Tuesday, December 7, 2021

You Knew All This...

You Knew All This...

Daniel 5:18-23 NASB 
"O king, the Most High God granted sovereignty, greatness, honor, and majesty to Nebuchadnezzar your father. Now because of the greatness which He granted him, all the peoples, nations, and populations of all languages trembled and feared in his presence; whomever he wished, he killed, and whomever he wished, he spared alive; and whomever he wished he elevated, and whomever he wished he humbled.  But when his heart was arrogant and his spirit became so overbearing that he behaved presumptuously, he was deposed from his royal throne, and his dignity was taken away from him. He was also driven away from mankind, and his heart was made like that of animals, and his dwelling place was with the wild donkeys. He was given grass to eat like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he recognized that the Most High God is ruler over the realm of mankind, and that He sets over it whomever He wishes. Yet you, his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this, but you have risen up against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your nobles, your wives, and your concubines have been drinking wine out of them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see, nor hear, nor understand. But the God in whose hand are your life-breath and all your ways, you have not glorified."

It's always amazing when God shows me something that I have not seen in all the other times that I have read my favorite book of the Bible.  Most know of the places in Scripture where it says that every single person will be without excuse before Jesus Christ on Judgment Day.  Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  The interesting part is what I can see now in this passage from Daniel. 

Insert the names of all in Hell right now, all the thousands entering into it in every breath YOU take right now.  "Yet you, his son (or daughter), _________, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this, but you have risen up against the Lord of Heaven "

People today are the same as throughout all generations. Technology or cultural advances do not obviously make moral people. It's the transformation of the Holy Spirit in the lives of people that changes the inner man or woman that has yielded their lives to God. 

Jesus said that when He returns people will be marrying and being given in marriage, life will be happening. People will mock God even after the Rapture of the Church. Proclaiming with an uplifted fist at God that they want their life their way. People who know the truth of God and reject it are those with the unpardonable sin.

Daniel 5:24-31 NASB 
"Then the hand was sent from Him and this inscription was written out.

“Now this is the inscription that was written:


This is the interpretation of the message: ‘Menē’—God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it. Tekēl’—you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient. Perēs’—your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians. Then Belshazzar gave orders, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a necklace of gold around his neck, and issued a proclamation concerning him that he now had authority as the third ruler in the kingdom. That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. So Darius the Mede received the kingdom at about the age of sixty-two."

Those who steadfastly reject the offer of salvation will all inevitably be cast into Hell. 

As we also see in Scripture there comes a time of no return in the lives of some people in regards to a hardened heart.  Hell will not even set them straight. The people gnashing their teeth at God, from Hell, are those people. 

People today have an overwhelming abundance of knowledge and information, of resources to take that step towards God and to freely receive salvation in Christ Jesus alone. 

Yet in this microwave society of literally the Bible at your fingertips in a few mere seconds, people mock God. They have this false sense of security that they have time to sew their wild oats. That they can live out lives by way of their wealth, with no regard to the truth.  Truth being their very breath is in God's hands. 

You read the last part of Daniel 5. The judgment against Belshazzar.  Those who die without Christ are summarily judged guilty of their sin and are cast into Hell. My personal belief is that it is Jesus who takes people to Heaven as well as Hell. That's my opinion about the passage that says that they will look upon the one they have pierced.  They will have absolutely no way to not know why they are being delivered to Hell. Just as true as Heaven welcoming those who believe. 

You, my Dear Reader, have before you the truth. 

You can in mere seconds read the truth of God. You can look up the Romans Road to Salvation.  You can, but if you haven't, what's keeping you?  You will have no worthy excuse before Jesus after you die.  Heaven and Hell are just as real and unchangeable as knowing death comes to all things.  You know and you must choose to accept the proven truth of God in that you must come to Christ to be saved.  

It's not going to be nice to hear Jesus tell everyone who rejected Him that "You knew all this".

Being in a Church doesn't save you. Many so-called Churches hire janitorial services to clean during the week, that presence in the building won't save them any more than you going in and sitting down. You must realize that proximity to believers won't save you.  Being warmed by a fire doesn't make you the fire. Enjoying the light doesn't make you the light. The light of Christ comes from within.  In the first movie version of "Left Behind", an Assistant Pastor found himself left behind because he never understood the Scriptures and it never occurred to him until the Rapture that a working knowledge of the Bible didn't save him.  It's confessing with your mouth, it's repentance, that Jesus Christ is Lord. It's receiving Him into your life as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You will never slip into Heaven by being near Christians. 

"But I don't have the time!" Well, considering every breath you take is a gift of God, make the time to get right before Jesus now.  You are not guaranteed a today, let alone a tomorrow.  What makes you really believe you have the time to put it off?

You and everyone else will never be able to say "we didn't know".

For God so loved the world (YOU) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 has been perhaps the most prolific passage from the Bible to the world.  You are the one so loved by God that He sent His Son to die for you. He died for you and as a result of His obedience, arose from the dead, making the way for all to be saved who trust in Christ for salvation. 

Remember: Just like Belshazzar, you know all this.

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