Love not the world

Like in the Days of Lot…endtimes similitude

Wrath is coming folks, today we study the ensamples of the days of Lot, specifically just before the rain of fire and brimstone over the plains of the Dead Sea and what this means to those who believe and those who dont.

Genesis 19: Account of the last hours before Sodom and Gomorrah was consumed by fire and brimstone… 

12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my LORD:

19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

2Peter 2: Explaining vexation of the believers and their deliverance; and the utter destruction of the ungodly: No one else is spared, but all God’s children rescued. 

4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Luke 17: Jesus describes the last days, wrath, rescue of His children (rapture) and the falling away of the ‘would-have-been’ saved…

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

32 Remember Lot’s wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 

In Summary, we see a lot of doctrines every Christian should know and fully understand by the ensamples of the days of Lot:

1.) Salvation: God promised salvation to all who abide in Him to the end, because after all, believing in Christ and repentance is only the birthing process which is a one time quick event, the living of it is a whole different ball game altogether. Not by works, please don’t get me wrong but by the grace of God through faith; in one’s perspective – living a life that truly pleases God by the guidance of His Holy Spirit through the keeping of God’s words, written in His book since the ancient times, the same words we still have today, His Holy Bible.

2.) Love not the world. Enough said..click this link…

3.) The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is imminent: Anytime He may return, there is a necessity to be prepared because after this, unimaginable sorrow and pain will be upon those left behind.

4.) Eternal security: One could truthfully tell if he’s truly saved, God’s Spirit witnesses about this in our hearts. And one could not blame God for destroying anyone who turns back, it was part of His commandment, He keeps it, He cannot deny himself. That’s why were warned to avoid deceitful lusts and be watchful that no one take our inheritance.

5.) Tribulations and Pre-wrath rapture: Before destruction, God’s people is exited to safety, but everyday before that, they were vexed by the world – “Tribulated” so to speak.

Tastleless Christianity – The Salt Lost its Savour

I like to taste salt in food, it just isn’t right without salt.

I was reading Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts today about Christian saltiness and was blessed with the clarity of this wisdom…

Salt losing its savour…Matthew 5:13~

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

N. Webster defines savor as “the quality which renders a thing valuable; the quality which renders other bodies agreeable to the taste…” then he goes to sample this verse (1828 Dictionary).

At this point, I have three things in my mind just by reflecting on what I know about salt and from Matthew and Webster above…

1.) Savour of salt in this wicked world – is depicted by followers of Jesus being ‘salty’: preserving (truth – the word and doctrine), discerning (cleansing) and faithful (strong and solid), calling out falsehood (irritating) showing and doing ‘salty’ things (visibly different, ‘savory’ true Christians).

2.) How salt loses its savour #1: the world’s taste flattens – its like when the followers of Jesus don’t show/ do ‘salty’ things in this wicked world, they become good for nothing (neither hot nor cold, unwise servant…). Dilution with water will cause salt to lose its saltiness, though there could still be salt content but the ‘savour’ is gone, on the other hand, it may apply too as like salt in a jar and not being used.

3.) How salt loses its savour #2: the world despises ‘salty’ taste – when Christian ‘salt’ is no longer ‘appreciated’ by this wicked society, it becomes what it is…abrasive, painful to the wounds and eyes, too salty, “not our type” thing and gets thrown out. Some parts of the world have developed an intolerance to salt (not allergy, because you can never be allergic to salt since salt is present in the body but you can be allergic to the things coming with salt ie. iodine which is indeed allergic to some)…

side note: #2 & #3 may be a one-way cycle as we see in Noah and Lot’s time, that’s why their worlds were destroyed…as ensamples…

Christians need to be Christians, that way their savour is felt and blesses the people around them, nowadays, the Christian connotation has its ‘saltiness’ diluted with idols and worldly things or by supposed ‘Christians’ being “in the jar”; both case, we are being tossed out by an otherwise truth-hungry multitude. But it is also a reality that the true salty Christians are being thrown out by a willingly ignorant generation of folks who just don’t want to know, let alone want to have anything to do with, the truth.

Development of Christian Saltiness: see the preceding verses (before our key verse 13 above) and let the KJV tell the key to salty Christianity, describing the process clearly if you studied closely~

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

More to this, we read a twin account, Luke 14, which gives us more clarification to ‘saltiness’ which is bearing the cross of Christ and denying the temporal things of this world.

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Side Note: no wonder it really is difficult for a rich man or anyone who loves the worldly things, to enter the Kingdom of God. Though there is hope because in the same context, Jesus said “the things that are impossible with men are possible with God” (see Luke 18: 25, 27).

I went back to the very verses that talked about Not loving the world…1 John 2:

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Further down these verses, you see the context of the whole passage where it leads to the last days – here’s the time of our enduring folks…

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Christian Saltiness begins from becoming a follower of Christ and serving until the end. We serve until the end because the one who called us is faithful to the end. In all this, we may find ourselves turned away from our riches, our families, everything in this world, everything including our very selves, …to the point of being persecuted by the world itself…The idea of saltiness is an encouragement to Christians in these enduring times, hold on to the faith, be fully seasoned, abiding in Jesus Christ until the end. May the Almighty God the Father bless you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Love of the World – a downward perilous death trap

Love not the world: message from 2 witnesses:

Please read 1 John 2 ~

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 

see also Genesis 3:6 – the tipping point for the fall of man ( read the rest of the scripture to find out what happened next)

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

 

The Bible is very consistent about this message. The love of the world leads to death…a lot of people have proven this fact over and over again. Go and turn on the TV and the news to see people killing themselves with bad habits, self inflicted abuse, various addictions, love of material goods and wealth and so with the stresses of everyday life.

Ephesians 4 explains how born again believers live and should put off the lusts of this world…

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

Need I say more…loving the world is all delusion folks, no one who had them ever came close to perfect peace nor perfect joy in fact its the opposite. And this deceitful trap brings corruption, not even a Christian would survive its downward perilous path. Stay away from these thorns…read article The Essential Parable