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Saved From Fire
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Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever. 


"From the depths of Sheol the mightiest of warriors speak to him and his allies; the uncircumcised, the slain by the sword, have gone down and lie there they made a bed for her among the slain, with all her masses; their graves are round about her. They are all uncircumcised, slain by the sword. Though their terror was once spread over the land of the living, they bear their shame with those who have gone into the Pit; they are placed among the slain." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 32. 21, 25 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 


It is a tragic mistake to ignore the subject of Hell, Sheol, the Pit, Hades — all the names of the literal place for punishment of the wicked.  Isaiah gives us a striking explicit picture of those in earlier ages who are now in Hades, awaiting the final judgment.  Religion, in itself with its complex concepts and rituals, will not keep one from hell where "the corpses of the men who rebelled against ME: Their worms shall not die, nor their fire be quenched; they shall be a horror to all flesh." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 66. 24 Tanakh, Nevi’im; also see Mark 9. 43 - 48] 


Having a religion or form of righteousness, will never save a person.  Paul spoke of those who have a form of religion that does not save:  "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people TURN AWAY!  For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was." [2 Timothy 3. 1 - 9] 


"Although they knew God, they did not glorify HIM as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible GoD into an image made like corruptible man…and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore GOD also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of GOD for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the CREATOR." [Romans 1. 21 - 25] 


We are admonished, "If you refrained from rescuing those taken off to death, those condemned to slaughter — if you say — We knew nothing of it surely HE WHO fathoms hearts will discern the truth, HE WHO watches over your life will know it, and HE will pay each man as he deserves." [Proverbs (Mishle) 24. 11 – 12 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   Also, "keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our LORD JESUS CHRIST unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh." [Jude 21 - 23] 


The LorD Y’SHUA warned "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. BEWARE of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits." [Matthew 7. 13 - 15]  Only those who worship the CREATOR, the TRUE & LIVING GOD, who receive the LORD MessiaH Y’SHUA as their personal SavioR from sin, will be saved.  Believe and accept HIS free gift of salvation with seeing hearts, hearing souls, and obedient lives. 


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
May our bearing toward our neighbors, our faithfulness in every sphere of duty, our compassion for the suffering and our patience under trial show that HE WHOSE Law we obey is indeed the MIGHTY GOD of all goodness, the FATHER of all men, that to serve HIM is perfect freedom and to worship HIM the soul's purest happiness.  


Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 



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