Since the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, when he shed His blood for the whole word, God is no more angry with humans, nor unleashing His wrath upon the world as before. Why? He is not looking at the world directly any longer. He is now looking at the world through the blood of Jesus, who died for the whole world.
By nature, our God is holy and a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29) and He is of purer eyes that He would never behold evil, and cannot look on iniquity (Habakkuk 1:13a). Also, when anything or person connected to sin comes close to Him (God) without any intermediate propitiation, fire spontaneously proceeds from Him to consume such.
This is the reason why the Israelites suffered so much devastation and many other nations were destroyed in the Old Testament but now the story has changed. There is no more unprotected, direct contact of humans with God again but through the blood of Jesus and the person of Jesus. This is also the reason why it seems as if God’s fear is fading because there is no more instant judgement for every evil committed per se. The only people that seem to receive an almost instant judgement now are those that go to the extreme in things they do as clearly stated in Ecclesiastes 7:16-17.
Nevertheless, I tell you, now is the time to fear God the more. Though it’s as if God has gone impotent and looks like He is not even concerned about happenings around (especially in churches), yet this God is still in control. Our God is still very much active and righteous and concerned about every thing. He is only waiting for the set time in His agenda (Acts 17:30-31). It is only at the last day the world will witness the wrath and the consuming fire of God of the Bible again. (Hebrews 12:28-29)
For now, it is an open-test season for all and sundry, when whosoever does whatsoever they like, even in Church and it will appear as if there is no God but He has given us His Word in the Bible and it is with this Word He shall judge everyone at the last day. (John 12:46-50)
So brethren, be encouraged for if we dread our teachers or lecturers open test where every one has an absolute freedom to do just anything in the exam hall, how much more should God’s open test be feared and carefully approached!
Matthew 24:11-13 says,
“And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many . And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
This I say and declare today and always. My love for God shall not wax cold. What about you?
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