What I Must be Doing

What I Must be Doing

In the current and very perilous times that we live in, these verses have a particular emphasis for me (italic emphasis mine):

At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself. “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself.” (Ezekiel 3:16-21)

Ever since the Fall of man, we have lived in a world that is under the curse of sin. As surely as Adam and Eve took the forbidden fruit by the subtle deception of the evil one, sin and all of its horrific consequences entered the world and changed it in a multiplicity of ways that Adam and Eve could not even begin to imagine, let alone experience, until they were expelled from the Garden of Eden into the pitiless twilight of a tainted creation that their God had never intended for them. So commenced a struggle between God and the forces of evil that has raged with uncontrolled fury ever since that time, and it is by the testimony of Holy Scripture that we understand what that struggle is:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)

Understand that God did not leave us without hope when the evil one caused Adam and Eve to doubt God and to be deceived by false promises… even when they were faithless, causing all who would come from them throughout the ages to be afflicted with original sin and all of its consequences, God was faithful, and He gave a solemn promise:

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)

In the due course of God’s perfect time, He gave His only Son Our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ per all the prophecies of the Old Testament (to see these prophecies and their fulfillments, read this) to take the punishment of death handed down to all men because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, demonstrating His infinite love for us:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

So it is seen, and it can be believed with all trust, that God is faithful even when we are faithless and disobedient:

Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. (2 Timothy 2:11-13)

God’s faithfulness for the deliverance of His people was foretold by Moses:

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. (Deuteronomy 18:15)

God has given the greatest gift that He can give… His only Son Jesus Christ. His sacred blood was shed on the cross that we might know the free pardon of sin through belief in Him as the One who took our punishment onto His blameless Self. We have been given not the justice and condemnation we richly deserve at the hands of a just, pure, holy and righteous God, but mercy and forgiveness that we do not deserve by the broken body of God’s only Son.

BUT WE HAVE NOT LISTENED

We are living in a world that is so thoroughgoingly steeped in sin, and in all manner of extravagent self-indulgence and wanton neglect of others, that it would be hard to believe if it were not actually so. There used to be a time when this great nation of ours was ‘one nation under God’ that enjoyed the protection of His mighty hand, but it is no longer. As our hearts have become calloused and darkened through an increasing separation from God, we have turned from allegiance and obedience to Him to an enforced neglect of Him: we have done our best in our appalling filth and unrighteousness to demand that God be legislated out of our schools, out of our relationships, out of our legal system, out of our homes, out of our hearts and minds, and yes… even out of our religious institutions, which is called apostasy. Holy Scripture describes what we have done as a nation:

“And I will bring charges against your children’s children. Cross over to the coasts of Kittim and look, send to Kedar and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this: Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols. Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 2:9-12)

There is no greater and more scathing indictment of man’s unbelief than what may be found in the book of Romans:

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1:18-23)

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)

The entire world, just not this nation, is under the rule of sin, and the reason is clear:

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

Is there a cure for this? Assuredly, yes…

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

BUT WE HAVE NOT LISTENED

There are watchmen on the walls who see the signs of the times, and their hearts are grieved at what they see. However, even with grieved hearts, it is their task to warn God’s people of impending catastrophe. The signs of the times are easy to see for those who have eyes to see, ears to hear, and who have a heart burdened for those who are lost. The signs have been described for us, and they are all around us in these very last of the last days:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

BUT WE HAVE NOT LISTENED

I take extremely seriously this verse, which was included in the first Holy Scripture written in this post:

When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. (Ezekiel 3:18)

I am a simple man. I am not a Biblical scholar. However, what I feel upon my heart is that I must warn people who are walking through life as unbelievers that the return of Jesus Christ to this earth to bring judgment upon the nations is iminent. It has been said by no less than Jesus Christ Himself that no man can know the day or the hour, but you may rest assured that it will come. I do understand that many people will scoff at the idea of Jesus’ return, but it is to be taken seriously: do not be deceived:

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. (2 Peter 3:3-10)

The book of Hebrews puts it this way:

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:26-29)

If you are reading this post as an unbeliever, understand that, as a watchman, I have done my duty before my God: I have given you knowledge of the truth. If you continue to walk in unbelief, you will be condemned before God at the judgment:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John3:17-18) 

The Apostle Peter indicates what what one’s response to God’s offer of grace, mercy and forgiveness should be:

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. (2 Peter 3:11-13)

Keep in mind that you will stand before God in judgment:

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, (Hebrews 9:27)

Keep in mind that you will not stand before God at that time and declare that He is unjust:

“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, O house of Israel: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? (Ezekiel 18:25)

Holy Scripture is clear:

The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him. (Ezekiel 18:20)

God’s actions are clear:

“Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live! (Ezekiel 18:30-32)

If you are an unbeliever… please… listen to this watchman today. You are not reading this post by random accident: you have been drawn by the Holy Ghost of God. There is no guarantee that you will draw your next breath. Pick up a Holy Bible and read the Gospel of John. Read about the One who gave His life for you. Be convicted in your heart that you are a sinner and that you need the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ. Ask to be covered in the blood that He shed so that your sins will be washed away and so that you might stand blameless and justified before God because you have placed your faith, hope, trust and confidence in the One that He has sent.

It is as simple as this:

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)

He is waiting… ever so patiently… for you.

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