The second coming of Jesus Christ: Only God knows the day and hour of His return but as the sun rises in the morning sky overcoming the darkness likewise Christians may know that Christ return is drawing near. Evil like a great cloud of darkness is increasing throughout the world but be of good cheer. Jesus Christ will return bringing peace and healing to our fallen world. Until then continue in faith following His teachings, alive in good works, not overcome by the wickedness, suffering, apostasy, and the many deceptions now engulfing the world.
"Behold, now are we the (adopted) sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be;
but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." 1 John 3:2
Now, regarding the teaching of the "rapture". This belief teaches True Christians will be taken from the earth before the great tribulation of the wrath of God prior to or at Christ return. Some teach it could happen now and others teach it could happen later. It is astonishing to read page after page of opinions, scripture references, different points developed, all of which are then restructured followed by more opinions along with additional scriptures, endless articles, discussions, books, conferences, study courses, and audio/visual recordings. It is not a salvation issue. Enough is enough! Let us focus on the Great Commission which is sharing the Good News of repentance, faith, and salvation through Jesus Christ. If the diversion of all the time, money, energy and resource used teaching various opinions about the rapture prevents the Gospel from reaching just one individual, the cost will have been to great. We also would do well to consider the negative effect on the faith of countless souls who will conclude it's just "one of those false Christian teachings" if what they expect does not happen exactly as the pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or post-tribulation promoters and others have so feverishly declared.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear "honor and respect" him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions "sins" from us. Like a father pities his children
so the Lord pities those that fear him. Psalm 103:11-13 (KJV)
WHAT ALL THE WORLD IS SEEKING
How does God reconcile evil, justice, love and forgiveness?
We say we love and forgive one another but what we as humans imply as love or forgiveness is nothing compared to Gods Love, Forgiveness and POWER. Consider how (because of our sins) we have harmed and corrupt those around us who then contributed to the corruption of others, who again corrupted others. We can only speculate how many are involved and the negative impact to those of past and future generations.
We may sincerely regret, sincerely apologize, and seek forgiveness but we cannot undo the spiritual and physical damage we have caused to ourselves and others. For example: If we cause someone to lose their eyesight there is nothing we can do to restore it. If we lead someone into drugs, crime, or moral decline we then are responsible for their corruption. How can our individual responsibility for the damage we caused to so many be cleared? Taking it further how can our collective corrupted interactions with one another and the subsequent negative entanglements of millions and millions of souls be accounted for, sorted out, and reconciled?
We do not have the capacity to dissipate evil or satisfy the demands of justice for ourselves or for those in the world we have directly or indirectly injured and corrupted. Only by God's perfection in love can we be redeemed from our sins obtaining forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
The world's Religions and Philosophies perceive the need for a redeemer but avoid it, politely deny it, and then reject it. They choose not to acknowledge God because of there pride and desire to be free of moral constraints. By their own words: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law." Full of pride they openly reject God and mans need of a Redeemer and stridently teach others to do likewise.
If you will have it you may move beyond "man's religions, man's understanding," and truly apprehending the Love, Wisdom, Power, and Glory of God.
Carefully consider the following: The effects of evil, the righteous demand for justice, our need of forgiveness, and Gods perfection in love, are eternally resolved and accomplished at the Cross. It is only through a Redeemer that the entangled influences and ramifications of individual and collective sins over thousands of years are accounted for, vindicated, and redeemed. Now dear reader you may here begin to understand the awesome POWER, WISDOM and GLORY of God and what He has done for you and all mankind. Truly it is Gods desire that you are forgiven, restored, renewed, redeemed, and born again into His Kingdom. This is the Good News of our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is yours to accept or reject. Amen.
" Keys To The Kingdom "
Love God and Love one another.
Pray always, study the Scriptures, seeking guidance and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Meditate upon God's Love, Holiness, Righteousness, Wisdom, Justice, Mercy, Grace, Redemption, Power and Glory.
Have compassion helping others in their physical and spiritual needs; especially the sick, widows, fatherless and prisoners.
Love God & keep His commandments. Remember, "He first loved us (and forgives us) while we were yet in our sins".
Share the Good News that others may be Born Again into The Kingdom Of God.
We must continue on our journey until we see the light just beyond the crest of the hill. Let he who has eyes to see and apprehend what the Holy Spirit is teaching here. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." Proverbs 9:9-110 KJV And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love, dwells in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:16-18 KJV Then while we are yet in the earth we walk in the light with Christ "At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."John 14:20-21 (KJV) LEASE OPEN YOUR BIBLE READ JOHN 14:22-31 That you may apprehend and understand that God truly wants you to know Him, for yourself.
Birth, Death, Resurrection, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.
When receiving God's breath of life men become eternal living souls with the God given ability to choose their spiritual destiny. Genesis 2:7
God formed man from the dust (Elements) of the earth.
God breathed into his nostrils (Gods Spirit) the Breath Of Life.
Man became a (Conscious Living Being) "living soul"
Creation of a child by mortal parents.
Birth: When the elements of the parents and God's Spirit (breath of life) unite we become a conscious living soul.
Death: When Gods Spirit and our soul (consciousness) leave our physical body.
Resurrection: When Gods Spirit and our Soul reunite with our Resurrected Body.
"It is appointed unto men "once to die" and after this the judgment. The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law.
"Christ died for the sins of the world" thereby overcoming the law which we could not.
Blessed are those who accept Gods Salvation and who's names are found written in the Book of Life.
What of infants who die and millions of aborted babies?
Those born mentality deficient? The Little children? Consider the scriptures:
"Wherefore as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world and death by sin (physical and spiritual) so death (physical and spiritual) passed upon all mankind for all have sinned". "Therefore as by the offense of one judgement came upon all men to condemnation. Even so by the righteousness of one, (Jesus Christ) forgiveness came upon all men unto justification of life". (Romans 5:12-21) Carefully consider these scriptures for they impart great understanding and rejoicing to the Believer who comprehends the Wisdom, Power, and Glory of God. Now we are comforted with the words of Christ when He said: "Suffer not the little children to come unto me...". and Gods words "I will forgive whom I will forgive." Do not be discouraged aborted babies, babies, and little children are justified and redeemed before God through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Those who did not hear the Gospel?
The future of all the millions upon millions souls who have not heard of Christ or the Plan of Salvation is balanced by how they lived there lives with the knowledge and understanding they possessed upon the earth including the witness of His Holy Spirit and Creation.
Does this displease you?
Do you question Gods ability to balance the scales between "His perfect justice and mercy?" Did not Christ die for the sins of the world? Men's souls are God's domain not mans. God has declared "I will have mercy upon who I will have mercy". Blessed are those who truly accept Christ while yet in this world for they are while in this life justified before God. If you will have it dear reader here you may apprehend; Gods Love, Holiness, Righteousness, Truth, Wisdom, Justice, Mercy, Grace, Redemption, Power and Glory. Note: Study these attributes carefully in the order they are given. God truly desires that we all choose eternal life. Having infinite knowledge and wisdom God is able to look within the soul and rightly determine who "truly" had the opportunity of hearing "His Message of Salvation", understand it, accept it, and who did not. Truly, God knows what those who did not receive the message of Salvation would have done if they had? Think on this.
Those who took their own lives?
Believers and non-believers overcome by conditions within themselves or the world (which were beyond their understanding or ours) who did or did not truly hear, recognize, understand, or accept Gods Salvation (only God knows) have hope in Christ who died for the sins of the world. By whom each of us receives forgiveness so that we stand justified before God. Gods ways are not mans ways. Have you lost a loved one in this manner? Consider carefully the words of Job "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him...." Dear Reader Trust in Gods Righteousness and Holiness knowing that where mans understanding fails, "God will do what is right." Be assured all creation will acknowledge, testify, and praise Gods Holiness, Wisdom, and Glory throughout eternity. Amen.
The Bible teaches we will consider our present trials on earth as nothing compared to the glory and happiness we will experience in eternity with God, our loved ones, and all of God's many creations throughout the Universe. Heaven is not an imaginary place. It is real and there are not human words to describe our future life, joy, happiness, exaltation and the unimaginable opportunities that await us. Descriptions given in the Scriptures regarding heaven are but shadows, whispers, of a far greater reality and eternal glory for all who truly seek, follow, and love God. "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Roman: 8:18
Scriptures use strong graphic images describing Hell as a lake of fire and eternal torment to be understood within their original language, context, and meaning. Such harsh descriptive language clearly warns us of the reality of a soul that "knowingly" rejects Gods plan of Salvation. Consider how this takes place. It is we who choose to live with God (or) to separate ourselves from God. When you knowingly reject God and His forgiveness of "your sins" you bring upon yourself spiritual consequences that cannot be fully comprehend. Now if you are of the mind to view separation from God lightly carefully ponder the words of Christ who took upon Himself the sins of the world. Who while on the cross when separated from God just before His death cried out "My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me?" Now if He cried out in such pain and anguish when separated from God because of "our sins" we cannot begin to comprehend the pain and anguish awaiting those souls unable to dwell in the presence of God because of there un-redeemed sin! Here we may now begin to comprehend and understand the reason for the horrific descriptions of Hell. It is God's desire that we freely accept His gift of salvation and has given us the freedom to choose. Truly God does not force anyone into His presence and neither does God torture billions upon billions of souls throughout eternity. Now consider carefully do you really believe there are no consequences for breaking Gods laws (spiritual and moral) knowingly or unknowingly? If you are flying in a passenger jet that violates the laws of aerodynamics and plunges to the earth will you argue it is not reasonable that you and the other passengers will die upon crashing into the side of a mountain or into the sea? Of course not! Truly, the same applies to spiritual and moral laws which we violate daily intentionally or unintentionally. Spiritual principles are real and have consequences when not followed. When we knowingly choose to reject and live apart from God and reject His sacrifice for your salvation is it then reasonable to argue we are not responsible for our decision to do so? Of course not! But if we choose to live with God the author of all truth, love, light, and joy, we have an advocate in Jesus Christ who fulfilled the law (which we could not do) justifying us before God so that we are able to dwell in His presence. Now a word of warning to those who are quick to take upon themselves to judge and damn the souls of others. Only God knows the true spiritual condition and worthiness of another's soul. This is what is meant when Scriptures say "do not judge others". Truly we all rely upon Gods wisdom, mercy and power....not mans.