Who is going to WIN?
It is 2016 as I begin to write this piece. Here in America we are in the middle of the campaign for the next president. This comes around every leap year, sort of like the seven year locusts.
The big question is, “Who is going to win?”
The political right is going crazy over their candidates and the left is almost as bad.
Who’s going to win which primary? Who’s going to have enough delegates? Who is going to win the general?
But before long we’ll have settled, as we always do, on the candidates for the general election and so it goes.
But the question remains.
Who is going to win?
The parties are divided and so is the country. Everybody seems to have an opinion on who should be the nominee and then who should be the next president.
‘Twas ever thus.
We worry and wonder about who is going to win elections, who is going to win the Super Bowl, the World Series, the race, the contract and so many other things it’s wonder that anything ever gets done.
But how much of the question, “who is going to win” do we ever have control over?
As for elections, other than making sure we vote, or possibly working for a candidate, or giving money to a campaign do we really have any control over who is the next president?
I know that if I had control, there would have been several of the last Presidents who would have never been elected, let alone re-elected.
I don’t much care about what team wins what game and even if I did, I wouldn’t be able to do much anyway.
When you think about it, there are many things in life that we worry and wonder about that we really don’t have any control over.
But still we wonder, WHO IS GOING TO WIN?
About most things I have to tell you, I DON’T KNOW who is going to win.
But I am sure about one thing, I know who is going to win in the end.
There is no doubt in my mind that when all is said and done, one side is going to win over the other side.
That side knows right from wrong, good from evil, light from dark, virtue from vile and morality from immorality.
That side is going to win over all the wrong and evil things of this world and in the end it won’t even be a contest. The other side doesn’t have a chance. Oh, they think they do, but it’s not even close.
I’m not talking about elections or games or any of the other things we worry and wonder about as we go through life. I am talking about the end of time and the world as we know it.
I am talking about that time in history when God, through His Son Jesus Christ, will set things right.
I have read through the Bible from cover to cover, including the last book of the Bible, “Revelation” and I know how it ends, WE WIN!
How can you be so sure you might ask? So much of that last book is hard to understand and most of it hasn’t happened yet. Understanding the book is easier than you think. There are many books written by very good Bible teachers that can help you understand what is in the book. Just reading it with an open mind can help as well. After all, it’s the only book in the Bible that promises a blessing to all those who read it and try to understand it. And who doesn’t want a blessing?
Back to that first question though, how can I be so sure? I am sure because of the first 65 books of the Bible and how the prophecies in them have come true.
One third of the Bible is prophecy and all of it, other than those prophecies concerning the “End Times” have come true. Jesus and His coming are talked about all through the Old Testament and every one of those prophecies has come true. He was born of a virgin, in Bethlehem. He did take the sin of the world on Himself and die on a cross. He was betrayed by a friend. His clothes were gambled over and He did rise from the dead after lying in a borrowed tomb for three days.
Jesus is not the only person talked about in the Old Testament in prophecy. Alexander the Great is talked about long before he was born. How his kingdom would be divided is also predicted. The history of the world from the time of the Babylonians is predicted in the book of Daniel. Which kingdoms would rise and fall.
So much of the Bible is prophecy and so much of it has come true that to just dismiss those parts that haven’t happened yet is foolish. But still people do.
They think it’s all a bunch of garbage that’s been over blown, rewritten and misinterpreted. Most of the people who think this way have never really study the Bible and what it has to say.
They pick apart this piece and that piece, this verse and that verse and never really thinking about the whole book and how it was written and how carefully it has been kept.
The stories and books of the Bible were all written down thousands of years ago and painstakingly copied over and over again until the modern age and the printing press allowed for its easier distribution. The people who did the copying back then were very aware of how important those books were and very few mistakes were made. Sometime around the birth of Christ the Jewish leaders set about to compare the newest copies of what we call the Old Testament with the oldest known copies they had. What did they find? Hardly any mistakes at all. And the ones they did find were mostly errors in grammar.
And when we come to the New Testament we find books that were all written with the living memory of those who witnessed what was written in them. In fact most if not all the New Testament was probably written before AD 70. You see Jesus predicted that the Temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. But none of the books or epistles mentions that it was destroyed in that year. Therefore they must have been written before the Temple was destroyed by the Romans, or the writers surely would have written about it to prove that Jesus was right in His prediction.
If the events of the Gospels were all a fiction, they would never have lasted as they did. People who had witnessed what Jesus did and said would have countered what Matthew, Mark, Luke and John had written if they were full of lies and made up stories.
Whole books have been written about the Bible and its prophecies and I can only touch on a few things here. But part of what makes me so sure who is going to win in the end, is what the Bible has already predicted that has come true.
If you want a simple reason to believe what the Bible says is true, I will give you two words, “The Jews.”
The Bible predicts that they would be scattered and then brought back together. That has happened.
And only the Jews have kept their identity as a people. No other group in history has lost their homeland and been scattered and kept their identity as a people for more than a generation or two. But the Jews have.
I also know that the Bible is right about who is going to win, because of what God has done in my life so far. I can look back over the years of my life and see that He has protected me, watched over me, guided me and helped me in so many ways. And if you are honest and you look back over your own life you too will see how He has been there for you, leading, guiding and protecting.
Be honest with yourself. How did it happen that you found the right person, or job or home or that you didn’t take that wrong turn or really mess up your life?
“Oh, but I have messed up my life,” you say. And I can say the same thing; I have messed up parts of my life too. But with God’s help and leading, even those parts have been instructive or have helped me understand some truths. God has gotten me through some very tough times over my life. And I know He has kept me from doing some very bad things. But even if I had been foolish enough to let some of those things happen, I now know that somehow He would have gotten me through and used those tough times to teach me and help me be the person He wants me to be.
So, I can see how God has worked through history and the Bible to bring His prophecies to pass and I can see how He has worked in my own life to keep me moving forward to be the person He created me to be.
I know that some of you still don’t quite believe that everything is going to work out in the end and that God will win, but let’s just suppose some things are true for a moment.
Suppose the Bible is correct in what it says about God, Jesus and all the rest.
Suppose that God did create the world, speak it into existence as the Bible says He did.
That would be one powerful God wouldn’t it?
That would be a very intelligent being, to have thought up all that we are and all that is around us. But let’s suppose that it’s true.
If that God is true and did all the things the Bible talks about over and over again all through its pages then what do you think about that God?
He must be powerful.
He must be omniscient, knowing all things, having all knowledge and understanding.
He must love His creation to have gone to such trouble to create all this and offer a way of salvation through the death of His own Son Jesus.
He must be patient, because He is waiting so as many as possible will be saved. And let’s face it; we can be a very obstinate people.
He must be faithful because He has kept His word to us and given us a deliverer, Jesus. Knowing there would still be those who would reject Him.
He must be merciful because we have surely tested Him and been found wanting over and over again.
He must be eternal, because only an eternal being could know and be able to predict the future. No other religious book has anywhere near the number of prophecies that the Bible has. Most don’t even dare to predict the future.
If we suppose that God is all these things and has done all these things, then it isn’t hard at all to believe that this all powerful, omniscient, loving, patient, faithful, merciful and eternal God is going to win in the end.
What do we do with this knowledge?
We should trust in God to do what is right and best for His creation, that’s what we should do. For if God is truly as powerful and all-knowing as we think He is, than we have nothing to worry about.
Don’t worry about who is going to win in the end, heed the words of Jesus in Luke 12:22-32
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
In the end, God through His Son Jesus will triumph over all the evil of this world. So in the long run it really doesn’t matter who is going to win the election, or the game, because God is in control and it is He who decides who is going to win, not you. So don’t worry little flock for your father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
So, who’s going to Win the Election?
Back to the question I raise at the start, “Who is Going to Win” as far as the election here in America? Don’t worry or wonder about it. Vote for the person you feel God wants you to vote for and trust in Him to make the right choice for the country as He always does. For when you study our past Presidents, you can clearly see that they were the right person for the office at the time they were placed there. And then comfort yourself with Paul’s words from Romans 13:1.
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