The world is falling deeper and deeper into illusion and deception about themselves and the ways of the world. The turning away from Christ is speeding up, why? Satan is the god of this age and he is deceiving the world that he is good.
Illusion – the action of deceiving
Disillusion – the condition of being dissatisfied or defeated in expectation or hope
Deceived– to be false to, to fail to fulfill, to make someone believe something that is not true
Nations In The Bible
What happened when nations turned from God to other gods which includes themselves.
Isaiah 30:9 NKJV That this is a rebellious people, Lying children, Children who will not hear the law of the Lord; 10 Who say to the seers, “Do not see,” And to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits. 11 Get out of the way, Turn aside from the path, Cause the Holy One of Israel To cease from before us.”
In this chapter Judah is rebelling against God and in disobedience. They have decided to rely on Egypt and themselves instead of God. Their sin of pride is so strong they ignore what God has commanded of them which is… read more
Psalm 40:1 ESV I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
This Psalm, written by David, tells us about God moving in his life.
V1) David “waited waiting” is what the verse says. We are all waiting for something and on someone. When waiting on God it is how we wait that matters.
Psalm 40:12-15 ESV 12 For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me. 13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me! 14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! 15 Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
V12-15) David had trouble and was still having trouble. He was so deep in his sins they were covering him up, his courage left, people wanted him dead, and they made fun of him. In all of this David waited while waiting…. read more
“One hundred and fifty thousand people die every day, reports Tad Friend of The New Yorker in the article, “The God Pill: Silicon Valley’s quest for eternal life.” Most check out well before what is considered the maximum age of 115, and some of them could afford to keep going far longer, if only science would allow it. The urge to combat aging, especially among the affluent, is an old one, but new technological breakthroughs can make the prospect seem tantalizingly close…. read more”
The quest for the “fountain of youth”, living long, and living forever is as old as time. It is interesting that man searches for the way to have eternal life through worldly ways and physical life but the above article, quotes an article by Tad Friend titled, “The God, Pill: Silicon Valley’s quest for eternal life.”
Is Eternal Life A Reality?
Matthew 25:31-46 – “The Sheep from the Goats”
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left…. read more
Jesus is saying there are going to be wars. They will be frightening and distressing but you don’t be frightened. The wars of man must come but in themselves, they will not accomplish the end goal of God. They are merely stages leading up to the closure of war. Do not allow fear to dominate but be aware of what is happening and trust in Christ.
Why war? The world goes to war for many different reasons and purposes. Nations go to war to take from others. Nations go to war to stop the taking, however there has not always been war.
When God created the heavens, earth, plants, animals, and mankind there was no death, no sin, and no war. Adam and Eve walked with the Lord God in the “cool of the day”, there was perfect harmony and no rebellion (Genesis 3:8)… read more
- Teen drug overdose rate in US rose 20% in 2015 after years of decline
- Smartphone separation anxiety is growing problem, says scientist
Suicides are at an all time high. This means hope is being lost. The world is spinning out of control. Nations are giving away their heritage and history to the point that some places no longer resemble their own culture.
The dictionary defines hope as: 1. Want something to be true or happen 2. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment
Everyone Struggles With Hope Including Christians
Hebrews 11:1 ESV Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Faith and hope go together. Our faith is the reality and guarantee of the unseen things we hope for.
Romans 8:24 ESV For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
As Christians we are hoping for something we do not see. We hope and have faith by love.
1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things… read more
This is the last part of our armour in standing, prayer. We do not pray on our own, we pray in the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 6:18 ESV praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
What does this mean?
The Holy Spirit in believers makes them children of God. It is in the adoption in the Holy Spirit we cry, Father.
Our flesh is weak so we do not know how to pray therefore the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. How? He speaks to God for us expressing our needs with deep groanings that words cannot express. The Holy Spirit speaks to God in the way that God is to be spoken to… read more
Ephesians 6:16-17 KJV 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The shield of faith is our protection from the attacks of Satan. We are not to be ignorant of Satan’s attacks, he attacks our faith. His plan is disbelief, doubt, and confusion. He will work his plan to make you a believer of little fruit.
In Job, chapters one and two, the curtain is pulled back in heaven and we are allowed in to observe. We see Satan coming before God with the rest of the angels. We see Satan’s prideful and arrogant attitude. He speaks to the Lord God as if he is free to do as he pleases (Job 1:6-7, 2:2). God knows Satan looks for those he can destroy and He says to Satan, have you thought about Job. God calls Job a faithful man. Satan accuses him of having a hidden motive behind his faithfulness…. read more
Revelation 6:12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
The sixth seal tells us of the following events:
- There will be a great earthquake
- The sun will become black
- The moon will be blood red
- The stars will fall like unripe figs fall from a fig tree when there is a strong wind
- The sky will seem to disappear
- Every mountain and island will be moved from where it is
The Peoples Response
Everyone from rulers to slaves and rich to homeless will hide in caves and in the rocks of the mountains. The wrath of Christ is upon the earth and the fear of the people will be so great they will want the rocks to fall on them. The final judgment of the people has come and they know it is God and they are powerless against Him… read more