Presentation on theme: "“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1."— Presentation transcript:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1
The World Itself Declares There Is A Creator “The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see.” Romans 1:20 (the Message)
God – The Greatest Artist and Designer “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
Paul Davies (British astrophysicist): "There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all....It seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe....The impression of design is overwhelming“ Alan Sandage (winner of the Crawford prize in astronomy): "I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing.“ John O'Keefe (astronomer at NASA): "If the Universe had not been made with the most exacting precision we could never have come into existence. It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in.” Arthur L. Schawlow (Professor of Physics at Stanford University, 1981 Nobel Prize in physics): "It seems to me that when confronted with the marvels of life and the universe, one must ask why and not just how. The only possible answers are religious.”
"Do you question who or what I'm making? Are you telling me what I can or cannot do? I made earth, and I created man and woman to live on it. I handcrafted the skies and direct all the constellations in their turnings. Isaiah 45:11-12
Jesus Rose from Death - A public Roman crucifixion proved He was dead - Then hundreds of eyewitnesses saw Him alive “He appeared to more than five hundred of his followers at once.” 1 Cor. 15:6
First Century eyewitnesses who were willing to suffer and die for their testimonies
After the Resurrection -The rapid and extraordinary spread of Christianity
The Witness of Israel “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am He.” Isaiah 43:12
THE BIBLE PROVES ITSELF JEWS DISPERSED as Prophesied “I will scatter you among the nations.” Leviticus 26 v 33 “Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other.” Deut. 28:64 “I will scatter them also among the Gentiles, whom neither they nor their fathers have known.” Jeremiah 9:16 “I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries.” Ezekiel 22:15
PROPHECY - “You will become a thing of horror, a byword and an object of ridicule among all the peoples where the LORD will drive you.” Deuteronomy 28:37 Der ewige Jude (The Eternal or Wandering Jew) Mjölnir [Hans Schweitzer], poster for the film Der ewige Jude (The Eternal or Wandering Jew), directed by Fritz Hippler, 1940. As part of its heightened wartime attack on Jews, the Ministry of Propaganda turned to motion pictures as a medium for antisemitic messages. Der ewige Jude, directed by the head of the Propaganda Ministry’s Film Division, was billed as a “documentary on world Jewry” that aimed at unmasking the alleged pernicious influence of the “parasitic” Jewish “race” on German society. Despite Goebbels’s efforts to promote it, the film was a box office failure. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum/Museum für Deutsche Geschichte
JERUSALEM DESTROYED PROPHECY - “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” Mark 13.2 FULFILLED - "Jerusalem... was so thoroughly laid even with the ground by those that dug it up to the foundation, that there was left nothing to make those that came thither believe it had ever been inhabited." Josephus, War VII.1,1
JEWS BROUGHT BACK as Prophesied “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.” Ezekiel 37:11-12 Jewish holocaust victims in mass grave
JEWS BROUGHT BACK as Prophesied The new nation of Israel came into existence in 1948 The “Exodus” bringing Jews home 1947
Psalm 83 Prophecy - Plot to Wipe Israel off the Map “They say, "Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!" With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you, the tents (habitations) of Edom and the Ish'maelites, Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal and Ammon and Am'alek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined them; they are the strong arm of the children of Lot.”Psalm 83:4-8 Psalm 83 is talking about geographic locations. Sinai, once occupied by the Amalekites, was occupied by the United Arab Republic (Egypt) in 1967. “An army, greater than any force ever assembled in history in Sinai, had massed against Israel's southern frontier.” Abba Eban June 6 th 1967 “Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel” Gamel Abdel Nasser, May 3oth 1967 May ‘67 Al-Farida, Lebanon, showed Nasser kicking the "Jew" Israel, into the sea, with the armies of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq supporting him
- Plot to Wipe Israel off the Map “With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you” Psalm 83:5 Iraq "The existence of Israel is an error which must be rectified. This is our opportunity to wipe out the ignominy which has been with us since 1948. Our goal is clear – to wipe Israel off the map. – President Abdel Rahman Aref of Iraq, May 31, 1967 Jordan "All of the Arab armies now surround Israel. The UAR, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Algeria, Sudan, and Kuwait.... There is no difference between one Arab people and another.“ May 30, 1967 - King Hussein of Jordan, after signing the pact with Egypt/United Arab Republic June 5, 1967, Roz El Youseff shows Israeli midget being crushed in the hands of Syria and Egypt (UAR). Published 1 st day of 6 Day War.
Prophecy - “I WILL BRING YOU BACK TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL” Ezekiel 37:12 The Six Day War 1967 Pop. Of Israel 2.5 million Jews - Army 275,000 United Arab forces of Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Egypt Pop. 49 million - Army 456,000. Double the amount of tanks, four times the amount of military aircraft. By the time the war ended the territory under Israeli control had tripled in size. Israeli tanks advancing on the Golan Heights June 10, 1967
PROPHECY – “ They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. JERUSALEM will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” Luke 21:24 On June 7, 1967, Israeli Defence Force paratroopers advanced through the Old City toward the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, bringing Jerusalem’s holiest site under Jewish control for the first time in 2000 years.
Future Prophecies Nations to gather against Jerusalem “On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations.” Zechariah 12:3 Israel to see Jesus when He returns "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of compassion and supplication, so that, when they look on Him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a first-born.” Zechariah 12:10
ALL BIBLE PROPHECIES ARE ACCURATE PROPHECY – “The LORD will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.” Deuteronomy 28:68 FULFILLED - 1400 YEARS later, Bar Kokhba Rebellion 135 AD “Those captives who were not sold there were brought to the market place in Azza [Gaza] which, because of the great multitudes of slaves who were sold there, was called Hadrian’s market place. And those who were still not sold there were herded into ships and were taken to Egypt.” Munter, Primordia Eccl. Africanae, pp. 85f.,113.
BABYLON PROPHECY “Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the pride and glory of the Babylonians, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations ; there no nomads will pitch their tents, there no shepherds will rest their flocks.” Isaiah 13:19 FULFILLED - It is now, and has been for centuries, a scene of desolation. It is said that the Arabs cannot be persuaded to remain there even for a night. “All the people of the country assert that it is extremely dangerous to approach the mound' (the mound in Babylon called Kasr, or Palad) 'after nightfall, on account of the multitude of evil spirits by which it is haunted.” Rich's "Memoir on the Ruins of Babylon"
LOVE – The Most Powerful Force in the Universe
God is Love 1 John 4:8 “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us.” 1 John 4:12
A World That Happened by Chance Has no purpose or hope beyond this life
“If there is no intelligence in the universe, then the universe has created something greater than itself—for it has created you and me.” Bruce Barton
A REASONED FAITH - Not a Blind Faith For David - Faith was believing that he could face the larger Philistine enemy because he believed that God had rescued him in other situations. “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Sam. 17:37 A GROWING FAITH
“Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.” William Ward
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:8 “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:27 “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” Romans 8:28
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1
“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’” John 20:29