Jonah Is Sent To Las Vegas, Will They Repent?

Las Vegas is known as Sin City.  Having lived here since 1974 I have either seen or heard of about any despicable thing a person could do.  As a store manager we had five security people that reported every crime that occurred in our parking lot, in our store and what was happening in the city.  When you read Scripture it tells of cities that were absolutely sinful.  Two stand out: Corinth and Nineveh.  They sound like these cities were similar to Las Vegas and what we hear from our police department.

In the Old Testament God had destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their immorality.  It appeared Nineveh could be on His list.  He told Jonah to go to Nineveh with a message that He would give him.

Jonah 1:1 – 2 – “The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai:  ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me’”.

You probably know the story depicting Jonah refusing to obey God.  He boarded a ship to flee from God.  God caused a violent storm with mighty winds and the ship was about to capsize.  The crew decided to cast lots to see who was responsible for the calamity.  They casted lots and Jonah was determined to be the cause.  They threw him overboard and he was swallowed by a great fish that God had created.  So Jonah spent three days and three nights in the fish.

All we know is that Nineveh was a wicked city and God foreknew that if He sent a prophet the people would repent and change their ways if they heard God’s message. We are unaware of Jonah’s reason for not wanting to go.

As Jonah entered the city He told the people: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.”  The Ninevites believed God.  “They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.”  Jonah 3:10 – “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.”

Being a resident of Las Vegas, I have often wondered what God thinks of our city.

I learned recently that Nevada is next to last in church attendance in America.  But that does not mean spirituality is dead in Nevada.  I have been a member of a church since 1981 when we had a week-end attendance of 450.  We grew and started other churches.  This past Easter that 450 saw over 40,000 attend services in our church and our satellites churches.

We believe God has given us a vision that he wants Christians everywhere to know that where sin may be the greatest, His power and His Spirit is even greater.  And if Christianity can blossom in Las Vegas, it can increase anywhere.

I have spent many years on our church board where we try to determine what God’s vision for the coming years may be for our church.  We believe God is calling us to spread His message globally.  It is almost unbelievable the doors that are opening and the opportunities that have been brought about.  As I write this I am in “awe” of all of the supernatural events and signs that I have seen over the years.

It’s not about numbers.  It is about individuals.  When you see some who have participated in the most immoral areas of Las Vegas accept Christ and become “free” and children of God, you have to believe that God continues to care.  You then see these individuals bring their friends and you see them converted and baptized.  There is no greater excitement.  We have had over 30,000 conversions over the past few years.  This miracle can be done elsewhere.

Every Christian church has been given the great commission to evangelize.  But not every church has made it their vision.  This is the only difference I see between my present church and the eleven others, in different cities, where I have been a member.  We preach the same essentials.  We place the most emphasis on those who do not know God rather than on those who have been Christians for years.  But if God called you to evangelize you would fit in extremely well.  If the only time you get spiritually fed is when you come to church, you may find a more traditional church to your choosing.  Both are needed and this is why we have a number of different denominations.  We are not all alike and we have not all been given the same calling!!!

It is no longer a secret that Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing Christian communities in America. If we are to see the dream that a nation-wide revival could start in Las Vegas, shouldn’t we as Christians pray that it’s time for a revival to take place in America?  As we see the Prophecy of Daniel and Revelation unfolding, I believe a spiritual revival may be the only thing that could prolong the end times. If Jonah were alive today would God be sending him to America with a threatening message?

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