Saturday, April 02, 2005
The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God
Signs of the Heavens
Many ask about those that may never have had the opportunity to hear the gospel. What about them? Can they be saved? What about those that are born into other religions, and are “good people”. You mean they must become Christians to be saved? How dare you say that Jesus is the only way.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I will endeavor to try to clear up some of those questions.
First let me say I did not say Jesus is the only way, Jesus did. John:14:6: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Now He is either crazy, or a liar, or he is just telling us the truth. It would save us all a lot of trouble if we would just believe Him. I know it is not that easy so let us start with the native that lives on the third planet from the sun, on a tiny imaginary island in the middle of the jungle. He has never even seen a missionary trying to steal his gold in exchange for the gospel. How can he have heard of Jesus and know of the crucifixion? The Bible says Acts: 4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (the name Jesus) No where in the Bible does it say you must know that name, it says there is no other. Let us remember who the Bible teaches that Jesus is. He is the Almighty all Powerful, Omnipotent God become man. In order for any man any where any time to know God, he must seek. If you do not seek you do not find. So let us say this native man is seeking God, how can he find him and be saved?
Ps: 19:1: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.” Rom: 1:20: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
What this is saying is that we can learn a great deal about God by His creation, “even his eternal power and Godhead” As we look around we ask where did it all come from? What is the purpose? We can see that this creator or “source” has order. There is order in the universe. The Sun rises and sets, the seasons work on schedule, everything seems to be in balance. The rains water the earth and new replaces the old. So we can know that he is a God of order. We can also know that “It” has intelligence, because I have intelligence. The cause would have to be greater than the effect. My source would have to have at least the intelligence that I have. We can also see that “It” would have a personality, again because I have one. As we look around at civilizations, and we interact with others, we see there is a standard of right and wrong, that is beyond self. Every civilization and society knows there is a standard. All know that lying and stealing and cheating are not good qualities. We may have disagreed on some points like how many wives you can have but all know you can’t just have whomever you want. All know that selfishness is not a good quality. Now is the tricky part. Universally man knows that there is a standard, and if he is honest, he must acknowledge in his heart that he is not living by that standard he himself knows to be right. At that point, he can either harden his heart and justify his actions in his own mind, or he can humble himself and call on this “Being” that made that standard to have mercy on him. That I believe is a salvation experience. Nowhere are we told that we must know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but nevertheless it is because He did, that he can be saved whether he knows it or not. To know the story is an added blessing and is food for spiritual growth. To say that he must know the name of Jesus (and there is no other name) or the plan of salvation to be saved; is like saying that if a man is drowning and is passed out, that you can not rescue him because he doesn’t know who or how he is being rescued. Now we are just talking about basic salvation from damnation. I believe as a man surrenders to God, he puts his spirit in him, and he is born and saved. Remember I have said in other posts, we are not just called to be born.
Now let’s look at other religions of the world and the people that are steeped in their culture. It is very hard for a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindu that have been raised in that, and they have families that have been that way, to ever turn against their traditions or against those whom they love. Most people of those faiths are no more involved with the actual religion than most so called Christians are. It is merely a heritage and tradition to them. They just want the same things in life everyone else wants. To be fed, clothed, sheltered, and provide for their families. The key here again is a seeking heart. If you do not seek you do not find. If you seek, God will find you, and the same thing happens as the native in the jungle. God looks upon the heart; His ways are not our ways. God is just. Remember I have said that there are many that know the doctrines but do not know God, (like the Pharisees) and many that do not know the doctrine but do know God. 2Cor:3:6: .. for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Now you may ask what is the use of doctrine? It is meant for spiritual growth and understanding and to communicate His word. Deut:8:3: “that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”
Man is finite and God infinite, we can never understand him except he reveals himself to us. All systems of religious works are man’s endeavor to somehow be worthy or deserve Gods favor. True Biblical Christianity teaches us that we can never deserve it. This leads us to the “good person” Mk: 10:18: “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” Rom: 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Jn: 3:17: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Rom: 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Most of what I have said here is mainly hypothetical. It is meant as an effort to give an answer to those so common questions. In some cases there are those that are not really seeking an answer. Their question is merely a road block. Have you ever asked your self, why are you, you, here and now? Why where you born into what ever family or country you are in?
It was God that chose it and placed you here and now. So there is no one on the face of this earth that has ever lived that God doesn’t know about. Mt: 10:30: “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” I have talked about predestination and free will in another post.
Let us continue with the theme of this post. In Psalm 19, and Romans 1 that I quoted above, the Bible is telling us God has made the creation as a picture of understanding spiritual truth. The Sun is a type of Jesus. He is the “light of the world “ it is the lifegiving source to every living thing on this planet. The Sun sets and rises again. We are the children of the day and not of the night. The Day Star. Mal:4:2: “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun (spelled S-U-N, this is evidence that it is a type of Jesus) of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;.” I am not saying that the sun is God, or even a manifestation of God, or divine in any way. The sun is merely part of His creation. I have said it is a TYPE of understanding spiritual truth. No man has seen God the Father for he is Spirit, but when we do see God what we see is the Son, because the Son is the expression of the Father. Jesus was that Burning bush. He was the Rock that followed the children of Israel through the wilderness. In the Gospel of John, chapter 1 it says that the "Word" was made flesh. The word that is translated for WORD is from the Greek word LOGOS. It means the intent or expression. Jesus is the eternal preexistent expression of the Father. The Sun is such a strong type and so powerful an image, that it has caused many a civilization to worship it as God. The Sun is finite, the Son Jesus is Infinite. True it is the giver of natural life to everything on this planet. BUT!!! Natural life is temporal. Jesus gives us eternal life. Water is also vital to life, nothing can live without it. Water is a type of the Holy Spirit, as is the Wind, but still ONLY the creation helping to lead us to the truth in the Eternal Spirit of God. I would like to add that the Sun is not only showing a type of the Son, but the Father and Holy Spirit also. We again see the idea of the Triune God. Think of it this way. The power that is the source of its energy is the Father. We don’t see the power; we see the brilliance of its fireball or the manifestation of that power. What we see is the Son. We are enabled to see it and feel its heat by its Rays, which is a TYPE of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit makes Him known unto us. The moon is a type of Satan. It has no light of it’s own but appears as though it has light. It is the ruler of darkness. Lunar is where we get the word Lunatic. The Stars are a type of the saints and angels. They are lights in a dark place. The stars also are telling us much more. Remember they are a type of the Angels and saints. Lights in a dark place. That means they have a message. In the verse in Romans, it says that even the invisible things of God may be known, In other words more than just the basics. Ps.19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2: Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3: There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. (it has gone everywhere) 4: Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them (the heavens) hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5: Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man (like Hercules) to run a race. 6: His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. What King David is talking about here is the Gospel that is written in the stars. The Astroligical symbols are very ancient. They are even mentioned in the Book of Job, which is the oldest written book of the Bible. It was written before Genesis. Job:38:31: “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion 32: Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth (the Twelve signs) in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” There are no civializations that don’t know about them. They were never meant to be a fortune telling divination as we see used today. They are given as messengers of the Gospel and Gen.1: 14: says “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:” I won’t go to far into intrepting them in this post, but I will just point out a few things. The Sphinx in Egypt is a Key as to where to begin and end the Astroligical wheel. The head of the Virgin and the body of the Lion. We begin with Virgo the Virgin, and end with Leo the Lion. The very first prophecy in the Bible having to do with the coming of the Massiah is he will be born of the seed of a woman Gen.3:15., and Isaiah 7:14 he tells us that the woman will be a virgin. Hence Virgo the virgin. She has in one hand a “Branch” Jesus was called the Branch of the stem of Jesse. The other hand she has a sheve of wheat. The star of the first magnitude in the sheve means “falling into the ground and dying” Associated with Virgo is the lesser constelation of Comah, which means “Desired of all nations” It is a Virgin women with a child in her lap. Leo the Lion is Jesus as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Twelve Tribes, twelve signs. We see Herculies the strong man doing battle with the surpent and his foot on Drago the dragon’s head. Now Astrologers tell us we are leaving the age of Pisces the fish. The Church is symbolized by the fish pictured as bound by Cetus the sea monster. We are leaving the Church age and entering the Age of Aquarius, the water barrer. He is pictured as pouring water out into the mouth of the fish. The water is signifacant of the spirit. The picture (above) is Jesus pouring the living water into the mouth of the Church. (if you click on the picture it will give you a larger picture)
The Trinity is also consistent with his entire creation. There is oneness and threeness in everything. We are a three part being, Body, Soul and Spirit. We are Flesh, Blood and Bone. All that we perceive is perceived in terms of Time, Space and Mass-Energy. In time there is Past, Present, and Future. In space there is Height, Width and Depth. In Mass-Energy there are Positive, negative and Neutral. You can never have one without the other two. God spoke all things into existence. He said “Let there be” and “All things are upheld by the word of His power”. If the Sun in the sky is of such brilliance and glory, and it is only the creation, imagine the brilliance of the Creator, “Who is blessed forever. Amen” and Amen. May God Bless us with the truth of Him.
Hallelujah!. Truly, The Heavens and all of Creation are Telling of the Glory of God.
Amen, Come Lord Jesus.