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“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb. 11:6

 

If you were to ask, most people would agree they have heard of a great increase in the frequency and magnitude of earthquakes in recent decades. In fact, the Bible uses the increase of these tumultuous events as a sign of the end, that the whole earth is groaning in pain. (Rom. 8:22-23). We are certainly nearing the end of the end now, proving the Bible’s accuracy once again. According to Wikipedia, the most powerful earthquake in history was recorded at Valdivia, Chile, on May 22, 1960 on the South American coast with a magnitude of 9.5 MMS. (Moment Magnitude Scale, similar to the earlier Richter Scale). Resulting tsunami waves were recorded globally. At Hilo, Hawai’i, waves were about 35 feet high inundating the area of, “The Big Island”. According to this report, total death toll and losses are still not certain near the epicenter even to this day. Anyone who has heard of an earthquake from a scientific source will likely also recognize the term, “epicenter”. The epicenter in the context of an earthquake is the demarcation point at which the release of massive stored energy from under the earth results in surface shaking and sometimes damage nearest to that area. The word epicenter may also be used synonymously in the context of historical occurrences that have impacted the world. For instance, 9/11 may be referred to as the “epicenter” of when the United States became much more fearful of local terrorism. Or, you may personally use the word in the context of pointing to an event that has completely changed your life. In this article, I want to point to the epicenter, or the point at which everything was changed. This is the point to which everyone must look and decide what they believe about it. This is the pivotal event that God will point to when the final judgment is made for you and all of mankind declaring to all, either, “well done good and faithful servant”, or “depart from me worker of iniquity”. This event is the epicenter of eternity, the most important moment in history. The tsunami waves of this event ripple throughout eternity even until today.

Old vs. New 

Firstly, in the book of Hebrews, we find the scripture speaking of two covenants. There is the old covenant or the old testament and the new covenant or the new testament. It speaks of the old world and the new world, the age of the law and the age of grace. It explains what could not be done with the old, but was fulfilled with the new. It speaks of the old priest and the new priest. Of the old priest, who continually sacrificed for himself and the people, but could never atone for the sin that was committed. It speaks of the new priest who succeeded to fulfill the finished sacrifice one time for sins for all eternity.

“For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Heb.9:26

The new priest is that Great High Priest from the Order of Melchisedec who saves to the uttermost to make intercession that sprang out of the Tribe of Judah. The book of Hebrews is such an excellent book to show the big picture in contrast, what succeeds and what fails. It proves that without the one that succeeds how great and amplified the failure of all mankind would have been.

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Heb. 9:22

The implication of all this is, everyone in history is affected by this event at the epicenter of time. It is central from every viewpoint throughout history. All of history must look at this moment in time and the One who is central to it.

The “Rest”

When we look at the main character of this epicenter in time, we see Christ. We see Him declaring the end of the old and the beginning of the new. He said, “it is finished!” and sent shock waves throughout eternity. He said it. Do you believe it? You must believe that by faith. The sacrifices of old were not effective, scripture tells us,

“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” Heb. 10:4

So, what was necessary was an epicenter, which we all need to focus on. Throughout history, everyone looks at the cross, we all point to the cross, but not all will accept. Whether you lived in 4004 B.C., or today, all must point to the cross. Sadly, some will reject who they see there. Rejecting Jesus is the only unforgivable sin, the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. It was at this time when God finally rested. Yes, He rested from His work on the seventh day, but did not truly rest until the event at the epicenter took place.

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” Heb. 4:9-10

We all must look to the cross. Abraham looked toward the cross. We look back to the cross. Think of all the others throughout history, some looked forward, some look back in history, but we must all come to the foot of the cross where that event took place. Think of those who were at the epicenter of that event. Just think of the thief, the centurion, and even Judas, how the tsunami of this earthshaking event affected them. They were there, at the foot of the cross as it were. They were first hand witnesses of this event at which all was fulfilled.

Made Right By Faith

It pleased God. His Son’s death on the cross, it pleased Him. Why? He knew it was the only way to save you. What else pleases God? Faith. Without it you cannot please God. That is your starting point.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb. 11:6

The vehicle that everyone must exercise is faith. Everyone throughout history who has ever looked to this event, the epicenter at the cross, had to come by faith. Just ask anyone who has accepted Jesus as their sole means of eternal salvation. If they are truly saved according to scripture, they will tell you they were never there. They have never seen the cross. It is likely no one really even knows the exact place where the cross stood. So, how do they believe? They believe by faith. God said it, He had it written down, and He preserved it to all generations; for by grace are ye saved through faith:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph. 2:8-9

Looking forward to the cross, Abraham believed by faith, but he never stood at the foot of the cross. David believed by faith, but he never set foot there. The Apostle Paul, though he met Jesus face to face, never saw Him die there hanging on the cross, and me, well, I have never been there, even to this day, but yet I believe it! I believe God at His Word.

Consider this: The precious waves that emanated from the cross like a tsunami have effected millions in history. Very few were there at the foot of the cross, at the epicenter, but millions have come and there is still room for one. Could you be that one? You must believe by faith that He is the One that loved you so much that He died for you. The only perfect and sinless man. God, tempted in all points like you and I, and yet without sin. This made Him the only candidate worthy to offer Himself up for the remission of your sin. Admit you are a sinner, Believe in your heart that Jesus died for you, and confess, pray in Jesus’ name for forgiveness of that sin unto God and you will be saved for eternity. If you’ve tried everything else, this is the only thing left. ~R.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Rom. 10:9-10

 

© Remi Fernhout 2016; 2022

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