All the Promises of the Bible Have Been Kept

There are no prophecies in the Bible which are awaiting fulfillment.  They have all been fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  This does not make the Bible less relevant to our lives – it makes it more relevant…and more trustworthy.  You can believe that God will keep all His promises to you because everything He promised in the Bible to do, He did.

For more on this topic, see All Bible Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled .

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20 Responses to All the Promises of the Bible Have Been Kept

  1. Don Hughes says:

    The Second Coming has not occurred.

  2. Don Hughes says:

    Well, the Bible of course. I don’t hold to a Dispensational view as so many evangelicals do concerning the second coming, but I don’t see how you say the second advent has already occured. Do you hold to a more Seventh Day Adventist view that the second coming was not an earthly return and Jesus entered into the heavenly sanctuary?

    • Mike says:

      I’m told that Adventists believe in an imminent physical return of Jesus as is common among evangelicals. Beyond that, I’m not knowledgeable about all the various beliefs that churches hold.

      I say that it’s already occurred because of having read the Bible. That is, when you read the New Testament it is clear that the apostles saw the event as imminent in their age, and insisted that it would not be delayed. To say otherwise is to say that the New Testament is wrong. How can we believe the Bible regarding Jesus’ first coming but not regarding His second? Rest assured that we can believe the Bible regarding everything it says. Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again explains the issue. At the end of that post, there is a link to a book-length biblical case where I go into detail with discussion of specific relevant passages.

  3. Don Hughes says:

    What about 2 Peter 3:8-10, “But, beloved do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 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 of it will be burned up.”

    This creates several problems to your various thoughts. One is that if the scriptures say these things will happen soon, we need to consider how the Lord views time. Two is that there is something that has not been fulfilled. Three is that it is possible for someone to not be saved.

    • Mike says:

      1) Your interpretation of Peter’s words “with the Lord one day is as…” would mean that all the other New Testament instructions about the timing of the event were misleading. Peter, however, was not breaking rank as you suggest. He was reinforcing the idea that Jesus had laid down: no one would know the day or the hour, but as to the general timeframe everyone should be aware.

      2) To be precise about it, the New Testament nowhere proclaims that the Second Coming had occurred – only that it was about to occur. Therefore, if it was imminent for them almost two thousand years ago, it must be past tense for us today. Of course, the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. was the key historical event confirming the truth of the prophecies. Nonetheless, the Second Coming itself was just as Peter said: “like a thief in the night.” Otherwise, “if the owner of the house had known what day or hour to expect the thief, he would not have alowed his house to be broken into.”

      As to these first two points, see also the post Do Not Withhold Good.

      3) How can you say “it is possible for someone to not be saved” when you just quoted Peter saying that God “not will that any should perish”?

  4. Don Hughes says:

    John 3:18, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. for everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be explosed.”

    This shows what I stated that all are lost and Jesus gives people the opportunity to come to Him. He is patient concerning His coming desiring that all would come to Him and believe. However, as this passage says some love the darkness and don’t want to leave the darkness for the light. In fact it says some HATE the light.

  5. Don Hughes says:

    Romans 1:20

    For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, althought they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in thir thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into and image made like corruptible man and birds and fourfooted beasts and creeping things.

    This shows the point that there are those that are lost and have made that choice to not come to the light. It also shows that the truth is revealed to all. People will be accountable for what has been revealed to them. 74% of the worlds population has directly heard the Gospel and had the opportunity to respond. The other 26% at this point are accountable for what was revealed to them since “the creation of the world.”

    • Mike says:

      How you get all that out of those words is a mystery!

      As for your statistics, they don’t sound plausible – or even consistent with your point. Let me try to interpret them in the most favorable way to your position: The world’s population is 6.7B. You say 74% of them have heard the gospel, which would be almost 5B. The number of Christians in the world is estimated to be about 2B, meaning that 3B people have chosen to spend an eternity of physical and emotional torment in hell. (Even if those numbers were true, there are certainly not 3B people who think they’ve chosen hell.) Then there are the 26%, or 1.7B who have not heard the gospel and who will be “accountable for what was revealed ot them since ‘the creation of the world’.” Do the 1.7B go to hell with the 3B, or do they go somewhere else? If so, where?

  6. Don Hughes says:

    In the community where I live there have been some hardened non-believers that made a death bed profession of Christ. We can never know at that dying moment what people do. They are just as saved as someone who walk with the Lord their whole life. However, we are all condemned to hell and God has provided a way of salvation. All you need to do is say, “Yes,” to Jesus. Is that asking too much? He condemns no one to hell, but so many make that choice. Considering the horrible death Jesus suffered on the cross is it to much to ask someone to simply receive the free gift? By saying that is too much to ask of someone is to diminish the finished work on the cross. It is as if you are saying to Jesus, “You really didn’t have to do that.” Jesus made the rules as it is His house. We were unable to keep the rules, so he provided the way of escape. The words of Jesus, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Why would Jesus say this if it were not true. Many go down the road to destruction and few chose the way of life. It is what Jesus said.

    • Mike says:

      First you say “we are all condemned to hell,” and then you say “Jesus…condemns no one to hell.” Which is it?

      Then you say that all we have to do is say “Yes to Jesus” at some point in our lives in order to avoid hell. That doesn’t sound like a narrow gate at all. Anyone could do that easily.

      If you believe that all that is necessary for someone to avoid hell is to “say yes to Jesus” then why do you spend time on politics, football – or anything else – except warning people about hell? In fact, given what you believe, why would you ever have a conversation with a human being about any other subject? If someone’s house were on fire would you talk to them about the weather?

  7. Don Hughes says:

    Romans 10:7, “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    How can it be more simple?

    • Mike says:

      I assume you mean that this verse speaks of being saved from hell, but the word hell is not there. Why are you inferring it?

  8. Don Hughes says:

    You can read this in context in 2 Peter 2, here are a few words.

    With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed – an accursed brood, they love the wages of wickedness. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.

    So, where do these people go? Blackest darkness is reserved for them.

    • Mike says:

      They don’t “go” anywhere. Once again you have taken a verse that speaks of things that happen to us in this life and inferred that they are speaking of that happen to us after this life. You have done that on numerous occasions in this thread. You are thus misinterpreting the New Testament by ignoring what it says about afterlife (e.g., Everyone Is Going to Heaven) and then applying its teaching about this life to the afterlife.

  9. Don Hughes says:

    All are going to hell as I have said before. That is justice. However, Jesus in his love and compassion has provided a way of escape for those who choose the narrow road. My life is consumed with trying help people hear this message. I lead an organization that has put fifty radio stations on the air, we are available world wide through the internet, we have phone aps thats makes the stations available through the phone, we have put on hundred of events, even had speakers in the public schools over one hundred times, I teach Sunday School, fill the pulpit in churches, we have mailed the gospel to every home in our listening area twice, we put together thousands of the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes every year, and I have a blog starting January 1 which will take people through the Bible. This is just the past twenty years…there was about 18 years of this kind of work before I came to Kansas. It is nothing special as I just do things as the doors open. God is the one who opens doors and makes it special.

    • Mike says:

      To the degree that you have proclaimed Christ in all these endeavors, I am thrilled. Genuinely thrilled. He is worthy!

      However, I know you can’t be preaching the message in these endeavors that you have preached to me. The gospel you have preached to me can be summarized as “All are going to hell; a few will escape because they say ‘Yes’ to Jesus, but most will not”. It is a misnomer to even call this a gospel because it is not good news – it’s terrible news for anyone who loves people. The reason I know that you do not preach this “gospel” to others is that, to take just one example, no radio station can survive with this message. Christian radio stations need money to survive. To have money they need listeners and advertisers (and/or donors). This message will not hold a large enough audience (unless you have a few very well-heeled donors who believe it and are willing to foot the bill). That is why you can go to the website of most any Christian radio station and have a hard time finding the word hell. And you can listen to these stations for long stretches without hearing a warning about hell. If you believe what you told me you believe, however, you should have across the top of your radio station website, “All are condemned to hell but if you say ‘Yes’ to Jesus you can be one of the few who is spared.” And that statement, or some paraphrase thereof, should be uttered every minute the station is on the air. If you are right about this doctrine, what else could possibly be worth talking about?

      You are not unique in your unwillingness to share with others all that you say you believe. The idea that most people are going to a hell of eternal physical and emotional torture is a well-kept secret of evangelicals, seldom discussed unless someone like me says something like Everyone Is Going to Heaven.

      The fact that you preach a gospel to others that is inconsistent with the harsh gospel you have declared to me, however, is not a disappointment to me. In fact, I am glad for your inconsistency because it means that your listeners have the opportunity to hear about Jesus without also hearing the false notion of a hellish afterlife.

      (See also David Led Captivity Captive for additional biblical perspective on this issue.)

  10. Don Hughes says:

    Interesting. When I first read this I shook my head and left for lunch. As I got in the car Back to the Bible was on with Woodrow Kroll, he was talking about hell. He has a very even tone in his teaching and is conversational. The John 3 passage in the words of Jesus is one of the most used passages in teaching salvation. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

    • Mike says:

      As for your anecdote, you are presenting an exception as if it’s the rule. I checked the website of the program you mentioned and it turns out they archive both the audio and the transcript of each program. On the day you mentioned (Nov 23), they did mention hell…but very briefly. In fact, only about a minute of the 25-minute broadcast was given to this topic (less than 5% of the words of the transcript). I then checked every other transcript for the month of November (18 different 25 minute programs). Turns out hell was not mentioned in any of them. Therefore, over the course of almost a month, this evangelical program talked about hell one minute out of almost 8 hours (475 minutes) of programming. This demonstrates the point I was making to you: that the harsh “gospel” you are preaching to me is something evangelicals will say they believe – but seldom talk about. Still less do they act like they believe it (otherwise, they’d be warning everyone…all the time).

      By the way, I checked the website home pages of three different Christian radio stations in three different states this morning. I could find no occurrence of the word hell, even in small print, on any of them. In fact, there were only a very few occurrences of the word Jesus. It was much easier to find words such as “Donate,” “Finances,” “Support,” and “Give.” Don’t facts like these give you pause?

      As for your reference to “one of the most used passages in teaching salvation,” what difference does “most used” make? The Pharisees had passages they “often used” to justify their doctrine but it didn’t make them right.

      As for John 3, you are making the mistake of the Roman Catholics. That is, you tend to interpret any passage about the kingdom of God as if it referred to the afterlife. Thus you render God’s word of little effect for this life. The church (whether RC or evangelical) then fills in the blanks regarding this life by getting believers to serve it instead of God. Of course, God would prefer us to serve Him (Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church). The Bible is instruction to help us live righteously in this life; living righteously in heaven won’t be nearly as difficult.

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