By David J. Stewart | July 2014
Acts 26:8, “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?”
There is no God like our God, the God of the Bible, the God of true Israel. In fact, there is no other true and living God. I was admiring some tasty pitted olives with pimento that I was eating today. I crave olives everytime I read about them in the Old Testament. I also enjoyed some delicious salsa that I bought which is made of tomatoes, onions, some hot peppers, et cetera. I thought, “What if God had never created tomatoes?” Could you imagine if there were no tomatoes? There would be no pizza! There would be no spaghetti sauce. There would be no marinara. There would be no recipes containing tomato sauce! What if God had never created lettuce? There would be no salads?
Do you know that your heart beats an astonishing 100,000 each and every day of your life? It's true! That's 36,000,000 times a year. The human heart beats a shocking 2,500,000,000 times in a 70-year lifetime! Wow! Even when we are sleeping, our heart is still pumping blood faster than once each second. Truly, the human heart is beyond amazing. God is truly incredible and amazing!
Did you know that a rocket must travel at speeds of 25,000 miles per hour to overcome the earth's gravitation forces? That's fast! That would be equivalent to traveling 7 miles in one second. You could travel 100 miles in just 14 seconds! Wow! Scientists have developed a jet plane nowadays that can travel 4,200 miles per hour. They can fly from London to Sydney in just 2-hours!
God is so awesome! I could mention a thousand different things which all testify of God's existence, omnipotence (all-powerful), omnibenevolence (all-loving), omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipresence (all-present). Truly, the Lord is greatly to be praised. If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then I plead with you to do so right now. John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” I encourage you to watch the following free online documentary, which covers various subjects, all testifying to OUR INCREDIBLE GOD! ...
GOD OF WONDERS VIDEO
(an awesome film! God's greatness is unsearchable, Psalms 145:3)
A Star That Spins Over 1,000,000 MPH!
If you think that is fast, then this will blow your mind away. Astronomers have discovered a star that spins over 1,000,000 miles per hour on its axis. I cannot even comprehend such incredible destructive speeds.
Fastest Ever Spinning Star Found In Nearby Galaxy
SPACE. COM | December 5, 2011
Astronomers have spotted the fastest rotating star yet found — a massive and bright young star located in our neighboring dwarf galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.
The giant star lies in the Tarantula Nebula, approximately 160,000 light-years away from Earth, and spins 100 times faster than the sun — at a dizzying pace of 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) per hour. The star, officially called VFTS 102, is approaching the point when it will be torn apart by centrifugal forces if it spins any faster, the researchers said.
Based on their observations, the international team of astronomers thinks the star may have had a violent past and was likely ejected from a double-star system when its companion erupted in a supernova explosion. ...
SOURCE: Fastest Ever Spinning Star Found in Nearby Galaxy
The following information from NASA tells us that the star spins so fast that it has become flattened due to centrifugal force. Centrifugal force is the tendency of a spinning object to move in a straight line. This is incredible science, and it testifies of our incredible God Who made it all . . .
The massive, bright young star, called VFTS 102, rotates at a million miles per hour, or 100 times faster than our sun does. Centrifugal forces from this dizzying spin rate have flattened the star into an oblate shape and spun off a disk of hot plasma, seen edge on in this view from a hypothetical planet. The star may have "spun up" by accreting material from a binary companion star. The rapidly evolving companion later exploded as a supernova. The whirling star lies 160,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.
SOURCE: NASA - Fastest Rotating Star Found in Neighboring Galaxy
Amazing Facts About Our Universe
I love astronomy. Scientists have determined that there are at least one trillion billion stars (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) and they cannot see far enough into the vast universe to count any higher. By the way, that number I just gave you is one octillion!!! How can anyone deny or even question the Word of God?
There Are More Stars In The Universe Than Sand On Earth, But More Atoms In One Grain Of Sand
Wow! Can you imagine? There are more stars in the universe than all the sand grains of every seashore on earth! If that's not mind-boggling enough, consider that each star of the universe is separated by TRILLIONS of miles. The nearest star to our earth, besides our local sun, is named Alpha Century, which resides a shocking 27,000,000,000,000 miles away!!! That's 4.6 light-years! In other words, if you could travel at the speed of light (which is 186,282 miles per second), it would take you nearly 5-years to reach Alpha Century.
If you were to leave the earth, you would have to travel for 100,000 light years before you'd recognize the Milky Way Solar System. You would have to travel for 10,000,000,000 light years just to get a glimpse of the KNOWN universe. Mankind has yet to discover how big the universe really is, and man never will. Psalms 145:3, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.”
Light travels at a mind-numbing speed of 670,616,629 mph! The Ant Nebula (Mz3) is a planetary 3,000 light years away. It spans one light year across in width, producing streams of charged particles which travel up to 2,000,000 miles per hour. God is incredible!
The much anticipated James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is due for launch in 2018. It will replace the old but wonderful Hubble Space Telescope. The JWST will be 7-times more powerful than Hubble. Lord willing, it will be exciting to see the new images taken with the advanced technology. The new JWST requires an operating temperature of just 7 degrees Fahrenheit above absolute zero. “Absolute Zero” is -459.6 degrees (BELOW zero) Fahrenheit, which is the coldest temperature obtainable. At Absolute Zero everything turns into solids. To say that the JWST is incredibly amazing is an understatement, but it is God Who makes all these incredibly amazing sciences a reality.
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” —Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
The planets of our Solar System are amazingly intriguing:
Mercury's temperature's vary by as much as 1,000 degrees from one side of the sphere to the other.
For unknown reasons, Venus is the only planet that rotates the opposite of earth, from east to west. Venus' cloud cover is 140 miles thick. Venus temperatures rise to a shocking 900 degrees Fahrenheit. A year on Venus is actually shorter than a day. Venus turns once on its axis every 240 earth days. A year is 32-weeks-long. That's quite amazing!
Known as “the red planet,” Mars has seasons, like earth. The largest volcano on Mars is three times higher than Mount Everest on earth.
Jupiter is large enough to hold 1,000 earths. It rotates on it's axis once every 10-hours! Wow! Jupiter is composed of hot liquid and gas. Jet Stream winds turn in opposite directions, creating amazing art on the planet's colorful surface. Discovered over 400 years ago, a giant storm has been raging on the surface of Jupiter, with a diameter of twice the size of the United States. The storm rotates once every 6-days.
Saturn is half the size of Jupiter. Saturn's rings are composed of thousands of layers of ice and debris.
Uranus' polar regions face almost directly into the sun.
Neptune in the windiest planet. Winds reach up to 1,500 mph. The planet has 8 known moons. Neptune's surface is hot liquid, with a solid core. The atmosphere is poisonous methane gas.
Pluto is so cold that its atmosphere is gel.
It's been estimated that only 2% of our solar system falls within temperatures which can sustain life. The earth's temperature is just right. Even though the moon is the right distance from the sun, there's not enough gravity to hold an atmosphere, nor any water. There are thousands of factors all involved for life to exist. Only God could have made all these conditions happen. There's no place like home on earth! Only a wicked fool would blindly deny the existence and wise hand of an all-powerful Creator!
Since there is intelligent design in creation, it is reasonable to conclude that there must also be an intelligent Creator. I am amazed how many people are willing to believe in the possibility that aliens created mankind, yet those same people refuse to acknowledge the possibility of a divine Creator, God.
God's Incredible Creation Under A Microscope
Just as incredibly humbling, awesome and breathtaking as looking through the Hubble Space Telescope at the universe, so also is God's omnipotent and omniscient, all-wise, handiwork seen at work under a powerful microscope. If you've never viewed common things in our daily life as seen under a microscope, you're going to be absolutely amazed and awed. Take a look at the trillions of frightening looking creatures that live on our human body, which all serve a useful purpose to keep us healthy. When you die, the only thing that dies is your body (2nd Corinthians 5:8). Your soul and spirit do not die. Albeit, if you die in your sins, God will cast your spirit, soul and a special body (able to tolerate incredible pain without being destroyed) into the Lake of Fire forever.
God's wondrous creation extends far beyond what the human senses can perceive. Scientists Inscribe Entire Bible On Head Of A Pin. God is amazing. Psalms 145:1-4, “I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.”
I encourage you to search online for images taken under a microscope, which testify further of our incredible God.
God's Incredible Power is Seen in Energy
Did you know that the nuclear energy contained in a medium-sized oak tree could power all of the United States for 10-years? It's true. The U.S. consumes 4,500,000,000,000 kilowatts hours of electricity each year. One medium-sized tree would produce 45,000,000,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity if all of its nuclear energy were released.
Mankind hasn't even begun to tap into the incredible energy of which our universe is composed. I am totally convinced that solar energy is the wave of the future. Most people would be totally amazed if they knew how powerful the sun's rays are. I know people who have solar panels on their roof and don't pay a penny for electricity. They save thousands of dollars each year, and in many cases people sell electricity back to the power company. Take a look at this video, where a man with a simple screen from a Rear Projection TV focuses the sun's rays to produce temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. He melts concrete, glass and steel. Wow!
In this video a young man aligned 5,800 small mirrors to focus on one point, which produces enough heat to set wood on fire instantly. Scientists have fabricated giant magnifying glasses that can literally redirect the sun's heat rays to burn holes through solid thick plates of steel. God is amazing!!! It is wonderful what God has allowed mankind to discover and achieve over the past 200 years. I often think how interesting it would be if I could go back through time to the times of the Egyptians or Babylonians, and could introduce them to the science of magnetism and teach them how motors and generators work based upon the basic principles of magnetism. I would teach them about oil, engines and mechanics.
Did you know that the first Diesel engine was invented in the year 1900 by Robert Diesel and ran on pure peanut oil? Isn't that beautiful? The best fuel in the world is hemp seed oil, which yields the highest amount of power per unit. Did you know that there are male and female plants? God is truly incredible!!! I've always loved that Diesel engines can run on pure vegetable oil, a renewable source of fuel energy.
The incredible world of electricity was right under the nose of mankind for thousands of years, but no one knew how to produce or harness that power. In order for all these convenient, beneficial and practical, inventions to become a reality, there had to first happen the industrial revolution, basic chemistry, basic physics and other basic sciences. If the Lord tarries His return, humanity is going to behold mind-boggling inventions and discoveries in the next 50 years!!! The whole of man's knowledge doubles every 8-years!
If the Lord tarries His return, I believe that in the future solar energy will supply most of mankind's energy needs. We've all enjoyed the intense warmth of the sun on a bright sunny day. At high noon, just an hour under the sun's intense rays can produce bad sunburn. It's the infrared rays that produce the heat we feel from the sun. Ultraviolet ray cannot be felt, but produce the sunburn. The suns produces radiation (gamma rays), and the visible white light spectrum. The brilliant colors of the white light spectrum are produced when the sun's rays are refracted, bent, by particles of moisture, smoke, dust, debris and air itself in the atmosphere.
The sun is an absolute necessity for all life in our solar system, because God made it that way. This is why the Bible calls Jesus the “SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS”! Malachi 4:2, “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” Jesus is the sole source of spiritual life. Christ is the foundation of Christianity (1st Corinthians 3:11). Apart from faith in Jesus Christ crucified on the cross for our sins, buried and risen from the dead, there is no salvation nor eternal life (Acts 4:10-12).
Just think if something went wrong and our sun's rays were intensified even the slightest bit... our earth would burn up! Our forests would burn immediately! The earth's oceans would evaporate violently and the consequent storms would be fiercely abundant, merciless and totally destructive. Life would no longer be sustainable upon the earth. The sun is an astonishing distance of 93,000,000 miles away from the earth. If the sun were merely a few million miles closer, our earth's temperatures would rise drastically and could no longer sustain life. There is no way that anyone with a working brain can reasonably deny the existence of a supernatural Creator Who made the universe. We see incredible INTELLIGENCE in all of creation, and intelligence cannot come from an accidental, chaotic, cataclysmic, Big Bang! We see incredible DESIGN in all of creation, which shouts loud and clear that there is a Creator. To deny God as our Maker is just as foolish as to deny that a complex Swiss watch just happened, without any designer or maker.
The truth is that men love their sins, walking in darkness (John 1:1-12), and hate the light, who is Christ (John 8:12). The latest trend is for the wicked to claim that aliens created mankind, who they say are our gods. Certainly, by very definition God Himself is extraterrestrial (not of the earth), and is an alien, respectively. God doesn't need a spaceship, teleport technology (like on Star Trek), or all the other things which Hollywood has put in our minds concerning monstrous aliens and Martians.
*By the way, the creature designer of the popular Alien series starring Sigourney Weaver is a devout Satanist. The alien creature is patterned after Baphomet, the horned goat head, Satan. The ram, or goat's head, is a mockery of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Thousands Of Varieties Of Foods Couldn't Have Just Happened
In a recent episode titled, “How The Earth Was Made” by Walt Disney's H2 (History Channel), the narrator (Mike Rowe) refers to the earth's creation as an “Accidental Aftermath” and a “Cosmic Glitch.” Do you really think it was mere astronomically improbable coincidence that we have a choice to eat between beef, lamb, chicken, pork, lobster, fish (and other varieties) of meat? If there were no divine Maker, then what factor determined that there would be cattle? What factor in the evolutionary process decided that we would have pork? Can you image the world without any of the awesome varieties of fruits, vegetables, meats, spices and foods that we enjoy?
When I enjoy the fresh taste of a flavorful Oscar Meyer bacon sandwich (crispy cooked bacon under higher heat), loaded with fresh crisp lettuce, and Miracle Whip spread on soft white bread (one of my favorite meals), I am reminded how ungrateful the unbelieving world is when they deny the existence of God while eating all of God's delicious foods. We read that God is kind to evil and unthankful people in Luke 6:35, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” As Christian believers God also wants us to be kind to evil and unthankful people, so that we may exemplify our dear Savior to the world.
There are many wicked people who choose to worship Satan as their god in exchange for worldly fortune and fame. The Bible even calls Satan “the god of this world” (2nd Corinthians 4:4), but it was Jesus Who created Lucifer, who became Satan by his own rebellion in Heaven.
It is a sin for anyone to ungratefully enjoy God's delicious foods, breath His clean air, enjoy the warmth of His sun, and all the blessings which God has freely given to us. How do you think God feels when people curse Him and speak evil of Him, while enjoying all His bountiful blessings. The heathen world blames God for man's wars, greed and wickedness. At the same time those critics fail to thank and acknowledge God for all the wonderful fruits, vegetables, meats, spices, milk, water, et cetera. People fail to thank God for the gift of marriage and the enjoyments sacred within a marriage commitment (Hebrews 13:4). God has been so good to all of us, no matter how bad you may think you have it in life. Psalms 145:9, “The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” Oh, praise the Lord all ye land for His goodness. Praise the Lord all you in the world for His kindness, even to the evil and to the unthankful (Luke 6:35). Don't you dare criticize God for the bad in this world, while totally being oblivious to all the abundant goodness, blessings and benevolence by our holy God. PRAISE YE THE NAME OF THE LORD ALL YE LAND!!!
The Sin Of Being Slow Of Heart To Believe The Holy Scriptures
No wonder Jesus said to the doubting disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:25-26, “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” Jesus Himself calls you a fool if you are slow to believe the Bible (all that the prophets have spoken).
The following passage of Scripture is nothing less than totally amazing. We often here that Mary Magdalene came to Christ's empty tomb, but we learn here that other women were with her, including Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women. Two angels appeared to the group, comforting them by reminding them that the Lord has told them of His crucifixion and resurrection beforehand. Then they returned from the empty tomb as a group and told the eleven apostles and other disciples all that they had seen and heard. The Bible says that their words seemed as fairy tales and THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE THEM! ...
Luke 24:1-11, “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.”
Can you image Christ's very apostles not believing? None of them believed the women who had been to the empty tomb. Then Peter and John went to the tomb to see for themselves, but they didn't see Jesus at that point. Two of the disciples went walking down the road to Emmaus and Jesus appeared to them, but they didn't recognize Him. Jesus said to them...
Luke 24:25-26, “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”
My friend, do you really believe that this awesome world just happened, evolving from a Big Bang? Are you slow to believe the Word of God concerning Jesus, the Christ? Do you accept Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah? You cannot have eternal life unless you receive Christ's payment on the cross for your sins. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, and that He raised up from the dead three days later for your justification (that is, justifying your faith in Him). Jesus foretold while He was alive that He would be crucified and raise up from the dead after three days, AND HE DID!!! Do you believe that? When Christ arose, He validated the faith of everyone Who had placed their trust in Him. Their faith wasn't in vain. Their faith was justified. If Christ did not raise up from the dead, then is our faith in vain. 1st Corinthians 15:14, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”
Praise God, Jesus is bodily risen! The demonic religious cult of Jehovah's Witnesses errantly teach that Jesus' spirit was resurrected, but not His physical body. In sharp contrast, the Bible says that Jesus raised up from the dead, bodily, and was seen by over 500 brethren at one time (1st Corinthians 15:6). Amen!
Our good Creator offers to all mankind forgiveness, hope and eternal life through faith in Christ Jesus. Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
The Goodness Of God Leadeth To Repentance
Thank God! Thank God! Thank God, for He is good! The Bible teaches that a thankful attitude precedes a person coming to Christ to be saved, for if a person refuses to acknowledge God's goodness, they WON'T come to Jesus Christ to be saved...
Romans 1:20-22, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”
When a person comes to Christ for salvation, it is because they have repented, that is, they have seen God's goodness and holiness and have acknowledged that they are an unholy sinner in need of a Savior. This is what the Bible means in Romans 2:4, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” This passage of Scriptures doesn't mean that when God is good to you, that compels you to get saved. The opposite is true. It is God's blessings upon America that have caused us to become spoiled, ungrateful little brats, destroyed by prosperity.
Romans 2:4 means that when we see how wicked we are in comparison to the goodness of our holy God. Romans 2:5, “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds.” As you just read, the opposite of a repentant heart is a hard and impenitent heart.
The word “goodness” in Romans 2:4 is the Greek word chrēstotēs and means “moral excellence” (that is, God's holiness). The word “impenitent” in Romans 2:5 is the Greek word ametanoētos and means “unrepentant.” The modern dictionary defines “impenitent” as remorseful, but this is NOT the Biblical meaning, as I just showed you. The Biblical meaning of repentance unto life is “a change of mind.” Repentance is changing your mind about your sin (John 3:20) and self-righteous dead works (Hebrews 6:1) which were previously keeping you from coming to Christ to be saved. The man who believes the Gospel has repented.
Hence the Bible is teaching that the person who fails to see God's holiness, consequently also fails to realize their own guilty condition of sin and unholiness. This is what Romans 2:4-5 mean, which is plainly revealed when we examine the Greek. In other words, you cannot get a person saved until you first get them lost (that is, they must realize their lost condition before they will come to Christ to be saved). The most common attribute that we see in unbelievers is that they continually place God on trial by blaming Him, accusing Him, challenging Him and refusing to acknowledge His holiness. The Bible says they are unthankful and their foolish heart is darkened.
Dr. Jack Hyles 100% correctly and Biblically states concerning repentance...
“Repentance is not some little silly, 'I'm sorry.' Repentance is not simply a fear of God. Repentance is not a monk fasting and afflicting his body in a monastery. Repentance is not remorse because of sin's consequences. Repentance is not penance performed before the pope as you kiss his toe... Repentance is not being sorry for what I've done wrong. It is not confessing one's sins to a priest. It is not just conviction of sin. It is not the signing of a pledge of abstinence. Repentance is that thing when you come before God and see yourself as you are, and see Him as he is, and say with Isaiah 'Woe is me, for I am unclean!'” —Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001), a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, THE GOODNESS OF GOD LEADETH TO REPENTANCE!
Amen and amen!
All you have to do to be saved is believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving His death on the cross as full payment for your sins, believing that Christ raised up from the dead.
I challenge you if you are not saved to stop focusing on the problems which mankind has caused for himself in this world and stop blaming God. Look to Calvary!!! Untold multitudes of humanity are going to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire because they spent their sinful life hating the light (John 3:20). God is not the enemy! You don't have to trust Jesus as your Lord to be saved, nor do you have to receive Him as your King to be saved; but rather, you must simply receive Him as the LAMB OF GOD Who died on the cross in our place to pay our debt of sin. God loves you so much that He was willing to die for you! Think about that my friend.
Revelation 14:11, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”