Commentary By: Gordon King
The world is falling ever deeper into a dark pit, the bottom of which is unseen, yet what lurks below is not from above but is of the evil one. The further into the darkness those of the world wander the less of the light they can see, they become more and more blinded to the truth and are more easily deceived.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.“
And so it goes with the world of today, people who have turned their backs in rebellion to God have been given over to a debased mind, doing things which are not fitting. Society at large has become evil and wicked, and those who follow the ways of the world will find it more and more difficult as time goes on to see what is right and what is wrong, more difficult to retain knowledge of God.
Not only do we see people of the world acting out in unfitting, evil and wicked ways, but we also see them approving of them! They approve of unrighteousness, of unholiness, of evil and wickedness.
We see the world lusting after the desires of their hearts, fulfilling sinful passions, and performing despicable acts, people who are out of control, who have a lack of morals and values, who have a desire to follow the sin in their hearts rather than do what is righteous and holy.
The world is under the control of the evil one, and those of the world are under the sway of the wicked one.
1 John 5:19
“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.“
It’s no wonder we see the world headed in the direction that it is, that it seems as though the world is falling apart. The closer we get to the return of Jesus Christ at His second coming the world will become more and more evil and wicked, people will lose self-control, they will harden their hearts, and they will seek the desires of the flesh.
The evil, the hatred, the violence that we now see happening in the world is not letting up my friends, and it won’t until Christ returns to earth! And if you think that things are bad now just wait until after the Tribulation period begins.
I truly believe that the church will be raptured out of here before that time begins, and if this is so could you even imagine what the world will look like at that time?! Absolutely no morals, no values, no restraints! If you think that the evil and wickedness is bad now just wait until that time comes.
The Tribulation period is a time of God’s wrath upon the world, not just the last three and a half years, the entire seven years! Who would want to be around when the Antichrist is in power? Or mass pestilence like we have never seen, or mass starvation? It will not be a pleasant time on earth during any of the seven years, not only the last half as many believe.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.“
The lawless one is the Antichrist my friends as spoken of by the apostle Paul. He has all power, signs, and lying wonders, and will deceive those who are not saved. God will also send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie, that they may be condemned. Doesn’t sound like a fun time to be around!
I don’t know how much time we actually have left, but I don’t think that we have much! And the way things are heating up in the Middle East between Iran, Russia, Syria and Israel, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a war break out soon, at the very least Israel attacking Iran in some fashion!
As the darkness increases the light becomes brighter, and the Son of God approaches even closer! God will only wait so long before He pours out His wrath upon the wicked, just as He did with Sodom and Gomorrah, just as He did with the great flood in Noah’s day. God has great patience, but take heed, He will not wait forever! The time is soon coming, as is the rapture of the church and Christ’s second coming!
For those of you who think that I am being a chicken little crying out “The sky is falling!”, let me remind you that Jesus said people would be eating, drinking, and marrying as they do day in and day out. In other words, people will be living their daily lives just as they are now, not believing that Christ’s return is soon, not believing that God’s wrath is soon upon them! Everything seems just normal to most people, as if it will continue on this way forever. But what most of them don’t realize is that they are running out of time!
2 Peter 3:3-4
‘knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” ‘
We have had too many prophetic biblical signs happen not to sit up and take notice, too many bible prophecies being fulfilled to not stop and wonder just what on earth is going on?! And if people don’t wake up and take notice, if they don’t take God seriously, then it will be too late for them!
The abundance of natural disasters should be enough to wake people up but it’s not! Even though there seems to be a pattern with these disasters, they strike in numbers, one right after the other, very strange and unusual. Have we already forgotten about all of the blood-red water and rain? How about all of the strange and unusual sounds? Or the mass animal deaths around the world? Even bridge collapses, train accidents, sink holes, and massive fires, all deadly, one after another! Doesn’t anyone else other than me think that all of these events happening as they have seem out-of-place, out of the ordinary and strange?
I for one believe that they are all signs of the end times, when nature itself is groaning in pain until the second coming of Christ! I believe that the groaning will increase until the return of Christ, and this is partially what we see happening in the world all around us! But I also believe that God is trying to get our attention, either by allowing these things to happen as they are or actually making them happen, either way I believe that they are from the Lord.
“For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.“
God is trying to get our attention, but are we listening?! Is the world listening? Unfortunately most people living in the world will find a worldly explanation for all of these events, whether scientific, natural, or coincidence, anything other than an act of God!
But God is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow. Have we forgotten what He did to Egypt and the Pharaoh? Have we forgotten about the Ten Plagues upon Egypt? If God could do that then why couldn’t He do similar things now?! He can and I believe that He is!
God is coming soon, what was written thousands of years ago is now coming to pass. It’s been almost two thousand years since the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and I believe that this age is nearing the end of the path.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!