The Bible And Human History

Many people lived on this earth and many nations and kingdoms rose and fell in the human history. What was their purpose? Why have so many lived and so many nations existed on this earth? Where does the human beings and their story go? What is waiting for them at the end?

All these things are crucial question we must ask to know the purpose of our life. But the answers for these questions are hard to get by. Where should we go to get the information for these questions? Should we ask some futurologist? Or some famous meteorologists? famous scholars or scientists? Everyone has their opinion and nobody seems to be agreeing with others at any points. In this world of confusion and uncertainty, we can be sure of one thing at least that we cannot trust on man’s opinion. In this situation the only one we can consult to is God the Almighty who knows everything and can do everything.

God, the Planner of Human History

The bible teaches it is God who already made plan for human beings from the beginning to the end and recorded all his plans in the bible. Therefore, the bible is the book we must turn to to understand the meaning and purpose of our life on this earth.

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Cyrus, The King of Persia. Did he conquer the nations and established the great kingdom? He was working according to the plan of God. (Isaiah 45:1)

Daniel 2:21   He (God) changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. 22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.

It is God who already made a plan for the whole human history and also for all the kingdoms and nations, not to mention of peoples of the nations. He is the one who sets up nations and kings and makes them fall.

Isaiah 25:1   Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. 2 You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

God gives a time for a city to prosper and then again it will fall down also according to the plan of God. Nothing exists which lies beyond the power or plan of God. Everything is done according to the perfect plan of God

Acts 17:26    From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.

The Lesson We Should Learn

Then why did God make all the plan and fulfill everything according to his plan? What does he want to teach us through the history of mankind? With all these kings and kingdoms risen and fallen throughout the history?

Act 17:27    God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

Paul explains the reason  very clearly. Through the human history, God wants us to know that there is God who has already planned everything for us and just as he planned for the past, he also made his plan for the future for us. That is why to know what is going to happen in the future or to find out the meaning of our life on this earth or to know the reason why God created us in this world we must SEEK him and REACH OUT for him and FIND him. And finally we should realize our spiritual status that we are all children of God who will give us the spiritual life (eternal life) in heaven.

The Bible teaches us that we must seek God and reach out for God.

Deuteronomy 4:29   29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Isaiah 55:6   Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Even though God is spiritual and invisible, through this visible human history God is teaching us his existence and telling us to seek him and find him for the blessings.

Those Who Found God

The reason we must find God is to receive blessing from God. When we do not know God and meet God, we cannot receive spiritual blessings for our salvation. Those who sought God in the past could meet God, but those who did not seek God or know God ultimately got destroyed.

Hosea 3:5   Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.

Without meeting God there is no blessings of the forgiveness or eternal life. 2000 years ago God came down to this earth as man in the flesh in the name of Jesus and those who sought him and obeyed him could receive salvation. But those who did not recognize him rejected him and crucified him, shouting only to contemn themselves out of ignorance by saying, “Let his blood on our head and on our children’s heads.” By their own words Jerusalem was surrounded by Roman Army and destroyed. And those who shouted blasphemy were judged by their own words by being killed by Roman soldiers.

But those who sought the favor of God could meet God and receive the salvation from Jesus. The bible says that everything was written to teach us and give us lessons. We should also learn a lesson from this history of Israel. We must be like those who sought Jesus 2000 years ago like fishermen, taxcollectors, prostitutes, the disabled, and those who were humble. They obeyed the command of God: Seek, Reach out, and Find. According to the prophecies of the bible the Second Coming Christ will surely come. At that moment we must not be the ones who reject him and lose the salvation.

The End Of Human History

Now let us think about the end. If God made a plan for the human history from the beginning to the end, then what will happen at the end? What would be the destiny of human beings? What plan does God have for us? What is the thing we should do? All these things are also recorded in the bible as prophecies. The end of human history is the great disasters and destruction of this present heavens and earth and God is going to establish a new heaven and earth, that is, the kingdom of heaven for us.

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Herodotus, A Great Historian. But is he the true writer of History? No. He was just recording the work of God. Then what is God preparing for us at the end?

2 Peter 3:7    By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. . . . 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

This is the end of the human history according to the plan of God. To lead us to this new heaven and earth, the bible says Christ would come for the second time as man in the flesh again. At that moment what kind of person should we be? The bible says we must seek God with all our heart, mind and soul.

Christ Ahnsahnghong came to fulfill the prophecies of the bible and appeared to us for the second time. Now is the time that we must seek him, reach out for him and find him if he is the true Christ or not. Do not just dismiss him by looking at his physical appearance, but seek him earnestly by looking at the prophecies of the bible. Then we will find him and receive our salvation.

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