Don’t Wait

“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”  Revelation 22:11


The recent false missile alert in Hawaii certainly delivered fear to those who are living there.  All over and for good reason, people were panicking, crying, screaming, trying to figure out what to do.  After all what can one do?


From what I have heard, the traffic in Honolulu is terrible.  Imagine being stuck in traffic, getting an alert that there is an incoming ballistic missile and there is no where to go.  You are literally at ground zero, stuck.  Fortunately I haven’t heard any reports of injuries or deaths regarding this false alert.  From my understanding there were some who were driving very erratically, trying to get home to there loved ones, disregarding all traffic laws.


There is also a video of a family lowering their children in the sewer drain, as a place for them to go.  Truly that is an interesting take on a bomb shelter, one that would make one ponder if it would actually be effective or not.  There is also a popular video out there showing university students running to take cover.  Of course there are numerous more videos of people’s last words, even one man who just continued to play golf.


However, one reaction, one article truly got my attention.  A woman in the midst of the chaos prayed to God and asked for forgiveness of her sins, as well as protection.  If only, if only there were a warning prior to the Rapture, to those who will be Left Behind!


There is.  With an incoming ballistic missile, my understanding is that from the actual time the alert is activated, the average citizen in Hawaii would have 12-17 minutes before the missile actually hit.  With the ensuing chaos that occurred after the false alert, it is apparent that most people are completely ill prepared for such a crisis.  After all, without a hardened bomb shelter, what could most people do anyway?


Yet when the Trumpet sounds, truly it will be too late for those who haven’t repented and believed into Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they will have been Left Behind. 


“For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shouted command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together at the same time with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”  1st Thessalonians 4:16-17

Without Warning


Unlike a potential incoming ballistic missile, the Rapture will happen without warning.  The warning has been given in God’s Word and been proclaimed by those whom God has called to proclaim His truth from pulpits across the world.  There will be no 12-17 minutes to determine what to do, it will simply be too late. 


“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and did not realize until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Then two will be in the field: one is taken and the other is left.  Two will be grinding at the mill: one is taken and the other is left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord comes.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief comes, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be dug through.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man comes at an hour you do not expect.  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made administrator over his household, to give them food in due season?  Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.  Truly, I say to you that he will appoint him as administrator over all his possessions.  But if that wicked servant says in his heart, My master delays his coming, and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not expecting him and in an hour he does not know, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Matthew 24:36-51


Right now people who experienced the false alert are very angry with the government for not only the false alert, but also the fact that it took nearly 40 minutes for them to rectify it.  Nearly 40 minutes of mass panic across the region, before the message got out that it was a false alert!  Perhaps those in power simply wanted to see what the reaction would be? 


Imagine if you will, for a moment, if it were not a drill, if in fact a missile had come from North Korea.  North Korea claims to have mastered miniaturizing hydrogen warheads.  Let’s assume that there bluff is no longer called, but indeed what they had stated was certain, the proof was there, Honolulu was the target.  They hit their target.  The results would be the same in any major metropolitan city. 


In a moment, in an instance, life is shattered.  Many miles of pure destruction lie in wake of the targeted city, heavy destruction goes further out, beyond that there the destruction continues, with death at the door.  In a moment a million lives are evaporated, dreams are ended, hopes are gone.  Indeed the last game of golf is played by those who witness a flash, the last moments recorded and sealed on social media of those who didn’t make it. 


In the wake of such a realization, it is but too late.  There is no amount of preparation that could have been had for the vast majority.  The basements of the high rise buildings prove to be too close to the vicinity of ground zero, even if a portion has survived, the inhabitants are now full of toxicity from the radioactive disaster, they are the walking dead, soon they will meet the grave.  Who will come into ground zero and save them?  Who will walk through the radioactive disaster and provide aid to those who were targeted?  Of what good would it be?  Are they not marked for death already, are they not counted as the dead, though alive?


What could have been done differently?  What more preparations could have been had?  Certainly should the anger not be at the government who should have been preparing non-stop real solutions?  Should the anger not be at the government who should have been building nuclear bomb shelters to hold masses of people?  Should the anger not be at the government who underestimated the threat and did not prevent such a disaster from occurring, but rather pushed their enemy with both words and actions? 


Did our government ever mock the Soviet Union and badger them to no end during the height of the cold war?  Did our government not run drills throughout the entire United States of what to do should the Soviets fire nukes at our soil?  Were not shelters prepared throughout the United States, fully stocked with food and other non perishable goods?  Did not a threat linger and the government at least pretended to take necessary precautions?


Where are our precautions now?  Where are the shelters being built now?  Are they not the same as those who preach from the pulpits, those who do not proclaim the truth of God’s Word and explain the Gospel, including repentance, not just faith?  Do the pastors of this country and indeed the world proclaim the security that is found only in Jesus Christ?  Where does the soul go to for shelter, to whom do they look towards?  The Creator or some man made religious object of false praise and false security?  A Jesus who supposedly accepts everyone as they are, one who allows gay pastors, one who allows homosexual marriage, one who will not come with wrath, one who will not judge the world, one in which would not place people in a literal hell, one who will simply accept mankind as they are, without any need of change, one who needed not die on the Cross, as they preach of no penalty having been necessary to have been paid, as they teach that man can simply believe in Jesus, without repentance.


“In whom also, after you heard the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also, believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”  Ephesians 1:13-14


“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear when the earth changes, when mountains are slipping into the midst of the seas.  Let its waters roar and foam; let the mountains shake with the swelling of it. Selah.  There is a river whose streams cause rejoicing in the city of God, the consecrated place of the tabernacle of the Most High.  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God shall help her at the break of day.  The nations raged, the kingdoms were shaken; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.  Jehovah of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.  Come, behold the works of Jehovah, who has made desolations on the earth;  who makes wars to cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots in the fire.  Be still, and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  Jehovah of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”  Psalms 46


“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has established a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has appointed. He has given assurance of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”  Acts 17:30-31


“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be led astray. Neither prostitutes, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor sodomites,  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”  1st Corinthians 6:9-11


“Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell in it; let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills be joyful together before Jehovah, for He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity.”  Psalms 98:7-9


“And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  Matthew 25:46


“And He said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins be preached in His name to all nations, beginning out of Jerusalem.”  Luke 24:46-47


“But now the righteousness of God apart from the Law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through the faith of Jesus Christ, to all and upon all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to give evidence of His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to prove at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who is of the faith of Jesus.”  Romans 3:21-26


They preach a false gospel, they preach what is not correct, they have forsaken the right way and instead preach what the people want to hear.  They do not want to preach repentance, they deny His Creation, they deny the Rapture and ridicule those who proclaim that true Christians are not appointed to wrath (1st Thes. 5:9).  They laugh at the doctrine of Hell, they mock a supposed Judgment, they have neglected to preach the full Gospel, there is no power in their gospel to save, but rather only to collect souls and try to maintain them until sin has conceived its full end, filling up the Lake of Fire with souls who are willingly manipulated.


“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you, even determined to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”  Galatians 1:6-9


“They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.  These are wells without water, clouds being driven by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through wantonness, the ones who have actually escaped from those living in error.  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.  For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the full true knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the end is worse for them than the beginning.  For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.  But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to his own vomit, and, a sow, having been washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”  2nd Peter 2:15-22


“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own lusts, desiring to hear pleasant things, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to myths.”  2nd Timothy 4:3-4


“For ever since the creation of the world the unseen things of Him are clearly perceived, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they know God, they do not glorify Him as God, nor are thankful, but become vain in their reasonings, and their stupid hearts are darkened.  Professing to be wise, they become foolish, and change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.”  Romans 1:20-23


“Because you have kept the Word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”  Revelation 3:10


Indeed a burning anger goes out against the government of Hawaii for such supposed ridiculous actions to have scared much of the population.  Yet how much of a burning anger does God have for those who call themselves pastors, who preach from the pulpits of this world and twist His words to the destruction of the hearers?!  How much of an anger will those who stand before the Almighty God have at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15) regarding have been sucked into the lies of false teachers!  Yet they will be without excuse, yet they will be guilty.


“Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They fill you with vanities; they speak a vision from their own heart, not out of the mouth of Jehovah.  They speak to those who despise Me, promising, Jehovah has said, You shall have peace! And they say to everyone who walks after the stubbornness of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you!  For who has stood in the counsel of Jehovah, and has perceived and heard His Word? Who has paid attention to His Word and heeded it?  Behold, a tempest from Jehovah has gone forth in fury, a whirling tempest. It shall whirl upon the head of the wicked.  The anger of Jehovah shall not turn back, until He has executed and until He has fulfilled the purposes of His heart; in the latter days you shall diligently consider it with understanding.  I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran; I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.  But if they had stood in My counsel and had caused My people to hear My Words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.  Am I a God near by, says Jehovah, and not a God afar off?  Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I shall not see him? says Jehovah. Do I not fill the heavens and earth? says Jehovah.  I have heard what the prophets have said, who prophesy lies in My name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.  How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, who think to cause My people to forget My name by their dreams which they tell, each one to his neighbor, as their fathers have forgotten My name for Baal.  The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream. And he who has My Word, let him speak My Word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? says Jehovah.  Is not My Word like a fire? says Jehovah; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?  Therefore thus says Jehovah, Behold, I am against the prophets who steal My Words each one from his neighbor.  Jehovah says, Behold, I am against the prophets who use their tongues and say, He says.  Jehovah says, Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams and tell them, and cause My people to go astray by their lies and by their foolishness. Yet I did not send them nor command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all, says Jehovah.”  Jeremiah 23:16-32


“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and without blemish; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the unlearned and unstable twist, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.  You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware also that you not be led away with the error of the wicked, and fall from your own steadfastness.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”  2nd Peter 3:14-18


“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who leads the whole world astray; he was cast out onto the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”  Revelation 12:9


For those who can hear, for those who are willing to listen.  Why or why do you wait?  Don’t wait!  For what will you do when the Trumpet sounds and you are Left Behind?  Do you not know, has your ear not heard that God is not mocked.  Indeed, do not assume to see such marvelous things with your eyes and assume that you will then yield.  Certainly there is a time to be Saved, a time to finally repent and by faith believe into Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  He who bore your sins on the Cross (1st Pet. 2:24), He who is the Son of God (John 3:16), who sits at the right hand of the Father (Ro. 8:34), for He conquered death (2nd Tim. 1:10) and rose again (1st Cor. 15:20). 


“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  Matthew 11:15


“Then Jesus said to the twelve, Do you also want to go away?  Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of eternal life.  And we have believed and understood that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  John 6:67-69


“For He says: In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  2nd Corinthians 6:2


“Do not be led astray, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap eternal life.”  Galatians 6:7-8


“For this let everyone who is godly pray unto You, in a time when You may be found; surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come near him.”  Psalms 32:6


“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who are perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  2nd Thessalonians 2:9-12


No one knows when that time will be (Matt. 24:36).  It could be today, it could be tomorrow, it could be further down the road, but the warnings have been provided.  Why gamble with your soul?  Why are you waiting, why are you not concerned about your eternal destination?  Why do your eyes see your life now, as you do this and that, but your heart forsakes the right way? 


“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Mark 8:36-37


This is not the will of God.  God provided the free gift of Salvation for all who would believe. 


“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  The one believing into Him is not judged; but the one not believing is judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But the one doing the truth comes to the Light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been worked in God.”  John 3:16-21


Take heed!  Don’t wait!  Your warning is now.  Just as there could be an enemy that secretly smuggled in a nuclear weapon, hidden somewhere unknown, there would be no warning when that went off.  There will be no warning, only sadness and the knowledge of having been Left Behind.  The woman did the right thing in the wake of such a supposed imminent disaster, such an expectation of a violent end to life, she asked for forgiveness for her sins, she trusted in God.  Certainly those who repent and believe into Jesus Christ will not be ashamed.


Should it have not been a drill, should Hawaii have actually had an incoming ICBM, then know that those who perished and truly knew the Lord, those who were true Christians, their plight on this earth would have been over, the gates of Heaven opened to receive them to their eternal destination, to be with the Lord.  Though violence ended their life, their lives were Saved.


“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”  Mark 8:35


“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you sorrow not as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.”  1st Thessalonians 4:13-14


“We are confident, yes, preferring rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”  2nd Corinthians 5:8


Just as the Flood can unaware to those who dwelt on the Earth (Matt. 24:39), so too will the wrath of God come unexpectedly upon the world.  Understand that destruction during that time will be widespread, while the mercy of God will still abound to those who will accept Christ and become martyrs, most of the world’s population will perish due to the wrath of God (Matt. 24:22).  Then the horror of it all will be apparent as they stand before their Creator, whom they rejected, as their names are not written in the Book of Life.


“And when He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the Word of God and because of the testimony which they held.  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?  And a white robe was given to each one of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who were about to be killed as they were, was filled up.”  Revelation 6:9-11


“And the devil, who led them astray, was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.  And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, out of the things which were written in the books.  And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one, according to their works.  And Death and Hades were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death.  And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.”  Revelation 20:10-15