“A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument” – Anonymous
Whatever your world view is will pretty much determine the very course of your life. If, for instance, you have a completely secular world view, science and the generally accepted view of the day will guide your life completely. People with a Christian view have shifted their view of the world to include God as creator, guide and redeemer.
The difference is enormous. More than night and day, the difference is the balance between life and death.
I have spent my lifetime studying and teaching on the prophetic aspect of scripture. Unknown to many, including some Christians is the fact that there are many kinds of prophecy. From the ‘Protevangelium,’ the first prophecy in the bible (Gen 3: 15) to the ‘Messianic’ (first coming of Christ) the bible then moves on to include premillennial prophecies (second coming of Christ) and pre, mid and post exilic prophecies (the history of Israel before, during and after their exile.)
Much more than simply warning nations and men in general of their future, the most fundamental purpose of prophecy is to help man determine his place in time. Prophecy is largely pre-written history and originates in the heart of One to whom the past, present and future are fully known to the last detail.
Modern man has concluded, with the help of science that we are traveling through a continuum of space and time. The biblical view agrees with only half of that conclusion. We think we are set to travel the vast distances of space in search of our future, the bible says nay, but we are assigned to this temporary world for only a limited time for each individual (a lifetime) and only a few millennia for civilization collectively.
“For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth” (La 3: 33, 34)
The bible fully agrees that man is traveling through time, God has neither called us to burst into space, nor does he require it. The promise of scripture is that at the second coming of Christ, all the celestial creatures of God will convene upon the earth along with God. Another single millennium will occur after which we will indeed leave this earth for another one, also of God’s making where eternity will begin – and never end.
Accordingly, when Christ proclaimed that heaven and earth would pass away, but those that did the will of God would abide forever it may have seemed that he was momentarily out of his mind. Where will we abide if it is all taken away? That question is answered fully in the book of Revelation, a book filled with prophecy. It says God himself makes a new world for the redeemed; in fact it is already built.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.