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The Seeker Vol. 22



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On the Patio - Will You Remember Me?




Will we know each other in heaven? That is often asked by those who anticipate being in God’s Kingdom, but wonder if they will know their family and friends when they arrive or if those loved ones will know them. If God loves us and wants us with Him in eternity, would He so change our form or erase our memory such that we don’t recall the people we knew and loved in our lives on earth? What saith the Scriptures?




 

Article - Of These Stones


There is much mystery concerning the 144,000 sealed servants of God in Revelation Chapters 7 and 14. There is also much wrong teaching about them, as even certain groups claim to be of that number! I wish to examine this collection of tribulation saints from a different perspective based on a cryptic statement made by John the Baptist near the Jordan River. Could the 144,000 emerge from the stones that Joshua placed at Gilgal?






 

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Brother Scott Answers Your Questions




What are your thoughts on:


1. For people who weren’t exposed to Jesus/Bible or just never took it seriously due to lack of people around them stressing the importance of God? Are they immediately damned, or do they get another chance to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior?


2. If they don’t get the chance upon their human passing, after the Rapture, when the final judgement comes and we have to stand before the Lord, (bearing in mind “Those who acknowledge me before man I will acknowledge before my Father in Heaven) will they get one last chance to accept Him? After having been witness to all the heinous things happening to them since their death, I know some will still deny Him, but how could you?


3.  After the final judgment, Satan is defeated for eternity, and God makes everything new again. Do all those He cast off simply cease to exist? Does God just make it so that it was as if none of the fallen angels and wicked humans ever existed? Or are they truly suffering for eternity in a place that only God knows about, since sin will no longer exist?


Thanks for any thoughts you may have on this.


-Ralph Krueger



Hi, Ralph.


As to the questions, I plan to discuss Questions 2 and 3 in an upcoming episode about tribulation salvation. It merits its own discussion at length, perhaps multiple episodes.


As to Question 1, I know this: God does not hold men accountable for what they do not know or cannot understand. He holds men accountable for that which they reject. So consider this verse:


But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. - 2 Corinthians 4:3-5


If I examine the passage I see a “lost” person is one who heard the preaching of the truth and did not believe it. That is very different from a person who never heard. How could one “believe not” that which they never heard? The lost person is one who heard the gospel preached, understood it, rejected it, and stands in the condition now of “lost”. They have declared themselves the enemy of God, and the wrath of God abides upon them. Consider another passage:


Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. - 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12


Here we see the wrath of God falling upon those that perish. They will be deceived by the antichrist because they “received not the love of the truth,” and “believed not the truth.” This would mean that the truth of Jesus Christ was preached to them, they refused to believe it, and they rejected Christ as Lord. These will all be damned. This gets into what goes on during tribulation, but I wanted you to see the words Lost and Damned defined by Scripture.


Here is my concern: I don’t know who has or has not heard the truth. Unless I hear a testimony from someone, I can’t assume they know the truth or not. Perhaps they tell me they are a “believer,” but they might be believing in some church ordinance or work for salvation. So I ask about their testimony. If they state something along the lines of knowing Christ as their Savior, then I consider them a believer. If they state they are saved through their church, then I must assume they may be ignorant and I try to preach the gospel to them.


All this to say that it is best to ask those you know about salvation and preach the gospel to them. You don’t know if someone did in the past, and they are standing in unbelief. If you or someone else makes it clear to them, then they are accountable for what they understand. We cannot avoid preaching the cross in the hopes that a person remains ignorant. That could be dangerous to their eternal destiny. Better to proclaim it, and let God’s Holy Spirit do its job of convicting the heart unto repentance and acknowledgment of the truth.


I once had a Jewish friend who hung out with a bunch of Christians enough to attend a Bible study. He stated to the pastor that he thought he might be one of the 144,000 at a future date. The pastor replied, “Yeah, but you might not!” That was a wise answer.


I will pray for you!


Bro. Scott


 

Brother Scott, 


On 3/24/24 Pastor J.D. Farag was interrupted by a woman screaming during his "Prophecy Update" concerning Jesus and the pre-tribulation rapture. The live video feed was cut when you saw him step down away from the podium, but you could hear him verbally commanding a demon to come out of the woman. After a few minutes things were quiet and he came back to close the lecture. In a later YouTube post he explained the reasons and scriptures behind his actions. My questions are as follows. "Will we see a rise in demonic activity and 'possession' the closer we come to the rapture?" "What powers do we have as believers in Jesus to combat such enemies?" and "Can we cast out demons?"


God bless you and all your team, as always

-William Ratcliff



Thanks, William.


I did see that video as well. It was unsettling, to say the least.


I do believe demonic proliferation will increase before Christ’s return, just as it exploded during His first appearance to Israel.


We do have power over demons, just as Christ commanded the 70 in Luke 10:17-20:


And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.


Whether or not the demons will obey us as directly as those in the gospel, I don’t know. But greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.


I believe we can cast out demons by rebuking them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t say it is easy or will always work immediately. Jesus said some types of demons can only be cast out by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). I’d like to find a subject matter expert on this issue to interview on Bible Mysteries Podcast. I have personally never cast out a demon, but I have voted for several.


Bro. Scott


 

Hey, Bro. Scott


I was asked the question the other day if Jesus descended into hell after he died like stated in the Apostles’ Creed at the Lutheran church I grew up in. I had no good answer, just wondering your thoughts. 


Thank you

-Stephen Redmer:



Hi, Stephen.


Thanks for your question. Let’s see what the Scriptures say:


Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. - Acts 2:29-32


I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised:

so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

The sorrows of death compassed me,

and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

The sorrows of hell compassed me about:

the snares of death prevented me.

In my distress I called upon the LORD,

and cried unto my God:

he heard my voice out of his temple,

and my cry came before him, even into his ears. - Psalm 18:3-6


Both passages reference Christ in hell, who died as the Lamb of God, the propitiation (perfect sacrifice) for our sins. It is logical that the sacrifice would be burned just as the lamb was burnt on the altar. In this case, Christ went down to hell to become our satisfactory sacrifice.


Paul writes:


(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) - Ephesians 4:9-10


So, yes, Christ descended to hell to fulfill His role as the pleasing sacrifice for sins! More importantly, He was raised again from the dead, proving that we are now justified by His faith.


Praise God for His unspeakable gift!


Bro. Scott


 

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