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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Why Not Question: Will all Children be raptured?

In the 'Left Behind' books and movies, all children were considered innocent in God's eyes and raptured. However, in the film 'Apocalypse', produced by the same film makers, there were still children on Earth after Christ had removed his bride.

Which presented image is correct?

The only verse that comes even remotely close to answering this questions is part of a section Paul presents on marriage between believer/believer and believer/unbeliever.

1 Corinthians 7:14 KJV - 'For the unbelieving husband is sanctified (made holy) by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified (made holy) by the husband: else were your children unclean (impure, foul); but now they are holy (blameless, consecrated, separate, set apart).'

One would speculate, given the above information, that young children from the marriages of believer/believer and believer/unbeliever, just might be raptured, whereas children from the union of two unbelievers might not.

Does it seem fair? No. But considering what Paul wrote, it would make more sense than God rapturing all children.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why Not Question: An A Bomb explodes in the Middle East?

In Revelation 15:2a KJV, there is a description of what many speculate the detonation of an A Bomb in the Middle East. It says - 'And I saw as if were a sea of glass mingled with fire:'

It is commonly known that sand turns to glass when exposed to high temperatures and heat. Such can be seen at the Sand Dunes in southern Colorado where lightening has struck the top and left scorched glass like patches.

If an A bomb were exploded in the desert, one would assume the result would be the same - a sea of glass caused by the explosion of fire.

However, it is interesting to note that this will NOT happen until the Anti-Christ is in power because of the rest of the verse says this - 'and them that have gotten victory over the beast (anti christ), and over this image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.'

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Why Not Question : Can a world wide earthquake acutually happen?

If this question was presented to a geologist, they'd say no. However, recent quakes have triggered fault lines and more quakes, so one begins to question. It is also speculated that if the supervolcano Yellowstone ever erupts, it will trigger earthquakes in California, as well all along the Pacific coast and might well cause several other volcanoes along the 'ring of fire' to erupt.

Scary scenerio. But not as frightening as what is yet to come.

Revelation 6:12 KJV 'And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.'

We know from recent eruptions that the sun can be blocked by ash and the moon's coloring can be affected as well.

Revelation 8:5 KJV 'And the angel took the censor, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the the earth; and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightenings, and an earthquake.'

Sounds vaguely as if there is a combination of a volcanic eruption along with an earthquake, which, scientific findings have found there are often quakes before hand. There is also lightening flashes and the sound of thunder usually associated with volcanic eruptions.

Revelation 11:13 KJV 'And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted and gave glory to the God of Heaven.'

We're used to hearing about people dying in a quake. But seven thousand?

Revelations 16:18-21 KJV 'And there were voices, and thunders and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell; and great Babylon came in remembrance of God, to give unto her to give unto her the cup of wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent (57-80 pounds): and men blasphemed God because of the plague thereof was exceeding great.'

Whoaa! Here's our world wide quake. Notice it says, such has not happened since men have been on earth, which is why geologists think it can't happen. However, here again is mix of odd images including thunders and lightnings - and look at this finding, they can also trigger volcanic eruptions (wikipedia) and landslides. Not to mention that a volcanic eruption can also trigger quakes, as is speculated if Yellowstone blows. Note also the huge stones falling - also consistent with volcanic eruption and such evidence still remains at Yellowstone. For the curious, the huge stones are scattered in fields at the north end of the park. Also note that the islands and mountains vanished. Something similar to this happened during the quake and tsunami a few years ago. Islands were raised and some fell. Before it happened, people couldn't remember a quake ever doing that.

So, it looks like not only are there earthquakes during the last days, but also massive volcanic eruptions.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Why Not Question: Should we worry the gospel has not yet reached the entire world?

Recently, religious leaders despaired of ever being able to reach the entire world for Christ. One assumes because they're trying to hurry the return of Christ. However, the real question to be asked is, should they really worry about it and are they really responsible for carrying the word to every nook and cranny of the world?

Answer. No.

Yes, there are verses saying people won't hear unless someone goes and that there's a huge harvest and not enough workers. Plus, all believers are charged with sharing the gospel of salvation.

However, let's look at some other verses.

Acts 2:47 KJV 'And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.'

The verse is talking about the first days of the 'church'. Only those who were supposed to believe, did.

Romans 8:29-30a KJV 'For whom he did foreknow (to begin to know first or beforehand), he also did predestinate (to mark off first or beforehand) to be conformed (having the same form)to the image (likeness) of his Son, that he might be the firstborn(literal first born) among many brethren (near or remote brother).
Moreover whom he did predestinate (same as in above verse), them he also called:'

Okay, God already knows who is and who isn't going to believe. He's always known.

Ephesians 1:5 KJV 'Having predestinated (same word meaning as in Romans) us unto the adoption (covered in an earlier blog) of children by Jesus Christ himself, according to (by) the good pleasure (good thought) of his will (wish).'

Again, those God knew who would believe in him.

Ephesians 1:11 In whom we have obtained (inheritance, to chose by lot, allot) an inheritance, being presdestinated (same meaning) according to the purpose (a setting before) of him who worketh all things after the counsel (purpose) of his own will(wish):

Same in this verse.

So, the questions is, are these leaders 'putting God in box'? They seem to be assuming they alone, are responsible for spreading the word to all corners of the world, yet, God ALREADY KNOWS who will and won't believe.

Is it so beyond modern man's thoughts that God can give the desire to a person go to say a deep forest of the Amazon, at the right time, to redeem those who will, at some point believe in Him? Perhaps there have been no missionaries to some places because its not yet time or maybe no one there will ever believe.

Bottom line, the religious leaders need to stop worrying about it and allow God to do things His way, at the appropriate moment, with those He has already chose for such work.