Appearance of Evil
Is GOD the Little Help who redeems His People from Judgment? Let's examine.
EVIL: TRIBULATION AND JUDGMENT?
Jer 25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring EVIL on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
Jer 44:27 Behold, I will watch over them for EVIL, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.
Pr 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of EVIL.
2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of TRUTH shall be EVIL spoken of.
Mt 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from EVIL: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
ABSTAIN: AVOIDING SPIRITUAL FORNICATION?
1Th 5:22 ABSTAIN from all appearance of EVIL.
Ac 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they ABSTAIN from pollutions of idols, and [from] fornication, and [from] things strangled, and [from] blood.
Ac 15:29 That ye ABSTAIN from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should ABSTAIN from fornication:
1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to ABSTAIN from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, ABSTAIN from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
ABSTAIN: KEEP FROM OR AVOIDING EVIL?
Ex 23:7 KEEP THEE FAR from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
Ro 12:17 RECOMPENSE TO NO MAN EVIL FOR EVIL. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, DO ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
2Co 6:3 GIVING NO OFFENCE IN ANY THING, that the ministry be not blamed:
APPEARANCE: SHAPE, SIGHT OR FASHION (WAYS)?
1Th 5:22 Abstain from all APPEARANCE <1491> of evil.
Lu 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily SHAPE <1491> like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Lu 9:29 And as he prayed, the FASHION <1491> of his countenance was altered, and his raiment [was] white [and] glistering.
Joh 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his SHAPE <1491>.
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by SIGHT <1491>:)
1Co 7:31 And they that use this world, as not abusing [it]: for the FASHION of **this world passeth away**.
1Jo 2:17 And **the WORLD** <passeth away>, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
2Pe 3:10 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.
Jas 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the **RICH MAN** <fade away> in his WAYS.
Jas 1:10 But **THE RICH**, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall <pass away>>.
APPEAR, APPEARANCE: EMERGENCE OF EVIL?
Jer 6:1 O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for EVIL APPEARETH out of the north, and great destruction.
1Jo 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that ANTICHRIST SHALL COME, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days PERILOUS TIMES SHALL COME.
Mt 24:5 For many shall COME IN MY NAME, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Ac 20:30 Also of your own selves SHALL MEN ARISE, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, the son of perdition;
1Th 5:22 about abstaining from all appearance of evil appears to be a command for the church NOT to fall away. APPEARANCE is also a reference to SHAPE, SIGHT or FASHION. The church was not to take the SHAPE of antichrist. The church was not to be a SIGHT for evil. The church was never to be of an ungodly FASHION.