THE BLAST OF THE SIXTH TRUMPET

DEMONIC-LIKE MILITARY HORSEMEN CONTINUED

REVELATION 9:12-21

We terminated our last study with the characteristics of sin in reference to “judgment” and the need for the ungodly and evil of the tribulation age to repent of their sins.  There will be several gross sins for which the ungodly need to repent.

We need to remember that there will be an enormous increase and intensification of the evils in the end time.   We had looked at the fact that there will be an increase in the latter days of several areas of sin.   We had reviewed areas of concern and I would recommend that you go to our previous study – part 106- and review those areas of sin that we have already looked at from Scripture.

  1. There will be an increase in the worship of evil spirits by the worship of idols.
  2. There will be an increase in the sin of MURDER.
  3. There will be an increase in the sin of sorcery.

Now let’s review in some detail other sins that will be increased in the end times.  Last time we ended with our study of the sin of sorcery.   Today we will begin with immorality (Porneais); also, we continue our review of biblical truth concerning sins that we have not yet examined but will be running rampant in the latter days.

  1. There will be an increase in immorality (porneais): a broad word including all forms of immoral and sexual acts. It is premarital sex and adultery; it is abnormal sex and all kinds of sexual vice.  This is so important that we will dig a little deeper into the sin of fornication.  This is not only important for the end times but also for today.

“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient:  all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.  Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them.  Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.  And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.  Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.  What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?  For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.  Flee fornication.  Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”  (I Corinthians 6:12-20).

The body is not designed for desires and urges, whether in Age of Grace or Tribulation Age.  In Paul’s day what we call fornication and immorality was an acceptable practice within his society, and the practice was carried over INTO the church by some of its members.  The members were apparently using the argument of the society of their day.  Note that the argument was the old argument that is so often heard in every generation.  Glance at I Corinthians 6:13-14 and watch the natural progression of the argument that we so often hear:

  • Just as the body desires food and must have food for normal functioning, so the body desires sex and must have sex for normal functioning.
  • The desires of the body are normal and natural; therefore, satisfying the normal function is only the natural thing to do.  It could not be wrong, no matter who says it is.

NOTE:  Every generation has its own way to express the same argument:

  • “I’m just doing my own thing.”
  • “I’m just doing what comes naturally.”
  • “I’m just following my instincts.”

FACT:  indulging the appetites of the body is one of the great sin of believers.  No matter what society may accept and we may think, it is a gross sin to allow our bodies to become enslaved by any substance or thing on the earth.

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof” (Romans 6:12).

“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate [controlled, disciplined] in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible” (I Corinthians 9:25).

“meekness, temperance [self-control]: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:23). 

“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate [self-controlled], sound in faith, in charity, in patience” (Titus 2:2).

“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:” (I Peter 1:5-6).

“Flee fornication.  Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body” (I Corinthians 6:18). 

Now let’s look and think about what Scriptures says about  three things.

THE BODY

1. Whether in the Age of Grace or the Tribulation Age, the body is not designed for the stomach nor for food.  Otherwise, the stomach and food are designed for the body.  Therefore, the body is to control the stomach and food.  It IS NOT to become the slave…

  • to the urges and desires of the stomach nor
  • to the appeal of the looks, smell, and taste of food.

The body is to be fed as needed and looked after.  Therefore, the body is to use its stomach to fulfill its function as part of the body, but it is not to become the slave to the stomach and food.  It is not to lose control and give in to indulgence.  This is clearly seen in another point as well.  The stomach and food are only temporary.  The day is coming when their function will be destroyed, that is, brought to nothing and no longer needed.  Men will be transformed, and their bodies perfected.

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself”  Philippians 3:20-21.

The point is this:  No matter what the age is the stomach and food have their purpose; therefore, they are to be used for that purpose and for that purpose alone.  They are to feed the body, not control the body.  Man is not to indulge his stomach and give in to its urges, letting it enslave his body. 

“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things” (Philippians 3:19).

“He that laboreth laboreth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him” (Proverbs 16:26).

“And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite” (Proverbs 23:2).                                                     

“All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled” (Ecclesiastes 6:7).

 CONTROL OF SEX

  1. Again, no matter the age, the body is not designed for fornication and sexual gratification. Sex is part of life, and it has its place in carrying on the human race and in building an intimate and strong union and foundation for THE FAMILY.  But again, sex was given for the body; the body was not created for sex.  Sex belongs to the body; the body does not belong to sex.  The body is not to be given over as a slave to sex; sex is to serve the body.  The body is to control sex, not sex the body.

“And likewise, also the man, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet”(Romans 1:27). 

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind” (I Corinthians 6:9). 

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness…[but] they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19, 21). 

“Who past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness” (Ephesians 4:19).

“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be named among you, as becometh saints;” (Ephesians 5:3).

“For all this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:” (I Thessalonians 4:3).

  1. The body is designed for the Lord and the Lord for the body. Note two things very carefully:

a. God created the body of man to worship, praise, and serve Him. This is the first reason these bodies of ours exists.

“…thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10).

“That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). 

“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2).

“O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth” (Psalm 96:9).

“Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy” (Psalm 99:5). 

If in the Age of Grace or Tribulation Age, it is the same for the Believers:                                                                             

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me” (Isaiah 43:10).

b. God created the body of man for the Lord to dwell in. This is the meaning of the phrase: “The Lord for the body.”

4. The body is destined to be resurrected; and it will not lie in the grave forever. Just as God raised up the Lord Jesus from the dead, so He shall raise up our bodies from the dead.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you.  The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live…Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:25, 28-29).   

“And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40).

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26).

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept” (I Corinthians 15:20).               

“Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you” (2 Corinthians 4:14).

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him” (I Thessalonians 4:14).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” (I Peter 1:3).

(I Corinthians 6:15-18) Body: 

NOTE:  The body is designed to be a member of Christ.  This point is emphatic; note three forceful questions:

  1. “Know ye not that your bodies are members of Christ?” (v. 15).
  2. “Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot?” (v. 15).
  3. “Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?” (v.16).

The point is critical; so think, ask yourself these questions.  Recall, remember — regain the knowledge of what the Lord the teaches.  “Your bodies are the members of Christ.  What does this mean?”  Several things:

  1. The believer’s body belongs to Christ. Christ died for the believer; He redeemed the believer, paying the ransom for his body.  Therefore, the believer owes Christ his life and body (I Corinthians 6:20).
  2. The believer, actually receives the divine nature of God, when he is converted [believes in Christ] – (See Romans 10:9-13; John 3:16). He becomes a partaker of God’s own nature (2 Peter 1:4; I Peter 1:23).
  3. All believers form the body of Christ on earth today. They are united around Christ, around His Spirit, mind, purpose, cause objective – His life – all that He is.

“At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you” (John 14:20).                                                                      

“I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as hast love me” (John 17:23).

“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness” (Romans 8:10).

 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).                                     

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory:” (Colossians 1:27).  (see also I John 3:24; Revelation 2:10).

Note two points:

  1. The body is not designed to be the member of an harlot nor of any other immoral partner.  The body was made to be the member of Christ, which means that we are to honor Him with our bodies.
  2. We are to take the sexual drive and energy of our bodies and use them in His name or as He instructs:
  • either we dedicate our lives solely to Him as eunuchs, or
  • we marry and build a family with the dynamic virtues of love and care, trust and loyalty.

We are members of Christ, representatives of Him on this earth; therefore, we are not to be joined to an harlot, OR to any illicit partner.  We are not to become one flesh with anyone other than a legitimate spouse, for we are members of Christ and His cause upon this earth.

— The believer receives the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16).

— The believer receives the Holy Spirit of Christ (see I Corinthians 6:19).

The conclusion of this point is imperative:  flee fornication (all forms of immorality), for the person in immorality sins against his own body (I Corinthians 6:18).

NOTE: (verse 19) The Body of the believer is designed to be the Temple of the Holy Spirit.  This one of the glorious truths of both Scripture and the Christian experience.  The word “body” is singular: each believer is a temple of the Spirit of God.

NOTE:  The Holy Spirit actually dwells within the body of the believer. (see: John 14:17; John 14:20; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 2 Timothy 1:14; I John 2:27; Ephesians 2:22).

NOTE:  At salvation God lays claim to the body in the Age of Grace or the Tribulation Age.  Believers DO NOT OWN THEIR BODIES, NOT ANY MORE.  Jesus Christ bought our bodies.  Therefore, we are NOW THE SERVANTS OF GOD (I Corinthians 6:20).

Darkness – prior to salvation we walked [lived] in the darkness of sin.  Question:  Where is the darkest place you can remember?  If you have ever gone cave diving and turned off your light while underground, the darkness was simply dense; it was so overwhelming and almost choking, I wanted the light to be back on.  I breathed a sigh of relief when I could hit the switch and have light again.

Christ said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).                                                                                 

If you recognize what Christ is saying, perhaps you need to pray: Lord, help me to walk in the light.   You came into the world that I may turn on the light for people around me.   If you are not saved, please see John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 and follow the directions to heaven, and the eternal light of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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