Eighth Stage: Execution
The end of all rebels is one and the same - execution. Rebellion is an essentially evil thing. The Bible teaches us that rebellion is as witchcraft.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft…
1 Samuel 15:23
The Biblical punishment for witchcraft is execution.
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
God does not support rebellion in any form or fashion. Do not involve yourself in any kind of rebellion. The people who get involved in revolts are often simple-minded many of them do not have the foresight to see the future implications of their actions.
And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in theirsimplicity, and they knew not any thing.
2 Samuel 15:11
Many people run into rebellion because of their innocence and ignorance. If Absalom’s followers had known exactly what they were doing, they probably would not have followed him.
The fruit of rebellion throughout the Bible is very clear - execution. God will divinely displace and replace you with someone else. Your seat will be taken by another who is worthier than you.
You will be banished into obscurity and oblivion. There will be a curse on you and your family. Just study the following list of executions:
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And ten young men…compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him.
2 Samuel 18:15
…Ahithophel…hanged himself, and died…
2 Samuel 17:23
So the king commanded Benaiah… which went out, and fell upon him (Shemei), that he died...
1 Kings 2:46
And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him (Adonijah) that he died.
1 Kings 2:25
And he (Judas)… went and hanged himself.
Avoid these stages of disloyalty at all costs!
If you find yourself already on the road to disloyalty, reverse the process immediately by genuine repentance.
Have you ever wondered why Judas is not considered as someone who genuinely repented? The answer is simple. Judas admitted that he was wrong, but he did not retrace his steps. Judas never changed. He made no attempt to turn back around. He just admitted that he was wrong, jumped out of the boat and hung himself! He did not want to see anybody or face anyone. He just excused himself.
He could not bear to look at the faces of the other disciples and admit to them that he was wrong.
There are some pastors who admit one or two mistakes that they have made. But that does not amount to true repentance.
Remember, admission of sins is not the same as repenting.
To repent means to turn around, and to change.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvationnot to be repented of: but the sorrow of the worldworketh death.
For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought inyou, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, whatindignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehementdesire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In allthings ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
2 Corinthians 7:10-11