Ready or Not

“Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.” (2 Kings 22:17)

Back during the times of the kings — after Israel had been deported to Assyria for their unfaithfulness to God and just before Judah was about to deported to Babylon for their unfaithfulness as well — king Josiah decided to do some “house cleaning” in the temple of the Lord. Now Josiah was the son of wicked king Amon, who had reigned for two years in Jerusalem. And Amon was the son of wicked king Manasseh who had reigned for fifty-five years. Even though Manasseh later repented due to God’s severe discipline on him, God said that his sin was “too much” to tolerate. Hence, here is the judgment that was passed down, on account of Manasseh’s sin.

“Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.” (2 Kings 21:12-15)

Now whether you realize it or not, this is the same type of thing that we are faced with today here in the west. The issue is different in that we are not the nation of Israel, but the situation is the same in that God does not simply let sin go unchecked. There is a price to pay. Today, many non-Christians but Christians as well are living oblivious to the fact that the sin that is being done by their nation is reaching disproportionate heights — heights that are reaching into the heavens and into God’s throne room. One needs only to go back to the fourth chapter of the book of Genesis to be reminded that God notices and God avenges. For we read God’s words concerning the slaying of Able by Cain: “And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:9-10)

What is the message here? The message is simply this. If the blood of one innocent man (Able) did not go unnoticed by God, but was rather avenged, then how much more will the innocent blood of the innumerable — particularly those who have been slain through abortion — not go unnoticed by God but will rather be avenged? This is an exceedingly serious manner, one deserving of serious fasting and prayer. For if you read the book of 2 Kings chapter 21, which I have quoted from above, you will indeed find that with God, there is a limit. It is true, we are not the nation of Israel. For this reason, we can expect even worse judgment, because God has made no promise to preserve us as a nation, as he has with Israel. Indeed, God would be entirely justified in wiping us out all out altogether.

Now God is gracious, and willing to forgive. But unless there is a heart cry to God that ascends to his throne room — unless we are willing to change our ways and stop “playing” church but rather “be” the church, we will not be heard. I will tell you, from the bottom of my heart, I hate to see an empty church building. Church buildings should be filled seven days a week with worshippers. There should be meetings happening every day and every night. There should be weeping, fasting, repentance and prayers offered in the church on a continual basis. Revival meetings should be happening on a regular basis. A big big change needs to take place on a sweeping level if we are going to avert judgment. Consider what you can do to spur the leadership of your church to take action. The day may come when you had wished you had done more.

God bless you as you consider these words today.