Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Coming Consequences to a World that Rejects God

Yesterday in the news, the city of New York won a court case disallowing any schools from being rented for church services.  Many schools have benefited from this arrangement by not only receiving extra money in rent payments, but in good stewardship of those churches making improvements to the schools they were in.  No matter how they may try to play down that this was a direct attack against Christianity, there is no denying that they have chosen sides and chosen poorly. 
He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.  Matthew 12:30 NKJV
When it comes to Jesus, there is no such thing as neutral.  You are either for Him or against Him.  If you are not for Him, you are against Him.  If you say you are not against Him, but you can not say you are for Him, you are against Him.  If you do not call Him Lord, you are against Him.  If you do not accept His free gift of grace through His sacrifice, you are against Him.  If you go to court to block His people from renting space to worship Him, you are against Him.  To say that Christianity was not singled out is to deny the facts that this case was brought directly against a church and that part of the argument was that being that Christians worshiped on Sundays they are the only faith that could use the school (with the argument that other religions were excluded).  From gay pride parades to gay marriage to the rejection of God in their schools, it almost seems like New York City is playing chicken with God.  What they fail to realize is that not only will lose, but they will lose horribly.  God does not blink.  The reality is that New York has already lost the game of chicken and it is only by the grace of God that they have not felt the effects of that collision just yet.  God is giving them space to repent, but that space will not last forever.  There will come a time when they tempt God one too many times.  There will come a time when the world tries the patience of God one too many times.  In this period of grace, it is easy for the world for forget that judgement looms over the horizon. 
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah [were], so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Matthew 24:36-39 NKJV
For the saved, the Second Coming is the glorious return of our Lord.  For the unsaved, it is the worst tragedy imaginable.  Judgement will come, and it will come suddenly as a thief in the night.  Many of us have experienced or at the very least know about someone who had their lives changed dramatically for the worse in the blink of an eye whether by illness, accident, or crime.  There was no warning and there is no going back, only a new and sudden reality that must be faced.  This is like the time of tribulation that is coming.  There will come a day when people not just in New York City but around the whole world will be going about their normal daily lives when suddenly the end begins.  Most in the church believe the event that signals this event will be the rapture of the church.  Suddenly those church members who were rejected by the schools of New York will vanish.  The world will be at a loss as to where the millions and millions of people went, but that confusion will soon turn to horror as God's judgement upon this earth begins. 

We must never forget that this day of judgment is coming.  While those of us in the church do not have to worry about it, the rest of the world should.  There is no escape in an entire world under the judgement of God.  There is no reprieve and God will not relent until all the events prophesied in Revelation and other places come to pass.  This will be a time of unspeakable horror.  There will be nowhere to hide from the judgement of God.  There will be no ability to fight back against the hand of God.  We like to think that this kind of thing can not happen.  We hear all the talk of God being a God of love and grace.  We have the image the great jolly bearded man in the sky.  We forget that God destroyed the world back in the days of Noah.  We forget that God allowed even Jerusalem to be destroyed and even his chosen people to be carried away into captivity because of their sin.  How much more will this same God do to an entire world that has rejected Him and scorned His grace. 

When we think of tragedy, we think of the tsunami in Thailand where tens of thousands of people were killed.  We think of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan.  We think of 9/11 in America.  Those were all bad events, but imagine all of them and more happening on the same day with more to come the next day and the next and the next.  Imagine that with plagues and famine along with it.  And imagine all that happening under the most evil of rulers ever to rule, that being the Antichrist.  That is end of a world that has rejected God, what say you New York? 
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in [both of] which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of creation." For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world [that] then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth [which] are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 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. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:1-10 NKJV

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