This website focuses on truths about (1) the kingdom of heaven (the safest place in the universe) and (2) your racial group's purpose that must be fulfilled on earth.  All racial groups on earth were created to fulfill a unique purpose as shown in Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs' dynamic book entitled "My Racial Group's Purpose On Earth".  Dr. Gibbs also wrote two other books entitled "The Shocking Truths About Heaven, Hell And Your Birthright Blessing, Volumes I and II.  Click the tabs to the left to read excerpts from Dr. Gibbs' books. 

 

This website also provides spiritual messages that uplift your spirit.  The primary goal of this website is to enlighten your soul with great spiritual truths.

Press Release for the Book

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Press Release for the Book (please read)

 

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“Each racial group that God created has a special purpose to fulfill both on earth and in the new world to come,” this is the central message of Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs’ new book. His work is designed as a guide to those who want to discover this purpose and more importantly find a way to fulfill it. My Racial Group’s Purpose On Earth (published by iUniverse) is all set to join the Virtual Blog Tour from start date (December 14, 2013 to December 31, 2013).

This book enlightens the world about why God created different racial groups with unique features and physical characteristics. The reasons are awe-inspiring and after reading about them, readers will be privy to the magnificence of God’s plan and his incredible workmanship.

This book also enlightens the world about why God created mixed children of color (from interracial marriages) to fulfill a special purpose both on earth and in heaven.

Ultimately, this book will encourage people to not only discover and fulfill their individual purpose on earth, but become proactive members of their racial group as a whole.

“We spend a lot of time in determining our individual purposes . . . but, this book goes beyond our individual purpose (calling) and delves deeply into our racial group’s purpose (calling). That is, this book shows you the nuts and bolts of your racial group’s purpose here on earth and in heaven,” Dr. Gibbs says.

Insightful and eye-opening, My Racial Group’s Purpose On Earth presents a unique approach to pervading racial issues in today’s world.

About the Author

Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and an associate’s degree in accounting. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and passed the C.P.A. Exam in 1982. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree in Religious Studies.

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Today’s Spiritual Message

To everything there is a season (The Kingdom of Heaven)-Part I

Hello my friends:

This article is the first in a series of articles from the book of Ecclesiastes (Chapter 3:1-10) that apprises us of the appointed time to begin our purpose and the season of time we have to fulfill it.  Thus, we should all praise God in the sanctuary for His mighty acts and His magnificent creation.  God also warns us of the consequences of rejecting Christ and our purpose on earth.

It is written, “To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.  A time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” (Eccl 3:1-2).  God is referring to His creation, its purpose and the season of time it has to fulfill it for the kingdom of heaven.

Thus, we need to be mindful to give God thanks for His divine sovereignty and omnipotent power. (Rev 19:6).  For He created all things and gave everything a divine purpose.  We should heed the purpose for which He created us to fulfill for the kingdom of heaven.  He is the potter and we are the clay – i.e. we are the work of His hand. (Isa 64:8).  So, we should clap our hands and give Him all the praise.

Yes, by the word of His mouth all things were created. (Ps 33:6, Heb 11:3).  He spoke and it was done. (Ps 33:9).  He measured the waters in His hand, meted out the span of heaven and made the mountains by weighing them in scales. (Isa 40:12).   For this, let us clap  our hands and give God the glory.

He stopped the waves at the shoreline  by telling them to come hither and no further. (Job 38:11).  God is much too awesome to be trifled with about fulfilling our purpose for the kingdom of heaven.  For every thing and every being under heaven must fulfill God’s purpose.  And  as we fulfill our purpose for the kingdom of heaven, we must lift up the name of Emanuel (Jesus Christ).

Sun and magnetic wire discharge OrangeEven the sun had an appointed time to begin its purpose (i.e., at creation) and a season of time to fulfill it.  It’s purpose will be fulfilled when we get to Paradise.  There’ll be no need of  the sun, for Christ will be the light of New Jerusalem in the new world. (Rev 21:23).  Hallelujah, for this blessing, we will praise Him for the rest of our days.

Globe on FireEven the earth we live upon has a purpose and a season of time to fulfill it.  It’s purpose will be fulfilled when it’s purified by fire. (2 Pet 3:10).  That is, saints will dwell on this same earth forevermore, but  after it’s purified for the eternal state.  So, for all of these good things, we give Him glory, honor and praise.

So, God created heaven and earth for a purpose (Gen 1:1) – i.e., all things were created by and for Christ and the kingdom of heaven.  God created us for a purpose – i.e., He created us to dwell with Him in the kingdom of heaven for eternity.  God created the plants and a host of botanical splendor for a purpose.

HorseFlamingosLet us praise God in the sanctuary for all that He has done for us.  He created and gave a purpose to the horse, to the ant, to the bee, to the ox, to the flamingo and to every animal under heaven.  Yes, let us praise Him for the rest of our days.

Eccl 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season . . .”  Our seasons begin at birth – i.e., God gave us a time period on earth (a season) to fulfill our purpose.  And, He’s counting on us.

Eccl 3:2 says, “There is a time to be born . . .”  That is, some people were born in the 1st century to fulfill their purpose.  Some people were born in the 14th century to fulfill their purpose.  We were born after the beginning of the 20th century.  We’re now in our season.  God’s timing is perfect.  So, we were born at the perfect time to fulfill our purpose for the kingdom of heaven.

We must fulfill our individual and racial group’s purpose during our season on earth before we die.  Eccl 3:2 tells us that there is a time to die.  That is, it is appointed unto men once to die and then the judgment. (Heb 9:27).  And for those who are obedient to the kingdom of heaven, they can praise God for the rest of their days for they’ll be the ones who’ll receive rewards.

Even the animals have a season on earth to fulfill their purpose before they die.  And that’s the end of their existence because their spirits do not exist after death like unto ours. (Eccl 3:21).  That is, God already has all the animals He needs in heaven.  Simply stated, He already has in heaven the compliment of animals He needs to represent the animal kingdom.

hand seedingEccl 3:2 also says, “. . . there is a time to plant . . .”  I know we plant seeds to reap a good harvest, but this verse also has a deeper spiritual meaning.  That is, our bodies are seeds that must be planted in the good soil of the kingdom of heaven.  Our spirits should be seeds of righteousness (Prov 11:21) planted (through Christ) in the kingdom of heaven.

Herein, God is apprising us of the importance of planting our bodies (seeds) in the fertile soil of the kingdom of heaven.  Otherwise, our consequences will be eternally unbearable.

That being said, we’re in the driver’s seat of our final destinations (the kingdom of heaven or the region of hell).  So, let us take heed to learn about and fulfill our individual and racial group’s purpose before our seasons are over.  For as soon as we think not, our seasons may end abruptly.  Then, it’s too late to fulfill our purpose for the kingdom of heaven.  And, serious consequences will befall us.

For Eccl 3:2 says, “. . . there is a time to pluck up that which is planted.”   Now, I know at harvest time, we pluck up our crops when they’re ripe and ready to be plucked up.  But, let’s examine the deeper spiritual meaning of this verse.  Plucking up that which is planted also refers to the resurrection.   There will be a resurrection (plucking up) of both the righteous (the first resurrection) and the unsaved (the second resurrection). (John 5:28-29).

Tombstone without flowers-2The bodies of the saved will be plucked up (raised) with new bodies.  Their spirits will reenter their new bodies and they’ll dwell in the kingdom of heaven forevermore.  Hallelujah, He’s going to give believers new bodies!  For this, let us praise Him in the Sanctuary for the rest of our days.

However, the bodies of the unsaved will be plucked up (raised) out of their graves with the same sick, dilapidated, disease ridden bodies they died with.  For God never promised them new bodies. (Eph 5:5, 1 Cor 6:9).

Their spirits will reenter their vile bodies.  They’ll stand before God’s great white throne to be judged for their sins against the kingdom of heaven and their failure to fulfill their purpose on earth.  This is Judgment Day.  They’ll be found guilty and cast into the eternal lake of fire. (Rev 20:11-15).  Always remember that there is a time to pluck up that which is planted. (Eccl 3:2).

In closing, the safest place in the universe for any of us to be is in the kingdom of heaven fulfilling our individual and racial group’s purpose.  For in the kingdom of heaven, we have eternal life.  This is why we lift our hands in the sanctuary and give Him the glory.  So, we must choose to follow in Christ’s footsteps (1 Pet 2:21) and fulfill our God given purposes on earth.

And, we’ll be blessed far beyond anything we could ever hope for, dream of or imagine.  God has spoken these divine truths over our lives.  Whenever God’s word goes forth, it accomplishes what He sends it to do and doesn’t return unto Him void. (Isa 55:11).  He loves us dearly.  So, let us lift our hands in the Sanctuary and praise Him for the rest of our days.

Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs

 

 


To Everything There is a Season (The Kingdom of Heaven)-Part II

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Today’s Spiritual Message

There is a divine purpose and a season for everything under heaven

Hello my friends:

This article is the second in a series of articles from the book of Ecclesiastes (Chapter 3:1-10) that apprises us of the appointed time to begin our purpose and the season of time that we have to fulfill it.  As noted in our previous post, there are serious consequences for those who reject the kingdom of heaven and their purpose on earth.

We must all heed Christ’s sense of urgency about one’s purpose on earth for the kingdom of heaven.  Christ said, “I must work the works of Him that sent me while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9:4).  That is, everyone has a timeline to fulfill his/her individual and racial group’s purpose.  When night comes (i.e., when we die) our time is up.  Our seasons are over.  It is finished.

Earth, moon and asteroids. Armageddon.So, man has a season of time to fulfill his purpose for the kingdom of heaven.  For Christ’s return is imminent.  Right before He returns, the sun and the moon shall be darkened and stars will fall from heaven upon the wicked. (Matt 24:9).  These devastating judgments will not befall believers.  For God hath not appointed His wrath unto them. (1 Thess 5:9).

terremotoUpon His return to earth, a great earthquake will shake the earth like never before. (Matt 16:18).  The season of time for every unsaved sinner to fulfill his/her purpose for the kingdom of heaven will be over.   Christ will then wage the Battle of Armageddon wherein He’ll remove the devil, his fallen angels and unsaved sinners from the face of the earth. (Matt 24:29-30, Rev 19:19-21).

This brings us to today’s message about getting our acts together for the kingdom of heaven.  For the kingdom of heaven should be the obsession and desire of every man, woman and child.  That said, let us examine Ecclesiastes 3:3-4.

There is, as the book of Ecclesiastes says, “A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up.  A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. (Eccl 3:3-4).

I know that when our country is attacked by our foes, it’s time to go to war and kill.  Afterwards it’s time to heal from the war.   While this is true, it’s vital that we know the deeper spiritual meaning of a time to kill and a time to heal.  That is, since our obsession should be the kingdom of heaven, it’s not only time to kill our fleshly desires, but it’s time to heal our spiritual wounds by the balm of Gilead (Jesus Christ). (Jer 8:22).

breakdown car sadnessLikewise, Ecclesiastes reveals that there is a time to break down and a time to build up.  I know that, like a car, things break down.  Then it’s time to build up (i.e., it’s time to restore the car like new).  While this is true, it’s vital that we know the deeper spiritual meaning of this verse.

Spiritually, God is telling us that it’s time to break down our worldly ways (old selves) by entering the kingdom of heaven through Christ.  It’s also time to break down the strongholds and vain imaginations of our minds that exalt themselves against God. (2 Cor 10:4-5).

Then it’s time to build up the kingdom of heaven.  It’s time to build up and lift up the name of Jesus Christ so that He can draw all men unto Him. (John 12:32).  It’s time to build up your holy life so that you can walk upright before the Lord.  Yes, it’s time to build up your spiritual life by becoming new creature in the kingdom of heaven.  As a new creature, it’s time to put off the old man (i.e. we must refrain from our worldly ways). (Eph 4:22-24).

Having said that, Ecclesiastes 3:4 reveals that there is a time to weep and a time to laugh.  So, we weep about hurtful things and laugh about funny things.  While this is true, it’s crucial for us to know the deeper spiritual meaning of this verse.

Sad Senior Woman XIVGrandmothers, parents and others are constantly on their knees weeping, praying and concerning themselves about the salvation of their unsaved loved ones.  This is truly a time to weep.   Their loved ones are among the scoundrels of the world who’re committing all sorts of abominations against God.  Blinded by Satan and cut off from God’s Spirit, they are in no way fulfilling their individual and racial group’s purpose on earth.

But, O thank God when their prayers are answered and their loved ones receive an epiphany of the kingdom of heaven and get saved, it’s time to laugh.  God has found one of His lost sheep. (Lk 15:4-6).   Even the angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner who gets saved into the kingdom of heaven. (Lk 15:10).  Hallelujah, this is a time to laugh!

This brings us to Ecclesiastes 3:4 that reveals that there is a time to mourn and a time to dance.  There are certainly times when we morn and times when we dance and celebrate.  This is certainly true when we’re just looking at the surface of this verse.  But when we dig a little deeper, it reveals a great spiritual truth that brings joy to our hearts.

That is, from the spiritual perspective of this verse, God (the God of all comfort: 2 Cor 1:3-4) is telling us that He’ll be there to embrace us in His bosom when it’s time to mourn.  He wants us to lean on Him.  Grandmothers, parents and others who spent countless hours weeping and praying before God saved their loved ones, have to come to grips with themselves should their loved one’s season come to an end.  As the word of God reveals, it is appointed unto men once to die. (Heb 9:27).  This is indeed a time to mourn.

But, O thank God, there is good news in the kingdom of heaven when a believer goes home to be with the Lord.  This brings joy to our hearts.  This is a time to dance.  For the angels and the host of heaven will dance and celebrate our loved one’s homecoming.

Heavenly Medieval Trumpet Circle And Skywelcome to heavenThey’ll give our loved ones such a grand welcome that it’ll be far beyond anything that we’ve ever seen on earth.

It is written, “For so an entrance shall be ministered unto a believer abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord . . .” (2 Pet 1:11).  Yes, this is a time to dance.  Hallelujah!

But, for those who will never receive such a grand welcome into God’s everlasting kingdom because they neither accepted Christ nor fulfilled their purpose before they died will suffer the eternal pains of sorrow on the other side.

This is why it behooves us to accept Christ and the kingdom of heaven.  It also behooves us to fulfill our individual and racial group’s purpose during our seasons on earth.  And, we’ll receive the grandest welcome you can imagine at the end of our seasons (allotted time on earth).  Give Him praise!

Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs

 


A Mother’s Tears

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Do You Know About The Tears That A Mother Cries?

                                     A mother’s tears are shed in prayer for her child.

                                         The Lord hears and He’s there all the while.

                                   Even though her child has chosen a wayward path,

                               the Lord will comfort her with all the love that he hath.

 

A Mother's TearsThere are no moments like the tender moments of a mother’s tears.  When it comes to her child, you’re talking about the apple of her eye.  She sheds tears of joy when her baby first leaps in her womb.

She thanks the Lord and promises Him that there’s nothing she won’t do for her child.  Come what may, she’ll go that extra mile.  Then the day comes when her birth pains begin.  When she sees her baby her tears start pouring all over again.

Pregnant Woman EatingThere are so many precious moments that she can share about her pregnancy.  The greatest ones were God helping her to be as strong as she can be.

She also remembers how she grew bigger as the months rolled by.  She can recount the times of her morning sickness when her tears wouldn’t dry.

She remembers her cravings for weird combinations of things to eat.  It was all for her precious baby that she couldn’t wait to meet.

You can’t help but wonder about a mother’s love and the tears that she cries.  Her thoughts are filled with concerns for her children.  And on God she relies.    Times can be scarce when there’s barely enough food to feed her children.  That’s when she leans on the Lord’s grace.  And when the Lord comes through for her,  you can see the tracks of tears running down her face.

Through times of hardship, she may struggle to keep a roof over her children’s heads.  But, God’s word says, “.  . . I’ve not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his people begging bread. (Ps 37:25).  God will come through for His believers, no matter what unbelievers say.  For our God in heaven makes a way out of no way. (Isa 43:15-16).

She often gets on her knees to pray for her baby.   She asks the Lord “Please look on my child daily”.  The wayward crowd she doesn’t want her child to follow.   God can be proud if her child doesn’t bring sorrow.  Then,thank God, the day comes when the speaker tells the graduating class to rise.  There stands her child.  When the ceremony is over, she can’t hold back her emotions as she hugs her child and cries.

Teenager Being ArrestedAnd then there are times of tears that a mother cries for years.  Her child is in and out of trouble because for the Lord, there are no fears.  She stays on her knees in prayer asking the Lord to keep her child in His care.

Finally, her child accepts salvation and from sin refrains.   Wouldn’t you know it, her tears start pouring all over again.

God has great compassion for weeping mothers when their children go astray.  In Jeremiah 31:15, Rachel wept for her children and received comfort from the Lord.  God used this example to not only show us that He’s the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3), but to also show us how Jesus wept for the Israelis (Jews) when they went astray. (John 11:35).

It is written, “.  .  . I (God) will turn their mourning into joy and comfort them.  I’ll make them rejoice from from their sorrow.  A voice was heard in Ramah lamentation and bitter weeping.  It was Rachel weeping for her children.  She refused to be comforted because her children were not (i.e. they were gone astray and not at home in peace).  Jesus comforts in times like these.

DeathYes, a mother cries tears of joy when her wayward child gets saved.  But, her tears turn to sorrow when suddenly and unexpectedly, her child meets an early grave.  And just kike that, her child is gone too soon.  And there seems to be no end to her tears.

But God comforts her.  For she’ll see her saved child again (alive and well) when Jesus comes to rapture  His believers.  She’ll be reunited with her child who has passed.  God’s word says, “. . . The dead in Christ shall rise  first: then we who are alive shall be caught up with them to meet the Lord in the clouds.  And we’ll be together with the Lord forevermore.” (1 Thess 4:16-17).

The loss of a loved one can be extremely difficult, but our grief is temporary –  limited to this life.  In heaven, we will no longer experience the sadness of a saved loved one who passed away.  God  will wipe away every tear from our eyes and death shall be no more.  There shall be no more tears, mourning, death, sorrow or pain. (Rev 21:4).

As a mother sheds tears for her child who has passed, she must never forget that precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of her saved child. (Ps 116:15).

A  Mother WeepingOh to know the love and the tears that a mama cries.  It’s too deep for explanation and too strong to deny.

Her love is too strong to take lightly.  For she’ll hold onto her child tightly.  Yes, she’ll go that extra mile and do anything for her child.

Her life’s unending joy is caring.  Her heart is always about sharing.

Sometimes a mother weeps for years praying for her child’s salvation.  Sadly, sometimes a mother’s child and God never have a relation.  Sometimes a mother’s child dies in that state.  But, it was the child’s free will that chose that fate.  What’s a weeping mother to do?  Know this one thing.  God is good, even when He doesn’t act as we think he should.

A mother cannot make the choice for her child to come to the light.  It’s her child’s choice.  The righteous Judge of all the earth has to do right. (Gen 18:25).

Then again, a mother doesn’t know what – at the last moment – was in  her child’s heart and mind.  For all she knows, her child could have accepted Christ while there was still time.

Jesus Embraces Weeping Mothers From AboveA weeping mother’s comfort is in knowing that she gave her child all of God’s spiritual alarms.

Knowing this, while she’s mourning, she can  lean on God’s everlasting arms.

God feels a mother’s pain, for He comforts a weeping mother from above with His goodness, mercy and love.

As noted above, Oh to know the love and the tears that a mama cries.  It’s too deep for explanation and too strong to deny.

Her love is too strong to take lightly.  For she’ll hold onto her child tightly.  Yes, she’ll go that extra mile and do anything for her child.

Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs

Candi Staton sings a beautiful rendition of “Tears That Mama Cried”.  Her deeply, passionate melody pulls at your heart’s strings and invokes your deepest emotions.  It may even tenderly open your tear ducts.  It’s lovely and graceful melody will move upon your very soul.  Let us sit back and enjoy her solemn but soothing message.    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Candi Staton “Tears That Mama Cried”

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To Everything There is a Season (The Kingdom of Heaven)-Part III

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Today’s Spiritual Message

There is a divine purpose and a season for everything under heaven

Hello my friends:

This article is the third in a series of articles from the book of Ecclesiastes about the kingdom of heaven. (Chapter 3:1-122).  As noted in our previous posts, there are serious consequences for those who reject the kingdom of heaven and their individual and racial group’s purpose on earth.  We all have a divine purpose and a season to fulfill our purpose before we die.

Kingdom of Heaven

The Kingdom of Heaven

In today’s discussion, we’re going to talk about the kingdom of heaven.  For we need to accept Christ as our Lord and Savior so that we can be translated into the kingdom of heaven (the safest place in the universe).  That said, today we’re going to study Ecclesiastes 3:5-6.

There is, according to Ecclesiastes 3:5, “A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.” (Eccl 3:5).

Semi Precious StonesThis verse seems straight forward enough and to the point.  As for gathering stones together, on it’s surface, Ecclesiastes 3:5 is certainly talking about people gathering stones.  Sometimes people gather stones to beautify the landscape of their properties.  Sometimes people gather stones to build a small stonewall (or retaining wall) on their properties for various reasons.

While these examples explain the surface meaning of this verse, let’s probe a little deeper into this verse so that we can embrace it’s valuable spiritual meaning about the kingdom of heaven.

The deeper spiritual meaning of this verse refers to Christ who is the living stone and His believers who are the lively stones of the kingdom of heaven. (1 Pet 2:4-5).  Christ will send forth His angels to gather together His lively stones (i.e., His believers ) from the four corners of the earth. (Matt 24:31, Mk 13:27).  He’ll gather them together into the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus-Christ-Welcomes-Us-To-Heaven-PictureAccording to Ecclesiastes 3:5, this is the time to embrace.  Christ will embrace His believers and say unto them, “Come ye blessed of my Father; inherit the kingdom of heaven prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matt 25:32-34).

But this is not the case for those who reject Christ and the kingdom of heaven (i.e., those who reject Christ and His kingdom of heaven until the day they die).  For as Ecclesiastes 3:5 says, “There is a time to cast away stones and a time to refrain from embracing.” (Eccl 3:5).

sitting boy throws stone in seaBackhoe bulldozer working hard with stonesI know that sometimes we cast away or throw stones in the river.  I also know that sometimes construction companies cast away stones when they’re smoothing out or leveling the land for construction purposes.  But, Eccl 3:5 has a deeper spiritual meaning.  Let’s take a look.

Since unbelievers reject Christ, they are not living stones.  They’re stones without God’s eternal life blessing.  If they continue to reject Christ until they expire, they’ll be a stone that could have been a living stone, but chose not to become one.  This is a time to cast away stones and a time to refrain from embracing.

That is, Christ will cast these stones (i.e., unbelievers) into hell, the place of eternal punishment. (Rev 20:11-15).  This is also a time to refrain from embracing.  Christ will not only refrain from embracing these lost souls, but He’ll not welcome them into the kingdom of heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:6 talks about a time to get (or seek) and a time to lose.  It also talks about a time to keep and a time to cast away.

I know there is a time to get when people go shopping to get or seek out things for their loved ones, friends or themselves.  I know there is a time when we lose something that’s dear to us if we’re not careful.  These are good surface meanings of Eccl 3:6, but let us now study its deeper spiritual meaning.

There is a time to get (or seek) eternal life in the kingdom of heaven and a time to lose your life for Christ.  As it is written, “If any man will come after me (i.e., seek me to get saved), let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Matt 16:24).

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matt 16:25).  In other words, you must lose your life (i.e., lay down your old life) to get eternal life.  Thus, there is a time to get (i.e., get eternal life) and a time to lose (i.e., lose your old life style).

Ecclesiastes 3:6 further reveals that there is a time to keep and a time to cast away.  Let’s examine its meaning.

Smiling over special giftToss or cast away our trashI know that there is a time to keep a special gift that your loved one gives you.  I know that there is a time to toss or cast away your trash.

While these are good representative examples of the surface meaning of Ecclesiastes 3:6, let’s probe a little deeper for its divine spiritual meaning.

A rich young ruler asked Jesus, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus said, “Sell all you have, distribute unto the poor, pick up your cross and follow me and you’ll have treasure in heaven.” (Lk 18:16-23, Mark 10:17-22).  What is the spiritual meaning of sell all you have and distribute to the poor?

Spiritually, Christ is revealing to the rich young ruler that he must sell (in a spiritual sense) all that he has to Christ so that his wealth can be kept in Christ’s hands and out of Satan’s hands.  That is, saints must treat their wealth and possessions as though they belong to Christ.  You sell all you have (in a spiritual sense) to Christ by offering Him all you have for the work of the kingdom of heaven.

When it comes to your wealth and possessions, you have the mindset that all you own is His (nothing held back).  Spiritually, you sell Christ your home, television set, car, jewelry, stocks, bonds, your time and your whole being.  Christ becomes the owner of all that you have so that He can keep all that you own for the kingdom’s use and not for Satan’s use.  So, there is a time to keep.

So, when you get saved, Christ becomes the new owner of your possessions and He keeps your possessions for the holy purposes of the kingdom.  So, there is indeed a time to keep.

man-praying-on-one-knee-thumb-572xauto-56009When you sell all you own to Christ, you have no greed or ego to satisfy.  You bow down and humble  yourself before Him.  In your heart, you have forsaken all for Christ.  That is, in your heart, mind and soul your possessions are no longer yours.  For you have cast them away – i.e., you no longer own them.  So, spiritually, there is a time to cast away.

Selling all you own to Christ is a highly profitable, spiritual concept.  When you sell your possessions to Christ (in a spiritual sense), you don’t part with them; you get to keep them.  So, there is indeed a time to keep.

Christ becomes the new owner and you become a wise steward over Christ’s possessions.  As a wise steward over Christ’s possessions, treasures will be stored up for you in heaven.  You will also receive blessings and treasures while you’re on earth. (Mark 10:28-30, Lk 18:28-30, Matt 19:28).

So, the profit in selling all of your possessions to Christ is that you get paid for doing it while at the same time you get to keep your possessions for your  own pleasure and enjoyment.  Speaking of living the good life, it doesn’t get any better than that.

So, Christ keeps your possessions for the kingdom and you get to keep them for your own enjoyment.  Hallelujah, there is indeed a time to keep.

Poor beggar child eating charity foodFinally, the spiritual meaning of distribute to the poor is that we must use the wealth of the kingdom of heaven to help the poor and needy – i.e., we’re to help those who have survival, spiritual, physical, emotional, financial, sociological and other indigent needs.  We’re also to use our wealth to spread God’s gospel, support our local churches, build Christian schools and churches, support outreach ministries, etc.  So, we’re to use our wealth for holy purposes only.

The bottom line is that we are to serve God faithfully in the kingdom of heaven and always remember that there is a time to cast way stones and a time to gather stones, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.  Likewise we’re to remember that there is a time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away.  If we remember these things and serve God faithfully, He’ll bless and reward us tremendously.  To God be the glory.  Amen.

Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs

 

 


To Everything There is a Season (The Kingdom of Heaven)-Part IV

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Today’s Spiritual Message

 There is a divine purpose and a season for everything under heaven

 Hello my friends:

Gates of the kingdom of heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

We’ve been studying a series of articles about the kingdom of heaven as revealed in Ecclesiastes 3:1-22.  This is our fourth article in the series.  As noted before, every racial group under heaven has a divine purpose to fulfill on earth.

That purpose must be fulfilled for the kingdom of heaven during the season that God gives each and every person on earth.  Today we’re going to study Ecclesiastes 3:7.

Christ died on that old rugged cross to give us eternal life and a purpose to fulfill on earth.  Satan tries to stop us.  So, that old battle between God and Satan is still raging.   But, when Christ died on the cross, the war was won (that was the end of the conflict).  That’s why Christ said those beautiful words, “It is finished.”

That being said, there is, according to Ecclesiastes 3:7, “A  time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak.”

Yard saleRend means to tear apart that which was once whole.  For example, sometimes we put up signs in our neighborhoods to announce a yard sale that we’re having.  When our yard sale is over, we take down our signs, rend them (i.e., tear them apart) and discard them into our waste receptacles.  This is a time to rend.

Then there are times when we notice that there is a hole in one of our socks.  No problem.  We just grab a needle and some thread and sew up the sock.  This is a time to sew.  These are very simple examples of what this verse means by a time to rend (i.e., tear things apart) and a time to sew (i.e., sew things up).

But, when you study Ecclesiastes 3:7 a little deeper, you’ll see that it not only shows us the way unto the kingdom of heaven, but it also shows us the ultimate proof of Christ’s undying love for every man, woman and child on earth.  How is this so?

The only way that we can enter the kingdom of heaven is through Christ. (John 14:6).  For He bled and died on that old rugged cross so that we might have eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. (1 John 4:9, 1 Cor 15:3, Eph 1:7, Rom 5:8, 1Pet 2:24).

Temple veil rentIt is written, “And Jesus cried with a loud voice and gave up the ghost (i.e., He died on the cross).  He said, “It is finished“.  The veil of the temple was rent (torn) into 2 parts from the top to the bottom. (Mk 15:37-38).  The veil speaks of our blood covering that Christ gave us so that we can enter the kingdom of heaven. (Heb 10:19-22).  When the veil was rent (Lk 23:45), it signified that through Jesus’ blood, we can enter the kingdom of heaven.  Without the veil, we don’t have salvation.

So, by His death on that old rugged cross, it shows us ultimate proof of His undying love for us whereby the veil was rent which signified that we now have a way to enter into the kingdom of heaven, through His blood covering.  This is the spiritual meaning of what Eccl 3:7 means by there is a time to rend (tear apart).

Spiritually, there is also a time to sew.  When believers first enter the kingdom of heaven, many of them enter in with heavily laden burdens, broken hearts, spiritual wounds, psychological wounds, sociological wounds and the list goes on.  That’s when the healing balm of Gilead (Jesus Christ, the master healer: Jer 8:22) steps in to mend (sew up) our spiritual wounds, broken hearts, habitual iniquities, mentally worn souls and so on.  So, there is indeed a time to sew (mend).

As the word of God says in the book of Job “My transgression is sealed up in a bag and God sews up mine iniquity.” (Job 14:17).  God’s word also says, “He heals (mends) the broken in heart and binds up (i.e., sews up) their wounds.” (Ps 147:3).  This is the spiritual meaning of what Eccl 3:7 means by there is a time to sew.  Praise God, Christ won the war for us on that old rugged cross.  That’s why He said (by His Almighty and omnipotent power), “It is finished.”  So, there is indeed a time to rend and a time to sew.

Libraryian Quiet PleaseWedding toastEcclesiastes 3:7 also reveals that there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.  When you go to the library to read, study or research your project, you must keep silent.  The library even puts up signs that tell you to be quiet.

When  toasting the bride and groom at the wedding banquet, it is time to speak.  All the guest laugh when a hearty toast is spoken.

These are two examples of what Ecclesiastes 3:7 means on its surface by a time to keep silence and a time to speak.  I’m sure that you can think of other examples.  And, that’s fine.  But, the purpose of this article is to delve into the spiritual message that this verse reveals unto us.

Let us now reflect on Christ’s Crucifixion on that old rugged cross.  After beating and bruising Him, they led Him to Golgotha to be crucified. (Matt 27:33).  The battle between Christ and Satan was raging.  Christ allowed them to crucify Him, for He could have called 12 legions of angels to rescue Him.  He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, but He opened not His mouth. (Isa 53:7, Matt 26:53).

For our sakes, it was time for Him to be silent.  If He had spoken and called His angels that would have stopped the crucifixion and none of us would be saved today .  Hallelujah, it was a time to be silent.

Roman soldiers brutally flogged Christ with whips.  Little pieces of sharp bones and little lead balls were attached to the ends of these whips.  They beat Him unmercifully.  Yet, He opened not His mouth.  He was silent, yet the battle was raging.

Christ's bloody bodyTheir whips cut so deep into His back that you could see His skeletal muscles.  They slapped Him, mocked Him, hit him in His head, spat on Him, and beat Him with their fists.  But, He kept silent.

They stuck a crown of thorns so deep into His scalp that His face was dripping with blood.

They Hanged Him on that old rugged cross with blood dripping from His body (He was in great pain and agony). (Mk 14:65, Matt 26:67, 27:28-32, John 19:2, Isa 53:5, Ps 22:14-18).  But, in spite of His merciless beating, He opened not His mouth.  This is the spiritual meaning of what Eccl 3:7 means by there is a time to keep silence.

But, Oh thank God, finally it was time for Christ to speak.    “. . . with a loud voice He said, MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME? (Matt 27:46).  In order for Christ to bear all of our sins upon Himself so that we could enter the kingdom of heaven, God had to forsake Him for that moment.

it-is-finishedThen, Christ spoke the 3 most important words for our entrance into the kingdom of heaven.  He said “It is finished (i.e., the battle is over).”  Then He said, “. . . Father, INTO THY HANDS I COMMEND MY SPIRIT and having said this, He bowed His head and gave up the ghost (i.e., He died). (Mark 23:46, John 19:30).

By speaking these 3 crucial words (It is finished), our salvation was complete – the conflict is over.  The price was now fully paid.  That is, our death penalties were fully forgiven by His blood which wrought for us free access into the kingdom of heaven.  Thus, when He said, “It is finished“, no sweeter words had ever been spoken.  So, there is indeed a time to keep silence and a time to speak.  God be with you.

Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs

 

No truer and sweeter words have ever been sung than by John Starnes in his moving, soul stirring rendition of It is finished.

 

 


To Everything There is a Season (The Kingdom of Heaven)-Part V

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Today’s Spiritual Message

 There is a divine purpose and a season for everything under heaven

 Hello my friends:

Welcome back to our series of articles about the kingdom of heaven as revealed in Ecclesiastes 3:1-22.  This is our fifth article in the series.  We all have a season (specific time on earth) to fulfill our racial group’s purpose.  So, we must be about our Father’s business in the kingdom of heaven.

golden ladderIf you’re not a part of the kingdom of heaven, I hope today’s article will inspire you to start climbing the stairway to heaven  (i.e., doing the things you need to do that lead to the kingdom of heaven).  With that said, today we’re going to study Ecclesiastes 3:8.

There is, according to Ecclesiastes 3:8, “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:8 is telling us to love one another.  God is the God of love. (2 Cor 13:11).  Love is the very nature of His divine being.  As such, He has spread love abroad in our hearts. (Rom 5:5).  In the kingdom of heaven, believers will bask in His infinite love forevermore.  So, we are very capable of obeying His command to love our neighbors (i.e., others) as we love ourselves. (Gal 5:14, Lev 19:34).

Some sons and daughters grow up to hate their fathers or mothers.  But, after their fathers or mothers pass away, many of them regret that they never made an effort to have a relationship with them.  Sadly, there was always a time to love, but they let that precious time slip away.

The groom embracing his bride.Oh, how happy you were on your wedding day.  You were ready to enter into a marriage that would honor the kingdom of heaven.  But, now (years later) your husband or wife has left you because you mistreated, abused or disrespected him/her beyond measure (i.e., your spouse just couldn’t take it any more).

Now he/she is gone: never to return.  You reflect on your behavior and wish that you had treated him/her differently.  There was a time to love him/her, but you let it slip away.  So, there is always a time to love.

So, according to Ecclesiastes 3:8 and 1 John 3:18, God wants us to not only love in words, but He wants us to love in deed and in truth – i.e., we’re to show our love for others as we honor the the kingdom of heaven.  So, each day is a time to love.

Ecclesiastes 3:8 also tells us that there is a time to hate.  This verse is not teaching us to hate anyone.  It’s teaching us that God loves sinners, but He hates their sins and abominations.  In this light, beware of Bible scholars who teach that God hates both the sin and the sinner.

They don’t understand what God means when He  uses the word hate in referring to sinners.  So, if you listen to them, they’ll have you hating sinners instead of witnessing to them about salvation and the kingdom of heaven.  God forbid!

Psalm 5:5 says, “The foolish shall not stand in God’s sight, He hates all workers of iniquity.”  Likewise, Psalm 11:5 says, “The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked . . . His sole hates.”  These are a couple of the verses that misguided Bible scholars use to justify (erroneously) that God hates sinners.

Christ's hand nailed to crossChrist feet nailed to crossBut, God so loved the world (including sinners) that He gave His only begotten son (Jesus) to be nailed to the cross and die so that sinners could get into the kingdom of heaven. (John 3:16).

So, God can’t both love sinners and hate them.  That would be a contradiction.  But, God is not the author of confusion. (1 Cor 14:33).  So, we must rightfully divide God’s word. (1 Tim 2:15).

In Psalms 5:5 sand 11:5 cited above, God certainly uses the word hate in referring to sinners.  But that same Hebrew word used for hate in Psalms 5:5 and 11:5 is also used in Prov 30:23 for an odious woman (odious means detestable, disgusting, despicable, repulsive, repugnant, offensive, etc.).  So, in Psalms 5:5 and 11:5, you don’t use the word hate for way that God feels about sinners because He has already established that He loves sinners. (John 3:16).

So, to rightly divide God’s word, the proper context of what God is saying in Psalms 5:5 and 11:5 is that sinners are disgusting and odious to God.  Even so, He loves them for, it is written, “But God commended His love toward sinners, in that, while they were yet sinners, Christ died for them. (Rom 5:8).

So, there is a time to hate.  And that time is to hate sin, but love the sinner.  Made in God’s image, we’re to hate sin as God does.  For when we hate sin and love the sinner, it makes us more powerful witnesses for the kingdom of heaven.  So, there is indeed a time to love and a time to hate.

In Ecclesiastes 3:8, God is also referring to the second coming of Christ wherein He’ll wage the War of Armageddon to remove all wicked beings (Satan, his fallen angels and the unsaved) from the face of the earth. (Matt 24:29-30, Rev 19:19-21).  This is what Ecclesiastes means by there is a time of war.

The antichrist’s army will be gathered for Armageddon and ready to battle King Jesus.  But, woe be unto those who haven’t prepared themselves for the kingdom of heaven.  Right before Christ returns, the sun and the moon will be darkened and the whole world will be gripped in cosmic darkness.  You won’t be able to see your hands before your face.

Earth, moon and asteroids. Armageddon.The antichrist’s troops – who were ready to fight – will start trembling with fear and trepidation as they grope in the dark.  Right before Christ returns to earth, stars will start falling from heaven upon the wicked. (Matt 24:9).  That is, stars will start to fall upon those who rejected Christ and the kingdom of heaven.  This devastation will not befall believers because they’re not under God’s wrath. (1 Thess 5:9).

terremotoAlso upon Christ’s return, a great earthquake will shake the earth like never before. (Matt 6:18).  Believers will be well protected. (1 Thess 5:9).

As a result of the earth quake, world wide storms causing floods will start to rage.  Falling power lines will cut off telephone and electricity services.

As the earth shakes with increasing intensity, bridges and their structures will weaken and crumble to the ground.  The earthquake will also trigger volcanic eruptions.  Many sinners will perish as a result of red hot lava cascading down to the surrounding areas.  As noted, these earth shattering disasters are not for believers because they’re not under God’s wrath. (1 Thess 5:9).

Antichrist's troops-ArmageddonAs for the antichrist’s army, God will completely dispose of them.  For as Ecclesiastes 3:8 reveals, there is indeed a time of war.  Christ will smite the antichrist’s army with a plague.

While they stand on their feet, they’ll burst into flames.  Their flesh will consume away, their eyeballs will consume away in their sockets and their tongues will consume away in their mouths. (Zech 14:12).  God will also cause their weapon systems to malfunction and they’ll kill one another.  The slain of the Lord (i.e., unsaved sinners) will be many.

When Armageddon ceases, the blood from any battle down through the ages, will pale in comparison to the blood that’ll result from Armageddon.  The blood trail from its carnage will stretch 200 miles along the battlefield. (Rev 14:20).

Then, Christ will set up His kingdom of righteousness and peace for 1,000 years (the millennium).  During His reign, peace will flow like a river.  So, believers will bask in the peace of the kingdom of heaven throughout the millennium.  This is what Ecclesiastes 3:8 means by there is a time of war and a time of peace.  Give the Lord glory!

Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs

 


To Everything There is a Season (The Greater Cause)-Part VI

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Today’s Spiritual Message

 There is a greater cause beyond ourselves

Welcome my friends:

This article is the sixth in a series about the kingdom of heaven as revealed in Ecclesiastes 3:1-22.  In today’s message, we will study Eccl 3:9-13.

I would like to share with you the greater cause.  “My Lord God who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven . . .” (Matt 6:9).

The bush with red flowers around a circular pondHerein, God reveals that the beautiful things that exist in heaven (trees, herbs, waters and gardens filled with botanical splendors) were created on earth for the greater cause.  The greater cause is the ultimate utopia of the eternal kingdom of heaven that’ll come to earth the same as it is in heaven.  For it is written, “The heaven’s are the Lord’s: but the earth hath He given to the children of men.” (Ps 115:16).

So, God created the beautiful earth for believers to rule in the new world.  For now, God filled the earth with everything that man would need for his benefit, sustenance and enjoyment.  While we’re here, we need to get saved and fulfill our individual and racial group’s purpose for the kingdom of heaven.  For no power in the universe can stop God’s greater cause from coming to fruition for believers.

Thus, no matter what trials and tribulations believers encounter, they must keep their focus on the greater cause that they’re headed for – i.e., they’re headed for the ultimate utopia of the eternal kingdom of heaven which includes both heaven and the new earth.

That said, in a sort of rhetorical question, Ecclesiastes 3:9 asks, “What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth?”  That is, we must seriously ponder whether we’re laboring to profit from Satan’s kingdom or the kingdom of heaven.

As confirmed by Christ, there is no profit in working for Satan’s kingdom.  Christ said, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his soul?”  We labor in our lives to gain possessions that we can’t take with us when we die.  But, if we belong to the kingdom of heaven, we can take with us eternal life and our right to the treasures that we stored up in heaven. (Matt 6:29).  So, the only profit under the sun is to labor for the kingdom of heaven.  This is the spiritual message of Eccl 3:9.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He hath made everything beautiful in His time: also He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Jesus-Christ-Coming-Again-every-knee-shall-bowThe phrase “no man can find out the work that God maketh” and the phrase “He made everything beautiful in its time” refer to how God reigns in all of His Shekinah glory (Rev 19:6) and the fact that He makes all things beautiful in the appropriate time for those who belong to the kingdom of heaven.

That said, He rides upon His throne-chariot supported by cherubim who turn not as they go which symbolizes His sovereignty. (Eze 1:22-28, 10:11).  He rules in the affairs of men and watches over His believers to do good for them in the kingdom of heaven.

The phrase “no man can find out the work that God maketh” also means that even though (in the appropriate time) God will make things beautiful for us (as believers), we won’t always be able to figure out what He’s doing on our behalves or how He’s going to work things out for us.  But this we know.  God works all things together for the good of those who love Him. (Rom 8:28).

female praying with bible against summer sunset,So, those who love Him will bask in love, peace and joy forevermore in the kingdom of heaven.  As a believer, you can raise your hands in praise and say, “Lord, you’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”  “I looked all over and I couldn’t find anybody greater than you.” (Deut 33:26).

The cherubim who turn not as they go symbolize that God’s throne-chariot is fixed on its course of the greater cause.  The greater cause is the ultimate utopia of the eternal kingdom of heaven.  God’s course cannot be altered by any man, principality or force in the universe.

Now consider the phrase “He hath set the world in their heart” as noted in Ecclesiastes 3:11.  The Hebrew word used here for world is olam (o-lawm) which in this context refers to eternity.  That is, we yearn to know the future and our eternity.  We have a thirst to know the end of things.  We yearn for eternal life because we never really want to die.  God set that longing in our hearts the day He created us.

In other words, God has set in us the ability to look unto the future and eternity past to realize that there’s a supreme being that created all things.  That is, God has given us the ability to know that He’s real just by observing His creation. (Rom 1:19-20).  Therefore, we have no excuse for not praising and giving glory to the creator for His mighty acts which would lead us to salvation.

Let us now study Eccl 3:10.  “I’ve seen the travail that God has given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.”  The word travail in this context means arduous tasks and exercised means to be humbled by going through affliction or harshness.  So, this verse refers to the earth being cursed when Adam sinned.  God said, . . . “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it . . . thorns and thistles shall it bring forth . . . in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread until thou return unto dust,” (Gen 3:17-19).

Powerful TornadoBecause of this curse, we suffer from disasters: tornadoes, floods, droughts, etc.  Because sin came into the world, we suffer from violence, shootings, bloodshed, etc.  We also face other tribulations in our lives.

Christ said, “. . . In the world, ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).  The Bible also reveals that God will make a way out of no way. (Isa 43:15-16, 1 Cor 10:13).  So, many are the afflictions of believers, but if we lean on God’s everlasting arms, He’ll deliver us out of them all. (Ps 34:19, Deut 33:27).

Thus, we should know for a certainty that no matter what storms or travail we have to face in life, nobody is greater than God.  Knowing this, our focus should not be on being depressed and anxious because of our present circumstances, but our focus should be on the greater cause of God’s throne-chariot that’s headed for the eternal utopia of the kingdom of heaven.  Yes, nobody is greater than God.

Relative to our present circumstances that we’re going through (or suffering through); in God’s providence, things may not happen when we want them to happen or the way we want them to happen.  But, there is indeed a greater cause beyond ourselves that’s working out our eternal utopia.  That is, in the mist of our trials and tribulations, we should always bear in our hearts that we can’t dream of, hope for or even begin to imagine the heavenly joys, pleasures and eternal bliss that the eternal kingdom of heaven has in store for us.

As it is written, “. . . Eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor 2:9).

Even if you lose a leg, arm, kidney, breast or some other body part or function, know that God will not only help you to make it through this storm, but because of the greater cause, you’re going to have a brand new leg, arm, kidney breast or some other body part.

Senior blind gentleman sitting on a bench with his dogActive disabled man in a wheelchair detailed sport concept silhoIf you happen to go blind, become an invalid, lose your hearing, suffer a stroke, or be severely scarred in a fire, God will not only make a way for you to have a rewarding and beautiful life, but because of the greater cause, you’ll have an eternally perfect body with no physical impairments.  So, no matter what happens to you, keep your heart and mind on the greater cause.

So, let each of us lift both hands and say, Lord you’re the best thing that ever happened to me and there is  nobody greater than you.”  Let us bow down and thank Him for His free gift of eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

Having given Him praise, if any of our loved ones go home to be with Him (i.e., their season is over here on earth), we must understand that God needs them now in heaven for the greater cause.  We’ll mourn and we’ll miss them greatly – but knowing that we’ll see them again if we belong to the kingdom of heaven, it will bring us peace of mind.  So, no matter what, everything is going to turn out in our best interest.

Lastly, consider Ecclesiastes 3:12-13.  “I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice and do good in life.  And that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.”

In Ecclesiastes 3:9, we were asked, “What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth – i.e., which kingdom should we be laboring for to receive profits?”  God gives us the answer in Eccl 3:12.  The answer is that there is not enough good in us to get into the kingdom of heaven in our own power.  So, the best thing that we can do in life is to receive Christ and do good works.

As noted in the beginning statement, the beautiful things that exist in heaven (trees, herbs, waters and gardens filled with botanical splendors) were created on earth for our benefit, pleasure and enjoyment.  So, as we labor for the greater cause of God’s kingdom we’re to enjoy our labor for the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 tells us that our lives are gifts from God.  So, we should eat, drink and enjoy our callings.  We shouldn’t waste time being at odds with our loved ones.  We should enjoy every moment that we have with them.  Our seasons on earth could end abruptly.  So, we should make the best of our gifts of life from God.

We’ll continue our study in Part VII.  But for now, we can lift our hands in praise and say, “Lord, you’re the best thing that ever happened to  me.  You’re the Great I am who works on the Greater Cause.  And, I thank you Lord that there’s nobody greater than you.”

Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs

 

Vashawn Mitchell – No body greater


To Everything There is a Season (The Greater Cause)-Part VII

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Today’s Spiritual Message

 There is a greater cause beyond ourselves-Continued

Welcome my friends:

This is our seventh article in our series about the kingdom of heaven as revealed in Ecclesiastes 3:1-22.  In this article we’ll study Ecclesiastes 3:14-22 relative to the greater cause of the eternal kingdom of heaven.

But, first let us review briefly Part VI of the greater cause of the eternal kingdom of heaven.  In part VI, we found that the greater cause is the ultimate utopia of the eternal kingdom of heaven.

The lamb of GodAs believers, God has us on the course of the eternal kingdom of heaven where the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) dwells.  And no force or power in the universe can alter it.  For He’s the God on the mountain and the God in  the valley.  For the greater cause, He’ll make all wrong things right.

In Part VI, we found that God gave man the capability to look forward to the future and to look back to eternity past. (Eccl 3:10).  As such, man yearns to know what the future holds for him.  Man has a driving urge to know his ultimate destination.  For he never really wants to die.

Ecclesiastes 3:9 prompts us to choose Satan’s or God’s kingdom to labor for profits.  God gave us the answer in Ecclesiastes 3:12-13.

Loving our families-CaucasianFamily cuddling in bedGod told us to do good in life, serve Him and to love and enjoy every moment that we have with our loved ones.  Even though life will be easy sometimes, we’ll be in some valleys.  But, the God of the good times is still God of the bad times.  For He’ll make all things right.

He told us to eat, drink and enjoy our lives in the kingdom of heaven.  That’s where our true profit lies.  Our lives are His gift to enjoy while fulfilling our purpose on earth.

In part VI, we noted that we suffer from travails such as weather disasters. (Eccl 3:10).  Christ also told us that we’ll have tribulations. (John 16:33).  But, in spite of our storms, God will make a way out of no way. (Isa 43:15-16).  That is, He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. (Rom 8:28).  For He’s the God of the day and the God of the night.

Eccl 3:11 reveals that we don’t know how God is working things out for us.  But, we know that He’s working on the greater cause for us which is our ultimate utopia in the eternal kingdom of heaven.  We’re to remember that the greater cause will (in time) make all things beautiful for us in the kingdom of heaven.

Let us now study Eccl 3:14-15.  It is written, “I know that whatsoever God does, it’ll be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it.  God does it that men should revere Him.  That which has been is now, and that which is to be has already been; and God requires that which is past.”

God is perfectionThis verse teaches us that God is absolute perfection.  He’s the great I AM (Exod 3:14) – i.e., He’s the eternal creator, the all sufficient one, the truth, the way and the life and the creator of the perfect plan for the universe.  His plan is for us to worship Him in the kingdom of heaven forevermore.

Eccl 3:15 reveals that God knows all and nothing is new to Him.  History repeats itself.  Whatever there is, He’s seen it all before.  God’s perfect plan required many past events to take place: He had to create heaven and earth, angels, mankind and He had to send Jesus to die for mankind.  Jesus died for us and is now our God on the mountain and our God in the valley who makes all things right.

Ecclesiastes 3:16-17 shows that at both places of judgment (at Christ’s judgment seat and at God’s great white throne) there’ll be people who have sinned.  The difference is that believers at Christ’s judgment seat will receive rewards for their good works in the kingdom of heaven. (Rom 14:10).  But, the lost will stand at God’s great white throne and receive eternal punishment for their evil works. (Rev 20:11-15).

So, because of the greater cause, God will make everything beautiful for believers in the new world to come – i.e., they’ll receive their rewards.  But for now, they have to trust God to watch over them.

That said, have you ever heard of a person missing a flight and that flight experienced a tragic event.  Why did that person miss the flight?  God was watching over that person as part of the greater cause.

A Christian couple adopted a child who later became violent and unmanageable.  The child grew up and led many people to Christ.  God didn’t tell them what He was doing for the greater cause.  Had He told them, they would have never adopted that child.  God can’t tell us everything.  We have to do our best and trust that God will work all things out for the greater cause – i.e.,  we have to let go and let God.

And when we let go and let God, we have to realize that life will be easy as long as we’re in peace on the mountain top.  But if things change and we find ourselves down in the valley, we have to have faith that we’re never alone.  For God is always with us.

Zoo Animals on Nature BackgroundIn Ecclesiastes 3:18-21, we’re advised to examine ourselves closely.  God wants us to really see ourselves for who we are.  We can then make the right choice between the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of Satan.

We need to realize that the same as animals die, we also die.

The only difference is that our spirits return to God (Eccl 12:7), but the spirits of animals cease to exist.  God already has all the animals He needs in heaven.

When God receives our spirits, He decides whether our spirits will exist eternally in the kingdom of heaven or eternally in the lake of fire.  We must get our acts together for the other side (eternity).  We’re all going to die one day. (Heb 9:27).  So, we need to be ready for Judgment Day when our final destinations will be decided.  Yes, we need to get ready by accepting the God of the good times who is also the God of the bad times who’ll make all things right.

Finally, let us examine Ecclesiastes 3:22. “Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?”

Prize of the high calling

Prize of the high calling

This verse teaches us that, as believers, we should rejoice that we’re winners.  We should be happy that we chose to do good works for the greater cause.  Having pressed toward the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14), we deserve to have a good sense of accomplishment.

After we’re gone, we’ll not be able to see  the fruits of our labor for the kingdom of heaven.  While we’re alive, we should strive to leave a memorable, spiritual legacy.  And while we’re striving to leave a memorable, spiritual legacy, we must never forget that the God of the day is still the God of the night.

So, let us always be mindful that God will make our lives easy when we’re up on the mountain.  And when we  find ourselves down in the valley, we must keep the faith.  For we’ll never be alone.  He’ll always be with us.  Let us give Him praise!

Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs

 

Lynda Randle’s song entitled “God on the Mountain” is a beautiful rendition of how life is easy when we’re on the mountain and how we’re never alone when we’re in the valley.  Let us sit back and enjoy her beautiful voice.


Your Purpose In The Kingdom Of Heaven

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Why Are We Here ConceptEvery man under the sun has been given an individual purpose to fulfill for the kingdom of heaven.  Man must fulfill his individual purpose (calling) both on earth and in heaven.  For God’s callings are eternal. (Rom 8:29).  God has also given every man’s particular racial group a unique purpose to fulfill both on earth and in heaven to glorify the kingdom of heaven.  That’s why we are here.

So, you have to know and fulfill both your individual and racial group’s purpose.  Once you know your individual purpose, you are to operate it within the framework of your racial group’s purpose to serve God completely.  Notice that my book is about our racial group’s purpose on earth.  So, today we’re going to study your  individual purpose in the kingdom of heaven.

Only God knows your true, individual purpose.  So, my goal is to try to point you in the right direction.  You mus first accept Christ as your Lord and Savior.  You need to join a local Bible believing, spirit filled, uncompromising, Word Church.

That said, God calls you first unto salvation in the kingdom of heaven. (2 Thess 2:13-14, 1 Cor 1:9).  When you accept Christ, you become His bride called to Christian discipleship and created unto good works. (Eph 2:10).  As Christ’s bride, you step into a new lifestyle that follows in Christ’s footsteps for the kingdom of heaven. (2 Cor 5:17, 1 Pet 2:21).

This is your first purpose or spiritual vocation in which you are to walk worthy of the kingdom of heaven. (Eph 4:1-3).  Now, God gives us spiritual and natural gifts for the protection and uplifting of the church such as the following gifts: wisdom, faith, mercy, healing, knowledge, helps, giving, governments, prophecy, miracles, discernment, tongues, teaching, service, interpretation of tongues, exhortation, leadership and hospitality. (1 Cor 12:7-11, Rom 12:7-8, 1 Pet 4:8-11).

Home Health CarePeople with natural abilities are nurses, singers, dancers, actors, artists, craftsmen, carpenters, brick masons, farmers, housewives, machinists, mathematicians, athletes, authors, etc.  God also made some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and some teachers. (Eph 4:11).

As you follow in Christ’s footsteps, you’re to be the best that you can be in your natural or spiritual talent for the kingdom of heaven.  That said, you need to (1) find a quiet nesting place to study and meditate on God’s word and (2) ask God in prayer to reveal your calling (purpose).

This is His will and He’ll answer you.  (John 14:13-14).  Every saint has at least one primary spiritual gift: some have more than one.  You have a primary (dominant) gift and maybe trailing gifts that are compatible with and support your primary gift.

Search deep within yourself to identify your spiritual and natural gifts that suit you and give you the most joy.  You may have to trace back to your childhood.  God gave you some positive traits and some good gifts to be used for the kingdom of heaven.  Pay close attention to your positive traits and your good gifts.  These are good indicators of the direction in which God may be leading you.

preacherFor example, you may be quite an extrovert (i.e., very talkative or outspoken).  This trait may have  gotten you into trouble from time to time because it was out of control.  But, from God’s perspective, consider this same trait under control.   It could be the underlying gifts or rudiments of a powerful preacher or evangelist in the kingdom of heaven.

By the same token, do you have a desire to (1) spread God’s word, (2) lead people to Christ, (3) watch over and protect people, and (4) show people how to live godly lives?  Are you a strong, outspoken speaker, adept at communicating God’s word and motivating others?  If so, you may have the gift of prophecy, evangelism or preaching.

Are you adept at goal setting, making decisions, taking on responsibilities, or showing others how to accomplish tasks?  These qualities indicate that you may have the gift of leadership.  Do you enjoy studying and explaining  God’s word?  Are you adept at organizing your thoughts in such a way that you make God’s word clearer to others?  These qualities imply that you may have the gift of teaching in the kingdom of heaven.

How often do you seek opportunities to help others?  Do you find yourself making sacrifices to benefit others?  Do you pitch in to help without being asked or coerced?  Do you enjoy supporting others and their causes?  These qualities show that you may have the gift of helps or service.

Do you have compassion for the sick, needy and those who are suffering whereby you spend your time and money to comfort and relieve them?  These godly deeds show signs of the gift of mercy.  Are you an encourager, motivator or cheerleader for others?  Are you a good listener when others share their problems with you?  Do you have compassion for others’ emotional problems?  Do you seek to help others overcome their states of depression?  These qualities  show that you may have the gift of exhortation.

Welcome SuccessDo you enjoy rolling out the red carpet for others?  Do you enjoy giving a warm welcome, food, lodging and comfort to others?  If so, you may have the gift of hospitality in the kingdom of heaven.

Are you adept at applying God’s word, giving godly advice and making godly decisions?  Are you in tune with what God expects in various situations in life?  These qualities show that you may have the gift of wisdom.

Can you comprehend and interpret spiritual truths and difficult passages of Scripture – i.e., does God’s word come easy to you?  If so, you may have the gift of knowledge.  Do you have a heart to give material and monetary gifts to help others in need and not expect anything in return?  This shows that you may have the gift of giving in the kingdom of heaven.

Are you astute in rightly dividing God’s word – i.e., can you distinguish between God’s and Satan’s words?  If so, you may have the gift of discernment.  Do you believe that all things are possible with God?  Do you trust Him and act on his words?  If so, you may have the gift of faith in the kingdom of heaven.

Greece Athens Street WomanDo you have compassion for the homeless?  Maybe you have compassion for working with children, problem youths, unwed mothers, the elderly, sick, hungry, imprisoned, or down trodden.  If so, you may have the gift of service, helps or mercy.  Conformations of your spiritual gift may pop up in your spirit pointing you in the direction  that you should go.  (2 Tim 1:9, Rom 8:28).  Confirmations or a word of knowledge may come from the pulpit, Bible study or another saint.

You can also take a Spiritual Gifts Test to find your calling.  A close friend may see qualities in you that you don’t see.  This may also help you to determine your spiritual gifts

I’ve not discussed all the spiritual gifts that you may have.  But, your church will teach you how to discover them.  My goal in today’s study is to get you pointed in the right direction.  Although your spiritual gifts are for the benefit of the  church, they must also be used to benefit others in your home, community, work area and all other areas of your life.

You’re the only one who was created to fulfill your unique purpose and anointed in your mother’s womb to perform it, the same as Jeremiah. (Jer 1:5).  That is, you were born with your spiritual gift created in you.  It’s not taught: it comes naturally.  God’s Spirit will teach you all you need to know  about your calling. (1 Jn 2:27).  You’re to allow God’s Spirit to develop and perfect your calling.   As you continue to pray and seek God in your quiet nesting place, God will reveal unto you your purpose.  For your purpose is in the center of God’s will.

So, in conclusion, God uses your gifts to represent Him both in the church and in the secular world.  Through your gifts that God gives you for the kingdom of heaven man can see Christ through you (i.e., you’re to live holy so that Christ can be manifested in your life: Eph 4:1-3).  Your light must shine as you lift up Christ so that men can be drawn to Him. (John 12:32).  Thus, you must use God’s spiritual gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit to go forth and teach all nations about Christ. (Matt 28:18-20, John 17:14-18, 20:21).

Dr. Franklin T. Gibbs