I Saw Beyond It All

 

NOTES


A second article,
Why Church And State Should Always Remain Separate
is near the bottom of this page, followed by a third article titled:
Why Is God Allowing It All?

If you do have a problem with Christians and Christianity, you may also like to check out the poems, (and articles), in the purple box that's titled
Apologetics
which can be found on my poem list page, secular section.
And you might also be interested in three other pages:
Foes Of Humanity
which can be found on my poem list page, secular section.
Refuting Evolution
which is found near the top of my poem list page.
On A Somewhat Somber Note
which contains my article
Sin, Calamities And Judgment,
and which is found in my Christian section;
the latter being my attempt to clarify and dispel some myths.



AS I SEE IT,

It's surely better to live as if there is a moral God of love and an enlightening day of judgment-cum-justice;
as if the way we live now determines our destiny, (eternal life in a paradise or eternal death), lest it be so
— and remember this: That to judge God when you haven't experienced a personal relationship with Him, haven't a sound and objective understanding of His Word, nor a good grasp of the evidence supporting His creative works,
is to err and condemn without being ignorant of the fact.”


QUOTES

"The more I study science, the more I believe in God." Albert Einstein

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” C.S.Lewis

“Shunning Christianity because of errant Christians, or not going to church because of them, is somewhat like shunning food because some things don't taste nice, and not sitting at the dinner table in protest.
In other words, we don’t discard an orange because of the pips.”
The Author

"Nothing, absolutely nothing, has a more direct bearing on the moral choices made by individuals or the purposes pursued by society than belief or disbelief in God."
 Ravi Zacharias, The Real Face of Atheism, p. 21.

“If one believes in the existence of Socrates, Alexander the Great, or Julius Caesar, then one should definitely believe in Christ’s existence. If historicity is established by written records in multiple copies that date originally from near contemporaneous sources, there is far more historical evidence for Christ’s existence than for any of theirs. The historicity of Christ is attested not only by Christians but also by Greek, Roman, and Jewish Sources.”
Who is Jesus Really? by Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett

“Indeed, taking all the evidence together, it is not too much to say that there is no single historic incident better or more variously supported than the resurrection of Christ.”
The Gospel of the Resurrection by B.F. Westcott

"Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance."
Isaac Newton

“Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.”
Charles Spurgeon

"No God equals no point, no hope, no brakes, no steering, no justice, no Paradise."
The Author


CHECK THIS OUT

1)
Did Christ speak of
SIGNS of His imminent return?


“He [Christ] replied, ‘When evening comes, you [Pharisees and Sadducees] say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the SIGNS OF THE TIMES’ ”
(Matt 16:2,3, NIV).

“As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the SIGN OF YOUR COMING and of the END OF THE AGE?’ ”
(Matt 24:3, NASB).

2)
So ask yourself now,
"Are the following
 SIGNS
 coming true, and lest you say that these things aren't new, has there been an upsurge and greater intensity in these predicted  things?"

“Know this first of all, THAT IN THE LAST DAYS MOCKERS WILL COME with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, ‘WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation’ ”
(2 Peter 3:3,4, NASB).

“You must understand this, THAT IN THE LAST DAYS DISTRESSING TIMES WILL COME. FOR PEOPLE WILL BE LOVERS OF THEMSELVES, LOVERS OF MONEY, BOASTERS, ARROGANT, ABUSIVE, DISOBEDIENT TO THEIR PARENTS, UNGRATEFUL, UNHOLY, INHUMAN, IMPLACABLE, SLANDERERS, PROFLIGATES, BRUTES, HATERS OF GOOD, TREACHEROUS, RECKLESS, SWOLLEN WITH CONCEIT, LOVERS OF PLEASURE RATHER THAN LOVERS OF GOD, HOLDING TO THE OUTWARD FORM OF GODLINESS [the external characteristics of religion] but denying its power. Avoid them!”
(2 Tim 3:1-5).

"Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!...You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord...You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter." (James 5:1-5, NKJV).

“ ‘Because of the increase of wickedness, THE LOVE OF MOST WILL GROW COLD’ ”
(Matt 24:12, NIV).

“ ‘There will be SIGNS IN THE SUN, MOON AND STARS. On the earth, NATIONS WILL BE IN ANGUISH AND PERPLEXITY AT THE ROARING AND TOSSING OF THE SEA [destructive forces of nature]. MEN WILL FAINT FROM TERROR, APPREHENSIVE OF WHAT IS COMING ON THE WORLD, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At THAT TIME they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory’ ” (Luke 21:25-27, NIV).

“ ‘You will be hearing of WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS...FOR NATION WILL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM, and there will be FAMINES AND EARTHQUAKES’ ”
(Matt 24:6,7, NASB).

“ ‘JUST AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH, SO ALSO WILL IT BE IN THE DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN [the state of the world at the time of Christ’s appearing]…’ ” (Luke 17:26, NIV)  “Then the LORD saw that the WICKEDNESS OF MAN WAS GREAT ON THE EARTH [pre–Flood], and that EVERY INTENT OF THE THOUGHTS OF HIS HEART WAS ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY. Now the earth was CORRUPT in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with VIOLENCE [hence the worldwide flood that God previously sent]”
(Gen 6:5,11, NASB)

“ ‘For FALSE CHRISTS AND FALSE PROPHETS WILL ARISE and will show GREAT SIGNS and WONDERS, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect’ ”
(Matt 24:24, NASB).

Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day [the Second Coming] will not come unless THE REBELLION [apostasy] COMES FIRST and THE LAWLESS ONE [God usurping power] IS REVEALED, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God”
(2 Thess 2:3,4).

3)
Could there possibly come a time when people will think that they've sorted Earth's problems?

“FOR WHEN THEY SHALL SAY, PEACE AND SECURITY; THEN SHALL SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COME UPON THEM, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.”
(1Thess 5:3, Douay-Rheims Version).

No, I don't see anything in these signs of the times that suggest the world will get better before Christ's return, though even if their was some improvement in things, it would obviously be very short lived going by the text above.

4)
When will Christ return?


“But concerning that day or that hour, NO ONE KNOWS, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Mark 13: 32, ESV).

5)
How will Christ return?

“ ‘So, if they say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the LIGHTNING COMES FROM THE EAST AND FLASHES AS FAR AS THE WEST, so will be the coming of the Son of Man’ ” (Matt 24:26,27).

“ ‘Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with POWER and GREAT GLORY’ ” (Matt 24:30).

“Look! He is coming with the clouds [angels]; EVERY EYE WILL SEE HIM, even those who pierced Him; and on His account all the tribes of the earth will wail [the remorse of the wicked]. So it is to be. Amen” (Rev 1:7).

“For the Lord Himself will DESCEND FROM HEAVEN
with a CRY OF COMMAND, with the VOICE OF AN ARCHANGEL, and with the SOUND OF THE TRUMPET OF GOD. And the dead in Christ will RISE [upwards to heaven] first [out of fairness]. Then we who are alive [the righteous living at the time of Christ’s second coming], who are left [because the dead at that time are already rising upward], will be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS to meet the Lord IN THE AIR
[the majestic Christ does not touch the defiled earth], and so we will always be with the Lord [will never be parted from Him again]” (1 Thess 4:16,17, ESV).

6)
Why is Christ returning?

“ ‘In My Father's house [in Heaven] are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I AM GOING THERE TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU [referring to when Christ ascended to Heaven after the cross]? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will [the Second Coming] and [then] take you to be with Me COME BACK THAT YOU ALSO MAY BE WHERE I AM ’ ” (John 14:2,3, NIV).


  7)
Will Christ be coming on His own?

“ ‘For the Son of Man is to come WITH HIS ANGELS in the glory of His Father, and then He will repay everyone for what has been done’ ” (Matt 16:27).

8)
Will most people be caught by surprise?

"Therefore be ye also  ready; for in SUCH AN HOUR AS YE THINK NOT the Son of Man cometh" (Matt 24:44, KJV).

9)
What will our planet be subjected to, and the unrepentant?


" 'But on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed them all [the living wicked].  It will be JUST THE SAME on the day that the Son of man is revealed [returns to Earth]" (Luke 17:29,30, NASB)

"Our God comes and does not keep silence, before Him is a DEVOURING FIRE, and a mighty tempest all around Him" (Ps 50:3, NRSV).

10)
What has seemingly taken Christ so long to return?


"The Lord is not slow about His promise [to return] as some count slowness, BUT IS FORBEARING TOWARD YOU, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance" (2 Peter 2:9, RSV).

11)
Is there a possibility that the devil might try to impersonate Christ before His return?

"But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants [false ministers] also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve."
(2 Cor 11:14,15, N
LT).

Therefore, why wouldn't  he soon disguise himself as Christ on Earth and support the lawless one (who is mentioned under number 12)?

"So if they say to you, 'Behold, He [Christ] is in the wilderness,' do not go out, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be" (Matt 24:26,27, NASB).

12)
Regardless of whether Satan trys to impersonate Christ or not, will he try to fool us all?

"The coming of the lawless one [God usurping power] 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 Thess 2:9,10, NIV)

"They are demonic spirits who work miracles [via human agencies] and go out to all the rulers of the world to gather them for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God the Almighty"
(Rev 16:14, NLT).

The two texts above clearly show just how important truth is to God, and how it is critical to us, because unless we know our Bible back to front, we will be deceived by what simply appears to be genuine.

13)
Does the Bible enlarge upon this soon to be  global power?

“Then I saw another beast [power] coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon [changes character]. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast  [past power] in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed [revives from its historic fall]. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed” (Rev 13:11-15, NKJV).

“Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God…’ ” (Rev 14:9,10, NKJV).


14)
By the way, who is Christ returning for?

“Here is a call for the endurance [faithfulness] of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God…” (Rev 14:12, ESV).

“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city [Heaven]”
(Rev 22:14, NKJV).

15)
When are the saved rewarded with eternal life, immortality?

“These [faithful heroes of the Bible] were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised [they didn’t go to Heaven-cum-receive eternal life at death]. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect [they will have to wait until Christ's return to receive eternal life, immortality]”
(Heb 11:39,40, NIV).