I often wonder why I continue to keep sounding the alarm to many about the state of our world, and in particular, our nation.
I say that, because most seem to keep their heads buried in the sand, like ostriches.
One would point to the imminent danger of a cliff ahead, and how close we are to falling off that precipice. And yet many seem to want to go on their merry way thinking that everything ahead is truly level ground; surely life will go on as usual.
We’ve always had severe weather patterns, earthquakes, upheavals and the like, many would say.
I am reminded then about the verses from 2 Peter:
“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,” 2 Peter 3:4.
Surely, it’s not that one would want to be a preacher of doom and gloom. It’s not that one would relish in the words of dark days and the judgment of God.
We as parents would want to keep our own children safe and alert them to the dangers that might be ahead. If a child was close to a highway wouldn’t we want to let them know how dangerous it was for them to cross it without preparation?
Our heavenly Father cares for His children much more than we do. It would be a devious lie to say that a road ahead was smooth, and that the bridge ahead was safe to cross when indeed, the bridge had been washed out years ago.
Those that speak wonderful and cheery words are oftentimes more accepted. This has been true for thousands of years. And yet even the kings of the past wanted to know if they would win the battle against their foes. Isn’t it better to know the truth of an outcome rather than an empty promise?
And even some in the Christian community are ignorant of the fact that a loving God would send judgment upon a nation. Why indeed, would the raging seas and earthquakes be allowed to destroy homes and wreak havoc upon the lives of many?
And yet, many continue to state the verses from 2 Chronicles 7:14.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Indeed, some have called upon the name of the LORD, but how many have continued in their ways thinking that God would surely ignore the wickedness of a nation. Surely, our occasional prayer would still His hand, wouldn’t it?
But those that echo these types of statements are not hearing from God. They quote scriptures and promises that are true, but their ears have been stopped.
The heavens are like brass to them, and the warnings that they could heed, are dismissed because some lunatic prophet is speaking words that they don’t want to hear.
Instead, they would rather gather with others singing songs that speak of bright days ahead.
Instead, some of these would rather gather together at conferences and hear their favorite speakers who would entertain them, and say things that they would want to hear.
But how many times does a Father need to warn His children?
Eventually that Father must allow His children to learn things on their own, because they would not heed His warnings.
~ 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?