by David Brenneman
It's an often dismissed idea that the Bible could or would be relevant to today's world.
Each decade that passes has shared similar thoughts and ideas concerning the value of what the Bible really brings to life. Many point to various places in it to lay claim that it's nothing more than wishful thinking or misguided ideas.
But what if indeed you overlay the Bible into today's world and you discover that the true reality is that its the world that hasn't caught up to the Bible?
Consider the basic foundations of what has been predicted concerning mankind.
What has been an apt depiction of mankind was really once dismissed. Not so much anymore.
2 Timothy 3:1-8 NASB "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers,
disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power; avoid such people as these. For among them are those who slip into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, worthless in regard to the faith."
All this describes our last several decades and its intensity has increased exponentially.
We laughed at the things that were talking about in the Old Testament. Yet here we are modern day countries doing exactly as was predicted over several thousand years ago. Russia and Iran to name a few.
We can laugh...but it's not a laughing matter. Every single prophecy in the Bible has or is coming true. Not one has failed. Ever single person waking up in Hell has absolutely no trouble understanding the truth of the Bible.
In recent weeks its been reported that there's a major credit card company that's experimenting with using a face or back of the hand to make purchases.
Read in Revelation where people left behind will not be able to buy or sell without using the mark on the back of their hand or their forehead. By this point the recently revealed beta testing will be a proven solution to buying and selling.
Revelation 13:16-17 NASB "And he causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, and he decrees that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name."
We read of wars and rumors of wars. We can see nations rising up against nations. Russia vs the Ukraine. We know of the sabre rattling of North Korea.
We read in the Bible to look at signs among the stars. Look at the increase in sightings of things in the sky and in space.
We see levels of evil that seem to be getting more daring and dangerous.
We see people scoffing at God's definition of the sexes.
My Dear Reader Jesus IS coming back soon. The single most important thing for Believers is to be found by Him doing that which He commanded.
Jesus asked the single most important question. Would He find the faith when He returns?
My Friend, only you can answer that. I can't and nobody else can answer that for you.
We cannot create God in our image. We cannot tell Him what is right and acceptable.
Mankind does not tell the Creator just how things are going to be.
The Bible is God’s love letter to mankind, to you. If indeed ever single prophecy in it thus far has come about, you can bank on the remaining ones happening.
I hold to an idea that the days of Noah were far more like today than people imagine. That indeed technology was far more advanced than we are even close to achieving today. God’s permitted enough to survive and be found in archeology to prove my position. Mankind's intellect degraded after the vapor canopy collapsed following the flood and the sun's radiation affected humanity. Technology is only being reinvented.
I have seen artifacts of what can only be 50,000 volt transistors. They date to before the Genesis flood. We have nothing in today's world to use such an electronic part. I have seen what can only be a spark plug. Who knows where technology went. I just know that in construction of the Ark, Noah didn't use it. Akin to the modern day Amish.
It is only the arrogance of mankind to believe that our ancestors were less than we are today.
Indeed technology is an interesting tool, with the right positive guidance, much has happened with it. It's abuses are peppered throughout history. The cries of the few where technology is abused has not necessarily helped mankind in the long term. More often than not the innocent pay the price of a few abusers.
It's also a hallmark of technology to introduce complacency. Getting too comfortable with "not needing God". We can all too easily lean towards self-sufficiency. We indeed learn how to not consider our ways, as the Scriptures tell us to.
We need to indeed be careful of our outlook on life. If God’s not intertwined in our lives to the degree that we aren't truly growing in Christ, then we need to have the awareness to seek out why.
Those who are in Christ Jesus are to be seeking to become more like Christ, not necessarily to grow in comfort and ease in this world. Jesus wants doers of the Word. He wants to find the faith when He returns.
Are you looking to make your life easier at the exclusion of your relationship with Christ Jesus? Are you filling it with things, thoughts, that indeed do nothing towards your sanctification, towards the building up of one another in Christ? That do not lend towards the notion of bearing one another’s burdens?
There indeed is something to be said in making life simpler. For over 20 years I was heavily immersed in high technology and entertainment things from science fiction to some interest in sports, to television. Certainly in technology. It took several times for the Spirit to get me to see the futility of it. The waste of it. Misdirected passion. The tearing down of people over stupid things like sports. No that sort of thing isn't done in fun. It may not seem big but you are still tearing away at someone else. You are still violating Scripture. Call a spade a spade.
Technology makes life easier at the risk of causing life to decline. Technology today is becoming increasingly popular. It is also working towards the Tribulation time in the Bible. It's a huge distraction sometimes. Because our discontent with it brings about anger that does nothing to lead someone to Christ. The world is on a track to see the Tribulation start in a few years, maybe even this week. We never saw the pandemic coming and in a matter of days we were immersed in it. Technology is indeed catching up to the Bible. We are quickly approaching the return of Jesus Christ.
Now go ahead 7 years. Technology will likely have even less significance to life when Jesus Himself rules from Earth. There will be no need of hospitals, of most all doctors. No need of most of the so-called entertainment industry. No pornography will be produced. No horror flicks. No lawyers, no need for police or investigation people.
Jesus said to all to be ready for His return. It will come at an hour when we least expect Him. It will come when the world's message to the world is around "peace and safety". Which is the central theme at the United Nation's today. We cannot go but a few minutes into the news to hear of wars and rumors of wars. We cannot go a week without hearing about earthquakes and famines in various places. All of which Jesus said would happen before His return.
You may decide this isn't at all possible. Even with the facts as presented. There will be billions left after the Rapture of the Church. Know full well that in the early parts of the Tribulation billions will be dying. Just over 8 billion in the world today. 1/3rd of the population dies from just 1 judgment of God in Revelation 9.
You are who I pray for. You who don't want to listen or believe.
Jesus is returning. What's interesting is that Satan believes that more than people do. Demons believe it more than people do. Everyone in Heaven and in Hell have a 100 percent belief in the truth of the Bible. Only in the here and now do people struggle with it. Why? Because your eternity is at stake. Your soul is at stake. You are not going to be partying in Hell. You are not going to do anything in Hell but be in torment paying for your sins. Jesus explained that in His telling of the Rich man and Lazarus.
To quote my Spiritual Dad in the faith "Get ready for the shout that will take us out!".
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