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 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 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, then 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 person or thing in the future’! Consider these facts! We absolutely 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 8 people 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. But now that we are living, we must live life according to God’s rule as taught in the Holy Bible, or we shall one day perish in Hell as unsaved sinners! God sent Jesus to die and save us from our sins Mt1:21.
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 examples, instructions, guidance, promises, and warnings on how to live. Since we all have a ‘FREE WILL’, God encourages us to CHOOSE LIFE RATHER THAN DEATH. 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. There are clear 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 compromises 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 no purgatory mentioned in the Holy Bible! Purgatory does not exist. It is a satanic lie perpetrated by man, and all those hoping to go there, will one day perish in Hell and the Lake of Fire!
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, settled 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 accept Israel, will be blessed, and those who reject 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, Pres. 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!