We may not realize that sin is a crime against God. Sin is lawlessness (1Jn 3:4); that is, it does not accept or live by any law that governs society, or that establishes what is good and what is evil. It is disobedience and rebellion against God and His Word. (Is 1:18-20) It began with Lucifer, now the Devil, and he brought it into Eve and Adam. Sin separates us from God our Father. (Is 59:2) Yeshua came to destroy the works of the devil, and to restore us to a relationship with God, knowing His holiness and righteousness, His goodness, His love. (1Jn 3:8) Continue reading “Gen 4: Crime and Punishment, With Redemptive Hope”
Yeshua said that in the world we would have tribulations. He also said that He has overcome the world! And we, too, by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony that Jesus is Lord and Messiah/Christ, will overcome as we hold fast with faith to the hope of the glory beyond the present suffering.
When I see the Islamic State (the precursor of the re-emerging Caliphate) terrorists, without conscience or mercy, slaughtering people in general created in God’s image, and especially aiming for Christians and Jews, who represent the one true God, YEHOVAH, God of Israel and of the Church, I pray God give me grace and mercy to not love my own life unto death, if I am ever put into such a situation as they gloat about. These use religion as a cloak for every kind of lawlessness and barbarism, and seek to recruit “sons of Belial” — those with no Law or Authority over them — from out of every nation to join them in wanton blood-thirsty brutality, putting fear into the hearts and minds of men.
It is interesting that commentators of every sort are using words seeking to describe this growing ‘beast’ in terms not used for any other power. They find it difficult to describe in ordinary language such extraordinary evil. This evil spirit first manifested itself not long after sin entered the world, in the person of Lamech, one of Cain’s descendants, and its flower and fruit are nearing full ripeness. (Gen 4:19-24; Mt 13:24-30, 36-43)
Though many will succumb, yet the Holy Spirit is mightily at work in the world to bring many lost and hopeless children home to the Father, through saving faith in Jesus Christ the Son! Praise to God, as we learn more of what it is to offer up SACRIFICES of praise with our lips out of heavy spirits for all the evil and blasphemy all around.