"How much she hath glorified herself, and lived luxuriously, so much torment and sorrow give her; for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow."
Instead of giving Jesus Christ the glory, the people of Babylon glorify themselves. For a proud person or nation must receive the glory and honor for itself. Letīs face it, pride and self-worship fills the earth, no where greater than in America. Even in Christendom we find this deception of Satan. Remember, pride prohibits a person from receiving from Godīs Spirit any truth. Pride blocks one from really loving God and others.
Jesus condensed the Ten Commandments into two;"
.love the Lord your God with all your heart, strength, mind and soul," was the first. The second was to "
love your neighbor as thyself." Jesus did not say to love yourself, but to love others as though they were you. This corresponds to the Lordīs teaching of "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you." Man does not have any trouble loving himself, as some would have us to believe. Both a high and low self-esteem reflects self-love. The only difference being that one stems from pride, the other from pity. The loving that man has trouble with is toward God and other people. The self we are to love is the Lord who lives within us, for our lives are hid with Christ, (Colossians 3:3).
Those who teach self-love and self-esteem are treading on thin ice. They misinterpret Jesus by assuming we canīt love others until we really love ourselves. Jesus is not giving us a third commandment; "thou shalt love thyself." If He intended to do that He would have made it abundantly clear.
The devil knows these commandments better than most of us. He is the master of deception and of twisting the truth. When Christians truly love Jesus and transfer all the love for self over to Him, real love for all other people begins to show in word and deeds. Thatīs not to mean that we love the sin, for we hate the sin but love the soul of the sinner.
Too often, people love themselves and forget others. Itīs because weīre all born with a self-love in our nature. Man does not need to be taught to love himself and his life. Remember, Jesus taught,
"he who loves his life shall lose it." We need to be taught to love Jesus with all of our hearts and forget about ourselves. We need to submerge our life into His life that indwells us. All of todayīs teaching on self-esteem is simply the work of Satan. Selfish self-love is the fruit of the root of pride. For it is a queen in her pompous pride that glorifies herself and lives above others.
Hear Paulīs prophecy of the last days, as it concerns the attitudes of the heart. Paul and John are describing the spiritual condition of Christendom in the last days.
2 Timothy 3:1-5,
1)"This know, also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2)For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3)Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4)Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, 5)Having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; from such turn away."
The love of money and pleasure is running rampant in America, because the people have become
."lovers of their own selves." This is the very root of sin which spawns lustful, covetous, proud and arrogant living. Can you now see why all this teaching today on "self-esteem" is so dangerous and deadly? This boastful, arrogant, pleasure-seeking nation is headed on a collision course with divine judgment. It canīt be avoided. The land will be made desolate. The only hope is on an individual basis for those who turn to Jesus in repentance. The rapture is the only way of escape.
America suffers severely from intense patriotism and boastfulness. When much of the world was ravaged and burned out by two world wars, "no bombs fell on American soil." This attitude still exists today. People firmly believe this country will see no sorrow. They cover up the sins I have expose in this book by saying,"God will not punish us, for we have helped Israel. See how we have helped the poor of the world." It is true that America has aided Israel, but that in no way washes away or atones for the lusts and perversions that fill this land. For as an individual can not earn forgiveness through good works, neither can a nation.
When the rapture happens, America will quickly sink into complete apostasy. Be sure that the devil will make this apostasy seem like a revival or renewal, just as he does today. It will be a very high-pitched religious time in America, but void of truth. The few who were raptured will not be missed, for they were a thorn in the side of the beast and the harlot.
Remember, the Pope will say that Jesus came and took the troublemakers away. Others will say they were abducted by UFOīs. These lies will be the fulfillment of Revelation 13:6
"and blaspheme them that dwell in heaven." While there is yet time, we must warn people that Godly sorrow for sin, repentance and faith in Jesus is the only hope.