Separating the Tares From the WheatNow that I have your attention, let me expound a little further on the times in which we live.
The God who founded our country; the Creator of you, me, the heavens and the earth, is a patient but firm Father. He usually warns of impending consequences. He has warned America, calling us to repent of our going our own way. We as a nation have been playing church, ever learning and never coming to the reality of the truth.
The signs of the time are blowing in the wind - the harvest is here and many are going on with life as usual, and then when something like 9/11 happens, we are shocked to think that America could be perhaps a vulnerable nation under the judgment of God. How dare anyone bomb our arrogant country and get away with it? Just like the fires in California went on and on destroying everything in its path and the most modern of fire equipment could not stop them; so are the judgments of God.
Now let me quote from the Bible, the only real story of the human spirit and the living God. Matthew 13:30 - "Let the tares and the wheat grow up together until the harvest and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn."
Now, the Lord also said we should pray for harvesters who could tell the wheat from the tares. Can you tell a tare from the wheat?? Our government is a tare. You should not have to be told that. Nobody who thinks they are saved because of accepting Christ will be spared from the judgment. You are either a tare or the wheat.
Now His next warning is this. All the tares will be burned in fire. We as a nation can repent and have the fire of Christ burn up the tares or we can have an atom bomb dropped on us. Am I far fetched? I think not. Every nation that has had missiles and bombs dropped on them did not listen to the warning signs.
If this message scares you, it is meant to. I am scared. I am sick at heart over the apathy of the American people. I am sick of those who rejoice in iniquity and not in the truth. I pray God opens up our hearts to the holiness of God. I pray the religious mask that covers our nation will be removed and we see, not through a glass darkly, but see Him face to face.
Merry Christmas to you all. I pray His very presence be in your hearts and in your houses; that the gifts be little and the charity toward one another be much. We give thanks to all who are suffering here and around the world as we can identify more with those who suffer than those who live in the make-believe world of no pain, no depth, and no understanding.
2004 Promises to be a very interesting year as we see every evil thing being shouted from the housetops and men and women and children being freed from the guiltiness of sin.