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Eight Souls Were Saved By Water, Jesus -- The Bread Of Life -- Was Cast Upon The Waters Of The World, Jesus Was Obedient Unto The Death Of The Cross, I Will Bring Evil: The Lord's Coming Judgments, Divine Chastisement Is An Integral Part Of God's Love, Every Knee Shall Bow Before Christ, Our Amazing Future, Closing Remarks, Additional Reading Resources List
Continuing our discussion from part one, please consider the following interesting verse which is found in the Book of Ecclesiastes:
"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth."
Ecclesiastes 11:1-2, KJV
Just like the Manna in the wilderness, we can say that the bread which is cast upon the waters is also a symbol of the Lord's Salvation being offered to the people of the world. Through his obedience to God, and building the Ark by faith, Noah offered a type of salvation to the world, and eight of his family members were saved as a result of it; just as the previous verse states. In Noah's case, the evil which was upon the Earth was the Flood. In the larger scheme of God's plans, Jesus -- the Bread of Life -- was also cast upon the waters, and millions of souls have been saved during the course of centuries as a result of that one man's obedience. Consider the following verses:
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."
John 12:32, KJV
"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
Romans 5:19, KJV
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
Philippians 2:5-8, KJV
In short, Noah was obedient to the saving of his family -- and in the long term, repopulated the entire world -- and Jesus was obedient unto death to the saving of the world, to as many as believe. In the latter case, the evil which shall be upon the Earth will manifest itself in the form of God's righteous Judgments being meted out against a very rebellious and ungodly world at some undetermined point in the future. If you happen to be a person who has fallen under the modern deception which claims that God does not do such things, and that He does not punish people because He is love, then I encourage you to carefully study the following verses:
"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things."
Isaiah 45:7, KJV
"Therefore, behold, I WILL BRING EVIL upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone."
1 Kings 14:10, KJV
"Behold, I WILL BRING EVIL upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,"
1 Kings 21:21, KJV
"Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I WILL BRING EVIL upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read:"
2 Kings 22:16, KJV
"Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I WILL BRING EVIL upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah:"
2 Chronicles 34:24, KJV
"Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I WILL BRING EVIL from the north, and a great destruction."
Jeremiah 4:6, KJV
"Hear, O earth: behold, I WILL BRING EVIL upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it."
Jeremiah 6:19, KJV
"Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I WILL BRING EVIL upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them."
Jeremiah 11:11, KJV
"And there shall be no remnant of them: for I WILL BRING EVIL upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation."
Jeremiah 11:23, KJV
"And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I WILL BRING EVIL upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle."
Jeremiah 19:3, KJV
"Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I WILL BRING EVIL upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD."
Jeremiah 23:12, KJV
"And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I WILL BRING EVIL upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest."
Jeremiah 45:5, KJV
"For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I WILL BRING EVIL upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them:"
Jeremiah 49:37, KJV
In addition to the previous verses, I invite you to read such articles as "Do You Want Love and Light, or Rod and Wrath?", Beholding the Evil and the Good", "Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and Chastisement", and "The Fruits of Disobedience". As you will learn, Divine Chastisement is in fact an integral part of God's love for His children.
Just as God saw the wickedness of man upon the Earth so many centuries ago, and thus chose to send the Flood as a means to purge the world of evil, as we have already learned, the day will eventually arrive in which He will flood the world once more. However, the next time it will be with Holy Fire from Heaven, which will destroy the last of His enemies. But even before that day arrives, as I explain in such articles as "The Great Tribulation and the Rapture", as well as in "From Armageddon to the New Earth", the Scriptures inform us that He will send great plagues upon the Earth as His Spirit strives with humanity, and pleads with humanity, to forsake its evil ways, repent of its unbelief, and bow before His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, as we see here:
"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."
Romans 14:11, KJV
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Philippians 2:9-11, KJV
Of course, even after everything that the Lord will do during the Millennium, there will still be a great many people who will be so hard-hearted, and so deceived by the raven -- that is, Satan -- once he has been released from his prison in the Bottomless Pit, that God will have no recourse but to destroy them with Holy Fire, as we have already seen. However, for those of us who do choose to bow the knee -- both in humble service to His Will in this current life, as well as in the life to come -- by submitting ourselves to the pleadings of His gentle dove -- the Holy Spirit -- we have this wonderful promise that was written by the Apostle Paul:
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9, KJV
With that inspiring verse, I will bring this article to its conclusion. I trust that you have been blessed by it, and I hope that you have learned something new along the way. If you have been inspired by this article, I ask you to please consider sharing its URL with your online friends. If you have an account on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, I would also appreciate if you would take the time to click on the corresponding link which is found on this page. Thank you so much, and may God bless you abundantly!
For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of resources below which were either mentioned in this article, or which contain topics which are related to this article. All of these articles are likewise located on this very same Bill's Bible Basics website:
Adaptation, EVILution and the Six Days of Genesis
Battle of Gog and Magog and War in Yugoslavia
Beholding the Evil and the Good
Do You Want Love and Light, or Rod and Wrath?
From Armageddon to the New Earth
Holy Ghost : The Spirit of Jesus Christ?
Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and Chastisement
Noah's Ark and the Genesis Flood
Noah's Flood: The Urantia Book Exposed Again!
Satan : His Origin, Purpose and Future
Satan : King of Tyrus, King of Empires
The Triumphant Touchdown of Jesus Christ
The Fruits of Disobedience
The Great Tribulation and the Rapture