Sometimes I wonder and it seems true, that many in this hour are perhaps getting tired of seeing all of the warnings and messages that speak of the great judgment that is coming.
I say this in part because there is large percentage who have shut their eyes and ears to what is really happening.
One would be reminded by the words of the Apostle:
“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 the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished,'” 2 Peter 3:4-6.
You see, after waiting and waiting for the appearance of our LORD, some find themselves wrapped up in a cloak of apathy and complacency.
The same is true of those who speak of judgment and utter words of devastation and horrendous events.
And yet, are we to quit the mandate that we have been called to?
Are we to only speak words of encouragement and comfort to prevent what is surely coming?
If one sees that the train tracks ahead lead to a cliff that falls into an abyss, would those on the train not want to know what is ahead?
Or is it best to just sing hallelujahs and sweet songs of the hereafter instead, to comfort those who are present?
Surely there is indeed a balance that is needed, and surely it is important to know that our LORD will be ever-present with us no matter what comes.
But it is in love that those words of judgment are given, for without them, then one cannot be prepared.
But perhaps there comes a time when those words that have been uttered from the throne need to come to an end.
For after repeated times, the ears of some have become closed, for the bitterness of the taste of those words is too hard for them to swallow. Vinegar even though useful at times, is much too strong, and then only honey is desired.
A time probably came when the ancient patriarch Noah ceased to warn others of the great flood that was coming. And yet he continued to build the ark no matter how much those around him were laughing and jeering at him.
The same could be said of Isaiah or Jeremiah or many of the other prophets.
Indeed, there will come a time when the next chapter will be opened, and perhaps there won’t be as many words to be seen on the pages ahead.
Instead, there may be only pictures and a few blank pages for those to read…..
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?