1 Peter Chapter 4:12-19
Persecution is pain and or affliction, deliberately designed to cause harm to others, especially to Christians.
Today according to the Open Doors Ministry there are eleven Christians per day killed just because they have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as there Savior, there are many more injured in one way or another
This ministry follows the top 50 nations for persecution with North Korea being the number 1 nation for Christian persecution.
The persecution of Christian women is also growing at a rapid pace, but even more of this persecution of women is hidden, because of the culture of male domination in many countries.
There is even an increase in government control over Christian activities, without hindering religions such as Muslim, Hinduism, and other religions.
In fact, if you claim Jesus Christ, you are then put on a hit list in many of these nations.
In 2018 there was believed to be 215 Million Christians in these 50 worse nations for persecution.
In 2019 there is already an estimate of 245 Million Christians in these same countries.
It looks like they would be better off, just to leave the Christians alone!
We may not understand why God allows so much persecution of His people, but it cannot be denied that the Church grows during persecution.
One of the biggest reasons for this is that people begin to see that there must be some truth to the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ.
We live in a world that thinks they can stop God by getting rid of His believers, and His followers. What a foolish world!
If the entire world wants to wipe out a certain group of people, then the world must be very afraid that those people would change this world into a better place, by removing the causes of sin in this world.
What does the Holy Ghost say?
1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
The world stands in fear of the Christian and just as the world did to Christ, the world wants to get rid of the truth of God, which is impossible!
Why does God still allow the persecution of His children?
1Co 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
1Co 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1Co 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
God loves this lost world enough to try to save all those who reject Him!
The world can try to stop God, but the world is seeking to do the impossible which only God can do!
Let’s begin where we left off last week:
*1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
Many say and many believe that God will test our faith to see if we are real, but how can that be true when God knows at every moment what we are going to do.
God does not test our faith He does place things before us so we can know ourselves that we are real.
God tests us, so we can know ourselves!
If the entire world was easily converted to Christianity many would wonder if there was truly a God.
It must remain our choice to humble ourselves to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
It must remain our choice to believe what God says or reject what God says.
Why would we expect to live a life with no problems when no one can do so?
God placed a curse upon this world because of the innocent blood of Abel that is spilled, and innocent blood is still spilled every day. This is not going to change until all evil has been removed from this world!
Gen 4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Gen 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
People are not even astounded by murder any more and murder and rape and such crimes are accepted as just part of the societies of today.
Even the murder of innocent babies in the womb, is seen as a right rather than as an atrocity.
If you live the Christian life, why in the world would you think you will not be hated, when you are the opposite of what is seen as normal!
We are wrong to think we will not suffer in this world!
Joh 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
The message of God is love!
The message of this world is hatred!
These two things will never agree with each other and hatred breeds violence!
This world has been in a revolt to love for so long, that to love is even considered to be a hate crime!
To do things in the right way is considered to be a hate crime.
In fact, to read the Word of God out loudly in the ears of others is considered to be a hate crime.
In fact, to own a Bible in many nations is considered to own material that is detrimental to national safety.
For Christians to believe God will put an end to all persecution, is not accepting what the Word of God teaches.
God will put an end to our personal persecution when He takes us home and all persecution of the Church on the day of the Rapture of the Church.
Don’t be fooled by those who say there will be no “Rapture” just keep walking the Christian way these people will one day see just how foolish they have been.
It is a sad thing, but there are no unbelievers in Hell today, there are just those who beg the Lord to send someone to witness to their families so that they will get an opportunity to know the Lord in a personal relationship.
Luk 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luk 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luk 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luk 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luk 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luk 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Luk 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
Luk 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luk 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luk 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luk 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
God does not teach us these things just because it happened one time. In fact i can assure you that every soul in Hell is begging the Lord to send a witness to their families which God has already promised to do!
Persecution does certainly measure our faith!
Suffering from persecution is real and it does teach us how strong or how weak our faith is.
Persecution proves to us that we must depend on God for all things, even our length of life.
The death of a Christian by persecution does not stop their ability to witness, because to die for Christ is our greatest witnessing tool.
Persecution gives us strength and causes endurance, but it also opens doors that would have remained shut to the Word of God.
Something that is so hated must possess some reality!
This is what attracts others to the Christian way of life!
Isaiah said here I am Lord use me:
Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isa 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
When we are to be used of the Lord, who are we to dictate where He will send us, how we will be treated, or if we will suffer persecution.
The truth is, we are invincible until we have completed the work the Lord has given us to do but we will still suffer persecution!
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We take persecution as a terrible thing and it is, but in fact we should celebrate the fact that someone thinks we look like Jesus Christ!
*1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
There is no one who loves to be persecuted by others! There is no one in their right mind that loves pain!
Our Scripture reads, we can rejoice because someone sees us as the disciples of Christ, and the more we resemble Christ, the more we should rejoice.
In doing so, we become attractive to those who would persecute Christians only because we have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
We must not ever forget, Jesus did absolutely no wrong and He only lovingly pointed out to those who were listening to the leaven of the Pharisees that they should not do so.
We have no business listening to false doctrine, especially from those who would try to benefit from us!
Jesus obeyed the Laws of Moses, all 613 laws!
Jesus obeyed the Commandments of God, all the Scriptures!
Jesus obeyed all the laws of the different governments in Judea, and Samaria and all the surrounding region!
Jesus obeyed the Roman laws in His area.
Most of all Jesus obeyed His Father, our Heavenly Father!
Jesus did not obey the false doctrine of the Pharisees.
Jesus did not obey the false doctrine of the Sadducee.
Jesus did not obey the false doctrine of the Essene.
Jesus did not obey the false doctrine of the Herodians.
Jesus did obey the Doctrine of God, the Triune God!
All these others rejected the truth of the Old Testament Scriptures in one way or another!
Jesus Christ suffered because of these things, in fact He suffered even unto His death because He would not give in to any of these things because they are of the world!
Again we do not rejoice because of suffering, we rejoice because the world sees us as the true disciples of Jesus Christ, and not the fakes that are used of the world that are false examples.
Jesus Christ proclaimed righteousness, which means He admonished to the world to live by God’s standards and not the things that rule in our world, which come from lust and pride, which things are of the Devil!
1Jn_2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
When we can deny these things of the world and live for the truth of God the world will see us as its enemies!
So many have gone on before us who have suffered for the same things and they are already with the Lord. We can celebrate with them now knowing that we will join them one day!
2Th 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
2Th 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
2Th 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
2Th 1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
You know the Holy Spirit who lives within us, smiles when others see Christ living in us!
*1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
Reproaches and cruel mockings, have always been a part of Christian suffering, but those things mainly come from those who are ignorant of the Word of God, but are enticed by those who truly hate the Lord.
As Christians, we have the Spirit of Christ living within us and have this little taste of glory while we live for Christ.
This can never be taken away from us! We can only allow this little taste of glory to fade away or grow so dim that we are not even seen as God’s children.
This is much worse that suffering for Christ any day!
The Lord suffered for me and each of you who believe, it is an honor that I should suffer some for Him!
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
If we will spend the days the Lord has given to us going about the work of the Lord, He has given to us, even when we are gone and in Heaven with the Lord, that work that is left behind will continue to work for the Lord, even when we are gone.
This can be in our example.
This can be in any writings we have done by the Scriptures.
Most important it can be done by those who have been led to the Lord because of what we have done, especially our own children and grandchildren.
We have come too far to give up now even if we are still a baby Christian!
It is all these things that make us aware of the presence of God who lives within us.
When you can feel Him, then you know Him and if you know Him, then you will love Him and be obedient to what He says, no matter what is going on in the world around you!
But if we suffer for being a part of the sin of this world, then we will grieve the Holy Spirit who lives within us!
*1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
God simply says we will not suffer for being true Christians unless He has allowed it, to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This suffering is in His control.
1) Who is a murderer? This is a person who deliberately takes the life of another person. We normally think of this as those evil men and women who use guns, or knives or other such things to take the lives of other people which should be a law in all nations of this world, but it is not.
It’s OK for people in some nations to kill Christians without suffering for it.
It’s OK in most every nation to murder babies in the womb and even some states in our own nation, right up to the day they are born.
Yes this is murder, it is not some female right!!!!!!
The one murder that is ignored even by the Church is that it is murder for some men behind the pulpits to deliberately lead those who hear them, in a path away from God. It is these who will suffer by the hands of God the most.
When we suffer for being a murderer, God will not come to our aid, even if we become “Born Again” after we have committed this crime.
We will still suffer the penalties of this crime, but Hell will not be in that future!
2) Who is a thief? To take even the smallest item from someone else is to be a thief! It does not matter if they will ever miss it!
To be a thief is to fall into the trap of covetousness. Covetousness is an inordinate desire for worldly possessions. This also means we are not satisfied with the things that God has provided telling God He does not know what He is doing.
We are also a thief if we take away the confidence of a baby Christian. It is this we will suffer from the Lord the most, but the world does not see this as being worthy of punishment.
3) Who is that evildoer? This is everyone who goes against the Word of God!
One of the most important witnessing tools we have, is the purity we have in Jesus Christ! The purity we have in obedience to the Word of God!
To lose this great tool, will also cause us to suffer at the hands of God, but the world will only laugh because think we are all a bunch of hypocrites!
4) Who is that busybody? This is a person who interferes in the concerns of others.
2Th 3:11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
There are those today who will not let one day go by without practicing this art they cherish the most!
These busybodies will gather some tidbit of information, just to broadcast it at the right place at the right time just to discredit someone.
These are those who are meddlesome in the affairs of others.
Notice to the Lord, this gossiper, this busybody, is placed in the same paragraph as a murderer!
What does God say the cause of this thing is?
1Ti 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
They have nothing better to do than cause other people problems!
When we go against the laws of man we will suffer by the laws of man!
If we go against the laws of God, we will suffer at the hands of God!
If we suffer just for being a Christian, we have a God who takes these things very serious!
*1Pe 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
We should understand that since the day the Church began the Church has been persecuted.
1) The Word of God has not ceased to cause division since the day the Church began!
Luk_12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
To be honest, the forces of darkness will never cease in their attempt to stop the truth!
Most of the world looks at the Word of God as the source of division when in reality it is the lies that are told by those rulers of darkness!
This is the importance of knowing the Word of God!
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
2) The Word of God has not ceased to reach out to those who will just listen to the truth!
Isa_55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
God has never been afraid to speak to this world because He “so loves” those that are in it.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The Word of God causes division but only because we are not accustomed to the truth because the world is full of lies.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
1Jn 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
Evil will cling to its lies, for as long as it possibly can! Even until the return of Jesus Christ when Jesus will put an end to the rebellion against a Holy God!
Rev_22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
We as Christians need only keep one thing in mind, “it is we who are on the winning side”!
If we suffer for the cause of Jesus Christ, the true Messiah, then we have proven our love for the Lord God our Creator!
We must understand God is judging the Church right now!
*1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1Pe 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Peter did not say the time was coming. He did say the time is come. This time until the Lord returns in the clouds is the time God is judging His Church. This judgment will conclude at the “Judgment Seat” of Christ where there will be rewards and of course a loss of rewards.
2Co_5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
You see God will first visit the Church in justice and mercy, because the Church has already been justified!
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
We are no longer the enemies of God!
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Rom 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
So knowing these things, just what will be the outcome of those who reject the Gospel?
It is this group of people who remain after the “Rapture of the Church”, who will see the wrath of God because they to have already been judged!
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The wrath of God will seem even mild in the beginning with those who are guilty will feel like they have escaped, but God’s wrath will grow and grow, until it’s severity will mean a horrible death here and eternal death in the “Burning Lake of Fire” because even Hell cannot hold all those who have rejected the truth of God!
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
God has taken the time to explain these things to us, we must just take the time to read, study, and be a witness to the truth of God!
It is the Church the home of the righteous and had God not sent His Son, to come down and take the flesh of the Lord Jesus Christ then there would be no one saved.
All that was before that was the Laws of Moses, 613 laws that separated God’s people from the world.
It was and is impossible to be obedient to all those laws though some are still trying today.
So yes, we are scarcely saved, many of us may even bear the scent of smoke from Hell.
You see no one would be saved without the “Amazing Grace of God”!
We must accept this perfect “Grace” of God through His Son and those who reject this truth have no idea what they are asking the Lord to do.
It certainly goes against the wishes of Jehovah God to send anyone to eternal misery, so God put His plan in place that allows them to send themselves because they will not accept the truth.
This is the biggest reason the Lord has not returned yet to get His Church!
2Pe_3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The Apostle Peter, by the Holy Spirit, has laid all these things out so we can understand them.
Remember Peter is writing to the Church just so we can know the importance of telling the world about the “Gospel of Jesus Christ” in the hope that we will get off our rears and get busy about the work of the Lord.
We must all agree that it is worth suffering if we can just get that child, that grandchild, that wife, that husband, that friend, that neighbor, to see the most marvelous plan ever conceived to save a mighty people from eternal misery, without God!
If we are going to Heaven to walk the streets of Gold, why would we not want all our family to be with us!
We can only do these things that God has given us to do, but in the end that person must make that choice themselves!
But to those who suffer because they have accepted the truth and wish only to tell others this truth, also keep themselves from getting drawn back into the lies, of this world.
God will do exactly what He says, whenever God decides to do it!
*1Pe 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Sometimes we forget that once we have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and repented of our sinful life, we have then placed our souls in God’s hands for safe keeping.
The Lord Jesus had these words:
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Joh 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
That phrase “the will of God” simply means that “God does what God does anytime God wants to do it”!
Dan 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
God’s plan moves along at God’s pace (Praise the Lord) and nothing in this world can change even one point of God’s actions!
Prayer is used to affect our lives and the lives of others, but prayer cannot affect the will of God for this world!
God has always determined the course of human history!
Dan 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
Dan 2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
Dan 2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
Dan 2:32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
Dan 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Dan 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Dan 2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Dan 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
Dan 2:38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
Dan 2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
Dan 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
Dan 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
Dan 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Dan 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
God intended for the earth to be inhabited and He did not intend for man to try to dictate which groups of men were to survive!
Isa 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
Before the first bit of material was formed, our Heavenly Father already had a salvation plan put together.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
The truth is, the world should stand in awe of such a plan that has been in place for maybe 6000 years.
Millions and billions of years do not exist in God’s plan! Evolution does not exist in God’s plan! There is no such thing as part creation and part evolution in God’s plan!
To go beyond the Scriptures to some imaginary creation plan is foolishness!
We can entrust our lives to the Almighty God!
We should rejoice in the wonder of our salvation!
We can rest in peace knowing we have been given the truth of life!
We must know even through God’s love, God’s holds people accountable for their sin!
God’s plan puts to shame any thoughts of mankind that go against the revealed will of God!
Psa_59:8 But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
There is nothing in this world that catches God by surprise!