I am getting tired of hearing people say that a loving God would not pour out His wrath on humanity and let thousands of innocent people die. There is none of us that are innocent. The bible says that we all have sinned and deserve God’s wrath. Romans 3:23, 6:23. The fact is that we serve a righteous and holy God. Sin is a stench to Him. Yes He loves us, but sin demands judgement. He does not wink at it. It is a serious thing.
God is involved in everything that goes on in this world and not a thing happens without Him allowing it. He has judged entire nations and cities and throughout the ages and has called them to repent or face His wrath. Don’t believe it? Jesus himself pronounced judgement upon a number of cities. In Matthew 11;20-21;
Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. "Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Those two cities are non-existent today. All that is left is ruins.
And then there is Jerusalem Luke 19:41-44; As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace——but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you."
Jerusalem was destroyed in the manner Jesus said in the year 70 AD. God used the Roman army to bring judgement. Flavius Josephus the Roman Historian describes what happened to the city In his book The Wars of the Jews The Romans kept the city under siege and there was a great famine in the city. Women began to eat their own children and anyone who tried escape the city was crucified outside the city walls. When the Romans finally stormed it the completely destroyed it and did not leave a single stone standing. Everyone within the city was killed. Every man, woman and child.. There were also believers in that city that died along with everyone else.
This occurred after Jesus died on the cross.
In the book of Revelation it says that in the beginning of the Great Wrath one fourth of the world’s population will be wiped out. (Revelation 6) That is about one and a half billion people that will die depending on what the population is at that time. There is nothing to compare with the disasters that will occur including a worldwide earthquake where every mountain will be moved out of place.
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Rev. 6:12-14
Judgement is coming to the entire world and it is time to wake up. To long has the church been asleep in the light. What we are seeing in these disasters I believe is warnings from God to flee the Great Wrath to come and warn this world. We are now closer to Christ’s return than ever before. What happened in New Orleans was a judgement not only upon sin, but upon the church. As my friend Jason said, if the church had been doing what it was supposed to be doing New Orleans never would have gotten that bad. The fact is that the church especially here in the West has become very good at playing church instead of being the righteousness of God. We have made God into something He is not. He is love, but He is also righteous and holy. Judgement is coming to the church and unless you really know Him, unless you cultivate your relationship with Him, you will not be able to make it. You will not be able to stand when the going gets tough. The church has to get back to serving God in holy fear and reverence.
God through Jesus provided a way of escape for us. Jesus shed His blood for every single person, but they have to accept what Jesus has done. It can’t be forced upon them. They have to make the choice for themselves. We have to be that light, that lighthouse and an example to the world. It’s time for the church to get on it’s knees and repent for being the poor example we have been and it starts with me.
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