The Bible is our instruction manual, no other way will work
The recent developments throughout the world can only cause a reasonable person to wonder about the circumstances described within the last book of the Bible, The Revelation. The first part of the book concerns a warning given to seven churches. Jesus was troubled by the flaws that had developed within these churches and cautioned them about apathetic conditions that had advanced within the church. Paul speaks to this very thing when he teaches about the fact that there should be no divisions and that the doctrine should be the same for all.
Revelation gives us evidence of how the Lord felt about these conditions and warns us about the consequences of lack of concern about holding to basic fundamental teachings. The fact that Revelation was written a couple of thousand years ago does not mean that the doctrine does not apply today.Jesus spoke about seven churches but we must remember that the church was new and only had a few groups. The problem was that each of these groups were beginning to alter the teachings for various reasons and this was not acceptable to God. It was not then, and it is not now….. We can only imagine that if Revelation were written today that the number of churches would be in the hundreds or even more.
The unwillingness of each denomination to examine their position in relation to biblical doctrine borders on arrogance. It is this type of thinking that gives Satan great joy. We should recognize that Satan does not want to destroy the church of God, he wants to rule it… As we look further into Revelation, we begin to see the circumstances leading to the coming of the end. The events of the world today have a certain similarity with the events described within this final book. There have been times previous to now that the people of the time would sit on the roof of their houses waiting for the Rapture because they felt that the end was near. The problem then was that these people did not consider that the prophesies of the end had not as yet been completed…..
No one knows when the end will come, but we do know that the prophesies will be fulfilled. Many of the events within the world in recent years may have completed some of these warnings, but we do not know. But, what we do know is that as every day passes, we get one day closer….
We must consider all of the warning that the Bible offers us and adhere exactly to the requirements given. We have no authority to alter any single word of the Bible just because we do not think that it does not apply today. It would be very difficult if not impossible to find a church group that has not altered the Word of God in some way. Revelation tells us that this is not acceptable to God and Paul spends a great deal of time warning us also about this very aspect. We have been warned by God, Himself and yet we continue to move along without consideration to His words concerning this subject. As Christians we have accepted the gift of redemption, but it also gives us the responsibility to pay attention. No one wants to hear the words “I never knew you”