“And in the morning the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, ‘What are you doing?’ Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: ‘This burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are among them.’’ Say, ‘I am a sign to you. As I have done, so shall it be done to them; they shall be carried away into captivity.’ And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes. I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there. I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them.” (vs8-14)
We are signs and wonders, sent to declare God’s impending judgment to a sinful world that does not believe us, but it shall come to pass as He has spoken.
Men like Zedekiah, the prince over Israel, refuse the warnings, so destruction comes, which could have been avoided. Unbelief is man’s ruin.
Ezekiel prophesied EXACTLY what God would do, and we do the same, when we declare His word faithfully, that He must punish sin, and all of the thoughts of Him lying are null and void. Peter said, “knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Pet 3:4-7).” People mock because the world continues as it has for thousands of years, but they forget Noah’s flood, and the fact that the world was flooded by God’s word, even as He will soon bring the destruction to this world by fire. They mock, but God is longsuffering, waiting patiently until all of His elect are gathered in, even as He waited in Noah’s day while the ark was preparing. He says, “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us [His elect who shall believe], not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet 3:8-9).” As soon as Noah and his family were safe, God shut the door, and when the last of His elect is safe in Christ by faith, He will unleash eternal wrath, and this Day is swiftly approaching. Death comes for us too, and we do not know the day and the hour, so be ready.
King Zedekiah, as God prophesied, saw his sons slain and then his eyes were gouged out before he died in Babylon. Jeremiah records the event, saying, “But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king, and they overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. All his army was scattered from him. So they took the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he pronounced judgment on him. Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. And he killed all the princes of Judah in Riblah [all who followed him]. He also put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in bronze fetters, took him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death (Jer 52:8-11).” God told him exactly how it would be, and then it happened, as it will with us. There is no refuge in lies, no safety in our own cleverness, and Zedekiah’s failed escape reminds us. He thought that he could sneak through the walk, but God’s judgment knew what he would do, and He sent the army against him.
Will we escape God’s wrath? It will not be by unbelief and living as WE see fit. We’ll be saved God’s way, on His terms, or we’ll perish ASSUREDLY! Hear me on this: You can be saved, but it will not be by works of righteousness that we have done. We must believe the gospel, lest the curse come upon us, bowing to Jesus as Lord whom God raised from the dead. Do not make your own terms! You are not your Savior: He is. Would you refuse a life vest and grab hold of an anchor, if your boat was sinking? Would you throw away a parachute and flap your arms, if your plane was going down? Then why deny God’s way for your own way, which is NO WAY at all? If righteousness came by the law (our obedience), then Christ died in vain, so if there was anything that we could do ourselves, God would never have sent His Son to suffer the cross and pay for sins (Gal 2:21).
Will you follow the Lord Jesus Christ, forsaking everything for Him, or do you have a better idea about escaping the Judgment? Are we going to party in hell, like they sing about, or is God right, and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt 25:30)? It is folly to reject His warnings. The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves that He is Lord, proves that He put away sin, and it proves that sin must be punished. God’s way of escape is FAITH in His Son’s name, which is obedience to His word, bowing to His promise of salvation. He says, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him (John 3:36).”
Faith says, “I don’t care how I feel: Jesus Christ SATISFIED God’s justice because He raised Him, and I am saved by FAITH ALONE because that’s what He says.” Faith says, “I believe God will help me obey because Christ put my sins away already (Rom 8:1-4).” Faith is God’s gift, but it comes by the word, so be wiser than King Zedekiah! He thought he could outsmart God, and the last thing he saw was his children put to death, and the next thing he’ll see is the awful wrath and fury of God. He has promised to spare a few who will confess their sins and declare that He is right (vs15-16).
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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