“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; (2) A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains…” (Joel 2:1-2a)
When a severe storm is detected, the National Weather Service issues a warning by radio and television, informing all those who may be in danger of this coming storm. When a city or town is threatened by an on-coming tornado, that city sounds an alarm warning its residents of its possible coming. There is always a warning given before destruction comes.
Those of us who have been entrusted with the Word of God know what dangers lie ahead for those who are ignorant thereof. There are some people who think that they are safe in this life, and that their safety will carry them into that life which is to come. But, it you have not been washed in the blood of the Lamb, there is no safety for you in this life, nor in the one to come. You are at enmity with God. Most people say, “How can a loving God send people to hell?” First, God does not send anyone to hell. It is our sins, and not accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, that send us to hell.
The trumpet must be blown and the alarm sounded, for there are many lives at stake. We who have the Word of Life have a duty to warn others of the on-coming dangers. Paul says that necessity is laid upon him to preach the Gospel, and woe be unto him, if he didn’t:
(1 Corinthians 9:16) “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
It is the charge of every born-again believer whether you are preacher, or lay-person, to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20, “(19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
We should carry within us a great burden for lost souls. Has the Holy Spirit of God moved upon you to witness to someone; and out of fear, or even laziness, you did not? Well, you are responsible for that soul:
“(17) Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
(18) When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
(19) Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
(20) Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
(21) Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.”
“(19) Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
(20) Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”
We all have been made a watchman. Jesus told the disciples on many occasions to watch and pray. We are responsible to give warning, Child of God. So sound the alarm – Blow the trumpet – Give warning.