Is God Homeless?

Psalms 122:1  A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

2  Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.

3  Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

4  Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.

5  For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

7  Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

8  For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

9  Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

 

Obviously Jerusalem was where the house of the Lord was. It was a city and they went within its gates. It was the house of David and it was the house of God. I think we can get all of this from this psalm.

 

Now, this Jerusalem is no longer the house of God. He has a new house, a new city with new gates through which people enter. It is still the house of David and the house of God. It is simply the NEW, heavenly Jerusalem.

 

 

If this is not so, then God no longer has a house and is left homeless. If it is so, why are we looking for another house, another city, or another Jerusalem? Is the Jerusalem we are in now just a stopgap or only a shadow of the true Jerusalem? Surely not!

 

Hebrews 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

 

Revelation 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

 

 

Notice:

 

Revelation 3: the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, that comes down out of heaven

 

Hebrews 12: the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem

 

Since Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, is the city of God, why would we expect another city? Did God build two cities? We know we are in the city of the living God, which is the heavenly Jerusalem, so should we want God to provide ANOTHER heavenly Jerusalem and ANOTHER city of God?

 

 

Zechariah 13:1  In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

 

Luke 1:69  And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

79  To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

If we have Christ, we are in the city of God and the Father and the Lamb light the city. We are walking in the  light. If we are not in the city, we live in outer darkness. Go toward the light!

 

Moonbeam

7.22.11

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Which Generation?

YLT Luk 21:5 And certain saying about the temple, that with goodly stones and devoted things it hath been adorned, he said,

 

Luk 21:6 `These things that ye behold — days will come, in which there shall not be left a stone upon a stone, that shall not be thrown down.’

 

Luk 21:7 And they questioned him, saying, `Teacher, when, then, shall these things be? and what [is] the sign when these things may be about to happen?’

 

 

What is the context here? Obviously the temple’s destruction. Jesus says the time will come when one stone won’t be left on another. The disciples ask, “When? What will be the sign of this?”

 

 

Luk 21:20 `And when ye may see Jerusalem surrounded by encampments, then know that come nigh did her desolation;

 

 

Again, Jerusalem’s destruction is in view.

 

 

Luk 21:22 because these are days of vengeance, to fulfil all things that have been written.

 

 

Still the same thing. He’s answering the question as to when the temple will fall.

 

 

Luk 21:24 and they shall fall by the mouth of the sword, and shall be led captive to all the nations, and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by nations, till the times of nations be fulfille

 

Luk 21:27 `And then they shall see the Son of Man, coming in a cloud, with power and much glory;

 

Luk 21:28 and these things beginning to happen bend yourselves back, and lift up your heads, because your redemption doth draw nigh.’

 

 

The Son of man comes. Their redemption draws nigh. Jesus hasn’t jumped 2,000 years into the future here. The question is still the same–when will the temple fall?–and He is answering their question and not something they didn’t ask or something that is going to happen thousands of years down the road.

 

 

 

Luk 21:29 And he spake a simile to them: `See the fig-tree, and all the trees,

 

Luk 21:30 when they may now cast forth, having seen, of yourselves ye know that now is the summer nigh;

 

Luk 21:31 so also ye, when ye may see these things happening, ye know that near is the reign of God;

 

Luk 21:32 verily I say to you — This generation may not pass away till all may have come to pass;

 

Luk 21:34 `And take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts may be weighed down with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day may come on you,

 

Luk 21:35 for as a snare it shall come on all those dwelling on the face of all the land,

 

Luk 21:36 watch ye, then, in every season, praying that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are about to come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.’

 

 

Now Jesus says that when the fig tree, and all other trees, cast forth (or bud) the people understood that summer was coming soon. In the same way, when they saw all these things He mentioned above, they knew the reign of God was near. Then He said “This generation”–the one He was talking to–wouldn’t pass until all those things happened.

 

He has to be talking about them. Otherwise, some generation down the road (maybe us) would have to see the temple fall. Did we? Will we? What temple? It already fell!

 

Obviously it was the generation Jesus was talking to that would see all of this. ONE GENERATION was going to see all of the following: the temple’s fall with not one stone left standing on another, Jesus’ coming in the clouds, the reign of God, and the end of heaven and earth. And Jesus told THEM to watch lest it come on THEM suddenly, so they would be worthy to stand before Him when He came.

 

No generation but that first-century one could possibly see all these things. We know they were the ones to see the temple fall, so they MUST be the generation to see all the other things Jesus mentioned. The one that saw not one stone left on another was the one that would see Jesus coming in the clouds and the heavens and earth disappear. That’s what JESUS said.

 

Moonbeam

7.21.11

The Resurrection

 

Ezekiel 37:3  And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

4  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

5  Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

6  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

7  So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

8  And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

9  Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

10  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

11  Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

12  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

13  And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

14  And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

 

 

This was the prophecy of the resurrection. This was Israel’s hope. Has it happened? Was it physical or spiritual? Keep reading.

 

 

15  ¶The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

16  Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

17  And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

18  And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?

19  Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

20  And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

21  And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

 

22  And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

23  Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

24  And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.

25  And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.

26  Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

27  My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

28  And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

 

 

When God made a new covenant, THAT is when He would bring them out of their graves. (And THAT is why death ended when the law ended, 1 Cor 15:56). He would be their God and they would be His people (2 Cor 6:16). He would multiply them. They would dwell in the land with David as their King and their children and their children’s children. They would procreate!

 

If there is ANY WAY to make this a physical resurrection at the end of time when nobody has children and when God is going to make a new covenant and begin dwelling with us, please, SOMEBODY, show me how to do it! I’d love to see it. How clear does God have to be for us to get it? Will we pick and choose which verses have been fulfilled and which haven’t or will we accept the truth of this prophecy and recognize its fulfillment? May God have mercy on us for our unbelief.

 

Moonbeam

7.16.11

“All of Them Shall Wax Old”

The psalm below is a prophecy. Has it all happened? Has any of it happened? Can some of it happen without all of its happening? Has the earth perished? The passage speaks of its perishing, but then why are children still being born in this passage if the end of time has come and the earth is gone?

 

Psalm 102:18  This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

19  For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;

20  To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

21  To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22  When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

23  He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

24  I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

25  Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

27  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

28  The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

 

Is this saying the end of time will come and the earth will be destroyed and then people will continue to bear children? Will we have physical bodies after death so that we can procreate? What does it mean “all of them shall wax old”? All of what or all of whom? And is the following the fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalm 102?

 

Hebrews 1:8  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

9  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

10  And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

11  They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

12  And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

 

Here we see something waxing old and perishing just as the psalm prophesied. Again, it is spoken of as the heavens and earth. But notice this:

 

Hebrews 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

 

 

Now we can understand what is waxing old and ready to vanish—the old covenant. We see the new covenant coming into existence. And what do we see in this new covenant? God dwells with His people and is their God.

 

Revelation 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

 

As we can see, this passage has been fulfilled. It was fulfilled when the old covenant passed and the new came into its fullness.

 

Moonbeam

7.11.11

As in the Days of Noah

Luke 17:24  FOR AS THE LIGHTNING, THAT LIGHTENETH OUT OF THE ONE PART UNDER HEAVEN, SHINETH UNTO THE OTHER PART UNDER HEAVEN, SO SHALL ALSO THE SON OF MAN BE IN HIS DAY.

25  But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.

26  And AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOE, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

31  IN THAT DAY, HE WHICH SHALL BE UPON THE HOUSETOP, AND HIS STUFF IN THE HOUSE, LET HIM NOT COME DOWN TO TAKE IT AWAY: AND HE THAT IS IN THE FIELD, LET HIM LIKEWISE NOT RETURN BACK.

 

Matthew 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

17  LET HIM WHICH IS ON THE HOUSETOP NOT COME DOWN TO TAKE ANY THING OUT OF HIS HOUSE:

18  NEITHER LET HIM WHICH IS IN THE FIELD RETURN BACK TO TAKE HIS CLOTHES.

27  FOR AS THE LIGHTNING COMETH OUT OF THE EAST, AND SHINETH EVEN UNTO THE WEST, SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE.

34  Verily I say unto you, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.

37  But AS THE DAYS OF NOE WERE, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

Most Christians see Luke 17 as the end of time and Matthew 24 (up to verse 34) as the destruction of Jerusalem. Were people not to come down off the housetop or out of the fields at the destruction of Jerusalem (Mt 24: 17-18) and also at the end of time (Lk 17:31)? Was the destruction of Jerusalem like lightning (Mt 24:27) and the end of time is going to be like lightning too (Lk 17:24)? It seems to me that these two passages are talking about the exact same thing. Both talk about the Lord’s coming like lightning and people’s not coming down off their roofs or back from the fields. For some reason, somebody decided that “but of that day and hour” suddenly changed to talking about something else in Matthew 24, and we all ran with it. But the word “that” refers backward, not forward. Why would the following be two different comings of the Son of man?

 

Matthew 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the SON OF MAN COMING IN THE CLOUDS of heaven with power and great glory.

31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

34  Verily I say unto you, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.

35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the COMING OF THE SON OF MAN be.

 

Do we seriously think the coming of the Son of man in the clouds in verse 30 is a totally different coming of the Son of man than the one in verse 37? The one in verse 34 was in that generation and it was like lightning and they weren’t to come down off the roofs or back from the fields. The one in Luke 17 was like lightning and they weren’t to come off the roofs or back from the fields. The one in Luke was like the days of Noah (so it’s the one in Mt 24:37), and we should therefore assume the one in Matthew 24:30 was also since the other similarities exist in the two passages. Now, all that is left in Matthew 24 that was not EXACTLY like Luke 17 is Noah. Luke 17 has the lightning, rooftop, fields, and Noah. Matthew 24:30 has the lightning, rooftop, fields, and then, in verse 37 (AFTER the “this generation” of verse 34), Noah. Really, we think that coming in verse 37 of Matthew 24 is not the same one in Matthew 24:30? That surely would make for some huge similarities in the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of time, wouldn’t it? Let me show this in list form so it will be completely clear.

 

 

End of Time (supposedly)                       Destruction of Jerusalem

Like lightning                                         Like lightning

Don’t come off roof                                Don’t come off roof

Don’t come from field                             Don’t come from field

Like days of Noah                                   Like days of Noah

In THAT generation

 

To think that all these aspects are evident in both the destruction of Jerusalem and some supposed end of time that the Bible never mentions is just too much coincidence for me. I believe Luke 17 and Matthew 24 are speaking of the same event.

 

Moonbeam

5.21.11

The Time of the End

Dan 12:1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. [Matthew 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.] But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered. 

 

 

Dan 12:2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. [John 5:25  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.]

 

Dan 12:3 Those who are wise  will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. [Matthew 13:40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world [age].42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.]

 

 

Dan 12:4 But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

Dan 12:5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank.

Dan 12:6 One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?”

Dan 12:7 The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time.  When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.” [When was the power of the holy people shattered? What WAS their power? Was it not their relationship with God and the Torah?]

 

 

Dan 12:8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”

Dan 12:9 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.

Dan 12:10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.

Dan 12:11 “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. [Matthew 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.]

 

 

Dan 12:12 Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.

Dan 12:13 “As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.” [Matthew 16:27  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

28  Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.]

 

As we know, 1290 days is 3.5 years, which is the length of the war that shattered the power of the holy people. Also, the daily sacrifice was abolished during that war; and when all this happened, ALL the things Daniel mentioned would have come to pass. Jesus explains that these things were going to happen in the generation of His contemporaries and we know the power of the holy people was shattered and the sacrifices stopped and the abomination of desolation happened 2,000 years ago. This is just undeniable. Read it. Let it sink in.

 

Moonbeam

4.28.11

What Was Love Thinking?

Someone asked me what he was missing by not believing in fulfilled prophecy. I have written my thoughts on what I feel I myself was missing and hope that it will be an encouragement.

 

I missed that Jesus kept His promises. I didn’t have the end of the story because I hadn’t seen the culmination. I saw promise after promise after promise with no fulfillment whatsoever. I now know the beginning and the end. I don’t have to check out the last book in the Bible to see that we win in the end. No, we are MORE than conquerors NOW. Christ did it! He finished it! It’s a done deal and God dwells with us and we are His people. We have the tree of life and the water of life, with no more crying and no more night. The curse is lifted and we do not come into judgment. Death has been abolished.

 

I used to believe in God but I really wasn’t sure. Yes, my faith was strong but it was just faith. I would even say that we can’t KNOW God exists but we just believe. I now see clearly–the word of God has been accomplished and all has come to fulfillment. All the prophecies in Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Malachi and the Psalms–they came to pass! I can read what the prophets, Jesus, and the writers of the New Testament said would occur, and know that it happened just the way they prophesied! My faith doesn’t even feel like faith anymore. I KNOW God lives! The peace I have found is unbelievable. Fear is completely gone. The love I embrace in my heart for God and for others has grown immensely.

 

Recognizing that I am not under law has freed me to obey in love. (I should have known I was not under law even without knowing all prophecy had been fulfilled–but maybe not, because the end of sin and death could not be accomplished without the end of the law.) The intimacy I now share with God has probably quadrupled and I cannot bear to disappoint Him–not because I think He will be upset with me but because I better comprehend His amazing love for me and I therefore very strongly want to serve Him from the very core of my being even if I never receive any kind of reward.

 

Realizing–KNOWING–that God told us what would happen and it did in fact occur, and that we do not have to look forward to a “horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day” coming when billions upon billions of people are going to start burning forever, if they aren’t already burning right this very minute, brings about unimaginable peace. God is not a monster! He is not worse than the devil–and He would be if He burnt even one person, because the devil has never threatened to do that to anybody. God is not even worse than a godfather who says, “Obey me or else.” He is not worse than Freddy Kruger or Jason or Andre Linoge.

 

God is love! And He accomplished His purposes not to save me from burning forever. The wages of sin is only DEATH–always has been, and no burning forever was tacked onto that when Jesus came on the scene. I already knew that, but I wasn’t sure how painful that “second death” I read about in Revelation might be. No, God wasn’t trying to spare me unfathomable pain. He sent His Son to die because He loved me and wanted me to live forever! And more than that! He wanted me to live with HIM forever! I could have my life and then die, which would be great. But my loving Father wanted me to be His child FOREVER!

 

I might give my life to keep the world from burning forever. Anybody ought to be willing to do that, right? I MIGHT even give my CHILD to keep THAT from happening. But to be deity and become human to make a way so we lowly earthlings can go beyond physical life and death and live forever with our Creator? That’s LOVE! I am so in love with God that I want to shout it from the rooftops, and this is why–the love of God. Because of God’s love for me all I want to do is share this good news of fulfilled prophecy with others and serve God every single day of my life. I don’t matter any longer. I want to give my body as a living sacrifice for the God who gave His only Son just so I could live with Him forever. Praise Him!

 

Am I the only preterist who feels this way? Absolutely not! I think we all are experiencing this incredible change. I have heard story after story and they are all the same. And the joy we are exhibiting all boils down to love. Love has exploded in my heart and I sense it all around me like a warm blanket. It’s like I suddenly stepped into a pool of love and it’s washing over me. My understanding is opened up and the Bible has become more alive. I am finally able to take God’s word for what it says without trying to force anything. My heart is open to whatever God has in store for me because my trust in Him has become much greater.

 

When I read something like

 

ESV1Cr 1:7

so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

8

who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I don’t say, “What in the world could that mean? Since the day of the Lord hasn’t come yet, how could these Corinthians be confirmed with spiritual gifts still today?” No, I just say, “Wonderful! The Corinthians kept their spiritual gifts and were confirmed by them while they waited for the Lord to return, and He sustained them to the end so they would be guiltless when He got there.” I don’t think a letter to people in Corinth must surely be talking to me–my contemporaries and I are no longer the center of the universe.

 

I can quit redefining words and saying “shortly” isn’t shortly, “soon” isn’t soon, “at hand” isn’t at hand, “quickly” isn’t quickly, “this generation” isn’t this generation, “this age” means the next age coming up, the apostle John must still be alive somewhere because the Lord hasn’t come yet, and on and on and on. No, I just take God at His word. It’s amazing!

 

I have no more fear of dying. In fact I am very excited about it. I realize that in this human body I can’t see all that is around me in this glorious kingdom that never ends, so it will be great to be more aware. God is in control of my life; and while I have absolutely no idea now what life after physical death will be, I know the God who has given me eternal life and I know I have nothing to fear. Oh happy day!

 

If God truly is love, which of the following makes more sense? God created us immortal and if we don’t love Him and obey Him He will have to punish us in a never-ending, torturous, excruciating, indescribable lake of fire because He can’t stand to be around us (and MOST of us are getting the lake of fire!) OR God created us mortal but wants to give us eternal life, and we can choose to accept that eternal life or choose to live our mortal lives here on earth and be grateful for seventy years on earth with our families and friends? If the answer is not the second one, what was the omniscient Love THINKING?

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