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Isaiah 22:14


14 And it was revealed [galah] in mine ears ['ozen] by the LORD [Yahovah] of hosts [tsaba'], Surely this iniquity [`avon] shall not be purged [kaphar] from you till ye die [muwth], saith ['amar] the Lord ['Adonay] GOD [Yahovih] of hosts [tsaba'].  KJV-Interlinear


14 The LORD of hosts has revealed himself in my ears:  “Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,” says the Lord GOD of hosts.  ESV


One of the more remarkable verses is given here, in which it describes the extremes of stubbornness that humanity can and will go to, and even intentionally, even when they face certain death and total destruction of themselves.

As Paul and Jesus described, that in the end of our current dispensation there will be a great apostasy, here we can see just how extreme that it can be, and will be.

Note that these events will occur seven years after the Rapture, and we know that when the Rapture does occur, that all believers are gone, and all that remain in the world will be unbelievers.

The world will not remain that way throughout the entire Tribulation, for as life gets worse and worse, and as Satan clamps down harder and harder to bring all of humanity under his will, people will not comply. Satan will kill any and all who reject him, and even in that face of death, huge numbers will reject Satan and turn to Christ, knowing that they will indeed die. So, Satan cannot control the world, and will never be able to control it.

Jesus Christ controls history, and He isn’t even here. He doesn’t have to be.

But there will likewise be a hardened population, which will never turn to Christ.

And we saw that their attitude is to party and revel in whatever stimulus that is nearby.

And Isaiah tells us right now, that there will be a hardened population of people who will never turn to Christ and their sins will never be forgiven, because of their stubborn indifference, and they will go to their death, with all certainty, refusing to repent right up until their last breath.

That is the epitome of stubbornness and arrogance and stupidity.

And remember one important principle of doctrine. Your sins were judged on the cross but they were not forgiven. And that is an extremely important principle. Judgment and forgiveness are two very different concepts.

In judgment the penalty is paid and the freedom is purchased.

But in forgiveness the sinner has to acknowledge his sin and thus obtain forgiveness. That is why when you believe in Christ, you have acknowledged Him and who and what He is, and did, on the cross which includes by default acknowledging your failure in sin. Thus you obtain immediate forgiveness for your sins. That is a part of the salvation process.

Unbelievers never obtain forgiveness, because they never acknowledge their failure by never believing in Christ.

Note, salvation is not by acknowledging sins, it is only by faith in Christ. Just want to make that clear. Your acknowledgement of sin is understood when you believed in Christ. Thus at the moment of salvation, you begin your Christian life, in fellowship.

Then obviously during your life as a believer, you sin from time to time, which expels you from fellowship and a face to face relationship with God, and that requires confession in order to reinstate your fellowship status. You never ever lose salvation.

God requires perfection and a clean relationship, thus confession is mandatory. He has already paid the price, you just have to keep acknowledging you flaws. That helps you keep your focus.

But there are those who are so rigid that they will never believe, and/or never confess.

And Isaiah is speaking Gods words here, as he addresses those people who will be so hardened, that they will go to their death never having believed in Christ, and in the case of hardened believers, they will go to their death, as a spiritually dysfunctional believer, resisting Gods mandates, never confessing or turning to Him in any way, shape or form.

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