HOW CAN MAN HAVE FREE WILL WHEN EVERYTHING IS FOREKNOWN AND FOREORDAINED BY GOD.

We must understand what foreknowledge and foreordination means. It does not men that mankind is not free in their choices. Mankind’s actions are not based on God’s foreknowledge. Rather God’s foreknowledge is based on what mankind will freely do. Foreknowledge is based on the fact, fact is not based on foreknowledge.

The word “foreordained” means “chosen by God”. I Peter 1:20 in the K.J.V. says that Christ was “Foreordained” before the creation of the world to die for our sins. While the N.I.V. says the Christ was “chosen” by God to be the sacrifice for the sins of the world.

This means that God did not CAUSE Judas to betray Christ, but that God included Judas’ and the Sanhedrin’s free will into His plan. God knew from eternity what each person will do with their free will and God made plans based on their acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ and they were ordained or appointed to eternal life, based on His foreknowledge.

All those who will receive Christ are ordained to eternal life. If any are lost it is because they refuse to come to Christ and receive the free gift of eternal life: “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:40). He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”(II Peter 3:8).

In Revelation 22: 17 and John is about to close the last Book of the Bible the Holy Spirit moves him to end with a final invitation: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life”

WAS CONSTANTINE A CHRISTIAN?

This is hard to figure out. On the one hand, it would not make sense for him to come out in favor of Christianity to gain the support of Christians. When he did this his main supporters were pagans who despised the Christians. Christians made up a small minority and mostly belonged to the poor lower classes with little to contribute to his cause. This seems to favor his conversion being genuine.

While on the other hand, his “conversion” did not stop him from believing in other gods. Throughout his career he seems to have thought that the Unconquered Sun god and the Christian God were the same, two views of the same God. The other gods were still real and powerful to him, and he would at times consult the oracle of Apollo. He accepted the title of High Priest of paganism and led in all kinds of pagan ceremonies with no concern that he was betraying the God who had given him victory.

The evidence seems to say that Constantine was a “Christian” outwardly, but not inwardly. In other words he went along with the outward trappings of Christianity but not the inward reality.

WILL THE CHURCH GO THROUGH THE TRIBULATION?

No. The tribulation is the beginning of the “Day of the Lord”. We are told in Zephaniah 1:14-18: that the “day of the Lord” is a “day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness”.

Joel 2:1-3 tells us it will be a “day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness”.

I Thessalonians 5:1-11 Tells believers that they do not have to fear this day of darkness “when destruction will come upon them suddenly”: “But you brothers, are not in darkness, so that this day should surprise you like a thief, you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness” (darkness is their natural element). He goes on to tell them that believers who are of the day, should not be like unbelievers who are asleep because they are not of the night and darkness when people get drunk and sleep.

Believers should be the opposite of those in darkness and be self-controlled and put on the “hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath (of the great tribulation) but to receive salvation (at the rapture) through our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul reminds us “He died for us so that, whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (in death), we may live together with Him (at the rapture).

We are told here that the tribulation is a period of darkness and wrath, and is for the children of darkness: but that believers are children of light and sons of the day and should not sleep or be drunk like unbelievers but watch for the Lord to come for us and rescue us from the darkness of the tribulation period.