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#7194  By John R.
  I don't know exactly when Jesus Christ will return to end this flesh and blood earth age, because Jesus Christ told us He did not even know; that only God the Father knew; but He did say it will happen during "The Generation of the Fig Tree"
Jesus was ask in Mark 13:4  Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? When asked this question "WHEN WILL THIS EARTH AGE END?", Jesus answer was: Mark 13:28  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 29  So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 30  Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. 31  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.   
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I do know when, if you are still alive in the flesh when the Bible says that time comes, how you will know it will happen 3 1/2 days before it actually happens.

It all has to do with when Satan, claiming he is God, kills the Two Witnesses; Next we'll talk about the Two Witnesses that Satan kills for exposing him as the fake Jesus Christ and how the end will come 3 1/2 days later, after it happens!

Revelation 11:3 "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth."

This chapter will focus on the last three and an half days which brings about the last days before our Lord Jesus Christ's return. The church of God is still here on earth during this period of time. However, the witnesses will be witnessing for the entire thousand two hundred and threescore days during this final period. God is placing these two witnesses on earth for the sole purpose of witnessing for Him. They will warn all of mankind, and the "sackcloth" indicates that this warning of their sins is to be their only mission.

Notice also that the time of the two witnesses witnessing are given in days. These witnesses are of the children of light, and their message is of God. When you compare the forty two months of Antichrist from Daniel 9, with the 1,260 days of the two witnesses, they are the same.

Revelation 11:4 "These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of this earth."

In Zechariah 4:3, 11, and 14, these two witnesses are the "olive trees" that are spoken of there. The "candlesticks" represent the churches, and we saw in Revelation 2, and 3, that there are only two churches, or types of churches that God will respect at the close of this earth age. Those were the Churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia. This is because they knew who the "Kenites" are, and would not allow the false doctrine of the Kenites to come into their churches.

So we see, when Satan the Antichrist is upon the earth, the witnesses for God will be the two witnesses [olive trees]. The churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia and churches that give their type of doctrine, are the "candlesticks". The "elect" will come from those types of churches and also all those saints which understand that doctrine.

Revelation 11:5 "And if any man will [desireth to] hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will [shall desire to] hurt them, he must in this manner be killed."

The subject here is, "Who is fit for God to use at this time?" That doesn't mean who is going to heaven or hell; we are talking about who the "servants of God" are. Others will be saved out of all the churches.

When the two witnesses appear on earth and they start their witnessing, there will be no doubt who they are. Many religious leaders today speculate, and name names, but that is not important. You will know them by their words, if you are in tune with God's Word.

Because those Prophets and saints that have gone on and shed their blood, they can not be in their flesh bodies. These two witnesses will shed their blood as martyrs in the streets of Jerusalem, and this then would indicate that it would be two people living and walking on the earth right now. The power they use to defend themselves will be given by God when the Antichrist arrives in person. That power will end exactly three and a half days before the sounding of the seventh trumpet. That will be because God has written it in His book, our Bible. This is an important sign for all of the elect for the end is at hand.

Revelation 11:6 "These [witnesses] have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they [the witnesses] will."

"These", are the two witnesses. The "waters" that these two witnesses have power over are the nations, and peoples of this earth [Revelation 17:15]. There is power granted to these two to smite peoples and nations. They can call down these plagues whenever it is necessary. When the written word comes true before your eyes, you will know what to expect next. Believe it when you see it come to pass.

As long as you are in your Heavenly Fathers care, you will not fall under any of these plagues, or torments. The witnesses use their powers only on Satan the Antichrist, and his followers.

Remember what God said back in Revelation 9:4? "Hurt only those who have not the seal of God in their foreheads." Go back and review it.

Revelation 11:7 "And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit [abyss] shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them."

The two witnesses' purpose for being on the earth at this time, was to be a testimony against Satan, the Antichrist. By doing this, they are also a witness to God's elect, of His Word. When this testimony is over, Satan the Antichrist will rise up and kill both of them.

Satan is the "beast out of the bottomless pit". We read this in Revelation 9:1. When Satan kills the two witnesses, he will have taken all the conflict that he can stand by these two witness, and go against God's order to "touch not those who have the seal of God in their foreheads."

Revelation 11:8 "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sod'-om and E'-gypt, where also our Lord was crucified."

The two witnesses' bodies will lie in the "street", which in the Greek text reads "plateia", or "broad place", which, more then likely is a stadium or a large hall in Jerusalem. It is then that the entire world will celebrate. This also will set off a chain of events, and many of the prophecies throughout the Bible will occur in the next three and one half days.

In the mind of the Antichrist [Satan], he has put down the only thing that hindered his claim to deity. Satan's throne is in the temple of God in Jerusalem, and from there, he thinks and will rule his world empire. While the witnesses were alive, their powers made not only the Antichrist, Satan's, life but the lives of the whole world just plain miserable. Even many Christians will think that these witnesses were evil, because of what these witnesses said about the Antichrist, whom their traditions have taught them to think and worship as the true Christ. These two witnesses were also the ones who made these Christian's lives physically and mentally pushed to the limit. All, that is, except God's "elect". This three and one half days [84 hours] period is going to be a short lived victory celebration for them.

The key to understand that the location of this happening is in Jerusalem, is in the term, "Where also our Lord was crucified." Jerusalem was referred to as "Sodom and Egypt" in Isaiah 1:9-10, and Ezekiel 16:46, as well as many other passages. The Holy Spirit of God, thus points to Jerusalem as the only place possible, to make that location completely clear.

When these two witnesses are slaughtered in Jerusalem by the one that the world thinks to be God, and the people of the whole earth start their many day celebration because of that murder, know that the time of the murder started the last 84 hours, [three and a half days] before the sounding of the seventh trumpet, and our Lord's return.

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John's Note: Most commentators, claim these two witnesses are just two individuals. I am not sure of that. I rather think they are the members, maybe more then two,  of the TWO churches Smyrna and Philadelphia,

Here is what Jesus told John to write about the Smyrna church of these last days
Revelation 2:9  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Here is what Jesus told John to write about the Philadelphia church of these last days , Revelation 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

I will not pretend that I understand fully, how it happens, but I believe the two witnesses talked about in Revelation 11:3 is referring to members of the two end time churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna and what they are witnessing about and for that reason Satan, as the false-christ kills those members of those two churches for reveling that the kenites who claim to be Jews are liars, to shut them up.

Revelation 11:9 "And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves."

Through electronic means, and many visiting in person, the entire world will view, and witness the dead bodies of these witnesses laying in this arena over the next three and a half days. Why?

It is obvious that they were witnessing about Jesus the true Christ. Part of their testimony being what Jesus told John to write in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 and from this witness about Satan's offspring, the kenites who claim to be Jews and are not, but do lie that they are killed, and their bodies will arise in three and a half days to meet the true Christ. Satan and his followers will be thinking that this time, We're not going to let anyone claim that these bodies disapeared in the night. This was the same accusation that was made by the "Kenites [Offspring of Satan]" when Christ arose some two thousand years earlier. So there the witnesses lay, while the world watched on world wide television and celebrated.

These physical bodies will be doing only one thing for three and a half days; "rotting".

Revelation 11:10 "And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth."

The entire earth's population will be celebration over this, except God's elect. God's elect, those sealed in their mind with the truth know the end is only a matter of days and hours away. The elect are in a state of praising God, and anxiously waiting for the end of the three and a half days. 

This is going to be a three day Holiday, and at the end of this celebration, the witnesses will come alive. When they come alive, the torment will be as a terror that has never been. The pro-claiming Christians that have worshipped Antichrist will know they have been taken in by the Antichrist, and the grace that they thought they had is simply not extended to them, at this time, of "The first Resurrection", and they will enter Christ's Millennial Kingdom with still mortal souls. Even more tragic to that is the fact that they will face the True Christ as a Harlot, or an unfaithful bride. Think of the shame that will fall on them at this time.

Revelation 11:11 "And after three days and an half the spirit [breath] of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them."

Most Christians will not even know anything about these two witnesses, or the three and a half day period, until the end of it, for they have been taught that they are going to fly away, for that is what their "rapture doctrine" taught them. In fact most think heaven and eternity is on some far away star or planet, and not here on earth.

After the three and a half days, this is what happens in Jerusalem. God will send those spiritual souls back to enter into these two rotting flesh bodies, and these two witness will stand to their feet. When this happens, and the cameras are focused upon them, the people of the entire world are going to come under much fear. The people will not be just afraid, but a life threatening terror. And as the two witnesses stood to their feet, this "paralyzing fear ["epipipto" in the Greek]" will grip the entire world, especially the Christians who have worshipped the Antichrist.

All ministers who have taught, "Jesus loves you in your sinful state, you don't need to know the Old Testament, for its past now. And that Jesus loves the Sodomites also, He's not a God of hate." And the biggest "hog wash" of all is their comments, "We are going to fly away in the rapture, so we will be out of here when Revelation come to pass". Those ministers will know instantly they have been following the wrong Christ. Unfortunately they were not taught in their seminaries there are two Christ's coming, and the fake Christ comes first.

This will be a Shining moment for all of God's "Elect", who stood against the Antichrist, and observed as the events of the seals and trumpets took place. Each of those events marked the proof that God keeps His word, and his plan is right on time.

Revelation 11:12 "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them."

This is the "rapture" those that followed Satan as the Antichrist are going to miss. The rising of the two saints. At this same instant Christ will be coming here to earth.

Revelation 11:13 "And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven."

Within the hour, the earthquake that is going to split the mount of Olives will take place. A way, or path will be made for Christ's children to make it back to Him.

Why would God kill 7000 men at this moment? Those are the angels of Satan who will die at this time, all of them. They are the men that God will kill. Satan's time for his story telling is over, and all those fallen angels helping him will be destroyed.

The "remnant" that is of God's election will give glory to God because it is over. The tribulation, the testing, these flesh bodies, and this earth age of the flesh will be over. This is not something that is centuries into the future, but in a matter of a few years or months. We are living in this final generation.

Revelation 11:14 "The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly."

Remember that the first woe was the coming to earth of Satan, also called "Abaddon" in the Hebrew, and "Apollyon" in the Greek, with all his locust army to seduce the entire earth. This is what was taught in chapter nine. The first woe ended with their massive appearance on the earth that would cause the peoples of the earth to worship Satan as the Christ.

Revelation 11:15 "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of Our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."

This is the seventh and final trumpet, from the time that the two witnesses stand to their feet, we are dealing in seconds, and minutes for it all to occur. The third woe comes with the seventh trumpet. All prophecy in the entire Bible dealing with the seventh, and last trumpet happens instantly at this time.

The voices that boom around the world will announce; "The kingdoms of this world are become  the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ: and He shall reign for ever and ever."

  This is what Paul wrote of in I Thessalonians 4, concerning our being brought back to him. It is where the church world today get their "rapture doctrine" from, for they have lost focus on what Paul is speaking of. In I Thessalonians 4:13-18 Paul is addressing the subject as to "where the dead are". The Thessalonians were starting to act like the heathen, thinking that the souls of those that have passed on were out there still in the ground. Some how the church world has allowed their so called scholars to lead them into using two words of this passage, and completely change the entire subject of Paul's teaching, for they document their own dogma. The next five verses lay the foundation to what is called "the rapture theory", and that is all it is, a theory, and unproven idea. As we look into these verses, set aside all your preconceived ideas that are in your mind about a fly-away doctrine, which is also called the "any moment doctrine."

I Thessalonians 4:13 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope."

Now lets see just how willing you are to bet your soul on the rapture theory, when you take a look at how it was written in the Greek. Because that is exactly what you are doing when you look for an "any moment coming" of one calling himself the Christ.

After Paul had instructed the Thessalonians to live right in their community, and search their souls for sin in their lives, and repent of those sins, Paul addressed then focused in on what happens when death comes to this flesh body. This topic is important to Paul, for it is the stabilizing factor to the Christian life. It removes the fear that comes from the unknown at ones death, which was the fear that came over the heathen in their ignorance of Christ and eternal life. In other words Paul doesn't want Christians stupid as the heathen are concerning death, and what happens to the soul after death.

This concern is over "them which are asleep", the loved ones that have died and their soul departed from their flesh body. The heathen's fears come from their ignorance of God's Word, and the promises that He has made to those that follow Him. The heathen have no hope, for they believe it is all over at the burial, and placing the dead body into the ground.

I Thessalonians 4:14 "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him."

If we believe, as a Christian, that Christ set the example for us; so that we will follow Him and do as He did. To "sleep" is to "be dead" in this flesh body, and just as Christ died and rose to be with the Father so also when you die in your flesh body, your soul will go immediately to be with the Father.

The subject of what we are speaking of here in these six verses is; "that ye not be ignorant as to where the dead are." To be specific Paul is addressing the Christians, for this is the very foundation of the Christian faith. If you are a Christian as you claim to be, then you know and believe that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and after three days and three nights arose and came out to the tomb. Today Jesus Christ is alive and with the Father in heaven. If you do not believe this, then Paul classifies you as ignorant, and heathen [non-believer]. Forty days after Christ arose from the tomb, He ascended into heaven, and when he ascended into heaven all souls that were in the grave ascended with him. Some of those souls to be held in wait for the time of judgment, while others to the glory of God.

Those souls that sleep are the souls that are not living in their flesh body because their flesh body died and went to the grave. Paul is telling us that when your flesh body is laid in the grave, your soul is not out there in a hole in the ground. The dead are with God; all of them. Ecclesiastes 12:7 "To be absent from the body [flesh body] is to be present with the Lord."

Don't be confused with what Ecclesiastes 9 says about the flesh body, for when this flesh body is dead, the soul is gone from it, and the flesh is left to rot. So how a rapture theory can come out of such verses, when the entire subject is, where are the souls of the dead?"

I Thessalonians 4:15 "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep."

"We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord," is our gathering back to Jesus Christ, and as we will study later in I Corinthians 15, this gathering is at the time of the sounding of the seventh and last trumpet. Then there is no rapture but a complete changing of all souls from their physical bodies, into their soul or spiritual bodies as the Angels have. "Shall not prevent them", is better translated "We are not going to precede [go before] them." We will not precede them for a very simple reason; the dead are already there with God. It is the only logical fact that can come from this. If you do not believe this then you believe in "soul sleep", exactly as the heathen do. We will go much deeper in this in I Corinthians 15:50-54.

I Thessalonians 4:16 "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:"

The Lord is going to descend at the seventh trumpet, the last trumpet, and this earth age of the flesh will be over. There is no rapture of any sort prior to that time, except for the two witness as spoken of in Revelation 11:12, and their rising marks the end of this earth age. That is the final day of this age of the flesh. We can know exactly what will be taking place even three and one half days before the sounding of the seventh trumpet, for the entire world will be rejoicing with their father Satan, and Satan has just declared himself to be God, and committed the act killing the two witnesses of God. The church of this generation will be rejoicing right along with them, for they simply do not know the difference between the false christ Satan, the the True Christ. This is why Revelation is so confusing to the churches of today, and they hunt the prophecies for where the church is. They can't find it, because the so-called church has given itself over to Satan, and they have become the great harlot of Mystery Babylon, the Mother of Harlots.

They have not sealed their minds with the truth of God's Word to the point that they even know the times that they are living in, for they have substituted their traditions for God's Word, and the Kenites have pampered them into believing a lie. Today many people have images of massive numbers of people flying away, with all sorts of accidents taking place, however the Bible doesn't teach us it will be in that manner. Revelation 11 tells us that exactly three and a half days prior to the coming of the Lord exactly what is going to happen, and there is no mystery about it. On that day Satan will sit on his throne in Jerusalem, and declare himself to be God, and the world including the Christians will all believe him, all that is EXCEPT THE ELECT OF GOD THAT HAS THE SEAL OF GOD IN THEIR MINDS.

That is when the two witness are killed and the entire world goes into a massive celebration over their death. We are going to cover several verses here for it is important that you do not over look the warnings of our day. It will happen in our generation, and most of those living today will observe this.

Revelation 11:4 "These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the God of the earth."

The two olive trees and the two candlesticks are one and the same, they are the two witness of the final days that shall give the warning to all people of the earth. The god of this earth is Satan, for all mankind on earth except for the "Elect" of God, will worship Satan as the true Christ. They will do it in ignorance because their traditions have taught them to do so.

Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies; and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed."

Are you catching on? These witnesses are God's special witness to the people of the earth, giving a special warning that the people are not listening to, except for God's elect. Those that fool around with these witnesses are going to be killed on the spot, when Christ returns. What ever manner that you seek to do them harm, that is the manner that God will use to bring about the death of those that seek harm to these witnesses. You heap the death coals right back on your own head.

Revelation 11:6 "These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as ofter as they will."

God has given these two witness the power to even control the elements, and call down plagues on those that defy God, and give them trouble.

Revelation 11:7 "And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them."

We know from Revelation 9 that the beast that had the key to the bottomless pit, which released the fallen angels out of that pit was Satan himself. He is identified in Revelation 9:11; "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." Those are names of Satan and "Abaddon and Apollyon" is translated in English, "death". Satan and his fallen angels are going to war against these two witness, and they will defy God and kill both of the witness.

Revelation 11:8 "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified."

"Jerusalem" is called "Sodom and Egypt" because of the wickedness that is brought to that city, through Satan's reign from there, governing the peoples of the earth. That is where our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, and that is where these two witnesses will be slain.

Revelation 11:9 "And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in the graves."

Friend, if you are not one of God's elect and living in the flesh on that day, you will be one of those doing the celebrating during this three and one half days. There is no mystery as to who these men will be, for the whole world will know them for their testimony against Satan the false-christ, but the world will hate them because they will believe Satan is Christ and that these two witnesses are lying.  Even the good reverend down the street in the church with the tall steeple will be bowing to Satan in ignorance. It doesn't sound like a rapture to me, but massive confusion and deception of Christ's professing Christian church being led to the slaughter by their Kenite leaders and their traditions.

Revelation 11:10 "And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth."

Most Christians today don't really care what they celebrate, just as long as there is a celebration. It will be no different then as it is now. We celebrate Christ's Birthday three months after His birthday, yet the church world really doesn't care, for it is a time of celebrations and all the action and fairy-tales that make them feel real good. That is exactly how it is going to be at the death of God two witnesses. It will come and most so-called Christians will not give it a second thought.

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Revelation 11:11 "And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them."

You may not believe any part of what is written here, but should you be living on that day when the spirit of life from God enters into these two witness, a fear will enter you that will be like no fear you have ever imagined, for you will know at that instant that you have given yourself over to the false christ Satan. When you hear the great voise from heaven say, Come up hither" You will realize that you have given your soul over to Satan. The fear spoken of here in the Greek is "epipipto" which is a "paralysing fear" that will strike terror in the hearts of all those that are here on earth. All that is, except the Elect of God, for the Elect know what is going to happen and we expect to see it come to pass exactly as it is written in His Word.

Revelation 11:12 "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, "Come up hither." And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them."

This is the only rapture recorded in the bible, and this ascension will include only the two witnesses. The world will hear the calling up of these two witnesses, and the world will know that they have been deceived at this moment in time, as they watch the two witness disappearing out of sight.

Revelation 11:13, 14 "The second woe is past; and behold the third woe cometh quickly. and the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world [age] are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever."

Friend, instantly this earth age of the flesh is over at the seventh trumpet, and there is no more life in the flesh. This is when we are not flown away to some distant place, but changed from one form to another to remain right here on earth in the new kingdom of our Lord and Savior. We will discuss what happens at this time in I Corinthians 15.

I Thessalonians 4:17 "Then we which are alive, and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord ."

The clouds spoken of here that comes about at the sounding of the seventh trumpet, when the entire world is held in fear is a large gathering of people. It is right here on earth that we shall live our lives in the Millennium, and that is what the last eight chapters of Ezekiel is all about. 

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It is the life that will go on in that kingdom of our Lord and Savior when Satan and all evil is removed from the earth for that thousand year period.

I Thessalonians 4:18 "Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

"These words" that Paul is writing here, is what we have to comfort ourselves with, as the world goes deeper and deeper in their ties to the deception that is getting a grip on the world today. We do have a hope in Jesus Christ, and the Elect that are sealed in their minds with the truth will wait for the coming of our true Christ and Savior, our bridegroom.

I Corinthians 6:15 "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid."

Paul is telling the Corinthians that they are all part of that many membered body of Christ, and the members within that body should learn how to control their own body. There are some that just will not submit to other members of the body of Christ, but would rather run off to heathen courts to do their settling of their affairs. There is times when we all fall short of God's standards and do things that we later feel sorry for, and when this happens it is time for repentance. This is the beautiful thing about Christianity, that when we fall short and sin, there is forgiveness. Christ paid the price for all of our sins.

This is why Paul didn't say that those that committed those sins listed above were doomed for hell, for Paul knew that when you commit those sins it is time for repentance. All of us were that way one time or another, locked into some sin that had us bound up. What ever righteous we calm of ourselves is just filthy rags, for the only righteousness that we can bring to the throne of God, is Christ righteousness, with our sins covered by the blood of Christ.

I Corinthians 6:16 "What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith He, shall be one flesh."

Paul is now using the topic of marriage to show what is natural and what is unnatural: The time when the husband and the wife become one flesh.

I Corinthians 6:17 "But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit."

In this flesh body, when a man and woman are joined together in marriage they are one, and when a Christians is joined to the Lord Jesus Christ in the marriage of the bridegroom, they become one spirit.

I Corinthians 6:18 "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body."

Flee immorality in your life.

I Corinthians 6:19 "What? know ye not that your body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"

It is the power of the Holy Spirit that brings about perfection within your mind and life, and changes those things that are important to you. Paul is saying that when you became a Christian, you were bought and paid for with the blood of the Son of God. You were paid for with the blood of Christ on the cross, and you are no longer your own man or woman. It is through the blood on the cross that we have repentance, which brings forth forgiveness and peace of mind.

I Corinthians 6:20 "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

Friend, you belong to God because you are His child and He made you billions of years ago. It is God that placed your soul in the embryo of your mothers womb, in order to gave you life as a human in this earth age, thereby giving you a chance to receiving eternal life. God loved you so much that He sent his only Begotten Son to this earth just to pay the price to buy your life back. Even though it seems that you do wrong much of the time, even when you set out to do that which is right, that is why we have repentance for when we repent it draws us back to our heavenly Father.

Again it is real easy to put yourself on a guilt trip, but Paul gave us some real good advice. When there is trouble between Christians, don't go to court against each other, without first trying to resolve the dispute within the family of God, the body of Christ. Paul is not saying that it is wrong to sue somebody, for when someone that is not a brother in Christ defrauds you, it is time to take them to the courts and resolve the situation on their doorstep. There is a big difference between two that are Christians and two in a dispute where one is not. You are supposed to protect yourself and those of your family

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