Month 2:12, Week 2:4 (Revee/Shavu'ot), Year 5935:042 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Sunday 15 May 2011
Repent or Perish!
And, No, This Isn't the End
This devotional is dedicated to Pastor Lahry Sibley who
who has always given me encouragement and support
The Evangelical Protestant world is going wild with all the current global disasters. The latest predictions I have heard are that Yah'shua (Jesus) is coming back in three days' time, though some are saying the rapture will be in six days' time. One prediction that the Israeli Republic would be invaded yesterday has failed, as will the latest two. Yah'shua (Jesus) isn't returning next Wednesday and no rapture is going to take place next Saturday. Sorry. The false, dysnomiac (lawless) pop prophets are just way, way off. Don't listen to them.
The latest buzz is that the élite is turning their HAARP weapons on the New Madrid fault line to set off a massive earthquake that will divide continental America in two when the Mississippi river floods. Somehow I doubt that is going to happen in the next week or two. For one thing the élite haven't finished all their underground bunkers yet.
So what's the truth? Well, for one thing, the élite don't control world events the way they think they do, however self-confident and arrogant they may currenrtly be. Yahweh does. Actually, I think they are desperately worried and are trying to advance their global agenda as fast as they possibly can. Their EU project is in dire straits with the €uro close to collapse.
What does Yahweh want of people - believers and unbelievers alike - who are in the midst of all these permitted disasters as they watch human beings perishing around them? What does He want of us as we watch the TV or Internet and see nuclear reactors melting down in Japan, tornadoes in the USA, earthquakes in divers places like Spain (Lorca), volcanoes erupting in Italy (Etna), and as we await the economic meltdown? What is His message?
One thing is certain - former lawless routines of repentance or worship aren't working. Yahweh is waiting for a complete return to all His ways. He knows - and those who are tuned to Him know - that the people are not listening but rather multiplying in disobedience and wickedness. Lawless Christians refuse to obey the Torah (Law) and Messianics refuse to return to Yah'shua (Jesus) like little children
"Unless you repent you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3, NKJV).
As one Messianic preacher recently observed, most believers think they are just being tested with all these disasters. What they don't realise - or don't want to realise - is that Yahweh is actually calling them - that's you and me - to a proper repentance. He wants genuine conversion (Mt.18:3), not the play-acting of spoiled kids who think they can interpret the Gospel however they want or pick and choose what they want to obey.
"Therefore you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not obey you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you" (Jer.7:27, NKJV).
How many of you have noticed as you have followed different believers' groups online how conspicuously absent is any sort of repentance!? Most believers are simply viewing current events as countdowns to the Second Coming or to a 'Rapture' or to a Mayan Apocalyptic end in 2012. The reaction seems to be one of incredulousness as though no one is actually being moved inside to be converted. And that's because almost no one is repenting.
What more do you suppose will be needed to actually get people to repent? Global tsunamis? I have to tell you all, in completele soberness, that the world is not about to end and that Yah'shua (Jesus) is not about to return and that people are not going to be raptured. Sorry, but 'you ain't seen nothin' yet'! People are so out of it, so asleep, so hypnotised that a few earthquakes and tsunamis aren't going to wake them up! Incredible? Not really. Because they are set in their minds and hearts about not repenting, and yet they still call out in their prayers. Are they being heard?
Of course, they have their theological excuses, saying that Torah has been abolished, when Yahweh makes the same demands today:
"One who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah (Law), even his prayer is an abomination" (Prov.28:9, NKJV).
Remember, the prayers of those who refuse to obey the mitzvot (commandments) are an ABOMINATION. It's not Yahweh who needs to wake up but YOU! The day of playing at being God is over.
"Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His mitzvot (commandments) and do those things that are pleasing in His sight" (1 John 3:22, NKJV).
The other day I listened, with great sadness, to the prayer of a woman online who was begging Yahweh to send her a man to take care of her. The fact that she had abandoned her husband, committed adultery, and dragged her son into a life of lawlessness and godlessness didn't seem to enter into the equation for her. Did she really expect Yahweh to hear her while she was in a state of such total rebellion? People seem to want Yahweh to bless them when they refuse to do what Yahweh tells them to do, feigning ignorance. You can't fool the Almighty. Don't even try!
There comes a time when we are to stop praying for those who refuse to repent because Yahweh won't hear their prayers no matter how much difficulty they are having (Jer.7:13; 11:14). This was true at the time when Jerusalem was surrounded by an invading - and ultimately victorious - Babylonian army and it is true today in once Christian nations surrounded by disasters. I have said this befroe and I have said it again: there is no further repentance for the Western nations. They have ripened in iniquity and are just getting worse. The West is dying even as the East is rising. It's so obvious but people refuse to see it. It is now for individuals, families and congregations to repent and to gather to the places where Yahweh directs them.
Brethren and sisters, is is not the end of the world, even if Planet X or Nibiru turns everything upside down. This is not the final burning because Yahweh loves us too much for that just yet. Not until the whole planet has ripened in iniquity, as in the days of Noah, will that final burning happen, but by then we will be in the cities of refuge. There is a lot more to go through because there is a lot more refining of Yahweh's people to take place yet - we are far from ready for the end of the dispensation.
So don't be deceived by the apocalyptic-looking events happening all around. This is just a wake-up call. Yes, your standard of living is going to go down, new powers like China will arise, and are arising, and the United States and Europe are in irreversible decline. Look at your radiation maps and see which countries are being drenched.
Turn to the living Elohim (God), repent of your sins, accept Yah'shua (Jesus) as your Master (Lord) and Deliverer (Saviour), obey the mitzvot (commandments) of the Torah (Law), or perish - quickly or slowly, the end result is the same.