Brad L. Burge
God desires that ALL people would accept God's love and salvation through Jesus Christ. God has compelled me to share information with the world relating to the biblical seven year tribulation in order to share Truth in a deceived world.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus answered, "I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Monday, February 28, 2011
How does God offer wisdom?
Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the LORD, and the wall around Jerusalem. The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD. Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." (1 Kings 3:1-5)
Note that Solomon had that dream even while he was at the very place where he had sinned a thousand times against God by offering sacrifices to idols. God knew that Solomon’s prideful and arrogant heart could only learn to trust Him after exhaustively trying life in his own way, first. So, God gracefully and patiently allowed Solomon to experience, in his own haughty way, all that this life has to offer. Solomon finally concluded that wisdom is trusting God completely and that anything less is meaningless.
The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2)
God allowed Solomon to be an example in order to help teach us. God is allowing his chosen people to be an example, also. Judaism was the correct religion until Judaism rejected Jesus as the prophesied Messiah. God still reaches out to followers of Judaism and will save a remnant of them through Jesus Christ, as prophesied. Indeed, a growing number of Jewish people are turning to Jesus Christ the Lord and away from Judaism’s refusal of Jesus as the Messiah. But, God is generally allowing followers of Judaism and the nation of Israel to learn by consequences, until they accept Jesus Christ the Lord (see the Epistle of Jude).
Before Jesus was born the prophesied Messiah, God’s chosen people, the followers of Judaism, followed God. Prior to 2100 B.C., God chose Abraham to be the patriarch of his chosen people (Genesis 12:3, Genesis 17:7-8, Genesis 22:18, Nehemiah 9:7). After 1900 B.C., God changed the name of Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, to Israel. Jacob’s twelve sons were the beginning of the twelve tribes of Israel. The people of Israel were in Egypt for 430 years, until 1446 B.C., when under the leadership of Moses, God delivered Israel from the bondage of Eqypt. 1 Samuel 8 records that Israel was not content with the leadership that God had ordained, so they asked for a king like other nations had. God granted their request to teach them, and us, further by consequences. Generally, king after king continued to lead, and/or allow, Israel to dishonor God and reap harsh consequences.
Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the LORD. He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath in God's name. He became stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD, the God of Israel. Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the LORD, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.
The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians, [a] who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and spared neither young man nor young woman, old man or aged. God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar. He carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the LORD's temple and the treasures of the king and his officials. They set fire to God's temple and broke down the wall of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there.
He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power. The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah. (2 Chronicles 36:11-21)
God instructed Israel to build the First Temple, or Solomon’s Temple. After about four hundred years, God allowed the teaching consequence of that Temple’s destruction by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. Israel built the Second Temple and it was destroyed after the followers of Judaism denied that Jesus was the Messiah and hence they fell to the Roman armies in 70 A.D. In their continuing rebellion, they will build the Third Temple and resume offerings that are no longer necessary due to Jesus offering Himself as the last needed sacrifice.
This final rebellion lead by the followers of Judaism will bring the worst consequences that the world has ever known.
Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
Not all suffering is a direct consequence of an individual’s personal choices. Suffering entered this corporeal world as a result of mankind not trusting God. Thus, we should trust God. God's promises are certain. God has promised an eternity without suffering to those that trust in God's Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. Eternity is an infinitely longer time period than this corporeal life. Christians must evaluate all things in the scope of eternity. Suffering will exist in this life, until Jesus returns to end it. As long as we exist corporeally, we will have to live with suffering.
Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:13-14)
Therefore, what is the purpose of suffering? Suffering is a reminder of the result of not trusting God. So, at each moment that we are reminded by suffering, we must shift our thinking and thank God for God's certain promise of our eternal existence without suffering and the relatively extreme brevity of our existence in this suffering world.