Les Feldick – 36-2-2 – Through the Bible Program #9902

ANNOUNCER>>(Music) Welcome to Through the Bible with Les Feldick, a 30-minute walk through the scriptures teaching in-depth Bible truths that change people’s lives. Now here’s your host, Les Feldick. LES FELDICK>>Okay, good to have everybody back. I guess you’ve all had your cup of coffee and you know, we’ve had some people already complain, what happened to the tables? Well, you know, I always have to explain everything on this program, we moved to this facility and the room just isn’t as big as the old one was. But, they’re still promising us a new studio so somewhere down the road, hopefully we’ll have our tables back and our coffee cups and the informality of it all, anyway. So those of your watching us on television, if you’ve never caught our program before, we’re just an informal Bible study. We’re not associated with any particular group. Nobody underwrites us and I’m constantly being upbraided that I don’t make it strong enough that we have to have financial help to stay on the air. So, we do, we have to pay our TV bills and TV time is not cheap and every time we take on a new station, it’s just more demands on our budget so, if you enjoy the program and you’re being fed by it and the Lord leads why, we’d just appreciate so much your financial help. As well as you letters. My how we enjoy the mail! I’ve always said that and it’s getting to the place now where it takes more and more time just to read the mail, but don’t let that stop you from writing to us because we do appreciate it so much. In fact, I brought a letter along today for some of the people to read, from a lady down in Atlanta, Georgia. And letters like that just thrill us to death; so don’t refrain from writing to us because we do appreciate it so much! Okay, I guess I should also make mention, as I usually do, that all the past programs, all the way from Genesis on up are available either in video, or the audiotape or the little printed books as you see them on the screen. And they are all simply word for word from this TV production and whatever you hear on the program you’re going to see on the videos or you hear on the audio and you’ll see word for word on the little printed page. Okay, I think that’s all for now. Let’s get right back for starters anyway, back to Ephesians chapter 2 verse 1 for just a moment. And that last half-hour went so fast I didn’t quite get it finished the way I wanted to, but anyhow, chapter 2 of Ephesians verse 1 Paul says of us Believers, that we “Were (past tense) dead in trespasses and sins.” And so we went back if you remember, and reconstructed as Adam was created and he was given a perfect body, with no seeds of death. He could have lived forever. God gave him a personality of mind, will and emotion that was patterned after the very personality of God Himself. And then gave Adam a third part, the spirit, with which he could fellowship with God. And which in turn had an influence on his personality and it in turn had an influence on the body. So, Adam was under a perfect set of circumstances in a perfect body and with a perfect soul and spirit. But, then we went and looked how that he ate and immediately then the body began to die. Even though he lived 939 years, yet death caught up with him and he died. Physical death. His soul was separated from his physical body. And then we pointed out in our last half-hour how that Adam now immediately became a sin nature. Now, the reason I’m using that word is because so often Paul uses that, that we are sin-natured. And the things that we do naturally are not godly, they’re ungodly. That’s just the bent of the old Adamic nature but remember the spirit part died and completely became inoperative and so every child born from Adam and Eve on are only now a two-part being, a physical body with a soul (mind, will and emotion) but it is a sin-natured creature. All right, now we’re going to pursue the lost person a little further because you know, that’s the format of Scripture. The natural first and then the spiritual. So we’re going to look at the natural for a little bit yet. The person who is living but he is spiritually dead and what is his future, if he does not come into God’s saving Grace. Let’s so back to John’s Gospel chapter 5. John’s Gospel chapter 5 and we’re going to jump in at verse 28, Honey. John’s Gospel chapter 5 verse 28. And this is Jesus speaking, of course, during His earthly ministry. And they’re asking Him a lot of questions. But here again, Jesus doesn’t give us any background doctrinally how all of this was brought about. He leaves that for Paul to reveal. But He does tell us the end result of a man or woman or boy or girl who is nothing more than body and soul. All right, chapter 5 verse 28 of John’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Marvel not at this for the hour is coming (now He doesn’t put a date or a year on it, but it’s a point in time. And it’s coming!) in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice (that is the voice of God to come forth) and they shall come forth.” Nobody is going to not hear that call to come forth from the grave. Whether they’re lost or saved. “And they shall come forth, they who have done good.” Now I always have to stop there, remember there’s only one way we can please God. And what is it? By Faith! See? That’s what’s implied even though Jesus doesn’t say it, there’s only one way of doing good in God’s eyes and that is to exercise Faith. All right, so ‘they who are of Faith,’ in other words, “will come forth unto the resurrection of (what?) life.” Now of course, the word eternal isn’t in there but it’s certainly implied. Because what does John 3:16 say? “For whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have (what?) everlasting life.” And so that’s always implied, that the Believer is looking forward to an eternal life situation. All right, now then, the next part of the verse says, “But they who have done evil.” Well, now what’s the opposite of doing good? No Faith. And I could stand here the rest of the afternoon and give you scriptural instances of lost people who were lost only because they would not believe what God said. I can start with Cain. How many times when I’ve taught back in Genesis, I wouldn’t doubt a bit that Cain was a nicer man than Able. He was probably the kind of a guy that everybody would just say ‘isn’t he a swell guy?’ But, what was his problem? No Faith. Didn’t believe a word God said. And so he’s lost. All right, the next perfect example of that was Esau. Jacob and Esau, twins. Same parents, same environment. And again, I wouldn’t doubt that Esau was probably a more likeable fellow than Jacob, in fact, I know that from a man’s point of view, he was. Because which one of the two did Isaac prefer? Esau. Nice guy. Good fellow. But what was his problem? No Faith. No Faith. Whatever God said didn’t mean a thing to him. And that’s why he was willing to sell his birthright for what? A bowl of bean soup. See? Oklahoma people know that better and Texas too, I guess. (Laughter) They like that bean soup. And Esau gave it all up for a bowl of soup. Why? No Faith. And he’s lost. For all eternity, simply because he had no Faith. And so all of the way up through Scripture you have this that they may have been better people. They may have been more moral, but they were destitute of Faith and so God calls them evil, ungodly. They’re wicked. All right, reading on, “So they who have done evil (and again I’m going to put the verb back in there) will come to the resurrection of damnation (or a better word is, condemnation).” In other words, every lost person from Cain who left this life when their body died, their soul continued to live. Now I was just telling somebody at break time, maybe this is a good time to explain it here. So many times Paul uses the word ‘sleep’ when he refers to those who have died. In fact, let’s look at the Scriptures so you know what I’m talking about. We’re through in John, go ahead and turn with me to, is it I Corinthians 15? Where he uses the word ‘sleep’? Yeah. I Corinthians 15. I just need one, I guess, he also uses it in I Thessalonians chapter 4. But I Corinthians 15 dropping down to verse 51. I Corinthians 15 verse 51, where he says, “Behold I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep.” Well, what’s he talking about? Die physically. In fact, that’s the way I usually read it, you know. ‘We shall not all die physically.’ But he uses the word sleep. All right, now if we’ve got time, let’s take it, I Thessalonians, he uses the same word. I Thessalonians chapter 4. I Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 13. I Thessalonians 4 verse 13, I’m going to wait until you all get it because people in their living room are doing the same thing you are, hopefully. All right, “I would not (he writes) have you to be ignorant brethren concerning them who are (what?) asleep.” What’s he talking about? Believers who have died, that’s all. Now some cults particularly have taken that to mean that when a Believer dies he goes into an unconscious state, I think one that I read about even feel that the soul stays with that body that goes to the grave and it is merely asleep. Listen, the soul never sleeps. The soul of the lost person as we’re going to see here in a minute, goes immediately to hell, now people don’t like to hear that anymore, but see I’m not afraid of that. I’ve always said, if they don’t like the way I teach, they can push the off button and if the money stops, then I quit coming up here. And I’ve said over and over again, then I’ll spend more time with the cattle. Now I’m sure the Lord doesn’t want it that way. But I’ve got that option, see? And so it doesn’t scare me that I’m going to lose a retirement, or anything like that if I can’t keep doing what I’m doing. So, I’m going to teach it the way the Bible puts it and if people don’t like it that’s tough. The lost person is going to go to hell. All right, but, the soul never sleeps. But, what about the body? We can refer to it as being asleep because what’s going to happen one day? It’s going to be resurrected. It’s going to be ‘woke up’. You know, I told Iris, I guess the best example I ever had of that that’s only happened once in my life, I can in one noon hour and I was so exhausted, I don’t know what I’d been doing but I was exhausted. But yet, I had a lot of work to do that afternoon and I said, Honey, I’m going to take a thirty-minute nap and then I’ve got to get going again. She said, Okay, I’ll call you. And you know from the time that I hit the pillow until she said, Les it’s time for you to get going. It just seemed to me like it was a split second. Have you ever had that happen? Yeah. Now that’s exactly what physical death is. The old body is put in the grave and it’s really asleep, but before it knows that time has even gone by, what’s going to happen? The Lord’s going to call and the trumpet of God is going to sound and that body is going to be raised from the dead. It’s going to be awake in a split second. But always remember the soul never sleeps. All right, but we’re going to deal with the lost person first and then we’ll come back and look at the Believer. So the lost person, his body dies. His old sin nature, which has never gotten right with God, goes out into eternity not to be stopped or end but he goes consciously to hell, to the place that is waiting for the resurrection then of the lost person. Now, let me take you back to Matthew chapter 7, no before you go to Matthew 7, let’s go back to Ephesians 2 for just a second and then we’re going to go to Matthew 7 so if you’ve already got it, Honey hang on to it. Let’s go back to Ephesians 2 for just a minute. Verses 2 and 3 and then we’re going to make some comment. Ephesians 2 again, verses 2 and 3, “Wherein (that is dead in trespasses and sins).wherein (Paul says) in times past you (speaking of you and I as Believers).we walked according to the course of this world. According to the prince of the powers of the air (Satan, under his control) the spirit (small ‘s’, so it’s not the Holy Spirit).the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. Among whom also we (including himself, see?).we (walked or all had our manner of living,) conversation in times past in the desires of our flesh, fulfilling the desires and the mind and were by nature the children of wrath even as others.” All right, now turn with me to Matthew chapter 7; I hope that’s where it’s at. Matthew 7 verse 13 and 14. Verses that you don’t hear much anymore. My when I was young I used to hear it quite often. But I haven’t heard them now in a long time. But they’re still in The Book. And this is what the Lord said Himself, Matthew 7 verse 13, got it? Okay. “Enter (he says) you in at the straight gate for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to (what?) destruction.” See? Not eternal life. Eternal condemnation. And so, “broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there by that go in thereat.” Verse 14. Why do the many take the broad way? “Because (the next verse says) straight is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life.” And again, like I said a moment ago, what’s implied? Eternal life. “Narrow is the way which leadeth unto life (eternal life) and (what’s the word?) few there be that find it.” Years ago and now I’ve made reference to him a long time ago because we had a lot of business dealings together. I had a fellow who did a lot of buying from me and so forth, but he was a member of one of the largest religious systems in the world and he was trying to implore me to become a part of his religious system and I said, ‘now wait a minute. My Bible tells me that based on numbers alone you’re going the wrong direction and I don’t want to be part of it.’ He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘Have you ever heard of the verse in the Bible that says broad is the way and many go in thereat. But narrow is the way that leadeth to eternal life and few there be that find it.’ I said, ‘Tell me something, does your particular religion qualify for many or few?’ Boy, I had him. Well, he said, ‘well, we’re many.’ I said, ‘Then according to that, where are you?’ He said, ‘On the way to destruction.’ I said, ‘You named it. That’s true.’ Because you see, all through Scripture has God ever had the ‘many’? Never. Never! There’s a doctrine that you can follow all the way from Genesis through to Revelation and I call it the doctrine of the remnant. Now those of you, you women especially who go to the fabric shops, what do you like to find? A remnant. Because it’s just a little bit left of the whole bolt. Well, you see that’s what God has kept all through human history is that little remnant. Once in a while it got so small that you could hardly see it, like at the end of the first 1600 years of human history, we had the event of the Flood. How many were saved from the Flood? Eight, out of probably four billion. Then you come to the next graphic description, is when Elijah was confronting the prophets of Baal up there on Mount Carmel and then he ran scared clear down to the south end of the Sinai Peninsula, hid under a juniper tree and what was his graphic statement? ‘Lord I’m the only one left.’ But what did God say? ‘Elijah, I have seven thousand who have not bowed their knee to Baal.’ In other words, they were still Believers. Now that sounds pretty good, but see, Israel has always had a population running between 7 and 10 million. All right, now to make sure I didn’t goof, I put it on my calculator just before I left. Do you know what the percentage is of 7,000 out of 7,000,000? It’s .01. Not .1, like I had said once before, I thought it was 1/10 of 1 percent but it’s 1/100 of 1 percent. That’s what seven thousand out of seven or eight million amounts to. Pretty small remnant isn’t it? And it’s always been that way. And it’s that way today. We’re getting down to a smaller and smaller percentage every day. But, is God surprised? No. It’s always been that way, and this is what he meant. That ‘wide is the gate that goeth to destruction.’ And that’s where most people are headed. Because you see, they’re going out into eternity with nothing more than that physical body that’s now been laid in the grave. It’s asleep waiting for the resurrection that Jesus talked about in chapter 5 and they went out with a rebellious, sin-natured soul that is going to now be called up to where? The Great White Throne. All right, we’ve got a few minutes left. Let’s come back to Revelation; let’s follow these lost people. Now if you doubt me that lost people go to hell consciously, and I mean with all consciousness of their existence, we won’t take time in this half-hour but you all know the account of Abraham and Lazarus in his bosom. And the Scripture gives us just one little window, as we like to say lately, one little window of opportunity for information. It’s the only time that we have any account of it in Scripture but again, the Lord referred to it Himself. And through that little window of information, we found Abraham conversing with whom? The rich man, in hell. In torment. And the rich man was conscious even though he wasn’t there in body; he was only there in the area of the soul – the mind, will and emotions. Yet the consciousness was so real that what did he ask Abraham to do? Somehow dip his finger in water and cool his tongue because he was in torment in the flame. Now the Lord Jesus Himself used that. That didn’t come from some storyteller. That was the Lord Himself, so we know that the lost are in a torment situation but that’s not the end. They’re going to be resurrected out. Jesus said they would and they’re going to be again given a body, not fit for Glory, but a body fit for their next abode which is what? Revelation, now chapter 20, Revelation chapter 20 we’ll have to do this kind of quickly too, time’s almost gone. Verse 4. Revelation 20. And when the thousand year kingdom has come to an end a Satan is released and all that, then verse 4, John says, “I saw thrones and they that sat upon them and judgment (or rule) was given unto them and I saw the souls of them who were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God and who had not worshipped the beast nor his image.” In other words, this includes I think, the Believers of all the Ages, as well as the Tribulation Believers who will have been martyred. “And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” But now verse 5, “But, (now we look at the other side of the coin).But, the rest of the dead.” Well, if you’ve got all the Believers involved up here in verse 4, then it naturally follows, who’s the rest of the dead? Lost people, the lost from Cain and Esau and all the way on up through until the end of the time of opportunity. All right, “the rest of the dead, lived not again (but what’s the next word?) Until.” So there’s coming a day they’re going to brought back on the scene see? It’s not the end when they go to hell. No they’re going to be resurrected out. All right, “The rest of the dead live not again until the thousand years were finished.” Now this is kind of confusing. This is the first resurrection. It’s not talking about the rest of the dead, it’s talking about which ones? The ones up in verse 4. They were in the first resurrection, which was the resurrection unto what? Life! But the rest of the dead are going to have to wait. Now we pick the rest of the dead.well, let’s read verse 6, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection.” Those are the Believers. “On such the second death, (or the second separation from God) has no power.” All right, then you come on down to verse 11, hope I’ve got time, “And I saw a great white throne and him who sat on it (which of course, will be Christ) from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, (the lost who had been down in hell in torment, ever since they died).and I saw the dead small and great, (but now where are they?) standing before God and the books were opened. And another book, which was the book of life. And the dead (those spiritually dead who never entered into Salvation, they have now spent all these Ages, however long, in hell, in torment and now they’ve been resurrected out and they’re standing before Christ at the Great White Throne and then it says, verse 14.) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire, this is the (what death?) the second death,” See? A Believer will never face the second death, because we experience our second death, we’ll look at that in the next half-hour, we experienced our second death when we identified with Christ and we died on the Cross. But these unbelievers have been designated to hell, where they are conscious. They are resurrected out. Given a body fit for their next abode, which is the lake of fire. See that? And so, “Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire, this is the second death and whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Horrible isn’t it? That’s what The Book says. You’d better believe it. ANNOUNCER>>We want to invite you to visit LesFeldick.com where you’ll find all our programs available on audio, video and in Book form. 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