W R Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Swarm of evils comes from Greek mythology in which a story is told of a box sent by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open. She opened the box out of curiosity that loosened a swarm of evils upon mankind; a prolific source of troubles.
Evil is defined as morally objectionable behavior which causes harm or destruction. It gives disposition to do wrong bringing wickedness and depravity upon mankind. It has been said that such will take one where they never intended to go; it will keep one longer than they intended to stay, and cost one more than they intended to pay.
Noah H. Mack, in a sermon titled "Little Foxes" noted: Those who have been responsible for the housekeeping have not been watchful enough and let the little foxes creep into the vineyard and now they are so numerous that they cannot be driven out by ordinary methods of teaching and warning, for they well-nigh have possession of the vineyard.
Those words were proclaimed in the 30's; how much more are we seeing a swarm of evils invade nations that were once under the influence of God's Word? One man noted: Evil unchecked grows and evil tolerated poisons the whole system (Jawaharlal Nehru).
We are seeing a swarm of evils because of a society that has allowed its occurrence. We are seeing laws and rulings instituted that gives leeway for the ungodliness of man to usher in whatever his heart desires. Scripture reveals: For there is no faithfulness (uprightness) in their mouth; their inward part is wickedness (destruction); their throat is an open sepulcher (tomb); they flatter with their tongue (Psalm 5:9).
The moral compass is no longer heeded too when evil begins to dominate the scene, no longer sensitive to the guiding principles of God's Word, making way for the swarm of evils that dominate today's society.
There is gross immorality that is being consumed through various venues that have sprung up in these latter days, with a technology that enhances its growth. As the swarm of evils becomes more prominent; society continues to be in opposition to the Word of God which exposes its atrocities. Scripture reveals: For every one that does (practices) evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (exposed) (John 3:20).
There is concern towards a nation's being vulnerability to invasion from those outside its borders; when the greatest concern should be of the evil influences from within!
The swarm of evils engulfing a nation have become so numerous, and acceptable, that they have become as a cancerous growth that continues unabated. Acceptance of ungodly advances has dominated many once godly nations; allowing its influence to be manifested, even in its leadership.
We are seeing evilness of man rise in an alarming display of ungodliness; with immorality that should raise one's eyebrows but does not. Many have become enslaved to devices that bring sin and ungodly content to one's doorstep. Many are embracing sinful advances without a clue to their destructive nature.
It was noted that all around us are the signs that modern man refuses to accept the fact that sin is his problem. Many no longer call homosexuality a sin but an alternate lifestyle. Adultery is now viewed by some as merely a relationship. Abortion is now considered an expression of a woman's right.
It was noted that where there is no fear of God, no reverence for God, every evil can and will abound. The idea that humans will be good without God is a deceptive fallacy. When people are devoid of the knowledge and wisdom that come from believing God and having reverence for Him, they become morally corrupt, exceedingly evil, violent and destructive.
We are seeing this truth come to fruition with the end result being a swarm of evils plaguing mankind that cannot be abated without God's intervention and man's willingness to repent as in the case of Nineveh.
Scripture reveals: Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile (deceit). Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it (Psalm 34:13-14). Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate (held guilty) (Psalm 34:21). Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any wise to do evil (Psalm 37:8).
God's Word gives warning regarding evil; to forsake it, not even give ear to it: Let love be without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Abhor that which is evil, cleave (cling) to that which is good (Romans 12:9). Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22). Evil men, and seducers shall wax (grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).
Many nations have given allowance for a swarm of evils to come into existence. An article in the late 90's proclaimed: If humanity continues to drift morally and socially during the next century as it did during the present one, we will sink into the abyss of total corruption and despair.
There is a swarm of evils that has penetrated the social structure of many once godly nations with little desire to offset such. There is a growing tendency towards acceptance rather than rejection. The likelihood of one's being caught up in such becomes more advanced when the Word of God is not promulgated to its fullness.
Scripture reveals: Know this also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous (money lovers), boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, proud, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (without self-control), fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady (reckless), lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof; from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
A swarm of evils will resonate towards acceptance when one chooses to ignore God's Word. Many churches no longer stand for the moral truths identified in God's Word; allowing compromise to set in, rather than strict adherence to the Unadulterated Word of God.
One man noted: I never wonder to see men wicked but I often wonder to see them not ashamed (Jonathan Swift). The prophet Jeremiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could the blush; therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit (punish) them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 6:15).
There is little shame in the swarm of evils that has befallen mankind; in that many openly proclaim their ungodliness with pride. Laws and rulings are being promulgated that helps open the door of acceptance rather than rejection. Scripture reveals: And this is the condemnation, that light (the Lord Jesus Christ) is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19).
Swarm of evils invading a once godly nation festers and grows; unless dealt with as in the case of Nineveh of old. Scripture reveals: The word of the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry (cry out) against it; for their wickedness is come up before me (Jonah 1:1-2).
As Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, he cried out, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them (Jonah 3:4-5)
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented (relented) of the evil, that he had said that he would do to them; and he did it not (Jonah 3:10). It was noted that God did not change in His ultimate intention toward the Ninevites; rather they changed in their attitude toward Him. On the basis of that change, God could deal with them in grace, rather than in judgment.
Scripture reveals: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides (remains) on him (John 3:36). Let not the swarm of evils that has befallen man be more of an influence than the instructive Word of God!
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