Once upon a time, there was a young man who was, not only interested in the END TIMES, but who was–being fully versed in the various and sundry stories of the world–well-learned and well-read as well.
The young man PAINSTAKINGLY applied himself to the study of God’s Word, particularly when the Word of God involved the END TIMES.
BUT, try as he might, the young man just couldn’t reach an understanding of what was written in God’s Word.
NOW, this is a COMPLETELY natural state of affairs, given that God’s Word assures the reader that there are NO other options to be had in this circumstance.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.“
In other words, someone who does NOT possess the KEY (the Holy Ghost) to unlocking Scripture cannot KNOW Scripture, regardless of how long or how diligently that person studies the Word of God.
That KEY to understanding Scripture (the Holy Ghost) is given to all of those who undergo the COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION of the new (spiritual) birth.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
NOT having the KEY to understanding God’s Word (the Holy Ghost), the young man soon discovered the stories of other men who were in a SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCE as he was.
The young man then greedily devoured the stories of these lost men, as they 1) appeared to make perfect sense of the matter; and, 2) satisfied his desire to know more on the topic.
NOW, at some point in that man’s life, he was given the KEY to understanding Scripture (the Holy Ghost).
And–just as God’s Word had promised–the Holy Ghost led the man into ALL TRUTH, including the TRUTH concerning God’s Word (and the END TIMES).
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
So the man NOW had a fairly COMPLETE understanding of the END TIMES, which he had not had before this.
In fact, the man NOW understood that he was previously deceived about the last days because he did NOT have the KEY to understanding what was written in God’s Word and had previously had to settle for the utterly wrong stories of ‘learned men.’
The only fly in this ointment was that NOW the other men that the man was trying to reach neither understood NOR realized that they did NOT understand. This was because those men lacked the KEY to understanding what was written in God’s Word: many did not believe that this KEY even existed; others did not believe that it was possible to obtain such a KEY.
BUT, for the most part, those men often DID have a wonderful understanding of the foolishness other men had taught them.
DOES the reader believe he understands what God’s Word is saying?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 22-24, 2022.]
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