07/15/19 09:02 PM Topical
(Topical Study) The danger of the once saved always saved teaching is that it leads believers into complacency by giving them a false hope. All overcomers are saved people, but not all saved people will overcome. When you believe and are saved, you've only taken the first step. Now you must demonstrate that faith and overcome.
03/14/19 01:02 PM Current Events / Prophecy
(Illustration of a simple type of encryption where each letter represents another letter)
“He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” -Matthew 13:11
Governments, businesses, and militaries all use encrypted messages. God’s kingdom is no different. Encrypted messages are sent from God in order to get important and privileged information to His servants while concealing it from others. Therefore not everyone is able to understand the Bible.
Two people can pick up the same Bible, one can see the message clearly while the other sees just words on the page.
How can this be?
What’s preventing the other person from being able to understand the message?
Well it has little to do with one’s intelligence or how smart they are, in fact many people with no college degree can understand messages in the Bible while someone who may have gone to the most elite schools like Harvard or Yale has no clue. For example, Jesus says:
“I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” -Matthew 11:25
So being able to decipher the messages has more to do with one’s loyalty and intentions.
If their heart is hardened with rebellion and pride, their eyes will not be able to see, while on the other hand if they have a humble and ready heart, God will open their eyes and they will be able to see the encryption.
That's why Jesus said:
“For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” -Matthew 13:15
You know many people say the Book of Revelation is hard to understand. And for good reason. It’s because virtually the entire book was written using symbolism - just one form of encryption. And if your spiritual eyes are not opened you'll never understand the symbols in that book. Even if your eyes are opened, in order to decipher the meaning of those symbols one must have a good working knowledge of the entire Bible beginning in Genesis.
Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?
Watch our video titled: Revelation 1: Is The Bible Encrypted?