One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Revelation 21:1-5. The most recent New International Version translation states it this way …
Then I [John] saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
I love the trustworthy promise that my Creator will one day “remodel” the heavens and the earth!
It’s been quite some time since I have written something new. The posts that you’ve been reading since before Christmas — highlighting prophecies that foretold Jesus’ birth along with the ones that he fulfilled throughout his life, previous to his death, during his crucifixion, and beyond his glorious resurrection — were written several years back and updated just before I republished them in 2014-2015.
Now I’m sensing the Holy Spirit’s leading to create something especially for my readers who may never have had an opportunity to actually know what is written in God’s Word, the Bible. Maybe this was due to a childhood spent under the authority of non-believing adults; maybe it resulted from living in a house that practiced RELIGION rather than in a home that understood the concept of relationship; perhaps it was because of parents or guardians who preferred to drop-off their kids at a place of worship on Sunday morning so they could get a couple hours of “peace and quiet” after a tough work week.
Whatever your background might reveal about why you have not read the Bible for yourself at any time during your life journey (and there are gazillions of reasons), I hope that you will break through any “shell” that you have drawn around yourself and give me a chance to show you why I have found this “monster” of a Book so very fascinating and worth the read.
I have spent the past several decades learning the ins and outs of writing Christian education curriculum, so that part of the challenge is not new for me. However, picking out stories that ADULTS will find interesting — and even amazing — is something that will require guidance. I’m counting on my readers to help me by offering suggestions.
I’m going to do my best to paraphrase each story and take out a lot of the repetition that can scare away even the most sincere believers from regular Bible reading. Each episode will be categorized in my Prophecy Connections Blog under “Bible Stories for Big People,” so you can look up any of my posts that you’d like to share with someone, as the Lord leads.
For Christians and Jews who have “heard all the stories a thousand times before,” I challenge you to join in and hold me accountable. If some comment of mine seems off-base in your humble opinion, please write to me and let’s search for TRUTH together.
One more thing that I love about the verses I shared earlier: God has not left us in suspense about the future. And as we work our way through the pages of the most well preserved book in all of world history, I will demonstrate that there is a “plot thread” which ties it all together from “beginning” to “end.”
For His glory alone,