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1 Thessalonians 4:13 ** But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep (died), lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

The Apostle Paul wrote these words for the newly established Churches of God in Macedonia. This specific message to Thessalonica is a Greek city which exists in this age with a population approaching 1 million.  Paul wrote for believers to shape themselves to live in a godly manner. To have the faith, hope and love that the destiny of all men should be great joy for those that die in Christ Jesus.  Our God raised His first born and only son, the Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus from death and brought him back to live forever. Since creation all those that looked forward to the coming Messiah would also live forever in the new heaven and earth. Those in Christ are adopted into the family of God to live with Him and His only son in the Kingdom of God, Headquartered in the New Jerusalem (Revelation chapter 21 & 22). After resurrection, Hundreds of faithful witnesses touched and ate with Christ and many witnesses physically saw Him ascend into the clouds, the way He will soon return (Acts 1:9-11).       

Just as He (God) chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in Love, Having predestined us to ‘adoption as sons’ by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:4-5). ** Do you think our Creator God is pleased with you even if you say ‘I believe’ and keep on greedily following the rules of the Devil? Our Lord wants us to show our love for Him by keeping His rules, not the rules devised by man through the Devil. Our Lord wants us to try to walk and be Holy as was His perfect son. When ‘we stumble, we humble’ and plead for forgiveness and mercy. By his grace and good pleasure, He understands our problem which lacks faith, hope and love with the greatest being love (1 Corinthians 13:13).  As we patiently wait for the soon return, we must turn away from the god of hate (Devil), and frequently speak to our Creator God of light. Each prayer should begin with humble thanks for all the good things He has done for you. Don’t even think of all the bad things of life the Devil has done for you. 1 John 4:8 tells us that ‘He who does not love does not know God, for God is Love.’

Elihu contradicted the pain and suffering of Job, implying God had chastened (punished) a wicked man. However, Job was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil (Job 1:1). Yes, our Creator God often does chasten His beloved children to correct their errors of sin. However, the god of hate (the devil) delights in creating havoc, misery and suffering. Listen to the words of Elihu in Job 33:19, saying, “Man is also chastenened with pain on his bed, and with strong pain in many of his bones.” **It was the Devil who desired to steal the blameless and upright Job away from our God of light by using his own wife to say, “Curse God and die.” (Job 2:9).  

Even in all his pain and misery, Job maintained his strong faith, hope and love for God. In Chapter 27:3, he said, “As long as my breath is in me, and the breath of God in my nostrils, my lips will not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. “  ** When you love the Lord your God as did Job and walk the way the coming Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus walked by loving all children of the world born of woman; you are on the narrow road leading into the Kingdom of Heaven. And few will find the narrow road for this is a world of hatred which mankind thrives and worships as their god. Our Creator God wants you to worship and love Him and proclaims in Exodus 20:6, saying, “But showing mercy to thousands, to those who love ME and keep MY commandments”.  ** How sad that our Loving Creator God who reaches out to all peoples proclaim in this prophecy with nearly 7 billion people in this age, that mercy and everlasting life will be extended to only thousands, not hundreds of thousands or millions. How sad that this world of hate continues to increasingly worship the god of liars, the Devil.

The loving kindness and mercy of our Creator is repeated over and over in the Old
Testament with examples of awesome love such as in the Book of Job with greater rewards after enduring the evil hate and wiles of the Devil. A few of my favorites in the New Testament are the words of Christ Jesus, saying, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). Again, Jesus said, “But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in You” (John 5:42). “If you love me, keep MY commandments” (John 14:15). “Greater love has no one that this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends”. (John 15:13). The Apostle Paul repeated the words of Isaiah 64:4 in 1 Corinthians 2:9, saying, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him”. ** Please join the family of God by humbling yourself in repentance and ask Him to wash away your dirty rotten sins with the Holy blood of the Lamb, The Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus! Become different; join the thousands who truly have the love of God within their hearts, their minds and their eternal souls! Open the door to heaven today!