18 And in
that day [yowm] shall the deaf [cheresh]
hear [shama`] the words [dabar] of the book [cepher], and
the eyes [`ayin] of the blind [`ivver] shall see [ra'ah] out of
obscurity ['ophel], and out of darkness [choshek]. KJV-Interlinear
18 In that
day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and
darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. ESV
Before people see and hear and understand, they will come under tremendous punishments and sufferings. Often times people are so stubborn and so self-absorbed that the only way to get their attention is to hit them hard. And that is what we have and will have in these end times.
People do not want to take the time or make the effort in digging out the truth from Bible doctrine. They expect someone else to do it for them, or they see no need for doing anything themselves. And this is the epitome of spiritual laziness.
Even the threat of destruction brings comments in words, but no real or genuine change in attitude.
When Jesus first came into this world, the Jews were expecting a dynamic Messiah, one who would ride up on a stallion, carrying a flaming sword and cut down the Romans with a single blow. Then set up His kingdom with them in His government, of course. But that was not so.
When Jesus arrived on the scene, no one saw the fulfillment of prophecies, from the star, or the change of government to Roman rule, to the virgin birth, to the innumerable miracles He performed, and so forth.
After those days, centuries have passed, and still, people do not see their role in history from 2000 years ago, to today’s extreme technology changes. Most of which have occurred in just the last few decades versus the thousands of years of human history where knowledge remained at a virtual standstill by comparison.
And still the attitude of humanity has remained unchanged in the face of many things that are going on in history. History just seems to not have any impact on human understanding. And worse than that, people just do not seem to care, except superficially.
But time keeps moving forward. The end times will give way to the final days, and then all hell will break loose on planet earth.
We are in the end times now. The end times is defined as our dispensation. From the comments of John and Jesus, we are in the end times. We have been in the end times for well over 1900 years now and with each passing day, our times are getting closer to the completion of our era.
With the Rapture, the end times will end, and the final days will begin. The final days, is of course the final seven years of the Tribulation.
Our era is the preparation for the Tribulation. When our dispensation ends, everything will be in place for the events of the Tribulation.
This includes a world full of spiritually negative people. With the removal of all Christians at the Rapture, who are the preservative of the world, for the time being, then all deterioration of the world will rapidly begin, and will accelerate during the Tribulation.
The horrors will be so great, because the stubbornness of not listening to truth, will be likewise so great.
Both Paul and Jesus stated that the times of the great changes will not occur until there is a great apostasy, and looking around, we are certainly getting closer and closer to that attitude around the world.
You need not look too hard, to see evidences stated in the Bible. But then, other than making occasional comments, who is really looking anyway?
But once judgment has been completed, then those who survive, and there will not be many survivors, will hear and see and understand, probably as never before in all of history.
In the Tribulation there will be great resistance toward truth, despite great pressures. And yet in our current day, there is tremendous resistance toward truth, despite a world that has nothing anywhere near the pressures that will exist in the Tribulation.
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