“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters…”
Genesis 1: 1 & 2
So began Almighty God’s quest to create a perfect environment for the people he would choose to make in his image to fulfill his desire to love and be loved. His greatest JOY is his individual masterpiece…YOU and I. God sought to implement his ordered way of dealing with people in response to our choices.
God created us initially pure and innocent of evil. Adam and Eve and all of creation lived together in harmony. Gifted with the responsibility to pro-create, rule the earth and the animals, and take care of paradise’s garden. Given one command to obey; do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now God has to deal with man’s first choice of disobedience. Resulting in their expulsion from the Garden of Paradise, ending their innocence. Genesis 1:28-30; 2:15-17
After the expulsion, God left people to themselves to make their own decisions. Which were now subject to the influence of evil. The whole earth was in a state of destructive chaos. Fallen angels came to the earth to marry human women resulting in the evil giant offspring of Nephilim. God’s loving heart was grieved. Once again, God had to respond to man’s evil choices, choosing to end all of creation through a global flood. Yet God did not give up on people. He chose to begin AGAIN with US through Noah and his family. Genesis 3:8-8:22; 6:1-6,11-18
After the flood Noah and his family were promised that God would never flood the whole earth again. Sealing this promise with the rainbow we see in the sky after it rains. To Abraham, he promised land and a great nation of his descendants. Once again, people made wrong choices resulting in the slavery of Egypt. As always, God does not forget where we are; after the lesson was learned, the Israelites were delivered from Pharoah. Due to self-will and rebellion, they wandered as a nation for many unnecessary years in the wilderness. Remember, God is just, patient and loving and does not allow our choices to continue on a destructive course. He does what is necessary to get our attention and bring us back in line with what is best for us. Genesis 12:1-7
The law was given through Moses on Mt. Sinai. This law was God’s manual for directing people in his required standard of living for a period of 1,500 years. It began with the exodus from Egypt and ended with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This was the era of the priests, prophets and kings, both good and evil. People repetitively disobey God’s requirements for right living and wander after man-made gods. God was seeking to reveal to people the perfection that they chose to give up in the garden and that there was no human way they could attain it once again. We cannot save ourselves from our evil nature. We cannot live up to the perfect standard of our initial state of innocence. We are doomed because of our OWN CHOICE. We brought it upon ourselves. We needed God to rescue and save us. He required in the law the symbolic sacrificial system to atone for our evil until his appointed time of sending Jesus Christ to live the perfect life and to die for sin in accordance with the demands of perfection, which Jesus Christ did willingly on behalf of each individual. Jesus offers to each of us the FREE GIFT of salvation…all we have to do is ask him and receive his gift. Then we become his eternally secure born-again child. Exodus chapters 19-23; Hosea 6:6; Hebrews 9:11-14; 10:3-10
God’s grace started over 2000 yrs. ago after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ and continues to this day, the new covenant in Jesus’ blood. As God says, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin”. Jesus Christ, through his birth, perfect life lived, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, repaired the great chasm between God and his precious people. I urge all who read what he is saying to you personally to ask for his gift done on your behalf so you can become his safe and secure child. That is the depth of his heart’s desire for YOU. Luke22:20; Hebrews 10:10,14; Romans 3:29-30; Galatians 3:7,29; John 14:16-26
“Ye must be born-again”
As our Father in heaven continues to beckon to all his people to accept his free gift, he continues forward to the Rapture. The Rapture is when our just God removes all of his born-again children from the earth. We will be caught up in the air to meet the Lord. Each to our appointed private conversations with Jesus Christ as to how we have allowed him to live, speak his truth and love others through our lives while on earth, resulting in our rewards in ALLOWING him to live through us. What a loving Father!!!!! He created us for HIMSELF to bring HIM, Glory and Honor. Mathew 24:39-44; Luke 17:30-35: IstCorinthians 15:35-58; 3:10-17; IICorinthians 5:1-10; Ist Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-10; Revelation chapters 19-22
From the past to the present and into the future and forever, God loves each of us, and his heart’s desire is for us to hear what he is saying to each of us. His plan from the beginning has been purity, goodness and love. The evil that continues to unfold is the result of our willful human rebellious choices. After the removal of his children through the rapture, God will issue, in the time of great tribulation, his judgement upon all those who chose to reject his salvation and be delivered from this deserved wrath. During these seven years, Satan will run rampant upon this earth compelling all people to receive his forever mark of ownership upon their hand and forehead. Whoever does not receive his mark of ownership will not be able to buy or sell, thus suffering complete shutdown, starvation and everything that goes with it. During this time, people can still cry out to God to save them and receive his free gift of salvation. BUT they will SUFFER severely, and some will die yet be eternally saved. Revelation 7:14-17
After seven years of tribulation, Jesus Christ will return with his raptured children to set up his kingdom on this present earth. Satan will be seized, bound, chained and locked away in the abyss for 1000 years. Those who did not receive the mark, along with those who died in the tribulation without the mark, will be resurrected and reign with Christ for those 1000 yrs. Revelation chapter 19; 20; 1-6
Once the thousand-year reign is over, Satan will be released from his incarceration. He will then go out once again to seek to deceive the nations, those who had received his mark of ownership, to gather them for battle. Satan’s army will march across the earth to surround Christ’s City of his people. God will send fire from heaven and devour them all. The devil who deceived the people is thrown into the lake of fire, where he will be tormented forever. Revelation 20:7-10
Great white throne
All those living and not born-again, as well as the resurrected dead who were not born-again, will be judged and given their deserved places of torment forever. Revelation 20: 11-15
The New Jerusalem
Almighty God brings his creation to his magnificent crescendo. The issuing in of the new heaven and new earth for all his ONCE AGAIN perfect people. God is on the move, propelling his universe, solar system and people to this final climax. None of this had to happen if we, as PEOPLE, would have listened to our perfect loving God from the beginning. The one who created us DOES know what is best for us; as always, he has to do what is necessary in response to our choices. Revelation 21
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City of Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their god. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21: 1-4
To all my readers, I compel you to hear, listen, heed and respond to God’s offer of salvation he purchased for you at his EXPENSE…because he LOVES you and needs YOU to be with him FOREVER. Once again, God has created you to have FREE CHOICE. The ETERNAL outcome is up to YOU and your CHOICE.
Easter Remembrance is coming. Take the time to read in the gospels and the book of Acts what Jesus Christ has SUFFERED and WON BACK for YOU…all because of OUR OWN rebellious choices. What GREAT LOVE our CREATOR has for each one of US.
AND ALL THE PEOPLE
Saturday, April 1, 2023
Sally Darlene Cooper