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Monday, April 6 2015
Psalm 130: Iniquity In History And Prophecy
"Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved"
The English-language word "iniquity" originated from the Latin word, iniquus, that simply meant unequal, or unjust, but was used to describe a complex variety of corrupt attitudes and behavior that, while earlier were regarded as wrong, were later declared to be right because most people chose it. The present world has many examples of iniquity - immoral (i.e. self-destructive) forms of behavior, some of which were serious crimes not long ago, but have now not only become "legal" (in the corrupt eyes of the people of iniquity) but the dominant attitude of society. Iniquity happens when what is wrong becomes "normal."
"Iniquity" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-vone, which means perverse, or perverted. It too is used to describe a situation in which evil and self-destructive foolishness are declared "right" - or a "right."
Iniquity produces more iniquity. If people become corrupt in thought and behavior, they lose the wisdom and "common sense" that prevents them from doing it even more. Iniquity is primarily an assault upon one's self. Iniquity is self-destructive - the way of losers.
There are many Biblical examples of iniquity, political and religious, but all have the same basis - when evil takes control and most people want it that way. Notice that the Flood happened because of iniquity - most people declared that wrong was right ("all flesh had corrupted his way").
"6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." (Genesis 6:11-12 KJV)
Sodom was destroyed because of iniquity. Most people there saw nothing wrong with heinous sexual assault (of the two angels that appeared as men, or of Lot's daughters that were offered to them) that was everyday "normal" behavior for them. Their police and military force did nothing to stop it, but rather enforced the people's "right" of perversion. Righteous Lot witnessed the "legal" iniquity of the city, while himself becoming under its spell.
"2:8 For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds" (2 Peter 2:8 KJV)
Iniquity happens when what is wrong is made to seem right - including Christianity. Those who declare themselves to be Christian, while ignoring and disobeying the Messiah's Commands, are committing iniquity. If they do not repent, they will hear the Messiah's Judgment of iniquity: "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
"7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
The Messiah's rebuke of the "religious authorities" of His time because of their iniquity was a warning and a rebuke for such people of all time: "So ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."
"23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
The prophesied "in the last days perilous times shall come" will be caused by iniquity. Wrong will not only be accepted and celebrated by most people, but will be forced and enforced by man's governments of iniquity. At that time (and increasing already now), those who obey the Word of God will be regarded as outcasts and criminals because they don't live "normal" lives of immorality and perversion.
"3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
While the end-time will be the most terrible of all human history, the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The Christian Ten Commandments) is coming to restore all good things. On that day, iniquity will be obliterated and those who truly follow Him will be delivered. Those who are now hypocritically "offended" by anything right (the basis of iniquity), while claiming the right to be as offensive as they want to be to others, will receive the correction that they need.
"24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
The prophets were sent to preach against iniquity, while at the same time knowing the fate of those who refuse to repent of it.
"130:1 A Song of degrees.
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This Day In History, April 6
646 BC: The earliest total solar eclipse recorded by humans was made, by the Greeks (see also The Sun In History And Prophecy).
46 BC: Julius Caesar defeated Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) at the battle of Thapsus (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
402: Alaric, chief of the Visigoths (a Germanic people), after invading Italy was defeated at Pollentia by Roman General Flavius Stilicho. The Germanic people eventually superseded the original the Roman Empire as the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1199: King Richard I (Richard the Lion-hearted) of England died at age 41 from an infected arrow wound that he suffered during the siege of the castle of Chaluz in France.
1250: During the Seventh Crusade (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Ayyubids of Egypt captured King Louis IX of France at the Battle of Fariskur.
1320: Scots reaffirmed their independence with the Declaration of Arbroath.
1385: John, the Master of the Order of Aviz, became king John I of Portugal.
1453: The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed II ("Mehmed the Conqueror") began his siege of Constantinople (the city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). The Ottoman Empire (centered in Turkey) occupied the land of Israel for centuries until it was liberated by British forces at the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1652: Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck established a resupply station that eventually became Cape Town, South Africa.
1663: King Charles II signed the Carolina Charter ("Carolina" is from Carolus, the Latin form of Charles).
1748: The ruins of Pompei, Italy, were discovered.
1814: Napoleon abdicated in favor of his young son, but Russia, Prussia, Austria and Britain reject it; the French senate didn't recognize the child's title and called the Bourbon Louis XVIII to the throne instead. Napoleon then abdicated unconditionally and was sent into exile on the island of Elba.
1868: Mormon leader Brigham Young, 67, married his 27th, and last, wife. In all, his wives bore him 47 children.
1909: Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reached the North Pole.
1917: The U.S. declared war on Germany and entered the First World War (1916-1918). The war began the previous year, in 1916.
1939: Britain signed a military alliance with Poland. The Second World War began a few months later, in September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1965: The launch of "Early Bird," the first communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit i.e. with a counter-orbit of 24 hours so that it stays in the same position over the earth.
1998: Pakistan developed ballistic missiles for its nuclear arsenal.