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“The End of the Theocratic Kingdom”
by Art Sadlier   
August 1st, 2009

For 400 years God sought to establish His Theocratic Kingdom on earth. God desired to rule over Israel through divinely appointed kings. It was, and still is, God`s purpose to establish His kingdom on earth through the nation of Israel, with His man on the throne, the second Adam. However, both Israel and her kings rebelled against and refused to trust and obey God.                     .

For 400 years the Lord sent His prophets to warn Israel to repent and return to Him. The Lord sent Jeremiah to give Israel the last warning. For 42 years Jeremiah warned of coming judgment and for 42 years Judah steadfastly refused to repent. Finally the Lord said to Jeremiah, Judah has crossed the line! Their fate is sealed! Judgment is inevitable! We read in Jeremiah 5:23 "But this people hath a revolting and rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone."  They have passed the point of no return. They have passed the point of repentance. There is a sign on the banks of the Niagara River, on that sign are the words, "Past Redemption Point."  You can hear the thundering waters of the mighty falls. You can see the raging, swirling, white waters of the river. For any soul that passes beyond that point in the river, all hope is gone.
We read in Jeremiah 7:16, "Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee."  Israel passed redemption point; the enemy came, burned the city and slaughtered the people.
I believe our society stands on the brink of a holocaust, the coming tribulation period. I suspect that our society has passed redemption point.              .
As Jeremiah stood on the brink of holocaust we see that he had three things to encourage him:       .

--- First he had a Divine Mandate   Jeremiah stands as God`s anointed messenger to confront a nation headed for certain disaster. In the midst of that God gives him a mandate, "Then the word of the Lord came unto him..." Jer. 1:4. We have a divine mandate, we are under a command. We are ambassadors.

--- Second he had a Divine Message Jeremiah preached repentance. What do we say to this generation as they face a holocaust?  What do we give them?  We are to give them the Word of God, we are to confront sin. For fifty years New Evangelicalism has taught us not to confront sin. Our message is a message that confronts sin. We have a message that can deliver men and women from the impending holocaust, but it is predicated upon repentance from sin.

---Third  he had a Deep Mourning  Jeremiah said, "Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people," Jer. 9:1. As we look out at our world we must weep over our neighbours and friends as they stand on the brink of the judgment of God. If you don`t preach judgment with tears, you have missed it. As we look at the unsaved around we must see them in the light of the holocaust that awaits them.                     

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