SOUND THE ALARM

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Sound the alarm is to awaken people to the reality of what lies before them.  There are many who need to wake up in regards to ungodly ways.  There is a filth of ungodliness that is polluting many once godly nations and wrongly influencing the lives of young and old alike.  There is a consumption that undermines compliance with God's Word.  There is a extreme lack of fear (or reverence) towards the God of our creation.

Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in the holy mountain: Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord comes, it is near at hand (Joel 2:1).  The trumpet was used for various purposes but in this instance it was to be blown because of the seriousness of the crisis that was before them.  (Comment)


SOUND THE ALARM
TELL MY PEOPLE THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS

Cry aloud, do not hold back, and lift up your voice like a trumpet.  Tell my people their transgressions (Isaiah 58:1).  We are seeing many hold back today who will not reveal what is happening because they fear a backlash for having done so; or have allowed themselves to be caught up in the same (Romans 2:21-23).  There are those who have grown at ease in their own ill-conceived sin.  They have had their conscience seared with a constant flow of immorality (1 Timothy 4:2).

No wonder many once godly nations have drifted off their moral compass and are headed towards the wrath of God; unless repentance comes into the forefront.  No wonder our younger generation have lost their sense of direction.  No wonder many individuals have lost their once held integrity.  Why, because there are those who are holding back, not giving warning; who do not sound the alarm concerning the immorality that is flooding the land. 

HAVING HEARD THE SOUND
OF THE TRUMPET

The prophet Jeremiah, in lamenting over Judah, spoke the words of the Lord in saying:  You have heard the sound of the trumpet but my people are foolish, they have not known me; they have no understanding, they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge (Jeremiah 4:19-22).  Jeremiah had witnessing the results of the people's failing to take the Word of God serious.

Can one not see that many once godly nations have been polluted from within; no longer embracing the ways of the Lord, having allowed the ungodly to flourish and overtake the land.  Laws and judgments are being handed down that help facilitate indulgence of ungodly ways.  The mainstream and social media, and devices of entertainment, are helping promote the ungodliness of man.   Indifference abounds; acceptance of the previously unacceptable, with only a few sounding the alarm!

 UNCERTAIN SOUND

Scripture tells us that if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself (1 Corinthians 14:8)?  The trumpet was an instrument made from the horn of an animal which was audible at a great distance.  It was used by designated watchman who were to sound the alarm when danger approached.  It was also used in battle to start an attack, to stop an attack, to pursue the enemy, or to stop the pursuit.  Each particular event had a different sound played on the trumpet.

Have many once godly nations come to the place they now find themselves because the trumpet is not being blown; no one to sound the alarm?  Or is it that the trumpet plays an uncertain sound; and due to the lack of clarity, people continue to consume that which was previously forbidden?

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