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Thus Saith The Lord
Thus Saith The Lord
By Grant Phillips
The wonders of God are all around us, but even yet most do not believe in the one and only true God of Heaven. He says of them:
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Psalms 14:1)
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Psalms 53:1)
The Lord God reveals Himself through all of His creation, but still they do not see. The handiwork of God exists all around us, but blind eyes to not see. The Lord says:
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20)
Consider these statistics.
There are three to 100 million species of animals in the world.
There are 339 breeds of dogs in the world.
There are 41 breeds of cats in the world.
There are at least 200 breeds of horses in the world.
There are sixteen common cattle breeds in the world.
There are 300 breeds of goats in the world.
There are 200 breeds of sheep in the world.
There are 10,000 different species of birds in the world.
There are nearly 28,000 different types of fish in the world.
There are 264 different species of monkeys in the world.
There are 17,500 species of butterflies in the world.
There are 165 major rivers in the world.
There are 117 million lakes in the world.
There are 30 million, and counting, mountains in the world.
There are 100,000 different species of trees in the world.
There are 250,000 to 400,000 different types of flowers in the world.
There are 11,000 different types of moss in the world.
There are 8.7 million different types bushes in the world.
NOTE: Some of these figures may differ; depending on what location they are derived. The point is the diversity of God’s creation.
We haven’t even considered the intricacies of the microscopic world, or the human body, or the vastness of space, or any of millions of other examples. Again, the point is God’s awesome diversity in creation in showing His wonder.
All of these things I have mentioned, and more, are around us on a daily basis. Do we actually see them? Do we realize where they originated? Do we realize their uniqueness among all of creation? Some do. Most do not.
God speaks to us through His holy and inerrant Word, the Bible. He speaks to this fallen world through all that we see around us. There will be no excuses for those who reject Him when they see Him face to face at the White Throne judgment.
“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.” (Romans 1:22-23)
God created man in the likeness of Himself, in that he is capable of planning, reasoning, administrating, communicating with God, etc. (Genesis 1:26) Instead, man sold his birthright to Satan and became animalistic in his behavior. He was to rule over the animals and nature, but has sunk to the level of devils in his actions and reactions toward God. Only His Creator God can bring him out of the pit. (Psalms 40:2)
However, man has placed himself in the crosshairs of God’s judgment in these final days. Time is running out, and those who will, need to listen to what God is saying to them.
In the remaining verses of Romans chapter one, God clearly shows our downward descent toward judgment. There are three steps and we are on the bottom rung.
“Therefore GOD GAVE THEM OVER in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” (Romans 1:24-25 Emphasis mine)
“Because of this, GOD GAVE THEM OVER to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:26-27 Emphasis mine)
“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so GOD GAVE THEM OVER to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:28-32 Emphasis mine)
God gave them over first to “sinful desires,” then to “shameful lusts,” and finally to “a depraved mind.” There is absolutely no doubt to any sane person who will take heed that today’s society revels in sinful desires, shameful lusts with a depraved mind.
The stench of our sins has polluted our very beings. God will soon send His Son to remove His own from this rebellious world, and then His judgment will fall upon the earth and all who remain; “God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death.”
Most people today act as though nothing is wrong with how we live toward God. Most seem to think an election will solve all our problems. Most dream of the “dawning of the age of Aquarius,” and have no thought of the age of Tribulation and judgment that is just around the corner.
Jesus is coming soon. I’m not going to be here. Millions of others who know the Lord Jesus as their own personal Savior and Lord will not be here. Our desire is that you join with us in anticipating the coming of our Lord. Repent and go with us when He comes. Don’t be a fool by not listening to the voice of God in all we see around us.
God has spoken clearly to our five senses and our minds. Most importantly He has spoken through His Word the Bible, and in this Book is our only hope of salvation. In it are His words that say, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31) In it are His words, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) And in it He says, “Now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)
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