Monday, October 29, 2018







Repent and believe the gospel to be reconciled to God for eternity - http://www.stand4thelord.com/p/the-gospel-only-good-news-and-only.html

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Thursday, February 1, 2018


God elects/chooses people for salvation. "But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth." (2 Thess. 2:13). And, "From all eternity God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will," (Eph. 1:4-5). And, "So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy." (Rom. 9:16).


Repent and believe the gospel to be reconciled to God - http://www.stand4thelord.com/p/the-gospel-only-good-news-and-only.html







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Thursday, December 28, 2017

These lists are not exhaustive, but are good verses on the different topics.

God Will Judge The World

Psalm 9:7-8
Revelation 20:12-13
Colossians 3:25
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
Acts 17:30-31

Character of God

   Isaiah 61:8 loves justice
   Job 34:12 just
   Deuteronomy 32:4 His work perfect, His ways just, faithful, without injustice, righteous, upright
   Psalm 89:14 righteous, just, love, faithful
   Psalm 99:4 just, righteous
   Psalm 119:137 righteous, upright
   Psalm 48:10 righteous
   Psalm 145:17 righteous, kind
   Psalm 116:5 gracious, compassionate, righteous
   Psalm 145:8 gracious, merciful, slow to anger, great in lovingkindness
   Psalm 22:3 holy
   Isaiah 6:3 holy holy holy
   Revelation 4:8 holy holy holy
   1 Samuel 2:2 holy
   2 Samuel 24:14 merciful
   Luke 6:36 merciful
   2 Timothy 2:13 faithful
   1 Thessalonians 5:24 faithful
   Hebrews 10:23 faithful
   1 John 3:1 love
   John 3:16 love
   Romans 5:8 love
   Deuteronomy 7:9 faithful, love
   Romans 1:18 wrath
   John 3:36 wrath
   Psalm 7:11 angry
   Psalm 5:5 hates
   Psalm 11:5 hates
   Psalm 135:6 sovereign
   Psalm 115:3 sovereign
   Job 9:12 sovereign
   Lamentations 5:19 sovereign
   Isaiah 57:15 Eternal
   Jeremiah 32:17 Omnipotent
   Jeremiah 23:24 omnipresent
   1 John 3:20 omniscient

Trinity verses (only verses with all 3 persons)

Matthew 3:16-17
Mark 1:9-11
Luke 3:21-22
Matthew 28:19
2 Corinthians 13:14
John 15:26
Acts 2:33

One God

James 2:19
Deuteronomy 4:35
Deuteronomy 6:4
Deuteronomy 32:39
2 Samuel 7:22
1 Chronicles 17:20
Isaiah 43:10
Isaiah 44:6
Mark 12:29

Prayer 

2 Chronicles 7:14
Ephesians 6:18
Jeremiah 29:12
Job 22:27
Matthew 26:41
Psalm 17:6
Philippians 4:6
Colossians 4:2
James 5:16
1 John 5:14
Isaiah 65:24

No women pastors

1 Timothy 2:11-12
1 Timothy 3:1–13
Titus 1:6–9

Why believe the Bible

2 Peter 1:16-21
1 John 1:1-3
Luke 1:1-4

Engaging in Apologetics 

1 Peter 3:15-16
2 Corinthians 10:5
Colossians 4:5-6
Acts 9:22
Acts 17:16:-18
Acts 18:4
Acts 18:28
Acts 19:8-10
2 Timothy 4:2
Jude 1:3

Bible is the Word of God

Matthew 22:31
2 Peter 1:20-21
2 Timothy 3:16

PROMISES

Genesis  15:1
Psalm  100:5
Ezekiel  36:25-28
Proverbs  1:33
Psalm  103:12, 17
2  Corinthians  1:20-22
Exodus  15:26
Psalm  112:1-2
Matthew  5:3-12
Mark  11:24
Exodus  23:25
Psalm  115:11
Matthew  11:28
Isaiah  55:11
Numbers  6:24-26
Psalm  119:1-2, 165
Matthew  24:35
Numbers  23:19
Psalm  121:2-3, 7-8
Luke 11: 9- 10
Matthew  21:22
Deuteronomy  7:9-10
Psalm  138:7-8
Matthew 1:21
Philippians  1:6
Deuteronomy  31:6
Psalm  145:18-20
John 7: 37-39
Philippians  4:6-7, 19
Deuteronomy  33:27
Proverbs  2
Matthew 4: 19
2 Corinthians  3:4-6
Joshua  1:8-9
Proverbs  3:5-6
Mark  1:17
1 Corinthians  15:57
2 Chronicles  7:14
Proverbs  4:20-22
Luke  6:20-23
2 Corinthians  12:9
Psalm  1:1-6
Proverbs  11:21
Luke  1 :50
James  4:7
Psalm  5:11-12
Proverbs  14:26-27
Ephesians  1: 13-14
Proverbs  8:17
Psalm  10:17
Proverbs  28:13
Romans  4:7-8
Revelation  2:7, 11
Psalm  16:8-11
Proverbs  30:5
Matthew  7:7-11
Revelation  3:5
Psalm  18:1-3, 30-32, 35
Isaiah  1:18
John  3:16
Revelation  21:7
Psalm  27:14
Isaiah  12:2
Hebrews  11:6
Psalm  84:11
Psalm  30:5
Isaiah  26:3-4
James  1:5, 12
1 Corinthians  10:13
Psalm  31:19, 23-24
Isaiah  30:18, 21
Luke  12:8, 12, 31
Psalm  97:10
Psalm  32:1-2, 8-10
Isaiah  35:4
Romans  8:1, 11, 28, 31, 37
Hebrews  13:20-21
Psalm  33:18-19
Isaiah  40:29-31
Matthew  10:32, 39
1 Thessalonians  5:23-24
Psalm  34:4, 8-9, 17-19, 22
Isaiah  41:10
Matthew  16:35
1 John  5:14
Psalm  37:3-8, 23-25, 39-40
Isaiah  43:25
Mark  8:35
Psalm  147:3
Psalm  40:5, 16
Isaiah  44:3, 22
Luke  9:24
Isaiah  64:4
Psalm  46:1-2, 10
Isaiah  65:24
John  14:27
Psalm  91:14-16
Psalm  50:15
Jeremiah  32:40-41
Matthew  6:22-23, 33
Deuteronomy  4:31
Psalm  55:22
Jeremiah  33:3, 6, 8
John  10:10
Galations  6:8
Psalm  60:12
Jeremiah  39:17-18
Proverbs 16:3
Psalm  89:14-18
Ezekiel  11:19-20
2 Peter  1:4
1 Peter  2:9
Isaiah  46:4
1 Corinthians 2:9
Psalm  25:14
1 John  1:7
Isaiah  48:17
Job  33:4
1 Samuel  12:22
2 Thessalonians  3:3
Isaiah  51:11
1 John  2:17, 25
Job  5:17-18
2 Corinthians  5:17
Isaiah  54:10, 17
Proverbs  18:10
Matthew  18:19
Psalm  29:11
Psalm  23:3
1 Peter  4:14
Proverbs  19:21

Scientific facts in the Bible

Job 26:7 earth hangs upon nothing.
Isaiah 40:22 earth is round
Psalms 8:8 ocean currents
Job 38:35 radio waves
Isaiah 51:6, Psalms 102:25-26, Hebrews 1:11 Entropy
Ecclesiastes 1:7, Amos 9:6 water cycle
Ecclesiastes 1:6 air currents
Job 28:25 air mass
Job 38:16 springs in the sea
Job 38:19 way of light
Psalms 19:6 Sun’s circuit
Psalms 104:2, Job 9:8, Isaiah 42:5, Jeremiah 51:15, Zechariah 12:1 Expanding Universe

Verses on the Gospel

1 Corinthians 15:3-5
1 John 4:9-10
Romans 3:21-28
2 Corinthians 5:21
1 Peter 2:24
1 Peter 3:18
Isaiah 53:4-6
Galatians 3:13-14
Colossians 2:13-14
Romans 4:23-25
Luke 24:46-47
Romans 8:1-4

Not everyone is a child of God.

John 1:12
John 8:42-47
Galatians 3:26

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.

Isaiah 5:20
Malachi 2:17

One Mediator Between God and Man

1 Timothy 2:5
John 14:6

Judging

John 7:24, Psalms 37:30, Amos 5:14-15, Isaiah 59:8, 1 Corinthians 1:10, 1 Corinthians 2:15, 1 Corinthians 6:1-5, Romans 16:17-18, 2 Corinthians 6:17, 2 Timothy 3:5-6, 1 John 4:1, Malachi 3:18, Revelation 2:2, Matthew 7:1-5, Isaiah 8:20, Colossians 2:16, 1 Kings 3:9, Jeremiah 5:1, 1 Corinthians 11:28-32, Proverbs 31:9, Leviticus 19:15,  Ezekiel 22:2

Why The Gospel is Important in Evangelism

Ephesians 1:11-14, 1 Corinthians 1:21 & 23, Romans 1:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:4

Jesus claiming to be God

John 8:24 & 56-58, John 10:30-33, Mark 14:60-64

Street Evangelism

Isaiah 58:1*, Ezekiel 33:1-11*, Jonah 3:4, Amos 5:10, Jeremiah 17:19-20, Jeremiah 6:16-17, Judges 9:7, Matthew 3:1-2, Matthew 13:1-3, Mark 4:1-2, Mark 1:4, Matthew 5:1-2, Acts 20:20, Acts 14:1-7, Mark 16:15* & 20, Nehemiah 8:1-8*, Luke 14:21-23, Acts 17:17-18, Jeremiah 7:1-2, Ezekiel 2:7, Isaiah 62:6-7, Isaiah 52:7-8, Matthew 10:27*, John 7:37, Jeremiah 11:6, Proverbs 1:20-21*, Ezekiel 3:11^ & 17 & 27^, Luke 5:1-3, Isaiah 40:9, Psalms 40:9, Deuteronomy 32:1-3, Acts 8:5, Jeremiah 20:7-11^, Proverbs 8:1-3*, Joel 2:1, Proverbs 9:3, Isaiah 29:21

Salvation not of works

Romans 4:2-5, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 11:6, Galatians 2:16 & 21, Romans 9:30, Titus 3:5-7, Romans 3:22 & 26 & 28-30, Romans 5:1, Romans 10:4 & 9-10, Galations 3:5-6 & 13-14 & 22 & 24, Philippians 3:9, John 1:12-13, John 3:16 & 18 & 36, Acts 13:38-39, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Timothy 1:9, John 6:28-29, John 20:31, Acts 10:43, Acts 16:31, Romans 1:16, 1 Timothy 1:16, John 5:24

Can't Lose Salvation

1 John 2:19
Philippians 1:6
Matthew 24:13
2 John 1:9
John 10:27-28
Ephesians 1:13-14
Jeremiah 32:40-41
Ephesians 2:8-10
1 Corinthians 1:8-9

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017








Jude 1:3-4 - "Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the [a]saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand [b]marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ"


 Rethinkinghell.com is an apostate group that promotes and defends the false teaching of "evangelical conditionalism"(annihilationsim).


According to rethinkinghell.com

"Today there is a growing number of evangelical Christians who reject the majority doctrine of hell known as “eternal conscious torment” (ECT), as well as the more controversial minority position of universal reconciliation.

 These Christians are embracing a third historical and biblical alternative known as conditional immortality (CI)—or simply “conditionalism”—which is also known as “annihilationism” in reference to God’s final judgment of the unsaved.

 Conditionalism is the view that life or existence is the Creator’s provisional gift to all, which will ultimately either be granted forever on the basis of righteousness (by grace, through faith), or revoked forever on the basis of unrighteousness.

 Evangelical conditionalists believe that the saved in Christ will receive glory, honor and immortality, being raised with an incorruptible body to inherit eternal life (Romans 2:7). The unsaved will be raised in shame and dishonor, to face God and receive the just condemnation for their sins. When the penalty is carried out, they will be permanently excluded from eternal life by means of a final death (loss of being; destruction of the whole person; Matthew 10:28)"(http://rethinkinghell.com/about/statement)


 Evangelical conditionalism (annihilationsim) is simply false and is apostasy.
"The word "apostasy" comes from the Greek apostasia, which is translated "falling away" in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The word is closely related to the Greek word for "divorce."
Apostates are those who fall away from the true faith, abandoning what they formerly professed to believe. The term describes those whose beliefs are so deficient as to place them outside the pale of true Christianity. For example, a liberal denomination that denies the authority of Scripture or the deity of Christ is an apostate denomination. True Christians do not apostatize. Those who fall away into apostasy demonstrate that their faith was never real to begin with (1 John 2:19)"(https://www.gty.org/library/questions/QA78/What-is-an-apostate).


Evangelical conditionalism(annihilationism) as promoted by rethinkinghell.com is apostasy because it denies  God's reality on hell and those promoting twist scripture to do so. "There will always be, according to the Word of God, assaults on the truth from the inside and the Bible calls this, at least in one aspect, apostasy, that is a departure from the faith among those who have professed it, who have known it. We know that in the last days, as we are certainly in the last days, there will be the apostasy. Second Thessalonians 2 verse 3 says, "The day of the Lord will not come until the apostasy comes." Jesus even predicted at the end of the age that there would be a falling away from the faith. As we know as well, the Apostle Paul warned about this departure from the faith. The Apostle John warned about this defection and this departure from the faith. And John went to great lengths, as we learned in the three epistles, to help us discern our own true spiritual condition and recognize spirits that are not of God, but are rather the spirit of error, not the Spirit of truth. Apostasy is characterized by denial of the truth. It can be a denial, for example, of God's reality. It can be a denial of the true nature of God. It can start there. Anyone who calls himself a Christian and denies the true nature of God has defected from the truth. They are those, according to 2 Timothy 3:5, who hold to a form of godliness but deny its power. They want you to believe that they belong within the realm of the true faith, but in reality they have denied true godliness and its power. They are, in fact, not at all lovers of God, writes Paul in that same passage"(https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/65-5/apostates-be-warned-part-1)

It is very simple to see that rethinkinghell.com is spreading apostasy by comparing their false claims to scripture in context in light of 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

To know what God does not say about Hell, all you need to know is what He says about hell according to His Holy word on context. This is how you can discern truth from error for God's glory (Acts 17:11).

Here is a video on the reality of Hell with scripture in context for God's glory  -





To rethinkinghell.com, repent and believe the gospel while God has given you time or perish apart from God in hell for your sins. 2 Peter 2:1-3 is clear.

Written by Cash Willis

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Thursday, August 24, 2017




2 Peter 2:1-3 " But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep."

Introduction
According to www.rodpickens.com,
"Prophet Roderickus Pickens was born October 25th in Memphs, TN. Raised

in the normal tradition and attendance of church, he had a blurred vision of salvation and biblical understanding. At the age of 18, Prophet Pickens began to have encounters, out of body experiences, and dreams of Meeting Jesus at Judgement. 

 At a very young age, Prophet Pickens was a very strange child. He would say things that seemed so long distant and they would come to past the moment he says it. Being in a broken family, he struggled to find his place as a young man and at the age of 18, Prophet Pickens got saved. From a very lonely and traumatic past, he had a thirst for God that was unbelievable. He desired God more than he desired to breathe. After serving many years in ministry God spoke to him and told him to drop all his titles that were given by Man to become a son. 


 Upon this execution, devastation hit his life but obedience began. A few months later God spoke to him and revealed to him that he ordained him as a prophet to the nations. Prophet Rod then came under an apostolic covering under the leadership of Apostle Tina Edwards, where the fear of being obedient was broken. Being trained in the Prophetic and taking School of the Prophets Courses, His journey as a Prophet Began. 


Prophet Pickens has been blessed with a ministry of Healing and Deliverance with signs, wonders, and miracles. The testimony reports of healings and supernatural interactions have been witnessed and credited to his ministry. 


Prophet Rod has done revivals, musical performances, and much more.  After years of ministry, Prophet Pickens has become a recognized prophetic voice: A preacher of Holiness and a student of the Word. Roderickus Pickens is renowned for his prophetic accuracy, humility, and passion. God has equipped Prophet Pickens to see and speak into the spirit realm to confirm, shift, and change.  In 2016, around the month of June, Prophet Rod release a video of "The out of body experience" where it went viral and over 2 Million views where confirmed and thousands of souls have been saved and restored".

Biblical Problems with the false teachings of false prophet Roderickus Pickens
  
1. Roderickus Pickens claims to be a "prophet"-  Biblically speaking there are no modern day prophets - " In the New Testament, the gift of the office of prophet was a temporary one granted by God for the purpose of building His Church. Contrary to the apostles, who had broad ministries, these men had localized ministries within local churches, as we see illustrated in such places as Acts 11:21-28 and Acts 13:1.
Scripture shows us that the prophets of the New Testament had two primary purposes:

  • They were gifted men given to the Church and appointed by God (Eph. 4:11, 1 Cor. 12:28) for the purpose of helping to lay the foundation of the Church (Eph. 2:20).
  •  
    They, like the apostles, received God’s revelation (Eph. 3:5) and truth and proclaimed it to their churches. It is important to remember that the early Church did not have a completed Bible, so God granted this revelation for the purpose of teaching His message to the Church. The New Testament prophets also spoke forth and taught the apostles’ doctrine. Everything taught by these prophets had to be consistent with the teaching of the apostles (1 Cor. 14:36-37).   
 So, are prophets still needed today? Looking at the two functions listed above, we can see that the office of prophet is one that is no longer necessary and has ceased within the Church because:


  •  The foundation of the Church was laid long ago.
  •  God’s revealed Word was completed with the close of the New Testament canon.  

The Church’s foundation does not need to be laid again, and there is no need for further revelation beyond what God has provided for us in His complete Word, the Bible. Today we are blessed to have Scripture as our complete and final authority in all things (2 Tim. 3:16-17). If someone now claims to have received a “special revelation,” we must test it against Scripture. If it is contrary to the Word of God, then it must be rejected. If it is consistent with Scripture, then we have to ask why an “extra” word was necessary if its truth is already contained in the Bible. So while we always need men who are willing to proclaim boldly the Word of God as contained in Scripture (as pastors, teachers, and evangelists), there is no need for the office of “prophet” as it existed in the New Testament"(https://carm.org/question-modern-prophets).

2. Roderickus Pickens does not have an official statement of faith on his website-  The church is the pillar of truth- 1 Timothy 3:15 and the church is called to proclaim the gospel- Matthew 28:19-20.
It is of no surprise that false prophet Rod Pickens has no official statement of faith on the gospel with scripture in context and other essential Christian doctrines so that discerning Christians may test to know if he is of God in light of scripture like 1 John 4:1(which he is not). Essential christian doctrines are true that true Christians cannot deny . For more on essential doctrines, read this - https://carm.org/essential-christian-doctrines . False prophet Rod has no official statement of beliefs yet he has a page asking for financial donations to his false ministry.


3. Roderickus Pickens promotes the false teaching of modern day apostles - From his heretical biography, he states "Prophet Rod then came under an apostolic covering under the leadership of Apostle Tina Edwards, where the fear of being obedient was broken. Being trained in the Prophetic and taking School of the Prophets Courses, His journey as a Prophet Began". Tina Edwards is false teacher and apostle.
"Biblically, an apostle was someone who was involved with Jesus and/or knew of Jesus before his crucifixion and after his crucifixion. Consider the following two sets of verses.


  • Acts 1:21-26, “It is therefore necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us— 22 beginning with the baptism of John, until the day that He was taken up from us—one of these should become a witness with us of His resurrection. 23 And they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus), and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen 25 to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place. 26 And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.”
  • 1 Cor. 9:1, “Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?”
 Notice that in Acts when the apostles are deciding on a replacement for Judas, Peter speaks of the necessity of someone who had been with Christ from the beginning. In 1 Corinthians Paul defends his apostleship by claiming to have seen the risen Lord. Therefore, we can conclude biblically that a true apostle in the New Testament style is no longer possible because it would require that the person had been with Christ and/or have seen the risen Lord"(https://carm.org/apostles-today)

3. False Prophet Roderickus Pickens lies about having dreams of heaven , hell and meeting Jesus at judgement day -
Here is a  biblical video response to his false and heretical dream "out of  body experience"-


"In recent years, Christian booksellers have inundated the evangelical world with testimonies from people who say they visited heaven in near-death experiences. Their stories are full of specific details about what heaven is like, who is there, and what is happening in the celestial realm. But when we compare their claims with Scripture, it becomes clear that they are merely figments of the human imagination, not true visions of heaven as it is described in God’s Word.

 The best known of all these tales, Heaven Is for Real,1 was a major motion picture, released in April 2014. It is the story of Colton Burpo, whose parents believe he visited heaven when he was just four—during surgery after a burst appendix nearly took his life. Colton’s descriptions of heaven are full of fanciful features and peculiar details that bear all the earmarks of a child’s vivid imagination. There’s nothing transcendent or even particularly enlightening about Colton’s heaven. It is completely devoid of the breathtaking glory featured in every biblical description of the heavenly realm.

 Stories like Colton’s are as dangerous as they are seductive. Readers not only get a twisted, unbiblical picture of heaven; they also imbibe a subjective, superstitious, shallow brand of spirituality. Studying mystical accounts of supposed journeys into the afterlife yields nothing but confusion, contradiction, false hope, bad doctrine, and a host of similar evils.


 We live in a narcissistic culture, and it shows in these accounts of people who claim they’ve been to heaven. They sound as if they viewed paradise in a mirror, keeping themselves in the foreground. They say comparatively little about God or His glory. But the glory of God is what the Bible says fills, illuminates, and defines heaven. Instead, the authors of these stories seem obsessed with details like how good they felt—how peaceful, how happy, how comforted they were; how they received privileges and accolades; how fun and enlightening their experience was; and how many things they think they now understand perfectly that could never be gleaned from Scripture alone. In short, they glorify self while barely noticing God’s glory. They highlight everything but what’s truly important about heaven.


It is quite true that heaven is a place of perfect bliss—devoid of all sorrow and sin, full of exultation and enjoyment—a place where grace and peace reign totally unchallenged. Heaven is where every true treasure and every eternal reward is laid up for the redeemed. Anyone whose destiny is heaven will certainly experience more joy and honor there than the fallen mind is capable of comprehending—infinitely more than any fallen creature deserves. But if you actually saw heaven and lived to tell about it, those things are not what would capture your heart and imagination.
You would be preoccupied instead with the majesty and grace of the One whose glory fills the place.
Sadly, undiscerning readers abound, and they take these postmodern accounts of heaven altogether seriously. The stratospheric sales figures and far-reaching influence of these books ought to be a matter of serious concern for anyone who truly loves the Word of God.


The Bible on Near-Death Experiences

There is simply no reason to believe anyone who claims to have gone to heaven and returned. John 3:13 says, “No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.” And John 1:18 says, “No one has seen God at any time.
Four biblical authors had visions of heaven—not near-death experiences. Isaiah and Ezekiel (Old Testament prophets) and Paul and John (New Testament apostles) all had such visions. Two other biblical figures—Micaiah and Stephen—got glimpses of heaven, but what they saw is merely mentioned, not described (2 Chronicles 18:18; Acts 7:55).
Only three of these men later wrote about what they saw—and the details they gave were comparatively sparse (Isaiah 6:1–4; Ezekiel 1, 10; Revelation 4–6). All of them focused properly on God’s glory. They also mentioned their own fear and shame in the presence of such glory. They had nothing to say about the mundane features that are so prominent in modern tales about heaven (things like picnics, games, juvenile attractions, familiar faces, odd conversations, and so on). Paul gave no actual description of heaven but simply said what he saw would be unlawful to utter. In short, the biblical descriptions of heaven could hardly be any more different from today’s fanciful stories about heaven.
Lazarus of Bethany fell ill and died, and his body lay decaying in a tomb for four days until Jesus raised him (John 11:17). A whole chapter in John’s Gospel is devoted to the story of how Jesus brought him back from the dead. But there’s not a hint or a whisper anywhere in Scripture about what happened to Lazarus’s soul in that four-day interim. The same thing is true of every person in Scripture who was ever brought back from the dead, beginning with the widow’s son whom Elijah raised in 1 Kings 17:17–24 and culminating with Eutychus, who was healed by Paul in Acts 20:9–12. Not one biblical person ever gave any recorded account of his or her postmortem experience in the realm of departed souls.


Crossing the Boundaries

Far too much of the present interest in heaven, angels, and the afterlife stems from carnal curiosity. It is not a trend biblical Christians should encourage or celebrate. Any pursuit that diminishes people’s reliance on the Bible is fraught with grave spiritual dangers—especially if it is something that leads gullible souls into superstition, gnosticism, occultism, New Age philosophies, or any kind of spiritual confusion. Those are undeniably the roads most traveled by people who feed a morbid craving for detailed information about the afterlife, devouring stories of people who claim to have gone to the realm of the dead and returned.
Scripture never indulges that desire. In the Old Testament era, every attempt to communicate with the dead was deemed a sin on par with sacrificing infants to false gods (Deuteronomy 18:10–12). The Hebrew Scriptures say comparatively little about the disposition of souls after death, and the people of God were strictly forbidden to inquire further on their own. Necromancy was a major feature of Egyptian religion. It also dominated every religion known among the Canaanites. But under Moses’s law it was a sin punishable by death (Leviticus 20:27).
The New Testament adds much to our understanding of heaven (and hell), but we are still not permitted to add our own subjective ideas and experience-based conclusions to what God has specifically revealed through His inerrant Word. Indeed, we are forbidden in all spiritual matters to go beyond what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6).
Those who demand to know more than Scripture tells us about heaven are sinning: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever” (Deuteronomy 29:29). The limits of our curiosity are thus established by the boundary of biblical revelation. In the words of Charles Spurgeon,
It’s a little heaven below, to imagine sweet things. But never think that imagination can picture heaven. When it is most sublime, when it is freest from the dust of earth, when it is carried up by the greatest knowledge, and kept steady by the most extreme caution, imagination cannot picture heaven. “It hath not entered the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” Imagination is good, but not to picture to us heaven. Your imaginary heaven you will find by-and-by to be all a mistake; though you may have piled up fine castles, you will find them to be castles in the air, and they will vanish like thin clouds before the gale. For imagination cannot make a heaven. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered the heart of man to conceive” it.2
What God has revealed in Scripture is the only legitimate place to get a clear understanding of the heavenly kingdom. God’s written Word does in fact give us a remarkably full and clear picture of heaven and the spiritual realm. But the Bible still leaves many questions unanswered.
We need to accept the boundaries God Himself has put on what He has revealed. It is sheer folly to speculate where Scripture is silent. It is sinfully wrong to try to investigate spiritual mysteries using occult means. And it is seriously dangerous to listen to anyone who claims to know more about God, heaven, angels, or the afterlife than God Himself has revealed to us in Scripture.

The Glories of Heaven

It is, however, right and beneficial for Christians to fix their hearts on heaven. Scripture commands us to cultivate that perspective: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on earth” (Colossians 3:1–2). “While we do not look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).
Such a perspective is the very essence of true faith, according to Hebrews 11. Those with authentic, biblical faith acknowledge that they are strangers and pilgrims on this earth (v. 13). They are seeking a heavenly homeland (v. 14). They “desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” (v. 16). The “city” that verse refers to is the heavenly Jerusalem, an unimaginable place—the very capital of heaven. It will be the eternal abode of the redeemed. No wonder Christians are intrigued with the subject.
But no matter how much they might obsess over what heaven is like, people who fill their heads with a lot of fantastic or delusional ideas from others’ near-death experiences have not truly set their minds on things above. If the inerrant biblical truth God has given us is the only reliable knowledge about heaven we have access to (and it is), then that is what should grip our hearts and minds, not the dreams and speculations of human minds"(gty.org)

Conclusion
"Prophet" Rod is a false prophet and teacher and is to be avoided- Romans 16:17-18

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