I wish I could come up with a catchier title to capture your attention. Something a bit more subtle. Something a bit more eye pleasing. Something a bit easier on the senses. Something that would not make you think that I’m another one of those crazy alarmists seeking to scare everyone into some type of religious submission.
I’ve just come from the presence of the Lord and by His Word He spoke to my heart, “Judgment is at the door.”
1 Peter 4:17 (NASB95) 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
My reaction? Face time with the carpet. There were tears, snot, boogers and crying out to the Lord to search me and then to repent for what was revealed. There is still too much self-seeking in me. There is still too much of me, not enough of Him. There is still too much lust of the flesh rotting around me. There is still the pull to be a man pleaser rather than a God pleaser.
My dear friends, I write this in tears, judgment is at the door. This nation has become a cesspool of sin. Our leaders and our citizens as a whole have become as wicked or worse than anything Israel of old did before Babylonian judgment. Some of the religious systems of our day are as corrupt as they were then. If pure paganism and immorality have not been allowed, the bowing to mammon has become the throne they worship around. Many of the prophets are loudly declaring peace and safety when the reality is there is no peace and safety when a people turn their backs on the righteous ways of the living God. Just read the words of Jesus concerning the last days in your Bible.
Grace is never a license to sin freely and willfully. Grace should never be preached without a holy element involved any more than judgment should be preached without the offer of blood bought grace to cover us.
Judgment is coming to Babylon and if you are found in it, you will be judged along with it. Revelation chapter 17 gives us this fearful truth.
A great mentor of mine told me a couple of years ago that God was desperately trying to get Babylon out of His people just as much as when He first delivered Israel of old from outward Egyptian bondage.
I get it. Will the waters of judgment that are upon us drown us as it did the Egyptians, or will it deliver us from wickedness as God intends?
…Pardon me but I must go. The carpet calls.