. . . by Kathy A. Smith
Many today believe that a new age is coming. Those who are called prophets by followers of the New Age Movement are predicting a utopia future full of peace, love and the unity and oneness of the human race. Many involved in the New Age movement believe that humanity must first come to the realization that every human has god within themselves and has the capability to evolve to godhood. They believe that if enough people begin getting in touch with this higher god consciousness and begin putting their thought patterns on the same things, nothing will be impossible, and together this new age of ultimate peace will be ushered in. The New Age goals are to create world peace through unification of a one world religion and a one world government through a single world leader. They believe that together humanity can build a heaven on earth. Many New Agers believe that the space brothers (aliens) will help us on planet earth to usher in this time of universal brotherhood.
What is holding back this "New Age" from coming? Many New Agers say that those who hold on to "old beliefs". These people are the "dark forces" that are holding back this next step of human evolution. They are holding back this time of love, peace, hope and prosperity from coming. Who would do this? And who are these people? The New agers will say these people are called Christians!
What Do Christian's believe will happen in the future?
Is this true? What do Christians really believe? Christians also believe that an age of peace, prosperity, hope, and unity is coming, under a single "world leader". But there is a big difference! The Bible says Jesus Christ is coming back to rule and reign and He is the one who will be king over all the earth to usher in this awesome age.
New Agers believe that they themselves will bring this to pass, while Christians believe that Jesus will.
Let's take a look at some of the Scriptures that the Bible promises about this Millenium when Christ shall reign.
Peace is Coming!
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD" (Isaiah 2:2-5)
All People Will know the Lord
"And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more" (Jeremiah 31:34).
The Extent of his reign
"And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one" (Zechariah 14:9; also see Psalm 72).
His Justice and Judgment
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Jeremiah 23:5-6).
Never to be destroyed.
"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" (Daniel 2:44).
"I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed" (Daniel 7:13-14).
History Repeating Itself
Unknowingly, those involved
in the New Age Movement are desperate to repeat history. They
are determined to build their heaven on earth without the
help of God. History presented in Scripture will repeat itself.
Over 4,000 years ago during the days of Nimrod, people came together
to build a tower which they imagined would reach the heavens.
Most likely their plan was to worship the stars that God had created
and practice astrology.They thought they could do it without God.
"And they said one to
another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And
they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they
said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may
reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered
abroad upon the face of the whole earth" (Genesis 11:3-4).
Let's take a look at all the rebellous things man said as they exalted themselves and denied God:
1)." let us make brick."
2). "let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven;"
3). "and let us make us a name."
Mankind was focused on their own strength and power. Today this is called secular humanism. Back then, man's plan had completely failed. God confounded their language and scattered them abroad in the earth. Man will also fail again. Man can do nothing without the true God.
"And the LORD came
down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men
builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they
have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing
will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that
they may not understand one another's speech. So the LORD scattered
them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth:
and they left off to build the city.Therefore is the name of
it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language
of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad
upon the face of all the earth" (Genesis11:5-9).
If God would not let the people become one back in the time of Nimrod's "Tower of Babel", He surely will not let it happen again. Man will try to succced without God, but they will fail. They will never succeed because they have left the one who holds all things together by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3). God is in control of everything, not man. Do not be deceived! Humanism will eventually be destroyed forever! The Bible proclaims boldly that Jesus Christ will set up his kingdom and will rule and reign for a thousand years. After this thousand years (millenium), the eternal state will be ushered in for all eternity, where God will be God to all! I surely do not want to miss this, do you?
The First Lie
Do you think you will succeed without God? Will you continue to run away from the One that loves you and created you? If you reject His love and His gift of eternal life, you have been deceived by Satan the Father of every lie. You see, Satan never changes his tactics, he just gives them a facelift to fit the times we are living in. Back at the beginning of time in a beautiful paradise called the "Garden of Eden", God gave his first created man and woman (Adam and Eve) everything they could have possibly wanted. He gave them only one restriction which was for their own good, both spiritually and physically. God told them not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they would die (Genesis 2:15-17). First Satan came to Eve and tried to convince her not to believe what God has said (Gen. 3:1-5) After this, he told four more lies to deceive Eve into turning her back on God in disobedience (to seeking her own desire ahead of Gods). These lies have been embraced by people from all cultures of life throughout time.
The Four Lies:
1). "Ye shall not
surely die" (Gen 3:4).
- here is the lie
of Reincarnation. It is a fact that everyone dies,
so what does Satan say? There simply is no death. We keep being
born into another body.
2). "Your eyes shall be opened" - The lie of Esotericism - special hidden knowledge is revealed to those who are enlightened.
3). "Ye shall be as gods" - The lie of Pantheism - The New Age movement and every other false religion basically teaches that we are god.
4). "Knowing good and evil" - The lie of Relativism - what is good for one person is not essentially good for the next person. Every one has his or her own truth. (1)
Let's focus on one of the above lies that Satan told Eve. He said that she could become a god! Satan said,"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5; see Genesis 3) Eve had everything she could ever have wanted and much more, yet she wanted more! By taking of the tree that God had forbidden her to partake of, she had decided she could do without her almighty creator. She was deceived into thinking that she could become like Him! This first great lie has always appealed to human nature. As people believe they can get in touch with the god within, they begin to believe that nothing will be impossible for them.
This subtle lie caused the fall of man. Man became separated from God because of sin. That day Adam and Eve died spiritually and eventually died physically just like God had said. God was right all along! Satan had lied, but people are still embracing this lie that they can overcome death (reincarnation) and evolve into godhood.
The Bible is very clear about
what will happen to those who believe that they do not need God:
"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 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;" (II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
If you believe you can be part of bringing in the New Age without God, you will get your desire for all eternity: you will be separated from God in everlasting flaming fire.
A New Age Coming!
Yes, there is a new age coming! A time that will be filled with peace, hope, love, prosperity and more wonderful things than the human mind can ever fathom. Best of all, it will last for all eternity! "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Jesus Christ alone will bring this time of peace and love to pass and He will not need man's help. If you have trusted in this false god or goddess within yourself and you are leaving out the true Creator of the universe, you will indeed miss out on the one thing that you have been hoping and longing for all along. The age that is coming will be far better than your wildest dreams and you will spend an eternity in hell always wishing you were a part of it.
Satan's big white lie of "ye shall be as gods" has come down through the ages of time. We can also conclude that this lie will probably be one of the biggest of all deceptions in the days ahead. The strong delusion is already here and will keep getting stronger.
Mankind is absolutely nothing without the true God until they have a personal relationship with Him. Mankind has proven this since the Garden of Eden and many will turn their backs once again at the end of the Millenium before eternity begins (Rev. 20:7-9). The last rebellion will get the devil and his followers cast into the lake of fire forever (Rev 20:10).
Theologian John Walvoord sums this up clearly;
"The millennial kingdom, the most ideal state imaginable for man apart from the eternal state itself, thus closes with another graphic demonstration of the wickedness of the human heart, even under such circumstances, and forever shuts the mouths of any who would question God's justice in judging the world." (2)
It is not too late!
In reality there is a void that needs to be filled. This void cannot be filled with the god or goddess within. This is a big lie from the beginning of time. Remember, God has already told us these things would happen. This empty void can only be filled with the Lord Jesus Christ, the one who made man's heart. This is the only way. For if you do not fill this void with the true God, you will remain separated from him because you will die in your sins. The good news of the gospel is that you do not have to die in your sins because Jesus Christ shed His blood so that all who receive Him can be forgiven.
You can still be a part of this eternal future by trusting in the true God. Saints will rule and reign with Christ. "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" (Rev 20:6).
The righteousness and justice
of God's will will be restored. Christ will rule with a "rod
of iron" and every sin will be dealt with. For it is sin
and selfishness that is now destroying this world. This world
will then have everlasting peace.
"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" (Revelation 21:4).
"He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).
1). Ervin W. Lutzer, John F. DeVries, Satan's "Evangelistic" Strategy For This New Age, SP Publications, Inc., 1989, p. 9,16-20.
2). John F. Walvoord, "Jesus Christ our Lord", Moody Press, Chicago, 1969, p. 286-287.
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