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The OT Holding Tank? Pt. 2

April 2016

Continued from Part 1.

Luke 23:43 says, “And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” and then 2 Corinthians 12:4, “how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”

So which is it, is Paradise down or up? Well, Ephesians 4:8-10 happened between Luke 23 and 2 Corinthians 12. In other words, Paradise used to be located in the lower parts separated in hell from the place of torment by a great chasm and after Jesus was raised from the dead, He relocated the inhabitants of the place and the place itself to heaven. When Jesus said to the criminal dying on the cross next to him when he was crucified that “today you will be with Me in Paradise,” that was an absolute fact. When Jesus said that, Paradise was down, not up. How do I know that? Well, Jesus was not raised from the dead until 3 days AFTER His death and the Scripture clearly states that He first went down into the lower parts of the earth (Ephesians 4:9) and then He rose again and ascended into heaven. So, both the criminal and Jesus, having died on the same day, were together in Paradise on that very same day. This paradise is the same as Abraham’s bosom as Jesus related in the story of the rich man and Lazarus. This is where people of faith were held as they awaited the Messiah to come and satisfy the wrath of God with the blood of the pure and spotless lamb — Jesus.

Now that Jesus has come and has been raised from the dead, there is no more waiting. Once a person in covenant with God in our day dies, they go straight to heaven and are with Jesus there (2 Corinthians 5:8). Notice how the Apostle Paul was “caught up into Paradise” in 2 Corinthians 12:4. He was not caught down into Paradise because Paradise had moved after Jesus led captivity captive.

Jesus said about Himself that He would be three days in the belly or heart of the earth just like Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish (Matthew 12:40). What did He do in those three days? Well, a few things are abundantly clear in Scripture. I mentioned above that He preached, He whooped the devil’s tail and deprived the enemy of authority and now all authority belongs to Jesus (Matthew 28:18), and then He led captivity captive. Remember Satan tempted Jesus with all the authority over the kingdoms of the world (Luke 4)? Well, Jesus secured all that authority but He took it from Satan legally!

Read 1 Peter 3:18-20 to show how He preached to those in “prison.” It is not my purpose to bring out the possibilities of these “spirits” who were in “prison” as that would require an explanation of dispensations and how the Lord dealt with people before and after the flood and before and after the Law came. You can read my blog on “The Murderous God of the Bible” to gain a little more insight, but suffice it to say, there seems to be even another compartment in hell that included a place reserved for those living in the antediluvian period. One could argue these are one and the same as those in Abraham’s bosom or Paradise as leading captivity captive seems to leave room for that interpretation, but a case could also be made that these “spirits” were held in a place separate from even Paradise. This would involve some speculation on my part so I will not try to make the case for it but I can tell you for certain, there were captives whom Jesus led captive and we will leave it at that.

The Scripture also reveals that Jesus whooped up on the devil during His three days in the grave. The Bible informs us that one of Jesus’ purposes was to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Obviously people are still being destroyed so this destruction speaks not of the removal of people’s right to allow the devil to destroy them, but it speaks of our right to exercise authority over destructive works and to deprive those works of the power to harm us. Before we became Christians, we were in darkness and under the power of Satan (Acts 26:8, 1 John 5:19). Jesus took that power of Satan over our lives away from him as part of Colossians 2:15, which says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Revelation 1:18 reveals that He has the keys of death and hell and this would explain how He was able to lead captivity captive. Christ’s victory included a right to release the captives. The culmination of this victory will be at the bodily resurrection of all saints. Although physical healing was purchased for the believer at the cross, the full manifestation of Christ’s work for the physical human body will be accomplished at the Rapture of the Church. This is what is meant in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 which reads, “So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” So we can see that although the work of Jesus is “finished,” it still has not had a full consummation in our lives.

Finally, I mentioned that Jesus led captivity captive and we can clearly see that when Jesus was raised from the dead, so were those who were held captive. Read Matthew 27:52-53 to trip your mind out. Let me throw something at you, was that resurrection of those saints merely spiritual or was it physical? Remember, Jesus is the “first fruits” of the resurrection (I Corinthians 15:20-23). Notice He is not the “first fruit” of the resurrection, but rather one of many, “first fruits.” Notice that Matthew 27 says that these dead saints appeared to many after their resurrection and then apparently they ascended into heaven with Jesus. This is a whole different topic on resurrections, but maybe you’ll think about what happened then a little bit more. Okay, enough mind tripping for now.

Back to the final question, so did the people in hell get a second chance? No, there are no “second chances” for those who go to the place of torment as the story of the rich man would indicate, but for those who qualified under the old covenant as being “righteous” before God because of their faith, yes, they had a chance after Jesus descended and preached to believe and be born again. This is where the people pre-flood spoken of 1 Peter 3 are prime candidates to hear of the Messiah. Pre-flood, about the only “message” they had was that from the Father that could have potentially pointed to a redeemer when He told Satan that the seed of Eve would crush the head of the seed of Satan (Genesis 3:15). Before the flood, there was not much offered in the way of covenant that provided a way of escape from death and pointed to a redeemer and so although Adam and Eve would have been there to hear the message of God to Satan, it does not mean they fully understood it like we would today.

The simple fact is, there is no need to preach Jesus to people while they are alive if after they die they get a second chance to believe and receive. No one after having gone to hell wants to stay and the rich man proved that. In fact, people in hell right now are begging that someone go and tell their relatives NOT to go to hell and to repent and turn to God.

This is why this life is so important. You only get ONE life to get it right. Go tell someone today, or share some of my blogs and get them thinking!

Only one life will soon be past, only what is done in, for, or with Christ will last.

The OT Holding Tank? Pt. 1

March 2016

Someone recently asked about the OT saints and what happened to them when they died prior to the resurrection of Christ. Did they go to hell or somewhere in between? The follow up question was whether the people in hell got a “second” chance?

Like most questions, often there are not quick answers, but the Bible does tell us where people prior to the resurrection of Christ went and kind of how the process worked. We have it SO GOOD as New Testament believers. When a person dies in Christ today, they either go up to heaven or they go down to hell. Period. We have no Biblical indication that the spirits of dead people hang around on the earth for long periods of time and try to “communicate” with the living. Now, I would not put it past the Lord to allow a recently deceased person a request to “say goodbye” (not that we would necessarily hear) to their loved ones before ascending with the angels to heaven, but I have no proof of that. People come up with all sorts of crazy things about the dead that do not bear out in Scripture. So if we are going to “make stuff up” then I guess any one person’s theory is as good as next, but if we are going to stick with Scripture, then much of what is said about the afterlife is nonsense. I choose to stick with Jesus for my information on the afterlife. Who better to reveal these truths than the guy who has been on both sides of the equation, alive, dead, and alive again. Now mediums do exist and have existed but I do not believe post Christ that they can operate like they could under the Old Covenant. In fact, the Lord forbade seeking a medium to communicate with the dead during the law and He forbids it today. People open themselves up to “familiar spirits” and other demonic activity by messing with mediums (Leviticus 19:31, 20:27).

The Apostle Paul said that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). This was not the case before the resurrection of Christ. When people who had covenant with God in the Old Testament died they went to what amounts to a “holding tank” and waited until the Messiah came and shed His blood. These are the spirits to whom Christ preached after He died and went to hell. When Jesus died, He accomplished a few things in the belly of the earth. One of those things was securing “all authority” from the enemy, which included the keys to death and hell. Jesus kicked the snot out of the devil and rendered him powerless in our lives. He also preached to the OT saints in Abraham’s bosom (and those in prison) that the work of the Messiah whom they were trusting in had been finished and then led all those saints out of Paradise into heaven. Okay, I said a lot there, so what are the Scriptures?

You’ll notice in the Scripture many “up” and “down” references when speaking of heaven and hell. Hell is down and heaven is up. No matter where you are on the earth, that is always true. Hell is always under your feet and the throne of God is always above or “up” in relation to your position on the earth. Let’s take a look at a few Scriptures that point to these things.

In the OT, we see an interesting story where King Saul used a medium to call up the spirit of Samuel out of the grave (1 Samuel 28). In the story, the medium describes seeing Samuel’s spirit “ascending out of the earth” (vs. 13) and then Samuel asked Saul why he had “disturbed me by bringing me up” (vs. 15). Saul then told Samuel how God had essentially abandoned him and Samuel agreed and told him that Saul and his sons were going to die and that “tomorrow you and your sons will be with me” (vs. 19). This reveals a couple things. One, Samuel who had covenant with God was not in heaven at the time Saul used a medium to call him up. Two, Saul, although he rebelled against God in life, had forgiveness based on covenant and not on works, which is an important truth regarding the grace of God. Three, Samuel said that Saul had “disturbed” him. If Samuel was in any way in torment wherever he was, then it would have been a relief that Saul called upon him, not a disturbance. Samuel was being “comforted” in Abraham’s bosom as Jesus called it in His ministry. Let’s take a look at Luke 16, which reveals many things about the OT’s “holding tank.” You need to read all of Luke 16:19-31 for the whole story as I will not write the whole thing here, but simply make reference and highlight certain verses.

Notice how Jesus distinguished between the rich man and Lazarus and how their situations post death were totally different. First, Jesus said that Lazarus was carried to “Abraham’s bosom” where he was comforted (vs. 22 & 25) and the rich man was “in torments in Hades” (vs. 23). Lazarus was a covenant man of God and had repented in his life whereas the rich man although acknowledging Abraham as his “father” had not repented and indicates this when he pleads for Abraham to send Lazarus to convince his brothers to repent (vs. 30). They both died and they both went to “hell” but different parts of “hell.” One went to a place of torment in the belly of the earth while the other went to a place of comfort, called "Abraham’s bosom” by Jesus. The place of comfort was down, similar to hell, yet separate from hell. Notice Abraham spoke to the rich man and pointed out the fact that Lazarus could NOT bring him any relief from his torments because a great gulf separated the two areas. There are dozens of Scriptures that point to the fact that hell is down, see these few as an example — Psalm 55:15, Proverbs 5:5, Ezekiel 31:17, 2 Peter 2:4.

I do not think I need to belabor the point that hell is down but Ephesians 4:8-10 paints a pretty clear picture, “Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)” The point in showing that heaven is up and hell is down is to make it clear that prior to Jesus resurrection, people who died in covenant with God went down just like the heathen did, but they went to a different place, namely Abraham’s bosom or like Jesus also called it, “Paradise.”

Continue to Part 2.

Only one life will soon be past, only what is done in, for, or with Christ will last.

How Shall They Hear?

February 2016

What about people who have never heard of Christ? Some in their quest to understand their need for a Savior have brought up a very legitimate question about those who have never heard of Christ, “Would God send the heathen to hell simply for not believing in a Christ they never heard of?”

The answer to that question in simple terms is no!

The first thing I’d like to point out is that I have never met a person who hasn’t heard and neither have you. In other words, people are basing that argument on some report that says that there are X number of people who have never heard the name of Jesus. Who made the report and how do they know they have never heard the name of Christ? The reality is, in order to report something like that, a person would have had to ask a primitive people if they have ever heard of a man called Jesus, at which point the people would have to answer either, yes or no, but once the question has been asked, they have no longer not heard the name. One question would beget another and pretty soon an ignorant people would no longer be ignorant of the name of Jesus. They may well choose to reject this new name in favor of their gods or lack there-of, and the person reporting may well refuse to expound on that name, but they certainly then could not be reported as a people who have never heard of Christ. Aside from that simple observation what does God’s Word say about the condition of man and “those who have never heard?”

People assume in asking that question that people in places who have never heard of Christ are innocent and therefore do not need a Savior. That couldn’t be further from the truth, whether a person has heard of Christ or not doesn’t remove the guilt "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and "There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:23, 10) Even if a person has never heard of Christ, those Scriptures are still true. You see a person is lost because of their sin and will experience eternal perdition having heard of Christ or not. Its man’s sin that separates them from God, the hearing of Christ simply gives them the opportunity to trust in Him for the forgiveness of that sin! The argument that those who have never heard of Christ will somehow get to heaven because they didn’t have a chance to hear is absurd. The most effective evangelism tool in the world would then be to close all churches, burn all Bibles and religious literature, fire all ministers, and in a few generations no one would have heard of Christ and everyone would be free of their guilt and be saved, right? Well, of course that’s not the case. People who have never heard as well as those who have heard will experience eternal perdition based on the sin of sins, rejecting the Son who is the answer for freedom from all sin.

Think about the days before Christ, if it was a matter of people having never heard of Him being free from the consequence of their sin, then all people pre-Christ were “okay” as well. So if an ignorance of Christ somehow releases someone from their guilt before God, then God did the worst thing in the world by sending His Son into it. If an ignorance of His Son is the answer and frees a person from the responsibility of their sin, then God did a GREAT job of condemning countless millions to hell. The reality is, people are/were sinners, and were already condemned to hell because of that sin. Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:17) God isn’t condemning anyone to hell, sin already did that! God made the way for man to be redeemed from that condemnation through receiving His Son; it’s the very reason we proclaim His name today! The fallacy of the whole argument rests in the fact that no one is truly ignorant of God and His will. You see God is merciful and has revealed Himself to creation in a few ways. Two of them are general, and one of them is special. It’s through the special revelation of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross that gives man an opportunity to be free from the condemnation of sin.

All men will receive justice or mercy based on having received Christ or not. If a man has received Jesus he will get mercy, but if a man has rejected Jesus he will get justice. Justice simply means they will get exactly what they deserve in light of what they have done based on the revelation they had. Christ is a just Judge and he will be unjust with no one. Let’s take a look at the different ways that God has revealed Himself to man so that “they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

1. God has revealed Himself to all mankind in the light of His creation. The psalmist said in Psalm 19:1-3 that “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.” The creation speaks, and it says, “There is a GOD and He is glorious!” Paul said it this way in his book to the Romans, “Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” (Romans 1:19-20). Thus, we see that the creation of the cosmos bears eloquent testimony to the existence of a Creator, as can be seen by the fact that everywhere, even among the most primitive of tribes, there is found a belief in a god. The only exception to the rule that men everywhere trust in some sort of god is how some have been convinced through varying arguments that God doesn’t exist. Really the arguments are foolish because you have to argue against that which is obvious in creation but “They suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” (Romans 1:18)

2. The next revelation of God comes through our conscience which God has placed within each one of us to act as a judge of the rightness or wrongness of our thoughts, words and deeds. The apostle Paul put it this way in Romans 2:15-16, “Who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.” Obviously the conscience can be seared as with a hot iron (I Timothy 4:2) and the heart hardened by sin (Romans 2:5) but a person is no less guilty because his conscience now lets him continue in the sin that made him guilty and brought his conscience into a seared condition. The fact that no person is devoid of a sense of right and wrong is witnessed by a couple of obvious facts:

A. Men around the world daily condemn one another for doing wrong and therefore remove any possibility of proclaiming that they did not know what was right or wrong on the Day of Judgment! The fact that men everywhere claim to have been wronged by this person or that person indicates a moral compass within that dictates that judgment. Paul put it best in his letter to the Romans where he wrote on this very subject, “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? (Romans 2:1-3).

B. Men everywhere commit sins under the cover of darkness that their deeds may not be exposed because they know those deeds are wrong. (John 3:19) How does a man know without a law that to sleep with the wife of his friend is wronging his friend? And how is it the same man whose wife committed adultery know that his friend wronged him and that he justifiably should be angry? They know because their conscience accuses them of wrong behavior. (Romans 2:16)

3. The third and final witness of God comes thru the special revelation of Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. God came in the likeness of man and revealed Himself along with His purpose and will for us and so we can know exactly what God is like and exactly what we can expect from Him.

This whole thing works progressively. In other words, as man responds to what light or revelation he has, and all men have creation and conscience, God has obligated Himself to reveal more light. (Jeremiah 29:13 and Acts 17:26-28) The scripture says “In Your light we see light.” (Psalm 36:9) So as people seek to know God, according to the words of Jesus, they will find Him. (Matthew 7:7) We have several examples of this in the Scripture where those without a revelation of Christ were introduced to Him as they responded to the light of God that they did have. In Acts 8:26-31 we see a story of an Ethiopian eunuch who desired to know God and God sent Philip to preach Christ to him. In Acts 10:1-6 we have a gentile named Cornelius who had a heart to know God so God sent Peter to tell him how he and his whole household could get saved. Missionaries today report similar stories where people desired to know the God of creation and conscience and so God sent a messenger to share Christ. The responsibility to seek lies on man although God sought us first so that we may find Him. The reward for diligently seeking God is that we find Him, and He’s not far from any one of us. (Hebrews 11:6, Romans 10:8, Isaiah 55:6)

People are lost without Christ, whether they have heard of Him or not, so Christians have a responsibility to get the message out so that there will never be those who have “never” heard. Again, those who haven’t heard will not have an excuse; otherwise we should stop preaching the Gospel all together if having never heard some how releases you from all guilt. The reality is, God has commissioned the Church to go into all the world to preach the Gospel, and those who believe will be saved and those who reject will continue to be lost. God has never condemned a single person to hell, sin has produced those results, but God has loved man enough to provide the way of escape, “for whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

Only one life will soon be past, only what is done in, for, or with Christ will last.

The Murderous God of the Bible? Pt. 3

January 2016

Continued from part 2... December 2015.

This does not explain the annihilation of people groups by the children of Israel at God’s command. Well, the situation would be similar to the antediluvian days for those people groups. These nations had no law as the children of Israel had and so they did whatever they thought was right in their own eyes and their wickedness and the resulting wrath was being counted against them year after year for hundreds of years to the point of no chance of repentance or return to God. How do I know that? Take a look at this Scripture.

Deuteronomy 9:5 says, “It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” What was the word that God gave the patriarchs? He promised Abraham and his descendants the land of Canaan, but with a slight caveat, “But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete” (Genesis 15:16). In other words, God was giving him the land but not yet and He was not giving him the land because the wickedness of the Amorites was not yet full. It is interesting to note that this was the only people group that God singled out as their iniquity not being complete. A few verses later God mentions all the people groups in the land that Israel would eventually inherit but the Amorites were the only ones whose iniquity was not at the place of judgment yet. So interesting!

God spared all the inhabitants of the land because one of the people groups had not come to the place of reprobation yet. The other people groups could have been reprobate as indicated by Sodom and Gomorrah for whom Abraham interceded. The wickedness of those cities was at the full and God rained down fire and destroyed everyone except “righteous” Lot (Genesis 19). God could not even find 10 people between the cities who acted righteously. Isn’t that sad? They were so thoroughly wicked that there was no repentance for them. Apparently, the Amorites were the only people group in Abraham’s day where they still had some time to repent. But I want you to notice God’s mercy here. God was justified in doing to every one of the people groups in Canaan what He did to Sodom and Gomorrah but He chose to give them over 400 more years to repent of their wickedness simply because one of the 10 mentioned was not quite at judgment’s door. Now, fast forward 400 years after Israel was in Egypt and you have the scene upon which the Lord commands Israel to wipe out these nations. They were thoroughly wicked 400 years prior but God showed them mercy and now another 400 years of wickedness had passed and the Amorites iniquity had come to completeness. It was time for wholesale judgment on the land and that is what the Scripture above in Deuteronomy indicates. The Lord was telling Israel, “Listen, it’s not because you are so great that you are getting this land, it’s because they are so WICKED that I am driving them out!” God repeats Himself in Deuteronomy 9:4 & 5! He wanted Israel to know. The only reason you will be able to win any of these battles is because I have passed judgment on these nations.

This brings us to what causes people to stumble… okay, I’ll concede the adults were wicked, but what about the kids… why did God command Israel to wipe out the “innocent” kids. Well again, we can point out some of the same things with the peoples before the flood where the people were reprobate and the future generations were only going to get worse, not better. But one could say, well, why not spare the kids and raise them under the law to know God’s ways. Well, I do not have an exact answer for that, but what I can say is God is merciful and apparently it was better that those children die rather than live under God’s law with Israel. I can also say the Lord gave the children of Israel strict rules about intermarrying with the people of the land and therefore to let the kids live would have also meant making them live without any of the benefits of marriage because Israel by law could not marry them. I can also say without the law (in this case, the written law) the sins of people were not imputed to them, or held against them and therefore God could spare all those people an eternity in Hell.

Let me explain. The Bible says in Romans 5:13 that, “For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” Basically this means that although the sin of people who lived apart from God’s written law was still sin, the sin did not count against them spiritually. In other words, although physical judgment might come as a result of sin, spiritual judgment in hell was the penalty. One could say that God was being merciful to the people groups He told Israel to wipe out because those kids would never then grow up under a law that could cause spiritual death. Isn’t that amazing to think about? God dealt with man without the Law for about 2500 years which meant that although man broke His law, He could have mercy on their sins by not imputing their sins against them and yet still require judgment of the flesh. Physical death and eternal separation from God are two totally different beasts and we ought to fear the later. Jesus said this about the Lord in His ministry, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28). Anyone can kill flesh, but God has the authority to send someone to hell for rejecting Him. This seems to be the case in the situations with Israel and His commands to wipe out nations. These people were wicked to the full and the children of these wicked people paid a similar price yet gained mercy in that their sin was not imputed. So this may have been why the Lord commanded the death of the children. There was no future for them with Israel as per the Lord’s Law.

The final to thing to note about these “innocent” kids is that most, if not all, were possessed by demons as the cultural practice of the nation’s Israel drove out was one of idolatry. These nations prostituted themselves with gods other than the God of creation. This “prostitution” is no small matter as it involved the selling of oneself over to demons which opened the peoples up to possession. The Scripture teaches us that these nations would sacrifice their kids to various “gods” (2 Chronicles 28:3) and that any sacrifices to their idols were sacrificing to demons (Deuteronomy 32:17, Psalm 106:37). These rituals caused whole groups to be completely given over to Satan. It’s one reason Noah found favor in God’s eyes in the antediluvian days. The people of Noah’s days were heavy into demon worship and the Scripture even indicates people were mating with fallen angels (Genesis 6:1-4). Without Jesus being on the scene, there was no way to really free people possessed by demons other than killing the flesh in which the demon resided. We see this play out with a couple thousand pigs that all committed “suicide” by jumping off a cliff after they were possessed (Matthew 8:32).

Without sharing about every example of God killing or using someone to kill a person, I think it is pretty clear that God is not a murderer nor does He condone it. In fact, Jesus calls Satan a “murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). On what moral authority does God in the flesh call Satan a murderer if God Himself is a murderer? There is none!

Lastly, I want to mention the millions that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself will slay with a Word at Armageddon (Revelation 19:15) and then the Lord God will rain fire down once again at the end of the Millennium (Revelation 20:9). It is obvious God is not against killing people but it is equally clear that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked as Ezekiel 33:11 says. Similarly, no sane human judge takes pleasure in meting out a sentence for a crime but the sentence is necessary so justice is satisfied. On the basis of His righteousness and the lawbreaking of the wicked it can in no way be classified as murder. It can be classified as the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23), or the just due for your sin is death.

The bottom line is this; if you do not understand the thoughts and intents of the hearts of those who reap judgment in the flesh, then you are not in a position to accurately judge God who not only looks on the outward but also looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

Impugning the character of the God of the Bible as a murderous thug on par with the ideology that drives militant Islam is a grave error, is seriously disingenuous and shows such a person has ZERO understanding of either the Bible or the Koran and the teachings of Muhammad.

Only one life will soon be past, only what is done in, for, or with Christ will last.

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