The current situation in Israel and what soon will come to pass has been accurately written about by the prophets in the Bible and in the New Covenant. The outcome of these coming wars is prophesied clearly in the Scriptures and is important for you to know.
What happens when I die? The answer is found in the Scriptures!
Accurate prophesy is absolutely unique to the Tenach and New Covenant Scriptures. One definition of Bible prophecy is written history that has not yet come to pass. The prophecies of the Bible line up perfectly with the world events that are happening before us. According to the Word of God, we are about to face the worst times the world has ever known, far worse than World War II and the holocaust. The Bible teaches us that God is about to judge the whole earth.
Besides the coming physical devastation, of far more serious significance is the eternal consequence of judgement by God upon our souls, assigning us a place with Him in paradise, or separated from Him in hell. Some people have questioned, “Why would a loving God send a good person to hell forever?”
Since the fall of Adam and Eve, all of us miss the mark of God's standard of righteousness. Instead of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, purity, we commit such sins as lying, stealing, fornication (sleeping around), adultery, hatred, lust, witchcraft, contentiousness, wrath, strife, profanity, envy, jealousy, murder, drunkenness, carousing, homosexual activity, covetousness, rioting, extortion, injustice, deceit, idolatry, etc.
We are familiar with the commandments: Honour thy father and thy mother, Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet.1
"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man."2
Society is suffering from violence, poverty, crime, immorality, unwanted and unloved children, abortion, drugs and substance abuse, diseases including AIDS, suicide, physical abuse, child molestation, broken homes and single parent families, sorrow, depression, pornography, racism, etc. Could it be that the troubles we have in life and in the world are consequences of violating God's law?
As the police may patiently deal with a juvenile delinquent hoping to alter his bad behaviour, if the young man continues in his criminal activity he will eventually be arrested, face the judge, and be sent to prison. So too, the time for God to judge this world for its pursuit of continual rebellion against Him is almost upon us.
Just as a judge may be a gracious and kind person, in his courtroom he must pass down judgement against all transgressors and offenders of the law. God is gracious and kind but He also is a righteous Judge that must punish sin.
Have you considered that God states the eternal consequences of these sins?
"…Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."3
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."4
These eternal consequences of sin can be avoided. Would you like to be forgiven, to be cleansed from defilement, have a fresh start and be given the promise of eternal life? Here is a brief story that illustrates what God has already provided for you.
There were two Moroccan brothers and the elder loved his younger brother deeply. The younger brother got involved in selling drugs and stabbed one of his clients with a knife that he died. He ran home with the blood on his clothes. When he arrived home, he changed his clothes and hid the bloody ones in a closet. The police knew where he lived and came looking for him. The older brother got home just as his younger brother took off. He saw the bloody clothes, realized what had happened and put them on in order to protect his younger brother. The innocent older brother was tried for the murder and sentenced to death. When the younger brother found out what happened, he was full of remorse, went to the police and confessed to the crime. They told him the crime had already been paid for. His older innocent brother had taken the punishment for his crime.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."5
God foretold His plan to us thousands of years ago through the prophets. He said, “…the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”6
How could one person possibly atone for the sins of all mankind?
"For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord." (Parashat Achrei Mot)
In the Torah it states, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Parashat Achrei Mot)
Since the beginning of time, the Patriarchs made blood sacrifices. They were an essential part of the feasts and the most important observance of Yom Kippur for people to receive atonement for sin. “…Without shedding of blood is no remission.”7 All of this was a picture of God's future plan to bring complete forgiveness of sin through Jesus the Messiah.
The Prophet Daniel prophesied that when the Messiah comes, He will be cut off and then the temple will be destroyed. “Messiah be cut off…and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary…”8 Just as Daniel prophesied 2600 years ago, the Second Temple was destroyed just after the Messiah Jesus from Nazareth was crucified (Daniel prophecies the exact date of this. See “Daniel’s 70 Weeks”) ending atonement through animal sacrifices and Yom Kippur, and fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy of one man bearing the sins of mankind. “…The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”9
This initiated the New Covenant that was prophesied by the Prophet Jeremiah. "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake…"10
Two brothers had a rental contract on an apartment and fulfilled all of the obligations to their landLord. The landLord informed them that the apartment building was scheduled for demolition and gave them the exact date they needed to move. In order to fulfill his obligation to provide accommodation for them, he built a new house and included free maintenance in the new contract. One brother happily moved into the new house with the new contract. The other brother refused and tried to keep paying each month on the old apartment contract after the building was demolished.
As God promised, the terms of His New Covenant are for your complete forgiveness of sin and iniquity with no further remembrance: "…for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." 10
Terms of the Covenant (Torah) under Moses
Terms of the New Covenant (New Testament) under Jesus
"Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant, Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt…"
"…Saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt…saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." Jeremiah 31:31-34
Under the Law of Moses, we are in bondage to obey all the law or we are cursed of God. Under the terms of the New Covenant, we have complete forgiveness of sins, and a personal relationship with God.
A man was placed on a slave block in an African slave market. Men were bidding for him. A passing Englishman stopped, and began to bid. The slave saw him and thought that if the Englishman bought him; he would be taken from his homeland, from friends and loved ones, and would never see them again. So he cursed the Englishman, but the Englishman, unmoved, out-bid all others, and the slave was sold to him.
The black man then looked him in the eye and asked, “Isn’t slavery illegal in England?” His new master said, “Yes.” The black man said, “So you have come all this way to buy me even though slavery is illegal in England?” The Englishman replied, “I bought you so you could be free” handing him the papers ratifying his freedom. As tears flooded his eyes the new free man fell at his deliverer’s feet and cried, “I’ll serve you for the rest of my life.”
Jesus the Messiah made great sacrifice, His own life, to purchase for you complete freedom from the bondage of sin, death and hell, through His blood. (See Isaiah 53 and Psalm 2)
At Jesus' crucifixion, Pilate, the Roman governor of Israel at the time, pronounced Him innocent. Yet, the religious authorities coerced the people to demand His crucifixion and used blackmail to achieve their goal. "…Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar."11
He was then crucified and killed like a criminal. However, three days later, He rose again, just as He promised. The resurrection of Jesus is miraculous proof that He is the Son of God and has power to lay His life down and take it up again. After Jesus’ resurrection, His disciples, the eyewitnesses, were absolutely convinced that He truly was the Messiah that they boldly preached this message, starting in Jerusalem and continued on through the known world.
"Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present…"12
The disciples were imprisoned, beaten, tortured, and charged by the rulers not to preach the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, but couldn’t stop them from testifying. Each of the disciples were killed for their faith. It is impossible that they would have been willing to suffer to the extent of their own death had they not been absolutely convinced that Jesus had actually resurrected from the dead.
Jesus the Messiah died as a perfect sinless sacrifice and will give freedom from the Torah for all who will accept His sacrifice as their personal payment for the sins they committed against God. Only a perfect sacrifice could bring a perfect and complete atonement. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:"13
"For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."14
You know in your own conscience that you have sinned against Almighty God. Confess your sins to God and call on the name of Jesus the Messiah and accept His blood sacrifice that was shed on the cross to cover your sins to escape the damnation of hell. (See Daniel 12, and Revelation 21)
"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."15
"…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:"16
A personal testimony of the author
Some years ago, while driving home one day, I was seeking God in my heart. “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek." 17 The Lord began to convict me of sin in my life and His perfect righteousness. When the burden of my sin and iniquity became so heavy, I thought in my heart, “How can I ever approach you, Oh Lord?” The Lord then directed my attention to the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross 2000 years ago. Several verses came to my mind. "…The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." "… [He] washed us from our sins in His own blood." "…Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…" "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." "And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." 18 As I trusted in the blood of Jesus the Messiah to pay for my sin, the Spirit of God came to dwell in me and I had assurance from God of a place in the world to come.
Since I received Jesus the Messiah, my life has changed from serving my own lust and pleasures, to serving God. I now love God and His Word, I desire to do what is right, and don’t have the sinful desires I had before. Because I became God’s adopted son through faith in Jesus the Messiah, God loves me as His own son; I love God and have confidence to stand before Him at the final judgment knowing my sins are forgiven. I don’t fear people or anything else. God answers my prayers and guides my life. I wish the same for you.
Sincerely in the love of God,
P.S. I would like to clarify that idolatrous religions calling themselves “Christian” (such as The Catholic Church, the Russian Orthodox Church etc.) are following a man-made works-based tradition-driven religion. Their religion is completely contrary to God’s plan and purpose of eternal salvation by grace through faith in the finished sacrifice of the Lord Jesus on the cross as clearly stated in the Bible.
1 Exodus 20
2 Mark 7:21-23
3 I Corinthians 6:9-10
4 Revelation 21:8
5 John 3:16
6 Isaiah 53:6
7 Hebrews 9:22
8 Daniel 9:26
9 Isaiah 53:6
10 Jeremiah 31:31-34
11 John 19:12
12 1 Corinthians 15:3-7
13 Galatians 3:13
14 Romans 5:7-9
15 Mark 1:15
16 Deuteronomy 30:19
17 Psalms 27:8
18 I John 1:7, Revelation 1:5, Isaiah 1:18, Psalm 103:12, Hebrews 8:12