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Thanks for your reply! Now, I need to figure out how the sins are connected to thefts in Revelation 9:20-21. I noticed that both here and in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, sexual sins are followed by thievery. I have no idea how thievery is related to sexual sins. I haven't found anywhere in the Bible where this is made explicit, such as with the connection between fornication and idolatry, which is spiritual fornication. Do you have any ideas of how sexual sins and thievery are related, especially from Revelation and the context of the end time?
Ah yes I have something to share with you as to how sexual sins and thievery can be related.
It is found in 1 Thes. 4:2-7. In the context of sexual sins.....Paul is telling them to keep sexual pure. Fornication is the Greek "pornaia" - ALL sexual sins. Paul says "That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel [body] in sanctification and honor....That no man go beyond and defraud [margin - overreach] his brother in matter [margin - in the matter]....."
Okay it's this way.
God's desire, and commandment is, no sex before marriage. Then all females and males would be virgins.
We'll take "fornication" as we English think of it - sex before marriage. As a single person has sex before marriage, hence "sleeping around" as we say, defrauds or overreaches then your brother or sister. So you have sex with a lady, she is no longer a virgin. The fellow who may eventually marry her, being a virgin himself, is now by your actions DEFRAUDED by you, overreached by you, against him, as he does not have a virgin for a bride. This of course can be taken both ways. Some woman has seduced a man to have sex, he is no longer a virgin. He marries a lady who is a virgin, but her husband to be, is not because a woman overreached and had seduced him to have sex with her.
Then take in into marriage.
A married man seduces a virgin lady to have sex with him. She is no longer a virgin; she marries down the road and the man marrying her is a virgin but she is not because a married man committed adultery with her. He had robbed the man she marries of having a virgin for a wife. And of course it works the other way also, married woman seduces a virgin man to have sex with her....and etc. the same result. The lady he marries is a virgin but he is not because he was seduced to have sex with a married woman.....same end result.
ONE person has ROBBED [THIEVERY] another person from marrying a virgin.
So bottom line: God say sex is for marriage only. Everyone obeying God is a virgin when marrying, male and female.
If a person [male or female] has sex before marriage, some one down the line is going to be robbed [thievery] of having a virgin for a marriage partner. God's intention and law say "no thievery" with sex; you do not take away from someone the joy and love of being a virgin; giving yourself to your mate as a virgin. Sex is a gift from God, and all should get the gift as a virgin. The gift is taken away in its full purity love form, when you do not keep your body [possess his vessel] in sanctification.
So that is how thievery is related to sexual sins. As the world draws back from God and the Bible, sexual sins today and tomorrow will become more and more prevalent. It is a part of recorded history that as man sinks away from God, doing there own thing, wild sexuality in fornication and adultery abounds. We can see this in our own Western nations over the past 60 and 70 years. Those who hold to no sex before marriage are looked upon as "out of step" "laughed at" "somewhat strange" - it is just so common today, and the more we become secular in our nations, the more sexual sins abound. The more troubles and horrible things happen, the more human nature needs and wants to find physical enjoyment somewhere and somehow. It was a fact that during the Second World war the movie industry was flying high, people went to the movies to get away from the pain of physical life under a world war. Sex is used the same way, get some physical good feeling with troubles all around. But today even without troubles of life, turning away from God and His word and commandment, and with modern birth control pills etc. sex before marriage has become pretty common.
Yes thievery can have a sexual context, when applied to the laws of God.