"How often at night, when the heavens are bright, and I gaze at the glittering stars; And I stand there amazed, and I asked as I gazed, if their glory excels that of ours." A verse from HOME ON THE RANGE, written by a farmer at Smith Center, Kansas, many years ago. What is the significance of the stars? "The heavens declare the glory of God and the earth showeth forth His handiwork." Psalm 19:1. There are so many references to "The heavens" in the Bible and they DO HAVE a special significance. Astronomers estimate there are one TRILLION stars in our galaxie, plus all the planets. What a GREAT God we have. They estimate the diameter of our Milky way galaxy to be 4000 to 5000 light years. Light travels 15.85 TRILLION miles per year. Put that in your computer.
THE GLORY OF GOD
"God is a spirit, and they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24. Truth is hard to come by these days. However, we know there is one source of ABSOLUTE truth, the Holy Bible. In my most recent Gideon Magazine, a theologian, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, wrote an article, "Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible," and listed some very powerful reasons. Men receive glory for their accomplishments, how much greater are God's accomplishments? Just think of the different constellations, the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, Orion and many others, plus all the planets orbiting stars in the constellation. John 1:1-3, "In the beginning was the Word (Jesus Christ) and the Word was with God and the Word was God, The same was in the beginning with God. ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM, and without Him was not ANYTHING made that was made." Isn't that AWESOME? The Psalmist David wrote, "When I behold the sun, the moon and the stars, What is man, that You are (even) mindful of him? Psalm 8:4. When you think of the tremendous intelligence AND power it took to CREATE the stars and place them in proximity to each other to form the various constellations, it should fill your heart with AWE! Ships used to use the stars to navigate by.
SIGNS AND SEASONS
Genesis 1:14-18, "Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for SIGNS and for seasons and for days and for years. vs 15 And let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth": and it was so. vs 16 "God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. vs 17 "God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth. vs 18 And to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good." How do you increase your faith? Just read and study God's word! Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Our government has spent HUGE sums of money on space exploration; first the moon ands then to Mars.Why? There are a number of reasons, but principally to see if there is any sign of life on Mars and if the Martian atmosphere could sustain life. This is a desperate effort to prove the Bible wrong. The Bible says, "The earth was created to be inhabited." Isaiah 45:18 After the terrible earthquake, right at the end of the Tribulation (Rev. 16:18), the earth will be completely reconfigured, mountains will drop out of sight, many islands of the sea will disappear, HUGE cities will sink into the abyss. There will be more arable land to provide food to earths greatest population, in the Millennial reign of Christ, when people will live to be 1000 years old; and why shouldn't they, since the curse will be removed from the earth, and the earth will yield its full STRENGTH? People will enjoy wonderful health!
THE END TIMES
How do we know we are in the End Times. There are many signs that point to the soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for His church, such as the peril Israel is in from Russia and also her Islamic neighbors. What is driving them to destroy Israel and why do they hate Israel so much?????? Greed, envy and covetousness! What will cause Israel to sign the agreement with the Antichrist?????? A desire for peace and security! She has already ceded much of her land to the Palestinians to gain peace. Has she gained it????? NO! now look at what Jesus said in Luke 21:25, "There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on earth DISMAY among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves." In Biblical typology, the sea represents the world and the waves, the worlds turmoil. Is the world in turmoil today? Is there a much greater turmoil ahead? YES!
THE ESCAPE HATCH
Although there is terrible persecution of Christians all over the world today, we as believers, who live in relative security and comfort and have entered into our brothers and sisters sufferings in the persecuted church, VIA our giving and prayers, have been given the comfort of the EXCEEDING GREAT and precious promises of God's word. "When you see ALL these things come to pass, look up, for your redemption draweth nigh." Matthew 24.The CUP of the world's iniquity is full and running over. The time of the world's judgment is NOW! Jesus Christ is the only Escape Hatch available to sinners. He already "bore God's wrath for sin," so you wouldn't have to. Pray, "Lord Jesus, please save me from the WRATH TO COME. I confess I am a sinner on my way to Hell and I need You to rescue me. Please come into my heart and forgive all my sin! Amen!"
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