Day Of The Lord Is Near!
By Heath C. Goodman
of Alarm Ministries
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" (2 Peter 3:10-12)
They say that only raving fanatics and religious madmen are obsessed with the end the world and the wrath of God...
They say that such doomsday prophets are a menace to society and such odd fellows should be locked up in a padded cell...
They say that this idea of God's wrath and "all the world a burning" is the myth of the ancients and talk of fools... They say that... wait a minute...who are "they"?
"For this THEY willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." (2 Peter 3:5-7).
"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when THEY shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall not escape." (1Thessalonians 5:2,3)
Many church people may find this message to be too blunt or negative for their sweet tooth religion. They may sincerely believe that it is "too hard" or "too unloving". But I am not going to cater a chocolate covered message. Besides how can you candy coat the Day of the Lord and hell? God knows my heart that I share this message in soberness but also in love. And tell me, isn't warning you of impending danger an act of love? And so I will warn you in love.
There is not enough time left to beat around the bush or to spare words lest I offend or "run you off" from the gospel that I preach. Too many preachers mince their words and hell is enlarged because of it. I will not be a polite neighbor who knocks softly upon your burning house (lest I offend you) to wake you out of your intoxicated sleep of damnation. No, I will even resort to being referred to as a "raving fanatic" if I can but save one from the "everlasting burnings". Like the Apostle Paul stated, "knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men" (2 Corinthians 5:11).Your eternal soul is more important than my fleeting reputation. I do not care what you think of me in the end, as long as you have heard the Word of God and have been properly warned.
As a child of wrath you have already been "run off" by your sin and rebellion to God. I can not make your damnation any worse than it already is, especially by preaching the truth. Since you are already a child of hell, I must then make every sincere effort to warn you to "flee from the wrath to come". Should you be offended or get angry, it is only another sign to you that you are a hater of God and His truth.
First, I must tell you that your eternal house is on fire already. You have already been judged and sentenced to an eternity without God and without hope. The scriptures clearly speak of your condemnation,"...he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:18b-19).
Yet because your sentence has not been carried out thus far, you are not truly alarmed or fearful of what lies ahead for you eternally. Like a happy lunatic on death row who has no understanding of the chair they are strapping him in, so you, being blinded by deception ("In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not" 2 Cor 4:4) are oblivious to the consequences of your sin. You, my friend, live too carefree and too happy in such a condemned state... for hell has enlarged itself already to recieve you. You are like so many who say to themselves,"The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it." (Psalm 94:7)
BUT"understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?" Psalm 94:8,9
No, truly your judgment and eternal sentence shall be carried out. It is as certain as death itself."It is appointed unto man once to die but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)
My friend, are you not aware of your condemnation before a Holy God, that your"judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and your damnation slumbereth not".
Moreover, because your life is so uncertain and compared to eternity is like "a vapor" of water, it would be unwise to disregard or ignore the fate of your eternal soul. But you say, "I do not believe in your God or your Holy Scriptures." All I can then answer to this is- you will one day believe! But then it will be too late. My precious friend, just because you don't believe doesn't make God nonexistent or less God!
Close your eyes all you want but the mac truck that is speeding toward you won't go away. Unbelief doesn't make you exempt... actually it is for this reason that you will be judged. How foolish it would be for a fly to disbelieve his condemnation even when the swatter is over him already. Judgment and eternal damnation is over you now and speeding toward you at this very moment, I pray you have eyes to see the truth.
The hour is very late. "The end of all things is at hand...". (1 Peter 4:7) Judgment and the wrath of God is even now being unleashed upon our world. Sooner than most think or care to even see, we shall see our world be destroyed through fire, war, famine, plagues, natural and supernatural disasters. (see Matthew 24) As men cry, "peace, peace... then sudden destruction!" This Word of God will come to pass and I am fearful that most of you will not heed the warnings.
There is a dark day coming my friend- It is referred to by the prophets as "the day of the Lord". "Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?" (Amos 5:20)
The New Testament refers to it as the "great and notable day of the Lord" (Acts 2:20)
The Apostle Peter warned, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." (2 Peter 3:10)
The day of the Lord is a fearful and dark day when God will pour out his wrath against all the ungodly, the disbelieving, the religious hypocrites and all those who do not know God. Yes, Almighty God is all love but He is also "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "An All Consuming Fire". He will send you, oh child of His wrath, rejecter of His mercy, despiser of His love, with a countless multitude of others to an eternal Hell where there will be no escape and [there will be] "weeping and gnashing of teeth". The pomp of kings and presidents will descend into this fiery abyss just as well as the little man. No unrepentant man will escape. Woe upon woe- Oh, Isaiah prophesied of that day!"Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it." Isaiah 5:14
What a sad day! What a grievous day! Woe to any man who would desire such a day! "Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light." (Amos 5:18)
The Lord Jesus who came to bring mercy once before as a meek lamb, a sin offering to God, will come back very soon as "The Lion of Judah" bringing judgment on all those who refused His mercy and His love."But when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (2 Thes 1:7-9).
Oh child of disobedience, has any one pleaded with you recently "to flee from the wrath to come?" Do you not know "that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God?" Forget what your preacher told you, forget what you read in some book- What does God say? "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience." (Ephesians 5: 5-6).
The Apostle John saw the multitude of the damned descend into their everlasting darkness and wrote,"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8).
Just as Noah warned the wicked age in which He lived to "flee from the wrath to come" so I now warn you too. The world was once destroyed by a great flood of water. It will be soon be destroyed by fire. It may seem absurd to you... (although I don't know why since we live in the atomic age) but it will happen... as God's Word always proves true. Skeptics come and go but the Word of God has always been constant and unshakable!
Noah [may have] seemed an odd fellow, building [such a large ark]. Sad to say, no one believed the...preacher [of righteousness] except [perhaps] his own family. So when the rain finally came, the carcasses of the skeptics and unbelievers floated upon the water...
Let me remind you that it is not by God's choice to send you to Hell. It is your choice. You are the one who chooses to sin against God. You are one who decides to hate and murder, cheat and covet, lie, steal, lust and commit sexual perversions against God. It is your choice to be a drunkard, a druggie and a rebel. You are treading your own fearful destiny, your own pathway to destruction!
You have offended God's holiness and broken His laws! You know what is wrong by natural instinct, "the law having been written in your heart" yet you chose to rebel against the conscience God gave you. You are guilty, guilty, guilty! You are sinful before Him and deserving of eternal damnation. You must be punished...
But Good News, my friend! There's hope! Jesus took the punishment! The gospel is simply this-
Jesus, the Lamb of God took upon Himself your debt of sin. He paid for it in full. You can be forgiven and have fellowship with the Holy God that you once offended with your sin.
However, to receive God's forgiveness, eternal salvation and blessings, you are required to believe the gospel [of the Lord Jesus Christ] and confess your sins [to God].... Be specific in confessing what you have done to offend His holiness.
Show Him that you are sincerely sorry for your sins by MAKING A COMMITMENT NEVER TO PRACTICE THOSE SINS AGAIN [START WALKING AWAY FROM YOUR SINS]! This is real repentance. "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17,). Put your faith in His grace to keep you from falling. He will keep you!
It is not enough to just "say a little prayer'. Many preachers will stand in judgment for leading so many in a false conversion. How many souls are in hell right now who thought they were alright because the preacher didn't want to scare them away with a challenge and a call to a total commitment to Christ? I will not tell you a cheap and easy gospel message. Jesus requires you to give your ALL!
"So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not ALL that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:33). "And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy strength, and with ALL thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself." (Luke 10:27).
Many of you have hardened your heart to God and the gospel. You have heard the preaching of Jesus many times before. But you've never made a total commitment to follow Jesus. You do not care that He died for you. You are in bitterness of soul and "nigh unto cursing." I warn you! Do not harden your heart to God's love and mercy! There is no other choice left to you but His wrath and indignation! I plead with you to fall on the Rock and be broken before the rock falls on you and you are... [ground] to powder! (see Matthew 21:44). This is a very serious decision you must make. Your eternal destiny depends upon it!
On Judgment day you will be without excuse. You have been warned of the Day of the Lord and told the Good News to avoid God's wrath. Jesus loves you... enough to warn you and give you a way out. Will you choose His loving way or go your own way to destruction? The ball is in your court now.What will you do?
Share It With The World! Uncopyrighted. Heath C. Goodman 1997
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