O That They Would Consider Their Latter End
By David J. Stewart
Deuteronomy 32:28-30, “For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them. O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?”
That'll preach Brother, that'll preach!!! God says to us all, “O THAT THEY WERE WISE! OH THAT THEY WOULD CONSIDER THEIR LATTER END!”
Most people are complete fools today in the world, walking in utter spiritual darkness without the Lord Jesus Christ. In this passage of Scripture, we find the Jews lacking understanding, not considering the consequences of their foolishness. The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 32:28-30 that God longed for the nation to become wise, considering what the future will bring to them for their rebellion. In other words God is saying, “Consider thy ways!” God says to Americans, “O THAT THEY WERE WISE!” God wants us to consider the latter end. Most people are living like they'll never die and go into eternity. It could be today.
Like the United States of America today, the Jews were high-minded, taking credit themselves for victories and blessings which God had given to them. Deuteronomy 32:27 reveals the attitude of the Jews was that, “Our hand is high, and the LORD hath not done all this.” This is the same ungrateful attitude that Americans have today—throwing God out of the classrooms, throwing God out of our government's decisions, throwing God out of the holidays (x-mas), throwing God out of everything!!! We have forsaken the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:12).
A Nation In Rebellion, Stubbornness And Sin
I love preachers! When a preacher falls, I mourn. Although I may be glad to see a bad pastor go, I still mourn that he has fallen and I hurt for his family and church. I hurt for the church members. I hurt for the fallen pastor and his family. I hurt for our country. The wicked gnash upon the righteous with their teeth, if not literally, they do it with their hateful slander and accusations. Jesus foretold in John 15:19 that the sinful world would hate Christians because we belong to Jesus Christ. Humanity has always been wicked. I was listening to Alexander Scourby today on DVD and heard Judges 1:
Judges 2:16-19, “Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so. And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them. And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel...”
Does this not sound like America today? Notice what the Bible says toward the end... THEY CEASED NOT FROM THEIR OWN DOINGS, NOR FROM THEIR STUBBORN WAYS!!! Hell will be hot enough for everyone who dies in their sins. Although ceasing from sins is NOT a prerequisite to saving faith, a changed life is always associated with being a Christian. The Bible speaks of all believers as loving the Lord and departing from sins, because the FRUIT of genuine repentance is a changed life. But this has nothing to do with the ROOT of faith in the Gospel of Christ Jesus by which we are saved. Eternal life is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Something is very wrong when a professed Christian is living in open sin and doesn't seem to have any conviction, remorse nor desire to stop living in sin. I'm not saying that they're not saved, and neither can you. You can't tell how much gas is in a car's fuel tank by the sound of the horn. Only by one's direct testimony from their mouth can you know if they are truly saved or not. Albeit, if a professed Christian is living in gross immorality, they're either saved and God's Spirit is convicting and dealing with them about it (Hebrews 12:6-8; 1st Corinthians 11:31-32), or else they merely found religion and not the new birth in Christ (2nd Corinthians 13:5). Ye must be born again (John 3:5).
We have forsaken the old-time religion of our forefathers. In the year 1900, from viewing photos, 100% of women wore beautiful long dresses. Today you'll be fortunate to find 1% of women who adorn themselves in classy long dresses. If you do where a long dress, be prepared to be called Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Jesus girl, Mother Mary, a female dog and everything else. I know a woman who had a teenage girls walk right up and call her a female dog (but she used the B word) simply because she was wearing a dress, and the girl was whorish attired. The sinful world hates righteous people, because the Holy Spirit uses us to remind them of how wicked they are. That's one reason why many believers won't express their Christian morals and beliefs in public, that is, because they don't want to be persecuted for the Lord. 2nd Timothy, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Most people these days think they know more than God, who are continually testing, taunting and tempting the hand of God. Proverbs 3:7, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” I choose to be as narrow-minded as the Bible. I laugh when I hear the wicked accuse Christian Bible-believers of being brainwashed. To the contrary, we have been enlightened with the knowledge of God's Word, THE TRUTH (John 17:17). Colossians 3:10, “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
Amen! We are taught to have the MIND OF JESUS CHRIST. We obtain the mind of Christ by obeying the Lord's command to SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES! Tragically, according to THE GOOD NEWS magazine (July-August 2012, by Scott Ashley, page 26), only 46% of Americans read their Bible once or twice a year. As Matthew 7:20 tells us, “By their fruits you will know them.” No wonder the sin of homosexuality is quickly being accepted by America culture. God will NEVER accept the sins of homosexuality, abortion, drunkenness, feminism, immodest dress, nudity, cursing in the Lord's name and a host of other sins that Americans shamefully indulge in these days. God says to Americans, O THAT THEY WERE WISE!
Critics Called Jesus Mad, Demon-Possessed, A Bastard, A Deceiver
Jesus' own family rejected Him (John 7:5). People called Jesus a bastard (John 8:41). They said Jesus was demon-possessed (John 7:20). They called Jesus crazy (John 10:20). They called Jesus as deceiver (Matthew 27:63). Jesus said that the servant is not greater than his Lord. John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” And so it is in this untoward and evil generation. If they assassinated the character of the perfect, sinless, holy Lamb of God, then pray tell me what do you think they'll do to us as Christians.
With all the wicked men living in open adultery (like Gene Simmons of KISS who boasts of having sex with over 5,000 women), what does it say about a generation who is DESPERATELY attempting to make an adulterer out of the greatest man of God of the 20th century with no evidence against him? This is a hypocritical wicked generation!!!
Longtime Hollywood director Paul Verhoeven authored a book in 2007 titled, “JESUS OF NAZARETH.” The book portrays Jesus as having been conceived after a Roman soldier brutally raped Jesus' mother, Mary. Verhoeven has already received financiering to produce a movie based upon his book. They're not only denying Christ's virgin birth, but claiming that Mary was raped by a soldier and conceived the Lord. Hell will be hot enough.
It's this same wicked generation of rebels that attack Pastor Jack Hyles. Please don't let the critics rob you of the blessings of the preaching of Pastor Jack Hyles. There's no comparison. Listen to his sermons and you'll see that he loved his people and you'll also see why his enemies hate him so much, just like they hate the King James Bible, the Gospel of free-grace and an authoritative God Who demands that you do it His way or it's the highway!
“If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.” —Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President, 1861-1865
The world speaks evil concerning the precious name of Jesus more than any other name. Yet, the Bible prophecies that the time will soon come when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord (Supreme in Authority). Literally, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, our Creator, our Redeemer and our Judge!!!
Philippians 2:9-11 proclaims that the time is coming when EVERY knee shall bow, and EVERY TONGUE shall confess that Jesus is the Lord. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
I already bow my knee to the Lord, and confess that He is my Lord, the Christ, the only begotten Son of God, my Redeemer, my Judge, my Friend, my Creator and my God. If you don't, why not take care of this matter now by humbling your heart before God? “O that they were wise,” God says to us all. If you have already received Jesus as your Christ, then you are indeed wise for doing so. A wise man trusts upon the Lord.
Did you know that God created you to need Him? That's right! Here's a wonderful MP3 sermon clip from Dr. Hyles' sermon, THE ONE AND ONLY YOU. Here's a quote from the sermon...
“Do you know why God made you? God didn't make you to be a great preacher. God didn't make you to be a great singer, or a great teacher, or a great educator. God made you to need Him!”
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles (from the sermon, THE ONE AND ONLY YOU)
Revelation 4:11 says that God created all things to please Him. We were created for God's pleasure. Hebrews 11:6 says that faith please God. Faith is when we depend upon God (Proverbs 3:5-7) and obey His Word (John 14:15; Hebrews 11:1). Hebrews chapter 11 is sometimes called “The Hall Of Faith,” because this passage mentions numerous faithful saints of the past who did great things for God. Faith is always associated with something active, not passive intellect.
Faith is what compels us to get busy for God. Noah by faith moved with fear and built an ark. David by faith went out to fight Goliath, knowing that he might die in the battle. Rahab by faith his the Jewish spies in Canaan. By faith I've published this website in Jesus' name. By faith I try to live right, think right and do right to please my Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is synonymous with obedience to God.
Consider your end my friend. Where will you be 100 years from now? Heaven or Hell? If you do go to Heaven, will you shine as the brightness of the stars for leading many people to the imputed righteousness of the Lord (Daniel 12:3)? Or will you receive nothing from God? (1st Corinthians 3:15). Jesus told us to pray, fast and give alms to the poor to lay up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:20). Living selfishly doesn't merit us any rewards in eternity. This has nothing to do with salvation. Salvation is a free gift, paid for by Jesus. Eternal life is God's gift to us (Romans 6:23). I'm talking about your service for Christ as a born-again believer? Have you ever shared the Gospel with anyone else? We're supposed to (Romans 10:15; Luke 8:14-15). 1st Corinthians 9:16, “yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
Many years ago I got to thinking one day about the Bible and what it meant to me. I pondered over the future and all that was coming if the Bible were true. I decided that I was going to live it 100% because I DO believe 100% that the King James Bible is the inspired and preserved Word of God. The Bible does not contain God's Word; but rather, the Bible IS God's Word.
I hear people all the time on radio, TV or in conversations quote the Bible as a secondary authority to support their false doctrines. They twist the Bible and horribly take it out of context. I've known so many people in life who claimed to be a Christian, but everything about their life said otherwise. I knew a man whose wife let him commit adultery all he wanted. A lot of women are becoming like that, lacking integrity, selling their souls. Many women just want some sugar-daddy to pay the bills and they don't care how he lives.
A godly woman should value her body more than that, refusing to share her husband with street whores, women at work, et cetera. One man came back from overseas and gave his wife venereal disease which he caught over there. Americans sadly account for 25% of the world's sex-tourism. Men go to third world nations where 12 and 13 year old girls work as prostitutes regularly. Prostitution is 100% legal in Brazil, Costa Rica and places like the Philippines. The Philippines is a devil's playground of sexual immorality. The most whorish nation on earth is South Korea. Women are flown out on work visas as a cover for prostitution around the world.
The reason why South Korea is so whorish is because during the early 20th century (before South Korea was liberated in 1953 from the Communists), the Japanese forced Korean women to be sex-slaves for the Japanese soldiers. So now to live with the stain upon their souls they commit more wickedness to try to cleanse that pain. That's a deep philosophy, but it is true. Many women who are sexually abused while growing up will become prostitutes in an attempts to dilute and lessen the etched scars upon their heart from the one who abused them. Oh, the consequences of sin! But those women in South Korea need the love of Jesus Christ, only found through the Gospel of Christ's death, burial and resurrection from the dead three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). Amen! Sin is always sin, even if everyone is doing it; and right is still right, even of no one is doing it. Amen!
Consider what will become in the latter end my friend. Ecclesiastes 12:14 warns that every person will give account to God for every work, whether it be good or evil. God desires for us to have wisdom now. In fact, Proverbs 4:7 says that wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom, and with all thy getting get understanding. Here's an excellent sermon on With All Thy Getting Get Wisdom by my friend and pastor, Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001).
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8
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