We all perceive time as a constant factor in our lives. Everything we do takes time. Time stands still for no one. Everything changes as time progresses. table of contents top of webpage
The book you now hold is no exception. Its development has taken time. It has undergone changes; writing, rewriting, editing, formatting. Its development has taken time. Its publication will take time also.
The publication of this book's message will need time to grow. You will need to take a little bit of your time to read this little book. And a little more time to think about its message. This book's message may help change you or move you in some way. It may not.
Regardless of this book's format, presentation or publication, let its message be clear and distinct. Regardless of this book's public or private reception, let its primary message be understood.
Jesus is Coming Soon! Jesus the Christ is returning "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Soon. (Revelation 19:11-16)
When Jesus returns again, time will be up. Time will be over. No more time to read this book. No more time to read the Bible. No more time to think about this message. No more time to change for the better. And no more time to get ready for Him.
Invest some time in studying your Bible. Invest some time in reading this book. Consider the Gospel Message. Consider this book's message.
Above all, be ready for Jesus when He comes. He is coming. Look for Him. It will not be long before He does return. Be ready. Get Ready. Stay Ready.
Surely, the Lord returns. May God bless you and keep you until and through that day.
When making reference to religious scripture within the body of this book, the reference may be paraphrased or referenced by topic.table of contents top of webpage
When making a reference to scripture, usually the book name and verse numbers are noted below the related paragraph or paragraphs. On occasion, reference to scripture chapter and verse numbers are made in the body of the paragraph. Generally, when a paragraph has more than one reference, all references noted are at the end of the paragraph. This is apparent when you see a page.
(i.e. John 3:16-18)
By all means, use any version of the Protestant Christian Bible you want as your reference volume. The references are clear. Many translations of the Bible exist. The subtleties of language in each can often give different insight. Many translations can be understood easier than others.
The King James Version of the Bible is the only translation quoted in this book. All quotations are direct, word for word quotations, or paraphrases of that translation. If the text has been paraphrased it is noted in the reference.
I consider a personal study of the Bible to be very important. The Bible is, to many people, a historical document, the record of God's dealings with man, and a private devotional. A personal knowledge and study of the Bible, is one of the surest ways, to test what others say, about the Bible and its contents. There aren't many substitutes, for personal reading, in learning what the Bible says.
Depending on context, the noun man, and the pronoun he, may mean any person, regardless of gender.
Any beliefs or conclusions contained in this book are the author's.
When I look upon my life, it is plain, our path is seldom clear. Things don't always turn out the way we plan them. None of us knows the future. Most people just live today, and hope for tomorrow.table of contents top of webpage
Many people have said, "Well, you have got to do something." Unfortunately, many of us would like to do something else. It's a lucky person, who is completely satisfied with their station in life.
Most people end up doing what they are supposed to do. Others do what they have to do. Many others do anything they can find to do. A few people do nothing at all. And still others do things they should not do. Many of us have done various of the above, at different times, for many reasons.
Occasionally, someone does something they absolutely, positively, have to do. When a person feels compelled to do something, that person must do it. He or she has no peace until it is done. Have you ever had anything you absolutely, positively, 'Just Gotta Do?'
So it is with this book. I have to write it. The beliefs contained in this manuscript are my beliefs. My beliefs are based on study, prayer, careful thought, and trust. I hope the information and conclusions contained in this book are thoughtfully well received. No attempt is intended, or made, to discount another persons beliefs. Every person has the right to their own beliefs about God, or their higher power.
I do hope God will soon bring us human beings out of our troubles and into the glory He desires to give us. Indeed, mankind has always hoped for a new day. A day better and more fulfilling than yesterday. A day safer for our children, and a day more fulfilling for ourselves. God will give us those days. And He is going to give them to us soon.
Chapter 1WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU, BEFORE THE WORLD ENDS ?
You may be thinking.
"Say What?! You have got to be kidding. No one knows what is going to happen to me. I don't even know what's going to happen to me, anymore than anyone else. That kind of information just is not available."
"Who says the world is going to end? Sure, it's getting a little polluted, but we can clean it up. And besides, even if it does end, I won't be around to see it. The world could get hit by a meteor, maybe, but someone would see it coming in a telescope somewhere. We could blow the planet up ourselves." But you would probably say, "Not likely, that isn't going to happen."
Still, suppose you could know beforehand what was going to happen to you. Suppose you did have foreknowledge of certain occurrences in your life. Foreknowledge that gave you the opportunity of making the most of your circumstances. A little foreknowledge might be a good thing. A little foresight often helps one prevent misery.
If the world was going to end I wouldn't want to end with it. I would do anything possible to prevent an event like that from hurting me. If that event were going to happen, I would definitely want to know about it in advance. Just give me a chance to do something. If I knew the world was going to end, I sure would want to do something. If I knew I would get through that kind of devastation without suffering too much loss, I would breathe a whole lot easier.
"But the world is not going to end, is it? And besides, I don't need to know what is going to happen to me tomorrow. I can handle anything that comes along. I have done all right up to now."
Surely, there have been times when you wished you knew what was going to happen concerning some matter? Wouldn't it be nice to know the job you are thinking about taking will be much more profitable than the job you now have? Wouldn't it be nice to know the car you just ordered will last you 150,000 miles, with no problems? Wouldn't it be nice to know the land you have bought is going to appreciate over the next 5 years?
Wouldn't it be nice to know beforehand that the job you are about to take is going to disappear in 6 months? Wouldn't it be nice to know if the car you are about to order will lose its transmission before you can finish paying for it? Wouldn't it be nice to know if the land you are thinking about buying will never be worth what you are about to give for it?
I believe, if you knew the land wasn't worth anything, you wouldn't buy it. I believe also, if you knew the land was worth millions, you would 'jump on it,' if the price was just thousands, especially if you had the thousands to invest in it. Wouldn't you? Or at least most people would.
But of course, no one knows what is going to happen tomorrow, especially what will happen to yourself. It sure would be nice to know though, wouldn't it?
Sometimes we can make good guesses about the consequences of our actions. Sometimes, with thoughtful use of history, logic, and science, we can almost 'KNOW' what is going to happen. Often, we can predict a trend, see an opportunity, see a path we should take and its probable outcome.
In most things, really true knowledge is not available to us, especially about oneself. Usually, it is equally impossible to foresee the twists and turns of ones life. I don't know what is going to happen to me, and no one else KNOWS.
Except perhaps God, if you believe there is a God. Personally, I cannot believe anything different. One surely cannot prove, scientifically, His existence. Few humans, have had proof enough of God, to KNOW that He is.
Many of us KNOW He is, in our hearts. We believe, to the point of knowledge, that there is a GOD, the Creator of all things, the Supreme Being. Everything we see is "proof" to those people who believe God is. Many individuals, both "religious" and "non-religious" are convinced of His Presence.
If there is an all powerful, all knowing, supreme being, "God," would it be possible He would have some knowledge of events before they came to pass?
Of course an all powerful, all knowing God would know the outcome of future events. By definition that is true. If God is all knowing, He must know the future. Time does not count. It is said He sees all things from beginning to end. (Isaiah 46:8-10)
And, of course, we all believe in God, don't we? There are too many things which can't be explained without the explanation a Creator gives. What He reveals in the Bible is often the only reason we can give for the way things are. There are countless questions for which we just don't have answers.
Who can experience their existence, explain their act of life, or feel they have a purpose, without feeling as if there is a higher purpose? And therefore, One who is higher, who has that higher purpose?
It is not the purpose of this book to provide reasons for an intellectual belief in God, or 'A Supreme Being,' although a very good case can be made. This book's aim is to help one see more fully God's true purpose, warn of events that must soon happen, help some to find the great escape of Jesus, and to discuss the history and prophecy concerning planet earth, as it relates to you.
This is the point, if there is a one true God, He is important, and important to you. This may sound obvious, it seems obvious to me. The answer to the question, "Is there a God?" is a matter of personal belief and faith. If there is, And there is, a God, He is important to You.
I believe strongly that God is, and He does have purpose in all His actions. I believe "God is" and is a "rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
Wouldn't it be nice to know that when Jesus comes, you will be ready, looking for Him? Wouldn't it be nice to know, as close as possible, when Jesus will return? You know you would be ready for that day, wouldn't you? Especially if what is revealed in the Christian Bible about God and Jesus Christ is true.
It is the purpose of this book to provide some possible road signs to events the Bible says will take place very shortly. Events important to the planet. Events important to you. Toward this purpose, it is assumed and believed throughout the rest of this book, GOD IS, has revealed Himself to man, and has purpose in His actions.
Now if you do not believe in God, or any Supreme Being, then your reasons must be sound ones to you. Otherwise, you would not believe He does not exist. At least you believe something. That is a kind of faith, albeit somewhat negative.
If you don't believe in a purposeful God, then you believe the Universe came about by chance. You must then believe the Universe came into being without purpose, and is drifting through time aimlessly.
If you don't believe in God, and your mind is settled, and you have no doubts, fine. If, in your mind, there is the least shred of possibility, there is a purposeful God, you should keep an open mind and continue to question and seek. It would be better to believe there is a purposeful God, and there not be, than to not believe in God when He Is. Wouldn't it?
Since this book is based on belief in the One purposeful God, maybe He would tell us what is going to happen to the world, and thus ourselves. Of course, no one in the world, including ourselves, can predict or foresee, with absolute accuracy, the future, or even the daily events of our lives. God can!
In the Christian Bible He has revealed much of Himself and His plans. He also reveals much of Himself through His creations. Sometimes He reveals things directly to men. God could tell you exactly what will happen to you, couldn't He? He might. But, for the most part, He makes us live our lives and find out ourselves.
I wish God would personally tell me exactly what to do, each moment of the day. God doesn't seem to speak loud enough. Maybe we have difficulty hearing. Instead, we must learn of Him through study, prayer, and thoughtful reflections about the world around us.
In God's wisdom He makes us live day to day, learning how things work. We have to use our minds, and think out the course of our lives. We have to make our best guesses, put forth our best labor, and hope for the best. God can fix all our problems, and He will, in His best time.
In the book of Isaiah, God says, "Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them." The Bible also says, "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, . . ." table of contents top of webpage
(Isaiah 42:9; Isaiah 46:9,10)
Chapter 2IN THE BEGINNING
First, we must attempt to understand GOD, the Supreme Being, the Ancient of Days, the Father of us all. We need to understand God's history, His future, His purpose. We must try to comprehend His desires. We must attempt to see the Universe from His perspective.
Without a doubt, great, is the mystery of God. He says things in the Bible like "I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:" A vision is given to Daniel the prophet, where he sees the "Ancient of Days," God the Father. He has made us in His image. He has created all things. He commanded and the creation came into being. We cannot completely comprehend Him. His Son is before all things and holds all things together.
(1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 45:5; Daniel 7:9-10; Genesis 1:27; Psalm 33:6-9; Job 37:5; Romans 11:33; Colossians 1:12-17)
He says in the scripture, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." (Revelation 22:13) God is the Creator. Before He created, there wasn't a creation. He was not the Creator until He created. He always was the only Creator who could create. Time was not. It was His time. It is His title. Creation is God's prerogative.
He is the Only One who could create, and thus become the Creator. The Creator had just not created yet. He was thinking. He is God. It doesn't matter to me. I wasn't around. God didn't ask for, or need, my advice.
He was always God, God the Father, The Ancient of Days. God the Father, with His family, the Spirit, and The Son, They always were. They are. They always will be. This is hard for mortals to understand. There will be no after Them either, for They are, and uphold all things.
Then They began to create. Creation is God's pleasure. Creation is God's responsibility. Creation is God's job. It is His title. He is the Creator.
Aside from the creation of this earth, no human record is kept of what else in the universe God created, or what He created first. Many speculations exist on this matter. It isn't known how long God thought about creation before He started, or how He did it. We do know "Through wisdom and power God created the world." (Jeremiah 10:12 paraphrase)
We do not know what God created in the very beginning of His universe. We do know He created beings who have the power of choice, of which we human beings are one example. The record states He created other beings which have choice. These are the angels. The Bible hints God made other creatures with choice. Creatures living on other worlds. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 45:12,18; Hebrews 1:1-2; Hebrews 11:3)
When God made the decision to create beings with choice, He faced a difficult, paradoxical situation. All things created rely on God for substance, being, existence, and survival. Suppose that creation with choice, chose not to be what God created it to be? Suppose the creature wanted to be the creator? Could God allow the creature to destroy itself? Could God allow that creature to destroy Him? The thought, of creature destroying Creator, is unthinkable, illogical, inconceivable, absurd. God cannot be destroyed.
The Bible says Lucifer wanted exactly that. Lucifer wanted to be god. You can read about it in Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14. Lucifer, one of the most important angels in Heaven, did not choose to be an important angel in Heaven. Lucifer wanted to be a god instead, and decided to become one by force. That creature started a war in Heaven. Lucifer became Satan, the devil. The earth became caught up in, and has become, a casualty of this war. (Ezekiel 28:11-19,1-26; Isaiah 14:11-17,1-32;
God, in His wisdom and foreknowledge, had planned for this event, and had planned the response to it. table of contents top of webpage
Knowing this could happen, He could have 'just not created.' But then He could not reach other goals. He could have, at the first sign of rebellion, just 'blotted' Lucifer out of existence. But then all creation would serve God for fear and not return God's Love.
So God decided to allow the rebellion to continue, until it became obvious to all creation, what the result of rebellion is. The result of rebellion is separation from God. That natural result is degradation and death.
The lies spoken about God had to be tested. The entire Universe needed to be shown that God was not a horrible dictator, but a caring Creator who sustains His creature's life. He is a Creator who gives life freely. Life the creature can experience and use as it needs.
God would pardon and heal all whom through ignorance, inexperience, or accident, became casualties of this war. Of course, He cannot pardon those who rebel on purpose. (Isaiah 55:6-7; Nahum 1:3; John 3:16-19)
God decided to allow His only begotten Son, Jesus, to be the ransom for the casualties. Jesus is the "lamb slain from the foundation of the world" in order to redeem many. This was the solution God had for rebellion. Its result will be a Universe where all creation will understand and love God!
(John 3:16; Revelation 5:1-12; Revelation 13:8; Galatians 4:4-7; Isaiah 65:17-25)
Chapter 3EARLY MAN
The history of God's Universe, and the history of Earth, are important to mankind. By knowing what has happened it is easier to see what will happen.
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." These are the first three sentences in the Bible.
How long after the 'big bang,' the space material, God used to fashion Earth, floated around, only God knows. The record says it was here, and the Spirit of God was here looking at it. The Bible then begins to record what happened next.
"For this says the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited." The earth was intended to be man's home. The Bible is the record of earth, man, and God's dealings with man. The Bible records that Adam and Eve were the first man and woman. With this purpose, of making a home for them, God said, "Let there be light." Then He separated the darkness from the light, named the dark "night," named the light "day," and created the first day. (Isaiah 45:18; Genesis 1:3-5)
On the second day, God took all the water drifting around, and started to separate it. He took some of the water and gathered it up in the sky, to separate space from the atmosphere. He created the sky, the very air we breathe. The water above the sky formed a bubble around the earth and was the source for much of the water of Noah's flood. [more on this later] This bubble of water covered the sky, marked the boundary of Earth's atmosphere, and prevented much stellar radiation from striking the earth. Then night fell, beginning a new day. (Genesis 1:6-8)
On the third day, He took the water that was left floating on the earth, gathered it into seas and springs, and uncovered the land. He created all manner of plants to cover the ground, and made them reproduce. (Genesis 1:9-13)
On the fourth day, He made the sun, the moon, stars, and the seasons. On the fifth day, He created birds and fish, creatures of the air and water, and made them reproductive. On the sixth day God created all land creatures. God made all the land creatures reproduce. The record then states "and God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:14-25)
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over all the earth." So God then did it. He created man. God created man in the image of, or similar to, God and the Godhead themselves. This is why scripture says "In our image." "And, behold, it was very good." The nighttime started the sixth day and when the sun went down again the sixth day ended. (Genesis 1:26-31)
On the seventh day God rested. On the seventh day God created the memorial of His creative power. The Bible records He made the seventh day, blessed it, set it apart from the other days, and made it Holy, by resting on that day. This created the seven day week that is still with us to this day.
How much Adam resembled God has been lost to history. Much can be reasoned. The Bible says man has been corrupted. The Bible says man will be restored uncorrupted. Adam was created sinless. God is sinless. Adam was given power and rule. God has power and rule. Adam was made fruitful and given the power of production. God has made countless creations. Adam was given the power to procreate. God has a begotten Son. Man was made a creature of family. God the Father, God the Spirit, and God the Son are the family of Heaven. Adam had a head, eyes, arms, legs, feet, and hands. The Ancient of Days, and Jesus, both have those body parts. Man has a heart, spirit, reason, and the power of choice. God is Spirit, and therefore the source of all true, spiritual things.
(1 Corinthians 15:42-58; Daniel 7:9-10; Ezekiel 1:25-28; John 4:24)
As soon as Adam's body had the breath of life put in it by God, the record says Adam became a living soul. It does not say Adam had a soul. Adam became a soul. Adam became a complete, productive being. Adam's body, without the "Breath Of Life" from God, was dust, and not alive. With the Breath of Life in him, Adam lived. (Genesis 2:7; Ecclesiastes 9:5-10; Psalm 146:3-4)
God then told Adam, he was a gardener. God then told Adam of the rebellion in Heaven, and gave Adam a test of obedience and loyalty. God warned Adam not to eat the fruit from one tree. All other food plants Adam could eat freely from, choosing which morsel pleased him. But the fruit from this one tree, would prove deadly to Adam. God told him not to eat it.
After putting Adam to naming the animals, God surveyed the creation, and decided to make Adam a wife, a helper, a companion. So God put Adam to sleep, and made Eve from a little of Adam's living flesh. In doing this, God created marriage and the first family. Then God rested, as a sign and memorial that the Creator had completed His creation. (Genesis 2:7,4-25)
How long Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden before they were deceived is not recorded. It could not have been a long time. Both had a childlike belief in the last thing they were told. Surely, God had told them something of Satan and the war that began in Heaven. God did warn Adam not to eat the fruit of the "tree of knowledge of good and evil." He told Adam, if he ate it, he would die. God, likely, did not tell Adam the entire history of the conflict. Adam did not have the experience to understand it. Adam believed God, for a little while. He did not rush over to eat that tree's fruit.
Eve had even heard enough of the story, Satan could not appear in his own form to her. So, the record states, Satan used the serpent to trick Eve. Satan, through the serpent, lied and told Eve she would not die. Eve was tricked into believing the serpent. She offered some of the fruit to Adam. He ate it, not wanting to be separated from Eve. "The eyes of both of them were opened." They instantly knew they had done wrong. They instantly knew they were changed. Adam and Eve could feel the change. The light that had been their clothing dimmed, leaving them naked. They hid from God. When God exposed them, Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, and both of them blamed God. The first human began to die. What had been created with faith, designed to live forever, now had doubt, and eventually would die. (Genesis 3:1-13)
God had to show Adam & Eve the results of not believing Him. They needed to learn how unable they were to sustain their own lives, unable to 'paddle their own canoe,' without God to sustain and guide them. God first cursed the snake and Satan. He made the serpent crawl. He promised Lucifer an everlasting death. God promised Adam and Eve salvation in their offspring. (Genesis 3:14-15)
God promised that a man would come who would "bruise" the serpent's (Satan's) head. Adam's offspring would not welcome Satan's slavery. (Genesis 3:15)
Eve's punishment was pain in childbirth. Adam's penalty, toil and hard work, to earn his food and livelihood. Adam would have to farm. The ground was cursed and would not be easy to dig.
Both Adam and Eve would naturally die after the years. God put angels to guard the garden. If man had eaten the fruit of "The Tree of Life," in his corrupted state, then sin would have remained with man forever. God could not allow sin to remain forever, to corrupt His creation. So man would be allowed to die naturally. God then could bring them back to life, with the sin in them forgiven, forgotten, and never returned. (Genesis 3:14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:42-58)
After Adam and Eve fell from their noble positions as keepers of the garden, God did not leave them entirely. They lived on for many years. God taught them and told them many things. God also gave them many children.
All Adam and Eve's children were born just like Adam and Eve. Their children were born with an amount of faith, belief and trust in things, and a corrupted heart. They had both good and evil inside them. Separate conditions of the heart warring constantly inside them. The most profound, early sign of this, was when Cain killed his brother Abel, because he was jealous of Abel. To this day, a human can want something and know it is not good for them. (Genesis 4:1-16)
Seth was born to Adam and Eve. Noah was Adam's great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandson through Seth. During the age before the flood, many generations of men were alive at one time. They all had one language. It was impossible to keep many secrets. The story of creation was repeated within families. History was kept by word of mouth. That was soon to end. When that age ended, much of its record ended with it. After the flood, all men came from Noah. Except for Noah, God was sorry He had made man. (Genesis 6:5-8; Genesis 5:1-3,29)
God's purpose in creation would not be stopped, just because sin had entered into Satan's heart. God's purpose would not change, just because Adam made a terrible mistake. Even though violence was throughout the land, and almost all living creatures had to die, God would shelter some life on Earth.table of contents top of webpage
Chapter 4THE FLOOD
When God put in motion the physical events we know as "The Flood," He abruptly changed the course of human history. He removed the dinosaurs, so they were no longer a threat to man. He killed off the evil, violent men that roamed the earth. He changed Earth's weather and features. In a moment, He changed the whole order of things.
The wickedness that had broken out among the human race was infamous, detestable, heinous, perverse, vast and quick. It was almost more than God's heart could stand. He was sorry He had made man. He was sorry for man. His disgust with mankind was enormous and serious. If it had not been for a small class of people who still trusted and relied on Him, no human would survive today. But He did have mercy on mankind. None of us would be alive today, if not for the mercy God showed to Noah. (Genesis 6:5-13)
It is written, "Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." Noah would continue as a representative of the human race. Noah and his family would keep man from becoming extinct. Noah and his children would re-populate the world. Many of Noah's descendants would become God's adopted sons. Noah would survive. God could trust him to do the things necessary to ensure his family's survival.
Noah believed God, when God told him it was going to rain. No rain had ever occurred. Believing in rain, required faith from Noah. God told Noah to build a boat. Noah was willing to do it. God told Noah to gather up animals, so certain ones would not become extinct. And God told Noah to sound a warning. The record says Noah "was a preacher of righteousness." When the time was right, God told Noah to go into the ark. God shut the door. A few days later it began to rain. (Genesis 2:4-7, Genesis 6:12-22; 2 Peter 2:5)
The first destruction of the earth is an event of which rocks bear witness. Man's writings and folklore, in almost all cultures, have recorded the event happened. Yet much of the science of the event is ignored. (2 Peter 3:5-7)
The great bubble of water covering the atmosphere of earth was burst by God. God also broke up the underground spring system that had been used to water the ground and plants. The "windows of heaven were opened," and "all the fountains of the great deep broken up." Much science could exist on this matter, if it were not ignored as a possibility. Suppose it could be shown, the Grand Canyon in Arizona was dug out of rock in a few months, instead of ages. Suppose Earth's rock is broken because Earth gave a gigantic heave. (Genesis 7:11)
Modern science, by its very nature, cannot believe (assume) anything. Science must rely on empirical information. Science must deduce from things observed. Creation Science is a borderline science which does allow room for a belief in a Creator. But modern scientific thought is not supposed to assume anything.
Scientists, in general, agree, the natural world is immense and complex, and we humans have barely scratched the surface of knowledge. We have knowledge of "black holes" in space. We have knowledge of background radiation and knowledge that gravity can travel in waves. Some say space is curved and the atom is composed of even smaller particles. I suppose these things are true. But, even Science has to separate, and make distinctions, among and between "THEORIES" and "FACTS." One still has to believe, even in science. And we KNOW, true science and true religion have no conflict.
Recorded history contains many 'facts' about Earth and man's life here. By definition, "History" is the record of what has happened. Yet history is colored by the historian. Each record kept by man includes the viewpoint and culture of the man who kept the record.
Science relies heavily on dating of articles and events. Much of this inquiry into age is done by some form of radioactive dating. Radioactive dating measures the breakdown rate of a radioactive material, compares the measurement to the amount of radioactive material found left in an object, as compared to non-radioactive material in it, then computes the age of the object.
One difficulty with this is the possibility of the radioactive material having a different breakdown rate than the one assumed. Another difficulty is the possibility the object dated never had the radioactive material in it in the first place.
In simpler terms, what if Noah's flood changed the radioactivity of things? What if there was little, or no radioactivity under the water surrounding the earth before the flood? Wouldn't this change many assumptions we place on radioactive dating of things?
When the bubble of water burst, there was an immediate drop in air pressure. The poles froze first. As the atmosphere adjusted to the changes, the climate bounced between stages that were hot and cold, wet and dry, stable and unstable. The earth went through a cycle of climate, first major changes and fluctuations, then gradually finding its own stability. Earth's climate then stabilized into the weather patterns we now have.
The first rain was a massive event, to say the least. Water surged and flowed across the broken surface of Earth. Great canyons and plains were created in hours. Mountain ranges rose as Earth's surface buckled. Basins of water formed, and filled, and became the great oceans. The springs of water were broken up. Water spewed out of the irrigation system God designed, creating great caverns under the earth. God had cursed the ground three times. This made the planet vastly different from Adam's first home. (Genesis 7:11, 8:1-3, 3:17, 4:10-12, 5:29, 8:21)
God caused a great wind to blow. The wind blew the rotting flesh, of things before the flood, into piles, which became covered by earth and water. Subject to great heat and pressure, these piles formed coal, oil, natural gas, and many other mineral deposits. This stirring of the earth created the world we live in today. (Genesis 8:1-2)
God had removed early man from the earth. For Noah, his family and descendants, God had made a fresh start.
The dates of these events can be only speculated. I wasn't there. My history contains only those things I have seen, experienced, or believe to be true. Radioactive dating relies too heavily on assumptions of its own accuracy.
The physical world before the flood is not described in great detail in the Bible. The physical world after the flood we live in. The planet today, we can see and measure, as accurately as our sight and measurements will allow. The physical world of the future, its atmosphere and earth, we cannot predict either. Except for what is revealed in the Bible, about the world to come, it is unknown to us. Yet, all of us can see changes happening to Earth. Some of these changes are caused by us, many are beyond our control. At least God in Heaven can take care of the physical world.
Still, a lesson is to be learned. History, Science, Religion, and Common Sense make this clear, when something dies, it is gone. When a species is extinct, it is gone. When a man or woman, plant or animal dies, its presence is gone. If not for the promises of God, all life would face eventual extinction. But, God has promised, and has His purpose. He will soon keep His promise. (2 Peter 3:3-18)table of contents top of webpage
Chapter 5THE FIRST GOVERNMENTS
God's government is very different from governments of this earth. God's government is built on charity, harmony, righteousness. Earthly governments are built on expediency, practicality, and necessity. Earthly governments have all been based on the power to rule. God's government is based on His right to rule. Earthly governments are allowed to rule by God. Earthly governments are replaced by Him at His will. Earthly governments are required. Something must serve to provide order, and occasional peace. Earthly governments, like men, are sometimes swayed and influenced by Satan.
(1 Kings 14:7-10,14; Psalm 75:7; Romans 13:1-8; Daniel 4:30-37; 1 Peter 2:13-14)
- A brief history before the birth of Jesus Christ
Let us consider a brief history of the world until the birth of Jesus Christ. First there was Adam, then there was Noah. Noah had some sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. All humans are their descendants.
Ham had a descendant named Nimrod. Nimrod saw a problem, and an opportunity. The population had grown. Conflicts for resources were springing up everywhere, causing much turmoil. If someone could unite and control the people, that someone could also control the resources. Nimrod began to convince and persuade people to unite under him. He made laws, and required obedience to them. Eventually, Nimrod had to intimidate and conquer peoples who did not yield to him. This has been the history of most governments since. (1 Chronicles 1:10; Genesis 10:8-10)
The governments before the flood had been based on the extended family. After the flood, the family was still central to local rule. Until very recently, this was true. But the upper levels of government, the uniting of men, became necessary after the flood. The earth was a much different place. So 'common rule for the common good,' the root of civil government, began almost as soon as Noah's sons started to gang up on each other.
By Nimrod's time, great alliances were being formed among men. For certain reasons, the people wanted to build a tower, a tower that reached "unto heaven." God, for certain reasons, said, 'No You Don't.' God confused and changed their languages and speech. Suddenly, no one working on the project could understand what his fellow worker was saying, and couldn't be understood themselves. That was the end of building on that particular tower. Men went their ways and began to spread over the face of the earth. God could not allow them to build the tower that was to reach to Heaven. So He stopped their building and stopped their talking.
This scared Nimrod's wife, and everyone else in the ruling party. Nimrod died. The confusion, this 'babylon' created, caused great social upheaval. Nimrod's wife, in order to retain power, began a myth. A myth is a fabrication of the human mind explaining a mystical event.
Nimrod was reincarnated as the sun and became a sun-god. His wife became miraculously pregnant, and her new son was the reincarnated Nimrod, miraculous son of the sun Nimrod. 'Right?' 'No Way!' Or at least that is the story I heard. That is how she got her new son on the throne, and managed to stay in power.
She made the people believe this story. One of the first real theocracies was born. A theocracy is a marriage of church and state.
Recorded history contains the records of the peoples and their beliefs, both before and after Christ. History also contains keys to many Biblical prophecies. A prophecy of God is history sure to come and pass. A prophecy is a statement, that such and so will happen, which claims God as its source. When a prophecy is fulfilled it becomes history.
Such was the birth of Christ. His birth was prophesied, and happened. Questions and doubts may exist about the life, teachings, and mission of Jesus, called the Christ. Little doubt should exist that some man named Jesus, who began the Christian movement, lived and died. (Genesis 3:13-15; Genesis 13:14-16; Galatians 3:16-29; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20-25; Matthew 2:4-6; Isaiah 9:5-7;)
Prophecy is subjected to much opinion and private definition. The only measure of a prophet is the accuracy of his prophecies, and his faithfulness to God. If the prophecy comes to pass, the prophet is either a prophet of God, or a very good guesser. If God makes a prophecy known, it will come to pass. If the prophecy does not come to pass, well guess who goofed? It wasn't God. It wasn't a prophecy from God. (Deuteronomy 13:1-4; Jeremiah 28:9; Isaiah 8:19-20)
Daniel was a prophet of God. The book of the Bible that bears his name contains many prophecies. The events he wrote about, before they happened, are prophecies. Daniel's prophecies are chronological, and follow a logical, step by step order. Many of his prophecies are already fulfilled and have become history. A few have not had a match with a historical fact. Some of his prophecies are still being fulfilled.
One such prophecy that needs further mention is the account of Nebuchadnezzar's dream. Read about it in Daniel, Chapter 2. As the story goes, the King of the Babylonians, King Nebuchadnezzar, had a dream where he saw a great statue. This statue's head was gold, chest silver, belly bronze, legs iron, and feet of mixed iron and clay. The material in the feet did not bind together. The feet were unstable.
Then the King sees a huge boulder of a rock fall from heaven. The rock smashes the statue's feet and grinds the whole statue into dust. Then the rock grows into a mighty mountain and fills the whole earth. (Daniel 2:28-35)
Daniel interpreted the King's dream. Babylon was the head of gold. The prophecy begins with Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom and continues from there. The kingdom that followed Babylon was the Medo-Persian Empire. The Medes and Persians were represented by the chest of silver. The belly of bronze symbolized the Greeks. The Greeks, lead by Alexander the Great, conquered the Persians. The government which followed the Greeks, as "ruler of the whole world," is often called the "Iron Monarchy." That kingdom was Rome under the emperors. (Daniel 2:36-40)
When Roman rule was destroyed by social collapse and the Barbarians, the feet were formed. The feet of the statue represent the European countries the Barbarians became. Or more accurately, the feet of the statue represent the national systems of government which exist today. These systems of government will remain until Jesus returns to claim the rights to govern Himself. The Kingdom of God is the Rock which smashes the statue and fills the earth. Jesus comes during the age represented by the statue's feet. The Rock that falls is the second coming of Christ. (Daniel 2:41-45)table of contents top of webpage
Chapter 6THE LAST GOVERNMENTS
The Rock who is Jesus, the event known as the "Second Coming of Christ," is in our very day. Jesus will soon be back. Not just "soon" as God counts time, but "soon" as we understand "soon." It likely will be in your lifetime. At that time, the world and its systems will end. You can quote me on this. When Jesus Comes, the world and its systems will end.
- A brief history after the birth of Jesus Christ
Recorded history shows Jesus of Nazareth lived. It also shows the Romans destroyed the Jewish nation of that day, and ruled most of the known world. History attests Roman rule was replaced by rule of nation. Opportunities for differing societies to make their own rules and laws were created. As the dream of the statue hints, Daniel said the iron and the clay in the feet would try to join, but wouldn't "cleave" together. Wars have been fought, treaties and marriages made, in attempts to join the nations again, under common rule. (Daniel 2:41-43)
Earthly governments now are civil governments. Governments whose purpose is to provide order and support for its people. However, civil governments are still subject to corruptions and abuses. Earthly governments sometimes maintain power by means which are not good.
Democracies are born of national governments. In a democracy the ruling party is supposed to be the majority of society, acting and thinking with a common purpose. Unfortunately, errors can and do occur in government today. Even in a democracy, the majority can be wrong.
The governments existing now are the last governments of Earth. Whether or not a government is a democracy, a coalition, a kingdom, a dictatorship, a commonwealth, a community, a republic, a regime, a federation or a theocracy, it does not matter. What matters is all governments are passing, and soon will be history.
It matters not how much power rests with the State, or States. It doesn't matter how much input the people have in making their own laws. The laws of man do not, cannot, replace the laws, and plans, of God.
Only a little while longer, will earthly governments have power. Soon, Lord Jesus, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS," will return, and He will return with Real Power. (Revelation 19:11-17)
The importance of the "United Nations," its power to mediate and find common ground among the nations, will grow, will pass, and will not last long. The power of the United Nations, to compel renegade governments, will be short lived and weak. Even Satan's last attempt to deceive man won't last long. "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15)
Daniel prophesied some about Earth's last days. The book of the Bible named "The Revelation" contains many more prophecies concerning Earth's last days. The Revelation also contains many prophecies concerning the world to come after this one.
Some of the prophecies of Daniel have as their subject a little horn. Horns and heads in biblical prophecy usually symbolize a governmental or religious power. (Daniel 7:8-11,17,20-27)
These prophecies, and others like it, point to a religious power which begins to rule. This power, this little horn, would come out of civil powers and use the state to enforce its rule. In short, this little horn would become a powerful church/state. History's record contains the rise and fall of that power. The uniting force which arose after the fall of Imperial Rome was Papal Rome, the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages.table of contents top of webpage
Chapter 7THE PRESENT STATE OF AMERICA AND THE WORLD
Most of the prophecies of Daniel have been fulfilled. The little horn in the book of Daniel, the one who spoke great things, came, and fell. Others took his place. The Protestant Reformation, in many ways, modified Catholicism.
The book of Revelation speaks of a beast which comes up out of the ground, having two horns like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. Revelation also speaks of a beast with seven heads and ten horns. One head receives a deadly wound. The wound is healed. And there is one who makes the beast. And one who makes an "image to the beast," "an image of the beast." Many prophecies contained in the Bible make one shudder in fear, and pray "Lord Jesus please come quickly." (Revelation 13:1-5; Revelation 13:11-15)
I am a patriot. I love my nation. I love America. God did not leave America out of prophecy. The United States of America, "my country tis of thee," is the beast who comes up out of the ground, having two horns like a lamb. But the prophecy says she shall speak as a dragon. (Revelation 13:11)
Beasts in prophecy most usually symbolize a governmental or religious power, no more, no less. A government has no conscience. The conscience of a government's rulers is the only commitment a government has.
A government, governs in a practical, expedient manner, just like a corporation exists only to make money and continue to exist. A government will do what it needs to do to stay in power.
America came up "out of the earth," it was not a nation formed on conquest, but a nation formed on desires for peace and ownership of land.
America was formed with two separate horns of power, like a lamb. America was formed with civil democracy, and religious association, as separate, distinct, and recognized sources to guide and direct men. America was formed with peace, duty to God and family, duty to country, and personal opportunity as its birthright and legacy.
America has changed much since Ben Franklin's day. Some of our values remain the same. Some values have changed. Some have disappeared. Much more will change in America, and change quickly. It is not America's fault. My beloved America is just a country fulfilling its place in history.
The controversy is between God and Satan. The struggle is 'our personal fight.' Our struggle is "against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world," spiritual forces loose on planet Earth. Earth and man got caught up in the controversy and conflict. The choices men make prove whose side they are on. "Choose you this day whom ye will serve."
(Ephesians 6:12-18; Joshua 24:15)
America and the World today are battling. The World is battling against many problems and obstacles, very large and baffling. Problems of Earth's environment, problems of hunger, population, economy, social upheaval, government and global interaction, all these problems beset modern man.
Many have said things like, "The world needs global direction." "America must take the lead in giving that direction to the World." "Governments must unite." "Religions must unite." Governments and religions will unite. This is not a good thing. History has shown that religions cannot direct civil power without attempting to legislate dogma. When 'churches' have power, they make 'religious' laws. When religions can make laws, usually persecution follows.
America is unique among countries, and her history is glorious. In this era of the world, all countries and peoples are unique. But, in the quest for more goods and a better lifestyle, America has led. This is due to our double blessing of resources and resourcefulness. America forges on first.
At no time, during the history of man, has more goods, been available to more people, than there are now. There never are enough goods though. Our economy and natural order are ruled by the laws of supply and demand. We place value on items and services because of the "Law of Limited Resources."
Today, all countries are becoming aware of their national heart. Many nations seek the national resourcefulness of us Americans. We, as a people, believe in ourselves, and believe in the providence of God. We appear to trust in Him, and He has blessed us.
But, if we are deceived into believing, God has said things He has not. If we are made to believe, God requires us to do things God does not urge. We may let our rulers do things they should not do. Many wars have started for poor reasons.
The prophecies of Daniel were sealed until the "time of the end," when "knowledge shall be increased" and "many shall run to and fro." In the early 1800's great interest focused on the book of Daniel. The book of Daniel contained keys to the understanding of another prophetical book, the book of Revelation. Daniel and the Revelation were studied deeper than ever. Their secrets were compared with history. Answers were found. Many of their prophecies have been fulfilled in history already.
Taken together, these two books, along with writings contained in the rest of the Bible, point a path to, and through, the last days of this earth. If one knows what is going to happen to the World, one has a better idea of what is going to happen to oneself.
America will play a large role in Earth's final days. Since the world is a global population, all the Continents have their part to play. Continental nationalism is the trend in the world. As more countries input their needs into the global economy, the regional need directs the national action. The actions of one country can now truly affect the world.
As Jesus said, in the parable of the fig tree, "By watching one can see when the time is near." (Matthew 24:32-35 paraphrase)table of contents top of webpage
Chapter 8THE LAST MAN
The signs of the times are many. If you need proof of this, just read a newspaper or watch some television. It is written, "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse," and it is written that "They shall make the ephah (ounce) small and the shekel (dollar) great." [meaning down with size up with price] It seems the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. We all know, if you feel you are getting poorer, your life is miserable. (2 Timothy 3:13; Amos 8:5)
It is written, "As the days of Noah were, so also will it be when Jesus comes. Men will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage." Are these things bad? No! But people will be so involved with them, they will miss more important things. Most people will be too busy with the affairs of daily life for Christ's return. For many, Jesus' return will be unexpected, and unlooked for. They will be surprised by His appearance. (Matthew 24:37-39 paraphrase; Matthew 24:42)
The world before the flood was filled with violence. Violence is an everyday occurrence in many parts of this globe. More and more violence is becoming acceptable to both those who would do right and those who would do wrong. The governmental alliances and the religious alliances will join hands. This is not good. The 'powers that be' will think again to change God's "times and laws." As in Noah's day, he who is strongest will enforce his rule. (Ephesians 6:12; Daniel 7:25)
"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth." A warning must be sent. God says a warning will be sent. If God surely is going to destroy the world, and make it again, surely He would let man know. A warning will be sent. (Revelation 14:6-10, 18:1-5; Ezekiel 3:16-19; Proverbs 29:18; Amos 3:7-8)
God's reason for giving a warning is simple. Jesus will appear the second time, for those who are looking for Him, and want to see Him. He will appear without sin, and with salvation in His hand. Those who do not expect and hope for His return will be surprised, and cry for the rocks to fall on them so they can hide from Him. (Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 6:15-17)
God's people will be hidden from harm. Any harm that may befall them will not change them.
Some men will be alive on that day. Some men, both good and bad, will survive the "time of trouble, such as never was." Having gone through the troubles that will multiply in the last days, having gone through the seven last plagues, men will still live, both righteous and unrighteous. (Daniel 12:1-3; Matthew 13:24-30; Matthew 13:36-43)
When Jesus comes, THAT WILL CHANGE. When the harvest of this world happens, God will separate the good from the bad. The good, those who have put their trust in Him, will be given priceless things. Gifts will be given that we cannot now imagine or comprehend. Gifts will be given to God's people which are glorious beyond comparison to anything we know or can dream. The bad will be bound. (Matthew 13:24-30,36-43; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Corinthians 2:9)
After the religious powers rule the civil powers, governments will ask the people to accept some laws. Then the government will enforce those laws. God does not want to compel the conscience of man. It is wrong for a man to force his will on another man, but to demand obedience, opposite to God's will, is open rebellion. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-5)
When the time comes for God to complete His purpose for Earth and Man, He will not be slow or unclear. (2 Peter 3:9; 2 Peter 3:3-13; Isaiah 28:21)
In the days just before Jesus returns, there will be a sharp increase in 'false prophets,' 'false teachers,' and 'false doctrine.' Many of these new spiritual leaders will say things even the average person knows is 'off the wall' and false. This will cause many people to question what they have been taught about God all their lives. And God will have his ministers among the sons of men.
Some people will learn, things they have been taught about God, all their lives, are falsehoods and lies. Both old doctrines, and new doctrines, will be shown false. And worse yet, people will argue about what the truth is, and what the falsehoods are, and will miss the more important "God of truth."
The Bible itself will expose the lies being taught. Because of the confusion in the religious world, some will say terrible things about the real truth and all true doctrine. Many will have "their backs toward the temple." Some will preach just as a way to make a 'quick buck.' Unfortunately, many people will not hear the truth. They will believe the lies. Some will want their spiritual leaders to tell them falsehoods, because the truth is unacceptable to them. (Matthew 24:23-28; 2 Peter 1:20-21;
2 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-13; 1 John 4:1; Ezekiel 8:16; Isaiah 30:9-13)
It is written Satan will appear as an angel of light, and deceive many people. That devil may even claim to be Jesus himself, or say Jesus will appear soon in a certain place. Who knows exactly how this could occur?
Satan could be preceded by UFOs, giving witness to Satan's deception. God may have, other beings, on other worlds, but they don't come here. This world is sick and under quarantine. God has confined the sickness to this world. But Satan and the other fallen angels were cast to this earth. That devil is known as the "prince of the power of the air." These other fallen angels could pretend to be spirits, or aliens, and say Satan's lies are true. This might add credibility to incredible events.credibility to incredible events
(Revelation 12:7-12; Job 1:6-7; Ephesians 2:2)
Satan himself may appear as a 'spirit,' a literal "angel of light." Satan may himself, perform "signs and wonders" so wondrous, if it were possible, he would even deceive God's own "elect" people. The Bible says someone will. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Matthew 24:21-27)
There will be a "famine in the land" for the truth. People will finally look for truth, and not find it. It is too late. (Amos 8:9-12)
God will have His signs and wonders, in the sky and on the earth. There will be a great earthquake, the sky will be darkened, the moon shall appear as blood, the stars will fall from heaven, then the sky will roll away. Some of this has already happened, in the 1700's-1800's. (See newspaper accounts and the recorded history of: November 1, 1755; May 19, 1780; November 13, 1833) God has sometimes repeated the signs He gives.
The Bible says, ". . . your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:" All men will be given enough information to make a personal choice between Jesus and Satan. And God will make His choices among the men who are living. (Joel 2:28-32; Revelation 6:12-17; Matthew 25:31-46)
God will seal His people and mark them for salvation. From that time on, the righteous will stay righteous, the unrighteous will stay unrighteous. Every man's destiny will be decided. Jesus' return is then just around the corner. Then He will withdraw His calming influence from the earth. Without the restraint of God, anarchy will reign. Many people will go wild for want of food and fear of violence. The righteous will hide, and be hidden, in the Lord. (Revelation 7:1-3; Revelation 22:10-14;
Genesis 6:3; Daniel 12:1; Proverbs 28:12-13; Psalm 27:5)
God has chosen His people and protected them. As men grow worse, God begins to pour out the seven last plagues upon man. When the last plague is given, Jesus begins His return. When the sky rolls back, and Jesus appears, all unrighteous people are killed by the "brightness of His coming." (Revelation 15:1-8; Revelation 16:1-21; Revelation 8:1; Revelation 6:14; Matthew 24:27;
2 Thessalonians 2:1-13)
When Jesus appears, all God's people will be changed. Their sin will disappear. Their bodies will be changed. They will rise from the earth to meet Jesus in the sky. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52;
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
After meeting Jesus in the sky, the redeemed will go with Jesus to Heaven. There they will judge both men and angels. Things hidden to them will be made plain, and we will "know even as we are known." (1 Corinthians 6:2-3, 4:5, 13:9-13)
After the plague of hail, the earthquake, and the second coming of Christ, the earth will be physically torn up. All men are either dead, or with Christ in Heaven. Satan and the rest of the fallen angels are still confined to the earth. With no one to tempt, these demons are "chained" for a thousand years. During this time, the saints in Heaven learn the secret things. (Revelation 20:1-3; Matthew 13:35; Luke 8:17; Romans 2:13-17; 1 Corinthians 4:5, 6:2-3)
A thousand years after the second coming, Jesus and the saints will return, with the city, the New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem is the city of very precious stone which, once delivered by God from Heaven to Earth, becomes the capital of the New Earth. This city will become God's new home. (Revelation 21:1-27)
Then God resurrects the unrighteous. They have not changed. Satan is "loosed out of his prison" and the righteous watch from the city. The unrighteous will try to take the city by force. When they have surrounded the Holy City, fire will come down from God out of heaven and consume all impurities. (Revelation 20:7-15)
This is the second death. The fire will burn all that is unclean and impure, from Satan down to the very stones. When the ashes cool, God will make a "new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." God will not torment during this strange act, but He will make a short work of the clean up job. When the fuel is exhausted, and Satan smolders out, God will create a New Earth. All sin and sinners will be gone, consumed, destroyed. God will "wipe away all tears," "the former 'things' shall not be remembered nor come into mind." He says, "Behold, I make all things new."
(Revelation 20:14; 2 Peter 3:12-13; Romans 9:28; Isaiah 28:21; Revelation 21:4-5; Isaiah 65:17-25)
"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." (Revelation 22:12-14)table of contents top of webpage
Chapter 9SO WHAT ABOUT ME?
That is the sixty million dollar question. What should I do about all this information? Is there any use to knowing the world is about to end? Should I fall down in fear, or jump for joy?
At this time, the starting of the first draft of this chapter, it is 11:25 PM, on a Monday night. This book is being written by a real person, at a real time, with real problems, hopes, dreams, desires, real faith, and real fears. Just like you.
I told a friend, I would mention him in this book. Why is that important? Because I told him I would, he asked me to do it, and it seems like a fun, special thing to do.
My friend is just like the rest of us. He would like to have his needs met, without having to sweat, and risk life and limb. He would like to have security, happiness, and a knowledge everything will work out right. We both entered the 'Bizzillion Dollar Give-Away Sweepstakes.'
A person could take the knowledge that the world was ending, and use that knowledge as a reason to learn all God has to say about the event. A person could take the information and modify the circumstances of their life so to be fully prepared for the event. A person could find out what God would like from him and try to do it. A person could prepare, and watch, so the day didn't sneak up on them.
If I knew, with certainty, the world would end around such and so day, that would be news I could sure use. I wouldn't be slow in doing whatever it was I needed to do.
And, if there were no need to change any aspects of ones life, then one would just praise God, and with great joy, look eagerly forward to that day. Jesus said in a parable, "Occupy till I come." Occupying ones personal living position means not having to change a lifestyle, just to change a life. One need not conduct the affairs of their life differently, except where sin is involved. (Luke 19:13)
Change only those things God directs you to change. There is no reason to move, change jobs, or live life differently, just because Jesus is coming. If circumstances, or God, give you a reason to make changes in your life, by all means change. If the need to change is not apparent, don't change. Except for sin, which must be changed, one should be very happy, if there was nothing which needed changing in their life.
The Bible says to "wait upon the Lord." Things affecting ones relationship to God have to be scrutinized. One must change things God directs him to change in his life. Mostly though, God would have us conduct our daily affairs responsibly, "giving our households food at the right times."
(Luke 19:13; Zephaniah 3:8-9; Psalm 27:14; Luke 12:35-44; Matthew 24:45-47 paraphrase)
I would much rather be joyful and looking forward to His coming, than have cause to fear it. The Bible says, if we love Him, and accept His gifts, there is no cause to fear anything. (Psalm 91:1-16)
Do I know your future? Ha! I don't know my future, much less yours. But, I can make some good 'predictions,' about everyone's future. How much God may enlighten me, you, and us, to our future, is with Him according to His spirit. His Spirit may help you learn Earth's future, and learn your future. God's prophecies about the future of everyone living now are contained in the Bible. I will do my best to edify us, according to the spirit He gives me.
God has some prophecies about Earth's future. There is a big difference in my predictions and God's prophecies. They are not the same thing. They can say the same thing, but there is a distinct difference in source. Can I prophesy? "Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelation 19:10)
This distinction must be made between prediction and prophecy. A prediction is little better than a good guess. God's prophecy is future sure to pass.
I can make good predictions, occasionally I'm wrong. You can make good predictions too. Just look around you, apply some thought and knowledge, and you can see things 'coming down.' We have to do this every day, just to run our everyday lives.
A "thus saith the Lord" must be the final test. "To the law and the testimony (scripture): if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them." (Isaiah 8:20)
Ya know, there are all sorts of people in the world. Most of us humans want the same things; happiness, security, money, recognition, peace, safety, a new car, enough food to eat, to keep warm, a new job, a _________, et cetera, etc., etc., etc. You fill in the blanks. I don't know your life. I don't know your personal circumstances. God does. He called the king Cyrus by name more than a century before Cyrus conquered Babylon. (See Isaiah 45:1-6)
Only you control your relationship to God. Your relationship to God is your business, God's business, and no one else's. It is no one else's responsibility. Being one of God's family is your responsibility.
How real my life, or your life, is, is not subject to question. I breathe and can think. You can too. The proof of life is in the living. I know I am alive. You know if you are alive. We must learn how to accept "Eternal Life." We had no choice in the life we now live. God does give us a choice in living the life He would give us. Maybe you are a roofer, and you 'love your job!' Or maybe you make ends meet on an assembly line, and would really like a change.
Maybe you are so fed up with religion, and people who have tried to feed it to you, that you have trouble believing God exists. Possibly your zeal for God is so strong, and you are so full of faith and dedication to the Lord that, like Paul, you can't see the harm you may be doing. (Acts 9:1-6)
Possibly, you are already a true saint. If so, "Praise the Lord."
Maybe you just don't know. Maybe your life is, at times, so unspeakably horrible, you tremble in fear. [If this is the case in your life, read Psalm 91, Isaiah 49:13-16, pray, trust Him, and seek all the help you can find from others to change your life.]
Maybe you don't know why your life has been the way it has. Maybe you don't know what to do. Maybe you don't care.
Maybe you do care. If you do care, hope and faith will see you through. God will not forget you.
(Hebrews 11:1-3,39-40; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Isaiah 49:13-16)
You say you fit none of these descriptions? God knows what description you fit. He will give you any good thing you ask for. (Matthew 7:7-11)
What will happen to you, before Jesus returns, and the world ends? Whatever the specifics are in your life, you will have to fill your own blanks. God may bless you with some prophecy and foreknowledge. He may give you only the Bible, but that is more than enough if you live with Him day to day.
The truest prophecies, of the future, and certain fate, of planet earth, are told in the Bible. I will do my best to make some general predictions, based on my knowledge of what God's Word has to say. With forethought, knowledge, and personal reading of the Bible, you can transfer this information to your life, on a day to day basis. You can rest assured I believe and know these things as true, or else I sure wouldn't write them.
Again, a distinction must be made between prediction and prophecy. But if, ". . . the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" You fill in the blanks in your life. (Amos 3:8)
No matter what your station in life, rich or poor, your life will get better, then worse, then better, then worse. If you are one, or become one, of God's saints, then your life will become best. If you become one of the castaways, then your life will be not.
The economy will get better, then worse, better then worse, with each fluctuation in the economy's condition more marked and visible. This index will be up. That index will be down. This forecast will say one thing. That forecast will say some-thing different. The complexity of the marketplace will grow, and breakdown, and grow still more. Fortunes will be gained and lost, faster and faster, until the world's economy collapses.
The social condition of mankind will get worse, be called better, then get worse, until both the 'do good-ers' and the 'do bad-ers' are at total war in society.
The courts and police will fight the criminals. The 'pro-lifer' will fight the 'pro-choicer,' and vice versa, with more and more vigor. The 'Bingos' will fight the 'Bangos' for every little scrap of 'turf.' If you are a member in some form of "gang," just remember, God deals with the individual, "any man," not the group. (Revelation 3:19-22)
Transportation will falter. Food will be in great demand. The environment will not cooperate. Great signs will appear. Wonders will happen. "They shall cry peace and safety, then cometh sudden destruction." (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 paraphrase)
The governments will be deluged with cries for help. In efforts to keep peace, keep control, the governments will try to meet the needs. But the need for assistance becomes too great to be addressed. So attempts and promises are made. But there are contributors to be paid. So the governments grant favors and laws. Of course a law must be enforced. And there is a public to pacify and provide for. But the men of government are helpless. The smart politician prays.
Nothing really new to any of this. It has been going on since man first fell. Only it is going to get worse.
The cities will grow more dangerous. The countryside will become dangerous also, and grow more isolated. table of contents top of webpage
Those who rule will rule more strongly. Those who rebel will continue to rebel, and will become even more violent.
God's people will be nurtured and protected, but will want many things. God's people will be denied many things. God's people will continue to trust God. After all, they are God's people.
Hidden by the Lord, their basic needs will be met. Protected by God, His people will, only see what is happening, and be looking for His return. All God's people have been sealed. With nothing to do but wait, His people watch and pray. (Psalm 91:1-16; Revelation 7:1-3)
The Mideast will hold the world's attention. There will be talk of war and talk of peace. The parties to that conflict will grow. The parties to that conflict will command the attentions of the world. Alliances will be formed, plans will be set. The powers will confront each other in the region of the ancient city of Megiddo, which is the region of modern Israel and Lebanon. The kings of the earth gather at "Armageddon." God has His weapons.
Though Europe might have a common currency, though the old Soviet Union may be a commonwealth and confederation of independent states, still oil greases the wheels of modern man. America, Russia, China, the European Nations, all Nations want a piece of the Mideast peace. Jesus will come when men are preoccupied with other things. He will come as a "thief in the night." And His coming will burst out like lightning. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-10; Job 38:22-23; Isaiah 8:13-17; 2 Peter 3:9-15; Revelation 16:15-16)
The religions of man will command obedience. God's people will come out and withdraw from those religions, as the religious denominations show intolerance. (Revelation 18:1-5)
Many people, pastors and members, who love their church, will hear God's call. People who never believed in God, will praise and trust Him with loud voices. Many people, whose faith has died and been asleep will, like flowers in Spring, have their faith in God come alive and blossom.
The religions will attempt to stop this loss of membership, and ask for the the help of the state. 'Christian Nation' will be the battle cry. The 'New World Order' will strengthen. "God's law" will be argued. The wrong laws will be enforced. The church/state beast will again "think to change times and laws," and ask for aid in legislating dogma into law. "Saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the beast." The people will vote for this image, and vote that everyone will receive the mark of belonging to this society. (Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:14)
God's people cannot accept this mark, not in their thoughts, or in their actions. Only those people who have this mark can buy or sell. God's people are denied a way to make a living. (Revelation 13:11-18)
If there is a law needed, the Constitution can be changed. If there is a national emergency, the nation can command obedience.
God has His seal, to mark His people. A seal is a mark which shows something belongs to the seal holder. God's seal is His memorial of creation. To have any legal seal, as in a Seal of State, seal of authority, seal of position, three things must be present. The name of the seal holder, his territory, and the seal holder's authority, make up a legal seal. "Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy." "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day." The Lord (name of seal holder) made (title/authority: Creator) heaven and earth (territory). The judgment hour message says to "worship Him that made" all things. (Revelation 7:2-3;
Exodus 20:8-11; Revelation 14:6-7)
The mark of the beast is in direct conflict with the seal of God. God has choices to make, choices about whom to save. Those of us living then, affected by this conflict, will have to make a choice of whose mark to receive in our thoughts and actions. A "Great Decision" must be made daily concerning whom we will serve. Then the end will come.
There is only one way to be saved. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We can be reunited with God the Father only through belief and trust in Him.
Jesus said He has salvation and eternal life. He said man's natural state is death, and if God did not intervene, all men would die forever.
Jesus said He would personally, give any one of mankind, you, eternal life, a new heart, a new body, if that human being will just accept the gift and cherish it. The gift of God is life. Accept life, believe you have it from God, cherish it, thank Jesus for it, and you will and do have eternal life.
The Bible will point the way to Jesus. The Holy Spirit will teach you the way to live. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved and thy house." (John 14:6; John 5:19-29;
Romans 6:23; John 16:13-16; Acts 16:30-33)
Would you like true knowledge of your future? No, this is not a trick question. If you want true knowledge of your future, trust in God, do your best, then every promise given to God's people will be your future. (Revelation 2:7,11,17,26-29; Revelation 3:5-6,12-13,21-22;
Revelation 21:7; among others)
What any man knows, or believes is not any of my concern. My only concern is a brotherly interest in my brother or sister's well being. I have no right to impose my beliefs on others. No one has the right to impose their beliefs on me. My only obligation is to share my beliefs with others as circumstance and the Spirit dictate. P.S. Jesus is coming SOON!
I do know what I believe. I believe God. I believe in God. The Bible says He will pardon and save me from the penalties imposed on broken laws. God says He will give me life. I believe Him. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 6:23; Romans 8:28)
The Bible says Eternal Life is a gift from God, to be given freely to all who will accept it. The gift was purchased with blood, willingly sacrificed by Jesus the Christ, on the behalf of man, by His own choice, without coercion, necessity, or reward from us. Only Jesus could save mankind, and it is only Him who can save a man.
Nothing any man can do or pay, can buy more than a few passing years of life. God offers Eternal Life, in exchange for eternal death, to any person who will believe He actually has ETERNAL LIFE, and believe God is willing to give it to them personally.
I have ETERNAL LIFE. I accept God's gift to me, given by His Son. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-10)
Believe in God. Trust and obey Him. Cherish His gifts. Be willing to do the best you can, with whatever God gives you to work with. All you have and are, belong to God. He may do with you as He will. Let Him.
If God gives you some choice in the matter of your Eternal life or eternal death, wouldn't you be interested? If he gives you a choice between being saved or being ashes, wouldn't you choose to accept it? And wouldn't you choose to do whatever needed to accept Eternal life? Please take a long look into the matter of Christ's sacrifice for you.
What is going to happen to you, between now and the end of the world? God knows. He may tell you. You may be able to figure out much of your life, as it goes on, knowing where you will be in a few years. Or you may wake up surprised.
Without a doubt, whatever happens to your world, whatever happens to The World, The Government, The Food, The Car, The House, The Job, if you are conscious, it will affect you.
Suggested Reading: Scripture Text of James 1:1 - 5:20 King James Version, Christian Bible
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The Lord says, "No. No. No." This is not the conclusion of the matter. The author of this book has been given a task to do. God has given me this mission, has trained me for the job, and has motivated me to go to work.
THEY, are lying to you. And often, the lie will kill you! Who are they? They are Satan, his fallen angels, and the men who align with them. Who are these men? They are the so called religious leaders who pervert God's word, and speak the lying "doctrines of devils" as their creed. Those men know, if they are the men I speak of. (1 Timothy 4:1)
What is the lie. It is that self is god. The lie, it is I. Satan said "I will ascend . . . I will exalt . . . I will sit . . . I will be . . . I will ascend . . . I will be . . . " (Isaiah 14: 13-14)
God says he will be not. (Isaiah 14:15)
It is a lie that self cannot die. It is a lie that self can live without God.
The Bible says "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." Babylon the great, is the confusion in the religious world. (see Revelation 18:1-24)
This confusion in doctrine, apparent in the religious world, is about to be erased. For God's people, true doctrine will be equally apparent. False doctrine will not be able to endure scrutiny. "And the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies." (Isaiah 28:14-22)
Those who are confused, and hold to the false things, will be no more. And we know that you, dear reader, are not one of them.
Satan's practiced art is deception. He is deceived himself. It is his desire, this destruction before he dies. The established doctrine is deception, designed, to lull and deceive you. The paganism in the 'christian church' is an abomination to the Lord. (Ezekiel 8:7-18)
Self serving in God's people is an abomination to Him.
"Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens." (Jeremiah 10:11)
God's true people, at worst deceived, are all forgiven. His true ministers are not unclean. God's true ministers, and God's true people are His, to do with as He will. They will let Him. The Lord can wake them up! He can teach them truth. It is important His people know The Truth. God's people do desire truth. "For if there first be a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man has and not according to that he has not." (2 Corinthians 8:10-12)
The corporate and political 'churches,' and the 'religions' of the world, Are Not God's Church. Jesus' Church Are His People. He has His people in all churches and religions. He has people with no religious affiliation. He is about to receive His Church unto Himself. (Acts 10:34-35)
The balance of this chapter is to reveal some of the false doctrine, and superstition, Satan has carefully mixed into the 'doctrines of christendom.' The biblical basis for the views put forth here, can be as involved, and as simple, as the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Due to this, scripture textual references are pointed and concise.
This discourse is by no means exhaustive. God Himself will teach us in Eternity.
If you believe the world is becoming bankrupt; spiritually, economically, and morally, and you desire to see Jesus return for His people, read on. Watch for the events about to come. Be happy and rejoice, for Jesus Christ, your redemption, draws close to you, and is Soon to Come! (Luke 21:28) table of contents top of webpage
Doctrines & Essays
The notion that life is an endless circle is ridiculous. Death occurs constantly around us. The idea that man's nature is in any way naturally immortal is equally false. The idea that a man 'has a spirit' which cannot die is deceptive, and denies the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The belief, when a man dies, his 'spirit' or 'soul' goes some place else to think, have being, or do anything is not biblical. "His breath goeth forth; he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish."
(Psalm 146:4; Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; Job 14:20-21)
It is a comfort to many people, to think departed loved ones are 'with the Lord.' And indeed, our 'spirit' does return to the Lord who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7)
God gives you that comfort. God does hold our person and its life in His hand. He can make us live, at His choice. The Lord will proclaim a resurrection from death. (1 Corinthians 15:35-58)
But the idea that any part of man, including any so called 'spirit,' lives on naturally, 'reincarnated,' or in any other form, without having a resurrection of life, from God, through Jesus Christ, is false.
(John 3:35-36; John 11:23-27)
The idea man's nature contains a separate thing, often called 'his spirit,' which somehow naturally lives on, repeats the lie told to Eve, namely, "Ye shalt not surely die." (Genesis 3:4)
This doctrine is a belief of ancient paganism which has found a home in 'christian doctrine,' and other religions in the world. The doctrine, that all men have some part of their being, often called a spirit, live on naturally, either in hell, heaven, purgatory, or the spirit world, denies the need for the death of Jesus the Christ. If there was no real, true, complete death, Jesus would not have had to die, to save mankind from that death. Jesus saved mankind from extinction.
Man is composed of Body (ones physical being), made alive by the Breath of Life (spirit) from God. Man then becomes a living soul. He does not have a soul. He is a soul. All creatures have the Breath of Life. These words 'soul' and 'spirit' often have different definitions to different people.
(Genesis 2:7, 7:15; Revelation 16:3)
Without body and breath creatures, including men and women, are dead. A man's spirit is his genetic blueprint, memories, and identifying traits. A man's, or woman's, consciousness and under-standing will not work without a body. The natural man has a natural body, subject to death. The redeemed will have a body free of sin and death. The soul of man is his spirit in control of his body. There is no soul without the Breath of Life. (1 Corinthians 2:9-14; Job 20:3; James 2:26)
At death, a person's page is completed in the "books of record" in Heaven. That person's "spirit" (genetic blueprint, memories, identifying traits) indeed returns to God. But his thoughts perish. He has no more to do with "anything that is done under the sun." "His sons come to honor and he knows it not." It is man's position to rest in death, until the day appointed for him to be resurrected, or given life again. On that day, God will recombine spirit and body. On that day, a man will live again. God can make a man a living soul any time He wants. The Almighty God has this power. (Revelation 20:12; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Ecclesiastes 9:5-7; Ecclesiastes 3:18-22; Psalm 146:4; Job 14:20-21; John 6:39-40)
Isn't it comforting to think, ones loved ones get some true rest, instead of having to view the injustices of this world? Do we want our departed loved ones to watch the hardships we may endure without them? Isn't it beautiful and wonderful to know God wants to wait, instead of making our loved ones perfect without us. (Hebrews 11:39-40)
God put angels to guard the way to "The Tree of Life," so man would not live forever, in his sinful state. Jesus Christ came so man might not die. Those who do not come through Christ shall not see life. They will die. Those who trust Jesus receive the gift of abundant life.
(Genesis 3:22-24; John 10:1,9-10)
Hell is a time and event. The place is Earth. Hell's result is the grave. The grave is eternal, without Christ. Eventually even death will die, for there will be no more death. The death will last for ever. The Fire of the Torment, will not last forever. (2 Timothy 4:1-8; 2 Peter 3:1-15; Isaiah 28:21-23;
Revelation 20:14-15 thru Revelation 21:1; Revelation 21:1-27)
REPEAT, the Fire which God will use to cleanse the earth and rid it of all that sins, the Fire that is often called Hell, will not last for-ever. Eventually it will have done its work. Even the hardest sinners, even Satan himself, cannot, will not, stand the wrath of God. They will be not.
Common sense tells you a merciful God will not torture. Would God want to give his enemies life forever, if they endure a little discomfort? Would God want them around at all to blaspheme Him some more? If you are confronted with a dog that has rabies, do you pen it up and scorch it with a torch every few minutes? No, dear reader, you being merciful, put the dog out of its misery.
The distinguishing characteristic of the One True God is His position of Creator. "The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens." (Jeremiah 10:11)
The Lord our God is all present, all knowing, and all powerful. He spoke a word and the Creation was made. He commanded it to be, and it was. (Psalm 33:8-9)
The gods and idols men set before themselves, as some great thing, are nothing. The Creator of Heaven and Earth is the sovereign ruler. Even the heathen who respect the Only Sovereign Creator are recognized by Him. For without Jesus there "was not any thing made that was made."
(Romans 1:20; Romans 2:11-15; Galatians 3:6-9; John 1:1-5; Acts 10:34-35)
The Law of God, as expressed and given to Moses on Mount Sinai in the "Ten Commandments," is the foundation and throne for the government of the Almighty God. The Law of God is unchanging, and binding. It commands and demands obedience.
The penalty for breaking these commandments is death. That is why Jesus Christ, God himself, had to come and die. He had to pay that penalty as a ransom for us who deserve the death. (Romans 8:1-4)
We could not pay this price for ourselves, because we are unworthy. By passing through life, death, and coming alive again, Jesus made "The Way" for us to pass from death to Life. The "Lamb of God," Jesus the Christ, He is Worthy. (John 14:6; John 1:29-34; Revelation 5:1-14)
"Sin is transgression of the law." (1 John 3:4)
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
We are the ones who are guilty of having other gods more important to us than The Almighty. Thank God for the faith and mercy of Jesus Christ. (See the doctrinal listing headed "The Nature of Salvation.")
God will transport the redeemed with 'rapture' out of sin, and into the joy of the Lord. The dictionary says rapture is the state of being carried away with joy. God's people will be carried away, with great joy, but not until the last day.
The doctrine of some mystical 'rapture' whereby God takes His people out of the world before "the great tribulation," before the "time of trouble such as never was," is false. (Matthew 24:21;
Daniel 12:1-3; Revelation 7:14-17; John 17:15)
This deception is designed to lull God's people to sleep. If one believes they will not have to endure something, he will not prepare for it, or watch for it. If one thinks Jesus comes once, secretly, to rescue His people, and once publicly to rule the nations, he will not be prepared for the hardships before Jesus returns.
The scripture most often used to justify the doctrine of 'the rapture' is the figure of two women working side by side. One woman is taken and the other woman is left. (Matthew 24:41; Matthew 24:35-51)
This text instead shows, when Jesus comes, some people will be chosen, others will not. It does not show when that happens, or what happens to the two women after. The text only says one is taken and the other left. This scripture also shows the people involved do not know the time of this separation. He shall come as a "thief in the night."
The parable of the tares and the wheat, show both good and bad growing together until the harvest. The weeds are gathered and bound first. (Matthew 13:24-30)
In the biblical book Revelation Jesus says, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." (Revelation 22:10-12)
This shows that just prior to Jesus' return, every man, will be set as unrighteous or righteous. Jesus comes shortly after this close of mankind's probation. (See the doctrinal listing headed "The Close of Probation")
The third commandment, of the ten commandments, is a prohibition against bowing down to false gods, images of idolatry, or worshiping some-thing not worthy of worship. (Exodus 20:4-6) table of contents top of webpage
This applies in a number of manners, some more apparent than others. Most basic would be like making a god and then bowing to it. On a higher level would be bowing to a heavenly being.
(See Revelation 22:8-9)
Another level might be making a person, place, thing, or action an 'idol' to yourself. In doing this one would be also breaking the first of the ten commandments. Namely, having no other gods, greater than the Lord God, in your life. (Exodus 20:1-3)
We must not bow before anyone but God. No job, girlfriend, statue, status, or self, should ever hold more of our loyalty than our loyalty to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
Worship before statues is a practice of ancient paganism and has no part in the worship of the Creator or in the worship of Jesus Christ. It is one thing to have a statue of Jesus which helps your faith. It is a completely different thing to worship a statue or any form of idol as if the idol had any power in God's universe. Hang that picture of the virgin, but pray to God.
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." (James 1:27)
The fourth commandment is the TIME commandment, for it is God's time, and the Lord's Day. The fourth commandment compels one to remember Them, rest, and do as God would do. It does no good to be ahead of God, or behind Him. God's people should, and will be, in step with Him.
Jesus kept the seventh day sabbath. The fact Jesus recognized the seventh day sabbath, set forth in the fourth commandment, is without doubt and historically true. Jesus was an Israelite by descent. The Israel of old were shown the correct Sabbath day through forty years in the wilderness. This day in the historical cycle of weeks is the Saturday of our current calendar.
(Hebrews 3:8-11; Hebrews 3:1-19 thru Hebrews 4:1-16)
Jesus died on 'good' Friday, and laid in rest on the following Saturday. Most Christian Churches do believe Jesus arose from the grave on 'Easter Sunday.' If Jesus died on a Friday, and rose on Sunday, then He was in the grave on Saturday. It is a historical fact the seventh day creation sabbath, the original and only "Lord's Day," corresponds to the Saturday of our current calendar.
The "Sabbath Day" of creation, God desires be kept Holy. (Exodus 20:8)
This Creation Sabbath has a history, symbolism, and practicality as deep as any of the mysteries of God. The transfer of the Sabbath's importance and its Holiness and sanctity to Sunday is mysterious also.
The Sabbath, Lord's Day, or His Holy Rest, and its study, is a subject which cannot be fully explored here. Let the following scripture text references suffice.
"Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it Holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work . . . For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11)
"And He said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." (Luke 6:5)
"And He said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath."
"And He saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace." (Mark 3:4)
"Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them." (Ezekiel 20:12-20)
"And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God." (Ezekiel 20:20)
"If thou turn thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shalt honor him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thy own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it." (Isaiah 58:13-14)
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed (children) and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord." (Isaiah 66:22-24; See also Isaiah 52:1-8)
Jesus recognized Saturday as His Sabbath and His Day. Saturday is the Sabbath, and The Lord's Day. God even saw fit to let Jesus stay in the grave, in rest, all day on the Sabbath. It was not until early on the first day of the week Jesus arose from the grave. (Mark 16:1-20)
But as it is written, "Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind." (Romans 14:5)
Does this mean you are not a child of God if you don't worship on Saturday? Does this mean you are a child of God if you do? God forbid, "We love Him, because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19)
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
(Romans 5:8; Romans 9:1-33)
Let all Christians thank God, salvation is not what we do, but Who we trust. "If you know these things happy are you if you do them." We thank God that through Jesus Christ we can overcome all things. May all Christians "be doers of the word and not just hearers." (John 13:13-17; 1 John 5:3-5; James 1:22-27)
The Seal of the Living God on one's forehead is the understanding of worship on the seventh day sabbath. Especially during the very last days.
(As to worship on Sunday as a Holy Day see the next topic "The Mark of the Beast")
The respect for Sunday as a holy day, is a subject of very personal belief. As the Bible says, "Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind." It is Jesus Christ who saves, not any action we can perform. God is even greater than our hearts. (Romans 14:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 3:18-24)
The historical position for Sunday as a holy day is documented and clear. Worship on Sunday as a holy day, began in Sun worship. To achieve some political peace, the early Christian church adopted worship on "The Sun's Day." God did not command to worship Him on Sunday. Jesus never mentioned the first day of the week.
In historical documents and written church histories, the early Christian church allowed new converts to Christianity to keep some of their pagan customs. Many of these new converts began worshipping on both "Sabbath" and "The Sun's Day." As 'The Church' grew, it became a more powerful influence on the political structure of the time.
The leaders of 'The Church,' in order to enlist the aid of the political state, transferred the sanctity of the Sabbath to Sunday in their doctrine. The political state (the emperor Justinian), in order to enlist the aid of 'The Church,' recognized the leader of that church (John II 533 A.D.- 535 A.D.), as the leader and ruler of the 'christian church.' The title, "Vicar of Jesus Christ," has often been used as a title for the Pope of the Papacy. To this day, the Roman Catholic Church considers worship on Sunday as a mark of its authority.
The respect for Sunday as the day the Lord arose from the grave is not commanded anywhere in the Bible. If the respect for Sunday is to symbolize the resurrection of Christ, the act of Baptism is the God given symbol of both the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Baptism by immersion is the symbol by which we publicly confess our belief in Jesus Christ. Baptism is the manner God left us to show we accept His death and will rise from the grave as He did.
Weekly worship of Jesus as Creator, was commanded on Sabbath, which is our current Saturday, not Sunday. Worship on Sunday, in place of Saturday is commanded by 'The Church,' not God. As to worship on both days, we are told to pray without ceasing, and to fellowship with one another more as we see the day of His return approaching. (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Hebrews 10:23-25)
But the Bible says, ". . . to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;" (Romans 6:16)
It is important God's people know and under-stand the distinction and purposes of worship on Sabbath. It is important God's people know the history of Sunday sanctity. Especially during the last days. Sunday worship is deceptive, and a custom adopted from paganism.
"The Beast" is the symbol of a church/state power and doctrinal system that enforces doctrinal beliefs, especially during the last days. The Mark of the Beast is specifically the situation where worship on Sunday is commanded and laws made for its enforcement. (Revelation 13:11-18)
This sad state of affairs where 'the churches' wield political power has been allowed by God throughout history. God's Word says the last argument will, among other things, be over this question of God's Holy Day.
Doctrinally, there is no doubt the ancient Israelites were God's chosen people. God still has some people, of Jewish descent. Read the story of God's promise to Abraham. (Genesis 15:1-6)
"If ye be Christ's then ye are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
(Galatians 3:16; Galatians 3:29; Galatians 3:1-29)
Jesus came, and tried, to save this 'race of people.' When He did come to them, the Jewish body politic had Him slain.
Just prior to Jesus' death, He cast them out. And said, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, . . . how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." (Matthew 23:37-38)
The veil of the temple was miraculously torn from top to bottom, showing that God had no more to do with them. (Mark 15:37-39)
From that day until Jesus comes to claim his own, the Jews as a religion, race, or body politic, are not God's people. The Lord God may still have a few people left in the Jewish church. There may still be some Calebs and Joshuas in Israel. (Mark 15: 37-39)
But the Jewish theocracy is part of "Babylon the Harlot," which is religious confusion. The nation of Israel will have a key role to play in the events leading to the "Day of the Lord."
The Lord God has blessed planet Earth with generous resources. He has blessed mankind with much knowledge of how to use those resources. Few human beings should starve to death on planet Earth in this day and age.
However, many do. This is because riches are deceitful. It seems, to become wealthy, you must hold on to your wealth. To afford something, most people must save. But there are those men who "oppress the hireling in his wages." It is written "They shall make the ephah (ounce) small and the shekel (dollar) great." [meaning down with size up with price]
(Malachi 3:1-6; Amos 8:1-14; James 5:1-8)
"The Mark of the Beast" has a marked economic facet. It will be arranged so anyone who does not submit to this economic component "should be killed." (Revelation 13:13-18)
When Jesus comes as "King of Kings and Lord of Lords" His reward is with Him. Upon Jesus' return, He will also give 'The Gift of Eternal Life' to those people He has chosen. (Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 22:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 17:1-5; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15; Malachi 3:16; 2 Peter 3:1-18)
Scripture plainly shows that every human's worthiness to receive this gift is decided before Jesus returns. "He will come as a thief in the night." At that time, He will separate the sheep from the goats, and the wheat from the weeds. (Matthew 13:24-43; Matthew 25:31-36)
Common sense tells you, in order to separate something, one must first decide which need to be kept, and which removed.
The biblical book Revelation contains many symbols. Much of its prophecy is both symbolic and figurative. The "Seven Last Plagues," (Revelation 15:1-8; Revelation 16:1-21) and the Scriptures relating to it, lead to the conclusion the "Seven Last Plagues" are literal. They Will Happen. Literally. This is 'God's Judgment,' and the "Day of the Lord." (Amos 5:13-18)
He may use gangrene, or one of its complications for the third plague. He may not. Mankind may be smitten with a disease not yet known, under the third plague. During the fourth plague, He will use the sun you see in the sky to make it hot. The seventh plague is a plague of hail, every stone the weight of a talent. A talent is considered by scholars to weigh between 55 - 110 pounds.
All the seven last plagues are unmistakable judgments of God, as literal and actual as the plagues on ancient Egypt. These plagues are within His power. These plagues are the "wrath of God" poured out upon man unmixed with mercy. (Exodus 6:28 thru Exodus 11:5; Revelation 15:6-7)
God's people will not be hurt directly from the plagues. God's people will be on Earth until the sky rolls back. Some of the saints will undoubtedly endure hardships. Their "defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure." Jesus says He has rewards for the overcomers, and the man or woman who endures to the end will be saved. (Isaiah 33:14-17; Revelation 21:5-7; Matthew 10:22)
Salvation is a gift from God. This Jesus of Nazareth, "The Lamb of God," is the "Author and Finisher of our faith." (Ephesians 2:4-10; John 1:29; Hebrews 12:1-4)
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
Salvation and "Life Eternal" is a gift. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)
God did not have to redeem mankind. He did not have to create mankind, much less save it. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit chose us, and have saved us. If that ain't "Grace," (unmerited favor) what is?
The nature of salvation consists first of the sacrifice of Jesus. Then comes a person's belief, acceptance, trust, and obedience to Him.
Belief in an unbelievable story. "Who hath believed our report?" (Isaiah 53:1-12)
Acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Your acceptance of God. Your acceptance by God.
"( . . . behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)" "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." "This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe." "I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob."
(2 Corinthians 6:2; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Timothy 4:9-10; Isaiah 60:1-16)
Trust in God. "Under the shadow of His wings will I trust." (Psalm 36:5-10 paraphrase)
Obedience following Christ in ones actions. Scripture says we should be mindful that even though Jesus is God, He became a man. The Lord God humbled Himself and "became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations . . . Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 5:8-9; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 11:27-28;
The spirit of a repentant heart shows itself in those who seek Him. If we love Him, we will continue trying to do what He would have us do. And if any man falls, we have mercy. "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart." (1 John 2:1-12; 1 John 3:16-24)
We who believe and trust, in God and His Word, have already passed from death to life. How great is His mercy. And His ways past finding out.
"And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. . . . before they call, I will answer; . . . They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord." (Isaiah 65:21-25)
The state of the "Redeemed in Eternity" has been surrounded by much superstition. You will not be a spirit floating on a cloud, with wings, playing on a harp! Or any thing close to it. We may know how to play a harp, but God has more in store for us.
A glorified body will be our flesh. A perfect language will be our speech. And God will be our teacher. (1 Corinthians 15:42-58; Zephaniah 3:8-9; Isaiah 2:3)
It is written, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Corinthians 2:7-10)
You will not spend Eternity in Heaven. Earth is man's created home. We may visit Heaven, but Earth is man's home. And the New Earth will be man's Eternal home.
The New Earth will become God's new home also, for it is written, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." (Revelation 21:1-7)
Let us long for the day when we see Him face to face, then truly, we shall know, even as we are known.
(1 Corinthians 12:1-13)
You know that Jesus is "Coming Soon," don't you? Are you ready? Ready to party! And what a party it is going to be. The King of Heaven is going to throw the Biggest Party the Universe has ever seen.
And I mean THE BIGGEST & BEST PARTY THE UNIVERSE HAS EVER SEEN EVER.
The Bible calls it the "marriage supper of the Lamb." Jesus said He would not drink fruit of the vine, after the first communion, until He could drink it with His disciples in His "Father's kingdom." You can bet He is getting mighty thirsty. (Revelation 19:7-9; Matthew 26:27-29)
Come on. Bring it on Jesus. I'm ready to party with you. Break out the party clothes people. Tune up your singing voices. We have a Groom, and a Bride to give away!!
Jesus was a carpenter by trade. When He ascended up to Heaven, He went to build a Place. He went to build the New Jerusalem. Every husband wants to build a home for his wife.
(Mark 6:3-4; John 14:1-4; Revelation 21:1-27)
What a glorious home. What a Glorious marriage!
Some may take offense, at the thought of a 'party' with Jesus. Many might not understand the symbolism, and fact, of Jesus Christ's eventual marriage to the church. The believer may be awed, and humbled, by the truth and meaning of this symbol.
It should be noted, all do not attend the feast. Some who are invited, choose to not accept the invitation. Indeed, some people accept, and then do not bring the properly requested "wedding garment" of a repenting heart. But many do have oil in their lamps. Many will hear, "Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him." (Luke 14:15-24; Matthew 22:1-14, 25:1-13)
Many have, and will, "wash their robes, and made them white in the blood of the lamb." Those in the streets will come. The call will go into the highways and streets, and they will be compelled to come in.
(Revelation 7:13-17; Luke 14:21-24)
Then He will come.
Glorious of Glorious.
The sky will roll back
and Jesus will be there
to claim his bride.
The Bible says the New Jerusalem comes prepared like a Bride for her Husband. The "mystery" of the church's marriage to Christ is beyond sinful man's ability to understand. Oh, to be a guest, and just sit in the corner, there, welcome.
(Revelation 21:2; Ephesians 3:1-12)
And when we are, "as He is," you bet I'm going to crank it up and Celebrate. "Make a joyful noise" unto the Lord. (1 John 3:1-3; Psalm 66:1-20)
Which one of us will be able to consider the trials of our current life, and compare it? Who, after relief, wants to remember pain and sorrow? In this world we may return to our pain, and in sorrow, pray Him to heal us. After His healing, His gifts, and His presence, who will remember the former things of pain and sorrow? We will know Him. (Revelation 21:4-8)
Jesus said, "I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:" On the appointed day at the appointed hour, Jesus will come, and He "will not tarry." (Hebrews 8:10-12, 10:35-39)
So let all men everywhere today call upon the Lord to come quickly, and shorten the times upon us. It is not time to celebrate yet. It is time to wait and watch, so that day does not come on us unaware. It is time to work, for it is still day. Though night may come upon us, we will not be afraid.
(Luke 21:34-36; Psalm 91:4-5; John 9:4)
"For the Lord is not slack (slow) 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." (2 Peter 3:9)
"If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)
Jesus said: "I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14:1-4)
"If any man thirst let him come unto me, and drink." (John 7:37-38; Revelation 21:6-7)
". . . he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" (John 11:25-26)
That is cause for celebration, even right now.
When John the Baptist began his mission, he came crying "Repent," One is coming who is the King, the Messiah. (Matthew 3:1-17; Mark 1:1-11; Luke 3:1-22; John 1:1-37)
When Jesus began His personal mission on this Earth, He came saying, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17)
Repent! Who, me?
I never do anything wrong.
Repent! But how?
I've already been baptized?
Repent! When? Tonight?
Before I go to bed?
Or should I repent in church next
Repent! What does "Repent" mean anyway?
I am sorry, for a long time,
even about things I didn't do?
Cut me some slack, okay?
Repent! Well there was that time last week,
when I screamed
at that jerk on the road.
Repent! And I guess I did spank the kid
a little hard last night.
No broken bones, he needed it,
and besides I'm under so much stress.
Repent! I read the Bible every day.
I know God is on my side.
Repent! The devil made me do it.
Repent! But it is so hard to do the right thing
all the time. I just get carried away
with the moment.
Repent! That's the problem,
I don't always do what I should.
Lord help me to be
what you would have me be.
Lord help me to do
what you would have me do.
"Create in me a clean heart O God;
and renew a right spirit within me."
Repent! Forgive me Lord for I have sinned.
"Lord I believe; help thou my unbelief."
I praise thee Lord,
for You only are Holy.
(Psalm 51:10; Mark 9:24)
The Bible teaches, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Who among us is all we could have been. Which one of us human beings can say they have never done wrong. We have a sinful nature, inherited from our fathers and mothers, as they inherited it from their parents.
(Romans 3:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14)
It is this sin in our nature only God can remove. We must be willing for him to remove it. Lust is unlawful desire. "Then when lust hath conceived (when a man wants something he should not have), it bringeth forth sin:" Sin is the act of doing what is not spiritually lawful. The Bible says, "sin is the transgression of the law." (James 1:15-27; 1 John 3:4)
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Only the sinless, only begotten Son of God, can forgive a man his sins. Only the Sinless Son of God has life in Himself, for He is One with The Father. Only the Sinless Son of God gave His life away. Only the Sinless Son of God, being sinless, could take His life up again and ascend to The Father, to stand on the right hand of The Father. Only the Sinless Son of God, can judge, justify, and pardon a man or a woman, because He lived the life we live, and feels the things we feel, with understanding. Only the Sinless Son of God can reunite us with The Father. (Acts 7:55; John 10:17-18; Hebrews 4:14-16; Luke 10:21-24)
It is only God who can give a man a clean heart, a heart that loves Him, because He first loved us. And He loved us so much He paid a death penalty for us who deserve the sentence. The whole race deserves that sentence. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (1 John 4:19; Romans 3:10-31)
Jesus Christ, who had no sin, and so deserved no death, died. Because he did not deserve the death, He was made alive again, to be our Savior. He has life, and will give it to as many as will accept it.
Instead of destroying the human race, God has decided to glorify some individuals. God will save some of human kind.
Saved from what? Saved from the logical result of rebellion against God, namely separation from God. The Bible says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:" "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." "If we neglect so great a salvation how then shall we escape?"
(Proverbs 9:10; Hebrews 10:31, 2:3 paraphrase)
"Repent, . . . and be baptized . . . for the remission of sins . . ." was the message of the apostles. Baptism by immersion is the symbol we have been given to publicly show our dependence on Jesus and His sacrifice. (Acts 2:38)
Through baptism we show the old man of sin dead and buried. It is the Holy Spirit which leads us to repentance. From this spirit of repentance, this baptism of the heart, we die to ourselves. We desire to do no more wrong. We then desire to do the right things He would have us do. The new man is reborn into a new spirit, heart, and promise. The promise is He will make all things new for the believer; a new body, a new heart, a new home, a new relationship with God. (Romans 6:4-8, 6:1-23;
"(. . . behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)" Now is the time to Repent. How often do our resolutions crumble? How many times have we said, "I will never do that again. I'll make it up to them as soon as I can." (2 Corinthians 6:1-4)
Repent is defined as to feel sorry for ones actions, or to regret something so much as to change ones mind. This definition is not enough to describe true spiritual repentance.
Repentance must also have a decision to do right. Even when ones actions do not come out right, one must desire to do good. "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." (James 4:17)
Repentance has two facets. There is passive repentance and active repentance. Passive repentance is the feeling of remorse, the guilt of sin. Active repentance is the desire to do right. Passive repentance leads us to beg forgiveness. Active repentance leads us return that love.
Jesus said, ". . . whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause is in danger of the judgment: . . . Leave your gift on the altar . . . Go, first make peace with your brother, then come offer your gift." Pride feels no need to repent. "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
(Matthew 5:21-24 paraphrase; Proverbs 16:18)
In the message to the church of Laodicea Jesus says, ". . . how I wish you were either hot, or cold, since you are lukewarm, I will spit you out." (Revelation 3:14-19 paraphrase)
Jesus can accept us either hot with duty to God, or cold with the feeling of helplessness and sense of guilt. Jesus can handle man in either condition.
But the condition of lukewarm, knows no need, feels no loyalty or sense of duty. Jesus can not make the pride full man or woman listen. A man or woman full of pride knows no god but self.
"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." "He that saith, I know him and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." ". . . and his command-ments are not grievous." For His commandment is ". . . that we should love one another."
(1 John 2:1-6; 1 John 5:2-3; 1 John 3:11)
Many people are painfully aware of their shortcomings. We all have sins we know and ignore. We all have sins, which have not made themselves apparent to us. We are not responsible for things we cannot comprehend. Many of us have no need for someone to point out our faults. Instinctively, many people know right from wrong. And most know when their actions and thoughts are wrong. Our sins, like David's, are ever before us. But the heart who feels no need is asleep. (Psalms 51:1-19)
If we have truly repented, and seen our need to be better than we are. If we truly are sorry for things we have done or not done. Then our hearts will compel us to seek to do right. When our heart condemns us, because we see how we still do things we would not do, and don't do things we should do, the truly repentant will try to do better, every time.
The truly repentant will continue to try, until he accepts, the power to succeed, Jesus longs to give him. The repentant heart will try, until, day of days, He returns to give His ransomed the promise.
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" (1 John 2:1)
"The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, . . ." (Numbers 14:18-20)
The truly repentant will see his need and grasp hold of the forgiveness offered by God. When we see ourselves fall short, by faith we can receive forgiveness. Only when our hearts feel helpless, do we know God is greater than our hearts, and know how longsuffering the God of mercy is with us.
(1 John 3:18-24; Numbers 14:18-21)
Only by comparing ourselves to Jesus do we see how dirty we are. Only the heart crushed by the greatness of His Love longs for His approval. We who love Him, want and try to please Him.
Only the heart broken by comparison to Jesus Christ, can begin to understand the fear, mercy, and love of God. The truly repentant will try to do better, every time. Jesus is Coming Soon!
Text of the Day "O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!" Deuteronomy 5:29 table of contents top of webpage
The Bible says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:" "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." What does this mean? What is the Fear of the Lord? What is being unspotted from the world? (Psalm 111:10; James 1:27;
". . . fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. . . . Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:27-31)
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6: 17-18)
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest." (Psalm 111:10; Revelation 15:4)
He has the power of life. He can give it. He can take it away. He has made provision for us to receive life. If we neglect so great a salvation how can we be saved? (Hebrews 2:3)
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1 John 2:15-17)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
How can God love the world, and we should not love the world? Simply, they are different worlds. God loves the whole ball enough to make it as it should be. He knows the world as it is, and as it should and will be.
We know only the systems of this world, and they are passing. We only know we must live our lives daily, with Jesus as our guide. Using, "the fashion of this world" without becoming wrapped up and preoccupied with, the affairs of daily life. This world is passing. (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)
Therefore let us love God and fear Him. And His promise is that He will give us a new world where dwells righteousness. (2 Peter 3:13)
Of course one should be concerned about the events of ones life. After all, I am the one who has to live it. I am the one affected most directly by my circumstances. What can we do to assure our circumstances are ones we can live with? Who doesn't want happiness, joy and peace?
If only I had done
Who hasn't had unpleasant circumstance, beyond personal control? Who hasn't been caught up into unpleasant situations not of our own making?
Jesus mentioned a tragedy of his own day. A tower had fallen on some people, by accident. It killed and maimed many. Jesus asked if anyone thought these people deserved this calamity. He worded the question carefully. He answered "Nay," and pointed out the soul not supported by God will die.
Jesus also, after healing a man said, ". . . sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." He would not have told him to sin no more if the man were not capable of doing it. There are also many circumstances within our control. Many of our problems are caused by us. If we would only listen and follow the directions, we could escape much heartache and personal sorrow. (John 5:1-15)
But how does one avoid life's pitfalls? Through prayer, wisdom, and understanding. The book of Proverbs gives practical instruction on avoiding many of our self caused injuries. Common sense and effort can help us avoid so many more. In the end, it is God who gives wisdom.
"Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her."
(Proverbs 4:5-8; Proverbs 4:1-27)
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, he does not hold back and condemn; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5 paraphrase)
what I knew I should do,
when I should have done it.
Woe is me!
How many times have you said, or heard someone else say, "If only . . . . . ."
If only I had more money. If only I was smarter. If only Joe wasn't so difficult. If only God would give me a clear sign.
The error of this kind of thinking is obvious to most people. Yet we are still guilty of blaming our difficulties on outside influence, when things don't go our way.
Often it is true. If only things were different, life would be easier. If only we had the strength to change whatever needs changing. We would have power to direct our lives.
If our realization, things should be different, spurs us to do something about it, good. If our 'onlys' are just wistful thinking, with no effort on our part, what good are they. Our 'onlys' require us to do something, or grin and bear it. We cannot allow them to become excuses, thought of too late to profit us.
This testimony is not supposed to be a comment or judgment toward my father or uncle or anyone in my family. This is just a relation of events as they occurred.
My father was an atheist in his earlier years, and said God was a figment of the imagination, concocted by man to explain things mankind doesn't understand. In short, there is no God. As he has mellowed in many ways, now he says he just doesn't know if there is a God, or not, but is inclined to disbelieve it. My father's brother, my uncle, is a Baptist minister, and has been one most of his adult life.
When I was about 12 years old, I went with my grandmother, my father and uncle's mother, to my uncle's church for Mother's Day service. Being a young boy, I didn't pay much attention to what was being said, most of the time. But what I did hear of the truth, I believed. Then, from the pulpit, a call was made for anyone who felt the need to give themselves to Jesus to come up front and be saved, as the Baptist denomination is accustomed to doing in their services.
A small quiet voice came to me and said, "Go Kenneth. Yes, I want you." I stood up, to the amazement of my family, and came forward. I don't remember much of what was said to me after that. I just remember crying, and pulling the petals off of my flower corsage, and knowing this was true, Jesus loved me, and wanted me.
When I got home, and Dad learned of this event, he took me aside and told me how silly I was, and how belief in God was belief in myths and fables.
He told me he didn't appreciate others taking advantage of an impressionable young mind. I'm sure he may have had words for my uncle also. I dropped the subject, and didn't mention God to him again for a number of years.
When I was seventeen, I had opportunity to begin learning much more about God and Jesus. I accepted what I learned. I heard, and knew, these things were true.
On a certain day, a day I will never forget, the Lord came to me and said, "Ken, get yourself baptized, before it rains." I looked up. Not a cloud in the sky.
A telephone call came in. The family's restaurant had suffered a major equipment breakdown. My Dad and I went to the restaurant to fix it. On the way there I noticed dark clouds blowing in from the west. Again, the still small voice said, "Ken, get yourself baptized, before it rains."
The equipment was broken. A part was needed from out of town. We had to go get the part.
All the way there, and all the way back this thought would not go away. All the way there and back I thought, "I have got to do it now." All the way there, and all the way back, the clouds would come and go. The clouds were like, . . . on hold . . . waiting.
We got the part. We fixed the equipment. I was supposed to start work soon. A friend and fellow employee said he would stay over for me. I called my Dad, my boss and employer.
He was not happy. Any other time, no problem on someone covering your shift, for a while. The clouds were thick, the clouds were dark. The clouds were like, . . . on hold . . . waiting. Sorry Dad, I'll be at work about 6.
I called my girl. I went to my preacher's house. I said I need to get baptized, now. We went to the lake. I was baptized.
On the trip back to my minister friend's house I was joyful, ecstatic, extremely happy. As we approached his home, the rain pounding the windows of the truck made its presence known to me. It poured. I stayed outside for a few minutes, excusing myself to my friends. I had to thank the Lord.
Much water has passed under the bridge since then. My father and I still don't discuss religion much. Every once in a while the subject comes up.
I have seen the Lord's hand in my life many times since then. And seen the Lord working in others. The Lord is great. The Lord is grand. Praise be the name of the Lord.
Our Father, Our Only Heavenly Father, You Only are Holy. And Holy is Your Name. Please bring us, Your servants, into Your Kingdom, and quickly. Please bring us Your Kingdom. Please bring us your will and purpose, planned from the foundation of Your Kingdom, here on Earth, as we know you rule in Heaven. Please supply our needs, as You have, and You promise to do. Let us never murmur against thee or forget thee. We will remember how much we owe You. Father, please help us to not be tempted by trinkets placed before us. Deliver us from evil. Everything is Yours. You, only, have all power, and the power of Life. It is Your Kingdom, And Your Glory. For Ever, and Ever, Eternal. Amen. So be it!
We are sorry for our shortcomings. We are tired of ourselves. We don't do what we should. We do what we should not. You can heal us. You have our cure. You do keep us stable now. You do supply our necessities now. We do not have contempt for the blessings you bestow. We thank You for the blessings you give, both those we see and understand, and those blessings we are unaware of. But Lord, but Father, please give us your promise. We so desire You to claim Your own. Please count me, and us, worthy to accept your grace. Save us your people cry.
Lord be with us daily in our trials of life. We know they are but an instant, and You will see us through those trials, but they are difficult at this time. We believe Lord, help our unbelief. We thank You greatly for Your great salvation. And we praise You Lord for Your Great Love. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
"If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John 7:17)
"In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink." (John 7:37)
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
"Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."
"Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, . . ." (Isaiah 28:17)
"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea." (Revelation 20:11 thru Revelation 21:1)
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:4-8)
"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Revelation 22:1)
"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book ofthis prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen." (Revelation 22:12-21)
"Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. . . . For, behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: . . ."
(Malachi 3:16-17, 4:1; see Malachi 3:1 thru 4:6)
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" (John 11:25-26)
"The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." (Jeremiah 31:3)
Thank you for reading this book. I hope it provides you with some service and comfort. May the Lord bless you and keep you surrounded by good things. Lord, make us worthy of you. Jesus is Coming Soon!
Jesus said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations. . . and , lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Most Christians have this desire in them: The desire to tell of Christ's love for them; The desire to tell others of their love for Him.
In me this desire has always been great. But often there was no way for me to express to my friends and loved ones the meaning the gospel message has for me.
Often, you cannot just go up to your relatives and friends and say "Jesus loves you," or talk to them of your faith. One is usually much less able to talk of religious things with acquaintances, much less still to strangers.
The Lord has given me the task of publishing this little book. So I must do it. I invite you to help me. I invite any and all readers of this book to help spread the news. Jesus is coming back soon!
Write me. I'll send you order forms for this book. Or copy the order forms in the back of this volume. Give them away to everyone you can. Order an extra copy of this book for yourself, and loan it out. Say to your favorite uncle, aunt, cousin or friend, "Here, read this, tell me what you think. Tell me how you feel about this."
Use the forms in the back of this book and suggest to someone they should get and read a copy, or write us for copies of our flyer. You do not have to believe all the statements or conclusions contained here. God can multiply even the smallest of efforts to His greater glory.
Jesus is coming back soon. You can believe this. You can bank on it. He is coming back in glory, in the glory of God, to claim all that is His.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. Amen. Jesus is Coming Soon!If God were going to do something, should He try to tell you first?
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy? Amos 3:7-8Jesus is Coming Soon!
"Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him . . . For, behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble:" Malachi 3:16-17, 4:1
"And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places." Revelation 6:14
Thank you again for your time reading this book.
May the Lord bless you and keep you surrounded by good things.
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