Waiting for New Heavens s and New Earth

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.

2 Peter 3:13-14

The day of the triumphant return of our Lord Jesus Christ should be the most earnest yearning of every Christian. Instead of asking God to fix things in this corrupt world, the believer should pray for the second coming of the Lord to materialize soon. We have the promise of new heavens and new earth, so why do we cling so much to the old? So our attitude should focus on preparing to receive Him as Peter says: in peace, without spot and blameless.

At present, the world suffers convulsions. Every day, the news tells us about conflicts, natural disasters and diseases. Almost every continent has some form of violence, whether it be war, gangs, drug trafficking, terrorism or common crime. Almost every day earthquakes of appreciable magnitude occur in different parts of the world. Elsewhere, storms or droughts put the population at risk. The emergence of potential epidemic outbreaks such as Ebola or Zika also cause alarm among the world’s population.

Added to all this are the social inequalities that exist between rich and poor countries or between different ethnic groups in the same country. And many claim to curb injustice in the world. In that sense, they make an effort to improve or demand that the conditions of the planet in which we live are improved. Whoever has not placed his trust in God probably does not know that there is something different and better. Then you can understand the concern of these people about it because their only hope is what they know.

Even unbelievers turn to believers to pray to God in moments of crisis. What I find inconsistent is the position of many Christians to follow the game of who is responsible for things to go wrong. Why pray for things to be settled in a world that is dominated by the evil one? Why establish friendship with the world when that means to be an enemy of God? It is written that all these things would pass. The people of the world may be scared; but Christians had already been warned about it.

Let us not fall into the trap of the enemy, time is over, let’s watch and pray in the right way, which is according to the will of God. Let us pray, first of all, that those who do not know the good news of the gospel will repent of their sins and receive in their hearts Jesus Christ. Let us pray that God will allow us to stay away from the things of the world and live in holiness to prepare for the glorious coming of our Savior and King. Let us pray for Him to come back soon and let’s watch while we wait for him.

The injustices of this world will not end as long as the evil one dominates. The only way to stop his dominion is when the King of kings and Lord of lords comes. Let’s understand that once and for all. Let us remember this great promise: new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. And in the new heavens and the new earth will reign righteousness because the righteous King, the King of glory will rule with His saints. May that be our focus from now on and until He returns triumphant and victorious. God bless you.

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A Living Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 1:3-5

All that says 1 Peter 1: 3-5 deserves the greatest attention on the part of the believer: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Let us meditate deeply on that living hope that awaits us.

Peter says first of all: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope. The living hope that awaits us is not something we have gained by ourselves. Nor does it come because we deserve it. It was the great mercy of God, who made us reborn for this hope. If He made us reborn, that is, being born again, it is because our first birth prevented us from having access to this hope. John 3:3 tells us, Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Living hope comes from what the apostle Peter says next, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The great difference between Christianity and human religions is the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The leaders of the different world religions died and stayed in their graves; but Jesus rose from the dead and today is seated at the right hand of the Father and promised to return with glory and power to reign with those who have believed in Him. And because Christ is risen, who truly believes has that same living hope.

John 11:25-26 says, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Believing in Jesus Christ gives us the guarantee of resurrection to live eternally with Him. And that eternal life is the inheritance of which Peter speaks, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

That last time is ever closer, the glorious day of the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And it does not matter whether we are alive or not by then, because for every believer there is the living hope that tells us 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. God bless you.

The Crown of Righteousness

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

It is gratifying, at the end of our day, to be able to say something similar to what Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7-8: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. In short, Paul was satisfied with his duty and was sure that his Lord would reward him and all who loved the Lord’s coming.

The crown of righteousness is one of the four crowns that have been promised to believers. The other three crowns are: the crown of life, the imperishable crown and the crown of glory. On the crown of life James 1:12 says, Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

From the imperishable crown speaks 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Finally, 1 Peter 5:2-4 speaks of the crown of glory, Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

Each of the four crowns has a requirement in order to receive the award. In the case of the crown of righteousness, the requirement is to yearn for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and consecrate ourselves to Him. The apostles and millions of Christians over two thousand years have lived their lives with the fervent yearning to see Jesus Christ Descending from heaven full of glory and clothed with the great majesty of His condition as King of kings and Lord of lords. The Word of God does not lie, and no doubt they will all receive the crown of righteousness.

Are we the believers of the twenty-first century ready to receive the crown of righteousness? It is a question that confronts us all. Are we longing for Christ to come or do we ask Him to stay in heaven for a while so we can continue to enjoy our “wonderful” world? Is our longing His coming or the only thing we want from Him is that He make us prosperous and happy on earth and that He continue as He is at the right hand of the Father? If things get worse in the world, are we willing to suffer for Christ or our longing is to get us out of trouble? The coming of the Lord must be above all things to those we love. God bless you.

Completely Sanctified

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

When we are going to participate in some important event, we always prepare carefully. And more if we have an active participation in it. We try to be clean, well bathed, with our hair well combed, we use a good perfume, we put on our best clothes and we wear shoes that shine clean. We Christians will be participants in the most important event in human history: the triumphal and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. For this occasion, we must look more impeccable than ever, being completely sanctified.

It is clear that in order to see the Lord, we must go to Him in full dress of holiness. That total and complete purity is impossible to achieve in our corrupt humanity. Self-effort is useless because our nature is sinful and sin is the opposite of holiness. And just as our salvation is received by grace and not by our works, our sanctification needs divine intervention. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 says, may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely.

God has various resources available to bring us to our complete sanctification. In 2 Corinthians 7:1 we read, Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Fear of God does not mean to be afraid of running from Him, but to be afraid of being far from Him. The fear of God is to obey and respect Him, is to recognize His lordship and majesty over our lives. When we submit to God, even the devil flees from us.

In the fear of God, we must put on our side and that means to bend our will and submit to His. Then comes the loving response of God that helps us achieve sanctification. 1 Corinthians 6:11 says, And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. Our sins were made white in the blood of Jesus and, in His name, we are justified and sanctified by the Spirit of God.

The same Holy Spirit who convicts us of sins so that we may repent and be ready to receive grace, acts in the process of our sanctification. In 2 Thessalonians 2:13 we read, But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. Our part in this process is to bring faith, is to believe God that we can overcome obstacles and reach the goal.

We see that sanctification must be of our whole being: and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not to think that we should only have our spirit clean because God is Spirit. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and the holy does not dwell in an unclean or filthy place. Our soul, which includes our emotions and our will, must also be completely decontaminated to receive our Lord and King Jesus Christ in His glorious coming. God bless you.

The Coming of the Lord

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

The theme addressed by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 has been the subject of much doctrinal discussion within the Christian church for the last 200 years. Whoever does not search the Word of God or study the history of the church might think that what most Christians believe today about the coming of the Lord was exactly what the early church and Christianity believed for two thousand years. Certainly, for all Christians, the coming of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ should be the most anticipated event of our earthly life.

A large part of the present Christian church firmly believes that before the terrible events that the Bible calls the great tribulation arise, the Lord will come secretly for His church in what many call the rapture. And as the word rapture, as interpreted today does not appear in the Bible, those who justify this event nonetheless call it rapture, in a clear reference to what it says in 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-17: we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them. The question is whether the church always had that belief or not.

Indeed, just as many Catholics mistakenly think that their church has always believed in the pope’s infallibility, Mary’s Immaculate Conception, or her role as co-redemptory, many Christians think that she has always believed in the rapture. However, the principle of this doctrine dates back to the year 1830, when a 15-year-old girl named Margaret McDonald in Port Glasgow, Ireland received a special “revelation” according to which the Second Coming of Christ would take place in two stages; the first to gather a group of “ready and selected” believers who would be taken to heaven to meet the Lord before the appearance of Antichrist, or before the Great Tribulation.

Now, the Bible says nowhere that Jesus Christ will return in two stages. And Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him: We ask you, brothers, not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. By 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3 we see that before the coming of the Lord will come apostasy and Antichrist.

Finally, Revelation 1:7 denies the secret coming of Jesus Christ, Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. Let us await His coming, conscious that it will be a victory, whether or not we are part of the beheaded of the great tribulation. God bless you.

The Multiplication of Evil

Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold.

Matthew 24:12

By just looking at the daily news, we can realize that every day evil is multiplied in the world. The terrorist organization called the Islamic State usually publishes in videotapes the cruel methods it uses to execute its prisoners. Hordes of rapists in India or Brazil publish videos of how they abuse women, some of whom are minors. The streets of some Central American nations are filled with corpses for gang warfare. These are just a few examples of the wickedness that surrounds us today.

The multiplication of evil is not limited to criminal or terrorist organizations, but today we are witnesses of atrocious crimes committed even against their own children by fathers and mothers. On September 19, 2016, a father dragged his little daughter about five years old by the hair. The father rolled some of his daughter’s hair into the grocery cart in a Texas-based supermarket in the United States. The father justified his action in that he punished the girl for something that she had done and continued with the punishment in spite of everything.

On February 20, 2016, a 25-year-old man, Ryan Lawrence, killed his 21-month-old daughter, burned her body and dumped her in a stream in Onondaga County, New York. The murderer father confessed that he committed the horrendous crime because he felt jealous by the media attention that the small received after surviving the cancer. Lawrence kidnapped his daughter, took her to a remote location and there hit her on the head with a baseball bat to kill her.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Michelle Martens, 35, admitted she had planned the death of her 10-year-old daughter Victoria. Martens hired Fabian Gonzales, 31, who invited his cousin Jessica Kelley to commit the crime. Together they drugged the girl with methamphetamine and sexually assaulted her in the Martens family apartment. Then the man strangled her and his cousin stabbed her. Both proceeded to dismember the body, but did not finish their work, but set fire to the remains in the bath. Everything happened before the mother’s complacent gaze, on August 24, 2016.

These three horrible facts are only examples of what happens every day, not just in one country, but in the whole world. Certainly all of them are a reflection of the multiplication of evil on earth. As a result, the love of many has cooled. Only in this way can it be explained that a father or mother murder with their own hands or contract murderers to end the life of their children. Where is the love for the children who were procreated by these fathers and mothers?

The freezing of love has reached such a level that today they call making love to have sex with anyone even if there is no love. People do not really understand the true meaning of the word love. The great majority of humanity walks in self-centered life, without regard to one’s neighbor. Very few today are fulfilling the command given in John 15:12, This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Surely the end of time and the glorious coming of our Lord Jesus Christ are near. Let’s keep an eye on the signs so they do not take us by surprise. God bless you.

The False Prophets

Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Matthew 24:11

In recent years there has arisen an appreciable number of so-called prophets who announce the terrible things that, according to them, God has spoken to them that will happen. Even some are so daring that they give the day, time, and place in which earthquakes, tsunamis, and crashes of comets or asteroids against the earth will occur. The dates of such events have passed without pain or glory. You do not have to be a space scientist to realize the falsity of such prophecies, which confirms Matthew 24:11.

Already from the Old Testament it speaks of false prophets. The text of Jeremiah 23:9-40 is one of denunciation of false prophets, while Ezekiel 13:1-23 speaks of the condemnation of false prophets. In the New Testament, both the Lord Jesus, Peter and John spoke of them. In addition to Matthew 24:11, the Lord Jesus prophesies about the appearance of false prophets in Matthew 24:24 and Mark 13:22. Without a doubt, the enemy tries to imitate everything of God in order to confuse and deceive the unwary.

What characteristics does a false prophet have? In Matthew 7:15-16 says the Lord, Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? A false prophet might look on the outside very much like a real one. So his manner of speaking or his physical appearance would not betray him. That way they can deceive many. But its fruits make it known, if his prophecy is not fulfilled, obviously it is a false prophet.

Another characteristic of a false prophet is seen in Luke 6:26, Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets. The great ability to deceive a false prophet allows him to have a good reputation among the people. No doubt a false prophet will tell each one the words they want to hear, which will win the acceptance of many. What these many ignore is that they are deceived.

In 2 Peter 2:1 we see a third characteristic of a false prophet, But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. False prophecy is accompanied by the preaching of false teachings, which Peter calls destructive heresies.

In order not to fall into the trap of false prophets, we must take into account what we are told 1 John 4:1, Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. The spirit of true prophecy will bear witness to Jesus Christ, as Revelation 19:10 says, if the prophet does not bear testimony of the Lord, but drifts elsewhere, no doubt is a false. All prophecy must coincide one hundred percent with what is already written.

In Revelation 22:18-19 it says, For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. There is nothing to remove or add. God bless you.