"I am the LO-D your G-d, who brought you out of the house of bondage...you shall have no other gods before Me.(Ex 20:3-3)

August, 2014

Shalom - Please read the Scriptures given with this lesson!

The Last few lessons I've done have been on end time prophecy, (the conclusion of this present age), and the church which has forsaken its mission. Now it's time for me to focus on each individual and his or her world view. And just why do I think it is important for me to focus on each person's world view? Because we are all passing through a period of time, which is now (transition), to a place where there is no now (no transition), only eternity. And our world view is important because it will determine where and how we spend eternity. There are two and only two world views: we either believe that there is G-d, who created all things seen and unseen, or that everything present, seen or unseen, simply evolved from some mysterious explosion (the big bang theory); there is no middle ground for the explanation of existence and what we call our reality.

The Holy Bible gives the explanation of G-d creating all things and the humanist's books on Philosophy give man's explanations on their theories of how things came into existence. Therefore, we have the creationists and the evolutionists presenting different points of view on existence and reality: hence two opposing world views.

It is not my intent in this lesson to try and persuade anyone to accept my core beliefs in Christ/Yeshua and my world view from the Bible's perspective. I only argue for the Truth of the Scripture/The Bible, for the G-d of creation and the blessed hope of eternity with untold joy with the Father and His Son, the L-rd of glory! My intent is to show that the Holy Bible has given an accurate account of what is transpiring worldwide even as this lesson is being prepared. The Bible also gives an accurate account of what caused the beginning and its conclusion.

Most of us, if not all, have heard of a place called the "Holy Land." This place name given by the noun "Holy Land" is an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea. This is a place that pilgrimage is made for believers in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. This place is considered to be the holiest place on the planet because of the area known as the Temple Mount. Many of the names in this area have been changed to reflect a break from its past history or for other reasons which are not pertinent to this lesson. This particular area however, is more than 4,000 years old.

Many names in this area of over 4,000 years have been retained and are being brought to our attention in world news headlines/affairs today. Two of the names are Syria and Gaza. Both names were prominent 4,000 years ago and both are prominent today. I think this fact is very germane to my argument for a Creator behind all things seen and unseen whose Name is Jealous (Ex. 34:14). The Creator says in His Holy Word the Bible, these words which describes His Knowledge and Power: "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure." (Isa 46:10) G-d plainly says here that He knows the future even before it exists and that He tells the future to mankind so that they might believe in Him. Moreover, He says in His Holy Word: "Surely the L-rd G-d does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7) What He has given to the prophets, they have written in Scripture (the Bible). Therefore, studying Scripture is like reading the news paper of current events foretold thousands of years ago! What a time to be alive! We are seeing the end of the age unfold before our very eyes: how exciting!

This, by the way, is why my world view is based on the Scriptures which foretell the future events to come in our time. In fact I think we are seeing prophecy fulfilled right now. For example, Gaza and Syria are engaged in unprovoked aggression of war against Israel. Since G-d knows the end from the beginning what does prophecy have to say about these two countries? But first know this; there are plenty of Scriptures that show the hatred with war between people of Gaza and Syria with the people of Israel: Zech. 9:5, Josh. 10:41, Judg. 1:18, Zeph. 2:4 concerning Gaza; Isa. 7:5-6, 2nd Kings 13:19, Judg. 16:21, 2nd Sam. 8:6 and 1st Kings 11:25 concerning Syria. These are just a few Scriptures but the Bible is replete with scores of Scriptures regarding this never ending conflict with these and other nations against G-d's people, the Jews, that span over 4,000 years of history.

During the writing of this lesson Israel is engaged in a war in this area with their sworn enemies in Gaza. Those factions of Gaza belong to an Islamist militant group which has sworn to annihilate Israel. There pledge is to destroy the seed of Israel- genocide- forever. This might have taken man by surprise but not Almighty G-d for He says in Psalms 83:3-5: "They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, ‘come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more'. For they have consulted together with one consent, they form a confederacy against You." This was written in the 10th century before Christ! Psalm 83 is an end time prophecy between Israel and their enemies written millennia ago. Please read this Psalm in its entirety and discover that all of Israel's enemies are named in this Psalm. These names given in Psalm 83 are the very same people Israel is fighting today and have been, it would seem, forever.

In response to His disciples questions concerning the end of the age (things as we now know them to be), Christ said as follows in Matthew 24:6-8: "And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of war see that ye be not troubled for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." As most of you well know, if you watch the news, the beginning of these sorrows has already begun.

Since the Scripture record the words of the Savior of all mankind, don't you think it's time to rethink what your world view is and if it doesn't match up to the pattern/world view that Christ has left us then shouldn't you rethink your position, and give your life to Him for safe keeping in this world of now for the world of eternity which shall shortly be established. After all, the Bible says that Christ is G-d manifest and is able to give eternal life to whom soever He chooses.

Remember that in the days of Lot, according to the Scripture, they were warned of judgment but did not pay attention to the warning and because of their unwillingness to believe and seek protection (forgiveness for sin), they were destroyed. You must read this passage! (Luke 17:28-30)

Isaiah 30:21 gives advice to those who want to escape G-d's wrath which has already begun in judgment of this world: Quote "Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, ‘This is the way walk in it' whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left." Unquote: I suggest we heed this warning! Just as warning was given in the days of Lot, so G-d is warning us also today. Will you hear with your ears, believe His word, and escape His wrath by accepting Christ as your Savior if you haven't already?

I close with this admonition: "Seek ye the L-rd while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: And let him return unto the L-rd, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our G-d, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isa. 56:6-7)

Until the next time,

In His service, James A. Chisolm

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"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" (John 14:15)

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free..." Gal 3:28

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