He hardens whomever he wills, they argue. 26, Dt. He could just as easily have softened their hearts, but for his own sovereign reasons he chose not to. Some argue that passages which speak of God hardening human hearts (Jos 11:19-20; Ex 7:3; 10:1; Rom 9:18) demonstrate that God controls everything, including people resistant to this declared intentions. By ignoring the Spirit’s warnings, we can become acclimated to unrighteousness and adopt a sinful lifestyle.

29, Ps. The danger in such behavior is that we lose sight of our “first love”—our actions testify that we love our sin more than Christ (Revelation 2:4). They depict all too well what happens when the human heart is hardened in sin and rebellion. Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, Ephesians 3:3,4,9 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, … Revelation 10:7 . 115, 135 - and examines the phenomenon through the rest of the Hebrew Bible, the Gospels, the letters of Paul, and "Revelation". Instead of allowing a bit of the fear of God to touch their hearts, they are … Meadors examines the biblical rationale for idolatry and the hardening of the heart as it unfolds in specific passages - Lev. This is why we must carefully guard and examine our hearts. Divine-hardening and self-hardening are interwoven, but the God’s action is primary and initiatory: the first five citations (in Exodus 4 and 7) all focus on God’s action; the important point of Pharaoh’s self-hardening only appears in the three verses of Exodus 8 and 9. The Tribulation Begins: Revelation 8:1 - 11:14, Part 3A of The Coming Tribulation, From the Seventh Seal to the Two Witnesses. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible. The result is a heart that is desensitized to the sin. Revelation 16:21 From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. Those are some pretty heavy duty passages. (17) For God hath put . .--Better, For God gave it into their hearts to do his mind, and (to do) one mind, and to give their kingdom, &c. The kings give their kingdom to the wild beast; their authority and might is used for him, whether in making war upon the Lamb (Revelation 17:14) or in casting down the harlot.In these enterprises they act unitedly; there is given to them to make "one mind."