Sunday, February 18, 2018

Why Does God Allow…?

I live in South Florida and my son-in-law is a teacher a Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.  It has been horrifying to watch the news unfold as we have witnessed yet another senseless killing spree in our nation.  Our family was very blessed to have our loved one among those that got to come back home that evening.  My heart still breaks for those that lost precious loved ones and hold them in my prayers.  I also hurt for those who were injured both physically and emotionally and pray for their healing.  I truly pray that all those affected, if they don’t know already, will learn that true strength and comfort can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Savior.  

At such times the question always surfaces as to why God would possibly allow such evil to happen.  Sadly, the truth is that evil things happen throughout the world everyday.  It’s just that when it hits so close to home, the answer to that question takes on greater significance.

I’ve listened to many explanations from fellow believers, but most seem to avoid addressing the key issues in my opinion.  I think the problem stems from trying to be as loving and understanding as possible and trying not to alienate their questioners or the listening public.  What I am about to say is based on my confidence that the Bible is the Word of God and that it is the ultimate statement of truth in this world.

The key point is a matter of perspective.  We try to rationalize the circumstances that God allows and/or brings about to impact mankind from man’s logic and perspective.  We need to try and look at the situation through the eyes of God.  When God looks down on planet earth, He sees two types of people:
1) men of faith who are looking forward to eternity with Him (John 3:16) 
2) men of unbelief who are on their way to eternal condemnation (John 3:18).

God’s Word tells us first of all that He is a God of love, goodness and righteousness (1John 4:8, Nahum 1:7, Psalm 145:17).

God’s Word tells us that God never changes; He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8).

The Word of God tells us that God’s ways are much higher than our ways and far beyond our understanding (Isaiah 55:8-9, Romans 11:33).

The Word of God states that He is not willing that any man should perish; His desire is for all men to be saved (Ezekiel 18:32, 2Peter 3:9).  I think it is this truth that is one of the reasons that God allows some things to happen.  He truly desires for every person to turn to Him in faith for salvation; and, sadly, sometimes it takes tragedy to cause us to seek Him.  I have already heard about two people who have come to saving faith in light of this latest tragedy—and I pray that there are many more. 

As to those who are already part of God’s family through faith in Jesus, the scripture tells us that “ALL things work together for good” in the life of those that love Him (Romans 8:28).  That’s a hard truth to absorb when tragedy strikes, but it is truth nonetheless.  It’s important at those times to fix our minds on God and His word.  When we do that we can have peace in spite of the pain and find strength to carry on (Isaiah 26:3-4).

Though I believe the primary purposes of the things He allows and/or brings about on planet earth are those stated above.  I believe that we can’t ignore the truth that God also acts to judge sin.  Sometimes sin has its own consequences that God allows to follow to their natural conclusion.  Sometimes God intervenes personally to bring about that judgment in the lives of individuals (e.g., David’s sin with Bathsheba and the death of their son) or the course of a city/nation (e.g., the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the captivity of the Jewish people) or even the planet as a whole (the flood of Noah’s time).

So why does God allow suffering?  God is still trying to get unbelieving men to turn to Him in faith.  He is also still working in the lives of believing men/women to bring them to higher levels of spiritual character and maturity to become more like Jesus.

It’s also important to remember that the evil in this world is a consequence of man’s choice to rebel against God.  So, why did God allow sin to enter the picture in the first place?  If God had not given man the ability to make his own choices, he would simply be a robot without the ability to truly love.  God wanted fellowship and love—not toys or robots.  Without darkness we would never appreciate the light.  Without hate we would never truly understand love.  Without evil we would never understand goodness.  And the list could go on and on.

The beautiful truth is that one day Jesus will return as King of kings and destroy the forces of evil once for all.  The future for every person that has placed their trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior is one of everything wonderful in the presence of God for eternity.  Sin and evil will be destroyed forever.  This blog was originally established to spread the truth of God’s prophetic word, and I’ve created many posts to share what I have learned.  The signs of the times are all around us and I’m convinced His return is very near!

Scriptures listed in order of reference:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”

Psalms 145:17 “The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.”

Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not….”

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Romans 11:33 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”

Ezekiel 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

2Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Isaiah 26:3–4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength….”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


I am constantly looking at the Hebrew and Greek roots of words during my study of the bible, and am often really blessed by the insights they provide.  For example, this morning as I was going through my notes in Zechariah, I came across the Hebrew for the word redeemed.  It referenced all these ideas “ransom…to release, preserve…deliver…rescue.  The ransom is the amount paid to purchase the release of one who is a prisoner.  Jesus sacrificed His life to pay the ransom required to release us from the power of sin.   When we accept his gift of salvation we are preserved to new life, delivered from the power of death and rescued from subjection to the god of this world, Satan.

If you have not yet been redeemed, I pray you will turn to Jesus in faith and repentance today.

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Ephesians 2:8–9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Just wanted to share this with you.

Keep looking up…He is coming soon!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


I must say that the news headlines today have my heart so conflicted.  I am so excited to see things fall in line more and more as scripture has foretold and to know that Jesus is coming to take His own home to heaven soon.  At the same time, I am grieved over friends and loved ones that continue to refuse to accept my LORD as their Savior.  I hate to think of them having to suffer through the times of God’s wrath; and more importantly, to lose out on living in His presence for eternity.

President Trump is certainly being used by God to position Jerusalem more firmly in the position of a “cup of trembling unto all the people round about” and a “burdensome stone for ALL people” as foretold by the prophet Zechariah.

Zechariah 12:1–3 “The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”

His announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has everyone in an uproar.  The phrase “a cup of trembling” makes reference to reeling and shaking from intoxication.  That is an apt description of how the nations respond to anything that gives credence to the truth that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel as declared in scripture—or even the right of Israel to exist as a nation.  They seem to lose control of their common sense and make irrational statements calling for irrational acts of protest and terror.  The phrase “a burdensome stone” makes reference to “a weight that is troublesome, painful and hard to bear.”  Again, that is an apt description of how the nations perceive the issue of Jerusalem and its historical connection to Israel. 

Even many who claim to be Christians refuse to recognize the truth of scripture regarding Israel.  God declared that He has chosen Jerusalem as the city to which He has attached His name.  He established it as the capital of Israel and the place to which Jesus will return to take His position on the throne of David as King of kings over the whole earth.

2 Chronicles 6:4–6 “And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying, Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.”

Luke 1:26–33 “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary….And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

Zechariah 14:9 & 16 “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one….And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

His action is also serving to more firmly establish the alliance of Gog as foretold by the prophet Ezekiel (chapter 38). (See my website for more detailed commentary.)

Though Turkey has an established relationship with Israel, President Erdogan has quickly responded to denounce Trump’s action in the hopes of inspiring even stronger support from his Islamic base.  His actions in recent months have positioned Turkey more firmly in alliance with Russia and Iran, just as foretold by the prophet, essentially causing their relationship with Israel to deteriorate.  That alliance has been referred to in the news as the new real power brokers in Syria; e.g., from the Huffington Post, The World Post, “Russia, Iran and Turkey: The Real Power Brokers in Syria.” 

Consider this quote from the Jerusalem Post on November 12, 2017: With the winding down of the war in Syria, some pundits have seen an alliance of Russia with Turkey and Iran in the Middle East as possible and even likely. They see a rising authoritarian Russia and Iran uniting with an authoritarian Turkey to dominate the Middle East.” 

And this quote from The Daily Brief by on December 12, 2017: “The emerging alliance among Russia, Iran and Turkey gained its newest member in Qatar, thanks to a rash move by Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. Most alarming for America: Turkey is the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s easternmost member with the second largest military in the defence partnership. Qatar provides the Pentagon’s Central Command with its forward base, the region’s largest.”

The important truth is that the Bible contains the truth of the word of God—no matter whether men choose to accept it or not.  I truly pray that my lost friends and loved ones and others throughout the world will recognize their need to accept Jesus as their Savior.  He is not going to leave His family to suffer through the wrath that He will soon pour out on planet earth.  He has promised to take us home before that judgment begins.

1 Thessalonians 5:1–9 “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ….

1 Thessalonians 4:16–17 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

It will not surprise me to see the headline soon, “Damascus Demolished,” as foretold by the prophet Isaiah.  It may even be that Israel’s hand is forced to serve as God’s vessel in bringing about fulfillment of that prophecy.  Only time will tell—but God’s word will prove true!

If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, I pray you will turn to Him in faith and repentance.

Romans 3:23 “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 10:9 “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”