From Jesus’ Good News, book, chapter 25

When we’re led to believe IN, and practice Jesus’ teachings through His Prophets and apostles, we do need to count the cost. The cost is an ostracizing society.  Each worldly religion and people group have accepted the demonic philosophy, ‘what is true for one may not be true for another’, such as, ‘truth isn’t absolute.’ Such philosophies play into Satan’s desire to confuse the world. But Satan’s confusing, demonizing way is coming to an end. Pay attention to Jesus’ prophesy for Israel and the world through Jeremiah.

    (Jeremiah 3:14-25; Come back to Me, My wayward sons,” says the Lord, for I am your true Master. If you do, I will take one of you from each town and two of you from each family group, and I will bring you back to Zion. I will give you leaders who will be faithful to Me. They will lead you with knowledge and insight.

    In those days, your population will greatly increase in the land. At that time, says the Lord, “people will no longer talk about having the ark that contains the Lord’s covenant with us.” They will not call it to mind, remember it, or miss it. No, that will not be done any more! At that time the city of Jerusalem will be called the Lord’s throne. All nations will gather there in Jerusalem to honor the Lord’s name. They will no longer follow the stubborn inclinations of their own evil hearts. At that time the nation of Judah and the nation of Israel will be reunited. Together they will come back from a land in the north to the land that I gave to your ancestors as a permanent possession.

    I thought to Myself, ‘Oh what a joy it would be for Me to treat you like a son! What a joy it would be for Me to give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful piece of property there is in all the world!’ I thought you would call Me, ‘Father’ and would never cease being loyal to Me. But, you have been unfaithful to Me; nation of Israel,  like an unfaithful wife who has left her husband,’ says the Lord.

    A noise is heard on the hilltops. It is the sound of the people of Israel crying and pleading to their gods. Indeed they have followed sinful ways; they have forgotten to be true to the Lord their God.

   Come back to Me, you wayward people. I want to cure your waywardness. Say, ‘Here we are. We come to You because You are the Lord our God. We know our noisy worship of false gods on the hills and mountains did not help us. We know that the Lord our God is the only One who can deliver Israel.

    From earliest times our worship of that shameful god, Baal, has taken away all that our ancestors worked for. It has taken away our flocks and our herds, and even our sons and daughters. Let us acknowledge our shame. Let us bear the disgrace that we deserve. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, both we and our ancestors. From earliest times to this very day we have not obeyed the Lord our God.’)

    A few chapters back, we shared Isaiah 35: and portions of Zachariah which concurs with this Jeremiah prophecy and there is much more. As always study the whole.

    All Jesus’ apostles believed in Jesus’ return to rule on earth with His followers. Jesus’ apostles and many others were persecuted and killed for teaching this amazing truth.

Peter’s desire was to stir up our minds.

(2Peter 3:1-4; Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder: I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.)

    False teachers with their, ‘heaven - hell doctrines’ take followers away from the predictions of Jesus’ holy prophets, and apostles regarding His return with power to assume His kingdom on earth. They ignore Jesus’ Words, (Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter will pass from the law until everything takes place. So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For, I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.) Matt 5:17-20)

    FACT: God’s Word is absolute; if any one school of theology were teaching God’s truth; others would be teaching error and thus be serving the devil!

    (2 Peter 3:5-7; For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. But by the same Word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

    Peter understood what modern science has been groping with for years. Modern educators suppress the fact that by the Word of our Creator, the heavens and this earth existed before Adams creation. God formed this earth out of water, by means of water before a recreation. Worldly religions too, suppress this fact. It comes down to the matter of, ‘believing IN” rather than, “believing THAT.”

   Fact suppressors prefer teaching this present age’s end, culminates with a hell fire, rather than Jesus’ truth regarding His return with power, the resurrections,  and His bringing peace and healing a sin sick world.

    (2 Peter 3:8-9; Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because He does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.)

    Jesus’ millennial age is coming, when all who sincerely call on the name of Jesus will be saved! May we learn to wait patiently on His promises, is Peter’s instruction. Also study the prophet Joel’s revelations.

    (2 Peter 3:10; But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare.)

    Peter’s prophecy includes Jesus’ coming with His Saints, the millennia and its end, when New Jerusalem comes down.

    (2 Peter 3:11-13; Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze! But, according to His promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides.)

(Peter’s prophecy is for times beyond New Jerusalem and the millennial end.)    We Believers are looking for Jesus’ next coming, our being raised to His likeness, Satan being bound, more physical resurrections, all Israel being saved, and knowledge of God filling this earth as water the sea.

    Afterward Satan will be loosed for a season, he’ll be allowed to gather his followers for final judgment: ‘the second death.’ God the Father will then come down with New Jerusalem.

     As revealed to John, New Jerusalem is a holy and glorious city, its foundations named for the apostles of the Lamb and its gates named for the 12 tribes of Israel.

  (Jesus’ apostle John suggested we read ‘the Book of Revelations out loud; and promises blessing for doing so.) (2 Peter 3:14-18; Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish, when you come into His presence. And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard that you do not get led astray by the error of these unprincipled men and fall from your firm grasp on The Truth. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him is the honor both now and on that eternal day.) May we allow God’s Word be true, though every person a liar. (Paul said it; ‘Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.)

    Being Christ like is not a religion; it’s being AT ONE with Jesus. ‘Christ Like’ has nothing to do with, so called modern Christendom. (Roman, Orthodox Catholic, or any form of Protestantism does not make one a Christian.) (Christians are followers of that Jesus, whose apostles and Abraham’s heirs follow.). Each led to be a friend of, ‘that Jesus who called Moses, and led Israel from Egyptian bondage’ That bondage likened to sin.

    Jesus is destined to fulfill all that the prophets, and David wrote about Him. He is that King of kings and Lord of lords who is coming to rule with His Saints, the Son of God, the One through whom all things were, and are created. Jesus now and will always honor, His Father and our Father, His God and our God.

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