Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Britain Calling to Leave the European Union

Nathan JonesPDFBy Nathan Jones

Will the United Kingdom leave the European Union?

This question was brought to my attention by evangelist and friend Kenneth Humphries of Treasured Truth Today Ministries, based in Northern Ireland. For those of us across the pond, that's the Ireland that's part of the United Kingdom, and not the Ireland that's tied to the European Union by currency. Ken's Ireland is not the one that is about to get bailed out in billions of Euros by the European Central Bank in Frankfurt as the second nation after Greece but before Portugal and Spain, all looking to stem off economic collapse due to their overspending on social programs. As EU nations economically tumble one upon the other like dominoes, it is no wonder that the United Kingdom is rejoicing over not having adopted the EU's currency — the Euro, but fearful of their card carrying membership.

The stated first call for Britain to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union has come from the newspaper The Daily Express. In their article/petition "Get Us Out of Europe", the paper has made an interesting case as to why the European Union seems on the brink of failure, and why the British should not want any part of it. They are in a struggle, as they put it, to "repatriate British sovereignty from a political project that has comprehensively failed people right across Europe."

The United Kingdom, The Daily Express claims, was forced into the Treaty of Lisbon because of a lack of public referendum given to its people so they could vote on whether to join or not.

This treaty once ratified created the constitutional basis for an economic and political government that united its 27 member states into one superpower — the European Union. The Lisbon Treaty became effective only one year ago on December 1, 2009. It also set up and empowered the offices of a long-term President of the European Council and a High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, two positions many students of Bible prophecy are quite wary of as possibly predecessory positions the Antichrist and False Prophet could one day hold.


Results of a Europe United

The first and inevitable result of the creation of the European Union, the paper charges, has forced the United Kingdom to take on an extraordinary amount of the required contributions into the EU, all of which to fund "power grab[s]" and "bloated budgets." With the Great Recession keeping unemployment in the EU at 10%, the progressive leadership in the Union's capital at Brussels has responded in typical liberally-minded fashion by expanding social programs at an accelerated rate which instead only create "new job-destroying regulations and conspire to turn the whole EU into a zone of high taxation."

The second result for the member states within the European Union is a liberal view of immigration, allowing a free flow of migrants entering not only from within member states but also from outside of the EU. The largest group entering are Islamic immigrants from Africa, a terrifying security threat to many who see the acceptance of sharia law within the UK's legal system as a sign of the end of the British form of justice.

The third result of membership within the EU, The Daily Express explains, is the European Court of Human Rights — a pan-European tribunal — now superseding British law, "preventing the deportation of terror suspects and demanding that convicted prisoners are given the vote." Any member state's laws can now be trumped by overarching European Union jurisdiction.

The fourth result, evident to all except those who hold a liberal elitist, globalist view, is the destruction of the economies within many of the EU's member states. As The Daily Express decries, "the past two decades of European integration have turned mainland Europe's economies from some of the world's industrial powerhouses into also-rans, stuck in the global slow lane." As sovereign nations turned over their currencies to become subservient states, only Germany has reaped the benefit of the united currency by "locking its neighbours into exchange rates they are unable to compete at." Unfortunately for their success, the failing nations have looked to Germany to fund the bailouts, bringing even the most successful EU nations towards economic disaster.

The Daily Express is campaigning for a "Britain is Better Off Out," a United Kingdom totally removed from the European Union. They say that it is Europe that is in decline and Britain that is being held back, and "it is time to break free" beginning by signing their petition. The benefits of breaking free, the paper purports, will enable the UK to be "able to import from and export to the EU freely without being subjected to its federalist ambitions." Not only would the UK be able to trade freely with the EU, but they could open new trading with the rest of the world without Union restrictions. In other words, there are those in the UK who believe a free market and not socialistic economics would create wealth.


Prophetic Perspicuity

The formation of the European Union is a worthwhile attempt to unite Europe after two bloody world wars so as to propagate peace and avoid such horrors from happening again in the future. Uniting their fortunes together, even under the recession, has made the EU an economic powerhouse, rivaling the financial might of the United States and China. Should NATO be dissolved (something the US should highly consider as it pays nearly 50% of its funding) and the EU form its own military, the combining of 27 armies will become a terrible force to be reckoned with. Such a force of "good" in the wrong hands would naturally become a terrifying force for evil, and that is the European Union's inevitable destiny.

Finances, land, power, and military might, yet weak and brittle, always appearing as if it might dissolve, the European Union this day is a fitting description of the final form of the Roman Empire Daniel describes in Daniel 2:41-43:

"Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay."

Great Britain's grassroots does not want to "mix" and cries out for independence from the juggernaut they've joined, but in this era marked by insane leaps and bounds towards having the world fall under one government, their attempts will most certainly fail. Their attempts to withdrawal will be as weak as the states within the United States trying to reclaim their authorities under the 10th Amendment against those of the federal government. Neither will be successful against the globalist tide. Should the UK gain some modicum of freedom, the inevitable world leader the Bible predicts who will rise from the Revived Roman Empire will crush it (Dan. 9:26), most likely when he subdues three of the kings from the very Union he rises from (Dan. 7:24).

By the Tribulation, no nation will break free from the black current of globalism that will engulf first Europe then all the nations of the world. But, the Rock cut not by human hands — Jesus the Messiah — will return to "crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever," setting up the kingdom of God "that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people" (Dan. 2:44-45).

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Fisher of Men

Dr. David R. ReaganWatch MP3 PDFBy Dr. David R. Reagan

The Bible says in Hebrews 2:15 that most people live their lives in life-long bondage to the fear of death. The same passage says that Jesus died on the cross to deliver us from that fear.

In 2009, the husband of one of our staff members died. He was Lee Bien, the husband of Kay Bien. Lee was a man's man. He was big and he was husky and he was an outdoorsman. He was a person who worked hard all his life as a pipe fitter. Lee was a devout Christian who had a great zeal for lost souls and who was gifted in personal evangelism as a fisher of men.


Lee Bien

Shortly before his death, when he knew that he was at death's door due to massive heart problems, our Media Director at the time interviewed Lee. I want to share that remarkable interview with you to show you what kind of peace a true believer in Jesus can have in the face of death. It's a powerful testimony of faith and the power of Jesus to give one victory over death. Only Christians can look death in the eye and say mockingly, "O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?"


Lee Bien Testimony

I pray daily that I would be a man after God's own heart.

I started out trying to drink myself to death and taking cocaine. I'd take speed to stay up as long as I could. I would go almost two weeks without any sleep just drinking and doing drugs. And, after about two years of that, I was so burned out and everything that I thought about biting a bullet. When I actually had the barrel in my mouth and was fixing to pull the trigger, the Lord touched me. He quietly said, "No, Bien, I love you and I have a plan for you." I took the gun out and put it aside. I threw out all the drugs and all the drinks and I rededicated my life to Him. I was 37 years old.

From then on God put like a sponge inside of me and I read everything that I could about Him to learn about Jesus. I love Scripture and I love to read it all. Some of the old pastors and preachers and evangelists in the world like Andrew Murray is one of my favorites. They taught me a tremendous amount, and Tory and a bunch of the others.

The Lord started using me to have Bible studies at work and touching hearts by my walk for those I guess who didn't participate. We usually invited them everyday.

I love to fish. I have met people on the banks and when I would talk with them we would talk about the different fish and what we were trying to catch, or different baits to use. I would sort of kind of bait them in a little bit. I'd ask, "Do you know who was the greatest fisherman that ever was in the world?" They would then come up with, "Well, Van Dam is the best bass fisherman, or Kevin what's-his-name was the other one, or Mr. Further Croffy and a few others for the catfish." I'd reply, "Yeah, they were all pretty good, but they don't even compare to this guy that I am thinking of." They'd ask, "Well, who could be a better fisherman than them?" I'd answer, "Jesus Christ. Jesus was the best fisherman in the world. He told Peter by golly to come down to the lake and throw a line in and the first fish that he caught he was to take a coin out of its mouth and pay the taxes. Who in the world could ever do that?"

After I retired and the kids were living down in Ingleside down on the coast, I would go down and visit with them. Of course, loving to fish and stuff, and the salt water fishing, I would go after the red or the speckled sea trout. My grandkids, I would take them fishing and stuff, and we would share and we would see things. When we caught a fish, we would look at it and I would show them all the different colors in the fish and the different kinds. I'd then open their mouths, and some of them would have teeth and some of them wouldn't, just depending on what they ate. But, to my grandchildren I'd say, "I want you to imagine something. We are going to go to Genesis in the Bible at the Creation. Imagine all the different kinds of fish that there are: the shell-fish, the animals, the trees, the grass and everything. And, you know, if you read it and you look at it, it's all in a sequence and it all leads up to man."

And, I'd ask, "Can you imagine the wisdom of God creating every little piece? Everything — the ones seen and the ones unseen — the microscopic animal at the bottom of the food-chain all the way up, and it comes to us. Isn't God amazing?"

I'd continue, "Who could imagine that in your bed there are little, bitty, tiny things that you can't even see, that's eating up the dead skin on you and on your bed. Can you imagine that?" And they'd go, "Aaahhhhh!!!" Yet, our bed's full of them. The whole world is full of things that we cannot see. That is for a purpose. If it wasn't, this world couldn't hold together. This is part of the wisdom of God.

I went up to my son's after he called me there a couple of years ago. He asked me, "Dad, I need your help." And, I said, "Okay, what would you need?" He replied, "I need you to come up and take care of my children while I go on maneuvers." So, I went down and bought them both children's study Bibles. I got them a little six-inch ruler and pens. We started going through the Scriptures and I gave them the Plan of Salvation. And, the Lord used me as an instrument to bring them to Him. It was such a thrill of my life right then.

Jesus loves me. He died on the cross for each and every one of us personally. He shed his life-giving blood by the horrific pains that He went through before He even went on the cross. And then on the cross... the Romans back then in His time were vicious people.

I'm not worthy. Why He would do something like die for me. Sometimes I'm amazed, but I feel His love and that's good enough for me. He bought me with a price. I was a deep sinner. Nobody liked me. I didn't even like me. But, he took me out, he put a joy in my heart, and he put a step in my step. I can't do anything else but talk to Him and live for Him. That's the truth of the matter. I can't imagine anyone outside of His Children not wanting to know Him, not wanting to be with Him. He is my best friend. He is my Lord, my master, and my God.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Eternity: Works

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Can we get into Heaven on good works?

I was getting a haircut at my local barber's shop and struck up a conversation with the woman cutting my hair about Jesus. She informed me she was a lesbian and that Jesus didn't have many good things to say about her life choices, so she just ignores Him. I asked then how she planned on getting into Heaven. She replied that Jesus and her had a deal worked out, and that she'd only need a few minutes to tell Him about all the good works she's done, and that it'd be a cinch He'd let her in.

I proceeded to ask her how if she felt Jesus rejected her lifestyle, why any good works she did would matter to Him, and then proceeded to share the Gospel with her. By the time I was done explaining that Jesus did the only work necessary for eternal life and that if we accepted Him as Lord and Savior we would enter Heaven, we realized we were the only people talking in the whole shop, and everybody was listening in. There was a dead silence I'd never experienced before as all eyes were upon us. I finally paid my bill and headed out, noticing how all of the sudden the television became very interesting to everyone. They turned the volume up, but only blank eyes watched.

Dr. David Reagan in his newest book, Eternity: Heaven or Hell?, explains just exactly what is necessary for salvation, and why no work we do here on Earth no matter how important merits us before God to allow us to live with Him forever. I recently interviewed Dr. Reagan concerning salvation being truly apart from our works, and here now is the sixth question in this interview series concerning what to expect in the afterlife. I also threw in a quick seventh question, because seven is, well, God's favorite number.


Reagan & Jones

Dr. Reagan: That is the greatest lie of Satan. And, it is all over the world, this idea that you can earn your way to Heaven. Ask most people, "Do you think you will go to Heaven when you die?" And, they will say, "Well, you know, I've got a lot of sins and I have done a lot of bad things, but I am a lot better than a fellow I know down the street from me." We always start comparing ourselves to somebody we know who is worse. God does not grade on the curve, though. He grades on the cross.

I interviewed Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church about a year or two ago, and in that interview he made a comment that I will never forget. He said, "You know what separates Christianity from every other religion in the world. Every other religion of the world is spelled "D-O" — Do. You must do this, you must do that, you must do this, you must do that. And, if you do all those things maybe you can get into Heaven. But, Christianity of all the religions of the world is spelled "D-O-N-E" — Done. Jesus did everything that was necessary on the cross. It is for us to reach out and receive that gift."

The Bible is very specific about salvation apart from any works man can do. In Ephesians 2:8 it says, "By grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not as a result of works so that no one should boast." If you think you can do it on your own, then you are earning it. But, Jesus Christ earned it for us by sacrificing Himself on the cross, and it is a matter of us reaching out in faith to Jesus and receiving Him as Lord and Savior, which is the only we will be allowed into Heaven.


Nathan Jones: I'd like to know if I am going to be floating around in Heaven forever as a disembodied spirit?

Dr. Reagan: No, no, that is a very common misconception. We are never going to be disembodied spirits. We have a natural body now. We are going to have an intermediate spirit body after death and then at the time of the Resurrection we are going to have this body reconstituted and glorified and made permanent.

The Bible is full of the evidence of this. Take the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man, both of them had some sort of body after they died. They talked to each other and they recognized each other. In Revelation 7 we are told that when the Tribulation martyrs come out of the Tribulation after their deaths, they stand before the Throne of God in white robes waving palm branches and worshipping the Lord.

So, no, we will not exist as disembodied spirits.

Nathan Jones: And that is good news!


Resource

Eternity: Heaven or Hell?Eternity: Heaven or Hell? Book

What will happen when you die? This and many other questions about death and its aftermath are dealt with in this book, based upon biblical answers.

In addition, Dr. Reagan deals with questions pertaining to salvation: Are there many roads to God? Can salvation be earned through good works? Can salvation be lost? He also takes an in-depth look at the resurrection of Jesus, examining the evidence for it and discussing its essentiality to the Christian faith.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Eternity: Second Chances

Nathan JonesWatch MP3 PDFBy Nathan Jones

All those people in Hades right now, are they going to get a second chance to give their lives to Christ?

The idea is floating around among Christianity that maybe Jesus will give people a second chance after death to turn to Him for salvation. Those who support this view believe that Jesus is just too loving to let anyone go to Hell, and therefore He will forgive "seventy times seven" and let no one experience judgment and its sentence of eternal death.

Dr. David Reagan in his newest book, Eternity: Heaven or Hell?, explains why such a view does not hold to the character of Jesus, nor to what the Bible teaches concerning salvation. I recently interviewed Dr. Reagan about this, and here now is the fifth question in this interview series concerning what to expect in the afterlife.


Reagan & Jones

Dr. Reagan: No, there is no second chance. The Bible makes that very clear.

If you turn over to the book of Hebrews, and you look at Hebrews 9:27, it says, "It is appointed for men to die once and after that comes the judgment." We are going to be judged on whether or not we accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who have not are going to be confined to Hell. Those who have are going to be able to go to Heaven and spend eternity with God.

Salvation is not a matter of works. It is not a matter that has anything to do with that. It is a matter of faith, of accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and it depends on this life. Did you make a decision for Christ in this life, because there is no second chance after death? People who think there are second and third chances after death to accept Christ are in for a terrible surprise.

Let me tell you something that is interesting, the Bible says over and over that at the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ every person who ever lived is going to bend their knee and are going to confess that Jesus is Lord and Savior. But, while it will be too late at that point for a person to be saved, every person is going to do it. That is going to be quite a scene, because that means Hitler is going to bend his knee before the throne of Jesus Christ and confess Jesus as Lord. Stalin will confess that. Pol Pot will confess that. All the nefarious people who have ever lived, including Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the atheist here in the United States that got prayer removed from the schools, will confess that Jesus is Lord. Madalyn Murray O'Hair is going to bend her knee and she is going to confess that Jesus is Lord, but it will be too late, unfortunately, too late.

Salvation is something that needs to be done in this life. There is no second chance after death.

Nathan Jones: So, it's conclusive, then, this life is it. This life is our only chance. I sure hope everyone reading this will confess Jesus as Lord and ask Him in faith to be their Savior and forgive them of their sins. We never know at what moment we will die, and then it will be too late.

Read on for answers to Question #6 and #7 on whether works can grant access into Heaven and what one's body will be like once there!


Resource

Eternity: Heaven or Hell?Eternity: Heaven or Hell? Book

What will happen when you die? This and many other questions about death and its aftermath are dealt with in this book, based upon biblical answers.

In addition, Dr. Reagan deals with questions pertaining to salvation: Are there many roads to God? Can salvation be earned through good works? Can salvation be lost? He also takes an in-depth look at the resurrection of Jesus, examining the evidence for it and discussing its essentiality to the Christian faith.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Eternity: Purgatory

Nathan JonesWatch MP3 PDFBy Nathan Jones

Do people have to earn their way into Heaven by enduring torment in a place called Purgatory?

If you've ever said a prayer for the dead, if you've ever lit a candle for a lost loved one, or if you call out to a patron saint to reduce the time a special person has to endure a purifying torment, then you most likely grew up in the Catholic Church. For us Protestants, the idea that there is a place called Purgatory where the dead in Christ endure punishment to make them worthy of Heaven seems alien to us. And yet, such a concept is the bedrock concept behind the Post-Tribulation Rapture view, placing Purgatory on Earth during the Tribulation.

Dr. David Reagan in his newest book, Eternity: Heaven or Hell?, explains more in detail what Purgatory is and shows us from the Scriptures and history that suffering for Christ to gain entry into Heaven is totally unbiblical. I recently interviewed Dr. Reagan concerning this very topic. Here now is the fourth question in this interview series concerning what to expect in the afterlife.


Reagan & Jones

Dr. Reagan: The concept of Purgatory is an absolute and total myth. There is no such thing as Purgatory.

The place called Torments where the unbelievers go is not Purgatory. Purgatory is the idea that believers have to go to a place of torment and believers have to be tormented to be purged of all of their sins before they can be taken into the presence of a Holy God.

To me, Purgatory is a blasphemy of the Lord Jesus Christ, because the Bible teaches that Jesus did everything necessary for us to go to Heaven on the cross. We don't have to do anything except reach out and receive that gift by putting our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

We are told in 1 John 1:7 that the blood of Jesus is sufficient to cleanse us of all sin. We don't need to be purged and we don't need to be tormented, as Jesus delivered us from all of that. The blood of Jesus is sufficient.

Even those who believe in Purgatory, even those who defend it, realize and will admit there is not one verse in the Bible, not one, that substantiates Purgatory. The only place they will point to is the Book of Maccabees where there is a statement about going back to Jerusalem and praying for the souls of the dead people who had died on the battlefield. But, that is one of the many reasons that Maccabees was never accepted by the Jewish people as a canonical book, as a book that was part of the Bible. It was added later on by the Roman Catholic Church in the Middle Ages, partially to substantiate the concept of Purgatory. But, there is no biblical basis for Purgatory, and the very idea is a blasphemy of Jesus.

Nathan Jones: I'm thankful I don't have to have relatives light candles to make sure that I get out of Purgatory! Jesus cleansed us on the cross, and that was the only suffering work needed whereby we can go to Heaven.

Read on for an answer to Question #5 on whether unbelievers get second chances to accept Christ after death!


Resource

Eternity: Heaven or Hell?Eternity: Heaven or Hell? Book

What will happen when you die? This and many other questions about death and its aftermath are dealt with in this book, based upon biblical answers.

In addition, Dr. Reagan deals with questions pertaining to salvation: Are there many roads to God? Can salvation be earned through good works? Can salvation be lost? He also takes an in-depth look at the resurrection of Jesus, examining the evidence for it and discussing its essentiality to the Christian faith.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Eternity: Hell or Hades

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Do those who die in continued rebellion against God go right to Hell?

A lot of confusion exists concerning Hell. Some just dismiss Hell as a real place entirely. Some think it's a party stop where we're reunited with old friends to dance eternity away in the tropical heat. Still others believe Hell is a place of pitchfork wielding demons who rule the vast underworld under their crushing hooves, tormenting people with manic glee.

Dr. David Reagan in his newest book, Eternity: Heaven or Hell?, shows that Christians as well are very confused about Hell. He says what the Bible teaches about Hell would shock us, for despite what we've been taught, there is nobody living there right now. I recently interviewed Dr. Reagan to find out why he's come to that conclusion. Here now is the third question in this interview series concerning what to expect in the afterlife.


Reagan & Jones

Dr. Reagan: Most people believe that in the moment you die, you either go to Heaven or Hell. Most people would be surprised to find out that there is nobody in Hell right now. People are going to be consigned to Hell in the future.

Let me put it to you this way, before the cross things worked differently than the way they do today. We know this very definitely from the Bible, particularly the story that Jesus told about Lazarus and the Rich Man over in Luke 16. Before the cross, when a person died regardless if they were saved or lost, their spirits went to the same place. Their spirits went to a place called Hades.

Now, Hades is not the same place as Hell. Hades is a temporary holding place for the spirits of the dead. Both believers and unbelievers alike went there. There were two compartments in Hades, one was called "Paradise" or "Abraham's Bosom," the other was called "Torments." There was a gulf between them that could not be crossed.

When Lazarus and the Rich Man died, Lazarus went to Paradise and the Rich Man went to Torments. They could see each other. They could talk to each other. But, they could not cross the chasm. So, that's where all the spirits of the dead went. That's the way it was until the time of the cross.

People immediately ask, "Well, why is it that people who died before the cross didn't go directly to Heaven?" The reason is that their sins were covered by their faith, but their sins were not forgiven by their faith, because there is no forgiveness of sins apart from the shedding of blood. The Bible teaches that over and over. The blood of bulls and goats is not sufficient. There had to be a perfect man who did not deserve to die, yet who would die for your sins and my sins. So, they had to wait there until their sins were not only covered, but their sins were forgiven.

When Jesus died on the cross, we are told that He descended into Hades. Some of the ancient confessions of the church say, "He descended into Hell," but no, it was Hades. He descended into Hades and the Bible says, "He made a proclamation." We are told that over in 1 Peter 3, but it doesn't tell us what the proclamation was, but I can pretty well guess: "The blood has been shed!" I would imagine there was tremendous "Hallelujah" on the part of those that were in that compartment called Paradise.

And then, we're told in Ephesians 4 that when Jesus ascended into Heaven, He took with Him those who had been in bondage. He took, it said "with Him captives." Well, the very idea of that is He emptied Paradise and took Paradise to Heaven with Him. We're told over in 2 Corinthians 12 that is what happened, because Paul says there that He was taken up to the third heaven. The first heaven is the atmosphere of this planet, the second heaven being space, and the third heaven being where God resides. He says he was taken up to the Third Heaven, which is Paradise. So, Paradise was moved at the Ascension from Hades to Heaven.

And so, today, when a believer dies his spirit goes immediately to Heaven to be with the Lord, and the spirit of the unbeliever still goes to that place called Torments which is in Hades.

Nathan Jones: That's huge theologically, because a lot of people think, "Heaven or Hell" only.

Dr. Reagan: Everyone needs to rethink about what we've been taught concerning this, and probably read over this more than once, or get the book and read it in detail.

Read on for an answer to Question #4 on a myth concerning the believer's destination!


Resource

Eternity: Heaven or Hell?Eternity: Heaven or Hell? Book

What will happen when you die? This and many other questions about death and its aftermath are dealt with in this book, based upon biblical answers.

In addition, Dr. Reagan deals with questions pertaining to salvation: Are there many roads to God? Can salvation be earned through good works? Can salvation be lost? He also takes an in-depth look at the resurrection of Jesus, examining the evidence for it and discussing its essentiality to the Christian faith.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Eternity: Soul Sleep

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Is the idea of soul sleep, that when we die we are unconscious in the grave until we are resurrected, biblical?

I grew up under the teaching of many churches and even Bible college professors that when we die we will lie comatose in the grave along with our decaying corpse waiting for Jesus to return and resurrect us. The more I read the Bible, though, even with its many references to sleeping in the earth, the more I realized that the concept of soul sleep just didn't jive with much of what the rest of what the bible taught concerning the destination of our souls upon death. How could so many Christians even be so confused about this concept?

Dr. David Reagan in his newest book, Eternity: Heaven or Hell?, studied in-depth the concept of what happens to the soul upon death. I recently interviewed Dr. Reagan to find out what he plumbed from the depths of the Bible to answer this vital question. Here now is the second question in this interview series concerning what to expect in the afterlife.


Reagan & Jones

Dr. Reagan: I think this is one of the most popular misconceptions about what happens after you die. I grew up in a church that also taught soul sleep. Soul sleep is the teaching that when you die you lose all consciousness. You lie in a grave comatose for eons of time until the Lord comes back. Then you are resurrected and you regain consciousness.

There is a biblical basis for believing in soul sleep and that is the fact that the Bible often refers to death as sleep. But, it is doing so figuratively, and we can prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt. The reason that it uses that figurative term is because when you die your body does go into a grave, but your soul, your spirit, goes to be with the Lord.

So, the body figuratively sleeps in the sense that the body goes into the grave. The body is lying there in the grave and one day that body is going to be reanimated, because when the Lord comes back and the Resurrection occurs that body whether it has been eaten by the worms, whether it has dissolved in the ocean, or whatever, the Lord is going to speak. There is going to be a great miracle of recreation in which that body will come back together and He will put your spirit back in your body and you will receive a glorified body at that point.

So, there is just no such thing as soul sleep. You do not lose consciousness. Your spirit goes to be with the Lord.

Paul emphasized that in his writings. In 2 Corinthians 5:8 he made the comment that, "I would rather be absent from the body and be at home with the Lord." He had no idea of lying comatose in a grave. Not to be here was to be with the Lord.

Over in Philippians 1:21, Paul says, "To live is Christ," to serve the Lord, "but to die is gain." Well, certainly, it is not gain to lie in a grave comatose. It is gain because that is to be with the Lord.

Paul also says in Philippians 1:23 something along the lines of: "I am kind of hard pressed in both directions. I have the desire to depart and be with Christ, but I also want to serve him. So, I will serve Him as long as He wants to, but I really would prefer to go on and die and be with Him." There's no concept of lying comatose in a grave. Not to be here was to be with the Lord.

Nathan Jones: Okay. That makes perfect sense. The body is what's "asleep" in the grave, but the soul is with the Lord.

Read on for an answer to Question #3 on the unbeliever's destination!


Resource

Eternity: Heaven or Hell?Eternity: Heaven or Hell? Book

What will happen when you die? This and many other questions about death and its aftermath are dealt with in this book, based upon biblical answers.

In addition, Dr. Reagan deals with questions pertaining to salvation: Are there many roads to God? Can salvation be earned through good works? Can salvation be lost? He also takes an in-depth look at the resurrection of Jesus, examining the evidence for it and discussing its essentiality to the Christian faith.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Eternity: Heaven or Hell

Nathan JonesWatch MP3 PDFBy Nathan Jones

What is your attitude about death? And, do you know what will happen when you die?

The Bible says that Jesus died in order to deliver people from their life-long bondage to the fear of death. But, many people don't understand that, and as a result live their lives based on an eternal perspective founded on presupposition and selfish desires. If only people read and studied the Bible, they'd have the true picture of the afterlife in all its wonder and glory, and knowing salvation have nothing to fear.

Most of these eternal questions people have been asking are answered in Dr. David Reagan's newest book, Eternity: Heaven or Hell? I recently interviewed Dr. Reagan to find out why he wrote the book and to glean some of those important answers. Here now is the first question in this interview series concerning what to expect in the afterlife.


Reagan & Jones

Dr. Reagan, why did you want to write a book concerning what to expect in the afterlife?

Dr. Reagan: I wrote Eternity: Heaven or Hell? because I could not conceive of a topic more important than that of eternity. Every person who has ever lived or who is alive today has an eternal destiny of either Heaven or Hell.

Now, Atheists deny this. Their greatest hope is that there is nothing after death. What a hope! But, their denial of both Heaven and Hell is futile, and it violates our basic nature, for one of the instincts that we are born with is the sense that there is something beyond this life. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that God has "placed eternity in our hearts," just as He has given us an instinctive knowledge that He exists, according to Romans chapters 1 and 2.

Accordingly, the Bible exhorts us to live with an eternal perspective. Colossians 3:2 says we are to "set our minds on things that are above, and not on the things that are on the earth." And, in 1 John 2:15, we are warned not to fall in love with the world, nor the things of the world, because we are told that if we love the world, the love of God is not in us.

And yet, the Church today is filled with professing Christians who are clinging to this world as if it were the only hope they had. Why is that? Well, I believe the bottom line cause is an ignorance of what God's Word has to say about the future. That problem, in turn, is due to the fact that most pastors avoid teaching and preaching Bible prophecy. Bible prophecy is full of glorious promises about the believer's future, so glorious, in fact, that the Apostle Paul was moved to write these words: "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is yet to be revealed to us." Now that is a mouthful!

I know people who are suffering mightily in this life from emotional problems, physical handicaps, and various diseases. Yet, Paul declares that no matter what we may suffer, it cannot be compared to the blessings that are lying in front of us if we have put our trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Paul repeats this incredible thought in 1 Corinthians 2:9 where he states: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has the mind of man conceived, What God has prepared, for those who love Him."

I can guarantee you one thing for sure, if you ever spend the time to search out the promises of God's Word for believers after they die, you will fall out of love with this wretched world and start yearning with all your heart for Heaven. Instead of feeling comfortable with this world, you will sense that you are a pilgrim passing through an alien land en route to your true home, an eternal one in Heaven. And, that's what my new book is all about. It reveals the glorious promises that God has made about life after death, and it challenges you to live with an eternal perspective.

Read on for an answer to Question #2 on Soul Sleep!


Resource

Eternity: Heaven or Hell? Eternity: Heaven or Hell? Book

What will happen when you die? This and many other questions about death and its aftermath are dealt with in this book, based upon biblical answers.

In addition, Dr. Reagan deals with questions pertaining to salvation: Are there many roads to God? Can salvation be earned through good works? Can salvation be lost? He also takes an in-depth look at the resurrection of Jesus, examining the evidence for it and discussing its essentiality to the Christian faith.

Order your copy for $15 today!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Future Truth

Nathan JonesMP3By Nathan Jones

On Thursday, October 14th, I was interviewed by Vic Batista, senior pastor of the Miami-based Calvary Chapel Aventura and host of the radio program The Truth Will Set You Free (formerly called "Eyes on the Word"). Pastor Vic (as he likes to be called) was born in the Dominican Republic and is as active in planting churches and helping orphans there as he is in southern Florida, reaching out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to both the English and Spanish speaking audiences. Lamb & Lion Ministries was also very blessed to have Pastor Vic as our opening speaker in last October's Future Hope Conference.


Pastor Vic Batista

In this "The Truth Will Set You Free" episode, Pastor Vic posed the question, "Is the Bible the only place where we can get the truth about the future?" With so many people scared of what the future holds, they have turned in vast numbers to other sources than the Bible like mediums and fortune tellers in a desperate attempt to find hope.

But, can we really have hope for the future apart from the Bible? Find out in this impacting 20 minute radio show translated into both English and Spanish!

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(My apologies for not having a written
transcript of this interview available.)

Monday, November 15, 2010

You Too Can Be A Web Minister

Nathan JonesMP3By Nathan Jones

On Saturday, October 9th from 11:30 a.m. to noon Pacific time, I was interviewed by host Bill Martinez of the Bill Martinez Live radio program, broadcast on 740 AM KBRITE stations in the Los Angeles, California area. During the second half hour of his one hour live show, we talked about how the Internet has revolutionized how Christ is fulfilling the Great Commission in reaching the outermost parts of the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We also discussed how you, too, can become a Web Minister, sharing the Gospel online.

Bill Martinez Live

Want to be a missionary but can't travel? Listen to this interview to learn how the Internet has revolutionized how the Gospel is being shared to the outermost parts of the earth in these last days and how you can be part of it!

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(My apologies for not having a written
transcript of this interview available.)