By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Countdown on immorality brings the clock's hand closer to the midnight hour as the pre-Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylonian era of time!
Countdown indicates the time remaining before some event takes place. Many once godly nations have begin the judgmental clock clicking; as they began to erase God out of the picture by allowing ungodliness to reign.
In the late 19th century the concept of morality waned due to secularization coming into focus. Secularization is indifference to or rejection; exclusion of religion and religious considerations.
The immorality of man has swing into high gear towards attempting to offset any religious influence in the land. Rogue leaders are helping undermine the importance of religious sentiment that exalts a nation. There are ungodly forces being unleashed, in the countdown on immorality, that helps move the judgmental hand closer to the midnight hour. Scripture reveals: Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach (or disgrace) to any people (Proverbs 14:34).
Scripture holds a key verse concerning the countdown on immorality: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word (as in the pre-Flood days of Noah) are kept in store, reserved unto fire against (or until) the day of judgment, and perdition (or destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7).
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:9-10).
Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation (or conduct) and godliness. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness (2 Peter 3:11 & 13).
Scripture reveal: Eli (the High Priest of Israel) was very old, and heard all that his sons did to all Israel: and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation (1 Samuel 2:22). That sin begin to dominate the land, through failed leadership of Eli. That the sins of Eli's sons was not only crimes against their fellowman but against God. Such conduct could only bring severe judgment; if not corrected.
Though Eli was warned by a man of God that he honored his sons above God, no corrective action was taken. Eli, and his two sons, died in the same day the Ark of God was taken; his daughter-in-law died in childbirth but not before naming her child Ichabod (meaning inglorious), in that glory had departed from Israel.
The countdown began on Day One when immorality begin to dominate the land through failed leadership. Many once godly nations are now experiencing the same, and in a greater way than the pre-Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylonian era of time.
Babylon was reported as having become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit. Scripture reveals: How much she has gloried herself, and lived deliciously (or luxuriously), so much torment and sorrow give her: for she says in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow (Revelation 18:7).
But the countdown on immorality sprang into action: Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judged her (Revelation 18:8).
The prophet Hosea pronounced a countdown on immorality, in saying: Their drink is soul (or rebellion): they have committed whoredom (sexual immorality) continually: her rulers with shame do love (or clearly love dishonor), Give you (Hosea 4:18).
The leadership of the nation had failed. God had given the nation leaders with the express purpose of shielding it from sin and leading it to God, instead they led it to spiritual defection. Its leadership had failed in a God-given responsibility, allowing the ungodliness of man to enter in; becoming powerful and dominating.
The prophet Ezekiel (referred to as the son of man) was shown evil deeds of man and asked of the Lord: Son of man, have you seen what the ancients (or elders) of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in chambers of his imagery (or room of his idols)? For they say, the Lord sees us not; the Lord has forsaken the earth (or land) (Ezekiel 8:12).
Ezekiel was instructed to turn again to see even greater abominations: Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north: and there sat women weeping for Tammuz (a fertility god) (Ezekiel 8:14).
Then he brought me (or Ezekiel) into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east (Ezekiel 8:16).
Then he said to me, Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a light (or trivial) thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them (Ezekiel 8:17-18).
The countdown on immorality had began long before it was revealed to Ezekiel. It was then finalized at the midnight hour when God's wrath was manifested towards the abominations committed.
Scripture reveals what happens when the final countdown on immorality takes place, in saying: And Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince (or convict) all that are ungodly among them, of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches (or harsh things), which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaking great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage (or flattering people to gain advantage) (Jude 1:14-16).
A Bible commentary noted: Ungodly repeatedly describes the actions and attitudes of those whom Jude denounces. Great swelling words means arrogant language. In admiration means that they flatter others in order to get what they are after. We are seeing an abundance of this happening; as many attempt to draw the novice (or unlearned) away from any influence of a godly persuasion.
Apostle Paul wrote concerning any association with the immoral: But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer (an accuser), or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one, not to eat (or a close association) (1 Corinthians 5:11).
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (or expose them) (Ephesians 5:11). Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship (or in common) has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion (or fellowship) has light with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14)? There is a tendency today, in the church world in many Western nations, to extend tolerance and acceptability to all, which helps keep the countdown on immorality ongoing.
Immorality is condemned in God's Word: Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators (or sexually immoral), nor idolaters, nor adulterers, not effeminate (or homosexuals), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (or sodomites), nor thieves, nor covetous, not drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Shall not inherit the kingdom of God is very definite; finalized, unless repentance comes into focus.
At the moment of conversion to Christ, the countdown on immorality is stopped; because the precious blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the Cross of Calvary, cleanses one from all sin. Scripture reveals: 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 cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
The apostle John wrote: My little children (referring to saints of God), these things write I to you, that you sin not (or may not sin). And if any man sin, we have an advocate (or intercessor) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation (or atonement) for our sins: and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
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