Paul said to Timothy that God’s glory is an intense light, “…unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see.” (1 Tim. 6:16) The light experienced on the road to Damascus, Paul said was “brighter than the sun!” (Acts 26:13) In such light there is simply no place for darkness, (sin, rebellion, disorder, disrespect, or confusion). And if there is any present in the people who are assembled, the unfolding pattern of God’s way calls for judgment against such darkness. Change must come, for God’s glory cannot manifest in the rebellion of His people.
God has made it clear that any irreverence, or disrespect, (in word, deed, or conduct) cannot survive in the presence of a holy God. He is not mocked. Today is no different. He is the same Holy God. We cannot expect to be admitted into God’s presence with an attitude of rebellion, disrespect, or disorder; for such attitudes render us unprepared to truly represent Him before those who need to see Him as He is.
John Bevere has noted in his book The Fear of the Lord that “Following the revelation of God’s glory, over and again we see, in God’s people, irreverence towards His presence and Word. Though the Israelites knew His will, their hearts grew careless toward what God calls sacred and holy.”
People began to act apart from decency and order so God sent others of His people to sound alarms and give warning that they may “hear“, (Jeremiah 6:10). But they would not heed the alarm nor pay attention to the warnings of coming judgment. Billy Graham is quoted as having said, “Judgment does not come without warning.” Truth comes from the heart of a merciful God. IN His mercy, He warns His people before His judgment and wrath fall.
AWAKE! ARISE! ALERT! ALARM! Where is the fear of the Lord?
“But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.” (2 Chronicles 36:16) They would not listen! They would not respond appropriately to the alarm, to the warnings!
God gave me five specific dreams over a 10 year period which depict this scenario. I “saw” different groups of people in burning buildings. I went in, at great risk, sounding an alarm, pleading with them, giving warning that they may hear; but they just ignored me, laughed me off, motioned for me to go away, or mocked me as if I am the crazy one. I begged. I implored with tears, and yet they continued to revel in a frivolous, partying atmosphere, unconcerned that any danger was near.
I have felt deep grief and remorse, a heaviness of spirit which has resulted in an intercessory prayer burden for such people; for they are the people of God who are inattentive to the warning and the alarm! I have felt the sorrow of the Father’s heart at this disrespect for His words. I have felt the heavy heart of Jesus who lamented over the people in Jerusalem, “How often I would have gathered you under my wings (my protection and refuge)…but you would not!” (Matthew 23:37)
Jesus makes it clear that to follow Him, we must first count the cost….the price of nothing short of our lives, our all, our complete surrender! “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33) One cannot stay where they are and “go” with God. It requires faith and obedience…plain and simple. To obey God means that something will have to change….and it will not be Him; for we know “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8)