Can a Real Believer Depart from the Faith?

Falling away generally is referred to as backsliding. It is defined as one who once believed but now has departed from the faith. The are some who believe that a ‘real’ Christian could never depart from the faith. ‘Genuine’ believers could never fall away. However, does the Bible actually teach that?

Justification is the act whereby God declares a condemned sinner not guilty. It happens at the moment a person understands and believes the gospel. (John 1:12, 5:24; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:30-38; Gal. 2:16; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 1:13; Phil 3:9) The new believer immediately receives everlasting life and the perfect righteousness of Christ is credited to the new convert. He/she is born again never to be “unborn”. It is a one-time act of hearing (understanding the gospel) and believing it, which causes an irreversible change in your final destiny.

Examples in the Bible of Believers who Departed from the Faith

Justification does not guarantee a believer will remain faithful to the end of his or her life. There are many examples in the Bible that indicate believers who were justified by faith, did depart for a period of time or had the potential to depart from the faith. And since the Scriptures show that a believer cannot lose salvation, it is possible for someone to depart and still end up in heaven. For example:

  • Peter said he would never deny the Lord, but denied the Lord three times. (Matt. 26:35; John 19:27)
  • Hymenaeus and Philetus strayed from the truth and overthrew the faith of some. (II Tim. 2:18) It is possible to have your faith overthrown and remain saved.
  • Paul wrote to Timothy, “If we [Timothy or Paul] are faithless, He [God] remains faithful. (II Tim. 2:13)
  • Some widows in the church had already turned aside after Satan. [In the context it implies they had married unbelievers]. (I Tim 5:15)
  • Demas, a disciple, forsook Paul, “having loved this present world”. (Col. 4:16; II Tim. 4:10) [He became unfruitful, not unsaved. Luke 8:14]
  • The Hebrew believers were cautioned about drifting away and departing from the living God, failing to enter His rest. (Heb. 2:1-3, 3:12)
  • The Israelites passed through the Red Sea by faith, but failed to enter into the Promised Land because of unbelief. (Heb. 3:19, 11:29)
  • When Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart after other gods. (I Kgs. 11:4)
  • King Saul sought the advice of a medium and died for his unfaithfulness. (I Chr. 10:13-14)

We need not be too self-righteous to think that it can’t happen to you or me. Only believers can depart from the faith. Unbelievers cannot depart from the faith, because they were never of the faith. You cannot depart from a place that you have never been.

Avoiding Difficulties

Our default position is to give up when things get difficult. Sometimes living on a mountain seems appealing to me. Living faithfully is not the easiest road to take. “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution”. (II Tim, 3:12) Even many of the rulers that believed in Christ did not confess Him openly for fear of being put out of the synagogue. (John 12:42) That’s why God’s word encourages us to endure, to press on, to be faithful.

Consequences for Falling Away

Departing from the faith is not a good thing to do. It brings no glory to God and results in a wasted life. God may discipline you. (Heb. 12:5-11) His discipline can be severe, if necessary, even giving you an early entrance to heaven. (I Cor. 11:30; James 5:19, 20) But it doesn’t cause a person justified by faith to lose their eternal destination. That’s how amazing God’s grace is. “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:14, 15) Just as it took one look of faith to be delivered from the serpents bite [they didn’t have to keep on looking], it only takes one look of faith to the Savior and you are saved forever. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (II Cor. 9:15)

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Part II – Can You Lose Your Salvation?

In part one we conclude that the Hebrews were believers and that their salvation was not in jeopardy. Some of them were being tempted to return to Judaism as a way of escaping persecution from their fellow countrymen.

Hebrews 6:2-4 is not an easily understood passage. So I think we have to take some care in attempting to be dogmatic. However, I believe the five phrases in this passage describe a saved person.

What is the description of those who might fall away?

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spiritand have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to comeif they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.” (Heb. 6:2-4)

I have emboldened the five descriptive phrases of these people, who if they fall away can never be renewed to repentance. It seems out of the character of God that such a one could never be saved after falling away! For example, check out the life of King Manasseh in the book of second Chronicles. (II Chr. 33:1-16)

What does it mean to be enlightened?

First, they were once enlightened. ‘Enlightened‘ is the same Greek word translated ‘ illuminated‘ in chapter 10:32. In the past, after they were ‘illuminated‘, they faced a significant trial by faith knowing that they already had “an enduring possession” in heaven. (Heb. 10:34) In that passage, ‘enlightened’ suggests they were saved. If they were saved then why wouldn’t it mean the same thing in 6:4?

What does it mean to taste?

Secondly, they tasted the heavenly gift, the the word of God, and the powers of the age to come. “Jesus tasted death for everyone”. (Heb. 2:9) ‘Taste’ is used metaphorically, to experience. Jesus experienced death. They experienced the heavenly gift, the word of God, and the miraculous powers of the apostles (Heb. 2:4; Mark 16:20). How could they experience the heavenly gift (everlasting life – Rom. 6:23), the word of God, and the miraculuos powers of God, and not be genuine Christians?

What does it mean to be a partaker?

Thirdly, they were partakers of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Brethren were also “partakers of the heavenly calling.” (Heb. 3:1) The same word ‘partaker‘ is used in both verses. It means to share in, to be a partner. How could they be partakers (a partner) of the Holy Spirt without being saved?

Falling Away

The word for falling away is the word ‘parapíptō‘. It’s the only time it is used in the New Testament. As believers, they had already been warned about drifting away and departing from the living God. (Heb. 2:1; 3:12) In this passage the Hebrews were changing course to avoid a difficult road. Like the Israelites who left Egypt under the blood of the lamb, passed through the Red Sea by faith (Heb. 11:27), they would fail to enter in the land of spiritual rest because of unbelief (Heb. 3:19-4:1). They would not grow spiritually and suffer the consequences.


These were Jewish believers about to go back inside the ‘camp’ [Judaism] (Heb. 13:11-13). They can’t be renewed to something they already possess as believers – everlasting life (A restored relationship with God)! For example, if a person buys a lifetime membership to the country club and after a few years falls away and never goes back, they still belong to the country club. They simply do not benefit from the membership because of a lack of involvement. It’s impossible to renew their membership, since they would already be a member. They simply have become useless and unfruitful as a member. (II Peter 1:5-8)

Christ died once for all. (Heb. 9:12) Any return to Judaism would give the impression that His death was not once for all. Their action of going back into the camp would have suggested that Christ needed to be crucified again; and that would put Him to open shame. If they turn back to the law, they risk a loss of reward, loss of fellowship with the Lord, and other consequences for their action, but they can never lose the gift of everlasting life once they were enlightened, knowing they had “an enduring possession” in heaven.

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Can You Lose Your Salvation?

There are those who think you can lose your salvation by sinning too much. Some think you can lose it by committing certain sins. Others think you can become saved and then at some time in the future, you can just walk away from the faith, losing your relationship with God. Still others will say that if you walk away, you were never saved to begin with. The sixth chapter of the book of Hebrews is one of those passages theologians use to make these claims. Are their interpretations accurate?

One of the Main Problem Passages

Hebrews 6:2-4 is not an easy passage to understand. “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”

It’s not wise to make a doctrine from a difficult passage. The best way to go about it is to try to understand the Biblical context.

Context – Context – Context!

One of the most important things in Bible interpretation is context. How does it fit into the entire Scriptures? Secondly, how dose it fit into the book [Hebrews]? And thirdly, how does it fit into the surrounding verses?

Do other verses teach that you can lose your salvation?

There are only a few that can be taken that way. But there are many that confirm that once a person believes the gospel, he or she is secure forever! For example:

  • You become a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ. (Gal. 3:26)
  • You are born again once. Just like physical birth you can’t be unborn and then reborn. (John 3:3, 4) There is nothing in the Bible about being born again over and over.
  • At the moment of faith you receive everlasting life. How long is everlasting life? Forever! If it could be taken away it wouldn’t be everlasting. (John 1:12; 3:15, 16, 36; 5:24; 6:27, 40, 47; 9:38; 11:25, 26)
  • Everlasting life is a gift. A gift is given with no strings attached. If there is something you must do to keep it, then it’s not a gift. (Rom. 6:23)
  • At the moment of faith in Christ, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption. (Eph. 1:13, 4:30)
  • No one can snatch out of God’s hand. No one would even include you! (John 10:28)
  • At the moment of faith Christ’s perfect righteousness is imputed [credited] to your account. (II Cor. 5:21)
  • At the moment of faith you are positionally sanctified and glorified. (I Cor. 6:11; Rom. 8:30)
  • Even the most carnal believers are referred to as saints. (I Cor. 1:2)
Context #1 The Bible

As shown above, the Bible overwhelmingly teaches that when a person understands the gospel and places their faith in Christ, he or she has everlasting life that can never be lost. You are justified by faith. It is a one-time act of hearing (understanding the gospel) and believing it, which causes an irreversible change in your final destiny. If salvation is permanent, then Hebrews 6:2-4 can’t mean that you can lose salvation. The Bible does not contradict itself.

Context #2 The Book of Hebrews

To support they were of the faith, the writer refers to them as brethren or holy brethren at least four different times. (Heb. 3:1, 12; 10:19, 13:22) Chapter ten gives a little more insight into their situation. It implies they were experiencing another significant trial, a tribulation. They were to remember how they successfully endured past struggles and apply that same faith to this new one.(Heb. 10:32-35)

Then in chapter 13 there is a little nugget that suggests the trouble they were experiencing. They were exhorted to “go forth to Him outside the camp, bearing his reproach”. (Heb. 13:13) Being in the camp is a reference to Judaism. If they return to Judaism, they eliminate a lot of grief [persecution] from the religious Jews. If they go outside the camp [of Judaism] they face trouble from their fellow countrymen. They were believers being influenced to return to Judaism as a way to avoid persecution. Going back would result in “an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.” (Heb. 3:12) Minimally, it would result in a loss of reward at the judgment seat of Christ (Heb. 10:35, 11:6; II Cor. 5:7-10).

Context #3 The Surrounding Verses

The narrow context of Hebrews 6:2-4 begins in chapter 5. They had become dull of hearing, which helped to influence them to go back to Judaism. In other words, they had retrogressed in their faith and needed to be taught again the basic truths of the faith. Spiritually, they needed milk (Baby stage of the faith) not solid food (Maturing stage of the faith). It left them unskilled and kept them from growing in the faith. (Heb. 5:11-14) Their lack of maturity hindered their endurance to persevere difficulty.

Conclusion of Context 1, 2, and 3

Since they could not lose their salvation, these Hebrews were believers. They had retrogressed in their faith. Due to their lack of spiritual maturity, they were tempted to return to Judaism when pressured by the religious Jews. They weren’t about to lose their salvation. They were endangering their intimacy with God by leaving the faith which ultimately would affect their reward and testimony for the Lord.

More on Hebrews 6 in the next blog.

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Without Holiness No One Will See the Lord!

This verse in the book of Hebrews (12:14) makes it sound as though if you are not living up to some high standard of holiness, you will not see heaven. One modern day commentary states the following about this verse, “If a person is not growing more holy, he is not saved”. I often wonder how people can make statements like this.

What about the Corinthians who died due to God’s discipline? (I Cor. 11:30) They weren’t very holy. Where they saved? What about those who had retrogressed in faith in Hebrews? (Heb. 5:12) What about those in the Corinthian church who had failed to turn from certain sins? (II Cor. 12:21) How does one judge how much holiness is required? In my humble opinion, this is an incorrect understanding of this verse.

What is holiness?

The word ‘holiness’ means separated unto God. Often it is translated as sanctification. When used of people, it has the idea of being set apart unto God.

How does one achieve positional holiness?

When a person receives Christ as Savior, that individual immediately has a holy standing before God. It is called positional holiness. The carnal Christians in Corinth “were sanctified” [holy]. (I Cor. 6:11) The moment a person trusts in Christ, he or she has perfect holiness to enter into God’s presence.

Why Holiness is not Automatic

However, this doesn’t mean that holy living is automatic or natural. For the child of God it is a daily battle. “The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh… so you do not do the things that you wish”. (Gal. 5:17) Some do better than others. Believers can quench the Spirit and grieve the Spirit by unrighteous living. (I Thess. 5:13; Eph. 4:30) If holiness was natural, then why did the apostle Paul admonish the churches and warn them about acting like the world? (Examples: Eph. 5:1-4, 8, 11; Col. 3:5, 8-10; I Thess. 4:3; I Tim. 6:9-10; Titus 3:8-14; Heb. 3:12)

A Connection between Holiness and Discipline

The writer of Hebrews exhorted them to “pursue peace with all people and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”. (Heb. 12:14) The Lord disciplines us for our profit. Pursuing peace and holiness means that as BELIEVERS, we will accept God’s discipline that we may be partakers of His holiness (Heb. 12:10) This holiness is progressive as one walks with Him. The writer is not holding the threat of hell over their head.

Holiness is a Product of Christ

Holiness is never a product of my flesh. I have no holiness. It also has nothing to do with being ‘religious’. It only happens as I am living out of the resources of the new nature, which is created according to God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:24) In other words, I am learning how to surrender to the Spirit of God through the word of God by faith. It is not my holiness, but the very perfect righteousness of Christ living in me and through me. (Gal. 2:20)

What does the verse mean?

Since this verse cannot be speaking about getting into heaven, I believe there are two potential meanings. First, a believer who is not being trained by God’s discipline, which will produce peace and holiness, will not see the Lord operating in his life. Secondly, it could mean that others will not see the Lord, if as believers, we are not living at peace and exhibiting a holy life. When a believer rejects Godly discipline and fails to pursue peace and holiness, it not only affects his life but bleeds into the life of others. But if we are trained by it, it leads to the peaceable fruits of righteousness. (Heb. 12:11)

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Is a One World Government Coming?

Yes! It’s Biblical. The prophet Daniel saw a vision of four beasts. The last beast appeared dreadful, terrible, and was exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth and devoured and trampled the residue with its feet. (Dan. 7:7)

The angel explained to Daniel that the fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on earth that will exist immediately before Christ returns and sets up His kingdom. It will exercise tyrannical authority over the whole earth. Once this government has gained control over the whole world, God will judge it and destroy it forever. (Dan. 7:19-27)

The War of Two Worlds

Many conservatives, Christians, and even a few liberals recognize this evil desire of the global ‘elites’ and are working fervently to keep this from happening. That’s not a bad thing. We all want to continue to live in a free society. On the other hand, the global ‘elites’ are working fervently to make it happen. It’s the war of two worlds and has been since our very first parents chose to disobey God. (Gen. 2:16-17; 3:6)

The Great Reset and Build Back Better

About thirty years ago I ran across a small booklet that my dad received when he went into the Navy in 1942. To my surprise it mentioned the new world order! Around the time that I discovered it, I heard President Bush Sr. announce the invasion of Iraq, telling the nation; “We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order“.

Ever since, my antenna has been up. More and more people speak of this new world order. The corona virus pandemic accelerated this cry of the globalist. They call it the ‘Great Reset’. President Biden calls it ‘Build Back Better”. It’s all the same call for a one world government. It’s out in the open now.

Good versus Evil

A one world government, the new world order, is the spiritual goal of the enemy. The internet and modern technology are playing a significant role in bringing the world together. Its a modern day Tower of Babel. “Digital” togetherness makes it easier to corrupt the whole world. Eventually, God will allow them to have their way for a short time.

Both God and Satan have a purpose for history. The kingdom of Satan has continued to attack the kingdom of God in an attempt to destroy it. If he could, he would become the sovereign ruler of the universe. To accomplish his goal, Satan has tried to physically kill the members of God’s kingdom [persecution]. Secondly, he has tried to destroy it from the inside through false teaching, taking members captive to do his will so that its members will spread a false gospel. (Gal. 1:6; II Tim. 2:26)

Who will win?

Ultimately, Satan as a created creature, will fail. God is God and His purpose for world history will prevail. He will destroy Satan and his kingdom. Then He will establish His kingdom and will rule His one world government on earth in righteousness! (Jer. 23:5) Until then, expect the drive for a one world government. It will come to fruition, because God in His word said it would. Just make sure that you are on the winning side.

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Are People Generally Good and Deserving of Heaven?

I remember those times when our kids would fall asleep in the car and we would have to carry them into the house. They looked so at peace and and so angelic. But then when they would wake up, how things would change. How could these innocent looking children act like a holy terror sometimes when they were awake?

I also remember speaking to a young mother one time. She shared with me how she noticed that her young child, not quite a year old, was starting to express her own mild rebellious will. They figure out the wrong things all by themselves! That’s why you have to teach kids to do the right thing.

Today we are seeing more and more teens committing heinous crimes. Some wonder how can an ‘innocent ‘ child grow up to be such a monster? To some degree the answer can be complex. But from a Biblical perspective, it is not that hard to understand.

What does Jesus say about the human condition?

We are born separated from God because of the disobedience of our very first parents. In David’s confession, he declared, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me“. (Ps. 51:5)Through Adam, sin and death entered the world. (Rom. 5:12) We are born with a sin nature and therefore we sin; “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. (Rom. 3:23)

From God’s perspective, Jeremiah the prophet proclaimed that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked”. (Jer. 17:9) Jesus explained, “…out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness”. (Mark 7:21, 22)

What happens when 1+1=3?

Our heart [mind, will, emotion] deceives us into thinking that we aren’t that bad. Because we compare ourselves to others, most of us think that we are good. But if you are honest and compare yourself to God who is holy, you will be convicted of your lack of holiness. If you get this basic truth wrong, it’s like adding one plus one and coming up with three as the answer. You can never understand the problem if you get the basics wrong.

Where does true salvation begin?

It must start with the understanding that in comparison to God, I am not good. “There is none righteous, no, not one”. (Rom 3:10) God is holy. He told Moses, “No man can see Me and live”. (Ex. 33:20) The Lord dwells “in unapproachable light whom no man has seen or can see”. (I Tim. 6:16) The initial step toward God in salvation is when one in humility realizes that God is holy and I am not.

Do not be Deceived!

Most people acknowledge that they do wrong things. They say things like, “no one is perfect” or “we all make mistakes”. Yet most believe they are good enough and deserve heaven. People reason, “I go to church; I help my neighbors; I tried to live a good life; I never killed anyone!” But even our righteousness is like filthy rags to our Holy God. (Is. 64:6)This belief that we are good will condemn many on the day of judgment when many hear Jesus say, “I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness!” (Matt. 7:23) DON’T BE ONE OF THEM! “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved”. (Acts 16:31)

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Whoever is Born of God does not Sin

The book of First John, written by the apostle John, had caused me much grief. To me, it always seemed so black and white. Listening to the wrong people just added to my confusion. According to this verse in the title, they will tell you that if you sin habitually, then you aren’t saved.

In addition, a number of popular preachers teach that I John demonstrates ten tests for determining salvation. One has come up with twelve tests to evaluate your salvation.

A reviewer summarized these twelve tests as follows [My answers are in parenthesis]:

Do you walk in the light? [Not all the time. It can change moment by moment.]
Do you confess your sins? [Not always]
Do you keep God’s commands and are not burdened by them? [Not all of the time]
Do you walk as He walked? [Absolutely not! Jesus is perfect. I am not.]
Do you love other believers? [Most of the time]
Do you reject “the world”? [More so now than I did when I was a younger believer.]
Are you remaining in fellowship with believers and persevering in your faith? [I am, but I cannot guarantee I will do so until the day I die.]
Do you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart what the Scriptures testify to about the Christ? [I do. This is basically the same as the last test.]
Are you growing in holiness? [I have, but it makes me see more of my wretchedness.]
Are you growing in your practice of righteousness? [Sometimes, but not always.]
Are you overcoming the world or is the world overcoming you? [I am overcoming the world at this moment. That could change in a nanosecond.]
Do you believe the Gospel? [Yes. It’s the only way to be saved.]

The Only Important Test for Salvation

According to these tests, I have failed miserably over 71 years of my life. It’s only the last test that can offer anyone assurance, because it’s the only Biblical requirement to be saved from the penalty of sin – to understand and believe the gospel. [See Assurance to be sure of your salvation]

The Purpose of the Book of I John

The book of first John was written to believers for the purpose of fellowship with God (1:3-7). It was written to encourage them to abide in Christ. Fellowship and abiding is basically the same thing. It focuses on the ongoing relationship [sanctification] a believer has with the person of Christ after they have become a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ [justification]. See post, The Battle of the Two Natures

What is habitual sin?

I struggled with this verse for a long time -“Whoever is born of God does not sin“. (I John 3:9) Most will not go as far to say that you will never commit sin, but they will use this verse to say that you cannot habitually sin. According to them, if you habitually sin, then you were never saved. They are the ones who usually define habitual. I sometimes ask people how often one has to sin in order for it to be habitual – once an hour; once a day; once a week; once a month? I never get the same answer. How would it even be possible to know?

For that reason, we know it cannot mean habitual. There’s no way to determine what habitual means. John is also clear that we do sin. He says in chapter one, “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us“. So to say we do not sin, is not a Scriptural option. We all sin even after we are saved. Biblical characters exemplify this as well as experience as a human being.

What does it mean, ‘does not sin’?

The third option to understand I John 3:9 is to see the difference in the meaning between ‘do’ and ‘practice’. The Greek word for ‘do’ is “poeio” [4160] and is found in this verse. The Greek word for ‘practice’ is prasso [4238] and is not in this verse. Strong’s concordance explains the difference – prasso, means to “perform repeatedly or habitually“, thus differing from [4160] poeio, which properly refers to SINGLE ACT. Thus, the verse would actually mean, “whoever has been born of God does not do a single act of sin“.

Since we do sin, the only conclusion one can come to is that it is impossible to sin when one is living out of the resources of the new nature, whatever is born of God. “Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh”. (Gal. 5:16) It’s impossible for the new nature to sin, because it is God’s nature. The reverse is also true; we can only sin when we are living out of the resources of the old nature, the flesh.

How do I know I am saved?

God absolutely desires for us to live a holy life. There are consequences for sinning. It should be the desire of every believer to live a committed and faithful life, out of a thankful heart for what God has done for us. But the truth is that we are still sinners by nature and by practice even after we are saved from the penalty of sin.

The only accurate way of determining if someone is saved is to see if they have understood the gospel and believed it. All other ways lead down the road of self-examination. Have I done enough? Am I doing enough? Am I sinning less? Have I confessed all my sin? Did I really repent? Was I sincere? Those things will only lead to a performance driven life that causes more doubt than assurance. It may also lead one to think they are saved [I am doing many of these things], but have failed to place their faith in Christ and His work on the cross.

So my question to you is, “Have you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ?” If you are a believer, are you desiring to live a life out of gratitude that glorifies Him and is good for you? For more on how to be successful at living the Christian life, check out the video, Living with Hope in a Hopeless World.

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Read an excerpt of ‘When Millions Go Missing’

Because many people are concerned about the conditions of our country and our world, I decided to put together a short book addressing the soon return of Christ. Vanished When Millions go Missing discloses 15 factors from Biblical prophecy that appear to be converging, indicating that we may be living in the end days. In the book, I suggest that God is using world affairs to bring about the end times just as the prophets foretold.  

It demonstrates how the world is being conditioned to accept a one world government and a one world ruler who will appear to have supernatural powers and great ability to solve world problems. It is concise, well-documented, and easy to understand, while covering a wide range of topics from a possible Russian invasion into Israel to demonic deception to the Mark of the Beast to the rapture. Although these things can be frightening, the book shows that the Christian can have hope in Christ and the promise of His coming.  

Read an excerpt of Vanished When Millions Go Missing

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Giants in the Land

An article in the Irish post, titled “Meet the Giant – the world’s tallest moving statue, built by Irish hands, stands over ten stories high. The head and the arms of the statue can move and a matrix of millions of LED lights gives it the ability to instantly change into any man or woman. It can transform from Spiderman into any regular Joe in a matter of seconds. All one has to do is to enter a booth where a digital scan will reproduce your face to appear on the giant.

Two Beasts

Is this conditioning the world to interact with a future similar entity? In the future the apostle John saw two beasts rising up; one from the sea and one from the earth. (Rev. 13) The first beast is commonly referred to as the antichrist. The second beast is identified as the false prophet who gives his allegiance to the first beast [antichrist]. (Rev. 19:20)

An Image Designed to Speak and Destroy

The false prophet will command earth dwellers to make an image of the antichrist. He will have the power to give ‘breath’ to the image so that it should speak. The image will also have the ability to – “cause as many as would not worship the beast to be killed” (Rev. 13:15).

It is like the 90 foot high gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar made. Anyone who refused to worship the image was cast into a fiery furnace. (Dan. 3:5) But only in this time of world history, due to the advancement of robotic and artificial intelligent technologies, is it possible for an image to carry out the death penalty. Some suggest that it will issue a command to execute those who will not worship the image [itself].

This company plans to have these giant images in 21 cities around the world. They are designed for entertainment. However, one can only imagine the role these giant images might play in the future when the one world government and the tyrannical rule of the antichrist takes place. Statues of great size, like that of King Nebuchadnezzar, are designed to intimidate. History always has a way of repeating itself. The creation of these giant images that speak appear to be setting the world up for another Biblical sign of the times.

Our Hope

As believers in Christ, we are to be “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:13, 14). Jesus Christ is coming for His church before this image is set up in the middle of the seven years of tribulation. Be patient. “Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:8).


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Are You Concerned about the Future? 

Did you know that several major rivers are drying up as the Bible prophesied 2600 years ago? Vanished When Millions go Missing reveals that a number of ancient Biblical prophecies are on the verge of being fulfilled. Current world events are conditioning the planet for a future global government and the rise of the Antichrist, as foretold in the Bible.  

As these particular predictions appear to be coming together, the Rapture, Armageddon, and the return of Christ to rule the earth may not be too far in the future.  $5.99 on Amazon.

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