Isaiah 42:23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the life death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Many churches were most likely filled with regular attending congregants and many visitors based on the holiday and traditions of attending church on one of the two most popular days that are celebrated here in the United States, which would be Christmas and Easter. Countless were told the story of how Jesus Christ was accepted and exalted by many, how he had healed, fed thousands from little and rose from the dead and as the gospel of John says in….
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
John says Jesus did so many things that this world could not contain the books if it was all documented. Think about that….
Jesus Christ did and gave all but in the end He was betrayed and forsaken by friends, and those who cried Hosanna in the highest. The truth is that many who filled the churches and observed the holiday have gone right back to their addiction and lifestyles that are contrary to the Word of God. They were possibly moved for the moment and maybe convicted by the story of Jesus’ sacrifice but it wasn’t enough to shake them or to wake them up out of their slumber.
Proverbs 6:10-11 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. The world is asleep at the wheel on the road of life and they are racing towards a head on collision with the righteous judgment of God.
Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
The Judgment of God is a reality that is coming sooner than you think. That is the reason that Jesus Christ came to save mankind from their sins so that they would escape the righteous judgment of God. God is holy and He is righteous. He hates sin. He will have no part with it. God is not okay with your dinking of alcohol. God is not okay with your addiction to pornography.
God is not okay with you committing fornication and adultery. God is not okay with homosexuality. God is not okay with abortion. God is not okay with your drug addiction. God is not okay with what the world considers to be normal and okay. God hates sin. Every since the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve chose to listen to the Serpent and to question God’s Word and choose to do what He commanded them not to do it gave the enemy the a way to place mankind into bondage. It caused a split between God and man. It separated us from Him. God in His love gave us a free will to do what we want, to make our own choices. It’s never true love to force someone to love you or to manipulate someone by material or personal gain. That is exactly what Satan does. He offers the vanities of this world for the souls of mankind.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 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: 21 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. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,23 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. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in theirknowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Jesus Christ our Lord and our Saviour will judge the world. The message has been preached for thousands of years. The Word has gone out to the ends of the earth. In the time we live the truth can be heard 24/7/365 days a year and with all of that the darkness and the hardening of mans hearts continues to wax worse everyday. Even in the houses of God, His own people are just like the Israelites when Moses went up to Mount Sinai.
Exodus 32:23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
We have created spiritually speaking, golden calves, entertainment in the house of God. We have allowed things into our lives and homes and the churches that he has warned us to have no part with. We are just like the Israelites in the desert who got tired of waiting for Moses to return. We’re tired of waiting for Jesus Christ to return. A man said to me the other day “people have been saying Jesus is coming soon for a long time” and I said yes they have but all of the signs are here and the corruption of mankind has made a reach a point to where there is no remedy.
Just as it was in the days of Noah…….
Genesis 6:5-7 5 ¶ And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
The climax is that God will purge the world from unrighteousness. He will cleanse and renew all things. God is love and patient and kind and He does have mercy but you must understand that He is holy and His standard is holiness.
Deuteronomy 18:9-14 9 ¶ When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things arean abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
The truth is that many of God’s people who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as there King and Lord at one time, have forsaken prayer, the reading of His Word and communion with Him. The have been seduced by the entertainment of the world and the distractions of this life and have forsaken God and His way.
Just like Eli in the book of 1Samuel He was the High Priest for Israel and he and his two sons were corrupt. Eli turned the other cheek knowing that his sons were committing abominations in the house of God and he was benefiting from it. The glory of God departed and death and judgment came to the people of God. This is the way were heading, sin has to be dealt with…..
In our churches, in our homes, and in our lives.
Psalm 50:16-17 16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? 17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.
When we disregard the message and the warnings of God what right do we have to justify our sin? What excuse can we give before the throne of Jesus Christ for the continued iniquity that is practiced.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
How can we expect God to work in our lives if we despise His commands?
Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
If we are not willing to lay down our wills and wants in this life and offer all as Jesus Christ offered and gave up all for us, then we are serving the King of Kings in vein and one day we will here the horrifying response from a Holy God who does not compromise, say to us “Depart from me Ye workers of Iniquity, I never knew you”.
Isaiah 42:24-25 24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. 25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid itnot to heart.
Jesus Christ is coming believer and non- believer.