Is the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem a fulfillment of Bible prophecy?  (Part 1)

Is the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem a fulfillment of Bible prophecy? (Part 1)

WOW what a timely question. To set the stage for answering this question, let us first review the Bible’s End Time events and then see if and how this move of the Embassy may tie in. We will need to have a two part answer to properly respond due to the complexity of the considerations. So Part 2 will be posted next week. You won’t want to miss it.
We are now in the Church Age period and many Bible scholars say the next event for those who have trusted in Jesus is what is termed The Rapture. Jesus comes down from Heaven in the air and takes all the dead believers and the living believers up with Him. (See our 11-20-17 posting for more details on the Rapture event)
The nation of Israel signs a peace treaty with a person called The Antichrist. Israel relies on the treaty with the expectation of a world peace. This begins what is called the Seven Year Tribulation Period and although the effects of the rule of the Antichrist are worldwide, Israel is the center-point at this time. (See Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg)
After three and one half years into the Tribulation, the true nature of the Antichrist is revealed and he, along with a false Holy Spirit and Satan, attempts to destroy the nation of Israel. It is during this second half of the tribulation period when catastrophic and devastating events occur worldwide. This is God’s wrath poured out on unbelieving nations.
A remnant of Jews escape Israel and at the end of the seven years Jesus returns with believers and defeats the Antichrist and his cohorts in a final battle, Armageddon.
Following this Period, Jesus rules with His people on earth for 1000 years, a time known as the Millennial Reign. The Bible also suggests that at that time King David, the king of Judah who reigned 1,000 years before Jesus, will return as regent to rule over Israel. (Ezekiel 37:24) These will be exciting times. Stay tuned.

Is Evil an Illusion or Reality?

Is Evil an Illusion or Reality?

Some religions suggest that evil is just an illusion. That it is a condition of the mortal mind. Others have said it is a result of ignorance and superstitions and if you don’t think about it evil will go away.

Our life experiences argue otherwise. We lock our cars and houses. We have security systems. We have laws against murder, rape, child abduction, lying under oath, etc. Yes evil is real.

It came about when Adam and Eve used their gift of free will to disobey God. There was only one commandment and they chose not to keep it. At that moment the human race and the earth began to experience the opposite of God’s goodness, evil.

Evil is the absence of God. We see it expressed in pain, suffering, discord, war and death. The ‘good news’ is that God reigns and one day evil will be overthrown. All those who put their trust in him will live eternally where there is no pain, no suffering and no death.

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Is heaven real or a myth?

Is heaven real or a myth?

The Bible says that heaven is a real place prepared for all who love God and have trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. ( See Revelation 21:1).

Heaven is beyond human description although some have been given glimpses of it. The best reference on what heaven could be like is found in Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven. Another book, Heaven is for Real, is a sneak preview of how heaven might be seen through the eyes of a child. Finally, Jesus said to his disciples then and for those who have trusted him down through the ages and now:

I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:3 – ESV)

Paul, an apostle of Jesus, wrote to the believers in the Greek city of Corinth:

What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.  (1 Corinthians 2:9 – ESV)

Yes, Heaven is for real. It’s not a myth! It’s God’s ultimate gift to all who believe.

If God is love, how could he condemn anyone to hell?

If God is love, how could he condemn anyone to hell?

God doesn’t send anyone to hell. People choose to go there when they reject Jesus Christ.

Surprised by that answer? you shouldn’t be. God is both loving and just. He won’t force anyone to love him. In fact, he allows all to to pursue the longings of their lives. People who want nothing to do with God in this life will be granted that desire for eternity. That results in eternal separation from God who is the source of all love, joy and beauty.

But God’s desire is for all of us to enjoy Him. He wants everyone be saved from the torments of an endless pursuit of that which will never truly satisfy–an eternity devoid of love and beauty. One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, reminds us :

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  (2 Peter 3:9)

He has provided a way to much better eternal life, one in which there is no more sadness or disappointment or loneliness or war or pestilence or pain or death. It comes though a personal relationship with His son, Jesus Christ. God is patient and long-suffering, but eventually all must choose.We all will die and meet God the Creator face-to-face; no reincarnation and no second chances. When we do, we may discover that our choices in life lead to an eternity in hell. Choose wisely.

Is Hell a real place?

Is Hell a real place?

The simple answer is yes. The Bible makes more references, over 65, to hell than to heaven. It is described as a place of eternal torment, utter darkness, constant weeping, no water to quench one’s thirst and a place of eternal fire.

There are personal true testimonies of people who had out of body experiences and were headed through a dark tunnel to hell. The pain they reported to have experienced was unbearable. The book, Dante’s Inferno, paints a realistic picture of what hell would be like only it will be much worse and there is no escape. Why is the Bible so graphic about hell? Because God does not want anyone to go there.

God gives all mankind significant warnings about the destiny of those who reject God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. The choice is clear heaven or hell both are real places.

What will Christian Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

What will Christian Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

This is a very familiar question and the same question that the apostle Paul answers in 1 Corinthians 15:35-52. He uses the analogy of the seed and the flower. Our earthly bodies are like the seed. Our heavenly bodies are like the flower. The seed and the flower are very different as our earthly bodies and our heavenly bodies will be. The seed is buried in the earth and a beautiful flower emerges. A beautiful analogy.

Our present bodies are appropriate for this life on planet earth but God is going to give us new glorious spiritual bodies suited for the life to come. We do not know all the details of our resurrection bodies because quite frankly they are beyond our human understanding. As Paul wrote,” Lo, I tell you a mystery… we shall all be changed in the twinkling of an eye.”

That said however, we do know that we will recognize each other in our new glorious bodies. They will be without sin, sickness, sorrow, weakness, and will never die. Our resurrection bodies will be eternal and nothing can ever again separate us from the love of Christ, our Lord. We will be united with those believers and family members we have loved and been apart from for awhile.

This is all we really need to know about what our resurrection heavenly bodies will be like. The rest we can leave to God. Jesus said, “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:3 NLT) Jesus will be coming only for those for whom He is Savior and Lord. Jesus is coming again. (1 Thessalonians 4:16) Are you ready for His return?

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