By: Lou Yeboah
The noon whistle, has been sounding since Christ came to earth. Don’t ignore the sound of the siren. It is significant. Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand! Don’t be another Agrippa who said to Paul, “You almost persuaded me to become a Christian” [Acts 26:28]; or Felix who after hearing Paul reason of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, trembled and answered, go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” [Acts 24:24-25]. Don’t you do it! Don’t let death come knocking on your door before you realize what time of day it is? How will you escape if you ignore God’s salvation? [Hebrews 2:3]. How will you escape His wrath? [John 3:36]; His condemnation? [John 3:18] His word of banishment? [Matthew 26:41]. The answer: You will not!
I want you to know that in the days just prior to the Babylonian Captivity; the Lord, through the prophet Jeremiah pleaded with Judah to repent. [Jeremiah 6:16]. But they said…No! What tragedy became their portion because of it. Don’t wait until it is too late! The Lord’s people in ancient times reached a point where it was too late! The Lord had been warning Judah, through the prophets, for years that they needed to repent and amend their ways; but they arrogantly ignored God. God’s long-suffering finally ran out; the Lord had done all He could for them. “He sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.” Don’t wait until its too late! God brought a terrible judgment against Judah for their obstinate: [2 Chronicles 36:15-20].
God extended them an opportunity for salvation. They stubbornly refused and kept up their idolatry. God sent judgment—Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem. Still they thought they would be rescued. They thought Jerusalem will never be destroyed. They were told by false prophets that deliverance would come by summertime, and certainly in time for Fall harvest. Boy was they wrong. Repentance did not come. Rescue did not come. They finally realized too late that they had been wrong. What a grief it was to realize their punishment was set and there would be no salvation now. Don’t make the same mistake! Don’t wait until it’s too late! For as [2 Peter 3:9] reminds us, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Because unless the Lord comes first, what is said of Adam will be said of us, “…and he died” [Genesis 5:5].
Are you listening?! Don’t wait until it is too late. When the door is shut, you won’t have another opportunity! [Revelation 22:17]: “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let him that hearth say, ‘Come.’ And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
I tell you, there are some of you who are on the verge of being one day too late with God. You are acting like Israel and putting off repentance. You can’t wait until after death to repent of your sins. The day after Death is one day too late! The day after the Rapture is one day too late. The Rapture is a true event and a soon event. The day after the Holy Spirit stops dealing with you is one day too late. “Wherefore as the Holy Spirit saith, Today if ye will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion.” [Hebrew 3:15. “For My spirit shall not always strive with man, says the Lord!” [Genesis 6:3].
“Harvest is past, summer is ended, and you are not saved.” [Jeremiah 8:20]. May the Lord have mercy on your soul!