As I read blog after blog and new report after news report, I see so much about repentance, prayer, and fasting to turn this nation. We see that the Word of the Lord was in the mouth of Dr. Billy Graham about America repenting and turning to God like Nineveh did when Jonah had preached the word of repentance for them.
Evidently, his preaching was effective because Nineveh turned around.
And yes, Nineveh repented but eventually, Nineveh reverted back to its sins and was eventually judged, and destroyed in 612 BC (see Nahum 2).
As a note, according to Nelson’s Bible Dictionary…
“At the time of the greatest prosperity of Nineveh as described by Jonah, the city was surrounded by a circuit wall almost 13 kilometers (eight miles) long. This “great city” would have had an area sufficient to contain a population of 120,000, as indicated by Jonah 4:11 and 3:2. Evidence for this is provided by Calah to the south, where 69,754 persons lived in a city half the size of Nineveh. As a result, it would have required a “three day’s journey” to go around the city, and a “day’s journey” would have been needed to reach the city center from the outlying suburbs, just as the Book of Jonah reports (Jonah 3:4).”
Filled with prosperity. A very large city. A great recipe for cares, riches and pleasures of this life, without God, and full of debauchery.
Folks, I’ve gone past the world because the world is run by the “prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.”
We are seeing the church, living any ol’ kind of way and thumbing its nose at God.
Then I remember what the Lord said.
“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
We also bring to bear the word of the Lord in Luke 17….
“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man: they ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
We also bring to bear the word of the Lord to Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self- control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
The days of Noah and Lot are indicative of the current times we are living in.
All around us, even in a downturn economy, people are eating, drinking, and getting married. However, the level of prosperity is significantly diminished. However, the perverseness of men’s hearts is increasing. People are callous and cold. Quick to kill.
The days of Lot is reminiscent of Sodom and Gomorrah where today LGBT issues are at the forefront of our times. And we are seeing church leaders caving in and capitulating to the mean and gross spirit of homosexuality and lesbianism unlike at anytime.
We are seeing the secrets of pastors portrayed before our eyes. People living in sin as if it is nothing before God. The next thing that we need to ask ourselves is…..
Are we praying, fasting, and repenting to stay what is to come?
We should be on our face before God and we need to warn the people inside and outside the church because when the destruction of the wrath of God falls, no one will be spared except those that know Him.
What we are doing is buying more time for more souls to come into the kingdom because when He says…“Sound the trumpet,” it’s over.
For the earth, it will be 7 years. For us in heaven according to Ephesians chapter 1, it will be a quick turn around.
But the thing that is lurking behind all of this is the fact that many preachers in leadership will revert backwards to business as usual after all of the repenting, and fasting, and praying. For some, repentance will not stick. And by the Spirit of God, Peter gives us a reason.
“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you…”
Many have already betrayed the Lord with their evil living and sensual lifestyles. Many of them were demonic plants that knew how to deceive the very elect. And as a result, instead of these believers, with their Bibles, walk away from them, they embraced their sin and perverted preaching.
Sadly, many will never recover.
We are still hearing “self help” messages which is what Paul warned of in Ephesians 4, and he warned the elders before he left for Jerusalem in Acts 20.
We hear messages that make a mess like…..”Wait till the storm pass and it will be alright” kind of messages. When it is clear as day that we are heading towards the climax of the ages.
There are many false misfit prophets for profits, false teachers and false preachers that still talk about “their anointings,” breakthrough power, and accumulating mass amounts of wealth off of the backs of uncomprehending Bible readers that are revelatory sucker/gullible saints (see Acts 17:11).
We need to own up to the known fact that the Body of Christ is off point and off message. We are having a good time in church but we are not seeing the destruction that is pending upon the entire globe. We are still worried about big church buildings, great anointed services, tickle my ears preaching and teaching and we are completely ineffective, blind, lame and miserable.
Perhaps, we are the most ineffective church to ever arrive on the earth. Perhaps, we are Sampson with our eyes gouged out and tied between the post. Perhaps we are an apostate bunch of hypocrites. But thank God that there is a remnant that refuses to walk like the Gentiles walk.
It’s not all grim out there.
It’s good that we are setting times of prayer, fasting, and repentance. I believe this is Ephesians 5:26-27 and 2 Corinthians 7:1 in operation for the times we are living in. However, we need also be mindful that the end time events are sure to come.
Peter tells us…
“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
You see, no matter how much we would like to see this nation turn around, the nation within a nation (the church) must recognize that it must stop compromising and make a stand against the winds of deception that blow against her.
Saints must remain saints and discard sin, no matter how much it hurts. Ezra, the scribe told the Israelites to put away the foreign wives. It hurts when you have to get rid of someone beautiful. You’ve connected in the bedroom and you figured that you are going to live a long time together. But you know what the Word of the Lord was and you knew that one day it would all come to an end.
So it is with the sin you love.
If you are going to make it into the kingdom, everything that is not of God must go.
Shed tears, complain, murmur, but you know what must be done.
The sooner, the better.
Hebrews 12 tells us…
“Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which does so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith…”
Yes, let’s continue to pray but look at the sands of the hour glass. It is as low and getting lower at the top. Time is wasting according to Romans 13:11-14.