From the Beginning

A STORY OF "TIME" by Trevor Topsfield

Evidence

What can we conclude from the various signs of the time?

Surely most people have at some point looked at what is happening and come up with the conclusion.

It is the sign of the times.

If the signs indicate what we expect because of the date, then how do we come to this conclusion?

Weather forecasters do this all the time; they are trained in all aspects of climatic conditions with many technical aids to assist them. Experience is a great help along with local knowledge and yet they don’t always get it right as there are many variables which can and do make differences that are difficult to predict.

If ever there was a group of people who failed to read the signs of their time it was the Jews going back to the time of Ezekiel. They might argue that hindsight makes a huge difference and that is very true, but will history prove that we are no smarter than they were at reading the signs?

Someone; (I don’t know who it was) once said; “one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history”.

Generations have seen previous generation fail, but have not capitalised on the lesson they should have learned from them.

In 586 B. C. the Jews were beaten severely by Nebuchadnezzar and his Chaldean army, thousands were killed with many of the younger generation taken to Babylon in captivity. We know most did not see it coming because in Ezekiel Chapter 13 Verses 9 + 10 he says that within the multitudes there are some who say “Peace,” when there is no peace.” (NIV) Ezekiel gave this warning in about 594 B. C. just 8 years before the catastrophe hit them.

God had warned Israel (in Leviticus 26:14-35) he would discipline in five stages if they failed to carry out his commands, each stage was 7 more severe than the one before and ended in the destruction of the Nation.

It happened to the Northern Kingdom in 721 B. C. and it was so terrible no-one should have forgotten what it was like and how important it is to remain on the right side of God.

In 760 B.C. Isaiah began his ministry to warn of the administration of the 5th stage of discipline and was in time to warn both North and South Kingdoms of Israel. Hosea was the main prophet for the Northern Kingdom and he began in 785 B. C. 25 odd years before Isaiah.

So the Northern Kingdom had at least 64 years of warning by Hosea and another 39 from Isaiah.

The warnings to Southern Kingdom began 174 years before the 5th stage was administered, then in 629 B.C. Jeremiah continued to warn the Jews.

By the time Jeremiah came on the scene the Northern Kingdom was no more, and therefore he could use them as an example of how bad things could get. In Jeremiah Chapter 3, verse 6+7 he explains how Israel (the Northern Kingdom) played the harlot and her treacherous sister Judah (the Southern Kingdom) saw it.

Jeremiah’s warning began 43 years before the catastrophe of the 5th stage of discipline. Just when the 1st stage began is difficult to ascertain or the 2nd and 3rd, but we do know that by 597 B. C. the 4th had been because in that year Nebuchadnezzar defeated the Jews and took control of Jerusalem.

So 11 years before 586 B.C. there should have been some very worried people, but it appears that they had lived with warnings for over 100 years and were convinced God had gone to sleep on the job.

However in 595 B. C. along came Ezekiel to continue with the warning and found the general consensus was that there was “peace” even though Nebuchadnezzar and his Chaldean army was in control.

If the Jews of 595 B. C. were weather forecasters they would be suggesting clear skies and fine weather even when there are black thunder clouds in the form of the Chaldeans on the horizon. When those clouds arrived thousands of the mature inhabitants of Judah were killed, while the younger generation was taken captives to Babylon. It was not a pretty sight, but they had been warned.

What is the weather like today as 2012 A.D. approaches? There are plenty of signs and we know exactly what God is doing, so we should be able to make some predictions on what is going to happen.

One thing we all can be sure of; our time on earth will come to an end. It in itself is a warning that we as individuals need to prepare for eternity and none of us know exactly how long we have left. It is extremely important to believe in Jesus Christ as he has made the way for us to enjoy a wonderful time with him forever.

After the death and resurrection of Jesus, God the Father said to him as it was prophesied Psalm 110:1 “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a foot stall for your feet.” (NIV)

This is how it is today and will continue until Jesus rises and comes to the earth where he will wait in the clouds and gather up all the member of the Church. This will occur at the end of the Church, so that while the Church is functioning Jesus Christ is at the right hand of the Father.

Making your enemies a foot stall was a practice carried out whereby soldiers of a conquering army would make their captives knell in front of them, then they would put their foot on their backs in an intimidating way. God the Father is going to do the same with Jesus’ enemies. The enemies of Jesus are Satan and his demon followers. When Satan challenged God for the throne in Heaven he saw weakness in the “Love of God” and therefore saw his chance to make himself like “The Most High”. Therefore Jesus Christ who is the “Love of God” personified is Satan’s target.

However the “Justice of God” which functions through God the Father has taken on the battle, and said to Jesus, “Sit alongside of me while I sort this challenge out”.

God the Father is allowing Satan certain liberties as he rules the world so he can demonstrate his capability to be like him.

What is happening in the world has nothing to do with the “Love of God”, Jesus is doing nothing but quietly sitting and watching the “Father” fight the battle for him.

Meanwhile Satan is trying to demonstrate a system of “good and evil” is good enough to make the world last forever. If God is to win; then the world has to collapse. So what we should be seeing are signs of deterioration; evidence Satan is unable to win the battle he is raging with God.

Satan and his demon followers are trying to demonstrate that Satan can be like “The Most High” as he rules the world, but to be like him would require that the world can last forever.

For God the Father to say to Jesus “Sit at my right hand till I make you enemies a foot stool” infers in itself that Satan is going to be defeated.

Therefore the world has to collapse through one form or another come to an end if this defeat is to happen.

Is there any evidence to suggest this might happen?

Could the world’s human population become so great it cannot be supported or housed?

Could climate change be the trigger to prove Satan cannot demonstrate he can be like “The Most High”?

Could the financial problems the Europeans are having be the straw that will bring about his downfall?

Could our jails need to so big that Satan’s attempted control of sinfulness is proven not to work?

Could the health of the world’s inhabitants become so poor that longevity is out of the question?

There are so many things that could prove once and for all that Satan has absolutely no chance of ever proving he is anywhere near as good as God, but one things is for sure; at least one thing will do it.

I say the evidence we see around us is bad news for those who will not believe in Jesus Christ.

Peace, Peace is never going to happen as long as Satan rules the world.  His policy of “good and evil” is simply not good enough to get the job done.

 Trevor Topsfield

 

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

 

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