Author: James Taiwo

Bible lessons by James Taiwo - author of [The Pinnacle of Compassion] [Success Express Lane] [Bible Giants of Faith] [Who Was Jesus, Really?] [Bible Application Lessons] [Book of Prayers] [Ancient Houses of Egypt] & others. Learn more at * www.JamesTaiwo.com

PREPARE FOR RAPTURE: IT WILL HAPPEN UNEXPECTEDLY – Matthew

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Everyone Must Prepare For The Raptured

(Passage: Matthew 24)

The current events that we all witness now signify that we at the period of the End Time. The scripture is being fulfilled in our days, which signifies the rapture of saints can happen at any moment. Everyone ought to take this seriously and prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Jesus discussed his second coming with his disciples and stated that earth inhabitants will see him descending from heaven to transport his saints home.

Christ promised his disciples (while on earth) that he would ascend to heaven and return at the later date to transport his believers (the Christians) to heaven.

Only those who have confessed Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will be raptured when the time comes. Jesus said;

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:30-31).

(Rapture means the transportation of Jesus’ followers to heaven).

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Rapture Is Meant For the Repentant Sinners

Anyone who can repent of his (or her) sin and confesses Jesus as Lord will qualify for the rapture.

The end will come to this present earth after the rapture. God will bring our world to extinction and create a new one that will host those who have confessed and served him in this present earth.

It is important to note that Christ will come to rapture Christians to heaven before this world comes to an end.

Christ will come suddenly when people have least expected. Unfortunately, people who have refused to confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior would be caught unaware. They will not qualify for the rapture.

Those who are left behind in this world after the rapture will, unfortunately, live at the mercy of Satan who would rule the world at the time.

Afterward, God will set up his (grand) last judgment and send Satan and his followers to hell. God will condemn them to an everlasting lake of fire called Hell-Fire.

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Simple Words For The Wise

The best time for anyone to make a qualifying decision for the rapture is now!

Anyone who wants to go to heaven should confess his (or her) faith in Jesus Christ. He must declare Jesus as the Son of God.

To exercise repentance and obtain salvation: A person must confess his sins and repent from them.

The outcome of faith confession

Once a person confesses his sins and accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, he has become a born-again Christian. God will write his name in the Book of Life.

In order words, it could be stated that the steps of obtaining salvation to escape hell during this end time is easy as ABC!

Just confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Confess your sins and repent from them.

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Pray The Prayer of Salvation To Qualify For Rapture

Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you are the Son of God who died to save the world. I declare, Jesus, as my personal Lord and Savior. I repent from my sins. I ask you to please gain control of my heart and rule me by the Holy Spirit. Please keep me fit for your kingdom. Thank you, Jesus Christ, for your saving grace! Amen.
Remember facing the fact: Prepare For Rapture: It Will Happen Unexpectedly

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GOD’S DIRECTIVES HAVE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE – Matthew

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Believers Must Trust God’s Directives For Their Lives

(Passage: Matthew 16)

The best decision a person can take in life is to follow God’s directives. Jesus knew the reason for his life’s existence; he must prepare the salvation pathway and save people. Peter who was passionate about his master (Jesus) would rather see him following a different path.

Peter ignorantly persuaded Jesus to change his course. He wanted him to not sacrifice his life, but rather hang around and remain his good boss.

Peter lacked spiritual understanding and did not realize that God’s directive for Christ was for him to die to save humanity from their sins.

Jesus rebuked Peter for his spiritual insensitivity as the Bible reported;

“… From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to you!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Matthew 16:21-23).

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Spiritual Directives Can’t Be Understood With Literal Assessment

Christians must allow the Holy Spirit to direct us in making a decision that can benefit us and glorify God.

Believers must not judge a matter with visual and literal assessment only. We must be prayerful while evaluating a matter and let God guide us into making an appropriate decision.

No Christian should engage in any spiritual activity with a carnal mind; we must not allow the flesh to rule us!

The cravings of the flesh are not limited to pride, selfishness, gluttony, immorality, injustice, and other ungodly acts.

Carnality is also frowned upon by God, and believers must do away with it as much as possible!

A person who allows the Spirit of God to rule him or her will save himself from making any irrational decision that he may later regret.

A Spirit-led person will live a life that radiates God’s beauty that will be rewarded in this life and in heaven.

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Pray For The Spirit Of Discernment and Ability To Follow God’s Directive

Dear God, please make me a Christian that allows the Holy Spirit to direct him. Give me the gift of spiritual discernment to differentiate between good and evil.

Help me to make decisions that will glorify your name at all times. Please let my life always be pleasant to you, so that I can qualify for your benefits on earth and in heaven.

For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: God’s Directives Have Spiritual Significance

GOD HATES SIN; COVET HOLINESS AND STAY STRONG – Zechariah

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GOD’S LAW IS NOT THE SAME AS HUMAN TRADITION – Matthew

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Simply Understand That Tradition Does Not Equate To God’s Law

(Passage: Matthew 21)

Some traditions promote moral standards, but we must all understand there is no tradition that is comparable to God’s law. Jesus Christ expressed this important teaching as he violated the tradition of his opponent to promote God’s law.

Christ contradicted the unpopular Jewish tradition and disrupted some activities of the temple merchants. Christ, against the order of the day, also allowed people to shout Hosanna to his praise, as the opponents raged.

The action of Christ against the status quo insinuated the enemies’ fury to an extent that they planned for his life. The traditionalist wanted to kill him (but they were incapacitated until his time was ripe).

The following Bible quotes are some examples of Christ’s actions that threw his opponent off guard and they wanted him dead,

… So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David!” (Matthew 21:6-9).

“…Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” (Matthew 21:9-16).

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A Child of God Must Be Certain of God’s Law

Children of God must know how to draw a line between any human tradition and God’s divine law. Human traditions are not the same as God’s law.

God’s rule of law is supreme, therefore, all believers must ensure to take it as the highest standard to live by. That is, a good Christian is expected to reject any teaching or practice that contradicts what the Bible established.

For example, our society may portray its liberal view on homosexuality and declare it acceptable, which is not in compliance with Bible standards (Romans 1:24 -27; Mark 10:6-9).

A true believer must obey God’s law, even when the world has rejected it!

Jehovah will honor his children that obey his commandments, as he has preserved his best treasures for us in heaven.

In addition, Christians must understand that we have God’s backing as we make efforts to do his will. The Spirit of God is dwelling in us; no power can force us into subjection. Every Christian has dominion power; no need to yield to Satan’s pressure! (Matthew 18:18).

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Ask For Grace To Follow God’s Law Over Human Traditions

Dear Jesus Christ, I receive the power of God to reject heresy and uphold God’s righteousness. Please give me the strength to adopt your law and prioritize it above any human tradition. Let my step of faith leads to my blessing, and let me remain fit for your benefits in this life and in heaven also. Amen!

Remember: God’s Law Is Greater Than Human Tradition

JESUS DIED FOR FREEDOM – Romans

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RUTH, A DEVOTED DAUGHTER-IN-LAW

Bible Giants Of Faith – Episode 4

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We started this series by discussing the great men and their marvelous feats in the bible. Men who showed great faith in God and were thus rewarded with uncommon blessings. So far we’ve been able to go through the lives of three different men (Abraham, Moses, and David).

The great deeds recorded in the bible were not achieved by men alone, women also had their own superb share of these acts. In this episode, we are going to discuss the life of Ruth.

The book Bible Giants of Faith discusses this great woman (Ruth), known for her loyalty and devotion.

The fourth chapter of the book “Bible Giants of Faith” relates that two Moabite women, Ruth and Orpah, married the two sons of Naomi after her husband, Elimelech died. But unfortunately, tragedy struck and Naomi’s two sons died.

After this, Naomi decided to return to Israel. She set out for Bethlehem in the company of her two daughters-in-law. But at a point on the journey, she urged her two daughters-in-law to return to their people for the possibility of starting a new life. Mahlon returned to Moab, but Ruth refused to turn back.

Ruth said to Naomi,

“Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord do the same to me, and more also, if anything but death separates me from you” (Ruth 1:1-17).

Such loyalty! Even when she had no reason to continue with her, she pledged her life to Naomi. She arrived in Israel with Naomi; took care of Naomi in her old age, and later remarried a man named Boaz based on Naomi’s recommendation.

Ruth later gave birth to a boy named Obed, who also became the grandfather of King David, the great ancestor of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Can you see how loyalty and devotion turned a lowly woman from an unknown village to an ancestor of our Lord Jesus Christ?

People who claim to love God should prove it with practical actions.

We should not only be Christians through words, but we must complement our words with actions of faith. We must be ready to go out of our way for God.

Even when the grass does not look green, we should still consider it a matter of importance to meet God’s standard.

I hope we all learned a lesson from this episode?

Continue with us in the next episode as we unveil more great deeds from the giants of old.

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END TIME IS HERE; WHERE WILL YOU GO? – Revelation

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Be Watchful Of The Signs Of The End Time

(Passage: Revelation 13)

The words of Christ about the End Time is coming to fulfillment during our days! Everyone (especially Children of God) must watch out for the signs of the End Time that are already evident in our society.

According to the scriptures, during the End Time, Satan will delegate his agents to deceive many people and prepare them for the symbol of destruction notable as “666.”

Bible has warned that whosoever receives the antichrist mark of 666 will unable to enter heaven on the last day. The recipient of 666 will be doomed in hell fire.

The Bible stated,

So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.

Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world…”

The Bible also stated,

“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.

He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on the inner right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:4-8; 13:11-18).

 

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The salvation of Jesus Helps One To Escape The Beast’s Mark 666

Most signs that Jesus Christ foretold as the signs of the End Time have been fulfilled. The people of this generation are the living witnesses of signs of the end of days!

Some signs that everyone can attest to have already fulfilled include the surge of false teachers, false prophets, pestilences, wars, and persecutions. (Read Matthew 24).

During the period of the end, Satan will be all over places deceiving and recruiting the insensitive people to his kingdom – Hell!

The enemy will manipulate his followers to receive and celebrate the evil mark of “666.”

Unfortunately, some believers may fall victim to Satan’s lies as the Bible stated in Revelation 13:4-8 and Revelation 13:11-18.

Many will follow the pathway of destruction, but some will keep their faith unto the end and be saved!

People who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and preserve their faith in him will qualify for heaven.

Confession of faith in Jesus is the only means of escaping the horror of hell!

A person who hasn’t confess Jesus as Lord runs the risk of becoming Satan’s victim and end up in hell.

Salvation through Jesus Christ is the only license for obtaining the gift of eternal life (with God in heaven).

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Pray to escape beast’s mark 666

Pray For The Holy Spirit’s Guidance To Escape 666

Dear God, please save me from Satan and his antichrist agents who are out there preparing people for hell fire! Please help me to keep my confession of faith in Jesus Christ and maintain my stand as a faithful Christian.

Let your Holy Spirit empower me not to accept deceptive teachings that can lead me to hell fire.

Let your Spirit guide me into all truth so that I can ever be worthy of your eternal kingdom! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember facing the fact: End Time Is Here; Where Will You Go On The Final Day?

SALVATION IS NOT INHERITED BUT EARNED – Luke

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GOD DELIVERS FROM ANY SITUATION WHEN YOU CALL – Psalm

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God Delivers All Of His Children Regardless Of Any Factor

(Passage: Psalm 74)

God is ever active. God is neither deaf nor dumb. God is not aloof and uncaring towards his children. He speaks and hears the outcry of his children in need. He is never too busy to deliver you whenever you call unto Him. God cares for you!

The Lord is always willing and ready to come to our aid. He’s only waiting to hear from us. All you need to do is open your mouth and call upon Him in times of trouble and He will deliver you.

The Israelites suffered terrible blows from their enemies and lamented to God for his rescue. The people cried and begged God to defend them for the sake of his name. The Israelites lamented,

“We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet; nor is there any among us who knows how long. O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever? (Psalm 74:9-10).

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The Israelites turned their distressing situations into prayers and said, “Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O Lord, and that a foolish people has blasphemed your name. Oh, do not deliver the life of your turtle dove to the wild beast!

…Do not forget the life of your poor forever. Have respect to the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty” (Psalm 74:18-20).

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God Delivers His True Children

Deliverance and salvation will come to the people of God in their distressing situations. Horrible circumstances cannot overpower God’s children, because they have God’s Spirit residing in them.

Besides, God watches over his own children, and he recognizes their voices among the multitude. Just like any parent, God recognizes our voices – his own children! He will come to us in our times of need.

The Lord will defend our interests and fight our battles (We- the Children of God).

God will plead our cause and save us from our enemies.

Meanwhile, when God arises on our behalves, the enemies are in trouble! God will make them pay more than they have stolen.

Jehovah will beat down the enemies until they have become completely irrelevant. The enemies of God’s children will have much to suffer. They will suffer many casualties in an unprecedented manner.

God will leave the enemies of righteousness an impression that will last their lifetime. Hence, if God is for us (children of God), who can be against us? Let every believer shout a loud hallelujah!

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God Delivers: Proclaim God’s Power Over Your Life

“I am so glad I belong to God, I am so glad I belong to Jesus Christ, who is the defender of his people!”

Indeed I am glad that Jehovah is my Father who will take care of my business. He will defend me from the snares of the fowlers and save my soul from adversity.

God, the Creator of the universe will serve my interest in all ramifications for the sake of his glory. Satan and all his forces will be ashamed over my life, and God alone will be glorified!

I am a strong believer in God’s power. The salvation of Jesus Christ has been my heritage forever! Praise God, and bless his Son Jesus Christ forever! Amen.

Remember: God Delivers From Any Situation When You Call

GOD DESERVES SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SACRIFICES – 2 Chronicles

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GOD’S PLANS MAY BE HIDDEN, BUT ALWAYS FOR GOOD – Exodus

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Christians Must Trust God To Deliver Them Always

(Passage: Exodus 5)

God’s plans can be sometimes unfathomable, but they are surely for our good! To learn about this, let’s consider a scenario that appeared as if God folded his arms and allowed things to go against his will. God promised the Israelites that he would make them live free to enjoy his blessing, but things proved otherwise for them in Egypt. Instead of freedom, the people experienced bondage. In fact, the situation went further south when Moses made an effort to mediate in the situation.

Moses asked for freedom of the Israelites, but King Pharaoh frowned at the request, and instead doubled their problem.

King Pharaoh was upset with Moses and his people for asking for their freedom. The king asked his servant to multiply the people’s punishment.

As anyone can imagine, Moses was at the center of the problem for mediating in a situation that could introduce the reinstatement of God’s plan.

The people blamed Moses for their hardship.

Although all odds stacked again the Israelites and it appeared people have started to doubt God’s plans for their lives, God was not moved. He knew what he was doing even though humans were blindsided.

As the people pointed some accusative fingers at each other and largely blamed Moses for their dilemma, God’s plan was also about to materialize.

God- The Creator-  was determined to set his children free from the Egyptians’ bondage.

Meanwhile, the scripture explained how the people raged at Moses as they were ignorant of God’s plans. The Bible reported,

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’” And Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.”

… Then the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people from their work? Get back to your labor.” And Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are many now, and you make them rest from their labor!”

…So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying, “You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it…” (Exodus 5:1-9).

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God’s Plans Will Remain For His Children, Regardless Any Odd!

God is supreme, and his mode of operations cannot be predicted unless he reveals his plan. However, no matter what type of miracle that the Creator chooses to adopt, his ultimate goal will always be to favor his children.

God’s plans are ever alive for us!

Jehovah will do whatever is necessary to defend the interest of his people and defeat their foes. Christians must trust God in dire situations and earnestly wait to receive his help.

God’s plans for his children are always good. Pressure may mount during a difficult situation, but Christians must be resolute in their faith, as God will never forsake his own people.

The God that we serve will respond in due time to meet our needs, as we express immovable faith in him.

Jehovah will meet our needs and also, cause us to laugh so that we can praise his name.

Learn to have trust in God’s plan for your life and every form of struggle will come to a swift end.

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Pray For Grace To Trust God’s Plans Always

Dear Lord, please help me to trust you whenever I am confronted with any difficult situation. Give me the ability to patiently wait for your salvation. Let your covenant of peace, protection, and prosperity fully manifest in my life.

…Please give me long life and good health to witness your goodness in the land of the living. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: God’s Plans May Be Hidden, But Always For Good

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