AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER
The NEW WORLD ORDER of change, control, and confiscation has already begun and has been in the making for many years. The New World Order is already transitioning in America with our old ways being phased out and the new ways phased in. Man’s undoings have brought us to the place we are at now, through his greed, corrupt ways, evil deeds, and acts of violence. America is now in a big mess spiritually, morally, emotionally, and financially.
We are headed toward a breakdown and chaos in society and a repeat of the DAYS OF NOAH Mt24:37 when corruption and violence reigned Ge6:11, and only a faithful remnant of few in number will be saved. We are reaping what we have sown because of rejecting God and His Word, going after strange gods, shedding innocent blood, abortion, wars, and murder of humans. Thus, we see the great inroad’s Satan has been making especially in recent days.
The NEW WORLD ORDER by its very name will not just involve America, but will engulf and enslave the entire world and everyone in it. However, America has a very prominent, historic, and key role in the formation of the New World Order. The seeds and roots of the New World Order were planted in the early beginnings of the new American Republic with her Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. It will spread like cancer throughout the world with the collapse of the US$ due to the extreme growth of the US National debt held by many foreign countries.
America is the WORLD GREATEST ECONOMIC AND SUPER POWER and the US$ the WORLD RESERVE CURRENCY, but it is also the WORLD GREATEST DEBTOR NATION. Because of our huge insurmountable debt is also held by many other nations, an imminent collapse of the US$ will plunge the entire world one day into the New World Order of a One World Government, One World Economy, One World Society, and a One World Religion controlled by the Antichrist in the Beast System as prophesied in Revelation chapter 13.
Re12:12 warns ‘Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the Devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time’ meaning the establishment of the satanic NEW WORLD ORDER is now being accelerated! The ANTICHRIST, the surrogate of SATAN, will soon rule in the POST-CHRISTIAN AMERICA and in the rest of the WORLD, subsequent to the collapse of the US$ and the US economy, introducing a CASHLESS SOCIETY and the MARK OF THE BEAST in the coming GREAT TRIBULATION Re13:16-18.
Early History of the New World Order Conspiracy- the ILLUMINATI
In 1798, our 1st president George Washington, received a letter of warning from a Christian pastor Rev. G.W. Snyder . Snyder wrote ‘It was some time since that a book fell into my hands entitled “PROOFS OF A CONSPIRACY by John Robison,” which gives a full account of a SOCIETY of FREEMASONS, that distinguishes itself by the name “of ILLUMINATI,” whose plan is to OVERTURN all government and all religion.. and who endeavour to eradicate every idea of a SUPREME BEING.. A thought suggested itself to me, that some of the LODGES in the United States might have caught the infection, and might cooperate with the ILLUMINATI.. They use the same expressions and are generally men of NO RELIGION. Upon serious reflection I was led to think that it might be within your power to prevent the horrid plan from corrupting the brethren of the English Lodge over which you preside’.
Washington, like many of our founding fathers, was a Mason, but not an ILLUMINATI! Before his death in 1799, George Washington read ‘Proofs of a Conspiracy’ and immediately expressed his belief to Rev. Snyder.. that the designs of the ILLUMINATI were already infecting our country. In his reply to Snyder, Washington stated a WARNING TO AMERICA: “It was NOT my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the ILLUMINATI.. had NOT spread in the United States. On the CONTRARY, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am. The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of separation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder.. the Democratic Societies in the US, may have had these objects; and actually had a separation of the People from their Government in view, is TOO EVIDENT to be questioned.”
Here we see that the plans of the ILLUMINATI in America were for a godless One World Government aka the NEW WORLD ORDER, which is prominently and boldly printed, and proudly proclaimed on every US$ Federal Reserve Note as printed in 1935, almost 80 years ago.
The ILLUMINATI- An Evil Cabal
The ILLUMINATI is a satanic cult founded by Adam Weishaupt on May 1, 1776 whose goals were to expunge the world of belief in Almighty God and Jesus Christ, to overthrow all gov’ts through financial deceits, and to bring forth an illumined godless society, under a One World Government, in a New World Order controlled by an absolute dictator. The ILLUMINATI today is comprised of world-wide intellectuals, super-wealthy elites, influential media executives, famous Hollywood entertainers, and powerful private bankers. The ILLUMINATI also ordains certain individuals to be elected into high office to exact their plans for world domination, especially the office of the US Presidency.
The ILLUMINATI is controlled by Satan, the master deceiver- the father of lies Jn8:44, who will bring forth the Antichrist and the Beast System mentioned in Revelation chapter 13, and in Daniel chapters 7,8,9. The apostle Paul wrote ‘Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the WILES of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places‘ Ep6:11,12. Paul wrote ‘.. (Satan) the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them‘ 2Co4:4.
The financial arm and economic ploy of the IILLUMINATI is the Federal Reserve Bank created in 1913. The political governing body of the ILLUMINATI NEW WORLD ORDER is the United Nations founded in 1945 after World War II, and is now located in New York City on land donated by the super-rich Rockefeller Foundation. The UN also has its own growing peace-keeping army of nearly 100,000 troops.
The New World Order- Enter the Federal Reserve Bank
The Federal Reserve Bank is not owned by the US Gov’t. It is a very clever name for it is not FEDERAL but a PRIVATE BANK that holds no real reserve for the US. The FRB is owned by a few of the wealthiest men in the world. The US Congress gave up its constitutional authority to ‘coin money’, by approving the formation of the Federal Reserve System 100 years ago on Dec 23, 1913, to take control of the US money supply. In 1944 under the Bretton Woods agreement during World War II, 44 major nations of the world accepted the US$, backed by gold, as the world’s reserve currency, meaning the US$ were accepted and used as an exchange currency for world trade. However in 1971, Pres. Nixon closed the ‘gold window’ of US$ convertibility due to a shortage of US gold. Despite the US$ no longer being backed by gold, the FRB continued to print enormous amounts of US$ out of the thin air and the world continues using them.
As a result, the fiat paper US$, worth a 100 cents in 1913 is now worth less than 5¢ today, due to monetary price inflation. Thus, many countries are very unhappy with the uncontrolled US debt and the declining value of the US$. Countries such as Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa are beginning to openly reject the US$, and recently started the BRICS Bank based in Shanghai, China, to skirt control of the US$ by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The BRICS Bank is seen as a 1st step to break from the hegemony of the greatly devalued US$ in global trade.
History of the Growth of the US National Debt – Prelude to the New World Order
It took the US over 200 years (1982) to reach a $1 trillion in national debt, then 4 years later (1986) to double to $2 trillion; then 6 years (1992) to double to $4 trillion; 14 years (2006) to double again to $8 trillion, and finally only 6 years (Sep 2012) to double to $16 trillion. Since 2008 the US national debt has increased from $10 trillion to over $17.5 trillion today, a 75% increase in just 6 years; an equivalent debt of over $55,000 for every man, woman, and child in America.
Due to uncontrolled federal spending and insufficient tax revenue since 2008, the FRB resorted to a program called QUANTITATIVE EASING, the creation of enormous amounts of fiat paper money out of thin air, to handle our nation’s monetary shortfall. If one includes all personal, corporate, institutional, municipal and federal US Gov’t debts, the amount totals an estimated $60 trillion, equal to a staggering $200,000 for every man, woman, and child in America.
Our insurmountable debt is unsustainable which will result in a soon collapse of the US$ nationally and internationally. With an estimated over 50% of all US$ today held in foreign hands, the collapse of the US$ due to excessive money printing and US immense debt will have brutal and ruinous ramifications worldwide. This will bring forth the NEW WORLD ORDER of control, containment, confiscation, martial law and a police state not only in America, but also in the rest of the world.
The Coming Planned Chaos- The Key to the New World Order
Chaos has a key role and will be the prelude to the diabolical New World Order! A planned Chaos is the key to implementing the New World Order. A little-known Latin motto invented by the Freemasons in 1802, ORDO AB CHAOS- ORDER OUT OF CHAOS, is now taking place in many sectors of our society. By destabilization of every aspect of our society- moral and spiritual values, military, industry, education, economy, and finances, America is now at the brink of entering into the NEW WORLD ORDER.
A very good example is the recent flap over lax border enforcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, resulting in a great influx of a projected 100,000 illegal immigrants into the US in 2014 alone. America is broke, our inner cities fraught with many problems, increasing homelessness,crime, and violence, sharply rising food prices, very high number of people unemployed (contrary to the contrived low US unemployment rate), our prisons over-crowded, our hospitals stressed out, and yet our Gov’t is welcoming many immigrants from Central America to live in here. But many of these illegal immigrants are not just young children, but also hardened teenagers on drugs, drug pushers, gang members, and many are sick with disease. They are no longer ‘illegals’, but considered ‘refugees’ and granted asylum to live in America. This is a planned Chaos!
Chaos is also reigning in many other parts of the world. The present wars and conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Israel, Gaza, and the Ukraine are good examples of Chaos. Ethnic cleansing with the eviction and murder of many Christians in Iraq, after the US spent over $2 trillion over 10 years going broke with over 10,000 soldiers and contractors killed to bring order there, reveals the great inroads Satan has made. Satan, whose jobs is to steal kill, and destroy Jn10:10, is also the author of Confusion and Chaos. Jas3:16 states ‘For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work’. Here is a timely post regarding the coming economic and financial global CHAOS. http://usawatchdog.com/the-chaos-is-planned-rob-kirby/
Announcing the New World Order- the US$ Federal Reserve Note
Since 1935, on the reverse face of every US$ FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE, there are some very strange and cryptic MASONIC and SATANIC symbols and phrases proclaiming a NEW WORLD ORDER. On the left ‘The GREAT SEAL’ there is the ‘ALL-SEEING EYE’ of the Egyptian god HORUS, the ‘Great Pyramid’, and Latin words ‘NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM’, a ‘NEW WORLD ORDER’ and ‘ANNUIT COEPIS’ meaning ‘HE HAS FAVORED OUR UNDERTAKINGS’. Together these two phrases mean ‘OUR NEW WORLD ORDER IS NOW A SUCCESS’!
Then on the right seal ‘Of THE UNITED STATES‘ is the phrase E PLURIBUS UNUM- another Latin phrase which means ‘FROM MANY, ONE’, which points to the ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT in the NEW WORLD ORDER! In order for the NEW WORLD ORDER of control, containment, confiscation, martial law, and a police state to come forth in AMERICA, our present AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE- of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; our freedom of speech, religion, possession, movement, and to bear arms must collapse or be eliminated.
The following is from THE NEW WORLD ORDER IN YOUR POCKETBOOK: http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=22184
The very US$ bills that are in your pocket right now bear the signature of the ILLUMINATI cabal that put them there. Have you wondered what all those signs and symbols refer to? The bills may say “In God We Trust”, but it’s not the God of the Bible.
1) Novus Ordo Seclorum: A Latin phrase which means ‘a new order of the ages’ is born. Literally, it is calling for a NEW WORLD ORDER.
2) Annuit Coeptis: A Latin phrase which means ‘He has favored our undertakings’.
3) The Egyptian Pyramid: One of the great ILLUMINATI symbols, the triangle, representing the ancient wisdom of Egypt.
4) The All-Seeing Eye Of Horus: Horus was worshipped in the ancient world as a god of protection.. The All-Seeing Eye is taken from the left eye.. of Horus. There is much pagan Egyptian mythology in the roots of Masonry.. The Capstone, the All-Seeing Eye, is the completion of the Great Illuminati Pyramid!
5) 13 Levels: The pyramid has 13 steps or levels leading up to the incomplete Capstone. In the Bible, 13 is the number for rebellion i.e. Re13. America was created when our founding fathers rebelled against King George. In the official magazine of Freemasonry, The New Age, there is a detailed explanation and admission from the Masons that the symbols on the US$ are indeed Masonic.
6) MDCCLXXI: The Roman numerals refer to the ILLUMINATI founding on May 1, 1776, and not to America’s on July 4th, 1776.
7) 13 Stars: Again, the Biblical number for rebellion 13- forms the basis of the Great Seal. The number 13 is all over the US$.
8) E Pluribus Unum: Latin phrase meaning ‘FROM MANY, ONE’ or a One World Government. The phrase has 13 letters. Amazing coincidence.
9) Spider’s Web: When you look closely at the background pattern of the US$, you will clearly see that it is a spider’s web- represented death, treachery and conquest. Also a Bohemian priest with a tiny human Skull embedded in the web!
10) Olive Leaves: The Eagle is holding 13 olives leaves and 13 arrows. The olive leaf is a sign of peace, but the eagle’s claws are closed to represent that these things are being taken away, and not being offered. The arrows are a symbol of war.
11) Department of the Treasury Seal: On the FRONT of the US$, to the right of George Washington‘s portrait is the Seal of the Department of the Treasury. It comprises of a key, the scales of justice and a square- very important Freemasonry symbols.
The NEW WORLD ORDER appears to be in the making as we are now witnessing very unusual and repressive things happening in AMERICA never imagined before, such as total surveillance by the National Security Agency- NSA, the Department of Homeland Security- DHS armed to the teeth with 1.6 billion bullets, five times as many bullets as there are people in America, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement- ICE lax border enforcement to prevent illegal immigrants that are entering the US in droves.
Pres. Ronald Reagan once warned ‘A nation that cannot control its borders is no longer a nation’. Reagan also said ‘If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to, for America is the last stand on earth‘. Pres. Reagan was so prescient, words spoken about 30 years ago, of grievous things happening today!
The churches must not be silent regarding the NEW WORLD ORDER and the SATANIC ANTICHRIST BEAST SYSTEM coming soon as in Re13. Christians need to be warned and be prepared for the coming great evil, and their faith in the Lord needs to be strengthened! Is60:2 states ‘..behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people..’. But God has the answers for our safety, survival, & deliverance from evil as in the Lord’s prayer Mt6:13, all found in the Holy Bible!
Jesus said ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted WORTHY TO ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’. The Rapture is our only ESCAPE! But Jesus is only coming back for the wise virgins Mt25:4; for a pure and holy people Ep1:4, 1Jn3:3, a Church without spot or wrinkle Ep5:27. Many Christians, aka foolish virgins, will be left behind for they were not ready Mt24:44, 25:12.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO A GREAT GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN
As we recently celebrated Father’s Day, we were mindful of our earthly fathers. Most of us have fond memories of our fathers; how they loved and cared for us, protected us, worked hard to support and educate us, and gave us good things. But we also have a Greater and an Eternal Father- GOD OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
This is what the Holy Bible tells us who GOD OUR FATHER is. HE IS ALMIGHTY, THE CREATOR OF EVERYTHING; ALL-KNOWING, and EVERYWHERE- OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT, and OMNIPRESENT. GOD IS LOVE, GOOD, HOLY, JUST, OUR SAVIOUR, DELIVERER, HEALER, and OUR HELPER. HE IS ALSO a GOD OF JUDGMENT and a JEALOUS GOD!
GOD OUR FATHER- ONLY WHEN WE ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST
No Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jew or anyone else can call God ‘Father’ unless he believes in Jesus Christ, and is born again. WHY? Jesus said ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but by me’ Jn14:6. God became our Father only after we accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and became born again. Jesus said ‘.. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God’ Jn3:3,5. We are adopted as children of God when we ‘..have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we (can) cry, Abba (our), Father’ Ro8:15.
The blessings of Our Heavenly Father are only for His children. Here we see that God is either Our Father or He isn’t! But no one needs to be left out. All he needs to do is to humble himself, pray, repent of his sins, and accept Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, for He died for our sins. When we study the Bible, we learn about God our Father in heaven- His nature, His attributes, His power, His love, His promises, and His plan for us.
Jesus said ‘.. for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him’ Mt6:8. Then Jesus said ‘If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give GOOD THINGS to them that ask him?’ Mt7:11. Our Father God knows our need before we ask and is ready to help us when we ask Him. Jesus also said ‘If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?’ Lk11:13.
GOD OUR FATHER- HIS PROMISES and BLESSINGS
It is very important to have God our Father on our side. The Bible states ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’ Ro8:31; ‘..No good thing will He withhold to them that walk uprightly’ Ps84:11; God has ‘..pleasure in the prosperity of His servant’ Ps35:27. Paul wrote ‘.. my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus’ Php4:19. Peter stated ‘Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you’ Pe5:6,7. God said ‘.. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’ Heb13:5; ‘There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling‘ Ps91:10; ‘For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved‘ Ro10:13.
God our Father has countless promises and blessings for us! Ep1:3 states ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed US with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ’. The key to God’s blessing is our faith in Him. Heb11:6 states‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him’. Faith and obedience are essentials in receiving from God our Father. Jesus said ‘If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you’ Jn15:7; ‘.. that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you‘ Jn15:16.
OUR FATHER’S GREAT LOVE TOWARDS US
Next, we look at OUR FATHER’S great love towards us! What did God do for us? God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to give His life and to die for our sins, that we might have everlasting life. Jesus said ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’ Jn3:16. Paul said ‘He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things’? Ro8:32. John wrote ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God’ 1Jn3:1. When we love and believe in Jesus Christ, Our Father will love us. Jesus said ‘For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God’ Jn16:27.
Suppose that you were a son or daughter of a very rich or powerful person. You would be very privileged and have access to the finest in life, whether they be homes, food, clothing, luxury, schooling, travel, medical care, pleasures, etc. You may be honored and esteemed with many people catering to your needs and desires.
In a spiritual sense, our relationship with God our Father is like that. We are related to a great Father with unlimited resources. God our Father in heaven has great lovingkindness toward us! Our relationship with God our Father gives us access to all His blessings and help. We should never be hesitant or timid in seeking God’s help for our needs. Heb4:16 states ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need’. Ps46:1 states ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble’.
King David wrote ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever’ Ps23:1,6; ‘.. thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee, thus will I bless Thee.. I will lift up my hands in Thy name’ Ps63:3,4. Our relationship with God our Father speaks of His great love toward us, and of the intimacy, access, privilege, blessings, kindness, goodness, mercy, peace, help, strength, and favor we have with Him.
GOD OUR FATHER- A GREAT INHERITANCE FOR THE OVERCOMING SONS
The scriptures also state that there is a future great inheritance coming from God our Father to His worthy sons and daughters. Re21:7 states ‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son’. To receive this great inheritance, we need to be holy, as Our Father is Holy 1Pe1:16, and perfect ‘even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect’ Mt5:48.
This is the main reason the Holy Spirit is given to us- to perfect us in Christ. 2Co3:18 states we ‘.. are changed into the same image (as Jesus) from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’. We need to overcome the lust of our flesh. 1Jn2:16 tells ‘For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world’. Ga5:16 states ‘Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh’. We are not to love the things of the world. 1Jn2:15 states‘If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him’.
Jesus said ‘Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth’ Mt5:5. He said ‘.. Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’ Mt25:34, and ‘.. it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom’ Lk12:32. Paul wrote ‘ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ’ Co3:24. Paul said ‘In (Christ) also, we have obtained an inheritance..’ Ep1:11; ‘That in the ages to come God might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus’ Ep2:7.
Our inheritance to come is the redemption of our body Ro8:23; to never die Jn11:36; and to be like Jesus 1Jn3:2. Our future inheritance is to inherit a kingdom God has prepared for us before the foundation of the world! Our Father has a kingdom to give us to rule and reign with Him forever. The ‘children of God.. heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ’ Ro8:17, will inherit everything that God has Re21:7. Jesus said ‘I come quickly; and my reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be’ Re22:12. To all this we say ‘THANK YOU FATHER GOD’, and ‘HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO A GREAT GOD and FATHER IN HEAVEN’!
P.S. The highest thing our rich and powerful Father God in heaven wants from us, and the only thing we can give to Him is our gratitude and praise to Him! Ps92:1 states ‘It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High’! PRAISE GOD!!!
THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST
When the young man Jesus arrived on the scene 2000 years ago in Judaea and Jerusalem, He changed the entire world’s view about life and about Himself, by what He said, what He did, and by what happened to Him. As we recently commemorated His passion and celebrated His resurrection from the dead, it is highly appropriate to consider The Greatness of Jesus Christ. In the annals of mankind, there was no man living with greater majesty, nobility, compassion, wisdom, foresight, power, and humility than that of Jesus Christ. Though Jesus spent only 33 years on Earth, He did so many great things that the apostle John hyperbolized ‘..there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written’ Jn21:25.
From the New Testament, we learn of the progressive revelation of Jesus Christ, who He is, what He said and did, what others said and did on his behalf, and of the importance of knowing Jesus Christ as ‘God Our Saviour’. He came to save us from our sins Mt1:21. Before leaving Earth, Jesus said ‘ALL POWER is given unto me in heaven and in Earth’ Mt28:18. This paper is a reminder of JESUS’ GREATNESS, and hopefully, gives fresh revelations and appreciation of THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST- THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, OUR SAVIOUR GOD! Also if anyone rejects JESUS AS THEIR SAVIOUR GOD, he will be doomed to spend eternity in HELL and everlasting fire!
The Greatness Of Jesus Christ- HOW GREAT THOU ART
The song How Great Thou Art powerfully epitomized THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST- OUR CREATOR and SAVIOUR GOD!
♫ ‘HOW GREAT THOU ART’
O LORD MY GOD, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds THY HANDS have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, THY POWER throughout the UNIVERSE displayed.
And when I think of God, His Son not sparing; Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.
When CHRIST shall come, with shout of acclamation, And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, And then proclaim: ‘MY GOD, HOW GREAT THOU ART!’
Then sings my soul, MY SAVIOUR GOD, to Thee, HOW GREAT THOU ART, HOW GREAT THOU ART. Then sings my soul, MY SAVIOUR GOD, to Thee, HOW GREAT THOU ART, HOW GREAT THOU ART! ♫
How Great Thou Art is a Christian hymn composed by Carl Gustav Boberg (1859-1940) in Sweden in 1885, the melody, a Swedish folk song. British missionary Stuart K. Hine added two verses of his own. How Great Thou Art was popularized by George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows, sung during Billy Graham crusades, and it has become a spiritual hymn standard to millions all over the world. The song succinctly expressed in a few words, the glory and majesty of Jesus Christ, OUR CREATOR and SAVIOUR GOD, dying on the Cross for our sins! This song also speaks of a forthcoming Rapture of believers to heaven- ‘When CHRIST shall come.. And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart’.
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ- WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY
The genealogy of Jesus Christ is found in all of the four gospels of the New Testament. They each introduced Jesus in different ways, telling us who he is, and whom he descended from. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus was revealed as a Jew- the son of David, and of Abraham Mt1:1. In Mark, Jesus was proclaimed the Son of God Mk1:1. In Luke, Jesus was described as the son of Adam, which was a the son of God’ Lk3:38. In John’s Gospel, Jesus was introduced as God, the Word Jn1:1, and ‘the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us’ Jn1:14! God came to Earth in the person of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago, when Jesus was conceived sinless and supernaturally in Mary, by the Holy Ghost Mt1:20. From the four gospels, Jesus is revealed to us as the son of David, and of Abraham, the Son of God, the son of Adam, and the Word of God made flesh!
The Greatness of Jesus Christ- GOD IN THE FLESH
John’s Gospel gives us a very clear picture of who Jesus Christ is, GOD IN THE FLESH! By inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle John told us what happened from the very beginning of time, who God is, where He came from, and why He came to earth. John gave an account of WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY, WHEN GOD BECAME MAN! John wrote ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. ALL THINGS were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.. And THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us..’ Jn1:1-4,14.
From the verses above, we see that JESUS, THE WORD OF GOD was with God in the beginning, that He was God, and that He was the Creator of ALL THINGS, and that nothing existed without Him. Jesus said ‘Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME’ Jn14:1, and ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: No Man Cometh Unto The Father, But By Me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him’ Jn14:6,7. Here Jesus told His disciples that if they believe in God, they should also believe in Him, and that He was the only way to God the Father. Jesus said, if you know Him, you should have known and seen the Father also! Jesus declared ‘I and my Father are One’ Jn10:30.
Paul wrote ‘And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit..’1Ti3:16. Paul said ‘that in ALL THINGS (JESUS) might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in (JESUS) should ALL FULNESS DWELL’ Co1:18,19. If we know JESUS, we know the Father! If we see JESUS, we see the Father! From this perspective, we can see that THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST IS THE GREATNESS OF GOD THE FATHER HIMSELF; that JESUS IS GOD HIMSELF!
The Greatness of Jesus Christ- THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS
The Greatness of Jesus Christ cannot be fully appreciated without understanding that Jesus Christ is the Creator of everything. Seldom is it spoken or written of the role of Jesus Christ as THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, the creator of ALL THINGS, and the source of ALL Life. But this revelation is found in several places in the Holy Bible. John wrote ‘..ALL THINGS were made by (JESUS); and without him was not any thing made that was made. In (JESUS) was life, and the life was the light of men’ Jn1:3,4.
The Holy Spirit also used the apostle Paul to reveal Jesus Christ and to describe His glory. Paul wrote God ‘Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of ALL THINGS, by (JESUS) also he made the worlds’ and JESUS is ‘..the brightness of God’s GLORY, and the express image of God’s person, and upholding ALL THINGS by the word of his power..’ He1:2,3. Paul basically stated that there is no brighter GLORY and higher description of God than that of JESUS CHRIST.
Paul wrote ‘(JESUS) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by (JESUS) were ALL THINGS created, that are in heaven.. that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: ALL THINGS were created by him, and for him’ Co1:15,16. Paul said‘Wherefore God also hath highly exalted (JESUS), and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in ..and under the Earth; And that every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father’ Php2:9-11. Co2:9 states ‘For in (JESUS) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily’. There is no higher or more honorable name in all THE UNIVERSE than that of JESUS! JESUS CHRIST IS OUR CREATOR GOD.
The Greatness of Jesus Christ- THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE
What is the Universe, how old and how large is it, and how many planets, stars, and galaxies does it contain? The Universe is everything in the heavens that surrounds our planet Earth. Ge1:1 states ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth’. Scriptures declared that Jesus is the Creator of the Universe ‘..by whom (Jesus) also he made the worlds’ He1:2; that ‘.. ALL THINGS were made by (Jesus); and without (Jesus) was not any thing made that was made..’ Jn1:3. Jesus upholds ‘.. ALL THINGS by the word of his power’ He1:3. JESUS, THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, by His awesome power, upholds ALL THINGS, such that nothing collides and crashes, but everything remains in their proper order.
Astronomers probe the Universe daily, using mega-telescopes in pristine mountain locations, to scan and study the night skies. Vast information has been gathered since the 20th century with great advancement in telemetry, satellites, and computers. One advancement was the 1990 launching of the Hubble Space Telescope in a low-earth orbit. Still in operation today, the Hubble telescope is discovering new planets, stars, and galaxies, and sending spectacular and beautiful pictures of the outer reaches of our Universe, never seen before. Scientists place the Universe at about 14 billion years old, and the Earth, 3.5 billion years.
Since the Universe is still expanding, its size may be infinite. Presently, it has a radius of about 46 billion light-years, a light-year is a distance equal to about 5.9 trillion miles. In the Universe, there are innumerable planets, and over 100 million galaxies, with over 300 sextillion (3×1023) stars. Our Earth, the Moon, and the Sun are in the Milky Way Galaxy, roughly 100,000 light-years in diameter. The distance from the Earth to the Moon is only 235,000 miles, and to the Sun, 93 million miles. Our Sun is so large that about 1.3 million earths could fit in it, with temperatures over 5600° C. But our Sun is small relative to many other stars; the largest known star being 2600 times greater. (Source- Wikipedia)
Our Universe is held together in perfect balance by THE WORD OF JESUS’ POWER He1:3. If the Earth was much further away, or closer in its annual orbit around the Sun, we would either freeze or roast to death. Also, the Moon beside giving us light at night, its gravitational pull controls the tides in the oceans such that beaches and harbors would not have extreme tidal changes, and keeps the Earth from wobbling in its daily rotation. Though the Earth is 3.5 billion years old, man’s time on it has been very short, being only about 6000 years from Adam to us today.
So why did Jesus so long ago put so many stars in the heavens, and made the Universe so vast with all its energy, power, and glory, and for what purpose? Ecc3:1 states ‘To every thing there is a season, and A Time To Every Purpose Under The Heaven’. 1Co2:9 states ‘Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for Them That Love Him..’. Since God is Almighty and very purposeful, He has a great Eternal Plan for the Universe, and also for us. Hopefully, this brief discussion will give everyone an appreciation of THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST- THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE!
King David, the Psalmist, Proclaimed THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST
Long before Jesus appeared on the Earth, David the Palmist by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, proclaimed the Greatness of Jesus Christ, its Creator and the beauty of the Universe. David exclaimed ‘O LORD our Lord (Jesus), how excellent is thy name (Jesus) in all the Earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the Moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man (us), that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man (Jesus), that thou (Jesus) visitest him (us)?’ Ps8:1-4. David wrote ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the Sun.. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof’ Ps19:1-6.
David exulted ‘Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the Earth’ Ps57:11; ‘The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens’ ; Ps113:4; ‘By THE WORD OF THE LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth’ Ps33:6. JESUS, THE WORD OF GOD, spoke the UNIVERSE & all the worlds into existence Genesis Chapter 1!
The Greatness of Jesus Christ- JESUS’ GREAT LOVE FOR US
The ultimate measure of the Greatness of Jesus Christ is HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US, as revealed by what He said:‘GREATER LOVE hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’ Jn15:13. Jesus Christ, the personification of God’s Love, became OUR SAVIOUR GOD by dying for us. The New Testament progressively revealed Jesus’ love for us. Jn3:16,17 state ‘For GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved’.
Who spoke these words? Was it John the Baptist, the apostle John or Paul, or someone else that uttered these very powerful words? And who were they spoken to- the 12 disciples, the vast multitude, or someone else? When querying people with these questions, only a few could give the correct answers. It was JESUS who spoke in the 3rd person of Himself, and just to one individual, NICODEMUS, a Pharisees and ruler of the Jews, who came secretly by night to inquire of Jesus Jn3:1,2.
Paul later wrote ‘..to know the LOVE OF CHRIST, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God’ Ep3:19; and the apostle John, ‘Behold, what manner of LOVE THE FATHER hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God..’ 1Jn3:1. These four scriptures above on LOVE reveals JESUS’ GREAT LOVE for us: Jesus gave his life to save us; His desire is for us to be like Him in all God’s fullness, and that we should be called the Sons of God, to be like Him. Jesus made all of this possible for us to one day become like Him (SONSHIP), and so that we can inherit All THINGS Re21:7! By JESUS’ GREAT LOVE, coming into this world to die for our sins, it reveals THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST- THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, OUR SAVIOUR GOD!
The Greatness of Jesus Christ- WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT JESUS?
Finally, the Bible declares ‘The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the HOLY is understanding‘ Pr9:10. We are told to have a reverential fear and respect for God and His Word. Jesus is so great and powerful that no one should ever deny or reject Him. As far as all of us are concerned, the most important thing is ‘WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT JESUS?‘ Ps53:1 states ‘the FOOL hath said in his heart, There is no God..‘. DON’T BE A FOOL and spend eternity lost forever, in total regret and endless suffering! The decision is only yours to make, no one else!
Ac16:31 states ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..’. Jesus warned ‘..but he that believeth not shall be DAMNED’ Mk16:16, and ‘..except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise PERISH’ Lk13:3. Jesus said ‘I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the KEYS OF HELL AND OF DEATH‘ Re1:18. As Jesus created ALL THINGS, He also created HELL for SATAN, his fallen angels 2Pe2:9, and for all those that reject His great plan of salvation. That is HOW GREAT JESUS IS! Amen!
Here is a beautiful rendition of ♫ ‘HOW GREAT THOU ART’ by Rhema- a 9 year old Gospel singer:
GOD’S ENDGAME OF LIFE- FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
Ecc3:1.2 state ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die..’. Whether we choose to be or not, everyone living today is a participant in God’s Endgame of Life. Once born, unless one is taken out alive in the Rapture Jn14:3, the only way out of this game is physical death. He9:27 states ‘And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’. Of the billions of people since Adam, everyone is a participant in God’s Endgame of Life. Everyone is thrust into God’s Endgame of Life, and we must all play this game. And not only people, but all nations are also unwitting players in God’s Endgame, especially in these last days.
What is God’s Endgame of Life and why is it important to us? From the beginning of time, God knew that man would degenerate into gross wickedness, immorality, greed, violence, and corruption, and that there would be an Endgame of Life in the very last days. In God’s Endgame of Life, while we are still living, we must all choose where we want to spend eternity once we die, in heaven- God’s promised land, or in hell- the Lake of Fire; heaven if we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour, or hell, if we reject Him! Jesus said ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved’ Jn3:16,17. John the Baptist added ‘He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him’ Jn3:36. God’s Endgame of Life will soon end in a great war and cataclysmic judgments, when Jesus Christ will return to establish His 1000-year kingdom on earth.
It is in everyone’s DESTINY to be in this endgame of life- destiny being defined as ‘the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future’. Consider these facts! We had no choice to be living today. We had no choice to be born; no choice of our parents- rich or poor; no choice of our gender- male or female; no choice of our race or ethnicity- red, white, black, brown or yellow; no choice of the country of our birth, and no choice of when in history we would be living in. In perfect hindsight, we certainly would not want to be living during the days of Noah, when everyone except 8people, perished in the Great Flood, or during the days of Moses, when millions of Israelites wandered for 40 years in the wilderness, and many died off because of their murmuring and unbelief in God’s promise to deliver them Nu14:29.
God’s Endgame Of Life- A Life Full Of Choices
Life is full of choices, good and bad ones, certain or questionable ones, easy or hard choices. As we all have only one life, generally less than 100 years, we all must choose how we live, and prepare for the End of our lives, for we will eventually die. The Holy Bible gives us many instructions, examples, guidance, promises, and warnings on how to live. Since we all have a ‘FREE WILL’, God encourages us to CHOOSE LIFE RATHER THAN DEATH. The LORD thy God said ‘I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSING and CURSING: therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days..’ De30:19-20. This paper relates to God’s Endgame Of Life, and the choices we must make to either be BLESSED or be CURSED.
God’s Endgame of Life- Bible Dichotomies
Dichotomies are contrasts and extremes between two things that are direct opposite or contrary to each other. They are divisions or separations from each other, and no continuum with varying degrees between them. For example, black and white, or white and black; no gray in between. Straight forward and forthwith, with no compromi-ses in between. Here are some important dichotomies found in the Bible:
Will you choose GOD or SATAN, Life or Death, Good or Evil, Righteousness or Sin, Blessings or Curses, Love or Hate, Eternal Life or Eternal Damnation, the Spirit or the Flesh, Truth or Lies, Grace or Bondage, Reward or Wrath, God or Money, the Rapture or the Great Tribulation, Heaven or Hell? Will you be Holy or Unholy, Just or Unjust, Righteous or Unrighteous, Faithful or Unfaithful, Wise or Foolish, Profitable or Unprofitable, Fruitful or Unfruitful, a Wheat or a Tare, a Sheep or a Goat, Victor or Victim, Ready or Sorry, Be Obedient or Disobedient, Saved or Unsaved? Will you follow God or Man, serve God or Mammon? Jesus said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. In God’s Endgame Of Life, either heaven or hell awaits all of us! There is absolutely no purgatory mentioned in the Bible!
God’s Endgame Of Life- Our Free Will To Choose GOD or SATAN
God in His infinite wisdom and justice gave every man a FREE WILL to choose GOD or SATAN, good or evil, right or wrong, life or death, blessings or curses, heaven or hell. While God is not willing that any man should perish into eternal damnation, He allows us to choose our own final destination, heaven or hell. 2Pe3:9 states ‘The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance’. God’s will is that ‘..all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth’ 1Ti2:4. The apostle Paul wrote ‘For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ Ro6:23.
We all have a FREE WILL to choose where we will spend eternity, and it is only through accepting Jesus Christ as our Saviour that we can have everlasting life! God accomplished our salvation by coming in the person of JESUS CHRIST to die for our sins Mt1:21. Apart from Jesus, no one can be saved Ac4:12. Thus, each of us must decide to accept or reject Jesus Christ as Saviour. Ac16:31 states ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..’. In the dichotomy GOD or SATAN, when we accept GOD, we reject SATAN; when we accept SATAN, we reject GOD. Many people will reject Jesus because they are blinded by SATAN 2Co4:4. Jesus asked ‘For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Mk8:36,37. Losing one’s soul is to end up one day with SATAN in the lake of fire in everlasting torment forever Re20:10,15! There is a heaven to gain, and a hell to shun, but we must choose for ourselves where we will go!
How God’s Endgame Of Life Began
In Genesis, the 1st book of the Bible, we are introduced to the concept of God as Creator of man and of all things; how Satan, Good and Evil entered into the world, and how Sin and Death came upon all mankind. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given dominion over the earth, the fish of the seas, the fowl of the air, the cattle and every creeping creature on the land Ge1:26,27. Genesis tells ‘And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil’ Ge2:8,9.
In the beginning, God had only ONE LAW: ‘But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die’ Ge2:17. In Ge3:1, we see how the serpent, aka the Devil, Satan, tempted Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit, and gave Adam to eat. Ro5:12 states ‘Wherefore, as by ONE MAN sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men..’.
God’s Endgame of Life- the Prophet Elijah vs the Prophets of Baal
The time was about 900 BC and the setting, the northern kingdom of Israel, split from the southern kingdom of Judah. The people in the North had forsaken the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and were in steep idolatrous worship of the god Baal, one of Satan’s many surrogate gods, such as Ashtaroth, Dagon, Molech, Tammuz, etc. The jobs of these gods were to steal worship and glory from God to give to Satan. The 450 false prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the grove under evil King Ahab and wicked Queen Jezebel, led all Israel into idolatry. This displeased God greatly and He sent them a great famine as it did not rain for 3½ years Jas5:17.
To prove who the true God is, Elijah, the prophet, on Mount Carmel, challenged the false prophets, saying ‘How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.. I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men’ 1Ki18:21,22. This challenge was made to all of Israel. Elijah told the prophets of Baal to bring forth two bullocks, prepare an altar for one of them, but put no fire under it, to see whose sacrifice would be accepted. After a long day of chanting, dancing, and cutting their skin, their god Baal did not show up to consume their sacrifice.
Likewise Elijah prepared the other bullock for sacrifice, repaired the broken altar of the LORD, took 12 large stones representing the tribes of Israel, made an altar, placed wood under it, soaked the wood and bullock with water, dug a deep trench around it and filled it also with water. Then Elijah prayed ‘..LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again’ 1Ki18:36. God sent fire from heaven and consumed everything, the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and even the water that was in the trench. The people fell on their faces and cried out ‘The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God’ v39. Then all the 450 prophets of Baal were taken to the brook Kishon, and slain there v40.
God’s Endgame of Life- America vs God
When God gave the 10 Commandments 3500 years ago, He told Moses ‘I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME’ Ex20:2,3. Through the years, many other gods have crept into America, and supplanted God. America, founded by the pilgrims, is no longer a nation under God, but under many other false gods! This is very obvious in the three branches of the US Gov’t- Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Je13:10 states ‘This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them’.
Recently, the Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, was asked to conduct the opening prayer at a US Senate session. He opened with prayer for peace and happiness in the world, but his prayer was directed to ‘Buddha, his god, and to all other gods’. While this may appear to be only an innocent gesture of goodwill in the Senate, it shows how far America has fallen and has lost her spiritual bearings as ‘one nation under God’.
America has rejected God and is no longer a Christian nation. America is now a diverse and divided nation of people, cultures, and religions. The US Gov’t and many of our political leaders are obviously anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Christ. They have succeeded to expel God out of our land and culture by removing prayer and the Bible from our schools, governments, military, and public places, and the 10 commandments from our courthouses. The US Supreme Court kicked God out of the public schools in 1963, sanctioned the abortion of over 50 million babies since 1973, decriminalized sodomy in 2003, and recently in 2013, ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal.
America is no longer blessed by God, but is now under God’s final judgment, for we have forsaken, rejected, and even defied Him. Is5:20,25 state ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness.. Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.’. The fierce anger of God’s wrath is now upon America. In God’s Endgame of Life- America vs God, once great America is now a very great loser!
God’s Endgame of Life- Israel vs the World
Nations are also major players in God’s Endgame of Life, and Israel is God’s bargaining pawn to prove the whole world! Before the world began, God chose the tiny nation of Israel to be a measuring rod, to judge all nations of the world in the Endtimes; those who accepts Israel, will be blessed, and those who rejects Israel, will be cursed. This is all part of the rules of God’s Endgame of Life, how Israel is being treated.
This is the Abrahamic covenant. God told Abraham, ‘And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’ Ge12:3. Israel is that nation that God is using in his final judgment of all nations of the world! If any nation(s) force Israel to give up her land to her Arabs neighbors, God will send a catastrophe upon them!
Over a dozen Apocalyptic events have been documented by two Christian authors, John McTernan and Bill Koenig, whenever America took significant adverse action against Israel, and supported those that seek to destroy her. A good example is the 2005 Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf coastal states within days after Pres. George W. Bush compelled Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to secede the West Bank to the Palestinians. There are many others, like the Super Tornadoes that destroyed Joplin, MO in May 2011 when Pres. Obama said that Israel must return to its pre-1967 borders.
In Oct. 2012, while Prime Minister Netanyahu was visiting the UN in New York, Obama refused to meet with him over his concerns about Iran developing nuclear weapons. God sent Superstorm Sandy that devastated the northeastern US! In July 2013, Sec. of State John Kerry said he will be seeking a Israeli-Palestinian ‘final peace treaty’ in 9 months, by April 2014. Again, if there is any coercion to divide Israel’s land, America will suffer God’s wrath, for Israel is indeed ‘the apple of his eye’ Zec2:8.
God’s Endgame of Life- The Final Wars of the World
The Bible speaks of two final great wars in the Endtimes concerning Israel and Jerusalem. One is the Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39 war, where the nations from the north parts will seek to divide a spoil and attack Israel, only to have God intervene supernaturally and destroy 5/6 of the invading forces. The last war will be the battle of Armageddon Re16:16, when Jesus Christ will return with His army in heaven to battle and destroy the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet. Re19:11-16 state ‘And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.. his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses.. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron..’.
The LORD said ‘Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about.. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it’ Zec12:2,3. He said ‘Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken..Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle’ Zec14:1-3.. ‘And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh SHALL CONSUME AWAY while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes SHALL CONSUME AWAY in their holes, and their tongue SHALL CONSUME AWAY in their mouth’ v12. Three times the phrase ‘SHALL CONSUME AWAY’ is used! This last verse may be a good description of a total thermonuclear meltdown of super intensity.
This is God’s Endgame of Life- From Here to Eternity. It all began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and will end up in the war of Armageddon, when Jesus will return to set up His millennial kingdom on earth. God’s Endgame of Life is all about our lives, our own free will, and about our choices in life, who we will follow; GOD or SATAN, and what will we choose, Life or Death, Blessings or Curses, and Heaven or Hell!
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY IN THE LAST DAYS
The Holy Bible has much to say regarding the LAST DAYS of man’s rule on earth, and the coming GREAT FALLING AWAY of society before God ushers in the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ with ‘Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Men’. It has been 2000 years since Jesus Christ came to earth to save us from our sins, and from hell and eternal damnation. While the shepherds were tending their flock at night, an angel appeared with a multitude of the heavenly host praising God saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men’ Lk2:14. But the irony of this great and precious message is ‘where is this peace and good will toward all men’, and when will it come? Today, our world is in great turmoil, morally, spiritually, culturally, financially, and economically.
Today, the nations of the world are running on ‘fumes’ due to the printing of enormous amounts of unbacked paper money to fuel their high living standards and to support their expensive military and destructive war machines. This is particularly so with the major nations such as the US, China, Japan, Russia, England, and the Eurozone countries. The world is also embroiled in wars and rumours of wars, conflicts of nation against nation, particularly in the Middle East. The world is heading for an unprecedented economic collapse greater than the Great Depression of the 1930s. In America, since 2014 began, the Eastern US has experienced relentless Arctic blasts of winter storms with extreme cold and snowfall. An incipient severe drought and water shortage is also developing in the Western US, and in many other parts of the world. This will cause sharply rising food prices, buying panic, food shortage, and even prolonged famines. A global stock market crash is highly probable and if so, will exacerbate the world’s economic and monetary situation even further.
JESUS prophesied that there will be ‘famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places’ and false prophets and teachers arising to deceive many as the ‘sign of his coming and of the end of the world’ Mt24:3-8,11. There will be no peace until JESUS CHRIST ‘The Prince of Peace’ establishes His kingdom on earth Is9:6,7. But before this happens, there will be a GREAT FALLING AWAY of mankind in abject rebellion against God, and great depravity of the human soul, giving rise to THE ANTICHRIST, who will then rule over the world in the most terrible period ever for mankind, described by JESUS as the GREAT TRIBULATION Mt24:21.
The COMING GREAT FALLING AWAY
The GREAT FALLING AWAY refers not only to the APOSTASY of the endtime churches and lukewarm believers, but also to a general worldwide breakdown in society of morality, ethics, and character. The apostle Paul wrote ‘Let no man deceive you by any means: for THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME, except there come A FALLING AWAY FIRST, and THAT MAN OF SIN be revealed, THE SON OF PERDITION’ 2Th2:3. Paul said ‘This know also, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce- breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof..’ 2Ti3:1-4. It will be the wholesale breakdown of society, nations, governments, military, institutions, marriages, churches, universities, and public morality, leading to the coming ANTICHRIST, the One World Government and the GREAT TRIBULATION. The GREAT FALLING AWAY will be ubiquitous, affecting everyone in the world.
In America, the FALLING AWAY is readily apparent as we witness the great moral failings of our political leaders and society, and the major economic and financial problems facing us: the recision of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in Sep. 20, 2011 allowing for open homo- sexuality in the US Military, the defeat of DOMA- (marriage between a male and female) through the legalization of Same-Sex Marriage by the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2013, the recent legalization and/or consideration of marijuana use by many other states, and the US insurmountable runaway national debt. America is financially broke. Churches must soon decide whether they will perform SSM. If they refuse, they will be charged with discrimination, and one day may lose their tax exempt status. As God warned Israel 3500 years ago, ‘Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the INIQUITY thereof upon it, and the land itself VOMITETH out her inhabitants’ Lev18:24,25, so shall it be with America!
The COMING ANTICHRIST
The apostle Paul succinctly described the coming of THE ANTICHRIST in the LAST DAYS: ’Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.. now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that WICKED be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2Th2:3-12. In just 10 short verses, Paul has succeeded to prophesy what will happen in the LAST DAYS!
THE ANTICHRIST will be the incarnation and embodiment of SATAN, the DEVIL LUCIFER, revealed in an individual. As SATAN entered into Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus Lk22:3, he will so enter into that MAN OF SIN, the SON OF PERDITION. The WICKED ANTICHRIST will do ‘the WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish..’ 2Th2:9,10. He will have great supernatural powers to deceive, and ‘..by peace shall destroy many’ Da8:25. God will allow THE ANTICHRIST to deceive MANY, because they love not the truth, that they might be saved. The apostle John warned that there are many antichrists, but THE ANTICHRIST will be revealed in the last days. John wrote ‘as ye have heard that ANTICHRIST shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is THE LAST TIME’ 1Jn2:18.
SATAN’s Obsession For Worship and to Be Like God
The Bible reveals that SATAN desires to be worshipped, to steal God’s glory, and supplant Him. The ‘5 I wills’ of LUCIFER, aka SATAN, are revealed in Is14:12-14: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH’ . Worship belongs only to God, who commanded Moses ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before ME’ Ex20:3. The Bible states ‘Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: WORSHIP the LORD in the beauty of holiness’ 1Ch16:29. But SATAN, in his obsession for worship, has succeeded to deceive MANY people to worship him through his promise of pleasure, prosperity and power.
So besides his desire to destroy all of us, SATAN also desires worship from us. He once offered JESUS all the kingdoms of the world if He would just fall down and worship him. JESUS replied ‘Thou shalt WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, and him only shalt thou serve’ Mt4:10. In the Endtimes, THE ANTICHRIST, the persona of SATAN, will ‘opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God’ 2Th2:4.The Bible tells that an image of THE ANTICHRIST will be made and given life, and‘many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed’ Re13:14. Here we also see that the TEMPLE OF GOD will be rebuilt in Jerusalem for the Jews to worship in, fulfilling what Jesus said ‘When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place.. Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains’ Mt24:15,16. This will all happen during the coming GREAT TRIBULATION.
GROWING OPEN SATANIC WORSHIP TODAY
It is undeniable that there is an increasing OPEN WORSHIP of SATAN today. It is very apparent in the lyrics of the songs and dances, in print, movies and on TV, on the radio and Internet, and during many recent mega-events like the 2012 London Olympics, and the 2012, 2013, 2014 NFL Super Bowls featuring Madonna, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars (song- Locked Out of Heaven) all glorifying the devil. The costumes and dances of the two women were lewd, occultic, and vulgar, but viewed and enjoyed by over 100 million people in the US, and billions elsewhere.
Paul McGuire, a Christian writer and popular radio host said ‘At the Grammy Awards there were open practice and worship of SATAN, the vilest forms of demonic and perverse sexuality where orgies, S and M (sadomasochism), sex with fallen angels or demons, witchcraft and the occult enacted with lyrics to confirm it. Rock artists performed open ceremonies worshipping of SATAN’. This really excites SATAN very much as he relishes in these black magic witchcraft rituals, especially before a great worldwide audience honoring him as the ‘god of this world‘ 2Co4:4. Satanic worship is increasing sharply in these LAST DAYS, and will culminate in the UNIVERSAL OPEN WORSHIPPING of SATAN and THE ANTICHRIST during the GREAT TRIBULATION, replacing the worshipping of ALMIGHTY GOD and our LORD JESUS CHRIST!
SATAN- The Author of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
How SATAN has succeeded over the past 6000 years of mankind to subtly, secretly, and mysteriously infiltrate the world using evil men and women, immoral rulers, leaders and corrupt politicians to subvert society, and false prophets and false teachers to corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY 2Th2:7. The Bible speaks of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY that is working mysteriously pervading and penetrating the whole world, with most people oblivious to what is or why it is happening, and why the world is in such a deplorable and desperate state of moral decline.
INIQUITY means evil, wickedness, lawlessness, sinfulness, immorality, perversion, drunkenness, greed, lust, theft, adultery, homosexuality, murders, etc. With regards to the Church, heresies and false doctrines have been planted by evil men influenced by seducing and demonic spirits. The apostle Paul wrote ‘Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the LATTER TIMES some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS’ 1Ti4:1. The apostle Peter said ‘But there were FALSE PROPHETS also among the people, even as there shall be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction’ 2Pe2:1. SATAN has long ago infiltrated the churches and is using MANY people today to spread his INIQUITY, especially in these LAST DAYS.
The MYSTERY OF INIQUITY will culminate in the final GREAT FALLING AWAY of most people in society, including those attending churches that have gone into complete APOSTASY. Paul said ‘For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way’ 2Th2:7. Some Bible scholars interpret this verse as the RIGHTEOUS BELIEVERS must first be taken out in the RAPTURE, before the GREAT FALLING AWAY will be allowed to begin. What we now see is the lining up of events before THE ANTICHRIST is revealed in the NEW WORLD ORDER- a One World Government, a One World Economy, and a One World Religion. Paul wrote ‘because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they ALL might be DAMNED who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2Th2:10,11. Sadly, it is because of their own INIQUITY, immorality and sin, MANY people will be DAMNED forever!
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY- INIQUITY SHALL ABOUND
In describing the END of the world to His disciples Mt24:3, Jesus said ‘..because INIQUITY shall abound, the love of MANY shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the END, the same shall be saved’ Mt24:12,13. This has direct implications against the churches, and LUKEWARM Christians, who have backslidden and are no longer saved. They were once followers, but have become lukewarm to God’s precepts and commandments, and have left their first love Re2:4. Jesus said ‘So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot, I will SPUE thee out of my mouth’ Re3:16. This fact is very apparent today, as many denominational churches are not warning their members about Christ’s return, the RAPTURE, Satan, sin and hell, and eternal judgment, but have compromised the Word of God.
For many years now, the media has been rife with news of widespread pedophilia, homosexuality, and pornography among clergy, pastors, and ministers, with some denominations even allowing ordained Gay or Lesbian ministers to serve. So far, the Catholic Church in America alone has paid out over $2.5 billion in child sex abuse settlement over the past decades. Jesus had a special warning to ministers: ‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the WILL of my Father which is in heaven. MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work INIQUITY’ Mt7:21-23.
How MANY ministers who thought they were serving Jesus, will learn that He had disavowed ever knowing them? Re20:15 warns ‘And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire’. In the END, INIQUITY shall abound and MANY who turn away from God will perish- priests, pastors, politicians, and people alike!
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY- Choose Whom You Will Serve Today
As Paul stated in 2Th2:3-12, THE RAPTURE shall come, then the FALLING AWAY will ensue, and the MAN OF SIN will be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION aka THE ANTICHRIST, who will then rule the world for 42 months Re13:5 during the GREAT TRIBULATION, spoken by Jesus Mt24:21. Then JESUS will return to earth and ‘destroy (THE ANTICHRIST) with the brightness of His coming‘ 2Th2:8, Re19:15,20.
God is warning us through His Word to decide whom we will serve today and where we will spend eternity! Will you choose GOD or SATAN, JESUS CHRIST or THE ANTICHRIST, good or evil, righteousness or sin, life or death, blessings or curses, heaven or hell, eternal life or eternal damnation? Jesus said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. As the world is literally falling apart in increasing sin and shame, one can either continue on the broad road to destruction like MANY are already on, or take the narrow road to eternal life, with only a FEW on it now.
It is not necessary for anyone to perish in the lake of fire, because Jesus already paid the price for our sins Jn3:16. But we all need to REPENT and RETURN to God, and REMAIN with Him! Jesus warned ‘except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3. The KEY to our SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE is REPENTANCE, and accepting JESUS CHRIST as our personal SAVIOUR! Amen!
THE COMING KINGDOM OF JESUS CHRIST
When Jesus began his ministry 2000 years ago, He declared ‘The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel’ Mk1:15. Then Jesus said ‘..seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you’ Mt6:33. But where is this kingdom of God that Jesus declared was at hand and where do we go to seek it? Is it in Israel or somewhere else? One needs to know where to look because everywhere else we look, the earth is covered with darkness, ‘and gross darkness the people‘ Is60:2.
So where is this kingdom that Jesus spoke of? The kingdom of God can be found in two places only- in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and only within us. When the religious Pharisees, who despised Jesus, demanded when the kingdom of God should come, Jesus said ‘the kingdom of God cometh not with observation.. for behold the kingdom of God is within you’ Lk17:20,21. God’s kingdom is not now a visible one, but exists only in His Word, and only within us spiritually. But one day soon, the kingdom of God, that is the kingdom of Jesus Christ, will be fully established on earth. Then we will be made kings and priests unto God Re5:10, to reign with Jesus over the nations for a 1000 years Re2:26,27,20:4.
This paper is written in the context that man’s kingdom and government is about to end, and be replaced by the kingdom of God. Man’s 6000-year rule since Adam has been abysmal, filled with gross corruption, violence, immorality, killings, and wars. Today, we also have the ability to destroy ourselves with nuclear weapons, chemical and biological warfare. God, who knows the end from the beginning, prophesied by His prophets, the end of man’s rule on earth, and the coming of His kingdom. Basically, this relates to questions that the disciples asked Jesus before he was crucified: ‘what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world’ Mt24:3. At the end of this world, Jesus will return to establish his millennial kingdom on earth.
To understand the kingdom of God message, we must understand that Satan is now ‘the god of this world’ 2Co4:4, who rules this world. There is an ongoing spiritual battle between God and Satan for our souls involving demonic spirits and evil men. This is why the apostle Paul said ‘Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places’ Ep6:12.
The Mystery of the Kingdom of God
Jesus said ‘..Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God..’ Mk4:11. Before creation Jn1:1-4, God desired to dwell on earth with man, in a kingdom to rule in, and where His name Jesus would be honored and glorified Php2:11. To jumpstart His plan, God first had to create the heavens, the angels, the earth, and then man. At first, God gave dominion of His kingdom to Adam and Eve. But through deceit, Satan the devil, stole the kingdom from them, and has since put all men under sin, slavery, and death. God then came to earth in the person of Jesus to save us from our sins Mt1:21, and one day, God will restore His kingdom on earth.
1Ti3:16 states ‘great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory’. This verse speaks of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose name God wants to be known by, to be worshipped and to be glorified Php2:9. God has also chosen Mt. Zion in the city of Jerusalem to one day establish His kingdom where He will reign from. David, wrote ‘For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it’ Ps132:13,14. King Jesus will one day rule over the nations from Mt. Zion, and many people will come to be taught ‘of his ways, and we will walk in his paths..’ Is2:3.
God’s Kingdom on Earth- Stolen By Satan
In the beginning Ge1:26, God placed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and gave them dominion over all the animal and plant life Ge1:26. This kingdom of God was a simple one with Adam solely in charge. There were two, possibly only three people in this first kingdom- Adam and Eve, and the serpent. The serpent was like a man because he could reason and speak, and stood upright Ge3:1. In the beginning, there was only One law in God’s kingdom:‘thou shalt not eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ Ge2:17.
Because God is Good, good always existed. But evil was introduced into this world when Adam and Eve sinned. Ro5:12 states ‘Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned’. Only after their fall, the earth began to be populated, beginning with Cain, who later murdered his brother Abel. Satan stole God’s kingdom from Adam and Eve, and he now rules the world. But God’s redemptive plan for man’s salvation, and the recovery of His kingdom also began.
Satan’s Kingdom- 6000 Year Rule on Earth
Since Adam, Satan ruled the earth through evil men. After 1500 years of man’s existence, the earth became exceedingly corrupt, and filled with violence; ‘GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually’ Ge6:5. Things got so bad that it grieved God to have created man. God said ‘..I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth’ Ge6:7. This happened in the days of Noah when untold millions perished in the Great Flood, and only 8 people survived. All the earthly kingdoms then were totally destroyed.
But the earth was replenished again with people through the progeny of Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Their wickedness, corruption, and violence continue even worse today. This will cause God to destroy the earth again. 2Pe3:10 tells ‘..the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.. the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also..’. Ps46:6 states ‘The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted’.
That all the kingdoms of the world belonged to Satan can easily be proven. When Jesus began his ministry, he was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights. In one temptation, Satan took Jesus up into a high mountain and ‘shewed him all the kingdoms of the world’ Mt4:8. The devil said ‘All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve’ Mt4:9,10. By these verses and by all the evil, immorality, and atrocities all around us, we see that all the kingdoms of the world still belong to Satan. But God will soon wrest the kingdom from Satan, when Jesus Christ returns to do battle with Satan’s forces in the final battle of Armageddon Re16:16,19:19,20.
The Kingdom of God- A Most Important Message
The kingdom of God message is the most important message given by Jesus. After his death and resurrection, Jesus spent 40 extra days on earth to proclaim God’s kingdom. Ac1:3 states ‘..being seen of them 40 days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God’. In other words, Jesus was not finished preaching the kingdom of God message, but needed more time to reveal it. This message reveals God’s desire, plan and purpose on earth for mankind.
The kingdom of God message is all the sayings of Jesus Christ (highlighted in any red-lettered Bible), and all His deeds. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ- what He said, what He did, and what He told us to do. It is also revealed in the Book of Acts- what the disciples said and did, and amplified in the 21 epistles of the New Testament- what we should do! Lastly, the kingdom of God message is hidden, but crowned in the depths of the Book of Revelation, which is the Revelation of Jesus Christ Re1:1.
John wrote ‘the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever’ Re11:15. Jesus said ‘this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come’ Mt24:14. Nowhere in the Old Testament is the phrase the kingdom of God mentioned. Only after John the Baptist came, did Jesus preach and reveal the kingdom of God Lk16:16.
When we study the kingdom of God message, we gain insights into God’s endtime plan and purpose; what He wants for Himself, and for us. The kingdom of God has to do with kingdom living and kingdom principles under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The kingdom of God deals with our relationship with God, and with one another. Jesus gave us a new commandment- to love one another as He loved us Jn13:34. Though Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God was at hand 2000 years ago, we can see the kingdom of God is still not fully here yet. But one day soon, the kingdom of God shall be fully restored.
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven Are Synonymous
Though some Bible teachers try to explain, there is no difference between ‘the kingdom of God’ and ‘the kingdom of heaven’. They are the same! Matthew is the only gospel writer that used both phrases ‘the kingdom of heaven’ (32 times), and ‘the kingdom of God’ (5). All the other writers- Mark, Luke, John, and Paul, used only the phrase ‘the kingdom of God’, found 69 times in the New Testament. For example, the parable of the Sower: It is found in three of the Gospels- Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8. While Matthew spoke of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, Mark and Luke both spoke of the same parable as the mysteries of the kingdom of God. When quoting Jesus, Matthew wrote ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ Mt4:17, while Mark said ‘the kingdom of God is at hand’ Mk1:15.
The Kingdom of God Is Within Us By the Baptism With the Holy Ghost
Lk17:21 states ‘The kingdom of God is within you’. Jesus instructed us; ‘After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven’ Mt6:9. Jesus said to pray for God’s kingdom to come, and His will be done in earth. God’s kingdom has not fully arrived yet, but Jesus said to pray that it comes in us, and His will be done in us.
Today, God’s kingdom is only within us by the Baptism with the Holy Ghost that Jesus said He would send Jn16:7. Jesus said ‘For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence’ Ac1:5. This was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when 120 disciples were filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke with tongues in Jerusalem Ac2:1-4; and the Baptism with the Holy Ghost continues in us even today, in these last days Ac2:16,17.
Paul wrote ‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?’ 1Co3:16. He said ‘For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost’. Here we see the importance of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost, and for us to have righteousness, and peace, and joy in our lives. Ac17:24 states ‘God that made the world and all things therein.. he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands’. We are the ‘temple of the Holy Ghost’ 1Co6:19 (not made with hands); for ‘the kingdom of God is within (us)’ Lk17:21.
Jesus Came Preaching the Kingdom of God
Jesus preached the message of kingdom living called the Beatitudes or the Sermon of the Mount in the hills of Capernaum, Galilee. In the Beatitudes, Jesus said the kingdom of God belongs to the deprived and distressed, those suffering hardship, the humble, they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those persecuted for righteousness sake, and those reviled and persecuted for serving Him Mt5:3-12. Jesus said we will be blessed and rewarded accordingly one day.
Jesus also taught other important kingdom living principles: love one another, have kindness, holiness, faith, honesty, pray, seek God rather than money, do good, judge not, forgive others, serve others, etc. Besides our personal salvation, the kingdom of God also includes healing, deliverance, miracles, and provisions, those things that Jesus did when preaching the Gospel of the kingdom. Paul wrote ‘the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power’ 1Co4:20.
How To Inherit the Kingdom of God- Repent and Believe the Gospel
Jesus told us what we must do to inherit the kingdom: ‘repent ye and believe the Gospel’ Mk1:15. What is repentance, and what is the Gospel? Repentance means to turn away from our sins, and turn to God! The Gospel is the good news of the coming kingdom of God and of the salvation of our souls. Jesus said ‘..Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God’ Jn3:3,5. We must be ‘born again’ to understand the things of God, and except we are water and Spirit baptized, we cannot enter into God’s kingdom. Ga3:27 tells ‘For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ’. When we put on Christ, the kingdom of God is within us, and we can then enter into His kingdom!
Paul wrote ‘Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God’ 1Co6:9,10. Re21:8 adds ‘But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone..’. To not inherit the kingdom of God means to be doomed forever in the lake of fire.
The only way to inherit the kingdom of God is to repent, ask God for forgiveness, and to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. 1Jn1:9 states‘If we confess our sins, (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’. This is the Gospel of Christ Ro1:16- repent of our sins, and accept Jesus Christ as Saviour in order to have a part in His kingdom.
The Rise of the Antichrist Kingdom
Before Jesus returns, the kingdom of the Antichrist will be in full force for 42 months during the Great Tribulation. The Antichrist, the incarnate of Satan, will rule the earth in the New World Order and through his false religion. The false prophet, the surrogate of the Antichrist, will cause the world to worship him, and to take the mark of the beast, in order to buy or sell Re13:11-18. The coming Antichrist kingdom is known as ‘MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS and ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH’ Re17:5. ‘For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies’ Re18:3. Jesus will then return to battle and cast the Antichrist and the false prophet into a lake of fire Re19:20; and also bind Satan for a 1000 years Re20:2.
The Soon Coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ
The coming kingdom of Jesus Christ is the kingdom of God Jesus first mentioned. After man’s 6000-year rule, Jesus will finally establish His own kingdom on earth. This prophecy made by Isaiah 700 years before Christ will then be fulfilled: ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.. to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever..’ Is9:6,7.
Jesus ‘shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more’ Is2:4. People will live to a ripe age, build homes, plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them Is65:20,21. ‘The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw, like the bullock..’ Is65:25.
Jesus said ‘.. it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom’. Jesus will give the Overcomers Re2:26,27, power over the nations, and together ‘they shall rule them with a rod of iron..’ Re19:15. King Jesus will say ‘Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’ Mt25:34. The Overcomers Re3:21 will also sit on thrones to judge the nations; and they ‘lived and reigned with Christ a 1000 years’ Re20:4. Jesus will reign from ‘Mt. Zion.. the city of the great King‘ Ps48:2; ‘And of his kingdom there shall be no end’ Lk1:33. AMEN!
Jesus Christ~God With Us
As we celebrate this Christmas season, it is very important for us to know the reason for this season- to celebrate the first coming of Jesus Christ. Who is this Jesus that we so honor and who we so praise? There is a tendency for many to forget who Jesus really is, so thus this paper. Jesus Christ is ‘God With Us’ Mt1:23.
Since the creation of the first man Adam, and throughout the 6000 years annals of mankind, there has never been a greater and more nobler person than Jesus Christ that ever lived, in example of humility, service, love, and compassion, and in dignity, wisdom, majesty, authority and power! Jesus is our Saviour, the Miracle Worker, the Great Physician, the Prince of Peace, the King Of Kings, and the Lord Of Lords, our Great God and soon coming King. Truly, of the billions of people that ever graced this earth, Jesus Christ is the greatest person that ever lived. So great that the apostle John once hyperbolized ‘..there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written’ Jn21:25.
The apostle Paul succinctly described Jesus: ‘Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father’ Php2:6-11.
Songs of Praises to Jesus
There are many beautiful songs of worship and praises to Jesus sung throughout the world. One such song is ‘Down from His Glory’ composed by William E. Booth-Clibborn in 1921. The words magnificently epitomized the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ in an articulate fashion, sung to the tune of O Sole Mio. (Here is a beautiful rendition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmZnXQt_Ato&feature=related )
♫ Down from His Glory, Ever living story, My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name, Born in a manger, To His own, a stranger, A Man of sorrows, tears and agony.
What condescension, Bringing us redemption, That in the still of night, Not one faint hope in sight. God, gracious, tender, Laid aside His splendour, Stooping to woo, to win, To save my soul!
Without reluctance, Flesh and blood His substance, He took the form of man, Revealed the hidden plan. Oh glorious myst’ry, Sacrifice of Calv’ry, and now I know Thou wert the great “I Am“.
refrain Oh how I love Him, How I adore Him, My breath my sunshine, My all in all, The great Creator became my Savior, and all God‘s fullness dwelleth in Him. ♫
When we listen to and meditate on these profound and powerful lyrics, a succinct description of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, we can begin to appreciate that it was the Holy Spirit who inspired Booth-Clibborn, the grandson of the founder of the Salvation Army William Booth to write this song. Jesus said ‘The Holy Spirit shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you’ Jn14:26. The apostle John wrote ‘We love Him because He first loved us’ 1Jn4:19. The more we learn about Him and what He did for us, the more we should love Jesus Christ, the greatest person that ever lived, such as the refrain of the song goes ‘Oh how I love Him, How I adore Him’!
Jesus Christ- Both God and Man
That Jesus was both God and man is an astounding fact that defies imagination. God Almighty came to earth to reveal Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, ‘Emmanuel, God with us’ Mt1:23. John wrote ‘No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him’ Jn1:18. We know about God only to the extent we know about Jesus Christ! We know of God’s great love by what Jesus did for us in his ministry, death, and resurrection. We also know of God’s hidden plan and inheritance from the writings of the Apostles and Prophets. Jesus said ‘I and the Father are one’ Jn10:30. He said ‘..ye believe in God, believe also in me.. if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him’ Jn14:1,7.
God humbled himself and came in human flesh to die for our sins, so we would not perish but have everlasting life Jn3:16. By studying Jesus’ humanity and divinity, we learn of the great inheritance that God has in store for us Ep1:11. The greatness of Jesus Christ can be found in who He is, why He came to earth, what He did for us, what His promises are to us, and how they will come to pass! Only when we know Jesus, will we know God the Father!
Jesus- the Man
The Bible tells that Jesus, ‘the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..’ Jn1:14. Jesus was sent by God to save the world. JESUS means ‘for he shall save his people from their sins’ Mt1:21. Jesus had a normal childhood and was in every aspect a man. He was fathered by the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary Mt1:20. Jesus’ birth was a very humble one. He was born in Bethlehem, laid in a manger, a feed trough for animals. Before Jesus was 2 years old, King Herod sought to kill Him. Joseph, warned by an angel in a dream, took Mary and the child Jesus, and fled at night into Egypt Mt2:14, about 200 miles away. Four years later after Herod died, they returned to Nazareth, Galilee Mt2:23.
Jesus was raised as the eldest son of Joseph, a carpenter, and was likely a carpenter too, until he began his ministry at age 30 Lk3:23. Jesus had four half-brothers and at least two half-sisters Mt13:55. The 1st quote of Jesus in the Bible was ‘I must be about my Father’s business’ Lk2:49, at age 12 in the temple at Jerusalem. ‘Jesus increased in knowledge and stature and in favor with God and with man’ Lk2:52.
Upon first seeing Jesus, John the Baptist exclaimed ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’ Jn1:29. When Jesus began his three-year ministry, he said ‘My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work’ Jn4:34. Jesus had like passions as all of us, being tempted yet without sin He4:15. He hungered and thirsted; he suffered, felt pain and agony, and he also wept Jn11:35. Jesus had strong emotions of love, friendship, and even disgust. He had a special love for the apostle John Jn20:2, and Mary Magdalene, whom He had cast out seven devils Mk16:9. He hated the phony religiosity of the scribes and Pharisees, rebuking them for their pride and hypocrisy Mt23. ‘Jesus of Nazareth was a man approved of God among the Jews by miracles and wonders and signs which God did by Him’ Ac2:22.
The Ministry of Jesus Christ
Jesus came to earth to proclaim the kingdom of God, telling people to repent, and to believe the Gospel Mk1:14,15. He came to do God’s will and to finish His work Jn4:34. God sent Jesus so that by believing in Him, we would not perish in hell but have everlasting life Jn3:16. Jesus came to save us from our sins Mt1:21. Unlike any person who ever lived, Jesus also had supernatural powers. He did many miracles, healed, and delivered many people with evil spirits Mk1:32,34; multiplied the food and fed the multitudes Mt14:21,15:38. He walked on water Jn6:19, and calmed the stormy sea Mk4:39. He even raised the dead Lk8:55, Jn11:44. Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of his day Mt23:13-16, inciting them to eventually kill him.
Amazingly, Jesus earlier foretold of his own death and resurrection to his disciples ‘..how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders.. chief priests and scribes.. be killed, and be raised again the 3rd day’ Mt16:21. Being dead for three days, Jesus was resurrected back to life again Lk24:6. Though Jesus did not travel more than a 100 miles radius in his ministry, his influence and power are known and felt worldwide, even today, and will be forever! There was no man ever like Jesus in power, but also in love and compassion for mankind. God came to earth as the man Jesus, and will soon return one day in the Rapture for those who love and obey Him.
The Resurrected Jesus Christ- More Than Human
When reading the Bible carefully, we learn that Jesus had other super-human qualities. After Jesus resurrected from the dead, He had another body. His visage and body was no longer badly beaten and grotesque, except for the nail prints on His hands and a hole in his side Jn20:27! He could morph (change) his looks such that his disciples would not recognize Him at first. The first time was at the empty burial tomb when Mary Magdalene was looking for his body, only to be talking to Jesus whom she thought was the gardener. She then recognized his voice Jn20:15-16. Another time was when Jesus translated himself nearly 8 miles from Jerusalem to join two disciples as they were walking on the road to Emmaus Lk24:15. At first they did not recognize him, but later their eyes were opened, and they knew him. He then quickly vanished from their sight Lk24:30,31.
On two occasions, though the door was shut, Jesus was able to enter the room, as the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews Jn20:19,26. Jesus literally passed through the walls. Also, the one thing Jesus left back physically on earth before he ascended into heaven, was His precious blood, when a soldier pierced his side and it gushed out Jn19:34. The blood of Jesus is CRUCIAL for the forgiveness and cleansing of our sins He9:22, 1Jn1:7, and to overcome the devil. Re12:11 states ‘..they overcame (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb..’.
A little known fact is that after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven TWICE. Jesus told Mary Magdalene ‘Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God’ Jn20:17. This was the 1st time Jesus went to heaven, but then came back. Then eight days later, Jesus told Thomas ‘Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side..’ Jn20:27. Jesus remained on earth for 40 more days, teaching of things pertaining to the kingdom of God Ac1:3. He was seen by over 500 people at once 1Co15:6. Then after the 40 days, Jesus ascended into heaven the 2nd time Ac1:11, and sat on the right hand of God Mk16:19. Ten days later on the day of Pentecost, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to abide in us Jn14:16, to teach us of all things Jn14:26, guide us into all truth, to show us things to come Jn16:13, and to empower us to witness Him in all the world Ac1:8.
Jesus Christ- Our High Priest and the Perfect Sacrifice
Jesus became ‘the High Priest of our profession’ and also the human sacrifice for our sins He3:1,9:26. He took upon Himself ‘the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men’ Php2:6. He learned ‘obedience by the things He suffered’ He5:8. And because He suffered being tempted, he is able to help us that are tempted He2:18. Jesus ‘humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross’ Php2:8.
Isa53:2 tells that Jesus had ‘no form nor comeliness; no beauty that we should desire Him’. At Calvary, He bore our grief and our sorrows Is53:4. ‘He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed’ Is53:5. When oppressed and afflicted and led to death, Jesus did not complain. Yet it pleased God to bruise Jesus for the propitiation for our sins, because God wanted to save us by dying for our sins 1Jn4:10.
Jesus was the perfect sacrifice because now once in the end of the world ‘He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself’ He9:26. Jesus was made perfect through his sufferings He2:10, ‘and being perfect, became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him’ He5:9. Jesus was a perfect man Ep4:13; holy and undefiled He7:26. Jesus never sinned, ‘neither was there guile found in His mouth’ 1Pe2:22. Jesus knew no sin but God ‘made Him to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus’ 2Co5:21. ‘God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us’ Ro5:8.
Jesus was ‘..the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world‘ Jn1:29. He is ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’ Re13:8. Jesus is ‘the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh to the Father but by me’ Jn14:6. By the shed blood of Jesus heaven was opened and the throne of God made accessible to us He4:16. ‘For by offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified’ He10:14. Jesus Christ gave ‘himself for us an offering and a sweet smelling sacrifice to God’ Ep5:2, for without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins He9:22. ‘The life of the flesh is in the blood.. for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul’ Lev17:11.
The Divinity of Jesus Christ Revealed
The apostles and prophets referred to Jesus as God. Here are some of their descriptions of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the ‘brightness of God’s glory and the express image of God’s person’ He1:3, ‘by whom also he made the worlds’ He1:2. Jesus Christ, ‘who being in a form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.. wherefore God hath highly exalted him..’ Php2:6,9. Jesus ‘..is the image of the invisible God’ Co1:15. Jesus Christ is God ‘manifest in the flesh’ 1Ti3:16. ‘Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father’ Php2:10. Jesus is ‘the Lord of Glory’ 1Co2:8. Jesus Christ is ‘..the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God’ 1Ti1:17. Of Jesus Christ, ‘the whole family in heaven and earth is named’ Ep3:15. ‘In Jesus dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily’ Co2:9. ‘For it pleased the Father that in Jesus should All fullness dwell’ Co1:19.
Jesus is above every name that is named Php2:9. Jesus Christ ‘..is the blessed and only Potentate, the KING of kings, and LORD of lords’ 1Ti6:15, Re19:16. Jesus Christ ‘..is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead and the Prince of the kings of the earth’ Re1:5. Jesus ‘..is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending’ Re1:8, ‘..the first and the last’ Re1:11. Jesus is ‘Faithful and True’ Re19:11. Jesus is the Word made flesh Jn1:14, ‘the Word of God’ Re19:13. In all things, Jesus ‘might have the preeminence’ Co1:18. Jesus is the Great I Am Jn8:58, ‘My Lord and My God’ Jn20:28. Of Jesus‘ kingdom, there will be no end Lk1:33. As we meditate on these scriptures, we can readily see and appreciate who Jesus is, God Almighty!
Jesus Declared His Divinity- 10 ‘I Am’s in the Book of John
The gospel of John lists 10 ‘I Am’s Jesus used to describe Himself. It is the same term ‘I Am’ that God used when He revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush. In Ex3:14 ‘..God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM.. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you’. The Jews regarded the term ‘I Am’ as sacred, referring to God alone.
Jesus told the multitude, ‘before Abraham was, I Am’ Jn8:58. This infuriated the Jews, who took up stones to cast at Him, but Jesus passed through their midst. In Jn6:35, Jesus said ‘I am the bread of life’; in Jn9:5, ‘I am the light of the world’; in Jn10:9, ‘I am the door’; in Jn10:11, ‘I am the good shepherd’; in Jn10:36, ‘I am the Son of God’; in Jn11:25, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life’; in Jn14:6, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’; in Jn15:1, ‘I am the true vine’, in Jn19:21, ‘I am King of the Jews’. All of these ‘I Am’s revealed Jesus’ divinity, and His power to bring forth blessings, spiritual growth, salvation and eternal life for us. These are the 10 ‘I Am’s in the Book of John.
John also wrote ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made’ Jn1:1-3. Then ‘the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us’ Jn1:14. Jesus is ‘the Word of God’. Without Jesus, nothing was made that was made Jn1:3. Without Jesus, we would not know the way to God, the Father Jn14:6. Jesus said ‘ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he..’ Jn8:24. Jesus is the ‘Great I Am’, Almighty God who came to earth as a man to die for our sins Jn3:16. Jesus said ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ and ‘All POWER is given unto me in heaven and in earth’ Mt24:35,28:18.
In summary, Jesus had all the attributes of a man, but also that of God, being Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent: Almighty, All-knowing, and Everywhere! BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT JESUS CHRIST IS, ‘WHAT WILL YOU PERSONALLY DO ABOUT HIM?’
The Bible states ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..’ Ac16:31. ‘He that believeth not shall be damned’ Mk16:16. What you do with Jesus will determine where you will spend eternity. Jesus said ‘For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ Mt16:26.
It is not necessary for anyone to perish, but sadly, the Bible states many will perish in hell Mt7:13. If you believe that Jesus died for your sins and accept Him as your personal Saviour, it will be to your eternal blessing. If not, it will be to your eternal damnation. Here is a simple prayer which you can pray to accept Jesus Christ, or to recommit yourself to Him:
DEAR JESUS, I AM A LOST SINNER AND WANT TO BE SAVED. FORGIVE ME OF ALL MY SINS. COME INTO MY HEART RIGHT NOW AND CLEANSE ME IN YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD. I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD AND SAVIOUR. THANK YOU FOR DYING ON THE CROSS FOR ME, AND THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY SOUL! AMEN!
Truly, Jesus Christ is ‘The Greatest Person That Ever Lived’! GOD BLESS YOU!