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.
Jesus has several names. He has the name “The Word of God.” Jesus also has a name that no one knows except Him. And He wears the name “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Jesus is sovereign and Jesus is Lord over all. Now the most efficient form of government is a monarchy, but it is only as good as the monarch. It is hell if the monarch is a tyrant. Jesus is the perfect Monarch. He will rule absolutely, but in righteousness and love. And as the Bride of Christ, we will have the privilege of helping Him in His administration.
In Revelation 17 we saw God destroy Religious Babylon. In Revelation 18 we read of His destroying of Commercial Babylon. Today commercial interest controls the world. They are the power brokers. They put politicians in office. They sit on top of the world, in the lap of luxury, thinking they will never pay for all the years of using people for their own purposes, using the poor of the world as slaves in their business games. But The Lamb of God will destroy them in a day. Christians often say about material things, “It’s all gonna burn.” Well, this will be the day when it all burns. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013
In the Bible the image of a prostitute is used to signify false religions, betraying the Living God who loves them. So here in Revelation 17 we see a false religious system that has compromised itself to partner with the Beast. This Religious system is connected with the ten kings of the revived Roman Empire, & is centered around Rome. Rome was built on seven hills & is clearly described in verse 9. It is important to remember that the corrupt religious system coming out of Rome will be the church that exists after the Rapture. When you take all the Christians out of any church, what is left will be terrible. And that is what we have here. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013