In our last study, we ended while examining the military horsemen and their demonic horses.  We had examined the first two of the five things said about the military horsemen and their demonic horses.  I suggest that you go back and review the first two characteristics.   As we pick up our study with the third picture given to us of the military horsemen and their demonic horses.

Today, as we consider the end time, we want to look with some depth into the subject of murder.  Perhaps you would agree with me that it is time to face the truth and think about some of the excuses that people make about wrong behavior.

There was once a time when people would take responsibility for their actions.  However, it seems that this generation has learned how to make excuses for every bad decision that they make and wicked act that they commit.  Attorneys had made a significant contribution to this problem by shifting the blame from off the guilty to their innocent victims.

As we go through our study today, I would like to challenge you to consider the subject of abortion.  Does God indicate in His Word that taking a life, in the womb, is murder?

Today, abortion is no longer seen as the cold-blooded murder of innocent babies, but rather a choice of inconvenience.

Now consider this, abortion is a multi-billion-dollar industry that has turned many doctors, who took an oath to preserve life into ones who rebel against GodAbortion advocates claim that the “fetus” is not a life, yet God in His Word declares otherwise.  Psalms 139:14-16 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them”

Every Christian should not attack doctors who are performing abortion, but in love pray for them and take the message of salvation to them that they might be saved.  After salvation they will understand life as God does.  Think about the subject of murder as we continue through our study.

NOTE:  Let’s consider again the blast of the sixth trumpet: Demonic-like military horsemen.

  1. The horses will be terrible and will add terror upon terror on the ungodly.
  • They will have heads like lions: ferocious, fierce,  devouring, cruel and consuming.
  • They will also have mouths that spit out fire: a hellish and firey nature; a vengeful, angry, and wrathful nature (Revelation 14:10; 19; 21:8).
  • They will kill one third of the ungodly and evil people upon the earth. How?  By the plague of fire, smoke, and brimstone.  (Note: the weapons used by this  demonic army are not given.  But observe how fire, smoke, and brimstone sounds like an atomic explosion.  We must, however, keep in mind that this slaughter is being masterminded by evil spirits and demonic forces — all being executed under God’s will as a judgment upon the ungodly and the evil of the world).
  • Their power is in their mouths, heads, and tails.  The head symbolizes intelligence; the mouth symbolizes deceptive speech and a hunger to consume and to destroy; and the serpent-like tails symbolize poisonous strikes and deadly wounds.

NOTE:  The picture of the great tribulation is a picture of horror heaped upon horror.  It is a frightful and fearful scene.  But note, with what we know about the possibility of atomic destruction, environmental devastation, and the possibility of some monstrous gene mutation – the judgments of God’s book can no longer be doubted.  Not if God is really God, and not if He is truly just, and not if some diabolical leader arises (as they have in the past) who launches a holocaust against God’s people.

God is bound to execute justice if some demon or a person slaughters millions and millions of His people, and if the whole world gives its support.  It is this that will cause the Antichrist to differ from all the former world leaders who have killed millions.  They had only limited support.  But in the last days, the Antichrist will have the support of most of the ungodly and evil people of the earth.

(Revelation 9:20-21) Judgment 

What is the purpose for the judgment?  REPENTANCE.  Two significant points are now made.

  1. The ungodly and evil survivors of the earth still do not want to repent and turn to God. Two thirds of the population will survive, not because they deserve to survive, but because God is merciful.  God is ALWAYS MERCIFUL, even in the midst of judgment.  He will give the ungodly of the earth another chance to repent, speaking to them through the judgments, but they will not repent.

Lehman Strauss makes an excellent point about this fact:

“God has never delighted in the death of the wicked.  In the midst, of His visitations of severest judgments, He delights to be gracious to the guilty.  But alas, the death of one billion people in the earth, with the accompanying grief and confusion which must follow such a disaster, finds the residue of people not willing to repent.  Such is the human heart, deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  After two world wars, and one hundred lesser wars in the past fifty years, the world is more wicked than ever.  Instead of repentance, sin increases” (The Book of Revelation, p. 196).

2. There will be several gross sins for which the ungodly need to repent. And remember,  there will be an enormous increase and intensification of the evils in the end time.

a. However, there will be an increase in the worship of evil spirits and the worship of idols. Actually, the demons are said to be behind the worship of idols (Deuteronomy 32:16-17; I Corinthians 10:20-21).  Just think about how much worship of evil spirits and idols is going on today.  How much is going on in the cities of the world at any given moment?

NOTE:  Scripture actually declares that the worship of all gods except the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the worship of an evil spirit or idol.

In fact, Scripture even declares that the covetousness is idolatry.  Why?  Because a person has set his or her heart on something other than God Himself, and man owes his first allegiance to God.

NOTE that no idol can see, hear, or walk; how true this is.  They cannot answer a single prayer, give a single ounce of strength, lift a single finger to help, save a single hair, extend life a single minute or carry a person one single inch toward heaven.  They cannot arouse one single moment of acceptance out of God nor give one moment of eternal life to a person.                                                                                       

An idol is lifeless.  It can do nothing for mankind.  But note, the evil spirits behind the idols can damage and destroy a person’s soul forever.  It will be this that will cause so much idolatry and worship of evil spirits in the last days.

The Antichrist will demand the worship of the state. There will apparently be laws passed demanding that a person give his first loyalty to the state, much as we see in some nations today and have seen in past history.  The worship of the state, of course, aids a government in keeping control of its people.  This is the worst kind of idolatry, for a person has to submit to the state or else he is usually imprisoned.  In the government of the Antichrist, people will be imprisoned and executed for not giving their first loyalty to the state.

NOTE:  God hates idolatry and demands in no uncertain terms that man turn away from his idolatry and from the worship of evil spirits.

“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils” (I Corinthians 10:20). “Little children, keep yourself from idols” (I John 5:21).

“And the rest of men which were not killed by these plagues yet REPENTED NOT of the works of their hands, that they SHOULD NOT WORSHIP DEVILS, AND IDOLS OF GOLD, AND SILVER AND BRASS, AND STONE, AND OF WOOD: WHICH NEITHER CAN SEE, NOR HEAR, NOR WALK” (Rev. 9:20).  

“Thou shalt NOT MAKE unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:4).

“Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD” (Leviticus 26:1).

(See also Deuteronomy 7:25; 11:16; 32:16-17; Isaiah 42:8; Leviticus 17:7; Psalm 106:36-39).

b. There will be an increase in the sin of MURDER. Remember all the martyrs John saw in heaven, the numberless multitude of believers slaughtered by the Antichrist and his government and followers? The martyrs were so many that “no man could number [them]” (Revelation 7:9).

  • Believers will be slaughtered all over the world during the Tribulation Age — from all nations and tribes and languages and people.
  • Just think of the holocaust that will take place — not even a single tribe of the earth, not where a believer exists, escapes the attempt of the Antichrist and the world to stamp out the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The Antichrist will have his followers all over the world and they will support his murderous moves against the believers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another” (Matthew 24:10).

NOTE:  This is undoubtedly the difference between the holocaust of the past and the holocaust of the Antichrist.  In the past the diabolical leaders like Hitler and Stalin had only a number of people, who supported their murderous genocide; the Antichrist will have the world-wide support.  The fact that it is world-wide and that it is launched against ALL the followers of God’s Son will trigger God’s decision to go ahead and move in His final judgment.

The point is this: murder will be one of the great sins of the Antichrist and his followers.  It is a sin for which the ungodly and evil must repent or face the terrible judgments of the end time and of eternity.  However, this is true even in the Age of Grace (Exodus 20;13; Romans 13:9).

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of judgment: but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to this brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:21-22). 

“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters” (I Peter 4:15).                                                                          

“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him” (I John 3:15). 

“Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13).

“He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, ‘Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,’ ” (Matthew 19:18).

c. There will be an increase in the sin of sorcery (pharmakoln). Note that the Greek word is close to the spelling of the English word PHARMACY, that is, a place that handles drugs.  Sorcery includes all kind of witchcraft, the use of drugs or of evil spirits to gain control over the lives of others or over one’s own life.  In the present context it would include all forms of sorcery including astrology, palm reading, seances, fortune-telling, crystals, and other forms of witchcraft.

“So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it;” (I Chronicles 10:13).

“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God?  For the living to the dead?  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:19-20).                                                                     

“And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers” (Micah 5:12).

“Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies” (Galatians 5:20).

Please pray for the salvation of friends and neighbors that might not know Christ and have not received His free gift of salvation.

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