Leviticus 26-27, Psalm 39
It's so intricated how to discern what is true or false. People's thoughts and opinions are swayed by dishonest facts and laziness on the part of those receiving the information. Much has been made public in the past couple of years about "fake news". In my field, Obstetrics and Gynecology, the bureaucrats in charge of my profession when it comes to abortion only see one side, pro-abortion. Our main monthly journal is called the Green Journal, or the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since those in charge only accept a pro-abortion view, the only articles they will allow to be published in it favor that view. These are some of the examples of the titles of various articles published in recent years (notice always for, never against abortion): "Increasing Access to Abortion"; "Abortion Training and Education" (both in 11/14 carrying the weight of a Committee Opinion); "Abortion and Mental Health Findings"' with results showing no association; "The Comparative Safety of Legal Induced Abortion and Childbirth in the U.S.": Findings were it is much safer to have an abortion than undergo childbirth. The many other articles are more "how to" articles. There are many articles revealing the dangers of abortions: increased rate of depression, increased substance abuse, breast cancer, preterm birth, etc, but the editors of the mainstream journals will never allow it to fill their journals. So, this information is relegated to obscure journals that no one ever reads. Those reading: the students, residents, and physicians have largely become abstract readers due to business and laziness. So, the overwhelming majority of doctors only accept a pro-abortion stance. The same is true with religion. Many church denominations have allowed wrong doctrine to infiltrate, and have disseminated this to their congregations. Most congregants are lazy concerning the Word of God and don't know what to believe. Our weapon and the reason for our unshakable hope comes from being a student of the entirety of Scripture.
In Leviticus 25:3-4, we read about the Sabbath of the Seventh Year, "Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard." Notice this is a command, "you shall", not a suggestion by God. In chapter 26, God lists a number of potential blessings if the people obediently follow His statutes, followed by a list of worsening curses should they choose to disobediently regard His statutes. We read in Leviticus 26:33-35, "I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land will be desolate and your cities waste. Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies' land; then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths. As long as it lies desolate it shall rest-for the time it did not rest on your sabbaths when you dwelt in it." Moses wrote this between 1450-1410 BC. Approximately 800 years later, the prophet Jeremiah prophesied that Babylon would conquer the land of Judah, and he writes in Jeremiah 25:11, "And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years." We read of the fulfillment of this in 2 Chronicles 36:20-21, "And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years." We know that the children of Israel chose to not follow this law for 490 years once they entered the Promised Land, therefore the 70 years of exile were to pay back for this act of disobedience. You have to love Daniel, who besides being a prophet, was a diligent student of God's Word. We read in Daniel 9:2 (around 538 BC, or 900 years after the law was given and close to 100 years after the prophecy of Jeremiah), "in the first year of his reign, I Daniel, understood by the books the number of years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem." Daniel then went on to fervently pray for the culmination of these events based on the security he had from God's Word.
We are told by Jesus in Matthew 7:15, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." We live in times where false doctrine and Biblical illiteracy are at an all-time high. This combination leads many to feel hopeless and powerless as world events unfold. Fear of what will come next: another shooting, another terrorist attack, another climatic event fills the media and people's thoughts. But this is not how God wants his children to be. Just as Daniel prayed in absolute confidence as world events were transpiring due to his security spelled out in the truth in God's perfect Word, we should be doing the same. Though we don't know the exact time or hour, if we view current events through a Biblical lens we should be excited not afraid. Through the prophets, through the words of Jesus and the apostles, we can see end-time events transpiring right before our eyes. Our enemy, Satan, wants us to shrink in fear and ignorance, but we who know His story should be living with expectation and confidence as we see the headlines. This is not the time to shrink back in timidity but to step out and reach out to a world in desperate need of this truth. As Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." There is so much false news out there, but those of us armed with the inerrant truth of God's Word need to step out now and lead those who are ignorant to the truth of the message in God's Word.
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