Sunday, May 24, 2015

Crying Wolf

Aren't you glad that Christ has put the Hope of His coming into your hearts? The Bible tells us:

"To those who eagerly wait for Him, He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation." - Heb 9:28b

We love Him because He first loved us. With that in mind, how can we not be thrilled that He is coming soon to bring about the restoration of all things? Even if that means this world will suffer under the hand of His judgment unless they repent, we can look beyond those unpleasant things to the ultimate end: His return and His Kingdom established on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Those wanting the kingdom without the King strive for success in this life and to fit in with the culture. They scoff at us who are warning the earth dwellers of impending judgment to turn or burn. They tell us no one is listening to us -- we're too negative.

Do these kingdom builders cry out to the LORD for the evil that is all around us? Are their souls vexed within them, like Lot's was as he saw such evil at his doorstep?

We Rapture Ready people are accused of 'crying wolf.' But even in the fable, the wolf finally did show up and no one was ready. 

I do believe that those who are busy chasing after success in this life - even using the name of Christ to realize their dreams - will be overlooked when the rapture does come. God always removed His people before pouring out His wrath -- like the times of Noah and Lot. But the invited guests who can't be bothered from their worldly pursuits, prove they are of this world, not citizens of the one to come.

God would say this to the Osteen-type 'Christians':

"Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain."
--Psalms 127:1

The biggest mistake we could make now is to get too comfortable here and just get apathetic about the evil all around. We must set our hands to the plow and not look back. We must hate what He hates and love what He loves. It's time to look up and snatch some out of the fire on the way up. 


"Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the LORD said to him, 'Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.' To the others He said in my hearing, 'Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity.'" - Ez 9:3-5

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