Matt 24:19                 Woe to Those that Are With Child                      7/20/2008      ßà   

 

 

 

#1.       Those on the Housetop, Hurry (Matt 24:17, Acts 10:9, Luke 17:31, John 17:3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       But Woe to Those that Are With Child (Matt 24:19, Rom 10:17, Amos 8:11-12, John 3:5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:15 (2X). In the last few weeks we have seen how we should faithfully interpret these difficult passages in Matt 24. To harmonize all the passages in the Bible we must apply these words in Matt 24 both to events at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, as well as to events near the end of the world. We have seen enough evidence relating Matt 24 and Luke 21 to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. But we have not yet explored how the same words should apply to events of eschatology, meaning end time events. We read in Matt

Mt 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Mt 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Last week we have seen how these words apply to end time events. “Them which be in Judaea” are the saints all over the world who can see the abomination of desolation stand in the pulpit of their local church. They must leave that church, like the saints did during the Reformation, and flee to the mountain of God wherever they can find it. And what is the mountain of God? It is the Bible where we can find God, provided God the Holy Spirit guides our thoughts. It is the faithful church where we can find God through the preaching of the Gospel, provided God the Holy Spirit guides the faithful preaching of the Word, and guides our thoughts when we hear the Gospel. For example, where did Moses find God? He found Him in the mountain of God, called Mount Horeb (Ex 3:1, 4:27). Where did God provide life-saving water for His people? God provided it in Mount Horeb, the mountain of God (Ex 17:6). Where did Jethro, Moses’ father in law, find Jehovah God? He found Him at Mount Horeb, the mountain of God (Ex 18:5). Where did God give the children of Israel the Ten Commandments? At Mount Horeb, the mount of God (Ex 20:1-21, Deut 5:6-22, Mal 4:4). Where did Moses and Joshua regularly go to meet God? They went to the mount of God (Ex 24:13). Where did God make a covenant with the children of Israel? At Mount Horeb, the mount of God (Deut 4:15, 5:2, 29:1, 1King 8:9). Where did the Lord promise the children of Israel that He would send the Lord Jesus Christ as the Prophet like unto Moses? At Mount Horeb, the mount of God (Deut 18:16). Where did Elijah meet with God? At Mount Horeb, the mount of God (1King 19:8). When we are in the mountain of God we will never faint (Isa 40:31). And so, when the Lord says, “Flee to the mountains”, we understand that people who live in an absolutely flat country also have the ability to flee to the mount of God, to the words of the Gospel as found in the Bible, or to the church where the words of the Gospel can be heard. Everyone is in need of hearing the true Gospel of salvation by grace alone, through the cross of Christ alone, for we all came into the world as children of wrath, in need of salvation. And when the Lord says that we must flee to the mountain of God, it means that we must make haste to do it, for the time is short. But there is more in Matt 24 in the following verses where we are urged to hurry. And this we also need to understand, for the false teachers are ready to sway us in their direction by falsifying the interpretation of these verses. We read in these verses about those on the housetop, or about those in the field, or about those who are with child. Therefore the title of this sermon is, Woe to Those that Are With Child (2X). When we turn to the next verse in this chapter, Matt 24:17, we can see its connection to verse 16, which says, “Flee to the mountains”.

#1.       Those on the Housetop, Hurry (Matt 24:17, Acts 10:9, Luke 17:31, John 17:3)

Mt 24:17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

Can we see the sense of urgency in this verse? Literally the Lord is saying, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea who find themselves on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of their house, but flee into the mountains”. That is how urgent it is to flee to the mountain of God. What were the saints doing there on the housetop anyway? We get some idea what they used the housetop for, from the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 10. We read in Acts 10:9,

Ac 10:9  Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

Peter went to pray on the housetop, because there he was alone with God; there he was undisturbed for the people in the house knew that he wanted this hour of privacy. From Matt 24:17 we understand that in most houses there was an external access to the housetop. It was not necessary to go through the house. And so, the urgency of Matt 24:17 is to get down speedily from the housetop, and flee to the mountain of God. Why is this haste necessary? Remember, we have two applications, first in 70 AD and the second near the end of time. When the occasion was ripe, in 70 AD, the Christians had to flee out of the country at a moment’s notice. Before we are going to apply this verse to the end times, we first have to compare Scripture with Scripture. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 17:31 (2X). Put a sticker in Matt 24, and also put a sticker in Luke 17 as well as in Luke 21. These are three chapters we shall be returning to frequently. Matt 24, Luke 17 and 21. There, in Luke 17 we find the exact same verse in a context that gives us more information than in Matt 24. We read in Luke 17:31

Lu 17:31  In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

What is the context here? Let us look at the context. In verse 26 we read, “As it was in the days of Noah”. This refers to Noah and his family going into the ark, and the Lord shut him in, just before God sent the flood waters to destroy the rest of mankind. This is a picture of the rapture on the Last Day, and of the judgment that followed. And notice that all the unsaved first die before they are resurrected to stand before the judgment throne of Christ. Then in verse 28 we read, “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot”. What was the similarity between the days of Noah and the days of Lot? Lot and his two daughters were rescued out of Sodom just before the Lord rained fire and brimstone out of heaven. This too was a picture of the rapture on the Last Day, and of the judgment that followed. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboim by fire and brimstone was a picture of the destruction of this earth on the Last Day. And notice again that all the unsaved first die before they are resurrected to stand before the judgment throne of Christ. And in both cases the rapture of the saints occurs on the same day that the judgment of God falls on all the unsaved. We must learn from this and not believe those preachers who teach that there will be a span of 1000 years between the rapture of the saints and the judgment on the unsaved on the Last Day. And thus, the verses before Luke 17:31 are dealing with a rescue that is a picture of the rapture. Lot had to hurry to get to the mountains. And so, there is a great deal of truth when God paraphrased said to Lot, “Don’t bother to take anything with you; I will take care of you; just haste to get to the mountains”. Moreover when we look at the verses that follow, Luke 17:34-37, we see again that these are dealing with the rapture of the saints. And thus Luke 17:31 is buried in verses that deal with the rapture. However, when we are dealing with the rapture on the Last Day, we know from 1Cor 15 and from 1Thess 4 that the rapture comes suddenly, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, when Christ and all the hosts of heaven shall descend with a shout, and this shout shall be heard all over the world. There will be no time to get down from the housetop, for we shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. How then must we interpret Luke 17:31? What is the hurry? The message in this verse for the last days is as follows: Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts, but do not remain in your prayers on the housetop; make haste to flee to the mountain where the true God can be found, study the Bible, and make haste for the Lord may descend any moment now; we do not have much time to repent from our errors; we need to find the true Christ, for knowing Him, and knowing the One who send Him to this earth is true salvation (John 17:3). Please turn again to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:18 (2X). And thus we can see from Luke 17 how Matt 24:17 applies to events in the last days. We find the same urgency to flee in the next verse, Matt 24:18.

Mt 24:18  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

Literally the Lord is saying, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea who find themselves in the field not return back to take any thing out of their house, but flee into the mountains”. That is how urgent it is to flee to the mountain of God. What are the saints doing there in the field anyway? When we search out the Greek word used for “field”, Strong’s Concordance # 68, we find that it has been mostly translated as “field”, or “country”, or “lands”. And especially in Matt 13 the field has been used several times as a symbol for “the world”. What are the saints doing there in the field? They are evangelizing the Gospel into the entire world; not only in lands that are nearby, but with the technology of today we can bring the Gospel to people over the entire world. What must we be doing when the Lord finds us at the time of His return? We must be evangelizing into the entire world. The Lord says in Matt 24:46, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing”. How can we say on the one hand that the true Gospel will be silenced, but on the other hand we also say that the Gospel will be preached into all the world until the last of the elect will have been saved? Well, it is all on a relative scale. For example, we receive one letter per week, but one organization that I know which brings a false gospel receives a truckload of letters every day; not a small truck but a semi full of letters every day. And there are many such organizations which bring false gospels into the world from these United States. And so we can imagine the domination of false gospels all over the world. It is in that relative sense that the true Gospel is already silenced and it will be even more silenced as time goes on. But the question I might ask is this: Do we all take part in that effort to bring the true Gospel into the entire world? Do we all contribute to this church’s evangelism programs with all our substance? It is in this sense that we are personally involved in bringing the Gospel into all the world. You see, everyone who has been truly saved is a witness for the Lord. God says so Isa 43:12, and in Isa 44:8, and in Matt 28:19-20. To witness into all the world is not an option; it is a mandate for everyone who has become saved. This is how we love our enemies, by witnessing the Gospel to them. This is one aspect of those that are in the field. Although we all are called to be the Lord’s witnesses, we must not stay in the field, but we must flee to the mountain of God, the Bible, with haste, for we must be able to defend ourselves against all those who twist the Scriptures. And we must strive to defend all the sheep which the Lord has placed under our care, and we must do it with haste, so that we can give them also spiritual ammunition to defend themselves. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 17:31 (2X). There is another aspect of this work for the Lord that we must be busy with, and this is found in the Gospel of Luke, again in chapter 17. We have already seen that the saints on the housetop, and the saints that are in the field, represent the faithful saints all over the world who are in prayer and are witnessing for the Lord anywhere in the world. Let us read again from Luke 17:31-32,

Lu 17:31-  In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife.

Notice especially verse 32, “Remember Lot’s wife”. This tells us what verse 31 is all about. Lot’s wife had her heart still in the material things she left behind in Sodom. Her heart yearned for those things. And then she turned around to have a last look at that beautiful city Sodom where her home was that contained all her material treasures. There was no noise that she might be curious about. The rain of fire and brimstone had not yet begun, for the Lord said to Lot, “Haste thee to Zoar, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither” (Gen 19:22). And so, on the way to Zoar, his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt (Gen 19:26). Her judgment came in a moment, and in that moment of time God stated that salt was not a symbol of something that was good and that was a preservative, but salt was a symbol of the wrath of God. And if we are called the salt of the earth, it means that in our presentation of the Gospel we must not leave out the wrath of God on all unsaved mankind. What is the lesson for us in the judgment on Lot’s wife? What was Lot’s wife guilty of, besides plain disobedience to the command of God? She was guilty of hanging onto the material things of this world. She loved the things that please the eye and the things that stroke the pride of life, and they were all there in that house she left behind. You see, Lot’s wife was an example of someone who was in the church all her life, and was very, very close to becoming saved, but when the deadline came she was not saved. The reason Lot and his family moved into Sodom, rather than to dwell in tents like his uncle Abraham was doing, was to satisfy their creature comforts. Lot was a rich cattle rancher, like his uncle Abraham. Lot moved into Sodom, but he owned large herds of cattle that were grazing on the lush fields around Sodom, cattle that he had brought many years before from Mesopotamia. And now they had to leave all that behind, and the cattle were going to be destroyed in the judgment on Sodom. And Lot’s wife remembered all that, and she looked longingly toward Sodom, and at that moment God struck her and she became a pillar of salt. All this is buried into those three words, “Remember Lot’s wife”. We already know that this verse, containing those that are in the field, is buried in the midst of verses about the rapture of the saints. But now that the Lord attached these three words, “Remember Lot’s wife”, it made all the difference. To bring this information within the context of the rapture, like we are seeing here in Luke 17, it means that the Lord is saying to us, “Remember the covetousness of Lot’s wife. She coveted the things of this world more than she loved to obey the Lord, and this was the sign that she was not saved. And thus she could not share in the rapture of her husband and her two daughters. And so, this is the message for us: “Beware that we do not love our worldly possessions more than Christ, for this was the situation with Lot’s wife. And make haste that we make our worldly possessions available for the furtherance of the Gospel, for therein we will know where our heart is”. This is the only way we can make sense out of these verses which speak of the rapture of the saints, and of making haste to run toward the coming Day of the Lord. For if we intensely contribute to the furtherance of the Gospel, it means that our works contribute to the completion of God’s plan for the saving of all His elect. On the side, I would like to inform you that we have an ever expanding congregation in China. Sermon Audio informed me of the number of downloads in China. It was a number that was zero in January, 2008, but today it has grown larger than our attendance from entire California. Let us rejoice in that. Let us now continue in Matt 24. Please turn again to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:19 (2X).

#2.       But Woe to Those that Are With Child (Matt 24:19, Rom 10:17, Amos 8:11-12, John 3:5)

Now we run into a verse that is no longer recorded in Luke 17, but in Luke 21. First we read in Matt

Mt 24:19  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

What does the Lord tell us in this verse? We can easily see how this verse applies to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The Christians had to flee as fast as they could out of Judaea toward Pella on the other side of the Jordan. Those who were pregnant, and those who were breastfeeding infants that they had to carry in their arms, could not move as fast as all the others, and thus they ran the risk that the enemy soldiers would overtake them. The same argument can be brought up for the next verse,

Mt 24:20  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:

Pray that your flight will not be in the foul weather of the wintertime, for that is also a time when you need to move slowly. And pray that your flight will not be on the Sabbath day, for those who honor the OT Sabbath are allowed to travel only a short distance. All these were hindrances in 70 AD to fleeing to the mountains outside Judaea. But now we want to know how these verses could apply to end time events. What would be the overriding concern God has for pregnant women and women with infants who are living near the end of time? God’s main concern is that they are brought up in a time when the Gospel is barely heard, for they are going to raise their children in a time of great spiritual trouble. People need salvation, and salvation comes when God the Holy Spirit applies the message of the Gospel to our soul while we are under the hearing of the Word of God. Rom 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. And this “hearing” may also be interpreted as reading the message of salvation. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Amos, Amos 8:11 (2X). You find the Prophecy of Amos right after the prophecies of Hosea and Joel. God the Holy Spirit saves while people are under the hearing of the true Gospel. He does not save while people are under the hearing of a false gospel. John 3:5 says that God the Holy Spirit causes people to be “born of water and the Spirit”, which means that both the water of the Gospel and God the Holy Spirit must be present to cause someone to be born from above. But as we draw near to the end of time it will be more and more rare that we find faithful preaching of the Word of God. God says that there will be a famine of hearing the Word of God. We read in Amos 8:11-12,

Am 8:11 ¶  Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Am 8:12  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

There will not be a famine of Bibles, for there will be all kinds of Bibles that are distorted with Gnostic heresies, such as the NIV, and the like. There will not be a famine of sermons and Bible studies in the world, but most of those sermons and Bible studies will be garbage, for they have lost their savor and will be good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men. No, the famine God is speaking about is a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. There will be a famine of sermons that are true and faithful to the Bible, and as a result there will be a famine of people becoming saved. And it is in this environment that we are raising our children. Please turn again to the Gospel of Matthew, Matt 24:22 (2X). It will then be no surprise that the Lord says in Matt 24:22,

Mt 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved.

In other words, if the Lord would tarry there would be no more saved people on the earth. Even the children of the saints would be persuaded to follow another gospel. They are swayed into another gospel especially when boys meet girls, and they are willing to bend their parent’s rules a little. Today are dreadful times to raise children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 21:23 (2X). There is another aspect of “them that are with child and them that give suck in those days” and it is found in Luke 21:23-24.

The words of Luke 21:23-24 sound like an exact fit for the tribulation just before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. We read in Luke 21:23-24,

Lu 21:23  But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Lu 21:24  And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

No question at all that these words apply to 70 AD. But now listen to the last 8 words of verse 24, “Until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”. Where have we seen almost the same words? Put a sticker here in Luke 21, and please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 11:25 (2X). Here in Rom 11 God speaks about the remnant of the Jews and the remnant of the Gentiles who will be saved. This chapter is often misunderstood, because most people do not stop to think that God will save only a remnant out of every nation. We read in Rom 11:25, “For I would not brethren that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in”. God is speaking about national Israel. “Blindness in part is happened to Israel”, meaning that part of them are blinded, remaining in unbelief, and a smaller part of them can see clearly, for God the Holy Spirit has taken their blinders away and made them born from above. How long is this condition going to last? “Until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in”. This is exactly the same point in time that Luke 21:24 speaks about, “Until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”. When shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled? It shall be when the fulness of the Gentiles be come in, which is at the end of time when the last of the elect will have been saved. Please turn again to the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 21:24 (2X). Now we want to understand what the second half of verse 24 is really saying. We read in Luke 21:24, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”. Is this speaking of the physical Jerusalem made of bricks and mortar? No, this cannot be true. After the cross the Jerusalem made of bricks and mortar is no longer the focal point of God’s dealings with His elect children. Instead, the holy city is now the church of the firstborn which are written in heaven. Part of that holy city is now in heaven, as the church triumphant, and part of that holy city is now on this earth, as the church militant. And thus, when the Lord says, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”, He could not possibly have spoken of the physical Jerusalem, for today we can see that the physical Jerusalem is no longer trodden down of the Gentiles, but the times of the Gentiles is not yet fulfilled. Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 11:2 (2X). When we read in Luke 21:24, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles”, the Lord speaks about the church of God in the world that shall be trodden down of the Gentiles. We find a similar expression of those words in Rev 11:2, which I have brought up a few times. These words are a little difficult to understand, for Revelation is full of symbolism. We read in Rev

Re 11:2  But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

God uses the metaphor of the temple when it was standing in the city of Jerusalem. Only the temple proper symbolizes the fraction of truly saved individuals. The court outside the temple proper symbolizes the show church, people who like to be associated with the true believers, but they do not want any closer relationship with God. Then outside the temple court the entire city of Jerusalem symbolizes the apostate church, which calls itself Christian, but they are bearing the name of the Lord in vain. In God’s eyes all the people in Jerusalem and in the temple court area are unsaved Gentiles who are treading the holy city under foot forty and two months, which is symbolic of the entire NT period of time. Please turn again to the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 21:24 (2X). And so, what Rev 11:2 teaches us is that at any time during the NT period of time the fraction of truly saved individuals in the church was always very small. The majority of the church always consisted of the show church and the apostate church. It is in this sense that we must understand the words in Luke 21:24, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”. Let us now ask ourselves what the meaning is of verse 23, where the Lord says, “for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people”.

Lu 21:23  But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Does Luke 21:23 also point us to end time events? What does the Lord mean when He said, “and wrath upon this people”? Which people was He referring to? It is important for us to understand this, for when we spiritualize these passages to refer to end time events, it is easy to drift away on the wings of our imagination. When we study the expression “this people” we arrive at an amazing conclusion. Previously I already looked into the expression “this generation”, and we discovered that the 15 verses in the NT where the expression “this generation” occurs, always refers to the nation of Israel, and always in a negative sense. Something similar is going on with the expression “this people”. It appears in ten verses in the NT, they always refer to the nation of Israel, and almost always in a negative sense. You have all ten verses listed in the sermon outline in your Bulletin, so it may be sufficient if I abbreviate these verses for the sake of saving time. Let us begin with Matt 13:15, For this people‘s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed. Matt 15:8, and Mark 7:6, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Luke 9:13, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. Luke 21:23, For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. John 7:49, But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. Acts 13:17, The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers. Acts 28:26-27, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed. 1Co 14:21  In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

Nine out of these ten verses are stated in a negative, condemning tone. All of them refer to the nation of Israel. And so, when we read in Luke 21:23, “For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people”, we should not interpret this as if it applies to all church people who have now come under the wrath of God. But the meaning of the expression “this people” dictates that this distress in the land refers to troubles in the land where the nation of Israel dwells during the entire NT period of time. And the statement “wrath upon this people” must mean that the wrath of God continues to abide on the nation of Israel for the entire duration of the NT period of time, except for a remnant chosen by grace Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, 2Cor 3:13 (2X). And so, the wrath of God upon “this people”, the nation of Israel, is manifested in the hardened unbelief that prevails on a major fraction of the descendants of Jacob. When God gives them great wealth, it is not a blessing from God, but a curse, for through this they have become full and have turned away from the Lord (Prov 30:9) God says in 2Cor 3:13-15,

2Co 3:13  And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

2Co 3:15  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

Even unto this day, the vail is upon their heart. What does it mean “unto this day”? It means literally unto this day. Next year, and the following year, and the following year, it still means unto this day. It cannot mean that there will come a day when this is not true, for God cannot lie. And so, it is not possible that there will be a glorious 1000 years coming where the nation of Israel shall evangelize the world. That would simply not harmonize with the Scriptures.

But let us be glad that God the Holy Spirit has removed the vail from our heart, and that He has given us a loving heart, filled with love for our dear Savior Jesus Christ, who loved us so much that He was willing to suffer the penalty for our sins on the cross, the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. That was not the first time He has loved us, for He said in Jer 31:3, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee”. Let us show Him our gratitude for loving us from before the foundation of the world.        AMEN.            Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.