|Ecclesiastes 8 |
1 Who is as the wise man? Who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom makes his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.
2 I counsel you to keep the king's commands, and based on your oath to God.
3 Do not be hasty to get out of his sight; do not support an evil thing because he does whatever pleases him.
4 Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say to him, What are you doing?
5 Whoever keeps the commandment [of God] shall feel no evil thing; and a wise man's heart discerns both the right thing and time to do it.
6 Because for every purpose there is time and judgment, although the miserable wickedness of man weighs heavily on him.
7 For he does not know what shall happen because who can tell him when it shall be?
8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither does he have power in the day of death; and there is no escape from battle in war; neither shall wickedness deliver those who are given to it.
9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun; there is a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt.
10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place [temple] of the holy [one], and they were forgotten in the city where they had do this; this is also vanity.
11 Because sentence [God's judgment] against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the hearts of the sons of men are fully set in them to do evil.
12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with those who fear God, who fear before him;
13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are only a shadow, because he does not fear before God.1
14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.
15 Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry2 for that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God gives him under the sun.
16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes:)
17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labor to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yes farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
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1 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with those who fear God, who fear before him; but it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are only a shadow, because he does not fear before God. Note! A sinner is the wicked. Because a sinner does not fear God, his days are only a shadow of what they could be. Note! A shadow of what his life could be on this earth, walking in the counsel, blessing, fellowship, and protection of God; but also forever in the next life, as a Son of God, and a king and priest serving God and beholding his glory, rejoicing in his presence, following goodness and nobility.
But, Christendom! Wake up. You who sin regularly in the plain sight of God with no shame, no remorse, no fear. Jesus will not be your excuse. He will devour you with fire, your entire soul, your entire life. Look at Jesus; there is no sin in him. Sin and Jesus do not coexist. Sinners and Jesus do not coexist. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. No sexually impure, immoral, or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any part in the Kingdom of Christ. No matter what you have done, if you have not been delivered from sin by Jesus, so that you do not sin any longer, you will be banned from heaven. Anyone who has told you otherwise, you will curse when you discover they have lied to you. Those preachers, ministers, and priests today who have your respect, to whom you give your money, who tell you that you are "saved," will be in the blackest darkest darkness of the next life, which has been reserved for them.
Woe to those who think and brag that they have a free pass to heaven just by believing while still sinning. From the Lord's voice: your covenant with death will be removed. It is not too late to wake up.
Woe to those who think God is so unfair, arbitrary, and capricious as to send believing sinners to heaven, while non-believing sinners to Hell. If so, you have been brainwashed with lies that God excuses your continuing to sin. Wake up and read the fine print of the exclusions and the requirements of cleansing — purity — perfection and holiness. It is not too late to wake up!
2 a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry. Solomon may have been wise in many respects, but in this, he has clearly missed the mark. If the only life was the life on earth, then perhaps Solomon would be right; but earth is only the birth canal, to bring us to the next life without end. The way we spend our time, the way we conduct ourselves, the way we speak, the way we live for this short time on earth, determines our eternal destiny. So, there is something far better to do, which is to fulfill the single purpose of life for all men:
He [God] has made from one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the allotted times and the boundaries of their habitation;
So that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from every one of us.
For in him we live and move, and have our being. Acts 17:26-28. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Eph 4:6.
As Paul ridicules those who don't recognize the eternal life after death on earth: If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage do I have, if the dead do not rise? then let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die. 1 Cor 15:32.
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