The Age of the World

Whew! Now that I got that out of the way, we can proceed to some biblical theory. There is a divide in this topic, especially when it comes to the accepted history of the world. According to Evolution, we crawled from the depths of the sea millions of years ago and have been evolving to where we are now. All the theory basically says the world is millions or billions of years old. This is not so.

You’ve probably heard people say the world is around 6,000 years old. This, I believe is wrong also. Let me explain: there is a single verse that seems to change the entire perspective on all this.

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

Now, apply that to Genesis, chapter 1, and you get a whole different time table.

“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:5).

The assumption is that this took 1,000 years. Why does this matter? Well, let’s read on. The Lord works through the second through fifth days, creating the sky, the sea, the earth, etc. Which brings us to the sixth day: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:27-31).

Notice, this is NOT Adam he is talking to. These are what I call the “Sixth-Day People.” They were given instruction, like the beasts of the earth, to be fruitful and multiply. Overall, I believe these people did not have souls. We know this because of this verse: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).

This man was Adam. He was the first living soul, which is distinct from those whom he formed on the sixth day. They were only given the instruction to be fruitful and multiply, take dominion over the earth and subdue it. They were not tempted by Satan, nor were they instructed not to do anything.

Anyway, the Sixth-Dayers had been around for about 2,000 years or so when Adam was formed from the Earth. Is there proof?

“And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch” (Genesis 4:16-17).

After the whole incident with Cain and Abel, Cain left and went to the land of Nod. He found a wife and they had a son, proving there were civilizations and people out there in the world. While this doesn’t concretely prove the 1000-as-a-day theory, it does give some weight to it.

So, let’s do some math: The first seven “days” were 7,000 years. Then, we add the time from Adam to Jesus, which according to this site, is roughly 4000 years. Going from that, we can add our own time on top, which brings it to around 6000 years, making the world about 13,000 years old. Now, we’re going into some biblical theory, which I personally believe.

The structure of time is that of two weeks. The first week being the creation, which was 7,000 years, ending with a 1,000 year Sabbath (the Lord rested). The second week being the 8th day to the 14th day. We are in the 13th day, now.

As far as what year it is from the creation, we cannot know exactly, but we must be somewhere around 5990 years from Adam. We know this because at the beginning of the 14th day, the Millennial Kingdom will begin, being the second 1,000 year Sabbath.

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6).

To conclude, let’s look at the life of Jesus. Looking at history, we know that Herod’s reign ended in 4 BC, with his death. Meaning that the latest Christ could’ve been born would be around fall of 4 BC, but likely earlier, probably closer to 6 BC.

We know Christ was 29 (in his 30th year) when he started his ministry. That means his ministry started at the latest in 25 AD, probably closer to 23 AD. The real question is how long was Christ’s ministry actually was. The general answer is about three years, although I’ve heard theorized as few as seventy weeks and as many as seven years.

Assuming that a) Jesus was 32 years old at his death and b) was born in 6 BC, we can pinpoint his return to around 2026 AD, exactly 2,000 years after his death. The math is flexible to about ten years though, with the latest date being around 2033 AD, and the soonest being close to 2023 AD.

While it’s true that no man knows the hour of his coming, we do know the decade. Repent, be baptized, and seek the Holy Spirit. Time is short.

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Science

What is Science? For many it is simply the technical/logical aspect of how things work, i.e. cell structure, medicine, weather patterns, and everything else that can be explored. The fact is, though, there are two halves of science: the technical and the theoretical.

To explore the technical for a moment, we know that medicine, for instance, works. If I get sick, I will pray for my healing, I will have others pray for my healing, and if I don’t seem to be getting better, I will go to the doctor. It’s not a lack of faith, but rather a belief that maybe He wants me to go there to be healed, instead of supernatural healing. And honestly, there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of the services we have available, in regards to that. On the other hand, we have things like carbon dating, the Big Bang, Evolution, etc. Things that “prove” there is no God and/or the Bible is wrong. This is the theoretical aspect I’m talking about today.

As much as they would deny it, Science is a religion, just like Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, etc. Because, you have to ask: what defines a religion? Religion is what you put your faith in and believe in. It’s the mantra you live by. If you believe in the Big Bang over the Creation, you put your faith in the word of Science over the word of the Prophets, and that is religion.

As much as they cite their theories and logic, I have seen miracles that science can’t explain. I know in my heart what I believe is right because I have been shown things that absolutely cannot be coincidence. I have heard prophecies that later came true, I have seen healing, and I know better than to be convinced what I believe is a lie because a stranger told me so.

Is it absurd to believe in God? Well, kind of, yes. That’s really the point. It’s about having faith in something we cannot simply prove. Despite all that I’ve seen, I can’t prove any of it. It’s all my word against theirs. I can’t give you undeniable proof that God is real, although within myself there is no doubt at all.

In conclusion, though, I posit that it’s hypocritical to believe in the doctrine of Science so wholeheartedly, especially to those that mock Christians for the same faith. Am I saying to stop going to the doctor? No! Am I saying that Chemistry is a lie? No! I’m simply saying that the Anti-Christian doctrine of Science is wrong and/or lies and that Science itself is just as much a religion as the things they mock. We, as Christians, believe in Jesus Christ, while they, as men and women of science, believe in the power of mankind. Like Bob Dylan said, “You’ve gotta serve somebody.

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;” (Corinthians 3:18-21).

 

The Nature of Hell

This is a topic of great dispute, which is why I’m writing this. A lot of people do not really understand what Hell actually is and believe that it is a place of fire and brimstone.

In short there are three realms which are considered Hell: The Grave [Sheol/Hades], The Bottomless Pit [Tartarus], and The Lake of Fire [Gehenna]. The simple answer is that “Hell” is the grave. When man dies he goes into the earth, into the grave, and knows nothing. The fiery place of torment is the Lake of Fire, often translated as Hell from the word Gehenna. This is reserved for the wicked after the judgement. The following verses all contain the word Gehenna which was either translated into “Lake of Fire” or “Hell”: Matt. 5:22, Matt. 5:29, Matt. 5:30, Matt. 10:28, Matt. 18:9, Matt. 23:15, Matt. 23:33, Mark 9:43, Mark 9:45, Mark 9:47, Luke 12:5, James 3:6, Rev. 19:20, Rev. 20:10, Rev. 20:14, and Rev. 20:15. This list is from here, if you want to check their sources.

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (Psalms 16:10). When a person dies, they are put in the earth. This is Hell. It is a place of cold nothingness. It is a cold, blank state. And, of course, the resurrection of judgement day is when the dead will rise again from their graves.

“Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations” (Isaiah 14:9).

It seems, on a spiritual level, that below hell is the bottomless pit. I only say this because of this verse: “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit” (Isaiah 14:15). 

So, then what is the bottomless pit? It is the home of the fallen angels. It is the great darkness that they are bound in. “Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever” (Jude 1:13).

Last, we have the Lake of Fire, which is the place of the eternal torment of the wicked. This is the traditional “Hell” that is thought of. The fact is, though, that no one is here yet, either. This is a place reserved for after the judgement. As to where the Lake of Fire is, it seems to be located in the Bottomless Pit. Revelation gives us clues to this:

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:11).

“And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit” (Revelation 9:2).

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

The Lake of Fire burns forever and the smoke of their torment also ascends forever. We also see that when the Bottomless Pit is opened, there ascends smoke as from a great furnace. It would seem that the furnace is the Lake of Fire in this context, but there’s no real way to be sure. One last interesting verse to point out is this: “And again they said, Alleluia. And her [Babylon’s] smoke rose up for ever and ever” (Revelation 19:3). Again, here is more smoke ascending forever. Why does the burning of Babylon correspond with the Lake of Fire? Is the burning of Babylon the same as the opening of the Bottomless Pit? Just some questions to be pondered.

Ultimately, though, the point of this is to understand the nature of Hell, that what we call Hell is simply the state of being dead and buried in the Earth. It is the ground and the grave. Even so, at the end of all things, there will be a resurrection, all who lived will be judged, and those who are not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire.

I beseech all those who haven’t found Jesus to repent, be baptised (whole body in Jesus Christ’s name), and seek the Holy Ghost. No one wants damnation, so seek salvation.

 


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Who is Satan?

An enormous question that always seems a question of debate is about Satan. I’ve heard many different interpretations from many people, some think he reigns over a fiery hell while others think he doesn’t exist at all.

Here is the truth about Satan.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?” (Isaiah 14:12-17).

“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more” (Ezekiel 28:13-19).

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9).

Here’s the narrative as I understand it: In the beginning, Satan was called Lucifer (which means “Light Bearer,” i.e. “covering cherub”). He was made perfect until the day iniquity was found in him, which was that he wanted to be the highest being in all of existence. Simply, he wanted to outshine the Lord and became jealous of him.

Let’s move forward some time later to the creation of Earth. On the eighth day, the Lord created Adam, and then Eve. Satan, who had become jealous, decided to intervene with these new creations. It’s unclear whether he was trying to prove these beings to be flawed or simply trying to ruin the Lord’s garden, but what he did is clear.

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1).

After Satan tempted Eve, who tempted Adam, and caused them to sin, the Lord was exceedingly angry with him. He cursed Adam and Eve with death, among other things.

“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).

“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: (Genesis 3:14)”

At this same time, he cursed Satan by demoting him from Lucifer (Light Bearer) to Satan (Adversary). It’s important to note that he was not cast out of Heaven here, but was cursed to walk to and fro in the Earth. This is when he became the angel of death, no longer being a covering cherub.

“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;” (Hebrews 2:14).

A little later we see Satan again, in the book of Job. We can infer some things about his position and relationship with the Lord based on what he does here.

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD” (Job 1:6-12).

For one, we can see here that Satan was not cast out yet, being fairly welcome at this gathering. We can also see what he has been up to, that being his going to and fro in the earth. Not much changes with him until the New Testament.

The exact time of when this happens is not clear to me. It could be earlier or later than I think, but I believe it occurred during Jesus Christ’s time on Earth. We know that Satan mounted an army and waged war on Heaven.

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven” (Revelation 12:7-8).

This is when Satan was cast out of Heaven for good. No place was found anymore for him, meaning he wasn’t even allowed on the premises. I reason out that the war occurred then because Jesus spoke and said this: “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:17-20).

When Jesus Christ rose from the grave, he took back the keys of hell and death from Satan: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18).

Regardless, though, of when it happened, we know that this war was when Satan pulled down a third part of the angels with him.

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matthew 25:41).

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” (2 Peter 2:4).

“Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever” (Jude 1:13).

I believe Satan and these fallen angels are now present in the Earth, possessing and influencing mankind. Which brings us to now. We, the remnant and believers of Jesus Christ, are at war with Satan and his masses. We fight by not forsaking Christ and not letting go of our belief.

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17).

So, who is Satan? Now, he is the voice from the radio, the voice from the television, the voice of the wicked, and the voice of temptation and sin. Anyone who can see truth sees the state of this world. These are the darkest days of all, is there any doubt that Satan is more active than ever?

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

 


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Gifts of the Holy Ghost

The most important belief I carry is the burden and gift of the Holy Spirit. It is the most essential part of the walk and the only ticket into Jesus Christ’s Kingdom.

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:8-13).

The Holy Ghost makes available nine gifts if you choose to seek them out (or may even already have). There are various weights and costs to these gifts, as well as benefits. Here is a list of the gifts and their costs, as far as I understand them:

Tongues The lightest of the gifts, the spirit will often speak out in diverse languages. Key verse: Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe” (1 Corinthians 14:22).
Interpretation of Tongues This gift has more weight and responsibility, being for the interpretation of diverse tongues.
Wisdom Very important, guides one into making the best decisions.
Knowledge Also important, mixed with wisdom, brings forth understanding.
Discerning of Spirits This gift has three functions: To see dark forces, like demons and spirits, to see holy beings, such as angels, and to see past human eyes into the soul. It allows those with this gift to see true intent and deception. The weight of this gift is being forced to see the real world and all the darkness that exists there. Key verse: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
Faith A heavier gift. This is the foundation for the other gifts, so it seems necessary. It gives one strong, unshakable faith, but it will be tested.
Healing An elusive gift. For the healing of others.
Miracles This gift is also elusive, for it is only used from time to time. It cannot be called upon, but rather only works when needed.
Prophecy The heaviest of them all. I advise against trying to get this one unless you are absolutely positive you want this. This gift lights an unshakable fire beneath your feet. There is no better office than that of the prophet, but it is a bitter road full of tears and suffering.

 


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Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

This is a matter of some serious debate, but I believe there is only one God. His name is Jesus Christ and He is the beginning and the end. For the record, I will be using the King James Version of the scripture to argue everything on this blog, because I believe it is the most accurate translation we have available.

There is a common misconception among Christians that there are three distinct forces at work when it comes to God: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. This is not so. These are all different aspects of the same, one God.

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 John 5:7).

These three, being the Father (which is the Lord Himself), the Word (which was with him in the beginning), and the Holy Spirit (which is the power that dwells in his people), are one. The Word is the written word, the law spoken in the beginning. We have it in the form of the Holy Bible. That was made manifest in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

He is the Word of God, made flesh. He is the living word, and kept kept the heart of the law with a perfect heart. He even spoke, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil” (Matthew 5:17). He came to demonstrate, with the utmost perfection, how the law was to be lived. We, as mortal humans, are bound by the law and the penalty of sin, but He opened the door for salvation, because the law was fulfilled. The door to the Holy Ghost was opened when He was crucified, because He satisfied the law, because He was worthy.

The Word is the same word we have now. It’s the law, it’s righteousness, it’s the scripture. It’s the moral compass we all should be following. When we are baptized in his name, when we repent of our sins, and when we start down that road to salvation we earn a chance at receiving the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of God and the cleansing fire. That only happens, though, when we are ready and the heart is worthy.

“I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43).

“I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).

“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” (John 14:9)

It is clear from these verses that Jesus Christ is God. He is the Word made manifest, which is God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). So, whether we are using the term “Father” or “Son”, He is the same. There is only one Lord, His name is Jesus Christ.

 


 

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