The incredible moral depravity, corruption and scandals, violence, terrorism and all the rest of the turmoil that we are currently experiencing wasn't even imaginable thirteen years ago. But what has come to fruition now has been "worked on" by the arbiters of evil for over 50 years - most of my lifetime. Being of the "baby boomer" generation, I might possibly have a better vantage point (IMHO) regarding history (rather than individuals of the Generation X or Millennials) via the education I received about WWII and all that has happened up to and including this current day. Public education is not the same as when I was in grades K-12! Social indoctrination is paramount in the liberal mindset of most educators today.
Being a student of the Bible for over 22 years also helps to give me great insight, knowledge, and wisdom into the ancient past as recorded in God's Word. It is the gift that keeps on giving because one has never "arrived" as a student of the Bible. There is always much more to learn!
God's revealed Plan for man's salvation through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is easy enough for a child to understand and comprehend. But the more a Christian studies the Bible, the more is revealed through the guidance of the Holy Spirit to our minds and hearts.
The prophecies that Christ has already fulfilled is proof enough. And we can have hope and confidence that He will fulfill all the rest as we speed closer and closer towards the culmination of history on this earth. End times prophesy is being fulfilled right before our very own eyes! We don't know everything - because only God knows all; however, we have enough through God's Living Word - Jesus Christ; and His written Word, the Scriptures, to inform us of what we need to know this side of heaven and what will happen in the end times all the way through to eternity.
To be honest, I don't know how people cope with all that is going on in this world without knowing Jesus Christ and the peace that surpasses all understanding that he gives believers! When we repent and ask Him into our individual hearts to be Lord and Savior of our lives the scales fall off of our eyes and truth that may have been previously veiled to us becomes crystal clear!
When a person thinks that this fallen world is "all that there is" and death leads to nothingness, I wonder why they would even think that their lives have any meaning at all? I know...it's a devastating thought and difficult question. But really, what, may I ask, is ultimately the purpose of one's life if one believes that his/her body, soul, and spirit stays in the grave at death?
The so-called "victories" that secular humanists are celebrating that recently occurred via the U.S. Supreme Court decisions to strike down both DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and California's Proposition 8 (marriage is the union of one man and one woman - which was passed by 7 million CA voters in 2008) is just more evidence of the moral depravity that has gripped this nation due to lawlessness, government corruption, activist judges, and judicial fiat.
I have shared what the Bible tells us regarding homosexual behavior and the aberrant idea of same-sex "marriage" in several former posts here at this blog. The list* of additional links on this topic at the end of this post will help readers understand what God's Word has to say about these matters. Remember, these are not my ideas - THEY ARE GOD'S IDEAS regarding this topic.
There HAD TO BE AN IMPORTANT REASON why God led many writers of Scripture to include grave warnings about the abomination of "men lying with men," and "women lying with women" sexually. God knew that such acts would "take them over" and bring them away from any sense for the need to repent of such sins; and thus He "gave them over" to their sinful behavior.
Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
Rom 1:21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Rom 1:24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
Rom 1:25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
Rom 1:27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
Of course, homosexual behavior is not the only sin that destroys a person's chances for repentance when it goes un-confessed, so too are many other sins:
Rom 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[fn] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
Rom 1:30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[fn] unmerciful;
Inevitably, those who think that homosexuality is "normal, natural, and desirable," would object to all that is written in this blog post. In fact, they would most likely label me as a "bigot," "homophobic," "unloving," "hateful," etc. because they don't WANT to believe or understand what is written in the Scriptures.
But consider this.
All people instinctively know that murder is wrong...right? [Well...except for the pro-abortion advocates and satanic criminals.] If I had written this blog post warning about the danger of NOT CONFESSING AND REPENTING OF MURDER...perhaps I would not have the same epithets hurled at me.
The difference is, one sin is elevated over and above [murder] the other [homosexual behavior] as being more heinous. Or, in some minds, such sexual behavior is not even considered a sin. However, I would tell them that God our Creator made us...and He made us male and female with purposeful sexual bonds designed to be in a one man with one woman marriage. He has given each of us certain abilities, gifts, and God-given purpose in our lives. When we reject exactly how and why we were specifically made, then our lives often end up in grief, disaster, and turmoil. The rules given [like the Ten Commandments and the list of aberrant behaviors to be avoided in the book of Leviticus and elsewhere] are there to protect us from satan's [the thief] influence and keep us from disease, deformity and premature physical death as well as the ultimate eternal death [separation from God forever] of the soul.
Such admonitions are there too as Jesus stated, "to give you [us] life and to have it more abundantly."
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
We have a choice to accept or reject such rules. But rejection with the intention of impenitence would mean separation from God FOREVER in eternity.
Is it worth it??
Only you can decide...
Paul completes Romans 1:
who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Jhn 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
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Now, on to Dr. David Jeremiah's powerful message.
You turn on the television and see incredible moral depravity — not only on display, but celebrated. You read the news and find yet another incident of corruption and scandal, violence, and terrorism. You look at the world and witness astonishing turmoil, as new forms of evil are seemingly invented daily.
Yet imagine this: our world today is tame compared to what it will become.
Though it may seem that there are no restraints in our world, the Holy Spirit is actually acting as a restraining influence right now … holding back the dark, satanic tide of perversion and lawlessness.
But the world continues to beat against this dam — begging, practically demanding, to be given over completely to its own wickedness. As Paul writes to Timothy, "… but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth …" (2 Timothy 4:3-4, NKJV).
The end is fast approaching. During the Tribulation, God will remove the holy barriers He has set up in the world and essentially "give them what they've asked for."
It will be terrifying to live in those last days … Horrific devastation. Uninhibited violence. Massive earthquakes. Rampant immorality. Intense wildfire. Global chaos.
But I have good news for you — and for all who love the Lord:
We will not be here.
Followers of Christ will disappear from the face of the earth, instantly and without warning, in the Rapture. Those who are taken in this event will be spared the trauma of death and the impending disasters that will occur when the Tribulation breaks out.
But being spared from this danger will not be the main source of our joy in the Rapture —
— rather, finally being with the Savior we love so much will be the cause of our celebration. As the Bible describes it, Jesus will descend into the clouds, and all believers, living and dead, will suddenly meet Him in the air.
So, even though we see the world spiraling down on a path to self-destruction, we take comfort in Christ's own words: "Let not your heart be troubled … I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:1, 3, NKJV).
God bless you,
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