REPENTANCE ESSENTIAL TO RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSING

In 1863 President Lincoln implemented three days of humiliation, fasting and prayer with this declaration: “It is the duty of nations as well as men to own their own dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognise the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

God does bring calamities and disasters such as firestorms, earthquakes and tornadoes for His purposes. It is invariably to make people realise they are not in control of circumstances in the world He created and maintains. Importantly, it is also to to get His own people to pray. Moreover, God tells us in advance in His Word that in the “last days” before Jesus returns that these disasters will increase in frequency. Just one of many signs, God has given us, to show we are in the last days before Jesus returns to rule and reign from Jerusalem.

When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:13-14

“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.Luke 21:25-26

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“See that you do not refuse Him (GOD) who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him (JESUS) who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:25-28

WORLDS REACTION TO TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD

Alan Jones attacks Israel Folau for saying fires, drought are God’s punishment.

Alan Jones interviews Israel Folau on the Jones & Co show on Sky News.
Alan Jones interviews Israel Folau on Sky News

One of Israel Folau’s closest allies, Alan Jones, has attacked the former rugby union star’s latest controversial sermon in which he suggested bush fires ravaging NSW and Queensland and the drought are God’s punishment for the legalisation of same-sex marriage and abortion.

The devout Christian, who had his $4m Rugby Australia contract terminated over homo­phobic social media posts, said the timing of the bush fires was not a “coincidence” while delivering a sermon at his church in Sydney’s northwest on Sunday. Folau told fellow worshippers at the Kenthurst church the drought and bushfires were God’s way of telling Australia “You need to repent” and that they were only a taste of what God’s punishment could be. How right Folau is about God using catastrophes for His purposes.

“They have changed the law and changed the ordinance of these things,” he said. “Look how rapid these bush fires, these droughts, all these things have come in a short ­period of time. You think it is a ­coincidence or not? They have changed that law and legalised same-sex marriage and now those things are OK in society, going against the laws of what God says. Abortion — it is OK now to murder and kill infants, unborn children, and they think that to be OK.”

Jones was unimpressed, telling listeners to his 2GB program on Monday morning that Folau needs to “button up.” “Israel is a lovely human being, I know him well. (But) Israel, button up Jones said. These comments don’t help.”

Labor leader Anthony Albanese attacked Folau’s comments, describing them as “pretty reprehensible.”

“I think most people when they think of God or spirituality, they think of something positive and they think of a loving god,” Mr Albanese told Sky News on Monday. “They don’t think religion or faith in those terms and his comments are in line with some of his other comments, which are pretty reprehensible frankly.”

Mr Albanese said that in the context of six people losing their lives and hundreds of homes being destroyed in the blaze, Folau’s input didn’t bring anything “positive or constructive” to the discussion.

Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce also chastised. Mr Joyce told Seven News on Monday it was pointless to engage with Folau. “He throws rocks at us so he feels good, we throw rocks back at him so we feel good … but not one of those actions is making a sandwich for a person fighting the fires,” he said.

Liberal MP Dave Sharma described Folau’s comments as “off the grid”, telling Sky News he disagreed with the sacked rugby star “strongly” and he wouldn’t seek to give him any more publicity. “I think it’s important we focus really on the bushfires themselves and how we deal with them, how we combat them and how we help communities recover,” Mr Sharma told Sky News.

Folau’s latest sermon come as Australia is in the grips of an unprecedented bush fire crisis affecting three states, with four people killed in recent weeks.

What you see out there in the world — it’s only a little taste of what God’s judgement is like,” Folau said.

“God is speaking to us. Speaking to you, to repent and to turn away from this.

“We look back to what God (has) done to Sodom and Gomorrah — it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed that city because of the sin that they were living in.

The rugby star’s Wallabies contract was torn up by Rugby Australia in May after he shared a social media post saying that homosexuals were going to hell unless they repented.

In his sermon at the time, he said same-sex marriage and abortion were “evil in the eyes of God” but were deemed by society as “good”. “This generation is full of arrogance and full of pride,” he said. “They want to turn their back on God. They don’t want to know one bit of who God is because they’re so immersed in their sinful, wicked, evil ways.”

“I knew it was going to be ­offensive to a lot of people … but ultimately it’s a message of love,” Folau said.

In another sermon in June, he took aim at transgender children, saying the government was letting children, “basically 16 years old or younger”, go through treatment despite “not even knowing what they are doing”.

Folau is speaking the truth about God. The world and even some who claim to be Christian see it as offensive.

In the last days, we are told, the people of the world, controlled by Satan and his demons, will do their utmost to persecute those who hold to the truth of God’s Word.