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2018 Altar Dedication of 3rd Jewish Temple: Mark of The Beast, Part SIX

So it’s most recently come to my attention that the Jewish Sanhedrin (a tribunal of Jewish rabbis) are prepared to DEDICATE THE ALTAR of the 3RD JEWISH TEMPLE during THIS YEAR’S [2018] HANUKKAH! Not to mention that they ALSO plan to (if I’m understanding this correctly?) “abolish” the U.N. and replace it with an organization that’s centered around “Noahide laws!”

Source: https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/117329/un-rejects-bible-noahide-laws-abortions/ which expressly states at the very end of the article: “The Sanhedrin is working with the leaders of several nations to establish a new international body based in Jerusalem on Biblical values that will replace the U.N.! REPLACE the U.N.? Are you KIDDING me? Folks, this has HUGE biblical/prophetic implications…….

Now……for those of you who are wondering: “Just WHAT are “Noahide laws” and just WHAT does that have to do with humanity?”, I’m glad you asked!

The “Noahide laws” are 7 laws or “principles” that are as follows:

1. Do not deny God
2. Do not blaspheme God
3. Do not murder
4. Do not engaged in “illicit” sexual relations
5. Do not steal
6. Do not eat from a live animal
7. Create legal system of justice

Now……just taking a mere “glance” at these 7 laws, most of them don’t seem so bad. HOWEVER……what they’re doing at their very CORE is adding and taking AWAY from the 10 commandments, which is EXPRESSLY forbidden in Revelation 22:18-19! In fact, these laws were “borrowed” from the 10 commandments, (which is Jesus’s ACTUAL LAW for humanity, by the way!)

“Yeah so, WHY is all this so important?”, some might protest. That’s because The Antichrist (the soon-coming one-world government leader) will USE the 3rd JEWISH TEMPLE for worship…….OF HIMSELF! He will also (at some point) demand every man, woman and child take HIS MARK in their right hands or their foreheads in order to be able to buy or sell. All whom REFUSE to take “The Mark” (i.e. born-again Christians, Anarchists, etc.) will be imprisoned, tortured and eventually put to death! (This was all FORETOLD in the bible thousands of years ago!)

And just WHY will those people who refuse his “one world government mark” be killed? Because the Mark is not so much about buying and selling as it’s about WORSHIP……worship of HIM – THE Antichrist – in PLACE OF Jesus Christ (if that makes any sense?) But again, people taking the Mark in their right hands or foreheads won’t be told it’s a Mark about “worship”, they will instead be told it’s an “Economic Mark” (as in, “Well, you’ll need this Mark in order to be able to continue your bank account, etc.”) Scary stuff, isn’t it, folks?

To the Muslims, he will claim to be Allah/the 12th Iman/the Madhi, to Catholics & Christians, he will FALSELY claim that he’s THE Jesus Christ of the bible, to the Mormons, he will claim to be Joseph Smith, to the Hindus, he will claim to be Brahma/Kali/Shiva, to the Native Americans, he will claim that he’s THE “Grandfather Spirit”, to Satanists he will claim that he’s Satan incarnate, to Wiccans he will claim that he’s Gaia/Minoah, and to everyone else on the planet, he will claim that he’s “God” and/or “the god of humanity”.

And here’s where things gets interesting. The bible says in Revelation 13:8 that ALL people (as in, ALL people of the EARTH) that do NOT put their faith, trust, love & obedience into Jesus Christ WILL be deceived by THE ANTICHRIST (the soon-coming if not already so one world government leader who will “appear to be the answer to all of humanity’s problems”).

Folks, he’s not gonna come with a pitch-folk and devil horns. He will “speak smooth words”, appear to know what he’s talking about, appear to be the answer to everyone’s problems, be a person of persuasion, etc. In fact, he will have “charming character”. Most of humanity will think he’s “God”, quite LITERALLY!

And one of THE REASONS he will be so deceptive is BECAUSE he will have THE ABILITY to perform FALSE MIRACLES (such as make fire come down from heaven!) Most of humanity will be enthralled by these “false miracles” and say within their hearts: “Only IF he were God could he do such great, mighty and miraculous things!” [But yet, what most people will NOT realize is that he, The Antichrist (the “god” people worship IN PLACE OF CHRIST) is in deed, A FALSE GOD and A FALSE MESSIAH who’s indwelt by the power of Satan!]

Now that I’ve told you what happens to people who do NOT take the Mark, now I’m going to tell you what ETERNALLY happens to people whom DO take “The Mark!” Revelation 14:11 gives us a pretty clear & “graphic” picture:

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name”.

Translation? If you choose to take The Mark, your life (and finances) might be preserved for time, times and half a time. But your soul will then burn in the LAKE OF FIRE for ETERNITY: forever & ever & ever & ever! Your soul will burn AS you’re being perpetually tormented IN the flames!

And UNLIKE in your living mortal life where you would be burned until you were consumed, in ETERNAL LIFE, things are much, much different. For in the lake of fire, the flesh will “perpetually burn”. PERPETUALLY. Like Revelation 14:11 says, the smoke of a person’s TORMENT will rise up forever and ever! OUCH! Who in their right mind would ever WANT that or would ever even want to “chance” having that? Just saying.

Okay, now back to my main point about the 3RD JEWISH TEMPLE. The Sanhedrin (the Jewish rabbi tribunal) are getting ready to DEDICATE the ALTAR of the temple! And folks, if you know ANYTHING about ancient Jewish history, you’d know that THE ALTAR is THE MOST, if not ONE of THE MOST important parts OF “the Temple”.

Therefore, it stands to reason: if they’re THAT much closer to dedicating the ALTAR of the 3rd temple, just HOW MUCH CLOSER is the Antichrist’s official “I am God” declaration FROM/IN/NEAR the 3rd Temple upon the whole of humanity? And furthermore, just HOW MUCH CLOSER is “The Mark of the Beast” (and/or The Mark of the Antichrist – the one world government leader) gonna be? And further yet still, just HOW MUCH CLOSER is The Abomination OF Desolation gonna be, talked about in the bible?

Therefore, you got TWO choices and Two Choices, ONLY! You can choose to worship Jesus Christ, THE Jesus Christ of the bible, OR you can choose to worship something/someone else IN PLACE OF CHRIST and then later pay the eternal “torment” of a price for it! The choice is up to you! But don’t say I didn’t warn you!

And if I had one last pleading spiritual message to you all, it would be THIS: Give your lives to Christ – the true BIBLICAL Jesus Christ! That’s the ONLY way to ensure that you will NOT be deceived by the FALSE MESSIAH known as “THE ANTICHRIST!” And remember, the true biblical Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to salvation, and the ONLY way to “true” eternal life!

JOHN 3:16 says, “For God [the Heavenly Father] so loved the world [humanity], that He [the Heavenly Father] gave his only begotten Son [Jesus Christ] that whosoever believeth in him [Jesus Christ] should not perish [i.e.go to lake of fire] but have everlasting life [life eternal WITH Jesus] 

But again, the thing we must remember about the Jewish people is THIS: BECAUSE the Jews (as a whole) never accepted Jesus Christ as their one and only TRUE Messiah [over 330+ Messianic Prophecies from the Old Testament PROVE that Jesus Christ IS the one and only TRUE Jewish Messiah, as evidenced in the NEW TESTAMENT FULFILLMENT THEREOF – https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/m/], the Jews are STILL WAITING *FOR* their “Messiah” and thus, they will accept the ANTI-CHRIST as their one and only true “Jewish Messiah”. However, halfway into his “term”, The Anti-Christ will perform the “Abomination of Desolation” (which will likely be sacrificing a PIG in the temple) and the Jews will then KNOW then that the ANTICHRIST is NO MESSIAH and that ONLY Jesus Christ is their Messiah!

And now…….“Okay, very well, so WHY then did the Jews – as a whole – REJECT Jesus Christ as their one and only true Messiah?”, several people may be wondering. But in fact, several passages in the New Testament “hint” at the answer! And the picture, once reading those passages, becomes more clearer. The Jewish rabbis (at the time of Jesus on the Earth) were “in love with” the POWER they held over the Jewish people and/or the Jewish nation (as a whole) and they did NOT want to give that up for what “they” likely considered to be a “mere mortal human man”.

And not only that, but the “Messiah” that THEY were wanting and expecting was a “military revolutionary” who would give them (atleast in THEIR minds, anyway) a MILITARY victory over their enemies. And looking back through ancient Jewish history, I could sort’ve see why they may’ve been looking for a revolutionary…….because many of the great prophets of Old (David, Joshua, Gideon, etc.) were considered “revolutionaries”. So to THEM, it probably made perfect sense that their “Messiah” would ALSO likely be a revolutionary!

However, Jesus was NO mercenary! Instead, Jesus started a SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION! And those Jews who believed in him and obeyed him as the Messiah are today known as “Messianic Jews”. And those Jews who did NOT believe Jesus was God in the the flesh and/or the Messiah are today known as “Orthodox Jews”. [And to be fair, there’s probably a few sects of Judaism today that are “unsure” or “on the fence” about who Jesus is!]

But in fact, let me take it a step further: Orthodox Jews have today a set of religious “writings” known as The Talmud. “So what’s the Talmud?”, some might be wondering. I’m glad you asked! The Talmud is basically a collection of books………rabbinical “footnotes” and “interpretations” of the biblical law and of Jesus himself!

However, human men are “fallible” and they are not 100% righteous like Jesus IS! Therefore, their “interpretations” are ALSO “fallible”. That’s EXACTLY what is meant in Romans 3:4 which says, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged”. And plus let us not also forget Proverbs 3:5-6 which declares, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”. 

In other words, don’t just base your biblical knowledge on what you FEEL or THINK, but rather on what Jesus HIMSELF says! Because “feelings” can be deceiving! So in other words, in a nutshell, the Talmud is basically the “thoughts” and “feelings” of the rabbis on what they THINK the laws of God should mean but is NOT the laws of God HIMSELF! If that makes any sense?

Because ONE rabbi might come along and say, “I think this law means THIS” and write that into “Talmudic writings” while YET ANOTHER rabbi could come along and say, “Yeah well, I think this law means THAT” and do the exact SAME! Do you see where I’m going with this, folks? If Christians made a “book” such as “pastor ramblings”, that “book” wouldn’t get very far. So I can’t imagine why The Talmud (to most Jews today) is so prominent ABOVE the bible (in THEIR eyes!) The Talmud is actually soul-damning! I mean, it’s ONE thing if a Jew reads it as “an extra, extra biblical text, to be read with a grain of salt” but it’s quite ANOTHER thing to read it AS THOUGH IT WERE SCRIPTURE!

Here is one of Anita’s videos on the subject that may be better at explaining certain aspects of what I’m talking about:

BREAKING! Sanhedrin invites 70 Nations to Hanukkah dedication of altar for THIRD TEMPLE!

We have SO MANY SIGNS that we’re living in the Last Days that it’s not EVEN funny! Just HOW many more signs will certain “stubborn people” NEED in order to see that we’re living in the Last Days? Men dressed as women, reading to CHILDREN in schools AND in public libraries? Parents would’ve been protesting EN MASSE 20 years ago if that were ever to happen! But now, in the year 2018? Most parents don’t even bat an eyelash and WHY is that, do you think? Answer: WE’RE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS!!!!!!

But folks, it’s not JUST the altar dedication that’s taking place, in regards to the 3rd Temple. There’s ALSO the looming “peace deal” and OTHER factors such as the “red heifer being born”, all the temple vessels “becoming ready”, etc. All they’re waiting for is the “Green Light” and folks, it’s beginning to look like THE “Green Light” is JUST AROUND THE CORNER, only a few MERE weeks away! WOW! We’re here already, folks! We’re HERE! It won’t be 10, 20 years from now but NOW! So if THAT doesn’t motivate you to get your soul and your “houses” in order, then I don’t know what does! 

Folks, if you’ve been sitting on the fence about Jesus and salvation, SIT ON THE FENCE NO LONGER, for tomorrow’s not guaranteed! We never know when we’re going to die! I hope and PRAY that this blog and all its contents have taught you, encouraged you, enlightened you and given you SEVERAL biblical things to think about, in these here last days! I hope it has prepared you for what’s coming! Just like I hope it has RIPPED the spiritual blinders from your eyes and given you TRUE spiritual enlightenment in Jesus’s name! I’ve wrote passionately about Jesus and the End Times on this blog for a good 7-9 YEARS now and pray that this blog has been a blessing in you and your loved ones lives! I’m honestly not sure how many more days Jesus will give me but as long as I got breath in my lungs, I will CONTINUE to praise Him against all clamor & opposition! 

In conclusion, I just want to kindly remind you all to remember the case of Job (pronounced Yob) in the bible. He lost EVERYTHING in ONE day but instead of cursing God, he decided instead to PRAISE HIM! This is evidenced in Old Testament, Book of Job, Chapter 2, verse 10 which reads: “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips”. 

The back story is that Job’s wife told him he should quote/unquote “curse God and die”. What a TERRIBLE thing to say to one’s husband! OUCH! Yet, Job’s response to her (AND to God, as well as his own personal situation/hardship) is just BEYOND MIRACULOUS! In other words, Job is telling his wife that she is “foolish” for only wanting to receive the “good things” from God but not the “bad things”.

It appears that Job there had some spiritual wisdom that was somewhat similar to David’s or Solomon’s. Job seemed to have realized that “adversity” is a form of “testing” and also that “adversity” and “spiritual testing” is a chance for “spiritual growth” AND is also a “reminder” to us about how God is SOVEREIGN and does as HE wills, not as WE humans will! And yet, WHEN Job STILL praised God, NO MATTER WHAT, even IN adversity, God eventually BLESSED HIM and gave him back 10-fold what he had “lost” DURING the “adversity/spiritual testing!” 

Therefore, my parting words of wisdom to you are THIS: Praise Jesus 24/7, NO MATTER WHAT, OBEY HIM, and GET YOUR HOUSES IN ORDER! For like I’ve said in SEVERAL posts most recently, MARK OF THE BEAST IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, IF NOT PRACTICALLY HERE, ALREADY! SO GET READY, FOLKS! THIS WILL BE ***THE MOST TRYING TIMES OF OUR LLIIVVEESSSS!***

“Heavenly Father, please make me, my loved ones, and ALL readers of this blog (rather subscribers or not) be ready for all that which is to come. Give us all the strength to ENDURE in these Last Days, NO MATTER WHAT! REMOVE all spiritual blinders from our eyes and give us all eyes to see and ears to hear what YOUR spirit has to say to “the church(es) in these Last Days! I say this in Jesus’s name, Amen”. 

 

 

A LIFE WITHOUT JESUS IS MEANINGLESS!

  • “When I grow up, I want to be a ________
  • “I want to live in ________, someday”
  • “I want to major in ___________ in college”
  • “I want to _______ by age 30”
  • “I want to be rich & famous”
  • “I want to invest in this company or that company”
  • “I want to start a fortune 500 company”

It’s not a bad thing to have goals in life, in general. They help set us and motivates us for greater causes in our lives. But IF those goals don’t align with Jesus/the bible, then what GOOD are they?

“For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world but lose his own soul? For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

– Mark 8: 36-37

In other words, a person can have all the money, success, fame, college degrees and “credentials”/”titles” in the world, but if they don’t have Jesus Christ in their lives, then all the “temporal fame, pleasure and wealth” will not save them from their sins, for ONLY Jesus Christ can save them for the sins! A person without Jesus is a “lost soul”……..that person is nothing but an empty, hallow SHELL of a soul that’s DESPERATELY in need of Salvation in Christ!

Revelation 3: 17-20 proclaims: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent”

Many people (specifically non-believers or those of other religions but even many “Christians” themselves these days) think they don’t NEED Jesus, in order to be able to ETERNALLY SURVIVE! But those folks are VERY SADLY MISTAKEN! In fact, EVEN many CHRISTIANS today think they don’t NEED Jesus in their day to day lives. This is both sad and tragic! For if only they KNEW the total weight of God’s Judgment upon an unbelieving, idol-worshiping, lazy & ungrateful mankind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Think of a toddler, for instance. Think about how that toddler’s parents (in general) are constantly watching over them, to make sure they’re not doing anything wrong and (if Christian/Judeo-Christian) to guide them into the RIGHT path of righteousness! (And to make sure they’re tying their shoes correctly, etc.) And after awhile, the said toddler in question, begins to “resent it” (hello, the “terrible threes”).

“NO! I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT MYSELF, I DON’T **NEED** YOUR HELP, MOMMY/DADDY!”

But yet, the parent is usually still “supervising” their shoe-tying, etc., ANYWAYS, am I right? haha. And WHEN the toddler notices this, they become EVEN MORE adamant about wanting to stalk off into the next room, DETERMINED to tie their own shoes, etc. The toddler thinks in that moment, “I CAN DO IT, MYSELF! I DON’T NEED YOUR *CORRECTIONS/SUPERVISION!*”

So it goes with mankind. We’re all a bunch of lazy, sinning, ungrateful, unbelieving “toddlers” that think WE know what’s best for our LIVES! So we constantly attempt to make ourselves bigger, better, stronger, more resilient, etc. But IN the process of doing so, we drift further and further away from Jesus, our CREATOR! And IN so doing, our souls become more and more empty, a HALLOW SHELL where “potential righteousness in Jesus’s name” once stood. Our souls are then likened to DEAD BONES WITH NO LIFE IN THEM! For Jesus IS Life!

Romans 6:23 states: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”

But when it comes to defying Jesus/his creation, one thing is certain…….He doesn’t like what these “gene-editing scientists” are doing down here on Earth (changing, rearranging HIS natural DNA design), thinking the whole time that THEY know better than God. Yet, Jesus keeps trying to spiritually warn them OVER AND OVER AGAIN (even as “gently” and “patiently” as he can, AMIDST His Divine Wrath)……….

In fact, Jesus sends MANY of his “Messengers” to try to warn these secular doctors and scientists that they really DON’T know the long-term implications of DNA-editing. In fact, there was a VERY specific reason why Jesus created DNA in a specific pattern & a specific way.

And folks, we’ve discovered what happened last time when Satan and his demons (fallen angels) tried to “pervert God’s natural DNA”. The children of the nephilim came about. So do we REALLY want to see — the long-term implications — of what happens when the natural human race starts “getting tampered with” in the modern day? 

But yet, many of the genetic scientists, in their “gusto” for “the next best thing, genetically speaking”, sadly, don’t seem to be listening to the Lord’s witnesses or even REALIZING what the long-term implications may be (as a whole). Yet, a very small number of them ARE likely *secretly* troubled for the possible long-term implications of DNA-tampering…….most of them probably won’t come out and say it. And their views would likely not ever get broadcast on the mainstream news. But I’m willing to bet they’re out there somewhere (no matter how small in number they may be). 

And many of these “somewhat hesitant” scientists likely did a few test runs and came to find out that YES, DNA-tampering DOES have potentially harmful long-term implications. But exactly what these scientists DO from HERE on out, is between them and Almighty God! Some will no doubt choose to IGNORE the evidence of potential DNA “harm”, and keep at it anyways, figuring that the ends justify the means. But yet others I imagine, might possibly start rethinking their position in the whole genetics field and consider “quitting” genetics, altogether [though I pray that they don’t. Because they are FAR more valuable to the genetic PROVING of creationism than they realize!]  

But going back to the main topic, about what a life without Jesus is like. Many upon MANY of today’s people think they “don’t need Him” and/or “Don’t NEED a Savior”. In fact, they live their lives AS IF there’s no God. People (in general) don’t like or want to admit that there’s a God. Because if there’s a God, then THAT would suggest that THAT God has “rules” and “judgments for BREAKING those rules”…….which would even FURTHER suggest that there ARE consequences for breaking those rules, and BECAUSE there’s eternal consequences FOR breaking those divine rules, that would mean they’d need to CHANGE THEIR LIVES!

And see folks, that’s the problem right then and there. Most people are COMFORTABLE with their lives. They don’t WANT to change anything about their lives or their LIFESTYLE. They don’t WANT to admit that they’re a sinner with SIN, in NEED of a Saviour. They want to take the EASY way out. For THEM, it’s a “out of site, out of mind” type of thing. They think they can WILL God to “go away” or “not exist” by simply ACTING like He doesn’t exist and then, living their lives, accordingly!

However……no matter HOW hard they try to WILL God away by their ARDENT DENIAL of HIM, it doesn’t make Him any less real………..or ANY less Wrathful towards ALL unrighteousness. In OTHER words, Jesus exists rather a person believes in Him or not. Heaven and Hell and JUDGMENT exists, rather a person believes in it or not. “I don’t believe in Hell” many people say. But not believing in Hell doesn’t make it any less REAL, folks! Hell is MORE REAL than the air we BREATHE! MORE REAL than the setting Sun! MORE REAL than anything we’ve ever imagined! And someday, the fires of HELL are gonna MERGE INTO the LAKE OF FIRE! [Revelation 20:14]

So in my closing message, here is WHY a life without Jesus is MEANINGLESS! A person can go through their whole entire LIVES “living it up”, going to the best colleges, getting the best jobs, getting the most monetary success that time/money/circumstance can buy, but if Jesus Christ is NOT in their lives, NONE of that is going to matter! Why?

Because someday soon, Jesus is going to create a NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH! The world, as we know it now, will soon PASS AWAY! Plus we will ALL someday soon face THE ETERNAL JUDGMENT SEAT OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHOSE FACE WILL BE **SO** BRIGHT, THAT WE WON’T EVEN BE ABLE TO LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!

And WHEN that happens, the ONLY thing that’ll matter is our spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! And for those who KNEW BETTER but of whom lived an entire LIFETIME without the BIBLICAL/JEWISH JESUS CHRIST in their lives described in the pages of the bible? How UTTERLY TERRIFYING of a thing it would be to fall into the Eternal Hands of Judgement by the Everlasting God of Creation! 

[[NOTE: Jesus Christ keeps a “record book”, if you will, of ALL his faithful, loyal followers. Those people who not only BELIEVE in Him and His words but OBEY THEM! It’s called “The Lamb’s Book of Life”. For Jesus Christ is the Holy Son of God who’s also called THE LAMB OF GOD. Jesus Christ is also LIFE and CREATED LIFE. Therefore, that’s WHY it’s called “THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE”]]. 

Revelation 20:15 says that WHOSOEVER was NOT found written IN the Book of Life WILL be cast into the (Eternal) LAKE OF FIRE! OUCH!!!!! 

LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE

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BURNINGINLAKEOFFIRE2So people, I leave you with THIS: Whatever sin(s) you’re committing right now in your life (be it/they large or small), is it worth AN ETERNITY IN THE LAKE OF FIRE?  (Remember: ONLY Jesus Christ & Jesus Christ ALONE can set you free from your sins and/or the eternal consequences of your sins, there IS no other way!!!!!!!!!!!) 

JESUS LOVES YOU AND HE DESPERATELY WANTS TO SAVE YOU FROM A LIFE OF SIN AND INNER RESTLESSNESS/DESPAIR BUT HE CAN’T DO THAT IF YOU WON’T LET HIM! And it’s ok if you don’t believe in Him right now, JUST PRAY TO BELIEVE but mean that prayer with all your heart, soul and mind! Just pray the following:

“Jesus, I’m not sure if I believe in you or not. I’ve heard about you from others but have never truly experienced your presence for myself. Just like I’ve heard things from the bible before that seem sort’ve far-fetched today, in today’s world and culture. Please open up my heart, soul and mind, and show me the evidences of these things, and of YOU. I come to you with an open heart and a open mind. It’s not that I DON’T want to believe, per say, I’m just struggling with belief in you/the bible right now. So please show me these things. Please allow me to experience the peace and joy of your presence. Please give me a “new” heart, and a new mind. I want to believe, please help me overcome my unbelief”. 

Mean that prayer with all your heart, soul and mind and he WILL answer your prayer, MARK MY WORDS! (Provided you seek him in prayer WHOLE-HEARTEDLY and not half-heartedly). Cause lets face it, if someone says to you: “Hey, you’re so awesome” but you sense they’re saying it half-heartedly, you’re not gonna feel that they’re being genuine in their “praise” of you, right? But if a person comes to you and says: “Hey, you’re so awesome because x, y, and z”, and gives you details as to WHY they think you’re awesome, then it seems more genuine, right? 🙂 So it is with Jesus! He will honestly and truly reveal himself to you IF you truly, genuinely seek him, MARK MY WORDS! 😉 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dealing With Frustration/Fear/Discouragement

Frustration. Fear. Anger. Discouragement. It’s something we’ve ALL felt in our lives, from time to time. And looking through the pages of Holy Writ (Old AND New Testaments but ESPECIALLY the Old Testament), one might come to falsely believe that the Old Testament kings/prophets never had their fair share of anger/fear/frustration/disappointment. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth! 

King David was known (at times) to be in GREAT DESPAIR (over his sins!) This is evidenced in Psalm 69:

Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my GodThey that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away” (Psalm 69: 1-4)

And then there was also Jeremiah (also known as “The Weeping Prophet”):

“For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed” (Lamentations 1:16)

Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death. They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me” (Lamentations 1:20-21)

And let us also not forget Elijah, who FLED FOR HIS LIFE!

And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers” (1 Kings 19: 1-4)

Therefore, David DESPAIRED, Jeremiah WEEPED and Elijah FEARED! They were all HUMAN, just like you and me! And truth be told, NONE of the Lord’s Old/New Testament prophets and/or Old Testament kings were perfect, for even THEY made mistakes! They FEARED, they WEEPED, they felt HIGHLY DISCOURAGED at times, like I said! However, nearly ALL of them (with the exception of King Saul & a few others) repented and came back to the Lord! This is evidence of how the Lord “restored” each of them:

David: Psalm 71 and 72 seem to answer Psalms 69 and 70

Jeremiah: Jeremiah 15: 19-21 was God’s response TO Jeremiah, concerning Jeremiah’s “discouragement”

Elijah: 1 Kings 19: 9-18 is the Lord’s “response” TO Elijah’s “fear”/”discouragement”

But if that STILL don’t help you, then let me tell you of my OWN experiences with fear/anger/discouragement:

1). I’m the only Messianic Jewish-Christian in my family and they all think I’m “crazy” for believing in Jesus Christ and “the bible”, etc.

2). I’m one of the only “open believers” at my workplace (a place where many like to “mock Christ” and “mock the bible”, because they think it’s so much FUN/ENTERTAINING/EMPOWERING to do so!)

3). While all of my old High-School and college friends are now pretty much all married with kids, there’s a very good chance that marriage & kids is not in the cards for ME, as far as THE LORD’S WILL seems to go (thus, making ME feel like a sort’ve “modern-day Jeremiah”)

4). Just like Jeremiah in the OT times, it seems the more I try to preach the gospel of Christ, the more people DON’T listen to me, which is HIGHLY DISCOURAGING, to say the least!

5). People in my family, my workplace/etc. make ME feel like the “bad guy” for not believing in “gay marriage”, “abortion”, “gay rights”, etc.

6). I have a couple of “Christian” friends who find absolutely nothing wrong with abortion, gay marriage and Catholic Church “theology” and of whom seem to think I’m such an “awful person” for trying to say that women shouldn’t have abortions for any reason, and that gay marriage and the Catholic Church are NOT of God!

7). I more or less feel like I’m being forced to celebrate “Dec25th” against my will (just to keep the peace in the family), even though I know in my heart and soul what a GODLESS, DISGUSTING holiday December 25th is! My “Christian” friends think I’m the Devil for even doing so much as “suggesting” that “Dec25th” has MAJOR PAGAN ORIGINS and has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRIST! But in fact, THE WORLD makes me feel like such a “you-know-what” for NOT wanting to celebrate it!

But what is the crime, there? Just because EVERYONE does something doesn’t make it “right”, biblically-speaking! If the world worshiped Baal, would THAT make it “right”, biblically speaking? Anyways, I hate myself for being complacent on this one and for not putting my foot down. Not to mention I’m also probably being a a bit “hypocritical” here as well, as in previous posts, I stated that Christians celebrating “Dec.25th”, KNOWING its true connotations were in possible danger of judgement. 

8). Related to #3 above, any time I even “try” to date someone who’s even “remotely” Christian, it NEVER WORKS OUT. EVER. And when I inquired to the Lord about it, the Lord’s response more or less seemed to be: I don’t call EVERYONE to date/get married, ya know? (Hinting that my heavenly “calling” IS to be likened unto a “modern-day Jeremiah”?)

9). A couple of sins I struggle with (hoarding and/or food addiction) are SO HARD to overcome. I go through periods of time where I can “seem” to overcome it for awhile. But then…..I oftentimes seem to subtly go right back to it (nevermind the fact that I’ve tried to pray and cry out to the Lord about it LOTS of times……maybe I just need more faith?)

10). I try to find time each and every single day to “spend time with the Lord” and/or to “read his written word”. But it seems like every single time I try to open up the bible, I get sleepy…….really, really sleepy……or I become SO afraid of accidentally getting a WRONG interpretation from the bible that I’m almost too afraid to read it, sometimes (I know how ridiculous that must sound to some!) 

11). No matter HOW HARD I try to keep my patience at ALL times and in ALL situations, there’s things in my family and ESPECIALLY at my workplace that test my patience TO THE HILT! Working with the general “public” on any given day’s gonna come with customer “complaints”, naturally. And oftentimes, it’s complaints that either I can’t do anything about (as I don’t make the rules there) OR that I consider not even “complainable”.  

For example, if I try to bag a customer’s food in a special way where the hot stuff isn’t touching the cold stuff or if I want to wrap up some small tubs of sauces in a small bag WITHIN the plastic bag so the sauce doesn’t move around in the plastic sack and spill everywhere, it seems like 8 times out of 10, the customer will either COMPLAIN or give me this STRANGE LOOK like “ugh, you’re being WAY TOO nice to me, you’re WAY over-doing it, ugh!” And it REALLY tests my patience, sometimes! Here I am, trying to provide EXEMPLARY customer service TO the customer, and yet, there they are, complaining about EVERY. SINGLE. LITTLE. THING! It’s NUTS! In fact, this is often what I have to deal with on a daily basis!

I kid you not. I’ve had days where ONE customer complained about 5 or more small little things, one right after another, boom, boom, boom! And then, they’d have the gall to complain to ME if MY face looked even just a “little” minorly frustrated at the end of their “spiel”. Or I’ll have customers that won’t complain but they’ll wait until I have everything all bagged up for them, with a long line behind them and then, they’ll ADD things to their “order”. AGGRAVATING! But I have to try to remember to have the PATIENCE OF CHRIST! That’s not always easy in my line of work, folks! In fact, I’ve even had customers complain that I’m TOO nice at times. Well, in MY opinion, being “too nice” is FAR much better than being “rude”, am I right?

What IS it about human nature, that the MORE someone gives to us, the LESS AND LESS we appreciate it? Now I sort’ve know how Jesus Christ must’ve felt on the cross. And even before and after. During the times of the ancient Israelites, The Lord did A TON of stuff for the Israelites: He brought them out of Egypt, he parted the Red Sea for them, he gave them manna to eat from heaven, he miraculously brought forth water from rocks/desert, he oftentimes helped them defeat their enemies and blessed their crops, etc. etc. But it seemed like no matter HOW MUCH he did for ancient Israel, the Israelites STILL turned on Him and were UNGRATEFUL to Him! In fact, it seemed that THE MORE He DID for ancient Israel, the more and MORE they hated Him and turned on Him! HOW SAD! 😦

Honestly, there’ve been days at work when I’ve felt like: “Ok, if the customers want to complain, LET THEM, I’m sick and tired of trying to provide them exemplary service if they’re just going to walk all over me like that!” But ya want to know what the Lord taught me on those days?Treat ALL customers the way the RUDE customers treat YOU, guess what? YOU are then NO BETTER THAN THEY ARE!” Ouch! A hard lesson learned, but learned, nonethess!

Oftentimes, WHEN we are feeling discouraged, it’s because we’re spiritually lacking in something! Do we lack faith? Obedience? Patience? What IS it that we lack, first of all? And secondly, how do we overcome whatever’s LACKING? Answer: Through the Almighty Power & Glory of our Lord, Yeshua Hama’shiach (Jesus Christ Almighty!) His ways are NOT our ways and His divine understanding is NOT our human understanding! Our human nature is to want to get even with those who discourage us! But it’s Jesus’s nature to HUMBLE US!

lt’s not all bunnies and rainbows, folks! There’s going to be times in our lives when we feel MAJORLY DISCOURAGED and feel like throwing in the towel! But we MUST remember:

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” [Matthew 24:13]

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” [Psalms 34: 17-19]

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” [Isaiah 41:10]

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” [John 16:33]

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” [Psalms 55:22]

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” [Jeremiah 29:11]

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” [Matthew 11:28]

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” [Galatians 6:9]

It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him” [Lamentations 3: 22-24]

And if that STILL doesn’t encourage you or provide hope, then think of it THIS WAY: Satan and his demons are THE ONES who are making you FEEL the way you do right now! And it’s their JOB to make you feel that way! HOWEVER, Revelation 20 and Matthew 25 state that they’ve ALREADY BEEN DEFEATED! They are nothing more than DEFEATED FOES:

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” [Matthew 25:41]

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” [Revelation 20:10]

So just remember THIS, folks……When Satan and his demons get you down, just remind Satan of his future! (Revelation 20:10)

So……in conclusion? ANGER NOT, FEAR NOT, BE DISCOURAGED NOT! Why? Because God/Jesus Christ is IN CONTROL! And may you and I never, EVER forget that folks, for the rest of our existence! Amen! 😉

 

Why Did God Allow “Sin” Into the World?

Many people ask why God even put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden to begin with, if he didn’t want Adam & Eve eating of the fruit from it. The answer is that he wanted to give them, like his angels in heaven, free will; the chance to CHOOSE to love him willfully, rather than to be their *dictator*, if you will….

It’s also a part of WHY he allowed sin to come into the world…….So people would have free will and could CHOOSE if they wanted to love God and follow LIFE/LIGHT (a life of obedience to God) or darkness/spiritual depravity (a life of disobedience to God). Think of parents and their children for example. Parents don’t FORCE their kids by sheer force to love them or be good 24/7. Yet, if their children are bad, they are punished. And if they are permanently bad beyond repair, and CHOOSE to be, the parents throw the kid out and disown them. So it is with God.

“So how DID sin come into the world?”, one might ask. 

In the beginning of time, in the Old Testament, in the bible [GENESIS 2:18-25 to GENESIS 3:1], we read about how “sin” came into the Earth. God made Adam from the dust of the ground and from one of Adam’s ribs, he made Eve. God said that Adam & Eve could eat from any tree of fruit in the Garden of Eden (Paradise) except from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. God said that IF either of them ate the fruit of that Tree, that they would both surely die.

One day as Eve was near the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, a serpent approached Eve and tempted her to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree. He told Eve that God wanted to keep the best things away from her and Adam and that if her and Adam ate the fruit from the tree, that they surely wouldn’t die, only that they would have their eyes opened and be LIKE unto God, having the knowledge between Good and Evil. So Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and gave some to Adam to eat, too. [GENESIS 3:4-6]

When God came through the Garden later that night and called “Adam, where art thou?”, Adam replied “I hid because I was naked and I was afraid”. God said to Adam: “why is thou naked? Hast thou eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of which I told you not to eat?” But immediately Adam tried to blame Eve by saying “the woman that thou hast given me, she gave me of the fruit and I ate”. Then God turned to Eve and said “what is this evil thing you have done?” and Eve replied “the serpent tricked me into eating the fruit and I ate”. [GENESIS 3:11-13]

Then God turned to the serpent and said “Because thou has done this, thou will be cursed of all domestic animals and of all wild beasts. Thou shall crawl on thy belly and eat dust all thou’s life. Also, I will put enmity [hatred] between you and the woman; also between your offspring and her offspring; he will crush your head and you will crush his heel”
[GENESIS 3:14-15]

To the woman (Eve) God said “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” [GENESIS 3:16]

To the man (Adam) God said “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you ‘You shall not eat of it’, cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of you were taken and you are dust, and to dust you shall return” [GENESIS 3:16-19]

God threw them out from the Garden of Eden and put a flaming sword in every direction to guard the path to the tree of life. [GENESIS 3:24]

Later on, Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Abel was a sheppard while Cain was a tiller of the fields. One day, Cain brought an offering to God from the soil while Abel brought an offering from the firstlings of his flocks, especially from their fat portions. 

God was pleased with Abel’s offering but not Cain’s and so Cain became angry, with his face downcast. God said to Cain “Why is thou angry and why is thy face downcast? If thou does right, will there not be a lifting up? But if those misbehaves, sin is crouching at the door; its intention is towards you, and you must master it” [GENESIS 4:5].

Not much longer after that, the biblical account continues and we read in the bible of Cain “luring” his brother out into the field and then killing him, DUE to his total jealousy and rage that God accepted Abel’s offering to God on the altar of praise/thanksgiving but not Cain’s! God then later came back at Cain and said where is thy brother Abel?” to which Cain responded “I know not, am I my brother’s keeper?” to which God responded back “Cain, your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!……….”

God then proceeded to punish Cain by making him an outcast and a vegabond, etc., Cain cried out to God and said “my punishment is more than I can bear, every man seeing me will try to kill me, and thou hast driven me out from my people!” God then had a little “mercy” on Cain and placed a special mark on him so that whoever tried to kill him wouldn’t be successful in doing so, is sort’ve the jist I get from that. And Cain later moves on OUT OF THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD (and remember, this is very significant, here) and moves to land of Nod with his wife. [And yes: I believe God “spliced” more people from Cain and Seth on until he didn’t need to “splice” them anymore].

So that’s where the two accounts of “original sin” and “death” come in, as it pertains to the Earth (Eve, the first woman, eating of the forbidden fruit and then giving some to Adam to eat and then later on of Cain killing his brother Abel). And so it has been ever since (humans being sinners).

So what is sin, essentially? And why did God allow for it to come into the world?

Sin is technically classified as anything that *separates us from God*. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit God told them not to and when Cain killed his brother Abel…. not only were they condemning themselves to die (for if they had never sinned, they would’ve lived forever in Paradise with God), but they were also *separating themselves* from God since God is a holy, pure God and can not look upon any *sin*. And remember that NO human is perfect, save for God. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

Lets take a look at the 10 Commandments & other sins to get a good idea of what God calls “sin”:

10 Commandments:

1. Thou shall have no other gods before me. (This doesn’t just apply to “literal” gods other than Elohim {God, the Heavenly Father} but can also be things like money, music, alcohol, drugs, pornography, a celebrity or political leader or basically just ANYTHING that would conceivably make a person love something or someone else more than they love God!)

2. Thou shall not make unto thee any idols or graven images. (Similar to the 1st commandment, this is basically telling us not to worship paintings, pictures, statues, wood carvings, molded/wax images, celebrities [music, tv/movie/radio/internet/sports stars, authors, preachers, money, etc.]

3. Thou shall not take the name of thy Lord in vain. (It’s not just saying G-d it or “J!” or “J Christ!” that can get you in trouble with God but also things like “oh my G-d…”, or “oh G-d…” or “G-d that sucks” or “so help me G-d/G-d as my witness” [spoken in a non-religious context] or “G-d, you’re so rude” [when talking to another person and not God himself] or basically just any SENTENCE in general that uses God in a non-religious, non-humble way).

4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. (Ancient BIBLICAL times place the Sabbath Day on Saturday (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) while CONSTANTINE was wishing to live in harmony with the Pagan Roman Empire, thus declaring the Sabbath Day to be Sun-Day, which Pagans used to worship the SUN, not THE SON of Almighty God! Therefore, Sun-day is a FALSE Sabbath and Friday sundown to Saturday sundown is the TRUE, BIBLICAL SABBATH and is used to served as a SIGN of the “covenant” between God and his people!

Keeping the Sabbath Day holy, however, technically means to not do any work during the Day and to give the full day up to worship God and pray/praise Him for all he’s done for all of mankind and in one’s life, essentially. The 7th day Sabbath is not a “Jewish Sabbath” per say, but rather, it’s a BIBLICAL Sabbath to be observed by ALL of God’s people, not just SOME of God’s people! Cause afterall, think about it: why would the Lord God Almighty himself create in 6 days, then CONSECRATE and make holy the 7th day, only to ALLOW Constantine (a mere human MAN) to CHANGE his holy consecrated 7th day Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday? Answer: He wouldn’t!!!!!!

5. Honor thy Father and thy Mother. (This means to not only respect one’s own parents but to love them unconditionally and respect their parental advice/ancestry/etc.)

6. Thou shall not kill. (Put simply, it means don’t murder other human beings or oneself, accept in cases of self-defense. Jesus said Matthew 5:22-25 that “whoever hates their brother/sister without cause has committed murder in their hearts”. But it can also mean don’t kill animals just for “sport”. This is seen as unclean in God’s eyes).

7. Thou shall not commit adultery. (This means not to have sexual relations with someone who’s married/engaged to someone else OR divorced…..because to remarry with a divorced person is seen as adultery in God’s eyes. And God says in Matthew 5:27-28 that when a man looks at a woman to lust after her or when a woman looks at a man to lust after him, they have committed adultery with that person in their hearts. However, if a spouse dies, then it’s okay to remarry and no sin of adultery has been committed). It also means not to have sex before marriage.

8. Thou shall not steal. (This can literally mean ANYTHING that belongs to someone else, even if it’s just a single penny, pen, piece of writing, etc.)

9. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (In short, don’t lie….no matter how hard it is to tell the truth…..for the Lord God Yahweh (God, the Heavenly Father) hates ALL lies, no matter how small they are and no matter WHAT the reason is. God doesn’t care. Sin is sin to him. He makes no distinction). In the special case of lying to protect one’s feelings, God STILL hates lying. The truth is ALWAYS the best, even if it hurts. It may hurt for awhile, yes, but God is a God of healing. He can heal that person’s hurt. It’s better for a person to know the truth now, rather than to find out the truth later. The truth will hurt SO much more when and if it’s delayed.

10. Thou shall not covet anything that is thy neighbors. (In short, it just simply means don’t be jealous/envious of things/talents/people that belong to someone else. Unless you want to have something like *more faith*. That is the ONLY type of jealousy that I can personally conceive in my mind as being considered as *righteous jealousy* in God’s eyes. All other jealousies or “I wish I had what so and so has” is un-righteousness and sinful.

The only exception I can think of to this would be if someone *lets* another have what they have or once had. Then it’s technically not coveting/envying on that person’s part….? Although the Lord still might not totally like the fact that person A WANTED so badly what belonged to person B, initially……(ESPECIALLY if the “thing” in question was NOT a *righteous thing* such as “more faith”, etc.)……EVEN if person B actually GAVE what they have/had to person A……so be careful, folks! If you’re gonna be “jealous” of anything at all towards anyone, make sure it’s a 100% RIGHTEOUS JEALOUSY such as “Lord, give me more faith like THIS person has” or “Lord, give me the type of faith that King David had!” 😉

Other sins:

1. Sloth – being lazy, doing nothing, laying in bed all day
2. Greed – not giving to the poor or helping others in need, only thinking of one self
3. Pride – putting oneself above others and above God
4. Anger/Wrath – holding grudges/having severe hatred for someone
5. Gluttony – overeating or more than is necessary for one meal

But the truth is, NOBODY is perfect and we are ALL going to fall short of the mark, on these. And God knew that ahead of time. That’s why he made Jesus Christ pay the “penalty” for mankind’s sins on the Cross. So that “through” Jesus Christ, we may believe and our souls may become “clean” in God’s site. For God is a holy, pure God and can’t let any “unforgiven sin” into paradise/the earthly heavenly realm talked about in Revelation chapter 21-22.

However, if we accept Jesus Christ as the Lord & Savior of mankind, pray for forgiveness of our sins, repent of our sins, become IMMEDIATELY full-water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ upon VERY FIRST believing in him (because remember that the people in Jesus’s time got immediately baptized with little or no delay after very first believing in him — which no doubt made their baptism all the more powerful & life-changing), and then CONTINUE to live our lives for Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty by APPLYING HIS mandates/commands to OUR everyday lives, we are “made clean” in God’s eyes! We are then forgiven for all of our sins and can enter His Eternal City called “New Jerusalem” [Revelation, chapters 21-22], someday! 😉 

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:16]