July 21, 2016
“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: but the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.” Isaiah 5:14-16. Wickedness has always been among us. Satan began working his evil in the Garden of Eden, and many people listen to his lies. It even seems as if Christians have become cold towards one another. How can this be? Professing Christians should be on the forefront of sharing God’s love, but instead many embrace the world and its evil rather than honoring God in every way. This attitude needs to change.
We are living in the final days before the Rapture, which means Daniel’s 70th week will begin soon thereafter. As that time of judgment draws closer it shouldn’t surprise us that we can see the birth pains which Jesus spoke of getting stronger. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12. Earthquakes and pestilence are increasing, but it’s also becoming more and more obvious that people are becoming colder towards each other. The Greek word translated “love” is ”agapē“, which is quite often translated “charity”. Doesn’t it seem to you that in these last days it takes very little to bring anger out in people and agapē is non-existant? Friendliness is diminishing while a spirit of meanness has surfaced in its place. As a civilization we’ve left God behind, and without God in our lives there is no love, joy, or charity. To compensate, many people turn to drugs, alcohol, or ungodly sexual relationships. This only makes matters worse, and so the love of many waxes colder and colder. Murder is increasing as human life becomes unimportant to those whose minds and hearts are cold.
When God created man He did so with our well being in mind. He didn’t create us like the angels or like the beasts of the field. He had a much higher purpose in mind for creating mankind. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Genesis 1:26a. God created everything, but only man was created in His image. This should instill in you a desire to please God. A person cannot wax cold if they are trying to please God and have His love inside. How can we possibly please God? It isn’t complicated. Faith is the key. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. You please God by having faith in Him. If you’re love for others is waxing cold, then you need to draw closer to God. Put down the cell phone and pick up the Bible; get off of blogs that allow you to say cruel things, then reach out to people in love.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed the coldness that has come over people of late. Unless you’ve been holed up in a cave somewhere or stranded on a desert island you must have noticed this attitude that is permeating every society around the world. News headlines are filled with stories of murder, brutality, and hatred. Even when walking down a sidewalk or a department store aisle very few people smile anymore. Most are talking on their cell phones or texting and are unaware of the real people around them. If they run into you with their shopping cart, they glare as if you have done them wrong. Where’s the joy in people’s lives these days? If we are children of the King we should be filled with joy. Sadly, even many Christians today look as though they’ve been defeated. The enemy can’t win in your life unless you allow him to defeat you.
Many things separate people today. Years ago families would eat at the dinner table and talk to each other. Then television came along and people began to eat in front of the TV, and dinner conversations became history. Today cell phones have come between people even more. Real people seldom talk with other real people anymore and so many people disconnect from others. Other people are seen as abstract beings with no real feelings. It’s easy to lose ”agapē“ for others when they aren’t real to you.“And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:”Isaiah 5:15. We are in the final days before God’s wrath will be poured out and when the wickedness of men will be unchecked. For now Christians need to separate from Satan, who wants us to separate from other people, and embrace Jesus, who wants us to love others. The problem goes far beyond just separating from other people. There’s a real spirit of evil that’s violently pitting one person against another for no good reason. Violence is everywhere. The spirit that leads people to be uncivil to one another and treat each other with cruelty and hatred is not of God.
This satanic evil won’t be tolerated by God much longer. Anyone who thinks they can deny or usurp God’s authority is standing on very precarious ground. God is patient, but there’s only so much evil and corruption that He will put up with. His desire is that nobody dies without accepting Christ as their Savior, but we can see that, just as in Noah’s day, people are waxing cold and all of creation is being corrupted. “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” Genesis 6:11-12. Every time you see a “GMO” label on food you know that it has been corrupted. When you see a news article about how scientists are genetically modifying animals so their organs can be used in human transplants, know that the same evil presence that corrupted the earth in Noah’s day is influencing the world today. God is longsuffering but there will be a point when His patience runs out. Jesus told us that when He comes the second time conditions would be as in the days of Noah; the corruption of all flesh and the total wickedness that existed in Noah’s day is clearly on the near horizon. If someone is offended by the actions of another person, their differences are settled by violence rather than talking things out. Guns are not the problem, but coldness and the rejection of God is. The atheists have become very vocal and aggressive in their determination to rid the world of God Almighty, but every “little g god” is embraced. Satan, being the god of this world and the father of all lies, has great influence over the simple minded, and these people seem to want to follow Satan’s lies rather than God’s truth. Anyone who follows the father of all lies is going to be filled with a spirit of meanness and aggressive hatred.
In spite of the ugliness and mean attitudes in the world, Christians need to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to show God’s love to the unsaved too, but specifically we are to love fellow Christians. “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12. Jesus didn’t “suggest” we love one another, nor did He put it forth as a “good idea”, but He gave it as a commandment. How do we love one another? He showed love by laying down His life for us. Not only did He go to the cross, but many times He put His own needs aside to care for people. He also showed love by not patting a sinner on the back and saying “Keep on sinning”. Sin separates us from God, so it’s not showing God’s love if we watch a fellow Christian sin and not try to help them out of it. Use Scripture as a guide. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16. Jesus was sinless but He is our example. We need to get the mote out of our own eye before we can help someone else out of sin. The Bible is our guide. Study it, apply it to your life, and encourage others to join you in study. Love one another.
As time passes and the world around us becomes more like the days of Noah, it’s going to get tougher. More and more people without the love of God living in them are going to surface and the coldness of Satan will grow stronger. It’s a spiritual battle, but God has not left us without weapons. Many Christians today have willingly given up their spiritual weapons and deny God’s power. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11. Scripture will teach you about each piece of the armor and how to use it. If you haven’t been confronted by the spirit of evil yet, your turn is coming. When confronted with it, it’s a good idea to start praying right away. Put on the armor of God and don’t take it off.
All of the signs Jesus spoke about are in place, so if you study your Bible you will understand that the Rapture could happen at any moment. True Christians should see this as challenge to draw closer to Jesus and share His love with others. We must put on our armor and get out there on the frontline and share His love. “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;” John 14:15-16. The Comforter is the Holy Spirit who is sealed within every born again believer. He is now restraining the total evil of the last days. The restrainer will soon be removed and the total lawlessness and wickedness of Satan will abound. Since He is sealed within every born again believer on earth, we must all be removed before the events described in the Book of Revelation can happen. Be sure that you have truly accepted Christ as your Saviour, then stop separating yourself from real people. Fellowship with other Christians and encourage each other to walk in the light of God. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7. If you don’t walk in the light of God then you’re walking in the darkness of Satan and you’ll become as cold as he is.
These final days are filled with wickedness, but if you love God you will not be a part of it. Jesus Christ loves you and He doesn’t want anybody to choose eternal death instead of eternal life.
God bless you all,
Ron & Nathele Graham
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This commentary was started by Ron Graham before his death on March 14, 2013, and finished by his wife, Nathele Graham