Several weeks ago we studied that moment of Christ's return to Rapture His Saints into the clouds and bring them home. Last week we studied one of the First Events which will follow this Rapture just before the beginning of the Tribulation. That event was the "Bema Seat" or the "Judgment Seat of Christ." Where all who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and King will stand before Jesus Himself to receive rewards and positions in Eternity based upon their dedication to Him on earth. Starting today, and for several weeks to come, we will continue forward in this study on the "End-Times Train,” and walk through the events of Revelation together. We will look in detail at all of the horrors of the worst seven years in earth's history as Satan takes complete control of this planet and God's wrath is poured out in an unimaginable way. And we will end the study with a brief look at the God's Kingdom on earth which follows for a thousand years—and then the New Heaven and New Earth this Millennial period ushers in.
Many people have this cartoonish idea that...At the moment of our passing from this earth...Or at the Moment of the Rapture... As we studied the last time we were all together! Everyone... Lost or Saved...Will stand at the Gates of Heaven... Maybe in line...Or at a massive Judgment Hall before God Almighty...
And each will be judged according to their life on earth...Each will be sentenced at that moment...And get a "Ticket IN"...Or eternal damnation...
This lesson has been coming for some time...But I had to wait on God's timing!
And as the preparation work finally began...God opened up to me... Just how amazingly PERFECT this Story speaks to our generation... In every way today's message needs to speak on the topic I felt led to bring!
So we will follow God's Story of Esther...And let His Word speak to THIS generation concerning our greatest needs and responsibilities today! Because remember... Every Old Testament story is there for our benefit...Even... And especially today!
We have looked at the doom and gloom of our quickly changing society and our quickly changing world. And in our hearts many of us are asking, "Where will all of this chaos lead?" "Are all of these events precursors to the end of life and faith as we've known it for Christians?" "Are we even maybe seeing events that will soon bring the Return of Christ?" If we are truly in love with Our Savior, whatever comes in the days ahead will be used for His glory and our mission is clear through it all so we can live in the peace and comfort that He is with us and His Will is being fulfilled even through this. But beyond that, since even the days of the Old Testament and especially through the Epistles written after the First Coming of Jesus, God's authors of Scripture have given us an unbelievable hope which they repeatedly told us to place our trust and faith upon one so vital, that the saints even of their time looked for this moment in breathtaking awe: His return for His own. Yet we here living in the times and events which seem to fulfill every possible precursor to the moment in which He will truly appear, rarely if ever truly anticipate or get excited; truly prepare for what may literally be at our door: His physical return—to take us away from all of this turmoil and insanity in which we live currently. How many times have you ever considered that any day now, at any moment, you might physically see the very face of Jesus Christ Himself; physically hear His voice at a completely unexpected time of your life?
We are currently living in a society today that keeps us in constant fear of offending someone—in our speech, in our actions, even in our own personal beliefs. Some things in our culture have been in need of changing, and I am glad to see it; but we, as a society have become obsessed with a totally self-absorbed, "victim mentality" which no longer cares: whether something may be right or wrong; whether it hurts or offends others; whether there are other viewpoints or opinions besides theirs; but simply whether or not they are offended in your differences. You either agree with what I feel is right, with what I think is best, with what my opinion is or you are an evil, bigoted person who deserves to be hated and canceled from society and life. It's a very strange way to fulfill the goal of societal acceptance and unity which many claim is the drive behind their attitude.
Thus far in our study of Evolution vs. Creation has only taken us through the moment of the supposed “Big Bang", creating a perfect environment, and perfect laws of science against all mathematical possibility, up to the spontaneous creation of even one cell from non-life, with all of its irreducible complexities working together to follow instructions from overwhelmingly vast amounts of coded information, to attain the beginning foundation for the Theory of Evolution. And we have witnessed through observable science—through the very laws of science itself—and even through the confessions of many well established secular scientists, themselves—that just to get this far we have broken or refuted many of these scientific laws, barriers, and statistical possibilities.
We talked last week of the major, and insurmountable problems… With the beginning of the Universe…And the possibility of life by chance... From nothing... For nothing... With nothing... Caused by nothing...And we also heard statements from a number of devoted evolutionists...Saying that in reality, these issues…Do seem to point to a Creator!
We could go on with this topic for many weeks...
So today we will lightly cover a series of topics with the time we have left...
Hopefully to get you interested in your own research if you need more...And these areas of science, which have exploded in just the past decade...Absolutely, in view of an objective witness...Close the door to evolutionary thinking with overwhelming proof!
Last week we opened our series on Evolution vs. Creation with a solid basis for why it is not only acceptable, but often rational and wise to go against the views of the majority in a surrounding culture. In our current society, evolution is being taught and represented as an almost established fact. It has been unjustifiably lifted by some, to a point that it is no longer considered, a “theory”, but that it is synonymous with science itself.
So many people today question believers with words such as...
“How can you still believe in the Bible when science has proven it wrong?"
"You know it's just a bunch of myths and fables for explaining the world before we had enough knowledge to see truth!"
As a result... Many Christians...In the barrage of attacks and belittling...From professors, to documentaries, to personal relationships...Often begin secretly fighting doubt about their own beliefs...Feeling that maybe when an entire society seems to have taken a different direction in their worldview and beliefs...
“How could they ALL be wrong? Maybe it’s me?!”
We are finally on the last sermon for 1 Peter. Here Peter will give his final words to the 5 Roman Provinces in Asia Minor. Therefore, we should listen especially close because these are the things Peter wants to leave in their minds as he draws to a close in his letter. A letter delivered with great expense and burden by the hand of a faithful servant. As we saw last week, Peter had first addressed the elders (pastors) of the churches, giving them strong commands to keep the right motivations and heart while shepherding the people of God. Now, Peter gives his closing words to the rest of the church.
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