Psa. 73:13 π Psa. 96:13 π Eccl. 5:10 π Isa. 60:2 π Ezek. 16:49-50 π Dan. 12:1 π Hos. 4:7 π Zech. 14:12 π Mal. 4:1 π Mt. 24:21-22 π Mt. 24:29-31 π Lk. 21:36 π 1 Tim. 6:9 π 2 Pet. 3:10-13 π Jude 7
“Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.” ( Ezek. 16:49-50; top )
Our daily news reports repetitiously confirm our unholy state as incest, fornication, homosexuality, rape and adultery are becoming commonplace.
Jude 7 tells us the results of these acts and the destruction that goes with them. “As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (top)
God must send us judgment or apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!
The futility, lethargy and the depth of depravity of the situation can be analogous to a ball game in the ninth inning: two are out, two strikes on the batter, who has just broken his arm and cannot swing the bat!
Lord, God be merciful!
Our first step in the Church to allow this state of licentious to creep in was the promotion of the abundance of things. This prosperity and success was to be the result of our great faith. This was one of the main sins of Sodom.
“The more they increased and multiplied in prosperity and power, the more they sinned against Me.” ( Hos. 4:7 , Amp.; top)
The “prosperous ease and idleness” has been responsible for many church people to join the standards of the world’s immorality by condoning acts contrary to God’s holy statutes, thereby starting a leavening of the whole loaf toward the ultimate judgment.
“Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world, they increase in riches.” ( Psa. 73:13; top )
God isn’t against people prospering, but it’s almost inevitable that affluency will weaken a nation and its people. History, going way back before Christ, shows us the pattern that every great power or culture became weakened from within as a result of affluence and the immorality that followed until it fell.
“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.” ( 1 Tim. 6:9; top )
“He who loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he who loves abundance with increase.” ( Eccl. 5:10; top )
The end-time Scriptures pertaining to judgment are numerous (this is only a very few):
Dan. 12:1 : “…Time of trouble such as never was.” (top)
Isa. 60:2 : “…Darkness shall cover the earth.” (top)
2 Pet. 3:10-13 : Elements will be dissolved with fire and so will the earth. (top)
Mal. 4:1 : “For behold, the day comes that shall burn like an oven.” (top)
Rev. 8, 9 and 16: People are scorched by fiery heat.
Zech. 14:12 : Flesh shall consume away, their eyes in their holes and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. (top)
Mt. 24:21-22 : “…Great tribulation, unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved.” (top)
Lk. 21:36 : “Watch therefore and pray always that you be counted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of man.” (top)
“…For He comes to judge the earth; He shall judge the world with righteousness and the people with His truth.” ( Psa. 96:13; top )
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days…the heavens shall be shaken…then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn and they shall see (with their fleshly eyes) the Son of man coming in the cloud of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they shall gather together His elect…” ( Mt. 24:29-31; top )
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
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