by Bill Rudge
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by Bill Rudge
Do not think God is sleeping, silent or soft on the sin that is infecting our world. Increasing rebellion and immorality (often expressed as freedom and enlightenment) has not gone unnoticed by the Creator. Throughout history, God has periodically sent judgments to bring individuals and nations to repentance. When they refuse to repent, His judgments intensify.
God, who is long-suffering and not wanting anyone to perish (1 Peter 4), is now storing up His wrath for a day of vengeance and judgment (Revelation 16:19). This day of reckoning will bring even the bravest and most defiant and arrogant of men and women to their knees – either in repentance or judgment.
Don’t be impressed or influenced by today’s society – the day is quickly approaching when the cup of His wrath will reach its fill. Don’t be afraid of the violent and ruthless, for they will be the ones cowering in fear before their just and righteous Creator. The LORD is once again about to enter this world with undeniable power and might. Be certain that you are on the right side – the LORD’s – and living the way you should – honoring Him and abiding by His Word.
Without getting specific, you probably are aware of an increasing number of sports figures, media personalities, political leaders and others who are mocking and blatantly defying the God of the Bible with either their words or lifestyles. They have the same disrespect and defiance for God that the Israelites had during periods of apostasy in biblical times. Just as the Israelites walked away from the LORD, so too, America is walking away from the LORD.
Do realize, the same individual consequences and national judgments that repeatedly befell the people and nation of Israel will surely come upon this generation unless there is widespread repentance and turning back to the LORD. The old adage bears repeating: Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.
~ Bill Rudge