In regards to the revealed truth that Christ is the rock, the true foundation upon which God will build His church, Jesus said to Peter:
…. upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 16:18 (KJVER)
The church here is the spiritual body of Christ, not the institutional churches on Earth. The English word prevail should not be rendered overcome, as found in many lexicons and translations, but as withstand. The original meaning of the English word has drifted over the last 400 years.
The expression “gates of hell” is metaphorical for the power of Satan and his nefarious activities to destroy and kill. Thus, the meaning of this verse is that the power of Satan ultimately cannot withstand or resist the power of God in His true church.
Now, surely it has become apparent to you, as it has to me, that Satan is working overtime to destroy humans, which includes the church. He does this through human agents with the greatest amount of political and/or financial power. Such people as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot have been Satan’s agents on Earth. Between them they managed to kill at least 100 million people in the 20th Century.
I hope you all had a very happy Christmas with family and friends. I also hope you know that Christmas is not about gifts from Santa (anagram of Satan) but about the birth of the Jesus Christ wherein God became fully human. God sent His Son, in the form of a baby boy, to inhabit human flesh that He might save those who put their trust in Him.
In the following video, Rudy — not the red nosed reindeer — but Rudy Giuliani (President Trump’s personal lawyer) gives an easy-to-follow common-sense summary of how we may know that massive fraud was committed in the US presidential election.
If they get away with this it does not look good for the hard-won freedoms in western democracies. Soon they’ll be gone as the crony capitalists fully take authoritarian control of our countries. If the USA falls so follows the rest of the world.
Modelling shows that without mitigation strategies, like lock-downs and social distancing measures, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) corona virus will spread through the population infecting up to 80%, worse case scenario.
Modelling at several universities, including Imperial College London, indicated that 2.2 million could die in the US and 500,000 in the UK if these measures were not taken. That is why governments around the world have reacted so strongly to the CCP virus.
[Update 20/4/2020: I think the modelling was way off and no such numbers of people would have gotten the virus, but that changes nothing I have written below.]
So take all the precautions you can, as recommended, but know this there is only one sure-fire salvation. He is Jesus Christ, Son of God. Everyone who calls unto Him will be saved! It is promised in the Creator’s Word, the Bible. There are no exceptions to that. Pray and read your Bible. Follow God! And stay safe!
A report published by the Australian CSIRO in 2013 has shown that the increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been very good for the planet. CO2 is plant food and the increased concentration is the atmosphere has meant a ‘greening’ of vegetation in all areas of the planet. This includes the arid Australian deserts.
Quoting the report:
In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue.
“In Australia, our native vegetation is superbly adapted to surviving in arid environments and it consequently uses water very efficiently,” Dr Donohue said. “Australian vegetation seems quite sensitive to CO2 fertilisation.
This, along with the vast extents of arid landscapes, means Australia featured prominently in our results.”
“While a CO2 effect on foliage response has long been speculated, until now it has been difficult to demonstrate,” according to Dr Donohue.
Thus I conclude that if this is the case then the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere provides a providential benefit to the planet. We live under common grace, meaning that God the Creator is the One who sends the rain, feeds the plants and grows the crops. He doesn’t differentiate where or for whom He does this. He provides for all, both good and bad.
This is the final part of a 3 part study. Part I and Part II are found here. I ended the last study of this chapter (in part II) with verse 10.
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
The concept of literal restoration of the perfect creation on Earth and its environment is not incompatible with the biblical creationist message that is illustrated in the figure above. God initially literally created a perfect physical world/universe sustained by His power. But at Adam’s sin God cursed the creation bringing about various difficulties (to say the least) upon mankind and all living species on the planet. The greatest of these difficulties was death, spiritual death followed by physical death.
The death of humans and all living sentient beings has little bearing on the “life cycle” of stars and galaxies, which are little more than an arrangement of hot gases. So it is ill-advised to speak of the death of stars resulting from the Curse. Thus to suggest that supernovae only occurred post-Fall is grossly in error. They are the result of normal operational physics and I believe have little bearing on, or relation to, man’s actions. Whereas the Fall was the direct result of a man’s action to disobey the Living God. As a result we all inherited Adam’s sin. And thus we are in need of a Saviour.
The Universe though is a creation of God, for His own glory (Psalm 19:1). We have evidence in the scriptures supporting the idea that God will maintain the Universe (the Sun, moon and stars) forever. Psalms 148:3-6 and 89:37.
Possibly one of the most quoted and most widely interpreted verses in the Bible in relation to the chronology of the Bible from Creation to final Judgment is the 8th verse of chapter 3 of Peter’s second epistle (letter).
2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (my emphasis added in bold)
Some have used this to re-scale the length of the Genesis 1 creation days from 24-hour days to 1000-year days. This feeble effort to try to get the creation chronology of the Bible to fit in with the alleged billions of years of the secular chronology is referred to as the day-age theory. But it makes very little sense as the second part of the verse reverses the order and thus using the same type of logic you would have to say that a 1000 years in the Bible really means a 24-hour day.
Another problem is an understanding of what time is. Since the Greek thinkers, like Aristotle, time has been given a linear deterministic feature where past, present and future are referred to in a real sequence. But that is not the way the Hebrew mind operated.
God’s consciousness is a world consciousness in which everything that takes place is treasured and held fast in the eternal and is therefore as indestructible as ‘matter’. Without a world consciousness, all the history of humanity and of the universe would end in nothing; for a people, however, for whom life and history is everything, the concept of a divine world consciousness is as necessary as the concept of eternal being was for the Greeks. For the Israelites, the world was transitory, but Jahveh [Jehovah] and his words (and deeds) were eternal (Isaiah 40.8).1
… the Semitic concept of time is closely coincident with that of its content without which time would be quite impossible. The quantity of duration completely recedes behind the characteristic feature that enters with time or advances in it.1 (Emphasis in the original)
… time is for us an abstraction since we distinguish time from the events that occur in time. The ancient Semites did not do this; for them time is determined by its content. Time is the notion of the occurrence; it is the stream of events.1
This verse, 2 Peter 3:8, was written in Greek but by the Apostle Peter, a Hebrew. Therefore we should expect he writes with a Hebrew way of thinking. Reading the verse in context with those that precede it, it simply means that God does not view time the way we do. In the preceding verses, it is made clear that God is not in a hurry to bring about the promised judgment. Judgment may not happen immediately but it will come at the time appointed. So God was telling the believers back in Peter’s time (and us now by extension) not to be too anxious because the Christ will return at the appointed time.
Considering that God is outside of time He does not view time the way we do. More than that; it is a Greek way of thinking to see time as a linear sequence. This verse reflects a Hebrew way of thinking to see time as the contents of the events themselves. To the earth observers the events may take thousands of years to unfold, in a linear fashion, but to the mind of God, and a Hebrew way of thinking, the events have already happened. They form a whole set, because what God says will happen, in our realm, has already happened for Him.
Last year (2014) the pope stood before the Church of Rome’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences and declared that the Creator God the Almighty Jehovah used evolution to create all living organisms on Earth. Francis’ reasoning was along the lines that God is not omnipotent and could not create anything that He might like to and so He had to use evolution (a very wasteful process) to develop life on our planet. God also used the big bang apparently to create the Universe because He was not powerful enough to do it by himself.
One online news source headlined it with “Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not ‘a magician with a magic wand’ .” So Francis does not believe the plain reading of the biblical text. That means he denies the truth of Scripture. He denies the plain statements of the Lord Jesus Christ who said:
“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6)
I see this as the Lord’s doing, the same way He sent the Babylonians to carry away Israel into captivity (Jeremiah 29:1-14) or the way He used the Assyrians (Isaiah 10:5) to chastise Israel for her sins. This time the chastisement is to the Christian Church (spiritually Israel) and again to the chosen people, the Jews, wherever they may be. I believe the Lord Jesus will come again and restore His assembly of believers, whether they be Jews or Gentiles. And the Lord will Himself judge those who disobey His laws and murder innocent people.
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. … 3. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; Psalms 8:1,3
These verses really struck me as significant as I read them this morning. Let’s look at these two verses carefully.
O YHWH (יְהוֹוָה Yhovah) our Lord (אָדוֹן ‘adown meaning ‘sovereign’) who (meaning God Himself) hast set thy(your, singular) glory above the heavens. Psalms 8:1
God has set his own glory above that of the created heavens. And those heavens are a wonder to behold. Just look at some of the beautiful pictures of the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day. Here I illustrate this (Fig. 1) with their July 30, 2014 picture of the Andromeda galaxy.
Our own galaxy would look very similar to this one. With modern large telescopes we see a universe full of maybe 100 billion galaxies, many of which look like this one. But God’s glory is way above all of this.
When I consider thy (your, singular) heavens, the work of thy fingers ( אֶצבַּע ‘etsba` meaning ‘something to seize with’ but God does not have nor need real fingers, so it is figurative), the moon and the stars (and the latter must include the sun, which was not known by Earth astronomers to be a star until millenia later), which thou (you, singular) hast ordained (כּוּן kuwn meaning to ‘be erect’, stand perpendicular hence causatively to ‘set up’, literally to ‘establish’ or figuratively to ‘appoint’); Psalms 8:3