God uses Babylon as a symbol of Satan himself because Babylon was so hostile and devastating to God's work and His people. Any church or organization that teaches and follows Babylon's false doctrines and practices could become a fallen church or daughter. Catholicism prays to Mary and other dead saints and believes these saints bless their followers with miracles.a€?a€?B.
Satan's logic is so persuasive that it deceived one-third of the angels of heaven, Adam and Eve, and (at the time of the Flood) everybody on earth except eight people. God's countermovement is outlined in the great three angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-14, which we are examining in nine of the 27 Study Guides in this series. However, any church that teaches mother Babylon's false doctrines and follows her practices could become one of her fallen daughters. At present, he is using the counterfeit gift of tongues to weld together churches and religions of all kinds--including pagans and spirit worshipers. The New Age belief in spirit communication and reincarnation is simply old-time paganism in new garb. Catholicism prays to Mary and other dead saints and believes these saints bless their followers with miracles.B. Real records prove that billions of people steal from God, and as amazing as it may seem, they use that stolen money to subsidize their own reckless spending! He also gives them the wisdom and power to prosper and to accumulate wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). Ministers of God's End-Time Remnant ChurchHowever, no minister in God's end-time, remnant church is overpaid. Freedom without obedience is like the false freedom of the drifting balloon or the driverless car.
God has a plan that can totally wash all your sins away and supercharge your character - preposterous? The great difference between Christianity and every other religion is simply the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We begin the Christian life as babies, rather than adults, and God judges us on our attitude and the trend of our life, rather than on a few slips and falls that we may experience as immature Christians.
Misguided men in the church years ago decreed that unbaptized babies are lost, but this is scripturally untrue. Combining the testimonies of Matthew with the book of Acts, we baptize people in the name of the Father, and the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. If you absolutely refuse to look and listen, Jesus will protect you from deception (John 10:29). If at that point God had refused to create him, He would have been repudiating that prime principle of free choice.
Too much unchallenged authority (as the Father and Son have) tends to blind leaders to real life. God's seventh-day Sabbath was made before sin entered, and therefore could foreshadow nothing about deliverance from sin. So Babylon is a family name which embraces both the mother church and those of her daughters, who are also fallen.
Non-Christian religions are virtually all based on belief in and worship of spirits of the dead. These three fantastic messages expose and warn against Satan's lies and counterfeits and call people to worship God and obey Him, not only in spirit but in Bible truth as well. Our next Study Guide will describe God's end-time church so plainly that you cannot fail to recognize it. Yet many are unaware of their larceny, and in this Study Guide, we'll show you how to avoid that same mistake and how to prosper financially through real faith in God. In return for furnishing everything, all God asks is that we return to Him 10 percent as our acknowledgement of His great investment in our business affairs--plus offerings as an expression of our love and gratitude. After internship, all ministers receive virtually the same salary (varying only a few dollars monthly) regardless of their job title or the size of their church. It defames God as an unjust tyrant who would destroy innocent infants who died, simply because unworthy parents failed to have baptism administered. To destroy him and the millions who have followed him will pain the Father and the Son more than the burning will hurt anyone in the fire. In the next chapter (Acts 11), the church members criticized Peter for speaking with these Gentiles.
The popes often wear the royal color of purple at important functions, and red is the color of the robes of Catholic cardinals.a€?C.
The popes often wear the royal color of purple at important functions, and red is the color of the robes of Catholic cardinals.C.
To people today, God gives His riches, wisdom, and all of the other assets and blessings of heaven. If the Bible had not been given, people would sooner or later have discovered (by trial and error) that the great principles of the Bible exist and are true. To keep these three vital acts alive in the minds of Christians until the end of time, the Lord instituted baptism by immersion as a memorial.
Burial in the water of baptism symbolizes the burial of the ugly corpse of the old sinful life. Ezekiel 28:13 seems to indicate that his throat was specially prepared to make him an outstanding musician. Centuries later, when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness, worship was still the central issue (Matthew 4:8-11). In love, God had withheld from them the knowledge of heartache, grief, suffering, pain, and death. For amazing facts about how you can have abundant health and longer life, look over this Study Guide - but be sure to read it all before jumping to conclusions! A Christian will completely avoid all things that are harmful and will be moderate in the use of things that are good. There is not the slightest indication in this Scripture passage that the first day is holy, nor that these early Christians considered it so. The seven heads of the beast (verse 3) upon which the woman is seated are seven mountains (verse 9).
Apostate Protestantism believes that the dead are not dead but, rather, alive in heaven or hell.
Further, the true gifts of the Holy Spirit are never given to one who deliberately and knowingly disobeys God (Acts 5:32).
The ordinance is of utmost importance because it publicly represents the most stupendous provisions ever made for people.
Ignoring God's health laws, however, may cause a person to be lost, because it will ruin his judgment and cause him to sin.
God, in mercy, tells us what these laws are so we may avoid the tragedies that result from breaking them. Jesus made it clear that He intended for the Sabbath to be kept even 40 years after His resurrection. It is well known that Rome, the world headquarters of the papacy, is built upon seven hills or mountains. It is infinitely worse to hold to the unscriptural concept that babies are lost eternally because careless parents failed to do their duty. This so infuriates Satan that he will try to force people to worship him or else be killed (Revelation 13:15).
Satan told lies to misrepresent God's character because he knew that no one would ever turn away from such a loving God unless he misunderstood His character. Because they were barred from the tree of life, decay and deterioration--leading ultimately to death--began immediately. God knows before we are born how we will live, but even so, He permits us to live and choose whether to endorse His government or Satan's. We must not permit our noble leaders who are out of touch to jeopardize the very existence of heaven. Recent scientific findings confirm the fact that the use of tobacco often shortens the life span by as much as one-third. This is too plain to misunderstand: when we help the poor and needy, we improve our own health.
The devil argues that freedom is found in disobedience, but this is a falsehood (John 8:44).
In fact, there is no intimation anywhere in the Scriptures that Jesus, His Father, or the apostles ever (at any time, under any circumstances) changed the holy seventh-day Sabbath to any other day.a€?a€?C. Incidentally, this meeting is probably mentioned in the Scripture only because of the miracle of raising Eutychus back to life after he fell to his death from a third-floor window.
In fact, there is no intimation anywhere in the Scriptures that Jesus, His Father, or the apostles ever (at any time, under any circumstances) changed the holy seventh-day Sabbath to any other day.C. It is a miraculous enabling to fluently speak foreign languages previously unlearned and unknown by the speaker (Acts 2:4-12). So the words of the Bible are not merely advice which we can accept or ignore without consequences. Did you know the cross is mentioned 28 times in the Bible, but baptism is mentioned 97 times? Adopts us as His own sons and daughters.a€?a€?Certainly no truly converted person would want to delay baptism, which publicly pays tribute to Jesus for working all these miracles. Adopts us as His own sons and daughters.Certainly no truly converted person would want to delay baptism, which publicly pays tribute to Jesus for working all these miracles.
God is willing to be misunderstood and falsely accused and blamed for ages, while taking the time to allow every person to freely choose whom he will follow. God uses this gift when needed to present His end-time message to those of other languages. This is why heeding Jesus' end-time warning against Babylon is so extremely crucial and urgent. It must be pretty important then, and no wonder, because it signifies a new life with the haunting, sinful past buried and forgotten forever.
Only a Loving God Would Risk Granting Full Freedom for AllThis glorious, crucial gift of freedom could come only from a just, open, loving God.
It was needed at Pentecost because 17 language groups were in the crowd and His disciples probably knew only one language. A person cannot live any way he wishes and still become godlike any more than a builder can ignore the blueprints for a house without running into trouble. Baptism by immersion is not necessary.a€?Baptism by immersion is the only baptism recognized by Scripture. Baptism by immersion is not necessary.Baptism by immersion is the only baptism recognized by Scripture. If God had destroyed Lucifer immediately, some angelic beings who did not fully understand God's character may have begun to worship God through fear, saying, "Lucifer may have been correct.
Medical science has confirmed the fact that tea, coffee, and soft drinks that contain the addictive drug caffeine and other harmful ingredients are all positively damaging to the human body. Make God Your PartnerWhen I return God's tithe, I make Him a partner in everything I undertake. None of these contain food value except through the sugar or cream added, and most of us already use too much sugar.
Sunday is God's holy day.a€?The Bible teaches, without question, that God's holy day is the seventh-day Sabbath--Saturday. Sunday is God's holy day.The Bible teaches, without question, that God's holy day is the seventh-day Sabbath--Saturday. Stimulants give a dangerous, artificial boost to the body and are like trying to carry a ton in a wheelbarrow. The popularity of these drinks is due not to flavor or advertising, but to the dose of caffeine they contain. It is an awesomely dangerous venture to take God's own money, which He has earmarked for the saving of souls, and use it for our own personal budgets. God Accepts Only Loving, Voluntary Service The only service acceptable to God is cheerful, voluntary service prompted by love. Many Americans are sickly because of their addiction to coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks. Obedience for any other reason is unacceptable.a€?a€?God Is Giving Satan Time to Demonstrate His Principlesa€?Satan claimed he had a better plan for the government of the universe.
Obedience for any other reason is unacceptable.God Is Giving Satan Time to Demonstrate His PrinciplesSatan claimed he had a better plan for the government of the universe. But the real tragedy is that men and women seeking peace and strength are using tea and coffee as cheap substitutes for prayer and Bible study. Promise that you will follow where Jesus leads, and He will not permit you to end up in error (John 7:17). Baptism is a symbol of true conversion, and unless conversion precedes baptism, the ceremony is meaningless. The entire universe is watching as we each play a part in the controversy between Christ and Satan. As the controversy ends, every soul will fully understand the principles of both kingdoms and will have chosen to follow either Christ or Satan. Those who have chosen to ally with sin and Satan will be destroyed with him, and God's people will be taken to the eternal safety of their heavenly home.



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