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Jack August 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack! I’ve got a burning question for you. In some articles, I’ve heard about a mysterious figure called, ‘the Enemy’. Is he an alias of Satan or a different being? Thanks, Jack H 😀 Oh, btw, my family is going to Cleethorpes tomorrow 🙂 Where are you going for your holidays?

Jack Wellman August 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Thank you Jack. Any time you hear a Christian, pastor, teacher or other believer talk about the enemy with a capital “E” is it none other than Satan or the Devil. I do hope you have a great holiday my friend and may God richly bless you and keep you in your travels. I am going to have to work and pastor at our church next weekend for the holiday and so I do hope you enjoy your time to relax brother.

Bill Hope August 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I always hit atheists/agnostics with their own absurd logic–I had one that said “I don’t believe in God because I’ve never seen any evidence of a creator” to which I asked him what kind of car did he drive and he said it was a Ford to which I say “Well then I don’t believe in Ford!” to which he thought was silly and because his car was in the drive way and it was made by someone to which I counter “Well I’ve never seen the Ford plant or any other auto companies’ plants so I don’t how they were built so I don’t believe in Ford. I think that Fords, GMs, Toyotas etc just spontaneously appear on their respective car lots and they sell them!” I was called a jerk for pointing out that their own argument was as absurd as what I just said.

Jack Wellman August 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Thank you Mr. Hope. For one thing, it is impossible to disprove that God exists. A person would have to have all knowledge of all places and things in the universe but if they had that capability, they then would be a god themselves.

A creation demands a Creator. Look at the Pyramids. Their builders are a mystery…how they were built and engineered with such intricacy is a mystery and the original designers and builders are no where to be found but they must have existed for the Pyramids do exist. The evidence of the builders of the Pyramids can not be found but there they are…the Pyramids…and they demand a creator too. What a person believes or doesn’t believe in does not change the fact that something is true or not. I appreciate your words of encouragement sir.

David August 26, 2013 at 4:27 am

It`s a bit like the scribes and Pharisees when they asked Jesus to show them a sign. They saw signs, healings, miracles, dead raised, 000`s fed, you name it, they saw it. And yet they still didn`t believe. They had eyes to see but chose not to.
One thief on the cross didn`t ask for a sign, whilst the other did, and the thief who didn`t ask for one was rewarded.
I believe cos of faith how do you explain faith someone asked me. I couldn`t, it just is.
I try to stay away from arguing for the sake of arguing. I tell them my testimony, That I was a miserable sinner and needed Jesus, and His forgiveness. That I still sin, but His death on the cross is the total payment for ALL sins, as long as I confess it.
THAT is a miracle

Nikita August 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Dear Jack
You have been very busy with all these truly enlightening articles you are writing! I NEVER skip them. All the authors on this site are incredible!
Jack, may I ask you to clear up a question I have had on my mind for a while, which occurred to me again after reading your article… I’m not sure if I understand correctly, but what is the reason God wants to save Israel and the Jewish nation if they don’t believe in Jesus? None of us know what God’s plans are, but is there any reference in the bible?
Sorry if my question is a bit naive.
Blessings and health to you and your family.
Thanks,
Nikita

David August 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Maybe cos of His promise to Abraham

Jack Wellman August 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Great answer David. God keeps His promises and to Abraham, He did promise. Thanks David.

Jack Wellman August 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I believe David is right. God promised Abraham that his seed (children) would be as the sand of the seas and like the stars in heaven. God has promised to never reject His chosen people because they are His own chosen people. We actually DO know what God’s plans are for Israel because they are recorded in dozens and dozens of places in the Bible but do not worry, your question is NOT naïve but a very good question and I am glad you asked it. Here is what God says about Israel remaining forever:

Psalm 94:14 “The LORD will not reject his people; he will not abandon his special possession.”

and forsakes not his saints; they are …

1 Samuel 12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: …

Isaiah 49:14,15 But Zion said, The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me…

Jeremiah 32:39,40 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me

Rom 11:1 “I ask, then, has God rejected his own people, the nation of Israel? Of course not! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham and a member of the tribe of Benjamin.”

1 Samuel 12:22
For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.

Jeremiah 31:37
This is what the LORD says: “Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done,”

Someday they WILL believe in Jesus but imagine us too. God loved us and chose us before we believe in Jesus (Eph 1, 2) and while we were still enemies of the cross, He died for us. He died for us BEFORE we even believed in Jesus, right? See why?

David August 27, 2013 at 4:12 am

Thanks Jack. I believe God never renegades on His promises. Jesus Himself said that He FIRST came for the lost sheep of Israel, and it is only us [the Gentiles] that are fortunate enough to be allowed to lick up the crumbs that fall from the children`s table And I really thank God that I had that opportunity.
When you are hungry, the crumbs are enough

Jack Wellman August 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Amen brother. Thank you for being a blessing to us and to the others saints you minister too here and likely in your own world…of work, family, friends, and church.

Nikita August 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Dear David and Jack
Thank you for your replies. They do make sense in terms of the love of God and His promises, but how is this reconciled with the fact that Jesus said that the only way to the Father is through Him?
If someone practicing Judaism has not accepted and does not believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour, on their death bed, do they still go to heaven?
Sorry, I know I sound very literal and legalistic, but I just need to understand.
I do understand that Jesus died for us even before we believed in Him, but if we didn’t accept and believe in Him, then we are destined to die and not be with Him eternally.
So I guess I’m asking whether people practicing Judaism go to Heaven whether they accept Jesus or not? And does this include people who convert to Judaism through marriage etc?

Please tell me if I am being too analytical and should just accept ambiguities, as we will not fully understand God’s decisions until we are with Him. Is it wrong to raise such questions? Is it a sin? It’s not that I don’t trust Our Lord or question His decisions – I just want to understand more fully what I am able to.

Many thanks for your patience.

Nikita

Jack Wellman August 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Thank you Nikita. I know this is hard to understand and yes, only Jesus saves but God has plans for Israel. The Creator of all things chose the nation of Israel to be a unique people that would witness to His reality. For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the people who are on the face of the earth (Deuteronomy 7:6). We were chosen to be witnesses of God’s reality to a world that had fallen away from God. You are My witnesses, declares the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. I, even I am the Lord; and there is no Savior beside Me (Isaiah 43:10-11). The Jewish people were chosen to demonstrate to the world that there was one true and living God.

What David said is true. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land” (Genesis 12:7). The living God further said to Abraham: I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God (Genesis 17:7-8).

In His prophetic Word, God promised to regather us to “our own land.” For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you into your own land… And you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers (Ezekiel 36:24, 28). Again Ezekiel predicts: Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land Jeremiah adds: Behold days are coming declares the Lord, when it will no longer be said, “As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,” but, “As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.” For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers (Jeremiah 16:14-15). Ultimately this regathering to our own Land will be greater than the Exodus out of Egypt!

Now as we look at the future and we see that we believe that Jesus is going to return, we can add to that concept this reality, that when He returns it will be with the redemption of Israel in mind. When He comes, Israel will already have undergone a severe spiritual upheaval. They will have experienced political devastation under Antichrist. They will have experienced economic devastation under Antichrist. They will have gone through social devastation because of the wars that they will have been involved in. They will have been under a tremendous spiritual turmoil as the forces of hell and Satan will have grappled against the hundred and forty‑four thousand who will have proclaimed the gospel. There will be a final period of national holocaust as the war of Armageddon rages.

And when Christ comes back, somewhere in that time…and I don’t know exactly all the chronological intervals…but somewhere when Jesus returns, there is going to be not only a great physical deliverance for Israel as we know when He comes riding on a white horse with all the armies of heaven following Him, He slaughters all the armies of the world, He judges all the ungodly and He delivers Israel and gives Israel the Kingdom, there will be a great physical deliverance. But in addition to that, there will be a salvation as well. There will be a spiritual deliverance. Zechariah chapter 10…pardon me…chapter 12 verse 10 says that. It is at that time when Christ returns, He says, “I will pour out upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and of supplication. And they shall look on Me whom they have pierced [that is JESUS!] and mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son and be in bitterness for Him as one is in bitterness for His firstborn. And there shall be great mourning. See that!? They will finally, someday, likely after the Tribulation, believe in the Real Messiah and Jesus will be their Savior…someday, down the road, not today though. Make sense?

Nikita August 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Dear Jack
Thank you so much for your time, patience and effort in assisting me to understand.
I must admit that it took me a long while, and reading your response over and over again, and mulling it over and over in my head, as well as talking to God about it, but suddenly everything clicked into place! Hence my delay in response, apologies if I appeared rude in taking so long in conveying my thanks and gratitude.

I try to read all the articles and responses that appear on this site since i discovered it, and I have no doubt that God is working miracles through you and the other writers, Jack (actually, I feel disrespectful calling you Jack… Do you mind at all?).
My point is…. I see that you yourself answer soooo many questions from soooo many different people on the multitudes of articles you write, that I have no idea where you find time for yourself, other duties, or your family. But I am sure you have it all under control, with our Lord’s help. Through you and the other writers here, God is expanding His Kingdom on earth. He has captured so many people and educated so many people through you all.
And this brings me to my point: this is evidence enough for the existence of God!
Who could manage all of that, so patiently and cheerfully without God’s help?
Sorry, I hope I am not coming across as condescending to you, and hope you understand what I mean: God is so clearly with you, no further evidence required!

Thank you all and thank you God!

Jack Wellman August 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Thank you Nikita. I appreciate your kind words. I have never looked at it the way that you described. That is a very interesting point that who would go thru so much if he or she didn’t believe that there was a God. Good stuff brother.

You are not condescending to me at all. I loved it. I also want you to know you can call me Jack. Just because I am a pastor I put my pants on the same way any other man would and am not superior or better than anyone. I am so glad I could help you. Sometimes the Bible is a difficult thing to teach when complicated subjects are discussed. I thank God for you brother and that you have a hunger to know more about God…and that is also an argument for God’s existence, you think?

Patricia Schneider September 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack!!
Enjoyed your article with Scriptures tremendously! And also reading over my siblings’ in Christ comments! Particularly appreciated Nikita’s comments, questions and your replies to him.
(Still say you could use some real vacation time for yourself and your family! LOL! Whew~! Pastor, you’re surely one ‘busy-beaver’ for the Lord!!)
Oodles of God’s wonderful blessings for you, Pastor Jack, and your family!
Always, your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

Jack Wellman September 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

Amen Patty. I do need a vacation but sadly, I have none from my job as I don’t get benefits from the foster care agency. I have not been there a year yet, and even then, only 1 week is allows. Thanks for your encouragement Patty. We need more female “Barnabas'” like you!





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