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End Time Medications

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What is one of the biggest problems in the world today? Drugs. Whether legal or illegal. And by today, I mean the early 21st. century, (2009). I'm not going to get into the financial aspect of it. We all know it's astronomical. We also know the mind-bending affects, lots of these drugs can have on an individual. The addiction to some of these narcotics are horrible and sometimes very tragic.

Abuse of prescription drugs, certainly by the user, and don't forget the one doing the prescribing, leads some to a very tragic end.

Does God's Word have anything to say about these things? Yes It does. This is going to be a very short Bible Study, but one I hope you'll find interesting.

Here we're in the ninth chapter of Revelation. The sixth trumpet has sounded. An army of horsemen numbering two hundred million, (that's 200,000,000), with fire, smoke, and brimstone, coming from their mouths. The end is almost here and what are people doing? Or maybe I should say what are people not doing? There's an old saying, "Habits are hard to break." Well, addictions are even harder to break and Satan knows that.

Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries[1], nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

1 "SORCERIES": 5331. pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah; from G5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.) magic (lit. or fig.):--sorcery, witchcraft.

5332. pharmakeus, far-mak-yoos'; from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extens.) a magician:--sorcerer.

Think of today, the 21st. century, and the drug problems, both legal and illegal.

Now here we are in the 18th. chapter of Revelation and that Satanic system called Mystery Babylon is about to be destroyed. I mean it's at hand! The end is here! And it tells of one of the methods, Satan used in order to deceive the whole world.

Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries[1] were all nations deceived.

1 "SORCERIES": 5331. pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah; from G5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.) magic (lit. or fig.):--sorcery, witchcraft.

5332. pharmakeus, far-mak-yoos'; from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extens.) a magician:--sorcerer

Again, Think of today, the 21st. century, and the drug problems, both legal and illegal.

Did Jesus give us a demonstration as how to handle drugs on a personal basis? He sure did? At His crucifixion.

Mat 27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged[1] Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

1 "SCOURGED": 5417. phragelloo, frag-el-lo'-o; from a presumed equiv. of the Lat. flagellum; to whip, i.e. lash as a public punishment:--scourge.

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Read Isaiah 52 and 53 to see just how bad the beating of Jesus was.

Mat 27:33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

Mat 27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall[1]: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

1 "GALL": 5521. chole, khol-ay'; fem. of an equiv. perh. akin to the same as G5514 (from the greenish hue); "gall" or bile, i.e. (by anal.) poison or an anodyne (wormwood, poppy, etc.):--gall. ....... Drugs.

Do a good study on the poppy seed. You'll find it's still in very much use today. Both in a good way and a bad way. A very powerful narcotic.

It was prophesied this would be done:
Psa 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Mat 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

Psa 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Mat 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there;

Now see what Jesus does when He's offered vinegar to drink without the drugs, (medications, pain killers, etc.).

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Mat 27:47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

Mat 27:48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

Remember, It was prophesied this would be done:
Psa 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Mat 27:49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

Mat 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

I kinda like John's version where it leaves no doubt that Jesus did drink the vinegar which had no gall, (drugs, pain killers, etc).

John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

John 19:29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

In Isaiah 52 and 53 it describes how Jesus was beaten. It was horrible. Imagine the pain and suffering of that, along with hanging on the cross. Being nailed to it. There for six, (6), hours. Not even wanting as much as an aspirin tablet.

Now I know that when used in the proper fashion, drugs are very helpful. It appears to have far reaching affects to the soul as well as the body.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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