First of all, please let me apologize to everyone for doing such a horrible job of relaying this doctrine. It has been made clear to me from various responses that I messed it up pretty bad; namely, the use of the words “purgatory” and “punishment.” I will try again to present the information but I hope I do better than last time!! **I just finished writing all of this and I’m too tired to proof read so I hope there are no horrible errors.**
Allow me to clear up a few things. (All scriptures in New King James version unless otherwise indicated.)
Paul said the following in his letter on 12/16/10 and I have put my responses in red and scriptures in green:” I DO believe that there are rewards for works but I do not see punishment for NOT having works. I completely agree. I’m sorry that what I said came across that way, I take complete blame for that and beg your pardon. What I meant to say is that there are rewards for works, and absence of rewards for lack of works. By “works” I am only talking about obedience. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says: Quench not the Spirit. Lack of obedience is quenching the Spirit. Some of us have few works and have had few opportunities and while I may not have boatloads of works what I have is what I have been led to do. Yes, some of us have had few works and few opportunities, but if we are obedient to the Father and do His Will, then every one of those works are accounted to us as righteousness and we can trust our Father to take everything into consideration when it comes to eternal rewards, do you agree? I guess works is and unfortunate word because it comes with all sorts of negative implications. I’m not talking about being Pharisees. They did all kinds of great works, but they did them to look good in front of men. If the Lord tells you/me to do something and we don’t – we have quenched the Spirit and forfeited our reward. It could be as small as smiling to that person who just cursed at you on the highway instead of reacting in the flesh. It could be as large as selling everything you have and giving it to the poor. Rest assured, only that which the Spirit commands and we perform with the power of the Spirit is considered a “righteous deed.” 2 Timothy 3 says: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest to all men, as their's also was. 10 But you have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue you in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them; 15 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works. As you can see from verse 5 it is possible to have a form of godliness but deny the power. The word form is the same used in Romans 20 saying that the law was a form of truth. It isn’t complete. I had to put the whole chapter because I wanted to keep it in context. At the end Paul admonishes us to “be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works. That word for perfect should really be translated as complete. We can never be perfect obviously, and God would never command us to be something we cannot be. He does want us to be complete, and once complete, we are able to perform the works He wants us to perform. And that chapter is aimed specifically for us in the last days. Not all of us are called to do many things. I can’t see god punishing me for things I didn’t have the opportunity to do. Again, I offer my apologies for misrepresenting this before. If you really stop and think about it, we are called to more than we think. Like I said in one of my responses, I just stay at home all day with my kid. I too feel like I haven’t had opportunities galore. I don’t need numerous opportunities. I just need to take advantage of every opportunity I’m given. Like today, and I hope saying this doesn’t delete my reward, but we were at Ihop for breakfast and they only charged us for one orange juice instead of two. Let me tell you, I would have loved to have kept that money – but I brought the mistake to the server’s attention and we were charged correctly in the end. When the charges were handed to me I saw the missing item and at that point I had a choice. I could do what I knew what right and Godly, or I could do what I wanted to do and save a buck fifty. These are the types of things we will get rewards for. God is not man that He can be fooled. We see preachers with worldwide audiences and think, “Gosh there’s no way I measure up to that guy.” But our Father is just that – a FATHER – a loving, merciful, holy and righteous Father who loves us and knows what we are capable of. I am not capable of shepherding a large flock – heck, I’m barely able to write letters on the Doves!! But those small things I am able to perform, that is what He asks me to do, and that is my opportunity to be obedient. Or for things I didn’t have the talent to do. God would never ask nor expect us to do things we are unable to do. Anyway, Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. I have a hard time believing God would keep us in darkness for 1000 years. It isn’t darkness, it’s the “outer darkness” literally “the darkness of the courtyard just beyond the lit palace” – not darkness like utter darkness. Those in that outer darkness will see the Light of God, they will be in the Kingdom. They will simply regret their lifelong mistake of quenching the Spirit. To say this as we are nearly at the rapture is very disheartening. I can see how you would think that. For me it comes down to trust. God said that once we accept Christ we will never go to hell or be separated from Him. That is the truth. Those in the outer darkness are not separated from Him. Only those who are not in Christ will be separated from Him. God also said that each will be rewarded according to his works. Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. God does not punish His own, but He does rebuke and chasten us. Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. The fact that we are so close to the rapture may be disheartening for some, but the longer one walks in darkness without the knowledge of the eternal consequences of quenching the Spirit the more profound regret a carnal Christian will experience. The regret experienced will not be God’s fault, nor a punishment, but only the consequence of the actions each person made on earth. Some will be rewarded for a life lived daily dying to self, taking up their cross, and following Jesus. Some will be found naked and without reward from daily living for themselves, sacrificing nothing, and not following Jesus. A Person who come to Christ moments before the rapture will be stuck in darkness because of a lack of works but lacks them because he didn’t have time.” I am ill equipped to appropriately comment on this. Let me just share what I believe. A person who came to Christ 30 years ago and never did a thing for Christ but daily quenched the Spirit and lived for self will not receive rewards and will be appointed a place with the hypocrites. However, a person who comes to salvation 10 seconds before the rapture occurs will not have had a chance to quench the Spirit. Perhaps their only good work will be the repentance they have offered and taking the first step in the walk with Christ. It isn’t up to me to say what reward they will have or not. I trust Yeshuah to reward each as He sees fit.
NOT PURGATORY – The Catholic doctrine of purgatory is nothing like the outer darkness spoken of in scripture. Dictionary.com defines purgatory as follows:
(in the belief of Roman Catholics and others) a condition orplace in which the souls of those dying penitent are purifiedfrom venial sins, or undergo the temporal punishment that,after the guilt of mortal sin has been remitted, still remains tobe endured by the sinner.
( initial capital letter, italics ) Italian, Pur·ga·to·rio [poor-gah-taw-ryaw] Show IPA. the second part of Dante's Divine Comedy, in which therepentant sinners are depicted. Compare inferno ( def. 3 ) ,paradise ( def. 7 ) .
any condition or place of temporary punishment, suffering,expiation, or the like.
THE OUTER DARKNESS – Is not a place of punishment. It is a place outside the “shekinah” glory of God dwelling in the Millennial Temple. It is within the Kingdom of Heaven, which is part of the Kingdom of God, and is not a place where people are punished or tormented. A more accurate translation of “weeping and gnashing of teeth” is “profound regret.” Those in the outer darkness are a part of the Kingdom, just in the suburbs, so to speak, and can see the Light of God always, they just are not permitted to rule and reign with Christ. Some speculate **and it is pure speculation** that perhaps those souls are assigned living quarters within the “separate place” or perhaps beyond the “separate place” beyond the thick outer wall mentioned in Ezekiel 42. The Millennial Temple is described in Ezekiel 40+. For a 3D rendering of this temple (for those who are spatially handicapped like me) go to:
Those in the outer darkness experience profound regret for having quenched the Spirit throughout their lifetime.
Paul, you also said “I have tried to do what I can and don’t like being told I may have to spend 1000 years in the “outer darkness” cause my works pale in comparison.” I would have to ask, comparison to what? If you are talking about comparison to another person, that would be not at all what I’m talking about. You may have 10x the amount of rewards that I have, but we will each be rewarded according to our works. Our own works it says, not ours in comparison to someone else’s. Our Bema seat judgment is not going to be a public “who’s better than who” experience. It is going to be us and the Savior, just us, and our works will pass through the fire alone, before our eyes and His, and rewards will be determined by what isn’t burned up.
1 Corinthians 3: 10 According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Clearly there will be some who literally escape into heaven. If were to all be rewarded no matter what, verses 13-15 would not have been included. Salvation – Justification, the kind Jesus gives freely through His grace and His blood – is the foundation. Another builds upon that foundation – that’s us. Then Paul tells us to take heed – that means it’s important, right? Then he tells us the foundation can’t change or be substituted. To even appear at this judgment the foundation must be laid in each man’s life. Then we all build upon that foundation - either works of the flesh or works of the Spirit. The works of the flesh are worthless and only feed the fire; the works of the Spirit are precious and unaffected by the fire. Whatever is left is that which was done in and of the Spirit of God and that will be our reward…. Or not. If nothing is there we have no reward.
Now I’m just going to touch on that critique that Paul posted in the separate link. I am saddened that they (the reviewers) missed the point completely. In the audio teachings by Nancy Missler (I do not have the book, only the audio teachings) she reiterates over and over again that she is NOT talking about a place of punishment. That’s enough about that. I encourage anyone who has any desire to dig deeper in this to get the book, or just look at the New Testament scriptures through the lens of the Kingdom teaching and see if it clears up some things for you. If it only causes confusion it can’t be true, and should be discarded. I can attest personally to the fact that reading the Scriptures through this lens has opened my eyes and cleared up some things for me. It may do the same for you. This is what Acts 17:11 is all about – theBereanCalllorg should have mentioned this considering their namesake – that the noble way is to accept the word with all readiness of mind, but to search the scriptures daily to prove whether those things be so.
Now – Paul, you asked for some scriptures. I’m sorry this is becoming such a book but please bear with me. Unfortunately I did not take notes for the first few teachings – I was doing other things at the same time. I do have a few notes and I’ll share them here. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone who wishes to discuss this subject deeper – or debate – or would like to be guided to the audio teachings is welcome to email me. Also friend me at www.facebook.com/AprilLovesAnimals.
Order of Events soon to come:
Rapture (dead in Christ and alive in Christ whisked off to heaven in glorified bodies)
Bema Seat Judgment
Wedding in Heaven
7 years of being hidden with God in Heaven
Returning with Christ at the end of the 70th week for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb
Old Testament believers as well as those who died in Christ during the Tribulation resurrected. Those who remain alive endure the sheep and goats judgment and either are welcomed into the Millennial Reign or sent to hades as described in Matthew 25:31-46.
Satan bound for 1000 years.
Millennial Kingdom lasts 1000 years.
One final rebellion when Satan is loosed and God destroys them all.
Great White Throne Judgment
New Heaven, New Earth – Eternity begins. No more temple and no more outer darkness. New Jerusalem “the Bride” comes down from Heaven to forever abide on the earth.
Bema Seat –
At the Bema seat 5 books will be opened:
The Book of the Living - Psalm 69:28
The Book of Life Revelation - 3:5
The Book of Tears - Psalm 56:8
The Book of Deeds - Ecclesiastes 12:14
The Book of Remembrance - Malachi 3:16
Lives are Judged
Wood, Hay, Stubble Gold, Silver, Jewels
If one’s works were all burned up one If one’s works remain it becomes
Is left naked and without reward but is their reward. They have earned a
Assured entrance into heaven and the place of honor in heaven and the
Coming Millennial Kingdom, but they coming Millennial Kingdom. They
Have no inheritance. have earned an inheritance.
These are naked – no wedding garment. These have a wedding garment.
These will find their place removed These will find themselves ruling
From an intimate position with the Son and reigning with Christ during
During the MK because they are unworthy. The MK because they are worthy.
All will enter into Heaven. All will enter into the Millennial Kingdom because that is God’s plan. The whole thing isn’t over when we are raptured. There are still Tribulation Saints and MK saints. Not everyone will be saved in the MK. Some will rebel. There is still sin on the earth during the MK so it is NOT Heaven. We will come from Heaven to the earth to be with Christ for the MK because once we are gathered together to Him “so we will always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
Those who were prepared and made themselves ready are part of the Bride of Christ Revelation 19:7 and will enter into the Wedding. Some will not. Matthew 22:1-14 and Matthew 25:1-13. There are many who are called to the Marriage Supper who are not part of the Bride, Old Testament saints and Tribulation Saints for example. Luke 13:28 Ephesians 5:25-27 has the 3 stages of salvation right there. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Stage 1 – Justification – Christ gave Himself for the church. Stage 2 – Sanctification – that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of the water by the word. Stage 3 – Glorification – That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be HOLY and without blemish. **note that these are not guaranteed, but only what might or should be or happen.**
One cannot be saved without the blood. One cannot be holy without the washing of water by the word. What does that mean? In the Old Testament one ceremonially cleansed oneself according to the law of Moses. We are no longer under the law. When this was written the only scriptures available was the Old Testament. So how can one wash themselves clean with the word? It is by obedience to the Word alone. The law was a form of truth in that it had God’s law set forth for men to follow. Without the blood of Jesus to free them from the power of sin the law only served to highlight the fact that it is impossible to follow God’s law perfectly – even just the 10 commandments!! Believing does not sanctify us. Believing justifies us and frees us from the wages of sin. Sanctification comes through hearing the Word and being a DOER of the word and not just a hearer only. James 1:22-25.
From hereon we will call one who’s works remain through the fire an overcomer, and one whose works are worthless the overcome.
Overcomers – are daily filled with the Holy Spirit, have judged and put down themselves, have a love for God (obedience), produce fruit, do righteous deeds.
The Overcome – walk daily in the flesh, have selfish motives and do not judge or die to self, they love themselves (disobedience), produce no fruit, and do worthless deeds.
Justification – the Spirit – by grace alone, through the blood of Christ
Sanctification – the Soul – by the power of the Holy Spirit, thorough obedience
Glorification – the Body – by the resurrection power of God, the final step
Justification and Glorification require nothing from us. Those two are guaranteed at the moment of the Spirit conversion and being washed in the blood of Christ. Sanctification is the only part that requires our participation but regardless of one’s performance in this area one’s eternal destiny is forever secure. This is NOT salvation by works. No way!!
There are 5 crowns given:
The Crown of Righteousness – for those who loved the Lord’s appearing – 2 Timothy 4:8
The Crown Incorruptible – for disciplined bodies/self-control – 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
The Crown of Life – for those who have endured patiently through trials – James 1:12, Revelation 2:10
The Crown of Glory – for Godly leaders who were examples to the flock – 1 Peter 5:2-4
The Crown of Rejoicing – for soul winners – 1 Thessalonians 2:19, Daniel 12:3
Crowns are not our only reward. We will also have varying levels of responsibility and varying levels of proximity to Jesus. Outer darkness vs. throne room.
Not all are overcomers. The following promises come only from the 7 letters to the churches in Revelation – epistles from Jesus Christ Himself! Note that the following escalates in intensity. For a fun exercise just read chapters 2 and 3 and note how many times the word “deed” or “deeds” comes up. Grace isn’t the issue here, these are the saved, the church – Jesus is focusing on works. To say we all receive the same reward or there will be no consequence for disobedience is to rip these 2 chapters out of the Bible or worse – allegorize them!
Promises to the Overcome:
Promises to Overcomers:
Marriage of the Bride to Christ
The marriage ceremony is separate from the marriage feast. The wedding will be in heaven. The marriage supper/feast will occur on earth.
Ephesians 5:27 – if you deconstruct this verse it could read “she has made herself holy, without spot or blemish so that she could be presented to Christ as the Bride.” I am not trying to twist scripture, I think it’s pretty plain as written, but sometimes it helps to deconstruct and reconstruct in a different way. If you dislike this idea, discard it. This is completely my opinion.
Revelation 19:7-8 – the bride has “made herself” ready. She did it. It’s her works that clothe her. We must each personally strive to be made Holy and without blemish through daily indwelling and submission to the Holy Spirit. This is washing ourselves in the blood and the word of Jesus.
Matthew 22:1-14 – The man without the garment didn’t have any righteous works. He was a believer, but was cast into outer darkness – NOT HELL!!! This is not a judgment, it’s the reward earned.
1 John 2:10-11 shows how we can walk in light or darkness here on earth.
Luke 11:34-35 – walk in light not emotions (Self)
Revelation 21:4 - Our tears aren’t wiped away until AFTER the Mk. That means we can cry or experience regret up until that time. Hmmm.
Hebrews 12:1-11 – God Chastens. Choose to be sanctified.
Isaiah 61-10 – there are 2 garments. The garment of salvation and the garment of righteousness are 2 different garments. We will all have the garment of salvation but not all will wear the garment of righteousness. This second garment is what is needed to enter into the Wedding.
Spirit led deeds of Godliness and righteousness always glorify Christ.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. – this verse tells us the reason we were created! And it’s not to accept Christ and stop – it’s for good works!
Naked as used in scripture is defined as “once being in a position to clothe ourselves but choosing not to.” As in 2 Corinthians 5:3 and Matthew 22:11
Justification and its garment is given
Sanctification and its garment is earned
Revelation 3:17-18 - without sanctification we are found naked and ashamed.
Stage of Salvation as it relates to Stage of Sin
Justification Penalty of sin
Sanctification Power of sin
Glorification Presence of sin
God is 3 fold – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Man is 3 fold – Sprit, Soul, Body
Salvation is 3 fold – Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification
Sin is 3 fold – Penalty, Power, Presence
This is where Jesus’ throne room will be
Zephaniah 3 is a MK chapter. In verse 10 it talks about Ethiopia bringing “My offering” and I believe this will be the Mercy Seat, the throne from which Jesus will rule in power.
The MK temple will be the worship center for all the nations
It’s built at the beginning of the MK after the 70th week of Daniel, the Bema seat, wedding, and 2nd coming.
Jerusalem will be the focal point of world government during the MK with Christ as King and a prince who has children during the MK as His right hand man.
The Gezrah – is the separate place – a place for polishing, to make smooth by friction, and to sanctify things which are ceremonially unclean.
Root words – Gezer means to cut off, Gazar means to exclude
It’s used 8 times in the Bible and 1 is Lamentations 4:7 – polishing.
It’s a place of polishing to produce a refined product.
Nobody really knows FOR SURE what the “separate place” is in regards to Ezekiel’s MK Temple. However, in Ezekiel 42:20 it is also called the profane place. The root word there is chalal which means “to defile one’s inheritance.” Could the Gezrah be the place of outer darkness?
Psalm 94:14 and 15 – these verses make Nancy Missler, and now myself, think that perhaps the outer darkness is a place where God will teach those souls who did not die to self in this life and were unworthy to wed His Son how to be holy during the MK. That way by the time Eternity starts they will be ready. This is pure and blatant conjecture. This is not a doctrine. Just a speculation.
2 Peter 1:3-10
1 Timothy 4
What is the purpose of being a partaker? To produce FRUIT!
Fruit = good works done after initial salvation.
John 15:1-11 – how to bear fruit
John 13:35 – best fruit – God’s love!
Love = agape – given at the moment of salvation. God IS agape. God comes into our hearts.
Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth
For believers For non-believers
Matthew 8:12 Matthew 13:42
Matthew 22:13 Matthew 13:50
Matthew 24:51 Luke 13:28
Ephesians 2:8 - Salvation is “by grace through faith” God provides the grace, we provide the faith.
Hebrews 11:6 – can’t please God without faith.
God’s responsibility in this relationship is to perform His promises. Faith is our responsibility – to believe and trust that he will do what He promised.
Faith – to put trust in, be committed to, trusting our lives to Jesus.
Faith is a constant choice. Faith comes in the form of a choice. We choose. Even if we don’t feel like it or believe it yet, we can choose to have faith.
God is pushing us off the fence and forcing us to have faith in these last days. Hopelessness is lack of faith – or faith that doesn’t endure. When you become hopeless and lose faith you lose sight of the love of God. Also you lose your inheritance. Proverbs 13:12 – hope deferred makes the heart sick – i.e. discouragement, depression and hopelessness.
You really don’t have another choice as a Christian. We MUST choose faith, not self or emotions. We must embrace God’s purpose for our lives. Keep choosing faith. Follow God regardless of what we think and feel. We need to trust Him unconditionally.
Choosing faith leads to obedience, which leads to trust, which leads to emotion.
1 Peter 1 – the goal of our faith is the salvation of our soul.
Faith must persevere. Don’t give up! Resigned submission to a situation is being overcome by it. Don’t be overtaken, be an overcomer!
Revelation 2:26-27 – to him who overcomes and does My will to the very end… to the VERY END!
Choose to stay in the race. Choose to become holy. Choose to obey God.
Hebrews 11:37 – persevere
2 Timothy 2:10-13
We are living in enemy territory! Overcome the enemy. How? The victory over the enemy is the victory of Christ. Only Christ has overcome the devil.
Revelation 12:11 – by the blood of the lamb, the word of their testimony, and not loving their lives unto death.
To overcome: Apply Christ’s blood, speak the Word, and die to self on cross with Christ.
A 3 fold solution.
Matthew 16:19 speaks of the Keys to the Kingdom
To bind is “deo” – to forbid, refuse, to bring into subjection, to say no
To loose is “luo” – to permit, open, allow, to say yes
Because Christ lives in us He gives us power to overcome. Bind the enemy, forbid the flesh and refuse the world.
Yes and No are the keys to the Kingdom – it’s the power and authority to make faith choices.
We have authority over the temple of our bodies.
Ephesians 4:22-24 – puts it in general terms
Bind the enemy. Loose the Spirit of God.
When we do this, a chain reaction occurs.
If we choose by faith and God to refuse/bind the old nature, then we are sanctified. We partake in the Kingdom.
Then we can overcome the world, flesh and devil.
We bear fruit and are able to inherit the Kingdom
We are allowed to co-reign with Christ.
If we don’t do this there is an opposite chain reaction.
We quench God’s light and Spirit – no partaking.
We block God’s love and power. We are overtaken.
We are found naked (no sanctification) producing no fruit and therefore have no inheritance.
We are not allowed to co-reign with Christ.
Also we defer the hope of salvation and therefore make our hearts sick.
Only overcomers inherit the Kingdom and are given responsibilities in the Kingdom. All will enter – few will inherit.
We must be sanctified so we can be “in Jesus’ name” and battle the devil.
In Matthew 7 Jesus is speaking with His followers. In verse 13 He warns BELIEVERS to: 13 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.
What does that mean?? Many will enter. Few will inherit.
There are so many more scriptures and so much more corroborations, but I’m really tired now. I really hope this helped to tie everything together and undo some of the damage I did by clumsily relaying these truths before.
I welcome debate so if you want to give me your opposing views just email me unless you’d rather put them on the Doves. I’ve read the letters every day for the past 2 years. I’ll see it.
The deeper I delve into this subject the more solidified I am in this. Studying prophecy – which is my realm of expertise – has been the only thing that tied scripture together in such a supernatural way before. Now this has done the same thing for me but with different parts of the scripture. It is so amazing and so satisfying to see the Word come alive. I’m not discounting a personal relationship with the PERSON of Jesus Christ either. Some people focus so much on the word that they bind the Spirit! I am not doing that. It is the Spirit that has led me to further confirmations of what I received with all readiness of mind and searched the scriptures and did indeed prove that these things be so.
Bottom line – this is not a doctrine of fear. This is just God’s word. Oftentimes God’s word is bitter sweet, but you know Him just like I do. We can trust our Father to be a righteous judge and to reward each according to his own works. Who knows if a last minute convert will have the same rewards as a faithful believer? Would we be angry if that were the case? Of course not. Salvation thru the blood of Christ is the same for all. Nothing we do can add or subtract from it. Rest in that. Just know that first step is just the entrance into the race. God paid our entry fee – we can never be disqualified. Now it is up to us to RUN!!! Contend for the faith!
1 Corinthians 9:24
Let’s not focus on whether or not there is an outer darkness and rather turn our attention to staying far away from it!! We just finished a Crown Financial class and it had great things from the scripture relating to possessions – but I found many of the verses and principles to have double meanings – namely how to be a good steward and be Kingdom minded.
Doctrine cannot be based on parables, but rather the parables tie together the other scriptures of the same subject. The Word is alive! I hope you can see the tapestry God wove together for us on this subject and I encourage you to continue to seek it out. The Word of God can never be exhausted. I know we don’t have much time, but start now to live the life of an overcomer.
I assure you, you don’t need any book besides the Bible. However, my little pea brain could never grasp these concepts before hearing the teaching by Nancy Missler. I give all glory to God and I’m so grateful that I can digest these truths even at the 11th hour! Every moment that passes is another moment to glorify Christ through our lives and our actions. Let’s get to work!!! Time is short!! Blessings to you all; and I offer my sincerest apologies for my inadequate ability to impart these things. I pray that the Holy Spirit will fill in the many gaps I’ve left behind. May we all become effective and overcoming Christians and no longer be overtaken by the world and the devil. Die to self. Follow Christ. This is true revival. Awaken all!