In Ezekiel 9:6, we read, “Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.”
In Rev 7:3, we read, “Do not harm the land or sea or trees until we have sealed the foreheads of the servants of our God.” and 9:4, we read, “They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.”
Do you believe God is love?
Of course, you do, John 3:16 is the perfect example of God’s love, but the question is, how do you explain all the other verses in the New Testament which seem to show God as an angry, wrathful God who even kills a married saved couple in Acts 5?
You only have two options; you can pretend as if they dont exist or accept them.
We can not ignore the fact that there is another side to our God because if we choose to ignore those verses, the god we end up worshiping is not the God of the Bible. If we do not worship the God of the Bible, we are guilty of idolatry. If we are guilty of idolatry, we will not inherit heaven when we die. So we can not pretend they dont exist; we have to accept them, even if it might be difficult.
So why then is it so difficult for us to accept that our God who is love can also kill Christians if they lie to Him? (Acts 5) Because it would require us to repent, and we have been told repeatedly that we dont have to repent if we are saved; we only have to believe. On the other hand, James 2 and 1.John 2 say if we have not repented from lawlessness to law, we are not saved, and our faith in the cross cannot save us. Our salvation depends on our repentance, and our repentance depends on us accepting that our God, who is only love, can also kill Christians if they lie to Him.
Why should we repent from lawlessness to law? Because if we repent, we will be marked with the seal of Yehovah on our foreheads. (Ez 9:6, Rev 7:3)
What is “the seal of Yehovah”?
Eph 1:13-14 says the seal of Yehovah is the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are Yehovah’s possessions. Without repentance, there will be no infilling of the Holy Spirit. Without an infilling of the Holy Spirit, you will not have the seal of Yehovah and a guarantee for your inheritance. If you are not sealed by Yehovah with the Holy Spirit, you are not saved.
What the Bible is telling us here should give us great cause for concern because 99% of Evangelical Christianity have not yet repented. They have instead chosen to believe the lie that says the law of Moses no longer applies to them. This means that most of our “Christian” family and friends will never see heaven when they die, even if they confess Jesus as their Lord; instead, they will hear “Depart from Me for I never knew you.” (Matt 7:21-23)
Choosing to ignore New Testament verses about God’s wrath and judgment will make you guilty of idol worship and cause you to lose your salvation. It will also make you blind to the fact that Yehovah, the God of the Bible, is no longer present in our churches.
In Acts 5, we read the story of Ananias and Safira. They were a married Christian couple who had sold a piece of property and promised Yehovah they would give the income of the sale to the church in Jerusalem. Ananias later changed his mind; he no longer wanted to give the entire income of the sale, only some of it. The law of Moses says if you promise something to Yehovah, you are never allowed to go back on your word. If you change your mind and go back on your word, the penalty for doing so is death. This is why Yehovah kills Ananias and Saffira because they promised something to Yehovah and then changed their minds.
We all know many Ananiass in our congregations, people who promise something to God but then change their minds. Even so, we are not seeing them struck down by Yehovah in the pews. This should worry us because it tells us Yehovah is not among us. If He had been among us, they would be struck down dead like Ananias and Saffira.
If we choose to ignore verses like Acts 5, we will lose our salvation, be guilty of idol worship, and be blind to the fact that God is no longer among us.
This is why we have to accept all of God, including that He can kill a Christian couple who lied to Him. Then and only then will you be marked with the promised Holy Spirit, the seal of Yehovah.