Archive for September, 2016
The more you know, the less you’ll be taken by surprise. There are terribly evil people throughout the world who see only their needs and wants as something to be sought after. They couldn’t care less about you or me. They seek only profits and if that means destroying vegetables and fruits that God gave us, so be it. Do you think these people – the wealthiest in the world – eat foods that have been genetically altered or sprayed with pesticides? Of course not. They have the best of everything with truly organically grown foods, meat that is devoid of hormones and antibiotics, and beverages that are the best money can buy. They have their cake and they eat it too while the rest of us scramble for the scraps that these ultra-rich folks would never even consider putting in their mouths. Truly, they have their rewards now.
It cannot be stressed enough that just as the Israelites were expected to eschew evil and live lives that extolled the virtues of holiness before a holy God, Christians are to do the same thing. We are to flee from all sinful desires and endeavor to live holy lives (in His strength), from the time we receive salvation to the very moment He takes us home to be with Him in eternity. Of course, it is impossible for the Christian to live a perfectly sinless life because of the inherent sin nature within us. Sinless perfection is something that will only become reality for the Christian when the sin nature is excised from us and that will not occur until we pass through the door of death.
The first time Christ came, He did not come to change society. He did not come to eradicate lies. He came to create a way for humanity to gain salvation. Certainly, if all people were authentically saved today, society would be a different place, but the sin nature would still exist. It will only be when there is a society of people who do not have the sin nature and have Jesus as Lord and Savior that the change will be complete. Until then, we live not only among sinful people, easily swayed by the deceits of the enemy, but we ourselves continue to be taken in by our own resident sin nature. Though we have salvation in Christ and the Holy Spirit lives within us, our inherent sin nature keeps us at odds with ourselves and with God at times.
Exodus teaches us that against all odds, God’s purposes are accomplished, whether anyone likes it or not. It may take time to unroll but it will be seen and God will be victorious. Exodus also teaches us that we can participate in God’s victories through faith; our ability to take God at His Word and simply follow Him. Yet, no one can do this perfectly. The best we can do is submit ourselves to Him on a daily basis and when we do fall, get up quickly, admit/confess our sin and once again, move on with Him.
I’m not a prophet, but it’s not difficult to see that things are coming to a head in society. It’s not pretty at all. It’s rather ugly and it will get worse as time progresses. We are moving rapidly toward the time when things will be perfect for Antichrist to take up his position as world leader. I know that’s difficult to believe that in 2016, there would even be thoughts of having a one-world government with one individual reigning over the entire world. It’s very difficult to believe but the world is being moved in that direction. It’s been the purpose of the United Nations since its inception and the failed League of Nations before that. Scripture tells us that at some point, the world will become as one.
By the way, I’m not saying that something like “Cynthia” is what the Bible is talking about. It may well be that God simply pours out one plague after another supernaturally onto human society and the earth. I’m simply saying that at least some of the things created by science have unexpected effects that are similar to or even parallel the events described in Scripture. Because of that, it is not difficult to understand how these things referenced in the Bible could easily occur. Science may have been unwittingly providing the very things that God will use at the end of this age. It’s not far-fetched and those who have had a difficult time taking Scripture in its plain and obvious sense should see these things as quite possible.
If we look at the gospels alone, it seems clear enough that Jesus did not go out of His way to take on Satan. He didn’t avoid him and certainly knew Satan was there. Jesus understood evil existed in society and Satan was the primary cause of it, coupling with fallen individuals who would allow him to gain access into their lives in whatever form. Jesus also seemed to understand that He was not going to be able to eradicate evil from society at that time because of God’s main purpose for allowing it to exist in the first place. As I’ve stated repeatedly in past articles, God allows Satan and evil to continue to exist because of the coming head-to-head battle that will occur (and end in the blink of an eye), between God and Satan. It never has been a contest and will not be a contest at the coming point in the future when Jesus physically returns to this planet and destroys Antichrist, who will be at that time, the physical embodiment and representation of all that is evil in one person (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2).