Genesis And End-Time Events

Steve Viars December 5, 1989

Introduction: Tonight we're going to be looking at Genesis

  and End time events- might ask - why Genesis? - thats the

  book of beginings, I thought this series was about end-time

  events

  - Let me try to answer the question: Why begin a study of

    end-time events with "the beginnings"?

    1) because Scripture is a unified whole (it all fits

       together)

       - i.e. Pastor's message - Luke 1 (read 26-33) - that

         is not just the story children recite at

         Christmastime - ITS ESCHATOLOGY

       - one of our goals in this series is to help us

         understand how the various parts of the Bible fit

         together

       - How does man being given dominion in Gen. 1 affect

         the condemnation in Rom. 1 that man worshipped the

         creation instead of the Creator

       - what if anything does that have to do with living a

         feeling oriented lifestyle?

       - How does the fall of man explain the significance of

         the marriage supper of the lamb?

Point  - Looking at the beginnings should help us tie some

         things together and see Scripture as a unified whole

    2) to gain a fuller understanding of the significance of

       end-time events

       - the fact taht the millennial kingdon will take place

         on this earth does not seem that significant until

         we realize that God promised Abraham in Gen. 12 that

         his people would have a land

       - thats why the Jews have fought over seemingly

         insignificant pieces of land for years and thats why

         the millennial kingdom beeing set up on this earth

         is so critical

Point  - end-time events will become more significant in our

         thinking if we understand their roots

    3) - to realize and accept our responsibility in the

         "end-time" process

         - one of the best things you can do for a production

           worker is let him see how his job fits into the

           overall production of the product

         - it can be pretty boring assebling brake shoes all

           day, but if he sees that his job is necessary for

           the overall operation of that car, and that him

           failing to do his job will hinder the work of

           others, then it will be easier for him to work

           hard at his job with care and enthusiasm

Point  - Tonight and throughout this study we are going to

         see how our present responsibilities as believers

         fit into the overall plan and program of God

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight I'd like us to look at 4 truths from the beginnings

that will help us understand the end

 

I.  The Lord Is King Forever

 

  - One of the misconceptions about prophecy is that this

    world is out of control and the end time events are where

    God brings the whole thing back under wraps.

  - The problem with that is that the Scripture clearly

    teaches that God has been the king, is the king, and will

    always be the king

  - here's a couple of trues about God's kingdom (we're going

    to study this subject in more depth in two weeks)

 

    A.  exists without interruption

 

        Psalm 10:16 - The Lord is king forever and ever

        Jer. 10:2-5, 10 (read)

 

    B.  includes all that exists

 

        I Chron. 29:11 - "Thine, O Lord, is the greatness and

the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty;

for all that is the heaven and in the earth is thine.  Thine

is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above

all"

    Thats great news for all believers.  While God is

    certainly not responsible for all that happens today,

    there is nothing that happens that is outside of His

    control.

      - that means two things

           1) everything that happens in your life happens

              for a purpose

             - the existential view of life which says life

               is meaningless is terru\ibly depressing, but a

               believer doesn't have to life that way because

               the God of heaven is king

           2) God won't give you more than you can handle

              - realize there are some here going through

                deep waters

                  - remember, God is faithful and won't

                    permit you to be tempted more than you

                    are able, but will provide a way of

                    escape that ye may be able to bear it

                  - Now if I said that, you'd say, "thats

                    nice pastor, but you don't have any

                    control" but God can make that promise

                    because he's the king

 

Might say - thats great (and it is) - but what does that have

to do with eschatology?

Answer is - Because god is King from everlasting to

everlasting, He has the right to delegate authority

 

    ITS THAT VERY ISSUE THAT MADE END TIME EVENTS NECESSARY

    (that brings us to our next point)

 

 

II.  Man Given Dominion & Responsibility

 

    - One of the verses I asked you to read for tonight was

      Gen. 1:26

    - (diagram) - verse has implications to all of human

      history

    - Read verse

 

    A.  made in the image of God

        - very broad subject, but for our concerns:

            - able to think rationally

            - morally responsible

            - has a conscience

 

    B.  A "dominion haver"

        - under God's rule, man was said to have dominion

          over the other aspects of creation

        - as a result, he was to rule over and subdue his

          world, the animal kingdom, and his own physical

          body

        - he was to name the animals

        - love his wife and meet her needs

        - dress the garden

        - obey God's commands and enjoy His fellowship

 

        Therefore, it was God's intent that:

           1) man be God's representative, ambassador, ruler

              under God and that man would:

           2) subdue his kingdom

 

        Point - thats why Romans 1 is such a sickening

                passage where God reports that man exchanged

                the truth of God for a lie and worshipped the

                creature more than the Creator.

              - thats why the issue of self-control is such a

                dominant theme in Scripture

              - From the very beginning, God wanted men and

                women who would accept the responsibility of

                controlling themselves and their worlds for

                His glory

        (Pete Rose Article?)

 

        Of course, that explains why every man and woman has

                to be judged.  That explains why believers

                must appear before the judgement seat of

                Christ to receive the things done in their

                bodies, whether they be good or bad

                - it explains why God wants us to face

                  temptations, and handle them

                - it explains why he wants us to face trials,

                  and handle them

                - it explains why he wants us to bring into

                  captivity every thought to the obedience of

                  Christ

 

                - it also explains why it will be so great

                  some day when you and I are glorified, and

                  the curse of sin is removed, and we are

                  able to rule and reign with Christ as joint

                  heirs, finally fulfilling the role for

                  which we were created

 

 

 

 

You know the story doesn't end there.  We have to talk about:

 

III. Satans's False Kingdom

 

    A.  Timing?

        Sometime bewteen the creation and Genesis 3, Satan

        and his host fell

 

    B.  Source

        Isaiah 14 and 28 make it clear that Satan fell

        because of his pride and desire to usurp God's

        authority

        - said I will exalt my throne above the stars of God

        - I will be like the most high

 

    Its at this very point that we see a:

 

    C.  Great contrast develops

        between:

        1) man - the "dominion haver" who rules and subdues

           his life and world under God &

        2) Satan - the "dominion usurper" who attempts to

           rule and control his world apart from God's

           authority

 

It wasn't long at all before those two contrasts collided in

an event that would have cataclysmic effect on all of world

history.

 

IV.  Man's Fall & Its Results

 

  - You know the passage in Genesis 3.  Satan comes as the

    serpent and he begins to question God's goodness by

    asking if there are tress they are not allowed to eat

    from.

  - Next, he casts doubt on God's Word by saying that they

    shall not surely die.

  - Last, he completes his lie by telling of all the benefits

    of eating from the forbidden tree.

  - In other words, they are given a:

 

    A.  choice

        - who's kingdom are you going to follow?

        - God's true and righteous kingdom or my false

          kingdom

        - Adam and Eve both made the wrong choice, a decision

          that affected mankind more than any other

 

        - man who was supposed to represent God had now

          betrayed Him

        - who was supposed to subdue the creation had now

          been fooled by it

 

 

        - the terrible results of that act can hardly be

          overestimated

        - God comes and He says this: read Gen. 3:15

 

    B.  Results

 

        God (not Satan) declared war!

 

        1.  war between Satan and Christ

            throughout history Satan has tried to cut off the

            line of Christ

            - of course the first attempt was the murder of

              Cain and Abel

                - I John 3:12 tells us that Cain was "of the

                  wicked one"

                - we'll be studying one of Satan's last ditch

                  efforts Sunday morning when we look at

                  Herod's wicked command to have all the male

                  children under two years of age in the

                  region of Bethlehem killed

 

        2.  war between Satan/his followers and believers

                - the passage speaks about Satan's seed

                - the passage we just spoke about in I John

                  refers to Cain as being "of the wicked one"

                - early in Jesus' ministry, he told the

                  Pharisees that they were the generation

                  (offspring) of vipers(Matt.  3:7).  Later

                  he said it plainly in John 8:41 when he

                  told them they were of their father the

                  devil

                - he also said there was no neutral ground -

                  Matt. 12:30 - "He that is not with me is

                  against me, and he that gathereth not with

                  me scattereth abroad"

 

        if you think that is bad news, consider this:

 

        3.  all men born sinners

            - Rom. 5:12 - Wherefore as by one man sin

              entered into the world, and death by sin, and

              so death passed upon all men, for all have

              sinned

           - we see that all through the book of Genesis

           - its not long before the whole human race is so

             wicked that God must destroy them with a flood

             except for a few who were on his side

           - even after that event, the people turn right

             around and begin building a city and a tower to

             make a name unto themselves

 

           - in other words, there's a war between Satan and

              his followers and God & His followers---and you

              and I were born on the wrong side

            - we were born sinners, not just in the sense

              that we would sin after we were born

                 - but that we were born totally depraved,

                   not because we were as bad as we could be

                 - but totally depraved in that all parts and

                   aspects of our lives were tainted by sin

 

            - we could no longer act correctly

            - we could no longer reason correctly

 

            - in fact, the situation was so bad that Jeremiah

              said:

              Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful and

                              desperately wicked

              Paul said we were "by nature the children of

                              wrath" naturally (Eph. 2:3)

              small wonder that Jesus said - "He that

                              believeth not is condemned

                              already" (John 3:18)

 

            - so there's a war all right - and you and I were

              born on the wrong side!

            - we scattered rather than gathered with Christ

            - we were in the grip of the wicked one according

              to I John 5:19

 

            - thats why it was so important that you and I be

              born again

            - because of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ

              we were bought back and put in a position where

              we could please God

              (talk more about that in a minute)

 

        Another result was

 

            4.  death

                - remember Satan said that they wouldn't

                  surely die

              Of course death simply means separation, and

              they immediately died in the sense that they

              were:

 

              a.  separated from God

                  the joy of that intimate fellowship was now

                  lost

 

              b.  physical death

                  Satan said they wouldn't die, yet Genesis 5

                  is written to show how much of a liar Satan

                  is:

                  "Adam lived 930 years, and he died"

                  "Seth lived 912 years and he died"

                  "Enosh lived 905 years and he died"

                     - and on and on and on

 

              worst aspect was:

              c.  possibility of the "second death"

                  - where the individual was eternally

                    separated from God without any remedy

                    whatsoever

 

 

V.  Implications To The Future And The Present

 

    A.  dominion

 

        1.  present - At our IFRBC conference Dave Jeremiah

            said, "The biggest problem with us believers

            today is the issue of self-control"

                 - I think he's right

                 - God wants believers who, under his

                   Lordship, can gain control of the various

                   areas of their lives

                 - individuals who are controlling their

                   finances, instead of letting finances

                   control them

                 - individuals who are growing and handling

                   relationship problems instead of letting

                   those problems handle them

                 - individuals who are growing in their

                   control of their thought life instead of

                   being controlled by lusts of the flesh

 

                 - one of the questions tonight is, are you

                   growing in control of your world or is

                   your world, problems, lusts controlling

                   you?

 

        2. future - II Timothy 2:12 - If we suffer, we shall

                    also reign with Him

                  - that dominion will be completely restored

                    in the millennial kingdom when believers

                    will rule and reign under the Lord Jesus

                    Christ

 

    B. the war

 

        1.  present - I wonder how many individuals who would

              indentify themselves with Faith Baptist Church

              leave home every morning recognizing that they

              are in a war?

            - I think we'd have to spend a lot less time

              convincing folks that the world is bad if more

              folks were aware of the war

            - this isn't just a theme for the end times--its

              a theme throughout the Scriptures

 

            - good news is, if you've trusted Christ as your

              Savior, the war is now winnable

            - the old man was crucified according to Rom.

              6:6, and now you're a new man--no longer a

              slave to sin

            - you have a new capacity and ability to be

              changing, growing, and to be pleasing to Him

            - if you want it to, that can result in great

              spiritual victory

            - When we sing #496 (Victory In Jesus), thats not

              some pie in the sky by and by song--thats for

              here and now

            - Paul said in I Cor. 2:14 - "Thanks be unto God

              who always leads us in triumph in Jesus Christ"

            - Some of you know all about that.  You can look

              back over this year and see definite examples

              of ways you've changed and grown

            - yes, there's a war, but the believer can be

              growing and taking strides at winning that war

 

        2.  future - of course the time is coming when God

            will end the war by casting Satan and his host in

            the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11)

 

            Paul concluded the book of Romans with this verse

            "And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under

            your feet shortly.  The grace of our Lord Jesus

            Christ be with you. Amen"

 

 

    C.  death

        we said before that death means separation

 

        1.  present

            one of the results of being born a sinner is that

            there can be no fellowship with God.  I Tim. 2:5

            says that God is on one side and you are on the

            other.

            - but after trusting Christ as Savior,

 

            a. fellowship is possible

 

                I John 1:3 - That which we have seen and

                heard declare we unto you, that ye also may

                have fellowship with us, and truly our

                fellowship is with the Father, and with his

                son, Jesus Christ

 

            - another result of salvation is that death has

              no sting.

 

           b.  death has no sting

               Satan lied when he said, Thou shalt not surely

               die.  But there is an answer for death, and

               that is the resurrection.

 

               thats why Paul could write, O death, where is

               thy sting?  O, grave, where is thy victory?...

               But thanks be to God, who giveth us the

               victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

 

        2.  future

               of course believers need not fear the second

               death either.  Paul said, What shall separate

               us from the love of Christ?...For I am

               persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor

               angels...shall be able to separate us from the

               love of God, which is in christ Jesus

Steve Viars

B.S. - Bible, Baptist Bible College
M.Div. - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. - Westminster Theological Seminary

Pastor Steve Viars has served at Faith Church since 1987. He and his wife Kris were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. Pastor Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God, and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith ministries and serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

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