I pray each morning that God will be glorified in all things; in Heaven and on the Earth and below the Earth. Then I begin the day and I learn of all the new horror that men create around them and all the collateral damage that occurs as a result of the wickedness and evil that flows from a man’s depraved heart. I find myself asking, ‘How can God be glorified in all of this if no one speaks the truth, if no one has the courage to say, “God’s wrath is upon us and He is a consuming fire”‘.
Thus the controversy that surrounds the recent book, “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn. Most would prefer to have their ears tickled, but a preacher’s task is to be in concert with God through His Holy Spirit and to speak the things that God is speaking according to the times we live in. The time has come for the pulpits of America to once again be aflame with the consuming fire that is God’s wrath against the wickedness that has consumed our world today, in which, “…every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart (is) only evil all the time.” (Gen. 6:5) The times in which we live are perfectly described by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans, chapter one, verses eighteen through thirty two. Honestly, anyone who cannot see the correlation is blind, and deaf, pure and simple.
The prophet, Amos, was not happy to be given the task of expressing God’s wrath to the people of Israel any more than Jonah was happy to be assigned the same task for the people of Nineveh. Both were ordinary men, bi-vocational preachers who would have preferred to enjoy the popularity of a soft message of God’s mercy and grace, but those were not the times in which they lived. And though I believe that every message of wrath must be seasoned with a word of God’s grace, it must be remembered that the wickedness permeating our world today also permeates the pews of our churches. We are all guilty of Paul’s accusation in Romans 1:32, “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
Amos had the courage to speak the words the Lord had given to him, “When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it?” (Amos 3:6b) The time has come for the pulpits of America to resound with the flaming wrath of God’s voice. Quite honestly, if you occupy a pulpit today and you are not hearing the voice of God’s wrath, then you are not listening to God’s voice. The people both within and without the church’s walls must hear the message and know of God’s sovereignty over His creation, of His righteous hatred of sin, of His power to punish wickedness even to the fourth generation and lastly of His desire, “that none should be lost, but every one would be saved.”
These are the things He is speaking today and has been speaking for a very long time, but His children are not listening, and His shepherds are not speaking for Him, thus, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Wake up, oh dreamer. The day of the Lord’s wrath is upon you. The lion has roared and the pulpits of America need to be sounding the alarm, calling the lost sheep back to the fold; yet, I am not hearing those sermons. I am not hearing the voice of God’s wrath from the pulpits of America the way I hear it directly from God. Instead I hear sermons that promote a doctrine of cheap grace, of peace and prosperity, of health and wealth, but this is not what God is speaking.
Open your eyes! Look around you! Peace and prosperity have flown and now there is only God’s wrath for us and for our children to the fourth generation. Who is praying? Who is fasting? Who is taking seriously the hand writing on the wall? Did you skip prayer for “Modern Family”, or did you skip “Modern Family” for prayer? I know the answer to that question. Hollywood, that Babylon of which Hal Linsey sounded the warning more than forty years ago, is more attuned to the voice of God than the church. I know this by the flood of apocalyptic movies and TV over the past twenty years. Have you not noticed that it has grown exponentially over that period? Disaster, destruction, death on a massive scale; zombies, vampires, alien invasion, dark, overwhelming criminal enterprise, and demonic horror. Yes, Hollywood has gotten the message, but the church is consumed in entertaining itself.
In the meantime, I am hearing the same voice that Jonathan Cahn has heard. The voice that inspired “The Harbinger”. The voice that comes from Isaiah, the prophet in chapters nine and ten and from the prophet Amos. That voice is telling me that the cup of man’s iniquity is full, that the “lion has roared”, that the “hedge” of God’s protection has been removed and now, in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain.”
Try as hard as you can to quell your sinful pride and avoid your unquenchable desire for theological controversy. Just read the scripture prayerfully and see if it doesn’t fit the times in which we live, then let God speak to you through Romans 1:18-32 and when you have done that, find the courage to mount your pulpit and preach the truth from God’s word, in the way He is speaking now to the times in which we live. Listen to the Holy Spirit and act according to your convictions. Fast and pray because, “”The time has come”, the Walrus said, to speak of many things…”