Thursday, January 17, 2013

Is there a God in Heaven?

I wonder how many people ever think about this question. It seems many are so engrossed in daily survival and doing their "jobs" day in day out that these somewhat  esoteric  matters seem rather archaic. After all is it modern to believe in God? Wasn't that for the stone age and prehistoric creatures?

After all, we are educated. We know human beings come from conception, cell division...We understand biochemical reactions. We can transplant the human heart. Now we can even transplant a face and a hand. We've been to the moon. We have broadband and Ipad. Even a Facebook account and a digital TV

Why do we need God? Isn't faith for those who can't think? For those who earn less than a dollar a day and need to hope in some fantasy in order to keep going? But if I have two cars and a house, why do I need God? 

I can afford good brandy and even a holiday in the  Seychelles. My phone has an AMOLED display and NFC. So tell me: Do I really need God? I have the History channel and a DVR.

After all,  when you die, you die. Why invent stories about an afterlife? What about absolute truth? Does it really exist? I thought truth is relative. Does it really matter if I tell a lie here and there or take something that doesn't belong to me? After all who invented the law anyway. Who says their  standards  are better than mine?

Who gives people the right to specify moral standards for others anyway? Why can't a man marry another man? It's their choice. 

I don't even see who came up with this rule about murder and eating people. After all, if you have a taste for human flesh, why can't we be allowed to buy some from the city  mortuary  and have homo  sapiens   sapiens  thigh casserole for dinner on Fridays. 

After all, Dawin  proved  the survival of the fittest is what matters....And why have government bothering us anyway? We can go back to the wild west. It was fun. If you don't like a guy or want to take over his wife, just shoot the fella. Why do we need to stick to one wife? Why can't I visit my neighbour's house and sleep with his wife when I feel like then box the fella if he complains?

Now, how do you like that line of argument? Would you like to live in a world of that sort filled with essentially insane creatures masquerading as human beings? I doubt it.

God can not be proven or tested like a physical formular or a research hypothesis. If He indeed created us, designed us and placed us in this universe, then He must be infinitely higher in intellect than we are. After all, we have never been able to recreate the smallest bacteria. All we do is manipulate its genes unable to grasp the origin or purpose of life. Unable even to define "life". We can't comprehend the enormity of the universe or ever hope to traverse its length and breadth. Yet we think, we believe that it came about by "chance." And what is "chance"? How many mathematicians understand chance? How come there is order in chaos? Is there really such a thing as chance? Can we prove its existence? Our entire scientific discourse may be based on a  misunderstanding  of the universe. Yet we  hold  on to our now-aging beliefs with more  fervor  than a devout catholic holds on to their rosary [What possible power could be contained in a string of beads?].

God says: I am the Truth. Therefore, there is absolute truth. The Lord says: My word will never change. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but not the least letter in my word will change.

He has a law that is to be obeyed, not debated. He has standards that are to be met not reviewed. 

Is there a God in heaven? Yes. And the question isn't even debatable. You either believe it or not. His name is Jehovah. The God of Israel. The God of Abraham. The God of Isaac and Jacob. The Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. The creator of the heavens and the earth. The author of life. My God, my Master, my King, my Father. My Salvation, my  Redemption, my  Deliverance, my Eternity. My Hope, my Peace, My Joy eternal. My All in All over All. My bridge to the land beyond, to the City of Life, the City of Glory, the City of Light where the throne of the Father and Son will be for eternity.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Jubilee Again

Because the Lord talks in parables, it is useful to examine again the Lord's Jubilee. Leviticus 25 describes in exacting details regarding how this Jubilee was to be observed. Every 50th year, all land was to be returned to the original owners to whom it was allocated after return from Israel. The land belonged to the Lord. Israel was the Lord's tenant.

But then Isaiah throws light at the amazing truth of Jubilee. It was Isaiah 61 that Christ read to the  synagogue  in Luke 4:18 - 19. 

"He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Then in John 8: 31 - 36, Christ explains that Israel was indeed in slavery. Not the usual slavery of this world but slavery to sin. He came to bring the Truth and the Truth would set us free. He himself is truth for He said of Himself: I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. [John 14:6]

But why then observe the Sabbaths of the Lord - the 7th day, the seventh year, the 50th year? 

People searched the scriptures for revelation about the mysteries of God. In one scripture it says: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith [Hebrews 12: 2]. This scripture reminds us that the entire scripture is about God and His people; about Christ and the Church.

The Lord chose to write in parables to hide this truth from those He has not chosen to receive it. Now, a look at scripture reveals that the Lord desires honor and dignity.

58 If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God— 59 the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. 60 He will bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. 61 The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed. 62 You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the Lord your God. 63 Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess.[Deut. 28:58-63].

Again it says:

“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things,” says the Lord Almighty.[Mal 4:1-3].

Do we need to go any further? The Almighty God, the God of Israel, desires honour and reverence. If the year of  Jubilee  is the year of liberty from slavery to sin, it represents the Christ whose most precious blood was shed at cavalry as an attoning sacrifice for the sins of Man. 

Honouring the Sabbaths of the Lord is honouring and revering the Lord. Dishonouring His Sabbaths is dishonouring Him, despising Him, and treating Him with contempt.

Therefore, this is the conclusion: the year of Jubilee honours the Lord of Glory. It reminds us of the eternal rest into which we shall enter on the last day. It represents the final victory over sin and over the prince of this world who is satan. It represents the final return of the "prodigal sons" to their rightful home: Their Father's House; the New Jerusalem. 

The word of God says:

“A thief must certainly make restitution, but if he has nothing, he must be sold to pay for his theft."[Exodus 22:3]


Whoever kills an animal must make restitution, but whoever kills a man must be put to death.[Lev. 24:21]

Therefore,  finally, he who comes to steal, to kill and destroy must himself be destroyed.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Death is Near, Very Near

Death is not a pleasant phenomena. Yet all are destined for death unless the hand of Christ saves. Almost two years ago, the Lord, the God of Heaven, He who is called Jehovah-Elyon, caused us to see the pale horse and its rider in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. In Misr, the same country where, in the days of Moses, the angel of death was sent to harvest the first borns of Egypt. 

Now he is back in accordance to Revelations 6:7 that says:

When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.  

In the same month when Death was seen riding in Egypt, judgement was pronounced over Kenya on the 19th of February 2011. The year 2013 does not sound like a safe year. Unless Kenya repents before the Lord, a lot of death is waiting. The first day of the year started with a  grisly  road crash at Salgaa, a  notorious  black spot where some time back many were burned beyond recognition as they collected spilled petrol. 

The message is this: Walk very very carefully through 2013. Stay very very close to Jehovah because in His shadow, you are covered. Under His wings, you are safe. 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. [Ephesians 5:15 - 16]

The Lord is near. Seek Him while he may be found for a day is coming when His presence will depart and His judgement will follow. Fear the Lord.