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Let’s answer the following questions?  Why are we here?  What is the meaning of life?

Jesus answered this question when the Pharisees (religious leaders of the day) asked him, what is the greatest
commandment?

Jesus summed up the entire bible (Old Testament and New Testament) with his answer.  The greatest command-
ment is “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul.

This is why we are here!  This is the meaning of life!  This is why we were created!  To love the Lord
our God!

When we love the Lord and pray to the Lord and he answers with his wisdom, this is the relationship that God
wants from us (his creation) and has wanted from people since the beginning of time.

I think it’s important to remember that God is a Spirit that is omnipresent and this Spirit is invisible to the
human eye.

Remember John 4:24  God is Spirit and his worshipers must worship him in the Spirit and in truth.

Next week we will start “Bible Accuracy.”

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Hell 5

Posted: July 27, 2017 in Hell
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This week, most Christians know that Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead after three days, but where
did Jesus go during those three days?

1 Peter 3:19  …He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit, through whom also he went and
preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah
while the ark was being built.

Jesus descended into hell for three days and preach to the unbelievers of the past.  He may have pro-
claimed the gospel or he may have made a declaration of victory or both.

Contrary to some Christians belief, Christ DID NOT descend into hell to bring early believers out of a place
called Abraham’s Bosom.  There is no such thing as Abraham’s Bosom- a so called good area of hell that
held believers until the time of Jesus.

The false idea of Abraham’s Bosom comes from Luke 16:19-26.  These scriptures are a story or parable to make a
point.  Jesus often spoke in parables.  The phrase Abraham’s Bosom is never mentioned.  The great chasm
between the rich man and Lazarus refers to the separation between hell and heaven (heaven is where Abraham re-
sides) and not the separation between hell and some holding place where Abraham supposedly resided.

Again, there is no such thing as a holding place.  Reading 2 Corinthians 5:8 Apostle Paul says “We are of good courage, I say, and prefer to be absent from the body and home with the Lord.”  Believers go immediately to
heaven and nonbelievers go immediately to hell.

Next week we will conclude our study of hell.

Thank you so much for reading. God bless.

Jeff

Hell 3

Posted: July 13, 2017 in Hell
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In Hell 2 we read that hell is referred to as a place of eternal fire.  Now, let’s examine where hell is located.

In Heaven 2 and Heaven 3 we read that heaven stretches from the clouds to the stars.  God is in heaven and out-
side/above heaven.  The only other place for hell is down.  Is hell inside the earth?  Is the eternal fire 
inside the earth?  I think it is.

The earth’s crust is 20 to 30 miles thick.  Beneath the crust is a layer called the mantle.  The mantle is a layer
where hot magna, molten rock and hot gases exist.  This mixture often seeps to the earth’s crust as volcanoes.

Beneath the mantle layer is the outer core which has a temperature of 4400 degrees Celsius.  Beneath the outer
core is the inner core or center of the earth.  The earth’s inner core temperature is equal to that of the sun’s sur-
face at 6000 degrees Celsius.  Some where inside the earth is the eternal fire of hell.

How do we know hell isn’t in another fiery place like the sun or another burning star?

Ephesians 4:9  “He ascended,” what does it mean that he also descended into the lower regions, the earth?

1 Peter 3:19  In it he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey.

After Jesus died on the cross, he descended into hell and proclaim the good news to the nonbelieving souls.

Next week, more on the Abyss.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Hell 2

Posted: July 6, 2017 in Hell
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Welcome and thanks for reading.

Let’s read more scriptures describing hell.

Isaiah 1:31  The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark;  both will burn together, with no one to
quench the fire.

Mathew 5:22  … But anyone who says, “You fool!” will be in danger of the fire of hell.

Mathew 18:8  It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be
thrown into the eternal fire.

Mark 9:43  It is far better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never
goes out.

James 3:6  The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.  It corrupts the whole person,
sets the whole coarse of his life on fire in hell.

The above scriptures refer to hell as a place of eternal fire, but where is the place where the fire never goes
out?  Where is the place where no one wants to go?

Next week we will answer this question.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

Hell 1

Posted: June 29, 2017 in Hell
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Welcome.  Let’s begin our study of hell.  Is hell real and where is it?

Jeremiah 7:30  The people of Judah have done evil in my eyes, declares the Lord.  They have set up detestable
idols in the house that bears my name and have defied it.  They have built the high places of Topheth in the
Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire- something I (God) did not com-
mand, nor did it enter my mind.

What is the above scripture saying?  South of Jerusalem, in the Valley of Hinnom, the people built a fire
pit that was a garbage dump.  It was also where they sacrificed and burned their children to pagan
gods.

In Hebrew, “Valley of Hinnom” is translated as “Gehenna.”  In English, “Gehenna” is translated as “hell.”

The bible calls the eternal home of nonbelieving souls “hell.”  It is called “hell” because the place on earth that
most resembles the horror of this eternal dwelling was the “Valley of Hinnom” or “Gehenna” as described in
Jeremiah 7:30.

Next week we will read more scriptures that describes hell as a real place.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Heaven 8

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Heaven
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Welcome, last week we read that God is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  All three are spiritual
beings that fill the entire universe.  All three are omnipresent which means they are always present everywhere at
the same time.  God cannot be contained by heaven.

In fact, let’s read that God was alive before the heavens and God actually made the heavens.

Psalms 8:3  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you
have set in place.

Psalms 33:6  By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry hosts by the breath of his mouth.

Psalms 102:25  In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your
hands.

Jeremiah 32:17  “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you made the heavens and the earth by your great power and out-
stretched arm.

Collssians 1:16  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;  all things have been created through him and for him.

Not only does God fill the earth, the heavens and the universe, he created the earth, the heavens and the universe.

Next week, the conclusion to heaven.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Last week we read that the heavens are upward in the sky and start near the clouds, but how high do the heavens
go?

As you read the following verses, notice that heaven is plural “heavens.”

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Jeremiah 32:17  Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and out-
stretched arm.

Hebrews 4:14  Therefore, since we have a great priest who has gone through the heavens, …

Nehemiah 9:6  You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry
hosts, …

Revelations 10:6  And we swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in
them, …

2 Corinthians 12:2  I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven.

Clearly, the above scriptures tell us there are several heavens or several layers to heaven.  At least three.
The highest heaven reaches to the stars.  How far into the stars we do not know.  To be sure, the heavens
are massive in size.

Next week, which layer of heaven does God live?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff