By Lou Yeboah
Throughout Bible history, God has repeatedly provided man with more than “ample warning” of His impending judgments. His purpose for warning man is to motivate him to repent and come back to Him [Luke 15; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 8; Revelation 9]. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Repent while it is still daybreak.
You see, prior to Jeremiah, God had sent Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, and Nahum to the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. He had also sent Jonah to the empire of Assyria. All of them warned of tragedy and disaster if the people did not turn to God. Such warnings reach all the way back to Moses, who recorded the “Blessings and Curses” of Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, detailing what God will do to a people who reject Him.
Christ, through Noah, preached God’s Word to the people living in Noah’s day warning them of certain judgment through the impending flood [Genesis 6:13; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:18-20]. They did not listen. They did not repent and heed God’s warning and perished in the flood. Only eight souls heeded God’s “ample warning” and were saved [Genesis 7:7; 1 Peter 3:20]. Genesis 3:6 says, God’s claim on mankind is illustrated by His dealing with Adam and Eve and their response. I tell you, the way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Note the example given of disobedient Israel by the Hebrew writer in Hebrews 3:5-19. The disobedient did not “enter into his rest” [Numbers 14:29-30; Hebrews 3:18] because they didn’t repent and heed God’s warning through the testimony of Moses [Hebrews 3:5].
You’ve been warned over and over again to repent. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Jesus spoke about a world-wide tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” [Matthew24:21]. The warnings given before the judgment are about to come true. Take heed.
As the Prophet Hosea warned in [Hosea 13:15-16] “An east wind from the LORD will come, blowing in from the desert. The people of Samaria must bear their guilt because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.” The warning signs were there, but Israel refused to heed the warnings of God.
Heed the warnings of God. Be humble, be teachable, and be wise. You’ve been warned over and over again to repent before it is too late! Repent while it is still daybreak!
Now they sin more and more; they make idols for themselves from their silver, cleverly fashioned images, all of them the work of craftsmen. “They offer human sacrifices! They kiss calf-idols!” Therefore, they will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears, like chaff swirling from a threshing floor, like smoke escaping through a window.
“Because I have been the Lord your God ever since you came out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me. I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of burning heat. When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me. So, I will be like a lion to them, like a leopard I will lurk by the path. Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and rip them open; like a lion I will devour them— a wild animal will tear them apart. You are destroyed, because you are against me, against your helper. I will have no compassion. An east wind from the Lord will come, blowing in from the desert; The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.” [Hosea 13:1-16 – Excerpts taken].
I Tell You, the Way of a Fool is Right in His Own Eyes, But A Wise Man Listens to Advice!