Summary: Whether judging a nation in the course of history or all mankind in the end times, God is completely organized and on schedule.
Judgment Has Been Scheduled
1. This week, I emailed Janie to remind her to purchase a new giant calendar for 2017. Even though the new year is more than 6 months away, we will soon be scheduling events for 2017.
2. Sometimes, when event are scheduled even further in advance — like weddings, for instance — I have to use sticky notes on my December page so that I remember to get them written on the new calendar — when I get it.
3. With all the benefits of electronic calendars, for church purposes, there is nothing like a real paper, large calendar that everyone can see in a jiffy.
4. God does not use calendars — digital or paper. He never forgets an appointment. He is never too early or too late. He does not rethink a situation, cancel, rush, or procrastinate.
Main Idea: Whether judging a nation in the course of history or all mankind in the end times, God is completely organized and on schedule.
I. God Has Set An Appointed Time to JUDGE (2-8)
A. God speaks and tells us that judgment in on His CALENDAR (2-3)
1. Near fulfillment: His judgment on Assyria
2. Far fulfillment: End-time judgment
B. His judgments may seem shake the earth, but He holds things TOGETHER (3)
• This is true of your life and mine
• This is why we faithfully serve the Lord, even more so in chaotic times
C. God warns the wicked to REPENT while there is time (4-5)
• The “horn” is the symbol of status, honor, strength, ability to assert self.
• Like a wild animal, the horn is what makes it fearful and thus respected.
3. Carelessly arrogant
• An example of careless arrogance: “Today, I overheard my mother and sister talking, so I stopped to eavesdrop. I recently enlisted in the Marines, and they were talking about what they would do with the money if I died.” This is arrogant because it looks down on the young man as worthless, below them.
• Many Christians, who sometimes have leaders that encourage this by example, think God gives a free pass to Christians to be arrogant and haughty. Snobbery, looking down on others, keeping up with the Joneses, perfectionism, feeling superior because of our doctrinal position — these things blight God’s Kingdom. Humility is always in style in the Kingdom of God, and is a quality we should value.
• The best members of God’s Kingdom are ordinary, faithful disciples.
• Arrogance checked in speech, how we present ourselves, & controlling the arrogant thoughts we are prone to think; must check ourselves.
D. ALLIES cannot judge Israel’s enemies, but God will (6-7)
E. Application to New Covenant BELIEVERS
1. God will judge through JESUS
Acts 17:30-31, “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”