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Last Great Day Study: Christian God is having offspring

Joe Kovacs, a Bible-believing Christian, was just interviewed by the Good News magazine, and was asked by reporter Jerold Aust, “Who are the children of God? What makes them so, or is this simply in-house religious talk?”

Kovacs responded, “If you just look at the natural world around us, you realize that everything reproduces. They have children or offspring after their own kind. I mean, the children of giraffes are giraffes. The children of cats are cats. And what are the children of God? You know people have to come to that conclusion: we’re not here for no good reason. The Bible calls us “the OFFSPRING of God.” (Acts 17:29) It uses the word offspring.

“God is having offspring. And countless times, you will see the phrase ‘children of God’ or ‘sons of God’ in the Bible. In fact, in the famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.’ Paul says in Romans 8:14, ‘For as many are as led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.’ I show you many more verses in ‘The Divine Secret’ but over and over again, the Bible calls us ‘sons of God,’ ‘children of God.’ He (God) says ‘I will be your Father and you will be my sons and daughters,’ (2 Corinthians 6:18), so Jesus is not the only son of God. He’s the only begotten Son of God from the way He came into the Earth, but God wants all of us to be sons of God and children of God.”  MORE>>>>>>>>>>

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Trump launches into Fox News: ‘I’m not happy with it’

President Donald Trump addressing the nation about border security on Jan. 8, 2019 (video screenshot)

President Trump on Sunday unloaded a scathing attack against the Fox News Channel, saying “something is going on” at the network and he’s “not happy with it.”

“Fox is a lot different than it used to be. I can tell you that,” Trump told reporters, as he singled out two prominent personalities on Fox News.

“Juan Williams, then they have the wonderful woman that gave Hillary Clinton the questions. That was a terrible thing. And all of a sudden, she’s working for Fox. What’s she doing working for Fox?”

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When your world ends by fire ...

By Joe Kovacs
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As most people live their daily lives, they usually are not focused on the fact that everything they know and love can come to a catastrophic end in an instant.

But it can.

And it does.

And it will for many in the future.

The latest case in point involves the raging wildfires that devastated the state of California.

From the north end of the Golden State to the southern section, the region was engulfed in a scorching sea of flames in November 2018 that destroyed thousands of homes, leaving at least 88 people dead as of this writing and many missing.

"This is one of the worst disasters I've ever seen in my career, hands down," said Brock Long, administrator of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Gov. Jerry Brown said the destruction "looks like a war zone."

Many people were trapped by approaching flames, and suffered horrible deaths by incineration, along with many animals.

The Camp Fire in Northern California destroyed nearly 19,000 structures, including about 14,000 homes. The entire town of Paradise, California, turned into the opposite of paradise as it was obliterated, having nearly every home ravaged.

Needless to say, the suffering caused by the infernos is tremendous on many levels.

Now having said this, it's important to note the Bible itself talks about disasters constantly, from Genesis to Revelation. And while we may presume that what happens today in our everyday lives is pretty much the same thing that happened yesterday, and that what happens tomorrow is going to be pretty much the same as today, we should never fall into that trap.

"The end of all things is near." (1 Peter 4:7 CSB)

This a famous quote from the New Testament, as the apostle Peter was forecasting the ultimate end of all things, referring to the end of human governments and the return of Jesus Christ to take over the helm and personally run things here on Earth.

But perhaps we need to apply the concept to our everyday life, not thinking that "the end" is some far-off event that will take place many moons from now, as the expression goes.

Many Californians just suffered the end of their lives, the end of their homes, the end of their businesses, the end of their financial security, the end of their family, or the end of their peace of mind. They probably were not expecting any of this, but were merely living their daily lives normally. It should remind us how quickly the end can come, even if it's not the so-called "end of the age" when Jesus comes back.

In the very first chapter of the book by the famous prophet Isaiah, God Himself says to His people:

"Your land is desolate, your CITIES BURNED DOWN" (Isaiah 1:7 CSB, emphasis added).

In that very same chapter, he explains why those cities were scorched and the land was desolate:

"I have raised children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. (Isaiah 1:2 CSB)

"Oh sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the LORD; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs on him." (Isaiah 1:4 CSB)

God clearly lays the blame for the disasters not on some random act of nature, but on the rebellion of His own people, as they refused to live by the divine instructions, the laws of God.

He even asks them if they want additional punishment:

"Why do you want more beatings? Why do you keep on rebelling?" (Isaiah 1:5 CSB)

We all need to take a warning such as this to heart. God does try to get people's attention to correct their behavior, and He uses many different methods, including disasters to do that.

I have no idea if the 2018 California wildfires were sparked by God's desire to get people's attention, and I humbly pray for the well-being of the victims, but the possibility should at least be considered, especially given the amount of time the Bible speaks of flaming disasters.

The people who lived in Sodom and Gomorrah suffered the message of divine fire in Genesis, as Jesus noted: "But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all." (Luke 17:29 CSB)

The very next statement from the Savior indicates such a blazing condition is in the forecast for His return:

"It will be like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed." (Luke 17:30 CSB)

The Bible explains how the burning end for Sodom and its sister cities were not just a one-time thing, for those people way back in the day who did not get their act together and get with God's program:

"God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people." (2 Peter 2:6 NLT)

Are you seeing this?

God Himself burned people alive -- yes, human beings who were created by Him, incidentally. He scorched both them and their dwelling places, turning them into piles of ashes, all to be AN EXAMPLE of what happens to every individual who does not repent of his or her sins. The end of you and me and everyone else who does not become "godly" is to be burned up and turned into ash. (For what it's worth, God is not some monster who will keep burning people for all eternity, as millions of Christians have mistakenly been taught. But that's another issue.)

The point is that God uses disasters including fires to work His purposes, and there is a life-ending fire in your future you can avoid if you take the correct steps right now.

It's the most famous fire of all time, and it's a conflagration that has not taken place yet. It's the Gehenna fire (often called "hell," the "furnace" or "the lake of fire") of which Scripture constantly speaks. For instance:

"Don't fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [gehenna fire]." (Matthew 10:28 CSB)

"And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:15 CSB)

"For look, the day is coming, BURNING LIKE A FURNACE, when all the arrogant and everyone who commits wickedness will become stubble. The coming day will consume them," says the LORD of Armies, "not leaving them root or branches. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall. You will trample the wicked, for THEY WILL BE ASHES under the soles of your feet on the day I am preparing," says the LORD of Armies. (Malachi 4:1-3 CSB, emphasis added)

And the Creator's return will seem to everyone living at the time to happen very suddenly. That's when things heat up:

"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed." (2 Peter 3:10 CSB)

So, yes, there is an ultimate end by fire for those who don't get with God's program of obedience.

But just like what happened with the California wildfires of 2018, our personal "end" can come a lot sooner than we expect, coming suddenly out of nowhere, changing our situation immediately and tragically. Keeping that in mind may help us to adjust our behavior to be in line with God's instructions and remain in His love and protection.

Copyright 2018 Joe Kovacs. All rights reserved.

Joe Kovacs is the author of the new book Shocked by the Bible 2, as well as his previous books Shocked by the Bible and The Divine Secret, all on sale in bookstores and Amazon.com. Learn more at www.shockedbythebible.com

The reason the world has gone bonkers -- We Live in "Opposite World"

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(Joe Kovacs is the author of the new book Shocked by the Bible 2, as well as his previous books Shocked by the Bible and The Divine Secret, all on sale in bookstores and Amazon.com. Learn more at www.shockedbythebible.com)
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In case you haven't noticed recently, the world in which we live seems to have lost its bearings, sliding toward some sort of dark abyss, both in America and across the world.

No doubt, you're familiar with old problems such as murder, war, theft, disease, homelessness, hunger, lying, economic turmoil, religious strife, lusting, adultery, fornication, unwanted pregnancy, abortion and people having a lack of care and concern for their fellow man.

But these days there are a host of new concerns that have many people shaking their heads in disbelief.

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Stress this! The best cure ever for anxiety

By Joe Kovacs


image from i0.wp.comWe live in a frantic, pressure-packed world full of trouble.

Everything seems to be happening at a faster pace than ever, and millions of Americans are now suffering from stress, anxiety and sometimes even depression because of it.

The news itself confirms it. A recent story from U.S. News and World Report blared the headline, "Stress Is Keeping Americans Up at Night."

It has the results of a survey by Bankrate.com indicating a stunning 69 percent of Americans say they occasionally lose sleep due to something they're worried about. Yes, about seven in every 10 people.

The top fret-maker for many people is relationships, with 41 percent in the survey saying it keeps them up at night. A close second at 36 percent was financial concerns preventing people from plunging into a good night's sleep.

After relationships and money concerns, 30 percent of people say work stresses them out, followed by 28 percent blaming health, and 14 percent indicating politics was causing their insomnia.

The research indicates issues surrounding the family are especially worrisome, as they're "the biggest source of stress among people who lose sleep because they're up thinking about their relationships."

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Jesus died and rose, but not Friday or Sunday

Jesus died and rose from the grave. This you already know is one of the central themes of the New Testament.

And for hundreds of years, many have either assumed or been told that Jesus died on a Friday afternoon, was placed in a tomb Friday evening and then was resurrected sometime around sunrise a day and a half later on Sunday morning.

But you may be surprised about what the Bible actually says concerning the timetable of these important events.

"If people would just crack open their own Bibles, they'd realize that not only are the words Friday and Sunday absent, but the widely perceived time frame is not possible if you believe the actual words of Jesus Christ," says Joe Kovacs, author of the best-selling book "Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told."

In "Shocked," Kovacs, a staunch defender of the Holy Bible, probes the day Jesus really died and the day He actually rose from the grave, all based on what the Bible itself has to say, not what centuries of misinformation and man-made tradition have led millions to believe.

"In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus Himself said He would be in the grave for 'three days and three nights,'" Kovacs explains. "And in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus taught his disciples that He would rise from the grave 'after three days.' Even a child could tell you that between Friday evening and sunrise Sunday morning, you cannot count 'three days and three nights,' as well as 'after three days.'"

Many people also assume Jesus died on a Friday, because the Bible says the Savior died on a day before the Sabbath.

 

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Lookout, baby! The darkest parts of Bible are back

Joe Kovacs shows how ancient horror is now celebrated in America
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For those who think the news of the day has little or nothing to do with the Bible, here's an eye-opening case that even millions of Christians might not have realized.

Countless believers across the world love reading the Good Book, but there are certain sections of Scripture they go out of their way to avoid. It's understandable, since learning about the love of God and how to attain everlasting life is far more attractive than reading about gruesome events where people actually celebrate horrific acts of evil.

But here in 2019, a major news item is a sobering reminder of one of the darkest, most diabolical themes found in Scripture. It's something probably no one enjoys talking about, but it's there on the pages of your Bible -- many times.

So let's start with the big news of today.

The state of New York has now vastly expanded abortion rights, making it perfectly legal to kill unborn children right up to the moment of birth, for almost any reason.

It was condemned immediately by some of the most respected Christian and conservative voices in America, including author, radio broadcaster and family counselor Dr. James Dobson. 

"It is not overstating the matter to say I am horrified by the New York State Senate's vote to pass the euphemistic Reproductive Health Act (RHA). This bill is not about reproductive health at all. It is pure barbarism on a scale rarely seen since the Middle Ages," Dobson said.

"This legislation expands upon New York's already liberal abortion laws, which allow for on demand abortion up until 24 weeks. The RHA's main aim is to justify abortions throughout a pregnancy's entire term based on the overly broad exceptions defined in Roe's companion case, Doe v. Bolton, including such subjective measures as a woman's emotional and psychological wellbeing. Late term abortions had only previously been authorized in New York if done to save the life of the mother."

He explained the bill "also allows non-physicians to commit abortions, and decriminalizes abortion by moving it from the criminal code to the public-health code."

"New York is symbolically doubling-down on the killing of the unborn on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, casting an even darker shadow on a date already shrouded in tragedy and the loss of innocent life," he said.

But despite condemnations from those on the political right, there were many who celebrated the new law.

Nicole Russell, a contributor to the Washington Examiner, reported: "Not only is this kind of legal protection of late-term abortion an affront to the humanity of the unborn and the dignity of society, but New York celebrated it publicly, as if it had just won the Super Bowl. 

"When the bill passed, video shows the assembly chamber erupting into cheers, with politicians and audience members applauding the bill as if it were a victorious symbol of strength.

"That night, One World Trade Center lit up in the color pink to honor the passage of the bill. Imagine, a beacon of capitalism, shining not to showcase freedom and prosperity but the 'liberty' marking the path toward infanticide."

Regarding the pink illumination, some online commenters stated: "'Grim Reapers Celebrate Death' is the appropriate headline."

"That's disgusting. Celebrating dead babies on that hollowed ground. I guess next thing you folks will do is light up Auschwitz. You folks in New York are some sick people."

You get the picture. There are plenty of people today celebrating the intentional murder of infant children.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh noted: "I'm gonna tell you that a significant part of that standing ovation at the New York Senate chamber and a significant part of all the other celebrations is about one thing, and that is they are beating us and rubbing our nose in it, and that is what makes them happy. They hate us to the point that anything that gives them the feeling of victory, the feeling of having trounced us, that's worth the standing ovation. 'Us' being religion, God, the Catholic Church, Christianity at large, conservatives, the conservative movement."
 
Now here's what could even be more shocking.

Today's disturbing events involving the intentional, brutal killing of babies are nothing new, and actually date back thousands of years. And it's all recorded in Scripture, if people would just crack open their Bibles and read the words on its pages.

Many don't realize that in ancient times, some people would slay their own innocent children. Although they didn't bring them to an abortionist, they had other lethal means.

Some would take their infants to have them burned alive in fires ultimately honoring the devil. That's correct. They would bring their children forth to be sacrificed, scorched to death, often in the arms of a searing-hot idol with the body of a man and the head of a beast -- yes, a beast -- such as a calf or goat.

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BABY OFFERED TO MOLECH

Among the names you'll see in Scripture for such idols are Baal (the pagan sun god), Molech (a corruption of the Hebrew word melek, which means "king") and Chemosh.

Here are some of the passages that rarely, if ever, get discussed in church.

"And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech" (Leviticus 18:21 KJV)

"Do not permit any of your children to be offered as a sacrifice to Molech" (Leviticus 18:21 NLT)

It's simply mind-boggling to realize that human beings were engaged in this debased activity. Not only is it shocking to us, it's even more astonishing to our Maker, who eviscerated His own people for adopting what He calls a "horrible deed" and "incredible evil":

"They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal—something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind." (Jeremiah 19:5 NLT)

"They have built pagan shrines to Baal in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, and there they sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing. What an incredible evil" (Jeremiah 32:35 NLT)

As the Bible explains, it's clear the sacrifices were actually to fallen angels better known as devils and demons:

"Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils" (Psalm 106:37 KJV)

"They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons, after whom they have played the harlot" (Leviticus 17:7 NKJV)

On some occasions, the burning of children would take place on the seventh day of the week, which is God's holy Sabbath day of rest. And after the youngsters were burned to death, people would go back to the temple of the true God for their regular worship practice. This incited God's temper even more:

"They have committed both adultery and murder—adultery by worshiping idols and murder by burning as sacrifices the children they bore to me. Furthermore, they have defiled my Temple and violated my Sabbath day! On the very day that they sacrificed their children to their idols, they boldly came into my Temple to worship! They came in and defiled my house." (Ezekiel 23:37-39 NLT)

As you can imagine, this regular massacre of children prompted God to command a harsh penalty. And that, unsurprisingly, was the death penalty:

"If any of them offer their children as a sacrifice to Molech, they must be put to death. The people of the community must stone them to death. I myself will turn against them and cut them off from the community, because they have defiled my sanctuary and brought shame on my holy name by offering their children to Molech." (Leviticus 20:2-3 NLT)

The places where all this baby-killing was taking place has a unique name in the Bible. It's called Tophet. It's also spelled Topheth or Topeth depending on which Bible translation you have.

"And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart." (Jeremiah 7:31 KJV)

What's interesting about this word Tophet is that it has two meanings.

One is "the fireplace," and is obvious because of the burnings taking place there.

But the second meaning is "the drumming place," as people would bang drums and play other musical instruments during the sacrifices.

Now, why in the world would people pound on drums as children were being burned to death?

The answer is unnerving, to say the least. The loud noise from the drums and other instruments, was intended to drown out the horrific cries of the infants as they were being tortured by the flames. Maybe that's why people who support abortion today are so vocal, hoping their amplified noise drowns out any opposition.

In any case, these ancient practices are all over your Bible, and I encourage you to look it up for yourselves, as it's repeated over and over. Perhaps it's ubiquitous in Scripture because God is really trying to get our attention concerning this matter.

The Creator knew that murdering babies was not merely some bizarre, ancient practice that would expire and be forgotten in time.

Aware of the evil that dwells in the minds of human beings, God, "declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done" (Isaiah 46:10 KJV), has let us know in advance about today's evil through the disturbing events of long ago.

Since the 1973 Roe. v. Wade Supreme Court decision, more than 60 million children in the United States have been slain by abortion. And worldwide since 1980, more than 1.5 billion (with a b) infants have been murdered by abortion.

So now you can see how the darkest parts of the Bible are back.

People intentionally and publicly killed their babies in the ancient past, and they are intentionally killing their babies today, while publicly celebrating the right to do so here in America.

As King Solomon wrote, "There is nothing new under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

For those who celebrate the slaughter of children, here's a famous statement from Jesus that should be considered:

"You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning ... ." (John 8:44 NIV)

Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

Joe Kovacs is the author of the new book Shocked by the Bible 2, as well as his previous books Shocked by the Bible and The Divine Secret, all on sale in bookstores and Amazon.com. Learn more at www.shockedbythebible.com
 

 


The dark side of 'the resistance'

Joe Kovacs rips the mask off the force behind rebellion

By Joe Kovacs
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Since the presidential election of 2016, the one in which a political outsider by the name of Donald Trump came from seemingly out of nowhere to become the highest elected official in the land, the powers that be who thought they were in control have been on a mission that can be summed up in a single word.

Resistance.

Those who oppose the agenda of President Trump (and his supporters, for that matter) have made no secret about the fact they're looking to staunchly withstand anything and everything proffered by this commander in chief.

In fact, in 2017, shortly after Trump's inauguration, they initiated a national campaign called "Resistance Summer," seeking "to bring Americans together to resist the powers that are trying to rig the system against working families. Our work is inspired and influenced by 60 years of civil rights organizing and resistance. We're hiring organizers across the country to build the Democratic resistance."

Trump himself has taken notice, saying on Halloween 2018, "Their whole theme: Obstruct. Resist. What the hell do you get out of that?"

We have seen the resistance manifest in all kinds of ways, ranging from name-calling and harsh rhetoric to people getting shot because of their political viewpoint. Here are some high-profile examples since Trump won the presidency:

Pop star Madonna said in a march in Washington, D.C.: "I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won't change anything."

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, merely because she works for President Trump.

A Julius Caesar play was reworked to have a Donald Trump look-alike getting repeatedly stabbed instead of Caesar.

Actor Robert De Niro had not-so pleasant words in his resistance of Trump, saying, "I'd like to punch him in the face," and then on national TV saying, "I'm going to say one thing: F*** Trump."

Stand-up comedian Kathy Griffin held up a bloody, severed head that was made to look like a decapitated version of Trump during a photoshoot. She now sells a line of merchandise all proclaiming "F*** Trump."

Aides and advisers to Trump have been investigated for alleged collusion with Russia, with some admitting to or being convicted of crimes as a result of a special counsel probe.

A supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shot Republican Congressman Steve Scalise and four others on a Virginia baseball field, as the gunman was allegedly looking to kill his political opponents.

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., had a less-than-civil call to action to resisters: "If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. You push back on them. Tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere!"

Brett Kavanaugh, after being nominated by Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court, faced severe resistance with claims of attempted sexual assault by a woman who could not remember key details of the alleged incident.

Barack Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder said of Republicans, "When they go low, we kick 'em."

Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended Democrat tactics of fierce resistance, saying: "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about."

These are just a few of the well-known comments and incidents.

Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh  discussed the resistance to Trump, noting: "They call this the resistance, but this isn't resistance. We're so far beyond resistance now. These people are doing much more than resisting. They are literally turning the law upside down. They are ignoring the law when it applies to them. They are accusing people who have not broken the law of having broken the law and forcing those people to either cop pleas or defend themselves, and, in the process, go broke and lose their homes, destroy their families. All of this on no evidence that anything of the original charge that the election was tampered with and is therefore illegitimate, there's no evidence for it.

"It continues unabated. And as these people fail in every element that they try to get rid of Trump, what then happens? Trump becomes even worse. Trump is Hitler. Trump is no different than Mao Tse-tung. Trump is hideous. They keep throwing out these inane, insane, crazy allegations in their unstopping attempt, their never-ending attempt to create anti-Trump public opinion which will then facilitate them getting what they want, and that is him thrown out of office."

Now that everyone is well aware of the resistance, you might wonder about its source. After all, the viciousness is taking place at numerous levels across America and appears to be highly organized. And while there may be big-name politicians and plenty of money being spent to feed this vitriolic behavior, there is likely something else at work here you may not have realized.

There is an unseen player who is doing what he does best, resist. In fact, his name means "Resister."

The individual I'm referring to is none other than Satan the devil. Yes, the Hebrew word Satan actually means "an adversary, one who resists."

I realize most people in today's modern world don't think about this character as they carry on their everyday life, going to work, paying the bills and raising their family. But Satan is a very real individual, who is actually resisting and opposing all those who are trying to be obedient to God and His divine laws.

In case you're not familiar with the Bible, Satan was not always an enemy. In fact, Scripture says he was a cherub, which is an angel, and a perfect one at that.

As God says of him: "You were an anointed guardian cherub, for I had appointed you." (Ezekiel 28:14)

The very next line in Scripture indicates all was well with him until something foul was detected in his character.

"From the day you were created you were blameless in your ways until wickedness was found in you." (Ezekiel 28:15)

Chapter after chapter of the Bible describe what wickedness is, and it can be summed up in a word that virtually everyone is familiar with, but they're not quite sure what it means. And that word is "sin."

You can try this experiment for yourself, asking a variety of people what the definition of sin is. You'll most likely get a different answer from each individual. But there is one place in the Bible where the meaning of the word is clearly spelled out. That verse is in the New Testament, in 1 John 3:4. Here it is from two translations:

sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4 KJV)

sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4 CSB)

Simply put, when anyone breaks any law or instruction from God, that person is sinning, engaging in wickedness, iniquity or evil. It's as simple as that. Opposing God and doing what He says not to do is an act of RESISTANCE or rebellion against the Maker of everything.

Thus, Satan, the original resister, was perfectly fine in God's eyes until he resisted and engaged in thoughts and activities contrary to the laws of God. He became wicked by resisting and rebelling against God.

As Job explained, "The wicked are those who rebel against the light. They do not recognize its ways or stay on its paths." (Job 24:13 CSB)

And since "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5), the Bible makes it more than obvious that rebelling against the light (God) is wicked.

Satan has been leading a rebellion against God, convincing a large number angels to join him in his resistance.

"So the great dragon was thrown out ​— ​the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the one who deceives the whole world. He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him." (Revelation 12:9 CSB)

The resister has been hard at work using all kinds of lies and deception to trick mankind, confusing people on virtually every issue, from the existence of God Himself to the ultimate destiny of human beings, which is to become part of God's own family, the children of God, to rule and reign with Him for eternity.

Satan has been resisting for thousands of years, and there's no indication he'll give up his rebellion and repent of his wickedness, even though a main message of Jesus is to love your enemies. Yes, we're told to love those who resist.

Perhaps what we're seeing in our physical world today in America is a picture of what God has dealt with for a very long time: the individuals He created are acting in a stiff-necked fashion resisting peace, law and order. We see lawlessness all around us, and even some groups are targeting law-enforcement agencies as somehow being oppressive, when the opposite is true. It's the ones who want to maintain law and order who are being attacked, in the same way God is the ultimate Lawman dealing with wicked opposition from those who don't wish to obey His instructions.

The apostle Paul reminded everyone: "So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God's command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves." (Romans 13:2 CSB)

We all need to realize the world as we know it is not going to last forever. There is a time coming soon that God will be fed up with humanity's resistance and rejection of His ways, and He will put an end it to it in a fashion that won't be pretty.

As one famous prophet predicted: "There will be a time of distress such as never has occurred since nations came into being until that time." (Daniel 12:1 CSB)

It might be wise if we ask ourselves if today's so-called "resistance movement" is a manifestation of what's taking place in the unseen realm. Is it a picture of the demonic resistance by the devil against God Himself, for perceived injustice of some kind?

If it is, then we should be careful to make sure we're always on God's side, and never resist our loving Creator.

Copyright 2018 Joe Kovacs. All rights reserved.

Joe Kovacs is the author of the new book Shocked by the Bible 2, as well as his previous books Shocked by the Bible and The Divine Secret, all on sale in bookstores and Amazon.com. Learn more at www.shockedbythebible.com

Jesus 'declared He's God of Old Testament'

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An American pastor and author who has produced his own translation of the New Testament based on the Aramaic text claims Jesus openly declared numerous times that He is the Creator God of the OLD Testament.

Aramaic is the ancient language believed by many scholars to be the language Jesus Himself mainly spoke in the first century, as depicted in Mel Gibson’s popular 2004 film, “The Passion of the Christ.”

“With all the Aramaic references to the name of the Deity,” says Rev. David Bauscher of Cambridge. N.Y., “the [Aramaic] New Testament not only teaches that Yeshua (Jesus) is divine, but it names Him as the Lord Jehovah of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who created Heaven and Earth, appeared to Abraham and appeared and gave the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, and it so names Him over 80 times.”

His latest work is titled, “The Aramaic New Testament in Plain English,” with details provided at his website, AramaicNT.com.

Bauscher is a former high-school science teacher proficient in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, and has been teaching the Bible since 1976. He is also the father of 12 homeschooled children.

Rev. David Bauscher, right, and his wife, May, in Port Stewart, Northern Ireland, in 2007.

He admits most Bible scholars believe the original New Testament was written in Greek, or almost all books were initially written in Greek.

But Bauscher contends there’s more evidence indicating the 27 books comprising the New Testament were actually written in Aramaic before they were translated into Greek, as is thought by many Assyrian and Syrian Christians.

“I was convinced, after two years of intensive research, that the complete Peshitta New Testament (as embodied in the 1905 Syriac Peshitta New Testament edition) was the original inspired text delivered to the apostles and evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,” he told WND.

The name “Peshitta” in Aramaic means “straight” – in other words, the original and pure New Testament.

“The American people at least deserve to read a direct English translation of the original Aramaic words of Jesus and the apostles into English, as opposed to all the translations from Greek, which I have demonstrated is itself a translation of the Aramaic original,” said Bauscher.

“We also deserve to know that the original was not Greek, but Aramaic, should we desire to study the original language and text for ourselves, not to mention that we deserve a rightly educated clergy, who know the historical and cultural realities of first-century Israel and the original Scriptures. There is widespread misinformation and false propaganda being disseminated in Christian churches concerning this matter.”

Though translations of from the Aramaic text have been done before, one major difference is Bauscher’s rendering of a key phrase that he says points to the divine identity of Jesus.

While many versions from the Greek have Jesus simply saying, “I am,” Bauscher has published it from the Aramaic to read, “I am the Living God.”

For example, his version of Mark 14:61-64 reads as follows, using the original name Yeshua to refer to Jesus:

But he was silent, and he did not answer him anything. And again, The High Priest asked him and said, “Are you The Messiah, The Son of The Blessed One?”

But Yeshua said to him, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, and you shall behold The Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of Heaven.”

But The High Priest ripped his tunic and he said, “Why now do we need witnesses?”

“Behold, you have heard the blasphemy from his own mouth. How does it appear to you?” But they all judged that he deserved death.

Another example of Jesus stating He is, in fact, God, is found in the 18th chapter of the Gospel of John, where the apostle Judas, referred to as Yehuda in this translation, helps Jesus get arrested:

Bauscher's translation of John 18:3-6 has Jesus saying, "I AM THE LIVING GOD" as He's being arrested.

And the famous first words from John are rendered as: “In the origin The Word had been existing and That Word had been existing with God and That Word was himself God.”

The New King James Version of John 1:1 states it as: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Jesus is also referred to as God and not just the Son of God in other translations of the Bible based upon the Greek.

For instance, Hebrews 1:8, speaking of God the Father, indicates: “But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.”

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SHOCKED BY THE BIBLE: THE MOST ASTONISHING FACTS YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TOLD (HARDCOVER)

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What do you think the Bible says is your ultimate destiny? And what will you be doing for all eternity? Is it merely floating around on clouds, playing songs on harps forevermore? The true answers may absolutely floor you.

"When people actually crack open the pages of their own Bible and see the words on its pages, the ultimate destiny for believers is far more glorious than what most people have been told for centuries," says Joe Kovacs, author of the #1 best-seller, "Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told."

Many Christians already understand that part of their reward is eternal life, and yes, Scripture indeed confirms that numerous times. But the Bible goes far beyond just saying believers will be alive forever.

The specifics are revealed in "Shocked by the Bible," a timeless must-read for those looking for the absolute truth of the Bible. Not only does it clearly explain the ultimate destiny for mankind, the book is a giant news report that informs people on what is actually in the Bible, and what is not.

With that in mind, how well do you really know your own Bible? For instance, guess how many doves were aboard Noah's Ark. The answer is not two.

And guess on which day the Bible says Jesus died. Believe it or not, the Good Book doesn't mention Friday, and even more surprisingly, while the Bible says Jesus rose from the grave, it does not say it occurred Sunday morning. Remember, Jesus' followers found an empty tomb then.

But don't feel bad if you've always assumed otherwise. Like countless millions of people, you've just been misinformed, misled or even (dare we say) lied to about what the Bible actually says.

In his stunning investigation, news veteran Joe Kovacs goes on a mission to help both Christians and non-Christians alike find out the amazing truth.

image from superstore.wnd.com"Shocked by the Bible" is an educational juggernaut that relies solely on the Holy Bible to reveal hundreds of Scriptural facts that many people of all persuasions simply don't know. The book instantly skyrocketed to the #1 position in three Bible-related categories on Amazon.com, and demand from Christians worldwide has led to its translation into Russian and Korean.

"I'm among the biggest fans of the Bible of all time," says Kovacs. "My goal is to educate people about the solid truth of Scripture and to stop the spread of erroneous information. I want people to crack open their Bibles and see with their own eyes what's actually printed on the pages, and what's not. It's shocking!"

According to Scripture, you won't find "Three Wise Men" mentioned anywhere in the story of Jesus' birth. For that matter, no wise men are said to have shown up at the manger in Bethlehem. The truth straight from your own Bible is that an unspecified number of wise men first met Jesus as a "young child" in a "house," not a babe in a manger, and it might have been more than a year after He was born. Go ahead, look it up for yourself.

Also according to Scripture, you won't find a single mention of Easter eggs, but you will find God warning His people not to have anything to do with a pagan fertility goddess, whose name is synonymous with "Easter."

"Yes, I'm a Bible-believing worshiper of Jesus Christ," says Kovacs. "But I'm not here to convert anyone. People are free to believe whatever they wish and can come to their own conclusions. I just want to show them the biblical record is often very different from what many assume. Not only will Christians love this book, but I think Jews, Muslims and even agnostics and atheists will get a kick out of it as well."

When the veil of presumption is removed and people see the words that are actually on the Bible's pages, readers will discover:

  • Jesus said no one has gone to heaven except Himself
  • Noah's Ark is not said to have rested on "Mount Ararat"
  • Your personal destiny is far greater and more glorious than floating around on clouds in heaven
  • "Christmas" is not mentioned in the Bible
  • The practice of decorating a tree with silver and gold is actually condemned by God
  • "Easter" has vanished from the Bible
  • Jesus made appearances on earth in the Old Testament
  • God sought to kill Moses moments after he told him to lead the Israelites to freedom
  • God ran lotteries
  • Jesus did not come to make everyone understand His message
  • Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not Jews
  • Nagging wives are mentioned in Scripture
  • Women's breasts are celebrated in the Bible
  • There's a character in the Bible called a "dumb ass"
  • Underwear didn't disintegrate despite 40 years of heavy use
  • The worst case of hemorrhoids in history is recorded

    Book reviewers agree it's an eye-opening blockbuster:

    "If you think you really know the Bible, better think again. Joe Kovacs takes a close look at the greatest story ever told and separates myth from reality. My favorite parts of the book deal with Christmas and Easter. Check out 'Shocked by the Bible.' You may well be shocked."

    - Bill O'Reilly

     

    "I'm drawn to this book. It is so well put together. I started reading it and didn't put it down for two days to finish it. ... This guy is incredible."

    – Peter Boyles, KHOW radio host, Denver

     

    "Kovacs has done his homework. In 'Shocked by the Bible,' he explodes certain common concepts, brings shocking stories and revelations to light and gives the reader motivation to dig deeper into the very Word of God. A valuable resource for today's jaded but biblically illiterate audience."

    - Carolyn R. Scheidies, Author's Choice Reviews

     

    "Since the professing church is unwilling to look intently at the Scriptures, embrace it all in context, [God] is using a believing investigative journalist to apply his gift and experience to be a witness to the Truth of what He said and established in His Word. Joe Kovacs is that man. ... I recommend 'Shocked by The Bible' by Joe Kovacs because of his journalistic approach to the Bible. He is not trying to proselytize anyone to his particular brand of religion. His agenda appears to not go beyond just a journalistic look at Scripture in order to get straight facts into peoples' hands that they might make an informed decision."

    – Banner Kidd, Torah Perspective

     

     


YOU'VE NEVER HEARD THIS ABOUT JESUS IN THE MANGER

Although not on Christmas Day- Dec 25th, Jesus was born, in a manger, and Shepards were there!   So here is Joe Kovacs take of the scene.

One of the most famous stories from the Bible is the account of the birth of baby Jesus.

Every year, it’s read aloud in churches and even re-enacted in plays and Nativity scenes, as shepherds are shown visiting the Son of God lying in a manger in the town of Bethlehem.

But is there something extremely important almost everyone is missing?

The answer is a resounding yes. One could even call it a yes on a biblical scale, because as we’re about to see, there is so much more that can be seen and heard when we keep our spiritual eyes and ears open to some profound truths that God has been broadcasting in Scripture for thousands of years.

No matter how many times we read the words on the pages of our Bible, there always seems to be more to learn, a deeper meaning that helps us make the transition from spiritual milk to spiritual meat. So let’s dive into Scripture to allow the Good News to become even more glorious, with all the credit going to God Almighty.

It’s already well-known that Jesus was born in the small town of Bethlehem, as His parents were law-abiding citizens who traveled there to pay their taxes as part of a census.

But why did God make it happen in Bethlehem?

And why was the Savior placed in a manger?

And what’s the real deal with the shepherds?


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Is bad news part of the good news? PART 1

By Joe Kovacs

PART 1

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We've all seen horrific events making headlines across America and the world this summer.

Deadly wildfires rage through California, the American West, and even Athens, Greece.

A duckboat goes down in a sudden storm in Missouri, killing 17 people, nine of whom were members of a single family.

A Wisconsin man gets licked by his own dog, and ends up needing his hands and legs amputated from a subsequent bacterial infection.

These are just a few of the stories that have received widespread coverage, and they can make anyone's heart feel tremendous sadness and empathy for the victims, even from a long distance away. Unfortunately, disasters happen every day, and they often compete with politics to dominate the daily news cycle.

They can also prompt people to ask questions such as: "Why do tragedies strike?" or "Why would a loving God allow such pain, misery and death?"

These are excellent questions, and while our hearts go out to anyone who is suffering as a result of some personal or national disaster, the answer from the Bible may surprise you.

Why a surprise? Because many people are under the mistaken impression that God is all about "love, love, love" and would never cause any harm to any single person or any group of people. After all, "God is love," says the apostle John twice. (1 John 4:8,16)

And, yes, there are countless verses in the Bible to demonstrate the magnitude of God's love for people, especially those who are obedient to Him. Here are just two of them:

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him" (Psalm 103:11 NIV)

"But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands." (Deuteronomy 5:10 NLT)

So God is someone who does love and care for His creation. But the Bible is a very big book (or a collection of books), and it has a lot more to say than just God is love.

God is a God of what many would call "bad news."

He is a God of instruction, judgment and punishment, and is seen countless times in the pages of Holy Scripture bringing all sorts of mayhem on people. Sometimes it's bad news on a personal level, and sometimes it's bad news on a national level. There was even a very famous time when He brought about a catastrophic punishment on every living thing on land, with the exception of eight people in the days of Noah.

"And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark." (Genesis 7:23 KJV)

And what was the reason behind God's near extermination of the human race? Scripture breaks out the W-word, wickedness, to describe the situation.

"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5 KJV)

A verse like this sheds quite a bit of light on how God operates.

It shows that our Creator has the ability to read our thoughts at all times. He sees clearly into our own minds as if He's in there, monitoring our thoughts on a continuous basis. He knows when our thoughts are in line with His teachings, and he knows when they're opposed to His laws. That's when He uses words like wickedness, evil, iniquity, rebellion, etc., to describe our refusal to follow the way that leads to eternal life.

In both the Old Testament and the New, God instructs us over and over again to keep His commands. Remember, commands are not suggestions. They're mandates.

"So obey the commands of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and fearing him." (Deuteronomy 8:6 NLT)

"If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17 CSB)

"Take to heart all the words of warning I have given you today. Pass them on as a command to your children so they will obey every word of these instructions. These instructions are not empty words -- they are your life! (Deuteronomy 32:47 NLT)

God has not given us His instructions just so we can ignore them. People need to remember the end game, what God is actually doing with us during our time of temporary existence. He is training us to become like Him, to be members of His own family, the literal children of God.

"For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26 NLT)

We need to remember the higher purpose our our existence. God did not create us just to enjoy a few years of our hearts beating and our lungs breathing in fresh air. We're learning to become members of the divine family, the children of God.

Now, back to disasters. We all need to realize the Bible is not just about "good news" (which is what the word "gospel" literally means). It's about bad news as well.

Scripture says countless times in a variety of ways that God does make bad things such as disasters happen:

Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? (Lamentations 3:38 NIV)

When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it? (Amos 3:6 NIV)

If you abandon the LORD and worship foreign gods, He will turn against you, harm you, and completely destroy you, after He has been good to you. (Joshua 24:20 HCSB)

Jesus Himself was asked about two specific calamities, and why they occurred.

At that time, some people came and reported to him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And he responded to them, "Do you think that these Galileans were more sinful than all the other Galileans because they suffered these things? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well."

"Or those eighteen that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed ​-- ​do you think they were more sinful than all the other people who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well." (Luke 13:1-5 CSB)

Jesus is basically telling His followers that they're asking the wrong question. Bad things do not exclusively happen to people who are exceedingly sinful. Bad things happen to everyone, and the ultimate bad thing -- eternal death -- will plague every single person who does not get with the divine program and obey God's instructions. It's that simple. Unless we repent, we will all perish for eternity.

Having said this, there are many people who love God with all their heart and are seeking life in the coming kingdom of God, and yet they have plenty of bad news and suffering in their own lives. Why does God allow this?  We'll take a look at that in the next installment, so stay tuned ...

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Joe Kovacs is the author of the new book Shocked by the Bible 2, as well as his previous books Shocked by the Bible and The Divine Secret, all on sale in bookstores and Amazon.com. Learn more at www.shockedbythebible.com


Is bad news part of the good news? (Part 2)

By Joe Kovacs

image from www.studentnewsdaily.comWelcome back, friends!

In the previous message, I listed some catastrophic news events that would make anyone's heart ache for those who were the victims. From raging wildfires that completely destroy lives and homes, to losing many members of one's family in a boating tragedy, to having all limbs amputated after a man's own dog licked him.

Bad news happens, and it can happen to both good folks, and not-so-good folks. And as can be found in the Bible, God Himself is behind many instances of mayhem.

But questions often arise: "Why on Earth would God cause people to suffer?" "If God loves people, why doesn't God stop the suffering?"

If we fast-forward to the end of the Good Book, there will be a time in the future when there is no more pain and suffering. It will be when the kingdom of God is in charge and God is dwelling with His own people here on Earth.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4 CSB)

Obviously, that time has not arrived yet.

We still live in a fallen world where millions of people follow the drumbeat of the enemy of God, Satan the devil, whether or not they're aware of it. Sometimes people's own actions breaking God's laws cause their own pain and suffering, and sometimes God causes disasters to happen to people as attention-getters, to cause them to examine their own lives, in hopes that they'll repent of their wrongdoing and correct their character to get with the program of eternal life.

Remember, we're all on a track toward eternal death unless we stop our disobedience to God and start living by His instructions. As Jesus said twice, "Unless you repent, you will all perish as well." (Luke 13:1-5 CSB)

This brings up a very interesting question, because there are millions of people who have been living according to God's instructions and worship Him with all their heart, and yet they still experience serious pain, suffering and hardship throughout life. You may be one of them, and could be nodding your head in agreement as you read this.

The biblical fact of the matter is that yes, indeed, there is suffering and hardship in this life, even for those who are on God's team.

Perhaps the most famous example is a man named Job. An entire book of the Bible focuses on this righteous man who pleased God in everything he did. God even showed off Job to the devil because of the man's faith and obedience:

Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil." (Job 1:8 CSB)

Satan then convinced God to test Job severely, taking away his possessions, killing his sons and daughters, and even plaguing his personal health:

So Satan left the LORD's presence and infected Job with terrible boils from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself while he sat among the ashes. (Job 2:7-8 CSB)

Job's wife asked him if he were trying to maintain his integrity through his ordeal, and suggested that he curse God and die.

But Job replied, "You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?" So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. (Job 2:10 NLT)

The response from Job is profound to say the least. Because people, especially believers, often do not know precisely WHY they're going through any given hardship. Sometimes God does punish people as a corrective measure, to prompt them to repent of some disobedience, which may or may not be obvious.

But there are other times when God is testing people to see if they will be obedient to Him, no matter what is thrown at them. It's easy to be thankful to God when everything is going splendidly in life, but it's not as easy to be thankful to God when we're suffering.

Everyone should dwell for a moment on what Job asks: Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?

Again, bad news does happen in life, and often it is caused or allowed by our Maker. Sometimes we can figure out the reason and sometimes we can't, but we are still meant to praise and worship God because it is He who is in control of all things. Good and bad. Here's a direct quote from God that is rarely, if ever, mentioned:

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7 KJV)

It stuns many people to realize the Almighty outright declares He can and does create evil.

Not only can times of testing and hardship be meant for an individual, they can also be intended for an entire people. Recall how the whole nation of Israel, upon their departure from Egypt, spent four long decades in the wilderness before entering the Promised Land. God says He was TESTING their character:

Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. (Deuteronomy 8:2 NLT)

All throughout the Bible, believers are shown to be tested in a variety of ways, including famines, imprisonment, medical issues, physical beatings and even being nailed to wood in the case of the strongest Believer of all time. Yes, Jesus Himself had to undergo testing and suffering.

It surprises many who come to the faith that God does not promise a problem-free life here on Earth as we prepare for immortality.

In the New Testament, the theme of being tested is mentioned numerous times, with believers being told they should not be surprised by any trial or tribulation coming their way:

Dear friends, don't be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12 NASB)

Instead, be very glad -- for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
(1 Peter 4:13 NLT)

A man who endures trials is blessed, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12 HCSB)

In our current human form, it can seem counterintuitive to accept what the Bible plainly says when it comes to times of testing and suffering. Because pain hurts, whether it's physical, emotional or spiritual. But when we keep in mind the end result of suffering, it can make a difference in enduring whatever it is we're going through.

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (Romans 8:18 NLT)

We must keep in mind the end of the story, which involves our being raised from the dead and being given new, transformed bodies that will never die or ache again.

That is why Scripture tells us to be happy through the trouble:

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold -- though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT)

We all experience pain. We all suffer. We all know it can be horrible at times. But we can make it through with God's help.

It is imperative that we hold on to God's promise of an eternal existence free of pain and suffering. Remember what is on its way:

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4 CSB)

For those who wonder whatever happened to Job, he did not continue suffering without end. He received what could be called a double blessing:

When Job prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes. In fact, the LORD gave him twice as much as before! (Job 42:10 NLT)

So the LORD blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. (Job 42:12 NLT)

When we read and accept what God says throughout the entirety of Scripture, it's obvious that bad news is part of the good news. But the good news is so much better, and it leads to an eternal life free of any more pain. Hallelujah!

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Joe Kovacs is the author of the new book Shocked by the Bible 2, as well as his previous books Shocked by the Bible and The Divine Secret, all on sale in bookstores and Amazon.com. Learn more at www.shockedbythebible.com


Joe, Welcome to The Plain Truth!

JoeWe published our first ever exclusively for The Plain Truth commentary from Joe Kovacs, author of The Divine Secret, and Shocked By the Bible (1&2) written especially for The Plain Truth! Joe will be writing stories for us from time to time. I don't think anyone has the crisp, fresh and down right forthright writing style of Joe (who is my brother-in-law, and more importantly, brother in Christ) Hope U enjoy... We live in Opposite world. Hillary calls Putin a great leader, takes a $400 million bribe from him, then calls Trump a terrorist for just shaking his hand! There is a reason for this! And Joe explains it well - from the Bible!   The First Story is Called: The reason the world has gone bonkers -- We Live in "Opposite World"