God has the whole world in His hands.
He is shaping, and controlling the ultimate destiny of our world--recent political events, and even . . . the world economy. Have you ever heard of the mark of the beast (how about Antichrist, or "666")?
Ever wonder what significance all of this has in our day of digital communication, and the world wide web? If already familiar with Bible prophecy, what about the "midnight cry" of Matthew's gospel? Jesus said that half of the "virgins" in this prophecy (Matthew 25:1-10) will be truly left behind. What does this mean to the evangelical church, today?
Hi, my name is Frank Chisholm, and I can understand your shock and surprise. Today, many are starting to re-examine the Bible. The shrug of the shoulder, and "maybe Christ will return, someday" response of many--may be too shallow for you, as you as it was for me, as I started to dig into these things, years ago. Like the noble-minded Bereans (Acts 17:11) you too, feel the need check the prophetic Scriptures for yourself.
Praise God! For, when first starting to see these things, several decades ago-- I would continually hope and pray that others would pick up on the urgency of these themes, which are so obvious in light of the Word (especially, as they continue to be fulfilled)!
So, go ahead, bookmark this page--so that after these matters continue to come to pass . . .
you will know where to return, for further explanation, and encouragement.
Yes, this is true--and Jesus is coming again!
Yet, where may we also find America in Bible prophecy
--from an evangelical perspective??
With the US as the last, remaining, super power upon earth, seeing ourselves in Bible prophecy causes our whole view of world events to start to "change" (one word of caution it's not all pretty. This is the Bible, after all)!
So, will all of human economy simply continue to go "poof" ( )?
Perhaps it would be better to consider first things first, and consider: What is it that really matters most in life?
Is it money?
Is it prestige? --A new car?
Having considered these questions, you may feel more comfortable to go on to others. It is my earnest desire that as you consider these issues for yourself, you will come to the same conclusion that millions of others have, and grab hold of the Deliverer sent down to earth, two millennia ago‚€“to a little town in the same land where human history, as we know it, will soon end.
For when he returns . . . nothing else will matter.
And behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me . . .
Amen. Even come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Will we live again?
This is one of the very oldest questions penned in Holy Writ (by Job) and yet it appears near the center of the Book, allowing the Bible to be arranged in a manner that gives us a panorama of the human experience that starts at creation (in Genesis) and reaches to Malachi (the closing prophet of the Old Testament). That first Testament was sealed in blood, marked by sacrifices--not the least of which were those executed for personal atonement, when requesting that God pass over them in the coming judgment (Passover). The second (or new) Testament was sealed with the blood of Messiah: More on this later. Our present question is:
If a man die, shall he live again? (Job 14:14)
Will we? Will we live again? This question absolutely demands an answer. Some religions side step the issue by saying that we enter a new state of consciousness, or that we come back in some other form (like reincarnation). In such cases "life" after death denies the significance of who we are now. We are only transitional beings: evolving to ultimate fulfillment. It does make it easier to accept the presence of evil in the world, since a (supposedly) higher form of life will someday solve all of our problems--Yet this view of the universe which (perhaps unconsciously) sees all things evolving with God as an extension of man, is based upon human hopes, fears, and just plain pride--since even God is seen as just one step ahead of us. This is NOT the view of the Holy Bible.
The Bible, a historical book (verifiable by archeological research) is a record of God's dealing with humanity. Its account of creation was written by someone who communed personally with God in a supernatural, and observable, way while an entire nation that sat encamped at the base of a mountain (Mt. Sinai). Humans, the Bible tells us, were created in God's image. "Male and female created He them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were create" (Gen. 5:2).
God is eternal, without beginning or end.
Man was created in God's image and designed to live forever.
While Humanism posits that matter is eternal, and that something (somehow) sprang from nothing in the past (by laws not now present within nature). Scripture states plainly, and up front that "the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal" (II Cor. 4:18). While no one has ever seen something made out of nothing, the Bible is a record of those who have seen God act supernaturally within our universe.
(Seen in the above context, it takes more faith to believe in evolution, than in God . . .).
When Job asks, therefore, if a man will live again, he is asking if a person may somehow regain his (or her) first condition, and live as God originally intended, when first created.
Why the Bible?
The Bible, although incredibly lofty--because its message transcends life and death--is nonetheless quite down to earth. For this reason it survives translation quite well and, as long as it is translated accurately, retains its power in any language.
This power is so direct as to be at once wonderful, and astounding (demanding obedience, in other words). When the God of the Bible declares a consequence of disobedience, that consequence is real and absolute.
"The wages of sin is death"
When volunteering to break the curse that fell upon us, the result was just as absolute:
"the gift of God is eternal life. . ." (Romans 6:23a)
As stated above, God made man in his image, and after his likeness (Gen. 1:26). This being the case, and realizing that God never intended that we be as powerful as He is, nor as glorious (to out-shine Him -- Isa. 42:8) we are moved to ask ourselves, "How are we like God, exactly?"
We are most like God in our essential nature: God has mandated that we be moral creatures. In other words, although we may deny it, we can naturally distinguish right from wrong. Violating this essential nature will bring great anguish and sorrow. Animals may become crazed and wreak havoc: dogs, and wild cats, may become rabid. However, when humans go bad (really bad) they may threaten all that exists around them--even to the point of genocide. Man has the capacity to be very good . . . and very bad. This is because we are created in God's image. Validating this mandate brings great comfort and relief (even in the face of great tragedy)--violating it, can bring unspeakable horror.
The God of the Bible is holy. Remove the holiness and righteousness of God from the Bible and you have spiritualism at best (and witchcraft at worst). "Be ye holy for I am holy," the Lord demands (I Peter 1:16, Lev. 20:7). What is it to be holy?
To be holy is to be completely good. Further, being good requires more than mere innocence.
Consider two young ladies coming to your house to apply for a baby-sitting job. One is good, and the other innocent. Which do you hire?
Obviously, you hire the one who is good. To be good, one must be able to avoid (or resist) doing wrong. Within the moral sphere this is especially vital. It is not enough to be an innocent judge!
I didn't know (that it was a bribe)!
I didn't see!
No one told me!
No, a good jurist knows how to resist temptation, and how to correct the wrong, and evil. A person who is good cannot be neutral towards evil. We may not be able to correct it, directly, but it does displease us. Where evil exists, it offends the righteous.
This ability to be morally upright (good) however, is one of the most difficult attributes to achieve! How many moral decisions there are to be made within a single day! How many opportunities there are, to falter, and mess up!
In the mercy of God, His original plan included demanding only one act of obedience: refusing to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Note the name of the tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17 emphasis mine). So long as they obeyed God in this one demand, no other moral choices were necessary. They only had to "know" one thing: not to eat from that tree!
In God s economy, an arch-enemy (the Devil, or Adversary - I Peter 5:8) was allowed to present our original parents with a counter-proposal: to become like (independent) gods. You know the story: Adam and Eve took the bait, but without weighing the consequences of being like a god (Gen. 3:5)--having to make all of the moral decisions, for themselves--while being held accountable.
And failing the "God test" enforces . . . mortality.
for there is no difference:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
. . .
the wages of sin is death,
Romans 3:22b,23, 6:23a
Now, humankind, which was given dominion over this world (Gen. 1:26,27)--in a manner similar to God's dominion over the heavens and the rest of the universe--is blinded by sin: like a defective auto, with damaged brakes ravaging the Interstate (awaiting a recall). Now, instead of being a thing of beauty, beautifying the road we travel, humankind is broken on the inside; regularly ravaging what was once a Paradise (Isa. 24:5,6). Death is our recall.
it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
. . . .
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Heb. 9:27, Romans 14:11,12
Because God cannot lie, and His word (which brought the Universe into being) cannot be broken, we must all give account of ourselves before God, after we leave this present world. However, it may be possible that at the bar of justice, Another may take our place, and satisfy the righteous heart of God. This was the reason for the Old Testament pattern of offering an animal as a sacrificial substitute for human sin. However, because animals are not made in the image of God, such sacrifices were only symbolic, and not truly effective (before God, in eternity --Hebrews 10:1).
Now we come to the gospel (the really good news). God has made it possible, through the death of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ--to be truly forgiven for our sins: even those we have inherited from Adam.
Such an accomplishment may only be completed by God, and although there are many ways to look at this question (the most extensive of which is found in the apostle Paul√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs letter to the Romans, in the New Testament)--An abbreviated view might look at the matter mathematically, in this way.
The Bible describes God as eternal and infinite, while man is finite and temporal. Infinity is a number without limit, or end. Infinity divided by a thousand still equals infinity. This number cannot be exhausted.
Now consider justice as an equation, or set of scales, where an offense on one side must be satisfied, or paid for in full, by an act on the other side of the scales. In other words, if a man steals a car, or takes merchandise from his neighbor, restitution might involve returning the stolen goods (with a surcharge. In the Scriptures, stealing something as valuable as a man¬īs ox required multiple reimbursement, "he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep" (Ex. 22:1). Certainly, crime did not pay within such a society!)
- Moral sins, which violated the basic nature/dignity of our original humanity made in the image of God, were capital offenses.
He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.
. . . .
And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
. . . .
whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death.
And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
And, of course, Jesus Christ stated that looking at a woman in the wrong way may accomplish the same moral trespass as the act itself (Matt. 5:28).
How can we escape?
The payment for sin is costly!
In years gone by, when we understood the basic value of human life, we might understand the practice of putting a dog to sleep for biting a man or a woman. If the same offence were committed to another mongrel, the animal might simply be slapped, and let go. Offensive actions directed towards a man or woman, however, warranted putting the animal to sleep. Why is this?
The dog had offended against one higher than himself. It paid for it with its life.
How do we pay back an offence against God?
He is infinite, and eternal. I am finite, and mortal. Justice served would require not only that I die once but do so again, and again, and again . . . . (this is essentially what Hell is).
In other words, it is not enough to simply have a perfect man pay for my sins. He must be equal to God, as well.
There is no one, in the entire Universe fitting this description except God Himself! (If you have trouble accepting the idea of the Trinity, please see the flyer provided here, or go to OneSecondcoming a more detailed explanation.
All of Christ's activity was foreshadowed in the Old Covenant (Old Testament). The sacrifice of God's only Son is certainly no exception. Do you remember the testing of Abraham when he was told to offer his son as a sacrifice (Genesis 22)? In that case Abraham told Isaac, "God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:" (Gen. 22: 5). Yes, He did. God provided a ram in the thicket, for a temporary satisfaction of sin (vs. 13) but then offered His own Son for us all (John 3:16)!
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
This is the BIG DEAL about Jesus Christ! He sealed the New Testament with His own blood. As the apostle Paul said to the church elders:
"Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."
Acts 20:28 nkjv
He is the only One capable of paying the price for our sins. You say, "It's too simple to just believe in Jesus, and be saved! All those murderers and prostitutes, they can be saved in the same way!"
Yes, you are right. That's exactly what Jesus said--to the religious hypocrites of His day, while walking the earth. He noted that they will get into Heaven faster than the, so called, "righteous" people.
Do you know why? Because many are still taking the bait that the Devil offered to Adam and Eve. They still want to "be as gods" in their own right. They still want to have their own righteousness, instead of simply trusting God for it. You see, that's what Adam would have had to do, if he were to avoid the temptation: He'd have had to believe the Lord, over his own pride and self conceit, to refuse the devil's temptation.
For the same reason, today, many will still go to Hell--because they want to "have it their way" instead of the Lord's.
However, if you can humble yourself. If you can bring yourself to bow the knee to this wonderful God who not only loves you, but was willing to pay the price for your wayward heart, so that you may regain Paradise and eternal life with Him--beyond this present troubled world (and within it, through His precious Holy Spirit)--you may do so, right now. Please bow your head (or get on your knees) right now and ask Him into your heart.
Yes, sin is a serious matter--as serious as death itself. And God's solution is no less serious: the death of the Creator, Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3). How shall we escape, if we seek to bypass such an offer??!
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
John 3:16-18 nkj
The door of salvation is open today. Walk through it, and choose Life! Choose Jesus Christ!