And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ (Mark 9:43-48)
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7)
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)
Your salvation does not depend on the opinions of a majority and neither does the Word of God depend on acceptance by the majority.
Do not get bothered by people who call good as evil and evil as good. These will surely be rewarded for their misdeeds on Judgement Day. So never partake of their stupidity in calling whatever lie they want as truly nice to follow just because they might be a majority. Just because the majority decide to call the sun as a planet does not make it a planet. A majority consensus among people does not turn a crab into a turtle.
Similarly, the Word of God will remain the truth no matter how many people leave the church or even become apostates. Christianity is never a numbers game and it never was and never will be. It’s about being in a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. And the Lord God will never love you less even if all those around you disapprove of you believing in Christ his Son. So leave these vile little tricksters who want to hate the Lord to their own little fantasy world if they refuse to believe in the Gospel. You instead continue to love the Lord God.
The below Psalm speaks about receiving safety by the Lord God. And this can also be applied to your salvation. It doesn’t matter how many people are sinners around you, you are going to heaven only because of your faith in Christ and not their unbelief.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. (Psalm 91:7-10)
Simply focus on the Word of God. Empires and kings have come and fought against the Christian faith, they tried their worst to prevent the worship of the One True Savior of the Word and yet they all went down in life instead. The Word of God has prevailed against the test of time and will continue to do so. All praise and glory to the Lord God.
A few verses for your personal reflection:
- Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. (Psalm 119:89)
- The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.(Isaiah 40:8)
- “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
- For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18)
- “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.(Matthew 24:32-35)
I recommend that you put the following verses to memory and also to action so that you glorify God in all that you do:
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.The grass withers, and the flower falls,but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:22-25)
God be with you!
Without a doubt hell is the most corrupt and the most evil system ever to come into existence. It’s defiance against our Lord God is second to none. For it’s master is the Satan the fallen angel himself. And hell is inhabited by numerous evil spirits who have great hate towards God and his creation especially mankind. However, you must be aware that’s not the only evil system in existence. It’s what is called as the empire.
Empire: An extensive group of states or countries ruled over by a single monarch, an oligarchy, or a sovereign state (reference oxforddictionaries.com)
The most evil system after hell itself is the empire system. Sure, the mobs do commit murders, rogue nations attack innocent people of other countries but nothing comes close to the magnitude of pure evil by an empire. The people of the empire are united under one supreme ruler.
These people are convinced that the emperor’s words hold their weight in gold in all matters be it moral, arts, political, warfare and even religion. Years and years of brainwashing by the government makes the empire a law unto itself, answerable to no man and not even God himself but only to their power-hungry Emperor.
They commit crimes, horrific ones for the glory of their sovereign. Murdering innocent people of other nations is their specialty. If they cannot conquer a peace-loving nation they will do every they can to impoverish it. Everyone in the empire, be it the fisherman at the far end or the blood thirsty general doesn’t realize the reality of the situation of merciless killings in the name of the empire. They are of the ill-informed opinion that they are ‘only doing their jobs’ for the glory of their fellowmen and the empire.
An empire does have its counsel of wise men and philosophers and artistic people. There are people of skill and experience and might have some idea of morality. They are either kept aloof from the wickedness of the empire or forced to render their services if they refuse to get along on seeing the dark side of the Emperor.
One of the strongest reasons an Empire which is evil goes on unchecked is the absence of the measure of truth and righteousness. Deception is practiced from one end of the empire to another from cradle to the grave, so that every mother gives up her child to the army so that he/she will become a savage beast that commits acts of violence. The mother is instead happy that her child is brave enough and counted worthy for warfare. Little does she realize that the way her child goes definitely will lead to eternal damnation in the end. The same logic applies for the father of the child as well, who himself won’t think nor question this mindless killing of innocents in a far away land.
Now about the Emperor’s; not every one of them is evil as some have got hold of their empire without bloodshed and deceit. Most emperors do no fall under this exception at all. Besides, this exception won’t justify anyone who may have got the throne cleanly but later commits vile acts of savagery. An emperor is groomed from childhood to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. He is kept disciplined in childhood in methods of warfare, elegance, charm and most importantly using deceitful means to further his cause. On becoming the emperor his pride has no bounds. He will ensure that every form of flattery and seduction available in his empire is used to gain alliances with other evil rulers. While he will summon his vast army to wage warfare against those who will not bow down to his rule. This results in more pride and the emperor now gets self-deceived into thinking himself as a god.
Often empires crumble under the weight of their own logic of arrogant defiance of principles of peace, morality, love and humility. Some empires end up in severe bloodshed and some in shame but mostly in both. But if that doesn’t stop an empire from working its evil ways, then they have the Lord God himself who contend with.
The Kingdom of God by definition itself is not an empire. Jesus is our King and Lord. He will rule in righteousness and will be the Great Judge at the Final Judgement. You might wonder who so much of details on the working of an evil empire. There is good reason. Because in these last days, the empire of Babylon which the Bible calls as Mystery Babylon will manifest. Do not be surprised when this evil and sadistic empire shows up in the open. It’s hidden for some time but will appear for sure. This is the most evil empire ever. Babylon is the ancient enemy of the Church and also of the Jews. It functions like a global empire.
Jeremiah 51:49 Babylon must fall because of Israel’s slain, just as the slain in all the earth have fallen because of Babylon.
Jeremiah 51:24 “I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, declares the LORD.
2 Chronicles 33:11 So the LORD made the army commanders of the king of Assyria invade Judah. They took Manasseh captive, put a hook in his nose, put him in bronze shackles, and brought him to Babylon.
Babylon the murderer of the prophets and saints:
Revelation 18:24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.
Babylon the persecutor of Christians:
Revelation 17:6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.
Psalm 137:8 O Babylon, you will be destroyed. Happy is the one who pays you back for what you have done to us.
Jeremiah 50:29 Summon archers against Babylon, all those who bend the bow. Encamp around her; let no one escape. Repay her according to her deeds; do to her according to all that she has done. For she has proudly defied the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.
Jeremiah 51:56 A destroyer will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken. For the LORD is a God of retribution; he will repay in full.
Jeremiah 25:12 Then after seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, declares the LORD, making the land an everlasting waste.
Believers stayed in Babylon even in the New Testament:
1 Peter 5:13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark.
The New Testament proclaims judgement against Mystery Babylon too:
(This is a general verse yet it still works against Babylon so I’m adding this too) 2 Thessalonians 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
Revelation 18:6 Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup.
Revelation 14:8 Another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality.”
No wonder, in the light of the Holy Scriptures one must keep away from being under the Babylonian system and even must not work for it. Escape such an empire for its judgement comes from God himself.