n. L. idolum; Gr. form or to see.
image, form or representation, usually of a man or other animal, consecrated as
an object of worship; a pagan deity. Idols are usually statues or images,
carved out of wood or stone, or formed of metals, particularly silver or gold.
gods of the nations are idols. Ps.96.
ever idol seemed so much alive.
person loved and honored to adoration. The prince was the idol of the people.
thing on which we set our affections; that to which we indulge an excessive and
children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John.5.
An idol is any thing which usurps the place of God in the hearts
of his rational creatures.
We all know what an idol is, those non living statues that people worship—highly irrational. But let’s not focus on that definition of idol, let’s focus on the last definition—“an idol is any thing which usurps the place of God in the hearts of his rational creatures.”
So what are the world’s idols, what are the things that have usurped the place of God in the hearts of people around the world and America? Let me name a few.
I see it all the time people have no time for God but they have time for all those things. One time I remember a Christian school was having a garage sale on a Saturday morning to raise money for a senior class trip and there was a line that stretched through the parking lot waiting for the doors to open at 7 AM. The next day there was no line waiting to get into Church. People will wait in line to buy other people’s junk before 7 AM but can’t even get their buts out of bed to make it to church by 11 AM. Something is wrong.
I cannot spend time with God today, I cannot go to church today, I cannot pray today, I cannot read my bible today because I have to do __________ today. Remember; “an idol is any thing which usurps the place of God in the hearts of his rational creatures.”
So America and the world have usurped the place of God in their hearts with all kinds of other activities such as sports, entertainment, leisure, money, relationships, food, etc. (Note: those things are not wrong in and of themselves, but when they usurp the place of God they become an idol.)
And what has been affected the most by the COVID-19 shutdown? Sports, Entertainment, Leisure, money, relationships, food; all of which many in the world have partaken in and has usurped the rightful place of God.
It is clearly evident that America and the world have set up their modern idols which have usurped the place of God. And what does God say about idols?
Thus saith the Lord God; I will also destroy the idols, Ez 30:13
And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. Ps 106:36
And the idols he shall utterly abolish. Is 2:18
Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, Ez 14:4
Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols. EZ 20:16
I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols. EZ 23:30
Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: EZ 36:18
I am sure you get the idea. The idols of America and the world are being destroyed. The nations of the world have turned their backs on God and pursued their idols. Now God is allowing those idols to be taken away—their idols are crumbling.
Will the world realize the error of their ways fall on their knees ask forgiveness of God and return to Him, or will the world fail to heed the warning and continue in their evil ways?
I know the answer to that question, it is revealed in Revelation; And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, Rev 9:20
That is right, unfortunately the world as a whole will not repent and as a result the judgments will continue to get worse and worse. What we have been experiencing so far is just a warm up—more severe judgments are coming. But the good news is that some will repent, some will realize they have sinned against a holy God, and as a sinner they will realize that they deserve the punishment of eternal death in hell.
And they will recognize that Jesus died for their sins and that all their sins can be forgiven through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And they will call out to Him to be saved, and He will save them, they will become his child and receive a home in heaven.
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About the author: William Frederick; M.Div. has been preaching and teaching the Word of God for over 30 years. He has dedicated his life to serving God and helping others come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and understand essential end times Bible Prophecy truths. He is the author of several books including The Coming Epiphany and The Dollar Code. His articles are originally published on The End Times Forecaster Blog. From there, his articles are published and referenced on various prophecy related websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so, just please include the original link to the article. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.