Saturday, 24 February 2018

The Danger of Mockery

Scripture: Daniel 5 v 4 - 5:  "They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and of the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw part of the hand..."

Galatians 6 v 7 - 8: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."

It is a rather well-used expression "the writing is on the wall" and its taken to mean that something very momentous, usually bad, is about to occur. In the original experience in Daniel's day,  Nebuchadnezzar the king was about to lose his throne.

This Babylonian king had taken captive many Israelites plus many treasures from the Temple in Jerusalem, which temple they destroyed. On this night the king decided to use the golden goblets taken from the temple to praise his own gods.  In the same hour he saw a hand write the fateful words "mene Mene tekel upharsin" which neither he nor his sorcerers nor his astrologers could interpret. Eventually Daniel was brought because in him was an excellent spirit and he could interpret dreams.

The interpretation of the writing on the wall is given. You are found wanting; your kingdom is finished; it is divided between the Medes and Persians.....In the same night the king of Babylon died.

What do we learn from this event? Firstly, it is very unwise to mock God by abusing His people, His Temple and its golden vessels. Whether Christians or Israeli's, the Lord God favours His people. The Christians are His actual body (Colossians 1 v 18), and the Israeli's are His actual Bride (Revelations 21 v 9- 12). Our God will protect His own.

It is very unwise to mock true born again Christians who are submitted to God's holy will and doing their best to save the rest of humanity ie those who will experience first hand their own writing on the wall if they do not wake up to the reality of this world situation.

We are without doubt going through the birth pangs of the closing stages of the end of this world as we know it. The New Age plan of Satan is well established.

One day soon we will have a One World Government using One Currency and under One Religion. We will have absolute peace on Earth. For a short time. Then the Son of Perdition that Man of Sin will be revealed. He is the Antichrist who will command every human to have a mark 666 on his right hand or forehead. 

Without the mark you cannot buy nor sell. No food, water, electricity, new clothes or petrol. Everyone who takes this mark will be excluded from Heaven. Its the ultimate standoff between God and Satan. By this time the Christians will have left this planet by the grace of God. The Jews will still be here but finally understanding that Satan has always wanted to kill the Bride and the Groom so he can run the universe.

The Bible starts and ends with marriage.  From the marriage of Adam to Eve, to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, we should realise that everything inbetween pertains to this extraordinary event.  Let us read the Word against the backdrop of Satan interfering in the marriage of Jesus and His Bride from before the foundation of the world.  How He lost her, and how we, His Body, must overcome the enemy to be part of her rescue.

Their eyes of the Jews will be opened to know that Jesus is their true husband and then they will flee into the mountains of Petra in Jordan.  For those left in Jerusalem when the Antichrist enters the rebuilt Temple and declares himself God the darkest days have arrived which will affect the whole world. The cruellest Pharoah, Hitler, Nero, ISIS militant will pale next to the evil of this man in whom Satan has fully manifested.

For the world the writing will be on the wall. You will still make Heaven if you refuse the mark of the Beast and are martyred for your faith.  First it was the blood of animals that covered the Jew's sins for one year. Then the Blood of Jesus covered believer's sins once off for all sin. In the end only your own blood will do. Those who believe in an all-loving Father who will relent and  forgive the whole world need to rethink this idea. Otherwise the death of Jesus on Golgotha was a fairytale.

In the last days there will be mockers and scoffers saying where is the promise of His coming because nothing has changed.  If we don't know Him before He comes, we will never get the opportunity to know Jesus.  On the Day of Judgment they will hear the fateful words from His mouth, I never knew you!  That is the danger of mockery.....The consequences of eternity in the lake of fire.

Prayer: Father God, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. You want everyone to be saved and home with You but not everyone is willing to walk in Jesus' footsteps and follow His teachings. Help us, O Lord, to bring Your truth to them before they have to see the writing on the wall and weep for eternity.  Lord, many people mock Jews and Christians for their faith but You have the last laugh.  Show them the truth before it's too late.  In Jesus' name. Amen.