“The Cup Of Iniquity”

Posted: January 29, 2015 in Evolution, Israel, Promises, Tribulation

In the Scriptures we’re told that God wants people to believe on Him and be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). He is very long suffering and patient (2 Peter 3:9). But there comes a time when God says, “That’s enough.” Then judgment comes on those who rebel against Him and who refuse to believe on Him for their salvation and deliverance from the lake of fire (John 3:18, 36). Are you rebelling against God? Why not learn from the mistakes of others?

The Antediluvians

After Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, they were expelled from it and cursed (Genesis 3:16-19). Eve was deceived by the devil who used the serpent (Revelation 12:9) to get her to believe that if she ate from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil she would be like God knowing the difference between good and evil. Perhaps she thought she could live independently of God and make wise decisions on her own. (Read John 15:5). Lucifer wanted to act independently of God too (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12ff). His rebellion resulted in his becoming God’s arch enemy.

For the next 1,600 years Adam and Eve and their descendants lived according to their consciences. Things got so bad in the days of Noah that God had to bring a universal flood on all humanity with the exception of Noah, his three sons and their wives (Genesis 6-8). Some skeptics say that a universal flood couldn’t happen. Well, nothing is too hard for God (Genesis 18:14). He is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8). But the doubters don’t take into account the fact that the topography of the earth at that time was quite different. (See below.)

The Tower Of Babel

Not long after the flood God allowed men to try their hand at governing themselves. He told then to spread out over the face of the earth rather than congregate together (Genesis 8:17; 9:1). But a strong natural leader, by the name of Nimrod (Genesis 10:8, 9), convinced the people to stay together and build a tower that would display their rebellion against God’s rule (Genesis 11:4) . Once again, God had to do something about the wickedness that was going on. So He came down and confused their languages so they couldn’t continue their building project (Genesis 11:7).

As the people split up and intermarried with each other, certain genes became dominant. This, we believe, is when the different ethnic groups came into existence and that still exist to this day. There is only one race, the human race (Acts 17:26). It was during the days of a man by the name of Peleg that the continents split up into what we have today (Genesis 10:25).

Those who teach and believe the theory of evolution* are playing right into the hands of the devil. Evolution is “the lie” (Romans 1:25; 2 Thessalonians 2:11) that teaches that man is progressing upward into godhood when, in reality, he is degenerating in morality, and becoming more and more ungodly and depraved. God’s Word tells us that this is what happens to those who aren’t thankful to God and who dismiss Him from their thinking (Romans 1:18-32). Are you one of those who acts like an atheist? Read Psalm 10:3-11; 14:1. Don’t play the part of a fool.

Sodom and Gomorrah

During the days of the Abraham, (whom the Jews, Christians, and Muslims claim as their father) the people in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah became so wicked that God brought down brimstone and fire on them (Genesis 19:24). Someone has suggested that if God doesn’t judge the people of our day, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Sadly, we see moral degeneration and lawlessness on the increase (2 Timothy 3:1ff).

The Amorites

You’ve probably never heard of them before. But God told Abraham that after spending a long time in Egypt, his descendants (the Jews) were to go into the land of Canaan (Israel) and destroy the wicked Amorites (Canaanites) upon whom Noah had placed a curse many years before (Genesis 9:25). No, they aren’t the African people. These people, who were in the land that God promised to give to the Jews (Genesis 15:18-21), were vile and wicked people. Apparently they were contaminated with all kinds of infectious diseases too. Their cup of iniquity was full and it was time for them to be wiped out as God had said (Genesis 15:16).

The Jews

But the rebellious Jews refused to carry out fully God’s clear instructions (Deuteronomy 13:12ff; Joshua 6:17). Instead, they spared many of their enemies. The Canaanites (in Israel’s land) became thorns in the Jew’s sides (Numbers 33:55; Judges 2:3) and led them into their gross, idolatrous practices that included sacrificing their children to their pagan gods and throwing them into the fire (2 Kings 17:31). By the way, aren’t we doing the same thing when we kill babies in the womb and then incinerate them? Did you know that over 40 million babies have been aborted in our country alone since 1973? So God had to bring judgment on His own people, the Jews. They suffered for almost 350 years at the hands of their enemies in the days of the Judges before the monarchy began.

Later on in Israel’s history, God sent the Babylonians to punish His people for their idolatrous practices and for violating the Sabbatical years for 490 years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Leviticus 26:34-43). It was during the 70 years of captivity in Babylon that the Jews learned not to engage in idolatry (Exodus 20:3-5).

Four World Empires

God used the Empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome to chasten His own people, the Jews (Daniel 2:36-43). When the wickedness of one was full, God brought in another nation to destroy the previous one. One day (perhaps sooner than most people realize) the Lord Jesus Christ will destroy all the kingdoms of men and set up His kingdom on earth (Daniel 2:44-46). Where will you be when this happens?

Make no mistake about it, God will fulfill all the unconditional promises that He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God will use the Antichrist (who comes out of the Revived Roman Empire) to chasten the Jews who are still in rebellion against Him. It’s called the “time of Jacob’s trouble” and the “Great Tribulation” (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff; Revelation 6-19). But at the end of this seven year period God will deliver the believing remnant (Romans 11:26) and give them the land that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21).

The Jews will become the dominant nation on earth during Christ’s millennial reign. King David will be resurrected from the dead (Jeremiah 30:9) and will rule under Christ and the Church that becomes Christ’s Bride at the Rapture (Revelation 21:9ff; 22:3; Ephesians 5:32).

Woe to those who mistreat the Jews (Genesis 12:1-3) and who try to take their land from them. We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology.” ** The true Church and Israel are two distinct entities (1 Corinthians 10:32).

Satan’s Last Attempt

During Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth the devil will be bound in the Abyss that is located in the heart of the earth (Revelation 20:1-3). But after the 1,000 years are over he will be allowed to come up from that pit and make one last attempt to try to overthrow God. He will gather to himself all those who inwardly rebelled against Christ during the millennium. At that time, the Lord Jesus Christ will cast the devil and all those who followed him into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:7-10).

You

You have an important decision to make if you haven’t already made it. You must decide to believe or not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as the One who died for your sins…and who rose again bodily on the third day. There are serious consequences. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name [person and work] of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18, 36).

Help

If you need some spiritual help from God’s Word, contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website for more information: www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this information has helped you. If it has, you may want to share it with others? Click on “Follow” if you want to receive future articles as they come out.

*Evolution: www.evolutionvsgod.com

**Replacement Theology: http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

***Clear Gospel http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

 

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