PROPHECY ALERT: COUNTDOWN TO WORLD WAR 3 – THE SOON DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS

As most may well be aware, there is an ever-growing and intensifying conflict occurring right now between Russia, Israel and the Western powers lead by the United States over Syria.  The conflict started kicking into high gear just a few short years ago on September 22, 2014.  The United States, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates began to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces inside Syria, as well as the Khorasan group in the Idlib Governorate to the west of Aleppo and the al Nusra Front around Raqqa as part of the military intervention against ISIL.

The missile strike on the Shayrat airbase, conducted by the United States on April 7, 2017, was the first time that America has become a deliberate direct combatant against the Syrian government and marked the start of a series of deliberate direct military actions by the U.S. military against the Syrian government and pro-government forces in May–June 2017 and February 2018. 

In mid-January 2018, the Trump administration indicated that it intended to maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to counter Iran′s influence and oust Syrian president Bashar Assad.  In early September 2018, the United States started to implement a new strategy that indefinitely extends the military effort and launches a major diplomatic push to achieve American objectives in Syria.  Of course, this is raising the ire and conflict with Russia quite dramatically to the point that there are veiled threats and outright direct threats beginning to proceed from both the American and Russian governments against each other.  The conflict’s heat began to dramatically rise very recently when on September 17, 2018, a Russian spy plane was mistakenly shot down by Syrian air defence forces while monitoring the Idlib province after an Israeli air strike on facilities in Latakia, Syria.  There were a total of 15 Russian soldiers lost in the incident.  A Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson stated that the Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces.  As a response to this incident, the Russian government sent the S-300 missile defense system into Damascus, Syria, which is a step up from the previous weaponry being used by Syria which had no real defense capability against Israel’s fighter jets.

S-300 MISSILE SYSTEM

Previous to this incident, it has always been a cake walk for Israel to conduct military air campaigns against Syria that has had to rely on old weapons systems to defend against any incursions by Israel or anyone else for that matter.  This recent and sudden turn of events dramatically heightens Russian and Syrian war tensions with Israel.  Ultimately, Israel may have no choice but to engage in direct military confrontation with Russia.  Of course, this also drags in Iran – Israel’s major enemy.  The rhetoric (or more like threats) that have long come from Iran are usual calls for Israel’s destruction.  Of course, the fact that this advanced weapons system was shipped to Damascus specifically ought to be triggering the end times prophecy alert system of all prophecy watchers worldwide.  This catapults Damascus into the category of a major threat to Israel on top of hindering Israeli objectives in Syria and outside of Syria’s immediate parameters … namely any action against Iran.  According to the Moscow-based Izvestia daily newspaper, Russia is also sending in electronic warfare equipment, which arrived at Hmeimim Air Base near Latakia. The paper apparently cited sources familiar with the delivery.  These satellite and radar jamming systems are intended to disrupt airborne radar, aircraft communication and controls and satellite navigation systems used in attack jets, drones and guided munitions.  Operators will be able to project a protective “radioelectronic dome” over hundreds of kilometers over Syria and along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the report said.  There is an interesting parallel between the dynamics of the Middle East and prophetic scripture that need to be considered in the light of current events.  While Israel has been fighting it’s war against Palestinian terrorism, Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists have periodically stoked the flames of a second front along the border between Lebanon and Israel over the years.  Syria is said to be in direct support of terrorism in Lebanon which is directed at Israel.  At least, this is what the official narrative seems to be.  As many may know by now, official narratives always seem to be false narratives put forth by the corrupt “deep state” (to use a phrase that has been making the rounds these days).  Yes, there is a deep state and is, by now, well documented for those who wish to look a bit closer beyond the propaganda that comes from the mainstream media.  The reality of it seems to be that the globalist, occult-practicing deep state that runs the nations of the West, including the main golden goose The United States, seem to be orchestrating the terrorism themselves using these terrorists whom they control.  But in any case, the fact is that terrorism is taking place in these areas such as Lebanon that directly affects Israel.  Raids and ambushes have been conducted across the border fence into Israel and rockets have periodically been fired into Israel from southern Lebanon over the past several years.  Israel has responded with artillery fire and air strikes from helicopters and jet fighters.  Israel has publicly and diplomatically warned Damascus in Syria and Beirut in Lebanon that the escalation of a front along the Lebanese border will result in a forceful and significant military response by Israel.  The current and ever-evolving situation in the Middle East will eventually dictate that the Israeli army will be forced to respond decisively with massive airstrikes against Damascus and Lebanon.  Israeli military action against Damascus will assuredly result in the outbreak of a larger war in the Middle East.

WHAT THE BIBLE FORETELLS REGARDING DAMASCUS           

Damascus (and by inference, the rest of Syria) will be destroyed, quite quickly and completely.  Isaiah 17 features a prophecy that has never happened – never in the history of Syria’s existence …

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1).

Many Bible expositors insist that the above-mentioned prophecy of the destruction of Damascus was already fulfilled in the 8th century around 732 B.C. shortly after it had already been predicted in Isaiah 17 when Assyria conquered Aram.  Aram was the ancient name for most of modern Syria.  When looked at a bit closer, this simply cannot be the case.  If this prophecy was fulfilled back then, one then has the problem of explaining why Jeremiah 49:23-27 predicts a suspiciously similar destruction approximately one century later.  As a side note to this statement, it is a vitally important fact to understand from this point forward that scripture reveals that history prophetically repeats itself …

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us”(Ecclesiastes 1:9-10).

“That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15).

The above two scriptures dealing with history repeating itself is vitally important to understand when considering where scripture will now take you in the prophetic scheme of what is getting ready to transpire in the earth.  What transpired in the past is often depicted in scripture as happening in the future on a grander scale.  One can see this with the example given of the Antichrist.  An event of the past is foreshadowing an event of the future on a grander scale.  In 167 B.C. a Greek ruler by the name of Antiochus Epiphanes set up an altar to Zeus over the altar of burnt offerings in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. He also sacrificed a pig on the altar in the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is known as the abomination of desolation.  The future Antichrist will also cause an “abomination of Desolation” in the future Temple as Revelation 13 indicates.  In Matthew 24:15, Jesus was speaking some 200 years after the abomination of desolation described above had already occurred …

“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand” (Matthew 24:15).

This is referring to Daniel 9:27 …

“He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

So, Jesus must have been prophesying that some time in the future another abomination of desolation would occur in a Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Most Bible prophecy interpreters believe that Jesus was referring to the Antichrist who will do something very similar to what Antiochus Epiphanies did. This is confirmed by the fact that some of what Daniel prophesied in Daniel 9:27 did not occur in 167 B.C. with Antiochus Epiphanies. Antiochus did not confirm a covenant with Israel for seven years. It is the Antichrist who, in the end times, will establish a covenant with Israel for seven years and then break it by doing something similar to the abomination of desolation in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.  Whatever the future abomination of desolation is, it will leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that the one perpetrating it is the person known as the Antichrist. Revelation 13:14 describes him making some kind of image which all are forced to worship. Turning the temple of the living God into a place of worship for the Antichrist is truly an “abomination.” Those who are alive and remain during the tribulation should be watchful and recognize that this event is the beginning of 3 1/2 years of the worst of the tribulation period and that the return of the Lord Jesus is imminent.  Another example of this can be seen in the example of Israel being referenced in scripture as the vineyard in Isaiah 5 …

“For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant” (Isaiah 5:7).

According to Matthew 21, Jesus himself stated that he was going to take the kingdom of God from Israel and give it to a nation that would bring forth the fruits of God’s Kingdom”

“Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matthew 21:33-43).

Largely, this nation has been the church throughout the church age as indicated in 1 Peter 2:9 …

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

However, evidence also indicates that there would also be a specific nation that God would raise up to world dominating status for the purpose of spreading forth the gospel message.  Some very powerful and irrefutable visual evidence would suggest that this nation is also the United States of America … a nation that Christ has lent the vineyard to, the other husbandmen that will render him the fruits in their seasons as seen in verse 41 of Matthew 21 mentioned above (See the article link below under the section titled “AMERICA’S TRUE AND GLORIOUS IDENTIFICATION IN BIBLE PROPHECY“).

https://endtimesdarknessdescending.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/the-seven-fold-death-of-megalopolis-gods-hidden-sign/

As one can see, we have a fulfillment of the vineyard in Old Testament scripture in Israel’s identification with the vineyard, but a much bigger fulfillment of the kingdom occurs through the church comprised of New Testament born-again believers and also finds fulfillment in America’s peculiar status, making it the current church age vineyard because it has been taken away from Israel temporarily as seen in Matthew 21.  Evidence would suggest that it is the same situation with the prophecy of the destruction of Damascus in Isaiah 17.  There will be a grander fulfillment of the original event.  To further buttress this point, one only needs to observe the fact that Isaiah mentioned Assyria 37 times throughout his 66 chapters, but never once mentioned it in Isaiah 17.  For instance, Isaiah 8:3-7 clearly identifies an Assyrian conquest of Damascus. This conquest was fulfilled in Isaiah’s lifetime, but Damascus still exists today.  By connecting Jeremiah’s passage to Isaiah’s we get a grander picture surrounding the destruction of Damascus. Although some expositors teach that Jeremiah 49:23-27 was fulfilled during Jeremiah’s time through the Babylonian conquest over Damascus, clues in Jeremiah’s passage suggests otherwise. For instance, Jeremiah asks Damascus, “Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of My joy?” This alludes to Jerusalem, which was destroyed and deserted during Jeremiah’s lifetime. Therefore, Jeremiah’s rhetorical question to Damascus about Jerusalem would prove pointless at the time.

When will this happen?  It is always worth remembering that Damascus, and the territory of Syria, is not mentioned among the allied nations that gather to destroy Israel in the battle of Gog in Ezekiel 38 & 39.  As witnessed in Ezekiel 38, Persia (modern Iran) is included, along with Ethiopia and Libya, the tribes of Gomer and northern Togarmah (Germany and parts of eastern Europe).  Currently, Syria is among the foremost consumers of Russian advanced weaponry, who in turn get it from the United States via the globalist elite agenda (See the second and third videos from the side bar of this site – “RED DAWN WARNING TO AMERICA” and “THE U.S. WAR ON TERROR AND THE COMING WORLD WAR 3”).  Yet, Damascus is missing from the hoard of Israel’s invaders.  This is persuasive evidence that the ancient city is destroyed prior to the coming of the Russian attack and invasion of Israel described in the great prophecy of the Gog/Magog war in Ezekiel 38 & 39.  Perhaps the invasion is even a response to a sort of Israeli nuclear self defense against Syria.  In any event, Isaiah 17 also pictures a coming invasion that greatly resembles the invasion by Gog in Ezekiel 38.  It’s concluding verses suggest the horror of modern warfare …

Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!  The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.  And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us” (Isaiah 17:12-14).

The concluding verse of the passage indicates a destruction in one single night.  Only with modern warfare and weaponry could this prophecy ever be accomplished.

DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS 2

In 1967, Syria was defeated in the spectacular Six-Day War.  In many ways, it was a real testimony to the power of God.  In the near future, it appears that Syria will be destroyed in a much briefer conflict.  It will start in the evening, and before morning, it will be over.  Syria’s current president, Bashar al-Assad has often referred to a “greater Syria,” which includes not only Lebanon, but most of Israel, even including Jerusalem. Apparently, the dream of a greater Syria will evaporate in a one-day war so clearly pronounced in the gloomy prophecy of Damascus’ destruction in one night as revealed in the above scripture of Isaiah 17 … “And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not (verse 14).

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.  The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.  The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.  In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation” (Isaiah 17:1-3,9).

These opening verses paint a very bleak picture.  Not only do we see the fact that Damascus will suddenly become an utterly destroyed heap of ruins in one night, but according to these verses, the cities of Aroer located on the northern bank of the Arnon River east of the Dead Sea will also be deserted just like Damascus.  We can see that these areas will not be destroyed in the same manner as Damascus will be.  It only states that they will be deserted.  Could it be that these people flea these cities out of fear from what just happened to Damascus?  We can also see from the passage that many of the fortified cities of northern Israel will be destroyed.  Furthermore, those who will remain in Aram located southeast of Damascus will also share the same fate as those northern Israeli cities …

And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.  And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.  Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the Lord God of Israel” (Isaiah 17:4-6).

The panorama of destruction is seen as scripture describes the landscape of Israel as being stripped bare of people.  Ultimately, this destruction will serve to awaken Israel to faith and dependence upon the God of the Bible and cause them to turn away from looking to their idols, which is the whole purpose for the disaster in the first place …

At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.  And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.  In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.  Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow” (Isaiah 17:7-11).

The wages of turning their faith away from God and onto the things of the world will reap a bitter harvest of grief, sorrow and bitter disappointment.  God takes idol worship and reverence of them very seriously and he will not let it stand.  We are now beginning to see the open displays of this here in America with the display of the Arch of Baal in front of the U.S. Capitol very recently.  In the midst of Israel’s day of grief and reckoning, they will ultimately face an imminent invasion …

Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!  The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.  And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us” (Isaiah 17:12-14).

With Damascus and northern Israel in a ravaged and weakened state, it is then that Israel will experience the onslaught of an attempted invasion by it’s enemies for it’s ultimate destruction for good.  It is at this point that God himself intervenes and destroys the invaders himself.  This invasion force event can be foreseen in Psalm 83 which describes the preliminary wars that lead to the invasion of Ezekiel 38 & 39 by Russia and it’s allies:

Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.  For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.  They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.  They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.  For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:  The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.  Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.  Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.  O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.  As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.  Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.  Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth (Psalm 83).

Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.  Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail.  How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!  Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the Lord of hosts.  And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad” (Jeremiah 49:23-27).

The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Amos all foresaw the destruction of Damascus, including the cities and territories under the control of Damascus and it’s ruling family.  Isaiah even hints that the destruction of Damascus will be the result of the children of Israel.  Damascus as a city has survived throughout the centuries.  It has never been totally destroyed as a “ruinous heap” or been forsaken in total desolation, particularly as a result of Israel’s military.  In the Arab-Israeli wars of the 20th century, Israel never destroyed Damascus.  Isaiah’s prophecy foretells the future destruction of Damascus when it will cease to exist as a city.  Jeremiah and Amos put the downfall of Damascus in the context of being destroyed by fire.  This destruction may also apply to Lebanon as Lebanon has essentially been a puppet government under the control of Syria and a terrorist safe haven.  Isaiah 10 provides a link between the destruction of Lebanon and the destruction of Syria at a time when a remnant of Israel will return.  Of course, as we all know now, Israel returned to statehood in 1948 as scripture foretold …

LEBANON
LEBANON:  “For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.  For the Lord God of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.  Therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.  For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction” (Isaiah 10:22-25).  “And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one” (verse 34).

While we are watching Damascus, Syria like prophecy watch hawks, we would also do well to pay close attention to Lebanon as we can clearly see from Isaiah 10.  We can surely see the day approaching with a swiftness.  The destruction of Damascus is undeniably a part of the end time scenario that will lead into the war of Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38 & 39 directly involving Russia and it’s allies including Iran – and then – the Tribulation period.  It is big piece of the prophetic puzzle – it is a sign to us that the departure of the body of born again believers from off of the earth (the rapture) is drawing near followed by the harsh judgment of the Tribulation for those left behind.  It is speculated by some that those of us in the body of Christ (born again) will still be here on Earth to see the destruction of Damascus before the rapture.  If so, let’s be assured that if we wake up one morning and find out that Damascus has been wiped out, our disappearance is extremely close.  On the other hand, we may not be here to see it … in which case, if we see the doom of Damascus approaching, our departure is that much closer.  In fact, in another article, I present the case that the destruction of Damascus will occur immediately after the rapture according to a most interesting display of a timing sequence revealed in the book of Isaiah (see the link below).

https://endtimesdarknessdescending.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/isaiah-chronicles-the-end-times-timing-of-damascus-destruction-solved/

 

It may not be for another couple or few years before this prophecy comes to past, but be assured, we see the storm clouds overhead.  Damascus has now become a lightning rod of military tension.  From here, it’s all dark clouds and doom for Damascus.  The countdown to her destruction looms.  The next sobering piece of news is easily the fact that scripture reveals that only those who are “born again” in Christ will escape the coming nightmare of the Tribulation period, while those not born again in Christ will be left behind to experience this nightmare.  For those who are in Christ already, the signs emerging of what is approaching is exciting news, for we will soon be taken home.  If you are not born again in Christ, I would urgently advise you to consider the claims of Jesus and the divinely inspired text of Biblical scripture and assess your spiritual standing with God.  Your time to do so is swiftly coming to a close.  The next section of this article will be the most important thing you’ve read thus far, for it will reveal what you must do to be spiritually prepared and be numbered among those who will escape the coming night that is rapidly descending upon the world.  The storm clouds are a bit closer than just on the horizon, they are now almost overhead.

THE RAPTURE AND YOUR ESCAPE

In order to accept the offer of God’s grace and his salvation, you must take the crucial three steps of …

1. Agreeing – A belief and agreeing with God in all that he says in his word, the Bible, about the fact that you are separated from God, as every man and woman on the face of the earth are before accepting his salvation.  The Bible reveals that all are separated from him in a spiritual state of death, or in another way that the Bible puts it, in a state of sin, that will result in eternal damnation.  Agreeing with God in your heart that you are in need of his salvation.  The Bible reveals that God looks upon the heart of a man, and thus, responds accordingly to the man or woman who comes to him for salvation in recognition of his inability to save himself.  The Bible makes these facts very clear – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).  The Bible describes these three kinds of death:  physical death (the state experienced when life leaves our bodies); spiritual death (spiritual separation from God caused by our state of spiritual death, or state of sin that results in outward acts of sin on a daily basis as the Bible also puts it – the state of sin is received from the first man Adam); and finally eternal death (the fixed state entered into by the individual who dies physically while he or she is dead spiritually).  It is eternal death, in particular, which is the horrible result of receiving the wages of sin.  The Lord Jesus Christ frequently described such a death as being eternal (without end) in a destiny which he called Hell.  He described Hell as a literal place of judgment (Matthew 13:42); a place of everlasting fire (Matthew 18:8); a place of torment (Luke 16:24,28); a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50); a place of remorse (Mark 9:44-48); of bitter memory (Luke 16:25), and a place originally prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).  In fact, Jesus more often warned about Hell than he spoke about Heaven.  It is not God’s will or desire that any person should be consigned to perish in Hell (2 Peter 3:9), but rather that all should come to repentance of unbelief toward him and believe on him for the salvation of the individual’s soul.  But God’s justice requires that the “soul who sins” (remains in it’s state of death or state of sin) is the one who will die eternally (Ezekiel 18:4).  So, agree with God, admitting that you are unable to save yourself and in a state of sin under God’s just condemnation for that sin and that you are in need of his salvation.

2. Believing – Then, believe that God does not want you to perish eternally in the torment of Hell because of your sin.  Believe that God loves you so much that he provided a way whereby he could still be a just, holy and righteous God, and yet pardon you.  Believe that God did not just overlook sin, but that he sent his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to provide salvation by personally paying the penalty for sin.  Believe that Jesus Christ, whose life, death, burial and resurrection is the best-attested fact of antiquity, did come to earth to live, die, rise again and ascend to Heaven in order to provide justification and salvation for all who trust him.  Believe that he, and he alone, can save you because he has fully satisfied the just demands of God.  Believe that you can’t become righteous in God’s sight by your own effort.  Believe that he wants to save you and that he will save you.  The Bible provides a solid basis for such belief …

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). 

“But God demonstrates his love toward us in this:  while we were yet sinners,  Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). 

God presented him (Jesus Christ) as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood.  He did this to demonstrate his justice because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies the man or woman who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25-26). 

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures … ” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). 

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). 

“Jesus answered, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out [drive away]” (John 6:37).

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

3. Calling – It is not enough to agree with God, admit your need, and believe that Christ can and will save you.  You must act upon those facts.  You must repent of the sin of your unbelief toward him and actively call upon him for the salvation of your soul based on the fact that you cannot save yourself because of your sins.  You must be willing to completely turn from your own efforts to save yourself or from any other hope.  You must come to Christ, calling upon him for salvation and counting on the fact that he will do what he has promised.  This means simply taking the gift of pardon and eternal life which he offers.  Merely believing about Jesus Christ without coming to him makes as much sense and is as effective as believing that a medication can successfully treat a fatal disease, but failing to take it.  Yet again, the Bible emphatically and authoritatively provides the basis for such statements:

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). 

The word translated “believe” here means to “rest one’s entire weight and trust on the object or person in which the belief is placed.”  It requires action in keeping with the intellectual assent of that belief.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

” … but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

The logical question you may be asking at this point is:  “how do I come to Christ and call upon him?”  The answer is that “calling upon the Lord” is just another term for praying, or talking to God.  To talk to God is not a complicated process, dependent upon some special rituals.  God has invited people to approach him through his Son in simple, straightforward terms.  In fact, Jesus approved of the dishonest, despised tax collector who simply prayed, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.”  While the exact words of your prayer to God are not of vital importance (since God sees and knows the attitude of your heart), the following is the kind of prayer that you could pray in calling upon God for salvation …

“Dear Lord Jesus:  I realize that I need you.  I admit that I have sinned and that I deserve your just, eternal punishment for that sin.  But I am sorry for my sin and I am turning to you and asking for forgiveness.  I believe that you died and rose again to pay sin’s penalty on my behalf.  I come to you and open my heart to you.  I ask you to come into my life, forgive me for all of my sin and make me your child.  I invite you to take control of my life and to cause me to be the kind of person you would have me to be.  I thank you for doing this because you have promised that whosoever calls upon you, as I am doing now, shall be saved.  I pray this in the name of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, I urge you to sincerely and genuinely express it to God as your prayer.  The Bible makes clear that when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in our heart, God forgives our sins and counts us righteous, and that when we openly confess with our mouth what we have done in our heart,  God gives us assurance of that salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:3-7).

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