Day of Adversity

September 21, 2001 PM
Pastor Chris Abernathy
Columbus, Georgia

Zephaniah chapter one and verse fifteen.

15. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.

16. A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

17. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

18. Neither their silver or their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

Praise the Lord. Hallelujah. In the day of wrath. Say, "The day of wrath." Praise the Lord.

Judgment has hit the church already. The examples of many ministers that fell, fallen in the pulpit... Many have died. So much sin has already hit the church. So judgment's already started in the house of God.

Now judgment has hit the world. The world is where the sinners are, the heathens, the ones who does not believe in God. I'm not saying that has hit... It rains on the just and the unjust. But believe me, it rains on the unjust. And judgment don't hit just the just. It hits the unjust. So now in the United States we know that judgment has hit the United States.

Now the Lord was speaking to me as I was praying today, "Wrath is coming." After judgement comes wrath. Now judgment's already hit the church. Now judgment hits the world. Now wrath is about to hit the church.

Wrath is about to hit the church. So now it's time to put on the fear of the Lord. Destruction is here. There's no more peace. It's time to wake up. It's time to get alert. It's time to put away all this foolishness. It's time to put on the whole armor of God.

Did you see the military going out? They're ready to go over to start war. Do you see the young men scared? They don't know their destiny now. It's time to pray.

When God spoke to me today and said, "Wrath," I said, "Lord, wrath." I said, "What is that? What's going to happen?"

Said, "Tornado. The church is going to be like a tornado, a whirlwind." Who's going to be caught up with Jesus? The righteous, the holy ones, the pure in heart. The ones that are going to be destroyed are the wicked ones, the backbiters, the jealousy, the envy and the strife, the maliciousness.

It's time out from playing church. It's time to be real Christians. It's time out trying to be a millionaire. It's time out trying to have your own ministry. It's time out for all this foolishness. It's time to put on the whole armor of God.

See, when wrath come into the house, there's death going to be coming into the house. There's financial destruction going to hit your house. Famine in the land. When God said He's going to send down His wrath on the church, we better go under cover and seek the Father's face.

In John nine, thirty-one, we know that the Lord said now we know that God heareth not what? Sinners. He doesn't who? Hear sinners.

Now why is the whole United States now saying, "Let's pray"? They have to repent first so God can hear their cry. See, they can't say, "God bless America." They can't say, "Well, let's pray," without having a repentant heart, a pure heart of repentance, not, "Let's go kill them. Let's go destroy what they did to us." No, no. They must have a repentant heart so God can have mercy on them, on us.

But in Proverbs one, twenty-six says, "I also will laugh at their calamity, and I will mock them when fear cometh."

The world is saying, "Why is this happening? God wouldn't do such a thing like that." Oh yes, He will. He will let judgment come. Because see, you know America is the number one of exporting pornography. America, home of the free, fornication, adultery, homosexuality is heavy in America like Sodom and Gomorrah. Heavy sin. Hidden sin. Wickednesses in high places.

The world trade center is in a high place. I call it the cream of the crop, the educators, the financial analysts, the stock market. Do you know, once they were destroyed, we don't know the knowledge that was gone. Doctors degrees. Bodies just decomposed. It's like the Word said, like dust. Can't even find the bones.

Can you imagine not knowing what would happen today when destruction hit those people? How many lives was not right with God? Now I'm not saying there was not any in that building that were saved. But how many was right, right standing with the Lord?

See, we got that secret sin, that hidden sin that kind of creep up under our skirts. And nobody can really see it. But when you walk sometime it smells in God's nostrils. See, that hidden sin that the people in that building had may have led them straight to hell.

Did you notice God let it be known all over the world? He let us see another plane hit on national TV to let you know judgment is here.

But now we know hearts are hardened. They say, "Pray," last week. Now this week they got hate shirts. There's no difference. Evil is evil.

So the Lord said, "I also will laugh at their calamity, and I will mock when the fear cometh." God is laughing, like, when you say there's no longer God, when you say, "Who is Jesus?" now you see what can happen to your nation.

When you put on your money, "In God We Trust," do you really trust in Him? Are you talking about me or you talking about the wealth that you're going to keep? See, your silver and gold can't do nothing for you right now. Your doctor's degree can't do nothing for you right now. The little lady that you wouldn't hire because you thought you were all that can't do you nothing right now.

See, it's wickedness in high places, maliciousness, backbiting in the offices, sexual immorality in the office, secretaries with the boss, adultery. See, you cologne ain't going to make you over. Your seductiveness walking in the office is not going to get you over. See, all that faded last week in those buildings.

See, that should have woke up the whole America industry. Perversion. But everybody's saying, "Oh, how could that have happened?" Calamity will come suddenly.

Proverbs one, twenty-seven says, "When your fear cometh as desolation, your destruction cometh as whirlwind." Say, "Whirlwind."

See, when things come in your life, it's going to come like a whirlwind when you least expect it. You see, the prophets has warned you. The apostles have warned you. The evangelists have warned you. The pastors and the teachers and five-fold has already warned you.

Now the Lord is saying, "I'm going to send My destruction." See, my Father will send warning. But if we won't heed to the warning, we will be destroyed.

"I just want to do it one more time, Lord. Nobody's going to know. Pastor Chris and Pastor Adrienne, they might tell me this, but I'm going to do it one more time. I'm not going to worry about it this time. I take a shower. Nobody going to know. I got my spray. Nobody's going to know. I could put my Shower to Shower on. Nobody's going to know."

You can puff it up. You can wash it up. You can soak it up. But you still can't give it up. See, you can't give up your sin. You're mashing it down. You're spraying it. But it's still stinking in the Lord's nostrils.

See, tonight destruction is knocking at your door. Judgment's already happened. Now the wrath of God is on it's way. So you better clean it up.

In Proverbs one, twenty-eight says, "And then they shall call upon Me, but I will not hear them. They shall seek me early, but they shall not find Me."

See, when you already know that you're supposed to seek Him, when you already know you're supposed to pray, it's too late. The missile already been shot. They already mashed the buttons in your life. "It's too late to repent, because I'm not going to hear you. You can get up at two o'clock. You're not going to find Me."

You can sob and cry and whine and cry and cry and kick, and still is not going to hear you. You don't believe me. It's in Proverbs one, twenty-eight. Proverbs one, twenty-nine said, "They hate knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord."

The ones in New York, Washington, "My job get me over. I got the two-story house. I got the summer home. My children's in private school. I have the best designer clothes money can buy." They hated the knowledge of God.

Let's think back. Before this happened, two weeks prior, a movie star, a singer named Leah was burned up. Is God giving us a similitude of what's happening? Fire. Won't be water, but fire. Won't be water, but fire.

How could it happen to a twenty-one year old who was just so young and... They're crying and weeping and whining. But what movie was she producing? Her family taught about the Lord. She was a Christian. She used to be with the Lord. What side did she step on?

See, you can only walk on the edge for just a little while. See, destruction will come when you least expect it. Straight and narrow is the way.

Matthew twenty-four, four says,

4. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man (what?) deceive you.

There's some people deceiving you. There's some people telling you, "Don't worry about it. Everything will be alright. You know, war and rumors of war. Girl, you got it. Got some time."

I was at the baseball, the football field. This thing will shut me... It just bothered me. Because I see the soldiers here in Columbus. I see their faces. I see them with their young, beautiful wives. I see them with their little babies. They don't know. I feel them.

You got to stop worrying about you and stop worrying about, "Well, it's not affected me. And my family is fine. And I got it... We just want to pay our bills."

What? Who cares about the bills when the missile's coming? Who cares about the girlfriend and the boyfriend? Who cares about your big mansion? Who cares about your ministry? When the missiles come, it's over.

Saying, "Well, pastor..." Putting the fear of the Lord. See, you don't know what's going to happen. Think about what the Lord said. It won't be water, but fire. What's the missile but fire. Burn up. Burn.

5. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall deceive many.

I'm in Matthew twenty-four.

6. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

6. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars...

See, when you start hearing about some wars and rumors, you need to wake up. You need to stop putting on your makeup but wake up. You need to stop looking at Glamour Magazine, and read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. You need to stop looking at the wedding books, the baby showers and read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

6. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled...

See, people are troubled when they're not sure of their salvation. They're worried because they're scared that something's going to happen. But when He says it's your time, it's your time. Absent from the body is being in present with the Lord.

See, some of you think I'm going to see, "I'm going to see my marriage day." Some of you think, "I'm going to see graduation." Some of you young children think you're going to see a lot of things when you get older. See, God didn't tell us it's going to be later. He didn't tell us it's going to be now. But destruction is already hit United States of America.

See, I told my husband, I said, "You know, we're going to Boston again." And I said, "You think we're supposed to go? Pray."

He said, "I'm praying. But remember the prophecies." He said, "We're going to go all over the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

We can't worry about what they going to do when we get on the plane. Because I know and he knows that we got angels all watching all around us. "Fear not. I am with thee." See, it's not as glamorous no more.

See, you thought, "I want to go to Boston. I want to go with you, pastor." But I see now they say, "Oh, I'm glad I didn't go." See, you want to go with the generals. You want to hang around with the generals. But there's bullets with the generals. There's missiles with the generals. There's knives and enemies all around the general. See, you better have your whole armor on, because destruction is knocking at the door.

6. ...for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Let's talk about nation. Greek word says in the English version, "ethnic." Ethnic groups. Africa, same people, different tribes. But they're fighting among each other, the same ethnic groups with different beliefs. They're fighting because of differences.

But come to America. The different ethnic groups among here, if this tribal warfare happens here in America, destruction will be everywhere. Blacks against blacks. Whites against whites. Indians against Indians. Could you imagine the destruction that would happen here? That's called tribal warfare, meaning families against families, ethnic backgrounds.

And when He said, "Nation shall rise against nation," He's talking about ethnic groups right here among each other. Tribal warfare is a deep thing.

Who's standing in the gap? Who's making up the hedge for your ethnic group? Who's keeping harmony among your people? The old Christians are fighting against Christians. The Baptists can't even worship with the Catholics. The Pentecostals can't work with the Pentecostals. The nondenominations can't even work with the nondenominations.

Where's the church? Who is the church? All I see, "I want to be a millionaire. I want to make my own CD. I want to be a world-wide ministry."

You got to get it right. See, we got to get it right. God looks at the heart. He don't look at me. God looks at the spirit. He don't look at me.

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