The Lord has been coming at me with this issue from a variety of angles the past few days. This world will be completely enslaved by Satan due to its rejection of Jesus Christ, the only true God.
We know that no person will be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast. Everyone will be marked. During WW2 all the Jews under Hitler's (a type of anti-christ) control were marked. Next time it wont be only the Jews, it will be everyone. The tribulation/time of Jacob's trouble will be a worldwide enslavement.
As we see the progressive rejection of the God of the bible, we see a direct, corresponding enslavement of the world. People look around America today and see what they consider to be an encroachment on their liberty and freedom and they blame the government for it! Instead of blaming the government for their lack of freedom, they should look in the mirror and see the real cause for their loss of freedom: the rejection of the true God that can be found in the bible.
A rejection of the true God leads to erosion of wealth, loss of freedom, plagues, famines, disasters of every kind imaginable, lack of education, lack of health care, and the lack of everything else that until recently has been taken for granted in the United States. The United States has been blessed in the past, there is no doubt about it. This country at least mouthed praise and worship of the true God, even if their hearts were turned away from Him. This country has had enough salt and light (true believers) to keep the darkness (and slavery that ensues from it) at arms length. These days are different though....
Who in America today is equating the loss of everything Americans hold dear with a rejection of the true God? The same is true for all the other nations of the world. Show me a country that lacks food, water, medical care, education, transportation, freedom, liberty, etc and I'll show you a country where the true God of the bible has been rejected.
This world is being enslaved, and it is not happening all at once. Its a gradual process. At some point in the future, a kind of destruction is going to fall on mankind that will get their attention. Isn't it unfortunate that things have to get that bad to get people's attention? Isn't it unfortunate that the devil himself has to walk this earth with his filthy demons and unclean spirits to wake some people up? Most people will never wake up, no matter what happens. Few will be saved, not most, and that is tragic isn't it?
Matt 7:13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
WHY will so few be saved and WHY do so few people care about it? Todays nicolaitan preachers and teachers tell you that all you have to do is accept an easy grace "Jesus" and keep "going to church" and paying an unbiblical tithe and you'll be saved forever regardless of anything else you do, say or think. The bible doesn't read that way. John 15 tells us in no uncertain terms that some people who are "in the vine" that is "in Christ" can and will be "cutoff" from the vine which is Jesus Christ. Does that sound like an easy grace, do what thou wilt gospel to you? I think not.
Few will be saved and why is that? Don't you think that question needs to be answered? Broad is the road that leads to destruction we are told. That means there are many reasons why few will be saved. Those many reasons, this writer believes, can be traced back to a rejection of the true God, His Son/His Word.
In America, the enslavement of blacks in the past is now looked at as a crime against humanity, an atrocity, an abhorrent event in the history of the world, and I would agree with that. Yet the same people who condemn slavery in America don't seem to care much about a world enslavement that is occurring every day around them. If they do care, they display their ignorance by blaming the government for their problems. "Get involved" they tell us, "get out and vote!" they tell us, so we can "make a difference" they tell us. How utterly blind are these people? How completely without discernment are these people?
This world has a sin problem. This world has a rejection of the true God problem. This world has a refusal to obey the most powerful being in eternity problem. The people of this world have the leaders and the government they deserve in direct proportion with their acceptance of the true God and His Word.
I'm giving you a guarantee right here, right now: you can vote until you drop dead and you'll make zero progress toward what you want. You can "get involved" in your community, you can get out and vote, you can plan and organize and work till your hands fall off and you will make ZERO progress at taking back the things you hold dear. The people of this world need to get the priority straight: Matthew 6:33 ... But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,and all these things will be added to you.
You want your freedom? seek first the kingdom of God
You want food on your table? seek first the kingdom of God
You want peace? seek first the kingdom of God
You want a roof over your head? seek first the kingdom of God
You want clothes on your back? seek first the kingdom of God
You want the corruption in this world to end? seek first the kingdom of God
You fill in the rest of the list using the pattern established above....
Unfortunately, we know what's going to happen in the future. A flood is coming, and people will continue in their wickedness by rejecting their only hope and they will be destroyed for it. If you are reading these words, know that it does not have to be you that is destroyed. As it was in the days of Noah and Lot, in the days before (pre) the flood (tribulation), an ark of safety has been prepared (Noah), a departure under armed escort out of the destruction zone (Lot removed from Sodom) has been prepared. There is coming an exact repeat of the days of Noah and Lot. I didn't guarantee that, Jesus did. If Noah and his family went into an ark of safety that provided him with physical separation from destruction, then we can expect the same. If Lot and his family were escorted out of Sodom to be spared from ALL of the destruction that was rained down upon it, then we can expect the same. There IS and escape from ALL coming. I cannot promise something like that, only God Almighty can, and He has:
Luke 21:34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
The Lord used the words "escape all." What does "all mean? Apparently many, many people these days cannot grasp what that word means, but they will learn...in time. This world has rejected and continues to reject the only true God and His Son Jesus Christ, and they will be enslaved for it. You do not have to be one of them. We who belong to the Lord God Almighty are not of this world, and we never were. Our kingdom is not of this world, and it never was. We are looking, watching every day for a promise to be fulfilled. Where our Lord has gone, we will go also because we were promised to go there:
John 14:1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God a; trust also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”
I am absolutely certain of this, what we should be doing today is WATCHING, through prayer, for our Lord's return. Today as I was praying and reading the Word, this was absolutely confirmed within me. We must be those servants whose master has gone on a long journey, who watch and wait for His return so when He knocks on the door we can immediately open it for Him. We must keep oil in our lamps, so we are ready for the return of the bridegroom. We must be spotless bride without spot or blemish; a fitting bride for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
There are no 'curve balls' in our Lords words to us on the points made above. There is no tricky language to confuse us or trip us up. If the Lord told us to watch, then we must watch..NOW. If the Lord told us to pray that we would be counted worthy of escape from all, then we must pray (NOW) that we will be counted worthy of this escape from all. There are satanic agents who will steal your hope, your escape, your life and your soul if you let them. Don't let them. Hold on to what you have until our Lord returns....
Luke 12:36 like men waiting for their master to return from a ...
like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.
Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If ...
... "Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door,I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
Revelation 3:8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an ...
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.
Mark 13:35 "Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the ...
... Watch therefore: for ye know not when the lord of the house cometh, whetherat even, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning;
Matthew 25:13 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the ...
... Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Luke 21:36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able ...
... Watch therefore, praying at every season, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things which are about to come to pass, and to stand before the
Revelation 3:3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and ...
... repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief,and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee
1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear ...
... But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
Ephesians 5:27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church ...
... so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
1 Peter 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without ...
but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. ... but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
Colossians 1:22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical ...
But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation--
Revelation 2:25 Only hold on to what you have until I come.
... Only hold fast what you have until I come.
Revelation 3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so ...
... Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
grace and peace