In the beginning and even after the creation was completed, much of God’s work often required miracles to get things progressing in the paths He had planned. His sole purpose was to create a situation where mankind would have the opportunity to live an obedient life before Him, and through this means, could then spend eternity with Him in glory. He created man to have his own choices in life, whether it was obedient to God’s commands or to be disobedient.
With His total omniscience, he knew that man would disobey, so there had to be arrangements for man to be reconciled to him, even after he had sinned.
The plan was elaborate and formed before the creation was begun. Read this statement by Peter in his first sermon after being inspired by the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost after Jesus resurrection: (Acts 2:23 KJV) Miracles had been performed from time to time during the Patriarchal and Mosaical ages simply to assure the coming Jesus, His Son, in order to be sacrificed for the sins of any and all mankind who would believe in Him, His Son and the Holy Spirit. And to obey Him to the best of their ability.
After the universal flood which occurred some 1650 A.M. and the world again grew evil and separated from God, His pre-creation plan brought about his choosing faithful Abraham to be the father of his people who would furnish the lineage to Jesus the Savior. He promised Abraham that his people would be given a land which flowed with “milk and honey” and if they remained faithful, they would prosper and live in peace and plenty. But if they did not, they would suffer pestilence and disease, crop failures and many would die by the sword of their enemies surrounding them. And, if they were grossly disobedient He would allow their enemies to take them into captivity and take possession of their lands.
All of these things did come to pass, yet He protected the lineage enough to bring Jesus Christ to the earth in order to establish his kingdom…his church. Immediately upon the establishment of that church, it began to be persecuted severely, both by the Jews who refused to accept Jesus as the true Son of God, and the Roman rulers who were trying to keep internal peace with the Jewish population. But under the influence of Jesus and later, His apostles, the church flourished and grew despite the persecution. As it grew larger and larger, the leaders began to inject doctrines not originally allowed by those inspired men, and it became associated with the government itself and became an apostate body.
Meanwhile, there were those who attempted to continue to worship and serve God according to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. They were then persecuted by the apostate Roman Church. This continued throughout the centuries into all the nations, and very severely in England. When the Americas were discovered and begun to be populated, numerous Christians moved to this hemisphere where they would be free to worship as taught in the Holy Scriptures.
There are no specific scriptural prophecies specifying that this new land and new freedom of religion would come. However, in the many scriptures warning of the coming destruction of Jerusalem, there were portions of the descriptive terms when the time was coming which would end all of those severe persecutions. Some of it even sounded as if it were concerning heaven, yet the context proved that it was not.
No finer land was ever discovered than this western hemisphere and the Lord’s church did flourish once again. Not only did it flourish here but many missionaries were sent abroad as freedom spread in more countries which has helped once again to make His church become strong and numerous. His church today, although virtually without increase here in the U.S., is growing tremendously in places like India and many African nations.
But the part that is troublesome is that where the Lord’s church is strong, it seems to begin to depreciate in spirituality and consequently in numerical growth. Over the long term, we seem to be once more digressing as did the Israelites after being given their land of plenty in the long ago. This, along with numerous other factors, gives room for concern that the end may be nearing. Man has always been prone to follow his wishes rather than divine instructions.
There is little doubt that the discovery of America was another achievement under the providential guidance of God, offering mankind one more chance to inherit a great land, “flowing with milk and honey” as was offered to the Israelites under the Law given through Moses. But one can see now that this land has become taken for granted and man has largely strayed from God once more as in the olden days.
With the vast weapons of mass destruction now in the hands of evil men and the extreme hatred which now exists between countries and even within countries including our once great and strong nation. Most great nations and empires have been able to stand for only a couple of centuries. Ours is now nearing two and one-half centuries and evil can be seen from every direction. Hatred between those who should be friends abound. Many other abominable sins before God are rampant throughout our land and there is recorded events of God’s own hand destroying those who engaged in such.
Our scientists believe they have found the subatomic particle which created all matter and that it will eventually destroy all matter. They do not realize that these events were and are in the hands of the Almighty God and Peter tells us of the coming destruction of all matter, even the miniscule elements in the atmosphere.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (2 Peter 3:9-10)
“O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23 NKJV)