Welcome to my new blog!
The main theme of this blog will be Bible prophecy. Why Bible prophecy? God used Bible prophecy years ago to lead me out of a false church preaching a false Gospel to the saving knowledge of the the true Gospel (“The Good News of Jesus Christ”) so I do value a proper understanding of Bible prophecy as being useful and profitable spiritually especially in this day and age of ecumenical confusion and Scriptural ignorance.
The most important prophecies in the Bible to know are linked to the Coming of the world’s Savior (“Messiah”, “Christ”). Why do we, each and every person on this planet, need a Savior? Because of our sin problem with sin being a transgression of the Creator’s law written in our hearts/minds and morally binding upon each one of us each instant of our lives on this earth as our own God-given consciences tell us. This physical universe with all of its order and complex design which we can observe daily was not the product of random chance but was rather created perfect by an Holy, Eternal, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Unchanging, Self-Existing, Immaterial God separate from, independent from and above His creation. The first man and first woman were created perfect by God and had fellowship and communication with Him. After they sinned against God the Creator by doing that which He had forbidden them to do they became morally corrupted in their will, desires, actions and speech as well as all their posterity and their blessed fellowship with their Holy Creator who hates sin was forever broken and could not be re-established by their efforts and wishful thinking. The penalty for sin decreed by God was not only physical death but after physical death there awaits for guilty sinners eternal torments and eternal separation from God, the only One who can give us true joy and true meaning to our existence. Since we have each offended an Eternal, Infinite God because of ours sins (e.g. worshiping the Creation instead of the Creator, making images/statues to represent God, using His holy name in vain and disrespectfully, disobeying parents and authority figures, all manner of sex outside of God-ordained marriage between a man and woman, murder, hatred, theft, lying, covetousness, etc…) we deserve Eternal torments…. our first parents had been created unto an eternal existence of bliss but their sin made them worthy of an eternal existence of misery… an eternity with indescribable sufferings (both physical and mental)… nothing but guilt and shame… not even the minutest hope of escape or relief… no sources of joy… no consolations… no friendships or encouragements… no sympathy… no inner peace for one second… being unable to do the things you would like to do for an eternity… just deserved wrath all the time. God being Perfectly Just and Perfectly Holy cannot leave one sin unpunished… even the smallest sins (according to our finite, sin-tainted perception).
God’s Justice had to be satisfied but how could we escape our deserved punishment and how could His wrath toward us be appeased? Answer : through the vicarious sufferings and death of a perfect, sinless man (in other words, a Savior) taking upon himself and suffering in our place the judicial equivalent of the sufferings we deserved. But each person had sinned so among men and women on this earth there was no one on this earth who could be able and willing to be our sinless substitute and save us from deserved wrath. How could God be merciful toward guilty sinners and forgive them then? God himself became a man. God in the Holy Scriptures has revealed Himself as Three Persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in One Being. The Son was the One who took upon himself humanity, uniting two natures (divine and human), both perfect, in one glorious Person, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. A great mystery! He was not only able but willing to die in order to save sinners and He did so. His sufferings and death as well as the resurrection from the dead of his body were predicted in the words of the Old Testament Scriptures, given by God to the prophets of the nation of Israel centuries before His Coming. Being both divine and human, Jesus Christ’s sufferings and death had such incalculable value that the wrath of God toward a vast number of sinners from all nations, chosen unconditionally by God through no inherit merits of their own, could be appeased once and for all. Jesus Christ not only suffered in the place of sinners but did in their place what they were supposed to do : perfectly obey God’s Law. Our guilt was transferred to Christ and His human righteousness was imputed to us (“put to our account before God”) making us judicially both sinless and just before God because of Christ. In light of the Gospel and God’s holiness sinners are called to repent of their sins and false views of God and His will – in other words, turn away from them completely – and embrace and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is revealed not by the natural, physical world or by our own consciences but explicitly by the Bible:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.” (1st Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 15, verses 1 to 8)
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins*, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2, verses 37 and 38)
* the remission (forgiveness) of sins by God is because of the name of Jesus Christ and not water baptism (see Acts of the Apostles, chapter 10, verse 43)… the merits of Jesus Christ and His sufferings provide salvation not water
“The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” (Acts of the Apostles 10:36-43)