Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Sin's poison is visible in the world

A version of this was originally published on The End Time in December 2009

Jan Brueghel the Elder
THE GARDEN OF EDEN WITH THE FALL OF MAN

In these waning days of the Age, do you think about the Garden of Eden? What untainted creation must have looked like? I do. The only mirror I have of earth as originally intended is in Genesis 1, and there, the LORD called it "good." The reverse of that is earth in today's condition. And today it looks pretty bad.

How far and deep has the effect of sin permeated our waters, our land, our food, and our very bodies and brains? Everything seems as poison now. Creation itself is laboring under the poisonous effects of a sinful world. "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now." (Romans 8:20-22)

"[T]herefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink." (Jer 9:15) Matthew Henry writes of that verse, "Every thing about them, till it comes to their very meat and drink, shall be a terror and torment to them. God will curse their blessings." Malachi 2:2 is that reminder of His promise to curse even the blessings of food and water.

I am not referring to the curse of oil spills or overflowing landfills or garbage scows nor greenhouse effects. I am talking the tide of sin-pollution and its impact on a falling world. "Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets, 'Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem pollution has gone forth into all the land.'" (Jeremiah 23:15). If we insist on wallowing in sin, then the Lord obliges by sending its visible manifestation to us and causes us to eat and drink of it.

Worse, "Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it." (Malachi 2:4). Does the dung promise to mean that if we speak refuse, live in refuse, offer Him refuse, that we will eat refuse? That just as we punish a puppy who messes in the house with rubbing his face in it, God will do the same?

How we have allowed sin's effects to creep like a tide of polluted water to poison the world. How often we see the bitter herb 'wormwood' used in the bible as a visible materialization of our sin. And so it will be again: "The name of the star is called Wormwood, and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter." (Revelation 8:11)

Sin is a terminal condition. Do not underestimate how seriously God takes it when we refuse to turn away from sin!! Do not underestimate your own sin! Do not think you will escape! The only remedy is the blessed Hope, His forgiveness, made possible because of His sacrifice of blood on the cross. If you feel burdened with guilt for your misdeeds, and believe Jesus died and rose again for your sin, then ask him with sincere heart to forgive you. Believe on His name. Only the forgiven of sin can dwell with the Most High and Holy. Those with sin in them will be given over to the poison that it truly is, now made increasingly visible and manifest in this dying world.


1 comment:

  1. I disagree with Hal Lindsey. On one bit of writing. In his book. The Revelation Code. Not that Mr. Lindsey knows who I am. Not that I am an expert on the Greek language.

    In commenting on the Fourth Seal--Death--Mr. Lindsey makes his point that Death and Hades are given authority to "kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth." One the basis of his interpretation of the Greek case, he says that the "wild beasts of the earth" is figurative. The wild beasts, he says, are humans who are given to unreasonable behavior.

    I have studied his use of the case, and I cannot agree with his interpretation. So, I believe John in Revelation is talking about actual animals killing humans.

    In regards to that, I have begun to notice strange things and occurrences. 1. In many cities and countryside around the world, including right here in Phoenix, Arizona, packs of dogs are beginning to form. On Youtube, you can see videos of many, many street dogs in the towns and cities of the world. I once heard a man say on Art Bell's show when Bell was actually on it, that the average-sized dog, a little larger than a Chihuahua, is capable of killing a human. He also noted the formation of dog packs in the U.S. Unfortunately, there are people who have an attitude of "let the dogs run free." (Some of these folks can be found commenting on YouTube. 2.) Animals are losing their inbred fear of humans. In Genesis 1:26, we see that God gave man dominion over the creation including animals. But, it seems to me, that the spirit of antichrist is spreading its evil through the Creation. Again in YouTube, there is a picture of a bear walking up and sitting down a few feet from a man. The bear apparently is not concerned about the presence of the man at all. 3. Many humans, as I have pointed out about the commenters on Youtube animal videos, are surrendering to animal domination. 4. Strange animal types (I hesitate to call them species) are appearing (or reappearing) all over the world in these Last Days. Something called dogmen, creatures that look like dogs but stand and run a lot on their hind legs, are reported in various areas of the United States. People say the dogmen are vicious killers. And, I don't even know what to think about bigfoots. (Yes, I believe they exist. My family has had run-ins with them over the decades. My ancestors probably did, too, if the family stories are to be believed.)

    It's getting strange in these Days. But we can Look to Jesus to remove us from all of this, including the vicious animals that will kill humans during the earthly times described in the Book of Revelation.

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