This Really Happened! If you listen to Born Again Christians you will get the idea that we believe this world-wide flood actually happened, and that this is a real event that God chronicled for us here in the book of Genesis. And we have no reason to doubt the truth of God’s Word, the Bible. In fact, I think that the universal flood is a far more plausible explanation for the geological column than is the evolutionary theory. This model is much easier to accept when we look at all the facts contained in the geological column. It takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe the Bible. Pastor Chuck Smith
The most remarkable thing we know concerning the old world is how it was destroyed by the world-wide flood in Genesis 6, where we see – (1) The spiritual & carnal evil of that wicked world. – (2) Our Righteous God’s hatred of that wickedness, and his Holy decision to punish it. – (3) The Amazing Grace of God to faithful Noah. 1st In Noah’s character Gen. 6:8-10. 2nd In the Words of God’s purpose for him, Gen. 6:13,17 3rd In the directions God gave Noah to build an ark, Gen. 6:14-16. 4th God’s Grace using Noah to preserve His creation,Gen. 6:18-21. – And Last, Noah’s obedience to God’s instructions. And that this which concerns the old world is written as His warning to us in these End Times of the new world.
Enoch was “Raptured” (‘caught up’ to heaven) before the great Flood came; that is before the judgment of God was poured out upon the Earth (Genesis 5 & 6). Enoch is seen as a ‘type’ of the Church, the Bride, who walked with God by faith, and was raptured. Hebrews 11:5 tells us “By Faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death”. – Now Noah is a ‘type’ of the 144,000 (Rev. 7 & 14), and Noah found Grace in the eyes of the Lord, and was kept safe through the Wrath of the Lamb (Rev.6) which is God’s Judgement during the Great Tribulation.
Cain & Able sought to approach God (Genesis 4). Now they were aware that they had to bring an offering, so Abel brought from his flock & Cain brought the fruit of the ground, the work of his hands. However Cain was seeking to come to God on Cain’s terms. But you cannot come to God Almighty on your own terms. Now Abel came to God on God’s terms; that is by Faith in Messiah (Hebrews 11:4), and God accepted Abel’s offering. In a fit of rage Cain murdered Able because God didn’t accept Cain’s own terms. Even today people will go into fits of rage because God won’t accept their own terms. But Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14). Believe it !
In Satan’s first direct challenge to Eve, he Tricks her into doubting the goodness of God. If God lies to her, how can He be good? In Satan’s second challenge he Tricks Eve into doubting the evil of sin. If this fruit is something of a Treat for her, why doesn’t God want her to have it? Satan wants people to see sin as something good that an evil God doesn’t want us to enjoy. Satan’s main lie to mankind is “sin is not evil and God is not good.”
Satan, Sin, Self and Society will try a thousand Tricks on you, just to show you what a Treat it would be to disobey God.
In Genesis 2 we see God establishing the basic relationship between a man & a woman in marriage. He said: “Therefore a man shall leave his mother and father, and cleave to his wife: and the two shall become one flesh.” (Gen. 2:24) That is God’s foundation for the establishing of a marriage. Two become one. The deepest, and the most intimate bond, is the two becoming one in marriage. This is the foundation for Godly relationships. That’s the way God planned it, that’s the way God wants it to be.
Genesis is the Hebrew word for beginning. The Hebrew word used for “God” in Genesis 1 is Elohim, which is a plural noun used with a singular subject. The Hebrew language has singular nouns (El), dual nouns (Ela) and plural nouns, (Elohim). So this makes it clear, right from the beginning of His Story, that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit acted together to create the world. We also see in Genesis 1:26 that God said: “Let US make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness.”
Jesus said ‘surely I come quickly’. (Rev.22) He said that 2,000 years ago. Peter tells us that “In the last days there will be scoffers saying; “Where is the promise of His coming? Since our fathers have died things have gone on as it was from the beginning” (2 Pet 3:3). “Jesus is coming again? Foolishness ! Things will continue as they always have!”Peter said: “God isn’t slow concerning His promises, but one day is as a thousand years to the Lord & a thousand years as one day”. In other words: “It has only been a couple days.” Hosea says for two days Israel will be as dead, but in the third day God will revive them & they will live before Him. The prophecy of Hosea was fulfilled May 14, 1948, when, after 2000 years ‘as dead’, in one day Israel became a nation again. And so I believe the day of the Lord is near at hand. And I, with John, would respond, “Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.”
The new Jerusalem will be about 1500 miles square, which is a 1500 mile cube, with its length, breadth, and height equal. That also means it is 2.25 Million square miles. Think of it as a skyscraper built of gold, silver and precious stones that is 1500 miles high and 1500 miles square. Even if each golden floor was a half-mile high, the total surface area would be bigger than the landmass of the entire world. And who needs half-mile-high ceilings? The point is, it will be beautiful, and big enough with plenty of room for you”. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013 Look around at this old world; it’s time for a change!
Jesus has a purpose for Satan, and the world system. He uses it to test our Love for Him; and to do that, Christ sometimes allows Satan to test us. The story of Job is the classic example for us. Christ doesn’t want us to be robots. He wants our choice to be a real choice; and in order for it to be real, there has to be an attractive alternative. That is where Satan, Self, and the world system comes in. As the father of lies, Satan specializes in making rebellion against God look good our flesh. This gives people an opportunity to actually choose God’s ways, and to Love Him, and not by force, but from the heart. We wouldn’t have a real relationship with the Living God unless we had a choice. And Satan, Self and the System provides mankind that option.