Final Chapter of a Thrilling Book

Don’t read the last chapter first as it will give away the whole book. Much truth in this, yet most people, even if they have read a portion of this book has never read the final chapter.

As for myself never had I even read an entire chapter of the book until many years ago. I can say with honesty that it is not only the best book I have ever read but the most thrilling book to ever have been written by anyone. No other book has been put in print more times than this book. Still the best selling book on the planet.

Now feast your eyes on the final chapter and if you have never read it be prepared for a wonderful, shocking, exhilarating ending:

1 ¶ And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 ¶ And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 ¶ He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Last chapter in the book of Revelation

 

Isaiah Chapter 53

1 ¶ Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 ¶ Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Iasaih chapter 53

Does the Bible Teach Capitalism?

I’ll say right out, it certainly does.

Capitalism at its core rewards for hard work and innovation. Let’s start out with a Bible passage:

14 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.   Matthew chapter 25

Please read the above carefully. Notice the innovation and hard work of the faithful servant.

Whether it be capitalism or socialism there are crooks in both. However socialism strives to make everyone equal no matter if they work hard or are lazy. In full blown socialism everyone gets free housing, health care, food education and such. The only problem with this is not term free is not actually free. Someone has to pay.

Now let’s go to another Bible passage. God had the Apostle Paul write:

10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. !! Thessalonians chapter 3

Capitalism rewards those who work. Socialism says everyone deserves to eat whether they be lazy or not.

Everyone should have an equal opportunity to succeed but everyone is NOT equal. Some lazy, some hard working.

Here in America we do not require one work to receive welfare. This is against the Bible which is Gods word. If this does not convince you I can go to many other passages in Gods word. More later as I recall…….

 

Only God Could Do It

Sin bridges a gap between God and man. Sinful man can not enter Heaven simple because Heaven is a Holy place. For a man to enter Heaven His sins must be washed away.

God created us. God gave us a free will. Sin is rebellion against God.

What can wash away our sins? Only God can do this.

What method does God use to make us clean and wash away our sins?

The Psalmist David said that God had become his Saviour. 11 Samuel 22:2

No one can Save themselves. A church can not do it. A religion can not do it. Good intentions can not do it. Effort and trying to be good can not do it. Only God can do it.

No one has lived such a wonderful life that they deserve Heaven.

God sent His only begotten son to pay for our sins. When asked of Jesus the purpose of His coming, Jesus replied:

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Luke 19:10

How can a man be Saved by the Saviour. There are multiple examples found in Gods word. Here is just one example:

¶ And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.  The servant admitted that he was not worthy so instead he put his trust in Jesus.

The Bible says we must come to God admitting we are sinners and put our trust and faith in Jesus:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.   Ephesians 2:8-9

We are to recognize our need. We must admit we are NOT deserving. We must put our trust and faith in what Jesus did on the cross on our behalf. Then and only then can we be Saved from our sins and eternity in Hell.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

    Oh! precious is the flow
    That makes me white as snow;
    No other fount I know,
      Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my cleansing this I see–
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
For my pardon this my plea–
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

Nothing can my sin erase
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Naught of works, ’tis all of grace–
Nothing but the blood of Jesus! 

In Psalm chapter 51 God had David make it clear and write:

 1 ¶ To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 ¶ Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 ¶ Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. 

God is the only one who can Save. Have you yet come to the Saviour for your Salvation? I urge you right now to do so. The precious name of Jesus Saves:

10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:10:12

If you are Saved, share this with others. More later as I recall…….

The Importance of Gods Word

A brand new blog and the very first post. How important is the Bible? Does everyone need Gods word? Should everyone read and study the Bible?

Though the Bible is the most publicized book ever, it is a fact that most have never read or studied Gods word. I was 28 years old before I ever owned or read the Bible and never will I forget how much different it was from what I had previously thought. As a matter of fact after a short while, I began to learn there were so many things taught in the Bible that was different and yes at odds from any previous learning on the subject of God or religion.

From science to historical teachings to how to get to Heaven according to God it was nothing short of amazing. One thing I learned quickly, the Bible was not a book on religion and the word religion was only found a total of 7 times out of over 750,000 words. Not only that but in those 5 times the word or subject of religion was not always spoken of in a good way.

Rather than reading with a skeptical mind, I began my reading and study with the strong belief of what I was reading to be true. To this very day, I have never doubted  the contents to be false. That is not to say that I understand every thing, but the more I read and study the more I understand.

One nice thing about the age you and I live in, is the availability of a computer. As an example there are many naysayers who teach that the Bible has contradictions. With the modern computer when a contradiction to our eyes appears we can use a search engine on the computer to quickly have a passage explained and our doubts erased. Of course when one has the mind-set of a doubter no reasonable explanation will suffice. To those folk they would rather doubt God.

The Bible tells us we should seek after God as though we are searching for hidden treasure such as gold and silver. The Bible teaches that God had the Bible written. Yes, it was written by men but at the direction of God.

The King James Bible for English-Speaking people is Gods pure word without error of any kind. Yes, there are some archaic words found but my answer is, so what? It is easy to find the definition of any word by simply going to a dictionary. Webster’s dictionary published in 1828 is an excellent source as it contains words relevant to the Bible. It is the only Bible without a patent. In order to obtain a patent the requirement is to change words which according to God is always wrong:

“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven.” times. Psalm 12:6

Yes, we are after what God has to say but changing the words of God can only cause confusion and error.

The more one reads the Bible the more precious it becomes. It is surprising that just about any question, of actual importance, can be found in the Bible.

Though there are thousands of religions there is only one Bible and since God had the Bible written we can trust what it says. Religions, because there are so many can be very confusing yet God says in His Bible that:

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
1 Corinthians 14:33

This blog is not about this writer. Subjects and Bible word studies will be the followed.  Topics and subjects will be the goal such as:

  1. The Church
  2. Prophecy
  3. World events as they relate to God
  4. Individual Salvation according to what God says.
  5. Word studies will be used as a tool to better understand what God says.
  6. Subjects such as “Why we are here.”
  7. Finding true individual peace.

Often you will hear me say that my opinion matters little but what God has to say means everything.

This life we now live lasts but a short time. Eternity never ends. Thus what God has to says is the most important thing we could ever read or learn.

We will see that it is just not important to believe what God says but to obey what God says. This writer has not all the answers but God does. I hope many will follow the blog, make comments, suggestions and pray that HE will be uplifted and honored with every word written. If you like an article please share it with others. If you like the blog please recommend to your friends. More later as I recall…….  In His precious name, Jim Finn

P.S.

“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” Psalms 138:2