“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.” Matthew 22:11-12
An overlooked prophecy by Zechariah which, I referenced in my last blog post, What is Church, has an impact on the salvation Yahweh provides for the people of the Earth. Part of the problem that caused me to overlook these passages was not knowing the given name of the son of God. If the little boy, Jesus, was walking along with his parents and some one yelled, “Hey Jesus”, he would not have turned his head. Similarly, his parents would not have answered to Mr. and Mrs. Christ. In previous blogs I have explained how Jesus is a name that is the result of several merging languages. Christ simply means anointed one, which is similar to messiah. In Greek, the son of God’s name is Iesous, which comes from Yahusha in Hebrew. Yahusha translates to Joshua in English. For what ever reason, in the book of Zechariah, Yahusha is translated to Joshua in most English translations. In the Greek Septuagint, it is translated as Iesous, the same Iesous that is used in the New Testament Greek manuscripts for the son of God. It is much more confusing than it should be, and no one ever seems to take the time to explain it. Here is the passage we are referring to:
Zec 3:1 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Yahweh; and Satan was standing on his right to accuse him.
Zec 3:2 But Yahweh said to Satan, “Yahweh rebukes you, O Satan! Yahweh who has chosen Jerusalem rebukes you! Is this not a stick snatched from the fire?”
Zec 3:3 And Joshua was clothed in filthy garments and was standing before the angel.
Zec 3:4 And he answered and said to the ones standing before him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And he said to him, “See, I have taken away your guilt from you, and will clothe you with rich garments.”
Zec 3:5 And I said, “Let them put a clean headband on his head.” And they put a clean headband on his head, and they clothed him with garments. And the angel of Yahweh was standing by.
Zec 3:6 And the angel of Yahweh assured Joshua, saying,
Zec 3:7 “Thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘If you will walk in my ways, and if you will keep my requirements, then you will judge my house, and you will also guard my courtyards, and I will give to you passageways among these that are standing here.
Zec 3:8 Listen, please, O Joshua the high priest, you and your companions that are sitting before you. For the men are a sign that, look, I am going to bring my servant the Branch.
Zec 3:9 For consider, the stone that I set before Joshua, on one stone are seven eyes. Look, I am going to engrave an inscription on it,’ declares Yahweh of hosts, ‘and I will remove the guilt of that land in a single day.
Zec 3:10 On that day,’ declares Yahweh of hosts, ‘you will invite one another under the vine and under the fig tree.'”
Compare to Brenton’s English Septuagint translation:
Zec 3:1 And the Lord shewed me Jesus the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and the Devil stood on his right hand to resist him.
Zec 3:2 And the Lords said to the Devil,
Zec 3:3 The Lord rebuke thee, O Devil, even the Lord that has chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: behold! is not this as a brand plucked from the fire?
Zec 3:4 Now Jesus was clothed in filthy raiment, and stood before the angel.
Zec 3:5 And the Lord answered and spoke to those who stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy raiment from him: and he said to him, Behold, I have taken away thine iniquities: and clothe ye him with a long robe,
Zec 3:6 and place a pure mitre upon his head. So they placed a pure mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments: and the angel of the Lord stood by.
Zec 3:7 And the angel of the Lord testified to Jesus, saying,
Zec 3:8 Thus saith the Lord Almighty; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and take heed to my charges, then shalt thou judge my house: and if thou wilt diligently keep my court, then will I give thee men to walk in the midst of these that stand here.
Zec 3:9 Hear now, Jesus the high priest, thou, and thy neighbours that are sitting before thee: for they are diviners, for, behold, I bring forth my servant The Branch.
Zec 3:10 For as for the stone which I have set before the face of Jesus, on the one stone are seven eyes: behold, I am digging a trench, saith the Lord Almighty, and I will search out all the iniquity of that land in one day.
Zec 3:11 In that day, saith the Lord Almighty, ye shall call together every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig-tree.
Jesus, being the high priest and king in the order of Melchizedek, is key to understanding the replacement of the Levitical priest system. This is part of the new covenant. The writer of Hebrews explains:
Heb 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Heb 5:1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
Heb 5:2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.
Heb 5:3 Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people.
Heb 5:4 And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
Heb 5:5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;
Heb 5:6 as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”
Heb 5:7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
Heb 5:8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
Heb 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
Heb 5:10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Heb 7:11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?
Heb 7:12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.
Heb 7:13 For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar.
Heb 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
Heb 7:15 This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek,
Heb 7:16 who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life.
Heb 7:17 For it is witnessed of him, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”
Heb 7:18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness
Heb 7:19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
The verses the writer of Hebrews referenced are from the Psalms. Melchizedek is a title meaning king and priest, just as the person Abraham met after the war of nine kings. Here are the scriptures below:
Gen 14:17 After his return from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the Valley of the King).
Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem, brought out bread and wine. (He was the priest of God Most High).
Gen 14:19 And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth.
Gen 14:20 And blessed be God Most High who delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave to him a tenth of everything.
Psa 110:1 Of David. A psalm. A declaration of Yahweh to my lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”
Psa 110:2 Yahweh will send out your mighty scepter from Zion; rule in the midst of your enemies.
Psa 110:3 Your people will volunteer in the day of your power. In holy splendor, from the womb of the dawn, you will have the dew of your youth.
Psa 110:4 Yahweh has sworn and he will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever according to the manner of Melchizedek.”
Psa 110:5 O Lord, at your right hand he will shatter kings in the day of his anger.
Psa 110:6 He will judge among the nations; he will fill them with corpses. He will shatter the rulers of many countries.
Psa 110:7 He will drink from the stream by the road; therefore he will lift up his head.
The filthy garments are removed, and new garments are given while the guilt of the nation is removed in one day. Zechariah 3:9, “and I will remove the guilt of that land in a single day”. Jesus took away the guilt and traded in His filthy garments, soiled by the sins of all the people in the world, not His own, for clean, new ones. We see imagery in other places in scripture talking about garments:
Mat 22:1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
Mat 22:2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son,
Mat 22:3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.
Mat 22:4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’
Mat 22:5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
Mat 22:6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
Mat 22:7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
Mat 22:8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
Mat 22:9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’
Mat 22:10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Mat 22:11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment.
Mat 22:12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.
Mat 22:13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
What is the wedding garment, and how do we get one? We will be going to a wedding with the King. Could this be what Jesus is referring to with his parable? At the marriage supper of the lamb, the fine linen of the garments are “the righteous deeds of the saints”. There are more references that lead to this same conclusion.
Rev 19:6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
Rev 19:7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;
Rev 19:8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
Rev 19:9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
There is a correlation between conquering, having white garments, and not soiling or defiling them. We see this concept in the wording of the letter Jesus told John to write to the church of Sardis.
Rev 3:1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
Rev 3:2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
Rev 3:3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
Rev 3:4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.
Rev 3:5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
Rev 3:6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
What does this word that translates to white mean in the Greek? It is Strong’s G3022 and appears to mean more than just a color.
1) light, bright, brilliant
1a) brilliant from whiteness, (dazzling) white
1a1) of the garments of angels, and of those exalted to the splendour of the heavenly state
1a2) shining or white garments worn on festive or state occasions
1a3) of white garments as the sign of innocence and purity of the soul
1b) dead white
1b1) of the whitening colour of ripening grain
In these verses below we are shown how to obtain a white robe, that is by washing them in the blood of the lamb.
Rev 7:9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
Rev 7:10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Rev 7:11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
Rev 7:12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Rev 7:13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”
Rev 7:14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Rev 7:15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
Rev 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
Rev 7:17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
The lamb, Jesus, is the only one worthy to take away sins, therefore releasing those who wash their robes from the grips of the grave.
Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Rev 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
Rev 5:10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
Rev 22:11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
Rev 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.
Rev 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Rev 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.
Rev 22:15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Rev 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
According to these scriptures, the ones who wash their robes have the right to the tree of life. Earlier, we saw that we wash the robes in the blood of the lamb. If we look at the ones that are “outside”, “dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood”, the language in all these passages is pretty clear. We have to wash our garments in the blood of the lamb, who was killed to take away the sins of the world, much like the vision Zechariah showed of Jesus shedding the sins of the world with the imagery of receiving new garments. We have to wash our garments in the same blood. But look, with all these verses doesn’t it appear that once we have clean garments, washed in the blood, we have to keep them clean? Jesus says he is going to purge his kingdom of law-breakers. Which laws are these people breaking? Speed limits on highways? The law of gravity? I am suggesting it is not any earthly laws, but the laws of Yahweh God.
Mat 13:41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers,
Mat 13:42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
What do the garments we will get represent? Could they not be our resurrected body ‘shining like the sun’ ? How can we attend the wedding feast in our old garments which are soiled? Once we wash in the blood we will receive something better, which means in a sense, we have already received our new bodies and we need to keep them clean. Maybe it is the inner man that is renewed first, and after the resurrection we will get our “white robes” or angelic bodies, and the transition will be complete.
1Co 15:50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
1Co 15:51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
1Co 15:53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
1Co 15:54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
1Co 15:55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
This is what Jesus is talking about in the following passages of scripture, we were dead but come alive spiritually, just like we will resurrect from the dead physically. One hour is now, where the dead raise spiritually, and the other one coming where the dead raise physically.
Joh 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Joh 5:25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
Joh 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.
Joh 5:27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
Joh 5:28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
Joh 5:29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Keep in mind though, we still have to die, just as Jesus did, spending three days and three nights in the grave. Unless of course, we are alive at His coming.
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
When Jesus was dead for three days and three nights, there was not any non-material part of him, such as a ghost, that ascended to heaven, while his body was lying in the ground. When he rose, He rose with his resurrected body, a complete unit. We will do the same. That is the miracle of conquering death and the grave. If everyone has a non-material part that goes to heaven when they die, or to the place of punishment, that becomes problematic to scripture. How can one be sent to the place of judgement, before the judgement? Jesus asked Mary not to touch him because He had not ascended to the Father.
Joh 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Joh 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
Unfortunately, Christianity has been blended with mythology and philosophy to the point where Christians actually think there is a character like Poseidon in the underworld waiting with his trident for the non-material soul of a dead “bad” person to arrive. Similarly, the “good” person’s non-material part of their body goes to a good place, in the Christian sense, “heaven”. This is all Greek influenced thinking by folks like Plato. It’s not found in the bible. Here is what an early church father, Irenæus, had to say about the subject from Against All Heresies ,Book 5, Chapter 31 sometime in the second century:
- Since, again, some who are reckoned among the orthodox go beyond the pre-arranged plan for the exaltation of the just, and are ignorant of the methods by which they are disciplined beforehand for incorruption, they thus entertain heretical opinions. For the heretics, despising the handiwork of God, and not admitting the salvation of their flesh, while they also treat the promise of God contemptuously, and pass beyond God altogether in the sentiments they form, affirm that immediately upon their death they shall pass above the heavens and the Demiurge, and go to the Mother (Achamoth) or to that Father whom they have feigned. Those persons, therefore, who disallow a resurrection affecting the whole man (universam reprobant resurrectionem), and as far as in them lies remove it from the midst [of the Christian scheme], how can they be wondered at, if again they know nothing as to the plan of the resurrection? For they do not choose to understand, that if these things are as they say, the Lord Himself, in whom they profess to believe, did not rise again upon the third day; but immediately upon His expiring on the cross, undoubtedly departed on high, leaving His body to the earth. But the case was, that for three days He dwelt in the place where the dead were, as the prophet says concerning Him: “And the Lord remembered His dead saints who slept formerly in the land of sepulture; and He descended to them, to rescue and save them.” And the Lord Himself says, “As Jonas remained three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth.” (Mat 12:40) Then also the apostle says, “But when He ascended, what is it but that He also descended into the lower parts of the earth?” (Eph 4:9) This, too, David says when prophesying of Him, “And thou hast delivered my soul from the nethermost hell;” (Psa 86:13) and on His rising again the third day, He said to Mary, who was the first to see and to worship Him, “Touch Me not, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to the disciples, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and unto your Father.” (Joh 20:17)
There are objections to this, but it is too lengthy of a subject for this blog post. I believe dead is dead and that is why the promise of the resurrection is so important. Due to the blending of mythology, there is not a mainstream Christian teaching that can be found on the resurrection of the dead. Note the following passages of scripture:
Ecc 9:5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.
Act 2:29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
Act 2:30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne,
Act 2:31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
Paul tells us that the wages of sin is death. Without the resurrection we would simply die and rot away because of sin. However, with the resurrection comes eternal life or the judgement.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The writer of Hebrews laments the fact that the recipients of his letter do not yet understand the elementary principles of the faith, which includes the resurrection of the dead. Why are we the same today, with nearly no mention of the resurrection?
Heb 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
The resurrection is where we will receive the white garments. We must wash our garments with the blood of Jesus and not soil them. We don’t want to be found naked as Paul states. This following passage contains the verse, which the whole concept of a non-material part of us goes to heaven when we die, appears to be derived from. It is the famous “absent from the body, present with the Lord” verse. It sounds viable misquoted and out of context, but let’s look at what Paul is saying in complete context, keeping in mind all that he has written.
2Co 5:1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2Co 5:2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling,
2Co 5:3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.
2Co 5:4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
2Co 5:5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
2Co 5:6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,
2Co 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
2Co 5:8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
2Co 5:9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Paul states we are in an earthly tent and there is a heavenly home waiting for us in eternity. He is comparing our corruptible body or garment with the incorruptible garment we will receive, and that the Spirit is a guarantee. Yet, he also says we don’t want to be found naked! That is, without either the earthly tent or heavenly body. There is no time that we will be naked, in a non-material state, when meeting Jesus. Also, the key verse that is misquoted is verse 5:8, “Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord”. Of course we would rather be clothed with our heavenly body than in our earthly tent; however, we will have to wait for the resurrection. If the dead know nothing, as the verse in Ecclesiastes states, then the transition from our last breath on Earth to our heavenly body will seem instantaneous, even if we are in the grave for hundreds of years.
Mat 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
Mat 25:32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Mat 25:33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Mat 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
Mat 25:36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Mat 25:37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
Mat 25:38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
Mat 25:39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
Mat 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Mat 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
Mat 25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
Mat 25:44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’
Mat 25:45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
Mat 25:46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Make sure you have your wedding garment and it is unsoiled. No one wants to be found without a wedding garment when Jesus comes.
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So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 Dispensationalism theology is a doctrine I unknowingly embraced long before I ever heard the term, or understood what itContinue reading “Dangers of Dispensationalism”
“She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:18-20 What was Jesus trying to convey with His parable ofContinue reading “Foolish Virgins”
In our world of movies, mythology, and poor theology, the thought of a place called hell brings images of fire and pitchfork wielding, horned entities, torturing those unfortunate enough to find themselves in this underworld dungeon. Is this what the Bible tells us, or has our theology been intertwined with mythology once again? The CyclopediaContinue reading “Where and What is Hell?”
Often Christians will say “all you need is Jesus”, or “ all that a person needs is Jesus”. What does this mean exactly? Unfortunately, many people view this as a prayer and church attendance, possibly treating people better, maybe abandoning some vices, believing that there is a deity who had a son that did somethingContinue reading “All You Need is Jesus?”
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life.Continue reading “What Went Wrong?”
“Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he willContinue reading “The Imaginations of Men”
“Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what weContinue reading “Sungod Worship and the Advent of Jesus’ Birth”
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24 Having been brought up in the Christian church, I had neverContinue reading “Sacrificial System Relevance”
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the fatherContinue reading “What Deception?”
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. Matthew 23:1-3 What are the 613 commandments, also referred a to as Miztvaot? Most peopleContinue reading “What are the 613 Commandments?”