John 5:43 Verses 36-47
Many have received Jesus as their Savior and have sought to follow Him in the truth of His life and the teaching of His word. This will continue to be true until the end of men being born on earth. This is honorable with God and they will reap the blessings of God for their faith.
But of the majority of the multitudes who have lived on earth over the past six thousand years, this is not so. They have worshiped men, and images of beast, fowl, or creeping things. Also of the heavens many have and do worship the sun, moon, and stars. The imagination of man does not stop here. Men will worship most of that which is created by God but not worship their Creator.
God, since the beginning of time has declared Himself to men through the lives of faithful men and the creation itself. Paul by the inspiration of God wrote, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them, for the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." Rom. 1:18-20.
There has always been a faithful testimony of His grace toward men from the creation of Adam until now and will be unto the end. From Adam and the linage of Seth to Noah and his sons even, to this side of the ﬂood unto Abraham, the righteous gave a faithful testimony of God. So, the testimony of these men was the light of God that shined to all for two thousand years. Faith in their creator dwindled until there were only eight. The falling away began in their ﬁrst two sons. It continued in the descendants of Noah.
Abraham’s light shined and God called him out of the dark land in which he dwelt. God called him out of Er and made a covenant with him. He promised him the land on which he stood and told him the boundaries which are even larger than his seed has yet possessed. For his faithfulness God promised him a son. At the age of one hundred and his wife ninety they were both unable to bear children. Their bodies were dead to reproducing, God kept His promise. By the natural means of birth they had a son named Isaac. In this was the plan of God to save the world and call out a people for His name.
Beginning with Abraham and the covenant God made with him another faithful linage witnessed of God giving testimony to the world that God is. This covenant people gave testimony with its prophets, priests, kings and righteous people. Many shined in a world of darkness for nearly two thousand years until the days of Jesus.
It is sad but true that over these years many fell away from the truth of God and back to the ways of men even unto idolatry. It is said concerning Jesus, "He came unto His own and His own received Him not." John 1:11. The religious leaders had become self-righteous and corrupted the teaching of the law. The common people had become cold and turned to sin. So much was this so, that when Jesus walked in these areas the scriptures say, "The people that sat in darkness saw a great light." Matt. 4:16.
Keep in mind the following statement: Jesus came into a world among His own people. They had knowledge of the fact that He was coming and would be born among them. He taught the righteousness of God, fed the multitude, healed the sick, raised the dead, and more. Peter told Cornelius, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." Acts 10:38. He was God with them and the majority called Him an impostor, giving satan the credit for all that He did. It was of the linage of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob along with their descendants through which Jesus would be horn. Gal 3: 16 makes it very clears that Jesus was the fulﬁllment of the Promised Seed.
Special note: This paragraph is a little off the subject but too good to pass up.
David received a similar promise. David wrote it in Ps. 132:11 saying, "The LORD (the word for Jehovah) hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne." Peter on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:30 told the Jews, "Therefore (David V:29) being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that according to the ﬂesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne." These verses prove also that Jesus is a fulﬁllment of the name Jehovah when He came into the world to be our Savior and ultimately King of the world. Therefore the name Jehovah is not used in the New Testament Greek because Jesus’ presence in the world had fulﬁlled the promise of the name.
Jehovah is the most used word with reference to God in the Old Testament. It is translated LORD in the K.J. Bible over 5,000 times. It is used in almost every book and every subject. It is the one continual promise to Israel that Jehovah would sit on David’s throne and that King is Jesus.
Yet notice that as important as the name Jehovah is to the Old Testament, the writers of the New Testament, writing by inspiration of God, made no effort to write it. Yet as difficult as it is to transliterate names from the Hebrew to the Greek, they did make the effort in some names. They did translate Elisha as Eliseus. But for Jehovah they used a common Greek word "lord" KURIOS. (Amos 9:11-12 and Acts 15:16-17).
Jesus began building His church during His three and a half years ministry. During the ministry of John and Jesus thousands were saved and baptized. (Matt. 3:5 & John 4:1) Yet to the most part they were still unstable, (John 6:66) At the time of His death and Pentecost there were one hundred and twenty gathered in a house when the promise of Jesus came upon them. On the cross Jesus died for the sins of the whole world that all should believe and be saved. More than that He bought His Church (I Cor. 6:19-20) and by His death established the New Covenant (Heb. 9:16-17). At the same time He ended the power of the Law Covenant forever. (Heb. 8:7-13).
This little ﬂock grew rapidly (Luke 12:32). Thousands were added on Pentecost and they continued to multiply rapidly and before the turn of the century there were millions in the Lord‘s churches. Acts 17:6 says of them, "These that have turned the world upside down have come hither also." Of the following centuries historians report that over 50,000,000 faithful servants of the LORD’S churches were put to death for their faith in Him. Jesus had told them that they will kill you thinking to do God service. (John 16:2). Yet with all this, the world did not stop the spread of the truth or the existence of His churches unto this day.
During the same time the scriptures also reveal that false teachers rose up among them and lead many churches away from the truth. (II Pet. 2:1-2). These also grew rapidly among them as tares among wheat. The taxes, false churches, had the power of Rome behind them and are the ones who persecuted the Lord’s churches. As false religious Jews killed Jesus, so false religious christians killed His saints. Truth is they are not done yet. We live in the calm before the storm.
Luke 23:27-31 records the words of Jesus to His friends and loved ones on the way to Golgotha. They walked near Him to His funeral. As the women were bewailing and lamenting Him, "Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, the days are coming in the which they shall say, blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, fall on us; and to the hills, cover us. It they do this in a green tree what shall be done in the dry?"
So it is sadly true again the true saints began to dwindle as the humanisms religion deceived the masses of men who are gullible. Jeremiah spoke a truth concerning Israel that fits here as well. "A wonderful (A thing wondered at) and horrible thing is committed in the land, the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" (Jer. 3:30-3). Paul also wrote saying to Timothy, "Now the Spirit, speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils: speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;" (I Tim. 4:1-2). Jesus also foretold these days saying, "And because iniquity shall abound the love of many shall wax cold." (Matt. 24: 12). "But he that shall endure unto the end the same shall be saved." V: 13. Saved has reference to being delivered unto the coming of Jesus and to stand with Him. So we see that there has been a falling away of souls from the beginning of time that continues unto the coming of Jesus.
Now we return to John 5:43 the main verse of our text. "I am come in my Fathers name, and ye received me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive." When Jesus came into the world He honored His Father and their God. Yet they hated Him and cruciﬁed Him. In the last seven years of time another man will come. He will be the antichrist. He will be a powerful king and conquer nations and destroy a large army. Many nations will join with him. He will be in position to offer Israel liberties they have not known for a long time. He will make promises to false religions to gain rule over them. He himself will receive power from the devil. Nevertheless with all his lies, murders, and hatred for The One True God, Our Heavenly Father and Our Savior Jesus Christ, Israel will receive the deceiver.
The Church at Thessalonica was very faithful unto the Lord Jesus. They, as many of the Lord’s churches, suffered great persecution. They knew the scriptures of Matt. 24 that immediately after the tribulation of those days...then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven. They began to think, "This is it." Paul set them straight in II Thes. 2 and to all the ages if they would have received it. His coming and our gathering unto Him was not and is not imminent. He names four ways by which they could be mislead. First their own mind could shake them up and cause them to believe something that would not take place. Second, someone with a false spirit could lie to them. Third, someone could say that Paul taught them or send a letter in his name. Then Paul gets very emphatic and says, "Let no man deceive you by any means." Still the Christian world is preaching, believing, and expecting Jesus to come back at any moment. Sixty years ago I was riding in the car of a Missionary Baptist preacher. On the windshield in front of me was a sticker which read, "Ride at your own risk I’m leaving in the rapture." At that time I knew nothing about the rapture and come to think about it he knew less. Speaking of the return of Jesus Paul said, "That day shall not come except there come a falling away ﬁrst, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." V:3 We have noted a falling away in the days of Noah. We have read of the falling away of Israel in the days before and at the ﬁrst coming of Jesus into the world. Paul told Timothy I Tim. 4:1, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." This has been going for a few decades and will continue until the return of Jesus. I don’t believe any of these are the falling away of which Paul wrote.
I believe this falling away will be in a very short period of time many will fall and that those who fall will never recover. In the past and the present souls have departed from the work of the Lord. Many have repented and returned who are received with open arms. This we desire of all who have slipped and gone astray from His love. Then what is this devastating fall? It is the mark of the beast of which all, small and great are commanded to receive that they may buy or sell. At this time everyone will know who the man of sin is so the verses says, "And the man of sin be revealed." The two go together. The world will know and so will the Jews. Nobody can do anything about it except the coming of Jesus.
In the many past persecutions some had opportunity to recant their faith, baptism, and church to receive deliverance. Many did so in order to escape torture or death. When the persecution slacked off they would go back to the church. This got so bad; in that so many were doing this that many churches ceased to receive them back. These churches received the name of Puritans.
The following is a brief study of Revelation 14:9-13
I've made a statement above and I am aware that very few people believe but I did not do so to offend them nor you. The statement is, "Church member will take the mark of the beast." I believe the brethren’s objection would be because of Rev. 14:9-11. If the verses are speaking of hell then I would also believe as they. But, I would like to show why I see it differently.
The time of these verses are at the return of Jesus to earth. The place of their punishment is in the presence of the angels and of Jesus the Lamb. Verse twelve speaks of the smoke of their torment ascending up forever. I believe this speaks of their works that are burned and that the loss is forever. In the same manner Paul wrote to the church at Corinth. I Cor. 3:13-15, "Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by ﬁre; and the ﬁre shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built there upon, he shall receive a reward, If any man‘s works shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."
I believe that the loss of their works and the loss of reigning in His kingdom is great torment. Consider with me the gravity of such a loss. Men in the ﬂesh sometimes lose their home and possessions and among them things that cannot be replaced. You have seen them weep with great sorrow. Now consider yourself losing a place of reigning with Jesus. The scriptures say, "Neither will they enter into His rest." (Heb. 4:1). Let me emphasize that the loss of material things pale in comparison to the loss of spiritual things of the kingdom of God. So if men weep for the loss of perishable things, how much more if they lose being joint heirs with Christ; and being gloriﬁed together with Him? Rom. 8:18
There was a man of Corinth that was excluded for his sin. It was necessary. He repented and came back to the church begging to be restored. It seems they were reluctant having been told to put him out. Paul in his second letter said, "Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inﬂicted of many, So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow." Being put out of the Lord’s church was punishment, and would cause overmuch sorrow even to swallowing him up. This should happen to every soul that is excluded if they love the things of Jesus. If this is true in this life and it is, what will happen when these who take the mark see His glory and they lose their part in it when they see their works burn? TORMENT AND OVERMUCH SORROW.
Every saint who knows what it means to enter into His rest desires to obtain it. This is exactly what John sees and records in Rev. 14 verses 12 & 13. "Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments at God and the faith of Jesus."
John speaks of the patience of the saints. This is those who refused to take the mark of the beast but rather accepted death. In their patience they endured. They did not sell the faith for a morsel of bread. Heb. 12:16.
Verse 13, "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours and their works do follow them." They enter into the joy of their Lord. They wouldn’t sell it and didn‘t hide it. Their works did not burn in their test of ﬁre so their works continue with them.
Now consider the opposite of this position. All true believers believe that the lost, when they die, go straight to hell. As in Luke 16:22-23 "The rich man also died and was buried, and in hell he lift up his eyes in torments." The rich man did not lift up his eyes in the presence of Abraham though he could see him. Neither are Jesus and His angles in hell when these stand before Him. If these, who take the mark, are lost dead people they would be in hell and not on earth during the judgment of the world. They will be judged in the second resurrection a thousand years later.
If that is not so, why were these singled out? What had they done more than unbelievers in the past who had worshiped idols by the multitude? If it is not their works that burn then it must be something else. Probably not their body that is in the earth waiting for the second resurrection so all that is left is their spirit. I imagine a lot or everyone there would like for their spirit just to go up in smoke.
One more side note: In the judgment of Rev. 14:11 the word torment is singular because it is one loss. In Luke 16:22 the word is torments, plural, because it doesn’t end but continues forever. (Same in the Greek)
Finally brethren, we return to the words of Jesus to His nation Israel. Jesus told the Jews who were already rejecting Him that their sons would not only reject Him but in the last days would accept and follow the antichrist. This they will certainly do. Let this be a lesson to believers today. If we do not serve Jesus, our children will do the same as their children. We must love Jesus more than our life.
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