“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should
die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and
live?” Ezekiel 18:23. Are you wondering why Jesus is tarrying and
not retuning right now for His Church? The answer is stated above by God
Himself. God takes no pleasure in knowing the wicked perish.
God knows who will come to a saving relationship with
His Son Jesus and who won’t. Each day that passes is another day that
someone becomes a new creation in Christ and will join the rest of us in the
Rapture. You and I can’t see all those who are being saved on a daily basis,
but know this, not one day passes that there isn’t rejoicing in Heaven
because someone has accepted Christ as their savior
Think back, if you will, to the day you were saved, I’m
sure most of us who are born again can remember that exact day. Now go back
one more day, what if the Lord would have come for His Church on that day?
Where would you be right now? I’ve often asked myself that same question
whenever I sit and ponder why He tarries. It’s humbling to come to the
correct conclusion of just why Jesus hasn’t returned yet. There are still
those who will be saved, and thank God for that.
I have many family members and friends, as I’m sure
many reading this commentary have who still need to come to the truth of the
Gospel of Christ. My prayer is that all of those I’ve mentioned would be
saved before it’s toolate, but I
know there’s a time coming in the very near future when God will not allow
any more time to pass. That’s a sad thing to contemplate when we know so
many aren’t ready. We rejoice in the fact that the Rapture of the Church can
happen at any moment, but what about all those who have continued to reject
Christ to that point?
“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be
ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that
blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles
has come in.” Romans 11:25. Although we don’t know how long it
will take for this complete fullness to occur, all the signs point to it
happening very soon now. God alone knows who those individuals are who will
make a profession of faith in Christ before it’s too late. Perhaps the next
person you approach with the Gospel of Christ will be that last person God
is waiting for. We should all appreciate the fact that there is an exact
number of people who will be saved before Jesus Christ pulls His Church out
of harm’s way, and only God knows that number.
“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the
longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a
preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water,”
1Peter 3:20. God waited 120 years after telling Noah to build the Ark for that evil generation of people to
repent. We know, historically, God sent the flood to destroy them. Why? His
patience had run out. Only eight people were spared the calamity that befell
God gave the Assyrians four-hundred years to repent;He
stayed His mighty hand and allowed Israel to become
slaves under Egyptian rule. Alas no repentance from the Assyrians was forth
coming so God finally freed the Israelites and instructed them to take the
land of the Assyrians and put them to death.
God sent Jonah to
to warn them of the coming wrath of God. They repented and God stayed His
mighty hand. In time Nineveh
returned to the evil it once embraced and God finally followed through with
His promise and wiped out that once great city.
We know that the Israelites were time and again
disobedient to God, and God chastised them for their disobedience. They
would return to fellowship with God for a while but only to fall back into
their old wicked ways and down would come the hammer again. “The LORD is
slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked,”
Through all this rebellion it’s obvious God is
longsuffering, and patient. “The Lord is not slack concerning His
promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not
willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9.
Old Testament or New our God is always the same, and
He’s patently waiting to accept His Children into His Kingdom. But one day
that patience will run out, and then the Church will be raptured. Left
behind will be all those who tried God’s patience to the furthest extreme,
basically pushing the envelope just a mite toofar.
Life doesn’t need to end that way for anyone. But there
needs to be a change in people’s hearts, a change of mind and of direction
for those who are perishing. Today we see coldness in the hearts of many in
our society. he uncaring,
unfeeling people with one intent in mind–it’s the pursuit for that gold cup
of wealth and prosperityto the
exclusion of all else. Why is it so very important to obtain so much wealth
that we can’t begin to spend it, just to leave it behind when we die? God on
the other hand is waiting for us to lose interest in earthly riches and
pursue the riches that can only be spent in Heaven. Where is your
Jesus is waiting for everyone who is procrastinating to
come to that point where they turn from the love of self, riches, and fame,
and turn to the love of God. How long will He wait? Those who have made it
their purpose in life to disparage God’s word, or to completely disregard
the warnings of their pending destruction are increasingly playing with
fire, the Lake of Fire that is. People have turned their
backs on God to live a life of debauchery, fornication, homosexuality,
greed, hate, malice, you name it. If it isn’t something God’s word promotes
as righteousness then it is an abomination to God. Yet He’s patient to wait
for those who seem to be stuck in these lifestyles to come out and begin a
new life in Christ.
It’s a scary thought to think of anyone going to Hell.
Family members who have come to the erroneous conclusion that there is no
God, or that they have been basically good all their lives and so God won’t
send them to Hell,heard
this lie perpetuated by those who follow Satan himself, and they’ve fallen
for it. I know many in my family are living under that same delusion. What a
burden this places on the hearts of believers. God’s waiting because He
doesn’t wish that any should perish. But how long will He wait?
God is patient and longsuffering, we understand that,but
at some point we must also realize He will have had enough. He’s shown us
many times through His favored nation, Israel, as well
as the other nations that I mentioned previously,
thatHe can and will run out of
patience. What will that mean to those who haven’t put their faith and trust
in His only begotten Son? For the majority of those individuals left on
planet earth to cope, there will be utter destruction as a finale. A few
will come to repentance and believe,but
most certainly Satan will get the lion’s share.
When we read that God wants none to perish we must
realize that it’s not His decision to send anyone to Hell. That decision
lies in the laps of each individual on the face of this planet. So many have
cursed God because they believe He’s at fault, that He damns people to Hell,
that He is unloving and unfeeling. “For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. That
scripture verse doesn’t sound unloving or unfeeling to me, but full of love,
God’s love which transcends all love.
God loves everyone in the world,not
just those who are already saved. We humans are at fault for our
disobedience to God and consequently at risk of eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. The world blames God for every
little stubbed toe, not realizing that it’s God who holds the universe in
the palm of His hand. The world portrays God in an erroneous way, and
people must come to understand that the world’s view is not correct, and the
sooner the better.The sooner
the change of mind (repentance) happens, the result will be everlasting.
After all tomorrow may be too late.
I know many have a very difficult time believing
in a God who has created a place like Hell, but God didn’t create Hell for
human kind. God created Hell for Satan and all the fallen angels that
rebelled against God. They have no choice where they will spend eternity,but
we have. God makes it clear that we must make the correct choice. It takes a
little thought, it takes a little understanding, and it takes a heart
changed for God. All one must do to be saved is “that ye believe on him
whom he hath sent.” John 6:29.
The Greek word pisteuo,which
is translated “believe” in English,is
used in the Gospel of John ninety-nine times. Believing in the One God sent
is the only prerequisite for salvation. People have had access to the
English Bible for some four-hundred years now. There is no reasonexcept
for unbelief and disobedience, that anyone still living should reject the
truth of the scriptures. “And He marveled because of
their unbelief,” Mark 6:6. Unbelief is a difficult thing to
comprehend, even so, quite prevalent in all societies today.
Where do you stand? If you’re a born again
believer in Christ that’s wonderful, praise God!But
wait just a minute, where do your family members and your friends stand? God
won’t wait forever.
God bless you all,