Last month the lesson closed with a question. This months
lesson will be a good place to begin, with this same question: "When the Son of man comes will He find faith on
the earth?" In the context of what Yeshua/Jesus is asking in Luke 18:8, has to do with the decision that
a judge had made (read the parable in Luke 18:1-8). The judge from, the text, could be considered an unrighteous judge
because he neither feared God nor had regard for man; unrighteous, of course, meaning one who doesn't conform to a standard
of right or wrong behavior according to the Scriptures: this is the Christian's point of view. With this understanding
we can now be better able to understand what Christ means when He asks the question in regards to faith. "...When
the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?"
Let's first determine what He means
by faith. The definition of faith can be found in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped
for the evidence of things not seen." After giving this definition the writer goes on to explain that those persons who
demonstrated faith in the past received a good report of their conduct toward men and their relationship with God. He
also says that the knowledge we have from the Scriptures explain how all creation came into being. The word translated
as faith in the Scripture in most cases is equivalent to "reliance". The question, simply put,
is will Christ find those who claim to follow Him keeping the things given by God as our standard for living. Are we "relying"
on the Scriptures as the absolute Truth of God! Or have we sold out to the world.
for the believer is the way to eternal life and for the non-believer to eternal destruction. We can determine those who rely
on His word from John 14:15: "If you love Me, keep My commandments." Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, wants to know if
He will find those who claim to be His followers faithful, or understanding it from the present day vernacular, relying on
His written Word! The Scripture has told us what to do if we claim to love Him.
In the book of
Isaiah a Scripture passage quotes a description of how things will be in the last days just before God's judgement on rebellious
mankind comes. It states: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light and light
for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent
in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink; which justify
the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth
the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust:
because they have cast away the law of YAHOVAH of Hosts, and despised the WORD of the Holy One of Israel. (Isa.
Not so very long ago this nation had laws on its books that described criminal activity.
In fact one such crime was termed, "a crime against nature" (sodomy). Sodomy was a felony offence in all states
of the United States and the phrase "a crime against nature" could just as well be stated a crime against
God! Just as in most states, not so long ago, gambling, if not a criminal offense, was most certainly considered an
immoral offense. Abortion use to be a criminal offense and was considered as murdering unborn babies. These facts
that were considered criminal in the past have now been decriminalized and forced to be accepted on those of us who believe
they are still criminal acts.
Question, could this change of laws be
the same as calling evil good and good, not to accept theses changes in behavior, as evil? Has a line been drawn
against the very principles of this country which purported its foundation to be - a nation under Almighty
God! Has this nation shut God out of its religious and moral institutions. Has the country and the Church finally said we
don't need you anymore; we want to do things our way. We need to make our own laws; Yours
are outdated. The Church accepts homosexual preachers, same sex marriage, bingo(gambling) and whatever else could
be considered worldly (Halloween) as being OK. What do you think God has in store for this Nation since the
door has been shut in His face? Judgment has already BEGUN!
Until the next time, In His service,
James A. Chisolm