IT DOES NOT TAKE MUCH TO FIGURE THE WORLD HAS SOME PRETTY MESSED UP PROBLEMS. THERE ARE WARS AND RUMOR OF WARS; THERE ARE SICKNESSES AND VIRUSES AND PESTILENCES ALL AROUND US; CANCER IS STILL VERY MUCH WITH US; FANATICS OF WHATEVER IDEOLOGY WANT TO BRING WAR AND DEATH ON ANYONE WHO IS NOT "WITH" THEM. CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS ARE STILL FULL OF SICK CHILDREN; REFUGEES ARE STILL FLEEING COUNTRY STRICKEN WITH CIVIL WARS; PEOPLE DIE EVERY DAY VIA ROAD ACCIDENTS; THEY SAY THERE ARE 40 MILLION IN THE WORLD SUFFERING FROM A SLOW AND MENTALLY HORRIBLE DECEASE CALLED ALZHEIMERS, THAT ENDS IN DEATH. WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO GO OUT AND KILL OTHERS IN INDIVIDUAL OR MASS MURDER, PROBABLY OFTEN DEMON INFLUENCED; AND SO INDEED WE HAVE A WORLD, A INVISIBLE WORLD WHERE THE DARKNESS OF THE FALLEN SPIRITS ARE BUSY DECEIVING AND WORKING THEIR DARKNESS IN THE LIVES OF HUMANS. WE HAVE RELIGIOUS DECEPTIONS BY THE DOZENS. WE HAVE ONCE UPON A TIME NATIONS THAT WERE FOUNDED UPON THE BIBLE, THAT HAVE NOW THROWN IT AWAY AND MOVED INTO MORE AND MORE SECULARISM, AGNOSTICISM, AND EVOLUTION TEACHING. WE HAVE A WORLD FULL OF HATE AND A LACK OF LOVE, PATIENCE, WHERE FAR TOO MANY ARE ONLY CONCERNED WITH THEMSELVES AND THE ATTITUDE OF "TO HECK WITH YOU, I COME FIRST."
THE WORLD IS STILL POLLUTING ITSELF PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. WE HAVE RAISED AT LEAST ONE GENERATION [AND MAYBE TWO] ON JUNK FOOD, AND FAST FOOD, CHEMICALLY PROCESSED FOODS, THAT HAVE PRODUCED AN EPIDEMIC OF OVER-WEIGHT CHILDREN AND ADULTS. AND OF COURSE WE HAVE THE "DRUG" CULTURE THAT BREAKS MIND AND BODY. THEN THERE IS THE ATTITUDE OF SEX, SEX AND MORE SEX, WITH WHOEVER, WHENEVER.
YES IT DOES NOT TAKE MUCH LOOKING AND THINKING TO KNOW THE WORLD IS IN A PRETTY MIXED UP WAY, IN WAYS THAT WILL BRING DISASTER UPON ALL, IF WE DO NOT CHANGE THINGS; AND MORALLY AND SPIRITUALLY I CAN'T SEE THAT CHANGE HAPPENING UNTIL WE ARE ABOUT TO OBLITERATE OURSELVES OFF THE PLANET. THE LATEST STATS JUST OUT SAY WE HAVE LOST 52 PERCENT OF NATURAL SPECIES IN THE LAST 30 YEARS OR SO. WITH THE MELTING OF GREENLAND AND THE NORTH POLE THEY SAY THE POLAR-BEAR COULD SOON BECOME EXTINCT.
AND AT PRESENT WE AS HUMANS LIVE IN A WORLD THAT HAS "TIME AND CHANCE" FOR ALL PEOPLE, AND THAT DOES INCLUDE CHRISTIANS ALSO:
"I turned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to the men of understanding, nor yet favor to the men of skill; BUT TIME AND CHANCE HAPPEN TO THEM ALL" (Ecc. 9:11).
SOLOMON ALSO WROTE: "...there is a just man that perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongs his life in his wickedness" (Ecc. 7:15).
GOD IS NOT NOW DIRECTLY DEALING WITH THE WHOLE WORLD; SOLOMON ALSO SAID, "Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. For he knows not that which shall be; for who can tell him when it shall be?" (Ecc. 8:6-7).
SOMETIMES THE ETERNAL DOES HAVE MERCY IN PHYSICAL WAYS ON SOME PEOPLE......BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS FOR US, OR IF WE SHALL HAVE A TOMORROW IN THIS PHYSICAL LIFE.
THE ETERNAL BY AND LARGE HAS HANDS OFF ON THIS WORLD; HE LETS PEOPLE REJECT HIM, GO THEIR OWN WAY, DO THEIR OWN THING; SO INDEED TIME AND CHANCE IS HERE, EVEN FOR THE CHRISTIAN. BUT FOR THE CHRISTIAN GOD SAYS HE WILL BE WITH US THROUGH IT ALL.
MOST OF US CHRISTIANS WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A SAFE PEACEFUL LIFE; THAT'S WHY THE TEACHING OF THE "SECRET RAPTURE" IS SO POPULAR - CHRISTIANS WOULD LIKE TO THINK THEY WILL ESCAPE THE TRIBULATIONS TO COME ON THIS EARTH AT THE VERY END TIME, AND BE FLOWN OFF TO HEAVEN.
FOR SURE GOD HAS THROUGH THE AGES GIVEN PROTECTION FOR SOME CHRISTIANS FROM TRIBULATION AND DEATH; YET AS HEBREWS 11 SHOWS [AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF SOME OF THE FIRST APOSTLES] SOME OF GOD'S PEOPLE ARE CHOSEN TO MAKE A STAND FOR TRUTH AGAINST FALSEHOOD, AND TO EVEN DIE FOR IT.
SO IT WILL BE IN THE LAST YEARS OF THIS AGE.
BUT BEYOND ALL OF THIS AND WHAT IS YET TO COME, WE HAVE PROPHECY AFTER PROPHECY, TRUTH AFTER TRUTH, PROMISE AFTER PROMISE, IN THE BIBLE, THAT A NEW FANTASTIC, KINDA UNBELIEVABLE TO THINK ABOUT, AGE IS TO COME TO EARTH.
IT WILL COME WITH THE RETURN OF CHRIST JESUS FROM HEAVEN TO ONCE MORE LIVE ON EARTH, AND BRING US A THOUSANDS YEARS OF A MIRACULOUS AGE.
DURING THIS FEAST OF TABERNACLES WE NEED TO REJOICE AND BE UPLIFTED WITH PASSAGES AS LIKE:
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted about the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up unto the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Isa. 2:2-4).
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his Kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts he will perform this" (Isa. 9:6-7).
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.....with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth....and righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox......They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the seas" (Isa. 11:1-9).
"And the moon shall be comfounded and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.....And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering, cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God shall wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord has spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord, we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Ias. 24:23 and 25:6-9).
"In that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the terrible one is brought to naught, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off......They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine" (Isa. 29:18-24).
"....For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: you shall weep no more.....yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers. And thine ears shall hear a word behind you, saying: This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left" (Ias. 30:19-21).
"And say unto them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: Behold your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water.....And the ransom of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing and everlasting joy upon their heads, and they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away" (Isa. 35:4-10).
"The voice of him that cries in the wilderness: Prepare you the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it....Behold the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; and he shall gather his lambs with his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young" (Isa. 40: 3-11).
"TO WHOM THEN WILL YOU LIKEN GOD? OR WHAT LIKENESS WILL YOU COMPARE UNTO HIM" (Isa. 40:18).
"TO WHOM THEN WILL YOU LIKEN ME, OR SHALL I BE EQUAL, SAID THE HOLY ONE" (Isa. 40:25).
"I EVEN I, AM THE LORD, AND BESIDES ME THERE IS NO SAVIOR" (Isa. 43:11).
"...I AM THE FIRST, AND I AM THE LAST; AND BESIDE ME THERE IS NO GOD" (Isa. 44:6).
"Remember the former things of old; FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE; I AM GOD AND THERE IS NONE LIKE ME. DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, AND FROM ANCIENT TIMES THE THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET DONE, SAYING, MY COUNSEL SHALL STAND, AND I WILL DO MY PLEASURE....I HAVE SPOKEN IT, I WILL ALSO BRING IT TO PASS; I HAVE PURPOSED IT, I WILL ALSO DO IT" (Isa. 46: 9-11).
"FOR BEHOLD THE LORD WILL COME WITH FIRE, AND WITH HIS CHARIOTS LIKE A WHIRLWIND, TO RENDER HIS ANGER WITH FURY, AND HIS REBUKE WITH FLAMES OF FIRE. FOR BY FIRE AND BY HIS SWORD WILL THE LORD PLEAD WITH ALL FLESH.....AND I WILL SET A SIGN AMONG THEM, AND I WILL SEND THOSE THAT ESCAPE OF THEM UNTO THE NATIONS....TO THE ISLES AFAR OFF, THAT HAVE NOT HEARD MY FAME, NEITHER HAVE SEEN MY GLORY; AND THEY SHALL DECLARE MY GLORY AMONG THE GENTILES" (Isa. 66:15-19).
AH FRIENDS THAT IS JUST A LITTLE FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH. THEN THERE ARE ALL THE OTHER PROPHETIC BOOKS, FULL OF THE WONDERFUL SURE PROMISES OF THE ETERNAL GOD; THAT A NEW AGE WILL COME; THAT THE FATHER WILL SEND JESUS THE MESSIAH BACK TO EARTH, WITH POWER AND GLORY, TO RULE ALL NATIONS, AND TO BRING THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO EARTH FOR THE FIRST ONE THOUSAND YEARS; THEN FOREVER AS THE FATHER COMES DOWN TO LIVE WITH HIS CHILDREN ON THE NEW EARTH FOREVER AND EVER.
OH THE GLORY THAT IS YET TO COME.
PRAISE HIM FOR AS IT IS WRITTEN SO SHALL IT BE.