F-WORD VOCAB #5
- late 15th century: from Latin factum, neuter past participle of facere ‘do.’ The original sense was ‘an act or feat,’ later ‘bad deed, a crime,’ surviving in the phrase before (or after) the fact . The earliest of the current senses (‘truth, reality’) dates from the late 16th century.
Fact & Truth. Facts are the pieces of information. Truth is what happens when you combine the facts and put them into practice. Truth i not just the information, it’s the information being put to the test. Today I’m going to give you facts. Pieces of information, and when combining them all we will see that they show us the truth. The Truth is Jesus.
The concerning trend regarding truth: Handy Link
1) God WANTS us to keep and know the facts.
Acts 17:11 “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Psalm 78:4 “We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.”
Joshua 4:7 "Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever."
Altars for remembrance
the Bible itself has added credibility: It includes the bad stuff: this is not normal.
Adam & Eve’s Sin
Abraham’s infidelity and lies
Issac follows his father’s footsteps in the lies
The 12 bother’s many, many antics (Selling their brother, killing a village etc)
Moses committed murder
Israel’s 40 years of wandering
The whole book of Judges (repeated pattern of rebellion against God)
David’s adultery and murder
Solomon’s hedonism with women.
The multitude of sinful kings that followed
2) Archaeological Fact backs the Bible
3) What are the chances?
There are 2 world-views. Life is either due to chance or intention.
Digital analogy. DNA is code. For it do randomly form into functional pieces of information by chance is what non believers are putting their trust in. So what are those chances?
Let’s use an example from SIMPLER code.
As of 2012, there are 1,966,514,816 Computers connected to the internet
XP has 40,000,000 lines of Code (iPhones have even more)
Running this many lines of code for 1 year is the equivalent of
786605992640000000 years of code.
7.8 quintillion, or 7.8 billion billion.
That's the supposed 6 billion years it took for us to evolve 7 billion times in a row.
From that (And Even more!) we don’t get even 1 positive change!
Not only that, to run this experiment, even if it worked in favor of the chance crowd… The experiment STILL had a designer.
4) The Bible is from OUTSIDE our time domain.
K House LINK
Daniel 9:24-27 "Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. "Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him."
7 x “Sevens”
62 x “Sevens”
= 69 “Sevens”.
From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.'
- The anointed one comes after 69 "sevens” from the word going out to rebuild Jerusalem.
Decree to rebuild Jerusalem: March 14 445bc.
Arrival of the “anointed one": Jesus presented himself at the 4th Passover of his ministry was April 6 32AD
How do we know April 6 32AD?
Tiberius was appointed in 14AD, Jesus started his ministry after 14 years of Tiberius. Plus 4 years of ministry = 32!
Babylonian calendar: 360 days
March 14 445BC to April 6 32AD
Planet Calc dot com tell us how many days Between dates so it gives the number of 173,879. We include the day of the actual decree +1 = 173,880 days.
BID - Facts are important. What do we do about it?
We need to be diligent disciples. To be a disciple is to be disciplined. Let’s commit to this today. Make a note, right now on your device or notepad or whatever, write down that you are committing to being a diligent fact keeper, ESPECIALLY with your testimony of what Jesus has done in your life. Next, tell someone you’ve made this commitment.
1 Peter 3:15 - Always be prepared to give an answer!