The Judgments are Coming
The Word of God has plainly declared that the Heavens have received Jesus Christ until Â“the time of the restitution of all things.Â” (Acts 3:21) The ascension of the Son of God back to the FatherÂ’s right hand was a glorious moment in the history of the church. He received from His Father after His ascension, the gift of the Holy Ghost and then poured forth that gift into His Body the church. In connection with this even, it is clearly stated that after the church age the Father would send His Son back to fulfill every prophecy that has been spoken by His Prophets. LetÂ’s allow Apostle Peter to put this truth in perspective for us. Â“And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.Â” (Acts 3:20-23)
Our generation does not want to hear about judgment. It is not politically correct to tell sinners that they will pay for their sins. When homosexuality is called a grievous sin, we are called homophobes. When we reject same-sex marriages, we are looked upon as bigoted and arrogant. Of course, our message about sin must be gentle, compassionate, and full of mercy. But, remember, Â“mercy rejoiceth not against truth.Â” The greatest mercy in the world is to tell people the truth. Â“The way of transgressors is hard.Â” (Proverbs 13:15) Â“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.Â” (Hosea 8:7) Â“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Â” (Romans 6:23)
Sin is every act, word, or attitude that mars the image of God in us, and it will be judged unless cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ. We were created in His image and likeness. After sin marred the human family, Jesus came to destroy Â“every work of the devilÂ” and by His grace to recreate (born-again) the image of God in us. That is what salvation is all about. It is not fire insurance, but transformation from the old life of sin to the new life of righteousness. The Holy Ghost said, Â“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.Â” (II Corinthians 5:17) Any other message is watered down apostasy.
Judgment is at the door. The Saints are soon to be removed to His Ivory Palaces for the Marriage Supper. The earth will quickly disintegrate into a wilderness and the faÃ§ade around sin will vanish. Wickedness will be seen in its darkest form and His lessons of righteousness will be clearly visible. The prophet, Isaiah, stated, Â“When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.Â” (Isaiah 26:9) Isaiah further stated, Â“Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.Â” (Isaiah 28:17)
We must teach and preach to the Â“nowÂ” generation that the coming judgments will be in perfect harmony with the whole of the Word of God. The First and Second Testaments are a perfect whole. Grace and mercy does not cover sin but cleanses sin. There will be no acceptable excuses. Â“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.Â” (Acts 17:30) The sin coddling preaching of the present world is woefully inadequate to prepare men and women for what is about to transpire.
An awakening of righteousness is already in the very early stages. A remnant of good people are being stirred towards righteousness and even our Godless media has become more open to hearing our message. I was just on Â“Allen Handleman,Â” nationwide rock music talk show, for over one hour. He refused to allow anyone to speak unkind to me and let me proclaim truth unedited. It was a miracle. It was like God took the fire out of the furnace and closed the mouths of lions. Remember what Daniel promised for the end times. Â“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.Â” (Daniel 11:32) That verse is being fulfilled today as we stretch to the end.