Ever since Satan rebelled
against God, all of creation has been groaning in the midst of travail, Rom. 8:22,
which simply means to be under the obligation to work, in agony, in torment,
under extreme pressure, burdened without relief.
When God created the
universe, He created it in complete perfection, Isa. 45:18, with the purpose of
being inhabited throughout. Satan’s
rebellion sent everything into a tailspin, including planet earth.
When God created man, He
placed him in a perfect garden environment.
Man sinned and that caused the perfection of the garden to be closed
off, and brought burdens in all forms into the human race, as well as planet earth.
Mans only way out of this
mess, was the promise of a savior, and Christ’s eventual victory over sin and
death, neither of which God caused.
To look away from God is
to perpetuate the travail or burden that all of creation is forced to
endure. To look to God, through Christ,
means that there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel and a destiny
separated away from the burdens of old.
When one is under extreme
pressure, even facing death, which is it best to look to for help, the world
which has no help, or to God who has the solution?
After the attack on the
twin towers of September 11, 2001, many stories came out, indicating bravery
and faith. Of those who survived and
were in or near the collapsing buildings, came stories of prayer and hope, even
of a quick end to what seemed to be their last dying breath. There were many stories of people thinking, ‘Please
Lord, take me quick.’
We can look to history and
see many similar stories from people who have been under great pressure and in extreme
circumstances, and their hope was always to God. And whether their situation was in the
concentration camps of world war two, or from some other dramatic situation, to
them, their situation would have seemed dire and hopeless. But still their thoughts were of God and hope.
In the Tribulation, we
have already studied the many difficulties that people will face, and thus far,
know that due to mans failing plans, one-fourth of the population of the world
will die. That is a lot of people. And though we have not studied it yet, still another
fourth of the world will die from other judgments, making the death total,
one-half of the total population of the world, before the Second Advent.
And yet people will still
not figure it all out, that their way is the wrong way and that Christ is their
And rather than turning
to Christ, they continue to look to human solutions, and face constant death
and terror from all aspects of life. Judgment
after judgment will pound them, and their terror will make them run in fear, from
their only answer.
At some point in peoples lives, they will admit
that God is more powerful, but they will wish and hope for their own death,
rather than being left in the hands of His judgment. They recognize the truth, but still make the
Anyone can easily believe
in Christ, in an instant, and solve their eternal destiny.
But, arrogance and
indifference toward doctrine, blind people so badly, that they are unable to
bring themselves to believe in Christ, even when they recognize His power.
Jesus Christ is the one
who sits on the throne in heaven. The
lamb is the work of Christ on the Cross.
It is through this means only, that people can be saved.
And as this chapter ends,
and as these Tribulation highlights come to an end, people in the Tribulation,
unbelievers most of them, will finally recognize where the real power and
control is, but instead of turning to Christ for help, they will run and hide
and wish that the world, their first hope, will save them.
unbelievers or negative peoples, will look to that which cannot save, for
salvation (their death), from Him who can save.
As though dying will serve to isolate one from Gods
wrath, and end the terror. And again,
interestingly enough, the second death will actually isolate the unbeliever
from God, in the Lake of Fire, but it will not bring relief from terror, but only
increase it dramatically, and make things worse, forever. This is the quintessence of confusion,
delusion, and detachment from reality.
But then, it applies to
everyone throughout history, who rejects truth, and not just to those in the
End of study