WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF HUMAN LIFE?

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.

MATTER

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).

SYMBIOSIS

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 job—the 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 question—the 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.

BIBLICAL ACCURACY

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.

PROPHECY

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.

BIBLE NUMERICS

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.

PHASE 1

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.

PHASE 2

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 knowledge—genocide 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.

PHASE 3

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.

PHASE 4

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).

PHASE 5

THE END OF HUMAN GOVERNMENT

Jesus was asked a question by his disciples—a 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.

PHASE 6

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).

PHASE 7

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).

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