A VOLATILE WORLD

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

A volatile world is unpredictable and explosive in nature.  Electronics has helped bring the world into an everyday focus that before would not have been possible.  A picture window of events has advantages as well as disadvantages.  (Comment)


A VOLATILE WORLD
TWO WITNESSES OF GOD

An event is foretold in God's Word of two witnesses who will receive power from God to shut heaven that it rain not in the days of their prophecy and will have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

And when they shall have finished their testimony, they shall be killed.  Their dead bodies shall lie in the street of that great city which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt where the Lord was crucified (Jerusalem) (Revelation 11:3-8).  These events will be seen worldwide, through electronic means, that before would not have been possible.

EVENTS YET TO UNFOLD

Scripture reveals that the people, and kindred and languages, shall see their dead bodies three and a half days and shall not allow their bodies to be put in graves.  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth.

And after three and a half days, the breath of life from God will enter into them, and they will stand on their feet; and great fear will fall upon them which saw them (Revelation 11:9-11). And they will hear a great voice from heaven, saying to them, Come up hither.  And they shall ascend up to heaven in a cloud and their enemies shall behold them (Revelation 11:12).

Again, these events will be transmitted electronically through modern day technology; in a fashion that before would not have been possible.  That same technology will help usher in the Tribulation Period in which these events will unfold.

RECEIVING THE MARK

The fulfillment of receiving the mark foretold in God's Word seemed distant:  That both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, will have to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: that no man might buy or sell except he has the mark (666) (Revelation 13:16-18).  A volatile world is one in which circumstances can change in a matter of minutes. 

An AP article flashed this headline:  STOCKHOLM EMPLOYEES GETTING IMPLANTED WITH MICROCHIPS; along with a video showing the inserting of such between the thumb and index finger of the hand.  Later the New York Times revealed that more than 4,000 Swedes had implanted microchips in their hands allowing them to pay for travel and food.

This will not disturb a nonbeliever but to the believer it should bring to mind a warning in God's Word: If any man receive the mark of the beast (or Antichrist) (666) in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink the wrath of God, and shall be tormented with fire, and brimstone (Revelation 14:9-11).

What we are seeing in our day and age is but a prelude to the fulfillment of God's Word!

A VOLATILE WORLD
NURSES UNGODLINESS

A volatile world nurses ungodliness and feeds upon the ignorance of man towards God's Word.  Scripture tells of one's conscience being seared as a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2); no longer sensitive, or ashamed, towards what one feasts upon.

Television, films, internet, and other devices, wholeheartedly displays the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, mentioned in God's Word as being of the world:  And the world passes away, and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:16-17).  The term world signifies the evil desire and sin which has become so much a part of human existence.

A WORLD BEING DECEIVED

A volatile world is subject to the devices of Satan.  Scripture reveals that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceived the whole world was cast out to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him (Revelation 12:9).

Woe to the inhabitants of the earth for the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time (Revelation 12:12).  The apostle Peter warned:  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

But with this came an assurance:  Whom resist steadfast in the faith, the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered awhile, make you perfect, establish, and strengthen you (1 Peter 5:9-10).

In a volatile world that is liable to sudden change or violence, erratic in nature, it would behoove one to cling to God's Unadulterated Word to sustain and strengthen in the hour of need!

NO DIVINE ASSURANCE
OUTSIDE OF CHRIST

A volatile world can help usher one into the Kingdom of God.  A world that is erratic, eruptive, oftentimes explosive, and unpredictable in nature can turn one's attention to the Peace-Giver, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:27).  There is no divine assurance outside of Christ!

There are many other religions in the world but none will get one to heaven; outside of Christ.  Scripture reveals:  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under Heaven whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

There are many feasting on the ungodliness, in a volatile world, without realizing the implications for having done so.  One cannot afford the luxury of ignorance towards God's Word without paying the price.

INDUCEMENTS TO
WALK AWAY FROM GOD

In a volatile world there are many inducements to walk away from God but the believer is admonished to walk in Christ despite any ungodly influence of man.  Many in the church are being swayed by the world towards acceptance of secular ways rather than abiding in Christ and His Word (1 John 2:6).

One man of God said: The church use to set an example for the world; now the world sets an example for the church.  Those words have multiplied many times over in our present day environment.  We are living in volatile times, that are changeable, erratic, irresponsible, and unpredictable.

A SANCTIFIED LIFE
IN CHRIST

Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify (or set it apart) and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:25-27).

The Psalmist David wrote:  Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?  Or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity (Psalm 24:3-4).

Make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way.  Follow (or pursue) peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:13-14).

A SEPARATION UNTO GOD

What agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For we are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:16-17).

Having these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).  In the volatile world we live in that is changeable, erratic, and unpredictable, one should be drawing closer to God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, rather than walking away.

It seems as if many are doing just that; because of the ungodly influences of this world, that would draw one as a magnet towards its allurements.  The call to come out from among them, and be separate, is even more viable in the times in which we live!

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