Fear the good times!


They were good times. Money was easy to get, credit was readily available, political correctness was embraced, God’s Word was seldom heard, manmade, religious programmes had replaced a covenant keeping relationship with God, mammon was worshipped, and all this was going to last forever – hallelujah! hallelujah!


Sound familiar? Well familiar as it may seem, it is not about today’s lifestyle. It is about Israel in the days of Isaiah. Yet, it should be taken as a dire warning to us today.  Here is what Isaiah preached during the times of Israel and her neighbouring nations’ prosperity:

 Isaiah 24:1-6

·         Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste, distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants.

·         And it shall be:As with the people, so with the priest;As with the servant, so with his master;As with the maid, so with her mistress;As with the buyer, so with the seller;As with the lender, so with the borrower;As with the creditor, so with the debtor.

·         The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered, for the Lord has spoken His word.

·         The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty people of the earth languish.

·         The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

·         Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left. 

As it was, so shall it be! Take to your knees and pray. Fast and learn to go without. Return to the Word of God and turn off your home entertainment. Count on nothing being secure, other than your faith in God. Demand the Word of God, and only the Word of God, be preached in your assembly. Put away church entertainment and fall down on your faces before the Lord in the assembly and seek His will for your life. But most of all, trust not in these times – trust only in the Lord. Many who claim to know Christ will surely fall away when present times fail and hard times begin in the months ahead.   

Woe to those who live in Europe and especially Eastern Italy! Devastation stands at your door. I would say repent, but your ears are waxed up and your heart hardened and you know nothing of the fear of God anymore. Your enemy is among you and yet you do everything possible to ignore his presence. God’s Word is no longer allowed to be heard in your midst and therefore you are blind and there is no light in your lives, and yet you think you understand all things. Even if Isaiah or another prophet came among you, you would reject his word. You brazenly choose to travel the wide road through the wide gate that leads to destruction just so you can continue to be the gods of your own lives.

Sadly, what is about to befall you shall spill forth upon all your neighbours and the rest of the world. This time God is against you, not with you as He was before. Dread is coming upon you for you have forgotten Him who delivered you in the past. 

Bob Chapman MA

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