I admit this is my opinion, and I’m not claiming any “divine revelation” or “thus saith the Lord”.
But I do believe this with my whole heart.
I believe, if Jesus were standing in any of our country’s major cities, He’d have some things to say to us.
To His followers the message would be very clear:
1. Get out of your comfort zone and represent the Kingdom of God. Speak the message of the Kingdom, not your own pet doctrines.
2. Not everyone will receive it, but speak of and demonstrate the kingdom of God.
3. Pray for more workers.
To His adversaries, those who refused to believe Him, He would speak these words:
1. Judgment and condemnation. “But I thought there wasn’t any condemnation in Jesus.”
There isn’t for all who receive Him (Romans 8:1,2).
2. A promise of division. It’s the nature of the kingdom of darkness, not the Kingdom of light. No peace, no future.
And to those who aren’t sure what to believe:
1. If you’ll hear the word of His messenger, you’ll hear His word. And of course, the opposite is also true.
2. Look around you. Notice the signs of the times. If you can forecast the weather, you should be able to discern time is running out for mankind.
Here are the verses I’m referring to; they were spoken by Jesus almost 2000 years ago, but can apply to today’s Americans.
“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves…
‘…Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ’The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
‘But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ’Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.
‘The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me'” (Luke 10:1 – 10:16 ESV)
“‘I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished!
‘Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’
“He also said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?'” (Luke 12:49 – 12:56 ESV)
Which group are you in?
Followers, adversaries, or the iffy group?
You’re in one of them; so what’s He saying to you?
Listen up, America.