When people choose on purpose to do evil things, the effect on society is terrible. People may say that they are just looking after themselves. However, the reality is that everyone suffers because of their selfish attitudes, including themselves. They are not really working for their own benefit: they are serving the devil.
God’s commands are clear. Murder is against his law (Deuteronomy 5:17). It is wrong to steal (Deuteronomy 5:19). A person should not have sex with anyone who is not that person’s husband or wife (Deuteronomy 5:18). Because of Christ’s death, God can forgive people who do these wrong things. However, God will not forgive anyone who does not repent. To ‘repent’ means to turn from sin (evil deeds) and to turn to God. A person must choose, with God’s help, to stop his evil behaviour and, instead, to serve God.
John is describing people who will absolutely refuse to repent. They are proud of the wicked things that they are doing. They do not merely desire to take the property, wives and lives of other people. They also desire power over the spirit world. That is why they carry out magic. That is also why they serve devils as their gods (verse 20). They think that, by such actions, they can use spirits for their own advantage. They believe that they can actually control evil spirits. Really, however, the evil spirits are controlling them. They have given their lives to the devil, and the devil will ruin their lives.
God’s law warns strongly against the use of magic (Deuteronomy 18:9-14). People who use magic will have no place with God’s people in the New Jerusalem (22:15). God urges those people to repent, so that he can forgive them. ~ From: usefulbible.com
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New Testament: Revelation 9:1-21
Summary: The Seven Trumpets
Revelation Chapter 9 – (Useful Bible)
- 9:1-2 – The devil opens the abyss
- 9:3-4 – An attack by evil spirits against the world
- 9:5 – Evil spirits that cause pain like scorpions
- 9:6 – God’s kindness to people who hate him
- 9:7-10 – John’s description of the evil spirits
- 9:11 – Abaddon or Apollyon
- 9:12 – The final judgement is certain
- 9:13-14 – Four evil angels at the Euphrates river
- 9:15 – A great army kills a third of all people
- 9:16-19 – 200 million soldiers fight a terrible battle
- 9:20 – A religion that is completely wicked
- 9:21 – People who have given their lives completely to the devil
I. ALL MEN NEED REPENTANCE. The judgment fell only on some, but all deserved it; all had sinned, and all should have repented. When we see God’s judgment falling on any one, our reflection should be not, “How evil he must have been!” but “How merciful of God to spare me!”
II. GOD PLEADS WITH MEN TO BRING THEM TO REPENTANCE. These judgments of which we read are not God’s primary dealings with men. He does not begin in this manner. There has been much that has preceded this. God has pleaded with men by his Spirit in their consciences. By his goodness, giving them all manner of providential mercies. Then, more especially by his Word, delivered by revelation, through his messengers, etc. And in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, in the message of the gospel. Men always knew that their deeds were evil; the sense of sin was everywhere; and they knew that God would have them repent. And there were some who did, and therefore held aloof from the abominations of the rest. And since Christ has come the Divine pleadings have been more than ever heard. ~ Pulpit
But what did they do? Well, they abandoned their proper domain. They stepped out of their proper realm. Well, what would it be like? Well, verse 7, it would be like Sodom and Gomorrah. Well, what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah? Homosexuality, where men left their proper realm and domain of relationships with women and went after men. And somehow, there were some angels that left the domain of fallen angels, demons, and entered into another domain. And it says in verse 7, “In the same way like Sodom and Gomorrah” – and the perversion of homosexuality, these demons “indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh.”
You know what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah? Men tried to have sex with angels. Remember that? The angels came and men tried to have sex with them. Do you know what Jude is saying? There was a time when angels, demons, tried to have sex with women. When was that? I believe that’s described in Genesis 6 when the sons of God went after the daughters of men. The result was monsters in the world that God had to drown in a universal flood. And I believe that those are some of the demons that the Lord said of sin so vilely that He put them in the pit.
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J Vernon Mcgee – Thru the Bible