The Need to Know…

There is no excuse for ignorance…

As for me, I am convinced by Scripture and the Spirit of God that if I do not watch I am living in disobedience, sin, and rebellion…

Recently, I was told that I do not have a “need to know”. This is my response to that statement…

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge,I reject you from being a priest to me…

I desire knowledge because the lack of knowledge can prove fatal to me and to those I love. I love knowledge because my calling requires and demands it.

Luke 12:54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Jesus could look out at the congregations of our church and ten thousand more across America, make the same statement, make the same accusation, and ask the same question, for the same reason… I do not wish to be a part of that crowd…

In Matthew 24, and other places, Jesus tells us the signs that will precede his return. The Prophets in the Old Testament, and John in the New, write hundreds and thousands of words describing the last days in detail. If I do not know the signs, I am ignorant, and my ignorance can cost both my life and the lives of those around me.

Mark 13:35 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know when the master of the house will return—whether in the evening, at midnight, when the rooster crows, or in the morning.

Many times, and in many places Jesus and the Scriptures command us to watch. As for me, I am convinced by Scripture and the Spirit of God that if I do not watch I am living in disobedience, sin, and rebellion; a place in which I would not like to be found.

Ezekiel 33:1 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.

God has given sheep into my hands and I am responsible for their safety and their lives… If I warn them and they hear me and respond, I have saved their soul and mine. If they hear me and reject the warning, they are damned and they will die in their sins, but I have delivered my soul… If God warns me in Scripture, by his Spirit, or through the alignment of current events with Scripture, and I do not sound the warning, I am damned.

There is no excuse for ignorance…

Yes, we are saved by grace through faith in the Son of God, but that Son of God told us that it is he who endures to the end who shall be saved.

Jeremiah 44:16 “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, we will not listen to you.”

The hardest thing for a Watchman to bear is the rejection by the people, not of himself, but of Jehovah God. Often, when the Watchman sounds the trumpet in alarm, he looks down from the wall and observes the people running into the church, shutting the windows, barring the door and turning up the music to a deafening volume in order to drown out the sound of the trumpet…

I will study, think, pray, and learn. I will share all that God shows me. I will sound the alarm but yes, I do understand that I cannot make you or anyone else listen.

David…