How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 5 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 12:1-3

1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 5

Robert Deffinbaugh said, “There are various ways in which the nation of Israel would prove to be a blessing to the nations, but our interest is in the blessing which would come to the nations through the Messiah, who is now announced in this passage to come through the offspring of Abraham. Paul understood and taught that when God used the term ‘seed’ in the Abrahamic Covenant, He was speaking specifically of the one ‘Seed,’ the Messiah. Writing in Galatians 3:16, Paul declares that the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, ‘and to seeds,’ as referring to many, but rather to one, ‘and to your Seed,’ that is Christ.”

Over the last three messages, we looked at:

1) the Command that God gave to Abram: to leave his family and go to a new land

2) the Covenant that God gave to Abram: that he would be the father of a great nation

3) the Conclusion of God’s Covenant with Abram: that through Abram’s nation, a Seed would come who would bless all nations.

That might seem like the beginning and end of God’s plan for Abraham. However, as we look at this passage once more, we will see that it is actually a double-sided coin of messianic expectation. Let’s look at three ways God’s dealings with Abraham are a foreshadowing of His dealings with the world through the Messiah.

First, just as God Called Abram to leave his family and society, through Christ, God calls sinners to repentance. When Abram was commanded to go to a new land, he was not just leaving behind his family; he was leaving behind the pagan environment in which he was raised. Joshua 24:2 tells us that Abram and his father worshipped idols. Historians tell us that Abram was born and raised in Ur of the Chaldees. The people of that region, which is in modern-day Iraq, worshipped the moon god, Nanna. Nanna was regarded as having authority over the heavens and the life cycle on earth. When Abram left his home, he also left behind the darkness of worshipping pagan gods.

Likewise, when the Messiah came, He called people out of the darkness of false religious practices. In Matthew 4:16, the apostle quotes from the prophet Isaiah to describe Jesus’ ministry: “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” It was not easy for Abram to leave behind his old religious ways, and it is not easy for people to leave behind their old religious ways today. But Abram’s decision to follow God foreshadowed the decisions of millions who would choose to follow the Messiah thousands of years later.

Second, just as God made a Covenant with Abram, God made a New Covenant with a new people through the Messiah. And, just as the Abrahamic Covenant involved the creation of a new nation, the New Covenant under the Messiah involves the creation of a new nation as well. First Peter 2:9 tells the beneficiaries of this New Covenant, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…”

Third, just as the Conclusion of God’s Covenant with Abram entailed a blessing for all nations, the Conclusion of the Messiah’s New Covenant also entails a blessing in which all nations can partake of. According to First Peter 2:9, the purpose of the Church is to “shew forth the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvellous light.” The Church shines the light of Christ into the world that people “of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues” can receive the blessing of the New Covenant. Galatians 3:13-14 states, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law… that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.”

Wrapped up in God’s Covenant with Abram is the promise of the Messiah’s New Covenant with people from every nation who would respond to the call to repentance and salvation. When we, as believers today, see the fullness of God’s plan for Abram and his descendants, we gain confidence in God’s plan for the Church today leading to the Second Coming of Christ.

Julian Jordan wrote:

My hope is still in Jesus,
Tho’ prone I am to sin;
My heart has been His dwelling
Since first He entered in;
Tho’ often, far too often,
Unworthy of His name,
My hope is still in Jesus,
His love is still the same.

Thy name to me is dearer,
Than any name I know,
A charm it is, a blessing,
Wherever I may go;
Thy suffering and Thy sorrow,
I seem to see again;
My heart is filled with gladness,
Whenever I hear Thy name.

My hope is still in Jesus,
And shall be to the end;
None else is there to help me,
None other can defend;
My hope is still in Jesus,
‘Twas planted long ago,
My hope is still in Jesus,
And O I love Him so.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 4 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 12:1-3

1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 4

Robert Deffinbaugh said, “There are various ways in which the nation of Israel would prove to be a blessing to the nations, but our interest is in the blessing which would come to the nations through the Messiah, who is now announced in this passage to come through the offspring of Abraham. Paul understood and taught that when God used the term ‘seed’ in the Abrahamic Covenant, He was speaking specifically of the one ‘Seed,’ the Messiah. Writing in Galatians 3:16, Paul declares that the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, ‘and to seeds,’ as referring to many, but rather to one, ‘and to your Seed,’ that is Christ.”

In our last message, we looked at:

1) the Command that God gave to Abram: to leave his family and go to a new land

2) the Covenant that God gave to Abram: that he would be the father of a great nation

3) the Conclusion of God’s Covenant with Abram: that through Abram’s nation, a Seed would come who would bless all nations.

That might seem like the beginning and end of God’s plan for Abraham. However, as we look at this passage once more, we will see that it is actually a double-sided coin of messianic expectation. Let’s look at three ways God’s dealings with Abraham are a foreshadowing of His dealings with the world through the Messiah.

First, just as God Called Abram to leave his family and society, through Christ, God calls sinners to repentance. When Abram was commanded to go to a new land, he was not just leaving behind his family; he was leaving behind the pagan environment in which he was raised. Joshua 24:2 tells us that Abram and his father worshipped idols. Historians tell us that Abram was born and raised in Ur of the Chaldees. The people of that region, which is in modern-day Iraq, worshipped the moon god, Nanna. Nanna was regarded as having authority over the heavens and the life cycle on earth. When Abram left his home, he also left behind the darkness of worshipping pagan gods.

Likewise, when the Messiah came, He called people out of the darkness of false religious practices. In Matthew 4:16, the apostle quotes from the prophet Isaiah to describe Jesus’ ministry: “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” It was not easy for Abram to leave behind his old religious ways, and it is not easy for people to leave behind their old religious ways today. But Abram’s decision to follow God foreshadowed the decisions of millions who would choose to follow the Messiah thousands of years later.

Second, just as God made a Covenant with Abram, God made a New Covenant with a new people through the Messiah. And, just as the Abrahamic Covenant involved the creation of a new nation, the New Covenant under the Messiah involves the creation of a new nation as well. First Peter 2:9 tells the beneficiaries of this New Covenant, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…”

Third, just as the Conclusion of God’s Covenant with Abram entailed a blessing for all nations, the Conclusion of the Messiah’s New Covenant also entails a blessing in which all nations can partake of. According to First Peter 2:9, the purpose of the Church is to “shew forth the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvellous light.” The Church shines the light of Christ into the world that people “of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues” can receive the blessing of the New Covenant. Galatians 3:13-14 states, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law… that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.”

Wrapped up in God’s Covenant with Abram is the promise of the Messiah’s New Covenant with people from every nation who would respond to the call to repentance and salvation. When we, as believers today, see the fullness of God’s plan for Abram and his descendants, we gain confidence in God’s plan for the Church today leading to the Second Coming of Christ.

Julian Jordan wrote:

My hope is still in Jesus,
Tho’ prone I am to sin;
My heart has been His dwelling
Since first He entered in;
Tho’ often, far too often,
Unworthy of His name,
My hope is still in Jesus,
His love is still the same.

Thy name to me is dearer,
Than any name I know,
A charm it is, a blessing,
Wherever I may go;
Thy suffering and Thy sorrow,
I seem to see again;
My heart is filled with gladness,
Whenever I hear Thy name.

My hope is still in Jesus,
And shall be to the end;
None else is there to help me,
None other can defend;
My hope is still in Jesus,
‘Twas planted long ago,
My hope is still in Jesus,
And O I love Him so.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 3 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 12:1-3

1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 3

In Zondervan’s commentary on the book of Genesis, Bruce K. Waltke writes, “The gracious God’s broad new strokes to bless the earth came suddenly and brilliantly upon the canvass of sacred history. The Lord had not spoken to his saints since his covenant with Noah, in which he resolved to bless the earth and never again to treat it with contempt Now suddenly his creative word to bless the tribes and nations—which he has scattered—redirects the course of history. This word of benediction counterbalances his words of malediction against the tower builders. Reciprocally, Abraham, with astounding suddenness, charges out in obedience and faith.”

Abram, or as we know him, Abraham, lived in the aftermath of the Tower of Babel, where God had confounded the language of his creation, forcing humankind to gather only with those they could communicate with and to go off in different directions, fulfilling God’s command to “replenish the earth” in the aftermath of the Flood. Abram, like most people of that time, lived among his kindred. But, he received a command from God to leave his family, his extended family, even his country, to go to a place that God would show him.

For a moment, put yourself in Abram’s shoes. He’s nobody particularly important. Yet, one day, God calls out to him with a Command, a Covenant, and a Conclusion. The Command was simple. Abram, leave your family, leave the land that you know, and go to a strange land that I will lead you to. This required a lot of faith on Abram’s part. Family ties were much stronger in the ancient near east than they are today. It was no small thing to uproot one’s family, household, and flocks to go to a distant country.

But God gave Abram a Command with a Covenant. The Covenant was a promise, a guarantee — something Abram could look forward to. He was likely equal parts humbled and terrified by the proclamation that, not only would his name be great, but that he would be the father of a great nation. Abram did not understand that this nation would be the vehicle for the Seed that God had promised would come through the Woman to crush the Serpent’s head.

However, God was not through with Abram. Abram’s obedience to the Command and God’s faithfulness to the Covenant would bring about a specific Consequence. That Consequence would be the blessing of all nations from the Seed that came from Abram’s nation.

Abram must have been astounded at these amazing declarations. How could one man be the father of an entire nation? How could one nation produce a blessing for all nations? Doubtless, Abram did not understand. We can’t be certain that he even believed all that he was hearing. But what we do know is that Abram obeyed. Abram did not live to see even a fraction of what God promised him. But he hoped and he obeyed, and that is all any of us can do as we look forward to the promised Second Coming of the Messiah.

Anton J. Kehrein wrote:

There’s a glorious hope thrilling Christian souls today,
And our hearts beat high as in faith we watch and pray,
Looking unto Him who shall call His own away
To the glory over yonder.

As we wait for Him, daily watching and in prayer,
What a peace He gives, what a joy beyond compare;
Just a foretaste here of the rapture we will share
In the glory over yonder.

Is your heart at rest? Have you given all to God?
Are you fully cleansed in the Savior’s precious blood?
Are you walking now in the path that Jesus trod
To the glory over yonder?

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 2 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 3:14-15

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 2

Thomas Storck said, “From the initial call of Abraham to leave his kinsmen and follow God into an unknown land through the last post-exilic prophesies, God brought to Israel’s attention certain expectations of future actions involving Divine Intervention to establish universal and perfect justice and peace. When put together and rightly understood, the sum of these passages gives a remarkable picture of our Lord and His work, but they were initially given in a fragmentary fashion.”

In this series, we are traveling through the Old Testament and seeking to learn from the Hebrew Scriptures how to keep real hope alive as we live in expectation of the Second Coming of the Messiah as the Jews lived in expectation of His First Coming.

The first passage we are looking at is Genesis 3:14-15, in which we have a record of God cursing the serpent used by Satan to tempt Eve and Adam to sin. The serpent had the ability to either walk or fly before, but it was cursed by God to go on its belly. Further, God states, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Regarding this passage, Dr. John MacArthur states, “The Hebrew word translated ‘bruise’ can also mean ‘to crush.’ A bruised or crushed heel is not a deadly wound, but a crushed head is fatal. God was telling mankind that the evil one would one day bruise His Servant, Jesus Christ, but the Son of God would crush the head of the serpent once and for all. In this, we have our first glimpse of God’s plan of salvation for mankind—a plan that He revealed on the very day of man’s first sin!”

If you are a normal person, at some point in your life, you likely have come to the realization that you hate sin. You hate your sin. You hate other people’s sin. You hate that sin has infected the world and caused so much pain, suffering, and grief. By extension, you hate the serpent — Satan, who tempted our first parents to sin. That feeling of hatred is a fulfillment of God’s curse on the serpent: “I will put enmity between thee (the serpent) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.” The word “enmity” means “hatred.”

The Hebrews, the people who first heard the account of the Fall and the Curse, also knew the enmity that this passage speaks of. When they had a clear-eyed perspective, they realized that they also hated Satan, the serpent, because of what sin did to their families and their country. The Bible gives us a record of many of the disasters that befell the people of Israel because of sin. It seemed that, very often, Satan had the upper hand in the Promised Land. But, the Hebrews could find comfort in the promise that, one day, the seed (or descendant) of the Woman would crush the serpent’s head and defeat sin and Satan forever. They did not know who the Seed would be or how this Crushing would take place. But they had hope because of the promise of God who cannot lie.

When we see sin and the consequences of sin all around us in the world today, we ought to be reminded that Jesus Christ, the Seed of the Woman and the Son of God, has already come and has defeated Sin and Satan on the Cross. Unless we let it, sin has no more power over us. And, one day soon, Christ will return to wash the effects of sin away from the world forever, establishing a new world that Satan cannot touch.

Marianne Hearn wrote:

We hope in Thee, O God!
The day wears on to night;
Thick shadows lie across our world,
In Thee alone is light.

We hope in Thee, O God!
The fading time is here,
But Thou abidest strong and true
Though all things disappear.

We hope in Thee, O God!
Hope fails us otherwhere;
But since Thou art in all that is,
Peace takes the hand of care.

We hope in Thee, O God!
In whom none hope in vain;
We cling to Thee in love and trust,
And joy succeeds to pain.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Have Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 1 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 3:14-15

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 1

Robert L. Deffinbaugh said, “At some times in Israel’s history, the anticipation of Messiah’s coming was great, while at other times the sense of expectancy waned. In many instances, Israel’s hopes seemed to be dashed on the rocks of reality. It is only as we can appreciate the rising and falling hopes of God’s people that we can more fully grasp the greatness of the event of Christ’s birth.”

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about the Jews, Israel, and anti-Semitism (which is said to be, once again, on the rise). The so-called “Jewish Question,” or, perhaps, more accurately, the Jewish Enigma is often at the forefront of international discussion. The place and plight of the Jews in society carries an even greater significance for Christians, those who follow the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ. Throughout our time here at Second Coming Chapel, we have mostly focused on New Testament passages which tell us about the End Times, and which tell us how we ought to live in times close to the End.

But, especially during this period of Lent, leading up to Easter, we are reminded anew of the significance of Jesus’ First Coming. And, in this new series, I would like to call your attention back to the chosen people who lived for hundreds of years in expectation of the Messiah. It stands to reason that the Old Testament can teach us much about how to hope in the anticipated arrival of the Lord. As you may know, one of our mottos here at Second Coming Chapel is: “keeping real hope alive.” Throughout this series, we will travel through the Old Testament and seek to learn from the Hebrew Scriptures how to keep real hope alive as we live in expectation of the Second Coming of the Messiah.

The first passage we are looking at is Genesis 3:14-15, in which we have a record of God cursing the serpent used by Satan to tempt Eve and Adam to sin. The serpent had the ability to either walk or fly before, but it was cursed by God to go on its belly. Further, God states, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Regarding this passage, Dr. John MacArthur states, “The Hebrew word translated ‘bruise’ can also mean ‘to crush.’ A bruised or crushed heel is not a deadly wound, but a crushed head is fatal. God was telling mankind that the evil one would one day bruise His Servant, Jesus Christ, but the Son of God would crush the head of the serpent once and for all. In this, we have our first glimpse of God’s plan of salvation for mankind—a plan that He revealed on the very day of man’s first sin!”

If you are a normal person, at some point in your life, you likely have come to the realization that you hate sin. You hate your sin. You hate other people’s sin. You hate that sin has infected the world and caused so much pain, suffering, and grief. By extension, you hate the serpent — Satan, who tempted our first parents to sin. That feeling of hatred is a fulfillment of God’s curse on the serpent: “I will put enmity between thee (the serpent) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.” The word “enmity” means “hatred.”

The Hebrews, the people who first heard the account of the Fall and the Curse, also knew the enmity that this passage speaks of. When they had a clear-eyed perspective, they realized that they also hated Satan, the serpent, because of what sin did to their families and their country. The Bible gives us a record of many of the disasters that befell the people of Israel because of sin. It seemed that, very often, Satan had the upper hand in the Promised Land. But, the Hebrews could find comfort in the promise that, one day, the seed (or descendant) of the Woman would crush the serpent’s head and defeat sin and Satan forever. They did not know who the Seed would be or how this Crushing would take place. But they had hope because of the promise of God who cannot lie.

When we see sin and the consequences of sin all around us in the world today, we ought to be reminded that Jesus Christ, the Seed of the Woman and the Son of God, has already come and has defeated Sin and Satan on the Cross. Unless we let it, sin has no more power over us. And, one day soon, Christ will return to wash the effects of sin away from the world forever, establishing a new world that Satan cannot touch.

Marianne Hearn wrote:

We hope in Thee, O God!
The day wears on to night;
Thick shadows lie across our world,
In Thee alone is light.

We hope in Thee, O God!
The fading time is here,
But Thou abidest strong and true
Though all things disappear.

We hope in Thee, O God!
Hope fails us otherwhere;
But since Thou art in all that is,
Peace takes the hand of care.

We hope in Thee, O God!
In whom none hope in vain;
We cling to Thee in love and trust,
And joy succeeds to pain.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Evil Age, Part 6 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 25:41-46

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

— PRAYER —

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Evil Age, Part 6

James Burton Coffman said, “This overwhelming word from man’s only Redeemer is shocking. The soul draws back from the contemplation of anything so terrible as eternal punishment. Only a fool could fail to be moved by the dreadful thought that such a penalty as eternal punishment can be incurred. No wonder men have sought to soften this doctrine; and yet, the theological and philosophical grounds for this doctrine are profoundly overwhelming and convincing.”

Jesus ends the description of the judgment of the sheep and goats with a summary of the destinations of these two groups of individuals. The goats “go away into everlasting punishment.” And the “righteous” sheep enter “into life eternal.” We usually do not have a problem accepting the doctrine of “life eternal.” It is the “everlasting punishment” that troubles us more — likely because, deep down, we do not want to accept even the possibility that we might end up enduring it. We may pretend to be jealous of God’s compassion or capacity for mercy, but what really makes us question the concept of “everlasting punishment” is the fear that it is actually a real possibility.

However, the doctrines of everlasting life and everlasting punishment (or death) are not separate. When Jesus speaks of them in this verse, He does not qualify either. They are two sides of the same coin. In fact, the very same word in Greek is used to describe them both. It is the word “ai-o-ni-os” which means: “without end, never to cease, everlasting.” The goats enter eternal punishment just as easily as the sheep enter everlasting life. John MacArthur said, “Punishment in hell is defined by the word ‘ai-o-ni-os’, which is the word eternal or everlasting. There are people who would like to redefine that word and say, ‘Well, it doesn’t really mean forever.’ But if you do that with hell, you’ve just done it with heaven, because the same word is used to describe both. If there is not an everlasting hell, then there is not an everlasting heaven. And I’ll go one beyond that. The same word is used to describe God. And so if there is not an everlasting hell, then there is not an everlasting heaven, nor is there an everlasting God. It is clear that God is eternal; and, therefore, that heaven is eternal, and so is hell.”

In keeping with the theme of this mini-series — “Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Evil Age” — the real question is, what are we, the sheep of today, going to do about the dire consequence of eternal punishment? What is our duty? Our duty is to behave like the sheep Jesus describes and treat all of our neighbors with Christ-like love — and the greatest display of that love is telling them about the danger of eternal punishment and the gift of eternal life.

Penn Jillette, a professed atheist, once said, “I don’t respect people who don’t tell others about Jesus. If you believe there is a heaven and hell, and people could be going to hell, and you think it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward — how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate someone to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”

It is not enough to say we love God and love our neighbors. We must show that we love them by warning them of eternal punishment and inviting them into eternal life. That is our duty.

Alice M. Batchelder wrote:

Tell me, brother, worn and weary,
Toiling over life’s pathway dim,
Are you shedding light for Jesus,
Are you witnessing for Him?

Are you seeking for the sinners,
Those whom Jesus died to win?
Are you pointing to the fountain
That can wash away their sin?

Are you watching by the wayside
For the fainting ones who fall?
Do you take them to the Savior,
Who has promised rest for all?

Does it bring a heavenly blessing
With God’s people to abide?
Do you love to tell of Jesus
More than all the world beside?

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Evil Age, Part 5 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 25:31-46

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

— PRAYER —

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Evil Age, Part 5

So far, in this description of future events delivered to us by the Lord Jesus Christ himself, we have received a largely positive message. The Lord has described the good works of the righteous “sheep” toward others. The sheep have expressed their surprise at their Lord even taking note of this. The Lord tells them, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” He goes on to invite the righteous sheep into His Kingdom, saying, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

However, there are those at this judgment who did not act in the same manner as the righteous sheep. These are the unrighteous goats who were separated from the sheep at the beginning of the judgment. Jesus now addresses them saying “to them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” On the one hand we have a kingdom prepared for the righteous. On the other hand, we have everlasting fire prepared for the devil and the devil’s angels. Charles Spurgeon said, “[The goats] had joined the devil in refusing allegiance to the Lord; so it was but right that, imitating his rebellion, they should share his punishment.”

As the reason for them being sent to this everlasting fire, Jesus points out that the goats’ behavior was the opposite of that of the sheep. He says, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.” As with the righteous, this behavior was simply a reflection of their inner spiritual condition. Jesus was not teaching salvation (or condemnation) by works. The goats did not do the right thing because they were not right with God on the inside. They were not saved so they did not live like saved people.

And that is a danger that many people fall into today. We think that if we act saved then we are saved. But it is actually the other way around. We must be saved before we act saved. And the only reason why the goats did not act saved is because they were not saved. Jesus simply used their evil actions as proof of their lack of salvation. Their inside life had never been transformed. Their outside life simply reflected the lack of concern for others that one who is truly saved should have. In light of the dire punishment of the goats, we ought to examine ourselves and see if we are truly in the faith — if our inside life has been transformed and if our outside life is reflecting that transformation.

Haldor Lillennas wrote:

Have you found redemption through the Son of God?
Are you ready for the judgment day?
Are you sheltered underneath the precious blood?
Are you ready for the judgment day?

You have long refused your blessed Lord to own;
Are you ready for the judgment day?
What will be your fate before the great white throne?
Are you ready for the judgment day?

How shall you escape the burden of your guilt?
Are you ready for the judgment day?
If you scorn the blood that for your sin was spilt,
Are you ready for the judgment day?

Will you trust the Savior to forgive your sin?
Are you ready for the judgment day?
He can save, no matter what your life has been;
Are you ready for the judgment day?

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Evil Age, Part 4 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 25:31-46

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

— PRAYER —

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Evil Age, Part 4

F.F. Bruce said, “The brethren in this passage are the Christian poor and needy and suffering in the first place, but ultimately and inferentially any suffering people anywhere.”

In our last message, we talked about the spirit and attitude of the believers in response to this praise from their master, the King. The King has described their good service to others as having been done unto Him. However, the “righteous” point out that they never saw the King hungry or thirsty or naked or sick or in prison. Jesus’ response is, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Now, who are the “brethren” Jesus speaks of whom these believers have ministered to? Many believe that, due to the context of the passage — and the fact that it is a depiction of a judgment that will take place right after the Tribulation and before the Millennial Kingdom, the “brethren” Jesus speaks of are the Jews. Jesus, a Jew and the King of the Jews, was concerned about how His people according to the flesh and according to promise would be treated. Dr. Warren Wiersbe writes, “Who are these people that the King dares to call ‘my brethren’? It seems likely that they are the believing Jews from the tribulation period. These are people who will hear the message of the 144,000 and trust Jesus Christ. Since these believing Jews will not receive the ‘mark of the beast,’ they will be unable to buy or sell. How, then, can they survive? Through the loving care of the Gentiles who have trusted Christ and who care for His brethren.” The actions of these believers will be reminiscent of the many Europeans who helped protect, hide, and smuggle Jews to safety during World War II as Hitler attempted to wipe out their race.

Those of us who are believers today will not be alive during the Tribulation. We will have died before then and gone to Heaven or taken up in the Rapture. However, that should not prevent us from following the example of the future believers who will risk their lives to take care of the Lord’s chosen people. These believers will already have a target on their backs due to their faith in Christ. The antichrist will be driven to persecute all those who refuse to take his mark. However, Satan will fuel his double-hatred for the Jews, and his final act will be an assault on the Holy Land in an effort to stamp them out once and for all.

If, under such dire circumstances, these believers can remain faithful to living out their Christian faith by loving their neighbors through word and deed, we who are under far less pressure can do so today, not only for the Jews, but for the poor, hungry, naked, homeless, sick, and imprisoned wherever we find them.

Charles Wesley wrote:

Who are these arrayed in white,
Brighter than the noon-day sun?
Foremost of the sons of light;
Nearest the eternal throne?
These are they that bore the cross,
Nobly for their Master stood;
Sufferers in His righteous cause,
Followers of the dying God.

More than conquerors at last,
Here they find their trials o’er;
They have all their sufferings past,
Hunger now and thirst no more:
No excessive heat they feel
From the sun’s directer ray;
In a milder clime they dwell,
Region of eternal day.

He that on the throne doth reign,
Them the Lamb shall always feed,
With the tree of life sustain,
To the living fountains lead;
He shall all their sorrows chase,
All their wants at once remove,
Wipe the tears from every face,
Fill up every soul with love.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Age, Part 3 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 25:31-46

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

— PRAYER —

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Age, Part 3

William Burkitt said, “When Christ comes to reward his children and people, they will wonder and be astonished at the poverty and meanness of their own services, and at the transcendency and greatness of his rewards.”

From this passage we learn that, at the Judgment of the Gentile Nations, Jesus Christ will raise the subject of how Gentile believers, such as you and me, treated our neighbors. The good deeds the Lord describes are those that He Himself carried out when He was on this earth. He set the example for us by providing, often through miraculous means, for the needs of others. We ought to follow in His footsteps by doing relatively simple things such as: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, visiting the sick, and visiting those in need.

These things are not hard. However, they do go against our flesh and our human nature which naturally causes us to be selfish. We are prone to think of how we need to fed, how our thirst needs to be quenched, how we need to be clothed and welcomed and visited. Most of us only think of others in extraordinary circumstances. C.S. Lewis said, “Selfishness is the first sin behind all others. At this very moment, you and I are either committing it, or about to commit it, or repenting of it.”

Some people even do good works with selfish motives. Jesus rebuked this behavior in the Pharisees who sounded a trumpet and stood on the street corners whenever they were about to give to the poor. Notice the response of the Gentile believers when Jesus praises them for their concern for others. “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?”

The righteous think nothing of their good deeds. They are surprised that Jesus has taken note. They did not do those things to be noticed. They felt they were doing their reasonable service. This shows us that Jesus is paying attention to all of our actions — the good and the bad, the small and the large, the important and the seemingly insignificant. He sees it all, takes note of it, and will reward (or punish) us accordingly.

William G. Schell wrote:

Life on earth is but a vapor,
Soon we’ll lay these bodies down;
But if we continue faithful,
We shall wear the victor’s crown—
Brighter than the stars of heaven,
Brighter than the dazzling sun,
We shall shine among the ransomed,
When our work on earth is done.

I would not give up my title
To that future world of bliss
For the shining gold and silver
Of a thousand worlds like this;
I would rather bear affliction,
Be a hated pilgrim here,
Miss the diadems terrestrial,
And obtain a crown up there.

Let us then be up and doing,
We have but a few more days,
Priceless souls of men to rescue
From their dark and sinful ways;
Courage, brother, work and suffer,
Till this fleeting life is past;
God will recompense our labors
With a great reward at last.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Age, Part 2 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 25:31-36

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

— PRAYER —

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Age, Part 2

John Gill said, “The good deeds mentioned in this passage are not mentioned as causes of the kingdom being prepared for believers, or of their being entitled to it, or of their being put into the possession of it; but as descriptive of their characters, and as testimonies and evidences of the grace of God in them.”

By way of introduction, Dr. Warren WIersbe writes regarding this passage: “This section explains to us how Jesus Christ will judge the nations. The word nations in Matthew 25:32 means ‘Gentiles,’ and it is in the neuter gender in the Greek. The word them in that same verse is in the masculine. This means that the nations will be gathered before Jesus Christ, but He will judge them as individuals. This will not be a judgment of groups(Germany, Italy, Japan, etc.) but of individuals within these nations.

“We must not confuse this judgment with the Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11–15. Some scholars merge both passages and call this ‘the general judgment.’ The Bible knows nothing of a ‘general judgment.’ This judgment takes place on earth immediately after the Battle of Armageddon. The White Throne Judgment takes place in space somewhere after ‘the earth and heaven have fled away.’ The judgment here in Matthew 25 takes place before the kingdom is established on earth, for the saved are told to ‘inherit the kingdom.’ The White Throne Judgment will take place after the one thousand–year reign of Christ.

“In reading this passage, there is another error we must avoid. We must not force this passage to teach salvation by good works. A superficial reading would give the impression that helping one’s neighbor is sufficient to earn salvation and go to heaven. But this is not the message of this passage. Nobody at any time in the history of the world was ever saved by good works.

“The Old Testament saints were saved by faith; the New Testament saints were saved by faith in Jesus Christ. People today are saved the same way. The gospel of ‘do good’ is not a scriptural message. It is right for believers to do good, but this is not the way unbelievers can be saved.”

However, this passage does show us that the measure of our salvation — not just that of those alive at Christ’s return, but ours today — is our actions. As James says, “Faith without works is dead.” When was the last time you fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, or gave money to those who do? When was the last time you welcomed a stranger into your home, your church, or your workplace? When was the last time you paid a visit to those who are sick or in prison? These deeds pull us out of our comfort zones. It is natural, even as saved people, to stay in familiar spaces. It is easier to never reach out. But the spirit of Christ in us — the spirit that healed the sick, comforted the grieving, and freed those imprisoned by sin and death — empowers us to do the same.

Joseph Humphreys wrote:

Blessed are the sons of God,
They are bought with Christ’s own blood;
They are ransomed from the grave,
Life eternal they shall have:
With them numbered may we be,
Here and in eternity.

They are justified by grace,
They enjoy the Savior’s peace;
All their sins are washed away,
They shall stand in God’s great day;
With them numbered may we be,
Here and in eternity.

They are lights upon the earth,
Children of a heavenly birth;
One with God, with Jesus one;
Glory is in them begun:
With them numbered may we be,
Here and in eternity.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.