Verse By Verse Through Revelation (18:11-15)

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11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore:

Their distress for the city that was destroyed has nothing to do for the souls that perished but for their wallet.


12 merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble;

The woman/city is very wealthy who purchases merchandise from all kinds of vendors which in turn makes them prosperous. 


13 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men.

It is interesting to note that the verse reveals not only do they enslave people with false doctrine but also making some physical slaves to carry out their plans. 


14 The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.

The merchant’s financial tower (business) will collapse due to the downfall of the false religious system. 


15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing

 See verse 11

Their god is their money and those who serve that god will perish. 

 

 

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There Is A Spiritual Battle For Your Soul To Apostatize

Mediums

Mediums and any other spiritual guidance apart from the Bible pretend to be good but in reality, they are pure evil

Acts 16:16

Once, as we were on our way to prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit of prediction. She made a large profit for her owners by fortune-telling.

Behind every medium, fortune-teller, spiritist, palm reader, and any other occultic practices is a demon with that person.

It doesn’t stop there. False teachers, Idols, or any New Age books are accompanied by demonic entities.

False teachers:

1 Kings 13:16-19 

16 But he answered, “I cannot go back with you, eat bread, or drink water with you in this place, 17 for a message came to me by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or go back by the way you came.’” 18 He said to him, “I am also a prophet like you. An angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” The old prophet deceived him, 19 and the man of God went back with him, ate bread in his house, and drank water.

Idols

1 Corinthians 10:14-21

14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. 15 I am speaking as to wise people. Judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing that we give thanks for, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for all of us share that one bread. 18 Look at the people of Israel. Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in what is offered on the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but I do say that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to participate with demons! 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot share in the Lord’s table and the table of demons.

New Age books & Extra-biblical sources

1 Timothy 4:1-2

Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.

Matthew 15:1-9

Then Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked, 2 “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat!” 3 He answered them, “And why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition? 4 For God said:

Honor your father and your mother; and,
The one who speaks evil of father or mother
must be put to death.

5 But you say, ‘Whoever tells his father or mother, “Whatever benefit you might have received from me is a gift committed to the temple”— 6 he does not have to honor his father.’ In this way, you have revoked God’s word because of your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said:

8 These people honor Me with their lips,
but their heart is far from Me.
9 They worship Me in vain,
teaching as doctrines the commands of men.”

This is why I strongly encourage all of my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus to always have the Full Armor of God on (Ephesians 6:10-18). We live in dangerous times and you are a marked person. The evil spirits won’t stop until you are destroyed. Jesus is our only hope and strength. We have overcome the demonic forces by placing our faith in Jesus and holding tight to the Word of God. That is our weapon and our spiritual food. As long as we continue to mirror God’s Word in our life, we will overcome darkness with Christ’s righteousness.

If we neglect Scripture, we will be in trouble. The only way we can get closer to Jesus is through His Word. Remember that. Don’t ever forget it.

May the Lord Jesus Christ give all of His children a hunger and thirst for His righteousness.

Bible Trivia Saturday: The Good Samaritan (Answer)

QUESTION:

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, who were the two people that didn’t help the man that was left for dead?


ANSWER:

25 Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Here you have a person who has a title that shows him to be Biblical knowledgeable and with pride, he came to prove the Son of God wrong or to trap Him with his test.

26 “What is written in the law?” He asked him. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus answers his question with a question to get the expert in the law to see that what he is so knowledgeable of, he is not following.

If we read Scripture but don’t do what it says then we do not allow God’s Word to change us.

28 “You’ve answered correctly,” He told him. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus complimented the man for knowing the Scriptures but He told him that he needed to live according to what he was reading and studying. Jesus wanted the expert in the law to love the LORD with all his heart and his neighbor as himself so that his heart would be softened for Jesus to enter in. The reason why Jesus spoke in parables to the crowds that followed Him was that their hearts were hardened just like this man who came to test Him. In verse 29, it reveals his hearts condition.

30 Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion.34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’
36 “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
37 “The one who showed mercy to him,” he said.
Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.”

The parable was an illustration to reveal the hearts of the spiritual leaders of Israel, that they were responsible for showing the people God in their lives but the opposite was occurring. They were living and acting no different from the world.

Notice in the story who Jesus chose to mention as not helping the injured man, a Priest, and a Levite, the spiritual leaders. He chose to name those two parties because that’s what they were really doing.