War, calamity and utter catastrophe. I hate the thought of it, and I wish with all of my heart that none of it was going to happen. Unfortunately, it WILL happen, and our contrary desires will not make any of this go away. And, remember that God takes no pleasure in any of this, either.
We chose to sin against God, and there’s always a steep price to pay for being so awful.
Each of the prophetic chapters in this section speak from different perspectives that are all vitally important. Some speak of events outside the Land of Israel. Others speak of what happens to Israel, herself – in addition to what everyone else is experiencing.
There are a lot of troubling events described here, and we need to understand what is happening, so that we can warn others. Knowledge is a heavy burden, since it brings with it the responsibility to inform those who are ignorant of what is coming. And, even though very few will listen, we are still required to speak.
This passage is for everyone who understands the seriousness of what is coming:
6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’
7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.
I hope that I have taken this passage to heart and done everything that I could to warn those who needed to be warned. It is a serious sin to know the danger that approaches and not speak.
You have already gotten a lot to warn people about, but there’s more. And, we will look at the following chapters and seek to understand what is coming and warn those who do not understand:
Micah 5 –
There are some really, really troubling events described in those chapters. Those of us who are able to escape will still be heartbroken over the suffering and death that we will see. I always think about that, when I hear people exclaim over what an exciting time this will be.
But, as John wrote at the end of Revelation:
…come Lord Jesus.
TRANSLATION NOTE: The words ‘even so’ are not in the original Greek. I understand the sentiment that drove the translators to insert those words in Revelation 22:20. I’m willing to bet that this is how John felt, when he wrote the final words of Revelation. But, in this age of deception, we need to be even more careful about what the Bible actually says.
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