How often have we made the statement, “Nothing lasts forever?” Shoes wear out, a car rusts away, a house deteriorates, and so on. Even this old world will one day pass away. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). Although everything as we know it will one day pass away, we can be assured that God is eternal and His Word will live forever.
The Greek phrase “ou mē” is translated “not” and it is emphatic. It means “never, certainly not, not at all, by no means.” Too often Man wants to change or disregard God’s Word, but nothing can diminish God’s words…they are eternal. God not only established His Word as eternal but also His children are eternal. We, who are born-again believers in Christ, are eternally established in His Kingdom. Praise God!
It is hard to get our minds around the fact that one day the heavens and earth will be completely destroyed, yet the Creator of the universe has declared it so. Our peace comes from knowing that no matter what else passes away, His words will not… nor shall we—His children. In his second letter, Peter also states that heaven and earth will be destroyed.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up…looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:10, 12).
If everything that we now observe as physical is dissolved with fervent heat then how will God’s Word be preserved? As the children of God, we should have His Word embedded in our hearts and in our minds; many of us fall short in this regard. Peter tells of heaven and earth being destroyed, but he also tells us what to do with God’s Word.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).
God’s Word has endured since the beginning of time and is recorded in both the Old and New Testaments. Have you studied the Bible so that it lives in you? Sanctify His word in your heart and always be ready to give a God-inspired answer to anyone who asks about your faith.
Jesus is God. Born-again believers know this is a fact and are not ashamed to proclaim that truth. Jesus knew that His words would be preserved throughout all eternity within His redeemed. Many people believe that there will always be the written word of God available to mankind, but this is not necessarily the case. Today there are many websites that give great insight into God’s Word, but what if the Internet goes down?
When that happens, and it will, a good resource to gain Bible knowledge will be lost. What then? You need to have at least one Bible near you at all times. A good concordance is also important in order to look up the English words in Hebrew and Greek because there is a deeper meaning to God’s Word when understood in the original languages. It is important to have a sound knowledge of God’s Word. Study and learn, then share with others. Sanctify God in your hearts as Peter encouraged, and even if the Internet isn’t there or you don’t have a Bible with you, you will still be able to answer any question that is put to you regarding Jesus.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it” (Amos 8:11-12).
God will send a famine in the land that will result in people seeking His truth but not finding it. How is that possible? Every Christian home surely must have multiple copies of God’s Word lying around. Some of those Bibles do little more than collect dust, but nonetheless they are there.
Remember what happened in Nazi Germany in regard to the Word of God? Bibles were confiscated and burned. God’s Word will never pass away, and burning our Bibles or not having the Internet will not negate or destroy God’s Word. God’s Word will endure for eternity.
“In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst” (Amos 8:13).
Today we see young people, and even older people, at a loss to find meaning in life. So many people today turn to drugs, alcohol, homosexuality or witchcraft in search for a meaning to life. Are we in the days when there is a famine for hearing the words of the LORD? Everywhere we look God’s Word is being altered in order to make it more “user friendly.”
If God’s Word is diminished by Man then it ceases to be the truth and will not satisfy. The fair virgins and young men will seek to have their thirst for the truth quenched, but their thirst will not be quenched.
[Jesus said] “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
People are searching for something more than the shallowness of sin, but are Christians offering the Living Water and the Bread of Life? Are we withholding God’s Word from the lost souls of this world and thus allowing them to die of thirst? God’s Word will never pass away but it needs to be shared in order to give life to those who are searching.
As His children we have a responsibility to learn all we can about God and His Word. We must memorize it, understand it and share it. If our Bibles were confiscated today, how many of us could still preach the gospel to all nations using actual Scripture verses? How many of us can explain the gospel to someone who asks us about the hope within us?
There must come a time in every Christian’s life when all the outside worldly distractions are laid aside, and God and His Word become the paramount influence in our lives. This is especially imperative now that we are so close to Rapture. Life will become more dangerous for Christians and we can already see governments and radical religious groups trying to destroy God’s Word.
It is illegal in many countries to have a Bible and even in America, Satan is making an all out attack on it, and so-called Christians are allowing it to happen. I suggest we all begin to memorize God’s Word so we can share it from our hearts. God’s Word will never pass away and we must do our part to tell the lost of God’s love.
Considering that God says there will be a famine of His Word in the last days, how can we ignore the fact that this famine has already started? God’s inerrant truth is being openly attacked. When God gives us His prophetic Word that says His words will go missing in the last days, He’s not kidding.
We can already see the corruption of His Word by means of false teaching and various Scriptures being re-interpreted in order to condone sin, but that won’t stop the forward motion of prophecy. These days it seems that everything has an agenda of malevolent intent designed to lead people away from God and away from His word.
Television, music, our education system, etc. all promote ideas and themes that are against God and His Word. This all is leading people away from adhering to God’s truth. What we see happening is an attack on the true Word of God. We must understand that the true Word of God ultimately resides in the minds and hearts of His redeemed.
When the Rapture occurs where will God’s Word be then? We will take it with us into eternity and there will be an even more devastating famine of God’s Word in this world. A world which will soon face the wrath of God. Yet God always preserves a remnant to preach His Word.
God has given us prophecy in His Word and allows those prophecies to be fulfilled. Everything today is falling precisely into place just as God said it would. We are being programmed to accept abnormal behavior as normal; we are being desensitized to what is against God’s laws as described in His Word. This is more evidence that the Rapture is very near, and then comes tribulation like nothing that has ever been seen on earth before:
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).
The very near future is focused on re-inventing man; humans being changed into hybrids that will no longer be fully human. This is not a conspiracy theory. With very little research you can find information about this. Through it all God will preserve His Word. God will seal 144,000 Jews who will be sealed prior to going into the Tribulation period:
“And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel” (Revelation 7:4).
There will also be two witnesses:
“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth”(Revelation 11:3).
They will prophesy speaking God’s words. Yes, God’s words are eternal.Study the Bible while you still can.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
God’s Word is eternal. Eternity isn’t just having a lot of time, but it is the absence of time. After we leave this life we will be in His presence and our faith will become sight. Until that time we need to study His Word in order to keep it pure. We don’t “edit” out the parts that are hard to live by, but we take all of it and apply it to our daily living.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God” (John 1:1).
The “Word” is Jesus Christ…God incarnate. He existed before time began and will exist after time is no more. When a Christian dies he or she enters eternity—a timeless place forever in the presence of The Word. God’s Word shall not pass away.
God bless you all,
Ron & Nathele Graham