When people state that
the bible must be interpreted as literal, this sometimes gives them an out
self-righteously such that they can say in their own heart, ‘This does not
apply to me.’ And of course that is the weakest but most common excuse for people
in not applying doctrine to themselves.
These terms however apply
not only to the specific sins mentioned, but also to a broad range of sinful
behavior, which when applied, covers all of humanity.
In the future, when the
Tribulation occurs, wickedness will run unbridled and unrestrained throughout
Wickedness will be so
intense and so thoroughly saturated throughout society, that when even half of
the worlds population has
died in a very short space of time, people will still hold on, to their evil
beliefs and habits.
Murder is a violent
crime. It terminates the life of the
victim, regardless of the murder process.
Even the hordes of demon murders that will occur, as we studied in the
last plague, will not convince people of the uselessness of its activity. Murder accomplishes nothing.
Not only will people
disregard murder as an evil practice, but it is clear by these words that
murder will increase.
‘Did not repent,’ means
that the activity will continue and increase with impunity. Likewise, sorceries, immoral behavior and
dishonesty will continue without even a hiccup in change.
Sorceries, ‘pharmakeia,’ refers to many things, including demon
influence, idolatry, mysticism, spiritism, satanism, and all other forms of
false religion which will become pandemic by this time in history. But it also is the root word for pharmaceuticals
which includes drugs, narcotics, alcoholism and various types of devices used
when people try to escape reality through their use.
Drug and alcohol abuse
are on the rise even in our current day, but they will be far worse in that
future time. Likewise mysticism and the
various forms it represents, is on the rise today, but not so publicized, and
it too will be abused and over pursued in that future day.
Immoral behavior, ‘porneia,’ which leads to pornography, includes all manner
of intimate abuse between married couples, between unmarried couples, in the rise
of alternative life styles, in the abuse of and cheating through social
a broad reference to dishonesty. And
that includes everything from the white lies of a little child to the overt
corruption of politicians. And we certainly
have a blatant and overwhelming portion of political and social corruption in
our current day, such that it seems that far too many folks deem it as normal
(just don’t get caught). And if you do
get caught, then lie your way out of it in any way you
In general, most folks
when they do something wrong and get caught, they feel sorry and try to
change. Then there are some folks that simply
feel sorry about getting caught, and not feeling anything about their error.
But, when this future day
arrives, society will be so fouled up that even the deaths of billions of people
lying dead all around, will not have the slightest impact on their thinking.
And even though you may
not think that these things apply to you, you had better re-examine your life a
bit closer. If you are not pursuing your
spiritual life through a daily Bible study, then you are just as guilty of
depending on the world for your survival, as those folks in the future.
There is only one
resource for ones life, and that is Bible
doctrine. There are only two sources of
external support for ones life – Bible doctrine and
worldly thought. You are studying one or
the other by default. You are influenced
by one or the other by default.
Bible study requires an
active and proactive commitment.
Subscribing to the world occurs passively and with very little effort.
We have already studied the
characteristics of the end times, namely our current dispensation and
specifically the end of our current dispensation. We studied this in 1, 2 Thess,
and 1 Tim. Wherein, society will fail
and fall dramatically into the Great Apostasy, predicted by Christ, and reiterated
And this dramatic change
in society gives us an example of just how a society can continue in their
rejection of truth as their worldly plans fail time and time again, which is
extremely evident today. Things are only
going to get worse as time goes on, and as the generations pass by.
And as with these folks
from the future, as they reject and ignore the signs of their time, so too with
them, things are about to get really bad.
As though they are not bad all ready.
End of study