That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires an account of that which is past. Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 3:15
Everyone believes in something higher than themselves, even evolutionists and atheists admit that there is a certain order of things seen, but nonetheless, deny any and all admission to a God of creation. Why do the people confess to a higher power, but run in every direction except the right one?
We have constant wars or open conflicts on practically every continent supported by the hand of man despite the words of his mouth and whereas peace is demanded, the profits of violence far outweigh those who cry against it. Every government that man has established has failed to produce a covenant of lasting peace, and the reason is simple, man is born for trouble. From the cradle to the grave, it’s a struggle of giving and taking in its basic form. The nature of man is passed down from generation to generation with the same inherited DNA as his ancient forefathers had and we pass it further on to our sons and daughters. It is the character of all men and women that have received the breath of life, and we are all witnesses of the fact through our actions and the words of our mouths.
We learn very early how to assert ourselves against our siblings and then eventually take it into the classrooms and schoolyards. We practice rebellion against our parents even as we speak words of love and respect, forgetting that words uttered can never be taken back. And as we finally enter the arena of life, what we did to others comes back in full force as experience teaches us that there really is nothing new under the sun. If we were to take a long look outside of our sphere of influence and see the wreckage and chaos that the hand of man has wrought upon his fellow man and yet see the wondrous things that his hand has made and is capable of, we could almost speak of a split personality, couldn’t we? It would appear to be a conflict between doing good as opposed to acting out the evil that resides within the heart, or to speak words of kindness to one and curse another in the same breath! Some would just say it is what it is, but that is only a cliche at best because we have the power to choose our words and act on our intentions and we are not of the animal kingdom that we should behave as brute beasts do. But all too often, we do.
If we were to take the time to pore over crime statistics from different countries, the sheer magnitude would shock us, and the violent acts alone would be enough to initiate nightmares that could easily compete with Hollywood’s nightmarish productions! The brutality that man is capable of inflicting on his fellow man defies any and all borders of either reason or sanity as he plunges ever deeper into the sea of evil. And yet, on the other hand, he produces works of art that are beautiful to gaze upon, buildings of great design and works of grandeur and engineering achievements that are staggering, almost beyond belief! He moves rapidly through the world of technology as he strives for the stars and seeks to conquer the solar system and is capable of peering into the vastness of deep space and even beyond and yet, he cannot subdue his penchant for violence.
- children are being aborted on a daily basis worldwide?
- animals to include marine life are slaughtered for consumption or pleasure, worldwide?
- girls and women are being raped, sold as slaves, worked as prostitutes or murdered every minute around the globe?
- innocent civilians perish in the flames of war or conflict every day?
- countries are so deep in debt, personal and national that all have become slaves to the financial conglomerates?
- people are perishing from diseases and sicknesses when the medicine is available, at cost, that could save them?
- must die of starvation when there is more than enough to feed them, at cost?
You see, we have all the means necessary to take care of our own, but the lust for power and wealth has overshadowed and filled the heart with evil vices and imperial ambitions which eventually become tyrannical in nature, and the result is the willingness to trample underfoot the impoverished and to enslave others for profit. So is the heart of man when given free reign over his lusts. He wars because he lusts for that which he does not have and the profits from the sales of weapons far outweigh the collateral damages inflicted upon those who must suffer the most. The man is violent in nature, and the aliens, if they exist, would be very wise to stay their distance for their own safety and survival!
Now, if we were able to travel back in time as viewers to the beginning, let’s say to the Tower of Babel, and then accompany history until it should reach the present, then we would certainly admit that nothing has changed concerning the acts of mankind. (When I write “mankind” that also includes the woman, wo-man. There are actually two forms of humankind, the man, and the woman.) We are born, we live to do our works, and then we die, and the cycle continues up to this day. Civilizations have come and gone, empires have risen only to fall again, and great men and women have lived and have died, only their names remain in books and films as their remains have turned once more into dust, as will ours. And still, we have learned nothing from the past except to repeat it. New culture, new clothing, new technology, but always the same DNA behind it all, the same genetics inherited and the same nature that is overly prone to violence and overwhelmed by the beauty and pulled into the same lusts and fears as the previous generations that were before us. Such is the nature of mankind.
Will it always be like this? Will the seemingly never ending cycle be broken and will we want to learn the way of peace? The answer can be found in the Holy Bible.
What have we to lose by reading it even as the losses mount from the unending wars and conflicts and criminal violence that continues to rage around us? All of our philosophers and wise statesmen and judicial decisions have not been able to contain man’s’ nature towards conquest and submission. Denying that God exists is like playing with matches in a house made of cotton or saying that you are the standard by which to measure others. How ludicrous! How can a man declare himself to be a god when he is subject to the same physical realities like the one standing next to him? “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust shall you return.” Genesis 4:19. Death is an undisputable fact that we all must face and nothing that we have done in our brief existence will be taken with us, only the memories remain for good or bad. In many man-made religions, they have after-life pictures of what they imagine to be their new existence in eternity, some in peaceful serenity and others in cosmic battles as they strive for mastery and perfection or have sexual pleasures untold! However, in the Holy Bible, there is a completely different picture of the future of mankind, with or without God and the choice made in this life will determine our fate once we close our eyes for the final time.
The man is a created being as are all things that we see, nothing was left to chance, and everything has a purpose under the sun whether great or small, weak or strong, all life has a purpose and a plan. The Bible calls God the Father and also calls His Son, Jesus, a God, so we have two God’s who have been from the beginning, God the Father and God, His Son. The Bible bears this out throughout its entire pages and makes it abundantly clear to all so that all may come to an understanding of where everything began. The purpose of man’s creation was to have him rule over the earth in peace and obedience to the Father and to have fellowship with his Creator, but man, when offered, made a very bad decision that has affected us to this very day. He chose to rebel against his Creator, God, by the words of Satan, a created angelic being, who first seduced the woman who in turn prompted the man to rebel without resistance. But God placed the responsibility on the man’s shoulders because He gave him the authority over the earth and over all living things and the woman, who was formed after the man, was created to be his helper and companion. From that moment on, sin ruled over the man and sin means lawlessness and rebellion and that has been the state of man since then.
When laws are broken, then the breaker of the law must be judged and punished for breaking them as it universally known throughout the world today and in the Bible, especially in the so-called “Old Testament” death would be applied in certain areas whereas, in others, payments, sacrifices, delivering of goods among others would be used. In the “New Testament” however, things became somewhat different. God, the Father, at the right time, sent His only begotten Son, whom He named Jesus, to become the sacrifice that would take away all sins of the world if the man would believe on His works and in His name. He was eventually sacrificed by the Romans and the Jewish leadership by crucifixion on a wooden cross only to be resurrected three days and nights later, that is exactly for 72 hours. Today, He sits at the right hand of His Father’s throne, making intercession for those who love Him as He awaits the Father’s command to end mankind’s rule and to imprison Satan for a time and take His throne at Jerusalem from which He will rule over all mankind. Beginning at that point in time, He will reign in peace and justice over all the earth, and mankind will no longer commit any acts of violence nor break any of the laws and commandments of the Father. All weapons of war shall be destroyed and every man, with his wife, shall be given a plot of land in which to grow food to feed his family. And all of this will continue for exactly 1,000 years, and then Satan will be released for a short time to tempt mankind, whether he shall remain true to God or rebel. Man chooses to rebel, again. This time, the Father Himself will step in and end the madness for all of eternity by casting Satan into the fiery lake, then by resurrecting all of mankind from Adam to the very last and judging them before His throne. He will divide them as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats and judgment shall be passed based upon the words of their mouths, the thoughts of their hearts and the works of their hands as viewed through His laws and commandments. This is known as the second resurrection. Then the Father will create new heavens and a new earth and never again, will man rule. The first resurrection was of the Saints, or also known as those who died having kept the faith before Jesus returned to battle the forces of man and Satan and defeat them at the Battle of Armageddon and afterward to set up His thousand-year rule.
So this is the future, but between now and what is to be, we have still some time, but unfortunately, it’s not going to become better, but steadily worse. I have put this all, in a nutshell, to make it easier to digest the complexities and time required to read the Scriptures, but this is not a substitute and can never replace them under any circumstances! It is wholly up to you to reach out to the Father and accept, by faith, the gift of eternal life that He has offered us through His Son Jesus. Read for yourselves the different actions taken by those who hear the Word;
Now in that same day, Jesus departed from the house and sat down by the sea. And so great a multitude gathered around Him that He went into a ship and sat down, and all the multitude stood on the shore. And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying,
“Behold, the sower went out to sow. And as he was sowing, some of the seed fell by the way; and the birds came and devoured them. And some fell upon the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up because the soil was not deep enough; But after the sun rose, they were scorched; and because they did not have roots, they dried up.
And some of the seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. And some fell upon the good ground, and yielded fruit—some a hundredfold, and some sixtyfold, and some thirtyfold. The one who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
And His disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
And He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has understanding, to him more shall be given, and he shall have an abundance; but whoever does not have understanding, even what he has shall be taken away from him. For this reason I speak to them in parables, because seeing, they see not; and hearing, they hear not; neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, ‘In hearing, you shall hear, and in no way understand; and in seeing you shall see, and in no way perceive; For the heart of this people has grown fat, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and should hear with their ears, and should understand with their hearts, and should be converted, and I should heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you, many prophets and righteous men have desired to see what you see, and have not seen; and to hear what you hear, and have not heard.
Therefore, hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the wicked one comes and snatches away that which was sown in his heart. This is the one who was sown by the way.
Now the one who was sown upon the rocky places is the one who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy; But because he has no root in himself, he does not endure; for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, he is quickly offended.
And the one who was sown among the thorns is the one who hears the Word, but the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful.
But the one who was sown on good ground, this is the one who hears the Word and understands, who indeed brings forth fruit and produces—one a hundredfold.
So where do you find yourself at this point? The Lord Jesus has clearly spoken, and the choice is to be made by you, either the world and death or His Words and life. The world, as you know full well is deceitful and misleading, and all of its pleasures are only for a very short season. Look out beyond your safe zones and see what man does to himself! Is that what you want to live, and die for? Turn to the One who can give you peace and life even as you live among the dead and dying things of this world and become an inheritor of eternal life through the free gift that the Father offers to all who accept His Son’s sacrifice for the sins of the world, both yours and mine. And if you reject His free offer, then you will face His judgment based on His righteous laws and commandments of which no man can uphold without faith in His Son. You either believe the Creator of mankind or go on spinning with the world.
Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible In Its Original Order. Fred Coulter