October 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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THE TRAGEDY AT VIRGINIA TECH

The deaths of 32 students and teachers of Virginia Technical University on April 16, 2007 have again caused the cries of why, why, why to rise from the lips of those in the media, government and people just as it did eight years ago after the shootings at Columbine High School.

It seems virtually no one learns from history any more as the questions flow about how this could have been prevented. There are cries of more security, better training of security officers, or making places less open to the public, of better gun control. Of course, security officials SHOULD be well trained! Just because these things don't happen often with any regularity doesn't mean they won't happen!

If guns are made unlawful for lawful citizens, then only people who are unlawful will have guns. If there are no guns, they will use whatever is available! IT ISN'T A MATTER OF 'THINGS'!!

The questions should not only be what IS the CAUSE of this violence, but WHY it exists in the first place!!!

No one seems to have the answers. The media talking heads call in those who should know, for interviews on the air and the answers are vacuous and meaningless. Shoulders shrug and experts in government, religion, and other organizations repeat the phrase, "I just don't know. It is senseless, and meaningless."

However THERE IS AN ANSWER THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!

There is no protection for people because God has removed His Protective Hedge from around the United States of America because of its GODLESSNESS!!!

Now I know that statement will cause many flare-ups from religionists across this country. I know many preachers and pastors will begin to make rebuttals to that statement because they will claim that America is a Christian nation! BUT IT ISN'T!!!!!

Beginning with people who attend church services, every SUNDAY, up to the very government of this United States, THEY HAVE THROWN GOD OUT OF THEIR LIVES!! THEY HAVE MADE ALL RELIGIONS "EQUAL" TO CHRISTIANITY IN THEIR EYES!!

During the convocation at Virginia Tech, speakers called on Allah and Buddha in their efforts to minister to the survivors, family and friends of the victims ... BUT JESUS WASN'T MENTIONED BY NAME AT ALL!!!

Oh, President Bush tried to offer a biblical message to give hope to everyone when he suggested that all could find "comfort in the grace and guidance of a loving God." However, the only hope of eternal life for Christians wasn't even attributed to Jesus the Christ!

 After the tragedy of 9/11, a gathering of spiritual leaders was convened, and most all religious beliefs were present. Our Christian President gave them ALL EQUAL STATUS, even though the book he professes to believe tells us:

Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

And yet President Bush considers all religions equal.

Even the traditional Christianity of this country has put God out, claiming that ANY worship of God is all right, "just as long as you worship Him one way or another!"

People ... THAT WON'T CUT IT!!!

God has set down in His Word, the Holy Bible, HOW He DEMANDS to be worshipped!! He gives CLEAR-CUT instructions in His scriptures that leave NO EXCUSE for people, and yet they continue to try to make excuses anyway, declaring they are worshipping God with their pagan holidays, and continuing to argue that SUN-DAY is the day God wants them to worship Him!

In the book of Genesis, chapter two, we read that God rested from His work on the SEVENTH DAY of the week! He put His VERY presence into it and sanctified it (set it apart for Holy use and purpose)! His presence in it MADE IT HOLY TIME!!!

However, the religionists of this world preach that God CHANGED that day to SUN-DAY and that everyone now is supposed to worship on the day that, in the past, was used to honor and worship the SUN GOD, which the Egyptians called RA!!

God labored long and hard during the Exodus of the Children of Israel out of Egypt, to teach them to observe the seventh day Sabbath. He MARKED that day for them for 40 long years as they were forced to wander in the wilderness of Sinai, while God continually instructed them in HOW THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO WORSHIP HIM!!

Almost all of them didn't get it then, just as almost all of the so-called Christian people today DON'T GET IT!!

GOD DEMANDS OBEDIENCE!! HE IS VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHICH DAYS SHOULD BE USED TO WORSHIP HIM, and He is very clear about HOW He should be worshipped on those days! Yet there is still the cry going up that "we should be able to worship God on ANY day, just as long as we worship Him!"

That statement then causes me to ask, "Where in scripture does God say we can worship Him in any way, on any day, WE CHOOSE?"

IN POINT OF FACT ... God is VERY plain about something like that!!!

Deut. 12:29-32 "When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
"Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
"Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
"What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it."

YOU SHALL NOT DO SO UNTO THE LORD YOUR GOD!!!

You shall NOT USE THINGS GOD HATES in your worship to the TRUE GOD!! And yet people will NOT HEARKEN to the voice of God straight from the pages of His Holy Bible!!! They will NOT BELIEVE even when He COMMANDS them to do something and His Word uses very plain English.

In the Book of Exodus, God PLAINLY says,:

Exodus 20:8-11 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
"But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (made it holy - editor)

 YES! REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, TO KEEP IT HOLY! A person can only 'remember' something if it happened PREVIOUSLY!!

 THE SEVENTH DAY was made Holy during that first SEVENTH DAY when God rested in it and sanctified it for holy use and purpose, don't you see? To KEEP IT HOLY people must DO AS GOD SAID! The Sabbath is GOD's day, and He has commanded us to keep it the way HE WANTS IT KEPT!

Isa. 58:13-14 "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
"Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it."

The Sabbath Day is a day to worship God IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!! (John 4:24)

A person CANNOT worship God in TRUTH if they use PAGAN rites and symbols to try to do that!! GOD WILL NOT ACCEPT THAT KIND OF WORSHIP!!

Oh, I realize that pastors and others have taught that the Old Testament is just in the Bible as a reference for New Testament Christians. I realize that quite a lot of pastors and preachers have declared that the Old Testament has been "done away", that it is no longer enforced by God because we are under a new covenant! They will declare that the Ten Commandments have been done away with, and the TWO commandments that Jesus gave are now what people should observe.

Jesus talked about that in:

Mark 12:30 "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment."

and in:

Verse 31 "And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

Is that all there is to it?

OF COURSE NOT! That first commandment was just a summary of the first four commandments of Exodus 20 ... of the Ten Commandments.

And, of course, the second commandment was merely a summary of the last six commandments of Exodus 20 ... of the TEN!

Jesus DID NOT DO AWAY WITH THE TEN COMMANDMENTS by substituting the so-called "great two!"

In point of fact, Jesus was the author of the TEN COMMANDMENTS when He existed previously as The Word God.

As The Word, He was the one who led the Children of Israel out of Egypt. He was the one who thundered the commandments from the top of Mt. Sinai. He was the one who interacted with Moses, Aaron, Joshua and others. He was the one who allowed Moses to see His "back parts" after Moses had asked to see Him in all His Glory!

To study further on these particular subjects, please read the articles which I have linked at the bottom of this article.

Now, why has God allowed this nation to suffer horribly in these past few years?

As I said earlier, the people have abandoned God. They have told Him to get lost! They have told Him they don't want Him in their lives, their schools, their government!

They have told Him that any religion is just as good as His Christianity and they have elevated other men to the level of Jesus the Christ!!

Even those who DO try to worship God have accepted a false Christ! They try to worship Him on days of their choosing while continuing to disobey Him by NOT KEEPING the Days He has COMMANDED THEM TO KEEP!!!

God is very plain about what He will do when people REJECT Him!

The beginnings of God's withdrawal from human affairs is related to us in:

1 Sam. 8:7 "And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them."

God told Samuel to do as they desired and let them have a human king over them. He told Samuel to tell them what would happen to them under that human kind, but the people still demanded a human king over them.

God withdrew!

God was no longer a part of mankind's life other than those He was working with to further and achieve His plan of salvation for mankind! He is STILL not a part of mankind's life, except for a few with who He is working.

People still try to pray to God when they get into trouble, like the Virginia Tech tragedy, or the Columbine High School tragedy. Or any number of other killings and shooting we read about in our local newspapers or on network television.

However, God says this very clearly:

Isa. 55:6 "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."

God says the ways of mankind are NOT His Ways. He says their thoughts are NOT His thoughts. He also says that He has spoken and His Words will NOT return to Him with empty results. He says THEY WILL ACCOMPLISH what He pleases and WILL PROSPER!

 Rather than asking what caused these tragedies, why are people NOT ASKING why God is not protection them any longer?

They have ASSUMED they are righteous people because they are making TOKEN EFFORTS to "worship" God and not realizing their ministers are not telling them the truth about God!

They aren't getting into their Bibles and asking "how can we please God so He will protect us?"

Why are they not repenting in dust and ashes, on their knees before God?

People realize God is not answering most of their prayers any more! They wonder why God allows suffering. They wonder why God is so far away from them!

And yet they can't come to accept that just possibly THEY AREN'T PLEASING GOD!! They can't accept that just possibly He might be trying to tell them something about BEING OBEDIENT to His LAWS.

People think they are righteous, and yet they don't even know what righteousness really is!! God plainly tells us in the Old Testament! (Psalm 119:172)

But then most people believe the preachers when they preach that the Old Testament is no longer in effect. Most people believe the preachers when they preach that God's laws are "done away" even though God plainly states in THEIR NEW TESTAMENT that He hasn't done that!!!

Mat.5:17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

In the very next verse Jesus also states this:

Verse 18 "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

Heaven and earth are still here!!! Everything in God's Word HAS NOT BEEN FULFILLED!!!

When will this so-called "Christian" nation WAKE UP and realize that God is NOT HEARING THEIR PRAYERS? When will they WAKE UP and realize that THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN ... until they REPENT and return to God in humility, to begin to KEEP HIS LAWS, STATUTES, AND JUDGMENTS?

Mal. 3:7 "Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?"

Yes, people should begin asking "WHEREIN SHALL WE RETURN?" And then expect an answer!

It's right there in your Bible, you know!

Verse 8 "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 "Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 "And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
12 "And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts."

Yes, this nation has GONE AWAY from the ordinances of God. They have gone away from His statutes, laws, and judgments.

They have BELIEVED A LIE preached from THEIR PULPITS, for truly THEY HAVE GONE AWAY FROM THE TRUE GOD!!

America needs to get back to "the faith once delivered to the Saints" at Jerusalem. America needs to begin to put out all of the RELIGIOUS GARBAGE from their collective minds and begin to SEEK GOD and His FORGIVENESS!!

Then perhaps, .... perhaps, ... God will forgive them and Jesus will take them under His protection once again as a mother hen puts her wings over her chicks for protection in times of trouble.

Could it happen? YOU BET IT COULD IF PEOPLE WILL REJECT WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT and SEEK THE TRUE GOD OF THE BIBLE!!

We are here to help in any way we can. We answer questions, counsel for true baptism, and work with any who want to begin to study God's Holy Word IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!

All YOU have to do is ASK.

Your friend,

Ken Browder, Editor - The SevenTimes Journal

http://7times.org

Below are just a few other articles which bear heavily upon this subject. It would behoove each reader to also read and study them. There are many others on our site.

Was America Founded Upon Judeo-Christianity?

Can "Christians" Be Unrighteous In God's Eyes?

Christian Traditions ... Are They Good?

Do YOU Know The Lord?

God Says, "Come Out Of Her, My People!"

Is The Sabbath Day On Sunday?

Just What IS a REAL Christian?

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