MANY– The Sad Plight of MANY in the Last Days
This paper is about the word MANY as it is mentioned in the Holy Bible, the Word of God. The word MANY is used to describe the multitudes, the crowd, the majority of people living on this earth- MANY people, in contrast to a FEW or a minority of people! The word MANY is used to describe the sad destiny of MANY in life today, and their final destination- HELL. This is not a polite subject, but a very impolite and inconvenient truth where MANY people or most people choose not to hear, or choose to ignore to their own demise!
Throughout the Bible, it teaches that ‘there is a heaven to gain, and a hell to shun’. Jesus said ‘For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ Mt16:26. Here Jesus is saying that, all the power, riches, and pleasures of this world are not worth one day of going to hell forever, when one loses his soul. There is no need to convince anyone of HELL, because deep in the recesses of everyone’s mind, everyone thinks of his own mortality, and what will happen to him after he dies. Heb9:27 tells us ‘..it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’. But MANY choose to ignore or deny the subject of DEATH and HELL, since they may find it as a VERY INCONVENIENT TRUTH.
There is a CLIFF that MANY will one-day fall into that is far greater than the FISCAL CLIFF that America now faces and will one day soon plunge over. MANY will fall over into an abyss, a deep chasm, into an unquenchable everlasting fire, and an inescapable place called HELL. This is the reason God sent Jesus Christ to earth; to pay for our sins through His death and resurrection, in order to save our souls. Jn3:16-18 spell it out very simply: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God’. Here we will examine how the word MANY is negatively used in the Bible to describe MANY people, and conditions that affect MANY in these last days.
1. MANY Not Saved and Heading for Destruction and HELL
Mt7:13,14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it. Mt24:12 .. because iniquity shall abound, the love of MANY shall wax cold.
2. MANY Backslidden Pastors, Leaders, and Followers Will Deny Jesus, and Be Denied by Him
Mt7:22,23 MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done MANY wonderful works? ..then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Mt19:30 .. MANY that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Mt20:16 .. last shall be first, and the first last: for MANY be called, but FEW chosen. Jn6:60 MANY therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? Jn6:66 From that time MANY of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 1Co11:30 For this cause MANY are weak and sickly among you, and MANY sleep (die not discerning the body of Christ v29).
3. MANY False Prophets- False Christs and Teachers in the Churches Will Deceive MANY and Cause a Great Falling Away
Mt24:5 For MANY shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive MANY. Mt24:11 and Mk13:6.. MANY false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive MANY. Lk21:8 .. Take heed that ye be not deceived: for MANY shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ.. 2Co2:17 For we are not as MANY, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity.. in the sight of God speak we in Christ. Php3:18 For MANY walk, of whom I have told you often.. they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things v19. Tit1:10 For there are MANY unruly and vain talkers and deceivers.. 1Jn4:1 ..believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because MANY false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Th2:3 ..for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4. MANY Afflicted By Devils and Evil Spirits Even Today
Mk6:13 And they cast out MANY devils, and anointed with oil MANY that were sick, and healed them. Lk4:41 And devils also came out of MANY, crying out… Thou art Christ the Son of God. Lk7:21 Jesus.. cured MANY of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto MANY that were blind he gave sight. Lk8:30 Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? and he said, Legion: because MANY devils were entered into him.
5. MANY Seeking Riches Will Destroy Themselves and Go To HELL
1Ti6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into MANY foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 1Ti6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with MANY sorrows. Heb12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby MANY be defiled; Jas3:1 .. be not MANY masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2Pe2:2 .. MANY shall follow their pernicious (wicked) ways.. whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
6. MANY Antichrists Are in the World Today
1Jn2:18 ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there MANY antichrists.. 2Jn1:7 For MANY deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Re13:4,5 ..they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? and there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue 42 months. Re13:15 ..that as MANY as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
The Bible Warns That MANY Will Go To HELL
From the scriptures above, the Bible warns that MANY people will not be saved, and sadly, will go to HELL. Is5:4 states ‘..HELL hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure..’.
In Part 1, Jesus states the way to HELL is a Broadway that MANY people will use to go there- which leads to destruction Mt7:13. Jesus also said because evil shall abound, the love of MANY for God and for the things of God shall become cold Mt24:12. MANY will be backslidden and will be destroyed!
In PART 2, Jesus said MANY will profess to know Him and supposedly serve Him, and use His name, but He will deny ever knowing them because they had worked iniquity (not doing the Father’s will, but their own will) Mt7:21-23. Jesus said MANY are first shall be last Mt19:30; MANY are called, but FEW are chosen Mt22:14. In Jn6:60-66, Jesus stated that MANY of his disciples left Him because they could not follow his hard saying, even like it is today. This group also includes those supposedly serving the Lord like in the ministry or priesthood, but are rife with charges of pedophilia and other sexual sins, and also those that have departed from the faith by unscriptural teachings, supporting gay marriages and even gay ministers! Because Jesus will profess that He never knew them and they are not in the book of life, MANY ministers and leaders will end up in the lake of fire forever Re20:15!
In PART 3, Jesus said in the endtimes, there will be MANY false christs and false prophets who shall deceive MANY Mt24:4,5,11. Jesus warned that there will gross deception such that it shall destroy MANY people’s souls. Paul wrote that there are MANY who will corrupt the Word of God 2Co2:17, and are enemies of the cross of Christ Php3:18. Paul said there will be a great falling away of once believers, and the AntiChrist (the man of sin) will be revealed 2Th2:3! John, the beloved, told us not be believe every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God, for MANY false prophets are in the world 1Jn4:1!
MANY people do not know what ‘being saved or born again’ means Jn3:3,5. MANY people in churches today may not be saved, or think they are saved because they go to church! It is only once after accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, and living a NEW LIFE as a believer are you saved! 2Co5:17 states ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’.
In PART 4, during Jesus days there were MANY people afflicted, tormented, or possessed by devils or evil spirits, and Jesus delivered and cured them from all of them. The Bible speaks more about devils/demons/evil spirits than it does about angels. They are evil and unclean spirits Lk8:2,Mk5:8; they are MANY Lk8:3; they are under the control of Satan Lk13:16; and they can possess people Mt8:29. These demons are real and present today as evident by the recent mass killing on Oct 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed, and more than 500 injured in an outdoor concert, and last year in 2016, Orlando, Fl where 49 people were killed in a nightclub. MANY of these killers are often deranged, depraved, drugged, and glassy-eyed, like some evil force took over them. These are extreme cases, but there are MANY people today that are under the influence of Satan, and some are even ‘demon-possessed’!
In PART 5, Paul wrote that MANY people, in seeking riches fall into temptation and snares, destroy themselves. In today’s hedonistic society there is a great effort to gain wealth and riches for ones own pleasure, often they are ‘ill-gotten’. This is particularly so with the big bankers and Wall-Streeters, big corporations, drug companies, gamblers, drug-dealers, prostitutes, criminals and mafiosos, actors, ministers of the Gospel, prosperity preachers, televangelists, professional sports people, politicians, developers, labor-leaders, etc. MANY of these people have literally sold their souls to the devil for riches, and one day, will go to HELL! Paul said ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil’1Ti6:10. The love of money or gain is the basic motivation or root cause of all evil!
In PART 6, John wrote of antichrists, stating that there are MANY antichrists that are entered into the world. A broad definition of an anti-christ is one who is anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Jesus Christ. From this definition, one can see that the antichrist is not only a person, but also a political system, such as in America, which is fast becoming antichrist. The Bible states that the AntiChrist, the Beast, will arise one day to rule the world for 42 months. The AntiChrist will force people to worship him and his image, and all those who refused should be killed by beheading Re20:4.
The Testimony of Howard Pittman– MANY Heading For HELL
This is a testimony of a man who had a Near Death Experience (NDE), whom I personally met in 1999 while he was speaking in Hawaii. Howard Pittman, a Baptist minister for 35 years, had a NDE in 1979 after suffering a massive internal hemorrhage. Pittman was born in 1928 and may still be alive. Pittman shared of the glories of heaven, but he also spoke of a very disturbing & shocking observation. While visiting for a short time in heaven, the Holy Spirit showed him that 2000 people on earth died, but only 50 or 2.5% went to heaven; the rest, 1950 went to Hell. Pittman said 97.5% of the people did not make it to heaven, but went to Hell.
In Matthew chapter 13 the parable of the Sower, Jesus stated that three out of four or 75% of the people that heard the Gospel rejected it. Only one of four, 25% or 25 out of 100 heard and understood the Word of God, and became fruitful. If you also include the multitudes that never heard the Gospel, then the 97.5% figure that Pittman gave is quite plausible. Jesus said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. Sadly, according to Jesus, MANY are on the wrong road heading straight for HELL.
Pittman laid the blame for this disastrous situation to the backslidden Laodicean churches of today Re3:14-17. He said that churches today are lukewarm, self-assured, and not preaching against sin and the need for repentance, and the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. They are preaching soft, warm and fuzzy messages in comfortable churches, but not reaching out to the lost and warning the people about God’s coming judgment. Jesus said ‘But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men’ Mt15:9. There are very little teachings on holiness, sin, the devil, judgment, HELL and damnation, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, on the Rapture, the Endtimes, Satan, the Great Tribulation, the Antichrist, the mark of the Beast, and the return of Jesus Christ.
Ez3:18-19 warned ‘When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul’. Jesus asked ‘..when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?’ Lk18:8.
Thus, we see that the fate of MANY will be very bad- one of eternal damnation. The MANY include our family members, friends, neighbors, associates, fellow church members, ministers, and total strangers. We must warn the MANY to repent and also to not be in this crowd of MANY!
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your heart as your Saviour, or have not repented of your sin, or if you are not sure of where you would go should you die, you can say this simple prayer of faith. The Lord will hear you and save you, and one day you will be with the Lord in heaven. Just pray, ‘Dear Jesus, I am a lost sinner. I believe that you died for me. Please forgive me for all my sins and come into my heart today. I accept you as my Lord and my Savior and with your help, I will live for you. Amen!’
Please DON’T BE A PART OF THE MANY that will go to HELL! Jesus said ‘..except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3. But the Bible also states when one sinner comes to the Lord, all heaven rejoices: ‘Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth’ Lk15:10. Also Paul wrote ‘.. work out your OWN salvation with fear and trembling’ Php2:12!