The war between God and Satan is about worship, loyalty, and control. In Daniel 7, we read about the little horn power. That same power is shown as a wild animal in Revelation 13. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 names this same religious power “the Man of Evil” (ERV). So, the little-horn power, the wild animal, and the Man of Evil are names for the same religious power. This power tries to take control of the church away from God. This power commands people to be loyal to its rules. It also replaces God’s rules and worships Him with its own rules and forces people to accept false ideas about God. God is different. He is love. God doesn’t force anyone to worship Him. We worship God because we love Him, and He loves us. Only one thing will keep us from getting the sea animal’s mark in the end times. A love for Jesus. This study will explore the sea animal’s mark.
The Book of Revelation warns us that the people on this earth will drink a special drink named the wine of Babylon. This “wine” is false teachings that will lead to everlasting death. But God gives us “medicine” to cure us if we get sick from drinking Babylon’s wine. The “cure” is the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14. In this episode, we will continue to look at Babylon’s lies and false teachings. We also will look at Jesus’ plans to save us from them.
The book or Revelation shows us two women. These two women are word pictures for churches. The first woman wears clothes that shine as bright as the sun. The second woman wears a red dress. Together, these two women show us what happens between God’s followers and Satan’s followers in the war between good and evil. In this episode, we will study the two women in Revelation.
Every person on the earth belongs to the same family. We are brothers and sisters made by the same God. The Genesis story (Genesis 1 and 2) shows us how much we really are worth. What’s more, each one of us is special. There’s no one else who is an exact copy of you anywhere. You are worth so much to God that He was born as a human and died on the cross for you and your sins!
Why does our universe itself, and all the majesty and grandeur and astonishing things in it, exist to begin with? What great logical contradiction would occur were our universe, and we who are in it, not here? According to the latest scientific theory (they tend to change), our universe once did not exist. In other words, ours is a contingent existence, and it’s a miracle that we are here at all. And despite all sorts of myths about the universe arising from absolutely nothing, or from some kind of mathematical equation, our universe exists because God, the Creator, has made it and everything in it.
At the cross, God judged Jesus as a sinner who must die. Jesus died so that we could be judged as holy citizens in God’s kingdom in heaven. God judged Jesus as a criminal so that He can free us from everlasting fire. This fire will burn up all sin and everyone who refuses to accept God’s mercy and forgiveness for their sins.
In the end, God’s work as Judge will show His love and mercy to everyone in heaven and on earth. We will see that God is both fair and full of mercy when He judges the saved and the lost. In this episode, we will study about God’s work as Judge in the end times. We also will look at what happens to God’s loyal people during “the time when God will judge everyone” (Acts 24:25, NIrV).
The purpose of the book of Revelation for our generation is to prepare a people to be ready for Jesus’ soon return and to unite with Him in giving His last-day message to the world. Revelation reveals the plans of God and unmasks the plans of Satan. It presents God’s final appeal, His urgent, eternal, universal message for all humanity.
When most people think about the Bible’s last book, Revelation, they do not think about God’s grace. When they consider God’s last-day message, their thoughts often turn immediately to frightening beasts, mystic symbols, and strange images. The book of Revelation scares as many people as it reassures, which is unfortunate because it is, indeed, saturated with grace and filled with hope. That is, even amid the scary beasts and warnings of persecution and the hard times ahead, God still gives us reasons to rejoice in His salvation.
The three angels’ messages are Jesus’ final message of mercy, a call that leads us from trusting in our own righteousness to trusting the righteousness of Jesus to justify us; to sanctify us; and, at the end of time, to glorify us. As always, though, we must choose Christ, to surrender to Him and to obey Him, and the choices we make now will, indeed, impact the choices we make in the final crisis ahead of us. Thus, now is the time to prepare.
This study focuses on the great controversy between good and evil down through centuries. Revelation 12 presents four great episodes in this conflict. In each of these conflicts, Christ is revealed as our victorious Lord, our triumphant Redeemer, and our mighty Conqueror.
Though we can never earn salvation, the Bible uses the hope of reward as a motivation for faithful living as undeserving recipients of God’s grace, for in the end whatever we receive is, always and only, from God’s grace.
Sometimes our world seems to be spinning out of control: wars, bloodshed, crime, immorality, natural disasters, pandemics, economic uncertainty, political corruption, and more. There is a strong urge for individuals and families to think first of their own survival. This study will look in to how to manage during times that are tough.
This study looks at certain cases of individuals who were resurrected prior to the crucifixion of Christ. Of all these individuals who died, only Moses went straight to heaven. All the rest were brought back to life here on earth. As we look into these accounts we will find clues that help us form a clearer picture of death.
Christ’s resurrection is central to our faith, because in His resurrection we have the surety of our own. But before Christ was resurrected from the dead, He, of course, had to die. This is why, amid the agony of Gethsemane, in anticipation of His death, He prayed: “ ‘Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save Me from this hour”? But for this purpose I came to this hour’ ” (John 12:27, NKJV). And that purpose was to die. This STUDY will focus on Christ’s death and what it means for the promise of eternal life.
The Cross is Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the devil; and His resurrection is the culminating triumphal event. Death could not retain Jesus, for He never committed sin and was sinless in all His actions. Jesus’ death is the central point of His accomplishments; however, the Cross without the resurrection would become only a beautiful philosophy of unselfish service and have no salvific significance. Furthermore, the Cross without the resurrection would be a demonstration of sacrificial love but have no power to transform lives and bring a decisive solution to the problem of sin and death. It would be incapable of providing eternal life for believers (Rom. 3:21–26).
This study will delve into the New Testament passages about the resurrection from the dead. Whether from Paul and the other apostles or from Jesus Himself, none say anything about immortal souls or spirits already being in heaven. The New Testament hope is found in the resurrection and the Second Coming.
This study examines biblical passages that have been proposed by some as promoting the immortality of the soul and/or the existence of a foreverburning hell. These reflections should strengthen our own convictions and help us to answer kindly those who question this crucial teaching.
The eternal destinies of the righteous and wicked are described in sharp contrast to each other. The first group receives everlasting life, and the other group will experience God’s painful judgment of condemnation and be totally annihilated. The big lie of eternal punishment and of the perpetual suffering of the wicked in hell is built on the satanic deception expressed in the Garden of Eden: “ ‘You will not surely die’ ” (Gen. 3:4, NKJV) Another teaching that has arisen through this is the concept of purgatory which removes accountability for personal actions in this life and provides a false sense of security of a second chance, which is never mentioned in the Bible.
Our world increasingly has accepted manifestations of the supernatural. Mysticism, accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs), belief in reincarnation, necromancy, ancestor worship, and spiritism all contribute to the normalization of such things in our society and to the confusion about the afterlife. This study will focus on what we can do to fortify ourselves against the schemes of the devil.
The biblical worldview of human nature is a unity of all aspects of our existence, namely, physical, mental/intellectual, emotional, volitional, spiritual, and social, aspects that do not exist separately or independently from each other. All are put together by our Creator God in a marvelous and unseparated unity, and everything needs to be sanctified by God (1 Thess. 5:23).
God is our Judge (Isa. 35:4). As our Judge, He is impartial in His judgment. This is good news for us. As fallen beings with imperfect judgment and a tendency toward partiality and prejudice, we tend to transport some folks into heaven and then refuse others entry. God knows human hearts, thinking, and motives; thereby, He alone can deliver to every human being an unbiased and just sentence. Through His judgments, God restores His glory and vindicates His character. He does so openly and consistently so that everyone can know who He is (Ps. 34:8). God wants all intelligent beings in the universe to understand His purposes and to know that He deals with evil fairly, punishes the wicked appropriately, and saves sinners justly (Ezek. 18:21, 23, 32; Ezek. 33:11; Rom. 3:21–26).
This study will reflect upon God’s promise to us of new skies and a new earth. It will also look into the topic of the temple in heaven and the end of death and tears. As we shall see, God’s love wins in the end.
As Christians, we are God’s children and part of His family. God blesses His children with many wonderful gifts. One of these gifts is His trust. God trusts us to manage His work on this earth. God also blesses the church with money. God wants us to support His work. He also encourages us to spend our leftover money on the things we need. God wants us to help the needy, too. He also trusts us to raise His children, build His buildings, and teach new Christians Bible truth. This study will consider what it means for us to be part of God’s family.
This study will discuss some very important two-part promises between God and His people. GOD MADE SPECIAL AGREEMENTS with us. Most of God’s promises have two parts. So, both God and humans have a part to do.
In Genesis 14, Abram gives to Melchizedek 10% of everything he owned. Right after Abram gives his tithe, the Lord says, ‘Abram, don’t be afraid. I will defend you. And I will give you a great reward’ What do these Bible truths about tithing mean for us today?