By Pastor Tommy H. Heffner Sr.

Matthew 24:13 «But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.»

Introduction: Every Church of God, Methodist, Episcopalian, Free Will Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Nazarene, etc. all believe a person can be saved and lose their salvation if they don’t in some way «endure to the end» of their life. Our text doesn’t say that though. The context of the verse is the tribulation and people who are left after the Rapture can definitely lose their salvation and go to Hell, if they don’t ENDURE to the END OF THE TRIBULATION. However, there is no way any saved person in this dispensation (Church age) can lose his/her salvation.

To lose ones salvation means that Christ lied:

1. He has forsaken us
2. Salvation offered by Christ is not eternal
3. Christ atonement for sin was temporal not eternal — it ran out
4. Salvation is dependent upon US — a bilateral covenant not unilateral
5. Christ can not perfect us
6. Sin is more powerful than Christ… He is not all powerful

NOTE: If you could lose your salvation, you would have to do the following seven things. That is, to lose your salvation, you’d have to lose, return, or reverse ALL the things included in our salvation.

I. ABORT yourself from the new birth.

John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

I Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

These verses are plainly referring to your first birth, born of water and your new birth by the Holy Spirit.

a. I don’t see any way to be unborn. You didn’t have anything to do with your first birth, so how can you be unborn. Even you mother and father can’t undo what was done. It’s the same thing with the new birth or Salvation. All you did was receive the gift of God

(Romans 6:23) by believing on the Jesus Christ of the scriptures. When you were born physically all you did was breathe.

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NOTE: A person is SAVED BY GRACE in any age. If it were not for THE GRACE OF GOD we would all be in hell.

The Difference Is In The Dispensations
How to make sense of the differences in the Bible
Introduction and Chapter Ia

By Timothy S. Morton
Copyright 1997, Timothy S. Morton, All Rights Reserved
All Scripture references and quotations are from the
Authorized King James Version of the Bible

NOTE: This reference is not yet available in a printed version. All questions or comments should be directed to Morton Publications, 2101 Morton Road, Sutton, WV 26601 or email the author, Timothy S. Morton.

Chapter I a
The Covenants and The Dispensations

Defining the Terms The Edenic Covenant The Adamic Covenant The Noahic Covenant Rebellion at Babel


When a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior, he, with the Lord, also receives a desire to know more about his salvation and the one who saved him (John 15:26). This desire causes the new believer, possibly for the very first time in his life, to open the Holy Bible in a serious attempt to learn what God has to say. Once in the Scriptures the believer soon realizes that the Bible speaks of much more than just personal salvation and Christ dying on the cross; it speaks of God’s whole program for His entire creation from eternity to eternity. It reveals what God wants man to know about God Himself, His creation, and His purpose with His creation. Unless the believer understands this and divides the Bible accordingly (2 Tim. 2:15), he may become overwhelmed by its vast scope and perplexed by its differences. All the Bible’s major differences can be reconciled with some study (sometimes very little), but if the believer neglects to study and sort these differences out, he will cheat himself out of understanding not only God’s plan and purpose for man in general, but also for himself in particular.
However, even though the Bible is in some areas complex and interwoven, one notable indication that it is the very word of God is the most vital and important subjects found in it are easy to understand. God has purposely made the crucial subjects of sin, man’s accountability to God, Christ’s substitutionary death, and personal salvation so simple a small child can understand them. He made these matters clear and easy to comprehend so any person wanting the truth about them could by faith act upon them and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as his salvation. These clear yet vital doctrines are referred to as the «simplicity that is in Christ» (2 Cor. 11:3). Though the more complex subjects reveal more of the mind and intentions of God, knowledge of them is not necessary for one to be saved.

Needless to say, the Bible contains both simplicity and complexity by God’s direction. He wanted to provide a salvation so simple that a person could understand it and get saved after only being presented with the gospel once (Acts 10:43-44, 16:31, etc.), but He also wanted some other matters more detailed and complex so one would have to labor in the Scriptures a certain degree to sort them out. In this respect some Bible subjects are so mysterious and far-ranging in their scope that no one yet has done much more than scratch the surface of the treasures within them, let alone fully grasp them. Sometimes the Lord even spoke in «parables» to purposely confound those who listen to His words with the wrong «heart» or attitude: those who don’t have «ears to hear» (Matt. 13:9-15).
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STATEMENT: Surely there is more good in me than there is bad and as long as my good outweighs my bad, I’m sure I WILL be okay.

QUESTION: How righteous does a person have to be in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven?

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and ALL Our Righteousnesses ARE AS FILTHY RAGS; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind have taken us away.

NOTE Would you want someone (anyone) to trust nothing but your righteousness to get them into heaven? The obvious answer is NO! Why are you then willing to trust that righteousness?

Romans 3:10-11 As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE; There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men ; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

You have been weighed in the balances and have been found wanting!

Job 25:4 How then can man BE JUSTIFIED WITH GOD? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they HAVE NO CLOAK FOR THEIR SIN.



Romans 3:23-28 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time HIS righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That

ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 18:9-14 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican, The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house JUSTIFIED rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Psalms 119:40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in THY RIGHTEOUSNESS.

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son of hope

orning Star Communications is proud to announce the publication of Son of Hope: The Prison Journals of David Berkowitz, Volume 1.

David receives no money from the sale of the book. A portion of the proceeds from each book sold will go to the New York State Crime Victims Board for distribution to the victims of David’s crimes.


For the first 5,000 copies of the special $13.59 hardcover edition of the book that are sold, Morning Star Communications will give away 5,000 paperback copies of a special «Prison Edition» of the book to prisons, prison libraries, prison ministries and to church organizations involved in prison reform in the USA.

Son of Sam/Son of Hope
The powerful testimony of David Berkowitz featuring evangelist Steve Hill
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If David was as honest with Bath-sheba as he was with God there is no doubt that she knew his sin against Uriah. She more than likely read Psalms 51 that David wrote for the world to see. David had many faults, as we all do, but he was very honest and open with his dealings with God.

NOTE: Here is an example of a sinning saint who comes back to the full communion and service with his Maker. David was guilty of adultry and murder and he was fully restored and will one day rule and reign with Christ.

II Samuel 11:1-27 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.

And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.

And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house. And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.

Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war; And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king, And if so be that the king’s wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall? Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for. And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate. And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king’s servant be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.

Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him. And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

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Genesis 19:15-38 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters;

the LORD being merciful unto him:

and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my LORD:

Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight,

and thou hast magnified thy mercy,

which thou hast showed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither;

for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither.

Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. And Abraham gat up early in

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QUESTION: What is the Unpardonable Sin?

Matthew 12:22-32 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil,

blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said,

Is not this the son of David?

But when the Pharisees heard it, they said,

This fellow doth not cast out devils,
but by Beelzebub

the prince of the devils.

And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But

if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God,
then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

Wherefore I say unto you,

All manner of sin and blasphemy

shall be forgiven unto men: but

the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost

shall NOT be forgiven unto men.

And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but

whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost,

it shall not be forgiven him,

neither in this world,

neither in the world to come.

Matthew 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil,

blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

NOTE: The man healed is not only blind and dumb but he is demon-possessed. The apostolic signs from Christ, as Israel’s signs from Moses, (for the Jews require a sign) include casting out devils, as well as physical healing:

I Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe;

In my name shall they cast out devils;

they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

NOTE: The answer to the question, «Is not this the son of David?,» is «yes» and is found in the following verses:

Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Matthew 22:41-46 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them. Saying,

What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?

They say unto him, The son of David.

He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying. The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

To show that Jesus is God but; as the Son of Man is limited to the physical boundaries of a man.

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NOTE: «For the remission of sins» appears four times in the Word of God.

QUESTION: What is meant by the phrase «For The Remission Of Sins?»

Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Luke 3:3 And he (John) came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins:

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Romans 3:25-26 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, at this time, his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus.

Exodus 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

NOTE: Neither one sinner nor one sin in the Old Testament was cleared even though they were forgiven.

Hebrew 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

NOTE: Sinners in the Old Testament had none of their sins (NOT ONE) taken away even though they were forgiven.

Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

NOTE: Romans 3:25 declares Christ’s righteousness for the Old Testament saints. Before the Cross of Christ, when they did what He asked them to do, the Lord put up with those sinners (FORbearance), until such a time when the one, perfect, effectual sacrifice was made.

Romans 3:26 To declare, at this time, his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus.

NOTE: Romans 3:26 declares Christ’s righteousness for the New Testament saints. Then at this time His righteousness was applied to all those forgiven sinners and their sins were REMOVED and CLEARED forever.

The statement, «for the remission of sins» means the sins of the past had already been forgiven and were now REMOVED and CLEARED.

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Exodus 37:6-9 And he made THE MERCY SEAT of pure gold:

two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of THE MERCY SEAT;

One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side:

out of THE MERCY SEAT made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over THE MERCY SEAT, with their faces one to another;

even to THE MERCY SEATWARD were the faces of the cherubims.

Leviticus 16:1-2 And the LORD spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the LORD, and died; And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother,

that he come not at all times into the HOLY PLACE within the vail before THE MERCY SEAT,

which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I WILL APPEAR IN THE CLOUD upon THE MERCY SEAT.

Leviticus 23:26-32 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month

there shall be A DAY OF ATONEMENT:

it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And ye shall do no work in that same day:


to make AN ATONEMENT for you before the LORD your God.

For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.

And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

QUESTION: On the final DAY OF ATONEMENT, when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies; what did He place on the Mercy Seat?

Hebrews 8:1-6 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum:

We have such an high priest,

who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

A minister of the sanctuary,

and of the true tabernacle,

which the Lord pitched, and not man.

For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry,

by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

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QUESTION: Can a person come to God for salvation without repentance (a repented heart)?

Matthew 9:12-13 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Acts 26-20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance

Acts 20:20-21 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks,

faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, but that ALL should come to repentance.

II Corinthians 7:10 For


not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Job 42:1-6 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Isaiah 6:1-5 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

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