It would seem that many of us are
firmly in the camp
of the smiley one above...
We are in Isaiah 5:20...
"Woe to you that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for
and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
Anyone who watches the news can see this immediately. What has happened
in the highest levels of our government during the previous administration?
We are in Revelations 2:14...
"But I have a few things against you, because you have there some
who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-block
before the children of Israel, that they might eat and commit fornication."
How about looking all around us. There are stumbling blocks to Christianity
everywhere. Whatever happened to morality?
We are there in Rev 2:14.
We are in 2Timothy 3:1-9...
"But know this, that in the last days dangerous times will come. Men
will be lovers of self, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient
to parents, ungrateful, criminal, heartless, faithless, slanderers, incontinent,
merciless, unkind, treacherous, stubborn, puffed up with pride, loving
pleasure more than GOD, having a semblance
indeed of piety, but disowning its power. Avoid these. For of such are
they who make their way into houses and captivate silly women who are sin-laden
and led away by various lusts: ever learning yet
never attaining knowledge of the truth. Just
as Jamnes and Mambres resisted Moses, so these men also resist the truth,
for they are corrupt in mind, reprobate as regards the faith. But they
will make no further progress, for their folly will be obvious to all,
as was that of those others."
He who has eyes to see, let him see. The signs are all around us.
We are in 2Peter 2:4-10...
(4) "For GOD did not spare the angels when they sinned, but dragged
them down by infernal ropes to Tartarus (hell), and delivered them to be
tortured and kept in custody for judgment. (5) Nor did He spare the ancient
world, but preserved (with seven others) Noah a herald of justice, when
He brought a flood upon the world of the impious. (6)
And He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
to destruction, reducing them to ashes, THUS MAKING THEM AN EXAMPLE TO
THOSE WHO IN THE FUTURE SHOULD LIVE IMPIOUSLY;
(7) whereas He delivered just Lot, who was distressed by the lawless behavior
of the wicked. (8) For by what that just man saw and heard while dwelling
among them, they tormented his just soul with
their wicked deeds. (9) The
Lord knows how to deliver the GOD fearing from temptation and to reserve
the wicked for torment on the day of judgment, (10)
BUT ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE FLESH
IN UNCLEAN LUST AND DESPISE
Wow! Did St. Peter write this yesterday or almost 2000 years ago? Are not
those "who in the future live impiously", those of the world
today? The family with the blessings of marriage is going the way of the
dinosaur. Living in sin without the benefit of marriage is the "norm"
today. Abortion, homosexuality and contraception are rampant, and if anyone
dares to try to speak with 'authority', he or she is either trashed or
is ignored. The Pope and the Bishops speak, but few seem to listen....that
is except for the "remnant that will be saved", Romans 11:1-6.
It is obvious that we are definitely in 2Peter 2:4-10. Now are we going
to band together and turn this situation around, or are we doing to succumb
to the inevitable in verse # 6?
We are in 2Thessalonians 2:3-12...
"Let no one deceive you in any way (deceit is all around us these
days), for the Day of the Lord will not come unless the apostasy comes
first (happening now), and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
who opposes and is exalted above all that is called GOD, or that is worshiped,
so that he sits in the temple of GOD and gives himself out as if he were
GOD... And now you know what restrains him that he may be revealed in his
proper time. For the mystery of iniquity is already at work; provided only
that he who is at present restraining it, does still
restrain, until he is gotten out of the way.
And then the wicked one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay
with the breath of His mouth and will destroy with the brightness of His
coming. And His coming is according to the working of satan with all power
and signs and lying wonders, and with all wicked deception to those who
are perishing. For they have not received
the love of truth that they might be saved.
Therefore GOD sends them a misleading influence that they may believe falsehood,
that all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have preferred
Who is, 'He who is at present restraining it', Pope John Paul II?
It is entirely possible, but how many of us are listening to him and
supporting him as we should be doing?
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Written by Bob Stanley, October 16, 1998
Updated, November 16, 2001
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