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 Faith in The Earth - 5/5/11

“Nevertheless, When the Son of Man Cometh, Shall He Find Faith on the Earth?”

May 5, 2011
This title is a quote that Jesus used to punctuate a parable in Luke 18:1-8 where He talked about how God will without fail take vengeance for wrongs done against His elect (His children).  Even though it may seem in our eyes that justice is not being done, Jesus says in verse 8 that God will demand justice speedily.  Then He says the quote from the title above, saying in spite of what we perceive or feel in our emotions, upon His return will He find us trusting and believing everything that God has said.

Later in Romans 12, the Spirit of God speaks through the Apostle Paul on this subject saying that we must leave the vengeance to God.

19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:19-21

Paul says that we should do this not only in action, but also in our words.  Prior to the above passage, in verse 14 he says “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”

I have starting this letter off with the above passages because I have been severely vexed in my spirit this week by the events that have occurred surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden.  So vexed, in fact, that after a brief post and exchange about it on my FaceBook account, I withdrew for about a day into somewhat of a cocoon and didn’t want to see or say anything more about it.  During that time of intense prayer and meditation, God spoke a lot to me, putting several things on my heart and giving me somewhat of a mandate to come and write these words.

He showed me that He is most definitely in the process of avenging and judging sin in the world.  He is indeed still the same God that He has always been and we are likewise still the same people that we have always been.  He showed me deep parallels between events today and during the time of Israel’s captivity.  Many Christians in America today have much the same mindset as the Israelites of that day, who could not fully comprehend the concept of God’s sovereignty.  They were blinded and not able to see that the captivity by Assyria and Babylon were in fact God’s hand of judgment against Israel for their continued sin.  This is the very same case today in the time in which we live.

Fortunately for us, God has always warned His people before times of judgment.  For example, in Amos 3:7, He said “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”  In Genesis 18:17-18 when He was preparing to exercise judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah, God reasoned that He could not keep this thing hidden from Abraham.

He then showed me that I needed to get up and go and speak what He had shown me.  Much like in Amos 3:8, to warn the people of an urgent need to repent and be deliberate about believing and trusting in Him.  The time is so very crucial today, for the LORD Jesus is coming very soon.

I was reluctant to say any of this or to say more about the Bin Laden thing, when He charged me and commanded me to be bold.  He showed me that this reluctance is something that has always been common when He has spoken to His people through prophets.  He showed me how in Amos 7:10-15 Amaziah did not want to hear God’s word through Amos and told him to go somewhere else.  Throughout most of Jeremiah's ministry in Judah, king Jehoiakim tried to silence him.  In Ezekiel 3 He showed me how indeed some of you will hear and some will forbear, but that regardless of your reactions, I need to speak that which He is telling me… and warn His people.  In the end, He will hold me accountable for being a faithful watchman with what He has given me to say (Ezekiel 3:18).

Our reaction to the death of Bin Laden in these days should really tell us collectively a lot about the words that come from our mouths and the deeds that come from our hands today.  Are they all words and deeds that we could picture Jesus saying and doing through us vicariously?  Picture in your mind the famous Sermon on the Mount that He gave in Matthew 5, 6, and 7.  Where in that speech would He have included the celebration of the destruction of our enemies?  Indeed, throughout this sermon and all of His interactions when He walked among us, His words and actions always showed that we should endeavor to eliminate our enemies… that we should do it by making them our friends.  Jesus said in John 10:10 that “the thief cometh not, but to steal, kill, and destroy: I have come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

We should all be careful and concerned when we find ourselves often speaking words (or thinking thoughts) of anger, death, and hatred.  For this is a poison that truly does more damage to the vessel from where it is emanating than to the person at which it is directed. 

We live in a society and a world that is fallen and needs to have the rule of law and punishment of law breakers is necessary and ordained by God.  The bible says in Romans 13 that God has ordained the government as His minister of wrath and given it a sword to execute justice.  We need this in the world today to keep some semblance or order.  But when it comes to that, we should always ask God to let us see things with His eyes and recognize that all souls are precious.

Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? – Ezekiel 33:11

When He comes back, will He find faith on the earth?

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© 2010 Gerald L. Prater

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