God Always Warns Before Judgment

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God Always Warns Before Judgment
By Grant Phillips

When I was growing up, I always received warnings from my parents about various issues. I’m sure you did too. “Don’t touch that, you’ll cut yourself. Don’t touch that, you’ll burn yourself. Be very careful using these tools. They’re not toys. Don’t play in the road.” I’ll never forget my mother warning us to not leave our drink unattended, because someone could put something in it. I didn’t understand until years later what she was referring to.

Children don’t usually appreciate the many warnings they receive from their parents, until they have children of their own. Why do we receive warnings from those who are wiser? Could it be because they love us and don’t wish to see us suffer? Could it be that they know what is ahead if we ignore their warnings? Well, God loves us and He knows what is ahead.

God warned Adam and Eve to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16). He warned the people of Noah’s day that a world-wide flood was coming, and 120 years later the flood came. All were drowned except eight, Noah and his family. God warned Nineveh through Noah of judgment if they did not repent. God warned Judah for 345 years to repent or face judgment, and also Israel, for 210 years. Neither listened and both were carried off into slavery.

There is another judgment coming upon the whole world that will be even worse than the flood of Noah’s day. Jesus said of this judgment, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22)

The book of Revelation, which details the coming seven years Tribulation, was written in 95 A.D. It has been warning us since that time that Jesus is coming back, and everything in this book will be fulfilled.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

The purpose of the Tribulation is for God to bring the Jewish nation back to Himself through repentance and to know their Messiah, and also to judge the world. Many will come to Christ during that time, but will be martyred for doing so.

Twenty-one judgments will come upon the world; seven seal judgments, seven trumpet judgments, and seven bowl judgments.

At this point, I would like to show a very, very brief preview of what these judgments will be, as shown in the book of Revelation.

Seven Seal Judgments​

First Seal (white horse): Antichrist appears. (6:1-2)

Second Seal (red horse): World will be at war. (6:3-4)

Third Seal (black horse): World-wide famine. (6:5-6)

Fourth Seal (pale horse): ¼ of mankind will die. (6:7-8)

Fifth Seal: Martyrs are in Heaven. (6:9-11)

Sixth Seal: World devasted and in ruin. (6:12-17)

Seventh Seal: Seven trumpets will be introduced. (8:1-2)

Seven Trumpet Judgments​

First Trumpet: 1/3 of earth’s vegetation destroyed by hail, fire and blood. (8:7)

Second Trumpet: 1/3 of the oceans polluted by a fireball from heaven. (8:8-9)

Third Trumpet: 1/3 of fresh water polluted. (8:10-11)

Fourth Trumpet: 1/3 of sun, moon, stars darkened (8:12)

Fifth Trumpet: Agonizing torment by demons (9:1-12)

Sixth Trumpet: 1/3 of mankind slaughtered by demons (9:13-21)

Seventh Trumpet: Announcement of Christ’s Kingdom reign (11:15-19)

Seven Bowl Judgments​

First Bowl: Sores upon followers of Antichrist (16:2)

Second Bowl: Seas turned to blood; all marine life dies (16:3)

Third Bowl: All fresh water turned to blood (16:4-7)

Fourth Bowl: Scorching heat from sun (16:8-9)

Fifth Bowl: Darkness and pain upon Antichrist’s kingdom (16:10-11)

Sixth Bowl: Euphrates River dried up; Armageddon (16:12-16)

Seventh Bowl: Earthquakes and hail (16:17-21)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Scripture references and read each of the judgments. I have only provided a skeleton of an explanation for each one. Over one-half of the world’s population will die, and the suffering during that time will be off the charts! You do not want to be here when the Tribulation begins.

Some may say, “I’ll just turn to Christ and get saved.” Actually, if you are in the Tribulation, there is a good chance you will not turn to Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12), and even if you do, you will probably suffer martyrdom.

“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

Our world right now is turned on its head and begging for the judgment of God. Most folks are saying that nothing has happened in two thousand years, so there is no God. The Lord says through Peter:

“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”

They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood.

And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:3-9 NLT)

Folks, we are right on the brink of Christ’s return. Yes, He has been warning us for a long time. It seems to those who do not know Him that it will never happen, but remember this; every last prophecy of His first coming was fulfilled to the letter. There is no reason to think it will be otherwise for His return.

There is nothing more important than the eternal destination of our souls. Think about this: Do you have regrets in your life? I’m sure you do. Everyone probably has something in their life where they wish they had made a better decision. Now is the time to get it right about where you will spend eternity.

I’m sure the people in Noah’s day thought there would never be a world-wide flood, since it had never rained at that time, but the flood came.

Jesus said there has never been anything like the Tribulation and never will be again, but it is coming (Matthew 24:21-22). The world is ripe for judgment and any day now that judgment will come.

Remember those regrets in your life? Well, once the Church is removed, you will be in the Tribulation, and there is no turning back. Then you will be forced to serve the Antichrist or be a martyr for Jesus Christ. If you choose the Antichrist, and you very well may, you will suffer hell on earth and then hell in the lake of fire for eternity.

Jesus, the true Christ, loves you very much. Now is the time to face Him as your Savior and Lord, rather than your Judge later on.

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JoyJoyJoy

I Shall Not Be Moved
Good article.
I have heard that people who had been presented the Gospel and rejected it will not get saved during the trib....maybe the delusion will harden their hearts???

Do yall think that's what the below verse means???
I know there are many martyred (sp??) souls under the alter.

I think that some of my beloved family may not believe in Christ prior to the Rapture. I hold out hope that they will be saved post Rapture.
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And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
 

Andy C

Well-Known Member
Good article.
I have heard that people who had been presented the Gospel and rejected it will not get saved during the trib....maybe the delusion will harden their hearts???

Do yall think that's what the below verse means???
I know there are many martyred (sp??) souls under the alter.

I think that some of my beloved family may not believe in Christ prior to the Rapture. I hold out hope that they will be saved post Rapture.
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And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
IMO, it would be very rare that someone prior to the rapture had never heard the gospel in some version. Therefore, almost all who enter the tribulation will have previously rejected the gospel, yet during the tribulation the bible states will be a great harvest, as many will finally see the Light.

When it comes time for the MOB at the mid tribulation point, many will receive the grand delusion from God, and believe the lie that the AC is god. This leads me to believe the vast majority that get saved will do so in the first half of the tribulation. All my unsaved family and friends have been given the rapture brief by me, and what to do, and more importantly what not to do during the tribulation..ie..dont take the MOB.

I believe the biggest harvest ever will be shortly after the rapture when the left behind realize that their saved family members were correct, and quickly fall on their knees while confessing Jesus as their Savior. Sadly, a great number will go in the opposite direction as their hearts are hardened even more.
 

Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
I have heard that people who had been presented the Gospel and rejected it will not get saved during the trib....maybe the delusion will harden their hearts???

I believe that the only ones who are beyond the possibility of getting saved will be those who take the Mark. I figure many who have heard the Truth before the Rapture will turn to God soon after the Rapture and may actually start reading their Bibles, if they have access to a Bible. Certainly many who have hardened their hearts against God this side of the Rapture will continue to war against God throughout Tribulation.
 

Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
Imagine the state of the world by the mid-point of Tribulation. Much of humanity is dead. The earth is in ruins with more to come. People understand that they face God's judgments. From the 144,000 and an angel or two they have heard the Truth. Now the world leader is declaring himself god and insists that if you want to live you must get the Mark and worship him. I can only hope that many of those left alive will realize that taking the Mark will only buy them a short amount of time and they might die anyway (very soon). I hope there are many who aren't in full delusion who choose Christ in that latter half known as the Great Tribulation... but that will be a hard decision to make for sure.
 
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JamesSuth

Well-Known Member
I think it is really important we keep the events of the Tribulation in our minds, perhaps firstly to give thanks that God will rescue us from it before it begins, and also to motivate us to keep spreading the word prior to the rapture. When I think of an eternity in hell, I would be happy if my loved ones came to Christ after the rapture, even if they then suffered and died. But it would rather they turned to Him now.

Good article.
I have heard that people who had been presented the Gospel and rejected it will not get saved during the trib....maybe the delusion will harden their hearts???

Do yall think that's what the below verse means???
I know there are many martyred (sp??) souls under the alter.

I think that some of my beloved family may not believe in Christ prior to the Rapture. I hold out hope that they will be saved post Rapture.
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And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
I can't think of any Bible verse that would suggest that they could not come to Christ. I think it is often said as a warning. Probably those who are saying now, 'I'll become a believer after the rapture' (or when I'm old, finished having fun, or anything else), probably never will. But those who are hearing the Gospel but are resistant; I think @Andy C is right, they will (God willing) realise they are wrong and repent. Just a personal opinion but I think most of the new believers will come right at the start of the Tribulation with all these masses realising they need Christ. Also just a personal opinion but I think there might not be a great harvest from the fake church who may just harden their hearts yet further.
 

JoyJoyJoy

I Shall Not Be Moved
When I think of an eternity in hell, I would be happy if my loved ones came to Christ after the rapture, even if they then suffered and died. But it would rather they turned to Him now.
Me too, brother. Dh's family are non practicing catholics, for the most part. Dh was able to reach a couple of them prior to death and I believe 1 brother is a Christian now and let me tell you, it was the one that I thought would NEVER get saved. God worked things out in ways we couldn't imagine!!
Praise God!!! Let's keep on praying for the lost souls.
 

DWB

Well-Known Member
Good article.
I have heard that people who had been presented the Gospel and rejected it will not get saved during the trib....maybe the delusion will harden their hearts???

Do yall think that's what the below verse means???
I know there are many martyred (sp??) souls under the alter.

I think that some of my beloved family may not believe in Christ prior to the Rapture. I hold out hope that they will be saved post Rapture.
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And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
I agree. Many may disagree, but if I am reading my Bible correctly, that is exactly what it means. Is it hard, yes. But given the opportunity and rejecting is a person's choice. God is always just and fair.
 

GotGrace

Well-Known Member
IMO, it would be very rare that someone prior to the rapture had never heard the gospel in some version. Therefore, almost all who enter the tribulation will have previously rejected the gospel, yet during the tribulation the bible states will be a great harvest, as many will finally see the Light.

When it comes time for the MOB at the mid tribulation point, many will receive the grand delusion from God, and believe the lie that the AC is god. This leads me to believe the vast majority that get saved will do so in the first half of the tribulation. All my unsaved family and friends have been given the rapture brief by me, and what to do, and more importantly what not to do during the tribulation..ie..dont take the MOB.

I believe the biggest harvest ever will be shortly after the rapture when the left behind realize that their saved family members were correct, and quickly fall on their knees while confessing Jesus as their Savior. Sadly, a great number will go in the opposite direction as their hearts are hardened even more.
I like the way you believe about this bc I agree. :nod

However, I had not thought about that most left behind will be saved right after the rapture but that makes a whole lotta sense. They were warned many times prior to salvation that they would be left behind if they did not repent - then suddenly they see millions are gone in a blink of an eye and they realize what they need to do.
 
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