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Judas, In Heaven or Hell?

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Just Where is Judas? We're told by many preachers and teachers that Judas, (the one who betrayed Christ), didn't make it to heaven. What are we to believe? Let God's word speak and not man's. Satan has always been close at hand in all things concerning Jesus. Wonder why? At first some verses that prove Satan was trying to prevent the birth of Christ and was responsible for his death. Trying to over-throw God.

(Gen 3:14) And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

This is a figure of speech meaning that Satan would be thought of as the lowest of low in the minds of all. Isn't that how he is viewed? The old saying (lower than a snake's belly)?

(Gen 3:15) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Here is the first prophesy of Jesus Christ. How Satan would bruise his heels (nailed on the cross), and that Jesus will bruise his head. Meaning Satan will be destroyed. See Eze 28:9 and Eze 28:18 where God is going to destroy Satan. This proves to me that God and Jesus are the same. Note the Hebrew meaning of the word seed. We are definitely talking about child bearing. Now what really happened between the serpent and Eve?

(Rev 12:4) And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

The dragon is Satan. See Gen 3:15 where God said he would bruise Jesus's heel. See Isa 9:15 regarding the tail. See Rev 1:20 where Jesus states that stars are angels. See Job 38:7. Morning Stars. See Rom 5:12.

(Rev 12:5) And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

This is the first advent and the crucifixion of Christ and his ascension to the right hand of God. See Rev. 19:15 Where Jesus is the one who rules with a rod of iron.

Here Judas plans to betray Jesus.

(Mat 26:14) Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

(Mat 26:15) And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

See Zec 11:12-13 for the prophesy of Judas's betrayal of Christ, and his repentance for doing so.

(Zech 11:12) And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

(Zech 11:13) And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prized at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

(Mat 26:16) And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

(Mat 26:47) And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

(Mat 26:48) Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

(Mat 26:49) And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

(Mat 26:50) And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

(Luke 22:48) But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

I was asked this question. Who kissed the door to heaven and never entered there in? A lot of people just assume Judas didn't make it.

(Mat 27:3) Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

(Mat 27:4) Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

(Mat 27:5) And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

See Acts 1:18 where Judas was killed. Judas repented and that's what God wants us to do. See 2Pe 3:9. Is Judas in Heaven or Hell? He repented. If his repentance was worthless, what about ours??? See Zech. 11:12 - 13 for prophesy. It is my belief, that the statement "see thou to that" in Matthew 27:4, was not made to Judas, but to what would be called in today's criminal world, a hit man.

(Acts 1:18) Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

Judas was murdered here. He repented and that is what God wants us to do. See 2 Pet 3:9. Judas did not purchase this field. See Mat 27:7 where the Chief Priest did. Remember he returned the money. The high priest could not allow this one, Judas, to live. He must be prevented from telling on them.

(Mat 27:6) And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

(Mat 27:7) And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.

Judas did not purchase the potter's field as stated in Acts 1:18, but I believe someone bought it in his name. You usually get paid after the work is completed. If that was the case, Judas would not have had time to purchase the potter's field.

(Mat 27:8) Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

(Mat 27:9) Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;

(Mat 27:10) And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.

(John 13:21) When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

(John 13:22) Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.

(John 13:23) Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

(John 13:24) Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.

(John 13:25) He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?

(John 13:26) Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

(John 13:27) And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

Who was Jesus talking to here. Judas or Satan? See Gen 3:14 thru 15, Psa 109:6, and Rev12:4. This was too big of a role for Satan to allow one of his evil spirits to try to do. Satan would deal with Jesus directly. See Luk 4:1 thru 13. Evil spirits I believe are still to this day entering into people and having great influence on their actions.

(John 13:28) Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.

(John 13:29) For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.

(John 13:30) He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

(John 13:31) Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

The next few verses are about, some say, Judas. I say Satan as well as Judas.

(Psa 109:1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;

(Psa 109:2) For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

(Psa 109:3) They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

(Psa 109:4) For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

(Psa 109:5) And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

(Psa 109:6) Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

(Psa 109:7) When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

(Psa 109:8) Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

(Psa 109:9) Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

The bible does not mention Judas having children or even a wife. But Satan has children. His wife is the queen of Babylon in Rev 18:7. See Eze 28:18 where Satan is sentenced to death.

(Psa 109:10) Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.

You hear a lot of begging today on radio and television from super preachers???

(Rev 18:1) And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

(Rev 18:2) And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

(Rev 18:3) For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance[1] of her delicacies[2].

1 "ABUNDANCE": 1411. dunamis, doo'-nam-is; from G1410; force (lit. or fig.); spec. miraculous power (usually by impl. a miracle itself):--ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

2 "DELICACIES": 4764. strenos, stray'-nos; akin to G4731; a "straining", "strenuousness" or "strength", i.e. (fig.) luxury (voluptuousness):--delicacy.

Note the meaning of the word abundance. The economy is a major part of Satan's game. See Ezekiel chapter 28 for a good description of the way he operates. Here in the end time the economy will be held together by him through outright miracles.

(Ezek 28:18) Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

(Rev 18:4) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

(Rev 18:5) For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

(Rev 18:6) Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

(Rev 18:7) How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

To be a queen means she must be married. She is no widow means her husband is still alive. Mystery Babylon being a false religion must be those people who follow Satan when he arrives before Christ.

Now Jesus goes into the desert for forty days to be tempted of the Devil

(Luke 4:1) And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

(Luke 4:2) Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

(Luke 4:3) And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

(Luke 4:4) And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

(Luke 4:5) And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

(Luke 4:6) 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.

Aren't you glad Jesus didn't sell out here. I think Eve and Adam did sell out. When Satan comes tempting, Will YOU?

(Luke 4:7) If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

(Luke 4:8) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

(Luke 4:9) And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:

(Luke 4:10) For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:

(Luke 4:11) And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

See Psa 91:11 thru 91:13. Satan added (at any time) and left off the part about treading on the adder and trampling the dragon. I think Satan slipped up here and gave away (to the wise ) the main thrust of his operations in the latter days. (THE RAPTURE THEORY) or sometimes called the (ANY MOMENT DOCTRINE). The pre-tribulation rapture theory claims that Christ could come at any time. Isn't is strange that the phrase was started by Satan himself.

(Luke 4:12) And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

(Luke 4:13) And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

Satan returned and was present even at the last supper. See Joh 13:27.
I want to insert a verse and comments here that I already have in this study.

(John 13:27) And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

Who was Jesus talking to here. Judas or Satan? See Gen 3:14 thru 15, Psa 109:6, and Rev12:4. This was too big of a role for Satan to allow one of his evil spirits to try to do. Satan would deal with Jesus directly. See Luk 4:1 thru 13. Evil spirits I believe are still to this day entering into people and having great influence on their actions. Jesus knew Satan was in the room. I believe he could see and hear him. Just as the evils spirits he gave permission to go into the pigs.

The next verse is in the eternity. After the great white throne judgment, and we have all settled into the peace that is there. Look at who's names are on the twelve foundations.

(Rev 21:14) And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The twelve apostles of the Lamb included Judas. Matthias came along later.

(2 Pet 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.

(Luke 12:10) And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

(Luke 23:34) Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

If Jesus, while hanging on the cross, could forgive the ones who were doing it, maybe he forgave Judas also. Just for discussion sake, let's suppose Judas went to the the other side of the gulf, (hell). The next few verses from the books of Peter tells of Jesus, (after his crucifixion and before he appeared to his disciples), how went to all those that had died before, and offered to them salvation.

(1 Pet 3:19) By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

(1 Pet 3:20) Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

(1 Pet 4:6) For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

You know all those people, (souls), on the other side of the gulf, (hell), knew that Judas betrayed Christ. Just supposed the first soul that Jesus met was Judas, and I'm sure there was a crowd around, and that Judas asked Jesus to forgive him. What do you think Jesus did? What an impression that might have made on the other there. There's just something that's tells me that Jesus went to the depths of hell, and if Judas was there, retrieved him as well as many others. If they accepted Christ as their Saviour. I think the next four verses will back me up on that.

Psa 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Mat 18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

Mat 18:13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

Mat 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

I think it was great that Jesus went to all those that had died before, and offered salvation to them, before returning to those in the flesh. You know they had waited so long for that moment. Where would we all be, if someone had not betrayed Christ?

Judas, In Heaven or Hell? Let God be His Judge.

Unlike us, Judas had no choice whether or not to repent, for it was prophesied that he would. He also had no choice but to betray Christ, for it was prophesied to.

Thanks
, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always,
study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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