Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 28, 2019

What has Happened, Why are Things the Way They are?

A Casual Observation of Life Leaves Many Unanswered Questions!

Bloodshed, discord, factionalism, and assorted dis-functionalism seem to dominate the media today at all levels. My wife and I are to the point now we generally don’t watch the news; it is just too disgusting to ruin your day with the carnage being served up as news. One might wonder what is happening today to generate such pandemonium; why are things in such a mess?

Is there any source where comfort and solace can be found; is there any explanation for what is going on that makes some sense? The answer to both those questions is yes, there is a source of comfort and solace which offers valid explanations for what is happening today, the Holy Bible!

When studying any subject, I find it helpful to start with the big picture and then work my way down to the details; that is what I shall do in this case as well. The major underlying principle we must consider is who is in charge of the world today? In the beginning it was given to Adam and his descendants as explained in Genesis 1:26-28 where it is written:

“26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

The Root Cause of the Problem

Very sadly, Adam disobeyed God and everything was changed; dominion was transferred to Satan and he became the “Prince of the power of the air” and given dominion over all the earth. This is referenced in Ephesians 2:1-3 where it is written:

“2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”

Do you fully appreciate the gravity of those verses? The descendants of Adam are all sons of disobedience and children of wrath; we know from other parts of the Bible they are spiritually dead and controlled by a fallen, sin nature. Under such circumstances, is it reasonable to expect anything else from fallen mankind? Does not “bloodshed, discord, factionalism, and assorted dis-functionalism” perfectly fit in with the nature of Adam’s descendants?

Are they not all symptoms of the deeper problem, the lack of spiritual life Paul mentions in verse 1; “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” Every individual who has not been born-again by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior is, in fact, dead in trespasses and sins!

To try and address the symptoms without first addressing the underlying problem is truly an exercise in futility; there is no hope without the new birth, those who are spiritually dead must be born-again if the problem is ever to be corrected and this must be done on an individual basis.

The Curious Differences in Timing

I have recently been intrigued by the timing of certain key events in the history of mankind. Spiritual death occurred to all mankind at the very moment Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. Every human being that would eventually be born of a human father died there with Adam in the Garden of Eden. Physical death occurred later, on an individual basis as God had ordained for each life.

After the protective water vapor canopy was removed at the flood, the lifespan of individuals dropped dramatically; today it is unusual for individuals to live more than 100 years and many die much earlier. At 86, I am the oldest living member of my immediate family and only the Lord knows how many more years he has allocated to me.

Spiritual death happened to all of humanity it one time, physical death happens to each of us individually. The new birth, which I shall refer to as spiritual resurrection, happens to all on an individual basis while our physical resurrection will be a group affair. Each of us, when we received Christ as Savior, were made spiritually alive while our mortal bodies remained under the Adamic curse.

At a time, appointed by God, our mortal bodies will die and our spirits will rejoin the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul speaks to this in 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 where it is written:

“5 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

Spiritually then, we are dealt with on an individual basis while physically we will be dealt with as a group; just the opposite of our Genesis experience. Physical resurrection occurs in four stages according to God’s plan. The first stage has already happened with the physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The second stage is yet future and will occur at the rapture of the church which is the next prophetic event as described in the Bible. The third stage will be the physical resurrection of the Old Testament and deceased Tribulation saints at the Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The fourth and final stage will be the physical resurrection of the unsaved, all those whose names are not written in the Lambs Book of Life, to eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire.

This Spiritual Battlefield Called Earth

Is it not foolish to wonder why, “Bloodshed, discord, factionalism, and assorted dis-functionalism seem to dominate the media today at all levels.”? Should we not expect this from a world under the control of Satan which has served as a spiritual battlefield for thousands of years?

As Christians we are given a choice as described in Philippians 4:4-9 where it is written:

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Rejoice in the Lord always and may the God of peace be with each of you!

 


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  1. Very wise words! I too find myself disengaging from the bad news in the media. It does seem that the crazier things get, the nearer Christ’s coming seems to be! Maranatha

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  2. I, also, am not watching the news as much. It is very upsetting. Thank you for encouraging us to keep our eyes focused on Jesus! Peace be with you, as well, my friend.

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    • There is so much quiet beauty in this fallen world in which we can delight ourselves; so many things that speak of the Lord’s mercy and grace to his creation!

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  3. Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

    Visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see proof for these things and why the Bible truly is the word of God!

    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! This is forever…God bless!

    “EITHER HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ULTIMATELY OWES ITS ORIGIN TO MINDLESS MATTER OR THERE IS A CREATOR…” – JOHN LENNOX

    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the front page of http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus fulfilled more than 300 Messianic prophecies concerning His birth place, details of His life, His mission, His nature, His death, and His resurrection. He came to pay a debt that we could not, to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. We must walk in the Spirit, producing fruits of love and forgiveness, so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our hearts desire that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow any religion or denomination but to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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