The Rich Man and Lazarus

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #21

Today you will learn there are different rewards in heaven and there will be different levels of judgment in hell but before we begin, let’s draw a timeline beginning with Revelation 19. In this chapter Jesus returns and He casts Antichrist along with the False Prophet into the lake of fire, and then, the millennial reign of Christ beings in Revelation 20. Now, as we work back in time we see that Antichrist and the False Prophet are judged and there is a use of terminology in, Revelation 20:14, that says death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is very important for us to understand because there is a place called hell with two compartments: one is paradise and the other is called the place of torment.

In Luke 16:19-26, we meet a rich man whose name is unknown and a homeless beggar named Lazarus. Using the culture of today I want you to see that when these men died they had funerals. The rich man probably had a lot of people at his funeral and maybe even some dignitaries spoke at his service. But the poor man, Lazarus, was probably laid out in a pine box with a hand full of homeless people at his graveside. Although these men physically died the Bible tells us that they did not cease to exist but they went into the earth to a place called hell. On one side of hell is a place of comfort called, Abraham’s bosom and this is where Lazarus went. The second compartment is a place of torment and this where the rich man went and the interesting thing is that the rich man and Lazarus can see each other.

The rich man asks to have Lazarus dip the tips of his fingers in water to quench his thirst, but Abraham tells him no because you cannot pass over to us and we cannot pass over to you. This means that during his lifetime the rich man sealed his own fate and that certain rich man is still there today in the place of torment. Verse 27 tells us the rich man recognized Lazarus and he knew the history he had on earth with the beggar. He also had enough capacity to say to Abraham, I don’t want my five brothers to come to this place and this teaches us that the rich man maintained his reasoning facilities. Listen to me Saints, this rich man is still in this place of torment today and he is waiting for his ultimate fate which is going to be worse than where he is now, because his ultimate fate is going into the lake of fire.

I have often said that if I could choose between experiencing five minutes in heaven or five minutes in hell, I would rather experience five minutes in hell. The reason is because it would set the stage for the ultimate anxiety to go forward and preach the gospel to those that we love, right? Sadly, this is how it seems to go at times, we tell them about God and then we don’t tell them about God, we preach the Word to them and then we don’t. But, if we really understood what follows those who don’t surrender to Christ, we would tell them without ceasing! Just look at this man who was very wealthy and lived a very comfortable life here on the earth, but his ultimate fate is that he is still in that place of torment today! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

 

The Last Trumpet

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #20

There are a lot of working pieces to the puzzle in, Matthew 24:26-31, where Jesus describes His return. He tells us that it will be dark and He will come as lightening from the east to the west. It is very clear that we will see Him in the clouds and it will be a cloud of great glory. There will be angels and a trumpet and a gathering of the Saints and these are all the working pieces. Let me tell you, the rapture is post-tribulation anyway you look at it because these pieces to the puzzle can only be put together one way. Believe me, the rapture is at the end when Jesus comes back, He brings the Saints that are in heaven with Him, and we which are alive and remain are caught up together with Him, and then, we will ever be with the Lord!

We read about the rapture of the Church in, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, and we see something that is even more interesting because the last trumpet is called out, meaning, there are no more trumpets afterwards. It means exactly what it says because the last trumpet is indeed the last trumpet. This is when the dead will rise and we which are alive and remain are caught up together with them. Do you see how all the puzzle pieces fit together? It is Jesus and His return that correlates exactly with the rapture of the Church and these events are simultaneous.

We also read in, Isaiah 53, that when Jesus comes to the earth for us our sins and our iniquities and our transgressions where all put upon Him, right? The Bible says that God, the Father, will see the travail of His soul which is different than His Spirit and He would be satisfied. You see, Jesus paid for all three parts of humanity that fell – He paid for our body, for our soul and He paid for our spirit. When Jesus died He went into the earth just as anyone who was spiritually dead would have gone. And when He rose again, God gave His Son a new resurrection body, so Jesus paid for us spirit, soul, and body. In other words, Jesus gave us His all.

As Believers, our spirits are changed at the new birth when we receive the newly recreated spirit, but as we go through life we begin to renew our mind and we experience salvation in our soul. And even though one day our body will physically die our spirit and soul goes to heaven. Along with our spirit and soul, our mind, our will, and our intellect, also goes to heaven. What is absent and what still remains of our salvation is our new body which is the final component of salvation. Then, at the resurrection of the dead and the return of Jesus Christ along with the rapture of the Church is when our salvation will be complete. Right now those Saints who have gone before us don’t have a resurrection body because Jesus is the only One with a resurrection body. When He comes back we will receive our resurrection body and we will experience complete salvation.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

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Jesus is Focused on His Return

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #19

When the heavens open in, Revelation 19:11, the Bible gives us two names describing Jesus and the names are: Faithful and True. Here in Scripture we see Jesus sitting on a white horse prepared to judge and make war and in this chapter about His return there are three things that are going to happen. Jesus is going to judge, He is going to make war, and there is going to be wedding. Now in heaven we get all these events at once but when Jesus comes back to reconcile the books, He also comes to eradicate those from the face of the earth who didn’t love or believe in Him. Then, Jesus is going to give the earth to His bride, the Church.

In the next verse we read that the eyes of Jesus are as a flame of fire. This means He is entirely focused on His return. I want you to stop and think how He has waited for this day because the Bible says that He does not know the day or the hour of His return. Therefore, in a sense Jesus is like everyone else in heaven that is waiting for this day. He is waiting for His Father to say go ahead Son because today is the day. Go, gather them and bring them together. But I want you to see that His eyes are as a flame of fire and He is set to come, He is set to make war, He is set to judge, and to have this marriage.

I also want to point out something of interest in, Revelation 19:13, because the Bible tells us that Jesus had a name written that no man knew, but He Himself. This means there is another name added to the other two names of Faithful and True but only Jesus knows the name at this point. However, we also see that Jesus has another name and that is the Word of God because the Bible tells us that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and He has many crowns.

In the following verse we see Believers dressed in clean white linens and they are following Jesus. For now, no matter where you are regarding the timing of the rapture, at this point, it is important to know that these are the Saints who have been separated from their physical bodies. They are coming back with Jesus and they are all clothed in clean white linen, but Jesus is not clothed in clean white linen because His garment is stained and He has blood on Him.

When you step back and look at this, of all the resurrected bodies in heaven, He is going to be the only One with a blemish. Remember when Jesus told Thomas to see My hands and put your hand in My side? Well, all of us will be perfect in heaven except Jesus will have a blemish. The Bible tells us in, 1 Corinthians 15: 53, that this immortal must put on immortality and this corruption must put on incorruption. Jesus will be blemished and He will be the One with the scars in His hands and feet and the hole in His side. This will signify for eternity what He did for us! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

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Convert Your Thinking

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #18

Here we read in Daniel 11:31-37 that there will be a remnant of strong, powerful people and what will distinguish them from everyone else is the fact that they know God. Now this does not mean that these strong, powerful people, just recently met God. No, these people have a history with God and they have had past victories with God and they understand that prayer works. These mature Believers know that God is faithful and that deliverance comes even though things look stressful because they have a strong history with God. I believe God is training a remnant today to have a fortified heart and to be very stable. This remnant of people will be extremely grounded and they will understand God in such a way that when the turmoil starts they will be steady. Then, others will be able to see them and cling to them and know that they have the voice and the heart of hope because they know their God. And this is who we want to be!

We want to be fortified in our hearts so that when these things begin, no matter where the pattern is or when we are raptured, we know that God is faithful. God is telling us His playbook thousands of years before it happens, yet, when we read the Book of Revelation we take it for granted, but we should not take it for granted because we are reading what God spoke. Now, the abomination of desolation has not happened even though it was spoken well before Christ by the Prophet Daniel.

You know, we can talk about great tribulation and we can go through all the different components of Antichrist and all of the seals and trumpets, but here is the overarching point of view, it is going to happen and you can’t stop it! So, rather than fight it and be swept away by it, I would rather have you convert your thinking so that you participate with God in executing what He is doing in the earth. This way we pray into what is next and we preach into what is next. We will be able to tell people to get prepared and to get food together because we will know what is going to happen next.

I want you to agree with me and not to think of this as a time to be fearful, okay? I mean if I told you today that there is no doubt that Christ is coming back in three and a half years, how would that information change your life? No matter what is going on how would that statement change your life? You know that Christ is coming back and until that event we just have to endure through these times and help each other and not run and hide in some bunker up north. We need to get into the thick of it because there are people who are going to be lost and they will not know what is going on, but we do know what is going on because we have knowledge and revelation! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

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God Transactions and Oppositions

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #17

I want to show you in, Revelation 8:1-9, that God’s transactions begin to take place. When God opens the first seal He allows Antichrist and evil to infiltrate the earth. God then opens another seal and there is war in the earth. God then opens the next seal and there is famine and pestilence in the earth. Next, God opens the fourth seal and prayers are said by the Saints under His altar. God then opens the fifth seal and there is a great earthquake and the sun turns black. This brings us to the great wrath of God which is the seven trumpets.

Now at the same time, Antichrist is on the earth following his agenda to eradicate Christians and Jews. Meanwhile, God is sending disaster on the earth to kill a third part of the grass, and then, God sends another disaster to kill a third part of the water along with the fish that live in the sea. We learn that God is transacting these events on the earth, but why? The reason why God is doing this is because He is setting opposition for Antichrist just as it was in the days of Moses. In fact, there is some protection here for Believers just as it was in the days of Moses, so let’s look at the protection. At the sound of the fifth trumpet in, Revelation 9:4, we are told there is special protection for us from the wrath of God. Why is it that Believer’s have special protection at this time? We have special protection at this time because we are not appointed to the wrath of God.

Understand that during this time there is a tremendous amount of confusion taking place because these events are simultaneous. For instance, Antichrist continues to take world domination by taking over territories and rounding up Christians and Jews to have them killed which is very similar to what Adolf Hitler did in WWII. At the same time, God is sending out opposition upon Antichrist to slow him down but there are special protections that will allow the Believers to be seen by others and to be protected. Remember, there were nine plagues in Egypt and from six of them Goshen was a place of refuge for the Israelites. There was peace for God’s people while He was transacting the plagues upon the Egyptians. Therefore, I believe there will be special privileges for us as Believers during this time, especially from God’s wrath upon the earth.

As Believers, we are going to be able to identify what is happening because we have God’s playbook, right? When the trumpets blow we will know what is coming and we will be able to tell our friends, families and churches, right? And remember, we also know that these events are only going to last three and a half years and we know that there is an end to it. We must not look at this as a time to fear. We must look at this as a great opportunity to work with God and to be in the center of things. We are to preach the gospel, teach the gospel, share His Word and bring peace while trying to stabilize the hearts and minds of those who do not know the truth because they are going to be overwhelmed by these events. But we will not be overwhelmed because we have revelation knowledge! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

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Antichrist Spirit of Leadership

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #16

Just before the return of the Lord we learn about a seven year period that is divided in two equal parts each consisting of three and a half years. The second part is called the Great Tribulation and we are told in, Matthew 24:15-25, it begins with Antichrist going into the Temple and proclaiming to be the Messiah. What I want to show you today is how immediate this happens. Jesus tells us that if you are in the field, meaning, if you are at work do not go home to pack anything. If you are up on your house top lounging don’t come down because if you’re in Judea or Jerusalem or near that region of the world you need to flee.

Jerusalem is the epicenter where things are going to start and it will expand out from this area. The expansion will be very, very quick so the need to leave will also be quick because a great change happens at this point. There are several things that will be going on but the focus of this three and a half year period of time is Antichrist. Back in Genesis we talked about the two seeds, and God said that from the seed of this woman is going to come One who is going to suffer a very painful blow to His heel but He is going to crush the head of Satan’s seed. Antichrist is the seed of Satan and he comes into power during great tribulation. (Genesis 3:15).

Let me explain the imagery that John is describing for us in Revelation 13:1-2. First, there is one beast that rises up out of the sea, whenever the Bible uses the image of something coming out of the sea it is referring to coming out of the nations. This single beast comes out of the sea and John cannot describe the beast in human terms because it looks like a leopard and a loin and a bear. The beast has different features and as John is viewing this beast he also tells us that it has seven heads and this is very significant in that the seven heads are on the same beast. The seven heads represent the seven world dominating kingdoms that had an Antichrist spirit of leadership and they ruled the world and persecuted the Jews who are God’s covenant people.

Now, if you go back in history you can count the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Medo-Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans as dominating kingdoms whose spirit of leadership was that of Antichrist. Those six nations persecuted, attacked, and abused God’s covenant people. Out of the seven heads, six were just mentioned which leaves us with one yet to come which is Antichrist! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

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Spiritual Adultery

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #15

Asking is praying and we are told in, James 4:3-8, that you ask and you receive not that you would consume it upon your own lust. Let’s stop and think this through because the Bible says that you are asking for something in prayer but you are not receiving it. So, why is it that you are not receiving it? Well, you are not receiving it because you are asking amiss, meaning, you have missed the target. In other words, you want to consume what you are asking for in prayer upon your own lust and James calls those who do this adulterers and adulteresses. James is saying that prayer for worldly things to be consumed on your own lust is a type of spiritual adultery. Well, let me ask you, what is James talking about when he calls those who pray such prayers adulterers and adulteresses?

James is saying that you are in a covenant with God and you have made an agreement with God so that you have become as one with Him. Therefore, God is saying to you, I live in you and you live in Me and when you pray for things that are consumed on your own lust than you are an enemy to Me. So, when this happens what are you doing? You are committing spiritual adultery when you pray for material things in your life in order to consume them upon our own lusts. James is saying that when you pray for things make sure they are for us, for you and for God, so that you can establish the covenant and build the body of Christ. Make sure your prayers are for a purpose that would enhance the Church. I want you to understand that this is very important.

Jesus tells us in, Matthew 6:33, to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Jesus tells us that it is a lack of faith to chase worldly things. Listen to me carefully because good people have written books about the prosperity gospel, however, the Word of God tells us that the greatest man born of woman until the time of Jesus was a homeless man, John the Baptist! This message is of vital importance because we are not to chase things in the world because God sees that as a type of adultery. Now, if you have a valid need in your life, present it to God because He wants you to have food, shelter, and a job. I am talking about praying for the finances to buy another airplane or the prosperity prayers for material things that are taking place within the body of Christ. Saints, we have drifted away from the Word of God when we become attached to material things! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

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Salvation on God’s Terms

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #14

I want to begin this teaching blog with, Genesis 4:1-7, where we learn that because of Cain’s actions God did not respect or accept Cain neither did God accept the offerings that he brought. Now, because of the love movement in the 1960’s and because of what society has recently gone through, we see that even sin is now being labeled as love. You see, people today are saying that if God loves me than I don’t have to change, because if I love somebody they don’t have to change in order to be accepted by me. However, this is not what the Bible says because the Word of God says that you must come to God on His terms.

Listen to me very carefully because I am not saying that God doesn’t love people. What I am saying is salvation is there for every human being that will make a decision on God’s terms to come into the body of Christ. Salvation is not closed off to anyone no matter how bad their resume is. Understand that somebody like Osama bin Laden who was pure evil can make a true confession and decision from their heart, before their death, to follow Jesus Christ and to give their heart to Him. Then, it would not matter what their evil resume consisted of but it has to be done on God’s terms. This is extremely important to understand because our perception of what is right and wrong in the world has to be founded on Scripture. It cannot be something that is just assumed.

I learned about this way back in my first year as a Christian and what it taught me is that God is not going to change for me. And, I have news for you because God is not going to change for you either! We may want Him to but He is not going to change for us. God is not going to change His Word or cut slack to anyone because He is going to judge based on what His Word says. Therefore, we must know the Word of God and not make assumptions because when we misuse words, such as love or grace, in situations where repentance and change are required, then we need to use severity. And, when we do not use severity then we change things.

Listen, when we do not teach the Word of God to others the way it is written and the way it is supposed to be understood then those listening will have a false perception of salvation. Our culture has modified the Word of God and Who God is, so much, that there is a great deal of false perception about God today. People have become tolerant of things that God hates and things that God disdains. Well, like I said, God does not change for man so we have to find out what His Word says and go with His Word! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

 

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Going Through the Motions of Christianity

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #13

Do you know of anyone who has a son named Judas? You probably don’t because we associate the name of Judas with evil. Even still, Judas healed the sick, he went to Church every day and he was even a leader in the ministry of Jesus. I want you to picture this in your mind because if today were the time of Jesus and you walked into His ministry you would see Judas as one of the Church leaders. However, the Bible said of him that it would be better for him had he never been born. (Matthew 26:24). Now, you have to ask yourself what was defective in the man because he looked like a Believer. Yet, what did Jesus say at the last supper? Jesus said in, Matthew 26:21, “…one of you is going to betray me,” but nobody pointed and said it is Judas! This is because Judas looked like and blended in with the other followers of Christ.

You see, Judas never elevated Jesus to be his Lord and Savior because Judas was only going through the motions and these people in the Old Testament were only going through the motions also. They never made the migration to believing in God to the extent that His Word would change their lives and this is the same thing with Judas. He did not betray Jesus to have Him killed because in Matthew we read that Judas told them to lead Him away safely. It would have been better if Judas had wanted Jesus dead to execute Him on the mountain where He was praying but Judas told them to lead Him away safely.

Judas always thought he had a better idea about running the ministry and a better idea about what to do with the money. And, when Mary of Bethany used the spice and oil for His burial it was Judas who said why wasn’t this sold and the money given to the poor? Judas always thought he was brighter than Christ because Jesus had to say, quiet now, you will always have the poor with you but Me you will not always have with you. In other words, it is about Me, Judas! Mary saved this for My burial and this will not be taken away from her and even in the Year 2017 you will still honor her because of what she did. (John 12:5-7).

I want you to understand that you can go through the motions and label yourself a Christian throughout your entire life and absolutely have no salvation in you at all! This is a very scary thought isn’t it? But it is not scary if you read the Word and understand that we have an obligation to know the Word of God and we must have a relationship with the Lord. Our relationship with God is like a marriage. It is not like joining a club or some group that you only visit once a week for socializing. Your relationship with the Lord is making a total commitment to Him. It is being all-in and giving to Him your life because you believe that He is your Lord and Savior. This means you will follow His purpose and plans – not your own! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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Two Fathers and Two Voices

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #12

We are looking at leadership and doctrine in, John 8:33-39, when Jesus is saying you have another father and it is not God because your father is the devil. Jesus is talking to people who should know better because they have the Word of God and they are God’s chosen people and they are indentified as Believers. Now remember, they did not recognize Jesus when He showed up, yet, as Believers they had the Word of God. Jesus told them there are two fathers, I have a Father Who is in heaven, and you have a father who is Satan. They each have a voice and you are not listening to the Father’s voice that I listen to because you are listening to another voice.

In Verses 39-47, Jesus is saying that you cannot hear My Words because My Words have no place in you but He is talking to people who had what would have been considered the Bible back then. Here, Jesus interacts with Old Testament people and for now we will call them Believers; however, they should have known the truth because they celebrated Passover and everything they knew was pointing to Christ. Even still, they could not receive the truth because they believed in another voice and we wonder if we could be influenced this way.

In Matthew 16:13-23, God the Father revealed to Peter Who Jesus was, and then, Jesus tells His disciples about God’s gospel plan. Now, even though Peter had good intentions he was influenced by two fathers. Peter’s old father before salvation was Satan and his current Father is God, right? And, what do we see here in Scripture? We see that we can be influenced just as well. Therefore, we must be able to discern what is of God and what is not of God.

Let me tell you, Satan’s voice will seem very familiar to you because it will identify with your fleshly urges and it will make common sense to you, but God’s Word and His Voice will not make sense to you. However, as Believer’s, we live by faith and not by sight! The world lives opposite of us because they live by sight and not by faith. For instance, it does not make sense to walk on water or to leave a good job and go into the mission field, right? This is faith and to the world it looks foolish but Who is the voice behind our actions? The voice behind our actions is God and so we hear God’s Word and we go with it in faith but the world hears Satan’s voice and they obey him because they are listening to him! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian