Orlando Massacre: Hope Beyond the Terror

The entire world seems to be experiencing post traumatic stress! And what wonder. The war ravaged areas across the globe, the fleeing refugees of economic desperation and even one repetitive mass murder of innocent victims dominates world news. Does the Bible offer any solution to end the madness and provide hope for a world in despair?

Prophecies tell in the end times that every man's hand shall be against his neighbor. (Zechariah 14:13) And truly, there is an atmosphere of anger, fear, jealousy and distrust throughout our country as we find ourselves divided as never before politically, socially, morally, financially and religiously. Solutions to prevent unprecedented tragic events such as we see in Orlando, Sandy Hook and San Bernardino are also divided.

 Political and Social views:

• The “Left” says that the answer is more gun control — taking the military style weapons of war out of the hands of the public. The “Right” says that this would leave the innocent public without defense against those criminals who would find a way to get military weapons.

• So some incline to say that gays and lesbians should not be the victims of hate and should be free to live as they chose. Others say that the LGBT community is asking for trouble, because they are living ungodly lives and it is no wonder that they are targeted. 

• But some may say that we should embrace, welcome and love all, even Muslim citizens of the world, because love will conquer all. More forcefully some say that we should ban all Muslims from entering the country, because we can't possibly know who can be trusted.

Does the Bible offer any solution to end the madness and provide hope for a world in despair? Yes, there is an answer that will put an end to the radical, destructive behavior that stems from soul sickness. Yes, this hope for all who have died and for all who are suffering is found in Acts 3:19-21: "...times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord... Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." 

God is allowing people living in the end times to learn that mankind is incapable of solving the world's problems. This permission of evil has the very purpose of educating and preparing mankind for the promised “times of restitution.” At that time, they will begin to seek for God's righteous Kingdom under the rule of the great Messiah. They will be blessed with a full Knowledge of God and a full opportunity for attaining everlasting life through their redeemer — the great restorer and life-giver.

Following are just a few of the hundreds of blessings promised by God's kingdom to come, when His will shall be done on earth as it is being done in heaven . . .

• God promises peace after the shaking of all nations.

Zephaniah 3:8-9; Micah 4:3; Haggai 2:7

• He promises that happiness will replace all fear and sadness.

Isaiah 25:8; Isaiah 35:10

• He promises that the world will learn righteousness after having experienced sin and death for over 6,000 years.

Isaiah 26:9; Zephaniah 3:9

• He promises that all tears shall be wiped off all faces.

Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 7:17; 21:4, 5

• He promises that there will be a time when sickness will come to an end.

Isaiah 33:24; Isaiah 35:5; Revelation 21:4

• He promises that the great enemy death shall be swallowed up in victory.

Isaiah 25:8; 35:10; 1 Corinthians 15:24, 54-56; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; Revelation 21:4

• He promises that wars shall cease.

Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3; Psalm 46:9

• He promises that all evil shall be suppressed.

Psalm 37:10; Isaiah 35:8,9; 55:7; Revelation 20:2, 3

• He promises that truth shall triumph and lies shall be abolished forever.

Psalm 85:11; Habakuk 2:14; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17

• He promises that Satan, the prince of darkness who now rules in the hearts of men, shall be forever destroyed.

1 Corinthians 15:25, 26; Revelation 20:10, 14

• He promises that there will be no more poverty, but that ALL will have an abundance of food, shelter and comfort.

Isaiah 65:22, 23; Micah 4:4; Psalm 67:6; Isaiah 35:1; Psalm 67:6; 85:12; Isaiah 51:3

• He promises that one day, everyone will have liberty and justice.

Isaiah 26:9; 28:17; Jeremiah 31:33, 34; Ezekiel 34:26

• He promises that, in due time, nothing shall ever hurt or destroy again.

Isaiah 11:9; Isaiah 35:8,9

• He promises life after death for everyone who has ever lived.

Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:21, 22; John 5:28, 29

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 THE DIVINE PLAN OF THE AGES

This Christian classic contains over 1,600 Old and New Testament Scriptures explained clearly and understandably. It provides a logical progression of the Scriptures, delineating God’s plan from paradise lost to paradise restored. It was the third best seller in the early 1900s — the Bible and the Chinese Almanac being first and second. Joseph Bryant Rotherham, translator of The Emphasized Bible, described the book as “...bold, broad, and breezy; very refreshing after the stereotyped dogmas and platitudes which pass current in the theological world.... The Chapter on ‘the Permission of Evil’ is alone more than worth the price of the whole volume...”

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• Why God Permits Suffering and His Purpose for Allowing Evil for a Measured Time

• The Great Epochs, Characters and Events in God’s Merciful Plan for Mankind

• The Purpose and Expectation of Christ’s Second Advent

• The Day of Judgment and Its Relationship to the Benevolent Kingdom of God

• The Hope of the Good News Provided by the Promised Ransom & Restitution