At a point in the scriptures when Prophet Elijah had to go report the people to GOD, GOD’s response to him was “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:18
At another point, when Abraham had to intercede for Sodom & Gomorrah, having a dialogue with GOD…., the land still ended up getting destroyed (..all had “bowed their knees to Baal”). Gen 18:23-33; 19:12-13.
Jonah, just like Elijah, also reported the people of Nineveh to GOD… And even with all his tactics at wanting the people to get seriously punished, GOD still showed them mercy. Jonah 3:10
Now, this is where I’m getting to; In all of these various encounters, there’s a very big lesson to learn and that is – GOD is touched by a contrite heart. Psalm 34:18; 51:17, Isaiah 57:15; 66:2
You’ll note that the people of Nineveh sought out GOD for repentance and this brought down GOD’s mercy (instead of wrath) on them. Jonah 3:6-10
Most perish because of a lack of repentant heart. These ones have been deceived into believing that the grace of God will continue to cover their excesses so they can go on indulging in sin and still make it to Heaven.
Meditate on GOD’s Words and ensure to Obey…