There Was One Who Could Be Warned












Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament prophetic book of Ezekiel, and more specifically, is found in the first twenty verses of the chapter. This particular set of verses within the prophetic book of Ezekiel deal exclusively with the prophetic assignment and mission of Ezekiel. In all reality, one cannot truly and properly understand this particular passage of Scripture without first turning their attention toward the beginning of the book to that place where Ezekiel was first called and appointed by the Lord as “the prophet of the captivity.” Beginning in and with the second chapter of the prophetic book of Ezekiel we first encounter the Lord’s declaration to Ezekiel concerning the assignment that was being placed upon his life. “And He said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even uno this very day. For they are impudent children and stiff hearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou does dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee” (Ezekiel 2:2-8). Before even transitioning into the complexity that is the prophetic assignment of Ezekiel, it’s necessary to focus our attention on a very specific word and command the Lord gave unto the prophet within this passage. As you come to the sixth verse of this passage of Scripture, you will find the Lord speaking directly to Ezekiel concerning the courage and boldness he would need to stand before the Lord in the midst of the people as His holy servant. In all reality, we must recognize and understand the tremendous courage and boldness that is most certainly needed if we are to stand before the Lord in the midst of the people He has called and sent us to—especially if we are called to stand in that place and proclaim the words the Lord has called and will call us to speak. Perhaps one of the most intriguing realities surrounding any of the prophetic literature we find within the Old Testament is that the servants of the Lord—the holy prophets of Israel and Judah—never had any clue what the Lord was going to speak unto and require them to speak before Him next. I am convinced that each day was an entirely new adventure and reality for the Hebrew prophets, for each day brought with it a new and fresh prophetic word from the Lord.

 Pause for a moment and consider that reality—the reality of a new and fresh prophetic word from the Lord. Scripture doesn’t reveal what each day, what each week, what each. Month, or even what each year looked like for the Hebrew prophets. There are specific accounts when the prophets were given specific instruction to perform certain tasks and use certain objects in order to illustrate the prophetic word the Lord was speaking unto His people. There are specific instances when we are given the exact day, of the exact month, of the exact year when the prophetic word of the Lord came unto certain of the Hebrew prophets—specifically Jeremiah and Ezekiel. For the most part, however, we aren’t given any clue or indication how the prophets spent the course of their days—other than the fact that the Lord would declare through certain of His prophets that He rose up among and in the midst of them early in the morning in order that He might speak directly to their hearts, minds and spirits. There are specific instances when the Lord declared unto His people that He raised up His holy servants—the Hebrew prophets—and raised them up early in the morning to speak unto them concerning His heart and mind. With that being said, one of the things I find to be incredibly powerful when reading the prophetic writings and literature of the ancient Hebrew prophets is that they lived in a continual place of new and fresh prophetic revelation from the Lord. Having been called, chosen, ordained, anointed and appointed by the Lord to stand before Him and to stand in the midst of His people, they were responsible for hearing that which the Spirit of the Lord would speak directly to them. I can’t help but think that the ancient Hebrew prophets received a new and fresh prophetic revelation from the Lord—perhaps each and every day they stood to fulfill their assignment. Those prophets who were truly anointed and appointed by the Lord did not steal or borrow the prophetic words and revelations that were spoken by and through their counterparts, but heard directly from the Lord themselves, and that which they heard they spoke and proclaimed in the hearing of the people. The ancient Hebrew prophets were required to stand in the counsel of the Lord and to proclaim exactly what they heard Him speak—a reality I am convinced was a daily and continual practice they repeatedly engaged in. Standing before the Lord and in the midst of His people, the Hebrew prophets would hear and receive a new and fresh word from the Lord on a consistent and continual basis. Please don’t miss this, for the Hebrew prophets never turned, nor did they direct their attention to that which had been previously spoken unto them, but instead stood in the counsel of the Lord in order that they might hear that new word the Lord would speak unto them. What a tremendous place it is to daily, to continually, to repeatedly receive a new and fresh word from the Spirit of the Lord—whether it be a word that was released unto us personally, or a word we have been instructed to share with those to whom we have been sent.

 When you come to the sixth verse of this passage of Scripture, you will discover the Lord speaking unto Ezekiel concerning the assignment he had been given upon the earth and in the midst of his own people. “And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house” (Ezekiel 2:6). BE NOT AFRAID OF THEM! NEITHER BE AFRAID OF THEIR WORDS! BE NOT AFRAID OF THEIR WORDS! NOR BE DISMAYED AT THEIR LOOKS! In order to truly understand the prophetic assignment of the Lord within and upon the earth, it is necessary that we first recognize and understand this reality, for one cannot truly stand before the Lord in the presence of those to whom they have been sent and walk in fear, terror and dread of the people for whom they have been sent. So long as we remain captivated and seized with fear and terror within our hearts, we can never fully walk in the prophetic assignment the Lord has called and ordained us to walk in. When seeking to understand the prophetic assignment of the Lord released within and upon the life of an individual, it is necessary that we understand the tremendous place of courage we are called to live and walk in. There is, there will be, and there always has been a growing tendency and temptation to fear those to whom we have been sent. In fact, I would dare say that the Lord spoke these words unto the prophet Ezekiel for He knew and was keenly aware of how prone his heart might have been to fear—especially fear of those around him. We aren’t given any clue or indication as to what Ezekiel’s life was like prior to the prophetic assignment released upon his life—other than the fact that he was a priest in the house of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Judah. Ezekiel was one of the many who were carried away captive and removed from the land of Judah, and even separated from the house of the Lord when the Babylonians entered into and invaded the land, and carried away a number of individuals captive. Ezekiel found himself sitting among the captives of Judah in a strange and foreign land—separated and cut off from the altar of the Lord, separated and cut off from the courts of the Lord, separated and cut off from ministry before the Lord in His holy sanctuary. It was in and from this place of being separated and cut off from the altar and courts of the Lord Ezekiel would be ordained and appointed to stand before the Lord in the midst of His people and proclaimed the words he would instructed to speak. It’s worth noting that when the Lord first spoke unto Ezekiel, He didn’t seem to provide him any clue or any information concerning that which he would stand and proclaim in the midst of his own people. The Lord very rarely operates in this manner, for the Lord very rarely releases and reveals unto us the full reality and scope of the assignment we have been called to at the very outset.

 What is so incredibly powerful about the words which the Lord spoke unto the prophet Ezekiel within this passage is that despite the prophet not knowing the full weight, the full measure, the full extent of that which the Lord was going to instruct him to speak, he was instructed to refrain from being afraid of those to whom he would he would be sent. The Lord specifically instructed him not to be afraid of those to whom he would be sent, and to not be afraid of their words—this despite the fact that briers and thorns be with him, and his dwelling among scorpions. Please note that the Lord spoke unto the prophet a second time concerning the temptation and tendency to fear the words and faces of those to whom he had been sent—“be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.” I can’t help but be reminded of the words the Lord spoke unto Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. “Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. BE NOT AFRAID OF THEIR FACES: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Then the Lord put forth His hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:4-10). When speaking unto Jeremiah the Lord also instructed him to not be afraid of the faces of those to whom he had been and those to whom he would be sent. Moreover, the Lord would go on to declare unto Jeremiah that He would be with him to deliver him, and that He had put His words within his mouth. When the Lord appeared unto Jeremiah, the Lord ordained, anointed and appointed him over nations and over kingdoms, and from that place to root out, to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. When speaking unto Jeremiah, and when speaking unto Ezekiel, the Lord encouraged and instructed them both concerning the tendency and temptation to mix fear, terror and dread with the prophetic assignment that was upon their lives. The Lord knew full well the temptation to stand before and stand in the midst of those to whom they had been sent, and to be seized and gripped with fear within their hearts, and from that place of fear—either refuse to speak any word unto those people, or perhaps even dumb down the message we have been called to speak. If you have been called to stand before the Lord and in the midst of the people to whom He has sent you, is your heart seized and gripped with fear because of the faces and words of those people? Are you compromising the message and words you have been called, instructed, ordained and appointed to speak because your heart has been seized and gripped with fear because of the faces of those to whom you have been sent?

 I can’t help but be reminded of the first chapter of the Old Testament book of Joshua when the Lord spoke to Joshua after Moses His servant had died and gone the way of the earth. “Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. ONLY BE THOU STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest propser whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. HAVE I NOT COMMANDED THEE? BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE; BE NOT AFRAID, NEITHER BE THOU DISMAYED: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:2-9). Three times when speaking unto Joshua before bringing both he and the entire congregation of the children of Israel across the river Jordan and into the land of Canaan, the Lord instructed and encouraged Joshua to “be strong” and to “be of good courage.” Before even bringing them across the river Jordan, and before bringing them into the land of Canaan which He swore on oath to their ancestors, the Lord spoke to Joshua concerning strength and courage—both of which would be absolutely critical for their taking possession of the land. Without and apart from courage and strength, neither Joshua, nor the congregation of Israel would be able to fully take possession of the land which had been sworn on oath and promised unto them—if at all. The Lord recognized and knew that strength and courage were needed if Joshua and the congregation of Israel were going to march within, march throughout and march across the land of Canaan to take possession of it and claim it as the inheritance which rightfully belonged to them. When it comes to the assignment of inheritance, as well as the assignment of ministry, it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we understand and recognize the tremendous need for courage and strength, for there is absolutely no room for fear, for terror and for dread as we pursue that which the Lord has called us to. I am reminded of the words which the apostle John wrote in the first epistle he wrote to the congregation located at Ephesus—“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). I am also reminded of the words which the apostle Paul wrote in his second letter and epistle to his spiritual son in the faith. When writing to Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote these words to encourage his spiritual son in the faith—“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

 BECAUSE FEAR HATH TORMENT! Are you being tormented by fear within your heart right now at this very moment? Have you found yourself continually being tormented with and by fear, as your heart seems to continually be seized and gripped with fear in the face of that which the Lord has called you to do? The apostle John—according to and under the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord—declared unto those to whom this letter was written that fear hath torment. I would dare say that we must recognize and pay close attention to this passage, for fear if left unchecked can indeed torment us. Fear if left unchecked and not dealt with can seize our hearts and minds as we lay our heads upon the pillows upon our bed. How many times have you found yourself lying awake at night because you have been utterly and completely seized, gripped, and even tormented by fear within your heart and soul? I am convinced there are a number of men and women who right now are living their lives in a continual and constant place of torment, as fear has not only entered into their hearts and lives, but is actively tormenting them. The question that I am finding myself asking right now is whether or not you are tired of allowing fear to torment your heart and soul. Are you tired of allowing fear to keep you awake at night? Are you tired of allowing fear to keep you within the boat when your Master is standing out upon the waters in the midst of the waves and rain? Are you tired of allowing fear to torment you and prevent you from speaking and declaring the words the Lord has called and instructed you to speak? Are you tired of living in a state and place of weakness because fear has so gripped your heart and soul, and is actually tormenting you? What is fear preventing you from accomplishing and fulfilling within your life right now? What has fear prevented you from accomplishing and fulfilling in the earth because it has done nothing but torment you day and night? The apostle John declared that perfect love casts out fear, while the apostle Paul declared that God has not given us a spirit of fear. If you have found yourself actively being tormented by fear within your heart and mind, you need to understand that that fear has not come from God, and that God has never and will never give us a spirit of fear. I believe with everything inside of me that the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord desires to break fear off of the hearts and minds of countless men and women right now—men and women whose lives have been paralyzed with fear that has not come from the Lord of hosts. The Spirit of the Lord is declaring unto the people of God in this generation that there is absolutely no place for fear within the inheritance promised unto them, for fear can cause us to shrink back from what we have been called to do instead of moving forward. The Spirit of the Lord is declaring unto the people of God in this generation that there is no place for fear within the assignment we have been given by the Lord of hosts, for we have been instructed and encouraged to not be afraid of their faces, nor to be afraid of their words. Are you willing to lay down the fear that has so seized and gripped your heart and soul, and to once and for all be free from the torment that has been present within your life?

 If you transition to the third chapter of the prophetic book of Ezekiel, you will encounter the first mention of the reality we find within the thirty-third chapter. Thirty chapters elapsed between that moment the Lord first spoke unto Ezekiel concerning his assignment as a watchman unto the house of Israel and the second time He spoke to him concerning that very same assignment. Consider what is recorded in the third chapter of the prophetic book of Ezekiel, beginning with the fifteenth verse of the chapter—“Then I came to them of the captivity of Tel-Abib that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they say, and remained there astonished among them seven days. And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul” (Ezekiel 3:15-21). BECAUSE HE IS WARNED! Pause for a minute and consider the tremendous weight and significance of those words, for they stand as a tremendous word from the Lord within this generation. I can’t help but be reminded of the words which the Lord of hosts spoke unto the prophet Jeremiah concerning His giving warning within the earth—“To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it” (Jeremiah 6:10). With these words the Lord specifically and deliberately asked the prophet Jeremiah whom He should, and perhaps even could speak, and to whom He should and could give warning. Beloved, do you know, and do you understand the Lord is looking for those to whom He cannot only speak, but also those whom He can give warning. It’s not enough for the Lord simply to be able to speak unto His servants, but He must also be able to warn His servants as well. I would dare say that we spend a considerable amount of time focusing solely on the Lord’s willingness and the Lord’s ability to speak unto His servants, but we fail to understand the direct connection between the Lord speaking and the Lord warning. More often than not, the two cannot be separated—despite how fervent our efforts are to separate the two. I can’t help but wonder how many men and women may proclaim that which the Lord has spoken, yet they leave out the warning. Such men and women are okay revealing that which the Lord has spoken, but they separate the warning that is directly connected to that which has been spoken. WOULD YOU DARE SEPARATE THE WARNING FROM THAT WHICH HAS BEEN SPOKEN?

 When I consider this concept of warning—specifically a word of warning that comes from the Lord of hosts, I can’t help but consider the days of Noah, as well as the days of Lot. Consider what is written concerning the days of Noah in the sixth chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis—“These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gods-her wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch” (Genesis 6:9-14). There is a passage found in the New Testament epistle to the Hebrews that helps illustrate and reveal this reality even more—a passage that is found in the seventh verse of the eleventh chapter. “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7). In the Old Testament book of Genesis we discover the entire earth being corrupt and polluted with violence, the Lord warning Noah concerning His plan to judge and destroy the entire earth with a flood that would cover the face of the earth. The author of the epistle to the Hebrews wrote concerning Noah that he was indeed warned of God of things which weren’t seen, and how Noah moved with fear by preparing an ark for the saving of his house. Noah was blameless and righteous before the Lord, and from that place of righteousness before the Lord, Noah received warning from the Lord concerning that which about to come upon and consume the entire earth. THANK GOD THERE WAS ONE WHO COULD BE WARNED! THERE WAS ONE WHO COULD BE WARNED! WHERE ARE THOSE WHO CAN BE WARNED? The author of the epistle to the Hebrews wrote concerning Noah that it was by faith Noah—when warned of God of things not as yet seen—moved with fear, prepared an ark, and condemned the world. The more I consider the account of Noah and the days of that generation, I can’t help but consider how absolutely tremendous it was that there was one upon the earth to whom the Lord could speak and give warning. Consider how long and how many years Noah spent building the ark—and not only building the ark, but also warning the inhabitants of that generation concerning the judgment that was about to come upon the earth. Despite the fact the earth was completely and throughly corrupt, there was at least one upon the earth to whom the Lord could give warning—one who would hear and receive the warning, and move with fear to do exactly as the Lord had commanded.

 As surely as there was one who could be warned concerning the judgment that was about to come upon the earth during the days of Noah, there was also one who could be warned concerning the judgment that was about to come upon and befall the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. IN the eighteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis we find the account of Abraham and the three men that appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day. Beginning with the sixteenth verse of this chapter we find the men who had appeared unto Abraham rising up from their place and looking toward Sodom. Consider with me the language that is found and recorded within this particular passage of Scripture concerning a second warning that was found in the book of beginnings. “And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will k now. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord” (Genesis 18:16-22). It is here in this particular passage of Scripture that we find the Lord of hosts giving warning unto Abraham concerning the judgment He was about to unleash upon and release within the cities of the plain—specifically Sodom and Gomorrah. During those days there was one to whom the Lord could give warning—namely, Abraham, and that because of the covenant the Lord had made with His friend. The wickedness and rebellion of Sodom and Gomorrah was so grievous before the Lord that He was preparing to release judgment within and judgment upon the cities, yet before He would do so, He would first give warning unto Abraham. BEFORE THE LORD RELEASES JUDGMENT, HE FIRST GIVES WARNING! There are countless men and women who see only the judgment of the Lord, and completely miss the fact that before judgment comes the warning. There are men and women who love to complain concerning the Lord’s judgment within and the Lord’s judgment upon the earth, yet they fail to recognize and understand that before the judgment comes the warning. The Lord has never, the Lord will never, and the Lord does not release judgment without first giving warning. In all reality, the Lord is looking for those to whom He can speak and those to whom He can give warning, and in fact—I would dare say that the Lord is seeking and actively looking for those to whom He can speak and give warning before the judgment is even released. We tend to focus on the Lord as a God of judgment, yet we we fail to recognize the fact that judgment has never and will never come before and without warning. DO NOT DARE SAY THAT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN WARNED! DO NOT DARE SAY YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED WARNING!

 The thirty-third chapter of the prophetic book of Ezekiel reiterates and confirms the assignment of Ezekiel as a watchman unto the house of Israel, yet standing as a watchman carries with it a tremendous responsibility. The underlying reality concerning the assignment of the watchman is centered upon whose blood is on whose hands when the judgment strikes. The Lord declared unto Ezekiel that if he heard and received the warning, and if he proceeded to release that warning to the wicked, as well as to the righteous, and if they ignored the warning and either turned from their righteousness, or persisted in their wickedness, they themselves would be held responsible for the blood that would be shed. If, however, the prophet Ezekiel heard and received the warning, and he failed to deliver and proclaim that warning unto the righteous and the wicked, and they were swept away by and consumed in the judgment of the Lord, the Lord of hosts would hold the prophet responsible for their demise and destruction. The underlying reality within this passage is not only centered upon receiving and releasing the warning, but also what is done with the warning. THE RECEIPT OF THE WARNING! It’s worth noting that the warning is initially received by the prophet of the Lord, yet there comes a second receipt of the warning, for it is not the prophet alone who receives the warning. The Lord of hosts spoke of and suggested that there would indeed come a second receiving of the warning—the receiving of the warning that was issued by the one whom the Lord had sent. Consider if you will the account of Jonah after he had spent three days in the heart of the earth in the bowels of a large fish—“And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said that he would do unto them; and He did it not” (Jonah 3:1-10). WHAT WILL YOU DO IN THE DAY THE WARNING COMES? WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE WARNING WHEN IT COMES AND WHEN IT’S RELEASED? I leave you with the words of the apostle Paul which are written and recorded for us in the first chapter of his epistle to the Roman congregation—“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural. Use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who k noting the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:18-32).

 

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