Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“ ‘But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses’ ” (Matt 6:15).

“ ‘So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift [Christ insists that men must make things right with their fellow men before they can be reconciled to God (1 John 4:20)] ” (Matt 5:23,24).

“..work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12). Note James 4:12.

“For if we go on sinning deliberately after  receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries” (Heb 10:26,27, ESV). Note John 5:22; Acts 17:31.

“And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once [our natural death], and after that the judgment” (Heb 9:27).

“But Zacchaus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house...’ ” (Luke 19:8,9, NIV).

“For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing...” (Eccl 12:14, NKJV). Note Matt 12:36,37; James 4:12.

“Now as he [Paul] reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix [a Roman governor] was afraid...” (Acts 24:25, NKJV).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven ’ ” (Matt 7:21, NKJV).

“Mortal, I have made you a sentinel [a watchman who warns of approaching dangers] for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, you shall give them warning from Me. If I say to the wicked, “You shall surely die,” and you give them no warning, or speak to warn the wicked from their wicked way, in order to save their life, those wicked persons shall
die for their iniquity; but their blood I will
require at your hand [failure to utter the warning may result in their rushing headlong to destruction, hence their blood will be required at the watchman’s hand. God depends upon the cooperation of human beings in His work of salvation]. But if you warn the wicked, and they do not turn from their wickedness, or from their wicked way, they shall die for their iniquity; but you will have saved your life” (Ezek 3:17-19). Note James 5:20.

“ ‘Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man [the state of the world at the time of Christ’s
appearing]…’ ” (Luke 17:26) ——— “The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth [pre–Flood], and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence [hence the worldwide flood God sent]” (Gen 6:5,11).

“He that overcometh...I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name [acknowledge him as a loyal devoted follower] before the Father, and before His angels”  (Rev 3:5,KJV).

“Discipline yourselves, keep alert [due appreciation of the seriousness of the times and difficulties]. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil [Satan] prowls around, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who cause dissensions and offenses, in opposition to the teaching that you have learned; avoid them. For such people do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded” (Rom 16:17,18).

“Do not be too wicked, and do not be a fool; why should you die before your time”
(Eccl 7:17).

For those texts regarding our record in Heaven, see my poem, "Yes, A Judgment Does Take Place."

“Then I saw another angel flying in mid heaven, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth...He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give Him glory, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water’ ” (Rev 14:6,7). Note also Rev 3:5.

“As I watched, thrones were set in place… and...the court sat in judgment, and the books [records] were opened... ” (Dan 7:9,10). Note also Acts 17:31; 2 Cor 5:10; James 2:12,24,26; 4:12; 1 Peter 4:5; Matt 12:36,37; Ps 89:14.

“Then another angel, a second, followed…” (Rev 14:8) —

“He called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great [Babylon means confusion]! ...For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication [a religious-political alliance], and the kings of the earth [political powers] have committed fornication with her [entered into that alliance], and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxury.” Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, so that you do not take part in her sins, and so that you do not share in her plagues [Rev chapter 16]’ ” (Rev 18:2-4).

“Then another angel, a third, followed them, crying with a loud voice, “Those who worship the beast [the previous persecuting power (Dan 7:8,25)] and its image [the false religious-political power controlling the whole of earth], and receive a mark on their foreheads [symbolic of consent] or on their hands [symbolic of expediency (Rev 13:16,17)], they will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of His anger...Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep [are loyal to] the commandments of God [the full Ten Commandments (Rom 13:8-10; Matt 22:36-40)] and hold fast to the faith of Jesus” (Rev 14:9-12). Note also Rev chapters 13,14,17,18 and 19. Also 2 Thess 2:2:3,4; Dan 7:25. Note Rev 13:15

“And I saw three foul spirits like frogs coming from the mouth [policy] of the dragon [Satan], from the mouth of the beast [the first persecuting power (Dan 7:25)], and from the mouth of the false prophet [the second power that effectively creates an image (copy) of the first power]. These are demonic spirits, performing signs [supernatural manifestations via various human agencies to authenticate the new religious union], who go abroad to the kings [political powers] of the whole world [to get them on their side], to assemble them for battle [the religious conflict] on the great day of God the Almighty ” (Rev 16:13,14). Note also 2 Thess 2:9-11.

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity’ ” (Matt 7:22,23, KJV).

“ ‘For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect [committed followers and studiers of the Word]’ ” (Matt 24:24). Note also 1 John 4:1; 1 Tim 4:1; 2:10; 2 Tim 4:3,4; 3:7; 2 Peter 3:16; Eph 4:14.

“ ‘Because He [
the Father] has fixed a day [time] on which He will have the world [us] judged in righteousness by a Man [Christ] whom He has appointed, and of this He has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead [Christ’s resurrection]’ ” (Acts 17:31).

Regarding God's Judgment

It seems that many Christians aren’t concerned about righting wrongs, they wrongly
relying on grace,
For grace hardly covers what one should put right, and hence God’s judgment, for such thinking’s a disgrace.
And the reason why is, because Christians should always seek to right their wrongs,
and have been told to,
For fancy expecting eternity without putting things right, which the true Christian would do.

What if we died today? — we not having put things right with someone, and we not
intending to,
Or perhaps we committed some offence we weren’t going to come clean on given no
one knew.
Well, I wouldn’t recommend anyone take such a risk, not if they value eternity,
For God’s hardly one for aiding cover-ups, brushing sin under the carpet — He not like we.

No, we can’t afford to play with grace, and therefore, should treat every day as though it
were our last,
We righting wrongs wherever we can, and not overlooking some things that were done in
the past;
Though where they’ve been forgotten, or where we’re unable, we leaving such in God’s
care — contritely —
For this is what grace will cover, God reasonable and fair, but He no fool, obviously.

Yes, we being without excuse — for God has clearly informed us — His judgment a reality,
One that many downplay, the pendulum having swung the other way — yes, hellfire to folly —
For now, so many are swallowing the lie that says that grace will cover deliberate sin,
And any wrongs that haven’t been dealt with, (but should’ve been), such revealing all’s not
well within.

The truth is, that when we consciously sin, we should ask God for forgiveness immediately,
And likewise, when we wrong someone; we asking their forgiveness too, and righting the wrong quickly.
And the reason why being, because this is what Christ-like-ness is all about — yes,
Christianity —
We new creatures, we ambassadors, our conscience sharp and clear, our example

Otherwise, we might lead others astray-cum-into sin, and that, friend, would be a tragedy,
For they could lose out on eternity, the world having gained the upper hand, the mastery.
And this being why we must never fail to warn of God’s judgment, nor the consequences
of sin,
And by that I mean, wilful sin-cum-rebellion, for such shows a Christian who’s not genuine.

Yes, it’s not enough to just believe, for even Satan believes, but he’s no true follower,
And nor many Christians, they continuing as before, and that’s where they perilously err.
For the truth is, that God desires we heed His Word, which includes righting wrongs, not
just obeying,
And hence why there’s a time of judgment — where the lives of all — our Lord will be
carefully weighing.

By Lance Landall

The following poem is an older (but upgraded) version of this poem.

                                Regarding God's Judgment

My dear friend: Will tomorrow come for you, will you enjoy another day,
And if your life were to end now, what would your record up in Heaven say?
Would it be eternal life or destruction that you would soon discover,
And might you falsely be thinking that grace, your neglected wrongs will cover?

Remembered wrongs, I’m referring to here, or what God may choose to point out;
In other words, things that it’s possible for you to do something about.
For where you might’ve forgotten, or are unable, God’s grace will cover you,
But what His grace will not cover, is you refusing to do what is due.

Sadly, such a very silly risk is taken by Christians everywhere,
They foolishly treating each day as though they have many more days to spare;
And hence how so many lose their lives before they have put those wrong things right;
Oh, what could be the price that these folk pay for such a thoughtless oversight?

No, we simply can’t afford to play with grace, this life of ours or others,
For the justice embedded in God’s Law, such wrong behaviour soon uncovers.
Therefore, every day we need to live as though each day were our very last,
Putting right any wrong we do, and even certain wrongs within our past.

We thinking that God will overlook any of those wrong things that we do,
Is presumption at its best, which will simply lead to what we’re bound to rue.
For via the wise and Holy Word of God, we’ve been given ample warning,
And that being: That we shouldn’t let God’s investigation catch us yawning.

The devil’s like a roaring lion, for he knows that his time is very short,
And hence why he’s seriously upset with those who’re warning, “Don’t get caught!”
Therefore, he cruelly makes God’s judgment scene appear invalid or benign,
And all those ones who are warning of it, appear as if they're out of line.

Though warnings about God’s Judgment some once gave in ways that were not best,
Now in the opposite direction the pendulum has swung with flawed zest.
Hence why we’re seeing grace purred, and God’s Judgment scoffed at, ignored or downplayed,
And with it, a lesser focus on His Law — while above — lives still get weighed.

Well, those warnings about God’s Judgment scene, Christians still need to hear today,
And in fact, the need is greater, given that we’re seeing more Christians stray.
Yes, now’s hardly the time to relax, for even more concern is needed,
Given that the evil God warned of has increased and not receded.

Those Christians who’re doing their best to walk rightly, are covered by God’s grace,
But should they rebel and choose to walk wrongly, they’ll simply such grace displace.
For it was never God’s intention that His grace should ever cover sin,
But that through the Spirit’s enabling, the victory over sin we’d win.

Therefore, we should make sure that we’re following God correctly today,
For we could miss out on eternal life should we somehow choose to delay.
Yes, death could catch us unprepared, and therefore, therein lies a pressing need
To much more carefully think about all those things that we were meant to heed.

And hence my plea: Will you heed God’s warnings, changing flawed ways and righting wrongs,
And by giving your full allegiance to the One whom it rightly belongs?
And while you’re at it, will you also ask of God that He impart to you
More wisdom and inner strength so that you will clearly know and live what’s true?

My dear friend, someone might be affected by any wrong choice that you make,
And as a result of such, which sad path might it be that they then choose to take?
And could that one even be me, hence why the following I’m asking of you:
Will you please consider how your decision might somehow affect me too?

By Lance Landall

                                 The Apocalyptic Angels

Apocalyptic angels appear within the pages of Revelation,
Given that they have urgent messages for this earth's End-time generation.
These angels are obviously representative of humans who're active
Heralding this final warning plea to all who on this dying planet live,

For have you seen any angels flying in the heavens and shouting so? No.

These heavenly angels, (humans), warn, that up above, Christ's judgment has begun,
And that therefore, we all should give allegiance to no one but the Father’s Son,
That is, that all should worship the earth's Creator with total dedication,
Yes, He who in the court above, is making a thorough investigation.

When Christ returns to this earth that's dying, it is only then that He will reward,
As beforehand, over each one's record He will have very carefully pored.
But all those who heed the angels' warning, and thereby the right response display,
Won’t need to fear this judgment, because Christ will see that they've chosen to obey.

These heavenly angels, (humans), also warn of falsehood that people must flee,
If they, with the saved and the God of love and truth, wish to spend eternity.
For everything that is false is “Babylon,” we via Revelation are told,
As falsehood and false worship parallel Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon of old.

We're also told that false prophets and false messiahs, who mingle truth and error,
(And this, preceding the coming of our Lord), will mislead many a hearer.
Therefore, there’s an urgent need for each Christian to ensure that apostasy
Hasn't foolishly caught them napping, nor imbibing such heresy.

And hence the “wine” of "Babylon" that is also mentioned in Revelation,
That is confusing and misleading via its beguiling intoxication.
Yes, so very subtle and alluring is this clever Satanic cocktail,
That many earnest and committed Christians it's diverting down a false trail.

These angels, (humans), also warn folk not to go worshiping a false power,
One that'll be controlling the whole of earth prior to Christ’s second coming hour,
For this Babylonian system is obviously Satan's master plan
That's designed to gain him the worship that belongs solely to the Son of Man.

This power is religious, (we also learn from the book of Revelation),
As this persecuting power is guilty of committing fornication.
Yes, a worldly power it's not, for by nature, such are corrupt already,
No, this one is very pious indeed, and its success has made it heady.

Thus, what is seen here is a mixture — yes, a very wrongful combination,
In other words, religion wielding power via secular legislation.
It's a power that resorts to force to achieve what it considers as right;
A system that's built on error, one where black is simply paraded as white.

In the book of Revelation, (full of loving warnings), one thing's clearly said,
And that is, that Christians should flee “Babylon,” correctly worship Christ instead.
Thus, such clearly shows us that in "Babylon" Christians are wrongly residing,
And that any who choose to remain there, our Saviour's will won't be abiding.

And therefore, every Christian who remains in Babylon’s territory,
Our Saviour will one day say to them, (and very sadly so), “Depart from Me,”
For even though they may have prophesied, even cast out devils in His name,
Or done many wondrous works, He will destroy them all with fire just the same.

Oh, how often it has been, (shamefully), that all throughout Christian history
Many people in the name of Jesus Christ have thought and acted wrongfully.
And hence these warning messages contained within the book of Revelation,
That Christ in love is giving us lest anyone endanger their salvation.

So who might those angels, (humans), be? People who such truth and importance see.

By Lance Landall