This certainly calls for a serious and profound spiritual response?
Man needs to repent and believe in Jesus Christ and be baptised in water and receive the anointing power of the Holy Spirit. That is how man came into the church of Jesus Christ at the start and I am unaware of any changes or amendments being made. Are you? 먹튀검증사이트
In my recent reading and study and researching into the New Testament book of Revelation it has been challenging to discover the reality of what is going to happen one day and how this world is going to be drawn to a close and how the entire commercial edifice is going to crumble and crash.
The detail can be found in Revelation Chapter 18 where we read of the fall of Babylon and Babylon represent this materialistic secular and sinful age.
We read, in verse 9 of Chapter 18, of the kings and captains and leaders of nations and businesses.
We see them in this vision as onlookers, where in one short hour all they had set their heart on, and devoted their lives to, has gone. Do check it out and do read the actual text. I want to encourage you to read the book of Revelation and come to understand the big picture. We may never grasp the significance of the detail until it all happens but we can get a broad sweep of what Almighty God is revealing through the risen and living Lord Jesus Christ and through the angels who deliver the message to the apostle John. John is now in his nineties and when he was called by Jesus Christ sixty years previously he was the youngest of the twelve men chosen and called.
Look at the merchants and the traders. They are those who are unconverted in the business world, and in commerce, and in politics, and even in religion. All those who had refused to listen to the God of mercy, and those who refused to come out, and those who refused to change, and those who had refused to repent, are depicted in this rather tragic scenario.
There is a lot of sorrow and grief here, as we hear this voice of Lamentation, when men find out where their trust has led them.
We get a glimpse of the sheer arrogance of power and riches.
There is fear, and it is quite detailed. This has been the core and focus of so many people’s lives. They built their lives on what does not last.
Verses 11 to 13 are pretty comprehensive with that haunting phrase, “the souls of men”. The consumer society was even buying and selling people. It has always tried to do so, and does so today, and will be involved in slavery to some degree to the very end.
Do you want modern tour of verses 11 to 13? Well, here it is! We read of the jewellers and the fashion houses and the expensive furnishings and the perfumers and the fine food shops and the car show rooms. It is all there!
What a scene – “Fading is the worldling’s pleasure – all his boasted pomp and show – solid joys and lasting treasure – none but Zion’s children know”. These are the rather profound words of a great hymn of the Church of Jesus Christ and it is so applicable in this passage.
In verses 17 to 19, we see a complete collapse of the whole secular commercial world, as God judges righteously, and in one brief hour it will be over.
And, we see not one sign of anyone repenting and turning to Jesus Christ for mercy and forgiveness.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.