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They - Who or What is the Willfull Ignorant?

Posted 17 Apr 2010 at 23:12 PM by spanner

What are they willingly ignorant of?

2 Peter 3:3-8 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

1. ready to do something voluntarily: ready to do something without being forced
2. helpful: cooperative and enthusiastic
3. offered voluntarily: offered or given by somebody readily and enthusiastically

Whatever it is that they are ignorant of it is a willful, voluntary, determinate ignorance or a self chosen ignorance on the part of the scoffer.

1. expression of scorn: an expression of derision or scorn
2. object of scorn: somebody or something that is derided or scorned

So, what is the scoffer being willfully, intentionally ignorant of? Whatever it is it is being sought by lust.

1 obsolete a : pleasure, delight b : personal inclination : wish
2 : usu. intense or unbridled sexual desire : lasciviousness
3 a : an intense longing : craving <a lust to succeed> b : enthusiasm, eagerness <admired his lust for life>

Since there is not sex involved, (or perhaps the desire is sexual in nature as to not wanting Christ to return until they have fulfilled their lustful desires) perhaps the definition is that of a "lust to succeed" in their "chosen" belief pattern or religion which would also give way to a "personal inclination" based upon parental or familal design or desire from genelogical pooling, such as Granpa went to this church and if it was good enough for him, then it is good enough for me and my family. The problem with that desire, thought or ignorance is that Granpa was/is not Jesus Christ. There is another place where this type of "willful disregard" takes place but with punishment entailed. Of course to state that there is not punishment for a "willful disregard" of

Romans 1:18-23 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

God's Word would be erroneous also. These seem, that is the "ignorance" of the scoffers, is to omit the fact of a Worldwide flood and gather themselves to believe in a "localized" flood or a flood in a local vicinity, although they like those in Romans 1 (above) know the truth, but reject the truth. In rejecting the truth of Noah and the flood, they fall into the same kind of trap or snare like that of those present at the time of the Noahdic flood found in Genesis. I don't suppose we should call it a "snare" for that is a sudden onset, rather it is more like that of a trap or a maze that one sets up him/herself. The best illustration I could give at this point was a young lady in one of my studies, whom I shall call Brittani (not her real name), when we came to the book of Ephesians and the role of the woman to her husband she stated she would tare that part of the Bible out, in other words, she would not accept God's Word concerning her marriage. Now you may think this to be absurd but consider how ministers have taken God's Word and rewritten it changing the entire meaning of a verse to fit what they call "updated" english or the language of the day. Yet, nowhere in the Bible is there one example of anyone performing this type of action except for the wicked and false prophets of the day in the old testament, today it is done with a willful, callous disregard by ignorant men/women who knew the truth but took that same truth and turned it into a lie. They can never change the fact, and as far as the excuse of not reading the "correct" non-error of God Bible, that would be akin to the person proclaiming that they did not know who God was or what He has stated about Christ, this same is to be attempted in Romans 1 - they knew the truth, but they did not hold or keep the truth but turned it into a lie and worshipped the creature instead of the Creator.
Remember, we are not talking about Bible versions, though we could, but we are talking about the question which is posed, "What are the scoffers being willfully ignorant of?", the only conclusion can be that of the flood. These, even though it is seen in every society, religion, and belief the proof and the historic validation in their literature, even that of the pagan, of a worldwide flood, not being local as to a province or a district but a worldwide flood, that is why you will find in the Oak Ridge, TN area, trilobites, which come from the ocean and thought to be extinct today, they are that far inland from the shores of the ocean. So why all the talk about the flood, you probably agree it was a worldwide flood and have no problem with that, so why all the fuss? It is simply like this, God stated they were willfully ignorant of the flood that covered the entire world/earth/land/mountains, but notice what they are accerting now in that same flow of ignorance, "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men", notice God states it is reserved unto fire against the day of judgment. Notice the words now that are recorded by the Holy Spirit in the book of Revelation (and multitudial throughout the old/new testament)

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Matthew 24:21-22 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Jeremiah 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
Malachi 3:3-6 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Revelation 3:18-19 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Zechariah 14:1-19 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague. And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
Revelation 19:18-20 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

70 times is the word earth mentioned in the book of Revelation, 70 times is the warning given to those whom read the book of Revelation, Revelation is the only book that you receive a blessing just for reading it, Revelation opens with a blessing for the reader, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." and the same book ends with a curse, " For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.". Do you know what you call a person that does not read nor adhere to this book of Revelation but changes it into a self-deceived lie? The "Willfull Ignorant", do you know where they will appear after the church is "caught up" to be with Christ, - on the earth taking the Mark of the Beast and why is that?
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Who are "they"? Now, you know, they are the willfull ignorant who chose to believe their religion over God's Word, they are called little "gods" because "they" think themselves wiser and greater than God, as their father Satan guides them in their thoughts so are "they".

Willfull Ignorance is not a bliss.
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