Imagine this, you’re not sick, you feel fine, you are experiencing no adverse physical symptoms of any kind, and yet the governmental authorities in your nation tell you that you must be injected with a solution to keep you from getting sick. Even if you inform them that you will seek no medical assistance of any kind if you do become ill, that doesn’t matter to them, you will lose your right to be a productive member of society, to purchase any items, to own any property if you do not obey. You will not be allowed to roam free, you will be institutionalized in one form or another.
Now, am I speaking of the Tribulation period and the mark of the beast, (Rev. 13:17) or of many of the events that are occurring today?
Few people look over the edge of a cliff and decide to jump down to see what’s at the bottom, but a gradual slope is another matter altogether, an easy walk down that incline, especially when there are known enticements placed at the bottom will be searched out by many.
Anyone who has a modicum of common sense knows that change must be brought on slowly for human beings, they do not accept well a sudden shift in their day-to-day routines, they prefer the slow train when it comes to modifying their lives. Much of these types of changes are done in this world of Satan’s (2 Cor. 4:4) with extreme subtlety, almost imperceptible to the eye that is not Spiritually blessed with discernment in these matters by the Lord, they go unnoticed until they are set in place.
Our adversary does not try something to see if it will accomplish what he desires, he already knows what works and what doesn’t, the time he has been doing this is of course to his advantage, but it’s his nature to know the mind of man, he understands fully the most influential way to modify the thoughts of man. He savors the things of man, (Matt. 16:23) not the materialistic items that man has created, but the constructive free will that can be manipulated to rebel against the Most High, the part of man that is singular in design, that part of us that is free to choose our own path.
Satan has no purpose in his own mind unless he is worshipped, the iniquity that was found in him, (Eze. 28:15) began with the knowledge that he could choose who he would serve, and he chose himself, much as man does, yet because he has more power than man, he has chosen to seek praise for himself because of that power, the acknowledgement of that position of authority because of what he can do that no other besides the Lord can do was the beginning of pride within him.
I rest assured in the knowledge that he knows that the Lord God is Sovereign, that all of the power, strength and abilities that he has comes only because of the Almighty, he has simply decided to not acknowledge it as such, much as man does. The blessings of free will is the only thing that hinders his work in many, for each man, no matter how much he will deny it, understands that there is a Sovereign Lord of all creation.
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (Eccl. 3:11) And “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
These are just two verses that provide the truth of this statement, that all men know they have an end, and that they will give an account for their lives.
And so, as such, subtlety must be the means to which Satan attempts to divert the mind of man from glorifying God to worshipping him, and those that worship themselves, by default, are worshipping Satan. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)
But mankind is a slow bunch, if you will, and the slope must be made to seem not only safe, but logical, right, even desirable. The days we are in are nothing more than a precursor to the Tribulation period, the earth is groaning, waiting for the sons of God to be revealed, (Romans 8:19) evil men, most of which do not even realize that they are serving our adversary, are attempting to cause the majority of mankind to bend to their will, for their own selfish desires, and all the edges of the traps have been beveled for easy access.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” (Gen. 3:6)
Nothing has changed, it is the same well-worn slippery slope that it has always been, and most have no clue whatsoever that it’s the wrong path, much less what is approaching.
The ability to comprehend these truths is a blessing from the Lord God to all that can see them. The sin of all those who will not warn others of these days is self-evident in James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Some have been blessed to see the slope, and where it leads to, the question is, are you warning others about it?