When you look at an open door what comes to your mind? Most would probably think of an open door as a way out. An open door can signify the exit from one place to another. However, if you think about an open door, it also signifies an entrance into another room or an establishment. Where there is an open door it means that there is a probability that someone may enter through the doorway. The individual who enters may or may not have permission, however, the open door provides an opportunity for all to enter uninhibited.
It is often that an open door can pose a security risk to a residence or an establishment. As long as the building in question does not have security on the premises then the open door leaves everyone within the building and any associated property in a vulnerable state. The key to eliminating theft of personal or public property or even potential injury is to close the door to the outside. It is then appropriate to lock the door to ensure that no one without appropriate access can enter. Doing so secures the establishment and all who reside within it.
If you were to turn on your local, national or international news channel, you may ask yourself the question, ‘What in the world is going on?’ Every day there are a myriad of examples that point to the door that has been left open to the abundance sin. Various nations within our world have essentially approved of a Godless style of living. World leaders and their governments are not seeking God’s will as it relates to domestic or foreign policy. Rather they are seeking human means to accomplish agendas that are not possible without divine intervention.
In the book of Isaiah chapter 9, we see one of the many moments in which Israel is given a prophetic judgment. Isaiah was one of many prophets who spoke to Israel concerning sin and the eventual judgment that God would bring. Here is what Isaiah says to the people of Israel:
(NLT) “The Lord has spoken out against Jacob; his judgment has fallen upon Israel. And the people of Israel and Samaria, who spoke with such pride and arrogance, will soon know it. They said, “We will replace the broken bricks of our ruins with finished stone, and replant the felled sycamore-fig trees with cedars.”
(NLT) “But the Lord will bring Rezin’s enemies against Israel and stir up all their foes. The Syrians from the east and the Philistines from the west will bare their fangs and devour Israel. But even then the Lord’s anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike. For after all this punishment, the people will still not repent. They will not seek the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
The first thing to notice in verses 9 and 10 is that the people of Israel were showing pride or arrogance. In verse 10 the people of Israel are self-confident about rebuilding their surroundings and replanting what they had previously. Essentially, they were busy doing what they desired in their own human strength rather than submitting themselves to God. That is the same disposition much of humanity has today.
Many within our world today have adopted the secular humanist mindset of doing everything without a supreme authority. The secular humanist does not believe in God nor will he/she acknowledge His existence because they believe in human willpower. As a result of such arrogance, those who believe in their own intellect and ability are utterly rejected and destroyed by God.
Going back to the scripture, notice what occurs in verses 11-13. Isaiah prophesies that Israel’s enemies will return to destroy them for their arrogance and rejection toward God. Verse 13 says that the people of Israel would not repent nor would they seek the Lord. Essentially they did what many have and continue to do today and that is that they have chosen not to repent of their sins.
(NLT) “Therefore, in a single day the Lord will destroy both the head and the tail, the noble palm branch, and the lowly reed. The leaders of Israel are the head, and the lying prophets are the tail. For the leaders of the people have misled them. They have led them down the path of destruction. That is why the Lord takes no pleasure in the young men and shows no mercy even to the widows and orphans. For they are all wicked hypocrites, and they all speak foolishness.”
Notice that in verse 16 Isaiah says that the leaders of Israel have misled the population toward destruction. Even in verse 17, Isaiah says that the Lord was displeased with the young men of Israel because of their wickedness and foolish speaking. Verses 19-20 will help us to extract the principles concerning what happens when a nation is Godless.
(NLT) “The land will be blackened by the fury of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The people will be fuel for the fire, and no one will spare even his own brother. They will attack their neighbor on the right but will still be hungry. They will devour their neighbor on the left but will not be satisfied. In the end, they will even eat their own children.”
Based on all of these verses from Isaiah chapter 9 here are a couple of things that occur when a nation is Godless:
1. Self-destruction – Verses 19-20 point to the very things that would occur to the nation of Israel at that time. It was because of their sinfulness and arrogance that Israel would essentially commit mass genocide. That is what is occurring today. Television anchors, news analysts, and even the common viewer seem to be in a quandary as it relates to how it is that so much unrest and violence could erupt worldwide. The answer is in humanity’s Godlessness.
For example, recently in America there has been a massive spark in criminal activity. Various cities have seen an increase in crime which includes a massive uptick in gun violence. Why is America witnessing so much violence? The answer is in the fact that America as a whole has chosen to forgo godly principles while instead embracing the concept of secular humanism. Our global population is paying the price for an outright rejection of God’s decrees. Basically, many nations are suffering from self-destruction because of a refusal to submit unto God. Isaiah says in verse 20 “In the end they will even eat their own children.” How often do we see such a massive amount of genocide among humanity? It has become the norm in our world.
2. Corrupt leadership – The passage of Isaiah chapter 9 also points to what occurs when sinfulness and pride becomes the culture within a nation. Verse 16 mentions that the leadership in Israel had misled the people. Today we see what happens when global leaders are corrupt in their very nature. Many of them have sold out to their national currency for the sake of political power and fame. As a result, the people who they rule over end up in a place of hurt and poverty.
A leader who is corrupt and lacks the fear of God is a leader who leads his/her nation to destruction. This in turn will cause an instability in each country’s population which means that more tensions between domestic governments and civilians will take place. The result of any nation that denies God’s existence or His principles will be that of economic and social chaos. Day by day we can see our world unraveling before our eyes because of those who are in authority and their unwillingness to submit unto a Holy God.
The bottom line is that a nation that embraces sin is a nation that leaves the door open to demonic spirits to have control. Why is it that mass shootings and terrorist attacks are always blamed on ‘mental health issues?’ The issue is much deeper than what the media tells you. There are evil spirits that satan uses to capture the heart and mind of any person who is open to rejecting God’s will.
All of the violence and confusion that we see is a direct result of a world that has balked at God’s order. While there are still Christians who will refuse to follow after what this society has set in place, the majority of those in sin are making a decision that is proving to be destructive. What is the answer to all of the chaos?
The only answer is Jesus Christ. If you don’t know Jesus then you won’t be able to traverse through these dangerous times. While the End Times are here and there are many signs of Christ’s coming, Jesus is still the answer for a broken world. Accept Christ in the confession of your sins and believe in your heart that He is Lord. When you do so your eyes will be illuminated to the very sin and depravity of a wicked world. Your eyes will also be opened to see the glory of God Almighty.