God's Plan for our Time
God’s Plan for our Time
As 2013 moves along, we may wonder what it is that the Lord has next for His creation. We know the story of how He destroyed an early civilization by the means of a great flood. Jesus prophesied that in the time of the end it will again be ‘as in the days of Noah’. We can’t know how bad that civilization was, but it seems they just got on with life much the same as we do today. From God’s point of view, their problem was they failed to acknowledge Him or respect His Laws, so their Creator simply wiped them out and started over again, just like anything made that turns out defective is remoulded or with breeding, try a new bloodline. Isaiah 64:8, Jer. 18:6-7, Rom. 9:20-21
So are the world’s people today as bad as those in Noah’s day? It seems likely, as evidenced by the decline in moral standards and the widespread disbelief in the Creator God. Jer. 6:18-19, Psalm 10:13, Ezekiel 20:39
Several Bible verses tell us that God takes a keen interest in what is happening on earth. Rev. 2:23b, Job 34:21-22, Prov. 15:3, Psalm 11:4-5, Jer. 32:18-19
In our perfectly balanced and organised universe, He is playing out a drama, a set piece carefully orchestrated and arranged so that each player can choose their own role. Each person is given a conscience; a moral intuition to be aware of what is right and what is wrong, so we all make our choices as to how we live our lives. God is the just Judge, He will judge everyone according to their deeds and how each person responded in their respective situations. Psalm 9:7-8, Psalm 82:1-8, Eccl. 12:14, Isaiah 5:16, Jer. 25:31, John 12:31, 1 Peter 4:17
Today, the whole world is in a precarious state, with a population of over 7 billion. There is the capacity to produce enough food and provide a reasonable lifestyle for that many, but not the altruistic desire to do so. Therefore the situation deteriorates, life is difficult and short for most and the rest live in varying degrees of satisfaction, while all mostly do not acknowledge the one true God or keep His Laws. Over 100 Bible prophesies say how God will judge and punish His enemies and once again ‘reset civilization’. Deut. 32:35, Psalm 18:7-15, Isaiah 2:12, Isaiah 30:25-28, Hab. 3:12 , Zeph. 3:8, Hebrews 10:27, 2 Thess. 1:8, Jer. 23:19-20, Rev. 14:17-20
Note that most of the prophesies about the great Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath, which is the next prophesied event we can expect, state that this time He will use fire to ‘set the heavens ablaze, the earth will be enveloped in flames and all that is in it will be brought to judgement’. 2 Peter 3:10-12, Malachi 4:1, Isaiah 66:15-16
But the Lord’s people have a Powerful Advocate, He promises to protect and save His righteous people. Jer. 50:33-34, Isa. 51:16, Nahum 1:7, Psalm 60:4-5, Zech. 9:15-16
Psalm 30:1-5 I shall exalt You Lord, for You have lifted me up and not let enemies prevail. I cried out to You and You healed me, You saved my life as I was sinking into the abyss. Sing praises to the Lord, all you His loyal servants, give thanks to His holy name. In His anger there is punishment, but in His favour there is life. There may be distress at nightfall, but the morning will bring rejoicing.
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