Saturday, December 5th, 2009
"For this purpose the Son of God was made manifest, namely, to break up the works of the Devil." (1 John 3:8)
There are a number of factors that make the resurrection a certainty. Above all, it is central to Jehovah’s purpose. Remember, Satan led mankind into sin, with its inevitable consequence, death. Thus, Jesus said of Satan: “That one was a manslayer when he began.” (John 8:44) But Jehovah promised that his “woman,” or wifelike organization in heaven, would produce a “seed” who would bruise that “original serpent” in the head, crushing Satan out of existence. (Genesis 3:1-6, 15; Revelation 12:9, 10; 20:10) As Jehovah gradually revealed his purpose involving that Messianic Seed, it became apparent that the Seed would do more than destroy Satan. Death caused by the sin we inherited from Adam is chief among Satan’s works that Jehovah purposes to see undone, or broken up, through Jesus Christ.—Acts 2:22-24; Romans 6:23.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/07, 2:4)
*this is another area that really gives the Bible a divine stamp of authenticity. The theme of God's Kingdom and the role of Jesus as the Messiah in accomplishing it. Because that theme, and the gradual revealing of Messianic prophecy in the light of future events, is woven all throughout the Scriptures, yet the men who had a hand in writing the Bible didn't even understand the significance of most of the things they were recording at the time. Yet now that we have the completed Scriptures, and can look back on the entire history in light of fulfilled prophecy and historical events, you can see this amazing saga unfolding over the centuries which could never have been orchestrated with such precision and accuracy over such a long time period, by so many different authors living generations apart from one another, in different locations and from different backrounds & upbringings.
Sometimes modern-day authors and directors who work together on a sequel or a series have a difficult time 'connecting the dots' as the story unfolds in their own works of fiction! Let alone 40 different authors participating in a series that spans thousands of years into the future, without being able to consult one another on the details as they recorded it!