There is a call for worldwide repentance today in great urgency of the moment, so that it can be saved and healed. The Bible says, a contrite heart, the Lord will not forsake, for He desires truth in the inner being (Ps. 51.) Leprosy (symbolic of sin) has taken over the world in the form of lies, immorality and many other gross sins which has handicapped the mind of men not to think truthfully and not to believe the truth. Under the coming judgment of God, the world will suffer much, if it does not turn their heart toward God in repentance. The Lord is always long-suffering, not desiring to punish us, as the Prophet Isaiah so declared: Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened at all, that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear (Isaiah 59:1-2).
On several occasions, God revoked His judgment against nations and Israel, when they called on His name in repentance. Nineveh was spared, when its king together with the entire nation repented. And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God revoked the evil that He had said that He would do to them and He did not do it (Jonah 3:10). But contrary to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, God destroyed them because they were not willing to repent and have a change of heart; God also destroyed the world of Noah’s day, after they rejected Noah’s warning of the coming judgment. Now, in these days, when the world’s immorality and violence picture Noah’s days, we know that judgment is coming upon this earth not very far away. YAHSHUA said, As were the days of Noah, so it will be the coming of the Son of Man. For just as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, until the very day when Noah went into the ark, and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away- so will be the coming of the Son of Man (Matt. 24:37-39). The world then was engulfed in lies and violence, and immorality. Their hearts were hard against the message of warning, until reality hit them with God’s judgment and they did not know it. They looked for their salvation but too late in the clock of opportunity. The door of mercy was shut and they perished in the waters of the universal flood.
In the book of II Chronicles, the righteous King Hezekiah of Judah, was confronted with the insults from the king of Assyria, who came against Jerusalem. For this cause Hezekiah the king and the Prophet Isaiah prayed and cried to heaven, and the Lord sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty warriors and commanders and officers in the camp of the king of Assyria. So, the Assyrian king returned with shamed face to his own land. And when he came into the house of his god, they who were his own offspring slew him there with the sword (II Chronicles 32:20-21). Our Lord is only a prayer away, ready to forgive and heal our nation and the world, when our hearts will be leaning toward Him with knees bent and hands out to receive His forgiveness. Although, the world is turning in the direction of its end, there is still time to turn to God. The Knowledge of God and His word is everywhere in this world. He gave us His word to warn us, to teach us and to direct us to Him; His Word is powerful and true; everything written in it will finally come to pass someday, for He does not lie nor mislead us to our own destruction, neither desire that we should perish. The proof is on His scared hands and feet; on his head and entire body through the scourging, the crown of thorns on His head, and the nails on His hands and feet. And that was not all; He left His written words and His precious, wonderful Spirit to help us in our pilgrimage to the place He has prepared for us. What a wonderful Savior we have!
Repentance is the key that turns the heart of God to revoke His judgment against a nation; it is also the key to spiritual revival. It must start with us in a personal relationship with God; from us to the churches, and from the churches, to the world. When repentance comes to God, His forgiveness will lighten up the burden of our guilt and sin, resulting in praises elevated to Him. King David so experienced God’s forgiveness and said, Blessed is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered; blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit… I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord, then You forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin…Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalm 32:1-2, 5,11) When the Lord appeared to Solomon in the early days of his reign, after the temple was built, He said, If my people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray and seek My presence, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear in heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land (II Chron.7: 14). A very familiar verse mentioned often in times of prayer, yet not applied. That’s not the repentance the Lord is seeking. This, I call convenient repentance, just to have our prayers answered; however, true repentance, which springs forth from the heart, will result in a transformed life, never looking back to miss the old way of doing things.
Blessed are those whose sins have been forgiven; blessed is the nation whose God is YAHWEH!