Waiting for a Savior
and the Direction East
in the Bible
I am a 'Christian in waiting'. I believe in God, but, am still trying to feel the re-born
feeling. My question is: Why did
God the Father send Jesus to earth way back then?
What was so horrible back then, while people were living in almost
caveman conditions? We need Jesus here today! From
my point of view. Why does HE take so long to send a
Savior? When we need one, we don't get one. I am confused about why they needed a savior 2000 years ago,
but, now with all this chaos, we have to wait for
the next coming.
Greetings in the
Name of Jesus Christ. I can assure you
that God the Father sent His Son at exactly the right time.
Hebrews calls it "the conjunction of the ages" (Heb.9:26). Having accomplished atonement for the sins of the world on the
cross, Jesus has now risen from the dead and ascended to the right hand
of the Father (Heb.1:3). He is waiting there until
the Father shall bring history to a close, "making His enemies a
footstool for His feet" (Heb.1:13). Jesus died for
the world at exactly the right time, in exactly the right place, and in
exactly the right way. His sacrifice cleansed the
sins that had gone before and all those that would come (Rom.3:22-26;
1Jn.2:2). We stand here today on the cusp of the end
times, and it will not be long before His return (according to the
proper interpretation of the Bible as I see it; see especially:
The Satanic Rebellion, part 5: Judgment, Restoration and Replacement).
But you don't have
to wait for Jesus to return in the flesh to have your Savior. He is right here, right now, waiting for you to respond to Him
(cf. Rev.3:20). All who put their faith in Him for
salvation are accepted and immediately become one with Him now and
forever more (please see the link:
Salvation: the free gift
Let your heart not be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were
not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a
place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again and take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
The world is indeed a place of chaos -
but such has it ever been since Adam and Eve were evicted from the
garden of Eden. This is the devil's world, and will
continue to be so until our Lord returns. Until
then, it is not the material things of this world that count, not the
suffering or the misery or the pain, or the pleasures or joys of this
world, but rather it only that which is truly spiritual that counts for
anything, because only what we do in Christ and for Christ has any
enduring meaning (Jn.6:63; cf. Jn.4:23-24). All the
"blessings" of this world are nothing but dust that collapse at the
slightest touch, but the joy we have in Jesus is boundless, and endures
forever. All who embrace Him in faith and follow Him
in faithfulness are in fact as close to Him now as they will ever be,
for He is in us as Christians, and we are in Him (Jn.14:20; 14:23;
1Cor.5:17; Col.1:27). He may invisible to the eyes
of the world, but we keep on seeing Him with the eyes of faith
(Heb.11:27; cf. Heb.11:1), so that He is our great joy and our great
peace even in the midst of these short days of trouble we now endure:
Though you have never laid eyes on Him,
yet you love Him. And though you cannot see Him at this present time,
yet you have faith in Him. For this reason you rejoice with an
inexpressible joy that bespeaks the glorious future to come, when you
shall carry off in victory the ultimate prize - the deliverance of your
lives [in resurrection] - which is the very purpose and objective of
this faith of yours.
1st Peter 1:8-9
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give
John 14:27a NIV
I appeal to you as one unworthy to be called an ambassador for Christ,
be reconciled to God through His Son (2Cor.5:20-21).
In the One who is
the only way, the only truth, and the only life, our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ (Jn.14:6).
I have a question on
e.g. Psalms 103:12, Ezekiel 44:1-3, and Matthew 24:27. It seems that the
Lord favors the direction east. Why?
I also wanted to let you know in regard to my personal
tribulations that truly the grace of God as it says in 2nd Cor 12:9 has
proved sufficient. I find myself waking up each day one after another
making it through to the next one, then week after week and month after
month - thanks to the grace of God!
May the Lords face
shine upon you.
I cannot tell you
how encouraged I am to hear how your faith is standing strong in Jesus
Christ. I have known and know of so many people who
immediately start to falter under pressure, and even some who have
fallen away completely (or at least been completely neutralized in their
faith) when truly serious pressure and adversity has come their way. Your continuing walk of faith is an incredibly heartening
thing, because it is a tangible demonstration of the grace and power and
goodness of God, and of the sufficiency of Him for all who truly and
continually make Him their hope.
In my life I have I
have known a lot of people in a lot of different venues and
circumstances and places, but since I decided to get serious about my
relationship with Jesus Christ many years ago, I haven't met very many
people whom I could see as kindred spirits, because they didn't have the
same dedication to the Word of Truth. Not that my
dedication is perfect or anything of the sort, but most Christians, even
good and serious ones, seem to me to put their focus and trust in
specific churches or specific individuals or specific systematic
formulations rather than in seeking Him through His Holy Word. That's one of the things I have always appreciated about you,
namely the fact that you are a person who is truly seeking God in the
only sure way, namely, through diligently seeking out what He is saying
to us in the Bible, and leaving no stone unturned in the process. In the course of my life, I haven't met many people like that. And the fact that you are persevering through very difficult
circumstances only serves to show just how genuine your faith and your
love for the Lord and His Word are. So I draw great
encouragement from you - from your love of the scriptures, your faith,
and from your perseverance. And I am humbled by your
continued belief that this ministry has something positive to offer in
furthering your understanding of the Word.
As far as "east" is
concerned, yes I quite agree. We could add the fact
that in the encampment order of the tribes of Israel, the eastern
position and order of march is supreme (cf. Num.2:3-23).
The reason for the east being the preeminent direction is that
this is the direction from which the Messiah will return (Is.41:25;
63:1; Ezek.43:4; Zech.14:4; Mal.4:2; Lk.1:78; 2Pet.1:19; Rev.19:17 -
that's the basic symbolism of Ezek.44:1-6; cf. Ezek.44:1-4 where He
enters in the Theophany to Ezekiel). For this
reason, the temple faces east, towards the rising sun which is symbolic
of the Light of world as He will return in glory on that day of days, so
that just as we were collectively expelled from Eden and driven toward
the east, so when the Son of Man, the Last Adam, returns, He will come
from that same direction and restore to the earth blessings beyond what
we can now anticipate.
between now and then, you and I will see that day in resurrection, and
all our present worries, problems, and infirmities will never again be
called to mind.
Please also see:
The Gates of the New Jerusalem (esp. "The Eastern Gates")
In that hope of our
bless reunion with the Lord who bought us.