…..The Year Of Thy Visitation

“…even the year of their visitation, saith Jehovah.”    Jer 23:12 (ASV) What does this often repeated phrase mean?  In the context of the scripture in Jeremiah, the Lord is telling the false prophets that they will pay sorely for their deception to the Judean people.  One day God will bring the consequences of their sins to their doorstep. Did you ever play the board game of Life?  After encountering scores of opportunities and events in life, one finally comes to the end of the road and the “Day Of Reckoning.”  This day in the game of Life is similar to the Lord’s day of visitation that will come upon all men.  Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: …”   from the King James Bible Online (KJV Bible).  R.G. Lee is most noted for his famous sermon “Payday Someday,” whereby he examines the wicked lives of Ahab and Jezebel, and how Elijah the prophet prophesied their ultimate destiny as they were judged by God Almighty.  Through a revelation from above, Elijah predicted that when Jezebel would die, nothing would be left of her body except her hands and the soles of her feet.  This is indeed what happened as the dogs ate her carcass and licked her blood.  Ahab was told the exact place where he would die, so he tried to avoid the place and disguised himself in battle.  Fighting God’s Providence is always of no avail.  It is like attempting to knock down a cinder block wall with a pea shooter.  A “random” arrow pierced his armor, and his horse drawn chariot took him to the very place that God said would be his “day of visitation.”  All people and nations have/will encounter this day.  This is the day that God rewards or condemns us, based upon the life we have lived.  R.G. Lee’s sermon “Payday Someday” is true for all of us.  We cast our bread upon the waters and it all comes back to us.  It all comes out in the wash.  What goes around comes around.  We reap what we sow.  The books will be balanced.  The twice born Christians therefore value every moment of their lives as opportunities to glorify God.  Our very lives are a gift from God, and every day is a chance to either submit to the King of Kings, or to live for self.  Will we hear “Well done good and faithful servant” from Jesus Christ, or will we hear “You have been weighed and found wanting,” the words written on the wall by a mysterious hand to King Belshazzar?  What we do with Jesus Christ determines 1)where we spend eternity, and 2)our reward for what we do with our lives.  Faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ is the ONLY way that anyone can be saved.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  John 14:6 (KJV) 

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12 (KJV)

     How about you?  Have you been born again?  (John 3:3)  Does Jesus reign in your heart?  Have you been washed in His blood?  Do you know that you are going to heaven?  I hope you can honestly say “yes” to all of these questions.

Born Once, Die Twice

Born Twice, Die Once

Christians never say goodbye forever.  You think about that…

Pastor Steve    

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