Thursday, August 28, 2008

An End!

August 28: Ezekiel 5-8

1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “And you, O son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. 3 Now the end is upon you, and I will send my anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations. 4 And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity, but I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

10 “Behold, the day! Behold, it comes! Your doom has come; the rod has blossomed; pride has budded. 11 Violence has grown up into a rod of wickedness. None of them shall remain, nor their abundance, nor their wealth; neither shall there be preeminence among them. 12 The time has come; the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn, for wrath is upon all their multitude. 13 For the seller shall not return to what he has sold, while they live. For the vision concerns all their multitude; it shall not turn back; and because of his iniquity, none can maintain his life.
Ezekiel 7:1-4 & 10-13

An End!

An End! Doomsday! Now that is something we really do not like to talk about, is it? Why should things end? Why should there ever be a doomsday? Things are not really that bad, are they?

For a moment, transport yourself back to the Garden of Eden, where God walked and fellowshiped with Adam and Eve. What must the world have been like then? Now bring yourself back to the present. Do you notice anything different?

The difficulty is that we are continually comparing ourselves with other people, but we should, instead, be comparing ourselves to God! All of this was predictable, you know; the moment Adam and Eve sinned (as would we if we had been in their place), doomsday became a sure thing.

Satan has done a very good job of deceiving the world--even Christians--into believing that judgment day will never come. If we truly believed that God was coming back today or tomorrow to judge the world, would we act any differently?

That was the problem of the Jewish nation; they became consumed with the world around them and forgot God. We need to fall before God today and pray that we will not make the same mistake. Christ will return, and that return is imminent!

Make no mistake, there will be an end. The question is, will you be ready?

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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