Biblical Misunderstandings

  • Final States

    The True Life is the Next Life
    Everyone will die (Heb. 9:27), but everyone will also live forever – there.  Where is “there?”  It all depends upon your relationship with Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
    Jesus actually spoke more of hell, than of heaven.  Jesus is very concerned with our final destiny.  We are all born with a ticket to hell (John 3:18). Is there anyone who doesn’t want to exchange it?
    All will be called to salvation by the gospel, the Good News of Jesus, the Christ (Matt. 13:1-23, 22:9-10, 24:14, 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:45-48; John 1:6-9; Acts 13:47; Rom. 10:14-21, 16:25-26;  1 Peter 4:17; Rev. 20:6).  Some will accept the gift, and some will DENY Christ.
    The English Bible refers to the place of the dead as “hell.”  This is very misleading.  In Hebrew, the word translated as hell is Sheol.  In the Greek it is Hades.  In the Bible, Sheol, or Hades, is a place of sleep, rest, and waiting for the resurrection and the judgment, not hell, as we think of it today in the west.  A few saints were predestined by God to be raptured (taken to heaven), and are not waiting in Hades (Deut. 34:1-8; Matt. 17:3).   It is tradition that either Moses was raptured like Elijah, or he was resurrected to accomplish God’s plan (Rom. 8:28-29; Jude 9).  However, most are not to be raised immediately.  Most sleep in Hades, awaiting the resurrection of the masses when Christ returns (Gen. 37:35; Psalms 16:9-10,  139:8; Dan. 12:2; Acts 2:27-31, 13:36; Rev. Read More

  • One Father & Two Sons – The Prodigal One, & The Other One

    One Father & Two Sons – The Prodigal One,  & The Other One
    Proverbs 13:20-25; Luke 15:11-32
    Target Truth    Pastor  Gerry   Crossroads Church, Box 1533, Ukiah, Ca.  95482   707-467-8400
    God calls us, as Christians, to spread the Word—the truth of the Bible.  We don’t save anyone.  God will do the saving.  But, we are called to bring the Word to people (Rom.10:12-17).
    There is a story of a father who wanted to move this huge bolder away from his house.  He told his son to push on this huge bolder which was close to the house—push on it all day if necessary.  The boy pushed and pushed.  He couldn’t move it.  So, the boy tried the next day, and the day after that.  The boy didn’t want to disappoint his father.  But, after several days of pushing, the son came to the father and apologized, because he failed to move the boulder.  His father looked at him, and praised him.  All the father asked, was for the boy to push on it.  The father didn’t expect him to move it—just push on it.  Sometimes, we get ahead of God, just as this boy got ahead of his father.  God calls us, as Christians, to spread the Word.  God will do the convicting.
    In Luke 15:11-32, we find Jesus giving us a parable of:  
    1) A lost son,
    2) Another son who is loyal,
    3) and a father (who doesn’t fit the traditions of the Jewish culture). Read More

  • Two Creation Accounts – Error, or Fact ?

    In Acts & Facts, September 2015, Dr. Lisle, Ph.D. Astrophysics, attempts to blend the two creation accounts into a single account by making two arguments to justify this union.  Both arguments fail to justify blending together the two accounts and placing the Eden account into day 6 of the 7-day account.
    The premise of the arguments are that if the two accounts are determined to be different, then one of them must be in error—the Bible must be incorrect.   Or, if the two accounts are determined to be separate, then the fear is that people might accept the gap between them to account for macro-evolution to occur. These attempts to blend the two accounts together are the result of trying to defend the Bible (a noble thing), but ignoring the numerous differences between these two accounts.  In order to protect the Bible, and the Christian understanding that there cannot be any macro-evolution, many Christians have adopted the position that the Eden account must take place during day 6 of the 7-day account.  For numerous reasons, this is false.
    Specifically, the arguments presented in the article are: The first argument concerns whether plants, or man, was created first (plants first in the 7-day event, and man first in the Eden event).  In the Eden account, when the text states that no plants existed, Dr. Lisle makes the argument that this is a reference to cultivated plants only…not to all plants. Read More


    Were we once with God…before being lost?
    Isiah 53:6-7; Luke 15
    Target Truth     Pastor Gerry
    All of us who are Christians, and, most all religious people, believe in, and speculate about, what life will be like after we die to these bodies. Christians believe in eternal life, either in heaven/Paradise, or hell.   Many religions that are not Christian (such as Mormons, and Jehovah’s Witness’s, and Islam), also believe in a heaven and a hell — or a kind of hell. And some religions believe in reincarnation (coming back to this world to suffer more pain and death), either as a plant, an animal, or a human — depending upon the religion.
    Of course, only Christians have the evidence of actual power over life and death. This evidence was given to us by Jesus when He rose from the dead, just as He predicted in Matthew 12:39-40. And then, after rising from the dead, Jesus appeared to His followers to prove He was alive (alive and transformed into a different kind of being), able to materialize through doors and walls (John 20:19 & 26), and able to rise into the air (Acts 1:9-11). Christ knew we were doubters, and that is why He didn’t just appear to His disciples, and then go off into His kingdom. Read More

  • Other Sheep

    “Other Sheep” Not of “This Sheepfold” (Pen)
    Who are these “other” sheep?
    Psalm 23; John 10:1-18; Revelation 12:1-4
    Target Truth   Pastor Gerry   Crossroads Church, Box 1533, Ukiah, Ca. 95482   707-467-8400
    There are many references in God’s Word to sheep, especially lost sheep. In the ancient world, and still in some parts of the world today, a public sheepfold (pen) is used at night, after the sheep have grazed all day. The sheepfold could be formed by rock walls, natural dirt levees, fencing, or any combination of these, to hold the sheep in. In the evening, all the shepherds who live in that town would bring their sheep to the public sheepfold, and turn them in for the night. They would entrust them to the porter, or watchman, who operated the sheepfold. The shepherd would leave the sheep in the sheepfold, and the sheep remained in the pen, behind the porter. There is not a door, as we envision a door today. The porter would block the entrance, protecting the sheep from robbers or strangers. The porter became the door. The porter would even lie across the opening of the sheepfold so the sheep could not get out, and robbers could not get in. Then, the shepherds would go home for the night. The next morning, the shepherds would return, and call their sheep out. Calling the sheep out sounds simple, but we need to recognize that all the sheep, from all the shepherds, are all mixed together for the night in the sheepfold. Read More

  • Weeds

    WEEDS – Deception of the Host in
    Eden & The Harvest of Evil First in the End Times
    Genesis 6:1-7;  Matthew 13:24-30, and 36-43
    Jesus, in Matthew 13, gives us seven parables which represent a picture of time, from Jesus spreading the Word 2,000 years ago (the first parable), to the harvest of souls at the end of the age, the judgment of God (the seventh parable).  Today, we will explore the second  parable – parable two of seven.
    First, however, we should note some things about Jesus’ ministry, before we explore these parables.  Note in Matthew 13:1-2, that this is when Jesus changes His direction.  Up until now, His word was for the nation of Israel.  But, here in Matthew 13:1, it says that Jesus goes out of the house (Israel – Matt. 11:20), and goes to the sea (“lake” in some translations, meaning to “all the nations” – Rev. 17:15).  The phrase “went out of the house” is seen by Jewish scholars to mean Jesus left the Jewish household, and went to the lake or sea (the sea is the preferred translation), and “sea” is a metaphor for nations and peoples.  Jesus is seen as now taking His message to all peoples. Read More