So Where Is The God Of Judgment?
In Malachi 2:17 the prophet tells Israel that they had “wearied the Lord with their words”. If someone gets weary of hearing your words that means you have been repeating them so often that they’re sick of hearing what you’ve been saying. Within that verse they ask the prophet, “Wherein have we wearied him?” So, Malachi tells them. The last thing he mentions that they’ve been saying is, “Where is the God of judgment?” I want you to note and remember that this is one of if not the last complaints of the Old Testament. Flip a few pages and you find yourself in the Gospel of Matthew. Malachi 3:1 follows by telling them that God will “send His messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple.” The “messenger” was John the Baptist. He appeared some 450 years after these words. The fact that it took 450 years should not have kept them from looking for and expecting, but for the most part it did. Malachi said the messenger would announce: “Behold, he shall come.” Jesus came to the temple early as a boy. He also did it after he rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and drove the money changers out of the temple. He will also do it again in the rebuilt temple at His 2nd Coming to earth. Now notice that history has a way of repeating itself. Malachi clearly showed us that in the latter days of the Jewish church, even though it was 450 or so years until the coming of Messiah, that scoffers were present in the Jewish church, saying: “Where is the God of judgment?” The Old Testament will close in a few verses and these words are left ringing in our ears. So in the same way, Peter tells us that one sign that will tell us that we are living in the last days of the Christian church is again the emergence of scoffers. II Peter 3:3-4 says, “There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?” That is almost identical to how the Old Testament ends, with scoffers saying, “Where is the God of judgment?” But after he speaks of the scoffers Peter says in II Peter 3:10: “But the day of the Lord will come.” I Peter 4:7 says: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” There has never been a day when those words were more appropriate than what they are today! Open your eyes if you can’t see that? The lack of excitement about, expectancy of, and longing for the 2nd Coming of Jesus within His church in America is troubling to me, to say the least. I have never heard less preaching on the 2 nd Coming since I’ve been a minister, (41 years now) than what I am hearing today. I don’t know which is worse, scoffing, or just ignoring it. To scoff about or deny the 2 nd Coming of Jesus is a serious matter. Why is it so serious, you ask? Have you ever considered that without the 2nd Coming, all the other articles of the Christian faith would mean very little. We believe the promised Messiah has come. His name is Jesus! I John 1:14 says: “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” Everything the Word of God said He would do, He did. He died on a cross, rose from the dead, and has gone to prepare a place for us. But He also said in John 14:3: “I will come again.” If He doesn’t do that, then how could we believe that anything else he said He would do He has done? Even if you have a hard time understanding Bible prophecy, believe that Jesus is coming again, and look for Him, because He is! But don’t be a scoffer. To scoff is to show contempt, scorn, or to mock something. But like they were in Israel, Peter says that scoffers will even be in the church. Don’t join them! Rick Warren in his popular book, “The Purpose Driven Life” , basically tells Christians it is a waste of time to even study Bible prophecy, even though almost 1/3 of the Bible is Bible prophecy. No wonder so many even in the church scoff at the notion of Jesus coming again today! Jesus is coming again, regardless of how many question and ask, “Where is the promise of his coming? The fact that so many scoff today just reinforces that His coming must be very near, because that’s what the Bible said we would see, scoffers. “Where is the God of judgment?” He’s in heaven preparing a place for His people. It sure must be something considering how long it’s taking! Why hasn’t He returned yet? Because the time is not yet right and all things have not been fulfilled. Will He return as He said He would? Absolutely, when He’s good and ready! So you had better be prepared, and the only way to prepare is to allow Him to save you from your sins and cleanse your heart through His precious blood. Then start working for and watching for Him. You won’t be disappointed if you do! Rev. Darrell Nicklow Orbisonia Church Of the Nazarene—447-3640