You and I know that so much of the news on the Internet depicts the time of the end. For the last couple of years that I’ve been reading Christian AND secular news, the word ‘apocalypse’, and ‘unprecedented’ are two of the most frequent words we see.
After reading so much, and I haven’t caught up on all my reading yet, (there’s so much of it); a couple of days ago, I started thinking about the removal of Creation.
That’s right. What we read about creation in the beginning of the Bible is going to be removed.
One pastor loved to dwell on Hosea 4 to talk about the massive fish and animal deaths that have happened for at least the last two+ years and to try and explain why it’s happening. We can look at those few verses after we’ve been through Genesis, and we will also look through some of Revelation to see the startling truths set out in Scripture to see what God is going to do to this world. 2 Peter talks about some of it as well. People think there’s a time coming where we will be living in peace in this world for 1000 years. Where that teaching came from, I have no idea but it has no basis in Scripture. At Christ’s return, this old world is going to be burned. Men are going to be judged and those who are His are going to be taken to be with Him forever, just as He stated.
But I’m getting a little ahead of things! I started with Creation, so let’s see what God did, right at the beginning.
The very first thing God did was to bring forth light (Genesis 1:3). At the end of time, one of the warnings is that the sun will be darkened. That’s a complete reversal of creation as we’ve seen in this verse. The “two great lights” that God created are spoken of in verse 16 of chapter one. The stars were created at the same time. They were all given to bring light upon the earth. What will happen to the stars? They will drop from the sky as late figs are shaken from a tree in a strong wind! (Revelation 6:13). And what of the two great lights, or the sun and the moon? Well, staying in Revelation 6, just before we read about the stars, we see in verse 12 that at the time of opening the sixth seal, the sun will be darkened (or will turn black, and that’s not an eclipse as many like to think, it’s far worse than that). It’s the complete reversal of what God in His mercy has given us in creation. These things that are about to happen are dreadful, supernatural signs, portending the Lord’s return in judgement. When these things happen, men are going to be screaming in fear, knowing that the Lord’s return is imminent, and they will be seeking to escape Him. It’s terrifying, and it hasn’t ended yet as far as the Scriptures are concerned! In 2 Peter 3, we see these verses confirmed. We all need to read that chapter and remind ourselves as to what’s at stake.
Back to Genesis and the rest of what the Lord gave us is revealed in the animals, birds, fish, etc., and mankind. He gave each living creature food to eat and a place to live. The fish and other creatures have the seas and oceans, land mammals and mankind have the dry earth. But even today, we see these things being slowly destroyed. How many times have we heard of the sea and some lakes turning red? How many times have we read about harmful algae? How many times have we seen millions of fish and hundreds of animals suddenly fall dead in the last two years? Folks, what do you think this is telling us?
1: Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgement of God in the land.
2: There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3: Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying.
That’s the set of Scriptures many pastors these days turn to. If they were written all those thousands of years ago and the Lord directed them at the Israelites of those times, how much worse have we become in the world in THESE days?
Bloodshed follows bloodshed. Too many instances of that truth surround us, from the killings around the world because of religion, the murders of men, women and children because of the lack of boundaries many people have these days; the murder of children even before they’re born – so bloodshed follows bloodshed. The land mourns just as it did when Abel was slain by his brother Cain, (Genesis 4:10). And because the Lord is angry with the wicked every day, (Psalm 7:11), he must pour out His judgements against sin. This is what we are seeing in the world. And to think that things are going to become so bad that the Lord’s wrath is going to be poured out, even to the point where He reverses His Own creation is something that should make us all come before Him and beg for His mercy and forgiveness.
This needs to be followed up in another blog page with further Scriptures and I do believe, a discussion/prayer session needs to take place. Comments are always welcome. I’d appreciate it if we could all stick to the points being discussed.