Does it make sense to you - when humanity has been endowed with such tremendous mental power - that more than HALF of all people on earth should be illiterate, living in abject poverty, near starvation, in filth and squalor; that in one country of 26 million people, only 3 percent can read and write and per capita income is only $69 per year? Does it make sense to you that human civilization has developed modern science, higher education, the world's religions and its great governments, yet all these are in total ignorance of the way to world peace? None of these can tell us what man is, whether he was put on earth for a purpose, what that PURPOSE IS, where he is going or how to get there.
Does it make sense to you - with man endowed with such great powers that the world should be filled with so much unhappiness, troubles and evils? Did God Almighty the Creator purpose and ordain all of this?
We may blame it all on human nature, but did God create man with this evil to harass him. It's time to clear up this mystery. It's time we understand. It's time we come to the answer of these supposedly unanswerable questions that seem to baffle all human thought.
Man Has Rejected This Knowledge
What is the most necessary of all knowledge to know? It is the knowledge of what man is; the knowledge of why he is - the PURPOSE for which humanity was put on earth: the knowledge of the way to achieve that purpose - of the way to world peace, peace between individuals, groups and nations; the knowledge of the cause of all the world's troubles and evils; the knowledge of the solution to all these problems; the knowledge of the true values - what is important and what is worthless.
That is the missing dimension in knowledge. Look at the situation as it is now - our present, pulsating twentieth century. Supposedly this is the day of enlightenment and mass production of knowledge. But both modern science and higher education have rejected the sole source of this basic knowledge - revelation - and no religion has given us this most-needed knowledge, though it is all contained in the book generally supposed to be the source of belief of at least three of the world's great religions.
Look at the situation as it was more than 1900 years ago. Jesus Christ came from heaven with a message from God containing this knowledge. But even most of those who believed on Him disbelieved the message He brought and demanded His crucifixion for declaring it. His apostles went forth proclaiming the message; they too, with one possible exception, were martyred. Before the end of the first century, Christ's gospel message was suppressed and a spurious gospel proclaimed.
Go now all the way back to the beginning of humanity on the earth. Our very first parents rejected this same revealed knowledge imparted to them by their Maker in person. They disbelieved what He said. Yet they did believe Satan's lies. They disobeyed by stealing the forbidden fruit. They took to themselves the knowledge of what is good and what is evil. All humanity has followed their example ever since.
The Eternal God nevertheless has made this vital revealed knowledge and truth available to any willing to BELIEVE what He says - in His inspired book, the Book of books - the Holy Bible. This book has actually become the world's best seller. But this precious book has been interpreted and misinterpreted, distorted, twisted, misrepresented, misunderstood, and maligned as no other book ever has.
Humans have written uncounted millions of books. People BELIEVE what these books say, though they may be partly, mostly, or totally in error and devoid of truth. People take these books literally to mean what they say. Yet of the Bible they will say, You surely don't take the Bible literally, do you? They will not believe this book means what it says. It is the very Word of the living God, but they refuse to believe what God says.
And thus disbelieving humanity continues stumbling on its way, piling up the mountains of human woes, discontent, unhappiness, sorrow, pain, suffering and death. Yet the Eternal God of truth and mercy makes available even today - in this end-time of the present evil world - vital, exciting, new knowledge to those willing to believe what He says and to obey it.
More than fifty years ago ON PROOF, I came to BELIEVE and OBEY. And in His Word the living God has opened my mind to the awesome human potential - to the missing dimension in knowledge; to the CAUSES of all humanity's evils and to the WAY to world peace and how it finally is going to come. And the same God of all creation is now opening before me the doors to unusual favor in the eyes of heads of state all over the world as an ambassador without human portfolio for world peace and a builder of bridges for peace between nations.
The Vast Universe - and Man
In this Book of all books, God reveals Himself as Creator of all, not merely the earth and man, but the entire limitless universe. The Maker of mankind is also the Creator of all. On a clear, cloudless night one may behold the star-studded sky. Is it possible there is an unrealized connection between the galaxies with their mighty suns, their planets - and man?
In this true story of the incredible human potential, I deem it well to look first to the Creator's overall purpose. Prepare yourself for exciting new knowledge - the incredible awesome potential for which humanity was created and put here on earth.
Winston Churchill said before the United States Congress that there is a purpose being worked out here below. Few indeed know what that purpose is; yet it is plainly revealed. And it's the most exciting, most wonderful, hope-inspiring truth that could ever be revealed.
God - Creator of the Universe
Did you ever wonder about the countless millions of shining stars you have seen on an otherwise black, cloudless night? Sometimes they appear like a stupendous skyrocket which has just burst out into a glittering cluster. Many of them are tremendous suns incredibly larger than our sun. Probably most of them are surrounded by planets, like our sun is surrounded by Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the other planets of our solar system.
Haven't you wondered about them? Are any of them inhabited? Did they evolve, as most scientists - astronomers, biologists, geologists - theorize? Or were they created by an all intelligent, all-powerful Creator Being? Were they created and set in space FOR A PURPOSE? Do any of the planets contain any kind of life, or are all like our moon - dead, decayed, lifeless, wasted, empty, uninhabitable? And if they are in a dead state of decay and lifeless, WHY would an intelligent Creator have created them thus? Or did He?
These are indeed intriguing questions. Scientists are extremely interested in knowing more about these uncountable gigantic bodies out there in space. Science does not know much about the origin of all these mighty bodies. There are many theories - many guesses - many hypotheses - as to how they were formed - but not based on actual revealed fact. Science generally rejects REVELATION as a basic source of knowledge. Although astronomers for hundreds of years have been curious about the stars in the sky, many devoting their lifetimes to this study through constantly improved telescopes, they knew nothing about the purpose - or whether there is a purpose.
In Pasadena, California, a short distance from Ambassador College is the world-famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory (known as JPL), operated by California Institute of Technology, devoted primarily to U.S. government and space projects. There they design and produce unmanned spacecraft to be sent into outer space to photograph and send back pictures of other planets in our solar system. In December 1974 one came comparatively close (26,000 miles) to Jupiter. It sent back photographs that revealed additional knowledge about this largest of our planets. They did not give any proof of existing life or of conditions capable of sustaining life.
Then on February 9, 1975 astronomers at the University of Arizona claimed to have discovered through a telescope evidence of water on Jupiter. This I consider highly improbable. Of course, the planet Mars has attracted the widest attention. Haven't you wondered if Mars is inhabited - what kind of life might exist there? This very question has supplied the theme for science-fiction movies and a television series viewed by millions.
But does human life or some other form - either much superior to man, or much inferior - exist on Mars or any other planet? Science does not have these answers. But the many photographs sent back to Earth from spacecraft on the surface of Mars, and hence being much nearer Jupiter and Saturn than our planet Earth, at least INDICATE a total absence of life on any of these planets - or conditions capable of sustaining life.
It had been planned to try to land the unmanned spacecraft Viking on Mars on the 200th anniversary of the United States as a nation. Actually, this spacecraft, in appearance something like a huge, ungainly Tinkertoy, had been created at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The Viking was equipped to send back photographs from the very surface of the planet Mars. Actually it did land on July 20, 1976. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, operated as a government project, but a division of the California Institute of Technology, is located a short distance from our Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. The JPL scientists had arranged to transmit the very first photographs ever take on the surface of Mars to the Ambassador Auditorium so that a public audience might view the transmission of these pioneer pictures.
Naturally this transmission of the first actual photographs from a planet farther than our moon was of very special interest to me - not only because of the importance of the first pictures, but also because the Ambassador Auditorium had been designed and built under my personal direction. Several people had been sitting in the Auditorium throughout the night. I personally, in communication with the JPL scientists, arrived at the Auditorium about 4:50 a.m. The first pictures began coming in on the large motion picture screen at about 5:10 a.m.
The pictures showed clearly to us precisely what is revealed in the Word of God - Romans 8:19-23, Revised Standard Version. All is waste, deterioration, a condition of decay. There appeared no evidence of any sign of life of any sort, or of conditions that could sustain life. All indications are that only our planet Earth is a life-supporting planet. Others appear to be like our moon - dead, decayed, wasted and empty. Our earth is part of the solar system which is part of a single galaxy called the Milky Way. There are many other galaxies on beyond ours. They extend in space distances so vast the human mind cannot conceive of them in terms of miles, meters, or any measure of distance except light years.
So even though science knows comparatively little about the limitless universe, revelation tells us something amazing beyond words about them. The first verse in the revealed Word of God, says: In the beginning God created the heavens and earth. The word heaven in the King James should be translated heavens, since the original Hebrew is in the plural. The ancient King David of Israel wondered about the stars and was inspired to tell us God created them.
Created - But Why?
David was inspired to write,
Oh Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens... When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? (Psalms 8:1, 3-4)
It may be that King David was not given the revelation of the real connection between man and the stars of outer space, for he continues:
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field, the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 0 Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:5-9).
David here limits man's dominion to the present - that which God gave mankind in the creation of man - the solid earth, the earth's atmosphere, and the waters and sea (as in Gen.1:26-28). That is the dominion man has now. In the New Testament, written much later, far more is revealed.
Incredible Human Potential Revealed
In the book of Hebrews we read: For unto the angels hath He [God] not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak (Heb. 2:5). The theme of the context here is the world to come. There is but one earth, but the Bible speaks of three worlds, ages, or civilizations on the earth - the world that then was (the antediluvian world from Adam to Noah), this present evil world (from the Flood until Christ's return, yet future); and the world to come (which starts when Christ comes and sets up the Kingdom of God).
This verse speaks of angels as if the world had been put in subjection to angels; in fact, in the very beginning of this book of Hebrews, the first chapter, it is speaking of Christ and angels and the relation of angels to humans. This must be explained a little later. But bear in mind the general theme here, or context, is the world to come, whereof we speak - not this present age, now coming rapidly to its end!
Continue on in verse 6: But one in a certain place testified, saying . . . Then follows a quotation from the first six verses only of the eighth psalm. In this psalm, David continued showing specifically that God has now placed in subjection under man the solid earth, the earth's atmosphere or air, and the sea. But now the writer of the book of Hebrews is inspired to follow with something radically different - something to happen in the world to come!
This revealed knowledge of God's purpose for mankind - of man's incredible awesome potential - staggers the imagination. Science knows nothing of it - no religion reveals it, so far as I know - and certainly higher education is in utter ignorance of it. Nevertheless, it is what God says He has prepared for them that love Him (I Cor. 2:9-10).
I have said before that God revealed necessary knowledge to our first parents, but they didn't believe what He said! Some 4,000 years later, Jesus Christ appeared on earth with a message direct from God the Father in heaven, revealing the same necessary knowledge - but only a handful - a hundred and twenty - believed what He said, though many professed to believe on him (as in John 8:30-31, 37-38, 40, 45-46).
Today science, religion, and education still do not believe WHAT HE SAID. I will explain this - and why - a bit later. But so many of these interrelated points cannot be explained all at once.
But now let's see what is said in this passage in Hebrews beginning where Hebrews leaves off quoting the eighth psalm: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his [man's] feet. For in that he (God) put all in subjection under him [man], he (God ) left NOTHING that is not put under him (Heb. 2:8). Is it possible God could mean what He says (all things) ? Nothing excluded? In the first chapter, the Moffatt translation of the Bible renders the Greek word translated all things as the universe. In other words, for those willing to believe what God says, He says that He has decreed the entire universe - with all its galaxies, its countless suns and planets - everything - will be put under man's subjection.
But wait a moment! Before you disbelieve, read the next words in the same eighth verse: But now we see not yet all things [the endless universe] put under him [man]. Remember (verse 5) this is speaking of the world to come - not today's world. But what do we see now, today? But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels (or, for a little while lower) for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour. Man, other than Christ, IS NOT YET crowned with glory and honour. But see how Christ is already crowned with glory and honor. Continue:
For it became him, for whom are all things (the entire universe] and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings ... for which cause he [Christ] is not ashamed to call them brethren (verses 10-11).
In other words, Christians having God's Spirit are joint-heirs with Christ to INHERIT all that Christ already has inherited. He is now in glory! He has already inherited the entire universe. He sustains it by His power. Man, if he is converted, having God's Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9), is now only an HEIR - not yet a possessor. But see now how Christ already has been crowned with glory and honor - and is already in possession - has already inherited. Begin with Hebrews, chapter 1:
God ... hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things [the entire universe], by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding [sustaining] all things [the entire universe] by the word of his power. . . (Heb. 1: 1-3)
The living Christ already sustains the entire universe by His limitless divine power. The passage continues to show His superiority over the angels - He is the begotten and born Son of God - angels are merely individually created beings. Angels are now administering spirits (invisible to us), ministering to us - to us who are now in lower status than angels - but who are heirs of salvation, when we, like Christ, shall become born Sons of God (Heb. 1:4-14).
Outer Space - Planets Now Dead
Now put this together with what is revealed in the eighth chapter of Romans. Here it speaks of Christ as God's Son: ... that he might be the firstborn among many brethren (Rom. 8:29). Humans, having God's Holy Spirit are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ - who, alone of all humans, has already been born as God's Son by a resurrection from the dead (Rom.1:4). He is the FIRST of the human family to be born into the Family of God - the Kingdom of God. He is our pioneer who has gone on before. We shall follow at the resurrection of the just at Christ's return to earth in supreme power and glory.
This eighth book of Romans, verse 9, says if we have within us the Holy Spirit of God we are His begotten sons, but if we do not have His Spirit we are none of His - not Christians at all. But verse 11 says that if we have God's Holy Spirit growing within and leading us we shall be raised from the dead by His Spirit - (or if living when Christ comes we shall be changed from mortal to immortal). Now continue:
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.... The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, if so be that we [in this life] suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:14-18). [Continue, Revised Standard Version:] For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God, for the creation [all the suns, planets, stars, moons] was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation [stars, suns, and moons now in decay and futility] has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation but we ourselves [we Spirit-begotten humans], who have the first fruits of the Spirit [the very FEW now being called to salvation - the firstfruits] groan inwardly as we wait for the [birth] as sons (verses 19-23)
What an amazing marvelous revelation of knowledge! No more amazing, awesome, eye-opening passage could be written! It is so astonishingly revealing one doesn't fully grasp it just reading quickly through.
First I quoted from verse 29 of Romans 8 stating Christ WAS the firstborn Of MANY BRETHREN. In Hebrews 1, we see that Christ, the first human to be born by a resurrection from the dead, has been glorified and now sustains the entire universe. He is our pioneer who has gone on ahead. At His return to earth in power and glory those who have been converted and received God's Holy Spirit shall be born into the God Family by a resurrection. Then the entire universe will be put into subjection UNDER them!
Then, from Romans 8, if we have and are led by the Holy Spirit of God, we shall be raised to Spirit composition and immortality in the God Family even as Christ was in A.D. 31 upon His resurrection. Now once again from verse 19: For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God (RSV). This shall happen at the time of the resurrection, when those who are human actually become - by a resurrection or instantaneous change from mortal flesh to Spirit immortality - Sons of God.
Now understand please. Why should the whole universe - the creation - be waiting with eager longing for the actual birth and appearing of all these Sons of God, to be born into the Family of God? The following verses portray a universe filled with planets in decay and futility - yet as if subjected now to this dead state in hope! Because the creation itself [the universe not now capable of sustaining life] will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
How did all the planets fall into the bondage of decay? Surely God did not so create them! Decay signifies a state or condition caused by degeneration and decomposition from a previous undecayed state. God then created these planets in a state on NONdecay. But something caused deterioration to set in. What could have caused all this bondage to decay?
It cannot be the state in which God created them! Everything we read in God's revealed Word about God's creation shows it to have been a perfect creation. The earth was first created a perfect creation of glorious beauty. Facts regarding that will appear in chapter 4. We shall see that angels inhabited the earth prior to the creation of man. Angels, who were perfect from the creation until iniquity or lawlessness was found in them, caused the whole surface of the earth to turn into a state of decay, confusion and emptyness, as we shall see.
Could the whole universe have been created capable of sustaining life? We are not told specifically by revelation in God's Word whether it was or not, but what we are told throws additional light on why God decided to create man! Continue this passage in Romans 8:22 We know that the whole creation [universe] has been groaning in travail together until now. Consider that the creation is compared to a mother about to be delivered of her child. The creation is pictured as groaning in travail in hope (verse 20), awaiting the birth by resurrection to immortality, of the children of God. It is as if the creation is the mother and God is the father. Anyway the whole thrust of the passage is that when we (converted humans) are born of God - then having the power and glory of God - we are going to do as God did when this earth had been laid waste and empty - Hebrew tohu and bohu (Gen.1:2). Christ, who renewed the face of the earth (Psalm 104:30), was renewing what had been destroyed by the rebellion of the sinning angels.
What these wonderful passages imply and indicate goes far beyond the amount specifically revealed. To grasp the whole message of the Kingdom of God requires many chapters like this one. It is an all-encompassing subject.
This passage indicates precisely what all astronomers and scientific evidence indicates - the suns are as balls of fire, giving out light and heat; but the planets, except for this earth, are in a state of death, decay and futility - but not forever - waiting until converted humans are BORN the children of God; born into the very Divine Family of God, forming the Kingdom of God.
Jesus' gospel was the Kingdom of God. What I am showing you here is that Christ's gospel of the Kingdom actually includes all this knowledge here revealed - even the whole universe is to be ruled by us, who with God the Father and Christ, become the Kingdom of God. God is first of all Creator, but God is also Ruler. And He is Educator, who reveals knowledge beyond and outside the scope of human mind of itself to comprehend!
Put together all these scriptures I have used in this chapter, and you begin to grasp the incredible human potential. Our potential is to be born into the God Family, receiving total power! We are to be given jurisdiction over the entire universe!
What are we going to do then? These scriptures indicate we shall impart life to billions and billions of dead planets, as life has been imparted to this earth. We shall create as God directs and instructs. We shall rule through all eternity! Revelation 21 and 22 show there will then be no pain, no suffering, no evil, because we shall have learned to choose God's way of good. It will be an eternal life of accomplishment, constantly looking forward in super-joyous anticipation to new creative projects, and still looking back also on accomplishments with happiness and joy over what shall have been already accomplished.
We shall never grow tired and weary. Always alive - full of joyous energy, vitality, exuberant life and strength and power! What a potential! But why! Why has God purposed all of this? There is still much to reveal. With this chapter, added to the previous ones, we have only started explaining the true gospel.
Why was it opposed? What is the cause of all human wretchedness and suffering? What is the origin of evil? What is the origin and source of human nature, and how shall humans be ridded of it? Why was man made mortal, of material substance from the ground? Why does man, who is composed of matter the same as animals, who dies the same death as animals, have a mind thousands of times greater in mental output than animals whose brains are virtually equal to human brain, both quantitatively and qualitatively? What makes the difference? Why is the human mind, while able to invent the computer, and fly to the moon and back, helpless in the face of its own problems and relations with others here on earth?
All these things will be explained. Science has no answers; religion has failed to tell us; education is in IGNORANCE on these questions. But read on, for the PLAIN TRUTH!