W R Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
God's watchman are to sound the alarm and give warning of impending judgment; hopefully with repentance being the result, as that of Nineveh. God gave that great city (of over 600,000 inhabitants) forty days in which to repent.
Scripture reveals: The people of Nineveh believed God (through His watchman's warning), and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth (a sign of repentance), from the greatest of them even to the least of them (Jonah 3:5). And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented (relented) of the evil that he said that he would do to them; and he did it not (Jonah 3:10).
It was noted that God did not change in His ultimate intention toward the Ninevites; rather they changed in their attitude toward Him! On the basis of that change, God could deal with them in grace, rather than in judgment as their failure would have necessitated.
Many once godly nations have increased their ungodliness; with no thought towards a rescinding order from God. We are seeing record breaking natural disasters, a global economy problem, new perplexities rising on a daily basis, political corruption, unrest, racism rising its ugly head, and pestilence worldwide, with no Nineveh type response in sight.
There are far to few "Sounding the Alarm" to bring a turnaround of the destructive ways that would prompt the wrath of God. Ungodliness is flourishing and being made lawful to do so by judicial rulings and laws that are supportive in nature!
There is a lack of moral discipline in lives of those who should be setting an example for others to follow; even within the church. Ungodliness is being promoted with no shame. Morals that use to be the norm are now being sweep aside and replaced with immorality.
Scripture reveals: Why do heathen rage (restlessly) rage (plot), and the people imagine a vain (worthless) thing (Psalm 2:1)? Has the vain imaginations of the heart brought God's displeasure? Has His judgmental side been tampered with; is one being weighed in the balance and found wanting? Are we are seeing the alarm that is being sounded landing on deaf ears to the crisis at hand?
The Apostle Paul exhorted the church to warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded (faint-hearted), support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15).
Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good, abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly (fully); and I pray God your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:21-23).
Some are sounding the alarm as the Day of the Lord approaches. Now is not the time to be at ease, eat, drink, and be merry as in the days before the Flood in Noah's day. Scripture reveals: They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Likewise also, as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they build: but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even so shall it be in the day when the Son of Man (the Lord) is revealed (Luke 17:27-30). As the Day of the Lord approaches; is it not time for one to be drawing closer to the Lord; not further away?
The word of the Lord came to the prophet Ezekiel saying: Son of man, speak to your people, and say to them, when I bring the sword upon the land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts (territory), and set him for their watchman.
If when he sees the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; then whosoever hears the sound of the trumpet, and takes not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that takes warning shall deliver his soul (save his life) (Ezekiel 33:2-5).
If the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people are not warned; if the sword come, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. So you, O son of man (Ezekiel), I have set you a watchman to the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me (Ezekiel 33:6-7).
Say to them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked: but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn you, turn you from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel (Ezekiel 33:11)? It was noted that Ezekiel did not dwell exclusively on the subject of Israel's sin and judgment; like all Old Testament prophets, he included a prediction of a time when Israel would be restored to her land and to the blessings of God.
Scripture reveals: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). It was noted that this clearly expresses the Lord's desire for the salvation of all who will trust in Him. Salvation is equated here with repentance.
Scripture reveals: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).
He that believes on him (the Lord Jesus Christ) is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (the Lord Jesus Christ) (John 3:18). It was noted that this verse answers the question, Why do people go to Hell? It is because they do not believe in Jesus.
Scripture reveals: He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides (remains) on him (John 3:36). God has His Watchman sounding the alarm today! Today is the day of salvation for tomorrow may be too late!
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