I watched just a very small part of a video on YouTube today, it was really quite unnecessary to view all of it because of the title, which was expected at the time of this letter to you, “Prophecy and the war of Israel and Hamas.” It was not the title of the video that caused me to turn it off, but the smiling face of the presenter, a man filled with glee and great excitement.
“Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.” (Amos 5:18)
That is not the verse I left on the comments, though it would have perhaps been more appropriate than what I did offer. The man was smiling whilst speaking about war, he was filled with happiness not realizing that he was talking about pain and suffering, about death, and in his great anticipation of prophetic events, he fulfilled Amos 5:18, woe may come unto him.
It is beyond selfish, beyond that, it is incomprehensible that someone who professes to love the Lord Jesus Christ would be more concerned with being where they are going to be for all eternity, in the presence of the Living God, smiling with the knowledge of the untold billions that are going to be cast into hell soon. With people dying, he thinks only of himself.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matt. 24:12)
This man was not broadcasting from a prison cell where he was being tortured, he was well dressed and sitting in a comfortable chair, yet he is in a hurry to leave, fear from the screens he watches, fear from far away, a smile when people are suffering.
Such is the pattern of many today who spend their time looking for those next “signs,” self, escape from the world, from any possible persecution overrides the love they are to have for their neighbor. I see them as one of the two that walked past the wounded man on the road, as Judas, more concerned with the bag of money than the greatest prize of mankind that he walked with for more than three years.
I saw a man smiling, happy, filled with excitement, while speaking about death. All because he is in a hurry to meet Jesus.
Just what do you think the Lord will have to say to this man about this matter?
In our enthusiasm to be in the presence of our Father in heaven, we can forget we have brothers and sisters in Christ here that need encouragement, that need assistance, that have needs. We can forget why we are here, to reach out to those trapped in this evil world by our adversary, to go out and invite them to the home we are going to. This one moment in time, the pursuit of all those signs, is not drawing people closer to the Almighty, but many further away from Him.
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” (2nd Tim. 3:2)
Hearts grow cold my friends when all they focus on is oneself.
It is one thing to warn about eternal damnation. Not even the hardest heart in the most unrepentant sinner smiles at the prospect of war, only evil men smile when the death of thousands is revealed to them. Or perhaps fools. I do not call this man either, but it is, in a more lengthened way, the comment I left on his video.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2nd Tim. 4:2)
Will he listen? If he hears the Holy Spirit he will, but, and although I spend very little time either searching for or watching any of those types of videos, when I do, rarely will those who make them or watch them respond to the correction offered.
The man who has died to self does not smile at the death of others.