“23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24 NKJV)
Worship, of any kind, is done in our spirit. When something or someone gets a hold of our spirit we are in deep trouble. In Revelation sixteen we see God manifesting His wrath at the end of times in what is called, The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath. This is God judging the world; specifically those that received the mark of the beast.
If you know about the mark of the beast, without this mark, people will not be able to buy and sell during the time of the tribulation. The significant thing about receiving this mark is that you must worship the Antichrist. As worship is done on a spiritual level, these people position themselves in a place of no hope. Even as they see, feel and taste the wrath of God, Revelation 16 gives their reaction:
“9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.” (Revelation 16:9 NKJV)
“10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.” (Revelation 16:10-11 NKJV)
“21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.” (Revelation 16:21 NKJV)
We can be the worst sinner, but if we repent from our hearts, God is faithful to forgive us (First John 1:9). Through Scripture we see people repenting of all kinds of sins: Prostitution, Murder, Adultery, Pride, etc. but when a man’s heart is filled with the worship of others gods, we see very little repentance. I am not saying that an idolater can’t repent and be saved; I am saying that it does not happen too often.
To be continued…