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Photo Credit: Shannon Hicks/Newtown Bee.

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On December 14, 2012, crazed gunman, Adam Lanza, forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and brutally shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults.  He also murdered his own mother a short time before arriving at the school, and eventually took his own life when it was all over.

In times like this, many are asking, “Why would God allow such heinous and senseless violence to happen – especially to innocent children?” Some have made reference to God and prayer being taken out of schools; that this is the reason it was allowed to happen.  Perhaps it’s a contributing factor, but it goes much deeper than this.

The following is a sermon that was given by Pastor Steve Hadley from Harvest Family Felllowship regarding this tragedy.  He does a great job of answering the above question (and more) in his sermon entitled, “Why Tragedy?”  May it bring some sense to this horrible event and maybe even to personal tragedies that some of you reading this may have experienced.   I hope it blesses you.

 

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After the game, the king and the pawn

go into the same box.

~ Italian Proverb

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In the game of chess, the players strategize to corner or checkmate the opposing side’s king.  Many pieces are used in order to do this – some more expendable than others.  At the bottom of importance is the lowly pawn.  But even though the king is the most valuable piece and the pawn is the least valuable, after the game ends, the fate of both is the same.  They both are placed in the same box.

Such is the case in real life.  All people – whether kings or commoners, rich or poor, famous or obscure – all will have the same fate one day.  We all will die.  Death is no respecter of persons…and neither is God. (Colossians 3:25)

We’re all made of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7), and no human life is more valuable than any other to God.  We are all made in His image and He loves us so much that He sent His Son to this earth to save us from the punishment of sin, which is eternal death.  (John 3:16)  He did this by becoming the perfect human sacrifice and shedding His blood to cover our sins because “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission” or forgiveness of sins.  (Hebrews 9:22)  He had to do this because the blood of animals could not permanently erase sin.  Only the blood of a perfect human being, without sin or blemish, could satisfy once and for all the requirements for permanently blotting out the sins of mankind.  This perfect human being is named Jesus Christ.  (Read all of Hebrews Chapter 9 for a thorough explanation of this.) 

Whether you’re a king or just a regular person, if you confess to God that you are a sinner and believe that His Son, Jesus, died on the cross to cover your sins, then when the day comes when you die and are placed in a box, you’ll have the assurance that you will have eternal life with God and not have to face an eternal death of unimaginable horrors.  The choice is yours.

Just something to think about…

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This is an awesome live performance by Israel Houghton of the song “Our God.” 

Be blessed!

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1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God,

Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever,

Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous.

The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.

10 The Lord shall reign forever — Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!

                                                                                             ~ Psalm 146

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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ~ Ephesians 6:12

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In a previous post, I briefly discussed an invisible battle that occurred between an angelic visitor to the prophet Daniel and the Prince of Persia (a very powerful fallen angelic being).  This battle went on for three weeks before he was able to break through with the help of Michael, the archangel. He was then free to deliver a very important message to Daniel.

This sounds primarily like the makings of a science fiction/fantasy novel.  It’s very hard for our human minds to grasp that scenes like this are very real and are actually happening all around us every day.  As quoted above, Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  In the daily battles that we go through with other people or situations, the root cause of those battles is the invisible spiritual wars that are taking place just outside the boundaries of our perceived reality.  We may think that we’re contending only with a certain person or situation; however, as the saying goes, “There’s more than meets the eye.”

Another biblical illustration we have of what actually goes on behind the physical scenes is found in 2 Kings 6:15-17.  In this passage, the prophet Elisha and his servant were being threatened by a hostile army of Syrians.  The servant was beside himself when he awoke one morning to find that they were surrounded by horses and chariots from this enemy of Israel.  But Elisha calmly told him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  Then he asked God to open the young man’s eyes so that he may “see.”  When the Lord answered this prayer, the servant saw that the hills were full of supernatural horses and chariots of fire all around them.  The two men were divinely protected that day.  (Read the entire story here.)

Perhaps the most well-known biblical account that we have of warfare in the spiritual realm is found in Revelation 12:7-9, which is quoted below:

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. ~ Revelation 12:7-9

What an epic battle that will be!  (To learn more about this battle, its aftermath, and how it may or may not affect those of us here on earth at this time, I recommend reading the entire chapter of Revelation 12.)

These are just a few examples of what takes place behind the scenes of our physical reality.  The Bible is full of instances of supernatural intervention in the lives of people just like you and me.  Even today, there are numerous accounts of people whose fates were miraculously altered in the face of danger.  In an earlier article, I actually speak of one such occurrence in the life of one of my sons.  You may read about it here.

So we see that all around us is an invisible spiritual realm which we are, for the most part, unaware of.  All the social unrest in the world, as well as various personal struggles we may face, are the direct result of the unseen battles that are going on in that realm and spilling over into ours.

For more on this very interesting topic, I’ve included the following short video clip from a sermon by Dr. Chuck Missler entitled “The Spiritual World.”  In it, Dr. Missler discusses a couple of the points presented in this article… and much more.  It’s very informative.  I hope you enjoy it.

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But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

~ Daniel 12:4 ~

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These words were relayed to the prophet Daniel by an angelic messenger.  Daniel had fasted and prayed for 21 days for an answer from God about a certain matter.  Then after that time, he was visited by this heavenly being who, after being detained by the Prince of Persia,* came to give Daniel a very important message about what would happen at the time of the end.  After relaying the prophecy, he told Daniel that its meaning would be shut up and sealed until the time of the end.  He goes on to say how this particular time would be known. 

First he states, “many shall run to and fro.”  Today we have all kinds of cars and mass transit vehicles (i.e. buses, subways, and trains) as well as airplanes, etc., that provide transportation.  And depending on which mode is utilized, it’s now possible to reach any destination on earth in a matter of hours, instead of days, weeks, and months, as was the case during the time of Daniel.  It’s quite apparent that many people are running “to and fro” at this time.

Also, the angel told Daniel that “knowledge shall be increased” at the time of the end.  Needless to say, in our day and age, knowledge has increased exponentially since the time this prophecy was given – and it continues to do so.  Cable channels, computers, smart phones, and iPads are just some of the avenues for attaining knowledge at literally the touch of a button.

Never before has there been a time such as the one we’re living in.  Could this be the time of the end spoken of in Daniel 12:4?  If so, are you prepared for what was also prophesied in the rest of the chapter?  (Read about it here.)

Just something to think about…

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* The Prince of Persia is a malevolent spirit being who resisted Daniel’s heavenly visitor for three weeks to try and prevent him from relaying this prophecy to Daniel.  He was finally able to break through with the help of the archangel, Michael, and continue on his mission to pass on this message to Daniel.   (For more on this topic, see this commentary on Daniel Chapter 10.)

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Who is the suffering servant of Isaiah 53?  The following video examines the Hebrew scriptures for an in-depth look at this mysterious figure whom many believe to be the Messiah.  There’s also a free book offer in the video.  Be doubly blessed!


The Mysterious Prophecy of Isaiah 53

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