I love to share my faith with non-believers and seekers alike, who have questions about the Christian faith, what we believe and why we believe it. In light of the postmodern perspective that many people adhere to these day, I would like to give a biblical perspective as a contrast to those who say that there is no absolute truth. I believe that the truth can be found in God's word the Bible. http://media4lifeministries.com
I was sitting at home on my patio this morning and enjoyed
my first cup of java. I love that first cup in the morning. I looked
up at the trees and there were a bunch of birds singing, which made me
think about God. His beautiful creation which is revealed through the
animal kingdom, the universe, nature and man. I see how wonderfully and
marvelously He created everything. The birds were singing a song early
in the morning and I wondered, are they praising God, thanking Him for
life and the provisions He gives them daily?
live close to the Pacific Ocean and I can see wonderful sunsets and the
waves with surfers riding them just about everyday. It's just so
beautiful to look at the blue water and the dolphins showing up from
time to time, pelicans flying by and just enjoying in general what God
has blessed me with. We live on this blue planet called earth and
considering how big the universe is and how far away the other solar
systems are, made me think of the awesomeness of God. He spoke
everything into existence, mind blowing in itself. I don't think we even
can ever really comprehend how big the universe is and how small we
Contemplating on all of that makes
one wonder, where does God dwell or tabernacle? The scriptures tell us
that God created all things and that He is outside of His creation. Time
as we know it does not exist for God. He is eternal and always was and
will be. He can see the end from the beginning, another mind blower.
Where does He dwell? He created the space to put the universe in and
made this planet we call home for us to dwell on. So, I'm sitting there
pondering all those things and do I have an answer? No, I don't. Is the
heavenly realm another dimension another unseen parallel world, or maybe
God has the whole universe in a glass bowl next to His throne? What if
the universe is so small that God holds it in the palm of His hand?
Does the universe end somewhere and where did the space come from for
the universe with all it's galaxies to fit in?
can not buy in to the theory that all we see was by accident about 4.3
billion years ago. Something so organized and beautiful as the universe
can not just come out of an explosion. That is like taking a stick of
dynamite and throwing it into a printing factory and out of the
explosion come the Declaration of Independence. Everything is just
perfect and right for us here on earth to live on. God placed the earth
in our solar system in such a way that there are no obstructions to look
out into space. I think He did that on purpose: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork." Psalm 19:1.
As I said, I don't know where God dwells and how that might look but I can't wait to be there one day. That He promised us.
"In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. "And if I go and prepare
a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that
where I am, there you may be also." John 14:2, 3.
so many scientist still trying to figure out the universe and come up
with all kinds of explanations of how it came into being and how we
evolved from some kind of fish. Nothing but theories and no concrete and
absolute answers. We made it to the moon and now we are trying to reach
Mars. What are we gonna do on Mars? Open up a Walmart? Even if we would
have people reaching mars and live on mars, that is nothing compared to
how big this universe is and places that we will never reach. Now the
scientist at Cern are trying to find the "God particle" at the Hadron
collider in Geneva Switzerland.
Here is a small quote from their website: "The Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the
border between Switzerland and France about 100m underground. It is a particle accelerator
used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the
fundamental building blocks of all things. It will revolutionize our
understanding, from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the
vastness of the Universe."
It will revolutionize our understanding? I don't think that we will
ever understand the awesomeness of God. "God said let there be light and
it was." Finite man with finite minds trying to explain how the
universe came into existence. I rather believe God's word, "Light be."
prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer
Me. "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me,
if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you
know! Or who stretched the line upon it?" Job 38:3-5.
My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the
LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways
higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8,
Why does God allow so much suffering in the world, is a
question I hear many times from believers and unbelievers alike.
Unbelievers argue, if God is all knowing and all all powerful, why does
He just sit by and does nothing to prevent suffering? People are getting
murdered and God does nothing to prevent it. Women get raped and
killed, God does nothing. Many people are brutalized around the world
and God does nothing to stop it. There are government's that oppresses
the people, that kill and jail them or torture people that are in
opposition e.g Syria.
We hear and see of these
atrocities and suffering everyday in the media. Suicide bombers that
kill innocent people for their cause. Heinous crimes committed against
humanity and individuals, yet God chooses to do nothing to stop any of
it. These are legitimate arguments, if God sees all things, knows all
things, why doesn't he do anything about it?
me, I have asked myself that question many times. Why does God?
Whenever the question arises why does God, we don't have the answers and
we just don't know. In that case we need to go back to what we do know,
God is all powerful, all knowing and He is in control. His ways are
higher than our ways.
Although it seems for us
to be incomprehensible the things that are going on around the world
and in our own neighborhood, there is a purpose for everything. First of
all I would have to say that it is not God that causes all the
sufferings in the world, it is us. It is mankind that has disobeyed God
almost from the beginning and we see the consequences thereof. We are
living in a fallen world and in this fallen world we will have to suffer
these consequences. It is not that God likes to see or enjoys these
sufferings, but He does allow them for His divine and ultimate purposes.
He has given man a free will and freedom to choose.
we as mankind have made the wrong choices and exercised our free will.
We have followed man's wisdom rather than God's wisdom. Has God ever
intervened in man's affairs? I am certain that He has. The Bible teaches
very clearly that He is in control. "The
instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck
up, to pull down, and to destroy it, "if that nation against whom I have
spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I
thought to bring upon it. "And the instant I speak concerning a nation
and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, "if it does evil in
My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent
concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it." Jer 18:7-10. God is the one that establishes kingdoms and rulers for His purpose and He is in absolute control over them.
am a firm believer that God has established the United States and has
blessed the United States. People in the US are truly blessed compared
to so many other places in the world. But I also see a dangerous trend
of abandoning God in this country which will result in God withdrawing
more and more of His blessings. That is a choice that we as a county
have to make. There are some that want to remove God from everyday life
and I believe that we will reap the consequences as a nation. I think a
lot of people are not grateful to God and don't even realize how blessed
they are. We have conveniences that many others can only dream about. I
do see a moral decline in this country as well as in other countries
around the world and I think that it will get worse in the future.
does exist and evil is caused by man. God did not invent evil, neither
does He condone it. Lucifer in his rebellion and by deceiving Adam and
Eve brought evil into the world. There are evil people, they are
dictators such as Hitler, Stalin, Mao and many others in the past to
this present day. There are evil people in general, causing murder,
rapes etc. Society is not getting any better as some who claim that we
can be "good without God."
declines evilness and wickedness will be on the increase. There are many
godless countries and I don't see a "perfect society" anywhere. The
people that blame God for all the suffering in the world are in my
humble opinion wrong. Many state that God does not exist, yet they blame
Him. It is man that causes all the suffering by their choice and free
will. They are controlled by the prince of this word i.e Satan. Although
we may not see God or the wicked one physically, there is a spiritual
battle raging in the heavenly realm.
will come a day, which I believe is in the very near future that Jesus
Christ will return to the earth and defeat the armies of Satan and
establishes His millennial reign here upon the earth. Many of those who
think that they can do evil things without consequences are gravely
The day will come when God will
judge all man that have not worshiped or honored Him as the true and
living God and they will pay for the suffering they have caused. God is
longsuffering and He wants everyone to come to repentance and turn from
their wicked ways. We don't know the day or they hour, but be assure
that day will come and God will judge people through Jesus Christ who
have done evil in His eyes. Until then, we will see sufferings,
atrocities and evil rulers and dictators that think that they can get
away with murder. Their day in court will come.
I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were
opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the
dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were
written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death
and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged,
each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into
the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written
in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." Rev 20: 12-15.
you are a true believer in Jesus Christ, you are written in the book of
life, no white throne judgment will face you. If you an unbeliever and
reject God and His ways, your day of judgment will come. Don't get me
wrong, I do not delight in anyone facing the white throne judgment. God
wants everybody to come to the knowledge of the truth which is in Jesus
Christ. He gave Hid only begotten Son, so that those who believe will be
saved and have eternal life, not eternal separation from God. It is
never too lat to turn to God and ask for forgiveness, no matter what you
may have done. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven, except one and
that is the rejection of Christ Jesus.
Until the return of Christ, there will be sufferings and pain in the world. Don't blame God for these things, blame us, mankind.
There are many religions in the world and all all of them
have some kind of a god. Muslims worship Allah for example and Hindus
have 330 million different gods. Can anybody really know 330 million
Muslims say that they know Allah and
that he is the true god, yet they have no personal relationship with
Allah. A Muslim can never be sure if Allah is pleased with them. Muslims
have no assurance of Allah's love for them. They weigh out their good
and bad deeds and hope that the goods deeds will outweigh their bad
deeds. They hope that Allah will be merciful to them. They also have no
assurance to make it to heaven i.e paradise. All religions are either
based on a works based or man centered relationship with their god(s).
That is what religion is, man trying in vain to reach God on their own
How about Christianity? Can a
Christian truly know God? When I talk about God, I am referring to the
God of the Bible, the Creator of all things. The only true and living
God. In all reality, there is only one true God, all others are man
made and do not exist. I know that will offend many religions and
religious people, but it is the simple truth. There is only One true and
living God and it doesn't matter how many different gods people
worship. Ultimately they will all face the true God, at the day of
Many people believe that it is impossible to know God. They say that God is incomprehensible, which He is. How can one know Almighty God
that spoke the universe into existence, simply by His Word? It is way
beyond our finite minds. When God spoke, His word traveled in the speed
of light which is about 186.000 miles per second. Awesome, incredible
and incomprehensible. God in the OT was know by Abraham as YHWH and to
Moses God revealed Himself as the "I AM that I AM"
in the burning bush. God revealed Himself and His awesome powers
through various ways to the OT Saints. Adam and Eve before the fall,
walked with God in the cool of the evening. How can somebody walk with
God Who is Spirit? Moses wanted to see God and ask Him to show His
"And Moses said, "Please, show me Your glory." But He said, "You cannot
see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live." Ex33:18, 20.
did show Moses some of His Glory, by passing by, covering the eyes of
Moses and Moses saw the back or afterglow of God. The result of that
was that the face of Moses was glowing when he came down from the
mountain. The children of Israel saw the presence of God as a flame of
fire at night and a cloud during the day after the Exodus from Egypt.
God is so Holy that we as fallen human beings could not stand in His
presence and live.
How than can Christians
claim to know God personally and have a loving relationship with Him? A
Christian knows God because of Jesus Christ. He has revealed God to
them. Jesus, the second person of the triune Godhead became flesh and
dwelled among us (John 1:14). Jesus is the exact image of God, His
character, nature and all attributes.
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or
principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for
Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist." Col
In the OT times God appeared to man as the Angel of the LORD.
He appeared and spoke to Abraham in Genesis 18. Whenever God appeared
to men in human form, it was through the person of Jesus i.e.the
He was the Angel of
the LORD that spoke to Haggar after leaving Abraham with Ishmael. The
Angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in the burning bush (Ex 3:2). The
Angel of the LORD appeared before Balaam riding his donkey in Numbers
22. He appeared to Gideon (Jdg 6). Manoah, Elijah and many others
throughout the OT.
communicated with men in human form, it was the person of Jesus. In the
gospel of John in chapter 8 the Pharisees once again attack Jesus
accusing Him of having a demon. Jesus is making one of the most
profound statements to them: "Your
father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."
Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have
You seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you,
before Abraham was, I AM." Jhn 8: 56-58. Jesus took the very name that the Angel of the Lord revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush. "I AM."
The Jews understood perfectly well that He said that He is God. That's
the reason they picked up stones to kill Him. Jesus is the great "I AM" or the becoming One.
can know God the Father because Jesus declared Him and we know God
because we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Jesus left heaven to dwell
with man, He humbled Himself and became one of us. He willfully came to
the earth dwelled among us and gave His life on the cross. He came to
die for those that would believe in Him through faith. Believers in
Christ Jesus are forgiven of their sins. The scriptures are very clear,
only God can forgive sins. "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Mark 2:7.
They were right, only God can forgive sins and Jesus told the paralytic
that his sins were forgiven. They called Jesus a blasphemer. What they
failed to see is that Jesus is God. The Apostle John makes it very
clear who Jesus is: "In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through
Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." John 1:1-3.
Christians believe in the the trinity or the triune nature of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Co-equal, Co-existent, Co-eternal. One God in three distinct Persons
but of One Essence. (please see my article on the trinity).
showed us God. If we know and learn from Jesus we can know God and have
a meaningful and personal relationship with Him by abiding in Christ.
"All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows
the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the
Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. "Come to Me, all
you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My
yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls. "For My yoke is easy and My burden
is light." Mat 11:27-30.
biblical Christians we can boldly claim to know God, because we know and
believe in Jesus who is like the Father and He has shown us the Father.
One of His own disciples was asking Jesus: "Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." Philip wanted to see God, not realizing that God was in their midst. Jesus said:
"Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?
He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the
Father'? "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in
Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority;
but the Father who dwells in Me does the works." John 14: 9,10.
Christians we can have assurance of forgiveness and eternal life
because of our Lord and Savior. We can also come boldly before the
throne of God because Jesus opened the way to the Father, He opened the
veil to the Holy of Holiest.
The answer to the question
in the beginning is a big YES. True believers in Jesus can know God,
His Character, attributes, His kindness, His love, mercy and grace
towards those who receive the Son. There is only one way to know God and
there is only one way to God.
"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6.
In the book of Revelation Jesus had the
Apostle John write a letter to each of the seven churches in Asia minor.
These seven churches were literal churches that existed at the time
when John wrote these letters from the island of Patmos. Asia minor is
modern day Turkey and some of the remnants of these churches can still
be seen to this day.
The seven churches were:
Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
Five of the churches were rebuked by Jesus for tolerating sin in their
midst. Ephesus was the loveless church, they had left their first
love. Smyrna was the persecuted church, they endured and kept their
faith during fierce persecutions. Pergarmos was the compromising
church. Thyatira, was the corrupted church. Sardis was called the
dead church by the Lord. Philadelphia was not rebuked, because they
kept His word and faith. Laodicea is known as the lukewarm church.
This church I believe got the worse rebuke from the Lord. They were
neither hot nor cold. A terrible condition to be in.
are various viewpoints on the seven churches. Some believe it was the
seven churches at the time of John and Jesus was addressing them
regarding their short comings and called them to repent.
viewpoint is that these churches represent the church age, beginning
with Ephesus the first century church, Laodicea the church of toady in
the last days of the church age. I believe that both viewpoints have
some truth to them. The seven churches as mentioned before were literal
churches at the time of John's writing and these seven churches also
represent church history for the last 2 millenniums. Many books have
been written about the seven churches, who they were in the past and
throughout the church age. I don't want to go into a big study on the
churches, which time they represented and possible denominations etc. There are many good commentaries available.
would like to look at the churches from a different view. I do believe
the above, that the seven churches were literal and that they represent
the entire the church age. I also believe that
each of these seven churches represent individual believers throughout
history and for the last 2000 years. The true
church is not a building or denominations, the true church, the bride of
Christ is every true believer that is an individual stone making up the
temple of God.
to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God
and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual
house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable
to God through Jesus Christ." 1Pe 2:4, 5.
is what we as believers are, living stones with Jesus as our head
cornerstone. Our foundation is Jesus on which we must built on. "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." 1Cr 3:11.
Jesus is the head cornerstone that was rejected. Bob Marley even cited that verse in one of his songs. "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone." Ps118:22.
this in mind, Jesus being the cornerstone on which I as a believer
built on, which church am I? Paul the Apostle exhorted the believers to
examen their faith.
yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you
not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are
disqualified." 2Cr 13:5.
myself from time to time and ask the question, which church am I? Have I
left my first love which is Jesus? Am I enduring persecutions and
mocking because of my faith in Jesus? ( not a bad thing considering many
were persecuted before us). Have I compromised with the world, sitting
on the fence? Or have I become corrupted and polluted by the things of
the world? Maybe I'm as dead as the church of Sardis was? Have I
become lukewarm the worse condition to be in? Am I on fire for the Lord
or just ride the wave as it comes? What is being lukewarm? No real
commitment to the Lord or passion for others. Not being on the alert
just as the 5 foolish virgins were and just being a Christian by name
only with no fruit to show for. I'm afraid that many of today's
churches have become lukewarm. There are many so called followers of
Christ that have no discernment at all about the signs of the time or
know the word, they have become sleepy and are not watching.
pray to the Lord that I will not be lukewarm or compromise with the
world. No physical church or denomination can save anyone. No certain
Priest or Pastor can save anyone. I can talk a lot of Christianise,
play Churchanity or appear to be highly spiritual. All of those are just
outward things and the Lord does not look on the outside as people do,
He looks at the heart. God knows our heart. I think it is very wise
and important to examen ourselves from time to time, to see if we are
truly in the faith or if we have left our first love. There is one
thing Jesus said that should concern all of us who are confessing
believers in Christ:
everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of
heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." Mat 7:21.
The letters to the seven churches can be found in the book of Revelation, chapter 2 and 3.
I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I
have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the
gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and
though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not
love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits
suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade
itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own,
is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but
rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are
prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease;
whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away." 1Cr 13: 1-8.
was meditating on these verses today and thinking about what Paul
wrote. Love, the more excellent way. What is a Christian without love?
Nothing. We can talk all the "Christianise" play "Churchianity" and go
to church all we want, but if we fail to love our neighbor, we do not
have love. Have you ever tried to replace the word love in the above
verses and replaced them with your name? Try it and see how it fits.
Replace the word love with Jesus and it just flows.
are many people in the church and outside that are hurting for various
reasons. If we fail to see them and encourage them we have no love.
Sometimes I ask people, "how are you doing?" Many times the response is
"I'm fine thank you." Then I ask, "how do you really feel?" The answer
is quite different sometimes. In reality, many are suffering or go
through trial in their life's. They are either afraid to say something
or are ashamed about the things that they are facing and going through.
They need someone that reaches out to them and the church would be a
good place to start.
people come to church and just wanna blend in and enjoy some of the
worship and the message and go home almost unseen. Church is suppose to
be a fellowship of believers that come together, love each other and
encourage one another. All of us have gone through trials in our walk
with the Lord at one point or another. Those that have gone through
similar trials, should encourage and pray with those currently enduring
them. You see, it is very easy to put on a mask and play the Christian
in church, everything is fine, I am blessed, thank you. It's easy to
live in a Christian bubble.
We can either play
church or be the church and do what Jesus ask us to do. Love one
another. We need to be honest with one another and if we see someone
that is hurting inside (they are not that easy to overlook) we need to
engage with that person, rather than just walking by. Maybe that person
is just looking for one person to stop and talk to them and encourage
them. We have all been there, we had our ups and downs in our walk with
the Lord. I think that the people in need look at other believers as
more spiritual. They think the Pastors have everything figured out. On
the contrary, Pastors just as other believers go through trial in their
life's. We are all just finite human beings with hurts and pains, with
good times and bad times.
So, the next time
you're at church, look around and see if someone maybe just needs some
encouragement. Talk to some people you think you know from church and
ask them if there is anything you can pray for. Iron sharpens iron. We
do outreaches to save the lost, we feed the hungry, but I believe we
fail to reach out to those in our own church that need our encouragement
and spiritual support. Without love, we the church are nothing.
new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have
loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all will know that
you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34, 35.
as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the
Son of Man: "They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given
in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came
and destroyed them all. "Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot:
They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
"but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone
from heaven and destroyed them all. "Even so will it be in the day when
the Son of Man is revealed." Luke 21:17-30.
is talking about the judgment that will come upon the whole earth.
Biblical evangelical Christians believe that this day is very near. The
signs of the time and the many prophecies that have come to pass confirm
this. There are many prophecies yet to be fulfilled concerning the end
of days, but every day we watch the news and see the stage set for the
final act. One of the "super signs" was fulfilled when Israel became a
nation in 1948. For almost 2000 years there was no nation of Israel. The
Romans under Titus destroyed the temple and the city of Jerusalem in AD
70. Many Jews were brutally slaughtered and others were dispersed all
over the known earth.
This was a judgment of God
on the nation of Israel because they had forsaken Him. Jesus said this
to His disciples when the were admiring the beauty of the temple in
"These things which you see, the days will come in which not one stone
shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down." Luke 21:6.
prophecy came true about 40 years later, when the Romans literally
destroyed the temple and threw every stone of the temple mount and they
are still lying there to this day. Not one stone was left upon another.
They were scattered all over the earth and the nation was no more, until
1948. Many believe that this date is very significant because Jesus on
the Olivet discourse
said among many other prophecies concerning the end times, something
about a fig tree. Please read Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13. "Now
learn this parable from the fig tree: "When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near."So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near, at the doors! Mark 13:28, 29.
fig tree as many scholars believe is a symbol for Israel. You may
remember that Jesus cursed the fig tree because it bore no fruit and the
next day it was withered. Jesus was showing that Israel had failed the
Lord and did not bear any fruit as He had desired. Because of it God
threw them out of the land. When Israel became a nation again in 1948,
the fig tree back in the land, the summer is near and the return of Jesus is very near. Jesus goes on to say: "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place." Mark 13:30.
This generation, what generation did Jesus refer to? It could not have
referred to the generation of the disciples, because Jesus obviously did
not return in their life time. It is also possible that the word
generation can be understood as a race or people. This may be a promise
that the Jewish race will not perish before history ends. Of course many
people mock Christians concerning prophecies and the coming judgment of
God. They are mocking and scoffing because it's been almost 2000 years
and Jesus has not returned to judge the world.
The Apostle Peter wrote:
"Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle in both of which I
stir up your pure minds by way of reminder, that you may be mindful of
the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the
commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this
first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to
their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For
since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the
beginning of creation." For this they willfully forget: that by the
word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water
and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being
flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now
preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of
judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this
one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise,
as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing
that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the
day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens
will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with
fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned
up." 2Peter 3:1-10.
The judgment will
come upon the whole earth, that's why it should be on every Christians
heart to warn the world. I'm not talking about standing on the street
corners and preach fire and brimstone messages like for example the
Westboro Baptist church does. That kind of approach turns people away
from God, rather than drawing them near. Messages like God hates you, or
you are going to Hell will accomplish just the opposite. The
unbelievers will think that Christians are nuts. We are living in a
world that changes by the minute. We are seeing the worldwide economy in
decline, geopolitical events and problems are in the news every day and
much of the focus is on the Middle East. Israel, a small country about
the size of New Jersey is in the news almost every day, they are
surrounded by enemies just as foretold in the Bible.
last days or the end times revolve around Israel and her neighbors.
Israel is the center of the world, Jerusalem is the center of Israel
and the temple mount is the Epicenter. The Bible says that in the last
days the armies of the surrounding nations will come against Israel, the
economy of the world will collapse and people are struck with
perplexity. We see all of these things come to pass. Iran wants to wipe
Israel of the map, the EU, US , UN and Russia want to divide the land
which is spoken off in Joel chapter 2. I believe sincerely that we are
living in the very last minutes of the last days which began by the way
at Pentecost. Now more than ever do we need to talk to our neighbors,
friends and family members that do not know the Lord. I know, many will
call us crazy, just as the people did when Noah build the Ark. The
scoffed and mocked him, laughing while he was building the ark.
took Noah about 120 years to finish the ark. God gave people plenty of
time to repent, Noah preached about the judgment of God to come, but
they would not listen and instead kept an going, business as usual. We
see the same things today, the handwriting is on the wall, but people
can't read it or understand it. With everything that is happening around
them, it business as usual. Noah warned the people, God gave them time,
but one day, God closed the ark. The judgment came and it was too late
for those who mocked and laughed. Same thing today, we warn people, God
is giving them time and they continue to laugh, reject and mock us. One
day the door will close and it will be too late. It's no longer business
as usual for them.
know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will
be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving,
slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors,
headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." 2Ti
even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave
them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness,
covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit,
evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God,
violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to
parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice
such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also
approve of those who practice them." Romans 1:28-32.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" John 3:16.