Monday, June 22, 2020

The LORD Jesus Calls Us to Repentance


14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Mark 1:14-15 (King James Version)

The LORD Jesus was very clear about what we must do.

REPENT.


17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17 (KJV)

Previously, John the Baptist, the Lord's cousin, was tasked to prepare the way for the LORD, as prophesied:


1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Matthew 3:1-3 (KJV)

John spoke of how the "generation of vipers" would meet their fate:


7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 3:7-10  (KJV)

And beautifully, John spoke of Jesus, in the most reverent way:


11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Matthew 3:11 (KJV)

From which Jesus will separate the "wheat", from the "chaff":


12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Matthew 3:12 (KJV)

Jesus came into this world, for a very clear purpose:


32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 5:32 (KJV)

He spoke of how heaven rejoices at one sinner who repents:


7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Luke 15:7 (KJV)

That's what Jesus came here for, to save us from our sins, to show us the way to repentance, to teach us to love God, the FATHER and CREATOR, and to love each other.

He was here to fulfill God's Laws:


17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Matthew 5:17 (KJV)

What was the Law, but this:


18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:18-20 (KJV)

The Laws were the 10 Commandments.

We were taught all that when we were kids, but obviously many of us have forgotten, or didn't really understand what God was asking of us.

But it is not too late.

We have today, right this moment, to get right with the LORD.

He left us the Holy Spirit to teach us ALL things, to remember ALL His Words.

We were left with REAL, divine help.

Jesus is merely reminding us of the desire of the FATHER:


32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Ezekiel 18:32 (KJV)

It has always been about repentance, for all of us -- the proud, the ignorant, the uncaring, the cruel, the corrupted.

As Bible prophecy self-appointed student, it is my duty to turn to Jesus' words, to sift through the Bible, and share with you the relevant verses for our difficult times. Only the WORD of God -- JESUS -- can give us real comfort, and instruction, now.

I am grateful that Jesus had looked kindly upon my soul, and saw fit to save it, for the world as we know it, is no more.

The diabolical schemes have taken on steam, but there is no reason to be afraid. 

But you must drop everything you're doing now, that is not of GOD. 

In your heart, you know what those things are.

We must not test Jesus, even as He loves us all.

Let Him tell you in His own words:


19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Revelation 3:19 (KJV)

There is no going around it.

We must all turn back to the LORD, and repent, abandoning our evil ways.

If our hearts are true, and we wish change upon ourselves, and the world, we must seek JESUS with all our heart, and let The SPIRIT of God -- the Holy Spirit -- trigger awakening upon our souls.

We are so loved He gave up His life for us thousands of years ago.

But this time, He will wage war:


11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

Revelation 19:11-16 (KJV)


Will you be there behind Him, and with Him?

Other important verses we must read are Psalm 91, and John 3, to help secure our salvation in these difficult times.

(All verses sourced from biblegateway.com)