Saturday, June 30, 2007

Will the World As We Know It Today End?

Thanks for the question Harry T.

According to God's Holy Word as captured in His Holy Bible, the answer is YES. The world will end as we know it today. Let's review.

Earth Destroyed By Fire
"The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare."
2 Peter 3:10

New Creation
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea."
Revelation 21:1

No More Night, No Need for the Sun
"There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the LORD God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever."
Revelation 22:5

We can even go back to the Old Testament to find references to the end of the world as we know it.

New Heavens and a New Earth
"Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind."
Isaiah 65:17

Reading these scripture passages give me great joy in knowing that we have such a good and glorious heavenly Father that He plans to bless us beyond anything we could ever imagine. It will be such a blessing that we will not even remember this old world we live in today. It will truly be a paradise beyond all paradises.

"Jesus answered him, 'I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise.'"
Luke 23:43

Repent and accept Jesus Christ today as your personal Savior and LORD. God loves you so much that He gave His only Son up for you. Would you give up your child for someone else's life? Think about it. That's how much God loves you. Having His only Son sacrificed for you is all He can do. The choice is yours. I pray that you would choose Jesus and eternal life in paradise with Him forever. Amen.

Repent and Accept Christ
"The LORD is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9

When Will the World End?

Thanks for the question Harry T.

This question tends to be asked frequently by people. Every few years we hear about some person or group claiming that the end of the world is going to happen in so many days. These people usually sell all their possessions and convince others to do the same, claiming that they know when the day and time of the end will come. Later that date passes, and they find themselves completely destitute. Let's look at how the Holy Bible answers this question.

No One Knows
Jesus states, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father."
Matthew 24:35-36

He'll Come When You Don't Expect Him
Jesus states, "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your LORD will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him."
Matthew 24:42-44

I have had many conversations with people who claim to be Christians, but only want "to do the bare minimum to get through the doors" (whatever that means). I have heard of unbelievers claiming that they'll live life the way they want, but on their death bed will acknowledge Christ as personal LORD and Savior to get into heaven. Both of these groups of people should fully examine their hearts. Let's look at the Holy Bible here for clarification.

Forgiveness is Available to All
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

But Not Automatic
"Not everyone who says to me, 'LORD, LORD' will enter the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 7:21

You Must Repent
"But unless you repent, you too will all perish."
Luke 13:3

I would caution "Christians in name only" and unbelievers that plan on "converting" on their death beds that they are playing a serious game of Russian roulette with their eternal salvation. Really accept Jesus today, and ask Him to be your personal Savior and LORD. Then when the Holy Spirit begins to live in you, you will be amazed at what He will lead you to do. He has a wonderful plan for your life. You've heard the expression, "Be all that you can be." Let's start being all that God wants us to be. Choose a Godly lifestyle that pleases your Father, develop a personal relationship with Him, and you will never have to worry about when the world will end. If you trust in Jesus as your Savior, you will live eternally with Him forever. I look forward to spending eternity with you in heaven. Praise God for his mercy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

What About Human Life on Other Planets?

According to God's Word, we can presume that no human life exists on other planets.

Earth Given to Man
"The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man."
Psalm 115:16


The Bible speaks of three heavens. The first heaven is what we know as our sky. It is the atmosphere of the earth. The second heaven is outer space and includes all other matter outside of earth's atmosphere. The third heaven, also known as the highest heaven, is the home of God, His angels, and all believers who have died.

First Heaven
"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish . . . ."
Isaiah 55:10

Second Heaven
(God created the sun, moon, and stars.)
Genesis 1:14-18

Third Heaven
"But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you . . . ."
1 Kings 8:27
(Also, see 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 where third heaven is explicitly written.)


Earth Formed to be Inhabited
"For this is what the LORD says -- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited -- he says: 'I am the LORD, and there is no other.'"
Isaiah 45:18

Satellite pictures of the earth have shown the tremendous beauty that the earth displays from outer space. Astronauts marvel at the site of the earth when on missions. This beauty is not found in other planets. God created the earth for us.

Monday, June 25, 2007

What is the Holy Trinity?

The Holy Trinity is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit all as one being. How God can exist in three different forms and still be one God can be somewhat confusing. Many examples on Earth can help to mentally digest this concept. For example, time is in the form of past, present, and future. In any of these three forms, time is time. Likewise, all objects on this Earth have three distinct dimensions of length, width, and height. All three dimensions describe the objects. Yet the best example is the different phases of matter. All matter must be in the form of a solid, liquid, or gas. Where water is the liquid, ice is the solid, and steam is the gas, H2O is H2O regardless of what phase the H2O is in. The same is true of God. Each form of the Trinity is co-equal with the others. They work in perfect harmony.

And while H2O was shown in the example above, it is the only substance on Earth that exists naturally in all three phases of matter. In my opinion, this is the reason Christians are baptized using water. Not only is water plentiful and necessary for life, but it is representative of three forms able to co-exist in perfect harmony. And the person performing the baptism will do so in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Father, Son, Holy Spirit
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
Matthew 28:19

Furthermore, to answer the question of "Who raised Jesus from the Dead?" it was the Holy Trinity.

God Raised Jesus
"But God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen."
Acts 10:40

Jesus Raised Himself
"Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.'"
John 2:19

The Holy Spirit Raised Jesus
"And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you."
Romans 8:11

I am convinced that we will not fully understand how truly awesome our Heavenly Father is until we meet Him face to face in His Glory. We must have faith in God's Word, which is captured in the Holy Bible through the Old Testament Prophets and the New Testament Apostles over thousands of years.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Why Follow Jesus?

Jesus Christ is the second person in the Holy Trinity. He came to the earth to reestablish the broken relationship between God and man, resulting from Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden. Jesus Christ is God's sacrificial Lamb who was perfect in every way and atoned for the sins of all who call on His name. Each person must decide who he or she believes Jesus is. Unbelievers include those that feel that Jesus was merely a prophet, teacher, and good man, as well as those who doubt His very existence. Believers are those that recognize Jesus as God's Messiah, acknowledge their sinful nature, repent, and ask Jesus to be their personal LORD and Savior.

"If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

All Hail King Jesus who sits at the right hand of the Father. Seek Jesus today as your decision about Jesus will have eternal consequences!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Welcome to Bright Christian Fellowship

Welcome to the Bright Christian Fellowship web log (blog). It is my hope that this blog will serve as an inspiration to the Christian believers and a revelation to unbelievers. Posts will include testimonies, questions and answers, and other Christian information.

Yours in Christ,
Tony B