Is Time Running Out?

Every ‘end of the world’ scenario has been discussed or written about and we have seen depictions on screen but now more people are concerned about the end of life on this beautiful planet. So we ask the question “Is Time Running Out?”

The tragic and dire state of our planet and the world of humans was foretold in bible prophesy, almost 2,000 years ago. However, the bible also offers hope, yes a bright future after the darkest time in Human history has passed.

We can’t dismiss these promises because the prophetic words have come true and we have seen them fulfilled in great detail.

An example of the prophesy:

Matthew 24: 7 – “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.” Just think about modern warfare, no longer are the professional soldiers the only casualties on the battlefield, everyone is threatened by terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and cyber attacks.

There are more than 40 active conflicts in the world today and this affects real people. Many have survive the wars to be afflicted by famine and disease again prophesied in the warning of the last days.

Reason for the lack of control

The bible explains this here are three verses that point to the sense of hopelessness

  • “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”​—Proverbs 14:12.
  • “Man has dominated man to his harm.”​—Ecclesiastes 8:9.
  • “It does not belong to man . . . even to direct his step.”​—Jeremiah 10:23.

As the basis for hope also comes from the bible we have established that the dire or critical times were prophesied now lets review some reasons for real hope.

  • God “has established the earth on its foundations; it will not be moved from its place forever and ever.”​—Psalm 104:5.
  • “A generation is going, and a generation is coming, but the earth remains forever.”​—Ecclesiastes 1:4.

A balanced view establishes the need to explore the evidence closely, this article [link] presents compelling reasons for our hope and the explains the bible’s assurance that Humans “will not die off from pollution, lack of food and water, or a global pandemic. The world will not be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust.”

There is more Good News to be found the Video  Why Did God Create the Earth? provides a basis for our confidence in Gods promise of better times ahead for those who accept the Good News about God’s Kingdom, the only rulership that provides the complete permanent solution to our present situation.

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Is Covid19 a Punishment from God?

It is clear that the Bible foretold that pestilence (widespread disease, including pandemic) would occur during these last days. (Luke 21:11There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.”)

The bible refers specifically to pestilence and deadly plague without limiting it to a single disease, so for the global population, COVID 19, AIDS, Influenza, Ebola, SARS, Malaria and the list goes on. This information and prophetic description is isolated to the “Last Days or the conclusion of the system and apocalypse”.

Is this Divine Punishment?

Everyone, worshippers of god or not are susceptible to to disease, sickness and death. COVID19 is a case of being in the wrong place without the appropriate defences. (Ecclesiastes 9: 11  “I have seen something further under the sun, that the swift do not always win the race, nor do the mighty win the battle, nor do the wise always have the food, nor do the intelligent always have the riches, nor do those with knowledge always have success, because time and unexpected events* overtake them all.”)

Historically, Gods people have been exposed to long term and chronic illnesses. So it is clear that worshipping god acceptably is not a talisman or a guarantee of protection. However, it is the only clear hope for all.

The reason for that is the promise of an end to sickness, pestilence and deadly plague through the Kingdom of God that we pray for. Note the prophetic words of Isaiah 33: 24  And no resident will say: “I am sick.” The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error. and the promise at Isaiah 35: 5,6 “At that time the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.  At that time the lame will leap like the deer, And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. For waters will burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert plain.”

Death is a consequence of these conditions so the words of Revelation 21: 4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Not Divine Punishment!

Therefore, as we accept that pestilence and deadly plague are a sign of something ending we now need to ask what replaces this to ensure the prophetic promise is fulfilled?

The Kingdom of God ruled by Jesus Christ, it is our shared hope and the understanding of this hope requires that we take action.

What Action? We have to let everyone know we support Gods Kingdom as the only hope for Humanity. We have to reject solutions that are temporary, for example science gives a temporary relief but we still fall sick and die.

We need and want more than this. Therefore, John 17: 3 has the standard we we are required to meet, “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”

Where can we get the information we require? Study the bible regularly, daily and work with those who have made Gods Kingdom the focus of their lives.

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End of Suffering

A real hope for a better tomorrow

The next few blog entries will cover questions that the bible answers about our future. Simple questions but the answers have a profound impact on our reasons for hope.

The Issues

Problem: Sickness and disease

Our questions have to focus on the issues that people are facing globally, aside from COVID19, cancer, heart issues, immune deficiencies, mental and emotions health issues and the list goes on. So does the Bible provide us with grounds for real hope.

Starting with living today this reliable source of comfort provides all of its readers clear ways of coping with the problems, please follow this link to a full discussion of the Bible’s teaching as it is providing support to millions of people right now.

Understanding that we have a way to cope presents the next question – will it always be like this?

Let us review what the Bible says: “No resident will say: ‘I am sick.’”—Isaiah 33:24.

Focus on the promise and ask who can achieve this? The answer is again in the scriptures, we pray for “God’s Kingdom to come” and for the earth to be like heaven. Do you imagine heaven to be a place of chaos, pain and disorder? The bible clearly describes it.

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How will these promises affect our future? Think about it – everywhere on earth people will no longer suffer from disabilities or get sick. “At that time the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. 6 At that time the lame will leap like the deer, And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. For waters will burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert plain”. (Isaiah 35:5, 6)

This freedom from sickness means that the Bible promises that “death will be no more.”—Revelation 21:4.

What does this do for our hope? Note the words of Hebrews 6: 19 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, both sure and firm, and it enters in within the curtain,”

Bible based Hope provides the certainty and assurance that God’s Kingdom has the only solution and and in the future.

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End of Suffering

contributed by ET

Time For Action!

We know that the whole world needs better rulers, despite their best efforts, Governments fail to meet the needs of all. We pray that their best efforts help the majority of people but!!!

The whole world faces insurmountable problems:

  • Disease
  • Famine
  • War
  • Crime
  • Natural disasters

As previously noted this is not what God first purposed. So to put matters right he has selected his King who is to rule the world. Note Psalm 2: 6; God is installing his king.

Gods Kingdom

God has set up a Kingdom, or government, that will replace all human rule, and “it alone will stand forever.” Daniel 2:44

Quoting from a noted bible commentary: “Jesus never became a ruler on earth. Rather, he is to rule mankind from heaven as King of God’s Kingdom. What makes him an ideal Ruler? Consider what Jesus did while on earth.”

What do we learn from him as our King?

  • Jesus cares for people
  • Jesus teaches us how to please God – the provider of his Kingdom
  • Jesus Teaches us how to demonstrate real love

Learning to love those whom it is difficult to love for any reason is the beginning the of our acknowledgement that his rulership benefits all people.

Getting to know Jehovah through Jesus demonstrates that this government isn’t to be feared but to be prayed for as we have done for almost 2000 years. Matthew 6: 9, 10.

Act Now

Jesus is perfectly qualified to be an effective world Ruler who is helpful and kind. But when does he begin to rule? He is ruling now!

However, we have been given time to take personal action to show we are advocates of God’s Kingdom in Jesus worthy hands.

John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”

We must learn the truth about God, understand his relationship with his son and then as Psalm 2 instructs us acknowledge Jesus as Gods anointed King.

What Next?

Everyday something changes and people are being pushed to limits they thought were beyond them. The isolation and suspicion – neighbours spying on neighbours, people are insecure.

Can any government change the outcome of this pandemic? Yes the one we all pray for.

Let’s look at one principle Matthew 7: 12 “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.”…

Priorities

The element of this principle is we have to do this first – so when we look at this current situation we need to ask what is the last thing we personally want to be exposed to? The idea that someone would look at their business or personal wealth is more important than life sums up what we face.

The Christian is looking at ways of preserving life and ensuring the safety of others. So how far should we be going to to save lives?

The businesses of the world and media call for more government intervention and leadership and yet the moral stance for every Christian remains the same – SAVE LIVES.

A simple priority – respect others enough to want to see them survive the crisis.

Government Failures

The media and politicians are quick to blame the Government but truthfully whatever the government does it isn’t their responsibility to protect lives. It is our personal responsibility and we need to appreciate the lockdown has only happened because of the lack of care and concern people have for one another.

Today the world went passed 2,000,000 deaths. Also 100,000,000 people have contracted the virus as confirmed cases, potentially millions more have and the reason for the transmission? The priorities are wrong, governments are forced to balance risk with economics. In the UK the number who die isn’t really a concern it is to manage the scale of pressure on the National Health Service.

The Solution

For 2,000 years we have specifically been taught to pray for it. Gods Kingdom the Government that will resolve all of human kinds problems – find out more, study Jesus words and come to understand the time we live in.

Why Pray?

A question posed by the Watchtower for issue 1 of 2021. It is an interesting discussion for many who aren’t certain if there is a God.

However, why do we pray at times like this when we know that individuals will die during this crisis. Globally the the vaccine will take considerable time to reach the poor and most vulnerable. So when we are praying to God are we asking for special privileges over everyone else?

As a Christian I look to the bible example of Jesus and focus on what he taught us to pray for.

  • That God’s name – Jehovah, YHWH, Yahweh – be sanctified.
  • God’s will be done on earth
  • God’s Kingdom comes
  • then all of the other things

So what are we praying for at this time?

Personal relief from the situation? or should we be looking at the bigger picture?

There is an indication for us in Matthew 24 and Luke 21. Note what Jesus told his Apostles about the last days or End Times – verses 10,11 – Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.11 There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs”.

He makes a clear point that there a series of clear indicators that we are facing a real challenge of faith. Matthew 24: 12 “and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.13 But the one who has endured to the end will be saved”.

So we are praying for endurance!

Note the Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3: 1 – 4 “But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here… lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away”.

We are praying for God’s kingdom!

The only source of true hope and relief today is explained in the Bible. How relevant is it’s message? How real are it’s promises?

Study the Bible for yourself. Let it speak to you. Test it and challenge the evidence because God’s Word is alive and speaks to each of us. It is written because God is looking to see a healthy, happy and peaceful society, who respect each other, love without confusing the meaning of the word and express God’s purpose through the hard work we put in.

We all need to read the Bible regularly, think deeply about it and look at the key life lessons we can apply.

It will surprise many that someone who loves the science – physic’s biology, the origin of life and understanding existence that I can be convinced that God Created everything, personally, I have read and studied aspects of evolution, from Darwin to Dawkins but both start with the same presumption – there is no GOD!

Everything exists by chance. The only way for each of us to make these personal conclusions is compare and contrast. Look at what is really happening and then ask can I trust someone who starts in life with the same knowledge base as myself and has to learn everything or something that has stood the test of time?

Anyway, stay safe, pray for endurance and for God’s Kingdom, his will to be done – now!

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Will Suffering ever end?

Who will save the earth?

Along with all the issues that cause suffering today is the continuing damage being done to the environment. This affects the food we eat, and the air we breathe.

Humanity recognizes this as a major problem and have put forward many changes that need to be made. However, this would involve governments and business cooperation on an unprecendented scale.

Sadly, the Bible refers to the prevailing attitudes of humanity in the second letter to Timothy verses 1 – 5; “1 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness,4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.”

You agree that all of these attitudes are displayed today!

The Solution

There is a reason for hope. Those words “in the last days” so this is leading to an event. The Bible says that created the earth for humans to live on, and to care for.

God intends to stop humans note the words at Revelation 11: 18 “he will bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

This is through God’s Heavenly Kingdom or Government. This is the manifesto:

  • It will educate people about Gods standards;
  • It will provide food for all (Psalm 72:16);
  • It will restore Natural resources (Isaiah 35: 6,7);
  • It will ensure a balanced relationship between humans and animals (Hosea 2: 18);
  • It will bring true peace (Psalm 37: 29);

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God’s Word is Alive

Are we allowing God’s Word to transform our life? It is very easy to say “well that’s who I am you just have to take me as you find me!” or that “God will accept me for who I am – he will forgive all my sins so why bother?”

Notice the words here in Romans 12: 2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The Greek word Paul used here is “me·ta·mor·phoʹo” which translates as metamorphosis and we associate this transformation with a butterfly. To continue to exist the butterfly must go through this transformation.

So what is the impact of Gods word on our lives? Well note what Paul says here is 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 10 says: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

These are characteristics and actions that most faiths accept, saying that Jesus death covers all of our sins and yet none of these practices or those who practice them will inherit God’s Kingdom.

So what impact did this information have on those Christians in Corinth?

Note verse 11: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” They made changes as other translations help us to appreciate.

We need to accept that what we have been taught is acceptable to God by the religions of this planet just don’t reflect his standards. When refering to I Corinthhians 6 many evangelical groups and fundamentalists state that homosexuality is condemned but forget all of the other things listed, fornication, idolatry, and adultery.

Paul did not pick on the LGBT community he stated clearly that all sexually immoral choices were judged in the same way.

If we want to be acceptable to God and inherit the Kingdom what do we need to do?

  • Read God’s Word
  • Let it soak into our heart and mind
  • conform to the things we read
  • develop the traits and practices that please God
  • where we struggle pray for help and lean on god
  • spend time with people who want to please God in the same way
  • Live with the bible as our guide and reject the Godless society

We learn many things from the experiences of others – we have Pauls example he was a foremost sinner in his own words but the Bible truth transformed his life. Does that happen today?

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The Bible transforms lives – as Hebrews 4: 12 “For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

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An End of Suffering!

By ET

At this time of year many around the world are thinking about the birth of Jesus – they believe he was born as a child to be the saviour of the world.

How can this be? And, how can Jesus life and death bring an end of suffering to humankind?

The Bible explains in Romans chapter 5: 12 that through “That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin,+ and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned.”

This was when Adam rebelled against God’s rulership. Lovingly, to help or redeem humankind from sin and death God sent his son to earth as another perfect human, just like Adam, he gave his life as a sacrifice so that all can have life by cancelling out sin and death.

To benefit, we need to accept this sacrifice for John chapter 3: 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son,+ so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.”

Very soon, as the king of God’s Heavenly Kingdom, the resurrected Jesus will bring an end to all suffering on earth and restore to us what Adam lost, perfect life in an earthly paradise.

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Is science really saving the World?

A COVID 19 vaccine is now in circulation. Thousands over the next month will have the first doses and then require the second to ensure they have a measure of protection.

Is this really an advance or a sign that science is able to answer our questions?

That question is a challenge to Christians who herald this development as a break through.

What do we know?

This week one vaccine is approved – the way it works triggers the cells to respond to the presence of the virus. Now notice one word “triggers”, science has created the response it has merely designed a switch that will activate something that already exists.

Something within the human cell structure that combats disease. This is sobering because science hasn’t created a solution it has accessed the key or trigger.

The Psalmist said “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” or “I praise you because in an awe-inspiring way I am wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know this very well.”

So to praise humankind for understanding what the body can do is close to saying the electrical engineer who ran the cable to my fuse box and distribution centre is as clever as the person who harnessed electricity.

Yes we are wonderfully made and to understand that science can only work with the raw materials and the known processes that already exist within the human body is the beginning of understanding why science will never have all of the answers. It is a journey of discovery – but the things discovered already exist.

We create nothing, we adapt everything, manufacturing is the process of blending materials to change their use or purpose.

The real source of hope!

Ask everyone about those who have died, what would you trade to have another day with a healthy loved one? Get them really thinking about a future where science isn’t split between designing and developing new weapons of destruction and then healing the impact of their “progress”.

What are we fighting now? It is the modern life style; contrast the plagues of the past, Spanish Flu, Black Death, whilst they covered the globe it was clear that travel created the problem. Humans and animals travelled and spread the disease. Today, COVID, SARS and so many other sicknesses move around the globe faster so the impact is immediate.

So to the real solution that Christians are supposed to be focused on this time of year, GODS KINGDOM! – we pray let your Kingdom come and let your will be done. What is God’s will for that kingdom?

Revelation 21: 3, 4 and 5 “…And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.””

An end to death, so with the kingdom hope all those who live under that rule have a chance to live on forever. Is that promise limited to just those who survive the introduction of the kingdom? Notice Jesus’ own words at John 5: 28, 29 and 30 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. 30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.”

Find out more and discover the truth about life, hope and true justice. Somethings beyond the whit of human rulership and science.

Ask the questions that really count and look at reality not the world as politicians and science would have you see it. Without God’s Kingdom can humankind guarantee 1 additional day of your life? Offer an end to sickness and death? Find out if these bible promises can be trusted.