The Evolution of Eternity
The Evolution of Eternity
How do you explain eternity? Understanding eternity is difficult for human beings. We live in a world where life begins and ends; but exactly how and when did this cycle begin? Many believe that our lives don't begin or end, and that we had previous lives and don't really die. Others believe that we had a beginning, and that we could die without living again.
Where will you be one million years from now? Your life on Earth could be only a segment of your entire life. And the entire history of the world is only a segment of eternity. Will human beings live for eternity? And will this world exist for eternity?
We can only speculate regarding certain questions about eternity. For instance, when did time begin? We should conclude that whatever has happened or will happen is based on what happened before. Therefore, time did not have a beginning and will not end.
The creation of human beings has been a source of controversy. Most people believe that God created the first human beings, and others believe that we evolved from the elements. But if you believe the latter, then you must believe that certain elements have been in existence for eternity, and have the ability to create life. But we know that creativity is attributed to life; therefore, inanimate elements could not create life.
The Eternal God:
In the evolution of eternity, we are missing what happened before human beings were created. But we know that life did not have a beginning; therefore, an eternal form of life must have created the first human beings. This eternal form of life we call God, and we must conclude that He has always been in a constant state of existence. And, at some point, God created the universe and the first life therein. From that beginning, the world that we know has developed.
Good and Evil:
People normally want development to be progressive, but that usually depends on the harmony of life. Unfortunately, in the evolution of eternity, the harmony of life has often been disrupted by those who have selfish motives. Although we really don't know much about the evolution of life, we do know that a struggle does exist between good and evil. This has been true all through human history. Were humans created to be good or to be evil?
Just as there are laws of physics, there are laws of morality. Breaking laws of morality always has negative consequences. God created humans with the ability to choose between right and wrong. Those who have chosen to do wrong have caused evil to escalate. This is proven by the evil world we now live in. Adding to the problem is the many who believe that people must be immoral at times to survive.
The Harmony of Life:
If the harmony of life is to be restored, immorality must be eliminated. Human beings cannot accomplish this. We are born with a sinful nature, and have an inclination to do wrong. Because of that, the violence in the world has evolved through the years by gradually increasing. God is the only One who can restore harmony in the world.
Does it make sense to believe that your life can never be perfect? In this world it cannot be; however, God is perfect and He intended for us to be perfect and live eternally. But we are not, and we die because of our sins. Only God can restore us to perfection so that we can live in harmony for eternity.
What about the soul? Many believe that we have souls that live for eternity. After you die, where does your soul go?
The Fate of the Soul:
Does your soul die? Most believe that the soul does not die, but some are not sure where it goes after the body dies. The truth is that the body is part of the soul; therefore, the soul is imperfect and cannot live eternally. If, however, God forgives you for your sins, then your soul could have eternal life.
Does your soul go to Heaven or Hell? If the soul is an invisible part of the body, and the body dies, then who would determine where the soul goes? Most Christians believe that their souls will go to Heaven. And many believe that unsaved souls will go to Hell, and burn for eternity. But if an unsaved soul went to Hell without a body, how would it burn? And if it went to Hell with a body, the body would burn up.
The body is part of the soul, and must wait to be resurrected. Those whose souls are forgiven for their sins will be resurrected and live eternally. They will go to Heaven. Those who are not forgiven will be resurrected on Judgment Day. They must be judged for their sins before they are punished. They wll not live eternally, but will be tormented and destroyed in the Lake of Fire.
The Problems of Sin:
The first man and woman sinned, and since then sin has evolved into a bad habit that must be broken. Today we see the result of sin; but we need to see that the world cannot continue much longer because of it. As sin causes evil to reach its peak, many will be deceived by materialism, false theories, and false prophets.
The Bible is God's Word, and it contains the truth about life. In addition, the Bible can be your guide through life, and help you overcome the problems of sin.
The Death of Jesus Christ:
God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins. We die because of our sins. Jesus did not sin during His lifetime on earth, and yet He suffered and died when He was crucified. He died for our sins, but God resurrected Him and He went back to Heaven. If you believe in Jesus as your savior, you will be saved from death and have eternal life.
From the Bible:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.
(John, Chapter 3, Verse 16)
The Return of Jesus Christ:
What is next in the evolution of eternity? Even though the world has made amazing technological advances, the violence in the world is gradually escalating. If the world was left to itself, it would eventually be destroyed. However, God is still in control, and He has a plan to save the world. Whoever follows His plan will be saved from destruction.
The next part of God's plan is the return of His Son, Jesus Christ, to take all Christians to Heaven. Those who had died will be resurrected at that time. This event is called the Rapture; its purpose is to protect Christians from the final seven years of unprecedented trouble in the world.
The Antichrist and False Prophet:
As God's plan evolves, many will be saved and many will be lost before Jesus returns. Those who are lost will still have a chance to be saved, but they will have to suffer during the world's final years, called the Tribulation Period. Just before those years begin, a certain man will help bring peace in the world. This is the man who will become the Antichrist.
At first, the Antichrist will be a peacemaker, but then he will become a cruel dictator and form a world government. He will demand loyalty from everyone. People will then have to decide whether to turn to Jesus for salvation or follow the Antichrist.
The False Prophet will also rise up in power. However, he will become leader of a world church that will support the Antichrist and his world government. In addition, he will perform miracles that will deceive those who follow the Antichrist. He will create an image of the Antichrist and announce that people should worship the image.
At the end of the Tribulation Period, when the evil in the world reaches its peak, Jesus will return again. This time Christians will be with Him to do battle against the Antichrist and his army of followers. This will be the final battle between good and evil called the Battle of Armageddon. The followers of the Antichrist will be killed. Then both the Antichrist and False Prophet will be thrown into the Lake of Fire and destroyed.
Many will not have followed the Antichrist. They will have turned to Jesus for salvation. The Antichrist will have them killed, but after Armageddon God will resurrect them, and they will rule with Jesus in the new world.
After Armageddon, the world will enjoy one thousand years of peace. This is the Millennium, an important time in the evolution of eternity. Evil will have been subdued; even Satan, the Devil, and his demons will be imprisoned in the Abyss, a deep hole in the earth. They will not be able to tempt or try to deceive people until the Millennium has passed.
Jesus Christ and many of His followers will rule the new world during the Millennium. These will be people who had not worshipped the Antichrist. They will have remained loyal to Jesus, and had been witnesses for Him and the Bible, the Word of God.
The Death of Satan:
When the Millennium has passed, Satan will be released from his prison. He will go out to deceive many people all over the world. He will gather them for battle, and they will march to the city where the Christians live. Then fire will come down from God and devour them. Satan, the devil who had deceived them, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire and be tormented and destroyed.
What will happen to the unsaved, which are those who rejected Jesus, and were not forgiven for their sins? Many believe that after the unsaved die, their souls go to Hell and suffer in a fire for eternity. Although they die, they are accountable for their sins. Therefore, the unsaved must be judged for the sins they committed.
The unsaved must be resurrected and appear before Jesus on Judgment Day. When they are found guilty, they will be sentenced to die in the Lake of Fire. They will not spend eternity burning in Hell as many believe. If they did, their bodies would eventually be destroyed.
From the Bible:
Do not fear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.
(Matthew, Chapter 10, Verse 28)
A New Heaven and New Earth:
In the evolution of eternity, evil will gradually reach its climax. All those who had promoted evil will be judged and destroyed. This heaven and earth will also be destroyed, and God will then create a new heaven and a new earth.
The city of God, called New Jerusalem, will come down from Heaven to the new earth. This is where Christians will live, and God Himself and Jesus will be with them. There will be no more death, or sickness, or pain; these things will have passed away.
In the new world, people will live for eternity. And without evil, they will be happy, and free from fear. The unsaved will not have eternal life. They will have been destroyed in the Lake of Fire, along with Satin, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet. The smoke of their torment will rise for eternity.
We have a choice between two paths. One path leads to eternal life in a perfect world. The other leads to eternal destruction. Which path will you choose?
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