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You’ll need to read Revelation 11 for this story

“The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.” – Revelation 11:10

Have you ever wanted to punch a guy in the face for something he said, even though he was right?

John gives the prophesy of the Two Witnesses being killed because of what they were saying.  Why can’t people just ignore them or change the channel or walk away or laugh?  Why did they rejoice because the Two Witnesses were killed?

People Hate to be Displayed

John 3:19-22 tells us “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

People want to keep their sins hidden, in the dark, out of sight, beyond scrutiny, beyond judgment.  Sinners try to keep it hidden and when someone brings the sin to light, that person is attacked.  How many of us fear bringing something up to our friends and family because of the excoriating reaction we know we will encounter?

People Hate to be Disproved

“Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.” – Proverbs 15:52

“A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.” –  Proverbs 15:5

Few people seem to respond well to correction.  It’s bad enough to be told that your behavior is sinful, but then to be told that you are wrong is even bigger.  Our culture has created the environment where it is offensive to be told you are wrong, or that your decisions are wrong or that you are on the wrong track.  “Who says it’s wrong?”  “That’s your opinion.”  “Don’t judge me.”  People will continue to make bad decisions which cause more issues and drama which will be met with more bad decisions and cause more problems and rarely will they think they are the problem.  It is always something or someone else.

People Hate to be Disputed

“Bad doctrine leads to bad living.” – Larry Tapp

People generally have a contradictory mix of personal philosophy and religious sentiment which is the basis of their moral judgment.  The bottom line or precept for them is selfish; what’s in it for me and what satisfies me right now.  As a result their decisions are often immoral and hurtful to themselves and others.  When confronted they have very little logic or reason for their philosophies even though they may claim to be free or even “free thinkers.”  Confrontations to their belief system usually ends in name calling and irrational comments.  They hate to be challenged or disputed.

These are behaviors we see today from people who live apart from the truth of God’s Word.  During the Great Tribulation, as John prophesies, people will be even worse and they will react even more violently than we see now.

How about you?  Can you take it when people challenge your thinking and your beliefs?  Does your behavior line up with the Word of God and when it doesn’t, can you deal with people correcting you?  Arrogance will always keep you from spiritual growth.  Allow God to use other people to speak truth and correction into your life.