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Mark Of Safety

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“Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house” (Ezekiel 9:6).

TEXT — Ezekiel 9:5-11


In its quest to eradicate childhood killer diseases as well as reduce drastically the rate of infant mortality, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with some other corporate organizations mobilized resources for the development of vaccines to be administered to children. Although the cost of production of these vaccines is enormous, they have been made available free of charge to many developing nations where these killer diseases are prevalent. But the decision to take the vaccines for the protection of one’s child is always voluntary. Available statistics have shown however that the consequences have been fatal for parents and nations who rejected the vaccines. So it is with salvation from sin: God provides it free for those who care for it, but there is damnation for those who reject it.

The passage gives a clear record of God’s command for heaven’s judgment upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem as punishment for their sins and abomination. The order to destroy was without prejudice to sex, age and status. This reveals the fact that God’s judgment for sin, whenever it comes, is always total, without any extraneous considerations.

Only the mark of salvation which is given through cleansing by the blood of Jesus can qualify anyone for escape from the judgment of God. Regular church attendance, position held in the church and our busy activities with the work of God are not a guarantee for safety. Every believer must avoid carelessness and overconfidence in this end time and ensure that his mark of safety is intact.

Intercession for sins is only relevant now. Sinners must repent before it is too late. It is certain that once the mill of God’s judgment starts to “grind”, it will hold no brakes for the sinner, irrespective of their position or personality.

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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