Human self-will is trapped in time due to sin
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Time is a tricky. Human self-will is the "small picture" that errs. The Bible is God's Will that sees the "Big Picture".
GENESIS 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Heaven refers to space or deep space in the natural as well as the spiritual dimension of Heaven where the angels dwell.
Create means to make out of nothing. God alone can do this.
Somehow, out of nothing, God also created all the angels who are spirit beings.
This creates three problems for scientists.
- There was no time as we know it because God mentioned no time and God is outside of time as He dwells in eternity.
Time gets involved with change and causes ageing, wearing out, deterioration, decay, and death.
But God was creating for eternity.
These changes would cause no harm or ageing. Only bliss and perfection.
Thus God created with perfect precision. There was zero tolerance for error.
God does not know how to make a mistake.
God wanted His creation to last for an unimaginable eternity. No length of time could even describe this.
Things had to be created perfectly.
That is why God created before man came on the scene. God knew that man would mess things up if mankind got involved in the creation. Only an infinite intelligence could plan a creation that would last for eternity.
In order to last for eternity, the creation had to have been in God’s mind right from before the beginning.
PSALM 102:25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
God knew sin would enter as mankind would take their eyes off God.
Then God had to start anew with flawed vessels that had to be redeemed.
But God needed an enemy to test His works and weed out all the pretenders, make-believers, and unbelievers.
REVELATION 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
A bottomless pit has no Bible foundation.
This pit leads to perdition which is a state of spiritual ruin and damnation. This is an isolation ward where evil and unbelief are stored before being cast into the Lake of Fire.
The walls of time enclose this spiritual fourth dimension of the lost.
Heaven is a 6th Dimension. When Lucifer was cursed he fell into a lower four Dimensional spirit world of time
Time is the fourth dimension which encloses this fourth dimensional spiritual pit. This is the garbage pit for angels and humans that were ruined by self, sin, unbelief, and separation from God's Word.
Time began when Lucifer, the top angel, sinned and was expelled from Heaven. He needed a dark abode to dwell in until his final judgment when he will end up in the Lake of Fire.
Satan was the first leader of the rebellion against God.
Satan’s ambition is to introduce mankind to sin so that mankind can share in his ultimate doom.
Man was created in a way that he could indwell the Heavenly dimension while being on earth in the Garden of Eden.
Jesus was the first Man, since Adam fell, Who could indwell both the dimensions of Heaven and earth at the same time.
JOHN 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Jesus said that He was in Heaven while He was on earth.
Many church-goers say that punishment in the Lake of Fire will be eternal.
But then sinners and Satan would have to have eternal life to be in there.
But eternal life is what saves us from hellfire.
However, God’s judgments are eternal. Once a sentence is passed it will never be altered.
JUDE 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Vengeance is not a property of fire. It is a characteristic of a person.
ROMANS 12:19 …: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
HEBREWS 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
God is a consuming fire and His vengeance is eternal.
Once He has given a sentence that condemns a person to the Lake of Fire, that sentence can never, ever be changed. The sentence is eternal.
Hellfire cannot be put out while people are burning in there.
In the same way that if an atomic bomb or nuclear bomb explodes, that nuclear fireball cannot be put out. But ultimately it will go out.
When the last person has finally served their sentence in the Lake of Fire then it will cease to exist. And time will also be no more as all trace of sin and unbelief will have been burnt up.
So the dimension of time and its sinful occupants will all be consumed in the Lake of Fire.
REVELATION 14:11 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.
“For ever” really means to the vanishing point. It does not mean eternal.
It can be a very long length of time.
“Forever and ever” means two very long time intervals.
But time will eventually end in the Lake of Fire.
Then there is another group of people that God prepared a kingdom for right at the beginning. That is as far back as we humans can understand with our limited ability to think deeply.
MATTHEW 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
But God had us in His mind even before the beginning.
EPHESIANS 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
That is what eternity means. We were always in God’s mind way back before the beginning. Heaven will be endlessly in the presence of God.
We live in a 3-Dimensional universe of length, breadth, and height.
Our time also has three aspects: past, present, and future.
But this present world and time will ultimately end.
In eternity there is only present tense. We will thus never age.
We cannot grasp that idea at the moment.
II CORINTHIANS 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
II CORINTHIANS 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Paul was caught up to Heaven and heard ideas that can only be understood in a higher dimension but which make absolutely no sense to us down in the lower 3-Dimensional world.
We do need even have a suitable vocabulary to describe Heavenly things.
So we might think that we are clever but we actually know very little.
God introduced Himself to Moses as, “I AM”. A statement of eternal self-existence.
Thus God never changes as He continually stays in the present.
- Scientists cannot tell us what time is nor how it came into existence.
We cannot even measure time. We measure the movement of a pointer across a watch face but we do not measure time itself. We simply do not know what time is.
Albert Einstein went so far as to call time an illusion that is very persistent.
Thus time comes from a higher fourth dimension that we cannot properly understand.
Therefore no scientist can claim to know how any of the laws of science could have brought time into existence.
- God had to create from nothing.
There is no law of science that can explain this nor duplicate this.
The most basic law of science is the Law of Conservation of Energy.
This Law simply states that energy cannot be created or destroyed.
So any scientist claiming that energy was “created” in the Big Bang or the energy just happened to come from a parallel universe is simply passing on Fake News.
In the beginning, there was nothing. And no Law of science can turn nothing into something.
This is probably the biggest mystery in our universe. Why is there something rather than nothing?
Scientists, trying to fool us into thinking that they can explain how creation happened, always cheat by assuming the existence of something.
They claim to start with a vacuum but always manage to fill the vacuum with energy. Thus it is not a true vacuum.
Then they also assume that some laws of physics are in existence. But that is starting from nothing as they also cannot explain how those laws of physics came into existence.
So parallel universes and Big Bangs cannot just happen.
- Scientists cannot explain how the laws of science came into existence.
No scientist can tell you how something like the Law of Gravity came into existence.
So creation from nothing is the step that Science cannot puzzle out.
There are no scientific laws of creation if you start with absolutely nothing.
The laws of science like the laws of gravity also had to be created.
Science can discover and obey these laws but cannot create these laws.
Scientists are well aware that the laws of nature could have been created differently.
But they have absolutely no idea why the laws of nature were created just exactly as we discovered them. The gravitational force could have been stronger or weaker. So what made it just as strong as what it is? We simply do not know.
But the very suitability of all the laws of nature for our existence obviously speaks of a vast Intelligence that knew exactly what He was doing.
For example, Penguins are only found in the South Pole.
They have no defense mechanism against predators. But the South Pole is too cold for predators so there are none. Penguins have their veins pinched almost closed as they enter their feet. Thus very little blood flows into their feet and only a little of their body warmth is lost to the cold ice.
And thus for the millions of species that inhabit planet Earth, God has uniquely engineered each one so that it can fit into its niche.
Thereby cometh a lesson.
If we allow Him, God can change us as persons so that each one of us can fit into the unique position that He has carved out for us in His spiritual Heavenly Tabernacle.
When we find our position in His Body then we become part of His Bride.
We must not try to be like somebody else that we admire.
We must be ourselves.
God wants originals, not second-hand copies.
We are born into the dimension of time where our self-will becomes a huge obsession. Focused on the things and events that surround me, I become too influenced by other people and my circumstances.
With less time for God my choices are guided by self-will and self-gain rather than God’s Will.
To stand up for the Bible truth, I have to end up opposing much of what is taught in the churches.
So God’s Will is in endless conflict with my self-will which craves comfort and security.
I think about surviving and succeeding now, in my short lifetime.
God thinks about eternity.
My choices are made in terms of what suits me.
However, not my will but God’s will must be done. That should be my priority.
MATTHEW 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We live in 3-D space which is inside the 4-D pipeline of time.
The kingdom of God is your place in God’s Kingdom. You will only find that by prayer and understanding God’s Word. We need to understand God’s Heavenly plan for today.
God’s Spirit can only guide you by the Scriptures.
Each person moves in the flow of time, heavily influenced by his own self-will. This is usually decided by others who are around us, our family, and friends. And we act in the way that they expect us to. We go to their church because they expect us to go there. We believe what they say because we want to be accepted by them.
But meanwhile, we should be asking God what He expects of us.
Our biggest struggle is usually the gap between our self-will and God’s Will which is revealed in Scripture.
One day Jesus asked the disciples what other people said about Him.
MATTHEW 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
The disciples repeated what others had said, just like a bunch of parrots.
We spend too much time caught up with popular opinions. We prefer not to think for ourselves because that is hard work. It is easier to go with the flow. We huddle safely in a church and complacently repeat what the majority believe.
MATTHEW 16:14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Jesus was not impressed. He was looking for eagles. People who could think for themselves.
MATTHEW 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
So He demands to know what each one personally thinks.
Eleven disciples are dumbstruck. Christians are not used to thinking for themselves.
They just repeat what they heard someone else say, the official view point of their church. By nature we are parrots.
We prefer to agree with other people so that we can remain popular.
But then one man, Peter, spoke out of his own personal conviction.
MATTHEW 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And what Peter said was very Scriptural. Thus his personal conviction was God speaking through him. He had managed to line up his self-will with God’s Will.
So Jesus blessed Him.
Only God can give you a personal revelation of Jesus and the Bible. Then you become a spokesman for God, not for people.
MATTHEW 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
No man of flesh and blood had told Peter this. God had revealed a deep truth to Peter which agreed with the other Scriptures.
MATTHEW 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The personal revelation of Jesus being the Son of God, the Man that God dwelled in and revealed Himself through. That is the Rock that Satan cannot win against.
Once you get the revelation that Almighty God dwells in the Man Jesus Christ, then that is the Rock-solid belief that Jesus is building His church on.
That is the truth that the original church had. But that truth was lost at the Nicene Council of AD 325 when the Trinity doctrine took the Godhead out of Jesus and put Jesus into the Godhead.
Jesus does not want to be demoted to the second Person of the Godhead.
But Jesus will restore the revelation, that the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him, again in the last church age.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
God is Eternal. Thus God sees the Big Picture.
As God, Jesus was always thinking about the eternal plan of salvation.
He was not too concerned with the local conditions of His day.
Look at what Paul said.
ACTS 20:22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
“Bound in the Spirit”. A prisoner of Christ.
We are all prisoners of time. But if we eventually want to escape this prison of time, then we must become prisoners of Jesus.
ACTS 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
God had already told Paul that serious problems awaited him. He would eventually die as a martyr under that vicious Roman emperor Nero.
ACTS 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
This is what made Paul so different.
He was utterly unconcerned about his own self-will.
He was happy to suffer, he was happy to die if that was God’s will. Totally focused on God, he ignored the cruelties and suffering that were his appointed path.
Let us go back to Jesus Who is the ultimate Example.
Jesus knew that He had to die.
But dreadful though His death would be, He wanted to go that way because that was the only path that led to eternal salvation.
He did not think of His own safety, He rather thought of our deliverance from sin.
Meanwhile, Jesus left Peter in charge of opening the door to Heaven.
MATTHEW 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Peter had spoken up for God’s truth. So on the Day of Pentecost, Peter would reveal the Big Picture, which is Heaven’s plan of how to save all the individuals that God would choose to call in the future 7 church ages.
The key that opened the door to Heaven was Acts 2:38.
ACTS 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Heaven’s plans are built on eternity. Notice that the plans never change.
As long as God calls, people will repent and get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
What saves us from hell? Our need to repent. Not our water baptism.
Baptism allows us to take on the name of Jesus Christ. A bride is keen to take on the name of her husband.
Amongst these repentant and saved people there is the Bride, the wise virgins, who know the truth, and the foolish virgins who are fooled by church leaders and their man-made doctrines.
The Bride will start by repenting and getting baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Water baptism just means that they are obedient to God's Word. This is the first step that they take along the path of truth after getting saved.
The foolish virgins will also repent (virgins are clean women representing saved churches) but then, sadly, they are fooled into deviating from the path.
They are persuaded by their church leaders to get baptized in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But these church leaders cannot tell them what that single name is. And the foolish virgins are so fooled that they will never ask what that name is.
You cannot find one name for three People.
Especially when the Holy Spirit is never given a name in the Scriptures.
Trinitarians reply by saying the Holy Spirit is called Lord. But Lord is not a name, it is a title.
So by getting baptized in three titles rather than in the name of Jesus Christ, the foolish virgins are fooled into taking their first step down the wrong path.
But we have to follow the path of truth through the Scripture. That is the only way that we can make sure that we will miss the Tribulation.
Each individual must get a revelation that Jesus Christ is Almighty God. That He is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
All of the Godhead is bound up in Jesus.
Jesus was the Father above the Jews. He was called by the title Lord.
Then He was the Son with the Jews. His human name was Jesus.
Then He is, He was, and He is to come (REVELATION 1:4) as the Holy Ghost in the church.
Above the Jews as the Father. With the Jews as the Son. In the church as the Holy Ghost.
The title Christ indicates that Jesus is the Anointing Spirit.
Thus the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bride takes on the name of her Husband, Jesus Christ.
So they get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
EPHESIANS 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
Then they receive the Holy Ghost which will guide each individual into all truth.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
The Bride are the wise virgins with oil in their lamps. Oil burns to produce light. With this light you can read the Word of God with understanding. These are the despised individuals who question what the church believes.
The foolish virgins are saved and love Jesus but without oil they cannot get much light and thus do not understand a lot of the Bible. These make up the vast majority of saved Christians in the church.
They keep explaining away difficult sentences of Scripture by saying, “It is not important”, “It is just a detail” or even worse, “That is a mistake in the Bible”, or “That is a contradiction in the Bible”.
This is just to cover up their ignorance of what Scripture means.
But worse than that, to cover up their lack of interest in the meaning of these verses.
There is a big difference between the Bride and the end-time church.
Faced with a difficult Scripture that baffles us, the foolish virgins immediately say, “Must we know?” They are happy with a shallow understanding of Scripture. They see no need to link the various Bible verses together. Thus they are happy with unscriptural statements. They readily believe that the Bible contradicts itself.
The Bride responds by saying, “We must know”. They insist on a deep understanding that links all the Bible verses together. They reject any idea that is not written in Scripture. They believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the Absolute.
Peter also had a key to close a door to Heaven.
John the Baptist had opened a door with his baptism of repentance. But since Jesus had died for our sins and resurrected back to life, the new baptism in the name of Jesus Christ opened up the real door to heaven.
JOHN 10:9 I am the door:
Thus Peter closed the door that John the Baptist had opened. John’s baptism no longer applied after Peter had preached on the Day of Pentecost.
MATTHEW 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
[Paul, who saw the Big Picture, had to follow a similar path before he was finally killed in Rome. Paul simply had zero self-will and left God to run his life].
But Peter, although he had the keys, was still governed by his self-will and could not see the Big Picture that was God’s Will.
Now we come to the big divide in Christianity.
Jesus could see the Big Picture, which is God’s Will that is based on eternity, and knew that the stage had been reached where He had to be sacrificed in order to achieve our salvation.
Peter, having been given the keys to Heaven thought that He had a big contribution to make. Peter could only see the Small Picture of his own self-will.
Our self-important human obsession with our own efforts in order to survive and be materially successful in this world leads to our downfall in the Heavenly realm.
We think we can serve God in our own strength and with our own talents and our own very limited knowledge.
So Peter began to contradict Jesus, who is the Word.
Virtually every church says that there are mistakes, wrong translations, and contradictions in the King James Version of the Bible. They claim that all the verses that they cannot explain are just details of no real importance. They claim that these Bible verses are irrelevant.
So, almost every church sets out to disagree with Scripture in these “irrelevant” or “wrong” places.
Remember, Jesus is the Word of God.
So when you find faults or irrelevant details in the Bible, you are actually saying that Jesus is partly wrong and partly irrelevant.
This is exactly what Peter said to Jesus.
MATTHEW 16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
Peter had good motives. He wanted to keep Jesus alive.
Peter, very bravely, promised to protect Jesus from dying. This sounds very commendable but is a total disaster. If Jesus never died, nobody would ever get saved.
Jesus was looking at eternity. Peter was looking at current events.
So Peter promised Jesus that he would not die, not with Peter to protect Him.
Thus Peter not only disagreed with Jesus but also began to rebuke Jesus.
The first person to disagree with Jesus was Lucifer. And Lucifer was cursed and turned into the devil.
MATTHEW 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Disagree with what is written in the Bible and Jesus will call you a Devil.
Peter had just been given great spiritual authority in the form of the very keys to Heaven, and almost immediately, by trusting his own opinion, he was already under the control of Satan.
So we learn a harsh lesson.
If a church leader disagrees with what is written in the Bible, then that church leader is under the control of Satan.
There was no time mentioned in the first verse of the Bible.
GENESIS 1:1.In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.
It could have taken billions of years. But there was no time as yet.
So creation happened before God ever produced the fourth dimension of time.
Thus nobody can link creation to a time period. There was no time.
There is no Scripture that says that “God created the world in six days”.
People who believe that have been fooled.
"Create" means to make out of nothing.
"Make" means to make a created object more suitable for its purpose or to make a created object serve its intended purpose.
In the Bible's first verse God created Heaven and the physical universe out of nothing.
Only then did God allocate time and He spent six days (of 1000 years each) making the earth and sky suitable for human life. On the fourth day, He made the sun rule the day by putting the earth at the right distance from the sun for the correct temperature and making the earth spin at the right speed. Spin too slow and the day gets too hot. Spin too fast and the day is too short to get all the necessary work done. The word "create" is not used on the fourth day.
GENESIS 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
On the fourth day, God made the already existing sun rule the day. That was only possible if the earth was in its right position relative to the sun.
God can only rule us if we are in the right position relative to Him. We must be repentant. We must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. We must be filled with the Holy Ghost. Then only can the Holy Ghost reveal the hidden mysteries of Scripture to us.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself;
"For he will not speak of himself". A Spirit-filled person is not full of his own opinions. He quotes Scripture.
EXODUS 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
But then church-goers believe in Christmas, 25 December, Lent, Easter eggs, and Easter rabbits, hot cross buns, Good Friday, Popes, Cardinals, and Archbishops.
So I guess we humans are easily fooled into believing unscriptural things.
Somehow Santa got associated with Christmas.
Why the unusual name of Santa?
Just move the ‘n’ to the end of the word: Satan.
Look how easy it is for the Devil to fool us.
But God was creating for eternity. He alone knew the rules that make things last forever.
The more precisely a machine is made and tuned, the longer it lasts.
The more cheaply and inaccurately it is put together the sooner it breaks down.
If there are any impurities (like unbelief in Scripture) present then the system will decay faster.
God alone knows the recipe for an eternal physical universe as well as an eternal spiritual Heaven.
These have to obey exact rules and be run by very specific guidelines.
A powerful engine requires precision engineering and even then requires maintenance.
Bigger structures require more maintenance. Nuclear aircraft carriers are huge. In 2019 five of the United States’ ten aircraft carriers were in port for maintenance. All of these have to be maintained by highly skilled personnel who obey precise engineering conditions and tolerances. But these working parts keep wearing out. The better they are made, the longer they last. But an aircraft carrier is unlikely to have a lifetime of more than fifty years.
Thus there is nothing man-made that will last forever and ever.
So for eternity to last, mankind needed to obey God’s very exact conditions. God could not just allow Adam and Eve to do whatever they thought was best.
Complete obedience to the Will of God was essential.
A powerful engine must be made exactly according to the design specifications.
In August 2019 Iran had a disastrous space rocket explosion on the launch pad. It only takes a small mistake to produce a huge disaster.
But Adam and Eve also had to have free will.
God did not want them ruled by instinct like the animals were.
However, they needed to be free to do the right thing, not the wrong thing.
This was God’s biggest problem in His creation. Somehow mankind had to want to obey God of their own free-will.
It was impossible to put all of God’s infinite knowledge into a finite human mind. Thus man would never know enough and would have to have the humility to be endlessly learning.
More than that, man would have to have the enthusiasm to want to keep learning.
There is simply no end to infinity.
But man’s mind is very finite.
So man must never think he knows a lot. Compared to infinity we know very little. Thus we need to have a desire to keep learning.
Our problem is who do we accept as our teacher?
There is only one answer. Someone who only tells us what God has said in the King James Version of the Bible.
We have to discipline ourselves to only believe what is written in the Word.
Paul called the elders of Ephesus to Miletus to establish the basics for the Ephesian church age. This would serve as a foundation for all the other church ages.
Paul put the Ephesian church under the authority of the elders.
He did not appoint one man as a leader.
There was no mention of a pastor being in charge of the church.
ACTS 20:17 And from Miletus he [Paul] sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church
ACTS 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
ACTS 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
The church would be infected with bad and ambitious leadership. Paul realized that church leaders, like the apostle Judas, would lead the people astray.
ACTS 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Human leaders always want people to follow them and elevate them above the congregation.
1965 SEVEN CHURCH AGES CHAPTER 9 LAODICEA
II TIMOTHY 4:3-4,
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
I TIMOTHY 4:1,
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils."
Now in every case you will notice that a false prophet is one who is outside the Word. Just as we showed you that 'antichrist' means 'anti-Word' so these false prophets come perverting the Word, giving it a meaning that fits their own devilish ends. Have you ever noticed how the people who lead others astray bind them closely to themselves by fear? They say that if the people don't do what they say, or if they leave, then destruction will follow. They are false prophets, for a true prophet will always lead one to the Word and bind the people to Jesus Christ and he won't tell the people to fear him or what he says, but to fear what the Word says. Notice how these people like Judas are out for money. They get you to sell all you have and give it to them and their schemes. They spend more time on offerings than the Word. Those who attempt to operate gifts will make use of a gift which has a margin of error in it and then ask for money, and neglect the Word and call it of God. And people will go to them, and bear with them, and support them, and believe them, not knowing it is the way of death.
God’s other problem is that if He blesses a man with spiritual gifts or wealth and success, then that person will soon develop an attitude of self-importance. (As Peter did).
And self-will is the great enemy of God’s Will.
Self-will that seeks personal and selfish advantages, will always end up opposing God’s eternal Will.
54-0306 THE UNCONDITIONAL COVENANT THAT GOD MADE WITH HIS PEOPLE
The next thing is... One thing for a minister is money, and the next thing is immoral living, which when I was a sinner, I tried to live clean and decent. And then the next thing is popularity. Usually when God blesses a man, gives him a little ministry, he begins to think he's above everybody else. And that's just the time he's on his road out.
How much precision does eternal Heaven and earth require? Everything had to be just perfect.
God’s big problem is that created beings cannot handle power.
Power corrupts. Self gets exalted. Such a system cannot last.
Pride will eventually cause a fall.
Ambition rides a chariot through the human heart and causes much damage.
Greed builds up selfishness.
Lucifer was the top angel in God’s Heaven and he began to magnify himself because of his brilliance, beauty, and talents. His brightness radiated out from him.
God placed Lucifer behind His throne where he could not be seen because God will not share His glory with another.
ISAIAH 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another,
The glory of Lucifer radiated out to cover the throne of God.
EZEKIEL 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth;
But Lucifer was unhappy about being unseen behind the throne of God. Unhappy with his position as the top angel in Heaven. He began to ambitiously plan how he could boost his own self-importance even more. Ambition knows no limits.
ISAIAH 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
But Lucifer rebelled and failed. He was cursed and turned into the Devil and called Satan.
That is why Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind me Satan”.
That is where the Devil originally was when he served God and then began to oppose God.
Disagree with the Word of God and you are just a Devil.
If we oppose Jesus in any way then we are simply agents of Satan.
MATTHEW 16:23 But he [Jesus] turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan:
Peter’s lesson was that we can only serve God in complete obedience to Him. Never arguing with God, but rather learning from Him.
When Lucifer began to sin and corrupted many angels, God had to create an “isolation ward” to protect Heaven from this infection.
Heaven has six dimensions.
God dwells far above that in the seventh dimension.
So God created a separate and much lower fourth dimension of time as a “prison”.
Lucifer and the angels were cursed and turned into Satan and his demons and they were dumped down into this lower fourth-dimension-prison of time. That meant that they had no eternal life as they were doomed to perish when time ended.
In this "prison of time", also called hell, God measured a day as a thousand years.
This was a long unit of time.
The demons would be in this dimension for a long time especially as death and hell would finally be thrown into the Lake of Fire for an unimaginably long time.
II PETER 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Satan inspired Hitler to set up his Third Reich which Hitler boasted would last for 1000 years. This is the length of a time-prison day. Satan thus showing that he is influenced by his time-prison environment.
God then began to MAKE the created earth suitable for human beings to live on. This was the fine-tuning to make mankind comfortable.
He chose to do this over six time periods, each one being a day of 1000 years.
There were no humans around so God chose His own days, each being a thousand years.
Heaven and earth were still eternal, but God could measure time in terms of the time that was flowing in the lower fourth dimension of spiritual iniquity where Satan and the demons are trapped.
The Paradise of Eden was up and running. Adam was warned what he must not do so that he did not interfere with the highly precise running of the Garden of Eden.
Before you can fly a highly sophisticated modern airplane you have to be taught what to do. Then you cannot do your own thing. You have to fly and maintain the airplane within the limits that it is designed to operate in.
Then God left Adam and his bride in charge. Humans love responsibility and freedom.
The earth was not part of the time prison.
It was delicately and exquisitely fine-tuned to last for eternity.
God allowed Satan out of his time-dimension prison to test Adam and his bride.
The woman failed by not just obeying what God had said and preferring to listen to a very clever alternative opinion. She should have just stayed with the instruction manual. God’s Word.
But she thought she was clever. She thought that she could improve on God’s Word.
Just like modern churches. They have over a hundred different English versions of the Bible in their self-important efforts to improve on the King James Version of the Bible. All these modern versions are copyrighted. You can only copyright man’s word. It is illegal to copyright God’s Word. So the King James Bible is not copyrighted.
The other versions are copyrighted to protect the money-making income of their authors.
Jesus threw the money-making people out of the Temple. Then He used a whip of cords. Soon He will use the horror of the Tribulation to do likewise with the churches and the modern Bible writers.
Modern Bible writers praise their own scholarship and say that they are cleverer than the scholars of the King James Bible. But they fail to explain why they have over a hundred different versions of the Bible. So much for modern scholarship.
Look how Eve was fooled by cleverness.
GENESIS 3:6 … and a tree to be desired to make one wise,
She thought she would get even cleverer. Self-importance and vanity.
No wonder Shakespeare said, “Vanity, thy name is woman”.
Vanity and cleverness introduced sin.
This was like throwing sand into a precision high-speed engine. It was a disaster.
Adam, Eve, the earth, and the physical universe were all thrown into the fourth dimension prison of time.
Since then we have called 24 hours our day.
Notice what a deterioration had occurred.
Instead of a day being 1000 years as it was for Satan and the demons, a day for mankind had decreased to 24 hours.
Humans were thus doomed to a much shorter life-time than the demons.
God did not want any human to last for even one day. No man born of a woman would last 1000 years.
II PETER 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
An eternal universe cannot have even the smallest fault.
So when Eve introduced sin the whole universe became flawed and the entire physical universe was thrown down into the dimension of time.
Time was the prison house for anything that was flawed, faulty, or ruined.
A universal rubbish dump.
But to fit into a 4-Dimensional time prison, the physical universe had to be reduced to a 3-Dimensional universe.
So the physical creation literally fell from a higher dimension to a much lower dimension.
Thus man cannot save himself from the Fall. It is impossible for us to climb up to a higher dimension.
Pagans built obelisks in Egypt and a tall tower in Babel to try to climb up to God. This is religion. It failed. Science built huge moon rockets to get up there. Scientific religion like the Big Bang also failed. Churches put tall steeples on their buildings. This is church-religion or churchianity. It failed.
Many of the foolish virgins are fooled by scientists into believing that we have evolved upwards from apes. All these human efforts to get up to God have failed.
The only way for sinners to get into Heaven is for God to reach down and pull them up so that He can wash them clean in the Blood of Jesus, if they repent. That is salvation.
Salvation is God coming down to seek man.
Religion is a man going up to try to find God. Religion always fails.
We live in a three-dimensional universe of space.
The three dimensions (3-D) are length, breadth, and height.
We can see things around us in space and we can walk backward and forwards in space.
But time is different. We do not know what time is. It is a higher dimension so we call it the fourth dimension, 4-D.
We only see the past as a memory and we cannot see the future.
We can only move forwards in time, not backward.
That is why women wear makeup, trying to cover up the damage that time has caused. It is as if they drive through life looking through the rear-view mirror.
Time is a higher dimension that we cannot grasp.
We can imagine time to be a hollow pipeline. The pipe itself is made of time, and our 3-D space is trapped inside the pipeline where our 3-D physical universe moves from past to future.
In this 4-D pipeline of time, the Devil and his demons are also trapped. They are doomed to end in the Lake of Fire. Their only ambition now is to drag as many humans as they can down to hell with them.
Trapped in time, all this demonology is everywhere around us. We are endlessly subject to their blatant or subtle influences. When we die then our spirits go into the 4-D spiritual prison that surrounds us, where Satan and his demons are.
Our only shield is the Word of God and the Blood of Jesus that washes away repented sins.
When we quote what is written in the Bible, then alone are we on safe ground.
How do we know that we are now in a time-prison?
Prisoners wear handcuffs on their wrists. We wear watches on our wrists.
That shows we are prisoners of time. Time allocates us a certain number of years for our lives. That is all we have. What scares us is when we look in the mirror and see that we have aged. Our time is running out. Wrinkles and grey hair appear. Time has taken its toll on our lives.
Time makes us sleep. Time forces us to break up our days into time intervals for each job that we have to do. Time is our relentless boss or prison warden. When time is up we have to stop what we are doing.
Time makes us impatient and nasty. “I don’t have time to help you”.
Even worse, “I don’t have time for you”.
So the Lake of Fire was prepared as the future home of the time-dimension. This was for Lucifer when he was cursed and turned into Satan. The angels who were foolish enough to disagree with God and follow Lucifer’s bright ideas were turned into demons that are only fit to be burned up at the end of time like disgustingly filthy items.
The unsaved people who were influenced by the thinking of Satan and his demons will also end up in the Lake of Fire that will ultimately consume the fourth dimension with all its inhabitants. Time and 3-D space end.
Einstein’s theory of Relativity brilliantly weaved space and time together. According to Einstein, if time disappears then space will too.
Thus God will create a new Heaven and a new earth that can fit back into the Heavenly dimension just like the Garden of Eden. The new physical universe will be made of new atoms that are eternal and that can function in the higher dimension of Heaven.
REVELATION 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
There we will need no cars but will travel as a thought.
When all that evil in the fourth dimension time-prison has been consumed, the Lake of Fire will cease to exist. That is when the last remnants of time will end.
This will not affect the saved children of God as they will be in immortal bodies that can dwell in the higher dimensions of Heaven.
The saints will be immortal, outside of time. They will not age or get sick.
They will also have a new earth to dwell on.
There will be no more sea as the sea will explode to rip off the surface of the earth. That will destroy every sign of our scientific and technological world. The new earth will be based instead on faith and innocence.
Going back to the beginning.
Lucifer rebelled and was cast out of Heaven as Satan.
LUKE 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Then much, much later Eve and Adam sinned and our earth and universe were thrown into the time dimension that acts as a prison for everything that is flawed.
Nothing that is flawed can be eternal. Ultimately there is no real difference between a big flaw and a small flaw, because all flaws are ultimately doomed to the Lake of Fire. In that sense, a little sin is just as bad as a big sin.
When humans are silly enough to reject what is in the Scriptures and thus listen to the very bright ideas of skeptics and atheists, then they too are trapped in the time dimension. Humans cannot escape the time-dimension prison. Your face that gets older as you keep looking in the mirror. You can smear on make-up, but that is just an illusion, the wrinkles are still there.
Humans face an inner conflict. “I am not going to last forever and I also do not want to die”. This is a real trap. No wonder people are stressed.
At the end of their lives, which may be long and happy by our standards, unbelievers and skeptics too will face the Lake of Fire which is where all the time-creatures end.
The millionaires of Babylon lived happy and luxurious lives. But where are they now? We do not even know their names. But we know the name of Daniel because he believed in God.
Only Jesus got out of time by resurrecting from the dead in a glorified body. He ascended effortlessly to Heaven on His own, showing that He indwells the much higher dimension of Heaven.
If we repent and accept Him as Saviour then we can join Him, as long as we obey Him. Unlike Eve who was eavesdropping. Listening to advice that contradicted God’s Word. Eve dropped everything when she disbelieved.
If someone says anything unscriptural, ignore them.