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Faces Harder Than Rock

By Watchman | January 26, 2013

Though they say “as the Lord lives,” surely they swear falsely.  O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth?  You have stricken them, but they have not grieved; You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction.  They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to return…I will go to the great men and speak to them, for they have known the way of the Lord, the judgment of their God.  But these have altogether broken the yoke and burst the bonds…their transgressions are many; their backslidings have increased.  –Jeremiah 5:2-3, 5,6.

“Hear this now, O foolish people, without understanding, who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not:  Do you not fear Me?” says the Lord.  “Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it?… But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; they have revolted and departed…Shall I not punish them for these things?”  says the Lord.  “Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?”   –Jeremiah 5: 21-23, 29.

     A conservative on-line news site I read frequently ran an article this week asking that conservatives quit with all the end-times talk.  I gathered from the article that the author was uncomfortable with the belief that we are the end-times generation and felt that it makes us look like fools and not to be taken seriously.  While I admire the site, and have often agreed with the author on some issues facing our nation, I respectfully beg that those who also read the article think carefully before taking the advice put forth in his article.  First, most people who know we are living in the days just prior to the tribulation hour have not set a specific date.  Though the author assures us that Hal Lindsey told us in “The Late Great Planet Earth” that the world would end in 1988, Lindsey actually did not; he several times carefully pointed out that no one could know the timing of the Rapture or the day of the Lord’s coming.  And no, I too have no idea.  I freely admit I’m surprised that the Lord has not as yet come for us, but I know that His ways are better than my ways.  While I am completely convinced that the Lord is coming–and coming soon–I can only praise Him for His patience, knowing that every day He tarries is another day in which unbelievers have another chance to seek the salvation He offers.  While my constant prayer is for Him to come for those of us who love Him so much, I know that He does not want to see one soul lost that might be saved if He waits just a bit longer.  May my love for the unbelievers begin to strengthen enough to put my desire to be in the Lord’s presence behind my desire for more people to first be added to the glorious kingdom of God!  Second, and I realize this is totally subjective as a reason to believe we are in the final days before His second coming, God showed me some years ago that it was time that the final decisions were being made.  (See my 2008 post  Although I truly believed we were closer than we actually were to the end, God was quite clear in telling me that the windows of opportunity for salvation were getting close to closing.  He has shown me nothing since that would change my mind about that.  “Soon” is a relative word.  My definition of it is probably different than yours, and both of ours are probably different than God’s but, my friends, He is coming soon!

     The closer we come to the Day of the Lord, the more we may find ourselves fighting for our very survival.  There are several reasons or causes for this.  One obvious answer is that Satan in his wrath wants to take down as many believers as he can, “knowing that he has but a short time.”  If he cannot actually pry those who love Jesus away from Him, he can try to make them weak and ineffectual as witnesses to the love of the Father.  Ill-health, financial disasters, emotional worries:  all seem to be multiplying rapidly amongst the Christian community.  I can, as those of you know who have read The Watchman on the Wall regularly, attest to the truth of this.  As ill-health has taken a toll on my body and my financial worries increased, I often worry lest my effectiveness as a Watchman is greatly diminished.  I humbly pray that He will continue to use me, despite my weaknesses and failings; for in the end, only the things I do for His kingdom will matter anyway.  One of my internet friends, Robert F., suggested to me that God allows these tough things to happen to His people in order to strengthen us and winnow out the dross.  In other words, we are being refined in the fire of the Holy Spirit!  Praise God, what a great truth!

     Unfortunately, however, the world is not the world it was just a decade or two ago.  God no longer is granted a place amongst a people that have hardened their hearts and “made their faces harder than rock” against the One who gives them life.  Though God’s warning of judgment to come found in Jeremiah 5 was addressed to the nation of Israel, it might just as well have been addressed to those of us in the western world today.  We have hardened our hearts, declared that we know better  than and have no need of the Almighty and Everlasting God, and set our rebellious faces against Him.  I remember in college a psychology professor asking our class what we believed “sin” is.  Lots of answers, lots of discussion, but the simplest and truest answer was never mentioned:  sin is any rebellion against the word of God.  Break any one of the 10 Commandments, and at the bottom of it is rebellion against God Himself.  Our generation now has this down to a fine art:  we not only have taken pride in our rebellion, but we have shaken our fists in the holiness of His face and spat upon His laws and pronouncements.  His hand will not be forever stayed; judgment will come soon.

     For those of you who have not yet accepted Jesus into your heart, did you know that there is a way to still have peace in your life?  When you finally admit that you are a sinner and need the saving grace of Jesus to wash away your sins, He is faithful to forgive you and bring you into the kingdom of God.  He will refresh and renew your spirit, and help you to live a life turned away from the sin that has kept you bound for all your life.  Life will not magically turn completely without trouble for you.  There will still be health problems, finances to deal with, temptations to overcome.  But in Christ, you will never again go through anything alone!  He will be by your side, wrapping you in His loving arms through anything that happens, granting you in the midst of your turmoil a peace which passes all understanding!   Are you a dope dealer?  Jesus loves you!  Are you a prostitute, a thief, a murderer?  Jesus loves you!  He wants more than anything else for you to repent of your sins and come to Him for salvation.  Are you one of the millions who think because you are not a dope dealer, a hooker, a thief or a murderer that you needn’t ask Jesus’ forgiveness for your sins because there are worse people than you?  I tell you now, God doesn’t have a grade curve like our high school math teachers did.   He sees only whether or not we have ever sinned, and whether or not we have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins.  If we have accepted Christ and are living in Him, then God will see Jesus in us when He looks at us.  If we have not accepted Him, God will see only our sin, and punish us accordingly.  Time is rapidly running out.  God will never force Himself on us; following Him is a choice…a choice that will last for all eternity.  Where do you want to spend that eternity?  With Him in heaven, or permanently separated from Him in hell?  It’s for you to decide.

Maranatha  (Come quickly, Lord)!

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2 Responses to “Faces Harder Than Rock”

  1. Shirley Says:
    January 26th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Boldly spoken, as are the words of the prophets of old; solid truth and even more compassion because YOU have met Jesus. I pray others will meet HIM, after reading these words, and accept HIM as savior. He is our only way and hope for redemption. Is it just to escape the horrors that are coming? No, it is to be with HIM for an eternity.

  2. Robert Fleming Says:
    January 27th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Excellent post Watchman. Love your blog and the truth you tell.
    Will be sharing this timely message.
    GOD bless you and yours and the work GOD has blessed you with.
    I’m sure HE is proud of you!!
    Only one thing wrong with that though, remember Job?
    LOL.just messing with you.
    GOD bless you!!!!!!