There is a provision in the law of God which permits any person, an escape from the penalty of their sins. God has promised to punish all sin and because He is a just God, He will carry out the sentence that He has guaranteed. Incredibly, the mercy of God also allows a guilty party an escape from judgement, if that party will obey the provisions of the law. Continue reading “God’s Escape Clause”
The Biblical principle of Righteousness defines all human beings as incapable of obtaining it. According to the Lord, if a person will be seen as Righteous, his righteousness must come from the Lord.
Psalms 14:3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
When a person places all of his trust in Jesus Christ, he exchanges his unrighteousness for all of Jesus’ Righteousness.
In Isaiah chapter 64, the prophet contrasts the righteousness of God with the righteousness of man.
Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You...
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…
We should understand that from God’s perspective, all human beings are incapable of consistently doing right. It is not that we don’t want to do right, we are simply incapable of performing our righteousness consistently. No matter how hard we try to be good, sooner or later, we are going to fail. The problem is that while we live in these fallen bodies—being descendants of Adam—we do not have the capacity for any long term righteousness. Continue reading “Good People Don’t Go To Heaven”
Matthew 28:20 “…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Hebrews 13:5 …For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
We have a wonderful Savior who is also our Great High Priest. He ever lives to make intercession for us before the Father. His current role is that of a mighty intercessor who is actively involved in the personal lives of everyone who is trusting in Him.
Those who follow Jesus have a unique relationship with Him. Even in the most painful and difficult moments of life, Jesus is with us in all our distress. When the Lord suffered so greatly, as He was scourged and crucified, Isaiah wrote that it was for all of our afflictions that He was afflicted. It was by His own suffering for us that the Lord was able to remove our suffering forever. This will ultimately be accomplished at His return for us at the Rapture, when we are all taken from this world to be with Him forever. Until that day, Jesus is here with us in all our present suffering.
Isaiah 63:1-3 Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?— “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes.”
Here in Isaiah 63:1-3, we see a vivid description of the Messiah upon His return to earth at the conclusion of the seven year Tribulation. As Jesus ascended back to heaven from the Mount of Olives, just outside of Jerusalem, after showing Himself to over 500 eyewitnesses at one time, during a period of 40 days after His resurrection, He will be returning His second time to earth, to the same location.
When the Messiah returns, He will be coming with His church. A great army will be gathered by the antichrist at the Valley of Megiddo, north of Jerusalem.
The Battle of Armageddon Continue reading “The Battle of Armageddon”
The world is fast approaching a time specified by the Bible in which the heavens and the earth will be destroyed by a fervent heat. Scientists today describe a similar event of great distance from the present, when the universe will fully expend all of its energy and collapse upon itself in a massive heat death in about 10100 years.[A]
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. –2 Peter 3: 10
The Bible specifies when this creation of a new heavens and earth will take place–as near the end of the one-thousand year Millennial reign of the Messiah.
Old Testament Reference: Isaiah 65:17 For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
New Testament Fulfillment: Revelation 21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
The Lord will destroy all that presently exists and begin again with an entirely new universe. The beings that will dwell in this new creation, will be those who have received the Messiah’s pardon for their sins and are now dwelling in perfect and eternal bodies. We will never grow old, become sick, or die again. The presence of evil and sin will also cease to exist and every person will love the Lord and live in conformity with His perfect will.
We often think of eternity as an existence that comprises endless time. In fact, eternity is not measured by time at all. There are no days or nights. There are no events that take place, one after another. In eternity, everything has already taken place and all that is–exists–in the present tense, forever. In eternity, all the events of linear time have already taken place. Every person who loves God, is living together with Him in heaven. All those who have rejected the love of God are gathered together in their eternal place. All events described by the Bible have already taken place. It is only here on earth that we must continue to experience the balance of time which the Lord has determined for all mankind.
Peter describes the timelessness of eternity—from God’s perspective: Continue reading “The End of the Universe: Time and Eternity”
Isaiah 62:11 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed To the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.’ ”
Isaiah’s prophecy describes the Messiah as coming soon. He will bring with Him His reward of salvation, and He will give redemption to anyone who asks of Him. By the phrase “His work is before Him,” Isaiah is making it clear that the arrival of the Messiah is with a specific purpose (He is aware what is before Him). He is coming to die to make His life an offering for sin, according to the requirements set forth in the Old Testament. God has ordained that all sin must be atoned for. Sin cannot be simply ignored. It cannot be forgiven unless the debt that it has acquired, is paid. Sin can only be paid by a work of atonement. The Christian gospel is not one of ignorance but of revelation. Jesus came as the Messiah to clearly reveal what God requires for eternal life. This is defined by the words of Isaiah: His work is before Him. Continue reading “How Does God Forgive Our Sins?”
The word Christian means “one who is like Christ.” In reality, we are all called to be duplicates of Jesus—to live our lives exactly as Jesus lived His life, completely dedicated to the Father as His servants, making Jesus known to the world. Our words are to be Holy and set apart, full of grace but also seasoned with salt. Being a Christian does not mean that we cannot confront sin or bad behavior when we see people selfishly thinking only of themselves. Salt acts as a preservative, but it also stings when it gets in an open wound. Sometimes, by confronting a person with his sin, it may be a little painful. To say nothing when someone is on a course that will destroy his life is not only unloving, it is strictly forbidden by those who know God. Continue reading “Is it Right For a Christian to Judge?”
It is really very easy to demonstrate—from the Bible, how God controlled time, changed circumstances, move people and events—to exact a specific outcome, in order to accomplish His will.
There are many instances throughout the Bible where seemingly ordinary circumstances have taken place, that are in fact, orchestrated and controlled by the Lord. Continue reading “How God Controls Time”
The word Transcendent is defined as “incomparable, matchless, unrivaled, unparalleled, unequaled, unsurpassable, unique, perfect, rare, surpassing, magnificent.”
If God exists, He must be a Being if incalculable complexity. If He can be known at all, our knowledge of Him will depend upon our ability to receive Him as He presents Himself. We may have our ideas about what we imagine God would be like—we would be wrong. When Solomon was nearing the completion of the Temple, he realized that the God to whom He was dedicating this structure, was beyond his ability to comprehend. Continue reading “A Transcendent God”
During the course of crucifixion, on rare occasions, it was necessary to break the shin bones of the condemned person hanging on the cross—in order to hasten his death. For the crucified, breathing was a nearly impossible task, accomplished only by pressing down with both feet, onto the wooden platform that was secured to the cross. By attempting to stand and relieve the pressure exerted on the lungs—due to the outstretched arms that were nailed to the upper cross member, the nail that was driven through the flesh and bones of both feet, would cause the tissue to be torn and bleed profusely. The act of raising the body up to accomplish a breath was further complicated by the raw tissue of the back, which had been torn to ribbons during scourging. Upon every breath of air, as the back would slide up the splintered wood of the cross, excruciating pain would shoot through the body.
The pain that was necessary to complete the simple process of breathing became a continuing self torture. The condemned would have to choose between the intense pain of raising himself up to breath, or dying from a lack of oxygen.
When a crucifixion took place on the day before the Sabbath or a special feast day, Jewish law required that the body of the condemned must not be left hanging on cross (tree) overnight.
Deuteronomy 21:22-23 “If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day…”
When the Roman soldiers came to break the legs of Jesus in order to hasten His death, they found that He was already dead. These men unknowingly became instruments in fulfilling the three prophecies of the Old Testament which specifically state that the bones of the Passover Lamb could not be broken.
It seems that this specific aspect of the Messiah’s death is of particular importance to the Lord, as it is reported in three different prophecies. Upon examination of the circumstances surrounding this event, we can see why. Continue reading “A Prophecy Impossible to Fulfill”