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In last week’s blog, we re-visited the warning that judgment is coming. In that article, we looked at God’s judgment upon people who did not glorify Him nor give thanks and therefore became “futile in their speculations,” “their foolish heart was darkened,” and “they became fools,” although they thought they were wise (Romans 1:21-23).1 Thus, they engage in a long list of debased, sinful activities. This is where we find ourselves today in the United States.

In this article, I would like to return to the subject of His coming judgment. However, this time, I want to look at a Scripture which says when a nation does things that are abhorrent, the Lord punishes it, and the land itself vomits out the inhabitants.

“You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it, neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion. Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants” (Leviticus 18:21–25).

Molech. The Lord commanded Israel not to offer their children to this god, who was not a god at all. It was and is a demon. As Paul wrote, “What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons” (1 Corinthians 10:19–20).

Why did people make offerings to gods in those ancient days? The offerers desired something, and those desires were quite understandable. Better crops. Rain. Fertility for people and animals, with successful births. Military victory. Protection from attacks from other countries. The problem is not these desires; the problem is in whom they trusted to fulfill them.

Nations around the world, including the United States, are, as I write this, also making offerings to this “god.” They are sacrificing their children to Molech. I have no reason to think that this ancient demon that desires the deaths of children is no longer operative. Why do people offer their babies to a demon today? The reasons are different, but the motivation remains the same. Both then and now, the offerers want something for themselves. Today, they are matters of much less consequence: Potential poverty. A woman without a husband cannot afford to raise a child and work at the same time. Inconvenience. The “parents,” probably unmarried, do not want to be saddled with the results of a one-night stand and the resulting paternity issues. The “father” will have to pay child support. One or both may have been drunk and not thinking clearly. The protection failed. It was a mistake. Kill the kid. Obviously, trust in God, the provider to all, even the unjust (Matthew 5:45), is not even considered. No, the answer is to trust in something else; something evil. As Michael Card sang in Spirit of the Age:

(A voice is heard) of weeping and of wailing.

History speaks of it on every page

Of innocent and helpless little babies,

Offerings to the spirit of the age.

While you have read this, more than one baby has been murdered. In the United States, sixty-one million innocent babies’ lives have been sacrificed since Roe vs. Wade. The Lord is not ignorant of this slaughter. The land has become unclean. He will vomit out the inhabitants.

However, we must not ignore the other reason the Lord gave for uncleanness in the land in Leviticus 18:21–25. Men lying with men as with a woman. With animals. He called it a perversion.

How is this vomiting accomplished? I do not know. I can only speculate. I wonder about horrific hurricanes, storms, floods, and earthquakes. Crazy, murderous violence. However, I do not know. What I do know is that this promise is not directed to Israel or Judah only. It is directed to all nations.

But let us remember Nineveh. The Lord is merciful. Please pray for your country and mine that our respective peoples will repent of these horrors and come to the Lord.

 

1All Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you may know that back in April 2018, the Lord spoke to me very strongly that judgment was coming. No details were given about when, or where, or how. The manifestation of that word and warning was so powerful that I wept. I feel compelled to share that warning with as many people as possible, although my voice is very small. These verses give me pause:

“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand” (Ezekiel 33:6).1

Now, I do not believe that the Lord will require my blood, but I take His admonition seriously to heart.

It is obvious, I think, that the United States is a post-Christian nation. I do not know how long that has been true. I have known for over forty years that the Christian culture was still relatively strong, but cultural traditions have only limited strength. We have seen the unraveling of those traditions in those forty or so years, and, because they were only traditions, that disintegration should not surprise. Some of my Charismatic friends tell me that the words they have heard in various meetings have been of revival. I can only hope those words are true prophecy; but both the coming judgment on this country accompanied by revival could certainly be true.

In the meantime, we must deal with the reality that the United States is currently under God’s judgment. I know this because of what Paul wrote in the book of Romans: People, although knowing God exists, do not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. Thus, they became “futile in their speculations,” “their foolish heart was darkened,” and “they became fools,” although they professed they were wise (Romans 1:21–23).

Does this sound like the honored and wise people in the United States today? Oh, yes. The cultural meme is that science overrules all, especially ancient superstitions. Christians have become anti-science because they believe God created all things as opposed to chance and random mutations over eons. We are authoritarian fascists because we don’t believe that a woman’s right to her body trumps murdering helpless babies. We are bigots because we don’t believe that people’s rights to identify as any gender, non-gender, whatever gender, must hold true. They have a right to identify as anything they choose, regardless of obvious biological facts. Thus, human rights trump God’s obvious truth in both Scripture and reality.

Talk about foolish, darkened thinking.

Three things happen to such people, Paul wrote in Romans. God gave them over:

“…in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them” (Romans 1:24).

“…to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error” (Romans 1:26–27).

“…to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:28–32).

Since the United States has rejected God, His “giving-them-over” judgments are happening right now. Since people’s minds have become debased, they do the things Paul listed in verses 28–32. The first two results are clearly immoral sexual behavior and homosexuality. Such people not only do such things but give “approval to those who practice them.” People joke about sexual flings. “She took lovers wherever she found them,” one interviewer chuckled along with the audience, while talking about a prominent, deceased, foreign correspondent. In film, people sleeping with those they have just met is common. Virginity is rare; even ridiculed. We are now required to give approval to sinful and aberrant behavior. We are not only to accept it but to join in and celebrate it; otherwise, we are non-inclusive, cis-gendered, hostile-to-diversity, un-woke, puritanical bigots. Nevertheless, God’s word holds true:

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20–21).

Judgment is coming.

It is already here.

 

1All Scripture quotations are from New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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The word “repent.” Who likes it? I know I don’t.

Why not? Well, I’ve been successfully inoculated by my culture in a negative way to avoid using this word. Cartoons and images of Bible-thumbing, weirdos on sidewalks. Some long-haired, wild-haired prophet carrying a sign that reads, “Repent. The end is near.” I have been mocked into compliance. So, I repent. I must do better. I ask the reader to forgive me and pray for me.

People, believers and unbelievers alike, have a difficult time repenting. Take a look at these verses in which the Lord tells us that, even though people are dying from different diseases, they won’t repent:

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts (Revelation 9:20–21).1

Diseased, dying bodies everywhere and no one turning to God.

And this:

They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory (Revelation 16:9).

Interesting. Those who don’t believe God exists will hate and curse Him.

I believe we are being prepared for this day. I think the world will say that this terrible heat and these pandemics are caused by global climate change. God is not sovereign, they think—climate is.

What will it take for people to recognize their Creator and their Savior? Well, Romans tells us that they already know God exists, even though they deny it. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:19). They actively suppress that truth. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18). Their hearts are darkened. “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:21).

Sometimes I see people on television, in a store, on the sidewalk and think, “That person is talking, but someday they could very possibly be in hell.” Hell-bound person talking. As you would, I often pray for that individual when such a thought rampages through my brain. Hell is, to state the obvious, a horrible fate. Let me re-state that. It’s a horrible eternal fate.

The only quote I know from Dante’s Inferno is, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” It’s a sign that hangs over the gates of hell.

Let’s think about that for a moment.

In our lives, most of us live with some semblance of hope. Life is hard on everyone, but most of us have at least a little optimism that things will eventually get better. But what if no hope existed in any way whatsoever? I’m not only talking about a lingering illness, constant destitution, and an absence of friends and family. I’m talking about no light, the gloom of utter darkness, as Peter and Jude refer to it (2 Peter 2:17; Jude 12-13). No water. Unbearably hot all the time (Luke 16:19-31). You can’t turn on a fan or the air conditioning. No hope of anything ever, ever getting better.

Ever.

Just constant scorching heat and darkness.

Hell is such a place.

In Mark 9:47-48, Jesus describes hell as a place where “their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” Their worm. I don’t know for sure, but I wonder if that means the desires of human beings just go on and on and never end, with never any hope of having them met.

Ever.

No hope.

Such a reality makes me shudder.

It’s true that hell is not often written of in the New Testament, but it’s there, clear enough. Our first reason for talking to people and encouraging them to repent should not be the threat of hell but God’s love and provision for forgiveness. Yet, hell is a possible dwelling place for the unbeliever with whom you are speaking. We should keep this certain future, certain reality in mind.

 

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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I don’t have a lot of strong encounters with the Lord. I don’t keep track, but they are relatively rare. In the Spring of this year, 2018, I experienced one. I’ve written about it in a March blog, Will the Lord Ask Christians, “What Did You Do When You Knew Judgment Was Coming?” The message given: Judgment is coming. It was so strong, I wept. The problem is, even though the word was given to me, I tend to forget it. I need to be reminded. It is probably safe to assume the same holds true for the reader. I believe I have an obligation to proclaim it as many times as are necessary.

Judgement coming means that justice is coming, too. The justice to come will be the ultimate judicial event in the history of the cosmos. Everyone who ever lived—including you—will be judged and receive justice.

If you are a believer in Jesus, your justice will come at the hands of Jesus Himself.

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5:9–10)1

This has become the prime motivator of my Christian life. I want to love Him with all my heart, soul, and strength and thus to please Him in what I do. I will give an account of my life to Him—not for sins, but for what I’ve done in Him, with Him, and for Him, to glorify Him. Let me be quick to add that I am amazingly inept at living the life I just wrote about.

But I keep trying, as I must, in His mercy and love.

Nevertheless, this is a passage you and I should think deeply about:

“Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:12–15).

These are the words I want to hear:

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’” (Matthew 25:21).

For those who do not believe in Jesus, however, there is another, never-to-be-wished-for fate:

“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

Justice.

John the Baptist said of Jesus: “His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire” (Luke 3:17).

Justice.

“The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 13:39b–43).

Justice.

The world mocks this idea of justice and the resulting eternal punishment. Many in the Church now deny it. But it will come, even if the whole world denies it.

We all want justice. Equal justice for everyone. People cry out against injustice, and I cry out with them. Evildoers should face a day of reckoning. Those who treat others unjustly because of their race or gender or status or wealth should face justice. Murderers, rapists, thieves, child molesters—justice cries out.

But we are all evildoers, just like the murderers and racists and rapists and thieves. Everyone is. Every. One. We are all guilty of denying, disobeying, and blaspheming the God who created us. We deserve punishment—not time in jail—eternal punishment—for shaking our fists in the face of the only one, true God who loves us.

Except there is Jesus. And this is where all can find forgiveness and relief. He, the Innocent One, was punished in your place—put to death, as you should be—except, after taking that punishment, He lived again, to be your lawyer, your advocate. Are you guilty? Yes. But no. No, because the Guiltless One took your guilt. You can be free. You can be not only forgiven, but one of His children, with an inheritance.

Come to Jesus. Come home to where love is.

Judgment is coming.

Justice is coming.

It is coming for you, and you cannot hide.

 

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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What will we Christians say, as we stand before Jesus for the judgment of our works, when the Lord asks us, “What did you do when you knew that My judgment was indisputable and imminent?”

I want to have a good and ready answer for that question.

My wife, Laurie, has been helping her father’s widow pare down her possessions for the last couple of months, and last Saturday I accompanied her to assist in selling some furniture. I was standing on the little front porch of the house. It was chilly and blustery, and it had snowed/rained that morning. I don’t remember why I was standing there, but it was likely because I had helped in some way with people moving furniture to their vehicles. In the yard across the street stands a magnificent, large deciduous tree. No leaves yet, but it’s not difficult to imagine the grandeur of it in full leaf. It possesses thick limbs and a hefty trunk. The wind blew up in that tree and tossed those sturdy limbs around. Then the Lord spoke.

A little background. In my early experiences with the Lord, He was, as He was with you, surely, very gracious, merciful, and compassionate. He made Himself known to me in you’d-have-to-be-stupid-not-to-figure-this-out spiritual events, but I was stupid. Ignorant. Foolish. The Lord had already done two wondrous acts in my life, but I was clueless. The third event occurred when my friend and I were in San Francisco. While there, I bought some occult books. As I was sitting in the shotgun seat of the truck parked in the driveway of the house where we had stayed, a wind blew up in this dried-up, perhaps dead, bush by the side of the house. In that wind, the Lord spoke to me. He said, “Trouble.” This was not aimed at me, and I had no idea what it meant at the time. So, I began to ask the Lord—after the cluelessness departed in large part—what He meant by that word “trouble” that day. I was answered in the course of time when I was out walking, when the wind shook the trees. The message was “Judgment is coming.” It was a clear but not overwhelming sense of judgment; however, it was sobering, nonetheless. Ominous. Occasionally, that sense returns, in different strengths, when the wind blows in trees.

As the wind blasted through the tree on Saturday, however, the sense of judgment was strong; so strong that when I stepped back inside, it was difficult not to break down in tears. Thus, I am compelled to write to you the message I received: Judgment is coming. It is coming as surely as the day breaks into dawn.

When Paul preached to the Gentiles at Athens, he didn’t mention Jesus by name but said, “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:30–31).1

John wrote, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” (John 3:18–19).

Finally, “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And ‘If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’” (1 Peter 4:17–18).

Please pray with me for those who do not know Jesus. Do what you can to glorify Him, to make Him known. Please pray with me for the Church, not just in your country but in all countries. Please pray for the Church in the United States, where I reside. We have a very large influence on churches abroad, and I am saddened to tell you that not all that influence has been helpful. Too much of it has been unscriptural and damaging.

May the Lord be merciful. It should concern us that Jesus said, “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:7–8).

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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It was a bit of a soul-shaking experience, when, last week as I put the blog article together, I was struck cold-dead center with God’s truth. I am not happy with myself. I was guilty—again—of reading over a text without thinking; without applying it to me. I should title this article Reading Over Scriptures and Assuming They Apply to Everyone Else but Me.

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After all these years, I may have finally discovered some of what was going on in Pilate’s heart and head when he asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Not that that was ever some kind of goal for me. Not at all. After all, Pilate gave the final charge to crucify Jesus. Who cares what he was thinking? But part of the understanding of Pilate’s question is that he was waist-deep in the politics of his day. And I can’t help but wonder if his response to Jesus’ statement about truth was in some way related to the political maelstrom that was always present in the Roman governmental hierarchy.

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A long-time friend and faithful reader of this blog contacted me recently about a series written here for which she was very thankful, entitled The Man of Lawlessness: He Is Coming. I thanked her for reminding me about this soon-to-come-to-pass truth that had fallen off my radar a bit because of, well, the everyday things of life. So, by way of reminder, please allow me to re-visit a related topic. The judgment of everyone in the world is coming, just as surely as the sun rises every morning. Or, to be more scientific, just as surely as the earth rotates.

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We had a great Bible study at our little Christian gathering last Sunday. We were looking at the interesting way the apostle Paul talked to the unbelieving Gentile governor, Felix. Paul had been arrested and brought before this man, who had a “rather accurate knowledge of the Way” (Acts 24:22). Paul had given the defense of his innocence a few days earlier and summed it up, saying, “‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day’” (Acts 24:21b). 1

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