Will He Even Find Truth? :: By Daniel Payne

TRUTH ?

“…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b).

It’s been a long, hot, summer day outdoors, and you’ve had next to nothing to drink. Then someone offers you a fresh bottle of ice cold water—with a twist. A single drop of poison has been added to the frosty treasure—will you still drink it? Odds are you’d turn it down if you knew beforehand that it was poisoned, even if your skin was sunburned red and your throat was dry as a desert.

There’s no escaping the simple fact that just one drop of poison added to a bottle of clean water turns the entire vessel toxic.

Have you ever heard someone tell you what you already knew was a lie before they were even finished talking? Most of what they said was true but they used the truth to tell you a lie. If someone knows the water is poisoned, then they shouldn’t offer it to someone else—yet that is exactly what some people do when they intentionally lie.

No matter what strand of truth is used to start weaving a basket—once all the lies are woven in—the entire thing is a basket of lies. And so is our world of “information” today—thick ropes of biased lies joined with an occasional thread of truth.

The truth works the same way as the sealed bottle of purified water—it’s only pure as long as it’s uncontaminated. The entire bottle becomes impure after only one drop of poison, let alone after vials of poison are poured in.

Many people rely solely upon their mind to tell them what’s true. However, sometimes our mind tells us something is true when it’s not true. At other times when something is true—we refuse to believe it—based entirely upon our perception.

Our minds love repeating patterns—such as quasi-fractals. Symmetry is everywhere but not everything is truly symmetrical. The face of someone you find attractive may appear to have true reflectional symmetry—when in fact it does not. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Quasi-fractals are everywhere but not everything is a true fractal. A true fractal has a detailed arrangement over an extensive and unlimited range of magnification levels. A quasi-fractal is a likeness of a true fractal—it has detailed arrangement over a large but limited range of magnification levels. Although the patterns of a quasi-fractal are not unlimited—as the human eye cannot perceive such small details—quasi-fractals appear pleasantly and persuasively fractal.

We may think that our eyes see the physical world like a camera without filters, when in reality we perceive the physical world through the filters of emotions and experiences.

In contrast to the world which refuses to deal with absolutes and permits perception based solely upon the weakness of the mind—those who are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) rely entirely upon the strength of the truth—through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Berean Jews were noted for being very earnest in their diligence to search out the truth of the message of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ:

“The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men” (Acts 17:10-12).

And just think—they were given the Truth, yet they were still diligent to verify that it was the truth. As a result, many of them were genuinely saved through confident belief (blessed assurance). How much more should we be diligent to search out the truth when we know that we’re surrounded by lies and deception?

Something is either true or it’s false—it’s either right or it’s wrong—it’s either on or it’s off—this is sometimes referred to as Boolean Logic. The 19th century mathematician George Boole profoundly understood this fundamental principle. Boolean Algebra—as detailed within his book “The Laws of Thought”—gives us Boolean Logic—which is the exclusive foundation of all computer-processing logic.

Boolean Algebra as defined by wiki:

“Boolean algebra is the branch of algebra in which the values of the variables are the truth values true and false, usually denoted 1 and 0 respectively.”

The following is a fascinating look at how computers cannot function apart from the law of truth at their core. (Unfortunately what starts out as truth in the core doesn’t always end up the same on the screen.)

The most common tool used in microprocessing is called an “And Gate.” The And Gate truth table consists of two inputs (A & B) and only one output (the result). Each input receives one each of only two possible values—one and zero. One represents “True,” and zero represents “False.”

Here is a simple diagram of the And Gate truth table (hopefully the text format is legible):

A —|

———— Result

B —|

 

1 = True

0 = False

 

A    B | Result

0    0 |  0

0    1 |  0

1    0 |  0

1    1 |  1

 

Lie + Lie = Lie

Lie + Truth = Lie

Truth + Lie = Lie

Truth + Truth = Truth

The only result that’s true is when both inputs A & B receive the truth. Every other result is false—even if it’s mixed with truth—the result is still false.

The And Gate is a lot like the Ten Commandments—if one is broken—then they’re all considered broken:

“For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10).

Even though microprocessors can only work according to the principle of uncorrupted truth, the world still offers water poisoned with “half-truths” and deception:

“The wicked strut about on every side when vileness is exalted among the sons of men” (Psalms 12:8).

But the Word of God is pure—and alive with truth:

“The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever” (Psalms 12:6-7).

Be careful navigating through dark alleys along the information superhighway. You may find yourself going in circles—spiraling back to the same unavoidable agendas and never arriving at the truth.

Avoid drinking the poisoned waters of deception.

“Then He said to me, ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son’” (Revelation 21:6-7).

Rapture in Revelation :: By Daniel Payne

The doctrine of the Rapture of the church taking place before the Tribulation is known as the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Those of us who hold to the Pre-Trib Rapture doctrine believe that God will remove His Holy Spirit from the church at an appointed time known only to Him.

Along with the removal of the Holy Spirit—those within whom He is sealed will be removed from the earth as well:

“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).

In 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, the apostle Paul describes the Holy Spirit as the One who is actively restraining—or holding back—the appearance of the Antichrist until the time of God’s choosing:

“And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed….” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8a).

The Holy Spirit is spoken of in connection with the restraint of evil in Genesis 6:3, John 16:7-11, and 1 John 4:4:

“Then the LORD said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years’” (Genesis 6:3).

“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me” (John 16:7-9).

“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

God uses the number seven to represent totality or completion:

“By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done” (Genesis 2:2).

In the same way, God defines His Holy Spirit as being complete in the seven Spirits of God:

“And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God” (Revelation 4:5).

The “seven Spirits” represent the Holy Spirit in His fullness with seven being the number of perfection and completeness. Incidentally, the number seven is found 54 times in the Book of Revelation.

The apostle John begins the Book of Revelation by describing the seven Spirits that are before the throne of God:

“John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne” (Revelation 1:4).

In Revelation 4:5—see above—John describes the seven lamps burning before the throne of God as being “the seven Spirits of God.”

God also writes letters to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation. He both condemns and commends certain activities, attitudes, and behavior of the different churches.

In one particular example—in His letter to the church in Ephesus—the Lord Jesus writes the following:

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place-unless you repent” (Revelation 2:1-5).

Did you catch that in verse 5? Jesus said that if the church in Ephesus did not repent—He would remove their “lampstand out of its place.”

The Lord Jesus gives no warning that the church in Ephesus would suffer any type of severe persecution akin to the Tribulation before He removes their lampstand.

Revelation 2:5 describes God’s removal of His Holy Spirit from the false and unrepentant church at the Rapture—Before the Tribulation.

No human being knows the exact date when God will choose to remove the Restrainer from the earth.

However, based upon what He Himself said all the way back in Genesis chapter 6— “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever”—and based upon the signs of our times, we can be sure that He will indeed remove His precious Holy Spirit from this earth one day very soon.