“How long will you waver between two opinions? If Jesus is coming, then prepare the way for Him. If He isn’t, then stop being a Christian and sin. And the church answered him not a word.”
The first Elijah gave the nation of Israel a choice like this before their deliverance from the drought (1 Ki. 18:21). John the Baptist, the second Elijah, gave the Jewish people the same ultimatum before Jesus began His ministry (Matt. 3:1, 2, 6-12, 17:10-13). But now, God is sending His messengers around the world to give His people the same message. They are the third Elijah, charged by God to prepare the world for His Second Coming, the greatest deliverance of all (Isa. 21:6; Ezek. 33:7; Amos 3:7; Mal. 4:5).
“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God…And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it” (Isa. 40:3-5).
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14).
Once the church is prepared and the gospel is preached to all the world, the glory of the Lord will be revealed. Jesus will come again! But even now, as our redemption draweth nigh, the third Elijah’s message falls on deaf, Christian ears as it did upon the Israelites’ closed ears in Elijah’s and John’s day. The people who profess to have no God but God are wavering between two opinions.
Judas Iscariot was divided between two opinions, too. He wavered between serving the Messiah and indulging his pride, his worldly ambitions, and his greed. In the end, he chose these things over Jesus and right now, too many of us are making the same fatal mistake.
The Scriptures tell us plainly that a corrupt church is going to persecute the world in the last days, and those who disregard the third Elijah’s message will fill its ranks (Lk. 21:16; Jn. 16:2, 3; 2 Thess. 2:3, 4; Rev. 13:1-8). When that day comes, these betrayers will work as quickly as Judas in persecuting God’s people.
“And immediately…cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders” (Mk. 14:43).
When you put anything or anyone ahead of doing what God commands you to do, you are doing exactly what Judas did before he betrayed Jesus (Lk. 22:2-4; Jn. 12:4-7). They who openly disregard the third Elijah’s message are unknowingly preparing themselves to be the second Judas, and like Legion, they who do this are many (Mk. 5:8, 9; 2 Thess. 2, 3; 1 Tim. 4:1).
How long will you let that wall of excuses and sins come between you and your God? How long will you justify your actions against Him in vain? If indulging sin caused Judas, one of the twelve disciples taught directly by Jesus Christ, to betray Him, how much more will doing so cause you to turn against Him and His church in the last days?
Trust your God. Obey your God. Listen to the third Elijah’s message and get ready for Jesus’ Second Coming. Get your families, friends, and even your enemies ready. If you listen to the second Judas’ message to waver between your God and your sins, you will receive Judas’ reward. But if you hearken to the third Elijah’s message to prepare a way for the Lord, you will receive Elijah’s portion when Jesus returns.
“…and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11).
“And he [Judas] cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matt. 27:5).