The Gospel of Jesus
The gospel is not, as most believe, that Jesus is going to take us to heaven. Instead, the "good news" that Jesus preached is...
"...Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God." (Mark 1:14) He even told us to pray to our Heavenly Father, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10)
The Bible declares that "... all have sinned (broken God's law)" (I John 3:4) The penalty for sin is death. Jesus became a sin offering, and died for our sins. To receive eternal life we are commanded to believe the gospel of Jesus (Mark 1:15), repent, get baptized in the name of Jesus, and keep God's commandments. ..."if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17) Many believe keeping God's commandments is not necessary to get eternal life. However, in the last chapter of the Bible we read "blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life." (Revelation 22:14
Faith, Grace and Love
Faith, grace and love, many have erroneously used these three words to exempt themselves of any real responsibility to God. They have shared such axioms as "…all you need is faith"; "since we have grace we don’t have to keep the law…" and "we are under the law of love." The following three scriptures prove however, that without actions these words are empty and hollow.
"But wilt thou know oh vain man, that faith without works is dead?" (James 2:20)
"We… beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain." (II Corinthians 6:1)
"If you love me, keep my commandments." (John14:15)
God chose Israel, and still will use them to spread the gospel to all nations. There are no denominations or religious groups found in the Bible. Israel (God’s chosen people) is mentioned from Genesis to Revelation. It is clearly stated and shown that God only works through Israel. He said, "you only have I known of all the families of the earth…" (Amos 3:2) This is why all of the prophets and apostles came from Israel. Many think that Jesus changed this fact, but in reality he was born from Israel and sent only to Israel. He said, "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of Israel." (Matthew 15:24) In the end, God will save others through Israel. Again, he said, "…salvation is of the Jews." (John 4:22)
The Real Israel (Jews)
The Bible and ancient artifacts prove that the Israelites (also known as Jews) are a black people, presently under a curse from God. All black people are not Israelites, just as all white people are not Greeks. Israelites are one group of blacks among many. The distinguishing characteristic is that Israel has been lead into slavery in all parts of the world. This resulted from their sins against God. Jesus prophesied, "and they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations…" (Luke 21:24) Ancient artifacts, such as the tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh, King Tut (Tutankhamen- of the XVIII Dynasty) show us the color of Israel.
Jesus, The God of Old
It's hard for some to believe, but Jesus was God before he came into the world as a man. He was Jehovah in the beginning. He is the only God man has seen, heard or known. This does not exclude the Father because there are two members in the Godhead family. However, man has only dealt with Jesus, because he spoke concerning the Father. "...Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape." (John 5:37) Well, Moses heard and saw God on numerous occasions (read Exodus 24:9-12 and Exodus 34:6) and the whole nation of Israel heard God speak the Ten Commandments. Since according to Jesus, this was not the Father, who was it? Jesus. Jesus is the spokesman for the Godhead, that's why he is called the Word. "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." (John 1:1) Notice, there were two beings called God in the beginning, and the one called the Word created everything (see John 1:2, 3). Later the Word was made flesh and dwelt among his creation (see John 1:14). So, Jesus didn't start with Mary, but had a pre-existence as eternal God. Micah wrote of this when speaking of his birth in Bethlehem. "... whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." (Micah 5:2)
The Lord's Sabbath
There is no such thing as the Christian Sabbath or the Jewish Sabbath as commonly referenced. There is only the Lord's Sabbath, and it is to be observed on the 7th day (Saturday). God instituted his Sabbath in the beginning after working six days. "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made and he rested..." (Genesis 2:2) At that time there were no Christians or Jews. The Sabbath was so important to God that he later revealed it to his people Israel, as one of the Ten Commandments. Yes, honoring the Lords Sabbath is just as important as refraining from stealing and killing. Man has attempted to change the Sabbath to Sunday in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus. Neither God or the Bible supports such a change. Furthermore, Jesus did not rise on the first day of the week (Sunday). Early that morning when the women reached his grave the angel said, "he is not here: for he has risen..." (Matthew 28:6) Jesus was in the grave for exactly three days and three nights (read Matthew 12:40), from Wednesday evening until Saturday evening. So much for changing The Lord's Sabbath.
God’s Holy Days
The Bible speaks of six yearly Holy Days (feasts), which reveal God's master-plan. They are the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), the Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering) (read Leviticus 23). God introduced his Holy Days to Israel when bringing them out of Egypt. They are not only a memorial of God's great deliverance of Israel, but they also foreshadow God's plan of salvation for all people. For instance, the Passover-- a memorial of God passing over Israel's first born in Egypt, also points to the passing over of all believers. Just as the Israelites were spared from death by the blood of the lamb (read Exodus 12:1-14), all believers will be spared by the blood of Jesus. This is why Jesus died on the Passover (not the last supper, read Luke 22:15). By observing it, we acknowledge our belief in God's plan, "...for even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us." (I Corinthians 5:7) Paul and the other apostles understood that God's Holy Days revealed his plan, therefore they continued to honor them. "...I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem..." (Acts 18:21)
The Goodness of God's Law
"Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." (Romans 7:12) This verse is evidently overlooked by all those who attempt to degenerate and do away with God's law. If the Bible tells us to live holy, and it does, there must be some basis by which we can achieve this goal. Living by God's law is it. Yet many who misunderstand Paul's writings (II Peter 3:15,16) have thought to discard the holy law. Paul himself did not dismiss the law. In many instances he let us know that Jesus died to get us from under the wages (penalty) of breaking the law. He further teaches that the animal sacrifices didn't take away sins. The wages of sin is death, and sin is breaking the law (read I John 3:4). Therefore, Jesus was sacrificed to give us another chance at life. This doesn't remove our responsibility to obey God's law. It is the mark to achieve which we all have fallen short of. If we believe in Jesus we are called to repent from our sins (from breaking the law), get baptized and strive for the high calling. "... Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." (Romans 12:1)
Saved, Only if You Endure
Once we come to the Lord, we must continue to serve him until the end of our lives in order to be saved. "By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain." (I Corinthians 15:2) No one is automatically saved just by coming to the Lord, but we must fight a good fight until the end. Jesus repeatedly reminded us of this saying, "...he that overcometh..." (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26) We are in a battle for our salvation, we are in a race. The race is not won at the beginning, but at the end. "...So run, that ye may obtain" (I Corinthians 9:24) We must finish to obtain, because if we turn back we lose tremendously. "For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them ." (II Peter 2:21) Yes, we will only be saved by repenting, getting baptized and keeping God's Holy Law until the end. "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Matthew 24:13)
The End of the World
Soon and very soon (as the song goes) the world will cease to exist, as we know it. The entire Bible points to this time, when Jesus will return and reign gloriously on the earth. His apostles asked, and Jesus gave them numerous signs leading up to the end. He warned us of: wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilence (diseases) and earthquakes all over the world (read Matthew 24:3-7) We see all these signs coming to pass. However, Jesus gave one notable sign, which we still await. "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place..." (Matthew 24:15) This is the most important sign of them all. This was so important; Jesus concluded by saying whoever reads about it let him understand. Yet, many people have been lured to sleep by Satan and don't have a clue, to what Jesus is speaking of. This atrocious act will start the worse period the world has ever seen, the Great Tribulation. This act is simply put, a religious leader (the abomination) moving to God's temple (Holy Place) in Jerusalem. Presently, there is not a temple on the site where God designated Solomon to build the first one. There are however, plans for this structure. Once the temple is built a so-called holy man will move in. The end cannot come until this takes place and the events will last for three and a half years. So the previous statement made that the world will end soon is meant within the limits of God's signs. Jesus cannot return any day as many proclaim. Paul echoes this when writing about this important sign. He states, "let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." (II Thessalonians 2:3) Perdition means to destroy (desolation), which is what this wicked man will do to all of those who fail to worship him. "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." (II Thessalonians 2:4) Beware!
Why Twelve (12)?
"Why Twelve?" is seemingly a strange title for an important biblical fact. This only shows, like the eleven other facts, that the Bible is unknown to the world at large. This last fact ties directly into fact number 4 (Why Israel?), which is a very important part of the scripture. Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel, had twelve sons. The Lord has set everything including the salvation of mankind, around the twelve tribes of Israel. "When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the son’s of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel." (Deuteronomy32:8) Look around and you will see that this is fact, not fiction. This is why we have: twelve months in a year, twelve hours in a day, and twelve hours in a night. When Jesus came to save mankind he had twelve apostles. All who will be saved must enter into the holy city, New Jerusalem, which has twelve gates, twelve foundations and measures twelve thousand furlongs. The wall measures one hundred and forty four cubits, which is twelve times twelve (read Revelation 21:9-21). This could go on and on. In conclusion, Israel has not been done away with by God. Salvation is through the gates of Israel. "And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the tribes of the children of Israel!" (Revelation 21:12