October 10, 2023
This morning as Patty and I were watching the news in the Middle East, we recalled the Bible passage about the final battle for the world which is commonly referred to as Armeggedon. “Armageddon is the name of the place where the kings of the earth gather to battle against God.”
We both thought that this latest war could be a preliminary situation, setting up the backdrop for the final curtain. Perhaps it is like a three step forward/two steps back scenario, but combined with everything else happening around the world today, it sounds like everything forecast about the last days in the Bible… Well, two plus two still equals four, I think.
So, what do you think we, as individuals, should do, considering the possibilities that this is the final act?
“It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful: they are found because it was possible to find them.”
“When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.” — J. Robert Oppenheimer
The understanding I have from my research of the correct definition of Bible words and phrases rolls back to the Beginning. The Creation Story and Adam and Eve…
We have been taught that there were two trees in the Garden of Eden: the Tree of LIfe and the Tree of the Knowledge Between Good and Evil. As study of ancient language has developed, it is not like the second tree would give us the discernment to know the difference between good and evil, but the phrase good/evil or evil/good was the original idea of “knowing everything.” That now makes more sense of the proposition made to Eve that she “would become like God, knowing everything.”
As I have tried to explain before in my essays, that knowing everything is far, far above our pay grade, and I refer you back to the idea that the pursuits of the Sciences to know everything results in disasters.
The Tower of Babel was the first achievement of Mankind’s Technology attempting to build stairways to Heaven.
“Come,” they said, “let us build for ourselves a city with a tower that reaches to the heavens, that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of all the earth.”
They were so proud of their achievement! But God had a different perspective: Then the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the sons of men were building. And the LORD said, “If they have begun to do this as one people speaking the same language, then nothing they devise will be beyond them.”
In conclusion, the world is sliding sideways and it is not God’s doing. It is our own doing. We think we are so smart…
To paraphrase Oppenheimer, We have become death, the destroyers of worlds.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” and “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”