Do you believe in God?
October 29, 2022
God creating the Sun, Moon and Earth, Michelangelo, from the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Bob Barney
One of the key aspects of The Plain Truth website is our statement of belief that God, the God of the Bible, has His unseen hand behind many world events. This doesn’t mean that we believe that everything that happens in the world has God’s fingerprints on it, but we do believe (because the Bible tells us), that many things in the news are attributable to God working out His plan on earth of His eventual return to earth. This very plan of His return is promised to us in the pages of the Bible! So, you can see, this is why are mission is to bring local, national, and world news to you and whenever possible, show everyone how these stories have to do with God.
Most of the readers of this site I am sure, believe in God yet due to the skepticism found in modern thought and the evolution-based contemporary educational system, most of us do not attribute much of what's happening to Him. This is not the case however when we are dealing in our own personal matters, especially when in times of deep trouble, drama, death and despair; most of us go to God in prayer for guidance and salvation. No one would fault someone praying to God to save the life of their child however if a world leader was to ask for a prayer to solve a war, that person would be ridiculed beyond comprehension. It seems that God matters more to us in personal and private matters than He does in the world and on national matters read about in newspapers and/or watched on our TVs every day.
In an earlier article, I mentioned the fact that God does not have that much to do with this modern world. I know that’s a shocking and almost unbelievable statement to make but it’s exactly what the Bible says. According to the bible, the identity of the god of this world is none other than Lucifer, known as Satan the devil. When you read the Bible, it is the exception for only few and extraordinary or lucky people in the past, but God really has had little to do with the daily running of man‘s society.
Long before men existed on Earth, the Bible tells us that there was a world before the world of Adam and Eve. Whenever I go into this subject most people are totally surprised to hear that I do not believe that the earth is 6000 years old as most fundamentalist Christians teach.
Creation of the World
The Bible is very clear that there was a world before the flood, and that God re-created the world that we now live on today. Some of the misunderstanding comes from the translation of the modern English Bible. In Hebrew Genesis chapter 1 verse 1 reads a little different than is translated, and it can be proved. Let's look at, “in the beginning,” as the Bible begins, “God created the heavens and the earth.” That event does not imply that in the very next paragraph immediately following that, the creation of the heavens and the earth. The reason most misunderstand that timeframe is due to a mistranslation of the next verse, or actually the continuation of the first verse. “And the world was formless and void.” That’s how your Bible reads, but as I will show you it is not the right translation. The correct translation is “and the earth became formless and void.” That is a major difference in the meaning of the first verse of Genesis chapter 1. Instead of thinking that God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was formless and void, implying this happened all at once, the correct rendering of Genesis shows a time frame of the creation of this modern world. How we should understand this scripture actually goes something like this: God thousands, if not millions or billions of years ago created the heavens and the earth, and we know that everything that God creates is created in a perfect state. God is not the author of confusion; God’s creative ability does not create confusion. God created a world that was ruled by an Angel of light named Lucifer, the most beautiful angelic being in all of God’s creation. The Bible tells us that Lucifer was created perfectly until lawlessness was founded in him. Read This link for a total explanation.
God placed Lucifer in command of this world as it’s King before Lucifer fell from glory. We see in some instances elsewhere in the Bible where Lucifer rebelled against God, goes to heaven to God’s own throne, and tries to dispose of God and become God himself. Now there is something else that you have to understand in order to comprehend the word “God” in the Bible. God is a pagan word for the deity of Germanic origin. The original Hebrew word for God was the word Elohim. Elohim is a plural word. The words church, school, family, group, and congregation are all plural words yet implying a singular form. There is the Barney family. The Barney family consists of more than one individual all with the last name “Barney “, just like there is a family called Jehovah or Yahweh, that collectively is known as Elohim or God in English. In the very first chapter of the book of John, we read the actual beginning of time. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; Furthermore, without Him was nothing made that was made……. and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
The Plain Truth about God's Creation is simple
It is plain to see that the God that created the heavens and the earth was more than one being comprised of a God the father and a God the Word. When we read in Genesis “and God said let there be light,” this is what It meant: The WORD who became Jesus Christ said, “let there be light” and God the Father made it happen. The two do in fact work in unison as one and together in the creation of everything; One speaking and the other doing. It’s like your brain thinks and speaks to itself to go buy some food and your body does the actual work. It’s that simple. Click Here for explanation of God's name
Getting back to the point of the creation of the earth, the idea that the earth became formless and void implies that it was at an earlier time in a perfect state. As I will show you, Lucifer was in command of Earth before the earth we live on today was reformed. Lucifer then went to war with the God and lost. He was cast down to earth and was banished from heaven. Lucifer as we see in the book of Job can go to heaven to ask God’s permission to do certain things, but he cannot appear in heaven without approval. At the time of this battle, the entire universe, which was created in perfection, was destroyed in a Star Wars type heavenly battle between God and His angels and Satan and his demons. This is why there are craters on the moon. Scientists try to tell us that these craters were formed from meteors over billions of years, but that is a falsehood. No scientist has seen one crater occur throughout all histories! The reason is that the moon and the stars and the heavens were destroyed in a single moment of time long ago when Satan and his demons waged war against God and his angels to have lost and been cast down to earth until the end of time.
God then destroyed this earlier world with water. After many years, and the Bible does not tell us how long or how many years it was, God re-created both the heavens and the earth, allowing some of the scars to appear in heaven as a sign of this earlier war, and on earth in the form of ancient times before the time of Adam. God then created mankind in their own image. Notice the Bible says that God did not create man in his image, God said “let us create man in our image after our likeness after our own kind.” Unlike the animals that were created in their image after their own kind, thus giving a species of animals that can only mate within their own kind, man was not created after “the mankind.” We were created after the God kind. I understand how impossible those words must seem, but it is what the Bible says. We are God’s children. We look like God, we think, we feel, we sense, and we comprehend like God. The Bible says that God has nostrils, the Bible says that God has ears that God has eyes, and that God has a face like ours, arms like ours and even feet! We are now a little lower than the angels, but we will be greater than angels when we are resurrected from the dead and born again into the Kingdom of God. Born from our mortal bodies into our immortal spiritual bodies into the God family of Yahweh. (1 Cor 15)
Adam's sin made a Messiah necessary
Adam, sinned, and the definition of sin is breaking God’s laws. (1John 3:4) The Devil became the first sinner, yet Adam and Eve became the first human sinners. If Adam did not sin and disobey God’s laws, Adam would have replaced Satan as the King and the ruler of Earth. This is why we read in the New Testament that Jesus is called the second Adam (Romans 5:12). Jesus came the first time as a man and not as God in order to prove to the everyone in heaven and on earth that man can follow God’s laws and live a sinless life. This then qualified Jesus to replace Adam and to replace Satan as king and God of this world upon His return, as King of Kings and Lord of lords. (Romans 5:14 and 1 Cor. 15:45)
When Adam and Eve sinned against God, this first couple decided to hide from God in fear. God walking through the garden, looked for Adam and called out to Adam, and wondered why Adam was hiding from Him. Adam said that they were hiding because they knew they were naked, and then God knew that they had sinned. Since that time, except for certain chosen people, God has not been involved in the world as much as he would have been if man had obeyed Him. Therefore, there were certain people that God called and chose to be his friend, to walk in the presence of the Almighty. Noah, Abraham, David, and every single Christian that choose Christ over this world, are all God’s friend and are watched over daily by the Host of Heaven. There are also people, the entire nation of Israel, the descendants of Jacob, that are also chosen by God and watched over by Him and protected throughout history. The Jews, from the tribe of Judah with some of the tribe of Benjamin and Levi included, know their identity. Unfortunately, the nations of England, France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and the United States of America do not realize that they are also Jacob’s children. What has become known as the lost 10 tribes of Israel are these western nations with the British and the Americans mainly being from the tribe of Joseph. (e-mail us for our free article on the identities of all the major nations of the world). You cannot truly understand prophecies of the Bible if you do not know who the nations of the world are as they are identified in your Bible. To understand world events today, one must know who the players are, and they are all mentioned in the Bible. Yes, you can be a Christian, and be saved, for the lack of a better word, and become born-again on the day of resurrection into an immortal life, in the family of God, and never fully understand who anyone is in the world today. In fact, you can live your entire life never understanding world events, the news, and everything going on including maybe your death, and as long as you have the blood of Jesus Christ forgiving your sins, you will be a part of God’s kingdom to come--You have made it! However, when you are being put to death during the tribulation or times leading up to the tribulation, it might be nice to know why and who is responsible for your martyrdom! The purpose of The Plain Truth is to give you that knowledge.
One really has to be an idiot not to believe in God, and an even bigger idiot to believe in God and not understand that God is in control of his people. Therefore, any news agency, be it a newspaper, TV, radio or web site that does not include the hand of God, and the possibility of the hand of God in world events, is doing you no service whatsoever. Fox News, CNN, the New York Times and all other media that do not include God in their news are simply leaving out the most important aspect of the world we live in. We try, whenever possible, to give you the important news, much of which you will not read on any other website or media source, so you can truly understand why these things are happening and that there is a God involved in our lives.
For example, we know that the Middle East is the spot that Christ will return to and save us from ourselves in an event known as the battle of Armageddon. So, whenever we see news from the Middle East, we must keep our eyes on those events in the light and knowledge and understanding of the Bible. We know that the Bible predicts the revival of the fourth beast of Daniel (Daniel 2:40) and that beast is the Holy Roman Empire (Revelation Chapter 13), most likely under the leadership of Germany (Isaiah chapter 8 and Hosea 9:3). We know this because we know the identity of Germany is Assyria.
The End Times
The Bible says that in the end time the beast will be from Assyria. We also know that the end time beast will be a 10-nation revival of the Holy Roman Empire, and since we know that France and the Netherlands are really part of lost Israel, they can never be leaders in this union. Just like in World War II, they will be conquered by the beast, but they will never be the beast.
We also know from the Bible that eventually the entire Arab world will be ruled by an end time beast Antichrist figure called the King of the South in Daniel. The leader of Europe is also Antichrist figure called the King of the North, and he gets his power from a world religious leader that is based in Rome (Rev. 17:9). I’m sorry if I offend, but there really isn’t any other way to understand the prophecies of Revelation and the book of Daniel. I am not alone. Martin Luther, and all of the early Protestant leaders believed the very same thing that I do. Therefore, we can better understand why George Washington, in his famous farewell speech called for America to stay out of European affairs because he understood fully that Europe was a danger to America.
So, friends, any news that does not include God in it is really folly. News that only tells you what happened yesterday and doesn’t tell you why it happened or what will happen tomorrow, doesn’t do you any good. It’s a total waste of your time. It’s much like a farmer that depends on the weather forecasts from the day before and what it is doing in the present, but not understanding what the weather will be like tomorrow! That kind of weather forecasting does you no good, and neither does news without the knowledge of God in it.