The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope” Romans 15:4.
The Lord appeared unto Solomon and asked him what He could give him, because He was pleased with Solomon (1 Kings 3:5). The Word of God tells us that, “Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father” 1 Kings 3:3.
The Lord even appeared unto Solomon a second time, being pleased with Solomon’s sacrifices and the magnificent temple he built for the Lord, and He said to Solomon,
“I have heard your prayer and supplication that you have made before Me. I have hallowed this house, which you have built, to put My name there forever and My eyes and My heart shall be there perpetually; and if you will walk before Me, as David your father walked in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom upon Israel forever, as I promised to David your father, saying, ‘There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel’” 1 Kings 9:3-5.
God promised Solomon that, if he obeyed Him, a king would not fail to sit on the throne of Israel from his lineage forever (including in the new Jerusalem, which God will bring down from heaven to last forever in His righteous kingdom [Revelation 3:12]).
Nevertheless, the Lord continued speaking to Solomon, and He also laid down a severe warning,
“But if you shall at all turn from following Me, you or your children, and will not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for My name, will I cast out of My sight, and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people” 1 Kings 9:6-7.
God’s warnings to Solomon all came to pass after Solomon turned away from following God’s commandments, and the kingdom was later divided from his son, Rehoboam, and the Temple of God was also later destroyed.
Solomon’s weakness was women. He loved strange women from other nations, which God had warned Israel against, and the Bible tells us that they drew his heart away from God, even after the Lord blessed Solomon with two profound visitations and had given him wealth and wisdom beyond anything any other king had ever known (1 Kings 11).
One might ask how in the world, even after the Lord God Almighty appeared unto him twice and bestowed such wealth and wisdom upon him, how in the world could he turn away from God like that and built idols to pagan gods with his strange wives?
It didn’t happen overnight.
The Word of God tells us that God warned Solomon in His own love song, given prophetically through the mouth of Solomon himself, “…the little foxes spoil the vines…” (Song of Solomon 2:15).
Drawing away from God is a gradual process, but sometimes unnoticed, until the fatal fall occurs, because we don’t heed the continuous warnings.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” 1 Corinthians 5:6.
Leaven connotates sin throughout the Bible. This scripture means, “Don’t you know that a little sin ends up defiling the entire body?”
As in Joseph’s example (Genesis 39), we have been instructed time and time again throughout the Word of God to “flee fornication” (1 Corinthians 6:18), “resist the devil” (James 4:7), “neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27). We are not to give “place” to the devil, allowing him any room to take a foothold in our lives. All of these warnings, and many, many more, have been issued in the Word of God to deliver us from the “second death” (Revelation 2:11, Revelation 20:6, Revelation 20:14, Revelation 21:8), which is the lake of fire.
“As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of Man shall send forth His angels and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” Matthew 13:40-42.
The tares, which Jesus spoke of here, are mixed and mingled among the children of God throughout the world today.
“So shall it be at the end of the world; the angels shall come forth and sever the wicked from among the just and shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” Matthew 13:49-50.
I have encountered people among the Christian community that become very angry when they hear messages such as this one. They really prefer to ignore any such warnings as these throughout the Bible, but would rather read all of the scriptures which focus on God’s love, the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross of Calvary and his unmerited favor.
Yes, all of those scriptures about God’s love and His sacrifice for our sins are in the Word of God, but the warnings are in there too. Scriptures and messages are overflowing throughout the world today about God’s love and His offer of salvation to all mankind; but not many talk about the warnings, or hell. Since there is so much focus on the foundational doctrine of God’s love and His offer of salvation, yet never a warning, the Lord has called a few of us in these last days to focus on the warnings, “pulling them out of the fire” (Jude 1:23).
The “milk” of the Word is flowing throughout the world today and many flock to that same message of God’s eternal love and salvation, because they can’t handle anything else (1 Corinthians 3:2).
If these “meaty” messages offend you, if/when you become a mature Christian and you already have confidence in the fact that God has saved you, I pray you might have time to return to this website for some “meat” of the Word (Hebrews 5:12), before the Lord returns. God bless you.
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