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. (Comment)
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 (Proverbs 14:34). There are ungodly forces being unleashed, in the countdown on immorality, that helps move the judgmental hand closer to the midnight hour.
Scripture holds a key verse concerning the countdown on immorality: 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 until the day of judgment, and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7).
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise but is long-suffering 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 conduct and godliness. We, according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness (2 Peter 3:11-13).
Scripture reveals that sin begin to dominate the land, through failed leadership of Eli, the High Priest of Israel, whose two sons lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the Lord (1 Samuel 2:22). 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: The glory is departed from Israel (1 Samuel 4:21).
The countdown on began on Day One when immorality begin to dominate the land through failed leadership. We are now experiencing the same, and in a greater way than the pre-Flood time, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylonian era.
Babylon was reported as having become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, stating: I sit a queen and shall see no sorrow, but the countdown on immorality sprang into action, when reaching the midnight hour. In one day her plagues would come, death, and mourning, and famine, and would be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judged her (Revelation 18:7-8).
The prophet Hosea had to pronounce a countdown on immorality, in saying: Their drink is rebellion: they have committed whoredom (sexual immorality) continually, her rulers clearly love dishonor (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 to become powerful and dominating.
The prophet Ezekiel was shown evil deeds done in the dark, and asked of the Lord: Have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, the Lord sees us not (Ezekiel 8:12).
Ezekiel was instructed to turn again to see even greater abominations. He was brought to the door of the Lord's house, and there sat women weeping before the fertility god. Ezekiel was asked, Have you seen this? Turn you again and you shall see greater abominations than these.
He was brought to the inner court of the Lord's house, and there were about 25 men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces turned toward the east; and they worshiped the sun towards the east.
And the Lord asked Ezekiel: Is it a light thing that they commit the abominations which they commit here? Therefore will I deal in fury: my eye shall not spare (Ezekiel 8:13-18). 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: Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all that are ungodly among them, of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed.
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 (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 godly persuasion.
Apostle Paul addressed association with the immoral: I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or an accuser, or a drunkard; with such one not to eat (1 Corinthians 5:11).
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them (Ephesians 5:11). Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). There is a tendency today, in the church world, to extend tolerance and acceptability to all, which would keep the countdown on immorality ongoing, rather than expose the truth of God's Word.
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, 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 (1 John 1:7).
Scripture reveals: If any man sin, we have an advocate (intercessor) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: He is the propitiation (or atonement) for our sins: and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world. 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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