You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. If God foreknew what David would say the day before he said it, then He foreknew what he would say from the beginning of time. God foresaw David and heard him speak from the beginning.
Some awful things would happen to David in his earthly life but his spiritual life would be glorious. The Potter made it happen. That helps us understand Paul when he speaks of God being the Potter and we are the clay. What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? It appears that Pharaoh was a vessel prepared for destruction. We heard Paul speak of how they were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
That sounds like an earthly copy of how we are baptized into Christ by water and Spirit.
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When we look at what happened to cause that event to happen The parting of the sea , we can see how it all happened as an earthly copy. After the death of the firstborn of Egypt , Pharaoh allowed the Israelites to depart. God, however, did not lead them directly toward their land of promise. God led them around for a day or two in the wilderness of Egypt and down to the edge of the Red Sea. Why would God do that? God told Moses that Pharaoh would see them wandering aimlessly and God would harden his heart and he would chase after them Exodus Pharaoh and his army chased after Israel and caught up with them at the sea.
He did exactly that when He displayed His power by parting the sea so that His people could go through the sea on dry ground. When the Egyptian army chased after them, Moses stretched out his hand over the sea from the other side and the waters returned to their place. The entire Egyptian army was drowned in the sea. God made it happen that way for a reason.
Was it just to punish the Egyptians? Most of their livestock had died and their crops had been destroyed. Israel plundered the Egyptians of their wealth before they left. Was there another reason that caused God to bring about the destruction of the Egyptian army? Moses told them, " Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today ; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. God told Moses, "As for Me, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.
How was God honored by the destruction of Pharaoh and all his army? Was it done to show an earthly copy of how He is being honored when we are brought out of slavery to sin? Remember, we heard Jesus tell the Jews, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. We are all sinners and therefore we are in slavery to sin but Jesus will make us free if we follow Him out of slavery.
Will it be like what happened when those Israelites passed through the sea? Not one of them remained Exodus Paul had been an unbeliever but when he saw Jesus on the road to Damascus, he became a believer. He became a believer by sight. It will not happen like that for us. We must believe by faith.
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His slave master was washed away in the sea. At first glance, it appears that our sins are our slave master but the scriptures really say something else. Paul tells us what happens when we come through the sea of baptism in Romans.
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Our slave master is our worldly body of sin. If we have heard and believed and obeyed the gospel message and repented of having lived for that body of sin, we will be set free. It happens when we follow Jesus through the sea of baptism and that body of sin is done away with in the sea. Paul says that if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, "certainly", we will be in the likeness of His resurrection.
We will have been crucified with Christ. The new body that comes up out of the sea will belong to Jesus and it will have become a part of His church body on earth. Christ spoke through Moses to tell them to go forward into the sea. He tells His disciples to, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
Peter showed his love for Jesus when he obeyed Him and preached that gospel message on the Day of Pentecost. Those who received his message and believed were baptized and they were added to the church. We will tell the lost to repent and follow Jesus through the sea and have their slave masters washed away. Just as they were a nation of saved believers after their slave masters were washed away, we are a nation of saved believers after we have been brought through the waters of baptism.
We may have been saved but the same thing can happen to us as happened to that earthly nation. Jesus continues to explain the meaning of that old Hebrew story through the New Testament Hebrew writer. He says that God swore in His wrath that they would not enter His rest. In the next chapter he tells us not to harden our hearts like they did. He had conquered a vast empire, including the nation Judah. This king had a dream so impressive it troubled him—moved him to tremendous concern. He demanded that his magicians, astrologers and sorcerers tell him both what he had dreamed, and what it meant.
They could not. They were baffled. Then Daniel was brought before the king. This Chaldean king knew only about the many pagan demon gods. He knew nothing of the true living Almighty God. Like people and rulers, even today, he did not know that God is the living, real, active, ruling and governing Personage who actually and literally governs not only what is on earth, but the universe entirely!
This is no dry, dull, dead writing for a people of 2, years ago. It is advance news for us, NOW. This is the true gospel! It is the very gospel Christ preached! It is intended for you and me today! It is vital that you understand! Read, in your own Bible, Daniel 2, verses 28 through In his dream, this king had seen a vast statue—larger than any image or statue ever built by man—so tremendous it was terrifying, even in a dream. Its head was of fine gold, its breast and arms of silver, the belly and thighs of brass, legs of solid iron, feet a mixture of iron and clay.
There was a time element. Nebuchadnezzar had viewed it until a supernatural stone came from heaven, smashing the statue on its feet. Then the whole of the statue broke into small pieces, and was actually blown away by the wind—it disappeared! Then this stone expanded miraculously and quickly became a great mountain —so great it filled the whole earth! What did it mean? Did it have meaning?
It is decidedly not Herbert W. Men ought never to interpret the Bible. Here it is:. People today, like this Chaldean king, seem not to think of God as a ruler —as the Supreme One who governs —as the Head of government. This is speaking of kingdoms. It is referring to kingdoms that bear rule over the people on earth.
It is speaking of governments! It is speaking of the kind of governments that bear rule and authority over nations of people here on earth. It is literal. It is specific. There is no misunderstanding, here, as to what is meant by the word kingdom. There is no misunderstanding the interpretation. God gives his own interpretation through the prophet Daniel. The great metallic image represented national and international governments —real, literal kingdoms.
It represented a succession of world-ruling governments. First was the head of gold. That represented Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom—the Chaldean Empire. Then, verse 40, the legs of iron represent a fourth world empire. It was to be strong , even as iron is strong—stronger militarily than its predecessors. Yet, as silver is less valuable than gold, brass than silver, iron than brass, though each metal was harder and stronger, the succession would deteriorate morally and spiritually.
The two legs meant the fourth empire would be divided. It was divided, with capitals at Rome and Constantinople. Now—verse 44! Read it! Get your Bible. See it with your own eyes in your own Bible. This, by connecting the prophecy with Daniel 7, and Revelation 13 and 17, is referring to the new United States of Europe that is now forming , out of the European Common Market, before your very eyes!
Revelation makes plain the detail that it shall be a union of ten kings or kingdoms that Revelation shall resurrect the old Roman Empire. So, mark carefully the time element! Now here we have described four universal world empires—the only four that ever existed! Six of those have come and gone. The seventh is now forming—the last, final, brief resurrection of the Roman Empire by ten European groups or nations. These are revealed in Daniel 2 as the ten toes of iron and clay mixed.
In their days—and they shall last but a very short space, possibly no more than two to three-and-a-half years—shall the God of heaven set up A KINGDOM that shall never be destroyed. Compare with Revelation Here is pictured a church. Not a small church—a great church. But she has committed fornication. By having direct political union with human governments of this world! It will be a union of church and state. It is to endure but a very short time. It is to fight against Christ at his Second Coming! That will be its end. We see it in process of rising, now. Therefore we are close to the coming of Christ!
We are now very near the end of this world! This is the kingdom of God. It is the end of present governments—yes, and even the United States and the British nations. They then shall become the kingdoms—the governments —of the Lord Jesus Christ , then King of kings over the entire earth. This makes completely plain the fact that the kingdom of God is a literal government. Even as the Chaldean Empire was a kingdom —even as the Roman Empire was a kingdom —so the kingdom of God is a government. It is to take over the government of the nations of the world.
Jesus Christ was born to be a king —a ruler! Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world. How amazing—what a tragedy—that in church services and gospel preaching today, one seldom, if ever, hears of Christ as a coming king and world ruler. Spiritual principalities and powers of evil Ephesians are ruling the world today.
It is these earthly governments of Satan that will be destroyed and replaced by Christ at his Second Coming. Have you not read what the angel proclaimed to Mary, the mother of Jesus, prior to his birth? Jesus told Pilate he was born to become a king. Why do the churches of this world never mention any of these scriptures? Millions have attended churches all their lives and never heard any of these scriptures about Christ becoming a king or about the coming kingdom of God.
These scriptures tell you plainly that God is supreme Ruler. They tell you in plainest language that Jesus was born to be a king —that he is going to rule all nations —that his kingdom shall rule eternally. But all this is only part of the fantastic, amazing, actually shocking truth about the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God will rule over the peoples and nations of the earth. Yet these mortal peoples and nations will NOT be the kingdom, not even in the kingdom of God.
They shall be merely ruled over by it! Remember, this wonderful world-state will not be achieved all at once. The same Jesus Christ who walked over the hills and valleys of the Holy Land and the streets of Jerusalem more than 1, years ago is coming again. He said he would come again. After he was crucified, God raised him from the dead after three days and three nights Matthew ; Acts ; 1 Corinthians Restitution means restoring to a former state or condition.
Present world turmoil, escalating wars and contentions will climax in world trouble so great that, unless God intervenes, no human flesh would be saved alive Matthew At its very climax when delay would result in blasting all life from off this planet, Jesus Christ will return. This time he is coming as divine God.
He is coming in all the power and glory of the universe-ruling Creator Matthew ; Why do the professing Christian churches omit all these scriptures about Christ coming and of his ruling the earth? The millions of church members have never heard these scriptures or the actual gospel of Jesus Christ. Think of it. The glorified Christ—coming in all the splendor, the supernatural power and the glory of God Almighty—coming to save mankind alive—coming to stop escalating wars, nuclear mass destruction, human pain and suffering—coming to usher in peace, abundant well-being, happiness and joy for all mankind.
But will he be welcomed by the nations? World famous scientists now say frankly that the only hope for survival on earth is a supreme world-ruling government, controlling all military power. They admit that is impossible for man to accomplish. Christ is coming to give us just that. Expenditures close to a trillion dollars have failed to provide stability. Rather conditions have worsened. But will humanity shout with joy, and welcome him in frenzied ecstasy and enthusiasm? Will even the churches of traditional Christianity?
They will not! They will believe, because the false ministers of Satan 2 Corinthians have deceived them, that he is the Antichrist. The churches and the nations will be angry at his coming Revelation with , and the military forces will actually attempt to fight him to destroy him Revelation ! The nations will be engaged in the climactic battle of the coming World War iii , with the battlefront at Jerusalem Zechariah and then Christ will return. He will totally defeat them Revelation ! When the glorified all-powerful Christ first comes again to earth, the nations will be angry.
The military forces gathered at Jerusalem will try to fight him! This rotting of their flesh off their bones will happen almost instantaneously— while they are still on their feet.
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What a divine retribution against armies that will fight against Christ. What a demonstration of the divine power with which the glorified Christ will rule all nations. In such a world, with all loving and worshiping God with all their minds, hearts and strength—with all having concern for the welfare of all others equal to concern for self—there would be no divorce—no broken homes or families, no juvenile delinquency, no crime, no jails or prisons, no police except for peaceful direction and supervision as a public service for all, no wars, no military establishments. But, further, God has set in motion physical laws that operate in our bodies and minds, as well as the spiritual law.
There would be no sickness, ill health, pain or suffering. There would be, on the contrary, vigorous, vibrant good health, filled with dynamic interest in life, enthusiastic interest in constructive activities bringing happiness and joy. There would be cleanliness, vigorous activity, real progress, no slums, no degenerate backward races or areas of earth. As the resurrected Christ ascended to heaven in clouds, so he shall return to earth in clouds Acts ; Matthew Those who have the Spirit of God, then living, shall be instantaneously changed from mortal to immortal 1 Corinthians and, together with those resurrected, shall rise to meet the descending glorified Jesus Christ 1 Thessalonians in the clouds in the air.
They shall be with him, where he is, forever John They shall—with him—come down out of the clouds, and stand with him, therefore, that very same day, on the Mount of Olives Zechariah These changed, converted saints, now made immortal, will then rule the nations—nations of mortals—under Christ Daniel ; Revelation ; The coming of Christ in supreme glory as King of kings and Lord of lords is recorded in Revelation But what other great event will have to take place before there can be peace, happiness and joy on the earth?
Satan the devil will have to be removed from the throne of the earth. And he laid hold on … that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
No longer will Satan be able to broadcast through the air into the spirit in man. But that does not mean that the acquired satanic attitude will disappear from human minds immediately. The multiplied millions shall have acquired it. And even though Satan will then be restrained from continuing to broadcast it, what has been acquired as habit will not be automatically removed.
Yet God has made us humans free moral agents. Now the all-powerful Christ, and the immortal saints ruling under him, will begin removing the scales that have blinded human minds. That is why I say complete utopia cannot be ushered in all at once. Multiple millions will still hold to the attitude of rebellion—of vanity, lust and greed. Christ will begin calling all mortals on earth to repentance and spiritual salvation! What glory! A new day shall have dawned. Peace shall soon come. But what kind of a new world tomorrow will from then be developed?
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, 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 shall 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 pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Think of it! No more wars. No fear of man or beast. World peace at last. Something will have to cause that peace. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. See, now, a glimpse into a world of no illiteracy, no poverty, no famine and starvation, into a world where crime decreases rapidly, people learn honesty, chastity, human kindness and happiness—a world of peace, prosperity, abundant well-being.
God predicts vast reforms everywhere in the wonderful utopian era he says will soon break out on this earth. Can you imagine it? A world of great strides in solving the most crucial problems facing mankind. Today—the greatest and most awesome problem of all is the population explosion. Growing populations in all nations are rapidly outstripping the ability of the world to sustain them. And now the latest UN figures indicate the world will double in population in about 34 short years. But God has the solution, and how simple it is.
Simply make most of the earth cultivatable. Reduce the bare, snow-swept and craggy mountains, raise up some of the deep, arid desert valleys, change the world weather patterns. Make all the deserts green and fertile.
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Thaw out the deep ice packs and snowdrifts, the permafrost and tundra from the vast, almost limitless expanses of Antarctica, North America, Greenland, Northern Europe and Siberia. Make level the awesome Pamir Knot, the huge giants of the Himalayas, the Atlas, Taurus, Pyrenees, Rockies, Sierras and Hindu Kush—level the immense sweep of the Andes, and all the other forbidding, towering, virtually uninhabitable mountains of earth.
Multiple millions of acres of unbelievably fertile, productive, wonderful farmland suddenly become available—just waiting to be discovered, and pioneered. But look what God promises. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains [artesian wells] in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
Can you imagine such a fabulous scene? Deserts becoming green, fertile, garden lands of trees, shrubs, bubbling springs and brooks; mountains brought low, and made inhabitable.
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Some years ago, in a dry, dusty canyon deep in the profusion of hills between Bakersfield and Los Angeles, California, a minor earthquake struck. The proprietors of a small resort, now almost totally ignored, and nearly always deserted because of the parched conditions of the area, were considering closing up and moving elsewhere.
Suddenly, a groaning, jolting earthquake rippled through the arid hills. Not long after the earth rocked and groaned beneath their feet, they heard a faint gurgling sound. They ran to the dry, dusty creek bed that coursed through their property—and were utterly amazed to see water flowing swiftly along. As the creek gradually cleared up, they found the water to be crystal clear and pure—sweet and refreshing to drink. Somehow, the earthquake had broken open an underground water source, sending it cascading through their property.
Think about the vast wastes of this earth. Does it sound incredible, unbelievable that God could make them blossom like a rose? Why should it? The mountains were formed. Great forces caused gigantic upheavals, or huge cracks and slippages in the crust of the earth. Massive blocks of granite lunged up into the sky—the earth rocking and reeling in the throes of the greatest earthquakes in its history. The God of all power, who formed the hills and mountains Amos ; Psalm , will reform them—will reshape the surface of this earth. Read of the huge earthquakes yet to come that will directly accomplish much of the rehabilitation of the land surfaces.
See Revelation ; Zechariah Man recognizes much of the wealth of the world lies beneath the seas. Oil, gold, silver, and dozens of minerals—these all remain unobtainable today, lying untapped deep under the vast oceans. Many areas of the earth are ravaged by tidal action—by the ceaseless pounding of the surf that gradually wears away additional land. The lowlands of Europe, Holland in particular, consist to quite an extent of land reclaimed from the sea. And God says they shall be! When Jesus Christ becomes the great Ruler of this earth, he will use that great power.
In vision, John saw the angels praising Christ at his coming to rule this earth. The combined force of right education about true health, and healing of all sickness, when it is repented of, will mean perfect, utopian health. For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
God describes the rewards for obedience to his laws of mercy and love. Why should we be so willing to believe such a perfect state of health and joy is impossible? Why are all these scriptures ignored by professing Christian preaching? Instead they picture going to heaven with idleness and ease and no accomplishment.
There are blessings for observing the laws of health—absolute guarantees good health will result—and that sickness and disease will become in the third and fourth generations a thing of the past. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Also, God shows individual races returning to their own lands, repopulating them. Read the whole chapter of Ezekiel Think what an almost unbelievable step forward it would be, if all nations and peoples everywhere spoke, and read, and wrote the same language.
But today, vast areas of the earth do not even possess a written language. Millions upon millions are illiterate—cannot read or write, even their own names. Once the returning Christ conquers this earth, he will usher in an era of total literacy, total education—and give the world one, new, pure language. This subject by itself needs a book to describe. The whole literary processes of the whole earth changed. Today, all languages are corrupt. They are literally filled with pagan, heathen terms—superstition—misnomers—exceptions to rules—peculiar idioms.
Think of the new era of good literature, good music, and of the avoiding of duplicated effort, misunderstandings through linguistic difficulties and thousands of painstaking hours of translations. What an age it will be, when all the world becomes truly educated—and speaks the same language.
God shows Jerusalem will become the financial capital, as well as the spiritual capital, of earth. God says this vast wealth will become available for use during the reign of Jesus Christ on this earth. God says the wealth of the world will be centered in Jerusalem, and that the vast rebuilding programs, rehabilitation processes and new-age pioneering that begin will be backed by that wealth. No gold bricks, reposing in deep, subterranean vaults—utterly useless except for their meaning—no fear of thievery, or robbery.
But breathtakingly beautiful decorations for the capital building, the Temple in which Christ will dwell. Never again will any person become rich from investing in the labors and creative ability of another person. No more stock markets, world banks, financing centers, insurance companies, mortgage companies, loan agencies, or time payments. No more interest. And no more taxes. But God requires only ten percent. And out of that ten percent will be financed the entire governmental, educational and spiritual leadership of the whole earth.
Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Well, I will not say it is wonderful, because it comes from the wonderful. Look how simple it is. There are those when they get moved with feeling begin to grow. They start very fast, you think, as though they would take heaven by storm, but the storm takes them; they are beaten down. They do not like to suffer. Well, we do not any of us like to suffer; but the question is, whether we will make the effort and even if foiled, make an effort again, to meet the future, or whether we shall let adverse powers, whatever they may be, beat us down to the dust, and we lie in the mud instead of soaring in the free air.
What is it you want more than anything else? A good many of you think more about the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches; and the desires of other things enter in and choke the word — the word, the truth of God that you have got in you. There is something that you know is your duty. You may not love it very much. You have not seen the glory of it. It is to you like a rough diamond that does not shine. It is very dirty, perhaps. But you have got something in you that you know you ought to use.
That is the thing the Lord speaks of; that is the thing that is come out of the heart of God into your heart, and the question is, are you caring about that more than anything else, or are you thinking, " Well, I mind it just enough not to be cast out. You know it is absurd to ask me to he perfect. I am not perfect. I cannot be perfect," and the person that says that has not tried enough to know the difficulty of it, but only takes it for granted.
Mother, do you think as often about your Father as you think about your child? Oh, I do not want you to love your child less. God forbid. There are very mistakenly wicked things said of that kind. Mothers say, "I love my child too much. If you had loved your child aright he would have forced you to lift up your hears to your Father in heaven.
You are loving yourself, not your child. No, we cannot love each other too much. Oh, friends, the absurdity of it, that we will give three-fourths to man, and give God a fourth. Are we seeking Him as the business of life, or are we making money the business of life, and thinking of God now and then, sometimes? I do not understand half ways of things. But the people that are in the condition of this corn growing amongst thorns, they are perhaps the last that will understand "it to mean themselves; the strangeness of which is this, that a few more years and all the possibility of my having anything whatever to call my own — I shall have no hand to hold it, not to say no pocket to put it into.
Then there is the ground that bears, some fifty, some sixty, and some a hundredfold. You get nothing except you look at that part. It is for yourself. But then perhaps you will say, " May some bring forth thirty, some sixty, and some a hundredfold? That some He will take though they only bring Him thirtyfold, and others when they bring Him sixty. But the hundredfold seems to be a maximum, and therefore it seems to imply that, well, perhaps we may bring thirtyfold and we shall be accepted.