Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
And look on the earth beneath.
For the heavens will vanish away like smoke,
The earth will grow old like a garment,
And those who dwell in it will die in like manner;
But My salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness will not be abolished.
It is impossible to listen to any news report without being constantly reminded of something we all have known for some time. Our world is in very bad shape.
If our world were to orbit into the Universal Planetary Hospital one of two things would happen. It would be rushed to ER and instantly grab the attention of the team of critical care specialists who would quickly realize it was beyond hope, or it would be pronounce Dead On Arrival.
World wide conferences on global warming and other critical world conditions are reporting that we are on the precipice, where just one more step in the wrong direction will place us beyond the stage of recovery.
None of this comes as much of a surprise to the serious Bible student who has studied the prophesies of the last day events on our planet. The escalation toward the point of no return is certainly evident in the social & moral decay, vice and general lawlessness of societies world wide.
In America, the 1960’s ushered in a ‘social revolution’ which soon became known as the sexual revolution. When the blockbuster movie ‘The Graduate’ came out in 1967 I was 15, going on thirty, and fully committed to the revolution.
“The Graduate opened to rave reviews in December 1967 and surpassed all commercial expectations. It became the top-grossing film of 1968 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor, and Actress, with Nichols winning Best Director.”
The director, Mike Nichols, would see his first three movies all receive different degrees of negative press, and banishment from many theaters world wide, due to the unaccepted sexual contexts portrayed. The movie was banned from the United Kingdom for more than 18 years.
The Graduate theme of an innocent and confused youth who is exploited, miss-directed, seduced (literally and figuratively) and betrayed by a corrupt, decadent, and discredited older woman was well understood by film audiences and captured the spirit of the times.
“Together with Bonnie and Clyde, it stands as one of the most influential films of the late ’60s, as its mordant dissection of the generation gap helped lead the way to the youth-oriented Hollywood artistic “renaissance” of the early ’70s.” ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
Lee was in six grade at the time ‘The Graduate’ came out and although it won many awards in the entertainment industry, it was banned from most theaters in the USA except for major cities where the declining moral fiber always precedes the rest of the majority of the common US citizenship!
Of course the “Bible Belt” was still of a purity level that would not allow it. Not only would the people not go see it, creating a loss of revenue to the theaters at that time, but the theaters feared future repercussions from the “good people”.
Now, that same movie is mild by comparison to what is shown almost world wide! That was almost fifty years ago now, and it laid the way for what is now a prevalent pornography industry world wide. I find it very interesting that the only country in the world that bans all but G rated films is China.
G – the film contains no strong language, nudity, sex, or drug usage. Violence is minimal.
PG – There could be some profanity, some violence, or brief nudity, however there will not be any drug use in a PG film. (What a relief! No drug use.)
PG-13 – “beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category.”
The MPAA will give this rating to films with drug use or more than brief nudity, although the nudity in a PG-13 is not sexual in nature.(well, that should make it okay for a 13 year old aye?) In addition, the MPAA states “there may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence.(well, as long as it isn’t BOTH realistic,extreme & persistent it should be okay for a 13 year old right?) A motion picture’s single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context.”
R – “may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously.”
NC-17 – No one under the age of 17 is permitted in a theater to watch a film with this rating. The MPAA gives a film an NC-17 rating based on “violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children.”
XXX – This one is pretty obvious. All of the devils dirty deeds will most likely be on exhibit here!
It’s pretty obvious that anything other than G is unacceptable for viewing at any age if you love God’s ways, and even the G is suspect based upon whether it is true, educational or a total waste of time. I like what Lee says here,
“If Jesus doesn’t come back soon
He’s going to need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah”.
Think about it!
Same sex marriages are being sanctioned
by different state governments in our country!
Lee makes a point with the frog and hot water, that illustrates how the gradual increase in the frequency, intensity and levels of sin in society has blown away what the ‘acceptable’ levels used to be, and it happened with little resistance.
Christians and other religious groups used to be the only groups listed as “alarmists”. Today it is the Scientists & Political Activists who are spreading the loud cry that the world is coming to a cataclysmic end if serious changes are not made immediately!
The truth and only reality is that the second coming of Jesus is the only hope that anyone on this planet has, as an escape from the destruction to come!
But My salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness will not be abolished.
Now Lee embarks on a look at the 2nd Advent of Jesus from 4 different angles.
Jesus said He was coming back while He was under oath
in the court of the High Priest Caiaphas.
Think about how insignificant our lives are on this planet next to the life we will have throughout eternity! Lee describes this life as just a shadow, the beginning chapter to a book that goes on forever if we chose to be a part of it all.
Many will chose for their book to end with the first chapter!
Not much of a story to tell there, aye?
All of those ‘short stories’ are sad tales of woe!
Choose to not be one of them!
More than 300 texts in the old testament prophesied of Jesus 1st coming and of his life, death & resurrection, but there are 8 times as many in the new testament that prophesy of His second coming! Bet your life on it!
Jesus said it, He promised it, and He will do it!
Pride brings on jealousy, especially jealousy based upon someone else who didn’t receive the glory or honor that they want, or think they deserve! That is the devil’s problem with the second coming of Jesus, whom he had killed.
Jesus coming back in the “Clouds of Glory” is very annoying for him, and that is why he has attempted to discredit Jesus’ account of how He will return. The devil has used many different lies and false philosophies in his attempt to mislead mankind.
One of the modern day lies people love to believe is the popular rapture fallacy, where supposedly Jesus sneaks back a snatches certain people away and suddenly the people who are left look around and say, “hmm, where did they go?”
This concept became so popular that there are actually two major airlines that wouldn’t allow two Christian pilots to fly together for fear that they might both be ‘taken’ and leave the plane without a pilot. Unbelievable aye?
You cannot miss the coming of the Son of God. The brightness of His coming will blot out the brightness of the sun.
Why is He coming back? He keeps His Word! He promised He would and God will do what He promises to do. He will do it in your life day to day, and He will do it in His perfect timing to accomplish all that He has promised in His Word. Rejoice, and be glad that He has promised to finish what He started!
Think about this! The Word of God became flesh and had dwelt among us for 33½ years. Imagine how much He relished the thought of once again being back in heaven with His father! He had been falsely treated like a criminal, despised, rejected & killed by those He came to save.
Yet upon his rising from the tomb on Sunday morning, He took the time to fold his burial garments, and not only that, He waited for Mary to arrive to give her the good news that He had indeed risen, just as He said He would.
But there is more to the plan of redemption than just saving you and me for eternity. It is designed to guarantee a life of eternal bliss, and that requires sin to be obliterated forever! It is for the sake of the entire universe that the effects of sin had to play itself out once for all.
Then God IS Judged Righteous By ALL living thinking beings,
and the permanent eradication of sin is welcomed by all.
The natural effect of mans choice to live life apart from God has finally come to a critical mass, and the very laws of nature are pronouncing the sentence of destruction on our planet. Think of the constant sorrow God must feel having to watch it all progress to the point of no return!
God allowed us to have the power of choice knowing that those choices could end up being the wrong ones, and yet He allowed it even though He knew that It would end up killing a part of him one day! But God had to allow the entire universe to witness what happens when His Law of Love is rejected.
That evidence is graphically portrayed daily in our living rooms by Nat Geo Wild, a National Geographic cable program with many different series covering nature from all over the globe. One of their regular series is called Worlds Deadliest.
One of the interesting things about the series, and there are many, is the fact that the worlds deadliest animals are portrayed in categories based upon what have been called the ‘seven deadly sins’. They are wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
You can follow these links to watch these short individual videos on line. You’ll need to turn on the sound on the first video if it is turned off.
The interesting example I got from the videos is how obvious it really is what actually happened way back in the beginning after the first sin. When God’s Law of Love was rejected by man, He then took the constraints of that Law away from the rest of nature. Now the love that had automatically governed the rest of His creation was gone.
The end result is what you are seeing in these videos. When not governed by God’s law of love, even the dumb animals become greedy, lustful, angry, lazy, proud & envious gluttons! There are hundreds of these videos available at those links so enjoy. They can be excellent examples to use for a variety of lessons.
There’s a video of a bird species, showing that the mother birds leave their eggs to the husband to raise while she runs off to steal the husbands of other birds. She goes as far as to destroy the eggs that the other male bird is watching because he refused to leave them & go after her!
Wow, now that is a prime example of lust right there. Then after the eggs are destroyed, the male bird tags along with her as if it is the natural thing to do. That’s what choosing to live life outside of God’s Law of Love does to all of creation.
When we choose to live life apart from God, to live by our own self centered rules, then the perfect life of love ceases to exist in our little universe.
So Lee now asks us, what kind of effect will the second coming of Jesus have on the planet?
The first time Jesus came He cleansed the Temple.
He said, “how can you make My Fathers House into a den of thieves?”
There were a lot of people who dropped everything and fled in terror before His presence that day! There were others who couldn’t wait to be in his presence, and they quickly filled the spaces left by the others.
The same thing will happen the second time He returns to bring His friends home to Heaven with Him. People will pray in terror for the rocks and mountains to fall on them to cover them from His presence.
But His friends will say…
@ the 44 minute mark in the video, Lee tells about the dream he had in 2000 at the end of a 30 day seclusion in a cabin on an island, NW USA.
If you have never visited the fascinating website of The Creation Evidence Museum of Texas, you are in for a treat! It is no longer necessary for any individual to need ‘faith’ in order to believe in the Creation God of the Universe!
With the irrefutable evidence presented on this website, if you don’t walk away with an absolute fact based certainty that there is indeed a Creator of All Things, and that HE is The God of The Universe, then there is simply no hope for you!
The depth of the Scientific evidence is astonishing, especially when our knowledge of physics is used to explain why things happen just the way the Bible says that they did, including what the effect of God moving over the face of the waters would do to it, and what the voice of God would Physically do to the atoms and elements.
Absolutely fascinating! Also, it is simply amazing to me that the Scientific Community at large still holds onto a non-provable and easily refutable ‘theory of evolution’ with the vast array of scientific evidence debunking the entire concept. Check out the Illustrated Creation Model and read the 13 sessions.
Although the man may be confused a bit about the second coming (session 11) & session 12 describes the recreation at His 3rd coming, I believe he has the rest of it down pat.
The YouTube Channel has a whole slew of the website’s short videos showing a wide variety of interesting facts about creation, archaeological finds debunking evolution, and fascinating facts about the Holy land. There are numerous texts from the Bible that are provided as proof of what is being presented on their website.
I have not watched all of this material and so I have no clue what, if any, denominational affiliation this group has, but from all that I’ve seen to date, I have no problem with anything they are teaching that I’ve read and watched.
ENJOY! I SURE AM.
Website & You Tube channel.
The following list of links from the Creation Museum YouTube site are the excellent eye opening “mind expanding” series on Creation showing the realms of the Physical, Chemical, & Mathematical evidence from science, coupled with how perfectly it all fits with the Spiritual, Biblical teachings.
‘The Model’ series is a set of shorter videos (generally about 8 – 20 minutes each) covering the basics, were as the ‘Evidence’ series goes into greater detail and each video is about an hour long.
Creation Evidence Museum of Texas – 2 Creation Video Series
#3 Creation In Symphony The Model – The Cosmos and God’s Purpose In It
#4 Creation In Symphony The Model – Let There Be Light
#5 Creation In Symphony The Model – Day 3 End
#7 Creation In Symphony The Model – Days 5-7 Interconnected Creation
#8 Creation In Symphony The Model – The Flood
#9 Creation In Symphony The Model – The Days of Peleg
#10Creation In Symphony The Model – The Last Days
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXf2IDS-9g0 Search for the crossing of the red sea