“The Consequences of Unbelief”
So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness.
That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, “Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known My ways.” So I declared on oath in My anger, “They shall never enter my rest.” Hebrews 3:7, 10, 11
These are the very same words in Psalm 95:7-11, the Psalmist, is speaking to the nation of Israel, calling them to a period of worship. It is a WARNING that is repeated here in the book of Hebrews. It clearly tells us the CONSEQUENCES awaiting those who are UNBELIEVERS.
The writers of both these passages begins with the word “TODAY,” indicating the time frame of this WARNING. They are saying that the time to act is NOW, not TOMORROW, but do it NOW! What exactly were they asked to do? They were asked to RESPOND to the VOICE of God, and to NOT HARDEN their HEARTS, as their ancestors had done in the time of their testing in the wilderness, which brought about their wandering around in the wilderness for forty years and they were NOT allowed to enter God’s rest in the PROMISED LAND. This was the CONSEQUENCES of their UNBELIEF.
And so it is TODAY, the Holy Spirit of God is saying to the UNBELIEVER, “Today, if you hear His voice, DO NOT harden your hearts.” DO NOT be DISOBEDIENT to God’s will or to His calling. But COME to Him NOW, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and escape the CONSEQUENCES of UNBELIEF.
If you HARDEN your HEART, and REFUSE His invitation to enter His ETERNAL REST, then you WILL face the CONSEQUENCES of your UNBELIEF, which includes, spending ALL of ETERNITY in Hell, the place of perpetual torment, torture, agony, pain, heartache, and despair, with NO way of ESCAPE. However, God is giving you the opportunity, RIGHT NOW, TODAY to come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a TRUE BELIEVER, escaping the CONSEQUENCES of UNBELIEF. Do it NOW, TODAY! While you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!