Rebellion entered into the world when Adam first rebelled against a commandment of God and ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, and man-kind has been rebelling every since that point. In a nut shell, having a rebellious attitude is defined in the Bible as just about anything that opposes God or his laws. What we discover about man-kind through the Scriptures, however, is that rebellious acts are from the heart or core of that first and original sin, which demonstrates our wanting to be in control of ourselves and our destinies. As Eve was tempted to sin by the lure of having a great knowledge and therefore being like God, so every human on earth has or will be tempted to want to be his or her own god, as well. But, the Bible has some pretty interesting rebel examples and leading the list is one of the sins that God finds abominable, and that is the sin of idolatry. The very first of the ten commandments is that God's people shall have no other gods before Him. But Israel failed miserably at keeping this commandment and as we will see, so does just about every human on planet earth.
When the nation of Israel was released from slavery in Egypt and went into the desert, God performed miracle after miracle in rescuing and caring for his people. But, even with the signs and wonders performed by God himself, the people resorted to idolatry as a means of attempting to save themselves from any feared hardships. After spending forty years wandering through the wilderness and paying the price for not believing in the Words of God, Israel was once again faced with a decision to follow God alone or to choose a path that would surely lead to death. "But if thine heart turn away, so thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land whither thou passest over the Jordan to go to posses it" (Deuteronomy 30:17-18). We find that in the book of Ezekiel that as the years passed and the nation of Israel grew to be a force to be reckoned with for surrounding nations, the people of Israel did anything but follow this appeal and warning from God. In a direct action of rebellion, Israel worshiped other gods. "Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them." (Ezekiel 16:17)
Not only did God's chosen people commit idolatry by worshiping idols, they also offended the Lord by seeking the guidance and counsel of sources other than the Lord who had been so faithful in leading them. Just like the people of today, the people of Israel would grow impatient and seek to find answers and solutions to problems outside of God's direction, which can, at times, seem slow in coming. But God considered it rebellion and promised that there would be punishment for consulting with mediums, psychics, and astrologers. "Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee" (Isaiah 47:13). "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin." (Isaiah 30:1). Discover related topics from God's perspective by visiting these Bible resources.
And, throughout the history of man, the Bible records one rebellious act of man-kind after another. God not only charged Israel with being rebellious children, but he also held this nation responsible for her poor example to surrounding countries. The people of Israel were to be lights unto the nations, showing the rest of the world how to live and serve a holy God. But, in idolatry and in a multitude of other sins, she failed miserably. Not trusting in God's laws, Israel and the people of the world today have traded God's truths for lies and worshiped creation and the gifts he has given us as opposed to the One who gives. God's commandments concerning purity and sex have been ignored as well, and the sanctity of marriage has come to mean little more than a piece of paper to man-kind. God's Word is clear that there were consequences for Israel and there will be consequences for those of us today who claim to follow him, yet set our hearts on selfish desires and motives. "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even the women did change the natural use into which is against nature." (Romans 1:25-26)
The New Testament writer, Paul the Apostle explains clearly that idol worship is demonic worship. Anything that is worshiped, (even a comfortable life, money, career. another person) is having fellowship with demons, because we battle not against flesh and blood but against principalities in the heavens. If it's not worshiping and trusting in God, it is worshiping and trusting in something other than God, which is the number one objective of Satan and his army of fallen angels. Proverbs 17:11 tells us that a man of evil is a man that is rebellious. To find out more about what rebellion against God, click on the links above.
Judgment In The BibleJudgment in the Bible speaks of the end times when God will judge those who are dead. Every person will have to answer for what he or she has done. Christians will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. According to scripture, "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. (I Thessalonians 5:2). At the time appointed Christ will take his rightful place as King and every person will acknowledge Him as Lord. This is a time of restoration for God's people but a time of great punishment for the wicked.
The Old Testament contains many announcements from the prophets about upcoming judgment. Most of these are about future times when the wicked are judged and God's people are freed. Judgment in the Bible is also found in the New Testament and especially in the book of Revelation, the last book in the Bible. Many of the verses are interpreted as a time of terrible plagues and the removal of the present heaven and earth to make room for a new heaven and earth.
Prophecies in God's word can seem very distressing and frightening but Christians can be assured that even in the midst of these judgments they will be taken care of. The last day holds some dreadful recompense for those who have chosen not to accept Christ as Savior, for those who have gone their own way. The Word of God says that God has made it evident of His existence and yet some people choose to not believe that God created this world and that He sent His Son to save the world. This gift of salvation is presented to every single person whom ever lived and whom will live in the future.
The Prophets of the Old Testament prophesied about the day of the Lord. Some of those were Amos, Isaiah, Obadiah, Ezekiel, Joel, and Zephaniah. Some of the referrals to the last days include the day of disaster when the wicked will be punished, swarms of locusts, earthquakes, darkness, and famine. Restoration usually always follows punishment. Other mentions in the Old Testament include Daniel who spoke of a time when the dead will rise. Prophecies are spread throughout the New Testament as well.
The New Testament has many tidbits of information in several books that speak of judgment in the Bible. The gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John include descriptions about the disastrous last day. Jesus himself said that the end of time is near and that He will come soon to get His children. Peter wrote about the end time, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (2 Peter 3:10).
The Book of Revelation is the very last book of the New Testament and John the apostle wrote it when exiled on the Isle of Patmos. Revelation goes into great detail about the end when death is thrown into the lake of fire along with the people who do not have their names recorded in the book of life. Judgment in the Bible serves as a warning to those who have not accepted Christ as their personal Savior. "Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindred's of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen" (Revelation 1:7).
The period of time when God intervenes in the lives of people on the earth is coming. The day of the Lord will either bring judgment or blessing to the people there. Blessings will be to those who have accepted Christ as Savior and judgment will fall on those who have not chosen Christ. This day is a day that the Lord finally says that evil has had its way long enough. This will be a great time of blessing for God's children but for those who have turned their back and refused to accept Christ it will be a great time of distress.
The second coming of Christ describes Him coming on a white horse where his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven will be accompanying Him. For those who do not know God, they will suffer eternal punishment and total separation from God. Some sources believe that this time spoken of in the book of Revelation is to happen very soon. Signs of the last days seem to be everywhere. Now is the time for all who have not accepted Christ to do so because one day it will be too late.
The good news is that there is time for people to make Jesus their Lord and Savior. All a person has to do is to be repentant realizing that he or she is a sinner and needs to be saved from sin. When a person becomes repentant he or she needs to ask for forgiveness and then to confess Jesus as Lord believing that He died for their sins. Do not delay this important decision because doing so could mean eternal damnation to those who choose to wait or choose to not accept Christ at all. For those who are not certain the answer is to read God's word and find out what it says about Judgment in the Bible.