Is the universe and all that exists in it just an incredible cosmic accident, or is there a purpose for its existence?
When our lives come to an end, do we cease to exist forever, or is there hope of a future beyond the grave?
If all that exists was created for a purpose, is there a way to discover what that purpose is?
These and many other questions will be answered in the following pages. Moreover, we will see that the creation of the universe, the entire history of mankind, and the cataclysmic earth-shaking events of the near future have been very carefully planned.
The Creation was planned and executed in preparation for the grand climax of the most awesome and incredible event to ever take place. This fantastic event is the culmination and fulfillment of the purpose for human life on this planet.
Prior to explaining the purpose of the universe and human life, it will be necessary to briefly cover several subjects that will form a foundation for vital knowledge concerning the purpose of this physical existence.
DID ALL THAT EXISTS EVOLVE OR WAS IT CREATED?
Is there proof that the universe and all that exist within it are the product of a Creator? Yes, there is proof that all things which exist are the products of careful engineering and intelligent design. The proof is so abundant that it is difficult to find a place to begin. A person does not have to be a scholar or have a degree in higher mathematics to prove that all that exists is the product of tremendous planning and design. Anyone with average intelligence can easily find the abundant evidence of a perfectly engineered creation.
This short summary of some of the proofs of divine creation is meant to show the reader the logic behind the belief in an intelligent supreme Creator versus the belief in the blind chance of evolution. It is also meant to inspire those who profess to believe in a creator to prove his existence, instead of blindly following the lead of others, because the proof of the existence of a Creator is foundational to understanding the reasons for human existence.
YOU CAN KNOW!
The vast majority of those who profess to believe in a Creator have not taken the time or spent the effort to really prove his existence. Most believers have just taken the word of someone in whom they have confidence, or they just have a feeling that a supreme being exists.
But is it logical to trust someone else's belief, or even one's own feelings about the answer to the question: Does a Creator exist? The answer to this question will certainly have an impact on the way you live. If you believe in a Creator, you will live one way, and if you do not, you will live another way.
EVOLUTION AS A THEORY
When we analyze the Theory of Evolution and ask some rather pointed questions, we find that to believe in evolution takes far more faith than to believe in an intelligent Creator.
The Theory of Evolution states that all life came from dead, lifeless matter. This theory assumes the pre-existence of matter with no explanation of where the matter came from, or how it came into being. The pre-existence of matter also necessitates the pre-existence of universal law and order. But, where did the energy or force come from that created these laws? The discoveries of Louis Pasteur shed some light on the many questions concerning evolution verses creation.
Pasteur proved through his experiments with bacteria and protozoa that, life can only be generated from life. The evolutionist theory states that through existing law, energy, and matter, a spark of life was struck and the process of evolution began. Then, after the passing of billions of years, life evolved from the simple to the complex.
This statement flies in the face of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states: Left to themselves, all things tend to greater randomness.
Another question is: Why would an organism change or evolve into a more complex form if it were able to exist in its present form? What would give it the ability to change? It would seem that if an organism had the ability to change form and function, it must have already been a very complex structure.
The Theory of Evolution states that survival was the motivating factor that induced change. This statement sounds logical on the surface, but if a life-form was surviving, why would there be a need to change? If it was not surviving, it would simply cease to exist.
It is very strange that those who study ancient life-forms cannot find any intermediary species, but instead only find completely developed organisms which were perfectly adapted to their particular environment. When their environmental conditions changed, they did not evolve in order to survive, they became extinct (like the dinosaurs). The discoveries of scientists do not show slow gradual change in the fossil record; rather, they show a radical abrupt change in life-forms from age to age.
Evolutionists must truly have great faith to believe this theory. They must believe in the pre-existence of matter, law, order and blind chance!
THE CREATOR AND SCIENCE
Is there really a conflict between belief in a Creator and science? Science is defined in Webster's dictionary as: "The possession of knowledge, as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding."
When we look into the scientific proof of a Creator and Creation, we can immediately see that there is no conflict at all; true science proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is a supreme intelligence that has created and continues to sustain the physical existence:
"The fool has said in his heart, There is no God" (Psa.14:1; 53:1).
WHAT IS LIFE?
Life is the essence, the power, the energy, the force that gives a combination of chemicals, gases, liquids, and solids the ability to regenerate and procreate. The above statement is as good as any you will find in any scientific textbook. The truth is that no human being knows what life is. Even in this modern technological society, we still do not know. However, we do know what life does and what happens in its absence. Life is a great mystery.
Scientists have repeatedly proven that life only comes from life. In his famous experiments with bacteria and protozoa, Pasteur proved this scientific fact. Pasteur's discovery has been a great benefit to civilization. We can now prevent many diseases by using the laws of biogenesis (i.e., life only comes from pre-existing life and life of the same kind). Life can only come from pre-existing life, but where did the life that imparted this essence to the first lifeless chemical compound come from?
Life demands a Life-Giver. Not only does the variety of life on this planet demand a Life-Giver, it demands a very intelligent one. To deny the existence of a Creator of life is to deny the very existence of life itself.
The fact that matter exists is another proof of a Creator. Most matter in the universe is in an incandescent state; it is slowly expending energy and consuming itself. Because its energy is being consumed, we can safely assume that the physical universe is running down. Like a clock spring that has been wound up, the spring's energy is expended with each second that passes and eventually the clock will stop. The same thing will happen to all matter in the universe; it will eventually stop functioning as matter. The physical creation will simply cease to exist unless it is sustained or replaced from a source other than itself.
It is a scientific fact that physical matter does not have an eternal existence. Matter is not eternal, so it must have come into existence at some point in time. How could this have happened? What caused matter to be formed out of nothing? What was the motivating force that brought it into being? Who or what created matter and gave it orderly controlled motion? What energy sustains it? Is it logical to assume that matter had no beginning when we know it has an end?
The existence of matter requires a powerful, intelligent Creator:
"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork" (Psa.19:1).
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen.1:1).
The symbiotic relationship between two dissimilar organisms (i.e., an intimate living together for mutual benefit) is a major proof of intelligent design.
There are many partnerships in nature that defy evolutionary logic. For example: There are the cellulose-digesting protozoans in the intestines of wood-eating cockroaches and termites, and the bacteria in the stomachs of cud-chewing animals that help digest the animals' food. In both cases, each type of life-form is dependent upon the other for its very existence.
The interrelationship of nitrogen-fixing bacteria with leguminous plants makes it possible for both to exist. The bacteria's metabolic process gives off nitrogen in just the right form for the plant to use in its growth process. And in return for the life-giving nitrogen, the plant provides the bacteria with a home and a ready supply of food. Here again, one life-form cannot exist without the other.
Probably, the best known of all symbiotic relationships is the honeybee and the flower. Much of the food humans eat would not exist if it were not for the relationship between the bee and flower. There are many plants and trees that cannot bear seed or fruit until they are pollinated by the only insect designed for the jobthe honeybee!
Some logical questions to ask about this unique interdependent relationship are: How did the plants and trees procreate before the honeybee evolved? And, if they managed to procreate without the bee, why is there a need for the bee?
One of the most fascinating cases of symbiosis or mutuality is that of the Pronuba Moth and the Yucca plant. Both moth and plant are absolutely dependent on each other for survival. The moth is only active during the night when the Yucca flower opens. This takes incredible timing on the part of the moth and the plant. While the process of metamorphosis is changing a caterpillar into a moth, the plant is producing flower buds. At just the right time, when the Yucca flowers start to open and bloom, the moths break out of their cocoons and struggle up and out onto the desert sand. Mating quickly takes place between the moths, and then the female moth, attracted by the Yucca flowers' odor, flies to the nearest Yucca flower.
The Yucca flowers are designed to allow only the Pronuba Moth to enter and gather pollen on its body. The moth deposits some of this pollen at the base of the pistil, then, piercing a hole in the flower's seed cell pouch, she lays her eggs in the seed cells. When the cycle is complete, the moth eggs will hatch, the pollinated flower will bear seed, and the life-cycle will repeat itself.
Did the moth design the plant? Did the plant design the moth? Obviously, this is perfect evidence of a planned purposeful design that demands a designer.
There are tens of thousands of these symbiotic relationships in the world, without which this planet would be a very desolate place indeed. The fact that symbiosis exists is just another proof that there is a Creator.
THE ATOM AND CREATION
We live in the atomic age, yet we know so little about atoms. We are constantly striving to understand this basic building block of the universe, which is yet another proof of an intelligent Creator:
"The cement that holds the Universe together is the force of gravity. The glue holding the atom together is electro-magnetic attraction. But the glue that holds the nucleus of the atom together is a mystery that defies all our experience and knowledge of the physical world. It is a force so unlike any we know that we can hardly find words to describe it" (Robert E. Marshak in an article on "Pions" in the Scientific American Magazine).
Could the atom have evolved or just been a fortunate cosmic accident? The forces that hold the atom together are truly awesome and terrifying. Within this small package, one millionth of one millionth of one millimeter in diameter, is locked the destructive power of the atomic and hydrogen bombs. Who designed the atom's satellite electrons that orbit its nucleus millions of times per second? Who decided that the atom should be constructed of over thirty-two subatomic particles of energy and matter? Who engineered the electromagnetic forces in the atom to act as they do?:
"For the invisible things of him [God] are clearly seen from the creation of the world, being understood by the things that are made [visible], even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they [those who deny God] are without excuse" (Rom.1:20 Para.).
"For by him, [Christ] were all things created, . . . and by him [God the Father] all things are held together" (Col.1:16-17 Para.).
Who, after looking at the marvels of the atom, could believe that it is a product of blind and brainless chance. The atom clearly demands creative engineering, ingenuity, design, and intelligent thought for its existence.
The atom shows by its very design that there had to be a designer. And it shows by its power that there had to be a greater power to contain, control, and energize it. According to the laws that the atom obeys, there had to be a Lawmaker and Lawgiver.
A WORLD FULL OF PROOF
The world is overflowing with invisible things that one cannot see that physically do exist and have a dramatic impact on all life on this planet: wind, electricity, protons, neutrons, gravity, human thought, etc. Human beings are unable to see any of these, but we cannot deny their existence. We can absolutely prove the existence of invisible things by the visible effect they have on things around them.
Everywhere we look we can see orderly design, from a simple crystal to the complex prismatic coloration of a butterfly's wing. Scientists and non-scientists, past and present, stand in awe of the marvelous and intricate design of God's creation. But most are unwilling to accept the undeniable proof that a Creator exists. To accept and acknowledge a Creator would naturally mean that there is a higher power than humanity to be reckoned with.
Many attempt to hide their heads in the sand when it comes to acknowledging the existence of a creator by telling themselves, "If I ignore the facts, they will go away!" But the Creator God will not go away. It is physical humans who will cease to exist if we do not get in harmony with his awesome purpose for humanity.
When we honestly look at the physical universe, we must concede that everything that exists must be the result of intelligent design. To have design there must be a Designer. And, before something is designed and built, there must be a purpose for its existence.
Because there is no question that humans, the earth, and the universe do exist, the next logical question is: What was the purpose for their creation?
There is only one book which claims to have all of the answers to the above questionthe Bible.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR TODAY AND THE FUTURE
The apostle Paul said that the scriptures were written so that we might have hope for something better than this present existence:
"For whatever things were written before, were written for our instruction, that through patience and encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope" (Rom.15:4 Para.).
The apostle Paul was also inspired to record the following:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works" (2.Tim.3:16-17 KJV).
But is the Bible the Word of the Creator God to his creation? Does the Bible hold the secret to the mystery of life and its purpose? Or is the Bible just so much mythology and quaint stories fabricated by the ancient nation of Israel?
Many people throughout history have tried to disprove the validity of the Bible. However, the Bible stands as one of the most accurate of all historical records. Time after time it has been proven to be accurate by archaeologists, geologists, scientists, and historians. There are so many proofs that the Bible is the written word of the Creator God that it is difficult to categorize and list them all.
The Bible is a marvel of historical and scientific accuracy. Ancient historical data mentioned in it is constantly being corroborated by discoveries of modern science and archaeology.
Discovery after discovery have established the historical accuracy of innumerable minute details of the biblical record. Anyone can prove this by making a trip to a good Bible reference library and doing some simple research.
The Bible penetrates both the past, present, and the future, as it deals with the purpose for the existence of mankind. In the fulfillment of prophecy, the Bible stands alone in its accuracy. There are literally hundreds of predictions about people and events, which have come to pass with absolute fulfillment. Moreover, the Bible is extremely specific in many cases as to the outcome of events.
There is abundant proof that the Bible is the word of God; all one has to do to acquire this proof is to put forth the effort and do a small amount of research.
The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek. In each of these languages every letter of the alphabet corresponds to a number. This means nothing by itself; however, when one looks at the mathematical construction of the Bible the reason for this numerical correspondence becomes clear.
Every sentence, every phrase, and every concept pertaining to any given subject is linked together with a specific numerical value or mathematical equation unique to itself. This is far beyond blind chance or the ability of mere humans. This mathematical construction shows design on a grand scale.
Even though the Bible was written by dozens of men over centuries of time and very few of these men were scientists or mathematicians, this intricate mathematical pattern runs from the first verse of scripture to the last and it is accurate to the primes of numbers.
Many good books covering the topic of Bible numerics can guide the reader to a better understanding and appreciation of the mathematical construction of the Bible.
The mathematical complexity and structure of the Bible proves beyond a doubt that a Supreme Intelligence guided its construction.
These are but a few of the proofs that the Bible is the Word of a spirit- being of supreme intellect and power.
A Unique Book
The Bible is unique. The Bible is the only book that claims to have the answers to the basic questions of life. The Bible tells humanity who its Creator is, why it was created, and what its ultimate destiny is. Indeed, the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and has the answers to life's greatest question: What is the purpose for human existence?
THE MYSTERY OF HUMAN EXISTENCE
The purpose for human existence has been hidden from man for many centuries. God has intentionally kept most of humanity from understanding his plan until humans were able to learn the lessons that only time and experience can teach:
Matthew 13:10-17 KJV
"And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables? He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given . . . Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand . . . " (vs.10-13).
"And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them" (vs.14-15). See also Isa.6:9-10.
"But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them" (vs.16-17). See also Mk.4:11-12; Lk.8:10.
The Mystery Revealed
Now, in the end of this age, God is revealing, through the Bible and his servants, the good news of his soon-coming Kingdom and his purpose for human existence:
"Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen" (Matt.28:19-20 KJV).
God the Father and Jesus Christ's purpose for humanity is so awesome and exciting that it is almost beyond belief. God the Father, the One who sent his Son Jesus Christ to earth over nineteen hundred years ago, is in the process of creating children out of human beings; Yes, that's right! God the Father is expanding his family:
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God," (Jn.1:12 KJV).
"Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (1.Jn.3:1-2 KJV). See also 2.Cor.6:18; Heb.2:10; Rom.8:14,19.
God the Father has embarked upon the greatest and grandest of all his creations; he is creating beings just like himself (Phil.3:21; 1.Jn.3:2), and his intent is to share with them all he has created or will create throughout eternity:
"But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him" (1.Cor.2:9 KJV).
SUMMARY OF GOD'S PLAN FOR HUMANITY
In the millennia of eternity past, a plan unfolded that is more fascinating and engrossing than any science fiction story or real life saga that has ever been told. That plan involves every person who has lived, is now living, and is yet to be born.
ORIGINAL CREATION AND RECONSTRUCTION
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen.1:1).
The Bible does not say exactly how long ago the earth was created; however, Biblical and historical evidence indicate that between six and seven thousand years ago humanity began to populate the earth:
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:" (Gen.1:26 KJV).
The word "God" in the above verse is a uniplural Hebrew word that means more than one being is involved. Please read John 1:1-18.
You will notice after reading these scriptures that there are two persons mentioned: The Word and God. Ephesians 3:9 KJV states that God the Father created all things by Jesus Christ. In John 1:1, "The Word" is Jesus Christ and "God" is God the Father (Jn.14:21, 23, 28; 15:10, 21-24). As in any organization, there is someone in charge and someone else who carries out the directives of the one in charge, and it is no different in the government of God.
From the time of Adam to the days of Noah, humans were allowed to live and do their own thing, but during the days of Noah, man had become so wicked and rebellious, that God was sorry he had created the human race:
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repents me that I have made them" (Gen.6:5-7 KJV).
Not wanting his human creation to continue to suffer under the oppression of evil any longer, God destroyed all of humanity in a worldwide flood, except Noah and his family.
A NEW START AFTER THE FLOOD
Only eight people survived the flood. This small remnant was all that was left of a race that had existed for almost two thousand years, and had populated the earth with millions of people.
God told Noah and this small remnant to repopulate the earth, and promised that he would never again destroy the earth and humanity with a flood. As a token of this promise, God said he would cause a change in the atmospheric conditions so that rainbows could be seen from time to time as a reminder of this promise (Gen.9:7-17).
Approximately 130 years after the flood, the earth's population had grown to hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions. Because of the knowledge brought from the former civilization by Noah and his family, and because of a common language, man's knowledge and scientific achievements were advancing at a rapid pace, so much so that God stepped in and suppressed man's ability to communicate among themselves (Gen.11:5-9). This slowed scientific progress and forestalled the inevitable result of the misuse of scientific knowledgegenocide through war and the destruction of the environment.
The next 1900 or so years of man's history was business as usual. People were doing the things they had been doing from the creation of Adam; being born and dying, loving and hating, marrying and divorcing, and warring and seeking peace.
But most importantly, history was being recorded so that humanity could eventually see and understand the utter hopelessness of human existence apart from God's influence and guidance.
THE PLAN REVEALED
About 2,000 years ago, the Roman Empire ruled most of the world, and there was a rare period of partial peace in human history. During this time of peace, God the Father sent the One we call Jesus Christ to be born of a virgin and become a human being.
There were many reasons for this bold venture, some of which are the following:
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like to his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself had suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted" (Heb.2:14-18 KJV). See also Heb.5:7-8.
"Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God" (Mk.1:14 KJV; Lk.8:10).
While Jesus Christ was on earth (approximately thirty-three and a half years), he lived his life much as any other Jew of his day, with one great exception, he knew that he was the Creator God in the flesh and if he failed in any part of his mission, he would cease to exist and humanity would lose its opportunity for salvation and eternal life (Jn.3:15-17; 12:47; 1.Tim.2:4-6; 1.Cor.15:17).
At about thirty years of age, Jesus chose twelve men (Matt.10:1-11; Lk.6:12-16; 8:10; Mk.3:13-19) who were to learn God's Plan and then teach others. Throughout the ensuing centuries (Rom.16:24-26; Eph.6:19; Col.1:25-27), others would also be specially selected by God the Father to proclaim his plan to the world:
"No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day" (Jn.6:44 KJV).
"For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Rom.8:14 KJV). See also Acts 2:47; Matt.20:16; 28:19-20.
AMBASSADORS FOR JESUS CHRIST
Since the days of Jesus Christ and his disciples, God's Plan has been presented to humanity in a publication known simply as The Book. However, God's plan was understood by only a very few prior to the advent of Jesus. But since Jesus Christ came and revealed it to his disciples, this understanding has been passed on by his followers from generation to generation.
These individuals who have received and are receiving this knowledge must accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and live their lives in accordance to the rules for human behavior as set forth in the Bible. They must be ambassadors for Christ in this age. Their duties as ambassadors include:
(1) Showing that God's way of life is the best way to live, in order to have real peace and happiness:
"The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (Jn.10:10 KJV).
(2) Proclaiming the good news of the soon-coming world-ruling government of God:
"And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel" (Mk.1:15 KJV). See also Matt.28:19-20.
(3) Explaining that the result of ignoring God's laws, precepts, and principals will bring eternal death:
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom.6:23 KJV).
(4) Preparing to assume the role of priests and kings to rule the earth with Christ at the institution of God's government over humanity:
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" (Rev.20:4-6 KJV).
THE END OF HUMAN GOVERNMENT
Jesus was asked a question by his disciplesa question that all who serve God and desire real peace on earth have asked throughout the centuries: When will the government of God come to the earth? The answer is found in Matthew the 24th chapter. Read it very carefully and think about the condition of the world today.
When we take careful note of world conditions, it appears that we are indeed living in the times spoken of by Christ, and that these events could very well end in the complete annihilation of all life from the face of the earth.
If this is the time spoken of by Jesus, the end of human government is very near and will be accomplished by the direct intervention into world affairs by Jesus Christ who will save humanity from total destruction.
THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD COMES TO EARTH
This earth will be invaded by Jesus Christ, his angels, and the elect, which will result in the most horrible and terrifying war that humans will have ever experienced (Jude v15; 1.Thes.3:13; Rev.19:14-15). This invasion will be met with tremendous resistance by the warring nations of the earth (Rev.17:12-14; Matt.24:21-22), but physical humans will be no match for the Creator and his army of spirit-beings (Rev.6:15-17). All resistance will be put down quickly, and God's government will rule the earth from Jerusalem forever:
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Isa.2:2-4 KJV).
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev.11:15 KJV).
THE FAMILY OF GOD
The entire history of mankind, from God's creation of the universe to the earth-shaking events to come, has been carefully guided through the centuries in preparation for the grand climax of God's plan for humanity. This phase in the plan is the changing of physical humans into immortal spirit-beings in the family of God:
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1.Cor.15:50-57 KJV).
That's right! Humans were created to become eternal beings just like God the Father and Jesus Christ (1.Jn.3:2; Phil.3:21; Rom.8:14-19). This is God's primary purpose for the physical creation, and this is what is in store for those who obey God (Jn.1:12; Heb.1:12). They will become spiritual Sons of God and live forever with their spiritual Father and spiritual brother Jesus Christ (Rom.8:29; 1.Cor.2:9).
YOUR PART IN THE PLAN
If you are willing to accept the challenge, your part in this drama of human existence is to be among the very first humans to become Sons, Kings, and Priests of God:
"And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron;" (Rev.2:26-27 KJV).
"Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" (Rev.20:6 KJV).
Do you want to become a part of the God Family and live an exciting and joyful life for eternity? The process by which this very special relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ can be obtained is called Salvation and it is offered to those whom God the Father calls:
"For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:39).
By B.L. Cocherell, file b3w8