Bible Review: NKJV Color Code Bible Hardcover

color code bible

I’m reviewing the NKJV color-coded Bible for youth & teens and also for adults. I was sent the hardcover which the front cover is plastered with colored hexagons in red, orange, yellow, purple, navy, blue and green. The hardcover seems sturdy and the pages look like its smyth sewn. The paper feels thick and the print about an 8 point font size. The chapters’ numbers are in a green color and the names of the Books of the Bible are in purple. When you open up the Bible this is what you will find: A presentation page, Table of contents, What is the Bible?, Who wrote the Bible?, Why should you read the Bible?, Your color code Bible (explanation).

Each color is classified with main recurring topics and explains in detail what it’s associated with like Gold for God, Red for Jesus, Navy for sin etc. It  contains a Bible reading plan for 365 days, 90 days, a read through the gospels and 365 days daily topical scripture readings. It shows all the verses that are highlighted in Gold, Green, Blue, Red, Orange, Navy and Purple. Each Book as a quick introduction Author, Time, Key verses and Theme. It has at the back of the Bible pages specially done for note taking with maps and before I forget, it comes with a bookmark. Overall I think this Bible is great and will easily help you find which verses refers to God, heaven, evil etc thanks to the intended color coding. It would make a great gift for kids, preteens and teens alike and even for bigger kids like myself.

I received a complimentary copy of this Bible for an honest review from BookLookBloggers.com

Advertisements

God gave me a Bible study in a dream so I could share it

004-jesus-washes-feet1

This Bible study came from a dream I had on 6/26/2016 that I was teaching someone about sanctification: Conversion and living a holy life.

John 13:8-11
8 “You will never wash my feet—ever!” Peter said. Jesus replied, “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” 10 “One who has bathed,” Jesus told him, “doesn’t need to wash anything except his feet, but he is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew who would betray Him. This is why He said, “You are not all clean.”

These verses above have a twofold meaning, a physical and spiritual one but the one I will stress on will be the spiritual. A person who has bathed referring to salvation doesn’t need to bathe again. Here Jesus teaches one doesn’t lose their salvation as also found in John 10:28. What a person needs to do everyday is wash their feet and feet here represents daily treading in obedience to God’s Word. In other words, Jesus is teaching that sanctification (salvation sense) occurs only once when faith and trust is put in Jesus Christ so that a person is made clean (sins has been forgiven) through bathing which is seen in Ezekiel 36:25-26 that says, “25 I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

In another sense, sanctification is a daily lifestyle of righteousness when we break God’s Word we need to be cleansed by asking Jesus for forgiveness. Jesus is saying that once we believe in Him, we have been bathed but our daily walk in this life will also need to be washed everyday meaning that we will constantly sin and by washing our feet is confessing our sins to the Lord and being sanctified (right standing in the Lord). Whoever doesn’t wash their feet by confessing their sins to the Lord has no part in Jesus and would be evident that the person didn’t take a bath or has truly put their trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. An example of this would be Judas Iscariot who Jesus said wasn’t clean.

Sanctification in Greek is hagiasmos (hag-ee-as-mos’) meaning the process of making or becoming holy, set apart, sanctification, holiness, consecration.

2 Timothy 2:21
So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

If we do not confess our sins to Jesus (wash our feet being sanctified) then we won’t be used by the Lord to do His will. God will only use those in obedience who are walking in sanctification not according to the sinfulness of the flesh. God’s will for us is to live in sanctification and not according to our sinful nature which goes against the Spirit of God who resides in us.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
3 For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality, 4 so that each of you knows how to control his own body in sanctification and honor, 5 not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God.

How did Jesus describe Hell?

Hell

Before I get into the study about hell I want to explain in detail both Hades and Gehenna so one can know the difference and see what happens in both. All references are taken from the Bible except for the Greek word definitions.

Hades is a transliteration of the word in Greek ᾍδης, ου, ὁ and it means properly, the “unseen place,” referring to the (invisible) realm in which all the dead reside, i.e. the present dwelling place of all the departed (deceased). Strong’s #86

Gehenna (Hell) in Greek is γέεννα, ης, ἡ which the transliteration is Geenna (Gheh’-en-nah). It means géenna (a transliteration of the Hebrew term, Gêhinnōm, “the valley of Hinnom”) – Gehenna, i.e. hell (also referred to as the “lake of fire” in Revelation).
Gehenna (“hell”), the place of post-resurrection torment (judgment), refers strictly to the everlasting abode of the unredeemed where they experience divine judgment in their individual resurrection bodies. Each of the unredeemed receives one at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15), i.e. a body that “matches” their capacity for torment relating to their (unique) judgment. Strong’s #1067

Everyone (believers and unbelievers) that died before the crucifixion of Christ went to Hades but after His death and resurrection, believers who die go to be with the Lord (Philippians 1:23). Now in Hades there were two places distinct one from the other like day and night. There was a chasm an abyss of a ravine that separated the righteous from the condemned. Let’s see this more in detail in the scriptures and what occurs in both places.

Luke 16:19-21
19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores.

In the whole context of the chapter which I won’t be able to go through but the Lord Jesus Christ was speaking to those who would make money their god or preeminent in their lives instead of God and the consequence would result in going to Hades where the rich man went.

Luke 16:22-24
22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’ 25 “‘Son,’ Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’

Both of these men when they died went to the same place in Hades but one went to be at the side of Abraham the patriarch escorted by an angel from God and was comforted in Paradise. The rich man who lived lavishly for himself and knowing that Lazarus was in want didn’t provide him with food and clothing, showing an absence of God in his heart through faith. Hades in verse 23 clearly teaches that it is a place of torment with fire revealing it by flames which caused his extreme thirst.

The righteous couldn’t cross over to those in torment if they wanted to and neither could those in Hades cross over to the other side. Hades is a place where people who reject Jesus as Lord and savior end up until the second death, the Lake of Fire. Nowhere in this illustration did the scriptures indicate to complete annihilation after some period of time.

Luke 16:27-31
27 “‘Father,’ he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28 because I have five brothers—to warn them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”

That place was so terrible that the rich man begged Abraham to send Lazarus from the dead (resurrection) to warn his family of the reality of Hades so they won’t end up there with him. You can see that in Hades while being in torment one can still see, hear, smell, hunger and thirst indicating all of the human senses still being active. Just like the rich man, we must warn people from coming to this place of torment but sadly for him, it was too late. The reason why Abraham didn’t ask the Lord to resurrect Lazarus to preach and warn his brother of Hades/fire was because they wouldn’t believe him anyways. An example of this is seen after Jesus’ resurrection. Some people still didn’t believe in Him.

Gehenna (the Lake of Fire) is a place of eternal fire that will never end for those whose names are not found written in the Lambs Book of Life. Let’s see what Jesus said about Hell/Gehenna.

Mark 9:42-44
42 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— 44 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’

Jesus is giving a strong warning about playing a role in deceiving or causing a believer to go astray. Hell is so bad that one will be judged according to his actions here on earth and receive the degree of fire according to how sinful he was (Matthew 11:23-24). The word here for Hell is Gehenna, the second death and its fire will never be put out. By Jesus saying that it is better to cut off your hands to stop sinning so you won’t go to this terrible place, Jesus used the strong emphasis to sever ties with anything that seems more important to you here on earth that you can’t live without but is keeping you from getting saved through faith in Jesus. It is not worth it especially if it brings you to Hell.

Mark 9:45-47
45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— 46 where ‘Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.’ 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire— 48 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’

I cannot stress enough how horrible Hell will be for those who reject Christ. Jesus continues to tell His audience how awful that place is. Anything that’s keeping you from Jesus is never that important and He compares this to a body part. It seems impossible to live without it, yet He is saying to you “It’s better to do without it.” Hell is real and its fire is real that’s why Jesus repeatedly warned His listeners of their impending doom and the terrifying place that awaits them if they persist in rejecting Him. Now we will see verses in scripture describing the fires of Hell that will never end and is eternal.

Matthew 25:46
And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Revelation 20:10
And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Revelation 14:11
And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

Matthew 25:41
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Matthew 3:12
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Wheat always refers to the righteous and the chaff to the unbelievers in scripture (Matthew 13:36-43).

Matthew 13:50
And throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Weeping means “to grieve audibly”) – bitter grief that springs from feeling utterly hopeless. (“wailing”) is usually accompanied by shrieks, brought on by uncontainable emotional (psychological) pain. Strong’s #2805

Gnashing of teeth: with τῶν ὀδόντων added, a phrase denoting the extreme anguish and utter despair of men consigned to eternal condemnation. Strong’s #1030

People in Hell will feel real pain not imaginary. Either we believe what Jesus Christ himself said about this matter or not. We must choose to believe and preach the whole message of the Bible which is God’s goodness, and in His goodness, He tells us the full implication of what His judgment entails (Hell).

I could go on and on about the fires of Hell but it would be too long. I hope one can see my point. Now I will show the verses that might seem to say that Hell is not a real fire but that one will be destroyed.

Matthew 10:28
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

In 2 Thessalonians 1:9 says “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might”

If you get destroyed one ceases to exist right? Not according to this verse which by the way is referring to Hell. It says eternal destruction, so what does that truly mean?

The Greek word for destruction in 2 Thessalonians 1:9 is olethros which means ruin, destroy, death 1a) for the destruction of the flesh, said of the external ills and troubles by which the lusts of the flesh are subdued and destroyed. Strong’s #3639

The Greek Word for destroy in Matthew 10:28 in Greek is apollumi which means to destroy 1a) to put out of the way entirely, abolish, put an end to ruin 1b) render useless 1c) to kill 1d) to declare that one must be put to death 1e) metaph. to devote or give over to eternal misery in hell 1f) Strong’s #622

Basically it is saying that the function of the person and their purpose which God made them for is destroyed since people in Hell will do nothing but weep and gnash their teeth in severe pain (Luke 13:28). An illustration would be a shattered light bulb. Its function is destroyed and it ceases to work like it should. The broken pieces of glass and its components still remain, but not completely annihilating it.

What about Death and Hades being cast into the Lake of Fire. What does this mean?

Death is a synonym for Hades which are those who are separated from God because being with God is life and apart from God is death as seen in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin brings death which separates you from God who is Life.

Revelation 20:14
Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

Death and Hades mean the same thing. People who are in Hades are dead spiritually and the spiritually dead are in Hades, talking about those who rejected Jesus. People in Hades will be cast into the Lake of Fire in the great day of judgment which is the second death and the final destination of the unsaved with Satan is his fallen angels.

Hell is real and as Christians, our duty is to do what Jesus did and warn the people of this terrible and unimaginable place of never-ending torment before it’s too late for them.

Christians under attack: Spiritual battles seen through spiritual eyes

christianbattle2

Imagine if you can see the spiritual warfare and battles between demons and Christians through spiritual eyes. This is how I see that war and battles fought in the fields of our minds.

Europe at one time was strong in the Lord, not without faults, but nevertheless, they held to the Word so let’s see that with spiritual eyes.

It was very early in the morning with fog all over the place. The Christian’s camp was behind a wall of long thick trees for protection against the enemy’s arrows. Christian watchmen were in place and you could hear absolutely nothing but the wind. From the distance, a watchman saw a small light heading to his direction. Amazed by this light he stayed still until it was too late. The arrow with fire at the tip struck the man’s neck and bleeding from his mouth he quickly ran to another watchman close by and died in his presence.

The other watchman with his eyes wide open heard the battle cry of demons running toward the camp to slaughter the Christians so this man (the watchman), ran for dear life to the camp to warn the Christians of an impending attack. Immediately a call to arms went throughout the camp and Christians were putting on the full armor of God. All the believers got in battle formation. They were like the sand of the seashore with beautiful silver shiny armor with each name of the armor engraved in each piece of armor. Christian soldiers who were assigned for prayer went ahead of the army of God knelt down in prayer to the Lord of lords and King of kings Jesus Christ, to ask for His protection and strength. The demons got in battle formation and a call went out for the demon archers to get ready. Arrow tips ignited with fire and the command was given to fire. The Lord was there with the Christians fighting their battle and a strong wind blew from the Lord so strong that all of the fiery arrows were blown right back to the demonic army who had to take cover from their own arrows. While they were taking cover, the Lord gave the command to attack and all the Christians ran to meet the dark army in battle. The cry was so loud it made the demonic army go into confusion running in all different directions. There was such a great slaughter that day only a few demons made out of the slaughter. Christians were victorious that day because the Lord fought their battle and won.

We win battles because we keep God’s Word and live according to it but now since the Devil knows he can’t do a frontal attack, he has to do a stealth one to kill us spiritually from within by taking us away from God’s Word and disarming us.

Numbers 25:1-3
While Israel was staying in the Acacia Grove, the people began to have sexual relations with the women of Moab. 2 The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods. 3 So Israel aligned itself with Baal of Peor, and the Lord’s anger burned against Israel.

Numbers 31:16
Yet they are the ones who, at Balaam’s advice, incited the Israelites to unfaithfulness against the LORD in the Peor incident, so that the plague came against the LORD’s community.

The verses above show how Satan destroys the believer in Jesus by hitting him from the side instead from the front so he won’t suspect it.

Islam is a device from Satan to bring fear and political correctness to shut the mouths of Christians speaking God’s Word which is a Satanic tactic so people won’t hear the truth. Homosexuality is being used by Satan to make Christians abandon God’s moral law in their lives which is found in the Word of God and the Devil is making so called Christians through pressure from society conform to unbiblical views by accepting homosexuality as not being a sin. Europe is destroyed and Satan’s focus is now America. Whoever abandons God’s Word will get deceived and their soul destroyed.

DANGER! False Christians poisoning the gospel through heresy

poison (false doctrine)1

2 Peter 2:1
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves.

There are myriads of false Christians especially in the online journaling world who are bringing in destructive heresies. Introducing the doctrine of keeping unbelievers unaware of their sins and not telling them about God’s wrath as found in Colossians 3:5-6 “5 Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient.”

We must preach the entire counsel of God which is love and judgment. Right before His seconding coming He will unleash His wrath on mankind (the 7 year Tribulation). I will show this tragedy with an illustration if you withhold the whole truth about their sin.

One Saturday morning at 7:00 am, a person wakes up to a beautiful day feeling great and starts to get ready for a doctor’s appointment to get the results of a medical testing conducted few weeks ago. He gets into his car, puts on the radio listening to his favorite music as he sings along. The day couldn’t get any better. He arrives at the hospital, checks in and sits down as he patiently waits for his name to be called all the while thinking how he is going to spend the rest of his wonderful day after his appointment. His name gets called, leaping out of his seat with a big smile goes in to see the doctor.

When he sees the doctor with a weird look on his face his stomach starts to turn having a funny sensation. Instead of telling him how his deadly illness will literally number his earthly existence unless the patient takes the recommended treatments, the doctor seeing that his patient is young and happy didn’t want to ruin his life with the devastating diagnosis and holds himself from disclosing how sick his patient really is. The young man leaves the hospital thinking he has a long and happy life ahead of him not knowing that his dark days of suffering looms in his immediate future without any hope. If a person doesn’t know that he is sick, he will never seek treatment.

This is what false Christians are teaching in their social media venue for true Christians to do and end up letting sinners continue to live and let live without repenting and forsaking their sinful lifestyle by just telling them Jesus loves them, failing to explain the reason why Jesus loves them as seen in Jude 1:4 “For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”

Jesus died on the cross to cleanse us from our sins through faith in Him by putting our trust in Him and forsaking our sinful nature. We have to always couple together when preaching the good news about Jesus’ love and also being a righteous judge who has to punish sin if the sinner doesn’t believe in Jesus as Lord and savior. A true Christian shows his trust in Jesus after conversion by forsaking his sinful lifestyle which is a byproduct of genuine saving faith in Christ.

We as Christians must expose this demonic doctrine which is a sugarcoated gospel keeping people from repenting of their sins hence letting them live on with their false conversion. A great example is a liberal Christian who thinks it’s OK to be a practicing homosexual and still be a Christian ( which by the way is an oxymoron). I leave you with this warning from scripture:

2 John 1:9-10
9 Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it, does not have God. The one who remains in that teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home, and don’t say, “Welcome,” to him;

The last part in verse 10 just means we are to distance ourselves and not support or participate with a false teacher.