Summary: The LORD is coming back, the trumpet is about to blow. We must warn them
“Sound the Alarm”
Noah’s message from the steps going up to the ark was not, “something good is going to happen to you!”
Amos did not confront the high priest of Israel proclaiming, “Confession is possession!”
Jeremiah was no put into the pit for preaching, “I’m okay, your okay.”
Daniel was not thrown into the lions den for telling people, “possibility or positive thinking will move mountains!”
John the Baptist was not forced to preach in the wilderness and eventually beheaded because he preached, “Smile God loves you!” The two prophets of the tribulation will not be killed for preaching, “God is in heaven and all is right with the world!!”
Instead what was the message of all these men of God? Their message can be simply put in one word, Repent!
Throughout the Bible we are told to repent for the sins we have committed and turn to the Lord. The Bible tells us that we are to believe, confess, repent and be baptized and then live a life holy and pleasing unto Him (Eph. 4:1, Romans 12:1-2). There is a message that we are to preach to the people, which is not only of salvation, but also of repentance.
Matthew 3:1-2 says… “In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
John the Baptist was the forerunner who prepared the way for the Lord. He was letting the people know that the Messiah would come, not just that a Savior would come to bring peace and justice to this earth, conquering its opposition, but also to REPENT. John the Baptist was simply letting the people know what they should have already known because that is exactly what the OT says would happen. But they didn’t realize the message. For us, we know that the savior came and went to the cross and died but on the third day rose from the grave, walked out of the tomb and is in heaven with the father and will one day come back to take his children home. Not just because the Bible says so, but for the way those who proclaimed this message lived. We know that one day we are going to go before Him who sits on that Judgment seat. But we do not live or act as though that is going to take place anytime soon. You see along with Jesus came the dawning of the kingdom. He is so close to coming back to take us home that even Jesus said what John the Baptist said.
Matthew 4:17 says… “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
The events of 9-11 should be a warning to us. The events of that tragic day should tell us we are in the end times. Jesus said we were in the end times since the days of John the Baptist. The events of that day were an awakening. There rose from the smoke and ashes a “God-consciousness” that was needed. In this country we have had two such awakenings. How many more will we need before the Day of the Lord comes?
It is time to sound the alarm.
(Ezekiel 33:1-9). EZE 33:1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: `When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head. 5 Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.’
EZE 33:7 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8 When I say to the wicked, `O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.