WHY ARE THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE
By: Gary L. Rodgers
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (without self-control), fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady (reckless or rash), highminded (puffed up with pride), lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
God revealed some things that would happen as we were nearing the beginning of sorrows the Tribulation period. Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians writes.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (utter destructiveness); 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself (The Antichrist) above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
As we look around us we see all sorts of horrible things happening around the globe and right in our own back yards. It seems like the world is in a mad dash to gravel in whatever filth and cruelty that it can imagine. But we must never take our eyes off of the real culprit behind all of this. Satan!
I firmly believe that we are in the falling away era that scripture talks about. This falling away that’s mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is just a pinch of what Satan has in store for this world. He has blinded the eyes of the lost and today’s man is in search for anything but God. Remember that Jesus told us in John 8:32 that the truth shall make you free. Satan does all that he can to disguise the truth so that people will not see him for what he truly is. People are going after strange doctrines and fables and God is letting this happen because the man of sin, the son of Perdition, the Antichrist, is soon to appear on the scene during the Tribulation period. The world is being conditioned to receive this man of sin.
God goes after man again and again, but there comes a time when God stops chasing after man to be saved and he then sends them strong delusion as noted in 2 Thessalonians 2:11, so that they will then believe the lies that they so desire to believe in for they love unrighteous pleasures more than they love God.
2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
This word delusion carries with it the meaning of wandering or straying as in hallucinating. In this case today’s man is wandering or straying in the pleasures of sin because he has no sight nor does he want the sight and correctness in mind to go in the right direction toward truth and holiness. Man has been trying in this past century to cast away anything that will tie him to or remind him of a Holy and Righteous God. Psalms 2 and Romans 1 also shed some light on these days that we are now in.
Psalms 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
THE FREE WILL OF MAN
Because of this God will mock them in their foolish attempt to cast Him and His Son away from them. People don’t stop to realize that there are times that God will give them what they want, even if it brings misery and death. Yet man through the influence of Satan always comes back with the old “well why didn’t God stop them?”
Satan has been good at getting people to blame God for just about everything. It’s true that God has the power to stop or prevent anything. But there is a little boundary between God and man that God will not step over. It’s called man’s free will or choice. Just as the angels had a free will to stay with God or follow after Lucifer so man must be given the same choice. The question is why?
In his timeless book “THE BATTLE IS THE LORDS,” Dr. Tony Evans goes into detail as to why man is given this matter of choice. In short form detail, man was given free choice to prove to Satan and the angelic realm that man can and will chose God for salvation. Every soul that gets saved brings more glory and honor to God and the unique thing about it is that it is all done sight unseen with faith. So who gets the glory? God! Does He deserve it? He certainly does!
THE REPROBATE MIND
The second portion of scripture that I mentioned for the days in which we now live comes to us from Romans chapter 1.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
The reprobate mind that God gives them is a mind that has no moral or spiritual value. It is a worthless degenerative mind.
We are in that age where the people of the earth are falling away from sound doctrine, and day by day they tune their ears towards teachers who will teach them to follow after their own lusts. (2 Timothy 4:3)
We must not forget that like as Pharaoh the hearts of people will be hardened (Exodus 9:7, 35) to where they become insensitive and dull of hearing to the call and commandments of God.
THE WORST IS YET TO COME
We are headed for the worst time in the history of man. There has never been a time like this in history past.
Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
I believe that spiritual warfare is raging just as hot today as it did in the days when Noah entered into the Ark. Maybe even hotter still! All of this can only point to one thing, the soon eminent return of Christ (The day of the LORD, Acts 2:20) when He shall set up His kingdom here on earth. If we are to be taken out of the way seven years prior to that event then the rapture of the church must be at the very threshold of our era.
People were celebrating and giving in marriage when Noah entered into the Ark and God shut the door. Genesis 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
The day is coming when God will shut the door to Heaven as well.
The bible teaches that you can know that you have eternal life as noted in (1 John 5:13)
And you can make that decision today…..
We are never encouraged to wait to see if we will be saved, but rather we are urged to put our faith and trust in Christ now, today; for tomorrow could be too late! This is not a choice for me to make for you; it is a choice that only you can make for yourself. And if you are wanting to make that choice then please follow along and say this simple prayer.
Lord I know what sin is and I know that I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God who died on a cross, was buried, and resurrected from the dead for me. I am placing my full trust in you alone to save me and wash away all of my sin with your blood. Please come into my heart as my LORD and Savior. Amen!
If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you then we praise God for you. The bible teaches in Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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