[Mystery of the Ages Index]
DID you ever ask yourself: "Who am I? What am I? Why am I?" The
world about you
is a mystery. You yourself are a mystery. You have never seen your brain, the
seat of your
intellect and all that you are.
Your life is engulfed in mysteries. On reflection, your very existence is a
you simply happen by unintelligent resident earthly forces without meaning or
were you intelligently designed and created by an all-powerful God of supreme
mind for a
purpose that also has been hidden in mystery? In fact, the persistent
human history about the Creator God has been such a mystery that higher
education in the
Western world has sought to erase the mystery by giving its virtually
to the theory of evolution.
Diffusion of education did not begin among the human race until after the
printing in the 15th century. As education became more widespread -- as
developed -- as knowledge of astronomy expanded knowledge of the universe
about us --
thinking minds began to ask questions. What of the whole vast universe? How
did it all
originate? Rational, scientifically oriented minds found themselves unable to
developing knowledge of an expanded universe with the teaching of religion as
they knew it
through the Roman Catholic Church and Protestantism, which had dominated the
the Western world. The teaching of a long-haired, semi-effeminate picture of
Jesus and the
concept of a God composed of invisible spirit was not intellectually
satisfying to them.
It was all a colossal mystery. In the vanity of their self-professed scholarly
tried to evade the mystery entirely on the basis of materialism. They appeased
curiosity by attempting to work out a solution to the mystery of origins,
life by reasoning out a self-satisfying, materialistic explanation.
Gradually the theory of evolution evolved in thinking, yet ignorant, minds
intellectual vanity. This thinking evolved into the theory of "use and
by de Lamarck. On the heels of de Lamarck's theory came Charles Darwin with
his theory of
the "survival of the fittest." Actually Darwin died unsure of his
However, two colleagues, Haeckel and Huxley, fought vigorously to promote the
theory into public acceptance.
But were created human minds of intellectual vanity, who created a theory,
all-knowing than the supreme mind that created them? The evolutionary theory
invented by human minds in an effort to explain the presence of a creation
preexistence of a divine Creator.
And if the all-powerful God was your Maker, and exists as the divine Creator
of all that
is, then the mystery about God emerges, in order of time sequence, as the
paramount mystery of all.
Who and what is God? That is a mystery not understood by any religion, not
science, untaught by higher education. The intellectually vain originators of
evolutionary theory found the existence of God, as presented by religion, a
could neither understand nor accept. But the religionists whom they rejected
themselves understand the mystery of God. Yet God does reveal himself through
his Word the
Holy Bible, if these religionists would only believe God's own revelation. God
himself in his Word the Holy Bible, yet almost none has understood it. The
author Bruce Barton said, is "the book that nobody knows." The Bible
the basic mystery that reveals all other mysteries.
If the truth about God is mystery number one revealed in the Bible, assuredly
about angels and evil spirits is second in order. Is the existence of spirit
or a myth? Is there, after all, a devil? Did God create a devil? If there are
what is their purpose and function? The Bible clearly states that this world
ruled by unseen principalities of evil spirits. Do evil spirits affect and
humans and even governments today? Do evil spirits affect even your own life?
question seems enveloped in total mystery.
Certainly third in order is the mystery of your own life -- of humanity as a
and why is humanity? Is man an immortal soul? Do the dead know what the living
Is man a flesh and blood being with an immortal soul within? Is there meaning
to human life? Did we evolve through unintelligent material forces without
purpose? Why are humans beset with seemingly unsolvable problems?
Fourth in line of the not-understood mysteries is the civilization that has
man's world. How did it develop? Why do we find a world of awesome advancement
progress, yet paradoxically with appalling and mounting evils? Why cannot the
develop spacecraft, computers and marvels of science, technology and industry
problems that demonstrate human helplessness?
Next, in the development of human society on earth, is the mystery of the Jew
ancient nation of Israel. Are the Jews the ancient nation of Israel? Why did
God raise up
one special nation? Why are they God's "chosen people"? Are they
favorites? Does God discriminate against other nations? Is God a respecter of
What is Israel's purpose in the divine order of things?
Come now to the mystery of the Church. Why should there be the institution of
in the world? Is there some purpose for it, not understood even by the
traditional Christianity? Is the Church one Christ-originated Church or does
it consist of
many differing sects and denominations? Is the Church well organized on a
originated by Christ? Is there government and authority in the Church? Is it a
universal Church of many millions of members or a small and persecuted Church?
one recognize the true Church today?
Finally, why the mystery of the kingdom of God? Jesus' gospel message was
kingdom of God." Is the kingdom of God something within each person? Is
that may be set up in men's hearts? Is it the institution of the church? Or is
something else altogether? Why this mystery of the very gospel of Jesus
These are the SEVEN GREAT MYSTERIES that concern the very lives of every human
earth. The PLAIN TRUTH of all these mysteries is revealed in the Bible, but
none of the
churches or theologians seem to have comprehended them.
WHY? The Bible is the basic mystery of all. If one begins reading the Bible
from beginning to end, one becomes bewildered. The Bible simply cannot be read
other book. It is a mystery because it is a coded book. It is like a jigsaw
perhaps thousands of various pieces of different forms and shapes that can be
together in only one precise pattern. The truths of the Bible are revealed
here a little,
there a little, scattered from beginning to end, and revealed only through the
within those surrendered and yielded to God, willing to have confessed error
wrongdoing, and yielding to BELIEVE Christ the Word of God. Jesus was the Word
The Bible is the same Word in print.
No one can have the Holy Spirit, which alone can open the human mind to
this Word of God, without a complete repentance and an implicit belief in
Christ as well
as believing what he says. Repentance can only follow admission of being wrong
wrongdoing and wrong believing. The most difficult thing for any human seems
to be to
admit being wrong -- to confess error of belief and conviction -- to unlearn
knowledge as well as to learn true knowledge.
Is it any wonder, then, that the Bible is the book that nobody knows or
understands? -- or
certainly almost nobody.
God deliberately coded his book so that it would not be understood until our
Why was this purposely done? Even that is a mystery. The pages that follow
In the 12th chapter of Daniel we read even that devout man of God could not
that which was given to him to write as part of the Bible. He said he heard,
understood not. The revealing angel said, "Go thy way, Daniel: for the
closed up and sealed till the time of the end" (Authorized Version).
Today we have reached that time. God has opened to understanding his Word to
those he has
chosen, who have yielded and surrendered to him and to his blessed sacred
Word. In the
12th chapter of Daniel, it says at this time of the end the "wise"
understand, but "none of the wicked shall understand." Who, then,
"wise" who may understand the Bible?
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Ps. 111:10) and
understanding have all they that do his commandments" (same verse). Yet
Christianity has generally denied God's commandments -- says they are done
away, nailed to
the cross. The clergy and theologians of organized "Christianity,"
cannot and do not understand the Holy Bible.
How, then, can we, in this book, understand and reveal to the reader these
mysteries? That question will be answered in the Introduction to follow.
[Mystery of the Ages Index]