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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for Oct. 24, 2013
SoVaNow.com / October 23, 2013Ezek. 33:12 “Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, the righteousness” (virtue) “of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression:” (this is carrying over from the prior verse: Turn ye, turn ye.“) “as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.” Remember that this chapter is about the return of the king of Babylon in the person of Antichrist. The message for today is: “I don’t care how righteous you have been, if you are deceived, and worship the antichrist when he comes, you won’t live either. You will lose your soul, just like the wicked.” We are held accountable for all the sins we have not repented of, and the biggest sin of all is to fall for the lies of Satan and worship him. Because he’s supernatural, he’s going to be awfully persuasive. Being supernatural, he can do things that we cannot do, and people will be very impressed when they see the things he does. He will be relentless in his pursuit of souls to worship him. Jesus told us in Mark 13:20 that if the seven-year duration of the Tribulation were not shortened, even the elect would be in danger of being worn down, unable to resist any longer. But, for their sakes, the time would be shortened.
Ezek. 33:15 “If the wicked” (lawless) “restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed” (this is saying, make it right) “walk in the statutes of life” (this is civil law) “without committing iniquity” (wrong-doing) “he shall surely live, he shall not die.” We have Jesus Christ and His death on the cross to thank for this. That is His gift. When we fall short of these things, repentance restores us as though we had never sinned.
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