I have heard many times people tell me how God is a loving God and this God would not allow such things as a tribulation or hell for that matter. God is love. The Bible says that God is love. These people say that God is not a god who destroys his creation or will do them any harm. I was recently told by someone else concerning divorce that God would not want a person to stay with someone who makes them miserable, not their god. Then we have Christians who divide God in the Bible, they never read the old Testament and will tell you that the God of the New Testament is a God of grace and I do not know what they make of the Revelation because that is about annihilation of His creation. This topic comes up quite a bit, which is why I am going to speak on it today.
First and foremost I find that many people fashion God to who they want Him to be, God becomes a god who works for them. A god they can comprehend. They do not like the Lord of Hosts, the God of the Bible and they make their own god. These people are not talking to me about the God of the Bible, but their own god who works for them. Their god that does not send people to hell or will cause the Tribulation. Then we want to tell Him who He should be and how He should act.
I have one thing I would like to say to these people. This God of love, he is suppose to love, love love and it is okay that no one regards Him, thinks about Him, or pays him any credit for His wonderful creation, and it is okay for them to do all kinds of evil acts before his eyes and defy every command he has ever given. It is okay for everyone to hate one another, lie, steal, cheat, to look to alcohol, drugs, other persons, money, things, instead of looking to him, and it is okay for them to kill and maim one another in the most brutal, heartless manner possible, and after all of this we want to tell God who we think he should be and how he should allow us our sin. But, He is so loving that no matter what we do, what we don’t do, how His creation defies Him, dishonors Him, dishonors His Son, talks to God as if they know better than Him, He is going to pick us up and kiss our boo boos. This is not the God of the Bible, The God of the Bible gave the first command, which is thou shalt love the lord your God with all of your mind and soul. Does anyone love God? Most people don’t and even when they say they do they love everything else in their lives first. God states in Malachi 1:6:
A son honors his father and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is my reverence? To the Christian who does not pay attention to the Old Testament and who ignores the teachings of the Old Testament, I want to read you something out of the book of Revelation, which his a very New Testament book. It reads Revelation 9:20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the work of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.
Now I will read you out of 2 Kings 22:16-17:
Thus says the Lord; Behold “I will bring calamity on this place and its inhabitants-all the words of the book which he king of Judah has read—
“because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath shall be aroused against this place and shall be quenched. “
This proves that God is the same in the Old Testament and the New Testament and while God is a God of love he is also a God who enacts judgment.
The problem is that many people want to tell God who He should be but there is no fear of God,
Proverbs 9:10 states, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, Proverbs 1:7 the fear of the Lord is he beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 10:27 state, The fear of the Lord prolongeth days; but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
No one has any fear of God today, but they will fear God during the Tribulation as people will experience he cataclysmic natural disasters,
Micah 7:17 tells us: They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee. Isaiah 2:21 tells us that during the Tribulation.
Isaiah elaborates Chapter 2:19-21 states:
They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, From the terror of the Lord And the glory of his majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily.
In that day a man will cast away his idols of gold, Which they made each for himself o worship. To the moles and bats, o go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, From the terror of the Lord, And the glory of His majesty, When he arises to shake the earth mightily.
God warns in Malachi 3:5 And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers, Against adulterers, Against perjurers, Against those who exploit wager earners and widows and orphans, And against those who turn away an alien Because they do not fear me says the Lord of Hosts.
God is a God of Love but he is also a God of judgment. Its no different than the legal system of many nations, you commit certain unredeemable acts and you get the death penalty, for some countries those acts are less than others. The Old Testament speaks of some harsh judgments, from the flood to raining fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, which was most likely a major volcanic eruption, to having the earth swallow persons. He gave Israel over to their enemies who imprisoned, and brutally killed them and did all kinds of mayhem against them. In Ezekiel 5 7-9 He rebukes the children of Irael for their disobedience and He tells them, “I am against you.” And that he will execute judgments in their midst. He tells them in verse 9 And I will do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I will never do again because of all your abominations.
Here is what many have criticized and here is where God dropped the bomb. In verse 10 He states: Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and some sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments among you, and all of you who remain I will scatter to the winds.
Can a God of love also destroy the people he created? Yes and the reason is simple. He gets fed up with their sin against Him, the acts they commit one to another and of their total disregard for him. This is in part why the Tribulation is coming and not only is God going to enact judgments onto the earth, but He is going to obliterate the place in the glory of his majesty and create a new earth ruled by Jesus Christ and where God dwells among His people. What you want to make sure is that you are going to be one of His people and you become one of His by accepting His son Jesus Chris as your personal savior and believing on His name. He who believes on the name of the Son of God shall have life.