Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 8, 2020

If the End is Near, What Should you Do About it?

A Line in the Sand

When I hear that phrase, I’m always reminded of the famous scene at the Alamo when William Barret Travis allegedly asked his men to make a commitment to defend the Alamo to their deaths. Whether this actually happened or not is unknown, but it has created a metaphor which is often repeated.

God’s Line in the Sand

God drew a line in the sand on April 5, A.D. 33 when the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead and effectively asked a sin-weary world, who will step across the line and come over to me? While Travis was inviting people to die with him, Jesus is asking people to cross over from death to life; just the opposite from the Alamo.

The invitation from Jesus Christ to the world has now been in effect for almost 1,987 years and is still open to all who will join him. During this time, which is referred to as “The Age of Grace” we have been presented with God, the Second Person, as a suffering servant who came to die that man may live. It would be a serious mistake to think of this image of God as the only image that will be presented to mankind.

King of all kings and Lord of all lords!

There is a time coming when God, the Second Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, will once again return to earth as King of all kings and Lord of all lords. This event is described in Revelation 19:11-16 where it is written:

“11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.”

The Only Effective Preparation for Coming Events

The events that will occur in the end times are fixed and totally unalterable by any man; there is absolutely nothing you can do to alter the events God has planned from eternity past. The only option that is open to any human being is to step across God’s line in the sand and join the Lord Jesus Christ.

For centuries now, mankind has enjoyed a special era of God’s grace, mercy, and love; there are an abundance of signs today that would suggest this era is coming to a close. None of us know how much longer the welcome mat to the true church will be out, an open invitation to step across the line and join God as a child in his eternal family.

The end of the Church Age is just as fixed and totally unalterable as all of the other events God has planned for this earth. The removal of the true church will be instantaneous and non-reversible; from that point on the earth will never again be the same as it has been for 1,987 years; the age of grace, the Church Age, will have closed, never to reopen!

While it is true, many thousands of people will be saved after the Rapture, they will not become members of the body of Christ, the true church; they will not be indwelt by God, the Holy Spirit, as are members of the body of Christ, but will have the Holy Spirit with them in the same manner the Old Testament saints had the Holy Spirit with them.

What Should You do About It?

The only thing we can do about it is to make sure we are on God’s side of that line in the sand and there is only one way to do that:

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and God and You Cross Over that Line to God’s Side!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 1, 2020

If the End is Near, What Comes Next?

We are Living in Unsettled Times

The Wuhan Flu Pandemic has caused disruptions all over the world; it seems as if everyone’s lives have been changed by this event. As an online missionary for Global Media Outreach, I’ve seen a massive increase in the number of people coming to the website for help. There seems to be a lot of recognition that our lives seem to be out of our control and people are searching for answers.

Many are turning to the Lord for salvation and hoping to find answers in the spiritual realm for the problems they are encountering in their lives. I’ve heard it speculated that this pandemic could be God’s wake-up call to a world that was increasingly devoted to materialism; while I have no idea if that is true, it has certainly turned the attention of many to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Prophetic Setting

If the end of this age is approaching, do we have any indications from the Bible on what is going to happen next? There are a number of Bible prophecies that remain unfulfilled and I’m convinced they will be fulfilled with the same accuracy with which the prophecies surrounding the First Advent were fulfilled.

At the time of the First Advent, the third period of 490 years, given to Israel, was temporarily suspended at the time of our Lords entry into Jerusalem on March 30, A.D.33. The time for Israel would resume at some point, yet future, when Israel would sign a treaty with the Antichrist. The Church Age was delayed until May 25, A.D. 33 at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit first indwelt believers.

This was a gap of around 55 days which suggests to me a clear distinction between Israel and the Church. Just as Israel was set aside before the Church Age began, I believe the Church will be removed from the world scene by the Rapture before the Age of Israel resumes at the signing of the treaty with the Antichrist. There are  several other prophetic events that have not been fulfilled yet that must take place before the end; I have written more on that in a three-part series named, “What is Coming Next for the Church and Israel.”

The Profound Impact of the Rapture on the United States

At a time known only to God, all born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will be instantaneously removed from the earth. This event is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 where it is written:

“13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

Prophetically, the Rapture is Next

There are no unfulfilled prophecies that must happen first, the very next thing on God’s prophetic clock will likely be this sudden removal of all born-again Christians. It is generally believed that all children, who have not reached the age of accountability, will also be taken up at the Rapture.

It is impossible to even imagine the impact this event will have on the world, most especially a Christian nation like the United States. The sudden disappearance of millions of adults and children will devastate this country. The impact of the Rapture will be immediate, dramatic and severe; after the Rapture nothing will ever again be the same!

I’m of the opinion, the Rapture will be the trigger that starts the Battle of Psalm 83 and while Israel has a promise of protection from God, the United States has no such promise. The Rapture, plus one well-placed EMP, could immobilize the United States for years to come and explain the absence of this country from the pages of Bible prophecy.

Israel Signs a Treaty with the Antichrist

The Rapture of the true Church, which means all born-again believers, does not signal the beginning of the Tribulation, the last seven years promised to Israel by God; it is the signing of the treaty with the Antichrist that does that! The Rapture and the possible battle of Psalm 83 will have removed the United States from the world stage as a super power and Israel will be looking for a replacement protector and there will be one who offers his services, the Antichrist.

The Timing of all This

The timing of these events is absolutely certain but unrevealed by God. I have always been impressed by the verse in Revelation 9:15 where it is written:

“15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.”

As we look back to the First Advent, we see how carefully the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled; as we look ahead to the Second Advent, it is reasonable to assume all prophetic events will be fulfilled with equal precision.

I have no idea when these things will take place, but looking at the world situation today makes me think it could be close.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” Revelation 22:20-21

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 27, 2020

I Wonder, is the End of this Age Near?

The News Today is Very Provocative!

We seem to be living in a time when all sorts of amazing things are happening all over the world, things that make too little sense to me; I have to wonder, are we beginning to see the hand of God moving among mankind? I know a time is coming when God will directly intervene in the affairs of men with ever increasing intensity until the Lord Jesus Christ returns at his Second Advent; I wonder if this is that time.

Can these events be signs from God that a big change is coming soon? I know the Lord was very aggravated with the Pharisees when they were blind to the signs at his First Advent. For example, in Matthew 16: 1-3 it is written:

“16 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

The World Situation Today

If one examines the Bible, it is easy to find many parallels between world conditions as described for the end times and the world conditions surrounding us today. Verse after verse seems to fit like a glove with the world we’re living in at this time.

In Luke 21: 10-11 it is written:

10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Famines, Pestilences and Earthquakes

A brief review of the headlines reveals a variety of events that were predicted in Bible prophecy.

Los Angeles Times

By Neha Wadekar
March 26, 2020
8:05 AM

Medical News Today

Written by MNT News Team on April 24, 2020 – Fact checked by Jasmin Collier New

It contains information on earthquakes since the year 1900. New earthquakes usually appear on the site within a few minutes.

You can contact the site creator with questions, suggestions, etc. at earthquaketrack@gmail.com.

There have been: (M1.5 or greater)

128 earthquakes in the past 24 hours

1,077 earthquakes in the past 7 days

5,265 earthquakes in the past 30 days

65,200 earthquakes in the past 365 days

The biggest earthquakes:

today: 5.2 in Rabaul, East New Britain, Papau New Guinea

this week: 6.3 in Panquna, Bougainville, Papau New Guinea

this month: 6.6 in Bonin Islands, Japan

this year: 8.0 in Lagunas, Loreto, Peru

While the news is filled with nations rising against nations, I’m not aware of any great signs from heaven yet.

What About the Church?

I am convinced all born-again Christians will be removed from the earth before the beginning of The Tribulation. I have discussed the timing of this event in some detail in the series, “What’s Going to Happen Next.”

What is not clear from the Bible, is how long, before the beginning of the Tribulation will the church be called home; how bad will the world condition get before the church is removed at the Rapture of the Church. I think it not only possible, but likely that the events we are watching are precursors of the terrible times that will prevail at the end of the Times of the Gentiles!

Laodicean Church

In Revelation 3 the Apostle John is given a description of the seven prophetic church ages; the last church age is the Laodicean Church Age which is described as lukewarm and is mentioned in verses 14-18 where it is written:

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”

I’m of the opinion we are in this seventh and last church age; the church today seems to be filled with the world while Christ stands outside the church door and knocks to be admitted. In Revelation 3:20 it is written:

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

While there are still a few churches that make the Lord Jesus Christ the focus of worship; all too many churches have substituted the world for Christ and do so at their own peril!

Only God knows when all this will be changed but I’m of the opinion that once change starts it will just pick up speed until the return of the Lord at His Second Advent.

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.  Revelation 22:20-21

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 23, 2020

Trump – Existential Threat to New World Order

Unrelenting Attacks on President Trump!
 
I believe most objective observers can agree, our President has been under attack from the time he announced his candidacy for president. While initially, those devoted to globalism thought of his run for the position as a joke, as the momentum for his election began to grow dramatically, Mr. Trump began to come under increasing attack as the desperation begin to surge in those who opposed all the principles for which he stood!
 
As a Christian, I see President Donald J. Trump as God’s gift to this nation, a welcome reprieve from the downward plunge into globalism we have experienced under previous administrations and I include both Republican and Democrat administrations.
 
While I acknowledge and delight in God’s control over nations, it saddens me to see the world’s plunge into the morass of globalism that shall prevail in the end times.
 
The Bible is clear on who establishes the governing authorities; in Romans 13: 1-2 it is written:
 
13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
 
The following editorial was recently brought to my attention and I thought it was a remarkably concise and accurate analysis of the situation we face today in the United States; I felt compelled to share it with my readers.
 

 

EDITORIAL – The ongoing attacks by the political establishment on President Donald Trump –which began even before he was elected – are without parallel in history. The savagery, frenzy, and outright hysteria displayed by the President’s enemies within the Democrat Party, the media, and the various power centers of the globalist elites have no prior precedent.

This President has been spied on, lied about, made the subject of phony foreign dossiers, insulted, ridiculed, scorned, mocked and threatened. We have witnessed Hollyweird celebrities advocate for blowing up the White House, demand the President be beaten, jailed or even assassinated, and his children tortured and sexually abused.

We have seen politicians in Washington try to convict the President of non-existent crimes, investigate him and his family members for everything from tax returns to guests at his hotels, project on to him crimes that they themselves have committed, and seed his Administration with leakers and double-agents.

No other President in American history has been treated in such a shameful manner. Not Lincoln. Not FDR. Not Nixon. Not Reagan.

What is it about this President that has roused such demons in his political foes?  What is it about this President that drives his opponents to the brink of insanity? What is it about this President that so terrifies and terrorizes the Pelosis, Schiffs, Schumers and the George Soroses?

Is it simply that he is not part of the club, a brash outsider with a different style? Is it merely because he’s outspoken and tramples on political correctness? Is it because he’s sometimes unpresidential in his demeanor ( at least in their minds )?

Not at all. After all, aren’t these the same folks who loved Bill Clinton whose extracurricular activities involved cigars and staining blue dresses in the Oval Office?

Of course, Clinton was beloved by the globalist elites who pull the strings on world governments. He gave them NAFTA, after all. He gave them the WTO. He made tens of billions of dollars for them and their stockholders through these unfair trade deals that cost America five million manufacturing jobs and closed 70,000 factories. He also gave the military-industrial complex plenty of profit-making military interventions, from Haiti to Bosnia to Serbia and Iraq. Bill Clinton, for all his corruption, delivered the goods for the New World Order.

Donald Trump, of course, never played ball with these globalists. He was elected explicitly on an anti-globalist platform that put America first. From day one, he started to implement that America-first agenda, earning him the undying enmity of all those whose profits are secured by selling out American workers, American jobs, and America’s national sovereignty.

President Trump pulled us out of the TPP.  Billions in lost profits for the globalists.

President Trump pulled us out of the job-destroying Paris Climate Accords. Billions in lost profits for foreign nations like Communist China, at our expense.

President Trump began the process of securing the U.S. border. Billions in lost cheap illegal immigrant labor for the Business Roundtable.

President Trump imposed tariffs on China, becoming the first President ever to address Beijing’s annual $500 billion rape of our economy. Billions in lost profits for corporations who ship our jobs to one of the worst tyrannies on the planet.

President Trump renegotiated NAFTA. Again, billions in lost profits for the cheap labor crowd.

President Trump launched the process of extricating the U.S. from endless foreign wars and avoiding new wars with nations like Iran and North Korea. Billions –perhaps trillions – in lost profits for the globalist war machine.

Is the picture becoming a little clearer? In each instance, the President’s policies have represented a dramatic upending of the globalist agenda of both parties, the Clinton-Bush-Obama agenda of continuous war and the continuous looting of America’s wealth and hollowing out of the American middle class. With both parties and their representatives in Congress beholden to campaign donors whose profits are threatened by Trump’s America-first initiatives, is it no wonder that both Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans are determined to bring this President down? Most of the mass media is controlled by these same global corporations. After all, doesn’t Amazon’s Jeff Bezos—the richest man in the world – own the Washington Post?

As was said in Watergate, just follow the money.  And –while you’re following the money—see if it leads to a $500 million left-wing slush fund run by a shadowy Soros and Clinton-linked group called Arabella Advisors which is funding the anti-Trump political agenda through dozens of high-sounding front groups.

Folks, the New World Order gang is in full retreat all over the globe. From Brexit in the UK to the populist governments of Hungary and Poland to the Yellow Vest movement in France and Salvini in Italy, the middle and working classes are demanding the overthrow of their nation-destroying overlords. The overlords who have flooded their countries with unassimilable immigrants from North Africa and surrendered their sovereignty to the European Union and its unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels. They have lived the unfulfilled promises of the globalists, that giving up national sovereignty and relocating jobs abroadwould usher in a new era of peace and prosperity. The exact opposite has happened. The globalist vision has resulted in $7 trillion of pointless wars in the Middle East, an immigration crisis, the loss of jobs, and declining standards of living.

In the United States, Donald J. Trump has emerged as the New World Order’s most tenacious and determined foe as he fights the good fight for the American people, our constitutional rights and liberties and the sovereignty of our nation. He is an existential threat to the New World Order. Unlike other Republican presidents of the recent past, he can’t be bought and has no price. Unlike them, he doesn’t give in and he doesn’t give up.

Go ahead, globalists. Try your impeachment games. Try your Senate trials. It won’t work. In fact, it will backfire on all of you as – after three years of trying to prevent the Electoral College from voting for Trump, stopping the inauguration, unleashing Jim Comey and the FBI, CIA spying, Robert Mueller and his phony Russiagate probe, tax returns, emoluments, Kavanaugh, and all the rest — the patience of the American public is wearing thin. We aren’t as stupid as you think.

Something you will recognize clearly come November 3, 2020.

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Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 20, 2020

The Joy of God’s Inevitability!

God’s Will Shall be Done at the Appointed Time!

One morning I was reflecting on the world situation and felt saddened by the volume of sin and fear to be observed all over the world. A short while before, we had been watching local and national news and I found myself becoming very tired of the same old thing, over and over. One of the results of age is the matter of experience; the things I was watching were the same things I had watched again and again over the years.

The details, of course, had changed but the essential problems were all too familiar to me; mankind, overwhelmed by sin, was acting in a manner totally contrary to the commands of God!

Tom Boy in a playful mood

Later in the morning, our cat, Tom Boy, climbed on to my lap and started purring; as I stroked his head and scratched his chin, I thought, someday I’ll be able to express God’s loving care to the really big cats; to the lions, tigers and other big cats that are also God’s creation. This line of thought helped me remember that things will not always be as they are today; there are better times coming and, by God’s grace, their arrival is truly inevitable!

The thought of the inevitability of God’s better times brightened my outlook immediately; what a joy to know that something infinitely better is waiting for us down the road and its arrival is absolutely certain.

As Christians, it is very important to remember we are not at home yet; this world, as it is today, is a spiritual battlefield and we, as soldiers of the Lord, find ourselves in the middle of a battle that has been going on for thousands of years. It certainly should not surprise anyone that this battlefield is filled with spiritual battles of a very serious nature!

We Win!

There is a piece of really good news, our side wins! The outcome of this lengthy war is already known and our side wins! The dates have already been set for the victory, and the victory celebration and you have been invited to the celebration! While it is true the invitations have not yet been sent out, as a Christian, you can know beyond any shadow of doubt, that your name is on the list of invitees!

Talk about a blessed hope, this is something we can all look forward to and rejoice in the thought of the coming victory celebration! This victory and victory celebration is totally inevitable and will happen at the time appointed by God!

This can, and should be, a cause for joy and rejoicing in our Risen Savior as the perfect execution of God’s plan for this world is unfolding before our eyes!

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!  Philippians 4:4

God’s Beauty in a fallen world

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 13, 2020

Mankind Cannot be Harmed by COVID-19

What is Your Reaction When You Read that Statement?

Over the last several weeks, the COVID-19 Pandemic has dominated the news; governments, all over the world, have reacted dramatically to try and protect citizens from the virus. Now I make, what appears to be, a radical statement about mankind not being harmed by the virus. Do I have any solid basis for making such a statement, I believe I do!

As is usually the case, I base that statement on the Holy Bible; I believe the Bible makes a vitally important distinction that definitely involves you! I believe the Apostle Paul does the best job of explaining what I’m talking about; in 2 Corinthians 5: 5-8 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.”

The point I’m trying to make is this:

YOU ARE NOT YOUR TENT!

Let’s review how it all started; in Genesis 1:26-27 and 2:7 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.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

From those verses, we learn we are created in the image of God and our living essence was placed in a body made of the dust of the ground. Paul later refers to our body of dust as a tent; I like that analogy for it emphasizes the temporary arrangement we have with our mortal bodies.

Our living essence, created in the image of God, will exist forever; there will never be a point where every human being who has ever lived, is not present in some form or fashion. In later chapters, Genesis explains about Adam’s disobedience and spiritual death, we learn, in the New Testament, that all mankind died in Adam when he died spiritually in the Garden of Eden.

When you were born, you were born spiritually dead because of Adam; you were born with a virus, the virus of sin. God, in his grace, mercy, and love has provided a free cure for this virus, salvation from sin by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.

While Your Tent is Vulnerable to the Afflictions of this Earth, You are Not!

Although it is difficult, we simply must view our tents with detachment; as Christians, they are the only part of us that was not redeemed when we were born-again by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Our mortal bodies can have no part with us in eternity. Fortunately, “we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Yes, of course our tents, made of dust, are vulnerable to all of the afflictions we experience on earth, including COVID-19 but let me remind you again:

YOU ARE NOT YOUR TENT!

The time you spend in your mortal body has already been determined by God; in Psalm 139:16

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

I don’t know about you, but I delight in the thought that God has planned my life and my death; I love the thought of my times being in His hands!

The headlines are filled with stories of death and destruction; while these events are affecting our bodies of dust, only one thing, and one thing alone affects our living essence and that is what have we done about the virus of sin we inherited from Adam. There is a sure cure available to all who believe; believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be cured of this virus.

It breaks my heart to see all the attention being paid to tent damage and so precious little being paid to the cure for the sin virus; this is the only virus that can truly cause damage for all eternity and we ignore it at our own peril!

Receive Jesus Christ as Savior and be Cured from the Only Virus that can Actually Kill You!

 

Image courtesy of kingcounty.gov 

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 9, 2020

Good Friday and Easter Sunday, the Beginning of the End

The End of What?

Tomorrow is the day we observe Good Friday and while that is the day we remember the crucifixion, death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ; Easter Sunday is the occasion we celebrate His resurrection from the dead. A historic change in man’s relationship to God had occurred; by God’s grace the barrier between God and man that had been created by Adam’s deliberate sin of disobedience had been removed by the death of our Lord, the Second Adam from above.

You may recall in Genesis 2:15-17

“15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Unfortunately Adam choose to disobey God and when he ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he, and all of humanity present and future died in Adam. As I’ve observed before, that means that you and I and every human born of a human father are born spiritually dead. It is the sin of Adam that created the barrier between God and man and the primary reason the Lord Jesus Christ suffered death as our kinsman-redeemer.

The Tearing of the Curtain on Good Friday

God gave us a symbol of the removal of this barrier when, at the time of the crucifixion, the curtain between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies in Herod’s temple was torn from the top to the bottom; signifying that access to God was now open to mankind through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

By his death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ had paid the penalty for all human sin for all time; sin had been removed as a barrier between God and man. As hard as it may be to imagine, personal sin is no longer the issue; the only remaining issue requiring resolution is receiving the forgiveness of God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and God.

The Good News

Because of the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, the end had come for sin as a barrier between God and man. This is effectively expressed in 1 John 2:1-2 where it is written:

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.”

I have written more on this in Is There One Unforgivable Sin?

The church can now proclaim a message of hope, a message of reconciliation and good news for a suffering humanity:

BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND YOU WILL BE SAVED!

(First published April 3, 2015, revised and updated)

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 2, 2020

Palm Sunday 2020 and its Enormous Significance!

(As I prepared this for publication, I began to see some fascinating parallels between the Jewish nation at the time of Christ’s crucifixion, and the United States in the midst of a COVID-19 Flu Pandemic. We are being warned, over the coming two weeks, we could see the peak of deaths as a result of the Wuhan Flu Pandemic.  Although there is optimism, we don’t really know what is going to happen from that point on.

The Jewish leadership was trying to rid itself of a perceived problem, the Lord Jesus Christ, and our leadership is likewise seeking to rid the nation of a perceived problem, the Wuhan Flu.

One thing we can know with complete certainty, is today, just as in the past, God’s will and God’s plan is being worked out with complete precision; all is going in accordance with God’s supreme, and fully controlling will! We, as Christians, can observe these events with the full assurance that God is working all things together for our good!)

April 5th, 2020 is Palm Sunday

This Sunday we observe and remember the entry of the Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem where He had come to die. This week was to be a terrible time of testing for the Jewish nation although they had no idea of the great significance of what was to happen from that point on.

The exact date for this momentous event had been prophesied by the Prophet Daniel and that prophecy, among many others, was being perfectly fulfilled by our Lord as He rode into the city. I would say it was certain that among the tens of thousands present that day, only the Lord understood the staggeringly wondrous truths that were being put into place as that amazing prophecy was fulfilled.

Four hundred and eighty-three years had passed since the beginning of the third and final group of three 490-year periods that had been given to Israel by God. The second group had ended with the Babylonian captivity and now the third group of 490 years had been put on hold at year 483 as also foretold by Daniel; I have written on this in some detail in a three part series, The Seventy Weeks of Daniel.

Israel was being set aside for an unspecified number of years while a mystery was revealed, the mystery of the church and the age of grace, the age in which we now live. The remaining 7 years promised to Israel would resume at a point yet future when Israel would sign a covenant with the Antichrist.

The Entry into Jerusalem

Contrary to what we customarily celebrate, the entry was on a Monday, not a Sunday and it was not triumphal for our Lord; it was a time of great sadness as evidenced by Luke 19:41-42 where it is written, “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.”

The particular Greek word used for wept means a loud wracking sob; our Lord’s body was shaken by His sobs as He entered Jerusalem. He is likely the only one who understood the enormity of what was happening; the Jewish nation was being temporarily set aside, their rejection of their Messiah was going to yield great suffering for centuries to come. Their judgment would be severe and is still in force today.

It is likely, in His omniscience, that Jesus saw the Jerusalem of 70 AD as destroyed by Titus and could also see the bodies of some of those welcoming Him as they lay silent in death. This was a momentous, tragic moment that was being recognized only by the Lord and the thought of what was going to befall Jerusalem and His people reduced Him to wracking sobs. I suspect His disciples were totally confused by His reaction to the sight of Jerusalem and the excited crowds.

From the Shephard’s Notes.com

There is another extremely touching aspect of our Lord’s entering Jerusalem on Nisan 10. If we examine Exodus 12:3 we read, “Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month (Nisan) each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.” This was part of the instructions given to Israel on the occasion of the first Passover in Egypt. The family would select a perfect lamb and place it on display in front of their dwelling so all could see they were offering the Lord their very best.

God’s Passover Lamb put on display

On March 30, AD 33, the 10th of Nisan, the Father put His Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world on display for all Jerusalem to see that the Father was offering them His very best. (In 2020 we are in year 5780 according to the Jewish calendar and the 10th of Nisan will be Saturday, April 4th.)

After the passing of that day, Israel had been set aside for an undetermined number of years. Today we are at year 1,987 and still counting as Israel continues to suffer judgments until the return of the Lord they rejected.

The countdown clock on Israel’s last 490 years will recommence when Israel signs a covenant agreement with the Antichrist; this event and not the rapture of the church will be the trigger that starts their final countdown and the beginning of the Tribulation.

While this was an amazing week, filled with suffering and anguish for our Lord and judgment for Israel, it was the reason our Lord took on human form; that was necessary that He might die for our sins. The moment of triumph was coming soon, the following week our Lord would rise from the dead having perfectly paid the price of our redemption.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4

(First published March 28, 2015, updated and revised)

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | March 27, 2020

USA and the Wuhan Pandemic

New York City on a Friday Afternoon

While I am having some trouble imagining New York City closed down on a Friday afternoon, I suspect New Yorker’s are having much greater difficulties seeing their city on shut-down. This classic view, out the window of the Fox studio, is usually filled with cars and pedestrians; this time it is virtually empty as everyone follows the isolation orders being given to citizens all over the nation.

I’m happy to say, this too has come to pass; although no one knows exactly when the streets will once again be filled with cars and pedestrians, it will certainly happen at some point. 

As we bide our time, in isolation, it is very good to remember that God is in complete control of everything; nothing is happening that God did not know about and allow to happen. The long-term and short-term consequences of the Pandemic are unknown; steps have been taken by the government to try and ameliorate the impact as much as possible with the passage, today, of a bail-out bill intended to help the nation recover from the Pandemic.

Despite the passage of the bill, the DOW was down 924.54 points at 3:53 PM ET; hopefully investors can take a long view with their portfolios. I remind myself that God has known from eternity past, this Pandemic would impact the USA at this time and in this way. At times like this, it is so important to keep a proper divine perspective on life; as Christians, we can measure our degree of faith by how we are dealing with this world-wide event.

If one is looking to circumstances for peace and stability, present circumstances have nothing to offer; if, on the other hand, one is looking to the Lord for peace and stability, the Lord has everything to offer; nothing has changed with the Lord.

In my last essay, I spoke of a time to rejoice as we are always able to rejoice in the peace and stability offered to those who live a life based on faith and not on sight. Our times are in God’s hands and we have God’s promise that he is working all things together for our good. Let us rejoice in God’s faithfulness to his children and let the God of peace be our constant companion!

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Romans 8:28-30

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | March 21, 2020

A Time to Rejoice!

Faith Versus Sight, An Opportunity to Choose!

The Wuhan Flu Pandemic is taking center stage in the media recently as its world-wide impact changes the way we live. Each of us must make a decision; how are we going to respond to these new, and unexpected circumstances.

The Bible makes it clear; in 2 Corinthians 5:7, it is written: For we live by believing and not by seeing.

For us, as Christians, we must make our faith the basis for our lives, not the world situation of the moment. The Wuhan Pandemic, just like everything else on this earth, has come to pass and pass it will.

While it is transient, we must never forget: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

At a time like this, we simply must focus our attention on the Lord’s command to us in Philippians 4:4-9:

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.”

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