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Monday, February 06, 2006

The Strange Work of God by J. Vernon McGee

If the structure of the Book of Revelation is followed, it will prevent you from going off into fanaticism and sensationalism. It ought not to terrify you. Actually, it ought to be a comfort to you. I thank God that He is going to judge this world that is running wild today. The way that mankind has blundered and gotten this world into a mess makes it look like it is filled with madmen. I thank God He is going to judge it, and He is going to judge it rightly.

People often urge me to speak out on my radio broadcast against certain things that are taking place. It is not my business to get on radio and denounce every wrong. My business is to give out just the Word of God, and that is what I am going to do. He is going to straighten this world out someday. I wouldn't have that job for anything in the world. I am glad it is His job.

Maybe you don't like the fact that the gentle Jesus is going to judge. The wrath of the Lamb will be terrifying to those on earth. My friend, when you talk about the gentle Jesus, you had better get acquainted with Him. He died for you, He loves you, and He wants to save you, but if you will not have Him, I tell you, there is waiting ahead of you a terrifying judgment. My beloved, judgment is coming on this earth.

I say, "Hallelujah!" I am glad that it is coming and that God is not going to let the world go on like it is now. It has gone on long enough. Do not lose sight of the fact that Revelation presents Him in His glory as the Judge of all the earth. We are also going to see the wrath of the Lamb some day. Men are not lost because they are sinners; they are lost because they have rejected Jesus who died for them. Even if you go into a lost eternity and have not accepted Christ, He died for you, and you simply made His sacrifice for you of no avail. You have trodden underfoot the blood of Christ when you take that kind of attitude and position toward Him.

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. (Revelation 8:1)

This is a very solemn scene. The Lord Jesus Christ orders a halt on all fronts: heaven, hell, and earth. Nothing can move without His permission. For a brief moment, there is a lull in judgment activity; there is a heavenly hush. It is the lull before the storm.

Why is there this strange silence? God's patience is not exhausted. When the sixth seal was opened and nature responded with a mighty convulsion, brave men weakened for a moment. Christ gave them opportunity to repent. But like the Pharaoh of old who, when the heat was taken off, let his willful heart return to its original intention, many men will go back to their blasphemous conduct when there is a calm. This, my friend, is the lull before the storm. As someone has said, "The steps of God from mercy to judgment are always slow, reluctant, and measured." God is reluctant to judge for He is slow to anger.

What is strange about God? That He judges–that He is a God of love, judging His creatures. "For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD…" (Ezekiel 18:32). This silence marks the transition from grace to judgment. God is waiting; He is waiting for you today if you have not come to Him. You can come to Him, for He is a gracious Savior.

From Edited Messages on Revelation by J. Vernon McGee
the END

8 Comments:

  • I do not think you have posted much on eschatology, Rose~

    Great stuff.

    God Bless

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 2/06/2006 6:27 PM  

  • Rose,

    Thank you for this post. I like what he said, "My business is to give out just the Word of God,". Cool attitude!

    Mark

    By Blogger bluecollar, at 2/07/2006 7:25 AM  

  • Thanks for posting on eschatology - one of my favorites! However, I do not agree with his statement:

    "Even if you go into a lost eternity and have not accepted Christ, He died for you, and you simply made His sacrifice for you of no avail. "

    By Blogger Jonathan Moorhead, at 2/07/2006 8:48 AM  

  • Matthew,
    I posted, but ... I posted what someone else has written! Does that count?!

    Hi bluecollar!!
    J. Vernon always had a fine attitude. He was a great man of God, IMHO.

    Hi there Jonathan,
    You are getting some sleep?
    I hope all is well on the homefront.
    Now why am I not surprised that you didn't agree with his statement? ;~)

    I am so shocked that you wouldn't agree with that ... it is so clearly scriptural.

    (BTW, He was a Dallas gradaute, if I'm not mistaken)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/07/2006 9:15 AM  

  • Hi Rose, I heard that yesterday too on the Radio. I really like him and I have really liked hearing him talk about revelation the last few weeks.

    By Blogger Dorothy, at 2/07/2006 11:53 AM  

  • Hi Rose,
    "…may I say kindly to ya..." the writings of John have always been among my favorites in the entire Bible. While Dr. McGee is not one of my favorite preachers he does hold a place of esteem as one of the premiere teachers (I think) of all time.

    God’s best to you,
    ~John

    By Blogger J. Wendell, at 2/08/2006 5:56 AM  

  • The calm described by Dr. McGee reminds me of the movie, The Perfect Storm.

    (spoiler alert)

    Not long before that horrifically tall wave comes at them at the end of the movie, the one you might have seen in the movie poster, there is this beautiful calm that settles down briefly.

    The dark stormy sky opens up with lots of sunshine and the terrible storm seems to be finally over.

    But then we find out it's just that the sailors happened upon the eye of the storm(!) and the storm quickly returns to fever pitch.

    Not a great movie, but kind of interesting!

    js

    By Blogger H K Flynn, at 2/08/2006 5:21 PM  

  • "My business is to give out just the Word of God, and that is what I am going to do. He is going to straighten this world out someday. I wouldn't have that job for anything in the world. I am glad it is His job."

    the true heart of the pastor. Great man, not many like him. Every thing i desire to be.

    By Blogger Screaming Pirate, at 2/11/2006 2:22 AM  

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