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"No one part is greater than the whole"

                                                   Dr. Anne Godly


BIBLE STUDY TOPIC: Defining Grace

What is the definition of grace? Grace is undeserved acceptance and love. Those who have repented of their sins and received God's Holy Spirit are saved by grace. Once you understand this, an important question you should ask yourself is: what is sin? 1John 3:4 Sin is the transgression of God's laws. In other words, sin is living outside of God's laws. It is disobedience to God. Sin is lawlessness.
Let's clear up the misunderstanding some religious people have about the law and grace. The crux of the gospel of Immanuel Christ is that He died for our sins, was resurrected and now sits on the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Savior. When Adam and Chavvah (Eve) sinned, they could only produce sinful children. Creatures produce like off-spring. Therefore, every human being is born into sin. Being born into sin gives you the propencity to sin. You have the sin nature, so you will sin naturally. John 1:1 God is His Word. God has laws. God's laws reflect His character. The wages of sin is death. All human beings have incurred the death penalty for their sins because we do sin. God cannot change His righteous laws to save us; but God so loved us that He gave His only begotten Son to die instead of us; so we could be saved through Him. This plan required great sacrifices for God the Father and God the Son. They were willing. Christ Immanuel became human, lived a righteous life without one sin and became our sacrificial Lamb. Christ's life is more valuable than every person's life combined because He created all that exists and is above all. God Ahayah the Father accepted Christ Immanuel the Son as the perfect sacrifice for payment of the death penalty on each person. So now we have the opportunity to receive eternal life instead of the death we deserve... but there are requirements involved. This is the part so many people ignore. In order to have the blood of the Lamb of God, Who is Christ Immanuel, applied to your life, you must first repent of all your sins. You cannot continue to live the life of sin that you were living before. John the baptist said, "Repent". What does repent mean? To change your life from a life of sin to a life of righteousness. It means to stop living in sin and start keeping God's laws. Hello!
There are religious people, yes and even some ministers that don't get this. Some ministers teach, "We are not under the law. We are under grace. The law has been done away." Read Romans 3:19-31 Paul sums it all up in verse 31. "Do we nullify the law? No! Just the opposite. We establish the law.
The law has not been done away. It has been estabished. Some people are confused about what is meant by "the works of the law". It simply means you cannot EARN salvation. In order to earn salvation, you cannot even sin once. That eliminates every human being, "for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of the Lord". Romans 3:23 So we are helpless to save ourselves. We need a Savior. Christ Immanuel is our Savior who lived a completely sinless life and Who shed His blood for the remission of our sins. So where does that leave us? Can we just go on enjoying sin because Christ paid for our sins and set us free?
Read Romans 6:1-2 Absolutely not is the answer. You must understand why Christ had to die for you... it was because of your sins. Sin is what got you into trouble with God in the first place. Now think about it: why would Christ die for you to be free to continue to sin? That makes no sense whatsoever. Christ died so you can repent of your sins. God knew you were born into sin and had a sinful nature that kept you from keeping His laws. Therefore, God gave us His Holy Spirit. Once you receive God's Holy Spirit, It changes your human nature into Godly nature. You receive a small measure of God's nature via the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will grow within you as you keep God's laws and walk in the NEWNESS of life. Your old life was a life of sin. Your new life in Christ is a life of righteousness. Righteousness is keeping God's laws. Righteousness is obeying God. God HATES sin. You please God by abstaining from sin. The Holy Spirit gives you the power to do this. You cannot obey God consistently without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the power of God. It gives you the power to keep God's laws, commandments and statutes. Romans 4:3 Righteousness is believing God.
The bible says we are to be baptised by immersion. What does baptism represent? Read Romans 6:3-13 Baptism is being buried in a liquid grave and resurrected to a new life in Christ. Your sinful life was buried and is dead via baptism. When you come up out of the baptismal watery grave, you are being symbolically resurrected as a new righteous person with Godly nature.
Read Romans 6:14 Being under grace doesn't mean you are free to sin, instead it means sin doesn't have mastery over you anymore. Romans 6:15-23 Now that you are under grace, you have the help of the Holy Spirit guiding you into righteous living and giving you the power to keep God's laws.
Don't be deceived by false teaching. Any minister who teaches you don't have to keep the 10 commandments is being used by Satan. Think it out: since sin is the breaking of God's law, IF being under grace meant you don't have to keep God's laws, there would be no such thing as sin. You couldn't break God's law if grace said you don't have to keep God's law. If you don't have to keep God's law, there is no such thing as sin. Bam!... if there is no such thing as sin, then we don't need the savior Christ Immanuel. We don't need the Holy Spirit and we don't need God Ahayah the Father. If that is true, then all murderers, rapists, child molesters, liars, cheats, thieves etc. are all under grace too and will also be in God's kingdom without repenting. Since they don't have to repent, they can go on sinning and doing all manner of evil, even once they enter God's kingdom. Do you see the folly in the false teaching that the law has been done away because we are not under the law but under grace? God said, "Nothing that defiles shall enter My kingdom." Revelation 21:27
Yes we are under grace, but only IF WE REPENT OF ALL OUR SINS, RECEIVE GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT AND WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. Righteousness is keeping the law. Are YOU truly under grace?  


BIBLE STUDY TOPIC: The True Identity of Melchisedec

There is much confusion in religious circles about the true identity of Melchizedek (Melchisedec). However there need not be any confusion at all, because the bible in no uncertain terms states exactly who Melchizedek is in various places in the scriptures. Some ministers teach Melchizedek is Shem, the son of Noah, which they say comes from the apocrypha. Others say Melchizedek is just a priest from the old testament. Some say Melchizedek is Christ. Who will you believe? The bible tells us to study to show ourselves approved as good and faithful servants rightly dividing the Word of God so as not to be ashamed. 2Timothy 2:15 says in order to know what is right or wrong, we have to study.
Let the bible identify Who Melchizedek really is. John 1:1 identifies God as His Word. The bible is God's Word. Therefore, the bible is God. God will tell us Who Melchizedek is. Let God speak. Who is Melchizedek? Hebrews 5:1-6 These verses first explain that a high priest is an intercessor between the Father God and the people who want to serve Him. He offers up sacrifices for their sins so they will be forgiven by Ahayah the Father. Immanuel the Christ is our perfect sacrifice. He is the Lamb of God. He offered up Himself. In verse 5 God the Father is identified as the same One who called Immanuel His Son by the name Melchizedek in verse 6. Now read verses 7 through 10 of Hebrews the fifth chapter. When Immanuel was "in the flesh" refers back to John 1:14. Christ became flesh and dwelt among us. Immanuel Christ became a man. He took on our form so He would be like us to redeem us to the Father. Knowing that He had to be sacrificed through suffering, He constantly prayed to Ahayah the Father Who had the power to save Him from death. Father Ahayah had to raise Christ Immanuel from the grave after three days and three nights. After the resurrection, Christ became perfect and the author of our salvation. Verse 10 again identifies Immanuel the Christ as Melchizedek. Being perfect, He would never die again which makes our salvation eternal. Hebrews 6:20 Now Christ is the perpetual High Priest on the right hand of God Ahayah the Father. We are now under the Melchizedek priesthood. It is a spiritual priesthood. Christ is continuously compared to Melchizedek. His priesthood is eternal, never ending and forever.
Hebrews 7:1-24 is the clencher that proves no man, woman, no human at all can be Melchizedek except Christ Immanuel. First of all, verse one calls Melchizedek the King of Salem Who blessed Abraham. Therefore, He had to be greater than Abraham to bless Abraham. The greater blesses the lesser. Verse 2 puts Melchizedek on a level of God when it calls Him the King of Righteousness. No man can earn that title. We are all born of sin and worthy of death. All of us have sinned. Christ Immanuel is the only human being Who lived a sinless life. He is our unblemished atonement. Christ Immanuel is the only One Who can be called the King of Righteousness. Also King of Peace is a title that only God can have. Christ is the King of Peace because when He sets up the Kingdom of God upon this Earth at the seventh trump during His second coming, He will establish peace on this Earth for the first time since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. No man is the King of Peace. Each man who tried to bring peace on this Earth failed miserably. There has never been peace on this Earth since Eden. This world has experienced wars and rumors of wars since Adam and Chavvah (Eve) sinned by influence of Satan. If there is peace in one country, there are more countries where war is rampant. Only Christ can hold the title King of Peace (Salem). Immanuel will return to the Earth to overthrow the one world government beast power that will be ruling at that time. There will be a final war to end all wars permanently. Some people call this war the battle of Armageddon. Satan will possess the beast power dictator who will be in control of the world governments and the false prophet who will be in control of the world's religions. The world armies will be influenced by Satan to actually fight a war against Christ at His second coming. It will be their last stand. There will never be another war. The true King of Peace will bring peace to this Earth. Shem, the son of Noah is not Melchizedek. He never brought peace to this Earth, nor ever will. Shem sinned just like everybody else and can never hold the title King of Righteousness. Christ Immanuel never sinned even once.
If it is any doubt in anybody's mind about Who Melchizedek is, verse 3 eliminates all other possibilities except Immanuel the Christ. "without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but MADE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF GOD; abideth a priest continually." This verse explains that Melchizedek is immortal. Who does the bible declare as the Son of God? Immanuel the Christ, not Shem or any other priest from either testament. Before Christ became flesh and dwelt among us, He was eternal with the Father, immortal: God the Father was not referred to as the Father until Christ was born in the flesh. After the virgin birth, Christ called Him the Father because He sired Him via the Holy Spirit. Christ was not the Son of God until the virgin birth. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was WITH GOD. Christ is the Word. This verse speaks of two beings, one with the other. Both of them are God.
God did establish an Earthly priesthood via the Levites while Israel was an independent nation. Everyone had to be born a Levite in order to become a priest. Moses and Aaron were Levites. The Levites performed all the ceremonial duties of the priest. They were given the tithes. Before the Levites, the tithes were given to Melchizedek. Abraham paid his tithes. Hebrews 7:4 Melchizedek was not a Levite, though He received the tithes. Hebrews 7:6 The first priesthood was of Melchizedek, then it was changed to the Levites. Hebrews 7:5 Now it has returned to Melchizedek again. The priesthood went from spiritual to physical, back to spiritual. The Melchizedek priesthood is superior to the Levitical priesthood. Hebrews 7:7 Verses 7-12 explain that Levi who is the father of the Levites, was in Abraham's loins when Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. In other words, the priesthood was in existence before the Levites. The Levites who received the tithes are human and therefore die, but Melchizedek is spiritual and will never die. The change in the law mentioned in verse 12 is now God's priest do not have to be born in the Levitical tribe to be priests. God's priests are the ones He calls and chooses to be His ministers in His church. Hebrews 7:13-14 show us Christ was born out of the tribe of Judah. Christ therefore is a Jew, but even being a Jew He still received the tithes as Melchizedek; thus changing the Levitical law which was physical, being based on one's birth into the tribe of Levi into a spiritual law of eternity being based on those who God calls and chooses to be priests. Christ is "another priest" Who came after the Levitical priesthood had ended, mentioned in verses 15-17
Christ Immanuel is Melchizedek. He manifested Himself in the flesh as a priest in the old testament to establish the priesthood on this Earth to set the example of how things were to be carried out by the priests. Abraham knew Who He was and gave Him his tithes. Later the priesthood was shifted to the Levites after God made Israel an independent nation. He instructed the Levites on how to serve as priests for His people. The animal sacrifices and all the priesthood duties reflect what must be done to atone for our sins. The animal sacrifices were continuous because animals cannot atone for our sins, but God the Father accepted them temporarily until our true sacrificial Lamb would come. All these things pointed to Christ coming to be our permanent final sacrifice. When Christ was crucified as our Passover Lamb to atone for our sins, the veil in the temple was torn into, giving us access to God the Father in the Holy of Holies, which we never had before then. God the Father does not tolerate sin and was inaccessible to us before Christ died and shed His blood as our perfect sacrifice. Matthew 27:51-54
Christ Immanuel the perfect sacrificial Lamb of God is the only One Who qualifies to be Melchizedek our great High Priest. No man sired by the sperm of a man can be the King of Righteousness. Christ was sired by the Holy Spirit. He was a human being because He was born of woman via Miriam (Mary) His virgin mother, and He was God because He was not sired by the sperm of a man. Immanuel was God and man combined. There will never be peace on this Earth until the King of Salem, which is the King of Peace, returns to establish God's Kingdom on this Earth in the world tomorrow. Christ who is Melchizedek will make His saints kings and priests to rule with Him in His kingdom on this Earth over the nations. Revelation 1:6, Revelation 11:15 We will be kings and priests along with Christ Immanuel our High Priest in the Melchizedek priesthood ruling over the nations of this Earth when God's kingdom conquers this world's nations; setting up God's government on Earth in tommorrow's world, the new age of righteousness and peace.


BIBLE STUDY TOPIC: The Affect of the Nicolaitans

The affect that the Nicolaitans have had on the world via religion is extreme. Their practices have permeated our society internationally. They affect our languages and customs. It all started with the first world ruler, Nimrod and was passed down throughout the generations until this present day. It is founded on sun and idol worship. Its traditions exist in practically all religions and cultures to some degree.
Nimrod is mentioned in the bible as the "great hunter". As an expert archer, he was a highly intelligent, strong, ruggedly built, attractive man who gained authority by protecting the people from the many wild animals of his day. He formed the first world government. The praise and adulation from the people encouraged him to profess himself to be a god. He orchestrated and built the Temple of Babel. Genesis 10:8-12 Eventually, he was killed by a wild pig. His wife took this opportunity to convince the people that his spirit possessed the sun. She futher claimed his spirit descended from the sun and impregnated her with their son, Tummaz, who became known as the son of god. Tummaz was the son of the sun god Nimrod. The people performed various rituals in praise and worship to Nimrod and his son Tummaz. Since Nimrod was the sun god and his son Tummaz, the son of the sun god; his wife became known as the sun goddess, Ishtar (Easter). Here you have the trinity. This is the origin of sun and idol worship that still exists in today's society. Many religions have practices deeply rooted in these pagan observances.
The Nicolaitans are mentioned in the bible. Revelation 2:6, Revelation 2:14-16 Notice Christ's message to the seven churches declares that He hates the deeds and doctrine of the Nicolaitans. Verses 14-15 tell us why: ..."in the SAME WAY Balaam taught Balak deeds of idolatry and doctrine of immorality"...just like the Nicolaitans did. Read Jude 7, 11
There is a man in the bible named Nicolas who was a proselyte from Antioch mentioned in Acts 6:1-6. He converted from paganism to Judaism and then to Christianity. Many people, like Nicolas, jump from one religion to another and bring some of the practices of their former religion into their new religion. This is what the Nicolaitans did. The word Nicolaitans derives from the words: war and victory. What the Nicolaitans did that Christ hated was to secretly war with religions and gain victory by infiltrating them with pagan practices pertaining to idol and sun worship. Galatians 2:4 Thus resulting in the people actually serving idol gods while being deceived into thinking they are serving AHAYAH. AHAYAH told Israel time and again not to attempt to serve Him with idol practices, deeds and doctrine. AHAYAH hates paganism. Deuteronomy 12:29-31 Yet most of todays religions mix paganism in their worship to AHAYAH.
Let's look at a few examples of the paganistic observances incorporated into the world's religions and customs. These traditions have been perpetuated by international bankers, traders and merchants for centuries; because they earn millions of dollars in profits each year by keeping the masses of people spending money in celebration of these observances. I encourage you to do research yourself on the origin of all these practices. 1)Sunday worship: the first day of the week was designated for worshiping the sun. The goddess Ishtar instituted sun worship on Sunday, the first day of the week, in honor of her husband Nimrod, the sun god. The true Sabbath that AHAYAH sanctified is the seventh day of the week. Exodus 20:8-11 Notice the Sabbath is founded on AHAYAH being the creator. Keeping the seventh day holy acknowledges AHAYAH as being the divine Creator and our ONLY God. 2)Christmas: the Christmas tree, the mistletoe, Santa Clause, stockings hanging above the chimney, the December 25th winter solstice, Yule logs, and so many other Christmas practices all are based on paganism and idol worship. Jeremiah 10:1-4 Merchants earn more profits from Christmas shoppers than for all the other days of the year COMBINED. Christmas was formerly called the Saturnalia celebration of agriculture in worship to the sun. Christmas was being celebrated hundreds of years before our savior Christ Immanuel was born and therefore can never be the celebration of His birthday. 3)New Years day: the watchnight practice-watching the clock for midnight to come, the debauchery and drunkeness are all paganistic. Bars, nightclubs, hotels and liquor stores earn millions from this celebration. 4)Easter: Easter eggs, Easter bunnies, hot-cross-buns... which are cakes to the Queen of Heaven-the goddess Astoreth, and Easter sunrise service are all founded on idol and sun worship. This celebration adds money to the coffers of grocery, clothing and shoe stores each Spring. 5)Halloween: the phrase "trick or treat", the wearing of masks- especially the horror masks and the burning of homes are all pagan practices. Halloween was previously called All Saints Day. People buying masks, costumes, candy and throwing Halloween parties keep the merchants rich each Halloween. 6)May Day: the Maypoles and lawn festivals all stem from the pagan babylonian feasts dedicated to the worship of the sun and idols. 7)Valentines Day: the heart shape of jewelry, candy and cards point back to the archer Nimrod the sun god; couples uniting for romantic dining, then engaging in sex, the giving of romantic gifts etc., all are customs from the Lupercalia celebration for the idol god of fertility-Lupercus. Hotel rooms, restaurants, candy stores and florists report huge profits each Valentines Day.
Millions of dollars are spent in advertising by the powers that be influencing the masses to continue to carry on these traditions each year, due to the enormous wealth they bring to the merchants. All these traditions originated from sun and idol worship dating back to Egypt when it was a dominant power. They were then adopted by Babylon, where they expanded worldwide and became grounded in society as universal pagan customs.
The Nicolaitans also infiltrated the religions with doctrine. These pagan doctrines are still taught in most religions: 1)The teaching of the immortal soul. The bible says a soul can die. Ezekiel 18:4, 20 2)Purgatory-which is unscriptual. The teaching of purgatory came into practice when unscrupulous priests charged the rich parishioners money to keep their dead loved ones from going to hell. These priest became wealthy from this deception. 3)The teaching that people burn in hell, but never burn up. The bible says the wicked burn up and become ashes. Malachi 4:1-3 4)The teaching that righteous people die, immediately go to heaven and can see what we are doing on earth. The bible says the dead know nothing and all the righteous will be resurrected at the same time during the seventh trump when Christ returns to this Earth... and they live on Earth in a new world governed by Christ. Ecclesiastes 9:3-6, 1Corinthians 15:51-53, Revelation 5:9-10 5)the practice of infant baptism and sprinkling instead of immersion. Only adult men and women were baptised by the apostles, not infants. Baptism is immersion into the water, not sprinkling. This is why baptism is referred to as the watery grave. It represents being buried with Christ and then being resurrected in Him. Acts 8:12, Matthew 3:13-16
All these deeds, doctrines, practices and observances were stealthily snuck into... and eventually embraced by the vast majority of all of today's religions... by the Nicolaitans. Read Jude 4 AHAYAH made it clear that He does NOT accept this Nicolaitan paganism as service to Him. He has told His people, "YOU CANNOT SERVE ME DOING THE THINGS THE PAGANS DO. I WILL NOT ACCEPT IT". For the things the Nicolaitans do, THEIR PAGAN DEEDS AND DOCTRINES, are the things AHAYAH HATES. AHAYAH tells us in His written word how to please Him. We learn how to serve Him via the words of the bible. We should add nothing to it, nor take anything away from it. The Nicolaitans have fooled most religious people into thinking they are serving the God of the bible, Whose name is AHAYAH; when they are actually worshiping the sun and serving idol gods. If you practice any of these pagan traditions, ultimately you are a devil worshiper. Nicolaitans are those who practice paganism.

BIBLE STUDY TOPIC: God is His Title, Not His Name


We can refer to God by His title or His name. Either way God is pleased to answer us, but there is a difference between a title and a name. For example, since earning my doctorate degree, I am called "doctor" by some people. Some people use my title "doctor" in reference to me as if it is my name. They call me by my title in place of my name. That is fine. I will answer them either way, but "doctor" is not my name.
The word God refers to the Creator in the English language. However, it is not His name. It is His title. It tells us what He is. He is God, but His name is not God. You can call Him God in place of His name, but it is important to know that God is His occupation, not His name.
There is a little known fact that only the very studious bible buffs know: The God of the old testament is also the One who became the Son of God in the new testament. God the Father created everything through God the Son who became flesh and dwelt among us. John 1:1-3, John 1:14 God the Father has never had any personal contact with people. John 14:6 All the interaction people have had in the new and old testaments has been with God the Son. Of course, in the old testament He was not known as God the Son, because He had not been born of the virgin. Therefore, in the old testament He was referred to by His title God or His personal name AHAYAH. In the new testament, He is called by His title, the Son of God or by His personal name Christ Immanuel. Notice Christ Immanuel revealed that He was the Burning Bush: He called Himself "I AM" meaning AHAYAH. John 18:4-9 This is the same name He told Moses to call Him on Mt. Sinai. Some bibles have this verse written in red to let you know Christ spoke these words. Also the word "He" is written in italics because it was added by the translators for clarification. Actually, Christ Immanuel didn't say, "I am He", He really said, "I AM" and the power of His name knocked the soldiers back off their feet onto the ground.
God the Father and God the Son are One. Both are God. John 14:9-11 They work together as a team. God the Father tells His Son what He wants done and the Son speaks the Word and does the work to carry it through.
Titles are often used in place of a person's name in reference to them. The president of the United States is often called Mr. President instead of his real name, such as President Barack Obama. Titles are a show of respect. They can be used in place of the person's name, i.e. Doctor or they can precede the person's name, i.e. Dr. Anne Godly. They simply tell you the person's occupation. God is the Creator. His occupation is creating everything that exists. We can call Him by His title or we can call Him by His personal name. A personal name is more intimate. It suggests a closer relationship exists between the parties involved. That is why it is important to know that God is a title, not a personal name.
The most important thing is that you talk to God. Call Him God to acknowledge who and what He is, but once you become His child, it feels good to call Him by His personal name. He is the only true and living God and there is no other. Calling Him by His personal name distinguishes Him from the idols. The idols are false gods. He is the only Creator God: AHAYAH the Father and Christ Immanuel the Son.


BIBLE STUDY TOPIC: Is Having More Than One Wife a Sin?


There are religions that teach that men can have multiple wives. Others teach that monogamy is the only relationship for marriage. I want to tell the truth about this subject from every angle to get to the bottom of the matter, so the God of the bible can be revealed.
The best place to start is at the beginning. God doesn't do anything without a purpose and anytime God commands you to do something, He gives you the ability to get the job done. God is just and fair. In the book of Genesis, we see God created us in His own image and after His likeness. Adam was created first. Now came the time for man to have a help meet that was comparable to him. So God put Adam, the man, to sleep, took out his rib and formed woman. Adam said "she is flesh of my flesh and bone of my bones". Genesis 2:23 Read Genesis 1:26-28 Notice it says "God said, Let Us make man in Our image and after Our likeness and let THEM HAVE DOMINION..." Realize it DOESN'T say let HIM (Adam) have dominion, it says let THEM (Adam and his wife) have dominion. The word man in this scripture is referring to both men and women having dominion over all things in the Earth. God was putting the woman on an equal level with Adam. In the Strong's concordance you will find the word man in this scripture means "a human being". Look it up for yourself. It is number 120 in the Hebrew dictionary part of Strong's concordance.
I have heard some ministers say woman was not made in the image of God. That is a lie. Both men and women are made in God's image. So anyone who says women are not equal to men is lying. God said woman is equal to man. It is important to get the equality of men and women straight from the beginning, because many cultures teach that a woman is less than a man and that is why women are treated with disrespect. They are reduced to the level of merchandise to be bought, sold or traded, as if they are a commodity and not even human in some instances. Obviously, this is contrary to the way God initially established the relationship between men and women. So Genesis 1:26 proves that God created woman to have equal dominion over all the things in the Earth with man.
Adam named his wife Chavvah (Eve), because she is mother of ALL LIVING. Only one woman can hold this position. Genesis 3:20 God told Adam and Chavvah (Eve) to be fruitful and multiply. Genesis 1:28 Now let's make an observation. Both Adam and Chavvah are equal in the eyes of God. God gave Adam just one wife. God told Adam and Chavvah to replenish the Earth, not just the Garden of Eden, not just the city of Jerusalem, not just the state of Israel, but the whole entire planet. God is wise. Knowing that He told Adam and Chavvah to populate the Earth, He still only gave Adam one wife. If any man ever had an excuse for having multiple wives, it was Adam, considering he was commanded to populate the Earth. Yet, an intelligent God gave him just one wife to get the job done. Now, if Adam didn't need more than one wife, neither does any other man. Actions speak louder than words. God established the marriage relationship to be monogamous. That's action. God could have given Adam many wives, BUT HE DID NOT. We also know that God didn't create other wives for Adam that are not recorded in the bible, because Adam said Chavvah (Eve) was the mother of "all living". All means everybody. Therefore two or more women could not be mother of "all" living. Multiple women could be mothers of "some living" but only ONE woman can be mother of all living. There could not have been more than one Chavvah. Adam is stating that all human beings were born from Chavvah's lineage. So that destroys the argument that people use to say polygamy was needed to populate the Earth to keep the human race from becoming extinct. Adam did not need more than one wife to populate the Earth or God would have given him many wives and He didn't. Adam and Chavvah had more children, which were not mentioned by name in the bible. Adam and Chavvah's sons had to marry their sisters. Brothers and sisters were allowed to marry in those days, until the Earth was populated enough for that not to be necessary anymore.
The first mention of polygamy was Lamech, who took two wives. Genesis 4:19-24 Notice what kind of man he was. Pompous, lustful and filled with pride, he felt he was too good to settle for one woman, so he had to have two. This same attitude is what drives the other men who follow his example of having multiple wives today.
The Earth had a worldwide flood. A preacher of righteousness, named Noah, built the Ark to save the lives of the male and female of each kind of animal, along with him, his wife, his three sons and their three wives. Again, notice each of the men in the Ark only had ONE WIFE. So the world we now live in was initially populated by monogamy. God again set the example at the beginning with monogamous marriages. A healthy woman can have a baby each year of her reproductive stage. Most women reach this stage at age twelve and continue until age forty-five. Thus, the average woman can have at least 33 single children within her lifetime. Some women even have twins, triplets etc. which increases this amount. With mothers and their daughters all bearing children, the world was easy to populate.
Abraham was a righteous man who was called the father of the faithful and a friend of God. He had one wife. God promised him that he would make his descendents as numerous as the stars. Sarah, his wife, was barren. Abraham and his wife waited over ten years for God to keep His promise for Sarah to have a child, but nothing happened. In desperation, Sarah decided to give her handmaid to Abraham as a wife to bear a child through her. Genesis 16:1-9 THIS WAS NOT GOD'S WILL. Hagar, Sarah's handmaid gave birth to Abraham's firstborn son, Ishmael. Now Abraham had two wives. They just about drove Abraham crazy. You can read the story about the headaches and heartaches Abraham received from having more than one wife. These women fought and fussed for about fifteen years, until Isaac was born to Sarah. Genesis 21:1-12 Abraham divorced Hagar and sent her away by command of God. Now Abraham had just ONE wife. Genesis 23:2 Years later, after Sarah's death, Abraham married Keturah. Genesis 25:1 Later, Abraham died. Genesis 25:8 The life of Abraham shows us that God will allow us to make mistakes. We will suffer for our mistakes. Having more than one wife is not as glamourous as it is made out to be. Polygamy is a sin. The men who advocate polygamy say, "well God still blessed Abraham even though he had more than one wife." God also blesses us today even though we sin. Look at the sin in this world. God has every reason to destroy the world now, but we are still here and doing well. God sends a message to everyone who sins. "I will not let you mock Me. You will reap what you sow." Galatians 6:7
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived in pagan lands where people served idol gods. These governments had laws permitting a man to have multiple wives, but we can see from the beginning that God did not establish it to be so. However, just like in today's society, God's people were erroneously influenced by the people in the land where they dwelt. That is why God consistently told His people not to marry outside of their religion and not to seek to do things the way the heathen did. Abraham and Jacob had more than one wife, but both men only wanted one wife. Abraham's wife in desperation to have a son, told him to take a second wife and Jacob was initially deceived by his father in law to marry two wives. Afterwards, his two wives in desperation to have children, told him to take an additional wife for each. Isaac only had one wife for all his lifetime. May you be blessed like Isaac and Rebekah! Some righteous men did marry according to what God estabished at the beginning, which is monogamy, but others did not. Jacob also suffered the heartaches and headaches that come with having multiple wives. Genesis chapters 29 and 30 has his story of unpeace in his home. Jacob's son, Joseph became Head of Egypt, so the Hebrews settled there. After the death of Joseph, a Pharoah emerged who decided to enslave the Hebrews for about 400 years.
Moses was called by God to deliver the Hebrews and make of them a nation to be known as Israel, named after Jacob, Abraham's grandson. Now Israel was becoming an independent nation and was beginning to establish its own laws. Some Egyptians became afraid when God caused the plagues to come upon Egypt and they converted to the true God of Israel. They left Egypt with the Hebrews. Exodus 12:37-38 Some of them already had multiple wives. While in Egypt, the Hebrews were slaves. The marriage of slaves have to be treated differently from the marriages of freemen, because slaves are considered property paid for by their master. Some strong male slaves were given more than one female slave to breed with, in the hopes that his genes would produce more strong male slaves. A male slave's wife could be sold to another master. Each of his children could be sold to different masters. Slavery breaks up marriages and causes problems in families. Some male slaves were given multiple wives by their Egyptian master. The master could do whatever he wanted with his slaves. God had to deal with these pre-existing circumstances when the children of Israel became a nation. Keep in mind that women were not treated as equals to men; even though God established them to be so from the beginning. Basically, a woman was either 1)single and living with her father 2)married and living with her husband as a full time housewife or 3)practicing prostitution. Women did not have rights. Each woman was dependent on some man in her life. Every married man was the sole provider for his wife and children. Every father had to support his daughter until she was married. If her father died, the oldest son in the family or next male of kin had to support her. The only independent women were the prostitutes. So God had to make laws to deal with the men who were given multiple wives while they were slaves to the Egyptians. The women who were taken as the second or additional wives had to be protected. If monogamy was enforced, the additional wives would have had to be put away with no place to go. Men preferred to marry a virgin. Once a woman was married, being no longer a virgin; if she was put away by her husband, it was difficult for her to find another husband. If her father couldn't afford to take her back into his house, she was forced into prostitution for survival.
Some of the Hebrews learned a trade while working under their master in Egypt. They used their skills to start a business. Some were carpenters, locksmiths, tent makers, jewelry makers etc., but other slaves never acquired a skill to earn a living. All they could do was labor, so they sold themselves to other Hebrews to be slaves. Some parents sold their children to be slaves to their kinsmen.
After the Israelites left Egypt, God gave them laws regarding servitude. No Hebrew could force his kinsman to be a slave for life. If you bought a Hebrew slave, because he was your kinsman, you had to limit his servitude to you for no more than seven years. Exodus 21:1-11 Some men would buy a female slave and decide to marry her. Later, they would marry a freewoman too. So God had to deal with that problem by making a law to protect the female slave. Because a slave is considered property paid for by the master, it was impossible to keep the master from having sex with his female slaves. Again, God does not advocate polygamy, but He had to make laws to deal with these consequential conditions. Unfortunately, after these laws regarding protecting multiple wives IN SERVITUDE were established by God in Exodus 21:1-11, Moses also established more laws in Deuteronony 21:10-17 because some of the FREEMAN Israelites began to take more than one wife too; even marrying women from enemy lands.
God hates slavery. The Israelites had been slaves for 400 years and He freed them. God doesn't want ANY RACE of people to be slaves. Deuteronomy 23:15-16 Slavery and polygamy are man made relationships inspired by Satan. God allows people to do wrong. He also allows people to suffer for the wrong that they do. You would think that the children of Israel would detest slavery, after having been slaves themselves for 400 years; but what did they do? They started selling themselves as slaves to their kinsmen. Therefore, shortly after God freed them from being slaves to the Egyptians, they sold themselves into slavery to their countrymen. Monogamy could not be enforced until slavery was abolished, due to the slave owners having sex with their female slaves and sometimes producing children.
One of the favorite examples that men who practice polygamy like to use as an excuse for having multiple wives is David and his son Solomon. For David, they say 2Samuel 12:7-8 says God "blessed" David with his master's wives; therefore they claim God is for polygamy, but if you read that scripture, it is saying God gave David the kingdom that he promised to take from Saul. Saul had multiple wives; so as his successor, David inherited those wives, the throne and the nations that Saul ruled. God told David if these things had not been enough, He would have given him other blessings too (such and such things). It doesn't say God would have given David more wives, as the men who advocate polygamy claim that it says. 1King 11:1-3 As far as Solomon is concerned, he had one thousand wives and concubines, but read the book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon is the author of this book and he appears to be contemplating suicide. He is very depressed and feels like life has no meaning. Ecclesiastes 2:7-10 Solomon had all the beautiful women in the world to satisfy his sexual appetites. He was handsome, powerful, the wealthiest man in the world, had a charming personality and all the material possessions one could want; yet despite having all his multiple wives he said, "All is Vanity" signifying nothing. He has a message for all the men who think multiple wives is so exciting. Read it: Ecclesiastes 12:13
There are some women who have been brainwashed into thinking they are doing God's will by allowing themselves to be one of the wives of a man who has multiple wives. These men are filled with pride and lust. The apostle Paul has a message for the wives of polygamists. 2Timothy 3:2-7 Ironically, the men in the bible who had more than one wife were the sole supporter of all their wives and their children. A man could only have as many wives as he could afford to feed and clothe etc. I find it ludicrous that the modern polygamist can't even afford the lifestyle they claim the bible gives them the right to enjoy. Abraham, David, Jacob and Solomon had the money to take care of all the women and children they had, without sending their wives out to work to help them take care of their other wives. Now, if the men today want multiple wives and they want to use the bible to justify it, why aren't they the sole providers of their household, like the men in the bible were? You see the hypocrisy in these men. They try to twist God's word to convince everyone that they are righteous in having multiple wives, yet they aren't faithful to the lifestyle as depicted in the bible by being the sole provider for their family. The man is the head of the family. Yet, today's polygamist throw their responsibility to support the family on the women, enabling themselves a lifestyle they know they cannot afford.
Finally, the strongest proof that having more than one wife is a sin are the laws of God. God's laws supercede culture and time. When you have to break God's laws to engage in a relationship or activity, you are sinning and that relationship or activity is sinful. The multiple wives lifestyle is laden with pride, selfishness, lust, coveting and adultery.
When you are trying to figure out whether something is against God's will or not, you have to first know God. God is His word and His character is revealed in His laws. Immanuel said the ten commandments are the foundation of the law and the prophets. All of God's laws are based on the ten commandments. With that in mind, let's look at the "many wives" lifestyle.
A man who is married to one woman and seeks to take another wife is already in violation of the seventh commandment. Immanuel said, "if a man looks upon a woman to lust after her, he has already committed adultery in his heart." Need I say more? Matthew 5:28 You can't tell if a woman is married or single just by appearances so this has to be talking about any woman, not just married women. There is no polygamy in the world tomorrow either. Immanuel Christ states in Matthew 22:28-30 that in God's kingdom in the world tomorrow, we will be "like the angels who neither marry nor are given in marriage". Moreover, any woman who looks at a married man and desires to be his wife is in violation of the tenth commandment which states, "you shall not covet ANYTHING that is your neighbor's." A man belongs to his wife and a woman belongs to her husband. Case closed. Exodus 20:17 Therefore, the polygamous lifestyle is a lifestyle based on sin. Sin is the transgression of God's law. Breaking any of the ten commandments is a sin. Polygamy is a sin. Having multiple wives, plural marriages, multiple marriages etc. is a sin.
Can you honestly say that lust and pride are not the underlying reasons for a man to want more than one wife? For certain, lust and pride ARE the reasons for such! Is lust a sin? Yes. Is pride a sin? Definitely. James 1:14-15 Psalms 59:12
Let's take it even futher. Do you think the first wife really wants her husband to have another wife? Absolutely not! Wanting something and going along with it because you feel like you have to, are two different things. If you have ever been in love with someone, you know how you would feel if that person became intimate with anybody other than you. So the "many wives" lifestyle is based on selfishness, which is a sin. The man who practices it, doesn't care about his wife's feelings. As long as he is having fun, he could care less if she is hurting. That is not true love. Therefore, the lifestyle is not based on true love. The lifestyle is also based on hypocrisy. For an example, just ask any man who has more than one wife, since he has more than one wife, if his wife can have more than one husband, and see his reaction. I guarantee you, he will become highly indignant and emphatically tell you, "NO, she cannot!" That's hypocritical; he can issue it out, but he can't take it. He doesn't want to bear the pain that it brings, yet he can put his wife through it and think nothing of it. See the pride and insensitivity in that attitude. He sees himself as more important than his wife. He degrades women.
So we can clearly see that the "more than one wife" lifestyle is indeed sinful and therefore against God's will. God does not want us to sin. God is against sin. Sin not repented of will lead you to the Lake of Fire.
God overlooked (winked at) men having multiple wives in the Old Testament because He inherited that problem when the Hebrews came out of slavery from the Egyptians, but now He expects us to do right. Acts 17:30 Some of the Egyptian masters had given their Hebrew male slaves more than one wife for breeding. Other Hebrews sold themselves to their kinsmen as slaves because they didn't have a trade to earn a living after leaving Egypt. Also, some of the Egyptians converted to serving the true God of Israel, after they saw the plagues come upon Egypt. They left Egypt with the Hebrews and brought their multiple wives with them. God couldn't throw the women who were additional wives out in the street, so He simply made laws to protect the women from being abused in the marriage. The righteous men in the bible who had many wives were basically living a righteous life, but they committed the sin of polygamy, which they were punished for. Therefore, they received the blessings for living righteously overall, but they suffered for their sin of polygamy.
God has given you the freedom to choose to do right or to sin. It's up to you. However, He tells you that you will reap what you sow.
It's true, in the Old Testament, some righteous men had multiple wives, and they were SINNING WHEN THEY DID IT. Having more than one wife is a sin. The bible gives direct instructions in the New Testament that a man is only to have one wife. 1Timothy 3:2 and 1Timothy 3:12 Once you read all of the qualifications for these church leaders, you will realize all Christians are to have these qualities, not just the church leaders. However, the church leaders are required to have these qualities on a higher level than the other Christians. So all Christians are to have only one wife or husband.

In conclusion, read Matthew 7:12 A man is to treat his wife the way he wants to be treated. If you find it offensive for your wife to have multiple husbands, then you shouldn't have multiple wives either. It is a matter of thinking in agreement with the laws of God. Be fair. Do the right thing. Malachi 2:15


BIBLE STUDY TOPIC: Does God Exist?


I have seen people on social websites challenging Christians to PROVE God exists. Many times the response is "you have to accept it in faith" or "you can't prove it because it is religion, not science" etc. I'm sure some of the people who ask for proof of the existence of God are deliberately trying to set up the Christians to look foolish. I have observed where Christians have gotten angry because they couldn't prove God exists, so they became belligerant. Of course, this gave the ones who asked for proof all the ammunition they needed to attack Christianity as a phony religion and to call Christians mean and evil hypocrites.
God is an intelligent God. His word teaches us in 1Thessalonians 5:21 to PROVE ALL THINGS and hold fast to that which is good. That is a direct command from God to prove that He exists. God is the creator and has left us "mucho" proof of His existence. Christians need not accept the existence of God in blind faith. It can be proved scientifically that God does exist and that He created all that exists. I give scientific proof of the existence of God and the fact that He created everything that exists. THIS PROOF CAN BE USED BY ALL BELIEVERS, WHETHER THEY ARE JEWS, CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS OR OTHERS.
Christians must study to show themselves approved as a good and faithful servant. 2Timothy 2:15 Sometimes your study will take you futher than just the bible. Always start with the bible to receive instruction on the direction in which God is steering you. The bible will give you the foundation on the subject you are studying. You should accept any teaching from other sources that agree with God's word and the direction it points you in, but reject any teaching that is contrary to the direction the bible steers you in. After receiving direction from God's word, then you will be equipped to go to a dictionary, encyclopedia, reference book, atlas, science article or a book authored by someone, to gain more knowledge. God is not against science. Science actually proves that evolution is a lie. Many evolutionist know evolution is a lie, but they have not come up with a better lie to tell, so they continue to tell the same lie. If Christians would stop shying away from science, we could expose the fallacy of evolution so widely that every school in the world would be embarrassed to continue to teach it.
I think Christians should be able to prove God exists. It is not a sin to want proof of God's existence for those who have the right attitude. If you are sincere, you will receive the proof. If you are already sold on believing in evolution, just realize there is no scientific evidence of evolution, even though its zealous proponents treat it as if it were a proven fact. People in general believe what they do simply because they have been taught it, or because it has been accepted in their particular social environment. People want to belong, so they go along with the beliefs of their particular group WITHOUT EXAMINATION OR PROOF.
First of all we must make it clear that there are many idol gods and just one true God. Gods that are made by humans are idols. These idols are inferior to people because they were made by people. The God who created all matter, force and energy, all the natural laws and set them in motion, who created life and intelligent life; He is the true God. He is superior to all, because He created all. Creation is the proof of God. You cannot create, make, form, produce or invent anything greater than yourself.
Radioactivity is scientific proof that God exists. Radioactivity has proved there has been no past eternity of matter. Therefore, matter has not always existed. Radioactivity is described as a process of disintergration. Uranium is a radioactive element heavier than Radium. All radioactive elements continually give off radiation. Uranium has an atomic weight of 238.5. In decomposing, it gives off a Helium atom, weight 4, repeated three times, and then the substance left is Radium with an atomic weight of 226.4. Radium is the end product of Uranium after it has lost three Helium atoms. Radium continues to disintergrate and the final product of this process of radioactive disintegration is the element Lead. This total process of disintegration from Uranium to Lead takes great periods of time. The calculated half-life of Radium is 1,590 years. Uranium takes much longer. God deliberately created radioactive elements just over 3000 years ago to expose evolution as a lie. He could have created them sooner, but He didn't.
The radioactive elements in existence today have not yet been in existence long enough to have run their course to disintegrate into Lead. In order to have always existed, without a definite time of starting, this life period of radioactive elements would have long ago run its course. All radioactive elements would have long ago disintegrated into Lead. Since these elements exists only for a definite span of years, and all the Uranium, Radium, Thorium and other radioactive elements in the world today have not yet existed that many years, there was a time, prior to the duration of this span in the past, when these elements DID NOT EXIST.
This is definite proof that MATTER HAS NOT ALWAYS EXISTED. Here we have definite specific elements which once long ago, did not yet exist; then there came a time later when these elements CAME INTO EXISTENCE.
Evolution postulates that things come about GRADUALLY through the slow moving natural processes of the present. However, there is no scientific evidence of something coming into existence out of nothing, gradually over a billion years. If you are rational, you have to accept the fact of a special and necessarily instantaneous CREATION; and some Power or Someone had of necessity to do the creating. There is a cause for every effect. Considering that fact proved by science, it is inevitable that the great First Cause is the existence and preexistence of the CREATOR GOD. Science proves today that life can only come from life and each kind reproduces after its own kind. All the evidence of medical and surgical science in the treatment and prevention of germ diseases are based upon this great truth of the law of biogenesis, which is: LIFE COMES ONLY FROM PRE-EXISTING LIFE.
Is anything superior to your mind? Even the entire cosmic universe in all its splendor: the sun, nebulae and galaxies; they cannot think, reason or plan like you do. They have no mind or intelligence, but the human mind can know, think, reason, plan and execute its plan. Our minds can create insturments by which we acquire knowledge of the vast universe or the minute particles. We have invented rockets, computers, planes, trains, cars, robots etc. We can cause the forces of nature to serve human needs. We also have the knowledge to release the energy of the atom to utilize a power so vast that we can annihilate all life from the earth; BUT THERE IS STILL ONE THING MAN CANNOT DO. HE CANNOT BUILD, PRODUCE OR CREATE ANYTHING SUPERIOR TO HIMSELF!
Let's think about it. To suggest to you that anything you could invent, produce, create, make or build could be superior to you in intelligence, ability, power etc. should be an insult to your intelligence. Therefore, how could you believe in evolution, which teaches that you came from something less intelligent than you? How can something less capable than you produce you?
The only rational possibility is to acknowledge that your human mind is definite proof that the great First Cause is also the Supreme Intelligence who is infinitely superior to the abilities of mortal man! The great First Cause is He who created matter and reveals Himself as the Supreme Intelligence and architect of the universe.
Evolutionists try to hide behind the preposterous theory that everything came from nothing by suggesting it takes over a billion years for the process to happen. It won't happen in a billion years, a million years, a hundred years... it can't happen at all. It's a scientific impossibility.
For example, if I told you my watch evolved right before my very eyes; that the iron ores brought themselves up out of the ground, refined themselves, formed and shaped themselves into the cogs and wheels... the silicon just came of its own accord out of the earth and turned itself into the glass crystal... the gold case also refined itself, shaped itself; all the pieces and parts simply assembled themselves together in the case and made themselves look like a watch; wound themselves up and started themselves running to keep the current time... if I told you that story, you would immediately know I was lying. Now, if I told you the same story, except I said it took one billion years for the process to happen, would that make my story more believable?... Not if you are thinking rationally. If my watch could not produce itself in a few minutes, why would you believe it could do so in one billion years?
A watch would need a watchmaker to exist whether the process took a few minutes or a billion years. Without a watchmaker, it's not going to happen. No watchmaker, no watch. A watch is proof of a watchmaker, a painting is proof of a painter, an invention is proof of an inventor and a car is proof of an auto manufacturer.
The best proof of the existence of God is our intelligent mind, our wonderfully made bodies and the universe perfectly set in motion with precision. Nothing can produce something more superior than itself. Therefore, we know Someone greater and more intelligent than us had to create us... and that Someone is God.
God created all and is greater than all. God is life. God is energy. God is the something that everything else came from. Where did God come from? Logically, He couldn't have come from anything or He wouldn't be God. His personal name is AHAYAH meaning "I am the self-existing one". He had to be the first. God is the beginning and the end. God is the eternal. He is the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient supreme intelligence. God is the divine supernatural being. God is love. He is every wonderful thing He should be and He keeps on getting better because He is infinite. God is power. God reveals Himself to us via His creation.

BIBLE STUDY TOPIC: Are People Burning in Hell for Eternity?


Many people have relatives and friends they know who have died without knowing God or receiving Immanuel Christ as their savior. So many mothers cry and mourn over their children who rebelled against God, never went to church and met with an early death. What is the fate of these people?
Most religions teach that people who are evil or who die without being baptized are doomed to an eternally burning hell from which they can never escape. Other religions speak of purgatory as a place of limbo where people who lived a life that was neither good or evil remain in holding until their loved ones give enough gifts to the priest to "buy" them a place in heaven.
The vast majority of Christians are taught some version of the afore mentioned scenarios and believe that is what the bible teaches. However, if we would read the bible BEFORE we make up our minds about what we believe, rather than believing first what we have been taught and then reading the bible, we would be able to receive the truth about what happens after death. If you have been taught there is a burning hell before you even read the bible, then when you do read the bible, you will read into the bible what you already believe. In order to receive God's truth, you must read the bible with an open mind and a heart that is willing to receive His truth in obedience. Even people who don't go to church are familiar with the teaching of a burning hell for people who are against God, but is that what the bible really teaches?
First of all, we have to be clear about the soul. Generally in Christianity it is taught that all people have souls. It might surprise you to find out the bible does NOT teach this philosophy. The truth is YOU ARE A SOUL. You don't possess a soul, but rather you are your soul. The true meaning of the word soul is your body combined with your personality, thoughts, feelings; that which makes you unique as an individual. Your soul is mortal. The bible proves this by saying, "The soul that sins, it shall die" in Ezekiel 18:4 and again in Ezekiel 18:20. If a soul were immortal, it would not be able to die. The immortal soul teaching is a lie that practically all Christian churches teach. This teaching is contrary to God's word. The lie about the immortal soul is what the devil told Eve in the garden of Eden when he said, "You shall not surely die." The devil was telling Chavvah (Eve) she had an immortal soul and therefore would never die. This is contrary to what the bible teaches. All scripture must harmonize or it is not the word of God. The whole bible must be true or it is not God's word. Each verse of the bible must agree with all the other verses and chapters in God's word in order for the bible to have integrity. "The soul that sins shall die" is a direct statement that cannot be misunderstood. This refers to the second death which is when the wicked is cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14-15 They will burn up until they die and eventually will turn into ashes. Malachi 4:1-3 There is no immortal soul.
The only way we as Christians are going to get right is to reject any teaching that is against the word of God no matter what religion is involved. Do you love your religion more than you love the word of God? Some people do. What about you? More proof that the soul is mortal is in Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 "The living know they will die, but the dead know nothing." There is no such thing as a dead person watching over you. Dead people are not conscious at all. In verse 6 of Ecclesiastes chapter 9 it says, "Their love, hatred and envy is now perished." Your feelings die with you. Your feelings, thoughts etc. is your soul. People are made of body, soul and spirit. Your body is the physical part of you that can be touched. Your soul is your body combined with your personality, feelings and thoughts, which are mortal, although they can't be touched physically. Your personality, feelings and thoughts die at the same time your body dies. Psalms 146:4 Your spirit is the life force that God gives to keep you alive. It cannot see, smell, think or hear. It is merely a force that gives you life. When you die, it returns to God. Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then the dust shall return to the earth as it was and the spirit shall return to God who gave it." You were made from the dust of the earth, but your spirit came from God.
Now let's go to the parable given by Immanuel Christ about Lazarus and the Rich Man. This parable is the one mostly used to scare people into believing there is a hell that burns evil people for all eternity. Take note that there are some ministers who know there is no eternal burning hell, but they teach it anyway for the pure purpose of frightening people to stay in the church. That is not God's way. People whom God is calling will come to Christ because of His love, not out of fear. John 6:44 The parable is found in Luke 16:19-31. Read it. The rich man lived a luxurious life while giving no thought or consideration to Lazarus, a beggar. They both died and were buried. Lazarus was carried by the angels into "Abraham's bosom." Abraham is the father of the righteous, a friend of God. John 1:18 mentions Immanuel being in the bosom of the Father. So we know Lazarus was being embraced by Abraham. Being in someone's bosom signifies a close relationship. Notice this doesn't say they were in heaven. We do know wherever Abraham was, so was Lazarus, and we know that had to be a good place, because Abraham is the father of the faithful. Where was Abraham? Did God promise Abraham heaven? Let's not go by religion. Let's go by God's word. It may surprise you but Abraham was promised Israel. Genesis 12:5-7 "Abraham took his wife Sarah...into the land of Canaan...and God said to Abraham unto thy seed I give this land." Genesis 13:15 God promised Abraham's seed this land FOREVER. Also in Genesis 15:18 God gives the boundaries of the land He promised to Abraham and his seed forever, "from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates." Abraham died not having received the promise, but had the faith that it would be fulfilled. Hebrews 11:13 Since the promise of the land of Israel was forever, we know the promise included eternal life. Therefore, the promise was ETERNAL LIFE ON THIS EARTH, not heaven. Galatians 3:29 "If you are Christ's then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise." Zechariah 14:4 Immanuel Christ will come back to the Earth to set up God's kingdom here, not heaven. The bible is like a puzzle. You have to put the pieces together in perfect order to get the whole picture. Isaiah 28:9-10 The bible teaches "here a little, there a little". You must read the whole bible; new and old testament, every chapter, every verse and put like scripture together to learn what God is teaching. This is how you learn the truth. If you do that, you will find the bible teaches the reward promised to the righteous is rulership in God's kingdom set up on this Earth and the penalty for the wicked is to be cast into the lake of fire to burn up until they turn into ashes, not to burn eternally.
Now we must deal with the word hell. The original Hebrew and Greek scripture is God breathed, but translations are not. There are words that exist in some languages that are not in others. As a result, when translating from language to language a translator might not use a word that clearly conveys the meaning of the original Greek and Hebrew scriptures. The English translators used the word hell for three different words that have three different meanings. This is what has led to some confusion about the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. You must use a concordance to find the meaning of the word hell used in this parable as well as the rest of the bible. The three different words translated hell in the bible are: 1)tartaros which means a condition of darkness, perversion and restraint of fallen angels or demons. 2)gehenna which means a place at the bottom of a high ledge at the south end of Jerusalem where garbage, refuse, bodies of dead animals and the worst criminals were dumped to be consumed by fire. The fire burned continually because things were constantly added to the fire throughout the day. The fire burned up everything until nothing but ashes remained. This is the word Immanuel Christ spoke when saying the wicked will burn in hell fire. 3)the third and final word translated as hell by the English translators is hades which means the grave or burial place in the ground. Anytime you see the word hell in an English translated bible, look in a concordance to see which word; hades, gehenna or tartaros is meant so you can have the correct meaning. In Luke 16:23-31 when the rich man was in hell, the word meant is gehenna. The rich man was in the lake of gehenna fire where the wicked people will be thrown along with the devil and his demons at the appointed time. Daniel 12:2 The righteous will be resurrected into blessings and the wicked will be resurrected into punishment. John 5:28-29, 1Corinthians 15:22-24. The righteous will be resurrected when Christ returns to this Earth. This is the first resurrection. God's people will rule the Earth for one thousand years. Revelation 20:4 Afterwards the rest of the dead will rise. Revelation 20:5 Those who reject God will burn in the gehenna lake of fire until they turn to ashes. Malachi 4:1-3, Revelation 20:14-15.
In Luke 16:23-31 the rich man is in the resurrection called the second death. He is just beginning to burn. He has been dead from the day of his death until the time of this resurrection. Since the dead are not conscious of anything, he is unaware of how much time has passed. Years have passed by since his death. He opens his eyes because he is being resurrected. He sees Abraham and Lazarus above him. He realizes his fate. In a panic, he tells Abraham to have Lazarus dip his finger in water to cool his tongue. The thousand years of God's kingdom ruling this Earth has passed. The great gulf of immortality separates Abraham and Lazarus from the mortal rich man.1Corinthian 15:50-53
Lazarus is immortal and cannot come to him. The rich man was evil and did not repent of his sins, so he never received immortality. The rich man remembers his five brothers who are also sinners. He tells Abraham to allow him to go to his brothers from the dead to warn them, so they can escape the same fate the rich man is suffering, but it is impossible for the rich man to go to his brothers, because everyone has already been judged. If his brothers repented, they are with the righteous in the New Jerusalem. Revelation 21:2 If they did not repent, they are also in the gehenna lake of fire with the rich man. Because death is a state of unconsciousness, when we die our next conscious thought will be the resurrection. If hundreds of years have passed, we will not be aware of it. There is no knowledge in the grave. In Luke 16:29-31 when Abraham said "they have Moses and the prophets...and if they will not hear them, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead." refers back to Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha. He died and after being dead in the grave for four days, Immanuel Christ raised him from the dead, but regardless of that fact, look at how many people still choose not to obey God; after seeing a dead man alive again. Many people were there to see Lazarus being resurrected from the dead. Others saw Lazarus alive, after he was resurrected, going about his daily life for years and they still did not repent of their sins. They actually saw Lazarus come from the dead, but they did not change their funky attitude toward God. So this proves that even a miracle of raising someone from the dead will not cause a person who decides they are not interested in serving God to repent of their sins.
I remember September 11, 2001 when the planes hit the Twin Towers in New York. Everyone was so scared they all flocked to their neighborhood churches. Pastors were reporting record breaking numbers of people attending church. This lasted for about a year, then gradually as more time passed and people began to feel safe again, they stopped attending church. Fear will not stop someone from sinning for long. It might work for a little while, but soon the fear will subside and the person's true character will eventually dominate again. If it were possible for someone to rise from the dead and tell their five brothers to repent of their sins because they just came out of the lake of gehenna fire to warn them; their brothers would straighten up for a while in fear. Later, they would see everything is normal. They would feel safe. Their fear would subside and they would begin to enjoy their sinful life again. So much for what the rich man suggested to Abraham.
There is no eternal burning hell that the wicked continue to burn in but never burn up. This lie was brought into the Christian churches and adopted to scare people into coming to church and paying money to get their dead loved ones out of purgatory. Purgatory is also a lie. The bible does not teach anything about purgatory. These lies are used by some clergymen to control the minds of their parishioners. When a minister is really called by God to preach and teach the true gospel of Immanuel Christ and the Kingdom of God, these lies are not necessary. God draws His chosen people to Him with His love, not with fear. The fear God's people have for Him is to respect His power to execute judgment on those who disobey Him; to fear God is a combination of love and respect for Him; reverence!
Now you understand the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. You know that the reward of the righteous is the promise of eternal life, having immortality on this Earth, ruling as a king and a priest in God's Kingdom in the New Jerusalem.
The punishment for the wicked is not to burn eternally without ever burning up. The wicked will suffer the second death, which is the gehenna lake of fire prepared for the devil and his demons. Anyone who chooses Satan instead of God will have the same fate of Satan by burning in this lake of fire until they finally burn up and turn to ashes. Nothing burns up instantly or eternally. When something is on fire, it doesn't burn up all at once. It burns continuously until it is finally completely consumed. Such will be the fate of the wicked along with Satan and his demons. 1Timothy 6:16 God is the only one who has immortality naturally. Everyone else who gets it, receives it from God. Satan and his demons have immortality now, but at the appointed time, God will strip them of their immortality and cast them into the lake of fire to be consumed into ashes. Ezekiel 28:14-18 The devil will be no more. Demons will be no more. The wicked will cease to exist. God's kingdom will rule for all eternity on this Earth. Will you receive God's offer of immortality to rule as a king and priest in God's kingdom when Christ Yehsha returns to this Earth to set it up? I Do! I want royalty, supernatural power and immortality. God is giving all things to those who receive Him. With God, YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL!   AG


BIBLE STUDY TOPIC: Church Offices and Qualifications


There are offices in the church which people in leadership roles occupy for service. The bible gives us guidelines to follow when appointing individuals to these positions of authority. Churches must stay within the parameters of God's word to choose the right quality of people to oversee the flock.
Failure to do so has caused numerous problems in some ministries. As a result, the church as a whole has suffered a loss of respect in the minds of some people. Clergymen have been exposed in the news as pedophiles, sex addicts, thieves, adulterers, homosexuals and even for fathering children out of wedlock. These things should not be. The church belongs to God. God has charged that there is a difference between the clean and the unclean. Ezekiel 22:26, Ezekiel 44:23 You cannot live an unclean life and still be clean. God requires His people to be clean whether they are in leadership roles or just members of the body. We are to live a clean and wholesome life.
People in leadership positions in the church have an even greater requirement to live holy. Let's review the biblical qualifications of the major offices and positions in all the churches that respect God as their Head.
1Corinthians 12:28 tells us the structure of the church offices in the order of rank. The apostles are the highest ranking individuals in the church. An apostle basically oversees the church to be sure everything is being done according to the word of God. The apostle has tremendous responsibility and must have the knowledge to serve in all the lesser positions when in church planting endeavors. When an apostle plants a church, he starts off with nothing but the word of God. He has to organize a means for a gathering of the people to form a church. Many of the apostles in the bible used their power to perform miracles, signs and wonders to bring the people into the church. Acts 5:12-16 In fact, the apostle Paul cited miracle working power via the holy spirit as a necessary qualification to be an apostle. 2Corinthians 12:12 It is a "sign" of an apostle. Apostles must be able to work miracles and handle all the responsibilities of a church from top to bottom. Apostles perform miralces, signs and wonders via the power of the Holy Spirit.There are false ministers who can perform miracles, but they do it through sorcery, which is demonic. Don't be fooled. God's ministers have righteous character and are committed to obeying God's laws as defined in the bible. As the top leader in the church, apostles have to be able to serve in any capacity that needs to be filled until they can appoint someone who meets the biblical qualifications for said office . It is their responsibility to make everything run decently and in order. Apostles have the power to appoint others to church offices because they are charged with building the church. They must grow the church. They must check up on the people holding other offices in the church to be sure they are meeting the criteria of carrying out the responsibilites of their position in the church adequately. Apostles are responsible for correction of anyone who is not exemplifying a righteous lifestyle according to the word of God. The word of God teaches removal of anyone who refuses to live within the laws of God. 1Corinthians 5:9-13 Of course this is not popular in today's world, but many churches have strayed away from God by adjusting themselves to be pleasing to the world, rather than abiding by the word of God. An apostle should be interested in growing the church, but not at the expense of sacrificing the laws of God. Keeping the laws of God is more important than increasing in numbers. An apostle must remember that it is God who gives the increase and not the apostle's efforts. In summary, an apostle is responsible for every aspect of the function of the church from its inception to its operations and the execution of its administration.
The second highest position is prophet. The main function of a prophet is to deliver a specific message to the people that he received from God. Judges 6:8 All throughout the bible prophets were sent by God to tell the people what to do and what was going to happen in the future. Prophets receive special revelations from God regarding the divine message they are to give to God's people. God is perfect and cannot make a mistake. Therefore the message of the prophet is infallible. Some prophets also have the power to perform miracles. A true prophet sent by God can be identified because everything he prophesy must come to pass 100%. He cannot be wrong even once. This is how to tell a true prophet from a false one. All prophets of God obey His laws. Sometimes God sends His prophets to give a peculiar message to a nation and other times it can be to one individual. In summary, a prophet lives a righteous life according to God's laws. He receives a divine revelation from God to give a particular message to a group or an individual to do a certain thing; or he reveals what is going to happen in the future.
The offices of teacher, pastor, bishop, evangelist etc. are the third highest rank in the church. Ministers that hold these offices are responsible for administering the word of God to the people. Pastors and bishops commit to a certain church that they head. They perform the duties for that church body much like a C.E.O. does in a business. An evangelist usually does not commit to one church, but either travels to preach from church to church or incorporates a way to reach the masses of people with the word of God. A teacher is the same as a pastor, but has a much smaller group which usually meets in a home or private facility. 1Timothy 3:1-13 All ministers of God live a wholesome life. A deacon assists the pastor in the operations of the church.
Everyone God calls to serve in an office in His church must be a believer in the word of God and practice obeying all His laws. They must view the bible as true and acknowledge it as God's word. They must be of high moral character. Leaders in the church have to be the best in the body of the church.
In order to lead you must be better than the ones you lead. You have to know more than average about the word of God and you should have the experience in the application of God's word to your life so as to be able to instruct others in how to apply God's word to their life in a way that pleases God and edifies the church. Leadership roles in the church are important and carry a lot of responsibility in the eyes of God. Ministers set the direction in which the church will go and must be led by God. AG

BIBLE STUDY TOPIC: The Life and Ministry of Immanuel Christ Who Existed Before Being Born of The Virgin Mary

God chose a righteous woman to become the mother of His Son. The angel came to Mary, a virgin, who had high respect for God and a good reputation among the people. Mary, the mother of Immanuel, had to be a virgin because virginity represents purity. The mother of God had to be pure. In addition, Mary had to be a virgin so there would be no question that God indeed was the Father of Immanuel, without any other possibilities. Mary kept her virginity throughout her pregnancy with Immanuel until He was born. ?And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife, and kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Immanuel.? (Matthew 1: 24-25 NASB) During Mary?s pregnancy with Immanuel, people saw she was expecting a child outside of marriage. Even Joseph had his doubts about her character, until the angel spoke to him regarding her baby. Think of what Mary had to suffer through as people whispered, stared and snickered in her presence, calling her a loose woman. Her pregnancy before marriage affected her reputation, but she was willing to endure persecution for God. Contrary to some religious teaching, Mary did not remain a virgin. After the birth of Immanuel, she did engage in sexual relations with her husband and gave birth to other children whom Joseph fathered. (Matthew 13: 54-56 NASB) Again, Immanuel had sisters and at least four brothers named Simon, Judas, Joseph and James; whose father was Mary?s husband, Joseph. James the brother of Immanuel, later believed in Him as the Son of God and became one of His disciples. James authored the book of James in the New Testament.

Being born as the son of Mary began Immanuel?s earthly life in human flesh, but Immanuel existed even before He was born via Mary. The true beginning of the bible does not start in the book of Genesis, but rather in the first chapter of the book of John.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1: 1-4 MKJV)

Immanuel was this Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1: 14 NASB) Immanuel must have existed before He became a human being, since He created all that exists. He Who created that which exists must have existed before that which He created. Considering that He became flesh (human), suggests that He was in the spirit before taking on human form. This is why it is correct to believe Immanuel, the son of God, was a spirit being, (as is God his Father named AHAYAH); Who then gave up His spirit life, was born of woman into flesh; for the purpose of carriying out the divine plan devised by God the Father, for the salvation of all mankind. Many scriptures attest to the fact that Immanuel Christ came from heaven; proving a pre-existence to His earthly life.

It is important to realize what Immanuel sacrificed to create the opportunity for people to be saved. To begin with, Immanuel was rich. He lived in opulence in heaven with God the Father. He had peace. He had divine power. He ruled the angels and the entire heavenly host. He lived in beautiful surroundings. He had everything He wanted. He had royalty. He was immortal. It is sobering that He left all of this to become human and die for humanity. He made a great sacrifice, because of His love for people. He gave up far more than just His physical life when He died on the cross. His sacrifice began before He was even born a baby boy; when you realize He existed before becoming human. The magnitude of the sacrifice of Christ becomes apparent, considering; not only did He sacrifice His physical life in a painful demise, but that He lived the highest quality of spiritual life possible, before He took on His physical life. This is a profound truth. ?The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine, declares the Lord of hosts.? (Haggai 2: 8 NASB) Immanuel Christ gave up His opulence so that humankind would be able to become opulent in the kingdom of God. (2 Corinthians 8: 9 NASB)

Another consideration that Immanuel Christ existed before His birth as Mary?s Son is when He was talking to the Pharisees about Abraham. He informed them that He was alive before Abraham, and had indeed seen Abraham, which angered them so much they sought to kill Him. 'The Jews therefore said to Him, ?You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?? Immanuel said to them, ?Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was born, I Am?'. (John 8: 57-58 NASB) Here, Immanuel Christ identified Himself as the great I Am Eternal God.

Because Immanuel Christ existed before His birth to Mary, precisely His Father God planned the things regarding His life. Everything happened specifically as planned. These plans are prophecies. A prophecy will always happen due to the fact that God is in control of everything. Since God has full power over all things, He can speak that something is going to happen, and then cause the necessary things to occur to produce the outcome that He spoke of to happen. Prophecy is history with advance notice. The bible has numerous prophecies regarding the life of Immanuel Christ. These prophecies help us identify Immanuel as the Christ and prove the pre-birth existence of Immanuel.

Let us consider some of the prophecies concerning Immanuel. First, He was prophecied to be born. Everyone knew that a messiah was to be born, and this was common knowledge among the people well before His birth occurred. It was also known what period of time His birth would occur. The people knew Immanuel was born to be king, which explains why the wise men brought gifts to baby Immanuel. It was a common tradition to bring gifts to a king. Notice the wise men also worshiped Him.

And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary, His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11 NASB)

The birthplace of Immanuel was prophecied to be Bethlehem. ?But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you, One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.? (Micah 5: 2) We can see that this scripture is from the Old Testament, showing that the prophecy of Immanuels?s birth was known for generations before it actually occurred. Immanuel Christ was expected to be born. The people knew He would be born in Bethlehem, which is why Herod had all the boys less than three years old killed in Bethlehem during the period prophesied for Christ to be born. Knowing what Herod planned to do to Immanuel, God warned Joseph in a dream to leave Bethlehem and go to Egypt to protect Immanuel?s life.

Second, it was prophesied that he would be a Nazarene. Joseph and Mary settled in Nazareth. Often, Immanuel was referred to as Immanuel of Nazareth. Immanuel was born in the New Testament period, but prophets from the Old Testament predicted the major events that would occur in His life and ministry. The prophets were respected as men of God who brought the word of God to the people. All of the prophecies of Immanuel?s life and ministry fit together, forming a complete picture, showing Immanuel the son of God from heaven Who took on human flesh.

Immanuel Christ existed with God the Father in heaven before the foundation of the Earth.They lived together in peace and harmony as Rulers above the angels, the great heavenly host and everything that exists. When They decided to create physical man, They gave him the ability to make choices. Man was created with intelligence to rule things on the Earth under the leadership of God. After the creation of woman, man was complete and able to reproduce himself. When man and woman chose to rule the earth outside of the leadership of God, God the Father and Immanuel Christ came up with a plan to redeem people back to a peaceful relationshiip with God. The plan of redemption was made through the cooperative efforts of Immanuel Christ and God the father. Immanuel Christ agreed to execute the plan that He and the Father, AHAYAH had made. It required that He become a human being.

Immanuel began his ministry. He had to live a sinless life in order to accomplish the goal of redeeming people back to God the Father. The plan He and His Father had established required Him to be a spotless sacrificial Lamb to die for the sins of humankind. Sin separates people from God. Immanuel?s life has more value than the lives of all people combined, because He created them. Therefore, His death would re-connect people with God. He would be the Passover Lamb, which served as a bridge between God the Father and people. God the Father would accept Immanuel as the perfect sacrifice and humanity would be forgiven for their sins. This is the foundation of the gospel of Immanuel Christ. Immanuel had to go to the people and preach this message to them. He would be their savior if they were willing to repent of their sins and live a new life in Christ.

At the start of Immanuel?s ministry, He had many disciples, totaling about seventy men. Later, only twelve remained. Seventy men were sent ahead of Him to every city and place where He was going to come, so that they would prepare the people to receive Christ when He arrived later. (Luke 10:1 NASB) Immanuel gave them power to cast out demons and heal the sick. The disciples were excited about their new power, so much that they returned to Christ joyously stating how the demons obeyed their word. However, their joy ended when Immanuel revealed that He was the bread of heaven that they must partake of to be saved, and have eternal life. Most of these disciples could not accept this statement, and ?as a result of this, many of his disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore.? (John 6:66 NASB) Consequently, it is clear that Immanuel Christ was forsaken by most of the men He was training to preach the gospel. Mathematically, only 17% of His disciples stayed with Him. It can be concluded from this that God is not interested so much in quantity as He is in quality. This also shows that God can take very little and do great things with it. These twelve men were the foundation of a church, which had a message that would reach the whole world.

Immanuel taught His disciples by example. They saw and heard Him preach. They experienced His power to work miracles. They witnessed Him healing the sick. Privately, He even answered any questions the disciples had regarding sermons He addressed to the multitudes of people who came out to hear Him speak. Knowing they were to take the gospel to the nations after His death, Immanuel concentrated on teaching them well. His relationship with His disciples was up close and personal. Immanuel was personable. He had power to speak the word which in and of itself could heal people sufficiently, but often He would not only speak the word to heal them, but He also touched them with His hand to make it more personal. A touch with the hand is a show of love and concern for the person. Many people were drawn to Him because of this. His miracles attracted some people. Others were curious about His message. Most came for the love He projected.

He had special appeal to women because He treated them with respect they never had before. When Immanuel walked the Earth, women were considered inferior to men. They had to keep quiet. Men would not converse with women publicly. Immanuel did speak to women in public, even to the amazement of His disciples. Women?s main function was to stay in their father?s house until he found them a husband. While living in their father?s house, they learned household duties. After marriage, the role of woman was to keep her husband?s house and bear his children. The only independent women were the prostitutes. Men were supreme rulers in their household. A man could divorce his wife for any reason at all. If she put too much salt on food, he could divorce her. These facts put women in a terrible position. If her husband put her away and her father was dead or not willing to take her back into his home, she was treated as an outcast without a family. Moreover, if a woman?s husband died and left unpaid bills behind, his creditors could come and take any possessions from his house to cover the cost of the debt left by her husband. As a result, some women were without house or home, even with children to care for.

Because women experienced being treated as a person, rather than property, in their interaction with Immanuel, they loved Him dearly. The women stayed with Immanuel during the time of the crucifixion, while the men were hiding to prevent being associated with Immanuel. The men were afraid, but the women publicly followed Christ throughout the ordeal of His death and its related events. The women were at the cross with Him. John was the only man of the associates of Immanuel who stood beneath the cross.

When Christ was resurrected, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning and found that He had risen from the dead. She told His disciples this news. The women were very devoted to Immanuel because He treated them with respect and equality.

Lastly, the angels confirmed Immanuel as God in the flesh when they remarked, ?Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This same Immanuel, Who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.? (Acts 1:11 NASB)

Immanuel did indeed exist as God before He was born of the virgin named Mary, who was the wife of Joseph. He was born as a human being to serve a great purpose for the salvation of all humanity. He chose twelve men who committed to preaching the gospel so that the whole world would know of the magnificent plan of God. Immanuel created all that exists, and therefore is greater than all that exists. This enabled Him to be the sacrifice that would die for the remission of the sins of all people. When He resurrected, He had all power and authority in heaven and earth as His own. In addition, He had paved the way for each human being to have the opportunity to be resurrected to eternal life in God?s kingdom at the appointed time. Immanuel Christ was, is and will forever be?the Eternal. This information assures Christ did indeed live before His birth as the Son of Mary. The prophecies from the Old Testament predicting His birth, ministry and death have all been fulfilled. History records eye witnesses that have confirmed these events are certain. The life and ministry of Immanuel Christ is the greatest story ever told. The evidence of the pre-existence of Christ before His physical birth is clear. Immanuel Christ is God the Son. God is a spirit. A spirit is immortal. Immanuel Christ is the I Am.   AG