We’ve been looking at the days just before the rapture and the one thing we have to recognize is
That there will not be one moment of any day before the rapture occurs
That The spirit of God will not be convicting the world that they need the Savior Jesus Christ
When you look at the ministry of Jesus, the one thing you will notice is
How many times, he is by water of some sort, talking about fishing or eating fish
I get the feeling, Jesus loved the outdoors, almost all of his time on earth was spent outside
And because of that, there are those who believe that’s what God is really all about
And there are many different religious beliefs out there about God and nature, And it’s a bit confusing
Many believe That God began the creation process, and then allowed evolution to take over
And it was being evolved perfectly, until something went wrong and man appeared
Man of course ruined the environment and trashed the evolution process of perfection
There are those who desire, that man will hopefully die out and the earth can once again become a perfect place
These people are the ones I don’t understand at all,
They are in reality saying their own lives are worthless and they should have never been born
Their love of nature is more meaningful than themselves
At least that’s what they say, I think their lying
There are other religions such as Hinduism that believe that God is nature
So nature itself should be worshipped
We should be hugging trees and praying to the grass and weeds because it’s all God
Some think that Hinduism and Buddhism are almost alike
Because of their roots in worshipping nature
But the truth is, they are complete opposites
What most don’t know is in Buddhism there is no belief at all in a god of any kind, only belief in yourself
They believe nature began the universe and it uses reincarnation to recycle nature
If you die as a human you might be recycled into a bird, or a plant or a wild pig
Protecting Nature is very important to them because you might be stepping on grandma
Or swatting grandpa
In Buddhism there is a belief however of reincarnating into a higher life form
A Buddha is the highest life form
Fact is, to be a naturalist, a Hindu, or a Buddhist
You really have to allow yourself to reject any type of logic
Because to be in any of these religions, to believe what they do takes a very vivid imagination
that does not allow for critical thinking
Because if you put logic with common sense of how the universe works
Those religions make absolutely no sense because they go against nature itself
You all probably saw the environmentalist rally in New York 2 weekends ago
They were preaching how everyone must stop their carbon footprint and destroying the earth
They said we must stop using technology while they spoke on their cell phones and used computers
That big oil is killing Mother Earth as they drove around in SUVs and landed their private jets
They said that because of global warming the earth is deteriorating
As city workers said that it will take days to clean up the trash that was left by those earth lovers
Now what was that rally really about?
The saving of the earth or do they have a different agenda ?
If you read the signs, and listen to their speeches that Al gore and Ted Kennedy jr gave
Their message was about stopping capitalism and embracing socialism
The new global warming movement really has little to do with saving the earth
It’s just a means that they use for a bigger purpose, to bring down America
All these groups that call themselves green and love windmills that kill thousands of birds
Are nothing but a bunch of power and money hungry hypocrites
Now, we do know that God does indeed love nature
Look at what he created, the earth is stunning
I told you a few weeks ago I had to go through south western North Carolina
I have never been through that part of those mountains, and it was absolutely beautiful
What our God created is breathtaking
you’ll remember when he created Adam and Eve
He didn’t build them a house, They lived outdoors in a garden
I have no idea of what our mansions will be when we get to heaven
But I have a feeling, it’s not going to be built out of wood or stones
But do these false religions have a point?
Is God a protector of nature, is that his real mission?
Was man a mistake and it’s only Gods intention of removing man and save the environment?
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
We know the truth about who God is, and he is not nature but rather the one who created nature
And we are not to worship nature, but rather the one who created all of this
At the beginning of Jesus’s ministry notice how he began it
He began it by saying repent for the kingdom is near it is at hand
He didn’t say repent because you have trashed my earth
No he said heaven is close
But notice where does Jesus, who is God begin his ministry?
Vs 18. And walking by the Sea of Galilee
Where does he go? To the sea
And who does he talk to? Fishermen
And what does he tell them?
Follow me and I will make you fisher of men
As I told you, what environmentalist wackos believe is that man us a stench upon the earth
At least those who disagree with them
But as the Word of God tells us, that God is the creator of the earth
And look what Jesus does in vs 23
And Jesus goes to their synagogues and proclaims the gospel and heals those people of every disease and sickness
If God wants to only rid the earth of mankind
Then why did he heal them and offer to them a future home in heaven with him where he lives?
If God hates man, why would he want to spend eternity with them?
But we know, God the father isn’t the God they believe in
Their god is nature and they reject the God of creation
The sea in scripture in almost all cases represents mankind
And God always uses the example of fishing whenever he is near water
Here’s what God does
(Pick up fishing pole)
Whenever you go fishing, and you use a lure, you may cast that lure out 500 times
And out of those 500 cast, you might bring home 1 fish
When Jesus throws out the gospel into the sea of humanity
He might throw it out there 500 times and only one person will respond
God said that all of heaven rejoices when one gets saved
It may take you and me, 500 times of saying something to just one individual before they respond to the gospel
Just like in fishing, it takes patience to catch a fish
It takes even more patience to win one individual to Christ with the gospel
What’s Jesus telling us?
You might have talked with someone about The Lord until you are blue in the face
But don’t get discouraged, you might have to pass out first before they finally get hooked
How many times have you talked with a family member about coming to church?
Or you have dropped a hundred quotes about The Lord
And it falls on deaf ears?
When you go out fishing, and you catch a fish, it gives life to the one who eats it
The gospel is also fishing, it gives life to those who will take it in to their hearts
What should be the priority of parents of young children?
To get ahead in their career?
To build their retirement or make more financially?
To improve their home so that their kids will be comfortable?
Or to buy them many things to make them happy?
No a parents priority if they are Christians
Is to win their children to Christ, That’s their mission
That should be their number one priority, and they should be praying for their salvation before their born
And their prayer ought to continue until they do
Keep fishing, Keep inviting, and Stay patient
And The Lord will bless you