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The First Year, the Last Year and the New Year 

The first mention of year or years in the Bible is in the first chapter of its first book, Genesis. In verse 14 of the first chapter of Genesis we read :

"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament (expanse) of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:"

And so on the fourth day of creation God set the period of plantery motion to give us the year as the defining measure of time. 

Likewise interesting is the final mention of year or years in the Bible found in the last book, Revelation. In chapter 20 verses 2 to 7 we read of a millennium period, the final 1000 years of this Planet Earth.

"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."

We read of those who will be with our God and Saviour Jesus Christ in that future time of glory and righteousness on this earth, and also those who will not but rather experience the second death.

The challenge as we enter 2018 is what does the future hold for me and where will I ultimately be in light of eternity?

Another interesting passage is found in the second book of the Bible, Exodus. In chapter twelve of Exodus verse 2 we read:

"This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you."

This verse describes a new start, and new year for the children of Israel 3500 years ago. They had suffered slavery for many years in Egypt and the time described was to be a new start, a new year for them when they would be free. This freedom would be initiated by the death of a lamb as we read in the rest of Exodus chapter 12. This event has been celebrated every year since in history and is known as the Jewish Passover.

2000 years ago a man described as the Lamb of God died on a Roman cross outside the city of Jerusalem. On the signboard above the cross was written the name: "Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews".

In the New Testament letter 1st Corinthians chapter 5 verse 7 the Bible explains that:

"For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us".

On the cross Jesus Christ died so that we could be free from the penalty and power of sins past and present in our loves. He rose again so that we also can live a new life by being born again.

In 2nd Corinthians chapter 15 verse 17 we read:

"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (a new creation): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

The challenge from the Bible at the beginning of a new year is:

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved (you will be saved" Acts chapter 16 verse 31.


May 2018 truly be a Happy New Year for you in Christ!


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We have been distributing across Antrim a brand new tract entitled "10 amazing facts about the Bible". 

The tract explains why the Bible is such a special and unique book and also why its message is so important today.

So what are the 10 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE BIBLE?

1. It is a book written like no other

The 66 books of the Bible were written by 40 different writers across a span of 1600 years – one message, one divine author.  Inspired by the Holy Spirit, men transcribed the mind of God.  No other book was written in this way.

1 Timothy 3v15 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”

2. It is the most significant book by ancient copies

The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek.  The number of early copies of scripture exceeds those of other ancient writers by orders of magnitude.

Hebrews 4v12 “The word of God is quick, and powerful”

3. It is the most popular book ever

The books of the Bible have been translated into more languages than any other – 2,883 and growing.  The first book ever printed, now over 6 billion copies have been printed.  More Bibles were printed in 2014 than in any other year.

Matthew 24v35 “My words shall not pass away”

4. It tells us where we came from

The Bible describes the creation of: matter, time, space and energy; the Earth and its filling with plant, marine, bird and mammal life; the creation of man and woman, the definition of marriage and family unit, and personal responsibility.

Genesis 2v7 “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground”

5.  It tells us Jesus is the creator
The New Testament ascribes the creation of all things to Jesus Christ, God the Son – eternal in existence, almighty in power, and absolutely Holy.
Colossian 1v16 “All things were created by Him”



6. It tells us why the world is not right
God’s creation was good, but  with humanity came choice.  The first man and women disobeyed the Creator’s instructions  Their selfish choice brought sin, corruption and death into the world.  As descendants we also have sinful nature.
Romans 3v23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

 

7. It tells us death is not the end
Life can seem unfair and unjust. However, the Bible tells us death is not the end and God will judge the thoughts and actions of all.
Hebrews 9v27 “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement” 

 

8. It tells us God came into the world in human form
The fact of God the Son coming into this world via the Virgin Mary is beyond human invention.  The Prophesies of the Old Testament regarding, location timing and manner of birth were all fulfilled in Jesus’ incarnation.
John 3v16a “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son...”

 

9. It tells of God’s free offer of Salvation
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  His life proved who He was.  His death on the cross was substitutionary, that is He died in our place and bore the punishment for our sins.  God raised Him from the dead and Jesus is alive today.  He saves all who receive Him by faith.
John 3v16b “… that whoseoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

 

10. It tells us Jesus is coming back again 
Jesus was bodily resurrected and ascended back to heaven.  He promised to come back again.  Christians await His return when He will rapture believers out of the world ahead of coming tribulation judgement.  He will then return to the earth and reign as King in righteousness.
Matthew 24v44 “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh."

 

 

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