The Book Of Life

Save The Planet?

It is not uncommon to notice moving vehicles on the road these days with a sticker at the back of their cars’ windscreen saying, “Save The Planet.” Wow, I was thinking what a noble and powerful message indeed. But I was scratching my head the next minute. Who is going to save the planet? Is it the owner of the car who is going about doing the job? And from what? And how? I thought all these while that such a “massive” task were only reserved to those good guys and heroes like, Superman, Spiderman or Ironman and the likes of such characters only the Marvel Comic books had churned out in movies. This obviously sounded pretty serious and urgent whatever “the message” the owners of those cars were trying to put across for people to notice. Isn’t it? It got me started pondering nonetheless. What exactly does, “Save The Planet” means. Is there a catch or something?

How wonderful it would have been if there was a chance to ask those car owners about their, “Save The Planet” mission. Well, you never know. Perhaps, they may have the answers or some great plans to turn the world around better than before that would somehow help to “Save The Planet” in the end – like in movies? And if in any case, they might like to consider sharing their knowledge even through this post how a massive task like, “Save The Planet” could be done and to make it possible for everyone to play a part in it. Well then, they are always welcome to do so. No one is stopping them. And of course me neither, from supporting their cause.

If the idea behind was for the benefit of this planet, then shouldn’t everyone be chipping in to give a little support? Notwithstanding the good intention of making the world a better place; there is however just one question that needs solving honestly and quickly now before anyone or I can wholeheartedly support the cause. I believe everyone knows for a fact that what basically contributed to the green house effects that is now causing global warming which is also drastically leading to the inevitable climate change all over the world is carbon emission. Right? And if I’m not mistaken, it is a well-known fact that carbon emission from cars is one of the culprits in contributing  to the environmental destruction especially the ozone layer that protects the Earth from the extreme heat of the Sun. Right? And everyone knows that because of the failure of “some” nations to come to a compromise with the Kyoto protocol to cut carbon emission coupled with the rigmarole excuse of “protecting” the economy, there is a big hole in the sky now. Right? If that’s the case, does that mean… no nation in this planet is safe and protected anymore from the natural disasters that can happen at anytime? So, how does driving around with the sticker, help to “Save The Planet”? This undeniably brings us to the crucial question mark. What else could be done to save the big hole in the sky where the damage has already been done? How in the world are we going to “patch” it up? With what?

With all due respect. Surely those car owners should know very well that the cars they are driving around to promote their “Save The Planet” campaign are also partly contributing a certain amount of carbon emission to the environment in the first place. Don’t you agree? So, how is it going to make it effective at all in their efforts to “Save The Planet”? I mean, what would you make of a person who’s wearing an eye-catching t-shirt with the message, “Smoking Kills”, but yet would be seen puffing away like it’s nobody business? Or a person exercising early morning in the park for fresh air and health sake then stops intermittently to smoke? It’s all the same analogy here. Why the ignorance still?

If those car owners were riding on bicycles instead and wearing a t-shirt with the, “Save The Planet” wordings on the front or back. Then, it would of course, make a lot of sense with what they are trying at promoting or…to save. Wouldn’t it? And it may perhaps influence other people to do the same to “Save The Planet” which is a right thing to do. But what sense would it make here when those car owners are literally shooting themselves in the foot and not knowing it?

Why not “Save Yourself”? 

Another question still looming is this. When one is trying to influence others to do what seemed like an act of patriotism as a citizen of this planet to save the planet. The noble cause, is of course, lauded and that’s no doubt about it. But, the question is. Isn’t it a little too late now? Can the climate change be “really” reversible? How? Can anyone not feel the intense heat on a normal afternoon? Does anyone not feel like being “barbecued”? There is already great amount of damage done to the environment as in the case of a smoker’s heart that is as dark as charcoal. How then is it possible to bring it back to its original state? Maybe, transplanting a new heart is exactly what a smoker needs in the case of smoking. Isn’t it? But, can the big hole in the sky be replaced or transplanted? And with what? Almost every part of the world is already feeling the impact of global warming that is giving rise to all the catastrophic damages seen happening now. And yet people have no qualms in contributing faster to the problem by aggravating the “ingenious” attitude of open-burning of all sorts during festive season or off-peak festive season. This is the reason that resulted in the “worst-case-scenario” of such phenomena that happened in Australia where people are still reeling from the state of a massive shock as the country is getting inundated with massive floods and cyclones never seen taking place in years. This is just the beginning of the worse yet to come.

Maybe, those who are trying their utmost best to “Save The Planet” should consider changing their campaign to something else that makes more sense. How about switching it to “Save Yourself”? Whether one is going to accept it or not, like it or not, there’s no way that anyone or anything can “Save The Planet” anymore than all smoker’s hearts and lungs could be saved. People should stop kidding themselves and start considering something more important like “Save Yourself” instead. This planet is doom, mate! And it’s being destroyed by us humans in the worst self-destruction ever in the history of civilization. No thanks to all the ignorance, selfishness and greed of humanity. If what the Mayans calculated in their calendar will come true like in the movie “2012”, then everyone had better seriously consider about promoting a new campaign. And that is, “Save Yourself” before the world would be obliterated from the face of the universe. By the way, the countdown of the “end of days” has already begun.

Will everyone still have the sense to ask this pertinent question? “Save The Planet” or “Save Yourself”? When the world is going to end and everyone is facing a bleak future in the not so far distant. Which campaign, “Save The Planet” or “Save Yourself” should take precedence? If you are really undecided about your destiny, there is no need to toss a coin to find out as that is akin to tossing away something most precious….. and that is your soul! Find out what’s the answer in St. Matthew chapter 10. Take heed especially verse 28&39. If you don’t have a Bible, but value what is yours that is most important, go buy one or look it up in a Church service near you. The reason for not quoting the Bible scriptures here is obvious. It’s your soul that is at stake. You will do something about it… if you value it. Don’t leave this world not knowing there’s a better world awaiting on the other side.

Jesus Is Coming!

Brace yourself. For what? For the most awaited event that is going to come as prophesied in the Book of Revelation. For Christians who are the true followers of Christ, the second coming of Jesus is not something that one can take lightly as even Jesus himself have foretold about it to his disciples when he walked the earth and going about in fulfilling his Father’s will. Yes. Jesus is coming! All Christians must be ready and looking forward to this day when it will be the end of all sufferings and death on earth. The most important thing happening will be that all Christians whether dead or persecuted will see themselves getting resurrected on the day of reckoning. And not forgetting, those Christians who are still alive will meet Christ in the rapture as well. It will be good triumph over all evil. But this time, Christ will come as a Ruler, a King and will set up his kingdom where he will reign for a thousand years with the righteous who definitely have reached the ‘higher ground’ by completing the ‘circle of life’ with the immortal ‘treasures’ of live to give, give to love and love to live as Jesus .

Signs Of Christ’s Return.

“And as he (Jesus) sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” 

False Prophets.

Who are the false prophets mentioned here? Jesus always liked to teach by telling parables. He was telling his disciples how to tell if there’s a false prophet. In John 10:1-18, Jesus gave an example of himself as being a good shepherd who knows his sheep well and vice-versa. In verse 4&5, Jesus said, “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” He spoke of himself as a good shepherd who will lay down his life for his sheep. So then, it’s easy to know and tell. Isn’t it? If the sheep knows his shepherd cannot give him eternal life as described in John10:9, then the shepherd is a false prophet. Right? Or if a shepherd cannot or dare not make the same claim as Jesus did in John 10:30, “I and my Father are one” then one can tell the shepherd is a false prophet. Right?

What Will Happen On Christ’s Return?

It will be instantaneous. In Matthew 24:27, Jesus himself foretold, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even  unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.”  That means, it will be the biggest surprise of the millennium  for all….minus the countdown and partying only. It will not only be happening in New York Times Square and that’s for sure! Of course, many ignorant people shall be caught off-guard not knowing what is happening and why. But it will be too late to do anything…let alone repent.

It will be also worldwide. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 1:8, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” That means, no one whether the person is Christian or not, can escape the Judgment day. No one, even skeptics or agnostics can plead “ignorance” for not knowing God and Jesus. It’s the only time when making such excuses expired.

It will be visible to all. In Matthew 24:30 Jesus himself said, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Even if a person is blind and can’t see, the person can hear. It’s the time for those who have wilfully in their lifetime, turned a blind-eye to the gospel of Jesus and eventually see clearly the reward of believing in Jesus only to realise it’s a little too late to regret.  So sad to say, it’s a reward they will not see forever from that moment onwards. So near yet so far away. What a price to pay for faking ignorance.

It will be audible. In Matthew, Jesus said, “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Even if a person is deaf and can’t hear the sound of a trumpet, the person can still see. It’s the time when those who have ears but wilfully hear not and accept the love of the Jesus during their lifetime, that their pleas for mercy and forgiveness shall fall on deaf ears – in the end.  That’s because they have failed to jump at the second chance when there’s a chance while alive. It’s just too bad. The only choice that is left for them is the second death.

The Resurrection Of The Dead.

 The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” That means, Christians who had once been persecuted for Christ’s sake even though were dead long time ago or in the present times, shall be like Christ and be risen from the dead the third day after his crucifixion. But, for those who are alive and did not choose to become “born again” in Christ because of the shame of being known as a Christian or the fear of persecution and death, it is the time that even though they are alive when Christ returns, they will taste death in all eternity….regardless of who they are!

The Rapture.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:17, Paul the Apostle also mentioned that, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” For Christians who are still alive when the second coming of Jesus takes place, they will meet the Lord Jesus in what is now known as “The Rapture”. That means, not everyone can fly…in this meeting with the Lord Jesus in the air. Both of these, the dead and the living Christians’ resurrection will take place at the same time.

The Mark Of The Beast.

In the Book of Revelation 20:4, John in his prophecy said, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and the judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” What John described here was that those early Christians martyred for the gospel sake will live and reign with Christ. But those, including even Christians now who turned their backs and worshipped the beast and have received the mark which is 666, will not live and reign with Christ.

The Last Judgment.

In the prophesy that John described, the Devil would be bound with a great chain and cast into the  bottomless pit. And a seal set  upon him so that he no longer can deceive people until a thousand years. After that, the Devil shall be set free for a while. But he will gather his evil forces from the four corners of the earth to wage a battle against God which the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. Just when they were gaining grounds, a fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophets are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I (John) saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  

A  New Jerusalem.

Simon Peter, a servant and an Apostle of Jesus Christ wrote in 2 Peter 3:10, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” That means, all that ever existed on earth including humans will stop to exist for an undisclosed time period.

John the Divine wrote in the Book of Revelation 21:1-4, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

What Jesus have foretold his disciples then and John in the Book of Revelation, are looking like it’s going to happen in these times and age. Everything, from political and social chaos and natural catastrophes happening now are getting closer and closer to the coming of Christ as prophesied. All of whatever prophecies revealed shall come true. The end of the world may or may not happen on December 21st, 2012 as calculated by the Mayans. It could happen later or even earlier, but still no body can tell “exactly” when the world will end because Jesus has indicated that not even the angels of heaven will know when Jesus will return as described in Matthew 24:36. So that  rules out the end of the world happening exactly on December 21st, 2012. That depends if you believe Jesus…or the Mayans?

The Book Of Life

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15. Now this is the part where everyone should really be concerned about. It does not matters when the world is going to end. It will, sooner or later only. What matters most is that one does not know when one’s “own world” is going to end. Needless to say, one should look into the mirror and consider seriously the warning of not finding one’s own precious name written in “The Book Of Life.”  Will you do something about it? If you don’t….God will! Certainly, it would not be a lenient one – that’s for sure!