What does the BIBLE have to say on this controversial subject of PREDESTINATION? Are some people predestined to be saved? While other people are predestined to be lost?

    Let us begin this study by defining some words so that we all approach the meaning of predestination from a Biblical perspective and NOT from a worldly or theological viewpoint.

The word “predestine” means to destine or to determine in advance; to foreordain. In the THEOLOGICAL sense the word “predestination” means the act whereby God is believed to have foreordained all things. And again THEOLOGY defines predestination as the regulation of all souls to either salvation or damnation. Then the world defines predestination as destiny or fate.

The simplest definition of the word “predestination” is:

{A Pre-Determined Destination!}

So ask yourself, “What is our predetermined destination that God has predetermined or foreordained for ALL of mankind?

Did God predestine or predetermine for all of mankind to be cast into hell and eternal damnation?

Absolutely NOT!

Did God predestinate a certain number of mankind to be lost and cast into hell and eternal damnation?

Again Absolutely NOT!

The Bible clearly teaches that God is NOT willing that any man should perish, but rather that ALL of mankind to come to the knowledge of truth and be saved.

2 Peter 3:9 tells us,
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;but is long suffering to us-ward, NOT WILLING that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.”

1 Timothy 2:4 says it this way,
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who WILL have ALL men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.”

From these scriptures that you just read there should be no doubt that it is God's perfect WILL for ALL of mankind to be saved. This was God's INTENDED purpose, his good pleasure. This is what would please God the most.
Those that teach that God predestines some to be lost and eternally damned while he elects or chooses others to be saved use the argument that God is God and he will do what he PLEASES.     
However, the word of God teaches that God takes NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked. So if this is true that God is God and he will do whatever he pleases, then he would make abslutely sure that every man women and child to ever live on the earth would not perish but have eternal life with him, because the word of God plainly states that God has NO pleasure in the death of the wicked.
Look at what Ezekiel 33:11 tells us.
"Say unto them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked; BUT that the wicked turn from his way and LIVE; turn you, turn you from your evil ways; for WHY will you die...”

God is pleading with all of mankind to come to the knowledge of the truth and turn away from the deception of the enemy. God does NOT desire the DESTINY of ANY man, that is to say the destiny of any of mankind to be death. The wages of sin is death.

You see, God has predestined or predetermined his desire, that is to say, his will to be that ALL men turn from evil and CHOOSE good in order to receive LIFE. This is God's desire for ALL of mankind to receive eternal life.
The truth of the matter is that God foreordained and PREDESTINED ALL of mankind, every man, woman and child to be conformed into the image of his dear Son, Jesus the Christ. This is the true INTENT of the word “predestination” in a Biblical sense. Let's take a closer look at the verses of scripture where the word predestination is found and you will see what I mean.
Romans 8:29 says this,
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestine to BE (to BE WHAT? to BE) conformed to the IMAGE of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
So WHAT are we predestined to BE like? The word of God says that we are to be conformed to the IMAGE of his Son. This is our destiny. This is our INTENDED destination that God planned for us even before the foundation of the world. God foreordained that this is his WILL and great desire for us, and not only US but for ALL of mankind. In other words ALL of mankind is foreordained or PREDESTINED to BE conformed to the IMAGE of his Son. This is God's perfect WILL. This is God's desire and good pleasure for ALL of mankind. So you might be thinking, if this is God's perfect will and his desire that would bring him great pleasure, then why are not all men saved? The TRUTH of the matter is that God has already provided salvation for all of mankind and he has given them the CHOICE to either choose life or death.
So ultimately we choose our OWN destiny or final destination.
It is a distortion of the scriptures to try and say that God picks and chooses who will be saved and who will be lost, for the Bible teaches that God is NO RESPECTER of persons.
Acts 10:34 says,
“...Of a truth I perceive that God is NO RESPECTER of persons.”
Romans 2:11 says,
 “For there is NO RESPECT of persons with God.”
Ephesians 6:9 says,
 “...knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there RESPECT OF PERSONS with him.”

You see God does NOT pick and choose beforehand who will be saved and who will be lost in the sense that he ELECTS and CHOOSES this person or that person and there is nothing these individuals can do to change there destiny or fate. This is NOT what this word “predestination” means in a BIBLICAL sense.

The truth of the matter is that God has foreordained and predestined those INDIVIDUALS, who make the CHOICE to live ungodly and LET the enemy deceive them, for their (only the ones who CHOSE to do evil) final destination to be the lake of fire.
And in the same way God has foreordained and predestined US (those of us who have made the CHOICE to live righteously before God and mankind.) to be conformed in the image of his Son, Jesus the Christ who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth, and in the END of our faith we will receive eternal life in the world to come.
 Are you getting a hold of this yet? Yes, we are ALL predestined, in that, we ALL have a FINAL DESTINATION. However, each person's final destination is solely BASED upon the CHOICES he or she make.


God has PREDESTINED ALL of mankind, every man, woman and child to be holy and to be found blameless before him. This is God's intent and perfect will. But you have to choose to do good and refuse the evil.

In other words, God has PREDETERMINED or foreordained the FINAL DESTINATION of ALL of mankind to be conformed into the image of his dear Son and to live a holy life and to be found blameless before him. This is God's PERFECT WILL and DESIGN for ALL of mankind. This is what would bring him pleasure.



God has an ENEMY whose name is Satan, called the devil, who has made it his sole or one and only purpose to bring about the fall of mankind. It is Satan himself who is the author of this man made THEOLOGY of predestining certain specific people to heaven and other certain specific people to hell, because then Satan can accuse God and stand on the EXCUSE that the REASON he rebelled against God was that God CREATED him evil and THEREFORE it was NOT his fault that he exalted himself against God. So therefore it would be unjust for God to cast him in the lake of fire. Please read the study I have on "UNDERSTANDING WHY?" For a deeper understanding on why God allows certain things to happen to mankind. Many people often say things like, "If these things displease God, then why doesn't he just get rid of the devil?"
 Be patient and most of your questions will be answered. But for now, just know that there is an OPPOSING force that is working against God and his creation called EVIL. Also know that evil does not have to exist in order for us to know good, but for a season God is allowing evil to exist for a particular purpose. In short this purpose is to show or prove that God is good and that all which God created is also good. I will cover this in depth in the study I mentioned above.Think of it this way, if God PREDESTINED some people to HELL then he would have ALSO have to SPECIFICALLY CREATE hell for MANKIND. However this is NOT what the word of God teaches us. The word of truth says that the eternal fire was made FOR the fallen angels and that Hell has ENLARGED itself. Think this through for yourself dear child of God. Would an all knowing God create Hell to small if he indeed created a specific number of mankind to be cast into Hell? Hell would have no need to ENLARGE itself if so be that God specifically created the exact number of people to be destroyed in the lake of fire.

Also, God has foreordained some other things.

It is vitally important that we consider the WHOLE word of God, especially when controversy arises and the Bible seems to contradict itself.

While it is God's will for ALL of mankind to be saved and that God has predestine those of us who have made the CHOICE to follow the steps of Jesus to live holy before him to be CONFORMED to the IMAGE of Jesus. God has ALSO foreordained or established in his word that by the foolishness of preaching to be the means, whereby mankind is to be saved to those who make the CHOICE to BELIEVE the good news that Jesus died for our sins and not only for our sins, but also for the sins of the WHOLE world.
Look at 1 Corinthians 1:21 that says,
“ PLEASED God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that BELIEVE.”
You see, God has foreordained or predestined CHOICE to be one of the ingredients or factors that are used to determine our OWN DESTINY. Are you seeing the true meaning of what the word of God intends for the word “predestination” to mean?
God has given to us a WILL for us to CHOOSE. It is up to us to determine who we are going to obey, God, or the enemy, Satan. 
Ultimately it is on the basis of that final choice which we make before we draw our last breath that will determine our final destination, or our destiny that God has predetermined or predestined for us DEPENDING upon the final CHOICE that we make.
Look at Ezekiel 33:12-20
“Therefore, you son of man, say unto the children your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall NOT deliver him in the DAY of his transgression.”

In other words, we are saved for the purpose of doing good works of righteousness and we will remain in the state of BEING saved as long as we CONTINUE in these works of righteousness. BUT in the DAY, when we transgress or sin, then all the works of righteousness which we have done through Christ will be in vain. That is to say all these works of righteousness will NOT be remembered and they will NOT deliver us.

Now this does not mean that those who chose to disobey God and sin are forever lost, because they fell into sin. God's mercy endures forever and he gives those that sin space to repent.
However if they do not CHOOSE to obey the leading or drawing of the Holy Spirit, and they go ahead and make the choice NOT to repent and ask for God's forgiveness, then if they should die in this state of disobedience to God, they would be consequently be predestined to hell.
In other words, the PREDESTINED destination of ALL the DISOBEDIENT to the WHOLE word of God and who remain unrepentant are to be subject to the WRATH of God, which includes the final judgment of being cast into the lake of fire, the SECOND DEATH.
You see, God does not desire them to make the CHOICE of disobedience and God certainly does not desire them to harden their heart to the Holy Spirit of his word and NOT repent. And most certainly God does NOT predestine certain people to be lost and there is NOTHING that they can do to change this so called predestination of being lost.
But rather God is faithful and he is BOUND by his word. You see, God, by speaking forth his WORD, has foreordained and predestined those who obey his commands and those who disobey his commands to BOTH be judged by their WORKS, whether they are good or whether they are evil.
      God is FAITHFUL and he will NOT go back on what he has already spoken. In Isaiah 45:23 God says,
        “I have sworn by myself, the WORD is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall NOT RETURN...”
Then in Isaiah 55:11 God says,
         “So shall my word be that goes out of my mouth: it shall NOT RETURN unto me VOID, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Those who teach that God predestines some to be saved and others to be lost also state that Jesus died ONLY for those who are chosen, that is to say, the elect.

However, the word of God teaches that Jesus did NOT die just for a few specifically selected individuals that God foreordained to be the “CHOSEN ONES” as some teach, but rather the Bible teaches that Jesus died for ALL of mankind.

John 3:16 tells us,
“For God so loved the WORLD, (all of humanity) that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
2 Corinthians 5:19 says,

“To wit, that God was in Christ, RECONCILING

the WORLD unto himself, not imputing their tresspasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”


Titus 2:11 says it like this,

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to ALL men.”
John 12:32 tells us,
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men unto me.”

The Bible clearly teaches that God has shown forth his mercy, grace, and love to ALL of mankind by providing for us a way to be reconciled back to him.
However, it is up to us to BELIEVE his word and make the CHOICE to follow the steps of Jesus by OBEYING the leading of the Holy Spirit every moment of every day. Salvation is a process of making CHOICES on a daily basis through out the day. And our salvation is dependent upon what choices we make, whether we choose to give into temptation and sin or whether we choose to resist the devil and obey God.
Take a look at Deuteronomy 30:19 in which God says,
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have SET BEFORE YOU (foreordained or predestined to be) life and death, blessing and cursing; THEREFORE CHOOSE life; that both you and your seed may LIVE.”

God desires ALL of mankind to have life and blessing, but he ALSO has foreordained that we are to decide for ourselves to either choose to obey his word or the deception of the enemy. Now it was NOT in God's design that there be any death or cursing, but because of the tempter, man was deceived and sinned, thereby man fell from his original design that God had intended.

Again I want you to see, the TRUTH of the whole matter is that hell was NOT created for mankind, but rather hell was made for the fallen angels.
Look at Isaiah 5:13,14 which says,
“Therefore my people are gone into captivity, (why?) because they have no knowledge...therefore hell has ENLARGED herself, and opened her mouth without measure:...”
God did not make hell for ANY of mankind, but because man rejected knowledge hell enlarged herself. Hell was NOT enlarged, because God created some men to be lost and they have no choice in the matter.
Take a close look at Hosea 4:6,7
“MY PEOPLE are destroyed (why?) for LACK of KNOWLEDGE: because you have REJECTED knowledge, I will also REJECT you, that you shall be no priest to me: (why?) seeing you have forgotten the LAW of your God, I will also forget your children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me, therefore will I CHANGE their glory into shame.
        Those of you that teach or believe the doctrine that states that God chooses some people to be saved and other people to be lost I want you to notice that the word of God here in Hosea says MY PEOPLE are destroyed. These are God's “CHOSEN PEOPLE” who are being destroyed.
        They are NOT being destroyed, because God predestined them to be destroyed in that they have no choice in the matter. Absolutely not! They are destroyed, (why?) because of LACK of KNOWLEDGE, and they CHOSE to REJECT the law of God.
         You see, God is bound by his word to CHANGE their glory, which God had originally INTENDED and purposed for them to have into the shame of destruction. God did not enlarge hell, but rather man made a place for himself there, because he or she REJECTED the knowledge of the TRUTH.


However, God in his FOREKNOWLEDGE, knew beforehand that mankind would fall and therefore foreordained a way of reconciling man back to himself before the foundation of the world. So before the world was ever made God CHOSE the WAY in which he would redeem mankind back to himself. In short God foreordained that when man heard the gospel, the good news of being reconciled back to God AND BELIEVED, then God would AGAIN call them his CHOSEN or ELECT. In other words, Almighty God will bring THOSE who make the CHOICE to BELIEVE in his plan of salvation, which is to BELIEVE in his Son Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, which will then bring us back into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God.
This is what Ephesians 1:4 tells us,
“According as he has CHOSEN us in HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be HOLY and WITHOUT BLAME before him in love. Having predestined us unto (UNTO WHAT?) the adoption of children (HOW?) BY Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will.”
Again the predestination part is that we are foreordained to be God's children BY or through his Son Jesus. And the CHOSEN part is the fact that Almighty God has CHOSEN or foreordained that salvation would be IN HIM, as referring to his Son Jesus. And the US is ALL the world or all of mankind who BELIEVE. So you see, the truth of the matter is WHEN we make the CHOICE to believe and follow in his steps that we actually BECOME the ELECT of God.
The Bible clearly teaches that God gives the CALL for ALL of mankind to come to the knowledge of truth and be saved. The word of God also teaches that man determines his or her OWN destiny by the CHOICES he or she make. Please note that the word "make" is in the PRESENT tense. The past is in the past, good or evil, it is in the past. Now if your past or present is on the side of evil, then repent and seek forgiveness of God, then start making right choices. God is CALLING you to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Proverbs 1:23-29 says,
“Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have CALLED, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But you have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes; When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes upon you.
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer, they will seek me early, but they shall not find me: (WHY?) For they hated KNOWLEDGE, and did NOT CHOOSE the fear of the Lord.”
Think it through for YOURSELF. HOW can one be CALLED and still yet REFUSE God, if so be that called means predestined without having a will to chose? You see, according to the THEOLOGY of ELECTION one who is CALLED cannot LOSE his salvation, because he or she is PREDESTINED to be saved. NO my dear brothers and sister's in Jesus Christ this is MAN MADE THEOLOGY which contradicts the WHOLE word of God.
You see, God is always CALLING, but the question is are you going to ANSWER him? God has CHOSEN ALL of mankind through his written word to turn from evil, to resist the devil, to flee from sin and to CHOOSE the good.
Proverbs 3:31 says,
“ Envy you NOT the oppressor, and CHOOSE NONE of his ways.”
The word of God clearly teaches us that we must make a CHOICE whom we will serve. There is no middle ground. You are either on the side of EVIL or you are on the side of GOOD.
Look at Joshua 24:15
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, CHOOSE you this day whom you will serve...”
Then Jesus says in Matthew 12:30
“He that is not with me is AGAINST me;...”
There is no gray area. There is no neutral ground. Everyone has to make a CHOICE.

I will present you with two more scriptures that clearly show that God has CALLED and CHOSEN ALL of mankind to inherit eternal life and not just a select few as some falsely teach.
Isaiah 65:11-15 says this,
“But you are they that FORSAKE the Lord, that forget my holy mountain,...therefore will I number you to the sword, and you shall all bow down to the slaughter: BECAUSE when I CALLED, you did not answer; when I spake, you did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did CHOOSE that wherein I delight not.”
The reason the wicked are numbered to the sword of destruction is that they rejected and forsook the Lord, when he called to them. They would not hear or listen and they would not answer or respond, when he called. But instead, they CHOSE to do evil and all the things in which God did not delight or desire them to do.
Then Isaiah 66:3,4
“...yea they have CHOSEN their OWN ways, and their souls delight in their abominations. I will ALSO CHOOSE their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them, (WHY?) because when I CALLED, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and CHOSE that which I delighted not.”
God is for us and not against us. His desire for us, ALL of mankind is always good.
Jeremiah 29:11 says,
        “For I know the thoughts I think TOWARD you, says the Lord, thoughts of PEACE, and NOT of evil, to give you the EXPECTED END.”

The EXPECTED END, that is to say the desired end for ALL of mankind is to come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. This is what God has foreordained or PREDESTINED for ALL of mankind.

I am sure you have heard it said at one time or another when someone accepts the Lord as their Savior, “Well there is a NEW NAME written down in glory”, which is to say that a new name has been recorded in the Lambs book of life.
I never gave this much thought until I began this study and discovered that one of the main arguments of those that teach that God chooses or elects some to be saved while others God predestines to eternal damnation in the lake of fire, is the THEOLOGY that God has written the names of some in the book of life from the foundation of the world, while others were NOT written in the Lambs book of life from the foundation of the world.
Here is the verse of scripture that they use to try and show that God chooses some to be saved and others he chooses to be lost.
Revelation 13:8
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are NOT written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”
Now if your train of thought is focused on God creating or predestining some to be lost and some to be saved, then I can see how one might misinterpret this verse, and say that there are some whose names are not written in the Lambs book of life from the very foundation of the world.
 But the truth of the matter is that it is the LAMB that is slain from the foundation of the world and NOT the fact the some names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world.

The truth of the matter is that EVERYONE'S name is written in the Lambs book of life in the beginning, and a name is only BLOTTED OUT, IF this particular individual does not overcome the enemy in the END.
 Jesus says in Revelation 3:5
“He that OVERCOMES, the same shall be clothed in white raiment: and I will NOT BLOT OUT his name out of the book of life,...”
You see, from the time you are born and take your first breath or more precisely the time you are conceived in your mother's womb your name is written in the Lambs book of life and it can NOT or will NOT be blotted out, until you take your last breath and die, and will be blotted out ONLY IF your final CHOICE was to disobey God and YOUR CHOICE was to live in sin and you died in this state of living in sin without repenting of your sin. The truth of the matter is,




You alone choose one of two {predetermined destinations}. In other words you choose your predestination. That is to say you predestine yourself, so to speak, by the FINAL choice you make.

Now to consider the WHOLE word of God there are indeed SOME things that God has foreordained or spoken to BE that cannot be altered. However, these predestine things or events have ALREADY been PROPHESIED in his word.
For example God prophesied in the Old Testament that TWO nations would come forth from the womb of Rebecca spelled Rebekah in the Old testament, one nation of the seed of Jacob and one nation of the seed of Esau. Please read Genesis 25:23, which says,

"And the LORD said unto her, TWO NATIONS are in your womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger." 

This is a prophecy of the nation of Israel of the seed of Jacob and Muslim nation of the seed of Esau. The nation of the seed of Jacob is loved by God and the Arab or the Muslim nation of the seed of Esau is hated by God, but NOT because God has predestined the Muslim nation to be hated. Rather God hates those who hate God's people. Please do NOT misunderstand what I am saying. I am NOT saying that God hates Muslim's themselves, but rather that God hates the WORKS of the Muslims who are hating and killing God's people the Jews and the Christians. Please know and understand that ANY Muslim at any time can turn from Islam and accept Jesus as their Messiah who died for their sins just the same as ANY Jew or Israelite can accept Jesus as their Messiah who died for their sins. Jesus died for the sins of the WHOLE world, Jews, Muslims and everyone else called Gentiles. ALL have been consider under sin so that God himself can receive the glory by providing his own LAMB to be given as a ransom for the sins of the whole world.
Now those who teach Calvinism where God has supposedly ELECTED only certain select individuals to be saved while at the same time has predestined all other people to be lost and their is nothing anyone can do to change this so called predestination use Romans 9:11-25 to try and prove that God alone without ANY choice given to people has predestine certain specific individuals to be saved from before the foundation of the world, while at the same time has predestined all other people to be lost and without hope.
As I have said many times that any verse or verse taken out of context and viewed alone and apart from the rest of God's word may SEEM to be saying something that it is not truly saying when it is interpreted in the light of the WHOLE word of God. 
You see dear child of God if so be that Calvinism is true, then this would mean that ALL of Israel will be saved and ALL of the seed of Esau will be LOST. In other words, it would be impossible for ANY Muslim to be saved IF SO BE that this THEOLOGICAL teaching of Calvinism were true.
But you and I both know that MANY Muslims have given their lives for their Lord and savior Jesus Christ. And we all know that many Jews DENY Jesus as their savior. So to use Romans 9:11-25 to try and prove Calvinism is a mishandling of God's word and a direct denial of all the verses that clearly teach us that God has given us a CHOICE to receive his Son Jesus as our savior or to reject Jesus as the Son of God who died for our sins.
Also Calvinism uses John 6:44 to try and prove that no one has a FREE WILL to choose whatever they want to choose.

Here is John 6:44,

"No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." 

But HOW does God DRAW us to his Son Jesus? By his WORD is how we receive FAITH to believe that Jesus is the SON OF God who died for our sins. When we keep this verse in the CONTEXT of where it is find we read in the very next verse that those who receive the TEACHING of God will come to Jesus. Please read John 6:45, which says,

" It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all TAUGHT of God. EVERY man therefore that has HEARD, and has LEARNED of the Father, comes unto me."

The word translated as "learned" in this context carries the meaning of RECEIVING what they have been taught as being the TRUTH. So in truth, Jesus was saying what he said at another time. You search the scriptures for eternal life and they speak of me. In other words, Jesus is saying that God draws us to his Son Jesus by his word and ONLY those who make the CHOICE to BELIEVE God's word that Jesus is the SON OF God who died for their sins shall come to Jesus.

Thanks for reading and may God write his word upon your heart and your mind as you seek the truth of the WHOLE word of God.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Always and Forever,