Now Is The Time

NOW IS THE TIME

Sunday (11/27), we continue the series in the book of Hosea (10:1-15). In the previous chapter (9:1-17), despite Hosea’s marriage hardships, he warned Israel that God’s judgment was imminent. It was a message that fell on deaf ears. Why would they listen to the gloom and doom words of Hosea? It was harvest time. The current year’s crop was bountiful. Life was good. It was a time to celebrate.  

In chapter ten, the prophet continues to challenge Israel despite their resistance to examine their heart and make the necessary changes before it is too late. He knew that despite Israel’s reluctance to heed his message, God, who had chosen the Assyrians as His vessel for judgment, would send them at the moment that no one expected.

Destruction and devastation would follow, Israel would lose their king, and they would be scattered throughout the nations. Hosea had tried to warn them that they would be hated and hunted. And, before it was too late, they would be forgiven and spared if they realized their sin and turned from it to God. But, no matter what Hosea said, Israel refused to listen. Therefore, God was left with no other alternative than to judge His people.

Hosea’s message is valid for today. The church has been called to the prophetic ministry of the watchman. We are to know the “signs of the times” so that we may warn those who are in darkness. Of course, many will ridicule us, and life will be difficult, but the Lord promises to give us His grace so that we may live victoriously as we wait for His imminent return.
I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook and YouTube:  Calvary Inverness)
In His Strong Love,
Pastor

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