Originally posted by grayeagle
I join your saints through the ages crying out for mercy and justice. However, it is getting harder for me to imagine a merciful god who would command
the utter destruction of men, women and children by the sword as spoken in the Old Testament. Can your justice really be doled out in excruciating
fear and pain? Defenseless children destroyed because of their parent’s sin? How can that be justice?
I just don’t get it!
Lord I don’t understand your mercy. I can’t ignore the contradictions anymore. The world is so full of hunger and pain. The poor we will have
with us forever? Really? I have seen first hand what suffering surrounds poverty. Can you really allow that to continue and yet be a merciful God?
A crisis of faith? Yes!
Your questions have amazing answers to them, it is the time for the truth to be made known and if the asker remains humble and contrite, the truth
will be received with glory to God.
The answers will come one at a time to allow for the wisdom to be received cleanly.
God has a plan for the salvation of all of mankind that has ever lived and died. The shortest summary of this plan is understood by the 7 days of the
re-creation of the Earth to be turned into a place where mankind could florish as a physical creation.
6 days God laboured in re-creating the Earth, and on the 7th day God rested.
We now see in Exodus the establishment of the 4th commandment (the sign/mark of God).
"Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God:"
and also in 2 Peter we find.
2 Peter 3
"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
By seeing both of these verses in spirit and in truth God reveals the basic summary of His perfect 7000 (plus the Great White Thrown Judgement of 100
years) year plan for the salvation of mankind.
6000 years shall mankind labour at his own works (governments, religions, cultures, habits, deeds etc.) but the 7th 1000 years (millenial reign of
Jesus Christ on Earth) belongs to God and the Kingdom of God (Elohim).
You see, the first 6000 years are NOT the time of salvation for the vast majority of mankind, it was created/established to allow mankind to live as
he sees fit, choose what he thinks is right or wrong and try to live by that moral determination. And then, as a result of human nature (carnal = way
of get = physical) being created intentionally against the way of God (spiritual = way of give = self sacrificial) we sin, and the penalty for sin is
death as mentioned over 50 times in scripture.
But death is not the end of God's plan for His future family (Elohim).
After the 7000 years have ended (after the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ has ended) a great resurrection to physical life a second time occurs for
all mankind that has not entered into Elohim by that point. Countless billions of all those men, women and childern that never knew God's truth or
learned God's way of life will be born again physically in what scripture refers to as "The Great White Thrown Judgment" and they will live a
second physical life, without the possibility of death prior to God judging the individual mind in a fair, just and awesome manner.
Mankind's nature is evil, we were created physical so that this would be our nature by perfect design, so that God can transform the mind from carnal
and selfish to spiritual and unselfish through trial and subsiquent growth.
Only 144,000 individual minds over the course of the last 6000 years have been worked with directly with God to become part of the firstfruits of
salvation upon the return of Jesus Christ. All others that have died will be part of the second physical ressurection at the end of the millenium.
The reason God commanded the physical nation of Israel to destroy the pagans of Canaan was because there death in this age was MORE merciful then
their lives would have been. The culture of these peoples when God commanded this action were that of sun god worship. They killed there own
children and would bake their bones in the foundations of new homes for "good luck" they would sacrifice their children in giant bonfires to appease
their pagan lords etc.
Sin over time is more damaging then sin over a short time. It is more merciful, knowing all will be ressurected to physical life a second time in an
age designed for the salvation of the vast majority of mankind, to kill one in this age, then to allow them to master evil over the course of a
corrupted life. knowing the plan of God is where His eternal mercy is seen in these actions, God's weekly Sabbath and yearly Holy Days are what
teaches his people that plan.
The evils in this world are from selfish mankind being allow to live as he sees fit in this age, not God
To be continued...