They shall say to the mountains, “Cover us!” And to the hills, “Fall on us!” – Hosea 10:8
Then they will begin ‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” ’ – Luke 23:30
And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” – Revelation 6:16
I can sense the stark terror in these verses as people are wishing from the core of their beings to be buried underneath a mountain. The reason is that they fear the very One who loved them so much that He sacrificed His life to be falsely arrested, convicted, sentenced, beaten nearly to death, humiliated, and tortured by crucifixion until he died. But the Lover is coming as an Avenger in flaming fire to punish the wicked for their rebellion. The wicked will know it beyond all doubt and cry out to be buried underneath tons of rock and dirt.
I’ve always had a phobia of driving under new bridge construction. After the bridge is built it does not bother me as much. However, when I drive under those large, exposed, steel beams, I feel a dread in my spirit. I feel the same way when I go underground. I once ventured with my family 1,120 feet underground to view Ruby Falls, All the time I was under Lookout Mountain I had to push out of my mind the thought of it crashing down on me. However, I do not dread the coming of Christ and will stand confident in His shed blood and grace to greet Him with unspeakable joy.
The fact is this world is resting precariously under a large mountain that will eventually fall. I call it the mountain of consequences—the consequences of ages of rejecting God and living for Satan, the flesh, and the world system. Neither the apostate professing Christians, the ones snared in false religion, nor the subjects of Satan’s world system, have any clue to what is about to occur. However, I am also greatly concerned for millions of professing Christians that, although they are not in apostasy, are slumbering in apathy and complacency. They began turning away from the truth when it became uncomfortable.
We are a nation of people obese with prosperity, pampered with entitlements, and secure in knowing help will arrive via 911. We have many devices and outlets to shield our comfort zones from the invasion of reality. To be clear, we are weak, soft, and vulnerable. Our enemies do not have to drop bombs on us or actually invade our borders. All they have to do is infiltrate us and take over our government and all other sectors of power and influence. The deluded worldlings in the entertainment industry, intelligentsia, politics, and the news media, will shield and assist them. We are too weak and pampered to stop them. And from positions of influence and authority, they will threaten us and we will drop like fainting goats when someone shouts “Boo!”
However, it is Christianity that I am most concerned with. The people who are called by God’s name are the ones who are called on in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to repent, and not the secular rebels. Thus, we need to repent. Politics will not change our nation or the world. Nothing of wickedness is going to be reversed by great programs and social justice of Modern Christianity. The “swamp” in Washington will not be drained because it is too deep and its bottom is immeasurably thick with muck. Only repentance and turning from our evil ways will cause righteousness to be restored to the land.
Furthermore, the “Discernment Ministries,” although necessary and commendable in their efforts, are not going to turn around the great invasion of deception and consequent apostasy. In fact, they are losing ground daily. One of the great problems is that professing Christians of different doctrinal factions neither get along with each other nor do they care to try. That is not a new conundrum and failure. It is as old as Tertullian’s objections to the formation of the Canon to the Early Church’s rejection of Montanus and his two prophetesses.
The informed Believers recognize that Christianity is in grave danger of collapsing into the waiting arms of the Emergent Church and their ilk. The New Spirituality adherents and provocateurs are standing with bated breath watching the fruit of their sown heresy coming to fruition. The kingdom of Christendom is tottering. We are standing at its base trying to prop it up with “toothpick” articles, booklets, books, videos, conferences, blogs, and websites. What it really needs are backbones, listening ears, and seeing eyes in the leadership, and for the rank and file laity to rise from its apathetic slumber. I do not think that is going to occur.
God always had a Remnant and He has one today. They are not popular and their words are greatly ignored. However, they never closed their eyes when the invasion of heretics and hirelings began. Of course, it began so long ago that many of the ones’ who could testify about how it used to be are now departed to eternal glory. The few of us that remain are deemed relics with outmoded religion, unpalatable to everyone from Generation X to Generation Z (the Millennials are sandwiched between).
Everything will come to an end. If someone doesn’t wish to accept that, then he or she should consider sitting for an hour in a graveyard and think about all those people underneath the earth. They died in every age of life. They all had families. The ones who were old enough had dreams, goals, a circle of friends and acquaintances. They all had life that they thought would never end until they became so old that it didn’t matter if it ended. But in the majority of them there was a suppressed dread of what awaited them beyond the grave. It is not good to suppress it, but to think about it and dispel it with a full commitment to believe in and accept Christ as Lord and Savior.
Therefore, let me be clear that upon some generation the end of the age is certain to arrive. That generation will think, “It is not happening to us, but to another generation in the future.” Although there will be some people who recognize its arrival and warn the rest, the majority will slough it off and go on with their business.
They will eat, drink, be merry, buy, sell, build, marry, give in marriage, and otherwise smother any hint that the coming of Christ is near. It is not because all of them are rancid with wickedness, but that they fear His coming. There is not enough love for Him and His righteousness to overcome their sense of unworthiness and dread. So they shut it up in a secret box deep in their hearts and take apathy as their security blankets. Sadly, too many professing Christians have succumbed to that fleshly proclivity because their comfort zones must be free from even a speck of inconvenient truth.
So here we are with eternity knocking at the door. Everything is falling apart and we can neither recognize it nor restore it. Thus, we vote in politicians to “make our comfort zone great again.” Folks, that is not going to occur. If you believe that it is, then you are holding your security blanket so close to your face that you are suffocating. Please open your eyes and ears to the truth while there is still time. Our salvation comes from the Lord, not from the arm of flesh.
“Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, And from the multitude of mountains; Truly, in the Lord our God Is the salvation of Israel.” – Jeremiah 3:23
I heard a story long ago, and I hope I can relate it correctly, of a young judge and a young criminal. The young criminal was convicted by the jury and deserved to be sentenced to a long prison term. However, the young judge had compassion on him. The young man had come from a dysfunctional family and had a harsh life throughout his childhood. So the young judge mercifully sentenced him to probation. He warned him to take that opportunity to get his life in order and obey the laws of the land.
Many years later he again came before the same judge, but neither of them recognized the other one. This time the man was charged with murder. He was convicted and stood before the judge to receive his sentence. The judge sentenced him to death by hanging.
It suddenly dawned on the man that that was the judge who had long ago had mercy on him. So he cried out, “Wait! Don’t you remember me? I was the young man that you sentenced to probation years ago.”
The judge looked down from his bench and replied, “Oh yes, I remember you now. I am sad that you did not take my advice and change your life.”
“But, you had mercy on me once. Please have mercy on me again. I promise this time I will not waste the opportunity.”
The judge replied, “Sir, on that day I was your savior. Now I am your judge.”
The blessed Lord Jesus that has been our Savior for over 2000 years will one day be coming to judge this earth of wickedness. The mountains will fall as requested, but neither the weight or volume of them will hide mankind from his destiny before God’s Judgment Throne. Each day since the crucifixion of Christ has been the day of salvation. “It is past time to wake because our salvation is nearer than when we first believed (Romans 13:11).”
“The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.” – Ezekiel 38:2