Jeremiah 8:20 – The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
Genesis 7:16 – And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.
There may be someone reading this who has put off salvation to a later date or even completely. There may be someone who has been riding on the grace, mercy and longsuffering of God their whole life. You may hate God, you may despise God, you may do everything you do in opposition to God – the very God whose existence you may deny, the very God who gives you the breath to curse him and the ability to do wickedly in spite of him. Every good thing comes from God, God rains on the just and the unjust. Things may be going well for you currently. You may be set for life, or so you think. You may not see a need to be saved. You may be like the men of Athens – we will hear thee again of this matter – Acts 17:32. You may be like Agrippa, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian – Acts 26:28. Maybe you conveniently excuse your refusal of salvation through justification of what you see in professing Christendom.The Bible says the way of truth shall be evil spoken of because of what fake Christians do in Christ’s name. This too, is not a valid excuse for not being saved. Everyone will give an account to God, noone will escape. God spared not the angels, God spared not Sodom, God spared not the old world which was destroyed in Noah’s flood and God will not spare this current world. Be sure of this one thing, God’s wrath and judgement is coming to this world. They will say peace and safety, they will be going about business as per usual, they will be marrying and giving in marriage, they will be eating, drinking, and partying. They will know not until the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. Maybe you just think you can live your life how you want now and worry about where you’re heading later, or negotiate it when you get there.
If so, you have got it all wrong. The Bible is very clear that there comes a time when it is too late to be saved. 2 Corinthians 6:2 – For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. When God stops dealing with you, it’s over. There is a time for every unbeliever when it is too late. Only God knows the time, it is not for me or any man to say. I can only imagine the sheer terror of realizing I have refused God one too many times. In Daniel, Belshazzar saw the writing on the wall. Judgement had been declared. It was too late. That night Babylon fell and Belshazzar was slain. The Bible records his trembling, his fear, his knees smote together in terror. He found no place of repentance, he found no mercy, he found no grace. God was done with him forever. In Genesis, when the angels came to Sodom, judgement had already been declared. Their fate was sealed. The angels came to save Lot and destroy the city. All the inhabitants were dead men walking even before the angels arrived in Sodom. Symbolically, they desperately groped for the door in the darkness, but like the handle to the door eluded them, so had the door to eternal life been slammed shut for eternity. They were in the mist of darkness for ever.
We see the longsuffering of God in Genesis with the old, old story of Noah. Noah preached repentance, he warned of coming judgement, he warned the people of impending doom, the invitation to be saved and avoid judgement was extended for many, many years. But one day, the offer was withdrawn. There came a day when God shut him in. It was over, even before the raindrops began to fall, before the fountains of the deep were broken up, before there was any sign of the impending deluge. One can only imagine the icy hand of terror which took hold of their hearts as the rain fell and the water exploded up from underneath. They would no doubt have been hammering on the door of the ark, pleading to be let in. Fingernails began desperately clawing at the door. Noah, Noah, let us in! Noah, Noah, we believe you now! The door was shut forever. Eternal darkness, eternal punishment, eternal wrath awaited even as they were scurrying for higher land. The water covered the earth, the only people who survived were those in the ark. There would have been many that realized that Noah was right, but too late. Today, right now, as I write this, they are still in hell, ruing their consistent refusal of the free offer of salvation. They are wailing, they are weeping, they are in eternal darkness. They were disobedient to the gospel, they took God’s grace and longsuffering for granted, they pushed God too far. They died in their sins. Noah’s ark stands as a reminder that God is Holy above all else and that God has a right to judge his creation. And yes, it is his creation, God created it whether you want to believe it or not. Noah’s ark also shows that God is longsuffering, he is not willing that any should perish, you can be saved today, but if you refuse, there is no hope for you.
If we continually push back the Holy Spirit, there will come a time where he will depart from us forever. There is a time for every unbeliever when it is too late to be saved. It is important to understand we can only get saved when the Holy Spirit works in our heart, only when the Holy Spirit births a new creature inside us. John 1:13 – Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Ye must be born again. We cannot generate being saved ourselves. Man does not know God, man cannot comprehend God without the Holy Spirit. In our fallen, sinful state we are incapable of pulling ourselves out the mire. We need God to shine through the darkness into our hearts, we need the Holy Spirit to plough up the soil of our hearts to receive the precious, incorruptible seed. We need the Spirit of God to move upon the face of the waters before life can be brought forth. We are dead in trespasses and sins. As the axehead lay heavy and helpless at the bottom of the murky Jordan river, so we too lie at the bottom of the river in need of a Saviour who can make the iron swim, who can do the impossible, who can do what no man can do, who can bring us forth from the dungeon of sin, slavery, darkness and death. We cannot save ourselves.
The Bible makes it very clear that there is a time coming when you won’t be able to be saved. Jesus said, night cometh when no man can work. These are the end times, the time of great tribulation, when God will pour out his wrath and judgement on an unbelieving world that will refuse him to the end. The Bible says God will give them up. They will curse God as they are being scorched with hailstones. They will try to hide from his wrath in vain, they will seek death, but death will flee from them. Their eternal destination is hell and then the lake of fire, which is the final, eternal stop for every unbeliever, and also Satan and his angels. Jesus said, as in the days of Noah. Jesus said, as in the days of Lot. Those days are here. The world is corrupt. The imagination is wicked continually. Man is doing that which is right in his own eyes. History repeats itself. Humanity is not moving to a new stage of enlightenment, we are not progressing past a history of ignorance, humanity is doing the same thing they were doing four thousand years ago before the flood came. This is the definition of insanity, repeating the same mistakes again and again and expecting different results. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can give you a right mind. They were wicked then, they are wicked now. The harvest is almost ended, the summer is almost finished, the invitation has nearly expired. The hand is outstretched, but will you refuse it? Will you find grace in the eyes of the Lord today? Will you by faith take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord? Will you say, God be merciful to me a sinner? If you refuse today for the first or hundredth time, ask yourself, was this the last time God dealt with me?
Revelation 22:17 – And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.