Why Jesus Will Tell Christians, “Depart From Me, I Never Knew You!”

The scariest prophecy in the Bible? Easy: Jesus' prediction that he will tell "many" sincere believers at the rapture basically to "get lost" instead of welcoming them into the Kingdom. So who are they and what did they miss or do wrong? Find those answers and the one requirement for salvation Jesus taught (that Christianity does not, or you would already have these answers) so that you can make sure you don't hear these dreaded words yourself!

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55 comments
Tina Black - October 21, 2016

Hello I was able to get in and read your article, I agree with what you are saying, I understand, it was well written and easy to comprehend, there are a few things have not settled within me yet but I will ponder them and get back with you if I still struggle with them, there is one question and as a follower you would think I should know this but just wondering… what are the fruits we are to produce? thanks again Tim for your insight and taking the time.

Also, I understand what love is and is not from 1 Corinthians 13:5-7 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, my question is, can someone love to much, now I know most would roll their eyes and say of course not, look at Jesus, he loved so much that he died for it. but can love become a burden? or better yet can love become something else.

I know a person who has given out of love so much (time, money, work, whatever was requested) that they have become a doormat, terribly used and taken advantage of, and not respected, and when there is no more to give, this person is rejected and treated with anger and loathing, this has caused bitterness and resentment from the giver and from that comes remorse and guilt. so where does one draw the line?

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    Tim McHyde - October 21, 2016

    Hi Tina,

    For what the fruits are, reread Luke 3:8 where John the Baptist says, “bring forth fruit of repentance” and defines this as changed behaviors in 3 examples. If you truly adopt the law of love you will slowly produce different actions as John said. These are the good fruits.

    Compare that to the bad fruits of not adopting love but adopting religious rules like Christians do. Their main fruit is self-righteousness, judgmentalism, and hypocrisy as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Not love. You can also look up Paul’s “fruits of the spirit” in Galatians 5.

    Yes, you can over-give and over-serve. There are some who struggle with self-worth or other issues that drive them to do that. I’m reminded of Dorcas who almost seemed to have served herself to death (Acts 9:36). There is a healthy boundary of taking care of yourself and setting an example for others. Pastors who neglect their family is something Paul warned against when he wrote on the standards for elders (“rule their children well”). It goes for all of us to not serve others too much that we develop a bad reputation at home from it.

    Also, sometimes you’re not helping someone by giving and serving them, but perhaps are enabling them in their bad behavior or choices. This is rare, but it happens.

    With practice you learn where to draw the line and realize it’s not about serving and giving to others all the time whenever they have a need, every need. There is wisdom and balance.

    The key is being willing to help others when you don’t feel like it or you don’t feel like they deserve it or feel like you should be the one to bail them out. This is doing unto others as you would have done to you. Helping them because you’d want the help in the same situation you may have gotten yourself into, cheerfully, without judgment.

    Hope this helps.

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      Tina Black - October 21, 2016

      Thanks Tim, this was very helpful

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      Austin - September 23, 2017

      So wait. You have the key to make sure you are not left in the dust but the only way to find out is to PAY you? Really?

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        Tim McHyde - September 23, 2017

        Austin, If you don’t want to support a teacher for his teaching like Jesus and Paul both instructed (Lk 10:7; Gal 6:6) that’s OK. You are free to work on your own with the “depart from me” passage (Mt 7:21-23). Be prepared to put in years of study and prayer on Jesus’ words and the rest of the Bible. My modest “online school entrance fee” may start to look like a good deal after a few weeks.

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    Chip - June 25, 2017

    God (Jesus) never intended us to be doormats…ask for wisdom and follow the Spirits lead. Nowadays many are raised to be professional beggars or enabled….Paul made it clear when he said if you don’t work you don’t eat… Everyone must pull their weight and help with the burdens of others especially the elderly or incapacitated….and cheerfully God’s word is full of encouragement for every situation for the best outcomes.

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    Mary Magdalene - August 4, 2017

    When givng is of a true soul and heart there is no end to giving. One receives the Love and energy whence it comes from.
    Nothing belongs to us. Dust to dust. So if one trulely
    searches the heart for the reason of the giving in the first place, then there will be true love joy and happiness. Now if it is given in love, deep love . Then all the rewards will be given. In Love there is no line to be drawn..

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      Pat - September 23, 2017

      Your words can be misunderstood. My mother gave to charities (many probably fake) and it has caused the mailbox to be stuffed with junk from the way too many organizations of vultures that do nothing but beg for donations.
      They are from countries with tons of kids when they cannot even take of themselves. To give to them is to enable. It is not love to keep breeding and then become a ‘mooch’ and plan on letting others give to you. They want anyone who has more to feel guilty. This is not love, and they do not love us for giving, because we have given out of guilt.

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    Rachel - August 6, 2017

    God’s ways are much higher then ours .. love is not what the world tells us.. 1John 5:2-3 – By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

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Leonard Feenan - October 30, 2016

Tim,
as promised I have read your second article ‘Depart from me, I never knew you’. I think you may have just saved my life! Or at least shed the light on Yeshua’s life saving truth that I like many others have missed. Thanks to good ole Christianity. Again, the words of truth ring a certain tune that only the God given Spirit in us can hear, and when we hear it, rings true in our hearts. You again have plainly and masterfully written in clear terms with scriptural backed factual evidence, that was always right there in front of our eyes, to challenge our thinking about the true meaning behind this awful statement of why our Master said that Christians (or specifically those who practice the teachings) will be rejected at His coming! I have always seen it and glazed over it as a dismissal to something I maybe thought I didn’t have to understand.

I do think you are correct in saying that there will be a lot of very angry people who will be offended because they cannot get past the perceived accusation that their belief system is being assaulted by you. You made it personal and they won’t like it. Instead they should be thinking that their death and resurrection is a very personal AND serious issue. If we don’t approach Messiahs living Word and law as personal and serious with open hearts and minds we will miss the true meaning. It then becomes a life or death issue.

I pray that the Father continues to bless you, His servant, with insight and knowledge so that fruit is produced for the Father, fulfilling His will. May more lives be saved and more of us are inspired to live with the Law of Love first in our hearts to further the good news of His Kingdom!

Sincerely your brother in the struggle
Leonard Feenan

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Jay - November 7, 2016

Thanks for the access!

Article: Why Jesus Will Tell Christians I Never Knew You

You said (pg 11) the saved are never depicted as needing to meet a standard of performance in their obedience, but Jesus did when he said in (Matt 5:48) “be perfect like your father in heaven is perfect.” That is one standard that I believe no natural man can achieve even with a strong will and track record of honorable achievements.

He said (1 Corint 6: 9-10) no fornicators, homosexuals, drunkards, thieves will receive the kingdom. Again, none are good enough. (1 Cor 6:11) goes on to say… “and so were some of you.” But…. you were sanctified, justified (by the blood of Christ) however even though these folks have been sanctified they must now ACT in accordance to God’s law.

Then in (1 Corint 7:1) he says its o.k to have sexual relations since we all commit sex immorality but we have to do that with a wife or husband so as to keep it sanctified.

We are sanctified by Jesus blood…. BUT………………..we must now behave in righteous manner to gain eternal life!

Is this the message? There is a BUT after Blood? We have been sanctified by the blood and are now in position to gain the kingdom BUT we must now ACT in acceptable manner to gain the Kingdom. Jesus did His part and we MUST do ours. Before He died and shed His blood we had no way to get to heaven. Now we have been sanctified through Jesus blood BUT…… now we have a responsibility to behave in an acceptable manner. Of course we will all fail because we are NOT perfect like our Father in heaven is as long as we are human and until we are “changed” we are not always able to be in compliance as Satan influences our world and distracts us from our ultimate goal.

So…. Jesus died for our sins to gain us entrance into the kingdom and it is now up to us (with the help of the Holy spirit) to do our part. (Matt 5:48) Be Perfect Like Your Father In Heaven? seems like an oxymoron

Guess that’s it!

Taking a huge break from Michael Rood Book Mystery Of Iniquity beyond chap 6. Was so into that book till begin of chap 7. I wonder about him. Gifted person but scary. I bought several of his books to give away but honestly to afraid to do so. Think I’ll revisit at some point and finish it. I just hate to feel so condemned.

If I willed myself to move to a monastery that would be the only possible way I personally could ever see possible to gain this kingdom.

I echo that the bible is a most difficult book to comprehend and nearly impossible to digest and comprehend at least for me.

So much mystery so little time.

Mark 10-17-27

So here is how I feel. The rich young ruler wanted to obtain eternal life but was found lacking. At the end of the sermon Jesus said with man it is impossible but with God anything is possible.

Lesson: Man can not gain eternal life of and by himself but man can gain eternal through God but how? Jesus did not expound.

Man can gain eternal life through a belief in Jesus BUT also keeping the commandments.

Belief+Works= Eternal Life
Correct?

Jay

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    Tim McHyde - November 7, 2016

    Hi Jay,

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    Jesus statement “be thou perfect like your Father in Heaven” is not what you think. It’s no standard of performance for any specific result such as salvation. Many statements of Jesus like this especially in the Sermon on the Mount (SotM) like are easily misunderstood as such. In fact, Martin Luther’s view of the SotM was that it represents an impossible demand like the Law of Moses. That was also my understanding of it all my Christian life until this very year when I made three breakthroughs on the SotM that changed everything. Now it makes sense and is doable and encouraging. (I’ll be sharing these keys here as soon as I can get it done!)

    Therefore, joining the monastery is not necessary. You are saved just by your faith decision to seek the kingdom/righteousness, unrelated to your performance. That’s why it’s a gift. You don’t earn it, you change your heart and are given it, Jesus’ blood applied to your sins. Now your performance/works do factor in later for your REWARD in the Kingdom as my teaching will explain. That’s why Revelation 20 says each man was rewarded according to his works in the afterlife. Their faith got them to the afterlife, their works determined their reward there.

    What does “be thou perfect” mean, then? Jesus said this to sum up the goal of everything he was talking about. As children of God, we ought to eventually be like him. God is perfect in love and gives rain to the wicked and the just. The more you become like God the greater reward/responsibility you will experience in the kingdom. Look for my “3 keys to the SotM” teaching to understand this.

    To answer your final question, faith + works does not equal salvation. Faith in the Word of God/Jesus brings salvation as explained above. That you have faith in the right thing is confirmed by the good works that result. The amount and quality of these good works from your choice for the kingdom (salvation) determines your reward.

    Tim

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      Jay - November 12, 2016

      Thank you Tim for explaining. I think I am way too harsh on myself, hence equally critical with my opinion and acceptance of others. Need to work harder on accepting my being human. I also need to work harder on understanding God’s acceptance of me being imperfect as well as of my own imperfect and many times difficult to love neighbors, esp when they are not acting in accordance to the Love Your Neighbor command themselves.

      I struggle daily with love, compassion and acceptance of extremely self centered people at my workplace who seem to unknowingly spit in the face of God with their actions and or lack of compassion for others, (i.e those who are always out for themselves at all cost. ) These are those who consider themselves before any other and I do know them by their fruits! This makes it very difficult for me to accept them let alone feel any love or compassion toward them. Working beside this lot of self centered individuals creates an impenetrable drain on my being while delivering health care to those I am employed to serve. However I do continue to work on and struggle within to see them through God’s eyes but I am quite sure I do not see what God see’s or even capable of seeing. It’s tough! I feel totally defeated daily and want to escape but I’m still there for some hopefully higher purpose I can only imagine. If that purpose is to become more compassionate and loving towards them then I am feeling very defeated as I leave with mostly feelings of spiritual despair.

      Any words of biblical wisdom is always welcome. So what can you say about knowing people by their fruits and how to deal with them?

      I appreciate your time, your understanding and humanitarianism

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        Tim McHyde - November 12, 2016

        Over self-criticism is almost universal. It goes away when you realize that God does not agree with that standard of judgment and then make a habit to be aware and mindful when it comes up and rebuke it with the truth that God judges on the heart, not the performance. You are accepted and loved just for the intent based on faith (Gen 15:6). Let go of perfectionistic judgments and you will have great joy and blessings.

        Ahh, yes, as is typical, having this judgmental metric for ourselves lends itself even more readily for others. Forgiveness is again the key.

        It almost sounds like you work at a church or other Christian org and expect more Christlike behavior than they give. Regardless, for me the key is to remember whatever I see in them, they see collectively 10x more flaws in me that they also deem inexcusable. This is why we can’t judge others as we’re all on the same level, practicing and learning on each other. If you feel like judging and not forgiving someone, then you’re forgetting that you are just as imperfect as them, albeit in different ways probably. (Ways that they would look at and comment, “I would never do that. Jay is despicable!”)

        The fruits “to know them by” definitely needs clarification. For now, I can say it’s not about performance or perfection, obviously. We all have bad fruit by that. It’s about an attitude of love and humility and trying to do better at love–along with faith in God, and faith to help us. People like this that you know will overtime get better and find and correct things that were not like love.

        Yeah, definitely for me, when people offend and hurt me, remembering that I am also practicing on others and hurting and offending them, too, lets me forgive and move on. Does that make sense and can you try it out and get back to me?

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      Wesley A Groth - October 24, 2017

      I came across some people that I name the worship Style lordship salvation. One out of the bunch encourages you too forsake everything and your family as Jesus told the multitude. As I heard this person to say this I went through Big Time depression. Of all the things I was willing and trying to give up I just could not give up my family. All of this started on August 5th two weeks after I tried to quit my job only to put in a receding notice a week after. I call it either divine intervention or the devils intervention that the boss took me around the corner and mentioned that he would not have his conversation with anyone else about letting me back in because of my seniority. After a conversating with my boss about accepting my job back I was comparing myself to Peter and was whimpering that night. Strangely God was revealing himself a different way to me. On the Wednesday after that week I guess my father for a pastry on the weekend and behold Saturday morning I saw a pie on the table and I never asked anybody else but the father above. My mother is now having a different attitude towards life and is looking into living more off the land and Little Bit of Faith. Microsoft Word as if I move across state with these people that gave up everything I would give a self-accusation that I’m falling myself. Most of my life I’ve been in sexual immorality August 5th I was abstinent for 4 weeks. Some of these other lordship salvation people and encourage that others move into mirror isolation away from sinners. I don’t vote for or against them but pray to the wonderful counselor judge and intercessor to plot the railroad for this train of mine. Without a doubt if God wanted a train to come off the rails and go somewhere else who do it

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Tim L - November 7, 2016

I still have trouble, on principle, with the idea that faith in God be required for entrance to heaven. I always ask the question – how could one from a society that had never read the Bible hope to have heard of God, therefore if they haven’t heard of him, how could they have faith in him, therefore how is it fair that they be excluded from heaven on faith alone? Or what of those from societies before Jesus visited, and the Bible written? Of course if they have not heard of God or his word then they may not be acting in a very moral and loving fashion, which would exclude them, but what if they were? Which leads to this quote from that page: “See, lots of unbelieving people do good things all the time but this cannot make them saved. That’s because their good acts come out of their own goodness or natural abilities. If someone does not first submit to God and love others because he says so, then the Bible calls what they did “dead works.”

I cannot for the life of me understand how someone acting in their own goodwill could be frowned upon anymore than someone acting in God’s goodwill (assuming they are doing the same actions with the same outcomes). If the idea is to do good in order to love and help others, then both may achieve it equally. After all, God gave us free will. If we choose to use it to act in good nature, good grace, good works, then why should the reward be less than someone doing it because God said so? In my opinion, acting in the goodness of your own free will, instead of acting in goodness based on another’s authority, is actually more difficult to do – it is easier to be a follower than a leader, easier to be part of a group than an independent – so why should the reward be less? It does not make any sense to me. To put it another way, if I see someone doing good, I don’t first ask whether or not they have faith in God before passing judgement. So long as they are not a wolf in sheep’s clothing, I respect and admire the good they are doing regardless of their beliefs. To put it yet another way, we live in a world with so much deception, I can perfectly understand those who choose to disregard the Bible or remain faithless. After all, many doing so could be said to be showing ‘discernment’ (even if they are wrong). But if some of these citizens are moral, righteous people acting in goodness, why should their reward be any less? They may have been tricked into rejecting God, but they were not rejecting God on a personal level – it was not because they disagreed with his values, or had anything personally against him. They simply didn’t know better.

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    Tim McHyde - November 7, 2016

    The beauty of God’s requirement for salvation is that you don’t need a Bible to a) know that God exists or b) figure out God’s will, what pleases him.

    Paul said that the very universe testifies that God exists to the point that people are without excuse when the wrath of God comes and they did not escape it. They don’t need the Bible, they just need some common sense. Evolution takes a lot faith to swallow with its many gaping holes, perhaps greater faith than looking at the world or even just the human body and realizing there is a Designer behind it.

    As for what God would have us do, again no Bible needed. The Mother Theresas, Ghandis and Jesus’ of the world are universally admired for their selfless, loving, principled service to others. Most agree that we should act more like them we all know what “the right thing” to do is in most situations: the Golden Rule (Bible name) or Rule of Reciprocity (the generic name). The laws of most lands echo Gods’ prime four or five commandments against murder, theft, adultery, perjury and not honoring parents/elderly (Mt 19:17-19).

    Now is this all so patently obvious that everyone will get it? No, but that’s on purpose, too. This is not “One Life To Live” as the soap opera title goes. It’s only one life if you diligently pursue God and truth and overcome. For those who are not so radical to seek God when most of the world does not, they get to come up again in the next resurrection when its easier and better suited to their non-maverick personality type.

    On your second question, it’s not just “less reward” but there is no reward for someone not doing the right thing as described above, in faith to God. “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (He 11:6). You can’t have eternal life without faith in God’s word (which means you agree with his authority and do it).

    As this article explains, the whole point of this is for all of God’s children to get to the point where they submit to his authority and his law of love–the only way for all to get along. You need both. Anyone who decides to love for now on their own and not because God says so, may later decide to stop on their own authority since it was their own personal law to begin, a god unto themselves still. That won’t work!

    For peace in eternity, everyone has to submit to God’s authority first and second do what that authority requires (love) or you have not really satisfied the conditions for having peace in eternity with God and others. Like I said, God just wants all his kids to get along. That only happens if all the kids recognize the authority of Father and do what he says!

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      Grant - July 24, 2017

      I like reading Hebrews especially concerning the house of Judah (the Jews and Jews in Israel) and the house of Israel (the lost tribes and our descendants,) my belief. “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. NO LONGER WILL A MAN TEACH HIS NEIGHBOR OR A MAN HIS BROTHER, SAYING, KNOW THE LORD, BECAUSE THEY WILL ALL KNOW ME from the least of them to the greatest. ” there is no denying that all of the English speaking world and most Europeans have heard of YHWH or God and Jesus. We all somehow know right from wrong even from a very young age and even then most of us were disciplined when naughty because our parents new right from wrong even though most had never read a bible, ( my parents and grandparents to name a few ) but there it is, the Law of differentiating right from wrong. How did we know? THE LAW IS WRITTEN IN OUR MINDS AND HEARTS.
      LOVE TO ALL

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Tina Black - November 13, 2016

Matthew 7:21–23
The light switch is on… I FINALLY get it!!!
Not sure why I was having such a hard time with this, its so simple.
Thanks, Tim

I don’t always grasp your teachings but your articles really have me going back to my Bible and doing some studying for myself. It’s very rewarding.

Peace to you and your family

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV) — 13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres……. the greatest of these is Love

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    Tim McHyde - November 13, 2016

    I’m no longer surprised to hear people have trouble with the concepts I’m teaching because A) they are so foreign from what you have been taught (paradigm blindness) and B) I’m still learning how to understand and communicate them effectively myself. People who come later and read the new book will get the benefit of the interactions here on the Support Team!

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Kathryn Arnold - November 22, 2016

It’s messing with my head, as I read the first two Support Group articles, that I can’t share these with anyone without asking them to pay. I can only hope that future articles outside the group will entice them. Goodness knows I’ve shared many of your articles, both privately and on facebook, and have yet to hear from anyone regarding them.

These are certainly convicting articles. Your testimony of God’s provision based on faith (with the absence of non-faith behaviors) rings loudly true, unlike anything I’ve heard before.

Peace and blessings,
Kathryn

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    Tim McHyde - November 22, 2016

    I’m glad to hear how convicting my writing is getting! People are led to repentance when they are
    convicted of sin or the need to change, without judgment and an example of doing the right behavior they need to model. I will share more testimonies to help in that regard, too.

    I hear you on wanting to share the content. I keep hearing the support team say this, especially the Good News of the Kingdom one. Therefore, my plan now is to release that one for free as a showcase/sample of the support team content.

    Also I’m going to see about gift codes for people to buy access for others, even one article access for cheap.

    Finally, don’t forget that one day all this and much more will be in a free novel that will be ten times more “convicting” and compelling. Right now I just need to build the support to get there and this support team concept is doing that, even if it means restricting people for now who we think could be helped but are not willing to be help back.

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      Kathryn Arnold - November 22, 2016

      I disagree about which article from this group to share… People are not asking “What is the sign of the end of good times?” or “What is the kingdom?” but everybody wants to know about why Jesus rejected those who did miracles in His name. The kingdom article would be their immediate reward for subscribing. Just my take on the choice of which to share freely as a sample.

      I like the idea of gift codes, too. I was actually asking myself who I’d like to encourage with an element of impetus to read your articles.

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        Tim McHyde - November 23, 2016

        My problem is I’m working with a prophecy email list and have to be careful to promote prophecy related articles to it which answering the “this gospel shall be published and then the end shall come”. But you may be able right that the depart from me passage is so universal and scary (and arguably end time prophecy) that it can work too or better. I may have to run a headline split test to see which gets the most clickthroughs to determine which is more appealing. Thanks and stay tuned.

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          Kathryn Arnold - November 23, 2016

          Arguably? I don’t know another that strikes more actual fear, though “a camel through the eye of a needle” probably makes a few squirm. Most are pre-trib and don’t think they’re going to be here for Wormwood, etc. and those who do know that truth are still inclined to self-search at least briefly over those words of Jesus’.

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          Tim McHyde - November 23, 2016

          I hear that is the case for you and I agree for me too, but the problem is most Christians reading that passage think it’s about somebody else, sign-seeking Christians or some sad strange minority. For them to be interested in the article they have to entertain the new idea that it could be talking about them which is like thinking the post-trib rapture is possible.

          Anyway, thanks for your input and I hope others have some input too, to help us get outside our own perceptions.

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Sue W - November 30, 2016

After reading this article, I wondered about the thief on the cross – the one Jesus assured would be in Paradise with Him.
Was there more to his words than faith alone?
Despite his own difficult circumstances, did his words provide love and encouragment to our dying saviour?
Enjoying the site, Tim.

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    Thomas Burke - March 13, 2017

    Hello Sue,

    Rather than be offended towards God by his suffering and painful death as did the other unnamed thief on the cross, he spoke out defending truth, and repented, and did what little he still could do which was ask of whom had promised to answer and to give, for forgiveness…

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Thomas Burke - March 13, 2017

A good answer to the common question about the thief on the cross apparently going straight to paradise…

http://www.truthaboutdeath.com/q-and-a/id/1608/didnt-jesus-tell-the-thief-on-the-cross-that-they-would-be-in-heaven-that-day

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Thomas Burke - March 13, 2017

I read once that “the eye of a needle” referred to a passage in a city wall shaped like that and through which a camel would have to shed all that it was carrying, get down on all four knees and scrape along with great difficulty to pass through this type of passage intended to only let one man through at a time as a defensive measure, to permit but limit the flow of persons entering a city with the gates closed. The point being that we have to shed all our earthly values and humble ourselves to enter the Kingdom of God.

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Thomas Burke - March 13, 2017

The “camel through the eye of a needle” comment above was intended in response to Kathryn Arnold’s comment on this above as being scary, it shouldn’t be, in other words, entrance is not nigh impossible for the rich, just very difficult.

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Thomas Burke - March 18, 2017

“My yoke is easy” because intent with faith is enough, any level of performance or fruit is accepted as explained by Tim!

Matthew 11:28-30New International Version (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

30) Easy.—The Greek has a wider range of meaning—good, helpful, kind, profitable.

My burden is light.—The “burden” of Christ was the commandment that most characterised His teaching—the new commandment that men should love one another; and those who obeyed that commandment would find all to which it bound them light and easy.

http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ellicott/matthew/11.htm

Thomas Burke CR

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Thomas Garza - March 25, 2017

AT 61 years of age I will simply state what I FEEL when reading your articles as well as listening to Nehemiah Gordon’s Torah Pearls and Prophet Pearls; I get frustrated, angry, confused, depressed and even find myself wanting to throw my arms up and YELL, “What’s the Deal, God ? ” I have spent most of my life trying to be a “good believer” but the more I learn, the more screwed up my spiritual Bio looks.

What I’m trying to say is that I feel like every time I think I’m gaining ground, another lesson comes along and stomps all over my neatly folded “Binkie.” I FEEL like it has taken me too long to realize how much error my life has been encrusted with as to knowing God’s Will. I’m sharing this because I know that no one else is going through what I am feeling, lol.

Here’s the DEAL, between what God is showing you and what I’m learning through Nehemiah’s ministry is really setting me back. At my age I thought I would or should have a handle on ” All thing’s Bible” but in reality, I feel like a moron. Perhaps the coolest thing about my testimony here is that in the midst of these ranges of emotion, I sense God’s Presence. I want to be polished, astute and in command of MY Life Mission but am learning that for at least 50 years, God has been my Co-Pilot instead of the Pilot.

Thanks for shooting straight, Tim ! Give Katrina my regards.

Sincerely, Stomped On. lol

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    Tim McHyde - March 25, 2017

    Thomas, knowing you for years, I think you have made God your pilot but have been fed and found the wrong information on what the right course is, essentially. The good news is you still get credit for all the years off course because your heart was to make God the pilot.

    Now that you know the right course (Love God, love neighbor; no Sabbath, feasts, church attendance, rituals, etc. required), you can have the blessings and fruit that come from actually living God’s way that “few find” (Mt 7:14).

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      Forrest Chambers - June 24, 2017

      Although I have not read your article on this subject because of the charge … I believe I got the gist of what you are saying. Let me recap and see if I am correct in interpreting the article. We gain entrance to be with God through our acceptance of Christ dying for our sins and asking Him into our spirits, i.e. lives, regeneration, saved etc. . This is the gift of salvation. The second part, which can probably be labeled as sanctification or a second work of the Holy Spirit, or whatever label you want to place on it from a denominational point of view, is works. If this is where you are going, then I agree to a point and that point is that we as believers get to Know God and He gets to Know us. The capital letters are there for a purpose and that is to actually Know a person, not as an acquaintance, but actually Know them as who they really are. There are actually three aspects to salvation and they are spiritual rebirth, salvation of the soul and receiving a glorified body when we die.

      Bottom line is that we allow the Holy Spirit to work in out spirit and then move into our souls which allows God to do with us what He wishes. This is what is called fruit in the bible. We do not produce the works through our own work, but by allowing God to permeate our spirits and then souls where there is works done by Him through our lives. Most of what is done in the name of God is merely mans working for God. What God wants is for us to have a relationship with Him so He can work through us to produce good fruit for His cause. Please at least let me know if this is where you are going on this subject.

      Thanks
      Forrest Chambers

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        Tim McHyde - June 24, 2017

        Forrest, your guess as to what my article says on, “Depart from me I never knew you” is unfortunately much closer to a confusing composite of what you’d hear if you asked ten Christians how salvation works than it is to what Yeshua actually taught as explained in my study.

        If you really want to know where I’m going on the subject without contributing to my work, then here’s how: throw out everything you think you know from Christianity, start over with a blank slate and then read, meditate and pray on Yeshua’s words in the Gospels over and over for years like I did until God sheds light on it.

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        Kent Brashear - July 10, 2017

        Forrest, you missed it; your ego knows no bounds.

        ________________________Kent Brashear

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Jaime Freer - April 1, 2017

Great article Tim, very deep and definitely a different point of view on “Christianity” and salvation. Now I just need to clear me this:

“Unfortunately, Christianity has hijacked much of what was said only to the apostles and made it for all Christians, such as “the Great Commission” which is really the Apostle’s Commission.”

So “the Great Commission” is not every christian purpose in life? This would be very good news, since I am not really doing it, and I have always felt bad for it.

Thanks for the explanation!

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    Tim McHyde - April 1, 2017

    Jaime, Please review Part 3 especially Chapter 17 “The Real Great Commission” of one of those Know the Future books I left with you. That’s when I first wrote on the fact that Christianity hijacked the Apostle’s commission.

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Ian - May 5, 2017

Matthew 7:21-23 is the most misused portion of scripture of the Bible. It is very easy to understand though.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

What is the will of the father WHEN IT COMES TO SALVATION?

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The will of the father is to believe on the son… meaning trust him for salvation. (Eph. 1:13)

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

What are these people trusting in? THEIR “MANY WONDERFUL WORKS.”

Eph. 2:8-9. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Salvation is NOT OF WORKS. That is why they are told in verse 23 “I never knew you.” It’s just that simple.

If you say “bringing forth fruit meat for repentance” is how to be saved, you are also trusting in your own works, and are therefore not saved. Because now salvation is not by the blood of Christ but by something YOU are doing.

Repent means to change your mind, and in Hebrews 6:1 the repentance that is the foundation of our faith is repentance FROM DEAD WORKS. Not turning from sin…turning from trusting your works like the people in Matthew 7:22 were doing.

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    Tim McHyde - May 6, 2017

    Ian, your answer is a good guess that many would make, but it does not address all the passages from Jesus, Paul and James about salvation not existing without “works.”

    More importantly, right there in the passage you missed that Jesus contrasted those who “DO the will of the Father” with “you workers of LAWLESSNESS.” This means there is a LAW the Father “wills” us to DO that Christians miss when they choose other things to do in Jesus’ name that he NEVER told them to do. He did tell the apostles to do those supernatural things, but only AFTER he taught them to DO his LAW unto salvation, which saved them, not the supernatural things. This is not “faith by works” but it’s faith in the right thing that produces works. If you don’t have works, you don’t have faith in the right thing, like most Christians. This is why Christians instead of love, have a reputation for hypocrisy, judmentalism, and self-righteousness.

    I encourage you and others to consider sending the support I need to access my study so you can understand this confused yet important issue that every Christian needs to know. Your support will enable me to continue on writing my next book teaching all of this, to be released for FREE. It could be years from now since I’m still in the research phase, but there is great benefit to knowing the research I have released now on the Support Team.

    Tim

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      Karla - June 25, 2017

      Awesome answer Tim. Yehovah gave a perfect law. Fariseism destroyed that law. Yeshua came to rectify that was destroyed by them and to be the lamb of God that took away our punishment. Repentance comes though from acnowledgin the Son. But that also comes from the Holy Spirit…

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Michelle Gerson - May 21, 2017

Do unto others…. puzzles me, as in the Bible God send Israel to war to fight His enemy, i.e. the Canaanites, etc…

Nowadays, the Muslims (not just the terrorists or Jedadists, as every muslim is a potential terrorist to be, if they follow the Quran properly)are God’s enemies. I found myself say that I hate them with a passion for what they are doing to us and to having replaced God with Allah, the pagan moon god, Satan impersonated, who is temporarily giving himself glory for being worshipped and for wanting to rule the world (until Yeshua comes back). So, I am against Muslims coming in our countries, as we can see not only on the news, but also in our everyday life, with muslims at every corner of our streets. Is it part of loving our neighbour to love Muslims, or is it acceptable, like Yeshua with the Pharisees, to dislike them.

Saying that, when I talk to Muslims, I am polite, and talk about my faith if the opportunity presents itself, and I am always trying to find opportunities. It is difficult, as these people are so anti-Yeshua (anti christ) that I am constantly reminded that they are His enemy and hence, as we learn at Maths + and + is + or the friend of my friend is my friend, whereas – and + is – or the enemy of my friend is my enemy. Other religions are oblivious of our God Yehovah and Yeshua, but muslims have a personal vindictiveness against Them.

What is your opinion and is it acceptable to dislike them?

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    Tim McHyde - May 21, 2017

    Michelle, God commanded Israel to wipe out the nations of wicked peoples, most or all of which were giants/nephilim. God is the giver and taker of life and this was his wrath on them, like Sodom. That was God, not us or an example for individual believers.

    You really pose a relevant question for today for individual believers. Many Christians unabashedly express their hate towards Muslims online. They justify this by their perception of Islam as a threat to their personal life, way of life, country, values. (There are so many things like this Christians do against Yeshua’s teachings as a direct result of unconscious, reflexive self-justification.)

    If you look to Jesus’ example, however, you won’t find justification to hold onto hate or prejudice for unpopular people groups. He healed the Roman’s slave plus ate with his enemies the Pharisees. As far as prejudice, the Samaritan of his day he used as an example in his most famous parable of the Good Samaritan was equivalent to a Muslim for Christians today, hated and despised. He said it’s most meritorious to even pray for your enemies.

    When you think about it, not just Muslims but most Christians and everyone else are the “God’s enemies” or “wicked” (in wisdom literature parlance) however sincere they are. That’s why God’s coming wrath killing two thirds is justified. If you are not submitted to God to do his law of love, even if you are religious, you are not righteous and considered wicked. So to be consistent you might just have to become a misanthrope, disliking all humans, taking this to the logical conclusion.

    Bottom line, the Muslims are deceived as are Christians (who follow a false easy grace gospel). Most Muslims don’t want to kill Christians. It’s the few extremists who actually follow Muhammad’s words that do jihad. (BTW, only a few extremist Christians do the same and actually follow Jesus’ words.) Even if they all had an agenda to conquer your nation, the highest approach is to forgive, love and pray for them.

    To help with your dislike issue why not study the Gospels over and over to absorb Jesus’ example and words towards enemies. And pray for God to help you with your dislike, biases and prejudices much of which may be inherited from Christian and Western culture. Try to inherit “Jesus’ culture” instead?

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      Michelle Gerson - May 21, 2017

      Tim, thank you for this. At the back of my mind or perhaps my spirit, I was questioning my attitude,but justified myself that I believe muslims are possessed by demons, and you are not kind to the devil.
      It will be hard, but I will follow your advise and God willing, (I am sure he will), I will see these people under a different angle.
      God bless us all
      Michelle

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Terry Galloway - May 27, 2017

Michelle,
In my experience as a 12 year old born again Christian, most of the persecution I have received is from people who say they are Christians but don’t have the indwelling Holy Spirit. I have lost many friends and family that go to church every Sunday (in the Bible belt), but hate me since I have been transformed and listen to God to obey His will. They even told me to stop reading my Bible and that I was a crazy Christian that they didn’t want to see anymore (my parents!)

The answer for me has been to pray, pray, pray for my enemies! Forgive as I have been forgiven. After 8 years of not seeing my parents who live less than a mile from me, I was begging God to save them and the Holy Spirit told me to stop my car at the grocery store. When I walked through the doors, my mother was standing there. I went up and hugged her, told her Merry Christmas, and walked away. I had confirmation that God was going to answer my prayer. A year later, she called and asked to drive together to my son’s college graduation– yes, they had also cut off their grandchildren who were born again before me. I asked God if it was His will for me to do it and He said yes. We had a wonderful day, and I was free to talk about God. My Dad said that he had started reading the Bible in three different translations. Slowly God is restoring the relationship.

As far as Muslims go– my very best friend is a born again Christian that grew up in Iran. We are all about praying for the lost and evangelism. She got saved by watching near death experiences on YouTube and realizing that everyone was not seeing Mohammed but Jesus. She asked God to show her Jesus and she had a vision. Muslims are very likely to see visions or dreams. I does my heart good to watch testimony videos of people becoming Christians from Catholicism, Islam and Judiasm. Also reading 23 Minutes in hell or seeing videos of people who went to hell and came back will make you not want anyone (all made in God’s image) to go there. Even my worst enemy, who did the worst betrayal and left his family (all the while saying he is a Christian who is forgiven no matter how he has treated his family), I pray for God to save him though I don’t think God is going to after all these years. He is not dead yet, but if Jesus returns for His Bride soon (which I believe from my dreams that He is coming), my enemy will be left behind. He is deceived and under the delusion that God doesn’t require obedience. Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 5:20 and John 3:36 all prove that He does. The Holy Spirit inside us gives us the power to repent and obey. Thank you Jesus!!

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    Sylvia - July 22, 2017

    Have been reading this page for the first time from here in Australia, had to send a msg on to you Terry to say how gentle and real your post about your life and family and friends reads to me. I don`t know you but might meet you one day in Gods time. Warm Regards to you and All from Australia Sylvia L….

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Karles Wortherly - June 3, 2017

Thank you, Tim, VERY MUCH for this insightful article! I’ll come back to this, after I’ve gotten some rest, with a brief comment and at least one question that immediately comes to mind. This article is such a relief, that I didn’t want to hesitate to THANK YOU, as I don’t know when I’ll have the combination of time and energy to pick up on this!

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Nigel - June 24, 2017

An article I did not read as there is a conditioin to reading it. However I tried to get a sense of what it is about from the comments. Great comments and answers I feel I have learnt a lot from that. To be honest I do not imagine I am entitled to being saved the only way I will be saved is if God, the father has mercy and kindness upon me. I do not believe I will be saved by reading something so I don’t mind I can’t read your article.

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    Tim McHyde - June 24, 2017

    Nigel, that’s a pretty bleak theology you shared, but I wonder how many more Christians out there would agree with you? I certainly can’t because by your logic why did Yeshua’s words get written down, if “you will not be saved by reading something?” Further, our salvation is not by God’s choice to have individual mercy and kindness on us (he already did that in general through Jesus), but as a direct result of our free will choice. If it were not so, then God’s instruction to “love your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” (Dt 6:4=Mt 22:37) to have eternal live/salvation (Mt 19:17-19) is a complete sham because he’s telling you to do what depends on him letting/making you? That makes us robots or puppets…

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Della - September 12, 2017

I understand about love and forgiveness. But how do you deal with people who treat you bad no matter how hard you try to have a relationship with them. I went through that with my inlaws so now i just keep to myself and don’t go to their family gathering because they dont even talk to me when i talk to them and sit there feeling stupid cause my husband leaves me while he hangs out with his brother so i dont go anymore. And i also had a issue with my sister and some lady doing witchcraft on people who my sister felt mad her mad she told me the stuff the had done to people. Then she tried to do it to me. I don’t communicate with her anymore it not that i hate her but i dont trust her to be around me and my family. But i do not want to let God down by not wanting to deal with her and her children that where doing witchcraft. And she said i was lying on her and i never did she told me the stuff they where doing. I feel like i am gonna go to hell cause i cant deal with her.

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    Tim McHyde - September 12, 2017

    Della, If people are unloving or abusive towards you, the wise thing to do is to cut them off or set up other boundaries. God’s law is love, which does not mean you are friends with or in contact with everyone no matter how they treat you. Until it was his time, whenever the Jews were trying to kill him, Jesus went away: http://biblehub.com/luke/4-29.htm Do the same in love and don’t feel guilty.

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Brinson Coffman - October 11, 2017

Tim, what is your position on the role of the Holy Spirit in the walk of faith? For example, how to know we are being lead by the HS for discernment in walking the narrow path and enabling me to love others that I struggle living in my own power.

Brinson

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    Tim McHyde - October 11, 2017

    Brinson, that’s a good topic to keep in mind for a future study: how to look for and know the leading of God in your life.

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Johan Pretorius - October 12, 2017

Hello Brinson/Tim, this is a very good topic of which I asked myself the same question over and over, how do I know I am on the right path with what I am doing now. It would be of great help to give us something more concrete and specific that will guide us and give us comfort. This really bothers me and gives me stressful days.

UPDATE: I found the new podcast and it helped!

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