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I want to say in the beginning of this paper that I understand that Jesus is the way to life, not only now but in the Kingdom He will bring, however much does not come to us without effort and correct choices! To climb a mountain takes both and although God may help in some way He is not going to pick up the climbers and place them at the top. There is a way to life just as there is a way to death. There is a way to happiness just as there is a way to sorrow and despair. There is a way to success just as well as there is a way to poverty. There is a way to health just as there is a way to sickness and pain. There is a way to family stability and there is a way to family instability and dysfunction. When the generation of the 40's and beyond were coming up they had to struggle just to eat and have a roof over their head. Boys had to work in the fields along side their father and grandfathers and the young girls had to work along side their mother and grandmothers to learn the important lessons of surviving. If they did not learn these lessons they had to face the FACT that they would not live long out on their own. Even the struggle of the butterfly is what makes it what it becomes and if you helped it out of the cocoon it would either be deformed or die. In the same way if we don't struggle in this life we too will not be sucessful. This struggle from generation to generation was based on some very important rules that were given by our creator. These rules that today can't even be sited by thousands of people are the Ten Commandments God gave on Mount Sinai to the children of Israel, and I truly believe in the garden to Adam and Eve as well. The reason God had to reestablish these very important laws of life to Israel years after creation was because the children of Israel had lost knowledge of these laws while in Egyptian captivity. The Ten Commandments were, and are the very foundation and instruction book for the success and happiness of ALL mankind. If you don't think so just keep reading as we go through some very important points that will demonstrate this with certainty.
The very important point to understand is the very fact that past generations had to struggle in order to survive is what placed within them the driving force we call self motivation and the ability to think independently. This in turn creates the characters of courage, ethical quality, and integrity which in turn create reliability and much more. This character was needed not only for survival but was what our fathers and mothers used to build the greatest Nation the world has ever seen! Contrary to what some may believe these distinguishing characteristic are not there at birth but are developed through ones life. That's why some succeed and others fail. That's why some can be trusted and others can't. That's why some live in strong stable families and others live in dysfunctional families with parents drinking up the rent money, or just making poor judgments concerning education or jobs.
Unfortunately the fact is that a great deal of people in the United States and many other countries around the world have come to believe that it is someone else that should solve our problems and make life what we want it to be. Many even have come to believe that all they need is money to bring about a positive result in everything they do in life! Many are now looking to the New system to support them. Many may not believe that this is what the generation of the 1980s is thinking and doing but it is even being passed onto the children of that generation as of this writing in the year 2009. How could this be and how could our children have become so dumb down? I'm sure some will not like what I have come to believe and you are free to believe what you want but with the new age of computers we are allowing this generation to PLAY games from a very young age till they are out of school. These games are used in most part as a baby sitter in many cases and are causing many children to not develop the important learned character we discussed above. One day many thousands of young people turning 18 to 21 years of age will look up like someone coming out of a sleep and not only will many be unaware of what to do concerning necessities of survival but they will not have had to develop the skills and character to survive, or the ability to think for themselves. They will be dependent on the state for their needs and the state will meet their needs because that is what the New World Order has been setting up for years, and is still working on at this time. They want submissive slaves to obey them and what better way than to place this generation into a position where they will, for the rest of their lives, look to the World order as their parents.
God always places what we need for success but mankind is being taught, and many now believe God got it wrong because it just seems to be too hard and many want to correct God. Many see the wrongs of this world as God's fault when they don't consider it was the disobedience to God's law that caused the hardships we must endure in the first place. Well brethren this is not a surprise to God and many of us that follow Him and we know it is and will get much worse as we have read the description given by Paul in 2 Tim 3:1-7 and in Rom 1:27-32. Let's do some comparing to man's way and the Ten Commandments. I will list 2 Tim 3:1-7 first and please as we read this notice the very important time setting. He states; "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
Now we find a similar list of un-Godless conduct in Rom 1:27-32 it states "Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them."
Brethren, these scriptures are not just referring to a few people in a small area, but as hard as it may be to accept, most of the world will be as we find described above. If one thinks about every bad character flaw in the scriptures above one should be very concerned because these people will not want anyone around that will want to change their behavior. Also the bad character flaws listed above will in certainty also bring about the results of such behavior which is absolute destruction and misery for all and as noted by Paul these shall be perilous times. Their misery is the same as the drug addict that does not even realize how much pain, they not only are in, but the pain they cause for those around them. Homosexuals don't realize that they are truly unhappy because the unfulfilling acts of sexual lust can never be fulfilled but only burns till true love no longer exist. Let's not forget the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and remember that prophecies depict the time of the end not only worse than Sodom and Gomorrah, but around the entire world. Go back and read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Gen 13:13 which states; "But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD."
The key word here is not just sin, but exceedingly wicked! The above list of bad character flaws also shows another aspect of the times. That is most will be out for themselves and it will be a dog eat dog jungle which very well may be the reason God described the system as the BEAST. Those that accept and worship the man of perdition will be like him, and will love and worship him as we find in Revelation chapter 13. The term beast is denoted as to devour and consume destructively, and recklessly, because they want all they can have for their own enjoyment, satisfaction, recreation or amusement, and sensual gratification! In the times just ahead they are not going to pick those of their own kind to attack for the most part, so who do you suppose they will target? Regrettably as it is brethren there is not much anyone can do about what the great majority will want in the next few years and is being set up as we speak. The reason I wrote this is because what we see coming in terms of apathy in our children and why this apathy is spreading. The results of this will be devastating not only to our children but to all the world and I also wrote it for those that want to be aware and perhaps may be in a position to help someone else that may not be to far into the flood that is coming. Please limit the time used by your children on these computers that have become their teachers and we need to pray that we can be strong and continue to stay close to God with our hearts and minds on those things that are good and continue in the faith that we can rely on Jesus as our savior.
It will be the Spirit of God that will get many Christians through this very dark time we are entering and Jesus and the apostles warned that we should not follow every wind of doctrine as many will come to deceive even if possible the very elect. The scripture states "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened. Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it. For false Christ and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matt 24:21-27.
Now to get some good perspective let's look at the above character flaws in relation to the Ten Commandments. I will not write out the complete command but the intent of the commandment and I will place the above attitudes in the same order as the Ten Commandments starting with:
1. 2. & 3.) "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." "You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;" The above character flaw. "Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, and even haters of God or blaming God for their misery."
4.) "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it." (See our study on the Sabbath for more.) The above character flaw. "Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God and having a form of godliness but denying its power."
5.) "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you." The above character flaw. "Disobedient to parents,"
6.) "You shall not murder." The above character flaw. "Murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness, brutal, violent, unforgiving, unmerciful; and despisers of good,"
7.) "You shall not commit adultery." The above character flaw. "Sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness "
8.) "You shall not steal." The above character flaw. "For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,"
9.) "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." The above character flaw. "Unforgiving, slanderers, and blasphemers, whisperers, and backbiters."
10.) "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's." The above character flaw. "Covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy," and "For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,"
The list of ungodliness in the above scriptures have actually become "cool" to our young people the world over. There is only one way this type of attitude could sweep throughout the entire world and that is by teaching, and people believing, we should be able to do whatever we want. That we should be able to worship God any way we want, and what ever we want to be true should be true or acceptable. No one wants to take responsibility for their actions, and no one wants to be the one to say sin is against God and mankind. Not even many of those who have set themselves up as the ministers of God wants to teach the truth, because they know if they do then people will go elsewhere to hear smooth things. Christian ministers and elders are teaching people today that they are saved just because they stated with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus died for their sins and that is all there is to it. Is that all there is to it? No! We must also work on our human nature as best as we can. We must think about the consequence of our actions. If we believe otherwise we will become complacent in our attitude towards sin thinking we don't have anything to worry about. That's why Satan wants you to believe you can't do anything about it and what's truly so bad about this attitude is that it's what we WANT to believe just like Eve wanted to believe that she would not die and all would be fine. We can convince ourselves that we are not accountable for our sins because we are just deceived, but we will still receive the punishment God has set up for those who choose sin for a season; which can result in eternal death!
It is important to take note of the fact that to go away from the creator God could also lead to eternal death so the way to a better life here and now and life everlasting is to follow the Ten Commandments which is given for our good. The results of the way to life or the way to death, the way to happiness or the way to sorrow and despair, the way to success or the way to poverty, the way to health or the way to sickness and pain is to make the right choice to follow our Creator God and His Son Jesus the Messiah and our savior. There are other ways Satan is working to trap this new generation into his web so you might want to read our informed study titled;
Christians and Wizardry? And "Satan's Snare"
Regards and Keep the Faith!
Timothy M. Youngblood
The Master's Table