We Live AFTER the End Times

The end times described in the Bible do not lie ahead of us.  On the contrary, they are behind us.  They occurred long ago.

Let me be clear and emphatic: The “end of all things” of which the Bible spoke…are past, not future.

Anyone who tells you that current events are part of end-time prophetic fulfillment are mistaken.  They are misreading the Bible.

This does not mean, however, that judgment does not come on the world for our sins.  Indeed it does (Judgment Is Upon Us).  Therefore, we should put away our sins and live for God through Jesus Christ.  But no matter how bad things get here, there is hope and redemption after this life (Everyone Is Going to Heaven).

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Whose Responsibility Is It to Reconcile Science with the Bible?

We hear today from some scientists that the Bible cannot be believed because it cannot be reconciled to science.  How foolish!  The Bible has been around a lot longer than today’s scientists.  It has even been around longer than science’s conclusions.  Consider also that the conclusions of science are not nearly so settled as the Scriptures, for we do see scientific understandings change as new theories are introduced.  The Scriptures have never changed.

It is not the responsibility of the Bible believer to reconcile the Bible to science.  On the contrary, it is the responsibility of the scientist to reconcile science to the Bible.

Science studies the work of God, but science itself is the work of man.  For this reason, it is cannot be infallible.  Indeed, it has proven to be quite fallible.  None of this is to deny the benefits of increasing our scientific understanding.  Great good has come from this endeavor.  But if scientists have gotten themselves into a corner where their findings seem at odds with the Bible, they cannot demand that mankind give up the Bible just because of their predicament.

Of course, there may be perceptions and interpretations of the Bible that scientific understanding has overturned, and that would be fine.  But consider also that there are perceptions and interpretations of the Bible that common sense has overturned as well.  For whatever reason, our understanding of the Bible might change in some ways, but the truth of the Bible never has changed and never will change.

Therefore, when I hear people disparage the reality of Adam and Eve, the miracles of the Exodus, or the sea monster of Jonah, or the signs and wonders of Jesus and His resurrection from the dead – all in the name of science, I don’t worry in the least.  I simply rest in God.  It is not my responsibility to show scientists where their scientific understanding has led them astray.  I’m not a scientist and therefore couldn’t do that for them even if I wanted to.  What I can do is stand fast on the truth of all the Bible says.  Sooner or later, the scientists will come around.  After all, everyone is going to heaven.

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The Mischief Starts Whenever We Try to Create a People of God

In Biblical times, God was concerned with having a people for His name.  First, He chose Abraham and his descendants.  They became His people, known to the world as the nation of Israel (having been named after Abraham’s grandson).  Then, after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, He chose those who believed in the resurrected Christ (that is, those who had the faith, if not the physical lineage, of Abraham) to be His people.  The first “people of God” bore witness to the acts of God and produced the Old Testament.  The second “people of God” bore witness to the acts of God in Christ and produced the New Testament.  Therefore, in both cases we have solemn written testimony by the people whom God chose.

Since those times, the kingdom of God has come and the Scriptures (Old and New Testaments) serve to describe and explain that kingdom.  Through the kingdom of God, all people are now God’s and He has no more need of a chosen people to bear Him witness because the Bible is complete.  There is no need for more Scripture.  There is only a need for us to heed the Scriptures we have.

Every church, every denomination, every sect, every cult, every Christian group is an attempt to create a people for God.  Stop!  He doesn’t need that or want it anymore.  All you are doing is promoting a “holier than thou” attitude.  We are all the same before God.  We’ve all sinned and need His redemption.  We’re all His children and can count on His redemption.  He is a wonderful, wonderful Father.  Let us please stop trying to make distinctions among ourselves.  He loves the whole human race.  That’s a settled fact, to which the Scriptures bear solemn and eloquent witness.

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Jesus Christ: The Vapor Trail of God

Vapor trails (also called “Contrails,” short for “condensation trails”) are the traces that a jet aircraft leaves as it crosses the sky.  After the plane is gone, you can see its path by the cloud trail it left behind.

Jesus Christ is the vapor trail of God.  In saying this I am remembering the Bible verse that says that we humans are but a vapor that appears for a while and then vanishes away.  God was in Christ, redeeming the world through that humble life.  To those who witnessed the earthly life of Jesus of Nazareth, it seemed a human life – albeit one particularly blessed by God.  From the vantage point of having witnessed His resurrection after His crucifixion, the life seemed superhuman.  And now with the vantage point of almost 2,000 years later we can see that the life was Divine.

God passed by!  Our Creator walked our planet.  He lived among us.  Oh, the wonder and majesty of God having been in our midst.  Blessed be His holy name!

Only after He’s passed – like a vapor trail – can we fully appreciate the grandeur of His passage.

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Seek Human, Not Christian, Fellowship

I spoke about fellowship with God in yesterday’s post, and said that it was the fellowship we should be seeking above all others – certainly above any Christian fellowship (for all the reasons that I stated).  Yet there is a fellowship among human beings which God does bless and I want to say a word about that.

Human fellowship (that is, human interaction) is good, and it, too, is preferable to Christian fellowship.  The reason?  Human fellowship speaks of how we as humans are all equal in the sight of God.  Christian fellowship, as I said yesterday, factionalizes the human race.  It implies that some people belong to Christ and others do not.  In actuality, all people belong to Christ. That’s why we should be seeking human, not Christian, fellowship.

Some will say that Christian fellowship gives the opportunity to acknowledge and praise Jesus Christ.  There’s no reason all human fellowship couldn’t include acknowledgment and praise of Jesus Christ.  He is certainly worthy of that.  If some people don’t like hearing the name of Jesus, shouldn’t we bear up under their persecution and love them anyway?

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Seek Fellowship with God, Not with Christians

Have you been invited to “Christian fellowship”?  Here’s a better idea – seek God’s fellowship instead.

“Christian fellowship” is typically a social engagement in the name of God.  It is just like any other social engagement, except that it has the reputation (sometimes among its proponents only) of being sanctioned and blessed by God.  The truth is that it is not anything God is seeking.  In fact, He’s not pleased at all when people pull themselves away from others and declare among themselves, “We are God’s chosen!” – implying others are not.

The real fellowship God wants to see is between Himself…and you!  God made us for individual fellowship with Him.  It is a glorious thing to enjoy the presence of God in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.  This is the right and privilege of every single human being.  In fact, He’s speaking to you in your heart now.  Steady and quiet your heart and you will hear Him.  It’s the richest fellowship you’ll ever know!

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Our Lord

“Our Lord.”  What beautiful words these are!  What great comfort and assurance they bring.

I am speaking of the fact that these words convey what we human beings have in common.  We all have the same Lord – Jesus Christ.  No truth could be more fundamental to our existence…or to our hope for the future.

Acceptance of this one truth, assuming we conformed our behavior to this belief, would change the world in astounding and uncountable ways.  Think of it:  Our Lord.

We are all under authority: His.  There are none of us who are not under His authority.

He will make all wrongs right and redress all grievances: some in this life, and the rest in the life to come.

The human race is one family with one Lord.  Our Lord.

Woe to those who try to live out from under our Lord’s authority, for it cannot be done.  (Such people bring destruction on themselves, and we have often been those people.)

Woe to those who say others are outside our Lord’s authority, for it cannot be so.  (That is, don’t be Holier Than Thou for all human beings are the people of God.)

Blessed be the name of our Lord!

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God Thinks More Highly of a Moral Atheist Than He Does of an Immoral Christian

Our God (when I say “our God” I mean the Creator of heaven, earth, and all of us) has more regard for an atheist who tries to live morally than He does for a Christian who does not.

Christians will say that Jesus wants everyone to be a Christian.  The truth, according to the Bible, is that Jesus wants everyone to do right.

An atheist who loves his wife and children is doing better than a Christian who divorces his wife.

An atheist who serves others has more approval from God than a Christian who lives selfishly.

Yes, God wants us to acknowledge Him but what good is acknowledging Him if we’re not trying to live as morally as we know how?  If we profess a faith in Christ but don’t live morally then we just give people a reason to regard faith with contempt.

As for the atheist who truly wants to be moral in all that he does, he will not be able to remain an atheist for long – even though hypocritical “believers” present an obstacle he must step over.

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Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Even if you don’t read the Bible, you may recognize the words of the title as coming from the 23rd Psalm – something like “Yea, tho’ I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.”  It goes on to say, “for Thou are with me.”  Of course, we know now that Jesus Christ is the “Thou.”  And the meaning this has for us is that because of Him, Everyone Is Going to Heaven.

This whole earth, of course, sits in the shadow of death.  Everyone dies.  Yet God has sent a message into the world through His Son Jesus Christ that we should not fear this veil of intimidation.  For we are going to live forever.  It only looks like everything ends.  The truth is that life goes on in heaven.  God wants us to believe this.  God wants us to trust Him.  Let’s do it!

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Death Has Lost Its Sting

A bee that has lost its sting is just a harmless insect.  Some bees even die themselves once they release their stinger.  This is, in effect, what happens to death – it dies itself.

Death comes to every human being, but Jesus Christ removed the power of the sting of death such that everyone who dies simply goes to heaven (Everyone Is Going to Heaven).  This great victory is enjoyed by the whole world because God so loved the world.  This is the love God has for all of us through Jesus Christ.

Therefore, death still comes…but it is impotent.  Oh, it may separate loved ones for a while…but not for long.  Every human being who dies…lives again immediately in another realm – a realm where you will one day join them.  Be at peace on this subject.  Great peace.

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