The Tragedy of Presumption

Rebellion after Rebellion


Numbers 14:28 - 'As I live,' says the Lord, 'just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you.'

Chosen by God, Moses was the man conducting the journey of the people of God from Egypt to the border of Canaan. High above their heads was a large cloud providing shade and coolness during the day and warm and light during the night. Almighty God was in the cloud to guide and protect the people. From there the voice of God came down with instructions to Moses as they are written on the Bible from Exodus to Deuteronomy. The wilderness experience was providing the means to unlearn the way and culture of the Egyptians and to learn the principles and laws of the kingdom of God. The task became very hard because most people kept in their hearts the spirit of rebellion which at times broke out to the open bringing separation and death.

When Moses stayed with God on top of the mount for forty days some unruly people pushed on Aaron to provide gods like those they had in Egypt. They had a feast around a molten calf, and worshiped the idol falling into a mindless rejection of the love and care of a Mighty God just for looking and having a golden idol. Soon they found out the serious consequences of their rebellion. (Exodus 32)

The time came to march into Canaan. From the camp in the wilderness of Paran they sent twelve spies to search the promised land, one man of each tribe. At the end of forty days they came back with the report, ten of the spies said: the land surely floweth with milk and honey, but "we saw the giants...the cities are walled...we be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we." (Numbers 13:27-31)

The congregation believed the opinion of those ten who forgot about Mighty God who was leading them to conquer the land. Instead of trusting God they transferred the task of the conquest upon their impotent bodies and hands: We are like grasshoppers before them, and cannot do it. "And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night." (Numbers 14:1) They had seen the mighty power of God so far on the way, but now under the spirit of rebellion they saw only themselves, and incited those around to stone Caleb and Joshua for favoring moving forward under God's power. (Numbers 14:6-10)

When they said "would God we had died in this wilderness!" (Numbers 14:2) God heard it and answered: "Tomorrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness...forty years...until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness." (Numbers 14:25-33) All this, pain, waiting, suffering, and death for disobedience and rebellion to God.

In the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, the ground opened its mouth and swallowed them alive. (Numbers 16) There were 250 followers that dared to fire their censers while supporting the rebels. For mercy, the Lord gave them some time to see any one coming out of the group with repentance in his heart for the accusations they made against Moses, Aaron and the Lord; but no one repented of his rebellion, and consuming fire came down upon them.

The entire congregation had seeing the parting of the Red Sea where they crossed to safe ground, were eating of the heaven's manna each day, were drinking from the water flowing out of the Rock where ever they went, and were covered day and night by the cloud of God. The people forgot that Moses and Aaron could not do or provide any of those miracles, only the power and love of Almighty God; and without repentance, they still were blaming Moses and Aaron for the death of their pretentious leaders. (Numbers 16:41)

The next morning when the congregation came together against Moses and Aaron, the glory of the Lord appeared on the spot to save them from the fury of the mob. But Moses, still loving his people and caring for them, commanded Aaron to run to the midst of the congregation with his censer burning incense to make atonement for the people. Aaron stood between the living and the dead ones interceding for them, and the plague was stayed. (Numbers 16:46-48)

What about today?

Today, there is One High Priest standing between the faithful living and the unfaithful or spiritually dead, in the Heavenly Sanctuary: The Savior-Jesus Christ. My hope, your hope of eternal life. There is no other hope. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

Today the world population is worshiping the Supreme Being and Creator of the Universe from within many religions, too numerous to name each one. Five of them come to the front: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism... Within the great congregation, the world population, about 6.8 billions living souls around the earth, there are many individuals who are spiritually dead even when they are physically alive. And in that position the Savior is standing between those spiritually dead and the living: as soon as one becomes spiritually alive his name is written in the Book of Life. Remember salvation is not forced on anybody, it is a free personal choice of each human being in response to the invitation of the Holy Spirit. The life of Christ, the righteousness of Christ is the free gift given to you for your salvation; it is a free gift to anyone opening his heart to accept the grace of God. If you do not accept it, or if you brake the gift of salvation for open rejection of Christ and return to the ways of the wicked, then in the Judgment such name is blotted out of the Book of Life and left out to be counted with the lost. "Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye find, bid to the marriage." (Matthew 22:8, 9)

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believed not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)

Jesus said: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) The fruit of the Spirit is one fruit with all these flavors: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." (Galatians 5:22, 23) All this begins to develop toward reality when the person allows the Spirit to guide his feet toward the Lord, comes to the waters of baptism, and open his mind to the writing of the will of God-the Ten Commandments into his mind. "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them." (Hebrews 10:16)

The last days are here: the Holy Scriptures said so. The angels are crying aloud the warning of repentance to prepare the world for the Second Coming of Christ. If you don't hear them, fall on your knees and pray to God: Lord let me hear the warning of the angels: "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters..." (Revelation 14:6-12) 1.The everlasting gospel--all the truth in the Bible. 2. The hour of his judgment--now the Judgment is taking place in heaven. 3. Worship the Creator--remember the Sabbath.

Then if you believe and worship the Savior, He that is standing between the dead and the living can pass your name to the side of the living to live forever with Him. And with joy and the assurance of belonging you could hear..."Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." (Rev. 14:12) "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (Matthew 25:34)

Before closing these lines it is necessary to go back to that dreadful word: rebellion. Where it all began? It all started with a fateful choice made by Lucifer: "Thou art the anointed cherub that covered; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the mist of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:14, 15) "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isaiah 14:13, 14)

Here, a created being, a creature of God let his imagination break out from the circle of love of God's government into a selfish dream of a great dominion of his own, above God's throne.

Lucifer appeared to Eve sugar coating the seed of rebellion: "Ye shall not surely die... your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3: 4, 5)

Lucifer seized from the hands of Adam the dominion of the earth that God had given to Adam and the seed of rebellion found growing ground in the heart of the human race. Bible history and secular history recount the expansion of rebellion trough the ages. When the Son of God came to earth to take human flesh and be born of a woman, Satan grabbed the opportunity to destroy the One who had expelled him from heaven and using human agents at hand, he took Jesus to death on the cross of Calvary. But Jesus being divine, the source of life, overcame the power of Satan, and rose up from the dead on the third day, assuring the resurrection from death to all His followers trough the ages, on the morning of the Second Coming.

Today there is a wide section of earth population running behind de banner of "global warming" pretending to hold in their hands the control of climate changes. It is a complex situation, and not so easy to understand. "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell there in." (Psalms 24:1) God cares for His creation. According to the freedom of choice, when the inhabitants of the land follow the principles of the leader of rebellion, breaking the law of God on more or all commandments, then Satan takes on himself more power to come with destruction, war, famine, diseases, fire, hurricanes, earthquakes, and he ends blaming God for all calamities he brings upon the people.

Each Christmas season brings to the world a day to remember the birth of the Savior of the human race, and the fact that Christ took upon Himself human nature, He became a man, that tell us that we will have a brother sitting on the throne of the Universe for eternity. No matter how much chaos Satan brings to the world, the bright beam of hope in Christ, the Savior of the World, is enough to keep us waiting for His Coming. The world is pressing very hard, through the schools and universities, the wedge of the theory of evolution on the mind of every student. If they accept the theory of evolution, the God of creation is discarded, the Savior is deleted from their minds, and the confusion in their minds turns into the Babylon of the last days. Still ahead is the great show of the ongoing rebellion. The same way the pagans were worshiping the Sun as an idol, the modern world is worshiping an idol when worshiping God on man made Sunday instead of "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy." (Exodus 20:8-11) Blessed are those who hear the invitation of the Savior of the whole world: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4)

A word for the last days...
Perilous times are before us. The whole world will be involved in perplexity and distress... Maranatha, p. 185.

A word for the last days...
Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. Maranatha, p. 187.


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