Ray Comfort discuss the fascinating mechanisms of this plant, and uses it as a conversation starter as he shares the gospel at a college campus.
September 14, 2021
Welcome to another day of plagues, earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, famines, fires, floods, droughts, and untold human suffering—where evil triumphs over good. All of which are evidences that we live in a fallen creation, as related to us in the first three chapters of the Book of Genesis.
Welcome also to another day of seeing the Bible’s amazing prophecies coming to pass, where men’s hearts would fail them for fear of that which is coming on the earth:
And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. (Luke 21:25-28)
“These things” are clearly specified in Scripture. We published a short book listing these signs of the times, called Counting the Days. Everyone who loves God and understands the Bible can see these signs, and they know how close we are to the time when God’s Kingdom will come to this earth, and His will will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Before the Second Coming, the Scriptures speak of a cruel dictator who mandates that no one will be able to buy or sell without “the mark of the beast.” Here is that portion of scripture:
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. (Revelation 13:16-18)
“It’s clear that vaccinations are not a mark on the hand or on forehead.”
It’s clear that vaccinations are not a mark on the hand or on forehead. But the question does arise, how are governments going to effectively mandate vaccinations? People lie, and validation certificates can easily be counterfeited.
Perhaps there is a way. For the first time in human history, we have the ability to create a mark that can easily be scanned and give accurate information. A permanent mark on the hand would solve the problem. We’re not certain if the mark of the beast will be used in this way, but it’s definitely something within the realm of possibility.
The Bible also makes the bold claim that anyone who obeys the gospel can have everlasting life. But is there a way to know if this is true? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” The way to find out if an instruction book is for a particular appliance, is to do what it says. If the appliance then works, its authenticity is confirmed. The first step in finding out of the Bible is true is simply to obey its instructions—believe the gospel.
As we take that first step, hold on tight because we are going to take a look at the Ten Commandments. Guilt is not a pleasant feeling, but it is very necessary in understanding how much we need God’s forgiveness.
Do you think you are a good person? No doubt, like most of us, you do. How many lies do you think you have told in your life? Have you ever stolen something, even if it’s small? If you’ve done these two things, then you are a lying thief.
Have you ever used God’s name in vain, either flippantly (including “OMG”) or as profanity? If you have, let me ask you if you would ever use your mother’s name as a cuss word. I’m sure you wouldn’t, because that would show you don’t respect her in the slightest. And yet you have used God’s holy name as a cuss word. That’s called “blasphemy,” and it’s very serious in God’s eyes. He promises that whoever takes His name in vain will not be guiltless.
One more question. Jesus said that if we look with lust we commit adultery in our heart. Have you ever looked with lust at someone? If you’re normal, you have.
So here is a summation of your court case. You have admitted to being a lying, thieving, blasphemous adulterer at heart. So on Judgment Day, when God judges you by the Ten Commandments, are you going to be innocent or guilty? Guilty, of course. Will you therefore go to Heaven or Hell? The answer is that if you die in your sins, you have God’s promise that you will end up in Hell. The wages you’ve earned is the death sentence. The Bible says that all liars will be cast into the lake of fire, and no thief, no adulterer, and no blasphemer will inherit the kingdom of God (Revelation 21:8; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Does that make you fearful? If it does, that is good. Fear is doing its beneficial work. It’s being your friend, not your enemy, by showing you that you need God’s mercy.
Here now is the good news of the gospel: The Ten Commandments are God’s “moral Law.” You and I broke the Law, but Jesus paid the fine in His life’s blood. That’s what happened when He died on the cross. That’s why He said just before He died, “It is finished!” In other words, the debt has been paid in full. If you’re in court and someone pays your fine, the judge can let you go even though you are guilty. In doing so, he still does what is legal, right, and just. Does that make sense? Even though you are guilty, you are free to walk out of the courtroom, because someone has paid your fine. The Bible says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God proved His great love for you through the cross. Then Jesus rose from the dead, and defeated the power of the grave.
It is because Jesus paid the fine for sin on the cross that God can dismiss your case. God has made the way to find everlasting life so simple that a child can understand it. All you need to do is be honest and humble. You simply have to repent of your sins and trust in Jesus alone. Repentance means to turn from sin. You can’t say you’re a Christian and continue to lie, steal, and blaspheme God’s name. That would be to deceive yourself and play the hypocrite. Your repentance must be sincere to be genuine. Then you trust in Jesus alone, as you would trust in a parachute. You do what the Bible says to do—“put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (see Romans 13:14).
Do you believe the gospel? I hope you do, because what you believe is very important. If I said that you were walking toward a landmine, you would walk around it—if you believed me. But if you didn’t believe, you would step on top of it. Belief can save your life.
We are very close to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures describe this as a terrifying event for those who refuse to believe and obey the gospel:
…when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)
Today, repent and trust in Jesus, because the reality is, you may not have tomorrow. If you’re not sure how to repent, here is a model prayer of repentance, given to us in Scripture when King David had his sin exposed:
Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight—That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. (Psalm 51:1–4)
Whatever you do, don’t trust in your goodness to save you, as most people do. That’s like flapping your arms when you jump out of a plane. It’s not going to work. You’re not a good person; you’re like the rest of us. Transfer your trust from yourself to the Savior. We trust doctors and pharmaceutical companies when we take pills, cables when we step into an elevator, and pilots when we fly on planes. Doctors can make mistakes, elevators can let us down, and pilots sometimes make deadly mistakes. But God will never let you down. He is without sin, and because of that, the Scriptures tell us that it is impossible for Him to lie. Therefore, trust Him with all of your heart, right now. Please, don’t put it off for another second. Then make sure you pick up a Bible and read it daily, and obey what you read. Prayer is us talking to God, but reading the Bible is God speaking to us, and we need to be swift to hear and slow to speak. May God bless you and keep you.
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