This Happened On Planet Earth…June 2019…End Times Signs
Published on Jun 5, 2019
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Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
IDF successfully concludes ‘Operation Northern Shield’ – TV7 Israel News 05.06.19
Published on Jun 5, 2019
Today’s top stories 05.06.19; 1) U.S. mediated negotiations between Israel and Lebanon are expected to be launched within the next several weeks, during which Jerusalem and Beirut will discuss – among other key pressing issues – a decades-old dispute over demarcation of an agreed-up maritime border. 2) British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted that while the United States and the United Kingdom are aligned on the necessity to confront Iran’s destabilizing activities across the Middle East, ‘Washington and London continue to differ on the means of achieving that goal.’ 3) The Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insisted that the United States in particular, and the West in General, would “never succeed” in curtailing Iran’s ballistic missile program.
Could Microchip Implants be a Precursor for the Mark of the Beast? Thousands are already Chipped
Published on Jun 5, 2019
You will hear the following in this Broadcast: -MEGAMIND ‘Google brain’ implants could mean end of school as anyone will be able to learn anything instantly -US Military Developing Wireless Tech to Control Weapons With Your Mind -A Chip in My Hand Unlocks My House. Why Does That Scare People? -China invents ‘mind-reading chip’ called Brain Talker that ‘sends your thoughts to a computer’ -Thousands across the World already Chipped
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John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
Eph. 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph. 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Eph. 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
TRIBULATION IS COMING AND THE REMOVAL OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT.
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
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QUESTION: Please can you explain why, according to those who have had visions of Hell and Heaven or near death experience, they saw men and women of GOD in Hell because of one sin or the other. On the other hand, some of them told of people were refused entrance to Heaven because of the sin of un-forgiveness not minding the fact that they are believers.
ANSWER: As I’ve said before, people who make these claims are either seriously mistaken or else they are consciously promoting a false doctrine.
The Bible is clear that Jesus died to pay for our sins so we can have eternal life with him (John 3:16). All who believe in Him are forgiven for all the sins of their life (Colossians 2:13-15) and cannot be sent to Hell for any reason. Our inheritance was made certain when we believed the gospel of our salvation and the Holy Spirit was sealed within us as a deposit guaranteeing it (Ephes. 1:13-14). Nothing can change that. Jesus said that no one can take us out of his or His Father’s hands (John 10:27-30). And 2 Cor. 1:21 tells us it is God Himself who makes us stand firm in Christ.
For someone to promote the idea that some believers will go to hell means they are asking us to believe these promises are not true, that Jesus did not die for all our sins, that our inheritance is not guaranteed, that someone can take us out of the Lord’s hands, and God cannot make us stand firm in Christ. That means no one can ever be sure of his or her eternal destiny regardless of what the Bible has promised us.
I’ve read some of the books people who make these claims have written, but I have also read the Bible. I choose to believe the Bible. After all, these books are the words of fallible people, but the Bible is the Word of an infallible God.
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THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).
I AM GOING TO MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP THAT SENDS ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES REELING … Zech. 12:2
God is in control, and He told the nations the consequences of dividing the Promised Land and declaring peace and safety on their own terms (Joel 3:1-2; I Thess. 5:3)
WORLD TERRORISM – WARS
GENERAL WORLD NEWS:
MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:
2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
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WORLD – PROPHETIC NEWS ARTICLES PRESENTATION – THURSDAY JUNE 06th 2019
MIDDLE EAST AND WORLD WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNSTABLE FINANCIALLY, POLITICALLY, PHYSICALLY, MORALY, GODLY: – AND BECOMMING MORE SO DAILY. (WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS (MATT 24:8)
THE BIBLE STATES THAT IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE BEFORE THE START OF THE TRIBULATION OF MANKIND – (REVELATION 6)
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
MIDDLE EAST WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM:
Matt. 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
EZEKIEL 38 & 39
Iran has no intention of stopping its entrenchment in Syria and is apparently testing Israel’s resolve.
For the third time in one week a confrontation between the pro-Iranian axis and Israel took place in Syria and it looks as though Iran is preparing for the opening of a new front against the Jewish state on the Golan Heights.
After Syrian air defenses tried to down an IAF warplane patrolling the skies in northern Israel at the beginning of last week, two other confrontations took place over the weekend.
On Saturday evening two rockets were fired in the direction of the Israeli Golan Heights with one of them reaching Mount Hermon where it exploded without causing damage or casualties.
The Israeli air force (IAF) responded by launching airstrikes on positions of Hezbollah and the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in the vicinity of Damascus, killing three Syrian soldiers and 7 members of Hezbollah and the Quds Force.
The Quds Force and Hezbollah have bases near Al-Husseiniyah and Al-Kiswah south and south-west of Damascus which have been bombed by the IAF before this.
Early Monday morning the IAF again carried out airstrikes against Iran-related targets in Syria.
IAF warplanes launched missiles at the Tiyas or T-4 base near Homs in northwest Syria and reportedly destroyed a weapons storage and several other military facilities belonging to the Quds Force.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 5 casualties as a result of this IAF strike against the Iranian entrenchment in Syria.
It remains unclear if the Israeli warplanes actually entered Syrian airspace. Earlier airstrikes against the T-4 base and other Iranian military facilities in northern Syria have often been carried out from Lebanese airspace after Russia sold its S-300 anti-aircraft missile shield to the Syrian army.
Military experts think it’s entirely possible that IAF warplanes still enter Syrian airspace in order to act against the Iranian axis and that the fact that the Syrians never used their S-300 systems against the Israelis indicates the use of the sophisticated anti-aircraft shield requires Russian approval.
The Russian ban on the use of the S-300 system against Israeli warplanes operating in Syria could be the result of understandings reached between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, observers think.
What is clear, however, is that Iran has no intention of stopping its entrenchment in Syria and is apparently testing Israel’s resolve.
The Quds Force is currently establishing a naval base at the port of Tartus in the Latakia Province and is also training Shiite militias in northern Syria in the use of attack drones.
Iran’s Iraqi proxy, the Hashd al-Shaabi umbrella organization of predominantly Shiite militias, is slowly taking over eastern Syria and is building a new border crossing near the town of Abukamal on the Iraqi Syrian border.
The construction of the new crossing and a new highway connecting Tehran with the Iraqi border became necessary because the US military controls the At-Tanf border crossing further to the east along the highway from Baghdad to Damascus.
The activities by Hashd al-Shaabi in eastern Syria have already led to the frictions and fighting with the Syrian military which aims to regain control over eastern Syria.
In southern Syria, the Quds Force is currently recruiting former rebels for a new force which is preparing for a confrontation with the Israeli military in the Quneitra region.
The force reportedly has 2,000 fighters at its disposal and consists of 36 local militias whose fighters receive salaries of between $250 and $1,500 per month.
The Iranians, furthermore, deliberately provoked the Israeli military by launching the two missiles Saturday evening and are increasingly threatening the Jewish state via proxies in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza.
In Lebanon, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah again threatened Israel with war during a speech in honor of al-Quds day and said that in the event of war between Iran and the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia would pay the price.
The Hezbollah boss also said that whenever Israel dared to act against Iranian missile facilities in Lebanon his organization would react “immediately and powerfully.”
Israel recently shared intelligence (including satellite images) with the US about the exact locations of the Iranian guided missile facilities in Lebanon and delivered a stern warning to the Lebanese government via the Trump Administration.
In Gaza, meanwhile, the Iranian-backed Palestinian terror organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad continue their low-intensity warfare against Israel by launching incendiary balloons and kites daily. Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar openly admitted Iran was behind the recent escalation with Israel.
“Iran provided us with rockets, and we surprised the world when our resistance targeted Beersheba,” Sinwar said adding that “had it not been for Iran, the resistance in Palestine would not have possessed its current capabilities.”
The Hamas leader also warned that Tel Aviv would be a prime target in any future confrontation with Israel. Despite countless Israeli airstrikes on military targets in Gaza, Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s arsenal of rockets and missiles is still estimated at 20,000 and continues to grow.
Israel now appears to work in tandem with Saudi Arabia to contain Hamas (read Iran) in Gaza.
The Saudi authorities have arrested 60 Hamas operatives over the last two months, media reported.
Israel is ready for any Iranian proxy attack, a senior Israeli navy commander said on Monday but Ron Ben Yishai, one of Israel’s military analysts, begs to differ.
In an article for the Hebrew language YNet news site Ben Yishai wrote that “Israel’s enemies understand the psychological, spiritual, cultural and political fabric of Israeli society” and the Israeli military is “paralyzed”.
The Ynet analyst said that “Iran has a credible capability to threaten Israel with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles”.
His comments came shortly before German Intelligence confirmed Iran has a progressing program for the development of weapons of mass destruction.
U.S.: RUSSIAN FIGHTER CONDUCTED UNSAFE INTERCEPT OF U.S. NAVY SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT OVER MEDITERRANEAN
U.S. says Russian fighter conducted unsafe intercept of Navy…
A U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea was intercepted three times by a Russian jet fighter over three hours on Tuesday, including a high-speed pass that was deemed unsafe and put the plane at risk, the U.S. Sixth Fleet said.
“While the Russian aircraft was operating in international airspace, this interaction was irresponsible,” the Sixth Fleet said in a statement.
“We expect them to behave within international standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents,” it said.
The Sixth Fleet said the first and third intercepts of the P-8A Poseidon were deemed to be safe but the second intercept involved a high-speed pass directly in front of the U.S. aircraft that produced wake turbulence and “put our pilots and crew at risk.”
The intercept lasted about 28 minutes, it said. (Reporting by David Alexander Editing by Paul Tait)
The former deputy head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog has warned that Iran is within months of developing a nuclear weapon.
Olli Heinonen, who led the International Atomic Energy Agency’s security team and served as its deputy director general, said Tehran could arm itself with nukes in six to eight months.
Heinonen added Israel and other Gulf states need to start preparing to face the threat, while criticising the IAEA’s handling of the situation.
Heinonen made his remarks in an interview with Israel’s Army Radio, a segment of which was published by Israel National News on Wednesday.
‘Israelis need to be worried, and the Gulf states also have reason for concern,’ he said. ‘How will you be able to ensure your security if Iran achieves nuclear abilities?’
Tehran has threatened to restart its nuclear programme after the Trump administration backed out of the nuclear deal signed with the Obama White House.
Iran has given a deadline of July 7 for the remaining partners to the deal – UK, France, China, Russia and Germany – to renegotiate terms, or else it will stop complying.
The warning comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US, and after Iran broadcast footage on state TV showing an underground bunker packed with conventional missiles.
The clip shows a long tunnel deep under the earth stuffed full of weapons, trucks and parts appearing to belong to the Qiam-1 ballistic missile system.
Outside the grand entrance to the bunker hang huge posters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
As the footage was broadcast, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of threatening regional stability at a summit of Muslim countries.
But a foreign ministry spokesman hit back, saying the accusations were part of an ongoing program against Iran being pursued by the US and Israel.
Saudi Arabia has ‘continued to sow division between Islamic countries and in the region, which is the wish of the Zionist regime,’ foreign ministry spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.
Saudi pointed to bomb attacks on four oil tankers, which the US has said were carried out with Iran’s blessing, and drone attacks on pipelines by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, as evidence of Tehran’s threat.
Following the attacks, the US said it had detected a ‘credible threat’ by Iran and deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf, raising fears of a direct conflict.
During a meeting with university professors, Khamenei said: ‘Negotiations on defensive issues means that we give up our defensive capabilities.’
He said negotiating with the US would bring nothing but harm.
In April of 2019, Russia’s international reserves exceeded the country’s foreign debt. As of April 1, Russia’s gold and currency reserves made up $487.8 billion, a report from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation said. At the same time, Russia’s gold assets make up less than 20 percent of the country’s currency reserves.
Moscow has been accumulating gold and foreign exchange reserves while decreasing the share of investment in US securities. The Russian authorities work to reduce the dependence of the Russian economy on the US dollar.
Economist Valery Maslennikov believes that buying gold is the only right decision in monetary and financial sphere that Russia has made during the recent years as Russia has been reducing the amount of payments in dollars while increasing their share in euros and rubles.
“In order to keep up the dollar value, Western central banks have to keep gold prices at a lower level. Russia uses her dollars to buy gold at relatively favourable prices. Western countries cannot show any influence on this process. In order to do this, they have to rethink their currency rates,” the economist told Pravda.Ru.
China, India and other developing countries have also been buying large amounts of gold lately in an effort to reduce their dependence on the US dollar. “This is a negative process for the West, because there is no gold backing for securities there. They have treasuries (US debt bonds) – those are secondary, tertiary, quaternary debt liabilities for one security to another, while the real turnover of dollars on the market makes up about 12 percent of the their money supply,” Valery Maslennikov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.
The expert believes that as soon as Russia (and not only Russia) switches to the gold backing of the ruble, US dollar notes will immediately become pieces of plain paper backed by nothing at all. This is what the tragedy of the Western world is all about – the West has no resources to back their currencies,” the economist said.
“Russia, India and China have already bought large amounts of gold, and the West can do nothing to stop us. In about a year or two, in a short while, the situation will change dramatically, and gold will get its real value. This will cause Western currencies to collapse – this is what they are afraid of in the first place,” the economist told Pravda.Ru.
11 of 11 coastal Antarctic stations show ZERO warming over past decades… But instead Antarctic COOLING
Over the past few years, climate alarmists have increasingly been resorting to weather-ambulance chasing, which has necessitated the trotting of the globe in the search of weather anomalies to behold as proof of man-made climate change.
But one place they have been avoiding like the plague is Antarctica as a number of studies have been showing the opposite of what was predicted. Analysis of 11 coastal Antarctic stations show cooling…
Today we look at 10 Antarctic station under operation in Antarctica, scattered along the Antarctic coastline and operated by various countries. With the 2018 data in, it’s a good time to look at the long-term temperature trends of these stations.
10 Antarctica stations measuring more cooling trends than warming trends.
We do know that Antarctic sea ice extent has seen an impressive upward trend over the past 40 years, and so tells us cooling may be at play:
Halley as well shows a downward station since 1956:
This Antarctic station shows a clear cooling trend over the past 30 years:
They too show no warming since 1993. http://Met.An , Marsh has had no warming trend since 1977. Where’s the warming? There certainly isn’t any at the South Pole.
Antarctic seas cooling, new study shows
Finally a fresh comprehensive study by Zhous et al also suggests that summertime sea surface temperatures (SSTs) all around Antarctic coast have been COOLING.
The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo has surpassed 2,000 cases and is picking up speed.
The number of confirmed cases reached the milestone three times as quickly as it took to reach 1,000, experts said Tuesday.
The outbreak declared in August, the second-deadliest in history, has killed more than 1,300 people in a volatile region where rebel attacks and community resistance have hurt containment efforts.
The 2,000 figure is a “sad and frustrating milestone.
The insecurity is holding us back,” World Health Organisation spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva. Each attack keeps health workers from the crucial work of vaccinating people and tracking thousands of contacts of victims.
Aid groups including the International Rescue Committee and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said a “reset” is needed in the response to one of the world’s most dangerous diseases.
Misunderstandings have been high in a region that had never experienced an Ebola outbreak until now, and years of rebel attacks have left many residents wary of outsiders, especially ones accompanied by Congolese security forces or United Nation peacekeepers.
“This outbreak will only end when communities are engaged and leading the response efforts themselves,” Nicole Fassina, Ebola coordinator with the IFRC, said in a statement. Increasing armed protection for health workers could aggravate the tensions, the statement added.
Because of the mistrust many Ebola cases are not being counted and the number of confirmed cases is likely “an underestimate and not a realistic picture of the number of cases out there,” the IRC said in a separate statement. Many people, frightened, are still dying at home instead of presenting themselves at health centres for treatment.
Amid the challenges, WHO and others have pointed out signs of progress. Notably, more than 129,000 people have received an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine in its first widespread use.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRLS IN AUSTRALIA TAUGHT GOD IS ‘GENDER-NEUTRAL,’ BANNED FROM USING ‘FATHER’ AND ‘SON’ IN PRAYER
OPINION (CP) – Some Catholic schoolgirls in Australia are being taught that God is gender-neutral. They’re banned from using the words “Lord,” “Father,” and “Son” in prayers in efforts to be “gender inclusive.” Top-tier Catholic schools in Brisbane, some of which charge up to $40,000 a year, are teaching their students to use “gender inclusive language” when referring to God, The Sunday Mail reports. Students at Stuartholme School are taught to use gender-neutral language –
including the word “Godself’’ in place of “himself.” “As we believe God is neither male or female, Stuartholme tries to use gender-neutral terms in prayers … so that our community deepens their understanding of who God is for them, how God reveals Godself through creation, our relationships with others and the person of Jesus,” a spokeswoman said.
CONTINUE READING: Catholic schoolgirls in Australia taught God is ‘gender-neutral,’ banned from using ‘Father’ and ‘Son’ in prayer at End Time Headlines.
AUSTRALIAN RUGBY PLAYER ISRAEL FOLAU COULD HAVE KEPT HIS JOB IF HE DELETED TWO WORDS FROM BIBLE POST
What does the Instagram post actually say?
The post, which is still live on Folau’s page, declares “WARNING,” before listing a number of sins which must be repented of, pending eternal judgment.
Referencing 1 Corinthians 6:9, the graphic lists “Drunks, homosexuals, drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters,” before imploring “HELL AWAITS YOU,” and “REPENT! ONLY JESUS SAVES.”
OPINION (FW) – After Australian Rugby star, Israel Folau, was booted off the team for sharing a scripture about repentance, many are suggesting that his firing could have been avoided if he refrained from using a couple of trigger words. Folau’s contract, which was worth over $5 million, was terminated by Rugby Australia after a disciplinary process wrapped up with an appeal panel finding guilty of a “high-level breach” of professional conduct.
The post, which is still live on Folau’s page, declares “WARNING,” before listing a number of sins which must be repented of, pending eternal judgment. Referencing 1 Corinthians 6:9, the graphic lists “Drunks, homosexuals, drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters,” before imploring “HELL AWAITS YOU,” and “REPENT! ONLY JESUS SAVES.” The actual post, which has been liked just under 70,000 times, can be seen below: READ MORE:
YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3)
This started out as my response to someone asking me to defend my view that children who die before reaching the age of accountability go to heaven. As you’ll see, it became much more.
We came into this world when our mother physically gave birth to us. This physical birth is what Jesus called being born of water in John 3:5 and flesh giving birth to flesh in John 3:6. It was our first birth.
Although we were born to earthly parents, we belonged to God in the sense that if our physical life ended for some reason, our soul and spirit, the eternal parts of us, would go to be with Him. We had what the Bible calls eternal life. We continued to enjoy this position with God until we reached a state of intellectual maturity sufficient to understand the sinful nature of our behaviour. Throughout our young life we had committed various sins, but since we were unable to comprehend the nature of sin, God did not hold us accountable for them.
In referring to sins, I’m not talking about being disobedient to our parents, although some acts of disobedience are also sins. I’m talking about violations of God’s laws. Until we became intellectually mature enough to understand that violations of God’s laws are sins that carry eternal consequences, God did not hold us accountable for these violations, because to do so would be unjust. (We have similar provisions in human law where young children are not held to the same standards of accountability as adults are in matters of the law.)
Once we were capable of understanding the sin issue, God began holding us accountable for our sins. At that point, we no longer belonged to Him, and no longer had eternal life. Our sins had separated us from Him.
We see this transition, and its consequences, in Romans 7:9 where Paul wrote,
“Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.”
Obviously, Paul was still physically alive at the time. By saying, “Once I was alive apart from the law” he was referring to the eternal life he had before he became accountable for his sins. During that time, he was apart from, or outside, the Law and exempt from its provisions.
The phrase “When the commandment came, sin sprang to life, and I died” means that as soon as Paul became old enough to be accountable for his sins he was immediately scheduled for death, death being the wages of sin (Romans 6:23). Paul knew that although he was born with eternal life, he was not born immortal, so he would eventually experience physical death just like everyone else. Therefore, he was talking about losing his claim to eternal life.
The Greek word for “sprang to life” indicates Paul’s sin nature had always been there, but for accountability purposes, it’s as if it was dormant while he was a child. As soon as he came of age, it was revived, and when that happened everything changed for him.
The Bible does not give any exact age at which a child becomes accountable. Among the Jewish people, this age has been established by tradition as being 12 for girls and 13 for boys. But the point of this study is not to determine at what age we become accountable for our sins. Rather, it’s to confirm that we began life as a child of God with the assurance of eternal life and to show how we can qualify for that assurance again as adults.
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3).
There are two important points here. The first is the confirmation that if they die, little children will enter the kingdom of heaven because they don’t have to change to do so. And the second is that we must change and become like them in order to enter ourselves. Remember, all children are born with eternal life and their sins are not counted against them. Therefore, as adults, we have to somehow regain that same status we had as little children.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God (John 1:12-13)
God gives each one who believes in what Jesus did for us and receives Him into his or her life, the right (power, authority, permission) to become a child of God just like we were when we were born. Here’s how it happens.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
Both this passage and Romans 8:15-17 convey the idea that adoption into the family of God is truly the most important event of our lives. God sent His son to die for our sins so we could receive the right of adoption into His family. According to John 1:12-13 belief in Jesus gives us the authority to claim this right and when we do God adopts us as His children and we become heirs to his estate. At that time, the penalty for all our sins is transferred to Jesus (Isaiah 53:5) and we’re no longer responsible for them.
That’s what it means to be born again as a child of God and have eternal life. According to 2 Cor. 5:17 we actually become a new creation from God’s perspective. The old has gone and the new has come. This is our second birth, what Jesus called being born again in John 3:3 and the Spirit giving birth to spirit in John 3:6.
Like the little children we once were, we still sin. And like them, God does not hold us accountable for our sins. But this time, it’s not because we don’t understand the sin issue, it’s because the penalties for all the sins of our life have been transferred to Jesus. They were nailed to the cross with Him, and when He died we were forgiven for every one of them (Colossians 2:13-14). Now, just like the children we once were, God doesn’t hold us accountable for our sins but attributes them to the sin nature that lives within us. Here’s how Paul described it.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. (Romans 7:15-20).
Like He does with little children, God has separated the sins from the born-again believer and no longer counts them against us.
Are You Born Again?
The phrase “born again” has picked up a lot of baggage over the years, to the point where some more “sophisticated” Christians don’t even like to use it. And the liberal denominations that follow reformed theology don’t even recognise the need to be born again. They teach that since you didn’t choose God but He chose you, there’s no need to be born again. All you have to do is become an official member of one of their denominations to receive your salvation. This is by far the cruellest falsehood of reformed theology because it has resulted in millions of sincere people attending church every Sunday, believing that God chose them and actually obtained salvation for them, not knowing that they aren’t saved and never will be unless they undertake a personal effort to find the Lord and be saved apart from their denomination’s teaching.
But the Bible is very clear on two points. The first is, we must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3). And the second is, we become born again by believing,
1) that we are sinners in need of a saviour,
2) that Jesus came to die for our sins, and
3) that He rose again on the third day as proof that His death was sufficient to save us from our sins. Otherwise, we have believed in vain (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
By becoming born again we have become like little children in God’s sight and are therefore qualified, just like they are, to enter His Kingdom and enjoy eternal life with Him.
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed are they whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit (Psalm 32:1-2). 04-11-15