December 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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Life Lines by Les Turvey

JESUS HAS RETURNED!

The bible says Jesus will return as a conqueror, but the tabloids say he’s already returned as a baby. Could the tabloids be right?

Hey! Have you heard the news? Jesus has returned!

It must be true because it was the headline story in The Sunday Scum, and you know the supermarket tabloids print only the facts.

And if you believe that…..

According to the trashy tabloids we’ve got it all wrong. The bible says Jesus’ return will be seen around the world (Matthew 24:27), but the tabs say he’s already returned as a baby. Guess he’ll have to grow up again, spend some time in the temple with the learned men (Luke 2:46-47), travel up and down the Jordan River on foot, and be crucified a second time (Hebrews 6:4-6).

Well, it might not be quite like that. Maybe, by the time he’s twelve, he’ll sit with the power brokers in Washington, and jet set around the world with a dozen men and women to whom he will teach the finest arts of warfare.

Instead of coming peacefully into Jerusalem, riding a lowly donkey (Matthew 21:5), perhaps he’ll rumble in at the controls of a powerful war machine, canons blasting, and announcing he’s come to set up the kingdom of God on earth. And he might shout into the microphone, “If you think life has been hell on earth, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. That bible you’ve believed all these years is a bundle of lies. In God’s kingdom you will be squashed like a bug if you dare breathe the wrong way (1 Kings 12:1-14).”

With an imagination like that, I could make a fortune writing for the tabloids. I’ll never get rich writing the truth, but I intend to continue writing it as long as God’s holy spirit inspires me.

A recent Life Lines column titled “Ducks In The Clouds,” told of conjured-up photos of people in the wind and dust. Nostradamus’ face was said to have appeared in the smoke billowing from the twin towers on 9/11. Jesus and satan and others have appeared in dust storms and snow squalls.

The devil uses every deception possible to seduce the gullible into believing his lies, and people believe them because satan disguises himself as an angel of light, and his demons appear as ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

The good news of God’s kingdom is published free of charge (Matthew 10:8), yet few really believe it. But people gladly pay for satan’s lies, and swallow them like Jonah was swallowed by the whale (Jonah 1:17).

In his second letter to the Thessalonians, Paul said the time is coming when the antichrist will be revealed, and those who choose to ignore the truth, and take pleasure in satan’s tabloid lies, will become so deluded they will be judged with God’s righteous judgement (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12).

But what of those who publish such unholy garbage? Titus wrote their mouths must be stopped because they teach evil things for the sake of money (Titus 1:10-11). And Peter warns, “They speak evil of things they don't know anything about. But their own corrupt deeds will destroy them (2 Peter 2:12 Contemporary English Version).”

On the other hand, God promises those who overcome the sinful ways of the world will eat from the tree of eternal life in paradise; will not be consumed by the second death; will eat of the hidden manna, and receive a new name; will be given power over the nations; will be clothed in holy raiment; will be made a pillar in God’s temple; will sit with Jesus Christ in his throne; will inherit all things, and be the son of God (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7).

Is all this worth giving up to believe satan’s lies? Only you can decide.

Leslie A Turvey
A servant of the only true and living God

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