By Gordon King
Hello everyone. I pray that all is well and may the God of peace be with you!
Peace, Love, Kindness, Joy, Humility, Helpfulness, Caring, Sharing, Compassion, Forgiveness, Grace and Mercy.
These are all characteristics of God. They are also the characteristics that a Christian should have. They are the fruits of the Spirit. A sign to the world that God is working in our lives. That God is real, alive and well, within the world that we live. To attract unbelievers to the Lord. Allowing others to see the workings of God in the lives of believers.
The questions at hand are:
1) “Should Christians lead unbelievers to Christ only through the fruits of the Spirit?”
2) “Should Christians also lead unbelievers to Christ by showing them the truth about what is happening in the world today, and what is to come in the future as written in bible prophecy?”
I have heard both sides by Christians. Some Christians say that we should only focus only on the love of God, his grace and mercy on us. While other Christians say that we also need to alert the unbelievers to what is happening in the world today and what the future holds. To show them that God also judges unbelievers sin with his wrath.
I am of the belief that we are not only to show God’s love and grace, but, also to warn the world of what is coming in the future if they do not accept him as Lord and Savior. God has other characteristics such as righteousness, justice, anger, wrath and jealousy!
God’s wrath is a righteous indignation! It is his righteous judgement for the sins of the world! For the lack of repentance and not accepting him as God, the Creator of the Universe. We must focus on all of God, not just what we choose.
We must tell the world about the wrath of God before it is too late! The bible gives us many examples of God warning people before his judgement comes upon them.
We merely need to read the bible for the answers. Beginning in Genesis. God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Adam and Eve
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Sodom and Gomorrah
12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”
14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.
15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”
16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said,“Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”
Moses asks The Pharaoh to free the Israelites
(He uses ten plagues to make Pharaoh release the Israelites.
He warns him over and over about what is to come if he refuses).
This is a good example of how God will deal with those who will not repent from their sin and accept him as Lord.
The Nile River turning to blood
Death of the First Born
God speaks to Moses in front of the Israelites at Mount Sinai
The Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.” Then Moses told the Lord what the people had said.
10 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death. 13 They are to be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.”
Jonah Goes to Nineveh
This is after Jonah was swallowed by a great fish and remained there for 3 days. Then Jonah decided to obey God’s command.
1Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:
“By the decree of the king and his nobles:
Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”
10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
Jesus also gives many warnings for what is to come:
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
The book of Revelation is entirely written as a prophetic warning to the world. Telling all of us that if we are not saved then we shall endure God’s righteous judgement.
So, this is why I believe that we, as Christians need to be spreading the gospel and warning unbelievers and believers of what is to come! God is the same yesterday as he is today as he will be tomorrow! The bible gives us his characteristics. He is unwavering and does not change. If God did not want us to give warnings, to watch for the signs and to tell others, than why is it even written in the bible? If this is true then he did not need to put any details regarding his wrath in the bible. He would only need to tell us that he loves us and has saved us by his grace and mercy through his son Jesus Christ. But, that is not the case. In fact just the opposite is true.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Read it for yourself. Think about it. Pray about it.
God Bless You All!!! Praise God!!! Amen Until next time! 🙂
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