As there is a beginning of time The Bible tells
us that there will be an end of time. At the end of time comes the
two fold Eternity.
Life in the Light of the Lamp of the Lamb in the
Death in the darkness of Devil in the hell
We live in between the beginning and end of time, because we donít
know when time will end. The day on which we have been implanted in
our motherís womb by the will of God, is our beginning. We are not
aware of the date till some signs and confirmations.
There is a beginning of time in the Bible;
Gen : 1: 3- 5 And God said let there be light; and there
was light. And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided
the light from the darkness. And God called the light the day and
the darkness he the night. And the evening and the morning were,
the first day.
This beginning will continue by the word (2 Pet. 3 : 5-7)of
God for a time which is not revealed to man. But In the Holy book it
is confirmed at various stages.
Letís see some of it;
Isaiah 13 : 10 For the stars of haven and the
constellations there of shall not give their light. The Sun shall be
darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light
Joel 2 : 31 The Sun shall be turned into darkness, and
the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord
Mat 24 : 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those
days shall the sun be darkened and, the moon shall not give her
light., and the stars shall fell from heaven, and the powers of the
heaven shall be shaken.
As we had discussed earlier we saw that the world has to undergo an
end also. which means end of the time and at the end of the time it
shall be Eternity.
So here we must understand one thing, that is we human beings are
supposed to exceed through three stages in our life.
Stage : 1
This is in the womb were we have to stay in for a
stipulated period of plus minus 280 days,
Psalms 40 : 7- 8 Then I said, behold I come: in the
scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O
My God and Your law is written in hearts ď
Surely this is a prophecy on the human incarnation of Jesus. See
Heb 10:7 Then I said Ď Behold, I have come- in the
volume of the Book it is written of Me- to do Your will O, God.
Both these references points out one thing that is the purpose of
taking birth upon the earth is to do His will.
Lets see the first reference in the Scroll of the book it is written
Psalms 139 :16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and
in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me when
as yet there where none of them.
That means there is a specific objective for each human birth. We
have certain examples in the Bible itself.
Luke 1:16 And he will turn many of the children of
Israel to the Lord their God.
This prophecy is about the birth of John the Baptist.
The Birth of Moses was for the Liberation of Godís people from the
bondage of Egypt.
God gives a body suitable for the purpose of his birth. This stage
gets completed in the womb of the mother and it takes 280 days
inside another body.
The Zygote undergoes a lot of complicated physical as well as
chemical process with in the body of the mother which is seen and
directed by God.
Psalms 139:15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I
was made in secret and skilfully wrought in the lowest part of the
Psalms 139:13 For you formed my inward parts, you
covered me in my motherís womb.
So, Neither the Parents nor the offspring has any role in the first
stage of our life, A woman get conceived on the desire of the
heaven, and the infant comes out of the mother on the will of God
Psalms 22:9-10 But you are He who took me out of the womb; you made
me trust while on my mothers breasts. I was cast upon you from
birth, from my motherís womb you are my God.
So, it is evident that in the first stage the parents have to pray
and read the Psalms and other Hymns. One thing is sure that when God
looks for a womb for a person for his work upon this earth surely he
will prefer a virgin who has the righteousness before him. The thing
is that each couple should remain ready to be called for to carry
out his mission.
As we have seen earlier, In this stage we have nothing to do except
to wait for the arms of the Lord to bring us out into the bosom of
our mother and into the world
Stage : 2
This is the life in the form of man which is the resemblance of God
Himself. (Gen.1:27) upon the Earth. The period or duration of life
is limited to 120 years, but the David says;
Psalms 90:10 But the days of our life is Seventy years,
and if by reason years by strength, they are 80 years.
This stage I again sub classify into infancy, boyhood, teen, youth,
middle age etc. all these stages have its own significance and
troubles as well as pleasures..
Through Baptism the name of the child gets written in the Book of
Life, simultaneously it becomes reborn in spirit. At the very same
moment the body becomes the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. (1
Cor 3:16 )
Once we are born again we have to abide by the commandments of the
God, for we become the children of God. Since the body is taken from
earthly materials it will react to the properties of the various
elements. As a result of it we begin to undergo metabolism. These
metabolic activities tends us to act according to the flesh which in
turn becomes sin. This is the reason why Jesus advised his disciples
to Watch and Pray in the garden of Gethsemane.
Mat 26:41 Watch and Pray, lest you enter into
temptation, the Spirit itself is willing but the flesh is weak.
This becomes an important thing to note. We shall not enter into
temptation which is the main concern. What happens if we do fail to
overcome temptation. The clear evidence is seen in
Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good
for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be
desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat
and gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat.
Thus they disobeyed the words of
the Lord and died as commanded. This disobedience is otherwise
called as sin. This is the reason why St. Paul
says that the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:22)
As we discussed in the Introduction, at the end is eternity. This
eternity is two folded such as Eternal Life or Eternal Death. Or in
other words eternal Light with the Lamb in the Heaven or eternal
Darkness with the devil in the hell.
What decides the criterion, according to St. Paul ;
2 Cor.5:10 For we must all appear before the Judgement
seat of Christ ; that everyone may received the things done in his
body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
So, it is our activity while we are in body is going to be judged to
decide our ultimate destiny. But as Jesus warned his disciples at
the Gethsemane the body is weak, and the weakness of the body is the
catalyst for sin. Those weakness that harm us is already notified to
us by St. Paul in his letter to Galatians.
Gal 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest,
which are these :
As in have also told you in time
past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom
All these actions are the activities of the body which are fine
examples for sins. In the due course of life upon the Earth we are
sure to fell into some of such sinful acts. These are the
exhibitions of our weakness.
We live in a world of snares or traps of temptation. He even tried
the Son of God in the wilderness after 40 days of fasting. That is
why St. Peter also warns us
1 Pet 5:8 Be sober, Be vigilant because your adversary
the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may
The way to overcome temptation is taught by the one who overcame him
told us to Watch and Pray.
We are accountable for each and every thoughts and deeds in this
stage. Moreover these deeds are the deciding factors of the third
Stage : 3
The first stage was a change of dwelling from the womb of the mother
to an independent world and the third stage begins as the soul
leaves the body. The life in this stage is eternity with same body
(resurrected) which got decayed in the grave.
So, in between the two stages the soul has a period to rest in
peace, in the bosom of Abraham in the case of a person who died in
Christ, or else a wandering ghost in the Hades for a sinner.
As the time of the world ends the time of waiting also ends :
1 Thes 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from
heaven with a shout with the voice of the Archangel, and with the
trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which
are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we over be the Lord.
Jesus also promised this rapture during his mission of the Kingdom
of God upon the earth.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great
sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together
his elect from the four winds, from one
end of heaven to the other.
His elects are the righteous people means who lives with out sins
and do his will when we are in our flesh and body.
Unfortunately, since being man we may fail occasionally and fall
into the traps of the devil, and we become sinners.
Remedial Measures to abstain from sin
Fasting is a fine weapon against the devil and sin. For, during this
time we are with the God.
Det 9 : 9 When I was gone up into the mount to receive
the tables of stone Ö..I abode in the mount forty days and forty
nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water.
There Moses was along with God for 40 days, a person before the
Almighty shall not deviate his attention from his countenance. In
that case we wonít be able to spare some time for our food or
Fasting is to be with God, at that time we hold Jesus with one hand
and give away worldly pleasures with the other hand.
As we pray to keep us away from sin we have to prepare ourselves to
be ready for Him to act within us. For this preparation - since our
flesh is weak - we discipline our flesh through Lent days. By
overcoming our will to abstain from the delicious food we practice
to overcome the foul thoughts of our body, which ultimately help us
to overcome temptation.
The word lent has a meaning that is the season Spring. This season
is the most attractive of all seasons with full of flowers and
natural beauty. So after the Lent through the resurrection of Jesus
we also overcome death along with Him. That means eternal life in
the heaven with Jesus. How does it happen :
Rom 8:11 But if the spirit of him that raised up from
the dead dwell in you, he that raised Christ from the dead shall
also quicken your mortal bodies by spirit that dwelth in you.
So it is obvious that if we want to get resurrected the Spirit of
the Lord must dwell in us. Our sins allows devil to dwell in us in
the place of the Holy Spirit. Here comes the significance of Lent
and Fasting it forces out the devil from us with the help of Jesus
and we get our heart purified as requested by David in his
Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and
renew a right spirit within me.
God expects fruit from us and if we fail to produce good fruits we
shall be removed from the earth.
Luke 13 : 7-9 The Master was looking for fruits for
three years in a fig tree in vain, so orders the servant to cut it
down. ď And he answering said unto him, Lord let it alone this year
also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it and if it bear fruit
well, If not then after that though shall cut it down.Ē
We are being dug and dunged and watered by the Church during these
Lent days, and we are obliged to bear fruits. I would like to
conclude this short message with a reference to a clear statement of
John 15:5 I am the vine you are branches, he that
abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me you can do nothing.
To abide in Him means to be away from sins, and the best way to
overcome sin through temptation is Lent and Fasting.
Finally, letís see a prayer by P.B.Shelly in his most famous poem Ď
Ode to The West WindĒ Ď
Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth
In the poem Shelley compares the west wind as a
destroyer as well as a preserver. He says that the mighty wind
carries away all the dead leaves and other decaying vegetations, but
along with these it carries winged seeds also. Winged seeds means
light and feathered seeds get scattered from the plant to different
parts of the earth. Thus it is a preserver also.
The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
Shelly requests the wind to Drive away the dead thoughts from his
mind as it carries away the withered leaves, for a rebirth.
The wind blows the trumpet of prophecy, that is, it is sure that
winter is followed by Spring.
Yes, my brethren the dry days of the great Lent carries away the
dead thoughts and Easter is sure to come when my God and Lord
resurrects from the dead conquering death for me to have eternal
life in the Heaven in the Light of the Lamp from the Lamb.
14 March 2011