Laws will Play a Major Role
In Identifying the Righteous from the Wicked!
by: Wayne Schatzle
The law revealed to Moses, and codified in the first five books of the Bible are instructions of how to live a good life from a loving father to his children. No, keeping the law will not earn you salvation in the kingdom of God. But it will grant you an easier time in this physical life and God promised that! The very reason for the law seems to be a secret. But we can read in many similar passages as this: "You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess" (Deuteronomy 5:33). We read in the last pages of Deuteronomy, God outlines in some detail the blessings for keeping the law and the curses for disobeying it. Our creator has a system and order in this world, if we live within the rules we will live richer, fuller lives. A case in point is that God does not want us to eat fat of animals, and modern man has discovered that eating fat does indeed harm us by clogging our arteries which blocks the flow of blood. God listed several animals which are not to be eaten. "Among the beast which divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud - that you may eat ...and the swine, though it divides the hoof, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They are unclean to you." (Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14). God's people are not to consume pork, and science backs up scripture uncovering the many diseases and parasites associated with this animal.
Oddly enough some want to transgress God's law to measure how spiritual they are. This is when the law becomes a spiritual issue rather than a way to live - "One who turns away his ear from hearing the law. Even his prayer shall be an abomination" (Proverbs 28:9). God can use the law to measure one's obedience. In fact sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). One person, after reading Psalm 119, wondered how anyone would think it is alright to disregard God's law, and added common sense would tell you Satan is the one wanting you to break the law, not God!
In the latter days, law keeping will play a major role in identifying the "righteous from the wicked." And the dragon was enraged with the woman (church) and went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Christ" Revelation 12:17). It would be a tragic mistake to miss the importance of obedience. "Blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14). The book of the prophet Isaiah (eighth chapter) gives a clue to exposing deceivers: "To the law and testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Ezekiel adds of false priests, "The priests have violated my law and profaned my holy things ...nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean..." (Chapter 22) (relating to the restriction to pork eating).
If we are to believe the Bible, the last days will be a time of great tribulation and great deception. It will be a time when everyone must rely on their own study - as God shall lead them, to know the right path to travel to God's kingdom. "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).
(Written by Wayne Schatzle,