THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERIES OF THE
THEY WILL SEE HIM COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY
This web site includes many of my papers on the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. On the left-hand side of this page you will find a place where you can connect to my new web site, "godscovenantwithabraham.com".
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We love mysteries and we love to have mysteries revealed to us. Throughout the ages man has been thrilled with the revelations that have been made known about many of life's great mysteries but there are some mysteries that only Christ’s disciples can understand.
Only His disciples will come to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. They will be able to understand them because they will come to know the spiritual message hidden in Christ’s parables (Matthew -11).
Without God, life has no meaning at all. Those who refuse to listen to Him will spend a lifetime asking those unanswerable questions -
. Why am I here?
. What is life all about?
. Why was I ever born?
Without God, there is no answer to those questions. The unbelieving world of science will tell us there is an answer and the answer is that it all just happened. They will tell us that it all blew into existence from nothing and life just happened by chance in that primeval marsh. It never happened that way and it does not answer the question. Why?
"WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?” At the end of this home page is a paper that may help to answer that question. It basically summarizes everything that will be presented in the papers on this web site. If you don't read anything else on this site you should read that paper.
A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HOST
My name is Johnny Rogers. I am past the age of seventy and am a retired Mechanical Engineer. I have been a Christian for more than sixty years but before that, my mother made sure that I was in church every Sunday from the time I could walk.
For the first forty years (or so) of my life I became versed in the scriptures through weekly church Bible study and from hearing thousands of sermons preached. I relied heavily on what others had found in scripture but I did enough of my own Bible study to know that some of what I heard was off target.
Somewhere in my forties I began to realize that my dedication to God was not what it should have been and I started to immerse myself in the scriptures.
After many thousands of hours of study and research, I decided to put together a few papers to explain what I have found out about the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. I have written these papers to assist those who care to make use of what I have written as an aid in their own Bible studies.
You should be careful with regard to blindly believing what I have written because I am only a man and men can be wrong.
I am asking that you read what I have written but you should check and comfirm what you read with the scriptures. The scriptures are God's word and your requirement is to believe God not man.
You will notice that I have shown all quoted scripture in red letters. Unlike "red letter" Bibles that only show the gospel words of Jesus in red I have shown all scripture in red because all scripture, including Old Testament scripture, is Christ speaking.
Remember Christ was the WORD and the creator from the beginning (John 1:1-14). The Father spoke through Christ and did all of His creation works through Him.
All scripture is Christ speaking but that does not mean that all scripture is true as stated. Christ is sometimes telling us a story that includes His repeating a false statement that someone else has made. When that happens, it is obvious in the context of the scriptures.
An example of that can be seen in the story of Satan’s lie about what would happen if Eve ate of that tree in the middle of the garden. Remember, God had told them that if they ate of that tree they would die. Satan told Eve that if she ate of that tree, "You surely will not die!”
TITLES OF PAPERS INCLUDED ON THIS SITE:
• DRAWING NEAR THROUGH THE VEIL
• ABRAHAM SAW THE CROSS
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• EZEKIEL SAW THE CROSS
• LOVE IS THE WAY HOME
• THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM REVEALED (TITLE HAS CHANGED)
• THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN
• KEEP THE SABBATH DAY HOLY
• HE WILL JUDGE THE NATIONS
The Bible is God's word and God's word is infallible. What I have written is not infallible. I have rewritten each one of these papers dozens of times making corrections and changes as I attempt to be as correct as possible.
I am certain that there are changes that would make these works better. If you see something that could be better written or that needs correction, please email your comments to me.
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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?
The big question is – WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? What is the answer? From the point of view of modern science, there is no meaning; it just happened. It was all just an accident that came into being out of nothing. Really! That was some accident. To start with nothing and get to this point in time with the universe and life as it exists today, that was one big accident.
Could it be that a creator planned and designed it and brought it all into being? If there really was a creator and that creator brought it all into being, then He had a reason for His creation. He would know why He created our universe and brought life into being. He would know what the meaning of life is. If that is the case, then He surely would have told us why He created this universe and brought us into being and what the meaning of life really is.
Whether it all happened by accident or if it was created by an all powerful creator, almost everyone is in agreement that this earth is not something that is permanent. Our sun and solar system is in the process of dieing and it will all be consumed in flaming fire some day.
Whether or not it will only last one more year or fifty billion more years, the end will come. If it was all created by an Almighty God as just a temporary creation, why bring it into being if it will end some day? Why create life that is only temporary?
If Christians are right and our God did create it all, would He not have told us why He created it and why He will allow it to end? Is it possible that He has told us and many of us have not been listening?
If the Bible is God’s word, as most Christians believe, then all that He wanted us to know can be found in that book. Let’s see what the Bible says about why we exist on this temporary earth. Maybe it can also tell us why that God would allow pain and suffering to happen to some good people.
That book begins with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” After God had created the earth, we read where He created living things, including all plant and animal life and all life that would live in the waters of this earth. The last living thing that He created was man. Scripture says, “Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness”. The question is why.
Regarding God’s creation, scripture says that God saw all that He had made and it was very good. God had completed His creation on day six and He rested from all His work that He had done on day seven. God had completed a creation that was very good. His best work was when He created man in His own image.
Adam was a part of a very good creation but man disobeyed God and messed it all up. What happened to cause that? Satan came along. God had created a wife for Adam. Adam named her Eve. God told them they could eat of all of the trees in the garden with the exception of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were not to eat of that tree or they would die. They would die on the day they ate of it.
Satan came along in the form of a serpent and deceived Eve. He came to her and said, "Indeed, has God said, `You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" She knew the answer to that question. She told Satan that God had commanded them not to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden and that if they touched it or ate from it they would die. They would die on the day that they ate it.
Satan told her that she surely would not die. He told her that God knew that in the day that she ate it that her eyes would be opened and she would be wise like God and know good from evil.
Scripture says that when Eve saw that the fruit of that tree was good for food and she saw how delightful it looked to the eye and when she thought about how it would make her wise like God, she took it and ate it and she gave it to her husband and he also ate.
Man chose to believe Satan’s lie rather than believe God’s word and he died, spiritually, that very day. Since that day in the garden all mankind has become guilty of sin and all unbelieving sinners are dead.
Did Satan show himself as being greater than the LORD GOD when he brought about an end to God’s good creation? If there is an Almighty God who brought it all into being and if He is the LORD GOD of all, then He should be greater than Satan. If that is the case, then He should have known about Satan’s deceptions and how he would cause man to fall and bring an ultimate end to God’s creation.
Any God with the power to create this awesome creation would likely foreknow what the future holds. Did God know what would happen and did He include it in His plans? Does the Bible say anything about God having had foreknowledge of what is to come?
David said something about that in Psalms, chapter 139. David spoke of God’s having foreknown him when he wrote, “And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.”
David says that God even knew what he would say before he said it. It is no wonder that David would say, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.”
If there is a God and He has that kind of power and foreknowledge, then He foreknew what would happen to His creation before He created it. That brings us back to a question that we asked previously. Why bring into being a creation that will end and why create life that is only temporary? Did He foreknow what would happen and had He planned beforehand how He would correct the damage that Satan would cause?
Speaking of what God foreknew and what He planned for man, Paul tells us that, “- we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans -29).
Paul is speaking of God having foreknown who would choose to love Him and how He is working in their lives to cause all things to work together for their good. For those whom He foresaw love Him, He has predestined for them to become conformed to the image of His Son. In other words, He is creating them in the image of God by creating them in the image of the Son of God who is the image of the Father.
It appears that the fall of this creation brought into being a new creation. It also appears that God’s foreknowledge of what was to happen may have caused Him to plan both creations before He began work on the first one. Did God bring the new creation into being because He wanted a family of children who would choose to love Him and believe in Him and have Him as their Father?
In God’s first creation Adam had no choice regarding his being created as a son of God in God’s image. In the new creation man has been given a choice for whether or not he wants to be born of God. If we choose to receive Christ we have the right to become a child of God (John 1:12).
Christ was the Word of God and the creator from the beginning (John 1:1-14). God created it all by the Word of His mouth and Christ is the Word. Christ created the old creation and He is creating the new creation.
Is the old creation an imperfect copy of the new creation? Did God plan it so that He could have a means by which man could choose to meet His conditions for becoming a child of God by receiving Christ? He is the Word made flesh. We must receive God's Word to have the right to become God’s child. Receiving God’s word requires us to believe He means what He says.
Christ had to suffer and die so that He could redeem us from our sins. God has asked us to show our love for Him and do a copy of what Jesus did for us and suffer with Him. We must take up our cross and follow Him.
Satan is crafty now just as he was crafty when he spoke to Eve. He tells us that the Bible is no longer reliable because man has changed it and added to it so how can it be reliable. He is asking, “Did God really say that?” “Did He really say that you must suffer with Christ?”
He says that we surely do not have to suffer with Christ in this world. He says that if God is truly a God of love, He would not want His children to suffer. He also says that we should question any God who would allow pain and suffering to come upon good people in this world.
Most people do not believe God’s promises and they refuse to obey Him because, “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Satan is the god of this world. He is the ruler of this world and its dominion of darkness but the ruler of this world has been judged (John ). Christ’s kingdom is not of this world (John ). His kingdom is the kingdom of heaven. God's children of the new creation have been transferred out of Satan's dominion of darkness into the kingdom of heaven.
Just as Satan blinded the mind of Eve so that she would not believe God’s word, he blinds the minds of all who refuse to believe and obey the gospel message. Satan says that a God of love would never condemn anyone. He says that "You surely will not die in Hell!”
He also says that God wants His children to prosper here and that we should live for what we can get out of this world while we are here and do whatever it takes to get ahead in this world. He also tells us to enjoy our bodies and do whatever gives us pleasure and makes us feel good.
Most people obviously believe Satan because they are living just as Satan says we should live in this world. He keeps telling us the same thing and our bodies keep getting older and more wrinkled and ugly. We are slowly dieing in this creation and we just ignore that fact and keep trying to hang on to what little we can salvage in this world.
We keep trying to hide our flaws so that we will look young and beautiful but to no avail. Nothing that we do here will matter in the end unless it has to do with obtaining that new world.
Even the most successful and happiest lives on earth will end in tragedy at death if that’s all there is. What happens before our death will mean nothing if we have nothing to look forward to after that.
For the faithful there is something to look forward to after life on this earth has ended. It is the salvation provided through Jesus Christ. It is the promise of eternal life and a home in glory with the Father. If we truly believed that, we would be living our lives as though we are only aliens on this earth.
He will not take away all of the troubles of those who will choose to love Him because those who choose to follow Christ must suffer with Him but He will make it possible for them to bear up under their burdens. He will limit their temptations and help provide a way for them to be able to endure it (1 Corinthians ).
The question was WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? What is the answer? It is not for the purpose of our having a life of joy and happiness from the prospective of this earth. We are not here on this earth to obtain the things of this earth. We are here to obtain the things of the next earth. We have been placed here to see if we have the faith required to bring glory to God and obtain that home in glory as children of God.
God is telling us what the meaning of life is in Isaiah, chapter 43. In that chapter the LORD speaks through Isaiah to tell us how the Father is being glorified through the children He has created. He says, “Bring My sons from afar And My daughters from the ends of the earth, Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made."
Life on this earth was created for God’s glory. God is being glorified by the children that He has created in His image. God is speaking of His children of the new creation who are called by His name.
We heard Paul tell us how God foreknew His children as being those who would choose to love Him and He predestined them to be conformed to the image of His Son so that He would become the Firstborn of many brethren (Romans 8:29). God’s children are the ones who love Him and Jesus tells us that our love must be shown with obedience to His word (John -23).
If God has created His children in His image, the image of His Firstborn Son, and He created them for His glory and they are called by His name, what name would that be? Scripture says that the disciples were first called “Christians” in
(Acts ). Antioch
Speaking of God’s children having been called by the name of Christ and God having created them for His glory, Peter tells us that “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.” (1 Peter 4:14-16)
Christians will be reviled for the name of “Christ”. Those who obey Christ and follow Him with their cross will be ridiculed and persecuted because of His name but anyone who suffers as a Christian should not be ashamed, but they should glorify God in that name, the name by which they are called.
The faithful will suffer for His name and they will endure to the end. Peter tells us how that is the testing of our faith. He spoke of the faithful being distressed by various trials, “so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7).
In chapter 4, Peter speaks of their testing as being fiery ordeals. He says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you".
He said that they are sharing in the sufferings of Christ and they should rejoice so that when He is revealed in glory they can really rejoice. We can really rejoice because when Christ is revealed in glory we also will be revealed with Him in glory (Colossians 3:4).
Christians must overcome this world and the testing of our faith so as to bring glory to God. We heard what Peter said about our testing. James also spoke of our short lives and of how our faith is being tested.
He says that our life is like a vapor that appears for a short while and then vanishes away (James ). He began his letter by telling us to, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
We can now understand how God can let bad things happen to good people when we see how we are being tested. Bad things happened to Jesus and bad things will happen to us. Those bad worldly things, however, will someday seem trivial when we look back at our short life on this earth.
It appears that God has placed us here in this old creation to test our faith to see if we will believe His promises. If we really believe His promises we will know that our faith must be tried. As we travel through this world our faith is being tested by the fiery ordeals that we face to see if we will suffer with Christ and overcome this world.
Jesus endured until the end and He overcame this world (John ). John said, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
Jesus suffered through His trials and overcame this world and if we are to reign in glory with Him, we must follow Him and suffer through our trials and overcome this world. Overcoming this world and our trials will be the spiritual fires that we must endure as we suffer with Him. Those who fail to overcome the fires of this world may be faced with the fires of another world.
We can only pass our tests and overcome this world if we believe God's word. We must believe like Abraham believed. God gave him credit for righteousness because of his faith but He also tested Abraham’s faith (Genesis, chapter 22).
Abraham was commanded to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering and he obeyed God and went to that mountain as God had commanded. He went because he knew that God would somehow keep His promise (That the blessings would come through Isaac), even if God had to raise him up from the dead.
Abraham overcame because of his faith. Abraham overcame the fire of his testing as our example and we must overcome the fires of our testing.
We will be tested to see if we will suffer with Christ and bring glory to God. We can only do that if we have Abraham’s faith and believe that we are only aliens passing through this world on our way home. Scripture says that, by faith he sojourned in the land of promise as though living in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the promise with him, “for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:10)
God foreknew who would pass the testing of their faith and choose to love and obey Him and suffer with Christ but He requires that we go through it just as Jesus had to go through it.
The people of this world have set their minds on worldly things. God’s children must not be like that. Paul tells us that if we have been raised up with Christ we are to, “- -keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)
Have we set our minds on things above or on the things of this earth? Are we living as if this world is not our home and that we are only aliens passing through on our way to another place or have we settled down to a life of living for what is here on this earth?
If we are looking above, we will live as though we are just passing through this world on our way home. We can’t overcome this world unless we are looking beyond this world for that city built by God.
Jesus said that heaven and earth will pass away but His words will not pass away (Matthew 24:35). The God who created the heavens and the earth said those words. The God who is not limited in time and who could foresee the future said those words.
I believe that the all powerful God who said those words had the power to keep His promise. I do not believe that man or Satan could stop Him or silence Him. I believe that He kept His promise and He has given us His word in the Bible.
The Bible as given in the original Greek and Hebrew is God’s inspired word. Not all of our modern translations are good translations but most are very close to the original. When we study from several different translations and from the Greek and Hebrew we can learn what God’s covenant requirements are for us to receive that home in glory.
God does not demand that we know everything in His word to be saved. The examples that we see in the New Testament scriptures show us many who heard and believed the message and obeyed the gospel and were saved having only heard the first principles. We must, however, continue to study the scriptures to show ourselves approved of God (2 Timothy 2:15).
The meaning of life on this earth is to bring glory to God and we do that when we show our faith and love for Him with obedience. All fathers are glorified when their children are faithful and obedient.
For those who follow Christ and overcome, they will bring glory to God and they will be given His glory and they will reign with Him in glory. For those who believe and obey God, it is a journey through this old creation toward an everlasting home with God in that new creation.
Christians have their minds set on what is above, not the things of this world. They know that God requires that we work for a living but not for the purpose of gaining worldly riches. They also know that God will provide them with the things that they need in this world and they appreciate and are happy with the little things that they have been given in this life and they gladly share what they have with others.
The people of this world, however, will never be happy with what they have no matter how much they obtain. That is why Solomon, the man who had it all, could refer to what he had done and what he had gained and say that “all was vanity and striving after wind” (Ecclesiastes ).
Striving for the things of this world is like striving after the wind. Those earthly things will not make it into eternity. We will go into eternity but we will take nothing with us. We will only have things out there if we sent them on ahead. We do that when we lay up treasure in heaven.
We lay up treasure in heaven when we give of what we have on this earth to those who are in need. We must give our things away here to have something out there. If we sow bountifully, we will reap bountifully.
An analogy of making good choices in this life might be like a three year old child that has been offered the choice between having his favorite candy bar today or having one million dollars tomorrow. We can understand it if he chose the candy now because he is not capable of making that choice. That candy will be forgotten in the days ahead but a little child cannot foresee that. He wants things, now!
It is different with those of us who are mature. Mature adults have the power to make choices and they have been given a choice by God. They have been offered far more than all of the treasures of this earth if they will forego a lifetime of pursuing these earthly things and will pursue that heavenly home.
Any adult who does not believe God’s promise of that heavenly home will choose the candy, today. They want things now because they can’t see tomorrow. One must have faith to see tomorrow. It must be a faith that can endure testing because all of us will be tested.
Our faith will be tested to see if we will follow the LORD GOD or follow the god of this world. That god is telling us to follow him and he will give us the good life. He makes it sound like a fairy tale.
It will not happen that way for those who live for this world. There will be no earthly endings where they will live, “happily ever after”. Only those who follow the LORD God will live a happy life, forever. It will happen in that new world, not this world. It will only happen for those who truly believe God.
This world is only a short stopover for us as we are heading into eternity. The Psalmist says, “LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am. Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah. Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.” (Psalms 39:4-6)
In another Psalm we read, “This is the way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who approve their words. Selah. As sheep they are appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for Sheol to consume So that they have no habitation. But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah.” (Psalms 49:13-15)
We are a mere breath and a phantom on this earth. If we spend what little time we have here striving to amass the riches of this world, we will become as sheep appointed for Sheol.
The meaning of life cannot be found in living a life devoted to this world and the things of this world because every lifetime here is “as nothing” in God’s sight. Every man at his best is a “mere breath”.
If we are wise we will know how transient we are. Our only hope is in the LORD. He is the only one who can deliver us from all our transgressions. He will do that if we will believe Him when He tells us that our life here is a mere breath and we must follow Him home.
This world is here to provide a proving ground to separate out the children of God from among the foolish of this world. Those who believe God’s word and overcome this world will become children of God in the next world. God’s children will have obtained eternal life in that home in glory. That is the only life that has meaning.
Those who are wise will hear the message and receive Jesus. They will take up their cross and follow Him. If we follow Him He will lead us through the fiery trials and help us to overcome this world. It will not be easy but the rewards to be gained will be worth it. “Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.” (Psalms 126:5)
During our short time on earth our faith will be tested. We hope not to have too many bad times but the greatest of the faithful had some very bad times. Some early Christians died on crosses. Some were fed to the lions. Some were put to the torch. Worse yet, it has been said that some Christians were forced to watch as their children were put to death.
It did not have to happen to them. They had a choice. They could have denied Jesus and been like the ones of this world and worshipped the gods of this world. They did not give in because they could see the big picture. They could see by faith the picture of eternal glory in that new world to come and they were willing to suffer for a short while on this earth in order to obtain it.
Some people will never hear Jesus tell them how they must follow Him and suffer with Him and overcome this world if they are to become children of God and glorify God and obtain glory with Christ in that new world. Rather that following Christ into glory they have become sons of disobedience.
They hear Satan telling them that the meaning of life is to live for what we can get out of this world. Most people obviously believe him because that is how they are living their very short lives in this doomed creation.
For those who continue to search the scriptures for the truth they will find it if they truly believe God. For those who are looking for something else, they will find something they were not looking for.
Some day they will find themselves looking back at a wasted life of chasing the wind. They will have chosen today’s candy and lost eternal glory. They will have spent a lifetime of chasing the wind and they will have inherited the wind. They will have missed out on what is real and everlasting in that new world to come.
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