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Part 24: The End Times: Repent, Be Saved and Do Not Be Locked Out of the Kingdom of Heaven
Chapter 97: Jesus Warns the Pharisees
While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked Him to dine with Him, so He went in and reclined, as was the custom when the Jews ate. But the custom was also to wash before eating, and it was as if Jesus was encouraging the Pharisee to complain.
The Pharisee was amazed because Jesus did not wash before reclining. And Jesus said to him, “You Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and your dish, but the inside of you is full of sin and extortion. Oh you shortsighted one, did not he who made the outside also make the inside? Donate everything you have and perceive that everything will be clean to you.”
Jesus may have been referring to Himself giving everything when He would give His entire life for humanity.
“Woe to you Pharisees,” Jesus continued. “Who take tithes of mint and dill and all kinds of vegetables, but overlook righteousness and the love of God.”
Leviticus 27:30 says that all of our tithes are holy to the LORD.
“It was necessary for you to have done the very things that must not be forgotten.
“Woe unto you Pharisees! You love the chief seats in the synagogues and salutations in the streets. Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like graves that cannot be recognized, and men walk over them and do not know it.”
One of the scribes answered, “Teacher, when you say these things, you reproach us also.”
Jesus said, “Woe unto you scribes also. You lay heavy burdens on others and you yourselves do not touch these burdens, even with one of your little fingers. Woe unto you because build tombs of prophets whom your fathers killed. This makes you witnesses. You approve the works of your fathers that killed them and yet you build their tombs. For this reason the wisdom of God said, ‘Behold I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will persecute and kill that the blood of all the prophets which was shed since the world was created may be avenged on this nation from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the temple and the altar.’ Yes, I say unto you, it will be avenged on this nation.
“Woe to you scribes, for you have taken away the keys of knowledge; you did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.”
When Jesus said these things, the scribes and Pharisees were displeased and enraged, and criticized what He said. Then they plotted against Jesus in many ways, seeking to catch something He says so that they might be able to accuse Him.285
285. Luke 11:37-54.
Chapter 98: Do Not Be Afraid of Those Who Would Kill You
While the Pharisees and scribes were planning to have Jesus killed, a crowd so large gathered that they were stepping on each other and Jesus told his disciples, “Beware of the yeast that makes bread rise, which is the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. There is nothing that is covered that will not be uncovered; and nothing hidden that will not be known. Whatever you say in darkness will be heard in the light; and whatever you have whispered in the ears in inner chambers will be preached on the roofs of the houses.” Jesus was referring here to what the scribes and Pharisees were planning.
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and have nothing more that they can do after that. I will show you who to be afraid of: be afraid of him who after he has killed, has the power to cast into hell. Yes, I say to you, fear him.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And yet not one of them is lost before God. But as far as you are concerned, even the hairs of your head are numbered. So fear not, because you are much more important than many sparrows.
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But he who denies me before others, I will deny before the angels of God. Whoever says a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. But anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
“So when they bring you to the synagogues before the authorities and the leaders, don’t worry about what you will answer or what you will say; for the Holy Spirit will tell you at that very hour what you ought to say.”286
In I Kings 13, King Jeroboam had an altar where he burned incense. God sent a prophet to chastise Jeroboam, who pointed to the prophet and told his aides to grab him. Jeroboam’s hand dried up, so he could not draw it back again. The altar also broke and the ashes fell on the floor.
Jeroboam then asked the prophet to pray for him; the prophet prayed and Jeroboam’s hand was healed. This pleased Jeroboam, so he asked the prophet to come home with him where they would feast and he would give him presents.
The prophet said that if he gave him half his house, he would not go because the LORD told him not to eat or drink anything in Bethel, and the prophet left. The sons of an old prophet told their father what the prophet had done, and the old prophet went after God’s prophet and asked him to come home with him and eat. The prophet repeated that God had told him not eat or drink anything in Bethel, but the old prophet lied and said that God told him that the prophet could eat with him.
Because of the lie, the prophet went and ate with the old prophet. While there, God spoke to the old prophet and said, “Because you have disobeyed me, your corpse will not come back to the sepulcher of your fathers.” And when the prophet left, he was killed by a lion. Let this be a lesson that the Holy Spirit will protect you from your enemies, but if the Holy Spirit tells you to do something, it would be best to do it, even though your sins are forgiven if you accept Jesus as your Savior. Love and obey.
286. Luke 12:1–12.
Chapter 99: The Parable of the Rich Fool
One of the men in the crowd asked, “Teacher, please speak to my brother, that he should divide his inheritance with me.
Jesus answered, “Man, who appointed me a judge or a property divider over you?”
Then he said to His disciples, “Guard against all enviousness, because life does not depend on abundance or wealth.
“A rich man’s land brought him a great may crops. So he reasoned with himself, ‘What should I do? I have no place to store all my crops.’
“He said, ‘I will tear down my barns and build them larger and put all my wheat and other good things there. And I will tell myself, soul you have many good things stored up for many years, so now I can rest and eat, drink and be merry.’
“Then God told him, ‘Oh you short-sighted man, this very night your life will be taken, and who will these things that you prepared be left to?’
“Such is he who lays up treasures on earth for himself, but is not rich in the things of God.”287
In James 5:2, 3, we are told to willingly use our wealth to feed God’s flock. If we give in hopes of a reward, God is not bribed. But if we give out of love, God blesses us in return.
Christians are not rich because of their goodness, but because the Jews rejected Jesus. Christians are disobedient and still are blessed because of God’s mercy (Romans 11:32). The Jews were disobedient so that God would have mercy on the Gentiles. We are not rewarded for giving first to God, but only because the Jews rejected Jesus so that the Gentiles could have an opportunity to receive God’s mercy through Jesus. When the Jews accept Jesus, the time of the Gentiles will end. Then God will give mercy to the Jews, for God has included all humans in disobedience so that He can have mercy on all His creation!
287. Luke 12:13–21.
Chapter 100: Anxiety
Jesus continued speaking to His disciples, “Do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or your body and what you will wear. Your life is much more important than food, and your body is more important than clothes.
“Look at the ravens; they neither sow nor reap, and they have no closets or barns. But God feeds them; and how much more important are you than the birds?
“Which one of you can add eighteen inches to your height by worrying? So if you cannot do the smaller thing, why worry about the rest?
“Observe the flowers and how they grow. They do not spin or do other work, but Solomon is all his glory was not arrayed like one of those.
“If God clothes in marvelous fashion even the grass of the field which is today and tomorrow is thrown into the fireplace, how much more is God to you, oh you of little faith?
“So do not be anxious about what you will eat or what you will drink. Let not let your mind be troubled by these things. Worldly people worry about these things, but your Father knows that these things are necessary for you.
“But seek the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you. Do not be afraid, little flock; for your Father is pleased to give you even the kingdom.
“Sell your possessions and give them as tithes; make yourselves purses that do not wear out. And treasure in heaven that does not wear out and where the thief cannot come near and the moth cannot destroy. For where your treasure is, there also is your heart.”288
Not my will, Lord, but let your will be done. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want . . . You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies . . . My cup runs over . . . surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever (Psalm 32).
288. Luke 12:22–34.
Chapter 101: Parable of the Watching Servants - - Be Ready
Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to him, for the time of the marriage feast of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready [Revelation 19:7].
Jesus continued, “Let your belt be fastened on your sides, and your lamps lighted289 and be like those who wait for their master to return from the wedding cathedral; so that when he comes and knocks, they will open the door for him immediately290. Blessed are those servants whom their master finds awake when he comes. I tell you truthfully that he will gird himself and make them sit down and come in and he will serve them. If he comes in the middle of the night and finds them waiting, those servants will be blessed.
“Know this, that if the master of the house knew the hour that a thief would come, he would have stayed awake and not allowed the house to be robbed. Therefore, you also must be ready, for the son of Man will come at that very hour that you least expect him.”291, 292
289. As a Christian, you are the light of the world. Do not hide your
relationship with Jesus, but share it with the world at every opportunity. All
the darkness of the world cannot quench the tiniest light, for light always
290. Revelation 3:20, 21.
291. Luke 12:35–40.
292. 1 Thessalonians 5:1–10; 2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 3:3; 6:15; Romans 8:22, 23.
Chapter 102: Faithful and Unfaithful Servants
Simon Peter then asked Jesus, “Our Lord, do you speak this parable to us alone, or to all others?”
Jesus answered, “Who is the wise and faithful steward that the master will appoint over his household to give out supplies when they need them? When the master comes, that servant will be blessed if he is so doing. And I tell you truthfully that he will appoint him to administer all of his wealth.
“But if that servant should think that his master is not coming, and begins to beat his master’s menservants and maidservants and begins to eat and drink and get drunk; that master’s servant will come in a day and hour that the servant foes not know or expect. And he will severely punish him and place among those who are not trustworthy. That servant who knows the wishes of his master and does not act accordingly will receive a severe beating.
“He who does not know, and does what deserves punishment will receive less beating. For whoever receives more, more will be required of him. And who has been entrusted much, much more will be asked.”293
This parable is obviously about Jesus’ second coming, when nobody knows the day or the hour. When Jesus comes into our lives, He tells us that He will never leave us or forsake us.294 Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to all believers to go out into the world and testify about Him.295 Jesus loves us unconditionally, and He paid for our sins once and for all - - - forever. Though our sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.296 Even so, we should be doing His work at all times, as we never know when Jesus will return. In the critical hour of His return, those to whom He gives the most people to witness to, if those believers are not witnessing, or if they sin in other ways, their punishment shall be greatest. But if they are obeying Jesus, their blessings will be greatest. For more on what we should be doing when Jesus returns, (see Chapter 157 on the ten virgins with lamps).
292. Luke 12:4-48.
294. Hebrews 13:5.
296. Isaiah 1:18; Psalms 103:12.
Chapter 103: Jesus Came to Divide Houses and Unite Families
Jesus continued, “I came to set the earth on fire, and if it has not already been kindled, I wish to do it. I have a baptism to administer, and am depressed until it is accomplished.
“Do you think I came to bring peace to the earth? I tell you no, but to bring divisions. From now on, where there are five in a house, it will be divided three against two and two against three. A father will be divided against his son, and a son against his father; a mother will be divided against her daughter and the daughter, and a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.297
Even so, you know that if you believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, both you and your household will be saved298. The problem today is that God has been kicked out of our schools, our government and our news media. And so, children are taught evolution and Marxism and that there is no God. The children then turn on their parents and the divisions taught here by Jesus set the houses on fire. If you want to keep your house united, send your children to Bible-believing church schools, or home school them. Then both you and your household will be saved.
297. Luke 12:49–53; Luke 11:17; Romans 16:17; I Corinthians 1:10; 3:3; 11:27; I
298. Acts 16:31.
Chapter 104: How to Discern the End Times and How to Deal with Accusers
We are now in the end times, when the last barrier to the New World Order of slavery, massive killings and Communism is about to occur. The American government has bankrupted the United States and set us up for a One World Currency to be followed by the destruction prophesied in Revelation 6, the Tribulation, Armageddon and the Apocalypse.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus continued talking to the people, “When you see a cloud coming from the west, you immediately know that it is going to rain. And when the wind blows from the south, you know that it will be become hot.
“Oh what hypocrites you are! You know how to discern the face of the earth and the sky. Why can you not discern what is going on at this time? Why do you try to judge by yourselves what is right and what is wrong?
“When you go with your accuser to the ruler, you had better give him something and settle with him on the way. Otherwise he might take you to the judge, and the judge will have you delivered to the prison warden and the warden will throw you in prison. I tell you truthfully that you will not come out until you pay your last penny.299
You must totally rely on Jesus and not on your own understanding. Jesus is always with you. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. Jesus also sits on the right hand of God and has filled you with the Holy Spirit who teaches you all things and comforts you. Only the Holy Spirit can tell you what to say and what to do in these perilous times. If you are with Jesus and Jesus is with God, you are also with God and the Holy Spirit. Be aware and listen. Jesus said when you are taken captive, give your accuser something and settle with him on the way.
299. Luke 12:54–59.
Chapter 105: The Barren Fig Tree and Jesus’ Call to Repent
While Jesus was instructing the listeners on how to discern conditions and how to react, some men came and told Jesus that Pilate had mixed the blood of some Galileans with their sacrifices.
Jesus answered, “Do you think that those Galileans were greater sinners than the other Galileans because this happened to them? I say no, but all of you also, if you do not repent will perish in the same way.
“And do you think that those eighteen people whom the tower fell on and killed were greater sinners than all the others who live in Jerusalem? I say no, but unless you repent, all of you will perish just like them.”
Then Jesus gave another parable. “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and when he came to see if there was any fruit on it, he did not find any. So he told his laborer, I have been looking for fruit for three years, and there was none. Cut it down. Why should this ground be wasted?’
“The workman replied, ‘My lord, let it remain this year so I can work the ground around it and fertilize it. It might bear figs then; if not I will cut it down.”300
Jesus had not shed His blood yet as God’s ultimate sacrifice for our sins. So everyone Jesus was talking to had to obey the law or perish.301
We are taught in church and in the Bible that if we believe in Jesus, all of our sins are forgiven. This is true; all have sinned and come short of the glory of God302. But most of the victims of our sins do not forgive us. Neither do many others. The police do not forgive us and neither does the judge. So even though your sins are forgiven by God, you must do everything in your strength and power to obey the Ten Commandments303 and all other laws. We must not only obey the laws, but we must bear fruit, meaning that we must bring as many others that we can to the eternal salvation of Jesus Christ. Jesus told Peter, “Feed my sheep.”304
300. Luke 13:1–9.
301. Romans 9:14–33.
302. Romans 3:23.
303. Exodus 20:3–17.
304. John 21:16–17.
Chapter 106: Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
Jesus then went to a synagogue on the Sabbath. A woman there had been afflicted with rheumatism for eighteen years and was bent over and could not straighten herself by any means.
When Jesus saw her, He called to her and said, “Woman, you are cured of your sickness.”
Then He put His hand on her and she immediately straightened up and began praising God. The leader of the synagogue cried out in anger because Jesus healed on the Sabbath. He told the people, “There are six days in which you should work; you ought to come and be healed then, but not on the Day of the Sabbath.”305
Jesus then answered him, “Oh you hypocrite, does not each one of you release his ox or his donkey from the manger and go with it to give it a drink? This one is a daughter of Abraham who the devil has bound up for eighteen years. Was it not necessary for her to be released from this bond on the Sabbath?”
When He said this, all who opposed Him were ashamed. Everyone then rejoiced because of the wonders which were done by Jesus’ hand.306
After God created the earth and everything in it, God rested on the seventh day. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, they were with God, and every day was a day of rest. When they sinned, they were cursed to work six days a week307. We who have accepted Jesus as God’s only begotten Son are now free from the curse. We are with God every day and I believe that we have entered into God’s rest every day of the week308.
305. Exodus 20:9, 10.
306. Luke 13:10–17.
307. Genesis 3:17-19
308. Hebrews 3:7–Hebrews 4:11.
Chapter 107: How Many Will Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
Jesus then traveled through towns and cities, teaching while He was on His way to Jerusalem.
At one place there was a man who asked Him, “Are there only a few who will be saved?
Jesus answered, “Strive fervently to enter in through the narrow door; for I tell you that many will seek to enter, and will not be able to. From the time that the master of his house gets up and locks the door, you will be left standing outside and knocking and you will beg, ‘Lord, our Lord, please open up for us.’ And he will answer saying, ‘Who are you? I don’t know you or where you came from,’ Then you will begin saying, ‘we have eaten and drank in your presence and you taught us in your streets.’ And the master will say, ‘I don’t know you or where you came from; depart from me, you workers of iniquity.’
“There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you will be thrown outside. And they will come from the east and the west and the south and the north and will sit down in the kingdom of God309. And there are some who are last that will be first; but some that are first will be last.”310
309. Ephesians 2.
310. Luke 13:22–30.
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