Judgment Not Postponed

Billy Graham told how a number of years ago I was stopped for driving too fast in a speed zone, and in the courtroom I pleaded guilty. The judge was not only friendly but embarrassed for me to be in his court. The fine was ten dollars. If he let me go free, it would have be … More

Judgment

 

The prophet Eusocial, having in the former part of this chapter received instructions for the awakening of those that were at ease in Zion, is in these verses furnished with words for those that mourned in Babylon and sat by the rivers weeping when they remembered Zion. The inhabitants of Jerusalem abandoned them, supposing those that were really the best saints to be the greatest sinners of all men that dwelt in Jerusalem. Observe how they are described: They are thy brethren (says God to the prophet), whom thou hast a concern and affection for; to whom the right of redeeming the alienated belongs, but are  far from being able to do it that they have themselves gone into captivity.

Two short messages were warnings that God’s words would come true. Less than six years later, Jerusalem would be destroyed. Yet the people were skeptical! Unbelief and false security led them to believe it would never happen. Since the prophets had pronounced the doom over an extended period of time and the fulfillment had not occurred, many were led to believe they either would not occur for a long time, or not at all (vv. 25-26). False prophets through flattering words had told the people what they wished to hear (Jer 14:13-16).

It is dangerous to say Christ will never return or to regard His coming as so far in the future as to be irrelevant today. All that God said is going to happen is sure to happen. This means that we should never assume that we have plenty of time to get right with God. God’s decrees are immutable. Blind and rebellious unbelief cannot break down his words. Those who set themselves against divine truth will find their words baseless and hollow.

Application

 

In reference to the Lord’s return and the fact that He may return at any time I need to be ready always to give to give an answer of the hope that is in me and share the Gospel with them.

Ezekiel 12:17-28 (English Standard Version)

And the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink water with trembling and with anxiety. And say to the people of the land, Thus says the Lord GOD concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem in the land of Israel: They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink water in dismay. In this way her land will be stripped of all it contains, on account of the violence of all those who dwell in it. And the inhabited cities shall be laid waste, and the land shall become a desolation; and you shall know that I am the LORD." And the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, what is this proverb that you have about the land of Israel, saying, 'The days grow long, and every vision comes to nothing'? Tell them therefore, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: I will put an end to this proverb, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.' But say to them, The days are near, and the fulfillment of every vision. For there shall be no more any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I am the LORD; I will speak the word that I will speak, and it will be performed. It will no longer be delayed, but in your days, O rebellious house, I will speak the word and perform it, declares the Lord GOD." And the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, 'The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.' Therefore say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: None of my words will be delayed any longer, but the word that I speak will be performed, declares the Lord GOD."

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