• God Loves Us So Much, He Will Allow Us to Suffer

    God Loves Us So Much, He Will Allow Us to Suffer

    It is worth noting that the some of common people perceived that Jesus was the LORD, while the religious leaders, and a majority of Israel did not recognize Him. The religious leaders were filled with their own self interest and pride. The poor and common people, were constantly seeking the Lord, hoping and watching for His arrival.

    It is a fact of life that a person who is suffering or undergoing a deep time of trials, is more likely to be receptive to Jesus, than the person who is experiencing an abundance in their life. We seem to be more receptive to the Love of God when our life is severely lacking. This is the primary reason that Jesus said that the poor are “Blessed” because the kingdom of God is theirs.

    Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Notice that Jesus does not necessarily say that a person must be poor to obtain the kingdom of heaven. He says that a person who is “poor in spirit” can obtain the kingdom of heaven. To be poor in spirit is to be humble and broken over the reality of sin in our life. To have an awareness that we are a sinner, and that we need a Savior. This kind of “spirit”, allows a person to come to God, repent of their sins, and obtain forgiveness and the blessings of eternal life, “the kingdom of heaven”.

    A person who has been living a life of material blessing, can also have a “poor spirit” that cries out to God for mercy and salvation, but it is much more unlikely that this will occur. There is something about being self sufficient in having enough money and accumulated material possessions, that prevents many people from searching for God in their life.

  • We Cannot Know “How”, Without Knowing “Why”

    We Cannot Know “How”, Without Knowing “Why”

    Scientists and Physicists believe that the “constants” that we observe in the universe are related to each other, therefore we really don’t have as many examples of fine tuning as we formerly thought. In other words, if we change one of the constants, perhaps it will affect some of the other constants, maybe it won’t. The problem with this theory is that there is no physical evidence for this. All the evidence that exists today suggests that the fine tuning of the universe is not going to change. Every time scientists try to suppress the fine tuning is one area, it comes up in another place. Given the multiplicity and the variety of fine tuning, it is highly unlikely that fine tuning will not be true in any future physics.

    This leaves us with a choice between an intelligent designer or agent and the latest theory of “Multi-verse” hypothesis. In “multi-verse”, or “many worlds” theory, there is a failure at explaining why the fine tuning of the universe could exist if there are many, many universes that exist simultaneously. In this latest “Multi-verse” theory, experts try to explain the existence of human beings on a planet that has been finely tuned, on the basis of what they call “a selection effect”. The latest experts state that only in finely tuned universes can we have observers of the fine tuning, such as human beings, so why should we be surprised that we can observe the fine tuning of the universe?

    What this thought fails to recognize is that it is not true that all observable universes have to be “finely tuned”.

  • “In the Beginning”… You Weren’t There

    “In the Beginning”… You Weren’t There

    According to Lawrence Krauss, the author of “A Universe From Nothing”, and many other bestselling books on Physics and Cosmology, the universe began from nothing. The universe being flat, and about 13.7 billions years old, is made up of 30 percent dark matter and 70 percent dark energy. Mr. Krauss says that if we subtract everything in the universe that is visible, including all human life, the Cosmos will not change at all.

    In his opinion, this tells us that human beings are “even more insignificant than any of us ever imagined.”

    In his famous Youtube video on the universe originating from nothing, Mr. Krauss states: “We are completely irrelevant. Why such a universe would be made for us when we are so irrelevant, is beyond me…”

  • Origin of the Universe, Which One Takes More Faith?

    Origin of the Universe, Which One Takes More Faith?

    Atheists often criticize Christians in that they formerly believed that the Sun orbited the earth, prior to the 19th century. Until the recent past, Atheists believed that the universe was eternal, that it has always exited and always will exist.

    Today, scientists understand that the Universe had a finite beginning, and eventually it will have an ending.

    This leaves us with only two legitimate and logical explanations for the origin of the universe:

    Someone created the universe.
    The Universe created itself.
    Which of these two possibilities are more logical?

    Let us imagine that the universe arose out of some spontaneous uncontrolled mechanism, whereby it eventually developed, over billions of years of course, into all the life forms that we see present today.

    So, we would say: “In the beginning, there was nothing, then it exploded, and became everything that we can see, and everything that we cannot see…”

    Or, “In the beginning God created the universe…”

    Which of these takes more faith?

  • After Death, Fulfilled Prophecy, Heaven, Rob Robinson, Time and Eternity

    Posted on March 11th, 2012

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    What Time is it in Heaven?

    What Time is it in Heaven?

    What is the difference between the measurement of time here on Earth, and the way that time is measured in Heaven?

    On Earth, the seconds, minutes, hours and days are measured “Linearly” Each moment occurs one after the other, with the beings on the planet living within the unfolding of those moments.

    In Heaven, everything has already taken place.

    If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are already there in heaven with all of the redeemed, living forever with the Lord. All the events of the Bible have come to a close. The events of the last days that Bible Prophecy students study and watch, have all been concluded. All the things that God has promised in His word, have already been fulfilled. There is nothing remaining that needs to be completed in the total plan of God.

  • After Death, Atheists, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Heaven, Hell, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson, Salvation

    Posted on February 22nd, 2012

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    What Happens at the Moment of Death?

    What Happens at the Moment of Death?

    The thoughts, feelings, emotions and love that we carry with us here on earth, are continued in heaven. We gain the proper perspective on all of our feelings and emotion in heaven and are better able to understand each one, as well as manage and control them. All of our experiences on earth will be remembered in Heaven. Those that we knew and loved on earth, who make it to heaven, will be known and recognized by us, as if we had always known them. Relationships that were close while here on earth, will grow even closer in heaven, where time and the limits of earthly life did not allow all that could have been.

    People who we have known and loved on earth but were never quite able to express that love to in words that we desired, will hear our true thoughts and intentions, as communication will then be perfected. Unforgiveness, broken relationships, misunderstandings, will all be mended and healed in heaven and we will be able to enjoy friendships that were lost, forever.

    All regrets of past failures in our earthly life will be wiped away, and we will finally come to the realization and acceptance that God has forgiven us, and cleansed us of all our sins. On earth we may hear and claim that we accept God’s forgiveness for our sins, but we are never truly able to experience the total freedom from the guilt of those sin. In heaven, all guilt will be gone. We will never be afraid again. We will never feel lonely or lost, or abandoned. Love will surround us, as it emanates from God’s throne, to every creature in heaven who has been saved by His great love.

  • After Death, Controversial Subjects, Heaven, Hell, Rob Robinson, Salvation

    Posted on October 31st, 2011

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    Steve Jobs Last Words, Evidence of the Spirit World

    Steve Jobs Last Words, Evidence of the Spirit World

    I recently read the eyewitness account of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, last words. while on his death bed Mr. Jobs gazed back and forth across the room at his family and loved ones, then to an area of the room where no persons were seen standing. At that moment, apparently just before his death, he saw something in the room that no one else could see and spoke the final words “oh wow, oh wow, oh wow…”

    It has been noted that Steve was a follower of New Age philosophy and Buddhism. Steve was not a Christian, so it is for certain that he did not see the Lord or one of His angels who had come to carry him back to heaven. Perhaps it was a view into the spirit world to which he was about to enter, as his own spirit would soon depart his body, at death.

    All human beings are eternal spirits. During our time here on earth, while living our lives in these bodies, we must make the decision where we choose to spend that eternity. Jesus Christ has offered the forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all those who humbly come to Him and receive Him as Lord and Savior. Jesus said that only He has the power to grant eternal life in Heaven, there is no other way but through Him. Should a person make a free will choice to reject Jesus Christ during their life, there remains no other way for that a person to be saved. In this case, a person who chooses to reject the Lord will not be forced to live in Heaven with God. The only other dwelling place for eternal spirits is hell.

  • What Jesus Said About Hell

    What Jesus Said About Hell

    The Bible describes the fact that there is only one way of escape from hell and eternal separation from God: The Cross of Jesus Christ. Whether a person choses to believe that truth or not, determines whether their final destination is; heaven or hell. Like it or not, hell is for real, and unless all of us repent of our sins and turn to Jesus Christ, we will never see heaven.

    The new book out by Rob Bell called “Love Wins”, paints God as so loving and merciful that He could not possibly send anyone to hell. What pastor Bell has neglected to include in his thought process and understanding of God, is the fact that God is just as much a God of Justice as is he a God of Love.

    Sin is an offense to God and He promised that “The soul that sins, will die eternally”. The promise to Adam was that on the day that he sinned against God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would die.

    Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

  • Three Days in the Grave, Forever Lord of All

    Three Days in the Grave, Forever Lord of All

    1 Peter 3:18-20 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.

    The first thing that Jesus did after he was Crucified, was descend into Hell and preach to those who died during the flood of Noah.

    Peter reminds us that only eight people believed the Lord at the time Noah was building the ark for 100 years. When the time came to enter the Ark and be sheltered from God’s judgment, only the members of Noah’s family actually believed God and went into the Ark.

    It has been estimated by mathematicians, that at the time the flood of Noah occurred, there could have conservatively been over six billion people on the earth. Computing the explosion of population that occurred from the creation of Adam, to the time of Noah, people were living up to nine hundred plus years.

  • Encouragement, Forgiveness, Heaven, Is Jesus God?, Jesus v. Everything, Rob Robinson, Salvation, Trials

    Posted on January 7th, 2011

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    Missing Heaven By 18 Inches

    Missing Heaven By 18 Inches

    The debate rages on over what it takes to obtain eternal life. With thousands of religions in the world claiming that theirs is the “only way to heaven”.

    Upon a close examination of all religions, they have a few things in common.

    1. They require you to do some type of work.

    2. They require you to adhere to the rules of their organization.

    3. Their leaders are all mortal human beings.

    Only true Christianity is based not upon an organization but instead, on a person. Jesus claimed that He alone was the only way to heaven and that failure to receive Him as Lord and Savior meant a person would die in their sins.

    1. Christianity is not based on anything you can do, but what Jesus has already done.

    2. You cannot keep the law of God perfectly, no matter how hard you try. That is why you need a sinless Savior.

    3. The leader of Christianity is Jesus, the Eternal Creator of all things.

  • How Do You Know You Are Saved?

    How Do You Know You Are Saved?

    If you ask most people who go to church, how it is that they know they are saved, they would have a variety of different answers. They might say that they believe they are going to heaven because they go to church regularly. Perhaps they might say that it is because they pray and read their Bible.

    Many people misapply what a Christian does for what a Christian is. Praying, reading the Bible, attending church and giving of your tithe are all things that a Christian should do, but they are not what makes someone a Christian.

    According to the Bible, a person is saved and going to heaven when they have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. What makes someone a Christian is Jesus. It is not what a person does, but what they believe that causes them to be acceptable to God.

    How do you know you are save: The short answer is: Because Jesus Christ was crucified and rose from the dead.

    Everyone loves to hear that “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” People love to hear how much God loves them, but not many enjoy hearing at what price they were saved.

    The doctrine that is missing in the church today is the total depravity of man. The fact that every person is a lost sinner with no hope of eternal life apart from the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

    The church of the last days is afraid of offending those who attend their services by telling them that they are sinners in need of a Savior.

  • Atheists, Chuck Smith, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Heaven, Jesus v. Religion, Salvation, Sin

    Posted on December 11th, 2010

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    Two Kingdoms, Two Choices

    Two Kingdoms, Two Choices

    When Adam was created and placed upon the Earth, he was created within the government of God, living in fellowship and harmony with God. And God came into the garden and communed with Adam.

    God spoke to Adam. There was this beautiful communion between God and man. As God’s Spirit communed with Adam’s spirit. But God said to Adam, you may have freedom to eat of all of the trees that are in the garden except the tree in the middle of the garden. If you eat of that fruit, you will surely die.

    Satan entered into the garden. He tempted Eve. He deceived her into eating of that tree. She gave to Adam and he did eat. And so by one man, sin entered the world and death by sin because death has passed unto all men. So now here is man created in the government of God, but exercising this capacity of free choice. He has left the government of God, light and life. And he has entered into the government of death and darkness. The government of Satan. Now controlled and ruled by his fleshly appetite. Now mindful of his physical needs. Before that he was oblivious to the things of the physical. He had the mind of the spirit in fellowship and communion with God. But now he is interested and concerned with his body needs. He has the mind of the flesh or the mind of the things of the needs of the flesh, occupying his mind. And so he found that he could not come back into the kingdom of God. His spirit was dead.

    The door went one way. So God so loved the world. A world that was in rebellion against Him. A world that was in such rebellion against Him that when He sent His only begotten Son, they crucified Him because He represented God. He represented the holiness of God and the purity of God. And man did not want to submit to the law of God

  • How I know the Bible is True: You… and me

    How I know the Bible is True: You… and me

    I have read many books seeking to convince skeptics and unbelievers that the Bible is true and that Jesus is the Savior of the world. In fact I am presently reading a really great book by Dan Hayden called “Did God Write the Bible?” It is concise, detailed, and full of wonderful information that could convince the the most stubborn skeptic that the Bible is true.

    I suppose though for myself, that the best and most convincing proof that the Bible is what it claims to be, is You… and me.

    Most of the books on the New York Times best sellers list are accolades of how wonderful human beings are and proclaim the praises of their achievements. Other best sellers are “how to” books on “Looking out for number one”, and “how to climb over everyone else” to get to the top of the human food chain.

    The Bible however, is about the frailties of man and the fact that he is a hopeless sinner who is flawed with no hope of correcting or mending himself. Sounds depressing doesn’t it? Why would anyone want to read a book about their faults, as if we are not already well acquainted with our shortcomings.

    For the honest seeker of truth, there must come a time in life when one wonders how the world became the mess that it is. When did all of the world’s problems begin and why is the human condition at such a desperate place? If we are really evolving and improving over time as some claim, why then is the world getting worse as man progresses technologically?

  • The Great Tribulation and Limited Time

    The Great Tribulation and Limited Time

    If a person hears about the need to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior before the seven year Tribulation begins and yet rejects Him, it appears that this person will not find it possible to receive the Lord when the antichrist arrives.

    The arrival of the antichrist will be with great power and amazing supernatural wonders that will deceive most people on the earth. 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 describes the fact that “Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved”, these who have rejected Jesus, will have no desire to turn to Jesus during the reign of the antichrist.

    It is the gentle convincing work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life, as He witnesses to our spirit of our need for Jesus, that compels a person to repent and turn to Jesus.

    It appears that during the seven years of the Tribulation, those who rejected Jesus before the Tribulation begins will not have the benefit of the Holy Spirit speaking to their hearts, as 2 Thessalonians declares:

    “Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

  • What is the Cost of Eternal Life?

    What is the Cost of Eternal Life?

    Only Jesus lived a perfect, and sinless life and by that perfect life was qualified to offer His life in exchange for ours. Secondly, because Jesus is the Living God who created the Universe, His life is more valuable than anything else in the Universe.

    How can one man offer His life for all men? It depends on who that man is. If he was a man such as Buddha or Mohammed, Krishna or Joseph Smith who were all sinners themselves, their life does not have enough value to even save themselves.

    If on the other hand, the life that is to be offered is that of the Eternal God, who humbled Himself and took the body of a man. This life has eternal value. Because Jesus also lived a perfect and sinless life, His life is more than valuable enough to pay for the sins of all men.

    The Bible declares that it was the Blood of Jesus Christ that had enough value to remove the sins of every person who has lived on he Earth:

    1 John 1:7 “… the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

    There is not enough wealth in the entire world to pay the price that a single man owed to God for his sin. The price required to pay for the sins of all men is equal to the cost of the Universe, for that is what the value of Jesus life was when He offered it for all of us.

    If you want to know how much God loves you: It was more than the value of everything else in the Universe, or He would not have allowed His Son to die for you. Jesus was more valuable to the Father than anything else in this vast Universe, and yet He was willing to pay that price to save all of us.

    If a person would like to know how much God hates sin: All they have to do is to look at what Jesus went through at the Cross as all the sins of the whole world were heaped upon Him. Imagine how horrifying it was for Jesus, who had never personally experieced sin, to have all the world’s sin poured into Him. Jesus was “Made sin” for us, so that we could become the righteousness of God…”

  • Bible Studies, Doctrine, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Heaven, Rob Robinson, The Book of Revelation

    Posted on October 28th, 2010

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    What is ‘The Second Death’?

    What is ‘The Second Death’?

    At the Cross, Jesus paid for the sins of every person who has ever, or ever will live upon the earth. The high value of Jesus life as Creator and Eternal God of the universe, was sufficient to pay the debt that every person owed to God for their sins.

    These that find themselves before the Great White Throne are there because they chose to not believe in Jesus sacrifice for their sins and will now have to give an account to God as to why they did not accept His Son’s sacrifice as the payment for their sins. The final verdict for every person that stands before the Great White Throne will be to be found guilty of their sin and be sentenced to eternity in the Lake of Fire. This is what the Bible calls: “The Second Death”.

    Remember, these persons were born once, died, went to the Great White Throne, were found guilty, sentenced to eternal death, then cast alive into the Lake of fire where they died a second time to last eternally. They were “Born Once”, they will “Die Twice”.

  • Fulfilled Prophecy, Heaven, Is The Bible the Word of God?, Rob Robinson, Science and the Bible

    Posted on October 9th, 2010

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    The Implications of Eternity

    The Implications of Eternity

    During one of our mid week Bible studies dealing with the events of Prophecy, one of the participants asked a question about a relative who had passed away while living for Jesus. “Will my Grandmother be waiting for me when I arrive in Heaven?”

    I am sure that many of us have thought about that question and whether we would see those who we have known during our life when we first arrive in heaven. There have been many stories of those who have claimed to have died and been revived that described the fact that when they arrived in heaven they saw many of their dear departed family members and friends.

    From what I have read and studied from men more learned than myself, eternity and the absence of time, cause events that are familiar to us here on earth to be far different in heaven. Take for example the principle that in eternity there is no marking of linear time. During our lives here on earth we experience events one after another as they happen to us. Those events that have already occurred on earth in the past we call “history”, those which have not happened we describe as being “future”.

    In eternity there is no past or future, events do not happen in linear time because such a phenomenon does not exist. Everything has already happened and exists in the present tense. If you had a dear great grandmother who loved Jesus and passed away 50 years ago and you should suddenly become ill and pass away yourself, in theory, you would both arrive in heaven at the same time. All the events of human history have already happened in eternity.

  • Encouragement, Heaven, Jesus Church, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 4th, 2010

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    Being Hurt By Christians and Other Pitiable Plights

    Being Hurt By Christians and Other Pitiable Plights

    I was feeling sorry for myself the other day once again due to poor treatment by other believers when I realized that the Lord did not send us to the righteous of the world but to the sinner and the sick. By it’s very nature, the gospel message about Jesus Christ is for the very worst of this world. Jesus said:

    Mark 2:17 … “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
    John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

    I think that we have the idea, or at least the hope, that when we became a Christian we would immediately have many true and faithful friends. Those who would always be there for us. Those who would never let us down, those who would understand us when we faltered and failed. Then we woke up one morning and realized that all those who have found Jesus and are trying to follow Him, are still very imperfect beings.

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