By Lou Yeboah
So, the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” [Genesis 6:6-7].
And then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in Me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them…” [Numbers 14:11-12].
And He withdrew from them about a stone’s cast, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, ‘Not my will, but yours be done.’ And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” [Luke 22:41-44].
Listen, before mankind rebelled against God, we were warned that if we broke fellowship with the Lord, we would face dire consequences. But Jesus, God the Son, took on flesh, became a man, and suffered the penalty we deserved. Yet, in spite of all that Jesus did for us, we rebel against Him. We rebel against the One who gave His life a ransom for us. Shame on you! Shame on me! “We are all like sheep who has gone astray.” [Isaiah 53:6]. “A people with a revolting and a rebellious heart.” [Jeremiah 5:23]. May the Lord have mercy on our soul!
The Bible is clear that there are two possible destinations for every human soul following physical death: heaven or hell [Matthew 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 16:22–23] and for those who do not receive Jesus Christ as Savior, death means everlasting punishment [2 Thessalonians 1:8–9]. This punishment is described in a variety of ways: a lake of fire [Luke 16:24; Revelation 20:14–15], outer darkness [Matthew 8:12], and a prison [1 Peter 3:19]. This place of punishment is eternal [Jude 1:13; Matthew 25:46].
Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion, says the Lord? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness- only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive oil. Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers. Daughter Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a cucumber field, like a city under siege. Unless the Lord Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah. [Isaiah 1:5-9]. Therefore, consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, says the Lord. [Revelation 2:4-5].
These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you [Revelation 3:1-3]. Accept Jesus Now! God has made extraordinary efforts to encourage humanity to repent. Consider all the Old Testament calamities, catastrophes, and cataclysms. They were designed to get men to repent.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you, life, and death, blessing and cursing therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. [Deuteronomy 30:19].
However, they did not repent [Revelations 9:20].