Messenger of the Lord entails a wide variety of methods geared towards the same purpose; promulgation of God's Word in warning and encouragement. Messenger's of God have delivered soul searching messages of judgment and reconciliation.
A man was asked: If given an hour to explain the Gospel to someone, how would he do so? He said he would spend the first fifty minutes on the bad news of judgment and then the last ten minutes on the good news of salvation, because without the context of judgment one would not appreciate or even understand salvation.
It was noted that God is intently scrutinizing the living. His Word is not old, it is alive; it is not inept or inactive; it is powerful and active. It reaches into the inner secrets of man’s mind to discern even his thoughts and intents. God’s sees man who is unable to hide behind excuse or pretense.
Scripture reveals: The Lord looks down from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashions their hearts alike (individually); he considers (understands) their ways (Psalm 33:13-15). The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations (Psalm 33:11).
The messenger of the Lord, the Psalmist, declared: He (God) gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap: he lays up the depth (deep) in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the earth stand in awe of him. For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast (Psalm 33:7-8).
This was speaking of the third day of Creation in which God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so (Genesis 1:9). The Psalmist declared: The Lord brings the counsel of the heathen (ungodly) to nought: he makes the devices (plans) of the people to no effect (Psalm 33:10).
Breathing in ungodliness has manifested itself in abundance with little insight as to its destructive nature unless the messenger of the Lord sounds the alarm, gives warning, that God is not blind to such activities.
The pre-Flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon the hold of every foul spirit, attests to that fact, having fallen under a judgmental removal from the scene. Scripture tells us: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
In the pre-Flood days of Noah Scripture reveals: 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 (all the day). And it repented the Lord (was sorry) that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart (Genesis 6:5-6).
And He spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eight person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the ungodly (2 Peter 2:5). The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished (2 Peter 2:9).
Scripture reveals: God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow (destruction), making them an example to those that after (afterward) should live ungodly: and delivered just Lot, vexed (oppressed) with the filthy conversation (conduct) of the wicked: for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed (tormented) his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:8).
We are seeing the rising of Sodom and Gomorrah again, in many nations, with no regard towards the sounding of the alarm, by the messenger of the Lord, that destruction was forthcoming to any who would pursue such activity.
In the case of Babylon, the messenger of the Lord was Apostle John, who wrote: Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities (Revelation 18:5). How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously (in luxury), so much torment and sorrow give her: for she says in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges her (Revelation 18:7-8). It was noted that she calls herself a queen and no widow shows her arrogant self-confidence. She sees herself as beyond any possibility of personal sorrow; but her humbling would involve torment and sorrow, with fire as a symbol of God’s judgment.
The messenger of the Lord (Apostle John), after identifying Babylon as a habitation of devils (demons), and the hold of every foul spirit, revealed that he heard a voice from heaven, saying: Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues (Revelation 18:4).
In was noted that believers must be separate from the harlot (ungodly) system, or else they may be found to share in her sins and receive part of her judgment. There are ungodly influences today disguised as healthy when in reality they are as a cancer that continues to spread; with the results bringing death.
Scripture reveals: The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). The choice one makes, acceptance of sin or rejection, is a deciding factor as to one’s final destiny after life on earth comes to an end.
There are many deceptive practices being exercised that would bring the downfall of man; as in the case of the pre-Flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon the hold of every foul spirit, previously mentioned. Those times have been noted through the messenger of the Lord faithfully fulfilling God’s calling.
One such instant, as a messenger of the Lord, was the prophet Jeremiah. It was noted that it had to be difficult for always having to be the bearer of bad news and always being rejected. Jeremiah was continually mocked by the people for bringing nothing but words of condemnation. Jeremiah's words enraged the people. He challenged their social and moral behavior.
Scripture reveals words of the Lord spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved, How long shall your vain (wicked) thoughts lodge with you (Jeremiah 4:14)?
It was noted that such thinking can arise from many sources: Absorbing immoral movies and television; carelessly surfing the Internet; listening to malicious talk; ignoring the Word of God; giving into a materialistic worldview. Will we allow the sanctifying Scriptures and the purifying blood of Christ to cleanse our heart and mind or will we persist in sin-filled thinking and experience God's judgment?
The messenger of the Lord, in our day, is called of God to sound the alarm, to give warning. There are some (not called by God) who are giving humanity's vilest nature what they want to hear, justification to do exactly as they please with no regard to a day of reckoning. Is it not time for the true messenger of the Lord to come on the scene to proclaim the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God?
It behooves one to search out the truth; not to jump on the bandwagon of deceit, or join a popular movement without searching out its true origin. Scripture reveals that all one day will be held accountable for their actions: It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
A messenger of the Lord, the Apostle Peter, inspired by God’s Spirit, spoke of coming devastation: Whereby the world that then was (pre-Flood days of Noah), being overflowed with water perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now (our present day), by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against (until) the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).
The Apostle Peter then gave reason as to why it has not yet happened: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise (destruction of the ungodly), as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
The Apostle Peter revealed: The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation (conduct) and godliness (2 Peter 3:10-11).
Nevertheless we (believers in Christ), according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Wherefore, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him (the Lord) in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14).
Apostle Peter, anointed from on high, a messenger of the Lord, full of God’s Spirit, issued a warning: Seeing that you know these things before (beforehand), beware, lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked (which is flourishing today), fall from your own steadfastness (faithfulness). But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:17).
We are seeing nations today who have walked away from godly persuasion and are allowing the ungodly to reign in the land; even making provision through laws and rulings to sustain and bring growth to ungodly activities. Is there not a dire need for a messenger of the Lord who will proclaim the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God without compromise?
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