Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Final Moments of Time

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
The Bible says in Ezekiel 14:12-20, "The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD. If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate. Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves. Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast: Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness." 

In the above verses of scripture God was speaking to Ezekiel about judgment upon Israel. In essence, God was saying that men such as Noah, Daniel, and Job could not offer enough sacrifice, (See Job 1:4-5) to even save their own children from judgment. That is a scary thought. Yet it is in full agreement with the New Testament in Romans 14:4 that says, "Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand."  The day will come that will be the final moments of time before the Lord Jesus returns. How important then is it to do what the Lord said in Mark 13:34-37, "For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."

Here is some good advice from the Apostle Paul found in 1st Corinthians 10:5-12, "But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.   Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."

The Bible, speaking of the Lord Jesus, says in Hebrews 10:37, "For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." You ought to read the entire context, e.g., Hebrews 10:35-39 to get the full flavor of what the writer was talking about. When the Lord returns, will you be ready? An old song comes to mind as I finish this posting, it goes something like this;
     Are you ready? are you ready? 
     Are you ready for the judgment day?
     Are you ready? are you ready?
     For the judgment day?

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