Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
I know that this verse relates to the last days, but many believe that we are well into the very last days. This verse explains what people are doing and the refusal to change.
Let’s take a look at a brief definition of some of these labels from Strong’s Greek Concordance,
Murders: Phonos, be slain with, slaughter.
Sorceries: Pharmakeia, medication (this is where we get the term pharmacy from, drug use) sorcery, witchcraft.
Fornication: Poneia, harlotry (including adultery, incest,) idolatry
Thefts: Klemma, stealing (the thing stolen, but used of the act) – theft
Here’s the definition of the word label from Webster’s 1828 dictionary (abbreviated.)
A narrow slip of silk, containing a name or a title, and affixed to a thing, denoting its contents.
As a transitive verb, it describes clothing and relevance.
These are all labels, labels that are attached to others and to even some of us in the past. Thief, drunkard, addict, felon, murderer, liar, scoffer, brawler. How do you remove a label? On a jacket, I guess you could just cut it off, but what about when it’s stuck to your reputation?
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put into fill it up taketh from the garment and the rent is made worse.
Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish, but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
Jesus knows how to remove old labels; He doesn’t just rip the tag off; He gives you a whole new coat! What He is talking about is forgiving your sins so that you can receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He cleans your reputation from the inside label out.
So many people don’t believe it is that easy, they feel that they can never be forgiven for the sins of their past, even Christians. Not forgiving yourself can be a very tormenting sin. Forgive yourself, repent while there is still time, for today is the day of your salvation. Because you never know when your last day will be?
He is: “Jehova Tzidkenu”
“The Lord Our Righteousness”