"Thus they were defiled by their own works, and played the harlot by their own deeds, therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled AGAINST HIS PEOPLE so that he abhorred his own inheritance." Psalm 106:39-40 God is long-suffering toward his people. Before judgment came upon Israel, he sent prophets to them to warn them not to rebel against him. The prophets pleaded with them to return to the Lord ...but they wouldn't. The Lord had warned them not to mingle with the peoples of the nations around them, but did they listen? No. They mingled with them and eventually came under the influence of "the world," not wanting to be a consecrated people, not wanting to be separated unto the Lord, not wanting to be a spectacle to the world. They wanted to be accepted by those around them and that's how they came under their influence, took on their ways, and forgot their Lord. Peer pressure can distance people from the Lord. vs 35: "But they mingled with the Gentiles and learned their works;" Having sent them prophets time and time again, he finally let them go. vs 41: "And he gave them into the hand of the Gentiles, and those who hated them ruled over them." Isn't this the state of the church today? It's hard to be a people separated to the Lord while surrounded by "the world." It's hard to avoid wanting to be accepted by all. It's hard to live with people all around you calling you into their ways and scorning you when you don't join them. America was founded upon the Judeo-Christian ethic. Indeed, and this is true, most of our ivy-league colleges were founded as seminaries - Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, and others... founded to train men to be men of God. How far we have fallen! God will not turn a blind eye forever. Eschatologists, those who study the events of "the last days," are saying that all the signs are here pointing to the beginning of the Tribulation, that last 7-year period when the wrath of God will be poured out onto a Christ-rejecting world. In fact, Jesus said that that time will be worse than anything the world has EVER experienced before, or ever will again. "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be." Matthew 24:21 The Lord has been generous in making it very clear that anyone who won't pay attention will be left behind to endure the terrors and the suffering of the Tribulation. God set a series of "blood moons" to witness to this. Blood moons are total lunar eclipses. To make it clear that this was an act of God, each blood moon fell on God's appointed feast days. They fell on Passover and on the feast of Tabernacles two years in a row. What are the odds of that? Pretty small, I'd say. God was signaling to us that the time is near and that we must pay attention because we're fast approaching the time of the end and there isn't much time left to get serious with God and surrender to him. Nothing happened, they say? So then, you think nothing WILL happen? In addition to the four "blood moons," each and every one of them on, and only on, Passover and on the Feast of Tabernacles, he sent two total solar eclipses, he set up the Revelation 12 sign in the constellations, and then there have been wars, rumors of war, increasing earthquakes, famine, pestilence (diseases), all signs Jesus gave to alert us to the time of the end. And he's alerted us about CERN which is opening "portals" into "other dimensions" which many believe is the source of the terrible increase in violence all over the world. If you've seen all this and it doesn't move you, then turn away, nothing any of us can say will move you. We've done our part. Go your way. But if you recognize the preparation God has made before the judgments fall, and if you're not right with God, settle that now while you can. Noah spent many years warning the people of his day that disaster was approaching. They laughed at him ...and they perished. Men of God are bringing this message of warning to all who will listen. There isn't much time left. Come to Christ for his pardon, and surrender your life to the one who created you. He loves you and will receive anyone who humbles himself and receives the forgiveness of his sins which Christ paid such a dear price to enable us to be saved. Come to him! Don't put it off. When the door closes, it will be too late. When God closed the door on Noah's ark, it was too late. A whole generation perished. Only those in the ark survived. Get into the ark, the dark clouds are at hand.