An Extract Out Of Josephus’s Discourse To The Greeks Concerning Hades
1. NOW as to Hades, wherein the souls of the of the good things they see, and rejoice in the righteous and unrighteous are detained, it is necessary to speak of it. Hades is a place in the world not regularly finished; a subterraneous region, wherein the light of this world does not shine; from which circumstance, that in this region the light does not shine, it cannot be but there must be in it perpetual darkness. This region is allotted as a place of custody for souls, ill which angels are appointed as guardians to them, who distribute to them temporary punishments, agreeable to every one’s behavior and manners.
2. In this region there is a certain place set apart, as a lake of unquenchable fire, whereinto we suppose no one hath hitherto been cast; but it is prepared for a day afore-determined by God, in which one righteous sentence shall deservedly be passed upon all men; when the unjust, and those that have been disobedient to God, and have given honor to such idols as have been the vain operations of the hands of men as to God himself, shall be adjudged to this everlasting punishment, as having been the causes of defilement; while the just shall obtain an incorruptible and never-fading kingdom. These are now indeed confined in Hades, but not in the same place wherein the unjust are confined.
3. For there is one descent into this region, at whose gate we believe there stands an archangel with an host; which gate when those pass through that are conducted down by the angels appointed over souls, they do not go the same way; but the just are guided to the right hand, and are led with hymns, sung by the angels appointed over that place, unto a region of light, in which the just have dwelt from the beginning of the world; not constrained by necessity, but ever enjoying the prospect of the good things they see, and rejoic in the expectation of those new enjoyments which will be peculiar to every one of them, and esteeming those things beyond what we have here; with whom there is no place of toil, no burning heat, no piercing cold, nor are any briers there; but the countenance of the and of the just, which they see, always smiles them, while they wait for that rest and eternal new life in heaven, which is to succeed this region. This place we call The Bosom of Abraham. Continue reading “Flavius Josephus on Heaven & Hades, to the Greeks”
I found this very interesting Early Christian document (See link at the bottom for the very interesting site and give them a visit) purporting to be the spoken deathbed testaments of the 12 sons of Jacob just before they died. I found them very genuine and highly fascinating to read, especially the Heavenly vision of Levi about the 7 Heavens. It contains the ring of truth IMHO, acc. to the little discernment the Lord gives me. Enjoy! Even IF some would say that it is merely Christian fiction of the Early Christians, it is very inspiring reading.
Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
I.-The Testament of Reuben Concerning Thoughts
I.-The Testament of Reuben Concerning Thoughts
1. The copy of the Testament of Reuben, what things he charged his sons before he died in the hundred and twenty-fifth year of his life. When he was sick two years after the death of Joseph, his sons and his sons’ sons were gathered together to visit him. And he said to them, My children, I am dying, and go the way of my fathers. And when he saw there Judah and Gad and Asher, his brethren, he said to them, Raise me up, my brethren, that I may tell to my brethren and to my children what things I have hidden in my heart, for from henceforth my strength faileth me. And he arose and kissed them, and said, weeping: Hear, my brethren, give ear to Reuben your father, what things I command you. And, behold, I call to witness against you this day the God of heaven, that ye walk not in the ignorance of youth and fornication wherein I ran greedily, and I defiled the bed of Jacob my father. For I tell you that He smote me with a sore plague in my loins for seven months; and had not Jacob our father prayed for me to the Lord, surely the Lord would have destroyed me. For I was thirty years old when I did this evil in the sight of the Lord, and for seven months I was sick even unto death; and I repented for seven years in the set purpose of my soul before the Lord. Wine and strong drink I drank not, and flesh entered not into my mouth, and I tasted not pleasant food, mourning over my sin, for it was great. And it shall not so be done in Israel. Continue reading “The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs – An Early Christian Text of the 12 Sons of Jacob”
God made us to be sexy, emotional, loving and kind, and people who are ruled by their emotions–desire, sex, affection, sympathy and love–are more normal and righteous than those who pretend they don’t need it, and look down on others who do.
If you’re not emotional, affectionate and loving, then you’re not like the Lord wants you to be, you’re not natural, you’re that way contrary to the natural laws of God!
But some people are afraid of sex, and others are sick of it. The first are plagued with inhibitions and feelings of guilt, while the others are satiated with disgust and contempt! The Devil has deceived them both–both the so-called saint and the profligate are in the same fix! Both need to learn from God’s Word that sex is good, and not evil!
True, there are differences in personalities, but those whose intellect rules them and who have so much self-control are inclined and tempted to be victims of pride and self-righteousness! Love, emotion and sex are humbling. But it’s quite possible to be both intelligent and sexy! God’s way is to be sexy! So being sexy is good because it’s being emotional and honest.
Only ONE way to fight these demonic entities that are going to come invade our planet from Hell, is to rebuke them in Jesus Name!
Life is over before you know it! Are you ready for Him? Jesus loves you. A Near Death Experience.
MAN DEAD FOR 90 MINUTES VISITED HEAVEN AND CAME BACK! THIS IS WHAT HE SAW IN HEAVEN
Continue reading “THIS MAN DIED DURING SURGERY, MET GOD & ASKED HIM, “WHAT’S THE MEANING OF LIFE?””
By Lu Paradise – June 5, 2010 – 15 views
My wife said, “Do you think that there always was a Heaven?”
I said, “I imagine that at least ‘where God lives’ has always been around, as He always existed! But in 30 AD Jesus told His disciples that he was going “to prepare a place” for us!
Actually at that time there already was one kind of ‘Heaven’ for us humans called “Paradise”, and contrary to the Heavenly place Jesus was going to set up then –obviously in outer space– this “Paradise” was earthly, right here in the planet!
It was already in existence then and it was a place for dis-embodied human spirits to stay in and enjoy. We won’t talk about spiritual Hades and spirit prisons which were also in existence since the early days, as this is about Heavenly regions. Continue reading “The development of God’s magic plan..”
Days Before He Died, This Teen YouTube Star Left Behind A Video That’s Inspiring Millions. Ben Breedlove was the kind of kid everyone wanted to be. But he had a heart condition that he knew could make every day his last. What he did with his final days inspired millions.
Jimmy and Jace are colorblind. Their parents bought them a pair of EnChroma glasses which lets people who are colorblind see colors the same way we do. Watch this beautiful moment!
We’ll ALL be weeping for the glory of the celestial beauty! Not to mention the music, the beautiful people, the glorious food, drinks, nectars, songs, angels, Jesus, and the mysterious wonderful Father! I can hardly wait.
Gary Wood got involved in motor vehicle accident in Dec 23, 1966. He had a fatal injury. He died and went to heaven. Watch his testimony on the video. Watch: