The Road To Ruin
So Psalms 91 to 100 reveals the terminal generation, that is that generation that Jesus spoke of when he said “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” That is the generation that is alive when all those things begin to come to pass that he spoke of in Matthew 24, Mrk 13 and Lk 21.
That which is written in those accounts are largely repeated with little additional information added, nevertheless these are those signs which he answered his disciples when they asked;
“what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Mat 24:3)
And in each account where this is recorded Jesus began his summary of signs with this one admonition, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you” (v4), indicating with clarity that deception shall be the predominant sign of the coming end of the world they enquired after.
We noted something of incredible interest last week and that was that this group of Ten Psalms seem very much to fit a Chronological structure. We identified Psalm 91 as the Psalm that opens the account, first as being a shelter to those who put their trust in him, it is the only one of the ten Psalms that presents the Gospel with clarity and it had the most incredible triple reference to plagues and pestilence, it is the only Psalm of the ten that refers to a pandemic virus by which many lives are taken.
That was curious to us because it is the opening Psalm of the ten apocalyptic Psalms and we are today living with a fear of such things as this that is, for the first time in history, being excused as an opportunity to completely alter the governing principal of the entire world. That has never happened before.
Psalm 92 again begins with giving praise to the Lord, but in the middle of the Psalm identifies the very quick rising up of the wicked;
7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish;
And then it brings a distinguishing characteristic between the wicked and the righteous, one will be destroyed for ever and the other will flourish;
7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Psalm 93 is a reminder that God is in control, that he is sovereign. It is one of the most common comforts that I have heard today as those who love the Lord comfort one another with the current situation.
1 The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself…
2 Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.
As the days unfold before us, this is vitally important to have brought to our minds and that our spirit and heart does not fail.
The hearts of many are failing them today, and they console themselves in the belief of better days ahead. But how will their hearts fair if better days are temporary, of if life returning to normal does not play out they way many desire? What will keep the hearts of those who do not know the Lord, secure?
Verse 3 again gives indication of disquiet among the people of the world as the employment of the people of the world is used again synonymously as the waters of the earth;
3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.
Again, this is something we are witnessing around the entire world today, it does not matter if you are in Hong Kong, in India, in Europe, the USA or Australia, the Human wave is not limited to stadiums, but is beginning to rage on the streets of the world. Nevertheless;
4 The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
And the Psalm concludes with the assurance of his testimonies, the Word of God.
It’s incredible to me to see this all playing out in our very days. To see a group of Psalms that had been commented on hundreds of years ago as relating to the End of the World and the beginning of the millennial reign of Christ, begin to play itself out with such clarity before our eyes today is incredible. This is why these days that are before us should be the most exiting days of all for the Christian;
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
The Road To Ruin
1. THE ROAD TO RUIN IS PAVED WITH IGNORANCE
1 O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. 2Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud. 3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? 4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? 5 They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage. 6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. 7 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
No doubt there are many things that can be brought out of a text like this.
The Psalmist cries the familiar cry of many people, a cry that seeks for justice and asks the popular question of why do the wicked prosper.
3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
There is both a plea and a perplexity in the statement.
A plea that desires they might fail in their endeavors instead of prospering
A plea that desires a just recompence of reward, that they might receive to themselves the wages of their wickedness rather than a triumph in it.
But there is also a perplexity: how can it be that the wicked should triumph?
This is the most fascinating of all because it is the believe of all people, even those who think all of existence is an accident; it seems contrary to logic that evil should prosper, it seems as if life should never work this way.
From a biblical perspective, that idea can be justified, for a universe created to function in accord with Gods laws cannot reward the wicked.
But an accidental universe has no such boundaries. Yet the first question in the mouth of the lost that would deny the existence of God, has the question of evil as their point of departure from the reality of God.
The Psalmist mourns the prosperity of the wicked
There are wicked individuals who have long prospered in their wickedness. Many are ignorant that they are doing evil, and THE ROAD TO RUIN IS PAVED WITH IGNORANCE.
Most genuinely think they are simply misunderstood, INTERESTINGLY, that seems to be the underlying theme of the Netflix series LUCIFER, Satan just happens to be a misunderstood sibling, his end goal is a just goal and that the end justifies the means.
Netflix is the most progressively perverse conformation companies in the world. Its goal is the progressive conforming of its viewers into the very image of the devil who runs the programming. And it IS programming!
No true Christian should be tithing to it every month.
But when we are not growing in the Lord, we lose our ability to discern between good and evil and cannot obey the Biblical command to “22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thess 5:22).
Yes, I too found myself tithing to the devil each month in spite of its developing evil programming. It was its blatant blasphemy and normalization of perversion that have finally seen me withdraw my support.
Nevertheless, there are wicked who triumph even though “They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.”
Some murder willfully; men such as Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Franco, Pinochet.
Some do so in order to bring about what they believe is a good end, a form of “INDUSTRIAL MANSLAUGHTER”, this includes several of the above but can also include many people who are in government today.
These are the ones who brag about what they are doing and what they intend to do, and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? 5 They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage.
Like Klaus Schwab who I mentioned last week, the head of the World Economic Forum, seeing the China Virus as an “Opportunity” that has been long awaited to literally, in his words, “RESET the world”.
He state categorically that we will not be going back to normal and it seems the governments of the world are obeying his every command.
Indeed, the press to bring about the greatest financial catastrophe in the history of the world will threaten to even break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage.
Such people actively destroy people’s lives and think the cost is worth it because the “ends justify the means”. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews spoke of not caring about Human Rights abuses because he is ‘saving lives’. These are the workers of iniquity that boast themselves, they break in pieces the lives of others, and excuse themselves for doing so, thinking that performing Evil can somehow miraculously bring about good.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. 7 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
There are those who believe their sins are hidden from the eyes of the world and, as long as they will not take responsibility for it, they will get away with it.
They know the world has a short memory, and they trust that their sins will not find them out.
Respecting the Lord, he is far from their thoughts, far from their minds, they don’t know him nor fear him.
7 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
THE ROAD TO RUIN IS PAVED WITH IGNORANCE, not just any ignorance, the sort of ignorance that forms the strongest mortar in the joints of those pavers to ruin, it is an ignorance known simply as WILFUL IGNORANCE.
It is the state of the heart that simply does not WANT to believe the truth.
The Lord will not see they say, neither shall God regard it.
Not only is God seen as blind, but also seen as unconcerned.
Well, though the Road to Ruin is paved with Ignorance;
2. THE ROAD TO RUINED IS SIGNED WITH CORRECTION
I was 29 years old when I became a Christian. I was not bought up in a Christian home, I had absolutely no church back ground, and could have cared less about it. I was truly travelling well, and even quickly on the Road to Ruin.
When I look back at my life before I was a Christian from this side of it, I see many signs along the way that effectively said “Wrong way, GO back”.
These were signs of correction.
Signs that people gave me along the way in my life to tell me, “Wrong way, GO back”.
The young girl in Footscray Mall when I was a teenager hanging with my mates told me “WRONG WAY, GO BACK”
A video on Biblical Prophecy I watch at my girlfriends house not long after said “WRONG WAY GO BACK”.
The Christmas services my girlfriend (who became my wife) use to drag me to said WRONG WAY, GO BACK.
The ROAD TO RUIN IS SIGNED WITH CORRECTION all the way along it.
Interestingly, the Road to Ruin is not a road that is always comfortable, yes there are some glazed sections that rush you speedily along, but there are some serious potholes and debris along the way, ENCOURAGING YOU TO TAKE ANOTHER ROAD.
The drugs told me there is another road.
The womanizing told me, there is another road.
The alcohol told me there is another road.
The fighting told me there is another road.
But in our minds, we say;
The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
Sounds like the anthem of my life to that age.
Look at the simple logic of Gods correction.
8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? 9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? 10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know? 11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
Dotted along THE ROAD TO RUIN is the simple sign of logic. Its not big, but its always there each time we turn our heads.
- Evil is identified in spite our believing there are no moral absolutes.
- Purpose and function is assumed in every creature, in spite of believing in a purposeless universe.
- We trust our minds to deny the reality of God in spite of believing that our minds are objects of random, accidental colocation of atoms.
- We deny the existence of truth anywhere in the world, inspite of believing that premise is true.
- We reject all absolutes, absolutely.
- We believe life and everything in it is meaningless, and we mean it!
- We sin with abandon, in spite of condemning those who sin against us.
Dotted along THE ROAD TO RUIN is the simple sign of logic. It’s not big, but it’s always there each time we turn our heads.
You believe God will not hear vain words, nevertheless He that planted the ear, shall he not hear?
You believe God will not see the sin you commit, yet he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
You believe God won’t know the sin you claim to have forgotten, and yet… he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”, says Prov 16:25
There is a way of escape, there is a way in which you can be set free from this dilemma, and I will bring that about shortly, but for now and keep in mind that there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nothing hidden that is not seen.
3. THE ROAD TO RUIN IS AVOIDED BY THE CORRECTED
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law; 13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. 14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. 15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
There is something incredible that happens when you decide you are willing to believe the truth no matter where it takes you. Afterall, there is little point believing a lie when reality arrives.
There is no beneficiary of a lie. The person who is the recipient of deceit is only ever seen as a victim, and the person we lie to most often in life is ourselves. It is little wonder we can never benefit from self-deceit.
Yet self-deception is a growing malady in todays world.
We have abandoned the truth of the Bible and now we simply make it up as we go along, every man doing that which is right in his own eyes.
Self-Deception is the slippery coating that glazes the Road to Ruin.
But those willing to be corrected, those who have taken heed of the signs letting them know they are going the wrong way, will avoid that Road to Ruin and find for themselves a narrow way.
Turn to Matthew 7:13-14
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
“Strait gate”, the word ‘strait’ is set in opposition to the word ‘wide’, it is ‘strait’ as in ‘strait jacket’.
Something happens to you when you get off the Road to Ruin, also known as the Broad Way in the Bible, and that is you begin to see with absolute horror how many people are on it.
It is what a famous Australian Band referred to as a “Highway to hell”, highways are made on demand, and many there be which go in thereat.
We went overseas last year, and some of the airports are huge and have very, very long walks to get to your plane, so the airport had installed Travelators, the long mechanical belts that move people along to get them quickly to their destination. Some, who are in a hurry, walk or even run along the travelators to get them to where they want to go all the more quickly.
When you get off the Road to Ruin and are miraculously saved by the Lord, you begin to see that the road to ruin is just like those travelators, but very, very wide.
And it’s not only that the Road to Ruin is itself taking people along to their ‘desired destination’ like those travelators, but that some are even running to get to hell that much quicker.
But those who are chastened by the Lord, those who are happy to be corrected and are turned about and receive life, these will never turn on to that road to ruin again.
That’s why the Bible tells us that there is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.
Its why the Bible also teaches “that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (Ja 5:20).
And that 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (Prov 11:30)
4. THE ROAD TO RUIN REMUNERATES ITS BUILDERS
20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? 21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. 22 But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. 23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.
20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
The End of Days is going to be filled with Unelected Government officials framing mischief by a law. When man rejects the law of God, he binds man with his own laws crafted in mischief.
In 1976 the Argentinian government was deposed by a military Junta headed by Lieutenant General Jorge Videla. Between 1976 and 1981, a law was crafted in mischief titled The Process of National Reorganisation; but known by the people of Argentina as “The Dirty War”.
Under this process some good did occur, General Videla managed to get Argentina’s inflation down from 600% per annum to 138%.
But secretly his military Junta, operated under the declaration of a “State of War” to silence those who allegedly opposed them. Up to 30,000 young sons and fathers were kidnapped and, without trial, placed into secret detention camps indefinitely. Up to 30,000 people were dealt with this way, and they were never seen again.
Every year for almost 40 years, mothers, grandmothers and wives who lost children, grandchildren and husbands in the Dirty war, came out to silently protest the government for those known as desaparecidos, or the disappeared.
Laws created by mischief and enacted to justify abuse of civil and human rights.
Beloved, what we see occurring in Australia today, and most evidently in Victoria, is what has been seen time and time again historically in regimes that do not have the rule of law as their governing principle.
Never has there been emergency powers enacted in Australia that gave rise to clear abuses of civil and human rights, treating average people as criminals, creating a state of fear.
What we are seeing today is both unprecedented in Australian History, and unwarranted abuse of power, witnessed by the police as but the downward reflection of those in power.
In Victoria, we have not seen such evil in our lifetime, and only the Eureka Stockade comes close to the civil abuse enacted by law for the sake of a flu virus, and for what we are motheringly told is “for our own good”.
On the 13th of October, a final vote is to be taken on a Bill titled “COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020.
Under this Bill, in a New division (2) under the Public Health and Well Being Act (read from page 7 to 10);
The Secretary can appoint, under a new section (250)
- a person the Secretary considers appropriate for appointment based on the person’s skills, attributes, experience or otherwise;
Those same individuals under yet another new section (252 which modifies section 192)
“provides that an authorised officer may be assisted by any person in exercising a public health risk power under an authorisation given by the Chief Health Officer”
This includes a Police officer
Another new section (252) title “Further Emergency Powers”
. The emergency powers are—
- to detain any person or group of persons in an emergency area for the period reasonably necessary to eliminate or reduce a serious risk to public health;
- to restrict the movement of any person or group of persons within an emergency area;
- to prevent any person or group of persons from entering an emergency area;
- to give any other direction that the authorised officer considers is reasonably necessary to protect public health.
New section 200A will give designated authorised officers further emergency powers relating to high risk persons.
New section 200A(1) provides that a designated authorised officer may detain a person under section 200(1)(a) of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 if—
- a direction has been given in the exercise of an emergency power under section 200(1)(a), (b), (c) or (d); and
- the designated authorised officer reasonably believes that a person who is required to comply with the direction is a high risk person and is likely to refuse or fail to comply with the direction. 
Beloved, this is one of the most dangerous laws Victoria has ever seen presented.
To detain an individual INDEFINETELY because the so-called “designated authorised officer” (which could be anyone including your worst enemy) simply “reasonably believes that a person who is required to comply with the direction is a high risk person and is likely to refuse or fail to comply with the direction.” REVERSES THE BURDEN OF PROOF where a person is “innocent until proven guilty”.
This act has been condemned in an letter by a group of Judges and QC’s and noted as “unprecedented, excessive and open to abuse”.
Burning of the Reichstag in Germany (Home of German parliament) in 1933 moved Adolf Hitler to claim Emergency Powers. It was those powers that destroyed freedom and instilled fear in Germany, which eventually led them into the 2nd World War.
20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
These politicians frame mischief by a law, but beloved they will never have the favour of the Lord in doing so, they will have no fellowship with the Lord for it. Nevertheless 21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
These builders of the road to their own ruin do not comprehend what they do, nor do they see the end of that which they build. They come against even those who love the Lord and fail to know or see their own evil.
In many nations today, the church is destroyed and Christians killed and persecuted, nevertheless 22 But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
You see, to those who know the Lord there is simply no end to their lives that will not finish well. We say with Job that, “though he slay me yet will I trust him”.
Daniels friends were not careful to answer the King when he commanded they bow down and worship his Golden image, they we not so full of care in their response that, if it be Gods will to deliver them, they would be delivered from the kings hands, but if God chose not to deliver them, they would still not bow down to worship the Golden image.
It was great to see Israel Folou again standing when every other excuse of a man bent his knee for the Black Lives Marxist political movement (AKA BLM). His knee will bow only to his Lord, and not the god of popular opinion.
22 But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
But THE ROAD TO RUIN REMUNERATES ITS OWN BUILDERS;
23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.
Psalm 9:16 says “…the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands”
Prov 1:18 says “And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.”
Psalm 7:16-17 says “15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. 16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate”
Again and again we see that evil dealings is rewarded with its own wages.
The Bible teaches that the Wages of sin is death, and here we see that the Road to Ruin remunerates its own builders. They road they build will be the ruin of them.
We remember Haman who built a gallows for the godly Mordechai fifty cubits high at his own home. Not only was Haman himself hung on those gallows, but his house was given as a gift the Mordechai’s cousin Esther, and Mordechai took the job of Haman for his job as second only to the King, prime minister of the nation of Babylon, the third time in the ancient world where a Jew was the Prime minister of an empire.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Prov 14:12).
Many people think that the manner in which they are living leads to life, it is a way which seemeth right. We have looked at those who are evidently wicked, people who are evil even in our own sight, and yet the Bible tells us that we all like sheep have gone astray, we all have gone our own way.
These only took what was already rebellious in them, mixed it with the power given them and are the evident product of their own ruin, but so too is everyone who has not yet turned to God their saviour. They go their own way, they go down their own road but it’s a road that leads to hell.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life, no man cometh to the father but by me”.
Friends we are living in the last of the last days, we have already seen how quickly things can change in the world, but you personally are not even promised tomorrow. The world may still go on for another decade or more, but none of us can have confidence of another week let alone another decade. People the world over die having made plans for tomorrow.
Is your eternity secure? Or will you need to give a personal account for your own sin?
You might compare yourself well horizontally, but God is the measure, he is the standard by which you are measured, having been weighed and measured, will you be found wanting?
Jesus Christ came to give his life as a ransom for many, an all who believe in his should not perish but have everlasting life.
In other words, if you are willing to believe the sacrifice God had made for your sin, you are forgiven.
There is none that is good, no not one, all have come short of the glory of God, but God so loves the world, he came into the world, to live life as a sinless man, and to become sin judged for our sin.
700 years before he came, Isaiah wrote of him saying,
This world is coming to a close, and soon all those who are born again, all those who are truly saved Christians, will be cought up, they will quite literally vanish into thin air to be with the Lord, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” the Bible says, “we shall all be changed”, “caught up to meet the Lord in the air”, strange idea? You bet, nevertheless the Bible teaches that as absolutely true, it is called the Rapture of the Church, and soon after that all hell quite literally breaks out on earth.
Turn to the Lord before its too late.
To those who know the Lord, remember who he is, and who’s you are!