The Well- Understanding The Times Part 22- October 27, 2021

Weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing. Scripture- “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that […]

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Weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.

Scripture- “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”- 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” -2 Timothy 4:3-4

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,”- 1 Timothy 2:3-5

Insight: As we continue our series on Understanding The Times, today let’s consider in more detail the great hope we have as Christians because of the sufficiency, strength and power of Jesus Christ and the eternal nature of God’s Kingdom. Today’s verses are powerful, they are important because they focus on a tough subject, but one which is rampant today in our world. It is people turning away from the Truth, as espoused in God’s Holy Book, and instead gathering “around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths,” as 2 Timothy 4:3-4 above says. Truth is under assault today. People are being deceived by an evil force of satan which is using the media ( Ephesians 2:1-2 ) to propagate lies and spread fear. But most of all, it is turning people away from the truth of scripture and that is leading to many souls that are at risk of “perishing because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”-  as 2 Thessalonians 2:10 says above. This is so sad, and it is tragic because God “wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth,’ as 1 Timothy 2:4 says above. 

God wants all to be saved but many will not be because they’ve instead chosen to believe the lies of the enemy. The enemy is ruthless and is using the media to deceive, distract and destroy. So many people are so distracted today that they would never believe the Truth in the Bible that can save them. Jesus himself spoke a lot about the truth that can “set you free” (John 8:32) in the scriptures and warned that many would not believe in Him, and so be deceived. Matthew 7:13-14 says many will blindly follow the wide road that leads to destruction, but only a “few” will follow the narrow road that leads to life: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” 

Truth is what is needed to find the narrow road and it is available only through the Holy Spirit which interprets the Truth of the Holy Bible for us in our souls. All other words brought by alleged “leaders” and “teachers” which people will “gather around them to say what their itching ears want to hear,” according to 2 Timothy 4:3-4 above, will lead to destruction as they turn away from truth and chase myths. This is happening all around us right now. The “Truth” is under assault, and social media is filled with lies and deceptions. Political leaders boldly go on national television and lie to the people to suit their own political agendas. People in power lie about their own shortcomings or blame others or the “system” for their own moral failings. People talk about sexual identity as if it is based on emotions rather than irrefutable, scientific biological fact. Only the enemy can create such chaos and confusion. The world is beginning to hate those who speak the Truth of the Gospel into the seas of the enemy’s lies, but we shouldn’t be shocked. After all, Jesus himself told us long ago it would be like this. “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.  My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.  For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” John 17:14-19

Prayer: Jesus, thank you that You are the “Way, the Truth and the Life,” and there is no other way to Heaven but through you, because You alone are the Son of God, sent to set the captives free. Amen!

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