Is a Nineveh repeat possible?
In a recent audio message on Light on the Rock, I asked whether you are “a Jonah” or “a Matthew”. You’ll have to hear the message to fully find out what I was talking about. We also talked about how Nineveh repented of their wickedness and turned from their ways (Jonah 3:5-10). Therefore our living God did not destroy that major city. Then my January 2012 sermon was about us first repenting, then praying for our nations to repent – and praying for a Nineveh Repeat!
My question today is this: Is a repeat of the Nineveh repentance story possible in our day?
Is it even possible that America, Britain, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands and other modern day remnants of the Ten Lost Tribes can come to repentance? And if they were to repent, what would that do to all the written prophecies in the books of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah and all the prophets and other prophecies?
Just imagine: what if the books of Revelation and Daniel and other prophecies have to be rewritten because of wholesale repentance by some of the key nations in those prophecies? Wow!
Many of you may jump to the conclusion that we’re simply not going to repent as a nation.
I beg to differ. Though I’ll concur that it’s not likely that our nations will repent, I still believe all things are possible with our merciful Father. Don’t you? Yes, I believe a Nineveh Repeat is very possible. If you want to hear a thorough discussion on this, please check out the most recent sermon on Light on the Rock (January 2012). In that teaching you will hear of the many Old and New Testament teachers who prayed for their country. Yes, even Paul did!
Here’s why I think a Nineveh repeat is possible:
- · All things are possible with our merciful God (Mark 9:23)
“The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, 8 if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it.” (Jeremiah 18:7-8).
We certainly watched Him do that with Nineveh. More than once right after the Exodus He was ready to eradicate Israel, but Moses interceded. Jeremiah 18:8 makes it clear that this applies more than just to individuals, but to whole nations.
- · This national repentance becomes exponentially more likely to happen if Yahweh’s children would come together
- Notice I said we need to pray that the nation repents - - not just that they be forgiven. Forgiveness is a given with our God, if the nation repents. The hard part is for all of us to repent. But even this starts with our own repentance.
Even if you don’t see yourself as someone not as bad as the worst of sinners, you also have had plenty to repent of. I certainly do. I know that. And praise be to my loving Father in heaven who has been willing to wash away all my sins in His Son’s blood. If He can forgive even my sins, He certainly can forgive anyone else’s. He’s willing to do the same for the nation upon repentance.
Since I’ve experienced HIS incredible mercy and His willingness to put my sins behind me, I certainly know He can do it for the whole country. There’s NO question of that in my mind.
My dear friends and brothers and sisters – believe. Believe so much in our Father’s mercies that you can believe He also can bring a goodly number to repentance. The book of Revelation at least concedes that much: that there will be an uncountable number of people who WILL repent at the very end. Many of them will be spared the worst of the worst cataclysms to befall the earth in the last year before Yeshua’s feet land on the Mount of Olives.
If you can believe in our amazing Father’s love and boundless mercy, believe enough to have your own repentance – and then to pray that even YOUR country, whatever and wherever it is, can also come to genuine repentance and experience the same loving forgiveness you have received. You just might be amazed at how much this prayer may be heard – if enough of us start doing it.
Time is short. Tell others about this message. And hear the full message on this website – January 2012. It’s probably one of the most vital and urgent messages I’ve ever preached. Pray -- and believe.