His story includes your conversion, but extends through time-twisting dimensions, immeasurable privileges, and lavish gifts beyond anything our brains can contain. GODs' going to have a story line against all odds and He wants you involved with Him in this glorious Drama.
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The “providential view of history” holds that God is in control of history and he continually provides guidance. This is also sometimes called the “Christian view of history.”神は、履歴の管理では、彼は継続的に指導を提供しています「摂理歴史のビュー」を保持します。これも呼びます「史キリスト教ビュー」。
Where is the world headed?
How are things supposed to come out? What is the end of it all (and "end" more in the sense of telos [purpose] than finis [when does it stop])? If the assumption is that history as a whole is a meaningful, directed sequence, then the answer to these questions is important--all-important. Of course, if the assumption is that history is not a directed sequence, then the questions ought not even be asked; they have no answers. History, in such case, amounts merely to what each generation decides to do with its moment, consists merely in independent moments, each an end in itself. If no one can be found to open that scroll, it's all over for the human race; hopeless; we have been plunked down in the middle of a maze with not so much as a sense of direction as to where "out" lies. Rev 5:1-5 And yet, John tells us, there was no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth able to open the scroll. Man-with all his learning, science, and technique--still is too short-lived, too finite, too time-bound to be of any good here. The history he controls is too short a snatch out of the drama as a whole; even our shiny, new computerized science of futurology has difficulty handling decades when our ultimate concern must be with the eons. Modern man has become a real whiz at manipulating moments; but this has no significance at all in telling us where we should be headed. No more in the twentieth century than in the first can there be found anyone competent to open the scroll. John does well to weep; and we would, too, were we alert enough to realize our situation.
GOD choose Jerusalem as a city and the land of Israel before anything happened in History. He picked it then built History around it.
GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY IS THE FOUNDATIONAL PREMISE BEHIND THE ENTIRE STORY OF HUMAN HISTORY. GOD HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHAT HE WANTS TO DO, HOW HE WANTS TO DO IT AND THE WHEN AND WERE OR IT. 歴史で起こった何かの前に、神は都市およびイスラエル共和国の土地としてエルサレムを選択します。彼はそれをピックアップし、歴史を中心に構築します。神の主権は、人類の歴史の全体の物語の背後にある基本前提です。神がやりたいかを選択する権利を持っているどのように彼はそれをやりたいととき、またはそれ。
Why is history so important to the Christian faith?
History is crucial to Christianity because it keeps the Christian faith from degenerating into mythology. Unless the Bible is rooted in actual historical events, there is no reason to think that Jesus of Nazareth should be any more determinative for my life today than so-called gods like Thor, Odin or Zeus or any other mythological deity. History is the vital component in Christianity because it grounds faith in fact and keeps it from being mere myth.
The Christian Scriptures are historically outstanding, deserving serious consideration. One could even say that the history of the Bible is so compelling that to doubt the Bible is to doubt history itself since the Bible is the most historically verifiable book of all antiquity. The only book more historically verifiable than the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) is the New Testament. Consider the following:
1) More manuscripts exist for the New Testament than for any other of antiquity—5,000 ancient Greek manuscripts, 24,000 in all including other languages. The multiplicity of manuscripts allows for a tremendous research base by which we can test the texts against each other and identify what the originals said.
2) The manuscripts of the New Testament are closer in age to the originals than are any other document of antiquity. All of the originals were written within the time of the contemporaries (eyewitnesses), in the first century A.D., and we currently have parts of manuscript dating back to A.D. 125. Whole book copies surface by A.D. 200, and the complete New Testament can be found dating back to A.D. 250. Having all the books of the New Testament initially written within the times of eyewitnesses means that the books did not have time to devolve into myth and folklore. Plus, their truth claims were held accountable by members of the Church who, as personal witnesses to the events, could check the facts.
3) The New Testament documents are more accurate than any other of antiquity. John R. Robinson in Honest to God reports that the New Testament documents are 99.9 percent accurate (most accurate of any complete antique book). Bruce Metzger, an expert in the Greek New Testament, suggests a more modest 99.5 percent.
Using the same criteria by which we judge other historical works, not only is the Bible reliable, it is more reliable than any other comparable writings. Reliability is a question of truthfulness and accurate copying. Writings that are historically and factually correct and that have been faithfully preserved over time would be considered reliable. Higher levels of historical verification and better confidence in transmission make it easier to determine whether an ancient work is worthy of trust. By those measures, we can consider the Bible reliable.
God’s court is in session (Daniel 7:9, 10, 26), with the Judge taking his seat to evaluate the nations. The Father sits as judge over the nations as He fulfills His plans for world history. In the midst of great chaos on earth is the all-powerful throne of the Ancient of Days. The heavenly court administrates God’s decrees about the final government of the earth. History is not spiraling out of control. Even when it appears that beast kingdoms are ruling without any account, the Ancient of Days is bringing forth His glorious purposes,working out His plans from the perspective of eternity.
God was our first Father, and His Presence our dwelling-place: but we were cast out of Paradise for sinning, and are in a dreary land, a valley of darkness and the shadow of death. We are born in this spiritual Egypt, the land of strangers . . . [and] by nature slaves we are, slaves to the Devil. He is our hard task-master, as Pharaoh oppressed the Israelites. But"notice that while oppressors have carried out their plans in History, there were other forces silently at work which in time underminded their plans- as if a Divine Hand were directing the counter plan"-Charles Carleton Coffin
From the beginning of time the Father's ultimate plan was to provide a bride for His Son JESUS who would reign together with Him in intimacy and power. Threw this grid GOD has been orchestrating History in specific directions and allowing certain nations to rise and certain to fall, certain people to discover certain things, and for certain events to happen to display one of many of His attributes to mankind; while all working together ultamitley to a closing were evil is put to death, JESUS' bride has made herself ready to receive Him, and for the Father to establish His throne on the earth and everybody lives happily ever after.
Not in the miracle of the loaves only, though in that especially, but in all parts of Scripture, in history, and in precept, and in promise, and in prophecy, is it given to see the Gospel Feast typified and prefigured and that immortal and never-failing Supper in the visible presence of the Lamb which will follow upon it at the end. So we Study the past to gain insight on how to interpret what is to happen in the days to come. when you read the other passages about the end-time events read them threw the grid of understanding the trouble in the, symbolisim and imagrey have been established through out History by GOD as a forshodowing of what's ultamitly going to happen at the end of natural History; GOD orchastrates or writes History in the same way an author writes a book using literary techniques.
A type, in its primary and literal meaning, simply denotes a rough draught, or less accurate model, from which a more perfect image is made; but in the sacred or theological sense of the term, a type may be defined to be a symbol of something future and distant, or an example prepared and evidently designed by God to prefigure that future thing. What is thus prefigured is called the antitype.
The Bible contains three kinds of types: The historical, the legal, and the prophetical.
Using this foundation we can look into human History even outside the bible using these tools of inturpitation to get a grander scope of GOD's eternal purposes.
The proper approach is to start with Scripture, God speaking to us. There our doubts and unbelief are resolved; in allowing Scripture to speak we hear the truth.
Christians confess that all humans “bear the image of God.” The meaning of this term has been hotly debated but Reformed Christians such as myself generally see it as referring to the human ability and obligation to act as “God’s representatives on earth” by loving each other and exercising benign authority over the created world. This principle explains and justifies the human impulse to create culture. Of course, human agency and creativity are often used for very un-Godlike purposes. Reformed Christians see the human propensity toward evil as a result of “the fall” of humanity into sin. The traditional theological terms for the unpleasant side of humanity—“original sin” and “total depravity”—have gone out of fashion, but the reality they describe is widely observable: all people tend to despoil the planet and treat other people less fairly and generously than they themselves would like to be treated even though they—we—know that such failures are somehow wrong. More happily, Reformed Christians also believe in “common grace,” the notion—also widely observable—that despite their defects, people are capable of doing good to others and displaying amazing creativity. Hence I, as a Reformed Christian, believe that all people as individuals and as communities are capable of both amazing good and horrifying evil. Indeed, that is what is most distinctive about.
when learning history outside a biblical perspective or hearing from a historian Don’t assume that what a primary source tells you is accurate and true. The author might be a liar or a dupe, have an agenda, or be misinformed. Put the document in context. Check it against other sources. Be skeptical, even suspicious, before you trust it. Keep your guard up even after you decide to trust it. our main source is from the bible out, it is our starting point.
There are four traps we should avoid when looking into History:
Poststructuralism, ( There are no transcendent values in History or government; each individual must interpret them for himself according to the standards they make for themselves.)
Modernism, ( Examines Historical incidents as if they had occurred today, and historical persons as if they lived today, rather than in the past. Separates History from its context and setting.)
Academic Collectivism, (A heavy reliance on peer-review as the almost exclusive standard for Historical truth. Experts quote each other and those from their group rather than consulting original sources.)
Deconstructionism. ( A steady flow of negatives about institutions, beliefs, and values in order to tear down the old certainties upon which the culture is founded.)
These 4 are the source of why there's trouble in the world.
Each trouble doesn't have all 4 involved. And we don't always know witch of the 4 are involved to witch degree. All four of them are often involved but there's different motives and reasons.Philosophers and theologians recognize two kinds of evil: moral and natural.2 Moral evil stems from human action (or inaction in some cases). Natural evil occurs as a consequence of nature—earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, diseases, and the like.
1. Satan's radge
There are angelic and demonic authority structures over each city and nation (1 Peter 5:8) ; we wrestle against these demonic principalities and rulers of darkness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12). Political leaders and governmental infrastructure are affected by the activity of angels and demons; the result of their conflict affects the events, decisions, and cultures of the cities of the earth.Demonic spirits target leaders with governmental authority to harass, oppress, and oppose them. For example, demonic powers can incite negative feelings in a king (heads of state). Prayer releases greater Holy Spirit activity (including angelic activity) to hinder demonic activity so that a king might “feel” differently—thus, leading his cabinet meeting with a whole different tone or posture. Daniel 10 gives us insight into what happens in the spirit realm when we pray.
2. Man's sin
Moral evil stems from human action (or inaction in some cases). A skeptic might admit that God can be excused for the free-will actions of human beings who violate His standard of goodness. The suffering caused by cholera in rural Bangladeshi villages for example—and other water-borne diseases—is rooted in man’s failure to act, not in God’s design.
3. Creation's grown
(Romans 8, there's an accumulation of sin that's building in its impact on the created order. That's why there's hurricanes and volcanos and all these convolutions in history because creation is frowning because man has sinned). Natural evil occurs as a consequence of nature—earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, diseases, and the like.
4. GOD's Zeal
(or His Love). He Loves us so much He won't allow us to continue without confronting us if we're living in a path of destruction and rebellion twords Him. So He interviens in order to get our attention. He's Zealous for righteousness, He disciplines, judges, and confronts wrong cause He cares. If He didn't care He wouldn'tLaw of physics has been designed to be a tool in GOD's hands to eliminate evil and suffering efficiently and effectively and quickly. And the moment that evil is gone GOD is going to bring us into a new realm were there is no gravity, no thermodynamics, no electric magnetism, it's going to be completely different physical laws. We won't need those laws anymore cause evil will be gone for the rest of eternity.
The message of the book of Joel is this; regardless witch of those 4 it is, even if all 4 are involved, the response is the same, you turn to GOD with all if your heart cry out for mercy, cry out for intervention, the favor of GOD comes and the bad things stop. The answer is in His favor being released to you, He can settle all 4 of them.
Jesus saw the sin and devastation on His people Israel as just one small part of the entire human condition. How all humanity has rebelled against GOD, resulting in the tragedy and devastation of our whole world.
So how is GOD going to bring His reign over such a world? Jesus believed it would be threw an act of sacrificial love for Hisis why in the gospels Jesus' crucifixion is depicted as His enthronement as the King of the Jews. He receives a crown of thorns and a rob. He's exulted up, not onto a throne but onto the cross.
GOD isn't doing it for Israel particularly, He does love them, but GOD so Loves the earth and the
GOD puts Himself in Divine check-mate. It's like He paints Himself into a corner on purpose.
He gave the oil to the Islamic nations who hate Israel. He put the oil there so the who earth needs the oil to run. So the nation that is most hostile against JESUS has to be the nation that'll be most fervent for Him. So He's got the nation that's not going to exsist cause everyone's against them and then they have to worship JESUS and choose Him though they hate Him more then any other nation hates Him.
By definition History is GOD's providance in human affairs.
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