Judgment is Coming

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Then the Lord said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and there to the north, beside the entrance to the gate near the altar, stood the idol that had made the Lord so jealous.
“Son of man,” he said, “do you see what they are doing? Do you see the detestable sins the people of Israel are committing to drive me from my Temple? But come, and you will see even more detestable sins than these!”
So I went in and saw the walls covered with engravings of all kinds of crawling animals and detestable creatures. I also saw the various idols worshiped by the people of Israel.
 “Have you seen this, son of man?” he asked. “Is it nothing to the people of Judah that they commit these detestable sins, leading the whole nation into violence, thumbing their noses at me, and provoking my anger? Therefore, I will respond in fury. I will neither pity nor spare them. And though they cry for mercy, I will not listen.” (Ezekiel 8:5-6,10,17-18)

Read: Ezekiel 7:1-9:11, Hebrews 5:1-14, Psalm 105:1-15, Proverbs 26:28

Relate: Judgment is coming. This is the warning God gives Ezekiel in the chapters preceding and here in chapter 8 He takes the prophet on a little field trip to show him why. On this trip they made four stops. At the first one the entire community was worshiping an idol right out in public. The second stop was into a secret room where the community leaders had their detestable images. At the third stop God showed the prophet the women weeping for the death of Tammuz (the end of summer). For the final stop Ezekiel sees turn their back on God to worship the sun.

I am sure if I were to look them up I could find historical relevance that would point to modern day parallels. After all, the devil isn’t very creative, he simply takes what is and distorts it and usually he is simply up to the same tricks over and over again. Just as a knee jerk reaction I would call the fourth science, the third nature, the second porn, and the first politics. I don’t want to spend the time and effort into getting any more specific than that and there’s no point in arguing for a more accurate (or less convicting) interpretation because I really don’t care. The point isn’t what they were worshiping or how we commit the same sins today. The point is the fact that they were worshiping something else that was not God.

React: What am I worshiping in place of God? Will my world fall apart if next Tuesday’s election results do not turn out the way I am convinced “God wills”? If people heard me talking about my physical body would they think I put my trust in God or in my workouts, diet, or my “essential oils”? If they saw how my entire year revolved around my two weeks of vacation time, would they think I worshipped the god of summer? Actually, writers have called baseball stars “the gods of summer”, as a huge Yankees fan this is a slightly more convicting parallel than any vacation time I don’t really ever see. It might not be the sun, but is there something else that has caused me to turn my back on God with regards to my investments of time and money?

Pointing out that idolatry in our modern era is much more than simply a graven image is nothing new. Honestly, I have heard it so often and for so long that I can almost say that making such a claim has become cliche`. Just because we have heard something a thousand times doesn’t mean the lesson has taken root. It doesn’t mean it has changed us. I am sure if we were to talk to some of those Israelites we might have heard something like this: “Sure I shouldn’t be looking at those images but God knows I want to stop. Sometimes I just can’t help myself. I am a child of Israel He will forgive me. Besides, I’m not nearly as bad as those guys over by the gate. Their sin is right out in the open.” Then talking to one of those weeping women we might have heard, “Yes I know I shouldn’t be doing this, but I am still going to the synagogue every single week. Besides it isn’t as bad as what that priest was doing. Did you hear what he got busted looking at? I hear his name was on the hacked Ashley Madison list.” Just because we call ourselves a part of the people of God does not mean judgment isn’t coming. Is my idolatry sending me to hell even as I am fully convinced I am on the road to heaven?

Respond:

Dear God,
Please don’t let me be surprised on judgment day. If there is something in my life that I have set up as an idol, help me to destroy it. If I have put my trust in something that is not You, take it from me. If I am investing my money in something that is not of You, make me broke until I learn to trust You again. If something in my life is robbing the time I should be spending with You, remove it from me. Help me to understand that You will not accept being a close run first in my life. For You it is an all or nothing affair. Help me to give You everything.
Amen

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14 thoughts on “Judgment is Coming

  1. Thank you again Beejai for your insight. You’re not alone in thinking about surprises on Judgement Day. It is frightening to see how far we have moved away from God as a nation. Love your prayers! Blessings.

  2. This message is reverberating throughout the land… A time is coming and it is coming soon. Lately, many of our sermons have cried out to the people to urgently gather the lost unto God, for time is running out. I appreciate the Scripture references, God’s word brings it home to me.

    The passage in Ezekiel 8:16-18 highlights the most detestable of sin to God… turning their backs on Him and worshiping something else. All because the people thought God deserted them, left the land, and no longer sees what they are doing. I am here to say God is here, He never left! I am here to say Jesus still sits on the throne! I am here to say the Holy Spirit still strives against the darkness, calling all to repentance!
    I am here to say, for a time yet, God’s arms are still outstretched to welcome us back into His bosom!!

    If only we would believe.

  3. This is an eye opener to me and am so happy to be on this platform the words, the teachings and the quotes are so inspiring this will help to change so many lives for good

  4. I have to say, that although I am not sure of your political leanings… that next Tuesday does feel like Judgement Day. We will learn, what the people of the US value over all other things… But then… the choices that we have made already show that? Right?

    As always, I appreciate your posts. Glad to have you back.

    • What will happen in voting booths on Tuesday is not what I am afraid of for America. What is not happening in prayer closets every day is what we should really be concerned with.

  5. Greetings my friend, I am not sure what is going on in your life right now but I am sure that the Lord is stirring things up there. He is doing is all around our planet. Please know that you have our prayers and that we pray the Lord continues to lead you as only He knows how. Thank you for trying to keep your readers fed even though you are where you are and what you are living through may be tough to do so. We admire your commitment to Him and He will see you through to His glory and credit. Praise Christ´s name we may all still be cleansed and brought surely to our Father if we stay close enough to Him! May the Spirit enable you and give wings to your ministry! Thanks again for all your posts.
    Your brother in Christ

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