Luke 23:43 - And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Yesterday we received a message which bought our attention to the way scriptures were distorted to mislead people. In today's message the Lord gives us another example which the early church (RC church) distorted to influence their misleading of the masses.
The Bible is very clear right from Genesis to Revelation about death and where we go after death. But this one scripture which was mistranslated on purpose leads people to assume when we die we go to heaven. This was done to support Mary's assumption and her being made 'Queen of Heaven'.
We read in the Old Testament all Men of God when they died; it is written they were gathered unto their fathers / people. Samuel a great Man of God when his spirit spoke to Saul, he said he was asleep and not in Heaven. Even in the New Testament after Stephen dies as a martyr yet it is written he slept.
In today's message the original scripture is very clear and Jesus said this to the man who was forgiven because of his faith in Him. Jesus said 'Verily I say unto thee, semeron (in Greek) shalt thou be with me in paradise'.
The word 'semeron' is assumed to be 'today' or 'this day', its true meaning is 'on the day'. If one looks at the scripture before as to what the man was telling about Jesus one will know why he was forgiven. He acknowledged Jesus as Saviour, Lord and King, Who becomes a sacrifice without blemish, overcomes death and would come again to receive His Kingdom. Jesus in turn said to him on the day when He comes to receive His Kingdom, on that day the man would be with Him in Paradise.
We all will be entering Paradise together including that man. No one has gone to Heaven other than Jesus because He was perfect as man; He had the Truth in Him and was Righteous.
Without the whole Truth in us we will not be able to receive the Righteousness of the Son. That is why Jesus is waiting for the perfect time when man has the complete understanding of scripture in him. The only way to have Jesus come soon is have the Truth sooner in us by the working of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Truth reveals the scriptures to us and by our work and testimonies in the Lord we passed on this Truth (part we have received) to others so that one day the complete would be known in man and we all will be saved. This is what Jesus meant by our carrying of the CROSS the same was symbolized by the Ark of Covenant which held the Law (Ten Commandments), Testimony (pot of Manna) and God's selection (Aaron's budded staff).
The Bible clearly states those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ go to Hell which is a prison where they remain till the rest of their spirit life (which is a few thousand years). In Hell the sins within them burn and are also described as eternal living worms eating into them. Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are saved from Hell by His resurrection and break of the curse, thus they go to sleep in a spiritual place which is called Grave (Jesus called it the bosom of Abraham and in Revelation John uses the term 'Death' for it).
The Catholic Church who was void of understanding of scriptures, to cover up their mistakes and assumptions created a place called Purgatory. This creation is not old but just a few years back when they had their backs against the wall as they were questioned. This is the same time Mary was made 'Mother of God'. According to the Catholic Church this place is a place where a Christian goes to pay for the sins they committed by bearing torture or doing work there, thus making the sacrifice of Jesus void.
Their trickery can be caught by the fact that the Pope gave letters of pardon from Purgatory to those who donated large sums to the building of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, thus making him greater than Jesus Christ and his letter more powerful than the Blood of Jesus (this caused Dr. Luther King who to speak against the Catholic Church and start the 'Protestant movement' 1517).
Every person including those in the Old Testament put it very clear that, all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will be judged by the Word and only those who have the Word (keep the Father's Word) will enter Heaven to be part of the Body of the glorious Son (the wedding).
Our work in the Lord is all about adding more and more to those who will enter Heaven and most important is that the Truth is preached generation to generation so that one day man may have the whole Truth in them and by their testifying the Truth we enter Heaven.
Lord, the deceiver tries to deceive your people by distorting the Truth. Satan uses those who are not rooted in your Word and makes them his instrument to destroy others. He does want us to receive what he lost and more. Lord, we pray people receive the Truth and not be misled that they walk in one understanding, with one mind...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, on that day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
1 Corinthians 15:16-20
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, become the firstfruits of them that slept [sleep].
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
1 Corinthians 15:50-57
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.