The arch enemy convinced our first parents that fig leaves were good enough to cover their nakedness. What today’s churches teach is generally a figment of Satan’s imagination to cover the nakedness of God’s word.
No sensible woman would make a dress out of fig leaves. They’d soon dry out or blow away, and reveal what was underneath. But Eve thought fig leaves made fine clothing to cover her nakedness. Christians, today, sew fig leaves together to cover the naked truth of
God’s word. Let’s see.Christians will be raptured to heaven to escape the coming time of tribulation.Jesus said immediately after – not before – the tribulation he will return, and send his angels to gather the elect from around the world (Matthew 24:29-31). Christians will go
to heaven when they die.Jesus told his disciples no man has gone to heaven (John 3:13). Peter verified this in Acts 2:29,34 when he said, “Let me freely speak of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us to this day. For David is not ascended into the heavens.” If anyone should be in heaven we might believe it would be David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).
True, yet Jesus never talked about people going to an ever-burning hell fire. He referred to people going to the grave to await His return (John 5:28-29). Nearly every biblical mention of hell refers to the Hebrew <sheol>, or the Greek <hades>, both of which mean the grave. True, again, but Satan is the great deceiver (Revelation 12:9). Peter used the Greek word <tartaroo> when he wrote about eternal torment (2 Peter 2:4), and says this is reserved, not for humans, but for the angels that sinned. Both Peter and Jude refer to an eternal torment,
not of fire but of darkness (Jude 1:6).
The Bible says there is a fire that is not quenched. Light a match and let it simply burn out. This is a fire that is not quenched. The references in Mark 9:43-48 are equations: if the fire burns forever, then worms have eternal life. These verses do not indicate an ever-burning
fire, but one which no one will extinguish. When everything that has been burning turns to ash, the fire will simply die out. This is the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15) which awaits the few incorrigibles who adamantly refuse God’s rule over them. The rest of mankind will
trample their ashes under foot (Malachi 4:3), and we won’t even remember they existed (Ecclesiastes 9:5). This Life Lines series has shown several fig-leaf theories of Satan’s devising to hide the truth of the bible. In Genesis 3:21 we’re told God made garments of skins and clothed Adam and Eve. The Hebrew for clothed means to array, or adorn.
God’s handiwork was of optimal quality, designed to adorn the truth of their beauty. Which do you prefer, fig leaves that hide the truth, or God’s perfect adornment of it?