The Bible Says It Is Simple And Easy To Go To Heaven, But Religion Doesn’t Agree

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Early one morning I took a walk to the store and ran into a guy I knew from the neighborhood. He had seen me with my wife a few days earlier and asked me where I met such a pretty lady. I told him that I had met her at the church we attend and that it is a RIGHTLY DIVIDING grace church unlike any other in the New York area. I went on to explain that we are different because we believe in the gospel of salvation found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, which says that a person is saved if they believe that Jesus died for their sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. It is that simple for once a person believes this then they are “sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, Who is our guarantee of our inheritance” of heaven to come as Ephesians 1:13-14 tell us. Getting water baptized is not part of our salvation for as 1 Corinthians 12:13 tells us that it is the “one HOLY SPIRIT that baptizes us into the one body,” the body of Christ. This is why Ephesians 2:8, 9 say it is by grace through FAITH not WORKS that we are SAVED. Having to get water baptized to be saved would be us doing a work to get saved but our salvation comes completely from God. Jesus did all of the work on the cross to pay for our sins. Then the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ, so that we cannot boast. In 2 Corinthians 11:3, we learn that the devil uses his craftiness to blind us from the SIMPLICITY that is in Christ Jesus. When people do not rightly divide the word of truth as we are told to do in 2 Timothy 2:15 then we are fooled into thinking that we have to do things to earn our salvation but like it says in Titus 3:5, it is “not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy, He saved us by the washing” of the Spirit, not water. So enjoy your gift of salvation right now by believing in the finished work Jesus did on the cross and know that there is no big bang you will experience to prove you are saved for “We walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).” In other words, no person, not even yourself can see or feel that you are saved. It just is, what it is, when you accept God’s free gift.

Salvation! Who Can Have It?

The word :

The Bible tells us a few ways to be saved and that is one reason that there are many denominations today. The devil is the one who has created the confusion that leads to so many denominations, not God and the Bible. All a person has to do to know the truth is follow what is written in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of truth.”(KJV)

To prove what I mean, look at these Scriptures, which are NOT for us even though these Scriptures are in the Bible and some who do not study more diligently say that we who are Christians are spiritual Israel, which is far from the truth. In John 4:22, it says, for salvation is of the Jews.”(NKJV). In Romans 11:26, “And so all Israel will be saved…” In Proverbs 28:18, “Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved…” These all have to do with Jews, the nation of Israel.

But now, let us see what the Scriptures have to say for us under the dispensation of the grace of God, known as the Gospel of grace and also the mystery spoken of by our apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:1-9, “…Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles—If indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, How that by revelation He made known to me the mystery…”  In other words, Paul is the apostle to us Christians, who are NOT Jews and are part of the body of Christ. The body of Christ will be judged by Romans 2:16, “In the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.” This is the gospel given to Paul in Eph. 3:1-3.

Our salvation is written in 1 Corinthians 15:2-4, “By which also you are SAVED, if you hold fast (believe) that word which I preached to you…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” 2 Corinthians 11:3, says, “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so you minds may be corrupted from the SIMPLICITY that is in Christ.”

Now, thank God for His great gift to you of saving you from the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14) by dying on the cross for you.

It is done.

You Decide: Grace Or Law?

Tow Puzzle Pieces with Law on one and Grace on the other

God is the best thing to ever happen to man. God has been building the bridge between us and HIM ever since Adam and Eve sinned. The Bible is about God working to get humans back with Him again, and through Jesus, we really have a winner. In this dispensation of grace, we have only to believe in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 then Ephesians 1:13,14  and 1 Corinthians 12:13 are granted to us by faith, which means that we are saved, going to heaven without a doubt. I hope all of you take advantage of the SIMPLICITY (2 Corinthians 11:3) of God’s plan of salvation for you and I.e are to live, where we will go after physical death (1 Corinthians 3,15; 1Thessalonians 4:11-18), and what we are to believe (Romans 3:10, 20-28; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:13,14; Eph. 2:8-10; Galatians 3:10, 14, 22-27; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5-8). THE 4 GOSPELS ARE FOR ISRAEL FOR EVEN JESUS SAYS IN MATTHEW 15:24, “…I WAS NOT SENT EXCEPT TO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.” Of course we are to still read these books for they have good things that can be applied to our lives but THEY ARE STILL UNDER THE LAW AND TEACH THE THINGS OF THE LAW. ARE WE UNDER LAW OR GRACE? GRACE, OF COURSE are to live, where we will go after physical death (1 Corinthians 3,15; 1Thessalonians 4:11-18), and what we are to believe (Romans 3:10, 20-28; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:13,14; Eph. 2:8-10; Galatians 3:10, 14, 22-27; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5-8). THE 4 GOSPELS ARE FOR ISRAEL FOR EVEN JESUS SAYS IN MATTHEW 15:24, “…I WAS NOT SENT EXCEPT TO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.” Of course we are to still read these books for they have good things that can be applied to our lives but THEY ARE STILL UNDER THE LAW AND TEACH THE THINGS OF THE LAW. ARE WE UNDER LAW OR GRACE? GRACE, OF COURSE.

IT IS VERY important to ask some questions when reading our Bibles, like who is God talking to? When, and more? When God speaks in most of the Bible, He is talking to or about ISRAEL, and to not believe this will create a lot of problems and confusion in the life of a Christian. So, I beg of you to please change your perspective now and know what is for Israel and what is for the body of Christ, which believers in Jesus belong under God’s current plan for salvation (i.e. Eph. 3:2). We currently live under the dispensation of grace, not law. Since we live in the dispensation of grace, we need to follow the books written by our apostle, Paul, from Romans to Philemon, as our instructions (Ephesians 3:1-4).  I recommend that we all read the whole Bible (2 Timothy 3:16) over and over but pay the most attention to Paul’s letters (Galatians 1:1-9; 2:20; Romans 12:1-21; Ephesians 3-6) for how we are to live, where we will go after physical death (1 Corinthians 3,15; 1Thessalonians 4:11-18), and what we are to believe (Romans 3:10, 20-28; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:13,14; Eph. 2:8-10; Galatians 3:10, 14, 22-27; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5-8). THE 4 GOSPELS ARE FOR ISRAEL for even Jesus says in MATTHEW 15:24, “…I WAS NOT SENT EXCEPT TO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.” Of course we are to still read these books for they have good things to help us along in our lives, yet, they are still under the law and teach the things of the law. Are we under law or grace? GRACE, OF COURSE!!!!

With God’s love I ask that you do not think that you are SPIRITUAL ISRAEL. In the past dispensation of Law, John 4:22 says,”…for SALVATION is OF the JEWS.” BUT NOW… In this dispensation of GRACE, we see in ACTS 28:28, “Therefore let it be known to you that THE SALVATION OF GOD HAS BEEN SENT TO THE GENTILES, and they will hear it!” Aren’t we blessed? We have the opportunity to be saved apart from becoming a Jew in order to be saved, which is what a person had to do under Law. Please accept God’s free offer of salvation, of the gift of eternal life through faith in His death for our sins, burial, and 3rd day resurrection as the Scriptures say. Acknowledge that you sin and need God’s help then talk to God about how you want Him in your life. This is prayer. God is waiting and listening for you to talk to Him in prayer. He loves us all and that means YOU. God bless.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

Jesus prayed many times. Remember the morning prayers in solitary places (Mark 1:35), the prayer for Peter’s faith (Luke 22:32), the prayers in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36), and the glorious prayer in John 17)?

But Jesus never prayed what is popularly called the “Lord’s Prayer”, and he would be a sinner if he did.

We all know the one. It starts with “Our Father which art in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9).

In the context of Matthew 6 and in the parallel passage in Luke 11, Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray, not praying it Himself.

“…One of His disciples said unto Him, Lord teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1).

He (Jesus) didn’t say “After this manner pray I”, but “After this manner; therefore,pray Ye” (Matthew 6:9). For this reason, the so-called Lord’s Prayer would be more appropriately called the disciples’ prayer.

It should be obvious that Jesus never actually prayed the prayers repeated by millions (Though Jesus instructed them not to pray using vain repetitions) (Matthew 6:7). He was merely teaching His disciples how to pray.

What is important to understand is that if He did pray it, He would have been a sinner, and so is everyone else that prays it. The prayer includes this line:

”And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us”. (Luke 11:4)

Jesus was God manifest in the flesh, and knew no sin:

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory”.  (1Timothy 3:16)

Jesus had no sin to confess and did not need to ask for forgiveness. He was without sin:

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touch with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

If Jesus prayed to” Forgive me my sins”, He would either be a liar or admit to be a sinner. So we see, Jesus could never pray this prayer since it would mean He had sins that need to be forgiven. This prayer was only for His disciples who were the sinners.

Jesus never prayed this prayer and neither should we.

Since Jesus was sinless then it should be easy to understand why He could never pray this prayer, but what does that have to do with us? We are not God manifest in the flesh.  We are not sinless. We are not Jesus and this much is true.

We know that we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and certainly we need forgiveness.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. (Romans 3:23)

However, according to the gospel of the grace of God, Christ from heaven is now offering His righteousness, through His blood, as forgiveness for all our sins.

“In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:14)

“And you, being dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” (Colossians 2:13)

In Matthew 6, God was teaching His twelve apostles over Israel to pray to bring God’s Davidic kingdom to earth, to provide bread like manna in the wilderness, and to pray for conditional covenant forgiveness (Matthew 6:10-15).

In Matthew 6 and Luke 11, when Christ taught His disciples to pray it was before the cross and before He revealed the gospel of the grace of God. Jesus taught Israel to pray according to their covenant with God, and not according to the revelation of the mystery of His finished work on the cross. The cross is nowhere found in Matthew 6 or Luke for that matter.

The dispensation of God’s grace changed how we receive forgiveness which is now by faith in Christ’s finished work.

“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

For us to pray the so-called Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 would be tantamount to ignoring the cross of Christ as the basis of our forgiveness.

Praise God that now that God’s grace has been revealed, all men can be forgiven through the already shed blood of Christ. Once all our sins are forgiven through faith in Christ’s cross there is no need to pray for forgiveness, but thanks be to God for what He has already done in us for Christ’s sake.

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hat forgiven you”. (Ephesians 4:32)

Jesus never prayed the so-called “Lord’s Prayer” and now, if we trust the preaching of the cross (By our apostle Paul), neither should we.

Father, we thank you for the forgiveness of our sins through the shed blood of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!






Important Recall Notice

by Anonymous

The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to the serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype unit code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.

This defect has been technically termed “Subsequential Internal Non- Morality” or more commonly known as SIN, as it is primarily characterized by loss of moral judgment. Some other symptoms are:

  • Loss of direction
  • Foul vocal emissions
  • Amnesia of origin
  • Lack of peace and joy
  • Selfish or violent behavior
  • Depression or confusion in mental component
  • Fearful

The manufacturer, who is neither liable or at fault for this defect, is providing factory authorized repair and service FREE of charge to correct the SIN defect. [The number to call in your area is F-A-I-T-H. Simply believe that Christ died for your sins, was buried and rose again, and your unit will be regenerated. No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Christ will repair and replace it with]:

  • Forgiveness
  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Longsuffering
  • Gentleness
  • Goodness
  • Faith
  • Meekness
  • Temperance

Please see operating manual HOLY BIBLE for further details on the use of these fixes. [See sections I Cor. 15:1-4; Eph. 1:7; and Gal. 5:16-26].

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human unit without correction voids the manufacturer’s warranty, exposing the owner to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. [For free emergency service before it’s too late: call upon the Lord Jesus Christ who loved us and gave Himself a ransom for our sins].

DANGER: The human units not receiving this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace.

This action was authorized by the Creator.

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Answers To Questions From An Email

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The below Q&A (Questions and answers) session was developed from an email to RDT from one of our website visitors.

Question #1 – Were my sins forgiven at Calvary or the moment I placed my trust in Christ?

Answer #1 – Brother, your sins and the sins of the world were paid for and forgiven by the precious blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Jesus died for the sins of every person who ever lived or will ever walk the earth. While Jesus offers everyone forgiveness and salvation, unfortunately not everyone will accept His gift. Jesus, God’s son, saved the world from sin, death in hell, and the power of the devil. Many people choose not to believe in Jesus as their Savior from sin and an eternity in hell.
Scriptures: John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; John 1:29; Rom.5:6-8; Eph. 1:7; Col 1:14

Question #2A – When one believes the gospel, they are instantaneously baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ.  They become “in Christ”.  As question one above asks, are they also forgiven of sin?  If they are forgiven of sin at that moment, what mechanism does God use to make that happen?

Answer #2A – Yes, when we by faith put our trust in the finished work of Christ at the cross of Calvary, the Holy Spirit instantaneously baptizes us into the body of Christ. Please note that this is not a water baptism, but a spiritual baptism. Today under the dispensation of grace, the Holy Spirit is the mechanism that places us into the body of Christ and is also the mechanism that empowers us for the work of the church.
Scriptures: Rom. 3:3-6; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27

Question #2B – Is it correct to tell the unbeliever that God has not, is not, and never will impute their sin unto them?  Is it correct to tell the unbeliever that there is only one way to spend eternity separated from God and that is to reject the accomplishment of the cross which was that Christ bore all the sin of the world upon Himself?  Will their sin send them to hell or will their rejection of the cross send them to hell?

Answer #2B – The whole world was imputed with Adam’s sin and condemned to die. Paul our apostle argues this in Romans chapter 5. God never imputed sins upon anyone. Our sins were imputed upon Christ at Calvary. When an unbeliever continues to reject the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is this rejection that opens the doors of hell, where they will spend all eternity.

Question #3 – If God indeed will someday impute sin upon unbelievers someday (which I cannot find in scripture anywhere), do you have any scripture that would support this?  Or do you understand reconciliation the way that I do?

Answer #3 – In my studies I cannot find any scriptures that tell us that God will ever impute sin to anyone. God brings us back to himself (reconciles us) by blotting out our sins (see Ephesians 2:13-18) and making us righteous. We are no longer enemies to God. Because we have been reconciled to Him, we should want to go and share this good news with others. I like to think of our reconciliation this way, our umbilical cord has been reattached to the Father.


Apostolic Succession…

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… What Is It?

…  Is The Office Of Apostleship Valid For Today?

The doctrine of Apostolic Succession is the belief that the 12 Apostles passed on their authority to successors, who then passed the apostolic authority on to their successors, continuing throughout the centuries even unto today.

The Roman Catholic Church sees Peter as the leader of the apostles with great authority; therefore, his successors carry on this greatest authority. The Roman Catholic Church combines this belief with the concept that Peter became the first bishop of Rome, and that the Roman bishops that followed Peter were accepted by the early church as the central authority among the churches.

Apostolic succession, combined with Peter’s supremacy among the apostles, resulted in Roman bishops being the supreme authority of the Catholic Church – the Pope.

Nowhere in Scripture did Jesus, the Apostles, or any other New Testament writer set forth the idea of “Apostolic Succession”. Further, neither was Peter presented as “Supreme” over the other Apostles. Peter played an awesome role during the ministry of Christ on earth, yet the Scriptures are clear that Peter’s role was no more regarded as supreme than the others.

The Roman Catholic Church points to Acts 1:12-26 (Which deals with Matthias replacing Judas as the twelfth apostle) as an example of Apostolic Succession. While Matthias did succeed Judas as an apostle, this is in no sense an argument for continuing Apostolic Succession.

Matthias being chosen to replace Judas is only an argument for the church replacing ungodly and unfaithful leaders (Judas) with godly and faithful leaders (Matthias). Nowhere in Scripture are any of the twelve apostles recorded as passing on their apostolic authority to successors.

Jesus ordained the apostles to build the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20). The church does not need Apostolic Successors. The church needs the teachings of the apostles accurately recorded and preserved. And that is exactly what God has provided in His Word (Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:15; 4:2)

Throughout the Christian world today, there are still many who hold to the doctrine of “Apostolic Succession”, but there are many arguments against the possibility of any modern apostles today.

  1. The qualifications for the office cannot be met (E.g. they never saw Jesus after His resurrection).
  2. The ability to perform sign gifts, the accompanying credentials of the apostles, is no longer in operation today. They ceased (1 Corinthians chapter 13).
  3. The nature of their work prohibits their continuance – they were foundational with a revelatory ministry: The church has been planted and the completed canon is now being phased into the structure, revelations have ceased (1 Corinthians chapter 13).
  4. Paul was the last apostle.

Apostleship was a temporary and very important gift, but only a few received it. No one today is called gifted, nor can anyone meet the necessary qualifications.

May the Lord Jesus conclude this study with His Blessings.

Notes From Day Two of The 25th Mid-Atlantic Grace Bible Conference

We apologize for the delay in posting these conference notes.

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September 12, 2015 – 9:15 am session

Topic: “Saved From The Tribulation” 1 Th. 5:1-5

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Sadler

Evangelizing of the lost is urgent

Chapter 5

  • Paul turns to the horrific events that the Rapture – The Tribulation period
  • Pre-tribulation 4:13-18 (The Rapture) The teaching of the “Day of the Lord” which follows the Rapture
  • Tribulation 5:1-3 (The Day of the Lord) Those who are left behind to face the terror of the Tribulation

Many things will take place after the Rapture

Times & seasons

  • The Bible is one barometer, and it’s pointing to a hurricane, a catastrophe, to a terrible time of tribulation for the world
  • The Day of the Lord will bring judgment and destruction
    • Isaiah 13:6-11
    • Joel 2:11
    • Jeremiah 46:10
    • Zephaniah 1:14, 15

1 Th. 4:13-18 (Comfort) contrast with 1 Th. 5:1-3 (Judgment)

  • The Day of the Lord extends all the way to the new heaven and earth
  • Paul gives us the beginning and Peter gives us the end

Rev. 21:22 & 2 Peter 3:10

The Day of the Lord – Paul points out three (3) distinctions:

  1. It will be unexpected
  2. It will be destruction and painful
  3. It will be inescapable

The Day of the Lord is coming like a thief in the night

  1. The simile of a thief describes the coming of the Tribulation period
  2. The simile of a thief describes the second coming of the Lord in judgment at the end of the Tribulation
  3. The simile of this is NEVER used in reference to the coming of the Lord at the Rapture of the church

Revelation 6:2

  • A bow with no arrows – referring to a short-lived false peace moment
  • Sign – Seven-year peace treaty with the nation of Israel – Daniel 11:21, 23 –work deceitfully
  • People will not expect what will happen next.

Zachariah 1:5; Mark 13:6; Matt. 24:22; Rev. 13:17, 6:8, 9:6, 8:13; 2 Th. 2:8,9

The Seven Seals


  1. Seal one (Rev. 6:1,2) False-peace movement by Anti-Christ
  2. Seal two (Rev. 6:3,4) Removal of peace and wars that engulf the earth
  3. Seal three (Rev. 5, 6) Famine and food shortages on the earth
  4. Seal four (Rev. (6: 7, 8) Death on the earth
  5. Seal five (Rev. 6:9-11) Death among the saints for their faith
  6. Seal six (Rev. 6:12-17) Mega-national disaster
  7. Seal seven (Rev. 8:1-6) The Seven Trumpets

The Seven Trumps


  1. Trump one (Rev. 8:7) Raging fires
  2. Trump two (Rev. 8:8, 9) 1/3 of the seas polluted
  3. Trump three (Rev. 8:10, 11) 1/3 of fresh water contaminated
  4. Trump four (Rev. 8:12, 13) Celestial disruptions
  5. Trump five (Rev. 9:1-12) Demonic locust invasion
  6. Trump six (Rev. 9:13-21) Demonic horsemen wage war
  7. Trump seven (Rev. 11:15-19) The Seven Bowls

The Seven Bowls 


  1. Bowl one (Rev. 16:2) Skin sores
  2. Bowl two (Rev. 16:3) Seas turn to blood and death of sea creatures
  3. Bowl three (Rev. 16:4-7) Fresh water turns to blood
  4. Bowl four (Rev. 16:8, 9) Human scorched with great heat
  5. Bowl five (Rev. 16:10, 11) Worldwide darkness
  6. Bowl six (Rev. 16:12-16) Euphrates River dried up
  7. Bowl Seven (Rev. 16:17-21) Massive earthquakes

Jeremiah 30:6, 7…as a woman in travail…

Matt. 24:8 – First 3 ½ years – beginning of sorrows

1 Th. 5:4 is in contrast to 5:1-3

  1. 1-3 “they” and “them” (those left behind after the Rapture)
  2. 4  “we” (The church won’t be here)

1 Th. 4:13-18 – The Rapture – “We” the Body of Christ

Paul is distinguishing the church, The Body of Christ, against those who will be left behind in the Tribulation

The dispensation of grace begins with grace (salvation of the first member at the Damascus road) and ends with grace (salvation of the last person saved in this dispensation).

All the Lord’s comings are rescues:

1st coming to rescue us from sin

2nd coming to rescue us from the wrath to come

Joel 2:2; Zeph. 1:15; Amos 5:20

2 Cor. 6:2 “Behold, today is the day of salvation”

Col. 1:12 …in light

Eph. 5:8 …light

Rescue from the Tribulation

Joel 2:2

Zep. 1:15

Amos 5:20

2 Cor. 6:2  -“Behold, today is the day of salvation”

Col 1:12… in light

Eph. 5:8… light

1 Th. 5:4, 5 – Day people. We belong to the light

100% guaranteed! The church will not face one single second of the Tribulation

Get Right (with God)


Get Left (behind)

These notes are a combination of Maria and Ava’s notes.

Notes From Day One of The 25th Mid-Atlantic Grace Bible Conference

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September 11, 2015 – 8:00 pm session

Topic: “Saved From Hell” Revelation 20:13-15

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Sadler

What is being saved? Define “Saved”

Saved and Salvation, is being rescued from a real place – Hell.  Saved from what? – From the eternal torment in the lake of fire.

We are to have a burden for those who aren’t saved from hell and a gratitude that we are.

Death in verse 13 speaks of the grave.

  • Death Statistics for people:
  1. Every day: 150,000 people die
  2. Every month: 45 million people die
  3. Every year: 55 million people die

What reality do they find beyond the grave?

Hades/hell – temporary holding place for unbelievers-unsaved men’s souls go – in the center of the earth.

Verse 14 – death and hates are cast into the lake of fire because there will no longer be a physical death. All unsaved will be in the lake of fire.

  • The two deaths:

1st death = physical

2nd death = soul – eternal separation from God into the Lake of Fire.

Verse 15 – Who was not found in the book of life he was cast into the lake of fire…both body and soul.

There are only two destinations:
Heaven or Hell.

2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9

Genesis 4:13, 14 – the horror of separation from the Lord is seen in the life of Cain

Revelations 21:8 – The lost in hell will spend eternity among the wicked…for all eternity,,, among demons. Hell is insufferable punishment. There is no way out no escape route; no exists.

Revelation 22:11

Revelation 14:11

After you die your destination is sealed. There are no do-overs!

There is no salvation in hell.  All the ways to hell are one-way streets.  There is no hope of return.  It is a “Dead End!”

Matt 25: 41; John 8:44

Recommended reading: “Wrath of God” by Thomas Hooker

Matt. 18: 8, 9; Rev. 19:20; Mark 9:43,45- unquenchable fire-hell

Matt. 13: 42, 50 – furnace of fire

Matt. 10:28, 22:13 – Hell is a place of “outer darkness”

Jude 1:13 – “Blackness of darkness forever”.

Gnashing- speaks of regret/remorse.

Luke 16:19-31 – Lazarus and the Rich Man in Abraham’s Bosom/Paradise.

Paradise   “The Great Gulf fixed”  Hades

Lazarus                                              the Rich Man

The Rich man in Hades –

He could see, he could speak, he could remember – he had a consciousness.

Verse 26 of Luke 16 – a Great Gulf fixed – A chasm

Abraham reminds them there is nothing that can be done when they are dead. You are like this for all eternity.

Nothing but rest in one compartment and nothing but no rest in the other

Pain                            no pain

Joy                              gnashing and whaling

No thirst                     thirst

In the first compartment, you are honored by God for all eternity

Leviticus 9:22 thru 10:2

Romans 5:9 – Saved from wrath through Him – the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Jude 1:23; Psalm 107: 1-2

Give thanks unto the Lord.

God uses rescued people to rescue people!

These notes are a combination of Maria and Ava’s notes.

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