Heaven Or Hell: Which Road Are You Going To Follow?

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Psalms 73:3

For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

There are times in our lives when we as Christians, while we are serving the Lord Jesus Christ faithfully and simultaneously we are struggling financially or emotionally. In that situation, you notice the arrogant, those who deny the existence of God “Atheism” and living a life of carefree. The more they sin the richer they get and the healthier they look, while you are struggling just to eat or make it through the day. Every morning you wake up, it starts all over again, but not for the wicked.

Psalms 73:4-6

4 They have an easy time until they die, and their bodies are well fed. 5 They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people. 6 Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment.

Our true reward is not earthly where moth and rust will destroy and men steal but the reward that we strive for as believers through the Holy Spirit is a heavenly and eternal one (Matthew 6:19-21). Christians must suffer for Christ so that our faith may be strengthened and for Jesus’ glory. Don’t envy the wicked in their prosperity because they will enjoy what they have for only for a moment.

Psalms 73:13-14,16-20

13 Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 14 For I am afflicted all day long and punished every morning. 16 When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless 17 until I entered God’s sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny. 18 Indeed, You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin.
19 How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 20 Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.

The verses below will illustrate what happens to those who are living in wealth or have a good life without making Jesus the center of their life. All that they do and accomplish will be meaningless without Jesus. Their afterlife will be pure terror and those who follow suit after them will join their eternal state.

Luke 16:19-25

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. 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.

Building your life on the foundation of money, houses, cars, women, and anything else is not worth it because that foundation is sand. The answer is Jesus Christ who gives you hope, purpose and eternal life to those who believe in Him as Lord and Savior. Now, that the answer is obvious, may you make the right decision today.

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Why Wouldn’t Jesus Allow The Demon To Say Who He Was?

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The demon whispering lies to a false teacher

Mark 1:23-26

23 Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, 24 “What do You have to do with us, Jesus—Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 But Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit convulsed him, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.

Why wouldn’t Jesus allow the demon to say the truth about who He was?

What we first have to understand is even if a false teacher says or teaches one part of Scripture correctly and we accept it, we unknowingly will give him legitimacy as being a true Christian or even worse, God is using him. Those who witness us accept it will think that it is okay to believe some of their teachings as from the Holy Spirit, even though a false teacher does not have the Holy Spirit. Remember, false teachers are used by demons (1 Timothy 4:1-3) and their purpose is to teach the truth with small lies. Deception sounds like the truth and if we are not in the Word we won’t be able to see his true intentions behind his message. By accepting a teaching from someone who is false, you are putting yourself in danger and others to be deceived.

Never ever receive a doctrine, even if it sounds correct from a person that you know full well believes in unbiblical doctrines because it will always contain lies.

Let me illustrate it this way. When we go fishing, we must first deceive the fish with the bait. The bait is real but wrapped over a deadly hook. The fisherman allows the fish to nibble on the bait which is seemingly harmless until it tries to swallow all of it and in the process gets hooked. 

That is how a false teacher directed by demons work. They will give you the truth as they hear it from true Christians because believe me, they didn’t get it from the Holy Spirit since they are devoid of Him. Once you have accepted some of their teachings, they will introduce their erroneous ones and it will be more palatable for you to receive it.

Now, we understand why Jesus didn’t accept the demon’s confession because the demon wasn’t really there to promote Jesus, just like a false teacher.

If Jesus would have allowed the demon to speak and proclaim who He was without the demon being rebuked by Him, it would have been easier for the evil spirit to deceive the crowd. Once the demon saw that they believed him, he would have introduced a false narrative of Jesus to deceive them all. 

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (18:1-5)

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1. After this I saw another angel with great authority coming down from heaven, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

This high ranking angel was reflecting God’s power on earth. His high position indicates being constantly in God’s presence. When Moses spoke to Yahweh and came down from the mountain, his face was illuminating God’s light or glory because of his proximity to God.

Exodus 34:29
As Moses descended from Mount Sinai—with the two tablets of the testimony in his hands as he descended the mountain—he did not realize that the skin of his face shone as a result of his speaking with the Lord.


2 He cried in a mighty voice: It has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen! She has become a dwelling for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, and a haunt for every unclean and despicable beast.

The phrase “mighty voice” is a reference to great power.

The angel’s announcement of the fall of Babylon reveals that God will punish any persons, institutes or organizations who purposely go out to deceive the masses.

After the destruction of Babylon, the demons that worked with the false church continued to occupy its ruins.


3 For all the nations have drunk the wine of her sexual immorality, which brings wrath. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown wealthy from her excessive luxury.

The phrase “drunk the wine of her sexual immorality Spiritually speaking, always means in Scripture an abandonment of the true Living God for a false god. This is seen in Numbers 25:1-3 which says, 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.

The phrase “brings wrath” means that every person who has abandoned the Truth for the lie will suffer judgment 

One of the things that Satan uses to make someone leave the Lord is wealth. This same tactic was even used with Jesus in the wilderness.

Matthew 4:8-10
8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.”


4 Then I heard another voice from heaven: Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins or receive any of her plagues.

The phrase “Come out of her, My people” is either a reference to Christians living in that city to flee before its destruction or unknowingly participating in their teachings thinking that they are following God’s Word.

Insight: Deception
False teachers use the Bible to establish their teachings as from God. The tweak occurs in the person of Jesus Christ. This is a common tactic used by Satan and puts it in a subtle way. To create this deception, extra-biblical sources are used.

5 For her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.

The phrase “For her sins are piled up to heaven” refers to a limit that God would allow before His wrath is poured out.