Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:
The only valid basis for any law is a previously existing morality. We see this in the institution of capital punishment in Genesis 9:6. Here government is given the right to take the murderer's life on the basis that the one killed was "in the image of God" and that the act was therefore an offense to God.
To recognize the connection between law and morality is not to say that the government can develop morality in its citizens, however, for it cannot. It can proscribe penalties. It can enforce them. But it cannot develop the morality those penalties and their enforcement express. … [P]rior to the Supreme Court act of January 22, 1973, legalizing abortion, abortions in the United States were illegal. But they were still performed! Their illegality did not ensure the regard for human life we desire.
Someone will argue that the act of the court legalizing abortion opened a floodgate for abuse, and that is true. Far more infants are murdered before birth today than previously, now nearly one and a half million per year in this country. But that is only to say that the law was a restraint on desires that were already present, not that it created contrary desires, which it did not do.
At best, government will express in laws and enforce by its inherent power the sense of morality already present (or absent) in its citizenry. But the morality itself must come from another source. What can that be? … [I]t must be the morality of revealed religion working its way into national life through those citizens who know and sincerely desire to please God. … This means that your convictions in these and other areas and your forthright expression of them are more important in the ultimate analysis than the laws that may be forthcoming. (J. M. Boice, Genesis, an Expositional Commentary, Vol. 1, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1982), pp. 308-309)
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Many Christians find themselves confused when reading what the Bible teaches about Christ’s return. Some teach that the Rapture and Second Coming are the same event. Others speak of the Rapture and Second Coming as two unique events foretold in biblical prophecy. Which is it? Will there be one coming or two? How do they differ?
In this new, five-program series with Dr. Showers and Dr. DeYoung we investigate the Bible’s teachings on this matter in a series we entitled, One Coming or Two? 8 Differences Between the Rapture and Second Coming. You’ll see that the biblical passages regarding the Rapture and Second Coming of Jesus involve too many differences to refer to the same event and why these differences are important.
Specifically, we will address the biblical teaching of “immanency.” Further, we’ll learn what will occur after the time of the Rapture and before the Second Coming. We will talk about when the war against Israel that is foretold in Ezekiel 38 will take place, the rebuilding of a Jewish Temple on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the emergence of a global political leader, a one-world government and financial system, and the Battle of Armageddon. Many of today’s events foreshadow these future prophecies.