Repeated, Distinctive Warnings Precede Christ's Return
“…There is no new thing under the sun” (Eccles 1:9)! God’s people are targets of a mighty foe (Eph 6:12 & Rev 12:10), which includes “…prophets [that] tell lies in [God’s] name. …They are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say. By telling… false dreams, they are trying to get my people to forget me…. Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messenger faithfully proclaim my every word. There is a difference between straw and grain! Does not my word burn like fire? …Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces? …I am against these prophets who steal messages from each other and claim they are from me. I am against these smooth-tongued prophets who say, ‘This prophecy is from the Lord!’ I am against these false prophets. Their imaginary dreams are flagrant lies that lead my people into sin. I did not send or appoint them, and they have no message at all for my people…” (Jer 23:25-32, NLT). “Time after time I sent you prophets, who told you, ‘Turn from your wicked ways, and start doing things right. Stop worshiping other gods so that you might live in peace here in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.’ But you would not listen to me or obey me” (Jer 35:15, NLT). “To whom can I give warning? Who will listen when I speak? Their ears are closed, and they cannot hear. They scorn the word of the Lord. They don’t want to listen at all” (Jer 6:10, NLT). “The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them” (Pss 19:8 & 11, NLT). “I have made your forehead as hard as the hardest rock! So don’t be afraid of them or fear their angry looks…” (Eze 3:9, NLT). “Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do His will. And I know that I will not be put to shame” (Isa 50:7, NLT). “…I have appointed you a watchman for Israel. Whenever you receive a message from me, warn people immediately” (Eze 3:17, NLT). “Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell my people Israel of their sins” (Isa 58:1, NLT). Don’t worry about their false accusations (1 Kings 18:16). “…If the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths” (Eze 33:6, NLT). God’s messengers must be fearless like Jesus, who, “…when He saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch Him baptize, He denounced them, [saying]: ‘You brood of snakes! …Who warned you to flee God’s coming wrath’” (Matt 3:7, NLT)? As messengers of Christ, don’t worry about acceptance hospitality or isolation rejection. When you see “…the sword coming upon the land…, blow on the trumpet and warn the people” (Eze 33:3, NASB). “…Wars will break out near and far, but this is not the signal of the end time. For nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be earthquakes in many lands, and famines. These herald only the early stages of the anguish ahead” (Mark 13:7-8, TLB). “…There will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time everyone of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued” (Dan 12:1, NLT). The book spoken of here is the Book of Life (Php 4:3; Rev 3:5 & 21:27, NLT); for the Lord will shorten “…that time of calamity… for the sake of His chosen ones…” (Mark 13:20, NLT). In view of these things, “Blow the horn in Gibeah, the trumpet in Ramah. Sound an alarm at Bethaven…” (Hos 5:8, NASB). “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins…” (2 Chron 7:14, NLT). Christ has gone to prepare a place for us (John 14:3), and He is coming again (Rev 22:12). Let your voice be heard in distinctive tones, like John the Baptist, “…crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight’” (Mark 1:3, NKJV). “Look, I will come unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed” (Rev 16:15, NLT), like the Laodiceans (Rev 3:15-17, NLT) and be excluded from the Kingdom like the foolish virgins (Matt 25:1-10). Because in the “…new heavens and new earth…” (Isa 65:17; 66:22; 2 Pet 3:13; Rev 21:1), where Christ is now setting the table for the heavenly banquet, (Isa 25:6-10, NLT), reserved for God’s “…remnant…” (Rom 11:5; 1 Pet 1:4; Isa 11:16; Zeph 3:13; Pss 4:3), “…nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev 21:27, NASB). “Dear friends, God the Father chose you long ago and knew you would become His children. And the Holy Spirit has been at work in your hearts, cleansing you with the blood of Jesus Christ and making you to please Him. May God bless you richly and grant you increasing freedom from all anxiety and fear” (1 Pet 1:2, TLB). “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. …Cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Rom 13:12); “and have NO fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Eph 5:11). “…You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy…” (Lev 19:2, TLB).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.