By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
God's watchman is to sound the alarm as revealed in God's Word; warning of impending judgment, unless repentance is sought as in the case of Nineveh. God gave that great city (of over 600,000 inhabitants) forty days in which to repent.
They believed God, and cried mightily unto the Lord, and repented of their ways. God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented of the evil that he said that he would do to them; and he did it not (Jonah 3:8-10).
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; yet no Nineveh type response in sight. (Comment)
There are far to few "Sounding the Alarm" to bring a turnaround of the destructive ways that promote the wrath of God. Ungodliness is flourishing, and being made lawful to do so! The lack of moral ethics is very much in evidence.
There is a lack of moral discipline in lives of those who should be setting an example for others to follow. Ungodliness is being promoted with no shame. Things that use to be the norm are now being sweep aside; with ungodliness being encouraged.
Has the vain imaginations of the heart brought God's displeasure? Is His judgmental side been tampered with; have we been weighed in the balance and found wanting (Daniel 5:27)? The alarm is being sounded, by some, but an attitude of indifference; as in the days of Noah and Lot, continues to dominate the scene (Luke 17:27-29).
God's Word reveals: The believer in Christ is to warn them that are unruly; prove all things, hold fast to that which is good, abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you; that your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:14-23).
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 (Luke 12:19-20). As the Day of the Lord approaches it is a time for one to be drawing closer to the Lord; not away!
The prophet Ezekiel said: The word of the Lord came to me, 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, 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.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people are 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.
I have set you a watchman; therefore you shall hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. If you warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul (Ezekiel 33:1-9).
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