8 And [kai] the fourth [tetartos] angel [aggelos] poured out [ekcheo] his [autos] vial [phiale] upon [epi] the sun; [helios] and [kai] power was given [didomi] unto him [autos] to scorch [kaumatizo] men [anthropos] with [en] fire. [pur] KJV-Interlinear
8 And the
fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given to it to scorch
men with fire. NASB
Evil sees nothing wrong with its pattern of life. Despite the fact that evil causes harm to everyone, even ending up in atrocities of the most horrible kind. And yet evil never sees itself as being in the wrong. Only that it presumes that it has the right to do whatever, whenever, to whomever, seeing no wrong in that.
Evil always has an excuse for its behavior, but never seems to apply its own principles to itself, only to others.
And thus the previous two verses, wrong is wrong, and the worst kind of wrong is a wrong that never recognizes its misconduct, never accepts its responsibilities, never holds itself accountable.
In all of human history, people have had the opportunity to believe in the savior, and pursue a better life through truth. In all of human history, all that has been necessary to be saved is for each person to believe in Christ or the savior, in accordance with the terminology of the Son of God in any given historical setting.
To believe using just a handful of words such as, 'Father, I believe in Jesus Christ,' produces no hardship on anyone, and is the easiest thing, or thought, that anyone could possibly have. And yet evil rejects this idea with extreme stubbornness. Evil prefers the lies of the world, lies that have no substance whatsoever in fact, but only in the imagination.
And so we come to the last generation of human history, when all who are going to be born, are born (pre-Millennium), when all who are going to believe in Christ, are going to believe in Christ, and all that remain are the hardest core of Christ haters, that have ever lived in history.
And so the judgments come, one right after another, with no change in attitude, with no recognition that whatever strikes, cannot be stopped, prevented or even mitigated. And yet people who will be living in that last portion of the Tribulation, will reject Christ, and reject Christ, and hate even more, with unimaginable stubbornness. They will remain stubborn beyond the absurd.
So, now if you have even wondered what global warming might be like, well here it is. The sunburns will be excruciating. Even in the shade, they will be excruciating. The planet will heat up like never before, and the heat will be the worst heat wave in all of human history.
But the reason will not be carbon footprint stuff, it will be Gods judgment, issued at His command, and not originating over time from the life patterns of society.
In history, the idea that the earth was round and not flat, the idea that the earth was a part of a solar system and not the center of the universe, the idea that the printing press will cause the masses to know too much, the idea that the steam engine, the electric light, the automobile, the airplane, the atom bomb, nuclear power, the Mayan calendar, etc., etc., etc., all of these things and more, that they might cause the universe to implode and the end of everything, have all proven to be absurd. And yet people still come up with more and more ideas that are just as ludicrous.
Even among Christians there are weird ideas that they believe will cause the world to come to an end, or something like that. And the ideas come always from people who do not study truth. They let their imaginations do their thinking, not doctrine. And so their conclusions develop into abnormal thinking.
When abnormal thinking consumes society, then it takes abnormal circumstances to get peoples thinking straight. And so the judgments that occur in history, serve as useful corrections to help keep society from destroying itself.
But one day, at the end of the Tribulation, these corrections will never work for that purpose. People will remain defiant to the very end of their lives. And that is exactly where God is going to take them.
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