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IS IT TOO LATE?

Posted by israeliteindeed on September 4, 2014

Many times I have read through God’s prophecies of judgment on other nations, and trembled as I recognized how applicable they are to my own people! Haven’t we been given much, and haven’t we squandered it? As current events grow ever more alarming, how many in the church are responding with real repentance? As you read this post, I pray that you will know the seriousness of God’s Word. When disregarded, this Word brings tremendous severity upon the rebellious. May we humble our hearts to both receive and obey the Word, that He might have mercy on us once again. With Hoshi’ana, I pray it is not “too late.”

Hoshi'ana

Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed
howl for her; take balm for her pain,
if so be she may be healed.
We would have healed Babylon,
but she is not healed: forsake her,
and let us go every one into his own country:
for her judgment reacheth unto heaven,
and is lifted up even to the skies.

The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

Judgment is not “at the shore,” or “at the door,” it is HERE.  ISIS is here. Are we surprised? Does not God’s Word claim that He will set enemies against us if we remain in willful disobedience to Him?


America, keep slaying your children, and keep spitting in the face of the One who created and prospered you. Keep creating laws that are abominations in the sight of God. Do you think God doesn’t see it?

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Stranger in the World, Citizen of Heaven

Posted by israeliteindeed on August 27, 2014

I am a stranger in the world
And this is what I see:
The earth reeling like a drunkard,
Tottering like a hut,
Its transgression heavy upon it.
Soon to fall and never to rise again.
For He treads down the peoples–
The rebellious peoples who refuse to fear Him
And love Him, though He is lovely–
He treads them down in His anger.
They are made drunk in His fury
Intoxicated with lies
Because they despised Truth.
Their strength–
The strength of their flesh–
Is waning.
He brings down their strength to the earth,
That He may set all on fire together.

I am a citizen of heaven,
And this is what I see:
Mount Zion is inhabited by
A people in white linen
Purifying themselves in hope.
They have been raised up together
And made to sit together in heavenly places.
Their eyes always behold the Lamb of God,
Their hearts bow before Him.
They despise not His chastening,
For His Spirit in them cries “Father.”
They pursue peace with all people,
And holiness.
They shine like stars,
Blameless and harmless,
Without rebuke among the crooked and perverse,
Holding forth the Word of Life,
To turn many to righteousness.

The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut; Its transgression shall be heavy upon it, And it will fall, and not rise again. (Isa. 24:20)

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess. 2:9-12)

I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drunk in My fury, And brought down their strength to the earth. (Isa. 63:5)

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (2 Pet. 3:10)

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil. 3:20)

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. (Heb. 12:22)

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (I Jn. 3:2-3)

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:4-6)

And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. (Heb. 12:5-6)

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. (Heb. 12:14)

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life. (Phil. 2:14-16)

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Dan. 12:3)

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Hate Evil, Love Good, Establish Justice

Posted by israeliteindeed on July 23, 2014

A Meditation on Amos 5

Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel:

2 The virgin of Israel has fallen;
She will rise no more.
She lies forsaken on her land;
There is no one to raise her up.

3 For thus says the Lord God:
“The city that goes out by a thousand
Shall have a hundred left,
And that which goes out by a hundred
Shall have ten left to the house of Israel.”

God has decided that the virgin of Israel will “rise no more” and there will be only a remnant left.

4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: “Seek Me and live;

5 But do not seek Bethel,
Nor enter Gilgal,
Nor pass over to Beersheba;
For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
And Bethel shall come to nothing.

God’s instruction to the remnant is to seek HIM and live. They are not to seek particular places, as if by them they can live. God’s judgment will not overlook those places, but anyone hidden in God Himself will be protected.

6 Seek the Lord and live,
Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
And devour it,
With no one to quench it in Bethel—

God’s judgment does not pass over those who have His name, but not His character.

7 You who turn justice to wormwood,
And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!”

True justice and righteousness are very important to God, and there are many claiming His Name who make a mockery of these things.

8 He made the Pleiades and Orion;
He turns the shadow of death into morning
And makes the day dark as night;
He calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth;
The Lord is His name.

9 He rains ruin upon the strong,
So that fury comes upon the fortress.

He is able to turn the blessing into a curse, as He has promised. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good (Josh. 24:20). The only hope for transgressors is to be humble and seek His mercy.

10 They hate the one who rebukes in the gate,
And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly.

An indictment against Israel, but also against all wicked nations. The wicked and those who support them always turn against the one who rebukes them.

11 Therefore, because you tread down the poor
And take grain taxes from him,
Though you have built houses of hewn stone,
Yet you shall not dwell in them;
You have planted pleasant vineyards,
But you shall not drink wine from them.

12 For I know your manifold transgressions
And your mighty sins:
Afflicting the just and taking bribes;
Diverting the poor from justice at the gate.

Treading down the poor is a serious offense to God. Afflicting the just and taking bribes, diverting the poor from justice at the gate: God sees all these “manifold transgressions” and will punish.

13 Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time,
For it is an evil time.

Indeed, for when good is called evil and evil is called good, those who speak up for righteousness are punished. Remember when Lot tried to talk sense into his evil neighbors? They accused him of acting as a judge and promised to do worse to him than they intended to do to the angels (Gen. 19:9).

14 Seek good and not evil,
That you may live;
So the Lord God of hosts will be with you,
As you have spoken.

Apostate people are so fond of saying God is with them. But God is not with them. God is a God of Truth. He is not with us just because we say He is. He is only with us as we obey His Word. The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you (2 Chron. 15:2).

15 Hate evil, love good;
Establish justice in the gate.
It may be that the Lord God of hosts
Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

God wants us to love good and hate evil, and to establish justice. Away with our wickedness, our excusing of sin, our favoritism, and our disregard for the poor and the weak. Without repentance, there is no possibility of God’s graciousness, but with it, “It may be that the Lord…will be gracious.” He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

16 Therefore the Lord God of hosts, the Lord, says this:
“There shall be wailing in all streets,
And they shall say in all the highways,
‘Alas! Alas!’
They shall call the farmer to mourning,
And skillful lamenters to wailing.

17 In all vineyards there shall be wailing,
For I will pass through you,”
Says the Lord.

It is easy to sit on high horses while God passes through others, but what will we do when He passes through us? If we do the same things we condemn in others, will we not meet the same fate?

18 Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
For what good is the day of the Lord to you?
It will be darkness, and not light.

19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion,
And a bear met him!
Or as though he went into the house,
Leaned his hand on the wall,
And a serpent bit him!

20 Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light?
Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?

And this is remarkable–many say they desire the day of the Lord, who ought to be very afraid of it. This is because they abide in presumption that God is accepting of their sins and will not punish them. They rest in their heritage, they rest in their past faith, they rest in their rituals or their knowledge. But they do not seek the Lord, or have His life in them. If they did, their behavior would be very different.

21 “I hate, I despise your feast days,
And I do not savor your sacred assemblies.

22 Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them,
Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.

23 Take away from Me the noise of your songs,
For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.

None of these things move God. He is not an idol to be appeased with rituals and gifts and songs. He is the God who is looking for the good fruit of righteousness in response to His Word. He hates “sacred assemblies” when the people in those assemblies do not bear His image.

24 But let justice run down like water,
And righteousness like a mighty stream.

Let justice run down like water! Let righteousness run like a mighty stream! Then–then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday (Isa. 58:10–read the whole chapter for the context!) Otherwise, your knowledge and your religious practices are worthless, serving only to cause the heathen to blaspheme God (Rom. 2:24).

25 “Did you offer Me sacrifices and offerings
In the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

26 You also carried Sikkuth your king
And Chiun, your idols,
The star of your gods,
Which you made for yourselves.

What? Mixing the worship of God with the worship of idols? Who is this star god? God will not accept being part of a harem of idols. We are to worship Him alone. Let every nation pay attention to how God rebukes the nation of Israel for idolatry. As He has punished Israel, so He will punish all the nations. Take heed that you do not mix idolatry with your worship of God. Find out what is acceptable to Him, and what displeases Him (Eph. 5:10).

27 Therefore I will send you into captivity beyond Damascus, Says the Lord, whose name is the God of hosts.

Dear readers, the nations are raging against the Lord, but there is a King installed on Mount Zion (the same Mount Zion mentioned in Heb. 12:22–the heavenly Jerusalem.) Seek the Lord and live. Do not seek this place or that place on the earth, for all shall be burned with fire (2 Pet. 3:7). Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God, for this is what He requires (Mic. 6:8).

Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?
Why do You hide in times of trouble?

2 The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor;
Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire;
He blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord.

4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;
God is in none of his thoughts.

5 His ways are always prospering;
Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.

6 He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
I shall never be in adversity.”

7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the secret places he murders the innocent;
His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.

9 He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den;
He lies in wait to catch the poor;
He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.

10 So he crouches, he lies low,
That the helpless may fall by his strength.

11 He has said in his heart,
“God has forgotten;
He hides His face;
He will never see.”

12 Arise, O Lord!
O God, lift up Your hand!
Do not forget the humble.

13 Why do the wicked renounce God?
He has said in his heart,
“You will not require an account.”

14 But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief,
To repay it by Your hand.
The helpless commits himself to You;
You are the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

16 The Lord is King forever and ever;
The nations have perished out of His land.

17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear,

18 To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
That the man of the earth may oppress no more.

Psalm 10

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The Apostate Church & How We Got Here

Posted by israeliteindeed on June 21, 2014

At one time I attended a church that seemed to me more conservative than most. In time, I realized the pastor was contradicting himself on the issue of obedience to Christ. He would say we must obey and that disobedience was unacceptable. But later he would say disobedience can never cancel grace. (False grace message refuted here.)

This pastor even taught that Samson had committed suicide; therefore we can be sure that some people who commit suicide die saved (a dangerous lie–Samson wanted to die, but left his fate in God’s hands). I confronted the pastor on this teaching, and was quickly labeled a Pharisee. Sadly, a couple years after I left this church, one of the young people committed suicide by purposely laying his head on train tracks.

There was a children’s Sunday School teacher brazenly teaching the children, including my son, that they were “once saved always saved.” When I asked the pastor why this teacher was allowed to teach contrary to official church doctrine, I never got an answer. As far as I know, the false grace teacher continued to teach long after I left. Perhaps he was a good tither.

Recently I saw pictures of the pastor’s daughter, who has grown to adulthood since I left the church. She and the assistant pastor’s daughter both have public pictures of themselves in the most revealing, immodest clothes, complete with pouty lips and seductive poses. How tragically sad, this road that they are on.

I was told by someone, “You can’t blame the church.”

Well, I know that free will plays a huge part in what our kids do. Not every parent or church is to blame for their choices. God Himself is a perfect parent whose children go astray.

Yet I think this is a fair question: What role did the church’s false doctrine play in these kids going astray? A friend of mine has written a good article on this subject entitled “Careless Doctrines Damn.” Read it here.

Did the young man who ended his life on a train track think he was about to be welcomed into heaven–even though he was not enduring to the end of his life in hope?

Could phrases from the pulpit like “You cannot out-sin the grace of God” cause young girls to think that playing with the sins of seduction and immorality will have no real consequences? I say they can.

Incidentally, shortly after I rebuked one of these young ladies for being a poor role-model for younger girls (among other things), another girl from the church–maybe 12 or 13 years old–expressed her approval of the picture. This child has found her Brittany Spears to follow, not on the world’s stage, but in her church. With church “family” like this, who needs the world to lead them astray? Now our kids can all go astray together, take communion on Sunday morning, and think all is well. After all, nobody is correcting their behavior because they are afraid of being called legalists and Pharisees. Keep yourself unspotted from the world?! That’s for religious people. We’re all about relationship here, baby.

But what does Scripture say?–

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. (Eph. 5:3)

There must not be even a hint!! Oh, that Apostle Paul; he was quite the legalist! If only we could throw HIM out of our church and get away with it.

Some say if America doesn’t turn around, America is doomed. They say this quite piously because they go to church and have conservative values like “I disagree with homosexual marriage.” Meanwhile their own kids–sometimes churched and homeschooled–are becoming prostitutes right before their eyes. And that’s just the tip of the noticeable iceberg. Under strong delusion, you don’t realize how big the problem is until your boat starts sinking, and the shock and horror of it all causes your heart to melt. Once the labor pains begin, the unrighteous harvest you’ve been sowing all along is brought forth, ready or not (Isa. 13:6-8). But for now, we are for the most part content to lament the good old days of America, and hope that our church attendance and/or voting records mean something.

Apostate Jerusalem pats herself on the back and says, “Thank God I am not like the Gentiles” even as she herself rejects God’s Word. But I do not speak of the Jews; I speak of the apostate New Testament church, who has followed her older sister down the same careless path. She does not see her paupery, her nakedness or her need for repentance. When her children are destroyed, she laments and asks, “Why?!” But she cannot receive the truthful answer that it is her fault for mishandling the Word and allowing leaven to spread unchecked. She can’t accept the truth–that she is drunk with the world and its ways, and the blood of the true saints who tried in vain to correct her.

Thus the necessity of continuing to blame those rotten liberals for all of her problems.

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I Will See Your Face (A Poem)

Posted by israeliteindeed on June 20, 2014

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Love to all the pilgrims out there who may identify with this.

It’s lonely on this narrow way
Straining for the Words You say
To hide them in my heart.
The world’s been fading all around me
Ever since the day You found me
And gave me a new start.

And I can’t see Your face,
But I know You are beautiful!
And I purify myself
‘Cause I will know You just as You
Know me.
And I will see Your face.

I sat alone in the assembly
With Your heavy hand upon me–
Fish out of water.
We watched the trees as they fell down;
The shepherds wailed, an awful sound.
Your fire grew hotter.

And I can’t see Your face.
But I know You are weeping!
And I thought the work was vain.
Then I saw past the pain and
Remembered:
That I will see Your face.

Every dry place I have trod
While heading to the Mount of God,
You turn to refreshing,
That mourning pilgrims who come after
Can have their sorrow turned to laughter–
A wilderness blessing.

And I can’t see Your face,
But I know You are nearer now
Than when I first believed
And You received me in Your
Family.
And I will see Your face.

(Scriptures that inspired this poem– I Jn. 3:2-3; Jer. 15:17; Zech. 11:1-3; Lk. 13:34-35, 19:41; Psa. 84:5-7; Rom. 13:11)

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Our Troops Are Women

Posted by israeliteindeed on September 23, 2013

Nahum 3:13
Behold, your troops
are women in your midst.
The gates of your land
are wide open to your enemies;
fire has devoured your bars.

It has been my observation that many spiritual realities play themselves out in the natural. For example, when there is a famine of spiritual bread in the land, there very often is a famine of natural bread also. When spiritual destruction is falling on a people, “natural disasters” seem to increase.

Many decry the allowance of homosexuals and women in the military, but could this be a picture of what has happened to our people spiritually? Our “mighty men” have become women, and I am not just referring to homosexuals. I refer to the lack of spiritual manliness in our nation and the church. 

How many fathers are taking seriously their responsibility to lead their families spiritually? So few– even among those who profess Christ!

Women also are out of order, chasing the supposed “freedom from responsibility” their men only seem to have. They reject being keepers at home and motherhood, and pursue self- sufficiency through careers that sap them of energy they might have poured into their families. Could the new “liberated woman” killing herself and destroying her children be a picture of a greater spiritual reality?

If so, what other parallels and lessons can we draw from these things? I plead with Jesus to give us His eye salve that we can see.

The gates of our land are indeed wide open to our enemies. And if we think denying homosexuals and women entrance in the military will solve the problem, we are still thinking carnally. 

Our land is full of “soldiers” who are women, and silly women at that. Most who claim to be spiritual people are fighting a carnal battle with carnal weapons against flesh and blood enemies with a carnal motive, but they think because they shout “glory to God,” their carnality is thus baptized. 

The professing American church is in such a deep sleep spiritually, she imagines keeping “In God We Trust” on our currency would be a tremendous victory for God. But God does not support lies, and we cannot be healed by patching up surface wounds with band aids when our whole head is sick and our whole heart is faint (Isa. 1:5-6).

In like manner, the church has sought to validate herself by an outcry against homosexuality and females in the military, and other surface symptoms of national decay.

But she doesn’t look deeper lest she indict herself. 

If she would present her wound-covered body before the ever searching eye of the Lord in true humility and acknowledgment that she has destroyed herself by forsaking His ways, He would again have mercy on her.

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Give Us Barabbas

Posted by israeliteindeed on February 1, 2013

An interesting choice was presented to the people of Jerusalem around 30 AD. Do you want Jesus, or do you want Barabbas?

Jesus was accused of “perverting the nation,” claiming to be a king, and forbidding people to pay their taxes to Caesar (Luke 23:2). (How else could an apostate church use a secular government to put a good man to death, but to claim He was a national security threat?)  While Jesus had never encouraged tax evasion, He did readily admit to Pilate that He was a king. However He stated that His kingdom was not of this world, and this was why His servants were not fighting to protect Him (Lk. 20:20-25; 23:3;  Jn. 18:33-37). In an earthly kingdom, it is important to keep the king alive.

Barabbas was a Jewish “notable prisoner” of Rome (Matt. 27:16).  He was an insurrectionist and a rebel, who had both robbed and committed murder (Mark 15:7; Lk. 23:25; John 18:40).  When Pilate asked the Jewish people which of the two criminals–Jesus or Barabbas–they wanted released, they clamored for the release of Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus.

There is historical evidence that Barabbas was actually called “Jesus Barabbas,” which means literally, “Jesus, son of the father.”  The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible includes the name “Jesus” with Barabbas in Matt. 27:16-17, and other ancient historical writings also attribute this name to him.  As an insurrectionist, he was almost certainly a patriot who had either led or participated in an attempt to thwart Roman occupation of his homeland. He was probably something of a hero in the minds of many Jews.

Jesus Christ was the “Son of the Father” also. He came to do the will of His Father, which included going to the cross to atone for the sins of mankind. He declared that He came into the world to “bear witness to the truth.” (Jn. 18:37). He said He was the way, the truth, and the life–the only possible way to the Father. And He declared that any who are not with Him are by default against Him (Matt. 12:30).

In Matthew 5-7, Jesus taught the principles by which the Kingdom of God is operated.  He warned that a man cannot be ruled by both God and money; he will serve only one, so we dare not focus on what we will eat and drink and wear. We must have our treasures in heaven rather than on earth. He taught that His disciples were to love their enemies and pray for them that mistreated them. He taught that it was the meek, the merciful, the peacemaker and the persecuted that would enter the kingdom of God.  He even commanded His followers not to resist an evil person. We are to let the one who slaps us, slap us again; and we are to let one who takes our tunic have our cloak also. He said we must seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness above all else, and warned that it was a narrow and difficult way that leads to life. He declared that only a few people would actually walk the difficult way to life, though many would give him the lipservice of addressing Him as “Lord, Lord.” And He ends this passage with the stark reality that only those who DO His words will be saved. Those who merely hear His words will end in destruction.

It is important to remember that these teachings were delivered to a people oppressed and heavily taxed by an occupying nation. The nation of Israel, though apostate from God, certainly saw Rome as pagan and wicked compared to themselves. Yet Jesus did not lead an insurrection against Rome, or murder or rob anyone.  He did not spew venomous rhetoric against the occupying forces; in fact He healed a Roman Centurion’s servant out of pure compassion. Why?–The weapons of His warfare were not carnal. While He acknowledged He was a King, He was careful to make a distinction between His kingdom and others. And when Peter spoke out rashly that this King should not suffer, Jesus gave him the harshest possible rebuke, attributing his words to satan, and exposing his motive for agreeing with the devil–he cared more about “the things of men” than the things of God. (Matt. 16:21-23)

I submit to you today that professing Christians in America live in days very similar to the times of the Jews under Roman occupation. We live in a nation that once enjoyed prosperity and relative peace, the deterioration of which is due to our own sin.  We see our freedoms being taken away and we nostalgically long for the days of old. Like the Jews who prided themselves in having “the law of God,” and oblivious to how much perversion had entered the picture through their own apostasy, we pride ourselves in being in a nation that still has some shreds of Biblical truth remaining. Our justice system still bears a resemblance to the guidelines that God gave to Israel. Almost everyone knows the “golden rule” even if they do not obey it, and “God bless America” is commonly heard on the lips of those whose daily deeds call down curses upon themselves rather than blessings. We have joined the righteous fight to keep God’s name in our antichrist schools, and on the money we love more than God.  We hate the direction our nation is headed in and desire to throw off the “occupation,” but we do not seem to have enough sense to get on our knees and acknowledge that we ourselves have stopped loving God, even in our churches!

To add insult to injury, we have become a nation that judges other nations by our own hypocritical “form of godliness,” rather than a nation that judges itself by God’s Word. We are, by and large, not Good Samaritans stooping to pour oil and wine into the wounds of other nations (Luke 10:29-37), but instead good Pharisees stooping to any level of wickedness to preserve our own positions of authority and wealth (John 11:48).  We send out democratic “missionaries” to recreate overseas what we have here in America, because we are sure our righteousness is better than their righteousness, and sure this righteousness can be advanced by force.  In the meantime, we ourselves are drunk on pornography, the love of money, blatant promiscuity, and violence; we are lovers of ourselves.  Instead of condemning our own actions and seeking God’s forgiveness, we export these evils to other nations in the name of “freedom.”  We promise them liberty while we ourselves are servants of corruption.  We have been doing these things for many years, but we justify ourselves by blaming our current state of subjugation on our current leader. The apostate church is no victim of these events, carried along against her will; she is leading in this hypocrisy. But we are “the people of God!” Surely we cannot be to blame!  Surely if we rise up in the flesh, we can save our nation (and our money and our position!)

Before the “people of God” is set a choice. Do we want Barabbas, or do we want Jesus Christ?

We can choose “Jesus, son of the father” or we can choose “Jesus, Son of the Father.”  Which Jesus do you want?–the patriot Jesus or the suffering servant Jesus?

The first did the will of the one who was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44), and the second did the will of God, who desires all men to have life.  The first was a man who reacted in the flesh to secure a temporary carnal kingdom; the second was a Man who obeyed the Spirit of God to secure an eternal spiritual kingdom.  The first cared for the things of men;  the second for the things of God.  The first took the life of an enemy; the second gave His own life for His enemies.  The first was a national hero in spite of his evil;  the second was despised and rejected of men in spite of His good (Isa. 53:3).  The first took part in an insurrection that changed very little; the second took part in a resurrection that changed everything.

The Jews chose Barabbas.  Here was a man after their own hearts, for he loved their physical nation. They had hoped Jesus would help them to throw off the Romans, but He insisted on preaching this invisible “kingdom” into which only the meek could enter.  They had tried to crown Jesus king, but He had slipped away from them, content to rule only in the hearts of men who could hear His voice.  They cheered for Him when He rode into Jerusalem, but why did He go like a lamb to the slaughter rather than organizing an armed resistance?–How disappointing! His Sermon on the Mount was idealistic, but anyone with common sense knows these ideals don’t work in the real world! What is this we hear about Jesus telling Peter to put his sword away? Away with this useless man! Give us Barabbas!

How about you?

Which one do you want–Barabbas or Jesus Christ?

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Return to the Lord

Posted by israeliteindeed on July 18, 2011

In the book of Hosea, the prophet was called to rebuke and warn Israel and Judah. Israel was such an adulterous people that Hosea was commanded to marry a whorish woman to demonstrate what it was like for God, married to people who “transgressed the covenant” in every conceivable way. The children of Hosea were given names that forecast the judgment of God on Israel–literally “no mercy” and “not my people”–for the mercy of God has a limit, and He will eventually cast off those whom He cannot reform by His many kindnesses.

Some of the charges against these people included:

Appreciating idols rather than God for daily provisions (2:5, 8 )
Forgetting God (2:13)
Forsaking truth, mercy, and knowledge of God (4:1)
Swearing, lying, killing, stealing, committing adultery, and breaking all restraint (4:2)
Having no respect for the priests (4:4)
Rejecting knowledge and forgetting God’s law (4:6)
Setting their hearts on iniquity and “eating up sin” (4:8)
Ceasing to obey the Lord (4:10)
Asking counsel from wrong sources (4:12)
Loving dishonor (4:18)
Not directing their deeds toward turning back to God (5:4)
Pride (5:5)
Begetting pagan children, not brought up in God’s ways (5:7)
Willingly walking by human precepts (5:11)

This list is what apostasy looks like.

It is possible to begin well, but fail to finish the race, both personally and corporately.

God commands His people to love Him first, to do what is right by His standards, and to teach their children His ways. But over time, even those who have tasted of the heavenly gift and seen His goodness can become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. They can begin to forget God, spending more time in carnal pursuits and increasing worldly goods or other means of self-satisfaction. In fact, the more they increase, the more they sometimes sin (4:7). Little by little, they begin to ask counsel from the wrong places, rejecting the knowledge of God (which is always right) and replacing it with human precepts (which are generally wrong). Their judgment becomes skewed, as they no longer have the mind of Christ, but the carnal mind which is death. They begin to see their daily provisions as coming from their own labor or good luck, forgetting they can’t even breathe apart from the help of God.  If they do notice their own spiritual brokenness, they turn to other broken people for the cure (5:13), trying to get water from broken cisterns. Pride keeps them continuing on their way even when it becomes obvious they have made a wrong turn somewhere.  They don’t direct their deeds toward turning back to God, but instead make provision for their flesh, taking advantage of God’s patience. Worst of all, they continue to call themselves by God’s name, imagining that once in God’s favor means always in God’s favor. Unless there is repentance and change, whole generations of children are brought up in this apostasy; they are “pagan children” though they may deceive themselves to the contrary.  If they “accept Jesus,” He is only one of their many gods, not their only Lord and King.

A cursory look at American Christianity today reveals that we are in a state of apostasy as bad as Israel’s, and we too are in terrible danger of reaching the end of God’s mercy and being altogether disowned without recourse.

A bit closer to home, perhaps this scene of apostasy describes you. Perhaps you once knew God, knew His tender mercy and gracious forgiveness. Perhaps you felt your burden of sin roll away. Perhaps you experienced joy and peace for the first time. Maybe you even served the Lord with gladness for some years. But something hindered you in your walk. Maybe it was laziness.  Maybe there was some sin in your life you refused to give up. Maybe you grew discouraged because of persecution. Maybe you were lonely, and you began to seek counsel or companionship from “friends” who serve the devil. Maybe you began to seek after something–money, material goods, social advancement, romance, etc.–and this pursuit eclipsed your pursuit of the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Whatever the reason for your apostasy, there is only ONE THING TO DO. You must return to God. His threatenings apply to you just as much as to adulterous Israel, for these things were written for our learning. And yet, there is hope!

Listen to what the Lord said He would do to Israel (Ephraim) and Judah in hopes that some would yet be saved:

For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them and go away; I will take them away, and no one shall rescue. I will return again to My place till they acknowledge their offense.   Then they will seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me. (Hos. 5:14-15)

Faithful are the wounds of a friend! He who knit you together in your mother’s womb will tear you as a lion tears the prey, and go away, hiding Himself until you acknowledge your offense and earnestly seek Him again. The prophet tells us how to respond to this:

Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.      After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.  (Hosea 6:1-3)

Are there any more precious promises than these?  David acknowledged that in faithfulness God had afflicted him, and that his affliction was good for him–for before he was afflicted, he went astray, but now he had learned to keep God’s Word. (Psa. 119: 67, 71, 75)  Come, and let us return to the Lord, for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. Leave off sloth and sin and the pride that drives you blindly along, storing up wrath as you go; acknowledge your offenses and seek mercy from the Lord.  He does not afflict you to no purpose, but for your healing!  Yes, when you die to your sins and your old way of life, He will raise even you up on the third day, that you may live again in His sight. He will not reject you if you will only return to Him. Just as the morning is faithful to arrive, so He will come to you like the rain and make your life fruitful again, if you only pursue the knowledge of the Lord. For He has no pleasure in the death of one who dies; therefore turn and live! (Eze. 18:32)

May God bless you!

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Interpret the Writing on the Wall

Posted by israeliteindeed on July 6, 2011

Belshazzar the king of Babylon threw a great feast during which he called for the gold and silver dishes which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the Jerusalem temple, that he and his friends could drink their wine from them.

They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. (Dan. 5:4)

What, Belshazzar? What about your grandfather Nebuchadnezzar, who gave testimony about the high God whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom?  What about his dream of a huge tree filling the earth, suddenly hewn down with only a stump remaining?  What about Daniel’s warning to him that this was to be his lot unless he broke off his sins by righteousness, and his iniquities by showing mercy to the poor?  What about how after 12 months (Nebuchadnezzar’s space to repent), all these things came upon him and he went raving mad for 7 years, until he was sufficiently humbled and gave this testimony:

Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. (Dan. 4:37)

Belshazzar knew all this (5:22), and yet he praised created and temporal things, probably thinking in his heart that since he had the temple dishes, he had the better of Israel’s God.

Then into his vain revelries came a hand from heaven, writing holy words upon the wall–Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.  Belshazzar shook in terror, and no one could understand the words. Into this situation, Daniel–the man of God–was summoned, and he gave this interpretation:  God has numbered your kingdom and ended it, you have been weighed in God’s balance and found wanting, the kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.  That very night Belshazzar’s life ended, and his kingdom was given to Cyrus the Persian and Darius the Mede.  This author hopes that although Belshazzar himself was lost, some of his friends took warning from these events and turned from idols to God.

Christian, you will be summoned into situations like this, and your duty will be to cause the people to understand the holy writing.  Many people, like Belshazzar, have been exposed to prior testimony to the everlasting kingdom of God, the temporal nature of all earthly things, and their duty to repent and turn to God. In fact, all men have heard, at the least, the testimony of creation and are without excuse (Rom. 1).  Many SEE the writing of God but do not understand it. They have heaped up to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and turned their own ears from the truth until truth is a foreign language to them (2 Tim. 4:3-4).  Many will not hear the Words of God until they are terrified. Diverse horrors are falling on our land today–earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, fires, nuclear threats, wars, terrorist threats, debilitating disease and economic hardship. The writing is on the wall, and the kingdoms of men are falling. Possessing all the gold and silver in the world will not save anyone (it didn’t help Belshazzar.)

We must stand and deliver the meaning of the holy words,  the Holy Spirit in us convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8). That which we hear in the ear we preach from the rooftops, not fearing those who can only kill the body, but fearing Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matt. 27-28). We preach the everlasting gospel, saying with a loud voice, fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. (Rev. 14:6-7)  We offer the perishing the hope of salvation in submission to Jesus Christ, and not a shred of hope in anything else.  

Psalm 2

 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

God bless you.

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Judgment is Coming on America

Posted by israeliteindeed on June 27, 2011

Please take a moment to visit this precious fellow-saint’s blog. Truly, Wisdom is still crying out, but so few are listening.  Read, understand, and spread the message far and wide!  God bless you.

Today, as in the days of the early Church, Christians endure persecution on varying levels.  Whether we are hearing news of a precious Saint who was murdered for the cause of Christ, or seeing slurs and racism based upon our political views, we know that all who live godly in Christ WILL suffer persecution.  Yet we cry Wisdom and pray that sinners will repent of their wickedness and find salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

Recently, the state of New York passed a law sanctioning their approval and legalization of homosexual marriage. (Read More)

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