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Has Diversity Gone Too Far?



Editor in Chief: Gerald E. Weston

Where has the undiscerning push for “diversity” led us? How far will modern society’s morals fall before God intervenes to save us—from ourselves?

Germany Transformed



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The return of Germany as a leading world power will appear to bring solutions—but it will end in what the Bible describes as a time of trial “such as has not been seen since the beginning of the world”! What does the future of Germany have to do with prophecy?

Russia, Ukraine, and Bible Prophecy

What significance does the Russia-Ukraine war have in end-time Bible prophecy? Find out in this episode of Tomorrow's World, as we go through scriptures showing how superpowers and alliances will shift at the end times, and what events to expect as prophecy is fulfilled.

[The text below represents an edited transcript of this Tomorrow’s World program.]

The Ukraine War…a Prophetic Event?

What will be the fallout from the war in Ukraine? Some wonder: Will it lead to World War III and Armageddon? The good news is that the short-term answer is, no.

Do you realize there is a source you can rely upon to give the answer? People throw about the term Armageddon but forget the word’s source—the biblical book of Revelation. It’s the Bible, and Jesus specifically, that long ago informed us that humanity would come to the place where all life could be wiped off this planet. But the good news is that Christ will intervene, stop our madness, and usher in a time of universal peace.

But for now, what, if anything, does the war in Ukraine mean? Does the Bible mention it?

I’ll be right back.

For Europe to Rise, the Wall had to Fall

A warm welcome to all of you from all of us here at Tomorrow’s World, where we bring to life Bible prophecy. On today’s program, I’m going to explain, from the pages of the Bible, the significance of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Many of us grew up during the “Cold War” and lived long enough to see the [fall of the Berlin Wall]. We remember these famous words of President Ronald Reagan, standing before the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987, where he challenged the Soviet leader to tear down the wall that divided Berlin and Eastern Europe from the West:

“Behind me stands a wall that encircles the free sectors of this city, part of a vast system of barriers that divides the entire continent of Europe…. Standing before the Brandenburg Gate, every man is a German, separated from his fellow men…. Today I say as long as this gate is closed, as long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the German question alone that remains open, but the question of freedom for all mankind….

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate.

Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” (“Tear Down This Wall,” National Archives, Archives.gov, 2007).

And he did!

That ugly twelve-foot-high wall that circled West Berlin for 28 years began to be dismantled and the Brandenburg Gate opened five months later.

While many thought this impossible, many of us here at Tomorrow’s World were not caught by surprise. Why?

Here is what a Hendersonville Tennessee reporter for the Free Press wrote on December 7, 1989:

“Like a great many Americans I have been watching the current political situation in East Germany with interest. While many have expressed surprise at the recent events and at East German cries for reunification of East and West Germany, I have to admit I haven’t been too surprised by these events. The reason I haven’t been particularly surprised is that for years I have occasionally read the publications of… the late Herbert W. Armstrong… Armstrong predicted that the Berlin Wall would some day come down and the two German states would once again reunite into a powerful nation” (The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor or Soon-Coming Reality? pp. 1–2).

How did Mr. Armstrong and those of us here at Tomorrow’s World know this would happen? The short answer is that we understand Bible prophecy. Now there is much detail that we don’t know, but we—and you—can know the outline of what to expect in the days ahead. The God who inspired the Bible has given us a remarkable outline of history, told in advance. And He presents this challenge to mankind:

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:9–10).

Bible prophecy predicted in advance the fall of Babylon, the empire of the Medes and Persians, the rapid conquests of Alexander the Great, the rise of the mighty Roman Empire, and so much more.

A Prophecy of World Empires to Come

Together, Daniel and Revelation give you an accurate outline that you undoubtedly did not receive in school.

In Daniel 2, we read of an unusual dream that King Nebuchadnezzar had. It greatly troubled him until Daniel was given understanding from God to interpret it. This famous dream is more than a Sunday School story for children. It’s an outline of history, given in advance, beginning around 600 B.C. and continuing to this day. Nebuchadnezzar saw a giant image of a man with a head of gold, arms and chest of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of iron and clay.

Two important points are given in verse 28:

#1: There is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and

#2: He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days (Daniel 2:28).

Now let’s see how Daniel explained the dream to Nebuchadnezzar. We read the explanation in Daniel 2, beginning in verse 37:

“You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory… you are this head of gold. But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.”

We see here four great empires, beginning with Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian, or Chaldean, Empire. One might think this is relatively simple to predict, as empires come and go, but the Bible has specific details revealing the nature of these empires, especially the fourth one.

That kingdom of iron was shown by two legs, but why are the feet and toes made of a mixture of iron and clay? We’ll see the answer in verses 41–43:

“Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.

And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.”

So what does this have to do with your life today?

Everything!

The feet and ten toes reveal the time just ahead of us, as we shall see, beginning in verse 44:

“And in the days of these [10] kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

This is the future Kingdom of God on earth, which will replace mankind’s corrupt kingdoms. That is the good news, the gospel, that Jesus proclaimed for three-and-a-half years prior to His death and resurrection.

Daniel 7 describes these same four empires—again ending with the coming of the Messiah—but this time he describes them as beasts. What they symbolize is partly explained beginning in chapter 7 and verses 17–18:

“Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.”

The fourth Beast lasts until the coming of Christ. Continuing:

“Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces…. Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him’” (Daniel 7:23, 27).

When Will “Rome” Finally Fall?

So far, we’ve seen from the prophecies in Daniel that there would be four great empires, starting with the Chaldean Empire and ending with the Roman Empire. And, it is at the time of this last empire that God will smash mankind’s misguided rule and set up His Kingdom.

Revelation fills in details that began in Daniel, chapters 2 and 7. Daniel saw these kingdoms near the beginning of the first kingdom, but John wrote during the time of the fourth, the Roman Empire. That is why we see in Revelation 13 a composite beast, as Rome had absorbed all the others:

“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.”

This seven-headed beast represents the seven heads of all four described in Daniel 7:

The Lion = Babylon One head

The Bear = Medo-Persia One head

The Leopard = Greco-Macedonian Four heads

The Fourth Beast = Roman One head

So, Revelation 13 describes a seven-headed beast, but one head had a deadly wound that was healed. Notice it in verses 3–5:

“I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?’ And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.”

Since the deadly wound is healed, it is evident the head that is wounded is the Roman Empire, as it is the one that continues all the way to the end. A deadly wound would come to the Roman Empire, but it would be healed and continue another 42 months.

Do you realize, dear friends, that this is exactly what history tells us?

The Bible sometimes uses what is called a day for a year principle. In this case, 42 months could either refer to literal months, or prophetic months using the day for a year principle. See Ezekiel 4:6:

“And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year.”

This principle is also found in Numbers 14:34. Prophetic months are 30 days as seen by comparisons in Scripture. Therefore, 42 prophetic months equal 1,260 days, or years, depending on the context and by what we see happening. Historians generally agree that 476 AD marks the fall of the western Roman Empire.

We do not see the deadly wound healed 42 months later, but we do see the empire restored under Justinian in 554 AD. Four more kingdoms rule under the banner of Rome with the last being Napoléon’s, which ending in 1814—and that’s exactly 1,260 years from Justinian’s Imperial Restoration.

The Beast IS Rising, Just as Foretold!

As we’ve seen today, the biblical prophecy of the Beast begins in the Book of Daniel. Chapter 2 gives the overview of four empires stretching from the time of Nebuchadnezzar all the way to the end of the age when Christ returns and sets up a world-ruling government on earth. Chapter 7 describes these four great empires as beasts, giving added detail. Then we come to Revelation 13, where it speaks of the fourth empire—Rome—and how it would receive a deadly wound, but would come back to life for a period of 1,260 years.

The Apostle John was given more information about this beast in Revelation 17, but this time the prophecy refers to this Roman beast only during the time when it is ridden by a woman. It shows there would be seven restored Roman systems, beginning with the five who ruled during 1,260 years. These were:

Imperial Restoration Justinian 554 AD

Carolingian Empire Charlemagne 800 AD

Holy Roman Empire Charles the Great 962 AD

Hapsburg Dynasty Charles V 1530 AD

Napoleon’s Empire Napoleon 1804–1814AD

After Napoleon, people thought the Roman Empire was to be no more, but the Bible describes two more resurrections, with the seventh being destroyed at the coming of Christ.

Revelation 17 begins by describing a church in the form of an immoral woman.

“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, ‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.’”

There is much more from this chapter and elsewhere giving specific details regarding this woman, which verse 5 shows is a mother church with harlot daughters, but our focus today is on the Beast and how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine plays into these prophecies. The world will be shocked to see this final system suddenly appear. Continuing in verse 8:

“And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is [it is not recognized for what it is]. Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen [during 1,260 years], one is [Mussolini/Hitler], and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time.”

Why is the beast referred to in such cryptic language?

Many do not realize that Mussolini’s dream was to restore the Roman Empire once again and there was an agreement with the pope—thus the woman once again rode the Beast.

Then we come to the seventh and last resurrection of the beast that refuses to go away. Remember that in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision, he saw a man with two iron legs whose feet and ten toes were a mixture of iron and clay.

They exist at Christ’s return. Now we see in Revelation 17 that there are ten kings who will make up this seventh Roman empire and will fight against Christ at His return.

“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:12–14).

You may very well live to see this prophecy come to pass!

So how do Russia and Ukraine fit into all of this? We see that there will be one more resurrection of this empire. Ten nations or groups of nations, described as kings, will form a powerful economic and military force that will rival and surpass the United States. But Europeans have had no interest in building a militarily powerful empire.

Several United States Presidents have pressured Europeans, most especially Germany, to “do their fair share to defend Europe,” but to no avail. However, two recent events have transformed their thinking almost overnight. The first was Afghanistan, as shown by this March 21 statement from DW online:

“The plan for an overhaul of the European Union’s security strategy came in the wake of the chaotic withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on August 14 of last year” (“EU approves security policy for rapid reaction force,” DW.com, March 21, 2022 ).

Then came the Russian invasion of Ukraine. That event has shaken Europeans to the core. From the Times of Israel comes this March 29, 2022 headline:

How Germany, shaken by Russia’s Ukraine invasion, plans to rebuild its military

It goes on to say:

“Europe’s largest economy goes on spending spree to modernize its sagging army; considers buying armed drones and Arrow 3 missile defense system from Israel.

Three days after the attack began, Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a landmark speech pledged a special budget of 100 billion euros [$110 billion, that is] for the military, as well as annual spending of more than two percent of output on defense.

The armaments industry has since been buzzing about the looming spending spree” (TimesOfIsrael.com, March 29, 2022).

The media is also abuzz over the building of the German military. Here’s a quote from Defense News:

“Berlin currently spends upwards of $50 billion, or around 1.5% of GDP, on defense annually. Future German defense spending, Scholz said, would be “more” than 2%.

The chancellor also mentioned a number of big-ticket acquisition programs…. For example, a new atomic weapons-capable aircraft under NATO nuclear-sharing doctrine is on the table—Scholz named the F-35 as a candidate—as a replacement for the Air Force’s aging Tornado jets” (“Scholz proposes 100 billion euro defense fund, vows to exceed NATO spending goal,” DefenseNews.com, February 27, 2022).

From the Times of Israel comes this report:

“Planned purchases part of German shift in defense strategy following Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has shaken Berlin’s sense of security….

The spending boost marks a major reversal for Europe’s top economy, upending its policy of keeping a low military profile in part out of guilt over World War II” (“Germany looks to buy F-35s, Eurofighters as part of army modernization push,” TimesOfIsrael.com, March 14, 2022).

And it’s not Germany alone. Other European countries are boosting military spending. Europe is composed of different peoples who do not naturally cling to one another, just as iron and clay do not mix, but when ten kings, or leaders, give their power over to the Beast, they will have the strength of iron. This prophecy WILL come to pass!

So while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not directly mentioned in scripture, the effects of the invasion are setting the stage for this European beast rising a seventh and final time.

Thank you for watching!

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Law or Grace

What is it about the Ten Commandments that creates such controversy? Are God's laws still in effect for Christians? Or has grace replaced God's commandments? Find out five keys to answering the debate of law or grace in this episode of Tomorrow's World.

[The text below represents an edited transcript of this Tomorrow’s World program.]

At War With The Laws of God

Some atheists have waged war against the Ten Commandments in recent decades, forcing monuments off public property wherever they find them. One famous case involved Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who placed a monument of the Ten Commandments in the judicial building rotunda in Montgomery, the state capitol.

This caused no small controversy.

After a lengthy legal battle, the monument was removed from the rotunda and Roy Moore was removed from his judgeship.

In another famous incident, a monument displaying the Ten Commandments at the Arkansas State Capitol was destroyed by a man who deliberately crashed his car into it less than 24 hours after it had been erected.

The same individual destroyed another display by the same method a year earlier in Oklahoma, but was this only an act of one crazed man?

As reported by the Associated Press:

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments display from its Capitol in 2015, and the state’s voters in 2016 rejected an initiative aimed at allowing the monument to return (“Arkansas replaces Ten Commandments monument at state Capitol,” Times Record, April 26, 2018).

Some professing Christians are rightfully angered by the assault against this God-given code of law, yet surprisingly, the greatest enemy to the commandments is not atheists.

I’ll show you who that enemy is, and it may surprise you! So, stay tuned!

Is Lawlessness Really God’s Desire?

A warm welcome to all of you from all of us here at Tomorrow’s World. On today’s program I’ll be revealing who is the greatest enemy of God’s Law and it may not be who you think.

I grew up in mainstream Protestantism and was taught the Ten Commandments as a child.

I was never much good at memorization, but I somehow managed to quote all ten well enough to receive a personal copy of the New Testament.

Imagine how surprised I was a few years later when I was told we no longer need to keep these laws!

Not by my atheist Uncle George, but by two professing Christians!

All that memorization time was wasted!

These were not the exact words they used, but were similar to those found on one website:

The 10 Commandments, the Law, the Blood(old) Covenant, and the Levitical Priesthood were given to the Jews in Exodus 19 through 34. They were not given to Gentiles then or ever (“Law or Grace?,” ClearBibleVerses.com).

The author of the site goes on to quote the pet scriptures that make it appear the law is indeed done away.

So what’s the truth? Is the law of God still in effect? Or has it been replaced by grace. Which is it? Law or grace?

In the remainder of this program, I’ll answer that question with five easy to understand keys that unlock the answer, but before doing so, let’s notice a few scriptures that are used by antinomians—that is, those who are against the law and claim we do not need to keep it.

Romans 3:28: Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.

Romans 6:14: For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Galatians 2:15–16: We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

When you’re seventeen years old and someone cherry-picks scriptures such as these, and doesn’t explain them, it can be very convincing that there is no longer any need to keep the law of God. To do so sounds like “salvation by works.”

But let’s look a little deeper into the subject.

The first of the five keys to understanding whether or not the Apostle Paul contradicted other apostles, and Christ Himself, is:

Key #1: Paul wrote some things hard to understand

The Apostle Peter warned us that people twist Paul’s writings, and even tells us who the culprits are.

Here is the warning, as found in 2 Peter 3:15–16. Breaking into a thought, he writes that,

… our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

But, who are these people who are untaught, unstable, and who twist Paul’s writings? Let’s continue.

You therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked (2 Peter 3:17).

Other versions, such as the Revised Standard, the New English, and the New International, translate wicked as lawless men.

Consider for a moment what lawless means? Whether the translators use the term wicked or lawless, it is evident that those who twist Paul’s letters have a problem with law.

Think about that!

So our first key to understanding the Apostle Paul’s teachings on law and grace is that, according to Peter:

Key #1: Paul wrote some things hard to understand

The subject of law and grace goes further than the Ten Commandments. It is clear from New Testament scriptures that sacrifices, circumcision, and other ritual laws are no longer necessary, but there are statutes in addition to the Ten Commandments that Jesus, the Apostles, and the first century church of God observed, such as the biblical festivals and holy days.

Why is it dear friends that professing Christianity claims it is “salvation by works” to observe the days God spelled out in the scriptures, but not salvation by works to observe days originating and steeped in pagan practices?

Think about it!

And what is being lost by rejecting important biblical holy days?

Christ Forgives but Obedience Must Remain!

Many people think the Apostle Paul explained away the need to keep the law of God. Is that so? As we saw in the previous portion of this telecast, the Apostle Peter warned us that:

Key #1: Paul wrote some things hard to understand

We’ll look in a few minutes at some of those writings that are twisted by lawless men to reject God’s laws, but first, let’s look at:

Key #2: You do not need grace where there is no law

Do you realize that if you do away with law, you do away with the need for God’s forgiveness?

Here is a point that so many fundamentally do not understand, and yet a child can easily understand: If there is no law, there can be no transgression. Let’s read that straight from the writings of Paul:

For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression (Romans 4:14–15).

Yes, the law does bring about wrath—the death penalty. But if you do away with the law, you of necessity do away with that penalty.

And if there is no penalty, there is no need for grace. Think about it.

This brings us to the crucial question, “What is sin?”

When was the last time you heard the Bible definition of sin? Here it is in 1 John 3, verse 4:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law (King james Version).

So let’s sum up Key #2 with this simple equation:

No law = no sin

No sin = no need for justification (or forgiveness)

No need for justification = no need for a Savior

So let’s move onto our next key to understanding the subject of law and grace:

Key #3: The parable of the courtroom

This principle is found in the Scriptures, but I’ll put it in a modern parable to make the point.

A certain man went into a bar one evening, and after spending too much time at the bottle, he got into his car heading for home. Along the way he missed a stop light, crashed into another car, and severely injured its occupant.

Six months later he appeared before the judge who asked him, “How do you plead?” Feeling very remorseful, he pleaded, “Guilty as charged, your honor.” The judge then sentenced him to a $1,000,000 fine or one year in prison.

The man thought to himself, “I don’t have a million dollars and if I go to jail, who will care for my wife and children?” So he pleaded with the judge, expressing his deep regrets about what he did and proposed, “Your honor, I promise to never drink and drive again. I will obey all traffic laws, pay every penny I owe in taxes, and keep all laws as perfectly as I am able from this day forward.”

The judge replied, “That is what we expect of all people, but you broke the law and severely injured a man. Your keeping the law from this day forward will not undo what you did six months ago.

The man bargained further: “I’ll also do 10 hours of public service each week for the rest of my life.” The judge replied, “That will not heal the injured man. Choose: one year in prison, or $1,000,000.”

Now there was a man in the back of the courtroom who reasoned, “This man is truly sorry for what he did. I believe he will follow through with obedience to the law from this day forward. I’ll pay the fine for him.”

Do you realize this is what Jesus did for you and for me if we repent of our sins and accept His payment for us?

Now here are a couple questions to ponder.

Do you think the kind gentleman who paid the fine would do so if he thought the man would disregard the law that caused him to be brought before the judge?

And did the fact that the penalty was satisfied somehow do away with the law?

Yet, that is exactly what the “do away with the law” crowd teach—that Jesus did it all for us. Therefore they reason that the law, rather than our sins, was nailed to the cross and we no longer need to keep it.

And this brings us to key number 4.

Getting Right With God

 

So far, I’ve given you three keys.

Key #1: Paul wrote some things hard to understand

Key #2: You do not need grace where there is no law

Key #3: The parable of the courtroom

Now for crucial:

Key #4: The heart of the issue is the meaning of justification

The word justify is grossly misunderstood. Yet, many of us use the word all the time in word processing. We have a command in the menu bar that determines whether a letter or manuscript is left, right, or fully justified.

Left justification means the left side of a column is lined up.

Right justification means the right side is lined up.

And full justification means both sides are lined up.

Similarly, in the Biblical sense, when we are out of line or out of step with God due to sin, we need to be back in line, and Paul points to the only way to get in a right relationship with God. No amount of law-keeping will wipe away past sins.

That’s where the man at the back of the courtroom in the parable I gave earlier is necessary. That is where faith in the sacrifice of Christ comes in. He is that Man who pays the penalty for us.

Now let’s notice how this understanding makes clear what Paul wrote. Paul rightfully declared in Romans 3:28:

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified [had his sins forgiven] by faith apart from the deeds of the law.

All our past law keeping will do nothing to justify our sins, but what those against the law often fail to do is read the context.

Notice this clear statement four verses later where Paul asks a crucial question and answers it.

Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law (Romans 3:31)

Yet, that is exactly what some misguided people think—that the law is voided by faith!

Why don’t they believe what Paul wrote?

Now let’s ask the question, how does faith establish the law?

Well, simply put, the fact that we need faith in Christ’s sacrifice means there is a broken law, the penalty of which needs to be satisfied. Let’s notice another passage used by antinomians—that is, those people who are against the law—Romans 6:14:

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Ahh…“not under law, but under grace.” Now, taken out of context this may appear to say we don’t have to keep the law, but is that what Paul is saying? Why don’t people read the next verse?

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? (Romans 6:15–16).

How can I fail to mention one more scripture that the “law is done away” crowd loves? Galatians 3:13:

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).

The man who seeks justification—seeks to have his past sins forgiven through law keeping—will fail. The law is meant to define sin, not justify past sins. Only faith in the sacrifice of Christ can do that. Now notice that the above passage does not say the law is a curse. Paul even tells us in Romans 7:12:

Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

The curse, as shown in the passage from which Paul quotes Galatians 3:13 is the death penalty.

Read it for yourself in Deuteronomy 21:22–23.

The law is not the curse, but disobedience to it brings a curse—death.

And that is why we need a savior to pay the penalty for us.

A True Change of Heart

There is a fifth key to understanding what the Bible teaches about law and grace.

Key #5: Understand what is behind hostility to the law

Mankind from the beginning has had a hostile attitude to the law of God. Adam and Eve chose to determine for themselves right and wrong rather than listen to their Creator.

And Paul speaks of this hostility in Romans 8:7:

Because the carnal mind [that is the fleshly mind apart from God’s Spirit] is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

But does that mean that we are to remain hostile to the law? Certainly not!

Paul continues:

So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His (Romans 8:8–9).

So what does the Spirit of God do for you?

God gave the Ten Commandments to Israel on what the New Testament refers to as the day of Pentecost. Nearly fifteen centuries later, God poured out the Holy Spirit on His fledgling Church. Is there any connection between those two Pentecosts? We read right after the restatement of the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 5:29:

Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!

Do you realize dear friends, that hostility to the law is the problem the New Covenant is to rectify? A change of heart is what the New Covenant is about.

Read that in Hebrews 8:10:

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

The law was given on Pentecost when Israel came out of Egypt, but they didn’t have the heart to keep it, so God gave the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost after the resurrection to effect a new attitude of heart and mind. Under the New Covenant, not only does the law still exist, but it’s even more difficult to keep, because we are to keep the spirit, or the intent, of the law as well as the letter, and this is shown in Jesus’ sermon on the mount.

You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:27–28).

Perhaps you’ve been told that the law of God is burdensome, but is that what the Bible says? Listen to the Apostle John in 1 John 5:3:

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

Here is the dirty little secret: most rational people are not against ALL of the commandments—just the ones they disagree with, and the one they disagree with the most is:

Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.

They are fine with nine but conclude that God made a mistake with one and sent Christ to correct the error!

In effect, they claim all ten are voided but nine are resurrected in what they call the “law of Christ.” Of course, they also want to get around the biblical holy days so they can substitute holidays that are steeped through and through with pagan customs. Apparently, keeping Sunday and pagan holidays (according to them) is not burdensome, and not trying to save yourself by your works, but resting on the day God chose at Creation—that is—the seventh day, and keeping His holy days IS burdensome and trying to save yourself by your works.

Is that what you think my friends? I hope for much better from you, our Tomorrow’s World followers.

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An Existential Threat



Editor in Chief: Gerald E. Weston

Analysts, governments, and media outlets the world over all have their predictions about where events in Ukraine and the rest of Europe will lead. But the Bible reveals the greater truth about what’s ahead. Are you paying attention?

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