The Child will come (again)
Zephaniah 1:14 - The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
Many of the preachers are preaching end times are at hand and this is helping get people to wake up and audit their life and life doings. But the sad thing is it is not true that the end times at our door.
It is like a woman who is pregnant, the doctor does give an approximate date of delivery and knows that the child will come a few days front of back but it is only in case of serious problem one would have a premature delivery.
The woman in labor will have discomfort feelings from the seventh month that does not mean she will go into delivery. This is the best time of the pregnancy for a mother, for this is when she feels the movements of the child strongly and builds a very strong bond with the child. God is in charge of this delivery so just forget about any premature delivery.
The Bible talks about the Great Day of the Lord and the calamities that shadow this day. People mistake that the problems are going to be faced by the people of God. The scriptures clearly say like in today's message Zephaniah 1:14-18 the disasters are faced by the mighty people of this world and those who go against the people of God. There is no doubt that there is going to be some discomfort which will be experienced by the people of God but they will actually see the glory of God.
This Day is also called the Day of the Lord's Revenge and Jesus calls it the Days of Affliction when the Lord takes account of the atrocities done towards His people. This is the time He punishes all those who are against His people and those who blasphemy His Name.
It is time we take God seriously and get into the fortified city and hang in the suburbs. This part-time-God business is soon going to stop and one will have to acknowledge God in everything and every part of their lives. This part-time-Christian business will have to stop soon or we will be party to face what is at the door step. Zephaniah 1:17 gives an idea of what is due 'their blood will be poured out like dust and their flesh like dung'.
When the wrath of God was on Jerusalem those who took the warning of Jesus and abided by His Word and fled to the mountains escaped the disasters that fell on the city. This is our time to follow the Lord's instructions to be saved.
One should not mistake these days for those which come when all the elect of the Lord have passed through and Satan is given a free hand.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You love your people and You are not blind nor is your hand short when your people are abused, tortured and killed by the people of this world. You are patient and merciful and give sufficient time to repent. Lord, we pray your abundant grace on your people that they come into your fortified city by coming into acknowledge of the authority You have given them. That they be saved from your wrath...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
14 But when ye see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not (let him that readeth understand), then let them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains:
15 and let him that is on the housetop not go down, nor enter in, to take anything out of his house:
16 and let him that is in the field not return back to take his cloak.
17 But woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days!
18 And pray ye that it be not in the winter.
19 For those days shall be tribulation, such as there hath not been the like from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never shall be.
20 And except the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved; but for the elect's sake, whom he chose, he shortened the days.
21 And then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ; or, Lo, there; believe it not:
22 for there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have told you all things beforehand.
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25 and the stars shall be falling from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens shall be shaken.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
16 But ye shall be delivered up even by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
18 And not a hair of your head shall perish.
19 In your patience ye shall win your souls.
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