IS THE JUDGEMENT OF SOCIETY NIGH?
When talking with people about spiritual issues, you notice that they
have all kinds of excuses they use to justify not turning to God such as: is
the Bible really the word of God, does God really exist, hasn't the theory of
evolution proven that Creation is impossible and is Jesus really the only way
to get to God? They have these excuses that allow them to quickly reject God
and avoid giving their lives to Him.
This writing is about the destiny of society. Just as we can reject eternal life and consider it cheap, so can we be careless about this subject. We fail to note,
however, that things can take a turn for the worse
and God can withdraw His blessing and protection
from our society. The further evil and sins proceed among people, the more
likely this is. At some point, we may reach a point where God loses patience
and society will be faced with judgement as in the days of Noah and Lot. The Western world may already be close to this point.
"Nicky, Dave said that God does have the
right to pose the same question to our current society. What are the
differences between the West and the corrupt Sodom? Are we better than the
generation of Noah? Or the people of Lot's times? Are
we better than the corrupt inhabitants of Ammon? Are
we somehow more worthy than Niniva that was
destroyed by God? Based on the evidence from the past, why should God save us
since we are doing seven times more evil things than the corrupt people of the
LESSONS FROM HISTORY
History has repeatedly shown the same thing: people don’t learn from
mankind’s history or their experiences. They always repeat the same mistakes.
Even though terrible things happened in the past,
people don’t change their ways. They chose the wrong thing, again and again.
They repeat their mistakes everywhere: finances, morality, leadership... People
are more likely to make bad choices if the only example we have is from the
distant past -- decades ago -- or before we were born. Those people who have
learned lessons from their own difficult experiences tend to be more cautious
and understand that bad times may come again.
Another thing many people ignore is the history recorded in
the Bible. The Bible tells us about many people whose sin and evil met God’s
limit and they had to face the wrath of God. These people included the
Canaanites, Babylonians, Sodomites and Gomorrans (the
latter two were residents of Sodom and Gomorrah. These cities are mentioned
in the Ebla clay tablets found at Ebla; they were real places). The people
living during Noah’s time, and the tribes of Judea and Israel all faced God’s
judgement. The Bible tells us about them so we won’t make the same mistakes; we
are supposed to learn from history. They are warnings given to us but we often
ignore them. We refuse to believe that God will discipline our generation the
same way as He disciplined others.
- (Jer 7:12) But go you now to my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I
did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.
- (1 Cor 10:9-11) Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and
were destroyed of serpents.
murmur you, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all
these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our
admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come.
- (2 Peter 2:6) And
turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an
overthrow, making them an ensample to those that after should live ungodly;
IS GOD ONLY LOVE?
Nowadays, people often talk about God's love and not about His sanctity.
They say that God loves everyone and does not
condemn unrepentant sinners or corrupt societies. In this doctrine, God’s only characteristic is love;
that He is our judge is not accepted. The act of judgement
is considered incompatible with God’s good nature.
However, there are two sides to God’s goodness. In addition to being love and loving
people (1 John 4:9,10, John 3:16, Tit 3:4, Rom
5:8-10), He is a completely good and holy God. He is so good that He must hate
evil. If he were to accept evil and let bad things be, how could He be good? Many
people think about God in this way; however, if an entity does not react to
evil in any way, this entity cannot be good. It is impossible.
This is the most important reason for judgement; it’s why the Canaanites who sacrificed
their children in fires,
and other societies mentioned in the Bible, were destroyed. This happened because the debt of sin of these
people reached God’s limit, and their evilness became too great. (Gen 15:16: But in the fourth generation they shall come here again:
for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. / Gen 19:15: And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened to Lot, saying, Arise, take your wife, and your two
daughters, which are here; lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city.).
Theologian and teacher David Pawson
has explained the way God
Why does God hate? Why does He kill? Why does He
curse? Because He is so good! This does not make any sense to us because we
cannot experience perfect goodness and thus cannot even fathom it. But God is
so good that He must hate evil. He is so good that he must condemn anyone who
is not good. He is so good that He must destroy evil people. In fact, this is
the explanation for many of the events described in the Bible. (...)
So, here we have the Bible's idea
of a righteous God who always acts in a righteous manner when dealing with us.
This is why He must – due to his righteous nature – always punish evil. He
would be less than good, less than righteous if He were to disregard evil and
never punish evil people. He must do it. He is so good that He does not let
anyone get away with something evil without punishment. I consider this good
news. It means that we are living in a moral universe; it means that nobody
will get off lightly. (2)
A quote from historian Josephus touches on the same
subject. Josephus wrote that it was no
coincidence that Jerusalem, its temple and Israel were destroyed in 70 AD. The
generation of that time was more atheistic than any previous generation. The
destruction took place on the same day on which the temple of Jerusalem had
been destroyed centuries before:
It was destiny that ordered devastation like
this. Inevitably it came, both for the living and the lifeless, also places.
However, one cannot help but to wonder the accuracy of data, how it has been
proportioned: the destruction took place on the same day of the same month (…)
as the Babylonians earlier burnt the holy room. (3)
I presume that if the Roman attack against these
rascals had been delayed, the earth would have opened and swallowed this city,
or a drowning flood would have come, or it would have been destroyed by the
fire and burning sulphur of a thunderstorm as the country of Sodom was
destroyed. This generation was much more atheistic than those who were
destroyed before in the punishment of Sodom; and then, the whole nation was
also destroyed for the sake of their absurdity. (4)
TWO ISSUES TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT
When we are considering the damaging things and
judgement, we must understand two important things. These are:
- God does not
want to judge us; He wants to change people.
- Accidents and
natural disasters are not always the result of sin.
God does not want to judge us; He wants to
change people. We must understand
that God does not want anything bad to happen to any society. This is a
misconception. He may judge a society because of what the society has done but
He actually wants every person in each society to turn to Him so that judgement
can be avoided altogether. This is proven by several
verses in the Bible:
- (Ezek 18:23,32) Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? said the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his
ways, and live?
32 For I
have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, said the Lord GOD: why turn
yourselves, and live you.
- (Ezek 33:11) Say to
them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of
the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn you,
turn you from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?
- (2 Peter 3:9) The
Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that
all should come to repentance.
A good example of this is the attitude of Jesus. Since He is the Son of
God and a perfect image of God (John 14:9: Jesus
said to him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me,
Philip? he that has seen me has seen the Father; and how say you then, Show us
the Father?), He did not want Jerusalem to be destroyed; He cried
for the city. This proves that God wants people to be saved, to turn to Him and
change. This is always what God wants:
- (Matt 23:37-39) O
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent
to you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a
hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!
Behold, your house is left to you desolate.
39 For I say
to you, You shall not see me from now on, till you shall say, Blessed is he
that comes in the name of the Lord.
- (Luke 19:41-44) And
when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Saying, If you had known, even you, at least in this your
day, the things which belong to your peace! but now they
are hid from your eyes.
43 For the
days shall come on you, that your enemies shall cast a trench about you, and
compass you round, and keep you in on every side,
44 And shall
lay you even with the ground, and your children within you; and they shall not
leave in you one stone on another; because you knew not the time of your
Accidents and disasters are not always connected to sin. Another
misconception is that if a society or a person experiences something bad, it is
always because the person or society is worse than others. The destruction of
Jerusalem was naturally foreseen, but Jesus denied the
concept that everything that happens to us is in connection to sin. This does
not have to be the case. Instead, he directed our attention to the fact that
everyone must repent or they will drown. Paul later discussed the same subject:
- (Luke 13:1-5) There
were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood
Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And Jesus
answering said to them, Suppose you that these Galileans were sinners above
all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
3 I tell
you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those
eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think you that
they were sinners above all men that dwelled in Jerusalem?
5 I tell
you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.
- (Acts 17:22-30) Then
Paul stood in the middle of Mars' hill, and said, You
men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious.
23 For as I
passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription,
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore you ignorantly worship, him
declare I to you.
24 God that
made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and
earth, dwells not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he gives to all life, and breath, and all
26 And has
made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth,
and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel
after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in
him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets
have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 For as
much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the
Godhead is like to gold, or silver, or stone, graven by are and man's device.
30 And the
times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent:
David Pawson teaches about
the same thing when talking about the tsunami that occurred a couple of years ago on Boxing
Day. He warns us from deducing that all disasters are clearly directed at someone. This may sometimes be
the case, but it is not a general rule:
Let us return to the question of natural
disasters. We can view them from a biblical viewpoint. First of all, I don't
think that the tsunami was directed to anyone in particular. I mean that I do
not believe that God selected a specific location or time for the tsunami and
the ensuing earthquake. I have heard that some people believe so. I have heard
someone say that the place was especially selected. I heard a Muslim mullah say
that Allah directed the tsunami against the prostitution taking place in the
mostly Buddhist Thailand. He conveniently disregarded the fact that the country
that took the most damage due to the tsunami, Sumatra, is a Muslim country. I
also heard a Christian preacher say that the tsunami was directed towards
Sumatra because Christians have suffered so much in Indonesia and Sumatra is
part of Indonesia. He conveniently disregarded the fact that the tsunami caused
the most devastation in India in the province of Tamil Nadu that is the most
Christian part of India. 13% of the people in Tamil Nadu are Christians, and many
Christians in Sri Lanka live near the coastline. This is why I don't believe
that we could say that God directed the tsunami against a particular group of
people. Neither do I believe that the time was carefully selected. The disaster
took place on Boxing Day, a Christian holiday, and during a full moon, which is
naturally connected to Islam, but I don't believe that the tsunami was directed
to a particular time or place. (5)
HOW CAN WE KNOW THAT JUDGEMENT IS NEAR?
- (Pro 14:34) Righteousness
exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Since past societies have been destroyed or been faced with judgement
because of their sins, the question is, what kind of conditions were present
before the judgment? Next, we will study some characteristics common to all those societies mentioned earlier. We will see that modern
Western countries share many of these characteristics.
- (Ezek 16:49,50) Behold,
this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance
of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they
were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away
as I saw good.
Before its judgement, Sodom was wealthy. A major act of
judgement is usually preceded by a wave of wealth; this was the case in Sodom.
It seemed that good times were endless; there was plenty of safety, fullness of bread and abundance of idleness. These
blessings are not wrong as such, but people started to take them for granted, which caused them to drift farther away from God and pay
more attention to their wealth and wellbeing.
We can see that the same thing happened
again and again throughout the history of the
Israelites as told in the Old Testament. God blessed
His people and gave them wealth. They became rich and prosperous but then they
forgot about their Lord, the source of their blessings. They took God – the source of their wealth -- lightly. We
read about the situation in Deuteronomy:
- (Deut 32:15) But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxen fat, you are
grown thick, you are covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him,
and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
One way God reveals His blessings is through
revivals. God does not want anyone to drown; that is why He draws people to Himself
more strongly than ever before
and after a period of judgement (or bad times). This is what
happened around a hundred years ago, right before thefirst world
war: the Welsh Revival, the Pentecostal Movement and other revivals sprang up around the world. Other revivals took place before
the American Revolutionary War and the American
(...) We did not want to return to America so
soon, but we had to leave because of our safety. Besides, the striving of all
nations was only aimed at filling the hearts of people with hate and homicidal
ideas. There seemed to be no room for the spirit of the Gospel. The Sermon on
the Mount has nothing in common with the principles of the "God of
War". During times of war, people are expected to do everything in their
might to hate, curse and kill their enemies instead of loving them. Some may do
this if they see fit, but for me the Gospel remains the same – whether it is war
or peace: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
(...) "Seven years of great
plenty" in the beginning of Pentecost and "seven lean years" at
the doorstep of the World War. This is how we first prophesied. We also saw
that many churches would follow this. The religious situation became harsher.
What next? Luther, in his time, expected for the "end of the world".
The United States [of
America] has experienced many movements of God but two of them have been
so powerful and far-reaching that the word revival does not suffice.
These were so exceptional in terms of their social and spiritual impact that
historians have called them great revivals. During these amazing outbursts of God's
grace, it seemed like the whole nation would awake from its spiritual dream to
see the bright reality of the kingdom of God. Almost everybody converted in
some towns and villages, and whole regions were drawn into the truth of the
Gospel. Major changes took place in the society and morality increased – not
because of changes of law but because of changes of heart.
The first of these great revivals
preceded the Revolutionary War and the second the American Civil War. Both
revivals and both wars caused major changes in the spiritual and social weave
of America. (7)
Continuous corruption shows that judgement is near.
Continuous corruption means that people go ever deeper into
sin and godlessness, and there is more violence (Gen 6:11). Children engage in
worse acts than their fathers, just as happened in
ancient Israel and Judea. The situation was good at first there: the people
were moral. However, as years passed people became ever more corrupt. Finally,
this destroyed Israel:
- (Jer 16:12,13) And you have done worse
than your fathers; for, behold, you
walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not
listen to me:
Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that you
know not, neither you nor your fathers; and there shall you serve other gods
day and night; where I will not show you favor.
What about our modern society and its
development? We can see characteristics similar to the society of ancient Israel. Our
previous generations honoured Christian values and were closer to God.
They did not have computers, cars or material goods to the extent that we have
now; neither did they have the kind
of immorality we have today. One need only watch
some shows on the television to see examples of that
An old lady now deceased described what life was like a couple of decades ago. She compared material poverty and the moral status then and
Watching things when knowing this all, one must
wonder why the young people today are not grateful and happy. They have food,
they have everything. The young people today have had it too well. They don't
understand what life was like back then and how much we had to work to get
everything we now have. I'm not saying this because I only worry about the past
or because I'm bitter. I have never been bitter in my life.
But I have to ask: why are people
not grateful now? They have food, warm food at school, everything. But they are
fussy about food: "I don't want to eat this or that!" Back then, I
would have been grateful if I had even bread every day; that was not always the
case. That was what life was like back then. This is why the modern generation
should know what was the starting
point when Finland became independent. It was not easy; by no means.
(...) Somehow all the people in
Finland were closer to God then because the difficult times caused people to
turn to God. Nobody made fun of other people's clothes at school, even though
sometimes boys came to school wearing women's shoes. Many boys did not have
men's shoes: they wore what they could get their hands on, and the same applied
to clothes. Many boys had a flowing women's coat. Everybody could see that the
coat had been made for a woman but nobody jeered at the boy because of it. We
were happy as long as we had something to wear.
(...) There was plenty of
restlessness in the world back then, too. But it was not unrest like fearing
about war, not yet. I understood that humanity had somehow drifted away from
God. People did talk in a civilised manner and had high morals. Drinking or
swearing in public was very uncommon then. If there was a party or a gathering,
people never cursed or came to the party drunk. People considered such
behaviour substandard. Booze and swearing were left out at the times when
Finland became independent because people were closer to God, thanks to the
times of revivals. This influence lasted until the 30's or even the 40's.
People did not talk dirty or rude in public. Everybody was very well-behaved,
and polite towards women. Violence was very rare, too. The entire village
disapproved if someone hit a woman.
Violence started to increase later
on. I understood completely why. When people started to turn away from God, the
world started to take the young people in. The devil started to introduce his
teachings. People talked dirty, which was unheard of. It still feels bad for me
when I hear people in public or in the TV or radio cursing...
A responsible person who has
experienced these two eras had to be worried about what was to come. Praise the
great Lord that He has not allowed the Word to be lost among us altogether!
People started to destroy, and later on even question the existence of God! It
was a horrible thing to hear for a person whose life God had guided all the
way, to whom God was always talking, always explaining things, and who clearly
saw that God exists. Is this how far Finns have come from God? What will happen
to the nation if it rejects God this way? (8)
TV is one piece of evidence that proves our society
has changed. TV has been a common media for more than forty years, and steady increase in immorality can be
seen across its history. The people who make TV shows and the people who
own TV channels are like Manasseh who fooled his people into sin and decadence resulting in the destruction of the nation (2 Chron.
33:9,10: So Manasseh made
Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the
heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel. And the
LORD spoke to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not listen.). It
is unlikely that somebody is trying to do this now,
but TV programs do show us where we are headed.
People brag about sin in our society like the ancient Sodomites and Isralelites did: "The show of their countenance does witness against them;
and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe to their soul! for they have rewarded evil to themselves.” (Isaiah 3:9). If we use this as a benchmark,
we have already reached the same situation as the ancient societies.
The next quote is about the change that one can see in TV programming. The writer is
considering a period of only ten years, but looking at even this
short period of time will show us what has happened.
A TV critic describes his observations:
time to stop the bar
Do you remember the first season of the veteran
reality show Survivor in Finland in 2001? The nation was outraged by the
immorality of the show: the competitors plotted, lied and stabbed each other in
the back. The only thing people say about Survivor now is that it is one
of the best reality shows ever. Nobody is shocked by the show anymore.
This is a little like a force of
nature, such as gravity. Once we have lowered the bar, it slowly continues its
descent on its own. It would have been unheard of in 2001 for a pretty lady to
be on TV almost topless, trying to get horny men to send text messages to a
paid service. Such an idea would have been completely rejected then. Now it is
Please insert the worst reality
shows you can remember here – the ones where people eat worms or the ones where
stupid single people frolic around on an island. If you were outraged by all
such shows, you would not have time for anything else.
The lowering bar disrupts other
natural laws, too: first of all, it will not stop even when it reaches the
ground level; it will continue to sink even further. Secondly, it will never
stop its descent. Now they are showing a show about horoscopes called Astro-tv in the Finnish TV; next, we will have a
show about horoscopes with a hostess in bikini. And then she will take the
I might be wrong, too, and the bar
might start to rise again. I surely hope that I am. (9)
One can see this
same sinking morality and rise of
sin in the advertisements of a couple of Finnish TV
stations that are promoting their new shows. In these ads we find people doing the
same thing as those residents of Sodom and ancient Israel: bragging
about sin. You could not see this in TV show ads in Finland a couple of decades
ago. Shows are advertised by saying something like:
- “Indecent, brave, dissolute…”
- ”Morals are loose on the weekends
but on Mondays they are lost.”
and bad all muddled up
- (Isaiah 5:20) Woe to
them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light
for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
One of the characteristics of ancient Israel before its judgement was
that people claimed that good was evil and evil good. They rejected the things
they used to consider right and started to favour the wrong things. People who
preached this new type of morality were valued and
even called heroes.
What about the situation today? It’s
probably not much different from that in ancient
Israel. People have continued to accept more and more things that previous
generations considered wrong, such as abortion (You
shall not kill), free sexual relationships (You
shall not commit adultery), or homosexual
behaviour [See Leviticus 18:22,
20:13; 1 Cor 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:10]. These have become acceptable and valued during the period of one generation; before
now, people thought they were wrong. People have justified them by standing on human rights and equality, instead of accepting that such behaviour is lustful and sinful; this behaviour should
It is easy to see how this
change in thinking occurred. Basically, it happened when people no
longer believed that God is the source of morality. If people are descended from apes, like Darwin's theory states, then it is natural for them to have a variety of opinions.
All views seem equal because there is no fixed point by which
one can set one's moral compass.
This is also shown in a prophecy given
to the founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth (1829–1912). He
received this prophecy near the end of his life. The
first part of the prophecy is about a new generation of political leaders
ruling Europe – a generation that has no fear whatsoever of God. This is one
reason why the change in morals has taken place, and
why people now say that things they once considered
wrong are good instead.
1. "At that time politics
is without God. (...) There will be a day when the official state politics
of the entire West is of the kind that nobody in a leading position fears God
(...) the new generation of political leaders will rule Europe; a generation
that does not fear God in the least;
- (Ezek 22:7,29-31) In you have they set light by father and mother: in the
middle of you have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in you have
they vexed the fatherless and the widow.
people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed
the poor and needy: yes, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
30 And I
sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the
gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
31 Therefore have I poured out
my indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their
own way have I recompensed on their heads, said the Lord GOD.
- (Ezek 16:49,50) Behold,
this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and
abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she
strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they
were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away
as I saw good.
Attitude towards strangers, people from other countries and refugees, is
one factor that can influence the fate of society, like in ancient Israel. This
does not mean that we should give refugees everything on a silver platter:
expensive homes, money to live with and everything ready – this could easily
cause people who are out of a job or otherwise disadvantaged to feel envious. However, one cause of godly judgement may be negligence or downright violence.
If society treats refugees poorly and starts to hate them, its debt of sin is
close to God’s limit. A prophecy from the 1960s describes this. It tells also about TV shows and their
People will accept what they see and they will
not have only one alternative to watch on TV; instead, they will have plenty to
watch. The TV will work just as the radio. We will be able to switch from one
show to another, and all of them will be full of violence. People will consider
this entertaining. The worst imaginable murders and scenes of violence will be
staged for people to see, and such behaviour will spread through society.
Sexual intercourse will be shown on TV. The most intimate of things that should
only be part of a marriage, will be shown onscreen. This will happen and you
will see it taking place. The laws we now have will be broken and amazingly
lecherous things will be shown to us.
People from poor countries will
flood to Europe. They will also arrive in Scandinavia and Norway. People will
not like the refugees being here, and they will be harsh towards them. They
will treat them more and more like Jews before the war. This is when the debt
of sin will be filled. This will happen right before Jesus Christ returns – and
before WWIII. It will be a short war. Everything I have experienced about war
will be like child's play compared to this. It will start like a regular war
but it will spread and end with atomic bombs. The air will be so polluted that
people will not be able to breathe, and this will happen on several continents.
America, Japan, Australia – the rich countries. Water will be polluted. We will
not be able to cultivate the land in these places. The people still left in the
rich countries will try to escape to the poorer ones that are undamaged. They
will be treated there like we treat them here, and they will not be willing to
accept us. (10)
Critical attitude towards the Gospel. One piece of
evidence showing that judgement is near is the fact
that people's attitude towards the Gospel and Jesus Christ is critical. This is
what happened before the destruction of Jerusalem and Israel: the people
rejected their Messiah. God offered them eternal life and blessings but they
rejected these and objected to them until God lost patience. Paul wrote
about his people:
- (1 Thess 2:15,16) Who both killed the Lord
Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God,
and are contrary to all men:
16 Forbidding us to
speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always:
for the wrath is come on them to the uttermost.
What about the situation today? There may not always be outright
opposition like in the days of Paul but people in the West are rarely positive
towards the Gospel. They are open towards all other philosophies but not
towards the Gospel about Christ. They speak of being tolerant and objective but
many societies in practice reject the idea that God is the Creator and Jesus is
the only Saviour.
A couple of examples of this negative attitude are atheists
and secular humanists. They try to exclude the Bible, prayer and Creation from
the curricula of schools. They say that the situation would become neutral if religion were abolished from
schools and society, but they are wrong. They have not removed religion:
instead, they have replaced it with another one. They have replaced it with a
humanistic religion that is opposed to God and based on Darwin's theory of
evolution. They are open towards such teachings and the morals they have chosen
but they reject the Christian view of life even though the previous generations
based their thinking on this view.
The group called "Tolerance" was
established. They demanded tolerance towards all religious ways, beliefs and practices.
They said that we must stop being intolerant in our society. They had a
brochure explaining their views; it was interesting that the brochure listed
all the things they were against. Most of the things towards which they were
intolerant were about Christianity. They actually meant that we should be
tolerant towards everything but Christianity!
(...) The true battle is about the
fact that people do not want to accept the Christian faith. They do not want to
accept that there is a God to whom they are accountable. This is perhaps the
reason why one Evolutionist lecturer stated: "You will never be able to
convince to me that evolution is a religion". In other words, he would
refuse to believe that it is a religion no matter what kind of proof we were to
show him. He refused to accept the fact that his view of the world is based on
a religion because that would mean admitting that it is all about blind faith.
And then he would not be able to say that his religion is the right religion.
GETTING READY FOR THE FUTURE
Reading in the Bible about Joseph, we see that he was able
to explain the pharaoh's dreams. Bad times were coming,
and the pharaoh's dreams were God’s warning. Because Joseph was able to explain the dreams – another gift from God -- people could get prepared. Bad times came, but they were not as bad as they could have
been because people had time to prepare. Major problems did not occur
because people were ready for the worst.
- (Gen 41:25-31,34-37) And Joseph said to Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one:
God has showed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
26 The seven
good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream
27 And the
seven thin and ill favored cows that came up after
them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall
be seven years of famine.
This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh: What God
is about to do he shows to Pharaoh.
Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout
all the land of Egypt:
30 And there
shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be
forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;
31 And the
plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for
it shall be very grievous.
Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the
fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
35 And let them gather all the food
of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and
let them keep food in the cities.
36 And that
food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which
shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.
37 And the
thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
People nowadays do not think much about the future.
They think that everything will continue as it has been and
that no bad times will happen.
Policy-makers and individuals
continuously take on more debt to secure their future instead of trying to get
rid of the payments burdening them (Rom 13:8: Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has
fulfilled the law.). People refuse to believe that harder times are
ahead for us, even though
many have warned them.
A female prophet, now
deceased, wrote about this. She wrote about the bad
times that are coming:
He said: "Lastly, I will give the Nordic
countries the blessing of growth." He announced this famine already in
1974. He said: "First there will be unemployment all through the country
and then there will be a global economic recession. Catastrophic global famine
will ensue right after these. You will tear the trees out with their roots from
the fields that you are now planting; you will be so busy getting to the world
to get food because I will give the blessing of growth last to the Nordic
He did not say what would happen in
Central Europe, what would happen because of pollution or what would otherwise
happen there but He did say: "In Finland, place three years worth of grain
and seed in storage; dry wheat will keep."
And what do we have in store? I
think almost nothing! Here we are: the nation is not obeying Him even though
people are saying to them time and time again that the Lord would want to help
us to help others! (12)
However, even more important than
being prepared for this life is being prepared for eternity. The Bible says
that we are eternal beings; if this is true, we should take this into account.
We should all turn to God before it is too late to be forgiven our sins and get
eternal life from God. The following must be taken into account here:
The significance of Jesus. The most important
message in the Bible is about Jesus Christ. The
Bible shows that through Him God has prepared our access to Heaven and to Himself. We do not need to do anything: through Jesus we
can all be forgiven our sins and get in connection with our Heavenly Father.
This is proven by the following verses. Don't reject Jesus Christ, who is
the door to our salvation and eternal life.
- (John 10:9) I
am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be
saved, and shall go in and out, and
- (John 14:6) Jesus
said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the
Father, but by me.
- (Acts 4:11,12) This is the stone which was set at nothing of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation
in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved.
Reject your sins! Rejecting your sins or repenting
is connected with salvation. We do not earn eternal
life from God through repentance, but if we fail to repent, we have not truly changed. John the Baptist warned
his people about their attitude of no real change:
- (Matt 3:7-10) But
when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said to
them, O generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth
therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think
not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for
I say to you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
10 And now
also the axe is laid to the root of the trees:
therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire.
So confess your sins to God and turn to Jesus Christ. The Bible shows
that if you turn to Him and welcome Him, you will be given eternal life as a
gift. This is proven by the following words of Jesus Christ:
- (John 5:40) And you will not come to me,
that you might have life.
- (Rev 3:20) Behold, I stand at the door,
and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the
door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
So, if you have turned to Jesus Christ and received Him in your life,
you are a child of God and have eternal life. You have the eternal life
regardless of what you feel right now. Do not base your assurance of salvation
on your ever-changing emotions, but rest in the word of the Bible and on Jesus
Christ, just like the anchor of a ship is never thrown inside the ship but
- (John 1:12) But
as many as received him, to them gave he power to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name
- (1 John 5:11-13) And this is the
record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his
12 He that
has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has
These things have I written to you that believe on the name
of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you
may believe on the name of the Son of God.
THE PRAYER OF SALVATION: Lord, Jesus, I turn to You.
I confess that I have sinned against You and have not
lived according to Your will. However, I want to turn away from my sins and
follow You with all my heart. I also believe that my
sins have been forgiven through Your atonement and I
have received eternal life through You. I thank You
for the salvation that You have given me. Amen.
Cruz: David Wilkersonin viimeinen varoitus (David Wilkerson: A Final Warning), p. 46
Pawson: Miksi Jumala sallii luonnonkatastrofeja?
(Why Does God Allow Natural Disasters), p. 58,60
3. Josephus Wars of the Jews, 18.104.22.1681.
4. Josephus Wars of the Jews, 22.214.171.1240.
Pawson: Miksi Jumala sallii luonnonkatastrofeja?
(Why Does God Allow Natural Disasters), p. 87,88
6. Frank Bartleman: Azusa-katu 312 (Azusa Street),
7. Rick Joyner: Ennen
taivasta (A Prophetic Vision for the 21st Century),
Kalmari: Jumalan ihmeitä, p. 12,19,25
Ahonen: Huuhaata, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat 14.7.2010
10. A Norwegian Prophecy. Emmanuel Minos has told people about
11. Ken Ham: Valhe: Evoluutio (The Lie: Evolution), p. 23,57
Kalmari: Jumalan ihmeitä, p. 217,218