Sunday, 16 March 2014

Back to 1914

Spanish Bluebell
I have been wondering how best to return to the question of 1914 - we are in a year of memorials after all - such a significant date in world history - and in Bible prophecy. And I was helped when I attended the meeting by phone this morning, as our Watchtower study article was "100 Years of Kingdom Rule. How Does it Affect You?"

Here is a paragraph from today:

"Toward the end of the 29th century, light began to shine on a 2,500-year-old prophecy recorded by Daniel: "In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed." (Dan.2:44)  The Bible Students spent decades pointing out that the year 1914 would be significant. Many people at that time were optimistic. As one writer states:  "The world of 1914 was full of hope and promise."  With the outbreak of World War I later that year, however, Bible prophecy came true. The subsequent famines, earthquakes, and pestilences as well as the fulfillment of other Bible prophecies proved conclusively that Jesus Christ has begun to rule in heaven as King of God's kingdom in 1914."

Why did Jesus warn that we are in for a terrible time as the Kingdom is set up in heaven?  

It all hinges on the question of where Satan is. A lot of confusion has been cleverly sown here so that the Devil has been pictured as a kind of pantomime demon in a red suit presiding over a hell of fiery torment.   Yet where does the Bible say he is?

For one thing it tells us that hell - "Sheol" in the Hebrew Scriptures, "Hades" in the Christian Greek - is simply the ground, the grave, where the sleep "conscious of nothing at all" awaiting a resurrection.

And, according to the Bible, hell is one place Satan never is, never was, and never will be. Where is he? Where was he? And where is he now?

The answers lie in the Bible - especially in the books of Job and Revelation and I hope to get back to them tomorrow, via another para from today's Watchtower study.

I still feel down and depressed - with a very painful cramped leg.   I keep telling myself it is not long since the second op, and I have been through a lot over the last few months, so just give it time.  Because of my age and various health problems, everything seems ominous now, every ache and pain.

The Captain has had a couple of photo excursions today but is at the moment sitting at the dining table with me and we are both blogging away.   Its sunny, but not warm.  He is just showing me white bluebells - Spanish bluebells? - wood hyacinth (he has just signalled from the next computer)  in Lobbs Wood.  Bringing the Spring home to show me.

Our Green and the beach are packed with hardy Brits out enjoying themselves in the sunshine.

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