For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act. Now therefore be ye not mockers, least your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth. Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech.Isaiah 28:21-23
It has been assumed by us that the God of the Old Testament is a vengeful God. However, we view Jesus as a meek and lowly Lamb of God with a very different temperament. Do you remember Jesus in the temple with the money lenders? Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48 I propose that the Father and His Son are both patient, kind, loving, long-suffering, not willing that any should perish. I believe Jesus and His Father are creators. It is against Their nature to destroy which is why the destruction of the Earth is God’s strange act. Destruction is foreign to both the Father and the Son; however, our cup of iniquity will run over and their patience will run dry.
What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory.Romans 9:22-23
Israel questioned Moses and Aaron and grumbled against God, and we too question God’s right to chastise us. We refuse to believe God has any right to exert authority over us. In the minds of most people God does not exist so He doesn’t have the right to judge us, and He certainly does not have the right to express anger toward us. Who does he think he is–God, or something? Just because our mind set has changed does not mean God has changed. He was and still is a jealous God. We can deny His rights and even His existence, but He will still come and do with His creatures as He pleases.
But the Lord is the true God, he is the living god, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightenings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.Jeremiah 10:10-13
Some reading this are thinking, “Thank God I am a New Testament church. Those Old Testament verses do not apply to Christians because my Jesus is kind and unwilling that any would perish.” For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 Jesus is kind, long suffering and unwilling that any would perish, but the same is true of the Father and Their patience with us is only part of the truth. Believers wonder why Jesus hasn’t returned and many assume since He hasn’t that He never will. However, we have New Testament assurance in 2 Peter 3 that He will return and that God’s vengeance will be delivered by the Son of God–the very One that many misperceive as the meek, mild and malleable God of the New Testament.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward; 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 the 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 then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?2 Peter 3:9-12
Remember, God is not mocked and that whatever you sow you will reap. If man heeds the flesh, he will reap the corruption of the flesh, but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:7-8 It is God’s great desire to give you life, but we tend to choose death. Indeed, Jesus did not come into the world to condemn it, but to save it. You should choose life because there will come a time when you would if you could, but can not. Today is the day of salvation. Choose life.
It is a merciful God that draws his enemies to him during the day of salvation holding back the time of His wrath so you can enter in. However, the winds of strife will blow. Freedom to choose is the greatest freedom. What if God is moving Heaven and Earth to establish your right to choose? Do you believe He will also honor your choice? Choose life.
It is true that the Lamb of God came to the whole world the first time in peace, and He is seeking peace with us now although we have enmity toward Him. However, when He comes the second time, His offer of peace will only extend to those who made peace. The wrath of the Lamb will be poured out only after every man, woman and child of accountable age has made an informed decision. Once your choice has been made, He will respect your right of choice since He is the only one that can. Choose life.
Who can stand in the day of the Lord? Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) will be a day that our Maker will come and find us. We will stand or fall depending upon our preparedness. Jesus said that He would go and prepare a place for us so that where He is we could be also. John 14:2-4 Since Jesus is preparing a place only for those that submit their RSVP, the following verses must be the saddest in the bible. There will be no place found because no place was prepared. When the Spirit of God beckons you, reserve your place immediately. The Father greatly desires to set a place for you at His banqueting table and is looking for any reason to write your name in His book and on a place card. The reason is Jesus.
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.Revelation 20:11
Do you have a place in the kingdom of the Living God? Just as hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels, a place in Heaven has been prepared for you from the foundation of the world. God knew your name before you were born and wrote your name down in the books and on a place card at His banqueting table. It was predetermined that God would save you. However, freewill demands that you have a say in the matter. God will not let you by accident fail to submit such a weighty decision. He will require you to attend to the matter.
The Spirit of God will beckon you many times. He will come so often that you will become complacent believing the decision is always yours. Eventually the Spirit will extend the invitation for the last time, but your sense of entitlement will prevent you from recognizing that the offer has been rescinded. When is the last time? Have you had your last opportunity to embrace Heaven? Perhaps there is one last chance. Should the Holy Spirit beckon you one more time, heed the call as if it were the last bell that will ever toll for you. It just may be your last chance to claim your place. Romans 9:22-23
Behold the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.Isaiah 13:9-13
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a might wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and the rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath has come; and who shall be able to stand?Revelation 6:12-17