Ezekiel 33:7-9; “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel [and today for everyone worldwide]. Whenever you hear a word from My mouth, you shall give them warning from Me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his/her way, that wicked person shall die in his/her iniquity; but his/her blood I will require at your hand. But, if you warn the wicked to turn from his/her way, and he/she does not turn from his/her way, that person shall die in his/her iniquity; but you shall have delivered your soul” (ESV – all emphasis mine).
God’s warning to the prophet Ezekiel was specific and to the point. It applies to all, even today, who would take on the role of presenting God’s word as truth and relevant, in order that the lost will have a pathway opened for them to our Lord and Savior. James 3:1 states, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”
There has been a noticeable change taking place over the past decade in a number of different “evangelical” churches that we have been warned about. Matthew 24:4-5, 11; “And Jesus answered them (His disciples), ‘See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in My name saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.”…. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.” When something is repeated in the Bible, it’s worth taking note of.
Jesus was talking about “the end of the age” (Matthew 24:3). However, there were false prophets and antichrists working for Satan even in His day.
In 1 John 4:1-6, we read; “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world [this was about 2,000 years ago]. By this you know the Spirit of God; every Spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming, and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them; for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error.”
There are false preachers in some previously Bible-based pulpits that are saying there are many ways to Heaven and that Jesus is only one of them. Some advocate that we all worship the same god, and that abominations that God said He detests are ancient and out-of-date. Messages are being given that are twisting God’s true words, and ear-tickling sermons that are entertainment-centered keep the membership coming back for more. Sadly, the actual plan of Salvation is absent from these “services,” and the teachings are leading the membership straight to the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15).
Satanic activity is out in the open as never before, and it’s worldwide. The call for a one-world government, one-world currency and one-world religion is being presented, and this will lead to the new world order welcoming their new leader – the ultimate antichrist of the 7-year tribulation period.
Churches of Satan are opening around the country, and no one protests them. Satanic statues have been put out in front of government buildings that have displayed the 10 Commandments, and there are no Christian outbursts. In fact, it’s the Christians and anything that has to do with Jesus that gets the radical left in an uproar.
Paul gives a prophecy about the end of this age in 2 Timothy 3, about the “attitudes” that will be present in the “last days.” They are listed in verses 2-5. In 2 Timothy 4:3-4, Paul warns, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having “itching ears,” they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions; and will turn away from listening to the truth, and wander off into myths.”
Fair Warning: those days are here right now. The attitudes are here, and all the signs are present that our Jesus will be coming to take His Church – all true believers – out of this world very soon. This will be done to keep us from the wrath of God as was promised. The 7-year Wrath/Tribulation is all set to begin, and we must be gone before the antichrist and false prophet appear (2 Thessalonians 2:7).
There is an obvious turning away from Jesus, and more people have the attitude as given above in 1 John 4:5. “They are from the world, they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.”
The so-called many paths to Heaven are disputed in two verses that I have presented many times in the past. They are John 14:6; “Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” And then Acts 4:12; “And there is Salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men/women by which we must be saved.”
Before these verses can be accepted, the Bible must be believed to be the true and inerrant word of the Father, written over time by about 40 Holy Spirit-inspired writers. There are no false illusions about the beliefs of the world-inspired people. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the word of the Cross is folly to those who are perishing; but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
The path to get to the Savior is not hard or even difficult. The hard part is having faith and believing He really died for our sins, and all who call on Him will be saved. Just follow Romans 10:9-13, and don’t add to or take away from these verses.
One hard part is for some to admit they are sinners in need of a Savior. That’s covered in Romans 3:23; “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And Romans 6:23; “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God didn’t give us these words to fill space in a book; He truly wants everyone to repent and be with Him forever (2 Peter 3:9). His promise given through Paul is found in Romans 8:1; “There is therefore now no condemnation, for those who are in Christ Jesus.” It’s up to each and every individual in this world to make the choice to follow Jesus and have eternity, or to follow this world – Satan – and have eternity in hell. No other option exists.
God loves all of us, even the sinners, but those who won’t accept His Son will be separated from Him forever. Jesus knew that more would accept this world than His gift, as given in Matthew 7:13-14. He died for all who would call on Him and accept Him as their Savior. 1 John 5:10; “Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself/herself. Whoever does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he/she has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning His Son.” Verse 12 states, “Whoever has the Son has life (Heaven); whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
Now, it’s up to each person to decide. Fair Warning has been given. Choose Jesus, and you have chosen Heaven. His appearance is imminent – right at the door. Today would not be too early to follow Joshua’s pledge in Joshua 24:15; “…As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Hope to see you there!