Oh, Oh, Here Comes Chicken Little! :: By Gene Lawley

One of the loud cries, primarily of those who do not believe God has any interest in concerns of this world, is somewhat like that of the fictional Chicken Little. In that story, something hit him on the head, and he began to yell to all the people of the town, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

We are being told repeatedly that worldwide temperatures will rise to levels you might hear in a discussion of how to cook your Christmas turkey dinner, as well as the “unescapable fact” that in a very short time the ocean levels will rise to engulf the continents! The simple answer to this cry of fear is to point them to the rainbow that often brightens the sky as the sun reflects off of the moisture in the clouds after a rainfall. According to Genesis 9:13-16, God promised to never again flood the earth:

I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

The forecast told by Peter in 2 Peter 3:10 is not a pretty prospect for the end of time when God again judges the earth:

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”

That event is several centuries in the future, however.

Current events are filled with the sense of hopelessness, of despair, of clamoring for someone to do something to ward off this coming disaster of climate changes that will overcome the world.

Three dictionary companies have issued their choices of the “word of the year.” Oxford Publishing selected “climate emergency,” actually two words, but claimed they are inseparable. The On-line Dictionary chose “existential,” a word that showed up in the mid 1900’s meaning “hopelessness” and “despair.” Merriam Webster claimed “they” was the top new meaning of a word.

Note that the first two show how much the “global warming, climate change” fear is being embraced by the world’s population. Note also that Time Magazine has issued its 2019 “cover of the year” picturing a sixteen-year-old girl from Sweden who has come to America preaching the fear of this planet’s inability to care for its inhabitants and somehow we must reduce our population dramatically and quickly.

The third word of new meaning for 2019 offered by Merriam-Webster is “they.” That reflects the progress of the “gender manipulation frenzy” and sexual revolution that has captured so much attention and demands total submission to those claims of superior rights of expression of their sexual orientation.

No wonder there is a sense of hopelessness and despair that is seemingly ready to engulf the world. There is “no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18).

One woman wrote that if parents do not believe there is a God, yet their children are having greater progress in good character traits, grades, and well-being, they should lie to their kids, saying they do believe in God. She says, “even though you believe you will go to a grave and turn to dust.” What she does not realize is that kids can see through their hypocrisy and lifestyles that deny that lie.

The reader who seeks truth and would believe the Scriptures would do well to read the forecasts of Jesus as He tells of what is to come when God’s judgment comes upon the earth in the last days. These are told, primarily, in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.

In Luke 21:7-28, Jesus tells the future events to His disciples, of the soon-coming, then, of the destruction of the temple and of Jerusalem, the signs and times of the last days of this age, and the coming of the Son of Man at the end of the age.

In Luke 21:10-19, He tells some details of the destruction that is to come upon the earth in the last days, which seem to be happening in these days:

“Then He said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.’” 

Finally, in Luke 21:25-27, He says this: “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” 

Next, He says this: “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near,” and then tells of the coming declaration of statehood for Israel—coming several centuries in the future (May 14, 1948).

The key thought in the passage is “when these things begin to happen, look up….” The question is, “are they beginning to happen—even 71 years ago (May 14, 1948)? Yes, there is no doubt, for sure since 1948.

The fearful destruction of no livable earth that accompanies the cries against “climate change” is demanding a gigantic reduction in the earth’s population. That is the cry of that Sweden girl—the earth will not be able to support a population of its present size.

But God, the God they do not recognize, has a population reduction plan. It’s called “judgment!” The prophets of old tell us in the Word of God of that plan.

The population total is a moving figure, but right now it is estimated to be 7.7 billion. The stated goal of the promoters of a New World Order is to reduce the population to only one billion, or maybe 500 million. Two reasons are behind those figures—those few are more easily controlled and the earth’s support systems could handle that number.

Of course, those calculations arise out of a mindset that does not recognize God in any manner. If those “Chicken Littles” were to check out the prophecies of the Bible, they would discover how their fears are totally unnecessary.

Let’s look at the population problem, specifically. When Jesus comes to “snatch away” those who have been saved by His grace, and soon to occur as the world begins to experience the seven years of tribulation prophesied by the Apostle John in Revelation chapters 4-19, a great multitude of the population will be reduced. First, an unknown number of Christians will disappear as Jesus comes and snatches them away to be with Him. Then, many will be killed by the devastating judgments that will occur.

After that “snatching away” will come the Gog-Magog war reported in Ezekiel 38-39 in the nations around Israel as God judges them. Many will die, for it will take seven months to find and bury all of the bodies of the dead.

At one time, in Revelation 9:15, one-third of mankind will be killed. Two hundred million from the kings of the east will die as they attempt to conquer Israel. A great multitude who do not take the “mark of the beast” will be killed and are shown in Revelation 7, standing before the throne of Christ in heaven. In Zechariah 13:8 we are told that two-thirds of the Jewish people will be killed, and the remaining one-third will be hidden away in the wilderness. That seems to be what is left after the final conclusion of the confrontation of those who took the “mark of the beast” and followed the Antichrist to defeat, for the Scripture concludes with, “And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse” (verse 21).

A rough calculation with estimates as necessary concludes with between four and five million (but quite likely far less) of Jews will survive. There is no indication that any Gentile mortals, saved or unsaved, will survive the tribulation period. The Scripture is clear that none who take the mark of the beast will be saved, and it is unknown how many who do not take that mark are able to avoid death by the hand of the Antichrist, if any.

Therefore, Chicken Little, an over-populated world will not be a problem. Contrary to the fears of the “chicken littles,” there is hope for the believer in Christ. Titus 2:12-13 tells of that “Blessed Hope” that we look for: “…teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Jonah, in his prayer from the belly of the great fish, stated a very important truth: “Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love” (Jonah 2:8).

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Following the Trail of Free Moral Agency :: By Gene Lawley

Before time began, in the dark foreshadows of eternity, God created the heavens and the earth, “and the earth was without form and void” (Genesis 1:2). In Psalm 90:2, it says, “Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” In the first verse the earth was alone, without the “world,” but in the psalm, world was added. Apparently, the earth is just a planet, but the world added to it the inhabitants—plants, animals, creatures, people. We will consider later how this fits into the picture.

When God created the heavens, included were the angels and the hosts of heaven. At the top of the multitude of angels was one who decided he was going to be like God, not under His subjection. Ezekiel 28:1 and following, as if addressing the King of Tyre, the Lord gives the account of this top angel and how he rebelled and left his position as the head of the band of angels, taking with him one-third of all the angels. How could he do this? Apparently, this one who came to be called Satan, or Lucifer, was created with “free moral agency.”

Having that ability of choice, then, Satan turned from God, giving up his morality, and establishing his own “immoral agency” which has absolutely no morality whatever. It is filled with lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. This he did in opposition to God.

The intent of this rebel is also repeated in Isaiah 14:12-15: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations, for you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.”

That term, “free moral agency,” is familiar to Bible students. The online dictionary, Wikipedia, describes a “free moral agent” as one who is “capable of acting with reference to right and wrong.”  So Satan was created with knowledge of right and wrong and the ability to act on that knowledge. And he did just that, becoming the very first to commit the unpardonable sin—complete rejection by and from God and obvious truth.

Perhaps God responded to Satan’s intent to be like God with the suggestion that he take this earth that was “without form and void” and see what he could do with it. No wonder, then, that it remained “without form and void,” for Satan can create nothing. He only counterfeits and duplicates what God has already done. Note what happened when Moses and Aaron went before Pharaoh, and Aaron threw down his rod. It became a serpent. Then the magicians threw down their rods, and they became serpents also. Aaron’s serpent swallowed those two, however (Exodus 7:9-12).

The truth of Satan’s empty promises, in contrast to those of Jesus, is displayed in John 10:10: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” No wonder the earth was left “without form and void,” if that was the actual way things happened in the beginning. Satan is the thief.

Were Adam and Eve created with free moral agency? Yes, they were, as we see how they exercised their option of doing right or wrong when they ate of the forbidden fruit. What happened then? They lost their relationship with God, but He provided a blood-stained solution for their desperate need, as Genesis 3 reports the account.

In the secular world, agencies make an illustration that may make sense of this principle in spiritual matters. An insurance agency is owned by a company that offers insurance policies to consumers. They contract with an agent to represent them in contacting consumers. The agent is an independent agent having authority to represent and offer the owner-company’s product. Likewise, somewhat, God created “free moral agency” and owns that “product.” In creation, He gave it to Lucifer, who decided to create his own agency and offer “immoral agency” to all who follow him.

God’s agency seemed to take a fall when Adam and Eve rejected God’s “free moral agency” and immediately became agents of Satan’s “immoral agency” for all mankind. Their “product” became “immorality” and eternal death in opposition to God’s product, “morality” and eternal life. Thus, we have that spiritual warfare continuing on and on.

God, however, had already formed a better plan, as explained in this article. He would offer a redeeming plan that, once accepted, would permanently close the door to eternal death, the plan offered by Satan and his agents. He would pay the ultimate price for Satan’s agents and offer them an agency relationship that is part of His family as adopted children. 

Let’s follow the trail. What happens to those born of Adam’s lineage? They are born outside of God’s favor, spiritually dead in trespasses and sins and pointed to certain death, both physically and spiritually. Even a child unknowingly displays their condition as they exert their demands for selfish purposes. That presents a problem for all mankind, for all are descended from Adam.

“But God,” a prefix to the solution for all mankind—that was put in place also “before time began.” Titus 1:2 tells us that “in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” It came in the form of a gift, as clearly told in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The plan worked out like this: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Romans 5:18 further explains how it fits together with the universal problem of Adam’s sinful nature: “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.”

Why was it in the form of a gift and not just readily applied to all mankind? It is because a gift must be received, accepted, by the one for whom it is meant. That is, in this case, the need for a person to exercise his moral agency of acting on the knowledge of right and wrong that is embedded in his conscience. God does not force Himself upon any person. The old idiom, “you can take a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink—but you can salt his oats” is how it works in God’s economy.

Romans 3:20 says, “By the law is the knowledge of sin,” and it is the law of God that is embedded in man’s conscience, the inherent knowledge of good and evil that works in man’s conscience to convict him of his sinfulness and the need for a Savior. We can see how this worked in the conversion of Saul of Tarsus in Acts 9:1-9. Jesus said to him, “Why do you persecute Me? It is hard to kick against the goads.” But man cannot exercise moral agency as a descendant of Adam, born so from birth. That is the bottom line regarding repentance, for no one can repent from being born of Adam’s heritage. Only by being born again can one enter the gate of heaven.

So how does God handle that major roadblock? He makes another gift available. Look at Ephesians 2:8-9 for that gift: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” It is the gift of faith.

John 6:29 puts it this way: “This is the work of God that you believe in Him whom He sent.” And Paul told the Philippian jailer, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). A gift not accepted is of no value to the intended receiver; but to the one who does receive Christ, the gift has eternal life!

The summation of this topic is this: Beginning with the angels in heaven, God created beings with “free moral agency,” that ability to make right and wrong choices. Adam and Eve lost their created morality and took up the immorality of Satan’s “agency.” They became slaves to the dominion of sin, having the knowledge of good and evil, but controlled by evil. However, God’s plan from the beginning was to redeem mankind from that desperate situation, “Not by works of righteousness [which they could not do], but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).

Having been now restored to morality, the born-again believer is told, in Philippians 2:12b-13, “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” This is the bottom line of walking by faith and choosing to please God in all choices made along the way.

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