(First published in newsletter # 5 in 1993)
The end of all evil things is at hand- the earth’s population is near six billion and is climbing at a frightening pace. All “Christian missionary activities” combined can not keep pace with the birth and death rates, much less evangelize the unsaved billions.
We all believe the way we do, and do the things we do, because of where we were born and who shaped our beliefs during our formative years. Had we been born in India, Iran or China, we would be Hindu, Moslem, or Buddhist. So, we cannot consider ourselves better than others just because we believe we have “the Truth”. All of those people believe just as strongly that they, too, have the truth. But, God is in the process of giving the last invitation to the inhabitants of our fallen world:
JER 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
The admission that we and our ancestors have been wrong does not come easily to anyone. But honest people who value the truth and are not too proud to admit that they were wrong, will eagerly accept God’s last invitation as prophesied in this verse in Jeremiah. This verse also indicates that God will do something very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning- and that “something” will convince these “Gentiles” (non-believers) of His Truth.
JER 16:20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? 21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD.
REV 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
In 1 Cor. 1:27 we read, But God hath chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things that are mighty.
What means are most simple yet most effective in getting a point across?- “Show and tell”. People of all backgrounds and languages easily understand “show and tell”- and the example of our lives most often speaks more convincingly than the words that come out of our mouths. When God’s people perfectly reflect His character, He can work through us to draw all honest people to Himself. We must first “show” them the character of Christ in us, and then we can “tell” them God’s plan of salvation.
ZECH. 4:6 Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord of Hosts.
God has also provided evidences for His Truth through the fulfillment of prophecies and by revealing physical remains of important places and events throughout history that are designed by Him to get the world’s attention and to convince everyone of His truth. Those that love the truth will be led on to be saved. But “whosoever loveth and maketh lies” will be lost. ROM 1:25-32; Rev. 22:15.
THOUGHTS TO PONDER
We are all sinners. 1 JOHN 1:8. Sinners cannot exist in the presence of God. 2 THES 2:8. If we have not gone to the Father in the name and Blood of His Son, Jesus, and asked Him to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves- forgive and rehabilitate us,- we will be “struck dead by the brightness of His coming”, when He does come.
The human mind has not functioned adequately since Adam and Eve ate the fruit. Even the most brilliant human mind that does not seek and follow divine guidance is a doomed idiot. Those among us who have invented error and cooperated with satan in convincing others (and ourselves) that lies are true will have very little consolation while burning with satan and those we have helped deceive. Is a pathetic ego, fed by lies and deception, of equal value to eternal life? Do we really want the admiration of those feeble minded followers of satan? Christ and Him crucified is the great and only saving truth. Prophecy, history and other knowledge are only useful in revealing the crucified and risen Savior. When all is said and done, the most valuable possession on earth is a knowledge of the past, present and future work of Christ on behalf of the fallen human family and how to cooperate with divine intelligence in our own and others’ salvation.
There are those who would have us believe that we must call God by an archaic title, claiming His name should never be spoken. They claim that the word Yahweh should always be used. Yet, when Jesus was suffering under the greatest stress any man had been called upon to endure, He called His (and our) Heavenly Father “ELI” (Mat. 27:46). God by any other respectful name is still God. Using dead or unfamiliar names is an attempt by some misled souls to convince the gullible that they are clever. The use, in some quarters, of Latin is a case in point.
If we are of God, He, through us, will use the power of His love to “constrain” others to change towards “Christ likeness”. If we use (as weapons) accusations, criticism and rejection, we show the wise that we do not know God, and therefore cannot possibly be a source of any good.
IT 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
The world is an open field of labor but for a short time. Should we, whom God is counting on to do this last work, be fighting among ourselves? As Christ said to His critics when asked to quiet the enthusiasm of His followers on Palm Sunday, “If these are quiet, the rocks will cry out.” Fellow servants, if we silence ourselves with internal strife, God will use others to finish His work! Surely none of us really wants that.
As Christians, our options are two: be honest with God, our fellow human beings and ourselves, then ask to know and do the will of God and be saved. Or, continue to strut our pathetic “stuff”, receive the temporary praise of other fools and be lost. It is better for those on ego trips- that delude the simple minded and turn the insincere aside from accepting God’s last message,- to humble themselves and ask to be used of God now, than to find themselves among the lost at Christ’s coming. At the end of every ego trip awaits eternal shame and death.
The Godhead, the good angels and all the inhabitants of the un-fallen universe are watching us. See Job. chapters 1 and 2. Satan, his evil angels and followers feel no loyalty to those they have deceived. The evidences of God’s love is all about us as well as the results of satan’s activities. We have but little time to show our gratitude for the unmeasurable love of God as manifested through His Son, Jesus. Having a perfect knowledge of our failings, faults and sinful characters, God entreats us to come to him. “…turn ye turn ye from your evil ways, for why will ye die oh house of Israel?” “He that commeth to me I will in no wise cast out”. The choice of masters is ours- the results of the choice we make is for eternity. “…PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD O ISRAEL.”