20 And [kai] the rest [loipoy] of the men [anthropos] which [hos] were [apokteino] not [ou] killed [apokteino] by [en] these [tautais] plagues [plege] yet [oute] repented [metanoeo] not [oute] of [ek] the works [ergon] of their [autos] hands, [cheir] that [hina me] they should [proskuneo] not [hina me] worship [proskuneo] devils, [daimonion] and [kai] idols [eidolon] of gold, [chruseos] and [kai] silver, [argureos] and [kai] brass, [chalkeos] and [kai] stone, [lithinos] and [kai] of wood: [xulinos] which [hos] neither [oute] can [dunamai] see, [blepo] nor [oute] hear, [akouo] nor [oute] walk: [peripateo]KJV-Interlinear
the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of
the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold
and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;NASB
In the Bible, there are two
references to the end of human history, with respect to human rule on this
earth.John himself referred to his own
day as the end times, and that is a reference to our
dispensation which has lasted for over 1900 years now.We are in the end times era of human history.
But there is another
reference, which is to the last days, which is a much shorter timeframe, namely
the seven year Tribulation.So do not confuse
end times, with end days or last days.
We still have a great
deal of Revelation to cover.There are still
events that will have occurred during those seven years prior to this
particular event, which would draw any normal person to repentance.
By this time the world will
have seen the worst possible devastation and suffering and hardship in the history
of the world, and still leaving people surviving.In the Flood, only eight people survived.
But here, the world will
be filled with billions of people who will be defiant as in no other time in
Over half of the worlds population will have died, and lay dying and
rotting, scattered literally everywhere, and people will not notice or pay
attention, nor recognize the signs of their own last days of history.
The plagues will be
natural, man-made and supernatural, and they will still not see the truth.
They will have had
144,000 Jewish evangelists, Rev. 7:1-8, the two witnesses, Rev. 11:1-14, an angel in the sky, Rev. 14:6-7, and other believers, Matt
24:14, who will be giving powerful gospel teaching as in no other time in
history.And yet people will still refuse
to repent and turn to Christ.
They will still cling to
the anti-christ, the works of their own hands, and
the material things of this world.
With things falling
apart, literally all around them, people will still hold on to their religions,
praying to false gods, holding on to money or property or things that have
grown near and dear to them, more so than the reality of the Lake of Fire into
which they will soon be going (obviously losing everything).Things of this world do not follow anyone
And false gods, false
hopes, false securities, false ideas, false philosophies, and so forth, will
never provide an escape from lies, or even from truth.Unfortunately those folks will be trying to
escape truth. A thoroughly confused and mixed up society.
The works of their hands,
gold silver, brass, stone, wood, and devils, all refer to things of this world,
whether originating out of mans own ingenuity, whether manufactured out of resources
from this world, or out of evil philosophy and influence.
And even though so much
devastation will have occurred in the world, the governments and peoples of the
world will still be gathering together to make things of war, build up military
powers and then they will engage in a massive battle yet to come.
The picture is that of
mans reasoning and logic as being beyond ludicrous, as the things that they
place their trust in, can neither reason, nor think, nor accomplish anything.