Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Ever Present Now

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.  

I have posted this message previously (I can't remember when) while living in Arizona. One may think I am somewhat of a kook but I am not. I believe the Word of God because I have met the God of the Word!
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Time is a fascinating subject. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 11a"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven," then in verse 11a"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time..." In Ecclesiastes 3:2-10 God lists the various things there is a time for, a time to "be born...to die, to plant, to harvest, to kill... and to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh," ...etc. The Bible goes on to say in verse 11b that God set the world in man's heart, "so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end." From time immemorial we, mankind that is, have been trying to figure out where we are in time.  

I plucked a random article off the internet from "The Scientific American," entitled "Splitting Time from Space—New Quantum Theory Topples Einstein's Space-time" (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=splitting-time-from-space). Some of the comments following the article seem to take great umbrage at the idea that Einstein could have been wrong. One person said that just as Einstein's theories did not topple Newtonian physics, neither do the current theories topple Einstein's. As I understand Einstein's theory of special relativity, (and I am not sure that I do), time is relative to the position of the observer. The classical illustration is someone driving a car at 60 mph past an observer standing still, as opposed to the same car passing another car going 30 mph. To the stationary observer the car is going 60 while to the traveling observer the car is only doing 30. And time goes slower for someone traveling in a spaceship at a high rate of speed than time passes for someone standing on the earth. If that is so then a person 25 years old, traveling for thirty years at a high rate of speed, upon their return to earth would find all of their colleagues either very old or dead of old age while the traveler would be only 55 years old. (I am not sure I have this right.) 

I read somewhere (I can't remember where) that for an object traveling at close to the speed of light, 186,282 miles per second, time would slow almost to a stand still, at least according to Einstein's theory of special relativity. If true, then the light from those stars and galaxies at the farthest reaches of space, that appear to (us the observers) have taken 13 billion,700 million years or so to get here at the speed of light. But in reality (use your imagination) the light from those stars and galaxies would have taken no time at all because for them time has stood still. The 13 billion,700 million (or so) years would only be a matter of our perception. Not really so fascinating when one is advised that in order to understand the concept of the theory of special relativity, one must have a vivid imagination.  

There is a website, http://www.ws5.com/spacetime/#Summary, (it is interesting reading) which quotes Einstein as having said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” As I understand Einstein's thinking, he said there are four dimensions, three in space and one in time. For me, I don't think that time either stands still or moves. I don't think time is a dimension at all. Time was made for mankind. Time is the ever present now! What happened yesterday is history, what will happen tomorrow is yet to be decided. Today is the day of salvation. (
2nd Corinthians 6:2) There is a time for everything as the writer of Ecclesiastes declared. The Bible says in Romans 13:11"...that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." In Revelation 10:5-6 the Bible speaks of an Angel that will one day stand upon the sea and the land and declare, "that there should be time no longer..." The time of the return of the Lord Jesus is at hand. Are you ready today for that (time) day? 
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Are you ready for Jesus to return?

Friday, August 23, 2019

Thank you Lord for the Light

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 

Sometimes I sing that chorus,
     Thank you thank you thank you, thank you for the light,
     Living in a world of darkness, I  thank you for the light,
     Thank you thank you thank you, thank you for the light, 
     Thank you Lord for the light.
I am truly grateful for the light. As Iv'e said on some of my other posts, I was brought up without going to church. My late mother backslid from serving God for various reasons. So I essentially was brought up as a heathen. She didn't like it, but without a godly influence in my life it was bound to be. My folks separated when I was three years old. According to my mother, because she did not want us brought up in the environment of Morton, WA., she and my dad agreed that she would move to Puyallup, WA., and my dad would follow. Instead he sued her for divorce on the grounds of desertion. As a result, we three boys were brought up without church. 

I thought that not having a dad around was normal. When I was about nine years old my mother remarried. She had long since gone the way of most backsliders. The man she married was as nice a man as one could be and to my knowledge he never mistreated us boys. He had been brought up and confirmed a Lutheran, but he never went to church (with the exception of marrying my mother in the Lutheran church).  So I was brought up a non church going heathen. I lived to please myself. I quit school and joined the army at age seventeen and served a three year enlistment. As I said, I lived to please nobody but myself. I swore before I went into the army but I really learned how while I was in. It upset me to be so used to four letter words, because at least once I used the f word in my mom's presence as well as in the presence of a friend's mom who was a religious person. 

I hated my bad language and made up my mind to stop. I found that I couldn't even think without using bad language. The day  I met the Lord Jesus, (it was on Monday in June of 1965) He told me the life I was living would lead me to death. Then He said, and I quote, "You have a choice to make, make Me your choice, I am the only reasonable choice you have." It was said in such unutterable tones of love, that I was overwhelmed. I knowing that without His help I could not live for Him said, and again I quote, "Lord Jesus if you will help me I will serve you from this day to the day I die." Immediately all the bad language was gone and the desires for myself.  And as immediately the Lord told me to read His word and start in Matthew. The Lord Jesus had shined the marvelous light of the gospel in my heart. (see 2nd Timothy 1:9-10 and 1st Peter 2:9) After telling my mom and stepdad of what had just happened to me, I got my Bible, (which I had, but had never read) found the gospel of Matthew and began reading. I think I finished the New Testament that week.

My dear friend, perhaps you feel as I had often felt, that God was a holy God who lives in a holy heaven and wouldn't want an unholy sinner as I was to be in His heaven. You couldn't be more wrong. The Lord Jesus loves you with an unutterable love that took Him from heaven's throne to a cruel cross to die in your place. He was buried and rose from the grave because of His desire to have you in His holy heaven. Much more could be said, but if you will repent of your sins, find someone to baptize you in the only name that can save you, the name of Jesus Christ, God will fill you with His Spirit and make you ready to meet Him in peace when He returns.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Do You Know Who Jesus Is?

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew and Greek meaning of the words mentioned are from Strong's Hebrew Greek Dictionary.

That man from Galilee. This song was written, as I understand it, by some folks from Conquerors Bible College in Portland, Oregon many years ago. The words go like this;
  
   Do You Know Who Jesus Is? That man from Galilee.
   Who made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see,
   Some say He was a good man who walked this earthly sod.
   But He's Jesus my Lord and my God.

     Chorus
     He's the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End,
     He's the Great I Am The Truth The Way, God's fulness dwells in Him,
     He's Wonderful, the Counselor, the Prince of Peace is He,
     Yes He's Jesus my Lord and my God.

   I read about a man one day who wished the Lord to see,
   He was so small of stature he climbed up in a tree,
   And when the multitude drew near and he looked that way,
   He saw Jesus my Lord and my God.

   Doubting Thomas would not believe that Jesus had risen again,
   Till Jesus stood within their midst and said stretch forth thy hand,
   When Thomas saw the nail prints and the side where flowed the blood,
   He cried Jesus my Lord and my God.

It is followed by:
   He's God on this platform, He's God out past the door,
   He's God in the amen corner, He's God forever more,
   I know God is God and God will never change,
   I know God is God and Jesus is His name.

   He's God when the lightning Flashes, He's God when the thunder rolls,
   He's God way up in heaven and He's God way down in my soul,
   I know God is God and God will never change,
   I know God is God and Jesus is His name.
   etc.,

There is more but I don't remember all the words. The Bible says in Colossions 2:8-10, ''Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power..." According to Strong's Hebrew Greek dictionary the term "dwelleth," in this passage has the meaning of residing permanently. You don't believe me? Here is Strong's definition, " G2730 κατοικέω {pronounced) katoikeō kat-oy-keh'-o From G2596 and G3611; to house permanently, that is, reside (literally or figuratively): - dwell (-er), inhabitant (-ter). Total KJV occurrences: 47" 

And in Isaiah 9:6-7 the Bible tells us, "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, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." The Son shall be called the everlasting Father? That explains what John meant when he wrote in John 14:7"If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him."  Apparently this confused Philip and the other apostles for in verse 8 he immediately asked Jesus to show them the Father and they would be satisfied. The response of the Lord Jesus is truly astounding. He replied in verse 9"...Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" When you see the Son of God, You see the Everlasting Father.

Another song that used to be sung by the late brother and sister Nathaniel A Urshan, the chorus is as follows:
   Who do you say I am, and whence do you say I came?
   Do you know the Father and can you tell His holy name?
   In Jesus dwells the fulness of the Godhead don't you see,
   Jesus is the Great I AM and the Lord of all is He.

And finally,
   He's the great I AM the Everlasting Father,
   He's the Prince of peace the great Eternal wonder,
   Holy Counsellor the Mighty God is Jesus,
   He's the great He's the great I AM.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Well God Knows My Heart!!!

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
Have you ever heard that phrase given in a plaintive tone of voice? I remember one preacher told about a woman who was prone to gossiping and when he confronted her she responded in a rather plaintive tone of voice, "well God knows my heart." The preacher said in response, "yes He does know your heart." Indeed God knows the hearts of men (and women). The Bible says in 1st Samuel 2:3  "Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed." This is from when Elkanah, who the Bible says, had two wives (not the best idea). Apparently  Peninnah (one of them) who had children gave Hannah (the other) who had none, a bad time about her barrenness. Hannah prayed for a child and God heard and answered her prayer.

Indeed God knows your heart. It was said of the Lord Jesus in Luke 6:8 that the Lord "...knew their thoughts..." and in John 2:24-25  "But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man." God does know the thoughts and motivations of mankind, after all He created us. let me say to those who are prone to gossiping, whether men or women and whether the information is true or not, if you are guilty of spreading malicious news  to the next person, stop! If you feel the need to speak about another person, do it on your knees to God alone.  God knows the truth, "for in Him we live and move and have our being..." (See Acts 17:28a) Nothing is hidden from "...Him with Whom we have to do." (See Hebrews 4:13b)

Monday, June 3, 2019

God's Elect

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew and Greek meaning of the words mentioned are from Strong's Hebrew Greek Dictionary.
The Lord said in Matthew 24:24-25 "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  Behold, I have told you before." (See also  Mark 13:22) The elect of God.  The word elect from Strong's Hebrew-Greek dictionary is "G1588 ἐκλεκτός (pronounced) eklektos ek-lek-tos' From G1586; select; by implication favorite: - chosen, elect. Total KJV occurrences: 23." I'm glad that I am  part of the elect of God. Let me say that you too can be part of the elect of God. First let me explain the phrase verse 24. Jesus said, "...if it were possible..." In Marks gospel the Lord uses the same words. The strong implication is it is not possible.  So if you and I are a part of the elect of God, it is not possible for us to be deceived or seduced by the devil. Am I saying that I believe in eternal security? No, not in the classical or common sense of the word.

The Lord Jesus said prior to His crucifixion in John 12:32"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." Again in 2nd Peter 3:9 the Bible says, "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." The operative word in both scriptures is "...all..." In the Old Testament the prophet Ezekiel wrote, "Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?" (See Ezekiel 18:23) And in Ezekiel 33:11,  "Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" 

Who are the elect of God? They are all those who have put their trust in God. All who have sincerely repented of their sins and have submitted to baptism in Jesus name. (See Mark 16:16 and Acts 4:12) All who have allowed God to fill them with His Holy Spirit (See Acts 2:4) and determined in their hearts to live for Him all the days of their remaining lives. If you and I have done those things then it will not be possible for us to be deceived or seduced by the devil. Remember the operative term, all? God asked Israel, "...why will ye die?..." I believe He is asking the same of you and I today, why die?

Saturday, June 1, 2019

No Surprises With God

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 
James wrote in James 4:13-15  "Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." If the Lord is willing  we shall go and do, etc. Nothing surprises God. The Bible says of the Lord Jesus in John 2:24-25 that  "...he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man." For, "by Him actions are weighed..." (See 1st Samuel 2:3)  

He knows what your motives are. All things are open to God. The Bible says in Hebrews 4:12-13, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." James 1:17 says    "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."  David wrote in Psalm 139:7"Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?" Where indeed? Nothing ever surprises God!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Prayer Request from the Grave!

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew and Greek meaning of the words mentioned are from Strong's Hebrew Greek Dictionary.
I felt to include the entire account of the parable of the unnamed rich man and Lazarus. I have read some time ago that some commentators weren't sure this was truly a parable as Lazarus is named. However that may be, it is good preaching material, as is the whole Bible. The focus of this posting is as the title suggests, a prayer request from the grave! I looked up (again) the meaning of the word hell in Dr. Strong's Hebrew-Greek dictionary. It is as follows: 
"G86 ᾅδης hadēs (pronounced) hah'-dace From G1 (as a negative particle) and G1492; properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell. Total KJV occurrences: 11" And based on the Strong's definition of G1492, it is a place of consciousness. 

Now for the parable. In Luke 16:19-31 The Lord Jesus said, "There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."

I remember working at the Kaiser Aluminum plant shortly after  I turned to God. In the plant at the time we worked around what were called pots that were very, very hot. Usually we had a quota of work to do, which when finished, allowed us to sit around in the break  room (short of emergencies) till it was time to punch out and go home. One night in winter we were awaiting midnight to punch out. It was cold outside. One of my fellow employees was standing next to a pot to warm himself. Another fellow raised the door to the pot as a joke and the fellow who was warming himself had to move away quickly and said, "If hell is that hot, I don't want to go there." I looked  up in Strong's and found that the second part of the Greek (G1492) means essentially a consciousness of where you are. I have to agree with the fellow, I don't want to go there either.


But my understanding is that people will go there. I wonder if they pray for their loved ones from hell. If so they wouldn't  want anybody to experience the torment of eternal fire. I might say as a preacher and from an academical position, that I don't want anyone to go to hell, but someone in hell would surely not want their loved ones (or anybody else) to experience the fires of hell. No one living today has ever come back from hell. Oh we read of so-called near death experiences, but let me say that they were near death experiences, not death experiences. The only one who ever came back from the dead and is alive today and forevermore is the Lord Jesus. He is the only one that can speak with any authority on the subject of hell.  


The Lord Jesus in the parable said  "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Jesus was of course speaking to the Jews and as a Gentile I don't have to listen to Moses! Maybe not, but He did rise from the dead and He is speaking to me now. Is He speaking to you also?