You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
24 They are exalted [ramam] for a little while [ma`at],
but are gone and brought low [makak]; they are
taken out [qaphats] of the way [derek] as all other, and cut off [namal] as the tops [ro'sh] of the
ears of corn [shibbol]. KJV-Interlinear
24 'They are exalted a little
while, then they are gone; Moreover,
they are brought low and like everything gathered up; Even like the heads of grain they are cut
This verse along with a verse in Ecclesiastes should
make it very clear that ignoring God, Christ, doctrine, and ones spiritual life,
will gain you nothing.
10 So then, I have seen the wicked buried, those who
used to go in and out from the holy place, and they are soon forgotten in the
city where they did thus. This too is futility. NASB
An evil or wicked person can include anyone from a
goodie two-shoes to a Hitler type person.
Wickedness is the production or activity of evil. Evil is the policy or the philosophy or the
belief, of indifference toward God.
Indifference toward God includes anyone who does not
function regularly in their spiritual life, or to put it another way, anyone
who does not have a pattern of living their life in spiritual fellowship.
This obviously includes all unbelievers, and it
includes all believers who live their life regularly out of fellowship.
Several years ago, when the population of the world
was at six-billion people, the estimated number of Christians stood at around
two-billion, or about a third of the world.
Now the population of the world is at seven-billion and the estimate of
Christians has remained the same.
So as a faith we seem to be losing ground, numerically. But even within the Christian faith, liberal
attitudes as well as passive conservative attitudes around the world have led
Christians to act and behave and think like unbelievers. This is not good for anyone, nor the world as
a whole. Leadership qualities and media
publications are good litmus tests for getting a general idea of how any given
region is doing spiritually.
Of course none of us can know exactly what the
spiritual status of the world is, but we can see trends from hindsight. I posted that 'end of the age' checklist on
the Bible Study List blog. And if we are
indeed nearing that time in history, then we can expect over the next
generation or so, to see the quality of leadership to decline, we can expect to
see interest in Christianity to decline, and we can see a dramatic increase in
boisterous anti-truth activity and opinions, among many other things.
But even with the expected trends or anti-God changes
in this world, the world is still experiencing a phenomenal period of
prosperity and will continue to do so for a time. All of the divine establishment laws, which
serve to stabilize the jungle laws, will continue to function as they
Good hygiene practices, antibiotics, social practices,
and the economics of the world, etc. will not change overnight. That kind of change usually occurs across
But, no matter what the historical timetable for
humanity is right now, there are many folks in the wicked category, who are
successful by earthly standards. But,
earthly standards are temporary, and everything that is temporary, ends.
At harvest time, the heads of wheat, or the ears of
corn make the fields look beautiful.
They are allowed to come into their full season before harvest. Likewise, people of all walks of life will
live out their lives fully.
And as the harvest of the crops occurs on its annual regular
schedule, so also, people will come face to face with their own death and
separation from his world.
That is when the game, if you will, is over, and the
repercussions of all of ones choices in life become a reality.
Wicked people, no matter what their salvation status,
will never gain in eternity from their current chosen spiritually negative pattern
of life. They will always end up
losers. Unbelievers lose the most of
course, but believers will lose all of their eternal 'extra' blessings.
Blessings set aside for mature believers only.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.