I know how fascinated we all are with dates. There is just something about wanting to predict our future, the end of the world and the return of Jesus. I want you to know the truth and help to open up your eyes as well as your minds.
Stop the blindness. Don’t be so misled that you have the need to follow others who say they know something. They don’t know anything. They want your money. They want you to follow them and believe in them. But I’m telling you, you will only be broke and disappointed in the end.
Where do you find the answers? I’ll tell you the truth, as much as I know, and I certainly don’t know it all, either, but I do know a few things. I know so many of you don’t believe in the Bible, don’t believe in Hell, don’t believe in Jesus or in God. I am here to tell you the truth. The Bible is truth. So is Hell, and Jesus and God.
Let me expand a little on the Bible. The Bible was originally Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. The Bible was translated many, many times and there are many missing pieces of the puzzle that make up the Bible. I’m not talking about the Dead Sea Scrolls, although I am not at all dismissing them. I’m mostly speaking about when language is translated over many times, much of the meaning of one translation is transmuted into something entirely different and in some languages, there is no such translation from one to another. With translation, there are many omissions and additions from the original texts. So much has been lost through translation.
However, you must remember these truths about the end of the world, #1:
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36) NIV
#2: Don’t listen to people who claim to know when the end is coming, because they simply have no idea.
#3: God sent a few instructions for each of our lives. They are 10 rules for living. They are called the Ten Commandments. Learn what they are and try your very best to follow them. These are important and you will be judged at the end of your life on how well you followed these rules. Need the list? Here you go.
|2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;||6 I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;|
|3 Do not have any other gods before me.||7 you shall have no other gods before me.|
|4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.||8You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.9You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me,10 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.|
|7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.||11 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.|
|8Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.9For six days you shall labour and do all your work.10But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.||12Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.13For six days you shall labour and do all your work.14But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you.15 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.|
|12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.||16 Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.|
|13 You shall not kill/murder.||17 You shall not kill/murder.|
|14 You shall not commit adultery.||18 Neither shall you commit adultery.|
|15 You shall not steal.||19 Neither shall you steal.|
|16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.||20 Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.|
|17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.||21 Neither shall you covet your neighbor’s wife. Neither shall you desire your neighbor’s house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.|
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images. = The word graven means to cut or to shape. The Lord tells us not to make any images of gods so that we may worship them. Even an image of Christ should not be worshiped. The image may give us a point of focus but only in spirit may we give true worship.
3. Do not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. = Jesus taught that a person’s word should be reliable and one should not swear by God or his creation. The name should be used respectfully, with an awareness of the presence of God. It must not be abused by careless speech, false oaths, or words of hatred, reproach or defiance toward God, or used in magic.
4. Remember the sabbath to keep it holy. = We work six days and rest on the seventh. You rest and pray and worship on the seventh day. This means you do not work on that day, and you do not cause others to work on your behalf. It is not simply a day for doing your own pleasures, especially if you are going out, causing others to work for you, such as going to the movies or to a restaurant or to the mall. When you do this, you are causing others to work. (I fall short here A LOT and intend to do better.)
5. Honor thy father and thy mother. = Obey and respect and love your parents.
6. Do not kill.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not bear false witness against your neighbor. = Do not make any false statement (lie) that degrades our neighbor’s (any person) reputation or dignity.
And #4: Read your Bible. Learn your Bible. And then listen to what God whispers to your heart. When you learn to listen, God will whisper the truth. I have heard some of His whispers. Do you want to know what He said – for each of us?
He loves you, no matter what you have done.
If you wish to be forgiven and improve your life from this point forward as best you can, he forgives you and he will help you if you put your faith and trust in him and take action to do better.
He has faith in you.
He wants your love; and for you to love his son, Jesus.
Know that Jesus sacrificed himself for you, because he loved you and he still does. He wanted to give all of you the chance to live forever in Heaven with him and with God, where you belong. He wants you to come home when your life on this planet has finished. He didn’t have to do what he did. He could have lied and lived and not suffered. He did it with purpose to save each person ever born, and we are each given the chance to be with him if we believe in him and what he did. He died to save us from our sins and we should believe in him and love him.
Help others as much as you can and try your best to be a positive influence. Share God’s blessings.