2 Thessalonians 2:5-12, Amos 8:8-12, Famine for the Word of God, God, God's Judgement, Hebrews 3:17-19, John 14:6, John 6:40-44, Open the door to HIM, Rejecting Jesus, Revelation 3:20, The Famine Is Here???, Unbelief, Will you open the door?
The Famine Is Here??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #85
Famine: extreme and general scarcity of food…extreme hunger or starvation…. (I want us to consider this spiritually).
“Shall not the land tremble for this,
and every one mourn
that dwelleth therein?
and it shall rise up wholly
as a flood;
and it shall be cast out
as by the flood of Egypt.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day,
saith the Lord GOD,
that I will cause the sun to go down at noon,
and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning,
and all your songs into lamentation;
and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins,
and baldness upon every head;
and I will make it as the mourning
of an only son,
and the end thereof
as a bitter day.
11 Behold, the days come,
saith the Lord GOD,
that I will send a famine in the land,
not a famine of bread,
nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea,
and from the north even to the east,
they shall run to and fro
to seek the word of the LORD,
and shall not find it.” Amos 8:8-12
Amos’ message to Israel was a call to repent (although in context, his message was to all the surrounding nations, as well as Israel and Judah) and that for those who refuse to heed God’s message a day will come when they desire God and won’t be able to find HIM or HIS WORD! Jesus made a statement about coming to Him that most are unaware of or choose to disregard His message–a dual edged message for all, that people can only come to God by the call and revealing of the Holy Spirit of God.
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” John 14:6
“And this is the will of him
that sent me,
that every one which seeth the Son,
and believeth on him,
may have everlasting life:
and I will raise him up
at the last day.
41 The Jews then murmured at him,
because he said,
I am the bread
which came down from heaven.
42 And they said,
Is not this Jesus,
the son of Joseph,
whose father and mother we know?
how is it then that he saith,
I came down from heaven?
43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them,
Murmur not among yourselves.
44 No man can come to me,
except the Father
which hath sent me
and I will raise him up
at the last day.” John 6:40-44
There is a time to hear and respond to God’s call, but HE will not always be calling; will you hear when Jesus knocks at your door, or will you turn HIM away?
I stand at the door,
if any man hear my voice,
and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him,
and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
Paul gave us a warning as he reminded the Thessalonian believers of the time of judgment, which is immanent, I think!
“Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you,
I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth
that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity
doth already work:
only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed,
whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth,
and shall destroy
with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming
is after the working of Satan
with all power
and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness
in them that perish;
because they received not
the love of the truth,
that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause
God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned
who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure
in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12
Will you seek God while He is calling you? Will you receive “the love of the truth, that they might be saved”? Or will you be one who will be sent the “strong delusion, that they should believe a lie”? Instead of eternal life through Jesus, will you be left with the consequences of not choosing Jesus that:“they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness”? Where are you finding your pleasure? Are you seeking to hear and know truth, or are you going the way of worldly and fleshly pleasure, and missing the opportunity of salvation?
“But with whom was he grieved forty years?
was it not with them that had sinned,
whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he
that they should not enter into his rest,
but to them that believed not?
19 So we see that they could not enter in
because of unbelief.” Hebrews 3:17-19
I don’t mean to be harsh or unkind, but my friends, the days grow short, and the time of Jesus’ return is at hand–and I want you to join me then! Don’t starve spiritually!
Amen and Amen!!!