“Then the Lord said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favorable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth. And it shall be, if they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you shall tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Such as are for death, to death; And such as are for the sword, to the sword; And such as are for the famine, to the famine; And such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.”’ “And I will appoint over them four forms of destruction,” says the Lord: “the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. I will hand them over to trouble, to all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem. “For who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem? Or who will bemoan you? Or who will turn aside to ask how you are doing? You have forsaken Me,” says the Lord, “You have gone backward. Therefore I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you; I am weary of relenting!” Jeremiah 15:1-6 NKJV……………..
If you think God is nothing more than a punishing God who anyone in his or her right mind would stay as far away as possible from because after all life is all about earthly treasures and worldly pleasures and trying to enjoy life as much as possible because after all what else should one do with the life one’s been given, and who anyway would want to have anything to do with the God of the Bible who did all those awful things in the Old Testament, YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT. YOU ARE MISSING THE MESSAGE. YOU ARE MISSING THE TRUTH. YOU ARE MISSING THE LORD. AND YOU WILL BE MISSING ETERNITY WITH HIM. AND WITHOUT HIM YOU WILL BE SPENDING ETERNITY IN FIERY TORMENT FOREVER AND EVER IN HELL AND THE LAKE OF FIRE and NO AMOUNT OF PLEASURE ON THIS EARTH IS WORTH THE HELLFIRE THAT AWAITS those who don’t HEAR and OBEY the TRUTH of God’s Word.
The scriptures above, from the book of Jeremiah in which the prophet Jeremiah is over and again issuing God’s warnings to the people who MUST REPENT AND TURN AWAY FROM THEIR SINS AND TURN TO GOD AND TRUST AND FOLLOW HIM, are filled with HORRORS, aren’t they? With AWFUL INDESCRIBABLE PUNISHMENT the people will receive unless they turn to the Lord, right? And the LORD IS GETTING WORN OUT from the refusal of the people to repent and return to Him, isn’t He? YES! YES! YES!
But here’s what so many people don’t understand and are missing, and you – or someone you know – might be missing this message. THE BIBLE IS ABOUT THE LORD’S LOVE AND REDEMPTION, ABOUT HIS MERCY AND GRACE, ABOUT HIS COMPASSION AND FELLOWSHIP, ABOUT HIS KINDNESS AND LONG-SUFFERING, ABOUT HIS PATIENCE AND GENEROSITY, ABOUT HIS GOODNESS AND LONGING FOR HIS CREATION TO BE WITH HIM FOREVERMORE IN PARADISE.
The LORD WILL PUNISH those who do not give their lives to Him through repentance and faith in Christ as Lord FOREVER beyond what we can fathom! But in HIS LOVE FOR US, He sent His only Son to the cross to die in our place and take our punishment on Himself so all who repent and believe in Him as Lord, truly turning their lives over to Him and His ways, are forgiven and given eternal life with Him! And IN HIS LOVE FOR US, HE WARNS US through verses like the verses above, THROUGH PEOPLE WHO LOVE HIM like myself and countless others, and BY HIS SPIRIT THROUGH HIS WORD AND THROUGH PEOPLE and DIRECTLY SPEAKING TO OUR HEARTS, in ANY WAY HE DESIRES, HE WARNS US because HE WANTS US TO BE WITH HIM FOREVER and WANTS TO SAVE US FROM ETERNITY IN HELL AND THE LAKE OF FIRE.
Friend, dear friend, TIME IS RUNNING OUT. IF YOU HAVE HEARD GOD’S WARNING, AND YOU ARE HEARING IT AGAIN NOW, REPENT and BELIEVE JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS FOR YOU AND WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, TRULY DEVOTING YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST FROM THIS MOMENT FORWARD! Time is running out BECAUSE THE LORD IS GETTING TIRED OF HOLDING BACK HIS WRATH AT HUMANITY FOR OUR SINS! He is still holding it back because of HIS LOVE AND MERCY and HIS DESIRE FOR US TO REPENT AND TO GENUINELY SURRENDER OUR LIVES WHOLLY TO HIM.
Intellectual belief in Christ as Lord is NOT the way to everlasting life. TRUE REPENTANCE and a LIFE TRULY TURNED TO GOD AND HIS WAYS, a LIFE LIVED FOR CHRIST, a LIFE WILLING TO SACRIFICE SIN AND THE WORLD’S WAYS, a LIFE DEDICATED UTTERLY TO CHRIST, GENUINELY BELIEVING CHRIST IS LORD AND SON OF GOD AND DIED FOR US AND WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, that’s how we RECEIVE the GIFT OF EVERLASTING LIFE.
Dear friend, how much time remains until you draw your last breath, or until this world comes to an end, only God knows. Let this be the moment YOU SURRENDER YOURSELF UTTERLY, WHOLLY, GENUINELY, SINCERELY, WITHOUT HOLDING BACK, COMMITTING YOURSELF WITH A BRAND NEW LIFESTYLE TO BACK IT UP, TO CHRIST WHO IS LORD! Amen!