“For thus says the Lord God: ‘When I make you a desolate city, like cities that are not inhabited, when I bring the deep upon you, and great waters cover you, then I will bring you down with those who descend into the Pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lowest part of the earth, in places desolate from antiquity, with those who go down to the Pit, so that you may never be inhabited; and I shall establish glory in the land of the living. I will make you a terror, and you shall be no more; though you are sought for, you will never be found again,’ says the Lord God (vs19-21).”
God establishes glory in the land when He saves His people and destroys our enemies. Tyre represents the ungodly who do not love Christ’s church, and she also pictures all sin and every evil against us, so that one day, when sinners are punished, sin will be no more, and we shall rest forever in Paradise. Paul says, “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed (2 Thess 1:3-10).” The gospel lifts up the afflicted, and God will put down all that troubles us.
Unbelievers mock us with their indifference and hatred. We read, “And it came to pass in the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, because Tyre has said against Jerusalem, ‘Aha! She is broken who was the gateway of the peoples; now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste.’ Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up. And they shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. It shall be a place for spreading nets in the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,’ says the Lord God; ‘it shall become plunder for the nations. Also her daughter villages which are in the fields shall be slain by the sword. Then they shall know that I am the Lord (vs1-6).’” They do not love God’s people, pick out our faults, and they’re ready to rejoice when we are down. Yet, our pain purifies us. Meanwhile they laugh now and torments will come upon them, forever, when they are punished for rejoicing in our adversity, persecuting us, and resisting holiness. We are either FOR Him or against Him, and the ungodly choose this world, not needing Christ because of the love of pleasure and blind self-sufficiency. Let this NOT be you! Cast your lot with God’s elect, love His people, and invest in eternity. The Psalmist says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem [God’s elect out of every nation]: May they prosper who love you [Christ’s church]. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, ‘Peace be within you.’ Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good (Ps 122:6-9).” Why laugh now only to cry forever? Why not be humbled, confess your sins, and sit patiently under God’s purifying hand, rather than refusing chastisement, rejoicing in wickedness, and refusing to forgive? Those who weep now will be the envy of the world, when the godless are cut off, and we’re basking in glory. Do not let their mockery turn you because it is part of our present sufferings for FUTURE glory: the gospel HAS a reward so love His church, bear patiently with one another, seek out His elect, and care more about holiness than happiness! There is NO SAFETY in happiness if it doesn’t cleanse us before God.
Do not think, “I do not need Christ because of present peace”, nor despise the sufferings of the godly! Yes, it is hard to bear chastisement, confessing our sin in the dust, leaning upon grace to deny yourself, and it is hard to be hated, but what is harder, suffering for Christ now in the trial of fire or suffering God’s wrath in the unceasing Lake of Fire? We read, “For thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people. He will slay with the sword your daughter villages in the fields; he will heap up a siege mound against you, build a wall against you, and raise a defense against you. He will direct his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers. Because of the abundance of his horses, their dust will cover you; your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen, the wagons, and the chariots, when he enters your gates, as men enter a city that has been breached. With the hooves of his horses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your people by the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. They will plunder your riches and pillage your merchandise; they will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses; they will lay your stones, your timber, and your soil in the midst of the water. I will put an end to the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more. I will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for spreading nets, and you shall never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken,’ says the Lord God (vs7-14).” Please choose wisely, count it a blessing that trials make you holy, and WAIT on the day of glory, which will be glorious! All sin, grief, disappointment, contention, and all hatred will be extinguished and nothing will be left except thankfulness, happiness, and eternal peace (Rev 21:1-4). God’s glory will destroy all wickedness so the righteous can be with Him and rejoice.
How do you see the chastened? Do you desire their purity or do you see self-gratification as the answer? What good is it to gain the whole world and lose your soul? What good is it to live for things that will soon perish, deceiving ourselves as if there’s no judgment, refusing to hear from God? The unbelieving spouse may mock you now, nitpicking your sins, and your own doubts and fears may be tremendous, but it won’t last forever! Soon, God will wipe away every tear and show the glory of his salvation, when we see Him face to face in full acceptance, when the wicked are banished.
Do not mock the godly! Pray for them and pursue righteousness yourself. Live for heaven.
God’s wrath is as horrible as heaven is wonderful, and we must escape it, if we love pleasure. No one can endure the Pit because God’s promised no relief - not even a drop of water to cool the tongue - so when tempted to depart and call it quits, tempted to compromise with the world and fight no more, or tempted to leave God’s people because of petty arguments, think again! Do not go to hell holding grudges, but work it out, because God loves those who love His people. The End is coming, and God’s glory is saving His own and damning everyone else.
Heshimu Colar, Pastor of The Gospel Church, faithfully proclaims the saving message of Jesus Christ, continually exalting Him in God's word as the Savior of...
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