[Episode 21] How long was it before God started sending warnings about judgment and salvation? Does thinking about creation hurt or help us tell about Jesus? And, what makes Albert Einstein so famous? We look at all these questions in today’s episode.
God’s prophets started warning people from the beginning
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
By the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:67), Zacharias gave this prophesy on his son, John the Baptist’s, name day. Right in the middle of all the things we would expect him to say comes verse 70.
The Holy Spirit wanted us to know there was no huge gap of time between the creation of the planet and the beginning of God’s promises and warnings.
Much as people long to compromise with the world believing in billions of years of prehistory, God doesn’t give them any wiggle room. If you want to trust the world, you will have to reject God’s testimony over and over, from the beginning of the Bible to the end.
And speaking of the end…
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. Jude 1:14-15
We are given an example of the kind of prophet Zacharias was talking about here, plus a concrete time frame. This most famous godly man before Noah is given a precise place in earth’s history:
The seventh from Adam
That’s pretty close to when the earth began, considering Adam was made when the whole place was 6 days old!
Missionaries find Genesis and Teaching about Creation a powerful part of their witness
I mention the books And the Word Came with Power and In Search of the Source, both written by Wycliffe missionaries, for their testimony of Genesis’ impact on newly reached people groups. I highly recommend both books for every family library. Jesus’ ability to transform people and whole cultures is exciting, and the more heroes of the faith our kids know, the better!
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Next, we briefly looked over a whole series of web articles discussing how and where creation is having an impact in today’s presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a lot of fun using searchcreation.org to find these globe spanning techniques.
It was extra exciting to see how recognizing God as Creator as well as Savior connects with people from every kind of background!
Places impacted by Creation Evangelism:
- Far East
- New Guinea
- Papua New Guinea
- East Africa
- Islamic Africa
- Native Mexicans
- All kinds of English speakers (this is a category of testimonies, have fun exploring!)
Answers in Genesis has a whole collection of articles about using creation internationally in our witness for Jesus.
The founder of the Institute for Creation Research, Henry Morris, Ph.D. wrote an article on The Importance of Creationism in Foreign Missions
Since recording this podcast, I heard from some missionaries to the Republic of Ireland. I’m going to make sure they are aware of resources like Search Creation so they can be equipped to overcome the atheism of the society they are working in.
Studying science isn’t just for geeks. We all need to understand enough to be confident in the reality of God’s plan for history from beginning to end!
Joseph got most of his information from a well done book at the library:
Genius: A Photography of Albert Einstein (Amazon link)
I added a bit at the end about the tragedy of his secular science materials driving Einstein away from Jesus in his youth. The first time I heard what happened to his budding love for the Savior, I cried.
PS, When mentioning what the c2 in E = mc2 works out to, Joseph forgot to mention it’s 4.4 x 1017 miles per hour. It’d boggle the mind to add feet or meters per second!