Wherever pride is found, it is always hateful to God.

Perhaps some readers here have heard of the latest “prophecy” claim being made regarding the Second Coming of Christ.  Some are  predicting it to happen on September 23, 2017.  Geoffrey Grider over at “Now The End Begins” blog explains quite well (via Scripture) why such a prediction is false and cannot possibly happen.

See: Now The End Begins: False Prophecy Alert Called ‘Great Sign’ That’s Happening on September 23rd is 100% Not True.

Excerpt:

In order for September 23rd to “usher in the Second Coming,” you would have to cram into the next five (now, two days) days the Rapture of the Church, the rise of Antichrist, the Mark of the Beast and all other events of the 3.5 years of the time of Jacob’s trouble, otherwise known as The Great Tribulation. Chances of all of that happening in the next 5 days (now, 2 days)? Absolutely zero.

I read on another website that a “Christian numerologist” joined the bandwagon making a similar “prediction.”

I can see why people are panicked due to all of the hurricanes happening in a row over the past few weeks which are causing much devastation.  We also have seen the earthquake that happened in Mexico.  However, Jesus told us that such events would only be the “birth pangs.”

Rom 8:22

For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Reading the entire chapter of Romans 8 can help soothe our fears, especially the last two verses:

Rom 8:38

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

Rom 8:39

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

It really helps to read, study, and know what the Bible teaches in order to not get caught up in false assumptions, false rhetoric, false pride, or false prophecy given by those who may just be in it for attention or to sell their books.

Habbakuk 2 speaks about the proud being rebuked and informs us:

Hab 2:3

For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.

Hab 2:4

“Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith.

David Guzik’s commentary of this portion of Scripture is really good!

Here are a few excerpts that spoke of the time of Habbukuk, but also see if you agree with me that this speaks towards our world today!

b. For the vision is yet for an appointed time: Habakkuk spoke to an age beyond his own. The Babylonian conquest would not be evident in his own day, but in the future.

2. (Hab 2:4-8) God knows how to deal with the proud.

a. Behold the proud: Habakkuk wondered why Babylon – a nation even more sinful than Judah – would be used to bring judgment to Judah. In answering the prophet, God first assures him that He sees the proud, and knows that his soul is not upright in him.

i. Pride is everywhere and takes all manner of shapes.

– Here is the rich man, proud of what he has

– There is the poor man, proud of his “honor” in having less

– Here is the talented man, proud of what he can do

– There is the man of few talents, proud of his hard work

– Here is the religious man, proud of his religion

– There is the unbeliever, proud of his unbelief

– Here is the establishment man, proud of his place in society

– There is the counter-cultural man, proud of his “outcast” status

– Here is the learned man, proud of his intelligence and learning

– Here is the simple man, proud of his simplicity

Now, think about those who are involved in identity/racial/grievance crowd politics.  Can you see that pride is one of the main culprits that is being used to divide our nation, our people, and our government?

ii. “If there is a sin that is universal, it is this. Where is it not to be found? Hunt among the highest and loftiest in the world, and you shall find it there; and then go and search amongst the poorest and the most miserable, and you shall find it there. There may be as much pride inside a beggar’s rags as in a prince’s robe; and a harlot may be as proud as a model of chastity. Pride is a strange creature; it never objects to its lodgings. It will live comfortably enough in a palace, and it will live equally at its ease in a hovel. Is there any man in whose heart pride does not lurk?” (Spurgeon)

Guzik goes even further:

iv. “Wherever pride is found, it is always hateful to God.

The list of those utilizing “pride” (above) demonstrates how and why so many of the evils of our time are being perpetrated by those who adhere to such tactics;  and how it negatively affects us all!  Not only is pride “always hateful to God,” it is also hateful to man.

Why! pride is even hateful to men. Men cannot bear a proud man; and hence it is that a proud man, who has any sense left, often sees that it is so, and he therefore tries to affect manners of modesty. He will seem to be humble, when he really is not, if he has the suspicion that all about him will dislike him if they know him to be proud. But God cannot bear pride; it is a part of his daily business to put down the proud.” (Spurgeon)

So…what is the antidote to pride which is hateful to God and man?

b. But the just shall live by his faith: In contrast to the proud, there are the just. The principle of their life is faith, instead of pride that looks to self. True faith looks outside of self unto the LORD God, while pride always looks to self.

That last sentence deserves to be repeated:

True faith looks outside of self unto the LORD God, while pride always looks to self.

i. This brief statement from the prophet Habakkuk is one of the most important, and most quoted Old Testament statements in the New Testament. Paul used it to show that the just live by faith, not by law. Being under the law isn’t the way to be found just before God, only living by faith is.

ii. If you are declared just -that is, approved – before God, you have done it by a relationship of faith. If your life is all about living under the law, then God does not find you approved.

iii. In Hebrew, the important part of the verse has only three words: “the justified man,” “by his faith,” and “will live.” Every word in Habakkuk 2:4 is important, and the Lord quotes it three times in the New Testament just to bring out the fullness of the meaning

Romans 1:17 is the commentary on the justified man – “The just shall live by faith”

Hebrews 10:38 is the commentary on faith – “The just shall live by faith

Galatians 3:11 is the commentary on the Christian life – “The just shall live by faith”

The just shall live by faith!

Whenever someone makes a dated prediction about the end of the world, it will do readers good to recall what Jesus Christ said to his disciples (and, to all of us!):

Mat 24:3

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Mat 24:4

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.

Mat 24:5

“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.

Mat 24:6

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[fn] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Mat 24:7

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[fn] and earthquakes in various places

Mat 24:8

“All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mat 24:9

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.

Mat 24:10

“And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another

Mat 24:11

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Mat 24:12

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

Mat 24:13

“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Mat 24:14

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

I suggest reading Matthew 24 in its entirety! The words of Jesus Christ are faithful and true and can be trusted!

Blue Letter Bible: Matthew 24

Hat tip: Blue Letter Bible and David Guzik Study Guide on Habbukuk 2

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11 Responses to “Wherever pride is found, it is always hateful to God.”

  1. insanitybytes22 Says:

    Well said!

    I’ve started to believe people just want to see a good destructive disaster movie. That’s what all these attempts to predict the second coming are about,first the pride of having figured out the precise date when even the Lord said He doesn’t know the day and hour and that it will come like a thief in the night. So right out of the gate, we’ve got people believing they are so smart they actually know more than Jesus Himself.

    They also want to see a good disaster movie, an elaborate Hollywood production with lots of drama. I got myself into all sorts of trouble by suggesting that perhaps on our end of things,it will gentle, peaceful,we’ll simply be caught up in His loving embrace and set down in a new heaven. It was a bit funny because people got really mad at me.I was spoiling all the excitement.They wanted to see earthquakes, fires, volcanoes, the whole planet tipping over, and sword fighting. Don’t forget the sword fighting. 🙂

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Sword fighting…LOL!

      Yes…those who oppose everything Christian “don’t want to hear it” when it comes to the truth about the Second Coming of Christ. After all, they didn’t like (and/or don’t believe in) His first coming here on earth, so why wouldn’t they oppose anything and everything about His return?

      Speaking of disaster movies, my husband and I saw “Wonder Woman” in the theater a week before it came out on DVD. The “coming attractions” for new movies were all the same…comic book “heroes” and disaster movies with so much CGI, the plot (if there is one!) gets lost on the audience!

      Wonder Woman was a really good movie with a great message at the end. Gives me some hope that maybe other writers will take the hint and create not just disaster movies, but those with an uplifting message for mankind.

      And, of course we can’t discuss the reality of the coming Rapture!
      After all, it’s only reserved for believers in Jesus Christ…and we know that those who don’t believe in Him will inevitably equate such a belief as somehow being “bigoted,” “racist,” “illegal immigrant-phobic,” “homophobic,” “transgender-phobic,” “Islamophobic” etc. for even mentioning such a thing!

      *Sigh*

      Come Lord Jesus…capture us up and outta here! 🙂

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  2. christinewjc Says:

    I don’t usually get comments posted by Muslims here at this blog. However, in response to a former blog post, I did receive a comment from a Muslim who wanted to encourage me to read the Koran. The comment was posted on 9/17/17 in Islam and Christianity Present Two Very Different Deities.

    I hesitated to post the comment for several reasons. The most prominent reason was that I wasn’t sure if I could trust the commenter or the link provided. Here is a copy of the comment without the link:

    Please just read the Holy Quran to know who is Allah (praised be him) :

    In this Book, Jesus(peace be upon him) means Issa and he was created by Allah (praised be him). There is a story of Jesus and his mother (peace be upon them) on chapiters: 3- Al Imran, 19- Mariame and 21- prophets.
    The Holy Quran is the book of life sent to all Humanity (not just for arabic people) as continuation of the other books revealed: the Thora and the Bible (not just for jews and christians).
    “Saving a life is saving all Humanity; taking a life is taking all Humanity” that is Allah (praised be him) say about violence on chapiter 5:32

    May your soûl guided by Truth

    I prefer waiting on the Lord Jesus Christ when I get comments like this one. When I’m patient, I often find the Lord leading me towards a good response to share with readers here. The following one did not disappoint, and is quite a profound response (IMHO):

    Answering Muslims: Famous Last Words of Jesus, Muhammad, and Nabeel Qureshi

    It is a link to David Wood’s blog. He introduces the video by writing:

    We can learn a lot about what’s most important to a person by pondering his last words. In this video, I discuss the parting thoughts of Jesus, Muhammad, and Nabeel Qureshi.

    Hopefully, the video will embed here:

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  3. GMpilot Says:

    People do want to see a good disaster movie…until they’re in one. But what they really seem to like is the lead-in to the ‘event’; wars, natural disasters, cheating at dominoes, that sort of stuff.
    Because they want it, movie producers like to give it to them. At least they give people their money’s worth, unlike certain clergy who, for the past two millennia, have provided a great deal of drama, but no payoff. No conclusion.

    The late Harold Camping, for instance, who less than ten years ago, was rock-solid sure that the End Times were here…but he proved to be just another man who cried “wolf” when there were none. The so-called Mayan ‘prophecy’ which forecast The End for December 2012, was not only wrong, it was false, because the words were misinterpreted. An easy thing to do, especially when believers in some other god have destroyed 99.9% of Mayan written records.
    Now, your ‘Christian numerologist’ has joined the long, long line of flim-flam men masquerading as messengers. There’s always room for another doomsday story, especially when gods are involved.

    Considering how harshly Jesus was treated on his previous visit, I could understand why he’d return with fire and sword. But I don’t think he’ll show.

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Correction GM. David Meade is not my “Christian” numerologist. He is just a numerologist wrongfully using that term to advance his own kind of “prophetic” influence. If you are interested, you can read how he now is claiming something entirely different.

      Meade is an example of a man with pride who decided to make a false claim…probably for attention if not anything else.

      As Geoffrey Grider stated in the post I linked to:

      In order for September 23rd to “usher in the Second Coming,” you would have to cram into the next five (now, two days) days the Rapture of the Church, the rise of Antichrist, the Mark of the Beast and all other events of the 3.5 years of the time of Jacob’s trouble, otherwise known as The Great Tribulation. Chances of all of that happening in the next 5 days (now, 2 days)? Absolutely zero.

      The people who have not studied the Bible do not know the true prophecies in it (OT and NT), the order in which events will happen, or what Jesus said about the end times. Therefore, they will latch onto any charlatan who pride fully uses their so-called “skills” (in Meade’s case…numerology) to sway them away from the truth in the Bible, and thus reel them into eschatological error.

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  4. Donna Nickel Says:

    I think that we can likely concider this a testing of our times, but not end times. Looking at history there are patterns and a darkness in each generation. Is this time the end? Probably not, but that depends on what we do during this time in my opinion, so we should not just disregard what is happening out of hand. We need to turn back to God and morality with love for each other. All the pieces for this to be end times are not in place yet, although we are getting closer.

    I think Mr. Mead was trying to say that the signs in the sky were the gateway to the beginning of the 7 year tribulation period. I don’t personally believe that.

    Maybe, this will just wake people up to come back to God, but honestly I doubt it.

    Interestingly, Mead talks about solar flares and hidden planets that could effect our atmosphere, and planet. These things will not be good if they happen.  They will completely destroy all the theories of man causing climate problems on earth though. We definitely can’t contol solar flares, or other planets. This will by far out weigh the effects of our cars, or even Al Gore’s planes. I think we can all agree on that.

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Hi Donna,

      According to the articles that I have read regarding David Meade’s predictions, his changing stories are enough to not take him seriously (IMHO). Compare this article to the one posted in my previous comment. Particularly this part:

      Meade has built his theory on the so-called Planet X, which is also known as Nibiru, which he believes will pass Earth on Sept. 23, causing volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes, according to British newspaper The Sun. NASA has repeatedly said Planet X is a hoax.

      Not only did the man get it wrong regarding proper biblical exegesis and eschatology, he also got it wrong scientifically (e.g. the Planet X hoax).

      I do agree that the “man-made global warming” hysteria is built on supposition and hysteria, not science. It has “earned” Al Gore a fortune, and that is most likely what is behind it all for most people who embrace the “man-made climate change” hoax.

      John Coleman has been exposing The Bad Science Behind the “Climate Change” Frenzy” for decades. Of course, this man has been mocked, attacked, disparaged and even “disowned” by former colleagues. I think that Mr. Coleman has been good at, as you wrote, “completely destroy[ing] all the theories of man causing climate problems on earth.”

      I agree and hope that more people will wake up and return to God. Pride is a big problem.

      God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6

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  5. GMpilot Says:

    My apologies, hostess. What I should have said was “…‘this Christian numerologist'”. I was not aware your skin was that sensitive.
    But it makes no real difference. You say that David Meade is ‘a man with pride who decided to make a false claim…probably for attention if not anything else.” That may be true. He may also have been absolutely sincere in his claims–Harold Camping was–but he used no more suppositions and hysteria than you attribute to Al Gore, and Meade has far less verifiable evidence.

    “A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October,” says Meade. Ominous, but unspecific. That could be anything from flooding in the southeastern US to a meteor strike in Australia. Or, for that matter, a bountiful harvest in North Korea.
    Scary words; but without specifics, he’s still just another flim-flam man. A smart pusher never uses the stuff he sells.
    Meade will be forgotten before the year’s end, and soon another prideful prophet will take his place. As I said, there’s always room for one more doomsday story. It’s like a show that never ends.

    I read your link, BTW. Surprisingly good. When did Fox News begin to concern itself with facts?

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  6. Cry and Howl Says:

    Hello Christine! Just stopped by to thank you for your visit over at humble Cry and Howl, and for linking to one of the posts concerning the NFL fiasco. Sigh, I don’t know how to say this without coming off as a doubter of Christ’s second coming or the rapture, because I know beyond a doubt those events are on the way. I do have a problem with the fixation on those, or the importance of them in our day to day lives. “The day or hour knows no man …” is enough for me to be concerned how my life is lived. Regardless of the drivel we’ve read from Mr. GMpilot for several years now, the mortality rate for all living is 100% and that to me is the important thing. Being ready because the chances of us exiting the land of the living is mostly likely greater than Christ’s second coming before. Just sayin’ there are prophecies needed to be fullfilled still before “the final end” arrives. However we can assure everyone that a final end is inevitable for all regardless. There has always been and will always be those who predict the rapture and/or Christ’s 2nd coming … and those like Mr. Pilot who feel Christ had enough the first time around and “won’t show” up again … ah, who to believe? It really doesn’t matter … keep in mind the 100% mortality rate and that should be enough to have our minds made up.
    Praying you and your lovely family are doing okay!

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Great advice to readers, Steve!

      I often pray that more and more people will turn to Christ and read the Bible…because it all points to Him! His first visit to earth was for our redemption. His second visit will be invisible…where He will gather the dead and the living in the Rapture. When He returns for the Second Coming, all eyes will see and those of us with Him in heaven for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will return with Him!

      Like you wrote, there are several prophecies yet to be fulfilled and events to happen before the Second Coming of Christ. If more people read and studied the Bible, they wouldn’t be led astray by these “end times false prophets” that we are warned about in Scripture, and they would know the purposes of God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

      Good point about the “100% mortality rate” for the inhabitants on this earth! Those who have “ears to hear” will pay attention to what Christ has told to the churches in the book of Revelation!

      My family and I are doing great! Enjoying our sweet granddaughter (22 mos. old) as she grows and now knows so many words and even creates short sentences! It’s such a blessing!

      Prayers going up for your health and for your family as well! God bless!

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  7. GMpilot Says:

    CJW: Good point about the “100% mortality rate” for the inhabitants on this earth!

    REALLY? I believe that the sacred scrolls mention a certain Ezekiel, who went off into other realms without all that nasty “dying” business first.
    If there is even one exception to the mortality rate, then it is not 100%. Even steve should know that.

    “ah, who to believe? It really doesn’t matter …”

    If that’s the way the paladin himself feels about it, he shouldn’t be so annoyed that I feel the same.

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