Understanding Revelation 20: Satan and the lake of fire.

Did you know that when Jesus was referring to the worms that do not die and fires that do not end were referring to the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple and not hell?

Mark 9:48
‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’

Now look at this.

Isaiah 66:24
And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

Jesus was quoting the massacre of the Jews during the Babylonian attacks. He was saying it will happen again when the Romans attack Jerusalem.

On vengeance and universalism.

There are times in our preaching we represent to others that God is a “trigger happy” God who loves to keep people out of heaven. There are also those who tells us that everyone will be saved whether you want to or not. A good reference point would be in these verses. Luke 19:41-44 41…

Grace is Inclusive but Inclusionism is Not Grace

Originally posted on Escape to Reality:
One of these claims is not like the others. See if you can spot the difference… “Believe and be saved” ~Jesus (Mk 16:16, Luk 8:12) “Believe and be saved” ~Paul (Acts 16:31, Rom 10:9) “You are saved. Believe it.” ~Inclusionism Do you know the difference between the gospel of…

The Living Word and not the Written Word?

I have begun to discover a very important pattern developing from a certain sect. Despite obvious contradictions to their beliefs, they claim the following: a) everyone is saved whether faith in Jesus is required or not; b) evil exists in us because we took the fruit of Good and Evil. As such evil exists through…

Does “being reconciled” mean you have no part to play?

Does “being reconciled” mean you have no part to play? Is this true? “2 Co 5:20 YLT in behalf of Christ, then, we are ambassadors, as if God were calling through us, we beseech(PARAKALEO)in behalf of Christ, `Be ye reconciled to God; The word Parakaleo , comes from [Para] a proposition indicating close proximity ,…

Andrew Wommack’s view on Universalism.

The word Gospel means good news, and it’s not good news to tell people that they are going to hell. However, there is a hell for those who don’t accept God’s offer of grace, and I believe it’s important for people to understand this. I’ve been appalled at the doctrine of “ultimate reconciliation,” or “universalism,” that has crept…

Does 1 Tim 2:4-5 teach that God will save everyone?

Today a dear friend of mine posted 1 Timothy 2:4-5 which says that “God  wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” and says God will save everyone in the end. Is that what Paul actually means? It is pertinent for us to therefore ask ourselves why 1st Timothy was written….

It is not equal, it is far better.

I must say I am surprised by the varied reactions to my last note ““All” is ALL?” Some gave it an excellent “thumbs up”. Some got very upset. Some just misread and misinterpreted the note altogether. Let’s deal with this. Someone of you wrote in and said, “all” has to mean “all” all the time….

“All” means “ALL”?

Dear friends, We are often attracted by the elusiveness of having to believe all men will be saved. It is easy for us to be persuaded to believe an inclusion Gospel. while grace is inclusive, inclusion however is not grace. We must understand there are times, when the scripture mentions ALL, it speaks about the…

Satan and God reconciled?

A brief history of where the “all men are saved” teaching comes from… “Traditionally, the doctrine of Universalism was traced by Universalist historians back to the teachings of Origen of Alexandria (c.185-284), an influential early Church Father and writer. Origen believed in apocatastasis, the ultimate restoration and reconciliation of creation with God, which was interpreted by Universalists historians to mean the…

Inclusion, hell and Sonship.

Dear friends,    Does this verse tells us we are all saved and offsprings of God?   Ephesians 4:4-6 4 There is one body and one Spirit –just as you were called to one hope when you were called – 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who…

Is faith crucial to salvation?

Do Acts 17:28 and 1 Timothy 4:10 teach us that faith is not necessary for us to be saved? I have been reading the writings of some grace believers who are now saying that it is not necessary for a believer to have faith in the finished work of Jesus in order to be saved…