It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I write this blog today. We are all used to seeing some amount of violence on our television. In fact, it has become such a regular thing in our society, most of us have become complacent to it. In other words, we see so much of it everyday that instead of becoming angry about it we have trained ourselves to learn to accept it as “the new normal” and consider it to be unconcerning.
In my book, Easy to Read Bible Stories: Genesis, God warned Cain not to allow his feelings overtake his common sense or he would certainly regret it; unfortunately, we all know how that turned out. Thousands of years later, mankind has gone through one trial and tribulation after another. God even destroyed the entire world in an effort to cleanse all the evil in the world and start anew. Sadly, Satan’s grip on mankind’s willingness to sin is excessively tight.
Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God in the garden of Eden may seem minor in comparison to what we see today but God knew ahead of time, before they even considered touching the forbidden fruit, what the consequences would be.
In Moses, the Israelites were being held in captivity for over four hundred years. Their crime? Disobeying God.
Sound harsh? Maybe. If you were to read the story, you would see that God told them ahead of time that they had a choice to make. Either they could choose to obey God and He would bless them – they would want for nothing, or they could choose to do whatever they wanted to do (follow the lifestyles of their neighbors) and they would suffer greatly by the very neighbors they want to be like.
Finally, in my most recent book, Why God, we (as a society) consistently ask questions such as, Why do bad things happen to good people?, instead of asking questions like, What is forgiveness, or Who is Jesus?
The racism protests around the country are continuing and the violence has increased. What started out as a peaceful protest against racism and police going to far in their duties had turned equally wrong by the citizens when they turned violent. No doubt, if we were still willing to hear God’s voice, he would have warned us against this before it happened.
I walk into a local business and if the news is turned on, I see rioting, looting, graffiti everywhere, even the statue of President Abraham Lincoln was torched! Why? Because his skin color was white (or not black)? This was the man that passed the law that slavery was wrong and would not be tolerated!
I am starting to believe that these protests and violence are not being done by the same people. In this I mean that I think there is one group of people who are protesting their anger against those in power as peaceful protestors and then there are those who love the violence and hatred. They worship the god of this world and not the God of creation. If only they would ask questions such as, What are the signs of the end times or Who is the Antichrist?
Even on our televisions shows, the music we listen to, the movies we watch, etc., the discontempt for God is everywhere but nobody is asking or remotely concerned if we are living in the age of the end of the world.
Ironically, as mentioned earlier in this blog, God warned the people prior to disaster occurring. Some reading this blog may ask why we, in today’s society, did not get a warning about the recent tragedies (just this year). A worldwide pandemic, “murder hornets”, civil unrest at an all-time high, natural disasters around the globe are increasing at an alarming rate.
Then, there are things happening behind the scenes that most of the public does not even know about yet. These are the things that God did warn us about: global natural disasters will increase, the world’s hatred for God (and each other) will increase, the child will turn against their parent and the parent will hate their child, the list goes on. What about things that haven’t happened yet but were prophesied? The stage is being set for: the rise of the antichrist, a one-world currency, and soon following will be the mark of the beast, a one-world religion, horrible plagues (the world has never seen anything like this nor will again).
Is there any hope for us? Absolutely! There is always hope until your body is in the grave. For many people, reading their Bible is too difficult. It is for this reason that I wrote the books that I did. For the kids, I wrote, Easy to Read Bible Stories: Genesis and Moses. Don’t worry if you are an adult, you can read these too and learn plenty! Don’t bother listening to the devil when he tells you those are kids’ books. Have you ever watched tv shows like: The Simpsons, American Dad, Futurama, etc. – are those not cartoons made for adults?
Alas, there is also Why God?: answers to the world’s top questions about God for the adults. Here is where the material gets to the thick of the important topics not being discussed in the world: What is mercy, What is grace, What is forgiveness, Who is the antichrist and who is Jesus (the Christ or savior / messiah). Try this – rather than just quickly reading through this blog and then going about your day, ask yourself the above questions in blue and see how many you can answer. Would you be able to explain it to someone who does not know?
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