The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. (Revelation 9:20-21 NIV)
Human beings can be very hard-hearted. Many people refuse to surrender to the God who loved them and Created them because they want to “run my own life” or “do things my own way.” They equate submission to God with slavery, whereas submission to their own impulsive nature is true slavery.
The verses above demonstrate just how hard-hearted human beings are. At this point in the tribulation at least half of them have already died: 25% in the initial war and famine (Revelation 6:8) and another third of those who are left by the great army in Asia (Revelation 9:18). Yet instead of repenting they keep following the sins which are responsible for causing the tribulation in the first place. Do you cling to any of these sins? If so, you need to repent now, before God’s judgment comes.
Here’s a brief overview of the sins mentioned in this passage:
“Worshipping Demons” This could mean to literally worship false spirits/the devil, or perhaps just to worship the teachings of the Devil, that is any doctrine that contradicts the gospel.
“Idols of Gold, Bronze, Stone, and Wood” If you are somebody who worships these things than you are rebelling against the one true God. If you literally worship idols, or if you worship material possessions above God, then you are guilty of removing God from the throne of your heart, where He belongs.
Murders. God does not want human beings to hate each other and despise life. He created us to love each other. If you have ever killed someone, or have wanted to kill someone, you must repent, or God will punish you.
Sexual immorality. It is a horrible sin to misuse someone else’s body for your own selfish purposes.
Thefts. We are all thieves. We ought not to enjoy the things that we have wrongly taken at the expense of others. Rather we must repent and learn to love others more than ourselves.