THE LESSON OF
THE LOTTERY & THE POOL OF BETHESDA
Christ there are no losers. Everyone’s a winner!
There are those areas of our lives that call for due diligence. Among them
includes gambling. When we understand that playing the Powerball lottery, we face the odds of 1 in 175,223,510. That’s a big dice to roll! And while we hear
of the winners and are drawn to envy, it is wise to understand how tens of millions of people go to their graves in the false
hope of winning, many of whom spent large portions of their life’s income in the vain hope of fulfilling the insatiable
desire for gain. It is as Solomon said, “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.”
Eccl.1:8. So, we are admonished to hold our course to heaven: "Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great
treasure and trouble therewith." Prov.15:16.
Christians look for avenues by which their faith may be
fortified. Prayer, Bible study, fellowship, and outreach. And those Christians who participate in gambling, whether the lottery,
the casino, or poker, each of these pursuits works to weaken their faith and to cast doubt on GOD'S salvation. GOD forbids
anything in the Christian’s life that threatens their resolve to hear and obey the Word of GOD, and the Voice of GOD
in their hearts. And gambling is one of Satan’s masterpieces to divert attention away from the Glory of GOD and His
salvation through Jesus Christ, but to focus on "things wherein there is no profit" (Jer.16:19).
Let it be known that as “the prince of this world”
Satan controls every psychic, every witch, every fortuneteller, every casino, every card game, every entertainment, every
fad in music and fashion. We know this due to his own words to Christ: “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain,
shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give
thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.” Lu.4:5,6. Please note:
Jesus did not rebut him in his claim.
contrast between the world’s ways and the ways of Jesus Christ are as night and day. A precious example illustrating
this is found John 5:1-4:
“After this there was a feast of the Jews;
and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue
Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the
moving of the water. [v.4] For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then
first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."
Fact: It was not a holy angel who “troubled the
water.” No no! This supernatural demonstration of healing was in direct competition with the healing ministry of Jesus
Christ, and was used by Satan to lead people away from Jesus and His message of repentance and salvation. They were deceived
to stake their fate at the pool of Bethesda instead of following Christ. As a result, every time the “angel” “troubled
the water” the frenzied dash began. The stronger individuals trampled over the weaker men, women and children to be
the first in the pool. One winner! While the rest were losers. Hopeless and tormented in their ailments, many would die on
its banks. This is the game the devil plays in the world today. And most are being played the fool without even knowing it.
But the healing of Jesus Christ was not limited
to one! “When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits
with His word, and healed all that were sick.” “And great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.”
Matt. 8:16; 12:15.
GOD desires to
heal all of His children from every defilement. But most are living their lives in the raging currents of pride and unbelief,
even as it was in Christ’s day: “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Matt.13:58.
But the Bible believing Christian can take heart.
The assurance of GOD in seeing us through this present life in order to inherit "everlasting life" is as sure as
the light of our sun; as it is written, “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.” Heb.7:22.
Keepers invites every Christian to join the closing work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and establish twelve member groups
within your respective country, heralding the titles: Commandment Keepers Kenyan Assembly, British Assemby,
Brazilian Assembly, etc. As the Bible teaches, the redeemed of earth will come from "every nation, and kindred,
and tongue, and people." Rev.14:6. And all will have stood faithful to Christ's Words, "But if thou wilt
enter into life, keep the commandments." Matt.19:17.
To meet the specific cultural
needs of the different peoples of the world, a custom tailored witness is vital for successful evangelism. While the
message of Salvation through the Creator/Christ is universal in its scope, people's cultural affections vary greatly from
land to land. What can bring tears of joy to one group can actually harden the hearts of another.
To receive this ministry outline click "The Evangelists" below. It contains all the materials needed to succeed
in this invaluable type of ministry.
Two reasons for the need of small church
companies at this time in history:
1. There are six branch ministries, which cover all areas of the closing gospel
work, providing each member with an invaluable task. Teamed up in pairs for each of the branch ministries, none
will sit on the sidelines, feeling useless, and where each have equal value to the success of the ministry's
2. Economic streamlining has become an essential factor in the closing work. As America
and other countries proceed in their place in Bible prophecy a structure of ministry must be in place to carry out
the Savior's closing work on the minds and hearts of the people just at the time it is needed the most.
This efficient, low cost approach to the closing work will be lavished with
GOD'S blessing. Each of these small church companies will be given an eloquent, persuasive testimony
by GOD: to share in the most privileged work on Earth: enlightening the world with His Glory: His redeeming love found in
the truth, as the truth is in Jesus:" as Creator of heaven and earth; what He has done: as
bearing the punishment for the sins of men; and what He is doing: interceding on behalf of His faithful children who are continuously
accused of the devil; and what He will do: deliver His faithful children when He comes again.
Through His Presence, Guidance and Intervention, the faith of Bible literate and obedient Christians will swell
to a lofty summit, preparing them for the coming of the LORD.
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