Warning Comes Before Destruction

1.   Why are warnings helpful? 

A warning is a a statement or event that indicates a possible or impending danger, problem, or other unpleasant situation; cautionary advice. One thing I always tell people is to pay attention to the signs God gives you when He wants you to stop doing certain things. God isn’t just a mean tyrant, He instructs us because He already knows our future and wants us to make right decisions. 

2.   What’s one example of a warning God gave you when He wanted you to stop doing a certain thing? 

Jonah 1:1-2

God told Jonah to tell Nineveh that He was going to destroy it because of their wickedness. He could’ve just destroyed it, but He warned them because He wanted them to change. 

Jonah 3

Warnings should lead to repentance which should lead to changed behavior. Many people think that to repent just means to say sorry, but really repent means feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin which causes you to change. (Jonah 3:10- And when God saw that they had put a stop to their evil ways, He abandoned His plan to destroy them and didn’t carry it through.) God gives us warnings which should cause us to change so He doesn’t have to punish us. God is very merciful which means that He shows compassion or forgiveness toward someone whom it is within His power to punish or harm. It’s up to us to not take Him for granted. 

Proverbs 1:29-33

3.   Who’s someone you admire in the Bible and why? 

Someone I admire is Noah, to be in a world full of sin and be the only righteous man living is an accomplishment. 

Genesis 6

Genesis 7

When reading about Noah it seems like He didn’t warn the people about the flood because it doesn’t talk about that in Genesis, but (2 Peter 2:5- And He did not spare any of the people who lived in ancient times before the flood except Noah, the one man who spoke up for God, and his family of seven. At that time God completely destroyed the whole world of ungodly men with the vast flood.)  It seems that they weren’t given a warning, but they were warned for 120 years just by the boat alone. Everyday they saw Noah’s boat and I’m sure they had some questions for Him because it never rained before. Also, that verse said Noah spoke up for God meaning that He was telling the people that they needed to change, but they clearly didn’t because only Noah and his family were saved.

4. What do you guys think about everything that’s going on in the world? 

The Bible warns us of what’s to come right before Jesus comes back for His bride. 

Matthew 24

5.   What are you thinking after reading that?

Whenever I read this chapter it always makes me re-evaluate my life. I have to really make sure I’m staying on the right path and not allowing anything to distract me from doing God’s will. “The world will be at ease” We shouldn’t be any of the people who are just relaxing, chilling and partying. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying life, just don’t enjoy it too much that you end up outside of God’s will. When Jesus comes back we should be faithfully doing what He’s called us to do because faithfulness is what will be rewarded. 

Matthew 25:1-13

Don’t be like the 5 virgins who were unprepared. How crazy is it to know what you need to do to be ready and still miss out on what God has for you? 

Matthew 25:14-30

Many times people read that and just think about money, but this also has to do with what we do with the talents that God gives us. Are we selfish with them or are we using them to bring people to Christ for God’s glory? Our gifts are an investment. To invest means to allocate money in the expectation of some benefit in the future. God gives us gifts for His benefit and we’re supposed to use them to win souls for His Kingdom. 

Matthew 25:31-46

6.   What did you get out of today’s lesson?

This is just a reminder to pay attention to the warnings that God gives us. Remember that warning comes before destruction and God warns us because He doesn’t want anything bad to happen to us. Ask yourself: Will I take heed and be ready when the Rapture happens or will I be left behind? Remember that no one knows the date or the hour, so be ready.