MAKING SENSE OF THE CHAOS AROUND US -
Friends, we are living in perilous times! The Bible, being the Word of God and truth, prophesied this accurately and refers to this period we now live in as the “last days”: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3: 1-5
What does the Bible mean with “…in the last days…”? The “last days” refer to the final chapter of human history on this sinful planet before Jesus Christ returns to deliver His faithful followers and to bring final destruction to those that continue in stubborn sinfulness and disobedience.
2000 years ago the LORD Jesus Christ warned: “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." (Luke 12:40) Christ also said: “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38)
Friends, we are living in the final days before the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ, returns to bring a final end to the sin in this world but more importantly, to rescue those who belong to Him.
Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Have you truly committed your life to Him?
A stern warning from the last Book in the Bible, “Revelation”, is currently circling this world. The message of the “everlasting gospel” is going forth to every ear in these last days:
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people…” Rev 14: 6
This message has three parts – it is a warning message as well as an invitation to every person to immediately, without delay, turn to God in true repentance and accept God’s gift of eternal life!
Warning 1: “…Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelations 14: 7. In short, this warning urges every human being to accept by faith God’s gracious and loving gift of salvation, through Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, we are urged to fear God by giving Him the respect and honour due Him alone as Creator of this world we live in, to honour Him also by actively seeking His whole truth in the Bible and to become wise: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10.
Once we seek Him we should obey that which He reveals as God, is looking for a people that will worship Him in spirit and in truth, not half-truths: “But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.” John 4:23. This is an urgent and final call to worship God through obedience to that which He commands in His word as this (obedience) is a sign of love towards God: “If you love me obey my commands” John 14:15. The study of this warning message will lead you to discover that God is currently busy judging those that profess to be believers in Christ – God is looking at our hearts, the motives of our actions, and will soon make a final judgement on the condition of our hearts: “…for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7b.
Warning 2: “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Revelations 14:8. The Enemy of God has a counterfeit church system that, by human reasoning, “sounds” and “feels” to be in accordance to God’s word, but is built on the foundation of human logic and traditions, not on pure Biblical truth.
This false church system has infiltrated all of God’s true churches. Believers are deceived by believing many non-Biblical practices and doctrines. This warning message is calling believers to identify who this false church system is, through the study of God’s word, and to understand that this false system is “fallen”, is to be utterly loathed and rejected!
Study who this Babylon system is! Study its methods and its practices! Head to the warning to utterly reject this fallen and false system.
God wants us to have NO PART in this fallen system!
Warning 3: “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelations 14: 9-12.
To paraphrase this final and most urgent warning to all of humanity: “Heed to the first two warning messages, or else you will be found wanting!” The mark of the beast are being placed in the “MINDS” and in the “ACTIONS” through false non-Biblical teachings, “deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons.” 1 Timothy 4:1.
Those that profess to be followers, but not active students of God’s word, are being deceived and are receiving the mark of the beast.
This last generation cannot avoid the mark of the beast if they do not study God’s word in absolute earnestness!
In this warning message a hint is given as to whom those are that will not receive the mark of the beast: They are those “…that keep the commandments of God” – Yes you are reading correctly – God’s commandments are to be kept! It is His 10 moral laws as described in Exodus 20 and are not to be kept as the Israelites of old did.
God requires His commandments to be written on the hearts of every believer through their obedience and fellowship with Him through his Holy Spirit. God’s commandments describe His character of perfect love and He wants this character evident in our lives.
Friend - Do you understand these warning messages within the Everlasting Gospel of Revelation 14:6-12, and are you HEEDING to the call?
This message is a voice from heaven saying to you: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues…” Revelation 18:4