Article Id :20 / 12/03/18 Uploader name: Abraham Varghese T
THE COURSE OF MANKIND
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.1 He did not create the earth to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited.2 One prominent figure among the heavenly beings thought of exalting himself over God. God hit him and he fell from his exalted position.3 He is called Satan. Now the earth was formless and empty.4
God again made the earth habitable. All that are seen today he created; also man, our forefather Adam to rule over them.5 Man lived in the glory of God.6 God loved man and enjoyed spending time with man.
Satan having fallen from his glorious and exalted position, with guile and cunning instigated man to sin by disobeying God. This sin resulted in man to fall from the glory of God and to lose his standing bestowed by God. His physical body became subject to decay and his spirit to separation from God, which is spiritual death.7
But God at that time itself planned and informed the salvation for man who he formed in his own image and likeness: the woman’s offspring will crush the serpent’s head and the serpent will strike his heel.8 God continued to love man. Though God informed the life that is acceptable to God, those who lived that life were just a few. The rest all in ignorance obeyed Satan.
During the time of Noah the sin of mankind increased and God declared his judgment on the sinful people.9 God told Noah to build and prepare an arc for safety when the floods were to come; and Noah obeyed.
Though God’s judgment against the people’s sins were informed them through Noah and also the salvation from this, they disbelieved and did not heed. Those who heeded the warning were just Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives- eight in all.10
When the time of execution of the divine judgment came God himself shut the entrance to the ark. Could anyone else enter? Of all the people of that time just eight believed and obeyed, entered and were saved- the rest all were destroyed in the flood.
During the time of Abraham the sin of Sodom and Gomorra increased. Again God judged and sentenced these two lands for destruction. But just before the destruction of Sodom the righteous brother of Abraham- Lot, who lived there along with his wife and his two daughters were brought out of the land held by their hands.11
God has always ensured the safety of those who obey and respect him, even during the times of divine judgment and destruction.
From among a people who neither obeyed nor respected him God called out Abraham to worship him. He built up a people- Israel out of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham through Sara to worship him. They too rebelled against God suffering consequent punishments one after another like no other people have had to.
Elijah, a prophet of God, disheartened, ones complained- Israel disobeys God and has killed all God’s servants and now he is the lone survivor. But God replied- among the people there is a remnant of 7000 who have not bowed to Baal (false god).12 Out of a big people just 7000 who honor God. And this group God takes care.
God is not a God of majority; he is the God who cares and preserves those who honor him however small their number is even in these times.
God told Abraham that all peoples on the earth will be blessed through him, through his offspring.13 To fulfill this promise Jesus Christ was born of Abraham to reconcile all mankind fallen from the glory of God, all who believe back to God.
Following the fall of Adam and Eve when God said the woman’s offspring will crush the serpent’s head various prophets at various times prophesied of this offspring. As per these prophesies Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, of the line of Abraham, and lived a sin-free life.
Its God’s law that whoever sins should die, and all, just all of mankind have sinned.
But for the salvation, reconciliation and blessing of all mankind Jesus Christ who was without sin carried the sins of all people and fulfilled God’s law by death on the cross.14
By saying that Christ died: death pertains only to the physic, the spirit still lives.15 For everyone death is just the death of the physical body. Spiritual death is spirit unreconcilled with God and away in torment in hell.16
Jesus Christ who carried on himself all the sins of mankind and died on the cross was buried and on the third day he resurrected from the dead. And whoever believes in this, God’s salvation for mankind through Jesus Christ and provides witness to this belief will have all his sins forgiven. And God not just forgives all those sins but he also forgets those forever without recollection.17 You gets the position ‘son of God’18 and all the rights pertaining to the position; and the sonship by which you can address God ‘Abba’, ‘Father’.19 And Jesus Christ having resurrected will come again to rescue us from this evil age.20
And before the short period of Satan’s reign on earth starts Jesus Christ himself will come down from heaven to rapture all who believe in him. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we (believers in Christ) who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.21
Now there are three specific prophesies that are to happen during the reign of Satan. For this all over the world science and technology, administrations and the markets are getting readied even as you read this.
The Three Prophesies That Are To Happen
Revelation 11: 8-9 their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their dead bodies and refuse them a burial.
Revelation 13: 16-18 he also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is a man’s number. His number is 666.
3) Revelation 18:11-13 the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more- cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth, every sort of citron wood… horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.
1st prophesy- This is about two dead bodies lying on a street in the city of Jerusalem. For three and a half days men from all peoples- tribe language nation will gaze on them means that, it is possible only by the visual media of television internet and TV/internet enabled mobiles, and the communication satellites. By the development of information technology there is no place, no nook, no corner on this earth that is not reached by the visual media. The science and technology has developed for the fulfillment of this prophesy which was written nearly two thousand years ago. The relevant technologies have been developing over the last twenty to thirty years and the recent developments have been exponential. Now possible the only hindrance to the fulfillment of this prophesy would be economically underdeveloped societies which do not have access to the visual media and that too only because of economic reasons. Even these hindrances are fast being cleared in our site.
2nd prophesy- We read in the newspapers and now we know about implantable chips used for identification- in dogs and in cats and in man. A few years ago chips started being implanted under the skin of people with Alzheimer’s disorder to locate them if they are lost and also to identify them by scanning their skin like in any shop.
Computers and internet access requires passwords for access. Now even smart offices and smart homes require passwords for access; and as the number of facilities increase where each requires an access password: if lost we are blocked and shut off. How do we remember all these passwords? Implanted chip is the answer. It is always present with you. It cannot be lost and more importantly it cannot be stolen.
How secure! And it is in the market!
The age of paper currency is coming to a close. This is the period of plastic currency- the credit cards and the debit cards. In some lands the payment is by means of mobile phones. Now nearly all commercial establishments big and small have the card payment facility. Even for very small shops this facility is a matter of survival. Be it schools, hospitals, electricity, water, tax, ticketing offices-well, we can today live without paper currency for as long as we want to if we have the debit/credit cards. But, what if it gets
stolen? Within a short time how big a lose can we suffer? Then again, if it is used for any nefarious purposes our name gets associated with those activities.
What’s the solution? How do we secure the cards? Simple: implant them beneath your skin.
Now most of the states are issuing identity cards to its citizens and residents. In the developed countries every resident has a social security number. With this number all available details of the person can be accessed from just anywhere- government offices, municipal offices, banks, hospitals, police station , airport, seaport- every where this is being a necessity. If this gets stolen- what illegal activities may not be done in his name!! The one who loses his social security number becomes a person without an identity. How does he then proceed with his various everyday transactions?
How safe it is if this number is implanted under the skin!
In this 2nd prophesy which was written nearly two thousand years ago we read: ‘…to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead…’ for the optimal functioning and the convenience of usage science say- the forehead and the hands are the ideal areas to keep the chip.
Security concerns arising from terrorism ease of state
administration and usage, securing individual social identity, transparency and security of financial transactions - all to a great extend is facilitated and eased by the use of implantable chips.
Science and technology are ready. Administrations are putting in the infrastructure; the whole world is getting ready. The question is, how long more for the prophesy to be fulfilled?
3rd prophesy- among the merchandise of merchants are the bodies and souls of men!!
Around two thousand years back when these three prophesies were being penned trading in human body was in the form of slave trade, or on the purchase of a wife or woman. Now, for quite a few years we have been seeing the trade in human body organs like kidney placenta blood bone marrow eyes bone; even a face can be grafted on. The trade of the organs of state prisoners whom the state doesn’t want is a well organized business as we read in the newspapers.
The next merchandise of human soul! A total man!
Today we have the facility to store the sperm and ovum. The donor man and woman doesn’t know where it goes to or who the
With the developments in genetic technology the customers can now choose the traits they desire in the child, as well as to make alterations at the genetic level. With further developments now the notion that the ovum has to be fertilized by a sperm is passé. Here now is cloning. An embryo needs nothing more than just any cell of the body; say a cell from a scraping of the skin. Ovum is just a simple facilitator. How far has the science progressed! Now even the concept of ten months of pregnancy is to be cast off; a modified fish tank may as well be adequate! Today the science is striving to build a total man or the souls of men.
So when the prophesy says that the merchants of earth will weep and mourn because no one buys their cargoes of bodies and souls of men, the science and society is striving to fast build up a market for the fulfillment of this prophesy.
The fulfillment of these three prophesies towards which the science and technology and administrations world over are working hard for in ignorance, is during the seven year period of reign by Satan over this world with total authority.22 It will be during the reign of this evil one that the people would go through the great tribulation. Of the people at that time many of those who realize the truth of Jesus Christ and the facts in the bible will keep off being marked by the seal of the beast on their forehead or hands (remember chips implanted under skin), but they will have to face severe trials and martyrdom. At the end of seven years God will bind Satan for a thousand years and throw him into the abyss and lock and seal it over him.23 Those who accepted martyrdom having rejected the marking of their forehead or hands with the seal of the beast and not having worshipped him- they will come to life to reign with Christ for a thousand years. This is the first resurrection. These are blessed and holy; the second death has no power over them.24 At the end of this thousand years Satan is to be released for a short while, and then will be thrown into the lake of burning sulfur where he will be for ever and ever.25
Then is the time of judgment. The earth and the heaven will fly off from the presence of God who sits on the white throne for judgment. All the dead will then stand in the presence of the throne for judgment. Books and another book- the ‘book of life’ will be opened and the dead will be judged as per what they had done as recorded in the books. And anyone whose name is not found written in the ‘book of life’ will be thrown into the lake of fire.26
Following this will appear a new heaven and a new earth and the holy city- the New Jerusalem will come down out of the heaven of God.27
But those who today believe in Jesus Christ will be gathered up into the clouds at the second appearance of Jesus Christ, before the great tribulation during the reign of Satan.
The intent here of writing these three prophesies which were recorded nearly two thousand years back-God’s plan for mankind which is fast coming to its conclusion is clearly recorded in the bible for our information and consideration. We have to take cognizance of the various scientific and technological developments we are routinely using as well as various administrative and governmental facilities which we are partaking of or will soon have to partake of.
Here- the administration of God is about to be established- administration in justice, righteousness and truth. Injustice and evil will have no space. All who believe in Jesus Christ - who was sent by God for the forgiveness of sins and for reconciliation of mankind to God, will reign with God. All others will be cast off into the lake of fire: this is the second death.28 This is not a state of unconsciousness, but awareness of oneself and of torment and pain, of rejection from the presence of God- the second death.
At the time of judgment anyone whose name is not found written in the book of life will be cast off into the lake of fire.
You who are reading this- you may not be alive at the time of fulfillment of these three prophesies. But as God’s plan for the mankind is fast coming to its conclusion, this world of which you and I are a part is putting into place all the various facilities required for the fulfillment of these.
If today you are to die does it mean that you escape? Today we can replace all organs- the brain too theoretically. Yet the identity of the man is the same. Death too is comparable. Only the decayable- the body dies; the spirit will still be alive.
If today you are to die- only your body will die.
Your spirit, if you have believed in Christ, if you have accepted the salvation and reconciliation that God through Jesus Christ worked out for you, if you have exercised the authority God has given you to be a child of God- then, from the time of death till the time of
judgment, when all the heavenly things you are entitled to for having believed in Christ is presented to you; you will be in the paradise.
If you do not believe in Christ- then, from death your spirit, that is you’re very self, because you have not believed in Jesus Christ and have not taken up the salvation worked out for you on the cross, your sins still stand accounted against you- till the time of judgment will be held-up undergoing torment in hell.29
Among the various peoples all over the earth it is a common practice to offer prayer and worship and to do rituals and charity for the good of the dear dead. Yet the bible says clearly that it is impossible for those in the paradise and those in the hell to go over to the other place or to visit each other. Rather, each one will be judged as per what he has done while in the physical body.30
For righteousness and justice are the foundation of the throne of God.31 If prayers and rituals and charities for the dear dead were beneficial to the dead then, those who died wealthy as well as those of families with able people would get unjustifiable considerations and priorities!
Right from the time of Adam to this very day and further more God’s plan is being executed as he planned; till it reaches the conclusion God has set. And what is that conclusion that God has set?
God, who created Adam and Eve, used to spend time with his children- Adam and Eve, till they were fallen by the crookedness of Satan that is the serpent. Adam and Eve and all of us who have come from them: God loves us. He has declared and decided- revelation 21: 3 ‘…now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.’
‘His people’ Jesus Christ desiring you too to be counted among ‘his people’ is delaying his second appearance in the clouds, where and when he will catch up his saints (all the people who believe in him)
2 Peter 3: 9, 10 ‘the Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understands slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief…’
God Almighty- the maker of all that is- love you. By his grace and mercy he has readied salvation for you from all your sins, from all its consequences- from death and from hell, through the crucifixion of his one and only begotten son, Jesus Christ, and is waiting for you.
Though God is a patient God his patience is not for ever. The period of his patience and grace is coming to a close. He has readied himself to judge all living as well as the dead in righteousness and justice. If you desire to join God who is the truth and the eternal life, look to Jesus Christ who submitted himself as the sacrifice for all the sins of the whole mankind, on the cross.
He died on the cross, was buried and resurrected from the dead on the third day and went up to heaven. If you will believe in Jesus Christ who resurrected from the dead and lives even today then, repent of the sinful life that you have lived till now and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.32 Baptism is joining Christ in his death burial and resurrection.33
If you so become a child of God he will anoint you with his Holy Spirit, set his seal of ownership on you, and put His Spirit in your heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.34
The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are anyone who understand, any who seeks God.35
If for your salvation you would seek God, he in love and patience has kept his sight upon you to reveal himself- he is waiting for your decision…
1, Genesis1:1 2, Isaiah 45:18
3, Isaiah14:12, Ehezkial28:11
4, Genesis1:2 5, Genesis1:2-2:25
6, Genesis1:26 7, Genesis3:1-20
8, Genesis3:15 9, Genesis6:5-7, 2peter2:5
10, Genesis6:13-7:16 11, Genesis18:17-19:26
12, 1 Kings19:14-18 13, Genesis12:3,7; Galations3:16
14, Isaiah53:4-10 15, 1 Peter3:18,19
16, Revelation21:8 17, Romans3:23,24; 4:24,25;5:8,9,19
18, John1:12 19, Romans8:14-17
20, Galatians 1:4, 20, John14:1-3
21, 1 Thessalonians4:16,17
22, Seventieth week: though God handed Israel, who went off the path God laid out for them, over to the nations yet God informs the
arrangements he has set for them to the prophet Daniel. Daniel
9:24 to 12:13 give a brief description of these arrangements.
God has appointed a period of 70 weeks for Israel. From the time the order was given to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem to the crucifixion of the anointed one- Jesus Christ was the period of 69 weeks.
Now there is remaining a one week or seven years period. In prophetic style one day is one year. The period between the 69th week and the 70th week is the period of the church.
With the rapture of the church to the clouds the seventieth week starts. Romans 11:15, 25
23, Revelation20:1-3 24, Revelation20:4-6
25, Revelation20:7-10 26, Revelation20:11-15
27, Revelation21:1,2 28, Revelation21:8
30, Romans2:6-11; Revelation20:12b,13b,22:12
31, Psalms97:2 32, Acts2:38
33, Romans6:3-5 34, 2 Corinthians1:21,22
THE COURSE OF MANKIND
the visual media, the chip and rfid (radio frequency identification),
but together these should be of concern to you
Abraham Varghese T