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
Satan’s end was consummated at the cross, when Jesus Christ proclaimed the victorious, “It is finished!” This, too, was predetermined. God knew, before he created man, that God would provide the only way for man to be reconciled to Him. Jesus Christ was God showing man Himself, His eternal purpose, and proclaiming His return for eternity. This mystery cannot be fully understood by man, yet is the only path to eternal joy as we choose to trust God. So let us now and forever join the heavenly chorus:
And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb:
"Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed." (Revelation 15:2-4)
So, here we are, anxiously awaiting Jesus Christ’s promised and certain return. For now, we must live in this temporary fallen world, as God allows His plan to unfold. God is patiently allowing a full demonstration of the results of rebellion against Him. Then, in God’s perfect timing, He will close this demonstration forever. The Book of Job is an example of God, Man, and Satan interacting, especially during the biblical tribulation. But as we await God’s final judgements, He wants us to be aware of the enemy, Satan. We must fully realize who Satan is and that our only strength is in Jesus Christ the Lord.
Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord[a] delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" (Jude 1:5-9)
The triune God is the only limiter of Satan. For now, God allows Satan what may be called free rein, yet God remains in full control. Satan can only do what God allows. God only allows what will still bring about His prefect will. Since we are not God, we often have great difficulty as we attempt to understand what seems like injustice in this world. But as we fully trust God, we must always return to the eternal joy that He offers us and live thankfully and full of praise for the certainty of God’s perfect will and power.
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26:36-39)
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-23)
God limits Satan, but Satan will continue to tempt man to distrust God until God brings the certain and promised end to Satan’s temptations.
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?" Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, "Take off his filthy clothes." Then he said to Joshua, "See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you." (Zechariah 3:1-4)
On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason." "Skin for skin!" Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life. 5 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face." The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!" He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. (Job 2:1-10)
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. (Revelation 12:10)
Satan’s fall was due to his pride and his distrust of God.
How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. (Isaiah 14:12-15)
"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. (Romans 16:20)
Satan’s ultimate stealth attack is accomplished by his suggestion that he does not exist. If he can get us to believe that lie, then we will surely drop our guard. But God wants us to know very well that Satan (the king of Tyre) does exist, was created as a high angel, chose to not trust God, and that his end is certain.
"Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.'” (Ezekiel 28:12-19)
Satan is constantly working to twist God’s word into something that would cause others to join him in his initial act of distrust and its consequences. Satan is a master of human psychology with many years of experience at manipulating the minds of people toward distrust of God’s word.
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:4-11)
Satan knows that the best and easiest way to entice man is to play upon man’s innate desire to seek God and His ultimate justice, harmony, truth, and peace. So, Satan frequently uses large portions of God’s word mixed with small amounts of very dangerous poison lies. Satan will cunningly say, “It is written,” in order to use spiritual judo against man. Satan used this tactic on Eve, Jesus, and Paul, among others. Paul was deceived to the point that he sought to have true believers sentenced to death by orders of the Sanhedrin.
"All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you. (John 16:1-4)
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' " "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (Genesis 3:1-6)
For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. (Galatians 1:13-14)
The Jews insisted, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God." (John 19:7)
In the last days, Satan and his fallen angels will attempt a final blitz against Michael and his angels. But Michael knows to refer to the power of Jesus Christ the Lord for victory. But, some that call themselves Christians will choose to distrust God. By not relying only upon Jesus Christ the Lord they will not find victory over Satan’s lies. It is no wonder that they will fail without trusting completely in Christ, because Satan will be allowed to seemingly perform miracles.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short." (Revelation 12:12)
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)
God has given man the truth, but man often chooses to believe what sounds better to his own limited reason. There are examples in God’s word where man chooses to distrust God, then God allows Satan and/or Satan’s fallen angels to entice the distrusting man toward his negative consequences. The Lord warned King Ahab, but Ahab wanted to believe what sounded better to him through false prophets. Micaiah, God’s true prophet, warned King Ahab against believing Ahab’s false prophets. Yet, Ahab chose unwisely and lost his life.
Micaiah continued, "Therefore hear the word of the LORD : I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the host of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left. And the LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?' "One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, 'I will entice him.' " 'By what means?' the LORD asked. " 'I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,' he said. " 'You will succeed in enticing him,' said the LORD. 'Go and do it.' "So now the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The LORD has decreed disaster for you." (1 Kings 22:19-23)
The church in Smyrna was warned of Satan’s scheming and were encouraged to be faithful even through the point of death. Christians must not fear physical death, even at the hands of evil. Eternal spiritual life with and through Jesus Christ the Lord is what really matters.
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death. (Revelation 2:10-11)
The foundation of Satan’s lies is that he wants us to believe that we don’t need the Savior Jesus Christ. Satan will offer what he presents to be like eternal heaven, but its real end is wreck and ruin. The better we understand that Satan, the enemy, is under Jesus Christ the Lord, the better we know how to live in the state of eternal joy that Christ offers to us. Satan’s end is sure and Jesus Christ has supremacy over all.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:10-18)
All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you. (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10)
“ . . . where " 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' Everyone will be salted with fire. (Mark 9:48-49)
The End Times
"At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:1-3)
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. "I baptize you with[a] water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:7-12)
"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:28-33)
"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. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. "As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Matthew 13:36-43)
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 7)
Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' "Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' "But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!' "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last." (Luke 13:22-30)
From the beginning of man’s existence, Satan has argued that there is no judgement from God. If Satan can get man to believe that lie, then he can entice man to join him in his aspiration to be like God.
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.
Questions like these are common for all of us at one time or another. These questions have been asked for ages, yet perhaps now more than ever. Now, more people of the world have more available to them than ever before. Yet, dissatisfaction and even despair has left most people parched and thirsty for something more. Some people even have wealth, fame, and power, yet are panting for something more.
Most biblical scholars agree that King Solomon is the author of Ecclesiastes and parts of Proverbs, among other scriptures. Solomon is regarded as the wisest man, from an earthly father, that will ever live. In 1 Kings, we find that God responded to Solomon’s humble request by promising the greatest wisdom to him.
Solomon was king in Jerusalem over all of Israel for forty years and built the First Temple in Jerusalem. However, when we examine Solomon’s life as recorded in 1 Kings and read Solomon’s teachings and lifelong reflections in Ecclesiastes, it turns out that the promised greatest wisdom does not fully come to Solomon until he finally concluded that trusting God is the greatest wisdom.
God knew that Solomon wouldn’t fully understand and appreciate the greatest wisdom if God simply told Solomon to trust Him. God knows that man’s nature is to want to try things his own way. God knows that man has trouble realizing that His way is best. To get more to the heart of the matter, God knows that man’s fallen nature is that man doesn’t want to be responsible to a Creator. That’s why God built into man the desire for something more than what this world seems to offer. God deeply imbedded within man the desire for Him.
So, man can attempt to deny it, but he knows, down deep, that eternity and God are at the root of his desires. Thus, when man begins to ask himself, and perhaps ask God, those deep mortal questions, it finally comes down to an eternal aspect. What is eternal, thus important?
As we begin to define what is eternal, we must begin with what is most eternal. Some things will last for an eternity, but what is most eternal is that which always will be and always has been. That definition fits only the Creator.
The Creator has revealed Himself as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is the great mystery; God is One in Three and Three in One. The Trinity fits the definition of most eternal.
As we continue to define what is eternal, we next move to what the Creator created and is thereafter eternal. That brings us to the subjects of angels and souls. First we will consider angels.
Angels were created with free will. They were given at least one opportunity to decide if they will completely trust God and that His way is best or decide that they will not completely trust God. Prime examples are the Archangel Michael who completely trusts God verses Satan who chose to not completely trust his Creator. Satan turned away from The Light, yet, he presents himself as an angel of light.
Now the subject of souls brings us to where the rubber meets the road. As we ponder what the meaning and purpose of our life is and realize that our soul is eternal, the subject of souls becomes critically important. This subject causes our own mortality to strike us directly. Our earthly body is very temporary, but our soul and God’s holy and just judgement of our soul endures forever.
God will judge the souls of men. Those souls that have been made holy by the blood of Jesus Christ the Lord will be with the Lord forever. If you trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, your soul will be with Him for eternity. Those souls that have not been made holy through Jesus Christ the Lord will be forever separated from Him.
Increase in Israeli Home Prices: 3rd Highest in the World - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News
Sunday, February 27, 2011
‘Living In Our World’ - A conversation with Dad. Talking about life in our times and what times we believe this to be.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Blogger's note: The prophesied birth pains appear to be getting closer together.
'Arrow' Tested Successfully on US West Coast - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News
Monday, February 21, 2011
Biometric Solutions In The Retail Point Of Sale (POS) Environment M2SYS Blog On Biometric Technology
Qqest Teams Up With M2SYS to Add Biometric Technology at the Desktop... -- SANDY, Utah, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - palm vein vasculature
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Inside Futures: Relevant trading-focused information authored by key players in the futures, options and forex industries
Friday, February 18, 2011
Will the Third Temple be built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and sacrifices resumed, as prophecy indicates? If so, how will the world react?
Blogger's note: Kabbalah/Judaism and Christianity have prophecies that indicate that the Third Temple will be built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Judaism and Islam have prophecies that indicate that animal sacrifices will be resumed by their respective followers, though the respective sacrifices will be done for differing reasons. These three major religions claim to be rooted in Abraham and began observing the practice of circumcision, which some others consider brutal or a cultural obscenity. Animal sacrifice is foreign to Western thought, but not so foreign to Middle Eastern thought, especially among the religious. Thus, the question of the potential reaction can be answered from a general worldwide perspective and/or narrowed to the perspective of any of the before-mentioned subgroups. For example, will the Middle East accept this "renewed" way of life and the West simply adopt a laissez-faire attitude toward it?
Thursday, February 17, 2011
UPDATED: Tonight On Glenn Beck: End Times Author Who Thinks Islam Is "Vehicle" Of Satan | Media Matters for America
First Ever: Bnei-Menashe Israeli Becomes IDF Officer - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Blogger's note: What does the world look like today for the chosen people in the tiny nation of Israel? The Christian world has a largely dismissive attitude toward theocratic tendencies in the Middle East. A Jewish person in Israel may not be so dismissive toward Middle East nations with theocratic tendencies.
Monday, February 14, 2011
"Obama's Rabbi" Tells President: Free Pollard Now - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Iraq is also not mentioned in the prophecy. It seems likely that Iraq and Egypt will simply be neutral during the War of Gog and Magog, along with the U.S. They are financially in bed with the U.S. and may choose to stay cozy.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Major Economic Package Unveiled to Avert General Strike - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News
Thursday, February 10, 2011
White House Fudges on Whether it Would Save Israel - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
MK Orlev: Education for Adults and Youth Are Key to Jewish State - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News
“Almost every Jewish custom is likely to have some kabbalistic significance or at least to have been fashioned by some such influence.” | Arthur Kurzweil - Author, Teacher, Genealogist, Magician
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Quarter Of Israelis, Third Of Workforce Born Abroad - Aliyah & Absorption - Israel News - Israel National News
Blogger's note: In other words, the current stock market values are based upon likely false expectations. The Baltic Dry Index has proven to be a more reliable forecaster than the White House and the media. The BDI is predicting a drop equal to the fall of 2008. The only thing likely to prevent this from happening soon would be manufactured temporary supports such as more bailouts or other slight of hand actions. (slight of hand or misdirection)
“The scope of the Torah is always beyond any of its parts” | Arthur Kurzweil - Author, Teacher, Genealogist, Magician
Rabbi Lior: 'Little Gov't Clerk Can't Tell Rabbis what to Say' - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News
Monday, February 07, 2011
Ayalon: U.S. World Leadership Here to Stay - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News
Histadrut Labor Union: Prices Rising All Over – We’ll Strike! - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News
Obama: Have No Fear, Muslim Brotherhood is not a Majority - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News-O’Reilly
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Friday, February 04, 2011
I hope that Joel will have the courage to publicly confront Glenn about Mormonism's denial of Jesus Christ as part of the Godhead of the Trinity. What would the Apostle Paul have done? Pray for Joel.
Roaring Food Prices Menace Political and Economic Stability - World News - Israel News - Israel National News
Thursday, February 03, 2011
The Temple Institute: Governor Mike Huckabee and Rabbi Chaim Richman Discuss Israel, Jerusalem and the Holy Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Mormon Mormonism Trinity Jesus Christ - Noahide
Blogger's note: Mormon's believe that Jesus was created, not the Creator. Mormons teach that Jesus was the first created and that Satan was the second created. Because of those beliefs, Mormons could take an oath to the Seven Laws of Noah without compromising their "faith."
Ben-Eliezer: Americans Don't Realize What They've Done - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News - Eqypt
PLAYING WITH GASOLINE NEAR AN OPEN FLAME: WHITE HOUSE INDICATES WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AS LAWLESSNESS, VIOLENCE SPREAD IN EGYPT Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog
“This is the end of the matter. . . .”"