|ANOTHER OF GOD'S PROMISES KEPT
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Do you know how to remember the colors
of the rainbow? You can teach your youngsters, the same way my teacher back in school taught me…by remembering the
name, "Roy G. Biv." Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet." The colors never change places, so
Roy G. Biv is safe in your memory.
And do your children know how the rainbow came to be? It was God’s closing promise to Noah and the world after the
Great worldwide Flood was over, that He never again would destroy the earth by water. The entire story of the Flood, from
beginning to end, is found in Genesis, chapters seven, eight, and nine, with the promise of the rainbow in chapter nine, verses
11 through 16.
the earth will be destroyed again--this time, by fire. And the difference is that this next time will be at the end
of time and the results will be everlasting. This is mentioned in Isaiah 51:6..."Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and
look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and
they that dwell therein shall die in like manner; but my salvation shall be forever , and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
And 2nd Peter 3:10
even clearer: "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with
a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat and the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned
up." But Christians, take heart; verse 13 says, "Nevertheless we, (that is, Christians), according to His promise,
look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
In the last days, it will be more terrible than the flood of Noah’s time. This
will give pain, and what’s worse, the sinners and Christians will be divided, and sinners will continue in a burning
hell, lasting from then on. Forever. We can’t imagine it, nor can we imagine the eternal Heaven. The choice is ours.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.